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By Dr Steve SurujballySome thoughts on the use of explosives (squibs) during the holiday season especially their impact on companion animals (pets) It seems that a compulsory part of our emerging culture is to throw squibs or other explosive devices at or near dogs (pets) just to see how they will react. Somehow, for some people, the poor animal’s terrified reaction elicits merriment. Perhaps such barbarism is nothing new. In fact, such an act has been denounced by our grandparents who observe that: “what is fun for schoolboy is death for crapaud.”I recognise that, for many persons, it won’t be a really enjoyable Christmas/New Year’s/Phagwah/Diwali celebration if squibs are not exploded, not lastly near to hapless animals, if only just to witness the scared reaction.When I was young – in Jurassic times – we used a piece of carbon and an Ovaltine tin to produce a loud noise at Christmas. There were no squibs in those days. Or, if there were, we either had no money to buy then or, simply, we found more fun creating the bang with spat – upon carbon. For whatever reason, these boyhood activities seemed not to affect dogs who steered clear from the noise. Nowadays, however, the squib-induced noise continues throughout the day and night; the animals have no respite from this assault.Well, whether it is a firecracker or a squib or any noise-making explosive, it hurts animals. Dogs and cats have sensitive ears. The noise from the explosions disorients and traumatises them. They don’t know what to do. They run indoors and try to hide in secluded places where they think there is security (bathrooms, under beds, in cupboards, etc). They hurt themselves. They run away from home (you can see them wandering around our roads lost, in a daze, and with anxious looks). They are struck down by uncaring motorists. I recall that one year, a German shepherd from Kitty was picked up by a good Samaritan in South Ruimveldt. They jump off the verandah, break their legs or, worse, their necks, or damage their spinal cords, causing paralysis for life.The tying of firecracker to dogs’ tails is an unpardonable act of cruelty and an offence under the law. One can be charged, and the offender could be incarcerated. Terrorising dogs and cats is not a joke. If a friend wants to commit such acts of barbarism, distance yourself from him or her. He/she must not be a friend. Such a person might need psychiatric help.Simply put, exposing pets to squibs, firecrackers and to any type of explosive is one of the greatest cruelties one can administer to any animal.Some years ago, a wise Government introduced legislation which prohibits the importation and use of squibs and explosives. Yet, we find these articles being openly sold at our markets and variety stores. It is time – holiday or no holiday, season or no season, celebration or no celebration for the police to make an example of the importers, sellers and buyers.Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said that one can judge the level of civilisation in a country on the basis of how they treat their animals.Let us make an extra effort this Christmas season to ensure that the use of squibs and any other type of noise-making devices (explosives) is kept at an absolute minimum. Perhaps we will evolve into such a caring nation that such “toys” will not anymore be used, and definitely not to scare animals – our fellow travellers on this spaceship Earth.
Sixty-five-year-old Alan Murdoc was allegedly busted with 1.5 grams of cocaine by ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) when they swooped down on a “known yard” on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Pike Street, Kitty.This is according to Police Prosecutor Simone Payne, who made the allegation when the defendant first appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore on Wednesday afternoon.According to Payne, when the police arrived on the scene, the defendant who was seated on a bench was searched and the cocaine was found in his possession, concealed in a Krazy Glue container.Remanded: Alan MurdocHe was cautioned, taken into lawful custody and charged with the offence.Murdoc, who has a hearing impairment, could not at first instance hear the charge read by the Magistrate, and was asked to step forward to facilitate better communication.The defendant, who was not represented by any legal counsel, nonetheless, denied the allegation by saying that he was a Christian and did not engage in such activities, further claiming that he signed several documents under duress.He, however, uttered to the court a similar version of facts as relayed by the prosecution, most of it inaudible and ambiguous, leaving the court in a state of confusion.As such, the Magistrate postponed the case to Thursday allowing Murdoc the opportunity to regain his composure.When Murdoc returned before the court on Thursday afternoon, he entered a clear not-guilty plea after the Magistrate informed him of the mandatory three-year sentence attached to the felony, before re-reading the charge to him.The shackled elderly man, in apparent pain, stumbled around the courtroom with what appeared to be a bible in his hands. He made an application for bail to be granted.Bail was, however, denied by Magistrate Azore, who also informed Murdoc that he could have a lawyer apply to the High Court for same.Murdoc returns to court on October 25, 2017.
