Apopka students to benefit from national backpack giveaway on July 26

first_img Please enter your comment! TCC hosts 8th annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway with Apopka location, one of only three in Orlando areaCompany will also award five $10,000 college scholarships to selected winnersFrom Round RoomRound Room, LLC., the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, announces this week that its TCC and Wireless Zone stores are donating 140,000 backpacks full of school supplies during its eighth annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, marking more than one million total backpacks donated since the campaign launched in 2013. The Backpack Giveaway event ensures children across the U.S. are well prepared for the start of the new school year. TCC will also award five students each $10,000 college scholarships.More than 800 participating TCC and Wireless Zone stores across the U.S. are inviting families to visit select locations on Sunday, July 26, between 1-4 p.m. to pick up a backpack filled with various school supplies including pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders and glue.TCC Apopka Location: 2107 East Semoran Blvd., Apopka, 32703  One backpack per child will be given away to families, but to limit the number of people at the event, children are not required to be present to receive the backpack. Backpacks will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.Each participating store location will follow the CDC’s social distancing and state guidelines to ensure the safety of employees and event attendees. In an effort to promote safety, stores will host either distanced walk up or contactless drive up events for customers to pick up backpacks. Check your local store location for specific instructions.In addition to the backpack donations, TCC will be awarding five $10,000 college scholarships as a part of its Big Impact program. Children in grades K-12 are eligible for entry and can be registered at their local TCC stores during the Backpack Giveaway event. Entries will be accepted from July 24-31.“It’s our favorite time of year as a TCC family. We love helping students obtain essential supplies before they begin their school year each summer,” said Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC. “To have been able to donate more than one million backpacks to our nation’s youth in the eight years of this event is incredible, and I couldn’t be more thankful for our store locations, employees and customers for helping us continue to do good in our operating communities.”For a list of participating TCC stores and to learn how your local store location will commence its Backpack Giveaway event, visit www.tccrocks.com/locations. Each participating TCC store will donate up to 180 backpacks. Any leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.As a Culture of Good, Inc. company, TCC makes ongoing investments in the local communities where it operates. The company recently donated 5,540 duffel bags full of essential items to foster children across the country as well as $160,000 to local nonprofits assisting those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. TCC also recently announced its relocation of its corporate headquarters to Fishers, Indiana, to enhance its corporate culture.Supporters of the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway are encouraged to use hashtags #SchoolRocks and #BetterTogether on Instagram and Twitter to help spread the word. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSapopkaFreeRound RobinSchool Rocks Backpack GiveawaySchool SuppliesTCCWireless Zone Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleGroundwater levels and spring flows increased in June, as did Lake Apopka’s water level Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img 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. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Founded in 1991, TCC operates nearly 900 locations in 39 states from coast to coast. TCC’s nationally recognized Culture of Good movement encourages employees to give back in every community it serves. To learn more about TCC or to apply to join the TCC team, visit the Careers page at www.tccrocks.com.Founded in 1988 as “The Car Phone Store,” the Wireless Zone system has become the nation’s largest wireless retail franchisor and was ranked the No. 1 franchise in its category by Entrepreneur magazine. Each store is independently owned and operated, exclusively offering Verizon Wireless products and services. The Wireless Zone system has been honored with Verizon’s “Best Customer Service” award for five consecutive years and is franchised and operated by Wireless Zone LLC. For more information, visit www.wirelesszone.com.Based in Carmel, Indiana, Round Room leads and invests in companies serving the wireless industry. With 1,241 TCC and Wireless Zone stores across 43 states, Round Room is the largest Verizon Authorized Retailer in the U.S. Its portfolio of companies also share a deep commitment to improving the communities they serve nationwide. To learn more about Round Room, visit www.RoundRoom.com.last_img read more

