Bring the kids to Cookies & Milk with a Cop

first_img They are going to have this event every month??? I wonder if that duty was listed on the cop’s job descriptions??? I beg to ask……what is next in the whacky- world of The City of Apopka??? Honestly, things are getting ridiculous………. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Last month the Apopka Chief Mike McKinley introduced some kids Apopka to Dirty Harry, but not the character made famous by Clint Eastwood.Chief McKinley read the book, “Harry the Dirty Dog,” by by Jean Zion to the 75 kids and parents who attended the first Cookies & Milk with a Cop event in Apopka.Cookies and Milk with a Cop is an initiative started by Officer Andrew Raphael of the Winter Garden Police Department last year. The goal is to bring kids and Cops together in a fun and non-traditional environment that builds trust and makes friends.Cookies and Milk with a Cop is a joint venture between the Apopka Police Department, the Apopka Main Street McDonald’s restaurant and the North Orange Branch Library in Apopka.APD provides a police officer to read to the children.McDonald’s provides the cookies and milk.The Apopka Library provides a comfortable setting for the event.The first Cookies and Milk event was a success with about 75 in attendance, according to McDonald’s spokesperson, Debra White. “I believe we had 46 children and 30 parents, plus officers and press. We are very happy with the first event – I’m sure numbers will grow as they have in Winter Garden.”The co-sponsors plan to hold monthly Cookies and Milk with a Cop gatherings.The events will be held at 10:30 AM on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the North Orange Branch Library in Apopka at 1211 East Semoran Boulevard in Apopka.The next event is scheduled for this Saturday, September 17th. Be there early or you will have to sit on the floor. Applying for a job as a law enforcement officer in Apopka??………Job description: Must be able to entertain young kids, sit and read storybooks to young children, and be able to eat cookies, and drink milk……lactose- intolerant need not apply. Salary to be determined based upon previous qualifying job experience…… Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 2 COMMENTS Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Mama Mia September 13, 2016 at 10:26 amcenter_img September 13, 2016 at 9:00 am UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSApopka Police DepartmentCookies and Milk with a CopMcDonald’s Previous articleParking Ordinance advances to public commentsNext articleOn this day: “Oh say can you see…” Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Please enter your comment! Reply last_img read more

“Camari’s Day” at Wheatley Park tomorrow

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Bicycle Safety Awareness in Orange CountyBy Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonA group comprised of civic leaders, public safety officials, engineers, educators, transportation planners, advocates, and concerned citizens established BFF under the leadership of former Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin, also known as Best Foot Forward to create improved bicycle safety and awareness in Orange County. Partners of BFF include Orange County Government, Apopka, Town of Eatonville, Orlando, and Winter Park. Currently, Metro Orlando ranks the most dangerous community in the country for pedestrians for more than a decade. Something as simple as crossing the road on a bike has become a serious threat in Orange County and BFF is working to reduce these injuries as soon as possible. Already, in recent improvement studies have shown an increase from 12% to 45% in marked crosswalks on roads 35 mph or less and from 1.2% to 23% in marked crosswalks on roads 40 mph or higher in driver yield rates. The program hasOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelsonboosted the number of crosswalks to be observed and added higher speed roads, but there is still work to be done. A recent study named the Pine Hills Road Pedestrian/Bicycle Safety shows plans to improve street lighting along Pine Hills Road including connecting roads from Colonial Drive to Silver Star and Silver Star to North Lane. Providing greater visibility of pedestrians/bicyclists and can result in a potential reduction in night crashes. Also, the provision of pedestrian/bicycle safety educational programs to further educate people on bicycle awareness will be put in place. The long-term goal of this program is to cut pedestrian injuries in half in ten years to create a safer environment for citizens. Popular intersections such as Pine Hills Road & El Trio Way and Silver Star Road & Kingsland Avenue have begun to be tracked and monitored to examine how local drivers are reacting to signs and roads. Community outreach is an important aspect of this program so the word can get out about bicycle safety and awareness. Best Foot Forward has presented and distributed materials at 322 organizations and has been mentioned in local HOA meetings, school presentations, health fairs, and other gatherings in the community. Some tips to keep in mind when crossing an intersection in the orange county area can be seen below:Cross at designated CrosswalkCarry a flashlight to increase visibility at nightIf you must walk on street for any reason, walk facing the oncoming trafficBe careful at intersections where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street.The UCF Police Department has also decided to crack down on bicycle safety. On their website, they have added a helpful list of safety tips that will keep local students safe in the area while riding a bike. For example, UCF PD has stated that bikers should wear a helmet, use a rearview mirror, make you visible at night, and most importantly observe and obey all traffic laws. Evans high school is educating students about awareness and safety and even supported the launch of the school’s After-Safety Watch. This education to the future of our district will keep the roads safe and full of educated drivers, bikers, and walkers. In order to bring continued awareness regarding Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety to the community myself along with local community partners will host Camari’s Day on June 10th from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Wheatley Park in Apopka. Join us as we celebrate the life of young Camari, who struck and killed by a distracted driver. Sponsors include Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, Walk-Ride-Thrive, Orange County Sherriff’s Office, Bike/Walk Central Florida, Monica Zow, and spin city Cycle. Free helmet fittings and 200 free bicycle helmets will be given out at the event on June 10th. There will also be bicycle safety presentations for the youth along with foods drinks and a bounce house for all the hyper children of Orange County.Drivers, bicyclists, and walkers must obey all the rules if we are to have accident free interactions. TAGSBicycle Safety AwarenessCamari’s DayCommissioner Bryan NelsonWheatley Park Previous articleApopka Police Department and OCSO partner for youth basketball weekNext articleFlorida Hospital releases annual Community Benefit Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Expert Tips for a High-Quality Webinar

