A Lenexa company has directed a leg of its operations toward designing and building COVID-19 protective gear for businesses and classrooms.Under normal circumstances, Lenexa Manufacturing Company mostly focuses on providing services and products for bakeries. But now, with companies returning to in-person operations and students coming back to classrooms, the company has launched production of items designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.“Because we have the capabilities and we have the relationships with other vendors, we can offer COVID products, we can manufacture these types of things that people need,” said David Latty, sales manager. “Our bakeries need them, our surrounding businesses around here need them to open safely. So we thought, let’s do what we can to help out our community and offer a product that honestly, most people probably never even thought about purchasing once in their life.”Lenexa Manufacturing Company sells its products to local companies like Made in KC and The Peanut.The newly-formed company division, LMC Xpress, launched at the end of March and offers an array of barriers and dividers for classrooms, restaurants, offices and other uses. The division also produces handless door openers (which allow individuals to open a door using their foot) and touchless door openers. Latty noted that some products can be used after the pandemic is over. Servers in restaurants can benefit from foot pulls to open doors to the kitchens, for example.“You will find some version of what we’re already making somewhere out there; everybody’s doing this,” Latty said. “We’re just trying to make new ideas and better ideas, but we’re by far not the only player in this game. Across the country, people have seen there’s a need for these things, we have the capability. We’re just trying to make the version of them that we can.”Several local companies are utilizing these new products, including The Raphael Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, with its new see-through barrier in the front desk of the lobby area, and Made in KC, which purchased several no-touch keys to open door handles. Local businesses Associated Wholesale Grocers and The Peanut are also using some of the company’s COVID safety products.“COVID has cost a lot of supply chain crises; it’s decimated some businesses,” Latty said. “So you have some of these people around here with international equipment that they can’t get parts for, that they’re waiting months and months for. That’s why we launched this.”Focusing on classroom safety productsLMC Xpress’s primary interest now is in schools.“There’s just so much uncertainty right now; you’ve got schools opening and then closing, opening in a variety of ways,” Latty said. “We’re looking to find out how we can help schools.”Lenexa Manufacturing Company is designing barriers for classroom use. Image via LMC Xpress.Ashton Weyerman, mechanical engineer and sales associate, who designs some of the products, said the solid desk barriers, many of which are collapsible and portable, create “forced social distancing” among students in close proximity.“With grade schoolers and students in mind, maybe this looks a little scary to an elementary school kid going into your classroom,” Weyerman said. “You can add colors and make the barriers look nicer and more attractive, less intimidating.”Weyerman said the work gives him a chance to exercise creativity and collaborate with the rest of the engineering team while solving daily problems brought on by the pandemic.“I do most of these designs off the top of my head; people ask me for something and the design just sort of pops in my head and I go for it,” Weyerman said. “People have a problem, it’s my job to spend hours and hours and hours trying to figure out a way to solve it. It’s kind of like a puzzle; I have a lot of fun doing it.”Some of the barriers use clamps to secure them in place; that way, they are designed for easy removal, a day that many of the company’s clients are looking toward.“I think everybody’s waiting for that day to come,” Latty said. “People do want to be able to take these things down eventually and not have to have the scarring of furniture and areas.”
