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White Gladis: Warning issued after killer whales attack and sink another boat in Strait of Gibraltar

The West Australian Perth Now Click to open navigation ‌‌ News Chevron Down Icon Breaking News Western Australia National World Technology Opinion Weather Sport Chevron Down Icon AFL Cricket Soccer Basketball Tennis NRL Rugby Motor Racing MMA Golf Netball Cycling Entertainment Chevron Down Icon Confidential Movies Best Short Film Television Music Reviews Books Competitions Business Chevron Down Icon Breaking News Economy Markets Property Commercial Property Workplace Matters Lifestyle Chevron Down Icon Food Personal Finance Health Parenting Fashion Travel Home & Garden Relationships Stars Real Estate HUH? Local News Chevron Down Icon North Central South Mandurah Competitions Find My Paper Digital Editions Shop Now Read your local paperNews to your inbox Breaking News Western Australia National World Technology Opinion Weather Camera IconAn orca moves along the rudder of the Team JAJO entry in The Ocean Race on June 22, 2023, as the boat approaches the Strait of Gibraltar.Credit: Supplied White Gladis: Warning issued after killer whales attack and sink another boat in Strait of Gibraltar Peta RasdienThe Nightly May 15, 2024 11:55AM Email Peta Rasdien Comments TopicsWildlifeEurope Killer whales have rammed and sunk another boat off the coast of Morocco, prompting a warning from authorities for sailors to beware. It’s the latest of seven sinkings since May 2020 when the unusual, disruptive behavior was first reported. It is not known how many orcas were involved in the most recent attack, however, some reports point to it being the work of a notorious pod led by a killer whale dubbed White Gladis by locals. It is believed White Gladis could be teaching other whales how to attack and sink boats after she experienced a bad interaction several years ago, either after being struck by a boat or getting caught in a net. TheNightly Get in front of tomorrow’s news for FREE Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.READ NOW Experts believe she may have been pregnant when she first started the attacks. Frightening interactions between the apex predators and vessels have skyrocketed over the past four years between the Strait of Gibraltar and the Gulf of Cadiz but scientists aren’t quite sure why. In the latest incident on Sunday, two people aboard 15-metre yacht the Alborán Cognac in Moroccan waters requested help from Spain’s maritime rescue service after reporting that an orca knocked the craft several times. The passengers reported feeling sudden blows to the hull and rudder before the boat began to leak. After raising the alarm, the people were safely picked up by a passing oil tanker but the vessel drifted and sank. Spain’s ministries for transport and the environment, along with its merchant marines, issued notices Tuesday urging both sailing boats and small motorboats to beware of orcas between May and August and to stick to the coastline in the area between the Strait of Gibraltar and the Gulf of Cadiz. The Atlantic Orca Working Group, a team of Spanish and Portuguese marine life researchers who study killer whales near the Iberia Peninsula, says there were 197 such known interactions in 2021 and another 207 in 2022.Camera IconFrightening interactions between orcas and vessels have skyrocketed over the past four years. Credit: Adobe Stock/Petr – stock.adobe.com Last year, a pod of orcas disrupted sailing event, The Ocean Race, when a boat sailing from the Netherlands to Italy had a 15-minute encounter with the animals, prompting the crew to drop their craft’s sails and raise a clatter to fend them off. At the time, Team JAJO skipper Jelmer van Beek said three orcas came straight at the yacht and started hitting the rudders. “Impressive to see the orcas, beautiful animals, but also a dangerous moment for us as a team … Luckily, after a few attacks, they went away,” he said. Your cookie settings are preventing this third party content from displaying. If you’d like to view this content, please adjust your Cookie Settings. To find out more about how we use cookies, please see our Cookie Guide. There have been no reports of attacks against swimmers. The interactions on boats seem to stop once the vessel becomes immobilised and most have been on sailboats or catamarans. Researchers say that the killer whales seem to be targeting boats in a wide arc covering the western coast of the Iberia Peninsula, from the waters near the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain’s northwestern Galicia. The orcas off the Iberian coast average from 5 to 6½ metres in length, compared to orcas in Antarctica that reach nine metres. There are two theories about why this sub-population of orcas is launching the attacks. The first is that it is a new “social fad” being spearheaded by the juvenile whales as a playful expression of their curiosity, the other that it is a response to a bad past experience involving a boat. The orcas usually attack the boats’ rudder, sometimes scraping the hull with their teeth. Such attacks often snap the rudder, leaving the boat unable to navigate. In a number of cases, the animals damaged a boat so badly that it sank. In July 2022 they sank a sailboat with five people onboard and in November 2022 a sailboat carrying four people went down. All were rescued safely. — with AP Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Email Us Copy the Link Register and have your say. Register to comment Already have an account? Log in BOOK NOWHear from the Hon. Madeleine King MP on navigating Australia’s pivotal resources sector. 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W.H.O. Expresses Full Confidence in Hamas Death Tolls After Massive Revision

World Health Organization (W.H.O.) spokesman Christian Lindmeier said on Tuesday that the U.N. health agency still has full confidence in the casualty figures that the Hamas-controlled Gaza Ministry of Health reported, even though the number of women and children killed in the conflict appeared to have been revised sharply downward in the latest U.N. report. “Nothing wrong with the data. The overall data are still the same,” Lindmeier insisted. “The fact we now have 25,000 identified people is a step forward.” “We’re basically talking about 35,000 people who are dead, and, really, every life matters, doesn’t it? And we know that many and many of those are women and children, and there are thousands missing under the rubble,” U.N. Human Rights Office spokeswoman Liz Throssel pitched in at the same press conference. Lindmeier and Throssel were referring to data that the U.N. published on May 8 that appeared to show the number of women and children supposedly killed in the Gaza war had been cut in half. Only a few days earlier, the U.N. said roughly 9,500 women and 14,500 children had been killed, but, in its May 8 report, those numbers were revised to a more precise and much lower count of 4,959 and 7,797, respectively. When reporters questioned the new figures, a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres blamed the “fog of war” for inaccurate early totals and said the numbers could change again under further “cross checks.” The Israeli government said on Monday that it estimates 14,000 Hamas terrorists and 16,000 civilians have died since Hamas started the Gaza war on October 7. These figures track much better with the new U.N. figures than the doubled earlier estimates. The U.N. changed its explanation on Monday, claiming that the estimated deaths remain the same, at about 35,000, but the lower figures published on May 8 counted only bodies that had been recovered and fully identified. “What’s changed is the ministry of health in Gaza has updated the breakdown of fatalities, for whom full details have been documented,” spokesman Farhan Aziz Haq said. “The United Nations teams on the ground in Gaza are unable to independently verify those figures, given the prevailing situation on the ground and the sheer volume of fatalities,” Haq added. While the U.N., W.H.O., and various human rights agencies reaffirmed their faith in the accuracy of the Gaza health ministry’s reporting, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz mocked the revised reports as “the miraculous resurrection of the dead in Gaza.” “Anyone who relies on fake data from a terrorist organization in order to promote blood libels against Israel is antisemitic and supports terrorism,” Katz said on Monday, repeating his call for Guterres to resign. The Times of Israel (TOI) on Monday quoted skeptical analysts who said the U.N. is reluctant to admit that many of the deaths claimed by the Gaza health minister are not even bodies that have been tabulated by ministry officials, but rather “vague figures reported by Hamas as coming from ‘reliable media sources.’” Two researchers who examined the U.N. data, professors Lewi Stone and Gregory Rose, told TOI that the proportion of women and children in the “unregistered” deaths counted by Hamas from “reliable media sources” was vastly higher than in the hospital-registered deaths — so much higher that almost 90 percent of the extra unregistered deaths would have to be women and children to make the numbers work. Stone and Rose dismissed that scenario as “statistically absurd.” They also noted that the information about “unregistered deaths” coming from media reports was buried much deeper in the Gaza health ministry documents than it should have been. Newer prints of this data eliminated the reference to “media reports” and claimed the unregistered deaths were people with “incomplete data,” meaning a shortage of identifying information. Rose said: The radical change in figures released by OCHA (the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) are an admission that their previously published figures were unreliable at best and manipulated false figures at most likely. The change of policy is just to save face. When TOI relayed these concerns to OCHA, the U.N. agency repeated that it believes the total number of estimated fatalities from the conflict has not changed. “United Nations teams in Gaza are unable to independently verify these figures, given the prevailing situation on the ground and the sheer number of fatalities,” OCHA said. “For this reason, all figures used by the U.N. clearly cite the Ministry of Health in Gaza as the source. The U.N. will verify these figures to the extent possible when conditions permit.”

