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FILE PHOTO: Pigcasso, a rescued pig, paints on a canvas at the Farm Sanctuary in Franschhoek, outside Cape Town, South Africa February 21, 2019. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham
March 12, 2019
FRANSCHHOEK, South Africa (Reuters) – Step aside Francis Bacon.
Brandishing a paintbrush in her snout, Pigcasso enthusiastically tosses her head to create bright, bold strokes across a canvas propped up in her sty.
The sow was rescued from an abattoir as a piglet and brought to an animal sanctuary in Franschhoek, in South Africa’s Western Cape region in 2016, where her new owners noticed her love of color and paint brushes.
“Pigs are very smart animals and so when I brought Pigcasso here to the barn, I thought how do I keep her entertained?” said Joanne Lefson, who runs Farm Sanctuary SA.
“We threw in some soccer balls, rugby balls and of course there were some paintbrushes lying around because the barn was newly build … She basically ate or destroyed everything except these paintbrushes … she loved them so much,” Lefson added.
Soon the pig was dipping the brushes into pots of paint and making her mark. Her paintings can sell for almost $4,000, with the proceeds going to animal welfare. She has even had one of her artworks turned into a watch face for Swiss watchmaker Swatch.
Swatch announced a collaboration with the pig last month.
The limited edition “Flying Pig by Ms. Pigcasso” features green, blue and pink brush strokes and sells for $120.
“Pigcasso is definitely an abstract expressionist, you can’t exactly define what she’s painting but I can tell you that her style slightly changes depending on her mood like any great artist,” said Lefson.
(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Alison Williams)
Reigning NBA MVP James Harden says he doesn’t like to call out referees, but this time, it’s “personal.”
The Houston Rockets superstar called out veteran referee Scott Foster after his team blew a 19-point lead in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night, saying Foster is “rude and arrogant” and should not be allowed to work future Rockets games, according to an ESPN report.
Fellow Rockets star Chris Paul shared Harden’s sentiment, seemingly at a loss for words after both players fouled out in their first game following the All-Star break.
Chris Paul on his relationship with referee Scott Foster: “I don’t know what else to do – I’ve met with the league with him before. I don’t know what else to do.”
James Harden: “For sure it’s personal, for sure.”
Harden says Foster shouldn’t officiate Rockets games anymore.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 22, 2019
Foster was deemed far and away the worst NBA ref in a 2016 Los Angeles Times anonymous survey “with nearly three dozen NBA players,” receiving more than two-thirds of the votes and 10 more than runner-up Lauren Holtkamp. (RELATED: Four Refs During The NFC Championship Game Between The New Orleans Saints And The Los Angeles Rams Were From California)
Foster issued 18 fouls in the game — 12 against the Rockets and six against the Lakers — seven of which were called in the fourth quarter, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Foster blew the whistle only twice on Harden, one which sent Harden to the bench for his third foul with 3:51 left in the first quarter and the other for his fifth foul on a charge with 2:47 left and the Rockets down two points.
LeBron draws a charge on James Harden in crunch time of a 6-point game to foul him out. pic.twitter.com/LrhV6Gy7P3
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 22, 2019
Pretty big calls, one might say.
Harden is leading the league in free-throw attempts for the fifth consecutive season, according to basketball-reference, but his team already has eight more losses than all of last season. He’s been forced to do it all to keep his team in playoff contention, currently sporting a record-setting 32 games with 30+ points in the process.
But in the midst of a season riddled with injuries to Paul and center Clint Capela (who returned after a 15-game absence last night), Harden is likely growing frustrated and perhaps taking out on scapegoats like Foster.
For a player criticized by fans for manipulating the refs into calling countless fouls, it’s surprising to hear Harden make these comments. But he’s not the first player to claim Foster is an issue, so maybe these comments will finally push the NBA to look into Foster’s job performance and league-wide relationships.
Source: The Daily Caller
A suspect was reportedly in custody Saturday in connection with this week’s suspected gangland slaying of a reputed New York City mob boss.
