VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The moratorium is over. It’s time to ramp up the trade talk.With the NHL’s trade deadline set to expire in just two weeks, I’m putting an end to my three-week ban on trade questions this week, indulging your unquenchable thirst for deadline speculation.What are the Sharks looking for? Who will they use as trade bait? Will we see a goalie deal?Without any further ado, let’s open the mailbag: From @marleaufan1001: what is the best fix for the Sharks’ …
Dan Conners, the first draft pick Al Davis ever signed for the Oakland Raiders, died April 28 in San Luis Obispo, according to an obituary submitted to this newspaper. He was 78.Conners, who was born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, earned a scholarship to the University of Miami in Florida. There, he started for three seasons and was voted All-American as a senior in 1963.At a time when the established NFL and the upstart AFL were battling to sign college seniors, Conners was drafted by both …
Elderly people who have a sense of purpose live longer, reported Science Daily. Scientists at Rush University Medical Center monitored 1,238 community-living seniors for five years in order to test the hypothesis that purpose in life affects mortality. “Purpose in life,” explained research leader Patricia Boyle, “reflects the tendency to derive meaning from life’s experiences and be focused and intentional.” After adjusting for other factors, the team found that persons with a high sense of purpose were half as likely to die during the monitoring period. The statistics held across racial differences, income, and other medical conditions. To flourish, to age successfully, we need to have a sense that our lives matter, the team found. The study did not factor in religious commitment, but asked participants for their feelings about these statements:I sometimes feel as if I’ve done all there is to do in life.I used to set goals for myself, but that now seems like a waste of time.My daily activities often seem trivial and unimportant to me.Boyle was excited about the results of the study because it shows that people can take positive steps to improve their well-being. “Although we think that having a sense of purpose in life is important across the lifespan, measurement of purpose in life in older persons in particular may reveal an enduring sense of meaningfulness and intentionality in life that somehow provides a buffer against negative health outcomes,” she said.It’s very difficult to account for all the factors in statistical surveys such as this, but it stands to reason that a will to live for a purpose is a healthy attitude. It doesn’t mean your cancer will not kill you, or that you will necessarily outlive a depressed person, but we should employ all the strategies we can for healthy living. A weakness of studies like this is the lack of accounting for the object of purposefulness. It’s like saying that having faith is good. Faith in what? Not all faith is healthy or wise. Some faith is stupid. Some is dangerous. Should we have faith that when we leap out the window we will fly? The key to healthy purposefulness is having the right object for it. For a negative example, what if your purpose was to hurt as many people as you can before you die? or to indulge in all the vain pleasures you can, like some Hollywood movies portray the good life of a terminally ill patient? It would be hard to consider one’s last breath satisfying if that is all there is to life, and there is no hope beyond. How would a sense of purpose evolve? This study would make no sense in a Darwinian world view. An evolutionary biologist would have to pity an elderly person believing he or she has purpose. Why? Because to an evolutionist, such things are an illusion. But if that were true, why have a purpose to be a scientist? Evolutionary “purpose” defeats itself. There’s only one purpose that matters: to know Who put you here, and to please Him. He alone knows what makes us tick. He wrote the Operations Manual. He revealed how He is to be found, and what we are supposed to be doing in life. Before we can live a healthy purpose-filled life, we have to realize that we have the wrong purpose by default. We all desire to please ourselves. We have an innate tendency to choose the wrong path. We have to turn around, admit our lostness, and receive His pardon purchased by Christ on the cross. Then we can have confidence that our lives matter. Paul wrote about this eloquently in I Corinthians 15 (a very appropriate passage for this entry). This chapter is all about purpose and the justification for purpose. If Christ did not rise from the dead, Paul said, then we are of all men most pitiable – we should eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die, if the dead are not raised. But because Christ died and rose again, He can raise us to eternal life with the same power He had in his resurrection. That eternal life doesn’t start when you die; it begins the moment you trust Him for it. What’s more, it begins a relationship with your Maker in which you can join in His purpose for the world. The purpose He gives is not just an emotion or illusion. It really matters. Paul concluded, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” When you know your labor is not in vain, you have joy! You can go at your work with enthusiasm. That’s healthy. Are you elderly and feeling worthless? Maybe not yet (but see Ecclesiastes 12). Are you agreeing with those three fatalistic questions the researchers asked? Consider the Creator’s purpose for you. Your life matters to him. Don’t waste your life on earthly things that don’t satisfy (read the book of Ecclesiastes for the ultimate example). You were made on purpose for purpose. Even if you are old or infirm, there is always something you can do. You can pray, for instance. You can be an example of endurance. You can encourage others. Read our online book for a real-life testimony. When your prayer includes Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, you have solid ground for a meaningful, joyful purpose that will help you flourish in life, and that will outlast the grave.