Fresh Start gives students a new way to worship

first_imgFacebook ReddIt William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ Previous articleTCU senior plans student debt discussionNext articleBob Schieffer confirms the end of the Schieffer Symposium William Konig RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ Twitter TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years William Konig Review: predictions on who will win the Oscar vs. who should Linkedin Review: ‘Black Panther’ delivered even with high expectations Review: ‘Love, Simon’ is actually a cute romantic comedy William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ William Konighttps://www.tcu360.com/author/william-konig/ Facebook printAbout 35 students attended TCU Chi Alpha’s event “Fresh Start” event Jan. 26 night to worship Jesus through song and prayer.During the event, students were given ways that they can have a fresh start with Jesus and were welcomed to a new community of people to share it with.One of the campus ministers and leader of the event Alicia Youngblood said she thinks it’s hard for students to find their fit at TCU their first year and this is a way for them to discover or re-discover their faith.“We did this our first year in the same room, but we had way less students than we had this time,” Youngblood said.Senior nursing major Taylor Levine has been in Chi Alpha for three years. Levine said “Fresh Start” is a way for people to feel welcomed.“We want people to refocus on why we are here; to love Jesus,” Levine said.This was Chi Alpha’s third year hosting this event. Youngblood said each year has gained more attraction as more people learn out about it.Freshman fashion merchandising major Abby Plunk attended Fresh Start and said the idea of a new start during the new year is appealing.“It’s important to find people who share my faith,” Plunk said.During the event, Chi Alpha talked about getting involved in a life group.Life groups are a way for students to be a part of a community where they can share their faith in Jesus and build relationships with other people who share their belief.Life groups meet every week to read scripture and connect with other students.If you are interested in being a part of Chi Alpha and learning more about life groups, visit this website. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Twitter Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a ton of fun Linkedin + posts last_img read more

Watch: Unity Gospel Choir to launch CD in aid of Pieta…

first_imgTwitter Linkedin Facebook Green Ribbon Month aims to help end stigma and discrimination about mental health Limerick Post Show | Limerick Mental Health Mental Health Charity Let’s Get Talking open new outreach in Midwest WhatsApp Print Email Previous articleCouncil should hire urban designer for ‘betterment of the city’Next articleRecord Fair this Monday Meghan Brosnan center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Unity Gospel Choir is set to launch a CD in aid of Pieta House.The CD titled “Love Shine a Light” is dedicated to the memory of Brendan (Benny) McNamara and Yasmin Lee Williams who tragically lost their lives to suicide.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The CD includes a number of songs from Unity Gospel Choir as well as a song performed by 17-year-old Chloe O’Halloran.“We recorded ‘Love Shine a Light’, and we are giving all the proceeds to Pieta House,” said Gretta McCormack-O’Shea, founder of the Unity Gospel Choir.Gretta said the group felt it would be a good idea to help “keep the existing services going”. The Katrina and The Waves song was chosen as the group sing it every year at the ‘Darkness Into Light’ walk.Sponsors of the CD gathered at Maggi Choo’s for the press launch on Wednesday, October 23.Speaking at the launch, Councillor James Collins encouraged the people of Limerick to support a cause “so close to everybody’s heart.”The official launch of “Love Shine a Light” will take place Monday, November 11 in Maggi Choo’s, with all proceeds going to Pieta House.Pieta House – (061) 484444Samaritans – 116123 TAGSFundraiserLimerick City and CountyMental HealthNewsUnity Gospel Choirvideo Advertisement Text for mental health support NewsCommunityVideoWatch: Unity Gospel Choir to launch CD in aid of Pieta HouseBy Meghan Brosnan – October 24, 2019 304 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Karen seeks mental health support for cancer patients last_img read more

168th – 169th COVID-19 related deaths reported at MCH

first_imgLocal NewsGovernment Facebook TAGS  Twitter Pinterest 168th – 169th COVID-19 related deaths reported at MCH WhatsApp Medical Center Health System is reporting two more COVID related deaths. The first patient, an 85-year-old female, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 18. The second patient, a 58-year-old female, also died Friday afternoon, Dec. 18. The first patient was a resident of Ector County and was admitted to Medical Center Hospital on Dec. 17. The second patient was a resident of Odessa and was admitted on Nov. 24. Both patients had pre-existing conditions and both families have been notified.center_img Twitter WhatsApp Previous article5 reasons to hire a professional photographer for family portraitsNext articleDr Joshua Levinger RGB.jpg Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – December 19, 2020 last_img read more

