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The most important thing I can tell my players is: ‘Learn to be more
professional. Play the same way all the time.’ They need to give their
all on the pitch every time they step out there, no matter who the
opponent is. You can’t give 50 per cent sometimes and then expect to
turn it on like a switch when you need to. That’s not the spirit of a
good footballer and I am going to be sure I grind this into the lads
John Barnes, Jamaica’s new football coach
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Miriam Makeba, the South
African singer who wooed the world with her sultry voice but was banned
from her own country for more than 30 years under apartheid, died after
collapsing on stage in Italy. She was 76.
Over her career, Miriam Makeba sang with performers including Nina Simone, Harry Belafonte and Paul Simon.
In her dazzling career, Makeba performed with musical legends from
around the world — jazz maestros Nina Simone and Dizzy Gillespie,
Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon — and sang for world leaders such as John
F. Kennedy and Nelson Mandela.
more from CNN
If a picture is worth a thousand words…here’s four thousand.
Some of you know, others not. My family continues our nomadic ways, we are moving to State College from Panama. Felisa was recently offered a job as a professor to teach Supply Chain Management in the business school at Penn State University. Lots of changes are about to happen. weird that we are leaving while Panama is about to explode of the map. But things are changing again, but for the best. There are many opportunities and State College is a wonderful place to raise kids, and Felisa will be able to really pursue her true passion…teaching. This is what makes the move so bitter-sweet.
Anyway that’s the long and short of it.
To our friends and family in Panama we miss you already, to our friends and fam’ in the US, wi soon com’.
peace an’ luv
p.s. watch this space as I update our chaos in transit.
ON a Sunday morning a few months back, I interviewed my final Harvard applicant of the year. After saying goodbye to the girl and watching her and her mother drive off, I headed to the beach at the end of our street for a run.
It was a spectacular winter day, bright, sunny and cold; the tide was out, the waves were high, and I had the beach to myself. As I ran, I thought the same thing I do after all these interviews: Another amazing kid who won’t get into Harvard.
That used to upset me. But I’ve changed.
Normally I refrain from posting religious content on this blog, but this time I digress. I am moved to add the following words. It is after all, what’s on a York’s mind.
S U P E R N A T U R A L
What’s the matter with the world has the world gone mad?
There’s nothing wrong with the world, it’s the people that are in it.
You and me, we’re in it.
I’m a news junkie… so as I watched this week as another school come under siege, again I was horrified. Everyday children die around the world, everyday they starve, everyday they are attacked. This Amish case though is different.
For the first time in a long time we are seeing a real Christ-like response upon attack.
Never before has “turn the other cheek” seemed more powerful.
As his community heaved in grief and his grand-daughter that he laughed with, told stories to and went to church with, lay on a cold hard slab, an Amish elder called for forgiveness. As little coffins carried little bodies to little graves, arms were opened to the wife of the killer and half of the 75 people at the murderer’s funeral were Amish. Were does love like this come from for a sadistic killer and molester.
Tormented was his mind,
Assaulted was his heart,
Attacked was his soul.
This milk truck driver took his children to the bus stop for school and then prepared to kill those of other parents. While soldiers fight jihad in foreign lands, the home front is gripped in terror.
I am reminded of something that the father of Elian Gonzalez said in an interview with Dan Rather on 60 Minutes. (this was exactly one year after Columbine, April 2000)
RATHER: Tell me why it wouldn’t be best for you to say okay I’ll, I’ll stay in the USA, I’ll stay here with my child, where there is freedom and may be more opportunity for him. Why not do that in the best interest of the child?
JUAN MIGUEL: Well, what do you call freedom and opportunity?
RATHER: But the question is, what do you consider to be liberty and opportunity?
JUAN MIGUEL: I ask you what’s freedom? Well, freedom is for example, in Cuba, where education and health care is free. Or is it the way it is here? Which of the two is freedom? For example, here when parents send their children to school they have to worry about violence. A child could be shot at school. In Cuba, things like that don’t happen. So you can go to work and not worry. Which of the two is freedom?
Rather was struck speechless. That episode has stuck with me ever since.
The most helpless of our society are now officially under attack. Wether it’s by guerillas in Africa, stealling boys in the night, truck drivers in Pennsylvania killing helpless gils, or congressmen on Capitol Hill, there seems to be no safe haven. But my little diatribe here is not about the attack, it’s about the response.
I do believe for the first time in a long time, we are seeing on an international level, not a display of true religion, but what a true relationship with Jesus Christ can do.
“It’s the love, the forgiveness, the heartfelt forgiveness they have toward the family. I broke down and cried seeing it displayed,”
Bruce Porter, a fire department chaplain from Colorado attending the service.
Wether you believe in Him or not here are my 2c.
Forgiveness is not human. It is foreign to the human heart. It is an illegal alien to our minds. No matter what you think, I am convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt that this act is and forever will be…
S U P E R N A T U R A L
It is a heavenly response to a heathen act.
Will our Muslim brothers see this, will policy-makers and leaders who lash out in preemptive judgment be changed. I don’t know, but I sure do hope so.
October 7th, 2006
Any comments are more than welcome. Please tell me what you think.