Mets Hall of Famer Darryl Strawberry Spreads Message of Redemption

first_imgOrdained minister and former baseball star Darryl Strawberry gives a moving message to a packed audience at the Ocean City Tabernacle. By MADDY VITALEThe words Mets Hall of Famer, drug addict and ordained minister aren’t usually associated with one person.But they describe the extraordinary rise, downfall and redemption of Darryl Strawberry. Speaking to a rapt audience at the Ocean City Tabernacle, Strawberry delivered two sermons on Sunday. His remarks were engaging, strong, lively, funny and heartfelt. He blended a message of hope, how one could beat drug addiction and how struggles and hardship led him to God, faith and family.Strawberry told the crowd that fame and fortune do not make the person.“Money does not make you well. Fame does not make you well. Celebrities all have issues,” he said to some laugher in the audience. “Every day I thank God for grace and mercy.”Darryl Strawberry urges the audience to read the scripture.At 57, he called himself an “old sinner” saved by grace. He spoke of how he came from a family where his father beat him, to fame as an eight time All-Star baseball player for the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers and Giants, to drugs, bankruptcy, prison and broken marriages. His career spanned 17 years and he was part of four winning World Series titles and led the National League in home runs in 1988 with 39. He was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame in 2010.In his sermons Sunday, Strawberry urged people to get off their mobile devices and read the Bible. Then he warned that society is consumed by so many other things. Some members of the packed audience were seen brushing away tears as he spoke. At times he had the crowd laughing.“We trust in everything else but the Lord. I don’t know what took me so long to pick up the book,” Strawberry said, holding up the Bible. “I wish I picked it up a long time ago.”Then he warned the crowd: “Ego stands for ‘Eases God out,’” he said.“Sixteen years ago, when I started serving the Lord, former teammates said, ‘I wonder how long it will last?’” he recalled.Ocean City Tabernacle President and CEO Pastor Jay Reimer shakes Darryl Strawberry’s hand.Strawberry admitted it is a miracle he is here today. He thanked his mother, Ruby, and his wife, Tracy, for being the strong forces behind him.So to the naysayers, he said, proof is in his years with God. He vowed he will never look back. He urged the audience to do the same.“If you’re holding on to the old, you will never get to the new,” he said.He even joked, “I don’t like baseball.”The famous former baseball player read the scripture and spoke of forgiveness and how it can set a person free. “My father left me crippled and empty. Jesus is the only one to heal you. Dad beat me and left me for dead. And I left him out of my success,” he explained.But years later, after Strawberry found God, he learned that his father was in the hospital.He went to visit him and he cried at his father’s side.“I kept him out of my whole life and career. Forgiveness set me free,” he said. “It left me crippled for years because I didn’t forgive.”Darryl Strawberry engages the audience.God, Strawberry continued, is amazing when people decide it is God’s plan, not “our plan.”“I get to live a holy, righteous life. Jesus is here to rescue you and restore you,” he said. Strawberry also told the audience that God guides people through life. “I’m glad my story is not my story, it’s God’s story,” he said.Pastor Jay Reimer, president and CEO of the Ocean City Tabernacle, said he was pleased Strawberry could be a featured speaker.“What I love is he is bringing in New York and New Jersey Mets and Yankees fans to the Tabernacle,” Reimer said. “They came to hear his story.”Reimer noted that it was such a heartfelt message by Strawberry of his struggles until God changed his world. “Every family knows someone who has had struggles,” he said. Reimer said Strawberry also impressed him with the story of how his mother and wife helped see him through his hard times and strengthened his faith. This story has been clarified to reflect that Darryl Strawberry is a member of the New York Mets Hall of Fame, not the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.Ocean City resident Natalie Ragazzo, a former Miss New Jersey contestant, sang just before Darryl Strawberry took to the stage.last_img read more

Warburtons launches TV ad campaign

first_imgWarburtons’ latest TV ad campaign will air for the first time this Saturday (4 October) on satellite and terrestrial TV.The 60-second ad will describe Warburtons as “Britain’s favourite family baker”, depicting a businessman visiting Britain for the first time. Shorter, 10-second clips will support the minute-long ad, while press ads will focus on quality.Category director Sarah Miskell said: “We are delighted with the new ad campaign as it explains our family ethos in an amusing and creative way.”It is part of an overall £22m investment which we hope will build on the success of our previous advertising and, along with our growing national distribution, continue to attract more consumers to the Warburtons brand and demonstrate a huge impact on the bakery category as a whole.”Warburtons is also launching a range of 600g loaves, in anticipation of a relaxation of laws on bread weight, coming into force next year. The three to be launched in mid-October are Wholegrain Goodness and All in One medium and thick-sliced.last_img read more

