Analysis: How Wales’ attacking transplant came too late

first_img Nice touch: George North scores for Wales against England. Photo: Getty Images Nonetheless this year’s Six Nations has caught them on the cusp of an uncomfortable transition towards a more attack-oriented mindset, one where the pieces of the jigsaw are still being found and arranged. The 3-1 try count at Twickenham did not save them, but it promises that in future they will continue to prosper rather than fester.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. They began to shift the ball wide-to-wide straight from kick-off returns and found some ‘untidiness’ on the edge of the England defence. The untidiness consists in England No 8 Billy Vunipola defending on the right edge of the field with replacement centre Elliot Daly inside him – it should be the other way around, with Daly better able to use his speed to close the space to the far sideline down. This is an example of England’s emphasis on line speed working against needs of line integrity.They scored one of the best set-piece tries (from scrum) scored in the Six Nations for a number of years, by exploiting the space outside Jonathan Joseph I highlighted against Ireland (from lineout). LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Or Taulupe Faletau’s try-scoring break in the 77th minute between Danny Care and Luke Cowan-Dickie:center_img In this example from the end of the first half against Ireland, the England midfield was sucked on to the threat of big Ulsterman Stuart McCloskey and caught defending tight, with no more than three metres separating 10 George Ford and 13 Jonathan Joseph. In this snapshot, JJ is going to have to work hard to fill the channel outside him and link up with wing 14 Jack Nowell.The Welsh instance comes from a right-side scrum on England’s 40-metre line. When 13 Jonathan Davies appears at second receiver outside Rhys Priestland, the physical threat of Davies and 12 Jamie Roberts on a hard ‘unders’ line outside him has clearly attracted the attention of all three England midfield defenders – 12 Owen Farrell, 20 Manu Tuilagi and 13 Joseph – and they are in their 4m square box: In my recent article comparing England’s results from the Stuart Lancaster and Eddie Jones eras, I asked whether Wales’ attacking transplant would “come good in time for the Twickenham showdown” in this year’s Six Nations.In the event, it arrived about 12 minutes before the end of a game England were winning comfortably, and it very nearly drove Wales to a last-gasp victory as improbable as their World Cup win over England last September. If George North wasn’t adjudged to have put a foot in touch and Wales had scored their fourth try right at the death, even the scoreline might have been the same, 28-25 to Wales.The spectacular final weekend of last year’s Six Nations showed how well the likes of England, Wales and Ireland could attack when points difference was the key factor and they had no choice but to give it their all. With the Welshmen 25-7 behind and having hardly fired a shot in anger, exactly the same lucid, driven mindset took over from the 68th minute onwards.In that 12-minute period until the end of the game, Wales were both ambitious and supremely accurate in attack, finding the soft areas in the England defence I highlighted from the Ireland game.They began to find the seams between England forward tacklers suffering from fatigue or replacements not yet adjusted to the speed of the game. Compare Ultan Dillane’s break in the 71st minute of the Ireland match between Dylan Hartley and Dan Cole with Rhys Webb’s tackle break at 68:43 between Cole and Mako Vunipola: Although Nowell is defending closer to Joseph than he was in the Ireland example because the set-piece is in England’s half, the gap is still wide enough for Wales to exploit. When Davies fires the ball flat past Roberts into the hands of Liam Williams, Joseph is already turned out at a 90° angle towards the far touchline and committed to dragging Williams down well behind the gain-line.Davies then ensures that he shoulders his way past Owen Farrell after making the pass, to get on the optimal inside support line at 73:39/73:40 and receive the offload back from Williams.The real beauty of the try is not just in the way the target space has been identified and then accurately exploited, it is also in the design for the support after the break has been made. At 73:40 Davies has Roberts in close support and North available on the outside left; inside him he also has Justin Tipuric (in the blue hat) and Faletau, who are metres ahead of their opposite numbers Jack Clifford and Billy Vunipola.At 73:42 Davies picks out North but Wales have blanket coverage of all the support lanes, so the try is a certainty.ConclusionsEngland will rightly take the most out of this tournament by virtue of winning it, and having dominated threequarters of the match against their closest rivals Wales.However, Wales will also take a number of positives out of the Six Nations. They have been the most consistent force in Europe for almost a decade, and they have made huge strides in defence, conditioning and mental application under Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards. They may have lost to England, but there are positives for Wales to take from their attacking game late on last_img read more

