first_imgLOS ANGELES | In the opening moments of a new reality show, a pretty blonde pulls up to a gas station in her sporty Mustang. As she fills the tank, she catches the eye of a man across the station and smiles. Soon she drives away, waving to her admirer as she leaves.Another Kardashian-style series? Not quite. Around her fueling and flirting, we also see the woman assembling a wheelchair, popping herself into it and then disassembling the chair before driving off.This undated image released by Sundance Channel shows the cast of “Push Girls,” from left, Mia Schaikewitz, Auti Angel, Angela Rockwood, and Tiphany Adams. (AP Photo/Sundance Channel, JC Dhien)The blonde is 28-year-old Tiphany Adams, one of the stars of “Push Girls,” a Sundance Channel reality series premiering Monday that takes viewers into the lives of four beautiful wheelchair-bound women.All paralyzed through injury or illness, Adams and her three best friends — Mia Schaikewitz, 33, Auti Angel, 42, and Angela Rockwood, 36 — are shown navigating everyday challenges of all sizes, from putting on makeup to starting a family.It’s an unprecedented look at the lives of disabled women, catheters and all, and either a new high or new low for reality TV.“As a community, we say we want to be treated like everyone else. Well, everyone else has a reality show,” said Paul Tobin, president and chief executive of United Spinal Association, an advocacy organization for people with spinal cord injuries. “These aren’t the ‘Mob Wives.’ … My belief is that ‘Push Girls’ will help dispel preconceived notions by showing people living their lives and enjoying the same things as everyone else, just a little bit differently.”The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, another spinal cord injury advocacy group, is promoting “Push Girls” and joining with Sundance Channel to raise funds for research. Reeve Foundation president and chief executive Peter Wilderotter called the show “a media milestone.”“It truly is reality and it’s bringing home what it’s like to live with a spinal cord injury,” he said. “With these women’s sense of style, sense of humor, and sense of who they are and what they’re going through, the portrait is really important because I think most people don’t really think about what life is like in a chair.”“Push Girls” star Angel never did. A professional hip-hop dancer who toured with artists such as N.W.A. and LL Cool J, Angel’s spinal cord was snapped in a 1992 car accident. She was paralyzed from the waist down and has used a wheelchair ever since.“Before my car accident, when I was an able-bodied person, I never met a person with a disability,” she said. “So I would be in the same boat with the viewers, like wow, they can have kids? And they don’t marry other people in wheelchairs?”Angel allows the cameras to eavesdrop on her private conversations with her husband about having a baby, one of the show’s ongoing story lines.Producer Gay Rosenthal said she was inspired to make “Push Girls” after meeting Rockwood, a model and actress who became a quadriplegic after a 2001 car accident.“I was really taken with her,” the producer said. Then she met Rockwood’s best friends and “it changed my life.”“This is why I do what I do,” she said. “They’re more able bodied than some able-bodied people. They’re so inspirational.”And their message is universal: “You watch just their spirit and how nothing stops them and how they live life, and it makes you think, ‘I can get through my challenge, my obstacle and my adversity,” said Rosenthal, also the executive producer of TLC’s “Little People, Big World,” a reality series about the everyday life of a family of little people.Rosenthal maintains that the show doesn’t exploit its subjects.“Here’s the thing: People are interested in how (“Little People” stars) Matt and Amy do things differently,” she said. “Just like Tiphany pumping gas, it’s really interesting to see and it’s no big deal for her.”Schaikewitz said her paralysis at age 15 from a ruptured vessel in her spinal cord is “the best thing that ever happened to me, for reasons that I am able to open somebody’s mind by doing an everyday normal activity.“I don’t even have to converse with somebody,” she said. “They see me pumping gas and that changes their day. To me, that is a huge gift.”So is having the Sundance Channel and “Push Girls” to share her reality with others.“When I was first paralyzed, I always had this mission to open people’s minds and get us a little more accessible to people who don’t know our world because it would erase some fears, and I always thought the best way to do that would be through mass media,” she said. “This is totally not exploitative. It’s educational, but in a fun way; not like a public service announcement and not like preaching.”The 14-episode series will follow the women as they work, swim, ski, date and relate with their families.Sundance Channel jumped on the chance to work with “Push Girls,” said general manager Sarah Barnett.