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. The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Police Department Previous articleOrange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs invites community to participate in two new solar co-opsNext articleOrange County Clerk opening Self Help Center in Apopka this month Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The story of Aaron and AbbyIn front of friends, family, and several members of the Apopka Police Department, Mayor Joe Kilsheimer swore-in the first new officer of the APD for 2018. His name is Aaron Makle.“I can tell you that you are joining one of the finest agencies in Florida,” Kilsheimer said to Makle, and then turned to the audience. “The story of how Aaron Makle came to the Apopka Police Department is an inspiring one.”Inspiring and surprising indeed.Makle was a high school teacher in Maryland. He coached football, basketball, and was a summer baseball instructor. It seemed like education would be his career and Maryland would be his home.But then Aaron met Abby, and that’s when everything changed.Abby is part-owner, manager, and instructor for MGA Gymnastics, which has locations in Maryland and in Apopka at the Cooper Sportsplex. She travels back-and-forth to Maryland to oversee operations at both gyms.Not too long after meeting Abby, the couple decided to bring their lives together, and in the span of one month (July of 2017), Aaron and Abby got married, moved to Eustis, and Aaron started at the police academy.Despite the whirlwind aspect of July, Aaron is not looking back.“I feel like I made the right decision,” he said smiling and looking at Abby who smiled back at him.And it’s at this point that the story needs to rewind a bit as the Apopka Police Department enters the picture.APD Deputy Chief Randy Fernandez’s daughter attends MGA Gymnastics. Abby talked to Fernandez’s wife about Aaron. She told her that he was thinking about moving to the area, and was deciding on a career in either teaching or law enforcement.Eventually, Fernandez talked to Makle and was impressed with the 25-year-old.“It’s good that we can find people like Aaron who want to be in this community, not necessarily someone who is just looking for a job,” said Fernandez. “He’s the type of officer we are looking for.”Makle enrolled at Lake Technical Center in Eustis for his Police Academy training, but Fernandez and APD Chief Michael McKinley wanted to ensure their prized recruit would graduate, and become an Officer of the APD, so they took an extra step in the process.“He paid his own way to the academy,” said McKinley. “But we hired him while he attended and it’s a good thing because at his graduation we learned that three other agencies were pursuing him.”His training at the APD is expected to end in April, at which time Officer Makle will be on the streets of Apopka, and Fernandez thinks his background as a teacher will enhance his abilities as a police officer.“It’s exciting that he taught high school before becoming a police officer,” said Fernandez. “He can better outreach with youth and the community rather than someone who is 20-years-old and just got out of the academy. It’s a little more difficult for them to go out and handle critical situations because the public reacts differently to them. When you talk to Aaron you can see he’s got a way of being able to communicate well.”Makle looks forward to completing his training, working with the APD, and becoming a part of the Apopka community.“It’s been amazing. The people are very welcoming. It makes me feel better about working at the department. You can tell it’s close-knit family. Everybody is happy to be here, and everybody knows everybody which is exactly the type of place I want to be.” Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment!
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAlter diet to turn back climate change While pursuing my BSN at Siena College, I took a summer class called “Feeling Stressed? Try Nature,” which taught issues facing our planet such as climate change. Although I have heard comments such as “It doesn’t feel warmer,” 93% of heat trapped in our atmosphere from greenhouse gas emissions is absorbed by our oceans.Ocean temperatures have been increasing since the 1990s causing coral bleaching. The future of once thriving ecosystems such as the Great Barrier Reef, over which 50% has died, is dependent on the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions.The United States is the second greatest emitter of greenhouse gases. Changing over to alternative forms of clean energy is a lengthy process, and even if we could do so immediately, it would take 100 years for reversal of global warming.Animal agriculture, especially that of cows, is responsible for 51% of human-caused climate change, 30% of the world’s water consumption, 91% of Brazilian Amazon deforestation and the leading cause of ocean dead zones.Solutions like changing diet can make a difference to effect change now. I made the personal decision against consuming milk. Check out these documentaries on Netflix: “Before the Flood,” “Cowspiracy,” and “Chasing Coral.” If you can’t be convinced without scientific research, check out “Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector: Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption,” “The Impacts of Dietary Change on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Land Use, Water Use, and Health: A Systematic Review,” and “Global Warming and Recurrent Mass Bleaching of Corals.”Sarah DiniusNiskayuna Follow simple rule of safety on bike pathsThis letter is concerning the ignorance of bike trail etiquette, specifically for pedestrians sharing the trails, with the same opinion as in Michael Werner’s July 19 letter.Mr. Werner says “get a bicycle bell” for your bicycles instead of shouting “On your left.”I would like to remind Mr. Werner that if he walked to the left side of the bike trail, facing oncoming bicycle riders (as one should on all roads), there would be no need for a verbal, bell, air-horn or klaxon type of warning at all.At 50-75 yards away, the average person would only need to keep their eye doctor checkup current. We could all avoid the extra noise borne from a valid warning of approaching riders and the snide retorts of individuals that refuse to use some common sense and exercise personal responsibility.“Walk Left, Ride/Drive Right”James HerdmanScotiaState going wrong way in AdirondacksMuch of the news the last few years regarding the Adirondack wilderness has been disappointing and bewildering.The actions of the APA, DEC and governor make you wonder what wilderness will be left in a few years.However, it was encouraging to see that The Appellate Division, Third Department, ruled recently that state tree-cutting to build a network of wide class II community connector snowmobile trails in the Adirondack Forest Preserve violated Article XIV, Section 1 of the State Constitution. The DEC and governor should be trying to uphold the wilderness protection provided by the state constitution, not trying to skirt their way around it.In addition to the snowmobile trail issue last summer, they allowed ATV vehicles on Whiteface Mountain without notifying anyone. They rushed the Boreas Ponds classification to limit the input of public opinion. And they spent millions of dollars on the new Frontier Town Campground.The money spent on the campground would have been better spent on hiring more rangers, rebuilding trails and improving the parking situation in the High Peaks area. These infrastructure needs should have been addressed before building the campground to bring more tourists into the area. Rangers should be on the trails and summits educating hikers, not writing parking tickets. I’m afraid the governor’s idea of wilderness is a paved road up Mt. Marcy, lined with nonconforming blue signs with a Taste of New York kiosk on top. I hope they remember to put in the septic system.Chris BuckleyBurnt Hills We need a president who upholds American idealsI cannot believe the chanting done at the president’s political rally. I have tried to keep in mind that this is our president and we should stand by him, but I cannot after this latest episode. This president is causing such division in this country that I fear for our future for the next year.He’s talking about American citizens. He’s singling out one who is the only one born outside of our country but went through the proper protocols to be a citizen. How can people back up this alarming rhetoric? The only thing it does is confirm that racism is alive and well in this country. How far have we come when a United States president belittles women that have so much love for this country they ran for election and won to support the people? I did not, purposely, say women of color. They are women, human beings, who should be recognized for the attributes they hold dear to make this country better.Wake up America. Impeachment isn’t the answer. Voting is for 2020 to make sure we have a president that stands for the ideals of democracy and practices those ideals for we the people.Vincent F. CarelliAmsterdam Thoroughbreds start their racing careers too youngProvoked by Sara Foss’ July 15 Gazette column, I’d like to put in my two cents. Cold-blooded saddle horses are usually 2 or 3 years old before they are “broke,” wear a saddle or carry a rider. Thoroughbred racehorses are considered 1 year