Arena Birmingham is an indoor arena and sporting venue in central Birmingham, United Kingdom. It is owned by parent company the NEC Group; when it was opened in 1991, it was the largest indoor arena in the UK. On 16 January 2020, it was announced that the arena will be renamed Utilita Arena Birmingham from 15 April 2020; the arena is located alongside the Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line's Old Turn Junction and opposite the National Sea Life Centre in Brindleyplace. The building straddles the main Birmingham to Wolverhampton Intercity railway line, but does not have a station of its own. There are three adjoining car parks with a total of 2156 spaces. Close to the arena is The ICC, owned by the NEC Group, it is the third-largest indoor arena in the United Kingdom by capacity. In 2019, the arena had ticket sales of 530,597, the 4th highest in the United Kingdom; the arena was opened, as the National Indoor Arena, on 4 October 1991 by the athlete Linford Christie. When it was opened, the arena was intended to be an indoor sporting venue.
However, the venue began to host entertainment events shortly after opening. The arena hosts a variety of events including concerts, sporting events and conferences, it has a capacity of up to 15,800 using temporary seating configurations. The arena was renamed after it underwent an extensive renovation, completed at the end of 2014. Michael Bublé opened the renovated arena on 2 December 2014. In 2018 the arena had ticket sales of 497,443, the 4th highest in the United Kingdom. Naming historyNational Indoor Arena Barclaycard Arena Arena Birmingham In 2012 plans to refurbish and renovate the NIA were approved by Birmingham City Council; the plans included creating a showpiece entrance from the canal-side, three "sky needle" light sculptures, a new glazed facade fronting the canal and new pre-show hospitality elements. The design was by the architecture firm Broadway Malyan and the building contract was awarded to Royal BAM Group in 2013 with an projected finishing date of Winter 2014; the £26 million redevelopment began in June 2013.
The redeveloped arena was opened with a performance by singer Michael Bublé on 2 December 2014. It was renamed the "Barclaycard Arena" in November 2014 after Barclaycard won the naming rights for five years, but in May 2016 it was announced that the naming deal would end early, from September 2017 it would be named Arena Birmingham. On 16 January 2020, it was announced that the arena will be renamed Utilita Arena Birmingham from 15 April 2020; the arena has been used for several major events in the past, including counting no less than eight constituencies in the hall for the 1992 general election. Gladiators was recorded at the arena from 1992 to 1999. 1993 IBF World Championships 1995 Netball World Championships Eurovision Song Contest 1998 1999 World Judo Championships WWF Rebellion 1999 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Great Britain Davis Cup tennis matches BBL Cup and BBL Finals Weekend matches 2003 IBF World Championships 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships; the Premier League Darts every year since 2007 2010 European Men's Artistic Gymnastics Championships 2010 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships BAMMA events in 2010, 2011 and 2012 2010 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship 2011 Trampoline World Championships Linkin Park performed here as part of the One More Light Tour on 6 July 2017.
This was the band's last performance of the European leg, as the remaining show in Manchester were cancelled due to a bombing at the Manchester Arena, where the band was supposed to perform. It was the final performance of lead singer Chester Bennington before his death on 20 July 2017. 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships 2022 Commonwealth Games Parent company The NEC Group owns and operates the ICC Birmingham in central Birmingham, the National Exhibition Centre and Resorts World Arena, based on The NEC site in nearby Solihull. Official website Construction of the arena's roof
The R154 road is a regional road in Ireland, linking the R147 near Clonee, County Meath to Crossdoney in County Cavan. The road is single carriageway throughout. Many parts of the route have dangerous bends; the route leaves the R147 near Black Bull in the townland of Piercetown 10 km north of Clonee in County Meath. The route passes through small townlands, including Kiltale, on the way to Trim. At Trim, the route bypasses the town centre along the Inner Relief Road, with junctions to the R160, R158 and R161. From Trim the R154 runs north to meet the N51 at Athboy; the route leaves the N51 on the west side of Athboy, runs north to cross the N52 just south of Kilskeer. The route continues north/northwest to Oldcastle, meeting the R163 along the way, just north of Crossakeel. At Oldcastle the R154 crosses the R195; the route continues northeast through Mount Nugent in County Cavan, joining the R194 after that at a staggered junction. The route leaves the R194, continuing northeast through Kilnaleck, across the N55 at Ballinagh.
Algeria Benton de Reyna Barrios was the First Lady of Guatemala and wife of President José María Reyna Barrios. Benton married Reina Barrios on May 17, 1886, at the consulate of Guatemala in New York, whose consul was Enrique Toriello. On April 4, the vanquished arrived in Guatemala City, his capacity and courage were recognized when the National Assembly promoted him to general of division and to the position of undersecretary of State in the office of the War. President Barillas, who feared the influence of Reina Barrios for his great military prestige and for being a direct relative of the late Justo Rufino Barrios, appointed him Consul of Guatemala in Berlin, but when he arrived in Europe, the Consul in France informed him that his credentials had been withdrawn during the crossing and he evicted him from the consulate. Reina Barrios returned to the United States, where he met his future wife Algeria Brenton, 17 years old, had a distinguished family from Virginia, worked as a vedette in New Orleans, Louisiana Algeria Benton and José María Reyna Barrios married on 17 May 1886.
