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    Volunteers recruited to help in oil spill threat

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 4:13 PM [General]

    (CNN) -- Efforts to minimize the damage from the huge oil spill from last week's rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico are under way, but wildlife conservation groups say the oil could pose a disaster for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coastal areas.

    How can you help? A number of organizations are recruiting volunteers.

    The Audubon Society, which is affiliated with the Louisiana Coastal Initiative, is making its Center for Birds of Prey in Florida available for bird cleansing and rehabilitation and is seeking volunteers. Elsewhere, Audubon said it was gearing up to mobilize volunteers and provide assistance as the oil reaches land in Louisiana and elsewhere. Find a local office

    The Deep Water Horizon response team is looking for help in identifying shoreline and animals affected. Oiled wildlife should not be captured but instead reported at 1-866-557-1401. To report areas with oil ashore or to leave contact information to volunteer in the affected areas, call 1-866-448-5816.

    These local organizations also are gathering volunteers' information as they prepare for the environmental damage this oil can cause:

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    The Alabama Coastal Foundation is collecting contact information from volunteers for cleanup efforts along the Alabama coast should the oil spill reach the state's shores. Call 251-990-6002

    The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program is looking for volunteers to help reduce the potential impact of the oil spill in Mobile Bay. Call 251-431-6409.

    The Mobile Baykeeper is asking for contact details of volunteers is collecting contact information for volunteers to respond anywhere along the Gulf Coast, if needed. Call 251-433-4229.

    Save Our Seabirds is a Florida bird rescue group that is looking for volunteers and support as its response team prepares to help oiled wildlife. Call 941-388-3010.

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    Oil Spill - Sea turtle

    Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:31 PM [General]

    Scientists fear that oil strands could break off the main slick and wash up on Cuba's northern shores.

    "We're especially worried about the fate of this oil spill and how it might affect the coral reefs, the fish population, and a very large population of nesting green sea turtles," said Guggenheim.

     

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    Friday, May 21, 2010, 7:34 PM [General]

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    Protected by Love

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 1:56 PM [General]

    TODAY'S SCRIPTURE
    "For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there"
    (James 3:16, NKJV)

    TODAY'S WORD from Joel and Victoria
    All throughout scripture, God commands us to love. In fact, 1 Corinthians tells us that love is the greatest thing. Love is all that matters on this earth, and it's all that will last in eternity. But do you realize that we are protected when we walk in love? When we are selfish or self-seeking, the scripture tells us that it opens the door to confusion and every evil work. But when we walk in love, when we choose to put others first, when we choose to be patient and kind and walk in unity, we are protected by love. We close the door to the plans of the enemy in our lives.
    Today, check your love walk. Read 1 Corinthians 13 and see if you emulate the characteristics of love. Remember, love is not a feeling; it's a choice. When you choose love, it's like you are covered by a force field of protection that cannot be penetrated.

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    Refuel your love tank

    Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 1:55 PM [General]

    Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT)
    "How do you refuel your love tank? You start by letting God love you."
    Love can be absolutely exhausting. Don't let anyone fool you. The kind of love that really makes a difference in this world will zap everything out of you.
    Sometimes you just don't feel like you have any more love to give. Maybe you're in a people-intensive job - such as teacher, salesman, or waitress - and you come home and think, "I just can't face another need, another problem, or another heartache." So you just shut down.
    Or you need to show love to a particular person who is demanding, selfish, and never returns your love. And you just think to yourself, "I'm done. No more."
    While that's perfectly natural and perfectly human, it's not the standard of love God calls us to in the Bible. The Bible says, "Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." (1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT) Love NEVER gives up.
    How can you have that kind of persistent love for another person? You get refueled.
    When my kids were young, I remember taking the family to a nearby air show. It was so impressive to see how they would hook up a tanker to a jet in flight to refuel. I'll never forget that.
    But, can you imagine someone flying a jet saying, "I don't need to refuel?" The jet would crash and burn. In a long distance flight, a jet has to refuel.
    To give the kind of persistent love that God wants you to give, you have to refuel your love tank. Look around at society, and you'll see it's littered with debris from relationships that have crashed and burned because people didn't refuel their love.
    How do you refuel your love tank? You start by letting God love you. "We love because he first loved us." (I John 4:19 NIV) When you're worn out, tired, and can't imagine showing love to anyone else, remember that God loved you so much that he sent his son to die for you.
    Now that's real fuel. That's what keeps you going when you want to quit

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    13 signs he's dating a loser

    Friday, May 14, 2010, 6:31 PM [General]

    Watch out for these tips girls , please avoid doing the following...

