The Florida State Parks Foundation Celebrates A Momentous 2021 Legislative Session

This is a year of record funding

In every sense, this has been one of the most successful legislative sessions ever as far as Florida’s award-winning state parks are concerned.”

— Gil Ziffer

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, May 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Florida State Parks Foundation today applauded the Legislature’s decision to fully fund Florida’s award-winning state parks.

“In every sense this has been one of the most successful legislative sessions ever as far as Florida’s award-winning state parks are concerned. This is a year of record funding,” said Foundation President Gil Ziffer.

“Both the House and the Senate recognized the important multi-faceted role that our state parks play and agreed to increased funding over and above that requested by the Governor,” he said.

The final approved budget provides $50 million for fixed capital outlay for facility repairs, improvements and so on, $13.8 million for the Land and Recreation Grant programs, $1.5 m for recreational trails programs, and $2 million for Florida Recreational Development Assistance programs.

“Florida State Parks represent one of the state’s greatest success stories. They are a major contributor to the state’s tourism industry, support thousands of jobs, and pour billions of dollars into the state’s economy. At the same time, they preserve many of the jewels of our natural environment and Florida’s significant historical and cultural sites,” Ziffer said.

“As the acknowledged premier state park system in the nation, it is vital that Florida State Parks continue to receive full funding and we are grateful that the legislature acknowledged this. When comparing the $50 million that has been provided for fixed capital outlay in the budget with the $2.6 billion in economic impact the state parks generated in 2019 from nearly 30 million visitors, it is difficult to think of a better return on the investment anywhere,” he said.

“Florida’s state parks play an important role in providing open spaces where people can recreate and exercise in a safe, socially distanced environment. The demand for these open spaces will continue to increase as Florida’s population is expected to top 23 million by 2025 and tourism numbers grow,” said Foundation CEO Julia Gill Woodward.

“To meet this growing demand, it is important that state parks continue to provide exceptional value in terms of visitor experience and the range of outdoor pursuits available. It is also important that these pursuits are available to the widest possible audience both in terms of accessibility and diversity,” she said.

The Foundation, founded in 1993 as Friends of Florida State Parks and renamed in 2018, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is to support and help sustain the Florida Park Service, its 175 award-winning parks and trails, local Friends groups and more than 20,000 park volunteers.

It does this through programs that preserve and protect state parks, educate visitors about the value of state parks, encourage community engagement and active use of state parks, and advocacy.

The volunteer Board of Directors represents private and public sectors as well as local and statewide interests.

Julia Gill Woodward
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Iran – Resistance Units, MEK Supporters Urge Sham Presidential Election Boycott

3 May 2021 - Iran – Call for Boycotting sham Election - 1988 massacre Khavaran (1)

3 May 2021 - Iran – Call for Boycotting sham Election - 1988 massacre Khavaran (1)

3 May 2021 - Iran – Call for Boycotting sham Election - 1988 massacre Khavaran (1)

3 May 2021 - Iran – Call for Boycotting sham Election - 1988 massacre Khavaran (1)

3 May 2021 - Iran – Call for Boycotting sham Election - 1988 massacre Khavaran (1)

3 May 2021 - Iran – Call for Boycotting sham Election - 1988 massacre Khavaran (1)

3 May 2021 - Iran – Call for Boycotting sham Election - 1988 massacre Khavaran (1)

Continuing the campaign to expose the clerical regime’s new crime to destroy the mass graves of the victims of the 1988 massacre in Khavaran Cemetery in Tehran.

The heinous act of destroying the mass graves of the victims of the 1988 massacre in Khavaran Cemetery in Tehran was an attempt by the regime to eliminate the evidence of crimes against humanity”

— NCRI

PARIS, FRANCE, May 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — During the final weeks of April, supporters of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) and the Resistance Units called for the boycott of the clerical regime’s sham presidential election across Iran. Also, continuing the campaign to expose the clerical regime’s new crime to destroy the mass graves of the victims of the 1988 massacre in Khavaran Cemetery in Tehran. The heinous act was an attempt by the regime to eliminate the evidence of crimes against humanity. On April 26, MEK supporters and Resistance Units posted placards, banners and wrote graffiti, as well as distributing leaflets to condemn this action.

In addition to different areas of the Greater Tehran, these activities were carried out in Isfahan, Karaj, Mashhad, Tabriz, Rasht, Hamedan, Qazvin, Ahvaz, Qom, Arak, Ilam, Shadegan, Behshahr, Torbat-e-Jam, Konarak (Sistan and Baluchestan), Kashan, Anzali, Saqez, Shahroud, Amol, Gachsaran, Dezful, Esfarayen, Abadan, Kermanshah, and Rafsanjan.

Among the slogans were: "Maryam Rajavi: No to the rule of the mullahs, no to religious tyranny, no to oppression and plunder, yes to a democratically-elected republic", "Maryam Rajavi: nationwide boycott of the election, a response to the murderers of 1,500 martyrs of November 2019 uprising,” “Maryam Rajavi: A popular uprising is awaiting the mullahs, and will lead to their overthrow," "Massoud Rajavi: Iran’s destiny to be determined not by the mullahs’ ballot box, but by the uprising of Iran’s valiant children,” “Down with Khamenei, my vote is regime change, yes to a democratically-elected republic,” "We will not vote, hail to Rajavi,” "Massoud Rajavi: Our vote is regime change and the boycott of the sham election," “Maryam Rajavi: I condemn the clerical regime’s inhuman destruction of the martyrs’ graves and the elimination of traces of its crimes,” “The clerical regime wants to erase evidence of its crimes in Khavaran,” “Destroying Khavaran is Khamenei’s crime against humanity.”

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
May 3, 2021

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2021 Hurricane Hot-Spot Predictions – United States

Advanced Warning for Hurricane Landfall Locations - Accurate Predictions Months in Advance

Advanced Warning for Hurricane Landfall Locations – Accurate Predictions Months in Advance

Landfall

Landfall

Predicted 2020 Landfall Hot-Spots and Actual landfalls (red dots)

As dangerous or more dangerous than last year for the United States due to landfalls occurring in densely populated areas

You should not simply focus on the predicted number of Atlantic Basin named storms. What is much more important is knowing how many United States landfalls there will be – and where they will occur”

— Professor David Dilley

TAMPA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, May 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — During the past five hurricane seasons, the Florida based hurricane prediction organization Global Weather Oscillations Inc. (GWO) (www.globalweatheroscillations.com) – predicted 6 months in advance the locations of all 15 hurricanes that made United States landfalls since 2016 – including the location and strength of all 6 United States hurricane landfalls last year (2020).

GWO has been producing accurate landfall prediction since 2009. GWO’s accuracy is near 90% during the very active United States landfall years from 2016 into 2020 season. GWO is the only organization that utilizes “ClimatePulse Technology” that tracks historical hurricane cycles and pinpoints future landfall locations months in advance.

Predictions for the 2021 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season by Professor David Dilley (GWO).

GWO’s senior research scientist Professor David Dilley says that – although there will be fewer storms than last year’s record breaking 30 named storms – the 2021 season will again have a near 100% probability for destructive United States hurricane landfalls.

The 2021 predictions by Professor Dilley – calls for 17 named storms which is still well above the long-term average of 12 named storms. There will be 8 hurricanes and 3 to 4 major hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin. The United States will have 4 to 5 hurricane landfalls and 2 major impact hurricane landfalls. Professor Dilley says that due to the landfalls occurring in more densely populated areas – this season will likely be more dangerous and costly for the United States than last year.

Professor Dilley stresses – “You should not simply focus on the predicted number of Atlantic Basin named storms. What is much more important is knowing how many United States landfalls there will be – and where they will occur”. The ability to predict landfall locations in advance is the reason Global Weather Oscillations is the foremost organization when it comes to hurricane predictions.

GWO’s Interactive Outlook and Tracking Webinars – Your First Webinar is Free

During the hurricane season, Meteorologists David Dilley and Brad Sussman will conduct weekly 14-day outlook webinars, and daily tracking webinars when a hurricane is expected to form and influence any one of GWO’s 13 prediction zones. The webinars are interactive – the attendees can ask questions during and after the webinar.

Because GWO’s ClimatePulse Hurricane Tracking Technology already knows where the hurricane landfall hot spots are for the 2021 season, the interactive tracking webinars are extremely important to GWO’s clients by providing – more time to prepare – and more accurate path and strength predictions. Some of GWO’s past tracking webinars predicted 6 to 10 days in advance the true path and strength of Category 4 Laura in 2020, Category 4 Irma in 2017, Category 5 Michael in 2018, and Hurricane Dorian staying east of Florida and hitting North Carolina in 2019.

The outlook and tracking webinars compare various computer models, ocean temperatures and current atmospheric conditions and incorporates GWO’s ClimatePulse predictions for the 2021 Hurricane Season – a sample tracking webinar is available on GWO’s hurricane page.

Professor Dilley says that “several factors are in place to produce another well above average hurricane season this year”. This includes a 72-year ClimatePulse Enhanced Hurricane Landfall Cycle that produces more United States landfalls – coupled with the lack of an El Niño that tends to subdue a hurricane season, and the continuance of warmer than normal water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic.

Global Weather Oscillations is a working partner with the International Hurricane Protection Association (INHPA).

