HARRY ABRAMS COLUMN: God calls Abram: What would you do?

first_img This promise to Abraham was formalized in a covenant found in Genesis 15:18-21 and repeated four additional times to Abraham (Genesis 17:6-8; 22:16-18) to Isaac (Genesis 26:3,4) and to Jacob (Genesis 28:13, 14). This covenant is significant for both the Jews as well as the Gentiles.In Acts 3:25 Peter addresses the people and reminds them of the covenant. He reminds them that they are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant that God made with their fathers, saying unto Abraham, and in your seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. The Greek word for bless in this text means to confer a benefit upon.Though we are as Port Arthur citizens far off and strangers to the covenant of Abraham, we have been brought to it by the Blood of Christ. Galatians 3:8 says, “The scripture foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, in thee all nations be blessed. Paul argues the point to the Ephesians, saying there was a time when you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.There was a time when you were without Jesus Christ in your life. You were unfamiliar with the covenant of Abraham. You had no hope. You were living without God, in a world, created by God. Now the LORD had said unto Abram, get out of your country and from your kindred and from your father’s house, unto a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. I will bless them that bless you and curse them that curse you. In you shall all families of the earth be blessed.This promise is one of the most significant passages in the entire Bible. It points ultimately to the redemption of the whole world. Abraham’s family became a divinely appointed channel to which blessings would come to all men. You are not excluded from this blessing. You are included and need to realize that you are blessed.The word blessed in this passage has nothing to do with money as people often associate blessing with. The word blessed in this text means to bend the knee, to kneel; to bless, to praise, to be blessed, to pray to, to invoke, ask a blessing of. According to the lexical aids to the Old Testament there is a close association felt between kneeling and receiving a blessing. But now, you who were far off are made near by the blood of Jesus Christ. There is absolutely nothing I can do to earn salvation and earn the blessings that God promised to Abraham. Only the blood which flowed from the body of Jesus Christ can connect my mind back to the Abrahamic covenant when Abraham’s family became the divinely channel through blessings would come to us on June today and every day in the future. God bless you.•The Rev. Harry Abrams writes about faith for The Port Arthur News.center_img Being blessed is a mindset, a state of mind, which leads to a feeling of being aware of where one is and where God has brought one from. Where are you today compared to where you were five years ago? What would you do today if God spoke to you in an audible voice and said leave Port Arthur, your family and your home?Not only was Abram blessed but he was commanded to bless others in Genesis 12:2 and the very last word in the verse. This Hebrew word is a feminine noun comes from the Hebrew word when God told Abram I will “Bless” you. To be a blessing to others means in a sense of a gift or present. It means to do something for someone that will benefit them. Have you done something for someone today to benefit them, to help ease the financial or emotional pain they may be experiencing? If not, why not?Yesterday is gone forever, tomorrow may never come. Today is all we have. Give someone something today that will benefit them, and they can appreciate throughout life.last_img read more

When are We Going to Start to Pay More Attention to Nvidia? Probably Now.

