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Indian Man Arrested for Threatening to Blow Up Miami Airport

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh ATS arrested an 18-year-old man for allegedly making several calls to the Miami Airport threatening to blow it up, according to reports.Uttar Pradesh ATS IG Asim Arun said legal action is being initiated against the man, whose name has not been revealed.Uttar Pradesh ATS said the accused had purchased Bitcoins worth $1,000 but was duped by someone after which he lodged a complaint with the American intelligence agency FBI but did not get the desired response. Frustrated with FBI’s behavior, he made several calls to the Miami airport and threatened to attack it.The main said in his calls, “I will come with AK47, grenade, suicide belt and kill everyone.”The senior cop said the FBI spoke to the man but he continued to make threat calls using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service from October 2 till October 31.Arun said they traced the man based on his IP address and during interrogation, he confessed to his crime. He will now be charged in court.The senior cop clarified that Section 41A of the CrPC or Code of Criminal Procedure does not require an arrest. Related Itemslast_img read more

Kiwis’s have field day

India cruise to seven-wicket win in first ODI against Bangladesh

first_imgAjinkya Rahane anchored his innings to perfection in the company of comeback man Robin Uthappa and guided India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory in a rain-truncated first ODI against Bangladesh on Sunday.India’s Parvez Rasool, second right, celebrates the wicket of Bangladesh’s Anamul Haque, left, during their first one-day International cricket match in Dhaka on June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)Chasing a target of 273 in 50 overs, India were cruising along at 100 for one in 16.4 overs when the heavens opened up leading to a nearly two-hour delay. This lead to a revised target of 150 in 26 overs courtesy of D/L method, which India achieved with seven balls to spare.The foundation was laid by Rahane, who scored 64 off 70 balls and shared a 99-run opening stand with Uthappa, who smashed a quickfire 50 off 44 balls.The delay affected the momentum and there were umpiring howlers from Bangladesh umpire Enamul Haque Moni. Ambati Rayudu (16) and Suresh Raina (15) were at the crease when the winning run was achieved.The decision that Uthappa got was a poor one as Shakib’s armer hit the bat first before hitting the pad.Nevertheless it was an impressive comeback for Uthappa in India colours after a break of six years. He seemed to carry his IPL form into international cricket, hitting three fours and as many sixes.The best shot was the one when he reached to the pitch of a flighted delivery from Shakib al Hasan to loft him effortlessly over extra cover. The other two were hit off left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak and medium pacer Ziaur Rahaman.advertisementWhile facing pacers Mashrafe Mortaza and Al-Amin, Uthappa showed full face of the bat.Rahane was also a delight to watch as he stepped out to lift Mortaza over extra cover and then pulled him towards mid-wicket for a boundary.He also used the sweep shot against Razzak.Cheteshwar Pujara (0) would consider himself unlucky as he got another howler from Moni, who adjudged him leg before off Shakib with ball hitting him on the thigh pads and clearly going above the stumps.Rahane finally completed his sixth ODI half centiry off 60 balls while Ambati Rayudu seemingly struggled against the slow bowlers before they reached home.last_img read more

Career-defining season for Indian cricketers: Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli exuded confidence ahead of a bumper Test season which includes 13 matches against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia and said that the next few months would give India the chance to lay the foundation for their Test cricket. India kick-start a daunting home season against New Zealand from tomorrow in Kanpur when they clash for the first in a three-Test series. India, under Kohli, have been in great form in the traditional format and have won three back-to-back series against Sri Lanka, former world number one South Africa and West Indies. Two of those three triumphs have come away from home. This will only be Kohli’s second series at home as India’s Test captain but the 27-year-old, who took over from Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2015, sounded positive of making an impact in a historic home season. “I feel this season is a phase where we can lay a foundation as to where Test cricket will go as far as India is concerned,” Kohli told the media ahead of the opening Test match. “This season will be career-defining for all the players,” he said. CHANCE FOR INDIA TO EXTEND TEST DOMINATION India have won seven out of their last 11 Test matches, losing only one and the next few months will give the team the opportunity to extend their domination and dethrone arch-rivals Pakistan at the top of the International Cricket Council rankings for Tests. Understandably, Kohli was excited. “We can plan our Test cricket and earn our victories. These are very exciting times ahead,” Kohli said. However, sustaining a period of domination, even at home, could be easier said than done. England had stunned India on similar turners and the home batsmen struggled to get going against Imran Tahir’s guiles against the Proteas last year. Kohli, therefore, urged his batsmen to bring more solidity to their game, especially against the Black Caps, who are blessed with quality spinners, including and especially Ish Sodhi. “We want to solidify our batting a little more because all teams have good spinners,” said Kohli in a cold assessment of facts. Kohli also hinted that India would be open to returning to their oft-preferred 7-4 combination as opposed to five specialist bowlers in the West Indies. “We need to be smart about the team combination.”advertisementlast_img read more

Pre-Trial Dates Set For Athletes

first_imgStory Highlights Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are among the five athletes The athletes faced members of the JADCo Disciplinary Panel Pre-trial dates have been set for five Jamaican athletes, who were said to have returned adverse analytical findings, at the National Senior and Junior Championships in June.Former 100-metre World Record holder and Olympian, Asafa Powell and 2004 Olympic relay gold medalist, Sherone Simpson are among the five athletes.The others are National Record holder in the men’s discus, Traves Smikle; discus thrower, Allison Randall; and triple jumper, Demar Robinson.The athletes, with the exception of Ms. Randall, who currently resides overseas, faced members of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCo) Disciplinary Panel, during a mentioning of the disciplinary hearing held on September 6 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, where the pre-trial dates were set.The date for Mr. Smikle, Miss Randall, and Mr. Robinson, who are all represented by a team of attorneys led-by, Dr. Lloyd Barnett, William Panton and Sabrina Cross, has been set for Friday, September 20, at 10 a.m. at the Jamaica Conference Centre.Mr. Smikle will face a four-member pre-trial panel comprising former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Chairman of theAnti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, Kent Pantry; Deputy DPP and second Vice Chairman, Jeremy Taylor; physician, Ivor Crandon; and Olympian, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn.Additionally, a four-member panel consisting of Mr. Pantry; Mr. Taylor; physician, Dr. Archie McDonald; and FIFA referee, Peter Prendergast will head the pre-trial hearing for Mr. Robinson.Miss Randall will sit before a four-member panel, which includes Mr. Pantry, Mr. Taylor, Dr. McDonald and Mrs. Cuthbert-Flynn.As it regards, Mr. Powell and Miss Simpson, who are being represented by attorneys Kwame Gordon and Danielle Chai, a pre-trial hearing has been set for Friday, September 27 at 10 a.m. at the Jamaica Conference Centre.A three-member panel led by attorney-at-law and Vice Chairman of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, Lennox Gayle; physician, Dr. Jephthah Fordand, Mr. Prendergast will preside over both Ms. Simpson and Mr. Powell’s pre-trial hearings.Both Mr. Powell and Ms. Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the national trials in June. Mr. Powell has blamed his positive test on a range of new nutritional supplements prescribed to him by a physiotherapist.Mr. Pantry, who led the proceedings, informed that the matters concerning all five athletes will not be heard during the pre-trial hearings.“The pre-trial is really where certain orders will be made for documentation and other things and then a (disciplinary) hearing date will be agreed on (for each athlete) on that day,” he stated.Representing JADCO at this morning’s mentioning were Chairman of the body, Dr. Herbert Elliot, and attorney-at-law, Lackston Robinson.Meanwhile, JADCO has informed that back-up tests for all five athletes have confirmed the prohibited substances, which were found in the A-sample analysis in June.The local anti-doping body said the athletes’ B-samples were tested at a Montreal-based lab accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). JADCO further informed that all five athletes have been notified and have acknowledged receipt of their Notification Letters of an Adverse Analytical Finding for a ‘B’ sample.The Commission says the findings have been referred to the independent Jamaica Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel for their consideration and the establishment of the hearing panels.The Commission also said it continues its rigorous Anti-Doping Programme and has conducted 16 out-of-competition tests in July 2013.It added that from January to July 2013, JADCO planned to conduct 260 tests – 153 in competition and 107 out-of-competition, and has actually conducted 262 tests – 164 in-competition and 98 out-of-competition.Since starting testing in May 2009, the Commission has conducted 876 tests – 504 in competition and 272 out-of-competition. Both Mr. Powell and Ms. Simpson tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrinelast_img read more

