International Online Art Collective to bring its second live art exhibition to Sitar Arts Center

The DC exhibition offers a community art event, a video installation and the artists’ visit!

WASHINGTONMay 6, 2024PRLog — The 14 members of the International Online Art Collective are presenting “Chain Reaction,” a 100-piece art installation at Sitar Arts Center in their Cafritz Gallery. The community art event led by artists Caroline Karp and Ruth Christensen will be open to the public on May 24 at 5 p.m. The Chain Reaction opening will follow at 7 p.m. and will be on display through June 22. The public is invited to meet the artists who will be in town for the show’s opening weekend.

“Chain Reaction” is the collective’s most ambitious project so far—think of it as a very long-distance game of “telephone”. Starting with one piece, each piece inspired the other, provoking a literal chain of artworks, culminating in 100 pieces assembled into one bigger physical multi-media installation. IOAC will present Chain Reaction to art galleries worldwide. NY was the first stop in October 2023. Sitar Arts Center is the second venue to show the project.”Art transcends boundaries, and our upcoming show in DC embodies the vibrant tapestry of global creativity,” says Caroline Karp, IOAC member and artist. “Join the International Online Artist Collective as we showcase our Chain Reaction project for its second stop on its world tour. Together, let’s celebrate the power of art to unite and inspire.”

For more information about the International Online Art Collective, please visit www.ioac.art.

“Sitar Arts Center is thrilled to present the International Online Art Collective’s “Chain Reaction” exhibit,” said Maureen Dwyer, executive director of Sitar Arts Center. “This incredible 100-piece installation demonstrates the ability of the arts to bring people together. We’re honored to welcome these talented artists to the Sitar community and proud to offer the Washington, DC area the opportunity to experience this dynamic exhibition and engage with the arts in a truly unique and meaningful way.”

About Sitar Arts Center

Founded in 2000, Sitar Arts Center advances equitable access to high-quality education and workforce development in the visual, performing, and digital arts. Sitar Arts Center engages DC youth, from early childhood to young adulthood, in building a creative community of learning and belonging that removes financial and cultural barriers to arts education and career training. Sitar envisions a city in which all young people experience transformative moments through quality, accessible arts education and career training, and are supported on their path to discover their creativity and achieve their full potential. For more information, visit www.sitarartscenter.org.

Sitar Arts Center’s Cafritz Gallery is at 1700 Kalorama Road NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, from noon – 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. – noon.

For more information about Sitar Arts Center, please visit www.sitarartscenter.org.

Founded in Spring 2020, the IOAC artists reside in eight different countries.

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Notes for the editors:

For more information on the exhibition, please contact Caroline Karp, IOAC member

caroline@carolinekarpartist.com  or  https://www.carolinekarpartist.com/contact/

For more information,  images, and the summary of our project plan, please visit the media kit on our website https://ioac.art/mediakit.zip and/or contact the project’s initiator Ruth Christensen via ruth@ioac.art

TAKE COMMAND® Online Financial Readiness Program Gains Accreditation

 Designed for service members (active, guard reserves) and their families, TAKE COMMAND educates enrollees to make smart, informed financial decisions and effectively pursue long-term financial security from the time they enter military service until separation or retirement. Most courses take no more than an hour to complete and are accessible 24/7 via computer, smartphone, or tablet. Those successfully completing the program have an opportunity to earn up to three free college credit hours in consumer finance education. All TAKE COMMAND courses may be taken free of charge.

“Financial readiness is the basis for economic mobility. The American Dream is still alive and well, but only if you know the rules of the game. Programs like TAKE COMMAND provide so much more than just basic financial education, they empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve goals and unlock the lives they want to live,” Timi Joy Jorgensen, PhD, Assistant Vice President, Financial Education & Wellbeing, The American College of Financial Services.

Tom Kuhar, CEO and President of FCEF shares, “Among the many challenges facing service members and their families, the need for foundational financial education is critical. TAKE COMMAND equips learners with financial knowledge to shield them against uncertainties associated with military deployments, frequent relocations, changing pay and allowances, etc. This knowledge helps them develop solid financial behaviors to propel them onto a path of financial security amid the rigors of military service.”

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release (or for course details, demo, or enrollment) contact Julie McRee.

Established in 1983, First Command Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides exceptional financial readiness programs and, with like-minded partner organizations, scholarships for our nation’s service members (including federal civilian employees and veterans) and their families. FCEF does not endorse or favor any commercial supplier, product or service, or promote the services of a specific financial institution. All information provided is intended for educational purposes and is not to be considered financial advice. All personal information is kept strictly confidential.

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Hong Kong – Online voting for tropical cyclone names commences today

Online voting for tropical cyclone names commences today

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     The online voting stage of the Tropical Cyclone Name Collection Activity organised by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) commenced today (December 20).

     The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific/World Meteorological Organization Typhoon Committee has adopted a list of tropical cyclone names with local characteristics nominated by its 14 Members to designate tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific and the South China Sea since 2000. The list includes 10 names provided by Hong Kong, China. When a tropical cyclone name is requested to be retired by the Typhoon Committee due to serious casualties and economic losses, the Member who provided that name will submit proposed replacement names to the Typhoon Committee for consideration.

     After consolidation and initial assessment of the suggested names collected from the public at the first stage of the Activity, there are 40 shortlisted names. The activity now proceeds to the second stage. Members of the public can vote online to select 20 suitable tropical cyclone names with Hong Kong characteristics from the shortlisted names. Participants of the voting may have a chance to receive an HKO souvenir.

