A U.K. Astute-class nuclear attack submarine struck a merchant vessel near Gibraltar on Wednesday at about 1:30 P.M. local time, the Royal Navy said in a statement.
HMS Ambush was submerged when it, “was involved in a glancing collision with a merchant vessel off the coast of Gibraltar,” read the statement. “We are in contact with the merchant vessel and initial indications are that it has not sustained damage.”
Ambush suffered external damage but the boats nuclear plant was not affected and no sailors were injured. The 7,400-ton attack boat returned to a British base in Gibraltar for additional examination and an investigation is underway.
From pictures published with the Gibraltar Chronicle, the front of Ambush sail had been crumpled near the top from when the…
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There are several recent blogs recently on this issue. Please see, in particular, “Illegal Catching and Killing of Dogs in Sarajevo” for information on how to help stop this abuse.
Dalida Kozlic, lawyer and activist in BiH writes:
As we have already written, a massacre of strays is being performed by te authorities of Canton Sarajevo. The Government of Canton Sarajevo during its session on the 30th June issued a decision ordering the hygienic service of Public utility company of KJKP Rad. Ltd. Sarajevo and Public company „Veterinary station“ Ltd. Sarajevo to start mass catching of stray dogs in Sarajevo. If you have read the recent blogs you will know there is not place to put caught dogs: legal shelters with adequate capacities do not exist at all, and yet the Government of Canton Sarajevo has signed a contract with a notorious – and illegal – hygienic service, P.E. “Lokum” of Novi…
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Please send this on Saturday or Sunday, before Monday morning, August 22, when the Kane County Commissioners will meet to consider a proposed ordinance to allow nighttime spotlight hunting of coyotes and other wildlife in Kane County, Utah.
Please change the wording so that it will be appropriate for you and where you live.
If you live outside Kane County and you would be less likely to visit if there were gunshots at night, please include that. You may also send it as it is.
Please see the instructions at the end.
Dear Chairman Clayson, Commissioner Smith, and Commissioner Matson,
I am very concerned about the proposed ordinance that would allow nighttime spotlight hunting of coyotes, jack rabbits, red foxes, and striped skunks in Kane County.
Kanab is such a peaceful town that draws tourists and visitors from all over the world. The local…
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Monsanto in the news this week with a report by Mother Jones titled Monsanto Just Made a Massive Mistake. The report follows up on EPA data indicating 117 complaints “alleging misuse of pesticide products containing dicamba,” affecting more than 42,000 acres of crops, including peaches, tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelons, rice, peas, peanuts, alfalfa, cotton, and soybeans.
From the Mother Jones piece:
The trouble appears to stem from decisions made by the Missouri-based seed and pesticide giant Monsanto. Back in April, the company bet big on dicamba, announcing a $975 million expansion of its production facility in Luling, Louisiana. The chemical is the reason the company launched its new Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton seeds, genetically engineered to withstand both dicamba and Monsanto’s old flagship herbicide, glyphosate (brand name: Roundup). Within a decade, the company wrote, the new GM crops will proliferate from the US Midwest all the way to Brazil and points south, covering as much as 250 million acres of farmland (a combined land mass equal to about two and a half times the acreage of California)—and moving lots of dicamba.
Meanwhile, Forbes reports that Monsanto’s Climate Corporation “is building a network of in-field sensors to expand the scope of soil, weather and other data flowing into its digital agriculture tools that help farmers increase crop yields and reduce costs.”
“We see it as the Amazon of agriculture, where we’re bringing additional apps up onto that platform and where the best apps win,” Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant said.
From the Forbes piece:
Agriculture companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on technologies that capture and analyze detailed data about plants, soil and weather to help farmers increase yields and lower costs. The companies hope to capitalize on what they believe is the biggest step forward in agriculture since biotech seeds.
But many farmers, squeezed by tightening farm profits, have not fully embraced the big data offerings.
HARRISBURG, Pa.– Attorney General Bruce L. Castor, Jr. today announced the arrest of a Bucks County woman following allegations that she rigged thoroughbred horse races by administering a performance-enhancing drug to horses.
