9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » While no one can predict the extent of Hurricane Florence’s devastation, the credit union industry wasted no time to raise funds that will be needed to help disaster victims.The $1 billion SAFE Federal Credit Union in Sumter, S.C. has already collected more than $18,000, while other credit union organizations such as the Carolinas Foundation of the Carolina Credit Union League and the National Credit Union Foundation are also collecting contributions.“We saw this as an opportunity to help our members preparing for the coming storm, while also providing financial support for those facing its aftermath in the weeks to come,” said Toby Hayes, SAFE’s vice president of marketing. Hurricane Matthew
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A great day to gather eggs.Sumner Newscow report â€” There were Easter Egg Hunts throughout the county this past weekend including one held at Hargis Creek, put on by Kimball Insurance Agency, and one by the Church Ignited. Here are a few pictures by Sumner Newscow photographer Amber Schmitz. For more pictures and larger versions of these on this site of the Easter Egg Hunts, click here.Blake Humphrey is happy to get some eggs.Levi Calhoun with the Wellington Firepup.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa has formally bid to replace Cameroon as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, a senior football official told AFP Thursday.“We have submitted our bid documents,” South African Football Association spokesman Dominic Chimhavi said in reply to emailed questions from AFP.“(It) is now up to CAF to decide (who hosts the 2019 Cup of Nations).”Earlier Thursday, Egypt said it was willing to stage the biennial African football showpiece after Morocco surprisingly announced it would not bid.Morocco had been strong a media favourite to host the tournament for the first time since 1988.Last week, Cameroon was stripped of the right to stage the tournament with African football body CAF citing behind-schedule preparations and security concerns.The deadline for bids is 2200GMT Friday with a decision on who replaces Cameroon to be made in Senegal on January 9.South Africa last week “expressed an interest” in staging the Cup of Nations for the second time in six years, but stopped short of formally applying to be hosts. If South Africa is chosen, it will be third time it has replaced another country as hosts of a tournament first staged in Sudan 61 years ago.It took over from Kenya in 1996, going on to win the tournament just four years after returning to international football from apartheid-induced isolation.Post Moamer Kadhafi-era violence prevented Libya hosting the 2013 edition and South Africa stepped in three years after becoming the first African country to stage the World Cup.Record seven-time champions Egypt were hosts in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006 and won three of those four tournaments.The 2019 Cup of Nations will be the first to feature 24 teams, up from 16 in Gabon last year when Cameroon were surprise winners.There will also be a change of dates with the tournament moving from January/February to June/July to avoid club-versus-country clashes.Cameroon won in 2017 despite a number of stars, including Liverpool defender Joel Matip, opting to stay with their clubs in the middle of the season.Share on: WhatsApp
“There’s no question that this weekend presents us with the biggest challenge we’ve faced as a group,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.“We had some good success against TRU at home two weeks ago but everyone in our league knows they’re a team that performs their best at home. They’ve got a tough, rugged team and games on the smaller ice at Kamloops Memorial Arena are never fun or easy.”The Saints will look to build on their strong play of late, which resulted in four wins and a goal differential of + 31 (35 goals scored, 4 allowed) during their recently completed four-game homestand. SFU has posted a league-best 36 wins in 39 games on home ice over the past three seasons while TRU follows close behind with 31 home wins in 38 opportunities.Overall, the Saints’ weekend opponents have lost just four games combined on home ice since 2008. “SFU has lost a single game at home in three seasons so it’s clear that you won’t win in their rink unless everyone is on the same page and playing hard, mistake-free hockey. Factor that in with the travel between games, which isn’t ideal, and it’s going to be a physical and mental test for us,” Debois said.”But that’s a good thing – you want to face these types of challenges and see how you respond under tough circumstances.”NOTES: Both games this weekend will be webcast on www.FastHockey.com . . . . Forward Connor McLaughlin received an Honourable Mention for BCIHL Player of the Week on Monday following his three-goal, five-point performance against the University of Victoria on the weekend. McLaughlin is the fourth Saints player in as many weeks to receive POW recognition, as defenceman Lucas Hildebrand and forward Logan Proulx were tagged with Honourable Mentions in weeks 1 and 2 while blueliner Dylan Smith took home the award last week. . . . The Saints next home game is Saturday, November 24th against Eastern Washington University. The match-up will be the first of the regular season between Selkirk and their closest geographic rival. The undefeated Selkirk Saints put their unbeaten B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League belt on the line this weekend with a tough two-game road trip to Kamloops and the Lower Mainland.The Saints travel to Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops before completing the two-game stint Saturday in Burnaby against Simon Fraser University.
