Farmworkers forum yields substance

first_img 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. Please enter your comment! Previous articleHow to Make Walking SaferNext articleQuestion of the Week Directory – City Council Candidates for Seat 3 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Apopka farmworking community lives in the shadows. They keep their heads down and generally don’t make waves, interact with politicians or go to City Council meetings. They do not vote in large “super voter” blocs or even speak the language.But they do a great deal of the work in Apopka. And its backbreaking labor for low wages, limited benefits and a small voice in the community.Alice NolanOn Thursday night this hard working, quiet community reached out to the candidates of Apopka. They spoke their minds to the candidates for the City Commission.  Most of them spoke in Spanish and had to rely on translators to convey their words… something many of them have to do in their every-day lives to communicate. The six candidates, and about 100 spectators packed into the Farmworkers Association of Florida (FWAF) headquarters in Apopka to watch the Candidate Forum sponsored by the FWAF, Hope Community Center, The Florida Immigrant Coalition and MiFamilia Vote.It was uncomfortable. It was hard to follow. It was unorganized. The moderator from Univision didn’t show up. They started 30 minutes late.But it was a little slice of democracy despite the minor wrinkles.Doug Bankson and Commissioner Sam RuthOh yes, and eventually there was a forum…All six candidates for Seats #3 and #4 answered questions from the audience, and then waited as an interpreter translated their words to the mostly Hispanic audience. Despite the inconveniences, there was substance to this Forum, and the Hispanic community was able to voice its concerns and get to know their would-be City Commissioners.Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith, the incumbent of Seat #4,  opened the Forum by pointing out he has been with the FWAF since the beginning.“When the sisters came here back in the 70’s I was here then and I got to watch them build this community,” he said. “One of the big things that we have here today is the Community Help Center. I have helped orchestrate millions of dollars of loans to them.”Young Kim, a candidate for Seat #4, featured his time in Apopka in contrast to his experiences in California.“I’ve been here since 1988. I’ve experienced integration in California. They have bi-lingual buses. Things that are absolutely necessary for the Spanish population.”One question that seemed to be of primary focus to the audience was how to better integrate itself into the Apopka community. Doug Bankson, challenger for Seat #3, sees education as the silver bullet to integration.“I think it’s important to remember that lack of knowledge is not the same as lack of intelligence,” he said. “I’ve been to South America five times to teach at Bible schools and ministries. And when I went down there I didn’t understand the language. It didn’t mean I wasn’t intelligent; it was just difficult to communicate. I learned one thing “donde esta bano” (which means where is the bathroom?). And so I think a big part of the integration has got to be education. And that’s where what you do here (FWAF), the work you do here, to empower you to be able to communicate. Communication and understanding helps build the bridge. Then you don’t feel that you are not a part. Remember we are one race – the human race.”Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith, Kyle Becker and Young KimAlice Nolan, a candidate for Seat #3, believes it is in keeping the lines of communication open that will allow the Hispanic community to flourish.“To better integrate is to reach out to leaders like the FWAF to see what your needs are and to keep the dialogue open. With this communication, it can open doors and we can work together on matters. But in doing this we need your help to keep in touch with us. And don’t be afraid to reach out because we don’t speak the same language. We will find someone. I promise you.”Kyle Becker, challenger for Seat #4, included health options and job assistance in his response.“We have to involve all of Apopka when we’re making decisions. We have to make sure we’re not operating in a vacuum. Apopka is 25% Hispanic. We have to involve everyone in the process. Apopka has a 17% poverty rate. And I want to work with you (FWAF) to make sure Apopka has health options, schooling options, and job assistance options. This is why I’m here. The social programs that are needed to make sure that all residents of Apopka have the same opportunity to thrive no matter if you’re in  the North, South, East or West Apopka.”Commissioner Sam Ruth, the incumbent for Seat #3, stressed the job theme Becker touched on and reminded the audience their votes count.“One of the things I’m excited about is… in my lifetime this has been an agricultural community. But there are so many new things that are coming here that are going to require workers for restaurants, construction. We’re going to be re-identifying ourselves, and when the old rules of the agricultural community start to move away, it’s going to create an environment where we’re all socially involved. Six months ago when we did our visioning process we had a three-hour conversation. And the information we retrieved we’ve already started the implementation of those policies. Make sure you remember your votes do count. Your needs are being heard. We’ve only just started this process… so help us push it along.”The Forum ended with information on voting options (in Spanish) to the audience – voting precincts, absentee ballots and early voting. It was a combination of townhall-style questions, answers and community outreach. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 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 herelast_img read more

