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Cull questioned after claims a shot badger died a slow death
By Western Morning News | Posted: September 22, 2014 Comments (19)Further doubt was cast on the humaneness of the badger cull after a wildlife charity claimed to have found an animal which did not die immediately.Secret World Wildlife Rescue, in Somerset, has examined so-called badger 41 after it was brought to them from the nearby cull zone last week.The charity said X-rays and a post mortem revealed that the animal, which was found at 2.30am by protesters near Sampford Brett on September 15, was thought to have been shot by contractors in the area.“From initial veterinary examination including x-rays it was evident that the badger had an obvious rifle shot wound to its abdomen that had forced
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“The shot had clearly not been on target and would, in the opinion of our consultant veterinary surgeon, Dr Elizabeth Mullineaux MRCVS, have been unlikely to result in the badger’s immediate death.”This, they say, is contrary to recommendations from the independent expert panel, that marksmen target the middle of the chest target area.Also, it is claimed there was no evidence of a second follow up shot or of evidence that the cull contractors had observed the badger after shooting it for signs of life, both requirements under the Defra culling licences.It said a detailed post mortem will be carried out and that the findings will be made available.Somerset Badger Patrol said they were “deeply shocked but not surprised”.“We had no confidence in the Government’s assurance that the shooters would be better trained this year,” the group added in a statement.“Right from the beginning, independent experts warned that trying to shoot badgers at night was very risky. However, the NFU and Defra have pushed ahead. Now the evidence is stacking up that badgers continue to be killed inhumanely.”The National Farmers Union (NFU) said "humaneness monitors" were going out with contractors.An NFU spokesman said: “We have seen no evidence that a badger has been found."If one has been found there is no evidence to suggest it is associated with the cull."All badgers shot as part of the cull have been collected and accounted for.”1 576Share208Tweet 834ShareReport this article
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NewestOldestBest Ratedlovelylizzy | September 23 2014, 4:32PMnfu (the spokepeople for glouscon) are denying it's anything to do with them, so who the bloody hell is running around with a gun illegally killing badgers?Rate 0Reportlovelylizzy | September 23 2014, 12:53PMmmjames as far as I am aware this badger was found after the dirty deed, so how can you blame the badger protectors if they were not there?Rate 2Reportmmjames | September 23 2014, 10:45AMProtesters need to accept responsibility for scaring badgers lined up in gun sights. Sights most likely to be correct when badger moved forward scared by noise and lights which ARA's think acceptable instead of leaving cullers to do their LEGAL job quietly and efficiently.Rate -2ReportMacRimfire | September 23
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A long time ago, to you kid's reading this before 1990 , they was a small village called wool , wool had a blacksmith, store, church and greeting hall lived our hero . The hero of this story is called ghost, an average person only famous for watching all elves presley films in one sitting, sad, ghost was 5ft 11 and if you blinked would not miss. Also in wool lived 2 villians, troll who only had power if you took notice of his posts online, the other was scarecrow a ogre who unlike most was thin, dark hair and always looked like an scarecrow in the field a farmer left behind. In scarecrows castle, a run down building was his wife en ,4ft 9 but if asked said was 5 1 , very important that .1 , en was regularly being bullied and lots of work to do and left alone alot due to her ogre husband huge hungry for human consumption. Wel back to ghost , he put a post in a cycle boys are us, to which among the replys was en.G host and en began a relationship ie talked, swa each other and give looks of feeling great in each others company. Scarecrow saw on one of trolls post comments about this and put en in a cell then sent a message to ghost come and take me on if yor hard enough. Ghost was like most a coward at heart but loved en so he went to see the wizard and his wife wise owl and thier valet g.I n the wizard s house he was given the following advice, wizard, bear like man with wild hair and even wilder beard , said hay man just talk it out dude, no said ghost, wise owl ssid take out his kneecaps, no too violent said ghost finally valet g said runaway await for orge to depart from the world then happy ending, ghost said yes best idea.S o this is what ghost and en did, years later scarecrow died you see when en was with him he always said that he was dying and now true.I s there a moral to this tale only if you wait long term you get what you wish for.
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The study suggests that primate brains, including ours, can be specialised for life at either end of the hierarchy.
The differences might reflect inherited tendencies toward leading or following, or the brain adapting to an animal's role in life - or a little of both.
Neuroscientists made the discovery, which appears in the journal Plos Biology, by comparing brain scans from 25 macaque monkeys that were already "on file" as part of ongoing research at the University of Oxford.
Dr MaryAnn Noonan University of OxfordDominance might depend not only on aggression and physical strength, but also on forming bonds and making coalitions - and being quite smart about placing your loyalties”
"It was surprising. All our monkeys were of different ages and different genders - but with fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) you can control for all of that. And we were consistently seeing these same networks coming out."
The monkeys live in groups of up to five, so the team identified their social status by watching their behaviour, then compared it to different aspects of the brain data.
In monkeys at the top of their social group, three particular bits of the brain tended to be larger (specifically the amygdala, the hypothalamus and the raphe nucleus). In subordinate monkeys, the tendency read more
The results are published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B.
The researchers are interested in what they call "technical intelligence", which is essentially animals' ability to use objects to solve problems.
Dr Alice Auersperg University of OxfordIt confirms how innovative and how adaptable this species is to novel problems”
Figaro also worked out how to make his "fishing sticks" by stripping long, thin pieces off a wooden block in his enclosure.
"So we had one innovator, and a very important aspect of innovation [is] how it can spread in a group," Dr Auersperg explained to BBC News.
To investigate this, the researchers set up an experiment where six birds were shown, by Figaro, how to strip a block and fish for a nut.
After watching the demonstration, most of the birds were able successfully to make their own strip of wood, and use it to retrieve a piece of food.
Fishing technique "This was the interesting thing," said Dr Auersperg "They were successful and interacting with the materials, but they weren't copying Figaro - they devised their own strategy of obtaining the reward."
The research team estimate that there are now 2,200 of these giant creatures on the eastern side of the Pacific Ocean.
But concerns remain about their vulnerability to being struck by ships.
At up to 33m in length and weighing in at up to 190 tonnes, blue whales are the largest animals on the planet.
The California variety is often seen feeding close to the coast of the state, but they are found all the way from the Gulf of Alaska down to Costa Rica.
Soviet secrecy Writing in the journal, Marine Mammal Science, researchers from the University of Washington say the California blue whales are now at 97% of their historical levels.
Dr Tevor Branch University of WashingtonThe real key finding here is that they are close to recovery which is a bit of a surprise”
Presenter Ellen DeGeneres echoed her significance, adding: "I'm very sad she's gone".
Prince Charles called Rivers "an extraordinary woman with an original and indefatigable spirit."
He added that she had "an unstoppable sense of humour and an enormous zest for life. She will be hugely missed and utterly irreplaceable."
Rivers was a guest at the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall's wedding in 2005, and also performed at a Prince's Trust benefit concert on his 60th birthday.
Comedian and actress Whoopi Goldberg tweeted: "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away. Once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
Lena Dunham, writer and star of sitcom Girls, said: "Watching Joan Rivers do stand-up at age 81 was incredible: athletic, jaw-dropping, terrifying, essential. It never stopped. Neither will she.-"read more
Now in its eighth year, Coachella, run by Los Angeles-based promoter Goldenvoice, has put Indio, one of nine cities that make up the Coachella Valley, on the map for Generation Y.
This year, Bjork, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and a reunited Rage Against the Machine are headlining, with UK acts such as Amy Winehouse, the Arctic Monkeys, the Kooks, the Kaiser Chiefs and Lily Allen also on the bill.
Like Glastonbury, Coachella rose from humble beginnings. The first festival, in 1999, attracted just 25,000 people. This year, the organisers are expecting around 180,000.
After losing money during its first few years, it is now the Unites States' premier music festival; it has spawned several imitators, most notably Tennessee's Bonaroo festival, all hoping to emulate its winning formula.
But just as hardcore Glasto fans bemoan the commercialisation of their festival, so sun-freckled West Coast indie rockers complain about the death of the real Coachella. The Americans had a head start in that respect, however. Coachella takes place in a field, sure, but the Empire Polo Club, just south of Palm Springs, is a long way, in every sense, from Michael Eavis's dairy farm in Somerset.
While just about everyone who wants to go to Coachella usually finds a way in, the crowd has become increasingly moneyed as ticket prices have risen ($249 for a three-day pass this year). The Hollywood set has certainly moved in - you're as likely to bump into Drew Barrymore or Cameron Diaz as the long-lost girlfriend you last saw at the beer tent four years ago - and there is a much-buzzed about VIP area, where misting fans keep the well-connected cool. Last year, Coachella was even blessed by Madonna, who insisted on coming to the desert to play a set for the influential crowd of music writers and DJs in the dance tent.
The Coachella set is more likely to be found at a hotel, where they can keep their Grey Goose vodka on ice for the after-gig party, than slumming it on the hard, cold desert ground. (The festival MySpace page is currently advising: "If you plan on booking a hotel, do it now!") But it's not all glammed-up Hollywood chic. Indie rockers from Seattle to Chicago now make the annual pilgrimage to catch up on the latest bands (this year's up-and-coming groups include Sweden's Peter, Bjorn and John and Brazil's CSS).
The crowd is most certainly not to be confused with those at the annual desert freak-out Burning Man, in Nevada, although, Coachella trustafarians can be seen engaging in activities familiar to Burning Man aficionados (watching fire eaters, "tripping out" to the massive tesla coil that lights up the night sky every year).
Like any self-respecting oasis, the Empire Polo Field appears to drivers arriving from nearby cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix like an emerald sea surrounded by desert and mountains. The days are hot, but dusk brings a merciful breeze that blows through tall palm trees behind the main stage.
Surrounded by the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountain ranges, Coachella Valley is a breathtaking venue: stark white against the mountains, the festival's signature marquees reach for the desert sky. Last year, Iceland's Sigur Ros took to the main stage at sunset, crashing cymbals and reverb-ing guitars pinging off the mountains as a pink sky turned red and temperatures plummeted.
It might get chilly, but it's a hell of a spot for a campsite. The likes of Cameron and Drew prefer their stunning villas and hotels around Indio or Palm Springs (Frank Sinatra's former home is available to rent for around pounds 2,000 if you're feeling flush, see facing page), but for the full 'chella vibe, all you need is a tent and a cloudless,starry night sky. · Coachella takes place from April 27-29. This year's event is almost sold out, but Goldenvoice says it is hoping to make some tickets available at the gate. More information at coachella.com. Goldenvoice is also promoting the inaugural annual country music festival, Stagecoach, at the same site, May 5-6. Confirmed acts include Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney and Neko Case. Tickets available at stagecoachfestival.com/.
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Hi there, here is the interview;
What inspired you?
Both Michelle and I have seen and had experiences with the spirit world since being children. We both look for a deeper meaning life and want to bring what we experienced and what we experience in the future to everyone so they can see, feel or affiliate with those same types of experiences in the future whilst making their own minds up about whether they believe there is an after life or not.
What are your aims?
We, like many groups want to get that one piece of evidence to show the world that there is an afterlife, and indeed the soul lives on after the body dies. Energy can change but it cannot disappear. Bridging the gaps between the two worlds would be amazing!
What plans do you have for the future?
At the moment we plan on carrying on what we are doing and how we are doing it. We are building a fantastic fan base on Twitter and Face Book but the support for our Youtube channel has wowed us! We are getting hundreds of views a day and some lovely comments from believers and sceptics alike. Out aim is not to drum 'you must be a believer' into people but just to present the evidence how we find it and what we think to allow others to make up their own minds.
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