Election of Matt Zimmerman as Shawnee council president moments after he was sworn in prompts questions about open meetings law, experience

first_imgMatt Zimmerman taking the oath of office Monday. Photo by Jerry LaMartina.By Jerry LaMartinaOn Monday, Shawnee resident Matthew Zimmerman took the oath of office as a new councilman representing Ward 1, his first experience in elected office.Moments later, he became president of the entire council and next-in-line for Shawnee mayor should Michelle Distler no longer be able to serve.The election of a brand new member to become council president just minutes after he was sworn into office has raised some eyebrows around Shawnee City Hall, with some elected officials questioning whether Zimmerman has the experience necessary to fill the role, and at least one citizen wondering whether councilmembers must have discussed the idea of nominating him for the position beforehand, thus violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act.Shawnee resident Ray Erlichman posted a piece on his blog Wednesday suggesting that some of the councilmembers who voted in favor of Zimmerman as president — Jim Neighbor, Mike Kemmling, Justin Adrian, Mickey Sandifer and Lindsey Constance in addition to Zimmerman himself — may have communicated about nominating him before Monday’s meeting, which would have constituted a KOMA violation. In response, City Attorney Ellis Rainey conducted an investigation. After speaking with the three new members as well as Neighbor, who seconded Adrian’s motion to nominate Zimmerman to the presidency, Rainey determined no KOMA violation had occurred.“The conclusion was none of the officials had any communication regarding the election of Mr. Zimmerman as Council President prior to the Council Meeting,” Rainey said. “There was therefore no communication or conduct regarding the election of Mr. Zimmerman, and therefore no action contrary to the text or purpose of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.”Erlichman has indicated that he is pursuing the matter with the district attorney’s office.Still, Zimmerman’s lack of council experience has left some of his governing body peers concerned. The council president is next in line to become mayor if the sitting mayor becomes unable to serve, and the president leads council committee meetings.Both Ward 2 Councilman Eric Jenkins and Ward 3 Councilwoman Stephanie Meyer voted against Zimmerman as president. Jenkins said that he didn’t know why Zimmerman was elected president and that he thought there was no benefit in having a council president with no council experience.“He wasn’t even on the council for half an hour,” Jenkins said. “You should at least have some time on the council, some experience…We don’t know his skills, abilities or ideological position. If (the mayor) can’t serve, this guy would be the mayor of Shawnee. Here he is the first in line to be mayor of the city, and that’s kind of scary. We’ll find out over time. He may be great. It really showed a lack of maturity in the council members who voted for him.”Meyer said that she had great respect for Zimmerman and considered him a friend, but that she believed the role should be filled by someone who understands the inner-workings of the governing body, especially during what will be a busy year for the city as it tackles big issues like its economic development policy and hiring a new city manager.“We need someone (as council president) who knows about that process,” Meyer said. “I think it creates an uncomfortable situation for everyone, especially the new people.”For her part, Distler said the election of a freshly sworn in council member as president was unprecedented in her time with the city, and that Zimmerman’s election surprised her and caused her some concern.“I haven’t had opportune time to absorb it yet,” Distler said. “Normally, the president position — it’s who would become mayor if anything were to happen to me. It’s usually someone with more experience. I don’t know what to think. They’re also the person who heads the council committee meetings, and I don’t know how you do that without experience.”Neighbor, who was council president in 2013 and 2014, said he has known Zimmerman through the Shawnee Rotary Club for a number of years and that he thought Zimmerman would do a good job.“He brings a wealth of knowledge from the private sector in construction,” Neighbor said. “Matt’s a fast learner. He’s made a diligent effort in the past year or so to be a student of the proceedings, attended lots of council and committee meetings. With everything our council has been through over the years, I think that’s a good idea to bring new ideas.”Zimmerman himself acknowledges that he has a “steep learning curve” ahead of him, and said he was caught off-guard and a bit apprehensive about being nominated for the council presidency. He even said he believes that council should review the process for electing the president. But he added that he hopes lack of “baggage” could be an asset in the role.“Part of what drove me to run for the council is I thought I could provide a higher level of harmony,” he said.last_img read more

