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Apopka Police: “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving”

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Apopka Police Department (APD) is participating in a state-wide effort to reduce drunk driving during Spring Break.APD, the Orange County Community Traffic Safety Team and other local law enforcement agencies, will participate in a spring break traffic enforcement detail. With bike week and spring break beginning, the APD wants the driving public to be safe and aware of other vehicles on the roadway.Multi-agency DUI saturation patrols are a valuable tool in law enforcement’s continuing efforts to remove impaired drivers and unsafe vehicles from the road. The primary focus of this operation will be on drivers who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol, chemical, and/or other controlled substances and to promote awareness of safe driving, to include the enforcement of seat belt laws. The goal is to reduce the number of crashes, fatalities, injuries, and the severity of injuries on the highways, streets and roadways throughout Apopka and Orange County.Remember,“Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”Don’t become a statistic, choose a designated driver.If you have questions, or need more information, please call the APD’s traffic unit at 407-703-1771. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSApopka Police DepartmentDrunk DrivingDUI Previous articleIs it Allergies or Sinusitis?Next article5 things you can do to improve the look of your yard today Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Virginia struggle to defend Black history: ‘No stadium in Shockoe Bottom!’

first_imgCommunity protests plans to build baseball stadium at site of former slave jail.Photo: The Virginia DefenderCharleston, S.C.; New Orleans; England’s Liverpool; Senegal’s Goree Island — all these places played major roles in the U.S. slave trade and all have museums that tell those stories.But here in Richmond, Va., once the capital of the slavery-defending Confederacy and for decades the center of this country’s internal slave trade, a small group of “developers” and a compliant mayor are proposing to use the city’s former slave-trading district as the site for a new commercial baseball stadium.The result has been Richmond’s biggest community battle in decades.In the 30 years before the Civil War, up to 350,000 people of African descent were sold from Virginia to plantations in the deep South. Their unpaid labor enabled the United States to supply three-quarters of the world’s cotton — the raw material for textile production, capitalism’s first major industry. The profits made were as enormous as the suffering they rested on.With its strategic location on the James River and its increasing importance as a railroad center, Richmond became the primary market for this buying and selling of human beings. The trade was concentrated in Shockoe Bottom, home to 40 to 50 auction houses, a half-dozen slave jails and scores of service businesses.Because of the massive nature of this enterprise, the majority of Black people in North America could likely trace some ancestry to Shockoe Bottom. This truly is ground worth preserving.But this is where Mayor Dwight C. Jones is proposing to build a baseball stadium for the Flying Squirrels, the AA farm team of the San Francisco Giants.Tearing down the present stadium would open up prime real estate to commercial development. And building a new stadium in Shockoe Bottom would increase the value of residential and commercial property there, much of it owned by a developer who a decade ago went to prison for bribing a member of the City Council.The mayor promises the $200 million development proposal would bring in up to $187.6 million in new tax revenue over the next 20 years. But first the city would have to commit $80 million for the new stadium and infrastructure improvements, a serious public debt for this majority-Black city with a 26 percent poverty rate.The proposal’s finances have drawn widespread criticism, but it’s the potential government-sponsored desecration of a sacred site that has really motivated opposition.“At its heart, this is a struggle by the oppressed for the right to self-determination,” said Ana Edwards, chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Restoration Project, which is playing a leading role in this struggle. “It’s about process, the right to know, interpret and tell our stories of injustice and liberation, from before slavery times right up to today.”The past year has seen street protests, vigils and public meetings. Council district hearings on the issue have become battlegrounds for community opponents and business supporters.More than 2,100 people have signed a petition opposing a stadium in Shockoe Bottom. Three dozen Virginia scholars have signed an anti-stadium statement. The Richmond branch of the NAACP and other Black community groups have come out against the plan; not one Black organization has expressed support for it.When Mayor Jones, a Baptist minister and head of Richmond’s Democratic Party, formally unveiled the proposal on Nov. 11, nearly 100 people protested. “Virginia mayor proposes ballpark near slave cemetery, market,” read the headline on a Reuters dispatch carried worldwide, including in Africa.The plan does provide for memorialization of three slavery-related sites in the Bottom. However, to be located on a narrow strip of land wedged between a highway and the railroad tracks, they would be overshadowed by the stadium.Community advocates are instead calling for the creation of an eight-square-block Sacred Ground Memorial District, which would include those three sites and eventually a museum exploring Richmond’s role in the domestic slave trade. The district would be just large enough to prevent a stadium from being built there.Momentum to stop the stadium is growing daily, but winning support for the memorial district — and setting up a governing body that would honestly tell the stories of what happened in Shockoe Bottom — will take even more effort.Those outside Richmond can help by signing and promoting the online petition posted at www.shockoebottom.blogspot.com. The website includes background material as well as updates on the progress of this struggle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