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Motorcycle hitmen gun down Philippine reporter who covered mining

first_imgNews Receive email alerts RSF_en Screenshot from Jobert “Polpog” Bercasio’s last TV broadcast on 9 September 2020 (photo: Balangibog TV – RSF). “Given the modus operandi, which is typical of the murders of journalists in the Philippines, everything indicates that those who gunned down Jobert Bercasio were acting on the orders of someone who was annoyed by his reporting,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. June 1, 2021 Find out more A specialist in covering the mining industry, along with other subjects, Bercasio used to work for Bicol Today, a local news website, before launching his own online video outlet, Balangibog TV.  In a programme broadcast every Monday to Thursday, he interviewed viewers by telephone and often denounced deforestation and illegal mining in his region. Impunity News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa “We urge the Philippine government to shed light on this case by appointing an independent investigation. It is time to end the impunity that characterizes crimes of violence against media personnel in the Philippines.” Help by sharing this information to go further May 3, 2021 Find out more The Philippines is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than in 2019. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms EnvironmentViolence Cornelio “Rex” Pepino, a radio journalist who was gunned down in May in Dumaguete City, in the central province of Negros Oriental, was probably targeted because of his coverage of local bribery and corruption related to illegal mining. Organisation News September 14, 2020 Motorcycle hitmen gun down Philippine reporter who covered mining Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago February 16, 2021 Find out more In his last Facebook post before his murder, Bercasio referred to the presence, near a quarry, of suspicious trucks that did not have the necessary permits and were using false licence plates. He had previously posted photos of these trucks five days ago. Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Follow the news on Philippines PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms EnvironmentViolence On the basis of initially gathered information, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) suspects that a journalist gunned down today in Sorsogon province, in the eastern Philippines, was killed because of his coverage of the mining industry and urges the police to work on this hypothesis. News Jobert Bercasio, also known as “Polpog,” was killed instantly at around 8 p.m. today by five shots fired from an F-16 rifle near his home in the Seabreeze Homes district of Sorsogon City. Witnesses told police he was shot by two men on a motorcycle who immediately made their getaway. The F-16 is an assault rifle used by the US army.last_img read more

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Drinks giant celebrates faster training

first_imgDiageo, the global premium drinks company, whose brands include Smirnoff,Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Baileys and Tanqueray, is rolling out a globale-learning system to its workforce. It believes the TopClass e-Learning Suite, provided by WBT Systems, willhelp to decrease the time to market by speeding up product training. Also, thesystem’s mobile capability means Diageo’s mobile workforce can undertake thetraining without being taken out of the field. “It was important for us to choose an e-learning solution that could beimplemented in weeks rather than months and quickly provide an e-learninginfrastructure for rapid development and delivery of content,” saidDiageo’s e-learning manager Deepti De Soyza. “With the introduction of newproducts, time is of the essence. The TopClass e-Learning Suite has proven tobe ideal for getting a dispersed and disparate set of employees aligned withand educated in a new product.” www.wbtsystems.com Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Drinks giant celebrates faster trainingOn 1 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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“Torture song”: Landlord apologizes for blasting Barney theme to deter homeless

