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Over 200 attend Apopka Chamber Hob Nob

first_img Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here 147 voters cast ballots in Hob Nob Straw PollPolitical candidates from around Central Florida converged last night at The Apopka VFW Community Center to take part in the Political Hob Nob sponsored by The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce. They shook hands, handed out business cards, and talked to attendees in an informal setting.There were 19 candidates and more than 200 local business leaders and community members in attendance.“We hope that the candidates are able to capitalize on the opportunity to share their respective visions for the greater Apopka area and the state as a whole,” said Chamber President Laura A. Heiselman. “We are particularly pleased to feature several judicial candidates.  It is often challenging to learn more about these particular races so this event gives our attendees the chance to engage with candidates on a one-on-one basis to help make informed decisions.”147 Voters participated in the Straw Poll.The Hob Nob format is essentially a trade show for candidates… allowing attendees to engage one-on-one with the candidates and business exhibitors.There were no formal speeches, forums or debates, but there was a straw poll taken with the winners announced at the end of the evening by Chamber Board Chairman Jeff Welch.147 ballots were cast for 18 different elections from President all the way local elections.Republican John Mica and Democrat Val Demmings share a rare photo together.In the Presidential Straw Poll, Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump 68-60 with Gary Johnson receiving 13 votes.For the US Senate, Marco Rubio defeated Alan Grayson 61-33 with Patrick Murphy receiving 25 votes.For the US House District 10 race, Val Demings and Thuy Lowe tied with 55 votes each, followed by Geraldine Thompson with 19.For the State Senate District 11, Bob Sindler defeated Randolph Bracy 46-31, followed by Chuck O’ Neal with 25 votes and Gary Siplin with 22.For the State House District 31, Jennifer Sullivan defeated Robert Rightmyer 76-27, followed by Theo Bob with 12 votes.For the State House District 45, Greg Jackson defeated Kamia Brown 41-26 followed by Kelvin Cobaris with 17.For Orange County Sheriff, Jerry Demings defeated Spike Hopkins 81-63.For Supervisor of Elections, Bill Cowles defeated Della Davis 109-25.For Orange County School Board District 7, Christine Moore defeated Matthew Fitzpatrick 54-45, followed by Isadora Dean with 27 votes.For complete results of the Straw Poll, go here. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Area Chamber of CommerceHob NobStraw Poll Previous articleIkea Recalls 29 Million Dressers and ChestsNext articleOn This Day in History: June 29th, 1776 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 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. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

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Win £10,000 of national newspaper advertising

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: corporate Individual giving Win £10,000 of national newspaper advertising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fundraising magazine and sales campaign agency Rendham are offering charities the chance to win £10,000 worth of News International newspaper advertising.The winner will be able to feature their fundraising message in The Times, The Sunday Times, News of the World or The Sun.Rendham specialises in brokering pay-by-results advertising deals for charities and other companies: this ensures that advertisers only pay News International according to the response they get from their ads.To enter you need to submit an advertisement with a short summary of what it is trying to achieve and from which target audience.The closing date for entries is 4 March 2011.www.civilsociety.co.uk/fundraising/news/content/7988/what_could_you_do_if_you_won_10000_of_national_newspaper_advertising  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 January 2011 | Newslast_img read more

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Five things you need to know today, Feb. 14

first_imgLocal News Five things you need to know today, Feb. 14 WhatsApp Previous article021519_Permian_Frenship_boys_soccer_14Next article021219_SuperReader Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Pinterest Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Feb. 14. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com. 1. Beginning in mid-March, Ector County residents summoned for jury duty will notice the physical jury summons has a new look. 2. A 24-year-old man died in a fatal head-on collision early Wednesday morning in southwest Odessa.  3. Odessa police identified a 28-year-old man who died in a fatal collision early Wednesday morning in south Odessa. 4. Housing options for Ector County Independent School District employees were updated during a board of trustees work session. 5. Campuses across Ector County Independent School District have selected their teams for the Battle of the Bluebonnets, coming up at 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at the Odessa High School fieldhouse, 1301 N. Dotsy Ave.center_img Twitter Facebook TAGS  WhatsApp Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

