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Things in the right hands

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first_img 89 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews Things in the right hands by: – July 30, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Photo credit: hubpages.comPut a cricket bat in my hands, it remains little more than a polished piece of wood. I know how to make show of trying a few shots, but that’s about it.  Put it in the hands of someone like Lara or Tendulkar, and you have an instrument of elegance and record. Put a trumpet in the average person’s hand. When he or she starts to blow, people would scamper for cover. Put it in the hands of Miles Davis, and you would be immediately entranced. Put a paint brush in the average person’s hands, they wouldn’t know what to do beyond giving something ‘a first coat.’ Put it in the hands of Picasso, and you couldn’t pay for the result.It makes a difference when you put things in the right hands. That’s certainly a crucial lesson at the heart of this well-known miracle. Put limited resources in God’s hands, and you cannot foresee what will issue from so doing. Out of scarcity and lack what may often surprise you is abundance.Putting things in the rights hands doesn’t come easily. Most of us are the sort of people who like to see in advance how things will work out before we commit ourselves. Imagine, for instance, that you’re at a crossroad in life, you wonder about taking a different job, for example, or striking out on your own, or deciding whether to marry this person rather than that.If you are the kind of person who has to know how things will turn out before you do anything, you will never know what stepping out on faith means. It does not mean, of course, that you make no prudential assessment before you set out – faith is no substitute for thoughtlessness ; but even after all such assessments are made, faith means that you step out in trust.Philip’s response is the typical response most of us would have made under the circumstances. How could you ask me to provide bread for all these people? Months of salary like mine couldn’t pay for it, and you want me to do it just like that?”  It never occurred to Philip to say something like: “Feed all these people?!!! You know what that means???!! Anyway, you’re the boss, and if you say so, let’s see how we go about organizing…” But Phillip said the opposite, and we too would have said the same, if we were in his shoes. In trying situations, all we see are the trying circumstances, in situations of dilemma, all we see are the dilemmas. We want God to rid us of the burdens of perplexity and solve our problems even before we do any assessment ourselves.Faith is not calculation; it is trust. It is not God wishing away our burdens or our difficulties; it is God asking us to trust him through them. And very often, as we sometimes experience, we come through it in a way we don’t anticipate, in a way perhaps that we never dreamed.I have myself felt the force of much of what I say. I have the same hesitation, which sometimes amount to a sort of near paralysis.  I will just share something along other lines, thought the dynamic is really much the same. Every preacher has to contend with difficult texts. Sometimes you have no insight, no thoughts; you don’t know where to go with certain passages or statements.  My experience is that the most difficult passages sometimes produce the most unexpected results, not so much from the point of view of my dealing with them, as from what people get from them. I am sometimes quite amazed at the surprising results of what are, as I think, pretty awful performances. No doubt I will in the future still find some texts hard and certain passages difficult, but what I ought to remember is that the outcome of struggling with them does not depend on how I anticipate the outcome. That’s calculation, not faith.  My hands are not finally the place where these and other things are properly left. Struggle and effort remain necessary, but more necessary than that is the trust required to leave things – and keep leaving them – in the right hands.By: Father Henry Charles Ph. dlast_img read more

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Protect Your Groundwater Day: Franklin Co. SWCD Offers Tips

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first_imgExtended drought in the West and Southwestern US has put the spotlight on a critical resource of importance to every person—groundwater.  Groundwater makes up 99 percent of all available fresh water in the world and is connected from beneath to most surface water bodies.Groundwater is out of sight and out of mind for most people. Yet groundwater is the source water supply for 13 million households on private water wells in America. It also supplies much of the water to our country’s more than 40,000 community water systems. Not only that, it supplies 53.5 billion gallons of water a day for agriculture and supports the environment.Started by the National Ground Water Association, Protect Your Groundwater Day is the perfect time for every household to act to protect this resource.The Protect Your Groundwater web page, www.NGWA.org/PYGWD, provides ways citizens can protect groundwater from overuse or contamination. The Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District offers a few tips:When it comes to hazardous household substances:Store them properly in a secure placeUse them according to the manufacturer’s recommendationsDispose of them safely (if in doubt as to how, contact your local waste authority)  When it comes to water conservation:Modify your water use (click to see more water-saving tips)Install a water-saving device (i.e. a water-efficient appliance or faucet and showerhead flow restrictors)     If you own a water wellMove possible contamination sources a safe distance from the wellheadKnow what’s in your water. Test your water regularly for bacteria, nitrate, and anything of local concernGet your annual water well system inspectionProperly decommission any abandoned wells using a qualified professionalIf you need to test your well water for call or stop by the FRANKLIN COUNTYS SWCD office to find out more information.To learn more about groundwater protection, visit www.WellOwner.org and access online lessons on groundwater protection, using water wisely, and decommissioning abandoned wells; and view a recorded webinar about groundwater protection.last_img read more

