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Intralot lining up deals in mature markets

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Finance Lottery Sports betting Email Address Intralot is set to announce a series of tender wins in mature markets as it continues to shift its focus towards low-risk regions and sports betting opportunities in the US, according to group CEO Antonios Kerastaris.Intralot posted a 2.4% fall in earnings before interest and deductions to €80.1m (£71.8m/$93.4m) for the first six months of 2018 due to “foreign exchange turmoil in key markets”. On a constant currency basis, revenue and EBITDA increased by 11.4% and 12.1% year-on-year.Kerastaris, who reflected upon the Athens-based company’s 2017 results earlier this year by reiterating the “geographical redefinition of the gravity of our interest by… focusing on developed markets”, said today that Intralot had “made great progress towards its strategic goals” this year.He highlighted “the ongoing geographic refocus and the shift of the revenue/EBITDA mix towards low-risk markets, evidenced by a stream of renewals and new clients in the US”.He also cited the deployment of solutions that will “start paying off our significant investment in new products for digital transformation, reversing the significant cash impact of these key investments towards generating long term value”.The figures illustrate the scale of Intralot’s investments in future ventures.Net debt increased by €61.8m in the first six months of the year to €572.5m, with investments in software (€5.7m), the company’s US business (€15.9m) and the inventory build-up for new projects (€12.8m) accounting for a sizeable chunk of the total.In terms of sales, sports betting accounted for 58.3% of the company’s turnover, followed by lottery games on 29.6%.Kerastaris (pictured) added that a “significant focus is now placed on the tremendous opportunities that open up in the nascent US sports betting market after the federal ban repeal in May and a line-up of tender awards that will be announced soon in mature markets”.Last month, Intralot sealed a five-year extension to its gaming systems contract with the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. Finance Regions: Europe Southern Europe Greececenter_img 30th August 2018 | By contenteditor Intralot lining up deals in mature markets Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter FX ‘turmoil’ hits first-half earnings as operator switches focus to low-risk marketslast_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

Pennsylvania sports betting revenue soars in January

first_img Pennsylvania sports betting revenue soars in January 19th February 2020 | By contenteditor The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has reported a 16.9% year-on-year rise in gambling revenue for January, aided by growing contributions from igaming and sports betting.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Pennsylvania Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Poker Slots DFS Horse racing The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) has reported a 16.9% year-on-year rise in gambling revenue for January, aided by growing contributions from igaming and sports betting. Total revenue across all regulated verticals, comprising land-based table games and slots, online casino, sports betting, fantasy sports and video gaming terminals, rose to $302.8m. This came predominantly from the state’s land-based market, with slots accounting for $190.3m of the total, up 5.8%, and table games $72.6m, down 2.5%.Sports betting, in a month in which the National Football League playoffs took place, saw total handle rise 1.7% month-over-month to $348.4m. This was largely wagered online, which accounted for $308.6m of total handle, a 3.8% advance on December 2019. Land-based stakes, meanwhile, fell 11.8% to $39.8m.January’s sports betting revenue, after promotional credits, amounted to $22.8m, double December’s $11.4m take.Valley Forge Casino, which has partnered Flutter Entertainment’s FanDuel, is now firmly established as the leading operator in the vertical. While the venue’s January handle of $156.1m was down marginally month-on-month, revenue jumped 96.7% to $8.1m.Read the full story on iGB North America. Email Address Casino & games Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Fantasy Sports Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino Slot Machineslast_img read more


