Editor’s Note: This is the 19th in a series of articles published by The Apopka Voice in 2016 that were the most noteworthy events of the year. The Apopka Voice will publish them starting Monday, December 26th and running until Sunday, January 1st. On January, 2nd we will publish a poll and let the readers decide on which story is the most impactful of the year. Kilsheimer: “The state of the City is strong”Mayor Joe Kilsheimer spoke this morning for approximately 35 minutes, laying out his accomplishments while in office and his vision for the future. The approximately 5,000-word State of the City address touched on several issues including business in Apopka, municipal government, public safety, city finances, grants, economic development, The City Center, The Highland Manor, growth, education, and even the environment. Kilsheimer opened his speech with a list of what has happened in Apopka during his term in office. Much of it focused on job creation and business successes.“Now, on to the big question. What has Apopka accomplished in the past two years since I was elected Mayor?” Kilsheimer asked. “Well, let me tell you: We’ve been doing quite a lot. Some of those efforts have been high profile; others, perhaps are not quite so high profile, but nonetheless deeply vital for the future success of the City of Apopka. And in fact, “success” is the key word on which I’d like to focus. Because I believe that the task at hand – and my time in office – is about setting Apopka up for success. So, let’s start with the basics: The State of Our City is strong. We are creating a solid foundation to build a very successful future. Business is growing in Apopka, thanks to a growing economy, an expanding roadway network, our location in Central Florida, and a population of nearly 50,000 residents.”Kilsheimer detailed several examples of Apopka moving forward in business on his watch.Florida Hospital Apopka will open in November 2017, adding 300 high-paying jobs.The Northwest Distribution center will open two large, new buildings next year that will accommodate more than 200 jobs.An economic development incentive package to encourage a 33,000-square-foot facility expansion and 100 new jobs at Qorvo, a company with a Global marketplace that has had a presence in Apopka for nearly 30 years.All totaled, the Development of more than two dozen business projects during Kilsheimer’s time on office will create an estimated 900 jobs and more than 624,000 square feet of taxable property improvements.“That’s a good beginning, but we are just getting started,” said Kilsheimer. “Apopka is more than an ideal location for new and growing businesses. Home construction also is improving this year – up 16 percent from 2015 with 324 new single-family homes. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear TAGSMayor Joe KilsheimerState of the City Previous articleBreaking News: Car on Fire at house on Monroe Avenue in ApopkaNext articleBiggest Apopka stories of 2016: Signs of life for the Highland Manor Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 3. JustGivingJustGiving reported that the majority of traffic to its site (84%) at lunchtime on the day of the London Marathon was coming in via mobile devices. It also reported a peak of 3 donations per second: 2. Save the Rhino54 runners, 14 of them in rhino costumes. 5. Record breakers39 Guinness World Records were set in the 2017 London Marathon. 169 total views, 1 views today 170 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 The total for the Marathon weekend on its site was £4.5m in donations. This includes non-Marathon related donations. £2.3m of this total was given to London Marathon runners’ causes, an 11% increase on last year’s total. Got any stats for your charity’s fundraising? Or online giving platform? Let us know in the comments below. 6. Marathon app downloadsThe official Virgin Money London Marathon app was downloaded to more than 292,116 devices – that’s more than one in 30 Londoners – with more than 73,000 concurrent users at peak times during the day. The app was ranked number one on the iOS store, as well as being listed as Android’s top free app.The app featured an in-built tracking system which allowed family, friends and other spectators to locate up to ten of their favourite runners and keep up-to-date with their progress, as well as auto-track elite athletes – both throughout the race and via push notifications of their finish times.7. More marathons?If you missed out on the London Marathon, or have got the bug and want more, there are at least 10 European capitals where you can sign up for a marathon in 2017. And of course, the public ballot for the 2018 London Marathon is nearly open again: It demonstrated some of the donations coming in: 4. Leonard Cheshire Disability90 runners are expected to raise £200,000.Lorcan O’Mahoney from the Isle of Man ran for Leonard Cheshire Disability in memory of his grandma. Howard Lake | 25 April 2017 | News Tagged with: London marathon Research / statistics Here are some of the stats for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.1. Shelter230 runners and a target of £450,000. The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon in numbers
On his part, Barrister Akinwunmi who is also the chairman of the organising committee of the 2016 Federation’s Cup final described the idea of making Oshoala the Face of the Female Federation Cup as a brilliant innovation and promised to pass the message to the President of the NFF Amaju Pinnick, who he said he was sure would welcome the idea.“When a great thing is about to happen it starts in a small way because people hardly notice. I think the small thing we have done here today is the beginning of something very great,” he said.“First of all, we have Oshoala, coming to give back, it happens only a few times . Secondly, we need an inspiration for young female footballers in Nigeria. She (Oshoala) has offered herself to fill in that role and it’s a very good thing for which the Federation is extremely happy”, Akinwunmi continued.Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of HotSports and Chairman HS Media Group, Taye Ige commended the Lagos FA for a well organised hosting of the male and female Federation’s Cup for the past couple of years during which the oldest competition in the land gained enhanced equity in the marketplace and thanked Akinwunmi, the NFF and Asisat Oshoala for accepting to work together to boost the image of female football in Nigeria.