Let’s Talk About it – Episode 18: Meet the Apopka candidates

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The “Dynamic Duo” will also discuss the affordable housing crisis in Central Florida and offer some solutions to address the issues, as well as other issues across the state and nation.You do not want to miss LET’S TALK ABOUT IT as Rod and Greg approach national, state and local politics like no one else can.Tune in to 1680am WOKB, online at www.wokbradio.com or on Facebook @letstalkaboutitlive Monday from 7pm to 8pm to hear the “Dynamic Duo,” Rod Love and Greg Jackson, on LET’S TALK ABOUT IT, Central Florida’s leading results-oriented radio talk show … This show will blow your mind! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter *****Let’s Talk About It, with Rod Love and co-host Greg Jackson, now on its 17th episode, is an edgy new radio program that has a distinct “Apopka” tone.Rod LoveHosts Rod Love and Greg Jackson are well-known figures in Apopka. Love is a local businessman and the co-chair of the Apopka Task Force against Violence. He is a consistent speaker at Apopka City Council meetings. Jackson is a local attorney that ran for the Florida Legislature in 2016 for District 45, which includes a part of Apopka.The show airs on WOKB 1680AM on Mondays from 7-8 PM. You may also stream it online here.Let’s Talk About It describes itself as a show in search of results-oriented solutions. It tackles important subjects such as crime in urban communities, jobs, business growth, relationship with the police, transitioning from a mom and pop proprietorship to mom and pop incorporation and a whole lot of other action initiatives that affect the quality of life of individuals and families are the major focus. Its goal is to develop an understanding of the everyday needs and issues of people and assist in empowering them with the necessary information or motivation towards addressing such needs, all with the support of professionals or experts who will be the show’s guests.Greg Jackson Let’s Talk About It has an interactive style of information sharing that is both entertaining and educational. It acts as a vehicle for civic and faith-based organizations, small businesses and everyday citizens to be able to work together to foster a progressive development of communities’ interactivity with one another.To join the conversation tonight, call Let’s Talk About It at 407-894-1680. TAGSGreg JacksonLet’s Talk About ItRod Love Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext articleThe Apopka Voice Reader’s Poll 3.0: Races tighten in Apopka elections Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here 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. This Monday on LET’S TALK ABOUT IT Rod Love & Greg Jackson will again welcome Reggie Connell, Managing Editor of The Apopka Voice, to try to bring some civility to theAlexander Smithconversation as we welcome Apopka City Commissioner Diane Velazquez (Seat #2) and Alexander Smith, candidate for Apopka City Commissions Seat #1, to discuss their campaigns and vision for the second largest municipality in Orange County. We will also discuss the most recent Apopka Voice Election Poll to see where each of the candidates are on the road to victory.Commissioner Diane Velazquezlast_img read more

Jeb Burton teams with Arrowhead for 2013 season

first_img“We are confident in Turner Scott Motorsports and in Jeb’s ability on the track. We know that Jeb will represent Arrowhead with class and continue the Burton family tradition of excellence in racing,” said Kathy Farley, president of Sequoyah Brands. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Turner Scott Motorsports announced Wednesday that South Boston, Va.-based company Arrowhead has signed on for the 2013 season to support hometown driver Jeb Burton as he races full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the first time.The 20-year-old Burton, who is racing for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, has made five Truck Series starts in his career, all last season. His best finish of eighth came last May at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Burton name is no stranger to racing — Jeb’s father Ward is a former Daytona 500 winner, and his uncle Jeff is a 21-time winner on the Sprint Cup tour.”I am so thankful to have the opportunity to represent Arrowhead in 2013,” said Burton. “We all have high expectations for the 2013 season, including capturing the Rookie of the Year title and competing for wins in NCWTS.” Burton’s announcement comes on the tail of a string of Turner Scott Motorsports news, including the rebranding of the team, the return of Justin Allgaier and sponsor Brandt and the hiring of Scott Zipadelli.Arrowhead is a disposable electronic cigarette made by parent company Sequoyah Brands. Hometown company will adorn the No. 4 Silveradolast_img read more

