Pressure catches up with rookie Ravena in his first PBA semis

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMore often than not, Kiefer Ravena’s undeniable brilliance covers the fact that he’s still a 24-year-old rookie.But most rookies in the professional level don’t usually lead a team to a deep playoff run the way Ravena has taken NLEX into its first PBA semifinals appearance.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said the missed free throws are part of the breaks of the game, which he thought went to Magnolia’s favor.“For this game, we felt we just lost on breaks. There were some crucial moments in the last four, five minutes when we could have made some big plays, but actually, the breaks favored the other team,” Guiao said.“On our end, I felt if we could have made our free throws, then maybe we would’ve made the game close in the endgame, but it’s part of the game. The free throws we usually make, we did not make. I think Kiefer missed five free throws and he will usually not do that.”Fortunately for Ravena and the rest of the Road Warriors, they still have time to bounce back beginning on Friday night.“We just have to take care of business come Friday and nothing’s more important than the game on Friday. We lost our advantage that first game. Period of adjustments. [We have] 24 hours and [we] go back to battle.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His numbers in the last two games are not bad, but it’s already considered subpar for the kind of standard Ravena set for himself since his arrival in the PBA, where he’s had near triple-double performances, game-winning plays and scoring outbursts.He had nine points, three rebounds and seven assists but registered five turnovers in Game 2 before posting a team-high 20 points and five assists but shot 6-of-16 from the field, 7-of-12 from the free throw line and was a game-worst minus-17.“We’re in the pros already. There’s no one to blame for the missed free throws but the one who’s shooting so I take it upon myself to practice, focus mentally,” Ravena said after a 105-99 loss to the Hotshots in Game 3 Wednesday night.“It’s not really more about practice, but it’s really more that mental aspect of making it. You lose focus and lose yourself in the moment,” he added. “You only have to think about the free throw. You can’t be thinking about the scoreboard, thinking about the next play. Perhaps, it comes with the pressure with the semifinals. I am a rookie.”The Road Warriors muffed 11 of their 29 free throws as a team, most of which during their rally late in the third quarter and early in the fourth period.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Crazy journey’: From double shark attack to Paralympic snowboarder In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ravena took over in his first-ever game in the semis where he accounted for the Road Warriors’ final eight points, including an assist that led to Alex Mallari’s game-winning triple.However, he had come up short in Games 2 and 3 of the series and both of those times served as reminders that it was just three months and 16 games ago when Ravena made his PBA debut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRavena attributed his Game 2 struggles to the defense and familiarity of Magnolia point guard Jio Jalalon, who is also his teammate with the national team.“We have to give credit also to the defense. I saw this interview with Jio, the familiarity of him being since college, that’s one of our perks playing alongside each other with Gilas,” he said. “The battles we played internationally and the practices we’ve had together, you really pick up and learn a lot in terms of the tendencies of the players.” Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Simeon Freeman, Please Pay the US$850 You Owe the Printing Press

first_imgIt was quite interesting on September 8, 2017 seeing one of our presidential hopefuls, Simeon Freeman, appear in the Monrovia City Court to answer why his party, the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC), had not settled the debt it owes a printing press that printed flyers to propagate his campaign messages.Our Judicial Reporter, Abednego Davis, reported in the September 11 Edition of this newspaper that Mr. Freeman in court excused himself from the debt of US$850 MPC owed the J. Max Printing Press.He is quoted as having said, “I do not know Vinton (owner of the printing press), and I have never met him anywhere in my life, but I know that the party owes him, and not me as an individual.”While it may be true Mr. Freeman as an individual does not owe the J. Max Printing Press, the fact remains that Simeon Freeman established the MPC, manages everything there and currently runs on its ticket as a presidential candidate.Whatever the fate of this party, Mr. Freeman should and must be able to defend its cause, for God’s sake.To our dismay and that of many others, this tough-talking man, who criticizes government and goes so far as using invectives on the President of Liberia, is shamelessly distancing himself from a minimum amount of US$850 his political party owes a striving local press.Is that how he will treat Liberian businesses if elected president?Is Mr. Freeman unconscious of the fact that anything reflecting negatively on this political party affects his political career? We have written two to three editorials urging Freeman to quit politics and concentrate on his business, but with total disregard he has paid no attention.Exempting himself from a minor financial obligation of the party he established to run for the presidency says a lot about his competence for the job.How seriously does he want Liberian people to consider him and the MPC when he cannot settle such a paltry bill? Is he proving that he is moving towards “progressive change” that people can believe?Although there are no constitutional requirements for integrity before running for public office in this country, common sense and conscience should compel people, especially those seeking high public office, to demonstrate some degree of integrity and morality to build trust in the people whom they want to lead.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Christianburg Primary to cost over $40M

