October 21, 2021

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‘Game of Thrones’ actor Peter Dinklage, wife Erica Schmidt celebrate birth of 2nd child

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It is the second child for the couple. Their daughter was born in 2011, Us Weekly reported.

The couple did not publicly confirm the second pregnancy, but Us Weekly confirmed they were spotted with their newborn at a concert in September.

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As they face down police and pro-Diaz-Canel vigilantes, protesters in Cuba chant a refrain from the song, “No tenemos miedo,” “we are not afraid.”","_id":"DAZSUM4K4FHYHOPMZ64D2AGB24","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627066002429,"type":"text","content":"It’s the largest show of resistance in decades. Charles Perdomo, 51, a firefighter born in Miami of Cuban refugees, said the availability of cellphones helped make it happen. “It has opened ears and eyes of Cuban people to what’s going on in the world, and what they’ve been held back from.”","_id":"AODRVIJC3JER7OPIWUVEZY3F54","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627066002430,"type":"text","content":"It has also helped them organize. During protests, the cellphone has allowed them to record and smuggle out video evidence of the regime’s repressive tactics.","_id":"N6FVL7WNZBGU3ETTMC4G6UMHMU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627066002431,"type":"text","content":"Will things change? “I am hopeful,” said Perdomo, who lives in Henry County. “They’re probably closer now than they’ve ever been. It can happen. In high school I never imagined that the Soviet Union would collapse, that Germany would be reunited, and that wall would come down.”","_id":"HGRZQROVJVHITN6ZV45TY5GSMI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627066002432,"type":"text","content":"Others are more doubtful. Pete Quiñones, owner of Metro Atlanta Ambulance Service, said he expects the sort of pushback that quelled protesters in Hong Kong. “You’re going to see an aggressive response ... The regime will try to put them down.” Some protesters are already facing speedy trials and convictions, according to human rights activists.","_id":"SJDG6UG7WZG4LI44S2J65UIZLY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627066002433,"type":"text","content":"In the meantime, they need help, said Fernandez.","_id":"7PMRCUBVURA7TGANUZYNDDIL7Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627066002434,"type":"text","content":"“Those people can’t do this on their own,” she said. “They don’t have any resources. 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Also on Instagram are @cubanospalante, which works with organizers on the ground to deliver resources directly to the Cuban people; @wildhorsefdn, which sends packages of medicine to their health care partners in Cuba; and @caritascuba, the Catholic Charities of Cuba, which has delivered food and medical care to people on the island for 20 years. Global Health Partners is working to deliver syringes to Cuba for vaccination efforts, and you can find them at ghpartners.org/syringes4cuba. Gemeny Hernandez is gathering support to recharge the phones of Cubans with prepaid minutes and data. She can be contacted at [email protected]. She accepts contributions through Zelle ([email protected]) and Venmo (Gemeny-Hernandez)."],"display_date":"2021-07-30T19:49:49.589Z","headlines":"basic":"Cubans in Atlanta view turmoil in their homeland with worry, fear, hope","first_publish_date":"2021-07-29T15:10:46.817Z","taxonomy":{"sections":["parent":"default":"https://www.ajc.com/","path":"/life","_website":"ajc","parent_id":"https://www.ajc.com/","name":"Life","description":"Atlanta living and lifestyle news, Atlanta travel, health, faith, celebrities and pop culture news and features from the AJC. 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Jesus’ first mass miracle took place in Decapolis, where he fed 10,000 to 15,000 people with two fish and five loaves of bread.","_id":"I75STY6AXVDJ5LLPNWX4R7URAM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645735,"type":"text","content":"I can only imagine the excitement as the multitudes watched the fish and bread multiply before their eyes. “Yahweh Jireh,” (in Hebrew — God, the provider), fed the hungry in an unprecedented display of his glorious provision to the masses.","_id":"SEWPRPUBPZHJPMT6KTQT5WUK7A","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645736,"type":"text","content":"The disciples’ hearts must have overflowed with joy and also pride. After all, they were his 12 selected men — the ones chosen to walk alongside the Christ.","_id":"KVFY6R7O5RGGDNWNXH6ILAU5AU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645737,"type":"text","content":"As we read the text, it’s interesting to realize that, instead of allowing them to remain with the crowd a little longer, scriptures say that Jesus immediately “made” the disciples get into the boat. He then instructed them to cross the sea and go to the other side while he dismissed the crowd.","_id":"RD2LIIYPFFDPTDJK55Z62AROZM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645738,"type":"text","content":"I believe Jesus knew the disciples’ hearts were swelling with pride for being part of Messiah’s inner circle. Therefore, they needed to withdraw, get away from the accolades of men and the material substance of the miracle, regroup, and realize that he had come to give them much more than just daily bread. 