old on January 1, regardless of the month they are born. At age 2, his training begins, including time on the racetrack. It just seems stressful on their young delicate legs and systems. But, of course, to wait one more year to train that racehorse would add a lot of expense to the industry and probably never happen.Sally AustinBallston LakeFilm brings awareness to teen pregnancy challenges On July 13, Proctors held the premier showing of “Cradle.” Prince Sprauve spent six years bringing this film together.It’s a compelling film, based on true stories of teenage pregnancies in Schenectady. The film follows the real-life challenges and complicated relationships with family and friends that teenage pregnancy presents.The audience was filled with several hundred people, many of whom were teenage mothers or products of a teenage mother. The making of the film was with the intent to bring the serious community problem of teenage pregnancy and the resulting impacts of domestic abuse and abandonment to the awareness of our community. The hope is to bring together school programs and community agencies to dialog about the issues and try to safeguard our youth from these difficult challenges.At the end of the film, Prince Sprauve took the stage and repeatedly emphasized that tonight “is not about the limousine;” it’s about bringing awareness and coming together as a community to help educate our youth avoid these situations.The July 14 Gazette coverage was only that of a photo of the limousine and a cute headline play of Prince’s name. There was no accompanying article. There was so much story to be told and reported, including or highlighting impact responses from the audience members. It’s a shame The Gazette missed the point of the evening and the opportunity to expose the message of the film.Hopefully, this film will reach greater audiences and promote dialog across our community. Carol Harrigan LupoSchenectadyMedia must stop stirring up anti-police sentimentThe July 21 Daily Gazette Opinion headline read: “Eric Garner is proof that we need to reform laws on excessive force.”No. We need a law that simply says don’t resist arrest; if you do, any harm that comes to you will be considered your own fault, by law.In 1991, Rodney King established the value of resisting arrest, i.e., resist arrest, hurt by police, avoid going back to prison, become national hero, cover of Time magazine.Mr. King died a pathetic, alcoholic-related death. Some national hero.But the deceitful media coverage of King’s arrest led to rioting that killed 63 people and injured 2,373. Sixty-three people killed by dishonest media in a riot and how many since, including the very unfortunate Mr. Garner? Alvin Bragg, the agenda-driven author of this column, is hardly an unbiased writer, since he stated in the column that he “has provided legal advice to the family of Eric Garner.” He gives no hint as to why the police officers felt they needed to use any force at all in arresting Mr. Garner. Mr. Bragg is simply writing another biased article enflaming antagonism against police. Enflaming antagonism toward the police has been a focus of the PC media for 30 years and is causing huge damage to the fabric of our country. It needs to stop.Clyde MaughanRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18
South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has officially launched the process to gain regulatory approval for its proposed takeover of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.The shipbuilding major has submitted a request for the formal approval from the South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC), as well as from antitrust authorities in China, Kazakhstan and the European Union.Yonhap News Agency cited Hyundai Heavy as saying that it would submit further requests for approval to other countries.In early March 2019, the shipbuilder signed a contract with Korean state lender Korea Development Bank (KDB) to acquire its compatriot DSME. The parties reached a conditional agreement on the transaction in January 2019.Under the deal, KDB would sell its 55.7 percent stake in DSME, that has an estimated value of KRW 2.16 trillion (USD 1.85 billion), to HHI. The bank would transfer its DSME common stock to HHI and buy KRW 1.5 trillion worth of HHI stocks.Furthermore, KDB would consider providing KRW 1 trillion as a financial boost to DSME.World Maritime News Staff
Josh Gasser scored 21 points against Prairie View in his debut, good for 2nd best in UW history.[/media-credit]Heading into the 2010-11 men’s basketball season, fans have been eager to see just how the Wisconsin Badgers were going to replace the scoring of former guards Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon.And after the team’s season opener last night against Prairie View A&M at the Kohl Center, which Wisconsin won 99-55, fans should be feeling quite optimistic about the quick emergence of freshman Josh Gasser.Head coach Bo Ryan’s preseason praise for the Port Washington, Wis. native were verified Sunday night when Gasser, coming off the bench, dropped 21 points on the Panthers – the second most points scored in a Badger freshman debut in school history.Not only that, but Gasser fell just shy of a double-double in his premiere with 9 rebounds. He also added three assists in 26 minutes of play.After shooting 1-4 from the field and 0-2 from the arc in the first half, Gasser never missed a shot in the second half. He also showed little apprehension driving through congestion at the basket, which led him to attempt a game-high 10 shots at the line, from which he hit nine.After swallowing a few butterflies in the first half of his career debut, Gasser came away surprised at his showing.