Bankson breaks the trend in beating Ruth

first_img The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Political Opinion/AnalysisIn 2014, the political landscape of Apopka changed, but maybe not the way you think.Joe Kilsheimer defeated long-standing Mayor John Land. Commissioners Diane Velazquez and Sam Ruth also rode that wave and formed what has been described as “a coalition of sorts”; which is to say those three candidates share a vision of how to govern Apopka and formed an intangible alliance. Mayor Kilsheimer and Velazquez won by about 500-vote margins and secured about 55% of the electorate. Ruth’s margin of victory was less than 200. Turnout over the previous five cycles (2006-2012) was between 941 and 2,436. In 2014 it skyrocketed to 4,948 in the general election and 6,155 in the runoff.In 2016, two trends continued. Despite no mayoral election, turnout remained in the 5,000 range (in the runoff it was 4,941), and Kyle Becker won with a 500-vote margin (55% of the electorate) over 39-year incumbent Commissioner Bill Arrowsmith to continue the trend of Kilsheimer-aligned candidates prevailing by similar margins and percentages.So is this “new” Apopka electorate? Candidates in alignment with Kilsheimer will keep winning until there are no more seats to win?Bankson was able to defeat Ruth in the March election, but also hold his lead in the April runoff.Doug Bankson doesn’t think so.Bankson was able to overcome the trend with a 55-45% victory of his own. Only this was against Ruth – a part of the original alliance.Many believe that Apopka voters sent an anti-incumbent message, and that losses by Land, Arrowsmith and Ruth are a warning to incumbents both now and in the future. But these two outcomes could be saying something different.So what happened?When you run against a 39-year incumbent like Arrowsmith, it would be impossible to defeat him without critiquing his record, and contrasting yourself with him. Becker chose this route.Bankson did not. Instead he chose to run his campaign “in his own lane”. He ran “for” the seat instead of against Ruth. However, Bankson ran against a two-year incumbent who lost three previous elections before winning in 2014 by less than 200 votes.So how did he win?Like most any goal, mission or initiative, there are fundamentals that should be followed in order to be successful. A political campaign is no different. Politics has the reputation of being a four-letter word – but it doesn’t have to be that way.Team Bankson built a platform that put its candidate in a solid position to deliver a message that connected with Apopka voters. They had a large team of volunteers, raised funds successfully, kept the Bankson name and message in the minds of voters for the entire term of the campaign, and then for another 30 days. Bankson beat Ruth in the March general election, but was also able to hold his lead in the April runoff.But political skills and strong fundraising are not enough. If the candidate’s message does not resonate and they are unable to connect with voters, all the money and political savvy in the world won’t matter. If you need proof of that fact, just take a look at the list of well-funded candidates in the Republican Presidential field that never cracked 10% support. Money is important. Political skills are important too. But neither of them will win elections on their own.Bankson has solid name recognition in Apopka; at least equal to that of Ruth. He is well known from years of community service, as a pastor of a popular church and several years on the Board of The Chamber of Commerce.So how did Bankson break through an alliance that seems to crank out victories over established candidates?Bankson ran “in his own lane” against a two-year incumbent who had lost three previous elections before winning in 2014.  Clearly in Apopka there are two well-known groups of voters. One is an established base of voters who have lived in Apopka for generations. They favored Mayor Land, Commissioner Arrowsmith, and in this election Bankson. They are more likely to favor fiscal responsibility and caution in government spending than economic development. They are a very solid base of support who turnout consistently to vote.The second group is a little less established in Apopka. They may have moved here in the last 10 years. They favored Kilsheimer, Velazquez and Ruth. In this cycle they also voted for Becker. And while they have less time in Apopka, they are probably larger than the Land group. They favor economic development more than they value a reserve. They too are a solid base of support that turnout consistently for elections.The Land and Kilsheimer groups are easy to understand. They are like Democrats and Republicans. They are loyal, they support their candidates fiercely and they agree with their candidates’ ideology. It is not that either group lacks independence or the ability to think for themselves.This third group of voters is the least consistent of the groups, but probably the fastest growing and the one that may decide a lot of elections in the future. They have fewer ties to Apopka. They probably work outside of the city. They are the “bedroom-community” group. They may keep up with national politics, but may or may not get interested in local races. It’s how 10,000 voters came out in March, but only 5,000 in April. They aren’t loyal to local candidates and may not even be aware of alliances.But while they aren’t as loyal or as consistent in turning-out for elections, they may be the voters that decide elections in Apopka. They do not have a sense of loyalty to either group, in fact they pretty clearly voted for both Bankson and Becker in a plurality in this election.In order to win future Apopka elections, it may be important to get to know these mysterious voters, connect with them and keep them excited enough to turnout and vote – maybe twice.It looks as if Bankson was able to crack the code. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! 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Early Learning Centre Gift Card to benefit NSPCC

