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‘Big pile’ of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

Technology
NEW YORK -- Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes.“And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park.They turned out to be eels that had escaped from one of two large plastic bags that split open as a man dragged them to the shoreline. After dumping the eels in the lake, the man walked away, explaining to bystanders that “I just want to save lives.”The illegal release late last month became a curiosity on social media, but the dumping of exotic animals in urban parks isn’t new. In cities across the country, nonnative birds, turtles, fish and lizards have settled into, and often disturbed, local ecosystems.New Yorkers free th
Learner drivers park manual cars in shift to automatic

Learner drivers park manual cars in shift to automatic

Business
Learner drivers in Britain are increasingly turning to automatic vehicles instead of vehicles with manual gears, official data shows. Figures from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) show the number of driving tests conducted in automatic cars has risen annually since 2012. Overall, the vast majority of people are still learning to drive in cars with manual gearboxes.But experts say the shift towards automatics is only likely to continue. 'Quicker and easier'Jess Herbert, 28, lives in Poole, Dorset and chose to learn to drive in an automatic car because she thought it would be "quicker and easier"."I had tried to learn at 18 in a manual car and found it particularly difficult," she said. "I remember stalling all the ti...
Assam flooding: Several rare rhinos die in India’s Kaziranga park

Assam flooding: Several rare rhinos die in India’s Kaziranga park

Science
More than 100 wild animals, including at least eight rare rhinos, have died in recent flooding at a national park in north-eastern India, officials say.The Kaziranga park in Assam state is home to the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos, which faced extinction at the turn of the century.But this year's monsoon rains have almost 85% of the park under water.The floods have killed more than 200 people and displaced millions in Assam, Nepal and Bangladesh.Kaziranga park, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, is home to at least 2,400 one-horned rhinos.Park officials told the Hindustan Times eight one-horned rhinos had drowned in the recent rains, while another died of natural causes last month.The park that shoots people...
Twitter disables Trump retweet over use of Linkin Park music

Twitter disables Trump retweet over use of Linkin Park music

Entertainment
Twitter has taken down a video retweeted by Donald Trump that contained music from the US rock band Linkin Park, citing a copyright complaint.The content was replaced with a notice saying: "This media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner." It is the latest incident in an increasingly fractious relationship between the social media platform and the US president, who has accused Twitter of "stifling free speech". Mr Trump had retweeted a campaign-style video posted by the White House's director of social media, Dan Scavino.It was taken down after a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice was issued by Machine Shop Entertainment. A notice was posted on the Lumen Database, which collects requests for removal of online materials. ...
Leeds director of football Victor Orta mocks Derby ‘Spygate’ with binoculars celebration after win at Pride Park

Leeds director of football Victor Orta mocks Derby ‘Spygate’ with binoculars celebration after win at Pride Park

Sports
Leeds director of football Victor Orta mocked Derby following his side’s 3-1 win at Pride Park on Sunday. The newly-crowned Championship champions have had a rivalry with the Rams for the past year. Twitter Orta got his binoculars out to mock Derby Leeds were fined £200,000 by the EFL for spying on a Rams training session ahead of a league match last season. And Derby got their revenge when they knocked Leeds out of the Championship play-off semi-finals, but fell short against Aston Villa at Wembley. The ‘Spygate’ scenario has added an extra edge to meetings between the clubs, with both sides playing out a 1-1 draw earlier this season. With Leeds ending their 16-year exile from the Premier League thanks to West Brom’s 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield on Fr