2 more Indiana men face federal charges in Capitol riot

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two central Indiana men face federal charges stemming from the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building. Federal authorities say in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that photographs show Israel Tutrow of Greenfield and Joshua Wagner of Greenwood were inside the Capitol that day while Congress met to certify results from the presidential election. They charges they face include disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business and parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol Buildings. Wagner surrendered Tuesday. A warrant has been issued for Tutrow’s arrest.last_img read more

New Shearer Volkswagen South Burlington location official opening January 9, 2012

first_imgShearer Volkswagen announces their move to 1030 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington (formerly Shearer GMC Cadillac Buick) across from the Olive Garden. This new location will handle new and pre-owned sales, all parts and service as well as an onsite full-service body shop for even greater customer service. SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT, December, 2011last_img

Taking a Breath

first_imgIt seems the workday often follows me to the day’s end. Well after I arrive home, sit on a couch, and try to relax I am persuaded in my head to only think of work. The actual job, life chores, and the structures of my life; all my work insistently chatters at my thoughts. The self-induced stress this can bring I am all too familiar with, but it’s not until I step outside and take a breath, do I feel the sudden relaxation that the natural world provides.Maybe it’s because I live in a rural county where National Forest outnumbers private property, and when I step outside it’s into a land not yet taken over by housing condominiums or lawn gnomes, but I believe there are many areas where Nature’s breath can still be heard. Of what remains of the public parks and designated wilderness, there is still space to feel the air of natural light, to reclaim your senses, and to be a part of this world you live in.The uneven rhythm of insects chirping and the underlying silence that stretches on for miles, the translucent ebb and flow of Nature’s song. As I take my breath in and fill my lungs, it engulfs me. The lack of noise and distractions, it filters my thoughts and puts me at ease. Everything around me is doing their part, the moon is rising and the snakes sliver to warmth, the temperature is dropping and the creek is flowing, and I am sitting right where I am at, in the middle of it all. It’s a small comfort, but the five minutes sitting outside to catch my breath goes a long way amidst a hectic day.Go outside, catch your breath, and play-Bradlast_img read more

Afraid of analytics?

first_imgAre you afraid of analytics? Hmmm. Maybe you are simply scared to learn that the resulting data/information will show that you aren’t as smart as you think you are? Maybe you are unwilling to undertake something you simply don’t understand, or aren’t comfortable doing yourself? Maybe you think analytics are only for uber-huge financial institutions?All of these answers are pure poppycock.Financial institutions use analytics every day. Did you ever evaluate whether someone is credit worthy? There must be someone at your shop who decides in a (sorry Gen Y) Spartacus-like fashion thumbs up or down on an application, right? Is the decision arbitrary? Are analytical models used? Maybe? I thought so. Some person using analytical tools has to make sense of the data in order to make the right decision for any and every borrower.Continue ReadingA November 20, 2014, American Banker article reported that CEOs are afraid of Data Driven Solutions. What? In a recent post, Ron Shevlin of the Aite Group, called this “Data Driven Delusions.” Indeed. Then why all the craziness over Big Data? I mean, really folks… Ron also articulates a couple of additional analytics-driven decisions that are common in banking. See if these look familiar to you…Have you ever debated the merits of opening or closing a branch? How do you decide? By gut instinct? Do you, as Ron suggests, give each branch or location a number, and then toss them in a hat and pull out the winner/loser? Hardly.Further, could any CEO (let alone a marketer) go to the Board and ask for $500,000-$600,000 to drive a marketing event without being required to provide an expected outcome/ROI to any such investment? How can you do this without analytics.Your website clicks and visitors, emails and other digital traffic – along with the traditional account, household, profitability, cross-sales and campaign management analytics that many have been employing (MCIF) for years – are all screaming to get used. Data analytics/data-driven marketing is nothing new. It is simply an extension of all things analytics that are already employed by financial institutions. Or not, I guess, in fantasyland.Those who say otherwise are flat wrong. If only someone could automate all of this and make a daily data collection and analytics engine that would also automatically send and track offers to pre-modeled and qualified clients and prospects, every day. Oh, hey…we do that! 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Detailslast_img read more

