first_imgImage by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.NEW YORK – A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19.Researchers think she caught it from a human zookeeper, and they say, people infected with Coronavirus should stay away from their pets while in isolation.The zoo’s been closed since mid-March, but keepers have been tending to the animals.It turns out one of the caretakers was ‘shedding’ the virus. Several tigers and lions have now started showing signs of a respiratory illness. So, a vet tested a four-year-old tiger named Nadia for the virus. It turns out the big cat is infected, and the others probably are too.It’s an indication humans can give COVID-19 to animals. So, health officials suggest people who test positive for Coronavirus should stay away from their pets, just like they would people. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgStuck in the mud.“It’s just like delivering a placenta,” my brother-in-law — a doctor — says helpfully.I fail to see the humor.Dan and I are trudging through the Alaskan bush on the Canoe Portage From Hell, trying to keep phalanxes of black flies from chomping our exposed skin, while board-stiff alder branches are whipping our faces.Moments before, our torturously slow slog ground to a halt when I planted one of my crutches in the wrong spot and leaned on it, hard. The smooth metal shaft promptly sank two feet into the state’s infamous “suck mud,” and my heart sank with it. I tugged gingerly and heard just what I expected: the distinctive slurp of the rubber tip being suctioned off and entombed in the muck. Without their tips, my custom-made titanium crutches were useless on the soft terrain, like trying to post-hole through deep snow on stilts.So now I’m up to my elbow in the ooze and groping blindly—hence the obstetrics joke—while the flies drink deeply from their stationary target. Suddenly, my fingers brush something hard… and immediately slip off. I probe again, stretching, clawing, swatting at my winged tormentors with the other hand, which comes away blood-streaked as I smash their engorged bodies against my skin. This time my grip holds, and I finally manage to free the critical piece of equipment.Our goal is to circumvent a difficult rapid that rips a frothy white gash through a remote river in a corner of Alaska that tourists rarely visit. Because I was born with spina bifida and am partially paralyzed from the waist down, the portage is taking a while, to put it mildly—eight hours so far, hauling gear through dense vegetation devoid of anything resembling a trail, in prime grizzly bear habitat. Visibility is only a few feet in many places, which means that surprising one of the beasts is a distinct possibility. It has taken me 20 minutes to crutch, stumble, claw, and crawl the last 20 feet, and suck mud, downed trees, grabby vines, and spiny alder stretch as far as we can see. Not to mention that we barely know where we’re going or how far it is back to the river. Discouragement begins to descend like an Alaskan squall.Sometimes I ask myself why I do this stuff. What’s the point of a grueling portage when, even on a paved surface, a mile for me feels like five or 10 for most people? Why kayak or scuba dive, when just hauling my gear to the water can leave me exhausted? Why crank a 33-pound handcycle up punishing hills?Today, I’m intensively reevaluating my decision to trudge waist-deep through a mini-swamp filled with rainwater, mud, and shattered branches. At any moment I expect a 900-pound grizzly to spring from the woods and swipe me dead with a plate-sized paw. Meanwhile, Dan labors somewhere behind, heroically schlepping our folding Ally canoe and the other gear that I can’t carry. Which is all of it. The thought is emasculating, and it resurrects unpleasant memories from my youth. Like sitting alone in the grass at recess while my classmates played a giddy game of kickball. Or searching lists of extracurricular activities for something validating, something I could be good at, but finding only sports.And then there was that unforgettable blue-sky day in the fourth grade. I was playing alone in the schoolyard near a group of cute pre-pubescent girls who were chattering about secret girl stuff.“Shhhh!” one giggled. “Someone might hear!”“Oh, there aren’t any boys around,” another said.“Unless you count Jeff.”The afternoon shadows are growing longer, and still there’s neither sight nor sound of the river. At some point Dan materializes out of the woods after a scouting mission.“I think I heard it,” he says. I look skeptical.“No, really. About a half-mile through those trees.” He points. “See that tall spindly one? Head to the left of it.”I squint into the bush, trying to pick out said tree from hundreds of others. I’m from Maryland, where trees along trails in public parks are smeared with blue blazes every 10 feet or so, in case you think the wide, sidewalk-like path in front of you is naturally occurring. So my navigational skills aren’t exactly Shackletonian.