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The Genesis of Fathers

Over 6,000 years ago,
God seated majestically on His throne,
Became thoughtful,
T’ was a feeling of inadequacy,
‘I must have an heir to who can enjoy his own domain,
(Of course with my privileges at his disposal,
His continuous praise will be my delight)’,
God thought of man becoming the
Focus of their attention from heaven,
Like the first child of a young couple,
‘What’s my glory without man’, he wondered,
Then a casual walk he took,
Throughout the universe he had created,
Then at planet earth he made up his mind,
To transform the shapeless and void dark earth,
Into a place of life and light,
Then at last God spoke,
‘Let there be light’,
His man will be a product of light,
God paused, and named at work done,
The first day.

First days followed
God’s preparation for man continued,
Each day speaking the WORD to create,
The earth, He made,
The sun for day, season and yearly count,
The seas, rivers, sky and earth he filled,
With creatures, fishes birds and beasts,
Every creation capable of reproducing itself,
All for the comfort of man and to dominate,
Then came the 6th and most glamorous day,
The reason for all the works and expedition,
The day for God to reproduce Himself onto the earth,

And God spokes, this time to His son and spirit as well,
‘Let us make man in our image,
To commune with us daily’,
For this venture in particular,
They employed the use of their hands
Thus on the 6th day man came into being,
The 1st father entered the world to rule,
He named everything that was made,
‘Noun’ thus becoming synonymous to man,
Indeed all was very good
And on the seventh He rested.

O the depth of the riches both the wisdom and knowledge of
How unsearchable are His judgments and His
Manifestations beyond discovery
We give all the glory to our Almighty Father in Heaven,
He has made man heroes and we are proud to be His.
FOR crowned man with glory and honor,
As we celebrate all fathers today,
We dedicate today,
To the father of all fathers, Jehovah is His name.
Today thus also becomes ‘Happy our Heavenly father’s day!!!

Death of a D.C. Man In Security Guard Custody Ruled A Homicide

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WASHINGTON — The death of a D.C. man in Security Guard Custody found unconscious in the custody of security guards last month has been ruled a homicide, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said on Monday.

In November, the Metropolitan Police Department responded to an assault in progress in a hallway at a residential building in southeast Washington. Alonzo Smith, 27, was found in the custody of security guards known as “special police.” The District of Columbia licenses these officers, and city police must sign off on their application for the job.

Smith was handcuffed and not breathing. He was moved to United Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death to be “sudden cardiac death” complicated by “acute cocaine toxicity while restrained.” The other significant condition listed is “compression of torso,” Mikelle DeVillier, general counsel for the district’s medical examiner, told The Huffington Post. That determination was made earlier this month, but there can be a delay while the family is notified.

The homicide ruling only means that the intentional actions of an individual lead to death, not that those actions were intended to cause death or that a crime was committed.

Alice Kim, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said on Monday that the case is still under investigation. 

A police incident report obtained last month by HuffPost initially classified the offense as “justifiable homicide” with the “weapon/force involved” listed as “none.” That classification was later amended to “death report.” D.C. police spokesman Lieutenant Sean Conboy told HuffPost at the time that “it was an error on the part of the officer who took the original report.”

Smith’s relatives, as well as residents at Marbury Plaza, the apartment complex where he was found, have raised questions about the circumstances of his death. Charles, a resident who declined to give his last name and claimed to have spoken with an eyewitness, told HuffPost in November that Smith ran into the hallway saying, “Somebody help me, they’re trying to kill me.”

Smith’s grandmother, who reportedly saw autopsy photos, told The Washington Postthat her grandson had a long mark on one side of his face, and the other side looked swollen. She also said he had asthma.

Karen Silver, a lawyer who represents Smith’s family, told HuffPost earlier this month that the family was struggling to get information about their son’s case.

Smith, who worked as a teacher’s assistant, self-published a book of poems in 2013 that he said he wrote as a youth when he was put in the juvenile justice system. In one poem, he wrote, “[T]o dream freely with a life at my own pace, carelessly happy released of my hate, who can say they don’t wish on this star, a star so bright and promising yet so far.”

Update: 12/15 — The Metropolitan Police Department on Tuesday released body cam footage from the scene of Smith’s arrest. The video, recorded by an unidentified MPD officer, begins with Smith already lying face-down on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back.

An officer, identified by his “special police” badge, can be seen kneeling on top of Smith until about two minutes into the video, when he stands up. Seconds later, officers report that Smith isn’t breathing. The officer wearing the body camera begins chest compressions, which he continues for about five minutes, until emergency medical services personnel arrive.

