Legal and General names new chief

first_imgWednesday 9 March 2011 10:50 am Share whatsapp whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaUndo Legal and General names new chief Legal & General Investment management unit, the largest pension funds manager in the UK, has promoted the head of its American operations to chief executive as it eyes international business.Legal & General named Mark Zinkula to head Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), which has £342bn in funds under management.Zinkula has been the chief executive of Legal & General Investment Management America (LGIMA) since 2008.“Mark’s appointment as cjief executice of LGIM,…signals the group’s ongoing commitment to expand LGIM in international markets,” L&G said in a statement.“Asset management is an increasingly valuable core business for the Legal & General Group,” said Tim Breedon, L&G group chief executive.Zinkula succeeds Kevin Gregory, COO and interim LGIM CEO, who took over in April 2010 after Peter Chambers announced his retirement. Zinkula will report to Breedon. center_img John Dunne Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Show Comments ▼last_img read more

BEST OF THE BROKERS

first_img Show Comments ▼ Monday 28 March 2011 7:31 pm KCS-content BSKYBNomura rates the media group “buy” with a target price of 828p. The broker hopes the firm’s results next month will show resilience in the face of an almost unprecedented UK consumer slowdown, following strong performance in the last two years. Nomura expects an 8.7 per cent rise in revenue to £1.64bn for the quarter, with earnings per share up 15 per cent year-on-year to 8.7p.BG GROUPJP Morgan Cazenove rates the gas explorer “overweight” with a target price of £16. The broker expects liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies to command a premium price thanks to the unrest in the Middle East and sudden demand from Japan, which the market has not appreciated due to the lack of public spot pricing for the fuel, the broker says. JPM thinks BG Group is best placed to play the potentially drastic shift in prices.BNP PARIBASRBS rates the French bank “sell” with a target price of €50 (£44). The broker thinks the bank, alongside Societe Generale, will be affected by rising short-term interest rates, given its big exposure to a flattening yield curve within Europe. RBS also warns that the new Basel III liquidity rules would hit French banks the hardest if implemented in their current form – a real risk, the broker adds – because of their current asset structure. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comcenter_img Share whatsapp whatsapp BEST OF THE BROKERS Tags: NULLlast_img read more

LatAm restrictions continue to weigh on Codere in Q3

first_imgAfter depreciation and amortisation costs of €40.4m and asset disposal costs, Codere’s operating loss came to €49.7m. In Q3 of 2019, Codere made an operating profit of €19.3m. As venues in Europe reopened, it made up the vast majority of Codere’s revenue. Italy was the operator’s largest market, with revenue down 21.0% to €65.3m, while in Spain revenue was down 17.0% to €38.2m. LatAm restrictions continue to weigh on Codere in Q3 Q3 results 2020 A complete lack of revenue from Argentina – its largest source of revenue in 2019 and in the first half of 2020 – and Panama meant Codere made only €20.9m from Latin America, down 89.5%. 12th November 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter After adjusting for inflation of its expenses, currency fluctuations – where Codere gained €5.7m after an €18.9m loss in Q3 2019 – and €29.0m in interest costs, Codere’s pre-tax loss came to €70.1m, up 130.6% from 2019’s loss. The lack of activity in these markets meant Uruguay became Codere’s largest non-European source of revenue at €12.1m, even though this figure was still down 33.5% year-on-year. The operator said that while closures affected all of its markets, numbers have been strong since it was permitted to reopen its venues. A further €8.4m came from Mexico, down 88.9%, while €300,000 came from Colombia, down 94.0%. Last month, Codere became took a major step towards securing an online gambling licence in the Argentinian capital city of Buenos Aires. Its initial proposal to launch online gambling in the city was the first to be approved by lottery operator and de-facto regulator the Lotería de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires (LOTBA), meaning it may now execute the strategy set out in the proposal. Regions: LATAM Southern Europe Italy Spain Argentina Colombia Mexico Panama Uruguay “In recent weeks, our business in Europe has been affected by temporary restrictions as a result of the second wave of the pandemic, affecting our recovery trend,” it said. “Still, the company continues to be confident that, after the restructuring has been completed, it has the resources and the appropriate capital structure to serve its short term obligations until the full normalization of the business.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Last month, Codere’s management said that Spain would remain an extremely important market for the operator despite a series of new advertising restrictions set to come into effect. Europe and Latin America-facing operator Codere saw revenue for the third quarter of 2020 decline 58.4% to €143.0m as ongoing closures in many of its Latin American markets offset signs of recovery in Europe. Topics: Casino & games Finance Land-based casino Q3 results 2020 The business said that despite renewed closures in Europe in the fourth quarter of the year, the business remains confident it can fulfil its financial obligations. After tax benefits, Codere lost €62.1m, more than double its prior year loss. “Performance upon reopening across all markets has been strong, achieving 70-90% of the 2019 revenue levels within 6-8 weeks upon reopening,” it said. The operations in Uruguay, Italy and Spain produced already positive operational cash flows in the third quarter while Mexico, Colombia and Panama are expected to do so between October and November.” Codere paid a further €12.0m in non-recurring expenses for an earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) loss of €7.6m, compared to a €65.1m profit the year prior. In the first half of 2020, Codere’s revenue was down 54.7% to €317.6m, with its net loss growing to €177.6m, after a second quarter where it took in only €39.1m, as closures in Spain and Italy had a greater impact on revenue. Tags: Codere Online was the only sector where Codere’s revenue grew year-on-year, as the operator brought in €18.7m, up 19.7%. Email Address Codere’s operating expenses, meanwhile, fell 47.5% to €138.4m. The business paid €63.1m in gaming and other gross revenue taxes, down 48.0%. In addition, it paid personnel costs of €36.3m, down 39.7%, €5.8m in costs of goods sold, up 23.8%, and €36.5m in other costs, a 46.7% decline. Earlier in the quarter, Codere addressed mounting debts with a €250m refinancing deal that carries an interest rate of 12.75% initially, with the potential for the rate to lower to 10.75%.last_img read more

