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An American diver was killed today by a great white shark in the second fatal shark attack off the coast of Western Australia state in 12 days.
The victim, who has yet to be named, is said to have died from “shocking” injuries after witnesses reported seeing a 10-foot great white shark.
The American man was a 32-year-old U.S. citizen who diving alone off a 25 feet boat near Rottnest Island, which lies a few miles off the coast, when he was taken by the shark.
Nobody realized the man was missing until two people on board the dive boat noticed bubbles emerging from the water, 500 yards north- west of an area known as Little Armstrong Bay.
Thy thought that air had escaped from diver breathing equipment – and a short time later the American’s body rose to the surface with what were said by a local fisherman to be “shocking injuries”.
An American diver was killed today by a great white shark in the second fatal shark attack off the coast of Western Australia state in 12 days
The great white shark struck 500 yards north of Rottnest Island, which is 11 miles from a popular Perth city mainland beach where a 64-year-old swimmer is believed to have been taken by a great white on October 10.
Last night, local police was interviewing witnesses so a report can be prepared for the coroner.
It is understood the American citizen was on a work visa and had been living near the coast, at North Beach.
Greg Trew, Water Police Senior Sergeant said the American had surfaced in “a flurry of bubbles” with horrific injuries, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The American diver was believed to be dead when hauled aboard by his two companions.
Sergeant Greg Trew said the shark was seen by the man’s two companions as they were leaving the area after retrieving his body.
“It’s traumatic for everyone involved, it’s a tragic situation,” the sergeant said.
Authorities were trying to contact his family and have closed off the beaches on the popular resort island.
Officials cannot say whether the man was killed by the same shark that is believed to have taken Bryn Martin as he made his regular morning swim from Perth’s premier Cottesloe Beach toward a buoy about 380 yards offshore.
An analysis of Bryn Martin’s torn swimming trunks recovered from the seabed near the buoy pointed to a great white shark being the culprit. No other trace of Bryn Martin has been found.
Western Australia Police Sergeant Gerry Cassidy said:
“It’s a cloudy old day today which is the same as we had the other day with Cottesloe, and they’re the conditions that sharks love.”
The unnamed American is the fourth person to be killed by a shark off the Western Australian coast in 14 months.
Great white sharks can grow to more than 20 feet in length and 5,000 pounds in weight. They are protected in Australia, a primary location for the species.
A new research has revealed that the most popular Halloween costumes for 2011 will be birds related.
Angry Birds is on top of the list of 2011 Halloween costume-related searches from Google, with Natalie Portman’s troubled character from Black Swan coming a close second.
The animal theme appears to be a popular one this year, as another choice for Halloween 2011 costumes was Wilfred, the man-dressed-as-a-dog character from the TV series of the same name.
Other Halloween costumes which were ranking high on the list were celebrities Nicki Minaj and Charlie Sheen, while Smurfette, Tangled’s Rapunzel and characters from Monster High were proving popular with younger users.
Angry Birds is on top of the list of 2011 Halloween costume-related searches from Google
TV’s Sixties revival has also had an impact. NBC’s The Playboy Club has inspired the return of the Playboy Bunny outfit, while Christina Ricci’s turn as Maggie in Pan Am has made the air stewardess outfit a new hit, expect to see plenty of blue pillbox hats and jaunty sailor-style collars.
Linda Carcaci, from the Creative Costume Company, says she knew Pan Am would spark a Halloween trend as soon as ABC announced the show, and immediately started designing a replica.
Linda Carcaci told DNAinfo.com: “We have had so many calls about it.”
The president of rival costume store Ricky’s NYC, Dominick Costello says the disgraced public figures, such as Charlie Sheen, are the big sellers.
Mentioning Anthony Weiner and Arnold Schwarzenegger as other customer favourites, Dominick Costello said: “We call them our three musketeers.”
Dominick Costello said that political figures are always popular, but this year, more than ever.
“I think when Arnold, Anthony and Charlie happened in a similar time frame we were like <<OK here we go>>”.
“It was a no brainer.”
The Ricky’s idea is such a hit, that even Charlie Sheen is going as Charlie Sheen.
Even Charlie Sheen is going as Charlie Sheen for Halloween 2011, as he tweeted few days ago
Charlie Sheen posted a picture of the costume on his Twitter page yesterday, writing: “Trick or Treat Cadre! Got my Halloween costume.”
“All set! Yeah, this really confused the kids.”
Google’s 12 most searched Halloween 2011 costumes:
1. Angry Birds
2. Black Swan
3. Playboy Bunny
4. Nicki Minaj
7. Monster High
9. Captain America
10. Pan Am
11. Charlie Sheen
Friday afternoon a gunman opened fire on a Brooklyn street while students were let out of Brownsville’ school, killing pregnant mother Zurana Horton and injuring other two people.
Zurana Horton, 34, was killed while defending her children and others that were leaving school when the shooting started.
Reports say Zurana Horton was pregnant when she was shot though it has not been reported how far along she was in the pregnancy.
Another mother and an 11-year-old girl were also struck, though they were not killed.
Pregnant mother Zurana Horton, 34, was killed while defending her children and others that were leaving the Brownsville school when the shooting started
The fire started at about 2:30 p.m., right as the children were being let out from a local public elementary and middle school in Brownsville, New York.
NYPD were investigating whether the gunman fired from a nearby rooftop where shell casings were discovered.
Zurana Horton hovered over students to protect them as shots were fired. The mother was shot in the face and chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another 31-year-old mother who was struck is still unnamed. The woman was hit in an arm and the chest and was hospitalized.
The 11-year-old girl, a sixth-grader at the Brooklyn school, had one arm injured and had a graze wound on her cheek. None of the victims was related, according to police.
According to Margie Feinberg, a Department of Education spokeswoman, the victims were on a street corner at the back of the elementary school when the fire started.
So far, it is unclear how many shots were fired. Seven shell casings from a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol were found on the nearby rooftop and other five shell casings were found on the sidewalk in the front of that building, according to police.
According to eye-witnesses, three men were seen fleeing the scene, and police were questioning at least one person. The gunman was being sought, and police offered a $12,000 reward for information in the case, New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.
Brownsville, the school’s neighborhood, is located in southeastern Brooklyn and is among the most crime-plagued in New York.
Brownsville area is also known as the place where tens of thousands of people, mostly black and Hispanic men, are stopped, questioned and frisked annually by police. Critics say the men are being unfairly targeted, and only about 10% of stops city-wide result in arrest.
NYPD says the tactic is a necessary crime-fighting tool that helps get illegal guns off the streets.
New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said:
“Police conduct stops of individuals evincing suspicious behaviour in areas where shootings occur in order to prevent, or at least lower, the frequency of tragedies like the one in Brownsville today.”
Christopher Thomas Johnson, an Alabama man who has spent just 4 years on death row for the fatal suffocation and beating his baby son, was put to death by lethal injection on Thursday evening.
Christopher Thomas Johnson, 39, has been executed last night at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.
The death row intimate had a turkey bologna sandwich with cheese and tomato, a grape Sunkist, french fries, Reeses peanut butter cups and pretzels for his last meal and his only visitor was his brother, Thomas Eugene Lagos.
Christopher Thomas Johnson made the rare move of pleading guilty to capital murder in 2005 for killing his six-month-old son Elias Ocean Johnson.
His situation is one of the quickest death penalty case in recent memory, as it only took six years for the murderer to be put to death after the crime.
Christopher Thomas Johnson, 39, has been executed last night at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama
Christopher Thomas Johnson himself requested the death penalty, which was granted in February 2007, and waived all appellate and intervention measures on his behalf.
The inmate represented himself at trial. Christopher Thomas Johnson testified he killed his son because “he hated his wife, didn’t want to be near her and didn’t want to worry about her threats of putting him in jail for alimony or child support”, according to documents filed by the state Attorney General’s Office.
Christopher Thomas Johnson offered no mitigating circumstances for his crime, and the trial court found the “the heinous, atrocious and cruel” nature of the murder outweighed any justifications that could have been offered, records show.
According to court documents, Christopher Thomas Johnson tried to quiet his son while his wife slept.
After several unsuccessful attempts in the early morning hours, the father “laid on top of Elias, covered Elias’ mouth with his hand for extended periods of time, and forced his fingers into the child’s mouth and down his throat to stop the crying”.
Father also struck the child with his hand.
During his trial, Christopher Thomas Johnson said that “You go see Jesus”, were the last words he said to Elias.
When the child’s mother awoke, the child was unresponsive and cold to the touch.
According to the forensic pathologist who performed Elias’ autopsy, the infant suffered at least 85 separate injuries.
Suffocation and head trauma were cited as the Elias’ causes of death.
The intimate’s ex-wife Dana spoke to a local Alabama newspaper for the first time since the murder, saying that she welcomes his death.
“Although I normally do not agree with capital punishment, I will not lose any sleep over this particular execution. Whether it is right or wrong I feel that a weight will be lifted from my soul on Thursday, and finally I will feel relief,” she told NorthEscambia.com.
“I am scarred by this, and Christopher took away my son, my trust in other people, and even my desire to ever have another child. I still have a hard time being around children because of the sorrow it makes me feel. Every day I see children that are Elias’ age, and I wonder what he would have been like,” Dana said.
She has since moved to an unidentified city out West and is currently studying to become a nurse.
“My son was the most delightful calm little boy I have ever known. Christopher Johnson took him from me. I have spent years trying to heal from this unimaginable pain.”
Two earthquakes took place on Thursday in Texas and California, according to US Geological Survey.
The first one was a 4.8 magnitude earthquake which took place in Texas, having the epicenter near rural Karnes County, 47 miles southwest of San Antonio. The quake struck at 7:24 a.m. local time and was eye-opening because it was a record breaker.
It was the largest earthquake on record for the area, surpassing a magnitude of 4.3 shock recorded in 1993, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Don Blakeman, USGS geophysicist, said that southern Texas has been experiencing small earthquakes since the 1970s, and that 14 quakes between 2.6 and 3.4 magnitudes have been recorded since 1982.
However, the Thursday morning quake was significantly larger.
Don Blakeman also said it is impossible to predict if there will be any aftershocks. The Texas quake was both big enough to produce some small aftershocks and small enough that they wouldn’t necessarily be expected.
The second earthquake took place in California and had a 3.9 magnitude. The quake had the epicenter two miles southeast of Berkeley near San Francisco. It caused a sharp jolt but no immediate signs of damages or injuries.
The earthquake in California struck at 2:31 p.m. local time and was at a depth of about 6.1 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
San Francisco quake struck in the same day Californians took part in an annual earthquake preparedness drill
Yesterday, the earthquake in California was felt as a sharp jolt in the East Bay area, and across the bay in San Francisco. The quake came almost 22 years to the day after the Loma Prieta earthquake struck the Bay Area during the 1989 World Series.
It also came on the same day Californians took part in an annual earthquake preparedness drill at 10:20 a.m. Thursday. More than 8.5 million people signed up to participate in the 2011 Great California ShakeOut.
Baby Dayne’s mother couldn’t figure out how one of her twin toddlers was getting out of his crib every time she put him down for a nap.
The toddlers’ mother thought it surely must have been a joint effort with his twin brother who sleeps in the same crib as him.
So she decided to set up a video camera in the nursery to see exactly how he was making his great escape.
Baby Dayne surveys the room before quickly throwing his leg on the top bar and hoisting himself up and over the top
The video recording shows the two baby boys standing in their crib while their mother says goodbye. Once the mother leaves the room, the coast is clear and the twins look at each other, knowing what comes next.
Baby Dayne surveys the room before quickly throwing his leg on the top bar and hoisting himself up and over the top, landing with a bump on the ground.
But rather than crying, baby Dayne simply resigns himself to the fact it is pain he must endure for freedom.
Taking a second to recover, baby Dayne then toddles over to the camera, which he realizes has caught it all and decides to destroy the evidence.
Baby Dayne grabs the camera with both hands and pulls it off the shelf.
Dayne’s mother – who calls herself “Momof6boys” – posted the clip on YouTube with the caption: “I think it is time for toddler beds.”
Since baby Dayne’s mother posted the clip, the video is gaining in popularity and is currently at almost 14,000 views.
Ziona Chana, a man from India, has the largest family in the world.
Ziona Chana, 67, has 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren living under the same roof, in a house of 100 rooms.
Their home is a four-storey house set in the village of Baktwang, state Mizoram, India. Even then, some of his wives sleep top-to-tail in communal dormitories.
Ziona Chana doesn’t appear phased by the size of his apparently happy family and doesn’t claim any benefits for their upkeep.
“I feel like God’s special child. He’s given me so many people to look after,” Ziona Chana said.
“I consider myself a lucky man to be the husband of 39 women and head of the world’s largest family.”
Ziona Chana, a man from India, has the largest family in the world, 39 wives, 94 children, 14 daughters-in-law and 33 grandchildren
Ziona Chana’s family is organized with almost military discipline, with the oldest wife Zathiangi, 71, drawing up schedules for her fellow partners to take turns performing household chores such as cleaning, washing and preparing meals.
Normally, one evening meal can see them pluck 30 chickens, peel 132 lb (60 kg) of potatoes and boil up to 220 lb (100 kg) of rice.
Ziona Chana’s family has its own school, a playground, carpentry workshops, piggery and poultry farms and a vegetable garden big enough to supply the whole family.
Ziona Chana’s home has 100 rooms and is a four-storey house set in the village of Baktwang, state Mizoram, India
Conveniently, Ziona Chana is also head of a sect that allows members to take as many wives as he wants.
The man even married ten women in one year, when he was at his most prolific, and enjoys his own double bed while his wives have to make do with sharing.
Ziona Chana keeps the youngest women near to his bedroom with the older members of the family sleeping further away, and there is a rotation system for who visits Ziona’s bedroom.
Rinkmini, 35, one of Ziona Chana’s wives, said: “We stay around him as he is the most important person in the house. He is the most handsome person in the village.”
Rinkmini said Ziona Chana noticed her on a morning walk in the village 18 years ago and wrote her a letter asking for her hand in marriage.
Ziona Chana and his 39 wives
Huntharnghanki, another Ziona Chana’s wife said the entire family gets along well. The family system is reportedly based on “mutual love and respect”.
Ziona Chana, whose polygamous religious sect has 4,000 members and whose grandfather also had many wives, says he has not stopped looking for new wives.
“To expand my sect, I am willing to go even to the U.S. to marry,” he said.
One of Ziona Chana’ sons insisted that her father marries the poor women from the village.
Gordon and Norma Yeager from Iowa, who had been married for 72 years, had only one hour separation between them in their passing.
Gordon, 94, and Norma Yeager, 90, had never been separated, even after their tragic car accident which sent them both to the hospital.
Gordon and Norma were both born in Iowa before he moved to a farm a Minnesota with his family. He later came back in the town, when he was 16, to work at the Chevrolet Garage in State Center, Iowa, a business which he would eventually go on to own.
Once back in the town, Gordon Yeager fell in love with Norma who was still studying at high school.
After his proposal, Gordon and Norma were married on the very day that she graduated, May 26, 1939.
They had a small wedding in the same evening held in the home of Gordon’s sister, the expense of which was covered by his first pay cheque.
Gordon Yeager fell in love with Norma who was still studying at high school
Gordon and Norma Yeager spent their first few years of marriage in California where he worked as a welder in the shipyards during the Second World War while volunteering at night for the war effort.
The newlyweds later returned to the town of State Center and had four children – Donna, born in 1940, Roger in 1943, Gordon in 1946 and the youngest Dennis in 1949.
Tragically both middle sons Roger and Gordon later died in car crashes.
Gordon and Norma Yeager first ran a hardware store before taking over the Chevrolet Garage with Gordon’s brother Roger until both men retired at 65.
Their youngest son, Dennis, 62, described his parents as incredibly active individuals.
“We took family camping trips in Iowa and Canada but spent most of the time at Clear Lake, Minnesota. We rented a cabin and went boating.
“I remember my Dad, even at almost 60 years old, water-skiing at Clear Lake. One time, when I was driving the boat he disappeared under for such a long time, that my Mom was worried sick.
