I am the vine

first_img 29 Views   no discussions Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews I am the vine by: – May 8, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Photo credit: handofgod.com.au“I am the vine, you are the branches.” We are all familiar with the phrase and with the image it suggests. Jesus refers to a connection which is both intimate and sustaining. The branch lives only as it draws sustenance from the vine. Apart from the vine, it becomes desiccated and dry; it dies. The life of the vine, quite simply, is the life of the branch.The word the Bible uses to describe this relation as it applies to us is ‘indwelling,’ a word which conveys its meaning exactly. Indwelling suggests that we inhabit a space of intimacy and trust; of security and protection.Jesus used a variety of similar expressions with the same meaning: ‘Abide in me,’ ‘remain in me,’ and perhaps the most suggestive of all, ‘make your home in me.’Home is more than a ‘residence’. It is also more than where we are just ‘comfortable,’ though comfortableness sis one of its key components. Home is where we are must truly ourselves, where we most truly live, where our hearts are. I have heard Trinidadians who have lived abroad for many decades say things like. “I don’t want to die here. I have to go home for my remaining years.” Thomas Aquinas once said, “We live more truly where we love than where we are.” Where we are may be our residence; where we love is our home.Jesus is concerned not just with how the vine lives but with how it flourishes. And the difference is obvious. Most plants are hardy. They grow with little or no attention, but they never get to the summit of their potential; they do not thrive.The vine thrives, Jess says, with ‘pruning.’ Pruning entails several moves which anyone who attends to plants makes, if they want their plants to thrive. It means shaping or directing growth, removing deadwood and dead lives, and targeted cutting of branches, and different parts of branches, to make for fuller and thicker growth.The key word here is “targeted.” The plant-keeper does not wield the shears blindly. The focus and attention is careful and particular: this branch, not that one; these leaves, not those, and so on.Pruning where humans are concerned obviously involves being on the receiving end of things. Things are done to you that you wouldn’t choose to do yourselves, things that routinely cause some form of discomfort or suffering. We may not see why we need it; or understand what it achieves; or why we can’t monitor our own growth ourselves.The answer to that, of course, is we are never the best judges in our own case. We also never see what God sees, and therefore we never truly know where our best interests and development lie.This is why pruning is targeted. It is not one mode or method fits all. It is geared to each, as each needs the pruning hand of the vinedresser, to ensure that this vine lives and thrives, and produces fruit to the height of its potential.By: Henry Charles PhDlast_img read more

Jim Hughes

first_imgMany of you knew Jim Hughes.  As you probably know, he passed away suddenly last week.  Jim was a long-time teacher and coach at Brookville and Franklin County High Schools.Jim is best known for his years as the baseball coach.  In fact, he is a member of the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame.  Hughes also coached basketball, cross country, and golf.  Jim’s teams were fierce competitors and were very successful.  Baseball coaches in the area know about his meticulous preparation of the baseball park for each game.I consider Jim as a friend and competitor from his coaching years.  He will be sadly missed in the Wildcat Community.last_img

McAuley concern at IFA appointment

first_img The departures of Martin and Kennedy came after sports minister Nelson McAusland deemed the IFA unfit for purpose and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is thought to be uneasy about the former’s return to prominence. That is particularly relevant at the moment, with DCAL funding accounting for a large amount of the £25million needed to redevelop Windsor Park. A group of fans staged a protest against Martin’s proposed reappointment ahead of last month’s World Cup qualifier against Russia and now West Brom defender McAuley, a senior and influential figure in the dressing room, has weighed in. His interjection consisted of a single concise tweet, but the mere fact of a current international becoming involved in the debate is important. McAuley wrote: “The election of David Martin is a very worrying development for Northern Irish football.” IFA president Jim Shaw has played down the issue, but intends to keep in close contact with DCAL over the Windsor Park project. “No one has approached me with strong feelings about the election of David Martin and the fact is that there was a democratic process in place and David was elected,” he said. “At this moment in time there is nothing to suggest funding will not be forthcoming. Martin has been elected as the first deputy president just three years after he left the post of treasurer – a move which could yet have implications on the redevelopment of Windsor Park. Martin and the then IFA president Raymond Kennedy departed in 2010 when former chief executive Howard Wells successfully pursued a £500,000 unfair dismissal case against the governing body. “The biggest task the IFA has at this moment is to ensure the new stadium is built. Government funding is needed for the project and of course it is a concern if they money is not assured. “We will continue to work with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to ensure it does happen. “DCAL will have its own views but we talk informally on a regular basis and I’m sure there will be more discussions sooner rather than later.” Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley has expressed concern at the controversial re-appointment of David Martin to the Irish Football Association board. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: 2 coaches at Spain soccer’s Alaves test positive