August 24, 2021 0

Here’s how I’d invest £20k in shares in an ISA to achieve financial freedom

first_img Enter Your Email Address Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 2nd December, 2020 Here’s how I’d invest £20k in shares in an ISA to achieve financial freedom A plan to invest £20k in shares in an ISA today could produce surprisingly high returns in the long run. After all, many FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares trade at cheap prices that could rise significantly over the coming years.Furthermore, the long-term growth potential of the world economy seems to be high. It has a solid track record of delivering impressive recoveries after its declines.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As such, an ISA portfolio that includes a diverse range of UK shares could provide financial freedom in the long run.Aiming to invest £20k in shares in an ISA at cheap pricesDespite the recent stock market rally, it’s still possible to invest £20k in shares that trade at cheap prices. The UK’s economic outlook continues to be relatively challenging on a short-term outlook. For example, Brexit could cause uncertainty in the near term that leads investor sentiment to weaken.Meanwhile, coronavirus is likely to remain a part of our lives for some time. This may impact on consumer confidence and demand for a wide range of goods and services.These risks mean many sectors remain unpopular among investors. Companies within them trade at significant discounts to their intrinsic values, in many cases. Investors may be factoring in weak operating conditions over the long run that ultimately don’t materialise, as an economic slowdown is likely to give way to growth.A solid track record of stock market recoveriesA plan to invest £20k in shares at low prices has been successful in the past. Previous bear markets such as the 1987 crash and the global financial crisis caused even greater falls in the FTSE 100 than has been the case so far in 2020. Yet, the stock market recovered to post gains that allowed cheap stocks to deliver impressive returns.Certainly, on both of those occasions there were false starts, ongoing uncertainties and periods where companies really struggled to post profit growth. However, ISA investors who purchased a diverse range of cheap stocks are likely to have benefitted the most from a stock market rally. After all, cheap assets start from a lower base than expensive ones. They can deliver the greatest capital appreciation as investor sentiment improves.Achieving financial freedom from buying shares in an ISAAchieving financial freedom from a strategy to invest £20k in shares through an ISA today could be a realistic goal. For example, assuming the same return as the FTSE 100’s past performance of 8% per annum would turn a £20k investment into almost £300k over a 35-year timeframe. From this, a £12k (4%) passive income could realistically be drawn to supplement the State Pension in retirement.Of course, not all investors will have 35 years to grow their investment. However, buying cheap shares and holding them for the long run could produce higher returns than the stock market. This may lead to a larger portfolio value, as well as greater financial freedom. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more


July 5, 2021 0

The Rugby Week in Review: May 9-15

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS You wouldn’t be wrong in having to look twice at the teams playing in the premiership final at the end of the month, just like last year Leicester tigers and Saracens will meet at Twickenham to decide who will be the premiership winners…However on the way Tigers wonder kid Manu Tuilagi couldn’t quite keep his hands to himself and could be cited for a punch thrown at Chris Ashton during the premiership semi-final against SaintsAndy Powell is no longer homeless, well club-less. He shall be heading north and joining Sale Sharks… Who got into the Spring fever and had a massive player clear-out with 21 players leaving …Thoughts from all around the rugby world go to former World Cup winning Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen after he was recently diagnosed with a degenerative neural muscle illness, similar to that off Motor Neurone Disease (MND)Staying south of the border with some shocking Super XV news, the Cheetahs beat the Crusaders 33-20 You can watch the highlights here… WATFORD, ENGLAND – MAY 15: former Saracens dviser Brendan Venter embraces Saracens Captain, Steve Borthwick after the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Saracens and Gloucester at Vicarge Road on May 15, 2011 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images) Week in Review: May 2 – 8 Catch up in the Rugby week that was: May 9-15..Saints boys – Jim Mallinder winning director of rugby and Tom Wood picking up player of the seasonThe end of season is nigh, only meaning one thing… Awards galore …Magners League Award winners 2010/11PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE SEASON – Ruan Pienaar (Ulster)COACH OF THE SEASON – Tony McGahan (Munster)YOUNG PLAYER OF THE SEASON – Toby Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons)CHAIRMAN’S AWARD – Alan Quinlan (Munster)TRY OF THE SEASON – Ashley Beck (Ospreys)GILBERT GOLDEN BOOT – Ronan O’Gara (Munster)SPECSAVERS FAIRPLAY AWARD – LeinsterAviva Premiership Award winners 2010/2011:Brendan Ventor and Steve Borthwick reminisce about times gone by…Player of the Season: Tom Wood (Northampton)The Land Rover discovery of the season: Manu Tuilagi (Leicester)QBE Director of Rugby of the season: Jim Mallinder (Northampton)The MBNA Try of the Season: Schalk Brits (Saracens)Guinness Top try of the season: Alesana Tuilagi (Leicester)The list of 2011 RPA award nominees are…Sam Warburton to captain Wales side to take on Barbarians on 4th Junelast_img read more