Twinkle, twinkle, little stBOOM! The explosions of some dying stars are so powerful yet so rapid, mere measurements seem inadequate to describe them. Two death-star events were reported in recent articles. Despite the bravado of textbook orthodoxy, the articles both mentioned that astronomers really don’t understand what’s going on all that well. Eta Carina is one of the most intriguing stars in the southern sky. Its twin-lobed, bloated bubble blown out by the eruption of 1843 has given it the name the Homunculus Nebula (see dazzling photograph on Astronomy Picture of the Day for June 17). The 1843 bubble, and another estimated to be a thousand years old, have been well known. Astronomers recently detected, however, a newer, more powerful eruption that is catching up to the bubble. National Geographic News reported that this material is moving outward at 1.5 million miles per hour. It is so energetic it borders on the power of a supernova – the explosion that usually ends a large star’s life. Is this a supernova imposter? Team lead Nathan Smith (UC Berkeley) commented, “It means, essentially, that we still don’t fully understand what is going on in the deep interiors of massive stars shortly before they die.” If you think that boom was big, wait till you hear about the latest gamma-ray burst that was seen March 19. Gamma-ray bursts are the most powerful explosions in the universe. They were only discovered in the late 1960s. EurekAlert said this one, numbered GRB 080319B, was aimed directly at earth. Good thing it was 7.5 billion light-years away. Its jets were blasting material our direction at 99.99995 percent the speed of light, the article claims. Within 15 seconds of detection by the orbiting Swift satellite, it had become bright enough to be seen with the naked eye – even from that astronomical distance. That’s powerful. Red dwarf stars, like soldiers, slowly fade away. Larger stars shed their outer envelopes fairly calmly before retiring as white dwarfs. Supernovas explode, growing to maximum brightness over a few days or weeks, and then dimming for months as they form neutron stars, pulsars or black holes. Gamma-ray bursts are the flashbulbs of the cosmos. Most appear for 10 seconds or less. Some can flash as brief as a few thousandths of a second. That’s why it took so long to discover them; you have to be looking at the right place at the right time. Moreover, astronomers did not realize anything could be so energetic. Do astronomers understand these colossal explosions? They certainly have models. National Geographic explained, though, that “As a star’s core collapses, it creates a black hole or neutron star that, through processes not fully understood, drive powerful gas jets outward.” When the jets impact gas previously ejected in earlier explosions, they heat the gas, which astronomers detect as afterglows. Some astronomers still find it so hard to believe that explosions this bright can be seen from billions of light-years away. They have argued that they must be nearby objects. It’s almost unfathomable that any process could produce so much energy so quickly. The narrow beams of the burst are emitted from the poles of the spinning star or black hole. Astronomers believe an ultra-fast component of the beam from GRB 080319B beam was just 0.4 degree across. Because this rare “jackpot” burst was aimed right along our line of sight, it is providing astronomers with new data – and more questions – as they seek to understand these astonishing explosions.Data on scientific objects is always incomplete. The explanations about them, therefore, are also necessarily incomplete. If star death, which can be observed in a flash, is poorly understood, how about star birth which, because theory says it takes millions of years, cannot be observed from start to finish? Astronomers piece together stages of star birth from actual stars presumed to be at different stages. The charts and explanations sound convincing. One must ask, though, whether this approach assumes what needs to be proved. Deciding that stars evolve, and then putting them into an evolutionary sequence, is circular reasoning. We can see stars age. We can see them die. But we can only theorize from laws of gravity, diffusion, viscosity, nuclear physics, quantum mechanics and other principles what a gas cloud would do, given millions of years. Stars are not irreducibly complex structures like those in biology. They do not contain information. It seems reasonable to trust models of star birth from well-known laws that have been amply confirmed in the lab. There are many examples in the history of science, though, when plausible models turned out to be wrong. Usually, the real world proves more complex than the models. If we struggle with modeling processes that can be observed in a flash, we should at least retain a certain level of humility about scientific models of unobservable processes, and hold them in a tentative way.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Amid loud cheers from hundreds of his fans, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday carried the Olympic torch at Southwark in London, a day before the opening ceremony of the sporting spectacle.The 69-year-old actor in a white track suit covered a 300-metre distance running and walking occasionally and waved at the cheering crowd, as the Olympic Games torch relay entered the 69th day on Thursday.Ahead of his participation in the relay, Bachchan said it was a “proud moment” for him and the country to be invited to carry the Olympic flame.UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and NRI businessman Laxmi Mittal were among others who were part of the relay team on Thursday.”OK!! HERE IT IS : Have been invited by London Olympic Organizing Committee to carry the torch in the relay tomorrow … Honored to be asked to carry the Olympic Torch in London at Southwark around 10:30 AM !! A proud moment for me and country,” Bachchan had tweeted on Wednesday.The 32.7 mile long relay of the Olympic flame on its final leg has participation of legendary personalities from all over the world and all walks of life, including Lawrence Dallaglio, Lewis Moody, Jim Anderson, Phil Packer, Darren Fitzpatrick and Tom Davis.Bachchan is not the only celebrity to lend the Indian touch to the 2012 London Olympics.Music maestro A R Rahman teamed up with his ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle to compose a track for the inaugural event.”It’s a track in Punjabi celebrating the Indian influence in the UK. It’s a part of a medley in the Olympics opening ceremony, according to Danny Boyle’s creative wishes!,” Rahman had written on his Facebook page.advertisementIlaiyaraaja’s song is also set to feature in the medley of music tracks to be used in the inaugural programme.
