The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSLake Apopka Wildlife DriveSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleLocal churches partner to provide 40,000 pounds of non-perishable foodNext articleBreaking traffic news: I-75 could close Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictAll lands owned by the St. Johns River Water Management District will remain closed to the public as staff continues to assess each property for safety and accessibility. This includes the district’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.Understanding that district lands are popular outdoor recreation destinations, the district’s post-storm priorities are focused on mission-critical responses and supporting local governments’ recovery efforts. While initial property inspections have found flooding, trees down and other conditions that make the area unsafe for recreation continued inspections will not occur until commercial fuel supply is readily available.The latest information regarding office and land closures, updated meeting schedules, flooding information, water levels, local government emergency contacts and other resources is available on the district’s website at www.sjrwmd.com.According to its website, the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive remains closed.About the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay.Connect with us on Twitter at @sjrwmd, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. For more information about the district, please visit www.sjrwmd.com.We value your opinion. Please take a few minutes to share your comments on the service you received from the District by clicking this link Please enter your comment!
If you feel a MP or Peer has been particularly effective in supporting your organisation’s cause then you can nominate them for this year’s ePolitix Charity Champion Awards.The awards, now in their second year, honour the hard work, time and effort devoted by MPs and Peers to charitable causes during the parliamentary year. There are eight categories including disability chamption, animal welfare champion, and older people’s champion.Nominations close at 6pm on 14 July 2004. Advertisement 24 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 Charities invited to nominate their parliamentary champions Tagged with: Awards Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 21 May 2004 | News 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.
Detroit, May 3 — Late this afternoon it was announced by media outlets that the Detroit teachers scored a victory in response to their two-day sick-out when Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Stephen Rhodes caved in and agreed to pay teachers’ salaries owed to them through the summer months. The battle continues for adequate funding for quality education for Detroit’s youth; to stop public funds being diverted for debt service payments; and to restore local control of Detroit public schools to this majority African-American city.Like yesterday, thousands of members of the Detroit Federation of Teachers called in sick today, closing down the school system citywide. The sick-outs were in response to an announcement by Detroit Public Schools emergency manager Stephen Rhodes that there is no funding for DPS past June of this year. Rhodes is a now-retired federal judge who presided over the city of Detroit bankruptcy in 2014. This means many of Detroit’s underpaid and overworked teachers — those who spread their salaries over the entire school year despite not working during the summer months — are now working for nothing. Thousands of teachers and other education workers surrounded the DPS headquarters in the New Center area beginning at 10 a.m. on both days. They chanted slogans such as “What happened to the money?” and “No pay, shut it down!”These actions represent a continuation of previous sick-outs where teachers brought attention to the deplorable conditions within the school district. The Detroit public education system has been under some form of direct or indirect state control since 1999. The district has lost 150,000 students since then.The corporate-imposed education crisis is reflected in the lack of school supplies and deteriorating buildings with leaking roofs, mold, mushrooms and other unsafe conditions. Many schools lack proper ventilation, and buildings are either too hot or too cold. The crisis is also reflected in the opening of scores of charter schools in Detroit, depriving the school system of desperately needed funds.Moreover, the decline in DPS enrollment, in part a by-product of the foreclosure and eviction epidemic over the last decade that drove more than 200,000 people out of the city, has resulted in the closure of over 200 school buildings. Many of these abandoned schools have been vandalized and stripped of copper, iron, brick, electrical equipment and other materials, becoming stains on the neighborhoods and facilitating further underdevelopment and blight in communities across Detroit. Debt service takes priority over