“I got more comfortable as the game went on, obviously,” Gasser said. “I wasn’t expecting (to score 21 points) by any stretch of the means, but like I said I was just doing whatever I had to out there to help us win. I wasn’t the only one with a good game; it was a team effort.”A nice way to build confidence early in the season for a young player, Ryan assured everyone following the game that he was impressed with Gasser’s performance, yet still pointed out that Gasser had also been taught a lesson on defense.“If I [wasn’t impressed] they’d be giving me an examination,” Ryan said. “He took care of the ball, he made great decisions, people will remember the points but what’s another thing – he also got a lesson.”With three and a half minutes to go in the first half, PVA&M prevented UW from distancing themselves in the score when guard Trant Simpson converted on three consecutive threes in less than two minutes – all with Gasser defending him.“[Simpson] got into a little rhythm there, and he got some help from his teammates… but Josh learned a lesson there. He did everything else pretty well,” Ryan said.For junior point guard Jordan Taylor, who scored 20 points himself, Gasser’s performance wasn’t all too surprising after watching the freshman develop in the preseason.“We knew Josh can do it, and we’ve talked about that since the season started. He almost had a double-double and scored the second most points for debut in Badger history, so maybe he’s the next Devin Harris or something,” Taylor joked.With the Panthers keeping the game within reach after the first half – trailing only by 10 – Gasser’s second-half outburst helped ignite the Badger offense to tuck the game away early.And not only was his shooting performance encouraging for the long season ahead, Gasser thoroughly displayed his skills up on the glass, collecting a team-high nine rebounds, six of which were on the offensive side of the ball.Add in three assists and one realizes that not only can Gasser score himself, but he can also keep the rest of the offense firing away as well.“The nice part about Josh is, he does have versatility so he’ll have some game where he’ll be that threat, he’ll get rebounds, he’ll make good decisions with the ball and he’ll defend better – that’s what we’re hoping for.”Gasser was just one of multiple Badgers who displayed their offensive capabilities on Sunday night. Senior Jon Leuer led the team with 24 points, sophomore Mike Bruesewitz never missed a shot, totaling 11 more, while redshirt senior Brett Valentyn went 2-2 from the arc and redshirt sophomore Jared Berggren added another seven.Ryan quickly noted after the game that the team will not be able to afford to rely on two or three players to carry the scoring, it will have to be done by committee, but thinks that Gasser will be a reliable source in that team effort.“We’re going to have to do it by committee, there’s no question,” Ryan said. “It’s going to have to come from different sources so I think Josh is one of those guys that is a threat to score.”
FUN Golf for all the family has got more than 120 people enjoying and playing the game at an Essex centre – and their numbers are set to grow in 2017.FUN Golf is a programme offered by the Golf Kingdom and supported by England Golf to get more people playing, particularly families.When it was launched last year almost 40 families took the opportunity to join a three-week course between June and October, taken by a PGA professional, and with the emphasis on fun. They used colourful clubs and tennis-style balls and the activities included hitting giant targets on a large inflatable.Ten new players have already gone on to play more golf by either taking an improvers’ course, a junior programme or by becoming a range user.Now, FUN Golf is being re-launched for 2017, together with a Golf Kingdom Family membership, which will be available from June, to encourage new golfers to keep on having fun and playing the game.“We’ve had great initial response to FUN Golf and we’re looking forward to attracting even more families in 2017 and creating a life-long habit,” said Scott Cranfield of the Golf Kingdom.“We’ve listened to feedback from families about the importance of being flexible when offering times and dates for courses and we’ll be taking this into account for this year’s programme.“Golf is the perfect game for families who want to have fun together and our new membership will give them unlimited use of the many activities at Golf Kingdom. As well as FUN Golf there’s the Moby Adventure Golf, Foot Golf, FUN Golf, the short game area, range and golf course.”England Golf has supported Golf Kingdom with this project as well as helping them understand their customers and potential customers. This information can be used to shape publicity for the campaign on social media and other promotional materials.This is part of England Golf’s wider work to attract more families into the game and Family Golf Month in July will highlight activities across the country which can be enjoyed by all.Claire Hodgson, England Golf Head of Participation, said: “All the generations can enjoy golf together and it doesn’t matter how young or old they are – or how well they play.“We’re working with clubs across the country to spread this message and Family Golf Month will be a great opportunity to get more people playing. Watch out for news of lots of Get into golf activities to appeal to families who are looking for a great way to spend time together.”Last year, England Golf and PING launched the PING Family Fourball which proved hugely successful. Entries for this year’s event open on 1 April and more information is available by clicking here.England Golf also has a Family Guidance booklet available to clubs, which is packed with advice and ideas for events. Click here to find out more. 24 Mar 2017 FUN Golf gets the families playing
