Rabid bobcat found in Lexington County, SC

first_img“This is a tremendous victory for all who cherish Yellowstone’s grizzly bears and for those who’ve worked to ensure they’re protected under the Endangered Species Act,” Andrea Zaccardi, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement.  A bobcat is the latest animal to be found infected with rabies in Lexington County, SC, according to South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control. No people are known to have come into contact with the sick animal, but at least four dogs were exposed.  This week, a federal court upheld a lower court decision reversing a Trump administration policy that eliminated protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park, The Hill reports. In 2017, the Fish and Wildlife Service delisted grizzly bears as a threatened species. Wednesday’s court ruling agreed with a previous court ruling that the agency acted against the best science available when it delisted the bears.  The bobcat is the seventh animal in Lexington County to test positive for rabies this year, The State reports. Bobcats live across the entire state of South Carolina but are most commonly found in the Coastal Plain.  A celestial light show is coming to the northern sky this month. Comet NEOWISE, one of the brightest comets to pass earth in decades, is visible in the sky with the naked eye during the month of July. The comet is already visible in the sky around dawn, but beginning around July 12, it should be visible in the evening sky as well, Scientific American reports.  Court saves protection for Yellowstone grizzliescenter_img Rabid bobcat found in Lexington County, SC Astronomers say that if you want to catch a glimpse of the comet, now is the time to do it. When it leaves Earth’s vicinity later in July, it won’t come around again for another 6,800 years.  Photo courtesy of Getty Images Look up! NEOWISE comet visible in the sky this monthlast_img read more

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Is your credit union more than a member piggy bank?

first_imgDuring a recent dynamic brand workshop working with a credit union partner in the Southeast, a leadership team member made the following observation about their credit union culture: “We must always be more than a place members deposit their money; we must be a safehaven for their trust and dreams.”Wow. That is a profound and emotionally-grounded statement of purpose. Not coincidentally, the best brand cultures are often profound and emotionally-grounded. It was terrific to hear the credit union talk about their brand in such a way after undergoing the brand workshop.Far too many credit unions are viewed by their members as mere piggybanks — simply a place to stash their cash for an undetermined (often limited) amount of time. This also includes lending products. Credit unions building profound and emotionally-grounded brand cultures strive to develop a membership base that is not merely transactional. In other words, as stated above, the relationship transcends transactional and enters the emotional realm of trust and dreams.The only way to ensure this higher realm of member relations is by fostering a unique brand culture. Your leadership team must lead this unique brand culture, every single member of your staff must live it, and then, after time and training, your members will love your brand. Yes, love. The L-word does come into play in brand and culture. To ensure long-lasting and meaningful relationships, even multi-generational relationships, your members must love being a part of your credit union.Empowered staff that know they have both the necessary ongoing training and support of their leadership team are much more likely to build these kinds of relationships. This means not just talking to members, but more importantly, actively listening to them.A few friendly challenge questions regarding your credit union brand culture:Do you have a leadership team in place that is prepared to look at the credit union brand as a profound and emotionally-grounded cornerstone of your culture?Is your credit union making the investments (time, logistics, money, personnel, etc.) to ensure a profound brand culture permeates every level of your financial institution?Are you training staff to live this kind of brand? Subsequently, do you hold staff accountable to brand standards and, critically, do you offer quick and sincere praise for positively living the brand?Do you have a credit union staffed by brand ambassadors, free and empowered to do what it takes to develop amazing member relationships, or are you staffed by robots who are ill-prepared (and even perhaps hesitant or scared) to step out of the box and make member brand magic happen? Are you a safe place for members to learn and dream or are you a cashbox? 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Arnold Mark Arnold is an acclaimed speaker, brand expert and strategic planner helping businesses such as credit unions and banks achieve their goals with strategic marketing insights and energized training. Mark … Web: www.markarnold.com Details You already know this but it’s a tough world out there for credit unions. It is probably also not a shocker it will continue to get tougher. Brand is not all fluff and pretty words on the page. Brand is commitment. Brand is investment. Brand is all-consuming. Brand is also, however the future of successful credit unions.Piggybacks are often smashed open with a hammer to get the money inside. Safehavens, however are more sacred and enduring realms. Which is your credit union?last_img read more