“This was a story that hadn’t been told about four women in wheelchairs, and it really lifted the lid on a population that hasn’t really been looked at on television,” she said. “The show really does challenge some stereotypes (for those who) are really hungry and open to an authentic, honest discovery about something we haven’t thought about before.”For Tiphany Adams, the woman at the gas station, the series tells the world she still has what it takes.“It’s about awareness. It’s about showing you that we are courageous and we still have power and that enthusiasm for life,” she said. “We still love shopping. We still love flirting our wheels off.”___Online: Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter: .last_img read more

first_imgFor the past fifteen summers, Dean Bushnell and his orchestra have left the comfort zone of concert halls and ballrooms. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) The band, which celebrated its sixtieth anniversary this year, has been a featured player in Aurora’s Banks in Harmony concert series for more than a decade. The orchestra has delivered their brand of swing-era dance tunes and ballroom standards to audiences in parks across the city; last month, they kicked off the 2012 festival with a show in Bicentennial Park. By now, the nine-piece ensemble has plenty of experience playing on the festival’s outdoor stage, but the dynamic of the open-air concerts remains an adjustment for a group used to playing for private parties and fraternal clubs.“We’re a dance band, and it’s totally different than playing for a dance,” said Dean Bushnell, the troupe’s trumpet player and namesake, adding that the band’s library includes more than 300 songs by jazz luminaries like Glenn Miller and Count Basie. “You’ve got to play all the different kind of variety things in order to satisfy the diverse people who come in. When you go to a concert, it’s still the same arrangements. We play more upbeat, faster songs.”Aurora’s music scene has seen plenty of fits and starts in the past 25 years, as venues like Patrick’s on South Buckley Road have shut down and smaller clubs like the Zephyr on East Colfax have worked to fill the vacuum. The Banks in Harmony series, which kicked off in 1987 as a joint project between the Aurora Chamber and the Musicians’ Performance Trust Fund, as well as local banks like Wells Fargo and Citywide, has remained a constant. Big band orchestras like Dean Bushnell’s outfit have shared the bill with funk, country, R&B and rock groups, veterans of the Denver music scene who, more often than not, make the yearly trek east to play for audiences in Aurora.“We try to get a variety. We’ve found out over the years which types of music work well in which parks, based on the people that we get,” said Alice Lee Main, the manager of the city’s Cultural Services Department. “We always try to get a couple of big bands. They go well in any park, especially in Bicentennial. We find that country western goes over big at Meadowood.”The lineups and funding structure has shifted since the festival began – the Musicians’ Performance Trust Fund is no longer a contributor – but the shows have remained consistent in a local music scene that’s still finding its footing. It’s drawn high-profile local legends like Hazel Miller, an R&B maven who appeared with Big Head Todd and the Monsters at Red Rocks earlier this summer, as well as lesser known groups still trying to make a name for themselves.Chris Daniels, the frontman for the rock outfit the Kings, will return to Aurora after a long absence. Daniels and the Kings are slated to close out the festival on August 9 at Meadowood Park, a show that’s set to feature an ample horn section and a mix of originals and cover tunes. The band played one of the early festivals, but this year’s appearance will mark a return to an Aurora stage after a long absence for the band.“This will be our first time out in Aurora since Patrick’s closed,” Daniels said, adding that the Kings were a regularly featured band when the club on Buckley still hosted rock, R&B and funk groups. “There was a time where the Kings were the biggest draw. For a while, that was the mainstay out in Aurora, (but) I think it depends upon who puts in a venue in what suburb and what’s that attracting.”Just as the Dean Bushnell Orchestra adjusts its approach for outdoor crowds, Daniels said the band will change its approach for the show in August, adding more cover tunes into a set that will draw from his latest release, an album titled “Better Days.”“It’s bigger than just the question of Aurora. In Colorado, we find that you can hold an audience for two or three originals, then they tend to re-engage with you if there’s something familiar, especially if you do it in a cool way,” Daniels said, adding that the upcoming concert will include an arrangement of Coldplay’s “Clocks” rendered with lush horn lines. “It’s a family event. It’s very different from playing some rowdy club in Amsterdam. The language we use is different. The approach is different. It’s really about good music for people who have got kids.