first_img Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Share via Shortlink “Anti-homeless actions exist in forms of harassment and in this case, hostile music,” the group said, noting that flood lights had also been added to the building recently. “The Barney song playing not only makes it harder for folks to sleep or have a quiet space, it infantizes the violence this building is inflicting on our neighbors.”The group, started by the Los Angeles chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America and the Los Angeles Community Action Network, encouraged its followers to contact Jerico and demand that it stop the music.That effort succeeded.In an apology emailed to individuals who had reached out, Jerico said it had stopped the music on Friday morning.“We are deeply sorry for the lack of consideration we’ve shown our unhoused community,” the statement read. “We allowed our frustrations to lead and took the wrong action around this complex issue. That is inexcusable.”Noting that the company has “the resources and the willingness to do better,” Jerico said it intends to review its actions and seek ways to repair its relationship with the community. Street Watch LA, for its part, is now demanding that the developer house people in the property.In a followup statement to The Real Deal on Thursday, Jerico said it plans to “develop and execute a monthly arts program” in partnership with homeless shelters in the area. Jerico added it was also coordinating with local groups to “provide essential items and services to those directly impacted by our actions,” and has established a community liaison position at the company. It also said the Ante Perkov Way property “is currently occupied by a tenant.”Street Watch LA did not respond to a request for comment.“Torture song”Despite Jerico’s apology, the choice of the Barney theme song was highlighted in Twitter posts. It has come to be known as a “torture song,” favored by U.S. government agencies like the CIA for the purpose of breaking detainees’ resistance. The innocuous lyrics supposedly serve to heighten the sense of “futility” for those subjected to it over an extended period.Two years ago, officials in West Palm Beach, Florida, deployed a similar tactic to discourage homeless people from sleeping at a city-owned waterfront pavilion. It repeatedly played the song “Baby Shark” on a public address system.The San Pedro Barney music episode comes amid the backdrop of an ongoing homeless crisis in L.A. and California as a whole. L.A. County’s homeless count reached 66,500 as of the last tally, conducted before the pandemic. In December — with additional federal funding — the state extended Project Roomkey, a program to temporarily house the homeless in hotels.The L.A. City Council recently discussed proposals that would ban homeless encampments in parts of the city. Under a 2019 proposal, homeless people would be barred from sleeping in front of the Jerico property due to its proximity to San Pedro Plaza Park, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.Read moreRatkovich JV approved to begin $150M San Pedro market remakeRatkovich Cos. partnership secures $30M for sprawling San Pedro market projectCalifornia spent $850M on inns for homeless Founded in 1984, Jerico Development is an active developer in Los Angeles with a track record of restoring historic properties in San Pedro and Long Beach. The firm acquired the property at 727-733 Ante Perkov Way — formerly a popular restaurant owned by Croatian immigrant Ante Perkov — for $3.6 million in 2014, property records show.And in a joint venture with the Ratkovich Company, Jerico is embarking on a long-anticipated $150 million redevelopment of the San Pedro Public Market. The duo won approval from the Port of Los Angeles for the project early last year. The project’s name was recently changed to “West Harbor” following a legal challenge from a tenant, according to Jerico CEO Alan Johnson. The project will no longer feature a public market because of the pandemic. Construction is expected to begin this year.Contact Kevin Suncenter_img Message* Full Name* A homeless rights group demanded the developer stop playing music on a stretch of Ante Perkov Way to deter people from setting up shelter nearby. (Jerico Development, Getty) UPDATED, 2:12 p.m., Feb. 11, 2021: “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family!”For hundreds of hours in late January and early February, that “Barney & Friends” theme song blasted in an endless loop across a secluded stretch of San Pedro, aimed directly at an encampment of homeless people.The source was a former banquet hall turned “multi-use filming space,” owned by Jerico Development. The landlord, whose headquarters is near that stretch of Ante Perkov Way, was seeking to roust the couple of dozen homeless people from tents they had set up on both sides of the street in front of the building.ADVERTISEMENTLast Friday, Street Watch LA — a homeless rights group — brought attention to Jerico’s tactics in a series of tweets: homelessnesssan pedrolast_img read more

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Identification of molecular and physiological responses to chronic environmental challenge in an invasive species: the Pacific oyster, Crassostrea gigas

first_imgUnderstanding the environmental responses of an invasive species is critical in predicting how ecosystem composition may be transformed in the future, especially under climate change. In this study, Crassostrea gigas, a species well adapted to the highly variable intertidal environment, was exposed to the chronic environmental challenges of temperature (19 and 24°C) and pH (ambient seawater and a reduction of 0.4 pH units) in an extended 3-month laboratory-based study. Physiological parameters were measured (condition index, shell growth, respiration, excretion rates, O:N ratios, and ability to repair shell damage) alongside molecular analyses. Temperature was by far the most important stressor, as demonstrated by reduced condition indexes and shell growth at 24°C, with relatively little effect detected for pH. Transcriptional profiling using candidate genes and SOLiD sequencing of mantle tissue revealed that classical “stress” genes, previously reported to be upregulated under acute temperature challenges, were not significantly expressed in any of the treatments, emphasizing the different response between acute and longer term chronic stress. The transcriptional profiling also elaborated on the cellular responses underpinning the physiological results, including the identification of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway as a potentially novel marker for chronic environmental challenge. This study represents a first attempt to understand the energetic consequences of cumulative thermal stress on the intertidal C. gigas which could significantly impact on coastal ecosystem biodiversity and function in the future.last_img read more

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Former Millard High Star Anna Camp To Run For BYU Women at Cross Country National Meet

first_img Tags: Anna Camp/BYU Cross Country/Division I/East Bay Golf Course/NCAA Mountain Regionals/Wisconsin FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMADISON, Wis.-Per a Thursday announcement from the BYU cross country squad, the women’s national championship meet qualifying team will have some central Utah representation Saturday at the University of Wisconsin.Former Millard High star Anna Camp will be representing the Cougars as one of six team members to run the 6-K.Camp, who finished 20th last Friday at the NCAA Mountain Regionals at East Bay Golf Course of Provo, will have a chance to help the Cougars win what could be their fifth cross country national championship.BYU previously took Division I national titles in cross country in 1997, 1991, 2001 and 2002. November 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Former Millard High Star Anna Camp To Run For BYU Women at Cross Country National Meet Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Utah Football Earns Various Mid-Season Honors

first_imgOctober 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Football Earns Various Mid-Season Honors FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Ahead of Utah’s (6-1, 3-1 in Pac-12 play) Saturday evening home game against California, several stand-outs for the No. 12 Utes have achieved mid-season honors or on watch lists for prestigious postseason awards.Senior defensive tackle Leki Fotu has been named to the second teams of the Midseason The Associated Press and The Atheltic’s respective All-American teams.This season, the senior out of West Valley City and Herriman, Utah, has 5.5 tackles for a loss, 15 total tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble.Also making The Athletic’s second team is junior defensive back Jaylon Johnson. The native of Fresno, Calif. has one interception and eight passes defensed, as well as 21 total tackles for the Utes this season.Head coach Kyle Whittingham has been named to the watch lists for the Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant and the Bobby Dodd Trophy Coach of the Year midseason awards.Senior signal-caller Tyler Huntley has been named as a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award.Huntley ranks 7th nationally in passing efficiency (180.10) and fifth in completion percentage (74 percent), having completed 111 of 150 passes on the season for nine touchdowns and one interception.Senior tailback Zack Moss is a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. Moss is currently the all-time leading rusher in program history with 3,264 yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground in his career with the Utes.This season, Moss has 93 carries for 613 yards and eight scores. His 6.6 yards per carry ranks 15th nationally.Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Braeden Daniels has been named to the Football Writers Association of America’s freshman All-American team watch list as well. He is a 6-4, 300-pound native of Carrollton, Texas. Brad James Written by Tags: All-American/Bobby dodd/Braeden Daniels/Jaylon Johnson/Kyle Whittingham/Leki Fotu/Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant/The Associated Press/The Athletic/Tyler Huntley/Utah Football/Zack Mosslast_img read more

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Wärtsilä advances future fuel capabilities with first ammonia tests