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Vulgar bumper sticker on car allegedly involved in fatal crash

A 17-year-old P-plater is in police custody after a pedestrian was allegedly hit and killed in Sydney’s south, with the teen’s Ford Falcon later found parked in a nearby street, sporting a vulgar bumper sticker. Around 10.40pm on Tuesday police were called to an intersection at Bexley in Sydney’s south after the 38-year-old male pedestrian was allegedly hit by the blue sedan. Members of the public performed CPR until paramedics arrived, however the man could not be saved. He died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified. Police arrived and found the blue Ford Falcon parked on nearby Downey Street with the windshield smashed in, and a white bumper sticker on the back with the offensive text “I drive like a c—”.

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Yashwant Sinha kin rumour may make a tough Jharkhand seat tougher for BJP

WITH 1,371 cases of rioting alone between 2019 and 2023, mostly on religious grounds, the Hazaribagh Lok Sabha seat in Jharkhand is highly polarised – a factor that is believed to have helped the BJP win the last two times here by a substantial margin. However, as the constituency heads for voting on May 20, there is a difference. The BJP has dropped its two-time sitting MP from here, Jayant Sinha. This makes it the first election since 1998 that no family member of Yashwant Sinha, former Union Finance and External Affairs minister under the Vajpayee-led NDA government and most recently the Opposition’s joint presidential candidate, is not contesting from Hazaribagh. On Tuesday, in a twist to the tale, the Congress announced that Jayant’s son and Yaswant Sinha’s grandson Aashir, 22, had “joined” the party. Yashwant Sinha denied this as “absolutely baseless”. “He is not of the age where he can even contest elections. As for joining the Congress, Aashir has done nothing of the sort,” he told The Indian Express. Nevertheless, the BJP’s Manish Jaiswal, who is a Karwal OBC leader, and the sitting MLA from the Hazaribagh Assembly seat, is expected to find the going tough against Congress candidate Jai Prakash Bhai Patel. A leader of the Kurmi sub-community among the Mahatos, Patel is the son of JMM co-founder Tek Lal Mahato. While he was earlier with the JMM, Patel later moved to the BJP and, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections, joined the Congress. He resigned as the BJP MLA from Mandu Assembly segment in the Hazaribagh seat to move to the Congress. In 2019, Jayant won from Hazaribagh with 67.4% of the votes, against the Congress’s tally of 23.06%. No one expects Jaiswal to match that performance. The Congress is again fighting in alliance with partners JMM and RJD, while the BJP has the All Jharkhand Students’ Union (AJSU) as its ally. A BJP leader close to the RSS, who did not want to be named, admitted that the contest in Hazaribagh was tight. “Patel is Kudmi Mahato, an OBC community that has around 2.25 lakh votes in the Hazaribagh seat. They dominate in Ramgarh and Mandu Assembly constituencies. However, Jaiswal has a certain base of his own, having won the Hazaribagh Assembly seat twice.” A BJP leader holding a senior position in the state unit said that compared to the Kudmi Mahatos, the Kayasthas (the community to which the Sinhas belong) number around 75,000 in the constituency. While the Sinhas have denied that Aashir has made any sort of a political move, the leader said: “The perception that it is so may gain ground among voters and give the Congress further advantage. Whoever wins this seat, the margins will not be high.” With caste seemingly not on his side, Jaiswal has been appealing to religious sentiments. In one of his campaign speeches recently, in a message apparently directed at Hindus, he said: “I request you that in this fight, please don’t see your role as that of just a voter, but also that of a motivator. Aap ko nikal kar ke ek-ek vyakti ko samjhaana chahiye ki Bharat desh ke 80 pratishat log ek vichardhara ke hain, aur un 80 pratishat ka matdaan bhi ek dal ko hona chahiye, ek gathbandhan ko hona chahiye (You must get out and make each person understand that 80% of India’s population believes in the same ideology, and the votes of these 80% should also go to the same party, alliance).” Patel has been telling people not to fall for the “dirty politics” of the BJP, and to vote for the Congress. In 2018, before the last general elections, Jayant had courted controversy by welcoming accused released on bail in a lynching case with garlands. Apart from the BJP and Congress candidates, there are 17 more in the fray from the Hazaribagh seat, including those fielded by the CPI, BSP and Jharkhand Party, as well as seven Independents. The CPI is not a part of the INDIA bloc in Jharkhand. While the Congress last won the Hazaribagh seat in 1984, the CPI’s Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta won twice after that, in 1991 and 2004. In terms of the Assembly segments within the Lok Sabha seat, the honours are more evenly divided. In the 2019 Assembly elections, the Congress won Barhi, Barkagaon and Ramgarh, and the BJP Mandu and Hazaribagh segments. After Congress Ramgarh MLA Mamata Devi was disqualified due to conviction in a case, the AJSU won the seat in a bypoll.