first_img3:50 pm.The Italian soccer players’ association says it is “saddened and outraged” that clubs are still calling on their players to attend training sessions.In a statement, the players’ association notes that “some clubs” are bringing in players to train in small groups, “or, even worse, for daily checks of their temperature.”Italy is the European country hit worst by the virus, where the number of virus cases climbed to over nearly 20,000, with more than 1,000 deaths. The government in Rome has ordered an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close and restricting people’s movement.The lockdown has suspended all sports in the country through at least April 3. 1:40 p.m.Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games because of the coronavirus pandemic.SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, says Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday.That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. 5 p.m.The International Triathlon Union has suspended all of its competitions and activities from Monday to the end of April.Major events postponed include the second world series event in Bermuda on April 18-19, and four World Cups in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico.“World Triathlon will continue working during this time to try to reallocate the events after the 30th of April when possible, and will work with all stakeholders to undertake further actions if needed regarding the Olympic and Paralympic qualification rankings,” the ITU said.___ Lionel Messi has joined a call in Spain by sports figures, who are supporting a public awareness campaign by government authorities and healthcare workers asking the nation’s population to remain indoors to fight the spread of the coronavirus. “It is the moment to act responsibly and to stay home,” Messi wrote on Instagram on Saturday.The Barcelona star added: “We are worried by what is happening and we want to help by putting ourselves in the place of those who are having the most difficulties, either because they or their families or friends are directly affected, or because they are working on the frontline in hospitals.”Spain is tightening controls on movement and closing shops as it struggles to stem a peak in virus infections that has surpassed 5,000 people. ___ The club says both unnamed coaches are without symptoms and in good health. The club added it will test the rest of the members of its team on Monday. Spain has stopped all sports competitions for the next two weeks. ___5:10 p.m. Associated Press The players’ association says that forcing players to leave their homes “is a shamefully irresponsible act,” adding that if it’s being done just to receive a refusal by the players in order to cut salary payments “it means that we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel of dignity.”The players’ association has been at odds with clubs over the virus for weeks, first arguing for the games to be stopped before the government-issued suspension on Monday.___3 p.m.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned. Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday, ___10:45 a.m.Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist.The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.” The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive.With Cutrone and Pezzella added to the list with Vlahović, there are now nine Serie A players who have tested positive. The others are Daniele Rugani of Juventus plus five Sampdoria players: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus.Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___ Abe says there were no discussions about postponing or canceling the games during talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, who suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics because of the spread of the coronavirus. Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee, adding: “We have to overcome the spread of the infection and want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics as planned.”The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 24-Aug. 9, and the Paralympics Aug. 25-Sept. 6.Abe says the virus outbreak has not reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe.___ Teams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June. ___12:45 p.m.The Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The race was due to take place on May 24, but organizers have announced it will be postponed. The Latest: 2 coaches at Spain soccer’s Alaves test positive More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):5:35 p.m.Spanish football club Alavés says two members of its coaching staff have tested positive for the coronavirus. last_img read more

