4 Sep

MPC’S SENTANCE CALLS FOR RATE RISE

first_img MPC’S SENTANCE CALLS FOR RATE RISE Wednesday 24 November 2010 8:39 pm Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoHealthyGem”My 600-lb Life” Star Dropped 420 Pounds, See Her NowHealthyGemUndoWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamUndo Andrew Sentance, who sits on the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), has insisted that the UK can cope with a modest rise in interest rates. Speaking in Belfast yesterday he argued that deficit reductions will help a private sector-driven recovery. Earlier this month he again voted for a 0.25 per cent rise in rates. center_img whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

24 Aug

Colorado sports betting GGR rockets to record $17.4m in October

first_img Colorado sports betting GGR rockets to record $17.4m in October 1st December 2020 | By Robert Fletcher Regions: US Colorado AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Online wagering was responsible for $16.7m of gross gaming revenue during the month, compared to just $667,943 from retail operations in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Revenue has revealed that a record monthly handle of $210.7m (£157.3m/€176.0m) in October helped drive the state to a new gross gaming revenue high of $17.4m. In terms of handle, consumers spent a record $210.7m in October, up 1.3% from the previously monthly high of $207.7m that was set in September, while players won a total of $193.3m from wagers. Topics: Finance Sports betting Again, online betting was by far the primary source of income for operators, with net proceeds from the channel standing at $9.0m, representing 93.8% of total net proceeds. Retail proceeds for the month reached $667,994. Read the full story on iGB North America. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Gross gaming revenue in October amounted to $17.4m, up 314.2% from $4.2m in September and a new monthly record for the state. Finance Net sports betting proceeds – gross gaming revenue minus the 0.25% federal excise tax and sports wagering promotions such as free bets – also increased from a loss of $3.4m in September to $9.6m in October. Email Addresslast_img read more

19 Jun

5th Annual Orange County Economic Summit Highlights Growth

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! TAGSMayor Teresa JacobsOrange County Economic Summit Previous articleCookies and milk with a cop coming SaturdayNext articleCity Council votes to increase impact fees Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Welcomes Capacity Crowd at Orange County Convention Center Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs welcomed a capacity crowd of more than 600 citizens to the 2017 Economic Summit yesterday at the Orange County Convention Center.Now in its fifth year, the Economic Summit is hosted annually by Mayor Jacobs and provides a barometer on growing business sectors and regional economic successes. The highly anticipated annual local and state economic forecast, issued by nationally renowned economist Sean Snaith, Ph.D., director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Institute for Economic Competitiveness, is the central highlight of the event. Snaith said there is “much to smile about” regarding Orange County’s economy.“In Central Florida, there’s growth in all sectors. The pace of growth, compared to the statewide averages, is much stronger,” Snaith said during his presentation. “We’re growing faster than the state, than the national economy and not by a little bit, but by a great amount.”The region’s robust economy, remarkable connectivity, and transportation enhancements, in addition to the region’s diverse and talented workforce, continues to aid Orange County’s upward trajectory of economic growth and progress.“When you look at everything that’s happening in Central Florida, it’s clear that we are outpacing virtually every other region in the country. From job creation to infrastructure – including the fact that we’re about to double the size of our international airport, and we’ll still have room for growth – we are living in extraordinary times,” Mayor Jacobs said during the Summit. “We’re in the middle of a transformation on Interstate 4, as the historic I-4 Ultimate project continues to be very successfully managed by FDOT. And think about how quickly SunRail has become part of our lives. We’re not just adding infrastructure, we’re changing how we live, work and play today, as well as creating opportunities for how our children can live tomorrow.”Vernet Lasrado, Ph.D., assistant director for research at the University of Central Florida, provided insight and a presentation on the region’s extraordinary talent supply, which has attracted high-profile business expansions to Orange County this past year. Examples include VOXX International Corp., a leading manufacturer and distributor of automotive, consumer accessories and premium audio products, extended warranties provider SquareTrade, human resource and payroll software developer ADP and CVS Health’s Caremark — which will add thousands of jobs in Orange County over the next couple of years.The Summit also featured a Workforce Development panel discussion focused on continued job growth and economic successes in Central Florida for the upcoming year. The panel was moderated by Pam Nabors, president, and CEO of CareerSource Central Florida.Panelists included Barbara Jenkins, Ed.D., superintendent of Orange County Public Schools, Thad Seymour, Ph.D., vice provost for UCF Downtown, Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, Ph.D., president of Valencia College and Crystal Sircy, executive vice president of the Orlando Economic Development Commission.“Workforce, hands down, is the most important factor in economic development,” Sircy said. “CEOs repeatedly tell us that workforce development and the talent pool today, and in the future, is vital to their success.”Sircy added that businesses are attracted to a diverse workforce and a ready talent pipeline.“I’m especially intrigued to hear about the exploding need for certificate-level workers,” Mayor Jacobs said. “Thanks to changing technologies and emerging industries, we really need to create a pipeline of workers who are skilled in a wide variety of specialty and high-tech areas. From under-employed workers seeking new skills to high-school-aged and entry-level workers, we are committed to helping everyone gain access to job training, in order to develop a marketable workforce skill.”The Mayor’s annual Economic Summit was launched in 2013 following a series of nine economic and job summits designed to support the business community. Those meetings, held in 2011 and 2012, focused on key geographic regions and industries such as life sciences, clean technology, and international trade.Following the 2017 Economic Summit, Orange County hosted the second Florida TechMatch, an invitation-only event that gives local technology companies the chance to build relationships with national industry leaders.“Orange County is very proud of facilitating these strategic partnerships between our region’s large and small-to-medium businesses, in order to boost industry synergies and contribute to our continued economic success,” Mayor Jacobs said at Florida TechMatch.During Florida TechMatch, about 50 tech companies met with almost 20 enterprise companies and organizations like Universal Studios Resort, Orlando Science Center, Verizon, City of Orlando and CareerSource Central Florida. Gov. 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16 Jun

Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups That Can Solve Problems and Change the World

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  28 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups That Can Solve Problems and Change the World Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | Newslast_img read more

16 Jun

Resource Alliance to hold first virtual fundraising conference

first_img Howard Lake | 6 February 2009 | News The Resource Alliance, the capacity-building organisation that has run the International Fundraising Conference since 1980, will this year host IFC Online, “the world’s first virtual fundraising conference”.The virtual conference will take place from 12 to 14 May 2009, and the Resource Alliance expect over 1,000 fundraisers from around the world to take part.The plenary speakers will be Premal Shah, founder of the micro-finance website Kiva.org, Ramya Raghavan, manager of nonprofits and activism at YouTube, and Scott Goodstein, who ran the mobile and social networks element of the Obama presidential campaign.They will be joined by a range of renowned international experts who will present a series of webinars on digital and new media fundraising. These include Jason Potts (UK), Marcello Iniarra (Argentina), Nick Allen (USA), Mal Warwick (USA), and Mike Johnston (Canada).The IFC Online programme consists of 10 60-minute practical ‘workshops’ (including 30 minutes questions and answers) and three 45-minute plenaries (including a 15-minute question and answer session).Each workshop will be delivered twice over the three-day period from 12-14 May, 2009; plenaries will be delivered once only.“This is a natural development for us,” said Resource Alliance chief executive Simon Collings.“With fundraising moving into digital at an ever increasing rate, we need to deliver our highest quality training to fundraisers through the same medium they are using”.The Resource Alliance plans to run the event annually. This year’s conference will focus exclusively on new media fundraising “because we think that it will be digital fundraisers who will be the early adopters of this new education format”, said Collings.However, the organisation plans to expand the programme in future years to address the whole fundraising portfolio.The conference will be produced in partnership with US online training provider Forum for Fundraising, with Learning Times, an online community for American training professionals, hosting the conference website.As well as the educational sessions there will be an online community with member introduction areas, downloadable materials, and topic-based discussion areas.To attend delegates simply need an Internet connection with “a good connection speed” and access to a phone line. The registration fee for for IFC Online is US$275 (£190). Advertisement Tagged with: Digital International Fundraising Congress Resource Alliance Resource Alliance to hold first virtual fundraising conference AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  54 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  53 total views,  1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

15 Jun

Interview with a Chavista: Temir Porras

first_imgHands Off Venezuela PDX sponsored an Oct. 9 Skype event with Temir Porras, a revolutionary Chavista who served as a former chief of staff to both President Hugo Chávez and President Nicolás Maduro. He is a knowledgeable economist, who also served as Venezuelan deputy minister for higher education and in the foreign ministry. Temir Porras speaking as a Chavista to Portland activists, Oct. 9. (Photo: Candy Luisa Herrera)Porras pointed out that the desire for independence and national sovereignty runs deep among the Venezuelan people. The Americas were the first place in the Global South to achieve independence from colonialism. Simón Bolívar, the inspiration for the current Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela, began a continent-wide movement for independence from the Spanish empire in 1808.Porras outlined the history of U.S. aggression toward Venezuela, including the U.S. idea of manifest destiny, the aggressive Monroe Doctrine, and the U.S. chauvinist aim to “civilize” the Western Hemisphere. He pointed out the onslaught of U.S. repression against any country where popular forces demonstrate against imperialist penetration, and the U.S. portrayal of popular leaders, like Chávez, Maduro and President Evo Morales of Bolivia, as enemies of so-called liberal democracy. In 1999, when Chávez was elected president, Porras began working with the Venezuelan government. He said that when Chávez called for a National Constituent Assembly, he was supported by 75 percent of the country. Porras called this Chávez’s democratic period which vindicated workers and poor people in Venezuela.Porras said Chávez understood the importance of building a broad base of support. He made an effort to reach out to the most conservative factions to bring them into the conversations and to help them embrace the Constituent Assembly. Chávez also reached out to members of the upper classes who had much needed skills and expertise.Porras recounted the history of the illegal U.S sanctions imposed on Venezuela beginning in 2006. In January 2019, Trump increased the sanctions formerly imposed by both the Bush and Obama administrations. Porras explained that any sanctions are illegal — that they are not authorized by the international community through the U.N.In August the U.S. voted to impose secondary illegal sanctions which prevent other countries and businesses outside the U.S. from trading with the Venezuelan government. At the end of his talk, Porras emphasized that U.S. sanctions have hurt the Venezuelan people on many levels and that the role of the U.S. left is to oppose any attempts to undermine Venezuelan democracy and to fight for Venezuela’s right to self-determination.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

12 Jun

Rep. Chu, Democratic Leadership Announce Discharge Petition for Immigration Reform

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Business News Community News Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Government Rep. Chu, Democratic Leadership Announce Discharge Petition for Immigration Reform Published on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 10:46 am Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA) joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and fellow Democrats to announce a discharge petition for H.R. 15, comprehensive immigration reform legislation that was introduced in October. Rep. Chu, who is one of four original co-sponsors of H.R. 15, delivered the following remarks at a press conference in front of the Capitol building:“We’re here this morning for Fely, a mother who left her kids behind in the Philippines to find work here and has been waiting 17 years for her kids to be allowed over. We’re here for Maria, an American citizen whose husband, if deported back to Mexico, would devastate them and their 3 kids, emotionally and financially. We’re here for William, whose mother in Ireland passed away, but could only send a cell phone video of his message to the funeral, because he has no path to citizenship.“Those who are affected by our broken immigration system look like America. And the ideals that built America are the principles that are in immigration reform. We want the best and the brightest to contribute to our society, and helping DREAMers stay in the only country they’ve called home will do that. We value the role that family plays in our lives, which is why this bill helps keep them together.“We’re done waiting. Now, with this petition, we are saying: put a bill on the floor for the vote.“This is a Hispanic and an Asian issue. It is a black and a white issue. Most importantly, it’s an American issue. It’s time to pass immigration reform!” Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

24 May

‘A GOOD YEAR’: Cultural arts efforts enjoy banner year in Pike County during 2016

first_img Published 3:00 am Wednesday, December 28, 2016 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration ‘A GOOD YEAR’: Cultural arts efforts enjoy banner year in Pike County during 2016 By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder The 200 replica terracotta warriors’ exhibit is the largest such exhibit in the country and is expected to bring large numbers of visitors to the campus.The Warriors Unearthed exhibit by artist Frank Marquette interprets the history behind the famous terracotta warriors.The International Arts Center houses a permanent gallery featuring the works of Nall and the Huo Bao Zhu Gallery, which will house a revolving gallery of art and host exhibits. The arts center also has a student educational space. Pam Allen, chair of the university’s art department, said when she first walked into the International Arts Center, it was like walking into the world of Thomas Kinkade, the “Painter of Light. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitscenter_img Latest Stories “Everything was filled with light. It was pulsating,” Allen said. “This is a wonderful place to create and to exhibit.”The park is poised to become one of the region’s most important centers for the study and appreciation of global art. “The Cultural Arts Park and International Arts Center are where ‘East meets West at Troy University,’” said First Lady of Troy University Janice Hawkins. “Students and guests will find an exceptional collection of international art that mirrors the global vision of Troy University.” Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. said the park and the arts center will transform the lives of students and visitors for years to come.“As Alabama’s International University, it is only appropriate that students and visitors can come here to dance, to sing, to learn, to find inspiration and to experience the world,” Hawkins said. The Johnson Center for the Arts had an exceptional year that featured the artwork of local and national artists as well as that of students from the local schools.“We were excited to bring such an outstanding and varied lineup of artists to the Johnson Center,” said Vicki Pritchett, JCA executive director. “It was a fun year and every exhibit was well received.”Pritchett said the year got off to a fast start with Birmingham artist Darius Hill’s massive installations.“For his exhibit, Darius looked back at his childhood and how his art was affected by the Civil Rights movement,” Pritchett said. “We also were honored to have New York artist Mike Howard exhibit at the Johnson Center. His huge canvases that depicted rural scenes were extremely popular. We were also honored to have us wife, Mary, who designs sets for world renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz and others share her experiences at ArtTalk.”The exhibit by Lindy Bruggink, an award-wining portrait artist from Ozark, featured portraits of notable judges and was extremely popular as was Scott Myer’s “The Alchemy and Crucible,” which had a religious theme, along with Bruce Phillips, whose work is influenced by his interest in architecture, Pritchett said. “We were thrilled to bring local artists, Chris Beck, Nancy Murphree Davis and Mary Ann Casey to the Johnson Center,” Pritchett said. “All of those exhibits were extremely popular and the community really turned out in support of the artists and in appreciation for their incredible talents. We also exhibited the folk art of the late Dr. Doug Hawkins as well as works from his art collection.”The exhibit of artwork on loan from the Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, Georgia brought many new visitors to the JCA as did the “Wild West” student art show.In closing out the year 2016, the JCA featured the ever popular Christmas Tree Extravaganza. Eleven trees, including one that measures 20 feet, were decorated with ornaments made by students in the city and county school systems.The Troy Arts Council, which was founded in 1972, was once again successful in its mission to enrich the lives of people in Troy and Pike County by facilitating events of the visual arts, theater and music.“This year, 2016, was one of the best years ever,” said Joel Williams, council president. “Community support was broadened. We enlisted corporate sponsors. Attendance improved and we had a full working board of directors and that’s a big deal with you get down to business.”The business of the board includes scheduling the council’s entertainment calendar for the year.“We have two anchor events, Shelia Jackson’s Christmas concert and the Southeast Alabama Community Band concert in the spring,” Williams said. “We plan around those two events.”The TAC’s membership kick-off drive was held on the square in downtown Troy and featured a free concert by the Hot Club of Auburn and was highly successful.The TAC opened its 2016 calendar season with the Annie Moses Band is a nationally known band with a huge following.“We had good local response and people come from all across the area for that event. It was big. The band was outstanding and everyone was well entertained.” Ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger’s performance was tailored for family audiences and she delighted the audience with her zany characters and audience interplay.“The Malpass Brother, a bluegrass group with incredible musicians was popular with our audience as were the Broadway Boys, who brought a different kind of performance to the stage,” Williams said.  In February, the TAC presented the Pike County Men’s Chorus in concert at First United Methodist Church of Troy.“The TAC is active in the community,” Williams said. “We provide grant awards to art and music teachers in the city and county schools. The funds are used to purchase supplies for their programs. We also award the annual Jean Lake Scholarship each year to a graduating senior who plans to continue his or her interest in the arts.”The Brundidge Historical Society hosts several folk life events each year including Alabama’s Original Folklife Play, “Come Home, It’s Suppertime which is held in April and November.“This year was our 15th year of ‘Come Home,’” said Lawrence Bowden, BHS president. “We welcome new members to our cast of veterans. This year, we had the largest number of new members we’ve ever had. Everyone did a great job and we had a successful season.“At the We Piddle Around Theater, we’re family and the atmosphere of the play is like being home at suppertime. And, there’s no better place to be.”The BHS also sponsors the annual Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge and the Trojan Center Theater in Troy.“Every year, we just don’t think we can have a better storytelling festival than the last year,” Bowden said. “And, every year, the storytellers prove us wrong. This year, Donald Davis, the Dean of Storytelling, was back for the 10th year. He was joined by nationally acclaimed storytellers Kevin Kling, Josh Goforth and Kim Weitkamp. Charlie Lucas, a friend of the late Kathryn Tucker Windham, Alabama’s legendary storyteller, was a guest teller.”Bowden said the storytelling festival attracted people from eight states.“We have two other annual storytelling events, June Buggin’ and the Chili Country Christmas,” Bowden said. “Dolores Hydock was featured at June Buggin’ and told stories about her friendship with ‘Miss Kathryn,’ Dr. Ruth and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.’”Bowden said the BHS varied somewhat from its usual Chili Country Christmas event with Birmingham’s Three on a String, which is a comedy/musical trio,” he said. “It was a variety type show and everyone left having been well entertained.”Bowden said the BHS also offered a theater workshop for young people that was very successful and is planned again for next year.“Our 25th Peanut Butter Festival, harvest and heritage continues to promote our heritage as a farming community,” he said. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Next UpEach contributes to the arts throughout the year with unique programming including the visual arts, music, dance and theater. The year 2016 was a banner year for Troy University with the opening of the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park on November 4 that featured the dedication and concert inside the park amphitheater.The park includes several prominent art installations. “Violata Pax Dove” by internationally acclaimed artist and Troy native Nall Hollis is located in the Daniel Foundation of Alabama Plaza and is a symbol of both beauty and sorrow. Throughout the park, 200 replica terracotta warriors, by internationally acclaimed artist Huo Bao Zhu, are displayed in exhibits that represent the famous excavations in China. You Might Like HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Williams family finds home, deeper faith thanks to Habitat for Humanity’s program Like many front porches in Troy in December, there are holiday lights brightening the season at the Williams home. But… read more The opening of the new Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park on November 4 was the highlight of the year in PIke County (at top). Internationally acclaimed artist Nall Hollis provided a pernament exhibit at the gallery at the International Arts Center (bottom right). Throughout the year, the Troy Arts Council and the Johnson Center brought performing arts and visual arts, like Chris Beck (bottom left) to PIke County.If grades were given for the cultural arts, Pike County would receive an A+ on its 2016 report card.The arts have been front and center in the county from January through December. Each month featured arts opportunities that would be expected only in the country’s most cultured cities.Leading the way are Troy University, the Troy Arts Council, the Johnson Center for the Arts and the Brundidge Historical Society. Print Article Sponsored Content Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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18 May

