2018 has already been a memorable year, ushering in a major cold snap in many parts of the Southeastern United States and slamming the East Coast with a historic weather event that’s being referred to in the media as a ‘bomb cyclone’.While much of the Blue Ridge was spared the type of intense blizzard conditions that reeked havoc on places further east, the region has fallen into the icy grips of prolonged frigid temperatures—recently dipping into the single digits in places as far south as Western North Carolina.While this weather kept less hardy adventures tucked away within the comfortable confines of their central heating systems, others took to the trails in search of frozen waterfalls. Some even set out with crampons affixed to their hiking boots and ice axes in hand and proceeded to ascend the frozen sides of said waterfalls—a brand of adventure that’s rarely possible here in the Southern Appalachians.We scoured our Instagram feed for ten of our favorite frozen waterfall shots from the region’s recent bout with extreme cold weather and aggregated them here for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
The social network acted as ballot counting continues in battleground states two days after Tuesday’s vote, with Democrat Joe Biden still confident of capturing the presidency from incumbent Donald Trump.“In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we have removed the Group ‘Stop the Steal,’ which was creating real-world events,” Facebook said in response to an AFP inquiry.“The group was organised around the delegitimisation of the election process, and we saw worrying calls for violence from some members of the group.”- Advertisement – Facebook on Thursday shut down a pro-Trump group organising protests against vote-counting, saying it was being used to delegitimise the election process and included “worrying” calls for violence.The group, called “Stop the Steal,” was just days old but had topped 3,00,000 members by the time it was removed for violating Facebook policies.- Advertisement – But his tweets have been masked with notices telling people the claims are misleading.Facebook and Twitter have been scrambling to prevent the platforms from being used to spread false claims regarding the integrity of voting or ballot counting.The platforms have pledged stepped-up scrutiny of false election information, including premature claims of victory, seeking to avoid a repeat of 2016 manipulation efforts.Separately, Facebook said it implemented its policy banning political ads after the close of polls. A Facebook spokesperson said the goal was “reducing the chance for confusion or abuse” and that the ban will likely last about a week.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. “Stop the Steal” was calling for “boots on the ground” to protect what it called the “integrity” of the vote, according to the Washington Post, and encouraging donations to help send supporters to battlegrounds such as Georgia and Pennsylvania.Some of the commentary warned of being “on the verge of civil war” and asked supporters how they would go about “overthrowing the government,” the Post reported.Since Election Day the president has fired off tweets calling for ballot counting to be stopped, and contended without proof there has been voter fraud.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Jose Mourinho accused his Chelsea players of betraying his hard work after the club’s ninth Premier League defeat of the season at Leicester.Mourinho let rip on Sky Sports after the defending champions lost 2-1 to top-of-the-table Leicester, claiming last season’s success was down to his “phenomenal” work bringing his players “to a level they aren’t really at”. Highlights from his interview with Patrick Davidson:’I feel like my work was betrayed’ “We concede two goals that are unacceptable for me. I know my best quality is to read the opponents for my players and to identify every detail and these two goals – with the movement of (Jamie) Vardy between the two central defenders and then (Riyad) Mahrez one-against-one when I want one-against-two – are difficult to accept. “I feel my work was betrayed.”‘Last season I took them to a level that is not their level’ “When you have some players in crucial positions not playing at a normal level, it is difficult. “All last season I did phenomenal work and I took them to a level that is not their level. It’s more than they really are. It’s not all of them, of course, but clearly for some of them it is more difficult (to reach that level again)”. Hazard went down injured in the first half, tried to continue but quickly concluded he could not play on. Mourinho said, appearing to border on sarcasm: “The only thing I know is in 10 seconds he made the decision himself. It must be a serious injury as he made the decision himself and just left the pitch.”Mourinho was critical of striker Diego Costa, specifically accusing him of failing to get into scoring positions inside the penalty area. “We put on an extra midfield player, then an extra striker, because clearly Diego (Costa) is in trouble in the box. Normally his movement is outside the box, so I tried to bring (Loic) Remy in to have another body there.” Mourinho accused Leicester of timewasting after Chelsea pulled a goal back to make it 2-1. “We scored a goal with 15 minutes to go, but it was almost five because of the ballboys, the injuries, the ball disappearing and all this stuff. It’s not nice, but they did it very well.” He later called the ball boys: “A disgrace to the Premier League.”–