Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Muslim youth claims stoning girl to death was justified...

"Muslim youth claims stoning girl to death was justified...

A teenage boy has allegedly claimed the stoning to death of a Muslim girl who participated in a beauty contest was justified under Islam.

Police in the Ukraine have launched a murder investigation after the battered body of Katya Koren was found in a village in the Crimea region near her home, the Daily Mail reports.

The 19-year-old had come seventh in a beauty contest and officers are looking into whether she was killed under Sharia law, a controversial religious code which is interpreted to different extremes across the Islamic faith.

Three Muslim youths are being investigated and one of the group, a 16-year-old boy, is under arrest. He allegedly told police Ms Koren had "violated the laws of Sharia" and he had no regrets about her death.

Friends of Ms Koren said she liked wearing fashionable clothes and had entered the regional heats of the Miss Ukraine beauty pageant.

The Telegraph reports police allege the teen suspect has a long history of mental health problems and he had developed an unhealthy and unrequited obsession with Ms Koren.

Acknowledgements: MSN News


Smoking banned in Kiwi prisons - try a carrot stick instead...

Smoking banned in Kiwi prisons - try a carrot stick instead...

Smoking to be banned in Kiwi prisons after July 1 2011.

KIWI inmates are being told to swap cigarettes for carrot sticks before they are forced to kick their tobacco habit altogether.

New Zealand jails will go completely smoke-free in July as part of radical new laws designed to make prisons safer and healthier.

To prepare addicted prisoners in the lead-up, the Department of Corrections is trialling a bizarre national directive to supply inmates with two carrot sticks a day.

A memo leaked to the Southland Times provides costings, stating that one jumbo carrot provides 16 carrot sticks which are to be cut into uniform sizes "to the best of our ability".

It suggests a good way of distributing the carrots is by reusing bread bags, the newspaper reported.

Corrections Association of New Zealand president Beven Hanlon has admitted that when he first heard about the "alternative therapy" he thought it was a joke.


Read more: http://www.news.com.au/world/carrots-not-cigarettes-for-kiwi-inmates/story-e6frfkyi-1226066427144#ixzz1NyUOhWiN


Friday, May 27, 2011

PayPal sues Google over mobile wallet technology...

PayPal sues Google over mobile wallet technology...

Google is being sued by PayPal, which claims that the internet search giant stole its technology for turning smartphones into digital wallets.

PayPal alleges that Google obtained trade secrets from Osama Bedier, a former PayPal executive who is now Google's vice president of payments.

The lawsuit came hours after Google unveiled its plans to allow people to pay for shopping with their mobiles.

Google and Mr Bedier have yet to make any comment.

Google intends to launch its system in the US in the summer.

It plans to offer the service on mobile phones that use its Android operating system.

Payment processor PayPal, which owned by online auction site eBay, also claims in its lawsuit that Mr Bedier was in job talks with Google at the same time as he was leading negotiations to make PayPal a payment option on Android.

The technology that allows mobile phone users to pay with their handsets in shops is called near field communications or NFC.

It is already used in Japan, and is predicted to become popular around the world.

PayPal says it spent three years trying to secure a deal under which it would create an NFC system for Android, only for Google to end the talks.

In its court filing, PayPal said: "By hiring Bedier, with his trade secret knowledge of PayPal's plans and understanding of Google's weaknesses as viewed by the industry leader, Google bought the most comprehensive and sophisticated critique of its own problems available."

"Google put Bedier in charge of its mobile payment business, virtually ensuring that Bedier would misappropriate PayPal's trade secrets concerning planning and competitive assessments in mobile payment."

Mr Bedier was hired by Google in January of this year

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Falling flat on his prophetic face...

Falling flat on his prophetic face...

American preacher, Harold Camping, from California fell flat on hs prophetic face with his false judgement that the world would end on May 21 2011 - it was off by five months according to him. He has made some new calculations and things would actually end on October 21, 2011, this year. Yeah right, Mr Camping!

Harold was so upset that 200 million Christians would not be joining him on Judgement Day, that he fled to a motel with his wife. Camping in a motel, perhaps?