educationWhen the state of Michigan seized control of DPS in 1999, the district had a $93 million surplus, with at least another $1.5 billion in bond funding approved by voters to improve school buildings and other infrastructure. At present, reports indicate that DPS is $3.5 billion in debt, with substantial portions owed to the banks and bondholders. The sick-outs come while the state government in Lansing is debating bills to “fund” the Detroit public schools. The bill passed by the State Senate would set up two districts, one with $515 million in funds to be used only to pay debt service and a second with $200 million to fund operations. The bill would remove the current elected Detroit School Board and replace it with an essentially powerless board, with the superintendent and executive officials to be named by a commission appointed by reactionary Flint-poisoner Gov. Rick Snyder, as well as Detroit Mayor Duggan.However, the reactionary State House has rejected this bill, debating one instead that would limit school funding to $500 million — only debt service would get paid! — and contains punitive attacks on Detroit teachers’ rights. The House bill removes any oversight over charter schools, which have proliferated in Detroit despite their failure in educating Detroit students.In the past couple of days it has come out that the actual debt for Detroit Public Schools — debt accumulated under the leadership of various state-appointed emergency managers — is far higher than previously announced, requiring at least $800 million to meet the bondholders’ immediate demands. In addition, a report surfaced that the emergency managers’ illegally used approximately $40 million in federal funds earmarked for special needs teachers’ pensions for operating expenses.One of the demands of the striking teachers is for an audit of school funds to account for how the enormous debt occurred under emergency management. It is absolutely criminal that in a city where schools are falling apart and the needs of Detroit’s children for quality education are so great, more school funds are likely to be used to pay debt service to banks and financial institutions than to educate students.More attacks on DetroitFederal housing funds, purportedly aimed at maintaining stability in the neighborhoods by assisting residents with paying off mortgages, over-assessed property taxes and inflated water bills, are instead being utilized to tear down homes and vacant businesses. The federal government is investigating irregularities in the expenditures for demolitions coordinated by the Detroit Land Bank Authority.The Detroit Blight Removal Task Force, which identifies homes and other structures for seizure and demolition, is chaired by billionaire Dan Gilbert, head of Quicken Loans. Gilbert’s role represents a clear conflict of interests. Gilbert is currently being sued by the Department of Justice for the misuse of hundreds of millions of dollars in Federal Housing Administration funds through his real estate financing operations. Meanwhile, Gilbert announced April 27 that he and other capitalist investors have created a plan to construct a soccer stadium in downtown Detroit. Gilbert, who owns Rock Ventures LLC, the Cleveland Cavaliers professional basketball team and other enterprises, is a major player in the bank-led restructuring of Detroit. He and Detroit Pistons executive Arn Tellem declared their plans for the $1 billion project at the site of Wayne County’s failed jail. News reports from 2014 when construction was stalled said $150 million was lost on the proposed new jail due to cost overruns and corruption. During 2015 Gilbert made his opposition to constructing the jail in the downtown area well known. Instead, the banker and venture capitalist envisions a 25,000-seat Major League Soccer stadium and other businesses, including restaurants, hotel accommodations and a commercial office tower.An article published April 27 in the Detroit Free Press stated: “The soccer stadium plan calls for relocating the current Wayne County Jail, Frank Murphy Hall of Justice and the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility to Mound Road (far away from downtown). Gilbert has been trying to buy the unfinished jail site from the county, recently offering $50 million. The county, which has already sunk $150 million into the … stalled project, did not accept the bid.”Gilbert and his capitalist cohorts do not want the jail to be in the downtown area because it interferes with their vision of the city, which is being designed as a playground for suburbanites and tourists while the neighborhoods are destroyed by the same banks and other capitalist forces. Jerry Goldberg contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Jasmine RichardsonBulletin: On June 7, Superior Court Judge Elaine Lu sentenced Jasmine Richards to 90 days in jail, despite a letter sent to the court from Juror #6, a white male, pleading for leniency. It included the following: “The true injustice and political misstep was the decision to prosecute to the furthest