Black Lives Matter marches peacefully to Apopka Police Department

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom What a superb Apopka Voice. To keep fb and the Apopka residence inform of many events and news upkeep.lts good to keep everyone. informed Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 July 27, 2016 at 11:01 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Bernard Maconawesome Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img TAGSApopka Police DepartmentBlack Lives Matter Previous article26,000 Baby Monitors RecalledNext articleConfused About Prostate Screenings? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply On an overcast and muggy evening 175 marchers in support of the Black Lives Matter movement  walked from  the Alonzo Williams Park through the streets of South Apopka to The Apopka Police Department. They chanted, “black lives matter,” “hands up, don’t shoot,” and “no justice, no peace.”They marched, they prayed, they called for unity, and an end to the violence. There were no violent incidents, and no threats to law enforcement.Representatives from the Apopka Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office attended the event, blocked off roads along the route, and led the marchers to APD headquarters.“We support the freedoms provided by our constitution and everyone’s opportunity to exercise their first amendment rights,” said APD Captain Randall Fernandez. “This march was peaceful and embodied the unity found within our community. It highlighted the support of the members of  the Apopka Police Department and of the community and the community of the officers. This proud and strong relationship is key to what makes Apopka a great place to live and work.”Melvin Bolder, one of the group organizers, was pleased with the turnout both in attendance and in the varieties of people attending.“I see a lot of diversity, a lot of cultures and a lot of religions and at the end of the day that was our goal.”Earlier in the week, Bishop Kelvin Cobaris of The Impact Church in Orlando was critical of the Black Lives Matter group at a rally in support of law enforcement at the Apopka City Hall. Cobaris, who is running for Florida House District 45 (which includes Apopka south of 441 and 436), said that “If the Black Lives Matter narrative brings us to divisiveness and to hatred, and violence, then I condemn it. I stand against it.”But at the march, he explained the distinction between the narrative and the violence he condemns.“Just to help you understand the Black Lives Matter narrative better, because there is so much confusion about it all over the nation… And there are some radicals that are taking the wrong approach and being vigilantes and taking matters into their own hands. But the reality is the narrative of the black lives matter started out of the Trayvon Martin shooting and evolved into a protest of police shootings and violence against blacks…so we’re saying black lives matter too. It doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter. But the focus was about the excessive force and brutality that was going on with black males and law enforcement. So I don’t want you to misconstrue why we’re here today. We’re not here to divide. We’re not here to protest for division in Apopka. We’re here to unite.”Pastor Richard King, the Vice President of the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance, challenged the community to let their voices be heard at the upcoming elections as well as at the march.“All of us are created in the image of God, and that means that every life matters. We were made in his image. We condemn violence against anyone. But not only does every life matter, but every vote matters. There are elections coming up that are vital to this community. So do your research and vote. We can do more with a pen and in a ballot box than we can ever do on the street. We are better than that.”Pastor Darrel Morgan of the Word of Life Church in Apopka quoted from the Gospels in calling for an end to the darkness.“Jesus asked us to be the light of the world. Light gives guidance when there is none. Light is mercy. It’s time for Apopka to turn the lights on, and let the goodness of God shine through.”Pastor Hezekiah Bradford, the President of The South Apopka Ministerial Alliance and The Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance, wants to see accountability rather than cover-ups.“This march is about peace. It’s about bringing love into our community. Yes we have major problems but we can fix them. But if the police do something that is wrong, it should not be covered up. We need to make sure they are held accountable when that sort of thing takes place. That’s what Black Lives Matters is saying. If you are wrong, own up to it. All of us can make mistakes, but in the process of making that mistake, let’s do something about it.Black Lives Matter plan to march goes in Kissimmee next Sunday (July 31st), and in Ocoee the following Sunday (August 7th). 1 COMMENT UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Tarrant moves residence to Florida, businesses stay in Vermont