“This is a community event … We don’t play the songs that are about take off your clothes and get drunk,” he added.For some musicians, the challenges go beyond finding the right mix of cover tunes and originals or including fast-tempo songs that will get the audience dancing. The Dean Bushnell Orchestra had to fight the elements when they opened the series earlier this year.“The band was harassed all night by the wind. It would just blow one of our music stands over – that happened about three different times, and it takes time getting that back up,” Bushnell said. “One year, I drove out to set up at around 4:30. They bring in that bandstand, and it had rained so much, it was sinking in about 6 inches. That particular night, they couldn’t get it in, so they canceled it.“That’s make or break right there for bands,” Bushnell added. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)center_img (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel) (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)last_img read more

first_imgDon’t look for the morning-after pill to move next to the condoms on drugstore shelves right away — but after a decade-plus fight, it appears it really will happen. Backed into a corner by a series of court rulings, the Obama administration has agreed to let the Plan B One-Step brand of emergency contraception sell over the counter to anyone of any age.There still are a lot of details to be worked out, including whether a federal judge agrees that the government has gone far enough or whether cheaper generics can be sold without restrictions too.This undated file photo provided by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., shows a package of Plan B One-Step, an emergency contraceptive. The federal government on Monday, June 10, 2013 told a judge it will reverse course and take steps to comply with his order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions. (AP Photo/Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., File)But the move does mark a major societal shift in the long battle over women’s reproductive rights, and influential doctors’ groups welcomed the step June11.“Allowing unrestricted access to emergency contraception products is a historic step forward in protecting the health of our patients who are sexually active,” said Dr. Thomas McInerny, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “The science has always been clear: Emergency contraception is a safe, effective tool to prevent unintended pregnancy in adolescents of any reproductive age.”On the other side, social conservatives argue that the drug’s availability undermines parental supervision, and accuse the administration of politicking.“We are disappointed that this administration has once again sided with its political allies and ignored the safety of girls and the rights of parents,” said Anna Higgins of the Family Research Council.A look at the medical, legal and political issues surrounding over-the-counter sales of backup birth control:Q: How quickly will emergency contraceptives be sold on the drugstore shelves?A: “I don’t expect to see the product at the neighborhood pharmacy instantly,” cautioned Susannah Baruch of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.First, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in New York must decide whether the Obama administration’s decision complies with his April order that the government lift all age restrictions on nonprescription sale of morning-after pills. Korman wanted unrestricted access to all brands, not just the best-selling Plan B One-Step. Generic versions are cheaper, and the judge didn’t want to place a disproportionate burden on the poor and minorities. But he did say the government could try to make the case that one-pill versions like Plan B One-Step are better than the two-pill versions.Court case aside, manufacturer Teva Women’s Health must submit an application to the Food and Drug Administration to begin sales with no age limits. Teva didn’t say June 11 how quickly that might happen.Q: What if my condom breaks in the meantime?A: The old rules remain in effect. Four or five versions of emergency contraceptives are sold without a prescription only to customers who can prove to a pharmacist that they’re 17 or older.For Plan B One-Step, the age was soon to drop to 15, but those sales haven’t begun yet. It’s a moot point now anyway.Q: Why did the Obama administration change course?A: The administration gave in because it already had lost multiple rounds in court, and it appeared it would lose again. Just last week, an appeals court said girls of any age could buy the two-pill generic emergency contraception without a prescription while the government appealed Korman’s initial ruling. That set the stage for massive confusion in drugstores and signaled that the appeal could fail. If the messy battle reached the Supreme Court, it would be a big distraction to President Barack Obama’s second-term goals, including immigration legislation, a budget deal and efforts to combat climate change.Since some version was going to be sold over the counter no matter what, the FDA said it should be the simpler one-dose Plan B One-Step, not two-pill versions originally designed to be taken 12 hours apart — even though studies show taking them simultaneously is OK.