His independent ministry, Family Radio International, allegedly spent millions of dollars -some donations - on more than 5,000 billboards plastered with Judgement Day messages. One follower personally spent $140,000 in savings on this religious crackpot's inane claims.

It's not the first time he has failed in his apolyptic predictions - the first in 1994.

Every person with even a shred of grey brain matter knows that 2012 is the most popular year that many seers from the Hopi Indians to Nostrodamus have predicted as "judgement day" - but most state it is more about a time of great human change, rather than some cataclysmic and apolyptic disaster.

The real jugement day is known only by the creator - there is no code to be deciphered in the Bible


Saturday, May 21, 2011

The world ends today...

The world ends today...

"We do not have a Plan B at all. There is no possibility that it will not happen because all of our information comes from the Bible.":no:
American Harold Camping, who says the world will end today.

Maybe not! The only being who would know, is the Creator.



Friday, May 13, 2011

Facebook is allegedly red-faced after a dirty tricks campaign against Google.

The war between the two internet giants reportedly exploded into the open recently after it was revealed that Facebook had paid a leading public relations company to run a dirty tricks campaign against Google.

The social networking site admitted it hired global agency Burson-Marsteller to place negative stories about Google in newspapers, magazines and online.

Claims and counter-claims spread across the internet recently, and the rivalry between the two companies was fully revealed for all and sundry to see.

Burson- Marsteller, who is owned by British group WPP, said it regretted working for Facebook on those terms and had terminated its contract.

Facebook obviously sees Google as its biggest future threat. Google has reportedly built up a big team in recent months to develop rival social networking products.

The scandal came to light after a blogger published an email exchange showing how BM touted stories on behalf of an unnamed client about a Google service, known as Google Circles.

The PR company allegedly said it could help the blogger write opinion pieces criticising  Googles system. and then help it place the stories with the media, including the Washington Post, Politico.com and the Huffington Post. Nothing was offered to the Kiwi Riverman Post, however.

The blogger who I won't name here, did not want to pursue the story, apparently describing it as "making a mountain out of a molehill". Probably a good decision. He did post the emails online.

The controversy continues. Google has declined comment and probably won't take legal action against those involved.

Acknowledgements: The Times

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Missing UK girl's parents wrote to newspaper...

Missing UK girl's parents wrote to newspaper...

The parents of missing UK girl Madeleine McCann have urged British Prime Minister David Cameron to order a "comprehensive review" of the information surrounding their daughter's disappearance.
Kate and Gerry McCann wrote in a letter to British newspaper The Sun that it was "not right that a young, vulnerable British citizen has essentially been given up on".

"One call might be all that is needed to lead to Madeleine and her abductor," the couple's message said.
"To this end we are seeking a joint independent, transparent and comprehensive review of all information held in relation to Madeleine's disappearance," continued the letter.

A spokesman for the British leader said the government would do "all it can to help them".
A new book written by Kate McCann is being serialised in The Sun, with proceeds going towards boosting dwindling search funds.

The book, Madeleine, is released in the UK on Thursday - the missing toddler's eighth birthday - and is expected to be a best-seller.

In the 384-page account, Kate McCann, 43, admitted she contemplated suicide in the aftermath of the abduction and revealed she was haunted by "a macabre slideshow of vivid pictures".

"The pictures I saw of our Madeleine no sane human being would want in her head, but they were in mine," McCann wrote.

"I had an overwhelming urge to swim out across the ocean, as hard and as fast as I could... until I was so far out and so exhausted I could just allow the water to pull me under and relieve me of this torment," she added.

Madeleine went missing in the Portugese resort of Praia da Luz on May 3, 2007, a few days before her fourth birthday, as her parents and their friends ate at a nearby restaurant.

Five months after Madeleine's disappearance, Portuguese police made Kate and Gerry McCann formal suspects in the case but they were later cleared.

The couple, from Leicestershire in central England, warned that a search fund which they set up to find their daughter was running dry after once standing at £2 million ($4.14 million).
Acknowledgements: - AFP

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dog of War - would have run Osama bin Ladin down, if he had tried to flee...

