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June 19, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Reply July 21, 2019 at 10:46 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia The Anatomy of Fear I did not attend the last city council meeting, but was really surprised to read about all the controversy about the privacy breach of citizen’s private healthcare records being put on the internet for people to look over, by a company that contracted with the city for years, and about supposedly, donation checks from that company’s owner, in supposedly big amounts cashed that supposedly went to the fire department directly, and were being cashed with no payee written in from the donor, and done on purpose by that company’s owner, supposedly, according to a newspaper source, to keep the cash from going into the city’s regular budget. What the heck is going on in this city, and with all this alleged stuff in the news, and after the most recent rumors going around about the fire department chief leaving, or not leaving. I find it very hard to believe the fire chief is not doing his job! I just don’t believe that at all! The big question is….. who is really behind all this controversy going on around this city, and why? Who is pulling the puppet strings behind the scenes? Well, now I know why our governor, Ron De Santis, shot down the ban on plastic straws in this state. He claimed he is an environmentalist, and is going to clean up the waterways of Florida, and I am certain he is very aware of Florida’s marine life dying from plastic straws, fishing line, plastic beer rings that hold together the six packs of beer, balloons, plastic bags, and other plastic debris, that finds its way into the ocean in Florida, and other waterways here. So I thought maybe he would ban plastic straws. It is not like I care for paper straws, because I don’t, but if I knew that it would help make a difference to ban them statewide to help save marine wildlife, then why not? Right? Well, now I think I know why De Santis backed off that issue, with the ban on plastic straws…….It must be he knew that Donald Trump has found another way to try to get rich quick….Donald Trump is selling plastic straws with Trump written on them, and a pack of his plastic straws cost $ 1.50 each, and I believe it was stated they come in a pack of ten, which would make them $15.00 per pack…..people are saying they buy regular plastic straws for the price of just one dollar for a whole pack of 100 at Walmart…..let’s see….how much percentage mark-up is that people? Calling all you people good at math….LOL I could figure it, but I won’t bother, as this is just totally ridiculous to think of Trump’s latest get rich quick scheme, and why our governor didn’t want to step on the toes of Trump….by banning plastic straws in this state. OMG…Stop the Insanity! 9 COMMENTS Mama Mia July 21, 2019 at 9:35 pm Trump’s latest statement he made yesterday about that he could solve the Afghan War in about a week or ten days, but that he didn’t want to kill off 10 million Afghan people, and so he won’t do that, and that he could wipe Afghanistan off the globe entirely, made me just shake my head in disbelief. It is really scary the thoughts that come from his brain, that exits his mouth! And it is a well known fact that Trump desires a Nobel Peace Prize??? OMG July 22, 2019 at 8:13 am Mama Mia July 21, 2019 at 9:48 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply July 21, 2019 at 11:09 pm Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Apopka City Hall July 23, 2019 at 2:48 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply I have been looking at the guard rails heading up along 436, near waterways. As I have stated before, some strong guard rails are definitely needed along 436 and Piedmont Wekiva Road at the retention pond that is deep, and very close to the road, and straight down….. right past there, heading east where the County Line Lake is along 436 is a long stretch of guard rails along the lake, and if you keep going, right past Argo’s Restaurant, on the right is guard rails along that pond. Why are there no guard rails along that dangerous body of water, that close to the roadway? Reply Mama Mia Mama Mia Opinion/AnalysisBy Reggie Connell/ Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceAs a writer, journalist, and columnist, it’s important to inform, enlighten and inspire the readers of The Apopka Voice. And probably because we are online and more interactive than a traditional print publication, we get a lot of comments, replies, and thoughts on our news site and on our Facebook page as well.Interaction is a double-edged sword. Sometimes it’s a welcome forum to hear from the community of readers in Apopka that follow the news so closely. Other times it can become sarcastic, mean-spirited, or even border-line libelous.But last week, those of you who commented were impressive, thoughtful, and clearly informed on the issue at hand.In an article entitled “Commissioner Nolan confirms her critical remarks on social media about Carnesale, Nelson” readers of The Apopka Voice responded on social media with observations and thoughts that I felt compelled to share.Here are just a few among the dozens of comments and replies I collected from The Apopka Voice news site, Facebook page, and on other local Facebook pages that shared the article to their sites.Readers questions and comments are in bold and italicized:“Just for clarification, these are messages sent privately from (Commissioner Alice Nolan) to her friends on social media?”It’s a great question.Why are we publishing the private messages of a city commissioner? Should private conversations be made public? It feels unfair. There should be a