June 23, 2021 0

Anglican Communion-Al Azhar Al Sherif Interfaith Dialogue

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Anglican Communion-Al Azhar Al Sherif Interfaith Dialogue Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ecumenical & Interreligious Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Posted Dec 10, 2012 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL [Anglican Communion News Service] The following is the communiqué from the recent meeting of the Anglican Communion-Al Azhar Al Sherif Interfaith Dialogue.The dialogue committee composed of a delegation from the Anglican Communion and from Al Azhar Al Sherif held its 10th Annual meeting in Cairo on 20 November 2012 corresponding to 6 Moharram 1434. This meeting was held under the auspices of  the agreement signed between the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar on 30 January 2002 at Lambeth Palace, London, UK. These annual meetings aimed to promote co-operation and understanding between Christianity and Islam.The delegation from Al Azhar Al Sherif was comprised of:Dr. Hamdy Zagzouk, Chairman of the Beit el AilaProfessor Dr Mahmoud Azab, Advisor for the Grand Imam for Interfaith DialogueProfessor Dr Mohammed Shama, Professor of Islamic Sciences in German at Al Azhar UniversityDr Bakr Zaki, Head of the Faculty of Islam at Al Azhar UniversitySheikh Dr Mohammed Gammeah, Media Representative of Al AzharThe Anglican delegation was comprised of:The Most Revd Dr Mouneer Hanna Anis, Archbishop of Jerusalem and the Middle East and Bishop of Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa. The Most Revd Datuk Bolly Lapok, Archbishop of South East AsiaDr. Yvonne Haddad, Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown UniversityThe Revd Dr Toby Howarth, Assistant to the Archbishop of Canterbury for Interfaith DialoguesThe Revd Rana Khan, Assistant to the Archbishop of Canterbury for Interfaith DialoguesMs Sue Parks, Anglican Communion Office, NIFCON (staff)His Eminence Dr Ahmed el Tayyib, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, welcomed the dialogue committee. It was noted that this was the first meeting of the dialogue committee since the January 2011 Revolution in Egypt. It was also noted that the dialogue in London in 2011 had been curtailed due to the political situation in Egypt which had required the Grand Imam to be present in Egypt.In his opening remarks The Grand Imam quoted the teaching of the Holy Qu’ran which requires all peoples to work together to understand and appreciate difference, whether of language, creed or race,  and to work together for the cause of justice, peace and the well-being of all on earth.The two co-chairs, Dr. Hamdy Zagzouk and Bishop Mouneer Hanna Anis, opened the meeting with readings from the Qu’ran and the Bible, respectively and reaffirmed the importance of this dialogue between Muslims and Christians. The dialogue committee praised the al-Azhar Declaration on the Future of Egypt which promotes the need to guarantee the rights and responsibilities of all citizens. The document outlines that in accepting the rights of citizenship, the citizen also accepts the responsibility to share in the development of society and to work for peace and the welfare of all.The dialogue committee expressed its condolences to all those whose loved ones were killed or injured in the train crash, recalling in particular the children killed who were from Al Azhar school in Assuit.The dialogue committee commended the Grand Imam for establishing “Beit el Aila” for the promotion of national unity in Egypt. The dialogue committee also expressed its appreciation for the UK Christian Muslim Forum initiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the UK.The Anglican delegation presented a paper on the understanding of “Citizenship in Christianity”. Although the context of our meeting was Egypt, the conversation was enriched by hearing of positive experiences in Muslim Christian relationships in many other parts of the world, including Pakistan, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. The paper was accepted with great appreciation.The delegation from Al Azhar presented two papers on the understanding of “Citizenship in Islam” and another on ‘Building Citizenship’. Dr Mahmoud Azab spoke about citizenship in Islam, in particular the al- Azhar Declaration on the Future of Egypt with its three principles:to institute a democratic, constitutional and modern stateto accept a democratic systemto be committed to a basic system of freedom. These freedoms are belief, expression, academic research and creativity in art and literature.Dr. Mohammed Shamma presented a paper on ’Islam and Secularism’ in which he outlined three main themes: secularism, absolutism and relativism, and citizenship.The two papers were heard with great appreciation and were discussed in depth. Our discussion identified the gap between the teaching of religion and the practice of religion.We rejoiced that the our dialogue was done in the spirit of wisdom, with the intention to affirm the values of truth, justice, knowledge, progress, peace, and to affirm the principles of citizenship and to raise the nation to achieve welfare for all.The members of the dialogue committee agreed to meet in Autumn 2013 in the UK.A PDF of the Communique in English and Arabic is available here Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Albany, NY Press Release Service Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Anglican Communion, Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL last_img read more


