Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Floretta Tapley 1 COMMENT Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSApopka Christian Ministerial AllianceWounded Officers Initiative Previous articleVictory Church in Apopka a drop-off site for Puerto Rico relief suppliesNext articleBlue Darters thrash Evans 57-12 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR October 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm From the Apopka Christian Ministerial AllianceThe Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance is hosting a barbecue Saturday for the Wounded Officers Initiative at Windy Hill Ranch, 3620 Kelly Park Road in Apopka from noon – 3pm, to raise awareness and bring support for the WOI. Along with the barbecue, the ACMA will be selling tickets to the event ($20 for adults and $5 for children under 12) ($5 for AR-15 Raffle Ticket).With the BBQ there will be a general raffle, as well as a raffle for an AR-15 Crusader rifle from Spikes Tactical. Sheriff Jerry Demings will be our guest speaker.Sheriff Jerry Demings will be the guest speaker.For tickets and more info go here.100% of all monies are donated to the organization’s programs.The Wounded Officers Initiative’s mission is to provide essential services to help address the long-term needs of wounded law enforcement officers whose line of duty injuries have prevented them from continuing their law enforcement careers.The organization was founded in 2014 by four active and retired law enforcement officers from Central Florida. The initiative was created in response to the inadequate and uneven benefits and recognition provided to law enforcement officers who are catastrophically injured in the line of duty. The founders identified a need to bring awareness and advocacy to these heroes who have sacrificed so much of themselves only to be forgotten with little, and at times, no benefits.There are numerous organizations that do amazing work in assisting wounded soldiers, as well as the survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, but few for wounded law enforcement officers.The Wounded Officers Initiative is the first and only organization of its kind in that focuses on Law Enforcement Officers who were catastrophically injured in the line of duty. In consultation with wounded officers, five key goals were developed to help with their long-term needs. These goals are Counseling, Awareness, Advocacy, Recognition, and Education, better known as CAARE. These goals bring about independence and dignity to wounded officers by assuring mental wellbeing for all active, wounded, and retired law enforcement officers, creating financial stability and recognition for catastrophically injured officers, and reintegrating retired wounded officers back into society. Reply Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 It was an excellent event. The speakers were excellent, the food was outstanding and plenty of it. Thanks to all who contributed to the prizes, food, etc. Praying that next year more people will be aware of the Wounded Officers Initiative and support it. Thank you to my friend who bought tickets and took us. We look forward to knowing more about this organization. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000
But there still could be widespread bankruptcies among small business and extended unemployment for many. WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the threat of a prolonged recession remains and urged Congress and the White House to act further to prevent long-term economic damage from the viral outbreak. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. Both the Fed and Congress have taken dramatic steps to counter the economic downturn resulting from the widespread shutdown of the U.S. economy, Powell said Wednesday.
In the month since the first COVID-19 case was identified in Indonesia, the country has recorded at least five minors among the deaths of people infected with or suspected of being infected with COVID-19.The government’s official data, however, has so far not acknowledged that any deaths among minors have occurred. The information The Jakarta Post has obtained is either from leaked data or from regional administrations that has not been confirmed by the central government.The data is scattered and not all of it has complete information regarding whether the children were healthy prior to infection or had other underlying conditions. Director of Save the Children Indonesia Tata Sudrajat said the government must pay more attention to minors, especially minors who have a history of comorbidity.“It is commonly known that the elderly with underlying illnesses are the most vulnerable to COVID-19. Children with illnesses, however, have not been a concern,” he told the Post on Wednesday.To address the matter, Tata said, the government must first and foremost provide data showing the age, gender and history of comorbidity of all COVID-19 patients and suspected cases.