extent of the law…. I ask you please honor this request to deliver the minimum possible sentence for Ms. Richards.”The spirit of California’s anti-lynching law has been turned on its head in a case targeting a young anti-racist organizer. Outrage is spreading over last week’s conviction of Jasmine Richards, also known as Jasmine Abdullah, the founder of the Pasadena chapter of Black Lives Matter. The charge is so-called “felony lynching,” which is the attempt to take a person out of police custody by force. Richards has been kept in custody and faces a possible sentence of one year in state prison. Richards was referred to as “the first political prisoner of Black Lives Matter” by New York Daily News columnist Shaun King in his June 2 column. BLM called for supporters to attend court when Richards will be sentenced on June 7 at 8:30 a.m. at the Pasadena Courthouse, 300 E. Walnut St.Richards was arrested in August 2015 by Pasadena police on the “lynching” charge and two lesser charges. Her arrest came a few days after a demonstration calling for justice for Kendrec McDade, an African-American teenager shot to death by two Pasadena cops who claimed they thought he had a weapon. While McDade was in fact unarmed, both cops were cleared of wrongdoing. Richards had made the McDade case an organizing priority. She was singled out by police at one of the BLM’s rallies protesting the killing of McDade. The cops claim that on Aug. 29, as Richards led a march past a restaurant, protesters removed someone from their custody whom they were arresting on a matter unrelated to the protest. No one was arrested at that time. It was only on Sept. 2 they arrested Richards and charged her with “felony lynching.”Twisting a progressive lawRichards was arrested for supposedly violating a law that — like anti-lynching statutes in many other states — was enacted after decades of campaigning by the likes of Ida B. Wells, many African-American women in the Anti-Lynching Crusaders grouping of the NAACP, and many other progressives who fought for a federal anti-lynching law. No records were kept before 1882, but at least 3,500 African Americans were murdered from 1882 to 1968, according to records compiled by the Tuskegee Institute. Lynchings were likely to have been at least as frequent earlier, especially after Reconstruction ended.Racist mobs murdered Black people with impunity, hanging them, burning them alive and shooting them. Many attempts at a federal anti-lynching law were defeated, but pressure and publicity finally began to force many states, counties and cities to enact some form of anti-lynching law. Even after many of the laws were in place, lynchings occurred with alarming frequency. Yet in all the years since anti-lynching laws have existed, only one white person has been convicted of first-degree murder.The prosecution of Richards was dishonest and should have fallen apart. The anti-lynching law is supposed to be applied when a “riot” occurs or when a group removes someone from police custody by physical force. During the years when so many lynchings happened, there were numerous deadly riots of white mobs attacking African Americans. Just as often, cops willingly turned over African Americans to murderous mobs. Richards was represented by longtime civil rights attorney Nana Gyamfi, who pointed out that the person the cops claimed was removed from their custody was never even handcuffed, and there was no “riot” at all. The so-called justice system belongs to those who have much to fear from a strong anti-racist movement, and this conviction is a reminder of that.Jasmine Richards, a courageous woman, a skilled and determined young organizer, is the first African American to ever be convicted of so-called “felony lynching.” Black Lives Matter organizers are calling on supporters to pack the courtroom and are pushing for an outcome that will mean no more jail time. Every progressive should check out BLM online to figure out how they can help in this important case. We need to unite to turn back attempts by the cops and courts to criminalize anti-racist activists. Free Jasmine Richards! Black Lives Matter!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleClinton, Trump Campaigns Talk AgricultureNext articleCan Indiana Keep the FFA Convention? Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News Adjusted Cuba Regulations only Helps Some Ag Sectors SHARE Facebook Twitter cuba-tradeChanges in regulations announced by the Obama administration last week offer improved access to Cuba for some sectors of U.S. agriculture. American Farm Bureau Federation trade specialist Dave Salmonsen says the biggest regulation change lifts travel restrictions on rum and cigars from Cuba.“One of the changes that got a lot of attention falls in more of the travel-related area–though it does involve some agriculturally related products of course–and that’s a long standing restriction of $100 that was there on the amount of rum and cigars that people can bring back in their personal luggage from Cuba. That limit’s gone now so you can bring back all the rum and cigars you can carry.”He says the new regulations offer improved trade to Cuba for agriculture inputs, but that does not extend to commodity and food products.