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first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom If social media comments are any indication we can expect the discussion about Resolution 2016-16 to perhaps be the most interesting topic on the Agenda for Wednesday night’s City Council Meeting.  The draft resolution, if adopted, will establish;  “A Public Participation Policy & Procedures for Addressing the City Council.”  More about this item can be found here.Here are some other interesting items on tomorrow’s Apopka City Council Meeting agenda:PresentationsBy now everyone should be aware of Christian Lamphere’s 9/11 Memorial Eagle Scout Project.  An artist’s conception of the Memorial will be discussed. And a check will be presented by Copart to Christian Lamphere for the 9/11 Memorial Project. These two items will be followed by an announcement about the UCF Colleges of Medicine Free Clinic.May Disbursement ReportThe first of seven items on the “Consent Agenda” is approval of a 37-page report that lists 497 checks that were issued by the City in May 2016.  These payments total $3,022,382.The “Consent Agenda” is a meeting practice which packages routine and non-controversial items not requiring discussion and/or separate approval as one agenda item.  However, any member of the Council can request that any item on the Consent Agenda be “pulled,” and discussed separately.Vehicle for Hire permit – UberThe 2nd item on the Consent Agenda is the issuance of a Vehicle for Hire permit to an Uber driver.Three Service Weapon RetirementsAnother Consent Agenda item.  The Police Department is requesting authorization to present service weapons to retiring members of the Police Department to recognize the members’ credited service to the City of Apopka and its citizens.Canine Handler Officer Paul Rehn served Apopka for 19 yearsSchool Resource Officer Jamie Anderson served Apopka for 19 yearsSergeant Robert Mark served Apopka for 12 yearsApprove the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages on the 4th of July at the Northwest Recreation ComplexAnother Consent Agenda Item.   Fireworks at the Amphitheater is a City sponsored event held at the Northwest Recreation Complex. Apopka Ordinance No. 2376 requires City Council approvalfor the sale, consumption and carrying of alcoholic beverages on City-owned property during events or programs.Purchase of a Vacuum Excavator Trailer – $39,613Item #6 on the Consent Agenda will authorize the purchase of a Vacuum Excavator Trailer for the Public Services Department. Staff proposes to spend $39,613.00.  This price is based upon using a 2015 Florida Sheriffs Association Contract. “Piggybacking” on the the Florida Sheriffs Association contract will expedite this purchase and allow the Public Services Department to implement the NPDES Stormwater requirements in a timely manner.Award Website Design Contract – $34,186 plus $6,031 per yearEight companies submitted proposals. An evaluation committee of five city staff reviewed and ranked each proposal. The evaluation committee recommends CivicPlus.   The first year cost is $34,186. Annual website hosting, security and management is $6,031 beginning in year 2.Non-Profits to be Required to Apply for Business Tax ReceiptsApopka Code requires tax-exempt organizations to apply for but not pay business taxes.  The Green Sheet indicates that many non-profts have not applied.  The Business Tax Receipt Applications are used by the City to ensure that buildings used by non-profits are in compliance with building, zoning and fire codes.  It is estimated that 150 non-profits will be asked to apply.Use this link to see the details on these issues and to review the entire meeting package.The meeting is at 7:00 PM in the Council Chamber at Apopka City Hall. Please enter your comment! TAGSApopka City Council Meeting Previous articleCity Council Considers Restrictions on Public CommentsNext articleIs it Possible to Buy a Good Grill for $300 or Less? Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

French newspaper correspondent finally cleared of libel after 10 years

first_img Follow the news on Algeria Organisation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders hails the acquittal today of Arezki Aït-Larbi, the Algeria correspondent of the French dailies Le Figaro and Ouest-France, in a libel suit brought against him in 1997 by Abdelkader Sallat, former director of prisons at the justice ministry. He won the right to a retrial, which began on 23 May, because the original trial was held in his absence and without his knowledge.After the announcement of the verdict, Aït-Larbi issued a statement calling on the justice minister to launch “an administrative investigation to establish who was responsible for these procedural irregularities and exploitation of the judicial apparatus with clan-based complicities for 10 years.” Alluding to his article about mistreatment in Algerian prisons, which prompted the libel suit, he also called for “a judicial investigation” into the “crimes against humanity… revealed during the trial.”————————————————————29.05 – Judges urged to protect independent journalists as government makes no move to decriminalize press offencesReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the two-month prison sentences imposed on two El Watan journalists in a libel case on 27 May and said it was concerned about the verdict that is due to be issued by an Algiers criminal court tomorrow in the case of Arezki Aït-Larbi, the correspondent of several international news media. “Algeria’s journalists will always work under the threat of being thrown in prison until press offences are decriminalized, and since the highest authorities continue to drag their heels on amending the law, we appeal to judges handling press cases to display courage and independence by protecting journalists and reestablishing the right to news and information.”The two El Watan journalists sentenced to two months in prison were editor Omar Belhouchet and reporter Chawki Amari, who were also fined 1 million dinars (10,635 euros). They immediately appealed against the verdict. The case was a retrial of one held before a court in Jijel, 360 km east of Algiers last December, when they received three-month sentences for libelling and insulting the city’s prefect in an article a few months earlier accusing him of corruption. They were able to get retrial because the original trial was held in their absence and without their knowledge, and they were not even notified of the prefect’s suit.According to their lawyer, Zoubeir Soudani, the case continued to suffer from procedural irregularities. He also deplored a recent supreme court decision that allows plaintiffs who are suing newspapers to present their suit at the place of distribution as well as the place of publication.Jamal Belkadi, one of El Watan’s correspondents in Constantine, 290 km east of Algiers, was manhandled by the head of the prefect’s security department while taking photos at the scene of a bombing on 16 May. His camera was confiscated and returned two days later. To his surprise, he was summoned to the prefect’s office and was notified that he is being investigated for “crossing a security perimeter.” He is due to appear before a judge soon. Other journalists present at the scene of the bombing had no problems.The case involving Aït-Larbi, the correspondent of the French dailies Le Figaro and Ouest-France, is also retrial of one held in his absence and without his knowledge. It concerns a libel suit brought by a prison governor whom he accused of mistreating detainees in a 1994 article. Aït-Larbi did not discover that he had been convicted until May 2006, when he applied for a new passport and his request was initially refused. In April of this year, he found himself being arrested at Algiers airport under a warrant issued in 1997. May 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French newspaper correspondent finally cleared of libel after 10 yearscenter_img Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more