Mayor Demings stresses Orange Co. mask order still in effect; clarifies…

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply While restaurants and bars may operate at 100% occupancy, Orange County encourages businesses to review their insurance policies, and take note, as there may be a liability risk if a person(s) contracts COVID-19 while thereFrom the Orange County NewsroomOrange County Mayor Jerry Demings held a news conference on Monday late afternoon, stressing and clarifying some key points in regard to Governor DeSantis’ announcement of entering Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan.Key points for Phase 3 reopening announcement:Orange County, the state of Florida and the United States of America are still under a Public Health State of Emergency for COVID-19.Orange County’s Facial Coverings Executive Order is still in effect, as this protective measure prevents the spread of COVID-19. We have not ever imposed any fines, and the mask mandate is still in place until further notice.Businesses can and should still require masks.Orange County Strike Teams will continue to proactively visit businesses, offer free PPE and needed signage as well as provide guidance on best practices to comply with current CDC guidelines to reopen/remain open safely.While restaurants and bars may operate at 100% occupancy, Orange County encourages businesses to review their insurance policies, and take note, as there may be a liability risk if a person(s) contracts COVID-19 at your restaurant or bar.Orange County will continue to provide free COVID-19 testing and connect residents and business owners with CARES Programs and resources.COVID-19 numbersSince Friday, September 25, 2020 there has been an increase of 273 positive cases. Orange County has lost a total of 444 residents to COVID-19. The two-week positive average is 4.2% and positivity average since the beginning of the pandemic is 11.4%. Visit for additional details.CARES for non-profitsMany Orange County-based nonprofit organizations have had to endure unanticipated expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social service nonprofit organizations may be eligible to apply for funding through Orange County’s CARES.Orange County has allotted $2.8 million in funding through the County’s Social-Service Nonprofit Fund Program. Reimbursement amounts – up to $5,000 – are based on COVID-19 related expenses and are unexpected costs.“Through our contractual agreement, Heart of Florida United Way will manage fund disbursements,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings. “They are a trusted, fiscal agent and community collaborator that has longstanding relationships with many nonprofits in our community. Nonprofits in our community have provided unprecedented support to our residents in this challenging time, and we want to ensure their outreach efforts continue.”The program launched on Sept. 28, 2020 and runs through Oct. 19, 2020, and will assist eligible nonprofits that are:Private, nonprofit social services/health and human services organizationsPhysically located in Orange County, including its municipalities, as of January 1, 2020Operational and providing services to Orange County residents as of January 1, 2020Political organizations and those organization not providing health and human services to Orange County residents are not eligible.Reimbursement amounts – up to $5,000 – are based on direct COVID-19 related expenses made on or after March 1, 2020; and are unexpected costs that were not already budgeted by the organization. Such eligible expenses are limited to:Personal protective equipment (e.g., facemasks, hand sanitizers, gloves, etc.)Computer equipment and softwareCell phones and cell phone serviceOrganizations must submit documentation and receipts demonstrating the eligible expenses that are directly-related to COVID-19 for which they are seeking reimbursement.Heart of Florida United Way will manage fund disbursements and the application deadline is October 19.For more information on eligibility criteria, required documents and how to apply, visit All questions can be directed to Heart of Florida United Way at [email protected] for job support$36 million in federal COVID-19 aid was set aside by Orange County for social service agencies and non-profits to provide food, job training and programs for people facing homelessness, mental health crises, addiction and child-care dilemmas because of the virus. Orange County has allotted $9 million to help with job placement and re-training programs.Using $7 million in Orange CARES Act monies, CareerSource Central Florida is assisting 4,000 dislocated workers from the County’s hardest-hit business sectors, including hospitality, restaurant, tourism, transportation and retail.Aimed at providing workforce re-entry and meaningful careers to Orange County residents who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, CareerSource Central Florida is delivering career services including employment support, career development workshops, resume assistance, internships and more. Orange County residents can access services by calling 1-800-757-4598 and or by visiting and registering through testingOrange County Health Services will offer free COVID-19 testing to residents near the Bithlo, Wedgefield and Christmas areas in East Orange County. The team will be at East Orange District Park , located at 22023 E. Colonial Drive in Christmas, this Wednesday, Sept. 30 and  Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ups also welcome. Those 12 and up can be tested with a parent or guardian. Everyone will get free facemasks and hand sanitizer. Visit for these and other testing options. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img TAGS”Strike Teams”BarsCOVID-19Face Covering OrderGovernor Ron DeSantisMayor Jerry DemingsOrange County GovernmentPhase 3 Reopeningrestaurants Previous articleApopka-based insurance agent named among insurer’s Best in the NationNext articleFlorida gas prices drop for 3rd consecutive week Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Wales beat Argentina to win the IRB Sevens World Cup in Dubai