first_imgThe abandoned Christianburg Primary SchoolThe presently abandoned Christianburg Primary School in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) is expected to be rebuilt at a cost of more than $40 million, Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), Maylene Stephen has indicated.After being closed for four years, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is now making strides to secure funds to rebuild the dilapidated school.Speaking at the Council’s statutory meeting on Thursday, Stephen noted that the administration is currently awaiting approval.Despite concerns raised in the past over the condition of the school’s present location, Regional Chairman Renis Morian said it will be rebuilt on site.The school, which was one of the first to be built in the Linden community, had begun to sink and the structure deteriorated, rendering it dangerous for the growing numbers to continue to be housed there.Several engineers have over the years visited the site to conduct tests to determine whether it was still suitable to rebuild at the location as officials had noted that due to issues such as drainage, the school had sunk tremendously over the years.This, they noted, had intensified owing to the presence of ponds in the area.Following its closure, students have been housed at the St Aidan’s Primary at Blueberry Hill, Linden.The move has reportedly had some negative effects on students and teachers, as outlined by members of the Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA) who had stressed that the distance is too far flung, contributing to high transportation and extra meal costs, coupled with overcrowding among other negative issues.Regional Education Committee Chairman, Denise Belgrave questioned the adequacy of the school’s area as it relates to the number of students.“I’m glad to hear that we’re able to get that large amount of money, but I’m thinking about the area. Would it be adequate for the number of children? Because remember, enrollment would have heightened since those children were there. So I’m wondering if they’re going to use the same structure and probably develop on it or are they going to have the whole thing broken down and restructured?” she asked.The Regional Chairman pointed out however that based on assessments which were carried out, the number of students are declining while he noted that the area is suitable.“The area is adequate. What we’re noting is that the numbers are falling because people are migrating to Amelia’s Ward… so with that, numbers dropping… right now there’s a graph showing that it’s going down for the longest while,” Morian said.But Belgrave indicated that the number of students has been fluctuating over a specific period.“What I would have noticed, we have during a period, like three years, we see it go up and then it goes down and up,” she noted.Councillor Vladimir Glasgow in addressing the Council said he was happy the school was being rebuilt since the issue has been a burning one since 2015.last_img read more

Albouystown man charged for narco possession

first_imgAn Albouystown, Georgetown man, who told the court that he uses cannabis for medical purposes was on Monday released on bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Keon YhapKeon Yhap of Lot 137 Campbell Street, Albouystown, stood before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him.The charge alleged that on August 3, 2019, at Leopold Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, the 21-year-old had 22 grams of cannabis in his possession for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution’s case presented by Prosecutor Adunni Innis stated that at 11:45h, Police ranks from the Brickdam Police Station went to Leopold Street to carry out a raid exercise when they met Yhap and conducted a search.While conducting a search on Yhap, the ranks found 25 small transparent zip-lock bags wrapped in a black plastic bag in his right side back pocket.Yhap was arrested and taken to the police station, where the narcotics were weighed in his presence.The defendant in his address to the court stated that “It was only 21 grams and I use it for medical purposes”.Having listened to his address to the court, a no guilty plea was entered. The Magistrate ordered the defendant to “stay out of trouble young man” and released him on $10,000. The matter was adjourned to September 23, 2019.last_img read more

Gianfranco Zola on Jose Mourinho: ‘He WILL come back stronger from this’

first_imgGianfranco Zola has backed beleaguered Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to come through his Stamford Bridge crisis.Mourinho is feeling the heat following a nightmare start to the season, which has seen the Premier League champions lose SEVEN of their opening 12 matches.Roman Abramovich is reportedly weighing up whether to ditch the Portuguese, with Carlo Ancelotti linked with a return to the Blues hotseat.But Zola believes the pressure on Mourinho is ‘unfair’ and is confident he will emerge stronger from this difficult period of his career if given time.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Chelsea legend said: “When they played Stoke they deserved more than that [a 1-0 defeat] and if they keep playing with the same intensity their results will come back.“People always forget easily what you have done in the past. Managers are always under scrutiny.“It is a little bit unfair because we are talking about one of the most successful managers in history. But I am sure he will come back stronger from this.“Football is so unpredictable and sometimes situations like this can bring the best out of the players, the best out of the manager, and I really hope this is going to be one of those cases.”last_img read more


