Coffee With a Cop ends with prayers and support

first_img Anybody know anything about Thomas B. Hill III, running for Orange County Sheriff, as a write in candidate against Sheriff Jerry Demings and Spike Hopkins? Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Reply July 10, 2016 at 5:03 pm July 11, 2016 at 12:03 pm Please enter your comment! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 3 COMMENTS TAGSApopka Police DepartmentCoffee With a Cop Previous articleJogging Strollers RecalledNext articleSinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Coffee With a Cop is a national program that is designed to get law enforcement and the community in an informal environment to simply talk in a non-adversarial atmosphere. The program is only a few months old in Apopka, but today it took on new meaning – a chance for healing, prayer and support.A sniper in Dallas shot and killed five police officers and injured seven others Thursday night. The sniper’s motive was probably misguided retaliation to police shootings of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. There were several peaceful protests throughout the United States in response to those two events.The Dallas police officers were not involved in those shootings. In fact they were there to protect the 800 protesters. They interacted, took photos with them, and tweeted positive messages from Dallas Police Department twitter accounts. It was a brief moment of harmony.But then the shooter, armed with semi-automatic weapon and hidden in a garage began shooting at police officers.This comes on the heels of the June 12th Pulse shootings where 49 people were killed and 53 more injured right here in Orlando.The Dallas shooting was the deadliest attack on law enforcement since 9/11. The Pulse shooting was the worst mass shooting in United States history.The nation as a whole is embroiled in these events, but in Apopka it was a time to come together in prayer and support for the police officers, first responders, and victims of this violence.“We’ve had a rough week in the United States,” said Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer. “Events in Minnesota, Baton Rouge and in Dallas have all reminded us how we need to come together. And that’s what Apopka does well. And if you look around you’ll see leaders from the Apopka community, members of the Apopka Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. We need to come together and support one another for those that go out and protect us every day. And we need to make the point that people from all backgrounds, all faiths, and all racial backgrounds are welcome and deserve a place in our society.”Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley praised the men and women in law enforcement, and drilled down to the issue at hand.“We are in challenging times and it would be easy for police officers to turn in their uniforms and quit, but regardless of the danger, they put their uniforms on and they serve and protect. Are there race issues in America? Absolutely there are. But what are the underlying causes of what’s going on in America? It’s our violence. And we need to get our young folks to communicate and not resort to violence.”APD Chaplain Kevin Goza prays with APD Chief Michael McKinley.Doug Bankson is an Apopka City Commissioner and also the Lead Pastor at Victory Church World Outreach Center in Apopka. He called for unity and prayer in the face of evil.“It’s not that there’s not injustice. It’s not that we should turn a blind eye to injustice. But if we allow passion and emotion to arise, then we begin to tear each other apart. God hears and answers prayer and we need to come against the forces that would love to whisper in an ear that ‘you’ve been done wrong, and there’s the one that did it’. So let’s keep our heart, let’s keep our heads, and let’s come together as a city. Let’s pray for one another. We can have unity without compromising the things we might not agree on.”Kevin Goza is the Lead Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Apopka, and is also a chaplain for the Apopka Police Department. He ended the event with a prayer, and asked the community and the attending pastors to do the same.“As a local church pastor, it is an honor to be a chaplain for the Apopka Police Department,” he said.  “These things are happening far too frequently. We live in a broken world. We need to be vigilant. We need to be in prayer for these officers.” UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 center_img Sue Grandy Reply Mama Mia Not aware of either Hill or Hopkins, just know that we have an idiot for a Mayor of the City of Apopka. Hope this helps… Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom I was inquiring only about the write-in candidate for Orange County Sheriff, Ms. Grandy, and I was not soliciting for personal opinions on Mayor Kilsheimer’s intelligence. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter July 9, 2016 at 10:09 pmlast_img read more

