AZ sports betting bill heads to Governor after tribal compact extended

first_imgRead the full story on iGB North America. Sports betting Arizona’s Senate approved the bill by a vote of 23-6 yesterday (April 12), and with it having already passed the state’s House of Representatives, the bill will now progress to the Governor for signature into law. 13th April 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Introduced by Representative Jeff Weninger in February, House Bill 2772 would allow consumers in Arizona to wager on sports at tribal casinos and sites owned by major league sports teams. Topics: Sports betting Tribal gaming Online sports betting Retail sports betting Sports betting regulation Arizona has taken a step closer to regulated sports betting after the state secured an extended tribal gaming compact, allowing a bill aiming to legalise wagering to clear the Senate and progress to Governor Doug Ducey. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The legislation also offers tribes up to 10 licences to run sportsbooks at their more than 20 casinos in the state, as well as allowing them to build new casinos and expand their gambling offerings. Tags: HB2772 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Key provisions in the bill include making 10 licences available for major league sports teams such as the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals and National Hockey League team the Phoenix Coyotes. AZ sports betting bill heads to Governor after tribal compact extended These properties and facilities would be able to run sports betting operations, and bring in gaming partners, at their respective venues, at retail locations within a quarter mile and online. Regions: Arizona Email Address Should HB2772 come into law as expected, the bill would allow online and fantasy sports wagering, as well as add limited Keno games at off-track betting locations and social clubs.last_img read more

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3 FTSE 100 stocks I’m in love with this Valentine’s Day

first_img Image source: Getty Images. This year, Valentine’s Day spending in the UK is predicted to be worth over £1bn. Today, I’d like to talk about neither flowers nor chocolate, but about the ‘financial Valentine’. Some stocks may be fun for a fling. Others, you’ll want to keep in your portfolio for a lifetime.So I’d like to bring to you attention three FTSE 100 companies in which I’d be willing to invest in 2020, especially if there’s any dip in their share prices. You may want to do your own research to see if they may be appropriate for your long-term portfolios.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…DiageoYear-to-date, Smirnoff-to-Guinness giant Diageo (LSE: DGE) is down about 1%. The shares are hovering around 3,160p and offering a dividend yield of 2.2%. And the shares are going ex-dividend on 27 February.There may be few consumer products as recession-proof as alcohol, as people tend to drink in both good and bad times alike. The strong brand names owned by Diageo give management pricing and competitive power within this non-cyclical market. Geographic diversification – especially into emerging economies, where consumers are increasingly showing brand loyalty – also provides a relatively defensive investment opportunity.However, its forward P/E of about 23, P/S ratio of 9.8, and P/S metric of 5.7 make it a bit expensive in my eyes at this point. I’d be happy to invest in this drinks giant if there is any further weakness in the share price, especially toward the 2,750p level.  Lloyds Banking GroupShares of Lloyds Banking Group  (LSE: LLOY) are currently trading around 56p a share and year-to-date are down about 9%. The group’s forward P/E stands at 8.1. Lloyds shares have a dividend yield of 5.7%, which beats the FTSE 100 average of 4.5%. Our readers may be interested to know that from 2020 onward, the banking giant is going to pay dividends quarterly. Thus following the ex-dividend date expected on 16 April for the final annual dividend payment, the shares will once again go ex-dividend on 21 May for the first quarterly dividend payment. Afterwards, the next ex-dividend date is expected on 20 August.In early February, the group announced that it is to close 56 branches across the UK. The move is a reflection of changing customer behaviour which includes the move toward online banking services. I believe that management will continue to take further steps to keep the bank competitive among its peers and that the stock will offer value for shareholders in the months ahead.MondiPaper and packaging group Mondi (LSE: MNDI) has operations across more than 30 countries and multiple industries. The group has a diversified range of businesses as it manages forests, produces pulp, paper and plastic films. And it offers industrial and consumer packaging solutions as well as sustainable packaging products worldwide. In January, Mondi share price suffered a drop, especially following the update that CEO Peter Oswald would be leaving the company in March, after less than three years on the job. February has so far treated shareholders better.On 27 February, management will release its full-year results. I’m willing to bet that the growth in e-commerce in 2020 will likely benefit Mondi shares in the coming months. The market values the firm at about £8bn – a solid market capitalisation. At present, the business provides investors with a robust 4.2% dividend yield and the share price of 1,650p throws up a forward P/E ratio just over 10. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’m in love with this Valentine’s Day tezcang has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img See all posts by Tezcan Gecgil, PhD “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Monday, 10th February, 2020 | More on: DGE LLOY MNDI last_img read more