first_imgThursday Mar 12, 2009 Wales beat Argentina to win the IRB Sevens World Cup in Dubai Wales lifted the Melrose Cup for the first time as they won the IRB Rugby Sevens World Cup in Dubai on the weekend, beating Argentina 19-12 in the final.On a day of major shocks, the 80-1 outsiders knocked out New Zealand and Samoa to reach their first ever final.The young squad, who have only been together two years, can now add their names to the list of English, New Zealand, and Fijian stars who have won the World Cup in this shortened version of the game.The Welsh, who lost to Argentina in the pool stages, opened a 12-7 half-time lead with tries from Richie Pugh and Tal Selley before the Pumas drew level. But Aled Thomas flew down the wing to seal the victory for Wales with the decisive try.The tournamentitself was a roaring success as it lived up to the sports unpredictable reputation, with upsets and surprises at every turn.With Olympic committee delegates there for the weekend, there is no doubt that the event went a long way towards convincing them that Sevens should regain it’s rightful place in the Olympics. Time: 09:52ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! 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Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. Leinster finish with Rainbow flourish as fans attend RDS for first time in 16 months Retiring duo Scott Fardy and Michael Bent bowed out on a winning note as Leinster finished the Rainbow Cup with a victory over Dragons. Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Crusaders player ratings vs Rebels | Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Which Crusaders stood out in their 26-point win over the Rebels in the final round of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman? Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. 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Oscar López’s bittersweet freedom

first_imgIn a surprise action on Feb. 9, Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera returned to his homeland, Puerto Rico, after the second Obama Administration commuted his sentence in its last days in mid-January. But what so many people longed for — to greet him with hugs, Puerto Rican flags and slogans of national freedom, to make him aware of their love and gratitude — was impeded by the cruel, vengeful orders of the U.S. Empire.López Rivera arrived at the San Juan Airport accompanied by his daughter Clarisa López, his brother José López, his lawyer Jan Susler and elected officials: the mayor of San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz; the president of the City Council of New York, Melisa Viverito; and Congressperson Luis Gutierrez, Democratic Party representative for Chicago.The people gathered to meet Oscar at the terminal where he would arrive were astonished by the speed of events and the absolute impossibility of greeting him. The officials accompanying Oscar on his trip from North Carolina, where he had been transferred from Terre Haute Prison in Indiana, walked quickly around him, trying to keep him hidden. They even put a cap on his head in an attempt to cover his face.Despite those accompanying Oscar trying to cover the television lens, this writer was able to see through the cameras a part of his walk through the airport halls. These glimpses of Oscar’s face aroused immense joy as well as great indignation, feelings shared by many people judging by the many comments on social media.Interviewed by the media about Oscar’s arrival, Puerto Rican hero and former political prisoner Rafael Cancel Miranda told how important it was to him to be greeted by thousands of Puerto Ricans at the airport in 1979. That’s when he arrived in PR with Lolita Lebrón, Irving Flores and Andrés Collazo after being pardoned by U.S. President Jimmy Carter. He spoke of the extraordinary joy — euphoria even — he felt to see thousands of people gathered, carrying Puerto Rican flags, when he reached Borinquen soil after 26 years in Yankee dungeons.Oscar was deprived of this welcome. His lawyer Jan Susler said, “He is under strict supervision. He is in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons. If he wants to be in Puerto Rico, he has to be confined to his home. He has to meet the conditions … the most important, apart from complying with the law, is that he maintain a very low profile.” (, Feb. 9)“Low profile” includes house arrest at the home of his daughter Clarisa, which he can leave only for medical appointments and to go to the Bureau of Prisons. He cannot talk to people with a prison record, be in any public hearing or be interviewed by the media. In addition, he must wear an electronic shackle until May 17, when he will finally finish his sentence after being a prisoner for 36 years.Political contextWithin the parameters of the U.S. “legal justice” system, there is no reason why his commutation could not have included Oscar’s immediate release. Not only is his continued control an open cruelty, it is a highly political act, preventing Oscar from being an active and cohesive element in the struggle for Puerto Rican independence.The struggle for Oscar’s freedom has been endorsed by the most diverse Puerto Rican forces, from the current pro-statehood Governor Ricardo Roselló to pro-independence and socialist tendencies, along with religious communities of all beliefs and all social movements in between. Oscar is the symbol of the united will of a people to fight for what it considers just. That was also the way it was with the victorious struggle to remove the U.S. Navy from the Puerto Rican island of Vieques.Now is a critical time for the Boriquen archipelago, where dangerous events are taking place. The first is the imposition of an overwhelming and dictatorial Fiscal Control Board (JCF) that seeks to bleed the working class to pay Wall Street’s bondholders. Among these bondholders is the vulture-funds firm of the now infamous John Paulson, one of the top advisers to President Donald Trump.In addition, another administration has been established harmful to the Puerto Rican working class — that of Gov. Roselló, who imposes reforms to please the JCF while making Puerto Rican workers’ lives precarious. On top of all this, there is another proposal for a futile status plebiscite to be held on June 11.Never before has the struggle for true Puerto Rican sovereignty been so crucial. We are reaching a crossroads at this terminal phase of capitalism — a phase that seeks profits at the cost of the very life of the working class — by eliminating all the achievements obtained through decades of struggle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Abandoned Hamsters Find New Homes Through Pasadena Humane

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