level of privacy even for the Apopka City Council. I know I have said things in private I wouldn’t want others to know, and I would be upset at a friend who betrayed that trust.However, in the case of Commissioner Nolan, those private conversations were on a social media site, which makes them open to a public records request. The original request did not come from The Apopka Voice, but from an anonymous private citizen who then posted them on social media with his or her own opinions about Sunshine Law violations. The Apopka Voice made a separate request to verify the authenticity of the comments made by Commissioner Nolan and gave her the opportunity to explain the context in which they were made.Those comments, however, were about removing Apopka’s fire chief Chuck Carnesale – which is clearly city business and crosses any expectation of privacy an elected official can expect. Because of this, The Apopka Voice chose to publish her comments, but it was not without careful consideration, and only after we gave Nolan the opportunity to explain, and comment on her posts.Another reader wanted to know the reasons behind Commissioner Nolan’s assertions:“She stated numerous times the chief is not doing the job. I would like to hear what exactly is bringing her to this conclusion?”In her comments, Commissioner Nolan cited morale, overspending, and not doing his job as reasons to remove Chief Carnesale, but without specific examples and figures, it’s just personal observations from an elected official with no ability to replace him or any Apopka employee.If you have specific reasons for your opinions Commissioner Nolan, they should be stated in a public forum like an opinion/editorial piece or better yet, before the public on the record at a City Council meeting. Do not make allegations this serious and then go silent. There are consequences to your actions and comments. Explain how you are measuring overspending and low morale in the Apopka Fire Department.“It’s a sad day when you can’t trust your elected officials.”Unfortunately, this skepticism extends beyond Commissioner Nolan’s comments.Many readers expressed a distrust in the City Council after learning of Commissioner Nolan’s private opinions, but also after learning that a separation agreement for Chief Carnesale was drafted by Apopka City Attorney Joseph Byrd, emailed to City Administrator Edward Bass in March, and later denied by Mayor Bryan Nelson in an April City Council meeting.It’s important for the residents of Apopka to trust its elected officials, but the silence coming from City Hall and the Council dais is deafening. It’s eroding the trust the city has for these elected officials, two of whom burst into office with sizeable margins of victory just over a year ago.An electoral mandate can only go so far.“Maybe it’s time for the council to have a vote of confidence for Chief Carnesale.”Another way of coming out of the shadows would be to have a non-binding discussion at a City Council meeting about the status of the Apopka fire chief. Perhaps it’s time for a commissioner or the mayor to call for a motion offering Chief Carnesale their vote of confidence, or if you have issues with him – state them.Mayor Nelson too should explain his intent and desire to replace Carnesale. Explain how the email from Byrd to Bass matches up with his April statement to the city that denied any intent to replace the chief and brushing it aside as a social media rumor. If he wanted a new slate of department heads, that should have happened in his first 100 days. If there is a cause, then state it. No one should have to operate such a vital department under these conditions, which brings us to another astute observation made by a reader…“City employees should not have to live in fear every time there is an administration change.”Certainly, a mayor’s team should be made up of the leaders he wants. All department heads work at the pleasure of the administration. But charges like the ones Nolan posted should be out in the open and not dispersed through whispering campaigns, forced retirements, and misleading public comments or investigations started well after the fact.It’s not fair to Chief Carnesale to absorb these allegations week-after-week, followed by denials and non-comments by the administration, followed by a secret investigation into the AFD, with the innuendo that Carnesale is the subject.Review the budget items, morale issues, and anything else that frustrates you about the AFD with the professionalism it deserves and then make your case with transparency.“Thanks for your comments, replies and thoughts, Apopka Voice readers!” That last quote is from me to you, the readers of The Apopka Voice. Keep up the wise interaction on this site and on our Facebook page, I’ll keep learning from you, and I’ll do my best to keep you informed about the news of Apopka. Please enter your name here Mama Mia July 21, 2019 at 9:59 pm I want to make it clear…..the Trump plastic straws cost $ 1.50 each, and are sold by the pack for $15.00 for a pack of ten. I think I led you all to believe a pack of ten plastic Trump straws cost $1.50, and that is NOT the case…LOL I wanted to get it correct on here, because I just know all you Trump lovers want to, rush out to buy his latest products….LOL. Now, on a more serious note, I read about a lady who wanted to be environmental friendly, and she bought some of those stainless steel reusable straws to use, and she had some health problems that caused her to lose her balance frequently, and one day she had a mason jar glass with a screw- on lid with a hole in the top screwed into place with one of her reusable stainless steel straws inserted in her glass with her drink in hand, when she lost her balance and