 

Death To A D.C. Man In Security Guard Custody
Death To A D.C. Man In Security Guard Custody

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Police BRUTALITY Against an Elderly Woman Accused of Shoplifting

OUT OF CONTROL POLICE: Police Brutality against an elderly black woman Accused of ‘SHOPLIFTING’ . . . They then BEAT UP Her Teenage Daughter . . . And TASE Her Son When He STEPS IN!!  Has police brutality gone TOO FAR. . . Full Story Here – bit.ly/1I1b8E3

Posted Friday, June 19, 2015

Forget Your Password?

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Did you forget your password? Well, according to Google the time is coming where you will forget your password. As in, not required. Just when you thought you were already living in the digital age. Google gets us one step closer.

Imagine a phone or computer that doesn’t need a password to gain access? The device is so sophisticated, it knows you better than you think. I dont know about you, but that feels like a time travel into the future. Feels like one click away from microchips.

Here’s what the folks.at Google have been cooking up.

Smart Lock Passwords is cool, but Google Project Abacus puts us closer to a password-free world

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group has been on a tear at I/O these past two days, demoing lots of new and interesting innovations that may one day hit production and make all of our lives much, much better. One of such projects is Project Abacus, which is seeking to all but eliminate the use of passwords for authentication.

Put simply, our smartphones can collect a lot of information about how we go about our day – how fast we walk, how well we type using our phone’s keyboard, how we talk – and the ATAP group thinks that using this data for authentication is 10x safer than fingerprints, and 100x safer than 4 digit PIN codes. They think that because, well, they’ve gathered lots of data on it – the company has been running trials of Project Abacus since last year in partnership with 33 universities and in total has collected 40 terabytes of data across 28 different states. They did not, however, say how much more secure they are than old-fashioned email and password combinations.

While Abacus runs in the background on your phone and collects data about you, it is constantly calculating a trust score that is basically a score of how confident it is that you are who you say you are, the owner of the phone. When you launch an app, take Netflix, if Abacus can successfully verify your identity, you’ll be logged in automatically. If it is unable to get a high trust score for you, Abacus will revert back to asking for a password. ATAP also says that different apps could theoretically require different trust scores – a banking app would most certainly want a higher trust score than that of a game.

Project Abacus doesn’t totally eliminate passwords but it’s one step closer, and makes total elimination of them a logical conclusion. And anything that will further mitigate the risk of intruders accessing my digital life is fine by me. When the world is putting this much energy into obfuscating away old-fashioned passwords (don’t forget Smart Lock Passwords) you know their time is up. A world that runs on these highly secure trust scores is on the horizon, I can feel it.

Posted: Mylan Roland

10 bad habits that will keep you from getting rich

10 bad habits that will keep you from getting rich

Successful, wealthy people do not just suddenly end up better off. Getting rich and successful is a process that takes place over many years.

Long before most wealthy people become wealthy, they make a habit of living below their means.

The following is a list of ten spending habits I’ve uncovered during a five-year study of the rich and the poor that will prevent you from ever achieving financial independence:

1. Charging ordinary living expenses on a credit card. If you are unable to afford meeting your ordinary living expenses and must resort to the use of a credit card to meet your monthly living expenses, you are, by definition, living above your means. Accumulating credit card debt is the third leading cause of bankruptcy, behind a job loss and medical costs.

2. Spending more than 25% of your net income on housing costs. Housing costs include rent, mortgage, real estate taxes, utilities, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.

3. Spending more than 15% of your net income on food. This includes groceries and does not include prepared food. Prepared food is part of your entertainment budget.

4. Spending more than 10% of your net income on entertainment/gifts. This category includes bars, restaurants, movies, music, books, gifts, etc. Eating out and any prepared food you purchase is part of your entertainment budget.

5. Spending more than 5% of your net income on car expenses. Car expenses include a lease, loan, insurance, gas, tolls, registration fees, repairs, and maintenance.

6. Spending more than 5% of your net income on vacations.

7. Spending any money on gambling.

8. Going over the top on gift-giving. Gifts are part of your entertainment/gift budget. Sticking to your 10% budget will prevent you from going overboard on gift giving.

9. Spending more than 5% of your net income on clothing. More than a few of the wealthy in my study had the Rich Habit of buying the bulk of their clothes at goodwill stores. Many Goodwill stores sell high quality clothing at a deep discount. It may require spending a few more dollars on a tailor, but it’s well worth the additional cost.

10. Impulse spending. Spontaneous spending is never a good idea. You need to take the emotion out of your spending habits. There is always time to plan and shop before your spend your hard-earned money.

Maintaining a spending budget for various categories and getting into the habit of writing down everything you spend will keep you on the right track. It will also open your eyes for the first time. You will be shocked to find out how much you spend on certain budget categories — and that’s a good thing.

