How well do you know pizza?

first_img TAGSPizza Previous articleCity Council Tables Public Comment ResolutionNext articleFather’s Day Brunch Ideas Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Pizza is one of America’s favorite foods. Three billion pizzas are sold every year in the U.S. (Source). Its versatility makes it one of the most interesting and fun foods to order. Throughout the country, you can find a variety of styles, each with their own unique flavor.Do you know the regional styles of pizza?New York Thin CrustNew York style pizza began with the opening of America’s first pizzeria, Lombardi’s, by Gennaro Lombardi in the Little Italy neighborhood of Manhattan in 1905,  New York style pizza is typically made by adding sugar and olive oil  to high-gluten bread flour, yeast, and water to create the dough, which is hand-tossed. Some people say the unique flavor and texture of the crust occurs because of the minerals that are only found in NYC’s tap water. (Source)Most importantly, New York pizza is meant to be folded over when eaten.California StyleMoving over to the West Coast, California style pizza is quite different from New York style pizza.Some will argue it’s not a “real” type of pizza, but California pizza is simply this: a thin-crust pie with fresh, creative, California-esque toppings. Its defining characteristic is what’s on top, as that’s where chefs have been free to experiment and refine the pizza pie into something healthier and more gourmet—think artichoke hearts, avocado, and goat cheese rather than pepperoni and meatballs. This concept became popular in the early 1980s thanks to a handful of restaurants—Spago, then in Hollywood; Chez Panisse in Berkeley; and, later, California Pizza Kitchen, which brought the trend national—and the chefs behind them: Wolfgang Puck, Ed LaDou  and Alice Waters. (Source).Chicago Deep Dish (and Stuffed)In the 1940s, Pizzeria Uno in Chicago developed the deep-dish pizza, which has a deep crust that lines a deep dish, similar to a large metal cake or pie pan. Though the entire pizza is quite thick, the crust itself is only of thin to medium thickness, and the pizza has a very thick large layer of toppings. Because the pizza is so thick, it requires a long baking time and, if cheese was added on top, as is usual with most pizzas, the cheese would burn. So, in a deep dish pizza, the toppings are usually assembled “upside down” with cheese, vegetables, and meats placed on top of the crust, and an uncooked tomato sauce on the top layer, to help the vegetables and meats cook all the way through in the oven.In the mid 1970s, Chicago restaurants Nancy’s Pizza and Giordano’s Pizzeria developed a variant of the deep dish pizza, known as the stuffed pizza, which is even deeper and has a larger topping density than any other type of pizza. To keep the cheese and toppings contained, a thin layer of dough is added above the tomato sauce with a hole in the crust (similar to a pie) to let steam escape, and tomato sauce is added above the top crust. (Source).Detroit StyleWith its rectangular shape, light, airy dough, and savory, browned cheese perimeter, the Detroit-style pie encourages savoring of the corner pieces, where crust real estate is most plentiful. True to its blue-collar Motor City roots, the square is an everyman of pizza, inviting eaters to feast in a come-as-you-are fashion — either with a fork and knife or by hand. (Source) UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Are we ready for a test that could ‘pre-diagnose’ autism in…