fell, and it impaled her through her eye socket into her brain, and she later died from it. So the article said to never use those reusable metal straws with a screw- on lid in place. That is horrible! I probably never would of thought about it being dangerous, so I just wanted to warn everyone on here……I did change my mind and try to figure out what a one cent plastic straw sold at Walmart in a pack of 100 for a dollar would cost as far as the inflated percentage price compared to of one single plastic Trump straw at the cost of $ 1.50, and it seems to me that is a 15,000 percent increase according to .01 x a 15,000% increase equals $1.50. At least, I hope you have a good laugh with my figuring this ridiculous straw thing out, anyway, just think, Trump is the person setting the trade tariffs with our country and other countries, so somebody, somewhere, including us, are going be SO SCREWED with his way of thinkin’……!!! LOL Yes, city council listen to your residents…..When are you all going to make some recommendations to clean up the frontage across Dream Lake Park? We have a nice bridge there now, but there is absolutely nowhere to fish because of the brush and cattails. I know the city used to keep the lake frontage cleaned out, but somewhere along the way, someone has just dropped the ball on keeping the lake park up to par. Also, we stopped there today, and noticed that someone has stolen almost all of the solar tops off the lights that were along the posts of the bridge…..that is a shame! Reply July 21, 2019 at 10:11 pm Mama Mia Is it just me, or did anybody else believe that it wasn’t going to be ALL the pine trees cut down out there? Reply TAGSApopka City Commissioner Alice NolanApopka Fire Chief Chuck CarnesaleApopka Mayor Bryan NelsonOpinion Previous articleAt least 2% of US public water systems are like Flint’s – Americans just don’t hear about themNext article4 questions answered on sex trafficking in the US Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Mama Mia Reply July 21, 2019 at 9:50 pm Mama Mia Reply I sat at the city council meeting in the past when the subject of removing the pine trees out at NW Recreation Complex was discussed, and finally approved, and I knew it would be a lot of pine trees, but I thought it was only the dead, or diseased trees near the fire station, and near the playground areas, at least, that is what I thought I heard, then I saw the picture in the Apopka Chief of the pines cut and loaded onto the semi, and the caption below the photo said ALL the pine trees out there will be cut down and removed, in this week’s Apopka Chief. I did not know that! That is so many trees! We rode the other day around to see where the lightning had hit the nursery on Plymouth Sorrento Road, and then came back through Rec Way, and we were shocked to see that amount of pines cut down! I used to take my husband his lunch everyday, when he was working out there at Rec Way area when he worked for the city, and was working out there with the construction crew, and I would see so many foxtail squirrels with their extremely long tails, every single day, playing everywhere out there around Rec Way, and also I saw so many gopher turtles crawling along Vick Road, Poncan Road, and along the entrance into the NW Complex. I NEVER see those animals anymore, and that is sad to me! Reply We were riding around a few weeks ago and was passing by a site where a big commercial development is due to be built, and it is right around here fairly close. I could see something in the horizon way, way off just running around on the bare dirt, that had been cleared off completely, and they were having a ball playing, and running back and forth across the clearing. At first, I thought it was a flock of big birds, then I put on my glasses, and it was still too far to see what it was clearly, but I soon realized that it was not birds, and between myself, and my husband, we finally determined it was a whole bunch of foxes, that were having great fun playing! I am not going to say where this was, because some of you all might try to shoot them, knowing how some of you all are so gun happy. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

June 15, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Nov. 6 midterm elections have come and gone, with some outcomes  still in doubt. And while, fundamentally, political and economic conditions have remained the same, some of the outcomes are welcomed. Women, people of color, LGBTQ2S people and immigrants made history.They were elected on a wide range of progressive issues, along with who they are.For example, Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia are the first Latinx women to represent Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Both are strong advocates of immigrant rights.Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland became the first two Indigenous women to win seats in the House, representing Kansas and New Mexico, respectively. Haaland stated, “America isn’t broke, but we have been pillaged by billionaires and big corporations who get rich off our infrastructure and expect working people to foot the bill. No more.” (, Nov. 7)Ilhan Omar, a Somali, and Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian, became the first Muslim women who won House seats.  Omar won her seat in Minnesota, home to the largest Somali community in the U.S. Tlaib won her seat — vacated by Rep. John Conyers, who is Black — with over 87 percent of the vote in her Michigan district.  A month before the elections, Tlaib was arrested for blocking a McDonald’s demanding $15 and a union. Both of these women ran on a platform of Medicare-for-all and debt-free college tuition.Ayanna Pressley, a former Boston City Council member, became the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House.Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez, a Puerto Rican, became the youngest woman to be voted into the U.S. House; she represents the boroughs of Queens and the Bronx in New York City.  She has called for the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.In Colorado, Jared Polis was the first openly gay man to be elected governor of a state, while Christine Hallquist, a trans woman, got 40 percent of the votes for governor of Vermont.These elections alone — along with progressive referendums passed allowing former felons to vote in Florida; a stop to gerrymandering in Michigan; the legalization of marijuana in Michigan, Missouri and Utah, which should lead to overturning convictions for its sale and use — represent the first progressive electoral rebuke to white supremacist, misogynist Trumpism.These midterm elections, like so many prior ones, can serve as a political barometer on the mood of the masses, showing who the masses want out, as opposed to who the masses want voted in.What hasn’t changedDespite any progressive victories, the fundamental class features of U.S. bourgeois elections have not changed.  One important feature is voter suppression based on inherent inequality steeped in white supremacy and other class bias against people who are indigent and working class. This is especially true for sectors of the working class who are of African descent, immigrant, Indigenous and young.  And the state — which includes the police, laws, courts, prisons, etc. — is used as a repressive instrument to reinforce this inequality.Voter suppression remains acutely widespread in the deep South, where Black people won the right to vote a mere 53 years ago. It is also an issue in North Dakota, where an estimated 5,000 Indigenous people who live in rural areas have post office addresses. A federal judge at the end of October refused to overturn a new election ruling that requires a street address, thus barring thousands of Native people from voting.The right of the most oppressed to vote must be defended by the movement as an act of anti-white-supremacist, pro-working-class solidarity, first and foremost.  That is why the candidacy of Stacey Abrams, the first Black woman candidate to run for governor in a former slave state, Georgia, should be supported, no matter her political affiliation. As of this writing, thousands of votes still remain uncounted in that state.While the now Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has more people of color and women, the Republican-controlled Senate is known as the millionaires’ club, a majority of cis white males unapologetically tied to corporate interests.Currently, there are 23 women senators, including four of color, out of a total of 100. There are two senators from each state, no matter the population, large or small, which is undemocratic and unrepresentative, even under bourgeois norms.The bottom line is that elections, even under a bourgeois democracy, cannot overturn class relations of any kind, even when progressive candidates and popular reforms are front and center.  There still remains intact a small elite ruling class, which owns and controls the vast wealth of the world’s resources and is the oppressor of the global working class.Until a revolutionary process overturns those class relations, elections will continue to be just a barometer, not a game changer for workers and oppressed peoples.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

June 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News On Sunday, June 17, five scholarships were awarded to deserving youth during the First Presbyterian Church’ worship service. The Jeri Yuki Tanaka Scholarship was created by Frank Tanaka in memory of his sister Jeri Yuki Tanaka. Due to financial constraints, Jeri was unable to attend college herself, but worked so that her brothers could. It is in honor of her hard work and sacrifice that this scholarship was created. We thank the scholarship committee for all of their hard work and diligence: Nancy Castillo, Sam Gin, Kelly Hayashi-Woo, Dorothy Kirkland, Debbie Kostich, Mischa McManus, and Bob Uchida. Sam Gin and Mischa McManus presented the scholarship awards.The awardees for 2012 are:• Irene Arellan, John Muir High, Pasadena. Irene came to our church through the “Stepping into the Light” event and has been a participant in the youth group. She will attend theUniversity of Colorado and hopes to pursue a degree in Nursing.• Elena Arellan, John Muir High, Pasadena. Elena, Irene’s sister, also came to our church through “Stepping into the Light,” and has been a participant in the youth group. She will attend the University of Redlands and has been awarded a full scholarship from the university. She graciously withdrew her name from consideration for the Tanaka Scholarship so that another student might benefit from it in the future.• Kimberly Jones, California State University Los Angeles. Kimberly is the daughter of Robert and Ing Jones, and currently attends CSULA. She is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering and is a member of the Los Angeles Jr. Philharmonic, and is a cancer survivor.• Stephanie Jones, Pasadena City College. Stephanie, Kimberly’s sister, will attend California State University Los Angeles in the fall. She has sung with the worship team during service, and will pursue a degree in Chemistry. Stephanie has accepted a school internship with a lab that focuses on finding a cure for cancer.• Nathan Lau Branson, Marshall Fundamental, Pasadena. Nathan is the son of the Rev. Mark and Nina Lau Branson and has been a participant in our youth group. He will attendAzusa Pacific University in the fall where he will pursue a degree in Cinematic Arts and a minor in Business Administration.