How would the Apopka Police Department respond to a school-based emergency?

first_img Reply 2 COMMENTS Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear TAGSApopka Police DepartmentOrange County Public Schools Previous article3 reasons to explore the Apopka Area ChamberNext articleChild Safety Awareness Month: Buckle up to Arrive Alive Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Practice makes perfect.I was hoping that more thought on keeping thugs from entering school be for theyou get in. Please enter your name herecenter_img August 4, 2018 at 10:22 am August 5, 2018 at 10:11 pm APD Chief McKinley and senior staff attend scenario-based training with Orange County Public SchoolsFrom APD News In an effort to ensure the Apopka police department is prepared for a school-based emergency, Chief Michael McKinley attended a scenario-based exercise to practice the command of an emergency resulting in a multi-jurisdictional response. On July 31, 2018, Chief McKinley joined in the Orange County Public School’s district-wide table top exercise designed to simulate a response to a reported school shooting. The exercise was designed to practice and discuss command and coordination operations during an emergency scenario. McKinley, along with law enforcement members from OCPS, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando PD, and others, as well as, school administrators, support staff, teachers, fire and EMS personnel, and emergency management professionals worked in coordination to resolve the situations presented. Chief McKinley (center) discusses with law enforcement executives and emergency management personnel the phases of response to a simulated school-based emergency. “This type of training and collaboration is invaluable,” Chief McKinley commented regarding the exercise, “and with the heightened awareness of school-based violence, it is important we engage all the stakeholders to ensure a successful outcome if we are presented with a major emergency.” The scenario focused on three phases of any event; the notification, the response, and the recovery. This fictional event covered the core competencies necessary within the phases, having the attendees practice operational communications, agency coordination, public information, mass care, and situational assessments. Lt. Chris Hanstein, Apopka Police’s SWAT commander, attended as well and discussed the tactical response necessary for such emergencies with the working group. Apopka will have all Orange County public schools within its jurisdiction assigned a School Resource Officer beginning August 13, when students return from summer break. This exercise, along with the dedication of officers to the schools are but a few of the commitments to this community to create a safe and livable environment for the citizens of Apopka.  You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Jack Martin Please enter your comment! It seems that they don’t even wait until they get into the new school season, to start the violence, as I was reading the news today, on the local channels, and there was a shooting at a park, in Titusville, at a back to school event, which was full of young kids there to get free back to school backpacks filled with school supplies, and a guy that had been in a fistfight left, came back, and there were shots fired into the park, and a private citizen with a gun, and weapon permit opened fire and shot the guy to keep the kids from getting killed. Also another back to school giveaway of school supplies, a gunman opened fire, at the event and chaos ensued. This one in Atlanta. Pretty horrible when kids face danger of getting shot, going to back to school give away events! Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

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GUNS LOADED FIRES ON EIGHT DAYS REST TO WIN $75,000 JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER GONZALEZ; O’NEILL TRAINEE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF IN 1:12.60

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2016)–An allowance winner on dirt just eight days ago, the Doug O’Neill-conditioned Guns Loaded transitioned back to the turf in fine fashion on Sunday, as he took Santa Anita’s featured $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Guns Loaded negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down the Camino Real Turf Course in 1:12.60.“All the credit goes to Doug,” said part-owner and O’Neill assistant, Steve Rothblum. “If you’re a numbers player, on the Ragozin Sheets, if you run them back off a good race, within nine days, they run great. If you wait longer, they don’t. It’s either run them back quick or run them back after 30 days.  “We lost this horse for 32 (thousand, dollars) at Del Mar (Nov. 5) and when we took him back in December (6, at Los Alamitos), Pete Miller did us a favor, ’cause he castrated him and it really helped him. He’s a neat little horse that tries his guts out. He can run on dirt or on grass, it’s so cool to watch him progress like that.”Second, about a length and half behind favored Rocket Heat crossing the dirt at the top of the stretch, Guns Loaded rallied powerfully to overhaul “Rocket” a furlong out and won as much best. Off at 6-1 in a field of seven, Guns Loaded paid $14.80, $6.00 and $3.20.“When we put him on the grass (three starts back, on Dec. 27) he ran huge,” said O’Neill. “But, he ran big last time when they took the race off the grass as well. He’ll definitely get a breather now. He’s done a lot here in eight days, so he’s deserving of a month off or so. What an honest, nice horse.”Owned by Westside Rentals.com, Neil Haymes, Leo Rodriguez and Steve Rothblum, Guns Loaded, a 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding by D’wildcat, he’s now two for five down the hillside turf and is 25-7-3-4 overall. With the winner’s share of $47,100, he increased his earnings to $346,570.Off at 9-5, the aptly named Rocket Heat showed the way early under Rafael Bejarano and proved game for second money, prevailing by a head over Irish-bred Hunt. Rocket Heat paid $3.80 and $2.60.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Hunt was the second choice in the wagering at 5-2 and paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.32, 43.14 and 1:06.31.last_img read more