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Global Weather Oscillations
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Audiobook Detailing Public Radio's Backstory Now Available

PLEDGE: The Public Radio Fund Drive

PLEDGE: The Public Radio Fund Drive

Don Merrill

Don Merrill

NPR Celebrates 50 Years as New Audiobook, Based on 2019's "PLEDGE: The Public Radio Fund Drive", Examines Past, Present and Future of Public Radio.

This is the public radio listener's bible.”

— Lynn Fitch, Former KBOO Station Manager

OREGON CITY, OREGON, UNITED STATES, May 3, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — When author and journalist Don Merrill finished a book about the public radio pledge drive in 2019, he wasn't thinking about how NPR's 50-year anniversary was just around the corner in 2021. NPR, as reported by CBS Sunday Morning, has a weekly audience of nearly 60-million listeners. The fact that only about one in 10 of those listeners support a network upon which they so clearly depend is one of the subjects of his new audio book, and upon which the printed version is based.

"PLEDGE: The Public Radio Fund Drive" was a deep dive into the obvious and not so obvious aspects of an organization that talks a lot about the world but is very careful what it says about itself. And it continues to be shaped by controversies including labor, salaries, technology and diversity. This month, the audiobook companion to Merrill's paperback was released for distribution through Storytel. "It's a perfect opportunity to talk up PLEDGE," says Merrill. When he started writing the book in 2015, he didn't realize that NPR's Golden Anniversary was in 2021. 'But "precious metal' is a perfect metaphor for some of the issues the network is dealing with," he says.

Many in the aging baby boomer cohort, for example, which was the demographic rocket the network rode to public radio dominance in the 80s and 90s, are now facing their own golden anniversaries. As that group, and its boatloads of disposable income, begin to diminish, the network has struggled to attract more and more young people with non-traditional voices pushing slates of new and diverse programming. Programming they increasingly access on their devices and not through the terrestrial radio of their parents and grandparents. "This is creating a 'Come to Jesus' moment for pubcasters," says Merrill, "who rely on sustaining membership based pledge drives blasted through expensive transmitters, towers and antennas, to ensure enough money keeps coming in."

Those drives, why they exist and how they function, are at the center of PLEDGE. But both the book and the audiobook delve into not only some of the more obscure aspects of public radio (like how staff react to non-givers and how NPR conspired with the NAB against LPFM broadcasters decades ago), but more uncomfortable truths. Accusations of manipulation of non contributing listeners, known as "freeriders" through guilt and shame is one. Others include a string of ongoing sex, race and gender diversity fails the network consistently finds itself mopping up. Also, questions of whether corporate and foundational supporters affect the network's independence. And last but not least, whether NPR is honoring tenets of early founder William Siemering's manifesto. Namely, is public radio treating its audience like a market or not?

For many public radio listeners in general, and NPR listeners in particular, acceptance of some of the inconsistencies is the cost of entry to a world they say contains the best news, information and entertainment available anywhere. For others, publicly supported radio stations represent an affront to the free market and the rights of taxpayers to not be forced to pay for points of view with which they disagree. No matter which side of the political spectrum listeners may claim, "PLEDGE: The Public Radio Fund Drive" promises to raise understandings of the backstory in ways like never before. And since Americans are paying for it, whether voluntarily or not, they owe it to themselves to understand exactly how their money is being spent.

With the completion of the book and the audiobook, Merrill has started working on a musical based on the book called, "PLEDGE The Musical." It focuses on the trials and tribulations of a small public radio station run by a conservative college in Eastern Arkansas, over a nine day period, and during the all-important pledge drive. He hopes to be ready to stage it locally by November 2021.

PLEDGE: The Public Radio Fund Drive is available in paperback at independent bookstores like Powell's in Portland and at Amazon Books.
PLEDGE: The Public Radio Fund Drive is available as an audiobook at distributor Storytel and others.

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MAYOR ROBERT EASTERN ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION OF 100,000 COVID MASKS TO EAST ST. LOUIS CITY SCHOOLS

Mayor Eastern’ s Covering for Kid’s campaign is part of a larger Strategic Plan to Improve the Quality of Life across East St. Louis, Illinois

EAST ST. LOUIS, ILLINOIS, USA, May 2, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — Mayor Robert Eastern and the City of East St. Louis today announced the donation of 100,000 COVID-19 masks to the East St. Louis independent school district 189.

The donation was part of the Coverings for Kids campaign, being launched by Mayor Eastern in collaboration with FUSE Advertising, to collect masks for the city’s schools at no cost to the students.

Masks are worn and encouraged as part of the mitigation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus that has spread so much domestically and globally.

“The donated masks will go to students and staff and can also be used as replacements should masks be lost, forgotten or break during the summer school day,” said Clifford Franklin, President of Fuse Advertising.

All East St. Louis schools, students and staff are continually reminded to wear masks while in school to reduce the possibility of spreading the COVID virus.

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