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSAudienceBusinessExpertTechnical SupporttipsWebinar Previous articleIt’s the Thought that Counts: 10 Kitchen Gift Items for Christmas HolidayNext articleOrange TV hosts the first Annual 24-hour “Hope-a-Thon” to end addiction dependency Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear By Allen BrownWhen business owners want their companies to thrive and grow, they start working on  tactics to generate more positive exposure and traffic to their platforms. One way is to set up a webinar, either alone or collaborate with another established individual or company for extra exposure. [Check out these webinar software platforms for ideas.]Webinars are web conferencing that have video and audio components, showing people news and product features. The business has a speaker with excellent presentation skills that will show its customers interesting content to generate more traffic and sales. If you’re thinking of starting a webinar soon, read on for expert tips.Have a Proposition and a PromiseWebinars can lack valuable propositions and promises, so people do not watch to the end of the conference. Speakers must give users and visitors specifics to take away from the webinar, and be intriguing enough for them to stay. A singular value proposition will create curiosity and focus, giving you their complete attention. It is even better when you combine it with a promise at the end to seal the deal and convince them to subscribe or purchase what you’re offering. Be careful with the phrases used with your promise because it makes a huge difference. For example, don’t say, “Learn how to…,” you must say, “You will learn how to…” because asserting a strong promise will convert your visitors to paying customers.Choose the Right SoftwareThe right software makes a huge difference to the webinar’s success. Choosing high-quality software will minimize technical difficulties. The outcome you don’t want is for your viewers to find the web conference boring, offering little to no value, and dragging on for too long. It is even worse when you know that webinar software can be clunky, and you still chose a cheap one to cut costs. The software must be high-quality, and even if your choice was a little pricey, you will get the most out of it and make up for it with value. Technical difficulties that cause lag, videos not working or bad resolution will always turn people away, decreasing your viewership count tremendously. Consider sparing no expense when it comes to the webinar software because high-quality ones that are easy to use and can handle 10k+ visitors are reliable.Mobile Compatibility Not every customer or online visitor will use their computer for watching webinars, and yours must be mobile-friendly. The vast majority of customers enjoy using their smartphones because it’s easier and portable, allowing them to browse, watch, and shop anywhere. Consider taking advantage of mobile compatibility by making your platform easily accessible through any mobile device. Increasing your text size and visuals to accommodate mobile users will make customers stay longer and watch. Having platforms that support mobiles will increase sales tremendously because mobile-friendly webinars will increase your audience.Make It Easy on Your Audience Customers don’t like a complicated process, so make it easy for your audience to improve their experience. Your webinar shouldn’t force people to install or download anything because that will waste time. Design a one-click registration process to maximize your signups, convincing more people to log in and watch your web conference. Set up an automatic email and SMS reminder for your attendees, ensuring that no one misses what you’re about to showcase. Consider recording your webinar to replay it later for the people that signed up but couldn’t make it. The chances are people will want to watch it again if it provided them with excellent value.  Tech Support and Customer ServiceSuccessful webinars always have excellent tech support and friendly customer service. It’s important that you prioritize this because things can go wrong, and they often do. By being well prepared beforehand, you can rest assured that any glitches will be taken care of efficiently. Customers love to be heard, and some of your attendees might have concerns or questions. Having a designated team to assist them will increase your chances of success significantly.The key to a successful webinar depends on several factors, and you must research the best ways to make the process easier for you and the customers. The main goal is to attract as many people as possible and keep them engaged throughout the web conference. It must have value and worthwhile aspects for online users, convincing them to stay to the end. The higher the quality, the better the chance of increased sales. Consider investing in the most reliable software, have smooth and natural conversations, and collaborate with others to help each other grow. Now that you have these amazing useful tips, you can confidently move forward and run an unforgettable high quality seminar. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Saracens close to qualification following win over Biarritz

