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Greyhound racing

Greyhound racing is an organized, competitive sport in which greyhounds are raced around a track. There are two forms of track racing and coursing. Track racing uses an artificial lure that travels ahead of the dogs on a rail until the greyhounds cross the finish line; as with horse racing, greyhound races allow the public to bet on the outcome. In many countries greyhound racing is purely amateur and for enjoyment. In other countries Australia, Macau, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, greyhound racing is part of the gambling industry and similar to horse racing. Animal rights and animal welfare groups are critical of the welfare of greyhounds in the commercial racing industry. A greyhound adoption movement spearheaded by kennel owners has arisen to assist retired racing dogs in finding homes as pets, with an estimated adoption rate of over 95% in the US. Modern greyhound; the first recorded attempt at racing greyhounds on a straight track was made beside the Welsh Harp reservoir, England, in 1876, but this experiment did not develop.

The industry emerged in its recognizable modern form, featuring circular or oval tracks, with the invention of the mechanical, or artificial, hare in 1912 by an American, Owen Patrick Smith. O. P. Smith had altruistic aims for the industry to stop the killing of the jack rabbits and see "greyhound racing as we see horse racing". In 1919, Smith opened the first professional dog-racing track with stands in California; the Emeryville arena was torn down in February 1920 to make way for the construction of a modern racetrack using the mechanical lure, described in the press as the "automatic rabbit." The first race at the new park was on Saturday, May 29, 1920. The certificates system led the way to parimutuel betting, as quarry and on-course gambling, in the United States during the 1930s; the oval track and mechanical hare were introduced to Britain, in 1926, by another American, Charles Munn, in association with Major Lyne-Dixson, a Canadian, a key figure in coursing. Finding other supporters proved rather difficult and with the General Strike of 1926 looming, the two men scoured the country in an attempt to find others who would join them.

They met Brigadier-General Critchley, who introduced them to Sir William Gentle. Between them they raised £22,000, like the American'International Greyhound Racing Association', they launched the Greyhound Racing Association holding the first British meeting at Manchester's Belle Vue Stadium; the industry was successful in cities and towns throughout the UK – by the end of 1927, there were forty tracks operating. Middle-class reformers were outraged, the working-class delighted, with the emergence in the late-1920s of Greyhound racing as an entertaining new sport and betting opportunity. At first it seemed modern and American, but the middle class lost interest when working-class audiences took over; the working class appreciated the nearby urban locations of the tracks and the evening times of the meetings. Betting has always been a key ingredient of greyhound racing, both through on-course bookmakers and the totalisator, first introduced in 1930. Like horse racing, it is popular to bet on the greyhound races as a form of parimutuel betting.

Greyhound racing enjoyed its highest UK attendances just after the Second World War—for example, attendances during 1946 were estimated to be around 75 million based on an annual totalisator turnover of £196,431,430. The industry experienced a decline beginning in the early 1960s, after the 1960 UK Betting and Gaming Act permitted off-course cash betting. Sponsorship, limited television coverage, the abolition of on-course betting tax have offset this decline. Commercial greyhound racing is characterized by several criteria and can include legalized gambling, the existence of a regulatory structure, the physical presence of racetracks, whether the host state or subdivision shares in any gambling proceeds, fees charged by host locations, the use of professional racing kennels, the number of dogs participating in races, the existence of an official racing code, membership in a greyhound racing federation or trade association. In addition to the eight countries where commercial greyhound racing exists, in at least twenty-one countries dog racing occurs, but has not yet reached a commercial stage.

