By Guest Nicole
A Florida couple is recalling a distressing experience on a Carnival CruiseÂ after finding a hidden camera pointing at their bed.Â
In an interview set to air Monday, Chris and Dana White toldÂ Inside EditionÂ that they discovered aÂ recording deviceÂ hidden among TV wires in their stateroom last October on the Carnival Fantasy, aÂ three-day Caribbean cruiseÂ departing from Mobile, Alabama.Â
"I said, 'Is that what I think it is?' " Chris WhiteÂ said. "And she looked at it and she became concerned. And we were just really flabbergasted that there's a camera in the room and it's plugged up and it's working."
The couple called Carnival security and used their cellphone to film an employeeÂ who inspected and disassembled the device.Â "I was thinking, 'I can't believe this is actually happening to us,' " he said.
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By Queen Esther
MILLIONS OFÂ HUMANSÂ ONÂ THEÂ WAY,Â veryÂ afraidÂ bec. HurricaneÂ "IRMA"Â andÂ stillÂ 3Â otherÂ Hurricanes !
5 millionsÂ peopleÂ haveÂ justÂ NOÂ powerÂ andÂ theÂ mostÂ housesÂ areÂ brokenÂ onÂ theÂ westÂ sideÂ ofÂ Florida !Â AlsoÂ theÂ littleÂ townÂ "FortÂ Myers"Â whereÂ I'veÂ friends.Â TheyÂ hadÂ aÂ wonderfulÂ whiteÂ houseÂ withÂ 2Â pools,Â a veryÂ bigÂ americanÂ kitchen,Â manyÂ plants,Â doubleÂ garage,Â king-sizeÂ bed'sÂ etc.Â -Â Â NOÂ sign,Â ifÂ IÂ lostÂ myÂ oldÂ friendsÂ inÂ FortÂ Myers....
TheyÂ invitedÂ meÂ 1995,Â IÂ wasÂ flownÂ overÂ Atlanta...Â Â WOW,Â whatÂ aÂ veryÂ veryÂ bigÂ airport IÂ willÂ seeÂ allÂ tmwÂ inÂ TV....Â ManyÂ pensionersÂ onlyÂ hadÂ littleÂ housesÂ ofÂ woodÂ inÂ FortÂ Myers.Â SuchÂ ofÂ housesÂ mostlyÂ firstÂ broken.Â TRUMPÂ willÂ "soon"Â goÂ toÂ Florida,Â butÂ soonÂ allÂ moneyÂ isÂ consumedÂ forÂ soÂ manyÂ catastrophes !!Â Â AÂ SADÂ END-TIMEÂ ;-((
By Guest Nicole
Dolphin Mall is under lockdown because of reports of a shooting. Miami-Dade police said that, despite earlier reports, they could not confirm if shots were fired.
Several law enforcement sources say they found nothing at the scene — no one injured, no shooter or bullets.
Andrea Piccardo was watching the movie Atomic Blonde inside the mall’s movie theater when an emergency message came over the PA system.