Marian Vega, 25, was charged with one count of rigging a publicly exhibited contest following an investigation by the Office of Attorney General’s Organized Crime Section and Gaming Unit. The investigation followed an investigation by the state Horse Racing Commission.
According to a criminal complaint filed in support of the charge, Vega illegally administered the drug Clenbuterol to horses while she was employed at the Parx Casino and Racing venue in Bensalem, Bucks County.
“People expect that horse racing not be fixed,” Attorney General Castor said. “The evidence here shakes people’s confidence that equal horses compete on an ‘even running field’ in these events.”
According to the criminal complaint, the investigation showed Vega, a groom at the racing facility, clearly administered Clenbuterol beyond accepted guidelines. The drug is a controlled therapeutic medication prescribed to horses with respiratory disease, investigators said, but it has the effect of a performance-enhancing drug when administered outside the permissible guidelines.
Testing on multiple horses confirmed the presence of Clenbuterol outside the permissible guidelines, investigators alleged in the criminal complaint. It is further alleged that Vega was found in possession of a bottle containing the drug during this investigation.
Vega, of the 3100 block of Knights Road, Bensalem, was released from custody after her bail was set at $20,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 31.
Attorney General Castor thanked the state Horse Racing Commission and the state Department of Agriculture for their work on this investigation.
Vega will be prosecuted by Chief Deputy Attorney General Erik Olsen of the Office of Attorney General’s Organized Crime Section and Gaming Unit.
SOURCE: PA Attorney General’s Office
Kyla Grover, of Victoria, British Columbia, said she was out with a walking group called Pit Bulls of Victoria B.C. Monday night when the cat, named Baby, charged them.
“The cat is swiping at them and latched onto one of the dog’s faces,” Grover told the Victoria Times Colonist. “I got bit and scratched in the process of trying to separate them.”
Rodriguez took her pit bull Bandida to the veterinarian after a cat attack her dog and six others. (Javiera Rodriguez)
“I spent the whole night at emergency because cat bites are nasty.”
The Times Colonist reported that the cat’s owner agreed to foot a $222 veterinarian bill for one of the dogs, Bandida, which ended up with a scratched face.
The cat’s owner, 78-year-old Betty Jean Thompson, said that the cat was startled when one of the dogs showed a friendly interest.
“She’s kind of a slow sort of thinking cat, but one thing is she is very protective of me,” Thompson said.
Whether you smoke or not, your lungs need regular cleansing; since second hand smoking, industrial and vehicular pollution can also cause irreparable damage to your lungs and airways. Over time, toxins from mold and bacteria can destroy the health of your lungs and even lead to fatal conditions, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.
Why Must You Clean Your Lungs? Alex Myles explains:
Simply by living on this planet and inhaling the air surrounding us we can pick up harmful toxins that stick to the lungs like debris and reduce the lungs elasticity. As the lungs become clogged up with toxins their ability to expand so that they can fully inhale enough oxygen can be dramatically limited. The cellular lining of the walls of our lungs regenerate every two to three weeks, however, the alveoli, the deeper tissue, takes around a year to regenerate.
Regular detoxification helps…
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The Fed may have gotten everything wrong, as recent “research” by John Williams confirmed earlier this week, but when it comes to what’s important the Fed is right on top of things. Things like starting its own Facebook page.
From the Fed:
The Federal Reserve Board launched a Facebook page Leaving the Board on Thursday with the aim of increasing the accessibility and availability of Federal Reserve Board news and educational content.
Posts will include press releases, speeches, testimony, reports, educational materials, frequently asked questions, photos, and videos.
With the launch of its Facebook page, the Board now shares information on five platforms including Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and LinkedIn.
The Board’s website, http://ift.tt/w79jyq, will remain its primary channel of communication. Selected announcements will be shared on Facebook after they are first posted on the website.
For media inquiries, call 202-452-2955.