IMMIGRATION: Boy’s mother was deported to Mexico. Demonstrators also gather in L.A. By Erica Werner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – An 8-year-old boy whose mother was deported to Mexico led a chanting crowd of about 150 pro-immigration activists through the halls of Congress on Wednesday. Capitol Police arrested two demonstrators for disorderly conduct. Saul Arellano and other children carried a banner that read, “Born in the USA. Don’t take our moms and dads away.” The boy’s mother, Elvira Arellano, was deported last month after taking refuge in a Chicago church for a year. In Tijuana, Mexico, Elvira Arellano spoke about her son to demonstrators. Saul was scheduled to join her there today. “He is a boy who has been suffering because the U.S. government told his mother she couldn’t stay in their country anymore because she was undocumented,” she said. In Washington, activists clashed with police outside the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, chanting and shouting for her to lead on immigration reform. Saul appeared to get enveloped in the shoving crowd. Demonstrators taped two oversize letters to Pelosi’s door – one in English and one in Spanish – warning her: “If Democrats expect our support in the next election, the Democrats must support us now.” Immigration reform legislation died in Congress this year and isn’t expected to be revived anytime soon. Pelosi, D-Calif., was in Oregon on Wednesday for a forum on global warming. In Los Angeles, several dozen people marched from a church to MacArthur Park, where a May 1 immigrants march and rally ended with police hitting and firing rubber bullets at surprised participants and news media. “Families Unite!” said signs carried by the marchers as they walked on sidewalks to the park, escorted by police officers on bicycles. At the park, a rally attracted nearly 300 people, said officer Jason Lee, a police spokesman. A man was arrested for investigation of battery following scuffle with another person, but Lee said the rally was “peaceful otherwise.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Can’t go much lower: With President George W. Bush admitting that we’ll have troops in Iraq beyond his presidency, mathematicians throughout the world held emergency meetings to prepare for the possibility that Bush’s approval poll numbers would go into negative territory. “It happened only once before, to William Henry Harrison,” said math expert Dee Vide. “And that was only two months into his term. Of course, by then he was already dead a month.” Do I hear a bribe? Disgraced former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham’s belongings went up for auction last week. But his most prized possession, his soul, was left off the list. “Some sun-burned fella with horns and a tail put his claws into that one a long time ago,” said auctioneer Sal Enythin. “But we still have some bits of the Dukester’s character left. No one’s bidding on them.” Right, now they’re just not here: A new report says that while airlines lost 30,000 bags in 2005, they won’t actually be considered lost until late 2006. Stop getting sick! California health-insurance companies defended claims that they are behind the humongous rise in insurance premiums. “It’s sick people,” said Ray Peveryconsumer. “If these selfish complainers would stop with their disabilities, injuries and illnesses, we’d have plenty of money to help those who are considerate enough not to get sick.” If the butt fits: Northwest Airlines announced that it will begin to charge $15 to passengers if they want to stay out of center seats on their flights. In an attempt to keep prices down, Jet Blue will not charge for its center seats. It’ll just move them next to the window. Rummy takes action: In a move that stunned Washington, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld demanded his own resignation. “I’ve done such a shoddy job with the Iraq war,” admitted the frolicsome defense chief, “that if I don’t leave the administration immediately, I will quit.” Gay pride parade too gay? Following his call that St. Patrick’s Day officials not allow homosexuals to march in New York’s parade, Bill O’Reilly has introduced the idea that homosexuals not be allowed to walk in West Hollywood’s Gay Pride Day celebration. “You put that many gays together in one place,” said the Fox TV commentator, “and sooner or later you’re going to end up with a parade. I