Rare Cat – Delapetite Leopoldine http://delapetiteleopoldine.com/ Wed, 01 Sep 2021 02:33:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Rare Cat – Delapetite Leopoldine http://delapetiteleopoldine.com/ 32 32 Best wildlife photos of 2021 capture rare Iberian lynx, snake strangling gecko, and blood-dripping lion https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/best-wildlife-photos-of-2021-capture-rare-iberian-lynx-snake-strangling-gecko-and-blood-dripping-lion/ https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/best-wildlife-photos-of-2021-capture-rare-iberian-lynx-snake-strangling-gecko-and-blood-dripping-lion/#respond Wed, 01 Sep 2021 00:38:48 +0000 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/best-wildlife-photos-of-2021-capture-rare-iberian-lynx-snake-strangling-gecko-and-blood-dripping-lion/ Sergio Marijuán / Wildlife photographer of the year The Iberian lynx has almost disappeared from the face of the Earth. Hunting, poaching and habitat loss have slaughtered the wild cats of the Iberian Peninsula. In 2002, there were less than 100 Iberian lynxes left in Spain and they were completely wiped out in Portugal. But […]]]>

Sergio Marijuán / Wildlife photographer of the year

The Iberian lynx has almost disappeared from the face of the Earth.

Hunting, poaching and habitat loss have slaughtered the wild cats of the Iberian Peninsula. In 2002, there were less than 100 Iberian lynxes left in Spain and they were completely wiped out in Portugal.

But conservation efforts have brought them back from the brink of extinction. The elusive animals have even started to overlap with humans again.

The young lynx in the photo above grew up in an abandoned hayloft in Spain’s Sierra Morena mountains. Photographer Sergio Marijuán set up his camera among the hay and waited months to take the photo: the lynx posed in the doorway, its hind legs outstretched, looking straight into the camera.

The image tops the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum in London. The competition aims to highlight the diversity and fragility of the planet’s fauna.

This year, the competition attracted more entries than ever before – over 50,000 photos from photographers from 95 countries.

“These extraordinary images showcase the rich diversity of life on Earth and arouse curiosity and wonder,” Doug Gurr, director of the Natural History Museum, said in a press release. “Telling the story of a planet under pressure, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition highlights the pressing challenges we face and the collective action we must take. “

The museum will announce the winning images in October, but on Tuesday it released a small sample of its top picks. Below are nine of the “highly recommended” favorites.

Several photos show predators in difficulty

four cheetahs scowl swimming against the tumultuous brown waters

Buddhilini de Soyza / Wildlife photographer of the year

In January 2020, these male cheetahs braved rough waters to reach new hunting grounds across the swollen Talek River in Kenya. Photographer Buddhilini from Soyza followed them along the opposite shore for hours as they chose their crossing point.

“A few times the lead cheetah waded into the river, only to turn around,” de Soyza said in a statement about the photo.

Animals avoided calmer bodies of water, perhaps fearful of crocodiles, before jumping and paddling. De Soyza feared they would not survive the raging river, which was high due to unusually heavy rains. But the five cheetahs (one did not fit in the photo) made it through.

This gecko fought for his life but ended up in a reel of death

green snake wrapped around a blue gecko with red spots gripping the snake's head in its mouth

Wei Fu / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Photographer Wei Fu was taking pictures of birds in a park in Bangkok, Thailand, when he heard croaking and hissing. He followed the ruckus and found a red dot tokay gecko perched in a tree, screaming warning sounds at a golden snake slowly descending towards him from a higher branch.

The snake launched itself at the gecko, biting it and injecting venom. The lizard clamped its powerful jaws around the snake’s head in defense.

They fought, but after a few minutes the snake had coiled around the gecko, expelled its life, and began the slow process of swallowing it whole.

A young clumsy white-tailed kite missed a pass

a white bird with wings spread in the air holds the mouse in its claws while the smaller bird with brown spots reaches the claws to pick up the mouse

Jack Zhi / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Californian bird was attempting to snatch a living mouse from its father’s claws while soaring through the air, according to photographer Jack Zhi. This is how the juvenile must eat until it can hunt for itself. The exchange is also convenient for future courtship displays, when a male bird offers prey to a female.

This young speckled with gold had only been flying for two days. He awkwardly tried to reach for his claws to grab the mouse, but didn’t quite get the prize. However, he learned quickly and went around to catch his prey behind the older bird.

Other predators have had more success

lion dripping with fresh blood looks into the camera

Lara Jackson / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This young lioness from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania started eating her wildebeest prey while she was still alive. With one paw holding the ailing animal and bright red blood flowing from its muzzle, she stared straight into photographer Lara Jackson’s camera.

A 10-year-old photographed this parakeet feeding its young

bright green parakeet welcomes three green chicks poking their heads out of a tree

Gagana Mendis Wickramasinghe / Wildlife photographer of the year

Gagana Mendis Wickramasinghe was stranded at home when Sri Lanka entered detention in the spring of 2020, so he spent his time sitting on the balcony of his parents’ room with his older brother, watching a pair of ring-necked parakeets raise their young.