“It was the decision, given that court ruling, to proceed with making the simpler version of Plan B available, because at the very least, that addresses some of the concerns about the ability of younger girls to use that medication,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.Q: Generics are cheaper; will they be sold over the counter too?A: That’s not clear. Plan B One-Step may get some exclusive marketing rights that would affect how and when other one-pill versions could sell, and the FDA has no plans to allow unrestricted sales of two-pill generics. Women’s groups pledged to continue pushing for all versions to be treated the same. Plan B One-Step costs about $40 to $50, and generics typically cost $30 to $40.last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK | CBS and Rihanna are splitting up after more fallout from the Ray Rice incident.The network said Tuesday it was permanently editing a song featuring Rihanna’s voice out of its Thursday night NFL telecasts — after the singer issued a profane tweet about it.A portion of Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” featuring Rihanna was cut from last Thursday’s game because CBS was covering the controversy over Rice’s assault of his then-fiancee. CBS planned to use the song Thursday and for the rest of the season, but Rihanna tweeted, “CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? … Y’all are sad for penalizing me for this.”CBS issued a statement saying that it was “moving in a different direction” with different theme music.last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES | Animal Planet will soon celebrate the success of a unique program aimed at second chance dogs, often shy and traumatized victims of puppy mills, hoarders and abandonment.In an hour-long special, the network delves into the Behavior Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey. It’s a pilot program of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that began in 2013 and will soon be expanded, in time for the ASPCA’s 150th anniversary. This undated photo provided by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shows Mary Ann at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, N.J. Mary Ann graduated from the center and was adopted by Kathryn Klumpp and her family. (ASPCA via AP) Called “Second Chance Dogs,” to air April 16 (9 a.m. Eastern), the Animal Planet show starts at the center’s beginning, when the ASPCA decided to try rehabilitation for hard luck cases.Of 259 dogs sent to the center since it opened, 185 have graduated. Of those, 170 were adopted and the majority is doing quite well, said Kristen Collins, a certified applied animal behaviorist who oversees the project and will be the director of a new facility planned as part of the expansion.Not all the dogs were success stories. Thirteen were deemed inappropriate for the program, including those with health issues, and 28 failed to graduate after months in the program. Some of those were sent back to the shelters where they came from and some had to be euthanized.But the ASPCA stands firmly behind the center. It will continue to move dogs through St. Hubert’s until a new $9 million, 35,000-square-foot facility is finished in mid-2017 in Weaverville, North Carolina.“While we can’t yet answer all of the questions associated with rehabilitating at-risk animals, we continue to witness amazing transformations, dogs that conquer their anxiety and fear despite years of devastating behavioral damage. These transformations change the trajectory of their lives,” said Matthew Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA.Nearly every animal shelter in the country has a shy dog or two, Collins said. The new rehab center will have a dormitory that can accommodate visiting staff bringing in dogs from shelters or seeking training on how to handle their own loads. Shelters will not be charged for sending dogs or staff to the center, she said.The human training will be offered because the ASPCA feels it’s just as important to teach shelter workers around the country how to gain the trust of severely traumatized dogs as it is to rehabilitate the animals, Bershadker said.