Posts tagged with "Sky News"

Mysterious object found on Australian beach is identified

August 3, 2023

The origins of the huge barnacle-covered canister discovered on the coastline of Green Head Beach in western Australia—about 150 miles from Perth—left many stumped when it appeared earlier this month, although initial guessed that it might be “space junk,” reports Sky News.

But now, the Australian Space Agency has come to a more concrete conclusion—announcing that the object “most likely” is debris from an “expended third-stage of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.”

The medium-lift launch vehicle is operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation. The third stage of the vehicle is jettisoned at an altitude of 264 miles.

Previously the object had been under guard by police, although it was quickly determined to be safe and not a risk to the community.

Officials from both India and Australia are working together to “provide further confirmation to determine next steps, including considering obligations under the United Nations space treaties,” the Australian Space Agency says.

Local resident Garth Griffiths said a neighbor alerted him to the strange find two weeks ago.

“A local lady and her partner discovered it just floating on the edge of the water and dragged it out with their four-wheel drive,” he told ABC News. “There were barnacles and marine life growing on it.”

Australia is no stranger to orbital remains mysteriously appearing in random places, with space debris from Elon Musk’s SpaceX craft crashing into a New South Wales farm last year.

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Study links walking a leashed dog to risk of traumatic brain injury

May 16, 2023

Walking your dog on a leash could lead to more than accidental falls and bruises. Indeed, a study recently conducted at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore has found that one of the risks of dog walking by adult owners—especially, by elderly women—is traumatic brain injury, reports Sky News.

Researchers found that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) were the second most common injury among adults. The other most common injuries were finger fractures and shoulder sprains or strains.

The study revealed that those aged 65 and older were more likely to sustain serious injuries than others from different age groups— more than three times more likely to fall and more than twice as likely to have a fracture.

Researchers also found that women with injuries related to dog walking were 50% more likely to sustain a fracture than men.

Injuries that happened the most were caused when the adult holding the leash fell after being pulled, tangled in, or tripped by the leash connected to a dog they were walking.

The 20-year study noted that injuries increased by a huge amount over the time period and researchers think this may be due to the rise of dog owners.

The team hopes its findings will promote awareness among dog owners and encourage doctors to discuss the possible injuries linked to dog walking.

Senior author Edward McFarland said: “Clinicians should be aware of these risks and convey them to patients, especially women and older adults.

“We encourage clinicians to screen for pet ownership, assess fracture and fall risk, and discuss safe dog walking practices at regular health maintenance visits for these vulnerable groups.

“Despite our findings, we also strongly encourage people to leash their dogs wherever it is legally required.”

Ridge Maxson, the study’s first author, added: “Dog ownership also increased significantly in recent years during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Although dog walking is a common daily activity for many adults, few studies have characterized its injury burden. We saw a need for more comprehensive information about these kinds of incidents.”

This study has been published in the National Library of Medicine.

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‘Udderly ridiculous’: Firefighters spend three hours re-mooving cow stuck in a tree

October 11, 2022

Last week, a cow was re-mooved from a willow tree on Chilbolton Common in Hampshire, England, by firefighters after the animal got stuck in a tight spot, reports Sky News.

Above, the back end of the ‘tree-locked’ cow. (Photo source: Sky News)

A crew from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue in southeast England joked that  the incident was “udderly ridiculous” after they spent three hours in a successful effort to free the cow.

The animal’s head got stuck in a tree on Wednesday evening, October 5. The fire service was called and worked with an animal rescue adviser to cut the tree and free the cow.

Mark Compton, who is the fire service’s animal rescue tactical adviser, said: “The animal rescue crew from Winchester worked to release the cow by enlarging the hole and manipulating the animal’s head until it was free from the tree.”

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Police officers fired for ignoring LA robbery in progress to play Pokémon Go

Janaury 17, 2022

Two officers with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) have been fired for ignoring a robbery in progress in order to play Pokémon Go, according to recently released court documents.

According to a report by Sky News, the court documents show the men lost their appeal against “multiple counts of misconduct”—which had, in part, been based on a recording of them in their patrol car.

 Indeed, LAPD records show, the digital in-car video system (DICVS) recording “captured [them] wilfully abdicating their duty to assist a commanding officer’s response to a robbery in progress and playing a Pokémon mobile phone game while on duty”.

