whatsapp Show Comments ▼ A smaller state means faster growth Share THERE are many reasons why the coalition is losing the public debate on austerity – but one of them is that it is conceding too much intellectually to its opponents. Neither Tories nor Lib Dems made the positive case for a smaller state and a stronger, larger private sector during the bubble years, and this legacy continues to neuter their arguments today. Their post-crisis conversion to reducing spending has been entirely framed in terms of staving off national bankruptcy, implying that ever-more state spending would still be a good thing in different circumstances. There was some sense in this strategy – but it should have been accompanied by another message: with public spending at 51 per cent of GDP, it is economically right to reduce the size of the state – and would be so even in the absence of a spiralling national debt. There is plenty of academic research that highlights how bloated states impoverish countries, regardless of whether or not they are technically affordable. The latest comes from two Swedish economists, Andreas Bergh and Magnus Henrekson, published by the Research Institute of Industrial Economics. It reports that an increase in government size of 10 percentage points of GDP is associated with a 0.5 to one per cent lower annual growth rate in rich countries. This suggests that the rise in spending from 36.6 per cent of UK GDP in 2000 to 51 per cent in 2010, to use the OECD measure, has been disastrous. This 14.4 percentage point increase in the public sector’s share translates into a reduction in the growth rate of the British economy of between 1.4 per cent and 0.7 per cent a year. Paychecks and living standards are thus much lower today than they would otherwise be. Had spending been restrained, we would be living in a substantially wealthier country today, regardless of the recession, with more jobs and resources at our disposal.All the tightening to date has come from higher taxes – current spending hit a fresh record in November, and only capex has so far come under pressure – so it is no wonder growth remains weak. We need less spending, not just because we cannot afford to borrow as much, but because proper growth is impossible as long as the state sector, with its low productivity, high wastage and limited ability to innovate, remains this large.Bergh and Henrekson find that the only way high tax and spending can co-exist with decent growth, at least temporarily, is if other policies are pro-market: low regulation, low inflation and the maximisation of other kinds of economic freedom. Sweden combined high (though falling) public spending as a share of GDP with decent growth because it liberalised many other parts of its economy in the 1990s (the modern Swedish model is no longer semi-communist). Again, the UK is going the wrong way: marginal tax rates on income and capital are rising, as is the overall burden of regulation, foreign investors are being frightened away, and inflation is out of control. The research also finds that high-trust societies are good for growth and cancel out some of the problems of bloated welfare states – but even if true, that observation is of limited use to George Osborne. Rather than being so defensive over the size of the cuts, he should confront his critics with the findings of these and other economists. 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Jay Yao | Wednesday, 16th December, 2020 | More on: RR I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Rolls-Royce shares: Here’s what I think is next for the dividend As a result of the pandemic, Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) management suspended the dividend for the first time since 1987, and the company’s stock fell substantially in the earlier part of the year. With the recent stock rally driven by vaccine optimism, however, Rolls-Royce shares have rebounded strongly from its year’s lows. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Given the optimism in Rolls-Royce shares, here’s what I think management might do with the company’s dividend in the coming years. It’s going to get betterRolls-Royce’s dividend depends on how well the company does fundamentally. Fortunately, I think there will be better times ahead for the company financially speaking. Thanks to the pharmaceutical industry developing a vaccine for Covid-19 in record time, there’s hope for Rolls-Royce’s financials to bounce back. In December, both the US and the UK approved coronavirus vaccines developed by Pfizer and BioNtech. Other vaccine candidates for Covid-19 could be approved next. As a result of the vaccines, there is hope that things could return closer to normal in many parts of the developed world by the end of next year or 2022. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary elaborated on that hope in November, “I’ve heard a lot of rubbish coming from legacy airlines that it’ll be 2035 till the volumes come back. Rubbish. Volumes will go back in 2021 or 2022 pretty quickly – they will go back because Ryanair will discount prices, hotels will discount.”Rolls-Royce shares: Trading updateIn December, RR management also elaborated on their expectations for the coming years via a trading update. Management disclosed that their restructuring plan to deliver a targeted £1.3bn of cost savings by 2022 is on track. Management also expects RR to turn cash flow positive at some point in the latter half of 2021. They are targeting at least £750m in free cash flow (FCF) excluding disposals as early as 2022 as well.What I think management might do with the dividendIf things turn the way management expects in terms of free cash flow, I imagine Rolls-Royce shares will pay a dividend for the 2022 year. Although there is a chance that RR pays a dividend for the latter half of 2021, I don’t believe it’s very high given that management will probably err on the side of caution. In terms of the potential total annual dividend for 2022, I reckon it could be less than 2.28p per share or less. I think this because RR reported free cash flow of 45.9p per share and paid an annual dividend of 11.7p for 2019. That gives RR a dividend to FCF ratio of 25.5% for 2019.Assuming that RR achieves £750m in free cash flow in 2022 and management pays the same dividend to free cash flow ratio, RR would pay around £191m in dividends for that year. Given the 8.37bn shares outstanding, according to Bloomberg, RR would pay around 2.28p per share for 2022. Given that there’s still a lot of uncertainty left and management might decide to use free cash flow to pay down debt, I reckon there’s a pretty high chance that the initial annual dividend per share for 2022 will probably be less than that. On the other hand, if management very well executes and free cash flow comes in higher than £750m, the annual dividend could be higher for 2022.Given the RR’s prospects, I’d hold on to Rolls-Royce shares because I’m long-term bullish on air travel.
Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 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 Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Rector Tampa, FL Advocacy Peace & Justice, [Episcopal News Service] Él se sintió agredido, y así lo dice, escogiendo específicamente la palabra para transmitir la fuerza de su sentimiento. Sí, él se sintió personalmente agredido. Pero A.W. Lewis (“Buster”) también sintió que las iglesia episcopal en memoria de R.E. Lee [R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church] en Lexington, Virginia —su parroquia–“como yo la conocía, estaba siendo agredida y que debíamos hacer algo al respecto”.Los sentimientos de Lewis afloraron por primera vez en el verano de 2015, cuando la junta parroquial de R.E. Lee Memorial decidió explorar la idea de cambiar su nombre después de 114 años. La decisión se produjo a raíz de la masacre en la iglesia metodista episcopal africana Emanuel, en Charleston, Carolina del Sur, que dejó un saldo de tres heridos y nueve muertos. Poco después de ocurrir la balacera, la Iglesia Episcopal aprobó una resolución en su 78ª. Convención General en que instaba “…a todas las personas, junto con instituciones públicas, gubernamentales y religiosas, a descontinuar el despliegue de la bandera de batalla de la Confederación”.Un dibujo de la iglesia episcopal R.E. Lee Memorial en Lexington, Virginia.Las banderas de la Confederación no eran el problema en la iglesia R.E. Lee, una parroquia bastante grande de 465 miembros en un pueblo pequeño de unos 7,200 habitantes. Lexington es la sede del Instituto Militar de Virginia y de las universidades de Washington y Lee. Los generales confederados Robert E. Lee y Thomas Jackson (“Stonewall”) están enterrados allí y el Sendero de los Apalaches tiende hacia el norte apenas a unos pocos kilómetros de distancia. El entorno rural y las profundas raíces históricas de este pueblo universitario se fusiona con su propio ecosistema: el que sustenta a [la iglesia de] R.E. Lee.“[Nuestra parroquia es] más bien una comunidad diversa en el espectro conservador-liberal”, dice el Rdo. Tom Crittenden, rector de R.E. Lee Memorial.En ese escenario diverso, con la masacre de Charleston cerniéndose sobre la conciencia del país, un feligrés escribió una carta a la junta parroquial acerca del nombre de la iglesia. El feligrés “sólo quería dejar sentado que el nombre no era útil a la misión de la iglesia, y le pedía a la junta parroquial que contemplara un cambio de nombre”, explica Crittenden. Dado “el contexto de esas muertes y los símbolos alusivos a la Confederación… cuando [la junta parroquial] recibió la carta, hubo una conciencia general de que el nombre resultaba problemático en alguna medida”. Con esa conciencia y con la carta como un catalizador, se planteó un debate sobre el nombre entre los 465 miembros de R.E. Lee Memorial.Ese mismo verano, a sólo 222 kilómetros al este, en la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo [St. Paul’s Episcopal Church] en Richmond, Virginia, el Rdo. Wallace Adams-Riley habló desde el púlpito acerca de los símbolos de los confederados en su iglesia, conocida durante mucho tiempo como “la catedral de la Confederación”. Durante la guerra de Secesión, Richmond fue la capital de los Estados Confederados de América. Robert E. Lee, el general confederado, asistía [a los oficios] de San Pablo y Jefferson Davis, el presidente de la Confederación era uno de sus miembros.Cuando Adams-Riley predicó 11 días después de la masacre de Charleston, habló de los vínculos visibles y táctiles de la iglesia con la Confederación. Linda Armstrong, miembro de la junta parroquial, recuerda haber oído decir que “es hora de que atendamos al mensaje que le enviamos a los demás”. El rector también habló de “odio, supremacía blanca y privilegio de los blancos”, dice ella. “Puso a la gente a pensar —gente que va a la iglesia y realmente no mira en torno suyo”.De esa manera, Adams-Riley había puesto a San Pablo en el camino de discernir cómo el pasado de la parroquia y sus decoraciones se ajustaban a su presente identidad y valores.Un oficio el domingo por la mañana en la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo en Richmond, Virginia. Foto de Gail GoldsmithDesde la Catedral Nacional de Washington a la Diócesis de Maryland, los debates que vinculan la historia con el diálogo nacional acerca de la raza se han extendido a través de la Iglesia Episcopal. Sin embargo, esas conversaciones con frecuencia se perciben forzadas, defensivas, demasiado superficiales o bien intencionadas—y en consecuencia pasan por alto lo fundamental.Para que los empeños de reconciliación racial logren su objetivo, las conversaciones deben trascender la dinámica del típico intercambio diario. Una reconciliación racial profunda conlleva ahondar en un nivel emocional, dice Heidi Kim, la funcionaria encargada de reconciliación racial en la Iglesia Episcopal.