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Review: Can You Survive?

first_imgNext month, Blue Ridge Outdoors will publish its Survival Guide, which provides key skills for staying alive in Southern Appalachia. If you’re looking for even more regionally focused survival skills, check out North Carolina native Benjamin Pressley’s new book Can You Survive? Pressley has been teaching and practicing primitive living skills for over 25 years and has studied the practices of Native Americans and aboriginal peoples worldwide. This book distills their insights into a simple, easy-to-read book that highlights basic shelter, food, water, fire, foraging, and orientation skills. “Primitive skills open up a whole new realm of possibility and appreciation for the outdoors,” writes Pressley. Even if you never find yourself in a survival situation, you’ll see the woods differently after reading this book. You’ll keep your eye out for dead, dry wood for fire and shelter making; you’ll be more attuned to animal tracks and edible plants; and you’ll notice the life-sustaining intricacies of the forest that previously may have only appeared as a blur of green and brown.Though it is written for beginners, more advanced survivalists will still find plenty of useful information in these pages. Pressley devotes several sections to advanced firemaking, signalling, basketry and cordage, and other outdoor arts. Its conversational tone makes the content easy to follow. And though it focuses on Eastern forests, the skills can be applied to just about any bioregion.last_img read more

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Card breach at Kmart stores again creates credit union problems

The second credit-card breach in three years at Kmart has once again forced credit unions, and other financial institutions, to deal with the repercussions of potential fraud involving their accountholders.In the first of two-articles, security experts provide their take on the ramifications of card breaches on credit unions and businesses.Sears Holdings, the parent company of Kmart, confirmed it experienced another malware-based data breach of its card processing systems. The company did not reveal how many of its 735 Kmart locations saw signs of a breach, but said it did not affect online purchases.“Our Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malicious code that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems and application controls,” Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Sears Holding, said in a statement. “Once aware of the new malicious code, we quickly removed it and contained the event. We are confident that our customers can safely use their credit and debit cards in our retail stores.” continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more

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East Central Swim Team Swimming Lessons & Age Group State And Senior State Meet Results

first_imgThe East Central Swim Team will be offering swimming lessons this summer to kids ages 4 and up. We maytake POTTY-TRAINED 3-year-olds depending on the child’s ability and available space. You do not have tolive in the area to take part in our swimming lessons. Each session will consist of eight, forty minuteclasses all taught by Lifeguard Certified Instructors. All lessons will be $65 per child with a special $60 rate forthose who sign up for session 1. We will cap all lessons to 30 students so get registered quickly.2019 Summer Swimming LessonsAge Group State was March 8-10 and Senior State was March 15-17.  East Central Swim Team had a very strong showing at both meets.  ECST was represented by 14 athletes competing in these meets.  The age group meet saw everyone leave with best times include the 200 Medley Relay (Nick Weber, Frank Strotman, Luke Jackson, and Kaden Cummins) finishing in the top 20.  Henry Strotman was 19th in 50 breast.  Riley Reany ended up 13th in the 200 free.  Nick Weber was the star of the show finishing with 3 podium finishes (3rd in 100 back, 5th in 100 free), including winning the state championship in the 50 freestyle setting a new state record.  We’re proud of all the ECST Age Group swimmers.Senior State featured our older athletes competing against HS and College athletes.  Jackson Ketcham qualified for Futures in his 200 Fly with an 11th place finish.  Kyra Hall swam well, dropping time in the 200 backstroke.  Nick Weber qualified for finals in the 100 backstroke.  Olivia Nixon swam both the 50 free and 100 free.  The medley relay of Kyra Hall, Jordan Marro, Mackenzie Schantz, Olivia Nixon swam well finishing ahead of their seeded place.Qualifying for the Futures Meet in Greensboro, NC are Jackson Ketcham, Nick Weber, and Kyra Hall.Way to go ECST.Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