Tony Poderis on the nine basic truths of fundraising

first_img Advertisement Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Management Tony Poderis on the nine basic truths of fundraising American fundraising consultant Tony Poderis claims there are nine basic truths of fundraising.In his latest article for his helpful Web site raise-funds.com, Tony Poderis sets out the nine basic truths of fundraising. These truths “are the distilled wisdom of generations of fundraising campaigners who have gotten the job done over and over again”, he says. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 17 December 2003 | News  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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

Behind Colorado massacre

first_imgNewspaper headlinesThe most important question raised by the latest massacre in Colorado remains unasked by the corporate media: What is it about social conditions in the United States that promotes these terrible tragedies?Late on the evening of July 19, theatergoers in Aurora, Colo., sat down to watch an “event” film — the kind whose opening at midnight showings is preceded by saturation ads placed by Hollywood studios.“The Dark Knight Rises” is the final in a film series based on Batman comic books. The protagonist is a billionaire vigilante whose primary objective is to “clean” the streets of a metropolitan area of criminals, who for the most part commit crimes of opportunity. On occasion, he tangles with oddly named and outfitted master criminals with murky rationales.Twenty minutes into the film, survivors said a young man outfitted in full-body tactical gear — including a helmet with gasmask, vest, leggings, throat and groin protectors — threw gas canisters and began shooting into the crowd. Aurora police say he fled out a back door, but was quickly captured in the parking lot. They have identified the alleged shooter as James Holmes, 24.In the initial confusion Holmes was thought to be a prop associated with the screening. But the screams of those shot soon alerted others to what was happening. In all, 70 people were reportedly shot; 12 were killed, the youngest a six-year-old girl. A dozen of the wounded remain in critical condition.Holmes made his first appearance in court on July 23; formal charges will be filed on July 30.Survivors told of great acts of heroism. Family members, friends and complete strangers shielded and ushered one another out of the theater, while Holmes shot at random, first with an AR-15 assault rifle, which is a shortened version of an M-16, and then with a 12-gauge shotgun and two Glock 40-caliber semi-automatic pistols. He is reported to have purchased them over a period of several months in preparation for the massacre.Why isn’t Holmes called a terrorist?Holmes grew up in an upper-middle-class area of San Diego, Calif., raised by a computer scientist/mathematician father and a mother who is a nurse. According to police, he had booby trapped his apartment in Aurora and left his door unlocked. If tripped, the intricate traps could have killed many in the building and the nearby Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado.The media have been cautious not to use the word “terrorist” because “there is not enough information as to motive.” Would they be so reserved if the suspect were a Muslim from almost anywhere?What if Holmes were a person of color? Mightn’t labels like thug, gang member or terrorist have been hastily applied, regardless of how much information police had? In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, people scrambling to survive were labeled criminals and looters. The media constantly reported false stories of rape and mass murder, eager to believe the worst when describing Black people.If Holmes had an Islamic name, or one uniquely African or Southeast Asian, would he have been able to purchase and stockpile massive amounts of ammo, four weapons including an assault rifle, tactical gear, accelerants and large commercial fireworks? If he had a known affiliation with a progressive or leftist group that was infiltrated or spied on by authorities, might not his apartment have been flagged and raided?Whatever personal motive the shooter might have had is speculation at this time. However, the massacre of people in a movie theater is an act of terror, and the few words he allegedly uttered claiming to be the Joker character in “Batman” showed he was very aware of this.Holmes may suffer from delusions that come from a mental illness. But his planning, purchasing of weapons, tactical body armor, thousands of rounds of ammunition and chemicals, and other components to make bombs and the other devices found in his apartment show a great deal of calculation. However, mental illness and the ability to think through a plan are not mutually exclusive.Nevertheless, the label of mentally ill, or sometimes genius, superb student, etc., are the usual platitudes whenever a “normal” or “everyday” person who is not from an oppressed community commits a crime such as this massacre.Violence & capitalist alienationThis event must be analyzed in the context of the overarching culture of war and violence that runs through the entire history of the United States and has been perpetrated against the most oppressed and vulnerable. Violence is an integral part of this capitalist system, based on exploitation of workers and super-exploitation of the nationally oppressed.The established norm, what is generally accepted as everyday or mundane, flows from how the wealth of this society was first gained and then maintained. The dominant class in U.S. society has historically been white. Thus, Holmes is “normal” at first glance and without a coherent political motive, so the word terrorist is not applied to him.Instead, he is categorized as a loner, a misfit or socially awkward, which denote that in no way is this type of violent crime