APPROPRIATING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CHRISTMAS EVENT

first_imgAnother Christmas Day has come and gone (yesterday, December 25, 2014).  But for the majority of Christians the Christmas season continues until January 6 when we begin the season of Epiphany. Just a day after Christmas Day, I ask the indulgence of my readers and myself to reflect on the essence of the Christmas event and try to appropriate some of its profound implications for successful living.Christmas is all about Jesus Christ and his being born into the world as its Savior. There are issues about the exact date on which Jesus was born. For me knowing the exact date is not as important as understanding and appropriating the significance of his birth. The focus should be on why he was born regardless of whatever date it was or the date Church has chosen.Since creation God has always revealed himself in various ways and means throughout the world: through nature, prophets, sages and special events. “But in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son”, to borrow the words of Hebrews 12:1, his perfect revelation of himself. Karl Barth once said that Jesus Christ is the mirror into which we look to see who God is like.God sent his son to redeem lost mankind. Therefore Christmas celebrates God’s greatest gift to mankind, the gift of his one and only son, Jesus. The death of Jesus on the cross demonstrates God’s supreme love for mankind. Jesus came into the world to save and to show us how to live a life of obedience. He came to bring to all, who respond to his offer, the good news of forgiveness, peace and goodwill, giving for the good of others, and transforming grace.Christmas is good news for those who respond to God in faith and obedience. Let this Christmas be a time when each one of us can take the time to reflect and honestly seek to apply some of what Christmas is about. There is too much hatred and ill-will in us, around us and in the world (as there were in the time of Jesus’ birth). His birth announces peace and goodwill towards all. Can we endeavor to be peace and goodwill promoters in ourselves, with our spouses, children, households, communities, nation and the wider world? We should never be part of the problem but the solution. Let us seek the welfare of others and never their downfall. It is in doing so that we find genuine peace and joy in our own lives.Let this Christmas be the beginning of learning to forgive others who hurt us. We all do countless ugly things (in conscious and unconscious ways) that deeply hurt God and yet he forgives us and sends his son to make us better persons. We must learn to forgive others if we are to benefit from his forgiveness (Matthew 6:12: Luke 11:4). The parable of the servant who was forgiven much debt that he owed his master but refused to forgive a fellow servant who owed him much less speaks volumes to our need to forgive one another (Matthew 18:23-35).Forgiveness is hard but necessary for our own health and the health of the family and the society. It promotes good relationships among ourselves and with our Creator. It makes living together possible, easier and better. Forgiveness also helps the one who forgives. It removes the heavy burden of the spirit of un-forgiveness. It ensures good health for the forgiving person and makes it easier to live and do business with such a person.We all need transformation because of our sinfulness and the sinful environment in which we live. Genuine change comes when we agree that some things are wrong about us and that we need help. Jesus came to help us change for the better. He gives us grace to bear beyond our normal capacity and to accept better what we cannot change, and to do by far beyond our human ability. We depend on God and yet do all we can in reliance upon his infinite power. Knowing that he is with us every step of the way and working alongside us motivates us to give our all. God’s abundant grace and our cooperation with his grace in making the most of the opportunities and challenges we face daily make us better persons and make a better family, community and society.Christmas is all about God’s love: forgiveness, peace and goodwill, giving and sharing some of what we are and have. Let this Christmas be a time of giving something of ourselves for the good of the family, the community and world around us. Let each of one of us be an ambassador of peace, forgiveness, sharing, and permitting God’s free grace to transform us and through us others who come in contact with us.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Former GDF ranks released on $300,000 bail each

