Oregon Cougar Death, The head keeper at a private sanctuary for captive-born wildcats died when one of the animals attacked her, according to authorities.
Renee Radziwon-Chapman died Saturday at WildCat Haven Sanctuary in Sherwood, Oregon, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. She was 36.
She was apparently the only person at the sanctuary and was inside an animal enclosure when she died, the sanctuary said Sunday in a statement.
“We are devastated by this loss,” the sanctuary staff said in a statement. “Not only was she one of our most dedicated staff members, we thought of her as family.”
It was unclear why Radizwon-Chapman entered the cage without first securing the animal and without another staff member present, as the sanctuary said is its practice.
The public was never in any danger, authorities said.
The sanctuary is not open to the public. It exists to give rescued captive-born wildcats a “safe, natural, lifetime home,” according to its statement.
Apple Iphone Curved Screen, A person familiar with the plans told Bloomberg that two models planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges.
The screens are said to be 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, making the two new models Apple’s largest iPhones. Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models, the person said.
The news comes after both Samsung and LG unveiled their own curved-screen smartphones last month. The LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round are both designed to mirror the curvature of the user’s face and make the devices more comfortable to hold.
Samsung’s and LG’s curved phones are only available in the South Korean market as the companies seek to gauge consumer appetite.
“There has been quite a bit of talk about the coming wave of curved smartphone screens, however there has not been a lot of talk about what we will be able to do with them,” said technology Industry*n*lyst Jeff Kagan.
“That must be the focus of both the media relations and public relations efforts of companies going forward. Currently there are many more questions than answers.”
Apple broke with tradition in September when it launched two versions of the iPhone simultaneously – the iPhone 5s with a 64-bit processor and fingerprint sensor and the iPhone 5c with a range of brightly coloured plastic cases. Demand for the iPhone 5s has been much greater, and iPhone 5c production has reportedly been reduced.
Last week, Apple announced a deal to open a sapphire glass facility, fuelling rumours the hard material could be used on future smartphones and iPads. Industrial sapphire glass is synthetically created and is so hard that it is shaped by diamond-tipped saws.
Tattersalls Horse Auctioneers, If the global economy remains sluggish, a small corner of the British horse racing hub of Newmarket is very much bucking the trend.
It is nearly quarter of a millennium since Richard Tattersall founded his eponymous bloodstock auctioneers and, in 2013, Tattersalls’ business is booming.
Back in October behind the gates of Tattersalls Park Paddocks, a record was set for the most ever spent on a horse in Europe — $8.4 million (£5.25 million) — for the Galileo filly by Alluring Park.
In a nod to its old roots, all sales are still priced in guineas (effectively a pound and a shilling) so Qatari Sheikh Joann al Thani parted with five million guineas for the honor of buying this prestigious filly.
Excitement, though, is building at Tattersalls once more with the first offering from Frankel having retired and gone to stud with the pregnant Dancing Rain undoubtedly the most mouth-watering prospect going under the hammer at the two-week December sale, which starts on November 25.
Dancing Rain won both the Oaks and its German equivalent and it is more than 50 years since an Oaks winner carrying her first foal has been sold in public auction.
The fact the foal she is carrying is the offspring of Frankel, with 14 wins from as many races and undoubtedly the most acclaimed horse of its generation, makes the prospect all the more exciting.
Jimmy George, the marketing director at Tattersalls, is loathe to say he expects the record to be broken but big money will undoubtedly change hands.
“We never expect to break records; records by their nature are unexpected,” says George.
“We’ve got some huge excitement to come at the December sale with mares carrying the first Frankel foals,– in all there are 10 mares in foal to Frankel — of which Dancing Rain is the pick. That will be huge.
“This is the very best mated to the very best. Combining those two, you’re narrowing the angles and quite possibly producing the ultimate racehorse. She’s a very valuable mare particularly as it’s very rare to find a mare of that calibre on the market.”
Another horse set to test the spending power of horse racing’s power brokers is Immortal Verse, winner of the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville, in foal for the first time to Dansili, whose wins included Priex Messidor, Prix Edmond Blanc and Prix du Muguet, and with an already impressive breeding record.
China Second Child, American broadcaster ABC has reportedly made a second formal apology for the unscripted “kill everyone in China” joke told by a child on the Jimmy Kimmel Live late night TV show following protests across 26 US cities over the weekend.
According to Chinese state broadcaster CCTV, ABC sent an email to China’s official Xinhua news agency on Sunday apologizing again for the Oct. 16 Kids Table segment on Kimmels’ show, in which a 10-year-old child suggested that the US government should “kill everyone in China” to solve American’s crippling foreign debt problem.
