The Apopka news year in review: City Council passes ordinance to…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Apopka City Hall The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate January 2, 2018 at 11:33 am Mama Mia Successful MERGER between church and bars?…….what a insult! They, that passed this ordinance sitting there on this current council, the Mayor, Commissioner Velazquez, and Commissioner Becker, thus affecting our citizen’s safety and welfare, here in Apopka, against the wishes of the many people who spoke out against these alcohol amendments at the council…..those council members that passed and approved this alcohol expansion right next to churches, parks, daycares, government buildings and much closer to schools DESERVE TO BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE! Give someone else a chance on the city council, and vote for them, this bunch have proven where their priorities lie, and it is not with the residents of this city!!!!! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT Reply TAGSApopka City Council Previous articleThe Apopka news year in review: An act of kindness keeps the Apopka Senior Chair Aerobics moving forward in 2018Next articleThe Apopka news year in review: City Council votes to modify medical marijuana ban Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Editor’s Note: This is the 23rd in a series of 24 articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2017 that were among the most noteworthy. We will post all of them from December 26th through December 31st. Then on Monday, January 1st we will poll our readers and let them decide which is Apopka’s biggest story of 2017.Story #23: Votes 3-2 to amend a Code of Ordinances that restrict the sale of alcoholic beverages within city limitsFirst published December 21st, 2017The Apopka City Council voted 3-2 to amend a Code of Ordinances that restrict the sale of alcoholic beverages within city limits. The amendment (Ordinance 2612) relaxes restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages.The Apopka City Council Agenda Packet, provided by City staff for the December 20th meeting, stated:“The City of Apopka’s alcoholic beverage ordinance contains outdated requirements that have the potential of prohibiting various businesses. Distance requirements prohibit alcoholic beverage sales/consumption within 750 feet of churches, schools, government property or buildings and public parks. Because all roads are actually considered government property, this alone can prohibit many uses throughout Apopka.”The amendment goes on to address future uses for the downtown and the coming City Center:“Under the current code, and due to the high number of storefront churches in the downtown, Apopka’s downtown will never see a brewpub, like most every thriving downtown has. This ordinance limits the distance requirement to 500 feet (down from 750 feet) from schools and provides additional definitions that were missing. It also incorporates the same for sale times that would put Apopka on par with Orange County. These changes, along with better clarifications, will allow Apopka to take advantage of the code, rather than being limited by it. The City has recognized that brewpubs and wine bars make up a new and emerging independent market segment within Florida. Local independent breweries have emerged as a competitive market segment enabling many downtowns to become economically viable again. The most important part of these updated regulations is to get Apopka and the downtown poised for economic opportunities that will allow alcoholic beverage sales in a more diversified atmosphere. This is another tool to help Apopka, the Apopka downtown, and the CRA grow and make it acceptable to establishments that are normal for a successful downtown.”Nine speakers voiced their opinions during the public comment portion of the discussion – including three pastors against the change.“I knew sooner or later we would open this Pandora’s Box,” said Pastor Hezekiah Bradford, the President of the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance. “My main concern is for the police department. We already don’t have the money to fully fund them, and if you’re going to extend the drinking hours from 7 AM to 2 AM, that’s going to put undue pressure on them. This is going to add to drunk driving and crime in the community. There’s going to be a need for more first responders because there will be more crashes on the roads. All of this needs to be looked into.”“Everywhere I go in Central Florida, people speak of Apopka as being probably the best place to raise kids,” said Darrell Morgan, President of the Apopka Christian Ministerial Alliance. “We should put children above business. And I’m not against business, but I’m going to ask that we consider the buffer that’s in place now. I think we can do that and put our children first.”Commissioner Kyle Becker spoke in favor of the amendment and suggested that a 750-foot buffer zone deters potential business more than it does bad behavior.“With a buffer zone of 750 feet, there wouldn’t be much of an opportunity for these businesses to come downtown,” he said. “Eliminating some of the buffer requirements allows some of these businesses to come downtown. And I’m very empathetic to the fact that people have their own personal stories about death due to drunk driving, and alcohol-related abuse, but the fact of the matter is this ordinance has been in place for years and it didn’t prevent those things from happening. People are going to drink alcohol whether there’s an imaginary line of 500 feet, or 750 feet away. People are going to do it. It’s a matter of having a good police agency that knows how to deal with it properly and makes sure the residents of our community are safe.”Commissioner Doug Bankson was the only Council member to verbalize his opposition to the amendment.“There’s a reason there’s a statewide buffer of 500 feet for schools,” he said. “Yes people break the law, but that’s no reason not to have the law. It is a deterrent and it gives law enforcement something they can use if someone does break that law, then they can go back and help deter it in the future. So the fact is there are children and there are circumstances and anything we can do to create a safety zone for children I’m in favor of. There’s a reason they do that for schools, and I think these other institutions deserve that protection. And as far as the distance, I think that’s something that can be considered. I think there’s room to discuss that.”Mayor Joe Kilsheimer used a popular street in Central Florida as an example of a successful merger between a church and businesses that serve alcohol.“The example that I have in my head is Park Avenue in Winter Park where there is St. Mary Margaret Catholic Church, and immediately across the street is an establishment that serves alcohol. It’s not even 100 feet away. St. Mary Margaret Catholic Church has been there since time itself. It’s almost as old as Winter Park itself. The business district on Park Avenue is active and thriving. It has a broad mix of businesses… some sell alcohol and some don’t. But they basically co-exist and that’s what we’re aiming for here.”Kilsheimer, Becker and Commissioner Diane Velazquez voted in favor of the amendment, while Bankson and Commissioner Billie Dean voted against.last_img read more

Kadokeshi / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki

first_img “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/363415/kadokeshi-s-shintaro-matsushita-takashi-suzuki Clipboard Architects: {:text=>”Shintaro Matsushita, Takashi Suzuki”, :url=>””}; Architects: Shintaro Matsushita, Takashi Suzuki Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Hiroyuki Hirai+ 36 Share Kadokeshi / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki ArchDaily Kadokeshi / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi SuzukiSave this projectSaveKadokeshi / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki photographs:  Hiroyuki HiraiPhotographs:  Hiroyuki HiraiSave this picture!© Hiroyuki HiraiText description provided by the architects. The high-density business district in Tokyo where a skyscraper and collective housing are built. The site is also overlooked by the apartment of 10 floors and is under the severe condition that the building of 7 floors takes up south. However, it was likely to be responded to positively that it is a corner lot along which the road of 6M passes along east and the road (it may be better for this to call it an alley) of 3M passes north. Save this picture!© Hiroyuki HiraiAt the alley of the north, it is mixed with a high-rise building and dotted also with the building not more than 10M. This is the result of density growth urban planning. The volume of the house was determined in the form belonging to the latter “10M Scale” in consideration of the program demanded and restriction of urban planning. Save this picture!© Hiroyuki HiraiThe next theme is “lives comfortably, securing privacy in a city” in the volume.Since the site was a corner lot, the countless window was prepared in the corner of the building which can gain a “view.” The window size is variously larger than usual, and the degree and density are increasing, so that they approach a corner. A city and interior space melt together and a boundary is lost.  Save this picture!© Hiroyuki HiraiSimultaneously, the scale of space, an interior material, and a detail are also going to use a city scale, and make it a city is not only open, but conscious of “it lives in a city.” In the environment which is not good, a tough and pure house is likely to praise a family’s courage and is likely to carry expectation on the back. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessWuxi Masterplan: Mixed Use Building Complex Proposal / ATENASTUDIOUnbuilt ProjectCovered Frontón in Ajangiz / Blur ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Koriyama, Fukushima, JapanLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Japancenter_img CopyHousing•Koriyama, Japan “COPY” Area:  124 m² Area:  124 m² Photographs Housing CopyAbout this office+S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi SuzukiOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingKoriyamaHousingResidentialJapanPublished on April 23, 2013Cite: “Kadokeshi / +S/Shintaro Matsushita+Takashi Suzuki” 23 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panel – Terrazzo BlackStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Basiq SeriesIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsWoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows – EvenMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsDoorsECLISSESliding Door Opening System – ECLISSE Push&PullStonesMarini MarmiNatural Stone – Nuvolato di GréMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/363415/kadokeshi-s-shintaro-matsushita-takashi-suzuki Clipboard Projectslast_img read more

