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  • Orange County assistance to Hurricane Maria survivors: By the numbers

    first_img An update on Hurricane Maria recovery efforts From Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonOrange County continues to support the ongoing recovery efforts to help both evacuees and those still residing in Puerto Rico. This article serves to provide another update on the County’s efforts to assist in the recovery of Post-Hurricane Maria.At the meeting of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners on December 19, 2017, the Board was presented with an update on the recovery efforts following the impacts of Hurricane Maria from Orange County Emergency Management. To date, the report from the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at the Orlando International Airport (OIA) offered the following flight arrival information for people coming in from Puerto Rico: 316 flights had transported 50,801 passengers in October; 351 flights had transported 56,126 passengers in November; and 216 flights had transported 34,078 passengers in December. In total, 883 flights had transported 141,005 passengers in the past 3 months following Hurricane Maria.Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonThe report provided an update on the number of people who had received assistance between October 3 and December 15: 4,811 of the evacuees were alone; and 8,332 of the evacuees were families. In total, the amount of people that were served upon arrival at OIA was 6,014, and the total amount of people served overall was 30,425. In addition, as of December 14, 2,953 Puerto Rican students have enrolled in Orange County Public Schools.United Way has provided hotel rooms for 210 families in need of a place to stay and 2,221 room nights, at a cost of $149,621. Orange County has partnered with United Way to fund these hotel rooms and may possibly be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In addition, starting on November 10, it was reported that 438 Households (HHS) (1,182 people total) Puerto Ricans were in 458 Rooms, located in FEMA TSA Hotels in Orange County; 32% of the State’s evacuees from Puerto Rico are currently in Orange County. Furthermore, 1,370 HHS (3,393 people total) are staying in 1,436 rooms throughout the State of Florida. Lastly, the number of Puerto Ricans in Orange County that have registered with the FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) program was 1,956 HHS (3,995 people total).As of December 15, the following has been restored in Puerto Rico: 70% of power (60 of 69 areas restored), with expected restorations of 75% by February, 95% by March, and 100% by May; 95% of water supply (87% – 99% in 5 regions); 84% of fuel stations have been opened; 35 shelters are currently still operating, sheltering 574 people (with a total recorded peek amount of 3,700); 92% of stores have been opened; and 89% of telecommunication services have been restored.On December 29, OIA closed its MARC to allow the agencies providing support services to relocate their supplies and operations to the new MARC location off-site (provided by the State). The new Center opened on January 2, and is located at 6490 Hazeltine National Drive, Suite 170, Orlando, FL 32822. Additionally, the new location is on Lynx Bus Route 51, in close proximity to Orlando International Airport. Furthermore, the new MARC location is open to evacuees Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.The University of Central Florida (UCF), Valencia College, and Rollins College, 3 of Orange County’s well-known post-secondary institutions, are currently contributing to the County’s recovery efforts by offering programs and services for both current and prospective college students from Puerto Rico as well as for their families.Rollins College is offering the Discounted Transfer Spring Program designed to assist Puerto Rican and Caribbean students affected by recent hurricanes in continuing their collegiate studies with a discounted transfer program for the Spring semester. The program is extended to degree-seeking students who are currently enrolled in Puerto Rican and Caribbean colleges and universities with the goal that those displaced will have a chance to continue their studies. Students who are eligible and admitted to the program will be charged a flat fee of $8,500 for the Spring semester only; the fee covers tuition, room and board. For more information, residents can access the following link: https://apply.rollins.edu/register/spring2018_app.Valencia College has multiple education and training programs to assist evacuees coming to the Orlando Metro area. The program features and benefits include the following: Short-term programs that lead to careers; job placement services; programs to improve English skills quickly; flexible schedules (daytime, evening, weekend); no application fee; reduced rates for those affected (select programs); monthly start dates; and multiple locations. Programs included are: ESOL/Intensive English; Advanced Manufacturing; Construction; Medical/Healthcare; and Public Safety. For more information, residents can access a brochure via the following link: http://www.ocfl.net/portals/0/Library/Board%20of%20County%20Commissioners/docs/valencia%20college%20continuing%20education%20and%20training.pdf.To assist both current and prospective students, UCF has established a website that contains information about admissions, registration, transfer and transition services, and student support programs and services. Additionally, UCF has established a toll-free hotline for those who have additional questions or are seeking more information, which can be accessed by dialing 855-903-8576. The first term available for displaced students is Spring 2018, with the deadline for applications being on November 1, 2017. However, the website can still be accessed via the following link: http://www.sdes.ucf.edu/puerto-rico-educational-relief/.On January 31, 2018, the Orange County Mayor’s 17th Annual Job Fair will take place at the Central Florida Fair Expo Park – Exhibit Hall C (4603 W Colonial Dr., Orlando FL 32808)   from Noon-4:00 p.m. The Job Fair will host over 90 employers from the Central Florida area, and will be open to all job seekers, including veterans and citizens recently displaced by Hurricane Maria. In addition, there will also be a free pre-job fair workshop, “How to Work a Job Fair and Get the Job You Want,” prior to the event. Those interested in attending the Job Fair can register with the Central Florida Employment Council and find more information via the following link: https://www.cfec.org/job-fairs.Second Harvest Food Bank in conjunction with Feeding America are in need of volunteers on an ongoing basis that can assist at partner agencies that have already begun seeing an increase in recipients. Residents can learn more about how they can become a volunteer at www.feedhopenow.org/disaster.For additional ways to help, such as locating supply drop-off locations and organizations and agencies seeking donations, residents can go to the County webpage for Hurricane Maria disaster relief by accessing the following link: http://www.ocfl.net/EmergencySafety/HurricaneMariaPuertoRicoRelief.aspx.Residents who are interested in watching the full segment from the Board Meeting may do so via the following link:  http://netapps.ocfl.net/Mod/meetings/1 and clicking on Puerto Rico Update 1 and Puerto Rico Update 2. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Previous articleApopka’s biggest story of 2017: 11 finalists emergeNext articleApopka’s biggest story of 2017: A clear favorite emerges Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more


