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9-pound goldfish found in South Carolina lake

9-pound goldfish found in South Carolina lake


‘Massive’ 9-pound goldfish found in lake

A massive 9-pound goldfish has been discovered in a South Carolina lake after officials were performing a routine water quality test, a report says.

Ty Houck, the director of greenways, natural and historic resources at the Greenville County parks department, told The State he did not know how long the fish had been in Oak Grove Lake, but guessed it was someone’s pet that they didn’t want anymore.

“Our guess is someone didn’t want to kill their fish but couldn’t take care of it anymore,” Houck told the news outlet.

Greenville Rec also posted a photo of the fantastic fish to their Facebook page.

“Anyone missing their goldfish? This 9lb goldfish was found in Oak Grove Lake during some recent testing at our lakes,” the organization wrote in a post. “The work included electrofishing, a method of measuring the health of the fish population.”

Wildlife officials were conducting a fish population survey analogous to a “fish sticking its finger, or fin, in a socket,” Houck said. “A weak electrical current is run through the water and stuns them for a few minutes.”

Houck said he believes the giant goldfish is the only one swimming in the lake because park officials did not encounter any others in their survey.

He added that while the goldfish is non-native to South Carolina, it was not considered an invasive species to the lake.

Officials said they aren’t sure how long it has been there, but that the oversized goldfish was able to survive a nearly full draining of the lake while it was being repaired recently and could have possibly survived a previous draining event as well, according to WLOS.

Though the goldfish is big, it is far from the biggest. According to Guinness World Records, the world’s longest goldfish was owned by Joris Gijsbers and measured 18.7 inches from snout to tail-fin end and was confirmed on March 24, 2003, in Hapert, The Netherlands.

Goldfish grow to the size of their environment,” Houck said. “To have a 9-pound goldfish survive in our lake must mean we are doing something right.”

Elon Musk plans to move to Texas

Elon Musk plans to move to Texas

Elon Musk is reportedly planning a move to Texas after his tirade about California’s coronavirus response

Tesla CEO Elon Musk put his California houses on the market this year while he was sparring with state lawmakers over Covid-19 restrictions. He’s simultaneously been expanding operations in Texas and cozying up to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Now, several of his close friends and associates say that Musk has told them he’s planning to move to the Lone Star State. The people with knowledge of his plans asked not to be named because their conversations were private.

Noting that Musk is the world’s second-wealthiest person behind Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, CNBC reports that Musk “spends most of his time between Austin, where Tesla and his tunnel start-up Boring Company have operations, and a coastal village called Boca Chica, home to a SpaceX facility.”

SpaceX has been operating in Texas since 2003. Earlier this year, Tesla opted to build a massive car factory just east of Austin. Tesla has said it plans to create at least 5,000 jobs in Austin, although experts suggest the final figure could be significantly higher. And late this year, The Boring Company started posting jobs in Austin.

A move would make good, at least partially, on the billionaire’s threat to move his automaker from California in May amid a spat with local regulators about their response to cull the spreading coronavirus. Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, was required to cease operations for a short period of time.

Even before the tweet, Musk had called California’s rules fascist, urging the state on an earnings call to “give people back their goddamn freedom.”

Military dog receives animal ‘VC’ for tackling al-Qaeda insurgents in Afghanistan

Military dog receives animal ‘VC’ for tackling al-Qaeda insurgents in Afghanistan

Kuno, a Belgian shepherd malinois, was shot several times during the operation 

A retired military working dog has been awarded the animals’ Victoria Cross after tackling Al-Qaeda insurgents last year.

Four-year-old Kuno, a Belgian Shepherd Malinois, was handed the PDSA Dickin Medal for his bravery and devotion to duty.

During the 2019 operation, Kuno charged through gunfire to tackle a gunman, breaking the deadlock and changing the course of attack – in turn allowing the mission to be completed with success.

However, during the attack, he was wounded by bullets in both back legs, and had to be given life-saving treatment by his handler and medics in the back of a helicopter.

