Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSHistory ChannelHot Air Balloons Previous articleWhat’s that colorful tape athletes are wearing?Next articleSummer Olympics Medal Count Update – Day 11 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 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 Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here On This Day in History: August 17th, 1978From The History ChannelThe Double Eagle II completes the first transatlantic balloon flight when it lands in a barley field near Paris, 137 hours after lifting off from Preque Isle, Maine. The helium-filled balloon was piloted by Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman and flew 3,233 miles in the six-day odyssey.Human flight first became a reality in the early 1780s with the successful development of the hot-air balloon by French papermaking brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier. Soon balloons were being filled with lighter-than-air gas, such as helium or hydrogen, to provide buoyancy. An early achievement of ballooning came in 1785 when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries became the first to cross the English Channel by air. In the 18th and 19th centuries, balloons were used more for military surveillance and scientific study than for transport or sport. As a mode of air travel, the balloon was supplanted by the self-propelled dirigible–a motorized balloon–in the late 19th century.In the early 20th century, however, interest in sport ballooning began to grow, and an international trophy was offered annually for long-distance flights. Belgian balloonists dominated these early competitions. After World War II, new technology made ballooning safer and more affordable, and by the 1960s the sport enjoyed widespread popularity. The transatlantic flight, first accomplished by aircraft and dirigible in 1919, remained an elusive goal of elite balloonists.Double Eagle II crosses the Atlantic.From 1859 until the flight of the Double Eagle II in 1978, there were 17 unsuccessful transatlantic balloon flights, resulting in the deaths of at least seven balloonists. In September 1977, Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson made their first attempt in the Double Eagle I but were blown off course and forced to ditch off Iceland after traveling 2,950 miles in 66 hours. Abruzzo took several months to recover from frostbite suffered during the ordeal, but by 1978 he and Anderson were ready to make the attempt again. They added Larry Newman as a third pilot, and on September 11, 1978, the Double Eagle II lifted off from Preque Isle, Maine.The 11-story, helium-filled balloon made good progress during the first four days, and the three pilots survived on hot dogs and canned sardines. The only real trouble of the trip occurred on August 16, when atmospheric conditions forced the Double Eagle II to drop from 20,000 feet to a dangerous 4,000 feet. They jettisoned ballast material and soon rose to a safe height again. That night, they reached the coast of Ireland and on August 17 flew across England en route to their destination of Le Bourget field in Paris, site of Charles Lindbergh’s landing after flying solo in a plane across the Atlantic in 1927. Over southern England, their wives flew close enough to the balloon in a private plane to blow kisses at their husbands.Blown slightly off course toward the end of the journey, they touched down just before dusk on August 17 near the hamlet of Miserey, about 50 miles west of Paris. Their 137-hour flight set new endurance and distance records. The Americans were greeted by family members and jubilant French spectators who followed their balloon by car. That night, Larry Newman, who at 31 was the youngest of the three pilots, was allowed to sleep with his wife in the same bed where Charles Lindbergh slept after his historic transatlantic flight five decades before.In 1981, Ben Abruzzo, Larry Newman, Ron Clark, and Rocky Aoki of Japan flew from Nagashimi, Japan, to Mendocino National Forest in California in the first transpacific flight. American Joe Kittinger made a solo transatlantic balloon flight in 1984. In 1995, American Steve Fosset accomplished a solo transpacific flight. One of the last frontiers of ballooning was conquered in 1999, when Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Englishman Brian Jones completed the first nonstop trip around the world in a hybrid helium and hot-air balloon. They flew from the Swiss Alps, circumnavigated the globe, and landed in Egypt, having traveled more than 29,000 miles in 20 days.Then, in 2002, American adventurer Steve Fossett became the first man in history to fly around the world solo in a hot-air balloon.For more on this day in history, go here.
Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSFundingGovernor Ron DeSantisSprings Restoration ProjectsSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleAAA: Florida gas prices drop 4 centsNext article5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic could affect your college application Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Wekiva Springs State Park, photo by Central Florida Sierra Club Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Along with $100 million last year, this is the largest two-year investment in springs in Florida’s historyFrom St. John’s River Water Management DistrictGovernor Ron DeSantis announced last week $50 million for more than 20 statewide springs restoration projects to aid the recovery and provide additional protection for Florida’s springs. These projects work in concert with increased monitoring, enforcement, and other measures to ensure compliance with best management practices implemented to improve water quality across the state.“Florida’s springs are integral to both our economy and environment,” said Governor DeSantis. “Our state is home to more large springs than any other state in the nation and they serve as a fun source of recreation for our residents and visitors to enjoy. The projects… continue our mission to restore and protect our water quality throughout Florida.”“The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is engaged in a broad suite of water quality improvement efforts across the state,” said DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein. “Of particular importance to the state are those projects tied to springs restoration. This diverse selection of projects will be complemented and enhanced by Department initiatives to increase facility inspections, water quality monitoring, and enforcement.”“Florida’s springs are among our most precious water resources,” said Chief Science Officer Dr. Tom Frazer. “They reflect the quality of our drinking water and nourish some of the most iconic surface waters in the state. The projects announced are intended to increase spring flows and improve water quality so that these springs systems and the resources that they support can be accessed and enjoyed by generations to come.”Springs provide a window into Florida’s vast groundwater system and are a barometer of the condition of the state’s primary source of drinking water. DEP and four Florida water management districts have identified a broad suite of projects that include land acquisition, septic to sewer conversion, and water quality improvement efforts, intended to increase aquifer recharge, improve spring flow, and protect downstream habitats all the way to the coast.Many of the projects, including those below, will benefit ongoing restoration efforts in springsheds. These restoration efforts reflect a collaborative effort with the department, water management districts, community leaders and local stakeholders. The contributions and cooperation of these agencies and individuals have been crucial throughout the development process. Combining and leveraging resources from various agencies across Florida allows for a more efficient and comprehensive restoration effort.The more than 20 statewide springs projects include:St. Johns River Water Management District$1.1 million for the Apopka West Reuse Storage Facility and Reclaimed Water Extension project that will provide nearly 3.48 million gallons per day of reclaimed water, benefiting Wekiwa and Rock springs.Northwest Florida Water Management District:$1.1 million to extend central sewer service to the Tara Estates neighborhood located north of Marianna, including abandoning septic tanks proximate to the Chipola River.Southwest Florida Water Management District:A total of more than $8.3 million for projects in Marion County that will help protect Rainbow Springs, including Burkitt Road Septic to Sewer, Northwest Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion, Oak Bend I-75 Water Quality Improvement and the 180th Avenue Package Plant Abatement.Suwannee River Water Management DistrictA total of more than $2.3 million for the acquisition of more than 3,600 acres of land to protect springs in Columbia County Grasslands (Ichetucknee Springs), Devil’s Ear Springs Recharge (Ginnie Springs Group), Santa Fe Springs and Sawdust Spring (Sawdust and Devil’s Ear springs). The acquisition of these lands will help improve aquifer recharge potential, enhance recreational opportunities and protect native species.For more information on Florida’s spring restoration project funding, please visit www.floridadep.gov/springs/restoration-funding. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Online donations up 85% in three years Online donations have risen 85% from 2% to 3.7% in just three years, according to new research from nfpSynergy.The second edition of the report ‘Passion, persistence, and partnership: the secrets of earning more online’ sponsored by MissionFish and ebay for Charity with the Institute of Fundraising, shows that online donations still lag behind online retail sales, which account for almost 10% of UK retail. However, the research, which follows on from the first edition published in 2008, reveals that charities are taking a more sophisticated and ‘holistic’ approach to online communications and not just trying to turn clicks into cash.A huge 71% of the sample use Facebook to engage with supporters, 62% use Twitter and 50% use YouTube. More charities say they use the web for education than as a fundraising tool. The report says that “social media platforms have become tools for listening and learning, not just broadcasting ‘at’ people”.EBay itself has seen total funds raised through eBay for Charity up by 213% in two years, donations from eBay users up 500% and trading by charities on eBay up 123%.More than half the charities surveyed said that senior staff are driving online strategy, whereas three years previously this was not the case. Many said they were undergoing radical website redesigns or launching new social media strategies, indicating an acceptance of the need to invest in online activity.The research also says that the internet is the biggest chance to engage the next generation of givers. “Connecting and interacting online with the younger generations, and building new relationships, offers charities the single greatest hope of increasing participation in giving over the long-term, and is therefore vital to the health of the sector as a whole,” says the report. Tagged with: Digital Nfpsynergy Howard Lake | 16 September 2011 | News 48 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.
