CRUEL: FARMER TO FACE CHARGES OVER ‘HORRIFIC’ CONDITION OF DONKEY

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CRUEL: FARMER TO FACE CHARGES OVER ‘HORRIFIC’ CONDITION OF DONKEY

first_imgThe Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is to ask the DPP to prosecute a Co Donegal farmer after a donkey was found in an ‘horrific’ state.The seven-year-old brown donkey mare had overgrown hooves, severe rain scald, lice and worms.Just days from death, Shae was very lame, thin and weak when she was rescued. It was recovered in Co Donegal at the weekend and the ISPCA said it is preparing a file for submission to the DPP.The charity has warned it is continuing to encounter widespread equine welfare issues despite the winter weather being mild.Four other donkeys were rescued in Co Sligo and Co Kildare.ISPCA inspector Brendan Hughes said the hooves of the Kildare donkeys had been cut back with a saw or angle grinder and they had not received proper farrier treatment. All the donkeys are currently recovering in the National Animal Centre. CRUEL: FARMER TO FACE CHARGES OVER ‘HORRIFIC’ CONDITION OF DONKEY was last modified: February 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CRUEL: FARMER TO FACE CHARGES OVER ‘HORRIFIC’ CONDITION OF DONKEYlast_img read more

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A’s pitcher gets first shot at redemption this spring training

first_imgMost teams would have been crawling all over each other to get their hands on Bridwell after his 2017 season. He went 10-3 with a 3.64 ERA over 20 starts that year and was emerging as a promising fixture in the … MESA, Ariz. — It’s tough when nobody wants you.Parker Bridwell was told he was no longer wanted four times this offseason. The Yankees didn’t want him. The Angels didn’t want him, twice. Even the A’s placed him on waivers shortly after claiming him. Proof baseball can be a cold game.last_img read more

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‘You can blame me’: Bob Myers, weeping, confirms Kevin Durant has Achilles injury

first_imgThe injury Kevin Durant suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Monday night was not a re-aggravation of his prior calf injury.It was an injury to his right Achilles tendon, Warriors president of basketball Bob Myers said in a press conference after Golden State’s 106-105 win.“The initial injury was a calf injury. This is not a calf injury,” Myers said. “I’m not a doctor, I don’t know how those are related or not, … [vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/11/bang_af21c065-e113-431a-91bc-5521796d160b”]last_img read more

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Little Tyrannosaur with “Proto-Feathers” Found

first_imgNational Geographic News wasted no time; a day before a report of another Chinese dinosaur with feathery-like structures was published in Nature,1 they already had color artwork on their news page, trumpeting the title, “T. Rex Cousin Had Feathers.”  Yet Nature itself seemed ho-hum about the announcement.  It was neither the cover story, nor mentioned in any news briefs in the journal.  Though Nature Science Update was proud of the find, it hastened to add that the proto-feathers, as some are calling them, “are not what we would recognise as feathers today, but are their evolutionary precursors.  Rather than having a central shaft and barbs, they are single flexible filaments that would have covered the dinosaur’s body like hair.”  Next day, Science2 was more interested in its advanced cranium than its fuzz, and mentioned nothing about it being an ancestor of feathers or flight.    A look at the illustrations in the scientific paper confirms the impression that calling these “proto-feathers” is a stretch.   Any suggestion that these “integumentary structures” even had branches at all is unclear; they look like narrow, overlapping stripes on the rock, and there is no way to tell how they were attached to the skin.  The filaments are only about 2 cm long and were found related to the tail and jaw bones.  The team that discovered Sinornithosaurus, another “feathered” dinosaur, admitted in 2001 that “Despite these similarities, homology between the integumental filaments of Sinornithosaurus and avian feathers has been questioned.”  The team that reported this new find, named Dilong paradoxus, only referred back to that paper with a cautious statement that such “filamentous integumentary structures in Jehol theropods have been interpreted as protofeathers.”    They suggest that these structures might have provided thermal insulation.  These beasts, about the size of large dogs, may have had trouble storing heat.  Big animals, like teenage T. rex monsters (see 08/11/2004 headline), have trouble getting rid of it – that’s why elephants lose their baby hair as they grow.  They did not give any indication the filaments were related to the origin of flight in any way.  Another problem is that Dilong is classified as “early” in the evolution of dinosaurs, and it already had some “derived” features (i.e., fully evolved, similar to those of later descendants), while other contemporaneous groups lacked them.  “The distribution of postcranial pneumatization” [hollowness in skeletal bones], for instance, “is thus very complex among coelurosaurians, rather than displaying a continuous evolutionary trend along the line to birds.”    The bottom line: strange filaments apparently associated with a small, new kind of tyrannosaurid dinosaur have been found well preserved in Liaoning province, China, but no one knows quite what to make of them.  They appear early on in the tyrannosaurid lineage, but are not yet known among Cretaceous monsters like T. rex.  The filaments do not establish any unambiguous phylogenetic link to modern bird feathers except for superficial similarities.  They look more like hair than feathers, and probably functioned as insulation.1Xu, Norell et al., “Basal tyrannosauroids from China and evidence for protofeathers in tyrannosauroids,” Nature 431, 680 – 684 (07 October 2004); doi:10.1038/nature02855.2Erik Stokstad, “T. rex Clan Evolved Head First,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5694, 211, 8 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5694.211a].This critter was no more evolving into a bird than a porcupine is, but news outlets like National Geographic are so eager to prove birds evolved from dinosaurs, you can practically sense them chomping at the bit to leap into the air themselves.  Mark Norell (on the discovery team) said that Jurassic Park IV will probably portray all the monsters with feathers instead of scales.  We’ve learned to be cautious about claims of feathered dinosaurs evolving into birds (see 05/06/2004, 05/19/2003 and 11/21/2002headlines, for instance).  It’s going to take a lot more than a few scratch-lines on rock to make this story stick.    Since dinosaurs are not all that similar to living reptiles and are all extinct, we should be open to any piece of evidence that helps us understand what they looked like: skin impressions, tracks, and now these filaments.  If the filaments helped keep the little doggy dinosaurs warm, like hair does, then they were not evolving into something else; they had a function.  Perhaps the young had some kind of downy covering to retain heat and lost it as adults.  Avian feathers, on the other hand, are much more complex than these filaments and are designed (for birds of the air) for flight.  Each creature was adapted to its environment; that shows design, not evolution.  Anyone thinking the dino-bird advocates have scored yardage with this find should read this description of the difference between scales and feathers by Dr. David Menton, and also read our previous reports on problems the Darwin Party wrestles with in their own just-so stories of the evolution of feathers (see 10/30/2003 and 08/21/2001 headlines).(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Odisha group starts drive to retrieve discarded flags