Charging stations for electric vehicles on highways put into operation

first_imgOf the first 16 HEP filling stations on motorways, 12 were set up in cooperation with INA, and are located at the Ljubeščica, Vukova Gorica, Brinje and Lepenica Sjever rest areas, and at motorway entry / exit points in Goričan and Sesvetski Kraljevec. With this, we have put Croatia on the European map of electromobility and joined the network of electric charging stations on the trans-European transport network, said the President of the Management Board of Hrvatska elektroprivreda Frane Barbarić. and added: “Our ultimate goal is to provide Croatian citizens and all tourists and our guests with a safe long-distance electric car ride. To this end, as part of international projects, we will set up a total of 57 filling stations on Croatian motorways and other roads. With the completion of the currently active projects, HEP’s network, together with the already installed filling stations in Croatian cities, will have more than a hundred filling stations. ” HEP’s fast charging station in Brinje, with a capacity of 50 kW, was set up as part of the NEXT-E project, and like other HEP charging stations on motorways, it supports charging all available and upcoming types of electric vehicles on the market, HEP points out. Upon completion of the project, HEP’s network will have over 100 electric charging stations On the occasion of the National Day of Nikola Tesla, HEP marked the commissioning of the first 16 charging stations for electric vehicles on motorways by opening a fast charging station at the Brinje rest area. Investments in the installation of HEP filling stations on motorways are co-financed from European Union funds within the EAST-E and NEXT-E projects. As part of these projects, HEP is working with partners from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary and Romania to create a new network of 309 charging stations, which will enable uninterrupted driving of electric cars through six Central European countries. The new electric charging stations will enable citizens and tourists from European countries to drive an electric car and reach all tourist destinations in Croatia. “Electric vehicle drivers have at their disposal a wide range of products and services at our retail outlets, and while their cars are full, their time can be shortened with coffee or a meal at our Fresh Corners. For us, customers come first and that is why we are committed to improving our products and services every day, and we see a step towards electromobility as an opportunity for the company.”, Said Sándor Fasimon, President of the Management Board of INA. For the first time, the network of electric charging stations enabled electric car owners to drive from the border with Slovenia and Hungary to the Adriatic Sea, and the Republic of Croatia to connect to the network of charging stations for electric vehicles on the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).  The remaining four filling stations are located in Vrbovsko, Čavle, Delnice and Fužine, in the immediate vicinity of the A6 motorway. In total, more than 30 charging stations for electric cars on highways in the direction of the sea, but also in the direction of Lipovac on the continent, will be installed at rest areas near INA retail outlets. Photo: Pixabay.com RELATED NEWS: FIRST PORSCHE DESTINATION STATION FOR CHARGING ELECTRIC CARS IN CROATIA INSTALLED IN ESPLANADElast_img read more

Gary Russell Jr. and brothers striving to triple-headline card as world champions someday soon

