City of Apopka, Anuvia meet to discuss wastewater issues

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply No resolution found during 90-minute meetingCity of Apopka officials, Florida Department of Environmental Protection representatives, and Anuvia Plant Nutrient executives met this afternoon for approximately 90 minutes at the Apopka Public Works Building in an attempt to resolve their differences and find a way to get Anuvia back online with the wastewater treatment facility after receiving a Cease Discharge Order from the City on Monday.But at the conclusion of the discussion, Anuvia remained offline and no clear timetable for a re-start was reached.“Today’s meeting was an encouraging step towards restarting service with the city of Apopka,” said Anuvia Chief Executive Officer Amy Yoder. “While a firm resolution has not been developed, many ideas were exchanged between the city, Anuvia and the Department of Environmental Protection. We look forward to working through these ideas to come to a resolution as quickly as possible and we are exploring every solution available to Anuvia.”On Friday (March 3rd), the City sent Anuvia a proposed permit to replace the original one which was due to expire on March 6th. However, on Monday (March 6th), the City changed courses and sent a Cease Discharge Order to Anuvia, which caught Anuvia by surprise.“We received the proposed permit at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Friday and the cease letter approximately noon on Monday,” Yoder said on Monday. “It’s unfortunate the city decided to issue this less than one business day after providing a proposed permit and without any warning. As the letter is quite ambiguous, we are working through exactly what that means for us. But, we designed this facility and invested $100 million based on levels the city mistakenly thought they could handle. They have had three years and have been paid more than $1 million to ensure they could process our water. Obviously, that did not happen and now we feel we are being punished for their internal issues.”The Apopka Voice contacted Apopka Public Information Officer Robert Sargent for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication. He did release a statement on Monday:“We as staff view this is an unfortunate set of circumstances, but ordering Anuvia to discontinue sending discharge to the City’s wastewater system is unavoidable. As we have made clear for weeks, the City has been working with the company for quite some time to avoid this decision, but it is no longer an option and should not be a surprise to Anuvia. Elements of Anuvia’s waste exceed the plant’s capacity.  Allowing them to continue would put the City in violation of DEP regulations. We appreciate their investment in northwest Orange County and hope to resolve this issue as soon as possible.” Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Mama Mia Mama Mia UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply Please enter your name herecenter_img Please enter your comment! Reply Anuvia begins and ends with A……….so that would seem logical. March 10, 2017 at 9:22 pm 2 COMMENTS March 10, 2017 at 9:20 pm TAGSAnuviaCity of ApopkaFlorida Department of Environmental ProtectionWastewater Treatment Facililty Previous articleApopka High football schedule announcedNext articleFlorida leads nation in motorcycle fatalities Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here I have a resolution for the COA and Anuvia’s problems…….Anuvia can just bottle their wastewater and sell it as liquid fertilizer, and call it A to A liquid gold for good growin’ and advertise it as highly organic and natural……..ya’ll would get rich quick that way.last_img read more

CAF helps UK public donate to Australian bushfire appeals

first_img Melanie May | 23 January 2020 | News Three more fundraising campaigns for Australia: Tagged with: Australia Charities Aid Foundation disaster Advertisement Revolut supports Australian Red Cross & WWF appealsRevolut has joined forces with the Australian Red Cross and WWF on an emergency appeal to support the people and animals affected by the bushfires in Australia.Revolut customers will now be able to donate to the Australian Red Cross and WWF via the in-app Donations feature, which allows users to round up their card payments and donate the difference to charity. Customers can also donate by setting up a recurring payment or making one-off donations.All donations to the Australian Red Cross from Revolut customers will go directly to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. Donations to WWF will be directed towards the immediate response efforts that are tackling the bushfires and its impact on wildlife and communities. After the fires clear, the funds will be used to help restore homes for koalas and other wildlife, planting the first 10,000 trees urgently needed in koala habitats. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  507 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 In the UK, WWF UK saw £1m raised in the first week of its Australian Bushfire Emergency Appeal. The total was bolstered by donations from companies, celebrities and sports stars, including Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, and Juventus’s Aaron Ramsey.Image: Photo by David Caird / Newspix. Jan 2020: ‘Guzzle’ the koala, who suffered burns, held by carer Maryann Buchanan after bushfires in Mallacoota, Victoria.center_img Formula 1 auctionWith Formula 1’s 2020 season kicking off in Melbourne in March, the Formula 1 community is running an F1 Auction, with the money raised going to help those affected in the worst hit areas.The F1 Auction started on 22 January, with all proceeds going to four charity and non-profit organisations, selected together with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation:Red Cross AustraliaCountry Fire Authority VictoriaFoundation for Rural and Regional RenewalWWF Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery FundUp for auction are exclusive items, signed merchandise and ‘money-can’t-buy’ experiences. Among the many items already donated are the racing gloves and shoes used by Daniel Ricciardo during his first season with Renault, the helmet that Kevin Magnussen will use in this year’s 2020 Australian Grand Prix, as well as race suits from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Alex Albon, Haas’ Romain Grosjean and AlphaTauri’s Daniil Kvyat as worn in the 2019 season. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) is helping members of the public donate to the Australian bushfire crisis, by working with its Australian partner, Good2Give to ensure donations reach the country without international payment fees.People can give a minimum of £20 upwards to an agreed list of 27 Australian charities through CAF. The charities are split across three main cause areas, which are the General Bush Fire Appeal, the Firefighters Appeal and the Animal Appeal. Some of the charities who stand to benefit include the Salvation Army, RSPCA Australia and the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.Sir John Low, Chief Executive of CAF said:“We have all been deeply saddened by the raging bushfires in Australia, as well as the cost to human and animal life.“As the crisis continues, we’re pleased to be able to make it simpler for people in the UK to donate to some of the brilliant charities tackling this crisis on the ground.”Record-breaking temperatures and drought have fuelled the bushfires, around 60 of which were still burning across New South Wales and Victoria this week.  506 total views,  2 views today CAF helps UK public donate to Australian bushfire appeals London Ambulance Service appealLondon Ambulance Service has raised almost £10,000 so far through its appeal, which is raising funds for the Australian Red Cross to support the emergency services tackling the bushfires. The Service has close ties with colleagues in Australia and hundreds of its staff are from the country and have loved ones and friends who live near the affected areas. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Pandemic spells death sentence for India’s non-virus patients