SHARE SHARE Grassley on TaiwanThe key U.S. Senator blocking a bilateral trade deal with Taiwan for years is dropping his long-held insistence Taiwan first end its ban on ractopamine-treated U.S. pork, before talks can begin. For years, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley went to bat for the pork industry on the meat-leanness additive, ractopamine. He urged the Bush and Obama Administrations not to reward Taiwan with free trade negotiations if it didn’t first end its ban on U.S. pork treated with the additive. But that was before the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.“Maybe sometimes if you go back before the TPP, maybe I said it ought to be a precondition, but then we already have agreements with some of these countries and I think if you’re going to change those agreements that there can’t be preexisting conditions in order to have good faith negotiations,” Grassley said.There’s no doubt Taiwan will still have to end its pork ban in a U.S. trade deal, but Grassley abandoning his long-held position may now hasten such a deal and get the U.S. industry the relief it wants. But National Pork Producers Council Spokesman Dave Warner says NPPC disagrees with the new-approach.“And it doesn’t make any sense to enter negotiations when they’re not going to science on these issues,” Warner said. “Once they agree to do that then we start the talks.”But Warner says the bottom line is that non-tariff sanitary trade barriers must end, even if done as part of a trade deal with other countries.“We’re going to eliminate those non science-based issues in those other countries. The United States abides by science, and we want our trading partners to do the same.”And there are lots of such restrictions, from China’s US beef ban, now supposed to be coming off, to Europe’s effective ban on many U.S. GMO crops.Source: NAFB News By Andy Eubank – Apr 25, 2017 Facebook Twitter Grassley Shifts on Taiwan Talks Home Indiana Agriculture News Grassley Shifts on Taiwan Talks Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Fieldwork ProgressingNext articlePlanting Progress Picking Up in Indiana and Across the Corn Belt Andy Eubank
Courtesy Ben Crump LawBY: CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC NEWS(RAEFORD, N.C.) — Hundreds of mourners are expected to gather in Raeford, North Carolina, on Saturday to celebrate the life of George Floyd who died shortly after a former officer Derek Chauvin was seen on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck.The memorial services will be held at the Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters, an affiliate with The United American Free Will Baptist Denomination, Inc., starting at 11 a.m. with a public viewing until 1 p.m.Floyd was born in Raeford.A private service family service will be held for Floyd’s family, but will broadcast live starting at 3 p.m.The Hoke County Sheriff’s Office has been preparing residents for the overflow of traffic expected to hit the area since Friday.Floyd’s first of three memorial and funeral services in Minneapolis, Minnesota, drew an immense crowd on Thursday where Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.Minneapolis was where Floyd was seen on a bystander’s cellphone video face down on the pavement with Derek Chauvin’s knee on the back of his neck as he pleaded for air and for his mother who died two years ago.Floyd, 46, died on May 25. Two separate autopsy reports gave conflicting causes of death, but agreed the manner was homicide.Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were all fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and charged in connection to Floyd’s murder.Lane and Kueng, who were rookie officers, held down Floyd’s back and legs, respectively, but allegedly tried to stop Chauvin from pressing his knee. Thao stood nearby as the handcuffed Floyd died within 8 minutes and 46 seconds, according to court documents.The next public memorial service is expected on June 8 in Houston, Texas, where Floyd had previously lived, from noon to 6 p.m. local time. The final memorial will be on June 9 at 11 a.m. where former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to be in attendance. Both of the Houston services will be held at The Fountain of Praise on Hillcroft Avenue.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Myriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than one million people worldwide.Over 38.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country-to-country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 7.9 million diagnosed cases and at least 217,700 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 868,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 837,000 cases and over 744,000 cases, respectively.More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Oct 16, 8:46 amAfter contracting COVID-19, Chris Christie admits he ‘made a mistake’ not wearing a maskFormer New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke exclusively to ABC News on Friday morning for the first time since he tested positive for COVID-19 and was released from the hospital.“It hits you like a freight train.” Christie told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America. “It all happened very, very quickly. Within 24 hours, I went from feeling absolutely fine to being in the intensive care unit.”Christie, who has asthma, spent seven days in the ICU while battling COVID-19. He said he received an antibody treatment in combination with the antiviral medication remdesivir early on in the course of his illness.“The last two or three days, I’ve really kind of turned around in terms of being able to recover and getting a lot of my energy back,” he said. “So I’m not yet 100%, but I’m about a fighting 80%.”Christie admitted he “was wrong” and “made a mistake” in not wearing a face mask while recently helping President Donald Trump prepare for the debate.“I was led to believe that all the people that I was interacting with at the White House had been tested and it gave you a false sense of security, and it was a mistake,” he said. “I was doing it right for seven months and avoided the virus. I let my guard down for a couple days inside the White House grounds and it cost me unfortunately in a significant way.”Christie urged the public to wear masks, saying, “there is no downside to you wearing masks and, in fact, there can be a great deal of upside.”