• David Williams Jr., Pioneer High, Whittier. DJ is the son of David and Debra Williams and has been a participant in our youth group. He will attend Glendale City College in the fall. He hopes to earn a degree in Studio Engineering and will be a member of the varsity basketball team.First Presbyterian Church, Altadena, 2775 Lincoln Ave., Altadena, (626) 791-4271 or visit 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. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business Newscenter_img Community News Faith & Religion News First Presbyterian Church Altadena: Jeri Yuki Tanaka Scholarships Awarded Published on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | 5:18 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Make a commentlast_img read more

June 4, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgTwitter Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Advertisement One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity [email protected] officers at Shannon Airport seized €14,000 in cash, when they stopped and questioned a Chinese woman in her twenties, following routine profiling. The woman was boarding a flight to London Heathrow for onward travel to Hong Kong. Revenue seized the cash, which was denominated in 50, 100, 200 and 500 euro notes, suspecting it to be the proceeds of, or intended for use in, criminal activity. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” Print Previous articleMan admits to charges in Limerick child sex caseNext articleNational award for Limerick pre-school Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsCash seizure at ShannonBy Bernie English – November 2, 2016 598 center_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedin TAGScashRevenueseizureShannon airport Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins WhatsApp Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuildinglast_img read more

June 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgLocal News Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Middle and high school students will be feted this coming week as part of the annual AVID Celebration.The themes this year are #ThisIsAVID and The Power of One.District Director Dianne Mata said there are a little more than 1,800 students in the program at the secondary level. The elementary campuses also use AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college preparation program.“We invite every student,” Mata said. “We would love for all of them to attend. We do bus them to encourage them to get there in case parents have to work. We also encourage parents to go,” Mata said.Students who have been newly accepted to AVID also are invited.Mata said it’s hard to say how many people will attend, but she’s hoping the Odessa College Sports Center will be filled at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.For inspiration, the secondary AVID classrooms watched the movie “Freedom Writers” and participated in daily journaling activities modeled after Erin Gruwell’s topics in the Freedom Writers Diary.Complex Community Federal Credit Union contacted the Freedom Writers Foundation and were able to sponsor Sue Ellen Alpizar, one of Gruwell’s students, to be the AVID Celebration motivational speaker, the AVID newsletter stated.There are about 810 students in middle school in AVID and 1,016 in high school.Mata said the events are a lot of work, but a lot of fun. She added that the celebrations are probably the best part of her job.“They’re all from different schools, but they all cheer each other on. The kids refer to themselves as an AVID family, despite if you’re (at) west side/east side schools. You don’t hear booing; you don’t hear, ‘We’re better than this school.’ It’s ‘we’re there to support each other,’” Mata said. The themes and the celebration were inspired by Complex Community Federal Credit Union.“We are always excited to celebrate the accomplishments of the AVID students. We meet these students in the seventh grade and work with them all the way through high school. To see them grow and develop is a privilege,” Lisa Wyman, senior vice president of credit union development and human resources at Complex Community stated in an email. During the past six weeks, AVID students in grades eight through 12 watched the “Freedom Writers.” “They then journaled and engaged in discussions about being an overcomer and fanning their inner flame and uncovering their power. That power not only as an individual, but as an AVID family, a campus and a community. To have one of the original Freedom Writers here in Odessa to share their story with these kids at celebration is so exciting,” Wyman said.Mata said she is excited about having Alpizar speak.“She’s actually going to speak to some of the seniors before the celebration on Monday at OHS and on Tuesday to some of the seniors at Permian High. Then she’ll speak in the evening at the celebrations,” Mata said. “There is a lot of excitement in the air. The students are really looking forward to hearing her inspiring message.”Two seniors, Jonathan Spruill from Odessa High School, and Fred Henderson from Permian, were selected to read their essays and their topics are based on the “Freedom Writers,” Mata said.Both are winners of the Crowe scholarship, donated by Superintendent Tom Crowe, Mata said. It provides $1,000 each for each student to go to any college or university.Complex Community Federal Credit Union donates other scholarships, as well, that they select the recipients of and they will be announced at the celebrations, Mata said. Kindles are also awarded to students from each school. Businesswoman Sondra Eoff makes the donation to the elementary schools.