don’t think that’s something the folks in West Hollywood want.” Obnoxious universe adds new planet: Zillionaire Donald Trump celebrated the birth of his baby boy by firing his wife. “I didn’t have a choice,” said the human combover. “She knew I wanted a girl.” About time: In a surprise vote, “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell was booted off the hit show. “To tell you the truth, I’m surprised I lasted this long. My opinions were horrendous this year and I really didn’t deserve to be judging a karaoke contest.” A record number of people wrote in that they wanted Cowell to be brought back just so they could vote him off again. The line starts here: An attractive Florida teacher who admitted having sex with her 14-year-old student was freed after prosecutors dropped sexual-abuse charges to avoid calling the boy to the witness stand. The prosecutor’s office was immediately flooded with thousands of calls from teenage boys who volunteered to take the student’s place. Should have taken a cab: This past Monday afternoon, Los Angeles bus maintenance worker Arthur Winston retired after more than 75 years of service with public transit agencies. “He was supposed to retire in the morning, but he took the bus,” said an unidentified driver. “Once Upon A Time …”: During this past week’s Colbert Report on Comedy Central, San Fernando Valley congressman Brad Sherman intimated there was no porn business in the Valley. Immediately after the interview, pigs were reported flying over Chatsworth. And they were wearing black garters. Unrelated fairy tale: All-pro whiner Terrell Owens signed with the Dallas Cowboys and promised that he is a changed man. His agent wouldn’t exclude the possibility that he had changed for the worse. Cough: A new report saying New Yorkers and Californians breathe the dirtiest air in the nation sent shock waves absolutely nowhere. But Calabasas officials made it illegal to breathe the air within the city limits. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful.”
1 Huddersfield have strengthened their squad with the signing of right-back Florent Hadergjonaj from Ingolstadt.The 23-year-old Switzerland international signs on a season-long loan from the Bundesliga 2 side, with the option to buy him at the end of the seasonHuddersfield boss David Wagner told his club’s official website: “It was important in this window that we found a real competitor for the right-back position and in Florent we have exactly the right player.”Hadergjonaj started his career with Young Boys before joining Ingolstadt, who were in Germany’s top flight last season. He won his first senior cap in a friendly against Belarus in June.Wagner continued: “Florent is one of the most exciting young right-backs in Germany and is a footballer who I believe will fit our system and style of play very well.“He is a real Terrier in defence and likes to attack whenever possible, which is perfect for how we want to play.“I have met with him and he is a good character; he is eager to show he can play in the Premier League despite a lot of interest from some top clubs in Germany. I’m looking forward to working with him on the training pitch.” Florent Hadergjonaj could sign for Huddersfield permanently if he impresses for the Premier League newcomers
The 2017/18 League Cup will kick off with an Ayrshire derby and close with a Dundee derby after the SPFL published fixture dates for the competition.Ayr United will play host to Kilmarnock for what looks like a dramatic curtain-raiser for the competition on Friday, July 14.Every senior side bar those who qualified for Europe will play their first competitive games in the following weeks.Hearts begin their bid for silverware with a trip to Elgin on July 18 while city rivals Hibs start their season with a home match against Montrose three days earlier. Ross County face Alloa at the Global Energy stadium on the same day while Dundee have to wait until the Tuesday for competitive action when they travel to Raith Rovers.Motherwell go to Queen’s Park for a televised fixture at 3pm on Saturday, July 15, with Hamilton playing at East Kilbride and Partick Thistle travelling to Livingston at the same time. The group stage finishes on Sunday July 30 when Dundee play Dundee United.The eight group winners and four best runners-up progress to the last 16 where they will be joined by Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers and St Johnstone.
Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon praised the new-look partnership of Jack Hendry and Kristoff Ajer after the pair helped him keep a clean sheet in Norway.Following Dedryck Boyata’s World Cup exploits, he wasn’t ready to start against Rosenborg, whilst Jozo Simunovic was unavailable as he completed a two-match ban.Brendan Rodgers turned to Hendry and Ajer to protect Gordon in goal and impressed as the Celtic goalkeeper was not unduly troubled.Gordon, who made a crucial save before half-time from Marius Lundemo, was impressed with the pairing and said their defensive influence made his night a lot more comfortable. “I didn’t have a great deal to do tonight, just a few saves.“They put some great delivery in the box and between me and defenders we managed to keep them at bay.”Celtic now face AEK Athens in the third round qualifier, with the first leg at Parkhead on Wednesday night. Gordon, who faced AEK with Hearts, added “AEK It’s going to be difficult .“There will be big crowd that will make plenty noise“But we’ve played against some big teams in big grounds.“This team is well used to that going into that kind of atmosphere and trying to get good results.“Its another step up.” He said: “I thought they were really good. “It was a difficult task for them against some big players.“They put the ball in the box and made them defend and they were up to the task every single time.“When they are winning tackles and making blocks it makes it a lot easier for me.
Share This!This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Hidden Mickeys at the Universal Orlando Resort. Most of us who have traveled to “The World” have become well versed in the concept of Hidden Mickeys: three circles placed together to resemble the iconic silhouette of Mickey Mouse. Walt Disney Imagineers have placed them all across the WDW parks and resorts (including some of our favorites at Art of Animation). The term itself has expanded to include hidden references beyond the classic Mickey head, such as the Nautilus from the old 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction hidden in the rock work of Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, the ride which replaced it. Believe it or not, there are references to Disney all over the Universal Orlando Resort as well. Today we are going to look at six of our favorite “Hidden Mickeys” at Universal, starting off with…# 6 – The Simpsons Ride Pre-ShowLike the TV show it is based on, The Simpsons Ride pulls no punches in mocking the world of theme parks throughout the attraction. Disney, Universal and SeaWorld take a lot of playful jabs from the attraction’s queue all the way to the gift shop. Some of our favorites are seen during the the first pre-show, in which guests watch a video that sets up the storyline of the ride. In between the video, fake ads for attractions at Krustyland (itself a parody of Disneyland) air including ones making fun of The Haunted Mansion, Hall of Presidents, Pirates of the Caribbean, and even Epcot’s defunct Kitchen Kaberet.Reference to The Haunted Mansion. (photo by Amusement Buzz)Reference to The Hall of Presidents. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)Reference to EPCOT’s beloved Kitchen Kaberet.–# 5 – Shrek 4D QueueShrek 4D takes a lot of criticism from longtime Universal fans, but for people who haven’t done it a million times there is a lot to like about it. The pre-show is absolutely wonderful. The attraction/film is fun and picks up directly after the first Shrek film ended. We here at the SATURDAY SIX are big fans of sequels that pick up immediately from their predecessor including Karate Kid II, Quantum of Solace, Furious 7, and the Back to the Future franchise. The gift shop also has a lot of fun details along the walls, but we’re going to look at the Shrek 4D queue, which is filled with fake attraction posters that reference Disneyland rides. Great Moments with Mr. Farquaad (Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln), Enchanted Tick Room (Enchanted Tiki Room) and Donkbo (Dumbo) are just some of the great posters you’ll see while in line.References to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln. and the Enchanted Tiki Room.–# 4 – The Simpsons Ride QueueReference to Pirates of the Caribbean. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)Reference to Jungle Cruise. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)We mentioned The Simpsons Ride pre-show earlier, but before that guests are treated to one of our favorite things inside the Universal parks: gigantic posters for attractions in Krustyland. These include Captain Dinosaur’s Pirate Rip-Off (“A ride so old it should be extinct,”) and The Sea Captain’s Queasy Time Lagoon Adventure. These posters are having playful fun at the expense of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise attractions. During The Simpsons Ride itself there is an extended sequence making fun of Pirates of the Caribbean including going through a “mist screen” and encountering one of the more famous scenes in the Disney attraction. Later guests go through what is clearly a satire on the It’s a Small World attraction.While in The Simpsons Ride queue, be on the lookout for a huge Krustyland park map that has even more hilarious details including one attraction that bears more than a passing resemblance to Big Thunder Mountain. You’ll see that Krustyland has its own “Main Street USA” and even a Skyway! This park map was obviously a labor of love by people who love theme parks, and there’s also a ton of references for fans of the television show as well. A true hidden gem at Universal.–# 3 – Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls QueueDudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is one of the most underrated water rides in Orlando, with possibly the coolest looking drops of any attraction. And in classic Jay Ward fashion, it has some great gags in the ride and the queue, some of which poke fun at Disney. One of the jokes is in the faux movie posters guests see while in the queue. Three Men and a Grizzly is parody of the movie Three Men and a Baby, and while most people don’t think of Three Men and a Baby as a Disney film, it was actually Disney’s first ever live action blockbuster, as well as the first hit of CEO Michael Eisner’s reign.Reference to the movie Three Men and a Baby, Disney’s first blockbuster in the Michael Eisner era. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)This is referencing some small indie film called Star Wars or something. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)Not Disney, but a Silence of the Lambs parody in Toon Lagoon. How GREAT is that?! (photo by @AmusementBuzz)–# 2 – Duff Brewery’s Seven Duffs TopiariesA take-off on Disney’s Seven Dwarfs, the Seven Duffs made their first appearance in the episode Selma’s Choice on Season 4 of The Simpsons. They are pretty much the exact opposites of Disney’s lovable dwarfs. While the dwarfs are short, the Duffs are tall. While all of Disney’s dwarfs talk except one (Dopey,) only one of the Seven Duffs talk (Surly.) The names of the Seven Duffs are fantastic: Dizzy, Tipsy, Sleazy, Queasy, Surly, Edgy, and Remorseful. Universal recreated the Seven Duffs as topiaries in front of Duff Brewery in Springfield USA and they are one of the best photo ops in the park.Edgy, Remorseful and Dizzy of the 7 Duffs. (photo by Brandon Glover)Tipsy, Surly, Queasy and Sleazy, of the 7 Duffs. (photo by Brandon Glover)–# 1 – Jurassic Park River AdventureOutside of Mark Twain, Walt Disney may be the most quoted man in the world. Some of our favorites include, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.” “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.” And of course the SATURDAY SIX motto: “Everyone needs deadlines.”Ol’ Walt even gets credit for things he didn’t say, such as “If you can dream it, you can do it.” and “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.”But without a doubt the most famous Walter Elias Disney quote of all is: “I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” Guests in the Jurassic Park River Adventure queue have an opportunity to see Universal have a little fun with this quote during the cheesy video loop playing. (photo by @AmusementBuzz)–HONORABLE MENTION: Finding Nemo in Toon LagoonWhile in Comic Strip Cafe guests may notice the back of a set of lockers used by guests of Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls. In these lockers are references to a lot of Universal things such as The Cat in the Hat, the Blue Man Group, and Woody Woodpecker, but one reference looks to be of a certain Disney film staring fish. That’s right, one locker looks to have what could pass as Nemo and Peach the starfish from Finding Nemo.Backside of Toon Lagoon lockers as seen from inside Comic Strip Cafe.Nemo?So there you have it: Six Hidden Mickeys at the Universal Orlando Resort. See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles, or, for your listening pleasure, check out the Pardon the Pixie Dust podcast. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan)DumboIf you enjoyed this article, you will surely like the following:How To Survive Star Wars Weekends In Six Easy StepsSix Events That Will NOT Be On Any Theme Park CalendarSix Things We STILL Can’t Believe Actually Happened at Walt Disney World2015 Theme Park Awards (AKA “The Burgys”)Special Thanks to crack staff photographer Brandon Glover, Logomeister @DrewOfOU, The Iron Stomach @AmusementBuzz, and blogger to the stars Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. Be sure to also check out Brandon on The Park Blogger podcast with co-hosts Aengus Mackenzie and Brian Carey.FINAL PLUG! Did you know The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando has a special edition of the SATURDAY SIX in it? Finally, someone came up with an actual reason to read a book. PRE-ORDER this baby now! (For every copy sold, a percentage of the profits* go towards buying a DVD of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rap video.)*0%