“When he eventually surfaced, she screamed at him, <<what were you doing down there?>> to which he yelled back, <<well I wasn’t coming back up without my trunks!>>”
When they retired, Gordon and Norma Yeager spent half the year in Tucson, Arizona, enjoying the outdoors and fishing in the Hoover Dam.
Despite their closeness, Dennis admits at times his parents were “total opposites”.
“They just loved being together but of course they would get mad at each other.
“My Dad was very sociable, he loved doing anything that involved being with people. My Mom was quieter but she would support my Dad in whatever he was doing. She would be there making sure everyone had something to eat, had a drink in their hand.
“She was such a perfectionist. When they had the garage, she won every award going from Chevrolet for her book-keeping. I remember they would be up together poring over those books until 2:00 a.m. if there was even a penny out of place.”
Gordon and Norma Yeager had been married for 72 years and had only one hour separation between them in their passing
After Gordon and Norma Yeager celebrated the rare achievement of a 70th wedding anniversary, they loved to spend time watching sports, socializing and walking their little Yorkie dog Radar.
Last week, while making a trip into town, the car Gordon Yeager was driving mistakenly pulled out in front of another.
According to the police report, the oncoming driver tried to avoid the collision, but it wasn’t able to stop in time.
Dennis Yeager said he found his parents at hospital sharing a unit in the intensive care unit, never separated and holding hands they lay, though “not really responsive”.
In the same day, on October 12, at 3:38pm, Gordon Yeager passed away, with Norma and family beside him. The anomaly began though for the family, when Gordon’s heart monitor kept beeping.
Dennis Yeager recalled: “It was really strange. They were holding hands, and dad stopped breathing but I couldn’t figure out what was going on because the heart monitor was still going.”
“But we were like, he isn’t breathing. How does he still have a heart beat?’
Their son asked a nurse who checked, pointing out the couple’s hands which were still locked together.
“Her heart was beating through him and picking it up,” the nurse explained.
One hour later, at 4:48pm, Norma Yeager died too.
Gordon and Norma Yeager held hands at their funeral on October 18, sharing the same casket. Their family said after Gordon and Norma Yeager are cremated and their ashes will be mixed together.
Gordon and Norma Yeager are survived by Norma’s sister, Virginia Kell, and Gordon’s brother, Roger, along with their children Donna and Dennis as well as 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Ohio police shot 48 exotic animals, including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions, on Wednesday after Terry Thompson, owner of Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville threw their cages open and committed suicide.
48 animals were killed after an all-night hunt that extended into Wednesday afternoon. Six others – three leopards, a grizzly bear and two monkeys – were captured and taken to the Columbus Zoo. A wolf was later found dead, leaving a monkey as the only animal still on the loose.
Zanesville police shot 48 exotic animals, including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions, after Terry Thompson threw their cages open and committed suicide
Among dead animals were six black bears, two grizzlies, a wolf, a baboon and three mountain lions. They were being buried on Terry Thompson’s farm, according to officials.
Jack Hanna, TV personality and former director of the Columbus Zoo said:
“It’s like Noah’s Ark wrecking right here in Zanesville, Ohio.”
Jack Hanna defended the Zanesville sheriff’s decision to kill the animals but said the deaths of the Bengal tigers were especially tragic. There are only about 1,400 of the endangered cats left in the world, he said.
“When I heard 18, I was still in disbelief,” Jack Hanna said.
“The most magnificent creature in the entire world, the tiger is.”
Dead animals have been buried on Terry Thompson's farm
As the hunt dragged on outside of Zanesville, population 25,000, schools closed in the mostly rural area of farms and widely spaced homes 55 miles east of Columbus. Parents were warned to keep children and pets indoors.
Flashing signs along highways told motorists, “Caution exotic animals” and “Stay in vehicle”.
Sheriff’s deputies were ordered to kill the animals instead of trying to bring them down with tranquillizers for fear that those hit with darts would escape in the darkness before they dropped and would later regain consciousness.
Sheriff Matt Lutz said: “These animals were on the move, they were showing aggressive behavior.”
“Once the nightfall hit, our biggest concern was having these animals roaming.”
Sheriff Matt Lutz would not speculate why Terry Thompson killed himself and why he left open the cages and fences at his 73-acre preserve, dooming the animals he seemed to love so much.
Terry Thompson, 62, had repeated run-ins with the law and his neighbors.
The sheriff’s office had received numerous complaints since 2004 about animals escaping onto neighbors’ property and also said that terry Thompson had been charged over the years with animal cruelty, animal neglect and allowing animals to roam.
Terry Thompson had gotten out of federal prison just last month after serving a year for possessing unregistered guns.
French industry minister, Eric Besson has accidentally sent a private message to his wife asking her to go to bed with him in a Twitter message published to thousands of readers.
Eric Besson, 53, meant to send the tweet privately to his beautiful wife, Tunisian-born Yasmine Tordjman, who is 29 years his junior.
French minister’s message was flashed up on the internet to more than 14,000 Twitter followers.
Eric Besson sent the message to his student wife, Yasmine Tordjman, 24, at 11:00 a.m. today, saying: “When I come home I’m going to bed. Too exhausted. With you?”
Eric Besson’s message was flashed up on the internet to more than 14,000 Twitter followers
Eric Besson deleted the message within minutes, but, unfortunately, it had been “re-Tweeted” tens of thousands of times.
The minister later tried to make light of the gaffe, posting up: “That will teach me to manage my lists and not hit the send button by mistake. I’m not going to bed!”
Eric Besson later posted to all his followers: “OK, have your fun. I’ve got a meeting in parliament to prepare for.”
Eric Besson married Yasmine Tordjman last year after divorcing his wife of 25 years, Sylvie Brunel.
Eric Besson has accidentally sent a private message to his wife Yasmine Tordjman asking her to go to bed with him on Twitter
After the divorce, Sylvie Brunel branded Eric Besson a “serial cheat with inter-changeable mistresses”.
Sylvie Brunel said at the time: “I have been dumped for a woman as young as our eldest daughter.”
Eric Besson called his former wife’s comments “shameless”.
Yasmine Tordjman is the great grand-daughter of Wassila Bourguiba, the wife of a former Tunisian president Habib Bourguiba.
Minister Eric Besson has insisted that the large age gap between him and his wife makes “no difference” to their relationship.
Carla Bruni, France First Lady has given birth to a baby girl this evening at Muette Clinic in Paris.
According to sources, President Nicolas Sarkozy spent half an hour with his wife Carla Bruni shortly after she delivered their first child together.
Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy insisted that the happy event should remain a “private matter” and no official announcement will be made by the Elysee Palace.
Carla Bruni, France First Lady has given birth to a baby girl this evening at Muette Clinic in Paris
Carla Bruni, 43, who already has a son from a previous relation, has even claimed that that her second child will never be pictured.
President Nicolas Sarkozy, 56, paid the 30-minute visit to his third wife at the clinic before heading off to a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Frankfurt.
On arrival in Germany Nicolas Sarkozy refused to respond to any questions about his fourth child.
Carla Bruni becomes the only serving First Lady in French history to have a baby.
France First Lady was seen arriving at the private Muette Clinic early in the morning.
One member of the private clinic staff confirmed later: “She’s had the baby, it’s a little girl.”
By Wednesday evening, leading French TV stations, including France 24, which is funded by Nicolas Sarkozy’s government, were reporting that “numerous sources” inside the clinic had confirmed the birth.
“Speculation is rife that France’s First Lady may have given birth,” said presenter Francois Picard.
Jeremy Trottin, of BFMTV, another non-stop Paris news channel, said: “There are reports that Ms Bruni-Sarkozy’s gynaecologist has already delivered the baby.”
Le Figaro reported earlier on Wednesday that Carla Bruni had gone into labour.
Police and plain-clothes security agents surrounded the clinic in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, close to Carla Bruni’s town house next to the Bois de Boulogne.
President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived with presidential aids for his visit shortly after 4:00 p.m., local time, and half-an-hour later headed off to Germany looking impassive.
Carla Bruni has a 10-year-old son, Aurelien, with a former lover, the philosopher, Rafael Enthoven.
