People turn and stare as Cat Opson walks down the Las Vegas Strip, the slim California blonde holding a leash attached to a rainbow-colored animal whose species is initially quite difficult to discern. The fur of its nose is bright yellow and sculpted into a horn, and the rest of its body is divided into purple, green, red, yellow and blue sections, a plastic eye stuck onto its rump. This is her poodle, Kobe, a beloved pet well accustomed to the attention and curious looks of strangers. He spends much of his life being ‘creatively groomed’ by his owner, who spent months perfecting this look – themed ‘Jurassic Bark World’ - to enter him into a Las Vegas grooming competition. She dressed up in khakis and an explorer hat to match him, showing the judges how she’d fashioned his fur into a triceratops, brontosaurus and pterodactyl. She’s dejected as she walks through Sin City, however, because she failed to win a prize after all of her hard work and … [Read more...] about From Jurassic Bark to Wonderland in fur: Inside the controversial and colorful world of ‘creative grooming,’ where competitors spend thousands to outrageously style their dogs – and say they get DEATH THREATS from critics of the growing trend
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In the latest of a series of explosive revelations that could bring down the Brazilian government, a secretly recorded phone call between former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva and his successor, Dilma Rousseff, suggests his appointment to a ministerial position on Wednesday was motivated by a desire to avoid prosecution in Brazil’s worst-ever corruption scandal. Judge Sergio Moro, the lead prosecutor in Operation Lava-jato, a two-year investigation into corruption at the state-run oil company, Petrobras, released nearly 50 audio recordings to the media on Wednesday evening, prompting chaotic scenes in congress as opposition deputies demanded Rousseff’s resignation. On Thursday morning Lula was sworn in as a cabinet minister amid chaotic scenes inside and outside the presidential palace in Brasília. Supporters inside the gallery where the ceremony took place started chanting his name as he walked in, while an opposition congressman who shouted … [Read more...] about Release of tapped phone calls between Lula and Rousseff sparks mass protests in Brazil
With a drag coefficient of only 0.22, it's just as sleek as the CLA. Approximately three months after unveiling the long-wheelbase A-Class Sedan for China, Mercedes is kicking off the teaser campaign for the regular model bound to be sold globally. The first episode focuses on the aerodynamic efficiency of the sedan, which will have a drag coefficient of only 0.22. If that number sounds familiar, it’s because the first-ever A-Class Sedan will be just as sleek as the CLA in the 180 CDI BlueEfficiency guise – the current record holder. Wait, isn’t the XL1 the most aerodynamic production car ever made? Yes and no. The ultra-frugal diesel hybrid has a drag coefficient of just 0.19, but we need to take into consideration that Volkswagen built only 250 units. That’s a far cry from making the radically styled two-seater a regular series production car, which the aforementioned CLA is and the A-Class Sedan will be once it will be launched by the end … [Read more...] about Mercedes A-Class Sedan Teased: Most Aerodynamic Production Car
It sounded unbelievable that a ranking Senator could be so disgraced— I found parts of the footage really embarrassing —in a foreign land by his own people. Especially since some of those people—by themselves or through their kinsmen—had been responsible for the serial endorsements he had received through the ballot box over the years. To the best of my knowledge, this ranking Senator has not had any problem winning elections in his senatorial district time after time. Even after his alleged ‘sins’ on the Biafra cause, he still won the last election handily. So it is either the elections did not represent the true feelings of the people in which case we need a serious electoral overhaul, or the action was from a few disgruntled minorities as alleged by him. I also find the endorsement of this action at home by many people including enlightened ones, uncomfortable. It is a pointer to people’s feeling at the state of the nation. Let me state … [Read more...] about Did Senator Ike Ekweremadu deserve his German experience?
Boris Johnson lost his majority in September when Conservative MP Phillip Lee dramatically crossed the floor of the House of Commons and defected to the Liberal Democrats. Lee has given up his Bracknell seat - which will be contested between the Tories’ James Sunderland and the Lib Dems’ Kaweh Beheshtizadeh, who came to Britain as a Kurdish refugee 15 years ago - and is challenging Brexit hardliner Sir John Redwood in the next door seat of Wokingham. When the campaign began the Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson talked of becoming the next prime minister and said she would revoke Article 50 but her style and substance has not gone down well with voters and her party still trails the Conservatives and Labour. These 12 seats could tell the story of the election when the results are announced in the early hours of 13 December. East Dunbartonshire Jo Swinson herself has got a fight on her hands to hold onto her own seat, which is made of Milngavie and other fairly middle class suburbs … [Read more...] about 12 Seats to Watch: The Results to Keep an Eye Out for On UK General Election Night
HYDERABAD: West Indies captain Kieron Pollard lauded his batsmen for putting up a good show but came down hard on the bowlers for failing to defend 200-plus score against India in the first T20 International of the three-match series. West Indies posted a challenging 207 for 5 but Virat Kohli stamped his authority with a career-best 94 not out as India pulled off their highest successful run chase in a T20 International, overhauling the target in 18.4 overs. India, thus, took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. "I think we batted pretty well. We scored above 200 runs which more often than not you take that. But discipline in bowling and execution let us down tonight," Pollard said at the post-match press conference on Friday night. "We gave 23 extras, 14 or 15 of those wide deliveries, so when you look at that, those were extra balls and extra overs. When you give a class team like India these many extra deliveries, you are destined for trouble. "No balls are something we stress … [Read more...] about India vs West Indies: Batsmen did their job, but bowlers lacked discipline and execution, says Kieron Pollard