    1. Dirty-flirty double standard: She flirts with dudes in front of you, shamelessly. Then, she gets super mad and makes a scene if you so much as give a cute waitress your order.

    2. She needs to do everything with you: It's one thing to share experiences, but it's another thing to need someone to hold your hand all the time. When it goes beyond wanting to spending time together to demanding it constantly, you have to wonder, what's her problem?

    3. Party pooper: She's mopey when you're not giving her 100 percent of your attention. When you start having fun, she wants to leave.

    4. Sex as a weapon: Putting out is the bartering chip she's been using since her school days, but it's a cheap ploy. A clever woman who respects herself doesn't have to abuse her sexual power.

    5. Baby, I'm yours: She wants to have kids so she can stop working and mooch off you. Now who's the child?

    6. High-maintenance mama: She's constantly complaining and barking orders. Everyone around her rolls their eyes at her demands. Why doesn't she get off her duff and do it herself?

    7. Friend indeed: She forces you to show off to her lady friends with grand displays of obedience, love, and virility. But she never wants to hang out with you and your best bros. Why is it she expects people to think she's impressive when she never does anything to impress them?

    8. Parent trap: She blames her life's problems on her parents, yet she depends on them, a lot.

    9. Social climber: She's always looking for someone richer to kiss up to. When it comes to making new friends, she's a total snob.

    10. Beauty is only skin deep: She thinks she should be famous, but she hasn't done anything to warrant admiration besides look pretty.

    11. Eau de desperation: She reeks of needing a man, and she will stop at nothing to bag one. When she's single, her female friends even feel like they have to hide their boyfriends for fear she will try to pounce.

    12. One-way street: You're constantly doing things for her, but, as Janet Jackson would put it, "What have you done for me lately?" If she's going to act like a princess, why doesn't she treat you like the prince of a gentleman you are?

    13. Go fish: She's always looking for compliments. You have to constantly reassure her that she's amazing, but her response always seems to say: "I know."

     

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    12 Signs of a Good/ Bad Boyfriend/Girlfriend

    Friday, May 14, 2010, 6:29 PM [General]

    Good

     

    1.  If he/she is a faithful Christian – you are off to a good start (Gen. 6:1-2).

    2. If your intended watches his/her language, especially in regard to what is said about other people – this is commendable (James 3:9-10; Eph. 5:4).

    3. Look closely at your loved one’s credit and job history. They are sure predictors of what your life will be like if you marry this person (Rom. 13:8; Col. 3:22-23).

    4. If your loved one comes from a family of faithful Christians – he/she is more than likely a “good catch” (Gen. 18:19).

    5. If the person you are dating hangs around other Christians – he/she realizes the importance of good associations – this is a good sign (Acts 2:44; 1 Cor. 15:33).

    6. If your boyfriend/girlfriend does not equate “love” with pre-marital sex, then he/she has a good understanding of God’s will regarding sex (Gen. 2:24, Heb. 13:4, 1 Cor. 7:2-5).

    7. Investigate the moral, social, and political views of the one you are dating – if the teaching of the Bible has shaped his/her views, this is a big plus (Eph. 5:1-5, 1 Cor. 15:33, Micah 3:1-3).

    8. If he/she respects authority (parents, teachers, police officers, judges, etc), this person should be treasured (2 Pet. 2:9-11).

    9. If your “sweetie” doesn’t try to change you – latch on to him/her (Rom. 12:1-2).

    10. If the boy or girl you date refuses to miss a worship service – they are probably worth marrying (Heb. 10:25).

    11. If your loved one respects his/her parents, they are “a cut above” the rest (Eph. 6:2).

    12. If “divorce” is not an option with your boyfriend/girlfriend, they have been taught well. You will probably have a great, life-long relationship (Gen. 2:24; Mt. 19:1-9).

     

    Bad

    1. If he/she is not a Christian, look elsewhere. Marry a Christian (Gen. 6:1-2).

    2. If your intended has nothing good to say about his/her “exes”, please be cautious (James 3:9-10).

    3. Look closely at your loved one’s credit and job history. They are sure predictors of what your life will be like if you marry this person (Rom. 13:8; Col. 3:22-23).

    4. If your family/friends have doubts about his/her character, pay close attention. God gave us parents for a reason (Prov. 1:8-9; 11:14).

    5. Beware if the person you are dating has no friends (Prov. 18:24).

    6. Pay attention if your “significant other” hates your friends (Prov. 27:4).

    7. If he/she has a DUI and still drinks, run (Eph. 5:18).

    8. If he is never wrong and never apologizes, everything will be “your fault” forever (1 Jn. 1:8).

    9. Be sure in your heart that you can live with the person as is. You cannot change another person – only God’s Word can do that (Rom. 12:1-2).