“Go on,” Dan says. “I’ll get the rest of the gear.”My mood doesn’t really improve with Dan’s discovery. A half-mile on this demonic obstacle course might as well be 20, and even if we make it to the river, who knows if we’ll have skirted the rapid? At the same time, we can’t exactly hunker down for the night in a fly-infested alder thicket. So I press on, straining to discern the course Dan pointed out through the trackless terrain. And then…A low, indistinct sound, like white noise. But not the wind. Rushing water. Another hundred feet, and the forest gives way to dazzling, warm-hued sunlight glinting off the churn and froth of a swift but manageable current. I collapse at the river’s edge and plunge my face into the bracing, gin-clear liquid, giardia or not. I expect a wash of euphoria or exhilaration or something, but mostly there’s relief—relief for finishing the task uneaten by large carnivores, and, except for some blood donated to the bugs, largely unscathed.Looking back conjures a keen sense of joy and personal accomplishment that went missing in the heat of the moment. At the same time, I’m reminded of something that too often gets lost in the noise: the futility of trying to be the toughest, the smartest, the most accomplished. Chase those things, it seems, and only madness awaits. For me, the wiser goal is to use whatever I’ve been given to the fullest, to play the hand I’ve been dealt rather than coveting someone else’s. There in the Alaskan bush, I like to think I took a step or three in that direction—with or without my crutch tips.last_img read more

first_img On July 2, the Colombian police announced the arrest of an alleged leader of ‘Los Rastrojos’ [‘The Stubble’] who was trying to take over the top spot in that drug-trafficking organization. Edison Antonio Peláez, alias ‘Mincho,’ was arrested on a rural property in Montenegro (Quindío), around 185 km west of Bogotá, the National Police explained in a statement. Peláez, 49 years old, was considered a right-hand man of Javier Antonio Calle Serna, who led ‘Los Rastrojos’ until he turned himself in to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in May, on the island of Aruba (Netherlands Antilles). Following that surrender and the arrest of Diego Pérez, alias ‘Diego Rastrojo,’ in Venezuela in June, ‘Mincho’ was trying to consolidate his position in the leadership of ‘Los Rastrojos,’ the police said. Peláez will be charged with criminal conspiracy and narcotics trafficking and is also under investigation for involvement in at least 30 homicides, the police added. ‘Los Rastrojos’ are one of Colombia’s leading criminal gangs, which the Government calls ‘Bacrim’ (an abbreviation of bandas criminales, ‘criminal gangs’), made up for the most part of former paramilitaries and drug traffickers and also dedicated to other crimes, such as extortion and kidnapping. By Dialogo July 05, 2012last_img read more

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first_imgMauricio Pochettino reveals coffee meeting with Unai Emery after losing Spurs and Arsenal jobs Advertisement Comment Advertisementcenter_img Phil HaighFriday 22 May 2020 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino have put rivalries behind them (Picture: Getty Images)Mauricio Pochettino met up with Unai Emery for coffer and to chat about their times in north London after they lost their jobs at Tottenham and Arsenal, respectively, last year.Pochettino and Emery were sacked within 10 days of each other from their Premier League roles after poor starts to the season for both.It was a sad end to a successful time in charge of Spurs for the Argentine, while the Spaniard’s regime at Arsenal never really got off the ground.They had very different times on either side of the north London divide and Pochettino has revealed that he and his assistant, Jesus Perez, met with Emery after their dismissals to talk things over – much to the surprise of onlookers in the capital.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Before the pandemic, me and Jesús met with Unai for a coffee, to talk and share our experiences,’ Pochettino told the Guardian. ‘We were working in different clubs, we were at the enemy, and people were walking past and saying: “Unai and Pochettino and Jesús are now sharing a coffee!” ‘It was in Cockfosters [in north London]. It was very funny.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It has been an amazing time to review and analyse everything: training sessions, games, our methodology, our models of training … to design specific and collective works. And, of course, to try to adapt for the new normality, to be ready for any eventuality, because the demands are going to be completely different.’Pochettino’s family is still settled in London and a Premier League return remains a possibility for him, although he is keeping his options open as he looks for the ideal return to football.