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Football News Lionel Messi helps Barcelona to win over Real Valladolid, Atletico Madrid stay in contention

first_imghighlights Lionel Messi missed a penalty for Barcelona but scored one against Real Valladolid.Atletico Madrid are two points ahead of Real Madrid, who host Girona.Lionel Messi struggled with fitness issues in the previous game. Madrid: Lionel Messi scored a penalty and missed another as La Liga leaders Barcelona ground out an unconvincing 1-0 win over Real Valladolid, while Antoine Griezmann surpassed Fernando Torres with his 130th goal for Atletico Madrid. Messi’s fitness was again in the spotlight on Saturday after a niggling thigh strain in recent weeks, but he completed the full 90 minutes at the Camp Nou and hit the 30-goal mark at Barcelona for the 11th straight season. The Argentine coolly dispatched a spot-kick just before half-time, drilling beyond the reach of Jordi Masip after Gerard Pique was bundled to the ground by Valladolid midfielder Michel. Masip brilliantly tipped over a Messi volley soon after the interval and Luis Suarez wasted a huge opportunity to double the lead shortly after replacing Kevin-Prince Boateng with an hour gone.    Messi found himself booked for dissent after an apparent foul on him went unpunished, and he then blew the chance to kill off Valladolid when Masip kept out his second penalty of the night — awarded following a trip on Philippe Coutinho. The excellent Masip alertly gathered Messi’s follow-up header and again denied Suarez late on as Barca pulled seven points clear of Atletico ahead of their trip to Lyon in the Champions League last 16. RELATED  “We haven’t played well. The truth is it wasn’t a good match today. The only good thing is the victory,” Pique, who made his 300th appearance in La Liga told Movistar. “Getting back on track with three points is important after two draws in the league. But we definitely have to improve. We have to be better on Tuesday otherwise we’ll have a tough time.”            ‘Extraordinary player’   Griezmann scored a second-half winner in Atletico’s 1-0 victory at neighbours Rayo Vallecano to provide a timely boost going into next week’s showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus. The French forward surpassed Torres — now playing for Sagan Tosu in Japan — for fifth all-time on the Atletico goalscoring charts as they shook off two successive defeats, including last week’s 3-1 loss at home to Real Madrid.  Griezmann struck for the tenth time in his last 11 outings, forcing home from six yards on 74 minutes after Alvaro Morata laid off a high, looping ball inside the area.          “Griezmann is an extraordinary player, he always adapts to what the team needs. He’s very important for us,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. The late Luis Aragones, who coached Spain to the European Championship title in 2008, is Atletico’s record goalscorer with 172.     “It’s always tough at this stadium. We started off well and we had chances in the first 15 minutes such as Saul’s header, but then they improved,” Simeone added. “Our second half substitutions gave us more offensive strength and that allowed us to get our goal. It was a very tough match.”  Real Madrid, two points behind Atletico in third, could move back into second and to within six points of Barca when they host Girona on Sunday.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Bermuda’s former CARIFTA Games star Sakari Famous lands first collegiate title

first_imgATHENS, Georgia, (CMC) – Bermuda’s former CARIFTA Games star Sakari Famous has secured her maiden collegiate title in the United States and is looking forward to even bigger and better things.The University of Georgia freshman won the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.78 metres on her third and final attempt at the Torrin Lawrence Memorial in Athens at the weekend.“I’m really grateful for my results this past meet,” said Famous, who won six medals during her CARIFTA career.“I wasn’t aware of my position until the very end when they announced my name before I was about to jump, so I was really excited on the inside but had to stay focused on my jump, which secured my position.“It has been a bit of a struggle these past few months, but I can say that I’m slowly but surely improving. I appreciate all of the support and positive encouragement that I have received and looking forward to jumping higher heights in future competitions.”“It was a special moment as it was my first win in a collegiate meet. My focus is more on improving my height, which would put me in a better position to compete in higher level competitions,” added Famous, who missed the chance of final CARIFTA glory as university commitments meant she was unable to join the Bermuda team for this year’s renewal in the Cayman Islands.In her absence, Bermuda won six medals.Bermuda National Athletics Association president Donna Raynor said was delighted Famous has achieved another milestone in her career.“I’ m happy to see that things are falling into place,” Raynor said. “First place at any competition in university is a great result. I look forward to her competing for Bermuda this summer. We are hoping to send her to the University Games in Naples, Italy, and the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.”Bermuda jumping coach Rohaan Simons said Famous’ ability to overcome challenges spoke volumes about her character.“I’m really excited because obviously it’s about the journey and sometimes things don’t go your way,” he said.“It’s going to show what type of person you are; are you going to blame others for your failure or push forward and work harder to improve on the things you need to improve. That’s the stage she’s at now.”last_img read more