From the Facebook page:
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Now that the flood waters ravaging Louisiana are receding, it’s time for President Barack Obama to visit the most anguished state in the union.
Last week, as torrential rains brought death, destruction and misery to Louisiana, the president continued his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, a playground for the posh and well-connected.
We’ve seen this story before in Louisiana, and we don’t deserve a sequel. In 2005, a fly-over by a vacationing President George W. Bush became a symbol of official neglect for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The current president was among those making political hay out of Bush’s aloofness.
Sometimes, presidential visits can get in the way of emergency response, doing more harm than good. But we don’t see that as a factor now that flood waters are subsiding, even if at an agonizing pace. It’s past time for the president to pay a personal visit…
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This year’s Traverse City Film Festival brought many animal-related films to the screen. The documentary The Champions was a highlight of the festival for local many animal lovers, showcasing the journey of the Pit Bulls who were seized from NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s dog fighting operation. The film follows several dogs through their recovery from their start with animal rescuers to being placed in loving homes. It’s an inspirational story that focuses on the dogs instead of the brutal dog fighting operation. It’s a story of second chances, redemption and hope. Many of these dogs, even after being forced into horrible situations, were not aggressive towards humans. The process of these dogs getting their lives back is more accurately described as “recovery” as was said in the documentary by Susan, Little Red’s owner. The rescuers did everything they could to make each…
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Who can forget the controversy created when, in 2005, President Bush took just enough time off vacation to “fly-over” Louisiana to survey the devastating damage from Hurricane Katrina. The backlash against Bush was massive with Kanye going so far as to use a televised fundraiser as an opportunity to label Bush a racist:
Even Senator Obama took to the Senate floor to question the “unconscionable ineptitude” of Bush’s response:
“Indeed, if there’s any bright light that has come out of this disaster, it’s the degree to which ordinary Americans have responded with speed and determination even as their government has responded with unconscionable ineptitude.“
So with Louisiana once again suffering from a catastrophic flood, Baton Rouge newspaper, The Advocate, is asking “where is Obama?”
Last week, as torrential rains brought death, destruction and misery to Louisiana, the president continued his vacation at Martha?s Vineyard, a playground…
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This is serious news, folks.
Will disappeared in the heart of a snowstorm. And after 19 months, his heartsick owner had finally assumed the worst.
And then, in a blink, the cat was back.
Last month, Norma Moore-Dingwell returned to her home in Prince Edward Island, Canada, to find Will waiting in her yard. When she opened the door for him, it might have seemed like the cat had just been on a 19-month bender. He made straight for bed.
“He remembered where his room was, so that was kinda nice,” Moore-Dingwell told CTV News.
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While the family is hailing his return as a miracle, Will’s condition suggests he may have blown through at least eight and a half lives to get back home.
“He was in pretty rough shape when they found him,” Dr. Dave Lister, a veterinarian at New Perth Animal Hospital, tells The Dodo.
Indeed, frostbite had claimed a piece of Will’s ear. He was hungry, thirsty and underweight.
But Will set to work feasting himself back to health.
“He gained half a pound in about two weeks,” Lister notes.
The cat may have also suffered from an acute cuddle deficiency. And again, Will wasted no time in remedying that.
“He was a very friendly cat that morning on the table,” Lister says. “He just sat there and took all the attention we gave him.”
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Just don’t ask Will where he’s been. Lister could only cobble together a few clues about the cat’s long, strange trip.
Wherever he was, it was cold. Hence, frostbite.
There may have been other cats on the scene. Likely how he got ear mites.
And the food sucked.
“In his case, it didn’t look like he was being fed,” Lister says. “He was probably having to fend for himself by hunting.”
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But, most importantly, wherever this cat spent the 19 months, it must have reminded him at last of one sobering reality: There’s no place like home.
A hearing scheduled Monday, August 22 regarding the Lancaster County District Attorney’s petition to suspend Susan Martin, an animal cruelty officer and executive director of the Lancaster County SPCA, has been canceled.
Martin, who was under fire for lack of oversight in an animal cruelty case involving a Boston terrier, has voluntarily resigned.