The dog used in the US raid on Osama bin Laden was trained to sniff out bombs and booby-traps, and would have run down the al-Qaeda mastermind if he had tried to escape, according to reports.

The identity of the military super-dog, like that of the 79 Navy SEALs involved in the operation in Pakistan last Sunday, will remain a secret.

But experts say the canine is either a German shepherd or Belgian Malinois — breeds the US army believe have "the best overall combination of keen sense of smell, endurance, speed, strength, courage, intelligence and adaptability to almost any climatic condition", according to a military fact sheet cited in the New York Times.

In the Abbottabad compound raid, the dog was equipped with protective body armour before rappelling onto the ground from a hovering helicopter in a support harness attached to its handler, according to US media reports.

This particular dog was known for its bomb-sniffing prowess and The Daily reports it was trained to "sniff out enemy troops from up to [3km] away".

The German and Belgian shepherd dogs can run twice as fast as humans, so if bin Laden tried to escape on foot the dog could have stopped his getaway, the Atlantic reports.

The US Army has invested heavily in training dogs for combat, deploying about 3000 canines that can parachute, rappel or swim into action.

The Navy SEALs recently bought four tactical vests for their dogs worth $20,000, each with infrared and night-vision cameras that allow handlers in bomb detection situations to see what the dog sees, but from a safe distance.

The handler can also give commands to the dog via a speaker on its vest.

General David Petraeus, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, told US network ABC News: "The capability [the dogs] bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.

"By all measures of performance, their yield outperforms any asset we have in our industry."

Dogs were officially inducted into the US Army in 1942 for use during World War II.

Acknowledgements: MSN News

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The World's Craziest horse laws...

"The world's craziest horse laws"...

Want to keep horses under control? It's easy. Just pass a law. Neil Clarkson looks at some of the world's silliest horse laws.

Horses tend to be law-abiding creatures. Very few end up in jail or being fined.

The same, however, cannot be said for their human counterparts. Humans, in fact, do some monumentally stupid things - and just occasionally they involve horses.

In fact, one unfortunate American woman even made the finals of the 2000 Darwin Awards for her dealings with a horse. The famous awards are given posthumously to people whose passing might, uncharitably, be considered to be improving the world's gene pool.

The woman in question struck on the less than bright idea of using her body as a hitching post while trying to bridle a green horse. Suffice to say, she won't be making the same mistake twice.

However, a little bit of research reveals that people don't just do dumb things with horses, they also make dumb laws to cover them.

Yes, while horses are quietly grazing their paddocks, there are politicians and district administrators busily coming up with ever more ingenious ways to keep law and order in the horse world.

New Zealand has not been immune from this legislative barnstorming.

The nation's Parliament passed the Police Offences Act in 1928. It remained in force until a new Act was passed in 1981.

The old Police Offences Act covered a raft of misdemeanours. It was, for example, an offence to allow a mare to be mated within site of a public road. Why it was all right for cattle and sheep and do the wild thing beside the road, and not horses, is now lost in the sands of time.

Mind you, the same Act also made it illegal to fly a kite, beat a rug in public, and wear slippers in a public place by night.

It was also an offence to "ride furiously". This beautifully crafted phrase was obviously to cover the old-fashioned equivalent of reckless driving.

Make no mistake. Plenty of people died on the roads under the hooves of horses or the wheels of carriages.

Speed, as we all know, can be dangerous, whether it involves a horse or a car.

Hence, the ingenious lawmakers in Indianapolis, Indiana, hit on the brilliant idea of imposing a speed limit on horses. If you're wondering where the speedometer is on a horse, it's right next to the fuel gauge, just above the light switch.

Any rider doing more than 10mph was in big trouble.

Imagine the court cases:

Policeman: "I reckon he was doing 14mph."

Defendant: "Well I reckon I wasn't."

Judge: "I don't know what to reckon."