The incident occurred on a “busy” Saturday when a call came in about a robbery with multiple suspects in progress at a Macy’s department store.

Instead of responding to the call Lozano and Mitchell—whom a commanding officer spotted in a police car “tucked back in an alley just feet away” from the Macy’s— started “to back up down the alley” away from the robbery.

In an initial investigation the officers claimed they could not hear the radio, but the commanding officer then reviewed the DICVS to “find out what they do on their average day”.

In reviewing the recording it was discovered that they had heard the radio call and agreed to ignore the officer responding to it rather than assist them.

Just minutes later, Lozano and Mitchell began talking about Pokemon Go and “for approximately the next 20 minutes, the DICVS captured [the officers] discussing Pokemon as they drove to different locations where the virtual creatures apparently appeared on their mobile phones”.

During this period the men caught two rare Pokemon—a Snorlax and a Togetic—although it is not clear whether the suspects in the robbery were apprehended by their colleagues.

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Dachshunds through the snow: Dogs dress up for Christmas parade held in London’s Hyde Park

December 21, 2021

Parkgoers in London were treated to the sight of “sausage dogs” in fancy dress being paraded through Hyde Park on Sunday, December 19, reports Sky News.

Dachshunds dressed as snowmen, as turkey legs, and as elves were brought to the park by their humans for the annual festive walk, now in its fifth year.

The likes of Biggie Smalls showed off his roasted turkey leg costume, complete with festive green baubles; while LD wore his elf outfit, no doubt taking a break from Santa’s workshop.

Bruno sported a snowman outfit—featuring a top hat and a red and green scarf—while others opted for more practical clothes, dressing in jumpers and woolly hats.

Apparently, the pandemic couldn’t stop the pets and their proud owners from showing off their couture clothing. Just 364 days until the next parade!

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The Third Eye prevents ‘smartphone zombies’ from bumping into things

June 8, 2021

If you live in a large city or on a college campus, it’s hard to avoid them: Smartphone users who are too busy reacting to their screens to navigate their surroundings safely. They pose a danger to other pedestrians, drivers—and, of course, themselves.

But now, The Third Eye has been invented in order to prevent “smartphone zombies” from walking into things while focused on their screens, Sky News reports.

South Korean industrial designer Paeng Min-wook, 28, says the robotic eyeball can be strapped to a person’s forehead, allowing them to browse injury-free.

The device senses when the user’s head has been lowered to look at the phone and it then opens its translucent eyelid.When the person comes within about three feet of an obstacle, the third eye beeps to warn them of danger.

Paeng says, “This is the look of future mankind with three eyes.

He describes his device as a “satirical solution” that he hopes will make people “recognize the severity of their gadget addiction and look back at themselves”.

“As we cannot take our eyes off [our] smartphones, the extra eye will be needed in future.”

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Baarack, a sheep found in the wild, loses 78 pounds of fleece in a much-needed shearing

Febraury 26, 2021

The pandemic lockdown has been hard on many of us, who have not been able to get a professional haircut in 12 months or more. Bu just imagine the relief—and the “shear” joy—of one plucky sheep who recently got his first trim in what could have been many, many years.

The wild and struggling animal was found in a forest in Australia with a fleece that was so overgrown he could barely see, reports Sky News. When it was fully remove, his fleece weighed more than 78 pounds—or about half his body weight.

The sheep, which has been named Baarack, was found by a member of the public who contacted the Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary near  


Lancefield, Victoria, about 37 miles north of Melbourne.

Above, Baarack actually was quite thin underneath all of that fleece. (Photo source: Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary)

“It would appear Baarack was once an owned sheep,” said the Mission’s Kyle Behrend.”He had at one time been ear-tagged, however these appear to have been torn out by the thick matted fleece around his face.

“Sheep need to be shorn at least annually otherwise the fleece continues to grow and grow, as happened here,” said Behrend,

adding, “Whilst [Baarack’s] hooves were in great condition from running over the rocks in the forest, he was in a bit of a bad way. He was underweight, and due to all of the wool around his face he could barely see.”

Baarack is now settling in with other rescued sheep at Edgar’s Mission.