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NCVO offers £500 bursaries to improve charities’ governance

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  32 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 June 2009 | News www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=13150 Tagged with: Funding Management NCVOcenter_img NCVO’s ‘Cracking the Code’ is a bursary scheme for small infrastructure organisations in England to help them improve their governance based on all, or any, of the principles set out in Good Governance: A code for the Voluntary and Community Sector.NCVO will provide up to £500 for qualifying organisations to undertake this. In return they require a case study to be written up and for the knowledge and experience gained to be shared with other local organisations.The next deadline is 30 June 2009. Advertisement NCVO offers £500 bursaries to improve charities’ governance About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Opposition editor freed, pledges to continue fight for press freedom

first_img Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Follow the news on Cambodia More information about Hang Chakra: http://en.rsf.org/cambodia-newspaper-editor-jailed-under-law-30-06-2009,… CambodiaAsia – Pacific January 21, 2021 Find out more Since his release from Prey Sar prison on 13 April, Hang Chakra has been undergoing medical tests. His family says his problems with his lungs, eyes and bladder got worse after his arrest in June 2009. A Reporters Without Borders representative visited him in prison in December. In a message to Reporters Without Borders, he thanked all those in Cambodia and abroad who requested his release. Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Hang Chakra, the editor of the opposition daily Khmer Machas Srok, after ten months in prison on a charge of disinformation. He was freed under a royal pardon to mark the Khmer New Year. “Deputy Prime Minister Sok An is directly to blame for Hang Chakra’s long imprisonment and the deterioration in his health,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We reiterate our request to Prime Minister Hun Sen to respect his promise to ensure that journalists will no longer be jailed in Cambodia.” News News Organisation News More information about press freedom in Cambodia: http://en.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=36496 center_img April 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition editor freed, pledges to continue fight for press freedom CambodiaAsia – Pacific to go further February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” “It is incredible to be freed the day before the Khmer New Year and I am really happy to be reunited with my family,” Hang Chakra said in a statement to the press. He announced that he planned to resume editing his newspaper very shortly. Help by sharing this information News Google experiments drop Australian media from search results RSF_en Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Here are our carefully culled top picks from dozens of Pasadena events – the very best things to taste, watch, listen to, and experience, all presented weekly in our e!Pasadena email newsletter: Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Make a comment Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Uncategorized What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena Published on Friday, February 3, 2017 | 1:01 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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The day the music died – Editorial

first_imgEmail Twitter Print Facebook Advertisement Previous articleLimerick grieves over death of the Snow PrincessNext articleInternational hurling festival announced by Aer Lingus admincenter_img WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsThe day the music died – EditorialBy admin – January 17, 2013 415 FOR a certain generation, HMV was a much-loved childhood haunt where many happy hours were spent flicking through posters and queuing for the latest releases by the chart idols of the time. The digital age has long heralded the death knell for traditional media however, as some members of the younger generation may not ever even own a hard copy movie or album. Nostalgia aside, the likely closure of the 92-year-old business will lead to the loss of a further 300 jobs in this country with 30 employees of the company’s two Limerick stores facing an uncertain future.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The advent of free downloads, and cheaper online sites such as Amazon and CD Wow have been chipping away at HMV’s profits for several years, while prices at the high-street retailer remained relatively high.The company had hinted in the run-up to Christmas that it was in trouble, however stores continued to issue gift vouchers which Irish and British consumers snapped up in their thousands to give to their loved ones.Now, just three weeks after Christmas, before most people had a chance to redeem their gift cards, they are for the moment worthless.HMV Chief Executive Trevor Moore said this week that he is confident that the administration process will “find a solution” and that the company will survive.If a possible resurrection is to be successful though, consumer goodwill and loyalty is vital.HMV is likely to lose the trust of customers who feel they were essentially misled when sold vouchers weeks before the company entered administration, as well as the disappointed voucher recipients, if it does not reverse its decision not to honour them.If its Irish stores reopen, HMV bosses would be wise to heed the advice of the National Consumer Agency which this week called on the company to accept vouchers with immediate effect.The warning ‘caveat emptor’ is certainly apt in these certain economic times as the fall of a number of retail giants and countless gyms and leisure centres has left customers substantially out of pocket with little or no comeback. Linkedinlast_img read more