One of Kuno’s paw had to be amputated after he was injured in the raid

Kuno underwent several operations before becoming the first UK military dog to be fitted with a custom-made prosthetic limb.

After a lengthy programme of rehabilitation, including sessions on a hydrotherapy treadmill, he has been rehomed and is enjoying his retirement.

He is being awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal for valour – considered to be the animal equivalent of the prestigious Victoria Cross bravery medal.

It is named after PDSA’s founder Maria Dickin CBE and has been previously given to 34 dogs, 32 Second World War messenger pigeons, four horses and a cat.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace praised Kuno, saying: “Without Kuno, the course of this operation could have been very different, and it’s clear he saved the lives of British personnel that day. This particular raid was one of the most significant achievements against al Qaeda in several years.

“I am very proud of the role our military working dogs play on operations at home and abroad. Kuno’s story reminds us of the lengths these animals go to keep us all safe.”

The PDSA Dickin Medal was introduced by the charity’s founder, Maria Dickin CBE, in 1943.

Elon Musk overtakes Bill Gates to grab world’s second-richest ranking

Elon Musk overtakes Bill Gates to grab world’s second-richest ranking

Elon Musk is now the world’s second-richest person, passing Bill Gates

Elon Musk’s year of dizzying ascents hit a new apex on Monday (US time) as the Tesla co-founder passed Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person.

The 49-year-old entrepreneur’s net worth soared $US7.2 billion to $US127.9 billion ($175 billion), driven by yet another surge in Tesla’s share price.

Musk has added $US100.3 billion to his net worth this year, the most of anyone on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the world’s 500 richest people. In January he ranked 35th.

His advance up the wealth ranks has been driven largely by Tesla, whose market value is approaching $500 billion. About three-quarters of his net worth is comprised of Tesla shares, which are valued more than four times as much as his stake in Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX.

Musk’s milestone marks only the second time in the index’s eight-year history that Microsoft co-founder Gates has ranked lower than number two.

He held the top spot for years before being bumped by Amazon.com. founder Jeff Bezos in 2017. Gates’s net worth of $127.7 billion would be much higher had he not donated so prodigiously to charity over the years. He has given more than $27 billion to his namesake foundation since 2006.

The year has been a lucrative one for the world’s richest people. Despite the pandemic and widespread layoffs that have disproportionately affected the world’s working class and poor, the members of the Bloomberg index have collectively gained 23% – or $1.3 trillion – since the year began.

Goldman Sachs: Tesla’s S&P 500 Entry Could Prompt Buying Spree

Goldman Sachs: Tesla’s S&P 500 Entry Could Prompt Buying Spree

Goldman Sachs On Tesla’s S&P 500 Entry: “Could Spark $8 Billion Buying Spree”

The electric carmaker’s scheduled Dec. 21 inclusion in the S&P 500 Index could result in $8 billion of demand from active U.S. large-cap mutual funds, analysts at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. wrote in a note on Friday.

“Of the 189 large-cap core funds in our universe, 157 funds that manage around $500 billion in assets under management did not hold Tesla on Sept. 30,” the analysts wrote.

Assuming those funds chose to hold the carmaker at benchmark weight, they would need to buy $8 billion of the stock, or about 2% of Tesla’s market value, the analysts said.

The shares were 0.5% lower U.S. pre-market trading, but set for a 22% weekly gain after Thursday’s all-time high. Tesla is the best-performing large-cap stock in the U.S. this year, soaring about 500%, as investors show increasing confidence that electric cars, trucks and buses will dominate the future of the auto and transportation industries.

Tesla became eligible to join the index in July after reporting its fourth consecutive quarterly profit. The S&P 500 requires members be based in the US, trade on the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, or Cboe, boast a market cap of at least $8.2 billion, and post four straight quarters of profitability on a GAAP basis.

If all criteria are met, a group called the Index Committee deliberates on whether the company should replace a current member of the index.

S&P Dow Jones Indices hasn’t yet revealed which member they’re removing to make room for Tesla.