first_imgThe organisers of one of Donegal’s biggest events has hit out at election candidates for squeezing their event off the agenda.The North West Garden Show usually attracts thousands of visitors.The CPI group from Castlefinn, who organise the North West Garden Show, say they can’t advertise their event – because there is no room left.The Garden Show attracts thousands of visitors locally and from across Ireland. But the not for profit group say they can’t find places for their posters in towns and villages around Donegal – because of local election candidates putting up thousands of posters.A CPI spokesperson said it is calling on the candidates and local communities to support the promotion of the event through social media to help make this years show the successful event it has been in previous years.“As a community not for profit event our budget is just not available to increase paid advertising and we call on the candidates, council and community to help us in getting our details out there on The North West Garden Show the major funding event for CPI and a huge attraction for all business and communities in the North West. Twitter @northwestgs facebook: Telephone:+353 (0)74 91 43976.”  NORTH-WEST GARDEN SHOW ACCUSE POLITICIANS OF WEEDING OUT THEIR EVENT was last modified: May 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefinndonegalnorth west garden showpoliticiansposterslast_img read more


first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: The season of Lent is upon us. Right now, there are millions of people from all over the world observing this religious tradition.Lent is a period of fasting, moderation, and self-denial traditionally observed by Catholics and some Protestant denominations.It begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter Sunday. The length of the Lenten fast was established in the 4th century as 46 days (40 days, not counting Sundays).During Lent, participants traditionally eat sparingly or give up a particular food or habit.It’s not uncommon for people to give up smoking during Lent, or to swear off watching television or eating sweet stuff, telling lies and drinking alcohol.Lent is basically six weeks of self-discipline.Why is it that people can seem to stick to Lent, when at other times of the year they might falter when they try and be strict with their diets? It can come down to a few things.When people decide to observe Lent, they generally manage to observe the entire 46 days, (with the exception of St Patrick’s Day for some).They don’t mess up at the weekends.They don’t make excuses on Friday evening that they had a ‘bad week’ and give into a bottle of wine.They don’t blame other people at work as the reason they ate sweets or biscuits, because someone else brought them into the office.They don’t even miss what they have given up too much.Now, compare this to someone who has decided to lose weight or start a diet.Usually there will be resistance.They will miss all of the things that they have had to ‘give up’.They will have huge cravings and will be very easily led astray if temptation is put in front of them. If you look at the 2 situations side by side, you wouldn’t really find that much of a difference between them with regards to the goals of the participants.Why is it then that people who observe Lent, can be so much more successful, than those who simply want to have some self-discipline?The main thing that lent offers over other goals is that it gives the person something bigger than what they want.In last week’s article I spoke about finding your ‘why’ ‘Why’ is the reason you will achieve your goals. For people who observe Lent, Lent is their ‘why’.It is the reason they are able to stick to the self-discipline that they set out for themselves.They might choose to go off alcohol, or to go off smoking, or junk food, but the one thing that differs during lent is that they are not focused on what they are giving up.Their main focus is observing Lent and seeing it through for the entire 6 weeks.So, how can you use this to your advantage?How can you harness this seemingly unfaltering power of self-discipline to help you whenever you decide to set a goal to improve your health or to lose some weight?The one reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up, instead of what they have to gain.Think about it.Every time that you set about to make a change in your life, did you look at the benefits that you would gain from the change, or did you look at all the things that you would have to change in order to actually change, and then feel bad for yourself?I would hazard a guess that many of you have done the latter instead of the former.You look at all of the things that you think you will be missing out on, and it makes you want them even more.Lent overrides this for those who observe it.They don’t look at the things they are giving up and feel bad for not being able to have them.They look at those things and think that, ‘if I can do this for the whole of Lent, I will finally be able to give them up for good’.Lent is the catalyst for change.It gives the person something other than what they will be giving up, to focus on.This is how you should approach any goal.Don’t look at the sacrifice.Don’t focus on what you cannot have.Look at what you will gain.Look at every step of the process as a success.You have one week done.That is a success that you have never done before.You didn’t feel the need to go out at the weekend.Again, that is a huge success.Each successful part of the process is a step towards what you will gain at the end.For those of you who have started their Lenten journey, good luck and I wish you well with the process.For everyone else, the next time you want to achieve something in regards to your health or weight, take a look at what your colleagues or friends are doing right now and how they are approaching their Lenten journey.You might be able to learn a few things.#TrainSmartFor more information, contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM LENT was last modified: February 15th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