A doctor who knocked out a medical report for personal injury claimants every 15 minutes has been struck off by the Court of Appeal.In General Medical Council & Ors v Zafar Lord Justice Davis ruled that Dr Asef Zafar made false witness statements for personal injury claims and exploited his position to cover up long-running misconduct.Zafar developed a system – ‘remarkably’, noted the judge – to examine clients and write a report within 15 minutes. This meant he produced 5,000 reports a year, generating a gross annual income of £350,000. The judge heard this operation, which lasted for 12 years, was described as a ‘report writing factory’, and the judge added: ‘Quite how he was able to fit all this around his NHS responsibilities is not clear’.The decision was made this week following a protracted and complex string of cases.Civil contempt proceedings were brought by insurer LV over allegations of fraud, with Mr Justice Garnham finding 10 grounds proved against Zafar and sentencing him to six months in prison, suspended for two years. The Court of Appeal indicated the sentence should probably have been 12 months and was unduly lenient, but said its judgment could only be used as guidance. The doctor’s sentence was not increased.Meanwhile, proceedings had commenced against Zafar in the Medical Practitioners Tribunal and came before a hearing last May. The reported decision of the Court of Appeal was not put before the tribunal, which was presented with only with the initial fraud judgment.Lord Justice Davis said that ‘at first sight and indeed at second sight that seems extraordinary’. The tribunal proceeded without seeing the harsher assessment of Zafar’s conduct and determined that erasure would be disproportionate, opting to suspend him for a year.Appealing that decision, the General Medical Council said the sanction of suspension was ‘not tenable’. Zafar’s lawyer submitted that the Court of Appeal decision was not relevant evidence or relevant material at all, and had rightly not been put before the tribunal.Davis described an ‘air of unreality’ about much of the debate and said Zafar’s arguments were ‘wholly unsustainable’. The Court of Appeal judgment was formally admitted as evidence.The judge said the only proper sanction was erasure, with any lesser sanction failing to reflect the gravity of the misconduct.
Trinidad and Tobago knocks US from the 2018 World CupTrinidad and Tobago’s soccer team shocked the soccer world on Tuesday night when it defeated the United States 2-1 in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match before a small crowd the Ato Boldon Stadium in the small town of Couva.Needed only a drawAfter previous losses to Costa Rica and Mexico, the US needed to only draw the game with Trinidad and Tobago to make it’s successive trip to another World Cup tournament. However, seemed bent on playing for this draw the Americans gave a lack luster performance and was shocked into defeat by TNT who had a string of eight previous losses before Monday night.First time since 1986Now, for the first time since 1986, the US is out of the tournament, and will not make the trip to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.Trinidad and Tobago’s victory was “sweet revenge” of sorts as in 1989 the US had eliminated the boys from the Land of the Hummingbird in a qualifying game which was also played in Trinidad.“Took us for granted”However, according, to Gladstone Charles, a Trinidad-American residing in West Kendall, Florida, “I don’t think even our boys expected to defeat the US. But, I think the US team took us for granted bad, and paid the price.”The US’ failure to advance to the World Cup tournament in Russia was compounded by wins by Panama and Honduras over Costa Rica and Mexico, respectively.Run-of-playTrinidad’s victory was secured through American defender’s Omar Gonzalez own goal, and a goal from TNT forward Alvin Jones. Both goals were scored in the first half. The US’s Christian Pulisic’s second-half goal wasn’t enough to save the team.The USA looked likely to win the match in the first half, as they had most of the ball. Still TNT made an early impression when Shahdon Winchester shot a goal pass US goalkeeper Tim Howard in the fifth minute. However, the goal was ruled offside.The US then missed what seemed an easy goal in the seventh minute, but forward Jozt Altidore shot the ball over the cross bar.Ten minutes later the US shocked themselves by conceding a goal to TNT. Gonzalez in attempting to clear the ball from before his goal, muffed the clearance. The ball careened off the side of his leg and looped over Howard, under the cross bar for a goal.The US’ error seemed to rejuvenate the Trinidadians. The team played more aggressively and should have been awarded a penalty later resulting from a Gonzalez foul in the penalty area. But no penalty was awarded. Not relenting, TNT scored its second goal when Alvin Jones made a powerful shot pass a helpless Howard.The USA started the second half with a rush, Within five minutes 19-year-old Christian Pulisic scored from just outside the penalty box making the score 2-1. The US needed just one more goal to tie the match and advance to Russia.Twice, US forward Clint Dempsey coming off the bench seemed likely to score the equalizer. His first shot from a designed play was tipped over the top of the goal by TNT’s goalkeeper, and what seemed like a very certain goal just missed the far goal post by inches when he made an 18-yard cross-shot in the 78th minute.The TNT squad consisted of:GOALKEEPERS: Adrian Foncette, Greg Ranjitsingh, Glenroy Samuel.DEFENDERS: Daneil Cyrus, Kevan George, Curtis Gonzales, Triston Hodge, Kareem Moses, Josiah Trimmingham, Kevon Villaroel, Mekeil Williams.MIDFIELDERS: Neil Benjamin Jr., Levi Garcia, Khaleem Hyland, Alvin Jones, Jared London, Nathan Lewis, Leston Paul, Kathon St. Hillaire.FORWARDS: Trevin Caesar, Akeem Roach, Shahdon Winchester.