The parakeets had chosen a dead areca nut palm that Gagana’s parents had left standing to attract wildlife. The parakeets’ hole was eye level from their balcony, which gave Gagana and her brother plenty of time to experiment with their cameras and swap lenses to snap photos of the vibrant green birds.

On an island within an island, a red fox retrieved dead salmon

the fox sneaks through the dark shallow waters

Jonny Armstrong / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This animal is one of two foxes living on a small island in Karluk Lake, nestled on Kodiak Island in Alaska. Photographer Jonny Armstrong followed the fox for several days as she pounced on birds, ate berries and even bit the heels of a young brown bear.

Then a storm started to roll in, providing a dark backdrop. As the vixen scanned the shallows for dead sockeye salmon after spawning, Armstrong lay face down by the water’s edge to capture his focused gaze.

Narwhal shrimp can communicate through their antennae

narwhal shrimp drift in feathery blue coral with their antennae touching

Laurent Ballesta / Wildlife photographer of the year

When Laurent Ballesta went diving with his camera off the Mediterranean coast of France, he came across a strange scene. Thousands of narwhal shrimp swayed in the coral more than 250 feet below the surface. Their long, thread-like antennae touched each other – a contact that may play a role in social behaviors like mating.

Some images show animals outside their habitat, such as this orphan bat

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Douglas Gimesy / Wildlife Photographer of the Year

This gray-headed flying fox puppy was only three weeks old when someone found her on the ground in Melbourne, Australia.

At a shelter, the guards fed her special formula and laid her on a “mom roll,” which simulates a mother bat that she can wrap her legs and wings around. They even gave her a pacifier to suck on. It was then that photographer Douglas Gimesy captured his portrait.

After a few months, the orphan can be weaned on fruit and flowering eucalyptus trees, then released to a colony of wild bats nearby.

Gray-headed flying foxes only live in eastern Australia. Their numbers are dwindling in the face of extreme heat, deforestation and human infrastructure like power lines and barbed wire, where they often get caught.

Climate change also threatens the Apollo butterfly

the black and white butterfly settles on the white daisy

Emelin Dupieux / Wildlife photographer of the year

On summer vacation in the Haut-Jura Regional Nature Park, on the border of France and Switzerland, Emelin Dupieux took advantage of the flowered pastures and butterflies. One of its favorites, the Apollo, is one of the most threatened in Europe, as its mountain habitats are warming due to climate change.

With wings that extend up to 3.5 inches, the black and white butterfly was not difficult to follow, but it was difficult to photograph – the oxeye is perched, it swings easily in the wind. After much manipulation of the settings and focus of his camera, Dupieux took this peaceful photo, titled “Apollo landing”.

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Howard Stern’s Wife Celebrates Cat Adoption With INSANE Bikini Photo! https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/howard-sterns-wife-celebrates-cat-adoption-with-insane-bikini-photo/ https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/howard-sterns-wife-celebrates-cat-adoption-with-insane-bikini-photo/#respond Fri, 27 Aug 2021 20:53:53 +0000 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/howard-sterns-wife-celebrates-cat-adoption-with-insane-bikini-photo/ Howard Stern’s wife celebrates adopting one of the family’s rescue animals, Sparrow, and has included a stunning bikini photo to remind fans to read her entire blog on the brutal kitten rescue . Beth Stern dropped the jaw-dropping hotshot on Instagram to promote a new blog post in August, where she tells the heartbreaking story […]]]>

Howard Stern’s wife celebrates adopting one of the family’s rescue animals, Sparrow, and has included a stunning bikini photo to remind fans to read her entire blog on the brutal kitten rescue .

Beth Stern dropped the jaw-dropping hotshot on Instagram to promote a new blog post in August, where she tells the heartbreaking story of a litter of kittens who were abandoned and abused by a breeder to earn money. money. In the sexy pic, Ms Stern stands outside the famous couple’s front door in a tiny black bikini, while flaunting her PERFECT physique.

Of course, Beth knows what she’s doing – and it worked. You must hear the story of the poor little “Sparrow”. Don’t worry, we’ll include Beth’s hottest pics along the way!

Howard Stern’s wife: the sexiest person in the world ?!

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According to Stern, Sparrow – who is a cat – was rescued from a brutal breeding situation where she and six other purebred cats were found in a small cage with “powerful heat lamps hitting them for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. . “Apparently the woman who raised them was forced to go to the hospital and the kittens were left in the cage without water or food for NINE days. Unfortunately, one of the male cats died after the prolonged exposure. and dehydration. “I saw it on the video the rescuer sent me, and it just broke my heart,” Beth added.

Read the story of Insane Rescue!

She continued: “Each has suffered serious permanent damage from this deplorable abuse, including loss of vision, partial or total, including Sparrow (below), who is blind and deaf because of what she endured. She needed a lot of extra support so she stayed with us longer than the others as we worked to bring her out of her shell and bring her back to life.

Howard Stern's Wife Crashes in a Tiny Bikini to Celebrate Rescue Cat Adoption!
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The king of all media himself has named the lucky white cat – Sparrow – who she says is a “rare gem, with gorgeous eyes, one green and one blue”.