“Collecting this insight and sharing it will enable all of us to move more vulnerable dogs from peril to safety,” he said.Collins said the center was the first dedicated solely to abused or neglected dogs. Her dogs, Wink, Juno and Toefu, are part of its workforce as “helper” dogs. They made it into the documentary, done by the production company Dog Files under ASPCA supervision.Kathryn Klumpp of Watchung, New Jersey, is the proud owner of one of the center’s graduates. She adopted Mary Ann after the dog was transferred from rehab to the Butler Town Pound. The mutt, believed to be around 2, adjusted quickly to life with her new family, Klumpp said. Her husband, sons (ages 11 and 13), two other dogs and a cat all made it work.“When she came home, the family could only scratch her under her chin where she could watch them. Now, they can scratch her back.” Klumpp said. “That’s how much she has come to trust all of us.”While things went quite smoothly, the family made one serious change: “So now her name is Hope.”center_img This April 2014 photo provided by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals shows Kristen Collins and her dogs posing for an ASPCA calendar in West Orange, N.J. Collins has been in charge of the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, N.J., and will do the same when a new $9 million center opens in mid-2017 in North Carolina. (Jack Deutsch/ASPCA via AP)last_img read more

first_imgDENVER |  Colorado kids are not smoking more pot since the drug became legal — but their older siblings and parents certainly are, according to a long-awaited report giving the most comprehensive data yet on the effects of the state’s 2012 recreational marijuana law.The state released a report Monday detailing changes in everything from pot arrests to tax collections to calls to Poison Control. Surveys given to middle-schoolers and high-schoolers indicate that youth marijuana use didn’t rise significantly in the years after the 2012 vote.Anonymous surveys given to about 40,000 Colorado students before and after legalization showed “no significant change” in marijuana use by children under 18 in the preceding 30 days.Among high school students, use went from about 23 percent in 2005 to about 20 percent in 2014. Similarly, there was no significant change in use by kids younger than 13 in recent years.But Colorado youth were much more likely than kids in other states to use marijuana, both before and after legalization, according to a national survey.About 13 percent of Colorado minors 12-17 in 2014 had used marijuana in the last 30 days, the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health said. That compared with about 7 percent of minors the same ages nationwide.Youth marijuana arrests in Colorado rose 5 percent between 2012 and 2014, from 3,235 to 3,400. Even worse, the report cited a huge uptick in pot arrests in schools, which rose by 34 percent between 2012 and 2014.While use of the drug did not increase significantly among children, it did jump among adults.Relying on data from the national drug use survey, Colorado reported that nearly a third of Coloradans 18 to 25 in 2014 had used pot in the last 30 days, a rise of about 5 percent from the year before recreational pot was legalized.The survey showed a similar spike in adults over 26. Past 30-day marijuana use went from 7.6 percent in 2012 to 12.4 percent in 2014.The report comes three years after lawmakers ordered the state Department of Public Safety to start tracking law enforcement activity related to pot. A major argument of pro-legalization activists was that legal pot would result in fewer arrests, allowing police to focus on what some consider more serious crimes.The numbers showed a marked drop in arrests, but that legalization has not solved the racial disparities in enforcement that drug-policy reformers had hoped to end. Colorado police departments have struggled to standardize their marijuana data-collection systems, making more granular conclusions problematic.Other highlights from the report:— Traffic safety data related to legalization was limited, mostly because Colorado didn’t collect data on marijuana-impaired driving before 2012. The number of Colorado State Patrol summons issued for driving under the influence of marijuana dropped slightly from 674 in 2014 to 655 in 2015. Traffic fatalities in which a driver tested positive for marijuana’s psychoactive chemical, THC, increased 44 percent in the first two years of legalization.— The report said there was “no discernible trend” in illegal pot cultivation on public land, which includes most of Colorado’s ski resorts.— More Coloradans are calling Poison Control reporting marijuana-related exposure. Pot calls went from 44 in 2006 to 227 in 2015.last_img read more

