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–Zoo Miami spayed an 8-year-old lioness Monday in a routine operation that showed just how much manpower it takes to take care of big cats.
-A video shared with RISE NEWS by Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill, walks through the full extent of the operation.
-The procedure was done on Kashifa because there were fears that continued breeding by her would mean an over-representation of her line.
-She has already had three males and two female cubs- all but one of which now live at other zoos.
-While under anesthesia, vets also took blood and checked her eyes and teeth to make sure they are healthy.
-Kashifa’s daughter Amira will have the same procedure next week to avoid inbreeding.
-Kashifa is expected to make a full recovery.
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After Hurricane Irma carved a large swath of destruction across the natural landscape of the Florida Keys, there are signs that life is starting to return to normal there.
On Sugarloaf Key for example, the chickens have returned to their perches in trees.
This may be a strange sight for many in South Florida, but according to Keys resident Rodney Richardson- this is pretty normal.
And that’s a good thing.
Take a look at the funny scene in a video Richardson sent to RISE NEWS:
Have you ever seen this type of thing in your neighborhood?
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By Raphael Blet
Earlier this month, young activist and Umbrella Revolution leader Joshua Wong visited Washington as part of an event held by a US congressional panel co-chaired by Sen. Marco Rubio.
Not only was Wong’s picture with Rubio of very bad taste, it did also send a clear message to the world that Hong Kong’s pro-independence movements might be backed by the United States.
This is not good as it gives more credibility to those who previously accused Wong and his movement of being America’s puppet.
Such brainless actions provide more grounds justifying the controversial implementation of Article 23 of the Basic Law which would prohibit local political groups from establishing ties with foreign bodies.
Nevertheless, such a measure is unlikely to take place.
Isn’t it paradoxal to advocate ‘self determination’ when at the same time, you are flattering a warmonger who cares about anything but Hong Kong’s well being?
Isn’t it contradictory for a ‘self-determination’ advocate to pose with someone who supported America’s invasion of other countries?
Maybe did the sophomore politician saw in Rubio a figure of peace and unity, in other words: a progressive, a visionary (which Rubio obviously isn’t).
Why not instead meet with Elizabeth Warren, a sincere progressive who is for the people?
Joshua Wong should consider hiring an adviser or make background researches prior to his meetings so as not to come under fire.
The young activist might not know that, but Rubio as well as his fellow colleagues support anything but democracy and freedom: they support wars, conflicts and supranational submission.
Rubio’s only hope being to boost US military presence in the South China Sea by destabilizing the region, including Hong Kong.
One might argue that a photo isn’t necessarily representative.
Well, as we commonly say, ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’.
I am not attacking Wong’s person, I am instead attacking his action by pointing out his lack of political maturity which makes him easily manipulable and corruptible.
Some might perceive Wong’s visit to the US positively and see it as a way to put Hong Kong’s issues on the US agenda.
Alas, with or without Wong, Hong Kong is on the US agenda.
In other words, his visit to Washington will have no positive impact on Hong Kong’s future.
Moreover, most of us understand that foreign interferences of all sorts have led to anything but peace and democracy.
There is no more need for me to remind you about the number of crimes committed by the Bush administration under the name of ‘democracy’, thanks to local facilitators like Joshua Wong.
In addition to this, the panel recommended Congress to ‘seek its support to US non-governmental organisations operating in Hong Kong, which are assisting local civil society and political groups’.
The so called ‘conspiracy theory’ which consisted of saying that American organisations in Hong Kong were used as political and influential tools might be reality.
We have to assume that some American organisations such as the Fulbright Program have a strong influence in Hong Kong, particularly in education.
Since 2012, the US Fulbright program played an important role in the setting-up of university curriculums around the territory and came under criticism by some academics and members of the public, including myself.
Many Hong Kong citizens are aware and opposed to any kind of external interference in Hong Kong’s local affairs.
Unfortunately, it seems that making such a criticism is enough to case us on the other side of the political spectrum, thanks to double standards.
All this to say that YES, there is a US interference in Hong Kong and that it will only do more harm than good.
Joshua Wong should come back to rationalism and stop his nonsensical and harmful actions.
Only by looking at both sides of the coin can we improve the situation.
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By Morgan Parker
With the 2016 presidential election quickly approaching, it’s about time I raise my hand and toss my two cents onto the table.
