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Daystar (TV network)

Daystar is an American evangelical Christian-based religious television network, owned by the Word of God Fellowship, founded by Marcus Lamb in 1993. Daystar is headquartered in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Texas. In 1984, Marcus and Joni Lamb moved to Montgomery, Alabama to launch the state's first full-power Christian television station, WMCF-TV; the Lambs built the station for the next five years, sold it in 1990 to the Trinity Broadcasting Network. They next moved to Dallas, where, in 1993, they purchased the defunct KMPX. In 1996, with a large contribution from Kenneth Copeland Ministries, the Lambs purchased a station in Colorado turning their television ministry into a network. In August 1997, the small staff moved into a 32,000-square-foot facility that included production studios. On March 21, 2011, Daystar announced that it would downsize its production studios in Ashland, Kentucky. This, with studios now run by a limited technical staff, led to the layoff of an unknown number of Daystar employees.

Daystar broadcasts programs by speakers from around the world. Joni Table Talk - Joni Lamb's daily show, Joni Table Talk, is presented by Lamb and co-hosts; the subjects covered include topics such as Christian spirituality, secular culture, music and fitness, marriage enrichment, recovery from various addictions, alternative lifestyles and psychological disorders. Check the Sound - Check the Sound is a half-hour program for young adults that airs on Friday and Saturday nights, hosted by the Lambs' three children; the program is devoted to airing new Christian music videos, live concerts or interviews. Gospel Music Showcase - Gospel Music Showcase is a southern gospel music program hosted by Guy Penrod of the Gaither Vocal Band. Love A Child - Love a Child is a 30-minute weekly program featuring missionaries Bobby and Sherry Burnette as they minister to the poorest of the poor in Haiti. Kingdom Connection - Kingdom Connection with Pastor Jentezen Franklin brings practical meaning to spiritual truths found in God's Word.

Joel Osteen Occasionally, Daystar broadcasts programs featuring the Lambs at church speaking engagements and broadcasts events such as Christians United for Israel summits. Daystar televises the semi-annual fundraising telethons titled Share-a-thon. Daystar broadcasts Scaly Adventures, an educational show starring Pierce Curren; the Brazilian singer Ana Paula Valadão, vocalist and leader of the Ministry Before the Throne, from Brazil, has appeared several times on the TV channel. In 2003, Daystar was investigated by the Federal Communications Commission, centering on allegations that Daystar sold air time on its non-commercial educational stations to for-profit groups; the investigation complicated Daystar's US$21.5 million bid for KOCE-TV, a PBS station in Huntington Beach, California which at the time served the suburban area of Orange County, other license renewals. After a lengthy process, Daystar and KOCE-TV came to an agreement where Daystar leased a digital subchannel of KOCE, broadcast network programming over KOCE-DT3 into Orange County and the Los Angeles area.

This agreement remained in place as of 2013, with KOCE since becoming the flagship Los Angeles area member station of PBS in January 2011, replacing KCET after that station defected from the network. On December 22, 2008, the FCC and Daystar entered into an agreement whereby Daystar would continue to utilize a multi-level review process for all content aired and would make additional good faith efforts to review all content received from external providers before broadcasting it on Daystar's non-commercial educational stations. Daystar agreed to make a voluntary contribution of $17,500 to the United States Department of Treasury. On March 13, 2012, the FCC questioned whether Daystar, through associated nonprofit companies, was qualified to purchase former PBS outlets KWBU-TV in Waco, Texas and WMFE-TV in Orlando, Florida; the WMFE deal was canceled two days later. On September 7, 2012, KDYW's licensee, the Brazos Valley Broadcasting Foundation, informed the FCC that it would request the dismissal of the license assignment application and the cancellation of the KDYW license, with the cancellation becoming final on September 27.

Daystar faced controversy in Israel when it became the first foreign Christian network to be given a broadcast license by its government in 2006. The announcement drew criticism from Jewish leaders in both Israel and the United States, who believed the network aimed at converting Israeli Jews through its numerous Messianic Jewish programs. In 2007, Israeli cable provider HOT announced it would drop Daystar from its lineup, stating that the decision was made after the company received complaints about Daystar's content. Daystar filed a petition with the Israeli Supreme Court to hear the case, accusing HOT of religious discrimination. Two years HOT reversed its decision and resumed carrying Daystar. On November 30, 2010, Marcus Lamb appeared on Celebration and admitted to having had an extramarital affair several years before, telling viewers that unidentified individuals had attempted to extort money from him over the incident, he said. Lamb's confession sparked a series of legal actions against Daysta

Sam Dockery

Samuel Dockery, nicknamed Sure-Footed Sam, was a hard bop pianist and well-respected musician on the Philadelphia jazz scene since the early 1950s. Dockery was born in New Jersey, he appears on 11 recordings as the pianist for Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers and composed "Sam's Tune" which appears on their 1957 Blue Note recording Ritual. In 1963 he was the pianist for Betty Carter's extended engagement at Birdland, headed The Sam Dockery Trio in Philadelphia during the 1990s, he taught at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. He died in 2015, aged 86. With Art Blakey Originally - unreleased until 1982 Hard Bop Originally Drum Suite Mirage Ritual: The Modern Jazz Messengers Selections from Lerner and Loewe's... A Night in Tunisia Cu-Bop Tough! Hard Drive With Clifford Brown The Beginning and the End - 1956 performance recorded in PhiladelphiaWith Butch Ballard and Dylan Taylor Mozaic

Nigeria at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

Nigeria competed at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, from 7 September to 18 September 2016. Nigeria's delegation of 23 sportspeople was composed of powerlifters, with the country sending 14 lifters to Rio. Ahead of the Rio Games, the National Sports Commission promised Paralympic medals to erase the country's Olympic shame. Nigeria had issues with qualifying a bigger team for Rio because of a lack of funding available to its elite sportspeople; this was true for table tennis, one of the three sports Nigeria competed in at Rio. The other two sports were athletics and powerlifting. Going into the Rio Games, Nigerian officials promised that the delegation would return home from Rio with medals. Prior to the Games the former director of the National Sports Commission was quoted as saying that he had hopes that the performance of the country's Paralympians would, "erase the shame of the dismal showing at the Olympic Games."Sportspeople in Nigeria had difficulties in qualifying for Rio owing to a lack of funds.

Most of the funding for Nigerian Paralympic participation came from the Nigerian government, with little funding coming from the private sector. In many parts of Black Africa, people who have disabilities that include insanity, physical disabilities such as impairments and deformities face cultural barriers to participation because of attitudes related to their disabilities; these include beliefs that they acquired their disabilities because their parents were witches or they are wizards. Their disability is seen as a result of a personal failing on their part; as such, there is tremendous cultural pressure for people with physical disabilities to remain hidden and out of the public eye. In many places, they are perceived to be monsters in need of healing; this is the context to which Nigerian Paralympians engage both society and sport internally, in their own country. Following the success of the Nigerian team at the Paralympics in recent cycles, there were some changes in attitudes towards people with disabilities in the country.

An idealized body in a Nigerian context sometimes became a superperson in their cyborg body, overcoming problems with corruption, lack of funding and other barriers to succeed at the highest level in society. Nigeria's delegation of 23 sportspeople was composed of powerlifters, with the country sending 14 lifters to Rio. Lauritta Onye is a Nollywood actress, she appeared in the 2015 movie, "Lords of Money." Every participant at the Paralympics has their disability grouped into one of five disability categories. Each Paralympic sport has its own classifications, dependent upon the specific physical demands of competition. Events are given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing; some sports, such as athletics, divide athletes by both the category and severity of their disabilities, other sports, for example swimming, group competitors from different categories together, the only separation being based on the severity of the disability.

Nigeria's medal haul was more than the total earned by Nigeria's 2016 Olympic team who came away with one bronze medal, earned in men's football. They finished seventeenth overall on the medal table, their performance was the best medal wise among African nations at the 2016 Games. It was Nigeria's best gold medal performance at a Paralympic Games since 1992, when the country made its debut; the following Nigerian competitors won medals at the Games. In the'by discipline' sections below, medallists' names are in bold. Nigeria had athletes competing in athletics in Rio. Lauritta Onye set, her performance earned her a gold medal. WomenTrack Nigeria had 14 athletes competing in powerlifting in Rio. Lucy Ejike competed in the women's under 61 kg event, winning gold with a world record lift of 142 kg. Nigeria was represented in table tennis by Segun Toriola; these were Toriola's seventh Paralympic Games. His participation at seven Paralympic Games was a record for an African Paralympian. Nigerian table tennis players had difficulty qualifying for Rio as a result of the lack of funding to enable them to participate in qualifying events.

Some table tennis players contacted Director-General of the National Sports Commission Mallam Alhassan Yakmut seeking the release of funds to enable them to attend a qualifying event in Morocco in October 2015. Nasiru Bello, Faith Obiorah and Philomena Konwe all had their qualifying impacted by funding issues related to attending the event. Nigerian table tennis was still going to be represented in Rio despite the other issues: Cecilia Arinye was selected as an umpire for the Paralympic Games in table tennis. MenWomen Nigeria at the 2016 Summer Olympics