first_imgMany of them had travelled from other cities for now-cancelled appointments and can’t go back due to transport restrictions under the nationwide lockdown that began on March 25.Outpatient departments at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) closed, forcing cancer patients and others with deadly ailments to take shelter in a grimy pedestrian subway and under canvas.Though aid groups have provided some food and medicines, it had been 12 hours since Saryu Das had eaten when AFP met him.His son, who had mouth cancer, lay on a thin mattress with his face covered by a scarf. Flies hovered around him. Four days later, he died.Waste littered the subway floor that is now home to more than 10 families unable to get back to their hometowns, with the mattresses so close that social distancing was impossible.The AIIMS did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the death and the patients outside. But hospitals across the vast country of 1.3 billion people have been put on alert and its virus death toll is now above 280.When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the lockdown, he gave millions of Indians taking life-saving drugs only four hours’ notice.Amulya Nidhi, a health activist based in Madhya Pradesh state, told AFP the government knew that vulnerable patients -– including those with silicosis and tuberculosis, which kills tens of thousands each year in India, as well as pregnant women — were at risk.”I’m getting distress calls from across India over access to basic medicines and treatment,” said Nidhi.”It is important to expand healthcare facilities to fight COVID-19. At the same time, hospitals and ambulances have to be available for patients with other problems,” he said.In February, 39-year-old Maitri Lakra was found to be in the initial stages of tongue cancer. Being HIV-positive only added to her woes.Doctors at AIIMS referred her to their campus in Haryana state for pre-surgery tests, which started mid-March. But 10 days later, she was told that all radiology appointments were postponed.As her condition deteriorated -– bleeding from the tongue and in unbearable pain -– she filed a petition with the Delhi High Court and has finally been admitted to AIIMS.”Her cancer is at stage three now. Had she received treatment on time, this would not have happened,” her son Debashish Dag said.Vinay Shetty, from the Mumbai-based Think Foundation that works with people with the blood disease thalassaemia and organises blood donation camps, said those needing transfusions are among the most vulnerable.”Those needing drugs may not have a problem, but anybody needing blood will,” Shetty said, adding the government had to encourage blood donors.Public health expert Anant Bhan said India’s focus on COVID-19 could lead to other diseases such as tuberculosis spreading.”Family members in lockdown with tuberculosis patients are at risk. After the lockdown is removed and people start social interactions, it could spread the infection the same way COVID-19 patients could spread infection,” Bhan said.”Deaths because of COVID-19 and not directly of it is something that we need to worry about. We need to ensure those who need essential services have it,” he said.And time is already running out for Shahjahan’s fellow patients in the subway and tents outside AIIMS.”The doctors told me they could not do my chemotherapy session now and that they’ll call me when the lockdown is lifted. That call may take weeks,” said 25-year old Rampur resident Mohammed Shan-e-Alam.”Now I can’t go home and I can’t go to the hospital.”Topics : “The authorities just left her to die. Even when they referred us to another hospital, they refused to give us an ambulance,” said Mohammad Khalid, a relative of Shahjahan.The capacity of medical facilities around the world has been stretched by the surge of COVID-19 patients as outbreaks worsen in many countries.It can cause people with other life-threatening diseases to miss out on vital care — especially in places like India, where healthcare systems are shakier.Dozens of people with serious medical conditions are camped outside India’s national medical institute in tents set up by the Delhi government. Liver patient Shahjahan’s family feared the worst when a New Delhi public hospital told her to leave because her bed was needed in a coronavirus unit.The 40-year-old mother had been on a ventilator with an acute infection for almost two weeks when she left Lok Nayak hospital on Tuesday night.She died at her family home in Delhi the next morning. Other hospitals had turned her away because of the pandemic.last_img read more