Liberty Property Trust Acquires One Of Valley’s Largest Vacant Warehouses, 73 Acres Of Land

first_imgLiberty Property Trust finalized two acquisitions in the past few days, purchasing a nearly completed 593,600 SF warehouse — Estrella Logistics Center; and in a separate deal, bought 73 acres of land at Buckeye Logistics Center West.Both are in the highly desirable Southwest Phoenix Industrial submarket.“The Southwest Phoenix industrial submarket is poised for explosive growth, and these acquisitions give us two things: the largest contiguous cross-dock industrial space in the market and land on which to develop even more,” said John DiVall, senior vice president & city manager, Liberty Property Trust. “We are very pleased to have two great opportunities by which to expand our presence in this part of the market.”The industrial building is at 563 S. 63rd Ave. and was purchased from Seefried Properties and USAA. Marc Hertzberg and Anthony Lydon of Jones Lang LaSalle represented the seller and Bo Mills and Mark Detmer of Jones Lang LaSalle represented Liberty Property Trust.The building will be rebranded as “Liberty Logistics Center I” and marketed to distribution center users who want to expand in or locate to Phoenix.“We are currently monitoring more than 10 MSF of industrial users who seek space solutions greater than 100,000 SF,” said Anthony Lydon who, with partner Marc Hertzberg, will retain the leasing assignment on the building.“Southwest Phoenix provides the perfect supply chain nexus for the near-shoring of Mexico and far-shoring of China/India through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Liberty Logistics Center I will provide the modern amenities that the logistics industry mandates for today’s multi-channel fulfillment needs.”The sustainable building, designed to meet LEED certification, is a state-of-the-art cross-dock facility that features 32-foot clear heights, a fully gated concrete truck court, 7 points of ingress and egress, R-19 insulation and skylights on 2% of the roof.“This is a building we would have built ourselves,” DiVall said. “The high quality and sustainable features are very similar to our own products. It is meant for one or two large users. There’s nothing else in the market like it.”The land purchase is 1.5 miles west of the new building at 71st Ave. and Buckeye Rd. Acquired from The Alter Group, the site is pre-planned to offer more than 1.4 MSF of industrial space across three proposed buildings.It will also be rebranded, as “Liberty Logistics Center II.” Rob Martensen of Colliers International represented the seller in the transaction.“Once we reach about 50% occupancy in Liberty Logistics Center I, we plan to begin work on the first building at Liberty Logistics Center II,” DiVall added.Liberty currently has a presence in the Southwest Phoenix Industrial Submarket, including the 403,321 SF Liberty Tolleson Center at 8591–8601 W. Washington in Tolleson; 227,259 SF at 8313 W. Pierce in Tolleson, and 112 acres of developable land in Goodyear.In total, the company’s Arizona portfolio now includes 2.658 MSF of industrial and office space and 204 acres of developable land in Phoenix, Southwest Phoenix, Tolleson and Goodyear.last_img read more

Long-term meditation practitioners have a faster psychophysiological recovery from stress, study finds

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share The study compared 29 long-term meditation practitioners to 26 matched non-meditating controls. The long-term meditators had been practicing Buddhist meditation for least 3 years with a regularity of at least 3 hours per week.Gamaiunova and her colleagues examined how the participants’ responded to the Trier Social Stress Test, a common experimental technique for inducing a stress response, in which the participants were asked at short notice to complete a 5-minute speech and a 5-minute math task in front of an unfriendly committee, a camera and a microphone.The researchers found that long-term meditation practitioners had faster cortisol recovery from stress than controls. The long-term meditation practitioners also reported experiencing less self-conscious emotions after the stressful task.“Even though it is early to talk about conclusive evidence of robust effects of meditation on the physiology of the stress response, this study, among others, demonstrates that contemplative practice might indeed be related to the way our body deals with threats,” Gamaiunova told PsyPost.“The study shows that meditation is related to the physiological recovery from stress, and proposes an explanation supported by the data: mediators are more prone to use an emotion regulation strategy of acceptance, characterized by non-judgment and receptivity towards our experiences.”A growing body of research suggests that meditation can help in the fight against stress. For instance, a previous study, published in Psychiatry Research, found that anxiety disorder patients had reduced cortisol responses to the Trier Social Stress Test after taking a mindfulness meditation course.But the new study — like all research — includes some limitations.“First, when we talk about meditative practices, we need to keep in mind that there exist a variety of contemplative approaches that do not always work in the same manner. An increasing number of researchers design studies that allow us to differentiate the effects of different types of meditations. Future studies should help us to gain insights on what types of contemplative practices are most related to the psychobiological stress response,” Gamaiunova explained.“Second, stress response is quite complex: in order to understand how meditation practice affects our physiology, we need to investigate the complex dynamics of the stress response: are we getting stressed already anticipating something unpleasant? How long do we remain stressed after the danger is over? Meditation practice might affect some or all of the phases of our stress response.”“Third, we need to understand the psychological mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of contemplative training on our body. Do mediators learn to appraise the stressors differently? Do they experience the same emotions going through stress? How is meditation related to emotion regulation? These questions are very important for our understanding of what makes contemplative approaches effective,” Gamaiunova added.“And, of course, we need more research on shorter interventions, as not everyone is able to dedicate thousands of hours to meditative practice.”The study, “Exploration of psychological mechanisms of the reduced stress response in long-term meditation practitioners“, was authored by Liudmila Gamaiunova, Pierre-Yves Brandt, Guido Bondolfi, and Matthias Kliegel. New research published in Psychoneuroendocrinology has found that long-term meditation practitioners have a faster cortisol recovery from stress. The findings suggest the practicing meditation can improve the psychophysiological response to stress by reducing self-conscious emotions.“Stress is responsible for a variety of negative health outcomes, and takes a toll on quality of life and well-being. Thus, research on behavioral approaches that can help to attenuate the stress response is of utmost importance,” explained study author Liudmila Gamaiunova, a PhD candidate at the University of Lausanne.“I was intrigued by previous findings indicating that certain types of meditation could help to diminish the stress response. Equally, I was interested in why it might be the case, what are the mechanisms behind this relationship?”center_img Pinterest Share on Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Ashton Gate Bus Services Launched

first_imgThe FirstBus route will connect supporters in Whitchurch, Hartcliffe, Withywood, Highridge and Bedminster Down with Ashton Gate on both Bristol City and Bristol Rugby matchdays.Priced £2 for a single journey, or £3 for a return, the route has already proven a success on Bristol Rugby matchdays and will now begin for Bristol City home matches starting with Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship match against QPR, and continuing for every home game between now and the end of the campaign.The route begins at Wharnecliffe Gardens in Whitchurch and drops off at the South Stand entrance to the stadium on Winterstoke Road. Return journeys set off at 5pm and 6pm.For 3pm kick-offs there will be two buses running, one from 1pm at Wharnecliffe Gardens and the other from 2pm. For 7.45pm kick-offs, the shuttle service will run from 5.45pm and 6.45pm. Return journeys are 9.45pm and 10.45pm.There is also a separate route running between Horfield and Ashton Gate on Bristol Rugby matchdays.For more details about the Bristol City route and timings, click here.For more details about the Bristol Rugby route and timings, click here.last_img read more

Eagles’ Kelly says McCoy was wrong to question his motives

first_imgn this Dec. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. A person familiar with the deal says the Eagles have agreed to trade star running back McCoy for Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. The person spoke under condition of anonymity Tuesday night, March 3, 2015, because the teams had not announced the deal. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Chip Kelly says LeSean McCoy was wrong to suggest he favors White players over Black players and says he never considers race when he’s building the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster.“I’ve got great respect for LeSean. However, in that situation, I think he’s wrong,” Kelly said Thursday. “We put a lot of time in looking at the characters and factors that go into selection and retention of players, and color’s never been one of them.”Kelly traded McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in March for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy wasn’t happy about the trade. The two-time All-Pro and leading rusher in franchise history then questioned Kelly’s motives in an interview with ESPN The Magazine earlier this month.“You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good Black players. He got rid of them the fastest,” McCoy said. “But there’s a reason he got rid of all the Black players _ the good ones _ like that.”McCoy referenced Kelly releasing star receiver DeSean Jackson a year earlier, while keeping receiver Riley Cooper.“That doesn’t hurt me,” Kelly said of the comments. “I’m not governed by the fear of what other people say. Events don’t elicit feelings. I think beliefs elicit feelings, and I understood what my beliefs are and I know who I am.”Kelly said he doesn’t plan to address the team about the comments, and he hasn’t spoken to McCoy.“I reached out to him twice and he didn’t accept my call,” Kelly said. “And I talked to his agent and told him I’d love to talk to him at some point, but I haven’t had a chance to touch base with him.”The third-year coach isn’t concerned about perception outside the locker room.“If you start chasing perception then you got a long life ahead of you, son,” Kelly said. “That’s what it’s all about if you’re worried about someone’s perception of what’s going on with you. You control one thing _ you control yourself. And I know how we run this organization, and it’s not run that way.”last_img read more

Galway v Mayo (Stand Tickets – SOLD OUT)

first_imgStand Tickets are now sold out. All supporters travelling to the game are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance, Tickets on sale through the Supervalu and Centra outlets. Tickets will also be on sale outside the stadium from 5pm when the gates open.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email A place in the Connacht Football Championship final is up for grabs this evening. Galway take on old rivals Mayo at McHale Park at 7pm with LIVE Commentary this evening from Ollie Turner & Frank Morris.last_img read more

Galway United’s First Division Fixtures Released

first_imgThe fixtures for the new league of Ireland season have been unveiled this afternoon. Fri. 13 April         Galway United v Wexford     Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 20 April         Shelbourne v Galway United     Tolka Park 7.45 pmFri. 27 April         Galway United v Cobh Ramblers    Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 4 May            Athlone Town v Galway United     Athlone Town Stadium 7.45 pmMONDAY/TUESDAY, 7/8 MAY – EA SPORTS CUP QUARTER-FINALS   Fri. 11 May          Galway United v U.C.D.        Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 18 May         Cabinteely v Galway United     Stradbrook 7.45 pmFri. 25 May         Galway United v  Drogheda United  Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 2 June          Longford Town v Galway United     City Calling Stadium 7.30 pmFri. 8 June          Galway United v Finn Harps Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 15 June         Wexford v Galway United     Ferrycarrig Park 8.00 pmMID-SEASON BREAK – SATURDAY 16 JUNE – THURSDAY 28 JUNE – NO FIXTURESFri. 29 June        Galway United v Shelbourne Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 6 July            Galway United v Athlone Town      Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 14 July          Cobh Ramblers v Galway United     St. Colman’s Park 7.45 pmFri. 20 July          U.C.D. v Galway United     The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 27 July           Galway United v Cabinteely  Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        Drogheda United v Galway United     United Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        Shelbourne v Cobh Ramblers    Tolka Park 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        U.C.D. v Cabinteely  The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 3 August        Finn Harps v Wexford     Finn Park 8.00 pmSat. 4 August       Longford Town v Athlone Town      City Calling Stadium 7.30 pmMONDAY 5 AUGUST – EA SPORTS CUP SEMI-FINALSWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 12 AUGUST – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP FIRST ROUNDFri. 17 August      Galway United v Longford Town    Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 26 AUGUST – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP SECOND ROUNDFri. 31 August      Finn Harps v Galway United     Finn Park 8.00 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 9 SEPTEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP QUARTER-FINALSFri. 14 September       Galway United v  Wexford     Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER – EA SPORTS CUP FINAL     Sat. 22 September         Shelbourne v Galway United     Tolka Park  7.45 pmWEEKEND ENDING SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP SEMI-FINALSFIRST DIVISION PROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF SERIESFri. 5 October       4th placed First Division club v 3rd placed First Division clubMon. 8 October    3rd placed First Division club v 4th placed First Division clubFri. 12 October     Winner of 4th v 3rd Play-off v 2nd placed First Division clubFri. 19 October     2nd placed First Division club v Winner of 4th v 3rd Play-offPROMOTION/RELEGATION PLAY-OFF FINALMon. 29 October  Winner of First Division Play-off     series v 9th placed Premier Division clubFri. 2 November   9th placed Premier Division club v Winner of First Division Play-off series(Or Wed. 7 November if one or both of the Clubs qualify for the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final)SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER – IRISH DAILY MAIL FAI CUP FINAL – AVIVA STADIUM Galway United will be at home for their first game of the season on Friday the 23rd of February when Athlone Town will visit Eamon Deacy Park followed by two away games to Cobh Ramblers and UCD. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img Fri. 30 March      Galway United v Longford Town    Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmMONDAY 2 APRIL – EA SPORTS CUP SECOND ROUND           Fri. 6 April           Finn Harps v Galway United     Finn Park 8.00 pm United’s Fixtures in Full are….Fri. 23 February   Galway United v Athlone Town      Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmSat. 3 March         Cobh Ramblers v Galway United     St. Colman’s Park 7.45 pmMONDAY 5 MARCH – EA SPORTS CUP FIRST ROUND    Fri. 9 March         U.C.D. v Galway United     The UCD Bowl 7.45 pmFri. 16 March       Galway United v Cabinteely  Eamonn Deacy Park 7.45 pmFri. 23 March      Drogheda United v Galway United     United Park 7.45 pmlast_img read more

Christian Eriksen strikes in stoppage time as Tottenham snatch late win

first_imgCHRISTIAN ERIKSEN kept Tottenham title hopes alive with a stoppage-time winner.The jubilation of the draw in Barcelona which sealed qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League was disappearing in a damp squib of a performance against dogged Burnley.6 Christian Eriksen scores the dramatic late winner for SpursCredit: Getty – Contributor6 Eriksen arrives to fire Spurs to victory and shatter BurnleyCredit: Reuters6 The midfielder is mobbed by Spurs team-mates after the dramatic late winnerCredit: ReutersErik Lamela, Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli had all missed late chances to snatch a winner.But second-half substitute Eriksen came up with the good again to keep Spurs on the tails of Liverpool and Manchester City.Until the late winner, the only plus point for the home team looked like being a decent first start in the senior team for Oliver Skipp, 18, who played in defensive midfield as Mauricio Pochettino shuffled his team to make up for FOUR centre backs being out with injury.Lucas Moura and Lamela failed to convert decent opportunities in the first half , the latter when Joe Hart made a good smothering save.6 Danny Rose bites the dust under a Phil Bardsley challenge in a gritty match at WembleyCredit: PA:Press AssociationMost read in footballBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upHarry Kane had a good shout for a penalty turned down as Burnley frustrated the home team with their compact shape and commitment.Ashley Barnes thought he had given the visitors a shock lead just after the break, only for a combination of Toby Alderweireld and Kane to block his acrobatic effort.From then on, Spurs enjoyed most of the possession and territory yet found it hard to create clear-cut chances.Pochettino sent on Christian Eriksen with 25 minutes left but the chances were falling to others.Is this Danny Rose cross for Tottenham the worst of all time?6 Oliver Skipp made his full debut in the centre of the Tottenham midfieldCredit: AFP or licensors6 Robbie Brady attempts an overhead kick as Burnley searched for the breakthroughCredit: PA:Empics SportIn the 75th minute the ball came to Lamela just outside the six-yard box but Hart made a fine one-armed saved to keep out the low shot.Then Son dragged a shot wide from even close range with five minutes left.When Dele was unable to force in a Son cross at the far post, it seemed Burnley, who had Robbie Brady and Phil Bardsley booked for timewasting, would hold on for a point.But in the final minute, Dele and Kane combined to tee up Eriksen to complete a fine week for Tottenham.Watch all the Premier League action from Saturday 15th Decemberlast_img read more