Why credit unions are a favorite funding option for small businesses

first_imgSmall business loans from credit unions earned the second highest satisfaction rate from borrowers who received funding, according to the 2015 Small Business Credit Survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. These loans may soon become even more attractive, thanks to a key change: personal guarantees (PGs) will no longer be required on all credit union small business loans.This change was adopted when the Member Business Lending (MBL) regulation was revised recently by the National Credit Union Administration Board; it goes into effect mid-May 2016.Personal guarantees require borrowers to agree to be personally liable for debts the business fails to repay. However, they can slow down the lending process, says Ryan Donovan, chief advocacy officer at the Credit Union National Association. “It’s a requirement that other lenders don’t have.” continue reading » 65SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Odds for a successful appeal appear slim

first_imgTomorrow, USC suits up for its most important game of the year.With all due respect to the men’s basketball team, this game will be played in a court 2,000 miles from the Galen Center in Indianapolis, and USC Athletic Director Pat Haden will be throwing the passes.Bad puns aside, an impressive delegation consisting of USC’s best players in Pat Haden, Assistant Athletic Director J.K. McKay, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, among others, will sit before an NCAA appeals committee tomorrow, hoping to essentially cut in half the sanctions put on the football program last year.But this is by no means a slam dunk (OK, I’m done).Haden will be looking to cut the amount of football scholarships lost over the span of the next three years from 30 to 15 and reduce the bowl ban from two years to one. So, if victorious, USC will be able to play in a bowl game next year. Haden has conceded on some of the other punishments: Clearing the campus of everything related to former football player Reggie Bush, including his Heisman Trophy, and former basketball player O.J. Mayo.Ethos, pathos and logos indicate that USC should have no trouble winning the appeal.The university president, surly athletic director and enthusiastic football coach who presided over the program and who were deemed to have “a lack of institutional control” are gone. They are replaced by a very friendly, mild-mannered intellectual who has done nothing but cater to the NCAA’s every need. When Haden came in shortly after the sanctions were announced, he turned USC’s compliance department into a veritable Department of Homeland Security.Any sign of misdoings, USC has reported it. It made freshman running back Dillon Baxter pay $5 to a charity for accepting a ride in a golf cart from a student who also happened to be an NFL agent. USC complied completely with the NCAA regarding Bush and hasn’t said anything to indicate bitterness or an arrogant attitude toward the almighty organization, despite the mere slap on the wrists the NCAA gave Auburn and Ohio State for violations somewhat similar to Bush’s.But the NCAA is not an organization that relies on either emotion or logic, which is why it’s unlikely the appeal to reduce the sanctions will be granted.Citing the precedent of the Ohio State football program being basically let off the hook, despite star quarterback Terrelle Pryor being caught in possession of a car belonging to a dealership three separate times, won’t work, even though common sense indicates otherwise.The reason for this is a change to the NCAA bylaws in 2008. Before, an appeal could be won if it was determined that the penalty was inappropriate or excessive based on the circumstances or evidence.Now, it can only be won if the offending institution can proclaim “the penalty is excessive such that it constitutes an abuse of discretion” by the NCAA Committee on Infractions.This is a much harder thing to prove. In a U.S. court of law, the prosecutor needs to prove the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.If the U.S. trial system used the NCAA’s wording, nobody would be found guilty this side of Benedict Arnold.But this isn’t a trial in a U.S. court, as Haden, an attorney, knows. Thus, USC needs to play by the NCAA’s rules.“It’s not a judiciary proceeding,” Haden said. “Precedent doesn’t necessarily control the situation … At the end of the day, they don’t have to pay any attention to those. They can create new findings each time they meet.”The NCAA is also very reluctant to prove that it displayed poor judgment and that it was at fault.Rarely does the NCAA turn on itself and reverse its own rules. In the 11 appeals since this new standard came into effect, 10 of them have failed.Haden knows this and is going into the proceedings with a determined but calm approach.“I’m just realistic,” he said. “I’m just going with the odds — [about] 10 percent of appeals are successful.”There is a better chance of only part of the sanctions being reduced rather than the whole thing.Haden has stated multiple times he is going to make reducing the number of lost scholarships a priority because that’s ultimately what the football program needs to stay among the nation’s elite.USC coach Lane Kiffin has backed Haden up on this approach.Even though USC should prevail, the NCAA is not going to abort its defined culture anytime soon. Up by 25 in the fourth quarter, look for the NCAA to go for two.“Spittin’ Sports” runs Fridays. To comment on this article email Kenny at [email protected] or visit read more