by Michael Monks
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RESTORING RIVERS COULD HELP COOL CITIES
Covington is already "cool", but this article talks about temperature:
Besides the recreational possibilities, urban rivers could provide another benefit to cities: cooling. But while city dwellers flock to the riverbank on a hot summer day, there’s been little research on how rivers' cooling effect works and what could be done to maximize its impact. But a new, multi-year study from the University of Sheffield in England shows that rivers help cool cities when they need it most, during the hottest hours of the warmer months.
The study is part of a larger project looking at urban river corridors and sustainability and a broader trend of considering how water and water management can help create low-energy cities. Because cities are full of hard surfaces that absorb heat and slough off water into drainage systems, they retain heat and are significantly warmer than the rural areas that surround them. More heat means more energy is needed to cool them down.GOOD
SPECIAL SESSION CALLED TO FRANKFORT TODAY
PLENTY OF BLAME TO GO AROUND ON LEGISLATIVE FAILINGS
Senate President David Williams assembled weary reporters in his Capitol office to tell them it was Gov. Steve Beshear who had caused the 2012 legislative session to fall apart in the last hours and that the House leadership was untrustworthy, too, because it refused to override vetoes.Courier-Journal/Joseph Gerth
About a half-hour later, the governor had the same reporters come to his office to assure them it was, in fact, the Senate president’s fault that we would all be back for a special session today, and that he had, in fact, “whooped” Williams last November.
BESHEAR, WILLIAMS RIVALRY MAY SPILL INTO NOVEMBER ELECTIONS
Half of the Senate’s thirty-eight seats are up for election this fall. And Beshear says he thinks Williams’ polarizing presence could become an issue in those races.WFPL/Kenny Colston
“You know this November, I’m sure he’ll be a political issue. He’ll probably be a political issue for both Democrats and Republicans. If I were a Republican right now I think I’d be running against him, just like a Democrat would be,” he says.
One key issue today in Frankfort is the roads bill and Covington is depending on a lot of money from it. Check out the full text of it here.
NKU MAY NAME NEW PRESIDENT EARLY THIS WEEK
An announcement could come at any moment on who will be the next leader of Northern Kentucky University. One of three finalists pulled his name from consideration late last week, leaving two possibilities:
David Eisler, president of Ferris State University in Michigan, told media outlets there Saturday that he had withdrawn from NKU's search.Cincinnati Enquirer/Cliff Peale
That leaves Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University in Maryland, and Geoffrey Mearns, provost of Cleveland State University, in the running to replace the retiring Jim Votruba.
JOB AVAILABLE AT VISION 2015
The organization charged with executing a ten-year strategic plan for NKY is looking for a new strategic initiatives manager:
The successful employee will be responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of specific projects/initiatives. This person will develop strategies for reaching key community goals, convene stakeholders, and lead volunteer teams in the execution and implementation. Leadership and coordination of programs and initiatives will be focused around the community goals identified in the 2005 Shaping Our Future Report which can be downloaded atwww.vision2015.org.Full details at the link.
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TALENTED HOLMES STUDENTS WIN BIG HONORS AT SKILLS USA COMPETITION
From Covington Independent Public Schools:
Students in SkillsUSA at Holmes High School are finishing another successful year, placing high in the state contest and qualifying for the national competition.
Three students from the Chapman Career and Technical Education Center on the Holmes campus placed in the state SkillsUSA competition held in Louisville earlier this month. The winners from Holmes include: 1st place, Autumn Martin, Customer Service; 2nd place Zach Mardis, Telecommunications Cabling; 3rd Place, Ashley Daniel and Christina Fukano, Promotional Bulletin Board. Receiving the Kentucky Statesmen award include: Mrs. Shawn Wood, Zach Mardis, Kyle Poe, Katelyn Watson, Robert Hughes-Carr, Nicole Lang, Christina Fukano, and Gentry Fryler.
More than 500 students tested their skills in the state competition. The first place winners qualify for the national SkillsUSA competition that will be held in Kansas City, Mo.
David Schaefer, regional district director for the North Central Regional District, and technology teacher at Holmes, said he is proud of his students. “The students were awesome. They represented themselves, Holmes High School and Chapman very well,’’ Schaefer said.
Teachers and students involved with SkillsUSA were honored at the Covington Board of Education meeting on Thursday night. Kyle Poe, president of the Holmes chapter, thanked the board for supporting the program and his teachers for investing their time to work with students and taking them to the competition. Kyle, a senior, believes he is more than prepared for college, thanks to the classes and hands-on experience he has received at Holmes. He will attend Western Kentucky University, where he will major in broadcasting.
With 300 students, Holmes has the largest SkillsUSA Chapter in the state, Schaefer said. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The motto for Skills USA is “preparing students for the world of work.’’
Besides Schaefer, teachers Shawn Wood and Bill Wagner worked with the students at the state competition this year. Holmes offers a variety of classes through career clusters that prepares students for the world of work, including:
Automotive Tech/ Repair: Auto Body Repair, Automotive TechnologyBusiness and Marketing: Marketing, ManagementCreative and Performing Arts: Instrumental Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Vocal MusicEducation: Early Childhood Education, Teaching and TrainingHealth Services: Allied Health, Biomedical, Pre‐MedInformation Technologies: Networking (Computer Maintenance and Repair), Radio and TV Technology, Visual CommunicationsManufacturing and Construction: Carpentry, Electricity, WeldingPublic Service: Leadership Education (MCJROTC) Law Enforcement, Pre‐Law
Students are also required to complete a professional development program that teaches them how to work with in teams to learn the art of collaboration.
When students complete the courses at Chapman, they are definitely ready for college and careers, Schaefer said.
“On top of just getting actual career training, the students also get the leadership skills that go hand- and- hand with job skills,’’ Schaefer said. “They are also being exposed to different contractors and future employers. At state and national competitions, I have seen students get offered jobs right on the spot. The employers know these students are well-rounded and have an understanding of the work.’’Way to go, kids (and teachers)!