House in Yoshinaga / Tomoyuki Uchida

first_imgphotographs:  Masatoshi KagaPhotographs:  Masatoshi KagaGeneral Constructors:Bansei Construction, Noriyuki KawataSite Area:267.85 sqmCity:BizenCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Masatoshi KagaRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERLaminatesWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. Located in the rice fields, it is home of the one-story. It is slightly lowered from the north side of the road, because it is located, as is lowered saw, was multiplied by the roof of the shed towards the road. Entrance part decreases the eaves, calm was impressive, it converted to the advantage of the north entrance of the drawbacks.Save this picture!Floor PlanIn addition, another feature of the appearance is the white bay window. In the one-story of a small shed, it clung white bay window. Corridor leading from the entrance is allowed a little leeway in width, it is possible to further adjacent small spot garden, and a location that is recreation.Save this picture!© Masatoshi KagaFrom much entrance ceiling is suppressed, the corridor that day become a high ceiling little by little. The other side of the door, incorporating nature, await open main space. Garden, rice fields, even by effectively capturing that elements such as the mountains of far away, in nature, we have the image of a state in which the flow of time that was spacious.Save this picture!© Masatoshi KagaProject gallerySee allShow lessDharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts / KRIS YAO | ARTECHSelected ProjectsOffice in Fremantle / Attic SaltSelected Projects Share House in Yoshinaga / Tomoyuki Uchida CopyHouses•Bizen, Japan Houses Save this picture!© Masatoshi Kaga+ 11 Share Architects: Tomoyuki Uchida Area Area of this architecture project House in Yoshinaga / Tomoyuki UchidaSave this projectSaveHouse in Yoshinaga / Tomoyuki Uchida “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769902/house-in-yoshinaga-tomoyuki-uchida Clipboard 2013 2013 Area:  94 m² Area:  94 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769902/house-in-yoshinaga-tomoyuki-uchida Clipboard Japan CopyAbout this officeTomoyuki UchidaOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBizenJapanPublished on July 08, 2015Cite: “House in Yoshinaga / Tomoyuki Uchida” 08 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Year:  Photographs Year: last_img read more

Dogs Trust CEO Adrian Burder dies after short illness

first_imgDogs Trust CEO Adrian Burder dies after short illness  367 total views,  5 views today Tagged with: A dog is for life Charity People A fundraiser who became the CEO of Dogs Trust, Adrian Burder has died unexpectedly following a short illness, the charity has announced.Adrian joined the charity in 1994 when it was National Canine Defence League and was instrumental in its rebrand to Dogs Trust. Responsible for fundraising, he ultimately grew its income from £3m to £100m and was instrumental in the success of the dog sponsorship idea, which revolutionised the charity’s fundraising, as well as for encouraging people to leave it legacies.A strong believer in the importance of microchipping dogs, his work, alongside that of others, helped to make it a legal requirement. When microchipping was a costly expense for some, Adrian’s belief that microchipping should be available to all led him to raise the funds to ensure that this became a reality. Making the funds available gave Defra the impetus to make microchipping a mandatory requirement.Adrian also worked to find ways to help people better understand their dogs. Under his direction, the charity now has 165 experts in training, behaviour and research and 29 Dog Schools set up to educate dog owners so they can help prevent problem behaviours.From fundraiser and Marketing Director, he became CEO in November 2014, about which he said:“I’m obsessive about the charity. Having the chance to lead an organisation you love is a great honour.”He also became Chairman of Dogs Trust Ireland in 2014, and set up Dogs Trust Worldwide to help dogs overseas as well as in the UK, awarding grants to other organisations, and running conferences to share the charity’s expertise more widely.Jim Monteith, Acting CEO, said: Advertisement “It is with great sadness that we can confirm that our much loved CEO, Adrian Burder, has died unexpectedly following a short illness. Our thoughts are with his family at this most difficult time.“Adrian was one of a kind – his passion for animal welfare changed the lives of millions of dogs in the 24 years he was at Dogs Trust. He will be terribly missed by staff, trustees and volunteers past and present and we are so grateful for his immeasurable contribution to making the world a better place for man’s best friend.“We are all still letting this tragic news sink in. Adrian has been an integral part of our charity for so many years, as a hugely successful fundraiser and then as CEO since 2014. Adrian is Dogs Trust and we will continue our work in his memory.” Melanie May | 2 November 2018 | News 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.  368 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14last_img read more