A league record attendance of over 16,000 will be in attendance at Ashton Gate as the home side attempt to secure promotion to the Aviva Premiership.Andy Robinson keeps faith with the majority of his side that earned a fifteen-point lead following the first leg at Castle Park, making only one change.Jack Wallace – who impressed on the wing in the semi-final first leg – returns to the starting line-up having recovered from a knee injury.David Lemi will skipper the side after being passed fit, although Mitch Eadie (shoulder), Glen Townson (knee) and Rayn Smid (hand) remain unavailable for selection.Bristol maintain a five-two split on the bench with four internationals listed among the replacements.Bristol Rugby team to face Doncaster Knights at Ashton Gate on Wednesday, 25 May (7.45pm KO):Luke Arscott; Jack Wallace, Jack Tovey, Ben Mosses, David Lemi (c); Callum Sheedy, Will Cliff; Jack O’Connell, Ross McMillan, Anthony Perenise, Ian Evans, Ben Glynn, Marco Mama, Jack Lam, James Phillips.Replacements: Chris Brooker, Kyle Traynor, Gaston Cortes, Mark Sorenson, Olly Robinson, Martin Roberts, Matthew Morgan.
16 September 2015, 12:22 ISH Eventing Series winners to be decided this weekend Home » Breeding News » ISH Eventing Series winners to be decided this weekend Tags: The final leg of the Irish Sport Horse Studbook Eventing Series 2015 will take place at Kilmanahan this Sunday, 20th September. There are three age categories in the league for 4,5 and 6 year olds, with €800 going to the winner of each section of the league as well €500 for the winner of each leg.After five legs things are very close. The leader board in the 6 year old section is tight at the top. Emma Jackson with Cushlas Skyimp (ISH) and Fraser Duffy with Summer At Fernhill (ISH) share the lead on 16 points, while Camilla Speirs with Loughnavatta Cedar (ISH) sits third. One of the three leaders, Fraser Duffy, is on International duty in Blenheim this weekend so he is not among the 23 6 year old entries on Sunday. So it looks like the Series will be fought out between Emma and Camilla. With 10 points on offer for the winner and points down to sixth place, every result will count on Sunday.In the 5 year old section, Brianne Stanley with her own Harlequin Du Carel (SF) gelding, Business Class (ISH), currently holds top spot on 22 points closely followed by Fraser Duffy with Fernhill Silk (ISH) on 20 points and Camilla Speirs with LEB Lias Jewel (ISH) on 18. In the 4 year old section, Daisy Duggan with Willows Peeping Pocket (ISH) have built up an unassailable lead. Bred by Anthony Cregan, the Chacoa (HOLST) gelding has gained 28 points in the league to date.For 2015, there has been a total of €25,000 on offer from Horse Sport Ireland for young eventers. Prize money at Kilmanahan will amount to €3,000, in addition to €6,300 in owner, breeder and mare league prizes.The current league standings are available to download by clicking HERE. Prize money of €500 will be award to the owner of the winning horse in each of the three leagues, while the breeder of that horse will win €300.Start lists for the ISH Eventing Series leg at Kilmanahan are available on the Eventing Ireland website – http://www.eventingireland.com/Events.aspx?context=showdetail&eventid=7313.An awards reception will be held later this year for those riders, owners and breeders whose horses finished in the top three in the respective league. They will be invited to attend the awards reception to receive their prizes from the 2015 Series – further details will be announced in the coming weeks.