Because I’m Canadian, so I think I have a reasonably unbiased view of the dramatics and posturing going on down there.
Also, when I look at the economic climate and political culture happening in your country, I see some similarities with what the US is dealing with today and what we dealt with a year or so ago.
Allow me to state my disclaimers.
I’m not a politics guy.
My wife holds a bachelor’s degree in political science (in my defense, I didn’t discover that ghost in her closet until after we were engaged), which offsets my own ignorance. And, as mentioned above, I’m Canadian.
But my specialty is economics and common sense, which have nothing to do with my nationality.
There are two obvious parallels between the US today and Canada in 2015 when we hit the polls.
The first parallel is that when we elected Justin Trudeau, our economy was pretty strong.
Not the kind of economy where you felt it was 2007 all over again. But it was strong enough.
Despite some soft jobs numbers for May, the US economy is doing alright.
So JT (Justin Trudeau, not Justin Timberlake who would also make for a pretty cool president, or “prime minister” as he’s officially known in Canada, and kudos to my wife for the clarification) had the tailwind of a strong economy at his back just as Trump does today.
But more importantly (and this would be the second parallel) JT used the nation’s political discontent to push him over that line into the prime minister’s office.
Canada’s political system was broken in 2015, just like yours is right now, and as voters we were fed up with it.
And that is exactly what’s working in Trump’s favor today. It’s what got Barrack Obama elected; I remember sitting in front of the television with wide eyes and thinking that BO had something nobody else had: an argument for accountability and transparency.
The problem with BO is that accountability and transparency have no place in the political domain.
To incorporate those things into your campaign is like promising the return of unicorns and Vikings with free rides for everyone (cotton candy on weekends, anyone?).
Anyway, as Canadians, we sent a pretty strong message in 2015.
Oh yeah, we elected a kayak instructor to the prime minister’s office. In fairness, JT was also a school teacher but in the same way we think of Trump as a real estate developer first and a TV personality second, I think of our prime minister as a kayak instructor first and a teacher second, not that either of those careers qualifies him to run a country.
My common sense tells me the reason we elected JT had little to do with wanting to learn how to tackle white water rapids, and even less to do with our paranoia about children-drowning incidents on family canoeing trips.
My spidey senses suggest we elected a pretty boy because we were fed up with the status quo.
Our conservative government not only lacked personality, but our minority government called elections whenever someone couldn’t get along—now, JT smacks people into line, according to the media.
Plus we were tired of going to the polls during hockey season.
I’m worried that’s the same mistake my US neighbors might make.
A lot of people like Trump and, in their defense, if BO couldn’t bring back unicorns or the Vikings, much less deliver on his promise of accountability and transparency, how much trouble can Trump cause for the greatest nation on the planet?
You’ve had celebrity presidents before (one with an airport, schools, libraries and maybe even movie theaters named after him).
On a serious note, times have changed. Celebrities might no longer have what it takes to serve as the face of your nation. Think about it: Our economy is global now. Domestic actions come with global consequences. Remember the financial crisis? It crippled entire countries, many of them larger than Rhode Island.
The world also makes the US an easy scapegoat.
Today, everyday Americans have incredible power, and sending a message to the White House that you’re tired of a lack in accountability and transparency (like we are in Canada), you’re fed up with the rhetoric and abuses of power (like we are in Canada), you’re no longer willing to take the heat for your politicians’ blunders and inadequacies (like we are in Canada) is not an easy solution.
Trust me, my kayaking-lessons-for-life card doesn’t count for much when I’m visiting Florida in the winter.
In Canada, I wish we had united better.
I wish we’d had the foresight to see how the world would view our young, inexperienced leader when he advises on nuclear strategies, military actions, economic sanctions, and any other very real thing that has very real consequences somewhere else.
People, we’re not kayaking down the Mississippi with a pound of weed in our backpacks singing kumbaya to make things better; we’re sitting at the table with the world’s most powerful leaders, people who don’t take “you’re fired” very lightly.
This November, think it through.
Make informed decisions about your leadership. Times have changed, and it’s more important than ever that your great nation takes a stand and sends the right message, not just to the White House, but to the globe.
Morgan Parker spent twelve years sifting through boxes of research before sitting down and writing a novel titled 1986. Parker has written seven other novels since 2012 (including the popular Violets & Violence and Surviving Goodbye) and is praised for his unique voice and storytelling ability. For more info on Parker visit, www.officialmorganpar
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