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People hoping for a heatwave in Donegal this week may be disappointed

first_img Pinterest People hoping for a heatwave in Donegal this week may be disappointed By admin – June 29, 2015 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook People who were hoping for a heatwave in the Northwest this week may be left disappointed.Met Eireann says while temperatures will rise this week, there will not necessarily be sunny conditions.Temperatures will reach the low twenties this week, and while it will be warm and humid, there will also be some wet weather.Forecaster with Met Eireann, Wilomena Phelan says the East coast will get the sunshine, while the west and northwest will see cloudier weather:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/wilo.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleHome draws for Tyrone, Derry and Armagh in qualifiersNext articleText Alert System to be launched in Castlefin admin Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Twitter Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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The California Senate Bill 132: A Step Towards Preserving The Respect And Dignity Of Incarcerated Transgender Individuals

first_imgColumnsThe California Senate Bill 132: A Step Towards Preserving The Respect And Dignity Of Incarcerated Transgender Individuals Rimjhim Sharma7 Sep 2020 8:39 AMShare This – xIn a historic move, the state of California in the USA by a vote of 43-13 moved the Senate Bill 132 which if passed by Governor Newsom, would allow Transgender inmates to opt-out of being housed in men’s or women’s prisons. The bill introduced by Senator Wiener is aimed at safeguarding the basic rights and dignity of gender non-conforming people and seeks to establish “The…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 historic move, the state of California in the USA by a vote of 43-13 moved the Senate Bill 132 which if passed by Governor Newsom, would allow Transgender inmates to opt-out of being housed in men’s or women’s prisons. The bill introduced by Senator Wiener is aimed at safeguarding the basic rights and dignity of gender non-conforming people and seeks to establish “The Transgender Respect, Agency and Dignity Act.” It is an evident fact that the transgender community still faces harassment due to the stigma attached to their gender identity. Much of this is also attributable to the lack of understanding among people that the transgender community is diverse and includes non-binary and intersex persons also. The Bill clearly recognises that the trans-community is a wider concept by defining certain related terms in Section 2(a), such as the terms “transgender”, “intersex” and “non-binary”. For example, “transgender” is defined as, “broad and inclusive of all gender identities different from the gender a person was assigned at birth”. Further, the Bill has made enabling provisions giving incarcerated transgender persons, the right to choose which of the facilities they want to be housed in, considering their mental and physical comfort as well as safety. If the incarcerated trans-individual faces any health or safety concerns at any point in time, such placement shall have to be reassessed by the authorities. Following such reassessment, the individual shall be allowed to stay in the preferred type of facility, whether men’s or women’s. Therefore, the impeccable design of this legislation is centered around the premise that a safer environment needs to be created for people across the gender spectrum in state prisons and correctional facilities of California. Acknowledging Sexual Misconduct against Incarcerated Trans Individuals Many studies have revealed that out of the many people incarcerated in jails, transgenders are at the most threat of being sexually and physically assaulted. As suggested by various surveys in the US, sex attacks have become rampant in these spaces, and the existing lacunas that lie in addressing these atrocities often lead to the victimization of transgenders. The Legislature to be more authoritative has mentioned in Section 2(b) that, “The United States Supreme Court recognized that incarcerated transgender individuals are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse and sexual harassment and that disregarding the known risks to a transgender woman constitutes deliberate indifference in violation of the federal constitution.” In this way, the Bill acknowledges that the trans-community in prisons is exposed to violence and abuse. It is also seen how complaints and voices of transgender people are often muffled by more violence in the form of retaliation by the prison staff. The mechanism in place for these staff members to follow or for the victims to report abuse has not been sturdy enough. This is majorly due to the prison staff “not being adequately trained or prepared to prevent, report, or treat inmate sexual assaults.” A study conducted by UC Irvine which reveals