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Apopka Incumbents: An Endangered Species?


first_img Political Opinion/AnalysisApopka spoke loud and clear yesterday. Doug Bankson defeated incumbent Commissioner Sam Ruth with 2,707 votes to 2,170 to take Seat #3. Kyle Becker defeated incumbent Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith with 2,689 votes to 2,206 to take Seat #4.Sam Ruth congratulates Doug BanksonThose are pretty solid margins in races that most people expected to be much closer.But while Apopka’s choices were black and white, the message they sent is light grey. What exactly were the voters telling their leaders?Let’s explore a few themes…Incumbents beware!Congratulations again to Doug Bankson and Kyle Becker. Enjoy Seats #3 and #4. Luxurious and elegant seats aren’t they? Cushiony and a nice high back you can just ease into and spend a couple hours every two weeks… But don’t get too comfortable in them. You may not be staying long.Apopka incumbents are on a losing streak that dates back to 2012, and now you guys are Apopka incumbents.Term limits may not be as big an issue in Apopka as once thought. Incumbents don’t seem to stick around anymore. Despite a national average of  winning about 88% of the municipal elections, the incumbents in Apopka may need to go on the endangered species list. Take a look at the statistics over the past few election cycles:Since 2012 Apopka incumbents have lost every contested political race for City Council. That streak now stretches to four in a row after victories by Bankson and Becker.In 2014 Mayor Joe Kilsheimer defeated 59-year incumbent John Land for Mayor. That same year Commissioner Diane Velazquez defeated 16-year incumbent Marilyn Ustler-McQueen.In 2012 then 35-year incumbent Bill Arrowsmith ran un-opposed. Incumbent 8-year Kathy Till chose not to seek re-election. Kilsheimer won her seat.Commissioner Billie Dean was the last incumbent to defend his seat against an opponent – beating Barb Zakszewski in 2010 with 1,164 votes to her 725.This level of attrition has dramatically affected the experience on Apopka’s City Council.In 2012, the combined years of experience was 126. The new council only has 28 years of experience, and that is mostly due to Dean’s 22 years on the City Council.If Dean, Velazquez and Kilsheimer were to lose their races in 2018 (or choose not to run), the City Council could conceivably have only 4 years of experience between the five members.Kyle BeckerOn the surface, this doesn’t seem to concern Apopka voters. But was this election really about incumbents vs. challengers?“The Good Old Boy Network” vs. “A Coalition of Sorts”These two phrases were used a lot on social media to describe what can be called the Mayor Land “old guard” vs. The Team Kilsheimer “new guard”. The premise was that Bankson and Arrowsmith were part of a “good old boy network” that would vote in a block against Kilsheimer’s agenda, while Becker and Ruth would align with Kilsheimer, become “a coalition of sorts” and vote with him in “yes man” fashion.Both Bankson and Becker aggressively pushed-back on this assertion.“Strategically I would align with the Mayor,” Becker said in an interview earlier in the campaign. “Tactically I may not. I’m running on my own merits. There’s going to be times where I disagree and I’ll vote accordingly. Are there going to be tactical differences? Absolutely. And I want to have healthy debate. Not political debate. I think friction sharpens the point. I don’t see how it’s a negative to say there would be alignment on the council. But I think for myself. And there will be times when I vote with the majority, but I have no fear of casting a no vote.”Bankson was definitely ready to move on from divisions.“I think it’s time to move past polarization and draw together as a city, ” he said today.  “I’m aligned with the people of Apopka and I look forward to building consensus so that we can move forward together.We have an amazing past and a fantastic future and I am both humbled and privileged to serve all the people of Apopka.”Election fundamentals 2016Throughout this election, both Bankson and Becker ran state-of-the-art campaigns. They used social media strategically. They built appealing, user-friendly websites. They spoke well at forums. They kept drama to a minimum. They knocked on hundreds of doors and obviously resonated with voters. They targeted their supporters and got them to turnout on Election Day, through early voting or by mailing in their ballots.These are the tactics of a 2016 campaign on the local level. If you are qualified, have a message that resonates, manage your campaign efficiently, and follow these fundamentals, you win elections.It is not to say Bankson and Becker are better qualified to move Apopka forward than Arrowsmith or Ruth. It is to say Bankson and Becker put themselves in a position to win by running effective campaigns that connected with this electorate.But in this election, the voters of Apopka looked past the titles of incumbency and the factions of  “networks and coalitions” and simply voted for the two candidates they liked best. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply April 15, 2016 at 10:40 am April 14, 2016 at 5:14 pm Mama Mia 12 COMMENTS Pat Thomas UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Tenita Reid You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Holy cow! Kyle’s campaign signs are down! Shock. Now, a different subject. I have today’s Apopka Chief Newspaper. I see Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith’s big thank you ad to his supporters, in full color too! I see Commissioner-elect Doug Bankson’s big thank you ad to his supporters, and I see Commissioner-elect Kyle Becker’s big thank you ad to his supporters. Hmmm………did I overlook something? No, I don’t think so………I can only assume there was no $$$$$$ left, after you-know-who got through with him, and I am not talking about Bart Simpson’s little sister either. Tenita Reid Reply The Debary Mayor is getting prepared for his journey with his paddle raft, his