Child injured during ‘Rhino Encounter’ at Brevard Zoo in Florida

first_imgiStock/Coscarella Gianfranco(MELBOURNE, Fla.) — A child was injured after falling into a rhino exhibit Tuesday at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida.The toddler, who is approximately 2 years old, and the mother were taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital For Children and Orlando Regional Medical Center, Brevard County Fire Rescue said.The child fell during the “Rhino Encounter,” a “hands-on, educational experience with Brevard Zoo’s white rhinoceroses,” Brevard Zoo said in an emailed statement to ABC News, adding that the program has been operating since 2009 without incident.“During the encounter, participants and the rhinoceroses are separated by a series of steel poles,” it added. “According to witnesses, the child stumbled and fell in between two of the poles and at this point, the snout of at least one of rhinoceroses made contact with the child.”The “Rhino Encounter” is a zookeeper-led program for ages 3 and older, according to the zoo website.The condition of the child is unknown at this time, the zoo said.The mother had non-critical injuries to her arm, fire rescue said.“Our number one concern is the safety and welfare of our guests and our hearts go out to the family,” Keith Winsten, the Zoo’s executive director said.The Rhino Encounter program has been suspended while the zoo evaluates its safety.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

OCHS Experiment Reaches Space Station and Is Activated

first_imgMark Staples captured this image of the SpaceX launch on January 10, 2015, at Little Lake Santa Fe Waldo, FL, 150 miles NW of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The launch carried an Ocean City High School science experiment.Astronauts aboard the International Space Station activated a science experiment designed by Ocean City High School students at 7:58 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 13).The crew members broke a seal separating two small chambers within a larger plastic cylinder. That allowed E. coli bacteria to mix with lettuce cells. The experiment tests the effect of microgravity on the attachment rate of the bacteria.The students are now working to duplicate the experiment here in Ocean City as a control test in the presence of gravity.The information could be practical if people ever tried to cultivate food during long periods of travel in space.The start of the experiment marks the pinnacle of a journey that began last winter when  Ocean City High School seniors Lauren Bowersock, Kristina Redmond, Mercy Griffith, Daniel Loggi, Kaitland Wriggins and Alison Miles competed within the school district then competed against students nationwide  to have their experiment conducted aboard the International Space Station.The OCHS experiment is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP), a national program designed to inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers in the U.S. Other experiments from students in Somerville, Tenn.; Oakland, Calif.; Rockwall, Tex.; and San Antonio, Tex. were activated Tuesday.The experiments were transported to the space station on an unmanned rocket that was launched on Saturday. They will return to Earth for analysis by students in about four weeks.“This is what we’ve all been waiting for, Congratulations Team,” SSEP Education Program Manager Stacy Hamel said in an update to students on Tuesday. “You have all been so incredibly patient. This has been a long road, full of disappointments and the loss of Orb-3 was a tragedy no one could have anticipated.  Enjoy this time on-orbit, you deserve it.”__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

Seminar on Protecting Real Estate Investments Open to All on Saturday

first_imgScenes from a February 2015 freeze: Water from a frozen pipe creates an ice formation. Photo courtesy of Broadley’s PlumbingThe Ocean City Board of Realtors in cooperation with the City of Ocean City will present a free seminar, “An Ounce of Prevention,” on Saturday, Dec. 5.Attention homeowners, rental property owners and second homeowners, learn how to protect and prepare your real estate investment.The seminar is Saturday, Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave. in Ocean City, NJ.Featured speakers include:McMahon Insurance Agency: Why Protect Your Property During the Winter MonthsHeist Insurance Agency: Understanding Your PoliciesFitzpatrick, Bongiovanni, & Kelly PC: Tax Accountants: Tax AdvantagesLenegan Plumbing: How to Protect Your Property During the Winter MonthsTri-County Pest Control: Steps to Keep Out Spring Pests & Prevent Bed BugsThe City of Ocean City: Signs, Regulations with the City, Smoke and Carbon CertificationFor more information, please contact Deedra Bowen, at 609-545-5064, [email protected]— News release from the Ocean City Board of Realtorslast_img read more

Hovis sales are buoyant, as market share rises

first_imgLike-for-like sales of Hovis bread grew 17% in the first half of 2009, boosting the brand’s share of the market to its highest in two years. However, profits are proving harder to come by, according to one City analyst.The jump in Hovis’ sales, announced in parent company Premier Foods’ half-year results to 27 June, boosts the brand’s market share from 22.7% to 26.3%, following a relaunch last year, with new recipes, packaging and heavy marketing support.Premier said sales across its entire Hovis division, which includes baking, milling and frozen pizza bases, had fallen 3.2% to £372.4m, but profit had increased 18.7% to £14.6m. The fall in turn-over is partly due a 20.7% sales decrease at the firm’s milling operation, following the end of a flour contract with Warburtons.Martin Deboo, an analyst at Investec, said that Premier had done a good job of reviving Hovis bread sales, but added: “It remains to be seen whether these can be translated into profits.”At the current rate, Premier would expect to make around £30m profit in bread and milling in 2009. To put this into context, in 2006 – the last boom year for UK bread and milling (when the business was owned by RHM)- it made £64m profit.”With wheat prices falling from £220 to £180 per tonne since January and branded loaves remaining above £1.20, bakeries should be making “much better profits”, said Deboo. But, he said much of the profit is being poc-keted by the supermarkets, while brands are having to finance large-scale promotions.last_img read more

Oil Drilling in the Atlantic?

first_imgLast month, a coalition of conservation groups moved to intervene in a lawsuit over seismic testing in the Atlantic Ocean.Used to locate and quantify potential oil and gas deposits, seismic testing involves firing blasts of air from large air guns toward the ocean floor for days or weeks at a time. Seismic blasts have been known to travel more than a thousand miles through the ocean, disorienting, hurting, deafening, or even killing nearby marine life. The Department of the Interior estimates that more than 130,000 marine mammals, including the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale, would be injured by seismic testing along the East Coast. Seismic blasts also drive away fish, drastically cutting commercial fishing production. Studies have shown that seismic testing could potentially harm commercial and recreational fishing—central to coastal economies—by decreasing catch rates by as much as 80 percent.Last month, President Trump issued an executive order seeking to open the Atlantic Ocean to offshore drilling.More than 120 cities along the Atlantic coast have expressed their opposition to offshore drilling. “Coastal communities like Charleston and Beaufort have spoken out for years against seismic testing for oil and gas and drilling because they understand the overwhelming scientific evidence of the risks to marine mammals like the endangered North Atlantic right whale,” says Eddy Moore, energy and climate director at the Coastal Conservation League. “We have already heard from thousands of residents who are prepared to join us in opposing this latest threat to the East Coast’s economic and natural well-being.”last_img read more

Postal banking could be a disaster

first_imgby: Charles LaneWith President Barack Obama’s strong support, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a regulatory crackdown on payday lending, the short-term, high-cost loans that lower-income people use to cope with cash crunches — at the risk, critics say, of trapping themselves in a cycle of unpayable debt.The question is, what’s the practical alternative? Payday lending is a $50 billion per year business because there’s a demand for it. People who can’t get quick cash from a storefront operator might turn to loan sharks, and nobody wants that.To many progressives, including the bane of payday lenders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at least part of the solution is to turn the U.S. Postal Service into a financial institution, with the authority to provide small-dollar loans at reasonable rates — as well as an array of other services, including savings accounts. continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Gardai and ambulance personnel rush to crash near Newtowncunningham

first_imgGardai and a number of ambulances are attending a crash on the Killea to Newtowncunningham road. One car is involved in the crash which happened after 9pm near the former Argony Pipe pub.It is not known if anybody has been injured in the crash. Diversions are in place.Gardai and ambulance personnel rush to crash near Newtowncunningham was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Texas Farm Bureau establishes Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Texas Farm Bureau has established a relief fund to address the agricultural losses inflicted by Hurricane Harvey. The category four storm struck Texas with a vengeance, flooding Texas farm communities, small towns and major cities. Those farm and ranch families are now left facing overwhelming odds following high winds and unprecedented rainfall.“It’s an historic storm and a disaster for many farmers and ranchers. The torrential rainfall wreaked havoc on Texas agriculture at the worst possible time—harvest season,” Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening said. “Hurricane Harvey struck an area of the state known for cattle, cotton and rice, and other row crops.”There’s much work ahead in rebuilding, but that’s what farmers and ranchers intend to do.Texas Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Research and Education Foundation has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to aid in the recovery efforts following the devastating storm.Tax-deductible donations can be made to the foundation to assist farmers and ranchers. Donations to this fund will be dispersed via an application process directly to the farmers and ranchers affected by the hurricane.The area declared as a disaster by Gov. Greg Abbott contains about 1.2 million cattle, which is roughly 27% of the state’s cowherd.Boening noted the cotton crop on the Texas Gulf Coast was expected to be a good crop, which was needed after several years of low prices and high costs. The losses from Harvey will reduce the expected two million bale harvest by as much as 400,000 bales, according to estimates from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.“Texas agriculture suffered major losses,” Boening said. “Some of that will be covered by other means, but much of it will not. Farmers and ranchers are left to pick up the soggy pieces.”Harvey was the strongest storm to hit the U.S. since 2004, dropping several feet of rain.“Harvey roared into Texas and overstayed his welcome,” Boening said. “But now we look ahead — to recovery and rebuilding the farms and ranches in that part of our great state.”Click here to make a tax-deductible donation: http://texasfarmbureau.org/texas-farm-bureau-hurricane-harvey-relief-effort/Applications for assistance will be posted on the Texas Farm Bureau website at a later date.last_img read more

India will miss street-smart Praveen in WC: Dhoni

first_imgIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday said they will badly miss “street-smart” Praveen Kumar in the upcoming World Cup as the pacer has been ruled out of cricket’s showpiece event due to an elbow injury.Praveen, who has been a vital cog in India’s ODI scheme of things for a little over three years and was certain in India’s seam attack in the World Cup, was ruled out on Monday after failing to recover from an elbow injury which he sustained during the South Africa tour.”It is very unfortunate that Praveen had to miss the World Cup. He featured consistently in the ODIs for us. He is a street-smart cricketer and he will miss him a lot,” Dhoni said during a pre-tournament press conference in Bangalore.”But you can’t really restrict injuries from happening to players,” he added.Without mentioning the names, he also indicated that Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar all have recovered from their injuries and will be totally fit by the time India play their tournament-opener against Bangladesh in Dhaka on February 19.”A few players are suffering from slight niggles, which is always there but nothing serious. Hopefully, nothing major happens to any player,” the skipper said.The World Cup has come in for its share of criticism from some quarters for its length which spans around 45 days, but Dhoni reiterated that a perfect scheduling is always difficult to churn out and the rest period between matches will help the players to recover from their niggles.advertisement”As I have said earlier it is very difficult to form a perfect schedule and format. A tournament schedule will be either too long or too short but I am quite happy with the schedule. It will give us time to recover from small niggles,” he insisted.Dhoni also reiterated that pressure for his side is added responsibility and will not be a deterrent in their World Cup quest after 28 long years.”It (pressure) is an added responsibility. Whenever you play for India there is always pressure. But the good thing is that we have a very experienced team. Most of the guys have been there for 5-7 years and know how to handle pressure. We have some talented youngsters who can change the course of any game,” he said.Asked about the heavy burden of responsibility on his own shoulders in the tournament, the wicket-keeper batsman said, “I have been doing it for the last four-and-a-half, five years.”He refused to give importance to the fact that the World Cup is being held at home after 15 years and said the event is just any other tournament for the Indian team.”There is a lot of hype and expectation around the World Cup. But every series we have played so far there is always lot of expectation. Expectations will always be there but we need to consider it just as a big tournament,” Dhoni said.The Indian skipper said to taste success in the World Cup what India need is right strategies and not worry about other factors. Sachin TendulkarAsked whether the team had special feeling for the tournament, which expectedly is coach Gary Kirsten’s last assignment with the Indian cricket team and also swansong World Cup for batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, the skipper replied in the negative.”Feel is the same irrespective of what is the position. We are concentrating on our preparation rather than thinking about other things. We are quite good at distracting ourselves from all issues,” Dhoni said.He also said that as of now all the 12 countries have equal chances but as the tournament progresses the sub-continent teams will have an edge because of the climatic conditions.”It is cooler now but as we come to the middle of the tournament it will be hotter,” he added.With four formidable and three not-so-strong teams featuring in both the pools, many are of the view that the real excitement and competitiveness in the World Cup will start only from the quarterfinals but the India captain feels otherwise.”For us the World Cup will start from game one and not quarter-finals. Many are saying that group matches will be boring but these small (teams) surprised in the 2007 World Cup. So wait and watch what they can do,” Dhoni said.Asked about potential threat for India, he refused to pinpoint any country and said all the teams will approach tournament with a positive frame of mind.”All the teams are dangerous. As a team it is always better to back your strength. I think most of the teams will go with a strong bowling attack,” Dhoni said.advertisementTerming himself a big fan of ODI cricket, Dhoni said powerplay is a thing to watch out for in the World Cup.”I am a big fan of 50-over cricket. It is a mix of Test cricket and T20. You see glimpses of both Test and T20 in ODIs. I love ODIs but it doesn’t mean I don’t like Test or T20.”With PTI inputslast_img read more