National Geographic claimed today. “Darwin the Buddhist? Empathy Writings Reveal Parallels,” wrote Christine Dell’Amore about new ideas about Darwin by Paul Ekman, psychologist. What could Darwin possibly have to do with Buddhism? Ekman told an audience at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago that Charles Darwin was fascinated with facial expressions of emotion. Indeed, he wrote a book on it: The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), in which he hired photographers to film faces of people expressing happiness, rage, sadness and other feelings. Darwin suggested that empathy was a universal trait that had evolved in humans. Ekman said the idea of universal empathy meshes with Buddhist beliefs about compassion. Ekman also suggested “it’s also possible that Darwin encountered Buddhist teachings through letters from other scholars of the time.” To strengthen the Darwin-Buddha connection, Ekman shared an inside story: the Dalai Lama had told him that he “would consider himself a Darwinian.” Ekman did not explain how this new compassionate Darwin relates to the old picture of evolution as a process of pitiless indifference by a natural world red in tooth and claw. Nor did he explain why compassion, if genetically inherited in some people and not others, needs to be cultivated – a role seemingly more suitable for religion. The article simply stated point blank, “Until psychologists figure out why the disparity exists, he said, ‘the survival of our planet’ depends on cultivating compassion.” This begs the question whether even survival is a good thing in a universe of pitiless indifference. Nevertheless, the article suggested people could go to “compassion gyms” to improve their empathy fitness. Somehow, this makes sense to Ekman as he imagines primates becoming more self-aware. The NG article ended with a quote to this effect by Barbara King, an evolutionary anthropologist at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She said, “We wouldn’t be human in the ways we are human today if apes were not deeply emotional creatures and deeply social ones. We are … products of our past.” This article reinforces recent attempts to portray a kinder, gentler Darwin, who opposed slavery (see Uncommon Descent). Some Darwinists, though, don’t appear to have inherited the compassion gene. In Forbes, Jerry Coyne slammed neurosurgeon Michael Egnor, who had criticized evolution earlier on Forbes, by calling him a charlatan and comparing him to a holocaust denier. Egnor has had a running rebuttal to Coyne on Evolution News and Views, continuing with part 2 and part 3.OK, Darwin skeptics, charge! They’re exposing their true colors: Darwinism is a religion. It may be politically-correct religion, but it’s religion nonetheless. Is it any wonder we portray Darwin as the Bearded Buddha? Even the Dalai Lama worships at his shrine. Caution: don’t offer the prescribed sacrifice! You will need your brain to understand what is going on: Darwin evolves to fit the rhetorical needs of the Darwin Party propaganda machine. 30 years ago it was the Malthusian, red-claw Darwin of pitiless indifference. Now it’s the compassionate Buddhist Darwin. Behind the facade it’s the same Blunderful Wizard of Flaws.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Botulism kills migratory birds at Sambhar lakeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1401:14 The Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, on Thursday confirmed avian botulism — a neuro-muscular illness caused by a toxin which is produced by a bacterial strain — as the reason for mass mortality of birds, including migratory species from Northern Asia, at Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan.The laboratory tests conducted on the samples of carcasses collected from the lake confirmed the disease infecting the birds, the probability of which was earlier stated by veterinarians in the State. The illness, caused by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum, affected the nervous system of birds, leading to flaccid paralysis in their legs and wings and neck touching the ground.More than 18,000 carcasses of birds have been removed from the lake and its catchment area so far, raising concern among environmentalists and ornithologists. The scientists at IVRI found the samples infested with maggots of third stage with a clear indication that the avian mortality had occurred over a period of time.Animal Husbandry Minister Lal Chand Kataria said the IVRI report had approved the regimen of treatment adopted for birds recovered from the lake’s shores. “The rescue centres established near the lake have treated 735 birds, of which 368 are alive and 36 have been released to their natural habitat,” he said.Located 80 km south-west of Jaipur, Sambhar Lake is India’s largest inland saline water body and has been designated as a wetland of international importance, attracting thousands of migratory birds during winter.Avian flu ruled outA Bhopal-based laboratory had earlier ruled out avian flu as the cause of deaths of birds after examining the viscera. The post-mortem of two bird carcasses by a Bikaner-based research organisation had concluded that bacterium Clostridium botulinum had entered from the soil into the meat of some dead birds.