Committee recommends continued calendar revisions, marriage task force creation

first_img Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Human Sexuality, Tags Same-Sex Blessings Brad Wilson says: Comments (6) Liturgy & Music, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Jeremy Bates says: Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Samuel V. Wilson, Jr. says: Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit an Event Listing By Sharon SheridanPosted Jul 6, 2012 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Comments are closed. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Jerry Rankin says: July 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm Hoping that the study on marriage includes a full sociological and cultural rehearsal of the roots of marriage. Marriage is not a “creature” of the church (like baptism and eucharist or other sacraments) , but has had a veneer laid over it by all religions. Important to have an understanding of marriage quite apart from religion and then how faith engages and re-interprets that understanding. July 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm The Church doesn’t marry anyone. People marry each other. The Church should get out of the business of marriage altogether. Marriage as a “Sacrament” is certainly a later addition to the list of Sacraments. The list of sacraments has grown and shrunk over the years. On its present course the Church is doing a wonderful job of making LBGTQ persons second class citizens…and yet we teach all are equal in the eyes of God. Why not just not marry anyone and bless the civil marriages of those who wish to have the Church’s blessing on their union making no distinction between same sex and opposite sex unions? Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books July 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm The saints exemplified in Holy Women & Holy Men are drawn from diverse and rich traditions. These prophetic voices need to be heard.center_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Shreveport, LA July 6, 2012 at 11:40 am You can never have too many Saints. In the Orthodox Church there is at least one Saint commemorated every day. It shouldn’t take the place of the regular Sunday feasts and fasts, but I don’t think we should ever consider our calendar of saints “full.” [Episcopal New Service — Indianapolis] The Prayer Book, Liturgy and Music Committee has recommended adoption of resolutions to continue revision of Holy Women, Holy Men and to form a task force to study marriage.Resolution A051 originally called for continuing trial use of Holy Women, Holy Men — a revision of Lesser Feasts and Fasts that would add numerous commemorations to the church calendar — and presenting a revised edition to the 2015 General Convention for first reading.The version the committee approved July 5 directs the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music to continue revising the book, “paying particular attention to the Guidelines and Procedures for Continuing Alteration of the Calendar in the Episcopal Church” adopted by General Convention in 2006 and giving “renewed attention to the form, the poetry and seasons of liturgical life inherent in the Book of Common Prayer”; and for the committee to continue seeking responses to the revisions from the wider church.In hearings and committee discussion, several people expressed concern that the current revision diluted the liturgical seasons by including so many commemorations; that the qualifications for inclusion were unclear; and that some of the texts needed improvement. But others described its value as a worship and educational tool.Praying through the texts at daily Eucharists at her church had “engendered an amazing amount of opportunity for conversation” and expanded understanding of vocation, said the Rev. Susan Russell, committee member and deputy from the Diocese of Los Angeles. “In some ways, instead of circling the wagons, it’s been expanding the circle.”The Rev. Patrick Malloy of the Diocese of Bethlehem testified that he was in a community that used the book for a year “and found that a great many of the texts were very difficult to read and impossible to chant.”“This calendar is too packed,” which detracts from the serious baptismal theology of Lent and Easter, he added.“The expression drinking from a fire hose appears to me to be the apt metaphor,” said committee member Bishop Daniel Martins of the Diocese of Springfield, who proposed an unsuccessful substitute amendment to suspend trial use of the book for the next triennium.“One of the benefits of a period of trial use can be to find where the bugs are and where the glitches are,” said member Don Reed, deputy from the Diocese of Southern Ohio. “If people are finding bugs and glitches, that’s what we want, not what we should be afraid of.”Studying marriageEarlier, the committee passed Resolution A050 to create a task force to study the “biblical, theological, historical, liturgical and canonical dimensions of marriage” after substituting and amending the language of B014.The revised resolution also directs the task force to consult with the standing commissions on Constitution and Canons and on Liturgy and Music “to address the pastoral need for priests to officiate at a civil marriage of a same-sex couple in states that authorize such”; to consult with single adults, married couples and those living in other lifelong committed relationships; and to consult with other members of the Anglican Communion and the church’s ecumenical partners.During July 4 hearings, two members of the Diocese of El Camino Real, which proposed a similar resolution (C076), spoke in favor of the task force following a similar study in their diocese. It was a “profitable and deepening experience for the diocese,” said Deputy Jeff Diehl. “We included all voices across the spectrum.”During discussions July 5, committee member the Rev. David Thurlow of the Diocese of South Carolina objected to allocating $30,000 for a study during tough fiscal times and to taking an action contrary to the understanding of marriage in the wider church, including the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.“My deepest regret is that, when it comes to moral theology, we’re really willing to part company with the wider one holy catholic church,” he said.But member Katrina Hamilton, deputy from the Diocese of Olympia, speaking as a single heterosexual woman, said she’d like to see the church “have a serious conversation” about marriage.“I would like to get married one day myself, and when I do I would like to know what it is,” she said, choking up as she spoke. “I think we need this for all of us, not just for our gay and lesbian friends and brothers and sisters, but for me as well.”— Sharon Sheridan is a member of the Episcopal News Service team at General Convention. Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Jim Edwards says: Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Committee recommends continued calendar revisions, marriage task force creation Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC General Convention, Rector Tampa, FL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA July 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm Rev. Thurlow said, “My deepest regret is that, when it comes to moral theology, we’re really willing to part company with the wider one holy catholic church.”But of course, unless one is speaking platonically, there is no such thing as a “wider one holy catholic church.” Different denominations have different views.To be sure, there is a majority view and a minority view. But that simply means that humans disagree, and can change.Some denominations are more comfortable with disagreement and change than others. General Convention 2012, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel July 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm Re Holy Women, Holy Men. My parish (Johns Memorial Church of Farmville, VA) has been using LF&F and HWHM as a calendar resource for our Wednesday Evening Prayer Services for nearly four years. For the most part, their use has fostered continued Christian formation as we have focused on “exemplars” of the faith. However, when we are called upon to commemorate literary, scientific, artistic, and other persons of no or minimal Christian “exemplariness,” contrary to the litmus test of the standing committee’s normal 8-element criteria for nomination, I find myself straining to find a relevant or meaningful connection to my understanding in faith. Do we in the current process celebrate aesthetic or lyrical achievement? Yes. Scientific achievement? Yes. Productive and creative lives”? Yes. But bona fide Christian exemplariness? No! Please stop the indiscriminate and headlong rush into exhaustive and obvious culturally correct inclusiveness for its own sake. Please use the established and rigorous selection criteria for all nominations, so that the church calendar may grow more deliberately in scope, while it upholds clear and unimpeachable exemplariness of truly Christian witness regardless of nation, race, sex, gender orientation, or any other category of potential discrimination. Stop the indiscriminate commemoration of humanism as a surrogate for Christian living and sacrifice. Thank you. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY martha knight says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA last_img read more

Adult Sunday schools suggested as way of making disciples

first_img Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Tags Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Anglican Consultative Council Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Anglican Communion News Service — Lusaka, Zambia] The Church of England’s Bishop of Chelmsford Stephen Cottrell, has suggested that churches should “renegotiate the Sunday contract” to include adult Sunday schools and eating together. The bishop made his comment during a plenary discussion on discipleship at the Anglican Consultative Council meeting here.Churches, he said, should be “schools for discipleship” – and he had noted that this different “expectation” of what it meant to go to church was evident in churches he had visited in the Anglican Church of Kenya and the U.S.-based Episcopal Church.“It amazes me that in England we go to all this effort to get people to church and then we let them go after an hour” spending more time “trying to persuade them to come back later the same day,” he said. “Why don’t we renegotiate the Sunday contract? What if we did Sunday differently like in Kenya? That might be best way of discipling people of God in the world.”The ACC members were holding the plenary around a draft resolution which is expected to come before the council on April 18. In its current form, it calls for a period of intentional discipleship throughout the Communion.Bishop of Edmonton(Canada) Jane Alexander, described the suggestion as “life-giving” and urged members to be “audacious” in calling for a nine-year period of discipleship. “If we have a nine-year period and fail, never mind; but if we name it then we can have something to work towards.”Joanildo Burity from the Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil (Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil) said that Christians need to understand that ongoing life formation was to be found both in the life of the church and also in their commitment outside of it. Discipleship was about living as a Christian “in the workplace [and] in their everyday life [as a] witness to Christ to express how deeply they are following Jesus.”Suva Ovalau Archdeacon (Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia) Sepiuta Hala`api`api stressed the importance of mentoring young people. They were looking for role models in the wrong places, he said, with a focus on sports and movie stars rather than the inspirational biblical characters of Elias, Samuel, Timothy, Naomi, and Ruth. “Young people don’t need any more events,” he said, “they need someone to walk alongside them [like] Jesus did with his disciples.”The Anglican Consultative Council is meeting in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka, Zambia, to discuss and set out the mission and priorities of the Anglican Communion Office for the coming three years and beyond. They are doing so under the theme “Intentional discipleship in a world of differences” – asking how Anglican churches can help Christians to move beyond faith as something done in church on Sundays to living their whole live as a follower of Jesus Christ.A report has been produced to help Anglicans around the world think how discipleship can be applied in their local context. It is available to buy from the Anglican Communion shop or to download. 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A profound example of God’s great love

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Red-tailed Hawk. charles towne Don Lindsey Dear Diane and Ed, WOW! I would love to take the two of you down the river one day. I am a walking breathing example of Gods great love and His willingness to heal. You are an inspiration. God bless you both. In Christian love. Chaz Reply April 8, 2018 at 8:28 am April 11, 2018 at 12:38 am 26 COMMENTS Mike, some profound thoughts here. I could never understand how some people treat animals in a most humane manner, you know what i mean, with kindness and great compassion, and yet those same people treat people with cruelty and even contempt? It was said that Adolph Hitler was the epitome of kindness to animals and yet he was contemptible to some peoples to the extreme? Let it be said of us that we are merciful and kind, Christlike, to all of God’s creatures. Blessings to you and yours, Chaz Dear Gymrat, I have experienced such closeness with nature in my life. I honestly believe our God wants to teach us if we will only be willing to be taught. What a wonderful friend He is. I know of a beautiful cat in Apopka that was rescued by the police after it had been terribly abused. That kitty, his name is Smoky, even after the horror he went through at the hands of man is the most loving cat I have ever known. What an example of unconditional love he is. We can learn from all of God’s creatures. Thanks so much for your comment. Chaz Beautiful! I did not know about your predilection for birds of prey. I have “a thing” with the majestic eagle. They are amazing creatures and I feel blessed every time I experience an encounter with one. Choices…..yes, that nasty-double-edged sword. Like the eagle, we all need to, and deserve, to fly with freedom. The hard part is making the right choice. Personal freedoms, responsibilities, choices….complex and multi-layered rights of man! I pray today that I make the right choices in life, hurt less, and help more. AMEN CSG TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleMania Weekend!Next articleUpdating Breaking News: SCSO investigators arrest Apopka man on murder charges Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply charles towne Reply Mike McFadden NH Reply Reply April 8, 2018 at 10:12 am I appreciate you a lot man thank-you very much for such inspiration thank-you for always praying for me!! Charles, yes it seems like we have similar stories. I have had a fear of drowning and sharks that still persists to this day. I kind of wish my parents hadn’t taken me to see JAWS when I was 5 years old. Still haven’t gotten over that! Plenty of people were exposed to JAWS probably at the same or a similar age and grew up just fine without an intense fear of sharks. So, I guess I must take some responsibility. On a different note, I like that you mention the scripture of perfect love casting out fear. I have pondered that often and felt very imperfect. It helps that you tie it in here with God’s love being perfect and being an ever present help in time of need. Thank you. April 21, 2018 at 3:02 am Praise God Don! He really does cast out all fear. I was terrified of the dark until the night that I heard a noise in the underbrush and decided enough was enough. I charged toward the noise screaming and shouting and threatening all sorts of mayhem and scared two amorous raccoons so bad they took off running and I guess they forgot all about what it was they were doing ’cause I didn’t hear any more scary sounds that night. Papa God showed me that night that reality is not usually as bad as the imaginary. God bless you my friend, Chaz April 8, 2018 at 7:45 am Just as is the case in ALL relationship including GOD, we have to TRUST! Reply April 10, 2018 at 4:37 pm Oh WOW!! What an amazing story about reuniting with one of God’s majestic creatures that you had crossed paths with earlier in life!! It truly is all about trust. But even beyond that, it is about God speaking, communicating to you through a bird. WOW! Our Lord is so versatile and creative. Nature is such an awesome part of our world and I find it quite exciting to get up every morning and see what new things God has for us. Thank you so much for sharing that and showing us more glimpses into our Lord. charles towne Don, aint it the truth my friend? All we have to do is open our eyes and our hearts for Papa God to show us His great love. Thanks so much for the comment my friend. Keep looking up, Chaz Reply April 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm April 16, 2018 at 9:28 am April 14, 2018 at 9:04 am 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. Linda Scott Oh, Unka Chuck, What a beautiful picture of God’s love and care! So amazing that that red tailed hawk “communicated” with you after 2 years! Seems like many higher intelligent animals remember encounters with humans and respond to kindness and care! What a lesson we can learn from them!Your “niece” Linda Reply Kristin April 9, 2018 at 11:34 am Richard ol’ pal, Lions, tigers and bears, ho ho! How about Gators, snakes and anything else that is capable of folding, stapling and spindling you. And don’t forget the Javalina, monkeys, gorrillas, and the most dangerous varmints of all, man! Nah, Gerald Durrell I am not, just me, mild mannered Charlie. Chaz charles towne Gymrat April 8, 2018 at 10:42 am EJ, YES MY FRIEND, TRUST IS THE KEY. PERHAPS THAT IS OUR PROBLEM, WE DON’T TRUST ENOUGH. IMAGINE WHAT MIRACLES COULD BE WROUGHT IF ALL OF US REALLY TRUSTED? AND THERE IS ANOTHER WORD THAT MEANS ABOUT THE SAME THING, FAITH. WHAT DOES HIS WORD SAY ABOUT HAVING A MUSTARD SEED SIZED FAITH? “TRUST ME” HE SAYS, “AND SEE WHAT MIRACLES I WILL PERFORM FOR YOU!” THANKS EJ, CHAZ Steve, all I can say is you get out of life what you put into it son. You are blessed because you bless. God bless you my friend, Chaz InspirationBy Charles Towne One thing I have noticed in my somewhat eventful life is that animals are very perceptive people.I mean, think of it, they live, and survive on a very primitive level, and yet, just perhaps, and forgive my sacrilege, but they often reflect the character of our Lord and master much more than people.What in the world do I mean by making such a statement?Well, take the issue of trust.  Here we are, supposedly a higher life form, and yet we go about our lives wearing a diadem of fear as though it were our sole purpose in life.Yeah, we are afraid.  We are afraid of people, animals, the dark, even God, which is more the pity.  We even fear ourselves, or so it seems!Animals have reason to fear us, after all, we slaughter them for food, and if we don’t eat them we kill them for sport.In my eighty plus years of hobnobbing with animals as a naturalist, zoo director, and wildlife videographer I have perceived and made friends with enough four-leggeds, and two-leggeds to have witnessed some rare examples of wonderful, even miraculous trust.There was that time many years ago that I reared a fledgling red-tail hawk to maturity and eventually released him back into the wild.It was a couple years later while hiking in the woods some twenty miles from my home when I heard the shrill shriek of a red-tail hawk.Looking up I was pleased to see the beautiful bird watching me from his vantage point on a dead snag not far away.We stared at each other, and then, on a wish, or perhaps on a whim, I am not sure which, I called to him.  “King, is that really you?”He fluffed himself up, preened a wing for a moment as if deciding what to say to this human, stared at me, cried again, and flew closer still.Then, hopping from branch to branch, he approached until only ten or twelve feet separated us.We visited that red-tail hawk, and the red-headed boy-man and exchanged banalities, until finally, having caught up on recent events, with a final “chirp, chirrup,” and another shriek, he flew away.(He told me that he had a date with a sweet and very tender little field mouse on the other side of the woods.)I know that was king because such an event is so far from typical between hawks and men.That was a special moment in space and time, and a beautiful gift from our wonderful, generous and loving God.Only by His wondrous grace can we imagine such a profound demonstration of trust.King displayed no fear that day.I find it almost impossible to believe that man, foolish, insignificant little man, can say to himself that there is no God when we are surrounded by His handiwork.  Yes, what a glorious example of God’s love.Dear Heavenly Father, you are wonderfu, and beyond wonderful.I ask that you reveal yourself to each of us in all of your miraculous power that we may open our eyes, our hearts, our beings, and profess your might and your goodness to all the earth.Oh God restore us to what you intended us to be in the beginning and cause your spirit to be with us and dwell in us that we may be saved.In Jesus blessed name we ask it, AmenLive fully,Love openly,And make a difference, today April 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm Richarc April 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm charles towne April 9, 2018 at 8:14 pm April 8, 2018 at 8:11 pm charles towne Kristin April 9, 2018 at 8:03 pm charles townecenter_img When Ed was faced with the possibility of dying after being diagnosed with Stage 4 Non Hodgkin Lyphoma; his perspective in life changed overnight. We packed up our lives in NY and relocated to Apopka because of the Parks that surrounded this city; the wildlife which existed around us. Hawks & Eagles are a common sight in Apopka. We love it. We care very much about their existence. Ed often tells me “When I die, I hope to come back as an Eagle or Hawk.. they are fierce & majestic & rule the skies with a purpose .. “ My response, “Well, I hope you return as an Eagle, so we can be together forever, again …” Diane Reply Reply April 10, 2018 at 1:48 pm As a little boy I was like Kristin, very much afraid of the dark! We had an old home that was built around 1910, and at night it would make sounds, that sounded like someone walking around. It was a three bedroom, and mine was at the very back, down a very dark hall. I slept face down, usually with my head covered by my blanket, and enough of my face exposed to get air. I had lots of nightmares, and would sometimes fall out of bed. When that would happen, I would pull my blanket down to the floor and roll under the bed until morning! Even to this day, if I hear an unusual noise, I will try to determine where it came from. I am just glad that I serve a God that watches over me at all times! And, I no longer fear the dark! April 14, 2018 at 7:49 am Reply charles towne EJ charles towne What a blessing to have such a reunion with your feathery friend. How rewarding that must have felt. I think you are so spot on with bringing up our need for trust and faith. And for pointing out all of the things we fear sometimes, including ourselves. Believe it or not, I was afraid of the dark up until my mid 40’s! Thankfully, I no longer suffer from that and thankfully more of my fears are receding as I continue to build my faith. God Bless us all! April 8, 2018 at 2:54 pm Reply Reply Reply April 11, 2018 at 8:13 am April 16, 2018 at 2:31 pm Reply Dear Linda, I believe that when we individually reach that place in life’s highway where we see Him in His true light and we really understand how much He loves us, then and only then are we going to realize true joy, peace, and freedom. We are all on a journey but for some of us it just takes a little longer. I am still on the road at nearly 84 years and at times when I look real hard I see a glimmer of light and I hear a voice whispering my name in love, beckoning me on. Blessings on you sissy, Unka Chuck God’s majesty and grace are always unfolding around us and this is a wonderful example of that. To be able to connect to an animal like this has to be an exhilarating and soul touching experience.Another awesome article Chuck. God bless Reply Kristin, Wow! It seems that your story is my story. For most of my childhood I was controlled by fear. Fear of water, Fear of the night, fear of trains, and fear of my father. You can’t do much about night, it is with us every… well, night! Water was a problem because I was born and raised on an island, as in, surrounded with water. Trains were a fact of life because the railroad track ran alongside the river and we had to walk the tracks to get to our boat landing. (Yeah, you might say I was born on the other side of the tracks!) The trains were an ever present entity. When I was real little my dear old dad took great joy in telling me that the train was coming to get me therefore when I heard the train roaring through the night I believed him. Eventually I overcame my fears by facing them, which is another story in and of itself. I suppose, what with the zoo thing and the lion training thing and following bears in the wild it might be said that I overcompensated just a tad. One thing I have learned is that our God is an ever present help in time of need, and He loves us, and perfect love casts out fear and His love is perfect. He is with you Kristin and He will never leave you! God bless you dear friend, Chaz April 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm April 8, 2018 at 4:28 pm Reply Steve LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Oh my dear kristin, YOU HAVE IT! The solution for our irrational fear is in fact His irrational, unreasonable (in human terms) love. Wow, what a wonderful God is our Holy friend. As to sharks, yeah, it makes perfect sense to fear something that eats meat when we consider that we are made of… MEAT! I have swam with sharks but that probably doesn’t surprise you considering that perhaps a tad crazy I am! And believe me, a lot of people were traumatized by the movie. Thanks oodles for sharing, Chaz Diane V Reply Reply Don Young We rescued a very fearful dog four years ago. Turned out she was very sick at the time of the rescue. She is now one of the most loyal and affectionate dogs we’ve ever had. The reward we receive when we recognize and care for those that would otherwise be left alone is remarkable – as it is for those who step away from their fear and learn to trust. Beautiful story of the eagle! Reply Dear CSG, It pleases me mightily that others can be blessed by experiences that occurred a lifetime ago. My mama, God bless her, always referred to memorable events as, “happenings.” She taught me to look for, to be aware, of the “happenings”, those blessed moments, that visit each of us in our day to day lives. “Happenings” may come in many forms, as People, words, sounds, a hawk from our past, who knows? God may use almost anything to speak to us, to bless us, to tell us that He loves us. Yes, I agree with a resounding WOW! May your life be blessed with beautiful and joyful “happenings,” Chaz NH, Presence! That is a thing eagles possess, PRESENCE! The feds gave me a golden eagle. He had been shot and was missing a wing but you would never know that he was in any way diminished. He wasn’t expecting any free ride, no entitlements, but he was still regal in every aspect. He knew that he was king. It is an attitude thing don’t you think? If we help instead of seeking help, if we reach out with an open hand full of love instead of a clenched fist expressing our our self righteous anger…? That eagle, if he had clenched his feet into fists he would been unable to walk, in a short time he would have died. As it was, because he stood tall hundreds of school kids saw him as the king that he was. Thanks so much for your wise words. Chaz UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 charles towne April 21, 2018 at 6:35 pm Reply charles towne charles towne Ley’s see, hawks, eagles, bears, cats, raccoons, even fire ants! Are you sure you aren’t Gerald Durrell? Reply Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 April 16, 2018 at 8:20 pm charles towne Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Such great comments on yet another great thought provoking article. We have rescued many a feral cat over the years and some will never overcome their fear of humans. Trapping them to have them fixed most likely contributes to their fear but not so much that they don’t show up for a meal twice a day. It is amazing the differences in animals that experience positive human interaction at a very young age as they are so different (no fear) from animals that experience no human touch or negative human interaction at the same age. I’m no psychologist but I suspect the same theory applies to humans… Reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Blue Darters bounce back in a big way