Family issue statement marking 10 years since Denis Donaldson murder

first_img Previous articleGalway v Finn Harps fixed for Monday 19th AprilNext articleCondemnation after fire is started at Derry school admin Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By admin – April 5, 2016 Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Family issue statement marking 10 years since Denis Donaldson murder Google+ Twitter Facebook Twitter Google+ Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Denis DonaldsonThe family of double informer Denis Donaldson has issued a statement marking the 10th anniversary of his murder, requesting that private documents be made available to those investigating his murder.Donaldson, 56, was shot dead by gunmen in a rural cottage near Glenties on April 4, 2006.The Real IRA claimed it was responsible.No-one has yet been held to account for his murder.In a statement issued by their solicitor Ciaran Shiels of Madden and Finucane , the family say an inquest has still not even been held, yet it has been adjourned on 18 occasions by the Coroner upon the application of An Garda Siochana.For the final time, the Donaldson Family are calling upon An Garda Siochana to fully cooperate with the ongoing Police Ombudsman’s investigation of Mr.Donaldsons exposure in the North by giving the investigators access to his private journal which was being written by him at the time of his murder.The Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland is a fellow Law Enforcement Agency and is following a definite line of enquiry in relation to the Family’s complaint. Despite repeated requests, they have been refused access to this document.The Donaldson Family are appealing to all relevant State Agencies, North and South, to finally remove any further obstructions to the truth and sincerely acknowledge the terrible damage they caused, or continue to cause, to the family by their actions and omissions.They say the onus is with them to remedy these wrongs. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Pike County trio hunts, dispatches alligator

first_img Published 9:19 pm Monday, August 30, 2010 Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave 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 HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe 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. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author Zapata said he was using an eight-foot, deep-sea fishing rod with a 100-pound test line and a 12/0 hook.“What you do is throw the line over the gator and snatch the hook into it,” he said. “I got mine in and Tray threw his line, snatched and hooked. The gator put up a good fight and it took about 20 minutes or more for us to get it up to the boat where we could get a noose, a 1,000-pound steel cable, around its mouth. After that, I dispatched it.”The seven-foot, 150-pound gator was covered with mud and moss and, more than likely, its share of bacteria from the river water.“We took it to a car wash and brushed and cleaned it for the ride home,” Zapata said, with a smile. “We iced it down and took it to Eufaula to a man that processes gators. He’s had quite a few this year, one a 13-footer and another was 12 feet. So, it’s been a good gator season. I think that next year, more tags will be issued and the season extended because there are a lot of gators out there and they are a challenge to hunt.”Zapata said gator hunting is good on the backwaters and creeks of Alabama.“Down around the Yellow River, it’s slap full of gators,” he said.“Outside of man, gators don’t have any predators, expect when they’re young. Gators breed once year and will lay about 30 eggs. The mother gator will put the eggs in sand to keep them warm and cover them with sand and moss. The eggs will hatch by themselves. Fish, cranes and turtles will eat the gators when they are small but, when they get any size, nothing wants to have anything to do with them.”Zapata said once the season is extended and more tags are issued, he thinks interest in gator hunting will increase.“Alligator is good meat,” he said. “It tastes like chicken and you can fix it a lot of ways. You can substitute gator for any recipe that calls for chicken.Contrary to what some might think, Zapata said the tail is not the only gator meat.“Actually, you can eat the legs, ribs, neck and there’s good tenderloin down the back,” he said.“I’m going to fry mine. And, I’ll have the hide tanned for a wallet or purse. I’ll probably have the head mounted. That gator had a good set of teeth. Nothing goes to waste on a gator.” Pike County trio hunts, dispatches alligator Skip Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Zapata wasn’t lucky enough but his fiancée, Sandy Deal, was and that was all the luck he needed.“The person with the tag is required to be on the hunt,” Zapata said, laughing. “I got to go along on Sandy’s tag. I attended gator school with her.”A friend, Tray Dansby, hunts with Zapata and was along Friday night for the gator hunt on the Conecuh River.“We had been to Eufaula the weekend before and saw about 30 gators but didn’t get one,” Zapata said. “But Friday night, we saw a gator after only about five minutes in the water. It was under a tree and I shot it with my bow and arrow but its skin was so tough that the arrow didn’t penetrate. But that unnerved it and it struck out. We chased it for more than two hours before I got a line on it.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Katrina evacuees ‘started from scratch’ in Troy Five years ago, the warnings came of the impending hurricane called Katrina. During the 60 years they had lived in… read more When the Alabama Department of Game and Fish instituted “gator season” in 2008, Zapata was in the hunt for a gator tag but it wasn’t until this gator season that he had an opportunity to gator hunt.“The first year of gator season, the state issued 40 gator tags and the ‘season’ was only three days,” said Zapata of Brundidge. “Last year, 80 tags were issued and the season was extended to 10 days. This year, 120 tags were issued and the season ran from Aug. 13 to Aug. 29.“To be eligible for the ‘lottery’ you have to apply between the June and July dates and pay a six-dollar fee. Then they draw out the names and, if you are lucky enough, to have your name drawn, you still have to go to gator school and graduate to get the tag.” Crocodile Dundee’s got nothing on Alligator D.Z.With a little help from his fiancée and a friend, Danny Zapata “wrestled” a gator out of the waters of the Conecuh River and, after nearly three hours, dispatched it. The gator’s been processed and a gator party is in the works for Labor Day weekend.Zapata makes no bones about it, pulling a gator in the boat was about as exciting as anything he’s done on the water and Zapata is quite an experienced outdoorsman. He’s hung trophy fish, snagged snapping turtles, gigged frogs and even caught a “cat” that was so big it had a baby gator in its belly. But the one thing that he wanted to do was “catch a gator.”last_img read more