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article168234017.html
Key West to settle religious discrimination suit by former bus driver
History of theFantasy Fest
By Jack Ryan
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Polk County mother is outraged after she claims a school bus driver used her son to spread hate. Natalie Encarnacion told News Channel 8 that the bus driver, now identified as Violeta Jacobo, told her seven-year-old son he would go to hell for supporting his mom’s same-sex relationship. One afternoon, in the beginning of February, her son had missed his bus from Alta Vista Elementary School, so a different bus driver took him home. “He mentioned [to the bus driver] he was hoping his two mom’s wouldn’t be upset that he was home so late,” Encarnacion said. “She said ‘whoa God doesn’t like that,’ then she went on and on telling him how he wouldn’t make it into heaven and there is a such thing as hell.” She claims the bus driver even sent him home with a Jehovah’s Witnesses card, and hate in his heart. “Later that night, he explained why we should not be together anymore,” Encarnacion said. “He is absolutely questioning this now, something we have so smoothly transitioned into and never had any issues with.” Encarnacion said she contacted the school board and never heard back. She also contacted DCF. She told News Channel 8 the agency looked into the incident, but closed the case when they did not find any neglect. According to Polk County School Board Spokesperson Jason Geary, they are still reviewing the matter. However, they have spoken to the bus driver and instructed her that she must follow the code of ethical conduct. According to Geary, Violeta Jacobo is an active bus driver, employed since August 31, 2012. There is no past disciplinary action in her personnel file. “It’s shocking and it’s infuriating to know that nobody is doing anything about it. Just the thought that she could do this to other kids.” Encarnacion said she hopes something is done so she can’t do this to another family. “I am extremely devastated. My home life and everything is being affected by this. My son is rebelling against our relationship and it’s just putting everything into question. It’s really upsetting and I hope nobody ever has to go through this,” she said. “This has put hate in his heart.”
By Guest Nicole
On the 53rd anniversary of the annual sea festival in Apalachicola, Florida, United States.
By Guest Nicole
En el aniversario número 53 del festival anual del mar en Apalachicola, la Florida, Estados Unidos.
Aquí nuestras hermanas están predicando.
By The Librarian
MLK crash kills five, including two Tampa children ages 9 and 10
By Tony Marrero, Sara DiNatale and Anastasia Dawson, Times Staff Writers
TAMPA — Marianela Murillo spent the last evening of her life in one of her favorite places.
The 39-year-old Colombian immigrant attended services Wednesday at the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall off E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The congregation prayed and read the Bible.
Afterward, Murillo piled into her Toyota Sienna minivan with her three children and a niece and headed for their apartment about a mile and a half away.
"I hugged and kissed them goodbye," said friend and fellow church member Marcia Santana.
Pablo Cortes III spent the last evening of his life in one of his favorite places, too.
The 22-year-old Brandon man attended a meet-up of fellow car enthusiasts at the Grand Prix go-kart track in Tampa, a friend said. Cortes showed off his metallic blue Volkswagen Golf with the custom rims and tricked-out suspension, then left with a friend in his passenger seat.
Soon after, the Volkswagen and Toyota collided on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard Jr. in one of the most horrific local crashes in recent memory.
Murillo and two of her children, Maria, 10, and John, 9, died at the scene. So did Cortes and his passenger, 19-year-old Jolie Bartolome of Lithia.
Cortes was exceeding the posted 50 mph speed limit, but investigators were still working to determine his actual speed, said a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, Sgt. Steve Gaskins.
Although early reports at the scene indicated the crash may have been caused by street racing, Gaskins said troopers don't have any evidence to support that. A preliminary report states Cortes was driving in a "careless or negligent manner."
UPDATE: SnapChat video appears to show driver going 115 mph on night of crash that killed 5
"There were no cars around him right where the crash occurred so racing was not a factor," Gaskins said. "But speed was."
Investigators say Cortes lost control near Coconut Palm Drive, just east of the Tampa Bypass Canal, and crossed the grassy median.
Murillo was heading east and was about to turn into her apartment complex when the Volkswagen collided nearly head-on with the Toyota.
The Volkswagen then rotated and hit a Toyota Scion. Its driver, Carla Marie Wyman, 54, of Seffner, suffered serious injuries. The force of the collision crumpled the Golf into a mass of metal that hardly resembled a car. The Sienna caught fire.
Murillo's 18-year-old daughter, Lina Bernal, and 15-year-old niece Luisa Louisa, who was visiting on vacation from Colombia, were taken to Tampa General Hospital with critical injuries.
Murillo's husband and the father of the children, John Bernal, was at the hospital but too distraught to talk, said Santana, the family friend.
Lina was in critical condition but able to ask what happened.
"They don't want to tell her yet," Santana said.