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Tribute to the Late Joseph Korto Gbowee

first_imgJoseph Korto Gbowee was born on June 10, 1938 in Sanoyea, Bong County, which was   the Central Province, one of the three interior political subdivisions of Liberia before the beginning of the Tubman Unification era in 1964.  It was in June 1964 that the three Interior Provinces were transformed into the Four New Counties: Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh.  That is when Liberia’s Interior people,  gained full political recognition and were able to elect their own two Senators and Representatives for each county.  This town, Sanoyea, has gained national prominence for producing many famous citizens of Liberia,  including Mrs. Priscilla Payne, widow of the first Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, Rt. Rev. Roland J. Payne; Honorable Peter K. Bema, Deputy Minister of Finance, Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Unity Party, along with Presidential Candidate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in the 1997 Liberian presidential elections; the late Nora Giddings Howard, mother of Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor of Bong County; Lands, Mines and Energy Minister and later Senator James Y. Gbarbea, Rev. Emmanuel Giddings, Executive Director of Liberia’s leading literacy organization, ALFALIT, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and, of course, Madam Leyma Gbowee, one of the first two Liberian Nobel Peace Laureates, along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Sanoyea is one of the citadels of Lutheran establishments in Liberia, hosting the first Lutheran educational institution outside of the coastal seat of Lutheran missions in Millsburg and Harrisburg up the right and left banks of the St Paul River.Sanoyea is therefore where Joseph Gbowee embraced the Martin Luther doctrine of ‘justification by faith’ as a Christian for sins to be forgiven. Gbowee’s commitment and dedication to this faith was unwavering. He became an acolyte in the Church in Sanoyea, going on to serve the Church’s Totota Parish and later in St. Peters’ Lutheran Parish in Monrovia, which may be considered the church’s leading parish.His service to the St. Peters’ Parish was marked with devotion and distinction, ranking him as Father of the Year twice and further elevating him to the status of ‘Grandfather of the year.’ Joseph Gbowee’s outstanding contribution to the St, Peter’s Lutheran Church Parish was his commitment to the effective performance of the choir by ensuring that all its electronic instruments function properly at all times. For this reason he always sat and sang with the Choir. To sum it all up, Joseph Gbowee was born and baptized as a Lutheran, he married in the Lutheran Church, all his children are confirmed Lutherans, and he served the Lutheran church at all levels of the laity, leading to head the Council of Elders in his Congregation. This devotion to Church duties strengthened him as head of his family.Father Gbowee and Rachael Kolleh in 1973 took the matrimonial oath before God to become partners till death parts them. This union was strong and remained intact until his death. This holy matrimony was blessed with six children, most of whom were girls. Joseph Gbowee loved his girls, always motivating them to become somebody in life. It is, therefore, no surprise that his daughter, Leymah Gbowee, along with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.He proudly escorted the Nobel Laureate to receive this most distinguished International Peace Prize in Norway in 2011.We, Lutherans, are proud of this achievement and consider it as the apex of Grandfather Gbowee’s accomplishments. A high level functioning family maintained by Grandfather Gbowee was indeed based on a sound educational foundation. Joseph Gbowee started his education sojourn at the Sanoyea Lutheran Elementary School and continued at the Totota Lutheran Junior High School. He completed his senior high school education at the Booker Washington Institute, specializing in electronics, in which he pursued advanced studies abroad. This educational qualification determined his career path.JOSEPH GBOWEE started his career controlling and maintaining electronic equipment at the Executive Mansion, the office of the president of the Republic of Liberia, within the Executive Action Bureau (EAB). He distinguished himself as a dedicated, trusted and patriotic civil servant in that Bureau. His record of performance was outstanding, providing the opportunity for promotion to a higher office in the National Security Agency (NSA), where he served assiduously until retirement.This public service background, qualification and experience prompted him to establish a private security agency: The Angel Security Agency, which he managed until his demise.As we say in Liberia, Father Gbowee was a “hard working man”. Socially, Father Gbowee was a man of the people. He was known only by the name “Neighbor” in his community. The name Gbowee is hardly recognized in his neighborhood. His favorite sport was football, which he played well in high school.Father Gbowee had 11 dogs,  but hated the one called Tiger because he is too caring and behaves like a human.Unfortunately this family man, this strong religious leader, this fine neighbor left us here, got ill on August 13 and died shortly thereafter on August 25, 2014 at #37 Military Hospital in Accra Ghana.Goodbye, Elder Gbowee, till we meet again.MAY YOUR SOUL and ALL SOULS OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED REST IN PEACE AND LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE ON THEMShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MADELEINE MCCANN: PORTUGESE POLICE REFUSE TO RE-OPEN CASE DESPITE 195 NEW LEADS

