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Apopka school bus depot and filling station completed

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply TAGSChristine Moore District 7 School Board MemberCommissioner Diane VelazquezMayor Joe KilsheimerOrange County Public Schools Previous articleApopka Burglary Report and MapNext articleOCSO arrests man suspected of aiding Loyd Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR June 30, 2017 at 2:03 pm Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Elaine Savage, an OCPS bus driver for 22 years, spoke on behalf of the bus drivers that will utilize the depot.“This compound is truly a blessing for us. We are thankful we have a secure place. We are thankful we have a home.” 1 COMMENT Where can I apply for a bus driving job for apopka?center_img Northwest Bus Compound expected to save $400,000 annuallyBus drivers, start your engines… and fill your gas tanks, all at the same place.Orange County Public Schools unveiled its newest bus depot/fueling station yesterday at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Northwest Bus Compound facility next to Apopka Middle School on Votaw Road in Apopka.Kilsheimer – “If there is something I can do to advance education in Apopka, I will do it.”The depot includes four bus fueling pumps under a canopy, new paving, a maintenance building and new landscaping.With the compound completed, the district expects to save over $400,000 a year by not having school buses driving the long distances to fuel up in Pine Hills, which means buses will drive 107,000 miles less and save more than 15,000 gallons of fuel each year. The project’s budget was $1.4 million.Bill Wen, OCPS Senior Director of Transportation, explained the primary reasons for the project.“Our goal in transportation is to lower cost without lowering service. By not going to the Pine Hills Depot, we will save 15,000 gallons of fuel annually. We don’t want to drive buses without passengers on board.”Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer spoke at the event and expressed his willingness to stand side-by-side with initiatives and projects that involve education.“This was one of those good ideas you couldn’t say no to. Our bus drivers are an important part of the school system. There is wear and tear on the buses driving the extra distance, and there is wear and tear on our drivers too. I am proud to be a partner with OCPS. If there is something I can do to advance education in Apopka, I will do it.”Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez agreed with Wen that improvements to the compound will save money.Moore – “You never give up on issues that are important.”“It’s about cost savings and the availability of the buses not having to drive all the way to Pine Hills. I have heard many times about how much money was being wasted by taking those long trips to get fuel. This is a project that the district sorely needed.” Pete Rieli Christine Moore is the school board representative for District 7, which includes Apopka. And according to her, she fought for this project for the eight years she has been in office.“The original idea for this depot was from the bus drivers,” she said. “They told me about it eight years ago when I was first campaigning for the school board. Ideas are a powerful thing. Ideas and a ‘never give up’ attitude. Eight years and two elections later we got it done. You never give up on issues that are important.” Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

RSF urges Juncker to call for the repeal of Poland’s new media law

first_img Organisation As the European Commission prepares to hold a debate tomorrow on the rule of law in Poland, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has written to the commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker, urging him to unequivocally condemn Poland’s new media law and to call for its repeal. News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF_en January 12, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF urges Juncker to call for the repeal of Poland’s new media law News We are all very conscious of the precedent of Hungary’s adoption of a draconian media law in late 2010, to which the European Commission reacted by recommending amendments. Eventually adopted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, these recommendations were purely cosmetic and did not address the core of the problem because the ruling party, Fidesz, continues to control the composition and powers of Hungary’s all-important Media Council.RSF cautions the European Commission against any unprincipled compromise that endangers media pluralism and freedom in Poland.RSF says no to the “Orbanization” of Polish democracy.Sincerely,Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general January 28, 2021 Find out more to go further Dear President Juncker,All Europe will be watching you tomorrow, when the members of the European Commission are to discuss the situation in Poland with regard to the rule of law. This discussion cannot end without a strong undertaking from you. Your credibility depends on it.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) an international organization that defends freedom of information, urges you to unequivocally condemn Poland’s enactment of a new media law violating fundamental European values, and to call for its complete repeal.This law gives the government full powers to appoint and dismiss the chief executives and supervisory boards of the public broadcast media, who until now were selected by means of a procedure overseen by the National Broadcasting Council (KRRiT). Respect for media freedom and pluralism are among the requirements for admission to the European Union, which cannot demand from membership candidates what it does not demand from its own members.Poland’s President Andrzej Duda enacted the law on 7 January, a week after the two parliamentary chambers passed it without any debate.RSF and other NGOs filed a joint warning with the Council of Europe on 4 January about the threat that this law poses to media freedom. Posted on the Platform to Promote the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists, this alert was sent to the Polish authorities requesting a response. There was none.The ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) already gave evidence of its authoritarian tendencies when it passed a law in late December stripping Poland’s constitutional tribunal of its independence.In a letter to Polish foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski on 30 December, European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “Freedom and pluralism of the media are crucial (…) in a member state respectful of the common values on which the union is founded.” RSF hopes that the action that the European Commission takes as a result of tomorrow’s debate accords with this position. Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns Receive email alerts PolandEurope – Central Asia May 10, 2021 Find out more With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland News News June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Poland PolandEurope – Central Asia Photo : Jean-Claude Juncker © Independentlast_img read more