‘We are looking forward for the next job,’ said the 48-year-old. ‘Football is very dynamic and you need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears. We are ready. After six months, our tanks are completely full.‘It’s about the club and, of course, the people, the human dimension. We are so open. Of course, we love England and the Premier League.’MORE: Arsenal and Chelsea keeping tabs on Gladbach teenager Kaan KurtMORE: The ridiculous rule Arsene Wenger wanted to introduce after Arsenal were battered by StokeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

first_imgAouar wants to end his Lyon career on a high with the side back in the Champions League (Getty)Old teammate Tanguy Ndombele lost his place in the France squad after struggling when he first joined Spurs, while Aouar may have noticed compatriot William Saliba’s lack of opportunities.The third and final reason that Aouar opted to remain at Lyon is that he wants to help them qualify for the Champions League this season, having missed out on European qualification last season.Unfortunately for Arsenal, Aouar’s decision to remain at Lyon for one more campaign means they will face renewed competition for his signature next summer, with the likes of Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid all expected to have the funds to sign him.MORE: ‘I wouldn’t be worried about Houssem Aouar’: John Barnes sends advice to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on transfer priorityMORE: Zinedine Zidane responds to Real Madrid links with Arsenal target Houssem AouarFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 4 Oct 2020 9:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares The three reasons Houssem Aouar has decided to shelve Arsenal transfer hopes and stay at Lyon Aouar was keen to join Arsenal but has now decided to stay at Lyon (Picture: Getty)According to RMC Sport, Aouar has now shelved his hopes of moving to the Emirates and has informed Lyon that he is committed to remaining at the club for the 2020/21 season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Frenchman outlined three key reasons for his decision: Firstly, the transfer had dragged on for so long that it would have left precious little time for Lyon to sign a replacement.Aouar came through the academy and has a huge amount of respect for the club he joined over a decade ago and did not want to leave ‘through the back door’ or potentially put the team in trouble.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalA second important factor was the European Championships next summer, with Aouar believing he has a better chance of retaining his spot in Didier Deschamps’ squad if he stays at Lyon.There would be no guarantees that he would hit the ground running at Arsenal – particularly with the transfer happening so late – and any problems in adapting to the Premier League would severely hamper his hopes, whereas at Lyon the team is built around him. The French midfielder will how remain at his current club for the 2020/21 season (Picture: AFP)Houssem Aouar has put his hopes of joining Arsenal on hold and will remain at Lyon, with the midfielder having explained his decision to the club’s hierarchy over the weekend, according to reports.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been desperate to sign a new midfielder, targeting both Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Aouar, but with the transfer window closing on Monday he is running out of time.Lyon were open to negotiating a fee for the 22-year-old midfielder – who was keen to move to north London – but Arsenal were unable to shift their deadwood in time to raise the £40million fee required.center_img Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

first_img SALES METHOD: Auction — sold under the hammer on September 14 REACTION FROM THE MARKET: Exposure to over 1.752 million potential buyers in the Courier Mail, almost 34,000 views across social media, 64 buyers inspections, a pre-auction offer of $1.05 million, seven bidders at auction.