first_imgBRITISH and Portugese police are now openly at odds with each other over the search for Madeleine McCann.Just hours after British police said they believed Madeleine could still be alive, the Portuguese authorities ruled out reopening their bungled original investigation.One of the country’s top police chiefs insisted there was no fresh evidence in the five-year-old case to warrant a new probe. This was backed by Portugal’s Attorney General who said new leads uncovered by Scotland Yard were nothing more than “mere speculation”.Pedro do Carmo, the deputy head of the criminal police department, said the investigation – which ended in July 2008 – would remain closed.Scotland Yard detectives say they have uncovered 195 potential new leads while sifting through 40,000 pieces of information in the case.They urged their Portuguese counterparts to re-open their search for the youngster, who vanished in May 2007, just three weeks after visiting relatives here in Co Donegal. But Mr do Carmo yesterday ruled that out.Det Chief Insp Andy Redwood however said there were 195 “investigative opportunities”.He went on: “Evidence that she is alive stems from the forensic view of the timeline.“There were opportunities there for Madeleine McCann to have been taken as part of a criminal act.“We are developing material we believe represents genuinely new information. “We would like the case to be reopened. We are working with the police to get ourselves to that position.”A Met Police spokesman said last night: “Officers conducting the investigative review continue to work closely and collaoratively with the Portuguese authorities.“There are significant differences in our legal systems. We recognise the law does not allow them to investigate as the case is currently closed.“We do still believe, however, that there are matters which need to be considered, and therefore we are currently seeking a more formal way of addressing this.” He added: “We have received a steady flow of calls following yesterday’s appeal and officers are now working through the information. We can’t compel the Portuguese to do anything but we will keep trying and we don’t think this is the end. We will keep lobbying.”MADELEINE MCCANN: PORTUGESE POLICE REFUSE TO RE-OPEN CASE DESPITE 195 NEW LEADS was last modified: April 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:MADELEINE MCCANN: PORTUGESE POLICE REFUSE TO RE-OPEN CASE DESPITE 195 NEW LEADSlast_img read more

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Athletics lose Game 162 against Mariners