    first_imgA new feature film is being shot on location on both Donegal and Derry.‘Last Night’s Dream’ is the new feature film from award winning Derry born, writer and director David Harkin.The film was financed solely by the producers David Harkin, Eoin Daly & Golda Mansilla and has received no third party funding whatsoever. The film also features special make up effects by Emma McBride. Director David Harkin is best known for his short film ‘Politics’ which won the Greer Garson Film Award at the University of Ulster and for his zero-budget feature ‘Murderous’ which won Best Local Film at the Yellow Fever Independent Film Festival in Belfast in 2012.‘Last Night’s Dream’ is set in the year 2037 and tells the story of a group of ex Irish Army soldiers who must make their way out of Ireland before time runs out for them.However to achieve this goal they must first track down a cold blooded killer who holds the key to their survival.The cast includes local actors Martin Bradley, Johnny French, Dee Kivlehan, Kyle Martin, Anett Leuner, Johanna Fegan, Ciaran Paterson, Michael Harkin, Alex Watson Ciaran Keogh, Rebecca Denby, Jim Sweeney & Marina Marcinekova   FUTURISTIC FEATURE FILM BEGINS SHOOTING IN DONEGAL AND DERRY was last modified: August 10th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derrydirector David HarkindonegalfilmingLast Night’s Dreamlast_img read more