“it’s big a boost for female football in Nigeria ultimately. You remember that at every final event of the Federation Cup, the female final is played just as an adjunct of the male event or as a curtain raiser. We think that is not good enough and we that the national Federation should do something about it to enhance the brand called female football again,” Ige said.Hotsports is the official Marketing consultant for the Asisat Oshoala brand.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal Ladies and Super Falcons ace, Asisat Oshoala is upbeat as Hotsports Nigeria Limited and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) takes their ongoing engagements towards unveiling the 2014 African Women’s Footballer of the Year, the Face of the 2016 Female Federation’s Cup in Nigeria, to the next level.Oshoala, who was home on a short break from her base in London in the course of last week after helping her club Arsenal Ladies win the English Women’s Football FA Cup joined the HotSports team led by CEO Taye Ige in a crucial meeting with the Lagos State Football Association Chairman and NFF 1st Vice President Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi at the State FA secretariat, Onikan Lagos.“I feel truly happy and excited about this. I appreciate the initiative to make me the Face of the 2016 Female Federation Cup and wish to pledge my full cooperation with HotSports, the Nigeria Football Federation and with all concerned to ensure a more exciting and memorable Federation’s Cup this year,” an obviously elated excited Oshoala said.
Sagnol urges PSG to go for Liverpool midfielder Keitaby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol believes PSG should move for Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita.PSG are in the market for a new midfield signing as a replacement for wantaway Adrien Rabiot.And Sagnol says: “With (Marco) Verratti, you have a player who is very good technically, able to organise the game from deep. But he needs a player with a large volume of play at his side. “Naby Keita (Liverpool) is a player who knows how to do everything, who recovers balls, can also project with and without the ball. Verratti and Keita could form a beautiful duet if we assume that (Thomas) Tuchel retains his defence with three men behind.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Man Utd veteran Mata: I can never forget Liverpool victoryby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Juan Mata admits he’s never forgotten the times they have beaten Liverpool.Mata has now been at United for the better part of his career, which has involved many games against their arch rivals.And while they have endured disappointment in those years, they have also known great joy against Liverpool.One of those occasions for United fans was the game against the Reds in 2015, when Mata scored two goals and propelled them to a famous win at Anfield under then manager Louis Van Gaal.Mata told the Manchester Evening News: “If you speak with United fans they remember always the Liverpool-United games and I was lucky to win that game [in 2015] and score the two goals. “But specifically that goal [scissor kick]. “And whether I want it or not, I cannot forget that day! Because it’s very special for me.”
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NEW YORK, N.Y. – During advertising’s biggest showcase, tame humour and messages about social causes ruled the day. Slapstick humour, sexual innuendo and chest thumping patriotic messages were, for the most part, nowhere in sight. After a divisive year, advertisers during the Big Game worked overtime to win over audiences with messages that entertained and strove not to offend.Here’s a look at the winners and losers during the biggest advertising showcase of the year.WINNERSAmazonAn Amazon ad showcased different celebrities including actress Rebel Wilson, actor Anthony Hopkins, singer Cardi B and chef Gordon Ramsay subbing in as the voice of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant.BudweiserBudweiser , as always the largest advertiser during the game, eschewed the usual puppies and Clydesdales to showcase employees that send water to places in need.NFLThe NFL scored with a charmer that showed New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. performing the choreography from the movie “Dirty Dancing” — complete with their version of Patrick Swayze’s iconic lift of Jennifer Grey.PepsiCoPepsico’s brands Mountain Dew Ice and Doritos Blaze staged an epic rap lip sync battle between actors Morgan Freeman and Peter Dinklage, who respectively synced to Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes.Rocket Mortgage by Quicken LoansComedian Keegan Michael-Key cut through complex jargon to put things plainly in a humorous ad for Rocket Mortgage by Quicken Loans. When a restaurant patron is confused by a “beef-protein gluten-free pate,” Michael-Key explains: “It’s a burrito, filled with plants pretending to be meat.”TideTide took a novel approach with “Stranger Things” actor David Harbor in ads that poked fun at typical Super Bowl commercials. Harbour popped up in familiar-looking ads that appeared to be about different products: a car, an insurance company, jewelry and Old Spice (another P&G product). The twist? They’re really all Tide ads, because there are no stains on anyone’s clothing.LOSERSCoca-ColaDiet Coke attempted to be quirky by showcasing a woman awkwardly dancing to a rap song, but it garnered a lot of negative comments on social media when the approach came off more weird than quirky.“It has no clear message and it’s not really interesting,” said Kimberly Whitler, a marketing professor at the University of Virginia.Fiat Chrysler’s Ram TrucksRam trucks used a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., to illustrate its motto, “Built to Serve.” The ad, timed to the 50th anniversary of the speech, showed people doing good deeds. But some thought the connection to the civil rights hero was too tenuous.“Ram is being heavily criticized for its spot,” said Tim Calkins, marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. “The use of MLK to promote Ram trucks strikes many people are crass and inappropriate.”TurboTaxThe tax preparer used a monster under the bed to allude to people’s fears about doing their taxes. But some thought that the ad was too scary during a game that a lot of children were watching.“The goal may be to introduce a new trade character that can build awareness, as in the Mucinex Man. However, this ad was a complete disaster,” Villanova University marketing professor Charles Taylor said.___Eds: An earlier version of this story mistakenly referred to the brand Ram trucks, which is no longer affiliated with the Dodge brand.
