Spending time with the Almighty

first_img Mike McFadden The Anatomy of Fear TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous article5 Things You May Not Know About Daylight Saving TimeNext articleSave with these St. Patrick’s Day deals on food, drinks and travel Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Inspiration  By Charles TownePLEASE, MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME!Imagine, yes, imagine that you have company and you are sitting in your living room.  Your guest is not the mayor or the governor, and he is not the president.  No, he is none other than Papa God.  What are you going to say to him? after all, He is the almighty!Are you going to try to impress Him with your great wisdom?  Or are you going to tell him how a family member or some brother or sister in your church slighted you?  Or perhaps you are going to share the latest bit of juicy gossip?Are you going to be honest? Or are you going to embellish the truth? Gild the lily so to speak?Remember, Papa God is sitting there in all His glory.  He is gazing into your eyes, your very soul, not with condemnation or judgment, but with more love than you have ever known.Or just perhaps you are going to accuse Him, to tell Him how unfair He has been to you, after all, He could have given you the “smart” genes.  He could have made you handsome, or beautiful!  Or He could have created you rich as Job, or wise as Solomon.Or perhaps you are going to give Him your thoughts on global warming, abortion, and that “love your neighbor thing”.  Hey, you know stuff don’t you?Hmm, what if Papa God was going to spend the day with you, yeah, what if.Just some food for thought.  Chaz Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. charless towne Another great one Charlie. I don’t know where you get these ideas from but this one is a super one and it really got me thinking. Keep them coming. March 10, 2019 at 12:45 pm charles towne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter charles towne Reply Dear CSG, you pretty well have it all together dear lady. He loves you so very much dear lady. I think He likes to sit with His kids. Chaz March 10, 2019 at 9:18 am There is a part of me that thinks He is there/here already but to answer the question, I would like to think I would say nothing just observe but if I go by history, I would say something stupid, inane, idiotic and He would smile and love me still! Reply Mr. Mike, Mike, When you really consider it, perhaps thanking Him and praising Him are the highest form of prayer! What do you think? Chaz March 13, 2019 at 3:45 pm March 10, 2019 at 8:09 am CSG That’s a really good one, Chuck!I guess I get the closest with God in the early morning, when I’m sitting in the backyard, the sun is just coming up and the birds are singing their songs to the Him. It is so peaceful and quiet….I feel like He IS there! Yes, that is whenI truly thank Him and ask Him to help me live EVERYDAY with anattitude of gratitude. Reply Dear NH, His word tells us that “whatever is pure… whatever is of good report… think on these things.” Pretty good advice don’t you think? Chaz Reply I think the only thing that I would say to Him would be “thank you” – same thing I say to Him every day. Reply What an interesting “What if”? I think I will probably be pondering that one all day. Great Food for Thought, Charles…. Reply center_img charles towne Reply Please enter your comment! March 10, 2019 at 10:45 am Herb Weissman March 10, 2019 at 3:08 pm March 10, 2019 at 10:12 am Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate March 10, 2019 at 3:27 pm Thanks for the kind words Herb. We all like to be appreciated. Blessings on you my friend, Chaz 10 COMMENTS March 10, 2019 at 12:11 pm NH Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply March 16, 2019 at 2:43 pm Ahh, you are so right Richard, and that is the object of my hypothetical question. If we really believe He is here why are we not talking to Him more and acting like we really believe Him? When I say “we” I am naturally including myself. Chaz Richard LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here charles towne You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

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European equities pushing down returns at Portuguese pension funds

first_imgSecond-quarter returns of 0.17% by occupational pension funds in Portugal helped pare down their negative performance earlier in 2016, giving average returns of -0.16% for the first half of the year, according to figures from Willis Towers Watson (WTW).Returns for the 12 months to 30 June were 1.02%, with annualised returns of 4.74% for the three years, and 5.12% for the five years, to that date.This compared with a 2.39% return for the first half of 2015 and a 4.09% return for the 12 months to 30 June 2015.Performance figures were submitted by so-called closed funds, which are generally pension plans for a single employer or group of companies and which make up the vast bulk of occupational plans. The WTW universe covers around €13bn in assets, which is 80% of the closed pension fund market in Portugal.It includes more than 100 pension funds for the six-month and 12-month figures to end June 2016.It also includes the five biggest pension fund managers in Portugal.The figures are based on median performance over each time-frame. Gaudêncio Guedes, an investment consultant at WTW, said: “As with all euro-zone investors, euro bonds are contributing the most in pushing returns up, since a large part is invested in core euro government bonds. European equities, on the other hand, are the ones pushing returns down.” According to the Portuguese Association of Investment Funds, Pension Funds and Asset Management (APFIPP), debt dominates the portfolios of Portuguese pension funds, with 54.9% invested in the asset class as at 31 March.Of this, 29.4% was in public and 18.4% in private debt (both as direct investments), with a further 7.1% in bond funds.Total equity holdings were 20.3%, with 8.6% held directly and 11.7% through funds.Direct real estate made up 8.8% of portfolios, with a further 5% through funds.Turning to the next 12 months, Guedes said: “We believe low yields within the euro-zone will continue. Restrictions for Portuguese pension funds under safety and prudential rules, as well as the relatively less dynamic structure of the asset management industry, are not conducive to immediate changes in investment portfolios.“So it is highly likely the pension fund market as a whole will maintain its tendency for low returns, as seen for the past year.”He added that it was likely in the near future that pension funds would look beyond traditional investments for sources of returns – for example, to non-European credit and, eventually, alternative assets.last_img read more

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Wenger hopes for Wilshere return

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes England midfielder Jack Wilshere can return from an ankle injury to help his side make a “big statement” at Liverpool. “No, because you have sometimes regrets when a player played for you, and scores goals or does well somewhere else,” he said. “He was never our player. It is just a situation that did not come off and that is it.” Wenger added: “For us the important thing is to win the game. After, the fact that what happened in the summer is nothing to do with that. “If you want to win the game what is for sure is that he is one of the players that you have to keep quiet.” Asked if he would be likely to look again at a deal for Suarez this summer, Wenger said: “At the moment, no.” Despite Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis stressing the board were confident an announcement on Wenger’s new contract would soon be forthcoming, the French coach maintains there is as yet no movement on tieing up the formalities. Defenders Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna are also in talks over new deals, as is midfielder Tomas Rosicky. Wenger said: “The main news is Bacary Sagna, that we expect (to sign) and a few other players, but there is no (fresh) news there.” His return would be a welcome boost as Mathieu Flamini is suspended while both Aaron Ramsey and deadline day loan signing Kim Kallstrom are still several weeks away from recovery. “We might have Wilshere back and that’s basically it. (Mikel) Arteta is all right,” Wenger said. “It is important to have as many players back as possible in the squad. “In the big games it is always decided by having the complete squad available. “As many top players as possible because most of the time theses games are decided by players who come on or strong players who have a big statement in a big game.” Arsenal tackle Liverpool looking to keep striker Luis Suarez quiet, a player they mounted a protracted and ultimately failed £40m-plus-£1 bid during the summer. Suarez has gone on to bag 23 Premier League goals for the Reds and secure a lucrative new contract. Wenger, though, insists there are no regrets over Arsenal’s failure to land the Uruguay forward. Press Association The Gunners head to Anfield looking to maintain their slender two-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League over Manchester City and Chelsea, who beat Manuel Pellegrini’s side on Monday night. Wenger revealed Wilshere should be fit for the trip to Merseyside having sat out last weekend’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace. last_img read more

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Billionaire couple Jay-Z, Beyonce attend Warriors, Raptors game

first_imgBest thing on #NBAFinals scoreboard so … Beyonce and Jay-Z were in the house for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night.The billionaire power couple were sitting court side, enjoying the action between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena in Oakland.They were reportedly sitting next to Warriors owner Joe Lacob.Some fans noticed early on that Jay and Bey were in their house, but others were clued in when they were shown on the big screen at Oracle.last_img

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Sharks react to Taylor Hall trade to Arizona Coyotes

first_imgSAN JOSE — Coach Bob Boughner is as familiar with Taylor Hall as anyone in the Sharks organization.The two won Memorial Cup championships together in 2009 and 2010 when Boughner was the coach of the Windsor Spitfires and Hall was an elite talent about to become the NHL’s No. 1 overall draft pick.“He’s a guy that if you give him space, he’s going to make you pay with his speed,” Boughner said. “It’s all about working above, good gap by our defensemen and just taking that space away in the …last_img

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Weird science of Vredefort Dome

first_img11 May 2006“It’s like being in the Bermuda Triangle,” says Rodger Hart of the iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator Based Science in South Africa. I take the compass to see for myself.At first the needle points in a steady direction, which for all I know could be magnetic north. But then I take a step forward, and the needle swings to a completely different quadrant. Another step, and yet another direction.Next I put the compass down against the large rock outcropping we are standing on. Now as I move the compass across the rock, with every few centimetres of motion the needle swings around.The location is the centre of the Vredefort Crater, about 100 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg. Vredefort is the oldest and largest impact remnant on the planet, created about two billion years ago when a 10-kilometre-wide asteroid slammed into the earth. Evidence of older collisions exists elsewhere, in South Africa and in Western Australia, but in those cases no geologic structure has survived the ravages of time.Vredefort itself is not obviously a crater to the untrained eye. Geologists estimate the total crater size at 250 to 300 kilometres across, but the rim has long since been eroded away. The most obvious structure remaining is the Vredefort Dome, which is the crater’s “rebound peak” – where deep rocks rose up in the crater’s centre after the impact.According to Hart, the probable source of Vredefort’s weird magnetism was a strong and chaotic magnetic field generated by currents flowing in the ionized gases produced at the height of the collision.Laboratory experiments confirm that impacts cause intense magnetic fields in that fashion. Scientists have calculated that a mere one-kilometre-wide asteroid, one tenth the size of Vredefort’s, would create a field 1,000 times that of the earth’s at a distance of 100 kilometres.Vredefort’s intense but random magnetism was not apparent from aerial surveys. Those analyses showed anomalously low magnetism over the crater, like a hole punched in the prevailing magnetic field. All the magnetic madness on the ground averages out to nothing when seen from too high up.The results could have implications not only for earth geology but also for studies of Mars. The immense Martian basins Hellas and Argyre displayed virtually no magnetism when measured by the orbiting Mars Global Surveyor.The conventional explanation runs like this: when these craters formed around four billion years ago, the impacts wiped out the preexisting magnetization of the rocks. Therefore, at the time of their creation Mars must not have had a magnetic field, because that field would have been preserved in the magnetization of the basins’ rocks when they cooled. Mars does not now have a magnetic field, but long ago it did. Thus, the standard explanation implies that Mars lost its field very early on.But as Hart points out, if the Hellas and Argyre basins show the same properties as the Vredefort Crater, one cannot conclude anything about Mars’s magnetic field when they were formed – it may have still been going strong. Mario Acuna, a principal investigator on the Mars Global Surveyor project, however, points out that data from smaller Martian craters of about Vredefort’s size do not agree with Hart’s scenario.Back on earth, Hart has proposed a high-resolution helicopter survey of Vredefort’s magnetism, from an altitude low enough to see the magnetic variations. That would produce a complete magnetic map – and make some sense of the crater’s weirdness.This article originally appeared in Scientific American. Graham P Collins is on the board of editors of the magazine, to which he has been a contributor for several years. His visit to South Africa was funded by the International Marketing Council as part of the 2005 SA Solutions tour of leading science journalists to centres of scientific and technological excellence in South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Setting sail for a better future

first_imgStudents at the Izivunguvungu sailingschool learn life skills as well as theboating essentials. Youngsters from informal communitiesin the Western Cape are given a chanceto forge a rewarding career. The school’s best young sailors go forwardto compete in local and national racesand regattas.(Images: Izivunguvungu) MEDIA CONTACTS • Matthew Mentz  MD, Izivunguvungu  +27 21 786 1120 RELATED ARTICLES • Aviation, maritime careers for youth • SA women marine pilots make history • SA harbour chief makes world history • Oh captain, my captain • Volvo Race boost for CT firmLyndon JafthaSouth Africans who live near the coast can enjoy swimming, surfing, fishing and sailing at any time. For the past decade the non-profit Izivunguvungu-MSC Foundation for Youth has ensured that young people from the Western Cape’s disadvantaged communities can enjoy those activities too.Working with the South African Navy (SAN) and the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), Izivunguvungu (isiZulu, meaning “a sudden strong wind”) gives youngsters the opportunity to learn about sailing, boatbuilding, and they also receive education about health, literacy, and recycling and caring for the environment.Based in Simon’s Town, the Izivungu school enrols students between the ages of 11 and 18. There are currently 100 attending the school, with an average of 20 students, from schools servicing informal settlements including Red Hill and Ocean View, sailing on a daily basis.Lessons take place in the afternoons, and only once children have learnt how to swim. Promising students are taken on as instructors once they complete their training – however, at the moment there are funds enough for just two instructors.Students are not only taught the basics, but are also instructed in competitive sailing, boat building and repair, and navigation. Boats in all conditions are donated to the school, and the students learn how to get them seaworthy again before taking them out to sea.They also learn mathematics and physics, important subjects in the nautical sector. In addition, the school transports the students to the Simon’s Town dockyards and provides each one with a hearty meal after their sailing exercises.Besides their maritime education, Izivungu students are encouraged to fish in False Bay and participate in outdoor activities such as rock climbing and mountaineering.On the cultural side, the SAN Band supports the Izivunguvungu Music Project, which teaches brass and percussion skills to the musically inclined, who then get the chance to perform with the navy band during the annual SAN Festival.Developing their maritime skillsThe Izivunguvungu-MSC Foundation for Youth, in conjunction with the SAN Festival, is responsible for organising the largest developmental regatta in South Africa. Here, more than 50 development sailors compete in dinghies supplied by the SAN.Every Sunday, students take each other on in bosun dinghies, which look like small yachts and can carry a crew of up to four people. The 14-footers are fast enough to take part in competitions, and stable enough for beginners to handle. At the end of each competition season, the best teams are chosen to compete in local and national regattas and races.In 2011, seven students undertook the trip of their lives when they competed in the annual Cape to Rio Yacht race. The crew steered their yacht, Spirit of Izivunguvungu, into a credible seventh place out of 16 starters. The 5 343 km race took 20 days to complete.Speaking just before the race got underway, Izivunguvungu skipper Kader Williams expressed his pride in his young crew.“These are guys that have been on the back of a police van but changed their lives for the better,” he said.Like the rest of the team, the 31-year-old Williams started off as a young student and worked his way up through the Isivungu ranks.Izivungu graduate Asenathi Jim (19), also a 2011 Cape to Rio crewman, is currently campaigning for a spot in Team SA for the 2012 Olympics.With the experienced Roger Hudson, Jim is part of a two-man team that has been preparing for the Olympics since 2009. The duo is in Barcelona for the 470 World Championships, which take place from 10 to 19 May.Giving youngsters a chanceIzivunguvungu was started in 2001 by triple Olympian, former world sailing champion and qualified teacher Ian Ainslie, since 2004 a member of the South African America’s Cup entrant Team Shosholoza. Ainslie has been a keen sailor since the age of 13, and today is recognised as one of the country’s most accomplished helmsmen.The foundation has had a rewarding relationship with the SAN since its inception, and it is with their help and that of the Mediterranean Shipping Company that it can continue to do fulfil its mission.The navy provides the premises, which include an office building, recreational and educational space, a classroom, a clothing storeroom, and a kitchen and dining room. The navy has also given the school access to manpower for specialised teaching, vessels and emergency equipment.The Mediterranean Shipping Company continues to fund the initiative, and their support covers the salaries, food, competitive clothing, transport and petrol, and building maintenance. The MSC has also donated the keelboat Donna Mia Always, and helps promising students out with job opportunities.last_img read more

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Pocari nails three-peat

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Troubles were worth it as Pablo relishes Finals MVP trophy Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat is Premier Volleyball League champion for the third straight time.Krsytal Rivers starred in the Lady Warriors’ latest victory as the University of Alabama stalwart scored 27 points—15 in the first two frames—to lead a20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19 win over the BaliPure Water Defenders on Thursday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’?center_img “All I want is to help my team win,” said Rivers. “And the team has a strong will to win.”Gyselle Sy made 24 excellent sets and 12 excellent digs on top of an ace that gave Pocari a 16-8 lead in the third set.“It was a fulfilling win for us because this team has been through a lot of adversities,” said Pocari coach Rommel Abella, whose team joined the league only last season.The Lady Warriors held off the Water Defenders in the opener of the best-of-three series, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24, but dropped a 15-25, 24-26, 26-24, 26-24, 13-15 decision in the next.Jaroensri Bualee, on her last tour of duty as import here, went all-out in offense in the first frame, nailing three straight points late in the set.But Pocari, led by Rivers, rose to the occasion and stepped up its attack in the second set, exploding with 25attacks against 17 by the Water Defenders.ADVERTISEMENT Playing only in the best-of-three finals because of the delayed release of her International Transfer Certificate, Rivers more than made up for it as she helped Pocari keep its Reinforced Conference crown.Pocari also ruled last year’s Open Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMichelle Strizak slammed through the enemy’s defense when BaliPure started to creep in from 13-23 to 19-24, before Jessey de Leon scored the title-clinching point.Rivers, who battled lymphoma while playing in the American collegiate league, was a last-minute replacement for injured Edina Selimovic. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

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Rep Vaupel to host indistrict office hours April 21

first_img18Apr Rep. Vaupel to host in-district office hours April 21 Categories: Vaupel News State Rep. Hank Vaupel of Handy Township will host office hours in Fowlerville, Hartland and Howell on Friday, April 21.Rep. Vaupel will meet with residents at the following locations:Fowlerville: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Fowlerville Farms, 941 S. Grand Ave.;Hartland: 4 to 5 p.m. at Kahuna Coffee, 1836 Old U.S. Highway 23; andHowell: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at All Star Coney Island, 934 S. Michigan Ave.“I find the information I hear from residents of our communities to be vital in the way I represent them at the Capitol,” Rep. Vaupel said. “Meeting with the people I serve and hearing what they have to say is one of the most enjoyable aspects of this job.”Rep. Vaupel hosts district office hours on the third Friday of every month. Residents who are unable to attend, but would like to voice concerns or ideas, may contact Rep. Vaupel’s office by phone at (517) 373-8835 or by email at [email protected]last_img read more

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