Johnson Center hosts paper cutting exhibit

first_imgLatest Stories In Chinese Astrology, each sign is represented by an animal and each corresponds to a lunar year. Each sign also has five elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. In certain years, particular elements are more prominent.In the year 2012, Water is very prominent so 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. The special combination of the sign and element only occurs once every 60 years.A popular legend association with the Chinese Astrology is that Buddha invited all the animals to visit him. As a way of saying thanks to those who came, he dedicated a year to each of the animals according to the order of their visits – the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.“That is just some of the interesting history and information that complements the Paper Cutting Exhibition,” Drinkard said. “The Johnson Center will celebrate China Week the last week March, with a reception from 3:30 until 5 p.m. on March 29. During that time, we will have a paper cutting demonstration by international students at Troy University.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author The Art of Chinese Paper Cutting exhibition is open at the Johnson Center for the Arts on East Walnut Street in Troy and will run through April 30.The exhibition is featured in the Jane Jernigan Brantley Gallery on the Center’s lower level. Skip By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Final: Unofficial primary election results 2012 Unofficial results from the 2012 Alabama Primary elections as posted at the Pike County Courthouse. *Provisional ballots have not been… read more The reception will be a community-wide event and everyone is invited, Drinkard said. Johnson Center hosts paper cutting exhibit Morgan Drinkard, Johnson Center interim director, said the Chinese Paper Cutting Exhibition is being held in conjunction with the opening of the Confucius Institute at Troy University.Since paper was invented in China, Chinese Paper Cutting or Jianzhi is the first type of paper cutting design. The oldest surviving paper cut is a symmetrical circle from the 6th century that was found in Xinjiang, China.The paper cuttings that are on exhibit at the Johnson Center are outstanding examples of that ancient art, Drinkard said. “The exhibit includes six paper cut dragons and paper cuttings of the 12 animals that represent the rotating 12-year cycle that is the basis of the Chinese Zodiac.” Print Article Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave 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 HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe 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. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Record flooding strikes Midwest as tropical storm could be forming in the Bahamas

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Nearly a foot of rain fell in parts of South Dakota, southwestern Minneapolis and northern Iowa in the last two days, producing record flash flooding on some of the rivers there. There were also two dozen damaging storm reports from Oklahoma to Wisconsin, including a tornado in Iowa Thursday. Severe storms also brought wind gusts up to 78 mph in parts of Oklahoma. On Friday, the severe storm threat moves further east into Michigan and Ohio, with damaging winds being the primary threat. Flash flooding and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.Tropical threat to Southeast U.S.On Friday morning, a tropical system could be developing into a depression or Tropical Storm Humberto in the Bahamas. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the devastated Bahamas, where heavy rain is already falling.A tropical storm watch has been issued for the east coast of Florida from just north of West Palm, north to Daytona Beach. The new path Friday morning shows the system developing into a tropical depression in the evening and possibly into Tropical Storm Humberto by early Saturday morning. Heavy rain and gusty winds are expected over the northwest Bahamas, which was devastated by Dorian two weeks ago.After that, the latest most reliable computer models show the system along the Florida coast, getting really close to Daytona Beach and the Cape Canaveral area by Sunday. The storm could stay off the Carolina coast into the middle of next week, and possibly strengthen into a strong tropical storm with winds near 65 mph. Heavy rain and gusty winds are the biggest threat for Florida and the Southeast U.S.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: China will suspend international flights over COVID cases