Nicolas Sarkozy has two sons, 26-year-old Pierre and Jean, 25, from his first marriage to Marie-Dominique Culioli, and a third, 14-year-old Louis, from his second to Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz.
Ohio police are investigating the possibility that Terry Thompson, the owner of the Zanesville reserve where 48 wild animals escaped from, may have opened their cages and then committed suicide.
Terry Thompson, owner of Muskingum County Animal Farm in Zanesville was found dead by authorities having his body surrounded by a number of aggressive animals.
It was reported that almost 30 wild animals have been shot and killed until now and the residents were warned to stay indoors.
Ohio police are investigating the possibility that Terry Thompson, the owner of the Zanesville reserve where 48 wild animals escaped from, may have opened their cages and then committed suicide
48 tigers, lions, wolves, giraffes, camels, cheetahs and bears bolted after their cages were left open in the reservation.
Sheriff Matt Lutz said: “We are not ruling out any possibility right now about who let the animals out of the cages and what happened to Mr Thompson. We are waiting on the results of the preliminary autopsy to establish cause of death.”
It was also reported that Terry Thompson, 62, who lived at the Muskingum County Animal Farm, had chimps in cages in his home but these were still locked up.
Jack Hanna, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium director emeritus told FOX News Channel: “The animals are hunkered down in trees right now, like you would be if it were raining.
“That’s good and bad, because the weather would reduce the danger for local residents but make the recovery of the animals more difficult.
“I’m hoping that by tonight we can account for most of these creatures.”
Authorities in Zanesville, Ohio, urged nearby residents to stay in their houses as wild animals were spotted wandering up and down highways in the area
Authorities in Zanesville urged nearby residents to stay in their houses as animals were spotted wandering up and down highways in the area.
Terry Thompson was released from prison three weeks ago after serving a one-year term for weapons offences.
According to the New York Post, Terry Thompson was convicted of cruelty to animals and placed under house arrest for six months in 2005.
A Zanesville veterinarian who inspected some of Terry Thompson’s animals described him as “an animal collector”, although Thompson claimed he was operating an animal shelter.
Terry Thompson was also said to be involved in fashion photography, and once provided lion cubs for use in a photo shoot with model Heidi Klum in 2007.
Police refused to give details of all the animals that had been shot but said bears and wolves were among the 30 animals killed.
Sheriff Matt Lutz said: “These are wild animals that you would see on TV in Africa.”
Celina Aarons, from South Florida, US, had the shock of a lifetime when she opened her cell phone bill from T Mobile and find she owed $201,000.
The woman checked with the mobile phone services provider and she learned that it wasn’t a mistake.
Celina Aarons has two deaf brothers, who are also unable to speak.
Shamir, Celina’s younger brother, who is in college and doesn’t work, and his sister is especially close to him.
Celina Aarons had the shock of a lifetime when she opened her cell phone bill from T Mobile and find she owed $201,000
The easiest way for Celina Aarons and her brother to communicate is by texting.
Celina Aarons had a data plan and the bill usually came to a total of about $175.
One day Shamir went to Canada for a two-week holiday and neither Celina Aarons nor her brother thought to change him to an international plan.
According to the bill, the two brothers sent over 2,000 texts between them and also downloaded videos, sometimes racking up $2,000 in data charges for downloading a single video.
After getting the bill Celina Aarons said: “I asked three, four times. I was like <<Are you serious?>>”
Celina Aarons and her brother sent over 2,000 texts between them and also downloaded videos, sometimes racking up $2,000 in data charges for downloading a single video
Celina Aarons told WSVN-Channel 7 News: “I was freaking out. I was shaking, crying. I was like <<my life is over>>.”
She said that paying the monster bill was impossible.
Celina Aarons added: “That’s like paying for a nice house right now based on what houses are going for.”
The phone company should have told her the bill was soaring, Celina Aarons argues.
T Mobile replied that her brother was billed $10 per megabyte and that they had texted the rate to him.
Four additional texts were sent to Shamir’s phone as the charges surged, T Mobile said.
T Mobile have now reduced the bill to $2,500 and given Celina Aarons six months to pay it.
Early in the morning, the bailiffs and riot police smashed through fences to evict dozens of traveller families living illegally on the Dale Farm site in Essex, UK.
Authorities entered Dale Farm site after breaking down a rear fence just after 07:00 BST, prompting angry scenes.
The travellers lost a last-ditch attempt to stave off the evictions at the Court of Appeal on Monday.
An alarm siren sounded inside the perimeter of Dale Farm and protesters gathered at the main gate rushed to the eastern side of the site where police were streaming in.
They engaged in hand to hand fighting with the officers who had come across the adjacent fields.
The operation was entirely police led and they were moving at jogging pace, driving back the protesters in a running battle.
Early in the morning, the bailiffs and riot police smashed through fences to evict dozens of traveller families living illegally on the Dale Farm site in Essex
100 officers pushed people aside as they made their way through Dale Farm site. Ranks of officers, including many from the Metropolitan force, lined up in front of the main gate and its gantry which has now become the symbol of the fight.
They were pelted with bricks, bottles and other debris and used riot shields above their heads as protection.
Dale Farm travellers hurled missiles on authorities who responded by using Tasers.
Some of the travelers used motorcycle d-locks to chain themselves by the neck to ruined cars but police pushed aside a rambling protester and marched deeper into the site.
Dale Farm protesters gathered at the main gate rushed to the eastern side of the site where police were streaming in
Electricity supplies were cut and protesters wearing masks said this had turned off crucial medical equipment belonging to elderly residents.
Moments later a caravan was set ablaze, sending flames and thick black smoke into the air.
Within 15 minutes police had complete control over Dale Farm site.
According to Essex Police, officers entered the site “following intelligence which informed the commanders that anyone entering the site was likely to come up against violence and a serious breach of the peace would occur”.
The Essex Police statement said: “Intelligence received indicated protesters had stockpiled various items with the intent of using these against bailiffs and police.
“First officers on the site were attacked with missiles being thrown including rocks and liquids. These officers were fully equipped to deal with this situation.”
“Consistent attempts have been made, both on Tuesday and this morning, to negotiate with protesters to leave the site peacefully.”
Dale Farm eviction, which could cost up to £18 million ($28 million), marks the end of a 10-year battle between travellers, who bought a former scrap yard on green belt land in 2001 and established their caravans there, and local authorities. More travellers joined them and some semi-permanent chalet dwellings were built.
Dale Farm history
1960’s Small numbers of travellers begin to settle alongside the Dale Farm site, part of which was authorized as a scrapyard.
1990’s The site has grown to 37 plots authorized by Basildon Council.
2001 Dale Farm traveller families began to set up pitches illegally on green belt land.
2005, May- Travellers are ordered to leave Dale Farm after a planning inspector declares the development illegal. Basildon Council votes to bring enforcement action.
June – Actor and political activist Corin Redgrave suffers a heart attack while speaking at a Basildon Council meeting discussing the future of Dale Farm. He describes travellers as “the most deprived community in the country”.
2006, May – Dale Farm travellers hold a vigil outside Westminster as the Government discusses new guidance on gypsy and traveller sites.
2007, December – The Save Dale Farm Campaign appeals for a rethink following a Basildon Council ruling to hire eviction specialists and bulldoze the site.
2008, May – Travellers celebrate the opening of a new community centre despite continuing court action from Basildon Council to allow the eviction to go ahead.
January – The Court of Appeal rules that an earlier judgment in the High Court – which quashed Basildon Council’s decision to take enforcement action – was flawed. Lord Justice Pill said the decision to clear the site was lawful.
2011, March – Basildon Council votes for a fresh resolution to clear Dale Farm. Officials estimate the eviction will cost more than £18 million. The Government agrees to part-fund the council and police operations.
July – Eviction notices are served by Basildon Council. The council gives residents occupying 51 unauthorized pitches 28 days to vacate the land.
August 8 – The campaign to stop the eviction gathers pace as actress and human rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave visits Dale Farm. Activists begin to set up ‘Camp Constant’ to help defend travellers. Lawyers fail in a High Court bid to halt the eviction.
September 5 – The date for the beginning of the clearance is revealed as September 19 – Travellers criticize the council after the date was leaked to the media before they were informed.
