Reply Qorvo’s request has no support from City staff or councilEveryone knows what they say about going to the well once too often.In December, the Apopka City Council in cooperation with Orange County agreed to assist the Apopka-based business Qorvo on a tax abatement incentive whereby it would receive real estate rebates over a number of years equal to a maximum of $120,000 ($60,000 each from Apopka and Orange County). The State of Florida is also participating by granting another $480,000 in incentives.The Council voted 5-0 in favor of the tax breaks, and heaped praise on the homegrown billion dollar business.Mayor Joe Kilsheimer echoed the Council’s excitement…“The staff has been working on this for eight months in concert with Orange County and in concert with the state,” he said at the December 7th City Council meeting. “We are now at a point where we can move forward and move forward aggressively. I’m thrilled with this project. We have a tremendous opportunity for a local business to create more jobs, create more capitol investment and create more intellectual brain power here in Apopka. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”But then a curious thing happened in January – Qorvo asked for a reduction of their impact fees on top of the tax incentives.According to information from the City Council agenda packet, impact fees are due and payable for all new construction both commercial and residential. The fees are based on anticipated water and sewer usage and building size. In Qorvo’s case, they will owe $102,773.25 for traffic, sewer and water impact fees. Representatives of Qorvo expressed the desire to reduce overall costs of their project and asked City staff about reducing these specific expenses.City Administrator Glenn Irby explained to the City Council the route they could take if they chose to give Qorvo the additional reduction.“You can’t just set the fees aside,” he said. “They have to be paid. However it doesn’t matter who pays them. The individual funds of the City can pay them. Unfortunately staff can’t support this because of the benefits already extended to Qorvo. We don’t believe these should be extended as well.”Commissioner Doug Bankson was the first to concur with Irby.“I absolutely agree. I think that’s a precedent that would put us in a bad spot. I agree with staff on this one.”Kilsheimer sensed there was no support from any Council member, and looked to the audience for an explanation or rebuttal from a company representative.“Is Qorvo here?” Kilsheimer asked.There was no reply.Kilsheimer called with a laugh for any of the Council to make a motion for Qorvo to receive a reduction of impact fees, but there were no takers.The only comment came from Commissioner Billie Dean.“I would like to go on record as saying I demand this company pay the $103,000,” he said.The motion died without a vote. The official term was “Failed for no action”. TAGSApopka City CouncilMayor Joe KilsheimerQorvo Previous articleSolar Bears take on Swamp Rabbits tonightNext articleCrossing Guards: The invisible warriors Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia I am very proud that our City of Apopka Council members didn’t give in to Qorvo by giving them additional breaks on their impact fees. The company has already received breaks from the State of Florida, Orange Co., and the City of Apopka. It might not matter by law technically who pays the impact fees, but it matters to us voters when, we the taxpayers, have to make up for the lost revenue in our budgets, if it was to come out of the general fund and the utility fund. This is a billion dollar company. If other developers pay their fair shares in impact fees, why in the world can’t a billion dollar company, that has already been given breaks back in December, pay their impact fees? Proud of all the Apopka City Council members and staff on this one! 1 COMMENT Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter February 2, 2017 at 5:19 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Melanie May | 27 June 2019 | News Tagged with: campaigning Celebrity Voice About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Celebrities Hugh Laurie, Emeli Sande, Peter Capaldi, Noma Dumezweni and Ncuti Gatwaare are fronting a new campaign from Malaria No More to encourage more people to sign its voice petition to end malaria ahead of the Global Fund Replenishment conference in Lyon this October.The stars appear in a short film to promote the voice petition alongside historical 20th century icons whose voices have previously changed history including Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, highlighting the power of the voice to help beat malaria.The celebrities reinforce Malaria Must Die’s call to action for people to speak up and join the voice petition – thought to be a world first – to end malaria.The ‘Malaria Must Die’ campaign is designed to amplify the voices of those affected by malaria and give people around the world the opportunity to speak out. The voice petition was launched in April through a short film fronted by David Beckham, in which he appeared to speak nine languages using AI video synthesis technology. “I spent my childhood living