ASA’s Cowan Helping Lead Push for TPP

first_img SHARE By Andy Eubank – Nov 13, 2015 ASA’s Cowan Helping Lead Push for TPP Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Cowan on TPPThe Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement or TPP is being called the “biggest commercial opportunity ever for U.S. pork producers,” by the National Pork Producers Council, and that organization joined others this week expressing their support for TPP and intention to push hard the next three months for congressional passage.Wade Cowan, President of the American Soybean Association is one of those supporters, and he’s pleased with what the agreement does for soybean customers in the meat industries.“The thing that we really were looking for and were hoping we would see and have seen is that our partners who are in animal ag, especially pork producers, poultry, the dairy people, a lot of them got what they needed. I know dairy is still kind of sitting back and reading through the whole agreement, and that’s fine. But our big deal was we need something that lifts all of agriculture I think what we’re seeing is overall the majority of ag got a good deal out of this. I think it’s going to be something that’s very positive for the whole ag economy.”Cowan told HAT TPP is good for agriculture, but an approved agreement would be bigger than that. It would be good for the American economy.“There’s some sectors here that have got some problems with the agreement, and I understand that, but the first thing that we’ve got to do in America is make sure that our base productive industries successful. And when you’re looking at that you’re looking at agriculture. You’re looking and oil and gas exploration, mining, those things where we take something where there’s no value and we make something that has value to the community. Those kinds of resources and that kind of lift to the industry, that’s what this economy needs and that will make all of America stronger.”ASA was joined Wednesday by representatives from the the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Corn Growers Association and the U.S. Grains Council to voice their support of the regional trade agreement between the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. Those nations account for nearly 40 percent of global GDP.Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes estimates the TPP will exponentially increase U.S. pork exports and help create more than 10,000 U.S. jobs tied to those exports. Previous articleLetter Urges President to Reverse EPA’s Course on EthanolNext articleNew Antibiotic Feed Regulations to Provide Assurance to Consumers Andy Eubank SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News ASA’s Cowan Helping Lead Push for TPPlast_img read more

Health Official: Pasadenan Who Died Apparently Contracted COVID-19 at Church Service

