Canine propaganda

September 20, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

School’s Hamburg trip cancelled after teachers abandoned pupils for a night of heavy drinking: “A teenage school outing in Germany had to be abandoned after the teachers in charge got so drunk that police were called to restore order. The five-day trip to Hamburg was supposed to be a highlight of the school year for the group of 15- and 16-year-olds from the small town of Bramsche in Lower Saxony. But it seems the bright lights may have been too much for the two teachers in charge of the group. On the group’s first evening in the city, police were summoned to the hostel where they were staying to find both of the teachers severely inebriated. It transpired that they had left their charges to their own devices and settled down to an evening of heavy drinking. During the course of the night they became so drunk that one of them fell down a staircase and cut his head open – an incident which led to a member of the hostel staff calling an ambulance. But police were called after the teacher refused to accept medical help. The school was eventually forced to send another member of staff who happened to be in Hamburg to take over and arrange for the disappointed pupils to be bussed more than 130 miles home.

Just hitching a ride! Secret camera snaps wild cat-like creature relaxing on a moving rhino… and later a buffalo: “The bizarre moment a cat-like wild genet hitched a ride on some of Africa’s biggest beasts has been captured by a hidden camera trap. The animal was spotted riding around on the back of both a rhino and a buffalo. And while its exact motives were unknown, it has been suggested that it may perch there and wait for small prey to be flushed out by the beasts before pouncing. The amazing incident took place at Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in South Africa. But the peculiar antics would have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for a well-placed hidden camera set up by local conservation organisation, Wildlife Act, that uses the traps to monitor endangered species and help catch would be poachers. In fact, the rangers believe this is the first time behaviour like this has ever been recorded in the wild. A genet is a mammal that resembles a cross between a cat and a mongoose. They have spotted coats, long banded tails, small heads and large ears.”

Man catches giant anaconda snake with bare hands from river: “Sebastien Bascoules, 39, was filmed hauling the 175lb snake out of a river near his home in French Guiana. He clamped the 17ft reptile’s jaws shut with his hands while his friend carried its tail out of the water. The snake was then blindfolded with a T-shirt so it couldn’t find and crush anything or anyone nearby. He said: “A friend phoned me and explained that his dog, Minus, had been eaten by an anaconda close to his house. “At first I was not scared because I thought it was smaller – but I was very surprised by his strength and his length – more than five metres. “Since I was 10 years old I have liked handling reptiles but this was the biggest snake I had ever seen and I had ever caught. “It was so big I asked to my friend to help me by catching his tail – otherwise it could strangulate me. “Because it was digesting the dog it was very calm before I touched it.” Mr Bascoules kept the anaconda in his bath overnight before driving six miles from his house and releasing the reptile into swamps.”

Super-rich rush to buy ‘Italian Job’ style gold bars: “The super-rich are looking to protect their wealth through buying record numbers of “Italian job” style gold bars, according to bullion experts. The number of 12.5kg gold bars being bought by wealthy customers has increased 243pc so far this year, when compared to the same period last year, said Rob Halliday-Stein founder of BullionByPost. “These gold bars are usually stored in the vaults of central banks and are the same ones you see in the film ‘The Italian Job’,” added David Cousins, bullion executive from London based ATS Bullion. The bars which are made from pure gold and are worth more than £300,000 each at today’s prices of $1,223 (£760) an ounce. Mr Cousins added that he has seen more confidence from gold buyers this year as prices remain stable after sharp falls in the price of gold last year. The sales of 1kg gold bars, worth about £25,000 each, has doubled during the three months ended August, when compared to the same period last year, according to ATS Bullion sales figures. Sales of the more popular gold coins such as the quarter ounce sovereign and one ounce Krugerrand have also doubled this year”

Good news for anyone with an Irish heart: “Ireland’s economy is growing at an explosive pace not seen since the glory days of the Celtic Tiger, setting off a scramble for Dublin property. Finance minister Michael Noonan said GDP surged 7.7pc in the year to June as rising exports to the US, Britain and China transform the former crisis-state into the eurozone’s star economy, reaching “escape velocity” as the rest of the currency bloc languishes in a slump. Gross national product — a better gauge of Ireland’s internal economy – grew by 9pc, an astonishing pace for a mature industrial state. The turnaround comes less than a year after Ireland regained economic sovereignty, the first of the eurozone bail-out countries to emerge from its EU-IMF Troika regime. The collapse of the banking system in 2008 and the country’s €67bn (£53bn) rescue already seem like another age. The Irish treasury can now borrow for two years at an interest rate of -0.016pc, lower than for Sweden, France, Britain or the US.”

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