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Help Orange County grow an urban tree canopy

first_img Please enter your comment! Share your ideas at a community meeting next month From the Orange County Public Information OfficeOrange County has been selected for a study about beneficially integrating trees into the County’s storm water management programs.  Join us at a community meeting on Tuesday, June 13th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to share your vision for protecting, restoring and increasing Orange County’s tree canopy.  The meeting will be held in the Commission Chambers, First Floor, County Administration Center, 201 South Rosalind Ave., Orlando, 32801.The consultant for the study, Green Infrastructure Center (GIC), will provide some background on the value of trees in helping communities comply with storm water permits, reduce flooding, and meet surface water quality goals. GIC will present maps detailing current tree canopy coverage in unincorporated areas of the County. As contributors to the study, attendees will be asked to provide input on the following concepts:perception of current County tree canopy coverage [For more info and services, check out tree maintenance experts in Apopka.]specific locations in Orange County that need more tree canopytree-related practices led by citizens or local government that could be implemented but are not currently in place“Those living and working in unincorporated Orange County have a good perception of the environment around them and what improvements they’d like to see in their neighborhoods,” said Lori Cunniff, deputy director of Orange County’s Community, Environmental and Development Services Department. “They have an investment in what happens in their community and their input is valuable in the planning process.”Orange County is one of only three municipalities in Florida selected by the Florida Forest Service (FFS) to participate in the study sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, which covers seven southeastern states. Funding for GIC’s technical assistance is being provided through a grant provided by the FFS.“This environmental strategy is intended to map, evaluate, protect and restore urban forests to achieve better stormwater management and clean water,” said Louis Shepherd, FFS coordinator of the Urban and Community Forestry Programs.Orange County is required to contribute by matching the funding awarded by the FFS grant.   As part of this match, Orange County is performing a tree inventory and analysis to help quantify the composition, health, and environmental and economic benefits of the urban forest in unincorporated areas. These efforts support a strategy in Orange County’s “Our Home for Life” community sustainability plan that seeks to promote urban forestry and expand tree canopy.For more information about the community meeting or the tree canopy and stormwater study, please contact David Jones via e-mail at [email protected] or via phone at 407-836-1434. To register, go here. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSOrange CountyTree Canopy Previous articleAAA tow to go program available on Memorial Day weekendNext articleMemorial Day: How to Honor the Fallen Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

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New Senior Research Director at Factary

first_imgNew Senior Research Director at Factary Howard Lake | 9 June 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Prospect research Recruitment / people Elizabeth Dixon is to join prospect research specialists the Factary as Senior Research Director, moving from her current post as Head of Research in the Development team at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.Chris Carnie, founder of the Factary, told fellow prospect researchers on the prospect-research-uk email list: “Liz has a wealth of experience with substantial campaigns both at the V&A and before that at the Royal Society of Arts, and has a keen grasp of the technical, management and human aspects of running a prospect research team.”She will take up her post in early July. Advertisement  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

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Government ban on foreign radio stations called “strategic error”

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders is very disappointed by the National Television and Radio Council’s decision today to ban foreign radio stations from broadcasting on local FM and medium wave frequencies from 1 January.“This is a return to another age,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Coming after the president won another term in irregular elections in November and with a referendum on ending presidential term limits due to be held in March, the termination of Azeri-language broadcasts by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Voice of America and the BBC bodes ill for the future.”The press freedom organisation added: “We are baffled by this. What kind of impression does President Ilham Aliev expect to give by insisting on isolating his people from news and information behind an iron curtain? They will temporarily lose access to quality news outlets but they will know who to blame. In the end they will undoubtedly find ways to get round the constraints that the government has tried to impose, to the detriment of Azerbaijan’s image. It is a strategic error.”Today’s decision withdraws the licences of foreign radio stations to broadcast on local frequencies. As well as RFE/RL, Voice of America and BBC, the measure affects the local FM broadcasts of Russian radio station Europe Plus. In principle, it takes effect immediately although in practice it will probably be enforced from 1 January.The National Television and Radio Council said its decision was based on legislation stipulating that only Azerbaijani radio stations can broadcast on local frequencies. This was a very biased sided interpretation as the broadcast law provides for exceptions established by inter-governmental agreements.The underlying reason seems to be political, as RFE/RL, VOA and the BBC have been the only independent news media to tackle subjects that are ignored by media loyal to the government. Broadcasting 67 hours of programming a week, RFE’s Azeri-language service has had a very large audience, one drawn by the diversity of views expressed on the air and its coverage of issues such as corruption, infant mortality, the state of the health system and the elections.The precursor of today’s move was an all-out offensive against the press in November 2006 in which the authorities ordered the closure of radio and TV broadcaster ANS. The station recovered its licence the following month after agreeing to change its editorial policy, and since then it has been loyal to the government.The three western radio stations that have been banned today were threatened with a similar ban back then, but an agreement was reached at the last moment. At the same time, the leading opposition daily Azadlig and the independent news agency Turan were evicted from their offices and had to move to the outskirts of the capital. A number of journalists were also arrested around that time.Azerbaijan was ranked 150th out of 173 countries in this year’s Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Four journalists are still in prison in Azerbaijan – brothers Sakit and Ganimat Zahidov of Azadlig, Eynulla Fatullayev of Realny Azerbaijan and Gundelik Azerbaijan, and Mushfig Husseynov of Bizim Yol. Organisation News RSF_en News Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information center_img AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further April 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more December 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government ban on foreign radio stations called “strategic error” Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayslast_img read more

