Leawood middle schooler’s Bar Mitzvah project raises $10,000 for local food pantryJonah Stein, a seventh-grader at Leawood Middle School, has raised $10,000 for a service project for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah that will help feed hundreds facing food insecurity in the Kansas City area.Stein created MASKerAIDs, a beaded necklace that connects to a person’s mask for easier wear. The funds from his project support Jewish Family Services and its Kesher KC Care Bag program, which contain food for walk-in clients of the program.“I saw a similar product and the wheels started turning about what I could do,” Stein said. “Creating MASKerAIDs allows me to not only solve a modern-day challenge, but also to use the funds I earn from the sales to support JFS and its Kesher KC Care Bag program.”Catholic Cemeteries cancels Veterans Day observance at Resurrection CemeteryCatholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas has canceled the Veterans Day observance and ceremony that would normally take place at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa on Wednesday, Nov. 11. The organization canceled the event due to uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health risks for individuals and families to gather.Lenexa to conduct CID public hearing for Ten Ridge project at Ridgeview and K-10The Lenexa City Council on Oct. 6 unanimously approved a resolution called for a public hearing to consider approving a Community Improvement District, a public financing incentives package, for a portion of the Ten Ridge project located at the northeast corner of K-10 Highway and Ridgeview Road.The public hearing is set for Nov. 3, when the city council will consider adoption of the Community Improvement District. The petition includes the levying of a 1% CID sales tax on all sales within the project area of roughly 15 acres. The public financing package is intended to help pay for construction, public improvements and other related costs for the project. The estimated total cost of the project is about $43 million.The developer, Ten Ridge LLC, is constructing a mixed-use development that is anticipated to include 80,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and commercial uses in eight buildings and also include a 90-room hotel. If approved, the CID sales tax will commence Oct. 1, 2022.
PDEA DIRECTOR GENERAL AARON AQUINO [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’PDEA targets up to 8T drug-free brgys per year’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’18’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”][/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Wednesday, February 21, 2018[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”] PDEA DIRECTOR GENERAL AARON AQUINODAVAO City – Over the remainder of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) aims to free from illegal drugs 7,000 to 8,000 barangays a year.More than 24,000 barangays have yet to be cleared from illegal drugs, Director General Aaron Aquino told a forum on “Rehabinasyon” during the National Information Convention in this city.As part of the government’s antidrug campaign, Rehabinasyon focuses on the rehabilitation of drug surrenderers.“We have a timeline of four years more before the President steps down, and we need to clear 7,000 to 8,000 barangays per year,” Aquino said.From the time Duterte took office until Feb. 8, some 5,327 barangays have been cleared of prohibited substances.Aquino said the PDEA has also held 85,068 antidrug operations and arrested 121,087 drug personalities.Among those arrested were 454 government workers, including elected officials, while 618 minors were rescued, said the official.Moreover, the agency seized P19.61 billion worth of evidence from nine drug laboratories and 179 drug dens, he said.According to Aquino, the PDEA plans to establish offices in the Philippines’ 13 key ports to stop the entry of illegal drugs in the country.More than 80 percent of illegal drugs in the Philippines comes from abroad, he noted. (PNA)[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]
German manufacturer Adidas says the “Brazuca” was tested by more than 600 of the world’s top players, and 30 teams in 10 countries over two and a half years.“This is by far the most tested ball we’ve ever produced,” Adidas business director for football hardware Matthias Mecking told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Wednesday.Among the players involved in the testing process were Lionel Messi, Iker Casillas, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and 1998 World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane.“For us the most important thing is what the players tell us, what the players want. The players will tell you they want a ‘reliable and fair’ ball. One statement nearly all players make is, ‘I want the ball to do what I plan to do with it,’” Mecking said. “The feedback has been very positive.”Adidas also manufactured the 2010 World Cup ball, named Jabulani, but it received heavy criticism from many players before the tournament. They said it was too unpredictable.Casillas, one of the ball’s most vocal critics, then went on to win the World Cup with Spain, and Mecking said much of the feedback from players after the tournament in South Africa was quite positive.“We’re still very proud of that ball. At the time it was our most advanced ball technically and it was our most successful World Cup ball to date,” Mecking said.When it came to developing the Brazuca, however, Adidas used the Euro 2012 ball, the Tango, and the popular Champions League ball as its benchmark.“The key new part is in the construction of the outer layer, made of six panels – fewer than ever before – with each panel exactly the same shape or geometry. This means the ball is much more accurate, much more consistent, and should allow for fewer mistakes,” Mecking said.The star or propeller shaped panels interlock perfectly, and seams all over the ball give it added stability in the air.“It helps with overall consistency and accuracy,” Mecking said.The Brazuca, like its predecessors, is made of three different levels, with a bladder made of butyl, a rubber compound, surrounded by patch carcass made using textile material. The outer shell is a polyurethane (PU) material made of plastic and foam.Around 4,000 will be provided to teams at the World Cup for training purposes, and for the games.Last December, the ball was distributed to all the countries taking part in the tournament to give them time to train with it. The Brazuca has also been used in Major League Soccer, at the Under-20 World Cup, Club World Cup, Spanish Cup, German Cup final and several international friendlies.“We wanted to make sure we had real-life tests and not only tests in training,” Mecking said.The ball’s design has been inspired by the host country. Brazuca is used as a term for Brazilians living abroad – like many of its footballers – and as slang to describe national pride or anything Brazilian.“We wanted to make sure the ball becomes the icon of the tournament. It’s obviously inspired by the vibrancy, the rhythm, the color of Brazil,” said Mecking, who denied a researcher’s claim it may have been inspired by ninja knowledge.“It might be an interpretation but it wasn’t planned by us,” he said.Instead, the ball’s design, its ribbons in shades of blue, gold and green, symbolize the traditional Bahia bands or “wish bracelets” popular in Brazil.“Ahead of a big tournament, people use those bands to make a wish for their country to succeed,” Mecking said.The ball makes its proper debut in the opening game on June 12 in Sao Paulo, and will be used through to the final on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.