first_imgKaren S. Rommelfanger, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Neuroethics Program Director at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, and Neuroscience Editor-in-Residence at the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. Dr. Rommelfanger’s research explores how evolving neuroscience and neurotechnologies challenge societal definitions of disease and medicine. She edits and founded The Neuroethics Blog.Dr. Jennifer Sarrett is currently a Lecturer at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health, where she teaches courses in Health Humanities, Bioethics and Disability, and Mental Illness and Culture. Her work focuses on intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) as they relate to culture, disability rights, and ethics. She began working in the field of autism and developmental 15 years ago as a special education instructor and consultant in the U.S. and abroad. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSAutismtheconversation.comWorld Autism Awareness Day Previous articleVote Wednesday in The Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll – Seat #2 RunoffNext articleThe Pulse shooter widow’s trial and the Apopka runoff election highlight the discussion on Let’s Talk About It Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom center_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! World Autism Awareness DayBy Karen Rommelfanger and Jennifer Sarrett and first published on theconversation.comFor children with autism, early intervention is critical. Therapies and education – especially in the first two years of life – can facilitate a child’s social development, reduce familial stress and ultimately improve quality of life.But while we can reliably diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at 24 months, most children are diagnosed much later. This is largely due to a lack of resources, poor adherence to screening guidelines and the fact that primary care physicians are often uncomfortable talking about autism risk to parents.But what if we could use a simple, routine test to screen every baby for autism? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. Larger-scale clinical trials for an eye-tracking device that could be used to predict autism are slated to begin this year.This presents a new and unique set of ethical concerns. Technologies that predict the possibility of a neurological disorder have the weight of affecting conceptions of not just “what” these children have but “who” these children will become.As a neuroethicist and autism researcher, we believe it is time to have a conversation about these technologies, and what it will mean for parents and children or for people with autism.Why use eye-tracking to predict autism?Many researchers have found that autistic children prefer to look at different things than typically developing children. This is called gaze preference. In fact, gaze preference changes can be detected prior to the onset of autism. Researchers have been using eye-tracking devices to record where babies gaze when viewing videos of social scenes. And they have been using this device not to diagnose autism, but to predict autism.A 2013 study using an eye-tracking device found that differences in gaze preference can be detected in infants as young as two months. When viewing videos, the infants who look at mouths more than eyes and objects more than people are more likely to later be diagnosed with autism. These infants experienced a decline in attention to other people’s eyes.The researchers from this study are working to replicate these findings in larger studies and are heading up the development of the eye-tracking device slated for clinical trials this year, and should the trials be successful, researchers will seek FDA approval for the device.The device is noninvasive, relatively easy to use and portable. And it could provide a standardized, objective measure for predicting autism. In other words, it would be a pre-diagnostic tool. This means that, by identifying the possibility of autism early, eye-tracking devices could increase the chances that children will be officially diagnosed earlier. This would especially help children who tend to be diagnosed at later ages because of disparities related to race or geography.In fact, researchers have suggested it could be used as part of a routine well-baby checkup for 18- to 24-month-olds. And if the technology proves to be useful in predicting autism in infants, why wouldn’t the device one day be utilized even earlier for two- or six-months-olds? A pre-diagnostic assessment for autism could be easily built into regular checkups, instead of waiting for parents to report symptoms and get an appointment with a specialist. This could be a major leap forward for getting kids diagnosed early with ASD and started on therapy, or providing interventions even prior to the development of autistic traits.What does ‘risk’ of autism mean?Imagine your baby is assessed for pre-diagnostic autism with an eye-tracking device, and you learn that he or she is likely to be later diagnosed with autism.What does that mean? How should we talk to parents about this? And bear in mind that autism is highly variable and has a very wide range of both symptom profile and age of onset, which complicates how accurate such an assessment can be.A positive assessment would indicate a higher likelihood of the child being diagnosed with autism. A negative one would indicate a lower likelihood. That is not the same thing as getting a diagnosis of autism in infancy. This is pre-diagnostic. A positive assessment could be used to justify an early therapeutic regimen even prior to an autism diagnosis. Early intervention can provide long-lasting improvements in the quality of life of the children, families, and caregivers of children with autism. For pre-diagnosed children, the hope would be that intervening before the development of significant autistic traits would be even more beneficial.The promise of having an opportunity to provide earlier intervention – perhaps earlier than ever before – and to implement this technology in routine community pediatric care requires that we consider the development of this technology very carefully.For example, what exactly will parents be told upon receiving such an assessment? The word “risk” may fail to communicate the vast range of possible outcomes and instead place too much focus on negative outcomes related to an autism spectrum diagnosis (ASD). Not every child who receives a positive assessment, after all, will actually be diagnosed with autism (to be sure, even with a tool with as much promise as eye-tracking, there will be false positives).We should be mindful of the effect a positive assessment (false positive or not) could have a child and their family. In many cultures, for instance, a condition like autism would stigmatize an entire family.In the absence of care and resources, especially for children so young, a positive assessment (even if the assessment is found to be wrong or a false positive) could be seen as more of a sentence rather an opportunity for intervention, a sentiment that could occur even within research trials.How do you treat a child “pre-diagnosed” with autism?While several research groups have raised the possibility of an objective test for toddlers using the eye-tracking device, eye-tracking has also been used in a preliminary study to predict autism in two- to six-month-olds. What if, in the future, babies are regularly assessed at younger ages, for which we do not yet have interventions? What could (and what should) a parent do in that situation?There are currently no evidence-based interventions available for babies under 12 months. The next phase of studies following upcoming trials will involve testing the development of a novel early intervention for 12-month-olds. Other researchers are attempting to develop interventions for six-month-old infants.A positive assessment might motivate parents to invest unnecessarily in expensive interventions, surveillance, and treatments. It could also lead to changes in the life trajectories of the child, caregivers and entire families such as changes in their financial plans and reallocation of time and material resources to a child’s early intervention or care.Even after a false positive (an assessment for the high risk that is determined to be wrong) is identified and the likelihood of getting a diagnosis of autism is determined to be quite low, caregivers may be unable to stop looking for signs of autism as a child ages.There are no autism-specific medications (because we still do not know the causes of autism), though drugs are frequently used to treat children for a variety of autism-related symptoms.In fact, psychotropic drugs have been prescribed to children less than two years of age, and risks of these medications on early development have yet to be determined.And adherents of a growing neurodiversity movement – an advocacy position that rejects notions that autism is unwanted and should be cured and, instead, acknowledges autism as a natural variant of human neurological development – would resist the use of “risk” in relation to ASD.Not a diagnosis, but a pre-preexisting conditionPolicymakers must consider the impact of the possible integration of these tools into regular pediatric practice and infant care as a new, community-wide pre-diagnostic assessment tool.Predictive detection technologies such as these will present a new set of policy considerations. Will insurers pay for the test? If they do, will they pay for treatment and intervention afterward? Because of the potential for long-term health-care savings, would there be penalties from insurers for not undergoing such an assessment? Right now, we just don’t know.Keep in mind that insurers were not prohibited from denying people coverage for preexisting coverage until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed. But with this test, we aren’t talking about a preexisting condition. We are talking about a predictive technology, a “pre” whose results essentially create a new category of health or illness, well before the condition even becomes a preexisting one. Think of it as a pre-preexisting condition. This situation is not addressed by the ACA.The insurance implications can spread beyond childhood. How a predictive assessment will affect life insurance policies and long-term care insurance is unknown.Because information about one’s brain health often feels especially identity-forming, privacy policies will need to be created to determine how pre-diagnostic information be kept and who will have access to the results of these assessments. Will schools, future employers or insurance agencies have access to this information?As eye-tracking devices head toward clinical trials, it is critical to think about and address these concerns in a public forum and alongside the development of these technologies.Without such a discussion, these tools, despite their enormous potential, risk losing resources and public support to be fully developed and advanced or risk being underused or not used properly at all. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Whole Foods Hopes to Attract More Millennials With Some Surprising Additions

first_img Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! TAGSMillennialsWhole Foods Previous articleApopka City Council Seat 3 Candidate Q&A – Week 7Next articleApopka Middle School Thespians win awards at Festival/Districts Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear From Bloomberg.comWhole Foods has advertised that it’s looking to find suppliers and vendors to set up shop in its 365 stores through a program called “Friends of 365.” The new chain’s website says shoppers may see other businesses, such as body-care product sellers, record shops and tattoo parlors, inside 365 stores and on its outdoor patios.The new locations will help Whole Foods “reach more communities than we would be able to with our mother ship,” Robb said during an interview on Bloomberg TV.Whole Foods store sales dropped 1.8 percent in the most recent quarter as American millennials flock to cheaper natural-goods sellers, such as Trader Joe’s, Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. and even Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The first 365 by Whole Foods Market location will open in May in Los Angeles. Others are scheduled to open this year in Oregon and Washington.There are three locations in Central Florida including its newest market in Altamonte Springs.Read more from Bloomberg.com here. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

A profitable day for The City of Apopka

first_img Mama Mia August 4, 2016 at 12:41 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Let me make it very clear who is sitting on the council now and voted for your water rates, sewer rates, re-use water rates that were increased, plus all the additional charges and fees that I discussed up above in my postings and approved of them. First, Commissioner Becker and Commissioner Bankson were not to blame, as they had not been elected at that time. This ordinance for an increase occurred starting at the Feb. 3, 2016 Apopka City Council Meeting, Ordinance 2475, and at that first reading Commissioner Ruth made the motion to increase the rates, seconded by Commissioner Velasquez……….all others, Commissioner Dean, Commissioner Arrowsmith, and Mayor Kilsheimer all voted in favor too, and voted aye. The first reading was all in favor. Then there had to be another vote, a second reading, and Commissioner Ruth made the motion to increase the rates again, and approve the ordinance 2475, and Commissioner Velazquez made the second, and Commissoner Arrowsmith voted for approval, Mayor Kilsheimer voted for it, and this is where it gets sticky because Commissioner Dean this time changed his vote, and voted against the ordinance to increase your water, sewer, re-use water rates and all of the excessive extra fees. So Commissioner Dean was not responsible in the long run for upping your water rates, that was the second reading of the ordinance, and it passed 4-1 with Commissioner Dean voting against it. The second reading was Feb. 17, 2016. I looked it back up because I wanted to get it right. You can heard it at Apopka.net, Feb. 3, 2016 council meeting and Feb. 17, 2016, council meeting………..so who listens to the citizens, as our representatives of the people??? Regarding tax increases, utility increases, fees, etc.????? Remember them that could care less what you have to say, and hold them responsible, sooner or later! Reply Mama Mia August 4, 2016 at 12:52 pm Reply August 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm Reply Mama Mia Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Reply August 4, 2016 at 3:32 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. One other fact that I find fascinating is that when the west side well at Grossenbacher Water Plant was drilled, there were old shark’s teeth found way down in there and were pulled up during the drilling. I guess it is true that Florida was once completely covered by the ocean. I got to go cook supper now…………… Please enter your name here Reply Reply Yeah, and the SJRWMD gave $ 70, 088 dollars to the city, as a partner, to help the city educate and show citizens, commercial accounts holders, and the city itself, on how to conserve water from the aquifer, and identify high water usage accounts. The mayor wants to increase his donation to the Apopka Begins and Ends With A program, the non-profit program, that helps the local school system get a better school grade rating. The mayor wants to give $ 70,000 to that program for the coming year, for the schools, in the coming budget, out of tax payer funds! And at the same time, has the gall to ask the council for a millage rate increase on property taxes….. Odd, isn’t it, that is the same amount that SJRWMD gave to the city, pretty much? I think I’m onto something here……Hmmmm.???……….the mayor already has a plan to conserve water, and it has already been pasted, and approved, by the city council, prior to the last election. It is called PAYING OUT YOUR BUTT for your water, sewer, and re-use in the form of a bill increase every year, annually for the next five years, and you will see your first monthly increase, on your Oct. 2016, bill, and it will increase each year for the next five years, and will COMPOUND just like the interest on your credit cards!!!!. Thanks a lot for nothing, old city council, not new council members just elected……….W&$%)&@X!T*)^F$^U!!!!!!! If you go on vacation and have to cut the water off and then back on later expect a charge for the cut- ons and cut- offs……also you will pay for minimum water bill, sewer bill, and re-use bill, even though there is no water being used on your home during your vacation or your trip back up north as a snowbird resident, or for any other reason. This is also part of what the old city council pasted and approved recently, prior to Commissioner Bankson and Commissioner Becker’s arrival as commissioners……thanks for nothing old council members, and I don’t mean under Mayor Land either, you all, in part, who are sitting up there now, except for Commissioner Becker and Commissioner Bankson, who were not there then, when you all refused to listen to the citizens!!!! ……..^#x%@!85)$!ZY^*!!!!! Mama Mia August 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm August 4, 2016 at 4:02 pm Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Reply Reply August 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm August 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm I, for one, as an Apopka city resident and taxpayer, am tired of the City of Apopka, giving away money to non-profits, and I don’t care who they are! All of them. And I don’t care what Buddy Dyer does over in Orlando. You now understand why his tax rates keep going sky high. Wasting money, that is not his, but acts like it is his! Same thing is going to happen here in this city, if someone doesn’t stop it! Apopka Youth Works………..why is the city giving away money to pay for them a job? I wouldn’t have a problem with the program, if they were employed by the city, with the city paying their wages, but they go work for private businesses, and the city pays the bill for them to work somewhere else! It is true. Plus a non-profit pays part too, I understand. Let them work for the city, if the city is going to pay them, and do something for the good of the city doing a job! Good grief. Go wash some fire trucks, file some paperwork, sort out something up at city hall, wash the garbage trucks, pick up paper in the parks, something! I don’t mean something dangerous, but my goodness, if they want the money, they can’t expect to sit on their duffs in an air conditioned building and just whirl around in a computer chair at a desk, playing big wig! My husband and I were not so lucky at that age, to have someone coddle us with jobs, we had to go find one ourselves if we wanted money. Let them work at the city, and do something for the money that the taxpayers have to pay for them!!!!!! Plenty of fire hydrants to be painted, hint hint……….. Please enter your comment! Yeah, also if you didn’t know it, emergency calls to cut your water off for a leak, used to be a courtesy and there was no charge. Now you will be charged a fee. $ 35.00 to come cut it off, and $35.00 to turn it back on. Don’t mess with the cut off valve yourself because if you break it, then you will be charged for the damage, yourself, or if they catch you………………….. Mama Mia August 5, 2016 at 11:43 am Mama Mia Mama Miacenter_img Thanks for those details. They have been added to the story. August 4, 2016 at 1:08 pm TAGScity council meeting Previous articleHurricane Earl makes landfallNext articleOn This Day: Anne Frank Captured Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Just to clarify, the AHA Players presented a check in the amount of $500. Additional monies raised through Aunt Gingibread’s concession sales and donations made directly to Christian at the event brought the overall total raised to be almost $800. Yesterday, two tall sand crane birds almost got hit. We were moving along pretty good in the far right lane when all of a sudden out of nowhere coming across the fives lanes of heavy traffic, in front of Dream Lake the birds stepped right and we managed to avoid them and go on, after hitting the brakes. Their gray color blended right in with the color of the road, and they walked between the cars! I looked over to the left lane beside us, and spotted Commissioner Bankson, in his car, and he avoided hitting them too. It happened so fast, but they managed to get on across, the heavy fast traffic, over to pick along Dream Lake Park. I would have just died if we had of hit them! Reply Reply Reply And for the record, there is a