Thursday, November 30, 2017

Police Dog Fired For Being Too Friendly Gets New Job As Greeter

Gavel was recruited as a puppy to train as a police dog and he showed a lot of promise, but the German shepherd ended up getting fired for being “too friendly.” However, as one door closes another opens. Gavel was offered a new job working for the Governor of Queensland, where he holds the official title Vice-Regal Dog. “He may have missed out on becoming a Queensland Police Service Dog, but it is abundantly clear that Gavel has the characteristics necessary to adequately fulfill duties as Queensland’s official Vice-Regal Dog,” Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey said. Gavel’s duties include greeting visitors to Queensland’s Government House, and attending official functions with de Jersey. “Gavel on occasions sits in on briefings with the Governor,” a spokesman for the Office of the Governor. (Newsnow360)


Fighter pilots told ‘keep windscreens clean’ to avoid crashes

The US Air Force (USAF) has urged its UK-based pilots to keep cockpit windows clean to avoid mid-air collisions with civilian aircraft. RAF Lakenheath-based USAF F-15 jets were involved in 19 near-misses with UK aircraft in the past five years. An F-15 pilot from the Suffolk base was recently praised after spotting a glider by eyesight rather than radar and avoiding a collision. The USAF said its pilots were trained to fly in a “vigilant state”. More than 1,000 near-misses have been reported to the UK Airprox Board in the past five years, of which about 360 have involved UK or US military aircraft. One of the most serious happened in January when two F-15s from RAF Lakenheath came within 150ft of an RAF tanker plane. The USAF said not only was there “increasing general aviation traffic” but smaller civilian aircraft were not equipped with transponders, meaning they may not be picked up on radar. Nearly all of the US aircraft based at RAF Lakenheath operate on ultra high frequency (UHF) radio and cannot hear civilian aircraft, which use very high frequency (VHF), the USAF says. (BBC)


Malibu church pressured to end homeless dinners

A church in the upscale neighborhood of Malibu, California has been told by officials to stop serving food to the homeless because they were attracting too many homeless people. The United Methodist Church has been offering free meals twice a week to the homeless but said it was going to stop after Thanksgiving because they were luring too many homeless people into the neighborhood. City officials made the decision after speaking with organizers, suggesting they were attracting more homeless people into the city. At a public hearing last week, Mayor Skylar Peak denied ordering the meals to end, but he also apologized for “miscommunication.”  Religious groups fed the homeless for the past 17 years, and the City of Malibu and private donors used thousands of dollars for social workers to find them housing and services. The United Methodist Church and Standing on Stone, a Christian group, had been hosting homeless dinners twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the past three years. Malibu has a population of 13,000 and has roughly 180 homeless residents, but no shelter or housing for them. (L.A. Times)


YouTube investigates reports of child abuse terms in auto-fill searches

YouTube is taking a closer look at algorithms that seem to endorse child sex abuse. This is just the latest in days of bad news for YouTube. Last week, reports revealed that users are often leaving sexual comments on videos of children. Not only was YouTube not taking down the predatory comments, its algorithms were recommending these videos. Now, big names like Adidas and Mars have pulled their ads from the site, so they don’t appear alongside them. But that’s not all. Yesterday we found out that the company’s search tool – which autofills searches as users type – has been recommending searches like “how to have s*x with your kids”. YouTube is putting the brakes on these searches until it figures out how to prevent this from happening again. (The Guardian)


Woman allegedly used flamethrower to set car on fire, then reported it stolen

A woman was charged after police said she used a flamethrower to set her car on fire and then reported it stolen. The 47-year-old woman was charged with arson and filing a false police report, police said. On November 10, she used an X15 flamethrower to set her car on fire. After the fire, she told Schaumburg police her car was stolen, but then after a short while later, she retracted the report as she turned herself in to police. (ABC 7 Chicago)


Finland baker launches bread made from crushed crickets

Finnish bakery and food service company Fazer launched last week what it said was the world’s first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores. The bread, made from flour ground from dried crickets as well as wheat flour and seeds, contains more protein than normal wheat bread. Each loaf contains about 70 crickets and costs $4.72, compared with 2 to 3 dollars for a regular wheat loaf. The demand to find more food sources and a desire to treat animals more humanely have raised interest in using insects as a protein source in several Western countries. In November, Finland joined five other European countries – Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Denmark – in allowing insects to be raised and marketed for food use. (Yahoo)


Firefighters work for hours to free man stuck in trash truck

Officials say it took firefighters more than two hours to free a man who wound up stuck in a trash truck’s compactor section. Police say it appears the man had been sleeping in a trash bin when he was tossed into the truck. He was buried under bagged and loose trash when firefighters tried to reach him Monday morning (11/27). The ordeal happened outside The Kintock Group home, which serves as an interim stop before state and federal prisoners are released. Authorities initially said the man escaped from the home, but a prisons department spokeswoman says no one was missing from a roll call. The man was taken to a hospital with leg, hip and abdominal injuries. Fire officials say residents who heard the man screaming called 911. It’s unclear how he wound up in the trash. (LA Times)


Thirsty-Thursday delivers:

*Cities for Life Day 
*Computer Security Day
*National Mason Jar Day 
*National Meth Awareness Day 
*National Mousse Day

*Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

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