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, IVAN PEREIRA, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 73.2 million people and killed over 1.6 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:Dec 16, 9:31 amWHO warns of ‘high risk of further resurgence’ across Europe early next yearThe World Health Organization has warned that “there is a high risk of further resurgence” in COVID-19 infections across Europe at the start of the new year.“Despite some fragile progress, COVID-19 transmission across the European Region remains widespread and intense,” the WHO Regional Office for Europe said in a statement Wednesday. “There is a high risk of further resurgence in the first weeks and months of 2021, and we will need to work together if we are to succeed in preventing it.”The warning comes amid the festive season when families are anxious to gather together for the winter holidays.“Annually across Europe, we see a massive increase in gatherings that bring together people of all ages, including families, religious groups and friends,” the regional office said. “This brings a significant risk of increased COVID-19 transmission during the upcoming holiday season.”The regional office is urging everyone in Europe to “play our part to prevent yet another resurgence” by postponing or reducing the size of gatherings and holding them outside if possible, wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing and avoiding any transportation that might be crowded.The regions of the Americas and Europe continue to shoulder the burden of the coronavirus pandemic, accounting for 85% of new cases and 86% of new deaths globally, according to the WHO’s weekly epidemiological update published Tuesday.Dec 16, 7:55 amChina will ban inbound international flights if five or more people on board test positiveChina’s aviation authority announced Wednesday it will suspend inbound international flight routes if five or more passengers on board test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival.The airline will be banned from operating that flight route for up to two weeks if five or more passengers are found to be infected with the virus after landing in China. The suspension period extends to four weeks if 10 or more passengers test positive, according to a statement from China’s Civil Aviation Administration.Airlines will be allowed to resume one flight per week on that route once the suspension ends.The previous rule was a one-week ban if five or more passengers on an inbound international flight tested positive for COVID-19.The move comes one day after China’s Civil Aviation Administration issued one-week suspensions to inbound flights operated by Ethiopian Airlines, Russia’s Pegas Fly and Swiss International Air Lines after five or more passengers on each of those flights tested positive for COVID-19.The first known human cases of COVID-19 were identified in Wuhan, China, last December. The virus soon spread to every single continent around the world, except Antartica. Since the start of the pandemic, the Chinese mainland has reported more than 86,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including at least 4,634 deaths, according to the latest data from China’s National Health Commission.Dec 16, 6:32 amCOVID-19 vaccine to be authorized in Europe ‘within a week,’ EU chief saysA COVID-19 vaccine will be authorized in the European Union “within a week,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced Wednesday.“Finally, within a week, the first vaccine will be authorized so that vaccinations can start immediately, and more will follow in the new year,” von der Leyen said in an address to lawmakers at the European Parliament in Brussels. “In total, we have bought more than enough doses for everyone in Europe.”The EU’s 27 member states will all be able to launch mass immunization programs on “the same day” that the vaccine is approved, according to von der Leyen.“To get to the end of the pandemic, we will need up to 70% of the population vaccinated,” she said. “This is a huge task, a big task. So let’s start as soon as possible with the vaccination together, as 27, with a start at the same day.”The European Medicines Agency, the drug regulator for the European Union, announced Tuesday that a special meeting to discuss conditional authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech will be moved up to Dec. 21. The meeting was originally scheduled for Dec. 29. The move comes amid mounting pressure on the agency after the United States and the United Kingdom both granted emergency-use authorization of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and began immunization campaigns.Dec 16, 5:50 amUK vaccinates over 137,000 people against COVID-19 in seven daysThere were 137,897 people who were vaccinated against COVID-19 across the United Kingdom in the first seven days of the country’s mass immunization program, according to Nadhim Zahawi, the U.K. minister in charge of the vaccine rollout.Zahawi said 108,000 people were administered the vaccine in England, 7,897 in Wales, 4,000 in Northern Ireland and 18,000 in Scotland.“A really good start to the vaccination program,” Zahawi wrote on his official Twitter account Tuesday morning. “That number will increase as we have operationalised hundreds of PCN (primary care networks).”On Dec. 2, the United Kingdom became the first Western country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, granting emergency-use authorization to one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech. The U.K. government launched a mass immunization program just six days later, administering the shot to people over the age of 80 and front-line health workers.Dec 16, 4:18 amUS reports over 198,000 new casesThere were 198,357 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 43rd straight day that the U.S. has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Tuesday’s tally is down from the country’s all-time high of 231,775 new cases confirmed on Dec. 11, according to Johns Hopkins data.An additional 3,019 deaths from the disease were also registered nationwide on Tuesday, just under a peak of 3,300 fatalities on Dec. 11, according to Johns Hopkins data.A total of 16,724,772 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 303,849 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gaming Bill Will Allow Mobile Sports Betting, Private Casino Meetings With Governors

