According to CNN, her business has since worked with hotel chains and corporate events across South Africa, Belgium, Singapore, and Dubai.LOOK: Not Only Are These Seaweed Diapers More Sustainable, They May Be Better for Babies’ SkinSince demand for the bowls has increased, the company has recruited a machine to mass-manufacture the bowls at a rate of 500 per hour.Munch Bowls is now partnering with other international collaborators to start making spoons, coffee cups, and other food containers out of their wheat-based recipe.“If you take a taco, if you take a wrap, anything like that, you can eat it, it adds value to your food. Plastic you can’t eat. It does not add anything but pollution,” de Kock told CNN. “It’s no use saving the world, then you give people food that is not good for them.”Pass On The Positivity By Sharing The Exciting Good News With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRather than sending thousands of pieces of disposable plastic tableware to the landfill, this South African-based entrepreneur has come up with an edible bowl that you can eat along with your meal.Munch Bowls are vegan, biodegradable, wheat-based bowls that can hold hot soup for up to five hours and maintain a shelf life of 15 months. Not only that, its shallow design allows it to function as a plate as well.Artist and innovator Georgina de Kock says that she was inspired to launch the startup after she spent time working in various food markets around Cape Town. Upon witnessing how many plastic and polystyrene bowls ended up in the trash in the food business, she began hand-crafting the Munch Bowls out of all natural ingredients.
Steve Carr of Overland Park votes for one suggestion at the Forward OP meeting Thursday.Ideals are running high as Overland Park decides where it wants to be in the decades ahead.Diverse yet affordable housing options, big green spaces for public gathering, a center for cultural understanding, free or subsidized college tuition to qualified residents – those were just a few of the suggestions that made it onto the short list of the nine-month-long study of the city’s vision.That short list is still 39 action items long. But it is considerably smaller than the over 5,000 suggestions received since Forward OP began its vision quest in January. City leaders and a consultant will continue to take comments for a few more days before compiling a final report for the city council and stakeholders to consider.Diverse and affordable housing was among the top priorities identified in the Forward OP process.Billed as a “reveal” of the final draft, the 39 items were displayed on easels at Thursday evening for a presentation by the visioning steering committee and consulting firm planning NEXT. About 200 attendees were asked to choose their favorites with green stickers.The suggestions covered everything from how welcoming and diverse the city is to health, education and transportation wishes. Some other items included building a new state-of-the-art city hall, creating a center for health resources, creating a center for social entrepreneurship, creating an international center for cultural understanding, and having a plan for city leadership to reflect the diversity of the city.By the end of the evening, a few of the items had attracted a large number of green dots. Diverse and affordable housing options that are friendly to all ages and abilities was one of the top vote-getters, along with the creation of a signature gathering green space for festivals and events. There was also a lot of support for state-of-the-art transportation, walkability and implementation of the existing bike master plan.Assistance with college tuition is an item on the draft plan’s short list.Education also ranked high among attendees who placed their stickers next to a comprehensive plan to promote lifelong learning, counseling on post-secondary options and free or subsidized college tuition to residents.“We want Overland Park to be a forward thinking, innovative and welcoming community,” said steering committee co-chair Brenda Sharpe in brief opening remarks.Sharpe praised the optimism of city residents who have enthusiastically provided their thoughts on the city’s future. “When we signed up for this we were told this was about a six-month proposition. The good news is there was so much feedback coming in from all parts of this community that we stretched it out to a year,” Sharpe said.Some of the people on hand carried their own big ideas. Tom Stroud of Overland Park would like to see neighborhood “hubs” to serve as small community meeting places for coffee or to pick up packages delivered by on-line companies. Having the hubs in converted homes would encourage walking, he said.The hubs didn’t make the most recent cut, however. Stroud said he supports another item that did – mentoring youth. Perhaps kids could be taught how to run attractions like lemonade stands along the city’s trails, Stroud said.Shahid Qadri, a 26-year resident of Overland Park, said the city should encourage participation and understanding of international business and how it benefits the city. Qadri is recently retired from Black & Veatch overseeing international business.For those who missed Thursday’s presentation, the easels will be left up at the Matt Ross Community Center through Sept. 30. After that, they’ll be at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center Oct. 1-4.The draft is also accessible online at ForwardOP.org.The city will continue to take feedback on the idea before presenting a final report to the city council, chamber of commerce and other stakeholders in the coming weeks. The consultants hope to have the work complete by the end of this year.
David HuffFormer Lenexa State Representative, David Charles Huff passed away December 12, 2019, at age 83.Dave was born on September 13, 1936, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Leonard and Gwendolyn Huff. He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis where he was a standout basketball player earning a scholarship to Oregon State University. He married Patricia Ann Dain on June 16, 1956.Dave is survived by his wife of 63 years, Patricia, his three children David C. Huff Jr. of Dallas Tx, Michael Leonard Huff of Olathe Kansas, and Laura Lynn Hill (Bob) of Lenexa Kansas. Two grandchildren Tiffany Lynn Brown, Denver Colorado and Christopher Robert Huff, Portland Oregon. He was preceded in Death by Leonard Malachi Huff, Gwendolyn Marie (Prange) Huff, and William Leonard Huff.Dave worked for Colgate Palmolive for 32 years as a Sales Executive after retiring he was elected to Lenexa City Council, and then to the Kansas house of Representative for Lenexa in 1997. During his ten years as a State Rep, he rose to the rank of Vice Chairman of the tax committee. During this period, he authored 13 bills including the amendment to allow Sunday liquor sales, a bill to keep gift cards from expiring and his most enduring piece of legislation, showing proof of insurance before purchasing a car tag.Dave was involved in many organizations. He served on the board of the Parkinson’s Foundation, a member of the Lenexa Rotary Club, Lenexa Historical Society and the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce.Dave continued his love of sports playing competitive tennis and watching his favorite teams, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Jayhawks. You could usually catch Dave at his favorite pub, Tanners Bar and Grill where he would offer financial advice and talk about sports. Dave was well liked by many and will be missed by family and friends.
Commissioner Mike Brown has been named vice chair of the Board of County Commissioners for the coming year.Mike Brown named vice chair of Johnson County Board of County Commissioners. District 6 Commissioner Mike Brown was named vice chair of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners for the coming year. Chairman Ed Eilert made the announcement along with his liaison assignment to the county’s boards and commissions. The vice chair assumes the responsibilities of the chair when he is not able to attend meetings.Three Congressional candidates debate at GOP convention. The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the Kansas Third District Congressional Seat had a debate Friday at the 2020 Kansas Republican Party convention. The candidates argued over who was best positioned win back suburban women and other voters in hopes of defeating incumbent Rep. Sharice Davids. The debate with Amanda Adkins, Sara Hart Weir and Adrienne Vallejo Foster took place Friday. [Who can beat Sharice Davids? Kansas Republican 3rd district candidates joust in debate — The Kansas City Star]
For Cornell University Athletics’ multimedia and production arm, downtime is unusual. Between streaming regular matches for 16 sports to ESPN+ and the international Ivy League Network on Stretch Internet, as well as ancillary content to its social media channels, the department keeps a packed schedule. To manage the workload and bring Big Red fans high quality video coverage of their favorite sports, it uses AJA HELO H.264 streaming and recording devices in a range of streaming configurations, including direct RTMP streaming to ESPN+ and Stretch Internet.The HELOs support nearly every live sports production at Cornell, from basketball to gymnastics, with two units located in a central control room on campus and the third reserved for a flypack. Camera feeds at each sports venue are connected to a flypack that travels to each game and can receive up to eight feeds. The signals are transmitted via NDI across the network to the control room, and dependent upon the number of productions and timing, are fed through a video production system or a laptop running Wirecast, switched and distributed to HELO for delivery to ESPN+ for national viewers and to live sports streaming provider Stretch Internet for audiences outside the U.S.Most weekends, the team is juggling multiple simultaneous streams, in which case it will reserve its HELOs for standalone RTMP streaming to ESPN+. “HELO gives us a ton of flexibility in setting up live streams, so even on busy weekends, we know that we’re always covered, regardless of the number of streams we have to produce. Being able to offload streams to HELO also reduces the strain on our video production systems and streaming software,” shared John Lukach, assistant director of athletics for multimedia and production, Cornell University Athletics. “Having the ability to stream RTMP is also huge and it’s crazy that such a little device can produce a feed that matches ESPN+ standards. It’s also incredibly easy to use; just call into transmission, as you would with a normal production, to get the RTMP address, type it into the HELO web UI, push a button, and you’re streaming; it’s that simple.”As Lukach uses the device, he continues to find new applications. “I’ve also found the HELOs useful when talent needs to see a live feed of the game on site; we can easily loop it out via the cable straight to the monitor, or if coaches want a recording post-game for reviewing plays, I can just record the feed and hand them an SD card with the recording right after the match,” he added. “We continue to invest in HELOs because they’re versatile, portable and easy to use, and look forward to adding more to our arsenal of gear.”About HELO AJA’s HELO allows users to simultaneously stream video signals to Web Content Delivery Networks while encoding and recording H.264 files to SD cards, USB storage or network-based storage with the push of a button. Supporting a range of professional workflows, the H.264 streaming, recording and encoding device includes 3G-SDI and HDMI inputs and outputs and the power to handle up to 1080p recording formats among other features. www.aja.com/products/heloAbout AJA Video Systems, Inc. Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high quality, cost effective products to the professional, broadcast and post production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.