two drums tied together with something like a bicycle peddle to push the paddles, to paddle the waves, in order to get to Cuba, his destination. Uh, no offense now, Mayor Kilsheimer, but do you want to go along with the other mayor for the trip? Maybe take turns paddling? LOL? You mayors have to stand together, you know! Reply April 14, 2016 at 7:06 am Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter April 14, 2016 at 5:25 pm April 16, 2016 at 8:13 am April 16, 2016 at 8:34 am Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Mia Mama Mia And another thing, who else have you witnessed campaigning at the VFW out in the middle of the lane of the road on 5th Street, during election day???? I had to drive around Kyle Becker. Duh……???? Who in their right mind does that??? April 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm Reply What in the world does your bear hunt conspiracy theory have to do with a column about the city elections? Tenita Reid Mama Miacenter_img Mama Mia Reply Reply Reply Lets talk about another endangered species, the Florida black bear! They are planning yet another bear hunt! They are corralling off the bears before the hunt by controlled burns, and removing the foliage and brush where the bears will run to the areas where they are planning on shooting them. They do these controlled burns also too often throughout the year. Yes, controlled burns might help to prevent bigger flash fires, but they are being conducted way too often. They are building the Wekiva Parkway, and that takes out the bear habit. They are building homes, and that too takes away the forests. The governor will not be happy until there are hardly any bears left. FWC is out of control. They need some new members on the board that makes better decisions concerning the wildlife. So the governor gave a bunch of money for the environment. He is no environmentalist! All show and smoke and mirrors! Lake Apopka will get 5 million for help. Will it help Lake Apopka? No, the damage is too great, with chemicals that don’t break down practically forever. Tenita Reid Apopka Community Facts Uncensored/Facebook———Not so fast. All campaign signs are not down. Kyle Becker’s campaign signs are still up over near the entrance to the Apopka High School, and at Lake and Martin Street. Of course that is the norm for him, disregarding rules. TAGSApopka City Commission ElectionsDoug BanksonKyle Becker Previous articleNew Treatment for Parkinson’s PatientsNext articleLearning and attention issues: A child’s invisible struggle with ADHD Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR April 14, 2016 at 11:38 am April 16, 2016 at 7:46 am Because I can’t bear the arrogance of one of the candidates that was elected……by the way Kyle, you can drive your pickup truck when you get off of work today, and pick up your campaign signs that you haven’t bothered picking up LIKE ALL OF THE REST OF THE APOPKA CANDIDATES THAT RAN who have promptly removed their signs. The election is over Kyle. Please drive down Martin Street and pick up your signs near Lake and Martin Streets, and Martin and Maine, at the Apopka High School entrance!!! Or are you planning on leaving them up until the next election? Your arrogance is hard to BEAR! Reply Reply There was a huge turnout for the March 15, 2016 Apopka election, then for the run off, it was not nearly as many as before, less than half. That was devastating to the two incumbents who lost. It seems like so many citizens only cared about the national race. It is really sad that people do not understand how important the local elections are, and how that what is voted in locally, affects their daily life. I have read where there are so many local mayors, and the Florida League of Cities, and how they dislike the Florida Legislators attempts to make the local elections piggyback onto the national elections when possible. Truly, I don’t understand why they fight this so. It would seem that it would cost less, and get more voters to the polls to vote, for city officials up for re-election and newcomers up for the run. Oh well, $ 28,000 dollars for the Apopka run-off is too much in my opinion. I wonder if there will be any attempts to prevent such run-offs, as some have suggested, with an amendment of the election rules? The photo of Commissioner Diane Velazquez posing next to the old mayor’s statue is an eye opener. Wow, the old mayor is BIG, bigger than life, and he still looks like he is wearing a pink suit to me! LOL! Put the old mayor’s statue on a tall pedestal and the old mayor MIGHT even look down on Kyle Becker. LOL! Reply Man, I am reading the Apopka Chief, and now I know I am getting OLD! I am reading an article in the Apopka Chief, Page B1, April 15, 2016, and I see a “kid” that grew up here on my street, years ago, and he lived in the house on the end between my mother’s house, and my house, on our street, until they moved away. I guess they got tired of my mama and myself walking back and forth to each other’s house down the side of their yard. So sorry. That kid I remember who used to live here on my street, when his daddy was coach, is now 32 years old and is the executive and artistic director of Opera Orlando! Wow! Congratulations Gabriel Preisser! Now I know I am getting OLD, good grief! April 16, 2016 at 8:43 am Reply April 15, 2016 at 11:51 am Reply Tenita Reid I went to Apopka.net then to the top for agenda, and then to the next council meeting agenda. The audio icon which looks like a film reel is already posted, like there was a recorded audio already!!! Huh? I logged on to hear it, and it read error. I was going to say, what in the world, I suppose that was the surprise for the next council meeting which will be 4/20/2016 at 7 pm. LOL! I wonder what the next city council meeting will be like? Will it be as usual, or will there be any surprises come up, before the new guard takes over? We never know what might be up……… LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! 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Search for Ireland’s fittest family