September 16 – Elderly resident Mary Flynn given a final chance to challenge clearance of the site.
September 18 – Supporters and travellers resisting the clearance of Dale Farm lock down the site as they prepare for the arrival of bailiffs.
September 19 – Bailiffs arrive at the main gate of Dale Farm to start the eviction of up to 80 families living on the unauthorized plot. Later, the residents win a last-gasp injunction preventing the council from clearing structures.
September 21 – Travellers flee the site amid fears of eviction. A group of travellers claiming to be from Dale Farm relocate to a public park in Luton.
September 26 – Residents win a temporary reprieve. A judge rules that residents are entitled to an extension of an injunction stopping their evictions until the courts have ruled on the legality of their proposed removal.
October 17 – Residents refused permission to appeal against a High Court ruling that gave Basildon Council the go-ahead to evict them.
October 19 – Supporters clash with bailiffs and riot police as the planned eviction finally gets under way.
At least 48 exotic animals have escaped or been set loose from the Muskingham County Animal Farm in Zanesville, Ohio.
Some of the wild animals have been shot and killed by police after they escaped from an enclosure where their owner was later found dead.
The wild animals bolted after their cages were left open in a reservation which housed exotic animals including tigers, lions, wolves, giraffes, camels and bears.
Terry Thompson, the owner of the reserve was found dead by police at the farm.
Terry Thompson’s body was discovered on the ground and all the animal cage doors were open.
At least 48 exotic animals have escaped or been set loose from the Muskingham County Animal Farm in Zanesville, Ohio
Ohio police did not reveal the cause of Terry Thompson’s death but said several aggressive animals were near his body when officers arrived and had to be shot.
The reserve owner, who lived on the property, had chimps in cages in his home but these were still locked up.
Authorities urged nearby residents to stay indoors as wild animals were spotted wandering up and down highways in the area.
Police refused to give details of all the animals that had been shot but said bears and wolves were among the 25 animals killed.
“These are wild animals that you would see on TV in Africa,” said Sheriff Matt Lutz.
The sheriff described the escaped animals as “mature, very big, aggressive” but a keeper at the park had told them the reserve’s 48 animals had been fed on Monday.
Sheriff Matt Lutz added that police officers were patrolling the 40-acre farm and the surrounding areas in cars, not on foot, and were concerned about big cats and bears hiding in woodland.
Until now, there are no reports of injuries from residents.
It was reported an increasing number of phone calls made by locals who saw wild animals on local roads.
Caretakers from Columbus Zoo Ohio were at the scene in the hope of tranquillizing and capturing the rest of the animals so no more have to be killed.
Meanwhile, at least four school districts in the area have cancelled classes until the animals are rounded up.
According to Sheriff Matt Lutz, the authorities main concern is protecting the public.
“Any kind of cat species or bear species is what we are concerned about. We don’t know how much of a head start these animals have on us.”
Laura Jones, a spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which usually deals with native wildlife like deer, said wildlife officers were helping the sheriff’s office to cope.
According to statistics, the state of Ohio has some of the nation’s weakest restrictions on exotic pets and among the highest number of injuries and deaths caused by them.
Ohio requires permits for bears but doesn’t regulate the ownership of animals like lions and tigers.
Stacie Crimm, who had been diagnosed with terminal neck cancer, decided to refuse chemotherapy so her unborn daughter could live instead.
Stacie Crimm, 41, from Ryan, Oklahoma, survived another five months before being forced to deliver her baby daughter Dottie Mae, weighing just 2lbs 1oz (940 grams), by Caesarean section – and even managed to hold her on one occasion before dying three days later.
Stacie Crimm‘s brother Ray Phillips told the Oklahoman: “This baby was everything she had in this world.”
Stacie Crimm called her brother in March when she received the news that she was pregnant after years of thinking she was infertile.
In the next days and weeks, the mother-to-be shopped for all the things her baby would need. Meanwhile, a serious worry began to gnaw at Stacie Crimm, as she was having severe headaches and double vision, while tremors struck every inch of her body.
Stacie Crimm began to tell her brother Ray of her growing concerns.
“I’m worried about this baby,” Stacie Crimm said in one text, according to the Oklahoman.
“I hope I live long enough to have this baby.”
“Bubba, if anything happens to me, you take this child.”
Stacie Crimm was no longer with the father of the baby and would have raised Dottie Mae as a single mother if she survived.
Stacie Crimm, who had been diagnosed with terminal neck cancer, decided to refuse chemotherapy so her unborn daughter could live instead
In July, Stacie Crimm visited a number of doctors and a CT scan revealed that she had head and neck cancer.
She had then to choose between her life and that of her baby’s and it was an easy decision.
Stacie Crimm’s brother told the Oklahoman that she refused the potentially lifesaving chemotherapy in the hope that she would eventually hold a healthy baby in her arms.
On August 16, Stacie Crimm collapsed at her home in Ryan, Oklahoma, and was rushed to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
At the hospital, specialists told her the invasive tumor had begun wrapping around the brain stem.
On August 18, the baby’s heart rate plummeted and Stacie Crimm’s heart stopped. Code Blue was issued and doctors decided a Caesarean -section was the baby’s only chance.
Dottie Mae was born by Caesarean section and was weighing just 2lbs 1oz
Dottie Mae was weighing less than a third of an average newborn. The little baby girl was swiftly taken to neonatal intensive care, while Stacie Crimm was placed in intensive care in another building.
“Sister was dying right there. She was gasping,” Ray Phillips told the Oklahoman.
“The human body fights death.”
Stacie Crimm fought back and managed to wrestle herself off the ventilator and sedation after a few days.
“There was still a lot of hope at that point,” said Ray Phillips’ wife Jennifer.
The cancer had affected one of the new mother’s eyes and destroyed the muscle behind it; had paralyzed her throat so that when she did talk, she was hard to understand. Stacie Crimm had tumors on her brain and she often became unconscious and had not been able to sign Dottie Mae’s birth certificate.
Stacie Crimm was too weak to be taken to her baby, and Dottie Mae was too weak to be brought to her.
“We’d show her pictures and she would cry and she would want to hold her baby,” Ray Phillips told NewsOk.
“It was quite the ordeal. I felt helpless. I wanted to help her, I wanted to do what I could for her – we all did – but they had told us it was impossible for her to see the child.”
On September 8, Stacie Crimm stopped breathing and once again was resuscitated. Doctors warned her family that she was very close to death.
But Stacie Crimm had not yet held, kissed or looked into the blue eyes of Dottie Mae whose life she had chosen above her own.
Nurse Agi Beo worked with nurse Jetsy Jacob and talked to Neoflight, the medical centre’s neonatal transport team, about using a capsule-like ICU to safely move Dottie Mae to her mother.
Dottie Mae had been moved in a capsule-like ICU to her mother
“I knew all of this was going on in the background and I didn’t say nothing to her until I knew it was going to happen because I didn’t want to get her hopes up,” Ray Phillips said.
Ray asked his sister what she would think about seeing her daughter that day. Stacie Crimm’s eyes popped open and she began looking around to find her.
Shortly, the two nurses arrived with Dottie Mae and laid her right on Stacie Crimm’s chest. Mother and daughter stared into each other’s eyes for several minutes.
“Nobody said anything, it got real quiet,” Ray Phillips told NewsOk.
“I told my sister, <<You have done a beautiful thing>>. It was the perfect moment, that’s what I called it.”
Stacie Crimm, assisted by her siblings, Ray and Elizabeth, meets her baby Dottie Mae before she passed away
Stacie Crimm died three days later, on September 11. Her funeral was on September 14.
Stacie Crimm obituary on the Dudley Funeral Homes website reads:
“Dottie Mae was the light of her life and her greatest accomplishment. She chose to give this baby life instead of taking treatment for herself.”
Dottie Mae now lives with her uncle Ray, his wife Jennifer and their four children in their Oklahoma City home.
Dottie Mae now lives with her uncle Ray, his wife Jennifer and their four children in their Oklahoma City home
Thor, a Marine sergeant, confronted NYPD officers during last weekend’s Occupy Wall Street march on Times Square.