professionally made, Re-call Mayor Kilsheimer sign stuck in the ground right near the intersection of my home, and it is not a painted do-it-yourself homemade sign, and Mayor Kilsheimer, I didn’t do it! Don’t blame me for that one……….I didn’t do it!!! Jim Meadows Now regarding the claim that there is water that stinks like poop really bad coming from the Grossenbacher Water Plant, that is not the drinking water, that is along the sidewalks, when from time to time, and it happens in all cities, the sewer lines get backed up from something that was flushed, and stuck to the lines, and this causes a backup of the sewage and when that happens, you can look at the manhole covers, they will be clearly marked with the words sanitary sewer, and they will be in place over the holes, but the sewer water will be overflowing, from underneath, and will run down the streets, along the sidewalks, and down the storm drains. It happens, if you know what I mean. LOL! I saw it happen not too long ago and was hunting the phones to call it in on my cell phone, then I saw the crews coming to work on it, right there along Park Avenue at Grossenbacher, Nightingale, Sandpiper, etc……Don’t get confused, and think that is the drinking water smelling like that!!! Believe me, it does smell like poop, because that is what it is, when the sewer lines back up! Mayor Kilsheimer, you will be pleased to know that the sign was gone this morning. I checked near the intersection around 7:25 am and it was gone. Didn’t see it tossed in the high grass either. Maybe the best place to conserve the water would be for the city to look at their own efforts of conservation………what about the 85 MILLION GALLONS OF WASTEWATER that was suppose to be used for re-use water, but was pumped onto the spray fields and wasted. That is a tremendous amount of water, OMG! Picture this, the potable water tank at Grossenbacher Water Plant, the big one, holds one million gallons. Now picture that amount, because you can drive by there and see it, now multiply that amount you pictured in your mind, times 85, and that is the amount, 85 millions gallons of wasterwater, that was to be used for re-use water, and sold through the water system to residents for their lawns, that was WASTED, and why? Anuvia, and their excessive high levels of nitrates, that messed up our waste water plant for awhile, and put us in the news in a negative light, that’s why! Is the problem solved now, and at what cost, has it cost us the tax payers? We will never know, for sure………… 17 COMMENTS Mama Mia August 4, 2016 at 1:33 pm Reply August 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mama Mia Reply Good people can disagree on budgets, spending, reserves and how to manage them, but when giant checks show up at The City Council meeting, everyone is generally happy. It was a profitable day for The City of Apopka, with grants, gifts and 5-0 votes to accept the funds filling the early agenda.Apopka Boy Scout Troop #211 received a check from The City of Apopka.It started off with Christian Lamphere and his Boy Scout Troop #211 receiving a gift of $1,500 from The City of Apopka for their assistance with the Independence Day event. The Troop helped event goers get their cars parked efficiently.Lamphere also received a check for $800 from Jim Meadows, Founder of the AHA Players community theater group. He also gave Lamphere a banner listing the names of all the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Lamphere is constructing a 9/11 memorial at Apopka City Hall with support from The City of Apopka and the community.The money was raised during the AHA Players’ June Performance of “The Guys” at the Apopka Community Center. The performance included a display of a section of the original World Trade Center, which will be the centerpiece of the 9-11 memorial. Aunt Gingibread’s Bakery also sold items for the event. The AHA Players portion of the $800 donation was $500. Additional monies raised through Aunt Gingibread’s concession sales and donations made directly to Christian at the event brought the overall total raised to almost $800.The Duke Energy Foundation presented a check for $9,500 to support Apopka Begins and Ends With ‘A.’ The Duke grant is the first-ever cash award for the program, which the City launched in October 2015.The City of Apopka received a grant from Duke Energy for Apopka begins and ends with ‘A’.The city program seeks to help Apopka schools work toward achieving an “A” rating from the state of Florida through a program of focused community involvement into educational activities. The program’s goals are to improve student outcomes as well as the perception of Apopka-area schools. Overall, the City’s long-term objective is to increase Apopka’s prospects for economic development.“In November of 2015, we established two community action team programs at Rock Springs and Lovell Elementary Schools,” said Mayor Joe Kilsheimer. “We hope to expand it to five schools this year.”Duke is also a sponsor of the Science Incubator Program in Altamonte Springs which benefits the Seminole County Public School System.The City also received a check from Robert Brooks, park manager with the Wekiva River basin state parks, for $100,000 in state grants to improve recreational facilities at the city’s Alonzo Williams Park and Kit Land Nelson Park. The grants were awarded as part of the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program.The Apopka Fire Department also received two grants from The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and from FEMA.The Firehouse Subs  awarded Apopka firefighters with $4,401 to purchase special extraction equipment used in vehicle emergencies.The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded a $10,000 grant to the Apopka Fire Department to purchase a portable kit that tests the fit of firefighters’ respirator masks. Masks are assigned to each firefighter as part of their essential equipment to breathe clean air during emergencies. The masks must seal properly around firefighters’ face and heads to be properly certified each year.CORRECTION: An earlier version of the article did not provide detail about the the AHA Players 9-11 Memorial donation.  It has now been added. August 5, 2016 at 7:29 am The mayor told the truth about the Grossenbacher Water Plant and why there is a smell sometimes, it is the sulfur in the water. Actually, sulfur is good for your health. Yes, the sulfur water it is aerated, and it helps remove the smell, and yes, if a new pump was put in, then the water that was released out there on the grounds, was for the flushing. 100% true……my husband used to be over the water plants, told me that the one well down at Grossenbacher had a nick- name, Sulfur Annie, and that is the well that is the most shallow, but the other wells are super deep compared to Sulfur Annie. The well is a she………….who knew? There is way more sulfur in the most shallow well, Sulfur Annie, but the water from that well, is in no way bad for your health because of the sulfur. They rotate the pumping from the various wells, and if one can’t up with the demand, others come on. August 4, 2016 at 3:38 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Dale Fenwick It appears to me that the city went up on the utility rates and all the excessive fees, regarding utility services, that the city didn’t use to charge for, in order to give more money to the mayor’s favored non-profit program for the schools, such as Apopka Begins and Ends With A…….then money to other non-profits, that he got strong-armed into giving to, that I don’t think he really wanted to give to. Time to cut them all off, if the city needs money, and claims they need to raise taxes to pay for them! Just say no. Reply Mama Mia Organizations that want non-profit money, let them go paint fire hydrants for so much each, and earn the money, not just the Apopka Youth Works……….they city has in the past had to have groups paint them. Don’t know who they were…….. Reply August 4, 2016 at 6:37 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Sharks teeth can found down at Rock Springs too while tubing the waters. August 4, 2016 at 4:30 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here August 4, 2016 at 7:00 pmlast_img read more

