More than 500 people have been hospitalised by scorpion stings in southern Egypt after storms forced the creatures out of their hiding places and into houses, state-run media has reported.
Over the weekend, the province of Aswan was hit by rare downpours, hail and thunder in which three people died, governor Ashraf Attia said. However, those who were stung by scorpions were given anti-venom doses and were later discharged.
Acting health minister Khalid Abdel-Ghafar confirmed in a statement that no deaths were reported from scorpion stings.
Photos and video footage circulated on social media showed flooded streets and damaged houses, vehicles and agricultural farms. School classes were suspended and power outages were reported across the region. Marine traffic on the Nile was also paused, and roads closed during the storms.
Doctors were recalled from annual leave and hospitals were put on high alert, the Al-Ahram daily reported Ehab Hanafy, the Health Ministry’s undersecretary in Aswan, as saying.
The Ministry of Health reassured the public that it had enough anti-venom doses, with more than 3,000 available in Aswan. Extra doses were sent near mountain and desert areas, Hanafy said.
Those stung by the scorpions said their symptoms included severe pain, fever, sweating, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle tremors, and head twitching.
The Aswan mountains are home to the Arabian fat-tailed scorpion, or Androctonus crassicauda, which translates from Greek to “man-killer”, Al Jazeera reported. They are considered among the most dangerous scorpions in the world, with a highly toxic venom but cause only several human deaths a year.
The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for all dogs, is excited to announce that the first-ever AKC/USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Sunday, November 28th at 10pm ET. The event, hosted by the AKC and the United States Police Canine Association, brings the best of the best in narcotics and explosives detection dogs from around the nation together to demonstrate the important role dogs play in law enforcement and keeping our country safe.
“We are thrilled to host this exciting event with the USPCA,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “It’s amazing to see these dogs in action and show viewers their training and precision. We can’t wait to share it with the ESPN2 audience.”
The event was held on November 15th at the PNC Arena, where ten narcotics dog teams and ten explosives detection dog teams competed against each other to see which could find their respective substance – illegal narcotics and explosive substances – the quickest. The teams navigated obstacles and sorted through distractions to find the hidden items. They were scored on the accuracy of their search, perfection of their alert (telling the handler where the hide is), and the find itself (a combination of the ability of the dog and the handler to accurately tell judges where the hide is located).
Tune into the AKC/USPCA K9 Detection Dog Challenge on Sunday, November 28th at 10pm ET. Check your local provider for ESPN2 channel information. To learn more about AKC events, visit www.akc.org. To learn more about the USPCA, visit https://www.uspcak9.com/.
Pet food is not only the quintessential pet product staple in a market that is famously recession-resistant, but is bolstered by the global resources of dominant participants including major pet food companies.
Therefore, as reported in Packaged Facts’ just-released U.S. Pet Market Focus: Pet Food Update (November 2021), the pet food market has not just weathered COVID-19, it has thrived. Packaged Facts projects U.S. retail sales of pet food (dog and cat) at $37.1 billion in 2021, up 6.4% over 2020. Sales are projected to reach $47.9 billion in 2025, equating to a robust 6.6% compound annual growth rate.
According to David Sprinkle, Packaged Facts Research Director, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a corresponding surge in pet care spending fast-forwarded pet food industry investment, product development, marketing, and retailing. COVID-19 therefore accelerated several existing trends that are likely to invigorate the pet food business for years to come:
- Superpremium pet food’s claim to fame as the front-line pet health product, with natural formulations and science-based foods in high demand.
- The advance of superpremium pet foods in non-traditional forms, most significantly fresh (refrigerated/frozen) and alternative protein/meatless/vegetarian.
- The corporate and consumer pursuit of pet foods with ethically sourced ingredients, along with other sustainability initiatives such as eco-friendly packaging.
- The erosion of the long-standing mass/pet specialty/online channel boundaries that both gave and took away, defining and “exclusive-izing” key brands but also making them less accessible and affordable.
E-commerce trends, moreover, are pivotal in the pet food sector due not only to repeat and bulk purchases, but to a wholesale realignment of the competitive landscape in the wake of the success of pure play pet product e-tailers. Notable among the key chain retailers that have traditionally been brick-and-mortar-based are ramped-up activities including “buy online, pick up in store” (BOPIS), curbside pick-up, and same-day/two-day delivery programs.
