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Friday, October 14, 2005

Bulgarian policemen stole John Beyrle's phone

Two Bulgarian border policemen caught red-handed after stealing a mobile telephone belonging to U.S. ambassador John Beyrle could face up to 10 years in prison, officials said on Monday.

The two took the expensive telephone after Beyrle left it by an X-ray machine at Varna airport, where they worked.

They denied having seen the phone when the ambassador called to enquire about it, but the hi-tech gadget's inbuilt tracking system led to its eventual location in one of the men's pockets.

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Daily newspaper accused of insulting Muslims

Daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten is facing accusations that it deliberately provoked and insulted Muslims by publishing twelve cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed.

The newspaper urged cartoonists to send in drawings of the prophet, after an author complained that nobody dared to illustrate his book on Mohammed. The author claimed that illustrators feared that extremist Muslims would find it sacrilegious to break the Islamic ban on depicting Mohammed.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Love is in the air in the office!

The recent public revelations by a municipal bureaucrat about her inter-office romance with her second-in-command don’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s ever worked in an office. Office romances, experts say, are a fact of life in a world where men and women work side by side many hours a week. “Romances at work are inevitable, particularly with more women participating in the workforce and with people working long hours,” said Carol McKeen, associate professor at Queen’s University’s business school who teaches courses on gender issues and management. “People don’t have as much time outside of work for social lives, and in fact work is the No. 1 place you find your life partner.” In a 2005 U.S. survey by Vault Inc., 58 per cent of employees said they have been involved in an office romance. That number was up from 46 per cent in a report two years earlier. Vault is an on-line career information company. The survey was based on 610 responses from industries across the United States.

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That Jesus-cop show!

Month after month, "that Jesus-cop show" was a benchmark of quality writing, acting, and tech. It proved once and for all that Jesus doesn't have to be hack... as long as you're damn good at it. But when Washington, DC's Austin Bragg took a risk and slowed things down in the sixth episode, the audience turned its collective back on Christ. Woe betide them.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Internet addiction in China

The internet is taking China by storm, with millions of people logging on in record numbers and web cafes busier than ever.

Rising personal wealth means more people are able to buy computers or pay to go online. The vast majority are young people using the net to chat or play games.

But behind the boom, there is a downside.

Wang Yiming, 21, is a self-confessed internet addict, one of a growing number in China. He used to spend hours online each day, often going without food or sleep. His face is drawn and sallow

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Alcatraz escape record set by a 9 year old

A nine-year-old boy has succeeded where hardened criminals have failed by successfully swimming across the freezing and shark-infested waters between San Francisco's Alcatraz prison and the shore.

Schoolboy Johnny Wilson has become the youngest person ever to swim the 2.2-kilometre stretch of water between the notorious prison, which is set on an island, and the West Coast city of San Francisco.

US television station KCBS reports Johnny completed the daring swim in one hour and eight minutes - seven minutes faster than his coach had predicted.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Village People, Japanese style!

Thanks Kirk

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Blood-sucking parents

Black magic may have driven a Cambodian couple to bite off their daughter's thumb nails and suck her blood, officials said Sunday.

Chheng Chhorn, 46, and Srun Yoeung, 37, attacked their 12-year-old child before dawn on Thursday while she was still asleep, biting off her thumb nails and a small part of her nose to drink her blood, said Keo Norea Phy, a police official in Kampong Cham province where the incident occurred.

Neighbors rushed to the couple's house and rescued the girl after hearing her screams, he said.

After treatment at a hospital in Kampong Cham, about 50 miles east of Phom Penh, the girl was placed in the custody of other villagers. Relatives had taken her parents to a black magic healer to chase away the evil spirit that was believed to have possessed them, the police official said.

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Monday, October 10, 2005

How lucky are you?

In 1984 an Ohio man put together an astounding run on the television game show Press Your Luck. He did so by memorizing the sequences by which the various prize squares lit up on the game board, allowing him to time his button presses to coincide with the lights' stopping on the most advantageous squares.

By hitting 35 such squares in a row, he was able to accumulate the largest win in the history of that show, and he did it all in under an hour. When the effort became too fatiguing, he passed his remaining spins to another contestant rather than risk losing his accumulated winnings to a mistimed press of the plunger.

Press Your Luck

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Divine intervention!

President George W Bush told Palestinian ministers that God had told him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq - and create a Palestinian State, a new BBC series reveals.

In Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs, a major three-part series on BBC TWO (at 9.00pm on Monday 10, Monday 17 and Monday 24 October), Abu Mazen, Palestinian Prime Minister, and Nabil Shaath, his Foreign Minister, describe their first meeting with President Bush in June 2003.

Nabil Shaath says: "President Bush said to all of us: 'I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, "George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan." And I did, and then God would tell me, "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq …" And I did. And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me, "Go get the Palestinians their state and get the Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East." And by God I'm gonna do it.'"

Abu Mazen was at the same meeting and recounts how President Bush told him: "I have a moral and religious obligation. So I will get you a Palestinian state."

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