June 20, 2021 0

When old Lucky’s luck ran out…

first_img February 14, 2020 at 5:42 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleHow to avoid a Super Bowl injury to your voiceNext articleMeet a millennial couple with their hearts on fire and making a difference Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Reply Mike, did you say “Poor Lucky?” The last I heard the chickens are now calling Lucky “King Lucky!” Yeah, his luck is holding out. Good dog Lucky, good dog! Bless you and yours Mike, Chaz 12 COMMENTS The Anatomy of Fear Please NH, believe me when I say that looking back in my misbegotten life, a rotting chicken would be preferred over the smelly stuff that Papa God rescued me out of. isn’t our God wonderful? May He bless you both and work miracles in your lives. Love you both, Chaz So basically your dad managed to teach an old dog a new trick! With just a piece of twine! I am so glad Papa God usually just uses gentler methods or maybe our ” forgetters” aren’t as good as Lucky’s! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate February 3, 2020 at 2:08 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Poor Lucky. Two weeks in a row a well placed hoof resulted in the demise of a character in one of your stories. First you have me looking out for snakes and now hooves. Can’t wait to see what’s next… Another great story Chuck – keep them coming buddy. Say hello to Nancy for us. Herb charles towne Reply Reply Leonardo, yes, my friend, I am sure Lucky and his kind will be in heaven because he did learn his lesson didn’t he. Bless you my friend, Chaz February 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm Please enter your comment! Reply Oh Herb, what can I say and still appear humble? Thanks oodles, Chaz Please enter your name here charles towne LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply February 2, 2020 at 6:44 pm Reply February 5, 2020 at 9:47 pm Reply center_img charles towne February 3, 2020 at 3:19 pm “All Dogs Go To Heaven” if that is true I wonder what ole Lucky would look like and act like? Probably teaching Old Dogs New tricks and how to stay out of trouble! And, stay away from the rear end of any Horse, Donkey or Mule! Good story, I almost had a dog like that, thank goodness I didn’t! As I looked as a Veteran Dear Charles, ‘Lucky’ was fortunated to survive many battles but struggling with a simply commandment.All Luckys might be in heaven … They deserved been with PapaGODBless You Charlitos Leo February 3, 2020 at 4:40 pm Nh charles towne Richard February 13, 2020 at 11:03 am Reply Don, I don’t really think all dogs go to heaven. There are several heavenly bodies out there that are inhabited by dogs. There is the planet Mutt ,but they don’t take dogs like Lucky, they are afraid Lucky would be a bad influence on the other dogs. But there are the planets Bow and Wow, both of which are inhabited by dogs of questionable character. They each have tried to rehabilitate Lucky to no success because the only other inhabitants are chickens so you know how that is working out. The last I heard they have sent good old Lucky to Celestus Diabolicus Poochus where he is condemned to bite at horse’s hooves for eternity or forever, whichever is longest. Oh well, hope springs eternal! Bless you pal, Chaz February 1, 2020 at 8:33 pm February 2, 2020 at 2:52 pm To reiterate NH,s comment, I loved it also. You are a great story writer Richard, never forget, it was a piece of twine, AND a dead chicken. Please don’t forget the dead chicken. That was also the punishment that was meted out to sailors of the old sailing ships for killing an albatross. Pretty drastic punishment if you ask me. I am paying closer attention today and it doesn’t take those disgusting measures any more. As usually you measure up pretty good buddy, Chaz Don Young February 5, 2020 at 3:48 pm February 1, 2020 at 9:34 pm Reply charles towne Love this. Yes, Kind of scary to think about wearing our sins around our neck. Make you wonder what that necklace would look like?? Lol. As always, a wonderful story. charles towne Reply Reply InspirationBy Charles TowneAs dogs go Lucky was most unique.One of his traits was his gentle, laid back character, sort of a cross between a manic crocodile and a T-Rex on uppers.Lucky would challenge all comers and fight at the drop of a hat but his sweet disposition, though endearing was not his most attractive characteristic.What really set Lucky apart was his physical appearance.He had one blind, white eye, his face was covered with scars from fighting with everything and anything, one of his long ears had been split down the middle and half of his tail was gone.  On top of all that he had obviously been in some sort of accident because one of his hind legs had been broken and when it healed it ended up crooked.  And oh yes, he had a bad case of doggy leprosy or mange.By now I am sure you have figured out why we called him Lucky.When Lucky first arrived at the old home place daddy explained to him that there were several things that were off-limits and there were seven specific rules that must never be violated. Daddy also explained to him that violation of these rules would reap a dire and terrible reward.The rules, known as the ‘SHALT NOTS’ were as follows:Rule # 1 Thou shalt not kill chickens under any circumstances or for any reason even if said chicken attacks, assaults, mugs, brutalizes, or attempts to murder thou.Rule # 2 Thou shalt not suck eggs.Rule # 3 Thou shalt not molest chickens.  (Refer to Rule # 1)Rule # 4 Thou shalt not chase chickens.  (Refer to Rule # 3)Rule # 5 Thou shalt not play with chickens.  (Refer to rule # 1)Rule # 6 Thou shalt not try to coax, lure or otherwise entice, chickens out of sight of the house under any circumstances.  (Refer to rule # 3)Rule # 7 Thou shalt not trespass, break, ignore, neglect, reject, forget, or otherwise violate, intentionally, mistakenly or otherwise these seven rules which are indisputable, irrefutable, irrevocable and immutable.  (Refer to rules # 1 through # 6:Violation of these rules shall result in immediate punishment so terrible, unforgettable, horrible and disgusting that the miscreant shall carry the memory forever.  AMEN!These rules were explained to Lucky in very great and specific detail and a copy of them was nailed to the barn door but obviously, he had either a very bad memory or a very good forgetter.Time passed as it usually does and as much as I hate to say it,  Lucky broke the first rule. Yes, Lucky did, he killed a chicken.Lucky was guilty of breaking the greatest commandment of the seven commandments.  Lucky was guilty of an unforgivable crime and as such must be punished.You might very well ask how daddy knew that Lucky was the guilty party. Well now, that is a very good question and best answered by saying that when the dead chicken was discovered it was in Lucky’s possession.Not only that but good old Lucky was in the process of defoliating said bird. When discovered, Lucky looked at daddy, wagged his stump of a tail and grinned as if to say, “Hey, I know the law and you can’t condemn a guy on circumstantial evidence.”The problem was that when Lucky grinned his mouth was full of feathers and he had chicken on his breath.Guilty, guilty, guilty!!!Daddy grabbed Lucky by the scruff of the neck, (poor Lucky, I remember well the old “scruff of the neck” routine from personal experience.)The dead chicken was tied securely around his neck with a piece of twine and Lucky was released. Lucky, true to type, nonchalantly walked off a few paces and went berserk in his endeavors to rid himself of the offending burden of the freshly killed chicken carcass.Three days passed and lucky was still possessed by his trophy.  An exorcism was definitely in order. Oh, I forgot to mention that it was July.  It gets very warm in Illinois during the month of July. The hot July sun beat down upon the land.  It also beat down on Lucky and the dead chicken.Lucky was not feeling very lucky anymore. Three more days passed.Lucky no longer walked around with a debonair air.  In fact, he gave new meaning to the expression, “hang dog.”Everywhere he went lucky left a trail of feathers reminiscent of a fallen doggy angel. And there was that piquant, delicate aroma of rotting and very putrid chicken flesh that needs to be realized to really be appreciated!It was sometime on the eighth day that our miserable, misbegotten, maggoty, malodorous mutt lost his nemesis.  The chicken simply disintegrated and fell away. From that day Lucky avoided chickens at all costs.Break one of the seven commandments?  You have got to be kidding!A mild-mannered hen would walk across the yard minding her own business, eating the chance choice bug and in passing her shadow would fall upon the sleeping Lucky.  He would open his one good eye; see the hen, gag, yelp, and run and hide, trembling, under the porch.Poor Lucky, he never did learn and his luck finally ran out.Oh no, he never chased another chicken but he loved to nip at the horse’s hooves until one day a well-aimed hind hoof sent Lucky to doggy heaven.I sure wouldn’t want any of my “mistakes” tied around my neck, I’d probably still be wearing the nasty things.AN OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYERDear God, help me to avoid anything and everything that you would consider a sin.  Help me to be pure of heart.  Free me from the stench of sin.  Wash me, teach me, and give me a pure heart.  Instruct me in righteousness.  In Jesus’ holy name I ask it, Amen Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Reply Mike McFadden Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more


June 19, 2021 0

U.S. Drought Monitor Shows More Drought Expansion

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Food Summit Set for Sept. 25-26Next articleFirst Round of NAFTA Talks Scheduled Hoosier Ag Today SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News U.S. Drought Monitor Shows More Drought Expansion U.S. Drought Monitor Shows More Drought Expansion Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 20, 2017 The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor shows drought conditions in the upper Midwest and Plains expanding again. The weekly report says an upper-level ridge of high pressure in the western U.S. inhibited precipitation and kept temperatures warmer than normal across much of the West over the last week. The prolonged and intensifying drought ravaged crops and rangeland in the northern Plains, while soils continued to dry out across the West, Plains, and into the Mid-Atlantic region. Extreme drought coverage area now includes 40 percent of North Dakota, 11 percent of South Dakota, and 22 percent of Montana. Sixty-five percent of Montana is classified in a drought condition, while 93 percent of North Dakota is in a classified drought along with 99.97 percent of South Dakota. Seventy-four percent of Nebraska is in a classified drought, along with 40 percent of Kansas, 21 percent of Iowa, and 42 percent of Illinois is classified as abnormally dry.With hot and dry conditions expected across much of the corn belt over the next several days, it is a safe bet to expect another expansion in drought area again next week.Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more


June 14, 2021 0

SGA resolution passed to support in-person class

first_imgprintThe Student Government Association passed a resolution Tuesday night to support having in-person classes next semester. SGA’s resolution, which passed with 54% of the vote, encourages faculty to hold classes either entirely in person and, when necessary, entirely online, eliminating hybrid learning completely. The goal of this resolution is to change the TCU class search to clarify whether a class will be only online or in-person, giving students the opportunity to choose if they would like to partake in completely online classes or completely in-person classes or a mix of both. Read more: Administration wants faculty to teach more in-person classes in the springAccording to a recent survey from the TCU Office of Quality Enhancement, 72% of students reported 80% or more of their classes are fully online. And when they were asked to evaluate their online class experience, 72.5% said it was either very poor, poor or fair. Twitter ReddIt ReddIt H R 107 01 Appendix a (Student Experience Survey) (PDF)
H R 107 01 Appendix a (Student Experience Survey) (Text)The survey from the TCU Office of Quality Enhancement.Liliana Ogden, the SGA vice president, mentioned that there have been no cases of COVID-19 contracted in classrooms. “We want to give students the education they pay for but not only want,” Ogden said. Provost Teresa Dahlberg asked faculty in a Sept. 24 email to consider teaching classes in-person. The deadline for instructors to choose their course preferences and teaching modalities was Sept. 25, but Dahlberg wrote that they can easily change their teaching modalities until Oct. 6.“They [students] are also starved for in-person engagement. I feel this way also,” Dahlberg wrote. According to the survey, two-thirds of respondents said they were at least “moderately concerned” TCU would make the transition to distance learning.SGA Chief of Staff Jack Leonhard said SGA needs to advocate for students’ mental health and educational quality. “Someone needs to stand up for students,” Leonhard said. “The faculty and staff have their own advocacy groups who are advocating for their interests.”Over 75% of undergraduate students who responded to the survey said they had experienced a “noticeable increase in anxiety” due to COVID-19 since classes began, and more than half said they experienced an increase in depression. SGA President Paige Shiring plans to present and discuss the next steps with the Faculty Senate at their meeting Thursday. The Chambers is where SGA and Faculty Senate convene for their meetings. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Linkedin + posts Lucie Lundquisthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lucie-lundquist/ Lucie Lundquist SGA budget passed to fund RA and CRA appreciation day Previous articleHoroscope: September 30, 2020Next articleEducation majors adapt to online student teaching Lucie Lundquist RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter SGA passes resolution to support zero-tolerance policy against hate speech Linkedin Facebook Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Lucie Lundquisthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/lucie-lundquist/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more