  • South African film wins international award

    first_imgRay Maota Wandile Molebatsi (on the car) playsthe character of Vista, while KurtSchoonraad plays Richie Rich. Rapulana Seiphemo who plays Nyokais one of South Africa’s most reputableactors and has starred in manyproductions including the local soapie,Generations.(Images: Skeem)MEDIA CONTACTS• Anneke VilletLight and Dark Films+27 21 423 6785RELATED ARTICLES• SA film wins at Tribeca• Cape Town: Africa’s Hollywood• Shaken and stirred in Cape Town• SA actresses make it big in HollywoodSouth African production Skeem scooped the coveted Audience Choice Award at the recent Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), showing that locally directed motion pictures pose stiff competition among industry heavyweights.The festival ran from 13 October to 22 October 2011.Made by South African Tim Greene, Skeem was pitted against films with big-name directors like Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Werner Hertzog and Terry Gilliam.The Audience Choice Award came with US$50 000 (R402 000) in prize money.Greene said: “I set out to make a film that people would want to see, and so to know that they enjoyed it is immensely gratifying. If you look at the cast lists of the films we were competing against, they’re all A-list Hollywood celebs.”Greene added that the honour made him proud of South African stars and that he was humbled by the recognition.This is Greene’s second feature film after 2004’s A Boy Called Twist, which centred around a young Cape Town beggar and was based on Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist.Skeem will be released in South African theatres on 28 October 2011.The film, set in a rundown resort, follows the comedic exploits of a group of small-time crooks and greedy holidaymakers as they try to get their hands on a box full of money.It boasts an all-star South African cast who have featured in some of the biggest films made in South Africa. They include: Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Casey B Dolan, Grant Swanby, Terence Bridgett, Zikhona Sodlaka, David Isaacs and Kurt SchoonraadZaheer Goodman-Bhyat, the film’s producer, said: “To actually win the audience award is a dream come true. To think that our local comedy film can travel and can be relevant to a global audience and compete successfully with the best films in the world gives me hope for the future of South African films.”Bhyat added that the nomination in itself was an honour.Made in the Middle EastThe Abu Dhabi festival has been an annual event since 2007, with the aim of livening up film culture in the Middle East.When it was started it was known as the Middle East International Film Festival, with a commitment to showcasing work by filmmakers from that region. This has changed to include international films.This year saw films, producers, directors and actors being honoured in the following categories: the Narrative Feature Competition; New Horizons Competition; Documentary Feature Competition; Our World Competition; ADFF Audience Choice Award; ADFF Fipresci Award, and ADFF Netpac Award.Awards with the highest prize money of $100 000 (R807 000) went to the: Best Narrative Film, Chicken with Plums, by Marjane Satrapi; Best Film, Stories Only Exist When Remembered, by Julia Murat; and Best Documentary, Position Among the Stars, by Leonard Retel Helmrich.The prize money received by winners ranges from $15 000 (R120 000), $20 000 (R161 000), $25 000 (R202 000), $50 000 (R402 000) to $100 000 (R807 000).SA’s booming film industrySouth African films are notching up top honours at international festivals and award shows, which is testament to the country’s growing and vibrant industry.Hollywood has even used South Africa for film locations, with the next James Bond movie being filmed in Cape Town.Other big-budget Hollywood films that have been filmed on location are Lord of War starring Nicolas Cage and Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio.This has had a ripple effect with South African actors and actresses getting parts in international productions. These include Terry Pheto in The Bold and the Beautiful and Nondumiso Tembe in True Blood.Tsotsi, directed by South African Gavin Hood, gave Pheto an international boost after it won an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2006. The gritty drama focuses on the life of a young gangster from Soweto.last_img read more

  • IPOs Hit 3-Year High as VC Fundraising Continues to Slide

    first_imgThe amount of firms raising money remained constant from the previous quarter, meaning the deals were much smaller in size this quarter. 38 firms raised capital in each quarter this year – a figure that is far off pace to match yearly totals from previous years. Between 2005 and 2008, the industry averaged over 240 VC fundraising deals a year. In 2009 this number fell to 140, and 2010 is looking to have similar results. With fewer firms raising smaller amounts of cash, the market for startups seeking funding is smaller and more difficult to penetrate.For current venture-backed companies, however, exits via mergers, acquisitions or public offerings are showing some of the best numbers in years. In the second quarter of this year, 17 companies went public, falling just shy of equalling the IPO total from all of 2008 and 2009, and the highest total since 2007. 9 of the companies came from the information technology category, and the largest offering was Tesla Motors, Inc. which began trading at the very end of the quarter.Mergers and acquisitions dipped slightly from the first to second quarter in 2010, as was to be expected after the first quarter broke quarterly NVCA M&A records. 2010 is on pace to have more M&A deals than any other year, according to the NVCA, but the value of these deals is not measuring up to averages seen in previous years. For venture-backed startups, this means more deals are happening this year, but the payouts are slightly below average. chris cameron Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As an entrepreneur, it’s important to stay in-the-know about the venture capital industry and how new data compares to previous years. Thanks to some recently released numbers from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), we can clearly see some continuing trends in the industry that could affect startups and their ability to raise capital. As the first half of 2010 comes to a close, funds raised by VC firms trended downward while IPOs, mergers and acquisitions continued to build momentum.In order to provide startups with funding, venture firms must themselves raise money, and over the last few years, these funds have become smaller and smaller. In the second quarter of this year, this trend continued as firms raised just under $2 billion – a near 50% quarterly decline, and almost one-fifth of the amount raised 2 years ago.last_img read more