first_img Monday Morning Quarterback: Apopka 38, Dr. Phillips 7The best remedy for a tough loss is a bounce-back victory, and the Apopka Blue Darters accomplished that last Friday night in a big way.In its third straight game against a team that played in a state championship game in 2018, the Blue Darters thrashed the Dr. Phillips Panthers 38-7 after a 37-20 loss to the Lakeland Dreadnaughts the previous week. The win gives Apopka a 3-1 record and may return them to the Associated Press State 8-A top 10 rankings after falling out last week. It is also the fourth straight victory over Dr. Phillips, although the three previous games were decided on the last drive of the game.This one was decidedly different.Junior quarterback Jackson Darlington threw for three touchdowns for the Blue Darters, and junior running back Akeem Brown ran for two more as Apopka took a 14-0 halftime lead and then ran off 24 unanswered points in the second half to cruise to victory.The Apopka offense got back on track, rushing for 197 yards and passing for 104, while the defense only allowed one score and forced five turnovers.Senior running back Cornelius Williams led all rushers with 107 yards for the Blue Darters and caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.The Blue Darters return to action this Friday night at Boone High School in Orlando to face the Boone Braves, 2-1 on the season including a 21-20 victory over Ocoee in its last game. Apopka defeated Ocoee 47-0 in its season opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM. Admission is $6.The Wekiva Mustangs, currently 3-0 and ranked first in the state poll, return to action this Friday against the Olympia Titans, who are 1-3 on the season. The game is at Wekiva High School and kickoff is scheduled for 7 PM. Admission is $6. The Mustangs did not play this past Friday. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSApopka Blue DartersWekiva Mustangs Previous articleElection Day 2018: Let’s Talk about itNext articleGet Free Chick-fil-A Nuggets All Month Long Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name herelast_img read more