first_imgThe way most Americans build wealth is no secret: Save, invest, repeat. How average people keep their wealth, though, gets a lot less attention.It boils down to how they handle risk. It’s hard to accumulate wealth without taking some risks, but there are perils that “next-door millionaires” seem to avoid.Next-door millionaires weren’t born into wealth. They haven’t invented killer apps or won the lottery, exercised a pile of stock options or played professional sports. They’re the majority of millionaires, and they include teachers, small business owners and professionals who accumulate wealth gradually over time. They’re often in their 50s or 60s before their net worth ticks over to seven digits.This photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website (Dylan Entelis/NerdWallet via AP)Research into how they think and act can give other regular folks some good insights. Here are some rules of thumb you might consider applying to your own finances.FOLLOW THE ‘ONE HOUSE, ONE SPOUSE’ RULEMarriage can really benefit your financial life. People who get and stay married tend to be much wealthier than never-married singles, according to research by Jay Zagorsky at Ohio State University. By retirement age, married people have nearly 10 times the financial assets of singles, according to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.But divorce can dramatically shrink your wealth. Zagorsky found that people who split up experience an average wealth drop of 77 percent. So while the uber-rich may be able to divorce and remarry with relative impunity, dividing assets can be wickedly costly for everyone else.Sticking with one house can pay off, too. Every time you sell a house and buy another, you’re giving up a chunk of your wealth to commissions and moving costs. Trading up also means staying in debt longer if you take on a new, 30-year mortgage with each purchase. If your home has appreciated substantially, you also may owe capital gains taxes on the sale. (The first $250,000 of home sale profit is exempt for singles, or $500,000 for a couple.)If instead you keep the house and bequeath it to your heirs, it gets an updated value for tax purposes, and that gain is income-tax free. Paying off a single mortgage over time, or refinancing only to shorter-term loans, can leave you with a ton of equity that you can borrow against in an emergency or use to help finance your retirement.TAKE RISKS, BUT DON’T GAMBLE“Safe” investments don’t get you anywhere. The returns on Treasury bills and bank accounts insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. don’t even keep up with inflation, so you’re actually losing wealth over time. But next-door millionaires aren’t speculators, either. Millionaire portfolios tend to be widely diversified, with investments in stock funds, bonds, cash and real estate.The most popular investment choice? Low-cost Vanguard index funds, according to the 2014 CNBC Millionaire Survey.TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELLSome people question the value of a college education, but in wealthy families, it’s usually a given, says Myra Salzer, an inheritance coach and founder of the Wealth Conservancy in Boulder, Colorado. Nine out of 10 millionaires surveyed by BMO Private Bank in 2013 had a college degree and over half had a professional or graduate degree. (For comparison, just 36 percent of people ages 25 to 29 had college degrees in 2015 and only 9 percent had graduate degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.)Eight out of 10 millionaires told the 2014 CNBC Millionaire Survey that wealth inequality was due at least in part to wealthier families’ greater access to education. Encouraging your kids to go to college, and helping to pay for it if possible, could help your kids get on the right side of the have versus have not divide.DON’T DIY YOUR MONEYSeven out of 10 millionaires surveyed by the Spectrem Group in 2014 used financial advisers. Many said the primary benefits were improving their knowledge of investing, having access to a wider range of investment opportunities and boosting their returns. Also on the list: peace of mind and being able to delegate to experts.You don’t necessarily need a fleet of advisers, attorneys and tax pros, especially if you don’t have a lot of money. But expert guidance is available in many forms. You can, for example, use the target-date retirement fund options in your workplace 401(k) or opt for an automated financial adviser that uses computer algorithms to invest and rebalance your money.These approaches tend to be carefully designed and executed with an eye toward balancing risk and return. They’re far more likely to help you build your wealth than your own efforts to pick stocks, since most investors fail to beat the markets.A BIG TAX BILL MEANS YOU’RE WINNINGIn fact, a tax bill of any size means you’re doing better than a lot of Americans. A large chunk of U.S. households — 45.3 percent, according to the latest Tax Policy Center estimate — don’t pay federal income tax because they don’t have enough taxable income. (Some still owe state taxes, and most who have