first_imgThe two former ranks of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) who are accused of raping an Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) woman in the presence of her boyfriend last weekend at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground, were granted bail when they appeared at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.Rawlston Reid, 22, of Dutch Four Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara; and Isaiah Rawlins, 21, of Wisroc, Linden, were granted bail in the sum of $300,000 each by Magistrate Esther Sam.The men were also accused of robbing the rape victim’s boyfriend on the day in question.Upon granting the men bail, the Magistrate ordered them to report to the Anna Regina Police Station on a daily basis. The men were also ordered to stay more than 200 feet away from the victims.Guyana Times understands that the rape victim is expected to come to Georgetown to get counselling today.It was reported that the female victim and her boyfriend were at the Anna Regina Community Centre Ground, which is close to the GDF base, for an event and at about 23:30h, as they were enjoying an evening together, the two ranks attacked them.The soldiers reportedly dealt the young man several blows about his body, took away his money and gold chain, and demanded that his girlfriend have sex with them or else they would rape him.At first, this demand was shut down, but the two ranks severely beat the young man. They then allegedly took turns raping the woman as she wept bitterly and asked them to stop.The young man had no choice but to watch his girlfriend being sexually assaulted. After the ordeal, the young couple reported the matter to the Police station. At the Police station, the couple was told that there were no ranks available to search the area.Family members then took it upon themselves to look for the two perpetrators. Upon seeing the angry mob of residents, the two men escaped. The couple was taken to hospital where the young lady was admitted. The Police subsequently took statements from the two traumatised young people and an investigation was launched.An identification parade was done on Monday afternoon at the Suddie Police Station and the two perpetrators were positively identified by the victims. Guyana Times was told that while the ID parade was in progress, colleagues of the implicated ranks were heard shouting derogatory remarks towards the victims.The young male victim is an acquaintance of both ranks.last_img read more

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Prison escapee remanded for armed robbery charge

first_imgOne of the 13 prisoners who escaped from the Lusignan Penitentiary during 2017 jailbreak was placed back into the system on Monday after he was charged with robbery under arms.Winston Long, 22, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and denied that on February 2, 2019, at High Street, Georgetown, while in the company of others, he robbed Sherlock Cummings of $3000; a cell phone valued $6000 along with a $10,000 gold chain while using personal violence at the said time or immediately after.According to the prosecution’s case, at about 01:30h on February 2, the Virtual Complainant was proceeding along High Street, Georgetown, when he was approached by Long. The prosecution is contending that Long held the victim at weapon point and robbed him of his valuables. Cummings was also beaten during the process of the robbery.However, the victim was able to grasp the attention of a nearby police patrol that was in the vicinity. Reports are the police were able to arrest Long a short distance away with the items in his possession.Bail for Long was opposed by the prosecutor on the grounds that he may be a flight risk and that he also has matters of a similar nature pending before the said court. The prosecution’s submissions were upheld and Long was remanded to prison.Long was among other inmates who escaped from the Lusignan Prison by digging a hole under the fence during July 2017. However, after being recaptured, he pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to one year’s imprisonment. He was released from prison last year.last_img read more

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PRRD considers funding South Peace senior project

first_imgBy Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement -The Peace River Regional District is trying to play fair with a recent funding request.At the last board meeting, the South Peace Seniors Access Society approached directors asking for $20,000.Spokesperson Sharon Miller said the money would go towards a South Peace Community Health Guide, similar to the guide printed by the North Peace Save Our Northern Seniors.Last year, the PRRD had granted $8,000 to SONS for the printing and distribution of health guides.On Thursday, PRRD staff recommended that the board give the south peace group $8,000 as well, rather than the requested $20,000.Advertisement For a previous report on this story, click here. Photo: Director Tim Caton discusses agenda items at the Peace River Regional District meeting in Dawson Creek on Thursday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.cacenter_img Director Larry White had concerns about the funding…[asset|aid=2513|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e3976c9c9b320771d5bf23ed15e9ba89-White 1_1_Pub.mp3] However, Chair Karen Goodings advised that the money would simply be going into the budget, which hasn’t been finalized yet. So there’s still time to amend the funding before the budget is set in stone.The board voted unanimously to include the money in the PRRD 2010 budget.Advertisementlast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB CANCELLATION

first_imgLETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB:The Captains’ Drive- In, scheduled for this Sunday, 9th February, has been POSTPONED due to a poor weather forecast. A new date will be advertised in due course. LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB CANCELLATION was last modified: February 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Riyad Mahrez pens emotional letter to former club Leicester City after £60m move