“Parte de por qué no podemos tener conversaciones abiertas y vulnerables acerca del racismo es por la mucha vergüenza y culpa que ha habido en torno al racismo”, dice Kim. Las personas de color se avergüenzan de lo que son, en tanto los blancos se culpan del racismo. “Tenemos que hacer algo mejor [que eso]”, dice ella.Lewis no se sintió a gusto respecto a la conversación en R.E. Lee Memorial desde el comienzo. “La junta parroquial, desde mi punto de vista, manejo mal todo el asunto”, dice él. El organismo gobernante decidió discutir el cambio de nombre cuando muchos feligreses estaban fuera del pueblo en las vacaciones del verano, y Lewis percibió una falta de transparencia desde las primeras reuniones.Además, “sentí que los miembros durante generaciones habían vivido, real y literalmente, con este nombre casi como un timbre de orgullo”, afirma él. Desde que se incorporó a la iglesia en 1972, Lewis dice que sólo había oído a una persona cuestionar el nombre, hasta que surgió el problema en 2015.Crittenden describe una experiencia diferente. “Vine aquí hace nueve años y el nombre de la iglesia salía alguna vez en la conversación. Robert E. Lee asistía a esta iglesia después de la guerra, en tanto era presidente del Washington College (en la actualidad Universidad de Washington y Lee). La iglesia se convirtió en R.E. Lee Memorial en 1903, 33 años después de la muerte del general confederado. “La iglesia no se fundó en honor de Lee”, apunta Crittenden.La parroquia sometió a discusión su nombre durante cuatro meses con varias actividades, incluidos foros como los que se celebran en los ayuntamientos, debates en pequeños grupos y una encuesta congresional. Una profunda división se produjo rápidamente entre los miembros que veían el nombre como “anacrónico” y en desarmonía con la misión de la parroquia, y aquellos para quienes el nombre expresa una “historia más profunda de la iglesia dentro de la comunidad y el papel de Lee en la iglesia”, explica Crittenden.Cuando el asunto se sometió a votación en noviembre de 2015, la junta parroquial decidió que el cambio de nombre necesitaba de una supermayoría para ser aprobado. Fue rechazado por un voto. La congregación no se ha repuesto todavía.Este tipo de resultado no tomaría por sorpresa a Kim. “No hay una solución mágica” para el éxito con la reconciliación racial, dice ella —el proceso depende de cómo las personas abordan la labor y unos a los otros. Hablar sobre la raza, incluso de una forma velada, exige una disposición a valorar a todo el mundo como el experto de su propia experiencia vital, en lugar de elevar [el asunto] a un selecto grupo de unos cuantos expertos, afirma ella. “De principio a fin, “el establecer una relación correcta tiene que ser más importante que tener la razón” añade Kim.Un sentimiento semejante orienta a Don Edwards, fundador de Justice and Sustainability Associates, una firma de asesoría de gestión con fines de lucro que coordina “acuerdos justos y sostenibles en torno al uso de terrenos”. Con años de experiencia en la utilización de terrenos, JSA aceptó su primer proyecto de reconciliación racial hace aproximadamente 10 años. Según transitaba en la confluencia de terrenos y raza, [esta organización] ha trabajado con un puñado de iglesias, entre ellas San Pablo. “Contextualidad, esa es un área en expansión”, dice Edwards. “La Iglesia episcopal en el Sur es un portal particular” para esos debates acerca de la raza.Reliquias del pasado, ya se trate de un nombre, tarjas o reclinatorios bordados, provocan las conversaciones en ambas parroquias. Y gracias a ellas muchos feligreses muertos hace mucho siguen viviendo, como lo hacen a través de sus descendientes, algunos de los cuales asisten a las mismas iglesias a que lo hicieron sus familias hace generaciones.“Hay un elemento que queremos introducir que garantiza y posibilita que la gente hable de sus [antepasados] sin tener que asumir las opciones que sus parientes tomaron”, dice Edwards. En la práctica, esto significa entender la gama de puntos de vista de una congregación, organizar debates en pequeños grupos, fomentar el respeto mutuo, capacitar a los coordinadores y mantener un ojo avizor en los participantes durante los debates emotivos.Adams-Riley acredita a Edwards con cultivar en San Pablo “una sensación de mutua acogida y de que las personas son invitadas a compartir francamente; una sensación de respeto mutuo”. Alrededor de 100 personas asistieron a dos diálogos devotos en la parroquia en agosto de 2015.Armstrong recuerda bien las conversaciones a la que ella asistió como miembro de San Pablo. Cuando los feligreses se reunían en grupos de ocho a 10 personas, alguien dijo que los afroamericanos encuentran ofensiva la bandera de batalla de la Confederación. “No sé que eso jamás se hubiera dicho en un grupo, y creo que la gente lo escuchó”, afirmó.Una vez que Edwards concluyó su tarea, San Pablo avanzó. Las imágenes de la bandera confederada que había dentro de la iglesia se quitaron. Otras cosas relacionadas con la Confederación se quedaron —y su significado está siendo actualmente reelaborado. Y se creó la Iniciativa de Historia y Reconciliación. Armstrong preside el grupo, el cual incluye un equipo que se ocupa de la historia, otro de la liturgia y la música y un tercero que se conoce como el equipo que se ocupa de la recordación.Trabajando con un plan cuatrienal, el equipo que se ocupa de la historia ha buscado en los archivos de la iglesia y ha encontrado otros modos de entender la historia de San Pablo. Una vez que ese proceso ha concluido, el equipo que se ocupa de la música y la liturgia determinará como esos elementos se prestan a la reconciliación racial.Finalmente, el equipo orientado hacia la rememoración del pasado, tiene presente “que parte de nuestra historia es opresiva y es brutal”, dice Armstrong. En el ínterin, las “devotas conversaciones” de la congregación continúan en forma de discusiones en comidas informales. En la próxima comida informal, en abril, los feligreses verán y debatirán el documental Trazas de la trata [Traces of the Trade], una película cuya directora y productora, Katrina Brown, estará presente para el evento.“Queremos contar una historia completa y sincera [de San Pablo]”, dice la Rda. Melanie Mullen, directora de reconciliación, justicia y cuidado de la creación de la Iglesia Episcopal. Hasta el 1 de marzo, Mullen trabajó como misionera del centro urbano en San Pablo.Ese deseo mantiene unida a la congregación, afirma Armstrong. El proceso no carece de interrupciones ni es fácil. “Es complicado… así como la plática resultó emotiva para las personas”, añadió. Si bien no todo el mundo ha participado, la mayoría de los 450 miembros activos de la parroquia lo han hecho. “Las personas tienen la sensación, realmente, de estar energizadas por esto”, afirma Adams-Riley.Armstrong explica este sentimiento. Aunque la palabra reconciliación implica un cómputo externo o una disculpa, ella espera un cambio interno. El proceso en busca de la verdad de la parroquia “debe transformar no sólo la manera en que somos vistos, sino quienes realmente somos”, dice ella. Según los feligreses se transforman, ellos esperan que la reputación de San Pablo como la “catedral de la Confederación” también se transformará en la “catedral de la reconciliación”.Y aunque la reconciliación racial es un ministerio de la Iglesia Episcopal, “no todo el mundo se sentirá llamado a este ministerio”, dice Kim, “y eso está bien”. Ella desalienta a las congregaciones a considerar la reconciliación racial sólo porque “es lo correcto” o el ministerio que está en boga.Unas 10 personas que estaban a favor del cambio de nombre en R.E. Lee Memorial, entre ellas dos familias con hijos, se fueron a raíz de la votación, según la feligresa Lacey Lynch. Linch también estaba a favor del cambio de nombre, pero no se sorprendió cuando no fue aprobado. Por ahora, Lynch y su familia se han quedado. Sin embargo, una vez pasada la votación, pocos feligreses participan de la vida de la iglesia. Si bien el éxodo después de la votación fue pequeño, el tono de la vida de la parroquia se percibe dramáticamente diferente. Lynch apunta a una “tensión subyacente, que es difícil de describir”.Al igual que Lynch, Lewis se ha quedado en su parroquia, a pesar de sentirse agredido. Él cree —y espera— que la cuestión del cambio de nombre haya quedado definitivamente atrás. Por su parte, Lynch expresa un deseo diferente. “Espero que pueda haber algún debate ulterior [sobre el cambio de nombre]”, dice ella, “porque no lo veo como políticamente correcto, lo veo como abordando lo que significa la historia de la Confederación”.R.E. Lee Memorial no contrató a un asesor cuando debatió lo de su nombre, pero lo ha hecho después para ayudar a enmendar las desavenencias resultantes. Creo que el debate y luego la votación fueron un llamado a despertar”, dice Crittenden. “Reveló diferencias en la congregación que reflejaron las divisiones que hubo en nuestro país en las últimas elecciones”.Orientada por la firma asesora, la parroquia está “discerniendo la manera en que nos encaminamos más plenamente hacia la unidad como congregación, como una familia eclesiástica, y nos concentramos en nuestro llamado a servir”, explica Crittenden. El proceso, dice Lewis, va bien. Nada es más importante para la comunidad de R.E. Lee ahora mismo que las transparencia, afirma Crittenden.Los activistas arguyen sólidas razones para escoger la senda de la reconciliación racial, del arrepentimiento a la creación de un mundo más justo. Edwards, el asesor, un episcopal que creció asistiendo a una iglesia episcopal negra, añade otra: con una asistencia decreciente en las iglesias episcopales “uno debe pensar en el hecho que donde la demanda decrece, la oferta se contrae”. Una Iglesia racialmente reconciliada abre sus puertas a un espectro de humanidad más amplio y es menos probable que fenezca.Cuando uno ve cualquier iglesia episcopal blanca, uno tiene que preguntar: “¿qué iglesia negra derivó de esta iglesia?”, dice Edwards. Reunir iglesias predominantemente blancas con iglesias negras fundadas por episcopales blancos tiene sentido, dice —y sólo puede suceder cuando los feligreses conversan realmente sobre la raza y sobre su pasado. En esa reunión, “el cierre del ciclo”, como la llama Edwards, “hay una especie de elegancia de que eso y aquello me motivan porque todas estas personas comparten una religión, todas ellas comparten una creencia en un Dios —un solo Dios”.— Heather Beasley Doyle es una periodista independiente radicada en Massachusetts. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Mayor Land was truly a humble man, and always the same, no matter when, or where you ran into him, or whose company he was entertaining, he remembered everyone’s name, always. I think he knew everyone’s name in town, and remembered their names so easily, and I really don’t know how he did that. He lived the history of this nation, and this city, and was in fact, a walking history book of reference. One thing that always tickled me was when he would write in the Apopka Chief newspaper about family relationships such as “first cousins once removed”,” second cousins once removed”, etc. and he would write these long detailed articles explaining families relationships and how each was related in great detail. It was confusing, but so entertaining. He knew this sort of stuff. I hope one day, the Apopka Chief will run one of Mayor Land’s articles that he wrote in the past, so the city’s citizens, that were not here then, will get to enjoy his article like I used to get a kick out of. Reply The Anatomy of Fear November 3, 2017 at 5:04 pm James1958 Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Thank you. Reply November 3, 2017 at 5:04 pm Riding down 441 tonight, and looking out over at City Hall, just before dark, and seeing the porch lights lit, and looking out over the lawn, and there he was, standing right out there, was Mayor John Land, out there by himself, and appearing to be holding the fort down, overseeing everything coming and going in this town….. Please enter your comment! November 3, 2017 at 5:22 pm Reggie Connell Reply Mama Mia TAGSCity of ApopkaMayor John Land Previous articleRepairs continue as water levels decrease in some areas of Lake Apopka North ShoreNext articleBlue Darters blast Oak Ridge 44-12; await postseason fate Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 8 COMMENTS Reply November 4, 2017 at 1:09 pm Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mama Mia Reply Mama Mia Correction: Nice photos, as I now see the others! Bronze statue immortalizes 19-term mayor who led Apopka into the 21st centuryOpinionBy Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceJohn Land was a giant.Don’t believe me? Take a look at the seven-foot bronze statue in front of the Apopka City Hall where Land was immortalized this morning at an unveiling and dedication ceremony where he served as Apopka’s mayor for seven decades.Need more proof? Keep reading about the life and times of this iconic figure in Apopka history.Land was Mayor of Apopka for a total of 61 years, from 1950 to 1968 and again from 1971 to 2014. He was the longest-serving mayor in the history of Florida and the second longest-serving mayor in US history.Land was mayor for 19 terms, and according to several sources presided over 1,483 out of the 1,488 City Council meetings that were scheduled in those 61 years. He worked alongside 40 different city commissioners in that time span.He was mayor when Apopka was a small town of 2,254 people, and when it grew to 45,000 residents and became Orange County’s second-largest city.But let’s put his astounding time in office into historical perspective.Land was mayor of Apopka through the terms of 12 U.S. Presidents. He was mayor during the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis. He was mayor during segregation, integration, and when the Civil Rights Act was signed. He was mayor when the Apollo projects at NASA began, and when the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles exploded.He was mayor of Apopka for the entirety of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, both conflicts in Iraq, and the current war in Afghanistan. He was mayor during the rise and fall of the Soviet Union. He was mayor when President Ronald Reagan said: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”Land was mayor during assassinations, resignations, and recounts. He was mayor when America was described as a shining city on the hill… when police officers, firefighters, and first responders ran into the fire and smoke and rubble that the twin towers had become on September 11th, 2001, and he was mayor when the first black president of the United States was inaugurated.He was mayor during the good and bad times of American history, and he was a part of its history as well.John Horting Land was born in Plant City in 1920, but he and his family moved to Apopka soon after. He graduated from Apopka High School in 1938, and then went to the University of Florida before leaving college to join the Army during World War II.He served under General George S. Patton in Europe and was present at the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany in 1945.After the war, Land helped run the family business of Consumers Lumber and Veneer, which made wire-bound crates for various agricultural products grown in the immediate Apopka area. He also had a bulk oil business.But politics and public service seemed to be in Land’s blood.Soon after returning to Apopka, Land ran in the 1949 Mayoral election. He won, and in 1950 was inaugurated as the 24th Mayor of Apopka at the age of 29. 2018 will be the first time in 69 years his name does not appear on a mayoral ballot in Apopka.Pete Pasha was the sculptor who crafted the Land statues. He also spoke at the unveiling ceremony and seemed to capture Land’s essence both in the bronze figure and in his words.“When a sculptor fashions a person, it should do more than capture a likeness… but was John Land really seven-feet-tall? No…. he was taller. Mayor John Land rose to the occasion for the city of Apopka during his life. God made him that tall. He was larger than life.” Note: John Land’s Wikipedia page and the narrative in the John Land Trust website contributed to this story, and served as reference material as well. Mama Mia November 3, 2017 at 10:12 pm November 3, 2017 at 5:07 pm #Apopka Proud! Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Loved that man , friend to all , never forgot a name, is missed by almost every person that cares about this city Nice photo! November 5, 2017 at 10:20 pm Reply Please enter your name here Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here November 3, 2017 at 5:45 pm Great article, Reggie. Well written, and it puts Mayor Land’s lifespan, and his service, as our city’s longtime mayor, into a historical perspective of events that he lived through. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Protesters lock down police-military expo in California.Pleasanton, Calif.Over 500 protesters militantly opposed Urban Shield, a four-day weapons exposition for law enforcement, on Sept. 9. The exposition, mounted at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, draws police forces from around the U.S.Protesters chained themselves together and locked down three different entry gates to the event. Twenty-three protesters were arrested, cited and released. The action was organized by the Stop Urban Shield Coalition.The protests were focused against the increasing militarization of police forces in the U.S. and globally.According to the organizers: “Urban Shield is an annual SWAT team policing training and weapons expo that brings together local, regional, and international police-military units — including those from the Apartheid State of Israel — to collaborate on new forms of surveillance, state repression, and state violence. It consists of extremely militarized policing trainings and war games that only seek to expand the power of law enforcement over our communities. As we continue to face and witness increased militarization and the violence of policing, we must resist programs like Urban Shield, and demand the resources that build our self-determination.”Coalition member organizations include the Arab Resource and Organizing Committee, Critical Resistance, BAYAN USA, Xicana Moratorium, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, the Anti Police-Terror Project, the Haiti Action Committee and the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News December 24, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio Kalima correspondent attacked by local residents RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation Radio Kalima correspondent Moez El-Bey was attacked by local residents while speaking live from his home in Sfax on the programme that Radio Kalima was broadcasting in partnership with Marseille-based Radio Galère (88.4FM). The police looked on without intervening.
News UpdatesPlea In Kerala HC Seeks Protection Of Transgender Community Against Discrimination In The Grant Of Relief Measures During COVID Lockdown [Read Petition] MEHAL JAIN12 May 2020 9:29 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has been moved in a petition seeking to ensure the distribution of food ration, medicines, access to medical treatment etc. to the transgender communities in the state.The petitioner Aneera Kabeer, a transgender person, has submitted that since the nationwide lockdown on March 25, the transgender community has been facing lack of access to essential food supply,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court has been moved in a petition seeking to ensure the distribution of food ration, medicines, access to medical treatment etc. to the transgender communities in the state.The petitioner Aneera Kabeer, a transgender person, has submitted that since the nationwide lockdown on March 25, the transgender community has been facing lack of access to essential food supply, medicines and treatment. They also face a threat of torture at the hands of police authorities. Many of them are unemployed due to the prohibition on institutions and shops to work since the lockdown. Most persons from the transgender community have no other livelihood options other than begging and sex work and due to the lockdown, they have been completely without any form of livelihood or earnings. The ones who are working in petty shops or other small contractual employment are also not having any earnings or income since the lockdown.The Division Bench of Justices Anu Sivaraman and MR Anitha heard Senior Advocate Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari for the Petitioner and Additional Advocate General, Ranjith Thampan for the Government.The Court has then adjourned the matter for further hearing. “Transgender persons have been specifically discriminated against in the grant of relief measures during lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 and the transgender community in Kerala including the petitioner continuously suffer a violation of Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution”, contends the petition filed through Advocate Thulasi K. Raj. The various issues faced by the Transgender community in Kerala have been enlisted in the petition- (a) Lack of access to ration and community kitchens “Due to the restrictions accompanied by the lockdown, persons like the petitioner are forced to stay indoors without sufficient access to ration and essential supplies. A major problem faced by the members of the community is lack of ration cards. Even though the general policy of the state seems to be universalisation of ration without insisting for ration cards, the same is not implemented at the grass root level”, it is advanced. The petitioner has recounted a personal experience of having visited the Civil Supplies Office in Palakkad after the lockdown where she was refused ration on the ground that she has no ration card. Due to permanent exclusion and ostracization from their families, they have no access to family ration cards where their names might have been shown. The Transgender Persons are also discriminated in the matter of distribution of other food essentials. (b) Lack of access to medicines and medical treatment The right to medicines and access to medical treatment is denied to a large extent to the transgender persons. Several of the persons have undergone sex reassignment surgery and hormonal treatment for which hormonal medication is mandatorily prescribed. They are unable to continue their hormone therapy causing serious physical and psychological distress. The number of HIV positive cases among the community is also very high, for which adequate medical attention is essential. Many members of the trans community are also elderly and suffering from health issues like heart ailments, diabetes, cancer etc. and they need medicines and treatment which they cannot afford during this time. (c) Inability to pay rent and threat of eviction Many persons in the community live as tenants and are unable to pay rent due to abrupt loss of their employment. They also face a threat of eviction especially from private landlords. Due to the general stigma against transgender people, ordinarily, they find it difficult to find places to stay. Sufficient safeguards are absent to prevent illegal evictions of members of the community. They seek urgent reliefs against the threat of eviction and rehabilitation. (d) Prohibition against torture and degrading treatment Even during the present times, the members of the community who were forced to resort to begging for daily survival and are on the streets are being harassed by police officers. They are still looked down upon by officers of the state and are not provided with equal treatment. Stigma against the community persists on large scale and has increased steeply during the Covid lockdown and in fact has worsened. The Transgender community is harassed as they are seen as spreading the corona virus. (e) Social unemployment allowance Abrupt loss of employment and income has made it difficult for the community to find means of survival post 25 March 2020. The state government is required to devise urgent measures by which financial security is guaranteed to the members of the community, and in particular to those unemployed and those receiving abysmally low income. They need cash support in the form of a social security pension or allowance or a one- time cash payment which is being given to others such as migrant workers or construction workers for their loss of livelihood. Relief sought i. The petitioner has prayed for a direction to the state of Kerala to ensure adequate distribution of food rations, vegetables and essentials to Transgender persons in Kerala from Civil Supplies Offices and other outlets without insisting for production of ration cards as long as the threat of Covid-19 persists;ii. To ensure adequate medicines, including HIV and hormone therapy medicines from primary health centres, government hospitals and dispensaries to the Transgender persons in Kerala as long as the threat of Covid-19 persists; iii. To ensure unemployment allowance to the Transgender persons as long as the threat of Covid-19 persists; iv. To ensure cooking facilities, access to community kitchens, free LPG cylinders and rehabilitation for Transgender persons in Kerala as long as the threat of Covid-19 persists; v. To provide social security and financial support to transgender persons for as long as the threat of COVID-19 persists; vi. To take steps to ensure that the Transgender persons in Kerala are not subject to torture at the hands of various police officers and that Transgenders living in rented premises are not evicted by private landlords due to non-payment of rent; vii. To prohibit forced evictions of Transgender persons from their places of residence.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Next Story
Lansing Police Department(LANSING, Mich.) — A Michigan police department has released body camera footage that appears to show an officer striking a 16-year-old runaway they were apprehending to return to a youth center.Officers from the Lansing Police Department were called on Friday morning after emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from a resident asking police to pick up two teens who had escaped from an in-county youth center, Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski told reporters during a news conference on Friday. The teens, a 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy, were being housed at the center for probation violations, and police had warrants to re-detain them, Yankowski said. Officers had been looking for them in the same area the day before, Yankowski said.When officers arrived to the neighborhood, they spotted two people who matched the teens’ descriptions who “took off running” once the officers identified themselves, Yankowski said.Body camera footage from officer Bailey Ueberroth begins as he chases the 16-year-old girl through a residential neighborhood in Lansing. After Ueberroth handcuffs her, they walk together back to his patrol car, and she begins shouting at people on the street before slipping out of her handcuffs.Another officer then comes to assist re-securing the handcuffs as the teen and Ueberroth struggle on the ground, the video shows, and the teen continues to yell at the onlookers on the street.“I didn’t put my hands on her,” she screams in frustration. “You called the police for no reason.”The teen then falls to the ground, causing the officers to carry her back to the patrol car by her legs and arms, the video shows.Once she was placed in the backseat, she extended her right leg to prevent the officers from closing the car door. PHOTO: Body camera footage from the Lansing Police Department shows an officer striking a 16-year-old girl who had escaped from a youth home on probation violation charges on Friday, June 14, 2019. Lansing Police DepartmentThe teen could be heard yelling at the officer to stop hitting her, but she continued to hold the car door open with her foot, telling officers “no” when they told her to put her leg in the car.“I ain’t doing s—,” the teen says as multiple people on the street admonish the officers for how they handled the situation.Once the officers finally close the door, Ueberroth starts the car and drives away as the teen cries in the backseat.The 15-year-old male was also captured and returned to the youth center, Yankowski said. He did damage to another patrol car by kicking it, Yankowski added.Officers are permitted to use force that is “objectively reasonable,” and this case will be thoroughly reviewed, Yankowski said.Ueberroth has been with the department for six months and Howley has been with the department for a year, police said in a press release. They have been placed on administrative leave as the department conducts the internal investigation.The girl was not injured in the incident and did not require medical attention when she returned to the youth center, according to the police chief.Both officers suffered minor scrapes and cuts and one of the officers strained a hand, Yankowski said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Remote sensing-based approaches to lithological mapping are traditionally pixel-oriented, with classification performed on either a per-pixel or sub-pixel basis with complete disregard for contextual information about neighbouring pixels. However, intra-class variability due to heterogeneous surface cover (i.e., vegetation and soil) or regional variations in mineralogy and chemical composition can result in the generation of unrealistic, generalised lithological maps that exhibit the “salt-and-pepper” artefact of spurious pixel classifications, as well as poorly defined contacts. In this study, an object-based image analysis (OBIA) approach to lithological mapping is evaluated with respect to its ability to overcome these issues by instead classifying groups of contiguous pixels (i.e., objects). Due to significant vegetation cover in the study area, the OBIA approach incorporates airborne multispectral and LiDAR data to indirectly map lithologies by exploiting associations with both topography and vegetation type. The resulting lithological maps were assessed both in terms of their thematic accuracy and ability to accurately delineate lithological contacts. The OBIA approach is found to be capable of generating maps with an overall accuracy of 73.5% through integrating spectral and topographic input variables. When compared to equivalent per-pixel classifications, the OBIA approach achieved thematic accuracy increases of up to 13.1%, whilst also reducing the “salt-and-pepper” artefact to produce more realistic maps. Furthermore, the OBIA approach was also generally capable of mapping lithological contacts more accurately. The importance of optimising the segmentation stage of the OBIA approach is also highlighted. Overall, this study clearly demonstrates the potential of OBIA for lithological mapping applications, particularly in significantly vegetated and heterogeneous terrain.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Rakocevic scored 21 points, Bennie Boatwright added 18 and USC snapped a four-game losing streak with a 91-49 victory over Southern Utah on Friday night.Jonah Mathews added 14 points, including four 3-pointers, for the Trojans (6-6), who gave coach Andy Enfield his 100th win in six seasons at the school.Andre Adams had 13 points for Southern Utah (5-4), which has dropped three of its last four. Brandon Better added 12 points.USC led most of the game. The Trojans were up 39-25 at halftime, scored eight of the first 10 points in the second half and steadily pulled away. The Trojans led by as many as 43 late in the second half.The game was tied at six when USC went on a 13-2 run over a four-minute stretch. The Trojans were four of five from the field as Boatwright scored five points and Jonah Mathews added three.Southern Utah scored five straight points before the Trojans ran off 11 straight for a 30-12 lead with 5:43 remaining. Rakocevic scored six during the spurt as USC took advantage of four Southern Utah turnovers.USC would lead by as many as 19 (36-17) late in the first half before Southern Utah closed to 39-25.BIG PICTURESouthern Utah: The Thunderbirds have lost seven straight against Pac-12 teams. Their last win against a team from the conference was against Washington State in 2003.USC: The Trojans were better on 3-pointers, going 7 of 17 from beyond the arc. But they have made just 32 percent over the past six games (38 for 118). They started the season 17 of 33 on 3’s in their first six.UP NEXTSouthern Utah: Opens Big Sky play at home against Montana State on Dec. 29.USC: Finishes non-conference play when it hosts UC Davis on Dec. 30. Associated Press December 22, 2018 /Sports News – Local USC snaps 4-game losing streak with win over Southern Utah Tags: SUU Thunderbirds Basketball Written by