Slate of candidates announced for 10th bishop of Maine

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Posted Nov 8, 2018 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Tags Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Diocese of Maine] The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine has announced a slate of five candidates for the 10th bishop of the Diocese of Maine who will stand for election Saturday, Feb. 9. The new bishop will succeed Bishop Stephen T. Lane, who is retiring in June after eleven years of service.The candidates in alphabetical order are:The Rev. Kenneth Brannon, Rector, St. Thomas, Sun Valley, IdahoThe Rev. Thomas Brown, Rector, Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester, MassachusettsThe Rev. Anne Mallonee, Executive Vice President & Chief Ecclesiastical Officer, Church Pension Group, New York CityThe Rev. Rachel Taber-Hamilton, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Everett, WashingtonThe Rev. Janet Waggoner, Canon to the Ordinary & Transition Ministry Officer, Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, TexasThe announcement culminates a prayerful and thoughtful process over the past several months conducted by the Discernment Committee, chaired by The Rev. John Balicki, rector of St. Mark’s Church – Waterville. Balicki commented, “the Discernment Committee was pleased with the wide interest expressed from around the country in being the next Bishop of Maine. We spent nearly five months reviewing materials, interviewing candidates via teleconferencing, and eventually meeting some in person which led us to the slate of candidates we are pleased to present. We have significant diversity in age, gender and geography and we hope that everyone in the state of Maine will enjoy getting to know these candidates as well as we have.”The Standing Committee received and approved the proposed slate by unanimous vote. In making the announcement, the Rev. Maria Hoecker, Rector of St. Columba’s Church – Boothbay Harbor and Chair of the Standing Committee wants the diocese to know that “together, we are walking as followers of Jesus. During this time of transition, and always, we are working in the spirit of transparency and collaboration, with trust and affection, as we go about our planning and prayers.”Background on the slate of nominees, including a video, bio, resume and answers to questions posed in the discernment process, can be found on the Bishop Quest web site: http://bishopquest.episcopalmaine.org/.The Standing Committee also announced nominations by petition may be filed until Nov. 15. Information on this process – by which candidates may be added to the slate upon successful completion of background checks and other requirements – can be found on the Bishop quest website.A special convention for the election is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9 (snow date: Feb. 23) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Standing Committee will then then obtain canonical consents of the majority the dioceses of the Episcopal Church, following which the new bishop will be ordained and consecrated at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland Saturday, June 22. The officiant will be Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry.Members of the diocese will also have the opportunity to meet the candidates face to face in attending “walkabout” presentations by the nominees. Organized by the Transition Committee, the meetings will be held in three locations across the diocese Jan. 18 in Augusta, Jan. 19 in Bangor and Jan. 20 in Portland.  The walkabouts will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.The Episcopal Diocese of Maine includes 59 congregations, 18 summer chapels and other ministries across the state. It was founded in 1820.For more information, please visit http://bishopquest.episcopalmaine.org Curate Diocese of Nebraska Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL Bishop Elections Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Slate of candidates announced for 10th bishop of Maine Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector Columbus, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Submit a Press Release Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PAlast_img read more

First couple to marry under Church of South India’s ‘Green…

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL First couple to marry under Church of South India’s ‘Green Wedding’ protocol Rector Shreveport, LA Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC [Anglican Communion News Service] When Anjay and Nisha, a young couple from Kerala, were married at St Thomas’ Church in Punnackadu, last month, they planted saplings as part of the Church of South India’s new “Green Wedding” protocol. The couple were the first to be married in the CSI since the Green Protocol for Green Discipleship policy, which includes weddings, was agreed by the CSI synod in December. In addition to the planting of saplings instead of the traditional lighting of a lamp; couples are encouraged to avoid plastic bottles at their reception by serving water in glasses.Read the entire article here. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC center_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Posted Jan 15, 2019 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Anglican Communion, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Environment & Climate Change Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraskalast_img read more