Everyone into the pool: This season, Lakers have to tank

first_imgAnnounce they’re rebuilding.Play the kids.RELATED: Kobe Bryant to start against Phoenix after missing three gamesEveryone in Lakerdom would like to keep their top five-protected No. 1 pick, rather than send it to Phoenix to complete the Steve Nash trade. Unfortunately, nobody is doing anything about it.With no disrespect to the commitment and pride of all involved, tanking, er, rebuilding shapes NBA history. If the Spurs didn’t shoot David Robinson in the leg in 1996 ‑ he broke it ‑ it allowed them to coast in third-worst at 20-62, luck out in the 1997 lottery and wind up with … Tim Duncan!The Lakers just pirated other teams’ stars. If that’s not easy any more, they have to take control of events, rather than letting events control them and calling it the Laker Way.Jim Buss, asked recently about tanking by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, said, “The question is an insult.”Consider yourself insulted, then.If you ask Laker fans how many more wins they hope for, most of those who know what a top five-protected pick is would agree with Magic Johnson: None.Unfortunately, the same fans are so dismayed by losses, management can’t imagine tanking which, Jeanie Buss told Shelburne, would be “unforgivable.”Right, and if their pick goes to Phoenix, they’ll be back here saying the same thing next season.RELATED: Lakers claim Tarik Black, waive Xavier HenryGetting a big free agent this summer can’t turn this around. Does anyone think Kevin Love would make them a playoff team in the win-50-or-die West?Not that Love isn’t worth having. A top-five pick will enhance the Lakers’ chances. Not having it will diminish them.There are two reasons you haven’t heard more about this:1) This draft wasn’t thought to be very good.2) At 1-9, the Lakers looked like they’d be one of the worst teams, whether they wanted to or not.Now they’re fifth-worst, right behind sixth-worst Utah. That’s flirting with disaster.A fifth-worst finish means a 55.3% chance of drawing a top-five pick.Sixth-worst means a 23.5% chance … or a 76.5% chance of having to send it to Phoenix.The draft now looks as good or better than last season’s ballyhooed class.“Last year’s top guys, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, were wings,” says an East GM. “After Joel Embiid at No. 3, it fell off.“This time if you’re in the top five, you’re going to get a big player.”The top-rated bigs are Duke’s 6-foot-11 Jahill Okafor, the consensus No. 1 pick; Kentucky’s 7-0 Karl Towns; 7-0 Kristaps Porzingis who’s in Spain; and Kentucky’s 7-0 Willie Cauley-Stein.Good as they are, the consensus No. 2 pick is 6-5 point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, a Houston prep who skipped college to play in China.It’s true, the Lakers have Houston’s pick but it’ll be No. 20-30. They need one in the top five.This is a test for Jim and Jeanie because it’s not easy, fun, or the way their father would have done it.If the siblings have made mistakes ‑ try Kobe’s extension ‑ this is still a savvy front office. Jim defers to GM Mitch Kupchak, even as he’s bashed for stuff that happened under his father’s watch, like bypassing Phil Jackson for Mike D’Antoni.Jeanie is not only popular locally but highly regarded around the league. David Stern, who appreciated marketing, told me she was great 20 years ago.Jeanie’s influence is, first and foremost, her father, who was, first and foremost, a showman. That’s where Showtime and the Laker Girls came from.Ignoring fans’ dismay isn’t in Jeanie’s DNA, not to mention enduring the pain of Time Warner execs, wondering when they’ll see the .500 mark in their 20-year, $30 billion contract.If tanking isn’t the Laker Way, it’s a new day. They’re no longer the stars’ destination of choice. With the killer luxury tax, they can’t use their vast revenues to outspend everyone.Not that it’s as easy as the 76ers make it look with their long-suffering fan base, while Laker fans, who regard excellence as their birthright, look to the heavens, imploring, “Why?”Losing is toxic. Everyone winds up hating everyone else. It damages the brand. It’s a breach of faith with the customers.Actually, at this point I don’t think the customers would mind having their faith breached, temporarily.The brand is already damaged. Winning 27, as opposed to 17, won’t fix it.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Unfortunately for the Lakers, who did what no one thought they could without Kobe Bryant ‑ starting with Kobe Bryant ‑ they’re still just the Lakers.Whether Bryant gets it, as he says he does, runs amok as he did last weekend, or retires, the Lakers are so far out of it in the West, they get their mail by gopher.The problem isn’t Kobe or any other team dynamic. There’s only one thing that counts now, doing what must be done:Tank.last_img read more