first_imgEarly Learning Centre Gift Card to benefit NSPCC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 October 2005 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving. The card can then be used as full or part payment for any goods at ELC and canbe topped up at any time for your own use, or presented to family or friends as a gift.The card will come in blue and pink versions. Early Learning Centre (ELC), in association with The Royal Bank of Scotland, will launch a new Gift Card into stores next week which will benefit NSPCC and Children 1st.The Gift Card is one of the first of its kind in the UK with a charitable element according to Early Learning Centre (ELC), It will replace the current paper gift voucher system. The card can be credited with from £1 to £500 by taking it to any till in the store and asking the staff member. Advertisement  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Declaration of the people of the Caribbean

first_imgThe following declaration was authored by Pan-Africanist and Socialist popular forces of the Caribbean nation of Barbados on Jan. 13 and submitted to the people and civil society organizations of the Caribbean for their endorsement and adoption. It was endorsed and supported by 200 organizations and individuals. See full list at President Donald Trump has been declared “persona non grata” in the CaribbeanWe, the undersigned representatives of the sovereign people of the Caribbean, hereby declare that President Donald Trump of the United States of America is “Persona Non Grata” in our Caribbean region!We further declare that as a “Persona Non Grata” President Donald Trump is NOT welcome in any territory of the Caribbean, and we hereby confirm that we — the Caribbean people — will petition our Governments, vehemently protest against any Trump visit, and engage in popular demonstrations designed to prevent President Donald Trump’s entry into any portion of the sovereign territory of our Caribbean region.As sons and daughters of the Caribbean, we hereby affirm that the continent of Africa is the revered Motherland of a sizable majority of our people and that the Republic of Haiti — the seminal architect of the destruction of the system of chattel slavery that held our ancestors in bondage — is the foundational cornerstone of our Caribbean Civilization, and we therefore consider that any insult or attack that is directed at the African continent or at the Republic of Haiti is intrinsically an insult and attack that is directed at us as well.We further affirm that we Caribbean people — in light of our history of experiencing, resisting and surviving the most horrendous forms of enslavement and colonialism — consciously regard ourselves as champions and defenders of the dignity and fundamental human rights of all Black or African people, and that we are guided by an overarching and non-negotiable principle of zero tolerance of any manifestation of anti-Black or anti-African racism or discrimination.It is against this background that we, the people of the Caribbean, have determined that by describing the nations of Africa, the Republic of Haiti and the Central American nation of El Salvador as “shithole” countries, U.S. President Donald Trump has committed a despicable and unpardonable act of anti-Black, anti-African, anti-Brown racism that has served to further energize and fortify the vile White supremacy system that the said President Trump has self-consciously sought to champion and lead.We — the sovereign people of the Caribbean — hereby declare to the entire world that we vehemently and unreservedly denounce President Donald Trump and the evil and inhuman White supremacy value system that he represents!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Bangladeshi reporter slain by local gangsters in Dhaka suburb