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National recognition for Novas research in Limerick

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSAlan JacquesIrish Healthcare AwardslimerickNovas Initiatives Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Previous article200 home repossession cases listed at Limerick courtNext articleLynch leaves Limerick FC for Hamilton Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img NewsLocal NewsNational recognition for Novas research in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – November 13, 2014 648 by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up NOVAS Initiatives, the largest provider of homeless services in the Mid-West region, has scooped a prestigious prize for research into preventing and responding to drug overdoses at their Limerick city base.The group, which provides services to homeless people and those at risk of homelessness, has won an Irish Healthcare Award in a category for projects that promote healthy lifestyle and patient education, with a view to improving the health of at-risk populations.The award was in recognition of Novas’ work in tackling the level of overdose among the homeless population at McGarry House on Alphonsus Street.Chief executive Michael Goulding said the award was not only for the work the charity does to combat the issue but, more importantly, “a recognition of the scourge of overdose among the most vulnerable groups in our society”.“More people die in Ireland each year from drug overdose than road traffic accidents, yet it fails to reach the political agenda. We hope this research will help to highlight the issue so that a consorted and pro-active response by government and the relevant agencies can be pursued,” he said.The Research, undertaken by Quality Matters and the Graduate Entry Medical School University of Limerick, found that almost three quarters of the people who had participated in the research had previously overdosed, most within the last year, and 93 per cent had witnessed an overdose, again most within the last year.“Benzodiazepines and heroin were the drugs most frequently used by those interviewed, with one-fifth of respondents injecting daily.“People are dying unnecessarily from overdoses in Limerick and all over Ireland,” said Anne Cronin, head of Homeless Services with Novas.“These deaths are preventable. This research helps us understand our residents’ experiences, and how our residents and staff can prevent overdose, and can best respond to it when it happens to stop it becoming fatal,” she added.McGarry House is a low-threshold facility providing temporary supported accommodation to 30 male and female residents. There was an overdose every two weeks, on average, at the facility in the 18 month period prior to the research project. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Advertisement Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” last_img read more

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Verogen Debuts Forensic Genetic Genealogy Workflow That Makes Solving Cases Easier

first_img Verogen Debuts Forensic Genetic Genealogy Workflow That Makes Solving Cases Easier WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 15, 2021– Verogen Inc. announced today that it is expanding capabilities for the NDIS-approved MiSeq FGx® Sequencing System with the commercial launch of the ForenSeq® Kintelligence Kit, a solution optimized for low input and degraded samples. The kit targets 10,230 forensically curated SNPs, alleviating genetic privacy concerns by minimizing medically informative markers. The seamless integration of this workflow with GEDmatch® PRO, a dedicated forensics portal for investigative comparisons, will empower the criminal justice community to maintain chain of custody while generating deeper investigative insights. GEDmatch PRO advances the genealogy database of consumer site GEDmatch, which was acquired by Verogen in 2019, by providing secure access to the largest source of voluntarily contributed profiles for law enforcement matching. “The launch of GEDmatch PRO delivered on our commitment to data privacy and best-in-class kinship analysis tools in an environment designed for forensic labs,” said Brett Williams, Chief Executive Officer at Verogen. “ForenSeq Kintelligence is built on a forensically validated sequencing platform designed to simplify the workflow and yield more informative data, enabling our customers to truly realize the promise of forensic genetic genealogy while retaining the best practices and high-quality standards essential to their operation.” “Our mission is to employ the most advanced technology tools to aid investigations. Cold case samples are usually severely degraded, inhibited and have very low inputs, which is why we have invested in the ForenSeq Kintelligence workflow,” noted Danny Hellwig, Laboratory Director at Intermountain Forensics, one of the first labs to utilize the new technology. “It is a targeted sequencing technology that can enhance our ability to provide robust results without compromising on our mission.” The ForenSeq Kintelligence Kit and the ForenSeq Kintelligence Analysis Module in Universal Analysis Software are now available for purchase. For more information, visit verogen.com. ABOUT VEROGEN Verogen is a dedicated developer of human identification products for sequencing and analysis of forensic genomic samples. Working closely with the forensic community, Verogen places exceptional value on flexible, scalable solutions that deliver reliable results. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210215005291/en/ CONTACT: Kim Mohr Insight Communications 949-322-3733 [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: LEGAL TECHNOLOGY SECURITY GENETICS LAW ENFORCEMENT/EMERGENCY SERVICES PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HEALTH DATA MANAGEMENT SOURCE: Verogen Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/15/2021 03:43 PM/DISC: 02/15/2021 03:43 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210215005291/encenter_img TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 15, 2021 Twitter Pinterest Twitter Previous articleMyanmar security forces intensify crackdown on protestersNext articleCopper Rose Building opens up as warming shelter Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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HITN Transmits Live Landing of Nasa’s Perseverance Rover on Mars

first_img Twitter Facebook Pinterest Local NewsBusiness TAGS  Twitter Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Previous articleAmpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Present at Upcoming Investor ConferenceNext articleParticle Health’s FHIR API emerges from Beta to bring healthcare industry one step closer to interoperability Digital AIM Web Support BROOKLYN, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 16, 2021– HITN has partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to broadcast live coverage of the Perseverance Rover landing on Mars on Thursday, February 18, 2021. This momentous event will begin at 2:30PM EST/11:30 PST and will be available in Spanish language on HITN-TV and on the HITN GO App. The live transmission will allow viewers to watch the final descent after a 7-month circuit, 300- million-mile voyage through the solar system that launched on July 30, 2020 from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Part of NASA’s latest expedition to the Red Planet, the Mars 2020 mission is designed to seek signs of ancient life at the Jezero Crater, with plans to collect rock and soil samples for a possible future return and study on Earth. Perseverance Rover is the fifth consecutive rover named by 13-year-old Alexander Mather from Virginia following a 28,000 initial K-12 entries student essay competition as part of Nasa’s continuous efforts to make space discovery an inclusive, educational opportunity. “At HITN, we are excited to bring this great educational content and experience to the US Hispanic communities. We hope it will help support and encourage young Latinos to think about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math said, Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN. “I’m so proud of NASA’s efforts to better share the excitement of the Perseverance rover landing with the nearly half a billion Spanish speakers around the world. ‘Juntos perseveramos’ (Together we persevere) is NASA’s first Spanish-language show for a historic landing on another planet and will showcase the diversity of the NASA team behind Mars 2020,” said Bhayva Lal, acting NASA chief of staff. “The name of the show recognizes that perseverance and diversity are critical to NASA’s successful undertaking of ambitious missions like next week’s Perseverance landing.” HITN TV has also created a dedicated segment on the channel’s website featuring a Mars 2020 digital countdown to closely follow the landing of Perseverance Rover from any device, together with 3D graphically optimized games, fun facts about the rover, and a comprehensive image gallery featuring educational videos and possible paths to provide a fully immersive experience for Spanish speaking families. For more information, visit: ( https://hitn.tv/marte ) The program will be available for all U.S. audiences through the HITN GO App, which can be downloaded on the App Store, Google Play, Apple TV and Roku devices. About HITN: HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company that offers educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches more than 44 million homes in the US and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere App available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a cable subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210216005742/en/ Lina Sands 646-731-3887 /[email protected]       KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA FLORIDA NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HISPANIC AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING CONSUMER SOURCE: HITN-TV Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/16/2021 09:15 AM/DISC: 02/16/2021 09:15 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210216005742/en By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 WhatsApp HITN Transmits Live Landing of Nasa’s Perseverance Rover on Marslast_img read more

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Paranormal Cirque take steps to return to normal performance

