Raw chicken a pet paralysis risk: study

Posted on 04/25/2020

Eating raw chicken increases a dog’s risk of dogs developing a paralysing condition.If you like to give your beloved pooch a chicken neck to gnaw on as a treat, you might want to reconsider.

A new study has found eating raw chicken increases the risk of dogs developing a paralysing and sometimes fatal condition by more than 70 times.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital say the cause of acute polyradiculoneuritis (APN) in dogs has always baffled vets.

But their new study has identified raw chicken, and especially chicken necks, as a major risk factor.

APN is a relatively rare but debilitating condition that initially causes weakness in the hind legs that can spread to the front legs, neck, head and face.

Some dogs die if their chests are affected. Those who survive can take six months to recover.

The paralysis is caused by the dog’s immune system becoming unregulated and attacking its own nerve roots, and is the doggy equivalent of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) in humans.

The bacteria Campylobacter is now considered a trigger agent in up to 40 per cent of people who GBS and it’s present in undercooked chicken.

Chief investigator Dr Matthias le Chevoir and his colleagues set out to determine if raw chicken could also trigger APN in dogs.

They looked at the diets of 27 dogs with symptoms of the disease and compared them with a symptom-free control group, finding Campylobacter was the likely reason for immune system impairment and paralysis.

Researchers say the findings are a concern given the growing popularity of raw meat diets for dogs.

They say dog owners should choose regular dog food over raw chicken until more research is done.

Big Bash League: Adelaide Strikers sweep past Hobart Hurricanes

Posted on 04/25/2020

Big Bash League: The final Adelaide Strikers celebrate.

Alex Carey of the Adelaide Strikers.

Strikers players celebrate.

Peter Siddle of the Adelaide Strikers reacts after the dismissal of Ben McDermott.

Jake Lehmann of the Adelaide Strikers celebrates after taking a catch on the boundary.

Jofra Archer of the Hobart Hurricanes.

Jake Weatherald of the Adelaide Strikers celebrates his century.

D’Arcy Short of the Hobart Hurricanes drops a catch.

Hurricane players celebrate the dismissal of Alex Carey of the Adelaide Strikers.

A Strikers fan during the final of the Big Bash League cricket match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval.

A Strikers fan during the final of the Big Bash League cricket match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval.

TweetFacebookA blazing Jake Weatherald ton has delivered the Adelaide Strikers a 25-run win against the Hobart Hurricanes and a breakthrough BBL title.

Weatherald’s sizzling 115 from 70 balls in Sunday’s final at Adelaide Oval propelled the Strikers to 2-202.

In reply, the Hurricanes mustered 5-177 in a run chase underpinned by D’Arcy Short and veteran George Bailey. Read more

Short aims to follow in Warner’s footsteps

BBL sensation D’Arcy Short wants to follow in David Warner’s footsteps and morph from a short-form weapon to a Test cricketer.

Short’s stunning BBL feats ended with the player of the tournament award but also in defeat as his Hobart Hurricanes lost Sunday’s final to the Adelaide Strikers.

Short’s prodigious BBL run-scoring has earnt him an n Twenty20 debut – just how Warner broke into international ranks. Read more

IS cell survivor shows crime, terror nexus

Posted on 04/25/2020

Salah Abdeslam is set to go on trial for the November 13 Paris terror attacks.He is the silent survivor of the 10-man Islamic State cell that terrorised Paris in November 2015, refusing all pleas to shed light on the attack that killed 130 people in the French capital or the one in Belgium four days after his arrest.

After spending nearly three years jailed in isolation, Salah Abdeslam is set to go on trial on Monday in his hometown of Brussels for a police shootout that he himself fled. The man who covered for his getaway with a spray of automatic gunfire died. Abdeslam’s escape was short-lived – he was captured on March 18, 2016, in the same neighborhood where he and many of his Islamic State fighter colleagues grew up.

Four days later, Islamic State suicide attackers struck again, this time at the Brussels airport and subway. In all, that sprawling network of IS fighters killed 162 people in the two European capitals. Most of the extremists were French speakers, raised in one of the cities they struck. The plot’s execution depended upon Islamic State’s success in wedding crime and religion.

Abdeslam, who along with his brother was suspected of dealing drugs from the bar they ran, is the starkest example of that convergence. But in Paris, the trial of three men accused of giving safe haven to the attackers also provides a revealing look at the intersection that made possible two of the deadliest terror attacks in Europe since World War II.

