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RUMOURS: Milan remain keen on Wilshere
Source: News - English - America
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:12

Jack Wilshere Arsenal 20082016

The England international midfielder is reportedly ready to leave the Gunners on a permanent basis in the summer, with Serie A a possible destination

Trump’s infrastructure plan probably won't provide a big boost to metals
Source:  business insider
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:11

"While nobody knows if Trump would deliver on his spending promises, or what it's likely impact will be, extrapolation from past data offers some clues."

Michelle Obama Best Quotes: 12 Inspirational Sayings From The First Lady On Success, Empowerment And Strength
Source:  International Business Times: National
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:10

Michelle Obama officially leaves the White House Friday with her husband, departing President Barack Obama, and daughters, ending her eight-year tenure as first lady of the United States. While having ruled out her own shot at the presidency and having expressed a desire to return to a life of relative normalcy, she has hinted she will continue advocating on major social issues.

Newspapers around the world wish America 'good luck' and hold their breath
Source:  The Week
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:09

President-elect Donald Trump will shorten his official title to simply President Trump at noon on Friday, and the whole world is watching:

Not everyone went with a Trump cover, though:

Stateside, the two major New York City tabloids — famous for their clever wordplay — ran the same pun on their front pages, a rare occurrence.

No. 4 Gonzaga remains unbeaten, routs Santa Clara
Source:  UPI
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:09

The Sports Xchange
Przemek Karnowski led No. 4 Gonzaga with 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field in the Bulldogs' 88-57 victory over host Santa Clara in a West Coast Conference game Thursday night.

Lethal opioids from China are getting to the streets of America courtesy of the US Postal Service
Source:  Raw Story
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:08

A drug designed to tranquilize elephants — 100 times more potent than fentanyl — is getting into the United States via an easy route — through the mail. National security analyst Juliette Kayyem says this vulnerability needs to be addressed: “Homeland security has to be about risk reduction an...

Samsung will reportedly blame Galaxy Note7 fires on poorly made batteries
Source:  VentureBeat
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:08

Back of the Samsung Galaxy Note7

A Samsung investigation into reports of Galaxy Note 7 phones catching fire or overheating has found that some batteries were irregularly sized and that others had manufacturing irregularities, The Wall Street Journal reports. The South Korean firm recalled all 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones last year after repeated complaints. The recall is likely to cost Samsung at least $5 billion and has already affected the company’s brand.

Samsung’s report on the recall, set to be published on Monday, will conclude that the phone’s irregularly sized battery didn’t fit correctly into the Note 7, causing the smartphones to overheat. Unspecified manufacturing issues in replacement phones are also to be blamed for the recall, the Journal reports.

Samsung’s internal Note 7 investigation team worked with a number of outside firms, hiring UL LLC and Exponent Inc to examine the batteries, while TUV Rheinland, a German firm, investigated supply chain issues. The report comes as the firm finds itself embroiled in a corruption scandal in South Korea. Jay Y. Lee, Samsung’s heir apparent, is facing allegations linking him to the country’s widening influence peddling scandal, involving impeached President Park Geun-hye. Lee has denied any wrongdoing.

This story originally appeared on Copyright 2017

Stale Cheetos: All The Signs That Man’s Inauguration Is Going To Be Trash
Source:  Bossip
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:07


Bad Signs For Inauguration

Donald Trump’s deplorable party is happening in Washington, D.C. today and it’s already off to a bad start. Attendance is down, on top of a multitude of other problems. So we already know to expect a crappy event.


But it seems as though things are only going to get worse. Take a look at all the ways the Inauguration is looking like a terrible show.

It's inauguration day, so here's a photo of 2 carrots hugging
Source:  Mashable
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:07

LONDON — It's inauguration day. There's a lot going on, but why not take at least 10 seconds out of your schedule to look at this photo of two carrots embracing?

The photo was shared on Twitter by BBC weatherman Kevin Thomas. If you look closely, it kind of seems like the small carrot is holding on to the big carrot.

Talking wonky veg on @BBCDevon with @SparksyOnRadio . This carrot turned up for our sunday dinner...cute??

— Kevin Thomas☀️🌧 (@KevinWeatherman) January 19, 2017

It's impossible to know how these carrots feel about inauguration day. Read more...

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Premier Canceled Amid Controversy Over Video Showing Canine Star Hercules Being Forced Into Turbulent Water [Video]
Source:  inquisitr
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:07

Hercules one of canine stars in A Dog's Purpose

The premiere for A Dog’s Purpose has been canceled following outrage and controversy sparked by troubling footage which emerged on Wednesday showing Hercules, one of the upcoming movie’s canine stars, being forced to enter into turbulent water on the movie set.

Universal Picture and Amblin Entertainment decided to cancel Saturday’s premiere for the movie in Los Angeles, pending full review of the disturbing footage, according to TMZ.