first_img Mahrez’s Tweets to the Leicester City fans 2 “To all Leicester fans, we have made some amazing memories and history together,” the 27-year-old said on his personal Twitter account.“Winning the Premiership (in 2015-16) against all odds was just something else and none of this would have been possible without your extraordinary support for me and the team.“I want to thank all of you for welcoming me to the club right from the start and continuing to give me the belief and encouragement to achieve what we have together.“I would also like to thank my teammates, staff and everyone at the club who have become a big part of my life in the last few years.” 2 Riyad Mahrez has paid tribute to his former club Leicester City and their supporters.The Algeria winger joined Manchester City on Tuesday in what was described as a “club-record” fee – believed to be in the region of £60 million. After joining the Foxes from Le Havre in 2014, Mahrez went on to help Nigel Pearson’s side reach, and then ultimately, stay in the division.His 2015/16 season was incredible and he scored 17 Premier League goals under Claudio Ranieri to land an improbably title.He leaves with a record of 42 goals in 158 games for the club, ahead of his debut season in Manchester. Mahrez helped the Foxes to t=an unlikely Premier League title in 2016 last_img read more

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DONEGAL TURN ON SECOND HALF STYLE TO SECURE POINTS AGAINST DOWN

first_imgDONEGAL’S reputation for being stronger in the second half certainly proved true tonight after coming from behind to beat Down by 0-12 to 0-7.Donegal had trailed by a point at half-time in Ballybofey, the Mournemen ahead five points to four at the break.But captain and man of the match Michael Murphy continued his great form of recent games for college and county by levelling not long after the re-start. Club colleague Neil Gallagher replaced Martin McElhinney at the re-start and his presence began to turn the game Donegal’s way.It allowed Rory Kavanagh to score and put Donegal ahead 0-06 to 0-05 and it was a lead Donegal would not lose as Murphy hit six points for his side, two from play and four from frees.Donegal had stuttered in the first half, with Murphy missing a free before pointing a second opportunity a minute later.Ross Wherrity added a brilliant second after some good work from Murphy and Mark McHugh, whose brother Ryan made his league debut tonight. Then Down came back and pushed ahead, scoring five points as the clock ticked down with goalie Kevin McKernan pointing from a free before then making a great save for Down.A Murphy point from a free reduced the deficit to leave Donegal a point behind at the break.Just two points from play and it hadn’t been a great spectacle for the estimated 6,000 fans at MacCumhaill Park.But then Donegal went on to hit nine points without reply, Down adding a couple of consolation points before the end.Scorers – Donegal: Michael Murphy 0-6, 4f; Declan Walsh, Leo McLoone, Rory Kavanagh, Colm McFadden (f), Ross Wherity and Daniel McLaughlin 0-1 each. Down: Donal O’Hare 0-5,4f; Kevin McKernan 0-1, 1fDonegal: Paul Durcan; Declan Walsh, Neil McGee, Eamon McGee; Ryan McHugh, Leo McLoone, Anthony Thompson; Rory Kavanagh, Martin McElhinney; Mark McHugh, Michael Murphy, Ryan Bradley; Colm McFadden, Ross Wherity, Patrick McBrearty. Subs., Neil Gallagher for McElhinney ht; Demot Molloy for McBrearty 55; Daniel McLaughlin for McFadden 63; Odhran Mac Niallais for N McGee 70Down: Michael Cunningham; Damian Turley, Daniel McCartan, Ryan Boyle; Ryan Mallon, Aidan Carr, Brendan McArdle; Kalum King, Kevin McKernan; Keith Quinn, Mark Poland, Paul McComiskey; Conor Laverty, Connaire Harrison, Donal O’Hare. Subs., Peter Turley for B McArdle ht; Benny Coulter for Harrison 47; Declan Rooney for Mallon 48; Danny Savage for D Turley 56; Conor Gough for King 58.Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo). DONEGAL TURN ON SECOND HALF STYLE TO SECURE POINTS AGAINST DOWN was last modified: February 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDONEGAL TURN ON SECOND HALF STYLE TO SECURE POINTS AGAINST DOWNDownNational Leaguelast_img read more

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How Shazam Plans To Make Money On TV’s Second Screen