Group Urges Trump to Protect Crop Insurance

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleWeekly Ethanol Production Edges HigherNext article‘Get Out of My Space’ Theme for Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week Hoosier Ag Today Group Urges Trump to Protect Crop Insurance Home Indiana Agriculture News Group Urges Trump to Protect Crop Insurance SHARE SHARE A coalition of agriculture groups is urging President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers to protect crop insurance. Sixty national farm, lending, ag input, conservation, and crop insurance organizations, led by the Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, sent a letter to the administration and lawmakers opposing cuts to crop insurance during the upcoming budget and appropriations processes and in the 2018 Farm Bill.The letter called the 2014 Farm Bill a “careful balance of priorities” that “should not be reopened.” The groups say any cuts in the next Farm Bill should be avoided as well, because of the downtrend in the agriculture economy and its impact on farmers. The letter was sent to President Donald Trump, House and Senate lawmakers, and Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 15, 2017 last_img read more

May Beef Exports Shatter Record While Pork Exports Go Lower

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News May Beef Exports Shatter Record While Pork Exports Go Lower May Beef Exports Shatter Record While Pork Exports Go Lower U.S. beef exports set a new value record in May, while also significantly increasing year-over-year in volume. That’s according to new data released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. May pork exports were lower, although January-May totals for U.S. pork remained ahead of last year’s pace. Beef export volume was 117,871 metric tons in May, the sixth-largest on record, and valued at a remarkable $722.1 million. That total surpassed the previous monthly high (March 2018) by a healthy four percent and was 24 percent higher than a year ago. Exports accounted for 13.6 percent of total beef production in May, up 13 percent from last year.Following a record performance in April, pork exports were down in May to 217,209 metric tons, two percent lower than last year and reflecting smaller exports of variety meats. Export value was $562.5 million, down 3.5 percent. Japan and South Korea continue to lead the way in U.S. beef export growth. In May, export volume shipped to Japan totaled 30,117 metric tons, 19 percent higher than a year ago and valued at $196.8 million, up 22 percent over last year.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Previous articleIndiana Broadband Map UpdatedNext articleTrump: No Hurry to Settle NAFTA Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 10, 2018 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

ViewRay Announces Conference Call for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results to…

first_img Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter CLEVELAND, Feb. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — ViewRay, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRAY) announced today details relating to the release of its fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results. ViewRay will hold a conference call to discuss results on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT. The dial-in numbers are (844) 277-1426 for domestic callers and (336) 525-7129 for international callers. The conference ID number is 5976583. A live webcast of the conference call will be available on the investor relations page of ViewRay’s corporate website at http://investors.viewray.com/events-and-presentations/upcoming-events. After the live webcast, a replay will remain available online on the investor relations page of ViewRay’s website, under “Financial Events and Webinars”, for 14 days following the call. In addition, a telephonic replay of the call will be available until March 11, 2021. The replay dial-in numbers are (855) 859-2056 for domestic callers and (404) 537-3406 for international callers. Please use the conference ID number: 5976583. About ViewRay® ViewRay, Inc. (Nasdaq: VRAY), designs, manufactures, and markets the MRIdian® MR-Guided Radiation Therapy System. MRIdian is built upon a proprietary high-definition MR imaging system designed from the ground up to address the unique challenges and clinical workflow for advanced radiation oncology. Unlike MR systems used in diagnostic radiology, MRIdian’s high-definition MR was purpose-built to address specific challenges, including beam distortion, skin toxicity, and other concerns that potentially may arise when high magnetic fields interact with radiation beams. ViewRay and MRIdian are registered trademarks of ViewRay, Inc. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. Statements in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include, among other things, the rate of new orders, upgrades, and installations, ViewRay’s anticipated future operating and financial performance, and ViewRay’s conference calls to discuss its quarterly results. Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, the ability to commercialize MRIdian Linac System, demand for ViewRay’s products, the ability to convert backlog into revenue, the timing of delivery of ViewRay’s products, the timing, length, and severity of the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, including its impacts across our businesses on demand, operations and our global supply chains, the results and other uncertainties associated with clinical trials, the ability to raise the additional funding needed to continue to pursue ViewRay’s business and product development plans, the inherent uncertainties associated with developing new products or technologies, competition in the industry in which ViewRay operates, and overall market conditions. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to ViewRay’s business in general, see ViewRay’s current and future reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as updated periodically with the company’s other filings with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release, and ViewRay assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements, except as required by law. View original content to download multimedia: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/viewray-announces-conference-call-for-fourth-quarter-and-full-year-2020-financial-results-to-be-held-after-market-on-march-4-2021-301231863.html SOURCE ViewRay, Inc.Copyright © 2021 PR Newswire Association LLC. All Rights Reserved. By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 center_img WhatsApp TAGS  Twitter Local NewsBusiness ViewRay Announces Conference Call for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results to be Held After Market on March 4, 2021 Previous articleEverbridge annuncia di essersi aggiudicata cinque contratti relativi alle soluzioni Public Warning con società di trasmissioni wireless, governi e Stati finalizzati alla protezione delle persone e delle aziende in Europa e in AsiaNext articleWilliams career-high 32 sparks WSU to romp over Cal 82-51 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

