Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The State of the City AddressMayor Joe Kilsheimer spoke this morning for approximately 35 minutes, laying out his accomplishments while in office and his vision for the future. The approximately 5,000-word State of the City address touched on several issues including business in Apopka, municipal government, public safety, city finances, grants, economic development, The City Center, The Highland Manor, growth, education, and even the environment. The Apopka Voice will take a comprehensive look at the Mayor’s vision for Apopka starting with the business section of his address.Part One – Business in ApopkaKilsheimer opened his speech with a list of what has happened in Apopka during his term in office. Much of it focused on job creation and business successes.“Now, on to the big question. What has Apopka accomplished in the past two years since I was elected Mayor?” Kilsheimer asked. “Well, let me tell you: We’ve been doing quite a lot. Some of those efforts have been high profile; others, perhaps are not quite so high profile, but nonetheless deeply vital for the future success of the City of Apopka. And in fact, “success” is the key word on which I’d like to focus. Because I believe that the task at hand – and my time in office – is about setting Apopka up for success. So, let’s start with the basics: The State of Our City is strong. We are creating a solid foundation to build a very successful future. Business is growing in Apopka, thanks to a growing economy, an expanding roadway network, our location in Central Florida, and a population of nearly 50,000 residents.”Kilsheimer detailed several examples of Apopka moving forward in business on his watch.Florida Hospital Apopka will open in November 2017, adding 300 high-paying jobs.The Northwest Distribution center will open two large, new buildings next year that will accommodate more than 200 jobs.An economic development incentive package to encourage a 33,000-square-foot facility expansion and 100 new jobs at Qorvo, a company with a Global marketplace that has had a presence in Apopka for nearly 30 years.All totaled, the Development of more than two dozen business projects during Kilsheimer’s time on office will create an estimated 900 jobs and more than 624,000 square feet of taxable property improvements.“That’s a good beginning, but we are just getting started,” said Kilsheimer. “Apopka is more than an ideal location for new and growing businesses. Home construction also is improving this year – up 16 percent from 2015 with 324 new single-family homes.State of the City Part Two – A change in tone on The Highand Manor? At 4:55 PM today. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSMayor Joe KilsheimerState of the City Previous articleWhat Are Advance Directives?Next articleCould the Highland Manor be off the chopping block? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014
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September 7, 2020 Find out more Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media May 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists stripped of accreditation over protest about attack on colleagues Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Reporters Without Borders is appalled by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov’s decision to withdraw the accreditation of 10 journalists who staged a silent protest at a cabinet meeting to draw attention to the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for an attack on two reporters during street demonstrations on 18 May.“The allocation of press accreditation should not be used to ‘cherrypick’ journalists and eliminate those who express views at variance with the government’s,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Ukraine’s media law explicitly states that journalists can only be stripped of their accreditation for ‘gross and repeated violation’ of the rules.“The protest staged during yesterday’s cabinet meeting was calm and silent, and did not prevent ministers from working. Depriving the participating journalists of their accreditation constitutes a disproportionate and arbitrary punishment and should be rescinded at once.“Instead of punishing these journalists, the authorities should be paying attention to their demands. Physical attacks on journalists nearly always go unpunished in Ukraine. This impunity is fuelling an alarming increase in violence against journalists, with at least 80 cases reported last year.“The authorities obviously need to address the 18 May attack, which is now emblematic of the problem because of the attention it has received. But it is also imperative that full and impartial investigations are carried out into all the other attacks on journalists and bloggers, because such a high level of violence and impunity is having a direct impact on freedom of information.”Prime Minister Azarov had just begun speaking at yesterday’s cabinet meeting when the 10 journalists covering the event turned round silently to reveal signs pinned to their backs that said: “Today it is a journalist, tomorrow it will be your wife, your sister or your daughter. Act now!”Azarov was incensed. “What is this show?” he exclaimed. “Leave the room at once.” He then ordered aides to note the names of the journalists and withdraw their press accreditation. “We respect the work of journalists, but don’t turn this meeting into a circus,” he explained.Later yesterday, the prime minister’s press attaché confirmed that instructions had indeed been given to the relevant bodies to withdraw the accreditation of the journalists who “disrupted coverage of the work of the cabinet meeting.” This was “a legal requirement,” he said. The media that employ them have been asked to name replacements.The cabinet meeting protest was prompted by the attack on husband-and-wife journalists Olga Snitsarchuk, a reporter for Pyaty Kanal, and Vladislav Sodel, a Kommersant-Ukraine photographer, while they covered the clashes that occurred during two simultaneous demonstrations in Kiev on 18 May.One of the demonstrations was organized by the three leading opposition groups to demand the release of imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The other was staged by supporters of the ruling Party of the Regions, who marched under the banner of “Towards Europe, without fascists.”The two journalists were attacked and beaten by athletic youths who were providing security for the pro-government demonstration. They turned on the journalists when they realized they were being filmed. Many Ukrainians were particularly shocked by the fact that police who were nearby did not intervene.Journalists protested within hours of the attack and continued to stage protests in the days that followed to press the authorities to identify the attackers and punish the police officers who failed to intervene.The interior ministry initially announced that it was treating the incident as a case of “minor injuries” (under article 125-1 of the criminal code) but said later said it was also treating it as an “obstruction of a journalist’s legal professional activities” (under article 171). The police announced on 20 May that they were conducting an internal investigation into the inaction of certain officers.One of the reasons for journalists’ anger has been the investigation’s apparent slowness with regard to the main suspect, who was quickly identified by the media thanks to social networks and images of the incident. The main suspect has denied attacking the two reporters, claiming in a video that he just wanted to help Snitsarchuk when she fell.In a 22 May report on the incident, police chief Vitaly Zakharchenko insisted on the professionalism of the police, blamed the unrest on the opposition and claimed that Snitsarchuk had been there as a demonstrator not a reporter. According to the latest reports, the main suspect was finally arrested and charged with hooliganism (under article 296 of the criminal code).Attacks on journalists are common in Ukraine, especially during demonstrations, and 19 out of 20 cases go unpunished. For example, there has still been no result in the investigation into a brutal attack one year ago on Tochka.net reporter Vitaliy Lazebnik although the assailant was immediately identified from photos taken by witnesses.Photo by: Dmitriy Vlasov Help by sharing this information News March 26, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Ukraine Organisation News UkraineEurope – Central Asia to go further News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority RSF_en
News UpdatesResponsible Journalism Excludes Irresponsible Reporting: Calcutta HC Asks Media To Verify Reports With Uploaded Orders [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 May 2020 2:57 AMShare This – xWhile hearing a PIL related to the progress made by the State Government it in terms of tackling the menace of COVID-19 pandemic, the Calcutta High Court cautioned the media to dissuade itself from “irresponsible reporting”. The remarks were made by a division bench led by Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan, when the state government pointed out that the PIL was a…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?LoginWhile hearing a PIL related to the progress made by the State Government it in terms of tackling the menace of COVID-19 pandemic, the Calcutta High Court cautioned the media to dissuade itself from “irresponsible reporting”. The remarks were made by a division bench led by Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan, when the state government pointed out that the PIL was a “Publicity Oriented Litigation”, being used by the Petitioner to publicize his political identity and encash it for enhancing his popularity in public domain. Responsible JournalismThe bench remarked that its orders were available in public domain and it expected the media to report them responsibly.The bench cautioned that all the orders were being publicized on the High Court website and anyone involved the media, in need of information, could verify the contents of the Court’s orders, so as to “dissuade themselves from propagating or publicizing the orders to champion the cause of anybody concerned”. “Let it also be taken note of that the orders issued by the High Court are being uploaded in the official website. This means that a true version of any order can be generated from the website of the Calcutta High Court. We are sure that responsible journalism includes the need to exclude irresponsible reporting by anyone involved in the print or audio visual media. Obviously, therefore, we expect those in need of information about the contents of this Court’s orders, to access the High Court website and dissuade themselves from propagating or publicizing the orders to champion the cause of anybody concerned,” the bench also comprising of Justice Arijit Banerjee said. Not an adversarial trial The issue of the petition being politically motivated was first raised by the State Government last week. At that point, the bench had deferred the issue while stating that “the question raised and which may arise on the basis of the materials on record prompts our conscience to have a deeper look into the materials that