The Great Big small Charity Car draw is back

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Great Big small Charity Car draw is back Howard Lake | 28 April 2011 | News Small charities once again have a chance to fundraise by offering a raffle prize that most could not on their own hope to acquire. The prize car in the FSI’s Great Big small Charity Car Draw, a new Fiat 500 1.2 Pop, has been provided again by sponsor Zurich Insurance.Last year 211 small charities generated a total of £69,560 worth of ticket sales. Letchworth Arts, which raised £1,844 in the 2010 Car Draw, said: “it was great fun to take part, raised a lot of funds and above all raised our profile in the community.”Charities can choose to take part either offline (paper tickets), online (via personalised purchasing links to pass on to their supporters to make ticket sales even easier) or both. They sell tickets for £2 and get to keep 95.2% of this, the rest being used to cover the FSI’s admin costs.To register your charity for the 2011 Great Big small Charity Car Draw, you need to register on the FSI Community. Then click on the ‘Great Big small Charity Car Draw 2011’ button on your community Tagged with: Gaming Raffles  50 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Cuban Statement on diplomatic relations with U.S.

first_imgEnd the blockade, return Guantánamo, stop subversive efforts, respect Cuba’s sovereignty and social system.Havana, Cuba, May Day 2014.Statement by the Revolutionary Government of Cuba, July 1After re-establishing diplomatic relations with the United States, the lifting of the blockade, among other aspects, will be indispensable for the normalization of relations. On July 1st, 2015, the President of the Councils of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, and the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, exchanged letters through which they confirmed their decision to reestablish diplomatic relations between the two countries and open permanent diplomatic missions in the respective capitals as from July 20, 2015.On that same day, the official ceremony to open the Cuban Embassy in Washington will be held, which will be attended by a Cuban delegation presided over by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, and made up by outstanding representatives of the Cuban society.As Cuba and the United States take this formal step, they ratified their intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between both peoples and governments, based on the principles and purposes enshrined in the United Nations Charter and International Law, particularly the Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic and Consular Relations.The Government of Cuba has decided to re-establish diplomatic relations with the United States in the full exercise of its sovereignty and with an invariable commitment with its ideals of independence and social justice, and of solidarity with the just causes of the world, while reaffirming each and every one of the principles for which our people have shed their blood and run every risk under the leadership of the historical Leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz.The re-establishment of diplomatic relations and the opening of embassies completes the first stage of what will be a long and complex process towards the normalization of bilateral relations, in which it will be necessary to solve a number of issues derived from policies that were implemented in the past that are still in force and affect the Cuban nation and its people.There could be no normal relations between Cuba and the United States as long as the economic, commercial and financial blockade continues to be fully implemented, causing damage and scarcities to the Cuban people. The blockade is the main obstacle to the development of our economy; it is a violation of International Law and affects the interests of all countries, including those of the United States.In order to normalize relations, it will also be indispensable for the United States Government to return to Cuba the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo Naval Base; cease the radio and television broadcasts, which violate international regulations and are harmful to our sovereignty; stop the implementation of programs aimed at promoting internal subversion and destabilization and compensate the Cuban people for all the human and economic damages caused by the United States policies.As the Cuban Government recalls the issues that are still to be resolved between our two countries, it recognizes the decisions adopted so far by President Obama to remove Cuba from the list of States sponsors of international terrorism; to encourage the Congress of his country to lift the blockade and to begin taking steps to modify the implementation of aspects of this policy by making use of his executive powers.Likewise, as part of the process towards the normalization of relations, it will be necessary to build the foundations of a kind of relations that have never before existed in the history between our countries, particularly since the military intervention of the United States, 117 years ago, during the independence war that Cuba waged for almost three decades against the Spanish colonialism.These relations should be based on the absolute respect for our independence and sovereignty; the inalienable right of every State to choose its political, economic, social and cultural system, without any form of interference; and sovereign equality and reciprocity, which are principles of International Law that can not be relinquished.The Government of Cuba reiterates its willingness to maintain a respectful dialogue with the Government of the United States and develop civilized coexistence relations, based on the respect for the differences that exist between both governments and cooperation in areas of mutual benefit.Cuba shall continue to be involved in the process to update its economic and social model in order to build a prosperous and sustainable socialism, to move towards the development of the country and to consolidate the achievements of the Revolution.Havana, July 1st, 2015FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