first_imgBy James Dwinell, Vermont Business Magazine Rich Tarrant, one of Vermont s wealthiest, is no longer a Vermont resident; he now resides in Florida. Tarrant is best known for the amazing success of IDX, a health care information systems company which he sold in 2006 and now called GE Healthcare and still located in South Burlington.In 2006 Tarrant ran for the open US Senate seat vacated by Jim Jeffords. Though Tarrant won the Republican primary, he lost to Bernie Sanders in the general election. There were rumors of a possible interest in one day running for governor of Vermont, those days are now gone.After confirming his change of residency, Tarrant said, I don t want your story to suggest that I made the change because of dissatisfaction with Vermont. It was very complicated decision, but simply put, I am heavily invested in Florida real estate and as such it became clear to me that becoming a Florida resident made many things in the real estate field much easier and more beneficial. And I was spending more and more time in Florida. But all four of my start-ups are here in Vermont. There is no escaping the tax man, either here or in Florida.Tarrant is involved in a variety of business ventures here in Vermont, in the medical and education fields. The Tarrant Institute, centered at UVM, is an example of Tarrant s creative energy. We are providing an online learning system, called I-Leap, which is in schools in Milton, Burlington, and Manchester, he said. The system engages kids and allows them to learn at their own interest level and ability. One parent told me that his child says that not only does he enjoy the system and learns well, but that much of the disciplinary distractions have been eliminated. A grandparent of Milton I-Leaper had tears in her eyes talking about the difference it made for her grandson!The program is now in its fourth year (STORY, CLICK HERE). In an article posted on the UVM Communications website written by Jeffrey Wakefield, the Institute s director Penny Bishop has surveyed the schools where I-Leap is at work.Deborah Tarrant of the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation shows the difference between the technologies students use inside and outside of school at a December 21, 2009, press conference. (Photo: Raj Chawla) Students in I-Leap say that learning is more interesting, meaningful, and relevant to their lives compared with their earlier school experiences, an evaluation shared by many parents. There’s a point to what we’re learning, one Milton student said. My daughter’s grades have improved since being involved in this program, said an Edmunds parent. She has always had a problem with focusing, but now with the laptop, I have seen her sit, focused, completing her work. I really see the advantages of bringing our teaching methods current with technology. Edmunds social studies teacher Brent Truchon reported a marked change in classroom participation. For the first time in the history of my teaching career, every student’s hand was raised, in a recent class, he said.Governor Douglas upon hearing the news of Tarrant s change of residency, said, Rich is a Vermont entrepreneur and community leader who has contributed and continues to contribute so much Vermont. His decision to change his residency is an example of how tax laws can make a difference in where people decide to live. We need legislators who understand that.Not forgetting Tarrant s roots, Penny Bishop said, The Tarrant Institute focuses only on Vermont. The Tarrants have been our sole source of funding until we recently received a $200,000 grant from the stimulus funds. Middle school is our focus. Kids who are failing in math or English, and who have a less then 80 percent attendance record, or receive poor behavior comments on their report cards have only a 20 percent chance of graduating high school. Success is when we see these kids engaged in a relevant curriculum with meaningful technology and succeeding while being directed by teachers who we have trained.Vermont Business Magazine. 6.17.2010last_img read more

Long Island Snow Storm: Up To 8 Inches For Suffolk; 2 To 5 In Nassau For Morning Commute

first_img The NWS predicts strong wind gusts up to 35 mph and reduced visibilities up to one quarter to one half mile at times, with the heaviest snow falling from the Monday morning commute through the afternoon.“The combination of strong winds and a heavy wet snow will bring down tree limbs and power lines,” warns the agency. “Hazardous travel conditions are expected due to greatly reduced visibilities and significant snow accumulations. “Blowing and drifting of snow with near blizzard conditions are expected due to strong winds,” it continues. “Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos might have brought home the Vince Lombardi Trophy Sunday night, but Mother Nature is bringing more snow to Long Island during the post-Super Bowl Monday morning commute.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Sunday evening forecasting 4 to 8 inches of snow for southwestern Suffolk County, effective 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.Up to 5 inches of the menacing white stuff is possible in Nassau.last_img read more