first_imgShare This Post FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Gaming Bill Will Allow Mobile Sports Betting, Private Casino Meetings With GovernorsApril 22, 2019  By Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS —Hoosiers may soon be able to place sports bets anywhere in the state, but they won’t know if casino bosses are meeting privately with public officials.Previously filed as Senate Bill 552, the gaming expansion legislation was moved to House Bill 1015. These changes had to be made because all revenue-generating bills have to come through the House. The gaming expansion is expected to bring around $75 million into the state.Although the language was moved to another bill, the concept is still the same. The legislation would allow two Gary casinos to merge and move inland and give Terre Haute a license to build a new casino––adding to Indiana’s 11 casinos and two racinos. The bill would also legalize sports betting, which passed through both chambers with little to no debate from lawmakers or the public.But changes were still made, including removing the provision to prevent casino owners from meeting in private with the governor. That language had been amended into the bill on the House floor by Rep. Pat Bauer, D-South Bend, in reaction to The Indianapolis Star story about Gov. Eric Holcomb taking a paid-for private plane ride last year with the owner of Spectacle Entertainment, the company operating the two Gary casinos.“Apparently they want to keep everything secret,” Bauer said. “It amazes me they’re going about recklessly on this thing.”A few other changes were made, including adding mobile sports betting on computers or phones back into the bill. The provision was in the Senate version but was removed by Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn, when the bill went to the House Public Policy Committee. Smaltz argued that allowing mobile sports betting could lead to every community having gambling. And he questioned how lawmakers could explain why people can bet digitally on sports, but not legally play other casino games like black-jack.Betting on e-sports or youth sports would be illegal, and all sports bets would still have a 9.5 percent tax levy as stated in the original language.This new version of the bill will likely be the final version, said Sen. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, who introduced the new language of the bill in conference committee.“I think we’re 99 percent there,” Messmer said.Other changes include allowing the two racinos, in Anderson and Shelbyville, to have live dealers in 2020, rather than 2021 as current law states, and reducing the fee to move the Gary casinos from $50 million to $20 million, paid over five years. Spectacle Entertainment would also be required to give up their second license if Terre Haute builds the casino. However, a change made to the bill would now give Spectacle a $40 million tax credit for forfeiting the second license, even if the company ends up buying the Terre Haute location.“That sacrifice of that license in Gary is regardless of who is operating the Terre Haute location,” Messmer said.Spectacle would have to give up the second license anyway if the two Gary casinos merge inland, even if Terre Haute decides not to build a casino.Additionally, the Vigo County board created to select the new owner of the Terre Haute casino was removed, and the Indiana Gaming Commission would be responsible for choosing the best candidate, with input from Vigo County. The competitive betting process to operate the new casino was also removed, and an interested operator would have to submit a proposal to the gaming commission with a $2 million fee for the license.To open the new casino, the county must pass a referendum in either this fall’s elections or the 2020 primary election to approve the building.The bill still needs to be approved by the House and Senate, likely by or before Wednesday.FOOTNOTE: Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & Emaillast_img read more

‘Sluts on the Boardwalk’ or Artists on the Rise?

first_imgOCNJ Daily ran a Wednesday story about nascent attempts by the city to potentially regulate or monitor performers on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Ariel Gottlieb, 16, of Silver Spring, MD performs on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ.The story featured a photograph of a young musician strumming a Vance Joy tune on an acoustic guitar, and it outlined the concerns of boardwalk merchants and police.See “Boardwalk Musicians Put Ocean City in a Jam.”While acoustic musicians hardly seem like a cause for concern, the video above may illustrate a bit of a slippery slope.The video shows an atonal version of a “song” with the only recognizable lyrics being “sluts on the boardwalk” … later electronically amplified and changed to “whores on the boardwalk.”The group reportedly yelled at and berated a boardwalk merchant who asked them to stop.The film is just one of the media submitted to OCNJ Daily as examples of the various issues Ocean City will have to consider as it tries to balance artistic taste and freedom of speech against public nuisance on a public right of way.Let us know what you think in the comments section below. (Remember to use your full name, if you comment.)last_img read more