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Behind the making and marketing of ‘trendy’ dog breeds – The Korea Herald

Park Ji-won, 34, often hears comments like “It’s refreshing to see a shih tzu. They seem so rare these days,” while walking her 5-year-old dog. The recurring remarks prompted her to ponder a question: “During my elementary school years, shih tzus were everywhere. Where have all the shih tzus gone?” she said. “Even when I encounter them occasionally, they’re usually very old.” Park’s observation reflects a shift in pet preferences in South Korea over the last few decades. In the early 2000s, shih tzus were among the most popular breeds here, along with Yorkshire terriers, cocker spaniels, and schnauzers. Since then, trends have shifted, with breeds like beagles, dachshunds, and Samoyeds each having their moments of rising and waning popularity. As of 2024, the most popular breeds are Pomeranians, bichons frises, coton de Tulears, and Maltipoos. How trendy dogs are made The popularity of certain dog breeds in South Korea is often triggered by media exposure. In 2002, for instance, the SBS television show “TV Animal Farm” featured a cocker spaniel named Woongja, which increased the popularity of the breed. Shih Tzus experienced a surge in popularity around the same time after former television personality Ko Young-wook showcased his mother’s 10 shih tzus on the program. Animal advocacy group Korea Animal Rights Advocates says that media attention on a particular breed is further amplified by pet shops and puppy mills. “To understand the origins of these trends, one has to know how dog auctions take place in Korea,” said Jeon Jin-kyung, head of KARA. At these auctions, puppy mill owners and pet shop owners share a mutual interest in current or future trends, where certain breeds with desirable facial features have the potential to be sold at high retail prices. “They may even engage in price-fixing,” Jeon claimed, adding that the tactic is used to artificially inflate the price of a specific breed at auction, thus creating the illusion of high demand and manipulating dog breed trends. These trendy dogs then reach pet shops. The shop owners may recommend customers purchase trendy dog breeds that have appeared in the media, and customers often aren’t presented with many other options. Kim, 29, who visited a pet shop in Seoul last August, received a breed recommendation from a local pet shop. As she entered the shop, she was initially recommended a Maltipoo, a small mixed-breed poodle. The shop owner said Maltipoos are popular because they are manageable in size, easygoing, and shed little fur, making them a perfect fit for apartment living. Kim explained that she couldn’t help but notice the abundance of similar-looking small white dogs in the shop. As she was taking some time to look around, the owner then suggested a mini bichon frise, assuring it shared the Maltipoo’s desirable traits. “She also told me that it is the breed that singer Kang Min-kyung owns,” she said. Ultimately, swayed by the trend and the owner’s recommendation, Kim decided to adopt the mini bichon frise. In South Korea, buying dogs at pet shops is commonplace. A 2023 survey conducted by animal welfare researcher Aware on 2,000 Koreans aged 20 to 69 found that, when asked about their adoption method, 46.7 percent reported that they acquired their dogs through acquaintances, while pet shops came in second, accounting for 14.5 percent.

