Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! TAGSOrange County Sheriff’s OfficeStandoff Previous articleBiggest Apopka stories of 2016: Black Lives Matter comes to townNext articleBiggest Apopka Stories of 2016: A 9/11 memorial to remember Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Editor’s Note: This is the 10th in a series of articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2016 that were the most noteworthy events of the year. The Apopka Voice will publish them starting Monday, December 26th and running until Sunday, January 1st. On January, 2nd we will publish a poll and let the readers decide on which story is the most impactful of the year. Traffic is blocked for hours on SR436 and Wekiva Springs RoadsOriginally Published: August 13th, 2016It was supposed to be a very different day in the greater Apopka area. The sun was shining, traffic was steady, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. However the last weekend before children return to school in Apopka took an unexpected turn at 9:30 AM, when the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 emergency call in reference to a man with a gun and possible explosive devices at the CVS Drugstore on the intersections of State Road 436 and Wekiva Springs Boulevard.According to Deputy Rose Silva, the Public Information Officer of the OCSO, deputies located a black male with multiple firearms in the CVS parking lot upon arrival. He was later identified as Charles Warren Jr., 50, of Apopka.Deputies evacuated the store as they attempted to communicate with Warren. The Orange County SWAT Unit was also dispatched. Deputies attempted to negotiate with Warren, who made no threats and who had injured no one, but was mostly non-responsive to them according to Silva.A later investigation revealed Warren is known to the area and is mentally disabled.After nearly five hours, deputies saw Warren on the sidewalk and called out to him, but he did not respond to their commands. SWAT deputies shot Warren with two nonlethal soft rounds sometimes called “bean bags” and restrained him, according to Silva. Deputies took Warren into custody and transported him to Florida South for mental and physical evaluation. Warren did not suffer any injuries.Deputies recovered a BB gun from Warren’s waistband, and no explosive devices were found at the scene.The OCSO did not arrest or charge Warren “because there was no intention behind it,” according to Silva.The incident took over five hours to resolve and blocked traffic to two major intersections that are arteries to and from Apopka, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Orlando, and the Wekiva Springs communities.Multiple agencies including the Apopka Police Department, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the Orange County Fire and Rescue responded to assist in the standoff. Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Executive Order: 2019-01 – Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance
7. Independent Agencies, State-Affiliated Entities, and State-Related Entities.Independent agencies, state-affiliated entities, and state-related agencies areencouraged to participate in the goals and provisions of this Order.8. Effective Date. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately and shall remainin effect until amended or rescinded by the Governor.9. Rescission. Executive Orders 1998-1 and 2004-12 are hereby rescinded.Attached File: 2019-01 Executive Order: 2019-01 – Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Environment, Public Health Subject: Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable GovernanceNumber: 2019-01By Direction of: Tom Wolf, GovernorDate: January 8, 2019WHEREAS, the Constitution of Pennsylvania protects the Commonwealth’s citizens’ rightsto life, liberty, possessing and protecting property, and happiness. Further,the Constitution of Pennsylvania and various other laws also preserve theCommonwealth’s citizens’ right to clean air, pure water, and the preservationof the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth government has long protected, valued, and recognizedthese rights, specifically under Executive Orders: 1973-9 EnvironmentalProtection by State Agencies; 1980-3 Life Cycle Costing; 1998-1 Governor’sGreen Government Council; 2002-8 Governor’s Interagency Task Force onEnergy; and 2004-12 Energy Management and Conservation inCommonwealth Facilities; andWHEREAS, climate change impacts in Pennsylvania are real and continue to putPennsylvanians at risk: in recent years, extreme weather and naturaldisasters have become more frequent and more intense. Like many areas ofthe United States, Pennsylvania is expected to experience highertemperatures, changes in precipitation, and more frequent extreme weatherevents and flooding because of climate change in the coming decades; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to further reducing its net greenhouse gasemissions which, left unchecked, would create a high risk of irreversible,widespread, severe climate impacts in the Commonwealth and beyond; andWHEREAS, as a major energy provider, Pennsylvania can take steps to continue toreduce emissions in the power sector, increase reliance on clean energy andimproved energy efficiency, and continue reductions of potent greenhousegasses such as methane; andWHEREAS, as a major transportation hub, Pennsylvania can take steps to increasereliance on low-carbon transportation solutions, and reduce emissions fromthe transportation fleet; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania’s economy, health and safety, and quality of life of its citizensare dependent on the careful stewardship of resources, a healthy economy,and the development of technologies to enable economic growth whileprotecting the environment; andWHEREAS, Pennsylvania has a robust clean energy sector that provides tens ofthousands of good paying jobs in construction, manufacturing, cleantechnology, and services across the state; and a wealth of job-trainingprograms to prepare workers for jobs in the energy efficiency and cleanenergy fields; andWHEREAS, Commonwealth agencies can continue to demonstrate their commitment toboth