“Such data will allow us to identify the age group and better prepare preventive and handling methods,” he said.Child Protection Commission (KPAI) chair Susanto regretted the death of minors from COVID-19, saying that all stakeholders must ensure that children are protected from coronavirus infection.He said that physical distancing measures must be seriously enforced. Even if schools have been suspended, parents must ensure their children stay at home and not play outside.Five known deathsLeaked data from the Health Ministry, obtained by the Post on Monday, reported that a 17-year-old male in West Java — recorded as Case 190 — died on March 18, making him the first fatality among people under 18 years in Indonesia.An 11-year-old girl who died in Pamekasan on Madura Island, East Java, earlier this month has since been confirmed as having tested positive for the disease, Pamekasan authorities stated on March 31.The girl died on March 20, only a day after she was admitted to hospital. Her second test result dated March 29 came back positive for COVID-19.The girl, however, also reportedly suffered from dengue fever. East Java COVID-19 task force curative team head Joni Wahyuhadi said the fatality was most likely caused by a combination of dengue fever and COVID-19.“Based on the report sent to us, the patient went through stage four of dengue hemorrhagic fever. She suffered dengue shock syndrome,” Joni told the Post on Wednesday, adding that the girl had been among the 1 percent of dengue fever patients who fell into dengue shock syndrome.Besides the confirmed cases, authorities also report at least three deaths of minors among suspected COVID-19 cases, one of whom was a baby.Last week, the COVID-19 spokesperson in Cianjur, West Java, Yusman Faisal told tempo.co that a “teenage girl” who was a patient under surveillance died on March 25 in the former athletes village currently being used as a hospital for those with mild symptoms in Kemayoran Jakarta.The West Kalimantan administration also reported on Tuesday the death of a 14-year-old in Kubu Raya regency, West Kalimantan. The child was suspected of having COVID-19.West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani told the Post on Wednesday that the province had recorded the deaths of two minors among suspected COVID-19 cases.“Yes, we recorded the deaths of a teenager and a baby,” he said, without elaborating further.It was not clear whether the teenager he mentioned was the girl from Cianjur or another case.He said the agency could not confirm whether they had died as a result of COVID-19 because like “many other deaths, there was a comorbidity factor”.“It’s also difficult to confirm as it requires an autopsy procedure to do so and this involves family permission, among other things,” he added.The global death rate among the age group of 10-19 years as of Tuesday was 0.2 percent, as opposed to 14.8 percent in people 80 years and older, according to Worldometer.Among the 685 cases provided in the leaked data, 11 patients were in the age group of 1-19 years, including the 17-year-old who died.The leaked data did not include the 11-year-old girl who died in Pamekasan.Arya Dipa contributed to this story from BandungTopics : Children’s rights organizations have called on the government to make public the ages of COVID-19 patients and pay more attention to the issue because COVID-19 is generally not supposed to kill healthy children. They also insist that the government should have made efforts to protect vulnerable children who had underlying conditions.Pay more attention to childrenUniversity of Indonesia (UI) epidemiologist Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono said that the death of a minor because of COVID-19 without any comorbidity was highly unusual. Comorbidity is a medical condition that co-occurs with another.“If a minor dies of COVID-19 without a comorbidity factor, it’s most likely because of poor handling. For example, if they’re not adequately treated during the early stages of the disease during which they only show mild symptoms,” he told the Post on Wednesday.
Victoria, BV ‘B’, Plaisance ‘B’ and Guyana Water Incorporated [GWI] were among the teams to progress to the main draw in the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets, East Coast Demerara edition, following playoff wins yesterday.Urged on by a sizable crowd at the Haslington Market Tarmac, newcomer Victoria secured two hard-fought victories to earn their place in the main tournament.Victoria fielded a young but determined side and defeated the experienced Vryheid’s Lust outfit 2-0 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended scoreless. In their second matchup, Victoria needled Paradise ‘B’ 1-0.Meanwhile, former champions BV ‘B’ extinguished Belfield Stars 2-0, while Plaisance ‘B’ overcame United Ballers 2-0 on penalty kicks, following a scoreless regulation time interval.However, GWI would provide the unlikely result of the match-day, dismantling Nabaclis by an impressive 5-0 scoreline.In other results, newcomer Non Pareil edged Plaisance ‘A’ 2-1 on penalty kicks, after a scoreless regulation time interval failed to decide the outcome.Former winners Melanie ‘A’ defeated Police ‘A’ via walkover, with debutant, Liliendaal Hustlers, defeating Police ‘B’ in the identical manner.Following the conclusion of the playoff round, the 16 teams that will contest the three-day tournament are defending champions Uprising, along with Paradise ‘A’, BV ‘A’, Melanie ‘B’, Buxton Diamond, Mahaica Determinators, Victoria Church Yard, Belfield Warriors, Haslington Hypers, Melanie ‘A’, BV ‘B’, Liliendaal Hustlers, Plaisance ‘B’, GWI East Coast, Victoria and Non Pareil.The championship will officially commence on Friday (April 12) at the same venue, with the final two nights slated for April 13th and 22nd respectively. Fixtures for the opening night will be released in the coming days.
