SAN DIEGO, CA – OCTOBER 12: Ronald Cleveland #3 of the Air Force Falcons celebrates after scoring in the 1st half against the San Diego State Aztecs at SDCCU Stadium on October 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)A live college football mascot has reportedly suffered potentially “life-threatening” injuries as a result of a prank gone wrong.Army cadets reportedly took Air Force’s live falcon mascot as a prank ahead of this week’s football game (which Army won, 17-14).The live falcon reportedly suffered an injury to its wing during the prank and might have to be euthanized.From The Gazette:The 22-year-old white gyrfalcon, Aurora, was taken from an Army colonel’s home as part of an Air Force/Army week prank by West Point cadets, according to an Air Force representative speaking to The Gazette on the condition of anonymity. While being kept by the Army cadets, the bird apparently injured a wing.The Air Force official said it is possible the bird will need to be euthanized as a result of the injury.The bird was being brought back to Colorado Springs Saturday afternoon on the football team’s charter flight, Air Force associate athletic director for communications Troy Garnhart said.Air Force said in a statement that it’s not entirely sure what the extent of the injuries are. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it seems.This type of falcon can reportedly live up to 25 years.
Several senior government Ministers also attended the meeting at Temple Trees and the President later handed him the SLFP membership letter. (Colombo Gazette) Former UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera formally joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) after meeting President Mahinda Rajapaksa late this evening.Jayasekera, who resigned from the UNP and parliament to contest the provincial council elections with the government, met President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said that amid the ongoing crisis in Burundi, children are at risk, especially those who have been exposed to violent clashes and demonstrations along with the more than 60,000 refugees who had fled to neighbouring countries.“Prolonged insecurity was likely to have a massive impact on an already vulnerable population,” said UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac told the UN press briefing in Geneva, Switzerland.At the same briefing, the World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs, said the agency is concerned that the political instability in Burundi could lead to a humanitarian crisis. “It was also affecting food security inside Burundi, which is already one of the poorest and most food insecure countries on earth,” Ms. Byrs said. In the Burundian capital, Bujumbura, Said Djinnit, UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes and facilitator of the political dialogue, today called on all Burundian parties to exercise restraint and to refrain from any action that could generate violence and increase tensions.“Despite persisting divergences on the core issue of the presidential term,” he said, “the parties agreed to pursue their dialogue and have exchanged views on confidence building measures and mutual commitments regarding the management of the electoral calendar, guarantees and measures for the holding of free, transparent, inclusive and peaceful elections, and Constitutional political rights and freedoms.”Mr. Djinnit spoke to reporters today before travelling to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, to participate in the East African Community Summit on Sunday. The envoy said he hopes the summit will provide further guidance and impetus to reinforce the Burundian dialogue, and called on all Burundian parties to exercise restraint and to refrain from any action that could generate violence and increase tension.Meanwhile, in Geneva, UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac said that since the start of the crisis five children had been killed by bullet wounds, including one just yesterday morning, and 200 children had been injured since the start of the street protests in and around Bujumbura on 26 April.He also expressed concern over cases of the unlawful detention of children in prisons and said that UNICEF was working with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to identify children who may have been arbitrarily arrested and unlawfully detained in Bujumbura prisons in an effort to secure their release and reunite them with their families.WFP spokesperson Byrs said her agency was providing food assistance to more than 60,000 Burundian refugees who fled to Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.