New on Netflix in July

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here From ign.comNetflix in July not only brings us the streaming site’s first ever Star Wars movie — with prequel/standalone Rogue One — but also a brand new Castlevania animated series.As it gets hotter outside and the desire to remain indoors rises, Netflix will unleash big titles like Titanic, E.T., Best in Show, Punch-Drunk Love, and The Mighty Ducks while also unveiling new Netflix original series like Friends from College (starring Fred Savage, Cobie Smulders and Keegan-Michael Key) and the gritty new series Ozark, starring Jason Bateman as a money launderer for the Cartel.On the TV front, there’s recent seasons of iZombie, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, and Pretty Little Liars. All titles listed are U.S. only and dates are subject to change.Available 7/1/17TitanicThe Originals: Season 4Free WillyDisney’s The Mighty DucksMadagascar: Escape 2 AfricaCapo “El amo del tunel”: Season 1El Barco: Season 1The Truth Is in the StarsDeep Water: Season 1E.T. the Extra-TerrestrialHostages (Israel): Season 2Zip & Zap and the Marble GangThe Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)Albion: The Enchanted StallionLiar’s DiceOffspring: Season 6Boat TripMixed SignalsDelicatessenCaramelYours Fatefully: Season 1The Ultimatum: Season 1Unriddle IIUnriddleYes We Can!: Season 1Spice Up: Season 1World at Your Feet: Season 1EmmaThe Boy in the Striped PajamasLast NightOut of Thin AirWitnesses: Season 2The Longest YardJackass: Number TwoPunch-Drunk LoveAre We There Yet?Are We Done Yet?The Land Before TimeDadThe Land Before Time II: The Great Valley AdventureThe Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great GivingHere AloneSpawn: The MovieCode Name: The CleanerThe Astronaut FarmerBest in ShowProof of LifeMatchstick MenTaking LivesPolice AcademyAvailable 7/2/17El Chema: Season 1Available 7/3/17Diamond CartelExtraordinary: The Stan Romanek StoryAvailable 7/4/17The Standups: Season 1–NETFLIX ORIGINALAvailable 7/5/17iZombie: Season 3Available 7/6/17Speech & DebateThe VoidButterAvailable 7/7/17Castlevania: Season 1–NETFLIX ORIGINALDawn of the Croods: Season 4–NETFLIX ORIGINALDegrassi: Next Class: Season 4–NETFLIX ORIGINALLuna Petunia: Season 2–NETFLIX ORIGINAL1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)Available 7/8/17Bad Santa 2Horse DancerAvailable 7/9/17LionAvailable 7/11/17Gabriel Iglesias Presents The Gentleman Jerry RochaAvailable 7/14/17Friends From College: Season 1–NETFLIX ORIGINALTo the Bone–NETFLIX ORIGINALChasing Coral–NETFLIX ORIGINALBuddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile–NETFLIX ORIGINALAvailable 7/15/17Rake: Season 4West Coast Customs: Season 4Available 7/17/17Uncertain GloryFittest on Earth: A Decade of FitnessA Cowgirl’s StoryAvailable 7/18/17Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say–NETFLIX ORIGINALAri Shaffir: Double Negative: Collection–NETFLIX ORIGINALGirlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 3Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryAvailable 7/20/17Pretty Little Liars: Season 7BAvailable 7/21/17Ozark: Season 1–NETFLIX ORIGINALLast Chance U: Season 2–NETFLIX ORIGINALThe Worst Witch: Season 1–NETFLIX ORIGINALAvailable 7/22/17Railroad TigersAvailable 7/24/17VictorAvailable 7/25/17Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special–NETFLIX ORIGINALMunroe IslandAvailable 7/28/17The Incredible Jessica James–NETFLIX ORIGINALDaughters of Destiny: Season 1–NETFLIX ORIGINALThe Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 5–NETFLIX ORIGINALAvailable 7/31/17After The RealityCheckpointDark NightTaking EarthBeing Mary Jane: The Series: Season 4 — Date TBD Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSnetflix Previous article3 tips when buying a used carNext articleBaby, it’s hot outside… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive celebrates its 3rd Anniversary this weekend

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 From the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictAveraging about 10,000 visitors each month, the St. Johns River Water Management District’s Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive will celebrate its third anniversary since opening in May 2015.“We are committed to balancing the ecosystem’s viability with the public’s desire for recreational opportunities,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Opening the drive just 3 days a week allows the public to see firsthand this unique wildlife habitat while at the same time allowing the wildlife to enjoy a quiet, undisturbed life the rest of the week. Truly a win-win for both the public and the environment.”To commemorate the anniversary, volunteers with the Orange Audubon Society will be stationed along the drive on Sunday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with scopes, bird books, and loaner binoculars to assist visitors with identifying wildlife.The 11-mile drive covers a network of wetlands, levees, and canals, providing a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. A free self-guided audio tour, which can be streamed through mobile devices and online, is also available along the wildlife drive and provides visitors with a narrative on the area’s history, wildlife, and district-led restoration efforts. Several vehicle pullovers on the drive provide opportunities for stopping at preferred sites.Once farmed land, the area was acquired by the district between 1988 and 2001 with the goal of reducing discharges of nutrients to the lake to protect water quality, promote water storage and provide critical wetland functions. This multi-benefit restoration approach on the North Shore relies upon the district’s expertise in science, engineering, construction and wildlife management.Housed within the district’s 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore restoration area, the wildlife drive opened in May 2015. Its success is attributed to not only housing a diverse bird population but also providing unprecedented access to the unique area. Home to 369 species of birds, visitors should also watch for alligators, turtles, otters, raccoon, snakes, coyotes and bobcats.The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is open year-round between sunrise and sunset on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays. There is no cost to visit the wildlife drive.More information about recreational opportunities on lands owned and managed by the district is available at www.sjrwmd.com/recreation. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here TAGSLake Apopka Wildlife DriveSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleApopka Area Chamber of Commerce hosting Business Expo tomorrow Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

