Thursday, October 14, 2010

This Dolphin Has Human Arms

Fisherman who were carrying out their annual dolphin hunt captured a dolphin that had human arms!

Fishermen at the Japanese town made famous by the controversial Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” shrugged off protests by animal rights activists on Tuesday to carry out their annual dolphin hunt.

They were shocked with one of the first dolphin’s that they captured — it  had human arms!!

Japanese broadcaster TBS said the first hunt of the season in the town of Taiji took place on Tuesday, without mentioning how many dolphins were involved.

They said 14 dolphins were killed, while another six — mothers and calves — were spared, at least temporarily.  There was no news as to whether the dolphin with human arms (nicknamed Luka) was killed.

Western activists were chanting, “Mama dolphin, baby dolphin. No!” at the time Luka was discovered.  Actually, the activists were the first to notice because Luka started clapping along to the chant – using his human hands.

“It was incredible.  The Japanese fishermen pulled Luka into the boat and he punched a few of them with his human fist,”  said Rainbow Williams, an activist from San Francisco.  “Luka has a strong punch and I think he knocked out two or three fisherman with his punches.”

It became something of a brawl between the quick-jabbing dolphin and the Japanese fishermen.  But they eventually threw a net over Luka’s head and subdued him with a tranquilizing dart.

Activists tried to get involved in the fray but the Japanese fishermen held them off with gunshots over their heads.

What will the Japanese fisherman do with Luka?

“We will be bringing Luka to a marine biology research center in Osaka.  We will keep him safe and study him there.”

“Bullshit!!  They are going to kill him,” said Williams.  “We need to free Luka.  Free Luka!  Free Luka!”  There are hundreds of protesters outside the research facility waiting for the Japanese to release Luka – but it doesn’t seem like it will be happening anytime soon.

Japan has long maintained that killing dolphins is not banned under any international treaty and that the animals are not endangered, adding that dolphins need to be culled to protect fishing grounds.

Free Luka!!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mother of Parliament

It's probably one of the few occasions when sleeping on the job would be positively encouraged. Afterall, if Licia Ronzulli's baby did wake up, she would prove something of a distraction to other members of the European Parliament.

Mrs Ronzulli, an MEP from Italy, took her tiny daughter Victoria to a vote at Strasbourg. She kept her baby carefully cradled against her in a sling and occasionally leant to kiss her on the forehead.

The 35-year-old was taking advantage of relatively relaxed rules that allow women to take their baby to work with them. However, the trend seems unlikely to catch on at Westminster.

Mrs Ronzulli won her seat in last year's elections and is a member of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom Party. Victoria was born on August 10.

Her father is also a member of People of Freedom and he is called Renato Cerioli. Mrs Ronzulli is from the Lombardy region of northern Italy and won her seat with 40,000 votes.

She and her husband are close friends of Berlusconi - in fact he was a witness at the couple's wedding. She is a member of the environment, health and food safety commission in Strasbourg and has also worked as a nurse in Milan and Bangladesh before become a hospital director and then turning to politics.

Swiss cabinet has female majority for first time

Women now control a majority of the seats in Switzerland's executive branch, less than four decades after the country became one of Europe's last to grant women the right to vote in national elections. Social Democract lawmaker Simonetta Sommaruga was elected to the Cabinet in a fourth round of parliament voting Wednesday.

A battle over a second vacant seat was scheduled for later Wednesday, but Sommaruga's win gives women four of the seven posts in Switzerland's unique ruling Cabinet.