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News More Cool Stuff Community News Health Official: Pasadenan Who Died Apparently Contracted COVID-19 at Church Service Hospitalizations in city, county continue rapid increase By BRIAN DAY Published on Friday, December 18, 2020 | 5:36 pm Community News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>?</span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”>?</span>As coronavirus-related deaths tick upward again after fatality-free weeks in October and November, city health officials reported two new COVID-19 deaths in Pasadena on Friday, one of whom apparently contracted the virus at a church service.The other patient became infected from “household contact.” Their ages and genders were not available. Neither was a resident of a long-term care facility or nursing home.Meanwhile, the city reported 118 new infections, down from recent record highs but still more than ever before seen in Pasadena prior to December.According to city data, Pasadena health officials had recorded a total of 5,839 COVID-19 infections and 144 fatalities.Huntington Hospital officials reported 151 COVID-19 patients being treated at the facility, with 29 of them, or 19%, being treated in intensive care units, according to hospital data.The hospital’s average daily admission rate of COVID-19 patients over the prior week had reached an all-time high of 23.On Friday, Huntington Hospital officials reported 151 COVID-19 patients being treated at the facility, with 29 of them, or 19%, being treated in intensive care units, according to hospital data. (Image courtesy Huntington Hospital)The state-calculated ICU availability rate remained at 0% after first bottoming out on Thursday, according to state data.Los Angeles County continued an exploding rate of hospitalizations on Friday, with 5,100 patients hospitalized county-wide, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health. It marked the first time COVID-19 hospitalizations topped 5,000. Twenty percent of the patients were being treated in ICUs.County officials reported 16,504 new COVID-19 infections and 96 new deaths, along with four additional cases of the COVID-19-related condition MIS-C, affecting children.In total, L.A. County has seen 596,721 infections and 8,757 deaths.“Since Monday, L.A. County has reported more than 71,000 new COVID-19 cases; an acceleration of cases never seen before in our community,” the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a written statement. “As case numbers continue to surge, the total number of individuals who will become seriously ill or pass away will also increase.”L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer warned the public not to become complacent as COVID-19 vaccines begin the process of distribution, which is expected to take months.“I, like so many others, feel hopeful as we approach the holidays because each day we see progress with COVID-19 vaccine availability and we know the end to this pandemic is in sight. However, to underestimate this virus or figure out ways to undermine safety measures is a mistake that our community can’t afford any longer,” she said.“Our healthcare workers and essential workers depend on all of us to protect them and slow the surge,” Ferrer said. “Please do not host or attend get-togethers or parties. If you are a business defying safety directives, we need you to start playing by the rules so we can keep our hospitals functional. The actions we take today will impact whether we see more or less cases of COVID-19 two weeks from now, and beyond.”At the state level, health officials reported 41,012 new infections on Friday, coupled with 30o additional fatalities.The figure raised the statewide totals to 1,764,374 cases of COVID-19 and 22,160 deaths, according to the California Department of Public Health.The average positivity rate over the prior week has climbed to 12.8%, while the 14-day average was recorded as 11.8%.As of Friday, L.A. County accounted for 34% of California’s COVID-19 infections and 40% of the state’s fatalities. 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Run With Ciara in Limerick this weekend

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSChildren’s Grief CentreCiara McCulloughKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostRun with Ciara Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement LimerickNewsRun With Ciara in Limerick this weekendBy Meghann Scully – January 29, 2020 433 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Linkedin Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Previous articleLimerick to become bigger hub for movie industryNext articleThree or four new players key to Limerick’s evolution Meghann Scully Ciara McCullough who is running from Derry to Kinsale in aid of the Limerick Chilrdens Grief Centre.CIARA McCullough is currently running the Wild Atlantic Way raising money for the Children’s Grief Centre.She kicked started the run in Derry on January 7th and will be in Limerick this weekend.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At 11am on Saturday, February 1st, she will kick off from the Children’s Grief Centre in UL and is inviting you to come walk or run with her.Run with Ciara – Ciara McCullough is running the Wild Atlantic Way for the Chidren’s Grief Centre – instagram.com/runwithciaraCiara is planning to raise €150,000 during the 1,000km run along the rugged coast as she runs up to 30km per day for 30 days.You can register here: www.beyonddefeat.ie Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

