Jobs to be immortalized
Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, will be immortalized in Budapest with a statue, Graphisoft, a Hungarian firm Jobs helped to prominence, said on Friday. “Graphisoft ... will erect a statue to commemorate Apple’s legendary founder” on Dec. 21, the company, known globally for its architectural design software ArchiCAD, said in a statement. Steve Jobs, who died on Oct. 5 following a long battle with cancer, “was the creator of technology with a human face,” it said. The statue will be erected in a science park that hosts several IT companies, including Graphisoft. Apple has supported the Hungarian firm since 1984, when Jobs saw it at the annual CEBIT expo in Germany, the company said.
‘Blind’ woman outed
A woman claiming a disability allowance for blindness was remanded in custody on Friday for benefit fraud after police filmed her working as a hairdresser and cycling about town on her bicycle. The 62-year-old woman, who owns a hair salon in the town of Lugo in the north of the country, began claiming the benefit in 1986 because her vision was degenerating. By this year she claimed to be “totally blind,” according to a police statement. By 1997 her doctor said she had to be accompanied when she left the house and by 2008 she could only count the number of fingers held up in front of her if the hand was held a few centimeters away from her face. In double-checking a list of professions of those registered as blind, police stumbled across the salon and filmed the woman cutting clients’ hair, shopping for clothes and food and walking and cycling about the town. Her benefit — 43,000 euros (US$59,000) so far — has been suspended.
Sword-wielding man kills
A man armed with a Japanese samurai sword killed a policewoman and wounded two other people on Friday during an attack on a local government office in the central city of Bourges, police said. The 33-year-old man was shot in the leg and wounded during the attack, which took place at a local prefect’s office. Witnesses said that before the attack the man had been rejected for a gun license at the office. He returned with the 80cm sword and attacked police when they attempted to subdue him. The 30-year-old policewoman was seriously wounded and died shortly after the attack, the interior ministry said. A police officer shot and wounded the attacker, after which he was subdued and taken into custody, witnesses said.
Conman uses homeless
A man has been arrested for arranging sham marriages between homeless men and visa-seeking Vietnamese women, an immigration official said on Friday. The 40-year-old man was held on Wednesday by a special immigration investigation team for arranging the fake marriages, an official at Seoul’s immigration office said. Three other alleged marriage brokers are being investigated by prosecutors. The brokers contacted homeless men at Seoul railway stations and promised them a free trip to Vietnam and up to three million won (US$2,600) if they agreed to the fake marriages, the official said on condition of anonymity. Vietnamese brides, who were seeking the right to live and work in the country, paid between US$18,000 to US$20,000. The homeless men were flown to Vietnam to marry and the supposed couples then returned to South Korea for another wedding ceremony before the brides parted company with their spouses and disappeared.