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Back Again!

first_imgIt is good to be back again at both Huddle Up and Coaches Corner!  Because of illness, Huddle Up has not been on since May.  Coaches Corner is beginning its 2018-19 season this evening at Ison’s Pizza!  It will be on at its usual 6 -7 p.m. time slot.  You will be hearing from many of our long-time coaches, and you will hear several new ones as well.It is always fun to get a new school year underway.  Please join us on Monday nights and watch for our Huddle Ups on the Web!last_img

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Hoosiers rebounding prowess concern for Badgers

first_imgWhile Taylor Wurtz paces the Badgers, sophomore Morgan Paige will need to score if the team hopes to have a consistent offensive output in both halves.[/media-credit]It’s been a rough stretch of games for the Wisconsin women’s basketball team.Losers of five straight and struggling with consistency, the Badgers (8-18, 4-10) will find themselves paired with another struggling team Thursday night as they take on the Indiana Hoosiers (5-22, 0-14) in Bloomington, Ind.Despite their winless conference record and current 14-game losing streak, the Hoosiers have battled opponents like Illinois, Michigan and Northwestern down to the wire.While the Hoosiers look like the doormat of the conference record wise, the team has a surprising amount of competitiveness. Indiana is currently the Big Ten’s third best rebounding team, averaging 42 rebounds a game despite losing their best rebounder, senior double-double threat Georgie Jones, to a season-ending ACL tear.This could pose a danger to Wisconsin, a team that has struggled to contain and box out opponents on the boards throughout the season.“If I’m [Indiana] and I’m looking at tape and seeing that in certain games we’ve given up 21 and 23 offensive rebounds, I’d say ‘Hey, last game at home, everybody rebounds,’” Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey said. “I’d be saying they aren’t going to box you out because we haven’t proven we can. Until you prove it, why would they not attack us”?Besides being outrebounded in every game during their five-game losing streak, the Badgers have given up a combined 69 offensive rebounds in that span, good for an average of almost 14 a game.It’s no mystery that the Badgers fate against the Hoosiers will be tied to the battle of the boards.“They’re a good rebounding team, they don’t have just a good rebounder, they have a good rebounding team,” senior forward Anya Covington said. “So we all have to box out, and we’ve been lacking in that area. It all comes down to discipline, but I know we can do that and box out.”The Badgers will also need consistent offensive production from their guards. While junior guard Taylor Wurtz’s offensive dominance has been well documented, the rest of the conference has caught on. Opponents’ best defenders have flustered Wurtz or double-teamed the star guard in the second half of the conference season, leading to Wisconsin’s struggles in maintaining a consistent scoring output.If the Badgers want to play the spoilers on the Hoosiers’ Senior Night at Assembly Hall, guards like Morgan Paige will have to step up like she did Sunday against Nebraska. Leading the team with 15 points in a losing effort, Paige showed her ability to do it all for Wisconsin, scoring on jump shots as well as on the drive.“My percentage is really high, and the scouting report for other teams probably says contest hard and make her put the ball on the ground,” Paige said. “I think as soon as I hit an outside shot, they came out harder on me. My favorite thing is to put the ball on the ground. I love to use pump-fakes, so when I get to go straight line to the basket for wide-open layups it’s always a great opportunity for us.”The Badgers will need everything Paige can muster Thursday night, as the matchup against the Hoosiers will feature the two worst scoring offenses in the Big Ten. While the Badgers have shown glimpses of offensive greatness against the conference – highlighted by a 79 point outburst against Iowa on Feb. 2 – the Badgers have only mustered on average 59.2 points per game this season.For Kelsey, the Badgers just need someone to step up during crunch time to help give the team some consistency on the offensive end.“This is not a group that’s used to having close games,” Kelsey said. “None of them have had to do that in their careers here. They’ve never been put in those situations where someone has to be the closer.“I mean, who is that? We have a hard time sometimes, identifying one. Taylor can close, but when she gets double-teamed who else? … It’s hard to not have that veteran experience of someone that’s been in that situation before.”last_img read more

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