On this Day: Smoking declared hazardous to your health

first_img Please enter your comment! January 11, 2017 marks the 53rd anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.The 1964 report, released by Surgeon General Dr. Luther Terry, was the first federal government report linking smoking and ill health, including lung cancer and heart disease. This scientifically rigorous report laid the foundation for tobacco control efforts in the United States.On the basis of more than 7,000 articles relating to smoking and disease already available at that time in the biomedical literature, the Advisory Committee concluded that cigarette smoking was:A cause of lung cancer and laryngeal cancer in menA probable cause of lung cancer in womenThe most important cause of chronic bronchitisThe release of the report was the first in a series of steps intended to diminish the impact of tobacco use on the health of the American people.For several days, the report furnished newspaper headlines across the country and lead stories on television newscasts. Later it was ranked among the top news stories of 1964.The U.S. Congress adopted the Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act of 1965 and the Public Health Cigarette Smoking Act of 1969. These laws:Required a health warning on cigarette packagesBanned cigarette advertising in the broadcasting mediaCalled for an annual report on the health consequences of smokingIn the last 50 years, the public has an increased understanding of the devastating health and financial burdens caused by tobacco use. We now know that smoking causes a host of cancers and other illnesses and is still the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.Americans have given up smoking in increasing numbers. Nearly half of all living adults who ever smoked have quit.However, more than 45 million American adults still smoke, more than 8 million are living with a serious illness caused by smoking, and about nearly 500,000 Americans die prematurely each year as a result of tobacco use. Joe F. January 12, 2017 at 3:51 am Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 1 COMMENT Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 center_img TAGSCancerSmoking Previous articleApopka Weekly Arrest ReportNext articleApopka Burglary Report and Map Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 2017 minus 1964 does not equal 50. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply last_img read more

Errol Golf Course Improvements Begin

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Tom September 16, 2016 at 1:32 pm If they don’t allow walking I still won’t play it. While other courses in Central Florida are closing, Errol Golf Course makes improvements.COURSE CLOSEDThis is a sign that has become an all-too-common sight for central Florida golfers.  But golfers at the course at Errol Estate are seeing a different sign.HOLE CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONSThat is the sign Week-day golfers will see during Phase 1 of a multi-phase improvement program has begun at Apopka Golf & Tennis at Errol.  Hole by hole a new irrigation system is being installed.In January we reported that the Errol golf course had started the New Year by trading their electric carts for a fleet of new, gas-powered golf carts.  That was the first of several improvements planned at Apopka Golf & Tennis at Errol Estate.Next on the agenda: Replacing the 45-year old irrigation system.  The old system was “state-of’-the-art” when it was installed, but the art has changed.Apopka Golf and Tennis at Errol Estate contracted with Clifton, Ezell and Clifton Golf Design Group to update and adapt the original 1970’s hydraulic controlled irrigation system to a new, state-of-the-art RainBird electric Integrated Control Technology (I/C) system.The I/C system allows for direct two-way communication between the individual field rotor and computer. This individual head control provides the course site specific control allowing for better water management and water conservation.New part-circle heads are being installed around all putting greens.  These are known as “Ins & Outs” in the golf industry. This helps reduce watering cycles on greens while allowing more moisture on greens surrounds and approaches.A new Centralized Computer Control system has been installed.  The new system is up and working on Holes 17 and 18 as well as the Driving Range and Practice Area.New isolation valves are being added to allow for quicker repairs.  In the past the entire system had to be shut down to make repairs. Mainline upgrades are planned to provide better water delivery and pressure throughout the course.According to Ken Ezell, principle with CEC, “The Forensic Discovery Period on this 40 plus old system was extensive and challenging. The rewards of more precise water application will yield better turf conditions and save on water and electricity.”center_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate 1 COMMENT Previous articleMonthly Butterfly Hunt Needs VolunteersNext articleApopka comes out to “Paint the Town Purple” Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Pet Xpert Brings State-of-the-Art Veterinary to Apopka

first_img Thank you for your kind words. We are excited to be part of the Apopka community. We are located at 1673 Rock Springs Rd. We are behind Bubbalous and next to Pinch A Penny. You can get additional details at http://www.petxpertapopka.com. June 9, 2016 at 12:36 am The Apopka business community, City Commissioner Doug Bankson, friends, furry patients and The Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce attended a ribbon cutting ceremony today at Pet Xpert Animal Clinic.Dr. Alex and his staff of Pet Xpert bring to the Apopka community a brand new state-of-the art veterinary equipment which provides services needed to care for pets when they are in need of routine care and beyond. .The thing that make Pet Xpert Animal Clinic unique from other veterinarian clinics is its state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.Pet Xpert’s clinic is the first in the State of Florida to have the DiaSys respons®VET laboratory equipment. This equipment allows Dr. Alex to perform specific onsite diagnostic testing, which utilizes technology similar to that used in major reference laboratories. Tests that are normally sent by veterinarian clinics to a reference laboratory can be run with same-day results at Pet Xpert. On-site testing capability enables timely diagnosis and treatment and, as a result, increased recovery time and reduced stress for patients and pet owners.Pet Expert also has a digital x-ray machine that provides clearer images than traditional x-ray machines and allows for more accurate diagnosis of the pet’s condition.Dr. Alex has over 10-years’ experience as a veterinarian. He focused in small animal surgery and internal medicine during his graduate studies. Dr. Alex and his wife, Leesa, call Apopka home. They have lived in Apopka for nearly 5-years. They have one son and 2 fun-loving cats that keep them on their toes. The Anatomy of Fear Leesa Avila Reply It is always encouraging to see new businesses opening in our community. Welcome! Where exactly is the new Pet Xpert Animal Clinic located? Mama Mia 3 COMMENTS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 June 8, 2016 at 10:50 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Previous articleHeavy rains bring added potential for mosquitoesNext articleChristine Moore takes big lead in District 7 fundraising Sheri Austin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! June 8, 2016 at 8:32 am Dale Fenwick Reply Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here 1673 Rock Springs Road Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

Orange County Public Schools Reopen Monday

first_img There is a severe need for more hurricane shelters that will take in people’s pets too. Many people will not leave their unsafe dwellings such as mobile homes due to the fact that they have pets and will not leave their pets behind. Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear From Orange County Public SchoolsOCPS hopes all families fared well during Hurricane Matthew. Our district staff has assessed all school sites over the weekend to prepare for a Monday, October 10 reopening. While some issues still exist, the OCPS maintenance and custodial teams will continue to work to resolve those issues this weekend and into early next week. A huge Thank You goes out to all the district staff that helped prepare for and respond to the storm. Please see (and share) the information below for your planning purposes. As power has not been restored to all Orange County citizens, please pass along this information with neighbors and fellow parents. TAGSOrange County Public Schools Previous articleApopka church becomes shelter during MatthewNext articlePresident Orders Flags to Half-Staff Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia October 9, 2016 at 11:51 amcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 1 COMMENT Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopens

first_img TAGSLake ApopkaSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleLake Apopka before, during and after MatthewNext articleFire Prevention Week focuses on aging Smoke Alarms Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here From The St. John’s River Water Management DistrictAfter completing inspections and cleanup, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will reopen on Monday, October 10th. The nonmotorized Lake Apopka Loop Trail will remain closed as land managers continue cleanup efforts in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a one-way, 11-mile drive meandering through the eastern portion of the property. The drive is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays between sunrise and sunset.District land managers continue inspections and cleanup of thousands of acres of district lands to make them safe and accessible for public recreation. To check the status of public access to district lands, visit the district’s website here.About SJRWMDSJRWMD staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

The cost of Thanksgiving Dinner

first_img Please enter your comment! Mama Mia November 21, 2016 at 5:12 pm TAGSAmerican Farm Bureau FederationThanksgiving Previous articleListeria fears cause hummus recallNext articleTaking on violence? Let’s get down to business Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 I don’t believe the $ 5.00 per person Thanksgiving meal, even if you cook at home. I bought my dinner items today and there are two of us, and NO WAY is that going to cover the costs of the traditional items of the Thanksgiving meal. Now if you are cooking for ten people, maybe the almost $ 50.00 could cover the costs, but if you only allow $ 10.00 for 2 people, and have the traditional Thanksgiving meal, there is NO WAY!!! It is all in how you look at what they stated. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img Reply November 21, 2016 at 5:06 pm 2 COMMENTS Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Thanksgiving Dinner Ticks Down to Less Than $5 Per PersonThe cost of a Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 has reduced by 24 cents to $49.87, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 31st annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table.The big ticket item – a 16-pound turkey – came in at a total of $22.74 this year. That’s roughly $1.42 per pound, a decrease of 2 cents per pound, or a total of 30 cents per whole turkey, compared to 2015.“Consumers will pay less than $5 per person for a classic Thanksgiving dinner this year,” AFBF Director of Market Intelligence Dr. John Newton said. “We have seen farm prices for many foods – including turkeys – fall from the higher levels of recent years. This translates into lower retail prices for a number of items as we prepare for Thanksgiving and confirms that U.S. consumers benefit from an abundant, high-quality and affordable food supply.”The average price is down slightly from last year to $49.87. After adjusting for inflation, the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner fell to $20.66 – the lowest level since 2010.The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, and coffee and milk, all in quantities sufficient to serve a family of 10 with plenty for leftovers.Although the classic Thanksgiving meal priced by Farm Bureau is considered modest by some, “we’re fortunate to live here in America, where many people are able to enhance their holiday meals with another type of meat or additional side dishes or desserts,” Newton said.A total of 148 volunteer shoppers checked prices at grocery stores in 40 states for this year’s survey. Farm Bureau volunteer shoppers are asked to look for the best possible prices, without taking advantage of special promotional coupons or purchase deals, such as spending $50 and receiving a free turkey.Use this link to see the full price list. Reply Hey, that tropical storm, Otto, that has formed, that thing isn’t headed our way, is it, this late in the hurricane season???last_img read more