    10. If he/she is mean to children, pets, and animals – move on (Prov. 12:10).

    11. If your loved one is estranged from his or her parents/family, ask why (2 Sam. 13).

    12. If he’s an expert at everything and brags a lot, know that he will turn off a lot of people, eventually even you (Prov. 8:13).

     

     

     

     

     

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    Tips to be a Good Girlfriend

    Friday, May 14, 2010, 6:26 PM [General]

    Give Him Space - Don't Nag
    Most girls are so overwhelmed with the feeling of having a boyfriend that they tend to cut themselves off from the rest of the world and expect their boyfriends to do the same. However, there is a difference in the way men and women look at a relationship. Women tend to devote all of their time to their new relationship, while men only think of it as an addition to their existing ones. However, that does not mean that your boyfriend does not want to spend time with you, he only needs his own space. Let your boyfriend spend time with his friends and family if he really wants to. Don't nag all the time, because nagging is something men really hate. After, all what's the use of having a boyfriend by your side all the time, when his mind is somewhere else?

    Be Independent
    Men really like women who are independent and capable of taking care of their lives. Calling your boyfriend at the slightest sign of trouble is definitely not a good idea. In the initial stages of a relationship, your boyfriend may like it when you turn to him for help, for every petty reason, however he may get irritated, if you make it a habit. Instead, show him that you can look after yourself and can handle problems without having to rely on him. It is best if you make yourself financially independent as well, not only will it help you to support yourself but will also make your boyfriend respect you.

    Share His Interests
    Sharing his interests and participating in his favorite activities is a nice way of showing your boyfriend, that you are ready to go that extra mile to make the relationship work. Obviously, nobody expects you to enjoy his activities as much as he does but your willingness to share his interest will make your boyfriend very happy. Sacrificing a romantic flick for a football match, once a while, can help you build a healthy relationship, without you knowing it.

    Be Honest
    Be honest to yourself and your boyfriend but do not expect it in return. You can be honest about your life, your past relationships, your ex-boyfriend, etc. but it is unfair to expect the same from him. He may have his own reasons for not divulging details of his past, so respect his feelings. However, you can always communicate your feelings and expectations. Being honest about your expectations from the relationship will help both of you to understand where your relationship stands.

    Don't Be Overtly Possessive
    Although, over-possessiveness is usually associated with guys, some girls just don't let go of their boyfriends and cling to them all the time. Beware girls, this attitude may make your guy claustrophobic and it won't be too long before he sees red. Don't confront him if some chick checks out your guy because it is not his fault. Instead, be happy that you are dating a guy, most girls would be desperate to be with. Similarly, don't hack his passwords and read his mails or text messages. Such behavior may make you look like a desperate person who feels insecure about her relationship.

    Don't Be a Control Freak
    Most girls try to get the control of the relationship by trying to change their boyfriends. Criticizing his looks, clothes, habits can really turn him off. Just as you wouldn't want to change yourself for anyone, your boyfriend also loves himself the way he is. Always remember that you fell for him for what he is. If there is something unpleasant about him or his appearance, give him subtle hints, don't ever yell at him, that'll make the matter worse.

    Be Patient
    Men do not believe in expressing their feelings the way women do, hence be patient if your boyfriend seems in a sombre mood and refuses to talk to you. Do not frustrate him by asking too many questions. Just leave him alone, he'll himself come back to you whenever he feels like talking about whatever was bothering him.

    Don't Ask Awkward Questions
    Women have this habit of asking a wrong question at a wrong time. Nothing infuriates a man more than a 'do you love me?' amidst a romantic sequence. Use your common sense ladies, would he be with you, if he never loved you in the first place? Do not expect your boyfriend to profess his love for you, all the time. And for God's sake, refrain from asking him 'how much?' if he ever bothers to answer your first question.

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    12 Signs She Would Make A Good Girlfriend - Part 1

    Friday, May 14, 2010, 6:25 PM [General]

    A tip for we...

    1) She’s sincere and open.

    2) She likes children.

    3) She’s easy-going.

    4) She’s hard-working and has a certain amount
    of self-discipline.

    5) She doesn’t chase after instant-gratification
    and whatever she feels “in the moment.”

    6) She doesn’t try to change you.

    7) She’s not a bitch or a whiner.

    8) She’s not unreasonable.

    9) She’s emotionally stable.

    10) She’s flexible.

    11) She doesn’t care too much about dating men
    with money, but yet she’s frugal.

    12) She’s not flaky.

     

     

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