“There have been some changes for financing for agricultural inputs that U.S. companies can sell into Cuba. Previously these kinds of financing were restricted, you couldn’t extend credit. Those restrictions have been lifted. There is no change though to a problem that we face as far as selling agricultural commodities and food products into Cuba, and there’s a lot of restrictions on financing. That’s in the statute, that will require congressional action.”Also the recent changes eliminated a rule for shipping to Cuba. The rule blocked U.S. ships traveling directly to Cuba from returning to the U.S. for 180 days. Eliminating this rule will offer easier access for agriculture in the future.“Certainly everybody got around that rule, but it was a restriction. So that should help the efficiency of establishing freight service directly from U.S. ports to Cuban ports.”Salmonsen says that should be something that will bode well for the future of increasing trade in agricultural products between the U.S. and Cuba. Adjusted Cuba Regulations only Helps Some Ag Sectors By Andy Eubank – Oct 23, 2016
News Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Derry PSNI investigate suspicious approach made to 10 year old girl By News Highland – August 10, 2012 Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Police in Derry are appealing for information following a suspicious approach made to a 10 year old girl in the Ballymagroarty area last night, Thursday 9th August.Sometime between 9.30pm and 10pm, as the girl was playing in a green area behind Ennis Place in the vicinity of the Community Centre she was approached by an unknown male. The male grabbed the girl by the arm but she managed to break free and run home. The male is believed to be in his twenties. Previous articleMalin Head’s local knowledge ‘crucial’ in Lough Swilly rescueNext articleTraffic disruption in Derry for Apprentice Boys parade News Highland Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry
News UpdatesBurning Huts Of Migrants Taking Advantage Of Lockdown Unfortunate : Karnataka HC Mustafa Plumber11 Jun 2020 2:31 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Thursday directed the state government to give reasons why no action was taken in the month of March when around 90 unoccupied huts of migrant workers were burnt down by miscreants near the Sunday Bazar area in Bengaluru East. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice E S Indiresh observed :”The State will have to take this seriously. In the capital…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 Thursday directed the state government to give reasons why no action was taken in the month of March when around 90 unoccupied huts of migrant workers were burnt down by miscreants near the Sunday Bazar area in Bengaluru East. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice E S Indiresh observed :”The State will have to take this seriously. In the capital city taking advantage of lockdown, somebody burning huts of poor people is the most unfortunate incident.” It has directed the state government to submit its statement of objections giving the reasons for the delayed action by June 24. The statement has to be supported by senior officer of the state government. It has also directed the government to submit the fire brigade report prepared after the incident and to clarify if any portion of land on which the shanties were built, is a lake. The registry has been asked to implead the Bengaluru Development Authority as respondent in the matter as the land belongs to the authority.The bench was considering a suo moto case registered on the basis of a letter-petition sent by Advocate Vaishali Hegde informing about an incident. During the hearing, advocate Vikram Huilgol appearing for the state informed the court that the locality has around 200 to 250 huts and around 30 huts were burnt down on March 28 and on March 30, around 60 huts were set on fire. The huts were burnt when the occupants, mostly migrant workers from Kalaburagi district, had moved out before the lockdown. The police have registered a First Information Report only on May 1, the complainant is a resident of the area whose hut was not burnt. Three persons have till now been arrested by the police and further investigation is on. In January, the High Court had come down heavily on the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike authorities and police for demolition sheds of migrant workers alleging that they were illegal Bangladeshi migrants, when they were actually Bengali-speaking Indians. The Court had later asked the authorities to evolve a policy to rehabilitate those migrants, whose residences were demolished.