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Hornberger & Smith named 2018 Decatur County Fair royalty

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first_imgGreensburg, In. — Congratulations to Jacob Hornberger and Danielle Smith! They have been named the King and Queen of the 2018 Decatur County Fair.Jacob Hornberger will be attending Purdue in the fall and Danielle is a ten-year 4-H member and currently serves as the president of the 4-H Dog Club. She also won a Reserve Grand Champion award for a photography project at the Indiana State Fair this year..last_img

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Artist named Provost of Arts and Humanities

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first_imgArtist Enrique Martínez Celaya will become the first Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts and will join the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the Roski School of Art and Design faculty this fall.“We are honored to welcome Enrique Martínez Celaya to our faculty,” USC Provost Michael Quick told USC News. “He is an exceptional contemporary artist with an engaging and creative mind. He will be an exciting addition to our university community.”Before coming to USC, Martínez Celaya worked at Dartmouth College serving as the Roth Family Distinguished Visiting Scholar. Martínez Celaya was born in Cuba, but raised in both Spain and Puerto Rico. He began working as a painter at age 12, before studying applied and engineering physics at Cornell University. He received his master’s degree in quantum electronics at UC Berkeley. He also earned a master of fine arts at UC Santa Barbara.Martínez Celaya’s work has been displayed all over the world including the State Hermitage Museum in Russia, the Museum der bildenden Künste in Germany and the Pérez Art Museum in Miami. He said much of his artwork is influenced by both philosophy and literature.“My artistic practice incorporates literature, philosophy and science as well as art theory and history,” he told USC News. “In the past, I have worked with scientists, novelists, poets and philosophers, and I hope to continue and expand these collaborations at USC.”last_img read more

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Men’s volleyball drops two road matches against ranked opponents

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first_imgJack Wyett led USC with 16 kills along with four blocks, while Ryan Moss contributed 13 kills and seven digs, Gianluca Grasso added 13 kills and six digs and Tyler Resnick amounted another five blocks. After a convincing win against Grand Canyon University at Galen Center on Feb. 7, the USC men’s volleyball team suffered two road losses against Stanford on Thursday and Brigham Young University on Saturday. When asked about what it was like to play Stanford and BYU at their home courts, Grasso noted the difference in energy between the venues. The Trojans fell to the Cardinal 3-2 in a close match. USC got off to a slow start, losing the first set 25-15. However, the Trojans did not fold and found a way to bounce back in a nail-biter of a second set, winning 28-26. Senior outside hitter Gianluca Grasso led USC with 19 kills, two aces and six digs. Fellow senior outside hitters and co-captains Ryan Moss and Jack Wyett added 17 and 14 kills, respectively, while sophomore setter Chris Hall contributed 11 digs and an astounding 55 assists. Redshirt junior middle blocker Tyler Resnick defended well, coming up with five blocks, while sophomore middle blocker Kyle Gear had four of his own. Sophomore outside hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez led BYU with 25 kills, as did freshman outside hitter Davide Gardini, who tallied 20 kills of his own. “[Those were] two very tough losses against two very good programs,” Grasso said. “Coming into the matches, we felt good, we felt prepared, and fell short. So it was disappointing for the team. The team is definitely a little down right now, but definitely looking forward to this next week of practice and to [taking] on UCLA on Sunday.”center_img USC was less competitive in a 3-1 loss to BYU. The Trojans got off to a strong start, winning a competitive first set 28-26. The second and third sets were back and forth, but USC fell short, losing 25-22 and 25-23, respectively. After failing to capture two close sets, the Trojans looked a bit deflated in the fourth and were unable to overcome an early run from BYU, losing the final set 25-13. Sophomore opposite Jaylen Jasper led the way for Stanford, racking up 29 kills, eight digs and three blocks. 29 kills is the most the Trojans have allowed to a single player this season. Sophomore middle blocker Kyler Presho had quite the game, contributing 11 kills and three blocks while hitting .562, and senior outside hitter Jordan Ewert contributed 10 kills along with 10 digs. “At Stanford, it was an environment that we were kind of used to,” he said. “There weren’t a ton of fans at the Maples Pavilion, so we kind of had to generate our own energy in that way, but at BYU it was… just awesome to play in that environment because the gym is completely packed and it’s so loud that, to communicate with the guy next to you, you have to yell.” The third set was equally exciting, with Stanford coming out ahead in a back-and-forth battle 26-24. Then, almost as if they were enjoying spiking the stakes of the game, USC took the fourth set 25-23. In the fifth and final set, the Trojans conceded the first 4 points to Stanford and were unable to finish on a victorious note, ultimately losing 15-12. After falling short of victory in two matches against two highly ranked opponents in Stanford and BYU, the Trojans are looking forward to coming home to Los Angeles to prepare to take on the Bruins on Sunday.last_img read more