Construction Work Begins on Saudi Arabias Maritime Yard

first_imgzoom The construction process on Saudi Arabia’s new maritime yard has officially begun, with dredging and associated activities well underway, oil rig builder Lamprell Plc said.The yard is being developed by the International Maritime Industries (IMI) joint venture company, a project launched by Saudi Aramco, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), Lamprell and the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) in January this year.According to Lamprell, all the conditions for the company to formally commence business have been met. One of those conditions was IMI’s entry into a loan agreement with the Saudi Industrial Development Fund.“Lamprell has been working closely with its partners on the establishment of the IMI business over the past few months and we are very pleased to see such tangible progress towards the operational phase, now that the conditions under the shareholders’ agreement have been completed,” Christopher McDonald, CEO, Lamprell, said.“A very welcome progress is also the selection of our new LJ43 jackup rig designed with GustoMSC for the rigs under the offtake agreement, this will further strengthen Lamprell’s position in our traditional market.” The yard is expected to start production and service operations in 2019, with the facility reaching its full operational capacity by 2022.The nearly 12 million square-meter facility, situated in Ras Al Khair in eastern Saudi Arabia, will be able to manufacture over 40 vessels including three very large crude carriers (VLCCs), four offshore rigs and service over 260 maritime products on annual basis, as indicated by Saudi Aramco.This will enable the JV partners to meet their manufacturing and MRO requirements for offshore oil and gas rigs, offshore support vessels, and crude carriers.The yard already has orders for more than 20 rigs and 52 ships over the next decade.It is estimated that the total cost of constructing the maritime yard will be around USD 5.2 billion, of which approximately USD 3.5 billion will be funded by the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The remaining cost of up to USD 1.7 billion will be funded by the JV partners. The JV will see Saudi Aramco invest up to USD 350.7 million, Bahri up to USD 139.3 million, HHI up to USD 70 million and Lamprell up to USD 140 million, the companies said earlier.last_img read more

A jungle trail

first_imgThe Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary hosts a wide range of flora and fauna – yet, this biodiversity hotspot remains off the beaten track for most tourists. Having visited Nagarhole and Bandipur on a previous holiday, this year we decided to visit this lesser-known Tiger Reserve of Karnataka. From Mangalore Airport, the drive to Agumbe goes past Karkala, which is known for its rich Jain heritage, especially the single stone 41.5 feet high statue of Gommateshwara or Lord Bahubali. We took a halt for filter coffee at Srisathyanarayana in Sitanadi. This shop-cum-eatery is a good place to buy local products like jack fruit chips and pickles. Sitanadi, also spelt Seethanadhi, gets its name from the Seetha river, which flows primarily in Udupi district, passing through the Agumbe forests and flows near Hebri, Barkur and joins the Suvarna river, before flowing into the Arabian Sea. Boat trips are possible and, during monsoons, when the river rises higher, white water rafting is popular. Also Read – Oman – Beauty with an addressSoon after Seethanadi, the road began to ascend the Agumbe Ghat, passing the rich tropical wet evergreen forests of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary. We saw troops of bonnet macaque; but the highlight was spotting a pair of lion-tailed macaque, who spend a majority of their life in the upper canopy of tropical moist evergreen forests but seem to have come down to feed on the roadside. We got a view of the waterfalls plunging down the hillside, before coming to the village of Agumbe, about 643 m above sea level. We took a stop for an early lunch at Dodda Mane, a heritage house that is now run as a homestay by Kasturi Akka and her family. We were seated in front of wooden plank tables on a gallery supported by wooden pillars and facing a courtyard, with a banana leaf placed in front of us. The family members came around to fill the leaf with rice, saaru, koshimbar, vegetables cooked in local style, curd and accompaniments. After we had finished, we were told to voluntarily leave as much as we felt the meal was worth on a thali. Also Read – CANADA: A traveller’s delightAfter lunch, we drove through Agumbe, which is a well-known centre for rainforest research – many botanists come here to study flora and medicinal plants, while herpetologists arrive in search of the king cobra and other reptiles. Though there are many viewpoints in Agumbe overlooking valleys and waterfalls, we decided to give them a miss and continued downhill towards Tirthahalli, crossing the Tunga river. From Tirthahalli, we drove through the agricultural countryside to Lakavalli, from where we could enjoy a view of the Bhadra Dam, located on the Bhadra River (a tributary of Tungabhadra River). The Bhadra Reservoir, created by the dam, is along the northern boundary of the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary. The reservoir has a number of islands – in the spring and summer seasons, these islands become a haven for nesting birds, especially river terns. We checked in at the River Tern Lodge and selected a cottage on an island reached by a suspension bridge. The bedroom was spacious with a superb view of the water body from its window. We were just in time for a late-afternoon jeep safari. A few minutes from the lodge, we entered the gate of Bhadra Tiger Reserve and drove through deciduous forests and grasses. Herds of spotted deer were grazing in the meadows, with langurs on treetops and peacocks or peahen nearby – a symbiotic relationship where each warns the other about the presence of predators. Our lady guide and our driver showed their spotting skills well by pointing a monitor lizard on the branch of a tree and a ruddy mongoose in the undergrowth. A few minutes later, the guide spotted a sloth bear – as we followed her directions, we saw that it was a mother bear with two cubs. As we drove onwards, we saw gaurs, better known as the Indian bison, and a majestic sambar stag. We also saw a jungle fowl, crested serpent eagle, hornbill, drongos and other birds. As evening approached, we started heading back – suddenly, the guide asked the driver to stop, she had spotted a leopard. As we scanned the trees through our binoculars, we saw two of them perched on different branches. We reported our exciting drive at the reception and settled for dinner with a spread of delectable chicken, fish and vegetables cooked in local style. The next morning, we rose early for the boat safari. The motorised boat covers much of the reservoir, whose backwaters lap the foot of the forested hills. From the boat, we could watch herds of spotted deer grazing the luxuriant growth of grasses along the waterfront. We saw the Indian darter, which has a long and slender neck (because of which it is also called snake bird) with a pointed bill, cormorants, grebe and storks, and even an osprey – a fish-eating bird of prey with a glossy brown body, white breast and greyish head. The boatman too had good spotting skills – he showed us an elephant among the wet deciduous forests covering the slope of a hill. The dreaded Indian wild dog, called dhole, comes to drink along the backwaters, and on the previous day, a tiger had been sighted during the boat safari. We got back to the lodge where a steaming breakfast was awaiting us.last_img read more

