Related iStock/Thinkstock(CELINA, Ohio) — Employees working the late night shift on Christmas Eve at an Ohio Waffle House got a huge surprise when a local church congregation walked in with a Christmas miracle. About 75 congregation members huddled into Waffle House in Wapakoneta, Ohio, after their pastor, Mick Whistler, was inspired by a story, written by Jacob Armstrong, in Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas. It details how Armstrong’s daughters were fascinated by Waffle House. Pastor Whistler told ABC News, “His girls were amazed there was this whole world going on while they were sleep. Jacob paints this great picture of how Waffle House employees are kind of like the shepherds in the Nativity story. They were working while everyone else was asleep.” That story inspired Pastor Whistler to encourage his congregation to give one dollar a week during the month of December. By the end of the month, Grand Lake United Methodist Church in Celina, Ohio, raised $3,577. The congregation then went to Waffle House at 1 a.m. to dine together then deliver the tip. Waffle House employees confirmed to ABC News what happened, saying late-night employees were thrilled. Carla Dietrich told Wapakoneta Daily News that when she saw the church members arrive on Christmas Eve, she “thought they were going to start singing.” Pastor Whistler said their holiday fundraiser proved how small donations can make big differences. “That dollar a week didn’t really cost you anything, but together we can do incredible things,” he said. “And that was just for a month in one church. We can solve all kinds of ills in the world without it being that hard.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez, center, and Andrew McCutchen, right, and Jordy Mercer, left, head to the batting cages during an informal spring training baseball workout in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Pirates pitchers and catcher get underway with the first official workout of the spring this afternoon. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) – Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels allowed Jordy Mercer’s two-run home run in the third inning and the Phillies rallied in the sixth to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Wednesday.Making his second start of the spring, Hamels struggled with command throughout his three-inning outing. After allowing a two-out walk to Francisco Cervelli, Hamels went to a full count against Mercer before the Pittsburgh shortstop turned on a fastball and sent it over the wall in left.“That’s spring training. I know I’m not here (trying) to make the team,” Hamels said. “I think for what I’ve done in the past, I have a pretty good spot.”Hamels allowed two runs on two hits in three innings. He struck out one and walked two.“Cole had some long counts uncharacteristic of him,” Philadelphia manager Ryne Sandberg said. “But he’s throwing the ball really well. He basically got his work in. He’s fine.”It was the first hit of the spring for Mercer.Philadelphia overcame a 2-1 deficit in the sixth. Ben Revere led off with a single, and Cesar Hernandez doubled. Grady Sizemore had an RBI groundout and Jeff Francoeur singled in the go-ahead run.“It’s nice to win a game,” Sandberg said. “We had good pitching all the way up the line. We did some things with guys in scoring position to manufacture three runs.”Closer Jonathan Papelbon was the first of five pitchers out of the pen to shut down the Pirates. Andy Oliver (two innings), Elvis Araujo, Mario Hollands and Jeanmar Gomez also pitched scoreless frames in relief of Hamels.STARTING TIMEPhillies: Hamels allowed at least one baserunner in each of his three innings.Pirates: Right-hander Charlie Morton walked the first batter he faced, Revere, but rebounded to put up a strong effort. Morton, who missed the last two months of 2014 with a hip injury and underwent surgery in September, held the Phillies to one run in three innings. He allowed just three balls to leave the infield – including a blooping single to shallow right – and induced seven groundouts. It was Morton’s second appearances of the spring. He pitched two scoreless innings against the Yankees on March 5. “He was more consistent after the first inning,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “He’s going to be fine.”TRAINER’S ROOMPhiladelphia’s Cliff Lee threw off the mound for the first time since feeling soreness in his left elbow a day after his first spring start last week. Lee said he still felt discomfort. The 36-year-old Lee was limited to 13 starts last season with the same injury and his most recent MRI might mean having surgery if the pain doesn’t subside in the coming weeks. … Chase Utley still hasn’t played in a game this spring, but could be closing in on his first start. Utley, who entered camp with a sprained right ankle last month, ran the bases during pregame batting practice. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said over the weekend that Utley could possibly get into a game before the end of the week.UP NEXT:The Phillies travel to Lakeland on Thursday to face Detroit for the second time in three days. Jerome Williams is scheduled to start for the Phillies, while rotation hopeful David Buchanan also is in line to pitch. Justin Verlander will start for Detroit. Verlander threw two shutout innings against the Braves in his first spring start on Saturday.The Pirates will play host to Boston on Thursday in Bradenton. A.J. Burnett is slated to start for the Pirates, with closer Mark Melanin also scheduled to pitch. Clay Buchholz is in line to start for Boston.