June 13, 2021 0

Journalist’s mother asks his abductors to let him speak to her

first_img Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en center_img Organisation May 19, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist’s mother asks his abductors to let him speak to her News Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire, Ayman Mhanna, executive director of the SKeyes Center for press freedom and culture, and Debra Tice, the mother of kidnapped US journalist Austin Tice, gave a news conference at the Press Club in Beirut today at which they called for him to be released “as quickly as possible.”A hostage in Syria since 14 August 2012, Austin Tice completed his 1,000th day in captivity last week.Invoking UN Security Council Resolution 1738 of 2006 on the protection of journalists and Security Council Resolution 2319 of 2014 demanding the release of all persons held arbitrarily in Syria, Deloire and Debra Tice appealed for active support from all governments that claim to defend media freedom.Debra Tice said she had “every reason to think” her son was still alive and addressed questions to those who have information about him, especially those holding him.“Can my son be allowed these days to communicate with me – by phone while I am in Beirut?”, she asked.And then she asked: “Are the holders of my son ready to meet face to face with “one” individual (alone) and let him meet with my son, a friend of the family, and known by some Shiite leaders in Lebanon and beyond over years?”Deloire urged the US government to have more than “periodic direct contacts” with the Syrian authorities about the Austin Tice case and called for an “intense and concerted” effort. He referred to the hopes raised by President Barack Obama’s revision of US “hostage policy” and to the #Freeaustintice campaign that Reporters Without Borders launched in the United States in February with the support of 300 newspapers.“The Syrian government denies holding Austin, but we hope it will do everything it can to bring him back safe and sound,” Deloire added.SKeyes executive director, Ayman Mhanna, asked for the support of all individuals and institutions in the region that can provide information on Austin’s situation and contribute to his release.The National Press Club announced last month that it is awarding its 2015 Press Freedom Award to Tice, who was freelancing for The Washington Post, McClatchy, NPR, CBS and the BBC at the time of his abduction. His reporting was awarded the 2012 George Polk Award for War Reporting and the 2012 McClatchy Newspapers President’s Award. February 3, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News to go further March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


June 12, 2021 0

Offramp Gallery Presents “Art & Sushi: Minoru Ohira and Mori Onodera”

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 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. Community News Make a comment Visual Arts Offramp Gallery Presents “Art & Sushi: Minoru Ohira and Mori Onodera” From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, December 28, 2015 | 11:43 am HerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Community News Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Left: Mori Onodera; center: Minoru Ohira from Minoru Ohira: Iki and Yabo; right Minoru OhiraOfframp Gallery is pleased to present Art & Sushi: Minoru Ohira and Mori Onodera, a very special event in conjunction with the exhibition, Minoru Ohira: Iki and Yabo, on Sunday, January 24, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Michelin-starred chef Mori Onodera will be serving traditional edomae style sushi in Minoru Ohira’s installation in Offramp Gallery’s East Gallery. Tickets will be sold for four seatings for two to four people at each seating. Tickets are $200 per person and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.Click here to purchase tickets.Art & Sushi: Minoru Ohira and Mori Onodera, began as a conversation between the two accomplished friends. They conceived of the event as a collaboration or performance blending two very different art forms. A traditional tea ceremony was discussed, then dismissed as two complicated for the venue. They then decided to serve edomae style sushi on the carved yellow cedar “i-beams” in Minoru Ohira’s installation in the East Gallery, merging their masterful genres with a soupçon of dry wit.Edomae style sushi is a Japanese cuisine initially created by the Edo (old name for Tokyo) fast food businesses during the 1820’s. The sushi were prepared and sold on the streets by stands at a time when there was no refrigeration.Chef and artist Mori Onodera, formerly at the helm of Mori Sushi in Los Angeles, served his own locally grown rice and created handmade plates for the restaurant.He is currently making plates for Michelin Guide restaurants Melisse and Providence in Los Angeles and Manresa in Los Gatos. He has also embarked on a new project to grow premium Japanese rice in Uruguay.Artist Minoru Ohira has exhibited extensively at galleries and museums in the US, Mexico and Japan and is in the collections of The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, California), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Thailand (Bangkok) and the National Museum of Art in Mexico.Ohira is the recipient of the prestigious 26th Denchu Hirakushi Award for the art of wood carving. In 2009 he was awarded the 36th Teijiro Nakagawa Award, the first artist residing outside Japan to be honored with the award.Click here for more information about Mori Onodera.Click here for more information about Minoru Ohira.Offramp Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 298-6931 or visit www.offrampgallery.com. More Cool Stufflast_img read more


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