Dangerous Cords

first_imgWinter is a time for hanging holiday lights and keeping warm and toasty. Both of these activities can involve using extension cords. To keep your family safe while being warm and festive, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension urges homeowners to check extension cords closely.Extension cords are rated for a certain load, but that limit is often overloaded by the use of adapters that allow you to plug in more appliances than the cord was designed to handle. Don’t exceed loadDuring cold weather, families may use small electric heaters to warm up small areas, like bathrooms. The average extension cord is rated at 1250 watts, but many heaters go up to 1500 watts. The average extension cord could easily overheat when used with a 1500-watt heater.Faulty extension cords cause 7,400 home fires in the U.S. annually, causing 80 deaths and 260 injuries. To protect your home and your family, inspect all your extension cords before use. Do they overheat? Are they worn, cracked, brittle, spliced, taped? Are they covered by rugs or carpets? Are they overloaded? If any of these conditions exist, unplug them or replace them to correct the problem. Do a whole-house checkFaulty extension cords are just one electrical fire hazard. Wall outlets, switches and electrical appliances can also cause fires and electrical shocks. To protect your home and family, conduct an annual electrical safety inspection of your home. Prevention is key to staying safe. For more advice from Extension experts, view free publications online at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Down Under

first_imgPaul Collingwood fell so hard for scuba that he went out and bought another leg. The 53-year-old computer programmer wears a prosthesis below his left knee, the result of an amputation after a motorcycle accident when he was 25. But after he plunged into diving 10 years ago, he went all in, purchasing a specialized artificial limb that allows him to flutter with the same graceful ease as a dolphin.“I love to explore,” the Columbia, S.C., dive instructor says during a warm Saturday morning at Lake Jocassee. “There’s plenty of fun stuff to do underwater. It’s like taking a trip to outer space without leaving the planet.”Scuba is a gear-intensive sport—a lifestyle, Collingwood calls it—that can start at around $1,500. Still, anyone who has spent more than just a few seconds underwater will tell you that the passion of scuba diving hits fast and hard. That’s pretty obvious when you see 71 divers sink into mid-60-degree water for the annual Poker Dive in Lake Jocassee.Today, everyone’s clad from toes to nose in black neoprene wet suits, weight belts, air tanks with 3,000 pounds per square inch of pressure, buoyancy-compensator vests, masks, snorkels and fins. And … down … they go. Bubbles betray their progress as they flipper along pink lines that lead to buckets filled with poker chips.The underwater card game kicks off scuba season for the Bermuda Triangle Dive Shop in Columbia, S.C. They make regular vists to Lake Jocassee throughout the summer, as well as to Lake Keowee’s “hot hole,” where the Oconee Nuclear Station generates bathtub-warm water.On this 84-degree morning in late May, the school of human fish has collected the poker chips. They waddle up the boat ramp to turn in their chips and collect their prizes. The winning hand belongs to Reynolds McLeod, a 16-year-old rising sophomore at Greenville High School.Scenes from Deliverance, the iconic James Dickey film, were shot in this pristine, idyllic valley before Duke Energy bought up all the land there and flooded it. Among the drowning victims: the Attakulla Lodge, a sprawling wooden bed-and-breakfast that for half a century sat only 20 yards from water’s edge. Now it sits more than 300 feet below the surface, too deep for all but the most technical divers; only a handful of people have ventured down to the legendary lodge.Where many do dive, though, is the submerged Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery, which also played a role in Deliverance. The cemetery’s previous residents were relocated. But the eeriness remains about 130 feet down.Beyond ghosts, there’s still much to see: a soda machine, a basketball goal, a few plastic skeletons in lawn chairs and, under an algae-covered platform, a giant fish that could scare the air right out of you… until you realize it’s not real.Scuba is real, though, a unique experience that gives folks who enjoy traveling yet another way to see places that most tourists don’t go—including a World War II U-boat submerged off the coast of North Carolina. While everyone must have a “dive buddy” for every descent, it’s still possible to get a little lost in a way. After all, you’re hearing little more than bubbles from your own measured breath in a dream world of weightlessness. Or, as Burt Reynolds’ character, Lewis, says in Deliverance: “Sometimes you have to lose yourself ’fore you can find anything.”last_img read more

Under-23 Team Battles Germany for Final Ticket

first_imgThe next game against Sweden appeared easier. Having rested enough from the fatigue of three-day going back and forth at the Atlanta Airport, Mikel led his colleagues to consolidate at the top of the group on six points with the 1-0 defeat of Sweden.The last game against Colombia was not necessary so Siasia gambled, playing those who have not tested action in the first two games. The loss to Colombia had no collateral damage on the team but was suffice to let Siasia who is aiming to go past the silver he won at Beijing 2008 know the quality of his reserve bench.Of course, the quarter final clash with Denmark was never going to be a stroll in the park for Nigeria as the Danes had similarly shown flashes of quality in their group battles. Goals from captain John Mikel Obi and Aminu Umar however steered the African champion for today’s semi final battle with Germany.Will the Never-Say-Die spirit continue to steer the Nigerian dream of an encore even in the face of a great opposition like Germany?Hrubesch Horst’s side reached the semi final dispatching highly rated Portugal 4-0 in the quarter final. Unlike the Nigerian team, Germany has not lost a game in this tournament.How Siasia is going to be able to seal his leaking defence line to prevent Germany’s star player, Serge Gnabry, from causing havoc is going to determine how far the Nigerian Under-23 lads can go this evening in reaching the final.Gnabry who plays in the wing for Arsenal in the English Premier League has scored in each of the four matches played by Germany and is leading the scorers sheet on six goals.Meanwhile one of the footballers ordered home from the Rio Olympics has lamented how they were thrown out of the team’s hotel and had to spend their own money to pay for the two nights they spent in Brazil thereafter before they flew out to Nigeria.Cash-strapped Sports Ministry officials Nigeria authorities ordered two alternate players Stanley Dimgba and Yusuf Mohammed as well as several officials to head home because they could no longer pay their way.“God will fight my fight for me. It was heart-breaking when we were told to quit the team’s hotel in Sao Paulo,” said the player, who did not want to be identified.“When you returned to Sao Paulo (from Salvador)they gave rooms to only the 18 players registered for the competition and even some team officials did not get hotel rooms too.“For the two extra nights we spent in Brazil, we had to pay with our own money for our hotel and feeding.“That is life for you.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro Ikhazuagbe in Sao PaoloNigeria’s march to another football glory will get further boost this evening at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil when the Under-23 Team takes on Germany for a place in the gold medal match on Saturday.Coach Samson Siasia and his wards have come against all odds to get this far in the men’s Olympic football here in Brazil. Just like the class of 1996 that won the gold for Africa for the first time, history is about to be rewritten as the John Mikel Obi led squad file out against the Germans. Yet, this was the same team that left Nigeria like orphans for a training tour of Atlanta.The story of how they were left stranded in Atlanta because money was not remitted for their flight to Brazil from Abuja is no longer news. But the Never-Say-Die Nigerian spirit has continued to be the driving motivation for the boys.They arrived Manaus, venue of their opening Group B game against Japan barely five hours to kick off yet surmounted all odds to pick maximum points.last_img read more

Enyimba Beats CARA Brazzaville to Qualify for Q’final

first_imgCAF CONFEDERATION CUPDuro Ikhazuagbe Enyimba FC Substitute Wasiu Alalade grabbed the last gasp, lone goal winner that shot Enyimba to the quarter-final stage of the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup against CARA Brazzaville of Congo last night in Aba.The lone Nigerian team standing in CAF continental campaign this season topped Group C on 12 points while the Congolese also qualified as the runners up of the group on nine points.The hard-fighting Congolese have Djoliba of Mali to thank for holding Ivorian team, Williamsville to a barren draw in Abidjan. Win or draw for Williamsville would have created problems for CARA.Before that saving goal came from the boots of Alalade who cashed on the rebound from Mfon Udoh’s free-kick, Enyimba had hit the cross bar in the dying minutes of the game but the absence of a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) denied the Aba  team what looked like a deserved goal.Playing their first game in three years at the newly refurbished Enyimba Stadium, the People’s Elephant took the game to the visitors as early as the third minute when but Augustine Oladapo’s drive from the edge of the box shaved the wrong side of the post.Ten minutes later Augustine Dimgba was at it again for the Nigerian side, but he saw his shot from 20 yards out well-saved by the Brazzaville keeper, Chili Ngakosso.CARA offered very little in terms of attack in the opening half with their only significant shot on goal coming on the half hour mark when Ngoma Mbo broke into the box, but he was denied in a one-on-one with the keeper.Enyimba controlled the remainder of the half, but failed to find a goal before the halftime break.The home side continued to dictate matters in the second half and Oladapo went close to scoring again in the 55th minute, but his attempt from just inside the box went inches wide of the target.Much like the first half the visitors struggled in the final third and often gifted the ball back to the opposition due to some poor passing.Still, Enyimba pushed forward and were finally rewarded for all their possession when Alalade scored the winning goal in the 94th minute.The beautiful turf on which Enyimba grabbed the ticket to the quarter final however witnessed some of their players celebrating like they were in any of the great grounds in the English Premiership.For the first time the players did some belly diving without any fear of injury.Aba fans who have been starved of great football spectacles for years trooped into the pitch and began dancing Shaku-Shaku. FINAL GROUP C TABLE                  P  W  D  L  GF  GA  PTSEnyimba    6  4  0  2  5  5  0  12CARA Bra. 6  3  0  3  7  5  +2  9Williamsville 6  2  2  2  5  5  +0  8Djoliba       6   1  2  3  3  5  -2  5 Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more