The medical care of a racing greyhound is the responsibility of the trainer while in training. All tracks in the United Kingdom have to have a veterinary surgeon and veterinary room facilities on site during racing; the greyhounds require annual vaccination against distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, leptospirosis, a vaccination to minimize outbreaks of diseases such as kennel cough. All greyhounds in the UK must pass a pre-race veterinary inspection before being allowed to take part in that race; the racing industry works to prevent the spread of doping cases. Attempts are being made to recover urine samples from all greyhounds in a race, not just the winners. Greyhounds from which samples cannot be obtained for a certain number of consecutive races are subject to being ruled off the track in some countries. Violators are subject to criminal penalties and loss of their racing licenses by state gaming commissions and a permanent ban from the National Greyhound Association; the trainer of the greyhound is at all times the "absolute insurer" of the condition of the animal.

The trainer is responsible for any positive test regardless of how the banned substance has entered the greyhound's system. A greyhound's caree

2018 Rome escalator accident

The 2018 Rome escalator accident was an incident where twenty-four people fans of the CSKA Moscow Football team, were injured after a crowded escalator at a Rome Metro station malfunctioned and sped up and hurled people down the escalator. The escalator at the Repubblica Metro station in Rome, malfunctioned on 23 October; the station was crowded due to many fans, traveling to the Rome Olympic stadium, to watch a game between CSKA Moscow and AS Roma, in the Champions League. A group of CSKA fans were going down into the station, with witnesses raising claims that they were jumping and singing before the incident; the escalator sped up sending people on the stairs at a fast pace, with little time for those at the bottom to get out of the way. Some fans attempted to escape by utilizing the median to either slide down, or get to the other escalator. After the escalator was stopped, a photo was released of the escalator stairs crumpled at the bottom, exposing jagged and exposed metal plates. Seven people were reported to have been injured, with varying accounts of the total amount of injured.

Some of the injured were trapped between the metal plates of the steps at the bottom of the escalator. Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi issued a request for a formal inquest over the cause of the malfunction; the entire Repubblica station was closed so that investigators and firefighters could carry out all investigations and rescue operations. In the week following the accident protests against Raggi, raised concerns about her failing to address the city's issues such as the accident and lack of funds for city upkeep and infrastructure. A representative from ATAC, Rome's public transport company, issued a statement that "all maintenance checks of the escalator were carried out and the results were in accordance to the norms." Police after studying the accident footage concluded that the fans were not jumping on the escalator. The CSKA fans released a statement on 24 October that, they are trying to shun the responsibility of what happened."

Phoebe Campbell

Phoebe Campbell was a Canadian woman, hanged for the murder of her husband. Campbell had alleged that on the morning of July 15, 1871, in Thorndale, Middlesex County, two black-faced men broke into George and Phoebe's log cabin home and brutally hacked George to death with an axe because he refused to hand over some money, they had attempted to use a gun. During the investigation, six local men were arrested, including Thomas Coyle, George's farmhand. Doubt about Phoebe's innocence arose as she was seen talking with Coyle, she seemed to have done nothing to help save her husband as he was being murdered she seemed unemotional following the funeral for George. A coroner's autopsy showed that indeed George was murdered by Phoebe and Coyle. "I don't care. I'm innocent and I don't care.", Phoebe stated. She accused Coyle of the murder quickly changed her mind accused her cousin. Phoebe's murder trial began on April 1872, with much public interest. Phoebe accused George of having an affair with her cousin's wife.

During the trial, the crown prosecutor produced a letter which stated, "I never shall say you done any such thing again—if I have to die for it." When asked why she changed her testimony, she claimed the ghost of her late husband visited her and declared her and Coyle innocent. The crown prosecutor responded, "You can hardly expect anyone to believe such nonsense!" After the trial, the jury took just one hour to reach a guilty verdict. Phoebe sobbed as the judge sentenced her to hanging, she confessed that she and Coyle murdered George so they could marry. Coyle was acquitted, he moved to England. She was hanged on June 20 at the age of 25 and was again said to be emotionless as she was about to be hanged, holding a lace handkerchief in her hand until after she died. So much public attention was given to the story that postcards depicting the crime were made, which were bought by many. Doty, Christopher; the Trials of Phoebe Campbell. Retrieved on August 15, 2006, archived on February 12, 2007. Ontario Vital Statistics Project.

