Police dogs sold for meat
Police killed and sold three German shepherd guard dogs for meat after they fatally attacked a 22-year-old man as he walked home from work, national media reported yesterday. Police in the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk captured and drowned the dogs on Wednesday before selling their bodies to a meat vendor for US$30 each at a local market, the Cambodia Daily reported.
Oldest lady’s beau arrested
A 37-year-old man who made headlines three years ago when he married a 106-year-old woman has been arrested on drugs charges, state media said on Wednesday. Police in northern Terengganu state said that Che Mat Nor Musa, the husband of Wook Kundor who is believed to be the oldest woman in the state, was arrested at their home on Tuesday on suspicion of taking heroin. Wook said she was aware that her young husband had undergone treatment for drug addiction in the past, but said their married life had been happy. “I will allow him to receive treatment again so that he can be cured of his drug addiction and return here after that,” she told Bernama news agency.
Fancy £50,000 (US$80,500) a year on a stress-free job with flexible working hours and no need to wear a suit? Somerset tourist attraction Wookey Hole caves is advertising for a “witch” and has already received 100 applicants. Legend has it that the caves, near Wells, were home to the Wookey Witch who was turned to stone by the medieval Abbott of Glastonbury to rid villagers of her curse. The vacancy has arisen because the previous incumbent has retired. The successful candidate, who will be living in a “spacious” cave, has to cackle, not be allergic to cats and will be asked to perform “a range of tasks” including magic at an open audition on July 28.
Brit gives away cash
Police briefly detained a drunk British man on Wednesday who was handing out money to strangers at the airport at Palma de Mallorca after arriving on a flight from Manchester, police said. The man, identified only as 59-year-old James B.N., laughed constantly as he distributed the bills and did not seem aware of what he was doing, police said. He had an unkempt appearance and his pants were soiled by urine. The Briton was carrying 50,000 euros (US$70,000) in travelers’ checks and another 2,000 euros in cash that he acquired from an inheritance. Police put him on a return flight to Britain.
BNP leader calls for sinking
The leader of the far-right British National Party (BNP), recently elected to the European Parliament, said on Wednesday that the EU should sink boats carrying African immigrants trying to reach the continent. Nick Griffin, one of two BNP members elected to the Brussels parliament in May, told the BBC that those on board would be thrown a life raft, but insisted only drastic action could stop Europe being “swamped by the Third World.” “The only measure, sooner or later, which is going to stop immigration and stop large numbers of sub-Saharan Africans dying on the way to get over here is to get very tough with those coming over,” he told the British broadcaster. “Frankly, they need to sink several of those boats.” More than 67,000 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea to seek asylum in Europe last year, UN figures showed.
Police badger drunk badger
Police called to clear a road of a dead badger found the animal in question had in fact gorged itself on over-ripe, fermented cherries and, blind drunk, staggered out into the middle of the road. “The animal’s stomach had turned the fruit to alcohol and the badger was, to put it crudely, drunk as a skunk,” a police statement on Wednesday said. “In addition, the badger was suffering from diarrhea studded with cherry stones.” Prodding the reluctant beast with a stick, officers managed to persuade it to leave the road near the town of Goslar and to sleep off his night of excess in a nearby meadow.
Credit firm asks for souls
A credit company asking borrowers for their immortal souls as loan collateral has outraged churches in the recession-hit Baltic nation, sparking demands for a formal investigation. “We are treating the case very seriously,” Roman Catholic Cardinal Janis Pujats said on Wednesday. Pujats said he and the heads of the country’s Russian Orthodox and Lutheran churches had asked the interior ministry formally to investigate the case, fearing “Satanists, not just cynical money lenders” could be behind it. Kontora, the Riga-based company in question, offers loans ranging from 50 to 500 lats (US$100 to US$1,000) to anyone, no matter their age, credit history or whether they have material collateral. The loans are issued for 90 days at an annual interest rate of 365 percent. “There is just one condition, a borrower should pledge their soul,” says the company Web site. If a borrower fails to return the money, their soul belongs to the company. “It’s just a business. We lend real money and if a person believes that a soul is important to them, we will definitely get back our money. All is fair,” an unnamed company representative reportedly told Latvia’s Vesti Segodna newspaper.
Man dies in vat of chocolate
Authorities say a man has died after falling into a vat of melted chocolate in a New Jersey processing plant. The Camden County prosecutor’s office identified the victim as 29-year-old Vincent Smith. He was a temporary worker at the Cocoa Services Inc plant. The accident happened on Wednesday morning as Smith was loading chocolate into a vat where it’s melted and mixed before being shipped elsewhere to be made into candy.
Turtles invade JFK runway
A runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport was shut down briefly on Wednesday morning after at least 78 turtles emerged from a nearby bay and crawled onto the tarmac. Ground crews eventually rounded up the wayward reptiles and deposited them back in the brackish water farther from airport property, but not before the incident disrupted JFK’s flight schedule and contributed to delays that reached nearly one-and-a-half hours. The invasion began unfolding, slowly, at around 8:30am, when an American Eagle flight crew reported seeing three turtles while taxiing out for departure.
Butter statue churns debate
When officials announced that a butter sculpture of Michael Jackson would feature at next month’s Iowa state fair, they churned up such a fierce debate that they’re now trying to moonwalk their way out of it. The reaction was immediate, and people were obviously whipped up, the fair’s general manager Gary Slater said.
SECONDARY OBJECTIVE: One of the researchers said the discovery would not lead to a ‘complete solution’ and that plastic should not be released into the environment A bacterium that feeds on toxic plastic has been discovered by scientists. The bug not only breaks the plastic down, but uses it as food to power the process. The bacterium, which was found at a waste site where plastic had been dumped, is the first that is known to attack polyurethane. Millions of tonnes of the plastic are produced every year to use in items such as sports shoes, diapers, kitchen sponges and as foam insulation, but it is mostly sent to landfills, because it is too tough to recycle. When broken down it can release toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, which
Tokyo and the Osaka area in western Japan hunkered down yesterday as officials urged people to stay indoors to prevent a potential emergency, but some were carrying on as normal. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s plea for the tens of millions of people in the capital and surrounding regions to avoid non-essential, non-urgent outings until April 12, and particularly this weekend, followed a surge in coronavirus infections this week that she said put Tokyo on the brink of an emergency. Koike urged people to avoid the national pastime of congregating to drink and watch cherry blossoms as they hit their peak in the
IN CUSTODY: The alleged ringleader allegedly forced victims to carve ‘slave’ into their bodies and send him degrading images that were shared with scores of others A sexual blackmail ring that operated on the app Telegram and targeted dozens of women, including underage girls, has rocked South Korea and triggered demands for authorities to crack down on the rising number of sexual offences online. Police yesterday took the unusual step of naming the man who allegedly ran an online network that lured at least 58 women and 16 girls into what authorities called “virtual enslavement” by blackmailing them into sending degrading and, in some cases, violent sexual images of themselves. Cho Ju-bin faces charges of violating the Child Protection Act, the Privacy Act and the Sexual Abuse Act,
LEGISLATION PRAISED: The southern jet stream wind system appears to have stopped moving southward and might be moving back to normal, scientists said International cooperation on ozone-depleting chemicals is helping to return the southern jet stream to a normal state after decades of disruption, a study shows. Scientists say the findings prove that there is the capacity to heal damaged climate systems if governments act promptly and in coordination to deal with the causes. The southern jet stream is a powerful wind that shapes weather patterns and ocean currents in the southern hemisphere, particularly in the summer. Up until about 2000, it had been shifting from its usual course and moving southward at a rate of 1° of latitude each decade, affecting storm tracks and rainfall