A groundbreaking ceremony on Friday celebrated the University of Missouri’s first new major research facility in 15 years.The NextGen Precision Health Institute on campus will be 265,000 square feet and five stories tall, and cost $221 million to build.“The NextGen Precision Health Initiative will help us translate fundamental research from laboratories to effective treatments and devices, which will benefit all Missourians as well as the rest of the world,” UM System President Mun Choi says. “As the boldest and most innovative investment in our history, this initiative and facility will stand as enduring symbols of our commitment to the state of Missouri and will advance medical science and our highly skilled workforce for generations to come.”The state legislature has kicked in $10 million specifically for the complex in its latest budget. It will open in 2021.
Dave Buchholz, a 14 year veteran with Intel IT likes to live on the edge – the edge of emerging technologies that are defining the next generation of compute use models for enterprise IT. Dave works on a small team inside Intel IT whose purpose is to explore, test, and evaluate new technologies and trends to understand how our IT organization should account for them.The consumerization of IT represents the increased influences of consumer technologies, devices, applications and usages on the way we work everyday. I have had a chance to hear Dave discuss the fast changing landscape of personal computing and it’s implications for IT organizations on several occasions and I invite you to hear Dave share his thoughts with Rich Levin from Unisys (podcast). You can also read more about what this trend means to the Diane Bryant, Intel CIO, inside the 2010-2011 Intel IT Performance Report Chris
The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Canaleta hit 19 of his team-high 25 points in the final two frames and the Bolts finished with just enough spunk to hold off the Elite, who led by as many as 12 points early in the second only to sputter in the third.“I think we have a better team, but it’s not playoff or bust for us [in this conference],” said Black, who was without veteran Ranidel de Ocampo and do-it-all forward Cliff Hodge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“This is a good start for us, and it’s nice to get off to a good start [in this conference],” Black went on. “But we have [defending champion] San Miguel [Beer] next, and that will be a big challenge.”Meralco won a total of just four games in the last two Philippine Cups. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MOST READ MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Eligibility questioned, Mbala takes talents to Mexico With a better team than what it had the previous two years, Meralco forged its finest Philippine Cup start under Norman Black—but the multititled coach isn’t about to pressure his boys into achieving what they have failed to since 2016.New acquisition KG Canaleta rifled five straight points when the game was on the line in the dying minutes and helped preserve a 103-98 win over Blackwater Friday night, as Meralco, aside from missing the playoffs here the last two seasons, finally won its tournament opener.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But after trading for De Ocampo and signing free agents Canaleta, Jason Ballesteros, Mac Baracael and Nico Salva, the Bolts look more formidable this time.In the second game, Rain or Shine held off TNT KaTropa, 82-79.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
The Xiaomi Redmi Note phablet was first unveiled back in July in consonance with the launch of the much-acclaimed Mi3 smartphone. However, fans and enthusiasts looking to grab a piece of the device have no clue when D-day shall arrive, only until now, that is. Xiaomi’s vice president of international operations, Hugo Barra recently took to his Facebook page to reveal that the Redmi Note could launch soon enough in India. An ecstatic Barra wrote that it just took 40 seconds for 10,000 Xiaomi Redmi Note units to go out of stock in Indonesia, and that the device was coming to India next.Initially marked to be launched in late August, the device is yet to see the light of day in India. Barra had then in October revealed that the Redmi Note can be expected to launch in India within the next two months. The Facebook post now adds some weight to what Barra had said and therefore an imminent release in late November-early December could be a possibility. Barra however did not reveal an exact date for the launch, therefore chances are the company might not launch the device in the said period as well. So, we are keeping our fingers crossed.The Xiaomi Redmi Note features a 5.5-inch IPS-LCD display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MTK6592 SoC, coupled with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal storage along expandable up to 32GB via micro-SD card. The dual-SIM device runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the company’s MIUI v5 skin on top. It sports a 13MP rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing snapper. It decks in a 3100mAh battery.advertisement
Liverpool won’t rush Rafa Camacho transfer decisionby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool won’t rush into a transfer decision for Rafa Camacho.The Liverpool Echo says Liverpool intend to delay a decision on Camacho’s future until after their FA Cup tie with Wolves.Sporting Lisbon are leading the chase to secure the services of the versatile 18-year-old during the January window.The Primeira Liga outfit, who previously had Camacho in their youth ranks, are keen to take him on loan for the rest of the season.However, Liverpool are reluctant to lose the Portugal Under-20s international prior to next Monday’s third round tie at Molineux.The teenager, who can play at full-back, in midfield and as a wide attacker, could make his first-team debut in that fixture with Jurgen Klopp likely to make plenty of changes after a gruelling run in the Premier League. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
ATHENS, GA – FEBRUARY 17: A general view of the Georgia Bulldogs during their basketball game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Stegeman Coliseum on February 17, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)Georgia registered a huge 62-53 win at Texas A&M last night to move to 16-7 on the season and 7-4 in the SEC. The win boosted the Bulldogs’ NCAA Tournament resume, but cost head coach Mark Fox his voice. Fox’s vocal troubles led to a pretty funny post-game exchange with an SEC Network sideline reporter. Check it out.Someone give that man a Halls. I’m sure Fox will take losing his voice for the trade-off of a road win in conference.[ Sporting News ]