Democrat Jennifer Robinson of Westwood enters state representative race in 25th district

first_imgThe race for State Representative in the 25th District has drawn its second candidate: Jennifer Robinson of Westwood. Robinson is a Democrat and currently the vice-chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party. The seat is currently held by Republican Melissa Rooker of Fairway who has filed for re-election.Jennifer RobinsonRobinson was born in Wichita, grew up in Colorado and has lived in Westwood for 11 years. She has more than 20 years of music and arts administration experience and has worked in Westwood as a consultant with A Renewal Enterprise, based in Chicago, where she has co-authored several books on leadership.She and her husband, Jack, have two daughters who attend Westwood View Elementary. “We came to Johnson County for a job, but stayed even after the job changed.”Robinson said the turning point for her decision to run for state representative came during this year’s legislative session. “I was in the House gallery the night our teachers were stripped of their due-process rights. And, I was appalled that after using bully tactics for two days and intimidating their opponents, the leadership rammed through the final bill with virtually no discussion. I came home that night and decided enough was enough. I can no longer stand by quietly while our state is being driven over a cliff.”Robinson was first drawn to politics in 2008 when she volunteered with the Obama campaign. She has a longer political lineage, though. She is a direct descendant of the first Connecticut governor, Robert Treat. His great-grandson and one of her ancestral uncles, Robert Treat Paine, signed the Declaration of Independence.Robinson has laid out her positions on several issues on her campaign site, including school funding. She criticizes the Brownback administration and the Kansas Legislature for weakening public schools.Robinson describes herself as an avid cook and skis competitively with her daughters in the winter. This year they represented Kansas in the NASTAR National Championships in Snowmass. She has bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master’s with honors from the University of New Mexico.last_img read more

Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League – Friday March 23 – March 29,…

first_imgShenanigans1275526 Simple Simons12111134 Country Road1284428 Results:  Flying Dolphins 8 v 7 Woaws Pub, Simple Simon 6 v 9 Minny Bar, DK Bar 7 v 8 Hot Legs, Winners Bar 6 v 9 Country Road, Wombat Bar 3 v 12 The Windmill, Take Care Bar 8 v 7 Shenanigans Winners Bar1284428 Flying Dolphins1257520 TeamPlayedWonLostBonusPts. Woaws Pub1257621 The Windmill1239918 Results & Standings March 14 (week 12) DK Bar1239918 Hot Legs1257520 Minny Bar1248517 Wombat Bar1221039 Take Care Bar12111134last_img