Terrorists will fill vacuum Rahul on Farooq detention

first_imgNEW DELHI: The government is trying to “remove nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah” to create a political vacuum that will be filled by terrorists, Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday, targeting the government for the veteran Jammu and Kashmir leader’s detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA). “It’s obvious that the Government is trying to remove nationalist leaders like Farooq Abdullah Ji to create a political vacuum in Jammu and Kashmir that will be filled by terrorists. Kashmir can then permanently be used as a political instrument to polarise the rest of India,” tweeted the Congress leader. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Several opposition politicians have denounced the move to use on Farooq Abdullah the PSA, a law that enables detention for up to two years without trial and has so far been applied to terrorists, separatists and stone-throwers in Jammu and Kashmir. Abdullah will face the section of the law that deals with disturbing public order, which would mean a minimum of three-month detention. His home in Srinagar will be designated a “jail” for his detention. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KTill now, the 83-year-old three-time Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir had been under unofficial house arrest for six weeks without any formal paperwork. A formal charge was brought against him on Monday, as the Supreme Court took up a petition asking for his immediate release. Hundreds of Jammu and Kashmir politicians, including Omar Abdullah – Abdullah’s son – and Mehbooba Mufti, both former chief ministers, have been arrested or detained as party of a security clampdown since August 5, when the government declared that special status to the state under Article 370 would end and it would be split into two union territories. Farooq Abdullah, however, is the first mainstream politician and the first MP to be charged under the PSA. The decision was seen by many as an attempt to pre-empt any court decision forcing his release. CPM leader Sitaram Yechury called the move a “cowardly afterthought” by the ruling BJP. “Farooq Abdullah has stood by India through thick and thin. Why has the PSA been imposed? This is a cowardly afterthought by the BJP government with no respect for either India or its Constitution,” Yechury said. DMK leader MK Stalin tweeted that the move was “excessive, arbitrary and unlawful”. Congress leader Kapil Sibal questioned whether the step to invoke PSA against Abdullah after 43 days was prompted by MDMK chief Vaiko’s plea in the SC seeking a directive that the former J&K chief minister be produced before it.last_img read more

Ethiopia Annan condemns postelection violence in Addis Ababa

“The Secretary-General is seriously concerned about the tense situation that has arisen due to controversies regarding the conduct of the recent elections,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement released in New York.The statement also urged all parties involved to support the efforts of Ethiopia’s National Election Board which is investigating the allegations of election irregularities. “The Secretary-General calls on the Ethiopian Government and the opposition leaders to do everything possible to resolve their differences through dialogue and legal means,” the spokesman said.”The Secretary-General urges the parties to commit themselves firmly to accept the final results that will be announced after the investigation is completed. In the meantime, he calls on all parties for calm, respect for the law and the rights of the people,” he added. read more

A year after Hurricane Matthew Haitis children still incredibly vulnerable to disasters

“Hundreds of thousands of children had their lives turned upside down by Hurricane Matthew,” said Marc Vincent, the head of the UNICEF country office in Haiti, in a news release issued by the agency. “The courage and determination of families to recover and begin to rebuild their lives is admirable and [we are] is proud to be one of the organizations continuing to support them.” In the immediate aftermath of the storm, UN mobilized its staff on the ground to respond to the most urgent needs, sending emergency aid for affected children and families, including clean water and sanitation. Working together with the Haitian Government and partner organizations, over the past 12 month, the UNICEF rehabilitated 120 schools damaged by the hurricane, enabling the return of more than 30,000 children to school. It also provided school furniture to some 139 schools and provided another 26,000 children with psycho-social support. In the Sud and Grand’Anse departments – two of the worst hit parts of the island – UNICEF helped screen 160,000 children for malnutrition in an ongoing programme, and organized a series of consultations with adolescents to enable them to express their concerns and ideas about risk and disaster management, with the results shared with local authorities. Recalling the destruction and feeling of despair, Bernard, a fourteen-year-old child from Roche-à-Bateau (in southern Haiti) said: “After [Hurricane] Matthew passed, I thought it would be virtually impossible to continue living. All the trees were uprooted.” “But people are beginning gradually to recover,” he added. Hurricane Matthew (Category 4) made landfall in Haiti on 4 October 2016. At the time, the “very powerful and slow moving” storm was described as the worst storm the country had seen in decades. As it passed over the country, the storm claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed critical infrastructure, including key bridges, communication links, and water and sanitation systems. Source: UNICEF [see in full screen] read more

Brock hosting first Labour Day baseball tournament

Baseball teams from both sides of the border will gather at Brock for the first ever Labour Day Classic Tournament this weekend.Twelve teams from schools such as the University of Western Ontario and New York State’s Genessee Community College will gather at three Niagara ballparks for the tournament.The Brock Badgers Baseball Club is hosting the tournament. The Badgers are the defending Ontario University Athletics champions who will take on the Toronto Varsity Blues, the McMaster Marauders and Bulletproof Baseball, among others.The tournament runs from Sept. 2 to 4 at Community Park in Merritton and Burgar Park and Welland Stadium in Welland.Tournament information and up-to-date results will be available at the tournament website.• PDF of the tournament schedule read more