are being produced on behalf of the State Government”. Reiterating its stance on Tuesday, the bench said, “We would recall that in our earlier orders we had recorded that this matter will be carried forward as one which is not adversarial in nature… … We may also record that this matter is to be proceeded with ultimately in the interest of the larger public in the collective sense and for a citizen in the individual sense and not intended to be made a platform for publicity either way.” Availability of PPE On the merits of the case, the bench directed the State and the Central Government to file an affidavit disclosing the availability of PPE and testing facilities in terms of ICMR guidelines in the State of West Bengal. The direction was made after the bench noted that two doctors in the state had died due to Covid-19. “Advocate General to ascertain the availability of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) sufficient enough to be provided to all who could be called front line worriers which includes doctors, para medics, ground staff, support staff and those dealing with medical institutions and also other areas where PPE usage ought to be the norm. The Union of India is also require to respond as to its view on the management of Covid-19 in the State of West Bengal,” the bench directed. Sample Testing On the issue of deficit in the number of sample testing being done in the State, the bench remarked that “there is lack of certainty as whether the rapid testing method as well as other modalities are appropriately utilized.” Stating the same to be a “matter of governance”, the issue was left at the disposal of the Governments. “The Indian Council of Medical Research is concerned with the modulation, formulation and promotion of bio medical research and is funded by the Government of India. Obviously it is reckoned as the platform for regulating the modalities of reaching out at various challenges to health issues…The testing of samples, test kits, mode of reference for ascertaining reason for death thereby keeping track of mortality rate attributable to Covid-19, are matters relating to scientific management of the pandemic. The Union of India and the States are to respond to the adequate guidelines given by the ICMR and/or other Agency as may be found necessary by the Union of India,” it observed. Case Details: Case Title: Dr. Faud Halim v. State of West Bengal & Ors. (and other connected letter petitions) Case No.: WP No. 5328/2020 Quorum: Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee Appearance: Senior Advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya and Advocate Raja Satyajit Banerjee (for Petitioners); Advocate General Kishore Dutta (for State) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Story
leolintang/iStock(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — Investigators are looking into a fire set at a Connecticut mosque as a possible arson attack.The blaze was reported at the Diyanet Mosque in New Haven on Sunday.“In conducting the investigation, we’ve detected that there is intent in this fire. This was intentionally set,” New Haven Fire Department chief John Alston said at a news conference Monday.The local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CT) released a statement saying that the fire started on the building’s first floor and spread up to the second level. The building is currently under construction, the statement said.“Given recent attacks on houses of worship in this country and around the world, it is incumbent on law enforcement authorities to investigate the possibility of a bias motive for this arson,” said Tark Aouadi, the executive director of CAIR-CT. Mosques have been the target of recent attacks, including a fire set at a mosque in Escondido, Calif., in March that officials have since tied to the suspect in the shooting in April at a San Diego synagogue.The incident also comes in the wake of multiple attacks against houses of worship that have targeted multiple faiths. In March, attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, killed more than 50 people. There has also been a string of fires set at historically black churches in Louisiana.This most recent incident unfolded Sunday afternoon, with calls coming into the fire department shortly after 2:00 p.m.Alston said that while it wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was inside, first responders were able to confirm that everyone was out of the building.He said that the building is currently uninhabitable and the investigation is underway. As is customary in cases involving arson at houses of worship, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as state and local officials, are involved in the investigation, Alston said.Alston would not reveal what piece of evidence indicated that the fire was intentionally set, but he did reiterate that investigators believe that to be the case.There is a reward for up to $2,500 for information leading to an arrest, conviction, or prevention of arson fire.“I find an attack like this is especially hurtful and hateful when you attack an institution for what people believe, when you attack a religious house of worship,” Gov. Ned Lamont said at Monday’s news conference.Lamont said that he has spoken with the mosque’s Imam who said that other houses of worship have offered to help, especially as Muslims celebrate the holy month of Ramadan.“What I heard here from the folks at this mosque is, they welcome the help but they want to worship right here at this place, and we’re going to do everything we can to make that possible,” he said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