Stephens tops Keys in US Open final for 1st Grand Slam title

first_img“Sloane is truly one of my favorite people and to get to play her was really special. Obviously I didn’t play my best tennis today and was disappointed,” Keys said. “But Sloane, being the great friend that she is, was very supportive. And if there’s someone I have to lose to today, I’m glad it’s her.” NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens’ remarkably rapid rise from a ranking of 957th in early August to U.S. Open champion on Saturday began with the slow work of coming back from surgery on her left foot.After being off tour for 11 months because of her injury, Stephens easily beat her close friend Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in the first Grand Slam final for both, becoming only the second unseeded woman to win the tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968.“I mean, there is no words to describe how I got here — the process it took or anything like that,” Stephens said, “because if you told someone this story, they’d be, like, ‘That’s insane.’”After the operation in January, Stephens couldn’t walk for a month. It wasn’t until May that she would get back onto a tennis court — and even then she was off her feet, plopped on a wood table at a practice facility at UCLA while aiming her racket at balls tossed by her coach, Kamau Murray. From there, Murray said, Stephens progressed to sitting while rolling around on an armless office chair. Two weeks later, Stephens finally was able to stand in place while working on her swing. Another two weeks, and she was allowed to move.“Definitely,” Murray said Saturday, “not fun for her.”Sloane Stephens, of the United States, right, and Madison Keys, of the United States, talk after Stephens beat Keys in the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)Nor was it all that fun to face a pal with so much at stake. Stephens, 24, and Keys, 22, have known each other for about a decade, first as juniors, then on tour and as U.S. Fed Cup and Olympic teammates. Theytexted and spoke on the phone early in 2017, when both sat out the Australian Open because of injuries — Keys had surgery on her left wrist during the offseason, then again in June.When the match ended after only 61 minutes, with Stephens claiming the last eight games, they met at the net for a long hug . While waiting for the trophy ceremony to begin, Stephens walked over and plopped herself down in a courtside chair next to Keys, so they could chat side-by-side. Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts as the lid to the championship trophy falls off during a photo app after the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. Stephens beat Madison Keys, of the United States to win the championship. (AP Photo/Nick Didlick)center_img They hammed it up afterward, too. When Stephens was presented with her $3.7 million winner’s check, she grabbed Keys’ arm, as if to stop herself from fainting at the sum.“That’s a lot of money!” Stephens said. Keys eyed the check and teased, “I’ll hold it for her.”Keys texted Murray a couple of days before the U.S. Open began to arrange a practice session with Stephens. And the two finalists planned to party together Saturday night.“She can buy me drinks,” Keys said. “All of the drinks.”This was only the second time in the Open era that two women were making their Grand Slam final debuts against each other in New York.Keys acknowledged afterward it was all a bit much for her, and it showed: She wound up with 30 unforced errors.“I definitely think my play today came down to nerves and all of that,” she said, “and I just don’t think I handled the occasion perfectly.”Stephens, meanwhile, made only six unforced errors.Told of that number by a reporter during her engaging news conference, filled with quips and smiles, Stephens slapped a palm on the table in front her, then snapped her fingers and said: “Shut the front door. I don’t think that’s ever happened to me before. Oh, my God. That’s a stat.”Still, she had dealt with jitters beforehand, too.Murray went to Stephens’ hotel room Friday night to check on her, using as an excuse for the visit that he needed to deliver some clean laundry. This is how he said the conversation went:Stephens: “You wanted to see if I was nervous.”Murray: “Yeah.”Stephens: “I am.”“We just laughed and chuckled and talked about it for about 25 minutes, and after that, it was all good,” Murray said. “I mean, probably she was still nervous but, you know, at least give her a chance to get it out.”Stephens’ late father, John Stephens, was the 1988 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots. And her mother, Sybil Smith, was Boston University’s first All-American in women’s swimming. In addition to being a super athlete, Stephens seems to thrive in the spotlight: She’s now 5-0 in tournament finals.A year ago, she sat out the U.S. Open altogether because of her foot problem.In 2017, her season debut came at Wimbledon in July, when she lost in the first round. Lost her next match, too, in Washington.Since then, she has gone 15-2. Her ranking, up to 83rd at the start of the U.S. Open, will climb to No. 17 on Monday. Oh, and, don’t forget: She is now, and forever will be, a Grand Slam champion.“I should just retire now,” Stephens joked. “I told Maddie I’m never going to be able to top this. I mean, talk about a comeback.”___More AP tennis coverage: Howard Fendrich on Twitter at read more

Hey… What’s a ‘Yowie?’ …Fashion designer Kiya Tomlin teams with Ford to make popular Steelers fan accessory

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter KIYA TOMLIN, arriving to the Rock Steelers Style annual event, Oct. 20, in the Ford Expedition.Everyone’s asking, “What’s a Yowie?”Simply put, it’s a multi-functional, unisex fashion accessory favored by sports fans, such as Pittsburgh Steelers fans. One can wear it as a bandana, wristband, head wrap, scarf, sleeve, or anything else one can imagine.But when it comes to designing one, leave it to the professionals—specifically, Kiya Tomlin.THE YOWIE!—This model rocks the “Yowie” as she cheers on her Steelers all season long. (Photo courtesy Neighborhood Ford Store)Kiya, the wife of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, is known for her “architectural, feminine clothing favored by women throughout the U.S.,” says a press release by Neighborhood Ford Store.“When I was asked by Neighborhood Ford Store to consider designing the motif for this season’s Yowie, I knew there would be some strict logo-use guidelines because both the Steelers and Ford have strong brands,” Kiya Tomlin said in the release. “But I also thought the project would be interesting because strong guidelines really make you think more creatively about a design.”KIYA TOMLIN, speaking to the crowd at Rock Steelers Style, Oct. 20 at Stage AE. (Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers)Now, it’s a fan favorite, as fans at Heinz Field get their own Yowie when they register to win the Official Truck of the Pittsburgh Steelers.(For more information about Neighborhood Ford Store and Kiya Tomlin, visit and read more