that “sexual assault is 13 times more prevalent among transgender inmates” also finds mention in Section 2(c) of the Bill. This is inclusive of transgender men who are also subjected to “sexual and gender-based violence, harassment, and discrimination”. According to the Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Reported by Inmates, 2011–12, harassment cases have been reported not only committed by correction officers or staff but also by an almost equal percentage of other incarcerated individuals. These reasons buttress the need for such a bill to exist to make the prison facilities safer for the transgender community. Sensitivity towards the issues Trans Individuals face Another striking feature of the Bill is Section 2(j) which specifically addresses the concept of “gender transition” in the social, legal, and medical context. Gender transition is a phase wherein a transgender individual might face gender dysphoria, that is, a psychological turmoil arising out of the conflict between gender identity and sex assigned at birth. Owing to the lack of support in medical care, mental health, and various other factors, this transition is tougher for the incarcerated trans-people. The provision goes on to state that “Regardless of the ways in which a person chooses or is able to express their gender or to take medical, social, or legal transition steps, they deserve respect, agency, and dignity.” Furthermore, in general practice, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation houses the inmates in accordance with the sex assigned at birth. What this Bill seeks to do is to ensure that only those rights of inmates are deprived/hindered that are limited to legitimate penological interests. This means that they cannot be denied the right to respect, agency, and dignity. To ensure this, the Bill seeks to add Sections 2605 and 2606 to the Penal Code. These sections would strengthen the rights of the transgender people in a prison environment by entailing a proper procedure that needs to be adhered to during the initial intake and classification of inmates. The addition of Sections 2605 and 2606 strengthens the protection of Trans Individuals Firstly, Section 2605(a) mentions that during the initial intake and classification, in private, the individual shall have to disclose the gender identity- whether the individual identifies as female, male, or non-binary along with the suitable gender pronoun and honorific. Additionally, it also prohibits any disciplining by the staff under the jurisdiction of the Department if an individual fails to disclose the correct or full information, as discussed above. This section also provides the individual an opportunity to update any such gender identity-related information at any given time. Further on, it is pertinent to look at how this Bill has stressed strict compliance in the consistent usage of gender pronouns and honorifics as submitted by the inmates. Gender pronouns are defined as “third-person singular personal pronouns, such as ”he”,” she,” or “they.” Nowadays, people are trying to incorporate gender pronouns in common parlance to avoid false assumptions about others’ gender identity and also to be respectful of their choices. This ensures dignity and reaffirms the basic right to self-respect of a transgender, non-binary, or intersex person. An important feature is the “search policy” as mentioned under clause(c) of Section 2606. According to that, it “would require the department, for a person who is transgender, non-binary, or intersex to only conduct a search of that person according to the search policy for their gender identity or according to the gender designation of the facility where they are housed, based on the individual’s search preference.” This will help preserve their safety and avoid any misconduct sexually or physically. In toto, this Bill has exhibited the tone of a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to matters of sexual violence/harassment, sexual misconduct, and retaliation by the prison staff. The transgender community continues to be a vulnerable group in society but through this piece of legislation, every effort has been made to ensure their safe and dignified residence in prisons. A transgender individual’s preference has been given utmost importance in this legislation. They are also enabled to exercise their choice in housing facility matters where they can decide the safest premises for themselves. Thus, ‘choice and preference’ of Trans inmates is quite evidently the prominent theme touched upon by this Bill. It works well in their favour in matters of safety and agency concerning the “search policy”, and dignity by making it compulsory to address them respectfully by using correct gender pronouns and honorifics. The Bill will come to fruition after it gains the assent of the Governor before September 31, 2020Views are personal only.(Author is a 3rd year Law Student at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow) Next Storylast_img read more