“A lot of scholarships will be awarded,” Mata said. “We celebrate all students, but we especially celebrate our seniors. We celebrate them at the front and award them their AVID cords that they wear at graduation,” Mata said.At the middle school celebration, the students are congratulated.“It’s kind of an induction for our new students, so during the ceremony we will call up all of the newly accepted students. They receive a little ribbon that says AVID. We call it a spirit stick. Then they’ll get their contract. It will be read during the ceremony. The students and the parents both sign the contract committing to the obligations of AVID,” Mata said.She said the atmosphere is welcoming and they get to see the excitement of the program.“It’s a great place to honor them and welcome them into our family,” Mata said. If You Gocenter_img What: AVID celebrations.When: 6:30 p.m. Monday and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Where: Odessa College Sports Center, 201 W. University Blvd. By admin – April 20, 2018 Twitter Pinterest AVID celebrations set this coming week Previous articleOPD seeks assistance locating lost vial of harmful chemicalNext articleMan charged with strangling girlfriend adminlast_img read more

June 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img WhatsApp Local NewsState TAGS  Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Swami Vembu, right, and Ash Sairan sit in a vehicle for 15 minutes after they received a COVID-19 vaccine, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.center_img Facebook Texas’ COVID-19 hospitalizations dip below 11,000 Pinterest Twitter Twitter Previous articleBlast Furnaces Market to Show Inferior Growth Due to the Increase in COVID-19 Spread | TechnavioNext articleGladbach progresses in German Cup; Regensburg upsets Cologne Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

May 26, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNews UpdatesWhile Filling Up Temporary Posts, A Right Of First Refusal Should Be Extended To Candidates Empanelled In PSC List: Kerala High Court Lydia Suzanne Thomas18 March 2021 11:02 PMShare This – x”Inasmuch as the University is an entity that answers to the description of ‘State’ within the meaning of that term under Article 12 of the Constitution of India, it would be incumbent upon them to adhere to the principle of integral aspect of the Rule of Law.”In a judgment pronounced by the Kerala High Court on Tuesday, the Court opined that when a state-owned entity made appointments to temporary posts, ideally preference was to be given to candidates included in the lists prepared by the Public Service Commission. The Court’s observations came in the context of appointments made to the post of temporary assistants by Cochin University…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a judgment pronounced by the Kerala High Court on Tuesday, the Court opined that when a state-owned entity made appointments to temporary posts, ideally preference was to be given to candidates included in the lists prepared by the Public Service Commission. The Court’s observations came in the context of appointments made to the post of temporary assistants by Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). A Division Bench of Justice AK Jayasankaran Nambiar and Gopinath P observed that to ranked candidates when recruiting to temporary posts would be in tune with the principle of fairness. It was remarked, “Inasmuch as the University is an entity that answers to the description of ‘State’ within the meaning of that term under Article 12 of the Constitution of India, it would be incumbent upon them to adhere to the principle of fairness in action which forms an integral aspect of the Rule of Law. The University cannot be seen as excluding a consideration of candidates found meritorious for filling up regular posts, while filling posts that are temporary in nature.” The Court emphasized that the notifications issued by the university calling for applicants to such temporary posts were to clearly indicate that due preference will be given to candidates empanelled in the current rank list. However, while applying to such advertised temporary posts, the applicants would have no claim whatsoever to any regularisation or permanent absorption solely based on such engagement, the Court made clear. The judgment came in response to a petition filed by C V Biju, whose name had appeared in a rank list prepared by the State PSC. In court, he averred that despite the existence of a valid rank list, CUSAT had created 42 contractual ‘temporary’ posts for university assistants. His earlier petition had been dismissed by a Single Judge Bench, which had upheld the validity of the temporary appointments. It was held that the rank list in which the petitioner included had already expired. The Division Bench, however, noted that some of the temporary posts of university assistants were created when the rank list was valid. The university vehemently contended that the regular mode of appointment, that is through the PSC’s ranked lists was applicable only when recruiting to regular sanctioned posts. It was submitted that temporary posts were ordinarily filled through contract appointments. Allowing Biju’s appeal on considerations of equity, the court ordered CUSAT to accommodate the petitioner in the vacancy that would arise on April 21, 2021, or thereafter, in the temporary post of university assistant, either on a daily wage basis or on a contract basis. “although the appellant cannot claim any right for appointment to any substantive post of University Assistants, based on his position in an expired rank list, it would nevertheless be inequitable