Thor is the nickname of Marine Corp Sergeant Shamar Thomas, who yelled at a crowd of NYPD officers being too aggressive against peaceful protesters.
“There is no honor in this! There is no honor in this!” Shamar Thomas screamed over and over.
“This is not a war zone! These are unarmed people. It doesn’t make you tough to hurt these people!”
Thor, Marine Corp Sergeant Shamar Thomas yelled at a crowd of NYPD officers being too aggressive against peaceful Occupy Wall Street protesters from Times Square
Thor is qualified to make that distinction, having served in Marine Corps from 2003 and did two tours in Iraq, in 2004 and 2006, before being honorably discharged in 2007. During his time in Iraq, Thor served as the non-commission officer who ran a small detention facility in Rutbah, which earned him a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
In a video footage emerged on internet, Shamar Thomas is shown being appalled by the police behavior in Times Square, and lashes out at a group of about nine officers.
“How do you do this to people? You’re here to protect them! You’re here to protect us! This is the United States!” Thor screamed.
“If you want to go hurt people, go to Iraq!”
“They don’t have guns- why are you hurting these people?”
Thor later spoke on Keith Olberman’s Current TV show Monday night to clarify his position, saying that there is a major difference between the level of acceptable behavior in a peaceful protest and that of a warzone like he saw in Iraq.
“We had rocks thrown at us, after the rocks were thrown we didn’t go beating up people and arresting people you know what I mean? We kind of treated it with a level of humility,” Shamar Thomas said of his time in Iraq.
“I saw a cop punching a woman up in the face [in Times Square],” Thor continued.
“When the situation arises where the crowd starts getting frantic, that’s when it’s time to say <<You know, the crowd is getting frantic>>. When people are just shouting <<We are the 99 per cent, come join us>>, these are not chants that incite violence,” Thor said.
Last weekend, more than 40 people were arrested in New York’s Times Square as demonstrators jostled with police after thousands of Occupy Wall street protesters marched from the city’s Financial District to midtown Manhattan.
The Occupy movement demonstrators swamped Times Square, stopping traffic as the numbers swelled to 20,0000 in what was thought to be the largest “Occupy” demonstration in the U.S. so far.
Though the footage doesn’t show Thor ever being touched by NYPD officers, he seems to have been upset by their treatment to the other protesters.
Shamar Thomas touts both his own military service and that of his parents. His mother served in Iraq at the same time as he did in 2004, along with his father, step-father, and grandfather who have all worked in the military in various positions.
“My whole family protected this country!” Thor said in Times Square.
Shamar Thomas thinks that it is important for him to wear his military uniform, even though he is no longer an active member of the Marine Corps, in order to encourage others to join the protests.
“I want to inspire the veterans to come out because a lot of veterans have this thing where they don’t want to speak against the government. They’re so trained like <<Oh no, speaking against the government is wrong because we have a chain of command>>. I don’t think it’s about a chain of command, it’s about a way of life,” Thor said Monday.
Authorities in Nuku Hiva Island believe that teeth found in a camp fire match those of Stefan Ramin, the German tourist feared to be eaten by a cannibal in French Polynesia.
Despite DNA tests that will take weeks to complete, a dental file sent from Germany to Papeete, French Polynesia capital, where the charred bones were sent for analysis, shows the remains to be positively identified as of Stefan Ramin.
According to German media, the local investigators are now certain guide Henri Haiti, 31, killed, dismembered and ate Stefan Ramin.
German newspaper Bild wrote: “It is the suspicion of the authorities that the hunter carved his victim up, ate parts of the body and burned the remainder along with animals cadavers. He is regarded as a cannibal.”
A dental file sent from Germany to Papeete, where the charred bones were sent for analysis, shows the remains to be positively identified as of Stefan Ramin
Jose Thorel, prosecutor on Polynesian island Nuku Hiva, said: “It is almost certain the remains we found in the fire are those of Stefan Ramin.”
Local authorities have intensified the hunt for Henri Haiti on the island of Nuku Hiva. But the guide knowledge of the bushland, where authorities say he led Stefan Ramin, is unparalleled, giving Haiti a huge advantage over his pursuers.
Further examination of the site where Stefan Ramin’s remains were discovered showed how fierce the fire was that consumed him.
Leaves 25feet up show evidence of scorch marks and ash, clothes, teeth and bone fragments were found over a 35 foot radius.
Today it was confirmed the BKA (the German bureau of investigation) is now involved with French authorities in the hunt for Stefan Ramin’s killer.
Stefan Ramin, 40, from Haselau, north-west Germany was on a round-the-world trip with his girlfriend Heike Dorsch, 37, when they anchored off Nuku Hiva on September 16.
According to his girlfriend, Heike Dorsche, Stefan Ramin went off on a goat hunt with Henri Haiti – a guide registered with authorities on the island – and never returned.
Police say Henri Haiti went back to the boat to try to lure Heike Dorsch into the jungle claiming he had had an accident. Heike Dorsch was suspicious and refused to go with the guide.
Henri Haiti ended up sexually assaulting Heike Dorsch and tying her to a tree.
On Wednesday last week human remains were found in a camp fire. Among the embers were bones including a jaw bone, teeth and melted metal, believed to be fillings.
Stefan Ramin, a fanatical sailor, was a former business adviser and he kept a regular blog of his trip begun in 2008 and one of his last entries read: “I seek freedom and adventures”.
Stefan Ramin bought his catamaran Baju in Turkey and had planned to spend the next two years island hopping in the South Pacific.
Deputy Mayor of Nuku Hiva, Deborah Kimitete told local news website Les Nouvelles: “No one can believe what has happened. This has never happened here before, this is the first time, it’s horrible.”
A series of videos has emerged on internet showing images of bank customers staging protests and mass account closures in different cities across the U.S., New York; Santa Cruz, California and St Louis, Missouri.
Other footage shows dozens of Citibank and Bank of America customers denied requests to close their accounts, some even being arrested after alleged clashes with branch managers.
In a video footage obtained by Gawker.com earlier this month, dozens of people corralled inside of a Citibank branch in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, some signaling inside they are facing arrest.
Video footage shows dozens of people corralled inside of a Citibank branch in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, some signaling inside they are facing arrest
The Gawker.com website reports that 24 people were arrested on charges of criminal trespassing in Citibank branch in Manhattan.
According to a Citibank official statement the group was “very disruptive and refused to leave after being repeatedly asked”.
A Citibank spokesman said one person asked to close an account and was accommodated and acknowledged that the branch was closed “until the protesters could be removed”.
The footage presented by Gawker.com follows another video uploaded to YouTube on October 8, which shows three Occupy Santa Cruz protesters attempting to close their accounts at a local Bank of America branch.
The YouTube video shows two women walking into the Bank of America branch and sitting down, one of them with a large placard.
A branch manager asks the women to leave and threatens to call police, claiming “you cannot be a protester and a customer at the same time”.
The two women leave the bank and say to return without a sign the following day to close their accounts.
The video footages emerge weeks after both Citibank and Bank of America unveiled plans to hike fees for its services.
At the beginning of October, Citibank announced changes to its mid-tier checking accounts, which offer the potential for earning interest and a few other perks.
Starting in December, Citibank will charge $20 a month on these accounts, unless the customer has combined balances of $15,000 or more in checking, savings and investment accounts or loan balances.
The Citibank fee was previously waived for combined balances of $6,000 for that level of account, which offers perks such as interest-bearing checking.
Citibank customers also pay $2 fees for using non-Citi ATMs if they don’t meet the balance requirement. In September, Citibank said it will no longer give rewards points for debit card transactions.
The new situation stemmed, in part, from changes in federal regulations that cut roughly in half the amount banks could charge retailers for processing purchases made on debit cards, a rule that’s cutting sharply into bank revenue.
Citi’s changes came just a few days after Bank of America Corp said it would be charging $5 per month for using debit cards starting 2012. Other U.S. banks have also been testing such fees.
Meanwhile, an offshoot Occupy Wall Street movement called Bank Transfer Day appears to be gaining momentum.
A statement on the Occupy movement’s Facebook page encourages supporters to take a stand against big banks by removing their funds on November 5th.