first_imgThis month, Nvidia announces an open beta for Omniverse, a 3D simulation and collaboration platform — and Maxine, a cloud-native streaming video AI platform. It’s now a phygital world — and as the physical and digital worlds fuse to simulate reality in real time and with pixel perfect detail, the company that AV should pay more attention to is Nvidia.Omniverse, the world’s first NVIDIA RTX-based 3D simulation and collaboration platform, merges Nvidia’s tech know-how in graphics, simulation and AI.“Physical and virtual worlds will increasingly be fused,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “ … This is the beginning of the Star Trek Holodeck, realized at last.”Using the platform, remote teams can collaborate simultaneously on projects — such as architects iterating on 3D building design, creators of media and entertainment content, animators revising 3D scenes, and engineers collaborating on design — as readily as they would jointly edit a document online.Nvidia’s open beta follows a year of early access in which Pixar, Ericsson, Woods Bagot, Foster + Partners, ILM (Lucasfilm) and 40+ other companies (as many as 400 individual creators and developers) have been providing feedback to the NVIDIA engineering team.NVIDIA also launched its NVIDIA Maxine platform, a cloud-based suite of GPU-accelerated AI videoconferencing software to enhance streaming video — the internet’s No. 1 source of traffic. Videoconference service providers running the platform on NVIDIA GPUs in the cloud can now offer users new AI effects — including gaze correction, super-resolution, noise cancellation, face relighting and more.Data is processed in the cloud (rather than on local devices) so end users can enjoy the new features without any specialized hardware. Using a new AI-based video compression technology, the Maxine platform dramatically reduces the bandwidth required for video calls (to one-tenth of the H.264 streaming standard). Instead of streaming an entire screen of pixels, AI software analyzes the key facial points of each person on a call — then intelligently re-animates the face in the video on the other side.Videoconference service providers will also be able to take advantage of NVIDIA research in GANs (generative adversarial networks) to offer a variety of new features.Faces on a call can be automatically adjusted so people appear to be facing each other during a call, while at the same time Nvidia gaze correction helps simulate eye contact — even if the camera isn’t aligned with the user’s screen.Participants can choose their own animated avatars which will move around automatically and realistically by following their voice and emotional tone in real time.The platform lets you add virtual assistants that use state-of-the-art AI language models to take notes, set action items and answer questions in human-like voices; they also provide other conversational AI services such as translations, closed captioning and transcriptions.Demand for videoconferencing at any given time can be hard to predict, with hundreds or even thousands of users potentially trying to join the same call. Maxine can scale its AI capabilities to hundreds of thousands of users by running AI inference workloads on NVIDIA GPUs in the cloud.“Phygital” experiences will now grow faster in the IT world — and then the AV industry will be forced to follow. But wouldn’t it be easier if we paid more attention to Nvidia in the first place?last_img read more

Governor And Sunland Park Racetrack Announce $2 Million Gift To Help New Mexicans During COVID-19 Health Crisis

first_imgSunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Courtesy photoSTATE News:SUNLAND PARK – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino announced today that the Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation is making a commitment of $2 million to assist New Mexicans.The Stanley E. Fulton Family Foundation was endowed by the longtime owner of Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino, the late Stanley E. Fulton. The gift will go to the All Together NM Fund, which will oversee the distribution of the gift to local charities and food banks in the areas hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis.  “I am immensely grateful every single day when I hear stories of generosity and compassion from all across the state as we grapple with this pandemic,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “This gift is a significant one – and it will make a significant difference in our efforts to shore up local charities and food insecurity amid this crisis. New Mexicans everywhere are stepping up for their neighbors, for their communities. It is an inspiring reminder that, even amid dark circumstances, the light of our people will shine through.”Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino  General Manager Rick Baugh said, “In times like these, it is important that we all come together as New Mexicans to help those that are most vulnerable. Mr. Fulton was extremely generous to New Mexico during his lifetime, and we are pleased to see that legacy of generosity continue.”The Fulton family now operates Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino. “Dad would be pleased to know that the foundation he established is following his lead in giving back to this great state,” said Mike Fulton, son of the late Stan Fulton. ABOUT SUNLAND PARK RACETRACK & CASINO:The Park is the premier horse racing & gaming destination in New Mexico and is located across the state line from El Paso, Texas. The facility is known for its events and live entertainment, as well as a state-of-the-art horse track, sensational casino floor, incredible restaurants, new hotel, and superior customer service. More information is available at: www.sunland-park.com.ABOUT ALL TOGETHER NM FUND:The New Mexico Coalition of Community Foundations spearheaded and coordinates the fund. Its member organizations are the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the Taos Community Foundation. Together, they work with the larger philanthropic community across New Mexico. They also consult with the State of New Mexico to determine the most urgent needs to be addressed through grantmaking.last_img read more