According to Beth, the videos and photos of the rescue continue to give her nightmares and say that “sometimes when I sit with her I find myself in a very dark place and I can’t stop crying.” She continued, “But still, all this pain from human abuse. It makes me sick. And what really haunts me is that Sparrow and his companions were normal, healthy cats before they fell into the hands of this despicable abuser. And why did this happen? For profit! “

Scroll down to read the amazing news!

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After the rescue, Beth says she is “very grateful” to the people who saved these wonderful cats and the members of the North Shore Animal League who fight every day to save animals from this type of situation. Beth reminds her fans that the job isn’t done until every animal is adopted by a big family.

Well guess what? Sparrow had his big day TODAY – where they achieved the “glorious goal” of adopting him into a family.

“It was his time to fly!” She was ready… maybe more ready than me… and yet it was a pleasure to send her into her bright future, ”concluded Beth.

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Rare tiger shot dead after mutilating lumberjack while “going to toilet” in remote forest – World News https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/rare-tiger-shot-dead-after-mutilating-lumberjack-while-going-to-toilet-in-remote-forest-world-news/ https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/rare-tiger-shot-dead-after-mutilating-lumberjack-while-going-to-toilet-in-remote-forest-world-news/#respond Tue, 24 Aug 2021 08:17:23 +0000 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/rare-tiger-shot-dead-after-mutilating-lumberjack-while-going-to-toilet-in-remote-forest-world-news/ The beast killed Mikhail Shabaldin, 41, and dragged him into the forest. Rangers found the three-year-old fat cat guarding mutilated human prey in Russia’s Khabarovsk region Video upload Video unavailable The video will play automatically soon8to cancel Play now Colleague of tiger attack victim appears to be recovering his guts and clothes A rare tigress […]]]>

The beast killed Mikhail Shabaldin, 41, and dragged him into the forest. Rangers found the three-year-old fat cat guarding mutilated human prey in Russia’s Khabarovsk region

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A rare tigress who attacked a lumberjack at night on his way to the toilet has been shot dead in Russia, after being found standing over the body.

The beast killed Mikhail Shabaldin, 41, and dragged him into the forest.

Forest rangers found the three-year-old big cat guarding its mutilated human prey in the remote Khabarovsk region.

Nikolai Svishch, a senior official from Nanaisky District, said: “The predator dragged the man’s body into the forest.

“The beast was found next to the remains. The tiger must have been liquidated.








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Experts confirmed the man was attacked by an endangered female Amur or Siberian tiger, the world’s largest cats endemic to the far east of Russia.

The married logger worked at a remote logging facility and had left his home overnight to use the toilet, it is believed.

The tigress leaped some 40 feet from the lumberjack dormitory.








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Tiger specialists fear that the big cat has already been attacked by poachers, which led to the attack on a human.

Sergey Aramilev, director of the Amur Tiger Center, said: “It is clear that the man was attacked by a tigress, presumably three years old.

“What caused the predator to pounce on a human will become clear upon examination.”



Normally, wild tigers avoid contact with humans.

In winter, a hunter was killed by a tiger who had been shot and wounded.

“Such predators are extremely dangerous to humans,” he said.

“People who shoot a tiger in the taiga should think that they can cause an attack from one beast to another person.”








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In the latter case, a video shows the victim’s shocked colleague filming how his bowels, bloody clothes, shoes and toilet paper are seen around a rough track, according to reports.

Tiger tracks were visible at the site, and colleagues say it was a tiger rather than a brown bear that overpowered the man.

One resident said the loggers were “afraid” of the tigers that roamed the area.








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“Tigers are common there,” said one. “Everyone knows.”

In Russia, wild animals that attack or kill humans are regularly destroyed for fear of recurrence.

The attack took place about 80 kilometers from the village of Mayak in the remote Khabarovsk region.

The Amur tiger lives in eastern Russia, China and North Korea.

Fewer than 700 live in the wild, although the numbers are recovering, with Russia and China taking action to stop poaching.

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Finding Fossils on Folly – A Science Moment https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/finding-fossils-on-folly-a-science-moment/ https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/finding-fossils-on-folly-a-science-moment/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 18:28:00 +0000 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/finding-fossils-on-folly-a-science-moment/ It’s like a treasure hunt – in search of gold which is actually black. “The bones, shark teeth and mammal teeth that come here on Folly… The characteristic black color is courtesy of Phosphate, which is also linked to one of North Charleston’s best-known roads. In addition to the color, the phosphate fossilization gives them […]]]>

It’s like a treasure hunt – in search of gold which is actually black.

“The bones, shark teeth and mammal teeth that come here on Folly…

The characteristic black color is courtesy of Phosphate, which is also linked to one of North Charleston’s best-known roads.

In addition to the color, the phosphate fossilization gives them great resistance because the teeth are much older than you might think.