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Karnataka HC Issues Notice On Lawyers’ PIL Challenging State Bar Council Conditions In Financial Aid Scheme

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka HC Issues Notice On Lawyers’ PIL Challenging State Bar Council Conditions In Financial Aid Scheme Mustafa Plumber22 Sep 2020 11:59 PMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Tuesday issued notice on a public interest litigation filed by Advocates Association Bengaluru challenging the scheme framed by Karnataka State Bar Council for distribution of the state grant of Rs 5 crore to the needy advocates as being unreasonable and unfair. The Association has sought to quash and set aside the scheme framed on August 26, by the State…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?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Tuesday issued notice on a public interest litigation filed by Advocates Association Bengaluru challenging the scheme framed by Karnataka State Bar Council for distribution of the state grant of Rs 5 crore to the needy advocates as being unreasonable and unfair. The Association has sought to quash and set aside the scheme framed on August 26, by the State Bar Council stating that discriminatory conditions were imposed for the lawyers seeking financial assistance. Under the said scheme lady advocates, lawyers above 40 years of age and those enrolled after January 1, 2010 are not eligible for seeking financial assistance. The plea also seeks for directions to the state government to consider the representations made by the association on May 12 and June 22, seeking to release a sum of Rs 100 crore as a package to help the lawyers community in the state. Further, it seeks to quash the order passed by the government on August 20, in so far as it relates to the wording “The Bar Council consisting of advocates may use a part of the amount to assist the advocates clerks and the government cannot consider the representations of the bar Councils of other districts and provide separate financial assistance to the advocates clerks.” It may be noted that on August 4, the court had directed the state government to consider and take a decision by August 19, on a representation made by the Belgavi Bar Association, seeking that a loan of upto Rs 5 lakh be extended to members of the bar who are in financial distress, due to limited functioning of courts. The representation made by the Advocate Association at Dharwad and Bengaluru, seeking financial assistance were also to be considered. The plea filed through Advocate Anil Kumar states that the state government has without reasoning and without applying its mind hastily disposed of the representations without considering the plight of lawyers. The petition mentions that the State of Andhra Pradesh has announced a package of Rs.100 crores for its lawyers and already Rs 25 core has been released. Likewise other state governments across the country have considered the difficulties faced by their lawyers in their state. The State Bar Council has defended its scheme before the court by saying that on an earlier occasion the scheme was framed for advocates who were enrolled subsequent to 1/01/2010. An amount of Rs 5,000 has been paid to them. After this grant, streaming of those advocates who were enrolled prior to 1/01/2010 is being done. Since advocates registered after 1/01/2010, have already got financial assistance therefore this scheme excludes them.” The court has in its order dated September 2, said the scheme has to be a fair and transparent scheme, considering the fact that the amount of Rs 5 crore transferred by the government constitutes public money. Additional Advocate General (AAG) is also directed to address the court on the nature of the scheme. On Tuesday, the State Bar Council informed the court that 1163 applications received from advocates were rejected while 7844 applications were sanctioned and an amount of Rs 3,29,20,000 has been disbursed to the needy advocates out of the state grant. The court has now posted the matter for further hearing on September 28.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

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Policy To Provide Priority Treatment To COVID Warrior: P&H High Court Seeks Response Of Punjab Govt. & UOI

first_imgNews UpdatesPolicy To Provide Priority Treatment To COVID Warrior: P&H High Court Seeks Response Of Punjab Govt. & UOI Sparsh Upadhyay3 May 2021 9:15 PMShare This – xPunjab and Haryana High CourtThe Punjab & Haryana High Court on Friday (April 30) issued notice to the Punjab State Government and Government Of India seeking a response as to whether there is any policy/instructions of the Government of India or State Government for providing any priority of treatment for the COVID – 19 warriorS or notThe direction to this effect has been given by the Bench of Justice Jasgurpreet Singh Puri in connection with a petition filed against the Union of India and other respondents by one Chanchal Singh through counsel Salil Dev Singh Bali.It was submitted by the petitioner’s Counsel that the petitioner is a COVID -19 warrior who acquired the kidney disease when he was posted in the laboratory after the onset of the COVID – 19 epidemic. It was further submitted that although the petitioner had been enrolled in the list of kidney transplant patients by the PGI, however, according to the counsel for the petitioner, the same was not in consonance with the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Rules, 2014. It was further argued that being a COVID – 19 warrior, the petitioner ought to have been given priority as compared to other patients. Consequently, issuing the notice, the Court directed,”Learned counsel for respondent No.1 – Union of India as well as Mr.Pankaj Gupta, Addl. A.G. Punjab, for respondent No.2, shall seek specific instructions as to whether there is any policy/instructions of the Government of India or State Government for providing any priority of treatment for the Covid – 19 warrior or not.”In related news, in a plea seeking ex gratia payment of Rs.50 lakhs, in terms of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package: Insurance scheme for health workers fighting COVID-19, and Rs.1 crore, in terms of the scheme of the GNCTD, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday (20th April) issued notice to the Union of India and Delhi Government. The Bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh was hearing the plea of one Sangeeta Wahi who lost her husband, who was deployed by the Government to perform an essential service as a guard at the OPD, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsJustice Jasgurpreet Singh Puri #Covid warriors Punjab & Haryana High Court Punjab State Government Priority Treatment #P&H High Court Next Storylast_img read more

