Raccoon scales 20-story skyscraper, rises to social media stardom

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A furry, masked critter that scaled a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, has become a social media sensation overnight.The raccoon was spotted climbing the ledges along the UBS Financial Services building downtown before it stopped to rest on a ledge, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul.Mayor Melvin Carter said on Twitter that city officials were working with building owners to find a way to help the raccoon when he stopped and appeared stuck at one point.But the daring climber safely made it to the roof by the middle of the night.Fans of the fearless furry critter celebrated on social media, praising its persistence.Other fans have created parody videos, set to the Mission Impossible theme music, and posted them to Twitter.Officials successfully and safely captured the raccoon Wednesday morning with the help of traps and soft cat food.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A furry, masked critter that scaled a skyscraper in St. Paul, Minnesota, has become a social media sensation overnight.The raccoon was spotted climbing the ledges along the UBS Financial Services building downtown before it stopped to rest on a ledge, according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis and St. Paul.Mayor Melvin Carter said on Twitter that city officials were working with building owners to find a way to help the raccoon when he stopped and appeared stuck at one point.But the daring climber safely made it to the roof by the middle of the night.Fans of the fearless furry critter celebrated on social media, praising its persistence.Other fans have created parody videos, set to the Mission Impossible theme music, and posted them to Twitter.Officials successfully and safely captured the raccoon Wednesday morning with the help of traps and soft cat food.last_img read more

Profits rise at quoted pioneer Gateley

first_imgListed law firm pioneer Gateley today hailed an ‘encouraging’ start to 2015/16 after posting an underlying improvement in profits for its last year before flotation.The AIM-listed outfit also claimed its admission to the junior market in June has boosted its appeal to potential acquisition targets and lateral hires.In the year to 30 April, pre-tax profits rose 32.4% on a like-for-like basis to £9.8m, on income which climbed 11.5% to £60.9m. Chief executive Michael Ward (pictured) said the firm benefited in 2014/15 from improved market conditions. ‘Clients began to feel cautiously optimistic about the future and therefore sought our services to implement and aid their growth plans,’ he added.Revenues from Banking and Financial Services, which contributed a fifth of total income, rose 13% on the previous year ‘driven by an increasing number of banking transactions taking place and notable successes in recovering monies obtained through fraudulent or deceitful transactions’. Property – the largest business segment accounting for a third of revenues – posted a 16.1% rise, attributed to a bullish market.Revenues from corporate deals, which yielded £10m in income, improved by 14.1%, the firm said. Gateley advised on more than 250 deals with an aggregate value in excess of £1.5bn.The number of fee-generating staff climbed to 366 from 355 during the year with their utilisation edging up to 85% from 84%. The bonuses earned by all employees rose to 6.13% of staff payroll costs from 5.6%.All staff received shares on the firm’s admission to AIM; Gateley is presently implementing an all-staff share ownership scheme. ‘The aim of encouraging widespread equity ownership is to attract, retain and motivate talent and to ensure all staff can benefit from the firm’s longer-term growth,’ Ward added.last_img read more