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Moritz Maurer – Genius Sports – Protecting integrity and unlocking data with FACEIT

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first_imgIn early April, Genius Sports announced a partnership with gaming platform provider and creators of the Esports Championship Series (ECS), FACEIT. The partnership got underway with Season 3 of the ECS on April 14th with the aim being to enhance the way data and statistics are used in the ECS.We spoke to Moritz Maurer, Head of Esports at Genius Sports to find out more about the deal. ESI: Congratulations on the deal with ECS and FACEIT. What motivated Genius Sports to partner with FACEIT in this way?MM: Genius Sports is a true partner to sports which leverages its innovative technology and integrity services to help sports drive fan engagement, broaden their reach and protect their games from potential harm. FACEIT, a world leader in esports, offers a ground-breaking league model with the Esports Championship Series (ECS) which aligns with our mission to deliver sustainable technical products and services that give the sports the necessary tools to unlock the full value of their own data through multiple revenue streams.ESI: What are the main aims of the partnership from a Genius point of view?MM: Genius Sports has invested significantly into esports enabling the industry to see increased value through distribution of its data through media and sports betting. Initially our investment into the development of modelled data solutions resulted, in late 2015, with the launch of the world’s first in-play B2B esports betting products. However, more recently we have seen new opportunities to leverage this technology through media applications which culminated in the launch of the Genius esports platform that will help drive fan engagement and ultimately improve accessibility.“Genius Sports has invested significantly into esports enabling the industry to see increased value through distribution of its data through media and sports betting.”Furthermore, as FACEIT’s chosen technology partner, we have a responsibility to safeguard the integrity of their events by providing systems that monitor and safeguard against the threats of match-fixing and betting-related corruption. As FACEIT and the wider esports community understands, protecting the integrity of games is fundamental to the continued success and explosive growth of esports around the world. ESI: How important are deals like this to safeguard the integrity of esports? Is there still a big integrity issue in your opinion?MM: FACEIT understands the importance of introducing the right code of conduct for their players, teams and leagues and selected Genius Sports as the most trusted and respected integrity partner to sports governing bodies such as the English Premier League. FACEIT will also use our technology to monitor the liquidity of regulated and unregulated betting markets around the world to help identify potential match-fixing threats.“Given the size and scope of the unregulated esports betting market around the world, as highlighted by the skins betting issue, it is fair to say that the industry faces significant integrity related challenges”Furthermore, we will continue to serve the wider esports community by providing educational programmes and awareness raising events across the industry. Given the size and scope of the unregulated esports betting market around the world, as highlighted by the skins betting issue, it is fair to say that the industry faces significant integrity related challenges and, therefore, needs to equip itself with the latest and most sophisticated preventative systems.ESI: What will this mean for your betting product? Specifically on the in-play side, does it mean you’ll have the most comprehensive and accurate product?MM: It is recognised by the industry that our product is the best and most comprehensive B2B solution, especially on the in-play side which has been the primary development direction and driver of revenue for our customers. Therefore it is not surprising that competitors who venture into this space have now come to understand that this is where the potential is in esports, given the high-octane nature of the games.Having exclusive access to FACEIT’s ECS data solidifies our position in the market with the most competitive in-game solution. Given the intensity and complexity of the in-game experience, we understand the unique challenges that esports events pose in comparison to other sports and have developed the Genius esports platform to deliver market-leading solutions for our customers both in terms of the betting market and in the media space.ESI: With so many leagues, so many tournaments and so many different parties in the esports world – is it necessary to establish partnerships across a multitude of esports with regards to data? MM: Fragmentation of data is a challenge in esports which is amplified in some games more than others due to the structure dictated by the game publisher. We see the partnership with FACEIT as a role model for the interaction of technology and service providers, like Genius Sports, and esports bodies with the goal of expanding our partner portfolio across all relevant esports franchises.“Fragmentation of data is a challenge in esports which is amplified in some games more than others due to the structure dictated by the game publisher.”Our model is a true platform solution expressing our inclusive approach dedicated to esports as a whole by sharing the benefits of our proprietary technology and data solutions.ESI: As far as I’m aware, publishers like Riot Games and Blizzard don’t allow their data to be pulled live. Does this pose a huge barrier to betting? Do publishers need to be more receptive and embrace gambling to allow the space to grow?MM: Understandably, publishers are sensitive to the potential risks that betting-related activity might pose to their industry, however, whether they choose to accept it or not, betting on esports already exists on a massive scale in both regulated and unregulated markets.Experience has taught us that avoiding the issue or shying away from engaging with the regulated market, instead of tackling the issue head on, often results in greater integrity issues as activity is driven underground into the murky world of illegal betting. This is illustrated by the recent CS:GO skin betting epidemic involving Valve’s franchise/platform and various illegal skin betting websites. A useful first step might be for publishers, like other sports leagues around the world, to grasp the nettle and tackle the issue head on by engaging with companies like ours to educate themselves about the scope of the esports betting market and what they can do to protect the integrity of their competitions. ESI: At the press release, it was teased that Genius Sports data software can bring some incredible things to the FACEIT side. Can you provide any more information? Is it data and statistics that can improve their broadcasting side? MM: The digital nature of esports lends itself – more than traditional sports – to exciting interactions of real-time predictive analysis and performance indicators that can be infused into broadcasting in order to create unique fan experiences and unlock new levels of engagement for viewers. Developing data visualisation assets and score applications is at the core of Genius Sports’ business model. We are excited about this opportunity to showcase our technology with a great partner who understands the potential and has been leading in the area for years.Prepare for some cool things to come in the upcoming ECS seasons. We are looking to equip our partner with the best technology in order to provide the best environment for participating teams and players as well as the best experiences for fans.last_img read more

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Turkey 2013: P.E teacher to referee Ghana vs. Spain

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first_imgFIFA Referee Benjamin Jon Williams, better known as Ben Williams from Australia will be at the centre of affairs when Ghana’s Black Satellites play European Champions Spain in a second Group A fixture of the 2013 World Youth Championship at the Ali Sami Yen Arena on Monday evening.The 36-year-old is a physical Education teacher at Belconnen High School in his native country and has been a FIFA referee for eight years.He officiated at the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup and 2011 AFC Asian Cup, where after terrible performance in Kuwait – China match, was sent to home and his position never been so strong like before.However, he is on the list of 52 officials for 2014 World Cup and he was selected to officiate at the 2012 London Olympics. Running the lines to assist referee Ben Williams will be compatriots Matthew Cream and Hakan Anaz.Top European referee Cüneyt Çakır from host country Turkey will act as fourth official. Kick-off for the Ghana-Spain game is at 18:00 GMT.last_img read more

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KP Boateng issued Black Stars ultimatum – consider yourself out of Black Stars if…

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first_img“There is no such player only cut for qualification and others only for tournament,” Boateng Gyan – a relative of the Schalke forward told Metro FM. He was however ruled not fit enough to play a part in the 2-1 win over the Chipolopolo despite doing a ‘lap of honour’ on the tartan tracks. The 26-year-old made a return to the Ghana national team for the final preliminary group game in the World Cup qualifiers against Zambia in September. He has now been handed an ultimatum to win over confidence of the coach, teammates and the fans in the second leg playoff game against Egypt otherwise consider himself out of the World Cup once Ghana seals qualification. The Schalke star is yet to make a playing return for the Black Stars since renouncing his premature decision to retire from international football. Boateng again failed to show up in the first leg playoff win over Egypt – owing his absence again to injury.center_img Black Stars management committee member Yaw Boateng Gyan says Kevin-Prince Boateng should consider himself out of the World Cup if he refuses to turn up for the game against Egypt. Many Ghanaians however remain doubtful of the ex AC Milan star’s commitment to the Black Stars – with his critics believing he is only reserving himself to play on bigger platforms such as the World Cup. “It is a collective effort and therefore if he [Boateng] keeps turning down invites to play with the other players during the qualification series including this last match then I think that will be it. “We have done our best and yes, he is my relative but the truth of the matter is that if he keeps up with this attitude of not turning up for games then he better count himself out of the World Cup.”last_img read more

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Dodgers officially sign Brett Anderson, designate Erisbel Arruebarrena for assignment