to deny him an appointment to a vacancy that exists in a temporary post, that was created during the time when the rank list in which he was ranked, was valid..” The Court also remarked that the existence of a right of appointment in a candidate is not a necessary prerequisite for the discharge, by the University, of obligations that are required of an ideal employer. Clarifying that the benefit did not extend to other persons whose names were included in the ranked list, the Court said, “We are extending this benefit only on the finding that certain temporary appointments were made at a time when the rank list was in force and since the appellant has been before this Court litigating his claims.” His appointment would not entitle him to claim any right based on the selection process conducted by the PSC or his ranking in the expired list, the Court stated.Counsel for petitioner: Advocate Kaleeswaram Raj and Associates.Counsel for Respondents: CUSAT Standing Counsel SP Aravindakshan Pillay, PSC Standing Counsel PC SasidharanClick here to download the judgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

May 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBrian Sevald/iStock(ST. LOUIS) — For the second time since classes resumed at public schools in St. Louis this month, grief counselors will be on hand at an elementary school on Monday to comfort friends of 8-year-old Jurnee Thompson, a third-grader gunned down while standing in front of a restaurant with relatives following a football game.Since April, nine children under the age of 17 have been killed by gun violence in the city of St. Louis, and authorities say no one has been charged in any of the slayings.“We are all at risk,” a frustrated St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said at a news conference on Saturday. “If you are as outraged as I am … please help.”Saying the child killings have reached a point of “urgency,” Krewson announced a $25,000 CrimeStoppers reward for information leading to an arrest in any of the unsolved cases.“The message now for these shooters is when you engage in this type of violent behavior, there will be a significant incentive for people to give us information to lead to your arrest,” Krewson said.But Lisa Pisciotta, executive director of St. Louis Regional CrimeStoppers, said the reward money will only be available until Sept. 1, and encouraged people with information on any of the case to contact police immediately, adding that all tips will be kept anonymous.“It expresses the urgency of the situation,” Krewson said of the time limit put on the reward.Less than 24 hours after Krewson announced the reward, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department homicide investigators responded to the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was discovered on the southeast side of the city at 6 a.m. on Sunday with a bullet wound to the head.Police said no arrests have been made.The fatal shooting came about 35 hours after Jurnee Thompson was shot in the head and killed on the northeast side of the city after she attended the football jamboree, the city’s annual kickoff to the high school football season, police said.St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said Jurnee had attended the jamboree at Soldan High School and was waiting for a food order with her two teenage cousins outside a restaurant when gunfire rang out.St. Louis Schools Superintendent Kelvin Adams said counselors will be at Herzog Elementary school on Monday to provide support for classmates and teacher who knew the girl.“I don’t know that there are words to explain how difficult it is for the families that are hurting, and the impact this has on the community,” Adams told reporters on Saturday.The girl’s death came just 12 days after 7-year-old Xavier Usanga was killed by a stray bullet while playing near his St. Louis home. Xavier was slain a day before he was to start the second grade at Clay Elementary School in St. Louis.A funeral for Xavier was held on Saturday.“I miss your smile, your laugh, your hair. I couldn’t believe that you were gone. Why would someone take your life away?” Xavier’s 10-year-old sister, Trinity Usanga, told mourners who packed her brother’s funeral at a St. Louis Catholic church, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.Federal authorities said in court earlier this month that a 23-year-old man, who was arrested and charged with stealing $50,000 from an armored car company he worked for, had confessed to firing the shots that killed Xavier. St. Louis police continue to investigate the killing, but state prosecutors have yet to charge him in the homicide.On Saturday, Chief Hayden read off a list of other fatal shootings of children that have yet to be solved and pleaded with the public to come forward with information.He said it was time for people in the community to be less concerned about retaliation for coming forward with information to police and more concerned about “what would happen to little children if you don’t.”Hayden said other unsolved homicides of children include the April 30 killing of 2-year-old Kayden Johnson and his 18-year-old mother, Trina’ty Riley, who were shot to death while hiding in a closet of their home after an intruder broke in.He said Kennedi Powell, 3, was shot to death on June 9 when she was standing on a sidewalk near her father’s car with other children and a gunman drove up in a vehicle and opened fire.Four other children and three adults were injured in the incident. No arrests have been made.Eddie Hill IV, 10, was killed in another drive-by shooting on July 19 as he stood on the front porch of his home with his father, Hayden said. No arrests have been made.Other youngsters killed by gun violence were Kristina Curry, 16, who was found shot to death in the parking lot of a high school on May 23; Derrel Williams, 15, who died on June 25 after being discovered shot on a street; and Jashon Johnson, 16, was found shot multiple times on a street on June 8.