Two Indiana turkeys – one named Peanut Butter, the other named Jelly – will be counting their lucky feathers Friday morning. The two birds were selected as National Thanksgiving Turkeys and will be pardoned by President Joe Biden at an annual ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden.
Both turkeys hail from Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana.
After the pardoning ceremony, Peanut Butter and Jelly will travel to Purdue University to live out the rest of their days in Purdue's Animal Science Research and Education Center, where they'll be given an enclosed, indoor space with access to a "shady, grassy area," according to a press release from the university.
Once there, the turkeys will serve as an educational tool for students. That's not a bad gig considering the likely fates of their fellow feathered brethren: death.
According to the National Turkey Federation, around 46 million turkeys are eaten every Thanksgiving. Peanut Butter and Jelly won't have to worry about that, thanks to the White House turkey-pardoning tradition that dates to 1989, when President H.W. Bush pardoned a grateful gobbler. "But let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone's dinner table," Bush said in 1989, addressing nearby animal rights activists and the year's presidential turkey. "Not this guy – he's granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”
The White House's Twitter page posted a video of the two birds getting acclimated to their D.C. digs.
The long-awaited launch of NASA's next generational observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, is just one month away.
The $9.8 billion Webb has overcome years of technical delays, funding issues and a pandemic to get to launch day in French Guiana, which is set for no earlier than Dec. 18.
Webb will have an ambitious science agenda stretching from studying small worlds in our solar system to surveying the outer reaches of the universe. "We're going to look at everything there is in the universe that we can see," Webb senior project scientist John Mather told reporters in a press conference on Wednesday (Nov. 18).
"We want to know, How did we get here?" added Mather, who works at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. "The Big Bang, How does that work? We'll look, yes, and we have predictions. But we don't honestly know [how]."
Serving as the successor to NASA's venerable Hubble Space Telescope, Webb will journey to a distant destination about 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from Earth known as a Lagrange point, a gravitationally stable spot between two celestial bodies.
It will take Webb a month to get there after launch. Then, the observatory will endure a six-month commissioning period that will include a variety of key milestones, from the unfurling of its complex mirror to ensuring that all instruments are working correctly, before Webb opens its eyes.
"At six and a half meters [21 feet], the primary mirror was too big to fit in a rocket, so we designed it so that would it would unfold in space," Lee Feinberg, Webb optical telescope element manager at Goddard, said during today's briefing. "It doesn't fold like a drop leaf table, so ... we needed mirrors that had to be in segments."
The mirrors, Feinberg added, initially act like 18 separate telescopes, and it will take algorithms several months to align them properly, to a precision of one-5,000th the diameter of a human hair. And that's assuming the telescope unfurls them all properly, which (despite years of testing and modeling) NASA has said is one of the biggest technical obstacles Webb will face.
Webb investigators are coy about what the telescope will focus on first once it's ready. But clues come from the list of "early release science programs" that will prioritize Webb's core science in the study of planets, the solar system, galaxies, black holes, stellar physics and star populations.
The first images will be in high demand, as mission scientists say the resolution will be 100 times better than that of Hubble and will reveal much more in infrared (or heat) wavelengths than the elder telescope can.
A man has spoken of how baffled he felt after seeing what appeared to be a mysterious canine phantom running around his fully secured back garden.
Jake DeMarco, was shocked by the mystery footage recorded on his home security camera in Melbourne, Australia.
The clip appears to show Jake's dog, Ryder, playing and running around with a transparent white pooch.
Jake said it's even more chilling because his backyard is fully secured by a locked 8ft-high fence and there would be no way for another dog to get inside.
He sprinted out to investigate after spotting the spooky pup, but it was already gone.
Jake said it would be impossible for anyone or animal to get in the garden because it's secured behind a locked 8ft fence
He said: "I was out in the garage having a cigarette when one of the four live camera streams caught my eye.
"Ryder was running around like he was playing with something or someone which isn’t normal behaviour for him, especially at that time of the night
“I noticed he wasn't alone. I was confused and in shock when I saw the footage because I knew Ryder was alone but had a playmate for a minute that then disappeared into the darkness.
"My wife Amanda and I watch our cameras more than TV now as we are hoping to see Ryders’s playmate again."
Jake's brother Simon, 42, shared the footage on Facebook, with many speculating that a dog somehow managed to get into the backyard whilst others suspect that this was something supernatural.