IS IT TRUE DECEMBER 18, 2017

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke “honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE  a loyal reader sent us an article published in the AARP Public Policy Institute Fact Sheet on January 23, 2017? …we feel this article could be of interest to our readers so we decided to publish it? …this article states that the Medicare program protects consumers by limiting how much physicians and other health professionals can charge Medicare patients? …the fact sheet describes Medicare’s “balance billing” rules for physician services and related rules for physicians who choose not to accept Medicare payment and instead have “private contracts” with all their patients who have Medicare?  …attached is the link of the summary Fact Sheet in this article?  … Read the Fact Sheet (PDF)?  …attached a link explaining Medicare’s current rules limited “balance billing” and private contracts provide important financial protection for consumers. Without these protections, Medicare beneficiaries would likely face higher out-of-pocket costs.IS IT TRUE we are told that city employees unpaid medical payments for the several months to area healthcare providers are being deferred for payment during the first half of 2018?IS IT TRUE we expect the annual State Board of Accounts audit is scheduled to be released any day now?  …we are hearing it’s an interesting read?IS IT TRUE members of the Evansville City Council better keep their eyes open concerning the last half of the $12,550,000 advance payment that the city receives from Tropicana?  …we are told that the City Controller has transfer those funds in the General Fund instead of the Riverboat Rainey Day Fund?IS IT TRUE  several years ago EVSC’s hired Cox Law Firm to encourage debtors to paid what they owe EVSC for past books and cafeteria debts before taking them to Small Claims Court?  …that Cox Law firm agreed that they wouldn’t charge EVSC if they have to take the debtors to Small Claims Court for judgement? …another part of the agreement with the EVSC states that Cox Law firm will only be compensated for sending demand letters and negotiating with defendants to make arrangements before taking debtors to Small Claims Court?  …that Cox Law firm over the past several years has negotiated with individuals that owe money to the EVSC with success? …we commend Cox Law Firm for not being over aggressive “Dog The Bounty Hunters” debt collectors but are still able to collect a good sum of money owed to the EVSC?IS IT TRUE many people are wondering what kind of political deals that members of the Evansville City Council are cutting in order to determine the leadership position for 2018?  …we predict that the new leadership makeup of City Council for 2018 will surprise anyone?IS IT TRUE if you feel members of our law enforcement don’t have a hard and dangerous job please that time and read the  EPD Daily Activities report posted in the CCO? IS IT TRUE owners and employees of local hotels were recently invited to the 2nd annual  Evansville/Vanderburgh County Convention and Visitors Bureau “Roasted PIG FEST”?  …that the Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Bob Warren felt it was ok to spend lodging tax money to purchase a $1,200 roasted pig for this event? …we think is was nice for the CVB leadership to give a “Thank You” party for those who help generate lodging tax money used to help promote tourism in Vanderburgh County?IS IT TRUE we wonder why didn’t Mr Warren ask local hoteliers to help cover the costs of his “Roasted PIG FEST” event?IS IT TRUE recently a holiday open house was held at the Old Vanderburgh County Courthouse?  …the refreshments were paid for by businesses who rent space in that building? … that Kristin Comer, Superintendent Of County Buildings didn’t use local taxpayers money to put this event on?  …we give five (5) cheers to Kristin Comer, Superintendent Of County Buildings for putting on this event without using one dine of taxpayers money?IS IT TRUE that Mayor Lloyd Winnecke recently hosted a holiday reception at his Civic Center office? … the refreshments served at this event were donated by local restaurants, and the Mayor’s political campaign fund paid for additional items used at this social function?  …we are also impressed that the Mayor ask individuals that attended this event to bring food item to be given the Tri-State Food Bank?  …we give five (5) cheers to the Mayor for not spending taxpayers money on this holiday reception and for encouraging people to donate food to the Tri-State Food Bank?IS IT TRUE one of our staff members wanted a specially designed diamond neckless for his wife for Christmas?  …we recommend that he go to Kruckemeyer and Cohn Jewelry store on North Burkhardt Road in Evansville?  …he commissioned Aaron Haire to create a one of a kind diamond neckless?  …yesterday our staff member showed us the finished product and all we can say is “WOW”?  …we were also surprised to hear how affordable this uniquely designed diamond neckless was? …if you are looking for someone to design a one of a kind diamond gift for your love one at a reasonable price drop by Kruckemeyer and Cohn Jewelry store and ask for Aaron Haire?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Which local tax increase or reduction did you dislike the most?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertiserslast_img read more

