first_imgALBEMARLE, N.C. (AP) — A pet boa constrictor that became stuck behind the dashboard of car in North Carolina needed the help of animal control officers to wriggle free. The pet snake was ultimately released from its owner’s car unharmed, but not before some pieces of the dashboard were removed. The Charlotte Observer reports that officers with the Stanly County Animal Protective Services were dispatched Tuesday to free the snake. It’s not known how the snake became stuck in such a tight space. Authorities said the nonvenomous tropical snake is believed to have measured about 5 feet in length. Boa constrictors are a species of nonvenomous tropical snake capable of swallowing their prey whole.last_img read more

first_imgWith only 7,500 cases in total and 104 deaths, Australia has been easing restrictions on movement, but a string of double-digit increases in cases in the second-most populous state, Victoria, led to a pause in the reopening there – and prompted shoppers to hoard.Now the pattern has spread nationwide.”We’ve regrettably started to see elevated demand for toilet roll move outside Victoria in the past 24 hours,” said Woolworths managing director of supermarkets, Claire Peters, in a statement.”While the demand is not at the same level as Victoria, we’re taking preventative action now to get ahead of any excessive buying this weekend,” she added. Australia’s supermarket chains on Friday reintroduced purchase limits on toilet paper and other household items as a spike in coronavirus cases in the state of Victoria set off a fresh round of panic-buying over fears of a new stay-at-home order.Woolworths Group Ltd and Coles Group Ltd, which together account for two-thirds of Australian grocery sales, said they were once again limiting purchases of toilet paper and paper towels to one or two packs per person after photos circulated on social media showing empty shelves in stores.The buying restrictions – and images of stripped shelves – are a reminder of Australia’s initial response to the arrival of COVID-19 when shoppers stockpiled household goods in anticipation of a protracted shutdown. The company had ordered an extra 650,000 additional packs of toilet paper, 30% over its usual amount.A Coles spokesman said the chain was restricting toilet paper and paper towel purchases to one pack per person nationwide, with Victoria-only limits on purchase of hand sanitizer, pasta, eggs, rice and other staples.Despite the Victoria spike, the prime minister and chief medical officer have said the virus remains under control in Australia and the country will continue with a plan to reopen the economy. center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgRoyal IHC recently signed a contract with National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC, based in Abu Dhabi, UAE) to build yet another state-of-the-art trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD).According to IHC, the new vessel builds on the excellent partnership & collaboration between the two companies and on the success of the 6,000m³ TSHD ARZANA, which was delivered by IHC in 2018.In addition, IHC will deliver the first TSHD simulator to the Middle East, further allowing NMDC to develop & strengthen its excellent in-house dredging capabilities & competencies.The new TSHD will be delivered featuring a number of technologically enhanced innovations including an enlarged hopper capacity of 8,000m³ and a larger dredging depth of 45 meters.The design of the new TSHD is a result of close cooperation between IHC and NMDC, leading to a tailor-made solution that combines shallow draft and a large dredging depth with high maneuverability, whilst it is specifically designed for operation in high temperatures.“Our partnership with NMDC has proven to be successful in the past, and we are pleased to continue working with them and add more value to their advanced fleet,” commented Royal IHC CEO Dave Vander Heyde.With the new 8,000m³ TSHD and the TSHD simulator, NMDC is aiming to reassert itself as a long-term global player in the dredging market. The new vessel will enable the company to be more competitive on a wider range of projects, and is a valuable strategic addition to its growing fleet.last_img read more