first_imgMonday Jan 16, 2012 Saracens close to qualification following win over Biarritz Saracens are on the verge of qualification for the next round of the Heineken Cup after they beat Biarritz 20-16 at Vicarage Road on Sunday. Owen Farrell kicked over five from five penalties as they battled past the French outfit. A little under 7000 fans watched key performances from Farrell and Alex Goode as they contributed towards Saracens being in a position whereby they need just one point from their trip to Treviso this coming weekend.Young number nine Ben Spencer had crossed for their only try of the match while Dimitri Yachvilli converted his own charge down try for the visitors, and kicked two penalties.“We are pleased to have won the game – these kind of games are about getting the job done,” said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall. “There were times in the first half and the start of the second where we were very dominant and at 14-6 we had an opportunity to pull away and break them. We couldn’t do that but the last 20 minutes characterised everything we are about as a club with the the work ethic and discipline.”The following highlights feature not only the tries, but some nice pieces of play around the park (including a bit hit). It’s in French, which is not the host broadcaster language but all we have available right now. If you’d like to contribute with highlights or short clip, please get in touch.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe 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

This is the age of the train…

first_img  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis This is the age of the train… 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.center_img Howard Lake | 27 January 2002 | News Peter Owen, formerly a marketer at Age Concern, has joined rail operator South West Trains (SWT) as head of marketing. Peter Owen, formerly a marketer at Age Concern, has joined rail operator South West Trains (SWT) as head of marketing. Read SWT snaps up Marketer from Age Concern at Marketing Week (subscription required). Advertisementlast_img read more

Oxfam Ireland raises ‚€13.7 million

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Oxfam Ireland raises ‚€13.7 million As part of Oxfam’s campaigning work, it promotes the fairtrade concept. It operates 43 retail shops and a handful of dedicated fairtrade outlets. The Oxfam shops made a profit of just over ‚€1 million.”They have been doing fantastically well, with double digit sales growth, said Scott. He added that Oxfam was constantly trying to innovate. Oxfam Vintage, the range of specially selected vintage clothing, has attracted many more younger customers to the shops.Staff costs for Oxfam’s 52 employees were ‚€1.57 million. Fundraising costs for 2006 were ‚€5.76 million. The relief agency had net funds of ‚€2.687million at the end of April 2006. 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. Oxfam Ireland’s accounts show that the third world charity raised ‚€13.7 million to the year ended April 2006. While the overall figure is down on the total of ‚€14.4 million for the previous year, Oxfam’s fundraising activities have posted increased figures.Dr Brian Scott, chief executive of Oxfam Ireland, said it had been a year of continued growth with an increase across all three sources of funding. Government grant aid was down on 2005 but this can be accounted for by the timing of receipts.Trading income, mostly shops, was ‚€5.8 million while income from donations, gifts and corporate appeals was ‚€4.9 million. Advertisementcenter_img Howard Lake | 20 February 2007 | News Tagged with: Ireland  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Fundraising Initiatives bring mobile validation and iPads to face-to-face fundraising