He really does change men

first_img Every truly great teacher has one talent above all others, they make their charges THINK! You Charles also have this talent! I read you and remember, I learn, I smile, and always, I think! Your words often nudge me back toward the way I know I should go, especially when I think I think I have found a better (usually easier) way because I am lazy! God bless you Chuck, you make me THINK! July 7, 2018 at 4:14 pm TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleThe good news story of Bilal Quintyne and Belinda WhitakerNext articleWho is the hidden Jesus in today’s society? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dear CSG, perhaps that is the greatest part of being a Christian that we encourage one another. Encouragement in our lives, in our walk with Jesus, in the humdrum turmoil and frustrations of life, encouragement when we are up and especially when when we are down. Part of that encouragement is summarized in one little phrase found in the bible; “Love one another as I have loved you.” Thanks so very much for your blessed encouragement my friend. ChazP.S. Yes, Nancy is beautiful isn’t she? charles towne InspirationBy Charles Towne Well, what can I say?  I guess it all started under the pall of a death sentence.  That is something doctors are good at today, issuing death sentences.“Mr. Towne you will have to be on blood pressure medicine for the rest of your life and let’s not forget the cholesterol medicine, you will have to take that to keep the stints and the angioplasty clear. And here, this is also important, a prescription for nitroglycerin, only take it when you are having another heart attack.”“Okay doc, you know best.”The same scenario was played out for my wife, only worse.“Mr. Towne you will have to place your wife in an Alzheimer’s unit for her own protection.  Here, these drugs will stop her depression, (They didn’t say they would turn her into a zombie. And these two drugs are going to slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s, and this one, now this is a doozy, one shot a week to the tune of fifteen hundred smackers per month! This will slow down the recurrences of the M.S. What’s that? Naw; I don’t get anything for prescribing these drugs! That’s a good boy; you go home now and have a good life, bye, bye.  NEXT!”Two doctors signed papers recommending Nan’s admission to a nursing home/Alzheimer’s unit.God, how could I do this?So that you may better understand my quandary you should know that I have been a notorious runner.  And I am not talking about marathons or sprints, I’m talking about running, as in, Awayyy!After the tragic death of my first wife in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver those many years ago I remarried much too fast. That marriage ended in divorce.Yet in my mental diapers without the good sense God gave a goofy gopher number three wife was followed by number four and then Nancy appeared, drawing me as a moth to a flame and I heard a voice, a deep Godlike voice saying, “Last chance Chucky my boy and you better get this one right!”As I sat contemplating my belly button trying to figure out what to do next, God spoke to me again and what He said got my attention.
”Charles,” (I always know He is serious when He calls me Charles this way.  “Charles, Nancy just might be your salvation!”Okay, Lord, I’ll play along, how can Nancy possibly be my salvation?“Well, let me count the ways!”  He said.  “First of all, it has always been easy for you to run when things got tough so that is something you need to come to grips with.Secondly, you are impatient, often harsh, not really Christ-like qualities to be found in a man. Believe me when I say Nancy is good for you, so suck it up me bucko!”After listening to about a hundred other reasons that Nancy would be good for me and being told to “suck it up” He added, almost as an addendum, “And remember Charles, Nancy needs your love!”A few more minutes passed leading me to believe that He was finished when He whispered, “And remember Charles, I’m watching!”Only an idiot or a lobotomized lab rat would forget that God was watching so I must admit to some misgivings when He felt it was necessary to remind me.O.K., the pressure was on.Did I listen to His wise counsel?Yah, sure!Did I consider it wise counsel when He gave it to me?  Yes, absolutely.  After all, It was God speaking!Did I follow His wise counsel?  Well, hey; don’t get so darned nosy!But time, like stomach gas, passes and we end up either sweet or sour.  We improve or degrade, smile or frown, fish or cut bait, either or? Life is full of choices; we never stand still, and I found myself at choosing time.You might wonder where I am going with this sordid tale and the best way I can answer is to say, upward and ever onward.My Nancy, my dear wife is precious, she is a child of God, the apple of His eye, yes she is precious and as I treat her with love and grace, mercy and kindness, tenderness and compassion, patience and even more patience, she is slowly but surely returning from the shadowlands where she has been wandering for so long.
 As I apply all of those positive strokes, as I massage her with love, caress her with tenderness and patience and kiss her with joy, she fairly shines. 
I was on the verge of losing something precious, on the very precipice, the edge of the abyss but now God has given me another chance.Have we arrived?  No, but we, Nancy and I, are on the journey, together.
 PRAISE GOD!(And now my darling is in a nursing home, therefore, I must still have some growing to do.) 
OUR PRAYER
 “Dear Papa God, thank you so much for being patient with me and teaching me.  Hold me close and teach me to love others as you have always loved me.   Please bless my family and help others to see Jesus in me.  Praise you O Holy friend, I Jesus blessed name I ask it, Amen
.”Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. July 3, 2018 at 9:39 pm NH Reply EzJ Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 July 7, 2018 at 10:04 am kristin The Anatomy of Fear Richard Reply Reply Richard, you humble me my friend. Please pray that I can cause others to think about Him for at this stage of my life there is no greater calling. Blessings pal, Chaz Yes Nici, you are so right, and it is that gentle sweet person that God sees. I have revealed my own humanity to my readers so they can see the Miracle Worker doing what He does best. It is never easy to make oneself transparent and thus vulnerable before men but if He can use me, praise Him to all the world. Blessings on you dear friend, Chaz Reply Nancy is truly a blessing…I saw that the first time I met her. Such a gentle person. God has truly given you many opportunities for love and new beginnings, Charles. It is heart warming to see you “pass it on”… July 2, 2018 at 2:27 pm Oh Kristin, isn’t He good? What a wonderful friend is our God. We stumble and falter through life wondering, wandering, questioning, and ye the solution to all of our problems is right there in front of us. I thank you my friend. Keep looking up. Chaz Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Don Lindsey Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply July 4, 2018 at 4:14 pm July 2, 2018 at 8:30 pm July 7, 2018 at 7:14 am July 1, 2018 at 8:44 am July 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm Reply Reply charles towne Charles it is such a great thing that you listened to God and chose not to run away! And that you made the positive changes needed to nurture your wife into better health, not settling for a typical doom and gloom scenario. Even though she is now in a nursing home, you took great care of her for many years… and now you do the same for her in the nursing home. I guess God know what He is doing, eh? Thanks for being such an honest example of how God can lead us and change us, if we let him. charles towne Reply Reply July 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm Wonderfully written Chuck. The Lord is with us, all we need to do is listen.D.L July 2, 2018 at 6:40 pmcenter_img Nicole 18 COMMENTS Nicole, oh yes, that old demon Harshness, an old acquaintance of mine that still comes to visit now and then. It is not so much that I am patient, sweet and loving as it is that those qualities are evident in my darling. She is truly a precious gift from God. Blessings to you and yours, Chaz Reply July 2, 2018 at 8:06 pm CSG July 4, 2018 at 4:33 pm charles towne Reply I TO AM A RUNNER THANK GOD I NEVER WAS ABLE TO OUT RUN GOD, EVERY TIME I STOPPED HE WAS THERE! Having heard and read many of your tales I surely understand why Papa God put Nancy in your life. Having had the absolute pleasure of meeting Nancy at the gym I fully understand how she was able to set you on your obviously successful journey together. God bless you both. July 7, 2018 at 4:09 pm EzJ, ISN’T IT THE TRUTH MY FRIEND! He has been called “The Hound of Heaven” for very good reason. Praise Him for the fact that He has proven relentless in His pursuit for His own! Many Blessings, Chaz You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Chuck, I had the chance to watch you and Nancy many times, when my Betty was in the FLNC. I came away with how beautiful and outgoing Nancy is, and how she smiles when you come into the room! It is obvious that you two love each other, and even more obvious that God loves both of you. As a previous long term caregiver, I have a deep admiration of you and the way you take care of Nancy. God has a plan for our lives, and I pray that our Father God has a great one for you and Nancy. July 3, 2018 at 4:26 pm charles towne Don Young O Don, truer words were never spoken, God has a plan! We may imagine that we know best and want to run things our way but in reality He does have a plan for each of us, all we have to do is get out of the way and give Him room to move in our lives. Blessings on you dear friend. Chaz Reply charles towne July 4, 2018 at 12:38 am July 1, 2018 at 2:32 pm Reply Reply Reply charles towne Reply Don, what does the bible say about having ears but not listening? I believe that is the condition of most of us but He is patient, long-suffering and kind. Thanks pal, Chaz Please enter your comment! Yes, Chuck, we each have our path in life and it is up to us to listen to God and hear His directions.Sometimes, everything seems so jumbled and confusing, but God said He will never leave us nor forsake us. I thank you for your transparency and encouragement in each article. My wonderful husband truly cherished your friendship and told me many times how you encouraged him.Now, you encourage me.Thank you. I will continue to pray for you and your beautiful wife, Nancy. God bless you both! charles towne Reply July 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm Mike old son, as Nanny has made me a better man I have an idea so your wife has done for you. These ladies certainly have a tempering influence on us don’t they, Keep looking up, Chaz charles towne Reply Mike McFadden Please enter your name here Isn’t it wonderful that God never gives up on us? Like you, I was informed once of my need to stop being harsh. It took me a super long time to overcome that icky habit of harshness. I love the way you describe how patient and sweet and loving you have become to your Nancy. And how you can visibly see how it really helps her. What a blessing. Thanks for your articles! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Black churches have lagged in moving online during the pandemic –…