Cutler Flea comes to Broome County Farmer’s Market

first_imgFounder and seller Mimi Sprage said the market is all about connecting people with the past, sometimes even their own. Sprage said the Cutler Flea will return on the second Sunday of each month and will be following all New York State guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Organizers say the flea market draws sellers from as far away as Albany and includes everything from silverware to antique doors and sports memorabilia. “The younger people aren’t as interested in antiques, but then somebody will come in and say, ‘Oh my grandmother had this,’ or ‘I remember this from my kitchen,’ or, ‘I loved this’ and they put it into their homes,” she said. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — The Cutler Flea took over the Broome County Regional Farmer’s Market Sunday, and instead of fresh fruits and veggies, antiques were on sale. last_img read more

From the waiter to the in-house coach and food and beverage director at the 5-star hotel

first_imgHis quality, desire and will to learn did not go unnoticed. Indeed, in addition to being given the opportunity for additional education, Dejan sees the trust given to him as a particularly important segment of his progress and motivation for the job. He says that not everything is about money, in fact, the work environment and respect for the employer are sometimes more important, so it was extremely important for him as a worker to see how he is valued, and to have a quality work environment and to see a positive and stable future.  “The stated conditions of accommodation, transport and food generate additional costs compared to local employees, but we value all employees equally and continuously invest in raising their satisfaction.” points out Maša Prebeg, Director of the Human Resources Department of Bluesun and adds that they are provided with education at the Bluesun Academy where they will acquire the necessary knowledge and improve their professional skills under the expert guidance of mentors and Bluesun corporate bosses. Also, within the hotel for employees, there are rooms for learning, rest and kitchen, and the first tenants moved in last spring. Hot meals are brought to the tenants three times a day, and the cleaners take care of the hotel’s hygiene standard, and the tenants wash and iron their clothes. His success story is a bit unusual. Namely, he was trained as a car mechanic and worked in the profession for several years. He enjoyed the job, but, as he says himself, he lacked contact with people. Therefore, in parallel, he started working as a waiter in a club in Makarska. He found out about the job at Bluesun quite by accident, thought well and closed the doors of the car repair shop forever ten years ago. “Considering the presented measure by which the non-taxable amount of compensation for a newborn child was raised to HRK 10.000, we will now pay HRK 7500 to our employees who become parents. We have raised the amount from HRK 3000, as we paid them in previous years. Of course, if both parents are Bluesun employees, they both receive compensation. We are pleased that we can support our employees in this, one of the most important moments in life. ” points out Masha Prebeg, director of the Human Resources Department of Bluesun. A beautiful positive and rounded story about caring for your workers. If the entire tourism sector had taken care of its workers like this 10 years ago, they would not have such problems with the workforce today. Dejan Ancic the XNUMX-year-old Makaranin has won awards for best employee for four years in a row. “I taught bar business. We taught new colleagues how to work in a bar, how to treat a guest, how to attract him, animate him, educate him about what he orders”Says Dejan, adding that the job of a lecturer is a great opportunity to improve their skills. It is a two-way, extremely useful process in which the teacher can learn a lot from the students, but also from the students. “I love this job, I enjoy every day, and I was given the opportunity to work, to study. I went through three additional levels of schooling and numerous educations, each of which entailed advancement as well”Points out Ancic. He says he still learns every day. He taught work, about himself and working with others, and his rich experience led him to the position of lecturer at the Bluesun Academy. Dejan Ancic Namely, each employee within Bluesun Hotels & Resorts will receive a HRK 7.500 fee for a newborn child. So far, that fee has amounted to HRK 3.000, so this is a big increase. Interestingly, if both parents are employed by the company, both receive the said compensation.  Photo: Bluesun Here I can draw a parallel with the story of how the famous Big Mac was created at McDonalds. Namely, James Delligatti, the man who invented the “Big Mac” more than 50 years ago, was just one of the McDonald’s franchisees. Thus, in the spring of 2008, only one of the interesting and inspiring professional stories in Bluesun began, which shows the value of a quality policy of investing in human resources. Dejan worked as an assistant waiter in a hotel restaurant for less than two weeks when he accepted an offer to work in a hotel bar at the same time. Cocktail La Berulia According to Bluesun, the company’s strategy is to invest in the growth and development of competencies of people who want to build their careers in tourism – young people try to motivate young people to acquire knowledge and skills necessary in the increasingly demanding labor market, and encourage retraining for the most sought after occupations in tourism. and catering. This is the story of Bluesun Hotels & Resorts, one of the largest hotel chains in Croatia, which owns 16 hotels in Bol, Supetar, Brela, Tucepi, Starigrad, Paklenica and Marija Bistrica, which this year have additionally invested effort and funds for education. and labor retention.  