British TV crew arrested and Reporters Without Borders correspondent threatened

first_img News to go further The police have jailed Zaiba Malik and Bruno Sorrentino, journalistswith British television’s Channel 4, as well as their driver andinterpreter. Like Reporters Without Borders correspondent Saleem Samad, theyare charged with sedition and activities against the state, which arepunishable by death. RSF_en News News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) today demanded the immediate release of a four-member British TV crew arrested on 25 November at the Indian border and an end to official harassment of the organisation’s correspondent in Bangladesh and his family.”The Bangladesh authorities say they have nothing to hide about the country’s political and religious situation, but foreign journalists are treated like enemies and those who help them are harassed,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in a letter to interior minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury. He asked that legal steps being taken against the journalists be dropped at once because they were a “serious attack on press freedom.” Zaiba Malik (journalist) and Bruno Sorrentino (cameraman), of the British TV company Channel-4, along with their interpreter Pricila Raj and driver Mujib, were arrested by police as they were about to cross the eastern border into India near Benapole and taken to the capital, Dhaka, for interrogation on suspicion of subversive activities. They were in the country to prepare a programme about the political and religious situation. November 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 British TV crew arrested and Reporters Without Borders correspondent threatened Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists The arrests came after an intimidation campaign by state security police against the journalists and their two assistants. Saleem Samad, a journalist and local correspondent of Reporters Without Borders, is being sought by police because he helped the Channel-4 team. His home is being watched by state security agents, his family harassed and his phone has been cut off. Directors of the Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) have been also under surveillance and threatened for helping the foreign journalists.Such harassment is defended by conservative and Islamist newspapers. For example, the pro-government Dainik Dinkal denounced the two journalists on 16 November as plotters and printed a photo of them and Samad at an anti-American demonstration near a mosque in Dhaka. BangladeshAsia – Pacific center_img February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation BangladeshAsia – Pacific May 19, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News Follow the news on Bangladesh February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

IFA says it will be some time before the full extent of Tuesday night’s…

first_img Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 The IFA in Donegal says it will take some time before the extent of the devastation to farms in the county is known.County Donegal Vice Chair Brendan Mc Laughlin says the first priority is people who have lost their homes, and now it’s time to begin assessing the other flood damage.He says the IFA will be striving to provide as much help as it can……Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – August 24, 2017 Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twittercenter_img IFA says it will be some time before the full extent of Tuesday night’s floods is known WhatsApp Previous articleGAA Programme – 24/08/17Next articleFoyle Ferry to extend service tonight as work continues on Quigley’s Point to Muff Road News Highland Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Facebook Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Japan commissions tenth Soryu-class submarine JS Shoryu

first_img Share this article View post tag: Kawasaki Heavy Industries Photo: JMSDF photo of JS Soryu following its launch in November 2017. View post tag: JMSDF View post tag: Soryu-class The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force welcomed its tenth Soryu-class submarine into service in a delivery and commissioning ceremony in Kobe on March 18.The submarine was delivered by Japanese shipbuilder Kawasaki Heavy Industries, sixteen months after it was launched in November 2017.In addition to being the tenth in its class, Shōryū is the 28th submarine to be built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries after World War II.The 84-meter long boat is manned by 65 sailors, displaces 2,950 tonnes and uses its Diesel-Stirling-electric main engine to propel it to a maximum billed speed of 20 knots.Soryu-class submarines are the world’s largest conventionally powered submarines. They are also Japan’s first submarine to be fitted with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems that enable them to remain fully submerged for longer periods of time.Japan has so far launched 11 of possible 13 units in the class. The 11th submarine, JS Oryu (SS-511), was launched in October 2018. The boat is being built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and is the first JMSDF submarine to be fitted with lithium-ion batteries which store considerably more power than the lead-acid batteries installed on the previous ten Soryu-class submarines. View post tag: JS Shōryūlast_img read more

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