environmental and fiscal stewardship by implementing best practices toreduce energy and resource consumption, improve energy efficiency, realizecost savings, and protect the environment; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth is committed to joining and working with Pennsylvaniabusinesses and industry to reduce emissions through pollution prevention andimproved energy efficiency; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth is resolved to do its part to address climate change, themost critical environmental threat confronting the world.WHEREAS, I, Tom Wolf, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtueof the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania andother laws, do hereby reestablish the Governor’s Green Government Council (hereinafterreferred to as the “GreenGov Council”), and do order and direct as follows:1. Climate Goal for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealthshall strive to achieve a 26 percent reduction of net greenhouse gas emissionsstatewide by 2025 from 2005 levels, and an 80 percent reduction of net greenhousegas emissions by 2050 from 2005 levels.2. Performance Goals for State Agencies.All agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall:Collectively reduce overall energy consumption by 3 percent per year,and 21 percent by 2025 from 2017 levels.Replace 25 percent of the state passenger car fleet with batteryelectric and plug-in electric hybrid cars by 2025 and evaluateopportunities for the reduction of vehicle miles traveled andincorporation of new technology where appropriate.Procure renewable energy to offset at least 40 percent of theCommonwealth’s annual electricity use and evaluate opportunities tosource electricity through Pennsylvania Certified Tier I credits, and/ordirect purchase of renewable power generation sited withinPennsylvania.Any new building construction project, build-to-suit leased building, orrenovation project by a Commonwealth agency that costs more than 50percent of the replacement cost of the building, where the design of theproject commences after the effective date of the Executive Order, shall bedesigned and constructed as a high-performance building achieving a 10percent reduction in energy consumption over ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard90.1.2016. Agencies may seek US Green Building Council LEED certification,Green Building Initiative Green Globe rating, or a comparable numeric ratingfrom another accredited sustainable building certification program whereappropriate.3. GreenGov Council Mission. The GreenGov Council shall encourage theincorporation of environmentally sustainable practices into the Commonwealthgovernment’s policy, planning, operations, procurement, and regulatory functions,and strive for continuous improvement in efficiency and performance, to achieve thegoals set forth above.4. Composition of the GreenGov Council. The GreenGov Council shall consist of theSecretaries of the Departments of General Services, Environmental Protection, andConservation and Natural Resources, who shall chair the GreenGov Council jointly, aswell as other individuals the Governor shall appoint.5. Council Responsibilities. The GreenGov Council shall serve as a centralcoordinating body to promote the implementation of this Order and the achievementof the Goals set forth above. In this role, the GreenGov Council shall:Establish a schedule of regular meetings with designated representatives ofCommonwealth agencies to review methods, policies, programs, and actionsthat will implement the objectives of this Order and evaluate and trackprogress towards meeting the Performance Goals.Establish and administer a GreenGov certification program to assess agencies’efforts to implement cost-effective conservation and efficiency strategies andachieve the Performance Goals.Prepare, issue, and maintain an electronic GreenGov Certification Checklist,containing a menu of measures and strategies which may be employed byCommonwealth agencies to achieve certification in the GreenGov program.Work with all agencies to develop procedures to reduce energy and otherutility usage and costs in all Commonwealth-owned and leased facilities.Examine opportunities to provide additional training and acknowledgmentprograms to enable and encourage Commonwealth agencies to become moreproficient in identifying opportunities and implementing best practices forenergy conservation and efficiency, and create incentives for furtherimprovements.6. Responsibilities of Commonwealth Agencies.All Commonwealth agencies shall work to achieve the Goals set forth in thisOrder. In particular, all agencies shall:Develop policies to incorporate the strategies outlined in this Order toachieve the Commonwealth’s Performance Goals.Seek to implement new cost-effective conservation, sustainability, andefficiency strategies in order to achieve GreenGov certification.Complete and submit to the GreenGov Council a GreenGovCertification Checklist within six months of establishment of thecertification program, and yearly thereafter.Cooperate with the Department of General Services to track andanalyze agency utility usage through Pennsylvania’s utility billmanagement system.Establish energy and other utility performance benchmarks for allCommonwealth-owned facilities over 20,000 square feet which arecooled or heated over which the agency has jurisdiction.Designate an Agency Representative at the Deputy Secretary orequivalent level to attend meetings of the GreenGov Council andensure compliance and implementation of the necessary activities andmeasures to achieve the Goals.Evaluate opportunities and implement, where practical, renewable andclean energy resources, energy and resource conservation, and energyefficiency best practices at Commonwealth facilities.Work collaboratively to conserve energy and promote sustainableresources and best energy and resource management practices.Propose and support Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (“GESA”)projects for recommendation to Department of General Services wherecost-effective and appropriate.Provide to the GreenGov Council, or Department of General Services,any requested information