Frank Erwin Center
The Frank C. Erwin Jr. Center is a multi-purpose arena located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas, it is sometimes referred to as "The Drum" or "The Superdrum", owing to its round, drum-like appearance from outside. The multi-purpose facility hosts entertainment events and is the home court for the UT men's and women's basketball programs; the Erwin Center is located at the southeastern corner of the UT central campus and is bounded on the east by Interstate 35. Built to replace Gregory Gymnasium as the men's and women's basketball teams' home arena, the Special Events Center was completed in 1977 for a total cost of $34 million; the Texas men's basketball team opened the events center on November 29, 1977 with an 83–76 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners. UT undertook extensive renovations of the facility from 2001 to 2003 at a cost of $55 million, among other things and renovated seating, new video and sound systems, new lighting, 28 suites; the building is named for former UT Board of Regents member Frank Erwin, who as a regent was controversial due to his hostility towards the burgeoning on-campus, political counterculture movement of the late 1960s and was directly involved in the arrest of protesting students and the purging of what he deemed as "unpatriotic" faculty.
Known as the Special Events Center, the facility was renamed in 1980 to honor Erwin, who died that same year. A two-level layout accommodates up to 16,540 spectators for basketball games and up to 17,900 spectators for concerts; the inner ring of the arena averages around 20 rows deep, while the mezzanine is deeper at around 24 rows. The size of the arena's inner ring is dependent on the event being hosted; the Dell Medical Center, a $334 million teaching hospital for the University, has identified the parking lot and Waller Creek area directly across from the Frank Erwin Center as Phase I of construction, with phases calling for the demolition and relocation of the Frank Erwin Center, preferably on the University of Texas at Austin campus. A discussed location is the parking lots south of Mike A. Myers Soccer Stadium. In 2018, it was announced that Oak View Group and the University of Texas had agreed to build a new $338 million dollar arena for the Texas Longhorns basketball program to replace the Frank Erwin Center.
Located adjacent to downtown Austin, The Erwin Center is accepted to be Austin's current premier venue for large public and private events. The center holds many events such as concerts, professional wrestling events, bull riding and private banquets; the arena has hosted three UFC mixed martial events: UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares in 2010, UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson in 2014, UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros in 2018. Music artists such as KISS, U2, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney, Def Leppard, Garth Brooks, Van Halen, Prince, Rod Stewart, Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and many others have performed at the arena; the Erwin Center hosted the semifinals and finals of the University Interscholastic League boys' and girls' basketball playoffs in all five classifications until 2015, when the playoffs moved to San Antonio. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas Frank Erwin Center Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Events Center – Texassports.com
Michael Andrew Atherton OBE is a broadcaster, journalist and a former England international first-class cricketer. A right-handed opening batsman for Lancashire and England, occasional leg-break bowler, he achieved the captaincy of England at the age of 25 and led the side in a record 54 Test matches. Known for his stubborn resistance during an era of hostile fast bowling, Atherton was described in 2001 as a determined defensive opener who made "batting look like trench warfare", he had several famed bouts with bowlers including South Africa's Allan Donald and Australia's Glenn McGrath. Atherton played the anchor role at a time when England batting performances lacked consistency, his playing career included some controversy, including an accusation of ball tampering, several brushes with the media with whom, by Atherton's own admission, he did not have a good understanding when he was a player. Hampered by a chronic back complaint, to contribute to the end of his career, Atherton was considered a leading England batsman during the 1990s.
Following retirement he became a journalist and is a cricket commentator with Sky Sports, cricket correspondent of The Times. Atherton was born in Failsworth, England, his family includes several lesser known sportspeople, such as his father Alan, a former Manchester United reserve goalkeeper in the 1960s. As a youth, he captained the Manchester Grammar School cricket team, for whom he scored 3,500 runs and took 170 wickets, his performances led to selection for the England under-19 team, which he captained aged 16. He represented Lancashire Schools from 1982 to 1986. In 1983 he won the Jack Hobbs Memorial Award as the Outstanding Schoolboy Cricketer at under-15 level. In a match against the Marylebone Cricket Club in 1984 he took 6–27. Entering Downing College, Cambridge, to read History, he was selected at 18 to play for Cambridge University Cricket Club and awarded a blue. A year he made 73 on his county debut for Lancashire, scoring his maiden first-class hundred against Derbyshire a fortnight later.