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App No longer content to just help you confirm that, yes, the song you’re hearing is the new Justin Bieber single, Shazam is branching out. The music identification and discovery app is expanding its social TV capabilities and solidifying its role in the second-screen space. Unlike many new-media initiatives, it might even have a viable business model ready to go.  The company claims to be able to recognize just about any U.S. television show based on a quick sample of its audio. From there, delivers up relevant trivia, cast information, social streams and other content. All of this is typical fare for second-screen apps, but Shazam’s twist is interesting because it uses audio fingerprinting to identify what’s being watched and then present related material. Shazam, which now has a quarter billion users, is best known for identifying songs using a quick audio snippet recorded through the microphone of a user’s smartphone or tablet. The app’s audio fingerprinting and matching technology can identify tracks even through the noise of a loud bar, and it can distinguish between two songs played simultaneously. Based on what it identifies, it lets users read the artist’s bio, buy the song from iTunes, find concert tickets and read the lyrics to verify that, indeed, the lead singer of Train just sang those words, in that order. From ID’ing Songs To ID’ing TV Shows Shazam’s lastest push brings this same functionality to television shows. Users can tap the record button in the app to take an audio sample and Shazam will match what it hears against its own database to identify the show. This is neat and all, but the real potential lies in what happens next. As it does with songs, Shazam unlocks all kinds of supplementary content and information about the show. These are the kinds of things people are already doing in other apps by manually tapping a show listing or check-in button, but in this case the action is performed using audio. That removes a little bit of friction. It also capitalizes on an established user-machine interaction: People who have used Shazam are already accustomed to holding up their phone to learn more about content, whereas tapping the check-in button on an app like GetGlue or Miso may not come as naturally. Social TV With A Business PlanThe social TV market – especially the second-screen phenomenon – is exploding as smartphones and tablets proliferate. Eighty-six percent of U.S. smartphone owners use their phones while watching TV at least once a month, according to Nielsen. Tablet owners are even more immersed in their devices while watching TV. Most are checking email and browsing the Web, but a growing audience is looking up content and trivia related to what’s on the bigger screen and chatting with others via Twitter, Facebook, and TV-specific social services like GetGlue.  With each new major TV event, we see a flood of new stats about how second screens and social networks are tied in. From the premiere of Breaking Bad to the 2012 Summer Olympics, big TV moments are seeing big second-screen stats. In almost every case, the numbers are climbing. Shazam’s shift into this space is yet another sign of social TV’s huge potential. And it’s not just a shoot-first, figure-out-a-biz-plan-later kind of strategy. There’s a real revenue opportunity right up front. Through a partnership with Delivery Agent, Shazam offers viewers the opportunity to buy merchandise related to a given show.This is powerful stuff. Rather than try and work in some ad-related business model over time (or just hope they get acquired), Shazam takes consumers from watching a TV show to paying real money to buy things. For consumers, it cuts out several manual steps – making note of a product they see on TV, going to the appropriate website or store, recalling the item and pulling out a credit card to purchase it. For Shazam and its media partners, it offers a monetization scheme that other legacy media industries would kill for. Related Posts Tags:#television#web john paul titlowcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Gmail In Cherokee: Why Google Is Awesome

first_imgSay what you will about Google, but there is something incredible about a company that once in a while does something just because it’s a cool thing to do.For example, Google just announced it has created a version of Gmail in the Cherokee language. There are fewer than 20,000 Cherokee speakers in the world, and perhaps only 100 or so people who speak nothing but this language. So why would Google put a bunch of engineers and linguists to work for months making an email program in Cherokee?It began when Craig Cornelius, a Google engineer, shared a ride with a Vince Blackfox, member of the Cherokee nation. They got talking about the effort to preserve Native American languages, many of which have been dying out as fewer and fewer people speak them. A 2002 survey showed that nobody under the age of 40 spoke conversational Cherokee.Cornelius worked with the language technology department at Cherokee Nation to figure out Cherokee words for things like “inbox” and “spam.” A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dan lyons Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The project was tricky because Cherokee uses a unique alphabet (above) created in 1821 by a Cherokee silversmith named Sequoyah (aka George Gist or George Guess). The Cherokee Nation is hoping that the Gmail in Cherokee project will breathe new life into the Cherokee language by giving young people an opportunity to use the language in their day-to-day lives.I hope I don’t sound hopelessly naive, but is there any other company in the tech industry (or any industry for that matter) that would ever do something this awesome?  Image courtesy of Google. Tags:#Cherokee#gmail#Google last_img read more

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