House talks term limits February 1, 2017 Managing Editor Regular News House talks term limitsMark D. Killian Managing Editor What would it mean if term limits were imposed on the state’s appellate courts? Maybe, “less than you think,” according to one House staffer, who also said there is precedent for limiting the number of years jurists may serve. But when the House Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee on January 12 took its first look at judicial term limits this year, it was also pointed out that no other state in the union has set term limits for appellate judges and justices, and the Bar argued that term limits would result in fewer and older lawyers applying for the bench. Judicial term limits are a priority of House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’ Lakes, who in November called for 12-year term limits for appellate jurists. And as it did a year ago when the specter of judicial term limits was broached, The Florida Bar Board of Governors unanimously voted December 9 to oppose judicial term limits at all levels of Florida’s court system. While a term limit bill has yet to be filed, Nathan Bond, policy chief for the subcommittee, gave the panel a brief overview of term limits during the panel’s interim committee week meeting. In his presentation, Bond said term limits were “born of a popular belief or perception that incumbent politicians are too easily re-elected,” and in 1992, Florida voters amended the state constitution to impose term limits on the legislative and executive branches. “Today in Florida, term limits apply to the five elected statewide heads of the executive branch and all 160 members of the Legislature,” Bond said. “However, no term limits apply to the judicial branch.” Bond noted all Florida appellate judges are appointed by the governor and must stand before the voters in merit retention elections, but that no justice or appellate judge in Florida has ever been removed from office as the result of a retention election. The mandatory retirement age for Florida judges is 70. Bond said the proposed 12-year term limit for appellate jurists that cleared the House a year ago — but was never taken up in the Senate — would not have been a hard 12 years, and most likely would work out to 13- to 15-year terms, due to partial terms and the date of appointment. Bond said there is precedent in setting judicial term limits in that range, noting that between 1789 and 1970, United States Supreme Court justices served an average of 14.9 years on the court. “How would judicial term limits affect the judiciary?” Bond asked. “Perhaps less than you think. For instance the governor just appointed Alan Lawson to the Florida Supreme Court. Under current law he would be required to retire in May of 2031. If this proposal was in effect when he started office, his judicial term would end in January of 2031, instead.” Rep. George R. Moraitis, Jr., R-Ft. Lauderdale, asked Bond how many other states have term limits for appellate judges and Supreme Court justices. “No state has one, currently,” Bond replied. Warren Husband, the Bar’s outside legislative counsel, told the subcommittee that when term limits were being debated a year ago, the Business Law, Appellate Practice, and Trial Lawyers sections and the Young Lawyers Division as well as the Bar opposed term limits for the judiciary. “The concern that really underlies that opposition really has little to do with politics,” Husband said. “They are really practical considerations as to how term limits would affect the administration of justice.” Husband pointed out that since Gov. Rick Scott took office, almost 30 percent of the state appellate bench turned over during the “ordinary course of business,” without term limits. “So with term limits, we would certainly expect that to increase; probably significantly,” he said. “The question is how that would impact the administration of justice going forward and the processing of cases.” In response to a question, Husband said a 12-year term limit would most likely reduce the number of applicants applying for judgeships and increase the age of the applicants. “As a judge, you can’t carry on a law practice while you’re a judge. So you have to leave your practice, leave your clients, turn those over to other folks, go on the bench for 12, 13, 15 years, whatever it happens to be, and you can’t reasonably expect just to pick up where you left off when you get off the bench,” Husband said. “So probably you’re going to get an older pool of applicants than you have now. That could be a positive or negative depending upon your viewpoint. We do think it will impact the number of applicants and also their demographics.”
