Vote now in The Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll – Seat #2…

first_img Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSDecision Apopka 2018 Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleDyer endorses Robbinson in Orange County School Board Chair race Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply At a March 15th, 2017 City Council meeting, Commissioner Diane Velazquez verbally announced her intentions to run for re-election to the Apopka City Commission. It was the beginning of the race for Seat #2. But then over eight months passed, and Velazquez found herself still running in her own lane unopposed.Commissioner Diane VelazquezAlice NolanThen on December 1st, 2017 two candidates joined Velazquez in the race and filed to run in the Seat #2 election – Leroy Bell and Alicia Koutsoulieris. Then on January 4th, during the Apopka Municipal Election qualifying week, Alice Nolan filed to also run for Seat #2.Nolan, the overachieving candidate in 2016,  received 2,159 votes (22.74%) in the Seat #3 election against incumbent Commissioner Sam Ruth and eventual winner and current Commissioner Doug Bankson in 2016 but did not qualify for the runoff a month later. She did, however, gain political momentum that many thought would propel her into another campaign in 2018.All along this race seemed destined to go to a runoff – and here we are.In two polls conducted in January and February by The Apopka Voice, Nolan and Velazquez ran neck-and-neck, then on election day, Nolan edged Velazquez with 2,478 votes (39.7%), while Velazquez received 2,340 votes (37.49%). In third place was Leroy Bell with 1,206 votes (19.32%), and Alicia Koutsoulieris received 218 (3.49%).Now with Bell and Koutsoulieris off the ballot, who holds the edge in this head-to-head runoff? Where does the race for Seat #2 stand? Will it be as close as election day? There’s one way to find out.The Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll will ask one question:If the runoff election for Apopka City Commission Seat #2 were held today, who would you vote for? Alice Nolan or Commissioner Diane Velazquez?The poll will close at noon on Friday, April 6th, at which time we will publish its results.This is not a scientific poll. The margin of error is unknown, but it should reflect a snapshot of where our readers stand with these two candidates coming into the runoff as it accurately did in January and February.So vote for the Seat #2 candidate you think will best lead Apopka into its promising future.Proceed Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply April 8, 2018 at 11:06 pmcenter_img Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT Darrell Morgan Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The acid test for leadership is Proverbs 29:2 when the righteous are in Authority the people Rejoice but when the wicked rules the people groan Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Police puzzlingly disregard professional lead in murder of journalist and indigenous comunity leader

first_img MexicoAmericas News Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders said it was horrified by the murder in Oaxaca State in southern Mexico of Raúl Marcial Pérez, editorialist on regional daily El Gráfico, whose death brings to nine the number of journalists killed in Mexico since the start of the year.The worldwide press freedom organisation said it was surprised at the conduct of the police investigation which from the start had ruled out a link to his work as the motive.“The murder of Raúl Marcial Pérez closes a particularly grim year for the Mexican press with three journalists missing and nine killed, two of them in Oaxaca State, where the media is paying a high price for a crackdown against social unrest there in the past two years,” the organisation added.“We are appalled that the investigation into this murder is discounting the professional motive, even though colleagues at the daily he worked for, El Gráfico, stressed that he had exposed human rights abuses committed recently by supporters of the governor, Ulíses Ruiz Ortiz. “Might they be trying to cover this one up, as happened previously in the investigation into the murder of Indymedia cameraman Brad Will, on 27 October?” it asked. “We have good reasons to believe so”.Armed men burst into the offices of El Gráfico in Juxtlahuaca, an indigenous area in Oaxaca State, on 8 December, and opened fire on Marcial Pérez, who was killed instantly. A lawyer, María de Jesús, who was talking with the journalist at the time, was wounded but her injuries are not life-threatening. Twenty .22 and 9mm calibre cartridges were later recovered at the scene. Marcial Pérez had worked for the daily for ten years and wrote a tri-weekly column, “El otro lado de la moneda” (The other side of the coin). Editor Issac Olmedo said, “Raúl was highly critical of the Ulíses Ruiz Ortiz government (whose resignation is being called for by the Oaxaca protestors). He had lately focused most of his articles on the Oaxaca unrest naming those responsible for the conflict.Olmedo also stressed to the organisation that that in view of his activities as an indigenous leader, investigators had quickly ruled out the professional lead. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state News May 5, 2021 Find out more to go further News May 13, 2021 Find out more Marcial Pérez was the founder of the indigenous organisation, the Social Welfare Unity of the Triqui region (UBISORT), but had left its leadership two years ago. This organisation was in conflict with another, the Unification Movement of the Triqui Struggle (MULT).The murder in 1999 of the secretary general of UBISORT was blamed on MULT. The lead being followed in the Marcial Pérez killing is that the journalist could have fallen victim to the same kind of score-settling. However, he had distanced himself from UBISORT and since the outbreak of social unrest in Oaxaca, indigenous organisations had joined forces to call for the governor’s resignation.In a separate development, the governor’s supporters announced on 11 December that they were lifting a siege of the daily Noticias de Oaxaca, which had is work hampered and its premises occupied since 17 June 2005. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mexico Reports MexicoAmericas December 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police puzzlingly disregard professional lead in murder of journalist and indigenous comunity leader RSF_en last_img read more

Decrease in garda officers no excuse to close rural stations – McConalogue

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Facebook Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp News Twitter Garda numbers in Donegal have fallen by sixteen in the year up to the  end  of August.Currently the county has 457 garda officers.A large number of senior garda are expected to retire before February to avoid more sanctions on their pensions. And none of these officers will be replaced due to a moratorium on recruitment in the public service.But, Donegal North-East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue says a fall in numbers, is no excuse to close rural garda stations….[podcast][/podcast]center_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleRoad and pavement improvements begin at LurgybrackNext articleNumber of people rescued by the DMRT support calls for funding News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Decrease in garda officers no excuse to close rural stations – McConalogue WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – October 27, 2011 last_img read more