What Are Online Casinos?
Online casinos are web-based platforms which allow users to play games against real dealers or against other players. They are available from anywhere and at any time. To participate, players need a computer and a stable internet connection. Some casinos accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards, while others offer alternative payment methods such as Skrill and Paypal.
Players can also choose between online casinos that run through a web browser or those that offer apps. While web-based casinos have the advantage of being http://community.gtarcade.com/thread/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=1363179 accessible from any device, apps are more convenient and easier to navigate. The graphics on apps are generally faster, and the design is more user-friendly. However, the security of an app can vary.
When playing on an app, players have the option of choosing from a variety of "instant" games. These are similar to online slot machines. Each game typically includes a graphical representation of the real casino game and a variety of wager options. There are usually a few poker variants and limited versions of roulette.
If a player is interested in playing on an online casino, it is important to research the legitimacy of the site. Some sites are unlicensed, which can result in players losing their money. Other casinos block players talleta 1 from certain countries or regions with strict gambling laws. It is also important to ensure the security of your personal information. Check for a website’s license and privacy policies before playing.
Many online casinos will offer players a welcome bonus. This can be in the form of a deposit match, free spins, or a combination of the two. Most bonuses require players to make a specified amount of bets before being eligible to withdraw their funds. In addition, some casinos offer a self-exclusion period to help protect players from addictions.
Online casinos are easy to use and offer a wide variety of casino games. There are several types of slots, as well as blackjack, baccarat, roulette, and poker. Roulette can be played against the casino, or against other players. A player can also set a loss-limit to limit the amount of money they lose.
As with any online service, the safety of the user’s information is a major consideration. Online casinos use encryption technology to protect personal data. They are also regulated by regulatory boards, which regularly test their gaming software. All online casinos must adhere to high quality standards and have licensing to operate in their particular country.
Most reputable online casinos will have a variety of payment methods to choose from. Credit and debit cards are the most popular, but there are also alternatives such as prepaid vouchers and e-wallets. Payment options should be clearly listed on the casino’s website.
One of the advantages of using a website rather than an app is that the online casino does not have to install anything on the user’s device. However, if the online casino does not offer an app, it is advisable to download one from a reputable app store.
Stork’s Nest Community Conversations
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Pi Zeta Chapter launches its Stork’s Nest Community Conversations program, with its first event on Feb. 18 at St. Philip’s College from 10 am to noon.
Stork’s Nest Community Conversations will bring expectant mothers, their support groups, health and medical care experts, advocates, and government leaders together. Its purpose is to educate and engage on pregnancy and women’s health topics.
March of Dimes 2022 Report Card depicts the need for collaborative work and innovative ideas to improve Texas preterm births. Texas’ preterm birth rate is 11.4% (D-). Bexar County and San Antonio’s preterm birth rates are 12.0% (F). The preterm birth rate among Black women in Texas is 41% – higher than among other women.
The Alpha Pi Zeta Chapter will host four Community Conversations throughout the year. On May 20, the topic is Learn How Legislation Affects You: Meet the Medical and Government Experts. On Aug. 19, the topic is Postpartum Education: What to Expect When You and Your Baby Come Home. And on Nov. 18, there will be a health fair, and a conversation on You are in Control: Health and Finances.
The sorority’s Stork’s Nest 3.0 e-Learning Course also educates pregnant women to help improve birth outcomes and develop healthy lifestyles. Since 2021, the Stork’s Nest 3.0 e-Learning Course has enrolled 108 clients and has averaged an 86% graduation rate. The sorority partners with the Alpha Pi Zeta Foundation, the March of Dimes, the City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, African American Health Disparities Council.
The Feb. 18 Stork’s Nest Community Conversations will be in the Turbon Student Center on the 2nd floor of St. Philip’s (1801 Martin Luther King Drive). To learn more about future Community Conversations, just put Stork’s Nest Community Conversations in the search bar of Eventbrite.
History Behind Black History Month
In 1925, the prominent scholar, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, announced that the second week in February 1926 would be declared Negro History Week. He picked that month because it paired up with the month of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. It was a bold move at that time to recognize the accomplishments of the Negro.
Dr. Woodson, the second Black American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1915, in coordination with Jesse Morland, a prominent Black minister and community leader in Washington, D.C., founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. The organization’s primary purpose was to research and promote achievements by Blacks in America and Africans on the African continent. The organization’s findings were published in the Journal of Negro History. These studies served as a counter to the negative white portrayal of Blacks, and with the release of the movie Birth of a Nation, which had an official showing at Woodrow Wilson’s White House in 1915.
Dr. Woodson’s basic premise for his research was that no other race should control the education of another race’s children, which was especially true in the United States. He constantly pointed out the negative images that Black children received in their education. He wrote, “to handicap a student by teaching him that his black face is a curse and that the struggle to change is hopeless is the worst sort of lynching.” As he observed this continued debasement of his race, the children’s exposure to what he considered psychological abuse was why he introduced Black History Week.
In defense of Black History Week, he wrote, “If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition. It becomes a negligible factor in the world’s thought, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”
The response was overwhelmingly positive, and the years that followed witnessed the celebration’s growth all over the country. Negro history clubs became popular, and teachers began to teach the importance of Black heroes and their accomplishments, specifically during that week.
In February 1969, at the height of the Black is Beautiful movement, Black students at Kent State University insisted that the week should be stretched to the entire month. The following year those students did extend it from one week to two months. Other entities began celebrating not two months but the whole month of February. Finally, in 1976, President Gerald Ford endorsed February as the official Black History Month, and it has now become a time to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of the Black race in America.
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “Black Resistance in the Past, Present, and Future.” It explores how Black Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial programs, and police killings since the inception of this country, according to the Association for the Study of Negro (now African American) Life and History or ASALH.
ASALH adds, “how you can take part in the observance is to educate yourself on the Black experience in history, with an emphasis on Black American resistance to oppression.”
Between Yesterday and Tomorrow – Perspectives from Local Black Artists
Between Yesterday and Tomorrow, Perspectives from Black Contemporary Artists in San Antonio will have its opening reception from 6 pm to 9 pm on Jan. 10 at the Culture Commons Gallery at City Hall at 115 Plaza De Armas.
This event is free and open to the public and is part of DreamWeek San Antonio 2023. The exhibit will be displayed from Jan. 19 to Nov. 17.
Curated by Barbara Felix and presented by The City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture, this exhibition will showcase a multifaceted collection of local Black artists as they share their cultural and life experiences through their work. Themes include Black history and identity, family dynamics, social connections, spirituality and resilience. The artworks include drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, digital media, assemblage, sculpture and quilting.
The 18 artists presented in this exhibition are actively engaged in their artistic practices. Each brings a unique perspective, covering Black history and identity topics, family dynamics, social connections, personal human experience, spirituality, and resilience.
“The goal was to drive the collective vision of Black contemporary artists as documentarians of the historical and social conscience of their time,” Curator Barbara Felix commented. “When the individual selected works came together in the gallery, I realized the prospect of this show was coming to fruition in a way that beautifully celebrates each artist and their vision.”
Featuring artworks by Carmen Cartiness Johnson, John Coleman, Kaldric Dow, Kwanzaa Edwards, Anthony Francis, Alain Boris Gakwaya, Deborah Harris, Edward Harris, Paul Hurd, Alethia Jones, Theresa Newsome, Wardell Picquet, Calvin Pressley, Don Stewart, Naomi Wanjiku, Angela Weddle and Bernice Appelin Williams.
Culture Commons is located in the Plaza de Armas Building and is managed by the Department of Arts & Culture. It consists of a storefront gallery on the first and second floors and a 1,500 sq. ft. exhibit hall that features visual art exhibits, performances, invited speakers, and workshops.
The vision for Culture Commons is to serve as the City of San Antonio’s cultural space that integrates the arts into civic conversation by encouraging creativity, supporting local culture, and engaging the community in transforming the future.
The exhibit hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm and it’s closed during holidays.
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