Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgPhoto by Megan Langford via Twitter.Moms Demand Action meeting sees tenfold increase in attendance after Parkland shooting. The growing call for changes following the killing of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Feb. 14 has invigorated activists in Johnson County. More than 200 people attended the monthly membership meeting of a Johnson County chapter of Moms Demand Action last night. Usual attendance is around 20 people. Shawnee Mission School Board member Laura Guy was in attendance. “A teacher came up and thanked me for being there,” Guy wrote on Twitter. “She said she’s still shook up after Parkland. Our teachers need our support – and gratitude.”Register to continuelast_img

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Brittany Warnica promoted by CBRE

first_imgBrittany Warnica, CBRECBRE announced that Brittany Warnica has been named marketing director for the Arizona market. For the past three years, Warnica has been leading the marketing efforts in Phoenix and recently took on management of Tucson marketing.“We are so pleased to elevate Brittany to marketing director for Arizona. She is a tenured, well-respected member of the CBRE team. Over the course of her career with CBRE she has shown exceptional ability to meet the high expectations of our professionals and our clients, and leads her team to do the same,” said CBRE’s Director of Operations Cathy Teeter. “Brittany’s intimate knowledge of what it takes to successfully market commercial real estate projects coupled with her excellent communication and organizational skills, provide an advantage in guaranteeing she will be an excellent leader and mentor for marketing and communications professionals in Arizona.”As marketing director for Arizona, Warnica leads an in-house team of graphic designers, communications specialists, marketing specialists and business services coordinators, working with clients to develop marketing strategies and produce a full range of marketing collateral. With a strong background in design, she is actively involved in the day-to-day development of materials and also oversees the production of the team at large to ensure brand management, compliance and quality.​Warnica began her career with CBRE in 2006. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and holds a BS in graphic design.last_img read more

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New Report Advises UK Government on Wave & Tidal Development

first_imgRenewableUK is highlighting a new study which calls for a fresh approach by the UK Government and devolved administrations to the way funding is allocated to the wave and tidal energy sector, to ensure the industry realises its enormous potential.The report “Capitalising on Capability” by the Marine Energy Programme Board, which advises the Government on how to develop the industry, to be launched today in Edinburgh at RenewableUK’s Wave and Tidal 2015 conference.It says British companies are well-placed to capture £76 billion of a global market by 2050, adding up to £4 billion to UK GDP. Companies surveyed by RenewableUK for this report have spent nearly £450 million in the UK’s marine energy supply chain. Importantly, the companies surveyed said they had spent around £7 of privately sourced money for each £1 of public funding they received. This investment supports around 1,700 people working in the wave and tidal energy sector, and the industry has the potential to support up to 20,000 jobs in the next decade.However, the report says that, to maintain the UK’s global lead and become fully commercialised industries, wave and tidal energy need sustained and consistent practical and financial support from governments at all levels. The study urges the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments and Northern Ireland Executive to work with the MEPB to provide a joint vision of the role of marine energy out to 2030 and beyond, together with a suitably funded strategy to commercialise wave and tidal technologies. The study warns that without a unified approach, there is a risk of duplication of effort and important measures falling between the gaps.The report also warns that although the support provided by the Renewables Obligation and Contracts for Difference schemes has created an attractive market for commercial marine energy projects in the UK, it is impossible to secure the level of private capital needed for smaller pilot projects to demonstrate their performance. This is vital to ensure that suitable guarantees can be offered about how larger projects will perform, to make them “bankable”.The report says a co-ordinated finance package from public and private sources is required to fund these pilot projects. It points to a recent report by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult which identified around £300 million in support needed to take these sectors to the next level, and to drive down overall costs in the long term. The MEPB advises that this could be drawn together by all parts of UK Government and from European funding to grow the sectors over the next 5 to 10 years. This will help to address the difficulties which led to the recent collapse of Pelamis Wave Power, as well as Aquamarine shedding staff and Siemens’ withdrawal from Marine Current Turbines.RenewableUK’s Wave & Tidal Development Manager, Dee Nunn, said: “By implementing the actions outlined in this timely report, the UK could secure its position at the forefront of the global marine energy sector, putting recent setbacks behind us. The measures being put forward would enable industry to capitalise on the excellent resource and test facilities we already have in the UK to move the technologies to a commercial position.“It would lead to financial close for at least 3 pilot tidal arrays on UK waters by 2018, and the first wave arrays at demonstration centres such as WaveHub off the coast of Cornwall and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) off Orkney.“This report shows that with our excellent maritime heritage, British supply chain companies are well placed to build the UK’s wave and tidal projects as they grow, as well as capturing a significant proportion of the export market in Europe and beyond to countries such as Canada, South Korea and Japan.”Image: EMEC (Illustration)last_img read more