The suspect was being questioned by NYPD detectives investigating the shooting of alleged Gambino crime boss Francesco “Frankie Boy” Cali in Staten Island Wednesday, according to local media reports.
Authorities found the 24-year-old suspect’s fingerprint on a license plate the hitman reportedly handed Cali before shooting him dead, the New York Post reported.
Cali, 53, was plugged six times in an encounter with a man who rammed Cali’s SUV in what police believe was a staged accident to lure Cali out of his home on Staten Island.
A source told the paper that Cali shook hands with the killer before being shot.
The Staten Island Advance reported that the suspect was a white male who lives in Staten Island and that he was apprehended Saturday morning in New Jersey.
“We know that there was a vehicle accident in front of the residence, and we believe the victim’s vehicle was struck,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told the paper after the shooting.
Shea was also quoted as saying, “In trying to elude gunfire he fled to rear area of his personal vehicle, and was trying to get underneath the truck.”
Source: Fox News National
Bernard Kerik | Contributor
So much for Nancy Pelosi’s vow that Democrats would never let President Trump build his “immoral” wall.
The Democratic speaker of the House was adamant that “we’re not doing a wall” in January, when she thought that her new House majority would be able to easily stymie the President’s efforts to secure the border, but it turns out that she was wrong in just about every way possible.
As the Daily Caller reported Thursday, President Trump’s experts have directed enough funds since he took office to build more than half of the 722 miles of wall we need to protect the porous border with Mexico. About 111 miles are either currently under construction or have already been built.
Much of the funding is tied to the president’s recent executive actions to free up more than $6 billion for wall construction, but work was proceeding on the border barrier even before the Democrats capitulated on Pelosi’s hardline position by agreeing to appropriate $1.375 billion for wall construction as part of a deal to end the partial government shutdown.
In fiscal year 2017, Congress allocated $341 million for 40 miles of border wall, 37 of which are complete or in progress. The following year, lawmakers appropriated another $1.375 billion for 82 miles of new or replacement barriers, of which 74 miles are already at various stages of completion.
That represented a good start, but President Trump told the nation in no uncertain terms that more funding would be needed in order to address the worsening crisis on our southern border. When the Democrats refused to provide the necessary money for border security, the President found it himself by using his statutory authority to reallocate previously-appropriated funds. His emergency action came just in the nick of time — ahead of a staggering surge in illegal immigration.
We’re now on pace for the worst year on the border in more than a decade, and the 76,000 illegal border crossings in February was the highest number for a single month in over a decade. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol expects to make at least 900,000 apprehensions by the end of 2019, which experts warn could stress our border security capabilities to the “breaking point.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen has even informed Congress that “these increases will overwhelm the system entirely,” stating unequivocally that “This is not a manufactured crisis. This is truly an emergency.”
Without immediate action, this crisis is only going to get worse. Thankfully, President Trump reached his own “breaking point” with Congress weeks ago, and is taking the necessary steps to secure the border using his national emergency powers.
The wall is going to be built, and in fact, we’ve been building the wall at a steady pace ever since Donald Trump took office. No amount of histrionics from Nancy Pelosi can change that.
Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) oversaw the New York City Department of Correction from 1995-2000 as its first deputy and commissioner. He served as NYPD commissioner from 2000-2001, including during its response to the 9/11 attack. He is the founder of the Kerik Group, which provides clients with homeland security, police and correctional training, criminal justice and prison-reform strategies.
The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of The Daily Caller.
Source: The Daily Caller
FILE PHOTO: The logo of Barclays is seen on the top of one of its branch in Madrid, Spain, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/File Photo
March 19, 2019
LONDON (Reuters) – Barclays on Tuesday urged shareholders to reject activist investor Edward Bramson’s bid for seat on the bank’s board, saying he lacks the necessary experience and has different incentives to other investors.
In its most detailed statement yet on Bramson, who is seeking election to the board at Barclays’ annual general meeting on May 2, the bank said that he is likely seek what it said could be a destabilizing restructuring of the bank.
(Reporting by Lawrence White; Editing by David Goodman)
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – People across New Zealand are reaching out to Muslims in their communities and around the country the day after mass shootings at two mosques that left 49 people dead.