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Smalling insists Maguire arrival didn’t force Man Utd exitby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChris Smalling insists the arrival of Harry Maguire didn’t force him out of Manchester United.The defender is now on-loan with Roma.“Not really,” he told the Telegraph when asked if Maguire had effected his future.“I had spoken to the manager before Harry came and I knew I was behind him and Vic [Lindelof] but in previous seasons I had started behind [two first-choice centre-backs] and after four or five games I had worked myself into the team.“I love a challenge and when a new centre-back comes in it makes you raise your game.“You have to show more, you have to be more consistent.”He added: “If I had stayed I would have taken on that challenge and I would have been very confident that I would have played the number of games that I was worthy of.“Equally I have a challenge here at Roma.“Going back I will have an added element that some of the centre-backs won’t have.“The easy decision was to stay.”
Twitter/@NunesMagicianOn Monday, Syracuse athletic director Mark Coyle announced that head coach Scott Shafer would not be retained after the season finale, after starting the 2015 season at 3-8 after a 3-9 2014. Shafer stayed on to coach the team’s final game of the season against Boston College, and pulled out a victory with a last second Cole Murphy field goal to win 20-17. After the game, Syracuse players picked a very emotional Shafer up, and paraded him around the field.Shafer did not have the most successful tenure at Syracuse, but he is extremely close with his players. It is good to see him go out on top.
Udoka AzubuikeUdoka Azubuike, a four-star center in the 2016 class, has committed to Kansas. The 6-foot-11, 265-pound Nigeria native is ranked the No. 3 player at his position and the No. 28 player in the class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. He announced his commitment on ESPNU, picking the Jayhawks over North Carolina and Florida State, among other programs. Five-star Udoka Azubuike announces for Kansas.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) January 28, 2016With Azubuike’s commitment, Kansas now has two commitments in the 2016 class.
Streamable/Krusty Sox SportsPaul Finebaum is in hot water over his comments earlier in the week about the Colin Kaepernick protest situation.On Monday, when the entire sports world was enveloped in debate over the 49ers quarterback’s protest of the national anthem over concerns with the oppression of African-Americans, Finebaum stated that said oppression does not exist.Awful Announcing has a clip of Finebaum’s Monday statement.On Tuesday, Finebaum doubled down during a segment of College Football Live, and got into a pretty heated debate with Joey Galloway.This morning, Finebaum went on SportsCenter with Cari Champion to apologize for his statements at length.To Finebaum’s credit, he says he spoke with Marcus Spears and Galloway about his statements, and his eyes are “wider-open” on the issues that the black community faces in America. Krusty Sox Sports has video of the segment:From Paul Finebaum’s apology:“I could spend the rest of my life trying to talk my way out of it, but I can’t. I blew it. I simply did not have a good grasp of the situation. I know better. I’ve lived in this country, I see what is going on all across the country from North to South to East to West and I have no excuse. I can’t explain why I articulated the words the way they did, but I did and there is a public record of it and there’s a natural reaction and I respect that.All I can say is that I made a terrible mistake in trying to express a feeling that I probably – not probably – I had no right to express. I don’t know whether this will mean anything to anyone but I feel compelled to answer your question that way – that it was a terrible mistake on my part and my eyes are wider-open today than they have ever been as a result.”Champion accepted his apology at the end of the segment.[Krusty Sox Sports]