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Man charged with 74 sex assaults on girl sent for trial

first_img Google+ Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – April 20, 2018 WhatsApp Man charged with 74 sex assaults on girl sent for trial Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter A 53-year-old man was sent for trial today charged with 74 sex assaults on the same girl over six years.The man, who is in custody, was accused of the offenses between January 1995 and February 2001 when the girl was a minor.The offenses are contrary to Section 2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) Act 1990 as amended by Section 37 of the Sex Offenders Act 2001.Garda Caroline Meehan told Ballyshannon District Court the book of evidence was served on the defendant this morning.Inspector Dennis Joyce asked that the man be forwarded for trial to the higher Donegal town Circuit Court which starts next October 23.Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said there was no application for bail.He was granted legal aid which will include a senior and junior counsel.Judge Kevin Kilrane reminded the defendant that if he was using alibi evidence he had 14 days to give notice of it to the prosecution. He remanded the man to the Donegal Town Circuit Court in October.The judge issued a reminder that identifying details of the victim and the defendant cannot be published at this stage.center_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleDeclan Boyle on Finn Harps push for points starting tonight against CabinteelyNext articleMore RSS places needed in North West – Mac Sharry News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

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Fountain wins design contest

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Fountain wins design contest Email the author TroyFest is celebrating 10 years this year and the T-shirt Design Contest has been a part of the festival since the beginning.“We wanted to involve the children in the festival and giving them the opportunity to design the festival T-shirt was a way to get them interested in the festival and to encourage them in their artwork,” Sanders said. “The contest generates a lot of interest about the festival and the festival T-shirts are always be big hit.”Sanders expressed appreciation to all of the children who participated.“We hope that all of those who participated will all come out and enjoy the fun activities that we have planned just for children,” she said. “TroyFest is going to be a lot of fun.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Published 10:50 pm Monday, April 16, 2012 By Jaine Treadwell Brooklyn Fountain was a little apprehensive when a smiling lady approached her at lunch Monday with a bouquet of balloons. And, at first, she didn’t comprehend what the lady said to her.“Congratulations, Brooklyn, you are the winner of the 2012 TroyFest T-shirt design contest.” But, when her teacher Candis Keesee told her “You won, Brooklyn. You won the T-shirt design contest,” the Pike Liberal Arts School kindergarten student broke into a smile of her own as her classmates applauded her victory.Vicki Sanders, coordinator of the annual TroyFest T-shirt Design Contest, said the entries for this year’s competition were outstanding. Brooklyn was excited to be the winner and to have her design on “every one of the TroyFest T-shirts,” but most of all, she is excited to tell her little brother.“He will be three years old on Wednesday and I can’t wait to tell him I won,” she said.Sanders said the TroyFest committee chose blue and orange for this year’s T-shirts.“So, the colors on Brooklyn’s design will be a little different according to the color of the shirt,” she said. “But both T-shirts will have happy owls and be fun T-shirts.” “Each year, the entries get better and better,” Sanders said. “There were so many really good designs but the committee just kept coming back to Brooklyn’s. It is so colorful and so much fun. It’s so happy that very time I look at it, I smile and laugh. We just couldn’t get away from it.”Brooklyn’s design is an owl perched on a tree branch.“I was going to have an ice cream cone but somebody had already done that so I made mine an owl,” Brooklyn said. “I was going to put green like grass. That’s why the owl has green. And, I like red and flowers. So I put a red limb and flowers in the owl’s hand.” Latest Stories Skip Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Animal love Cael Thorington pets a goat at the Jungle Safari zoo in Troy, Ala., Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The zoo is… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Billionaire philanthropist shocks Morehouse grads by promising to pay off loans