Ben Roethlisberger leads Steelers past Buccaneers for first victory of season

first_img KEYWORDS Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger Cornerback Mike Hilton and safety Terrell Edmunds also picked off passes, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (nine catches, 116 yards) and tight end Vance McDonald (four catches, 112 yards, one touchdown) topped 100 yards, and wideouts Antonio Brown and Ryan Switzer also caught scoring passes.The Buccaneers (2-1) received a mixed dosage of “FitzMagic” even though the 35-year-old veteran topped 400 passing yards for an NFL-record third consecutive game. Fitzpatrick, who completed 30 of 50 passes for 411 yards and three touchdowns, had a hand in three of the team’s four first-half turnovers while digging a 20-point halftime deficit.However, he resumed his success with fourth-quarter touchdown passes to receivers Chris Godwin and Mike Evans (six catches, 137 yards), the latter a 24-yarder that pulled Tampa Bay within 30-27 with 5:43 remaining.Pittsburgh was able to hold on via the ground game as James Conner rushed for 49 of his 61 yards over the final 5:43. The Buccaneers were forced to punt on their lone possession during that span.Roethlisberger passed for 273 yards and three touchdowns and the defense intercepted Fitzpatrick three times as the Steelers built a 30-10 halftime edge.The Buccaneers struck first on Fitzpatrick’s 4-yard pass to tight end Cameron Brate midway through the first quarter before Pittsburgh scored the next 23 points.McDonald tossed Tampa Bay safety Chris Conte aside en route to a 75-yard touchdown catch with 5:48 left in the opening quarter. Chris Boswell kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Steelers a 9-7 edge with 12:14 left in the half.Two plays after Hilton recovered a fumble, Roethlisberger connected with Brown on a 27-yard scoring pass with 10:33 remaining until halftime. Dupree intercepted Fitzpatrick at the Buccaneers 10-yard line and returned it for a touchdown to make it 23-7 with 2:50 left in the second quarter.Roethlisberger tossed a 1-yard scoring pass to Switzer with six seconds to go to make it 30-10.Tampa Bay’s Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 28-yard field goal midway through the third quarter, and the Buccaneers cut their deficit to 30-20 on Fitzpatrick’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Godwin with 11:06 left in the game.Fitzpatrick has started the first three games in place of starter Jameis Winston, who is eligible to return to the team Tuesday after serving a three-game suspension for inappropriately touching a female Uber driver. TAMPA, FLORIDA – Ben Roethlisberger completed 30 of 38 passes for 353 yards and three touchdowns, and the Pittsburgh Steelers collected their first victory of the season, 30-27 over the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night.Linebacker Bud Dupree returned an interception for a touchdown as the Steelers (1-1-1) picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick three times. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws a pass against the Buccaneers in the first half on Monday in Tampa, Florida.center_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Klopa wants to own Messi, but will not be caught if…

first_imgLondon: Klopp says Liverpool transfer will not be available for Messi He wants to own Messi. However, Klopp has made it clear that Messi’s chances of landing Liverpool are slim, as he will have to pay a large sum.Asked if he wanted to buy Messi, Klopp said he did not want to buy him. But that is unlikely. The reason is that a large amount will be required. “If Manchester City win Messi, it will be tough to beat them,” Klopp said.Messi is the best player in the world. So it’s great to see someone get into the Premier League. It will be of great benefit to the Premier League. Messi has only played for Barcelona so far. Klopp said it was interesting to see how Messi would play in the Premier League from the Spanish league.Messi is expected to play in the Premier League. But it is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.Currently, there are strong rumors that Messi will join Manchester City. PSG and Inter Milan are also in the transfer market for Messi. Juventus have reportedly spoken to Messi’s father. Messi, meanwhile, has reportedly instructed his representatives to negotiate with club management with the aim of severing ties with Barcelona.last_img read more

Annandale steamrolls QC 6-0

first_imgDefending champion Annandale crushed Queen’s College 6-0 when the GuyOil/Tradewind Tankers u18 Secondary School Football League resumed on Saturday at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue. Colin Henriques bagged a brace in the 50th and 62nd minute, while John Roopnarine, Ajaye Sobers, Seon Heywood and Omari Glasgow netted in the 14th, 18th, 36th and 54th minute respectively.Meanwhile, President’s College bested St. Stanislaus College 2-0. Jushawn Bayley fashioned a double in the 51st and 60th minute. Also, Charlestown and St. John’s College battled to a 1-1 stalemate. Kurt Carrington scored for St. John’s College in the third minute while John Simon equalised three minutes later for Charlestown. On Saturday at the same venue, Lodge Secondary defeated the Bishops’ High 3-1. Derwin George bagged a double in the sixth and 66th minute, while Earl Grant added a goal in the 54th minute. For the loser, Makayah Smith netted in the 35th minute.last_img read more

Injured Agyemang Badu urges team mates to finish hard

first_imgBlack stars midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu says his team mates must beat Mali for a consolation prize for failing to reach the finals of the Cup of Nations.The black stars will face the Malians in a third place match in the cup of nations on Saturday. This will be their second meeting after their first game in the group stages which Ghana won by 2-0.Emmanuel Agyemang Badu’s hope of returning to the team for the game has been shattered after failing to recover in time from a knee injury.“We don’t have any option than to beat Mali to have something for our country. He Told JOY SportsAgyemang Badu is currently in Gabon undergoing medical test on his knee injury.last_img read more