Behrend told Sky News,  “It all goes to show what incredibly resilient and brave animals sheep really are and we could not love them any more if we tried.”

Research contact: @SkyNews

‘Trump baby’ blimp will fly over London during president’s visit

July 6, 2018

A giant balloon dubbed “Trump baby” has been given the green light to fly near London’s House of Parliament during the POTUS’s U.K. visit on July 13, Sky News reports. London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Greater London Authority has approved a request for the flight after thousands signed a petition and a crowdfunding campaign raised more than US$21,000 to get the 20-foot inflatable off the ground.

Strict rules are in place for the flight from Parliament Square Gardens, with the balloon being tethered to the ground and restricted from floating higher than 98 feet in the air. It will go aloft between 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m., coinciding with a “Stop Trump” march in central London.

A spokesperson for Khan said: “The Mayor supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms. His city operations team have met with the organizers and have given them permission to use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp.”

Demonstrators say the Metropolitan Police are in charge of local airspace on the day, have seen their plans, and currently “are happy for the flight to go ahead,” but maintain a right of veto on the day.

The group behind the stunt—who call themselves anti-fascist “art activists“—

Photo source: Trump Baby UK

are now liaising with the Met and the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure airspace over London is managed safely on the day.

Activist Leo Murray told Sky News: “We didn’t get off to the best start with the Mayor’s office over this, who originally told us that they didn’t recognize Trump Baby as legitimate protest. But, following a huge groundswell of public support for our plan, it looks like City Hall has rediscovered its sense of humor. Trump Baby will fly!”

Murray has described the balloon as an “obscene mutant clone of the president” and says it will “hold up a huge mirror of truth” to the world. Describing Trump as a “dangerous excuse for a president”, the group’s spokesperson, Nona Hurkmans, said: “We are just a small group of friends who set out to show that fascists are not welcome in the UK.

“We have been genuinely overwhelmed and touched by the incredible levels of support we have received for our project.”

Activists also hope to take “Trump Baby” on a world tour following the president’s visit.

Research contact: @SkyNews

    Christmas music: jolly or jarring?

    November 15, 2017

    In retail stores and malls across America, and on the city streets, Christmas 2017 decorations already are up. What’s more, the songs of the season are ringing in our ears.

    Indeed, the Tampa Bay Times in Florida reports that local radio station 98.7 FM flipped over to 24/7 Christmas music on November 6; and they are by no means the first. According to industry news site Insite Radio,the first U.S. station to flip to all Christmas songs, all the time, this season was New Jersey’s Easy 93.1, which has been jingle bell rocking since October 20.

    For many, these traditional melodies bring comfort and joy; for others—not so much. Surveys show that Christmas music actually can be bad for your health.

    In fact, Sky News recently reported that psychologists are saying that the Christmas songs played on a loop by retailers may encourage sales, but for workers behind the counter, they can be mentally draining.

    Clinical psychologist Linda Blair recently told Sky News, “”People working in the shops at Christmas have to [tune out] Christmas music, because if they don’t, it really does stop you from being able to focus on anything else. You’re simply spending all of your energy trying not to hear what you’re hearing.”

    What are the stores that already are booming with Christmas spirit? The Tampa Bay Times did a survey and found that this year’s “Christmas Creep” started in October and will be nearly complete by Thanksgiving week:

    • October 22: Best Buy;
    • November 1: Sears/Kmart, Michael’s, and Lane Bryant;
    • November 5: Ulta;
    • November 9: H&M;
    • November 11: Office Depot/Office Max;
    • November 13: Walmart;
    • November 16: Verizon Wireless;
    • November 18: Staples:
    • November 23: JC Penney; and
    • Black Friday (November 24): Publix, Target, Home Depot, Nordstrom, Lowe’s, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Foot Locker, and Dunkin Donuts.

    The news organization says that Target—once reluctant to go “all in” on the holidays early or otherwise— has relented. Target has, for most of its history, not played any music at all in its thousands of stores, holiday or otherwise. That changed this year, the Times said, as 180 newly-remodeled stores introduced background music. They’ll flip to holiday tunes on Black Friday.

    But there is still one outlier, the newspaper noted:” The southern California-based grocery store chain Stater Bros. is the only retailer we could find that waits all the way until December to start.”

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