first_imgMarcus Ingram/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — While most commencement speakers offer words of encouragement to college graduates headed into the cold and cruel work world, billionaire philanthropist Robert Smith left the class of 2019 at Morehouse University inspired and astonished by his pledge to “put a little fuel in your bus.”During his keynote graduation address on Sunday at the historically-black, all-male Atlanta college, Smith, the chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based Vista Equity Partners, promised to pay off the student loans of the nearly 400 graduates, a pledge estimated to cost him $40 million.“On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we’re going to put a little fuel in your bus,” Smith told the 396 graduates in a surprise announcement.Pointing out the alumni seated in the audience, Smith said, “This is my class, 2019,” and challenged them to follow his lead.“My family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans,” Smith said.The pronouncement prompted a jaw-dropping standing ovation from the graduates and their families, and chants of “MVP! MVP!”But Smith, ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the richest people in America with an estimated net worth of $4.4 billion, said he had one request from the beneficiaries of his generosity.“Now, I know my class will make sure they pay this forward,” Smith said. “I want my class to look at these alumni, these beautiful Morehouse brothers, and let’s make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward.”Smith, 56, who graduated from Cornell University and Columbia University Business School, received an honorary degree from Morehouse on Sunday. Back in January, he donated $1.5 million to Morehouse to create the Robert Frederick Smith Scholars Program and a park at the school.Morehouse President David Anthony Thomas told reporters after the graduation that the average Morehouse student leaves school $30,000 or more in debt.He said he was stunned by Smith’s announcement. He added that he had spoken to Smith on Saturday night about student debt being one of the biggest challenges graduates of Morehouse faced, but he had no idea what Smith was going to do a few hours later.“To remove that burden allows them to start this phase of their lives with so much more potential than they ever had when they sat down this morning because they can now do anything they want to do and nothing because they have to pay that debt,” Thomas said.He said that in his 30-plus years in academia, “I’ve never seen anything like this.”“Three-hundred-and-ninety-six individuals will have their debt wiped out thanks to Robert F. Smith,” Thomas said.Graduate John Jacob Burns of New Rochelle, New York, was “amazed” by Smith’s grant, and said he has $35,000 in student loans.“Even graduating from Morehouse was a tremendous blessing,” Burns told ABC News. “To get all my debt paid off after that…that was like something I couldn’t even imagine.“Throughout his speech, he talked about a commitment to black people and he obviously demonstrated it at the end of the speech,” Burns, who plans to go to graduate school at the University of Chicago on a full scholarship, said of Smith.Burns’ father, Carney Burns, who graduated from Morehouse in 1988, said that initially he couldn’t believe what he heard Smith say, and had to ask people all around him if it was true.“After each person confirmed to me, yes, in fact, what he said is true, it was elation, it was surprise, but most of all it was respect for someone who stepped forward and did such a meaningful act for so many people,” the senior Burns told ABC News.Graduate Ernest Holmes of Sayreville, New Jersey, said he and his classmates were overwhelmed by Smith’s announcement.“When he announced that he was going to pay off all our student debt, it was like a brief moment of disbelief and then immediately everyone went into tears, into hugging, into crying together,” Holmes told ABC News, adding that he has $10,000 in student loans.Holmes, who earned degrees in computer science and mathematics, said he’s already accepted a software engineering job at Google and plans to fulfill Smith’s wish that he and his classmates return his benevolence by paying it forward. He said he plans to be part of the $100,000 club, Morehouse alumni who give back that amount to the school.“So that’s one of my goals within the next 10 years,” Holmes said.Smith’s pledge came a month after a Wall Street Journal report showed that the student debt crisis was hitting historically black colleges like Morehouse the hardest.The report also found that graduates of historically black colleges failed to pay down even $1 of their original student loan balance in the first few years out of school, and that the amount of money parents borrowed in 2017-2018 to put their children through those schools had spiked 33 percent compared to 2000-2001, even when adjusted for inflation.“This is your moment graduates. Between doubt and destiny is action. Between our community and the American dream is leadership. That’s your leadership. That’s your destiny. This doesn’t mean ignoring injustice. It means using your strength to right order,” Smith told the graduates.“True wealth comes from contributing to the liberation of people and the liberation of communities we come from depends upon grit and determination, and the greatness inside of you.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 4/20

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSoftball2-A NorthEAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah-Emily Brackett posted a pair of doubles and earned the win in the circle, pitching a one-hitter, as the Gunnison Bulldogs decimated Rockwell 18-0 in 2-A North softball action Friday.2-A SouthKANAB, Utah-Autumn Shinksi’s grand slam propelled Kanab to a 21-5 win over Milford Friday in 2-A South softball action.Region 15RICHFIELD, Utah-Gracee Bowers tripled and earned the win in the circle as the San Juan Broncos routed Richfield 12-2 Friday in the first game of a Region 15 softball doubleheader.RICHFIELD, Utah-The San Juan Broncos raced out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back, en route to a 14-9 win over Richfield, completing their Region 15 softball doubleheader sweep of the Wildcats Friday.Baseball2-A NorthSALINA, Utah-Rocky Bringhurst belted a pair of doubles and the North Sevier Wolves hammered Duchesne 11-1 in 2-A North baseball action Friday. Brooks Mickelsen and Stockton Andersen also doubled for the Wolves, while Andersen took the win on the mound for North Sevier.2-A SouthKANAB, Utah-Sam Orton took the win on the mound as the Kanab Cowboys doubled up Milford 10-5 Friday in 2-A South baseball action.Region 14HERRIMAN, Utah-Cayden Horsely went yard, doubled, and earned the win on the mound as the Providence Hall Patriots pummeled Delta 11-1 in Region 14 baseball action Friday.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Rayden Deets tripled and Lincoln Labrum took the win on the mound as the Union Cougars doubled up Juab 4-2 Friday in Region 14 baseball action.Region 15RICHFIELD, Utah-Morgan Albrecht hit a pair of doubles and earned the win on the mound, and Joshua Thalman added another double as the Richfield Wildcats edged South Sevier 4-3 in Region 15 baseball action Friday. Tags: Gunnison/Kanab/North Sevier/Richfield/South Sevier Brad James Written by April 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/20last_img read more