The Economist: “I SEE a train wreck looming,” warned Daniel Kahneman, an eminent psychologist, in an open letter last year. The premonition concerned research on a phenomenon known as “priming”. Priming studies suggest that decisions can be influenced by apparently irrelevant actions or events that took place just before the cusp of choice. They have been a boom area in psychology over the past decade, and some of their insights have already made it out of the lab and into the toolkits of policy wonks keen on “nudging” the populace.Dr Kahneman and a growing number of his colleagues fear that a lot of this priming research is poorly founded. Over the past few years various researchers have made systematic attempts to replicate some of the more widely cited priming experiments. Many of these replications have failed. In April, for instance, a paper in PLoS ONE, a journal, reported that nine separate experiments had not managed to reproduce the results of a famous study from 1998 purporting to show that thinking about a professor before taking an intelligence test leads to a higher score than imagining a football hooligan.…A statistically powerful study is one able to pick things up even when their effects on the data are small. In general bigger studies—those which run the experiment more times, recruit more patients for the trial, or whatever—are more powerful. A power of 0.8 means that of ten true hypotheses tested, only two will be ruled out because their effects are not picked up in the data; this is widely accepted as powerful enough for most purposes. But this benchmark is not always met, not least because big studies are more expensive. A study in April by Dr Ioannidis and colleagues found that in neuroscience the typical statistical power is a dismal 0.21; writing in Perspectives on Psychological Science, Marjan Bakker of the University of Amsterdam and colleagues reckon that in that field the average power is 0.35.…Things appear to be moving fastest in psychology. In March Dr Nosek unveiled the Centre for Open Science, a new independent laboratory, endowed with $5.3m from the Arnold Foundation, which aims to make replication respectable. Thanks to Alan Kraut, the director of the Association for Psychological Science, Perspectives on Psychological Science, one of the association’s flagship publications, will soon have a section devoted to replications. It might be a venue for papers from a project, spearheaded by Dr Nosek, to replicate 100 studies across the whole of psychology that were published in the first three months of 2008 in three leading psychology journals.Read the whole story: The Economist More of our Members in the Media >
COSTA MESA, CA – Brembo North America (BNA) recently appointed Adrian Smith general manager of its North American operations and responsible for its three offices in Costa Mesa, Detroit and Charlotte, NC. Brembo, headquartered in Italy with plants in 12 countries, supplies high-performance braking systems. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Previously, from 2000 to 2004 Smith served as technical director of Brembo S.p.A., in Curno, Italy, where he was responsible for a staff of 240 engineers and core engineering activities covering project management, design, prototyping and product development for Brembo’s entire product range. In his new position, Smith will be in charge of Brembo North American operations including Aftermarket and High Performance groups based in California, the Original Equipment business unit in Detroit, and Brembo Racing located in Charlotte. Prior to returning to Brembo, Smith served as vice president and general manager of Prodrive Automotive Technology’s North American business where he was responsible for the Michigan-based Vehicle Engineering business, as well as the California-based Performance Parts and Accessories division. British-born Smith has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and 24 years of management experience. For more information about Brembo North America, go to: http://www.brembo.com/US
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Individual solicitors will be shielded from significant fee increases next year but most firms will pay more.The Law Society today agreed that its net funding requirement for 2014 will be £116.8m, an increase from £103.5m the previous year. The funds cover the Society, Solicitors Regulation Authority and external bodies such as the Legal Services Board and Legal Ombudsman.The increase is attributable to the need to bolster reserves ahead of the closure of the assigned risks pool for firms that can no longer secure indemnity insurance.Individual solicitors will pay total fees of £440, an increase of £4 from 2013. This consists of a £384 practising certificate fee (up from £344) and £56 compensation fund levy (down from £92).Practising fee increases for firms will depend on their turnover: those with up to £10,000 revenue will pay £198 – 6% more than in 2013. Firms with a turnover up to £85,000 will pay £673 in 2014, compared with £604 in 2013.All bigger firms will pay between 11% and 13% more in fees next year depending on their size, with the biggest firms (those with turnover of at least £200m) paying fees of £443,333 – an increase of £55,633.In total, £46.7m will be collected from individuals and £70.1 from firms.Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson said the increases announced were ‘absolutely necessary’ to add £5m to reserves hit by capital expenditure projects in recent years.‘These costs have got to be met as all the value has moved out of the balance sheet,’ said Hudson. ‘Maintaining a level of cash reserves we think is prudent and we want to maintain reserves of £50m which is roughly six months’ expenditure. If calamity struck we have a responsibility to keep things running for six months.’The terms of the closure of the ARP are that the profession absorbs the first £10m of claims against affected firms, with qualified insurers covering the next £10m. Each sector shares costs until they reach £50m.‘Claims are beginning to be notified and we need to start providing now for that liability,’ said Hudson. ‘It is almost like running a mini insurance company – we need to hold monies to cope with the claims.’Hudson emphasised that the Society had done all it could to bring costs down, including reducing its workforce and asking staff to maximise their efficiency.For 2014, the Society’s net funding requirement is £25.2m, compared with £52.8m for the SRA and £22.4m for LSB and Legal Ombudsman.Hudson said: ‘The problem we’ve got is the law says we have to collect and contribute to the cost of these two bodies.‘We exercise what influence we can to keep costs lower but we are seeking to open discussions with colleagues at the SRA to see what we can do to set medium-term targets to reduce group costs over the coming year.’The Society is likely to propose a more regimented system of annual fee increases in the future using the retail prices index minus 1.5%.