Ontario Deaths Index. Retrieved on August 15, 2006

Larry Pickering

Lawrence Pickering was an Australian political cartoonist and illustrator of books and calendars. The winner of four Walkley Awards for his work, Pickering retired from political cartooning in the 1980s but returned to the field in 2011. Pickering was born in Australia on 18 October 1942. Employed as a proofreader, Pickering was able to gain the attention of John Allan, the editor of The Canberra Times. Allan gave Pickering the opportunity to work for the paper as a political cartoonist, Pickering's early work coincided with the Whitlam and Fraser governments, it was at this time his first book of cartoons, The Hansard Papers, written by Reuters Economic Services Canberra correspondent Michael Guy and illustrated by Pickering was published and went to No. 1 on the Australian bestseller lists. Pickering was awarded two Walkley Awards with The Canberra Times for his work, one in 1971 and a second the following year in 1972. Pickering went on to win the award a further two times, in 1973 with The National Times, in 1974 with The Sydney Morning Herald.

In 1976, Pickering moved to The Australian, where his "Jungle Series" was featured in the newspaper's weekend edition. He remained with The Australian for five years, before retiring from political cartooning in 1981 – although he continued to publish the "Pickering’s Playmates" calendars, some of his work continued to appear in The Bulletin. For the next thirty years Pickering focused on other pursuits, such as training racehorses and growing tomatoes, but in 2011 he returned to political cartooning. Publishing his cartoons online, Pickering became involved in political commentary through his blog "The Pickering Post," where he ran a series of posts in 2012 attacking Prime Minister Julia Gillard over the AWU affair. Gillard responded by referring to the website as "vile and sexist", described Pickering as a "misogynist". In 2010, Pickering was made an undischarged bankrupt on petition from the father of his former de facto, but in reply denied he owed any money and stated his "only asset is a $250 set of golf clubs".

Pickering acknowledged he helped establish Cohen Strachan Investments, a betting software company which went into bankruptcy in 2010 with millions of dollars lost by gamblers. Pickering stated that he "feels sorry for people who lost money" but that he "had nothing to do" with the company. A private investigator employed by the gamblers presented a report to the Queensland Police and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission claiming ongoing links between the companies and Pickering, a claim he denied. In November 2015, Queensland Fraud Squad detectives reopened the investigation into Pickering's involvement in Cohen Strachan Investments, it was reported. The Supreme Court of Queensland found that Pickering derived "significant financial benefits" from Hamlyn Crest, the Australian distributor of the betting software, that his denial of involvement in the management of the company was "thoroughly implausible". On 10 February 2017, at a speech for the far-right Q Society, Pickering denounced Muslims and homosexuals, saying "I can't stand Muslims.

If they are in the same street as me, I start shaking. They are not all bad they do chuck pillow-biters off buildings." Pickering lived on the Gold Coast, Queensland. He had eleven children. Pickering, a smoker, had lung cancer and had most of one lung removed in January 2016. After the operation, his doctors told him that he would be'unlikely to survive to the end of 2016'. By 2018 Pickering was still posting on The Pickering Post. Pickering died on the evening of 19 November 2018 at an Arundel Hospital, aged 76, with his wife and family at his side. Pickering, Larry The best of Pickering: a collection of some of the best cartoons of Larry Pickering, Australia's most popular and successful political cartoonist, Federal Capital Press, Canberra. ISBN 0-9598675-0-3 Pickering, Larry It's Pickering's best, Pickering Promotions Ltd, Gosford, NSW. ISBN 0-9596618-0-8 Pickering, Larry A decade of Pickering, HEL Productions, Milsons Point, NSW. ISBN 0-9596618-9-1 The Pickering Post

The Song (2014 film)