Learning how to manage personal finances might not be on the minds of most high school students, but a group of USC students has started a volunteer organization on campus to teach local high schoolers how to do just that.Money · Chirag Sagar, the founder of USC’s Moneythink, teaches students at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles how to open a bank account. Teams of two mentors from USC visit a class period once a week. – Photo courtesy of Chirag Sagar Moneythink is a national organization that sends college mentors into local high school classrooms to teach programs geared toward helping students make smart decisions about their money. The USC chapter was started by a student to help inner-city Los Angeles students, and currently has 10 volunteer mentors teaching in five classrooms.Chirag Sagar, a junior majoring in business administration and founder of the Moneythink chapter at USC, said the organization empowers urban youth with instruction in “entrepreneurship, financial literacy and financial life skills” in an attempt to teach them skills necessary to effectively manage personal finances. Lessons include how to open a bank account and conduct basic investing strategies to help students who might not learn these skills otherwise.Teams of two mentors visit a class period once a week for around seven weeks to teach a program focused on either finance or entrepreneurship. Sagar said the high school students respond well to the lessons because they relate better to a college mentor than an adult teacher.“We provide a network, resources and an opportunity to inner-city kids to become successful,” Sagar said. “We’re trying to help those kids out, motivate them and show them a way to become successful outside of just school itself.”The Moneythink curriculum focuses on financial skills because most high schools provide little education in that area. Sagar said students can often graduate with little knowledge of how to manage their own finances.“What we found is only about 35 percent of students are taught financial literacy,” Sagar said. “There’s no financial literacy curriculum in high schools, apart from in about seven to 10 states total. What it comes down to is, 16 – 18-year-olds need to know how to manage their money.”The organization’s focus on serving more underprivileged schools reflects a larger trend in USC service groups that is evident in programs like the Good Neighbors Campaign and Neighborhood Academic Initiative.“I’m interested in education, especially with lower-income and inner-city students,” said Jem Jebbia, a junior majoring in business entrepreneurship and Moneythink mentor. “It’s really a perfect way to tie together entrepreneurship and learning.”Moneythink was initially developed by students at the University of Chicago in September 2008 and has since expanded to 22 universities nationwide, with plans to spread to China and India.The chapter at USC was officially started in the fall, and more mentors were added this semester, but Sagar had already begun to lay the foundations for the organization when he first got involved in April 2009.Sagar’s friend Ted Gonder helped to found the program at the University of Chicago and, when Sagar heard about the program, he became interested.“Then a teacher at Roosevelt High in L.A. found out about his program, called the Financial Education Initiative at the time, and said she wanted it to be in L.A.,” Sagar said. “Ted contacted me and asked if I could do this, so I taught a two-day session. Once I saw the impact that we had, I was committed to creating a chapter at USC.”Despite the organization’s fledgling status at USC, Sagar sees great potential for the program’s development.He hopes to double the number of mentors teaching the program from 10 to upward of 20 for next year and to get advisers and professional entrepreneurs involved with the program as well. Ultimately, he wants the chapter to be a self-sustaining organization that can continue after he graduates.Those involved in Moneythink believe the program will remain successful because of the rewards it provides to the mentors who teach the classes as well as to the students themselves.“It’s really inspiring to see students respond even just a little bit to what you’re teaching them,” Jebbia said. “The content that we’re teaching is important, but the bigger picture is that we’re there representing college students and USC in general, and they can see that we’ve been successful in pursuing higher education. It’s an open door for them that shows they might be able to do it, too.”