first_img By Erika Gault, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, University of ArizonaFrom online campaigns for justice to popular TikTok challenges, Black young adults are at the forefront of social media trends. But when it comes to the Black Church, the same cannot be said – it has lagged behind in the rush to go digital.There is a reason for that. But as a scholar of online religious practices, I believe that ascribing the problem to a generational divide and declining church engagement among young people is overly simplistic.Such a view, I argue, fails to understand the complex dynamic between Black young adults and the Black Church.The digital gapThe pandemic is one case in point. Early in March, before state and federal guidelines were handed down, Black churches were split over whether to remain open or close their doors to congregants during the pandemic.Some churches designed innovative practices to cater to congregants during the lockdown, like church service by phone, drive-in services or livestreaming worship before empty pews.But others continued with in-person services despite stay-at-home orders. A survey in late April found that worshipers at historically Black churches were the least likely to say that their services had moved online.The slow move to online technology by some Black churches has been attributed in part to an aging hierarchy.Nonetheless, studies suggest that racial and economic disparities could also be factors in why many Black churches struggled to go online prior to and during the pandemic compared to non-Black churches. On average, Black Americans face greater barriers to internet access and high-speed connection at home than do white Americans. This disparity extends to Black young adults.Young Black faithSo-called Black millennials – those age 23 to 38 – total well over 11 million. They are the largest living population of African Americans.Polling suggests a declining number are involved in the Black church. The number of young adults and Black Americans identifying as Christian fell by 16 percentage points and 11 percentage points, respectively, between 2009 and 2019.Those who do identify as Christian – 65%, according to a 2014 Pew survey – participate in a diverse range of faith practices. In my forthcoming book on religion and Black young adults, I note the emergence of Black young adults who make a living through online faith-based practices.These include D. Danyelle Thomas, founder of Unfit Christian, who fosters a popular Facebook community and provides intuitive tarot readings by email. There are others who provides Christian content through art and sermons to online subscribers, like Joseph Solomon, and YouTube personalities like Umar Johnson, who espouses Pan-Africanist thought as a response to religion.The technological prowess of Black young adults as religious content creators is out there. But it can sometimes be overlooked in part due to longstanding perceptions of young people as lazy or feckless that dovetail with similar tropes about Black people that have been around since the 19th century.It is also complicated by misconceptions over the behavior of so-called millennials, and how that term is applied to Black young people.Back in 1991, researchers Neil Howe and William Strauss wrote the bestselling book “Generations,” coining the term “millennial” that went on to describe those born between 1981 and 1996. They followed it up with a more in-depth look at the generation in “Millennials Rising.” But the generalizations that Howe and Strauss make are based on a very small, mostly affluent white student population in Fairfax County, Virginia.In more recent years, social scientists have been critical of their work for a variety of methodological reasons, including its limited sample size and racial bias.This points to the ways in which systematic racism has influenced statistical studies of Black communities. Studies which homogenize identity around white young people obscure a discriminatory past in which views on youth and Black people combined to inform notions of young Black people as lazy and even criminal.As I have found, this tendency can be most problematic when examining Black young people, their use of technology and the Black Church. It downplays the differences between young Black and white adults in how they engage online.It also fails to properly account for the diverse modes of Black religious expression and the role of intergenerational relationships in Black communities.Crossing the divideStudies have shown that while Black millennials usually have smartphones, they are less likely to have access to laptops and desktops compared to white millennials.This may explain the relatively high level of engagement that Black users have with social media platforms that work well on a smartphone format, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.In recent years, white millennials have trended away from the social media site Facebook. But Black young adults remain invested in Facebook, allowing them to maintain an online connection with older family members who are more likely to be using Facebook than social media platforms aimed at younger users.Social media sites like Facebook and YouTube also afford Black young adults the space to perform Black church rituals alongside older Black adults: for example, through the use of memes or TikTok challenges. Such digital forms of play in these examples, including donning ornate church dresses and hats and sharing hip hop remakes of gospel classics, provide experiences that connect African Americans of all ages.Although some Black young Americans may feel a disconnect with the Black church over its positions on, for example, women’s rights, hip-hop, or LGBTQIA issues, they are still likely to be connected to traditional Black churches through family, friends and online religious content. In addition, young Black adults are significantly more likely to be living in multi-generational households, putting them in closer contact with older churchgoers.As such, despite uneven access to technology, Black churches should be well situated for survival and growth in uncertain times. But it will require nurturing the intergenerational networks that already exist.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here A multimedia technician wipes down audio equipment at a church in Brooklyn. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name herecenter_img Please enter your comment! TAGSBlack ChurchBlack Young AdultsChurchEngagementFaithMillenials Previous articleWhy Being Aware of Your Mortality Can Be Good for YouNext articlePeter Lowe to speak at free community outreach event in Central Florida Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 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.last_img read more

Landmark exhibition examines Ocoee Massacre of 1920, ignited after a black…

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Ocoee Massacre was ignited on Election Day of 1920, when Moses Norman, a Black citizen, attempted to vote in Ocoee and was turned away. After a white mob came to the home of his friend, July Perry, in search of Norman, gunshots erupted. An unknown number of people were killed, including Perry, who was lynched in Orlando in the early hours of the next day. Eventually, the Black population of Ocoee fled, never to return. In telling the story, History Center staff have relied extensively on original research into primary sources and oral histories.Yesterday, This Was Home explores not only this horrific event in Central Florida’s past but also other historical and recent incidents of racism, hatred and terror. One of the exhibition’s recurring themes is the oppression of the Black community and their battle to rise above it, from enslavement, to the impact of the Ocoee Massacre, to the Black Lives Matter movement today.History Center staff have also designed Yesterday, This Was Home to encourage reflection on a century of social transformation, the power of perspective, and the importance of exercising the right to vote. Multiple interactives about voting, videos and digital maps enhance the visitor experience.To follow social distancing, the History Center has implemented new timed ticketing procedures for the special exhibition Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920. For safety purposes, capacity will be limited in our exhibit hall. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Media tours are available by appointment the week of Oct. 5, 2020. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. From the Orange County NewsroomThe Orange County Regional History Center announces a landmark exhibition, Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920, that examines the largest incident of voting-day violence in United States history. The exhibition marks the centennial of the event — once hidden history in Central Florida — and will be on display from Oct. 3, 2020, through Feb. 14, 2021. TAGSElection DayhistoryHistory CenterOcoee MassacreOrange County GovernmentVoting Previous articleCentral Florida Christian Chamber invites you to professional development series on building diversity and inclusionNext articleUCF Business Incubators launching Business Modeling Boot Camp Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