The operational commander of the cell was Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a petty criminal who used his home neighbourhood of Molenbeek in Brussels as a fertile recruiting ground for IS. Abaaoud even recruited his 14-year-old brother.

But many of the young men who followed him into IS were small-time criminals themselves, part of the extremist organisation’s deliberate attempt to make use of “skills” that include accessing black market weapons, forging documents and handling covert logistics .

When the night of carnage in Paris – November 13, 2015 – was finally over, seven attackers were dead and three were on the run: Abdeslam, Abaaoud and another Molenbeek native named Chakib Akrouh. Abdeslam called friends in Brussels to drive through the night and pick him up.

Abaaoud also called his cousin, Hasna Ait Belkacem, who lived in a suburb of Paris and vacillated between hard-line Islam and even harder drug use. She was happy to help. She called her dealer. He called another dealer.

It took a few days of sleeping under bushes, but for 150 euros ($A260) wired from Belgium, they secured a room in the Paris neighbourhood of Saint-Denis, near the national stadium they had attacked on November 13.

In the pre-dawn hours of November 18, frantic French investigators tipped off by a friend of Ait Belkacem tracked them to the building and sealed off the neighbourhood.

Abaaoud, Ait Belkacem and Akrouh all died when Akrouh detonated a suicide vest.

Just before his building crumbled to the ground, one of the drug dealers, Jawad Bendaoud, showed up to find out what was happening and explained on live television that he was just “doing a service” by renting out his room. With the cameras still rolling , Bendaoud was taken into custody.

At their trial, fellow dealer Mohammed Soumah explained how he framed the world: Good citizens, delinquents, rapists, and terrorists.

“Me, I don’t fit in the terrorist box. I’m a thug, a scumbag,” Soumah told the judge. But there he was sitting in the box for terrorism defendants in central Paris alongside Bendaoud.

As for why neither man made the connection between the two Belgians desperate for a hideout amid a massive police manhunt and an outpouring of grief for France’s 130 victims, Soumah had another explanation.

“The criminal life goes on,” he said.

But the lines between terrorists and criminals are less clear now than ever , said Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation.

“ISIS is perhaps the first jihadist group that has explicitly targeted this demographic, and they’ve done it very consciously and especially in Europe,” Neumann said. “If you go to Sweden, Norway, Holland, Germany, they will all tell you that 50 per cent-plus of the people who have turned up traveling to Syria or involved in domestic plots have previous criminal convictions, often for petty crime.”

The attacks often are interwoven as well. On Friday, a Belgian career criminal was transferred into French custody over allegations that he housed the jihadi who attacked the Thalys high-speed train between Brussels and Paris in August 2015.

The suspect, Youssef Siraj, is also believed to have put up some of the Brussels attackers, according to the Belgian news site DH. The same group allegedly is linked to a raid in the Belgian town of Verviers, where authorities say a jihadi cell was on the verge of a coordinated attack against police.

The jihadi who wired the money to pay Bendaoud and Soumah was himself a petty criminal in Sweden before joining the Islamic State group, a thief who picked up firearms skills during his time in Syria named Mohamed Belkaid. It was also Belkaid who opened fire on Belgian police as they raided Abdeslam’s Brussels hideout. He was shot dead in the March 15, 2016, raid.

Abdeslam escaped through a window over the rooftops.

He was traced to a cousin’s apartment on March 18, 2016, near his Molenbeek home. Still more members of the cross-border Islamic State cell struck Brussels on March 22, 2016, including the bomb-maker for both attacks. Thirty-two people were killed in Brussels, along with three suicide attackers.

Abdeslam has been imprisoned ever since. His trial will be the first time he is seen in public since his capture.

We’re in good space, senior Liberal claims

Posted on 04/25/2020

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has cemented his lead over Bill Shorten, the latest Newspoll shows.Federal coalition MPs are heading into the new parliamentary year buoyed by improved showings for the government and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“The truth is we are in good space,” cabinet minister Christopher Pyne told ABC radio on Monday.

The first Newspoll for 2018 has the coalition trailing Labor 48-52 per cent after preferences, a slight improvement on its standing at the end of 2017.

Mr Turnbull has extended his lead as preferred prime minister to 14 points over Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

“This is going to be a very bleak year for Bill Shorten, unfortunately the public have found him out,” Mr Pyne said.

Treasurer Scott Morrison, fresh from a visit to the US, is upbeat about the state of the n economy and the global outlook.

“I think the year is one of great economic opportunity, not just here in but all around the world,” he told reporters in Canberra.