and travelling through malaria-affected countries Eswatini, Botswana, Kenya and Uganda. I am inspired and hopeful to hear that deaths have since been significantly reduced in most of these countries. This campaign is your invitation to speak up and help save lives. With your voice, we can be the generation to end malaria forever.”Actor Peter Capaldi, added:“My trip to Malawi in 2015 was a life changer. I spent time in an overcrowded hospital where almost all the children had malaria. I’ll never forget reading the hospital’s Death Book – malaria claimed life after life. Real kids, no longer with us because they lacked basics to prevent and treat this curable disease. It’s vital that the Global Fund is fully funded this year – it’s malaria that must die, not more kids.” 609 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 608 total views, 2 views today Stars unite in campaign to urge support for malaria voice petition This second short film reiterates the campaign’s urgent call to action inviting people around the world to visit malariamustdie.com and record the message ‘Malaria Must Die’. Each voice collected via the petition will contribute to a piece of audio art known as a sound sculpture, aimed at grabbing the attention of leaders.The campaign launches at a time when the UK and other governments around the world are making their funding decisions ahead of the Global Fund replenishment conference in Lyon in October.According to the charity, the Global Fund provides almost 60% of all international financing for malaria-related causes, supporting efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat it.Last year, the UK used its role as host of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 to convene the Malaria Summit London, alongside the governments of Rwanda and eSwatini. As a result of the meeting, all 53 Commonwealth Heads of Government adopted a new commitment to halve malaria across the Commonwealth by 2023, which would prevent 350 million cases of the disease in the next five years and save around 650,000 lives.However, this will not be achieved without a fully funded Global Fund, and Malaria No More is hoping to encourage more government commitment.James Whiting, CEO of Malaria No More UK said:“Millions of lives hang in the balance, dependent on the replenishment of this crucial fund, which is also critical to delivering the historic commitment made in 2018 to halve malaria in the Commonwealth by 2023. Halving malaria over the next five years is a vital step towards reaching the 2030 global goals – helping to unleash the massive potential of individuals, communities and countries affected by the disease.”“Whilst we have seen significant progress against malaria – including two more countries certified as malaria free last month – the disease is also fighting back, with many countries seeing increasing numbers of cases. We urgently need international funding to combat this resurgence risk; history has shown us that malaria will return with a vengeance if efforts are not kept up. The crucial decisions made now by political leaders – backed by strong public support – will determine the future trajectory of this disease.”Each of the celebrities has a personal link with malaria.Noma Dumezweni, English actress who starred as Hermione Granger in the original West End and Broadway runs of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child said: Advertisement
Workers protest in Phnom Penh to demand a higher minimum wage.When the police in Cambodia shot and killed four people Jan. 3 during a workers’ demonstration calling for higher wages in the garment industry, it got the attention of the media in the imperialist world. The story, as they presented it, was a simple one: The Cambodian government was repressing workers seeking a living wage.Garment workers in Cambodia earn $80 a month for a six-day, 48-hour week. They are demanding their pay be raised to $160 a month.The reports all added that the head of the opposition party supported the workers’ demand.But what is the back story that the media have ignored so far?First, there is no mention that Cambodia was invaded and bombed many times by U.S. forces during the Vietnam War. The infamous fatal shootings of unarmed students in the U.S. in May 1970 at both Kent State in Ohio and Jackson State in Mississippi by National Guards and police, respectively, took place during demonstrations against the war’s expansion into Cambodia, which President Richard Nixon had finally made public just days earlier.In reporting on the struggle of garment workers today, the impact of that war on the people of Cambodia, their political structures and their economy is treated as a non-issue, even though it left terrible scars that set the country back in many ways.There is also no mention of the role of the billion-dollar garment companies that subcontract work to local entrepreneurs in Cambodia. The Gap, for instance, is the largest buyer of garments made in Cambodia. Fred de Sam Lazaro of the PBS NewsHour reported last spring that “there are perhaps 400,000 garment workers in more than 300 factories in and near the capital, Phnom Penh. They are subcontractors to brand names and retailers in Europe and America.” (PBS, May 31)On that same program, Bobbi Silten of The Gap said: “We have very longstanding relationships with many of the vendors in Cambodia. It’s been one of our top 10 sourcing countries for the last 10 years. So we are very committed to being there, and we think that the labor standards that they have put in place is one of the reasons why we continue to stay.”In other words, they went to Cambodia precisely because they knew it was so poor and underdeveloped, largely because of the war and its aftermath, that they could force the government to set lower wages than in other countries in the region, like China, where wages have gone up somewhat after years of worker organizing and struggles.Next time you go into a garment chain outlet, look at the labels. “Made in Bangladesh” and “Made in China” have been replaced by “Made in Cambodia” and “Made in Vietnam.”Billionaire chains threaten to pull outThere is an organization called the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia whose members are subcontractors for the giant garment chains. The head of it, Ken Loo, has called the striking workers “hooligans” and is telling the Cambodian government not to accede to the workers’ demands. “If the government demonstrates that it has the will to maintain law and order, then I think investor confidence will be regained and, going forward, [it] might be a turning point for the industry. However, if the government allows the situation to go back to what it was before, then I think many investors are ready to leave,” said Loo. (Channel NewsAsia, Jan. 6)This is what has the Cambodian government worried: that the companies whose orders are now filled by some 400,000 garment workers will find someplace cheaper and leave them high and dry. At least, that is the threat. That is where the pressure is coming from.That’s what workers in the U.S. need to know: The enemy of the people of Cambodia is the same as their enemy. It’s the billionaire ruling class, centered mostly in the imperialist countries, whose operations have become global and who pit workers everywhere against each other in a race to the bottom.The reports in the capitalist media here on what happened make it seem like the answer for the Cambodian workers can be found at the ballot box. They are boosting the credibility of the leader of the political opposition party, Sam Rainsy, who they say supports the workers’ demands.But who is Rainsy? He is a former investment banker, educated in France, the former colonial ruler over Cambodia. He was charged with “racial incitement” in 2009 for having led anti-Vietnamese protests along the border. He fled to France to avoid a trial, but was found guilty in absentia and sentenced to 10 years in prison. In a political deal that shows he has powerful outside support, he was later pardoned by King Norodom Sihamoni and returned to Cambodia, where he set up an opposition political party.The workers of Cambodia are in a righteous struggle to win improvement of their wretched conditions. They are like workers everywhere who are fighting global capital, which threatens to undercut them completely if they rise up and fight.Unions in the wealthier imperialist countries will be advancing the rights of workers at home, too, by giving support to these super-exploited workers in Cambodia. But they should not fall into the trap of embellishing politicians like Rainsy, whose demagogic support of the workers conceals his reactionary aim: to tighten the noose of capitalism around their necks.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Kazakh authorities for blocking access to several websites, run by the opposition or providing independent news, which regularly carry critical articles about President Nursultan Nazarbayev and government officials involved in corruption. Receive email alerts February 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections to go further Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News April 15, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Access to Internet websites blocked Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal News News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Kazakh authorities for blocking access to several websites, run by the opposition or providing independent news, which regularly carry critical articles about President Nursultan Nazarbayev and government officials involved in corruption.”The near-monopoly of the state-owned Kazakhtelecom as an Internet service provider (ISP) must not be used to block independent and diverse news,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to culture and information minister Mukhtar Kul-Mukhamed. “We ask you to make every effort to ensure the free flow of online news and to end all censorship of news websites, whatever their editorial line.”Yuri Mizinov, editor of the news site Navigator (www.navigator.kz), called in experts who told him all Kazakhtelecom customers had been prevented from accessing the site. Other political news sites, such as www.eurasia.org.ru, www.kub.kz, the websites of opposition figures Mukhtar Ablyazov (www.ablyazov.info), Galymzhan Zhakiyanov (www.zhakiyanov.info) and Akezhan Kazhegeldyn (www.kazhegeldin.addr.com), as well as opposition media sites such as Vesti Pavlodara (www.vestipavl.com), Assandi Times and www.respublika.kz have also been blocked. The only way to access them is through foreign-based ISPs, which involves delays of up to half an hour. Follow the news on Kazakhstan January 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation October 30, 2020 Find out more
WhatsApp Santander Consumer: 4Q Earnings Snapshot Pinterest Twitter Pinterest TAGS Twitter Facebook Local NewsBusinessState By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Previous articleCapri Holdings Limited Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 ResultsNext articleAtlético forward João Félix tests positive for COVID-19 Digital AIM Web Support Facebook DALLAS (AP) — Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $521.5 million. On a per-share basis, the Dallas-based company said it had profit of $1.70. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.13 per share. The consumer finance company posted revenue of $2.06 billion in the period, also surpassing Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.03 billion. For the year, the company reported profit of $910.9 million, or $2.87 per share. Revenue was reported as $8.09 billion. Santander Consumer shares have risen slightly more than 7% since the beginning of the year. The stock has dropped 11% in the last 12 months. ————— This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on SC at https://www.zacks.com/ap/SC WhatsApp
Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published CCC-NW welcome appointment of access officer to oversee screening services Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleFuneral takes place of eighth victim of Inishowen crashNext articleNational MRSA fall reflected in Letterkenny News Highland Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Co-operating for Cancer Care NorthWest has welcomed the news that two Access Officers have been appointed to the the National Cancer Screening Service.The officers’ role will be to co-ordinate assistance for women with disabilities to access BreastCheck and CervicalCheck services.CCC-NW say that since the roll-out of BreastCheck and CervicalCheck in Donegal, they have received several calls from women who feel that their disability hinders them from accessing screening services.The groups spokesperson is Noelle Duddy……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/noelsat.mp3[/podcast] Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey By News Highland – July 17, 2010 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp News Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+
News Updates’What Is The Purpose Of Releasing Him?’: Kerala High Court Denies Bail To Former PWD Minister VK Ebrahim Kunju In Palarivattom Flyover Scam LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK14 Dec 2020 1:22 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court, while dismissing the bail application filed by former PWD minister VK Ebrahim Kunju in the Palarviattom flyover scam, observed that there are serious allegations against the former minister and thus he is not entitled bail on merit at this stage.A person who was admitted to a hospital one day before the arrest and that also a hospital of his choice and he is being…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 Kerala High Court, while dismissing the bail application filed by former PWD minister VK Ebrahim Kunju in the Palarviattom flyover scam, observed that there are serious allegations against the former minister and thus he is not entitled bail on merit at this stage.A person who was admitted to a hospital one day before the arrest and that also a hospital of his choice and he is being treated by a doctor of his choice is not entitled the benefit the first proviso to section 437(1) Cr.P.C, especially when the treatment is going on, Justice PV Kunhikrishnan observed in the order dismissing the bail application.The court, however, granted liberty to move a fresh bail application once he is discharged from the hospital and removed to jail. Ebrahim Kunju was arrested by the Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau on November 26. A vigilance court had earlier dismissed the bail plea filed by former minister V K Ebrahim Kunju, arrested by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) in a flyover scam case. The Muvattupuzha Vigilance court also dismissed a vigilance application seeking his custody but permitted the agency to question the ailing former minister few hours a day at a private hospital in Kochi where he is admitted for treatment of cancer. Justice Kunhikrishnan prefaced the bail order with the following interesting observation about the etymology of the word ;The Palarivattom flyover, which reduced the traffic problem in Cochin city to some extent, is now unpopular because of the alleged corruption in its construction. The name Palarivattom has evolved from the word ‘Pagalnarivattom’. ‘Pagalnarivattom’ means a place where jackal roams even in the day time. Now Keralites suspect that it is not jackals but corrupt people wandering through