Getting control of your spending is not an easy task. Once it becomes a daily habit, however, it gets much easier.

Posted: Mylan Roland

7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Productivity

7 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Productivity self-sabotage

When I came across this article, I was drawn to it because seven (7) sounded doable. You may be laughing, but I’m so serious! As we get older and continuously moving towards being established our time has to make sense. Hopefully, you will find the core value of different ways “we” hold ourselves back.

For many of us, productivity is the most important working quality we can actively improve. Being more productive means you’ll get more work done. For the young professional, that means being more likely to get a raise and earn a promotion. For the emerging entrepreneur, that means driving more growth for the business. For the busy salesperson, that means hitting goals early and having more time to spend with family.

There’s a misconception that in order to be more productive, you just have to work harder. You have to bury yourself in your work, work longer hours, and take fewer breaks–but this can actually be counterproductive. The truth is, most of us have long-term habits that are ruining our chances at improving our productivity, and these are some of the most common:

1. Making the Internet Available. It’s a sad fact that yes, there are some tasks that will require you to use the Internet. However, making the Internet openly available for your perusal is a productivity death trap we’ve all fallen into more than once. You open a tab to access your online accounting software, but decide to open another tab and check on Facebook. You do some research on your next proposal and end up doing a bit of research on what to eat for dinner tonight. These little wanderings don’t take much time in the moment, but added up throughout the day, they can accumulate to rob you of an hour or more. Your best bet is to disconnect the Internet entirely, but a safe alternative is restricting your own access either by avoiding certain sites or only allowing access during specific periods of the day.

2. Opening the Communication Floodgates. If you’re like most workers, you have at least three or four communication channels to pay attention to, including your phone, your email, and an instant messenger program. Leaving all these on, or checking them near-constantly, is ruining your productivity. It might seem like checking your email every 15 minutes helps you “stay on top of things,” but in reality, it breaks your focus and occupies time that could be better spent actively working on something. To remedy this, designate specific “communication periods” throughout the day where you catch up on emails and messages, and turn off notifications during all other times.

3. Attending Too Many Meetings. Meetings are team-based productivity killers. They bring too many people in for a conversation that takes too long, ends up getting nowhere, and probably wasn’t even necessary in the first place. If you’re the one calling the meetings, just stop. Carefully evaluate whether or not the meeting is absolutely necessary, and try to keep their lengths to a minimum. If you’re being invited to too many meetings, have honest conversations about the appropriateness of your inclusion. Ask critical questions about the nature of each meeting, and request an agenda if they really are necessary for you to attend so they can stay on track.

4. Working Through Breaks. Working through your breaks is a short-term and frankly, short-sighted solution to improve productivity. Spending an extra half-hour working through your lunch instead of taking a walk away from your computer does get you an extra half-hour of work done, but it also robs you of the opportunity to decompress and reevaluate your to-do list. Spending that half-hour relaxing can actually make the second half of your day far more productive, more than making up for the paltry amount of time you spent away from your desk.

5. Forgetting to Set Priorities. It’s easy to get swept up in a whirlwind of tasks and responsibilities. You respond to an email, jump to a co-worker’s desk, take a phone call, and then jump into a task you just thought of. Before you know it, the day is over and you still haven’t touched your “important” work. Setting and organizing priorities properly, far in advance, can help you resolve this problem. With a clear priority system, you can successfully determine which tasks truly demand your attention–and which ones can be ignored for now.

6. Refusing to Try a New System. Many of us sabotage our own productivity potential simply because we’re so deeply ingrained in a system we’ve relied on for years. You have a set routine, a set system, and you’re afraid to change it because it’s worked alright up until now. If you want to truly maximize your productivity, you’ll have to experiment with new processes, new routines, and small tweaks that may or may not work out for the better. Eventually, you will find better systems that allow you to be more productive.

7. Failing to Learn From Your Mistakes. If you try a certain approach for a certain task and it results in you spending three hours accomplishing a relatively simple goal, it makes sense that you should try a different approach the next time the task arises. All too often, we fail to learn from mistakes that cost us precious time, and we become doomed to repeat those mistakes ad infinitum.

If you find yourself committing one or more of these acts of sabotage, take comfort in the fact that you aren’t alone. These seven productivity plagues are all too common in modern work culture, and they can manifest without you ever noticing. However, now that you know their effects, you can take proactive measures to eliminate their influence from your working life.

Credits: Business Insider  Post: Mylan Roland

Yandy Smith Love and Hip Hop

Here comes the bride! Yandy Smith looks STUNNING in her wedding dress — See the first pics!

