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Saturday December 16th 2017

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Winners & Losers 6/11/15

Winners
Edna Williams
The Director of Children’s Behavioral Health Services at Lakeview Center is the new chair of the Juvenile Justice Circuit One Advisory Board. Williams has worked at Lakeview Center for 25 years. As advisory board chair, she will work with local partners to provide advice and direction to the Department of Juvenile Justice to help at-risk youth and families, as well as ensure public safety.

School Bus Drivers
The Transportation Department of the Escambia County School District has posted a new all-time low in school bus operator at-fault traffic accidents for the 2014-2015 school year. The bus drivers drove a total of five million miles and only had three minor traffic accidents.

Sacred Heart Hospital
For a second consecutive year, the American Heart Association recognized the Pensacola hospital as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite. The AHA program serves as a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by helping worksites make their employees’ health a priority.

Pensacola International Airport
The city of Pensacola reports that Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has affirmed the “BBB” rating of Pensacola International Airport’s revenue bonds and has revised its outlook on the bonds from negative to stable. The report highlighted the airport’s strengths as a “good origin-destination market” and “good base of demand,” pointing out it has had no fewer than about 701,000 enplanements per year dating back to 2005.

Losers
Newpoint Education Partners
The cheating scandal and allegations of mismanagement at its Pensacola charter schools delayed the education management company earning approval of two proposed schools in North Carolina, where the State Board of Education sent its applications back to the Charter School Advisory Board for further investigation.

Port of Pensacola
The much-heralded DeepFlex manufacturing plant announced a year ago might not be built any time soon, as the media has begun to raise questions about the future of the Houston-based underwater pipe company. With OPEC voting to not cut back production, oil prices aren’t expected to drop this summer. DeepFlex may not be able to recover financially. The $50-million project was to create 200 jobs by Sept. 30, 2015.

Dennis Hastert
The former House Speaker faces charges involving bank transfers and lying to the FBI. Hastert allegedly structured a series of bank withdrawals to avoid a $10,000 limit above which banks must report. The withdrawals were allegedly to pay off a male victim that Hastert had sexually abused when the former House Speaker was a high school teacher and wrestling coach.

FIFA
The U.S. Department of Justice last month issued indictments of nine high-ranking Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) officials and five corporate executives on charges including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in connection to how the organization awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.