Kenya was let down by internal politics: Steve Tikolo

first_imgWhile many players from Test-playing nations yearn to make a single appearance at the World Cup, it is his sheer grit, talent and determination that has seen Kenya’s Steve Tikolo represent the associate country in as many as four World Cups.It was his astute captaincy that saw him lead the African country to the semi-finals of the 2003 edition but Tikolo feels it was the management of the game in the country that took its eye off the ball when Kenya were on their way up the cricketing ladder.”The management let us down after our performance in the 2003 World Cup. While most teams would use the platform to take the leap into the next level and try to get Test status, we remained an associate nation. We failed to capitalise on the big break and internal politics broke the team down,” Tikolo said.”It was evident in the 2004 Champions Trophy and that was the reason I quit captaincy and led the players’ strike against the management. While others teams have grown from strength to strength, we went down over the years,” he said.While his return to international cricket from retirement hints at the lack of talented youngsters coming up, Tikolo believes financial constraints have also played a part.”There is definitely a lack of talent at the grassroots level but that has more to do with financial limitations more than anything else. If we had the financial backing like may be the Indian team has had over the years, I am sure more players would come into the fold. At present not too many people are keen to play cricket in Kenya,” he said.Being the only player to have played in each one of Kenya’s 23 matches in the World Cup, Tikolo will definitely be under pressure, but he doesn’t want to get bogged down.”I have been there and seen it all so I know what to do. Pressure of performing is something I have become used to. It doesn’t really affect me. I will just use all my experience to bring out the best in me and hope that I can help the team put up a good performance,” the 39-year-old said.Commenting on the youngsters to watch out for, Tikolo said: “We have three really talented players. While spinner Shem Ngoche will be shouldering the bowling responsibilities – especially with the sub-continent wickets helping the slow bowlers – Tanmay Mishra and Alex Obanda are promising batsmen,” he said.Tikolo feels the team has had a good preparatory camp in Dubai and the warmup matches in Sri Lanka will definitely stand them in good stead.”We had a very good time in Dubai and the facilities at the ICC academy there was top-class. Further, acclimatisation has been taken proper care of by the ICC as they arranged two warm-up games for us. Although we didn’t win our matches, we got a feel of the wickets in the sub-continent,” he said.”Also, the trip to India in early January helped us immensely as many of our guys got a feel of sub-continent conditions for the first time.”advertisementlast_img read more