THE Unity Cup organised by the Guyana Softball League saw the village of Success staying on top, having defeated their neighbouring village, Better Hope, recently.The weather only allowed two matches to be played. The first saw Success Young Guns displaying an abundance of talent to defeat Strikers by 63 runs.Batting first, Success chalked up 110-9 in their 10 overs with Amit Ramnarine making 20 (2×6) and Asif Mohamed 19 (3×4). Omedat Khemraj was the pick of the bowlers with 2-7When Strikers batted, the wicket seemed to be different, as the Young Guns bowlers were almost unplayable, with all the bowlers contributing. Strikers were eventually bowled out for just 47.In the other match to be played, Enterprise Youths got the better of Better Hope by 41 runs.Enterprise batted first and made 110-3 in 10 overs with Rohan Beepat top scoring with 31 (3×6; 2×4) followed by Gary Andrews with 26 (2×6; 1×4).Better Hope in their turn could only muster 69 all out in 8.4 overs with only Raj Rooplall getting into double figures with 16 (2×4).Rohan Beepat was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 2-5 in 2 overs, supported by Clive Roberts with 2-14.Meanwhile, more areas are expected to get into the action.Additionally, more incentives have been added to the tournament. Prizes will be given for highest score in the tournament and the best bowling figures. In case of more than one person achieving this, all will be given prizes.The tournament will also have programmes beyond the boundaries and fans are urged to take advantage of these opportunities.Incentives include the highest score in the tournament, the best bowling figures and lots more.Teams still have a chance to register and can do so with the following representatives.Berbice- Pinky Arthur – 615-2493; Ravi Ramnarine – 642-1206/ Celeb Morris – ; Upper East Coast – Herman Persaud – 643-3033; Rafman Ally – East Bank/Linden/Lower East Coast/ Georgetown – 654-2233; West Demerara615-2874 – Premnauth Bimchan – 670-9982’ Ravendra Ramgobin- 276-1381;Rawle Higgins- 667-6374; In case teams are unable to contact reps they can call Mortimer Denny on 687-3326; 442-1562.
“Congratulations to Wales, they were the more clinical side but we gave our all at the Hong Kong Sevens,” Friday said after the loss that denied his side a second Main Cup bow following the Wellington 7s where they lost to England.After both teams struggled to impose themselves at the start, Wales worked the ball wide and space opened up in the Kenya defence. Williams needs no seecond invitation as he touched down and picked himself up to convert his try for the 7-0 lead.Kenya struggled to get much possession and a clever kick by Alex Webber meant that had to take the ball over the line before touching down.Webber threatened to stretch the lead but great defending by Kenya ensured he could not ground the ball and so Wales lead 7-0 at the break.“We can’t land on our backs. No silly 50:50s on the inside. Don’t get caught side on. Push them up the middle,” Friday implored his charges at the break.Soon after the re-start, quick thinking by Williams set Craig Price free to barge over to increase Wales’ lead to 14-0.Again, Kenya could not get the ball off a well-drilled Wales with Williams pulling the strings and their Main Cup semi woes were summed when they got a penalty near their own line, but Michael Wanjala knocked it tap on.With half a minute to go, Wales confirmed their place in the Cup final when youngster Sam Cross scored his first-ever HSBC Sevens try for the final 19-0 score.Earlier, Biko Adema slotted a last-second drop kick penalty to see off Portugal 15-12 in the Cup quarters. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 24- Kenya were denied a second Main Cup final appearance of the season at the Hong Kong 7s by a clinical Wales side who beat Mike Friday’s side 19-0 in the first semi on Sunday.Lee Williams who grounded the ball to open the scoring was the star of the Welsh side that made their first ever Hong Kong 7s Main Cup final by restraining Shujaa thought out the match.