“In each of these cases, police investigators know that people were at or near the scene of these homicides. Please help us find the shooters,” Jimmie Edwards, the St. Louis public safety director and a former juvenile court judge, said at Saturday’s news conference. “If you or someone else you know may be hiding a shooter, please turn them in. Your failure to turn in people that have committed these types of offenses may also cause you to be charged with a crime.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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May 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgcourtneyk/iStockBy LAURA ROMERO and DR. LEAH CROLL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As states continue to open up eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine and more services start to require proof of vaccination, experts are warning of a rise in fraudulent activity surrounding vaccine passports.Vaccine passports and certificates are being touted around the world as a way for various industries to start returning to normal while minimizing the risk of spreading the coronavirus. Consumers are already being required to use the passes at venues ranging from sports arenas and movie theaters to services like international travel.But with the rollout of vaccine passports, experts tell ABC News they are seeing an increase in websites and online forums advertising fraudulent certificates and passports.“The darknet is booming with activity related to the vaccines,” said Ekram Ahmed, spokesperson for Check Point, a cybersecurity firm. “Cyber criminals are looking to capitalize on the public’s interest to both get the vaccine or avoid the vaccine.”Since the beginning of the pandemic, scams surrounding coronavirus testing, fake protective equipment and fake COVID-19 vaccines have circulated on the internet. Now experts are concerned about a rise in fake vaccine certificates.“Vaccination certificate for Covid (for those who do not want to be vaccinated),” said one ad found on the dark web, according to Check Point.“Not every body will like to take the covid19 vaccine and we provide proof of having been vaccinated,” said another.Check Point reports that overall, the number of false advertisements related to vaccines has more than tripled since January.“It’s only a matter of time before hackers find a way to organize fraudulent activity for digital passports,” said Ahmed. “With a digital passport in each person’s hand, it could make for some serious fraud.”As of now, New York is the only state that has officially announced a digital vaccine passport to fast-track the reopening of businesses and entertainment venues statewide.“New Yorkers have proven they can follow public health guidance to beat back COVID, and the innovative Excelsior Pass is another tool in our new toolbox to fight the virus while allowing more sectors of the economy to reopen safely and keeping personal information secure,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release last week.IBM, which helped the state develop the digital passport system, told ABC News that the pass is built on blockchain technology that allows individuals to share their health status through an encrypted digital wallet on their smartphone, without the need to share underlying medical and personal information.Alex Holden, chief information security officer for Hold Security, a cybersecurity firm, told ABC News that the market for counterfeits means that vaccine passports “will likely be a target for abuse similar to fake COVID-19 test kits and protective equipment.”“The notion of potential profit and abuse is in the air,” Holden said.Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina, told ABC News that people who are hesitant to get vaccinated may instead seek fake vaccine passports or certificates.“When you institute the use of a vaccine passport you are essentially forcing individuals to get vaccinated, and for those who may not feel comfortable or want to, there may be a greater propensity to falsify information,” Kuppalli said. “This will only make the market for these types of things stronger.”Nevertheless, new tools like the vaccine pass will allow vaccinated people to “reap the benefits” of normal daily activities, said John Brownstein, chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital and an ABC News contributor.“I think there’s real opportunity to think through how these cards could actually become a form of immunity identity,” Brownstein said. “We just have to make sure to understand the potential unintended consequences.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 8, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Tuesday, Utah State men’s basketball head coach Craig Smith announced the signing of 6-4 guard Carson Bischoff.He joins the Aggies after starring at Treasure Valley Community College of Ontario, Ore. and will have two years of eligibility remaining.Last season for the Chukars, Bischoff, a product of Weber High School, averaged 19.7 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, scoring a season-high 34 points against Mount Hood CC.Smith said the Aggies are “thrilled to announce Carson will be joining [their] program.” June 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball Signs Carson Bischoff Tuesday Brad James Tags: Carson Bischoff/Craig Smith/Mount Hood CC/Treasure Valley Chukars/USU Men’s Basketball/Weber High Schoollast_img read more