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Image: An Equinor building. (Credit: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor ASA) OKEA ASA (“OKEA” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that the company has signed a Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) with Equinor Energy AS (“Equinor”) for the acquisition of Equinor’s 40% operated working interest in PL195 and PL195 B, which include the Aurora discovery, with effective date 1 January 2020.Aurora is a small gas discovery in the North Sea located west of the Gjøa field. OKEA estimates that the recoverable volumes are in the range of 12-28 mmboe. Wintershall DEA and Petoro each holds respectively 25% and 35% working interest each in the licenses. OKEA aims to become operator for the licences and pursue a low-cost development of Aurora as a tie-in to Gjøa without further appraisal drilling. Both the transaction and a potential change in operatorship are subject to approval by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.“By this transaction we are diversifying our portfolio as well as strengthening our position in the Gjøa area. A development of Aurora fits right into the core of OKEA’s strategy with low-cost field development of smaller discoveries”, says Mr Erik Haugane, CEO of OKEA ASA. Source: Company Press Release Aurora is a small gas discovery in the North Sea located west of the Gjøa field
Data received via a Freedom of Information request has revealed that Oxford University received £127,573 in library fines from Bodleian libraries during the 2012/13 academic year. This was up from £126,063 the previous year, but down from the £128,187 taken in 2010/11.The largest contributor to this sum was the Social Sciences Library, which accumulated £34,098 in fines, more than twice as much as its closest rival, the History Faculty Library on £15,956. The Social Sciences Library’s high rate of fines has been blamed by students on the number of short-term loans the library offers. The Social Sciences Library topped the rankings for all three years for which data has been received, and currently leads the way in 2013/14 on £6,830 (as of 31st December).The Latin American Centre was the least punitive library in 2012/13, taking only £214 in fines, though in 2011/12 it was pipped by the OUDCE Library with a mere £136 in fines. So far in 2013/14, the Law Library and the Oriental Institute Library have taken just £10 a piece, though current figures are likely to change radically when students rush to pay off fines at the end of the year. One of the university’s graduation requirements requires students to have no outstanding Bodleian libraries fines.The practice of fining has not been without controversy. Nathan Akehurst, who ran for OUSU President in 2013 on the Reclaim OUSU slate, has strongly condemned financial penalties. On the subject of these library fines, Akehurst told Cherwell, “I recognise that incentivising the swift return of books is important for students, but I don’t feel overly punitive fines help that end, and as with all fines, impact disproportionately upon poorer students whilst providing those who can afford it a licence to do what they like.”According to a university statement, the money accumulated from these library fines “goes into the general library income stream… It remains within the libraries but is not directly allocated to any particular purpose.”OUSU President Tom Rutland told Cherwell, “When some major faculty libraries are only open for 5 and half days a week, it is concerning that the university is making so much money from students who give books back late. Perhaps the money made from library fines could go towards better opening hours. After being instigated by NUS to investigate academic sanctions (e.g. the withholding of a degree) for non-academic debt (i.e. debt not related to tuition fees, such as library fines) the Office for Fair Trading has declared that universities that do this may be breaching consumer law.”Second year PPEist Will Boardman commented, “It is disgraceful that a set of institutions designed with the purpose to facilitate the broadening of young people’s understanding and knowledge leverage their monopoly in such a way to penalise already cost stricken students.”However, Tosh Oyerinde, an American visiting student, suggested, “It’s fine for the libraries to charge and collect fines because everyone is aware of the policies.“What I think would be more interesting to see is how they spend it.”Another student said, “Libraries have got to incentivise returning books on time somehow, or else people who really need books would not be able to get them”A New College fresher remarked, “The total is surprisingly high, but in terms of individual fines I think it’s fair enough – it’s easy to renew books and they do tell you if you’re about to be fined, so as long as the money is used for something reasonable (like buying more books) I’m not too bothered.”There may be a relation between students’ opinions on library fines and their history of racking up fines. One student told Cherwell, “As someone who has racked up £50 in library fines and who refuses to pay them, so is unable to borrow books from the Rad Cam, I feel I may be somewhat biased.”