During this time he represented his university, the Combined Universities cricket team and his county. This early rise through the ranks, extensive leadership experience earned him the nickname "FEC", thought to have stood for "future England captain". In his autobiography Opening Up, Atherton is candid about the fact that there are more colourful alternatives for "FEC". Atherton's heady rise continued when he made his debut for England in the fifth test against Australia at Trent Bridge, where he scored 0 and 47. Atherton's chance came when several England players announced their decision to go on a rebel tour to South Africa and so were banned from the Test team. Despite these defections, he was selected as vice-captain of the 1989–90 A-team tour to Zimbabwe rather than for the West Indies tour, he learned that he would make his debut when captain David Gower threw a plastic bag of England caps and sweaters at him. Atherton returned to the England side in the summer of 1990, partnering Graham Gooch at the top of the order and giving the first demonstration of his abilities at international level.
In his first innings after recall, his first opening the batting for England, he scored 151 against New Zealand. He shared an opening partnership of 204 with Gooch against India at Lord's, in the match famous for Gooch's scores of 333 and 123, Test centuries against New Zealand and India earned him the title of Young Cricketer of the Year. During the winter of 1990–91, Atherton faced a sterner test on the Ashes tour of Australia. Although he made a century in the third Test at Sydney, he averaged just 31 for his 279 runs, England lost 3–0; when Australia arrived for the 1993 Ashes series, Atherton's place in the team was not assured. However, a consistent summer, during which he scored six 50s in six Tests, cemented his place in the side at a fortunate time. Graham Gooch, frustrated by continual losses against Australia, resigned as captain after the fourth Test and Atherton, aged just 25, replaced him, he lost his first match in charge but England managed to beat Australia in a morale-boosting final Test.
Atherton's first tour as captain, to the West Indies in the winter of 1993–94, was not a success as England lost 3–1. This was a series of highs and lows: Brian Lara of the West Indies compiled a world-record 375 against them at Antigua. For his part, Atherton was the best of the English batsmen, scoring 510 runs at an average of 56.67. Earning plaudits for his determination and leadership, Atherton followed up with two centuries in the first two Tests at home against New Zealand, his reputation suffered a blow when he was implicated in a ball-tampering controversy during the first Test against South Africa at Lord's, for which he was fined £2,000 by Ray Illingworth. Atherton was accused of lying to the match referee. Atherton claims in his autobiography that he answered'no' when asked if he had anything in his pockets, he believed that Burge was referring to nefarious substances such as lip salve. Nonetheless the TV pictures were damning, showing Atherton deliberately putting dirt, taken from the pitch, on the ball.
Speaking, Atherton was not breaking the laws – he pointed out that plenty of bowlers improve their grip on the ball by rubbing their hands on the pitch. After this incident
Fellowship of Evangelical Churches
The Fellowship of Evangelical Churches is an evangelical body of Christians with an Amish Mennonite heritage, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The FEC contains 60 churches located in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Pennsylvania. In the first half of 19th century, the time before the Amish split into Amish Mennonites and Old Order Amish, several members of the Amish Egly family immigrated from Baden, Germany, to North America. Among them was Henry Egly. Egly was elected deacon of a Berne-Geneva Amish church in Indiana. In 1858, Egly was elected bishop of the Berne-Geneva Amish Church. Egly, who insisted on the new birth experience, withdrew from the Amish church. Half of the congregation withdrew as well. In 1866, the first Egly-Amish church was created in Indiana. In the beginning the Egly Amish church was strict in regard to discipline and dress, but developed in the same direction as the Amish Mennonites, towards the Mennonite mainstream, away from the Amish heritage; the Egly-Amish adopted the name "Defenseless Mennonite" on 6 November 1908 as the congregation wanted to be known as more Mennonite rather than Amish.
In 1942, the Defenseless Mennonites were charter members in the founding of the National Association of Evangelicals. In 1948, their name was changed to "Evangelical Mennonite Church" to reflect both their Anabaptist and Evangelical beliefs. On 2 August 2003, the Evangelical Mennonite Church voted to be known as the "Fellowship of Evangelical Churches", or FEC; the Defenseless Mennonite Conference published its Confession of Faith and Discipline in 1917. The confession of faith was revised in 1937, 1949, 1961, 1980, it contains 12 articles of faith. The Lords supper is observed with open communion; the conference office is located in Indiana. The FEC organization is governed through a congregational form of governance. Local congregations elect delegates to a delegate body, which in turn elects the conference leadership; the conference is composed of 34 churches in the Midwest of the United States with 5278 members. Fifty-five percent of the churches are located in Indiana. All FEC ministries are funded by voluntary donations of individuals.
The Missionary Church Association came out of the "Egly Amish" in 1898. The Evangelical Mennonite Church is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals; these organizations have their own governing boards but are affiliated with the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches. Miracle Camp and Retreat Center Life Change Camp and Retreat Center Salem4Youth Christian Service Foundation <ref name="Churches"> Lifegate Church Lakeview Bible Church Living Hope Community Church Calvary Community Church Crossroads Church of Monticello Dewey Community Church Eureka Bible Church Grace Evangelical Church Great Oaks Community Church Groveland Evangelical Mennonite Church Heartland Community Church Jacob’s Well Community Church New Beginnings Church Northwoods Community Church Oak Grove Evangelical Bible Church Rock Creek Bible Church Salem Church Berne Evangelical Church Brookside Church Crossview Church Highland Gospel Community Mission Church Pine Hills Church Sonlight Community Church Upland Community Church Westwood Fellowship Grace Community Church Sterling Evangelical Bible Church Grace Community Fellowship Grace Crossing New Anthem Community Church Moss Brook Community Church Life Community Church The Hill Church of the Good Shepherd Comins Mennonite Church Lawton Evangelical Church Neighborhood Church The Remedy The Real Tree Church True North Bethel Mennonite Church Freedom Point Harrisonville Community Church PeaRidge Community Church Archbold Evangelical Church Catalyst Community Church Christ the King Church Crossroads Evangelical Church Evermore Community Church Life Church of Loraine County Life Community Church Oak Bend Church Pathway Church Solid Rock Community Church Wave Community Church River City Church Frank S. Mead, Samuel S. Hill, Craig D. Atwood: Handbook of Denominations in the United States.
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Ferrol en Común
Ferrol en Común is a grassroots movement and political coalition in the city of Ferrol, Galicia whose goal is to build a left-wing and participative political convergence towards the municipal elections of May 2015. This initiative was supported by political parties like Anova-Nationalist Brotherhood, United Left and the local circle of Podemos in the city of Ferrol. Jorge Suárez, a member of United Left, was elected as the candidate. After the elections he was elected as mayor, with the votes of FeC, the Socialists' Party of Galicia and the Galician Nationalist Bloc. FeC was the second most voted party in the Ferrol local elections of 2015, winning 6 seats in the city council. Compostela Aberta Marea de Pontevedra Marea de Vigo Marea Atlántica Official website Official Twitter
Federal Election Commission
The Federal Election Commission is an independent regulatory agency whose purpose is to enforce campaign finance law in United States federal elections. Created in 1974 through amendments to the Federal Election Campaign Act, the commission describes its duties as "to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections." The Commission is made up of six members, who are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate. Each member serves a six-year term, two seats are subject to appointment every two years. By law, no more than three Commissioners can be members of the same political party, at least four votes are required for any official Commission action; the chairmanship of the Commission rotates among the members each year, with no member serving as chairman more than once during a six-year term. However, a member may serve as chairman more than once by serving beyond the six-year mark if no successor is appointed.
The Commission's role is limited to the administration of federal campaign finance laws. It enforces limitations and prohibitions on contributions and expenditures, administers the reporting system for campaign finance disclosure and prosecutes violations, audits a limited number of campaigns and organizations for compliance, administers the presidential public funding programs for presidential candidates and, until nominating conventions, defends the statute in challenges to federal election laws and regulations; the FEC publishes reports filed by Senate, House of Representatives and Presidential campaigns that list how much each campaign has raised and spent, a list of all donors over $200, along with each donor's home address and job title. This database goes back to 1980. Private organizations are prohibited from using these data to solicit new individual donors, but may use this information to solicit Political Action Committees; the FEC maintains an active program of public education, directed to explaining the law to the candidates, their campaigns, political parties and other political committees that it regulates.
Critics of the FEC, including campaign finance reform supporters such as Common Cause and Democracy 21, have complained that it is a classic example of regulatory capture where it serves the interests of the ones it was intended to regulate. The FEC's bipartisan structure, established by Congress, renders the agency "toothless." Critics claim that most FEC penalties for violating election law come well after the actual election in which they were committed. Additionally, some critics claim that the commissioners tend to act as an arm of the "regulated community" of parties, interest groups, politicians when issuing rulings and writing regulations. Others point out, that the commissioners divide evenly along partisan lines, that the response time problem may be endemic to the enforcement procedures established by Congress. To complete steps necessary to resolve a complaint – including time for defendants to respond to the complaint, time to investigate and engage in legal analysis, where warranted, prosecution – takes far longer than the comparatively brief period of a political campaign.
