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Professional Bowlers Association

The Professional Bowlers Association is the major sanctioning body for the sport of professional ten-pin bowling in the United States. Headquartered in Chicago, the PBA membership consists of over 3,000 members worldwide. Members include "pro shop" owners and workers, teaching professionals and bowlers who compete in the various events put on by the Association; the PBA oversees competition between professional bowlers via the following tours: PBA Tour – An annual calendar of events running from January to December each year. PBA Regional Tour – Allows PBA members and qualifying amateurs to compete in weekend events; the Tour consists of seven regions: Central, Midwest, South and West. PBA50 Tour – Formerly "PBA Senior Tour." Set up like the PBA Tour, but allowing PBA members 50 years and older to compete in their own events. The PBA50 Tour has Regional events. PBA-World Bowling International Tour – Events outside of North America that award a PBA Tour title if won by a PBA member. PBA Women's Regional Tour PBA Women's Series – Selected PBA Tour events that ran from 2007 to 2010 included a concurrent, separate event for female professionals.

As of September 2019, the PBA is owned by Bowlero Corporation. Prior to the PBA's inception, bowling was broadcast on television sporadically beginning in the early 1950s. NBC began with an early 1950s special telecast entitled Championship Bowling. Regular weekly bowling shows, including Jackpot Bowling began airing nationally. At the same time, there was a desire to start a professional bowling division in the United States. During the 1958 ABC tournament in Syracuse, New York, sixty men, including Don Carter, Frank Esposito, Buzz Fazio, Matt Lebhar, Carmen Salvino, Billy Welu, Glenn Allison, Steve Nagy, Harry Smith, Ray Bluth, Dick Hoover, Bill Bunetta, Robert "Bobby" Bellew, Junie McMahon, attended a presentation by Elias. After listening to his proposal, thirty-three of the men donated $50 each, totaling $1,650 to start the organization, incorporated in 1958, headquartered in Akron; the investors became charter members of the PBA giving them lifetime membership. Bill Bunetta was slated to be the first commissioner of the PBA by Eddie Elias but Bill was still a active bowler and turned down the position to continue his bowling and teaching career.

Competition began in 1959 with three tournaments. Italian-born Lou Campi of Dumont, New Jersey won the first event, Dick Weber won the other two The PBA Tour built an audience, expanding to seven tournaments in 1960 13 tournaments in 1961, before exploding with 30 tour stops in 1962. Weber would become the first "face" of the PBA in the early years, as he won 10 of the first 23 events held, including seven in 1961 alone. While PBA bowlers appeared on Jackpot Bowling, Elias led an effort to give the PBA a permanent home on television, it first did so with the interstitial Make That Spare on ABC Sports, which ran from 1960 to 1964, with full games on Professional Bowlers Tour beginning in 1965. Coupled with the continued support of its charter members, as well as sponsorships by the Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, True Value Hardware and Firestone Tire, the PBA experienced growth in its tournament schedules and prize funds. Annual incomes for professional bowlers became, at the time competitive with other professional sports.

A Sports Illustrated article from 1963 noted that top bowler Harry Smith stood to make as much money in 1963 as Major League Baseball's NL MVP Sandy Koufax and NFL Football MVP Y. A. Tittle combined. Schedules reached a plateau of 35 tournaments per year in the 1980s; the 1965 Tournament of Champions was the first to offer $100,000 in prize money. S. Open, sponsored by Seagram distillery, offered a $500,000 prize fund as well as the first $100,000 first-place prize in PBA history. By the 1980s, True Value pledged $100,000 to any roller of a perfect game on national television. Prior to this, the PBA would award a televised 300 game with a new Ford automobile. In addition, in the early 1990s the Miller Brewing Company offered $1 million to any bowler who could win all three of its sponsored tournaments in a given season; as television exposure increased for the PBA, it spun off a Seniors Tour in 1981, with Bill Beach winning the first seniors' championship that year. In 1986, a group of professional bowlers who were dissatisfied with PBA management formed the Touring Pro Bowlers group.