bauhaus1000/iStock(RICHMOND) — Virginia is trying to move on from its Confederate past, voting Thursday to eliminate a state holiday honoring Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.The Virginia House of Delegates, which gained a Democratic majority this year after more than 20 years under GOP control, voted 55 to 42 in favor of the change. The Virginia Senate approved a similar bill, 22 to 18, last month, and Gov. Ralph Northam said he supports the measure.The bill will swap Lee-Jackson Day for Election Day as a state holiday.Lee-Jackson Day, which was celebrated on the Friday before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was created in 1899 to honor Lee. Jackson was added to the celebrations five years later.“Making election day a holiday serves a much more honorable purpose in this day and age than celebrating the ghosts of Virginia’s Confederate past,” Del. Joe Lindsey, a Democrat and the House bill’s sponsor, said in a statement.Election Day was a state holiday in Virginia until 1989 when the Virginia General Assembly had it removed.Lee was commander of the Confederate States Army during the Civil War until its surrender in 1865. Jackson was another top commander in the Confederacy until his death by friendly fire in 1863.Over the last few years, several Virginia cities, including Charlottesville and Richmond, stopped recognizing Lee-Jackson Day as part of the ongoing debate over honoring the Confederacy.The Virginia legislature has several bills in this year’s session that aim to make it easier to vote in the state, including one that would eliminate its 8-year-old voter ID law. The state Senate passed its version of the bill Tuesday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The sixth FPSO of MODEC in the Campos Basin is expected to draw its first oil in 2022 Image: Petrobras issued an LOI to MODEC for the sixth FPSO in the Campos Basin. Photo: courtesy of C Morrison/Pixabay. Japan-based MODEC has secured a letter of intent (LoI) from Petrobras for a floating production, storage and offloading vessel (FPSO) contract for the Marlim field offshore Brazil.Located in the Campos Basin, in the northern region of the Rio de Janeiro State, 150km off the coast, the Marlim field is wholly operated by Petrobras.The contract is for a period of 25 years and is the 16th project of MODEC in Brazil as well as it’s sixth in the Campos Basin.The FPSO will be part of the Marlim cluster revitalisation project and the first oil production from the vessel is planned for 2022.The Japanese firm will handle the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilisation, chartering and operations of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment in addition to the hull and marine systems. SOFEC, a MODEC group company, will undertake the design and supply of the spread mooring system for the floating unit.FPSO vessel will have a processing capacity of 80,000 barrels of crude oilAccording to MODEC, the FPSO vessel will have a processing capacity of 80,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd), 7 million standard cubic meter of gas per day, 390,000 barrels of water injection per day, and will be able to store at least 1 million barrels of crude oil.MODEC president and CEO Yuji Kozai said: “This new contract reflects our commitment with our operations in Brazil and with Petrobras.“Brazil is a key country in our business strategy and is about to enter a very promising period for the energy segment.“Brazilian market and Petrobras have been supporting us by strengthening our position in global offshore oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years.“It is our wish to continue to support the development of the local oil and gas industry, either through mature fields like the Marlim revitalization project as well as green field projects in the pre-salt, amongst others.”Tokyo-based off-shore operator MODEC will also supply three more FPSOs namely the FPSO Carioca MV30, the FPSO Guanabara MV31 and the FPSO Almirante Barroso MV32 for Brazil in the next few years. These FPSOs will be deployed in the pre-salt of Santos Basin.In June, MODEC delivered an FPSO vessel for the Buzios field offshore Brazil owned 100% by Petróleo Brasileiro (Petrobras).
Yesterday, Brian Wilson, co-founding singer, songwriter, and widely-renowned recording wizard of The Beach Boys, announced that he’d be postponing several tour dates, citing his need for an emergency back surgery. Dates for his recently announced and highly anticipated holiday tour, which spans from after Thanksgiving to right before Christmas in 2018, have not been affected. Instead, the announcement notes that thus far, only his upcoming tour dates in May have been postponed.As Wilson explained in a statement:As some of you might know I have been having some issues with my back that has very recently gotten worse. It runs in my family, Carl had back problems as well. My doctors have told me that I need to have back surgery immediately. They are optimistic that this will finally relieve the pain. Sadly, this means we must postpone the upcoming May shows. I’m very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to everyone who was coming out to see us. I know that my agents are already in the process of rescheduling and we will have some of the make up dates to announce very soon. We will get you all the info ASAP. Please know that the music is in my heart and in my soul and me and the boys are looking forward to performing for you very soon. Wishing Brian Wilson the best as he takes care of his health. You can check out Wilson’s updated touring schedule here.