LIMA, Peru – Thousands of miles from home, Vice-President Mike Pence was thrust into a new, more immediate, role on the world stage Saturday: explaining President Donald Trump’s military strike in Syria to a summit of Latin America leaders.Hours after Trump hailed the missile strike targeting the Syria’s suspected chemical weapons — tweeting, “Mission Accomplished!” — Pence defended the president while building support among U.S. allies for the joint strikes with Britain and France.“The objective of the mission the commander in chief gave our military forces and our allies was completely accomplished — with swift professionalism,” Pence told reporters, noting there were “no reported civilian casualties.”Later, speaking in a cavernous hall of world leaders at the Summit of the Americas, Pence expressed gratitude to Canada, Colombia and other nations that had voiced support for the strike and urged “every nation in this hemisphere of freedom” to support the military action.Pence’s to-do list included smoothing over differences with Mexico, America’s southern neighbour, amid unease over Trump’s decision to send troops to the border and harsh rhetoric on immigration. And with tensions simmering over trade, Pence expressed hope alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the three nations could soon agree to a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.And while Trump grapples with the ongoing Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, Pence sought to draw a bright line against Vladimir Putin’s alliance with Syria following the suspected chemical attack. “Our message to Russia is that you’re on the wrong side of history,” Pence said.Trump often improvises his remarks and is known for bold declarations in person and on his Twitter account. Pence, meanwhile, tends to be more scripted in his exchanges and frequently glanced down at highlighted index cards as he spoke to Latin American leaders here.Shortly before Trump’s address to the nation Friday night, Pence was whisked away from the summit in his motorcade so he could return to his hotel to inform congressional leaders of the pending missile strikes. Pence watched Trump’s speech from his hotel suite, joined by aides.Unlike past appearances at international summits, the vice-president had to dive into the packed agenda on short notice. He learned only Tuesday that he would be attending in Trump’s place so the president could manage the U.S. response to Syria.In meeting after meeting, Pence offered a low-key, extended hand.Seeking rapprochement with Mexico, which has been at odds with Trump over the border wall and immigration, Pence said the topic of funding for Trump’s long-promised border wall did not come up in his meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.Pence said they simply had a difference of opinion and some issues were “set aside, for a later date.” Left unsaid was whether Pence’s overtures might eventually lead to a joint Trump-Pena Nieto meeting, their first.Seated alongside Trudeau, Pence said there was a “real possibility” the U.S. could reach a deal with Canada and Mexico on NAFTA “within the next several weeks.” Trump has long assailed the trade deal’s impact on U.S. workers and threatened to pull the U.S. out if he’s unhappy with the terms.The summit also gave Pence an opportunity to press the case for tougher sanctions and more isolation of Venezuela across the region.Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was barred from attending the summit over his plans to hold a presidential election that the opposition is boycotting and that many foreign governments consider a sham.Pence urged Maduro to accept humanitarian aid as the once-prosperous nation deals with humanitarian and economic crises. But he called on the region to take a harder line on Maduro’s government, a message he intends to deliver in Brazil next month.“The United States believes now is the time to do more, much more,” he said.___On Twitter follow Ken Thomas at https://twitter.com/KThomasDC
DETROIT — Chris Reynolds was promoted by Toyota late last year to one of the toughest jobs in the U.S. auto industry. He’s in charge of North American manufacturing, as well as human resources, legal, finance and communications.It’s manufacturing that will present the biggest challenge for Reynolds, who must navigate uncertain U.S. trade policies including tariff threats and possible replacement of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. Toyota produces vehicles in both countries for sale in the U.S.Also, U.S. auto sales are expected to decline slightly in 2019, and sales of traditional sedans, once staples in Toyota’s U.S. model lineup, are falling.Reynolds, the son of a Ford factory worker who grew up in Detroit, spoke with The Associated Press after his duties were expanded by the company. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.Q: The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement, is still up in the air. Twenty-five per cent tariffs on imported vehicles and parts also are on the table. How does the new agreement affect Toyota, and would you be able to bring production from Japan to Alabama or some other U.S. plant if tariffs go into effect?A: We think that the recently negotiated USMCA, if it’s approved, and we’re optimistic that it will be, will actually allow us to flex our production in order to build as much as we can here. We’re looking to do that regardless of the tariff situation. We can’t make moves simply because of the tariff situation. So while tariffs are problematic, they’re essentially a tax on the consumer. Obviously we are not in favour of them. The real litmus test for us in terms of local investment is can we be competitive in building what we sell here? That’s the lens through which we would view whether we would open up a new plant or not, or what kinds of additional investments we might make in our existing plant infrastructure.Q: President Trump has threatened to pull out of NAFTA if Congress doesn’t approve its replacement. What would that do to Toyota?A: When you assemble a vehicle in one state, but the parts can literally crisscross the border five or six times before it actually gets assembled to the vehicle, it’s very challenging to think of an outcome where the border actually becomes a barrier to our whole assembly process, our whole supply chain. That’s not just true of Toyota, it’s true of every automaker. So there’s common industry interest in making sure that there are as few barriers as possible. That’s why I’m optimistic that the Trump administration’s moves on USMCA will bear some fruit. We’re OK with where the USMCA landed.Q: What percentage of vehicles that Toyota sells in the U.S. are built in North America and in the U.S.?A: Roughly 74 per cent. Fifty per cent is U.S. only, and that’s growing. We were on that track before this sort of spasm on trade and tariffs.Q: If the U.S. imposes 25 per cent tariffs on imported vehicles and parts, Toyota has said there would be significant price increases for vehicles built in the U.S. The price of the Camry midsize car, which has among the highest U.S. parts content, would rise by $1,800. Why would the Camry price go up?A: There’s no 100 per cent U.S.-made product. Every vehicle from every manufacturer has some amount of componentry that comes from somewhere else. We’ve got to be able to absorb those costs. And where we can’t absorb them, what tariffs do to you is they compel us and every other manufacturer to pass those costs on. Let’s not forget the steel and aluminum tariffs. They also have an impact, and not a positive one. So that’s why you’re seeing the risk on price even for a vehicle like a Camry.Q: Auto sales in the U.S. are expected to slow, especially of cars. Yet Toyota and Mazda are jointly building a new factory in Alabama that would build cars. Why do you need more factory capacity in a declining market?A: Our view of the market goes beyond the normal cycle. We’ve got to be able to plan beyond that and anticipate where the market will be not just next year but over the next decade or so. We think there’s a future in passenger cars. We think there will always be a need for that. We’re actually excited about the fact that some of our competitors might be exiting that segment. We view it as an opportunity in the medium term to long term.Tom Krisher, The Associated Press
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Government has introduced legislation to complete the fiscal framework for LNG investment.According to the Government, this legislation will pull together the final pieces needed to deliver LNG investment that brings long-term benefits to the Province and thousands of good-paying jobs for B.C. workers, while operating within strong environmental protections.Carole James, Minister of Finance, says this legislation completes the process of creating a fiscal framework that invites investment while protecting Indigenous rights and the environment. “British Columbians are counting on us to attract LNG investment that meets strict conditions: delivering jobs and financial benefits to B.C., creating economic partnerships with Indigenous peoples, and protecting our clean air, land and water. This legislation completes the process of creating a fiscal framework that invites investment while supporting those conditions.”Once passed, this legislation is expected to amend the Income Tax Act to implement a natural gas tax credit for LNG development in British Columbia, repeal the Liquefied Natural Gas Income Tax Act that created barriers for investment in B.C.’s natural gas sector, and repeal the Liquefied Natural Gas Project Agreements Act that left British Columbians vulnerable to footing the bill for special industry tax and regulatory protections.The Government says, once complete, these steps will deliver the fiscal setting needed for LNG Canada’s proposed $40-billion project in northern British Columbia – the largest private-sector investment in B.C.’s history. It is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and up to 950 permanent jobs in the Kitimat processing terminal.It is also said that this project is on track to be the cleanest of its kind in the world, meaning it will fit within the greenhouse gas reduction targets of the Government’s CleanBC climate action plan.To learn more about the new framework for LNG, you can visit the Government’s website.