Los Angeles, United States | AFP | Tiger Woods will make his latest return from long-term injury at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas next month, the former world number one confirmed on Monday.The 14-time major champion has not played since February after a recurrence of back problems which forced him to miss the 2015-2016 season.“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” said Woods, who also made his last comeback at the tournament in Albany which benefits his charity foundation.Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf’s elite, including world number one Dustin Johnson and world number two Jordan Spieth.Woods has not played a competitive round since firing a 77 in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.Woods withdrew from the event the next day and underwent another back operation in April, his fourth back surgery in all, that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.Since then Woods has posted videos during his battle to regain fitness, most recently footage of him firing a “stinger” shot with a long iron. During his latest injury layoff, Woods served as a US team assistant captain at the Presidents Cup last month where said he was uncertain if he would ever return to competitive golf.The golf superstar has also battled demons in his private life, and was arrested for driving under the influence in May after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by the side of the road near his home in Florida.Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he underwent professional treatment to help him manage his medications.Woods last week pleaded guilty to reckless driving following the May incident.Under a plea agreement reached in Palm Beach County, north of Miami, Woods will avoid jail time unless he commits major violations of his probation.The plea deal requires Woods to spend one year on probation, pay a $250 fine, perform 50 hours’ community service, and complete “DUI (driving under the influence) school”.Woods, whose 79 career PGA Tour wins are three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, has not won a major title since the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.Share on: WhatsApp
“I know he’s coming home and he’s here and he’s safe. I can hold him,” said Debbie Foley, Howell, whose smile said it all, as she anxiously awaited the return of her son, Lance Corporal Russell Peter Surdi Jr.Foley, who waited with many family members, said Surdi had been wounded while serving in Afghanistan and had been awarded the Purple Heart. He turned 23 while on deployment. But “He’s OK,” she quickly added.Latisha Robinson, who lives in Mullica Hills, in South Jersey, said the welcome home gathering was “the complete opposite,” of the atmosphere when her husband, Sergeant Markee Robinson left for his deployment.“When he’s coming home, you’re happy because you don’t have to worry about the stress.”When her husband returned, from what was his second tour, Latisha said she would, “love him, tell him I missed him,” and tell him he’s “staying home this time.”The battalion and Leatherneck, where they were responsible for providing transportation for personnel and materiel, often through strife-ridden areas and some real hot spots laden with improvised explosive devises (IEDs), said Lt. Col. Peter Mahoney, the battalion’s inspector instructor.When the bus arrived, with a police escort, and the Marines stepped off, the cheers were deafening.“It was a tough time. I was like, ‘Oh, my God, what’s going to happen?’” said Rahway resident Luciana Pires, as she waited for her son, Corporal Valter Pires.Valter said he was equally happy to be home and had immediate plans. “I’m going to eat some Portuguese food and ride my motor- cycle around the block,” he said.When Andrea Kunak finally saw her son, Sergeant John T. Sharkey, she said, “I don’t have the words to express myself.”Sharkey’s grandmother, Martha Szaro said, “I’m so happy he’s home,” as it was his third tour.Szaro’s granddaughter and the granddaughter’s husband have also served in com- bat, with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. “We got a lot of them,” serving, she said of her family. “I’m proud. I’m proud of them all.”When Surdi was finished hugging and kissing and being hugged and kissed he said, “It feels amazing, it really does.”His next mission was, “go have a beer,” he said.“I can sleep and not worry now,” with her son home safely, Foley said. But then she thought for a moment and added, “except for all the sons and daughters still over there.” Families and friends of returning Marines await their arrival at the Red Bank Reserve Center. Credit: John BurtonBy John BurtonRED BANK – The sense of anticipation was palpable, as families and other loved ones gathered at the Monmouth Armed Forces Reserve Center last Thursday to await the arrival of their loved ones.The mood at the Reserve Center was celebratory because these mothers and fathers, husbands, wives, children and well-wishers knew that these Marines were coming home safe.The crowd was awaiting approximately 38 U.S. Marines, who were on the last leg of their journey home from a seven-month deployment in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as members of the Corps’ 6th Motor Battalion, headquartered at the reserve center.It was a joyous reunion for the family and friends of approximately 38 Marines who returned to the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Red Bank last Thursday night from their service in Afghanistan. Credit: John Burton
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 6, 2016)–Shifted from turf to dirt late in the afternoon due to unexpectedly heavy rains, Friday’s $100,000 American Stakes went to 14-1 longshot Home Run Kitten, who rallied to take the lead in the shadow of the wire and prevailed by a half length under Joe Talamo. Trained by David Hofmans and owned by Tarabilla Farms, Inc., Home Run Kitten covered one mile on Santa Anita’s “wet fast” main track in 1:35.30.With three late scratches, the American was reduced to a field of six three year olds and up. Breaking from the far outside, Home Run Kitten, who was adding blinkers, was away alertly and sat a comfortable fourth into the Club House turn. Heading to the three furlong pole, he was set down by Talamo and rallied wide-out to just overhaul Little Curlin in the final thirty yards.In just his second-ever try on dirt and first on an off surface, Home Run Kitten was off at 14-1 and paid $30.40, $10.20 and $3.60.“The track feels good,” said Talamo. “It feels great when you win. It’s easy to run on, it’s pretty versatile and you can kind of do what you want out there…This horse has so much confidence. He works so well in the mornings and Dave always keeps him fresh, so I just tried to be a good pilot today.”Originally scheduled to run in last Saturday’s Grade III San Francisco Mile (turf) at Golden Gate Fields, Home Run Kitten, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Kitten’s Joy, picked up his fifth win from 18 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $402,645.“He had a slight temperature the day we were supposed to ship him and with this race coming up, we didn’t want to take a chance,” said Hofmans. “We thought we’d give him a shot in here even if it came off the dirt…His last two or three races were so uncharacteristic and I was totally lost. I had no (explanation) whatsoever.“I even gave him…a few months off, turned him out because we campaigned him so hard and he came back super and stronger, but just ran like hell…I came into this race like ‘Who’s going to show up today?’ Let’s hope he’s back on track because he’s a nice horse, a real nice horse.”Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Little Curlin rallied boldly around the far turn, took over from Si Sage turning for home and finished second, a half length in front of favored Twentytwentyvision. Off at 10 -1, Little Curlin paid $6.80 and $3.40.Last approaching the quarter pole, Twentytwentyvision rallied widest of all and was finishing fast under Rafael Bejarano, but had to settle for third money, finishing 3 ¼ lengths in front of Si Sage. Off at 6-5, Twentytwentyvision paid $2.40 to show.Ohio, the 3-2 second choice in the wagering, stumbled at the break and ended up last under Brice Blanc.Fractions on the race were 23.08, 46.20, 1:10.35 and 1:22.68.Earlier in the day, jockey Santiago Gonzalez, who was seriously injured on March 20 and who returned to the saddle yesterday, got his first winner since being injured when he pointed Prince Valiant (8-5) to victory in the third race for Jack Carava. Gonzalez followed up with his second win in race five, when he guided trainer Mark Glatt’s Big Tire from last to first at odds of 10-1.Santa Anita’s admission gates will open early on Saturday, Kentucky Derby Day, at 7:15 a.m. First live race post time is at 12 noon. Approximate post time for the Kentucky Derby is at 3:34 p.m. PDT.
As usual, at the nation’s three general markets of Red-light, (Paynesville), Waterside, (Monrovia) and Duala, (Bushrod Island), Christmas shoppers, traders and others were compelled to celebrate the festive shopping season threading over layers of uncollected trash and making pathways through sprawls of garbage.On top of that menace at the three business districts, thousands of shoppers got the brunt of the stench of sewer and squalor everywhere, making their holiday shopping experience miserable.Regrettably, at the three crowded business districts, some shoppers were heard registering their disgust and indignation over the rotten filth and health hazard and expressing serious concerns about the sanitation crisis in Monrovia.The Urban Waste Management Projects under the financial stewardship of the World Bank has infused millions of dollars to alleviate the continuous sanitation crisis of Monrovia and its environs, apparently without much success.Sanitation companies contracted over the years by the municipal governments of Paynesville and Monrovia to collect and dispose of the overwhelming number of garbage sprawls everywhere have failed to keep up with the task.Collection of garbage over the years has not been sustained as inadequate garbage containers overflow and dumpsites remain unattended for several weeks, creating health hazards, untold misery and environmental problems to community residents.It was observed however that some of the sanitation companies made steady progress in keeping the streets of central Monrovia and along the Tubman Boulevard through Congotown relatively clean and tidy during the year in review.Sanitation and environmental analysts also attributed the failure of sanitation companies to meet the garbage disposal challenges of Monrovia and its environs to their refusal to incorporate community dwellers in the process.The analysts also claim that the entire planning, strategies, and implementation processes of the Urban Waste Management Projects have over the years left the community dwellers out for unexplained reasons.The issues of sanitation management should be the collective responsibility of all Liberians, not a portion of the Liberian society, they advised.In order for the sanitation crisis of Monrovia to be minimized, Municipal Governments of Paynesville and Monrovia must be able to design practical strategies that are suitable for the current realities. “It is indeed a disgrace to the nation that the capital city Monrovia continues to be the haven of stench, filth and squalor every year,” the analysts lamented.“Our rural back yards and small towns and villages are becoming better in terms of observing the basic and critical sanitation and environmental practices,” Ms. Helen Tornolah Totota’s Christmas shopper asserted.“Each Christmas and New Year season, when we come to Monrovia to buy our goods, we go back to our villages with plenty sicknesses such as colds, headache and fever from the rotten and uncollected garbage in all our market places,” Voinjama City businessman Moses Mulbah Kesselly complained.“I personally want different methods and ways to be designed to help clean all the big market places like Duala, Waterside and Red-light in our cities of Monrovia and Paynesville,” Mr. Kesselly said.For his part, Nimba County businessman Gonkawon B. Saywah, 58, stressed that effective next year, 2015, urban planners and municipal governments of Monrovia and Paynesville should employ practical ways to collect and dispose of the dirt.“I’m really frustrated and downhearted that each time I come to Monrovia, I see the markets of Duala, Waterside and Red-light very dirty and worse as I return home,” Mr. Saywah lamented.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Chelsea’s hopes of landing Brazil star Hulk seem to be over, the Daily Mirror report.Russian club Zenit St Petersburg are reported to have offered £40m for the Porto striker, with the Blues said to be refusing to bid more than £30m.The Guardian say Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Marseille’s Spanish right-back César Azpilicueta.The Daily Mail suggest the club are considering offering youngster Gael Kakuta as part of an exchange deal for Azpilicueta.The Mail also say Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has told Victor Moses he will not be able to join Chelsea unless they meet the Latics’ asking price.Chelsea are close to signing Moses for £9m according to The Sun, which also reports that Blues midfielder Frank Lampard will be recalled by Engand for the friendly against Italy.The Mirror report that David Bentley has been told he is no longer wanted at Tottenham – and again link him with a move to Fulham.Whites boss Martin Jol is said to be interested in the former England international, who has also been linked with QPR.It is claimed that Bentley is among several players Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has met to tell them they can move on.The Mirror also say Nigel Reo-Coker could move to Italy despite apparent interest from Fulham.Meanwhile, Sunderland are reportedly waiting to see if QPR firm up their apparent interest in Kieran Richardson.The Hartlepool Mail suggest Richardson’s future will be resolved soon, with Sunderland ready to listen to offers for him.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook