Cookies and Milk with a Cop coming this weekend

first_img Please enter your name here Mama Mia TAGSApopka Police DepartmentCookies and Milk with a CopMcDonald’sNorth Orange County Library Previous articleApopka opens second voting precinct for March electionsNext articleThe Orange County Procurement Process: Contract Bids and Proposals Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! 7 COMMENTS I saw the cops in an unmarked vehicle pull one of the big black double decker contractor debris trucks over, coming off of Vick and while turning onto Old Dixie Highway heading east. I wonder what they did wrong? October 20, 2017 at 1:05 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia Reply It seems that our police department and its resources of officers are being used more and more for kiddy romper room duty. Shouldn’t the babysitting and storybook telling be listed under the duties of maybe the recreation department instead? I would much rather the recreation department employees entertain the kiddies, than the cops, because I would prefer the cops patrolling our neighborhood streets, and looking for criminals! Every time I look at social media, whatever sites, I am seeing more and more of the police officers being child care workers or entertainers. I think it is getting to the point of ridiculous. A little is fine, for children to gain cop’s trust, but it getting beyond ridiculous, too often! Even out on Lakeville Road, “babysitting, and story telling”……keep the story book reading, cookie eating, and milk drinking, just put the cops back where they belong, and on the streets, and let someone else in the recreation do the child entertaining! October 20, 2017 at 3:15 pm Reply Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. October 20, 2017 at 4:39 pmcenter_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter October 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm October 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm Rick Singh, the Orange Co. property appraiser did a presentation at the Apopka City Council Wednesday night. He had previously been scheduled for a presentation, on one of the previous agendas sheets, and then was not there for some reason unknown to me. One reason I went, was because I wanted to hear what he had to say, and I had some questions I wanted to ask him Wednesday night, at the council meeting, but I noticed that Mayor Kilsheimer asked the city council if they had any questions for Mr. Singh, but I didn’t hear the mayor ask the public if they had any questions for the property appraiser. ???????? It is not just the police department either, that is being sidetracked off to other unintended activities, because the city is apparently trying to turn our fire department employees into Ninja Warrior competitors, like on the tv show, who spend time jumping through hoops, climbing towers, and dragging dummies, and such as that, competing with other fire departments in physical agility tests, which is fine, if it is nearby, but the city foots the costs and big expenses, to send them way off to other far- away states with hotel, airfare, and the whole nine yards….way too often! I believe the city is the one who is paying for all of this, and it is not necessary. We do have a training facility of our own here in Apopka they can practice all they want. Also our own city council, and their own needless traveling expenses going to off to seminars and national conferences, to San Francisco, Nashville, Washington DC, and that is just the places I know of. That is not helping our city one bit, it is just glorified vacations for the mayor and the city commissioners. The one city commissioner who discussed cutting back on of some of the travel and trips was Commissioner Doug Bankson. I commend Commissioner Bankson for that, and for trying to save the city money, and for trying to look out for emergencies and state mandates by setting aside a bigger percent of money for our general fund. Did anyone of the other council members back Commissioner Bankson?…..either on his suggestion to cut back on the travel trips the council takes, or to set up a bigger percentage as a goal to achieve, for the general fund????????? No, not anyone on the commission, except Commissioner Dean, who I greatly commend for wanting to set up the bigger percentage goal of the general revenue fund, but he knows he is retiring and the two did not have enough backing from the others. The others did not back that on the travel being cut back, at a past meeting, nor the goal for a bigger percentage amount of money to be put back in the general fund, at this latest city council meeting. I mean, the rest of them, did not even want to have a discussion at a possible workshop about it, to consider it! Take your kids to the North Orange Library in Apopka this Saturday from 10:30 am – 11:30 am to meet the officers of the Apopka Police Department for cookies and milk and a story. This is a time for children to interact with local police officers in a fun and informative environment. The North Orange County Branch Library is at 1211 East Semoran Boulevard in Apopka.The Cookies and Milk with a Cop is an initiative started by Officer Andrew Raphael of the Winter Garden Police Department last year. The goal is to bring kids and Cops together in a fun and non-traditional environment that builds trust and makes friends.Cookies and Milk with a Cop is a joint venture between the Apopka Police Department, the Apopka Main Street McDonald’s restaurant and the North Orange Branch Library in Apopka.The APD provides a police officer for reading to the children.McDonald’s provides the cookies and milk.The Apopka Library provides a comfortable setting for the event.The events are held at 10:30 AM on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Reply Reply Comments heard from Wednesday night’s council meeting that were head scratchers: “Like drinking water from a fire hose” and “Camels peeking under tents”….??????? What in the world? Say what?????? LOL Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Mama Mia Maybe what the unmarked cop stopped the big double decker debris truck for was that they passed the cop’s house up, on picking up his own debris, and maybe he chased them down, and turned the light on, and stopped them before they could get away…..LOL Mama Mia We left out awhile ago from home, and I see that Martin Street has been resurfaced, and is nice and smooth now, from Central to Maine St. It is nice, it really is. If you have a new car, you may want to stay off of it a day or so, to give the asphalt more time to cure, where you will not possibly have fresh tar slinging up onto your undercarriage. We got a little bit on ours, but we are not worried about it. No biggie. The road previously was really holey. Now I will know if a sinkhole or a depression starts opening up, as opposed to the regular holes that were there. 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U.S. sanctions, cryptocurrency and blockchain

first_imgA recent front-page headline of the New York Times read, “To Evade Sting of U.S. Sanctions Nations Ponder Digital Currency.” (Jan. 4, 2018)The deception in this report begins with the seemingly harmless phrase “U.S. Sanctions.” The implication is that enforcing U.S. sanctions is a righteous move against rogue states. In reality, sanctions are an instrument of economic warfare, used like a blockade or siege with the aim of compelling a surrender to Wall Street and U.S. transnational corporate powers.The list of countries facing U.S. sanctions currently includes Cuba, Venezuela, People’s Korea, Iran, Zimbabwe, Syria, Russia, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.Sanctions are imperialist economic warfare, aimed at the destruction of a population through deprivation and even starvation. But if that economic warfare fails, it is usually followed by military warfare. A brutal example of this was what happened to Iraq in the 1990s, when U.S. sanctions led directly to the deaths of 576,000 Iraqi children (New York Times, Dec. 1, 1995), followed by a U.S. military blitzkrieg in 2003 that destroyed much of the country.The Times report says nothing about these sanctions or their destructive toll. It instead worries about the possibility that nations might evade the imperialist sanctions through the use of digital cryptocurrency.  The report speculates that blockchain, the technology base for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, can be used for business transactions that circumvent sanctions.Blockchain has been used for bitcoin speculation or buying drugs (Silk Road), gambling (MegaDice), tax evasion (Tumbling) and various scams (Mt. Gox, ICOs, Ransomware).As that list shows, businesses can use cryptocurrencies to carry out secret transactions that are hidden from the government as well as from the big central banks. Their successes show that it is possible to conduct business while evading U.S. sanctions. While this conduct would be secret, it would not be illegal because sanctions are war — and countries facing sanctions have the right under international law to defend themselves from economic warfare.Blockchain transactionsBlockchain transactions use a peer-to-peer network with no central authority to verify the exchanges. Transactions are signed with a digital key and recorded in a public ledger that is stored across many computers at the same level — the computers are the peers — instead of on one central computer. This setup, by enabling cryptographic verification of the blocks of the transactions, ensures that the history of the transaction can’t be altered.The holder of a cryptocurrency is identified only by a digital key. There is no identity record of the holder, which means that no recovery is possible should a key be lost or stolen. Theft of keys has been a significant problem. On Nov. 25, Fortune magazine reported that 2.56 million bitcoins — then worth $20 billion — had been lost or stolen.Cryptocurrencies using blockchains have generated some enthusiasm among those who want a world beyond the control of the monopoly capitalists and Wall Street bankers. Even the terminology used — cryptocurrency — implies that it is something not subject to a central authority. But is that even possible without a revolutionary break from the capitalist prison that controls the economy?Is cryptocurrency even a currency?Under capitalism, currency or money initially took the form of a physical commodity, like gold or silver, because trade needs a commodity with a value that could be easily determined. The value of gold is the amount of socially necessary labor time to produce it — mining, smelting, etc.Karl Marx showed that gold and silver are conventionally used as money because they embody a large amount of labor in a small, durable form that is convenient. Printed money has almost no labor value, so it is sometimes called fiat currency. That is, the bank that issued the note has promised that it can be exchanged for any commodity with a value that is created by the same amount of labor time.Money serves three functions under capitalism:First, money has to be accepted by both the buyer and the seller.Second, money has to be used to compare the costs of production and exchange, which means that it can’t freely fluctuate.Third, money is a store of value, so stability is essential. History offers many examples of currencies being replaced when trust in stability was lost because of hyperinflation or tumbling deflation.Cryptocurrencies meet none of these criteria. They are not and cannot be universally accepted and are not stable.They really aren’t currency at all. The terminology used to describe cryptocurrencies and bitcoin — “wallets” and “mining” as if for gold — obscures what they are. Such terminology is meant to give cryptocurrencies magical powers.Cryptocurrencies are actually a digital version of so-called collectibles, like rare stamps or original paintings. No amount of human labor can recreate a rare stamp or original Van Gogh painting. Copies can be made, but unlike the original they have relatively little exchange value.As a rule, collectibles are never used as currency, though there is nothing to prevent individuals who own them from swapping them for valuable commodities or money.While cryptocurrencies are not money, Wall Street is not ignoring the blockchain technology underlying cryptocurrencies. Indeed, like every other innovation, Wall Street wants to bring blockchains under its control.Under the headline “Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win,” Bloomberg News reported on Nov. 20: “The prospect of blockchain technology remaking financial services just moved a step closer to reality after banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. completed a successful six-month test in the $2.8 trillion equity swaps market.”Blockchains enable the banks to have a globally available, verifiable and untamperable source of data. Indeed, much of blockchain development is now centered on Wall Street. The banks expect to use blockchain technology to save costs and control internet transactions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Rose Parade to Feature Fire-Breathing Dragon

first_img Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Subscribe Community News Rose Parade to Feature Fire-Breathing Dragon Published on Monday, December 28, 2015 | 4:25 pm Community News A fire-breathing Chinese dragon float will be part of the 127th Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year’s Day, sponsored by the Singpoli Group, a real estate investment and construction company based in Arcadia.On Friday morning, award-winning Tournament of Roses float designer Charles Meier unveiled the skeleton and inner workings fire-breathing Chinese dragon, Marco Polo: East meets West, with several local officials and Singpoli Group Chief Executive Officer Kin Hui, says a report on the Pasadena Independent.“Singpoli is about bringing cultures together,” Hui said. “Our float uses spectacular symbols including an enormous dragon that highlights the similarities between western and Chinese cultures.”Meier’s design will breathe real fire throughout the five-and-a-half-mile parade. Smoke will also emanate from the flaming purple heart in the dragon’s claw.Pasadena Independent reports that fire marshals have carefully reviewed and tested the special effects on the float for months.The float will be made up of 85 percent fresh floral products. Singpoli says it will use more citrus than any other float.The float is inspired by Marco Polo’s travels from Venice to China. A costumed rider will portray Marco Polo riding on the moon bridge at the front of the float. The Venetian flag, featuring St. Mark’s winged lion, waves overhead.In Chinese mythology, a fire-breathing dragon symbolizes the beauty and mystery of the east. The styling of the dragon intentionally blends Chinese elements with the look of European fairy tale dragons. Singpoli says this fusion of cultures embodies the company’s core values – building bridges between east and west.The design will also show stylized clouds inspired by Chinese embroidery floating over a lush garden of flowering trees. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Limerick shock Tipperary in SHC semi-final

first_imgLimerick have shocked Tipperary in this afternoon’s Munster SHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds, in front of nearly 20,000 spectators.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Final score Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15For more see this Limerick Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: Donal Ryan says there is a “great buzz” in the squad as the Ladies Footballer’s gear up for Offaly Twitter Facebook Advertisement Previous articleLimerick to host major gaming eventNext articleBody found on outskirts of Limerick city Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Calling all Limerick GAA Clubs WATCH: John Kiely reflects on ‘fair result’ against Tipperary TAGSfeaturedGAAGaelic GroundsMunster SHC semi-finalMusic LimerickTipperary center_img WhatsApp Linkedin Galway Beat Limerick in Free Ridden Salthill Encounter Print Email ICYMI: Billy Lee confirms 40-man Limerick Senior Football Squad for 2021 SportGaaHurlingNewsLimerick shock Tipperary in SHC semi-finalBy Guest Writer – June 9, 2013 682 Talking Points: Limerick’s unbeaten run comes to an end as they prepare for All-Ireland final rematch last_img read more

Kidney support for captain Heaslip

first_imgCoach Declan Kidney is impressed by the way Jamie Heaslip has approached the Ireland captaincy amid difficult circumstances, insisting he is making “strong decisions”. Heaslip has come under close scrutiny so far this RBS 6 Nations, with the Leinster number eight receiving criticism for providing a lack of leadership during the defeats by England and Scotland. But Kidney accepts Heaslip has inherited the post at a challenging time, and said: “When things aren’t going as well as you want them to, you push the comments that are out there to one side and get on with your job. Jamie has done that and done it very well.” He added: “There’s a bit of adversity around the place and it’s the measure of a man as to how he deals with that. “Jamie’s making strong decisions for us and all we need to do is execute on those decisions.” Kidney denies Heaslip is struggling to stamp his authority on the team due to the presence of predecessor Brian O’Driscoll, who has been relieved of the captaincy but continues to play at outside centre “I would say quite the opposite actually, Brian being there has been a huge help. Now we have a couple of leaders speaking up,” Kidney said. “There have been times in the past when I’ve been prompting other players to speak up. Now Jamie and Brian do that role.” Kidney’s own position is the subject of doubt and his chances of earning a contract extension beyond the summer appear to have died alongside Ireland’s chances of winning the Six Nations. “In rugby terms this has been the most challenging Six Nations I’ve experienced,” Kidney said. “There have been a lot of things happening outside our control that we’ve had to deal with. But I couldn’t ask any more from the players. “The frustrating thing is that we’ve put ourselves in positions to win matches. As a result of not taking one or two chances, we are where we are.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

ACC Roundup Week 5: A quarterback catches a touchdown, Clemson’s big win and more

first_imgEven with Virginia and Syracuse on bye, the Atlantic Coast Conference still kept things busy in Week 5. Every intraconference game was decided by eight points or fewer and one team had a special trick up its sleeve.Intra-Conference:Quarterback Marquise Williams caught a 37-yard touchdown pass when North Carolina (4-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) ran a trick play in its eventual 38-31 win over Georgia Tech (2-3, 0-2). Pittsburgh (3-1, 1-0) saw redshirt freshman running back Qadree Ollison rush for 122 yards on 19 carries as the Panthers beat Virginia Tech (2-3, 0-1), 17-13.Quarterback Lamar Jackson’s 121 rushing yards led Louisville (2-3, 1-1) to 20-13 win, handing NC State (4-1, 0-1) its first loss.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuke (4-1, 2-0) won a game without scoring a touchdown for the first time since 1978 as Ross Martin kicked the Blue Devils over Boston College (3-2, 0-2) by a final score of 9-7.Dalvin Cook ran for 94 yards before leaving with a hamstring injury, but No. 11 Florida State (4-0, 2-0) didn’t slow down with Cook’s exit. Johnathan Vickers ran for a touchdown in Cook’s absence as the Seminoles won 24-16 over Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2). Winners:After scoring a last-second touchdown, No. 6 Notre Dame had to try a two-point conversion to tie the game with No. 12 Clemson (4-0, 2-0), but a Tigers goal-line stand gave Clemson the win over the higher-ranked opponent.Losers:On Thursday, Miami (3-1) fell to Cincinnati on the road by a score of 34-23.Here are the current ACC standings: Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TRcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse advances to NCAA tournament quarterfinals with 4-2 win over UMass

first_imgTwo minutes into the game, Syracuse had already generated two scoring chances. Three minutes later, Erin Gillingham’s shot went just wide right as she appeared to slip on the wet turf. Syracuse kept attacking. A nimble move on the baseline by Alyssa Manley drew a penalty corner by hitting the ball off a defender’s foot and then the Orange’s persistent aggressiveness broke through.Emma Russell sent a skittering insertion out to Alma Fenne, who stick-stopped and tapped the ball to Roos Weers. Weers’ shot deflected off Massachusetts’ Melanie Kreusch and rolled directly to Russell on the left, who’d just stepped back into play from the insertion. Russell didn’t waste the opportunity as her shot found the bottom right side of the goal and set off cheers from the stands and the stadium’s goal horn.In the eventual 4-2 win, Saturday’s first half was everything the first half of SU’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship 2-1 overtime loss to North Carolina wasn’t. Emma Lamsion, head coach Ange Bradley and Fenne all expressed disappointment at the passive offense against the Tar Heels and the Orange (18-1, 6-0 ACC) seemed intent on making up for it against Massachusetts (12-9, 5-3 Atlantic 10). The Orange played through a light rain and sleet in the first half while allowing just one shot and taking 12 at J.S. Coyne Stadium in the first round of the NCAA tournament.The game ended with Syracuse holding leads of 29-3 in shots and 8-1 in penalty corners. Though all the first-half shots didn’t turn into goals, it set the tone for the second half and led to eventual execution.“We had some great attacks in the second half and moved the ball really well,” Bradley said. “I don’t think (29 shots and four goals) is an inefficiency at all. (Massachusetts is) a great team and (our offense) was pretty darn good.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe onslaught continued as Syracuse took nine shots in the first 11:23 of the second half. While the aggressiveness remained the same, Syracuse saw more immediate results.Liz Sack, who started at forward in place of regular starter Lamison, gathered a rebound off a shot by Fenne and scored just 1:05 into the second half.Lies Lagerweij scored her third goal of the season for insurance. A few minutes later, Laura Hurff reversed the ball to Lagerweij, who stood in the backfield, in the midst of the swirling snow, and paused. She took a few breaths, visible in the 37-degree weather. The Orange, up 3-0, had its first multi-goal lead since Oct. 18.Syracuse, until Saturday, had played three straight overtime games and, in the 233 minutes, 39 seconds of those games, it never had more than one goal of separation.Though SU held a 3-0 lead with 32:14 still to play, Laura Hurff continued to use her speed to beat multiple defenders and Weers still made long hits, leading to four more shots in a three-minute flurry.Hurff broke through the defense and found herself standing at the top of the circle facing the goalie with no one in between. But she found Sack on the right side, who’d snuck behind a defender and deflected the ball up and in, making SU’s lead 4-0, the same score it beat the Minutewomen by on Sept. 4 during the Orange’s home opener.“In the first half (the midfield movement) wasn’t as well as we wanted,” Hurff said. “But it was better in the second half. We used … movement up front to open up the field. (We got) more passes inside and moved the defense.”With the score the same and 11:28 to go, Massachusetts called timeout and the Orange jogged to the sideline with its largest lead since Oct. 17.On its first penalty corner and second shot of the afternoon, Massachusetts’ Shauna Rankin-Byrne scored and just 3:27 later, UMass pulled within two.But that was close as the Minutewomen would get.“I was happy with how the team played,” Russell said. “As the statistics show, as Ange said, we dominated. … We just have to keep up our aggression.” Comments Published on November 14, 2015 at 1:21 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more