“I think no matter what you’re doing, whether you’re at a rally for your preferred candidate, whether you’re out at the supermarket, whether you’re at a protest, no matter what you’re doing, you should have a mask on and you should try to remain socially distant from folks,” he said. “I did it for seven months, George, and I stayed healthy. I didn’t do it for four days and I wound up in the ICU.”Oct 16, 7:23 amRussia’s daily case count tops 15,000 for first timeRussia confirmed another 15,150 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, its highest daily tally yet.It’s the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that Russia has registered more than 15,000 cases in a single day. The latest daily case count is nearly 1,400 more than the previous day.More than 33% of the newly confirmed cases were reported in the capital, Moscow, the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.An additional 232 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered in the past 24 hours, down from the national record of 286 set the previous day. The cumulative totals now stand at 1,369,313 cases and 23,723 deaths, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.Russia has been breaking its own records for daily case counts and deaths almost every day since Oct. 9. The country of 145 million people has the fourth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India and Brazil.Oct 16, 6:37 amGermany sees highest single-day increase in infectionsGermany confirmed 7,334 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, its highest single-day increase since the start of the pandemic.It’s the first time Germany has surpassed 7,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day, and it marks the second straight day that the country has broken its own record for the daily tallies.An additional 24 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered Thursday. The cumulative totals now stands at 348,557 cases and 9,734 deaths, according to the latest data from the country’s public health institute.Until this week, Germany’s highest recorded figure was nearly 6,300 cases on March 28, according to data published by the Robert Koch Institute. While testing has increased since then, the country is among several in Europe that have seen a sharp uptick in COVID-19 infections in recent weeks.Earlier this week, Germany’s federal and state governments agreed to toughen rules on wearing face masks and to have bars close early in areas where infections are high.Oct 16, 5:47 amUS reports over 63,000 new cases in highest daily count since AugustThere were 63,610 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Thursday, the country’s highest daily tally since Aug. 14, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily tally is up by more than 4,000 from the previous day but still under the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 904 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Thursday, slightly less than the previous day and down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 7,980,461 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 217,700 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has started to climb again in recent weeks.The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the United States continued to increase by double digits in week-over-week comparisons, while the number of new deaths from the disease continued to tick downward slightly, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Related posts:No related photos. Comment: Will the government HR policy please stand up?On 9 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. By John Lloyd, national officer, Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union.Time was when the Government’s attitudes and actions in the industrial relations world were a vital component of government reputation. Not anymore. Throughout the late 1970s and the Thatcher/Tebbit years, the “problem” of industrial relations was dealt with. Government thinking saw union pressure for higher pay as the chief cause of inflation and union power as the chief negative force in preventing British competitiveness in the emerging world economy.Spontaneous industrial action and sympathy strikes were prevented and individual strikers lost protection from dismissal. Industrial action became impossibly expensive for the individuals concerned. Incomes policy was replaced with employer freedom and the public sector exposed to the market which did its duty in disciplining and restricting workers’ ambitions. Perhaps the most successful policy was one not often mentioned by commentators. The last government did not abolish the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration service (Acas). After all, there were occasional disputes in big industries where someone had to hold the coats, and many small companies today owe Acas thanks for helping them design appropriate internal procedures.But the last government did something else. It altered the terms of reference for Acas. It abolished the service’s obligation, as a matter of public policy, to encourage collective bargaining. As late as 1984, 72 per cent of workers’ conditions were governed directly or indirectly by the results of collective bargaining. Today that figure is about 36 per cent – a massive change to individual pay and conditions.It’s a matter of keen interest as to what this current government has in mind as its “public policy” stance for Britain. Clearly, it is not going to remove laws concerning unofficial and sympathy action. Most trade unions understand the political realities that guarantee no change there. So what do they want? Partnership is the word that springs to mind. In the global economy, the only advantage we might enjoy will be provided by a workforce that is encouraged to care that bit more about the company’s success. What the Government needs is the interest in partnership translated into practical activity. Who better to do that than Acas? OK, some unions are keen, Clive Morton’s Whitwell project holds promise, the TUC Partnership Institute is launched later this month and Willy Coupar’s Involvement and Participation Association continues to carry the flag. But only Acas has the trust of all sides, and, crucially, unrivalled understanding of the problems and possibilities surrounding small and medium enterprises. They have a wise new chairwoman in Rita Donaghy. Collective bargaining may remain a minority interest, but the Government can surely resource Acas to take up the partnership issue for us all. Previous Article Next Article