Breaking News: Nelson Mandela Has Died

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A peace broker, and key person in the reunification if his nation responsible for the end of apartheid, in South Africa, President Nelson Mandela has died.

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Three Life After Life Stories: “Do You Believe in Angels or God?”

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1) MARY NEAL

It was January 14, 1999, and Mary Neal, an orthopedic surgeon from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, had surprised her husband, Bill, with a week-long kayaking trip with friends in the Los Rios Region of Chile.

It had been a good trip. The couple spent the week enjoying people, the food and the culture.

But that morning, Neal’s husband wasn’t feeling well. So he stayed behind while she joined their friends on a section of river well known for its waterfalls and drops of 10 to 15 feet.

“When I first put (afloat) on the river, I didn’t feel quite right,” she said.

Neal crested at the top of the first big drop in the river. She looked down into what she later described as a bottomless pit.

2) ANITA MOORJANI

On February 2, 2006, Anita Moorjani was in a coma. With her body riddled with cancer, doctors told her husband that her organs were shutting down and she likely would not make it beyond the next 36 hours.

“I was just so tired of fighting to try to stay alive,” she said.

Moorjani knew what cancer could do to the body. She had seen it ravage her best friend, Soni, eventually killing her.

So when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2002, she was afraid.

In a way, Moorjani had always been afraid — of living and of dying.

3) BENJAMIN BREEDLOVE

It was December 18, 2011, a week before Christmas, and 18-year-old Benjamin Breedlove went to his bedroom.

He had spent the day with his family. They had held church at their home in Austin, Texas, because the teenager was ill. Since childhood he had battled hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a heart condition that posed a constant risk of sudden death.

In his short life, Benjamin — Ben as he was known to family and friends — had suffered three heart attacks, including an episode the night before.

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Thor and Norse Mythology

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The Bifröst plays a role in the 2011 film “Thor” with Chris Hemsworth in the title role.   The character is based on the god ‘Thor’ from Norse or Scandinavian  Mythology and also Germania Mythology.

In Norse mythology, largely recorded in Iceland from traditional material stemming from Scandinavia, numerous tales and information about Thor are provided. In these sources, Thor bears at least fourteen names, is the husband of the golden-haired goddess Sif, is the lover of the jötunn Járnsaxa, and is generally described as fierce-eyed, red-haired and red-bearded.[1] With Sif, Thor fathered the goddess (and possible valkyrie) Þrúðr; with Járnsaxa, he fathered Magni; with a mother whose name is not recorded, he fathered Móði, and he is the stepfather of the god Ullr. The same sources list Thor as the son of the god Odin and the personified earth, Fjörgyn, and by way of Odin, Thor has numerous brothers. Thor has two servants, Þjálfi and Röskva, rides in a cart or chariot pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr (that he eats and resurrects), and is ascribed three dwellings (Bilskirnir, Þrúðheimr, and Þrúðvangr). Thor wields the mountain-crushing hammer, Mjölnir, wears the belt Megingjörð and the iron gloves Járngreipr, and owns the staff Gríðarvölr. Thor’s exploits, including his relentless slaughter of his foes and fierce battles with the monstrous serpent Jörmungandr—and their foretold mutual deaths during the events of Ragnarök—are recorded throughout sources for Norse mythology.

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http://www.mythicalrealm.com/legends/thor.html

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Fast and Furious Star Paul Walker Dead in Fiery Car Crash

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He was in a car that lost control, a Porsche on November 30, 2013. He was driving in a 2005 Porsche GT. Walker was a passenger
in the car driven by Mr. Rodas, was a friend and adviser to Walker. Mr. Rodas’ eight year old witnessed the high speed crash into a tree.

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‘FAST AND FURIOUS’ ACTOR PAUL WALKER AND RACE CAR DRIVER ROGER RODAS KILLED IN FIERY CAR CRASH
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From left to right: Drivers Jeff Westphal, Paul Walker, Roger Rodas and Carl Rydquist. (Photo: Facebook – Always Evolving)
Roger Rodas, a competitor in Pirelli World Challenge, has been identified as the second victim in the fiery car crash that also claimed the life of “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker.

Rodas, 38, was driving a Porsche Carrera GT in Santa Clarita, California Saturday when the sports car slammed into a light pole and tree before bursting into flames, authorities and witnesses said. Rodas and the passenger, Walker, 40, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

According to an article in “Wealth Management,” the two first met at a race event in California when Walker noticed Rodas driving a Porsche GT3 he had previously owned. They ended up becoming great friends and even raced side-by-side in a Pro-Am 25-hour endurance race in Thunder Hill, California.