“Together we can ensure that these banking institutions will always remember the 5th of November!!
“If the 99% removes our funds from the major banking institutions on or by this date, we will send a clear message and give the 1% a taste of the fear that we experience every day when we aren’t able to pay for our rent, food, medication, utilities, student loans, etc.”
Liliane Bettencourt, L’Oreal heiress announced today she wants to emigrate after a judge ruled that she was “mentally unfit” to manage her over $20 billion fortune.
Liliane Bettencourt, 88, the France’s richest woman who inherited the L’Oreal cosmetics fortune, was told that she had dementia and Alzheimer’s and is no longer mentally fit to run her business affairs.
The L’Oreal heiress said she was fine, and accused her daughter, Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers of plotting against her to try and wrestle control of the company.
Liliane Bettencourt, 88, the France's richest woman who inherited the L'Oreal cosmetics fortune, was told that she had dementia and Alzheimer's and is no longer mentally fit to run her business affairs
Liliane Bettencourt, who turns 89 on Friday, is also suspicious of France’s judicial authorities who are investigating her for allegedly giving brown envelopes full of cash to leading politicians in return for tax breaks.
Among the politicians involved is said to be President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was once a regular visitor to Liliane Bettencourt household in Neuilly, the upmarket Paris suburb.
In a court in Courbevoie, Judge Stephanie Kass-Danno granted the controversial ruling following a petition by Francoise Bettencourt- Meyers.
Francoise Bettencourt- Meyers, 58, had argued that Liliane Bettencourt was being negatively influenced by members of her “entourage” to whom she kept handing out money.
Just before the judge’s decision, Liliane Bettencourt said: “If my daughter wins I will go abroad.”
Liliane Bettencourt also said that having her money put under the control of a daughter to whom she seldom speaks would be a “nightmare”.
The L’Oreal heiress also objected to another part of the ruling that states that she herself will be under the “guardianship” of her grandson, Jean-Victor Meyers.
The Bettencourt family war started in 2007, when Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers accused a photographer called Francois-Marie Banier of taking advantage of Liliane Bettencourt’s condition by persuading her to give him around $1.5 billion worth of artworks, insurance policies and cash.
The family war then turned into a political scandal after it was alleged that Liliane Bettencourt had effectively “bought” tax breaks from politicians like President Nicolas Sarkozy.
At that moment, a judicial enquiry has been opened into the so-called Bettencourt Affair, but it is unlikely to conclude before next year’s presidential elections.
According to Jean-Rene Farthouat, Liliane Bettencourt’s lawyer, today’s ruling was “contrary to good sense” and there would be an appeal.
Liliane Bettencourt is the daughter of Eugene Schueller, the founder of L’Oreal.
Bettencourt family owns a 31% stake in the company, worth over $20 billion.
Francoise Bettencourt-Meyers reassured investors that the decision to put Liliane Bettencourt under guardianship would not affect the company in any way.
Stefan Ramin, a German round-the-world sailor is feared to have been eaten by cannibals during a visit to Nuku Hiva, a South Sea island of French Polynesia.
Police found remains on a camp fire which are believed to belong to Stefan Ramin, a 40-year-old business adviser from Haselau in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany.
Stefan Ramin apparently arranged to go on a traditional goat hunt in the forest after dropping anchor at Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia.
Nuku Hiva, a South Sea island of French Polynesia, where Stefan Ramin is believed to have been eaten by cannibals
Stefan Ramin’s girlfriend, Heike Dorsch says she saw him depart with a local guide, named as Henri Haiti. After a while, only the guide returned and he told her: “There’s been an accident. He needs help.”
Before she could rush into the forest, however, Heike Dorsch claims Henri Haiti chained her to a tree and sexually abused her.
Heike Dorsch, 37, managed to escape hours later to alert authorities and they began a seven-day search for her partner, Stefan Ramin.
Last week, the ashes were found in a valley by a squad of 22 police officers and among the embers were bones including a jaw bone, teeth and melted metal, believed to be fillings.
Stefan Ramin and his girlfriend, Heike Dorsch, before he disappeared and now feared to be eaten by cannibals
Police investigators believe a “human body was hacked to pieces and burned”.
The guide, Henri Haiti is still missing and soldiers from the French overseas territory have joined local police in the hunt for him.
The remains found in the forest were flown to a hospital in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, and from there to Paris for DNA analysis to prove whether they are all that is left of Stefan Ramin.
Heike Dorsch says she saw her boyfriend Stefan Ramin depart with a local guide, Henri Haiti (photo)
In 2008, Stefan Ramin set out to sail the world in a catamaran with his girlfriend Heike Dorsch.
On his Facebook page, Stefan Ramin listed his interests as “travelling, blue water sailing, kiting, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, diving… actually everything which one can do on and under the water”.
Stefan and Heike used an online blog to report their progress to friends and relatives.
In September, Stefan Ramin dropped anchor in Nuku Hiva, largest of the Marquesas’ islands, which, over the centuries, have featured in many reports of cannibalism.
José Thorel, a French chief investigator based on Tahiti, did not rule out the possibility that the remains are of Stefan Ramin but said the DNA evidence could take weeks to analyze.
The German newspaper Bild said that Henri Haiti was a “suspected cannibal”.
Reporting from the scene, Bild wrote: “Ashes from the fire are distributed over several square meters. In it bones, dentures and an artificial denture with charred metal lay. It smells of burned meat. Around the fireplace clothes were scattered.
“A prosecutor said that the probability is that he was murdered by a cannibal and parts of him were eaten.”
Deputy Mayor of Nuku Hiva, Deborah Kimitete told local news website Les Nouvelles: “No one can believe what has happened. This has never happened here before, this is the first time, it’s horrible.”
Nuku Hiva is an island with a population of just over 2,000 and featured in the stories of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick.
Outside of horror films, cannibalism is virtually unheard of in the modern world. The Korowai of Papua New Guinea is one of the last surviving tribes to eat humans as a cultural practice. The tribe is numbering about 3,000, who live in an area so remote they were unaware of the existence of anyone besides themselves until 1970.
It was reported that the Korowai eat the brain immediately, while it is still warm, but the claims have not been verified.
Dan Wheldon, Indianapolis 500 winner died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car burst into flames following a high-speed 15-car pile-up.
Dan Wheldon’s Dallara-Honda flew over another racer’s car and landed in a catch fence just outside Turn 2. Three other drivers, including championship contender Will Power, were hurt in the pileup during Lap 11.
Dan Wheldon, 33, was a two-time Indy winner, including this year’s race.
The British Indycar champion was rushed to University Medical Center of Las Vegas in a helicopter but died as a result of his severe “unsurvivable” injuries.
Dan Wheldon, Indianapolis 500 winner died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car burst into flames following a high-speed 15-car pile-up
There were speculations that Dan Wheldon was pushing himself to the limits for the massive $5 million bonus given to drivers who had started at the back of the grid.
Organizers of the race had offered the $5 million bonus to any non-regular IndyCar driver, such as Dan Wheldon, who had started at the back of the field.
Despite his previous success, Dan Wheldon was not a regular driver this season and accepted the offer, leading to speculation this caused him to drive faster than normal. A win would have helped to restore him to the heights of the series and helped with sponsorship.
The race was abandoned after the tragedy and as news of Dan Wheldon’s death spread there were emotional scenes track side.
IndyCar CEO, Randy Bernard confirmed Dan Wheldon’s death during a press conference.
“IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today.”
Fellow driver Dario Franchitti, Den Wheldon’s former teammate and friend since the age of six, said:
“One minute you’re joking around at driver intros.
“I lost, we lost, a good friend. Everybody in the IndyCar series considered him a friend. He was such a good guy. He was a charmer.”
With the race abandoned, drivers, many sobbing openly, took part in a five-lap salute around the oval in honor of one of the sport’s biggest stars.
Dan Wheldon is the first IndyCar driver to die on the track since rookie Paul Dana was killed in practice on the morning of race day at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2006.
The tragedy comes just months after Dan Wheldon won the famous Indianapolis 500 in May for the second time.
Dan Wheldon, who lived in St Petersburg, Florida, won the entire IndyCar series championship back in 2005, when he also enjoyed his first triumph in the Indy500 race.
Dan Wheldon was born in Emberton, Buckinghamshire, and he attended the fee-paying Bedford School and started karting at the age of four.
After an early racing rivalry with contemporary and Formula One ace Jenson Button, Dan Wheldon left the UK in 1999 for the more lucrative racing scene in the USA.
Dan Wheldon with his wife Susie, baby son Oliver, and older son Sebastian, when he won Indianapolis 500 in May 2011
Dan Wheldon’s first Indianapolis 500 victory was in 2005, when he passed Danica Patrick with less than 10 laps to go that year.
He was the beneficiary of a huge gaffe by someone else.
Dan Wheldon was in second place, far back of rookie J.R. Hildebrand approaching the final turn – when Hildebrand lost control and clipped the wall.
Dan Wheldon was almost resigned to finishing second at Indy for the third straight year, before misfortune struck Hildebrand.
“It’s obviously unfortunate, but that’s Indianapolis,” he said.
“That’s why it’s the greatest spectacle in racing. You never know what’s going to happen.”
Dan Wheldon is survived by his wife Susie and two sons, Sebastian and Oliver.
Jobe Kilbride, 13, was the youngest of a gang of five, who went on a terrifying 10-day robbery spree across Liverpool in April and May this year.
Jobe Kilbride poses brazenly with a deadly sawn-off shotgun during a 10-day robbery spree which brought terror to Liverpool. Police found his pictures that his friends had taken on his mobile phone.
The gang, whose members’ ages ranged from 13 to 18, targeted taxi drivers and shopkeepers and shot one man during their rampage.
The gang leader was Bradley Beveridge, 18, who had been on the police radar since his early teens and has already racked up a host of convictions.
Bradley Beveridge was locked up indefinitely.
Jobe Kilbride, 13, was the youngest of a gang of five, who went on a terrifying 10-day robbery spree across Liverpool
Jobe Kilbride was given 4 years while his older brother Declan, 16, was locked up for 9 years.
Other gang member, Declan Culshaw, 15, who acted as look-out in the gang’s final robbery, was given 5 years while Dylan Currie, 14, was jailed for 6 years.
The gang’ spree was opportunistic, they had their faces covered by hoods or simply by pulling their jumpers up as they prowled the streets with a loaded shotgun.
The first robber was on April 30, around 1:00 a.m., when a private hire taxi driver, went to pick up a fare on Daneville Road, Norris Green.
When the taxi driver pulled up he was faced with three figures with a shotgun who stole his takings and his cab, a silver Ford Mondeo, dumping it less than half-a-mile away.
Next day, on May 1, at the same morning hour, another private hire driver – this time in a silver Ford Focus – became the gang’s next victim.
He picked up three youths on Scargreen Avenue, Norris Green, and was told to take them to Delamore Street, in Anfield.
As they neared their destination, one of them grabbed the handbrake while the driver had a shotgun shoved in his face.
They took the cash and the car, abandoning it on Scarisbrick Road, Norris Green, 45 minutes later.
In the same day, at 11:10 p.m., two of them, having a shotgun, burst into the Quickhomesave store, on Selwyn Street, Walton, threatened staff and fled with cash.
On May 4, the gang burst again at the All in One convenience store on Tarbock Road, Huyton, threatening staff with a shotgun and taking cash and cigarettes.
The last two crimes happened within minutes of each other at around 10:15 p.m. on May 10.
The gang stood huddled in a bus stop on Muirhead Avenue East, Norris Green, for 20 or so minutes, one by one going to peer inside the nearby All in One shop until they were sure the coast was clear.
As seen on CCTV, they filed into the shop and robbed it, leaving the lone staff member cowering in a corner.
As they fled across the main road into a nearby estate, they were confronted by the shop’s owner who was on his way to his business after hearing what was going on.
In Winskill Road, the teenager gang shot at Rajeethan Pulendran and a friend when they tried to stop them, hitting the friend in the body. The man escaped the attack with only minor injuries.
175 of Occupy Chicago protesters have been arrested last night in a downtown plaza where some had set up tents and sleeping bags in a protest inspired by the New York Occupy Wall Street movement.
More than 2,000 people protested in a march from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to Grant Park, which had been the site of anti-war protests during the 1968 Democratic convention.
According to the police, 175 Occupy Chicago protesters were arrested last night for allegedly violating a city ordinance by being in the park after it closed and ignoring repeated warnings from police to leave.
175 of Occupy Chicago protesters have been arrested last night in a downtown plaza where they had set up tents and sleeping bags
Occupy Chicago protest was part of a global day of demonstrations, which started Saturday in Asia and Europe and rippled around to the United States and Canada.
In US, protests were held in dozens of cities including Washington, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami.
The Occupy movement demonstrations worldwide were mostly peaceful apart from Rome, where the demonstration sparked riots.
It is not clear for the moment whether Occupy movement, which has been driven using social media, would sustain momentum beyond Saturday.
According to critics, Occupy movement has not a clear message.
It was reported that the Occupy Wall Street organizers have amassed a $230,000 war chest and a warehouse full of supplies to take their campaign through the winter.
According to New York Post, the Occupy Wall Street chief finance officer, Victoria Sobel, a 21-year-old arts student, has been calling meetings of the movement to decide how to spend the vast sums of cash.
It was also reported that expenditure above $100 requires a vote by the daily “general assembly” of protesters.
New York Observer reported that about $75,000 of the funds has come from buckets left in Zuccotti Park since the occupation began on September 17.
Donated goods have filled the local UPS store on Fulton Street, where people have been sending boxes containing jars of peanut butter, boxes of cereal, tampons, soap, batteries, energy bars and supplies for the winter, including sweatshirts and blankets.
Occupy Wall Street demonstrators say they are upset that the billions of dollars in bank bailouts doled out during the recession allowed banks to resume earning huge profits while average Americans have had no relief from high unemployment and job insecurity.
The Occupy protesters also believe the richest 1% of Americans do not pay their fair share in taxes and want a more equitable economic system.
Occupy Chicago group had protested outside the Fed building for 23 days prior to relocating on Saturday.
The annual West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival will be host by Captain Salem Avery Museum on Sunday, October 16, in Shady Side, Maryland.
Oyster Festival will feature food from top caterers, music by talented artists and vendors with items for sale.
Oyster Festival will run from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at which time the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society will draw the winner of the $5,000 raffle. Tickets for the raffle have been for sale for several weeks at locations around South County.
The annual West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival will be host by Captain Salem Avery Museum on Sunday, October 16, in Shady Side, Maryland
Traditional foods of Oyster Festival include fried oysters, grilled oysters, oysters on the half-shell, plus hot dogs, funnel cakes, beer, wine, and sodas. Homemade desserts will be for sale on the porch where guests are invited to “sit a spell” and enjoy the view of the West River and festivities on the grounds.
Mrs. Avery’s Tea tours will bring visitors to the kitchen where samples of the cakes and cookies typical of the 1870s will be served.
Popular musicians will play throughout the day at Oyster Festival in Shady Side. Tim and Savannah Finch and The Eastman String Band will entertain with high energy instrumentals and soaring harmonies. The duo of Janie Meneely and Paul Di Blasi who make up the group “Calico Jack” will play songs about Bay traditions, and nautical lore. The Shady Side Sour Notes will also be playing toe tapping music.
Coastal Flats will be performing Jimmy Buffett songs, music of the Caribbean and cool jazz.
Community merriment will continue with artists, authors and craftsman.
In 2011, “Choose It and Use It” ticket purchases begin at the Oyster Festival. Individuals can pick a party, a service, or other items from the wide variety being offered. It is an easy way to host an event without any work.
For children, games and fun activities will take place in the children’s corner including face painting and harvest crafts.
Topping off the afternoon will be the drawing of the winner of the $5,000 raffle sponsored by the Society. Tickets, still $5, will be for sale at the festival or from local merchants before Sunday. Purchasers do not need to be present to win. All proceeds will benefit the Museum.
Admission to the West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival is $6. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking will be available at the nearby Shady Side ball fields with free shuttle service. There will be handicapped parking at the Museum. The museum is located at 1418 EW Shady Side Road in Shady Side.
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