Swiss women have participated in national votes since 1971, after Swiss men granted women full suffrage in a nationwide referendum. One Swiss canton, Appenzell Inner-Rhodes, blocked women from local elections until 1990.kmps

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Food is Not Allowed for Your Baby

New parents are often confused when introducing the first foods for your baby under the age of 12 months. In principle, said Babycenter site, all food must be allowed on the child, provided that portion is not excessive. However, they advised not to give a few. Anything?
Here it is:
* Do not give honey is too thick concentration. if they want to introduce, such as the type of honey Khasmir, should be diluted first.
* Do not give peanut butter. In addition to sticky and hard to swallow, in some babies are also at risk of allergies.
* Fresh cow's milk or full cream. Instead, the only one that provided the milk for your baby is breast milk. But when forced to, infant formula specially designed for babies do not why. Why? Your baby can not digest the protein in cow's milk for the first year, in fact, many sources state pure cow's milk contains large quantities of minerals that can damage the kidneys.
Avoid giving food in large pieces. This is to avoid the food ingested and trapped in your child's throat. Vegetables like carrots, celery, and green beans should be diced, before cooking. Cut fruits like grapes, cherry tomatoes, melon balls and a four before serving. Cut meats and cheese into pieces that are very small before disuapkan in children.
* Do not give hard foods like nuts, popcorn, hard candies, raisins and other dried fruit. Although small, but potentially create a child to choke. and small seedlings potential choking hazard.
* Be careful giving soft foods like marshmallows and jelly candies. Potential lodged in your child's throat.
* Avoid letting your child eat in the car. It's too difficult to monitor while driving.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Afghan Warrior Leader Ready to Send Troops to Gaza

KABUL-MI: Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, one fighter group leader of Afghanistan, Wednesday (7 / 1) offer assistance to the Palestinians that Israel is now under attack. Fugitive of the United States government is ready to send his subordinates to assist the Palestinian people against Israel that calls the Gaza Strip.
According to his spokesman, Haroon Zarghon, Hekmatyar who led the group Hezb-i-Islami also urged Muslims worldwide to unite and 'fight' the American who helped Israel in terms of economic and weapons.
"Hezb-i-Islami not only condemned the Israeli invasion and barbaric acts against Palestinians. If circumstances allow, we will send mujahidin to help Hamas against Israel. We have thousands of volunteers who are ready to Gaza to fight against Israel. They are ready and we're looking for a way to send them, "said Haroon.
Hekmatyar was one of the fighters in Afghanistan. He leads the group to fight against NATO troops in Afghanistan with the Taliban-led separately.
Hakmatyar is one of America's most wanted fugitives who offer money to anyone who could catch him alive or dead. People from the people of Afghanistan as leader of the struggle against the Soviet invasion in the 1980s, previously also never send troops to Iraq to help Saddam Hussein in the Gulf War.

Meet The Tiger Dog

If this strange creature growled at you, you wouldn't know whether to run from his sharp claws or pat him on the head and give him a biscuit.
From a distance, its striped orange and black coat makes it look like a particularly odd tiger.
But it's actually a retriever, the victim of the latest craze among some dog owners in China to dye their pets to look like other animals.
The Chinese are always quick to embrace bizarre trends, and it is not unusual for owners to take their dogs to grooming parlours where they are not only given a shampoo and trim, but a multi-coloured dye job as well.
Today the retriever was joined by three furry friends whose dye jobs were much more convincing.
The tiny, fluffy dogs were the spitting image of baby giant pandas thanks to their makeovers.
The animals were pictured after being transferred to Zhenghou from Southwest China's Sichuan province at the weekend.
Recent figures show money spent on pets across the nation has seen nearly a 500 per cent increase between 1999 and 2008 - but, arguably, at the cost of their pets' dignity.
Quite what the animals might think about it is another matter.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Stephen Hawking to Leave Britain over Government Cuts in Science

Professor Stephen Hawking is planning to abandon Cambridge University after nearly 50 years and move to Canada in protest at Government cuts. The world's most famous physicist has become frustrated with falling university budgets, which he believes are scuppering scientific discoveries.

The departure of Professor Hawking, who began work in Cambridge in 1962, would be a massive blow to the university and to British scholarship. The 68-year-old - who has made key advances in theoretical physics while almost completely paralysed by motor neurone disease - said restrictions in grants mean scientific research in Britain is increasingly focused on its industrial application rather than the pursuit of knowledge and discovery.