Simon said: “I thought Jake was playing a joke on me and would be laughing at me when I got there.
“Even after seeing a small clip of the footage he sent me I still thought he was up to something
“But his voice and the way he told me was definitely not one I’d expect if he was joking so I went to his house straight away.
“I can't explain any of this, I was never really much of a spiritual person and didn't really think too much about ghosts and spirits. I do now!”
Get ready to add another stressor to your Thanksgiving holiday this year. The Farm Bureau reports that the cost of a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is up 14% over last year, averaging at $53.31.
The Farm Bureau's calculations include turkey, stuffing mix, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk, with enough for leftovers. The turkey itself costs 24% more than last year, the group says; it's $23.99 for a 16-pound turkey.
In order to find the average costs, the Farm Bureau used volunteer shoppers between Oct. 28 and Nov. 8. — but the group, which lobbies on behalf of the agricultural industry, acknowledged that prices have already fallen in the time since the survey was conducted. This year, many grocery stores lowered prices later in the year, so the price of a frozen turkey, for example, is actually a lot more affordable right now. At the time of the survey, the cost for a 16-pound bird was around $1.50 per pound. But over the last week, it had fallen to 88 cents per pound for a whole frozen turkey.
Veronica Nigh, a senior economist at the Farm Bureau, says several factors help explain the increased costs this year, including disruptions to the supply chain, inflation and high demand for food, especially meat.
"The trend of consumers cooking and eating at home more often due to the pandemic led to increased supermarket demand and higher retail food prices in 2020 and 2021, compared to pre-pandemic prices in 2019," Nigh said.
But rising prices are far from limited to the dinner table. Last week, the Labor Department reported that consumer prices were 6.2% higher in October than a year ago. It was the largest jump in inflation since 1990.
In separate figures released by the Department of Agriculture this week, the price of Thanksgiving staples were at a more modest 5% increase over last year. Their list, based on numbers from the AMS Market News Retail Report for the week ending on Nov. 12, includes a 12-pound frozen turkey, sweet and russet potatoes, cranberries, green beans and one gallon of milk.
"We know that even small price increases can make a difference for family budgets, and we are taking every step we can to mitigate that," USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
"The good news is that the top turkey producers in the country are confident that everyone who wants a bird for their Thanksgiving dinner will be able to get one, and a large one will only cost $1 more than last year."
A Michigan man is accused of poaching nine trophy bucks in Van Buren County.
Justin Ernst, 33, of Decatur, is facing up to $59,000 in reimbursement to the state if convicted of all fifteen charges.
“It’s a shame that this criminal ruined the chance for ethical, legal hunters to have their opportunity to take one of these trophy deer,” said Lt. Gerald Thayer, of the Michigan DNR Law Enforcement Division. “Not only did this felon steal from the natural resource, he also damaged agriculture crops, and has been doing so for some time. The financial penalty is the minimum he should serve.”
These charges stem from an October domestic violence investigation. Michigan State Police officers investigating the complaint found several deer inside the barn Ernst is known to spend a lot of time in.
Conversation officers decided to investigate the tip on Oct. 17. During the search of the homeowner's barn, authorities found eight illegal bucks in the barn – five 10-pointers and three with 8-points.
Ernst was later arrested on a domestic violence charge, and a tipster reported another buck in the barn. DNR officials found a 9-point buck that appeared to have been shot within the past 48 hours. Two witnesses told conservation officers they saw Ernst with a dead deer.
During an interview at the jail, Ernst told conservation officers he had no connection to the poached bucks, and said he could not hunt because his hunting license had been revoked.
After searching his vehicle, police found two shotguns and a crossbow, a bloody crossbow bolt in the bed of the vehicle, a cellphone that didn’t work and a handheld spotlight located under the driver’s seat.
He was arraigned on Nov. 9 in 7th District Court in Paw Paw.
Ernst is free on bond and scheduled to reappear in court on Dec. 20.
The 15 DNR charges pending against Ernst include:
- Two counts of firearm possession by a felon.
- Two felony firearms violations.
- One count of hunting with a revoked hunting license.
- One count of applying for, or obtaining, a hunting license when ineligible.
- Nine counts of taking game illegally.
This isn't the first time he's been accused of illegally taking deer. Ernst has a 2018 conviction for illegally taking or possessing whitetail deer.