If it would be the case, what would you choose for your last meal? A British artist named James Reynolds was inspired by a book written on this topic, making it the basis of a photographic exhibition entitled “Last Suppers”.
For the British artist, the trays with the last meals for death-row inmates are all the same: orange. They are actually quite similar to those used in reality in prisons. As far as the last meals are concerned, the dishes arranged with almost compulsive care reflect the last real wishes of prisoners in different prisons from around the world, with only a few hours left to live before being executed.
Among the more unusual choices of meals chosen before an execution are a single black olive or an onion and two bottles of Coca Cola. Another prisoner asked for fries and fried chicken as his last meal. Nothing special so far, but the idea was that the meal come from his favorite fast food restaurant. Some have asked for exotic fruits (pineapple, mango, or coconut), while others wanted a donut, or juice or six boiled eggs. (more…)by admin with
Sometimes people are better able to understand when they hear it from someone instead of reading in a book, paper or on a site. With SoundCloud this is possible, what initially started out as music player and app has now evolved in an audio program. Where this has been a great upgrade, it has helped musicians as well journalists across the globe, both parties can post, share and update music and news as it happens, which is great for newcomers who are trying to establish some ground for themselves.New services emerged like Simulalabs that offers musicians and record labels soundcloud promotion affordable. SoundCloud has reached new heights of success, due to the increase in the numbers of users for various auditory purposes; people globally can upload whatever story they like to share with the rest of the world without any limitation. (more…)by admin with
WASHINGTON Word on campus is that Cornelius Carter can dance, but that’s only half the reason students at the University of Alabama sometimes beg to take his class.
He can also teach.
That combination earned Carter national recognition Tuesday as professor of the year.
“It’s a gift or a sense that he has. He can see people’s potential even when they can’t see it in themselves,” said Christopher Bottoms, a UA senior and one of Carter’s students.
Carter, an associate professor of dance, was named the 2011 U.S. Professor of the Year, an award sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. There were 133 nominees in the research and doctoral university category. Carter is the first national winner from Alabama since the award was created in 1981. (more…)by admin with
WASHINGTON A key congressional panel on Tuesday approved funding for several Alabama projects, including $3 million for the controversial SmartCOP technology project for law enforcement.
A joint committee of House and Senate members approved the federal budget for the departments of commerce, state and justice, and after a final vote in each chamber, the bill goes to the president for his signature.
The $3 million for SmartCOP is for 2012 and is in addition to $3 million set aside in 2011. The money is for the Alabama Department of Public Safety to create a statewide computer network for troopers that provides electronically transmitted dispatch information, access to crime data and software to complete traffic reports and other paperwork. (more…)by admin with
Ron Sparks wants to be Alabama’s next agriculture commissioner. The only problem is, Sparks is not widely known and, like many down-the-ballot candidates, he is not likely to raise enough money to get well-known before the Nov. 5 election.
That’s why a taxpayer-funded farming commercial prominently featuring Sparks appears mighty convenient and awfully political. The television ad, which is supposed to promote specialty farm products, came out just in time to boost Sparks’ campaign. (more…)by admin with
WASHINGTON Alabama’s slice of the federal highway funding pie would shrink by $150 million under a 2003 budget proposal due from the White House next week, a potential setback for road projects in the state.
The proposed cut, which amounts to about $9.1 billion nationally, has ignited early but intense lobbying from state highway officials and road builders who say it will further damage the economy. (more…)by admin with
MONTGOMERY State school leaders said Thursday they support a big increase in property and income taxes to fund public schools better.
The leaders based their support for higher taxes on the findings of a new study that shows public schools would gain greatly if Alabama taxpayers paid what those in other poor states such as Mississippi pay.
In fact, if Alabama taxpayers were taxed at the same rate as those in Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, South Carolina and Mississippi, state schools would on average have $1.6 billion more a year to operate. (more…)by admin with
MONTGOMERY Controversial gambling and business tax plans passed a review committee Thursday and face close votes today in the state House of Representatives, lawmakers said.
One plan would generate $41 million a year by raising the business privilege tax on a company’s net worth, which includes buildings, equipment, cash and other assets.
It passed the House Ways and Means-Education Committee by voice vote and then barely avoided, by a 39-36 vote of the full House, being returned to a committee for further review, which could have delayed debate until next week. (more…)by admin with