The Song is a 2014 American romantic drama film written and directed by Richard Ramsey. The film follows about a singer-songwriter, whose marriage suffers when the song he wrote for his wife propels him to stardom; the film was inspired by the life of Solomon. Jed King is the son of David King. Jed meets Rose, the daughter of a vineyard owner, marries her, he writes a song about her. Conflict arises when King becomes involved with Shelby Bale, a free-spirited young musician, on tour with him. King’s career and marriage begin a downward spiral as a result of his choices and the film chronicles his struggles. Alan Powell as Jed King Ali Faulkner as Rose Caitlin Nicol-Thomas as Shelby Danny Vinson as Shep Jordan Aaron Benward as David King Kenda Benward as Bethany King Jude Ramsey as Ray King Gary Jenkins as Stan Landon Marshall as EddieCasting Notes: Alan Powell is co-founder of Anthem Lights. Aaron and Kenda Benward are married in real life as well, parents of Luke Benward. Official website The Song on IMDb The Song at Box Office Mojo The Song at Rotten Tomatoes Movie Review: The Song

Julia Williams (academic)

Julia Williams is a British nurse and paramedic, a Professor for Paramedic Science at the University of Hertfordshire. She is a member of the editorial board for the British Paramedic Journal and a member of the College of Paramedics Research and Audit Group. Williams is a member of the 999 EMS Research Forum Board; the 999 EMS Research Forum is a UK-based partnership that brings together academics and health care providers with a research interest in emergency care. Williams is employed by the University of Hertfordshire as Research Lead and Associate Dean of School in the School of Health and Social Work, her area of speciality is research methodology and qualitative data analysis when applied to out-of-hospital care research. She is Adjunct Professor in Clinical Science, Queensland University of Technology, she was a Principal Research Lead for Paramedic Science. In March 2013, she was appointed as a Professor. Williams has an interest in: qualitative research methods, she was awarded a PhD in 2006 from King's College London and elected as a Fellow of the College of Paramedics in 2017.

2015 Dietary Advice and Collaborative Working: Do Pharmacists and Allied Health Professionals Other Than Dietitians Have a Role? McClinchy, J. Williams, J. Gordon, L. & Cairns, M. C. 12 Feb 2015 In Healthcare. 3, 1, p. 64-77 14 p. Dietary Advice and Collaborative Working: Do Pharmacists and Allied heath Professionals other Than Dietitians Have a Role? McClinchy, J. Williams, J. Gordon, L. & Cairns, M. 2015 In Healthcare. 3, 1, p. 64-77 13 p. 3010064. 2014 The use of videos in blended learning to enhance students' learning in systems-based patient assessment with development of associated clinical skills: an analysis. Hitch, G. Williams, J. Herbland, A. Bowen, J. Jardine, S. A. Power, P. & Venstone, G. 2014 In Pharmacy Education. 2013 Does Use of the Recognition Of Stroke In the Emergency Room stroke assessment tool enhance stroke recognition by ambulance clinicians. Fothergill, R. Williams, J. Edwards, M. Russell, I. & Gompertz, P. Nov 2013 In Stroke. 44, 11, p. 3007-3012. 2010 Does gender make a difference in the management of pain?

Journal of Paramedic Practice 2: 33 - 34. Hands off the chest: a new direction for CPR? Neil Smith, Steve Jenkins, Julia Williams Journal of Paramedic Practice 2: 123 - 124. 2009 Chest auscultation: is it as simple as it sounds? Journal of Paramedic Practice 1: 471 - 472. Is it curtains for Nellie? Journal of Paramedic Practice 1: 643 - 644. Simulation: is it a child's play? Julia Williams, Mark Small, John Donaghy, Tony Brooks Journal of Paramedic Practice 1: 435 - 436. 2008 What are the highest priorities for research in pre-hospital care? Results of a review and Delphi consultation exercise. Developing a new response to non-urgent emergency calls: evaluation of a nurse and paramedic partnership intervention.2007 Paramedics and nurses in partnership: perceptions of a new response to low-priority ambulance calls.2006 Street homelessness: people's experiences of health and healthcare provision. Profile at University of Hertfordshire