Speed is also an issue in Rhode Island. It's illegal to race horses on a public road, or even to "try the speed of a horse". Expect a fine of up to $US20 or 10 days in the slammer

Horses in some parts of the world are clearly nothing but trouble. Marshalltown, Iowa, forbids horses from eating fire hydrants. I thought they were made of steel, but perhaps in Marshalltown they build them from lucerne hay.

Utah decreed that it was unlawful to fish from horseback. That's inconvenient.

Pennsylvania outlawed singing in the bathtub. Fair enough - there's some pretty bad singers out there. But when it came to horses, they afforded them the full protection of the law. Many years ago, farmers were none too pleased by those new fangled automobiles, so they used a bit of political pressure to enact some entirely reasonable laws.

For example, if a driver came across a team of horses they had to pull to the side of the road and cover their car with a blanket that blended into the surroundings to encourage the horses to pass.

If that failed to persuade them, the car owner had to dismantle the "machine" and hide it in the bushes. I bet a lot of car owners simply turned around and drove home again.

Things got even tougher for drivers in Pennsylvania at night. They were required to send up a rocket every mile on country roads, before waiting for 10 minutes for the road ahead to be cleared of stock. In Wilbur, Washington, it's an offence to ride an ugly horse, while in Calgary, Canada, they're far less concerned about ugly horses, but still have a bylaw requiring businesses to provide hitching rails.

New Orleans may have had its problem in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but they're certainly not standing for any nonsense from horse owners. It's illegal there to tie a horse to a tree alongside a public highway.

Oklahoma will deal with you sternly if you engage in bear wrestling. They've also banned "horse tripping events". This sounds tame enough but it isn't. Horse tripping is used in training (such as a 'Running W' [running wire]) or in filming motion-pictures wherein the horse is pulled down or a trip-wire is set up, rather than trained to fall. If one reviews old films, it's easy to see where tripping is used, as the horses crash onto their faces, as opposed to trained falling horses which learn to fall when their heads are turned sideways. There's more on this here.

In Alberta, when they say they want to get crooks out of town, they mean it. There is a law that requires any person being released from jail be given a handgun, bullets, and a horse so that they can head off into the sunset.


Acknowledgements: Neil Clarkson /Hubs Pages

Monday, May 2, 2011

Two dingoes maul 3 year old girl on Australian beach...

Two dingoes maul 3 year old girl on Aussie beach...

BRISBANE, Australia – Two dingoes that mauled a 3-year-old girl on an Australian beach have been caught and destroyed, officials said Tuesday.

The girl suffered bites to her legs when the native wild dogs attacked her Monday after she wandered away from her family and into sand dunes on Fraser Island in northeastern Queensland state.

The two dogs blamed for the attack were trapped Tuesday and put down humanely, Environment Department general manager Terry Harper said.

More than 200 dingoes live on Fraser Island, a popular tourist spot about 155 miles (250 kilometers) north of the state capital, Brisbane.

Fraser Island is thought to be among the last refuges for purebred dingoes, and they are a protected species in the national park that covers the island. Dingoes are also protected in some other parts of the country, though in many places dingoes that have crossbred with feral dogs are killed as pests that attack sheep and cattle.

Attacks on humans are relatively rare, though visitors to Fraser Island are warned not to feed the dingoes and to leave the animals alone.

"This is a very timely reminder for everybody about how important it is to stay very close to your children on Fraser Island," Harper said. "Adults should always stay very close to their children. We know that they do excite dingoes."

A 9-year-old boy was killed by dingoes on Fraser Island in 2001, prompting the culling of more than two dozen dogs and an overhaul of conservation practices, including warnings about human interaction with the animals.

The most famous dingo attack in Australia was in 1980, when Lindy Chamberlain reported seeing a dog carry her infant daughter, Azaria, away from a tent during a camping trip to Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in Australia's central desert.

Chamberlain was tried for murder before a series of appeals and judicial inquiries exonerated her and found the dingo claims to be true. Azaria's body was never found. The story was made into the 1988 film "A Cry in the Dark," which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination.

Acknowledgements: Yahoo News

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