first_imgRadio NZ News 20 December 2018Family First Comment: Seven times the number actually reported! “The survey suggested there were just under 1.8 million criminal offences in the past 12 months – that compares to about 256,000 reported to the police. The most common crime was burglary followed by harrassment, threatening behaviour and fraud.”The country’s first crime and victims survey suggests almost two million crimes were committed last year, about seven times the number reported to police.The Justice Ministry spoke to more than 8000 people for the project in an attempt to get to grips with the true volume and nature of crime in this country.It found less than a quarter were willing to make a complaint.People were asked if they’d been victims over the past 12 months, and 71 percent said they had not.Of those who said they had been victims of crime, Māori and young people aged 20-29 made up the biggest numbers, while those over 65 were least likely to be affected.But most wouldn’t bother going to the police.Justice Ministry head of research James Swindells said that was due to a number of reasons, including people not realising a crime had been committed against them.He said recent immigrants may also be reluctant to report what had happened because their experience with the police in their own country had not been a good one.The survey suggested there were just under 1.8 million criminal offences in the past 12 months – that compares to about 256,000 reported to the police.READ MORE: read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Custis works with the tight ends and other offensive observations from the 2nd practice at Fort DrumSyracuse enjoys team-building activities instructed by Fort Drum troopsVideo: Syracuse participates in 5 different team-building activities at Fort Drum FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Fred Reed made it very clear to his defensive backs what he wants them to do in the red zone.“If he shoots his hands up, you shoot your hands,” he told junior cornerback Julian Whigham. “Get used to that.”From 5 yards out of the end zone, the Syracuse defensive backs ran a drill during Wednesday’s open practice at Fort Drum in which one of them played a wide receiver and one the covering cornerback, playing man-to-man. The receiver ran a fade into the right side of the end zone, and as soon as the receiver lifted his hands to make a play on the imaginable pass, the cornerback was to do the same.Reed proceeded to spend approximately the next 10 minutes going through red-zone coverage schemes, especially on what he wants his safeties to do when a receiver heads for the goal line.Prior to the red-zone lectures, the Orange’s secondary worked on a drill revolving around field markers that were placed in a square with an area of about 5 yards. A back would start by sidestepping to a cone, backpedaling to the next and then turning to either pick up a loose ball or catch a short pass from an assistant coach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnother variation of the drill entailed the players backpedaling to a marker before running diagonally across the square to catch a ball. They’d flip it to a coach, backpedal on the other side of the square and move forward to haul in an interception.The secondary also went through drills in which a player would throw a blocker to the side, square up his body with the line of scrimmage and keep his head facing forward to pursue the ball carrier.LinebackersAs they did during Tuesday’s open practice, the SU linebackers started Wednesday by scooping or pouncing on a loose ball tossed on the ground by linebackers coach Clark Lea.They worked on shedding blocks and moving forward to make tackles, and individually pushed a sled back and forth along the far sideline with the whole group following.Later, the linebackers backpedaled in a zig-zag direction, touched a tackling dummy and charged forward to catch a pass from an assistant coach. Commentscenter_img Published on August 13, 2014 at 9:03 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

first_imgHer treble gave the 34-year-old a new status in the oldest hat trick hero in any World Cup, breaking records set previously by Cristiano Ronaldo and Carli Lloyd.34 – Oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick:Women’s WC – Cristiane (34y 25d)Men’s WC – Cristiano Ronaldo (33y 130d).Record.#FIFAWWC— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 9, 2019Brazil had won all seven of their previous Women’s World Cup opening games and only the brilliance of Jamaica’s goalkeeper Sydney Schneider prevented the scoreline from being even more emphatic.Cristiane opened the scoring in the 15th minute and, after Andressa had missed a chance to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot, doubled Brazil’s advantage five minutes into the second half before a superb free kick completed her treble, after which she was immediately substituted. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings —  Cristiane has now scored 10 World Cup goals; only Marta (15) has netted more such goals for Brazil’s women’s national team.—​ Cristiane’s treble is the first by a Brazilian in a Women’s World Cup match since June 1999, when both Sissi and Pretinha scored hat tricks in Brazil’s 7-1 victory over Mexico. Women’s World Cup 2019: Rose Lavelle defying all odds Cristiane became the oldest player to score a hat trick in a World Cup on a record-breaking day for Brazil as it beat Jamaica 3-0.Teammate Formiga became the oldest player to appear in the women’s finals, at the age of 41 years and 98 days, and also the first to appear in seven editions of the tournament.And it was a successful day for all involved with Brazil as it strolled to victory, with Cristiane the star of the show in Grenoble. Schneider, a 19-year-old American-born goalkeeper studying at the University of North Carolina, was handed her place after coaches learned she had Jamaican grandparents on her mother’s side.In the first half she saved brilliantly twice from Debinha, though Cristiane’s precise header from Andressa’s cross was too good for the Jamaica number one.Schneider did, however, produce heroics by diving to keep out Andressa’s spot kick, awarded for a handball by Allyson Swaby.Yes mi Keeper #ReggaeGirlz #WorldCup2019 #JamvsBra— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) June 9, 2019Jamaica’s only real threat came from their star forward Khadija Shaw, who fired one spectacular drive that Brazil goalkeeper Barbara did supremely well to prevent finding the top-right corner.For once Schneider was caught out early in the second half, unable to reach a low cross from Andressa, who steered the ball in from the right and Cristiane slid in to finish.Her hat-trick goal was the pick of the bunch, a sublime free-kick swept left-footed beyond the Jamaica wall and in off the underside of the crossbar to cap off a wonderful individual display.Key Opta Facts— Brazil’s victory over Jamaica was its first win in any competition since July 2018 (2-1 vs. Japan), halting a run of nine consecutive defeats before today.— Brazil has maintained its record of winning 100 percent of its opening World Cup matches. Indeed, it has won these eight games by an aggregate score of 23-1.— Following Jamaica’s defeat, each of the last six sides playing in their first ever Women’s World Cup match have now failed to win (D2 L4 — also South Africa, Spain, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Ecuador). Women’s World Cup 2019: U.S. veterans take pride in leading rookieslast_img read more