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Take to the lanes with this exciting bowling game featuring a large and diverse cast of crazy personalities. Whether you choose the brooding Ivan the Giant, the innocent-looking school girl Pearl, the sweet grandma Edna, or the too-cool Miles, you're sure to be up for a bowling challenge in the six diverse locations.

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Although the acceleration of cannabis legalization in the United States has spurred innovations in public administration and policymaking, there have been news accounts of public employees engaged in cannabis licensure or enforcement that constitute conflicts of interest (COIs). After conducting 3 surveys in 50 states (including Washington, DC as a state), we found that COI provisions pertaining to cannabis-related public employment fell into 2 categories: subject matter general and cannabis specific. Only 20% (6/30) of the states that legalized medical cannabis had COI provisions in their medical cannabis codes, whereas the remaining 80% rely on subject matter general provisions relating to all areas of regulated subject matter, highlighting the need for thoughtful creation of COI rules in future policymaking. By contrast, 88% (7/8) of states that have legalized adult use cannabis put their COI provisions directly in their cannabis codes or regulations. Governments should enact cannabis-specific COI policies applicable to broadly defined categories of public employees that are responsive to the unique context of bringing cannabis from the black market into the regulated market.

The sculpture was created by Italian artist Arturo Di Modica in the wake of the 1987 Black Monday stock market crash. Late in the evening of Thursday, December 14, 1989, Di Modica arrived on Wall Street with Charging Bull on the back of a truck and illegally dropped the sculpture outside of the New York Stock Exchange Building. After being removed by the New York City Police Department later that day, Charging Bull was installed at Bowling Green on December 20, 1989. Despite initially having only a temporary permit to be located at Bowling Green, Charging Bull became a popular tourist attraction. Di Modica may have been influenced by a pair of huge metallic sculptures, a charging bull and a bear, placed in front of the Frankfurt, Germany Stock Exchange in 1985 as part of the 400th celebration of the exchange.

Charging Bull, then, shows an aggressive or even belligerent force on the move, but unpredictably. [...] [I]t's not far-fetched to say the theme is the energy, strength, and unpredictability of the stock market.[3]

The bull was cast by the Bedi-Makky Art Foundry in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Di Modica spent $360,000 to create, cast, and install the sculpture following the 1987 stock market crash.[2] The sculpture was Di Modica's idea. Having arrived penniless in the United States in 1970, Di Modica felt indebted to the nation for welcoming him and enabling his career as a successful sculptor. Charging Bull was intended to inspire each person who came into contact with it to carry on fighting through the hard times after the 1987 stock market crash.[9] Di Modica later recounted to art writer Anthony Haden-Guest, "My point was to show people that if you want to do something in a moment things are very bad, you can do it. You can do it by yourself. My point was that you must be strong".[9]

Di Modica worked the majority of his career alone, from his SoHo studio without representation. By the 1990s, Di Modica's artwork had achieved global icon status, but he continued to work outside of the formal art market. By 2000 he had built up a roster of wealthy private collectors. He ate in Cipriani Downtown most days whilst in New York where he met new clients and entertained his existing ones.[36]

Di Modica put the original 16ft Charging Bull on the market in 2004 with an asking price of $5m.[37] Joe Lewis, the British billionaire and ex-owner of Christies, later purchased the sculpture on the condition that he never move it from Bowling Green. Lewis also purchased the rest of the 16ft edition which he installed on his various golf courses.[38] In 2012, Di Modica met the London-based art dealer, Jacob Harmer, and shortly afterwards entered into his first formal representation agreement with Harmer's dealership, Geist, based on Mount Street, Mayfair. From 2013, Harmer began documenting the life of the artist, commissioning new sculptures, buying back historical works and building a global market.[39]

These incidents demonstrate the need for robust regulation to prevent public employees from having COIs in the cannabis industry that recognize the current reality facing cannabis regulation arising from the fact that cannabis remains illegal under federal law and the legal market under state law exists side by side with a residual illicit market.

There are several possible reasons for the low prevalence (20% [6/30]) of cannabis-specific COI provisions in medical cannabis laws. The relatively recent advent of cannabis legalization may be progressing faster than regulators can anticipate legal and policy issues and implement thoughtful regulation. It could also result from a lack of institutional knowledge on the newly regulated subject matter.16,17 The presence of cover-all COI provisions applicable to employees in all categories of regulated state action may provide policymakers with a false sense of security in preexisting general COI provisions, as opposed to cannabis-specific COI provisions directly appurtenant to cannabis codes and regulations. The lack of cannabis-specific COI rules may be the result of the comparisons between distinct medical cannabis statutory and regulatory licensure systems that have been in place for differing amounts of time and so reflect varying degrees of policy maturation. By contrast, the presence of cannabis-specific COI provisions in adult use cannabis codes in most adult use states may be attributable to an appreciation by drafters that the advent of adult use cannabis legalization poses a different urgency for the imposition of COI provisions than does the development of medical cannabis policy because of the larger markets and amounts of money involved.

Relying on general COI laws to delineate relationships that public employees may have with private markets and business interests may not be adequate in the rapidly developing new cannabis market because of the distinct challenges facing the regulation of cannabis. Governmental ethics codes are often perceived to be little more than symbolic, lacking buy-in, strong enforcement mechanisms, funding, and administrative priority.15 There are specific aspects of the cannabis market that need to be explicitly recognized when preparing COI rules, particularly the fact that the cannabis business is de facto required to be a cash-based business because of continuing illegality under federal law and that the legal cannabis market exists side by side with a substantial illegal market.

To the best of our knowledge there are no analogous commodities or markets whose previously illicit, quasilegal state-level status precludes them from availing themselves of traditional banking mechanisms because of federal prohibition. This situation contrasts with that of alcohol, for which monetary transactions in the licit liquor trade are easier to trace because liquor establishment licensees can use traditional banking services and instruments (such as loans) not widely available to cannabis licensees.2 In addition, 2018 was a period of policy fluidity, with initial policies being established that will likely remain in force for a long time. All these factors create special pressures to cut ethical corners.

As some followed the American theme others arrived with a more artistic approach. Kim Kardashian arrived with Demma Gvasalia of Balenciaga. Both arrived at the Gala wearing black shrouds that covered their body from head to toe. Singer Kim Petras came wearing a large horse head hooked onto her shoulders. Frank Ocean showed up with vibrant green hair and a green doll in hand.

Nowadays, with the black market, teens and young adults are able to get their hands on what they believe is to be Oxycontin, Prozac, Percocet, etc. When in reality the fentanyl lacing those drugs is the real reason that young people are dying from an overdose when an overdose was never the true intention of most. Pills are now easily accessible through social media and can be sent right to your doorstep without knowing where they came from.

Put on your bowling shoes, grab your friends and get ready to have fun as the University of Central Missouri Union Bowling Center (UBC) launches Bowlers in the Burg. This new recreational team opportunity begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at UBC, located in the Elliott Student Union.

Not everyone here shares Mr. Deli's buying power. But Western retail stores and malls are heading east on the hunch that the market is big. That may mean devastating competition for formerly state-owned retailers. Already, the foreign-controlled share of Hungary's retail market is 40 percent and climbing, says Guillaume Dorel, a Swiss retail expert based in Budapest.

The largest mega-mall in the former Soviet bloc, it is highlighted by an American Wild West-motifed hub of fast-food restaurants, an ice-skating rink, a 10-lane bowling alley, and video arcades. It caters to consumers across the socioeconomic spectrum. The developers expect to draw shoppers from Slovakia and Romania, in addition to tourists from Germany, Austria, and Italy.

As such malls multiply - the Polus developers alone are considering two dozen more in East Europe - their aim is to draw in the masses long relegated to wistful window-shopping and a bustling black market (one-third of Hungary's economy). 041b061a72


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