first_imgLinkedin Email Twitter TAGSIreland’s Fittest Familylimerickrte Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads The RTE One TV programme ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ is back for a third series. Families of four will now compete throughout the summer months, June to September, in a series of challenges designed to test speed, strength, agility and endurance in a battle to claim the title and €15,000 prize money. All teams must have at least one parent, one male and one female member and all contestants must be over the age of 14. Does your family have what it takes? Applications have now opened on http://www.rte.ie/irelandsfittestfamily. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img NewsLocal NewsSearch for Ireland’s fittest familyBy Alan Jacques – June 3, 2015 1629 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Previous articleDream of a City: poem for the dayNext articleBeloved Bertie missing in County Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more


Prep Sports Roundup: 8/19


first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailVolleyballRegion 20HURRICANE, Utah-The Milford Tigers prevailed 25-15, 25-10, 25-10 for the convincing 3-0 straight sets victory over Diamond Ranch Wednesday in Region 20 girls volleyball action.ORDERVILLE, Utah-The Valley Buffaloes swept Escalante 25-17, 25-18, 25-18 for the 3-0 win in Region 20 volleyball action Wednesday.Girls SoccerNon-RegionMONROE, Utah-Audrey Camp, Kara Camp and Paige Cummings each scored twice as the Millard Eagles pounded South Sevier 8-0 in non-region girls soccer action Wednesday. Emma Stephensen and Heidi Thurman also scored in the rout for the Eagles.Baseball1A South RegionTROPIC, Utah-Dallas Peterson doubled and Ryland Rees had three hits with two RBI as the Wayne Badgers held off Bryce Valley 6-5 in 1A South Region baseball Wednesday. August 19, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 8/19 Tags: Roundup Brad Jameslast_img read more


Sunny Hvar and the Trade Union of Tourism and Services of Croatia signed a new amendment to the Collective Agreement


first_imgIn recent years, Sunny Hvar records the best results and the longest season in the history of the company, launches a new investment cycle and creates new jobs in one of the most developed tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, while the 2018 season, although still lasting, is the most successful ever, reports from Sunny Hvar and point out that behind excellent business results are their employees.”Sunčani Hvar bases its success on highly motivated and productive human resources, so the achieved business results each year are accompanied by significant investments in improving the compensation packages of all team members, in accordance with the human resources development strategy.” emphasize from Sunny Hvar.And that this is not only in the context of PR and just an empty story, says the fact that in 2018 Sunčani Hvar surprised its employees at the beginning of the season when, in addition to increasing the minimum basic salary, provided additional salary growth for 18 jobs to 12%. “Taking into account the long-term human resources management strategy which is on the one hand focused on the development of talented individuals who turn business experience into a successful career, and on the other hand to encourage satisfaction and motivation of all employees who recognize the company as a place for safe seasonal work. for the second time in a year, it increased salaries, thus exceeding employee expectations. ” they pointed out from Sunny Hvar.As of September 1, 2018, in cooperation with the Croatian Trade Union of Tourism and Services, the Company’s Management Board announced the entry into force of a new Tariff Annex that includes another tariff increase for 20 jobs and guarantees additional salary growth for employees up to 8%. .In October 2018, an additional increase in the minimum basic salary will be applied, and taking into account the salary increases from the beginning of the season, Sunčani Hvar has provided all its team members with a total salary increase of 3% to 20%. Additionally, in July and August, all employees received cash prizes in the amount of HRK 500 net per month due to the achieved business results, and the same is expected for all employees this year and in September!The package that employees receive in Sunčani Hvar is not only reduced to salary but also takes into account the aspect of overall satisfaction through investments in accommodation facilities and food for employees, additional free facilities in accommodation facilities, regular working hours, providing a day off, training and education, and additional benefits of 50% discount in the company’s restaurants and bars.“Permanent Seasonal” ProgramThis year, Sunčani Hvar is also launching a “permanent season” program, a measure of active employment policy implemented by the company in cooperation with the Croatian Employment Service, and offering employees who enter the program financial stability throughout the year will be presented to employees in the coming period. Given that the response of seasonal employees is exceptional, Sunčani Hvar will use the maximum legal number of contracts for “permanent seasonal workers” and sign over 140 of them, they point out from Sunčani Hvar and add “Statistics showing that more than 60% of the total number of seasonal employees are seasonal returnees, and the fact that more than 50% of new candidates apply for jobs on the recommendation of seasonal returnees are real indicators of successful human resource management strategies and satisfaction of all team members. “The only solution to the problem of labor shortage is to improve working conditions and increase wages, there is no other quality and sustainable alternative.last_img read more