Brock participants needed for Rankin Cancer Run

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Brock University team for the 13th annual Rankin Cancer Run.The event kicks off Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. at the Grantham Lions Club in St. Catharines. Participants have the choice to run or walk a one- or five-kilometre route along the Welland Canal.In addition to entering a team, Brock is further enhancing its community engagement by sponsoring this year’s run.“The Rankin Cancer Run is truly a unique and inspirational event to be a part of,” says Megan Brown, Community Engagement Co-ordinator with Student Life and Community Experience. “We hope that many members of the Brock community — students, faculty and staff — join us this year.”Registration is $20 for adults or $10 for students from kindergarten to university, and includes a T-shirt. Children aged five and under are free, but must have their name included in the family section of a parent’s registration form. Anyone who collects $100 or more in donations does not have to pay a registration fee. After the run, participants will be treated to a complimentary barbecue lunch.As one of Niagara’s largest fundraising events, the Rankin Cancer Run has raised more than $7.5 million over 12 years. Last year’s event saw 265 teams and more than 13,000 participants. The run is 100 per cent co-ordinated by volunteers — all money raised directly supports local cancer organizations.“It’s incredible to see the thousands of participants from across the community who come together in support of the Rankin Cancer Run,” says Brown. “Brock has been part of the run since its inaugural year in 2006. This year we hope to grow our team and carry on our tradition of participation in support of the many lives touched by cancer.”Show support for the Niagara community by gathering family, friends and co-workers, and joining the Brock University team:Go to rankincancerrun.comClick the green ‘REGISTER’ button at the top of the web page.Scroll down and click ‘3) Register this year as a team member.’Enter ‘Brock University’ into the team search field, then click ‘submit.’Fill out all the fields and click ‘submit.’Select a method of payment.If you have any questions about joining the Brock University Rankin Cancer Run team, email Megan Brown at or call x6671. read more

Children with autism and their families run a marathon every day

first_imgOCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST DENZIL Jacobs is gearing up to do something extraordinary later this summer.On August 19th he plans to run a marathon between Carlow and Kilkenny, in order to raise funding and awareness for Irish children with autism, and their families.Then, he’ll wake up the next day, and run another marathon. And the next day, and the next day.His monumental, almost insane “12 in 12 Challenge” consists of running 12 marathons, on 12 consecutive days, in 12 counties.When caught up with him by phone earlier this week, he was preparing for two consecutive days of the 36-mile Clonakilty ultramarathon – “as practice” for the 12 in 12.“I’m actually an average runner,” says Jacobs, who has worked with children with autism at the Saplings Special School in Graiguecullen, Co Carlow since 2007.The South African native, who arrived in Ireland in 2002 before marrying Elaine, a Tullamore woman, says he “gave up the drink and the young man’s lifestyle three years ago, and just started running.”Despite that modesty, the 37-year-old father of four will have run a total of 71 marathons by the time he crosses the finish line in Tullamore, Co Offaly on 30 August.[image alt=”” src=”×145.jpg” width=”145″ height=”145″ wp-size=”size-thumbnail” credit-url=”” credit-source=”” credit-via=”” credit-via-url=”” caption=”” title=”” wp-id=”wp-image-1579398″ class=”alignnone” /end]So what’s this all about?To be sure, Jacobs is taking on this completely outrageous project, in order to spread awareness about autism in Ireland, and raise €25,000 for Irish Autism Action, and the Saplings School.But you get the sense from him that there’s more to it than that. Honestly, there will be no better feeling than knowing that every step I’m taking will improve the lives of these children in the future. As far as I’m concerned, children with autism, and their families, run a marathon every day of their lives.They’re constantly battling everything, including the system.In fairness, Jacobs does at least accept that there are easier ways to raise the money, and that there will be seriously tough moments on the road through every county in Leinster. We need proper diagnosis and early assessment, because I’ve seen the damage it causes when children don’t get that. Some of these parents are left waiting for years for a diagnosis of autism – five parents in just the last five weeks have come to me looking for help, because the system has failed them.[image alt=”1239790_273539556142059_1937832181_n” src=”×145.jpg” width=”145″ height=”145″ wp-size=”size-thumbnail” credit-url=”” credit-source=”Denzil%20Jacobs” credit-via=”” credit-via-url=”” caption=”Denzil%20Jacobs%20with%20autism%20awareness%20campaigner%20Keith%20Duffy” title=”” wp-id=”wp-image-1579403″ class=”alignnone” /end]When asked what he would tell Leo Varadkar, the newly-appointed Minister of Health, if he had the chance, Jacobs didn’t hesitate. It’s not even the initial diagnosis of autism.It’s the lack of a proper diagnosis, and the shortage of services and resources that come after that. The parents of the kids I work with spend every day hoping that they’ll get some sleep that night, and here I am with the strength to be out running.[image alt=”IMG_4715″ src=”×145.jpg” width=”145″ height=”145″ wp-size=”size-thumbnail” credit-url=”” credit-source=”Denzil%20Jacobs” credit-via=”” credit-via-url=”” caption=”” title=”” wp-id=”wp-image-1579410″ class=”alignnone” /end]‘There’s no two ways about it, they’re being failed by us as a society’Jacobs is very clearly a guy who doesn’t lack “positive mental attitude” (Note: he’s running 12 marathons in 12 days).But he also has very specific views about what keeps parents of children with autism awake at night. Or when they get diagnoses of intellectual disabilities, even when that’s nowhere near the reality, when they have all the classic signs of autism. The HSE and the Department of Education are failing children with autism. The saddest thing I see isn’t so much the tears and pain and tantrums and difficult therapy sessions. That’s what will keep me going. Then, these children need proper resources. They need to be given a special needs assistant, so they can cope in a mainstream school.He sees special schools like the one he works at as “bridging a gap”, when the Irish education system has failed children with autism.But the cost involved in running those schools means that many families simply cannot afford to get their children the services they need, and are left stranded.The money Denzil Jacobs raises will go directly towards helping those parents.Although he’s inviting everyone to join him along the way (here’s his itinerary), if you’re not a marathon runner but you’d still like to help, you can donate to the cause here.Read: €9 million research programme in Autism described as ‘groundbreaking’>Here’s how these furry friends are changing the lives of autistic children in Ireland>last_img read more