On Wednesday night, Murillo's sister, Paola Murillo, looked over at the crash scene with her brother-in-law, refusing to believe her family could be inside the scorched mini-van, according to a Facebook post she wrote in Spanish.
The nightmare of Wednesday night keeps playing back in her head, she wrote. She recalled her brother-in-law telling her, "that is the car of my wife and my kids."
"I answered no. It's a car that looks like it. It's not hers," Paola Murillo wrote. "Then why isn't she answering her phone . . . and why haven't they arrived home?
"Until the end, God knows I had all the hope."
Santana said the couple has lived in the United States for about 15 years and that Marianela became a citizen just a few months ago.
Her passion was her church and knocking on strangers' doors to tell them about God's promise to create a paradise on earth. She loved to cook and was known for her pupusa, a tortilla stuffed with beans, meat and cheese.
The kids were sweet, happy and loving, like their mother, Santana said.
Maria and John attended Mango Elementary, said Hillsborough School District spokeswoman Tanya Arja. Maria was in fifth grade, and John was in fourth, Arja said.
Grief counselors were at the school Thursday to help students and staff. The students expressed themselves in sympathy cards.
"I was crying," one classmate wrote. "They were to young to die."
Cortes was proud of his high-performance Volkswagen. The car dominated his social media accounts.
Brown-haired and bespectacled, Cortes drove the VW to area meet-ups where he shared his love for automobiles, said local car enthusiast Sean LeRoux.
LeRoux, 24 , of Clearwater said Cortes was known to be on the "aesthetics" side of the car community. His car wasn't meant to be a full-blown race car, but it was souped up and modified. LeRoux said Cortes wasn't known to race other drivers.
Meets-ups like the one he attended Wednesday were a time to show off modifications: custom rims, grills, suspensions.
"You hang out," said Dakota Hull, 21, of Valrico.
On Wednesday night, Hull stayed home sick while Cortes went to a routine meet-up with friends. It was the first time most of them had met Jolie Bartolome. She was a 2015 graduate of Gulf Breeze High School in the Panhandle and an avid dancer, according to a memorial page on Facebook.
When Hull got the call about the crash, he rushed to the scene. He saw Cortes' car from the roadside, barely recognizable.
Friends wrote on the group's Facebook page that Cortes would forever be missed. They also mourned Murillo and her children.
"Family members of Cortes and Bartolome could not be reached for comment.
Santana said her friend would forgive Cortes for whatever role his actions played in the crash. So will her friends and family.
"Their family is suffering the same way Marianela's family is suffering," Santana said. "And I hope they find peace."
Times staff writer Paul Guzzo and senior researcher John Martin contributed to this report.
By Guest Nicole
Solíamos tener pre-estudios antes del estudio de La Atalaya en el pasado hasta que se nos dijo que ya no se permitía.
Parece que algunos ahora están participando de nuevo en estos.
By Guest Nicole
We used to have pre studies before the actual watchtower study in the past until we were told that was no longer allowed.
It appears some are now re engaging in this process?
El poderoso huracán Matthew deja Cuba y se dirige a Bahamas y Florida tras su devastador paso por HaitíBy Guest Nicole
El huracán Matthew, el más poderoso del Atlántico en casi una década, dejó atrás la isla de Cuba y continúa curso rumbo a Bahamas y después a Florida, Estados Unidos.
Matthew, ahora de categoría 3, tocó tierra en el extremo este de Cuba a última hora de la tarde del martes después de haber golpeado fuertemente República Dominicana, donde dejó cuatro muertos, y Haití, donde el saldo provisional es de cinco muertos, 14.000 desplazados y severos daños materiales.
A territorio cubano, Matthew llegó como huracán de categoría 4. El ojo de la tormenta entró por Punta Caleta, en la provincia de Guantánamo, el martes a las 6 de la tarde y se mantuvo estacionario durante varias horas hasta que salió de la isla esta madrugada.
Al dejar Cuba, las ráfagas bajaron a 215 km/h, aunque seguía siendo considerado de categoría 4. Los vientos huracanados se extienden a lo largo de 75 km alrededor del ojo.
Se espera que Matthew siga en dirección norte durante las próximas horas y que el miércoles gire hacia el noroeste. Este jueves atravesará Bahamas y se espera que durante la noche pase "muy cerca" de la costa este de Florida.
El Centro Nacional de Huracanes de Estados Unidos amplió las zonas de la península de Florida que considera en peligro de sufrir vientos huracanados el jueves.
El paso por Haití y República Dominicana
Además de dejar cuatro muertos, el huracán Matthew provocó daños en al menos 200 viviendas en República Dominicana, dijeron funcionarios después de que la tormenta sacudiera la isla que el país comparte con Haití.
Las autoridades dominicanas se vieron obligados a evacuar a casi 800 personas. Las fuertes lluvias y los intensos vientos dejaron asiladas 31 localidades, informó el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia local.
En Haití, el huracán tocó tierra cerca de Les Anglais, en el extremo oriental del país, hacia las 7 de la mañana hora local (11 GMT).
Informes desde la costa sur indican que varias comunidades quedaron anegadas.
El alcalde de Les Cayes, Jean Gabriel Fortuné, le dijo a la BBC que casi todos los edificios de la ciudad habían perdido sus techos por los fuertes vientos y muchas de las casas más débiles habían sido destruidas.
Mientras que las calles estaban inundadas por la marejada.
El funcionario agregó que hubo numerosas muertes, aunque no precisó la cifra.
Según el periódico Diario Libre, de República Dominicana, el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia (COE) informó que cuatro personas habían muertoa causa de los deslizamientos de tierra producidos por las lluvias: dos niñas de ocho y diez años, un niño de cinco años, y un oficial retirado.
El presidente interino de Hatí, Jocelerme Privert, dijo más temprano que algunas personas que no habían respetado las alertas habían muerto, pero no dio más detalles.
Haití es uno de los países más pobres del mundo y muchos de sus 11 millones de habitantes viven en zonas propensas a las inundaciones y en viviendas endebles.
El país no se ha recuperado del devastador terremoto de 2010 ni de una extensa epidemia de cólera que trajeron soldados de Naciones Unidas.
Haití ha recibido un golpe brutal. Las condiciones aquí son atroces. Dar un paso fuera es igual a empaparse en cuestión de segundos.
Los más vulnerables fueron quienes viven en las chozas a lo largo de la costa occidental. Allí, las grandes marejadas son el principal peligro.
La gente aquí se enfrentan a inundaciones que amenazan sus vidas y la probabilidad de deslizamientos de tierra en un paisaje sin árboles.
Esta tormenta de categoría 4 llega a este empobrecido país que todavía trata de recuperarse del terremoto de 2010 que mató a más de 200.000 personas, y una epidemia de cólera que llegó después del sismo.
Muchos de ellos viven en los barrios marginales que ofrecen poca protección contra los fuertes vientos y lluvias. Y muchos se negaron a evacuar, por temor a que sus pocas pertenencias que les quedan fuesen robadas.
Las autoridades haitianas informaron que se han construido unos 1.300 refugios, suficientes para acomodar a 340.000 personas. Los dos aeropuertos del país están cerrados.
A pesar de que algunos haitianos han rehusado trasladarse a los refugios, un ciudadano de Puerto Príncipe aseguró que la comunidad se uniría para hacerle frente al peligro de la tormenta.
"Estamos en comunicación entre nosotros por nuestros propios medios. Le informaremos al pueblo cómo está la situación. Si las cosas se ponen mal, nos uniremos".
En Jamaica, el gobierno suspendió la alerta por huracán y la reemplazó por una advertencia de tormenta tropical luego de que el centro de Matthew cambiara su curso hacia Haití.
"Evitamos lo peor del impacto, pero no creemos que estemos fuera de riesgo todavía", dijo Evan Thompson, director del Servicio Meteorológico del país.
