Let’s Talk About It – Episode 9: Florida’s most precious assets

first_img LET’S TALK ABOUT IT with Rod Love and Greg Jackson will feature Alan Abramowitz, Executive Director of the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Program. Abromowitz leads over 10,000 volunteers in what is widely considered Florida’s most effective advocacy initiative, reaching over 25,000 children, and has received numerous awards andAlan Abramowitzrecognition. Abramowitz will discuss the Guardian ad Litem Program as it stands ready to protect some of Florida’s most precious assets — children.*****Let’s Talk About It, now on its 9th episode, is an edgy new radio program that has a distinct “Apopka” tone to it despite airing in Winter Garden.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, columnist for The Apopka Voice, and ran for the Florida Legislature in 2016 for District 45, which includes a part of Apopka. Now airing its third episode tonight, the co-hosts have shown a willingness to take on any issue their callers wish to discuss. Nothing is off the table.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 articleAAA offers Tow-to-Go program on Thanksgiving weekendNext articleThe strange story of turkey tails speaks volumes about our globalized food system Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

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Gold Smuggling Case : Kerala High Court Reserves Orders On M Siva Sankar’s Anticipatory Bail Applications

first_imgNews UpdatesGold Smuggling Case : Kerala High Court Reserves Orders On M Siva Sankar’s Anticipatory Bail Applications LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Oct 2020 5:11 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Kerala on Friday reserved orders on the anticipatory bail applications filed by M Siva Sankar IAS, former Principal Secretary to the Kerala Chief Minister, in the cases registered by the Customs and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the smuggling of gold through diplomatic channel.A single bench of Justice Ashok Menon reserved the orders for October 28,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Court of Kerala on Friday reserved orders on the anticipatory bail applications filed by M Siva Sankar IAS, former Principal Secretary to the Kerala Chief Minister, in the cases registered by the Customs and the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the smuggling of gold through diplomatic channel.A single bench of Justice Ashok Menon reserved the orders for October 28, after hearing Additional Solicitor General of India S V Raju for the ED, Senior Advocate K Ramkumar for the Customs, and Senior Advocate P Vijayabhanu for Siva Sankar.The Court directed that the interim protection from arrest granted earlier to Siva Sankar will continue till the pronouncement of orders.ASG SV Raju submitted that Siva Sankar was aware of the activities of Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the case. He said that the former Principal Secretary was not cooperating with the investigation and was giving evasive replies.”It has come out in the investigation that Sivasankar had contacted customs officials in TVM airport for clearance of cargo. Also, come out that commission was going to him”, the ASG said.He submitted that Siva Sankar and Swapna Suresh were close to each other and used to have frequent Whatsapp chats throughout the day. Swapna used to tell Siva Sankar everything and it is highly likely that he was aware of her dealings. The ASG further submitted that Siva Sankar had introduced Swapna Suresh to his Chartered Accountant and had helped her to open a bank locker, from which an amount of Rs 64 lakhs has now been recovered by the agency. This amount, the ASG said, represented the proceeds of the crime.The ASG said that the ED had strong reasons to believe that Siva Sankar was the “kingpin” of the transactions. “We have reasons to believe that Swapna was only a pawn and Siva Sankar was the real beneficiary. Swapna was completely under his control and strings were pulled by him. This is a possibility we are investigating.It could be that the proceeds of the crime belong to Siva Sankar and Swapna was only a face. His conduct shows full, neck-deep involvement.”, the ASG said.Referring to the Supreme Court decisions in P Chidambaram v Enforcement Directorate, Gautam Kundu v Manoj Kumar, Assistant Director, the ASG aruged that in economic offences, the discretion to grant anticipatory bail cannot be exercised. Custodial interrogation is essential in such cases. The ASG highlighted that the Prevention of Money Laundering Act has inherent safeguards to ensure that arrest was made only when it is necessary. As per Section 19, the power of arrest is granted only to high-ranking officials. And, reasons to believe that the person is guilty of offence are to be recorded in writing before arrest. If anticipatory bail is granted, it will hamper the investigation. He is a very influential person being the senior-most civil servant and the former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, the ASG added.Senior Advocate Ramkumar supplemented the submissions of ASG by stating that in economic offences, bail is an exception.Senior Advocate P Vijayabhanu, appearing for Siva Sankar, submitted that the report filed by the ED before the Special Court had no mention that Siva Sankar had called the customs officials at the Thiruvananthapuram airport. “In the 302-page report submitted by ED, there is no such mention. Even in the complaint filed by the ED there is no allegation that Siva Sankar is the kingpin. They have no such case in the counter too. They are making off the cuff allegations”, Mr. Vijayabhanu said.The Whatsapp chats between Sivasankar and Swapna were with respect to the Rs 30 lakhs which was deposited in 2018 and they have no connection with the gold smuggling case. The senior counsel added that anticipatory bail can be granted for any offence, if there is no statutory bar.There is no statutory bar to grant anticipatory bail under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.”ED is trying to arrest Siva Sankar on suppositions that he may be the kingpin. This is only harassment. He has been cooperating. They have questioned him for over 90 hours. Even after that, there is no evidence”, he said.The case relates to the seizure of 30 kg of 24 carat gold worth ₹14.82 crore at Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5 by the Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Kochi, which was sought to be brought through the diplomatic consignment sent to UAE consulate at the State capital.Sivasankar came under the cloud of suspicion on account of his connections with the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh and P R Sarith.After the reports about gold smuggling surfaced in media, the state government suspended him from service last July for alleged violations of conduct rules.Next Storylast_img read more