County Extends “Code Blue” Advisory

first_imgThe Cape May County Office of Emergency Management has extended a “Code Blue” advisory for all of Cape May County to March 9, allowing people to seek shelter in local warming centers during the cold weather.Code Blue conditions are in effect when the temperature reaches 25 degrees or lower with clear skies or 32 degrees or lower with precipitation.Please be aware that there may be people in your municipality who require temporary sheltering during this advisory period.People seeking temporary shelter in a warming center should contact their local municipality. Additional resources are available by calling the County Homeless Hotline at 1-877-886-1325 or 1-609-886-1325.If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact our office. Additional information regarding the Code Blue advisory can be found on the Cape May County website at capemaycountynj.gov. A Code Blue advisory is issued when frigid weather poses a danger to the homeless population.last_img read more

Ant Senses.

first_imgUniversity of Georgia scientists have discovered a proteinin fire ants that may lead to a new way of using their own biologyagainst them.The protein is linked to red imported fire ants’ senses ofsmell and taste.”We discovered two variants of a protein found in fireants and noticed that one was found only in multiple-queen colonies,”said Ken Ross, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”That’s what piqued our interest two and a half yearsago,” Ross said. “It made us wonder whether this proteincould affect the social behavior and structure of the colony.”The Secrets Lie in the DNATo unravel the mysteries of this unfamiliar protein, UGA soughtfunding from the National Science Foundation and hired MichaelKrieger, an evolution biologist from the University of Lausannein Switzerland.Krieger, an expert in the molecular biology of ants, beganworking to sequence the protein gene.”I isolated the protein and used this information to determinethe DNA sequence of the gene,” Krieger said. “Once Igot the gene, then we could really get to work.”Krieger and Ross cross-referenced the protein’s DNA with otherDNA sequences in a national data bank.”We were able to find similar proteins, and that’s howwe deduced that this particular protein is a type of odorant-bindingprotein,” Ross said.The DNA sequence revealed the protein is related to the ants’senses of taste and smell. “We found that this protein allowsthe ant to capture odors from its environment and transport themto the neuroreceptor,” Krieger said. “Basically, ithelps the ant sense its environment.”Controlling Ants’ SensesAnts use their senses of smell and taste to regulate the numberof queens in colonies and regulate the social structure.”We don’t know how the protein affects the abilities ofdifferent ants to smell and taste,” Ross said. “Butwe know the ants smell and taste queens, recognize them individuallyand either accept or don’t accept them as egg-laying queens. Andnow we’ve discovered a protein that is likely involved in thisprocess.”As with most scientific research, the outcome could have beenmuch different.”It could have turned out to be a protein that regulatesthe numbers of segments in the ants’ antenna and that wouldn’thave been useful,” Ross said. “As it turned out, itmade perfect sense. This doesn’t rule out that there are othergenes involved in the ants’ sensory process. There are likelyto be. But this one is very important in terms of regulating thesocial behavior.”Ross admits this was a risky project.”The probability of finding the gene that codes for thisprotein was actually very low, so we’re very pleased that it turnedout,” he said. “There are a lot of things that couldhave gone wrong. But, after all, we got the funding from NSF becausethis project was a risky one.”How many queens are there?To continue research into the protein’s potential, Ross andKrieger need more time and more funding.”It could be applied as a pest control method if we canbind an artificial compound that competes with the natural pheromone,interrupting the ants’ senses,” said Krieger. “Thisway we could make the ants see and smell queens that aren’t thereby sending them false signals. This would disturb the whole socialorganization.”If the ants smelled the presence of too many queens, Kriegersaid, they would get agitated and begin killing other ants inthe colony.The researchers also found the newly identified gene in otherfire ants found in South American and the United States.”It’s a rather general phenomenon we’ve found in fireants, but it has unbelievable potential,” said Ross. Ants use their senses of smell and taste to regulate the number of queens in colonies and regulate the social structure.last_img read more