“A lot of people assume they’re on the beach collecting shark teeth that those teeth are from modern sharks. No. They’re teeth that are at least 10,000 years old.

ashby gale, paleontologist

“Modern teeth here on the beach are so rare because there are a lot of organisms in the ocean that love to eat away at things made of calcium,” Gale explains. “That’s why if you look at a lot of shell fragments here.” they are going to be riddled with holes.

Most modern shark teeth suffer the same fate, but the fossilized teeth and bones of animals that have been extinct for thousands, if not millions of years, do not! They are remarkably abundant in the Lowcountry, particularly at Folly, which until recently was not the best place to find fossils.

“Before 2014, I wouldn’t have run a tour on Folly at all. It was just barren sand. But in 2014, the Army Corps of Engineers completed a beach restoration project where they pumped sediment about 4 to 5 miles offshore. When they did that, they hit a gravel bar in Goose Creek Limestone and pumped all those fossils out onto the beach. “

While many specifically search for these coveted black triangles, a plethora of fossils can be found here.

Extinct species of whales. Dolphins. Porpoises. Giant sea turtles. Then there are all the animals that once walked on land that stretched for miles off what is now Folly Beach.

“During the Ice Age, we had mammoths, behemoths, saber-toothed cats, giant beavers, terrible wolves… all kinds of amazing animals walked here on Folly.”

Would I be able to find and identify their bone and tooth fragments in the sand?

Absolutely not.

I’ve been fooled by many look-alikes on the beach that I’ll cover in another Moment of Science, but I can say that Gale’s book, “A Beachcombers Guide to Fossils,” has been an incredible resource in determining whether or not , you hold an ancient fossil in your hand. His 6 years of working on it with his parents was well worth it and he comes highly recommended. Gale also runs sustainable fossil expeditions to Folly and across the Lowcountry – for more information and to book, visit the Charleston Fossil Adventures website.

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Notre Dame wide receiver Joe Wilkins Jr. takes the game seriously https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/notre-dame-wide-receiver-joe-wilkins-jr-takes-the-game-seriously/ https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/notre-dame-wide-receiver-joe-wilkins-jr-takes-the-game-seriously/#respond Sun, 22 Aug 2021 10:01:42 +0000 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/notre-dame-wide-receiver-joe-wilkins-jr-takes-the-game-seriously/ SOUTH BEND – A new gust of Notre Dame football interview air unexpectedly swept through the Irish Athletic Center last week. Barefoot. Climbing the two sets of stairs that lead from the indoor training ground to the second-floor player lounge which has doubled this preseason as a post-practice interview area, Irish junior wide receiver Joe […]]]>

SOUTH BEND – A new gust of Notre Dame football interview air unexpectedly swept through the Irish Athletic Center last week.

Barefoot.

Climbing the two sets of stairs that lead from the indoor training ground to the second-floor player lounge which has doubled this preseason as a post-practice interview area, Irish junior wide receiver Joe Wilkins Jr. , had lost his Under Armor crampons and socks for this afternoon media encounter.

One-on-one interviews are about as common this time of year as weekday home football games. They just don’t make it to Notre Dame. Like always. Too many reporters with too many agendas to catch a guy even for a few minutes. But you get stronger as the question lines jump from here to there to anywhere.

► Analysis:Five ways to raise the ND ceiling

► Chat: Notre Dame, O-line and pass rush freshmen

One question for a catcher might be on the nuances of recovering from shoulder throws, and then the next on if he likes to eat broccoli. Not really, but you got it.

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The Cool Cats project was multiplied by 45 in July amid the resurgence of NFT – Delphi Digital https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/the-cool-cats-project-was-multiplied-by-45-in-july-amid-the-resurgence-of-nft-delphi-digital/ https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/the-cool-cats-project-was-multiplied-by-45-in-july-amid-the-resurgence-of-nft-delphi-digital/#respond Tue, 10 Aug 2021 19:49:01 +0000 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/the-cool-cats-project-was-multiplied-by-45-in-july-amid-the-resurgence-of-nft-delphi-digital/ July was “NFT Month,” as markets hit record highs in volume and new projects attracted millions of capital, according to crypto research firm Delphi Digital. The projects put in place just before the NFT madness “were perfectly set up to capitalize on this rush”, Delphi noted. The prices of the Bored Apes, Meebits and ArtBlocks […]]]>

July was “NFT Month,” as markets hit record highs in volume and new projects attracted millions of capital, according to crypto research firm Delphi Digital.

The projects put in place just before the NFT madness “were perfectly set up to capitalize on this rush”, Delphi noted.

The prices of the Bored Apes, Meebits and ArtBlocks projects were around 250-300% between July 1 and August 9, while Cool Cats won 45 times during the same period, according to Delphi.

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The project appears to be quite similar to Cryptopunks, except with cats.

There were 10,000 randomly generated cats available to mint on the Ethereum blockchain as of July 1.

“Cool cats that have a variety of outfits, faces and colors – all cats are cool, but full-dress cats are the coolest,” the project’s website says.

“Each Cool Cat has a unique body, hat, face and outfit – the possibilities are endless!

The cats were available in Mint for 0.06 Ether (around A $ 256, at today’s prices), but were selling for a low of 1.19 Aether (A $ 5,000) on Opensea yesterday.