first_imgA group of environmental activists of Odisha’s Berhampur are engaged in retrieving national flags made of paper and plastic that have been thrown all around the city after the Republic Day celebrations.They are members of Berhampur Sabuja Bahini. “We were hurt to see our national flag thrown in garbage dumps, drains and on the roadside,” said BSB president Sibaram Panigrahy. “Many people buy paper and polythene flags to express nationalistic fervour on Republic Day. However, after a few hours, they have no hesitation in disposing of these flags in a derogatory manner,” said BSB member P. Aravind Kumar.In its bid to create awareness among the people to respect the Tricolour, the BSB started its drive to salvage the discarded flags on January 27. During the drive, which continued on Monday, the activists told the residents that the national flag is like a picture of deities and it should not be disposed of unceremoniously. The Tricolours salvaged by this group are being cleaned up and stored. “We will reuse them in future events,” said BSB secretary M. Dilip Kumar. The members of the group said they were happy to see that the use of polythene flags had gone down drastically in Berhampur in comparison to the Independence Day celebrations last year.last_img read more

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Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw. Sharapova is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and by far the most noteworthy. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Former world number one Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association (USTA), a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.ADVERTISEMENT “When it comes to tennis, good or bad — there’s really only one thing that I know for certain — I’ve missed it,” Sharapova wrote on the Players’ Tribune website.“Though these last two years have been tougher -— so much tougher -— than I ever could have anticipated… my passion for the game has never wavered. If anything, it has only grown stronger.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.She said that she had taken it for several years and did not know it had been placed on the banned list at the start of 2016. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Sharapova has missed three of the past four US Opens, her last visit ending in the 2014 fourth round.The USTA defended its wildcard offer, saying, “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process.”“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.”Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2004, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.“I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said.Sharapova plays catch-upSharapova was bolstered by fans with “Welcome back Maria” signs in Germany and cheering support last month in Stanford, her first US match in more than two years.“I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you,” Sharapova said.Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener but suffered a left forearm injury and has not played competitively since.“I feel like I’m playing catch-up against everyone who has had a head start,” she said of being hurt during US Open tuneup events. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wildcard, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals, saying she should have to work her way back without such benefits, some suggesting a life ban.“I’m aware of what many of my peers have said about me and how critical of me some of them have been,” she wrote.“If you’re a human being with a normal, beating heart… I don’t think that sort of thing will ever fully be possible to ignore.”Sharapova was refused a wildcard by French Open organizers and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury, so the US Open will be her first Grand Slam event since last year’s Australian Open.Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

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Former Rockets coach Kevin McHale says James Harden ‘is not a leader’

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:20Poe: PH needs ‘better leadership’ in traffic agencies to resolve problem01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “But James is not a leader,” the Boston Celtics legend said in an appearance on NBA TV. “He tried being a leader last year, tried doing that stuff. I think Chris Paul is going to help him just kind of get back into just being able to hoop and play and stuff like that.”The #OpenCourt guys discuss if @CP3’s arrival will benefit @JHarden13 and the @HoustonRockets. pic.twitter.com/hT2bibHrpSFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— NBA TV (@NBATV) October 6, 2017 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight South Korea defender scores 2 own goals in loss to Russia LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13). (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)James Harden had pretty successful individual  season last year, averaging career bests in points (29.1), rebounds (8.5) and assists (11.2) while moving to the point guard position for the Houston Rockets.With the five-time NBA All-Star expected to slide back to the shooting guard position due to the arrival of Chris Paul, former Rockets head coach Kevin McHale questioned the crafty lefty’s leadership.ADVERTISEMENT McHale, who mentored Harden for three and a half seasons, said his teammates had a hard time listening to the bearded guard due to his deficiencies on the defensive end of the floor.“Look, if James tells you, ‘Chuck, you got to play better D.’ You listening to him? You got to be kidding me. I lived through it, believe me,” the coach-turned-analyst said. “Everybody in the locker room did this [hand on forehead]. Every time he mentioned defense, everybody would put their head down, like you got to be kidding me.”Still, McHale lauded his former player as “fantastic with the ball and a “great passer.”“The guy’s got phenomenal vision. Talk about vision, James can see all the passes and do everything,” he shared.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Leicester City’s Claude Puel insists priority is winning – not style