this area. The vigilance must find out the truth by conducting a fair and impartial investigation and restore the name of Palarivattom connected with that of jackals instead of corrupt people. Jackals are better than corrupt people.The court also said that he is not as of right that entitled to bail because he is a sick person. The court added:The 1st proviso to Section 437(1)Cr.P.C indeed says that the court may direct that a person referred to in clause (i) or clause (ii) of that Section be released on bail if such person is under the age of sixteen years or is a woman or is sick or infirm. But this Court in Jolyamma vs. State of Kerala (2020(5)KLT 75) considered this point and held that the 1st proviso to Section 437(1) Cr.P.C is not a mandatory provision. It is a discretionary power of the court. The court also noted the Medical Board report which said that the patient will be highly prone to various infections and that his absolute neutrophil count is low. The judge observed:”A reading of the above medial board report, it is clear that the petitioner needs serious treatment from a hospital. The report suggests that it is better to have hospital care until his clinical and hematological parameters improve, especially because of his immune-compromised state. Then what is the purpose of releasing the petitioner on bail? The Medical Board says that the patient will be highly prone to various infections. During this pandemic period, what is the purpose of releasing the petitioner on bail and asking him to go to his house is the question. The petitioner was admitted to a hospital of his choice on 17.11.2020. He was arrested on 18.11.2020. He is now treated by a doctor of his choice. He is now in hospital. Let the treatment continue. Once the treatment is over, and the doctors suggest that he can be discharged, he will be removed to jail. At that stage, the petitioner can file a bail application. At that stage, the bail application can be considered on merit also if necessary. The contention raised by the petitioner based on the first proviso to section 437(1) Cr.P.C is left open. A person who admitted to a hospital one day before the arrest and that also a hospital of his choice and he is being treated by a doctor of his choice is not entitled the benefit the first proviso to section 437(1) Cr.P.C, especially when the treatment is going on. Therefore, in my opinion, on medical ground also the petitioner is not entitled bail at this stage.CASE: V.K.EBRAHIM KUNJU vs. STATE OF KERALA [B.A.No.8209 of 2020 ]CORAM: JUSTICE PV KUNHIKRISHNANCOUNSEL: SR. ADV. 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Facebook Twitter The Health Minister and the HSE are being challenged in relation to chronic delays in the allocation of home help hours in Donegal and across the country.Its emerged that it currently takes almost 14 weeks for home help hours to be sanctioned.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says the Government have created a home help crisis due to inaction and the complete failure to plan for the increased demand for hours.He says more joined up thinking is needed:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cogfhghffpe1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ By News Highland – July 17, 2019 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Minister & HSE challenged over chronic delays in Donegal home help WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleConcern over plans to build more houses at Letterkenny estateNext articleHarps and Derry face off in Enda McGill Cup News Highland Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews
Despite the importance of ice streaming to the evaluation of West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) stability we know little about mid- to long-term dynamic changes within the Institute Ice Stream (IIS) catchment. Here, we use airborne radio-echo sounding to investigate the subglacial topography, internal stratigraphy and Holocene flow regime of the upper IIS catchment near the Ellsworth Mountains. Internal layer buckling within three discrete, topographically-confined tributaries, through Ellsworth, Independence and Horseshoe Valley troughs provides evidence for former enhanced ice-sheet flow. We suggest that enhanced ice flow through Independence and Ellsworth troughs, during the mid- to late-Holocene was the source of ice streaming over the region now occupied by the slow-flowing Bungenstock Ice Rise. Although buckled layers also exist within the slow-flowing ice of Horseshoe Valley Trough, a thicker sequence of surface-conformable layers in the upper ice column suggests slowdown more than ~4000 years ago, so we do not attribute enhanced flow switch-off here, to the late-Holocene ice flow reorganization. Intensely buckled englacial layers within Horseshoe Valley and Independence troughs cannot be accounted for under present day flow speeds. The dynamic nature of ice flow in IIS and its tributaries suggests that recent ice-stream switching and mass changes in the Siple Coast and Amundsen Sea Sectors are not unique to these sectors and that they may have been regular during the Holocene and may characterize the decline of the WAIS.