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first_img The animals have been taken to two refuges in Acton pending a lawsuit filed by the humane bureau against L.A. Quail Farm. Mike Schwartz, who volunteered to house a thousand of the birds on his Acton property, said he visited the L.A. Quail Farm prior to the raid. “It was like going into a Holocaust,” said Schwartz, 56, of Newhall. “You saw emaciated birds, birds pecking each other. Blood. There were feces everywhere. It was horrendous.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – Several Japanese quail with low-pathogenic bird flu were discovered among thousands of sick birds seized last month from a Sun Valley quail farm, humane officers said Wednesday. The state Department of Food and Agriculture said it had confirmed three birds taken from the L.A. Quail Farm had a common bird flu, unlike the potentially deadly Asian avian influenza. “It doesn’t cause significant health problems to the birds,” DFA spokesman Steve Lyle said. “It’s kind of like having a cold for us. It doesn’t transmit to humans. “We have cases of low-pathogenic bird flu every year in California. This is bird flu season.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The birds were discovered during a raid Nov. 12 by the Bureau of Humane Law Enforcement at the Sun Valley farm after reports of sick animals and deplorable conditions. Armed with a search warrant, the Hawthorne-based bureau confiscated 5,000 to 7,000 Japanese quail in addition to emus, sheep and other animals from the L.A. Quail Farm, 10923 Randall St. Officials with the business, located in a two-story warehouse in an industrial complex, did not return phone calls. Officers from the Bureau of Humane Law Enforcement were in court and could not be reached. The humane bureau, which had investigated the facility since February, described birds with numerous illnesses crammed into cobweb-covered cages filled with cockroaches and feces. last_img read more

first_imgA day after the joint Lokpal panel meeting ended in a deadlock, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said the government had no intention to fight the graft and that he would start another satyagraha on August 16. Team Anna has said there are no discussions at the meetings and the govt is simply trying to push its version through. “What is the point of a joint panel, if there are two drafts,” Hazare, who was flanked by other civil society members, including RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and lawyer Prashant Bhushan, said on Thursday. “I was surprised by the government stand on the Lokpal bill,” said Hazare, who has threatened to go on a hunger strike again accusing the government of being uninterested in a strong bill. Referring to the government announcements on two drafts in case of disagreements, Hazare had stated earlier that he was not optimistic about expecting anything from the government anymore. Hazare had led a mass indefinite hunger strike at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar in April.  Kejriwal said the government has refused to listen to the arguments of the civil society members, saying even 20% of the basic issues were not discussed at the meetings. Calling the Lokpal meetings a farce, Kejriwal said if the Lokpal bill was introduced in Parliament without civil society’s grievances being addressed, it would be ‘a jokepal bill’. He said the government has also refused to give any promise on sharing the audio recordings of the meetings.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgRelated LinksState Cup Welcomes Sharks There’s a new team with new uniforms gracing the New South Wales State Cup this year, with some very familiar faces. The red, white and black of Taren Point is now the blue, black and white of the Cronulla Sharks. Earlier this week NRL club the Cronulla Sharks announced that they were taking NRL pathways to another level in setting up quality structures for both male and female Touch Football players in an exciting new agreement between the Cronulla Sharks and Taren Point Touch Association which will see Cronulla Sharks elite Touch Football teams in all age groups.The benefits of the relationship are already on show for all to see this weekend, with the two Taren Point teams at this year’s New South Wales State Cup in Port Macquarie now named the Cronulla Sharks, also donning the Sharks uniform.   Sharks NRL squad members Valentine Holmes and Chad Townsend were on hand to launch the pathway on Wednesday at Remondis Stadium, which will culminate in a Cronulla Sharks Touch Academy to commence in April. Former Australian Men’s Open Touch Football representative, Jason Stanton has been appointed the Cronulla Sharks Touch Football Manager and says he is looking forward to seeing things progress. “I’m really excited about being involved with the Cronulla Sharks and Taren Point, particularly to see the boys and girls in the Shire have the opportunity to represent the Sharks at the highest level while playing Touch Fooball,” Stanton said.Cronulla Sharks Board of Director, Darren McConnell, who is also representing the Sharks in the Men’s 40’s division at this weekend’s State Cup, told Sharks TV earlier in the week about the benefits of the relationship. “It’s a great opportunity and a first in the NRL, so we are leading the way again. I’m really excited about being here as well, as a Board Member and a player, even though my playing days are coming to an end I think,” McConnell said. “It goes both ways for juniors in development in League, kids may start with tackle and move over to the non-contact version in Touch Football or vice versa. We see great opportunities for men and women, boys and girls, from under 6’s through to over 40’s.”“We’ve been working on this partnership for a number of years, it’s been a while in the making and we hope it goes well into the future. The Junior State Cup will be our junior’s opportunity, so in the next couple of months we’ll be doing trials with some really good coaches and getting some teams selected for Junior State Cup. “(I’m) looking forward to going up and playing Touch again, I’ve played Touch for 35 years, it keeps you fit, it keeps you involved and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to represent the Sharks.”Sharks GM of Engagement and Pathways, Tim Thorne said the club is ‘confident the partnership will open up an exciting new pathway for both male and female Touch Football players’. “It is an exciting new agreement between the Cronulla Sharks and Taren Point Touch Association, one which will see the implementation of an Elite Touch Academy and Cronulla Sharks elite Touch Football teams, both male and female, who will compete at a State level.“The Sharks thank Taren Point Touch Association and the NSW Touch Association for their fantastic support in helping us to get this program up and running,” Thorne added.  Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire said that the organisation was delighted to see the partnership between the Sharks and Taren Point come to fruition. “It’s great to see the commitment of both entities and NSW Touch to grow the game and participants across the Shire and between codes for male and female players of all age groups.“This builds significantly on the great work undertaken by other NRL clubs namely the Raiders and their strong partnership with Touch Football ACT; whereby the representative Touch Football teams are now branded and referred to as ‘ACT Raiders’ along with other joint partnership initiatives and activations there and at other clubs.“This announcement rounds out a big year for Touch Football in the Shire with the staging in January of the 2015 Youth Trans-Tasman series at Remondis Stadium and the Sharks and Shire community engagement in the lead-up to the event.“I am certain that from NSW Touch’s perspective it is wonderful to see the blue, black and white taking part at the State Cup event at Port this week under the Sharks banner and just the perfect impetus of a revival of the sport across the Shire,” Maguire said. For more coverage from Wednesday’s announcement, please visit www.sharks.com.au. last_img read more

first_imgBaker Mayfield runs the ball against Georgia.(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Baker Mayfield likes to dance. In late May, a video was posted of the Oklahoma quarterback showing off his “Whip.” It wasn’t bad. The OU quarterback was back at it recently. This time, he was dancing inside the Sooners’ Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Again, he was impressive. Also here’s a fun video I took of Baker Mayfield and friends. So, BOOMER. @BM_ShakeIT11 pic.twitter.com/b23VQ50G2e— Caroline Kemp (@caroline_kemp) July 18, 2015If Mayfield’s QB skills are anything close to his dancing skills, he’ll probably be Bob Stoops’ starter this fall.last_img

first_imgMONTREAL – Canada’s aerospace industry has appointed former Quebec premier Jean Charest to chart a new course for the sector.The Aerospace Industries Association of Canada is putting Charest in the cockpit to coax funding commitments and a long-term plan from the federal government amid fears the country’s star is fading.“The industry has come to the conclusion that we sort of need a reset in terms of what the future of the industry is in Canada,” Charest said in a phone interview from Paris.“There is a sense that we’re in a world where there’s much more competition. And it’s not that we’re doing badly, but the world is really moving fast.”Charest, a former federal minister who served as premier of Quebec from 2003 to 2012, highlighted government’s “very critical role” in funding, research and training for civil and defence aviation.“The Trump administration has decided to create a new division for space,” he noted, referring to a newly announced military branch the U.S. president has dubbed Space Force.“We can’t stand still,” Charest said.Jim Quick, president of the aerospace industry group, said Canada is “not keeping up” with the sector growth and innovation of countries such as France, Germany and the United States, which have long-term strategies in place.Britain is targeting 10 per cent of the global space market within 12 years, he pointed out. Luxembourg aims to dig into space mining such as harvesting asteroid’s for rare and precious metals.Quick said the new initiative, called Vision 2025, will push Ottawa to include a long-term space plan in its budget next year, alongside a commitment to help provide advanced robotics for the Lunar Gateway — described as a third-generation Canadarm.Charest, a partner at the McCarthy Tetrault law firm, will lead discussions with government and industry officials in several cities, including Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Halifax, culminating in a report on aerospace priorities.Aerospace leads Canada’s manufacturing sector in innovation-related investment, spending over $1.8 billion on research and development in 2017 — nearly one-quarter of total manufacturing research expenditures, according to the association.Nonetheless, Ottawa’s investments in space as a percentage of GDP have dropped to 18th globally from eighth place in 1992, according to the association. The sector’s manufacturing employment has fallen by five per cent since 2012.Canada hosts the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry, contributing nearly $25 billion to Canada’s economy and almost 190,000 jobs in 2017, the association said.last_img read more

first_imgDALLAS — Pilots at American Airlines are asking for more training with the automated anti-stall system on certain new Boeing jets. The system is under scrutiny after a deadly crash in Indonesia.Pilots union spokesman Dennis Tajer said Thursday that the request followed a meeting between several American Airlines pilots and Boeing representatives. Boeing also met with Southwest Airlines pilots.Indonesian investigators are probing whether pilots on an Oct. 29 Lion Air flight were overwhelmed when faulty sensor readings activated the anti-stall system and automatically pushed the nose of their plane down. The Boeing 737 MAX plunged into the Java Sea, killing 189 people.The anti-stall system differs from those in previous Boeing 737 models.Boeing says the MAX is safe and there is a procedure for stopping the nose-down command.David Koenig, The Associated Presslast_img read more

My laptop and the brains of those around me liked moving the rook over to h2. From there, it would stare down the juicy far-right column (h-file in chess parlance), which provides a useful conduit into black enemy territory and could have come wide open if some pawns were exchanged. Carlsen did, more or less, the opposite. He moved his king down a square, to g2.Carlsen may have thought that the game was a dead draw and that any move would be a means to that end. He was wrong. The white king on g2 blocked the white rook’s access to the right edge of the board and, possibly, to black’s king. This swung the pendulum swiftly in Karjakin’s favor. “Carlsen played with his hand and not with his brain,” Robert Hess, a grandmaster and chess.com contributor, told me.The Norwegian champ agreed with Hess. “King to g2 is a huge blunder,” a visibly upset Carlsen said at the postgame press conference. Up to this point in the match, Carlsen had generally seemed calm and comfortable, but after this game, he sat disturbed, face in hand, brusquely and testily answering questions. He’d have been halfway to his hotel already, one felt, were it not for his contractual obligations.This blunder may have been due to a clerical error by Carlsen, NRK, Norway’s national broadcaster, reported after the game. Tournament players are required to record on a scoresheet all the moves played during a game. Carlsen, who’s done this many thousands of times, told NRK that he forgot a move earlier in the game. Once a player makes his 40th move, he receives 50 minutes of additional time on his clock. Carlsen received his extra time but initially seemed confused as to why. The king-to-g2 blunder came immediately after, on his 41st move.After Carlsen’s mistake, the players had a full role-reversal, with the Norwegian playing Houdini and the Russian the stifled aggressor. But as the game progressed, Karjakin’s advantage fizzled, Carlsen’s defenses held, and the players agreed to a draw after 51 moves over five hours. The score is tied 2.5-2.5 in this race to 6.5.1Wins are worth 1 point, draws are worth half a point for each player, and losses are worth 0 points.It’s been an impressive streak of draws, but there have been more to open a world championship. Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand fought to eight in a row in 1995, the last time the championship was in New York. But those — only one was longer than 30 moves — pale in comparison to the legendary draws this year. “Gonna be a draw,” a grandmaster texted me as the setting sun cast a red tinge on the East River off lower Manhattan. It was around 5 p.m. on Thursday, and my attention was split between the light filtering through the masts of the tall ships at the pier outside the window and the crucial but lumbering game of chess being played by two geniuses on the other side of the hall. Shortly after 6 p.m., a commotion broke the calm. An official with the World Chess Championship rushed into the press room. The game would end soon, he said, and we should be ready. Sergey Karjakin, the Russian underdog, was winning.This was exciting news indeed. The first four games of the match had ended in draws — two of them epic — between Karjakin and his opponent, the defending world champion and No. 1-rated Magnus Carlsen of Norway. In Thursday’s fifth game, it seemed, there would be blood.In the previous three games, the two players had opened the game with a set of moves called “the Ruy Lopez” — also known as “the Spanish.” On Thursday, they moved across the Mediterranean to play the “Giuoco Piano,” also known as “the Italian.” “Giuoco piano” means “quiet game,” but the opening is known for creating a tense, maneuvering contest. White aims to control the board’s center while black tries not to lose the battle for space.Karjakin, handling the black pieces, came out of this opening battle slightly ahead, according to the computer chess engine Stockfish and a preponderance of onlookers in New York. This was a rarity, as the Russian had previously been relying on costive, defensive goal-line stands simply to stay alive in the championship match.But on the 20th move, a minor theme of the previous games re-emerged, blunting Karjakin’s edge. He faced the following position: Stockfish thought the better play for Karjakin was to move the black bishop back a square, from f5 to g6, which would reveal the black rook and apply further pressure on an already strained board. Karjakin’s human brain, however, preferred trading a bishop for a knight by capturing on c5. As in previous games, Karjakin played more passively than might have been optimal, going with the move that released some of the game’s tension but also perhaps some of his advantage along with it.Nevertheless, the Russian would get another unexpected crack at victory. The game proceeded, quite level, for another 20 moves — solid grandmaster chess — and another draw seemed inevitable. (Hence the text and my staring at the ships.) Eventually, however, Carlsen (playing white) erred when facing the following position on the 41st move: Viswanathan Anand contemplates his move against Gary Kasparov at the World Chess Championship in 1995. JON LEVY / AFP / Getty Images I’d witnessed some 18 hours of play over the previous three game days. On the train on my way home from the venue, the man sitting next to me was staring at his smartphone. He was playing chess.Game 6 begins Friday afternoon. I’ll be covering the rest of the games here and on Twitter.CORRECTION (Nov. 18, 10:47 a.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the amount of additional time players receive after their 40th move. It is 50 minutes, not an hour. read more

OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson goes to serve in the set against No. 4 Long Beach State. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern ReporterIn the No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team’s journey to rewrite the record books, all roads lead through No. 12 Ball State.When the Ohio State men’s volleyball team lost in five sets on Feb. 6, 2016, no one thought much of it. It was a close-fought match between two top 15 opponents.That was it.At that point, not many thought OSU would win the national championship. Even fewer thought that the Buckeyes would threaten a school record that has stood for almost half a century.On Thursday in Muncie, Indiana, No. 1 OSU goes for win No. 33 to set the longest win streak in program history when it takes on No. 12 Ball State — the same team that gave the Buckeyes their last defeat.Ball State and OSU’s rivalry goes back to the creation of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The two teams are the only two that still exist from the beginning of the conference. Ironically enough, after going 24-0 in the 1969 season and 8-0 to start the 1970 season, the Buckeyes were defeated by the Cardinals to end their 32-win streak.“When you’ve got that much history, there’s a rivalry there for sure, naturally,” said OSU coach Pete Hanson. “Ball State — I’m sure they circle the Ohio State matches on their calendar every year and I think our guys do too.”OSU comes into the matchup against Ball State with 15 wins over opponents ranked in the top 12 nationally, with six of those wins over teams in the top 5. In this season alone, the Buckeyes have topped teams currently ranked No. 2, No. 3, No. 7 and No. 15 in the country.Hanson credits the team’s success and win streak to the team’s growing maturity over the past two seasons.“What I saw — after that loss to Ball State — I saw somewhat of a renewed commitment by a lot of those older guys — by Gabriel, Miles, Christy — to say we didn’t like this feeling and we’re going to work very hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Hanson said. “Just through their efforts every day in practice and in the weight room, how they approach matches, the attention to detail on the game plan — those are things veterans do that kind of go unnoticed by, as a coaching staff you notice them.”Offensively, OSU will need continued attacking success from team leaders, senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, to overcome the highly ranked blocking efforts from Ball State’s junior middle hitter Matt Walsh. Walsh ranks second nationally in blocks per set with 1.29. In last season’s losing affair, the Buckeyes won the first two sets by a combined 20 points, only to lose the match in the fifth set, 16-14.“We all looked at that loss and obviously, no one liked it,” Johnson said. “I think that prior to that loss we were on a good winning streak and then that happened. So, then we had to figure out ways where that wouldn’t happen again.”The team found ways to prevent losses over the 23-game win streak, which contained an avenged win against Ball State as well as MIVA and NCAA titles, to close out the 2016 season.In addition to tying the school record for consecutive wins, two other Buckeyes etched their names in school history as both Johnson and Szerszen sit atop the career serving aces list. They are tied at 124.The Buckeyes will be looking to keep make school history against Ball State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Worthen Arena. read more

first_imgWilfried Zaha has rejected Crystal Palace’s latest contract offer, opening the door for another club to swoop in and snag the highly-rated winger.According to Daily Mirror, Crystal Palace offered to increase Wilfried Zaha’s current weekly wage from €115.000 to €140.000 in an effort to keep their star man. It seems like a decent offer, but it was one that Zaha rejected in an attempt to force a move to a Champions League club.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino has been a long-time admirer of the 25-year-old and will look to pounce on the occasion. Palace rates Zaha at €85 million, similar to the price Leicester City tagged on Riyad Mahrez. However, the Algerian is set to join Manchester City for around €68 million and The Spurs are hoping to sign Zaha on a cut-price deal worth around €56 million.Crystal Palace will not let go off its prized asset easily. Zaha signed a new contract last May which would keep him at Selhurst Park until 2022. The Eagles will do anything to keep him. Chelsea are also interested in the in-demand forward, as they are also in the market for a winger.last_img read more

first_imgAccording to a report from Diario Sport, there is a contract clause that could allow Juan Mata to leave Manchester United for FC Barcelona.Reports from several news outlets in Spain and England have been talking about Juan Mata’s possibilities of leaving Manchester United, his most likely destination is FC Barcelona but there are several details that we need to consider from this imminent negotiation.Juan Mata as we all know, is soon to be 31-years of age and he is already considered a veteran amongst his peers in the Red Devils.Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently revealed that he would like the Spaniard to stay but there are sources who are very close to the technical staff that disagrees, this is the case with former Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager, Rene Meulensteen.The ex-right hand of the mythical Scottish manager loves Juan Mata, but he revealed that he may not be Solskjaer’s cup of tea for the squad and he may leave the club soon in order to “refresh” that position in the squad: “Ole obviously had a good look at the squad and he wants to play with a lot of energy and a lot of pace,” said Rene on 888sport.“Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Mata and think he’s a great player but it just might be that Mata doesn’t fit in the picture that Ole sees.”“That is obvious otherwise he would have played more often and at some point you have to refresh your squad in certain areas.”Juan Mata suena para el Barcelona ⚽Dale a ❤️ si te gustaría que volviese a la Liga.pic.twitter.com/4QhICFmbR2— RETAbet (@RETAbet) January 31, 2019After knowing this information that hits very close to home, all we had to do is investigate the situation further in order to find some more revealing details about the possibility of Juan Mata actually leaving Manchester United.Turns out that the Red Devils have a contract clause on every player when he first arrives, that allows them to automatically renew their agreement exactly one year after they have been in the club but that only happens once for every player and Mata has already extended his contract once.This means that the Spaniard has been free to negotiate with any club of his choosing since January 1st, which means that he can easily go to FC Barcelona and talk about the possibility of moving to the Catalan club where he can finish his career in style.The type of midfielder Juan Mata is fits perfectly with Barcelona’s philosophy, which means that signing the player would be a no-brainer for the Catalan club but there are other things to consider here.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.The player’s wage should be no problem as he currently earns a reported €6 million per season at Manchester United, a salary that the club has no problem covering.Juan Mata to Barcelona.Discuss. pic.twitter.com/T2IGg37Ly5— Goal (@goal) January 24, 2019This is where Diario Sport’s report from this Thursday becomes relevant, as Juan Mata has spoken to his agent and revealed that his options are to either strike a contract renewal with Manchester United or ultimately decide to continue his career at FC Barcelona.The Spaniard loves playing in English football, but the idea of playing for one of the best clubs in the world alongside Lionel Messi is also very seducing to him.If Juan doesn’t see Manchester United moving forward with his contract extension, he has already delivered specific instructions to his agent so they can reach an agreement with the Catalan club that can suit all parties involved in the negotiation.Given that the winter transfer window is about to close, this deal would have to be completed next summer and Juan Mata has no problem waiting for it to cook slowly.Barcelona would very much like to have one of the best Spanish midfielders in recent history playing his final best years with the Catalan club, his free-agent status and his wage would speed up the operation without a problem.All Barcelona needs to do is hope that Manchester United doesn’t decide to extend his contract, but judging by Meulensteen’s statements this is very unlikely.El Barcelona tiene a Juan Mata en la agenda… y queda libre en junio https://t.co/T0QcKhHuRp— OKDIARIO (@okdiario) January 30, 2019What do you prefer for Juan Mata, for him to remain at Manchester United or strike a deal with FC Barcelona next summer? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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