first_imgThe tests are just the latest step as Wärtsilä aims to develop a complete ammonia fuel solution comprising engines, fuel supply and storage Wärtsilä’s testing of ammonia as a viable fuel for shipping and energy sector applications, is part of its future fuels development programme. (Credit: Wärtsilä) The technology group Wärtsilä has initiated combustion trials using ammonia. The research will help the company to prepare for the use of ammonia as a fuel that can contribute to reducing both the shipping’s and energy sectors’ greenhouse gas emissions.As part of the tests, ammonia was injected into a combustion research unit to better understand its properties. Based on initial results, the tests will be continued on both dual-fuel and spark-ignited gas engines. These will be followed by field tests in collaboration with ship owners from 2022, and potentially also with energy customers in the future.“The first tests have yielded promising results and we will continue to optimise combustion parameters,” said Kaj Portin, General Manager, Fuel & Operational Flexibility, Wärtsilä Marine. “This is an important step in making sure that Wärtsilä can provide the engine and fuel systems that ship owners need, whichever fuel they choose in the future.”Ammonia is a promising, carbon-free fuel as shipping explores how to fulfil the International Maritime Organization’s vision of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050, while the energy sector is developing optimal paths for 100% renewable energy systems already today. Although ammonia is derived mainly from fossil sources today, in the future ammonia’s greenhouse gas footprint can be nearly eliminated if it is produced using electricity from renewable sources.The tests are just the latest step as Wärtsilä aims to develop a complete ammonia fuel solution comprising engines, fuel supply and storage. The company is working with ship owners, shipbuilders, classification societies and fuel suppliers to learn more about system and safety requirements, as well as fuel composition, emissions and efficiency.Wärtsilä is developing ammonia storage and supply systems as part of the EU project ShipFC to install ammonia fuel cells on Eidesvik Offshore’s supply vessel Viking Energy by 2023. The company has also gained significant experience with ammonia from designing cargo handling systems for liquid petroleum gas carriers, many of which are used to transport ammonia.Ammonia has a number of properties that require further investigation. It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process. A regulatory framework and class rules will need to be developed for its use as a marine fuel.Wärtsilä is investigating several future fuels, including synthetic methane, ammonia, hydrogen and methanol, with a view to providing complete flexibility across engines and the fuel chain. Internal combustion engines can be adapted to burn any fuel. Dual-fuel or spark-ignited engines are already capable of burning liquified natural gas – from fossil, biomass or synthetic sources – while diesel engines can run on liquid biofuels, biodiesel or e-diesel.Wärtsilä has extensive experience in converting engines to other fuels, including diesel to dual-fuel, as well as engines capable of burning methanol and volatile organic compounds from crude oil cargoes. The modularity of modern engines means that conversions can be made with a very limited exchange of components. Wärtsilä’s investment in modular engines and in storage and supply systems will enable shipping’s transition from current fossil fuels to bio- and synthetic fuels. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

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Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Truxtun Departs Haifa, Israel

first_img View post tag: Haifa Share this article June 20, 2011 Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Truxtun Departs Haifa, Israel Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Destroyer View post tag: Guided-missile View post tag: USScenter_img View post tag: Israel View post tag: Truxtun Guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 103) departed Haifa, Israel, after a successful port visit, June 16.The two-day port visit gave Sailors an opportunity to enjoy liberty while learning about the culture and its various traditions within the region.“Haifa has enjoyed many years of successful visits by ships from the U.S. Navy,” said Cmdr. John H. Ferguson, USS Truxtun commanding officer. “It is a fantastic port for us to visit, and I think it will enjoy many future visits by U.S. ships.”During the visit Ferguson had the opportunity to speak with Haifa Mayor Yona Yahav, who welcomed Truxtun to the city and expressed his thanks for visiting Haifa.Sailors also had the opportunity to explore Israel’s historical background during visits to the West Wall, Temple Mount and various places of historical religion, as part of a tour provided by the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) program.“Just going to Jerusalem was phenomenal for me,” said Yeoman Seaman Recruit Jonah Al Calimee. “You read about all the places, but you never imagine yourself being there and the Navy made that possible for me.”“I think this visit was unmatched in its ability to expose the crew to a very rich history,” said Ferguson. “Most of the crew took the opportunity to visit as much of Haifa and surrounding Israel as they could.”Truxtun is deployed as part of the George H.W. Bush Strike Group, comprised of Carrier Strike Group 2 staff, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Anzio (CG 68), and guided-missile destroyers Truxtun and USS Mitscher (DDG 57).[mappress]Source: navy, June 20, 2011; View post tag: Departs View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Truxtun Departs Haifa, Israel View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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Scottish bakers scoop food and drink awards

first_imgScotland Food & Drink Excellence crowned three bakery winners at its annual awards.Iain Burnett, Highland chocolatier at Grandtully, Perthshire, took home the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Award for Food Service Product of the Year 2014; Mackie’s at Taypack won Confectionery & Snacking; and Mathiesons Bakery scooped the Bakery- & Cereal-Based Products category.A surprise award was given to Alan Hardie of West Lothian baker Paterson Arran in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Scottish food and drink industry.There were 22 awards up for grabs at the ceremony, held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, with 16 different companies taking home prizes.last_img

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