and data needed to implement the intent ofthis Order.Contribute a proportional share of costs to support the GreenGovCouncil and the annual Commonwealth Comprehensive Energy andUtility Usage Report.The Department of General Services shall:Coordinate with all agencies to include green building, energyconservation, and energy efficiency practices as part of any newconstruction and renovation projects.Work with all agencies to track and analyze agency utility bills throughPennsylvania’s utility bill management system.Provide agencies with access to current utility bill performance data.Benchmark Commonwealth facilities’ energy efficiency against federaland association standards.Consider life cycle cost analysis in the selection of new energy sources,products, systems, and controls in conjunction with new constructionand renovation projects.Develop and implement programs to train appropriate personnel inbenchmarking, energy conservation, and energy efficiency.Pursue and facilitate the development of new GESA projects with allCommonwealth agencies.Contract for an annual Commonwealth Comprehensive Energy andUtility Usage Report covering all Commonwealth agencies.Research, recommend, and develop vehicle fleet sustainabilitypractices and metrics consistent with leading fleet accreditationprograms.The Department of Environmental Protection shall:Provide advice and assistance to the GreenGov Council and agencies indeveloping cost-effective conservation, sustainability, and efficiencystrategies necessary to implement the requirements of this Order.On an ongoing basis, develop and recommend additional no-cost andlow-cost management and conservation measures which may beimplemented by the Department of General Services andCommonwealth agencies.Assist the Department of General Services in developing andimplementing long-range management and conservation plan goalsand options to be applied in Commonwealth facilities.The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources shall:Offer technical assistance and references on green building and sitedesign, low-water landscaping, and related topics.Provide demonstrations of its high-performance buildings and sites andalternative energy and transportation installations and operations.Continue to invest in green building and sites projects on state parksand forest lands and in communities. January 08, 2019
For his achievement in earning a bronze medal in the shot put at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. In taking third spot in Beijing he equalled his own National Record (21.69 metres) which he had established in winning the shot put gold at the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.
As Liberia begins an unusually introspective line up of activities marking this year’s Independence Day, Catholic Archbishop Lewis Zeigler has stated that Liberians have to individually reflect and divert from activities that have negative impact on the country.Speaking in an exclusive interview following the National Intercessory Prayer service on Sunday, July 20, Archbishop Zeigler said every Liberian is responsible for the wrong in the society and not just a single group or person.According to the Catholic Archbishop, Liberians are quick to take advantage of situation to do what will harm their fellowmen, and if the country is to go in the desirable direction that people yearn for, each individual should see reason to examine himself/herself and stop pointing finger at another person.Making reference to the current financial crisis facing the country, the Liberian prelate said Liberians are deliberately inflicting prices of locally and imported commodities in the country and attributing it to high exchange rate between the Liberian and US dollars.He noted that corruption though is endemic here, individual Liberian is responsible and should not point at only those in positions.The Liberian dollar is depreciating against the United States dollar with the current rate standing at 87L$ to 1US$, after reaching 92L$ last week.As the rate increases, prices of locally produced commodities and services increase likewise. Businesspeople and service providers attribute the increase in prices to the rate.As a result of this economic condition, L$5, which is the smallest denomination, can no longer purchase anything substantial.Destinations to which commuters paid L$10 before now cost L$20 and above.Archbishop Zeigler, who is renowned for preaching against societal ills, told this paper that while laws are there for people to obey, they (people) tend to do their own things to the detriment of the rule of law.He stressed that it takes each person’s contribution in the society to make the country the way Liberians want it, noting, “We have to individually examine ourselves and clear off our own faults before pointing at others for theirs.”Commenting on the reason for the declaration that this year’s Independence Day is to be characterized by intercessory prayers in churches and mosques, Archbishop Zeigler said it was necessary that Liberians pray because strange disasters, including the deadly Ebola disease, are springing up in the country, and no one knows why such things are happening.He disclosed things happen to serve as signs for certain things God wants people to change, and as such Liberians should see the current events as warnings and have the consciousness to change.Archbishop Lewis Zeigler has over the last year spoken against the increase in homosexual and lesbian activities in Liberia and said it was against God’s will. At the same time he spoke against the rampant corruption in government and private places, which he noted was causing many Liberians to face poverty.He intoned that the declaration for national intercessory prayer was expedient because Liberians, being a people with different ways of life from other peoples of the world, need God’s intervention to rescue them.This year’s Independence Day celebration will be characterized by prayers. The will be no parties or receptions as is customary.Government had earlier suggested the program to be held in Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties, as other counties had hosted the celebration in previous years. The plan was cancelled, however, due to the spread of Ebola.Over the last fees weeks, Liberians including former Public Works Minister Samuel Kofi Woods had suggested the day be observed as a national prayer day to seek God’s intervention in upholding the peace of the country, as vices such as corruption have become rampant.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