Canola Genome

first_imgGlobal canola production has grown rapidly over the past 40 years, rising from the sixth largest oil crop to the second largest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Canola is grown across much of Canada and its native Europe, but the winter crop is increasingly cultivated in Georgia. Canola oil used for cooking is prized for its naturally low levels of saturated fat and rich supply of omega-3 fatty acids, but the plant is also used to produce feed for farm animals and as an efficient source for biodiesel. “Understanding the genomes of B. rapa and B. oleracea was key to piecing together the canola genome,” said Paterson, a member of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ faculty. “It’s like a genetic love triangle between the three species, with canola sometimes favoring genes from B. rapa or B. oleracea or sometimes both.” Much of the production in America is concentrated along the northern plains, but the recent construction of a canola processing plant near the South Carolina-Georgia border has spurred interest for growers in the Southeast. The Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory played prominent roles in the sequencing both B. rapa and B. oleracea in 2011 and 2014, respectively. Additional UGA researchers for the project include Xiyin Wang, assistant research scientist and co-first author for the paper; Tae-ho Lee and Yupeng Wang, former postdoctoral researchers; and current and former graduate students Hui Guo, Huizhe Jin, Jingping Li, Xu Tan, Haibao Tang, and Yupeng Wang. The growing interest in carbon reduction and more environmentally friendly fuel alternatives is also good news for canola growers, as this genome sequence may ultimately help researchers develop feedstocks that are suited to more sustainable biofuel production. While much the world’s canola is used to make cooking oil and protein-rich animal feed, it is also used in the production of lipstick, lip gloss, soap, lotion, printing ink and de-icing agents. An international team of scientists including researchers from the University of Georgia recently published the genome of Brassica napus—commonly known as canola—in the journal Science. Their discovery paves the way for improved versions of the plant, which is used widely in farming and industry. Canola has one of the most complex genomes among flowering plants, forming thousands of years ago during the Neolithic Era when two plant species—Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea—combined in the wild. Plants in the B. rapa family include turnips and cabbages, while B. oleracea encompasses cauliflower, cabbage, collards, broccoli, kale and other common vegetables. “This genome sequence opens new doors to accelerating the improvement of canola,” said Andrew Paterson, Regents Professor, director of UGA’s Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory and co-corresponding author for the study. “We can use this knowledge to tailor the plant’s flowering time, make it more resistant to disease and improve a myriad of other traits that will make it more profitable for production in Georgia and across the country.”last_img read more

Colombian National Army Dismantles FARC Cocaine Laboratory

first_imgBy Dialogo March 09, 2015 In Bolivia, 23,000 hectares were used to grow coca in 2013, the country’s lowest mark since 2002, according to the INCB. In Bolivia, 23,000 hectares were used to grow coca in 2013, the country’s lowest mark since 2002, according to the INCB. In 2013, Peruvian security forces eradicated a then-record 24,000 hectares of coca after destroying 14,234 hectares in 2012. In 2014, security forces in Peru destroyed a national yearly record of 30,349 hectares of coca crops, topping their goal of 30,000 hectares. The dismantling of the laboratory marked the second time in about a week that Troops dealt a strong blow to the FARC’s 48th Front. Cocaine production decreased in Peru and Bolivia in 2013 The number of hectares used to grow coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine, fell in Peru and Bolivia in 2013 compared to the previous year, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said in its annual report. Coca can be cultivated in limited amounts for legal purposes, but the vast majority of coca cultivation is intended for illegal cocaine production. The Army used intelligence to locate and dismantle the facility, which was in the municipality of Puerto Asís. Soldiers learned of the laboratory from former members of the guerrilla group who had recently demobilized. The Board, which is an autonomous body of the United Nations, attributed much of the drop in Peru to the country’s Integral and Sustainable Alternative Development Program that helps farmers transition from cultivating coca to other crops. The program affects 800,000 residents in seven provinces. The number of hectares used to grow coca, which is the main ingredient used to produce cocaine, fell in Peru and Bolivia in 2013 compared to the previous year, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said in its annual report. Coca can be cultivated in limited amounts for legal purposes, but the vast majority of coca cultivation is intended for illegal cocaine production. Bolivia and Peru grow limited amounts of legal coca, as it’s traditionally used in teas, medicine, and during Andean religious rites. The Board, which is an autonomous body of the United Nations, attributed much of the drop in Peru to the country’s Integral and Sustainable Alternative Development Program that helps farmers transition from cultivating coca to other crops. The program affects 800,000 residents in seven provinces. “In recent years the global supply of cocaine from South America has been reduced to an extent that can have a tangible effect on main consumer markets [worldwide],” the INCB wrote in its report, adding the availability of cocaine in Western Europe and the U.S. “remains considerably inferior to when it was at its highest around 2006.” In another operation, the Army’s Mobile Brigade No. 6 of the Specific Command of Caguán eradicated more than five hectares of illegal coca crops allegedly belonging to the FARC in the southeastern Department of Caquetá, the Army reported on its website on March 3. The dismantling of the laboratory marked the second time in about a week that Troops dealt a strong blow to the FARC’s 48th Front. In another operation, the Army’s Mobile Brigade No. 6 of the Specific Command of Caguán eradicated more than five hectares of illegal coca crops allegedly belonging to the FARC in the southeastern Department of Caquetá, the Army reported on its website on March 3. In 2013, Peruvian security forces eradicated a then-record 24,000 hectares of coca after destroying 14,234 hectares in 2012. In 2014, security forces in Peru destroyed a national yearly record of 30,349 hectares of coca crops, topping their goal of 30,000 hectares. In the municipality of Cartagena del Chairá, Soldiers destroyed 7,700 plants that could have produced $15 million pesos (approximately $5,809) in cocaine for the FARC’s Luis Emiro Mosquera Southern Bloc of the 14th Front. The Colombian National Army’s “General Luis Ernesto Ordoñez Castillo” Artillery Battalion No. 27 dismantled a large cocaine-producing laboratory that allegedly belonged to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Putumayo, the Army reported on its website on March 4. Cocaine production decreased in Peru and Bolivia in 2013 In a separate operation, on February 26 in Putumayo, Soldiers with the Sixth Division partnered with the Navy, Air Force and National Police to seize 430 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride belonging to the 48th Front. The FARC intended to provide the cocaine hydrochloride, which had a street value of about $12 million, to drug cartels and narco-trafficking organizations in Mexico and Ecuador. The Colombian National Army’s “General Luis Ernesto Ordoñez Castillo” Artillery Battalion No. 27 dismantled a large cocaine-producing laboratory that allegedly belonged to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Putumayo, the Army reported on its website on March 4. The laboratory featured five wooden structures, a plastic roof and a kitchen, and was capable of producing 1,200 kilograms of cocaine worth $33 million pesos (approximately $12,780) monthly. It was operated by the FARC’s 48th Front, but had been abandoned when the Army arrived. In a separate operation, on February 26 in Putumayo, Soldiers with the Sixth Division partnered with the Navy, Air Force and National Police to seize 430 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride belonging to the 48th Front. The FARC intended to provide the cocaine hydrochloride, which had a street value of about $12 million, to drug cartels and narco-trafficking organizations in Mexico and Ecuador. The Army used intelligence to locate and dismantle the facility, which was in the municipality of Puerto Asís. Soldiers learned of the laboratory from former members of the guerrilla group who had recently demobilized. In the municipality of Cartagena del Chairá, Soldiers destroyed 7,700 plants that could have produced $15 million pesos (approximately $5,809) in cocaine for the FARC’s Luis Emiro Mosquera Southern Bloc of the 14th Front. The laboratory featured five wooden structures, a plastic roof and a kitchen, and was capable of producing 1,200 kilograms of cocaine worth $33 million pesos (approximately $12,780) monthly. It was operated by the FARC’s 48th Front, but had been abandoned when the Army arrived. In Peru, 49,800 hectares were used to cultivate coca crops in 2013, a major decrease compared to the 60,400 recorded by the INCB a year earlier. Bolivia and Peru grow limited amounts of legal coca, as it’s traditionally used in teas, medicine, and during Andean religious rites. “In recent years the global supply of cocaine from South America has been reduced to an extent that can have a tangible effect on main consumer markets [worldwide],” the INCB wrote in its report, adding the availability of cocaine in Western Europe and the U.S. “remains considerably inferior to when it was at its highest around 2006.” In Peru, 49,800 hectares were used to cultivate coca crops in 2013, a major decrease compared to the 60,400 recorded by the INCB a year earlier. last_img read more

Five Mile Point Speedway kicks off 70th year without fans

first_img“We’re just happy to be here and see people and be able to do this,” said owner Andrew Harpell. Owner Andrew Harpell said the decision to keep fans away was a tough, but one that needed to happen. Harpell told 12 News the speedway is included in Phase 4 of the New York Forward Plan. He hopes to see fans back in the stands in the next two weeks. This time around, things were a little different at the speedway, as no fans were allowed to attend due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Strictly from a revenue standpoint it hurts,” Harpell said. “It’s an expensive hobby for these race teams, and we wanted them to use their equipment that they spent all winter long putting together.” Scott Landers has been racing since 1989 and said he has never raced without fans in the stands. “This is something new for everybody here tonight,” said Landers.center_img Josh has been racing for the last two years and on opening night is following in his dad’s footsteps. KIRKWOOD (WBNG) – On Saturday, the Five Mile Point Speedway began its 70th year. Landers not only raced on Saturday, but also watched his ten year-old son Josh his the racetrack as well. “[It’s] really cool seeing that his car is bigger than mine, so hopefully I can go up into his class someday,” said Josh. “I’m just ready to get back out there,” said Josh Landers. last_img read more