It’s now legal to carry brass knuckles in Texas for ‘self-defense’

first_imgiStock/Moussa81(DALLAS) —  Beginning on Sept. 1, people in Texas won’t be criminally charged for possessing brass knuckles.Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott signed the bill, HB446, into law on May 25.The bill, HB 446, signed by Governor Abbott, will remove knuckles from the Penal Code’s definition of prohibited weapons. Right now, “it is an offense to intentionally or knowingly possess, manufacture, transport, repair or sell certain items, including knuckles. Illegally possessing knuckles is a class A misdemeanor” of up to one year in jail or a maximum fine of $4,000, according to a bill analysis by the House Research Organization.The bill, sponsored by Democratic State Rep. Joe Moody, was approved unanimously through votes in both the state’s House and Senate.The Texas Penal code defines knuckles as “any instrument that consists of finger rings or guards made of a hard substance and that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with a fist enclosed in the knuckles.”Up until Sept. 1, knuckles will sit alongside other banned items, such as “explosive weapons” and “machine guns.”Supporters of the bill argued that “law-abiding Texans who carry knuckles, perhaps as part of a novelty key chain, should not be vulnerable to jail time for possessing a legitimate self-defense tool.”The bill follows another one signed in June 2013 that removed switchblades from the banned weapons list. HB 446 will apply to offenses committed on or after Sept. 1.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

18 May

Teen questioned in college student murder case released

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — College student stabbed, killed near elite campusNew York City police arrest juvenile suspect in connection with the murder of Barnard College freshman Tessa Majors.Conrad MacKethanPolice have released a teenager being questioned in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Barnard College student Tessa Majors.The 14-year-old was with his lawyer during questioning and made no statements, a police source told ABC News. Law enforcement officials declined to charge him at this time, so he was released. This teen is not believed to be the person who stabbed Majors.Majors, a freshman at the private women’s liberal arts college in Upper Manhattan, was attacked by an unknown number of people on Wednesday night when she was walking through Morningside Park near campus, police said. She managed to get herself out of the park and onto a nearby street where a school public safety officer spotted her and called 911, police said. She died soon after at a local hospital, according to the New York City Police Department.A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday and charged with murder, robbery and weapons possession, law enforcement sources told ABC News. He made statements incriminating himself and implicating two other individuals, according to the sources.He is not believed to be the killer of Majors, according to testimony from the arresting officer, but he did allegedly pick up the knife and give it to another teenager.“The close-knit community at Barnard College is in shock right now. We’ve lost a young woman full of potential in a senseless act of violence. I want every student and every member of faculty to know your city will be with you in the days ahead,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement shortly after the attack. “We will find the perpetrators of this crime and bring them to justice.”Majors was finishing up her first year at Barnard when the attack occurred.“These past two days have been a time of deep sorrow as we mourn the loss of one of Barnard’s community members, who had only just started the journey here,” Sian Leah Beilock, President of Barnard College, said in a statement Friday. “In the months ahead, we will formally honor Tess and celebrate Tess’ life. For now, I urge you to hold Tess and the family in your thoughts and in your hearts. Support each other, lean on each other, and take care of yourselves.”A candlelight vigil in memory of Majors will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Morningside Park in Manhattan.If you have any information about the murder of Tessa Majors, you can call the NYPD at 800-577-TIPS. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more