As their friendship developed, Walker occasionally asked Rodas for financial advice before working together formally as client and Financial Advisor in 2007. Rodas helped Walker maintain his passion for cars and racing without having them become a financial burden.

Roger Rodas (R) and teammate Erik Davis (L) sign autographs. (Photo: Pirelli World Challenge)
To do so, the two founded a race shop, Always Evolving, to store their cars and bring in income by doing work for other drivers. Always Evolving ultimately transformed into a full-scale race team, with Rodas taking the role as lead driver.

He scored two wins in the Pirelli Drivers Cup in 2012 before making the move up to the GTS class of the Pirelli World Challenge. In his rookie season, Rodas finished 13th in the GTS championship standings despite missing the races at Lime Rock and St. Petersburg.

Rodas is survived by a wife and two children. Walker leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter.

http://msn.foxsports.com/speed/cars/fast-and-furious-actor-paul-walker-and-race-car-driver-roger-rodas-killed-in-car-crash/

Southern Italy Hit By Cyclones

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After 18 people died in Sardinia from the ravages of a cyclone on Nov 19, 2013, Calabria is braving for the worst as is Africa near the Ionian coast.

Allerta Meteo, ecco il ‘Super-ciclone’: sarà come un uragano di 1^ categoria,

A proposito di maltempo: oggi pomeriggio avremo i primi forti temporali tra la Sicilia orientale e la Calabria meridionale: particolarmente colpite le province di Catania, Messina e Reggio Calabria. Proprio in queste aree il maltempo intenso persisterà per tutta la giornata di domani, sabato 30 novembre, in cui nel mar Jonio http://tinyurl.com/qcs4pqr

Seven Miles Bridge

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The seven miles bridge is located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Strait. It was finished in 1982 at a cost of 45 million dollars. The seven miles bridge connects the city of Marathon in the middle keys of Florida to little duck key in the lower keys of Florida. Sent in by our subscriber, Segun Ayantoyinbo.

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Three German Companies Migrate to BES 10

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DÜSSELDORF, November 13, 2013 – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced three German-based, enterprise customers have migrated to BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10, BlackBerry’s enterprise mobility
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management (EMM) solution. Mitsubishi Motors Deutschland, manufacturing giant Grohe AG and sugar producer Südzucker AG have each installed BlackBerry’s multi-platform EMM solution to provide superior security, control and management at the device and app level to their mobile deployments.

The BlackBerry enterprise solution has a strong market following in Germany with 50 percent of DAX companies testing or committed to using BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, and around 90 percent of the Federal State Governments testing or committed to using BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

Mitsubishi Motors in Germany was looking for a solution to deliver high security and flexible device management. “We have been using BlackBerry smartphones for years, due to its excellent integration with the business environment and its sophisticated security architecture,” said Thomas Lefeld, Manager IT/Organization, Mitsubishi Motors Deutschland GmbH. “BlackBerry consistently delivers the solutions we need – flexible device management and new all-touch and QWERTY smartphones for our employees, all combined with consistently high security levels that we can always trust.”

Grohe AG is Europe’s largest manufacturer of sanitary fittings, including kitchen and bathroom faucets/taps, and shower systems. The company deployed BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to have a single mobile device management system for all its devices. According to Jan-Peter Tewes, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Grohe AG, “Our mobile communication has improved dramatically through the use of the BlackBerry solution. The ability to quickly communicate securely over the phone, by email or BBM are key benefits BlackBerry brings to our teams. We are able to share confidential reports much more openly and quickly than we used to, which has reduced our development time for new products.”

Südzucker, with its sugar, special products, CropEnergies and fruit segments, is one of the leading companies in the food industry. Christian Begger, Head of ZAO/IT-AC Administration & IT-Controlling at Südzucker AG commented, “With the introduction of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, we are able to adapt our Mobile Device Management architecture to our specific requirements. The BlackBerry solution is easily integrated into the infrastructure of Südzucker AG and ensures maximum security. Thanks to the new generation of mobile devices, our mobile use efficiency can also be increased.”

Markus Mueller, Managing Director for Germany at BlackBerry, highlighted that “with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, we are able to offer businesses a simple, secure and effective way to manage their fleet of devices, including iOS, Android and BlackBerry phones. We are also looking forward to offering our customers a whole new level of convenience when we launch our new EMM cloud services.”

More than 25,000 BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 commercial and test servers have been installed globally. The multi-platform EMM solution offers businesses mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), security standards, and self-service capabilities for the end-user. The solution will also be available as a cloud service, satisfying the need for an easy to deploy, easy to manage and highly cost effective solution for smartphone and tablet management. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com/bes10.