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Fundraising Initiatives bring mobile validation and iPads to face-to-face fundraising Tagged with: Digital face-to-face Individual giving iPad mobile Technology Fundraising Initiatives is now applying iPads and a mobile validation technology to face-to-face street fundraising in the UK. The global fundraising company is launching the service, which has already been used in the USA and Canada, at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention in London.The new ‘Mobile Optimised Face-to-Face Fundraising programme’ will be demonstrated to Convention delegates. The company believes that it will revolutionise “supporter acquisition and retention in terms of visual engagement, speed and quality”.When a supporter decides to commit to give to the charity and enter their details, the service enables immediate sign-up activation. It validates the data entered by checking post code and address details while the fundraiser is still with them. By eliminating data entry errors that occur on handwritten paper forms, processing can begin in real time. Once in the system, Fundraising Initiatives say that “a charity can expect fast and accurate payment collections, reporting and analysis”.Based on its North America experience, the company reports that the average time between sign-up and first payment has been reduced by 29%, leading to a 33% increased return over the first four months as charities benefit from at least one extra donation payment.The improvements in the quality and security of data capture that the new system has yielded has reportedly resulted in contact rates for welcome calls increasing by 166%, and subsequent donor attrition being reduced by 20% in the first year.Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is one of the UK charities testing the new system, running simultaneous campaigns using both new and traditional methods. Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising at the charity, said that the new iPad service offers a powerful and immediate connection with potential supproters. She said: “A picture paints a thousand words, and, through a short, inspiring video, people can really understand Battersea and its warmth.”Martin Jervis, Chief Operating Officer at Fundraising Initiatives, added: “This is far more than simply using an iPad to show a potential supporter a charity’s website. We’ve developed an entire mobile driven service, from front-end with the supporter, through our back-end processing system and on to our charity clients that receive a new and validated warm donor base.“Security is greatly improved as the financial details of donors are submitted electronically, leaving no trace on the mobile device or paper trail. The new service is super efficient in time, cost and quality; empowering our clients with dramatically better returns and competitive advantage.”  67 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 July 2012 | Newslast_img read more

Florida organizer: ‘Help sustain prisoner strike!’

first_imgWhite interviewed Karen Smith from the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee on Jan. 20. White: Can you provide some background on why this struggle is taking place now?Karen Smith: This strike is a reflection of a prison movement that has been growing since the Sept. 9, 2016, nationwide prison strike on the anniversary of the Attica rebellion. Prisoners have been organizing inside, like the Free Alabama and Free Ohio Movements. Prisoners in Texas have now organized the first ever IWW [Industrial Workers of the World] branch on the inside. This has been happening over the past few years, and support networks on the outside have been growing as well.Florida prisoners participated in the 2016 action. It was more spontaneous, but the word has spread. Things are very tense inside the prisons, and the goal is to harness this frustration to develop a longterm strategy, as opposed to spontaneous actions.In November, Operation PUSH reached out to support works like IWOC [Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee]. The prisoners developed a clear list of demands and asked help to get the word out to the communities and the media. It is our role to support the demands and the strategy developed by those on the inside.* There is heavy censorship inside the prisons and they need outside support.JW: What is it about this particular time that the prisoners chose to act now?KS: The people inside and out are being pushed beyond limits: globalization, unemployment, increase in corporate pressure to squeeze profits out of anywhere they can. Inside Florida, the prisons are crowded, the food is inadequate and rotten, and they are understaffed. This is not because they need more guards, it’s because they need fewer prisoners. Prisoners are charged four times as much for commissary items inside as the cost on the street.The brutality and abuse is overwhelming. Florida has the second-highest death rate in U.S. prisons. It has the third highest per capita segment of the population in prison. One in three African-American men is in the system. Abuse by guards is rampant. In Lake Butler Camp, prison guards, who are KKK members, were found to be plotting to kill inmates before and after they were in prison. One prisoner was found boiled to death in a shower.JW: How do you see this struggle in relation to growing movements in communities like Black Lives Matter, the struggle against police brutality