History on the line for USC and Alabama

first_imgThis upcoming Saturday the Trojan football team will face its most significant litmus test in years in Arlington, Texas. Opening up against the Alabama Crimson Tide, USC has a chance to see how they measure up with the best of the best.Tal Volk | Daily TrojanTides of change · A football game between USC and Alabama in 1970 was pivotal in the desegregation of the Alabama football team. Now, one of the biggest controversies facing college football players is compensation.Twelve years ago, USC was in Alabama’s position. Coming off of a national title, they started the season against Virginia Tech at another NFL stadium. USC beat Virginia Tech in a closely fought battle. Though the Hokies lost, their valiant effort set the stage for a successful 10-win season and a Sugar Bowl appearance.While no Trojan fan is looking for moral victories against Alabama, the game offers a template for success, win or lose. With that being said, USC is certainly more talented than that Virginia Tech team and has the ability to beat Alabama. With strong line play on both sides of the ball, USC can win on Saturday.It seems the best way to beat the Crimson Tide is to turn the game into a shootout with exceptional performances from a quarterback or tailback. Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Ohio State have all demonstrated the controlled and measured game plan it takes to outscore the imposing Tide.It will be a tall task for redshirt junior quarterback Max Browne in his debut as a starter, just as facing off against Auburn was for former Heisman trophy winner Matt Leinart. With a stellar offensive line and a stable of great running backs and receivers, it’s possible that Browne can recreate history 12 years later and beat another excellent SEC foe.While this game is a national headline of two storied programs facing off in the newly minted cathedral of football, its implications will probably be limited to the college football landscape. This was not the case 46 years ago, when USC faced off against the Tide in Alabama in 1970. That game reverberated well beyond the confines of the gridiron, catalyzing a monumental shift in race relations for the Alabama football team.In that game, USC brought an all-black starting backfield into Alabama and pummeled the all-white Tide team, winning 42-21. Led by fullback Sam “Bam” Cunningham, the Trojans were too big and too fast for the Crimson Tide. Many attribute that game as the seminal moment and tipping point for coach Paul “Bear” Bryant of Alabama integrating his football team.In Alabama, this was a monumental step for race relations. In a place where football is a religion to many, such a significant shift transcended the sport and echoed across the social stratosphere.Last semester, I had the pleasure of watching the documentary that chronicles this event in Professor Jeff Fellenzer’s Sports, Business and Media course. In addition, we also heard from some of the key figures in that game: Cunningham, as well as former linebacker John Papadakis. I was stunned and amazed by the sheer magnitude of impact that one game had on an entire culture.Sitting in that class, I also thought about how this year’s game could have been a platform for players to initiate progress in a different realm. While not nearly as pernicious or widespread as segregation, the exploitation of college football players is a serious issue.Last year, sports agent and lawyer Donald Yee, wrote an op-ed before the college football championship. He suggested that if players were to boycott the game, they could instigate cascading effects of social and economic change. He even referenced the 1970 game between USC and Alabama as evidence of the power sports have to accelerate progress in society.Obviously, his advice was not implemented before that game, nor will a boycott probably take place on Saturday. The incentives are not just there for the majority of players who are fringe NFL prospects at best. There are too many tangible immediate reasons not to boycott, with potential remote benefits too far in the future for players to justify such a move.While a game like Saturday’s, and many in the upcoming future, provides the perfect platform for such a courageous act, boycotting would deprive many players of an opportunity for national exposure.I’m uncertain about a definitive solution to fix this exploitation of college football players. I’m not solely talking about college sports as a whole, or even including basketball. Football alone generates millions of dollars for cable networks, conferences, schools and, of course, the NCAA. Players put their bodies and futures on the line for entertainment and don’t even receive a fraction of the proceeds. I don’t have the solution, but if you get enough of the brightest minds in the sport together, I’m sure something can be worked out.I understand the need for amateurism in some sports, but NCAA football is not an amateur sport. If I was a star player at USC and generating millions of dollars for the school, I would be irate that I didn’t receive monetary compensation. A scholarship and stipend is great, but there needs to be more.It probably won’t be Saturday, but sometime soon, a player or players will take the brave stand to sacrifice for the future of their sport. I don’t think I could do it if I was a player, but there are those out there with the conviction and fortitude to bring awareness and scrutiny toward this issue. Much like how the Missouri football team last year served as the tipping point for change, so too can a team ruin a national broadcast and hit the bottom line of the networks and the conferences.This college football season, I hope for two things: For USC to beat Alabama and start a run toward the playoff and for someone or some team to catalyze a new progressive era. It may not change social institutions like the USC-Alabama game did 46 years ago, but such an action would have a profound impact and ripple across the college football landscape for years to come.Jake Davidson is a senior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