Is 23yearold Paul Pogba really to blame for other peoples expectations of

first_img Friday 20 Jan 2017, 3:21 PM Image: Dave Thompson/AP/Press Association Images Share6 Tweet Email 52 Comments Short URL By Tommy Martin Pogba’s new haircut. Image: Dave Thompson/AP/Press Association Imagescenter_img Pogba’s new haircut. Jan 20th 2017, 3:21 PM 15,574 Views CREDIT TO PAUL Pogba, he did front up after his disastrous performance in Manchester United’s draw with Liverpool on Sunday.Not with a penitent post-match interview though. No, Pogba chose the more meaningful option of launching a branded hip-hop inspired clothing range the following day. After all, nothing speaks of sincere professional disappointment than offering fans the chance to purchase sweat pants and hoodies in a “bold and striking colour palette of black and gold.”To be fair, Pogba had already offered a mea culpa via his Instagram page. This was notable for the inclusion of two emojis (pile of poo, flexed bicep), neither of which was the new, personalised one which appeared to mock him from the electronic Old Trafford billboards throughout Sunday’s ordeal.On the back page of Tuesday’s Daily Mail, Pogba posed in his ‘PP’ branded gear (the logo was also died into his hair on Sunday. What’s that, you thought it was psoriasis?). The story inside pointed out that the £89million man had contributed as many new haircuts in his first six months at Old Trafford as goals.The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, imagined a simmering of murderous rage within Sir Alex Ferguson as he witnessed the #Pogba fiasco:The man who sold the England captain after tiring of “Brand Beckham” must have been secretly cursing under his breath from his seat in the directors’ box.”The inference was clear: more in your line to be working on set pieces, Sonny Jim, than fannying around with gold-plated trainers, Twitter emojis and preposterous barnets.Pogba must have found it all about as puzzling as trying to locate Dejan Lovren at a corner.He must have wondered where all the gushing press coverage he received in the build up to Sunday’s game had suddenly disappeared. Sure, he had played like a baby giraffe falling down a flight of stairs, but that was hardly in keeping with his recent form, if his pre-match clippings were to be believed.There was the bit in the Sunday Times pointing out that “Pogba’s attacking numbers have spiked and he’s on course for his best ever scoring year.”Talking up United’s chances, the Guardian said “…in recent weeks it has been the performance of Paul Pogba in midfield that has caught the eye…of late the 23-year-old has started to look a sound investment, even at the price.”The Telegraph focused on his leadership qualities within the United dressing room, quoting a source that claimed he and Zlatan Ibrahimovic “have filled that void left by big personalities such as Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand.”Once he’d digested his first lesson in the fickleness of the English media, he might have had words with the Old Trafford commercial department, whose ludicrous wheeze the Twitter emoji campaign was. He might quietly have said that with this, and the whole ‘Pogback’ campaign last summer, maybe they might pick on someone else for a change next time they want to ‘drive social media engagement’ before a massively important game.Thing is, he might have struggled to make himself heard in there with the popping of champagne corks this week, after the news that United had retaken their position ahead of Real Madrid at the top of the Deloitte Football Money League.Not bad for a club that finished 7th, 4th and 5th in the last three Premier League seasons. And given that managing director Richard Arnold recently boasted that the club was engaging on social media at a level “akin to religion” it’s clear that flogging Pogba’s image for likes and retweets is a profitable part of Old Trafford dogma. Zlatan has acted like a big brother to Pogba. Source: Martin RickettIbrahimovic, who’s acted as a kind of surrogate big brother to Pogba, stuck up for the young Frenchman during the week, as he aims to combine playing at the highest level with designing gold-embossed baseball caps.[Social media] is part of the game now. What is too much, what is too little? We don’t know. We just follow the game. We are professional, we train like always, try to do our best every game…For Paul the [Liverpool] game was different. It was a ‘dirty’ game, in the way we had to play more direct, by jumping over the midfield because the pressure Liverpool put on us was hard.”Liverpool’s pressure is more relevant than that caused by the #Pogba nonsense or the launching of snazzy Adidas clobber.It’s not Pogba’s fault that his explosive qualities made him hopelessly overvalued in world where clips on social media are more important than mundane matters of defensive discipline and positional play.Or that he’s still learning that coping with Liverpool’s piranha pressing is a lot tougher than the Queen of Sheba treatment he received from the Hull City midfield earlier in the week.Most of all, Pogba could reflect on this difficult week in his attempt to handle that price tag and think of the words of Kipling about meeting with triumph and disaster, and treating those two impostors just the same.Or, as they say these days: flexed bicep, pile of poo.Preston boss plays it cool when asked about signing Robbie KeaneTim Howard can’t take back controversial comments Is 23-year-old Paul Pogba really to blame for other people’s expectations of him? Tommy Martin on how the United midfielder learned about the fickleness of the British media and fans. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The doctor said Youre going to be hit by a bus here