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Investigators use genetic genealogy to arrest suspect in cold case of 1987 double murder

first_imgChalabala/iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — Investigators in Washington state have used the same genetic genealogy methods to catch a suspect in a 1987 double murder cold case that was used to catch the “Golden State Killer.”William Earl Talbott II, 55, was arrested in Seattle Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg.Van Cuylenborg and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jay Cook, were found dead in two separate locations in western Washington in November 1987 after they left their home in Victoria, British Columbia, for an overnight trip to Seattle, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.The purpose of the trip was to buy furnace parts for Cook’s family business, and the two planned to sleep in their 1977 bronze Ford van in Seattle’s SoDo district overnight, ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO reported.They were last seen alive after taking a ferry to Seattle, authorities said. Their families filed a missing persons report two days later when they did not return home, KOMO reported.Talbott, who would have been 24 at the time of the murders, was identified through the use of genetic genealogy, which uses DNA testing in combination with traditional genealogical methods to establish the relationship between an individual and their ancestors, according to the sheriff’s office.A successful identification for Talbott was established with the assistance of Virginia-based DNA technology company Parabon NanoLabs, authorities said. A digital file containing DNA data derived from the crime scene was uploaded to public genealogy website GEDMatch, and “promising matches were found for two of the suspect’s relatives,” according to the sheriff’s office.Genealogists then deduced Talbott’s identity, and police acquired a DNA sample from a cup he had used, authorities said.“We never gave up hope that we would find Jay and Tanya’s killer,” said Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary. “Yesterday’s arrest shows how powerful it can be to combine new DNA technology with the relentless determination of detectives.”This is the first time a murder suspect has been arrested using Parabon’s genetic genealogy service, which just became available less than two weeks ago, authorities said.Talbott could be arrested for Cook’s murder as well, KOMO reported. Investigators are continuing to gather and process evidence related to Cook’s death, authorities said.Detectives believe Talbott was living at his parent’s residence near Woodinville in 1987, about seven miles from where Cook’s body was found.The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who knew Talbott or knew of his activities in 1987 or 1988 to notify authorities.Talbott made his first court appearance on Friday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $2 million bail, KOMO reported.ABC News could not immediately reach Talbott for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Loan Participations: Sharing risk and reward

first_imgCredit unions have a long history of working together, and the rise in loan participation activity in the past decade shows that willingness to collaborate writ large.The movement’s portfolio of purchased participations at year-end 2018 stood at $31.6 billion, nearly triple of that at the end of 2009. At that point, as the financial crisis was at its deepest, there were 507 credit unions that had sold participation loans on their books and 1,206 that had purchased participation loans. Today, that’s 772 and 1,738, respectively.The appeal is simple: participation loans allow lenders to partner with other lenders to reduce risk exposure and increase profits. They help free up capacity, increase liquidity, and reduce concentrations. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Surgeon General: Week Ahead Will Be Like a “Pearl Harbor” and “9/11” Moment in COVID-19 Fight