Subaru enters esports with $20,000 CS:GO Invitational

first_imgIn a unexpected move Subaru of America has partnered with esports agency Damage to create its own $20,000 Subaru Invitational. The tournament will take place from May 13-14 with eight, as yet unannounced top North American teams competing for the total prize pool of $20,000 (£16,074). The tournament’s main goal is to promote the 2018 Subaru Impreza to the millennial audience.Eric Park, the Zone Retailer Marketing Manager of Subaru of America had the following to say about the tournament:“Subaru is proud to support the young enthusiasts of the esports community through hosting our first invite-only tournament.”“Our goal is to build brand affinity with a highly-engaged, dedicated millennial community that shares our core values and are ready for wherever the road takes them. Millennial esports fans have a fierce dedication to the games and its players. We understand and appreciate that kind of passion and it was an easy decision to dedicate ourselves to the esports movement.”Image courtesy of Subaru/PVPLiveIn addition to the $20,000 prize pool, Damage and Subaru will donate $1,000 (£803) to Anxiety Gaming, a non-profit mental health care organisation with a focus on depression and anxiety among the gaming community. Brian Kim, the Managing Partner at Damage, also had a few words to say:“Damage is thrilled to be working with such a passionate automotive brand that genuinely believes in the power of giving back and doing good. As Subaru’s esports partner, this is a tremendous opportunity to help design a tournament to reach our audience and further amplify esports on a global level.”Subaru has even created its own Subaru Esports Twitch channel to broadcast the event. It’s not the first car manufacturer to get involved in esports as back in January, Audi moved in to sponsor Danish team Astralis.Esports Insider says: Seeing car manufacturers moving into esports is a bit of an oddball. While on one hand the company is doing this to promote its new car, it’s also helping bring esports closer to the mainstream.last_img read more

AFCON 2015: Sunday backs Algeria to beat Ghana

first_imgNigerian midfielder Sunday Mba believes Algeria have what it takes to go all the way in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations. The Fennec Foxes got their Equatorial Guinea campaign off to a flying start as they came from behind to see off South Africa 3-1 in their Group C opener on Monday. The result would have brought plenty of joy to many Nigerians, who saw the Super Eagles fail to secure their place at this year’s showpiece after drawing against Bafana Bafana in the final round of AFCON qualifiers. And Mba, who scored the winning goal in that year’s final – against Burkina Faso – is confident Algeria are the team to beat, and backs them to eventually lift the coveted trophy. “I think Algeria will win the title in Equatorial Guinea because they are very strong,” Mba told SuperSport. “They did not play so well in their first game against South Africa but I expect them to get better.”  Mba also feels Algeria’s FC Porto winger Yacine Brahimi could be a strong candidate for the Player of the Tournament award, saying: “Brahimi has improved a lot and his performances in the (UEFA) Champions League this season have been impressive. “They also have other good players like (Sofiane) Feghouli and (Nabil) Bentaleb.”last_img read more