7 ways to avoid becoming a misinformation superspreader

first_img By H. Colleen Sinclair, Associate Professor of Social Psychology, Mississippi State UniversityThe problem of misinformation isn’t going away. Internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at removing all misleading content from social media. The best defense, then, is self-defense.Misleading or outright false information – broadly called “misinformation” – can come from websites pretending to be news outlets, political propaganda or “pseudo-profound” reports that seem meaningful but are not. Disinformation is a type of misinformation that is deliberately generated to maliciously mislead people. Disinformation is intentionally shared, knowing it is false, but misinformation can be shared by people who don’t know it’s not true, especially because people often share links online without thinking.Emerging psychology research has revealed some tactics that can help protect our society from misinformation. Here are seven strategies you can use to avoid being misled, and to prevent yourself – and others – from spreading inaccuracies.1. Educate yourselfThe best inoculation against what the World Health Organization is calling the “infodemic” is to understand the tricks that agents of disinformation are using to try to manipulate you.One strategy is called “prebunking” – a type of debunking that happens before you hear myths and lies. Research has shown that familiarizing yourself with the tricks of the disinformation trade can help you recognize false stories when you encounter them, making you less susceptible to those tricks.Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed an online game called “Bad News,” which their studies have shown can improve players’ identification of falsehoods.In addition to the game, you can also learn more about how internet and social media platforms work, so you better understand the tools available to people seeking to manipulate you. You can also learn more about scientific research and standards of evidence, which can help you be less susceptible to lies and misleading statements about health-related and scientific topics.Playing the ‘Bad News’ online game illustrates different ways information warriors can prey on people’s psychological vulnerabilities.Screenshot of Get Bad News2. Recognize your vulnerabilitiesThe prebunking approach works for people across the political spectrum, but it turns out that people who underestimate their biases are actually more vulnerable to being misled than people who acknowledge their biases.Research has found people are more susceptible to misinformation that aligns with their preexisting views. This is called “confirmation bias,” because a person is biased toward believing information that confirms what they already believe.The lesson is to be particularly critical of information from groups or people with whom you agree or find yourself aligned – whether politically, religiously, or by ethnicity or nationality. Remind yourself to look for other points of view, and other sources with information on the same topic.It is especially important to be honest with yourself about what your biases are. Many people assume others are biased, but believe they themselves are not – and imagine that others are more likely to share misinformation than they themselves are.3. Consider the sourceMedia outlets have a range of biases. The Media Bias Chart describes which outlets are most and least partisan as well as how reliable they are at reporting facts.You can play an online game called “Fakey” to see how susceptible you are to different ways news is presented online.When consuming news, make sure you know how trustworthy the source is – or whether it’s not trustworthy at all. Double-check stories from other sources with low biases and high fact ratings to find out who – and what – you can actually trust, rather than just what your gut tells you.Also, be aware that some disinformation agents make fake sites that look like real news sources – so make sure you’re conscious of which site you are actually visiting. Engaging in this level of thinking about your own thinking has been shown to improve your ability to tell fact from fiction.Take a moment to think before you decide to share something online.10’000 Hours/Digital Vision via Getty Images4. Take a pauseWhen most people go online, especially on social media, they’re there for entertainment, connection or even distraction. Accuracy isn’t always high on the priority list. Yet few want to be a liar, and the costs of sharing misinformation can be high – to individuals, their relationships and society as a whole. Before you decide to share something, take a moment to remind yourself of the value you place on truth and accuracy.Thinking “is what I am sharing true?” can help you stop the spread of misinformation and will encourage you to look beyond the headline and potentially fact-check before sharing.Even if you don’t think specifically about accuracy, just taking a pause before sharing can give you a chance for your mind to catch up with your emotions. Ask yourself whether you really want to share it, and if so, why. Think about what the potential consequences of sharing it might be.Research shows that most misinformation is shared quickly and without much thought. The impulse to share without thinking can even be more powerful than partisan sharing tendencies. Take your time. There is no hurry. You are not a breaking-news organization upon whom thousands depend for immediate information.5. Be aware of your emotionsPeople often share things because of their gut reactions, rather than the conclusions of critical thinking. In a recent study, researchers found that people who viewed their social media feed while in an emotional mindset were significantly more likely to share misinformation than those who went in with a more rational state of mind.Anger and anxiety, in particular, make people more vulnerable to falling for misinformation.6. If you see something, say somethingStand up to misinformation publicly. It may feel uncomfortable to challenge your friends online, especially if you fear conflict. The person to whom you respond with a link to a Snopes post or other fact-checking site may not appreciate being called out.But evidence shows that explicitly critiquing the specific reasoning in the post and providing counterevidence like a link about how it is fake is an effective technique.Even short-format refutations – like “this isn’t true” – are more effective than saying nothing. Humor – though not ridicule of the person – can work, too. When actual people correct misinformation online, it can be as effective, if not more so, as when a social media company labels something as questionable.People trust other humans more than algorithms and bots, especially those in our own social circles. That’s particularly true if you have expertise in the subject or are a close connection with the person who shared it.An additional benefit is that public debunking notifies other viewers that they may want to look more closely before choosing to share it themselves. So even if you don’t discourage the original poster, you are discouraging others.Even kids know to speak up when they see something wrong.Mireya Acierto/DigitalVision via Getty Images7. If you see someone else stand up, stand with themIf you see someone else has posted that a story is false, don’t say “well, they beat me to it so I don’t need to.” When more people chime in on a post as being false, it signals that sharing misinformation is frowned upon by the group more generally.Stand with those who stand up. If you don’t and something gets shared over and over, that reinforces people’s beliefs that it is OK to share misinformation – because everyone else is doing it, and only a few, if any, are objecting.Allowing misinformation to spread also makes it more likely that even more people will start to believe it – because people come to believe things they hear repeatedly, even if they know at first they’re not true.There is no perfect solution. Some misinformation is harder to counter than others, and some countering tactics are more effective at different times or for different people. But you can go a long way toward protecting yourself and those in your social networks from confusion, deception and falsehood.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Identify and stop the lies. NLshop/iStock via Getty Images Plus Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSEducationEmotionsFacebookFalse InformationInternetMisinformationResearchSay SomethingSocial MediaSourceStand UpStrategiesTake a PauseThe ConversationTruthTwitterVulnerabilities Previous articleMeet Cosi, a short-term stay rental startup that just raised over $23mNext articleJoin Dr. Anthony Fauci and Rep. 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