This rare horned Cool Cat recently changed hands for 2,0504 Eth (AU $ 8,757) and others have traded for even more.

Mike Tyson apparently bought one.

The developer promised that the team had “big plans” for Cool Cats, including a breeding contract and the second generation.

“How this will work is still being discussed with the community,” he wrote.

“For now, our focus is on building the Cool Cats universe. A town or city where they all live together. A simple way to root community and tie them together to create a sense of belonging and ownership.

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Feline Disease Outbreak: Is It Time To Review Food Recall Alerts? | Commentary and opinion https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/feline-disease-outbreak-is-it-time-to-review-food-recall-alerts-commentary-and-opinion/ https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/feline-disease-outbreak-is-it-time-to-review-food-recall-alerts-commentary-and-opinion/#respond Mon, 09 Aug 2021 16:12:00 +0000 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/feline-disease-outbreak-is-it-time-to-review-food-recall-alerts-commentary-and-opinion/ For pet owners across the country, Covid-19 is not the only pandemic of concern. Over the past few months, hundreds of cats in the UK have been stricken with a rare and often fatal disease, which vets and food safety officials say may be linked to pet food. According to the Royal Veterinary College, more […]]]>

For pet owners across the country, Covid-19 is not the only pandemic of concern. Over the past few months, hundreds of cats in the UK have been stricken with a rare and often fatal disease, which vets and food safety officials say may be linked to pet food.

According to the Royal Veterinary College, more than 500 cats across the UK have been treated for feline pancytopenia, which causes the number of blood cells (red, white and platelets) to drop rapidly, causing serious illness. Currently, the death rate is 63% and vets are expected to use dog blood to meet the demand for transfusions as the crisis worsens.

There are fears – but not yet confirmed – that the outbreak is linked to cat food. According to the Pet Food Manufacturers Association, investigations have identified a potential link to dry cat food from three specific brands: Applaws, Ava and by Sainsbury’s.

A number of these brands’ products, all manufactured by Fold Hill Foods, were recalled on June 15 as a precautionary measure. “We are alarmed and deeply saddened to learn of reports from food and veterinary authorities of certain health problems in cats,” said Ben Mankertz, Managing Director of Fold Hill Foods. “As cat owners ourselves we fully understand how overwhelming and stressful this situation is for families and although diet has not been confirmed as the cause, we would rather act now to ensure absolute safety. cats.”

Subsequent testing by the FSA identified mycotoxins in a small number of the recalled cat food samples tested, although the regulator stressed that “mycotoxins are widely present in certain types of feed and animal feed. foods and do not by themselves indicate that they are the cause of pancytopenia.

The FSA is now working with the company and veterinarians to investigate further, including broader sampling and broader screening for all possible toxins. In the words of PFMA CEO Michael Bellingham, a “thorough top-down investigation is underway to determine the cause” of the outbreak.

For some cat owners, however, this investigation came too late. There were 130 cases of feline pancytopenia reported between April 2021 – when cases started to accelerate – and mid-June, when products were recalled. Veterinarians fear the actual number of cases may be much higher.

If humans and not cats got sick, they say, outrage would have spread.

It’s important to remember, perhaps, that it’s not easy to establish whether food is the underlying cause of an outbreak, let alone when the patient can’t speak for themselves. “With acute cases of this nature, it may be some time before we can definitively identify a common cause,” the FSA said, adding that the investigation “remains of the highest priority.”

What this case has highlighted, however, is that the recall system has its flaws. Many cat owners, it seems, were simply unaware that the products had been recalled and continued to use them, oblivious to the potential risk. This is undoubtedly something that also happens with human food recalls – although if people did start to die, the media coverage would be more extensive.

With the consequences of missing a relevant recall notice so severe in some cases, this raises the question of whether it is time to revisit the alert system. Now that so many purchases are made online and by credit card, could a more targeted alert system be developed?

What is certain is that cat owners will not be content with excuses if a connection to pet food is confirmed. With many people facing not only the loss of their beloved pets but also veterinarian bills numbering in the thousands, some are already considering legal action.

Law firm Leigh Day says more than 100 homeowners have asked its product safety team to investigate a possible claim. These include Sarah Lawrence of West Sussex, whose cat Sterling died within four days of contracting pancytopenia, and who is leading an awareness campaign for the deadly disease. “Nothing can really compensate us for our losses and the emotional distress we all go through,” she said, “but at the very least we want answers and make sure this doesn’t happen again”.

Carina PerkinsCarina Perkins is editor-in-chief of thegrocer.co.uk

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Senators left and right stand together to push infrastructure https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/senators-left-and-right-stand-together-to-push-infrastructure/ https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/senators-left-and-right-stand-together-to-push-infrastructure/#respond Mon, 09 Aug 2021 04:10:21 +0000 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/senators-left-and-right-stand-together-to-push-infrastructure/ “It’s something that brings this country together,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a chief negotiator. “We need the investment, let’s be honest.” Senators cleared another hurdle Sunday night, easily crossing the threshold of the remaining 60 votes on a 68-29 vote, despite a few reluctant trying to miss debate time and drag the final move […]]]>

“It’s something that brings this country together,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a chief negotiator. “We need the investment, let’s be honest.”