LATEST STORIES “We need to rebound for our kuyas (older brothers),” said Kiefer Ravena on Thursday in the Chooks-to-Go-hosted sendoff at Edsa Shangri-la. “It’s a motivation for us to want (the gold) even more and be hungrier.”Gilas assistant coach Jimmy Alapag praised these group for feeling that way, noting that it’s just natural for this team to seek redemption to make up for the loss incurred by their Fiba Asia counterparts.“Of course, if you see your brother and see him fall short of a goal, as the younger brother, I think you wanna go out there and make everyone here at home forget about the loss from last night. The only way you do that and go to the SEA Games and put another great effort and do our best to win a gold medal,” he said.With the Philippines relegated to the classification phase for fifth to eighth place in the Asian championship, the SEA Games roster knows that the pressure is now on them as they eye to win the gold medal for the 18th time.“It’s our turn for redemption,” said Amer. “We have to defend our kuyas. We know the weight they are carrying because all of us are watching them. So with the SEA Games, we know all eyes will now be on us. We just want to help them and protect our fort. All we want when we come home here is that we’re all going to be happy.”ADVERTISEMENT Amer wasn’t only one who went to bed in a gloomy mood as thousands of Filipinos stayed up late only to witness the national team fail to advance past the quarterfinals.What made the defeat tougher to swallow was it came at the hands of its fierce rival Koreans, who continued to own the Philippines’ number in continental tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines has a chance to avenge that failed bid in Fiba Asia with a strong showing in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, which will be represented by the younger members of the Gilas Pilipinas pool.And that’s actually one of the the motivations for the SEA Games-bound Gilas crew. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NCAA Season 93: San Beda ekes out win over Perpetual MOST READ Photo by Mark GiongcoBaser Amer said he had a hard time sleeping after Gilas Pilipinas bowed out of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in a humiliating 118-86 defeat to Korea early Thursday morning.“When they got blown out, I struggled to get some sleep,” he shared in Filipino. “I took it really hard because us Filipinos doesn’t want to lose.”ADVERTISEMENT Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
Crystal Palace boss Hodgson can’t fault players for Watford defeatby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson couldn’t fault his players after defeat to Watford.The Eagles were winning 1-0 at the break thanks to Craig Cathcart’s own goal, but would see that quickly turned around thanks to two goals in seven minutes as Cathcart gained some retribution before a fine volley from Tom Cleverley settled matters in south London.Hodgson said, “It’s tough to lose any game, especially at home and it’s made tougher that we’ve been doing quite well lately. I was hoping that this would be the chance for us to get that elusive third victory that would have lifted us to a much more comfortable place in the table.“We were unable to get it, and when that happens there is no other emotion that I can display other than the obvious one of feeling very sad that we couldn’t do it.”He added: “If you want to win games, then you have to take the chances that come your way. Watford must be comfortable in that respect because they hit the post twice and had one cleared off the line and chances to score their two goals. We perhaps weren’t as effective and only scored one goal, but that’s what football is.“There aren’t many games this year where I have thought we were outplayed or didn’t deserve to win, but there have been games like this where the game could so easily have gone either way and you get questions about regrets or frustrations. I don’t think I could have asked for a lot more from the players; we certainly didn’t lose the game because there wasn’t the desire to win it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that seven cities across the globe have been selected for the latest expansion of its Innovation Teams program.The program helps City Halls drive bold innovation, change culture, and tackle big problems to deliver better results for residents. Multi-year grants will be awarded to help cities create better results for a range of pressing problems – from tackling poverty and neighborhood revitalization to recruiting and retaining public employees. Cities include Be’er Sheva in Israel; Toronto in Canada, and Anchorage AK; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; and Durham; NC in the United States.