Want to win a lottery? Here’s a no-lose plan

first_imgby: Brian J. O’Connor, Detroit News Finance EditorFirst you were excited, nearly breathless with anticipation. Then, disappointed and angry. And, finally, the realization that you’d allowed yourself to be so clearly played for a rube, so blatantly ripped-off, left you flushed with overwhelming feelings of resentment and shame.No, I’m not talking about wasting your money to go see “Fifty Shades of Grey,” I’m talking about playing the Powerball lottery.At first, you dream about how many mink-lined bathtubs you’ll put in your Paris pied-à-terre after you cash in the $564.1 million prize drawn on Wednesday (Feb. 11). Then, the winners are announced, all from who-cares-where since it isn’t you, and you suddenly remember why you flunked statistics. Then you realize you’ve been throwing away $2 a week on Powerball tickets for more than two months, meaning you’ve spent nearly $20 just to make yourself feel stupid.So let me just say that you shouldn’t feel stupid. You ARE stupid.Lottery without losersNot that I’m any different. I am right there with you, throwing $4 a week into the office Powerball pool, one ticket for me and one for my long-suffering wife, Mrs. Funny Money. This is so that, if we win the big cash hoard and she decides to no longer be long-suffering, she can take her winnings and walk, which avoids the hassle of suing me and giving it all to lawyers.Doesn’t that seem just so imminently and responsibly smart and practical? Why, yes, it does mean I am doubling the amount of money I spend on a lottery where I have a one-in-175 million chance of winning — what’s your point? continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5 ways leaders can make their messaging meaningful

first_img“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”   – Maya AngelouMore than one CEO has said, “Leadership is 90 percent communication.” And research bears them out by showing the way in which managers communicate with employees is one of the most important factors in driving employee engagement. The late Maya Angelou pinpoints the key to communication that engages and makes meaning: make people feel something. Inspire a felt sense of confidence. Build certainty and community. It makes the difference between compliance and commitment, meaningless work and meaningful work. Here are five ways to ensure your messaging will truly matter.Articulate a Compelling Vision That Resonates with People’s IdentitiesResearch shows compelling visions make membership within an organization feel special, enriching, and meaningful in and of themselves. They also create meaning by appealing to, and resonating with, members identities. Identities are formed through self-definition of core values, and association with the organization’s values. If you make evident how the vision supports known personal and company values, you’ve thus reaffirmed individual and collective identities. Similarly, when you communicate the vision in a way that strengthens the sense of community, the “we’re in this togetherness,” it further enhances the message’s meaning. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

J&J moves up start of coronavirus vaccine human trials to July

first_imgTopics : Last March, J&J signed deals with the US government to create enough manufacturing capacity to produce more than 1 billion doses of its vaccine through 2021, even before it has evidence that it works.There are currently no US approved treatments or vaccines for the virus. A vaccine is seen as essential to ending the pandemic that has infected more than 7.2 million people and killed over 412,000 globally, while battering economies worldwide.J&J initially expected safety trials to start in September. Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels told Reuters the company has been working closely with its US government partners to accelerate that timeline.”Based on the strength of the preclinical data we have seen so far and interactions with the regulatory authorities, we have been able to further accelerate the clinical development,” Stoffels said in a statement on Wednesday. Johnson & Johnson moved up the start of human clinical trials for its experimental vaccine against the highly contagious coronavirus by two months to the second half of July, as the drugmaker rushes to develop a prevention for COVID-19, the company said on Wednesday.The acceleration should allow J&J to take part in the massive clinical trials program planned by the US government, which aims to have an effective vaccine by year end.J&J shares rose nearly 2% to $148.69.center_img J&J’s study will test the vaccine for safety and early signs of efficacy in 1,045 healthy volunteers aged 18 to 55 years, and in those aged 65 and older. The trial will take place in the United States and Belgium.The company is also in talks with the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases(NIAID) to start larger, late-stage trials ahead of schedule, depending on results of the early studies and regulatory approval.The United States is planning to test a handful of coronavirus vaccine candidates in trials that will enroll up to 30,000 subjects with the aim of getting an answer on efficacy as quickly as possible. National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told Reuters that companies will need to complete their safety trials by the end of summer to be included in those studies.Stoffels said last week that J&J hopes to have results of its vaccine efficacy trials in the first quarter of 2021. He added that the company is “working hard to bring it back to the end of the year.”A lot will depend on how much virus is circulating at that time, he said.”If you have an incidence of 1% a year versus 4% a year, it’s totally different. And that’s where these trials are so unpredictable,” he said referring to the percentage of new cases occurring in the population at the time.The company plans to test the vaccine in high-transmission regions within the United States. If the incidence is low, “we will complement that with international sites to make sure that we reach enough endpoints quickly to prove the vaccine works,” Stoffels said.Moderna Inc, which is working in close partnership with NIAID, has started testing its vaccine candidate in a 600-subject mid-stage trial. The company expects to begin late-stage trials in July.Moderna’s vaccine uses messenger RNA technology, an approach that has yet to produce any approved vaccines. J&J is utilizing the same technology used to make its Ebola vaccine, which won European regulatory approval late last month.There are about 10 coronavirus vaccines in human testing. Experts have said a safe and effective vaccine could take at least 12 to 18 months from the start of development, which would shave several years off the typical vaccine development timeline.last_img read more