District Attorney Craig Stedman said in a statement, “We are confident this would have been the end result of the scheduled hearing. The order’s effect makes that hearing moot.”
Stedman said he looks forward to a more involved, professional, and collaborative approach to resolving animal cruelty matters, and stronger animal cruelty law enforcement in Lancaster County. He said he is “eager” to work with lawmakers to establish more stringent compliance when responding to animal cruelty.
“In addition, we are in the process of developing a countywide training regimen for all officers whom will be involved in these investigations,” Stedman explained. “I will be meeting with representatives from Humane Society of United States to begin this process in Lancaster County. I am confident that animals all over the county will be safe and more protected than ever before, prosecutions and investigations will be more professional, and decisions to charge or not charge more consistent and fair to everyone.”
According to Stedman’s office, he will not be making public statements regarding Martin or specifics about her work. President Judge Reinaker’s order, and Stedman’s petition for suspension, which was filed on Aug. 11, are public documents.
Libre, the 4-month-old dog, was found emaciated and with severe mange. He was rescued from a Lancaster County farm in July. Charges have also been filed against the dog’s former owner.
Despite record levels of dissatisfaction with the Republican and Democratic candidates, nearly 70% of Americans know nothing about the Green Party presidential hopeful Jill Stein, according to a recent Gallup poll.
Stein has consistently polled as the fourth-most popular option in the presidential race after Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Libertarian Gary Johnson. In the most recent CNN/ORC poll, Stein received 5% support nationwide, 4 points behind Johnson, her nearest competitor.
Stein and her running mate Ajamu Baraka hope to change that Wednesday at the CNN Green Party town hall.
Past experience: She ran for president in 2012 with the Green Party and ran for Massachusetts governor in 2002 against former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Stein also ran for state representative in 2004 and Massachusetts’ secretary of state in 2006 as the Green-Rainbow candidate.
“If Donald Trump wins, Hillary Clinton deserves the blame because she knocked out Bernie Sanders through backstabbing & sabotage. #DNCleaks,” Stein tweeted.
“My campaign is the only one that’s not corrupted by lobbyists’ money, corporate money or super PACs, so I have the unique ability to stand for what the people need, not the banks,” she told CNN Tuesday. “I’m here to really empower people to let them know we can actually have those solutions that we need in order to move forward.”
In the news: Earlier this month, Stein dismissed anxieties that Russia could have been behind the Democratic National Committee hacking that has raised concerns of a foreign state or actor meddling in the US presidential election.
“This is routine,” said Stein, who added that there was “no question” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a hero. “This is what state departments do to one another.”
Surprising fact: Stein is a recording artist who has put out folk-rock recordings with the band Somebody’s Sister. She plays the conga, guitar and the djembe drum.
Top issues: Green jobs, campaign finance reform and increasing taxes on the wealthy.
Occupation: Associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a left-leaning DC-based think tank
Past experience: Founding executive director of the US Human Rights Network, a network of more than 300 human rights organizations; served on several boards of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.
“We’ve got to address in a real way the ongoing assault on black lives in the United States of America,” Baraka told CNN Tuesday. “It appears that police in the US seem to understand that they are able to operate with almost virtual impunity because they are not being prosecuted and they are not being convicted.”
“It is absolutely outrageous that we have a Democratic process in which we only have two choices and those choices are very, very narrow,” he also told CNN.
“The fact that Barack Obama will be standing in the shadow of Dr. (Martin Luther) King (Jr.), his presence conveying the impression that he somehow represents the values and self-sacrificing lives of Dr. King … should be taken as an insult by everyone who has struggled and continues to struggle for human rights, peace and social justice,” he wrote prior to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Surprising facts: Baraka has military experience, unlike the candidates on the major party tickets. He served in Vietnam in the US Army.
In 1998, Baraka was one of 300 human rights workers honored by then-United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.
Top issues: Criminal justice reform, ending racial discrimination and helping the working poor.
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Topics: Donald Trump, Green Party, Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein