“My message from Florida is this: When Joe Biden violates the Constitution, when Joe Biden attacks the jobs of Floridians and Americans, when Joe Biden targets the livelihood of Florida families and American families, I am fighting back against him,” DeSantis said to cheers, criticizing the president’s executive order mandating mid-and large-employer Covid vaccines for workers.

DeSantis’s trip to Nebraska is part of his ongoing split-screen effort as he prepares for his reelection back home while laying the groundwork for a White House bid if former President Donald Trump sits out the 2024 contest. His emerging national presence has made him a top target for Democrats in 2022 as well as Biden — but so far he’s been basking in his moment.

His visit to the Midwest is one of at least a dozen out of state trips he’s taken since May. He has gone everywhere from Southern California to Kentucky to the outskirts of Milwaukee and to New Jersey. Since most are campaign visits, they are not included on his public schedule and the governor rarely informs the public of his out-of-state travel. He also visited the Texas-Mexico border in July with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, where they ripped President Joe Biden’s immigration policies.

DeSantis didn’t have the crowd on Sunday to himself, though, and was joined by two other possible 2024 presidential candidates: former Vice President Mike Pence and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Early Republican primary polling shows the three lead the potential field of candidates if Trump decides against a rematch run against Biden.

Another future presidential candidate may also have spoken Sunday: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, who hosted the event. His second and last term ends next year and Ricketts hasn’t ruled out a future bid for president.

Both Biden and DeSantis have attacked the other over managing Covid, to the delight of their respective political bases, and each has watched his job-approval ratings slide as coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths rose this summer due to the spread of the Delta variant.

Florida led the way. Its death rate from Covid since the pandemic began now ranks as the 12th-highest in the nation. It was 27th in the nation in February, before Delta variant spread and after prior doom-and-gloom predictions failed to materialize.

DeSantis’s forbidding of mask mandates statewide — along with his feuding with Biden and Democrats, and his constant criticism of national news media coverage of Florida — made him a GOP heartthrob nationwide and put him in the top tier of potential Republican White House hopefuls.

The most recent public poll, released by the Republican-leaning Echelon Insights last month, showed DeSantis marginally ahead of second-place Pence, by 25-23 percent, in a Trump-less presidential primary. That represents a 7-point loss for DeSantis in a month. Cruz was in third, with 9 percent of the hypothetical vote.

A more recent poll by Morning Consult Political Intelligence showed that DeSantis’ net approval rating in Florida had dropped 14 points between early July and late August. The

Himani Bhatt, of Mountain Ridge High School, 22800 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, has been selected as one of the 12 NAF Virtual interns this spring for the National Academy Foundation.

She was selected from more than 820 applicants across the nation and among 53 interviewed.

Himani will be working on creating a spotlight video tour of the Nationally Recognized Academy of Entrepreneurship at Mountain Ridge. The school has been recognized for excellence in assisting students in opening their own businesses while in high school. Her job description includes concept work, story boards, scripts, video shots and editing.

She will work with a professional in the production industry as she works on this internship.

The Academy of Entrepreneurship at Mountain Ridge offers students a look at careers in entrepreneurship, marketing, hospitality or business management. Students are encouraged to develop projects in areas of specialized interest — such as fashion merchandising, advertising, sports and entertainment marketing, travel and tourism, medical, engineering, innovative apps, or international business. Business plan competitions, internships, workshops, leadership opportunities, travel and scholarships are all part of the experience.

The schools offers curriculum using the National Academy Foundation and competitions with DECA within the marketing strand. Find out more by signing up for Marketing at Mountain Ridge or emailing [email protected]

Travel Training Foundation Course Trainer

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £22,454 per annum

Location: Essex

Closing Date: 10th May 2021

Travel throughout south Essex will be required including Chelmsford, Brentwood, Billericay, Basildon, Harlow.

Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.

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We are seeking to recruit a dynamic and energetic individual who will deliver Travel Training in classroom-based sessions in Special educational needs (SEN) Schools within South Essex. You will be leading the classroom-based sessions educating our students through a structured school based programme. This role would be ideal for someone with previous experience of working in an educational role at a SEN school or has experience in a motivational role with individuals with physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties.

The work will be varied focussing on developing and promoting our educational provision within schools as well as working 1-2-1 with students in various locations across Essex to train them on how to access public transport on designated routes such as their home to school journey.

The post holder will need to have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish rapport and trust with both the student/client and their parent/guardian.

The ideal candidate will be constantly developing and improving session plans, power point slides and assessment material with a view of tailoring the course we provide to varying levels of ability, whilst retaining course value to students. The post holder will need to undertake an element of administration, we would require the post holder to update daily training records, risk assessments and reports on multiple devices including smartphone, tablet and laptop computer.

This role will involve travel through Essex, so access to your own transport and the ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner, at various times of the day, is essential. In this role you would be expected to have some early starts/late finishes as well as working during school holidays.

This exciting role is for you if you are an individual who seeks an ever-evolving role, relishes a challenge and enjoys managing your own time.

Knowledge, skills and experience

* A good standard of general education (5 GCSE’s A-C including English and Maths or equivalent)

* Education & Training Level 3 or expectation to complete within 12 months of joining

* First Aid certificate

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The National Endowment for the Humanities Wednesday announced $24 million in grants for 225 humanities projects across the country, including $350,000 for Cal State Northridge to create a farmworker movement digital photo archive, multimedia website and on-demand exhibition.

The CSUN project involves the processing and partial digitization of 22,000 35mm negatives, slides, contact sheets and prints, along with 20 oral histories that document the farmworker movement in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art was awarded $400,000 to implement “Dining with the Sultan,” a traveling exhibition on the arts of Islamic courtly dining culture from the eighth through the 19th centuries, including a catalog and public programs.

The CSU Fullerton Auxiliary Services Corp. was awarded $349,894 to create a dataset from Bob Damron’s Address Books, a prominent travel directory used by LGBTQ Americans in the late 20th century.

The Academy Foundation in Beverly Hills will use its $100,000 grant to create an exhibition exploring the history of African-American representation in cinema between 1898 and 1971.

Heart of Los Angeles Youth Inc. won a $40,000 planning grant to design three temporary exhibitions with public programs examining the history of Lafayette Park in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation was awarded $75,000 for the development of a temporary and traveling exhibition on the history and culture of tribes of the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah.

Two Southland scholars, Emily Soule of Cal State Long Beach and Constance Chen of Loyola Marymount University, were both awarded $6,000 NEH Summer Stipends . Soul is writing a book on the Spanish Empire’s role in the Atlantic slave trade from 1402-1898, and Chen is writing a chapter for a book on the impact of transpacific travel on U.S.-Asian cultures and relationships between 1880-1940.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the NEH supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.

“NEH is proud to support these 225 new projects, which embody excellence, intellectual rigor and a dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, even as our nation and the humanities community continue to face the challenges of the pandemic,” said NEH Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson. “We look forward to the contributions these projects will make to our understanding of ourselves and our society through exemplary humanities research, publications, documentary films, exhibitions and undergraduate programs.”

CSUN, CSUF, LACMA and Academy Foundation Among SoCal Recipients of NEH Grants was last modified: April 14th, 2021 by Contributing Editor

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