According to US Magazine:

Inside Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris’ Love and Hip Hop Wedding

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Here comes the bride all dressed in bling! Love & Hip Hop Stars Yandy Smith and Mendeecees Harris tied the knot in a live VH1 wedding on Monday, May 25 after eight years of dating. The entertainment executive and her music manager husband said “I do” in true New York style, and we’re serving up the highlights!

The Guest List

Fun fact: Yandy and Mendeecees have a lot of famous friends. Mob Wives’ Renee Graziano, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Kandi Burruss and singer/songwriter Ray J were among the celebs who watched Yandy and herfiancé get hitched. The couple were also joined by friends and family, including their children, 2-year-old Omere and 4-month-old Skylar!

 

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Yandy doesn’t exactly get along with Mendeecees’ mom, Judy, but they agreed to move on after some tension during wedding planning. “I think Yandy’s a very beautiful bride and I’m happy she’s coming into the family,” Judy said during the live wedding. “I think it’s a blessing and I wouldn’t trade her for the world.”

With This Ring…

Let’s talk bling: Yandy and Mendeecees picked out fabulous wedding rings, and they didn’t come cheap. Mendeecees’ 5ct ring was $12,000, while Yandy’s 6.5ct stunner was more than double –– coming in at $30,000.

Pretty pricey, but the happy couple’s rings have nothing on their flowers. Yandy threw down $90,000 for her floral design, and Mendeecees wasn’t thrilled. “The ring makes sense,” he said. “The ring is an investment. You go broke you can sell it. But these stupid flowers, they don’t make any sense.” Yandy’s response? “If I wanna go extravagant for my only wedding, just let me go extravagant for my only wedding!”

I Thee Wed!

Yandy and Mendeecees opted to write their own vows, which they exchanged in front of friends, family, and TV viewers. Mendeecees told his new bride, “I promise to love and protect you through all the days of my life forever,” while a tearful Yandy said, “I’m a better me because you love me. I will never, ever leave you.” After exchanging their vows, the newly married couple had a super-GIFable kiss and then jumped the broom. They’re officially man and wife!

Yandy Has Baby Fever

Mendeecees might have an ongoing criminal case to worry about, but that isn’t stopping Yandy from wanting to pop out more babies! “I want more kids,” she told her man. “I want to have two more children within the next year or two.” Mendeecees didn’t exactly feel the same way: “You know I still have this case over my head. It scares me because I don’t want to leave you to raise these kids all by yourself.”

Mendeecees and Yandy are currently enjoying the new chapter in their lives as newlyweds, but who knows –– baby makes five?

Black Women May Be More Affected by Heart Disease Than White Women

Black Women and Heart Disease

Tamiya King

A study reveals that Black women could have a higher risk of heart disease, even if they don’t have metabolic syndrome. This poses a huge problem, since current medical theories assert that metabolic syndrome, characterized by bad cholesterol, excess fat in the abdominal area, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and the inability to metabolize glucose properly are the risk factors that lead to strokes and heart attacks.

While heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, the instances vary among women of different ethnicities. The Journal of the American Heart Association reports that having only two abnormalities with metabolism increased the risk of heart disease in African-American women. Black women who are obese or overweight and have two or three metabolic disorders incur double the risk of having heart disease.

The same is not the case for white women. White women who are overweight or obese don’t have an increased risk of heart disease unless they also have metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Michele Schmeigelow of the Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark shares that the intricacies of metabolic health have only been researched within the white population. Dr. Schmeigelow was the research team leader on this health issue at Stanford University and stated that the data isn’t directly applicable for Black women. She states that reviewing metabolic syndrome alone will underestimate the risk of this health problem for African-American women and overestimate it for white women.

The study was comprised of data from 14,364 women who were post-menopausal and Women’s Health Initiative participants. The women agreed to have their health monitored for 13 years. Hispanic women were also included in the study, but there were too few participants of Hispanic descent to draw any definite conclusions.

Dr. Robert Eckel, a University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine professor, asserted that there’s still a lot we don’t know about women and heart disease. He poses the notion that culture, race, environment and genetics, which can’t always be assessed accurately, are factors that can lead to heart disease. Eckel also states that these factors affect the health of cultures and races around the world. It also confirms that a customized approach to health is necessary.

It’s also important to note that African-Americans are less likely than their white peers to be aware of the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. Only 36 percent of Black women are aware that heart disease is the biggest risk to their health. Every year, 50,000 African-American women die from heart disease. It is also unsettling to know that 49 percent of Black women older than 20 have heart disease, yet only 52 percent know the symptoms and signs of a heart attack.

Aside from weight and metabolic disorders, physical inactivity, smoking and high blood pressure also contribute to the heart disease risk in Black women. African-American women are also more likely to die at an early age, when compared to women of other ethnicities.