A.B. didn’t even call Mr. Rooney back! (Jan. 9)

first_imgLike us at @NewPghCourier on Twitter ANTONIO BROWN—Will he be a Pittsburgh Steeler next season? (AP PHOTO):10—Well, boys and girls, here we go again. And, it’s not like we haven’t had this conversation before. “There is no ‘I’ in Team” …“Teams win championships”…“No man is an island.” Take your pick but old sayings get to be old for a reason!:09—Will you people…and some of you racists…please stop trying to blame Coach Tomlin for A.B.’s ills. Antonio Brown is a grown ___ man. You wanna blame the coach for some bad play calling or time management, so be it; but not for A.B.’s self-centered game plan.:08—To which I ask any of you reading this that still has a job somewhere. If your boss calls you on the phone and you don’t call him back, how long do you think you’ll have a job? You know! Look, A.B. didn’t even call Mr. Rooney back. C’mon man!:07—For those of you reading that played the game. Do you think for one minute you can skip practice all week and just show up on gameday and expect to play? Mmmaaannnnn please!!!:06—And, if you’re a back-up wide receiver on the team “bustin your butt” every day in practice, every day…you may act like you don’t care…but trust me, you care.:05—The great and legendary Sidney Poitier once said that his father demanded one thing of him —“Do Not Disgrace Our Name!” It causes me to ask this of Antonio Brown as well as Le’Veon Bell and others. What about your name, your legacy, your reputation, your image. How do you not care about the future you leave? (BTW, that right there is deep. Think about it.):04—Some of you may not realize it, but, as great as A.B. is, and he is the best in the game, the Steelers have not won a Super Bowl due to his greatness. Meaning, “I can lose with you or without you!” (that’s deep, too.):03—And, tell me again how you can’t find a way to get along with the guy that passed all those yards to you. “It takes Two to Tango.” (that’s deep too, but it’s not mine…):02—And, of course the thing you want to do to endear yourself to Steeler Nation and ownership is to do an Instagram message with James Harrison. Hey man, love ya both and Lord knows you are two of the best ever, but, that’s just dead wrong.:01—I’ll leave you with this just in case you forgot. If they can trade Franco Harris, they can trade anybody!!! (Mic Drop!):00—GAME OVER.last_img read more

Up there with the best

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT WGCA PREMIER DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 5 (Day two) KOOWEERUP v PAKENHAM HE’S the most prolific run-scorer…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Long wait for fast internet

first_imgBy KATHRYN BERMINGHAM PROPERTIES in the Upper Beaconsfield area may not be connected to the NBN until September of next…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nelson Select teams off to compete in Provincial B Cup

first_imgThe three girl’s clubs compete in the U13, U14 and U15 divisions while the boys are up against teams from throughout the province in the U15, U16 and U18 categories.Each Nelson Select team plays a three-team-round-robin draw before the final games Sunday.There are eight zones in each division with each team playing one game from Thursday to Saturday before the medal games.The top team in each pool advances to play in the gold medal game.The second-place finishers in each division meet for the bronze.The final two teams play off in consolation round action.The Nelson Select teams represent the Kootenay Zone at the provincial tourney. It’s time to get ready for the big stage for a handful of Nelson Youth Soccer Rep teams.The squads begin quest for medals at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cups beginning Thursday in Aldergrove and Kelowna.Each team from Nelson — three in the girl’s tourney in Kelowna and three competing in Aldergrove in the boy’s event — enter the tournament seeded seventh.last_img read more