Senators cleared another hurdle Sunday night, easily crossing the threshold of the remaining 60 votes on a 68-29 vote, despite a few reluctant trying to miss debate time and drag the final move to Tuesday. The measure would then go to the House.

“A very beautiful and overwhelming vote,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y.

The rare bipartisan momentum reflects a center of political power that has sprung from the middle of the aisle into the tightly divided Congress. For weeks, senators negotiated and shaped the package, overcoming the partisan deadlock for a compromise with the White House Biden. A bipartisan group of House lawmakers have pledged their own support.

Backed by Biden and a large coalition of businesses, farmers, unions and public interest groups, the program is one of the largest such investments in years. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act seeks to inject nearly $ 550 billion in new spending for roads, bridges, high-speed Internet, water pipes and other public works systems that underpin the nation. About 20 Republican senators are about to join the Democrats in supporting him.

“Look at the players,” said Sen. Richard Burr, RN.C. “These are not the fringes of the two sides.”

Once the vote is over, senators will immediately turn to the budget outline for a $ 3.5 trillion package of child care, senior care and other programs that is a much bigger undertaking. partisan and which should only attract the support of Democrats.

Despite the momentum, the action came to a halt over the weekend when Senator Bill Hagerty, a Tennessee Republican allied with Trump, refused to speed up the process.

Hagerty, who had been Trump’s ambassador to Japan, pleaded for taking as much time as needed for debate and amendments, in part because he wants to slow the march towards the $ 3.5 trillion bill of Biden targeting so-called soft infrastructure.

Trump called Hagerty on Sunday morning, said a person familiar with the call who requested anonymity to discuss it. Hagerty said later Sunday that he was trying to prevent a “socialist debt bomb” from further government spending.

Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Has so far pushed the bill forward, calling it a “compromise.”

Senators have spent the past week dealing with nearly two dozen amendments to the 2,700-page package, but so far none have significantly changed its framework.

Other changes have been proposed on cryptocurrency, defense-related infrastructure, and to allow states to reallocate some of their untapped federal aid from COVID-19 relief to infrastructure. But we do not know if they will be taken into account for the votes.

Senators have found much to like about the bill, although it does not fully satisfy the Liberals, who consider it too small, or the Conservatives, who find it too large.

An analysis of the Congressional Budget Office bill has raised concerns, especially from Republicans after concluding that the legislation will increase deficits by around $ 256 billion over the next decade.

Unlike Biden’s larger $ 3.5 trillion package, which would be paid for by higher tax rates for businesses and the wealthy, the bipartisan package is funded by reallocating other funds, along with other cuts. expenditure and sources of income. Supporters of the bill argued that the budget office was unable to take into account certain sources of revenue, including those from future economic growth.

The House is expected to consider the two Biden infrastructure packages when he returns from vacation in September.

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The antique jewelry market has a counterfeit problem – JCK https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/the-antique-jewelry-market-has-a-counterfeit-problem-jck/ https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/the-antique-jewelry-market-has-a-counterfeit-problem-jck/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 18:07:18 +0000 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/the-antique-jewelry-market-has-a-counterfeit-problem-jck/ As a famous jewelry historian, Dr Jack Ogden (pictured) can see some of the most impressive pieces in the world. But lately he’s been spending a lot of his time looking at equally awesome fakes. When people think of counterfeit jewelry, they usually imagine fake watches or Chinese counterfeits, like the transport recently seized by […]]]>

As a famous jewelry historian, Dr Jack Ogden (pictured) can see some of the most impressive pieces in the world. But lately he’s been spending a lot of his time looking at equally awesome fakes.

When people think of counterfeit jewelry, they usually imagine fake watches or Chinese counterfeits, like the transport recently seized by United States Customs and Border Protection officers in Louisville, Ky.

But Ogden, the founder and current president of the Society of Jewelery Historians, estimates that about half of the “antique” gold jewelry on the market is in fact fake. And while he’s able to capture most of them, he also suspects that well-crafted counterfeits have landed in auction houses, high-end collections, and even museums. Ogden saw objects that allegedly came from ancient Greece, Rome, and the Byzantine Empire; if one person did, there’s a good chance another faked it.

“It’s a huge business,” he says. “Some of these articles make hundreds and thousands of pounds. Over the past 20 years, it has grown exponentially. You think they use maybe £ 20,000 in raw materials and get maybe £ 200,000 on the other end.

The quality of counterfeits varies enormously, he says. “I’ve seen silly things. But very beautiful.

Why has the fake market exploded? On the one hand, the antique jewelry market is hot, and where there is money, there is usually theft.

In a recent New York Times Reporting on the growing popularity of the antiques segment, the newspaper noted that collectors appreciate the idea of ​​wearing pieces that were individually shaped by artisans long ago.

So it’s a bitter irony that some of these “antique” pieces have in fact been mass-produced relatively recently by 3D printers, which have become the preferred tool of counterfeiters, Ogden says.

Another problem: museums have reduced the staff of experts, which makes it easy for well-designed dupes to pass.

In fact, Ogden admits that while he’s a notorious authority who authenticates himself for museums, he’s probably been duped too.

“I think I choose around 90%,” he says. “Some of the really good ones are almost indistinguishable from the originals. They are made by amazing craftsmen. [The forgers] know the materials, they know what technology to use. They can easily search for all of this information online.

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A pair of fake cicada brooches. When similar items start to appear on the market, it can be a sign that they are bogus.

The traditional way to determine the authenticity of a piece was to look for evidence of provenance, including supporting documents. But it can also be falsified. Ogden has heard of criminal networks, usually thought to be based in Eastern Europe, buying old typewriters on eBay, as well as old paper, to create realistic provenance documents.

So, over the years, he has developed a few false spotting tricks. For example, when many examples of a specific item from a certain period appear on the market, it’s usually a sign that something is brewing.

“Scythes hunt in packs,” he said. “Once they have set up a laboratory, [the counterfeiters] won’t make just one fake, they’ll make a bunch of them. You are therefore looking for certain peculiarities. You see one thing, and then all of a sudden you see a bunch of more by the same hand.

Of course, even when a fake is spotted, it is not easy to catch the perpetrator.

“It’s very delicate, legally. The dealer will say he didn’t know it was a fake, and it’s hard to prove he didn’t. It becomes very difficult to find these people.

So how do people protect themselves? Ogden says there is no easy way other than buying from reputable people and making sure the items you buy have been inspected by experts.

“No one really set up a gemstone lab to make antique jewelry. It is a difficult subject. People will say the style is right, it has to be genuine. But you have to do analyzes, you have to do microscopic studies.

Otherwise, as he said Antiqvv magazine, “Openly acknowledge that much of the ancient art on the market or exhibited in a public or private collection is there on the basis of one or more opinions which [it is] true. An opinion is only an educated guess. As the quote says, “Don’t assume anything, question everything. “

“For the inexperienced buyer,” he continued, “wise advice is probably still what Italian antique dealer Ricardo Nobili said almost exactly a century ago – buy old jewelry as if it were modern and be pleasantly surprised if they turn out to be old. “

Jack Ogden
Jack Ogden

Ogden mainly deals with the very high end of the market, but there is also an issue with cheaper items, especially on online platforms like eBay.

Becky Stone, who blogs at Diamonds in the library, recently wrote 11 tips to avoid getting stuck with fakes. She recommends doing your research, investigating sellers, making sure there is a return policy, and asking questions.

“If a seller says he is offering a rare 9k gold French mourning ring that an earl’s daughter wore in memory of her father in the late 1700s, that person should be able to explain the facts behind this description. How do they know it’s French?… How do they know who wore it? How did they date him?

“If someone is offering rare and expensive antiques for sale,” she continued, “they should be able to explain to any buyer how they value their merchandise. If a seller doesn’t take the time to answer your questions or cannot provide satisfactory answers, it does not deserve your trust (or your money). ”

This problem is not limited to antique jewelry: recently, experts accused the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, of exhibiting fake Faberge eggs. Counterfeiting has also long been a problem in the art world.

The fake jewelry issue hasn’t been so well publicized, but make no mistake: it’s real.

“It’s a cat-and-mouse game,” says Ogden. “I am learning all the time.

Top: A faux Hellenistic Greek style earring (all images courtesy of Jack Ogden)

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Probable boosters for the immunocompromised; Those vaccinated against Delta; and more https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/probable-boosters-for-the-immunocompromised-those-vaccinated-against-delta-and-more/ https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/probable-boosters-for-the-immunocompromised-those-vaccinated-against-delta-and-more/#respond Fri, 06 Aug 2021 10:02:57 +0000 https://delapetiteleopoldine.com/probable-boosters-for-the-immunocompromised-those-vaccinated-against-delta-and-more/ Likely COVID-19 booster shots for people with compromised immune systems According to various media reports, public health officials and infectious disease experts, COVID-19 booster shots for people with compromised immune systems who are at a higher risk of ‘breakthrough’ infections will likely be finalized, perhaps before the end of the year. Breakthrough infections among fully […]]]>

Likely COVID-19 booster shots for people with compromised immune systems

According to various media reports, public health officials and infectious disease experts, COVID-19 booster shots for people with compromised immune systems who are at a higher risk of ‘breakthrough’ infections will likely be finalized, perhaps before the end of the year.

Breakthrough infections among fully vaccinated people are still rare but increasing due to the dominance of the more contagious delta variant. COVID-19 vaccines protect the vast majority of people from serious illness and hospitalizations, experts say.

Nonetheless, momentum is building internationally for booster shots for those most at risk. German and Israeli officials said this week they would start giving boosters to some. France, Russia and Hungary are also on the verge of doing so. In response, the World Health Organization (WHO) this week called for a moratorium on booster vaccinations against coronaviruses at least until the end of September. WHO has said these countries should focus, for now, on helping to supply under-vaccinated countries with vaccines.