French Guiana face possible disciplinary action for Florent Malouda appearance

first_imgFrench Guiana could face disciplinary action for fielding former Chelsea star Florent Malouda in their CONCACAF Gold Cup match against Honduras.As an overseas department of France, the South American side are not FIFA members and are ineligible for the World Cup.However, the territory are CONCACAF members and are competing in the Gold Cup for the first time – although they may well forfeit their opening game despite holding Honduras to a 0-0 draw.The 37-year-old Malouda won 80 caps for France but was born in French Guiana and helped them finish third at the Caribbean Cup in June.However, the Gold Cup adheres to stricter FIFA eligibility guidelines than the Caribbean Cup, meaning a player who has represented a different national team is considered ineligible.French Guiana named Malouda as captain and the Delhi Dynamos player remained on the field for the duration of the match, which is now likely to be forfeited in favour of Honduras.A CONCACAF statement said: “In regards to the election of the French Guiana National Team to field player Florent Malouda in this evening’s Gold Cup match against the Honduras National Team, and in line with the CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 Regulations which are governed by FIFA Regulations pertaining to player eligibility, the matter has been referred to the CONCACAF Gold Cup Disciplinary Committee.“The Disciplinary Committee will review the case and render its decision in due time.” Florent Malouda 1last_img read more


first_imgDonegal’s Great Outdoors By Iain MillerThe Hidden GemsMy name is Iain Miller and I am a Mountain Instructor living, working and playing in County Donegal. Over the last ten years I have explored every corner of the county from the great storm beach of Glenlough Bay to the blow holes of Umphin Island. Over the coming months I will take you to places in Donegal where few people know exist and even fewer people have ever been. I have made the first ascents of over 60 of Donegal’s previously unclimbed sea stacks and over a 1000 new rock climbs in both Scotland and Ireland, I’ve visited every mountain peak in the county both guiding international visitors and teaching trainee Mountain Leaders navigation and am currently writing a guidebook to the enormous amount of rock climbing locations in Donegal.For the last three years I have been running, a mountain training and guiding company with a very simple ethos, “Every ascent is unique to you” I will take you to places where fewer people have ever stood than have stood moon.The County of Donegal is blessed with the amount and quality of its natural and unspoilt scenery, with miles of empty sandy beaches, an archipelago of beautiful islands off its western coast, spectacular sea cliff scenery and many many miles of uninhabited and rarely frequented open uplands.But where Donegal’s true blessing is found is high in its mountain ranges. With more climbable rock than the rest of Ireland combined boasting two major Irish mountain ranges, over a thousand kilometres of coastline, one hundred sea stacks and many diverse climbing and walking locations from the mudstone roofs at Muckross in the South West of the county to the Granite slabs of Malin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point. Donegal currently plays host to a lifetime’s worth of world class rock climbing and hill walking in some of the most beautiful and unspoilt places in Ireland. The scope for your personal exploration and the opportunity to discover solitude in the county’s little known places is unlimited, as there is an unexplored adventure waiting through every mountain pass and around every remote coastal headland. Some of the places we will visit over the coming months are as diverse in their nature as they are unique and beautiful.We will visit the lake under the lake on Owey Island, the summit of the Tormore Ridge on Tory Island, the Land of the Giants in Glenlough Bay, The Sturrall Headland, the ice falls of Muckish and the Derryveagh Mountains. These are but a few of what the great outdoors of Donegal has to offer everyone from the casual walker to the hardened mountaineer.Play my videos above – and enjoySlieve Snaght from Errigal SlievetooeyThe view from the summit of the Sturrall HeadlandNEW COLUMN: IAIN MILLER’S GREAT DONEGAL OUTDOORS – THE HIDDEN GEMS was last modified: October 11th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:climbingdonegalGreat OutdoorsIain Milleruniqueascent.iewalkinglast_img read more

