first_imgGov. Jeff Colyer was in the area Tuesday to announce the expansion of I-35 at 75th Street to four lanes.Interstate 35 at 75th Street — one of the most congested stretches of highway in Kansas — will be expanded to four lanes in both directions in 2020, state and county officials announced Tuesday.The project will go out for bid at the end of 2019 with construction expected to begin in spring 2020. The construction will likely last about a year.Gathered at the Kansas Department of Transportation’s shop at I-35 and Lamar, Gov. Jeff Colyer, County Chair Ed Eilert, Lenexa Mayor Mike Boehm and KDOT Sec. Richard Carlson, said the project represented a major priority for the state’s economy, as more than 13,000 trucks use that section of highway each day to transport freight.It’s also a major frustration to the tens of thousands of commuters who get stuck in traffic jams — including the governor.“I live here. I’ve seen this. Every single day I have lost time in that traffic jam going north or south,” said Colyer, who lives in Leawood. “It is something that has really been a bottleneck for the last several years. And it’s going to get worse unless we do something about it.”‘One of a kind’ project justified use of CARS fundsMayor Mike Boehm said the project would help alleviate traffic congestion that has plagued the intersection for years.The total project budget will be about $16 million, KDOT officials said. The vast majority of the funding will come from federal freight funds administered by KDOT. But approximately $1.6 million will come from Johnson County’s County Assistance Road Systems (CARS) program. The county commission gave tacit approval to the use of CARS matching funds for the project earlier this month.CARS, which provides funds collected by the county through a gas tax and county mill levy, provides matching dollars to cities for major road projects in their borders. The program has not been used to fund highway projects in the past.But the opportunity to address the persistent frustrations of traffic jams at the project area was compelling enough to get the county and leaders from four cities to cooperate on the funding agreement. To secure the CARS funds for the I-35 project, city leaders from Lenexa, Merriam, Shawnee and Overland Park effectively had to give up potential funding through CARS for work on arterial streets in their cities.Eilert stressed that this was a one-of-a-kind project and that CARS funds were not likely to be used for highway construction in the future and that forgoing funding for city streets was not an easy choice for the Lenexa, Merriam, Shawnee and Overland Park leaders.“We all came to the conclusion that this was one project that would qualify for that kind of cooperation,” Eilert said.Boehm noted that beyond the alleviation of traffic congestion, the project should have a positive impact on the environment, and it will get more cars moving as opposed to idling. Idling cars’ exhaust is a significant factor in air pollution.Colyer said he was encouraging KDOT to speed up the design process to get the project moving as soon as possible. He also noted that he’s asking project leaders to think through ways to minimize traffic disruption during construction.“Hopefully we can learn something from Japan, which does much of their work at night,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgMarcus & Millichap, a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, announced the sale of Aria on Mill, a 76-unit apartment community in Tempe, Arizona. The $8,525,000 sales price equates to more than $112,000 per unit.            “Developed in 1988, Aria on Mill provides new ownership with the opportunity to enhance value through the continued implementation of the apartment interior and exterior renovation program,” says Cliff David, first vice president investments in Marcus & Millichap’s Phoenix office. “The strategy is supported by Tempe’s blooming economy and growing reputation as a center for business innovation and technology that attracts millennials and Generation Xers.”Cliff David and Steve Gebing, a senior director of Institutional Property Advisors, a division of Marcus & Millichap, represented the seller and procured the buyer.            The property is located at 2430 South Mill Ave. in Tempe, approximately one mile from Arizona State University’s main campus and less than two miles from the Mill Avenue District, an area with nearly 100 shops and restaurants that caters to students and young professionals. The $600 million Marina Heights project on the bank of Tempe Town Lake, which features 2 million square feet and an anticipated 8,000 jobs, is approximately 2.5 miles north of the community.            Aria on Mill features one- and two-bedroom floorplans with weighted average unit sizes of 926 square feet. Community amenities include two resort-style swimming pools, two whirlpool spas, and a recently renovated clubhouse with cyber café and fitness center.last_img read more