The 20 Hottest Housing Markets

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Share Save Related Articles February 13, 2019 3,099 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Days on Market Home Home Prices HOUSING Inventory Property real estate Realtor.com Previous: FHFA: 30 Years of Protecting Homeowners Next: What Amazon’s NY Farewell Means for the Housing Market Days on Market Home Home Prices HOUSING Inventory Property real estate Realtor.com 2019-02-13 Radhika Ojha Home / Daily Dose / The 20 Hottest Housing Markets Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Radhika Ojha The 20 Hottest Housing Markets Some of the traditionally hot markets across the country saw slower growth in January, according to Realtor.com’s latest hottest housing market rankings.The report indicated that while the hottest markets in January included cities where housing was genuinely growing at an accelerated rate, it also represented hot markets that have begun to show signs of deceleration, with increasing supply and a slowing of home price growth as well as increased days on the market compared to a year ago. Typically, markets in this ranking see inventory move 14 to 55 days more quickly than the typical U.S. property and receive 1.4 to 2.4 times more views per property compared to the national average.The report indicated that this type of deceleration in days spent on the market “hasn’t been seen since Fall 2016.” Additionally, of the 20 markets on this ranking, 11 are seeing properties move more quickly than last year. Yet, eight cities are seeing slowing growth in properties moving off the market with the biggest changes seen in the California markets of Vallejo, San Francisco, and Sacramento, where the time spent on market increased by 17, 15, and 10 days respectively.While California markets still abound on this list, Rochester, New York; Fresno, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Spokane, Washington, made their debut in the top rankings as the hottest markets in the U.S. Chico, California, settled for the second spot on the list in January after it surged from 16th place to take the first rank in December due to “strong demand from  displaced families in the aftermath of the Camp Fire.”A four-day decrease in days on the market along with a 9 percent year-over-year rise in listing price had Midland, Texas reclaiming its top spot on the list. San Francisco, California; Fort Wayne, Indiana, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Yuba City, California; Columbus, Ohio; Spokane, Washington; and Odessa, Texas made up the balance cities among the top 10 hottest markets in the country.Some of the most improved markets that made their way into the rankings included Cleveland and Cincinnati in Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Charlotte, North Carolina.Click here to read the complete list of the top 20 hottest housing markets.  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Varadkar agrees timetable for cross border penalty points recognition

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – October 6, 2012 Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Varadkar agrees timetable for cross border penalty points recognition Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Newscenter_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Facebook Previous articlePraise as Brolly donates kidney to ill clubmateNext articleJohn Hume receives his Papal Knighthood News Highland Twitter Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has agreed a detailed timetable with his counterparts in Northern Ireland to have mutual recognition of penalty points in both jurisdictions.A North South MInister Council meeting in Armagh has agreed that parallel legislation will be passed, north and south, by 31st December 2014 to allow penalty points imposed in the republic to be recognised in the North, and vice versa.Speaking after the meeting, Minister Varadkar said he looks forward to a time when it won’t be possible to escape penalty points simply by crossing the border.Susan Grey, founder of the Road Safety Organisation PARC says the fact that a date has been set is significant…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/susansat.mp3[/podcast] Pinterestlast_img read more

Former football player Nate Boyer discusses mental health in sports

first_imgJune 29, 2019 /Sports News – National Former football player Nate Boyer discusses mental health in sports Written by Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — In late May, the NFL and the league’s players’ association announced an unprecedented mental health initiative.In the joint-announcement, they required all 32 teams to keep a mental health professional on staff. They also established two committees: a comprehensive mental health and wellness committee and a joint pain management committee.The potentially transformative moves comes as teams have taken steps to address mental health more frequently in recent years. Many players even contend they have improved on the field as a result.One former NFL player who finds the same value in treating mental health: Nate Boyer, the former Green Beret who spent an off season as a part of the Seattle Seahawks franchise.“We’ve got to do a better job with uplifting those that are hurting and struggling,” says Boyer, who spoke with ABC News from the Stay in the Game Forum, organized by Beyond Sport. At the event, several professional athletes along with Boyer talked about their struggles with anxiety, depression, and other issues.Hearing Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins openly discuss his battle with depression in the past is something Boyer says still inspires him and that he wanted to talk about:“Just to hear him talk about how, very vulnerably his struggles… it’s always comforting to hear that from people because in my opinion, everybody, every human being, at some level, struggles with mental health. We’re all on that spectrum in one way or another and we don’t want to feel alone… To see some people who have accomplished so much, who have had such a high level of success, admit that it wasn’t always easy and they had to battle those demons inside their head too, it’s something we all need to hear. It’s important message.”Boyer served both as an active-duty Green Beret and briefly as a member of the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. He says being vulnerable is not something that was discussed much in either setting. Rather, it was viewed as a sign of strength to work through physical and mental struggles. He was often asked, “‘Are you just hurt, or are you injured?’”Now, Boyer sees those attitudes changing:“I think the more that coaches and organizations are vulnerable themselves and have these open conversations, and it’s just seen as part of the program”Boyer believes the league’s front offices are taking mental health more seriously, and that it will take leadership from around the NFL and in other sports to change the culture. He believes coaches can be real difference-makers for players:“[It is] part of a very normal life and positive environment and any type of industry and team, and the coaches are willing to be vulnerable themselves and walk the walk with them [players], the better things are going to get.”Along with raising awareness for mental health support in sports, Boyer has also worked with veteran’s service organizations and several non-profits, including volunteer work at refugee camps in Africa.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Naval Shipyard Gdynia SA Hosts Visit from German Company MTU Friedrichshafen