“Mayors must always be looking for new ways to improve the critical services that people depend on,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City. “Our Innovation Teams program helps mayors do that by giving city governments around the world the capacity to make their innovative ideas reality.”Now in the third round of funding, the Innovation Teams program allows mayors to fund in-house innovation teams — or “i-teams” – which investigate complex local challenges, design solutions with clear goals, and rigorously measure progress to better improve citizens’ lives. The newly announced cities join nearly 20 City Halls in the program, including Mobile, AL who is eliminating blight; Minneapolis, MN who is improving the quality of rental housing; and Syracuse, NY who is employing cost-effective measures to respond to aging infrastructure.The seven cities were selected from a pool of municipalities with a demonstrated commitment to designing and delivering bold solutions to complex problems. Eligible cities with at least 100,000 residents and with mayors who have at least two years left in office were invited to apply. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ i-teams expansion deepens the investment in the United States and Israel and, for the first time in the history of the program, introduces the program in Canada.“Bloomberg Philanthropies’ i-teams program has already demonstrated that approach can be successful in cities that range in size, structure, and geographic region,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “The City of Toronto is proud to become the first Canadian city to join this impressive network of civic innovators and many of the most innovative City Halls in the world. We look forward to building on our existing strengths and capacities to combat serious issues impacting urban areas around the world.”New Innovation Team cities will receive up to $500,000 annually for up to three years. In addition to the grants, cities receive robust implementation support and opportunities to exchange lessons learned and best practices with peers in other cities. Newly formed i-teams will hit the ground running in each city no later than spring 2017.“Innovation Teams bring 21st century problem-solving skills to City Hall,” said James Anderson, head of Government Innovation programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies. “The teams implement creative solutions by breaking down silos within City Halls, engaging residents to jointly understand citizen needs, and testing ideas before taking them to scale.”The Innovation Teams Program is one of seven Government Innovation offerings at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Government Innovation equips mayors and other city leaders with the tools and techniques they need to solve urban challenges and improve citizens’ lives. I-teams are currently hard at work in Albuquerque, NM; Boston, MA; Centennial, CO; Jersey City, NJ; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Mobile, AL; Minneapolis, MN; Peoria, IL; Seattle, WA; and Syracuse, NY; and Tel Aviv, Israel and Jerusalem, Israel.Key Facts About the Innovation Teams Program:• The i-teams have developed 90 new innovations for their cities – In Mobile, AL, leaders utilized Instagram to geo-locate blighted properties while documenting the impact to residents of more than $83 million in lost market value for properties within 150 feet of a blighted structure • 95% of cities in the program said their i-team has changed the way their city approaches solving complex problems – Los Angeles’ i-team worked with bilingual Angelenos who were facing eviction from their homes to develop solutions that empowered the city’s most vulnerable communities • 100% of cities in the program believe their i-team created solutions that will improve quality of life for local residents – Minneapolis is currently institutionalizing a pilot that helps improve the quality of privately held rental housing in North Minneapolis • To date, the i-team cities have secured $70 million in additional public and private sector matching funds to advance their work – Tel Aviv has secured private funding to support the team’s mapping initiative, which involves identifying new spaces around the city—including government buildings and other public spaces—that could be opened up as childcare space