On Thursday, September 24, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the 2015 Electricity Law of Liberia, following passage of the same bill by the Liberian Senate exactly the week before. The good news is that a law has been passed essentially opening the Liberian electricity market to private investors, breaking a 40 plus year monopoly enjoyed by the state-owned electricity company, the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), and providing an avenue to solve Liberia’s two decades chronic electricity shortage.That is the good news. Brescelco, an NGO founded by me in December 2014, has achieved in 9 months of robust public advocacy what the Sirleaf Administration has failed to accomplish in 9 years, with all the might of state and donor resources behind it. Our achievement was possible because of strong public support from the Liberian people and equally strong support from the US government, which laid down a game-changing ultimatum to the Liberian government in the waning days of this marathon campaign. It essentially told GOL that it would not disburse a US$250 million grant that was to come its way upon signature in October of the country’s first Millenium Challenge Compact unless electricity reform legislation was passed. This is no rumour. Speaker Alex Tyler himself told me this in a meeting about a month ago. I of course knew about Uncle Sam’s conditionality but I acted like it was all news to me. Speaker Tyler went on to tell me that if it meant extending their session (the Legislature was supposed to have gone on recess on September 1st), they would in order to pass the necessary legislation so as not to lose the US$250 million. Thank you, Uncle Sam!The bad news is that the law passed suffers from several defects, which the Legislature was told about in a 2-page Brescelco petition addressed to Speaker Tyler following a citizens’ march on the Capitol on September 22nd. The most serious defect is that the powers of the independent regulator are placed in the hands of the Ministry of Lands, Mines & Energy. Apologists for this piece of tomfoolery justify it as a temporary measure, a two-year transition during which time capacity building and other good things will be put in place while the regulator is being “incubated” in the ministry. The problem with that logic is that the ministry does not have single person with expertise or experience in electricity regulation. Senator Albert Chie, chairman of the Senate energy committee, made that observation during the August 26th hearing on the Brescelco bill (submitted to the Senate in May) and the Administration’s bill (submitted in July) before he somersaulted just before passage of the Administration’s version on September 17th.Moreover, the ministry has no money in its budget to support the independent regulator. The funding is reportedly coming from a US$30 million grant that the European Union and Norwegian government will be making available to support the regulator over 5 years. So, the expertise for capacity building will be coming from the donors and the money for the regulator will be coming from the donors. So, exactly what value does the ministry bring to the table? The answer is “none”.President Sirleaf and her gang just want to get their hands on that donor money. If the regulator is on its own, with its own offices, staff and own identity from Day 1, as it should be, the donor money will flow directly to the regulator, with little chance for chopping. If, however, the regulator is “warehoused” in the ministry, then the donor money will necessarily flow through the ministry, and who knows what shenanigans the Administration will be able to get up to. The two-year transitional period they have asked for has a suspicious coincidence to the 2017 election calendar. The second reason why it is a bad idea for the ministry to serve as regulator, even for an interim period, is that the Liberian Government, through its ownership of LEC, will be placed in the enviable position of being referee and player at the same time. The regulator (the referee), at all times, is supposed to be independent of the government and of the electricity companies.The next 12 months will tell whether this interim arrangement will work. It is entirely possible that some private sector investors will decide that they do not want to play in a game in which the referee is also a player. I hope we skeptics will be proven wrong and investors will come. Otherwise, this whole exercise will have been a waste of time.If investors come forward and apply for licenses to produce and sell electricity and are awarded licences, then all is well and good. But if the ministry denies them, then this matter may have to be settled in court. Under our system of government, the Legislature may pass all the laws it wants. But it is left to our Judiciary to decide whether or not those laws pass constitutional muster. The Legislature has no say in that matter. Thank God for separation of powers!The writer is a certified public accountant and a businessman. He can be reached at ([email protected]).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some soybeans were planted in Ohio Monday! Jakob Wilson from JCW Farms Partnership in Madison County wrote on Facebook:“Everyone keeps preaching we need to plant beans earlier and earlier! Well here’s our test trial in the ground on 3-19-18. Will be interesting to see how this 7.5 acres turns out! #plant18“This field was corn last year and stalks were hit with a Joker last fall. One pass was planted at 150k and one was variable rate (from 130 to 165k).The beans were fully treated and also had ilevo on them. Soil temps were 40 degrees at 2 inches and 42 degrees at 4 inches.We will follow this field throughout the season to see how things turn out!
Rocky mountain highToday we release a new country/regional souvenir for Andorra! If you have found a geocache in Andorra, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile. Located in the Pyrenees mountains of southwest Europe lies the marvelous country of Andorra. Europe’s sixth smallest nation enjoys a variety of microclimates such as alpine, continental, and Mediterranean. Andorra La Vella has the highest elevation of any European capital city with an elevation of 1,023 m (3,356 ft). Unique, no?Something else that’s beautifully unique is our Geocache of the Week: a retired Volkswagen bus hauled 2,600 m (8,500 ft) up to the top of a rugged mountain, surrounded by a hillside of sharp and gnarly rocks. You know this one needs to go on your List of dream caches to find!A refuge for hikers, shepherds, and hunters.The vehicle was brought to the remote location in the 1980’s as a refuge for hikers, shepherds, and hunters. The engine was disassembled and the bus was surrounded by heavy stones to ensure the harsh wind and snow didn’t eventually topple it over. But it wasn’t until August of 2015 that someone had the brilliant idea to hide a geocache here.Remote and gorgeous.The terrain rating is only a T3 because it’s possible to drive here from a nearby adventure park if you have a 4-wheel drive. But you can also make the trek from several of the nearby (free!) mountain cabins that are dotted throughout the area for industrious outdoor enthusiasts.Keep in mind that T3 is the lowest terrain rating for this cache.But do keep in mind that T3 is the lowest terrain rating for this cache, which will vary depending on your approach and the weather. It is recommended to seek this cache in the late spring or summer.The payoff is well worth the effort!As one cacher logged, “The climb is considerable, in some sections we had to get off the bikes and go on foot, but with the great views that we have enjoyed during the whole climb and the final prize, all the effort made has been compensated!Andorra souvenirWe know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! We are releasing at least one new country/regional souvenir per month starting in January 2019. These new souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.Share with your Friends:More Location:AndorraN 42° 28.316 E 001° 32.624 Difficulty:D1.5Terrain:4 TraditionalGC615KTby Maduixeta team SharePrint RelatedNew country souvenir, Montenegro, with Geocache of the Week: Ledena pecina / Ice cave!February 20, 2019In “Community”New country souvenir, United Arab Emirates, with Geocache of the Week: Burj Khalifa a Virtual RewardNovember 20, 2019In “Community”New country souvenir, Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Geocache of the Week: Top of Bosnia and HerzegovinaSeptember 18, 2019In “Geocache of the Week”
Amid calls for scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution that gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, a legislator of the ruling party in Nagaland has triggered a debate on Article 371(A) that guarantees special status for the people of the north-eastern State.Neikiesalie Nicky Kire of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) had a few days ago attributed the lack of development in Nagaland to Article 371(A) that safeguards the customary rights of the Nagas. The NDPP rules Nagaland in alliance with the BJP.“Land and its resources in Nagaland belong to the people and not the government. Landowners usually wield the provisions in Article 371(A) to prevent the government from carrying out developmental activities on their land,” Dr. Kire said. He appealed to the people not to use Article 371(A) to hinder development work.Shurhozelie Liezietsu, the president of the Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF), said it was not right to blame Article 371(A) for the government’s inability to push projects. Some agreed with Dr. Kire though. “The MLA certainly did not mean Article 371(A) needs to go. The problem with this Article lies in its interpretation. The government must undertake an awareness campaign with a detailed interpretation of the rights given to landowners. But yes, some landowners do take advantage of the provisions which affects development,” said Chuba Ozukum, president of Naga Hoho, the apex body of the State’s tribal organisations.
Inaugurating the ITC group’s latest luxury hotel here, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee exhorted industrialists to become the State’s brand ambassador.“Go tell in other states what West Bengal was like for 34 years and what it is now,” she said. The State has changed in eight years, said Ms. Banerjee.Pointing out that defaming West Bengal is political propaganda, Ms. Mamata Banerjee said that no one can defame the State from a development or an economic point of view.“How are hotels like this coming up? How is investment happening here if the State is not peaceful,” she asked the assembly of industrialists and diplomats.She further said that she misses former ITC chairman, late Y.C. Deveshwar, who she considered her guardian. This was one of the projects announced by him at one of the earlier Global Business Summits.