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Body Recovered in Great Egg Harbor Inlet

first_imgAuthorities found a body Saturday that could be that of a swimmer who went missing from the north end beach on July 12. By NANETTE LOBIONDO-GALLOWAY and MADDY VITALEAt approximately 6 a.m. Saturday a fisherman located the body of an unidentified adult male floating in the Great Egg Harbor Inlet between Longport and Ocean City.The fisherman called 911 and Longport fire and police personnel were dispatched. The Longport Fire Department launched a boat and recovered the body.The Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating and working to identify the body.The body could be that of Jabed Ikbal, 24, of Clementon, Camden County, who went missing around 7 p.m. Sunday, July 12 after rescuing two family members from the surf at Ocean City’s Great Egg Harbor Inlet. He was last seen near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge.The family of Ikbal has been notified about the unidentified body.The body was discovered about 150 yards off the beach. It was recovered by the Longport Volunteer Fire Department shortly before the NJ State Police Marine Division arrived at the scene.Longport Fire Chief Levon “Lefty” Clayton said the NJ State Marine Police would release further information.Jabed Ikbal. (Photo credit Facebook)Ocean City Beach Patrol and the U.S. Coast Guard searched and 82-mile area for more than 21 hours until the rescue mission ended Monday.The Coast Guard Cutter Bonito searched alongside a Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and two 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Atlantic City and Coast Guard Station Great Egg.“The decision to suspend search efforts is a challenging one,” said Chief Jacobe Hyre, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. “We ask that everyone try and be cautious of weather conditions before choosing to swim.”Tropical Storm Fay, which effected the area over the weekend, could have played a role in the rougher surf in the inlet – an area already known for stronger currents, officials said.Ikbal and his family were swimming July 12 at an unguarded beach.“People need to swim only at guarded beaches and if they see someone in distress call 911,” Ocean City Beach Patrol Chief Mark Jamieson said earlier this week. “Too often, novice swimmers can get into a dangerous situation and everything happens too fast.” The story is developing. Check back for more details.last_img read more

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Hull bakery fined over finger injury

first_imgLivwell Limited has been fined for safety breaches after a worker lost the top of his finger trying to clear a dough blockage from a poorly guarded machine.The incident happened, at Livwell’s bakery in Main Street, Hull, when the agency worker’s finger came into contact with a moving part of the dough moulding machine.The machine sliced off the top of his right middle finger and he later had to have the part between the tip and first joint amputated. He was unable to work for three months, but has now returned to full-time employment at the bakery.The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident on 24 May 2011 and prosecuted the company at Hull Magistrates yesterday (8 July) for failing to prevent access by workers to dangerous moving parts of machinery.Livwell Ltd was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £18,318 in costs after pleading guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.Doctor Nicholas Tosney, HSE inspector, said: “This incident was wholly avoidable. The hazards were identified, but effective measures were not taken by the company to prevent access to all the dangerous parts of the machine.“The simple addition of a tunnel guard to this machine – which the company has now installed – could have saved a young man having to suffer the amputation of part of his finger.”last_img read more

