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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.

Trump’s Youngest Son Positive for Covid-19

Trump’s Youngest Son Positive for Covid-19

Melania Trump says Barron had coronavirus as she reveals her ‘roller coaster of symptoms’

First lady Melania Trump on Wednesday announced that her 14-year-old son Barron Trump tested positive for the coronavirus not long after she and President Trump were diagnosed with COVID-19. 

In an online statement, the first lady said Barron initially tested negative after she and the president tested positive earlier this month. A subsequent test later showed Barron was in fact infected with the virus. 

The first lady said he exhibited no symptoms and has since tested negative. Both she and President Trump have tested negative as well. 

“My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive,” she said in a statement. 

“Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms. In one way I was glad the three of us went through this at the same time so we could take care of one another and spend time together,” she said.

The first lady also reflected on her own diagnosis. She said she experienced a “roller coaster of symptoms”, including body aches, a cough and fatigue.

“I chose to go a more natural route in terms of medicine, opting more for vitamins and healthy food,” she wrote.

In her statement, Mrs Trump also said the “most impactful part” of her recovery was “the opportunity to reflect on many things – family, friendships, my work, and staying true to who you are”.

There are no fully effective, federally approved treatments for Covid-19. Some have promoted vitamins and supplements as immunity-bolstering additions to the diet, but there is not yet evidence that this can specifically benefit coronavirus patients.

Mrs. Trump encouraged Americans to try to stay healthy, noting that “a balanced diet, fresh air, and vitamins really are vital to keep our bodies healthy.”

Mr Trump again boasted during a Tuesday night campaign rally about his own medical cocktail, saying he feels great and wants to make the experimental and aggressive cocktail of antibody drugs and a powerful steroid available to all Americans who get the virus.

Elon Musk’s Tesla and its ‘Starman’ driver just flew past Mars for the first time

Elon Musk’s Tesla and its ‘Starman’ driver just flew past Mars for the first time

Tesla Roadster Launched Into Space 2 Years Ago Floats Past Mars

Starman just cruised by Mars for the first time.

The spacesuit-clad mannequin is “driving” SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster, which launched in February 2018 on the debut flight of the company’s powerful Falcon Heavy rocket. And the duo just hit a big milestone on their cosmic journey.

“Starman, last seen leaving Earth, made its first close approach with Mars today — within 0.05 astronomical units, or under 5 million miles, of the Red Planet,” SpaceX announced via Twitter Wednesday (Oct. 7). (One astronomical unit is the average Earth-sun distance — about 93 million miles, or 150 million kilometers.)

Since its launch in February 2018, the Roadster has traveled 1.3 billion miles through space, far exceeding its 36,000 mile warranty, according to whereisroadster.com, which has been tracking the vehicle.

It is currently heading in Earth’s direction at 17,314 miles per hour. Back on land, the Roadster tops out at 250 miles per hour.

Musk’s ride is the first car to leave Earth, and has the phrase “Don’t Panic!” displayed on its dashboard — a reference to Musk’s favorite book, “The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

Shortly after the Tesla Roadster launched, three researchers at the University of Toronto calculated that the car would drift through space until it crashes into Earth, Venus, or the sun sometime in the next 10 million years.

Musk is the CEO of both Palo Alto-based Tesla and Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX.