A new day for Shawnee Mission schools as voters sweep out incumbents, vote in newcomers calling for transparency

first_imgLaura Guy’s defeat of 20 year incumbent Craig Denny means there will be a new president of the Shawnee Mission Board of Education. She watched the final election results come in Tuesday night with members of the group Education First Shawnee Mission in downtown Overland Park.Shawnee Mission patrons headed to the polls Tuesday and delivered a crystal clear message to the district’s central office: It’s time for a big change.Register to continuelast_img

Trans-Pennine and Midland Main Line electrification by 2023 as work unpaused

first_imgUK: Work to electrify the trans-Pennine and Midland Main Line routes is to resume with completion envisaged by 2023, Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin announced on September 30.Following significant delays and cost over-runs on the electrification of the Great Western Main Line from London to Bristol and South Wales, on June 25 McLoughlin announced that Network Rail’s works programme for Control Period 5 from 2014 to 2019 would be reviewed and ‘reset’.Planning for trans-Pennine and Midland Main Line electrification was ‘paused’ pending this review, which is being undertaken by Sir Peter Hendy who was appointed as NR Chairman. While the review is still underway, on September 29 Hendy wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport advising how the work could continue, and as a result McLoughlin has asked NR to unpause the two projects.NR will now work with the Department for Transport and regional body Rail North to develop a ‘firm detailed design’ by the end of 2017 for 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of the trans-Pennine route from Stalybridge near Manchester to Leeds, York and Selby. Hendy has advised McLoughlin that electrification works could begin in 2018, for completion by the end of 2022. DfT said this project would focus on ‘delivering key passenger benefits as quickly as possible’, and provide ‘faster journey times and significantly more capacity’, with six fast or semi-fast trains per hour and Manchester – York journey times reduced by up to 15 min. This would be ‘an improvement on the previous plan which only changed the power supply of the trains’. Hendy has also proposed adding electrification to line speed and capacity improvement works underway on the Midland Main Line, with electrification from Bedford as far as Kettering and Corby by 2019 and to Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield by 2023.Hendy has advised McLoughlin that while unpausing the two projects would ‘create a further significant spending pressure’ within the CP5 funding plan, his review is to set out what NR could do the mitigate the impact on other works, and much of the costs would fall within CP6.‘The temporary pause in the programme has given us the space to develop a better plan for passengers’, said Hendy. ‘People can expect more services and faster journeys. We face some difficult challenges, and there is more work still to do, but the Secretary of State’s decision means we can now move forward with our plans’.The Rail Delivery Group which represents NR and train operators welcomed the announcement as ‘good news’, emphasising that ‘it is important to have continued and sustained investment’. The announcement was ‘absolutely great news for the North of England’, according to Nick Donovan, Managing Director of current franchise holder First Transpennine Express. He said FTPE has ‘experienced a huge increase in the demand for rail travel over the past few years and rail travel has never been as popular. This news today will give a real boost to people’s confidence in the investment that has been promised and will help to establish the North as a major player within the UK’s economy.’last_img read more

NASCAR drivers react to Juan Pablo Montoya’s Indy 500 win

first_imgBig congrats to @jpmontoya on the #Indy500 win!!!! — Clint Bowyer (@ClintBowyer) May 24, 2015 Ole @jpmontoya was on it there at the end definitely was wheeling that thing more than any of them #Indianapolis500— Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (@StenhouseJr) May 24, 2015 Congrats @jpmontoya, massive effort!!!#Indianapolis500— Jimmie Johnson (@JimmieJohnson) May 24, 2015center_img Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after winning the 2015 Indianapolis 500. (Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports)Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after winning the 2015 Indianapolis 500. (Andrew Weber, USA TODAY Sports)Juan Pablo Montoya spent seven-plus years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, so when he won Sunday’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, his former competitors in NASCAR took notice.Six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson tweeted, so did three-time NASCAR champion and former IndyCar champion Tony Stewart.PACE CAR DRIVER: Jeff Gordon says Indy 500 experience was ‘so cool’Joey Logano was especially excited. Logano, like Montoya, drives for Team Penske, and the two drivers combined to give team owner Roger Penske the two biggest prizes in American motorsports, after Montoya’s win Sunday and Logano’s victory in the Daytona 500 in February.Other NASCAR drivers offering congratulations to Montoya include NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., Clint Bowyer and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.last_img read more

High school soccer: Parkway boys runner-up in Bearkat Classic

first_imgThe Parkway Panthers finished runner-up in the boys division of the Bearkat Classic soccer tournament hosted by Bossier on Saturday at Tinsley Park.The Panthers lost a tough 3-2 double-overtime decision to Ruston in the championship match. Alec Crain and Dario Cosic scored Parkway’s goals. Parkway edged Bossier 2-1 in the semifinals. Ruston slipped past Airline 1-0 in overtime in the other.Luke Kirkpatrick and Cameron Prokopf scored Parkway’s goals against Bossier.The Panthers went 4-1 in the tournament. Parkway also defeated North Caddo 9-1, Red River 11-0 and North DeSoto 3-0.Airline, which went 3-1, defeated Evangel Christian 1-0 Saturday afternoon to advance to the semifinals. Tung Khai scored on a penalty kick.Bossier also went 3-1. The Bearkats defeated Minden 2-1 in bracket play Saturday afternoon.Airline finished runner-up in the junior varsity boys division, falling to Byrd 2-1 in the title game.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more