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago WHY WAS IT POPULAR: As you can see this was a one of a kind two-storey double cavity brick home from the early 1930s. It was situated on the highest point of Bayview Terrace and commanded spectacular views from the Bay of Brisbane all the way to the Western side of Brisbane. It has a 663 sqm block with a northeast aspect and an amazing street presence. FUN FACT: The son of the original owner of the property, who lived at the residence up until 1946, made contact after seeing the property feature as House of the Week on the front page of the Courier Mail property lift out. He was just six years old when he left that home but still had vivid memories of the property. He now lives in Laidley, which is 90km southwest of 17 Bayview Terrace, but he called me after seeing his original home on the front page of the paper, all the way in Laidley! THE RESULT: Sold for $1.285 million under the hammer*** MORE SOLD: The riverfront mansion that set a new auction record in Brisbane 17 Bayview Tce, Clayfield.When this period house was featured as House of the Week in the Courier Mail Realestate magazine, it got the attention of buyers and the son of its original owner, who read about its sale out west.Here, the agent answers some fast questions about the sales campaign. 17 BAYVIEW TCE CLAYFIELD*** THE PROPERTY: 17 Bayview Terrace, Clayfieldcenter_img THE STATS: 4 bed, 2 bath, 2 car THE AGENT/AGENCY: Oliver J. Jonker, Ray White Ascot HOW LONG WAS IT ON THE MARKET: 26 days THE MARKETING CAMPAIGN: Three week print campaign in the Courier Mail Realestate magazine, which also saw it chosen as the House of the Week cover, plus marketing on realestate.com.au, social media and other advertising channels, including direct mail and database calls. last_img read more

first_imgLocalNews Saturday NOT a public holiday by: – December 2, 2011 Tweet 7 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire Cabinet Secretary Felix Gregoire is dismissing claims that government has set aside Saturday as a public holiday. Many Dominicans believe that the national day of mourning which will be recognized tomorrow for the official funeral of Dominica’s Goodwill Ambassador Jeff Joe is a national holiday but the Cabinet Secretary says Dominican businesses are expected to operate as normal. “Saturday December 03, 2011 has been declared a national day of mourning. That day is definitely not a national or public holiday. When we say national day of mourning we expect people to be solemn in their dealing. We expect the radio stations to play soft music such as gospel, we expect persons to be dressed in black and white. To be thinking about, in this case Jeff Joseph and his life. It is certainly not a public holiday,” he stressed.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_imgEven though Nick did not win the gold medal that everyone in this area hoped he would, he did carry the American banner proudly.  The two athletes ahead of him were both Americans as well, and it will probably be the only event where this will happen.  For a 19-year old in his first Olympics, no one can be too disappointed.  I am sure with his personality he will do quite well in obtaining new and better endorsement deals which should allow him to complete again in four years.  The fall that occurred this year in one of his runs should serve him well when this opportunity comes around again.  Sometimes when everything goes too easy, an athlete gets too confident, doesn’t work as hard, and before he/she knows it the next set of athletes passes them by.  Nick will not let this happen!  Winter Olympics are not America’s strong point, so what he did accomplished is a plus for the American team–and for Southeastern Indiana!  It is a shame that families have to sacrifice so much, and unless you medal, there isn’t a lot of financial help at the end of the Olympic rainbow.last_img read more

first_img Press Association Wrong Turn makes a quick reappearance after winning at Killarney last weekend in the Kilfeacle Stud ‘Portrait Gallery’ Handicap Chase. Ruby Walsh will be in the plate as Tony Martin’s charge tries to defy a penalty. Ballyreesode has a 9lb rise to contend with in the Arkenvale Ltd Handicap Hurdle, with Rolling Rocket and Marshim, as well as Sterling Stuff, primed to exploit any weakness. The latter’s trainer Robert Tyner saddles two in the Glenview And Rathberry Stud Novice Hunters Chase, with Soaring High and Bingo Bash both boasting solid credentials between the flags. However, Ibetellingyoualie and She’s Got Grit have previous experience of jumping obstacles under Rules and that could prove to be crucial. Willie Mullins and Gigginstown House Stud team up with impressive Loughnamore winner Unic De Bersy in the p2p.ie (C&G) Point-To-Point INH Flat Race. There are also a couple of point-to-point winners in the mares’ version, with Our Belief, Scamaill Liath, Fennis Moll and Teresa Lisbon possibly the pick of the bunch. Sizing Rio is the star of the show at Tipperary on Thursday as he makes his fencing debut in the Kedrah House Stud ‘Well Chosen’ Beginners Chase.center_img Henry de Bromhead pulled his charge out of the race won by Felix Yonger at Punchestown last Saturday and has settled on what appears to be a slightly easier task here. Sizing Rio could well be completing a double for De Bromhead if he wins as the trainer also has a prime contender for the opening Healy Partners Architects Maiden Hurdle in Turica. last_img read more