first_imgTopics Share via Email Flying start for Michael Appleton as Leicester edge past Swansea Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Read more Claude Puel has rejected concerns about his playing style and declared that winning is more important than entertaining, although he added that he hoped to do both at Leicester City.Speaking at his first press conference since his appointment on Wednesday, the Frenchman defended his record at Southampton, from where he was sacked in June despite leading the club to eighth place and the final of the EFL Cup.Puel maintains that Southampton were not as negative as their goal tally suggested – they failed to score in their final five home matches under him – and he dismissed the comments made this week by the former Southampton player Matt Le Tissier, who claimed Saints were “boring and a little bit dull” last season.“It is not important about this,” Puel said of Le Tissier’s complaint. “Last season for example we developed good football without the clinical edge. We were seventh place for creating chances but 20th for converting. But that is finished. It is important to stay with good focus about Leicester. It is not a priority just to play good football or nice football. The priority is to win, whether at Leicester, Southampton, or Arsenal – all. It is about how can we have good results.” Share on LinkedIncenter_img news The manager confirmed that he would have two assistants, retaining the services of Michael Appleton, who led Leicester to wins in their past two matches, and bringing in Pascal Plancque, who assisted Puel at previous clubs, including Southampton. “I have a good memories of Southampton and I received a lot of messages from people there [after being appointed at Leicester],” Puel said. “It was important for me to have this experience of the Premier League. I know all the different teams, different styles and different players now. It is the best championship in the world. It is almost like playing a Champions League match every week.”Whether deliberately or otherwise, Puel, whose contract runs until 2020, gave a nod to entertainment by channelling Roald Dahl : “I am glad to be a Fox – it is fantastic.” Then he set out the marvellous medicine he intends prescribing at the King Power Stadium. He said the key to ensuring Leicester remain in good health in the Premier League was to make the team more versatile.“Leicester is still a young team in Premier League terms,” he said. “They were only promoted recently and then they won the league and went into the Champions League. They lived fantastic moments for a few years but also some low moments. The important [thing] now is to develop consistency. For example, it’s difficult for Leicester to have been playing for three or four years with a counterattack and just this system.“It’s important to have other answers. It’s difficult to play West Brom, for example, and then against Manchester City three days later. You need to have good solutions against teams with strong defensive units and also against teams who have a lot of possession high up the pitch. My work for the future is to build the players up to have these options and solutions.“My dream is to give the club the possibility to have style of game for all teams: youth teams, under-23s and the first team. It is not just short term, it is long term, to give this club good consistency of results and quality.”Puel took his first training session on Friday and assured the players he wanted to sustain the momentum they have created over the past two games and avoid making too many changes too soon. “It’s not the moment to change a lot of things,” he said. “The focus is on [Sunday’s] match against Everton. That will be a special game because they have new manager, too.” Share on Twitter Southampton Share on Facebook Leicester City Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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10 months agoBenitez warns Newcastle: We must buy in January

first_imgBenitez warns Newcastle: We must buy in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez says it’s critical they have a busy January market.The Magpies are about to narrow down their shortlist and have checked out players like Ritsu Doan of Groningen and Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron ahead of the winter trading period.Benitez said: “They (the current team) are doing well but you can still improve on little things.”Against Huddersfield was very clear, with a couple of little details we would have had more chances.”Credit to the players they are doing a fantastic job.”But still we have to improve and if we can have people coming in even better.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoSamir Nasri pleased with winning West Ham debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Samir Nasri pleased with winning West Ham debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSamir Nasri was pleased with his debut for West Ham’s FA Cup win over Birmingham City.Nasri impressed during an hour-long debut.“I’m happy to get my first minutes in the West Ham shirt, but most important was the team performance and winning 2-0, keeping a clean sheet,” he said. “That was the goal today and that’s what we did.“It was important to not let Birmingham get into the game with confidence, so we pushed from the start and scoring the goal that early made everyone more comfortable on the ball and able to play our football. “The coach rotated the squad and had young players in the team, so it was important to score an early goal for everyone to be a little more free on the ball.“It was a tricky game, because they didn’t want to do anything with the ball, but when they had it they played that long ball and tried to catch us on the break.“I felt good, honestly I thought I would struggle a little more with the rhythm as my last game was 13 months ago.“I’m just relieved that everything is now behind me and happy about those first 58 minutes. It was good and I’m just looking forward to the next game.” last_img read more

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