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How is it that most NBA teams (and other leagues too) STILL have bad looks?

first_imgBut if that Sixers uni was worn now, it would still be in the top half of the league. guest23 Location:Hill Valley, CA 210 Location:DETROIT 0 Favourite Logos:San Diego Clippers (1978-83), Chicago Blackhawks, Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants (since 2001) 1,252 33 210 jaha32 Share on other sites 918 Share on other sites Location:Phoenix, AZ Members 213 0 These look like something kids wear in a basketball camp: t-shirts with a logo on the front and number on the back. Posted January 29, 2014 481 posts eliasrappaport SportsLogos.Net Banned 1 Members Sign in to follow this   1,574 posts tigerslionspistonshabs Members All Activity Share this post The NBA is easily the sports world’s worst-dressed league. Outside of maybe 10-15 like you said (most of which are traditional designs that haven’t changed much since the respective team’s inception, eg. Boston, LA Lakers, Chicago, San Antonio, Miami).There are just so many so-called ‘cookie cutter’ designs it seems. Teams with so much potential, like the Clippers, Mavericks, Suns and Timberwolves just to name a few go with these terribly bland templates. Share on other sites 213 1,585 PhantomDreamer 1,585 210 1,585 Share this post Sports Logo News NBA logos follow a different criteria than NFL, NHL, or MLB logos. Mainly, the primary requires city and team names to appear in words. That alone makes an NBA logo totally different than simply making a stand-alone animal head logo which half the NFL uses, or simple design composition that the NHL uses. I love the simplicity of NFL logos and they need to be clean and bold so they can easily be seen on the helmet, but that style just wouldn’t work in the NBA in my opinion.Why don’t you think that style would work in the NBA? I think the worst parts about NBA logos are the inclusion of city/team names and basketballs. Most teams have MUCH stronger secondary/alternate logos. 0 Share this post Share this post Page 1 of 2   Link to post Next Buster 5,926 posts Posted January 29, 2014 Link to post Members 2 Members ScubaSteve I think part of it has to do with NBA teams not wanting to take risks. Most teams stick with blue as their primary jersey color because they apparently sell the best. If not blue then they are red or black heavy color schemes. Then they try to go with something unique for their alternate jersies but those never stay around very long. Link to post tigerslionspistonshabs 245 280 posts 1,508 Link to post Posted January 29, 2014 1,508 Share this post Link to post Posted January 29, 2014 155 Favourite Logos:Mariners Star Trident. Utah Jazz music note. Milwaukee Brewers ‘MB’ mitt. White Sox batterman. Link to post Favourite Logos:Phoenix Suns 1968-92, Providence Steamrollers 1946-49, Oakland A’s 1968-82, Pittsburgh Penguins 1971-92, Phoenix Roadrunners 1974-77, Phoenix Firebirds 1986-97, Montgomery Biscuits, Lansing Lugnuts, Joliet Slammers, Tucson Sidewinders Banned Share this post 0 jaha32 Members Prev 0 Members Posted January 29, 2014 Share this post 918 How is it that most NBA teams (and other leagues too) STILL have bad looks? NBA logos follow a different criteria than NFL, NHL, or MLB logos. Mainly, the primary requires city and team names to appear in words. That alone makes an NBA logo totally different than simply making a stand-alone animal head logo which half the NFL uses, or simple design composition that the NHL uses. I love the simplicity of NFL logos and they need to be clean and bold so they can easily be seen on the helmet, but that style just wouldn’t work in the NBA in my opinion.Why don’t you think that style would work in the NBA? I think the worst parts about NBA logos are the inclusion of city/team names and basketballs. Most teams have MUCH stronger secondary/alternate logos.The way I see it, each of the 4 major leagues use their logos somewhat differently, so naturally they all have some differences in how the logos look. I like the variety between leagues. NBA logos rely heavily on wordmarks, more so than any of the other leagues, and I think that is good for the NBA. In the NFL, the logos need to look good on a small helmet decal and having letters would just clutter up the logo. Only three teams have their name appear in the logo that come to mind (Raiders, Jets, and Steelers). Plus, since NFL logos appear on helmets, they are constantly seen during the course of any game/highlights and are recognized by all as the helmet logo, even without seeing the name. NHL jerseys usually have the logo appear on the front of the jerseys, so during the course of the game, all fans see that logo constantly and it is quickly known even without any wordmark. Even in the MLB, the cap logos, which aren’t primary logos, but are seen constantly on the cap, so even without seeing the full spelled-out name, everyone knows it is their logo. NBA primary logos don’t really appear anywhere on jerseys usually (minus the recent chrome jersey logos), so they are not seen constantly (unless placed on center-court or on TV graphics). Of course all real fans still know these brands well, and I agree that the NBA has some great secondary logos that do not have any words on them, but I am not sure that the NBA alternate logos are strong enough to be primary logos. Two good alternate logos that come to mind are the Hawks head logo (which actually looks like an NFL logo to me) and T-Wolves head logo, both without any lettering. But, would the average casual basketball fan or non-logo nerd who sees that Hawks instantly link it to the Atlanta Hawks? I’m not so sure they would. Or would a casual fan who see that T-Wolves stand-alone head logo know that it is the T-Wolves logo and not some other wolf team? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe I’m underestimating these logos. Anyway, those alternate logos come to good use when places on jerseys above the NOB or on shorts, since the primaries tend to be too detailed in the NBA to be shrunk that much, but the primaries still need to represent the team as best it can, and having the name appear on NBA primary logos works in my opinion. The hardest part of creating an NBA logo, I would think, would be trying to incorporate wordmarks with the other images in a logo, and not ending up with a cluttered mess. The last two NBA teams to get new logos (Pelicans and Hornets) have done a nice job in that regard. They also have solid alternate logos taking elements of the primary, while keeping the primary bold. The Nets may have gone overboard with blandness but as always, things look better with time and familiarity.I know you aren’t just talking logos in this thread, but also jerseys. I just hope that the NBA doesn’t continue on its current jersey trend. Going with sleeves and logos on jerseys in the same year is too much. If they really wanted to go that route, they should have eased their way little by little, rather than putting it all on us at once, and ending up with something that looks nothing like a basketball jersey. Prev Share on other sites Share this post Link to post Mike Foster Thunder is the worst of all NBA. Logos and uniforms just look like a new added team to D-League and they still haven’t rebrand. 0 Share on other sites 1,585 Atesh Brave-Bird 08 Sports Logos Location:DETROIT 225 Posted January 29, 2014 guest23 48 Posted January 29, 2014 Posted January 29, 2014 Posted January 29, 2014 0 alxy8s I disagree with the idea that most NBA teams have bad looks, logo-wise, although I do agree that many of the jerseys could be improved, or at least match its respective logo better. I do not like the recent NBA trends of putting sleeves or chrome logos on the jerseys. These are just gimmicky ploys that I expect will die-out soon (or at least hoping), but logo-wise, I think most NBA logos are fine and there is a nice variety in the league. Of course some like the Lakers, could use modern updating, but I actually like the Clippers slight update recently. They felt no need to try to hard and make a over-the-top flashy logo. NBA logos follow a different criteria than NFL, NHL, or MLB logos. Mainly, the primary requires city and team names to appear in words. That alone makes an NBA logo totally different than simply making a stand-alone animal head logo which half the NFL uses, or simple design composition that the NHL uses. I love the simplicity of NFL logos and they need to be clean and bold so they can easily be seen on the helmet, but that style just wouldn’t work in the NBA in my opinion.Most pro basketball leagues in the world look horrible, and have no continuity between any jerseys/logos, and I know comparing the NBA to those leagues will of course make the NBA look better just by comparison, but if you don’t like the NBA’s look in general, it could be much much worse. 1,252 118 posts 33 Share on other sites 0 Location:Wisconsin / South Korea tigerslionspistonshabs Posted January 30, 2014 1 Share on other sites Posted January 29, 2014 Share on other sites Location:Los Angeles Posted January 29, 2014 Share this post 5,926 posts Hat Boy Posted January 29, 2014 MadmanLA Location:Boston, MA Link to post 2,958 posts How is it that most NBA teams (and other leagues too) STILL have bad looks? Bobster Tynamo alxy8s By eliasrappaport, January 29, 2014 in Sports Logo News 327 Hat Boy 48 210 994 posts eliasrappaport Forums Home But if that Sixers uni was worn now, it would still be in the top half of the league. That’s cause jerseys keep getting worse and worse. Downgrades all over.2/3 of the league’s franchises have very little, if any tradition and barely any visual identity. The league is also not very strong in terms of controlling identities within the league like nfl properties does. When you combine these two factors you’ve created so much visual churn by these mediocre franchises trying to chase the sports trend of the moment. Lastly you’ve had rbk/adi have way too much influence in redesigns and they are flat out poor designers. The only good progressive basketball designs that are coming out are Nike’s ncaa line which isn’t saying much for the state of basketball design. So many uniforms look exactly the same to me, with different colors. Atleast the Suns have an identity, mean while if you make the Celtics and Bulls jersey the same color, they look pretty similar. Spurs and Lakers pretty much use the same template too 6,127 posts 210 Share on other sites Favourite Logos:Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Tigers 2 ror1997 You can’t really blame teams for not rebranding. It takes a lot of effort and money. However, the recent rebrands have been pretty good so that’s a step in the right direction. Brooklyn – boring but not really badPhoenix – they’re middle of the pack at leastNew York (?) – Minor changes but slightly betterCharlotte – They’re the Hornets again. Nuff saidNew Orleans – You can’t really say that it’s bad compared to some other logos.There hasn’t been a horribly bad rebrand in a while so it’s something. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. The Suns should still be wearing this. Something from the ’90s that wasn’t a boring failure. PhantomDreamer I’d rather see the Suns in something like this -One of my all-time favorite uniforms…if it would have been better if the present-day Suns went with a modern-day interpretation of those unis. Hail to the Redskins…forever. Share this post 918 155 NBA 1 33 Digby 213 0 5,270 Members Atesh 4,873 posts Buster 225 245 0 Next Posted January 29, 2014 hawk36 805 Share on other sites Banned Share on other sites 33 994 posts Link to post 3,353 My take is that it’s because sports management lacks a general understanding of good design and good aesthetics. I worked for years designing for various professional teams and they constantly gravitated to the least interesting design (which is why I gravitated away from designing for them). The nice stuff Nike has done (more their marketing not their uniforms) is helping educate but we’re still a long way off. Just my take. Posted January 29, 2014 245 0 Link to post 0 5,270 Share this post Favourite Logos:Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Tigers But if that Sixers uni was worn now, it would still be in the top half of the league. That’s cause jerseys keep getting worse and worse. Downgrades all over. Posted January 29, 2014 Share on other sites Location:Wisconsin / South Korea 2 eliasrappaport MadmanLA eliasrappaport Location:Bronx 1,585 Link to post Followers 0 Bring Back the Trident 2 Other sports generally stay true to the basic uniform…football, baseball, hockey…but basketball morphs it’s uniforms based on fashion trends, marketing gimmicks and pop culture. You’ll never see a hockey jersey or football pants ever change shape and it’s basic design, but an NBA jersey is now found in numerous styles, shapes and sizes.Not sure about that. Baseball hat styles have changed, for example, and we’ve seen the entry and exit of pullovers and vests. In football, you’ve got the ever-shrinking sleeves, now at the point where a football jersey is essentially a tank top. Forums Home Bad Favourite Logos:EaglesLakersFalconsOld Brewers Logo with glove Link to post 2 Link to post Link to post 0 Share this post All Activity Tynamo I’d rather see the Suns in something like this – 327 Favourite Logos:EaglesLakersFalconsOld Brewers Logo with glove Members 327 1,118 posts Members Link to post Go To Topic Listing Banned Share this post 1,508 Share this post Share on other sites Digby Link to post 225 Posted January 29, 2014 1 Share on other sites 5,270 Share on other sites Link to post 1,585 805 Members Share this post 1,252 Share this post 10 Sports Logo News 10 Members 10 292 posts Share this post 5,923 posts Share on other sites Link to post Posted January 29, 2014 Members Share on other sites 3,353 210 Share this post 3,353 How is it that most NBA teams (and other leagues too) STILL have bad looks? Members Location:Turkey Favourite Logos:Suns, Packers & NBA All-Star Logos 805 2,958 posts 155 NFL Recommended Posts hawk36 Share on other sites Location:Philadelphia Pa Sign in to follow this   ScubaSteve 818 posts Page 1 of 2   Brave-Bird 08 Link to post ror1997 0 0 Members Link to post Location:Atlanta, Ga. jaha32 jaha32 2,396 posts 1,372 posts Share this post tigerslionspistonshabs Share this post 0 8,516 posts 33 0 1 Location:Chelan Seattle Posted January 29, 2014 Share on other sites Members Location:Philadelphia Pa 33 5,583 posts SportsLogos.Net This topic is now closed to further replies. If you think about the NBA and the consensus good looking teams you probably think of around 10-15. How is that possible? With all of the concepts that people see and think are great or with all the retro looks people want back, how is it that a team can still look horrible? The NBA has been around since the 1940s. That’s 70 years! The Sixers for example have a bad look, but great retro looks that they can switch to at anytime. If they switch to the 1970s jerseys, BOOM they are now a top 10 look. If the Magic contact that user R_E_D_D_I_T and get permission to use his Magic logo that everyone thinks is sick, boom they’re top 10 too. It just amazes me. How about the Hawks? That 1980s Wilkins look in great. Use it! Followers 0 The NBA is easily the sports world’s worst-dressed league. Outside of maybe 10-15 like you said (most of which are traditional designs that haven’t changed much since the respective team’s inception, eg. Boston, LA Lakers, Chicago, San Antonio, Miami).There are just so many so-called ‘cookie cutter’ designs it seems. Teams with so much potential, like the Clippers, Mavericks, Suns and Timberwolves just to name a few go with these terribly bland templates. This has more to do with the urban fashion influence than the team logos and designs. The massive shorts, the jerseys cut more like muscle shirts than actual basketball jerseys, then there are the shoes and “accessories”.Other sports generally stay true to the basic uniform…football, baseball, hockey…but basketball morphs it’s uniforms based on fashion trends, marketing gimmicks and pop culture. You’ll never see a hockey jersey or football pants ever change shape and it’s basic design, but an NBA jersey is now found in numerous styles, shapes and sizes.This looks great:This looks ridiculous: I actually like most of the standard NBA uniforms. 48 Share on other sites Sports Logos Posted January 29, 2014 Bobsterlast_img read more