As a 28-year-old white supremacist stood silently before a judge on Saturday, New Zealanders everywhere volunteered acts of kindness. Some offered rides to the grocery store or volunteered to walk with their Muslim neighbors if they felt unsafe.
In other online forums, people discussed Muslim food restrictions as they prepared to drop off meals for those affected.
Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared in court amid strict security and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge. The judge said more such charges would likely follow.
Friday's slaughter was streamed live on Facebook and took place during midday prayers.
Source: Fox News World
ASTORIA, Ore. – A man who authorities say lured a 13-year-old girl from her Seattle-area home and drove with her into Oregon was arrested when the rental car the two were traveling in became stuck in deep snow, Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said Tuesday.
Christopher Thomas Knox, of Hillsboro, Oregon, called the sheriff's office for help when the car became stranded on a state road in the Clatsop State Forest, authorities said.
Knox, 37, at first told responding deputies the girl was his daughter, Bergin said. But it soon came out that she was from King County, Washington and was with Knox without her parents' knowledge, the sheriff said.
Knox made an initial court appearance Tuesday, but he did not enter a plea on charges of online sexual corruption of a minor and luring a minor, according to online court documents. He is being held on $250,000 bail and has another hearing next week.
His court-appointed attorney, Kristopher Kaino, did not return a call or email message seeking comment.
Investigators said they believe Knox sexually abused the teenager near her home on Feb. 15 and then a second time at a rest stop or state park somewhere between Tacoma, Washington, and Astoria, Oregon, later that evening, Bergin said.
Anyone who thinks they may have seen Knox and the teen is asked to call Clatsop County detectives.
The pair was traveling in a black 2018 Dodge Journey with California license plates. They may also have been spotted by fellow travelers standing outside the car wrapped in a blanket against the cold, the sheriff said. The weather was foggy at the time, he said.
The girl was taken to a local hospital for an exam and has since returned to her parents in Washington state.
Authorities in Oregon and Washington continue to investigate, and more charges could be filed, Bergin said.
Source: Fox News National
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FILE PHOTO: A worker assists his colleague as an turbine engine of Lion Air flight JT610 is lifted up at Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 4, 2018. REUTERS/Beawiharta
March 21, 2019
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian investigators said on Thursday the cockpit voice recorder from a crashed Lion Air Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 jet showed pilots were searching for the right checklist in their handbooks and were experiencing airspeed and altitude issues.
The details revealed at a press conference corroborated a Reuters report on Wednesday that was based on three sources with knowledge of the cockpit voice recorder’s contents.
Investigators said they have 90 percent of the data needed to release a final report on the October crash that killed 189 people, which is expected in August.
Nurcahyo Utomo, an investigator at Indonesia’s national transportation committee (KNKT) said the recording showed there was “panic” in the cockpit in the last 20 seconds of the flight.
“At the end of the flight it seemed the pilot felt he could no longer recover the flight, then the panic emerged,” he said while declining to say which of the two pilots panicked.
The investigation has taken on new urgency after a second 737 MAX 8 crash at Ethiopian Airlines last week killed 157 people and led to the global grounding of the model.
French air accident investigation agency BEA said on Tuesday the flight data recorder in the Ethiopian crash showed “clear similarities” to the Lion Air disaster.
Investigators examining the Indonesian crash are considering how a computer ordered the plane to dive in response to data from a faulty sensor and whether the pilots had enough training to respond appropriately to the emergency, among other factors.
(Reporting by Cindy Silviana and Bernadette Christina Munthe; writing by Jamie Freed; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)
FILE PHOTO: Visitors gather outside the Nokia booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 26, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
March 21, 2019
HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finland’s data protection ombudsman said on Thursday he would investigate whether there was any data breach by Nokia-branded phones after Norway’s public broadcaster reported that it had proof the mobiles had sent data to China.
Ombudsman Reijo Aarnio told Reuters he would assess whether there were any breaches that involved “personal information and if there has been a legal justification for this.”
Nokia-branded mobile phones are developed by a separate Finnish company HMD Global. Nokia declined to comment and HMD Global was not immediately available.