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Guardians SS Rocchio and CF Freeman remain in game after hard collision in Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cleveland Guardians shortstop Brayan Rocchio and center fielder Tyler Freeman stayed down for several minutes after a hard collision on a flyball in the fifth inning at Texas on Tuesday night. Both players initially stayed in the game. Freeman was clearly calling for the ball hit by Adolis García as he ran forward. He made the catch and held on even as Rocchio, with his back to the infield and on the run, ran directly into his teammate. The shortstop’s glove went into the face of Freeman as they collided before falling to the ground. Rocchio immediately rolled over onto his stomach while putting his hand on his mouth. Three athletic trainers and manager Stephen Vogt immediately ran out of the Cleveland dugout to check on the players. Teammates that were in the game also surrounded them. Freeman came to bat in the top of the sixth, and was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. Then in the bottom of that inning, he made a running, lunging catch alone in center field to take a hit away from Travis Jankowski. ___ AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb

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Knicks rout Pacers behind Jalen Brunson’s Game 5 gem

The Knicks are back in control. Led by Jalen Brunson’s 44 points, the Knicks took a commanding 121-91 win over the Pacers in Game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in their second-round playoff series. Josh Hart (18), Alec Burks (18) and Miles McBride (17) all finished with double-digits point totals. After losing two on the road in Indiana, the Knicks are now one win away from a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. Game 6 turns back to Indiana on Friday.

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New Research Reveals Girls as Young as Age 5 Feel Lonely, and It Takes a Toll on Their Confidence

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Insurgent Dem Knocks Off Wealthy Wine Mogul to Win Senate Primary

After a bitter primary battle against a wealthy wine mogul, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Maryland, laying the table for a bruising match-up with former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R). In Tuesday’s primary, Alsobrooks was projected by the Associated Press to defeat the deep-pocketed Rep. David Trone (D-MD) in this cycle’s most competitive Democratic primary ahead of a flippable Senate race. Though the primary was a costly brawl, with Trone self-funding to the tune of a staggering $61 million, the general election could be just as pricey—with Alsobrooks set to take on on Hogan, a moderate darling of Maryland politics despite the R next to his name. By jumping into the race earlier this year, Hogan turned a solidly blue state into a tantalizing Republican flip. Democrats have already tried to brand Hogan as a red meat, MAGA Republican to stave off his popularity with swingy independents. Getting their anti-Hogan message out will force Democrats to dedicate substantial national resources into the race or risk losing the Senate majority. In what should be a slam dunk for the Dems, the race is already siphoning funds and media focus away from even tighter races in Ohio, Montana, and Pennsylvania. The Senate’s Democratic campaign arm had already released a memo Monday morning chocked full of attacks on Hogan with the subject line, “What to Know About Self-Described ‘Lifelong Republican’ Larry Hogan.” Alsobrooks cast herself as the best candidate to take on Hogan in November, though early polling suggested that both she and Trone would have their hands full boosting their message and name recognition in the run up to election day. In the Senate, Alsobrooks has positioned herself as a reliably blue vote and has made protecting abortion access—an animating issue for Democrats nationally—as central to her platform. If she wins in November, Alsobrooks would be the first Black woman to represent Maryland in the Senate. She also leaned on backing from the Maryland Democratic establishment that largely turned its back on Trone, despite his being a sitting congressman. In the days leading up to the election, Alsobrooks dropped a star-studded ad touting her endorsements from the Maryland Democratic establishment, including Gov. Wes Moore, Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and former Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD). (Hoyer, for one, seems to be having fun stumping for Alsobrooks and has been spotted on the trail doing his signature Steny shuffle.) Alsobrooks’ camp capitalized on a series of flubs from Trone, hitting him for being offensive and out of touch. The three-term congressman used a racial slur of Black people at a congressional hearing. (Trone has since apologized, claiming he meant to use the word “bugaboo.) On Monday, Trone dug his hole deeper. When NBC News asked Trone about his outreach to Black voters, he referenced his modest upbringing on a chicken and hog farm that his family lost to bankruptcy. He then dinged Alsobrooks for attending private school. “I didn’t even have indoor plumbing,” Trone said, still responding to NBC’s question about connecting with Black voters. “We had an outhouse. And I grew up in a family that was destroyed by alcoholism, destroyed. So we grew up in a tough circumstance, and things weren’t easy. But at the end of the day, we became successful and said, OK now I got to give back.” For his part, Trone dropped ads attacking Alsobrooks for her lack of federal experience and leaned on his rags to riches story becoming the wealthy owner of Total Wine & More. Trone’s wealth made him attractive to national Democratic campaign brass eager for a self-funder to take on Hogan, but support from establishment types like House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) was not enough to juice Trone’s campaign.

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BREAKING: Facebook and Instagram down as thousands of livid users report issues with social media apps

Instagram and Facebook are experiencing glitches, leaving thousands of users worldwide frustrated. DownDetector, a website that tracks outages, reported thousands of issues with Instagram at approximately 2.30am UK time today. An additional 100 people reported problems with the Facebook app itself. Users attempting to access Instagram were greeted with a message stating: “Something went wrong” and “there’s an issue and the page could not be loaded.” Internet monitoring group NetBlocks noted: “Note: Meta platforms including Instagram and Facebook are currently experiencing international outages; incident not related to country-level internet disruptions or filtering.” Users on Twitter have also reported difficulties with the apps. One user queried: “Anybody Else Instagram Down ? Mine isn’t working at all.” Another joked: “Is Instagram down or do I just go on it too much?” DownDetector shows more then 70% of users who have been reporting issues with Facebook are struggling to access the website itself. Howver, DownDetector also shows that most of the reported issues with Instagram are linked to problems with the app and server connection. On DownDetector, as of 3am, more than 16,000 users are reporting issues accessing Instagram. Instagram aficionados are hitting a wall with an error message stating “couldn’t refresh feed” as they log in. The apparent outage is leaving thousands of users in the lurch, unable to scroll through the app. One comment on DownDetector read: “Keeps crashing and scroll down the page to see about 4 comments then nothing just a blank page plus get a load of ‘follow’ these ads taking the mickey now.” [sic] Another commenter writes: “Can not switch from one profile to my business profile it keeps crashing on my phone, also when i’m on my pc i can not load photos, shar a post or anything i’ve reported this about 10 times and nothing has changed.” [sic] We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story. Please check back regularly for updates on this developing story HERE . Get email updates on the day’s biggest stories straight to your inbox by signing up for our newsletters . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you by following The Mirror every time you see our name. Follow The Mirror on Google News – CLICK HERE and click the star Follow The Mirror on Apple News – CLICK HERE available on Apple devices Follow The Mirror on Flipboard – CLICK HERE and click follow You can sign up for Twitter alerts for breaking news here @MirrorBreaking_ and follow us @DailyMirror , for all the latest updates.

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