The best-selling author of A Brief History Of Time is to spend two months at the Perimeter Institute, in Ontario, this summer and, if all goes to plan, hopes to make the move permanent. Yesterday his spokesman said Professor Hawking 'remained heavily critical of the Government's policy on science funding', saying it risked ending Britain's history of world-class thinkers.

In an attempt to reduce the Government's deficit, cuts to higher education amounting to roughly £1billion over three years have been announced. His graduate assistant Sam Blackburn said: 'Professor Hawking is considering a move but it would depend on whether his trip to the institute is successful.'

However, a move abroad would present Professor Hawking with difficulties as his disability means he requires an entourage including carers and a graduate assistant to operate his voice synthesiser.

And he would leave behind his adapted home and members of his family from his first marriage to Jane Hawking, with whom he was reconciled in 2007 after a divorce from second wife Elaine Mason. Professor Hawking would follow his former colleague Neil Turok, an authority on mathematical physics, who left for the institute in 2008.

Professor Turok has said the 'door is open' for Professor Hawking to join him permanently and has stated that the physicist's summer visit 'is the first of many'.

In contrast to Cambridge, the Perimeter Institute - set up seven years ago by Mike Lazaridis, the creator of the BlackBerry handheld device - has raised substantial funding from private donations.

It is ironic that Professor Hawking would leave Cambridge, which has arguably done more to advance the understanding of science than any university in the world. It is where Charles Darwin formulated the theory of evolution and Francis Crick and James Watson identified the structure of DNA.

Professor Hawking's distant predecessor as its Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Sir Isaac Newton, founded modern science with his laws of motion and gravity.

A spokesman for Cambridge University, said: 'Professor Hawking has no plans to leave Cambridge at present. However, he will be a regular visitor to the Perimeter Institute for research purposes.'
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Monday, March 1, 2010

This 'Rubber Man' Tries to Set The Guinness Book of World Records

Vijay Sharma can wrap his legs over his head, wriggle through a tennis racket and wind his arms around his back. His flexibility has earned him the title of 'Rubber Man' in the Limca book of Records, India's version of the Guinness book of World Records, and he hopes to one-day achieve global fame.

'It was when I was training for martial arts I realised my body was so bendable I might be capable of setting a world record in flexibility,' the 27-year-old said. The shop assistant Vijay claims his bendy obsession stems from watching Jackie Chan movies when he was a youngster.

The village boy from Rajashtan's Jhunjhunu district started taking martial arts lessons in 1999 in a bid to learn Chan's acrobatic fighting style. It was during these lessons he discovered the extent of his flexibility and started experimenting.

He squeezed into tiny spaces, curled his body into boxes and attempted to drink from bottles held between his toes. After seeing the tennis racket stunt in Guinness book of world records, he became curious and bought a tennis racket the next day.  He quickly removed the strings and tried to pass through the nine-and-a-half-inch surface.

'I tried to get through it, but got stuck for the entire night,' he said.  'I had to shut myself in my room and sleep with it. I got up at 3 o clock and tried to get out of it.

'I began to bleed but that didn't stop me.' Vijay, who practices up to four hours a day to improve his elasticity, has performed on TV Shows and various tournaments at national level. But he believes, he has performed the toughest stunt on a Zee TV show.

'I added a kick to my stunt, that is I pulled my leg up all the way so it was perpendicular to the floor and pushed my torso along with my leg out of the racket,' he explained.

'It was such a stunt that I couldn't breathe for a moment while doing it.' He has won a silver medal in body flexibility at a country level tournament, held at Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh in 2001. He also claims to have broken the world record for wrist-egg-crushing - which involves pushing your hand backwards to lie flat against the arm - set by a Lissa Patterson (CORR) in 2005.

'I made the claim and even got some documents from Guinness Book of World Records to complete, but I couldn't get back because of constraints of time and money,' he said.

Least interested in his father's clothes shop business, Vijay wants to achieve fame by working on martial arts and body flexibility. 'Anything for fame,' he said.
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