New York City posts sharp spike in coronavirus deaths after untested victims added


first_imgMarch 11 was used as the starting point because that was the date of the first confirmed coronavirus death, the city said.”Behind every death is a friend, a family member, a loved on,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot. “We are focused on ensuring that every New Yorker who died because of COVID-19 gets counted.”The new approach in New York City could pave the way for similar policies elsewhere across the country, possibly leading to a surge in reported US coronavirus mortality.Even before Tuesday’s revision in New York City, the number of new US deaths on Tuesday had reached at least 2,228, the highest toll yet in a single 24-hour period.’Not a comfortable place’Louisiana, another coronavirus hot spot, and California also reported record daily spikes in deaths on Tuesday, despite tentative signs across the country in recent days the outbreak was beginning to ebb.New York Governor Mario Cuomo, whose state’s healthcare network was strained to breaking point by a wave of COVID-19 hospitalizations, had said on Monday it appeared “the worst is over.”Health officials have cautioned that death figures are a lagging indicator of the outbreak, coming after the most severely ill patients fall sick, and do not mean stay-at-home restrictions are failing to curb transmissions.New York state and some other hard-hit areas continue to report sharp decreases in hospitalizations and numbers of patients on ventilators, although front-line healthcare workers and resources remained under extraordinary stress.”The plateau is not a very comfortable place to live,” David Reich, president of New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, said in a telephone interview. “So I don’t think people should be celebrating prematurely.”That cautious note was also sounded by President Donald Trump’s top infectious disease adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said Trump’s May 1 target for restarting the economy was “overly optimistic”.Fauci, echoing many governors, said in an Associated Press interview that health officials must first be able to test for the virus quickly, isolate new cases and track down new infections.At his daily White House briefing later in the day, Trump said he was close to completing a plan for ending America’s coronavirus shutdown, which has thrown millions out of work, and may forge ahead with restarting the battered US economy in some parts of the country even before May 1.The president took renewed aim at the World Health Organization at the briefing, saying he has instructed his administration to halt US funding to the Geneva-based institution over its handling of the pandemic.Mutiny on the bounty Trump, a Republican who before the outbreak touted a vibrant economy as a pillar of his Nov. 3 re-election bid, earlier lashed out at Democratic state governors, after Cuomo said he would refuse any presidential order to reopen the economy too soon.”Tell the Democrat Governors that ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ was one of my all time favorite movies,” Trump wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, referring to a classic film about an 18th-century rebellion against the commanding officer of a British naval vessel.But Trump toned down his remarks at the White House briefing saying he would “authorize” governors – despite doubts from some experts that the presidency has such powers – to implement plans in their states at the appropriate time.Cuomo, a Democrat, and governors of six other northeastern states have announced they are coordinating on a regional plan to gradually lift restrictions. The governors of California, Oregon and Washington formed a similar West Coast regional pact.California Governor Gavin Newsom and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, both Democrats, on Tuesday offered frameworks for eventually restarting public life and business in their states.Some Republicans, including the governors of Ohio, Maryland and New Hampshire, also said states have the right to decide when and how to reopen.Topics : The city’s revised count, 10,367 in all, raised the number of coronavirus deaths nationwide to more than 28,300 – New York accounting for the biggest share of deaths.With only a tiny fraction of the US population tested for coronavirus, the number of known infections climbed to more than 600,000 as of Tuesday, according to a running Reuters tally.US public health authorities have generally only attributed deaths to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, when patients tested positive for the virus.New York City’s Health Department said it will now also count any fatality deemed a “probable” coronavirus death, defined as a victim whose “death certificate lists as a cause of death ‘COVID-19’ or an equivalent.” New York City, the hardest hit US city in the coronavirus pandemic, revised its official COVID-19 death toll sharply higher to more than 10,000 on Tuesday, to include victims presumed to have perished from the lung disease but never tested.The new cumulative figure for “confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths” released by the New York City Health Department marked a staggering increase of over 3,700 deaths formally attributed to the highly contagious illness since March 11.The 60 percent spike in reported deaths underscored the enormous losses endured in the nation’s most populous city, where the sounds of wailing sirens have echoed almost non-stop through largely empty streets for weeks.last_img read more


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