After meeting resistance, the TPB took on the PBA in an antitrust suit. Though settled out of court, the lawsuit did serious financial damage to the PBA. Elias continued to be involved in the PBA until his death in 1998; the PBA was purchased in March 2000 by former Microsoft executives Chris Peters, Rob Glaser, Mike Slade, its corporate headquarters were moved to Seattle, Washington. Together with CEO Steve Miller, a former Nike executive, they are recognized for rescuing the PBA from the brink of extinction. In 2011, Geoff Reiss was appointed as the PBA's Tom Clark as PBA Commissioner; these two assumed the shared CEO/Commissioner post, held by Fred Schreyer since he took over for Miller in 2005. The PBA was featured in A League of Ordinary Gentlemen; the documentary, filmed during the 2002-2003 season, enjoyed a limited release in theaters before being released in a DVD format in March 2006. The PBA was featured and acknowledge

Flicker: Featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Flicker: Featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra is the first live album from Irish singer and songwriter Niall Horan. It was released on 7 December 2018 by Virgin EMI Records; the album peaked at number 12 on the Irish Albums Chart and number 40 on the Australian Digital Albums Chart. In April 2018, Horan and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra recorded songs from Horan's debut studio album Flicker; the recording formed the basis of a one-off TV special, broadcast in early 2018. Louise Bruton of The Irish Times gave the album four stars: "Cleared of overproduction and an overly soft rock touch, voice is more confident and it takes the leads as the orchestra complements his songs"

Blinds.com

Blinds.com is an e-commerce retailer of window blinds and window coverings in the world. In addition, the company sells curtains, window shutters, awnings. Blinds.com was founded by Jay Steinfeld in 2004 from a previous online window coverings venture. By 2006, the company was named #186 on the Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide as well as the 10th fastest-growing e-commerce company on the list. In 2009, Blinds.com was given the Marketer of the Year Award by the American Marketing Association, in recognition of its innovative marketing strategy. In January 2014, Blinds.com was acquired by The Home Depot. To enhance and personalize the window covering shopping experience, Blinds.com developed and released "The Window Shopper", an augmented reality mobile shopping app for iOS and Android. In response to demand for window coverings that could be installed and CMO Daniel Cotlar led a partnership with a manufacturing vendor to design a window shade that could be installed without tools or adhesive; this led to the company's patent-pending Instafit shade product.

2014 Stevie Award - Telesales Team of the Year Stevie Award - Best Customer Service Department of the Year Stevie Award - Senior Sales Executive of the Year Gold Award 2013 Stevie Award - Senior Sales Executive of the Year Gold Award Houston's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For - Best of the Best Medium Business Overall category Houston Chronicle "Houston's Top Workplaces" Internet Retailer Top 500 Guide - #219 Internet Retailer Hot 100 E-Retailer 2012 Achievers 50 Most Engaged Workplaces Houston Chronicle 100 List - #89

Adam Davidson (tennis)

Adam Davidson is a former American professional tennis player. A doubles specialist, he represented the United States on the ATP World Tour, ATP Challenger Tour and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-Star Team. Davidson three times, a first team All-American selection at Azusa Pacific University, he and his doubles partner, Sam Fletcher, were ranked #1 in the country for three seasons. Davidson's highest national collegiate singles ranking was #14, in 2003; as team captain of the APU team in 2005, he led the Cougars to their first NAIA National Championship. Davidson and partner Sam Fletcher defeated former Jr. US Open and Australian Open champions Brendan Evans and Scott Oudsema in ITF Pro Circuit Futures event in Auburn, CA. Partnering a future ATP top 125 doubles player, Patrick Briaud, Davidson won his first ATP World Tour title at the ITF Pro Circuit Futures F13 $10,000 in Tunisia in December; the duo defeated future ATP #51 doubles player Artem Sitak of New Zealand and his partner Ludwig Pellerin of France in the final by a score of 6–3, 6–7, 6–4.

In July, Davidson played as the male reserve for the Sacramento Capitals of the World Team Tennis league. He played alongside Anna Kournikova, Mark Knowles, competed against Pete Sampras of the Newport Beach Breakers, he was coached by father of Bob and Mike Bryan. Davidson's most successful year on tour, he reached a career high of #527 in the world. Partnering Steven Amritraj at the ATP World Tour's $50,000 Calabasas Pro Tennis Championships, Davidson defeated two future top 50 ATP doubles players in Rajeev Ram and Bobby Reynolds marking the best win of his career at that time, they next defeated another ATP top 100 player Tim Smyczek and his partner Alberto Francis before falling to Robert Kendrick and Cecil Mamiit in the semi finals Davidson gained entry to his first ATP World Tour 250 event, in Mumbai, the 2007 Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open. Partnering Rojan Gajjar, the duo fell in the round of 16 to tour veterans Olivier Rochus and Lars Burgsmuller. Rochus was ranked # 24 in the world in singles.