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PwC Chess4Change Mentorship Programme Excites Pupils

first_imgIn his submission, ACP Ajamolaya urged the students against criminal activities most of which are committed out of exuberant of the young lads of today.“Crime is becoming rampant among our younger generations and many engages in it for fun without realizing the consequences of their actions. These crimes are not victimless, as such law enforcement agents view them seriously,” he stated.He advised the students to desist from vices like cyber crime, obtaining money by tricks or violent crime like robbery and offenses affecting public order. He also urged them against fake news.In his own posit, Mr. Otudoh puts the student through a movie review ‘Queen of Katwe’ where they learnt that with chess, the small one can become the big one just as the Pawn hit the last rank and transformed into Queen which is the most powerful piece on the board.He mentored them with the film on how chess could teach them on how to plan, survive and analyze threats and overcome immediate obstacles. “Losing does not translate to failure and that if you don’t have to fit in to win and that other people’s life pattern does not determine how you shape your life,” he explained.He urged them to be brave and never compromise values for immediate gains but be discipline in order to improve respective mental strength.In her own submission, Mrs. Asuzu expressed her excitement to see the students at the maiden Mentorship Programme and commended Lagos State Ministry of Education, the teachers and chess tutors for their respective contribution to the success of the Programme till date.She urged the student to utilize the platform created to participate in the GrandSlam because the opportunity is opened to any of them to participate at an international tournament to be sponsored by the company.Among the schools that participated in the programme includes; Euba Junior Secondary School, CMS Girls Secondary school, Jubilee Model Senior Secondary school, Sari Iganmu Senior Secondary School, Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Senior Secondary School, Unity Junior School, Eko Akete Senior Secondary School, New Era Senior Secondary School, Eko Boys High School and Government Senior College, Eric Moore among others.The schools also engaged each other in light chess tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was an exciting moment for 18 different chess playing schools in Lagos that attended the 1st edition of the Mentorship Programme put together by Pricewaterhouse Coopers with its PwC Chess4Change initiative held at The Incubator, Victoria Island, Lagos.Aside the regular chess tournament among the schools, PwC Chess4Change Programme intends to add value and change the lives young student to be leaders in their respective discipline in the nearest future.The high point of the day’s programme was the ‘Queen of Katwe’ movie which was a classic example of a humble beginning and later transformation into success in life. Aside the guest speaker, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ajamalaya Olusegun Ifetayo who mentored the students against moral vices in the society, other personalities at the one-day event includes; the Senior Manager, Clients and Market Development, Mrs. Delia Asuzu and Senior Manager Advisory Services Mr. Eyita Otudoh both of PwC Nigeria together with Chess Coordinator, Ministry of Education in Lagos State to inspire the students.last_img read more

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Strength in stability for Helton, USC heading into new campaign