The story of Dejan Ančić – From a waiter to the internal coach of the Bluesun Academy and the director of food and beverages in a 5-star hotel. This chain rewards business excellence every year, based on internal surveys on guest satisfaction in hotels, and in 2018 they distributed a total of 1,5 million kuna in awards to the best employees, and from this year will significantly increase the amount of these individual awards. “With this move – by increasing the compensation for a newborn child, we also want to stimulate our employees who decide to expand the family for which we, originally a family business, are the foundation of growth and development of a successful business. emphasizes Kristijan Gagulić, a member of the Management Board of Sunce Concern. A phenomenal story, isn’t it? I emphasize, the Board listens to you and appreciates your opinion. Unfortunately, it is a rarity in our labor market, but this is one of the reasons why the whole problem with the labor force in tourism has arisen. The man / employee was at the last level of value. More like “consumables”. How is a quality workforce maintained? Here is one great home example. The Academy has already produced several generations of highly educated students, most of them, logically, continued their careers in Bluesun, and this year alone, over 450 employees will go through some of the Bluesun Academy programs. “Bluesun allows employees to express their creativity. If someone has an idea, either culinary or bartending, they will allow you to present it here. If it is good – it goes on sale”Emphasizes Dejan.center_img Bluesun also pays its employees Christmas bonuses in the amount of HRK 2700 and donates the children of its employees up to the age of 15, with each parent receiving an additional HRK 600 per child. His idea was initially rejected because their previous offer of burgers sold well so they didn’t want to change things. But after persuasion, the Management relented and put the Big Mac on offer. And the rest is history. So far, over a billion Big Macs have been sold worldwide, and thanks to its global popularity, it has even become a kind of symbol of capitalism. The Economist used it as the main reference for the cost of living in some countries – the so-called. Big Mac Index. For seasonal workers located in Zadvarje, transportation is organized several times a day during the season so that they can get to work as easily as possible and can use it in their free time. “Investing in and caring for employees is one of our responsibilities as a responsible employer, and the satisfaction and impressions of colleagues who stayed for the first time within our newly set standard of personal accommodation are confirmation that we are on the right track – so we plan to invest in similar facilities in other destinations.”Emphasizes Kristijan Gagulić, a member of the management board of the Sunce concern. “The key is a smile, a smile first, nothing without a smile. Catering is not just serving guests but providing satisfaction to people who come to us. They come to us, we serve them superbly and they are satisfied. And when they are satisfied, we are satisfied. Believe me, there is no greater happiness than when you meet the same guest again next year or maybe the same year. You know why he came back, you know that you succeeded, that we all succeeded, that every minute of effort was worth it and that ten years ago I made the best life decision”Concludes Dejan. In addition to professional success, Dejan is especially proud of the private ones. His wife, also an employee of Bluesun, and he have two children, and Bluesun, with its latest decision, by increasing the compensation for a newborn child to HRK 7500, wants to stimulate its employees who decide to expand their family. Given the focus on the development of local communities, workers from Omis and the Omis hinterland, Vrgorac and Imotski area are transported free of charge by their buses from work to work. As in the entire tourism sector, every season the greatest demand is for chefs, waiters and maids, so they are the largest share of employees from other regions of the Republic of Croatia. This year, too, the tourism sector will lack over 15.000 employees, if not more. We have written many times about the cancer of our tourism, but now we bring a positive example of how a travel company is struggling with the challenge of retaining a quality workforce. But let’s get back to the story of Dejan. After completing his training as an F&B manager, in 2017 he became the manager of restaurants and bars, and entered the 2018 season with a new position – director of food and beverages at the SENTIDO Bluesun Berulia Hotel (5 *). We are continuously investing in salaries and working conditions with a special emphasis on raising the quality of life of seasonal workers, Maša Prebeg, and adds: “All those who come to work outside their place of residence are provided with free accommodation and meals, as well as transportation costs. Precisely with the aim of raising the quality and improving working conditions, we are the first hotel chain to build a hotel for workers in Zadvarje for our seasonal employees working in Brela and Tučepi. The hotel has 150 double rooms with bathrooms, equipped with air conditioning, TV and Wi-Fi, and covers an area of ​​4 m000. The value of this investment was approximately HRK 2 million.” Bluesun is the first hotel chain to build a hotel for workers Therefore, in 2012 he was allowed to retrain as a waiter, in 2014 as a specialist waiter, and finally, in 2016, he completed professional training for an F&B manager at the Aspira High School. ” We are looking for our future employees primarily on the Croatian labor market, with special emphasis on the areas where our hotels are located in order to encourage the growth and development of local communities. The share of employees from destinations is 70%, and from other regions most employees come from Slavonia and central Croatia”Prebeg points out. Orientation to local workers Maša Prebeg, Director of the Bluesun Human Resources Department At the very peak of the season, Bluesun Hotels & Resorts employs 2000 people, of which about 60 percent are seasonal employees. Most of them return to Bluesun due to many years of cooperation and mutual trust. Bluesun Academy is a unique project in the Croatian hotel industry that Bluesun decided on more than ten years ago in order to continuously, further improve its staff, but also high school students – Bluesun scholarship holders, of which there are 150 as of this school year. Smart enough. And that is exactly what happened in his case. At the Havana bartender competition, he used his knowledge, experience and creativity and connected them through the ingredients that won the jury. He named the combination of rum, elderberry syrup, triple seca, marasca cherry juice and tonic La Berulia, after the medieval name Brela, and suggested to his superiors that they include it in the hotel’s cocktail menu. His proposal was accepted, and La Berulia in 2016 becomes the best-selling cocktail in the hotel. “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough, so they don’t want to” – Richard Branson, CEO Virgin  Finally, a message to all entrepreneurs in tourism that perfectly defines the attitude towards their workers.last_img read more