(Reporting by Anne Kauranen; Editing by Edmund Blair)
FILE PHOTO: Mar 15, 2019; Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, USA; Justin Thomas reacts to his putt on the 17th green during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass – Stadium Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
March 21, 2019
By Andrew Both
(Reuters) – The U.S. Golf Association (USGA) wants professionals to feel comfortable questioning the rules, but the organization’s mission does not include engaging in a popularity contest, says senior director of governance Thomas Pagel.
A raft of new rules were introduced for 2019 and there has been vocal dissent from certain players, including American Justin Thomas.
The world number five’s latest outburst came three weeks ago at the Honda Classic, where he was unable to replace a nine-iron he had bent striking a tree on his follow-through.
Under the old rule, had an official deemed the club unfit for play Thomas could have replaced the club, assuming there was a replacement handy.
The new rule allows players to continue using a damaged club, even bending it back into shape if possible, but not to replace it during a round.
“You can just add that one to the list of rules that don’t make any sense,” Thomas told reporters.
“If you break or bend the club in play, I don’t see where the harm is in replacing it.”
Pagel disputes the new rule does not make sense.
“That rule used to be so complicated (determining) when a club was damaged, unfit,” Pagel told Reuters in an interview.
“We said let’s simplify it. You can start with up to 14 (clubs) and if one becomes damaged you’re not able to replace it.
“Justin and I have connected. I thought it was very positive conversation. I want to keep the nature of it private.”
The Thomas criticism followed what at times was a rocky rollout of the new rules in January, though Pagel says he expected growing pains after such a significant overhaul.
The first major controversy involved a rule banning caddies from standing behind players and lining them up toward a target.
An incident at the Phoenix Open where Denny McCarthy had a two-stroke penalty rescinded prompted the USGA and its joint ruling body the R&A to rewrite the rule in a matter of days.
Pagel said the rule as it was originally written was too unforgiving.
“That’s one of the things we learnt and went in and quickly changed,” he said.
Another change required players taking a drop to do so from knee height, rather than shoulder height.
This also was put under the microscope when Rickie Fowler at the WGC-Mexico Championship became the first player penalized.
Fowler was well aware of the rule change, but simply forget in the heat of the moment and took a drop from shoulder height so quickly that his caddie, who was zipping up a pocket in the golf bag, did not even see it.
The drop rule was introduced so the ball will not roll as far when it hits the ground.
Pagel said the USGA had expected “growing pains” given the scope of the changes.
“The first six weeks we had a member on site at every PGA Tour event,” he said.
“We’ve kept an open mind all along. Going back to last year, we acknowledged this is a lot of change.
“We want to have conversations with players and understand their perspectives.”
But that does not mean the players will always get their way.
“Governance is not easy but it’s a role we take (seriously),” Pagel said. “It’s not about a popularity contest.”
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Ed Osmond)
FILE PHOTO: Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, who many nations have recognised as the country’s rightful interim ruler, takes part in a rally against President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Valencia, Venezuela, March 16, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/File Photo
March 21, 2019
CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan intelligence agents have detained Roberto Marrero, chief of staff to opposition leader Juan Guaido, as well as opposition legislator Sergio Vergara, Guaido’s press team said on Thursday.
The agents had raided the Caracas residences of Marrero and Vergara before dawn on Thursday, Guaido said via Twitter.
(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth and Vivian Sequera; Editing by Toby Chopra)
Ivory J. Watkins Jr., 43, remained held Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree assault against Noor Ahmed, the ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend. Watkins allegedly stabbed Ahmed in his neck, chin, stomach and back with a knife that had a six-inch blade, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Ahmed is expected to survive, the Oregonian reported.
Watkins and Ahmed fought at a gas station, where the girlfriend broke up the fight, the report said. Then Ahmed and the girlfriend drove away, but Watkins followed the couple and caught up.
The men then fought again, when Ahmed was stabbed, according to court papers.
Police found blood inside Watkin’s blue SUV, the report said. The girlfriend identified Watkins as the attacker, after initially giving the wrong name.
Source: Fox News National