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Naval Shipyard Gdynia SA Hosts Visit from German Company MTU Friedrichshafen View post tag: Navy April 24, 2013 View post tag: 81-127 View post tag: Gdynia View post tag: Naval On April 16th 2013, the Naval Shipyard Gdynia SA hosted a visit from the German company MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH., a worldwide producer of internal combustion engines for the marine, railway and agriculture industry.The MTU representatives presented technical data of antimagnetic engines that can be applied in the future at Gdynia Shipyard as well as modern automatic control engineering system, which was designed and implemented by the MTU Centre for marine automatics. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Armament Inspectorate of MoD, the Inspectorate of the Armed Forces Support, the delegation from the Command of the 3rd Flotilla of the Polish Navy, the Naval Academy, 4th Regional Military Representative Office (Quality Assurance Representative) and employees of the Naval Shipyard Gdynia S.A.The meeting was organized by the NSG’s Purchase Department in cooperation with Sales Office RUDA Trading International from Katowice, which is the official distributor of spare parts for MTU internal combustion engines in Poland.MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH is a provider of main engines and generating sets, such as the one installed on patrol craft ORP “Ślązak” that is built by Gdynia for the Polish Navy.In earlier years the NSG S.A. installed MTU engines on five patrol crafts type NS 935, built for Indonesia and two salvage boats type SAR3000 that were built for the Maritime Search and Rescue Service.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 24, 2013; Image: Gdynia View post tag: Defense View post tag: Defence Naval Shipyard Gdynia SA Hosts Visit from German Company MTU Friedrichshafencenter_img View post tag: poland View post tag: Śmidowicza Share this article View post tag: Jana View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Inżyniera View post tag: 48 Industry newslast_img read more

Press release: Report 17/2018: Extensive track damage between Ferryside and Llangennech

first_img PDF, 3.1MB, 53 pages Newsdate: 16 October 2018 SummaryOn 30 October 2017, train 6B13, which was carrying oil-based products from Robeston oil terminal, Milford Haven, to Westerleigh oil terminal, Bristol, caused extensive damage to railway infrastructure over approximately 25 miles (40 km). After the train had been stopped, at the entrance to Llangyfelach Tunnel near Swansea, the driver found that there had been a catastrophic failure of the braking system on one of the fully laden wagons.The investigation found that one of the wheelsets on the damaged wagon had locked up and slid, causing severe wheel flats, before starting to rotate again. Impacts from the wheel flats subsequently damaged the rails as well as equipment mounted on the bogie, some of which partially detached and was dragged under the train, causing damage to track-mounted equipment. The wheelset had locked up and then started rotating again because an object became caught between one of the wheels and the adjacent brake block holder. This was most likely to have been one of the brake blocks, which had fallen off the wagon during the journey of train 6B13, probably due to the omission of key components when the brake blocks were replaced on 27 October.RecommendationsThe RAIB has made one recommendation to Touax Rail and other affected parties regarding a risk assessment of the facilities and processes used for maintaining wagons operating out of Robeston terminal. The RAIB has also identified three learning points about checking the security of brake blocks before permitting a vehicle to re-enter traffic, the application of general signalling regulation 19, and signallers and control staff being aware of the potential consequences of an incident involving a train carrying dangerous goods.Notes to editors The sole purpose of RAIB investigations is to prevent future accidents and incidents and improve railway safety. RAIB does not establish blame, liability or carry out prosecutions. RAIB operates, as far as possible, in an open and transparent manner. While our investigations are completely independent of the railway industry, we do maintain close liaison with railway companies and if we discover matters that may affect the safety of the railway, we make sure that information about them is circulated to the right people as soon as possible, and certainly long before publication of our final report. For media enquiries, please call 01932 440015.center_img R172018_181016_Ferrysidelast_img read more