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Curtis turns a hobby into a thriving business with watermelons

first_img University adds 13 cases: Statewide rate slows Troy University reported 13 additional cases of COVID-19 on Thursday among students and faculty members. The cases self-reported to the… read more Curtis turns a hobby into a thriving business with watermelons Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Next Up“I’d always enjoyed growing stuff. When I was little, my dad, John Curtis, would have a big garden and he would block  off a section for me. I’d grow things like squash, tomatoes and eggplants, so I knew I wanted to work outside and,  preferably, be my own boss.”That seemed like a rather self-limiting job preference but Jackson had an idea and a plan.When he was about 10 years old, his dad planted watermelons in field in front of their house. Jackson was   as involved as a youngster could be. But, he remembered they picked the melons and sold them by the truckload  to a man who operated a fruit stand. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 6:11 pm Friday, August 28, 2020 It was a rather hot and humid day in August 2019.Jackson Curtis, a civil engineering student at Auburn, was in class but his thoughts turned to watermelons.“I was needing to find a way to make money but I wanted to do something that I enjoyed,” Jackson said. “I had worked  different summer jobs during high school, some inside and others outside. By Jaine Treadwell A couple of years later and, then for several following years, 2014 to 2016, father and son grew melons at Jackson’s granddaddy,  Bert Cutis’ farm in Mossy Grove and were very successful. The sisters at Sisters Restaurant gave Jackson permission to sell the  melons in their parking lot and, again, he was successful business man.The busyness of 2017 brought a halt to the father-son watermelon operation. So, it was not until that day in an Auburn classroom  that Jackson began to formulate a moneymaking, self-employment plan to grow and sell watermelons.That was August 2019, and, in February 2020, Jackson began putting his business plan into action. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Print Article Bert Curtis loaned his grandson the use of a field, a tractor and some implements. Jackson turned the field over with a  bottom plow.“Then, I had to wait for a good rain to kind of set the dirt back into place so the tractor would run across it smoothly,”  Jackson said. “Then, over the next three weeks, I smoothed the soil out several times with the field cultivator.”On March 7, 2020, Jackson planted his first watermelons in cups.“Planting the watermelons in cups allows you to avoid the danger of frost killing the plants because you can move them  inside it there’s frost,” he said. “Planting in cups is time consuming because you have to touch the plants several times  before putting them in ground. But it’s worth the time because it allows you to have watermelons ready to go to market before the Fourth of July and that’s when they bring the most money.”At about the same time Jackson planted the “cupped” melons he planted several rows of seeds — Jubilee, Crimson  Sweet and Carolina Cross, in the ground.“I came back a week later and planted several more rows of melons,” Jackson said. “It’s always good to stagger your plantings  so your melons won’t all ripen at the same time and you’ll have melons consistently throughout the summer.”But, Jackson couldn’t just sit around and wait for his watermelons to ripen, he had to weed and hoe and fences to build.“When the watermelon plants began to grow long vines and put on small melons, I had to put up an electric fence to  keep out the deer,” Jackson said. “Some fence was already up around about have the field but I had to put up enough  fence so that it would stretch around the entire field. That took two solid days of hard working. I had a virtually deer proof  five-strand electric fence with one staggered wire that was supposed to mess with a deer’s depth perception.”Jackson, laughingly, added that over the course of the entire summer, he only found one set deer tracks.Once the melons were growing, the fence was hot and the weeds were under control, all Jackson had to do was fertilize  the melons and wait for them to get ripe. While he waited, he cut grass and took calculus 2 online.The week before the Fourth of July, Jackson picked his first watermelons.“They were big, sweet and good looking,” he said. “I walked the rows, cut the melons off the vine and loaded them in  the truck,” he said. “We took the melons to Union Springs and sold out much faster than I expected.”Over the next six weeks, Jackson hauled out and sold eight truckloads of melons.“They were all bigger than you can get in a store,” he said. “I had several loads where my average watermelon  weighed more than 35 pounds. My biggest was a Carolina Cross variety that weighed in at 91 pounds.“The sandy soil around Mossy Grove is perfect for growing watermelons because it drains well and, too, we had a   good rain pattern throughout the spring and into June.”As the summer went on, the days got hotter and dryer and the melons got sweeter. Jackson hauled out load after load. He sold his melons at gas stations, parking lots, farmers’ markets and Facebook  Marketplace.“I sold some melons by the truckload to those who wanted to buy in bulk,” he said. “According to a rough estimate, I grew  about 12,000 pounds of melons this summer. It took a lot of hard work. I never realized how much when I was helping my dad and granddad.”Jackson admitted that he had the advantage, if you can call it that, of time off from college due to the coronavirus that  allowed him more time in the watermelon field. Hopefully, by planting time in 2021, the virus will be somewhat under  control, he said. But, what better summer job can a young man have than one that allows him to make a little money while  working outdoors and being his own boss. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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