first_imgLocal News By Royal McGregor – May 19, 2021 Circus performer Nikki Hernandez prepares to fire a bow and arrow using only her feet during her act at the Paranormal Circus Saturday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Light illuminates a magician’s assistant through a device used during a magic trick being performed during the paranormal Circus Saturday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Facebook Facebook Guests enter the circus grounds to attend Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus Wednesday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Hair Hang performer Argentina Portugal flies through the big top while performing her act during the paranormal Circus Saturday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Circus performers perform their motorcycle trapeze act during Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus Wednesday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus is seen photographed on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Cirque Italia Paranormal Circus performer Luigi Soto poses for a photo Tuesday afternoon at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Cirque Italia Paranormal Circus performer Yura Belaus poses for a photo Tuesday afternoon at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Paranormal Circus performers take a bow following their performances in the night’s first showing Saturday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Paranormal Cirque rarely spends three months in any location.However, that happened in 2020 after the coronavirus pandemic effectively shut down events throughout the United States and forced traveling show to stay for an extended period of the time in El Paso.Many of the performers, including 29-year-old Yury Belaus of Belarus and his wife, stayed in El Paso for those nearly three months.“We couldn’t go outside the country, because everything was locked down,” Belaus said. “I haven’t seen my parents and friends for two years.“I’m here with my wife, which makes it a little bit easier for me, because my wife is here.”One of the members of the Paranormal Cirque, 28-year-old Olivia Mattice, said she was fortunate to be able to quarantine with her family in Las Vegas.Though she stayed for an unexpected three-month break with her family, Mattice said it was tough to know that many of her colleagues didn’t have that opportunity.“It was hard in one aspect because there are people here who are so far from their families and they didn’t get that privilege,” Mattice said. “… For a moment, we have three months off and they still can’t see their families. I felt so selfish in a way.”Luis Soto, 40, of Mexico City, said the normal travel schedule that allows three weeks off in a typical year is already difficult. That was compounded by a worldwide pandemic.Yet, Soto said his day-to-day life is much easier since his 15-year-old daughter, Nicole, has traveled with him since she was born and is now a performer in Paranormal Cirque as well.“To be away from my parents is pretty tough, but that’s the only thing I miss from my family on my side,” Soto said. “Knowing that my daughter is with me, I know that I don’t need anything else.”Mattice said that Paranormal Cirque is slowly getting back to normal.The show is a mix of circus, magic, horror and theater performances. Performers will also interact with people in the audience, which has had to be altered due to the coronavirus’ social distancing policies. The use of masks is strongly encouraged.“We are slowly getting back to where we were at the performing level as far as being in people’s personal space depending on what county we are in,” Mattice said.Paranormal Cirque has seven shows before it travels to El Paso from May 27 to June 6. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.Though Soto and Belaus are at different stages in life both admitted that they feel strong enough to continue for the foreseeable future. Soto said he hopes to continue performing into his late 40s while Belaus said he has plenty of energy as a 29-year-old.“When I was younger, like 18, I used to say to myself when I turn 35 that I was going to quit,” Soto said. “Now that I’m older than that, I realize that I cannot do that because I still have (bills). I try to stay in shape and my body feels good. My guess is that I’m still going to be performing when I’m 47 or 48. I will stop and maybe try my own circus business.”Belaus added: “I’ve been (traveling) for 11 years; so far I’m fine and I’m still enjoying it.”For Mattice, her time with Paranormal Cirque is coming to an end as she will become the manager of Cirque Alcatraz. The show is scheduled to begin May 27 in Sarasota, Fla.Mattice has been with Paranormal Cirque since 2018 and she is excited about the newest show from Cirque Italia.“In this moment in time, I’m the last one to show up,” she said. “Opening night is in a week and a half. I feel a little ill-prepared as far as knowing what’s there physically or who is there physically, but on my end, I feel prepared.” Pinterest Arielist Jhon Villegas performs his routine during the Paranormal Circus Saturday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) WhatsApp Circus performers perform their motorcycle trapeze act during Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus Wednesday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Pinterest Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus is seen photographed on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) 1 of 23 Guests walk into the scare maze set up at the entrance to the big top of Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus Wednesday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Twitter Guests walk past the ticket booth to enter the big top before the start of Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus Wednesday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Members of The Crows Group perform their horizontal bars routine at the start of the Paranormal Circus Saturday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Circus performer Mouhamed Diop stares down a spectator during an act at the Paranormal Circus Saturday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Circus Performer Argentina Portugal performs her Hair Hang act at Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus Wednesday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Guests wait in line for concessions before the start of Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus Wednesday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) WhatsApp Contortionist Ben Holland riles the crowd as the night’s first showing of the Paranormal circus draws to a close Saturday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Traffic drives down 42nd Street past Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus Wednesday, May 19, 2021 in Odessa. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Guests walk past the ticket booth to enter the big top before the start of Cirque Italia’s Paranormal Circus Wednesday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Contortionist Ben Holland begins the routine to his set from inside a cage during the Paranormal Circus Saturday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Twitter Paranormal Cirque take steps to return to normal performance Hair Hang, performer Argentina Portugal, flies through the big top while performing her act during the Paranormal Cirque Saturday evening at the Ector County Coliseum. (Eli Hartman|Odessa American) Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 19, 2021Next articlePolice searching for man connected to hit and run Royal McGregorlast_img read more

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