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I didn’t really pass much remarks on it. I didn’t really know what to expect. So I actually wasn’t too bad going for the surgery. I found out after. When I actually had the surgery I knew what he was talking about when he said I’d be hit by a bus.”The issue was a leaking valve in his heart. Doctors discovered the problem when he was 16 and he was put on medication to prevent the valve from expanding further. It didn’t affect Kearns much in his day-to-day life.  Kearns made his debut for Monaghan in 2018. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO“They said it was fine and I didn’t need surgery up until a certain point,” he explains. “They said up until it got so wide, they were going to have to operate.“I was on medication for that to try and prolong that for as long as I could, to protect the valve. It just didn’t really work so I had to go for the surgery then.“They were monitoring it for that period of time until it got to a stage where it was too big and was leaking too much. It was just time to get it done and that was probably the best time to get it done.”Over the last year, the pains in his chest started.It started getting worse and worse. The chest pains would come more often.“They would have been fairly sore, probably a six or seven (on the pain scale). They were sore enough coming to the time I was going to get the surgery. And they were coming more often.“They’d only last a minute or two and then they’d go away and you mightn’t get them for a week, you mightn’t get them for two or three weeks. It wasn’t really anything I was doing that was giving me them pains either.You could be walking, you could be running and you’d get them pains.”It happened to coincide with his first year as a starter on the Farney team under Malachy O’Rourke, although Kearns says it wasn’t directly related to the extra stress placed on his body by inter-county football. “Not really. It probably did in its own way, to a level. But I wouldn’t have found it hurt when I was playing or anything like that. You wouldn’t know when the pains would come.“It wasn’t necessarily that the football was putting pressure on it. It probably did to a certain degree but not significantly.” Kearns contests a high ball against Waterford in the qualifiers. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOThe procedure involved surgeons attempting to save the original valve. When it wouldn’t fit back in, “they had to get their own graft and put it in.”At around 7pm, a groggy Kearns returned to the intensive care unit to begin his long road to recovery. It’s common for patients to experience a wide range of emotions, including depression, in the hazy fog that follows heart surgery.“When I came back out I was still on medication so I didn’t really feel too bad until I was back up in the ward. Just different things would catch you – breathing and stuff like that.“It was tough now for the first while,” he says.“I definitely felt a lot of emotions coming out of it. Most of the time I always had someone there with me. One of my family would have been there the whole time and it was good they were able to be there the whole time. “But you’d definitely notice within a week in recovery how much you’ve improved.”Not long after, Kearns was recovering back at home, but the early days were a slog.The first four weeks was the toughest. The easiest things like lifting a kettle of water, I wasn’t able to do that. I was only restricted to lifting 1kg.“Even coughing or sneezing, anything that was putting pressure on the bone was probably the worst of it all. But a week on you’d know a crazy difference in how you’re coming along.”Still, in early November he felt well enough to attend the PwC All-Star awards, where he was one of seven Monaghan players to be nominated for the honour. While the pain of their near-miss against Tyrone still lingered, the All-Stars gave Kearns the opportunity to reflect on his stunning rookie campaign.Heading into 2018, he was an unknown entity on the national scene. He’d spent the majority of 2017, his last year at U21, on the fringes of the senior squad, learning his trade. Soaking in what it meant to be an inter-county footballer. “I was only after coming in and I got very little game-time. I was happy enough to see the whole set-up and understand different things in my first year of being in on a county panel. It was good to see the life off the field and then life on the field and then you’re able to compare the two of them together. I enjoyed last year greatly. Kearns on the ball during the clash against Kerry last summer. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Looking back, it was one of the best years I’ve experienced. I didn’t expect it at all.”After taking his chance in the McKenna Cup, Kearns was a revelation at midfield for Monaghan. The Sean McDermott’s man started every single game in the league and championship in his breakthrough season.He played a full 70 minutes in all but one of Monaghan’s nine championship games in the summer. The only game Kearns didn’t complete was their 0-16 to 0-8 win in Galway, when he was replaced after 62 minutes with the visitors already assured of victory.Malachy gave me a chance in the first McKenna Cup game. He gave me that chance and Darren Hughes was there beside me, he was able to guide me the whole way through it.“I looked up to him and he was able to help me through the whole thing so that just made it that bit easier when you’re playing with boys like him and Rory Beggan. He’s just a top-class keeper. It makes it a whole lot easier for making runs and stuff like that.”Kearns recalls the week of his championship debut in May, when Tyrone welcomed Monaghan into the cauldron of Omagh. “It was crazy. The nerves that week was mad. You’re just running plays through your head the whole time. It was very, very nervewracking.“But once the ball is thrown up you just have to let all them nerves go and just play. You’re in the moment so you have to get on with things. It was a great experience to be fair. I enjoyed it too.”They took care of Tyrone in the Ulster quarter-final, but were stunned by Fermanagh in the last four after a late fisted Eoin Donnelly goal. That sent Monaghan packing to the qualifiers, but it did allow them build-up a head of steam with regular games. Kearns gets a pass away under pressure from Tyrone’s Tiernan McCann. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHOWins over Waterford, Leitrim and Laois followed to seal a place in the inaugural Super 8s. Kearns found his scoring touch during the run through the backdoor, posting 0-3 before he added a score against both Kildare and Kerry in the All-Ireland quarter-final group phase.“You sort of set goals out at the start of the game on what you want to achieve in a game,” he explains.That would be one of my goals, to maybe get on the scoresheet or things like break so many balls – in midfield that’s one of the main things you look to do to break possession up and get turnovers and stuff like that, just disrupting play.“That’s one of key things you need to be able to play at that level, it’s to be able to compete in the air. “It’s just something I’d run through the night before. Lying up, you’d just think about what you want to do in the game. Then afterwards if you look back and see that you’d achieved your goals then you’ve done something right.”Great score by Monaghan’s Niall Kearns!— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 15, 2018 Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 10:00 AM ‘The doctor said, ‘You’re going to be hit by a bus here” – Monaghan star’s six-hour open-heart surgery 21-year-old midfielder Niall Kearns chats to The42 about his recent operation and the long road to recovery. 49,618 Views Mar 2nd 2019, 10:00 AM Subscribe WHAT WAS RUNNING through your mind before you underwent open-heart surgery?It’s not the sort of question you can typically put to an inter-county player. Monaghan midfielder Niall Kearns recently underwent heart surgery. Source: James Crombie/INPHOLast October, Monaghan’s young midfielder Niall Kearns endured “six or seven” hours of surgery to repair a leaking valve in his heart. It arrived on the back of a sensational debut season for the 21-year-old, who earned an All-Star nomination for his role in Monaghan’s trip to their first All-Ireland semi-final in 30 years. On 12 August, he was part of the Farney side that agonisingly missed out on a place in the All-Ireland final, falling to Tyrone by a single point in Croke Park. Exactly two months later, on 12 October, Kearns was sitting up on a bed in the nearby Mater Hospital, being readied to go under the knife by doctors and not knowing what to expect.“I went down at about 10am and they prepped me for surgery,” he tells The42.“I was grand until they called me and then the nerves probably started kicking in a wee bit. But it wasn’t the worst. My family were there with me and they walked me down the hall to the surgery.“The doctor on the team was like, ‘You’re going to be hit by a bus here’.“And I was like, ‘Ah yeah, yeah.’center_img 5 Comments By Kevin O’Brien Short URL Share1417 Tweet Email4 A late David Clifford goal denied Monaghan a historic win over the Kingdom, but a draw – and more importantly a big performance – against All-Ireland contenders at the end of July was a sure sign O’Rourke’s men were on the right track.“For it to be in Clones as well, Clones is one of the best places to play a match. The atmosphere in Clones alone, you just have to take it in.“We were disheartened at the end when Clifford drew the game, but you just have to get on with things like that too. You can’t be looking back, you just have to take every game as it is really.” Kearns and Kieran Donaghy duel during the Super 8s clash. Source: James Crombie/INPHOA week later arrived what Kearns describes as his personal highlight from the year. A do-or-die clash against the Connacht champions with a first semi-final appearance since 1988 at stake.“It was a game that we had to win and every man just performed to their best that day,” he says.“It was a brilliant day, the weather was great, the atmosphere down there was great and the supporters travelled. It was probably one of the highlights of the year to be fair.” The Tyrone defeat in the semi-final, having beaten them twice already that year, was a crushing blow. That was probably the low-point. To be just coming back at them and then being killed by that goal, we didn’t play probably to the best of what we can play that day and we still put it up to them.“You can take a positive away from that too. Hopefully now this year we’ll get back at it again and hopefully reach as far as we can.”The Farney find themselves mired in a battle to retain their Division 1 status this spring and there isn’t a whole lot Kearns can do about it. He admits “it’s tough watching from the line” but doctor’s orders must be heeded given the serious nature of his condition. After taking some time away from the squad, the DKIT student is back among the group and taking part in his own sessions at the Monaghan GAA training base in Cloghan. Malachy gave me the time that I needed and I was very thankful for that. I am back in around doing my own wee bits and pieces. I just felt I needed to be around to keep interested and know what’s going on.“The game is progressing the whole time so it changes from year to year. It’s easier coming back in knowing what’s going on rather than being out for two or three months and then trying to come back in. Even building morale and stuff like that with a few new players coming up, you just have to keep in with things. “I came back and I’m starting to get back doing my own wee bits now. Just doing a bit of training on my own and sessions down in Cloghan.”No timeline has been placed on his potential return yet. “I’m doing a bit of running and some small gym work. I’m only allowed to lift so much weight because you can’t put so much pressure on the chest. It’s just slow, very slow now. You have to obey what the doctors and surgeons say.“I’d say I’ll still be going to the Mater for visits every year or two years. But hopefully when I get back that’ll be me. At the minute, it’s the breastbone that’s the main concern. The valve itself they said it’s healed or on its way anyway. Damien Comer takes on Kearns. Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO“It’s not like any other injury where you think you’ll be back ‘next week or whatever’. It’s one of them things you just have to wait and see what takes place. “I’m just sort of taking it week by week. You don’t know what could happen because I don’t want to rush back into it too quick either or it’ll just bite you in the ass then again. Hopefully not.“It’s hard to tell, I’m sort of just going by what the doctors and physios say. It’s not something I can really put a date on either. You have to listen to them too. They know what they’re talking about.”Asked if this spell out of action will give him a greater appreciation of the game when he returns, Kearns maintains that even during his meteoric rise with Monaghan, he never lost sight of what drew him to football in the first place. “One thing, before I was even on the Monaghan panel, I always enjoyed it. I always enjoyed going out and playing.“I never really expected much of myself to be called in (to the squad). So I do enjoy every game that I go out and play.“I think you have to enjoy a game to play it to your full potential too.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here:last_img read more

