The Tragic Attack on Eddie the Tibetan Terrier

In a quiet park in Buckingham, a devastating incident occurred when Eddie the Tibetan Terrier was savagely attacked by an American Bully XL. The injuries sustained by Eddie were so severe that his owners were forced to euthanize him.

The incident took place just seconds before a photo was taken, capturing the horrifying aftermath of the attack. This photo serves as a grim reminder of the tragic incident that occurred that day.

Since the incident, Eddie’s family has been deeply affected by the loss of their beloved pet. They have now spoken out about the ordeal, expressing their desire to move away from the area. The traumatic event has left them with a deep emotional scar, and they hope to find solace in a new environment.

This incident sheds light on the importance of responsible pet ownership and the potential dangers that exist when aggressive dogs are not properly controlled. It serves as a reminder to all pet owners to be vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of both their own pets and others in the community.

While the specific circumstances surrounding the attack remain unclear, this tragic incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of responsible dog ownership. It is crucial for dog owners to understand their pet’s behavior and take appropriate measures to prevent such devastating incidents from occurring.

This heart-wrenching story has touched the hearts of many, serving as a reminder of the unconditional love and companionship that our pets provide. It is a stark reminder of the potential dangers that exist and the need for responsible ownership.

Moving forward, it is essential for communities to come together and raise awareness about responsible pet ownership. By educating pet owners and emphasizing the importance of training and socialization, we can work towards creating safer environments for both humans and animals alike.

Alberta’s First Mental Health Park Opens in Calgary

Officials and community partners have unveiled Alberta’s first-ever mental health park in Calgary. The Brawn Family Foundation Rotary Park, located in Calgary’s Briar Hill/Hounsfield Heights community, is a collaborative effort between the city, the province, and various donors. Led by the Calgary Parks Foundation, the park took three years to complete and is now open to the public.

The park aims to provide a safe and inclusive space for children, teens, and the general public. It features amenities such as a climbing structure, sports court, pavilion, community pathways, bench swings, and areas for meditation and reflection. The park’s design was based on research and consultation with health professionals, incorporating calming sensory-focused elements as well as recreational elements.

Sheila Taylor, CEO of the Parks Foundation, expressed her hope that the park will benefit families for years to come. She described the transformation of the park from a neglected area to a unique and special place for the community.

Avril Deegan, director of child and adolescent addiction and mental health at Alberta Health Services, shared that the park has already been used by patients at The Summit: Marian & Jim Sinneave Centre for Youth Resilience. Patients have found solace in the outdoor setting and have enjoyed activities such as hammocking and climbing the rock wall.

Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek emphasized the importance of the facility as an addition to Calgary’s mental health supports. The park provides a much-needed space for families to relax and take a break from the challenges of mental health issues.

The opening of Alberta’s first mental health park in Calgary is a significant step towards promoting mental wellness and providing accessible resources for the community.

Partial Government Shutdown Looms as Senate Plans Vote on Short-term Spending Measure

With a partial shutdown of the U.S. government just three days away, the Democratic-controlled Senate plans a procedural vote on Thursday on a bipartisan short-term spending measure that Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has rejected.

Congress must pass legislation that Democratic President Joe Biden can sign into law by midnight Saturday to avoid furloughs of hundreds of thousands of federal workers and halting a wide range of services. This would be the fourth shutdown in the last decade.

House Republicans, led by a small faction of far-right members, have rejected the spending levels for fiscal year 2024 set in a deal McCarthy negotiated with Biden in May. They are demanding another $120 billion in cuts and tougher legislation to stop the flow of immigrants at the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

The funding fight focuses on a relatively small slice of the $6.4 trillion U.S. budget for this fiscal year. Lawmakers are not considering cuts to popular benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

McCarthy is facing intense pressure from his caucus to achieve their goals. Several hardliners have threatened to oust McCarthy from his leadership role if he passes a spending bill that requires any Democratic votes to pass.

Former President Donald Trump has taken to social media to push his allies towards a shutdown. Meanwhile, Biden has criticized McCarthy’s decision and urged him to prioritize American interests.

The Senate’s stopgap funding measure would extend federal spending until November 17, and authorizes funding for domestic disaster response and aid to Ukraine to defend itself against Russia.

The measure passed an initial procedural vote with strong bipartisan support on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Speaker McCarthy to follow the Senate’s lead and pass a bipartisan continuing resolution appropriations legislation.

Credit agencies have warned that brinkmanship and political polarization are harming the U.S. financial outlook. Moody’s, the last major ratings agency to rate the U.S. government “Aaa” with a stable outlook, said on Monday that a shutdown would harm the country’s credit rating.

Most of Congress has rejected House Republicans’ attempts to make the situation at the border with Mexico the focus of the shutdown. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that the government could be funded for six weeks or shut down with no meaningful progress on policy.

The House is expected to vote on its own short-term funding measure on Friday, but it is likely to include border measures that will not pass the Senate, increasing the risk of a shutdown.

Welsh Labour Ministers to Publish Plans to Expand Senedd

Estimates for the cost of expanding the Welsh Parliament, including the addition of 36 more politicians and a new voting system, are set to be published for the first time. The plans, which have the support of Plaid Cymru but are opposed by the Welsh Conservatives, will take effect at the 2026 election if ready in time.

Until now, the Welsh government has not disclosed the cost of the reforms, which were developed by First Minister Mark Drakeford and Plaid Cymru’s former leader Adam Price last year. The legislation required for implementing the changes will be presented to the Senedd on Monday.

If passed, the number of Senedd members will increase from 60 to 96. This expansion will follow the reduction of Westminster MPs in Wales from 40 to 32, although the two decisions are not linked.

Previous estimates in 2020 suggested that an additional 30 Senedd members would cost approximately £12 million per year. The total budget of the Senedd currently stands at about £67 million, while the cost of the Welsh government is approximately £20 billion.

The costings, which will be published alongside the legislation, were prepared at the request of First Minister Mark Drakeford. Earlier this year, the Senedd refused a Freedom of Information request from BBC Wales for the figures, stating that they were intended to be treated confidentially.

Under the proposed changes, the electoral system would be completely replaced. Voters would have one vote instead of two, with a choice of party lists rather than individual candidates. There would be 16 constituencies, with six Members of the Senedd (MSs) elected in each. The system would be designed to elect candidates based on the proportion of votes they receive in the constituency.

It is expected that election candidates would be required to live in Wales. The government will need the support of two-thirds of the Senedd for the changes to be passed. Plans for gender quotas on party lists, part of the Drakeford-Price agreement, will not be published on Monday due to concerns about potential legal challenges. Supporters argue that the growing responsibilities of the Welsh Parliament require more politicians to effectively scrutinize ministers and laws.

Theodore’s Community-Owned Pub Up for Sale After Financial Struggles

Theodore, a town in Queensland, is known for being the only town in the state where the community owns the pub. However, after facing financial difficulties for the past five years, the pub is now up for sale. The hotel has been a central hub for the community since 1949, providing not only food and drinks but also a place for locals to come together and support their town.

Earlier this year, the pub went into voluntary administration due to a lack of options, according to Chris Holmes, the chairman of the community-run board. The hotel was originally a boarding house owned by the Queensland government before being acquired by the community-run board.

Theodore is not the only town facing challenges in the hospitality industry. Bernie Hogan, the CEO of the Queensland Hotels Association, highlighted the high costs of power, utilities, and insurance, as well as the loss of workers during the pandemic, as challenges faced by many in the industry.

The Theodore Co-Operative Hotel Association was established in 1949 to acquire the pub, and a special act of parliament was necessary to make it the only community-owned cooperative hotel in the state. Shareholders, who had to live within a 40-kilometer radius of the town, had the right to vote in the board of directors. The hotel currently has 168 shareholders.

Despite its financial struggles, the hotel has been investing any profits back into the establishment and the community. Dividends were either reinvested or distributed among community groups.

Even though the pub is up for sale, Theodore locals hope that the new owners will continue the tradition of supporting the community. The town takes pride in its community-run facilities, such as the aged care center, theater, and early childhood center. The sale of the pub marks the end of an era in Theodore’s history, but it is not the end of locally owned pubs, as many are still family or individual-owned.

Expressions of interest for the pub closed recently, and the administrators, McLeods Accounting, have been contacted for comment.

Wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman set to be released from prison

Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, is expected to be released from a California prison on Wednesday. Coronel Aispuro was sentenced to three years in prison in 2021 after pleading guilty to drug distribution and money laundering charges related to Guzman’s criminal empire.

As the leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Guzman controlled the Mexican drug smuggling trade for 25 years. He maintained a group of hit men who were ready to commit violent acts such as murder, kidnapping, and torture.

Coronel Aispuro is currently in community confinement under the supervision of the Long Beach Residential Reentry Management Office, which is part of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The exact reasons for her early release are not disclosed due to privacy, safety, and security concerns.

The 34-year-old was transferred to the Long Beach facility from a federal prison in Texas earlier this year. She was arrested in February 2021 at Dulles International Airport for her involvement with the Sinaloa Cartel in distributing drugs intended for smuggling into the United States.

Prosecutors revealed that Coronel Aispuro helped import large quantities of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana on behalf of the cartel. She was also accused of money laundering and engaging in transactions with a foreign narcotics trafficker.

Coronel Aispuro played a significant role in aiding her husband’s escape from a high-security prison in Mexico in 2015. She purchased the land where a mile-long tunnel was built for him to flee. Additionally, she smuggled a GPS watch disguised as food through the prison’s security to assist his communication with other cartel members.

Despite facing a maximum sentence of ten years, Coronel Aispuro received a relatively light sentence due to her lack of a criminal record and limited involvement in the cartel’s violent activities. As part of her plea deal, she surrendered $1.5 million in profits from Guzman’s drug operations and was scheduled to serve four years of supervised release.

Guzman himself was sentenced to life in prison in 2019, along with the forfeiture of $12.6 billion. The possibility of him serving the remainder of his sentence in a Mexican prison is being considered by Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, a former beauty queen, married Joaquin Guzman in 2007 when she was just 18 years old. The couple has twin daughters together.

New Chief Administrative Officer Introduced in Cornwall

Mathieu Fleury, a former city councillor in Ottawa, has been officially introduced as Cornwall’s new chief administrative officer (CAO). The hiring of Fleury was approved by Cornwall Mayor Justin Towndale and city councillors, and he assumed the role on Monday.

Fleury, 37, brings extensive experience to the position. He recently served as interim executive director of J.W. MacIntosh Community Support Services, where he led a comprehensive organizational review, ensured financial accountability, and facilitated the organization’s growth. Prior to that, he spent 12 years as an elected municipal official in Ottawa and worked as a policy adviser in the federal government.

As the CAO, Fleury will manage a staff team in Cornwall consisting of 640 full-time positions and numerous part-time employees. He will provide direct oversight to five general managers, the paramedic services chief, the fire chief, a strategic planning co-ordinator, and the city’s communications co-ordinator. His responsibilities will include addressing Cornwall’s infrastructure deficit, preparing for climate change impacts, addressing housing needs, revitalizing main streets, and creating welcoming spaces for seniors, youth, and newcomers.

Fleury’s track record of public service includes chairing the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation, overseeing strategic plans, and promoting affordable housing initiatives. He also served on several local boards, such as the Business Improvement Areas, Shaw Centre, and Ottawa Public Health. Additionally, Fleury made contributions to sports and recreation in Ottawa, founding the Ottawa Sport Council, the Rideau Winter Trail, and the Ottawa Basketball Network.

Fleury graduated from the University of Ottawa with a master’s degree in health sciences. He is married to his wife, Lai, and they have a son, Jacob, and a daughter, Adele.

The City of Cornwall is delighted to have Fleury as the new CAO and looks forward to his collaboration with city employees to achieve council priorities and deliver for the residents.

Two Suspects Arrested in Connection with Violent Kidnapping near Scarborough Town Centre

Toronto police have arrested two suspects wanted in connection with a violent kidnapping and assault that took place near Scarborough Town Centre last year.

According to authorities, on November 17, 2022, three suspects forcibly abducted a man and subjected him to physical assault for several hours. It is alleged that during the ordeal, the suspects used a firearm to threaten the victim, demanding valuable jewelry from him.

Fortunately, the victim managed to escape from the vehicle hours later.

One day after the incident, the police announced the arrest of one suspect, 21-year-old Suliaman Sufi, who now faces multiple charges including kidnapping, forcible confinement, robbery with a firearm, assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats, theft of a motor vehicle, extortion, and failure to comply with a release order.

The names and photos of the two remaining suspects, Muhsin Sufi and Abdulhai Patel, were also released by the police.

Nine months later, on Friday, it was revealed that both Patel and Sufi had been apprehended. Patel was arrested in March and is now facing charges of kidnapping, extortion, forcible confinement, assault causing bodily harm, and threatening death. Sufi, on the other hand, voluntarily turned himself in on Friday and is now charged with kidnapping, extortion, forcible confinement, assault causing bodily harm, threatening death, robbery with a firearm, and theft of a motor vehicle.

The investigation is still ongoing, and the police urge anyone with information related to the case to come forward and contact them at 416-808-4300 or provide anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or

Schools in Milwaukee Dismiss Early Due to Heat

On the first day of school in Milwaukee, all schools in the district will have early dismissals due to the forecasted excessive heat. Temperatures are expected to reach the low 90s.

Schools will start at their regular times with dismissals scheduled as follows:
– Schools that begin at 7:25 a.m. will be dismissed at 11:00 a.m.
– Schools that begin at 8:00 a.m. will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m.
– Schools that begin at 9:05 a.m. will be dismissed at 12:50 p.m.
– Schools that begin at 9:10 a.m. will be dismissed at 12:50 p.m.
– Schools that begin at 9:15 a.m. will be dismissed at 12:50 p.m.

Despite the early dismissal, breakfast and lunch will be served, and buses will be available to pick up students. Families who pick up their child from school should follow the scheduled dismissal times.

To ensure the safety of students, all after-school activities, Community Learning Centers, and Milwaukee Recreation Programs will be canceled for the afternoon and evening.

This decision is made to avoid any health risks or discomfort caused by the expected high temperatures. It ensures that students can start the school year in a safe and comfortable environment.

Parents and guardians are advised to stay updated with any further announcements or changes from the Milwaukee Public Schools regarding the heat and scheduling.

Please make sure to stay hydrated and take necessary precautions to stay cool during this period of high temperatures.

Shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize Dominated by Community and Public Buildings

This year’s shortlist for the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Stirling Prize, the most prestigious architecture award in Britain, showcases quiet, community or public buildings that aim to seamlessly fit into their existing neighborhoods instead of reinventing architectural archetypes. The list includes two community centers, two housing projects, a renovation of an existing museum, and a university arts faculty.

Interestingly, five out of the six projects are located in London, highlighting a major problem for British architecture that mirrors the UK’s development pattern. It’s worth noting that no schools are featured on this year’s shortlist, despite the ongoing issues of unsafe construction and lack of investment in the country’s education infrastructure. In the past, schools have been recognized as winners and finalists for the Stirling Prize.

Each project on the shortlist addresses a unique challenge. Apparata Architects’ House for Artists in Barking, east London, aims to provide affordable housing for artists who are being priced out of their homes and studios. It takes inspiration from older housing models to create a sense of communal space.

Sergison Bates’ Lavender Hill housing in south London, on the other hand, is a courtyard block built on the site of a former factory. The development is meticulously designed with intricate details, showcasing a level of craftsmanship uncommon in contemporary architecture that often prioritizes aesthetics over structure.

The two community centers, Mae’s design for a community of almshouses in Blackheath and Adam Khan Architects’ design for Somers Town, aim to elevate the standards of buildings that have historically suffered from underfunding and poor maintenance. Both projects inject dignity and architectural luxury into their environments in unique ways.

Courtauld Collects, a project by Witherford Watson Mann Architects, stands out as a meticulous internal rebuilding of the Courtauld Gallery within Somerset House. The architects have successfully restored old rooms while introducing new spaces and services throughout the complex interior.

The outlier on the shortlist is the Faculty of Arts at Warwick University, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. This contemporary-looking campus structure showcases a warm timber-clad interior, departing from the trend of ostentatious designs.

While the shortlist for this year’s Stirling Prize highlights exemplary architecture, it also underscores the prevailing development practices in the UK. Many developers prioritize either sprawling out-of-town developments or poorly designed city center towers that disregard their social and urban contexts.