first_imgThis weekend will mark the fourth time that “Mr.” Gary Russell, 31, will share the spotlight with his younger brothers. Gary Antonio Russell, 27, will clash with Jesus Martinez in bantamweight action and Gary Antuanne Russell, 23, will face Jose Marrufo in a junior welterweight scrap — both further down the card. The family affair also includes their patriarch and trainer, Gary Russell Sr., presiding over their corners and fellow brother Gary Allan Russell serving as mitt man and assistant trainer.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe feeling of having three Russell brothers featured on the same card never gets old.“We train hard, work hard in the gym and we feed off each other’s energy,” “Mr.” Gary Russell said.Added Gary Antonio: “It’s always a special moment to fight on the same card, but it’s also natural to me because I’m in the gym with them every single day. We run together, we swim together, everything we do is together as a unit.”While Saturday night will give the Russells a chance to etch another chapter in their collective fight legacies, they’ve already pinpointed how to make an indelible impression on the sweet science — by triple-headlining a card as world champions someday soon.”I think that would be amazing,” Gary Russell Jr., the lone world champ of the brothers, said. “There’s never been three brothers to hold a title on the same card or just three brothers as world champions. We’d be able to make history.”Jermell and Jermall Charlo were the last sibling pairs to co-headline a bout as world champs; the Russell trio doing it would be unprecedented.Gary Antuanne and Gary Antonio agree wholeheartedly.”That’s the whole plan,” he said. “Everything has an expiration on it, but memories are the only things that last forever.”Added Gary Antonio: “That would be wonderful. I could see that happening as well in the future. I’m looking forward to it.”Gary Antuanne, the live wire of the Russell siblings, is even putting a tentative timetable on it.”Honestly, I could say a year, I could say a couple of months,” he said of when he and Gary Antonio could join their oldest brother in holding world titles. “It depends on how things move in the boxing world.”After being informed of the brothers’ lofty ambition and the timing put on achieving it, Gary Russell Sr. gave his two cents.”It’s conceivable,” he said. “I don’t want to rush them. But I think a year, a year and a half is a good assessment.”If the Russells fight their plan to fruition, then there will never be an argument over who’s the headliner, either.”There’s an order to which things go,” Gary Antonio affirmed. “As long as older brother, (Gary) Jr., is still in the game — which I believe he will be — he’s the head. He’s the oldest — of course he’s going to take the main event. I’ll co-main event and my younger brother right behind me.As he constantly assesses his sons, Gary Sr. believes Gary Antuanne has the most promise. The patriarch of the fighting family out of Washington, D.C., made that clear when he gave SN a snapshot of his sons’ best in-ring exploits.”Gary Jr. has the jab, he has good eyes and hand speed,” he said. “He has a real acumen for his opponents.”Antonio — he’s deceptively strong. He can really punch.”Baby Boy,” he said, referring to Gary Antuanne, “I think he’s the special one out the bunch.”He has good speed, power, good defense. He has the ability to decide which style he wants to employ in the fight to make it work.”He’s also the most outspoken of the boxers, according to Gary Antuanne himself.”‘Mr.’ Gary Russell and Gary Antonio — they talk when they have to talk,” he said. “Me, I’m more open. I’m more joyful. I like to have fun, fun.”If I have a girlfriend … my girlfriend, I don’t want her to come out with me if she’s not going to want to have the fun I’m having,” he continued. “I’d tell her, ‘Baby girl, I want to have some fun, fun.'”The Russell brother have been having fun, fun with Gary Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) rattling off six straight victories, including four straight title defenses, since his lone loss — a majority decision defeat to Vasiliy Lomachenko in June 2014. Gary Antonio (16-0, 12 KOs) and Gary Antuanne (12-0, 12 KOs) keep ascending the ranks and dazzling in the process.”By the time my younger brothers get to the point that I am in my career,” Saturday’s headliner, “Mr.” Gary Russell, said, “I expect for them to be better than I am.”My definition of a dynasty is information being passed down.”Along those lines, the Russells keep gems from their father close to their minds and hearts at all times. Gary Russell Jr. will be under the bright lights of the PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., on Saturday night well before putting his WBC featherweight title on the line against mandatory challenger Tugstsogt Nyambayar.”I’ll be working my younger brothers’ corners before my fight and of course I’ll be competing right after,” Russell told Sporting News. “I love being able to compete side-by-side and share it with my younger brothers.” “We got a gym credo that says. ‘Success is the ultimate revenge,'” Gary Antuanne said. “Using that credo keeps us honest and humble because it shows that we’re still on the same page.”Added Gary Antonio: “(My dad tells us), ‘There’s a short window and all good things come to an end, so take advantage of it.’ I know the sport of boxing is something I can’t do forever, so I’m looking at it and ready to start making my mark on the sport of boxing.”Until there are three Russell brothers triple-headlining as world champions.last_img read more