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Descending down the templeThis week, we will walk through a rain forest and climb the highest ancient Mayan temple to log a difficulty 5, terrain 4 micro geocache.Located in the Orange Walk District in Belize, Lamanai High (GC19505) is known for the incredible experience that comes with finding the geocache. Not only is the temple the highest exposed structure of 108 feet (33 meters) for miles, it also provides a breathtaking view of the jungle and the nearby river.Lamanai, a Maya term for “submerged crocodile,” is one of the largest and longest inhabited ceremonial centers in Belize. It’s an imperial port city that includes ball courts, pyramids, and several exotic Mayan features. Hundreds of buildings have been identified in the two-square-mile area, among the tallest of them is a cleverly hidden geocache.It’s been said that “the difficult part is getting there.” Geocachers have the option of driving over rough roads or taking an organized day boat trip. Once there, the climb up the steep steps can prove to be a challenge despite the assistance of the rope. However, the final destination at the top of the High Temple provides a spectacular 360 degree view of the archaeological reserve, the exotic animals and forest, and the river.Since February of 2008, Thumbs Up! has drawn more than 70 geocachers to travel to this location and experience an exciting adventure to find a cleverly hidden geocache.Preparing for the climbThe geocache logs describe detailed and fun-filled adventures that may otherwise not have taken place. One geocacher wrote, “What an amazing journey Team Muddyloon experienced traveling to get to Lamanai High! After securing transportation for an hour long ride into the interior of the Belizean jungle, we arrived at a floating dock to board our boat for the second part of our journey. We set out at 34.6 mph up the twisting and turning crocodile ridden New River. Approaching some fishermen in a canoe, our driver slowed down while the fishermen pointed out a big green snake swimming swiftly to shore. Proceeding onward, we spotted numerous birds and the ripples of crocodiles along the shoreline.Approached by a localApproaching the ruins we felt like we had transported back in time, making us feel as if we were Indiana Jones. As we rounded a path the High Temple came into view. We stood in awe of the beautiful structure that was built over 3000 years ago and is still standing today. Now we had the daunting task of climbing the temple to the cache. As we reached the level the cache was hidden on we quickly searched and discovered the cache, signed the log and proceeded to the top of the temple. A beautiful 360 degree panoramic view granted us our final reward. Heading back down the river we were treated to unexpected bonus of seeing the branches of the trees along the river’s edge rippling and then seeing the long strong arms of some Spider Monkeys swinging towards us. One Spider Monkey dropped into our boat for a banana and to treat us to a close up view before swinging back into the jungle and disappearing from view. Thanks for an adventure of a lifetime!”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching Blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] from the topShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedExploring Belize and Guatemala One Geocache at a TimeOctober 21, 2014With 2 commentsFind your knight in shining armor. — Castle Northmoor (GCX612) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2014In “Community””BongEun-Sa Revivial” GCXNRW GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 24, 2011January 24, 2011In “Community”
Posted: September 3, 2018 Updated: 8:28 PM Sasha Foo Doorbell video camera shows thief leaving Chula Vista home Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, September 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCHULA VISTA (KUSI) – A Chula Vista couple is asking for help to find the thief who brazenly broke into their home and stole thousands of dollars worth of valuables. The burglary occurred Friday morning while Liz and Daniel Bermudez were at work. With a popular security app known as “Ring,” a video camera inside the doorbell recorded a man calmly strolling out of the front door; carrying expensive handbags and other stolen items including watches, jewelry, and most distressing of all, Liz’s wedding rings.The couple who moved into the house just six months ago believed the intruder may have entered through a small window in the living room. The thief apparently ransacked the couple’s bedroom, cleaning out jewelry boxes, taking handbags from the closet, and breaking into a safe which held valuable papers. Most alarmingly, two handguns with their magazines were also among the items stolen from the safe“The guns are out there with somebody that is doing this in broad daylight. Now, he’s armed. Now he’s got two guns on him,” Daniel said, after immediately contacting the police.The couple showed us the outline of a hand still visible on a window screen, but he left no fingerprints behind because the man was wearing gloves.Two security cameras connected to a Cox Homelife monitoring system were also stolen. Daniel said he called Cox and was told that the system appeared to stop working around the time of the burglary. In the doorbell video, an SUV which resembles a Ford Expedition is visible in the background as the thief leaves the house. The car initially backs up and then speeds away.“With getting my story out there and people watching it, I have a great feeling that something good is going to come out of this and hopefully, that’s catching him,” Liz said.
Last year, Microsoft had announced about its new revenue split figures at the Build 2018. The new policy was expected to be rolled out by the end of 2018. However, it was actually two days ago that the team at Microsoft Store updated its App Developer Agreement (ADA) which is the revenue sharing agreement. The consumer app developers will now benefit by earning up to 95 percent cut of the revenue on app sales excluding games, and an 85 percent cut on the low end. This 95 percent share can be earned only when a customer uses a deep link (tracked by CID (Connection ID)) to purchase the app. In case the customers are directed by Microsoft to their app through a collection or “any other owned Microsoft properties (tracked by an OCID),” then developers will get an 85 percent share. This policy for the fee structure is effective for purchases on Windows Mixed Reality, Windows phone, Windows 10 PCs, and Surface Hub. The policy excludes purchases made on Xbox consoles. If there is no CID or OCID attributed to purchase, then in the case of a web search, customers will get 95 percent revenue. Few Hacker news users have appreciated this new revenue split policy as according to them the company has made a fair move. One user commented on HackerNews, “It seems like a reasonable shifting of costs. If you rely mostly on Microsoft for acquiring new customers, then Microsoft should get a little bit more of a cut, and if you rely mostly on your own marketing methods, then it should get less.” Another comment reads, “It’s an insanely good deal. MSFT has to be losing money on that.” According to a few others, there is also a benefit of organic search here. As app stores don’t usually have much of organic search going on. This move might result in the company getting a better idea on the organic search being done on their store. Also, the 5%-15% cut is an add on. According to a few users, it is equally beneficial for Microsoft as the company earns a cut as well. A comment reads, “Like all digital goods, the marginal cost of MSFT doing this is zero. I don’t think they are losing money on this, in terms of pure margins, it’s probably quite lucrative (though in absolute revenue, maybe not so much).” Another comment reads, “I actually think this is a brilliant insight on the side of Microsoft, by inverting this model they get a non-zero slice of a pie they previously did not have.” This may have an effect on how other tech companies and developers function. Other companies may possibly get pressurized by Microsoft’s move considering the company has significantly gained the confidence of developers. To know more about this news, check out Microsoft’s blog post. Read Next Microsoft @MWC (Mobile World Congress) Day 1: HoloLens 2, Azure-powered Kinect camera and more! Microsoft workers protest the lethal use of Hololens2 in the $480m deal with US military Microsoft adds new features to Microsoft Office 365: Microsoft threat experts, priority notifications, Desktop App Assure, and more
RIU Hotels recognizes top Canadian travel agencies at annual awards show Share Tags: RIU Hotels & Resorts PUNTA CANA — Top Canadian travel agencies were honoured at RIU Hotels & Resorts’ 2nd Annual RIU Awards, which took place earlier this month at Riu Palace Bavaro in Punta Cana.The selected agencies were rewarded with a trip for two to the Dominican Republic to attend the RIU Awards Ceremony. In addition to the awards program, they were treated to a VIP weekend, inclusive of special tours of the island, leisure activities and special events.Recognizing agents from both Canada and the United States, the awards aims to strengthen RIU brand loyalty and relaunch other programs such as Riu Agents, Riu Specialist, the urban hotel line Riu Plaza, as well as Weddings and Groups (MICE).The Canadian agencies recognized this year are:Caribbean VacationsEscapes.caFlight Centre Upper Canada MallGlenny TraveliTravel2000.comIxtapa TravelLaurier Du VallonRedtag.caSears TravelSelloffvacations.comTravel NationTravel OnlyTravel Professionals InternationalTripcentral.caAmong the 20 U.S. agencies recognized were Vacations to Go, All Inclusive Outlet and SVH Tours.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksRiu Partner Club rewards travel agents for their loyalty, allowing them to quickly and easily earn points redeemable for vacations at any RIU hotel – Riu Plaza and All-Inclusive 24 Hours resorts – and without blackout dates. Agents earn points by submitting their reservations through the RIU Partner Club; these points are based on hotel category, number of guests and room nights.All members interested in participating in the 3rd RIU Awards Ceremony in 2018 need only keep booking for a chance to be recognized. Only RPC active accounts can participate in the contest, and winners must be credited as Riu Specialist Agents. Posted by Friday, May 19, 2017 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>