first_imgBangladesh is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an independent investigation into yesterday’s murder of a Bangladeshi newspaper reporter whose coverage of criminal activity in an industrial area south of the capital, Dhaka, had led to the arrest of two local gang leaders. His crime must not go unpunished, RSF said. Hossain’s family believe he was killed in reprisal for articles he had written for the Dainik Bijoy daily about the criminal activities of local gangsters, especially drug dealing and the provision of illegal gas connections. Two brothers who were arrested because of his articles, Minnat and Mishir Ali, had just been released on bail. A crime scene ribbon is seen in Dhaka on March 29, 2019. Journalist Iliyas Hossain’s dead body was found on 11 October in a district located in the suburbs of Bangladesh’s capital city (photo: Munir uz Zaman / AFP). Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists May 19, 2021 Find out more After passers-by found him lying in a pool of blood at around 8:15 pm yesterday in Bandar, a municipality that is part of Narayanganj district, Iliyas Hossain was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead at 9 pm. February 26, 2021 Find out more As RSF reported at the time, another newspaper journalist, Shelu Akand, was left for dead after being badly beaten by men with steel bars in the northern city of Jamalpur last December. Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention “We call on the Narayanganj district prosecutor’s office to order an immediate investigation to ensure that Iliyas Hossain’s brutal murder does not go unpunished,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia Pacific desk. “In view of the extremely dangerous environment for reporters in Bangladesh, we suggest that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government should create an effective mechanism for protecting journalists.” BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeViolence to go further News Daily Samakal reporter Shariful Alam Chowdhury was nearly beaten to death by ten thugs armed with steel bars in Muradnagar, on the outskirts of Cumilla, 100 km east of Dhaka, on 4 July, after writing about alleged corruption and nepotism involving a local official. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeViolence News According to RSF’s tally, at least 16 journalists have been the victims of serious violence in Bangladesh since the start of the year. News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on Bangladesh October 12, 2020 – Updated on October 13, 2020 Bangladeshi reporter slain by local gangsters in Dhaka suburb Violent crime RSF_en February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Nordic takes up tenancy in the Gardens

first_img TAGSbusinessGardens InternationalKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post A MAJOR aircraft leasing company has taken up residence in Limerick’s newly refurbished Gardens International.Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), the world’s largest lessor of regional aircraft, has opened its Limerick headquarters in the flagship city centre development. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Piani Luimní remember Dolores O’RiordanNext articleMeals for Millennials | Boiling an Egg | Eps 001 Staff Reporter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardens International takes its name from the once-famous Hanging Gardens, the brainchild of Limerick merchant William Roche. Two centuries ago, the Gardens were home to exotic fruits and vegetables on terraces over vaulted storehouses. Twitter Facebook Linkedin Print The original site on Henry Street has been incorporated in Gardens International, a €23 million development brought to the market by the Limerick 2030 committee.The Gardens International development on Limerick’s Henry Street. Nordic, which has more than 500 aircraft in its portfolio, generated $98.1m (€88.5m) in the first half of its financial year which is close to twice the amount it generated in the first half of its previous financial year.NAC said the most recent performance reflected organic growth, improved fleet utilisation, and continued lower operating and financing costs.“Reaching a fleet of 500 aircraft is a significant milestone for the business and this, combined with our recent move to Gardens International, will enable us to realise and fulfill our future plans for the growth and development of NAC,” said Soren Overgaard, the firm’s chief executive.The NAC fleet includes a mix of turbo-prop aircraft and regional jets, such as ATR-72s, Embraer 190s and 195s, and CRJs WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsNordic takes up tenancy in the GardensBy Staff Reporter – January 24, 2020 4303 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Emaillast_img read more