During these trips, Reina Barrios learned to speak English and French properly and write German correctly. In 1887, after returning to Guatemala, he assumed the Vice Presidency of the National Legislative Assembly and in 1889, he was imprisoned by the government of President Barillas for his alleged participation in the revolutionary movements of Mataquescuintla, until the Superior Council of War decreed his freedom when proven innocent. After this situation he voluntarily moved to the United States; when the presidential contest began, he told General Barillas that he would take care of him and not prosecute him when he left the presidency. As a formal position, Algeria de Reyna held the post of First Lady of Guatemala, during the presidency of José María Reyna Barrios. By 1898, the relationship between Reina Barrios and Algeria Benton was cold and distant and had been for more than a year. During a visit by the doctor, Reina Barrios made it clear that the problems that afflicted her were not pregnancy, but because of her alcoholism, making it clear to the doctor that the son of Mrs. Reina Barrios was not the president's.
After the death of her husband, Algeria Benton lost her mind and returned to the United States leaving unresolved issues in Guatemala. Its luxurious residence located on the Paseo 30 de Junio, Villa Algeria, was abandoned for a long time, she left with a baby in her arms. She returned to New Orleans, began to abuse alcohol and recreational drugs to be arrested in London and New York, accused of intoxication, her relationship with her daughter was so distant that the New Orleans Times Picayune reported that the widow had abandoned her daughter on the steps of the Magdalena church in Paris. As a result of the poor health of the widow, in addition to her drug addiction and alcoholism, Consuelo was admitted to a convent in the city of London, on the orders of the Minister of Guatemala in London, José Tible, brother of the mother of Guatemalan chronicler Enrique Gómez Carrillo, who coincidentally, would be Guatemala's consul in Hamburg. For the new year of 1910, Algeria Benton entered the Touro-Shakespeare Asylum in New Orleans and blind.
The Touro-Shakespeare Asylum was built with funds left for that purpose by southern philanthropist Juha P. Touro, was located on present-day Daneel Street, between Joseph Street and Nashville Avenue; the building was demolished in 1932. Consuelo Reina Barrios lived under the tutelage of President Manuel Estrada Cabrera who had instructed José Tible to send her to live in a convent in England: the St Mary's Abbey School in Hendon Middlesex; until she went to her mother to visit her from time to time accompanied by a nurse who cared for her, because by Mrs. Benton de Reina was immersed in a serious problem of drug addiction and alcoholism Algeria Benton lived her last years in New Orleans and died April 20, 1915, while visiting friends in Biloxi, Mississippi. By Consuelo had returned to Guatemala, there she became ill with Spanish influenza after the earthquakes of 1917 and 1918 and was sent to New Orleans, United States in 1918, because her grandmother, C. B. Wheeler There she died on June 8, 1919, without having recovered from her illness
Rudy Bladel, known as The Railway Killer, was an American serial killer, responsible for the murders of seven railway employees from 1963 to 1978. Convicted of three of them, Bladel was sentenced to life imprisonment, died from thyroid cancer in 2006. Bladel was born into a railroad family with one half-brother in Chicago, on December 8, 1932, his father, worked for the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad company. Rudy grew up on 67th Street and Ashland Avenue, studying at the Vocational High School in the South Side, where he took automotive shop courses. After graduating in 1951, he went to work at Rock Island as a fireman, before enlisting in the army as a military engineer, to serve in the Korean War. Bladel claimed that when he went under a routine check-up in the military, he scored an IQ of 145. While in South Korea, he "hostled" locomotives in a roundhouse, sometimes under enemy fire. Shortly after returning from Korea, Bladel got in a motorcycle accident, the injuries of which gave him a specific posture.
Despite this, he went back to Rock Island, where he rose in the company ranks. However, in 1959, the New York Central Railroad shifted its operations away from Niles, Michigan to a new yard in Elkhart, Indiana. In addition, most of the employees would be locals, leaving the previous ones from Michigan, among whom was Bladel, with a lower-rank job or were just laid off; this angered Rudy, to whom the railroad work was his entire life, to such an extent, that he decided to take revenge on the union, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, whom he felt had sold him out. The first killings occurred on August 3rd, 1963, in a Hammond, Indiana yard. After failing to receive a return signal from his colleagues in the locomotive cab, 52-year-old signalman Virgil Terry decided to investigate the matter, he climbed on the engine, noticed that 60-year-old Roy Bottorf, the engineer, 45-year-old Paul Overstreet, the fireman, were lying dead on the controls. Both had been shot in the back of the head, with several.22 caliber shell casings being located at the scene.
Terry called the police, although they investigated the matter, no suspects were found in the murder. The only clue they had was from a witness. At the time of the slayings, Rudy was living alone in a trailer in Blue Island and drove around with a motorcycle. Bladel struck again on August 1968, killing 51-year-old engineer John W. Marshall, from Niles. Marshall was standing next to his diesel locomotive at the Elkhart rail yard when he struck with close 12-gauge shotgun blasts to the midsection, the sides and twice in the head; this time, there were eyewitnesses to the murder, but they could only describe the killer by his build and strange walk. On March 30, 1971, there was another shooting at the Elkhart yard: 38-year-old engineer Louis John Sayne, from New Buffalo, was shot in the back twice with a.357 magnum revolver. Unlike the previous victims, Sayne survived, managing to wrestle the gun from his assailant's hand and fire in retaliation, wounding him in the stomach. Both men were driven to the hospital's emergency room, where Sayne recognized his attacker as one of his old workmates - Rudy Bladel.
He inquired about his reasoning, with Bladel replying that he wanted "to get the Niles men out of Elkhart". On December 31, 1971, Rudy was sentenced to a one-to-five year imprisonment term at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City for attempted murder, he was released after serving 18 months. The killing spree continued not long after, on April 5, 1976, another victim was claimed in the same yard at Elkhark: 51-year-old engineer James M. "Tiny" McCrory, from Niles. He had been shot in the head with a deer slug from a 20-gauge shotgun while sitting in his locomotive cab, parked near the diesel house. Two years after this murder, Bladel was arrested by ATF authorities on January 6, 1978, after local police notified them that he had purchased a.357 magnum from South Bend. Since he was a convicted felon, he was not allowed to carry firearms, given another one-to-five year imprisonment term, this time to be served in a federal penitentiary at Sandstone, Minnesota, he was released on November 16 of that same year.
A day before New Year's Eve in 1978, Bladel booked into a local hotel in Michigan. With him, in a suitcase, he carried parts of a 12-gauge shotgun, purchased from an Elkhart gun shop around two years ago; the following day, he went down to the depot, carrying the suitcase with him. When he arrived on the platform, he put the suitcase down, assembled the shotgun and walked towards the locker room door, he shot 50-year-old flagman Robert Lee Blake, from Southgate, on the spot, before proceeding to shoot 50-year-old conductor William Gulak, from Lincoln Park, sitting at the table. Bladel put another slug into each of them, headed for the door; as he was going out, he saw 32-year-old fireman Charles Lee Burton, from Jackson, peeking into the room. He killed him as well, the shot knocking Burton on the platform behind him. After leaving, Bladel hid it under some bushes at Cascade Falls, he returned to Elkhart, where he was living at a mission for homeless men. The Jackson murders startled the authorities, they connected them to the previous murders of railroad workers.
At the time, Bladel was released after two days for lack of evidence. In search of clues, scuba divers were deployed into the Grand River and helicopters scoured rooftops for the murder weapon, they contacted psychics, to no avail. Three months the shotgun parts hidden in Cascade Falls were located, ejection marks
Tidye Pickett was an American track and field athlete. She represented the United States in the 80-meter hurdles at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, becoming the first African-American woman to compete in the Olympic Games. Tidye Pickett was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November 3, 1914, her mother was Sarah Pickett, a factory clerk, Louis Pickett, a foundry foreman. She grew up in a Chicago neighborhood, she took up running as a schoolgirl. At the 1932 United States Olympic Trials Pickett competed in the 100-meter dash, winning her heat and placing third in her semi-final. Pickett was named to the American Olympic team as part of the eight-woman 4 × 100 meter relay pool. Pickett and Stokes suffered racial discrimination during their Olympic trip. Pickett continued her running career. At the 1936 United States Olympic Trials she competed in the 80-meter hurdles, placing second and qualifying for the Olympics in Berlin. At the Olympics, Pickett survived the heats but went out in the semi-finals, falling at the second hurdle and injuring herself.
Nandikeshwari Temple known as Nandikeshwari Tala, is located in Sainthia city of West Bengal. This temple is part of the famous Shakti Peethas in Indian Subcontinent; the name of Goddess is derived from'Nandi', the mascot and follower of Lord Shiva, and'Ishwari', meaning ‘one, worshiped by Nandi, the divine bull. The history of the Nandikeshwari Temple is linked with the event of Sati's self-sacrifice at the Yajna Sabha of her father Daksha, because Daksha insulted Sati and her husband, Shiva, it is believed that the necklace of Sati's corpse fell here to form the Shakti Peetha when the Sudarshan Chakra of Lord Vishnu mutilated the corpse of Sati from the arms of Lord Shiva to reduce his rage. The present temple was built in 1913, the Bengali year of 1320; the main idol in the temple is a black stone, now red, as devotees use sindur to pray the holy stone as Nandikeshwari. The idol is adorned with three golden eyes. There are several temples within the boundary among which Ram-Sita temple, Shiva temple, Maha Saraswati temple, Maha Laxmi-Ganesha temple, Laxmi-Narayana temple, Radha Govinda temple, Bhairav Nandikeshwari temple, Hanuman temple deserves special mention.
There is a huge sacred banyan tree where the devotees bind red and yellow threads to fulfill their wishes