16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions’ longtime financial support of Credit Unions for Kids enables Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals to serve thousands of patients annually, producing heartwarming stories that resonate throughout the movement.Sometimes, that connection transforms from professional to intensely personal.Such was the case for three credit union professionals who suddenly found themselves and their close family members on the receiving end of CMN Hospitals’ renowned caregiving.A ‘preemie’ success storyThe first five months of Melanie Stillwell’s second pregnancy in 1998 were uneventful—evoking relief for the CEO of Western Cooperative Credit Union in Williston, N.D., whose first baby had been stillborn.Left to right: Ryland Stillwell, Christopher and Joseph Gentile, and Raylen Rysdam have all flourished thanks to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, where they received specialized care at birth after difficult pregnancies for their mothers. continue reading »
By Martyn HermanMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Defending champion Roger Federer moved smoothly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open yesterday.The 36-year-old Swiss turned the evening clash on a packed Rod Laver Arena into an exhibition as he struck 41 winners to breeze past a willing but outclassed Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.The only time Federer looked remotely stumped came during a post-match interview conducted by American comedian Will Ferrell who told him he had played like a “silky gazelle”.“Don’t they get eaten in the end?” Federer ventured before being asked whether he was a witch or a vampire and whether his age-defying performances were down to a diet of wombat meat.“I was a bit scared,” Federer joked. “I‘m happy I dodged some questions there.”While Ferrell provided some unexpected comedy, Federer again proved that when it comes to tennis he is king of the jungle.Any player hoping to stop him retaining his title and claiming a 20th grand slam will have to be pretty special on this evidence.Federer looked just as imperious as when he won the last five games to beat Rafael Nadal in last year’s thrilling final and end a five-year wait for his 18th major.Poor Bedene, no mean performer at world number 51, can now at least say he has witnessed Federer’s brilliance first hand, having never previously faced him.He played his part in entertaining exchanges but Federer, sporting a diagonal pink stripe on his immaculate white kit, was in one of those moods when he could strike winners at will.He broke Bedene’s serve in the fourth game of the first set in which he conceded only three points on his serve.Federer pounced immediately at the start of the second, producing a fizzing backhand return before leaping high to smash away Bedene’s defensive lob.The winners began to pile up and one member of the sell-out crowd yelled, “Give him a chance, Rog” late on.But Federer was in no mood to hang around and he finished the match on Bedene’s serve when his opponent netted a backhand.“I am hoping for another good year,” Federer, who also won Wimbledon for a record eighth time in 2017, said on court.“I am not sure it will go as well (as 2017) because I‘m a year older, Rafa’s looking in tip-top shape and other guys are coming back.”His next opponent will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff tomorrow when temperatures in Melbourne are expected to climb to about 40 degrees centigrade.“I’ll ask for a night match just because I played night tonight. It’s just easier, to be honest, rather than going from night to day to night to day to night to day,” Federer said.
All attention turns now towards the club championship in the Premier County this weekend as the Mid Tipp hurling crown is up for grabs.The players involved in this weekend’s Mid Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship Final are prepared to ‘do anything to get the better of the opposition’.That’s the view of Drom-Inch manager Ted Kennedy, whose side face Loughmore-Castleiney in the divisional decider in Templetuohy on Sunday. He says friendships will be cast aside for the duration of the game.Loughmore boss Declan Laffan is hoping a recent run of defeats for the club in the final can be brought to an end.Tipp FM will have regular updates from the match, which throws-in at 3.30 on Sunday afternoon.