The apology letter, the contents of which have not yet been made public, reportedly also includes promises to permanently cancel the Kids Table segment, remove all videos of the offending comments from its website, and to strengthen internal review processes to ensure similar incidents will be prevented in the future.
This latest apology comes a day after thousands of Chinese-Americans took to the streets across 26 US cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington DC, calling for a range of mitigating measures including Kimmel’s sacking. The rally has been labeled the “biggest ever” Chinese demonstration in US history by Chinese state media.
ABC had already issued an apology in late October, saying that it “would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large,” and that it took “swift action” to minimize distribution of the skit.
Kimmel has also issued two public apologies over the incident, saying he thought it was clear that he did not agree with the child’s statement and that he believed people would have taken it as a joke.
“I do want to apologize to all of you if I upset you. I am very very sorry, we should not have put it on the air. We did not mean to upset you,” said Kimmel, who also reportedly sent a personal email to organizers of Saturday’s protests.
Wang Tian, one of the protest organizers, told CCTV on Monday afternoon that he had not yet seen the apology letter, but said that if it is indeed legitimate then it will be a “progressive victory” for all Asian-Americans. Wang said their next step is to take a few days off, and depending on how the apology letter addresses their demands, decide whether to initiate legal proceedings against ABC and initiate a “global boycott” of Disney, the network’s parent company.
Journey Purple Heart, A Purple Heart is one of this nation’s most sacred honors, awarded to soldiers wounded or killed in the line of duty. The medal has been given to more than 1.9 million servicepersons, a heart-wrenching statement on the sacrifices American men and women have made since 1917.
Sherrie Benes is not a military veteran, and yet last November, she found herself holding a Purple Heart in her hand. When she became Whitewater’s postmaster about a year ago, she found the medal in the top drawer of her new desk. She learned it had been found in one of the office’s blue mailboxes prior to her arrival.
U.S. Postal Service employees had made some efforts to return the medal, contacting state Rep. Steve Nass’ office (R-Whitewater) to find out if they knew of a missing medal. Nothing was reported, and there it sat.
As the mother of a U.S. soldier, Benes immediately knew that the medal was not hers to keep. The inscription on the back read “Staff Sergeant Leo L. Olson,.” That only gave the medal more meaning to her, as her son, Jason Storck, recently had earned the rank of staff sergeant in the Air Force.
And so Postmaster Benes began a painstaking research process to find out more about SSgt. Olson.
“I just talked to a fellow postmaster friend, and I made the comment, ‘You would have done the same thing.’ She said, ‘I don’t know, Sherrie.’ You’ve got those ties, I don’t.’ So I hope that somebody would have done the same thing, but I guess not all people would,” Benes said. “I didn’t even question if I was going to do it; I knew I was going to do it.”
Through a research project that involved many members of her family, as well as calls to Congressman Paul Ryan’s office, Benes discovered that Olson had enlisted in the Army during World War II in 1942 in Eau Claire. He was 31 years old at the time.
“When holding this Purple Heart in my hands, it is heavy. It is cold. The purple color is a little faded. It makes my heart heavy, wondering about this veteran who paid the ultimate price for my freedom,” Benes wrote in a diary entry about her journey to find the medal recipient’s final resting place.
Typhoon Haiyan Vignettes, Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced a daunting relief effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine.
Police guarded stores to prevent people from hauling off food, water and such non-essentials as TVs and treadmills, but there was often no one to carry away the dead — not even those seen along the main road from the airport to Tacloban, the worst-hit city along the country’s remote eastern seaboard.
At a small naval base, eight bloated corpses — including that of a baby — were submerged in sea water brought in by the storm. Officers there had yet to move them, saying they had no body bags or electricity to preserve them.
Two officials said Sunday that Friday’s typhoon may have killed 10,000 or more people, but with the slow pace of recovery, the official death toll remained well below that. The Philippine military confirmed 942 dead, but shattered communications, transportation links and local governments suggest the final toll is days away. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said “we pray” that the death toll is less than 10,000.
Tacloban resembled a garbage dump from the air, punctuated only by a few concrete buildings that remained standing.
“I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every single building, every single house,” U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over the city. He spoke on the tarmac at the airport, where two Marine C-130 cargo planes were parked, engines running, unloading supplies.
Authorities said at least 9.7 million people in 41 provinces were affected by the typhoon, which is called Yolanda in the Philippines but is known as Haiyan elsewhere in Asia. It’s one of the most powerful recorded typhoons to ever hit land and likely the deadliest natural disaster to beset this poor Southeast Asian nation.
Philippine soldiers were distributing food and water in Tacloban, and assessment teams from the United Nations and other international agencies were seen for the first time. The U.S. military dispatched food, water, generators and a contingent of Marines to the city, the first outside help in what will swell into a major international relief mission.