New investor requests two seats on newlook Donaco board

first_imgJust a week after acquiring a 19.25% stake in Southeast Asian casino operator Donaco International, Hong Kong hedge fund Argyle Street Management Ltd (ASM) has filed a written request for two seats on the board.Donaco revealed on Monday that its newest investor wants two representatives of an associated firm called On Nut Road Ltd, Mr Kurkye Wong and Mr Yan Ho Leo Chan, appointed as directors of the company. Donaco completes board renewal process with appointment Aruze’s Yugo Kinoshita Donaco ready to reset after horror year sees losses widen in FY19 on Cambodia impairment charge Load More ASM has also requested that Donaco “refrains from making any decisions that cause material changes to the corporate structure, capital structure, acquisitions or divestments of Company assets, and/or management control of the company until a new Board which is reflective of the stakeholders of the company is established.”The development comes after ASM, which is reportedly controlled by Thai hotel billionaire Chanin Donavanik, acquired a 19.25% stake in Donaco from Orchard Capital Partners (OCP) 10 days ago. The acquisition represented a significant portion of the 27.25% stake OCP had previously seized from Donaco founder Joey Lim after he defaulted on a loan repayment in November 2018.While ASM has wasted no time in pushing for board positions, Donaco indicated a more cautious approach in an ASX filing on Monday.“The Board and management of the Company have not previously had any contact whatsoever with representatives of On Nut Road Limited, or its associate, Argyle Street Management Limited of Hong Kong,” Donaco stated.“Accordingly, the Board is not aware of ASM’s intentions for the Company, or its reasons for acquiring a 19.25% voting interest in the Company and seeking to appoint two representatives to the Board.”Donaco also noted that it has a five-member board which would normally entitle ASM to a single board representative rather than two.Ironically, an EGM is already scheduled for 18 July after another group of shareholders led by Silver Heritage Group Chairman James Spenceley filed a formal request for Joey and Ben Lim to be removed from the board.Donaco said it could not make any commitment to ASM’s request for board representation but would initiate talks to better understand its intentions as well as the qualifications and experience of the two candidates. RelatedPosts Donaco reveals addition of two new board members as makeover continueslast_img read more

Man killed in shooting outside Club Space in Miami

first_imgIf you have any information on this fatal shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police are searching for the people responsible for a shooting outside of Club Space in Downtown Miami that left one man dead, Sunday morning.According to City of Miami Police, a fight broke out among two groups of people in the parking lot outside the club, located near North Miami Avenue and 11th Street, at around 7:30 a.m.Investigators said multiple shots were fired during the fight.When first responders arrived, they found the victim unresponsive. “We found one adult male, possibly between 25 and 35 years of age, who sustained a gunshot wound,” said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll.Paramedics transported the man to Ryder Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead.No arrests have been made at this time.Homicide detectives will be reviewing surveillance video to search for clues, officials said. last_img read more

Unsung heroes animals played key roles in WWI

first_imgIn this undated WWI file photo, soldiers move toward the front with their machine guns and ammunition pulled by dogs in Belgium. Photo: APThey were messengers, spies and sentinels. They led cavalry charges, carried supplies to the front, comforted wounded soldiers and died by the millions during World War I.Horses, mules, dogs, pigeons and even a baboon all were a vital — and for decades overlooked — part of the Allied war machine.Researchers have been hard-pressed to find official accounts of the services rendered by animals during the Great War. But if their labors once were taken for granted, four-legged and winged warriors have been acknowledged more recently as unsung heroes.France recently decided to recognize their wartime role. And in 2004, Britain installed a huge memorial on the edge of London’s Hyde Park to “all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.”Here’s a look at how they contributed.WHAT THEY DIDAn estimated 10 million horses and mules, 100,000 dogs and 200,000 pigeons were enrolled in the war effort, according to Eric Baratay, a French historian specializing in the response of animals to the chaos, fear and smells of death in the mission that man thrust upon them.World War I marked the start of industrial warfare, with tanks, trucks, aircraft and machine guns in action. But the growing sophistication of the instruments of death couldn’t match the dog tasked with finding the wounded, the horses and mules hauling munitions and food or the pigeons serving as telecommunications operators or even eyes, carrying “pigeongrams” or tiny cameras to record German positions.”They were quasi-combatants,” said Serge Barcellini, comptroller general of the Armed Forces and head of Le Souvenir Francais — The French Memory — in a recent speech devoted to the role played by beasts of war.Indeed, gas masks were fitted to the muzzles of four-legged warriors braving noxious battlefield fumes.In France, as in Britain and elsewhere, horses and mules were requisitioned.One typical sign posted in southern Paris ordered citizens to present their steeds and mules to the Requisition Committee by Nov. 14, 1914, or risk “prosecution by the military authority.” It was becoming clear there would be no quick end to the war that ground on for four more years.FEATHERED HEROESCher Ami, or Dear Friend, the carrier pigeon who wouldn’t quit, lived up to her name, saving the lives of 194 American troops of the “Lost Battalion” of the 77th Infantry Division, isolated behind enemy lines during the 1918 Meuse-Argonne offensive in eastern France.About 550 men had held their ground against a far larger German force for days before coming under fire from American troops unaware the trapped soldiers weren’t the enemy.On Oct. 4, Maj. Charles Whittlesey sent Cher Ami into the skies with a final message giving the U.S. battalion’s location, followed by a plea: “For heaven’s sake stop it.”Cher Ami lost an eye and a leg from German gunfire, but kept flying, around 25 miles (40 kilometers) in about a half-hour, according to the United States World War One Centennial Commission. Survivors of the “Lost Battalion” returned to American lines four days later.Another carrier pigeon named Vaillant, assigned to the French military, also performed extraordinary feats during the war.On June 4, 1916, he was released into the sky with the desperate message, “He’s my last pigeon.”French Commander Sylvain Eugene Raynal, encircled by Germans at the Fort de Vaux near Verdun, was counting on Vaillant to save his men.The feisty bird flew through toxic gas and smoke, reaching the Verdun pigeon loft choked by fumes. With no help arriving despite Vaillant’s courageous effort, Raynal and his men surrendered three days later.Both Cher Ami and Vaillant were awarded France’s Croix de Guerre, or War Cross.This undated file photo shows machine gunners with mules crossing a trench in France during WWI. Photo: APROUND ‘EM UPHorses are ancient warriors, but most of those conscripted during World War I weren’t war-ready. They died by the millions, from disease, exhaustion and enemy fire, forcing the French and British armies to turn to America to renew their supply. A veritable industry developed with more than half a million horses and mules shipped by boat to Europe by fall 1917, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission.So important was the commerce that the Santa Fe Railroad named a station Drage, after British Lt. Col. F.B. Drage, the commander of the British Remount Commission in Lathrop, Missouri, a major stockyard for the future beasts of war.”So the war business in horses and mules is good,” read an article in the December 1915 issue of The Santa Fe Magazine, for employees of the railway system. Good for the farmer, contractor, supplier and railroads, it said, but “not good for the animals.”SERVICE BY EXOTICSAmong the more exotic animals called into service was a baboon named Jackie, who served with the 1st South African Infantry Brigade in then British-occupied Egypt and later in the trenches in France and Belgium. His acute hearing and keen eyesight helped warn soldiers of enemy movement or possible attacks when he would screech and tug on their clothing.Jackie was wounded in Flanders Fields when the South African brigade came under heavy shelling in April 1918 and his leg had to be amputated.Lt. Col. R.N. Woodsend, of Britain’s Royal Medical Corps, described that procedure: “He lapped up the chloroform as if it had been whiskey, and was well under in a remarkably short time. It was a simple matter to amputate the leg with scissors.”DOGS OF WARMan’s best friend helped soldiers survive. Dogs served, firstly, as spotters of the wounded, learning to identify ally from enemy. They also served as sentinels, messengers, transporters and chasers of rats — the bane of the trenches along with lice and fleas. The French military created a service devoted to dogs of war in December 1915.Less official, but crucial to soldiers’ morale, was the role of dogs and other creatures in the trenches, and as mascots. Stray dogs running from fighting were adopted as companions along with other animals, including a Royal Air Force fox mascot adopted by British pilots.These dogs and other mascots helped soldiers “think of life … and the life they hoped to find again,” said Baratay, the French historian, in a speech last month in Paris.last_img read more