Hilton confirms Liverpool One intentions

first_imgThe hotel, which has been jointly designed by Squire & Partners and Aedas Architects, is expected to open in 2008 and will be located on the historic site of the world’s first commercial dock, adjacent to an elevated park that overlooks the River Mersey. Proposals include 10 meeting rooms, a ball room, restaurant and a LivingWell Express. Howard Friedman, Hilton’s area president for the UK and Ireland said: ‘This Hilton’s first hotel in Liverpool. The signing of the agreement marks yet another significant step forward for Hilton’s development throughout the UK and Ireland.’Ed Skeates, development director at Grosvenor, added: ‘Hilton is the perfect brand to act as the full service hotel provider for Liverpool One, and we are delighted that the development has been chosen as the location for its first hotel in Liverpool City Centre.’last_img read more

Private Money to Finance New Suez Opening

first_imgThe opening ceremony for Egypt’s New Suez Canal, scheduled to take place on August 6, will not be paid out of the State budget under directive of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish said.All dredging companies that are participating in the project were invited to contribute to the cost of the opening ceremony.Also a bank account will be opened for Egyptian businessmen who are willing to pay some of the expenses, said Mamish, during the visit to Berlin, on Thursday June 4th 2015.Press conference will be held next week in Egypt to spell out more details related to the ceremony.last_img read more

PHOTO: Westcon to prepare semi-sub Leiv Eiriksson for Barents Sea

first_imgLeivi Eirkisson arriving at Westcon; Image source: Svein Egil Økland FotoOcean Rig’s semi-submersible drilling rig Leiv Eiriksson arrived at Westcon Yards in Ølen, Norway, last night, before starting a drilling contract with Lundin. Westcon was hired by the offshore drilling contractor Ocean Rig to prepare the rig for the contract with the oil and gas company.The contract with Lundin is for a minimum of 3 wells in the Barents Sea.The 2001-built rig is scheduled to start this contract in the third quarter of 2016, but before that it will undergo a yard stay in Norway.“We are very satisfied with winning this project in a demanding market situation. Westcon will prepare the rig for use in the Barents Sea. Among other things, this includes winterization and installation of third supplier equipment,” says Malvin Eide, rig manager at Westcon.According to Westcon, at the moment, Transocean’s rigs Polar Pioneer and Henry Goodrich are at the quays.Further, Prosafe’s Safe Scandinavia was recently mobilized from to the yard to the Oseberg Øst installation in the North Sea to start drilling support operations for Statoil, and Dolphin Drilling’s semi-sub Borgland Dolphin left Westcon Yards earlier this week.Image source: Svein Egil Økland FotoOffshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Minneapolis Southwest LRT systems contract awarded

first_imgUSA: Railway systems for the Southwest LRT extension of the Green Line light rail route in Minneapolis are to be supplied by a joint venture of Aldridge and Parsons under a $194·4m contract awarded by the Metropolitan Council on September 18.The deal covers the supply and installation of overhead line equipment, traction power supplies and communications for the 23·5 km extension from downtown Minneapolis to Hopkins, Minnetonka and Eden Prairie.This is the second-largest contract for the project, after the $800m civil works package awarded in November 2018, and means that 97% of all Southwest LRT contracts have now been awarded. Local firm Aldridge had previously undertaken systems work on the initial phase of the Green Line, the Central Corridor linking Minneapolis and St Paul. Parsons worked on the city’s Northstar commuter rail line.Award of the systems contract follows the receipt of a Letter of No Prejudice from the Federal Transit Administration on August 30, ensuring that early construction work is eligible for federal reimbursement once the Full Funding Grant Agreement has been finalised. With agreement currently expected in early 2020, the FFGA would provide a federal contribution of $929m to meet almost half of the total project costs.Describing the award as a ‘major milestone’, Met Council Chair Nora Slawik said ‘we look forward to working with our project partners and stakeholders as we seek approval of the FFGA, and are eagerly anticipating opening day in 2023’.last_img read more