Major Garda operation planned for St. Patrick’s Day

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – March 16, 2021 WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Major Garda operation planned for St. Patrick’s Daycenter_img More than 2,500 gardaí will be on duty across the country for St Patrick’s Day tomorrow.People are being urged to follow public health guidelines and to avoid large gatherings and house parties.Gardaí have issued more than 2,100 fines to people for organising or attending a house party.A policing plan is also being rolled out to manage anti-lockdown protests in Dublin which will be supported by air and dog units. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous article‘Paul Mescal’ effect sees surge in sale of O’Neills shortsNext articleLuke Barrett back in charge of Donegal Minors News Highland Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Jerrick Harding, Sam Merrill, Neemias Queta, Make All-District Teams Monday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN/LOGAN, Utah-Monday, Weber State star senior guard Jerrick Harding and Utah State senior guard Sam Merrill and sophomore center Neemias Queta were honored by making various all-district teams.Harding was named to the All-District VI second team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.Harding led the Big Sky Conference in scoring and ranked 7th nationally with 22.2 points per game.His 63 assists also led Weber State.The native of Wichita, Kan. joins former Wildcats guard Jermaine Boyette as the only players in program history to achieve all-district honors three times.Harding is the Wildcats’ all-time leader in free throw percentage (86.8) and the first player in program history to amass at least 600 points three times in his career.Representing District XVII were Merrill and Queta.Merrill’s 19.7 points per game led the Aggies this season, while he also became only the fourth player in program history to exceed 2,000 points in his career. He finished his Aggies career with 2,197 points.Queta netted 13 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, posting double-doubles on four occasions. The Portuguese national also swatted 38 shots on the season. Tags: NCAA March 23, 2020 /Sports News – Local Jerrick Harding, Sam Merrill, Neemias Queta, Make All-District Teams Monday Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

USS Abraham Lincoln Hosts Recruitment Training for Future LDOs and CWOs

first_img View post tag: LDOs USS Abraham Lincoln Hosts Recruitment Training for Future LDOs and CWOs View post tag: Navy Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) participated in a weekly limited duty officer (LDO) and chief warrant officer (CWO) recruitment training session, May 16.Lincoln holds the training to prepare interested Sailors for the extensive application process, one that provides the Navy with officer technical managers and specialists who exercise leadership in key positions throughout the service.“The chance to become an LDO or CWO is an exceptional opportunity for leadership,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mike Guertin. “It is never too early to start preparing for the transition.”Guertin implemented the LDO/CWO recruitment and training aboard Lincoln to provide enlisted Sailors with tools and information about career advancement. He recommends to interested parties that they sit in on the training to get extra information about a competitive process designed to select Sailors who have demonstrated sustained superior performance throughout their careers.The admission process focuses on promotion rankings, command endorsement, interview appraisal sheets, leadership traits, major accomplishments, significant in-rate and watch station qualifications, certifications and the difficulty of previous assignments.“It is important to set goals early in your career,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Laila Salaam. “Becoming an LDO or CWO is a long process full of hard work, but it is a process that will set you up for a stable future.”Guertin described the selection process as among the most competitive in the Navy. “Sailors need to make themselves look as good as possible because only the top few will gain a spot in the program,” he said. In 2011, of the 1,020 Sailors who applied for the CWO program Navywide, 156 were selected.“Lincoln had amazing success in the CWO program last year,” said Guertin. “We had five people selected to become CWOs; most commands are lucky to get one Sailor selected.”The application process takes approximately 11 months before results are announced.“Very few get to serve as an LDO or CWO,” said Guertin. “It is a position to be proud of because you have proved to the Navy that you are in the elite in your rate.”Lincoln is currently deployed with Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9, which also includes embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, guided-missile cruiser Cape St. George (CG 71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104). CSG 9 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and combat flight operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 21, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic Share this article May 21, 2012 View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Abraham Lincoln Hosts Recruitment Training for Future LDOs and CWOs Training & Educationcenter_img View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: hosts View post tag: future View post tag: recruitment View post tag: CWOs View post tag: USS View post tag: Training View post tag: Abrahamlast_img read more