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal:Your son hates the flute. He says he has and always will hate the flute.You are a strong and resolute parent. You wheedle, cajole, bribe and threaten him into practicing every day. He gets pretty good. He does a recital; he’s in the band. Many years later, on the brink of adolescence, your son comes to you and says: “I want to quit the flute.”What’s a parent to do?Quitting isn’t a notion that sits well with most people. The emphasis on achievement and hard work, not to mention countless hours spent ferrying little ones to expensive practices, has made it particularly loathsome to parents. As children get older, competition surrounding college applications can turn quitting into a scary word.…“It’s hard for children,” says Suniya Luthar, Foundation Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University. “Harder for parents.”Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

first_imgYesterday, the HoReCa Adria fair was officially opened in Opatija, intended for equipping hotels, apartments, restaurants and catering facilities. 74 exhibitors with more than 5,000 products and services intended for entrepreneurs in tourism are exhibiting at the Fair. The fair will be open until Saturday, November 12th.It is a three-day fair that at the end of the season brings the leading suppliers of equipment for all tourist activities to Opatija. This autumn period proved to be the optimal time for entrepreneurs in tourism to get acquainted with the latest trends in time, ie to prepare for the 2017 season in the best possible quality and in a timely manner.This year, 74 exhibitors from Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Serbia will take part in the HoReCa Adria fair, presenting more than 5,000 products and services. Such an assortment includes equipment for all tourist activities, so entrepreneurs in tourism will find everything they need to prepare for the next tourist season in one place. The exhibitors have chosen the HoReCa Adria fair as the place where they present some of their latest products for the first time, so in Opatija 15 products can even be seen for the first time. We single out new lines of professional glasses for catering Air and Air Sense by German manufacturer Schott Zwiesel, innovative technology for washing restaurant dishes of the Swedish brand GRANULDISK, minibar with Dometic HiPro consumption meter, new lines of Icematic ice machines and steam convection ovens XS, and the latest RAK Baacher lines.The rich exhibition program is accompanied by numerous presentations, show cooking and tastings, and all equipment presentation is designed on the principle of “hands-on” where visitors will be able to see directly from the chefs who use individual devices how they work and what their advantages are.The fair is open until Saturday, November 12th. The working hours of the fair are every day from 10:00 to 19:00. Admission to the fair is free with prior registration at www.horeca-adria.com.last_img read more

first_imgPinterest Honest behavior is much like sticking to a diet. When facing an ethical dilemma, being aware of the temptation before it happens and thinking about the long-term consequences of misbehaving could help more people do the right thing, according to a new study.The study, “Anticipating and Resisting the Temptation to Behave Unethically,” by University of Chicago Booth School of Business Behavioral Science and Marketing Professor Ayelet Fishbach and Rutgers Business School Assistant Professor Oliver J. Sheldon, was recently published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. It is the first study to test how the two separate factors of identifying an ethical conflict and preemptively exercising self-control interact in shaping ethical decision-making.In a series of experiments that included common ethical dilemmas, such as calling in sick to work and negotiating a home sale, the researchers found that two factors together promoted ethical behavior: Participants who identified a potential ethical dilemma as connected to other similar incidents and who also anticipated the temptation to act unethically were more likely to behave honestly than participants who did not. Share LinkedIn Emailcenter_img Share on Facebook Share on Twitter “Unethical behavior is rampant across various domains ranging from business and politics to education and sports,” said Fishbach. “Organizations seeking to improve ethical behavior can do so by helping people recognize the