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Officials Confirm Prince’s Cause Of Death As An Opioid Overdose

first_imgOn April 21st, beloved R&B sensation Prince lost his life at the age of 57. While there has been much speculation about a drug overdose in the days since his death, fans have been holding out for an official analysis from an autopsy report.Today, that news came in the form of an official report to the Associated Press, where a law enforcement official working the case has confirmed the cause of death was indeed an opioid overdose. As of now, it remains unclear what the opioids were treating, as two doctors have been investigated in connection with Prince’s death.One was Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg, who treated Prince twice in the weeks before his death. He prescribed medications for the singer, but the names of those medications remain undisclosed. The second was Dr. Howard Kornfield, an addiction specialist who was brought in on April 20th to help Prince. Unfortunately, despite trying to ease the symptoms of withdrawals, the opioid overdose proved fatal to the Purple One.Regardless of how he died, Prince will always be remembered for his true devotion to crafting and performing music. RIP Prince.last_img read more

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Cory Henry, MonoNeon, Scott Metzger, Nikki Glaspie, Skerik Get Funky On Stevie Wonder Cover At Brooklyn Comes Alive [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgOn September 28th, 2018, Brooklyn Comes Alive returned to three fan-favorite venues in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood for a marathon day of music jam-packed with one-time-only collaborations from more than 50 of the most talented artists on the road today.One of the day’s most exciting mix-and-match sets was the debut of a super-funky quintet comprised of Cory Henry (Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles), Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Wolf!), MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note), and Skerik at Brooklyn Bowl.Though this crew had never before played together, the collective talent of these musicians jumped off the lineup page from the moment it was announced, making it an early favorite to be one of the day’s best sets. Unsurprisingly, the performance did not disappoint, as Cory Henry, Nikki Glaspie, Scott Metzger, MonoNeon, and Skerik delivered a jaw-dropping display of musicianship for the gathered crowd.Take, for example, their expertly extended rendition of Stevie Wonder classic “Living For The City”. The 15-minute jam saw each of the band’s skilled members take a chance to shine on their respective instruments, with Henry charismatically filling Stevie’s bandleader/vocalist role from behind his keyboard rig. Listening to this group put a new spin on this beloved classic, you’d think they’d been playing it together for years. It makes the fact that several of them met just minutes before the set all the more mind-blowing.Thankfully, we have professionally shot, multi-cam footage of the song, so we can relive it over and over again. Check it out below:Cory Henry, Nikki Glaspie, Scott Metzger, MonoNeon, Skerik – “Living For The City” [Stevie Wonder cover, Pro-Shot][Video: Live For Live Music]Stay tuned for more pro-shot videos and premium content from Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018 coming soon. Until then, try this on for size:Related: Watch MonoNeon, Sput, Lyle Divinsky, & More Pay Tribute To Prince At Brooklyn Comes Alive [Pro-Shot Video]last_img read more

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Mosquito-borne Disease Threat Increasing on Long Island, Officials Warn

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alarming increase in Asian Tiger mosquitoes has officials concerned about the spread diseases such as dengue fever, which was reported on Long Island last fall—a first in New York State.Lawmakers and health experts urged the public to use common-sense measures to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in their yards and biting them now that the bloodsucking insects have returned with the warm weather.“We need all levels of government to work together to make sure that Long Islanders know how to protect themselves, and this does not turn into a serious public health issue,” U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) told reporters Monday during a news conference in Port Washington.He called on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help local health departments combat a 220-percent spike in Asian Tiger mosquitoes—one of about 70 species statewide—found in samples collected in Nassau and Suffolk counties from 2010 to 2012. Asian tiger mosquitoes are the main way the dengue virus is spread.Mosquito warnings are usually focused on preventing West Nile virus, with nearly 500 cases having been reported in the state since 2000—37 of them proving fatal. But, Suffolk County reported in November the first-ever case of dengue fever, which is rare in the United States and causes about 25,000 deaths annually worldwide, according to the CDC.“In the face of a new strain of mosquito, we need all the federal resources we can get,” said Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, the Nassau County Department of Health commissioner.Nassau has not seen any West Nile mosquitoes so far this season, but Suffolk reported one case in a bird in Selden earlier this month. Thirteen people on LI—eight in Nassau, five in Suffolk—contracted the disease last year, but the last fatality here was two year ago. There were 33 cases statewide last year, none of them fatal.Officials reminded the public minimize outdoor activities or wear pants and long sleeves between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, use mosquito repellent, ensure window screens are secure and eliminate standing water near their homes.For more information, or to report dead birds that may be infected, call the Suffolk County West Nile hotline at 631-787-2200 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Nassau County residents concerned about West Nile Virus activity can call the Health Department Mosquito Surveillance desk at 516-572-1211 from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.last_img read more

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