first_imgIt was natural for Lassie to make the trek to Sacramento on Tuesday afternoon to help the opponents fight the bill. But Lassie, who lives in Southern California with her owner, Robert Weatherwax, was motivated beyond helping her fellow canine; this time, Lassie had her own mane to save. You see, under this bill the Lassie line would become extinct. Because of a facial coloring imperfection, Lassie does not meet the American Kennel Club’s requirements to be considered a purebred. Her owner would not be able to acquire the intact permit, thus the line would end at Lassie 9. And, as thousands of people who have benefited from Lassie and other breeds that help human beings will tell you, ending future Lassies would be wrong. Now we can breath easy thanks to the diligence of the all the pet owners who took time off from their regular lives to protest this bad bill. We can also thank Lassie who once again saved the day – and not just for California pets and their owners, but for all Californians who deserve a life unfettered from government restraints and the right to make personal choices. Whether it involves pets or not. George Runner, R-Lancaster, represents the 17th District in the state Senate. Contact him through his Web site, http://republican.sen.ca.gov/web/17.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WITH the withdrawal of the so-called Healthy Pets Act on Wednesday – a bill that would intrude in the personal lives of all California pet owners – Lassie has saved the day. Worse than Timmy falling in a well, this bill would have created yet one more nanny law that dictates how Californians conduct their lives. The measure required pet owners to spay or neuter their dogs and cats at six months of age or pay a $500 fine. It allowed exemptions for breeders to acquire an “intact permit,” but those conditions were convoluted and ambiguous – and came with an undetermined price tag. So it came down to this: Owners of mutts would be forced to alter their pets because mixed breeds did not fall under the conditions of the exemption. Therefore, mutts would be extinct while breeders would be allowed to continue their practice, but only after enduring a financial shakedown by the government. By the way, this bill would have done nothing to save the hundreds of thousands of pets – many of them feral cats – that are destroyed every year in California. Smart people quickly figured out that this was just another nanny bill aimed at running every single detail of our lives and had nothing to do with saving pets. I am not surprised that pet owners of all types opposed this bill. Cat fanciers, dog breeders, pet-show participants, police canine trainers and others descended on the Capitol every time the bill came up for a hearing in a committee. By the time Assembly Bill 1634, by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, had reached the Senate this week, the momentum had swayed in favor of the opponents. The thousands of people who wrote letters and protested in person deserve much of the credit. But the secret weapon that sealed the victory was none other than Lassie, a beautiful collie who is ninth generation in the Lassie lineage. Lassie, like all the Lassies before her, is a dog gifted with the ability to help mankind in emergencies and help those who struggle to live independently. last_img read more

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterSTRATFORD – Hunter Luepke hit a three-run home run and tossed five innings of one-hit ball to lead the Spencer baseball team to a 4-0 victory over Stratford in a nonconference matchup Saturday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.Spencer led 1-0 before Luepke’s blast broke the game open for the Rockets, who improve to 3-0.Cole Hoffmann suffered the loss for Stratford (0-2), giving up four runs and three hits in five innings.Spencer hosts Greenwood on Monday, while Stratford is off until Friday when it plays at home against Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 4, Tigers 0Spencer 001 030 0 – 4 3 3Stratford 000 000 0 – 0 3 4WP: Hunter Luepke. LP: Cole Hoffman.SO: Luepke (5 inn.) 7, Nate Neumann (2 inn.) 2; Hoffman 8. BB: Luepke 4; Hoffman 2.Top hitters: SP, Luepke HR, 3 RBIs.Records: Spencer 3-0; Stratford 0-2.last_img read more

first_img22 March 2013“Chinese Girl”, the iconic 1950 painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff, a Russian who settled in South Africa in 1946, was sold for a record £982 050 (R13.8-million) at Bonhams’ South African art sale in London on Wednesday.This exceeded the £300 000 to £500 000 the painting was expected to go for following worldwide interest in the sale, and is a record price both for a Tretchikoff work and for any South African artist.“Chinese Girl” was bought by British businessman and jeweler Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds International, who owns the Delaire Graff Estate near Stellenbosch, where the painting will go on public display with the rest of his art collection.“This was an exceptional price for a work which really does merit the word ‘iconic’,” Giles Peppiatt, director of South African Art at Bonhams, said in a statement on Wednesday. “And it’s very happy news to hear that it is going home.”The highest-selling art print in history, in the 1950s and ’60s “Chinese Girl” captured imaginations “and pride of place above mantelpieces –across the globe, from South Africa to Australia, Britain to America,” according to Bonhams’ auction catalogue.The painting had been an unprecedented success during Tretchikoff’s tour of the US in 1953-4 and Canada in 1955, prompting him to reproduce it in the form of the large-scale lithographic print with which he would become synonymous.Unseen for many years, the original painting was once again exhibited in the landmark exhibition “Tretchikoff: The People’s Painter” at the South African National Gallery in 2011.Significantly, Tretchikoff out-performed the two long-time market leaders in South African art, Irma Stern and Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, at Wednesday’s auction. “Landscape Stellenbosch” by Pierneef made £713 250, while “Congolese Beauty” by Irma Stern was sold for £541 250. The whole sale of some 150 pictures by South African artists made £4.5-million.According to Bonhams, Tretchikoff’s value has risen exponentially in the art market, due both to the re-evaluation of his legacy in exhibitions and his appearances at recent auctions at Bonhams.Tretchikoff’s semi-nude “Portrait of Lenka (Red Jacket)”, featuring his lover and muse, recently sold for £337 250 (R4.7-million).“Just over 100 Tretchikoff works have appeared at auction, a 20-year trajectory which charts a remarkable resurgence in the artist’s popularity,” Bonhams noted.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_img20 July 2015A female pilot had been awarded the first drone licence on the continent, the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said yesterday.“The licence was issued on 10 July to Nicole Swart,” said spokesperson Phindiwe Gwebu. “It makes her the first person to receive such a licence in South Africa, the continent, and most parts of the world.”Swart, 23, holds the highest pilot’s licence, namely the airline transport pilot’s licence. When not flying remotely piloted aircraft or a traditional manned aircraft, she works as a testing standards officer in aviation personnel standards, at the SACAA.Forward thinking“It was important for me to get a remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) pilot’s licence, as I believe technology is advancing rapidly and in the near future this mode of transport will be as common and necessary as cellular phones are in this era,” Swart said.“I therefore wanted to ensure that when that time comes, I am already a step ahead.”In progressMany countries are still formulating regulations for the administration of drones, or RPAS in aviation jargon. They are controlled either from the ground or by another aircraft.SACAA is processing about 10 drone pilot licences and 15 operator ones, following regulations for drones that came into effect at the beginning of the month.Swart can use her licence to fly a drone for corporate, commercial, or leisure purposes.Drones can be used to fight crime by providing aerial surveillance, assist conservation efforts, and can be used in scientific research.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

first_imgThe ousted Kochi team of Indian Premier League (IPL) has challenged the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision in the Bombay High Court.The battle between Kochi Tuskers management and the BCCI entered the legal space two days after the team’s termination from the IPL.The high court was expected to pass an order on the case later on Wednesday.The BCCI had on Monday terminated the contract with Kochi Tuskers for non-payment of dues and citing violation of terms by the franchise. However, the Kochi team maintained they were unfairly treated by the BCCI.Co-owners of the Kochi Tuskers cried foul saying that the BCCI jumped the gun, especially since the deadline for payment of dues ends on September 30.Kochi Tuskers have become the third IPL franchise to take the BCCI to court after the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab challenging the board’s order of termination late last year.last_img read more