cumulative impact of unethical acts and by providing warning cues for upcoming temptation.”In one experiment, business school students were divided into pairs as brokers for the buyer and seller of a historic New York brownstone. The dilemma: The seller wanted to preserve the property while the buyer wanted to demolish it and build a hotel. The brokers for the seller were told to only sell to a buyer who would save the brownstone, while the brokers for the buyer were told to conceal the buyer’s plan to develop a hotel.Before the negotiations began, half of the students were asked to recall a time when they cheated or bent the rules to get ahead. Only 45 percent of those students thinking about their ethics ahead of time behaved unethically in the negotiations, while more than two-thirds, or 67 percent, of the students who weren’t reminded of an ethical temptation in advance, lied in the negotiations in order to close the deal.In another experiment involving workplace scenarios, participants were less likely to say it is okay to steal office supplies, call into work sick when they aren’t really ill, or intentionally work slowly to avoid additional tasks, if they anticipated an ethical dilemma through a writing exercise in advance and if they considered a series of six ethical dilemmas all at once.In other words, people are more likely to engage in unethical behavior if they believe the act is an isolated incident and if they don’t think about it ahead of time.The results of the experiments have the potential to help policy makers, educators and employers devise strategies to encourage people to behave ethically. For example, a manager could control costs by emailing employees before a work trip to warn them against the temptation to inflate expenses. The notice could be even more effective if the manager reminded employees that the urge to exaggerate expenses is a temptation they will encounter repeatedly in the future.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Law Society announced the winners of the 2009 Excellence Awards last night at a ceremony attended by 550 at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London The winners were: Law Society president Robert Heslett said: ‘The winners have made the promotion of best practice an integral part of their work. All the shortlisted entries should be extremely proud of their achievement. The Excellence Awards are part of the Law Society’s commitment to promoting excellence in legal services. The solicitors’ profession and legal sector as a whole have taken significant steps in the area of innovation, development and availability of legal services in recent years. These awards, which celebrate the very best in our great profession, recognise the central role that legal services play in all areas of society.’ Awards for individuals: Solicitor of the Year – In-houseSponsored by Hiscox Winner: Roger Clayson – Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Highly commended: Geoff Wild – Kent County CouncilSolicitor of the Year – Private PracticeSponsored by DXWinner: Jason McCue – H20 Law Highly commended: Ian Rosenblatt – Rosenblatt Solicitors Junior Lawyer of the YearSponsored by Zurich Winner: Natasha Catterson – Fisher Meredith Highly commended: Gwendolen Morgan – Bindmans and Young Legal Aid LawyersAWS Legal Businesswoman of the YearWinner: June Venters QC – Venters Solicitors Legal Executive of the YearSponsored by The Institute of Legal Executives Winner: Darren Hill – United Utilities Highly commended: Alexandra Loxton – Anthony Collins SolicitorsAdvocate of the YearSponsored by Logica Winner: Paul Bowen – Doughty Street Chambers [London]Highly commended: Peter Rees QC – Debevoise & Plimpton Team awards:Excellence in Client ServiceSponsored by Moneypenny Winner: The Law Shop Highly commended: Legal Services Unit – Staffordshire County Council, and Thaliwal Bridge SolicitorsExcellence in Equality & DiversitySponsored by the Equality and Human Rights Commission Winner: Simmons & Simmons Highly commended: Legal Directorate – Royal College of NursingExcellence in Community InvestmentSponsored by Deloitte Winner: Allen & OveryLegal Sector Alliance Award for Excellence in Environmental ResponsibilitySponsored by Canon UK & Ireland Winner: Travers Smith Excellence in Marketing & Business DevelopmentSponsored by Orange Winner: Jackson Barrett & Gass Lexcel Award for Excellence in Practice ManagementSponsored by Lloyds TSB Commercial Winner: Watkins & Gunn Solicitors Excellence in InnovationSponsored by TFBWinner: ThomasMansfield Highly commended: Legal Services – Lincolnshire County CouncilExcellence in Exporting Legal ServicesSponsored by American AirlinesWinner: Trowers & Hamlins Highly commended: Clarke Willmott last_img read more