Father of Neo-Darwinism Condemned with Faint Praise

first_imgI will not attempt to revive the FTNS [Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection which turned out not to be so fundamental after all], but instead am trying to extend a 1978 model of mine, put forth in what may be my least-cited paper. This attempts to make a “toy” model of an evolving population…. Salvador Cordova has appeared on National TV, radio shows, newspapers, books and magazines for his work in promoting Intelligent Design and Creation Science. He is a former scientist and engineer in the aerospace and defense industry and presently serves as a professor and researcher in the area of Christian apologetics at small Bible College. He has four science degrees and is working on a PhD. For his previous entries on CEH, see his Author Profile.(Visited 713 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Translation:  I’m trying to draw attention to my clever idea about how evolution works, but which everyone else seems to be ignoring, and hasn’t gotten as much citation as Fisher’s Fundamental Theorem which wasn’t ever really fundamental anyway.  I have to make a ‘toy model’ of evolving populations, because real models are mathematically intractable, and it’s better to have a model that gives inaccurate answers than no model at all.The comedy continues: The models are somewhat absurdly oversimple, but I argue that models like this at least can give us some results, which decades of more handwavy papers on the general connection between evolution, entropy, and information have not.center_img NAS Member’s Comedic Eulogy of Fisher’s Theorem of Natural Selectionby Sal CordovaThe father of neo-Darwinism, R.A. Fisher, put forward what he called “The Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection” (FTNS) in 1930. This mathematically-impressive theorem, of which Fisher was very proud, was long considered to be one of the main pillars of neo-Darwinian theory. Almost comically, it is now referred to in some evolutionary circles as Fisher’s “Not-So-Fundamental Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection.” We might give it a corrected abbreviation: FNSF-FTNS.Bill Basener and John Sanford recently provided a correction to Fisher’s equations in the FNSF-FTNS (12/22/17) that demonstrated real evolution proceeds toward destruction rather than construction of biological function. It basically flips Fisher’s theorem upside down.Drawing by Brett Miller. Used with permission.Concurrently, and equally comedic, something odd happened at the 37th memorial  lecture on January 4, 2018 meant to honor the memory of the late R. A. Fisher. Joe Felsenstein (a National Academy of Science member) condemned Fisher’s work with faint praise. Basically, he criticized Fisher’s famous theorem but tried to do it in a nice way. (After all, this was a memorial lecture intended to honor Fisher’s accomplishments.) As with many eulogies, Felsenstein tried to put as much whitewash on the failures of the deceased individual as possible. He said:In spite of Fisher’s assertion that the theorem “hold[s] the supreme position among the biological sciences”, the Fundamental Theorem is, alas, not-so-fundamental. ….So there was the criticism. Now, the whitewash. How would Felsenstein manage to elevate Fisher’s work and make it look like a stellar accomplishment, given that he’s on the spot to eulogize the deceased father of neo-Darwinian theory? Well, Felsenstein may not have intended to do so, but he made Fisher’s work look better than his own by comparison. He did this by pointing out how much more widely cited Fisher’s work has been than one of his own absurd models which, in turn, he claimed is better than all the other absurd evolutionary models out there! Watch: Translation:  My model is absurd, but it’s better than the other absurd handwavy models out there. This lecture is in honor of RA Fisher. He made a model of evolution that is also oversimplified, was wrong, and now it’s my turn to do the same. In relation to all the bad evolutionary models out there, Fisher’s model doesn’t look so bad. If we had a really good model, I’d be talking about that, but instead let me highlight my model that’s been around for 40 years and which no one seems to pay any attention to. At least Fisher’s model gets more citations than mine. [See Best-in-Field Fallacy in the Baloney Detector —Ed.]Sanford and Basener’s paper critiquing Fisher’s theorem, first announced here, was noticed by Evolution News and by World Magazine with very favorable reviews.Felsenstein’s solution to the dilemma of criticizing Fisher yet keeping his status as the patron saint of neo-Darwinism reminds me of this joke about a preacher who was offered a lot of money to do something similar:In a small town, there were two brothers who, over the course of many years, cheated, swindled, robbed and generally stole from everyone that they ever did business with.The entire town and surrounding community reviled and despised these two brothers as everyone was aware of just how disreputable and dishonest they were.One day, one of the brothers mysteriously died.Although they had never attended church, the one remaining brother went to the local pastor and offered vast sums of money if he would come to the funeral and say the appropriate words, AND, a large bonus, but ONLY if he would – during the course of the eulogy -refer to his brother as “a Saint.”The pastor was troubled by the request, however, it was a very poor church and the church desperately needed repairs.The parishioners had heard about the pastor’s dilemma and were curious as to what he would do.The funeral began, the church was packed, and the pastor started with the usual prayers and followed the rites and traditions as required by the churches teachings. In closing, after referring to the man in the box, he paused and turned to face the remaining brother.He began, “As you all know, the departed was an awful individual who robbed, cheated, swindled and stole from everyone he ever did business with.However, compared to his Brother, he was – a Saint!”last_img read more