first_imgFor fans of storied college football programs, a reassuring feeling surfaces every year. Bolstered by NFL Draft hype and heralded recruiting classes, institutions such as USC always feel on the verge of national dominance. This perspective has no reason to falter for Trojan fans this year, as head coach Clay Helton’s squad will more likely than not vie for a spot among the top few programs in the country.Even though Helton watched a significant group of talented players graduate or leave for the draft over the offseason, he was thrilled to maintain consistency in the coaching ranks.Katie Chin | Daily Trojan“To be able to keep all three coordinators in Clancy Pendergast, Tee Martin and John Baxter, I think, was absolutely huge for us,” Helton said at his Pac-12 Media Day press conference.It’s no surprise Helton values steadiness going into his second full season as head coach. This fall, Helton may solidify his status as the stabilizing force and leader USC has long needed since former head coach Pete Carroll left the program in 2010.Hired to the coaching staff following Carroll’s departure, the 45-year-old Helton originally served as the quarterbacks coach. In 2013, he took the reins as interim head coach for one game, leading USC to a 45-20 win over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. When former head coach Steve Sarkisian was fired in 2013, Helton was again named interim boss. He proceeded to steer a floundering Trojan team all the way to the Pac-12 Championship game, earning the job permanently in the process. And Helton has fared well to date, with the Trojans boasting a 12-3 conference record during his time at the helm.Perhaps this is no surprise: The bulk of Helton’s offensive experience has come through his positional coaching over the years, and as a former quarterbacks coach, he surely benefits from having a playmaker like redshirt sophomore signal caller Sam Darnold at his disposal.The Trojans weren’t predicted to succeed to the extent they did in 2016, but with the emergence of Darnold, his teammates flourished en route to a Rose Bowl victory. The new year marks another opportunity for Darnold to prove his doubters wrong, and Helton has watched his quarterback take strides in the cerebral part of his game. “We all see his skillset,” Helton said, “But how he’s approached this off-season from a work-ethic standpoint and trying to progress as a student of the game — our kids see that.”“Obviously there are some grand expectations for him, but he’s welcomed those,” Helton said. “That’s part of being a USC quarterback. That’s why you come to USC. You’re the face of the program, and you’re the leader of the program.”While Darnold and Helton steer the offense, defensive coordinator Pendergast and junior linebacker Cameron Smith will spearhead the defense.Third-year star Smith, who is on the preseason watch lists for the Nagurski Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Bednarik Award, will be responsible for utilizing his top-notch instincts and scheme knowledge. Pendergast will aid Smith as he continues to bring a wealth of NFL knowledge to the Trojan defense.Despite possessing a strong veteran core, Helton knows that the biggest question facing USC is the team’s lack of experience in some areas. Thus, the head coach stressed that the summer was vital for getting everyone on the same page by the first gameday in September.“It’s going to take a lot of hard work during camp and a lot of young guys developing in a hurry for us to get there,” Helton said. “But those are always going to be our expectations, and we welcome them.”Last year, the first few games of the season threw the Trojans into what seemed like an insurmountable deficit. Three losses in the opening four games essentially concluded any preseason national title aspirations USC had. But the Trojans weren’t out of the wider bowl game discussion, and for good reason. By the end of the season, Helton and company had turned it all around.Still, that’s not the pattern the Trojans want to slip into in 2017.“You can do all you want in October and November, and we’ve been really good,” Helton said. “But if you don’t start fast, it’s hard to get where you want to be.”Wins and losses matter too much at an elite college football institution for Helton to lose sight of the bottom line.“We’re such in a production-based business, and everybody wants instant results,” Helton said. “The reality is this: It’s easy to go from where we were [last year] to No. 3 in the country. It’s harder to go from 3 to 1. And that’s our challenge right now.”last_img read more

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Jung Money: Pressure will be on Darnold to turn an NFL franchise around

first_imgOllie Jung | Daily TrojanAt this point next week, Sam Darnold will represent the future of an NFL franchise.We’ve waited a while: The former Trojan quarterback’s professional future has been the talk of the entire football universe ever since his 27-yard bomb nestled into Deontay Burnett’s arms against Penn State in January 2017. After over a year of constant scrutiny and wild swings of opinion, the time for speculation is almost over.Darnold will almost certainly be selected within the first five picks of the NFL Draft next Thursday. And upon inking his approximately $30 million contract, he will shoulder the burden of ending years, possibly generations, of misery for his new team’s fanbase.With the top four selections split between two cities, Darnold will likely find himself in either Cleveland or New York (barring a surprising trade). Each presents a massive challenge — pressure that has crushed the greatest of college quarterbacks — and if he is the top overall pick, as many expect him to be, that pressure will be all the heavier.Can the 20-year-old survive in Cleveland, where he could become the youngest starting signal caller in the NFL? The Browns have been where quarterbacks go to die since the franchise rebooted in 1999: The franchise’s four first-round quarterbacks in the last two decades have combined for 114 touchdown passes — 53 fewer than the total Andy Dalton has compiled across seven not-so-remarkable professional seasons.Then again, would he be better off with the Jets, which might be the only franchise that can rival Cleveland’s level of dysfunction? The Browns may have the league’s worst reputation as quarterback developers, but Gang Green can give them a run for their money. New York drafted at the position in four consecutive years (2013-2016) and have so far gotten a total of 37 starts from those selections — the vast majority of which came from Geno Smith, who threw 25 touchdowns and 34 interceptions before fracturing his jaw in a locker room brawl and losing the starting job in 2015.Things don’t look quite as bleak across town, but joining the New York Giants comes with its own significant hurdles. Darnold may benefit from being Eli Manning’s backup and learning the ropes like Aaron Rodgers did behind Brett Favre in Green Bay, but upon inheriting the starting job, he will also inherit the pressure of succeeding the Manning era, which spanned more than a decade and yielded two championships. It also doesn’t help that Manning has struggled behind one of the most porous offensive lines in the league for the last few seasons: a nightmare Darnold won’t be keen to relive after taking eight sacks against Ohio State to conclude his USC career.And if he fails to hit the ground running in his new home, Darnold will also have to cope with a media firestorm that will make last season’s ill-fated Heisman Trophy campaign a cakewalk by comparison. As unfair as it may be, Darnold enters the league with the pressure of being both a high draft pick and former Trojan quarterback. Even though Carson Palmer just retired from the NFL with over 45,000 career passing yards, public perception of USC signal callers remains fairly poor following first-round disappointments Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez.Of course, the heavier the pressure, the greater the opportunity. Darnold has the chance to be the first Trojan quarterback to play in a Super Bowl, and if he fulfills the potential scouts see in him, he could be immortalized as a franchise savior.Joe Thomas, the long-time Browns left tackle, was spot-on when he courted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins in February.“I hear Cleveland is nice this time of year,” he tweeted. “[That] is, if you’d like to have a statue someday…”Indeed, Darnold might get a key to the city if he can bring an end to Browns fans’ decades of suffering or wipe the memory of “The Sanchize” from Jets Nation. There could even be a poetic element to succeeding Manning with the Giants — shades of Mickey Mantle replacing Joe DiMaggio.Or it could all go wrong: Darnold’s turnover issues could carry over to the next level, or unforeseen injury could derail his career as we have seen with the likes of Andrew Luck and Sam Bradford. Trojan fans won’t think it likely after watching Darnold lose just three games in two years while bouncing off every hit laid on him.Unlike the start to his collegiate career, however, the 20-year-old won’t be an underdog when beginning his NFL journey. But after Darnold arrived at USC anonymously before departing with a Rose Bowl and conference championship, maybe he’ll find life that much easier starting from the top.Ollie Jung is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Jung Money,” ran Fridays.last_img read more

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Pep unfazed by first defeat

first_imgBayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he is not overly concerned after his side suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup.Dortmund took the lead early on after Bayern keeper Tom Starke was unable to keep out Marco Reus’ diving header to take a 1-0 lead into the half-time break.Shortly after the start of the second-half, the Bavarians were level when Arjen Robben capitalised on a fantastic cross from Philipp Lahm. However, their joy was short-lived as a mix-up in defence ended with Daniel Van Buyten heading into his own net just minutes later.Die Borussen then extended their lead when Ilkay Gundogan stunningly curled his shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.Robben added his second of the game to reduce the deficit, again linking up with Lahm down the right-hand side, but it would mean little at the end.The game was decided as a contest in the 86th minute when Reus scored an easy tap in after some great dribbling by new-boy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the counter-attack. The loss is Bayern’s worst since their 5-2 reverse to the same opposition in the 2012 German Cup final, but Guardiola is confident his side will be much more fluid by the time the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign kicks off on August 9.“Overall, I am happy with the performance,” the former Barcelona boss said. “We played well and what happened came down to individual situations.“Even though we lost, I didn’t get the feeling that Dortmund were better than us.“We still have ten days to get ready for the Bundesliga restart and to correct our minor errors.”last_img read more

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Black Queens beat Tunisia away in African Women’s Championship qualifier

first_imgGhana Black Queens beat Tunisia 2-1 in the African Women’s Championship final qualifying round first leg tie on Wednesday in Tunis.The tie gives the Queens a strong chance of qualifying for the tournament in Cameroon  later this year.They however had to do it the hard way coming from a goal behind and a player less.The Tunisians took the lead in the 33rd minute through the spot before Samira Suleman equalized for the Queens.Ghana were then reduced to ten after keeper Patricia Mantey was sent off with substitute keeper Nana Ama Asantewaa proving a hero after saving another spot kick from the Tunisians.With the game nearing a draw, Priscilla Adubea fetched the winner in what could prove pivotal in the tie. Tunisia now have a daunting task of eliminating the Queens from the qualifiers in the return leg next Tuesday’s second leg tie at the Accra Sports Stadium.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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