“The n economy is off to a great start this year, the global economy is off to a great start.”

Government MPs believe the focus will be on Labor and Mr Shorten, rather than the coalition, as parliament returns from the long summer break.

The Newspoll also showed almost half of all voters would prefer someone other than Mr Shorten to lead Labor.

Deputy leader Tanya Plibersek (25 per cent) is preferred leader among all voters closely followed by Anthony Albanese (24 per cent) with Mr Shorten on 22 per cent.

Among Labor voters, Mr Shorten was a clear choice with 37 per cent backing him over Ms Plibersek (27 per cent) and Mr Albanese (23 per cent).

Senior Labor frontbencher Tony Burke believes Mr Shorten will lead Labor to the next election.

“We don’t want to go back to the days, which the Liberal Party are still in, of constant leadership change and speculation,” he said

Greens leader Richard Di Natale argues the government doesn’t have a future.

“It’s relying on the missteps of the opposition,” he told reporters.

Scientists demand Murray-Darling changes

Posted on 04/25/2020

A group of academics are calling for a reset in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.A call from 12 prominent scientists and economists for radical change to the Murray-Darling Basin Plan has been rejected by the basin authority.

The group signed a declaration in Adelaide on Monday saying that billions of dollars spent so far had failed to achieve better water flows.

“This is not about politics or about playing the blame game,” n National University economics professor Quentin Grafton said.

“It is about saying water reform is not delivering what it said it would for the basin, its environment or its people and saying how we solve it.”

Professor Grafton said $4 billion had been spent on subsidies for irrigation infrastructure by governments over the past decade without any adequate measures of what had been achieved.

The group called for a halt to all public subsidies and grants towards infrastructure projects and for an independent audit to examine environmental outcomes.

But Murray-Darling Basin Authority Chief Executive Phillip Glyde said he was greatly concerned with calls to halt implementation of the plan.

Mr Glyde said it was a visionary long-term policy with water infrastructure efficiency programs already saving 700 gigalitres for the environment.

“Claims that the plan’s investment in more modern and efficient water infrastructure is not delivering benefits for the environment are simply not true,” Mr Glyde said in a statement.

“It is simply not possible to repair 100 years of damage to such a vast river system overnight or even within five years.”

The basin plan was signed in 2012 and governs water use across the nation’s biggest river system.

Kylie Jenner gives birth to a daughter

Posted on 04/25/2020

Kylie Jenner has confirmed that she has had a baby girl.Kylie Jenner has confirmed that she has given birth to a baby girl.

The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, 20, has been at the centre of pregnancy rumours for months but has kept her happy news a secret.

She finally spilled the beans on Sunday, posting a message on social media announcing that she and boyfriend Travis Scott welcomed a “beautiful and healthy” daughter on February 1.

Jenner said she had kept the pregnancy to herself because she wanted to “prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress-free and healthy way” that she could.

She said: “I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions.

“I understand you’re use to me bringing you along on all my journeys.

“My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world.

“I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress-free and healthy way I knew how. There was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal I had planned.

“I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness.

“Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering and life changing experience I’ve had in my entire life and I’m actually going to miss it,” she continued.

“I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could.

“My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived February 1st and I just couldn’t wait to share this blessing. I’ve never felt love and happiness like this I could burst. Thank you for understanding.”

Jenner’s sister Kim Kardashian welcomed a baby girl named Chicago in January and her sister Khloe Kardashian is seven months pregnant.

36ers to appeal captain’s NBL suspension

Posted on 04/25/2020

Adelaide will appeal captain Brendan Teys’ suspension over the brawl in the clash against Perth.The Adelaide 36ers will appeal captain Brendan Teys’ two-match suspension after coach Joey Wright said his team was not the instigator in Friday night’s ugly fourth-quarter melee against the Perth Wildcats.

A club spokesperson confirmed the Sixers would contest Teys’ penalty after the Sixers skipper and Perth reserve Dexter Kernich-Drew both copped two games for unduly rough play which was graded as intentional with body contact and high impact following a heated fourth quarter on Friday.

Teys’ appeal will be reviewed at a single member tribunal hearing chaired by experienced Sydney barrister Andrew Coleman SC at 5pm AEDT on Monday.

Lucas Walker and Shannon Shorter can accept $375 fines for leaving their bench during the brawl.