Davidson reached a career high ranking of #527 in the world on October 22, 2007

Antonino (name)

Antonino is an Italian masculine given name, a form of Antonio, as well as a surname. Below is a list of notable people with the name. Antonino Arconte, Italian writer and former secret agent Antonino Asta, Italian footballer and manager Antonino Barges, Franco-Flemish composer of the Renaissance, active in Venice and Treviso Antonino Barillà, Italian footballer Antonino Barillà, Italian sports shooter Antonino Bernardini, Italian footballer and manager Antonino Bonaccorsi, Italian painter Antonino Bonvissuto, Italian footballer Antonino Borzì, Italian botanist Antonino Bruschetta, Italian actor and stage director, screenwriter. Antonino Calcagnadoro, Italian painter Antonino Calderone, Sicilian Mafioso Antonino Caltabiano, Italian wrestler Antonino Caponnetto, Italian Antimafia magistrate Antonino Cassarà, Italian policeman assassinated by the Cosa Nostra Antonino Catalano, Italian racing cyclist Antonino Cayetano Mexican politician Antonino da Patti, Sicilian priest Antonino D'Agata, Italian politician Antonino D'Agostino, Italian footballer Antonino Daì, Italian footballer Antonino D'Ambrosio, American author and filmmaker Antonino de Bivona-Bernardi, Sicilian botanist and phycologist Antonino de Forciglioni, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Florence and saint Antonino De Rosa, American Magic: The Gathering player Antonino Diana, Sicilian Catholic moral theologian Antonino Dos Santos Baptista, Portuguese professional racing cyclist Antonino Faà di Bruno, Italian actor and former military officer Antonino Fernández Rodríguez, Spanish businessman Antonino Fogliani, Italian conductor Antonino Foti, Italian softball coach Antonino Gandolfo, Italian painter Antonino Gandolfo Brancaleone, Italian composer Antonino Giuffrè, Italian mafioso Antonino Grano, Italian painter and engraver Antonino Isordia, Mexican film and documentary director Antonino La Gumina, Italian footballer Antonino Leto, Italian painter Antonino Lo Surdo, Italian physicist Antonino Paone, Italian-American actor Antonino Parrinello, Italian cyclist Antonino Paternò Castello, Marchese di San Giuliano, Italian diplomat Antonino Profeta, Italian footballer Antonino Ragusa, Italian footballer Antonino Raspanti, Italian Roman Catholic bishop Antonino Rocca, Italian-Argentinian professional wrestler Antonino Rocchetti Torres, Italian painter Antonino P. Roman, Filipino politician Antonino Russo Giusti, Italian dramatist Antonino Sabino, Italian composer and priest Antonino Saviano, Italian footballer Antonino Scopelliti, Italian magistrate killed by the Mafia Antonino Souza-Kordyeru, Russian pair skater Antonino Spadaccino, Italian singer Antonino Maria Stromillo, Italian Roman Catholic bishop Antonino Terzo, Italian actor Antonino Toscano, Italian admiral during World War II Antonino Tringali-Casanova, Italian politician, Minister of Justice of the Italian Social Republic Antonino Votto, Italian operatic conductor and vocal coach Antonino Zichichi, Italian physicist Darlene Antonino-Custodio, Filipina politician Luwalhati Antonino, Filipina politician Magnolia Antonino, Filipina politician All pages with titles beginning with Antonino All pages with titles containing Antonino Antonino Antoniano Antonijo Antonin Antonina Antonine Antonini Antoninho Antoninów Antoniny Antonio Antoñito

Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge

Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge is at the southern end of the Great Salt Lake Desert, part of the Great Basin in Juab County, Utah. The Refuge is managed by Wildlife Service; as an oasis in the Great Basin Desert in western Utah, Fish Springs serves a variety of species including fish, migratory birds, coyotes, pronghorn and other native species. The reserve can be reached by paved road from Lynndyl, Utah to Topaz Mountain and by improved dirt road to the Pony Express Road/Lincoln Highway improved dirt road which runs through the Refuge; the Refuge is a recreational area for permitted outdoor activities. The Fish Springs Range runs north to south and is west of the Wildlife Refuge. Fish Springs started as a Pony Express and Overland Stage station, got its name from the fish that populated the springs, which were reported to be over 6 inches in length; the fish are left over from ancient Lake Bonneville. Several natural springs feed the wetlands; these are along a linear path at the range front, include North Springs, Deadman Springs, House Springs, Middle Springs, Thomas Springs, South Springs, Percy Springs.

Fish Springs is thought to be the end of a long flowpath of groundwater, starting in the Schell Creek Range and Snake Range area and flowing along permeable bedrock or faults toward Fish Springs. This comes from the fact the annual discharge of the springs is 27,500 acre feet /year, the annual recharge for the drainage area is about 4,000 acre feet /year, meaning over 6 times more water flows out of the springs than falls in the valley annually by precipitation; the springs and several wells in the area are monitored by Fish and Wildlife personnel and/or the Utah Geological Survey. The water of Fish Springs is not suited for human consumption, being warm and saline. Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge: Homepage, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, retrieved June 18, 2016