Critics including former FEC chairman Bradley Smith and Stephen M. Hoersting, executive director of the Center for Competitive Politics, criticize the FEC for pursuing overly aggressive enforcement theories that amount to an infringement on the First Amendment right to free speech. Division over the issue became prominent during the last several years of the Obama administration. Commissioners deadlocked on several votes over whether to regulate Twitter and other online mediums for political speech, as well as a vote to punish Fox News for the selection criteria it used in a presidential debate. Democrats argued for more regulation on the basis that it would protect consumers and encourage more inclusive political speech. Republicans opposed regulation, with former chairman Lee E. Goodman accusing Democrats of trying to alter the First Amendment by "administrative fiat." Critics of the Commission argue that the membership structure causes deadlocks on 3-3 votes, but others argue that deadlocks are quite rare, based on principle rather than partisanship.
Since 2008, 3-3 votes have become more common at the FEC. From 2008 to August 2014, the FEC has had over 200 tie votes, accounting for 14 percent of all votes in enforcement matters. Joan D. Aikens – April 1975 – September 1998. Thomas B. Curtis – April 1975 – May 1976. Thomas E. Harris – April 1975 – October 1986. Neil O. Staebler – April 1975 – October 1978. Vernon W. Thomson – April 1975 – June 1979. Robert Tiernan – April 1975 – December 1981. William L. Springer – May 1976 – February 1979. John Warren McGarry – October 1978 – August 1998. Max L. Friedersdorf – March 1979 – December 1980. Frank P. Reiche – July 1979 – August 1985. Lee Ann Elliott – December 1981 – June 2000. Danny L. McDonald – December 1981 – January 2006 (reappointed in July 1987
Thomas Fec, better known by his stage name Tobacco, is an American electronic musician. He is the frontman of the psychedelic rock band Black Moth Super Rainbow, in addition to working as a solo artist; as of late 2018, he has teamed up with rapper Aesop Rock to become the music duo Malibu Ken, releasing their self-titled debut album in January 2019. Little is known about Tobacco, as he, along with the rest of Black Moth Super Rainbow, are private and do interviews, it is known that Tobacco grew up in Allegheny County and graduated from Hampton High School in 1998 along with bandmate Seth Ciotti. In a 2009 interview with Skyscraper Magazine, Tobacco said that his name derived from "a character that freaked me out as a kid, the Tobacco Man," referring to the character from the film Redneck Zombies. Tobacco released his first solo album, Fucked Up Friends, on Anticon on October 14, 2008, it was recorded using analog equipment. Rolling Stone said of the album, "one of the year's best stoner-rock records - only it's powered by synths, hip-hop beats and vocoders instead of guitars."
Exclaim! called it "worthy of obsessive listening." The album featured a guest appearance from Aesop Rock. A DVD of the album had been released more than a year prior, on September 3, 2007, by The 70's Gymnastics Recording Company. In February 2010, an e-mail sent out to the Black Moth Super Rainbow/Tobacco e-mail list announced a new CD by Tobacco entitled Maniac Meat that would feature Beck on two tracks titled "Fresh Hex" and "Grape Aerosmith." Tobacco revealed that in making the album, the two exchanged parts for songs via e-mail, that they had never met in person. On March 30, 2010, the website Pitchfork Media released the first song from Maniac Meat titled "Sweatmother"; the album came out on May 25 on Anticon. LA UTI was released on November 2010 on Anticon as a companion piece to Maniac Meat; the EP features underground rappers such as Rob Sonic, Serengeti among others. Tobacco produced the track "Glass Coffins" from Antipop Consortium rapper Beans' solo album End It All in 2011. In February 2012 it was announced that Tobacco and Zackey Force Funk were teaming up to release an album under the band name Demon Queen.
Since a couple of tracks have been leaked by the artists to soundcloud and a Facebook page has been created. Several of Tobacco's songs are featured in the HBO series Silicon Valley, including "Stretch Your Face", which serves as the show's theme song. In 2017, Tobacco toured with Nine Inch Nails and will be opening for them on their September US tour In an interview with Kotori Magazine in September 2008, Tobacco explained the difference between Black Moth Super Rainbow and Tobacco: "Mostly everything I've done with BMSR is made to be pop, and alot of people say. So with Tobacco, I wanted to get darker and sleeker with it all. I want to make you feel paranoid in a good way. There’s something fucked about workout tapes from the mid 80s, just about everything obscure on beta tape, they make me feel awful, but good and curious at the same time. With this Tobacco stuff, I’m trying to translate that feeling." Tobacco's live shows consist of him and BMSR bandmate The Seven Fields of Aphelion, an unnamed person from Portland, playing along with video projections from Fucked Up Friends and Fucked Up Friends 2.
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Florida East Coast Railway
The Florida East Coast Railway is a Class II railroad operating in the U. S. state of Florida owned by Grupo México. The FEC was a Class I railroad owned by Florida East Coast Industries from 2000 to 2016, FOXX Holdings between 1983 and 2000, the St. Joseph Paper Company prior to 1983. Built in the last quarter of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century, the FEC was a project of Standard Oil principal Henry Flagler, he visited Florida with his first wife, Mary. A key strategist who worked with John D. Rockefeller building the Standard Oil Trust, Flagler noted both great potential and a lack of services during his stay at St. Augustine, he subsequently began what amounted to his second career, developing resorts and communities all along Florida's shores abutting the Atlantic Ocean. The FEC is best known for building the railroad to Key West, completed in 1912; when the FEC's line from the mainland to Key West was damaged by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, the State of Florida purchased the remaining right-of-way and bridges south of Dade County, they were rebuilt into road bridges for vehicle traffic and became known as the Overseas Highway.
However, a greater and lasting Flagler legacy was the developments along Florida's eastern coast. During the Great Depression, control was purchased by heirs of the du Pont family. After 30 years of fragile financial condition, the FEC, under leadership of a new president, Ed Ball, took on the labor unions. Ball claimed the company could not afford the same costs as larger Class 1 railroads and needed to invest saved funds in its infrastructure, the condition of, fast becoming a safety issue; the company—using replacement workers—and some of its employees engaged from 1963 until 1977 in one of the longest and more violent labor conflicts of the 20th century. Federal authorities had to intervene to stop the violence, which included bombings and vandalism. However, the courts ruled in the FEC's favor with regard to the right to employ strikebreakers. During this time Ball invested in numerous steps to improve the railroad's physical plant, installed various forms of automation; the FEC was the first US railroad to operate two-man train crews, eliminate cabooses, end all of its passenger services by 1968.
In modern times, the company's primary rail revenues come from its rock trains. In January 2018, passenger rail service Brightline began using FEC tracks for its route from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale; the Florida East Coast Railway was developed by Henry Morrison Flagler, an American tycoon, real estate promoter, railroad developer and John D. Rockefeller's partner in Standard Oil. Formed at Cleveland, Ohio as Rockefeller, Andrews & Flagler in 1867, Standard Oil moved its headquarters in 1877 to New York City. Flagler and his family relocated there as well, he was joined by Henry H. Rogers, another leader of Standard Oil who became involved in the development of America's railroads, including those on nearby Staten Island, the Union Pacific, in West Virginia, where he built the remarkable Virginian Railway to transport coal to Hampton Roads, Virginia. Flagler's non-Standard Oil interests went in a different direction, when in 1878, on the advice of his physician, he traveled to Jacksonville, Florida for the winter with his first wife, quite ill.
Two years after she died in 1881, he married Ida Alice Shourds. After their wedding, the couple traveled to St. Augustine, Florida in 1883. Flagler found the city charming, he recognized Florida's potential to attract out-of-state visitors. Though Flagler remained on the Board of Directors of Standard Oil, he gave up his day-to-day involvement in the firm in order to pursue his Florida interests; when Flagler returned to Florida, in 1885 he began building a grand St. Augustine hotel, the Ponce de Leon Hotel. Flagler realized that the key to developing Florida was a solid transportation system, purchased the 3 ft narrow gauge Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Halifax River Railway on December 31, 1885, he discovered that a major problem facing the existing Florida railway systems was that each operated on different gauge systems, making interconnection impossible. He converted the line to 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in standard gauge in 1890 and the small operation was incorporated in 1892; the earliest predecessor of the FEC was the narrow gauge St. John's Railway, incorporated in 1858, which constructed a now-abandoned line between St. Augustine and Tocoi, a small settlement on the east bank of the St. Johns River, midway between Palatka and Green Cove Springs.
In 1883, Henry Flagler, now retired from Standard Oil, moved to St. Augustine, built the mentioned Ponce de Leon and the Alcazar Hotels, purchased the Casa Monica, just east of the Alcazar, changing the name to Cordova; the east coast of Florida was undeveloped at that time, Flagler found it difficult to obtain the construction materials he needed. His purchase of the JStA&HR Railway was intended to make it faster and easier to supply his building projects; the JStA&HR Railway served the northeastern portion of the state and was the first operation in the Flagler Railroad system. Before Flagler bought the line, the railroad stretched only between South Jacksonville and St. Augustine and lacked a depot sufficient to accommodate travelers to his St. Augustine resorts, he built a modern depot facility as well as schools, h