first_imgThe U.S. surgeon general said Sunday that the week ahead is going to be the “hardest and the saddest” for “most Americans’ lives,” describing the upcoming period of the coronavirus pandemic as a “Pearl Harbor moment” and a “9/11 moment.”“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that,” Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said on “Fox News Sunday.”He continued, “I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”Officials have been warning that the next two weeks will be crucial in the fight to stop the virus from spreading further.Early Sunday, the nationwide death toll had increased to at least 8,503 people, with at least 312,245 infected, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.Adams said his message to governors who have not yet issued stay-at-home orders would be to consider implementing even just a temporary shutdown.“If you can’t give us a month, give us a week … give us what you can,” he addedWith 1,344 new deaths reported Saturday, the U.S. had the most fatalities recorded in one day.Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, explains, “The next two weeks are extraordinarily important. This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe, and that means everybody doing the six-feet distancing, washing your hands.”last_img read more

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Shea Carr Jewell Creates New Division With Acquisition Of Folsom Public…

first_imgShea Carr Jewell’s remarkable growth over the last six years has landed them on both the 2010 and 2011 Hot Firms List created by The Zweig Letter which evaluates firms throughout the United States and Canada. They were also named the 2009 Small Business of the Year by the Thurston EDC and were ranked 13th nationally on the Civil Engineering News 2010 Best Firms to Work For list. Pam Folsom, founder of Olympia-based Folsom Public Relations, is leading a new communications division for Shea Carr Jewell (SCJ). SCJ is a full-service consulting and professional services firm with an emphasis on engineering and planning. They have offices in three states. Folsom continues to serve previous Folsom PR clients through the new SCJ Communications. “Top quality, client centered service has always been my focus. Shea Carr Jewell is committed to these same core values,” Folsom said. “I am excited about SCJ’s energy and entrepreneurial attitude. I can’t begin to tell you the talent I’ve found myself surrounded by.” “One of Pam’s specialties is her ability to understand complex issues and simplify them so they are easy to understand,” said SCJ Principal Jean Carr. “Her experiences have honed her abilities to build bridges and communicate respectfully and effectively with people and organizations representing all perspectives. These are skills that will benefit our clients.” Folsom agreed. “Combining my experience, skills and relationships with SCJ’s resources is a recipe for success across all SCJ business lines.” “Shea Carr Jewell is always looking forward — looking for new opportunities, new geographic markets and new technical disciplines to enhance client services,” said Perry Shea. “This new business line is another example of that.” In the last two years Shea Carr Jewell has acquired a community planning and environmental services firm and an engineering specialties group to bolster their competitive edge and market penetration. Shea Carr Jewell was founded in 2006 by Perry Shea, Jean Carr, and Bob Jewell. They are a full-service consulting and professional services firm which today has over 35 employees. SCJ was founded on providing comprehensive engineering, transportation and planning services to a wide range of clients. In addition to their headquarters in Olympia, WA the firm has offices in Wenatchee, WA, Westminster, CO and Boise, ID. For 25 years Folsom has been helping associations, government agencies and businesses tell their stories. She uses traditional and new approaches that include press releases, events, newsletters, blogs, speakers’ bureaus and social networking. Folsom also helps clients with public outreach campaigns and marketing materials.  “I work with clients to first clarify their message and then find the most effective ways to communicate it to targeted markets,” Folsom said. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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HEAVILY FAVORED ONE LUCKY DANE MAKES LEAD & DEMOLISHES ALLOWANCE FOES BY 9 ¾ LENGTHS, STAMPING HIMSELF A DERBY HOPEFUL IN THE PROCESS