USCG, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Division to Fight Cross-Border Crime

first_img View post tag: Canadian View post tag: News by topic U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Dan Abel, commander of the U.S. 1st Coast Guard District, and Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, commanding officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “J” Division, met at U.S. Coast Guard Station Eastport, Maine, to formally sign the Eastern Region International Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations, also known as Shiprider, standard operating procedures, on Tuesday. April 9, 2014 Training & Education View post tag: Royal View post tag: Cross-Border Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Division to Fight Cross-Border Crime USCG, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Division to Fight Cross-Border Crime View post tag: Navy View post tag: fight View post tag: Crime View post tag: Naval View post tag: Mounted The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and the Canadian Minister of Public Safety signed a framework agreement on maritime law enforcement operations between the U.S. and Canada in 2009, which allows the U.S. Coast Guard and the RCMP to work side by side enforcing laws in U.S. and Canadian waters.These operations provide a cooperative approach to combating cross-border crime on the shared waterways of the U.S. and Canada. The Shiprider program removes the international maritime boundary as a barrier to law enforcement by enabling seamless continuity of enforcement and security operations across the U.S. and Canadian border. Shiprider operations offer the U.S. and Canada greater flexibility to conduct law enforcement operations and creates a significant impact to border enforcement. “Shiprider will provide both the U.S. Coast Guard and RCMP the opportunity to increase our presence on the water,” said Brown. “This will exponentially increase the law enforcement capabilities with minimal impact to budgets or manpower.”Boarding officers from Station Eastport and the RCMP “J” Division conducted five patrols, querying 43 vessels which resulted in 18 boardings in the vicinity of the St. Croix River and the Bay of Fundy in 2013. This initial program laid the foundation for the regional standard operating procedure between the U.S. 1st Coast Guard District, and the RCMP “J” Division, ensuring the continuation of the program.All U.S. and Canadian officers designated as Shiprider-qualified receive extensive bi-national U.S. and Canadian enforcement training at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in South Carolina.“This program allows the Coast Guard to work closely with the RCMP to protect our mutual border,” said Abel. “Through this partnership we are better able to protect the citizens of both the U.S. and Canada from cross-border crime.”[mappress]Press Release, April 9, 2014; Image: USCG View post tag: Police View post tag: division View post tag: USCG Share this articlelast_img read more

Monkeys get one over on Tabs

first_imgOxford’s Women’s 2nd XI took centre stage on Monday as they thrashed a strong Cambridge team 5-1, surprising even themselves as they dominated a match which was much closer than the score suggests. Oxford started sharply, quickly going 2-0 up thanks to 2 goals from Riki Gale, making her last outing for the Monkeys. Cambridge threatened briefly at 2-1 but goals from Morvan Allen, Helen Macadam and a late strike from Sian Roberts secured a great win. The difference between the 2 sides came in the form of Jess Hughes, Oxford’s Goalkeeper. “She was just a woman-possessed.” said the Monkey’s Captain, Aynsley Bruce, “It seemed like she’d be able to stop anything Cambridge threw at her. It helped that their keeper was utterly pathetic, but Jess still deserves a lot of credit for todayís result.” Their game was followed by the much-anticipated Men’s 2nds match. In a tense affair, which never saw the Occasionals playing their potential, Oxford both took the lead through Martin Pickup and had to come from behind thanks to veteran performer Neil Gallacher to secure a 2-2 draw. Although creating enough chances to have won the match, the 2nds also had to withstand periods of pressure, and a draw seemed the fair result at the final whistle. The same could not be said for the Men’s 3rds who could be forgiven for feeling aggrieved with their game ending 1-1. Cambridge had taken an early lead with the Infrequents looking the more nervous of the 2 teams. Oxford used a moment of undoubted ingenuity from fresher Jonathon Monk to spark them into life and quickly equalised through a coolly taken penalty stroke from Benji Portwin. Having had the majority of possession in the second half, the 3rds could not seem to find the winning goal and it was telling that the final whistle was met with clear relief from the Cambridge bench. The Ladies 3rds, affectionately known as The Hos, ended up on the wrong side of a 2-0 defeat after a determined performance which failed to see them take any reward from a game that on another day they felt they could easily have taken something Ian RossiterMen’s & Women’s 1st XI play Cambridge in 8th weeklast_img read more