Tras golpear a Cuba, se espera que el huracán atraviese las Bahamas con una trayectoria noroccidental, pasando cerca de la costa este de Florida, en Estados Unidos.
En este estado y partes de Carolina del Norte se ha declarado el estado de emergencia.
"Impactos directos de huracán son posibles en Florida tarde esta semana", dice una advertencia del NOAA en su sito internet.
El huracán Matthew es el más poderoso de la región desde Félix, en 2007.
El Centro Nacional de Huracanes de EE.UU. también advirtió sobre la formación de una nueva tormenta tropical, Nicole, que se encuentra a 840 km al noroeste de San Juan Puerto Rico.
Cuenta con vientos máximos sostenidos de 85 km/h con ráfagas más fuertes.
By Guest Nicole
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By Jack Ryan
Biggs, George Calvin DOB: 11-26-1978
Biggs used to live in Jupiter/Juno Beach, FL. A poster on reddit confirms that Biggs was a Witness and an elder as of 2009. Another poster said Biggs wife's name is Autumn Kay.
Biggs has evidently been disfellowshipped from the Jehovah's Witnesses organization
His father's name is Calvin. Is it possible that he was the one who gave the talk at the convention?
By Guest Nicole
Bella de 8 años de edad tuvo su primera parte en la reunión y lo hizo muy bien. Desde West Palm Beach, Florida.
BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff
A former City of Key West Department of Transportation bus driver has filed a federal lawsuit against the city claiming his civil rights were violated due to his race and as a practicing Jehovah’s Witness.
Bobby Walker Jr. claims that he requested, via a letter dated Oct. 23, 2014 to the city manager’s office, that he not participate in the annual Fantasy Fest parade and that his “participation in the Fantasy Fest parade was contrary to his beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness,” the lawsuit states.
He further claims that the next day, during a meeting with superiors, that city management officials “openly mocked (Walker’s) religious beliefs and threatened to write up Walker for purportedly not giving enough time to change the schedule,” the lawsuit states.
According to the employee handbook, drivers are required to give at least two hours notice of any schedule change request. Walker claims that his two-day notice was more than ample.
“A manager treated Mr. Walker differently than persons who were not of Jehovah’s Witness faith by threatening to write Mr. Walker up for not giving him a 48-hour notice of his request for time off, although persons of other religions are only held to a two-hour minimum notice,” Walker’s attorney, Jay Paul Lechner of St. Petersburg, wrote to The Citizen seeking comment. “The same manager made comments to the effect ‘I’ve had enough of this religion stuff,’ and ‘You’re the only one’ causing problems due to religion. Managers also spread rumors to other employees about Mr. Walker, such as that Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘think they are better than others.’”
With respect to Walker’s race — he is black — Lechner wrote: “A mechanic manager angrily called Mr. Walker a ‘damn boy’ and purposely locked him out of the break room used by white employees. A manager made a comment to another manager to the effect of ‘get rid of that black son-of-a-(deleted),’ referring to Mr. Walker.”
Immediately after Walker’s meeting with superiors, his “hours were decreased and he was subjected to threats of losing his job, vindictive acts and derogatory comments about his race from other members of the management team,” according to the lawsuit.
Walker claims he complained to higher-ups, but no action was taken, according to the lawsuit.
On or about Dec. 31, 2014, Walker again requested a shift change so that he would not have to work the late shift on New Year’s Eve, based on his religious beliefs, the lawsuit states.
He was fired shortly thereafter, according to the lawsuit.
Walker is accusing the city of violating his civil rights under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as under the Florida Civil Rights Act.
Michael Burke, the attorney who regularly represents the City of Key West in such cases, did not return a message seeking comment on Friday.
Walker filed the lawsuit earlier this month before U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez seeking back pay and benefits as well as his attorney’s fees and punitive damages.
No tentative trial date has been set.
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