first_imgIDLE SINCE BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE, BAFFERT TRAINEE GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:35.48 UNDER BEJARANO                 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 19, 2015)–Idle since running sixth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Nov. 1, Bob Baffert’s heavily favored One Lucky Dane came off the bench swinging on Thursday, as he demolished four rival sophomores in Santa Anita’s $58,000 allowance feature, winning by 9 ¾ lengths under Rafael Bejarano while covering one mile in 1:35.48.            Breaking from the outside post position five, One Lucky Dane was sent to the lead aggressively by Bejarano, setting fractions of 23.89, 47.84, 1:11.34 and 1:23.15.            “I thought the number three (Commute, with Elvis Trujillo) was the only other speed and when he broke slow, I put my horse on the lead,” said Bejarano.  “There was no competition for him today.  He was just breezing the whole way and he was much the best.”            An imposing bay colt by Lookin At Lucky, out of the Boston Harbor mare, Echo Harbor, One Lucky Dane was a runaway 9 ½ length maiden special weight winner going a mile two starts back on Oct. 4, and thus registered his second win from five starts Thursday.  Off at 2-5, he paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10.            “We were hoping he would do something like that, but he’s coming off a layoff,” said Baffert.  “We were disappointed after the Breeders’ Cup.  We freshened him up, and here he is…I was hoping this would prep him for something real big, so hopefully, it will.”            Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, One Lucky Dane collected $34,800 for the win, boosting his earnings to $92,400.            Off at 7-1 with Kent Desormeaux up, Harmonic sat a close fifth into the far turn and just edged Commute on the wire by a nose for second money.  Harmonic paid $3.20 and $2.20.            Although he broke cleanly, Commute, who was trying two turns for the first time in his third career start, bobbled shortly after the break but was quickly into contention around the Club House turn.  Ridden by Elvis Trujillo and trained by Mark Casse, Commute drew within a half length of One Lucky Dane approaching the quarter pole, but was no match for him thereafter.            The second choice at 2-1, Commute paid $2.10 to show.            Note:  Baffert also noted following the race that another of his talented 3-year-olds, Lord Nelson, who won the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1, and was most recently fourth in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Felipe Stakes March 7, will not run as originally planned in Sunday’s  Grade III Sunland Derby in New Mexico.            “He just ran and I entered him to see if he would bounce back, but he’s…not quite as sharp as I’d want him to be,” said Baffert, who declined to say what might be next for the son of Pulpit.last_img read more

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Barclays Premier League Points Standing

first_imgBarclays Premier League Points Standing1. xxxxx xx xx xx xx xx xx xx xxxStandingsPOS P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 26 15 8 3 48 29 19 532 (2) Tottenham Hotspur 26 14 9 3 47 20 27 513 (3) Arsenal 26 15 6 5 41 23 18 514 (4) Manchester City 26 14 5 7 48 28 20 475 (5) Manchester United 26 11 8 7 33 24 9 416 (6) Southampton 26 11 7 8 34 24 10 407 (7) West Ham United 26 10 10 6 40 31 9 408 (11) Liverpool 26 10 8 8 38 36 2 389 (8) Watford 26 10 6 10 29 28 1 3610 (9) Stoke City 26 10 6 10 27 32 -5 3611 (10) Everton 26 8 11 7 46 35 11 3512 (12) Chelsea 26 8 9 9 38 36 2 3313 (13) Crystal Palace 26 9 5 12 27 32 -5 3214 (14) West Bromwich Albion 26 8 8 10 24 32 -8 3215 (15) Bournemouth 26 7 7 12 30 44 -14 2816 (16) Swansea City 26 6 9 11 24 34 -10 2717 (17) Norwich City 26 6 6 14 30 50 -20 2418 (18) Newcastle United 26 6 6 14 27 49 -22 2419 (19) Sunderland 26 6 5 15 32 50 -18 2320 (20) Aston Villa 26 3 7 16 20 46 -26 16last_img read more

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LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH NOTES

first_img• APPEAL: We are appealing to the public to donate any unwanted quality items to the centre. We also require the help of volunteers in order to keep the shop up and running. If you have any free time to spare, would like to give something back to the community or would like to gain or improve your skills, please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• WRITING GROUP: If you have an interest in staring stories or jokes, then you or someone you know may be interested in coming along to our classes. This is not an accredited course but participants come along to meet new people and just have a laugh. If you would like to find out more, please contact reception on 07491 41773. • PHOTOGRAPHY: The Resource Centre will are hoping to run a class in photography in the near future. If you have an interest in the above, would like to take up a new hobby or just get out and meet new people then call reception on 07491 41773.• BASIC/CONVERSATIONAL IRISH: We are hoping to run classes in the Irish Language. This may be of benefit to people wishing to refresh their memory of the language, help their children with schoolwork or someone who just wishes to find out more about our native language. Please contact reception on 074 91 41773 for further information.• ART CLASSES: Beginning Monday 4th February from 10.30 – 12.30p.m. Anyone interested in attending please contact reception on 07491 41773.• COMPUTERS: Classes in intermediate and beginners held weekly at the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. For further information please contact 074 91 41773.                  LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH NOTES was last modified: January 24th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LIfford/Clonleigh noteslast_img read more

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