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We see the bread before our eyes, and our faith grows. After all, we can touch it, taste it, feel it. The provision and deliverance are real! We can boldly shout to the world: He provides! He heals! He reigns!","_id":"SOQTQTQMQVF6PK5HYWPN3W2EPM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645741,"type":"text","content":"However, it is sometimes right after we witnessed a miracle that God tests the strength of our faith. That is what happened to the disciples later that day.","_id":"I3L6SIOXUBBDHM72PVIGM4ONJA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645742,"type":"text","content":"Matthew continues the account: That evening, while standing on the boat, the disciples faced a storm. Jesus walked on water toward them, and they thought he was a ghost. But Peter, in his heart, knew it was the Lord:","_id":"GSKKWXHETFHZXBVM7NPFE2EU44","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645743,"type":"text","content":"“‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’","_id":"K6G7HM6XJ5EL3K4SFSHJNLXSTI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645744,"type":"text","content":"‘Come,’ he (Jesus) said.","_id":"UT5EDB6SARF53FPOZQOYDPAXLU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645745,"type":"text","content":"Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’”","_id":"FJDR4FEOGFBVDHSO3LCEEYO5W4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645746,"type":"text","content":"Peter’s apparent weakness is well known to us.","_id":"UA5ZDFODHRGA5PGPLGMOKWXQ4I","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645747,"type":"text","content":"God often takes us out of the comfort that the material blessings provide and sends us into the “Sea of the Unknown.” And as we enter the dark hour once again, storms arise, and our boat threatens to sink. Fear rises within us, and we forget.","_id":"OCOXT6KCURBQPOMZEMXFQ6GSUE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645748,"type":"text","content":"Darkness suddenly blinds the eyes that saw the impossible. The hands that touched provision become restless. The tongue that proclaimed the miracle cannot even pray. We watch the winds and the waves raging and forget the grand miracle we just witnessed ashore.","_id":"SIV4K5N6KFDZDB6MYJNO2GFH2M","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645749,"type":"text","content":"My heart understands Peter as he realized that it was Jesus who had come to their rescue! I can fully grasp his reason to say: “tell me to come to you on the water!” He knows Jesus is his safety. He’s eager to believe. He thinks his faith to be strong and trusts his heart not to wave.","_id":"GENYMI44Z5GF3GAVSZCF4LPSQE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645750,"type":"text","content":"So do we, Peter. So do we.","_id":"ZITS4MWJMNEZXESVG6ZMIP7YQY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627598645751,"type":"text","content":"And yet, as our eyes veer from the Savior’s face to focus on the raging sea, we forget the bread and the fish. 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They had big goals to invigorate the housing market and encourage large insurance investors to buy mortgages on the secondary market, Michney said, but his findings suggest that rather than having a clear strategy, the men were figuring it all out as they went.","_id":"3YZ55FENJFA3LPP63M7WVRJSJM","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1627511682435,"type":"text","content":"Field agents, 13 in all, fanned out to cities and began building maps that designated areas as green, blue, yellow and red, which respectively ranged from the most desirable to the least desirable areas. 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There’s usually some kind of game or challenge to encourage fan participation, and raffle prizes are given out during games.","_id":"NY4GPMIFQVHFTGFOR2XQ7N7NPY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626878879735,"type":"text","content":"“Ultimate has always drawn a great crowd of people that are good-natured, that have good spirit. You’re never going to see a fight at an ultimate game. 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That’s something really nice because you feel like you know who you are watching and you feel like you know who you’re sitting next to at a game,” said Frankie Fernandez, who currently plays for the ATLiens YCC (Youth Club Championship) Under-20 club team in Atlanta. “If you’re coming to a Hustle game, that means you’re a part of the ultimate community.”","_id":"DJES33PS2JCXPIVLVPI6Y3D7PQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626878879736,"type":"text","content":"One area of interest has been player compensation. Players are compensated, but most have full-time jobs in addition to their commitment to their AUDL club. 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Instead, they are intended to be a faith challenge, a call to fight, or spread our wings and jump into the unknown.","_id":"ZULIXXCO4VGXHA3G5YVIZBQPWU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626382885223,"type":"text","content":"The test is similar to what young birds face when they are ready to start testing their wings. It undoubtedly fears the vast abyss ahead, and sometimes the mother bird must push them out of the nest. As she does, she knows it too well — the air is not nearly as insubstantial as it seems — and her baby will soon learn that its wings were designed to work with the air to provide support. But even if they fail, one of the parents will come to its rescue and carry the baby bird to safety on its strong wings.","_id":"HF4ZTMVYVNGC3ILJGIALYQAF7Q","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1626382885224,"type":"text","content":"The same happens in our lives — we often cannot see where God’s paths lead us, and fear threatens to overcome us when we do not know what lies ahead. 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