condoned or reinforced by the society as a whole. At the same time those terms disregard the glorification of violence in the U.S. and the effects of the military-industrial complex on the culture.Karl Marx wrote that under capitalism workers must sell their labor power for a wage as part of a productive process owned by a boss, leaving the worker alienated from the product. There is no satisfaction in the end product because the primary reason to work is to earn a wage to sustain oneself and one’s dependents.Over time workers are not only alienated from what they produce, but are in competition with one another for jobs — which are now becoming increasingly scarce. This often influences how people relate to one another and contributes to the development of some mental illnesses and anxieties. The more developed the country, especially one that has passed into the imperialist phase, the more decadent the society grows and with it the prevalence of social illness.It was just a few miles from Aurora that a similar incident happened in 1999 at Columbine High School. There two teenagers specifically paid reverence to Hitler’s birthday and espoused ultra-right, racist beliefs as they gunned down fellow students.A culture of war & militarismMost of Colorado was stolen from Mexico in an extremely violent war. It is a militarized state where Rocky Flats, the infamous U.S. government facility, produced chemical and nuclear weapons for 40 years. It also once housed napalm-maker Dow Chemical.Colorado is home to defense contractors Lockheed Martin and several Northrop Grumman facilities, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the Air Force Academy, and one of the largest and most technologically advanced infantry divisions, the 4th Infantry based at Fort Carson.Before becoming a state, it was the site of the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre, where hundreds of Cheyenne and Arapahoe were massacred by the Colorado Territory militia, which terrorized Indigenous people into leaving their land.It is also where the National Guard and company goons employed by the Rockefeller-owned Colorado Fuel & Iron Co. massacred two dozen striking miners and their family members in Ludlow in 1914.San Diego, Calif., where Holmes grew up, is a military area with a huge Naval base close to the border with Mexico.To leave out the effect on people’s minds of the military-industrial complex and the U.S. history of conquest would miss the point. The U.S. was founded on violence and genocide. The major colonial countries carved up land that did not belong to them. They waged a battle that is still ongoing against the original inhabitants, as well as against Black people and Latinos/as in general and other oppressed peoples who don’t belong to the dominant nationality.Maintaining the status quo has been a violent affair. The U.S. has been constantly at war since its inception. The mainstream media justify this with jingoism and glorification of the U.S. military machine.The U.S. military budget dwarfs that of the rest of the world’s combined. The constant glorification of violence in movies, commercials and video games, plus the fact that the U.S. has been openly engaged in warfare for the last decade, seep into the psyche.U.S. soldiers massacred at least 16 villagers in Afghanistan just months ago, many of them women and children. Such massacres are commonplace during an occupation. Every day whole families are incinerated by bombs.This is the context in which the mass killing occurred in Colorado, where, as in most of the U.S., it is so easy to purchase weapons, tactical gear, loads of ammunition and other materials online.No family should have to experience such horror. People should be outraged, and the victims and their family members are entitled to justice. But justice is not served by making this an isolated incident and leaving out its historical, cultural and social framework.James Holmes may be mentally ill. This should not reflect on those who suffer from mental illness, but who would never harm another person. Nor should it be assumed that mental illness is an excuse to get out of going to prison.Mental illness & a sick societyJulie Fry, a Legal Aid attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., told WW: “Mental illness is not generally well understood or appreciated at all within the criminal justice system. In fact, prisons have become essentially warehouses for people with mental illness, while social services and medical networks designed for the treatment of these illnesses have been gutted systematically through budget cuts over recent decades. Far from using it as an excuse to escape prison, people with mental illness usually receive much worse treatment in jail and are likely to receive longer sentences than other people.”Only a sick society refuses to give people the help and services they need.The argument that incidents like this happen because of the prevalence of weapons is problematic. It is obvious that all too often the right-wing do champion gun rights and the wealthy and politically backward have access to large stockpiles.But revolutionaries and progressives such as the Deacons for Defense and the Black Panther Party were able to offer defense from the Klan and racist police by being able to purchase guns. While people of color are made the targets of the police and denied the right to self-defense, we cannot cede the monopoly of force to the police and the military, which maintain the status quo of a society built on exploitation.The victims and family members do deserve justice, but ultimately justice will be secured when the root causes of crimes like this one are addressed and the social foundation for the glorification and justification of violence is uprooted.Hales lived in Aurora and Denver, Colo. He was in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Houston protest supports Assata Shakur

first_imgWW photo: Gloria RubacMilitant supporters of former political prisoner Assata Shakur, who was liberated from a U.S. federal prison and has lived in Cuba since 1984, gathered at Houston’s federal building on May 14 to let the U.S. government know that the reprehensible $2 million bounty put on this revolutionary sister is a travesty.The protest was organized by Sister Krystal Muhammad, a leader of the New Black Panther Party in Houston, and drew activists from the National Black United Front, Workers World Party, Harris County Green Party, Occupy Houston Movement, Afrikans United For Sanity Now and the Nation of Islam. Speakers called for the release of ALL political prisoners, from Sundiata Acoli to Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier and the Cuban Five.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Animal Ag Alliance Works to Preserve Consumer Choice

first_img Facebook Twitter Animal Ag Alliance Works to Preserve Consumer Choice When it comes to food – consumers have a choice – but the Animal Agriculture Alliance says that choice is coming under attack from groups using campaigns to instill food safety fears in consumers. The Alliance believes it is important for the farmer’s perspective to be told – which is why it joined 15 other ag organizations in a letter to Congress responding to a recent Consumers Union report claiming food animals receive 80-percent of antibiotics used in the United States. The groups say the campaign – which is supported by anti-meat organizations – is meant to limit and eliminate meat. The Alliance has formed its first Issue Management Committee to address the many emerging issues. AAA President and CEO Kay Smith says supporting consumer choice doesn’t mean that one size fits all – but that being inclusive of all types and sizes of farmers and scientifically valid production methods. Smith says she is confident that American farmers can produce products to fit every need – safely and affordably – if people would let them. Home Indiana Agriculture News Animal Ag Alliance Works to Preserve Consumer Choice SHARE Previous articleWorld Bank Prepared to Respond to Food Price VolatilityNext articleNFU Stands Up for Energy Programs Gary Truittcenter_img SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jul 31, 2012 Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Unnecessary A5 legal challenge costing pubic £350k – McCrossan

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleCouncils commitment to Inishowen questionedNext articleUSFC Preview Tyrone v Monaghan – Tyrone Forward Mark Bradley News Highland Twitter Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest An unnecessary A5 legal challenge is costing the public hundreds of thousands. That’s according to West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan who was responding to news from Permanent Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Peter May that the A5 legal bill is anticipated to cost upwards of £350,000.McCrossan says that this is not only an unnecessary waste of public resources but it’s also stalling a vital piece of infrastructure for the North West from progressing:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/danihkjhkjhkjhela5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Unnecessary A5 legal challenge costing pubic £350k – McCrossan Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – May 16, 2018 Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Art reception exceeds expectations