  • Monsoon hair rescue

    first_imgThe rains have a way of messing up even the most diligently styled hair. It’s uncanny how the monsoon showers come with their share of mane trouble -beautifully blowdried locks give way to frizzy strands and unruly waves, while freshly washed hair can get painfully limp and boring in no time. No, it’s not your local hairdresser’s fault, and you don’t need to toss that faithful hair iron into the bin. However, it is time to take matters in your own hands and help your hair get back in shape. As it pours down harder on the Capital, Femail speaks to three hair experts on the best tips to take your hair from woe to wow!OUT ON A LIMP If your tresses feel like you’ve dipped them in an oil spill, you’re not alone. Flat, oily-looking hair is one of the biggest banes of humid weather. You could wash your hair one day, but more often than not, it will end up looking limp the next. Explains the New Yorkbased celebrity hair stylist Henry De La Paz, who has spent the last 15 years perfecting his craft of hairdressing, “The reason why this happens is that during hot and muggy weather, you perspire from the scalp. The sweat and oil get secreted onto the surface area of the head, and spread through the hair shaft.”He further adds, “Since the oil secretion doesn’t dry up because of moisture in the air, your mane starts to look greasy and falls flat.” Add to this the fact that your hair is also made up of water. Explains celebrity hairstylist and Schwarzkopf Professional India Brand Ambassador Rod Anker, “Hair is actually made up of 90 per cent water. Due to the large surface area of the hair shaft, the water from the air gets further attracted and absorbed in, making it limp and heavier than it should be.”advertisementSince the root of the problem lies in the scalp, start off by making sure it is clean. While washing it every alternate day will bring back its bounce and volume, it’s essential to take care over the kind of shampoo you use. “Use a good deep-cleansing shampoo, but make sure to alternate it with a regular shampoo. This is because deep-cleansing shampoos are stronger than regular ones, with a higher pH balance that is specifically meant to remove stubborn residue in the scalp. However, overuse can also strip your hair of natural oils,” states Shailesh Moolya, National Hair Trainer, Lakme Salons. When selecting a product, keep in mind that anything that is higher (or lower, for that matter) than pH 5 – which is the normal level of your hair’s natural oils – will spoil your mane by stripping off the essential oils and loosening the hair shaft, thus making it brittle.Also, remember to apply the shampoo to your scalp and not the entire length of it as “This will dry out the strands and you’ll end up applying more product on it. This, in turn, will make it limp,” states Henry. As for conditioner, apply it only to the ends for best results, followed by a mild styling product that will help prevent the moisture getting in.WHAT THE FRIZZ! For girls with curls that have started resembling a bird’s nest, it’s time for some serious hair therapy. Frizzy hair is the main cause for a blownup do, and the reason why it frizzes up is because of the hair cuticles getting exposed. Explains Shailesh, “The outer layer of a hair strand is made up of multiple layers called cuticles that overlap each other like shingles. When hair curls up, some cuticles expand and get shattered and begin to stand out, making it look frizzy.” Imagine the scales of a fish and the way they overlap each other – when straight, they appear smooth but if you bend them, they appear jagged.Start with a natural remedy to control cuticles. Henry recommends massaging non-refined coconut oil as it has a lot of protein that helps strengthen hair, and in time acts like a soft, natural keratin. Make sure to leave it in the scalp for at least 15 minutes before shampooing it out. You can even topically apply egg yolk, curd and honey for a temporary fix. Taking care of your diet is important too; take more of vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids that are great for skin, hair and nails, with foods like fish, spinach, tofu, sunflower seeds, broccoli, dairy products and eggs.advertisementAnother trick is to create a barrier between the moisture and hair before stepping out. As Rod suggests, “Use a styling product or hair spray that acts as a volumiser and forms a protective layer for the hair. If you have naturally curly hair, leave it slightly damp before heading out. Since your mane will already be moist, it’ll take longer to dry up and won’t absorb much moisture from the air.” You can also apply a few drops of a curl control product and gently crunch it up in the palm of your hand to help give a more defined style to your curls.Smoothening treatments are another option that will tide you through the season for at least 3-4 months. While keratin treatments are best before the onset of summer, shampoos and conditioners that contain the softening protein are readily available in the market. However, it should be used in moderation, “As too much protein or cholesterol-based products will eventually dry your hair out,” warns Henry, while adding, “Get the treatment no more than once a year otherwise your hair will begin to break.”STYLE STATEMENT A good haircut can help wonders in giving your face the perfect frame without too much effort. For straight hair, Henry recommends long layers and slight face framing for movement and a bit of bounce. As for curly hair, this is the ideal time to start growing your layers out, “Because you want more weight at the bottom to hold down your hair. Fancy styles and layers will only add more frizz,” states Henry. Another big no-no for frizzy hair is getting it cut with thinning shears or a razor as these methods only thin the cuticles in half and rip them, resulting in even more frizz. As for styling, keep it fuss-free.”Given the weather, it’s better to sport something that has limited chance of looking bad,” says Rod. He suggests braids, a sleek pony tail or a funky bun as compared to blow-drying your hair straight as that will definitely get frizzy over time. You can even opt for sexy beach waves, with Shailesh’s clever tip – get your hair ironed straight before heading out because by the time you hit the event, your hair will wave up on its own and give good movement to the hair. As Henry rounds it off, “Go for a sleek, pulled back style so that you’re not constantly worried about your hair going out of shape.” Amen to that.last_img read more