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Colorado County, Texas

Colorado County is a county located in the U. S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 20,874, its county seat is Columbus. It is named for the Colorado River of Texas; the county was organized the next year. The territory, now Colorado County has been continually inhabited by humans for about 12,000 years; the Coco branch of the Karaknawa are said to have hunted in the area, while Tonkawa crossed the area from the south. The first record of an Anglo settler coming through the area, now Colorado County was January 20, 1867, when René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle camped along Skull Creek; the party named it Hebemes. The fourth expedition of Alonso De León may have crossed in to the county while looking for Fort St. Louis in 1689; the area was settled by Anglo colonists who were part of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred starting in 1821; some families settled near Beeson's Ford, a few miles south of Columbus' present day location. The area was active during the days of the Texas Revolution.

Dilue Rose Harris wrote her memoir of the Runaway Scrape from within the boundaries of Colorado County. The county was one of the original Republic of Texas Counties, formed in 1836. Following the American Civil War, the county had one of the larger populations of African American freedmen in the state, was granted a Freedman's Bureau office in Columbus. Many European settlers Germans, Moravians and Bohemians from what is now Czechoslovakia, began to settle in the county after the civil war, although Germans had settled in the area as early as 1830. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 974 square miles, of which 960 square miles is land and 13 square miles is water. Interstate 10 U. S. Highway 90 U. S. Highway 90 Alternate State Highway 71 Austin County Wharton County Jackson County Lavaca County Fayette County Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge As of the census of 2000, there were 20,390 people, 7,641 households, 5,402 families residing in the county.

The population density was 21 people per square mile. There were 9,431 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 72.79% White, 14.80% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 10.04% from other races, 1.78% from two or more races. 19.74 % of the population were Latino of any race. There were 7,641 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.30% were non-families. 26.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.40% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.08. In the county, the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, 18.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years.

For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males. The median income for a household in the county was $32,425, the median income for a family was $41,388. Males had a median income of $30,063 versus $20,014 for females; the per capita income for the county was $16,910. About 12.30% of families and 16.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.00% of those under age 18 and 15.80% of those age 65 or over. Columbus Eagle Lake Weimar Glidden Osage Pisek Provident City Like many southern counties, Colorado County was predominantly Democratic prior to the 1960s and predominantly Republican since then; the last Democrat to carry the state was Jimmy Carter in 1976. List of museums in East Texas National Register of Historic Places listings in Colorado County, Texas Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks in Colorado County Colorado County government’s website Colorado County in Handbook of Texas Online at the University of Texas Weimar Information and Events Columbus Information and Events

Valery Babich

Valery Babich is a Ukrainian writer and journalist. Until 1991 was an engineer shipbuilder, head of the design bureau at Department of chief designer of Black Sea Shipyard in Mykolaiv on aircraft carriers and S. U. ground complex testing of naval aviation in Crimea. Born in Zaporizhia, Ukraine Valery Babich moved to Mykolaiv with his parents in 1950. In 1955 he entered the Shipbuilding Nikolaev College, which graduated in 1959. After graduating from college, Babich worked from 1959 to 1962 as an electrician at the Shipyard named after 61 Communards. In 1967, Valery Babich finished Mykolayiv Shipbuilding Institute. After graduation assigned to work to chief designer department of Black Sea Shipyard, he took part in the work of the weapons complexes of helicopter carriers Leningrad. During 1970–1991 he worked on the construction of all soviet aircraft carriers: Kiev, Novorossiysk, Tbilisi and Ulyanovsk. Valery Babich engaged in literary and journalistic activities since 2000, he is a Member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine, Writers' Union of Russia, winner of the regional competition of Mykolaiv media ProMedia awards Golden Pen and named after Mykola Arkas.

Selected bibliography: Our aircraft carriers Russian: Наши авианосцы. The city of Saint Nicholas and his aircraft carriers Город Святого Николая и его авианосцы. Lords of the Oceans Властелины океанов. Journalists of the city of St. Nicholas. History and destiny Журналисты города святого Николая. История и судьбы. Has published more than 50 articles on the history of shipbuilding in the newspapers and magazines of different countries. "Valery Babich". Online Our Aircraft Carriers. Archived from the original on 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-03-25. Russian Navy in need of rapid modernisation Russian & Indian Report. November 24, 2012. Future of Ukrainian Shipbuilding Directly Depends on Russia Russian Navy. November 2, 2012. Carriers — Past, Present & Perspective About books of Valery Babich. Online Our aircraft carriers. Nikolaev: the remains of the former greatness of an era of shipbuilding Website NikLife. April 4, 2012

Special-purpose local-option sales tax

A special-purpose local-option sales tax is a financing method for funding capital outlay projects in the U. S. state of Georgia. It is an optional 1% sales tax levied by any county for the purpose of funding the building of parks, schools and other public facilities; the revenue generated can not be used towards most maintenance projects. Capital outlay projects are defined as major projects of a permanent, long-lived nature, such as land and structures. Among the projects explicitly included are road, bridges, police cars, fire trucks and garbage trucks. Georgia law allows counties and municipalities complete discretion over the types of projects selected for SPLOST funding. While funds cannot be used for most maintenance, SPLOST law explicitly allows the expenditure of funds for maintenance and repair of roads and bridges. Georgia's state sales tax is 4%, with the counties allowed to add up to 2% more for SPLOST. A SPLOST is passed by a county commission with the agreement of its city councils, voted up or down by residents in a referendum during the next scheduled election.

A SPLOST only lasts five years, always begins and ends with a full calendar quarter. At that time, if the funds are still needed, it must be voted upon again. All expenditures of SPLOST funds must be in compliance with Article VIII, Section VI, Paragraph IV of the Georgia Constitution, Official Code of Georgia Annotated Section 48-8-115; each SPLOST must define the projects on which the money is to be used, hence the designation of a "special purpose" tax. If enough money is raised before the full term of the tax, it may be ended at the end of an earlier calendar quarter. Counties and school systems are required to provide an independent accountants' report, examining the way the funds were allocated and attesting to the fact that the system receiving funds managed those funds appropriately. School taxes are not technically considered a SPLOST, but are managed the same way, with referendum dates and lists of projects to be funded being approved by county school boards instead of county commissions and city councils.

One SPLOST may be used to increase the homestead exemption for property taxes. A SPLOST still can not be applied to prescriptions. Cities are not allowed to levy sales taxes, they instead share proportionately with their county, according to how much was collected within respective city limits and unincorporated areas. Cities can have a separate tax. Early on, in the 1970s, Dalton had its own tax; the county won the right to take over the tax. Since 2004, Atlanta charges a city sales tax of 1% to separate and repair its old sewers and storm drains; this does not count against the 3% cap on SPLOST/LOST/HOST taxes, was sometimes called a MOST. Like the sewer tax, the MARTA sales tax is separate and not considered a SPLOST; the state has been divided into twelve regions, which each voted on a TSPLOST for transportation needs in July 2012. This does not count against the 3% cap on SPLOST/LOST/HOST taxes. Authorized by the 2010 Transportation Investment Act, the 2012 TSPLOST or T-SPLOST referendum was held on July 31 after well-attended advance voting and early voting, failed in nine of the 12 regions across the state.

This includes the metro Atlanta region, where it failed by a wide margin of 37% to 63% overall, failed in each of the ten counties, despite an advertising campaign that cost eight million dollars, funded by local businesses, controversially by some community improvement districts. It was opposed by those who are against any tax for any reason, those who felt that having just half of the projects being improvements to the region's severely-limited rapid transit was still too much, although there is no other funding for expanding transit options while the gas tax and county SPLOSTs go toward roads, it was opposed by the Sierra Club for putting so much more toward roads that will fill up again, as well as by the NAACP since it is a regressive tax that would have applied to basic necessities like groceries, would have singled-out MARTA as the only agency that would be blocked from receiving operating funds. Former Governor Nathan Deal said there will be no re-vote, no increase in the taxes on gasoline though such taxes are borne by the drivers creating the traffic.

The three regions which voted for the tax are all including Columbus and Augusta. Still causing controversy is the fact that local government in the other nine regions will now be required to put up 30% matching funds for projects for the next two years instead of the typical 10% to 15%. "A penny saved: Georgia’s ambitious infrastructure plans go down in flames" - The Economist, 2012 Aug 4 Voters approve $3.2 billion worth of educational funding - Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2011 Nov 8 "For Transit Relief, Congested Atlanta Ponders a Penny Tax" - The New York Times, 2012 July 15

Hazel Wright Organ

The Hazel Wright Organ located in Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, is one of the world's largest pipe organs. As of 2019, it has 293 ranks and 17,106 pipes playable from two 5-manual consoles. Funded by a $2 million gift from Hazel Wright, a viewer of the church's Hour of Power telecast, the organ was constructed by Fratelli Ruffatti, based on specifications by Virgil Fox and expanded by Frederick Swann, it incorporates the large Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ built in 1962 for New York's Avery Fisher Hall, the Ruffatti organ, installed in the church's previous sanctuary in 1977. Beginning in 1982, the year of the present organ's dedication, Frederick Swann was organist and music director at the cathedral. During his 16-year tenure, he was regarded as the most visible organist in the world as people in more than 165 countries worldwide saw and heard him playing this organ on the weekly Hour of Power televised episodes. Following the Crystal Cathedral's final Hour of Power in June 2013, the organ was scheduled to be dismantled for a $2 million refurbishing, led by Fratelli Ruffatti, to be re-installed for the building's planned re-opening as Christ Cathedral.

After three decades of use and exposure to heat and water damage, the organ was in need of extensive repair. The organ was removed in February 2014 over the course of a week and shipped to Padua, Italy for restoration; the organ was returned to California in May 2016, re-installation is underway. The organ will be dedicated on May 15th, 2020 with a recital by renowned organists Frederick Swann, Paul Jacobs, Hector Olivera. Additional recitals during 2020 will include performances by Peter Conte, Chelsea Chen, Olivier Latry, Stephen Tharp; the organ has the following pipe ranks: Frederick Swann has recorded two compact discs playing the Crystal Cathedral organ: Four Organ Masterworks see here Hymns on the Crystal Cathedral Organ see herePeter Baicchi has recorded one CD: Organ Under Glass: The Crystal Cathedral Organ see hereIn addition, the Crystal Cathedral Choir and organ are heard on the CD We Sing the Power

Prophets of Christianity

In Christianity the figures recognised as prophets are those mentioned as such in the Old Testament and the New Testament. It is believed that prophets are called by God; the main list below consists of only those individuals that have been defined as prophets, either by explicit statement or strong contextual implication, along with the Biblical reference to their office. The secondary list consists of those individuals who are recorded as having had a visionary or prophetic experience, but without a history of any major or consistent prophetic calling. A final list contains the names of those described in the Bible as prophets, but are presented as either misusing this gift or as fraudulent. Aaron Abel Abraham Agabus Agur Ahijah Amos Anna Asaph Azariah Daniel David Deborah Elijah Elisha Enoch Ezekiel Ezra Gad Gideon Habakkuk Haggai Hanani Hosea Huldah Iddo Isaac Isaiah Jacob Jehu Jeremiah Joel John the Baptist John of Patmos Jonah Joshua Judas Barsabbas Job Lamech Lucius of Cyrene Malachi Manahen Micah Micaiah Miriam Moses Nahum Nathan Noah Obadiah Oded Father of Azariah the prophet Oded Philip the Evangelist Note: His four daughters prophesied Paul the Apostle Samuel Shemaiah Silas Simeon Niger Two Witnesses Uriah Zechariah, son of Berechiah Zechariah, son of Jehoiada Zephaniah Ananias of Damascus Eldad Eliezer Elisabeth, mother of John the Baptist Elihu Jahaziel Joseph Joseph, fosterfather of Jesus Mary, mother of Jesus Medad King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon Saul Simeon of Jerusalem Solomon The seventy elders of Israel Zechariah, father of John the Baptist Ahab Antichrist Azur Balaam Elymas Hananiah Jezebel The false prophet of the Book of Revelation The false prophets of Baal Noadiah Simon Magus Zedekiah A prophet A man of God A man of God from Judah An old prophet from Bethel A prophet A man of God One of the sons of the prophets Bible prophecy List of biblical names Muhammad Old Testament messianic prophecies quoted in the New Testament Prophets and messengers in Islam Table of prophets of Abrahamic religions

Cameroon–Spain relations

Cameroon–Spain relations are the bilateral and diplomatic relations between these two countries. Cameroon has an embassy in Madrid. España tiene una embajada en Yaunde. More than 50 years have elapsed since the opening of the Embassy in Yaoundé, since our relations have been deepening in the different fields; the political relations were concretized in the Memorandum of Understanding regarding political consultations, of April 2009, signed by both Ministers during this MINREX's visit to Madrid. Subsequently, two bilateral agreements have been signed: Convention to combat crime in January 2011. Air cooperation agreement in November 2012. Spain continues to show its willingness to participate in the strengthening of security in the Gulf of Guinea, both at a general level of the UN and the EU. On a bilateral level since 2011 they exercised with the Cameroonian navy patrolmen: the Sentinel, from 17 to 24 March, the Huntress, from 31 October to 3 November. From 6 to 9 March 2012, the winning patrolman did it, as a contribution of the Defense Diplomacy Plan to the Africa Plan, from 6 to 8 January 2013, the Lightning, from 29 March to 2 April 2014 the Infanta Elena.

The trade balance has traditionally been deficient for Spain because Cameroon is a major supplier of hydrocarbons. Cameroon is the 61st provider country in Spain; the negative balance has been offset in recent years by the contraction and subsequent atony of Spanish domestic demand. However, a return to the original situation can be seen in the 2014 advanced data: about 400 or 500 million deficits per year; the outlook may change. Being the main product imported by Spain, a sustained decline in the price of oil can lower the import bill. Cameroon is not a priority country in the Spanish Cooperation Master Plan, so there is no Technical Cooperation Office in the country; until 2012, the Open and Permanent Call of AECID and the ordinary and extraordinary call for grants for NGOs have been the two main instruments for development cooperation in Cameroon. The most important part of development cooperation is carried out by religious congregations in health and education, more by several NGOs. Both sometimes receive assistance from the Central Administration and in particular from the Autonomies and the local Administration.

The Spanish Red Cross project completed in 2012 and financed by AECID for Chadian refugees, RCA, has been a benchmark of our cooperation. There is a project in the same area developed by the NGO Red Deporte y Cooperation with funding from AECID. Casa África continues to enhance the presence of Cameroonians in its programs. Since 2011, this financing has been reduced; the Spanish NGOs based in Cameroon include: Sports and Cooperation Network and Far, Globalmón, Medicus Mundi, Agermanament and CEIBA. Other NGOs fund projects from religious congregations, such as Manos Unidas or PROCLADE