DR Congo opposition camp says met with Kabila camp over power…

first_imgDR Congo’s President Kabila denounces ‘foreign interference’, promises vote Representatives of a leading opposition presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi say they have met with outgoing President Joseph Kabila’s camp to ensure a peaceful transfer of power, Tshisekedi’s campaign said on Tuesday.The meeting has however been denied by Kabila’s camp.The Democratic Republic of Congo held its long-delayed presidential election on December 30, one which the Constitution barred Kabila from running in.If the process moves smoothly as planned, the country will witness its first peaceful transfer of power since independence.Tshisekedi ran against the ruling party’s Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary and another opposition leader Martin Fayulu.At a press briefing on Tuesday,  , the secretary-general of Tshisekedi’s political party, the UDPS, said the meeting between the party and Kabila’s camp was in line with peace efforts in the country.“The two individuals (Kabila and Tshisekedi) have an interest in meeting to prepare for the peaceful and civilised transfer of power,” Jean-Marc Kabund said.Tshisekedi’s spokesman, Vidiye Tshimanga, later said Kabila and Tshisekedi had not met personally since the election but that their representatives had convened several times.Related DR Congo players leave camp in protestcenter_img DR Congo Massacrelast_img read more

Kweyol Wandevou performers announced

first_img Tweet Share 612 Views   no discussions Share EntertainmentLocalNews Kweyol Wandevou performers announced by: – October 4, 2018center_img Sharing is caring! Share Representative for the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Earlson Mathew has announced some of the acts scheduled for the first ever Kweyol Wandevou.He made that announcement while speaking at the WCMF press conference on Wednesday.Kweyol Wandevou is a new initiative which will be introduced for the first time during the 2018 Reunion Independence activities.It will be a four day event, with a different theme to highlighted each day.According to Matthew, many corporate entities and individuals have reached out, naming Arden Sounds, The Dominica National Lottery and Kubuli.He went on to name some of the bands scheduled to play at the event, adding that more updates will be revealed soon.“I can safely say that we’re working with the Extacy Band, Triple Kay, Signal Band featuring Stasha, WCK the first serenade band, Carlin XP, Swinging Stars, Virtual band featuring White Fairy which is our Cadence King and has been our Cadence King a few times, Smith brothers who is a young and upcoming band,” he listed.Reggae artists such as Dr. Silk, Fire Bright, Sean I, Iremiah, Khalil; Popular Bouyoun artists such as Keks Mafia, Kenny G, Rio, Trilla G, Zoolooge, J Gunner, DJ Real Boss and BRN,” Matthew added.last_img read more

Dance the NightAway: 5th Annual Pachanga in the Park a success

first_imgWant the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. 2015-10-08Pachanga4 Dina Arévalo| Staff photographer 2015-10-08Pachanga1 Dina Arévalo| Staff photographer Share 2015-10-08Pachanga3 Dina Arévalo| Staff photographer center_img 2015-10-08Pachanga2 Dina Arévalo| Staff photographer By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comThe sound of mariachi music filled the air as mariachis from Port Isabel High School performed atop a stage set up on a concrete basketball court at Washington Park Saturday.Dozens of people gathered to watch the teens perform while hundreds more stood in line to buy street food, play games and shop for novelties during the City of Port Isabel’s 5th Annual Pachanga in the Park.By all appearances, the event was as successful as City officials hoped it would be. “It’s a good event for the local people, and for tourists, and for anybody else that wants to come because it brings in a good atmosphere,” said City Commissioner Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora as he paused among the crowd.Asked what his favorite part of the event was, he replied: “Just to see people around being happy.”That was a common refrain among the vendors who had set up shop at the park which bisects Musina Street in the residential part of town. Related5th Pachanga in the Park SaturdayBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Put on your dancing shoes and bring your appetite, because the 5th Annual Pachanga in the Park is set to kick off this Saturday at Washington Park in Port Isabel. “It’s a wonderful even. It has become the signature event for the City…October 2, 2015In “News”Pachanga sees success at new locationBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com An ululating yell echoed through the air, louder than the sound of food vendors hawking their wares, and children laughing in delight as they chased each other across the field shooting soapy bubbles from lighted plastic bubble guns. The sound was a grito…October 6, 2017In “News”Commission approves community eventsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel City Commission discussed a number of upcoming community events during its regular meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15. Among them were Pachanga in the Park, National Night Out and the City’s annual Christmas tree lighting. First up was the popular Pachanga in…August 18, 2017In “News”last_img read more