Surrey plays host to 2012 B.C. Summer Games

first_imgThere’s baseball players, soccer enthusiasts, volleyballers, hoopsters . . . and that’s just fro the West Kootenay.Kootenay athletes join counterparts from throughout the province in Surrey this weekend for the 2012 B.C. Summer Games. More than 2,600 athletes, their coaches and families are in Surrey for opening ceremonies Thursday.Competition begins Friday and runs through until Sunday’s closing ceremonies.”The B.C. Summer Games provide an excellent opportunity for young athletes to test their skills and abilities through healthy competition,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.”Our community has once again come together in a collaborative spirit, and I want to thank the thousands of volunteers who are helping us put on a world-class event.”Some fast facts on the 2012 Games: 2,366 athletes, 474 coaches and 323 officials will participate in the BC Summer Games. As many as 3,000 volunteers will contribute to the Games. The average age of the athletes is 14 years. 20 sports are included in the Games. 2,000 medals will be awarded in 284 medal presentation ceremonies. One coach with each Zone Team is required to be a fully certified NCCP Level 2 coach in his or her sport. Based on data from past Games, the estimated economic impact to the host community is $2.6 million. Volunteers will prepare more than 32,000 meals over the course of the Games. Surrey School District 36 has offered the use of area schools for athlete accommodation. The City of Surrey previously has hosted the BC Summer Games in 1989 and the BC Seniors Games in 2001.See the list of Kootenay athletes at: read more

Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: December 23, 2016

first_imgAfter three security incidents in the past three months, you might want to replace your Yahoo Mail account with something more secure. Here’s how ProtonMail is different, with a free email account that offers privacy and security by design.Your thoughts? Do you believe voice is the next big platform and Amazon’s Alexa product will own it? If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: December 16, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll discover how data can inform your design decisions, learn about building accessible modal dialogs, find out what to expect next in CSS Grid Layout, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: October 28, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to improve user experience with micro-interactions, find a six-point checklist for creating accessible videos, discover some spooky CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility,…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: June 16, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn what Alan Cooper has to say about conversational interfaces, find out how to navigate a website with a keyboard, discover how to use fr in CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish…In “Web design & development links” Structuring your file and aiming for simplicity are two methods you can use to avoid chaos in your style sheets.Getting content to center vertically and stay centered across different devices is challenging. Here are six different approaches to consider for CSS vertical centering. Which one do you prefer? What I Found InterestingWho knew? The idea of the Monopoly board game first came from Lizzy Magie, a Washington, DC feminist anti-capitalist. Check out this cool comic strip detailing the history and what happened to Magie’s game. In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn why zen mode isn’t the answer for everything, find out how to deal with styling conflicts on your WordPress site, celebrate 20 years of CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week. Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter. For those celebrating the Christmas holidays in the next few days, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends!Tweet of the WeekDesigners need to be retaught sometimes that good web design is about what users want, not what merely looks pretty.— Mike Moran (@MikeMoran) December 21, 2016User ExperienceUse whitespace to let your content breathe, says Tom May as he shares 10 examples of white space in designs that let the user find what they need, without all the clutter. Need a good laugh for the holidays? Here’s what your relatives think when you say you’re a UX designer.It’s time! Ignite UX Michigan 2017 has announced their call for speakers. Share your lessons learned, experience, and insights with fellow user experience professionals. Zen mode, a design pattern where elements are removed so users can focus on their task (such as removing formatting toolbar when writing), can often increase the cognitive load and attention switching. Therese Fessenden explains why zen mode isn’t the answer to everything.AccessibilityNot surprised by the results of the University of New South Wales study that showed nearly all students find closed captions helpful for learning.The study surveyed 135 college students taking a math course where videos were included in the coursework.Creating accessible emails makes it easier for people with screen readers or text to speech software to read your emails. This week’s Office 365 updates simplify accessibility for everyone by bringing the accessibility checker front and center in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, and Visio.The latest version of the free screen reader for Windows, NVDA 2016.4 includes improved support for Microsoft Edge, browse mode in the Windows 10 Mail application, and improvements to NVDA’s dialogs.WordPressWoohoo! The first iteration of the new design for the home page has launched. Amazing to read on WPTavern that the new redesign went from sketches to prototype to live on in a matter of a couple weeks. Can you imagine what WordPress would be like without the community? I couldn’t! Shayda Torabi explores the risks and rewards of supporting the WordPress community.This helpful guide by Rachel McCollin will walk you through the steps of keeping your static site running while building a new WordPress site.Whether it’s due to a theme or plugin, you will likely encounter styling conflicts on your WordPress site. Geoff Graham offers you seven methods to override styles in WordPress.CSS and HTMLHard to believe, but yes, it’s been 20 years since the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the first standard for CSS. This 20-year timeline of CSS is fascinating to read, highlighting milestones for CSS and worldwide events.last_img read more