Nigeria Faces Elimination from ITF/CAT Junior Tennis

first_imgThe result leaves Nigeria with an enormous task as they need to win all their three matches against Togo on Thursday to stand any chance of progression for the main tournament slated for September in Casablanca, MoroccShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s boys’ team, wednesday failed to raise their game at the ongoing1st ITF/CAT West and Central African Teams’ Championship holding in Lagos as they stumbled to a 2-1 defeat to Benin thus making qualification a daunting task.The boys’ team consisting Fortune Joseph, Gabriel Inyang and David Ekpeyong fell to Ghana in their opening two singles as well as their doubles match on the first day and continued their unimpressive performance losing two of their three matches to Benin on Wednesday.With the girls’ team not in action until today, the host country endured another frustrating day despite the heroic display of Inyang who managed to put some smiles on the faces of the home fans.The 11-year-old from the VGC Tennis Club, Lagos is the most exposed among the Nigerian players, with training at the prestigious IMG Tennis Academy in Florida in 2015 and winning two tournaments in New York in 2016 and he justified the high expectations placed on him by beating Emmanuel Udensi 6-2, 6-4.Ekpeyong from Kodian Tennis Foundation, Port Harcourt, could not match the performance of his compatriot as he was beaten 6-4, 6-0 by Gillian Nahum while Benin took the doubles 7-6 6-2.last_img read more