first_img You Might Like Special Olympics underway at Troy University The Special Olympics Alabama State Games made their return to Troy University Saturday, and athletes, coaches, parents and organizers were… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Those who attended the four-day watercolor workshop by the exhibition juror Marilyn Hughey Phillis were amazed that a town the size of Troy had a facility that could host such a prestigious exhibition.Phillis called the Johnson Center “a miracle” and the exhibition “first class.”“The City of Troy is to be commended for having the foresight to save this wonderful building,” she said. “So many cities are taking down buildings that could and should be saved. For this building to be preserved and to be used for the arts … I can’t get over it. This is a first-class exhibition and it is beautifully hung.” Published 10:44 pm Monday, May 17, 2010 Book Nook to reopen The expectations were high for the opening reception of the Watercolor Society of Alabama’s 69th Annual Exhibition Sunday at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy.“And the opening exceeded all expectations,” said Richard Metzger, Center director. “We were excited to host this national exhibition of 101 pieces selected from 300 submissions from 21 states. It is an outstanding exhibition and has been so well received.”Metzger said he was honored that the Watercolor Society of Alabama chose the Johnson Center for the Arts as host of its 69th exhibition. Print Article Art reception exceeds expectations Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Skip Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Craig Galloway, Watercolor Society of Alabama president, said the exhibition was one of the best and he has viewed many “far and wide.”“This is a national exhibition and there is a representative number of pieces from Alabama artists as well as artists from Virginia to California,” he said. “There is a good variety and it’s very interesting and exciting. The Johnson Center is a first-class gallery space and I hope that the people in and around the area will take advantage of this opportunity to come view this national watercolor exhibition.”Al Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, liked the idea of a dual opening, which featured the Watercolor Society of Alabama’s annual exhibition, the work of landscape artist, Sandra Hicks Barnes of Ramer and the underwater photography of Caroline Davis of Birmingham.“The Watercolor Society’s exhibition traditionally features the best of the best and this year’s exhibition is no exception,” he said. “I think everyone here will be able to connect with the landscape paintings because the scenes reflect the countryside of our area. The photography is both nostalgic and impressionistic. Richard Metzger and his staff are to be commended for putting together a very impressive dual exhibition.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits For Mack Gibson, president of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center Foundation board, the Watercolor Society’s annual exhibition is a giant step in the validation of the Johnson Center for the Arts as a cultural arts center in Alabama.“This just blows me away,” Gibson said. “To walk in here and see artwork from all across the country in the main gallery and then go to the lower gallery and see works by two outstanding local artists, it’s unbelievable.”Gibson said anyone who thinks that a small, rural community can’t be a center for the arts only needs to visit the Johnson Center.“We can hang it here,” Gibson said, with a smile. By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf 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 HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe 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 Email the author By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

6 arrested in connection to death of HQ Trivia co-founder Colin Kroll

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — Six alleged members of a drug delivery service known as “Mike’s Candyshop” were arrested on Wednesday by police and federal agents and charged with distributing heroin and cocaine, including a dose that killed Colin Kroll, the co-founder of the HQ Trivia app.Kroll, 34, who was found dead last December at his Manhattan home, was a customer of Mike’s Candyshop, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, which announced the arrests.“As alleged, these defendants operated a covert on-demand delivery service for the distribution of highly addictive and dangerous drugs,” said U.S. Attorney Geoff Berman.The defendants were members of a drug trafficking organization that delivered heroin and cocaine on demand to customers in New York City, according to the criminal complaint. Mike’s Candyshop generally operated seven days per week, from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., with the exception of major holidays such as Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and Labor Day.“This illicit enterprise allegedly allowed people to order heroin and cocaine to their doorstep simply by calling the business phone number with the same convenience as if they were ordering a pizza,” said Peter Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York.Christian Baez, 33, Luis Meson, 31, Gregoris Martinez, 34, Kevin Grullon, 25, and Joiffrey Urena, 27 of New York and Ariel Tavarez, 38, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, are each charged with one count of conspiring to distribute heroin and cocaine, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.All six of them will appear before a judge in Manhattan federal court later on Wednesday.“The NYPD’s efforts to rid New York City streets of drug traffickers are greatly strengthened by our close partnerships with the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Drug Enforcement Administration,” NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said in a statement. “Anyone who deals in illegal narcotics must understand that the nation’s best investigators will stop at nothing to fight crime and keep safe all the people we serve.”Kroll, who was a tech industry guru, rose to prominence after founding the app Vine in 2012.More recently, he was known for being the co-founder and an executive for the HQ Trivia app, which he co-created in 2017.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more