Car doused in manure
One can only imagine the expletives uttered by a Bavarian driver and his teenage daughter after a farmer accidentally filled their convertible with a trailer full of manure. Police said the incident happened on Saturday near the town of Altomuenster, about 30km northwest of Munich. The father, 52, and his daughter, 14, were parked by the roadside when a tractor pulling a trailer of liquid manure swung in their direction. The maneuver sent the entire load pouring into their Renault convertible, covering the occupants from head to toe with slurry. Nobody was injured, police said in a statement on Monday.
Ice cream treats for dogs
Dogs with a sweet tooth can finally satisfy their ice cream cravings — at the Don Paletto parlor in Mexico City. Owners can satisfy their pets’ sweet cravings at the shop, which offers a variety of frozen cone and lollipop treats especially made for the animals. Made of natural yogurt and lactobacilli bacteria, it can help digestion while normal ice cream can cause pain and diarrhea in dogs, shop owner Mauricio Montoya said. The food is also safe for humans, he said.
Stun an officer for charity
A police union in Louisiana is raffling off a grand prize that has shocked some: the use of a stun gun on one of its officers. DeRidder Police Chief John Gott said officers themselves suggested one of their own be stunned on Saturday to raise funds for the department’s Christmas toy drive. “They are willing to do whatever it takes ... to purchase toys for local families in need,” Gott told the American Press of Lake Charles. Gott said a certified instructor will shoot the stun gun under controlled conditions, showing what officers must endure in training.
Worker sues Kentucky
A state worker has sued the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, alleging sex discrimination and claiming that someone defecated in her office and urinated on her chair. Sandy Sizemore Jackson is seeking compensation and punitive damages in the lawsuit she filed last week in the Franklin County Circuit Court. Jackson said she was overlooked for promotions in favor of men who were less qualified than her, and when she complained about it, she said her supervisors retaliated by transferring her to a doublewide trailer with one bathroom to be shared with three men. Jackson said janitors twice had to clean up feces from her office floor. In March 2015, she said someone urinated on her chair. Jackson did eventually get her promotion in December 2015. She was moved out of the double-wide trailer, which she said was infested with mold and made her sick.
Dead bat found in salad
Health authorities on Monday studied the remains of a dead bat discovered last week inside a prepackaged salad mix sold in Florida for possible traces of the rabies virus. The Fresh Express company, a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands, announced a “precautionary recall of a limited number of cases” of their prepackaged Organic Marketside Spring Mix, which had been distributed to Walmart stores across the southwest. The company issued the recall on Saturday when it learned “that extraneous animal matter was allegedly found” in a salad container. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventionsaid it was working with the Florida health department and the Food and Drug Administration “to support the investigation.
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
They stand as eyesores to most passers-by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time. With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on every side, some of these “nail houses” are also sitting on land worth millions of dollars in Shenzhen’s inferno of a property market, where new-unit and second-hand home prices rival London. In battles over land and development, the nail house phenomenon has become widespread throughout China over the past two decades, with owners
An Italian alpine resort on Friday remained on high alert over fears that a vast chunk of a glacier on the slopes of the Mont Blanc massif could plummet in high temperatures. “No one gets through! No cars, bikes or pedestrians,” was the message at a checkpoint where an automatic barrier and two guards blocked the small road snaking up into a lush valley below the Planpincieux glacier, near the town of Courmayeur and the Italian-French border. The blockade has largely been greeted with contempt by the locals, one of whom said: “It’s a joke.” The huge ice block measuring around 500,000 cubic
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong (FCC) yesterday said that reporters in the territory were experiencing “highly unusual” visas problems, and called on the US and China to stop using the media as a political weapon. Journalists have been caught up in US-China tensions, with both sides placing limits or expelling reporters from their territories in the past few months. Now the spat is filtering into Hong Kong, a regional press hub nominally in charge of its own immigration policies. The FCC said in a statement that multiple media firms had reported delays getting visas in recent months. “The delays have affected journalists