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Melvin Gordon Fantasy Football Outlook: As holdout ends, questions surround Gordon, Austin Ekeler

first_imgMelvin Gordon will report to the Chargers on Thursday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. That ends a contract holdout that began in the summer and has continued through the early part of the season. Gordon would’ve been a top-10 player in fantasy football drafts if not for the holdout concerns, which knocked him further and further down the rankings and opened the door for handcuff Austin Ekeler to become a top fantasy RB. Gordon’s return puts a huge question mark next to the fantasy value of Ekeler (as well as Gordon himself). Justin Jackson now becomes the Chargers’ third-stringer and will have no fantasy utility once Gordon is activated. (Update: Jackson is out for Week 4, and Gordon could play a limited role, according to Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn.)WEEK 4 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 4 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWill Melvin Gordon play Week 4?Gordon will not play in Week 4, according to Rapoport, who tweeted that he’s planning on being “back in the fold with his teammates.” Unlike a player who was traded, recently drafted or signed in free agency, Gordon should know the Chargers’ playbook to nearly its full extent. What’s less certain is the shape that Gordon is in.It’s likely that whenever Gordon first takes the field — likely Week 5 against Denver — his workload will be reduced for a week, much like we saw with Ezekiel Elliott in Week 1 after he reported less than a week before the opener. That week, Cowboys’ backup Tony Pollard saw about a third of the Dallas offensive snaps.WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endMelvin Gordon fantasy outlookAs it looks now, Gordon will probably suit up in Week 5 with a potentially reduced workload. Then, in Week 6, he should start getting the majority of backfield work for L.A. That should yield solid rushing/scoring numbers, though it’s worth pointing out that prior to last season, Gordon had not averaged more than 3.9 yards per carry. It’s possible that last year’s 5.1 ypc was somewhat of an aberration and Gordon will regress mightily. On top of that, Ekeler has proven to be one of the top receiving backs in football, and it’s possible Gordon won’t be used as much in the passing game, especially over the next few weeks. That could limit him to RB2 status the rest of the way, depending how often he can get into the end zone.Austin Ekeler fantasy outlookEkeler’s been too good in 2019 for the Chargers to relegate him to “change-of-pace” status. This was evident even last season when the Chargers were sure to involve Ekeler even when Gordon was healthy.In the 11 games that both Ekeler and Gordon were active together in 2018, Ekeler averaged 9.4 standard-scoring fantasy points per game. The lowest percentage of L.A. offensive snaps that Ekeler received in those games was 17 percent and his high was 41 percent. In seven of those 11 games, Ekeler saw the field on at least a third of snaps. Ekeler was used some on third downs in his backup role, catching 27 passes across the 11 games he and Gordon both played in last season.  We could see Ekeler maintain a slightly bigger role now that he’s proven what he can do in more time, possibly closer to that 40-percent mark that he reached once last year. That’s still going to be a tricky way for him to have fantasy value on a week-to-week basis, though. During bye weeks, he’ll probably work as a standard-league FLEX and RB2 in PPR formats. We wouldn’t advise dropping Ekeler. He’s too talented, we don’t know how the Chargers will split the workload, and he’s an injury away from being a top-10 fantasy RB again. Even trading him could be hard because everyone knows Gordon is returning. It might be best to stand pat and just take what you can get from Ekeler at this point.With Gordon not expected to play in Week 4, Ekeler remains a must-start against the putrid Dolphins and Jackson is in play as a FLEX possibility. Gordon’s return should be a boost to the Chargers’ offense overall, but Ekeler and Jackson will be the biggest losers from this news.last_img read more

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