Broncos won’t exercise LB Brandon Marshall’s option, reports say

first_imgMuch Love for Broncos country! Still not over yet, but being injured 2 out of the last 3 years after the Super Bowl killed me! But that’s life. I’ll land on my feet as I always do. ✊🏾— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshh) February 15, 2019As he acknowledged, Marshall, who’ll turn 30 in September, was limited in 2017 and ’18 by knee and ankle injuries. He played in only 11 games for the 6-10 Broncos in 2018, finishing with 42 tackles.Marshall, who came to Denver in 2013 after being drafted by the Jaguars in 2012, had two years remaining on a four-year extension he signed in 2016 and was set to make base salaries of $6.5 million in 2019 and $7 million in 2020. Related News The Broncos have told veteran outside linebacker Brandon Marshall that they “most likely” will not exercise the option on his contract, ESPN.com reported Friday and NFL Network confirmed, meaning he would become an unrestricted free agent March 13.The linebacker tweeted a farewell to Broncos fans Friday morning. In 74 games (63 starts), he has 423 tackles (28 for losses), 6 1/2 sacks and two interceptions in his career.center_img Colin Kaepernick wanted $20M to play in AAF, report sayslast_img read more

Financial Services Certification available after TCI training

first_img Busy holiday weekend Six islands represented by Six Beauties in Miss Teen TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Oct 2015 – Since yesterday, the Caribbean Governance-Training Institute in collaboration with TCI Financial Services Commission began providing directors of Caribbean organizations with the latest tools, they say will help them excel in the boardroom. Upon completion of the program participants will be eligible to write a qualifying examination that will earn them the designation, “Chartered Director” (C.Dir).The 3-day event wraps up October 8th, and is being held at Blue Haven Resort and Marina. Recommended for you Caribbean Food and Wine Festival goes to Gourmet Safari Related Items:Blue Haven Resort, chartered director, financial services certification Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Facebook introduces Rosetta a scalable OCR system that understands text on images

first_imgYesterday, researchers at Facebook introduced a machine learning system named, Rosetta for scalable optical character recognition (OCR). This model extracts text from more than a billion public Facebook and Instagram images and video frames. Then, this extracted text is fed into a text recognition model that has been trained on classifiers, which helps it understand the context of the text and the image together. Why Rosetta is introduced? Rosetta will help in the following scenarios: Provide a better user experience by giving users more relevant photo search results. Make Facebook more accessible for the visually impaired by incorporating the texts into screen readers. Help Facebook proactively identify inappropriate or harmful content. Help to improve the accuracy of classification of photos in News Feed to surface more personalized content. How it works? Rosetta consists of the following text extraction model: Source: Facebook Text extraction on an image is done in the following two steps: Text detection In this step, rectangular regions that potentially contain the text are detected. It performs text detection based on Faster R-CNN, a state-of-the-art object detection network. It uses Faster R-CNN but replaces ResNet convolutional body with a ShuffleNet-based architecture for efficiency reasons. The anchors in regional proposal network (RPN) are also modified to generate wider proposals, as text words are typically wider than the objects for which the RPN was designed. The whole detection system is trained jointly in a supervised, end-to-end manner. The model is bootstrapped with an in-house synthetic data set and then fine-tuned with human-annotated data sets so that it learns real-world characteristics. It is trained using the recently open-sourced Detectron framework powered by Caffe2. Text recognition The following image shows the architecture of the text recognition model: Source: Facebook In the second step, for each of the detected regions a convolutional neural network (CNN) is used to recognize and transcribe the word in the region. This model uses CNN based on the ResNet18 architecture, as this architecture is more accurate and computationally efficient. For training the model, finding what the text in an image says is considered as a sequence prediction problem. They input images containing the text to be recognized and the output generated is the sequence of characters in the word image. Treating the model as one of sequence prediction allows the system to recognize words of arbitrary length and to recognize the words that weren’t seen during training. This two-step model provides several benefits, including decoupling the training process of detection and recognition models, recognition of words in parallel, and independently supporting text recognition for different languages. Rosetta has been widely adopted by various products and teams within Facebook and Instagram. It offers a cloud API for text extraction from images and processes a large volume of images uploaded to Facebook every day. In future, the team is planning to extend this system to extract text from videos more efficiently and also support a wide number of languages used on Facebook. To get a more in-depth idea of how Rosetta works, check out the researchers’ post at Facebook code blog and also read this paper: Rosetta: Large Scale System for Text Detection and Recognition in Images. Read Next Why learn machine learning as a non-techie? Is the machine learning process similar to how humans learn? Facebook launches a 6-part Machine Learning video serieslast_img read more