Shorter, Mitch Creek, Shannon Shorter, Anthony Drmic, Majok Deng, Nelson Larkins (Adelaide), Clint Steindl, Jarrod Kenny and Kernich-Drew (Perth) were also offered $375 fines for their roles in the ensuing melee which overshadowed Perth’s 21-point win.

Wright spoke to the media post-match Sunday after his side turned the tables on the Wildcats with a 12-point victory but just before the NBL released its findings from Friday night.

“We don’t think we were the agitators (on Friday),” Wright said.

“We dont think we agitated that situation at all.

“We were (acting) in response to a lot of things that happened.

“We didn’t throw any punches, we didn’t throw any elbows, (and) at one point one of our players was picked up off the floor and speared.”

In football, you’d be automatically out of there.”

Teys and Kernich-Drew’s penalties are the most severe handed out by the league this season.

Previously, Illawarra’s MVP candidate Demetrius Conger was rubbed out for one match on an early plea for striking Sydney’s Brad Newley while since-sacked Cairns import Michael Carrera dramatically had a two-game suspension downgraded to a fine after making contact with the face of Wildcats forward Derek Cooke Jr.

Perth coach Trevor Gleeson was also expecting to be penalised by fines rather than suspensions.

“There was just a lot of grabbing and holding,” he said.”There’s been no suspensions before (besides Conger).

“There’s been early pleas and fines with a couple of punches thrown in other games.”

Lack of cash hinders Mariners strike hunt

Posted on 04/25/2020

Central Coast coach Paul Okon has been unable to spend money on a striker for his shot-shy side.Central Coast coach Paul Okon will place his faith in his band of low scoring forwards, after the Mariners failed to land a proven striker in the January transfer window.

The ninth-placed Mariners have scored a league-low 19 goals from as many games.

Blake Powell is their top scorer with four, with no other Mariner netting more than two.

In January , they released two forwards, with Kwabena Appiah moving to South Korea and Spaniard Asdrubal departing for personal reasons.

Their one forward signing in January was former youth international Peter Skapetis from Brisbane Roar.

Skapetis scored with his first touch in the 2-1 home loss to Western Sydney Wanderers on Sunday.

But the Mariners lacked the financial clout to tempt more established strikers to the Central Coast..

“We tried really hard, but unfortunately when it comes time to find out how much the nines want, the numbers just didn’t stack up,’ Okon said.

“We have six attackers at this football club, and we’ll soldier on with those six attackers.

“We do feel that we have people that can find the back of the net.

“But we know that’s an area that all season we have been disappointing in.”

While the Mariners had several shots from the edge of the box on Sunday, they struggled to create close range chances.

The shortage of penetrating crosses and passes and poor decision making in their attacking third has been a recurring problem for Central Coast..

Several times on Sunday, Andrew Hoole got into threatening positions but either didn’t shoot, was dispossessed or took the wrong option.

“Maybe at times he could have pulled the trigger, or come up with a better solution and maybe he’s a little bit low on confidence,” Okon said of Hoole.

“But I thought Hooley’s second half he was more in the game and he always looked like a threat, so it’s something that he needs to keep working at, because the good thing is that he finds himself in those areas.

“We’ve spoken about all season in that final third, it’s coming up with the better options.”

Wanderers, who have scored just one more goal than the Mariners, gave a second half debut off the bench to Socceroos forward Chris Ikonomidis.

“He had just the one training session with the group, he was able to play the 45 minutes and I think his performance was very good,” Wanderers’ coach Josep Gombau said.

Anti-Adani campaign demands Labor promise

Posted on 04/25/2020

Some of the attacks on Adani’s Queensland mining project have been ‘personal’, the group says. The Stop Adani movement protested outside Parliament House to make clear its political agenda.

Labor has shifted its support for Queensland’s Adani coal mine, but the Greens are sceptical until they see an “iron-clad promise” it will never be built.

A large rally featuring flags, banners and costumes was held on Monday outside Parliament House as protesters aimed to show the depth of opposition to the controversial mine.

Labor leader Bill Shorten last week hardened his previously non-committal stance on the mine when he said he was “increasingly sceptical” of the Adani project, casting doubt over the economic case in light of the world coal market struggling.

But Greens leader Richard Di Natale said voters would not accept “weasel words” from Labor.

“This has to be an absolute iron-clad commitment that the Labor party makes sure this mine doesn’t get built,” Senator Di Natale told reporters on Monday.

Shorten’s comments came as Labor entered a tight by-election battle with the Greens for the Melbourne seat of Batman, with Adani shaping up as a key issue in an electorate about 2000km from the proposed mine site.

Labor’s candidate for Batman, union leader Ged Kearney, told reporters last week she didn’t think the Adani mine would go ahead.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan said this year’s coal market started strongly, with the thermal coal price more than double last year’s and the coking coal price doubling in the past two years.

“It’s clear Mr Shorten knows nothing about coal mining,” he said in Senate question time.

The protesters who gathered outside parliament said they were mobilising in 2018 with campaign boot camps to “fundamentally shift the politics of coal”.

Joseph Zane Sikulu, Pacific Project Co-ordinator for 350苏州模特佳丽招聘, said the Stop Adani movement had also spread beyond .

“We called out for the fact that they are not a good big brother to the people in the Pacific,” he said.

“Those realities are no longer just ours, they are yours as well,” he said of rising sea waters and reef bleaching caused by climate change.

Adani chairman Gautam Adani told a forum in New Delhi on Friday that resistance to the project in the Galilee Basin had been intense.

“In recent years our project has faced intense resistance abetted by some international NGOs and competitors who have turned to vicious personal attacks and used the press to their advantage,” Mr Adani said, according to Indian business news website Livemint.

Adani has said the $16.5 billion mine would bring 10,000 jobs to the region.

Mr Canavan was asked about reports Adani falsified samples when appealing a fine for a spill from Abbott Point in 2017 during Cyclone Debbie, but he said it was a state matter.

Adani has strongly denied the reports.

Robin Frijns, Stuart Leonard and Dries Vanthoor win 12 Hour for Audi under reg flag

Posted on 04/25/2020

AUDI claimed its third Bathurst 12 Hour crown in anticlimactic fashion on Sunday when the annualendurance event at Mount Panorama ended under red flag conditions.

The race was set for a thrilling conclusion between Audi’sRobin Frijns and fast finishing Mercedes challenger Jamie Whincup but the debris from a huge crash at the top of the Mount inside the final 20 minutes couldn’t be cleared in time to resume racing.

FINISHED EARLY: Robin Frijns drives his Audi across the line as the red flag is waved in Sunday’s Bathurst 12 Hour. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Drivers and spectators alike were hopeful the scattering of remains from the frightening 200 kilometre an hour collision between Ash Walsh and John Martin could be removed before the 12 Hours were up but it wasn’t to be.

The race was officially declared over with four minutes on the clock remaining.

Frijns and co-drivers Stuart Leonard andDries Vanthoor helped Audi add another title to go with their victories in 2011 and 2012.

Whincup,Kenny Habul, Tristan Vautier and Raffaele Marciello had to settle for second place while a great performance fromTim Pappas,Jeroen Bleekemolen, Luca Stolz and Marc Lieb in their Porsche delivered them to third place.

Inside the final hour the race was set to be a battle of fuel economy for all eight cars on the lead lap.

Frijns said prior to the race’s final yellow flag he was caught in a tough predicament: How hard was he willing to drive to keep his lead yet keep petrol in his tank?

“I gapped about three to four seconds and I was trying to keep it, but I was pushing but trying to save as much fuel as we could,” he said.

“I don’t think we would have made it if it was full-out green, so we wanted a safety car. Eventually it came out after the big crash.

“We didn’t expect it at the start. We had a lot of issues at the start, and across the weekend as well. Halfway to the end everything went quite fluidly and it improved for us.

It was a memorable Bathurst debut for the WRT Audi team.

“I think it means a lot for them because it’s their first time out in ,” Dries said of the team.

“I think it’s good that we gave them that present. They prepared for the race really well …and did a good job.

“It was a rollercoaster race. Sometimes we were almost a lap down then we had a safety car again and we tied the race down.”

It was a different Audi team who looked like the bigger winning hope at the race’s midpoint.

The Jamec Pem Audi garage had both their cars sitting 1-2 after surviving a hectic opening half that saw 10 safety car sessions.

However, bad luck was to befall both cars as the race went on.

Front row starterKelvin Van der Linde was looking for a patharound traffic at the Dipper but lost control two thirds of the way through the race and struck the wall.

Then with 90 minutes to go the other entry ofMarkus Winkelhock had its race ended in cruel fashion with a broken gearbox.

Another big name casualty was pole-sitter Chaz Mostert, whose contact with Kevin Estre at the exit of Forrest’s Elbowended his hopes.

The winning squad had been quiet achievers throughout the second half of the race, taking the lead at the penultimate hour and never surrendering it.

Western Advocate