Why a rat eradication attempt on Henderson Island failed

first_img(—A team of researchers the University of Cambridge and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has conducted a case study of a failed rat eradication project on an island in the South Pacific. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, the team reports that it has found that the failure was not due to migration of new rats to the island, or some of the rats being able to withstand the poison used, but instead because some of the rats never ate the poison and then began reproducing at a rapid pace. Explore further Approximately 800 years ago Polynesian sailors introduced Pacific rats to Henderson Island, where they rapidly multiplied. Today there are no people living on the islands but lots of rats, which is a problem, because they eat the chicks of endangered birds. For that reason, a team with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the government of the Pitcairn Islands decided to solve the problem by killing every rat on the island. A study was conducted and in 2011, a helicopter flew over the island and dropped seventy-five metric tons of rat poison at pre-chosen locations—a strategy that had been used successfully on other islands in the South Pacific. Unfortunately, this effort did not prove successful. Today the rat population is back to where it was before the eradication effort was made—approximately 100,000.In their case study, the researchers conducted DNA tests to make sure the rats that are there now are not descendents of rats from somewhere else—they were not which ruled out migration of new rats as the problem. The team also ran multiple tests and determined that it was not possible that some of the rats could have survived after eating the rat poison. That left only one possible reason for the failure—some of the rats had not eaten the rat poison, and thus were not killed. After careful analysis, the team suggests that approximately 50 rats likely survived the rat drop and that it was likely due to an unexpected rainfall that had occurred just prior to the rat poison dump—fruit and flowers were plentiful which made the rat poison less of an attractive option. The large number of rats today is the result of the rapid pace of reproduction of the rats—one female bears up to six pups every few months. The Royal Society is not ready to give up however, they plan to try again, but next time around will plan their attack around the weather. © 2016 Credit: Michael Palmer/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 4.0 Citation: Why a rat eradication attempt on Henderson Island failed (2016, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Royal Society Open Science New way to smell a rat means end for rodents More information: W. Amos et al. Rat eradication comes within a whisker! A case study of a failed project from the South Pacific, Royal Society Open Science (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160110AbstractTo enhance their conservation value, several hundred islands worldwide have been cleared of invasive alien rats, Rattus spp. One of the largest projects yet undertaken was on 43 km2 Henderson Island in the Pitcairn group, South Pacific, in August 2011. Following massive immediate mortality, a single R. exulans was observed in March 2012 and, subsequently, rat numbers have recovered. The survivors show no sign of resistance to the toxicant used, brodifacoum. Using pre- and post-operation rat tissue samples from Henderson, plus samples from around the Pacific, we exclude re-introduction as the source of continued rat presence. Microsatellite analysis of 18 loci enabled comparison of genetic diversity of Henderson rats before and after the bait drop. The fall in diversity measured by allele frequency change indicated that the bottleneck (Ne) through which the breeding population passed was probably around 50 individuals, representing a census population of about 60–80 animals. This is the first failed project that has estimated how close it was to success. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Traditions laced with satire

first_imgAnant Art presents the solo show of Prantik Chattopadhyay titled ‘Go I Know Not Where, Bring I Know Not What’ featuring his recent paintings and installations. Prantik Chattopadhyay’s artworks have been inspired by traditional Indian art forms such as miniature paintings as well as from the folk and tribal arts. Informed by these traditions Prantik visualises a contemporary landscape populated by imageries from popular culture and themes which deal with memory, loss, mythologies, and consumerism laced with humour and satire. During his student days he was awarded the Nasreen Mohamedi Award in 2002. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHis solo shows include ‘Mummified Myths of Cheap Thrills’ at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai 2010, ‘Pehchan kaun’ at Sakshi Art Gallery, Mumbai in 2007. His selected group shows include ‘…And so they thought when thou art gone’ a group exhibition dedicated to K.G.Subramanyan, at Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda, 2017, ‘Opening show’ at Nazar Art Gallery,Vadodara , 2016, ‘Dakshin Paschim’ an exhibition of contemporary art at Emamichisel Art Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata, 2010, ‘Sites of engagement’ group show at Anant Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2007. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThese works are influenced by the childhood memories of the artist and his engagement with Soviet children’s literature and the legend of Manasa cult. Through this works Prantik attempts to re-imagine the lost pages of those tales and he weaves a contemporary narrative around the myth of ‘Manasa’. Using images from popular culture, illustrations form Soviet books, Patua paintings, and the miniature tradition the artist offers a criticism of the contemporary consumer culture. Anant Art is a curated art platform which keeps pace with current global contemporary art trends. It is a team of art enthusiasts committed to making the art-viewing experience meaningful, accessible, and enriching. Besides establishing a dynamic virtual presence for South Asian contemporary art, Anant Art is also committed to focus on online and offline curation, art historical research, art publishing, and various interactive educational outreach programmes. It strives to develop itself as a multifaceted platform which could catalyse new thinking and discussions on contemporary art.last_img read more