and immigrant rights?KS: These movements are all related. The book “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander, which is banned inside the prisons, exposes the racist role of the prison system in the U.S., creating a prison slavery system. In 1865, slavery was abolished. In 1868, the prison system in Florida figured out how to perpetuate it through racism and poverty. They have maintained it through overpolicing in the Black community.We received a strike support statement from Haitian prisoners citing the exploitation of undocumented peoples: “They use all immigrants for free labor and then deport them.”JW: What has been the role of families in building this movement?KS: Families have felt so isolated. This is such an important part of the struggle now and needs to be focused on. Recently, we have been forming defense groups for families, to surround them when loved ones are incarcerated and help build solidarity. We often have to fill in gaps and do extra legwork that public defenders cannot do until all options are exhausted to help people.Recently, when we went to demonstrate on June 16 in Tallahassee [the state capital] at the headquarters of the FDOC [Florida Department of Corrections], I stood back and noticed. It was the African-American women, family members, taking the lead in this struggle to confront the state and demand justice for the prisoners.JW: What information has been able to get to you regarding the situation inside since the strike began?KS: We are finally starting to get some feedback regarding the participation and the retaliation of the FDOC. So far we have heard that there is strike activity in 17 camps across the state.Participants are put in confinement and interrogated, told they will be subject to retaliation if they continue to correspond with support organizations. They are “under investigation” as a security threat, labeled gang members and then investigated by the “Security Threat Group.”Those designated as leaders are put in confinement or transferred. Phones have been shut down at camps. They are replacing the striking workers with new prisoners given job assignments.The goal of this struggle is to have an organized economic impact, as opposed to the spontaneous rebellions seen in the past.There are three ways prisoners work in the system. Pride Industries is a convict-leasing system by outside companies (including Whole Foods). Prisoners are paid pennies; $1 a day after their room and board is deducted.They also work in facilities like water treatment, often in toxic environments. They may be at a work camp, where they are brought out to be slaves on road work, maintenance and road clean up. Finally, some have job assignments in the facility.They are supposed to accumulate “gain time,” but this only counts if someone is completely compliant with guards and rules, like tucking in your shirt, never being “disrespectful” — it’s impossible!This is why prisoners are demanding reinstatement of a parole system. All Florida prisoners must do 85 percent of their time, so gain time can only count toward 15 percent and is rarely granted. Once a prisoner is out, they must pay cash for parole time. A slight violation, even a traffic violation, brings folks back into the system, and all that is then lost. The system is made to fail.JW: Are there women prisoners participating? Have you been able to hear about them?KS: There are some participating at Lowell [Correctional Institution in Marion County]. It is harder for them to get in contact. You may have heard the terrible conditions these women suffered during the hurricane, when they went for days with no water. Then, they were forced to do clean up in unsafe, toxic environments without appropriate gear.JW: What would you like us to tell supporters at this time?KS: Most importantly, this is a struggle that is expected to grow and be part of a yearlong organizing strategy. It was just “kicked off” with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We need to be able to help sustain it from the outside.Everyone’s help is needed in spreading the word, supporting families and the heroic prisoners inside. A call-in campaign is happening in support of #OperationPUSH on Monday, Jan. 22. To get involved, please contact FightToxicPrisons.org or IWOC at incarceratedworkers.org.The following call is an excerpt from the full call to action, initially posted online via SPARC (Supporting Prisoners and Real Change):“We are currently forming a network agency within [Florida] Department of Corrections. We are asking all prisoners within the DOC to take a stand by ‘laying down’ starting Jan. 15 until the injustice we see facing prisoners within the Florida system is resolved. We are calling on all organized groups, as well as religious systems, to come together on the same page.“We will be taking a stand for:Payment for our labor, rather than our current slave arrangementEnding outrageous canteen pricesReintroducing parole incentives to lifers and those with ‘Buck Rogers’ dates.“Along with these primary demands, we are also expressing our support for the following goals:Stop the overcrowding and acts of brutality committed by officers through the FDOC.Expose the environmental conditions we face, including extreme temperatures, mold, contaminated water and being placed next to toxic sites.Honor the moratorium on state executions.Restore voting rights as a basic human right to all.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