House Speaker keeps winning; this time it’s the Florida Lottery

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Land O’Lakes Republican not only has Enterprise Florida, Inc. and Visit Florida — two taxpayer-supported public-private partnerships — on the ropes, but he just hit the jackpot against the Florida Lottery.LOTTERY: A circuit court judge ruled this week that the Florida Lottery exceeded its authority to spend more than the Legislature gave to the agency.It’s the latest victory in Corcoran’s “corporate welfare” crackdown.In a dispute that pitted the speaker against Lottery Department Secretary Tom Delacenserie, and by extension Gov. Rick Scott, a circuit court judge ruled that the department exceeded its authority when it entered into a multi-million-dollar vendor contract without legislative approval.Corcoran sued the Lottery Department last year when it became known that department officials signed a deal with IGT Global Solutions for the procurement of 8,025 lottery terminals offering draw tickets and scratch-offs. The agreement extended through 2031 and was $12.9 million more than what the Legislature appropriated.“Stated differently, the Lottery (legislative budget request) for the upcoming 2017-18 fiscal year is more than 37 percent higher than the current year appropriation,” the court said.That contract is now “void and unenforceable.”HOUSE SPEAKER Richard Corcoran has landed another victory in his “corporate welfare” crackdown. This time, it’s the Florida Lottery.According to Judge Karen Gievers of Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit, the dispute hinged on basic separation of powers principals.Budgeting and appropriations are the exclusive responsibility of the Legislature. Executive branch agencies, headed by the governor, exercise administrative power to “faithfully execute” legislative directives.But the Lottery Department ran afoul of its constitutionally defined authority when it failed to comply with state laws outlining its administrative parameters.State agencies cannot enter into binding contracts in excess of what they’re appropriated, or make agreements involving more than $5 million without citing a specific legislative appropriation.What’s more, the Lottery Department failed to disclose the contract until last October when it was already signed.“Today’s decision is a victory for the taxpayer and the rule of law,” Corcoran said in a joint statement with House Rules Committee Chairman Jose Oliva and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chris Spowls.“It reinforces the idea that respecting the separation of powers is not an arcane idea or an out-of-date philosophy. … No branch of government is above the law and the people’s House will use every power within our means — from the committee room to the courtroom — to ensure those liberties and livelihoods are protected,” the statement said.According to the 15-page ruling, Lottery Department officials said the Global Solutions contract included “contingency language” that allowed it to ignore statutory procurement requirements.The judge said the contingency language was “insufficient” to meet the Department’s “mandatory requirements.”In response, Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement, “The Florida Lottery continues to make record contributions to our public schools and today’s ruling jeopardizes billions of dollars for Florida students. I strongly disagree with today’s decision and we will appeal.” The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 March 10, 2017 at 9:53 am William Patrick is Watchdog.org’s Florida reporter. His work has been featured by Fox News, the Drudge Report, and Townhall.com, as well as other national news and opinion websites. He’s also been cited and reposted by numerous state news organizations, including Florida Trend, Sunshine State News and the Miami Herald, and is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Florida Press Association. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img 1 COMMENT Yeah, like where did they come up with THAT huge amount of money for the contract that wasn’t approved by the legislators…….??? Maybe what Corcoran is doing is very much needed…..going over things with a fine tooth comb looking for abuses and waste of tax payer money…..I’ll give him credit for this. Corporate welfare…….huh, like these rich corporations need help? Corcoran needs to stay the course on the corporate welfare theme…….. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Focus on FloridaCorcoran looking for the trifecta of “corporate welfare” crackdownsBy William Patrick of Watchdog.comFlorida House Speaker Richard Corcoran is winning – bigly. 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Orange Co. provides Racial Intelligence Training for all law enforcement and…

first_img Included in the training is implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, de-escalation communication, police misconduct, understanding harassment, ethics and moreFrom the Orange County NewsroomThese are tense times for many who wear a badge. In an effort to equip its public safety personnel with the emotional and social intelligence tools needed to better serve our diverse and inclusive community, Orange County funded RITE Academy training for all Orange County-based public safety agencies.Chief executives from law enforcement, correctional and firefighting agencies recently attended a joint training in order to achieve a consistent response while interacting with the public.Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley and Captain Jerome Miller RITE Academy attendees “I am extremely pleased that Orange County provided this training to all the public safety agencies in the County,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, who previously served as Orange County Sheriff and served for nearly 40 years in public safety. “Awareness is the key to recognizing and changing what is needed. This training enables our public safety personnel to do just that as well as have better relationships with each other and the community we serve.”RITE Academy attendeesIncluded in RITE Academy training, which took place at the Valencia Criminal Justice Institute, is implicit bias, performance leadership, diversity and inclusion, de-escalation communication, police misconduct, understanding harassment, professional development, and ethics. The algorithm for this training is EI (Emotional Intelligence) + SI (Social Intelligence) = RI (Racial Intelligence).Training attendees all had positive feedback from the training, including Deputy Chief of Orange County Corrections Anthony Watts, Sr.“RITE takes a novel approach of emphasizing the foundation of emotional intelligence,” said Watts. “Both the public and public safety personnel are first and foremost human beings. We may be of different races, ethnic backgrounds and gender, but one common thread is we all have emotions. The training stressed that some adverse encounters are the result of not properly recognizing, managing and responding to your emotions or the emotions of others. That is why it is so important to be aware of them and how to manage them.”Emotional intelligence is the ability to be aware of the emotions we feel in the moment. These emotions drive behavior that can impact others in either a positive or negative way.Wattes explained that the training equips attendees with tools to address where they may be on the emotional ladder (RITE tool) so they can deal with it prior to going to the next call or having the next interaction with a citizen or co-worker.Danny Banks, Orange County’s Public Safety Director, believes this training ultimately benefits the entire community. “We want our public servants to be the best servants for the community and show our residents and guests they’re the best in the nation,” he asserted. “We also want to have a collective approach to public service, with our personnel being trained excessively, uniquely and consistently.”Leaders within the County’s public service agencies including fire chiefs, police chiefs and the Sheriff’s Office, took part in the two-day training session. The intent is for the leaders to pass the knowledge on to their departments and ensure every sworn safety officer has this important skill set.Orange County used Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program dollars to fund the training. The Anatomy of Fear McKinley also said that APD Sergeant Barry Brown also attended a two-day “train the trainer” course and will be teaching it to all members of the APD the first part of next year. Please enter your name here  “I found the course to be personally enlightening,” said McKinley. “The focus of the class was to have the participants look at their own emotional and social intelligence in order to be able to treat themselves and others fairly. The participants received tools to help them identify where they were emotionally and socially each day. Knowing where you are emotionally and socially helps you identify how you could potentially treat others at work and at home. Our own emotions play a big role in how we treat others and when we realize this we can change the way we approach our interaction with others. I believe this is extremely important in law enforcement as we interact with each other and our community. I took away a lot from the course and already use what I learned, to assess and improve my own emotional and social intelligence every morning before I start my day.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter jimcenter_img Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSBiasDe-EscalationDiversityEthicsFirefightersHarassmentInclusionLaw EnforcementMayor Jerry DemingsOrange County GovernmentPolice MisconductPublic SafetyRacial Intelligence TrainingRITE Training Previous articleAdventHealth begins historic COVID-19 vaccinationsNext articleConstruction begins on Lake Apopka water storage improvement project Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wow, more woke pc sjw mantra. December 20, 2020 at 12:15 pm 1 COMMENT Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more