     The 20 names with the highest number of votes will be incorporated into the reserve list of tropical cyclone names of Hong Kong, China. The website of the online voting is eforms.weather.gov.hk/tcname/index.fm. The online voting will end on January 7, 2024. Voting results will be announced tentatively within January 2024.

Samyak Online Releases Guide to Top 10 Essential BigCommerce Apps for Ecommerce Success

 Samyak OnlineService Pvt. Ltd. , an experienced web design and development company, is pleased to present a comprehensive breakdown of the key 10 essential BigCommerce apps designed to take your online business to new heights.

In the rapidly evolving world of eCommerce, having the right tools at your disposal can make all the difference. That’s why Samyak Online Services Pvt. Ltd. has compiled a list of the top 10 essential BigCommerce apps that can help you streamline your shipping process, boost customer engagement through loyalty programs, and maximize the impact of customer reviews. These apps are carefully selected to unlock your store’s true potential.

At the heart of these transformative apps is BigCommerce, a platform that has become the go-to solution for eCommerce businesses of all sizes. Its feature-rich interface, scalability, and flexibility have made it one of the most widely used BigCommerce platforms today. However, with a plethora of apps available, finding the right ones for your specific needs can be overwhelming. That’s where Samyak Online’s expertly curated list comes in.

The highlighted apps, such as SmartrMail, Search Magic, ShipperHQ, Magic Sorter, Advanced Shipping Manager, SEO Rich Snippets, Image Optimizer, Tawk.to, PayPal Checkout, and Amazon Pay, are carefully vetted and endorsed by industry experts. Each app has proven to significantly enhance the performance and profitability of BigCommerce stores, making them valuable assets for every eCommerce entrepreneur.

“Our mission at Samyak Online is to empower eCommerce businesses with the right tools and technologies to succeed in the competitive online landscape,” said Spokesperson’s of Samyak Online. “With our curated list of essential BigCommerce apps, Samyak online aims to provide our clients with the most effective solutions to optimize their stores and enhance the customer experience.”

As part of the blog post, Samyak Online encourages businesses to seek professional guidance by partnering with a dedicated BigCommerce development agency for an app audit. This personalized assessment will help businesses identify the most suitable apps for their unique requirements, ensuring a seamless integration into their BigCommerce store.

The blog post concludes with “Final Thoughts About BigCommerce Apps,” offering a recap of the key takeaways and emphasizing the importance of leveraging these powerful tools for long-term success.

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Pennsylvania Online Gambling Revenue Soar Again

 The state of Pennsylvania has achieved remarkable success in its gambling industry, consistently breaking revenue records over the past few years. The Pennsylvania Act 42 of 2017 which expanded the introduction of online gambling within the state as a legal and accessible form of entertainment, has proven to be a pivotal turning point.

The annual assessment study conducted by Two Spots Ltd. to understand the impact of this expansion has revealed impressive figures, showcasing the tremendous growth of the industry.

During the fiscal period of 2021/2022, the state witnessed an extraordinary surge in gambling revenue. The 19 iGaming operators and 14 online sports betting locations collectively amassed over $1.2 billion in revenue from iGaming, which encompasses slots, table games, and poker.

However the most popular online gambling format was online sports betting, capturing 54% of online gamblers’ participation and contributing over $267 million in revenue, while fantasy sports accounted for over $27 million with the top online sports betting operators being: BetMGM Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, DraftKings Sportsbook, Unibet Sportsbook, BetRivers Sportsbook (Source: Cision News – Pennsylvania Sports Betting Sites)

Notably, over half of online gamblers reported engaging in multiple formats, driven by factors such as enjoyment, convenience, and availability.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
As a part of this transformation, the 1-800-GAMBLER helpline was established to support individuals who might be facing challenges related to gambling. The data indicated a notable increase in calls to the hotline that mentioned online gambling as the primary problematic gambling format.

This trend peaked at 20% of total calls between the covid months of July 2020 and June 2021, and this percentage remained consistent between July 2021 and June 2022. Furthermore, self-exclusions specific to iGaming saw a staggering 120% increase during the 2021/2022 fiscal year, highlighting the recognition of potential risks associated with online gambling.

The findings from the assessment revealed that 11.0% of Pennsylvania adults engaged in online gambling in 2022. The majority of these online gamblers were men (66.1%), employed (62.6%), and had at least a bachelor’s degree (46.7%).

Source: DDAP – Pennsylvania

The report also underlined the importance of addressing potential problem gambling behaviors associated with online gambling. Over one-third (36.7%) of online gamblers reported at least one gambling problem, and engagement in multiple online gambling formats correlated with a higher likelihood of experiencing gambling problems. Additionally, nearly 1.7% of Pennsylvanian adults sought assistance from resources like 1-800-GAMBLER for gambling-related issues.

The comprehensive study acknowledged that the prevalence rate of online gambling remained steady between 2021 and 2022. From the 19 iGaming licensed online casino operators BetMGM Casino, BetRivers Casino, FanDuel Casino, Borgata Casino, Unibet Casino are the most popular (Source: 10News.com – Pennsylvania Online Casinos).

Pennsylvania’s gambling industry continues to thrive, with slot machines leading the revenue generation, followed by table games and sports betting. While most categories showed growth, fantasy games experienced a decline of 23.9% in revenue, possibly due to the increased interest in sports betting.

With a commitment to responsible gambling, Pennsylvania aims to harness the positive momentum of its gambling sector, ensuring that entertainment is accompanied by safeguards and support for individuals facing challenges. The success story of Pennsylvania’s gambling industry marks a promising future, backed by data-driven insights and a dedication to responsible expansion.

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