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SEATTLE — What did Game 162 mean for the Oakland A’s?They came into the game with 97 wins, matching their high from 2018. A season-ending win could at least inch them above the remarkable mark.Instead, they lost to the Seattle Mariners, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon. They finished the season 97-65. All the regulars got the day to rest. Marcus Semien started the game off to complete his 162-start season, but …last_img read more

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De Villiers to lead Springboks in Rugby Championship

first_img4 August 2014Springbok captain Jean de Villiers has been included in the South African squad for the four-nation Castle Lager Rugby Championship after recovering from a knee injury. There are two newcomers, Cobus Reinach and Damian de Allende, in the 30-man squad named on the weekend.A number of other players have also returned from injury, including Tendai Mtawarira, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth and Pat Lambie.‘Great’“It’s great to have Jean back to lead the side in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement.“Victor Matfield [as captain] and Jan Serfontein [at centre] both did superbly well in his absence, but he is our captain and I’m sure he will slot back into the side without any difficulty. The same goes for Eben, Frans and Patrick, all of whom have been part of the squad before.“We will medically assess all the players in the squad in Johannesburg next week. This will not only include the players who missed the June tests because of injury, but also someone such as Mtawarira, who has been out of action for a while. We will deal with every player and his needs individually.”RetainedFour players who made their debuts in June – Cornal Hendricks, Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, Lood de Jager and Handre Pollard – kept their places in the Springbok squad.“These players have impressed from the first minute they joined us. This is a step up for all of them, but that is the kind of challenge we thrive on,” Meyer commented.“It’s never easy cutting a squad down in size and we’re fortunate that we have a number of experienced players who will be on stand-by should their services be needed,” he added.Kick offThe Castle Lager Rugby Championship kicks off on Saturday, 16 August, when Australia host New Zealand in Sydney and the Springboks tackle Argentina at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.Looking ahead, Meyer said: “We’ve been steadily improving over the past two years, but another step-up is needed this season.“It’s been a theme for us since the start of the season and we must simply keep on accelerating in the coming two months.“We’ve set ourselves some goals for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and we’ll have to be focused and switched on from the moment we get together in Johannesburg.“Winning matches and scoring tries remain foremost in our minds. During the four matches in June, we scored 23 tries, which we were very happy with. I think we can be proud of the rugby we played against Wales and Scotland, but that is in the past now and we have a new competition to get ready for.“There are many good things we can build on from the June series, but also some things we need to work on if we’re going to be competitive in the coming months. It’s a challenge we relish, though, and I can’t wait to get going.”Not considered for selectionJapan-based JP Pietersen and Schalk Burger were not considered for selection as they have to report for duty with their clubs.“Obviously the squad can change during the course of the Rugby Championship and although JP and Schalk were not considered at this stage, they could still feature later in the competition,” Meyer said.A number of player, who have featured for the Springboks since 2013 were not considered for selection because of injuries, including Pieter-Steph du Toit, Flip van der Merwe, Pierre Spies, Fourie Jaque Fourie and Fourie du Preez.SPRINGBOK SQUADWillem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Brits, Marcell Coetzee, Damian De Allende, Lodewyk de Jager, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Victor Matfield Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Trevor Nyakane, Ruan Pienaar, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Jan Serfontein, Gurthro Steenkamp, Morne Steyn, Adriaan Strauss, Duane VermeulenSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The Top 50 Most Valuable South African Brands announcement by Brand Finance in partnership with Brand South Africa

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 04 July 2019 – Brand South Africa in partnership with Brand Finance are preparing to announce The Top 50 Most Valuable South African Brands at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), on Thursday 11 July 2019.The highly anticipated annual announcement of The Top 50 Most Valuable South African Brands, goes through an evaluation process that is conducted by Brand Finance Africa, based on the Royalty Relief methodology to brand valuation.“Corporate brands are instrumental in strengthening a country’s reputation and image domestically and internationally. The announcement also encourages potential investors to consider a country as an investment destination. We look forward to celebrating our leading brands. South Africa’s global competitiveness continues to improve because of the confidence portrayed by our brands,” said Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Stakeholder; Ms Mpumi Mabuza.Brand South Africa will facilitate requests for interviews.last_img read more

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Increasing Engagement in Presentation Meetings

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now What follows is a true story. No names are used to protect the guilty.The salesperson was preparing for his big presentation. He had 107 slides in the deck, covering everything from the founding of the company to the executive leadership team to all of their service offerings, logos of clients, can studies, and references. When asked how intended to get through 107 slides in 90 minutes, he suggested that his presentation was complete, and he could manage the time. When his senior leader asked how he was going to invite the people sitting in the meeting to engage with his team about the right solution, the salesperson insisted the slides would answer every question.There were four people from the client’s side in attendance, and seven people from the salesperson’s team. All sat patiently while the salesperson plowed through the presentation, touching every one of the 107 slides in 85 minutes. There were no questions, no people from his team spoke. It was a monologue and a pitch, nothing else.When the salesperson finished, he asked the client contacts, “Do you have any questions?” With five minutes remaining, the leader on the client’s side, ensuring his point both heard and felt, replied, “We have a lot of questions, but I am afraid you are out of time.” There were five minutes left on the clock, but the client intentionally deprived the salesperson of those few precious minutes. It was clear to everyone in the room that the client was not going to select the salesperson’s company as their new partner.A presentation doesn’t require that the person presenting speaks without interruption. Nor does it preclude engaging the people who are deciding what kind of partner you might make from asking questions throughout the presentation. How can you expect someone who isn’t involved and connected to a conversation to prefer to work with someone who talks uninterrupted for 90 minutes?Dialogue is better than a monologue. Engagement is better than disinterest or offense. If you want to increase client engagement in a presentation, ask questions, take questions, and change your intentions.last_img read more

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Timberwolves waive oft-injured center Nikola Pekovic

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Nikola Pekovic. APMINNEAPOLIS — Nikola Pekovic’s combination of size and strength made him a productive and popular player early in his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves.He just may have been too big for his own good.ADVERTISEMENT Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft looms Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken He had Achilles tendon surgery on his right foot in 2015 as a last-ditch effort to revive his career, but the pain returned. He spent most of last season in Montenegro.Pekovic still has one year remaining on this contract, but the team was able to work out an arrangement so that they can gain some salary cap relief heading into free agency, an important step for a team that wants to be aggressive in adding veterans to a young core that won just 31 games last season. What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, firecenter_img MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Timberwolves waived Pekovic on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time), likely ending a career that was derailed by foot and ankle problems over the past three seasons. Pekovic missed all of last season and played only 12 games the previous season, a disappointing development for a player that was on his way to being one of the most effective centers in the league when he signed a five-year, $60 million contract in 2013.The 6-foot-11, 307-pound native of Montenegro was coming off a season in which he averaged 16.3 points and 8.8 rebounds and formed a formidable pick-and-roll tandem with Ricky Rubio. He was limited to 54 games in the first season of his new deal, but still averaged 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds that season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCalled “The Godfather” for his menacing appearance on the court, Pekovic was a fan favorite. Affable off the court, he remained a popular figure with his teammates, who desperately missed his toughness and efficiency over the past couple of seasons.The chronic foot issues really started to set in during the 2014-15 season, when he played in just 31 games. The Timberwolves and Pekovic tried numerous methods to address the problems, including surgeries, diets and different workout regimens. In the end, nothing worked. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more

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a month agoOgbonna: West Ham players not about money and flash cars

first_imgOgbonna: West Ham players not about money and flash carsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna says there’s excitement amongst the players about what they can achieve this season.The calibre of the players themselves at West Ham has also gone up. New £50million striker Sebastian Haller has netted in each of the club’s last two Premier League wins.“We are blessed because we not only have good players but good people. Diop. Rice, Fredericks. Some players go out and they buy cars and spend money. These players are West Ham are humble with their feet on the ground.”Ogbonna is equally respectful of Monday’s hosts Aston Villa, despite defeats in three of their four League games so far.“It will be a tough game,” he told the Mirror. “A game for us to see how far we have come.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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