A file picture of a Cessna 206. Photo: Maxime/Wikicommons Media Pilots of smaller Australian aircraft have been urged to fit collision avoidance technology after two charter flights came within five metres (16.4ft) of hitting each other.The aircraft involved, a Cessna 210 and a Cessna 206, were operating the flights in December, 2017 under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) from Darwin Airport to Port Keats, about 390kms from Darwin.Both aircraft were equipped with Mode C transponders and the Cessna 206 had two passengers on board.The aircraft departed in quick succession and planned to track at 8500ft. They had been informed by air traffic control of each other’s presence and plans, according to a report released Thursday by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.The Cessna 210 was the trailing aircraft, but it was traveling faster than the C206 and as the two converged the pilot of 206 lost sight of the other plane.READ Sully recalls “The Miracle on the Hudson” 10 years on.“With the wing structure obscuring the view, the pilot advised air traffic control but took no further action to ensure segregation between the aircraft as they drew nearer,’’ the ATSB said.“The situation culminated with the aircraft reportedly coming within five metres of each other as they passed.“Owing to a combination of radar accuracy/resolution and the inaccuracy of the displayed height of the C210, the controller issued a safety alert only after the near-collision had already occurred.”Investigators said the limitations of see-and-avoid — the primary means by which Visual Flight Rules aircraft prevent collisions — were well known.They said recent advances in airborne collision avoidance system technologies had made them viable for general aviation aircraft.“They provide valuable information to alert pilots of other aircraft in their proximity and can direct the pilot to take avoiding action, thereby reducing the risk of collision,’’ they said.Groups representing private pilots have complained about the cost of adopting new technology but authorities say the price has been dropping and new options are becoming available.The Australian aviation regulator is also proposing to make it easier for small planes to be fitted with less expensive equipment that would increase awareness of other aircraft traffic.The report notes that a near-collision between a Saab 340 and a glider in 2016 prompted a proposal by an Australian industry group to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority about standards for satellite-based ADS-B technology in general aviation aircraft.“Following industry consultation, CASA is proposing to relax the equipment and installation standards for ADS-B fitment in VFR aircraft,’’ it said. “The aim is to make it cheaper and easier for aircraft operating under VFR to purchase and use the technology.”CASA has been testing cheaper ADS-B equipment as part of this process.One pilot told AirlineRatings that almost all general aviation and charter pilots now used an Apple or Andriod electronic flight bag that could take an input from an ADS-B transceiver costing as little as $1119.He said this was a small fraction of the cost of fully-approved equipment and well within the reach of small aircraft operators and pilots.“Because they are for VFR use and operate air-to-air, they can offer a considerable safety enhancement without necessarily needing the intervention of ATC,” he said.“So they can be effective even in more remote areas where ATC radar isn’t available, provided both aircraft in the conflict pair are equipped.“Pilots using these devices do/must not solely rely on them for separation – because they are flying VFR, they must also sight the traffic – but the devices give an early, highly accurate warning of upcoming conflicts and where to look, long before the traffic can be seen.“It seems extremely unlikely these two aircraft would have ever got so close if they were equipped.”An added advantage was that the devices also make small planes visible to appropriately equipped larger aircraft, he said.