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Three years after imploding more than 1 million square feet of building space downtown, First Baptist Church of Dallas, led pastor Dr. Robert Jeffress, completed the largest Protestant church building campaign in modern history, opening its new state-of-the-art $130 million campus on Easter Sunday.
The new facilities feature the newest technological advances for any church, providing a unique worship experience. A new 3,000-seat Worship Center, located next to the historic landmark 122-year-old sanctuary, includes a 150-foot-wide IMAX-quality video wall stretching more than two-thirds the width of the auditorium. It incorporates seven high-definition projectors blended together, making it one of the largest viewing screens in any church in the world. Additionally, wood bands along the walls surrounding the Worship Center contain LED strips that can be programmed to millions of different colors, creating dramatic ambient lighting to supplement and enhance any platform program.
“Our dream was to create a spiritual oasis in the middle of downtown Dallas,” said Jeffress. “We incorporated some of the newest technology available to offer an interactive worship opportunity unlike any other. In addition, though able to seat thousands of people, the Worship Center still provides an intimate church feeling, rather than a convention center experience.”
Source: First Baptist Dallas
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:29
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By Jason Alderman
I'm a big believer in having the appropriate amount of insurance, especially when it comes to your health and personal liability. But if money is tight and you want to get the most bang for your buck, there are a few types of insurance you can probably do without – or that may duplicate coverage you already have elsewhere:
Extended warranties. When you buy a car, appliance or electronic device, the salesclerk usually will try to sell you an extended warranty. These policies often duplicate coverage already provided in the manufacturer's warranty. Plus, many credit cards provide an additional warranty on items purchased with the card.
Smartphone insurance. After shelling out big bucks for a smartphone, you might be tempted to buy replacement insurance. Just be aware that you'll probably pay a hefty deductible and likely receive a refurbished phone, possibly not even the same model. My advice: Keep your old phone to reactivate in case you drop or lose the new one.
Flight accident insurance. The risk of dying in a plane crash is miniscule and already covered by regular life insurance. Also check your credit card cardholder agreement, since many cover such accidents for tickets purchased with their card.
Child life insurance. Life insurance is intended to provide economic protection for a person's dependents, so unless your children are movie stars supporting you, this coverage is probably unnecessary. You can better protect their future by stowing those monthly premiums in an emergency savings account or buying additional term life insurance for yourself.
Pet insurance. With veterinary treatments now rivaling human medicine (organ transplants, chemotherapy, etc.), you could easily spend a small fortune keeping Fido alive. Before buying pet insurance, however, compare plan features carefully and weigh the expense you'd pay out over your pet's lifetime. For example, monthly premiums increase with your pet's age, deductibles and copayments are typically higher than for human coverage and there are usually predetermined per-year and per-condition caps. Plus, preexisting and hereditary conditions usually are not covered.
Rental car insurance. In most cases, the optional insurance offered by car rental agencies duplicates existing coverage you already have. However, before automatically rejecting agency coverage, ask your insurance company and credit card issuer whether you are fully covered for rental cars. A few considerations:
Coverage through your auto policy often expires after 30 days or less of renting the car.
Sports cars, luxury models, SUVs and trucks are often excluded.
Travel outside service areas typically is forbidden – especially across foreign borders or in rough terrain.
If you don't carry comprehensive and collision coverage on your own car, your insurance may not cover a rental. Also, ask whether such coverage is limited to your own car's value, since most rentals are new.
Ask what happens if you violate rental agreement terms (e.g., driving recklessly or allowing unauthorized drivers).
Specified disease insurance. Some people take out supplemental health and life insurance against specific conditions such as cancer, heart disease or stroke. Before buying, make sure you have adequate major medical insurance, which already covers such conditions. And carefully review the policy for restrictions. For example, many cancer insurance policies won't pay for outpatient care or cover skin cancer, and impose fixed-dollar limits on specific procedures.
When it comes to your budget – and your family's security – it pays to know which insurance is essential and which you can probably skip.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:27
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While a high school diploma was once sufficient to secure a stable job with benefits, almost two-thirds of new jobs in the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy now require some postsecondary education and/or training. Furthermore, workplace readiness demands a higher level of knowledge and skills than ever before. To effectively prepare its students for life after high school by teaching them the skills and knowledge that are essential to college and workforce readiness, Irving ISD will implement WIN Learning’s Personalized Career Readiness System.
WIN Learning’s web-based, career-driven education model is comprised of a series of standards-aligned contextual learning modules that help students understand and prepare for the realties of college and the workplace through personalized project-based learning and career exploration.
“Our goal is simple – every student should graduate from our high schools ready for college or a career. That means mastery of applied academics as well as necessary ‘success skills’ such as critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork,” said Melody Paschall, associate superintendent of academic services, Irving ISD. “Yet there are not very many resources that can bridge the gap in showing students the relevance and the connection between what’s happening in the classroom and their futures. We believe the WIN Learning system to be one of the most powerful resources available that can accelerate the preparation that will give our middle and high school students a strong path to follow to career and college readiness.”
Source: WIN Learning
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:26
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By Amanda Casanova
After gathering for a special called meeting to discuss the city manager’s contract, the City Council took no action at the March 27 meeting.
The Council spent more than three hours in closed executive session to discuss the controversial employment contract for City Manager Tommy Gonzalez, which expires on May 1.
After about two year in closed session, Mayor Beth Van Duyne came into council chambers to address attendees.
“If we’re not going to come to a resolution, it’s not fair to keep everybody here,” she said.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:31
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By Amanda Casanova
A town hall meeting on March 25 started as a firing of questions from residents about the city manager’s contract, a topic legally closed to the public, and eventually led to one of the council members walking out of the meeting.
Discussion at the town hall meeting eventually turned to other topics including development in south Irving, Charter propositions for May’s election and the City’s proposed ethics policy, which the Council hasn’t taken up since December.
Attendees also told the Council that they wanted to see more jobs drawn into the city and other moves that would pump money into the City’s economy and thus lower taxes for residents.
“We don’t talk about the neighborhoods enough,” Councilman Gerald Farris said. “That’s why I got on council. We don’t talk about jobs and neighborhoods and that stuff enough.”
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:32
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