What we’re reading: Tornado death toll rises, Trump meets with Taliban leader

first_imgJD Pellshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jd-pells/ ReddIt JD Pellshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jd-pells/ Twitter Paddle-out in Maui honors Floyd, other black lives printNashville tornado death toll rises to 25Twenty-five people in central Tennessee were killed in severe storms and at least one tornado late Monday night, according to CNN.The initial surveys suggested tornado damage reached an EF3 around East Nashville, the National Weather Service said.Forty-eight buildings collapsed and 150 people were taken to hospitals because of the storm, Nashville Mayor John Cooper, said.Some schools and roads around the Nashville area have closed for the time being.Presidential primary voting was delayed one hour in Davidson County, where Nashville is, and Wilson County because of the storms, officials said.Polling stations stayed open an extra hour to compensate for the delay.Trump speaks with the Taliban leader, decreases U.S. forces in AfghanistanPresident Trump’s phone call with the Taliban’s top political leader Tuesday marked the first direct verbal communication between a U.S. president and the Afghan insurgent force since the United States declared war in Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post.“I spoke to the leader of the Taliban today. We had a good conversation. We’ve agreed there’s no violence, we don’t want violence; we’ll see what happens,” Trump told reporters at the White House.The United States and the Taliban agreed on an accord Saturday that will reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.Trump said that he intends to meet “personally with Taliban leaders in the not-too-distant future.”The “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is an organized political and military force, and is committed to have cordial bilateral relations with you and the international community,” said Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s senior leader.Trump also said he wants to take part in rebuilding Afghanistan following the war.U.S. officials tour Syria, Turkey borderThree top U.S. officials surveyed Turkey’s northern border with Syria Tuesday in an attempt to show U.S. support behind Turkey in its fight against the Syrian government, according to The Washington Post.Rising tensions between Turkish rebel groups and the Syrian army in the northwestern province of Idlib, including an airstrike that killed 36 Turkish soldiers Thursday, inspired the trip.U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Kelly Knight Craft pledged $108 million to U.N. agencies after seeing the humanitarian crisis in Idlib. U.N. agencies requested $500 million. “This is already the biggest humanitarian crisis, and it’s being deliberately weaponized against Turkey, to push Turkey out of the war and ensure a military victory for Syria,” said the U.S. envoy to Syria, James F. Jeffery.U.S. limits Chinese staff in Chinese controlled news agenciesThe Trump administration limited the number of Chinese citizens who may work for five state-controlled Chinese news organizations in the United States to 100, according to The New York Times.“Our goal is reciprocity,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. “As we have done in other areas of the U.S.-China relationship, we seek to establish a long-overdue level playing field. It is our hope that this action will spur Beijing to adopt a more fair and reciprocal approach to U.S. and other foreign press in China.”Beijing expelled three American Wall Street Journal reporters in China last month.While the State Department said they don’t want to expel Chinese journalists from the United States, the new limits could force some Chinese citizens out of employees in the specified organizations are laid off.Currently, about 160 Chinese citizens work in the United States for those news outlets, meaning that 60 must either leave or renew their visas. JD Pellshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jd-pells/ Students react to guilty verdict in Chauvin trial JD Pellshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jd-pells/ Facebook What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, right and Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Hodgen Mainda survey storm damage, in Nashville, Tenn. on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Tornadoes ripped across Tennessee early Tuesday, shredding at least 40 buildings and killing many people. One of the twisters caused severe damage across downtown Nashville and leaving hundreds of people homeless. (AP Photo/Travis Loller) Former Fort Worth, TCU Police Department officer dies of COVID-19 and on-duty injury complications Linkedin JD is a journalism major at TCU from Maui, HI. When he isn’t too busy studying, he’s jamming out or daydreaming about sunset surf sessions. JD Pells TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts Facebook What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit ReddIt Previous articleBaseball blows lead to UTA in extra inningsNext articleHoroscope: March 4, 2020 JD Pells RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

Walmart employee turns in man charged with possessing weapons cache

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) — A Walmart employee’s tip has led to a large weapons bust near a college campus in upstate New York.Federal authorities filed charges against Maximilien Reynolds, 19, on Friday for two counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device and a silencer, false statement in acquisition of a firearm and a false statement in required firearm record.According to the criminal complaint, a Walmart employee in Ithaca, New York, called police after Reynolds allegedly purchased ammunition, camping gear, drill bits, tools, hacksaw blades and knives with a gift card.Ithaca police and two FBI agents responded to Reynolds’ apartment, where they encountered his girlfriend, who allowed them inside. The complaint alleges the small apartment was “in severe disarray” with random piles of clothes, food, laboratory glassware and math formulas written on the windows. The authorities also found a bulletproof vest, gas mask and saw knives lying out in the open before the woman alleged to be Reynolds’ girlfriend ushered them out.Authorities later returned, voluntarily spoke to investigators and allowed his apartment to be searched, the complaint states.The FBI found a bullet-resistant vest, military-style clothing, knives, military-style gas mask, MSR-15 Patrol rifle, ammunition, a homemade silencer and bomb-making materials, including fireworks rigged with shrapnel.The suspect was previously known to authorities, as Reynolds had previously been detained by Ithaca police in June 2016 under Section 941 of the New York Mental Hygiene Law, the complaint shows. The law allows police officers to take a person into custody and take them to a hospital if they appear mentally ill.Reynolds used to be a student at Cornell University, but was currently taking classes at nearby Tomkins-Cortland Community College.“On Thursday, FBI agents arrested Maximilien R. Reynolds following the reported seizure by the City of Ithaca Police Department earlier this month of a number of weapons in his possession at his residence in the city’s Collegetown neighborhood,” Cornell University Police Chief Kathy Zoner said in a statement. “Cornell University Police is cooperating with IPD and the FBI in this investigation, and all agencies continue to work together to promote the safety of Cornell University’s campus and the surrounding community.“Neither Cornell University Police nor the lead law enforcement agencies in this case believe there is a threat to the campus or Collegetown.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more