jobs pay Social Security and Medicare taxes.)The loathing some people have for taxes can lead them to do pretty stupid things with their money. They might buy variable annuities to defer taxes, not realizing that excessive fees can erode their returns and that they could pay more in taxes in the long run. (Annuity withdrawals are taxed as income while other investments may qualify for lower capital gains rates.) Or they keep a mortgage just for the tax deduction, which is like giving someone a dollar just to get a quarter or two back in change.It’s OK to consider strategies to reduce your taxes, but tax considerations shouldn’t drive your investment and financial decisions.This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet.Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet. Email: Twitter: @lizweston.RELATED LINKSNerdWallet: How to choose a robo-adviser Shockingly boring investing secrets of millionaires Most investors fail to beat the market read more

first_imgThis Nov. 26, 2019 photo provided by the Oakland Zoo shows a male mountain lion cub that was rescued last month recovering in Oakland, Calif. The cub, rescued along with two siblings that died, has found a permanent home in Texas, zoo officials said Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The severely malnourished and dehydrated cubs were found by a homeowner near Somerset in El Dorado County on Nov. 24 but only two were still alive, the Oakland Zoo said. The cubs, a male and female estimated to be 4 to 6 weeks old, weighed less than four pounds and were covered with fleas and ticks, had parasites and were severely anemic, dehydrated, and malnourished. (Oakland Zoo via AP)OAKLAND, Calif. | An ailing mountain lion cub rescued last month along with two siblings that died is recovering at the Oakland Zoo and has found a permanent home in Texas, zoo officials said Monday.The severely malnourished and dehydrated cubs were found by a homeowner near Somerset in El Dorado County on Nov. 24 but only two were still alive, the Oakland Zoo said.The cubs, a male and female estimated to be 4 to 6 weeks old, weighed less than four pounds and were covered with fleas and ticks, had parasites and were severely anemic, dehydrated, and malnourished.California Department of Fish and Wildlife employees took the cubs to the Oakland Zoo Veterinary Hospital for treatment but the female cub passed away hours after arriving.The surviving male cub has gained three pounds and “is getting feistier every day,” said Alex Herman, the hospital director.Once he is strong enough, he will take up permanent residence at El Paso Zoo, Herman said.The cub is the 10th mountain lion rescued as part of a partnership between the Oakland Zoo and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.last_img read more

first_imgIn the men’s race, Russia’s Alexander Tretiakov won in 1:46.55. Latvia’s Martins Dukurs was second in 1:46.59 and Germany’s Felix Keisinger was third in 1:46.97. Austin Florian was the top U.S. finisher, placing 12th. Winner Elena Nikitina, center, of Russia, celebrates on the podium with second place finisher Jacqueline Loelling, left, of Germany, and third place finisher Janine Flock, left, of Austria, following the women’s skeleton World Cup race in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)Lake Placid, N.Y. (AP) — Russia swept the gold medals at a World Cup skeleton race at Mount Van Hoevenberg on Friday, with Elena Nikitina’s winning margin in the women’s race the largest on tour in nearly three years.Nikitina finished two runs in 1 minute, 49.93 seconds. Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling was second in 1:51.05 and Austria’s Janine Flock was third in 1:51.11.Nikitina’s 1.12-second margin of victory is enormous for sliding and was the biggest in a World Cup race since Jan. 20, 2017, in St. Moritz, Switzerland, where Canadian Mirela Rahneva topped runner-up Kendall Wesenberg of the U.S. by 1.83 seconds.Rahneva was fourth on Friday, while Wesenberg was the top American and placed fifth.last_img read more

first_imgPSC golf from the Three Sisters BarThere were some bad looking clouds (as versus good looking clouds) but no rain fell on the Pattaya Country Club this past 31st of August.  We had a good turn out and the competition was fierce, this being the end of the month and it meant the winner got his name on the trophy (as seen in the photo). Coming in with a “roaring” 34 points was Dale Drader to head the field while there were three folks coming in with 33 points but Paul Kinmond got the honors for second.  Dale Murphy and his wife Pottida both had 33s also.Winner Dale Drader (left) with the monthly trophy and runner-up Paul Kinmond (right).Sus Ige, who has been providing snacks and dogs, has officially turned the responsibility back to Herbie Ishinage who is getting around just fine with a cane.  The snacks and dogs were good, as usual.last_img read more