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first_img“It isn’t going to be an issue going forward,” he said. Anderson had two stints on the 60-day disabled list in 2014; the other came when he was hit on the index finger during batting practice, a freak injury that is easier to dismiss. When healthy, Anderson had a 2.91 ERA in 43 1/3 innings for the Colorado Rockies last season.Anderson’s potential to exceed his 2014 production in a pitcher’s park made the signing more palatable for the Dodgers. “With all the additional information we have,” Zaidi said, “we feel confident.”The Dodgers’ 2015 rotation is basically set: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy and Anderson will be the quintet when healthy. Joe Wieland (acquired in the Matt Kemp trade with San Diego) and Mike Bolsinger (acquired from Arizona) are the only in-house candidates Zaidi mentioned to step in if injuries strike. That means the Dodgers are out on marquee free agents Max Scherzer and James Shields. “You never say never, but we have no plans to pursue those guys,” Zaidi said, referring generally to pitchers expected to command a nine-figure salary.To make room for Anderson on the 40-man roster, Erisbel Arruebarrena was designated for assignment. The shortstop saw limited action in the majors last year and was projected to begin 2015 at Triple-A following the trades for shortstop Jimmy Rollins and second baseman Howie Kendrick. Zaidi said Arruebarrena might remain in the organization. It depends on whether the “three to five” teams who previously discussed Arruebarrena in a trade are willing to come back to the table.Either way, the Dodgers are still on the hook for the remainder of the five-year, $25 million contract Arruebarrena signed last year. It would be foolish for Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi to expect 200 innings from his fifth starter next season. Left-hander Brett Anderson, whose one-year contract was finalized Tuesday, has never pitched more than 176 innings in a season. Zaidi knows that. He can run the projections and realize the Dodgers are gambling a bit. “Projection models are only useful if you have no other information,” Zaidi said on a conference call Wednesday. “We have other information.”Anderson’s physical took time to review, but not because of his health. It was a logistical hold-up, Zaidi said, the kind that comes with doing business around holidays. The ruptured disk in Anderson’s back has healed since September. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Michael Jordan on allegations he pushed off for Game 6 winner vs. Jazz: ‘Bulls—’

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first_img“Everybody said I pushed off,” Jordan told the documentary crew. “Bulls—. His energy was going that way. I didn’t have to push him.”MJ doesn’t think he pushed off on Bryon Russell #TheLastDance pic.twitter.com/hI9lPTDota— Blue Wire Podcasts (@bluewirepods) May 18, 2020MORE: Remembering what happened before MJ’s Game 6 shot Michael Jordan’s parting shot with the Bulls — a Game 6 winner in the 1998 NBA Finals — has long prompted complaints from Jazz fans that he pushed off on Bryon Russell to find enough space to pull up.Jordan took the final episode of “The Last Dance” on Sunday as a chance to insist there was no offensive foul on the play. It’s predictable that Jordan would want to defend one of his most memorable moments in strong terms. After all, he spent the entire documentary series beating back much smaller inferences he ever did wrong on the court. It’s also possible that he’s correct and the push never occurred, though fans in Utah would disagree with that assessment.After Jordan said his piece on the moment, broadcaster Bob Costas appeared to agree that no push happened.“… the equivalent of a maître d’ showing someone to their table.”— Bob Costas… chef’s kiss with that one.— Sergio Gonzalez (@thatgonzalez) May 18, 2020It would have been great to hear the perspective of a Jazz player regarding the play. History, though, is written by the victors.last_img read more

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