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Thursday August 3rd, 2023 day edition

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The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District said in a statement that its diversity, equity and inclusion committee would be eliminated, as would any job duties connected to it.

Also axed were initiatives left over from when the district was controlled by Disney supporters, which awarded contracts based on goals of achieving racial or gender parity.

Glenton Gilzean, the district’s new administrator who is African American and a former head of the Central Florida Urban League, called such initiatives “illegal and simply un-American.”

“This is an issue of public importance,” said Foglesong, who wrote a definitive account of Disney World’s governance in his book, “Married to the Mouse: Walt Disney World and Orlando.”.

The DeSantis appointees took control of the renamed district earlier this year following a yearlong feud between the company and DeSantis.

Before the new board came in, Disney made agreements with previous oversight board members who were Disney supporters that stripped the new supervisors of their authority over design and development.

The DeSantis-appointed members of the governing district have sued Disney in state court in a second lawsuit stemming from the district’s takeover, seeking to invalidate those agreements. »

Amazon deforestation falls over 60% compared with last July, says Brazilian minister

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Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell by at least 60% in July compared to the same month last year, the environment minister, Marina Silva, has told the Guardian.

The Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and environment minister, Marina Silva, present a plan to prevent Amazon deforestation in June 2023.

In the first six months of the year, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon fell by 34%, compared to the same period last year, according to the Deter satellite alert system. »

Russian military recruitment offices hit with string of arsons – report

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Russian military recruitment offices hit with string of arsons – report 2 August, 10:20 PM On July 31, in St. Petersburg, a man tried to set fire to the door of a military enlistment office (Photo:Mash/Telegram).

Between July 29 and Aug. 2, citizens in Russia and occupied Crimea attempted to set fire to military recruitment offices and facilities associated with the Russian Defense Ministry at least 28 times, Russian independent media outlet Meduza reports.

On Aug. 2, Russian media reported that at least 20 military commissariats were the targets of arson attempts within a day. »

‘There was no promise not to enlarge NATO’ - Harvard Law School

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“I was in those meetings, and Gorbachev has [also] said there was no promise not to enlarge NATO,” Zoellick recalls.

“Gorbachev agreed again,” Zoellick recalls, to the principle that Germany could choose to enter NATO.

Putin does not see Ukraine as an independent and sovereign state … He believes that they are all Russians, living in a greater Russia. »

It’s midwinter, but it’s over 100 degrees in South America

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It’s the middle of winter in South America, but that hasn’t kept the heat away in Chile, Argentina and surrounding locations.

In some cases, the temperature crested above 100 degrees (38 Celsius) after leaping from morning lows in the 30s and 40s (single-digits Celsius).

Like many other portions of the globe, record heat has visited parts of South America repeatedly in recent weeks. »