Wembley Arena is an indoor arena adjacent to Wembley Stadium in Wembley, London. Used for music, family entertainment and sport, the 12,500-seat facility is London's second-largest indoor arena after The O2 Arena, the ninth-largest in the United Kingdom; the Empire Pool was built for the 1934 British Empire Games at Wembley, by Arthur Elvin, housed a swimming pool, as reflected by its name. The pool itself was last used for the 1948 Summer Olympics; the building is used for music, family entertainment and sport. It was designed without the employment of an architect. Williams built a unique structure, with cantilevers meeting in the middle, thus avoiding the need for internal pillars, he used high quality concrete, meaning that it has aged far better than many more recent concrete buildings. Work on the Empire Pool began in November 1933, it was opened on 25 July 1934 by the Duke of Gloucester. At the time it had the largest span of any similar structure in the world; as with the Stadium, construction was supervised by R.
J. Fowler, Wembley's chief building inspector. Elvin introduced ice hockey to the new Empire Pool in October 1934. In 1976, the Empire Pool was awarded Grade II Listed status, recognising it as a building of special architectural interest, technological innovation and virtuosity. On 1 February 1978, the Empire Pool was renamed Wembley Arena; when the venue was known as the Empire Pool, it hosted the annual NME Poll Winners Concerts during the mid-1960s. Audiences of 10,000 viewed acts like The Beatles, T. Rex; the Eagles on their Hotel California 1978 tour, The Grateful Dead, Dire Straits, who played there on their "Brothers In Arms" tour in 1985 and "On Every Street" tour in 1991, Status Quo, The Who, Dave Dee, Beaky, Mick & Tich, were among many others. The individual performances were finished by a famous personality joining the respective performer on stage and presenting them with their award; the Beatles were presented with one of their awards by actor Roger Moore and Joe Brown was joined on stage by Roy Orbison, to present him with his own award.
These ceremonies were filmed and broadcast on television. The venue was renovated, along with Wembley Stadium, as part of the early-21st-century regeneration of the Wembley Park area; the arena was closed for fourteen months, starting February 2005, for a refurbishment costing £35 million, with events moved to a neighbouring temporary 10,000-seat venue, the Wembley Arena Pavilion. The new arena opened to the public on 2 April 2006, with a concert by the English electronic-music band Depeche Mode; the temporary pavilion was moved to Attard, opening as the permanent Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre in December 2006. In September 2013, it was announced that AEG Facilities had signed a 15-year contract to operate the arena; the building was renamed The SSE Arena on 1 June 2014 after energy company SSE plc bought the naming rights to the venue for 10 years. The Grateful Dead have released recordings of complete shows from 7–8 April 1972 as part of Europe'72: The Complete Recordings; the Grateful Dead performed at Wembley Arena on 31 October 1990 as part of their fall 1990 European concert tour.
Bruce Hornsby accompanied the band for this concert. A notable attendance record was set in the early 1970s by David Cassidy, in his first tour of Great Britain in 1973, when he sold out six performances in one weekend; the experience and the associated mass hysteria was documented in a TV special called "David Cassidy: Weekend At Wembley". ABBA played six sold-out concerts, from 5 to 10 November 1979; the shows were filmed by Swedish television for a documentary, released in 2004 on DVD as ABBA in Concert. In September 2014 Universal Music released Live at Wembley Arena, featuring most of the concert of 10 November on CD, vinyl LP and digital format. After the tour, the members of the band talked about the warmth of the Wembley audience. "It was like coming home after a couple of nights," said guitarist Björn Ulvaeus. A finale from these concerts, "The Way Old Friends Do", is the closing track on ABBA's seventh studio album, Super Trouper. Vocalist Agnetha Fältskog said it was the vibe from the audience that made the track work so much better as a live performance than as a studio track.
Tina Turner is the female artist with the most shows, with 25 and with 5 at Wembley Stadium Cliff Richard is the male artist with the most number of shows with 61, whereas Status Quo hold the record for a rock band with 45 performances. Irish band Westlife are the pop band with most shows with 28, comedian Lee Evans 23 performances. Prince played 35 concerts at the venue between 1986–1998. During their 1998 Spiceworld Tour the Spice Girls played a total of 8 sold out concerts at the venue in April 1998; the arena hosted the final of The X Factor in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. After a shake up, in 2017, it was instead hosted at The ExCel Centre, but in November 2018, it was confirmed Wembley Arena would return to host The X Factor Final 2018. Britney Spears performed there on 10, 11 and 12 October 2000 as part of her Oops!... I Did It Again Tour, she returned on 2004 for four shows during her The Onyx Hotel Tour. Kylie Minogue performed the
Gospel for Asia is a non-profit missions organization, founded by K. P. Yohannan in 1979, focusing on helping the poor and needy in India and Asian countries through the love of God; the organization is located about five miles southwest of Wills Point, Texas, a small community east of Dallas. GFA’s primary aim is to support indigenous missions to "serve the'least of these' in Asia". Gospel for Asia is present in numerous countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, China and Thailand. Gospel For Asia was founded on the convictions of its President, K. P. Yohannan regarding the people in his culture in Asia. Since its beginning in 1980, K. P. and his wife, Gisela Yohannan, have dedicated their lives to spread the knowledge of Jesus throughout South Asia in hopes that people who have never heard of Jesus would have the option to follow the Christian faith. After learning more about the time and cost of mission trips in the late 70s and early 80s, K. P. with the help of his wife and friends, developed a way for believers in the west to financially support Christian workers who were born and raised in Asia.
K. P. began to tour churches in the U. S. to share this opportunity, many Christian began to pledge $30 a month to support their own missionary in Asia. The goal of GFA focuses on the formation of missionaries native to the nation the missionary is serving, with special emphasis on Asia; the organization has defined its primary mission field as being those people that live in the 10/40 Window, a rectangular region extending from west Africa to east Asia and between 10 and 40 degrees north longitude. By concentrating on this region GFA ministers to a dense population of poor communities that have had limited or no exposure to the Christian faith. GFA's main focus is to equip national missionaries. Yohannan has stated that he does not limit "national missionaries" to formal nation-states, instead focusing on differences in culture and language to define nationalities; this approach might result in several specialized missionary groups within a single nation-state, from large cities and regions down to small tribes and villages.
In 2018 GFA reported that they have over 16,000 missionaries and church planters in 18 Asian nations. Gospel for Asia raises funds for the building of simple Christian worship centers in small villages to educate new disciples as well as provide a visible meeting place for Christians. However, they have built several large cathedral type buildings in major cities. Examples are St. Thomas Believers Church Cathedral in Thiruvalla and another in an upscale neighborhood Hauz Khas, they claim 16 churches or mission stations are created every day. GFA states they distribute native-language bibles and evangelical Christian literature to the region in order to strengthen churches and promote proclamation of the Christian faith. In keeping with their commitment to a simple and cost effective stewardship of donations, GFA is able to distribute 200 tracts of gospel literature for $1. Radio in Asia is a broadcast, designed to reach Asian communities. Athmeeya Yathra radio programs reaches more than a billion people and are translated into 11 languages.
More than 900 radio stations across North America and Australia air Road to Reality. Athmeeyayathra Television’s youtube channel provides biblical video content to over 40,000 subscribers in a culturally appropriate manner. GFA claims to have over 56 bible colleges in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka s with the purpose of training native missionaries within their own dialects and cultures so that they will be effective ministers; the program includes three years including field instruction and experience. They claim. According to reports, 98 percent of GFA’s Bible college graduates go on to preach in areas untouched by the Christian faith establishing a fellowship in these areas within one year of arriving. Bridge of Hope is a child sponsorship program for poor families in underserved communities lower-caste families and Dalits. Child sponsorship provides education, three daily meals, access to medical care. Education and literacy rates are low in the Dalit communities, as families continue to suffer in a cycle of poverty.
GFA’s Bridge of Hope program seeks to relieve some of this suffering through education and spiritual care. Through the Bridge of Hope program, in 2018 over 200,000 women received healthcare training and over 10,000 received vocational training. Millions in Asia suffer from diseases linked to sanitation and clean water deficiencies. GFA digs wells in communities where water is scarce during most of the year; these wells are built for long-term use near churches, bible colleges or Bridge of Hope centers, each well is maintained by a local pastor. These wells provide free, clean water to individuals regardless of caste, social designation or religion. In 2016, 6,822 Jesus Wells were drilled in communities needing clean water. In 2018, over 10,000 BioSand water filters were given to families in order to provide easier access to clean drinking water. Believer's Church owns and operates a variety of hospitals and public and residential schools. Most of these are for-profit enterprises. Narada News has reported that BC will be expanding their investments by building as many as 500 additional international schools.
The list of what is operating includes some hospitals and clinics, some colleges, 9 schools located within small towns of southern Rajasthan, at least four public schools. According to recent reports, GFA distributed over 350,000 mosquito nets and
Vicki is a 1953 film noir directed by Harry Horner and starring Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Elliott Reid and Richard Boone. It was based on the novel, written by Steve Fisher. Vicki Lynn is a waitress, transformed into a fashion model by press agent Steve Christopher; when Vicki is murdered, detective Ed Cornell tries to blame the crime on Christopher. In fact, the cop knows who the real killer is, but he is so hopelessly in love with the dead girl Vicki, who herself despised him, that he intends to railroad an innocent man to the electric chair. With the help of Vicki's sister Jill, Christopher tracks down the real killer, Harry Williams and exposes the crooked cop Cornell, who had manipulated Williams into murdering Vicki. Jeanne Crain as Jill Lynn Jean Peters as Vicki Lynn Elliott Reid as Steve Christopher Richard Boone as Lt. Ed Cornell Casey Adams as Larry Evans Carl Betz as Detective MacDonald Aaron Spelling as Harry Williams Alexander D'Arcy as Robin Ray John Dehner as Police Captain Burt Mustin as "Boy," bellhop in the second scene Vicki is a remake of the 1941 film I Wake Up Screaming starring Betty Grable, Victor Mature, Carole Landis.
Film critic Bosley Crowther did not like the screenplay, but seemed to appreciate the acting. He wrote, "Meanwhile, the rest of the performers—Jean Peters, as the girl who gets killed, it might be, indeed, if the story were not so studiously contrived and farfetched, if Mr. Boone did not wear a label that says,'I'm IT.'" Vicki at the American Film Institute Catalog Vicki on IMDb Vicki at AllMovie Vicki at the TCM Movie Database Vicki information site and DVD review at DVD Beaver Vicki film clip of Jean Peters singing "I Know Why and So Do You" on YouTube