Meanwhile, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory group is examining whether fully vaccinated Americans with weakened immune systems need a booster dose of one of three COVID-vaccines. 19 available here. These people are less likely to have enough antibodies to fight off the virus because of their age, underlying health problems, or an immune system compromised by treatments for cancer or other illnesses. The makers of COVID-19 are currently conducting clinical trials to test the booster injections.

“So, now we are dealing with a potentially waning immunity of our body with (the delta variant) which has a much higher viral number,” says Sergio Segarra, MD, chief medical officer at Baptist Hospital. “That’s why we need to integrate our other strategies. This is why we must also bring back the wearing of masks and social distancing to protect ourselves from the virus. I behave as if I haven’t been vaccinated. So when I walk into a store, I wear my mask. When I walk into a room where I don’t know many people, I wear my mask.

Scott Gottlieb, MD, who led the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from 2017 to 2019, said in a TV interview this week that he believed booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine would start to be administered in the United States starting next month for the elderly and those with weakened or “immunosuppressed” immune systems. He added that the boosters would represent a third dose of vaccines currently available in the United States, with the exception of any other variant of the virus that would render the vaccines ineffective.

Infections at public events in Provincetown, Mass., Boosted CDC’s new mask-wearing guidelines

Several events and public gatherings last month, July 3-17, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, drew thousands of tourists from across the United States – and also caught the attention of researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from the United States.

It was the results of a study of COVID-19 infections from this period in Provincetown that primarily fueled the CDC’s re-evaluation of its mask-wearing guidelines for those vaccinated.

Researchers looked at the COVID-19 outbreak in Provincetown involving 469 cases and found that three-quarters of the cases occurred in people who were fully vaccinated. At the time, Massachusetts had a high vaccination rate, around 69% among eligible adults.

Additionally, testing identified the delta variant in 90% of samples from 133 patients, the CDC said. Health experts warn that the most transmissible delta variant, already the dominant strain of the coronavirus in the United States, can carry much greater viral loads when it infects an individual, compared to the original strain of the virus.

And most strikingly, the researchers also found no significant difference in the viral load present in “breakthrough infections” in fully vaccinated people and other cases, indicating that the viral load of vaccinated and unvaccinated people infected with COVID -19 is similar.

The discovery was preceded by the CDC’s announcement last week that fully vaccinated people are starting to wear masks indoors again in places with high transmission rates. The CDC refers to areas where there are either more than 50 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, or where the COVID-19 test positivity rate is above 5%. Nonetheless, vaccinated Americans are still much less likely to be infected with COVID-19 and are responsible for much less spread of the disease, compared to unvaccinated people. Even in revolutionary cases, vaccines remain powerfully effective against serious illness and death from COVID-19.

In addition to urging those vaccinated to resume wearing masks in many settings, the CDC has also urged event organizers across the country to review protective measures – following the Provincetown study.

“Event organizers and local health jurisdictions should continuously assess the need for additional measures, including limiting capacity at gatherings or postponing events, based on current rates of COVID-19 transmission,” population immunization coverage and other factors, ”the CDC concluded.

Common cholesterol-lowering drugs could reduce risk of death from COVID by 40%, researchers say

The most prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, may improve the chances of survival of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and reduce their risk of more serious illness, a new study says.

In an analysis of more than 10,000 COVID-19 patients hospitalized across the United States, the use of statins before hospital admission was associated with a more than 40% reduction in hospital deaths and a more than 25% reduction in the risk of developing a serious outcome, according to a press release from the American Heart Association (AHA). The researchers compared similar patients who used and did not use statins or antihypertensive drugs to treat high blood pressure – among those with and without underlying health conditions.

For about 30 years, cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins have been available to reduce the risk of a heart attack in people who have already had a heart attack and have high LDL cholesterol levels. Almost one in three American adults has high levels of “low density lipoprotein cholesterol” (LDL-C), considered to be “bad” cholesterol because it contributes to the build-up of fatty plaque and the narrowing of the arteries. .

“At the onset of the pandemic, there were questions about whether certain cardiovascular drugs might make COVID-19 infections worse,” said Lori Daniels, MD, lead author of the study, who is director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at UC San Diego Health. “We have found that not only are statins and antihypertensive drugs safe – they may very well be protective in patients hospitalized with COVID, especially in those with a history of hypertension or cardiovascular disease. “

What are the reasons for the lower risk in statin users and those taking antihypertensive drugs? Statins and anti-hypertension drugs stabilize the underlying illnesses for which they are prescribed, making patients more likely to recover from COVID-19. Additionally, these drugs can reduce inflammation, which can cause serious illness in COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms.

The results of the study were published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The researchers’ goal was to better understand the links between past drug use, existing health issues, and COVID-19 outcomes. They drew on data from the American Heart Association’s COVID-19 cardiovascular disease registry. The registry contains “anonymized health data on patients treated for COVID-19 at more than 140 participating hospitals across the country,” says the AHA. By July 2021, data from more than 49,000 patient records had been added to the registry.

People who have been prescribed cholesterol and / or blood pressure medications are encouraged to continue taking these medications during the age of COVID-19.

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