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17 December 2013The rhino that survived an attack by poachers in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province last year is pregnant, according to Alan Weyer, the general manager of Kariega Game Reserve.“Although this may be a small step toward winning the fight against poaching, we remember Madiba’s words, ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’,” Weyer said in a statement last week, quoting Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former president, who died on 5 December.Thandi, as the rhino is named, survived an attack at the reserve just outside Port Elizabeth in March last year. Poachers tranquillised three rhino with darts, and hacked off their horns, leaving them to bleed to death. The two other rhinos – both bulls – died from their wounds.Wildlife vet Dr Will Fowlds, who has been treating Thandi since the attack, said blood tests had confirmed that the rhino was at the end of the first trimester of her pregnancy. “I don’t recall such a small value carrying such huge significance for anything in my professional life,” Fowlds said.TrustingFowlds has devotedly attended to Thandi – which means “love” in isiXhosa – since her attack. She has been through countless surgeries and procedures to keep the wound from infection and to find ways “to protect her vulnerable face from the rigours of normal rhino life”, the reserve said. This has included a pioneering skin graft earlier this year.“There have been ups and downs including two occasions when her wound has reopened but despite that, her behaviour has returned to normal and she has become more trusting and less nervous with each passing day.”Staff at the reserve say Thandi has shown “an incredible fighting spirit and will to survive”.Fowlds has taken Thandi’s story around the world – including to Vietnam and China – to raise awareness about the fight against poaching.Courage“Thandi is arguably the single most important rhino alive as I am not aware of any individual animal that has carried the plight of the rhino out to the world to the extent that she has and continues to do,” Fowlds said.“Her story has touched the lives of so many people across the globe and her courage is reflected in our love for her and the species that she represents. The prospects of a successful pregnancy and birth represent the hope of survival. In a crisis which threatens us with despair, that hope, as insignificant as it may seem for some, is what we cling to for dear life.”The gestation period of white rhino’s is between 15 and 16 months. If Thandi is somewhere in her first trimester she will probably have the calf in around a year’s time, the reserve says on its blog. “Thandi is over 10 years old. If all goes well this will be her third calf.”The reserve says Thandi spends most of her time in the company of one of the other rhino cows on the reserve. Her female companion gave birth in March this year – a year after the poaching incident. The calf was fathered by one of the two bulls lost in the poaching incident.The horns of the reserve’s remaining rhinos were surgically removed after the attack to prevent another tragedy.Source: Kariega Game Reserve
For the second year running, the Indian Science Congress has drawn condemnation and scorn from prominent scientists.The annual confab, held this year in Mysuru, India, featured plenty of legitimate science. But a few talks were simply beyond the pale, some researchers say. For example, on 5 January, some of the 12,500 attendees heard a lecture extolling the supposed health benefits of blowing a conch shell. Rajeev Sharma, a civil servant with a master’s degree in botany, delivered a deafening 2-minute conch blast to kick off his talk for a session on indigenous approaches to psychology. Sharma claimed that the conch—an article of religious and ritual importance in Hinduism—could cure psychosomatic ills. Blowing a conch daily, he elaborated, provides “excellent exercise” for the rectum, prostate, and diaphragm. The audience gasped when he claimed that the consequent surge in blood flow would turn “white hair to black.” The next day, a paper was due to be presented on how the Hindu god Shiva was the “greatest environmentalist in the world.” The supposed evidence for such eco-friendly attributes were riding a rat, a peacock, and a mythic bull, and providing purified water of the Ganges River from his topknot. The paper’s author, Akhilesh Pandey, a botanist by training and the chairman of Madhya Pradesh Private University Regulatory Commission in Bhopal, India, failed to show up for the session after tripping in a stairwell and injuring his leg, according to the Hindustan Times newspaper. He defended his work, however, by telling the paper, “All the things in science we are talking about today” are found in ancient Indian texts.Such presentations have caused senior Indian researchers to throw up their hands. Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, a biologist at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, told The Times of India that an earlier congress was “a circus,” after which he vowed to “never attend a science congress again in my life.” Biologist P. M. Bhargava, founder of the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad, told the paper that the event had deteriorated over the years and was now “an absolute waste of money.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated this year’s conclave, sparked a controversy in 2014 after claiming that the god Ganesh’s elephant head was proof that cosmetic surgery existed in ancient times and was founded in India. And at last year’s congress, a retired pilot claimed that “jumbo planes” fitted with “ancient Indian radar systems” made in India achieved interplanetary travel 7000 years ago.
No Biz: Ambumani Ramadoss doesn't want stars to endorse colasDELHI: After bullying striking doctors into submission in the recent OBC reservation feud, PMK leader and Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss feels he can overwhelm film and sport celebrities as well.At the Central Food Laboratories' golden jubilee celebration in Kolkata recently,,No Biz: Ambumani Ramadoss doesn't want stars to endorse colasDELHI: After bullying striking doctors into submission in the recent OBC reservation feud, PMK leader and Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss feels he can overwhelm film and sport celebrities as well.At the Central Food Laboratories' golden jubilee celebration in Kolkata recently, he appealed to Shah Rukh Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Aamir Khan, Virender Sehwag, Aishwarya Rai and other stars to "refrain from endorsing" soft drinks.Ramadoss's logic is that colas endanger children as they get hooked to them. "Even if they (colas) do not contain pesticides, children are being harmed," he said. When asked about the reasons behind his outburst, his office at Nirman Bhawan, Delhi, belts out an exhaustive list of side effects including obesity.A doctor himself, Ramadoss feels rising cardiac problems among children are linked to drinking colas. The appeal is unlikely to be followed by any official action soon, Nirman Bhawan sources say.Soft drink giants PepsiCo and Coca-Cola use celebrity endorsements globally, but the minister wants to set a precedent by trying to end the practice in India. Last year, he had created a bigger controversy by issuing a circular banning on-screen smoking. It was to be effective from January 1 this year.However, the information and broadcasting ministry put its foot down on the proposal following intense pressure from the film fraternity. The minister's request is being taken lightly by his colleagues in the council of ministers who think Ramadoss is being unrealistic.Worse still is the fact that the UPA's anti-MNC components like the RJD and Left haven't spoken a word yet in his favour.advertisement
World number one Rafael Nadal has confirmed his participation in this year's Queen's Club Championships after a gap of two years, ahead of Wimbledon in July.This year, Nadal will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his memorable triump at Queen's in 2008 after which he went on to lift his maiden Wimbledon title in an epic battle with Roger Federer.Nadal came into the 2008 event on the back of his fourth French Open title and beat Serbia's Novak Djokovic in the final at West London. He then outlasted his great rival and defending champion Roger Federer in five sets at Wimbledon.ALSO WATCH"It is going to be the 10th anniversary of my victory there in 2008, it's a great memory, winning there and three weeks later winning Wimbledon," Spaniard Nadal said in a video posted to the tournament's Twitter account."It was an unforgettable year. I am excited to be coming back and playing Queen's again... I can't wait to be there."A video message from @RafaelNadalAccess the priority window for @QueensTennis tickets - https://t.co/AZqRg5YkGF#Nadal #QueensTennis pic.twitter.com/1byZHNf3aFThe Queen's Club Championships (@QueensTennis) February 6, 2018Nadal last played the Wimbledon warm-up event in 2015 and lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening round. He pulled out of the event in the last two years due to injuries.The 31-year-old retired with an injury in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarter-final match against Croatia's Marin Cilic last month.Three-times Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, who underwent hip surgery last month, is targeting a comeback at the event he has won five times, the organisers said.advertisementThe tournament will be held from June 18-24.Nadal has had a troubled start to the season where he has had to battle with an elbow trouble.He began his year at a Tie Break Tens tournament to prepare for Australian Open but his Melbourne stint ended in despair when he had to retire from his quarter-final against Marin Cilic.Referring to his disappointing exit at the Australian Open where he was forced to retire while trailing Croatia's Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 2-0, Nadal said the injury was just "a small tear, but it was impossible to keep going."(With inputs from Reuters)
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva: Positives in Man City defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva felt they weren't strong enough in attack for defeat to Manchester City.Silva's team suffered a third consecutive Premier League defeat at Goodison Park on Saturday evening after goals from Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling overcome Dominic Calvert-Lewin's first-half opener. "We didn't get the most important thing in football, as you know, which is the result, but we got some positives for sure from the game," the manager explained afterwards."Analysing the game, we didn't start like we wanted to. They started the game strong, faster with the ball than us, more aggressive than us."Until the goal they scored, the first, they were clearly better than us. After that we showed that reaction and desire to challenge them and try and get a different result."The reaction was really good and after that the game was more balanced with the possession and the quality they have to break that immediate pressure in some moments."
Chelsea tracking PSV prospect Mohamed Ihattarenby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are tracking PSV Eindhoven prospect Mohamed Ihattaren.The 17 year-old has been a revelation for PSV Eindhoven this season, scoring one goal and producing three assists in seven appearances in the Eredivisie.Calciomercato.com says the teen is attracting interest from Chelsea.Ihattaren is tied to PSV until 2022.Chelsea, dependent on appeal, cannot buy new players until next summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Stella McCartney has been honored with a PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Award.As more people learn how easy it is to be kind to animals by choosing pleather, faux fur, mock croc and other cruelty-free garments, more and more top designers and high-street retailers are meeting the demand for top-quality vegan fashion. And PETA – with the help of fashionista, guest judge Louise Reknapp – is recognising the best animal-free clothing and accessories with the second annual PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Awards.This year’s winners include Stella McCartney for Most Stylish Women’s Knitwear, Taeseok Kang for Most Stylish Handbag, Beyond Skin for Most Stylish Women’s Flat Shoes, Miss Selfridge for Most Stylish Women’s Outerwear, ASOS for Most Stylish Men’s Belt, Marks & Spencer for Most Stylish Men’s Knitwear, and Vivienne Westwood for Most Stylish Men’s Outerwear.“Everywhere I go, from designer shops to the local Topshop, I see beautiful, animal-free clothes, bags, shoes and wallets”, says Louise “As an animal lover, I was delighted to help PETA choose this year’s best cruelty-free contributions to the fashion world. All of the winners and nominees prove how easy it is to dress ethically from head to toe.”Other retailers to take home prizes include Next, ASOS, New Look, Topshop and Disaster Designs. Alice Vandy – whose colourful, digitally-printed leggings, dresses and swimwear have attracted fans such as Jessie J and Kimberly Wyatt – won the title of Most Talented New Designer.For more information and to see all the winners, please visit PETAApprovedFashion.org.uk.
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