The decision to cancel the premiere was due to fears of possible backlash after animal welfare groups, such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), called for boycott of the upcoming movie.

“Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released yesterday is still ongoing, distributor Universal Pictures has decided it is in the best interest of A Dog’s Purpose to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket.”

Footage obtained by TMZ and posted online on Wednesday shows Hercules, a German shepherd dog, obviously in distress as his trainer tried repeatedly to force him to enter into turbulent flowing water simulating river rapids. Hercules, one of five dogs used in A Dog’s Purpose, struggled desperately (see video below) to avoid entering the water by clinging to the edge of the pool.

The footage, reportedly taken on set in Winnipeg, Canada, in November 2015, went viral after it surfaced online on Wednesday, sparking outrage and controversy. Most viewers agreed that the footage shows Hercules the German shepherd dog being “abused” on set.

TMZ reported that Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures said they were reviewing the footage to determine exactly what happened on set on the day the footage was taken. The studios later released a statement, saying that despite concern about the dog’s welfare, he “was not harmed throughout the film-making.”

“Since the emergence of the footage, Amblin has engaged with many associated with the production of the film, including safety personnel, trainers and stunt coordinators as part of their in-depth review,” the statement said, according to Variety. “While we are all disheartened by the appearance of an animal in distress, everyone has assured us that Hercules the German shepherd was not harmed throughout the filmmaking.”

Hercules the German Shepherd dog
Animal rights advocates say footage shows Hercules the dog was abused on the set of the movie A Dog’s Purpose [Image by Aleksandra Dabrowa/Shutterstock]

But critics countered, saying that the video clearly shows a terrified dog unwilling to enter the water and his trainer trying, repeatedly, to force him to enter against his will.

A person standing off camera can be heard laughing despite the disturbing scene.

“Don’t worry, it is warm water at least. He ain’t gonna calm down until he goes in the water… you just gotta throw him in,” the person said.

As the trainer tried to lower the dog into the water, he struggled and managed to pull himself out.

“He gets his feet wet, learns it’s not cold. He wants to get away, just throw him in,” the voice said, laughing. “[The trainer] is going to end up going in with him.”

When the dog was eventually forced to enter the water, he became submerged. The film crew appeared to panic. Two people jumped into the pool to rescue the dog while someone could he heard shouting “Cut it! Cut it!”

The American Humane Association (AHA) told People that after seeing the footage, it suspended the safety representative assigned to the movie set.

“When the dog showed signs of resistance to jumping in the water, the scene should have been stopped.”

The organization said that it was hiring an independent investigator to assess the circumstances surrounding the footage. But many animal advocates said that it was clear from the footage that Hercules had not been trained properly for his movie role.

A statement released by the studios contested the claim that Hercules was not properly trained and prepared to play his role in the movie. The statement insisted that “great care” was taken to prepare the dog.

Animal lovers alleged dog abuse on movie set
German Shepherd dog Hercules is one of five canine stars in the upcoming movie A Dog’s Purpose [Image by Grigorita Ko/Shutterstock]

“There were several days of rehearsal of the water scenes to ensure Hercules was comfortable with all of the stunts,” the statement said. “On the day of the shoot, Hercules did not want to perform the stunt portrayed on the tape so the Amblin production team did not proceed with filming that shot.”

However, a statement by the Winnipeg Humane Society insisted that the dog was “fearful and not properly trained for this experience.”

“Training for a scene like this should take place weeks – if not months – in advance to help a dog get comfortable with not only being in water of that depth, but also the turbulence,” the organization said.

Director Lasse Hallstrom and actor Josh Gad, 35, who voiced one of the dogs in the movie, both called for an investigation into the video.

Hallstrom insisted that as an “animal lover” and rights advocate who has shot several animal movies, he gave utmost priority to animal safety.

“I have been a lifelong animal lover and A Dog’s Purpose is my third film about dogs. The animals’ safety was of utmost priority,” Hallstrom said. “I have been promised that a thorough investigation into this situation is underway and that any wrongdoing will be reported and punished.”

Gad, who was not on set at the time of the incident, described the footage as “sad” and “disturbing.”

“I am shaken and sad to see any animal put in a situation against its will,” the actor said.

But meanwhile, PETA has issued a statement calling for a boycott of A Dog’s Purpose, according to Hollywood Reporter. The organization also called on Amblin production to promise that it would never use animals in its movies again.

“PETA is calling on dog lovers to boycott the film in order to send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props.”

Canada’s Chief Veterinary Office confirmed that it received a formal complaint about the footage and that officials were investigating. An animal abuse conviction could lead to a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of up to six months, according to the Daily Mail.

The movie A Dog’s Purpose, is a story about canine devotion and loyalty.

[Featured Image by Michael Hansen/Shutterstock]

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Premier Canceled Amid Controversy Over Video Showing Canine Star Hercules Being Forced Into Turbulent Water [Video] is an article from: The Inquisitr News

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