Clear Lake woman pleads not guilty to several charges after vehicle pursuit

first_imgMASON CITY —A Clear Lake woman accused of multiple charges after a vehicle pursuit in Mason City back in late May has pleaded not guilty.The Mason City Police Department says they were dispatched to Southbridge Mall shortly after 4:15 on the afternoon of May 29th on a report of a disorderly female. On arrival, dispatchers advised the officers that the female was operating a red truck and possibly was ramming it into the loading dock on the mall’s south side. The officers observed the truck leaving the scene and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, with a short vehicle pursuit ending when the suspect ran into backed up traffic at the intersection of State Highway 122 and South Pennsylvania. The woman abandoned the truck and fled on food, being arrested by officers about a block away.48-year-old Elizabeth Bitker was charged with carrying weapons, operating while impaired, eluding, interference with official acts, and assault on a peace officer causing injury.Bitker filed a written plea of not guilty last week in Cerro Gordo County District Court. He trial is scheduled to start on August 6th.last_img read more

Thurston Solar Tour To Be Held on September 29

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston Climate Action TeamSeptember 9, 2012 – The annual Thurston Solar Tour will take place this year on Saturday, September 29 throughout Thurston County. The emphasis of this year’s tour is to show the community how solar works in Thurston County.  The self-guided tour is an opportunity for the public to visit local homes and businesses to see how solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies operate to reduce monthly bills and help reduce carbon emissions.There’s something for everyone on this year’s tour, including:13 sites that have never been on the tour before, including seven brand-new installations (2012)Three sites that feature electric vehicle charging stations – with a Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf on display at Site # 17Two commercial sites, including the first Church to go solar in Olympia!“This year we’ve chosen to feature several brand-new installations on the Tour, so that tour participants can get a fresh perspective on the process of installing solar,” says Graeme Sackrison, chair of Thurston Climate Action Team, the Thurston Solar Tour’s fiduciary. “We will have docents available at each site to answer questions about how solar technology works, as well as experts from Puget Sound Energy on site at the Inspiration Home, to answer questions about net metering and connecting to the grid.”The Thurston Solar Tour is sponsored by several prominent local organizations, including: The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound; Generations Credit Union; Olympia Federal Savings; Puget Sound Energy; Scott Homes; South Sound Solar; Sunset Air, Inc.; and Titus Will Automotive Group. A full list of sponsors is available on the Thurston Solar Tour website.The Thurston Solar Tour is part of the National Solar Tour, now in its 17th year. This grass-roots event is coordinated nationally by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) in collaboration with dozens of outstanding partner organizations.Because this year’s tour is self-guided, tour participants are encouraged to visit as many sites as they like, at a pace they enjoy. The 2012 Thurston Solar Tour is FREE and open to the public from 10 am until 4 pm. For more information about the tour sites, or about the Tour itself, please visit Thurston Solar Tour’s website.For more information contact:Graeme Sackrison, Chairperson, Thurston Climate Action Team – graeme.sackrison@gmail.comAbout Thurston Climate Action Team: The Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) is local non-profit dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for Thurston County by encouraging, coordinating and taking action on climate change. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Mourinho favourite to take over after Pochettino SACKED by Daniel Levy

first_imgNext Spurs manager oddsJose Mourinho  1/4Carlo Ancelotti  4/1Julian Nagelsmann 4/1Rafael Benitez 6/1Eddie Howe 12/1Brendan Rodgers 12/1Max Allegri 14/1Steven Gerrard 14/1Tottenham would be crazy to sack Pochettino despite form slump, insists ex-boss Harry Redknapp Announcing his decision in a club statement tonight, Levy said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.”I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.” JOSE MOURINHO is odds-on favourite to replace the axed Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine was relieved of his duties by kingpin Daniel Levy on Tuesday night – and already the race to appoint a new boss has begun in North London.2 Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Spurs after five years in chargeCredit: AFP or licensors2 Ladbrokes have Jose Mourinho as overwhelming favourite for the jobPochettino was furious that Tottenham failed to make a convincing bid for Philippe Coutinho in the summer.And he has watched star playmaker Christian Eriksen go off the boil amid the Dane’s contract wrangle.Even though Spurs are stuck in 14th place, there is a sense that the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Manchester United are still all keen on the Argentine.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself is under intense pressure at Old Trafford, while Bayern have already sacked the struggling Niko Kovac.last_img read more