O.C. Tabernacle Features Ex-Baseball Star Darryl Strawberry on Sunday

first_imgEight-time Major League Baseball All-Star Darryl Strawberry will speak at the Ocean City Tabernacle at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday, July 28.Throughout his 17-year career, Strawberry played with the Mets, Dodgers, Giants and Yankees, winning four World Series titles and leading the National League in home runs in 1988 with 39.From battling cancer to substance abuse and addiction, his life has taken many turns. Committed to using his status and story to serve the Lord as an ordained minister, he is on a mission to help others transform their lives.Darryl Strawberry (Courtesy Ocean City Tabernacle)Also at the Tabernacle, Laura Story will perform a concert Sunday evening at 7 p.m. A Bible teacher, bestselling author, worship leader and Grammy Award–winning singer/songwriter, Story is known for songs such as “Indescribable” and “Mighty to Save.”Her No. 1 hit “Blessings” was certified gold in 2011 and inspired her first book, “What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops.”Her music and writing, including her second book, “When God Doesn’t Fix It,” show God’s love and grace intersecting with real life, according to a Tabernacle press release.With a master’s degree in theological studies and a doctorate in worship studies, Story has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005.Her greatest joy is being a wife to her husband, Martin, and mother to her children, Josie, Ben, Griffin and Timothy, the press release said.Join the Ocean City Tabernacle to hear more distinguished speakers every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. through Sept. 8. For a complete list of events and speakers, visit www.OCtabernacle.org.Laura Story (Photo Courtesy Ocean City Tabernacle) Ocean City Tabernacle offers the Son Club throughout the school year.last_img read more

Technology brings challenge and opportunity

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details The universal use of technology has upended business ecosystems, increasing competition for the member’s attention, time and money, and causing structural changes in consumer behavior. Market power is shifting from organizations to members. What motivates someone to act is growing increasingly complicated due to multiple causes including ready access to information, increasing numbers of choices, and demographic changes in the types and timing of personal decisions. This means credit union leaders have more challenges and opportunities. The chance of navigating successfully increases when you have an organizational culture that is committed to understanding the new member and incorporates new business models and strategies that benefit from technology. Technology allows us to be more interconnected and many daily human interactions are digital. Actions and choices are more transparent than ever before as people generate data about themselves that can help formulate predictions and trends about the individual. Data analytics is a powerful tool to help organizations understand their members better. Organizations can effectively consider this abundant information to get to the heart of what makes a member act. It allows the credit union to know its members better and it puts better tools at the organization’s disposal to serve them more effectively.Knowledge of your member is a competitive advantage, particularly when technology brings credit unions additional challenges. For example, fintech start-ups attempt to cherry-pick profitable business lines from credit unions. Sufficient capital, another challenge, may not be available to take advantage of what could be an expensive investment in technology, especially at smaller credit unions. Credit union size is less significant when a third-party vendor allows a small credit union or a start-up to access the same technology as a large one. Moreover, well-capitalized credit unions may discover that their investment in technology has been superseded by the next great app that simplifies the member experience, giving them what they want when they want it. Regardless of size, using available tools to enhance your in-depth knowledge of your member to serve them better, communicate with them more effectively and strengthen the relationship.  Establishing an organizational culture of respect and caring helps to generates the loyalty that will keep members close.Relationships are important with your employees as well. Technology can bridge the gaps between senior leaders and staff that size can bring. It can serve to let employees feel the presence of leadership — what they believe in and what the strategies are and why. This is especially important when organizations reach a scale where “managing by walking around” is impossible. One of our clients has effectively used podcasts for its president to regularly communicate with employees in multiple locations. These sessions allow the employees to get a good sense of the leader as a person. Smartphone apps allow for spot surveys and real time questions that can shrink large meetings, making them feel more intimate and interactive, engaging employees, and valuing their time spent.Strategic thinking should evolve to meet the challenge that this complexity brings. The art and science of maximizing the benefit of technology’s tools, expands leadership’s capacity in new and creative ways to strengthen your culture and improve your relationships with both your internal and external customers – both your members and your employees.  last_img read more

Having children reduces a man’s risk of heart disease

first_imgDailyMail (UK) 27 Sep 2011A decade-long study of 135,000 men found that those who remained child-free had a higher risk of dying from heart disease than those who ‘sowed their oats.’ U.S researchers said it raised the possibility that infertility may be a potential early warning sign of future heart trouble. ‘There is emerging evidence to suggest that infertility may be a window into a man’s later health,’ said study leader Dr Michael Eisenberg of Stanford University in California. He said men who are infertile have a higher risk of certain cancers, and his team wanted to look for other signs that infertility might be playing a role later in a man’s life. The researchers, reporting in the journal Human Reproduction, followed more than 130,000 men who were retired and over 50 for a decade.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2042511/Infertility-Having-children-reduces-mans-risk-heart-disease-20.htmllast_img read more

Lacson: Anti-Terror Bill dissenters may be behind ‘Facebook dummies’

first_imgPhilippine National Police chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa, on the other hand, tasked the Anti-Cybercrime Group to look into the matter as he urged the public to continue reporting to authorities about fake Facebook accounts.The Department of Justice, meanwhile, said it has received a total of 112 reports from Facebook users with dummy accounts just hours after it launched an investigation on the emergence of fake accounts./PN MANILA – The influx of dummy Facebook accounts over the weekend could be a handiwork of groups or individuals who were against the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill, according to Sen. Panfilo Lacson.Lacson suspects the sudden surge of fake Facebook accounts may only be part of a “scare tactic” against the controversial anti-terrorism measure.“It’s alarming in the sense that it may be part of scare tactics,” said Lacson, the chair of the Senate’s National Defense and Security committee, in an interview with CNN Philippines.“For all we know, those against it are the ones spreading them, so that people may get scared, by dishing out disinformation,” the senator added.Various universities around the country confirmed over the weekend that they received reports of fake and empty Facebook accounts bearing the names of their respective students and alumni.Among those who complained to have fraudulent Facebook account were those who opposed the Anti-Terrorism Bill, which is now up for President Rodrigo Duterte’s signature.Meanwhile, The Communicator, a student publication of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines-College of Communication, has reported that a student in the college received a threat from a fictitious Facebook account.Malacañang said they will leave it up to the National Privacy Commission to look into the matter. It also warned those behind could be charged under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.“Ilegal po ‘yang pag clone ng Facebook accounts. Dun sa mga may pakana niyan, mabuti pa ay humanap na lang kayo ng ibang gagawin,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a virtual press conference on Monday afternoon.The Department of National Defense, for their part, launched an investigation on the emergence of fake Facebook accounts, which Defense chief Delfin Lorenzana described as a cause of alarm as it creates “discordant voices among the people.”last_img read more