Nov 09 2013
A 19-year-old Detroit woman shot and killed after knocking on a stranger's door was looking for help after a car crash, her family has said.
Renisha McBride's family also asked people and the media to respect their privacy until after her funeral, which was held on Friday at the House of Prayer and Praise Church in Detroit.
Family members said they held a closed-casket service.
"We couldn’t get a chance to look at her for the last time," Krystal Byrd, Ms McBride’s cousin, told The Detroit News. "We need justice."
The family released a statement calling for "peace and justice as we challenge the system to arrest and try the alleged assailant for this horrific act".
The stranger lives in a Dearborn Heights home. He said his shotgun accidentally discharged when he shot Ms McBride in the face on Sunday afternoon.
The man "believed the girl was breaking into the home. And he's also saying the gun discharged accidentally," Lieutenant James Serwatowski, chief detective, told the Detroit Free Press.
But the view has been disputed by the woman's family, who claimed she had been shot in the back and said the man did not immediately notify police.
"It’s hard to believe it’s an accident when a gun is in her face and the trigger is pulled," attorney Gerald Thurswell said of Ms McBride’s death.
Police are looking for more information and said they would release a statement once the investigation is completed, saying the probe is moving swiftly.
McBride's crash took place several blocks away from the home.
Her death sparked a recent protest outside a Detroit police station, with relatives, friends and others in the community demanding justice.
Nov 09 2013
A man found buried alive in a Brazilian cemetery has been freed after a passer-by reportedly saw the earth moving and heard calls for help.
Brazil's Record TV says the discovery was made by a woman visiting a relative's grave in the Ferraz de Vasconcelos area of Sao Paulo.
Video footage shows emergency services scraping dirt from the man's body, which is still buried up to the chest, before hauling him out of the grave.
Record TV says the man has suffered from psychiatric problems according to his nephew.
How the man ended up buried is unclear, but one theory is that he may have been attacked and dumped in the grave.
Sao Paulo State Health Service confirmed the man was admitted to hospital and saw a doctor and psychiatrist.
It says his injuries were relatively minor and he was released from hospital the same day.
Nov 09 2013
An alarm clock that sets out to actually alarm its owner first thing in the morning is set to go into production.
ALARMclock has a retro-style LED animation which can be programmed to start the day with information that shocks its user into awareness.
The makers say it can deliver "motivating data about your financial status, the size of your social networks, and your projected life expectancy".
So instead of seeing the time on the clock's display, users could see their current bank balance or the number of Facebook friends they have.
All that is needed is a WiFi connection to customise features from a computer, phone or tablet.
The clock's designers applied for backing for their idea on kickstarter.com , the crowdfunding website that appeals to individual backers to buy a stake in the idea.
Their pitch funding suggests to backers they can "reconnect with powerful motivating forces such as financial instability, social insecurity and fear of death".
The clock is, its designers say: "A daily reminder that life is hard, deal with it."
In their case, it might just have got easier.
With 18 days to go until the funding period ends, they have already raised more than double the $7,000 (£4,300) amount they set out to achieve.
Nov 08 2013
MANILA, Philippines – The most powerful typhoon in the world this year and possibly the strongest ever to hit land slammed into the Philippines on Friday, killing at least four people, setting off landslides and cutting communications in the country's central region of island provinces.
Typhoon Haiyan moved into the northern tip of Cebu Province, a popular tourist destination with the country's second largest city, after slamming the islands of Leyte and Samar with 170 mph wind gusts and waves between 15 and 19 feet, Reuters reported.
Telephone lines appeared down as it was difficult to get through to the landfall site 405 miles southeast of Manila where Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the southern tip of Samar island before barreling on to Leyte Island.
A villager was electrocuted in southern Surigao del Sur province and another was hit by tree felled by strong winds in central Cebu province, officials said.
Television images from Tacloban city on Leyte Island showed a street under knee-deep floodwater carrying debris that had been blown down by the fierce winds. Tin roofing sheets ripped from buildings were flying above the street.
Visibility was so poor that only the silhouette of a local reporter could be seen through the driving rain.
Authorities warned more than 12 million people were at risk, Reuters reported. More than 125,000 people had been evacuated from towns and villages in the typhoon's path, which was to cut across the central Philippines, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. Among them were thousands of residents of Bohol who had been camped in tents and other makeshift shelters after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the island last month.
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A Manhattan dad is not lovin’ McDonald’s right now.
Attorney David Schorr slapped a court-appointed shrink with a defamation lawsuit for telling the judge deciding a custody battle with his estranged wife that he was an unfit parent — for refusing to take his son to the fast food joint for dinner.
“You’d think it was sexual molestation,” Schorr, 43, told The Post Thursday. “I am just floored by it.”
Schorr says in his Manhattan Supreme Court suit that E. 97th Street psychiatrist Marilyn Schiller filed a report saying he was “wholly incapable of taking care of his son” and should be denied his weekend visitation over the greasy burger ban.
Schorr, a corporate attorney turned consultant with degrees from NYU and Oxford University, had planned to take his 4-year-old son to their usual restaurant, the Corner Café on Third Avenue, for his weekly Tuesday night visitation last week.
But the boy threw a temper tantrum and demanded McDonald’s. So he gave his son an ultimatum: dinner anywhere other than McDonald’s — or no dinner.
“The child, stubborn as a mule, chose the ‘no dinner’ option,” the disgruntled dad says in the suit.
“It was just a standoff. I’m kicking myself mightily,” Schorr said.
“I wish I had taken him to McDonalds, but you get nervous about rewarding bad behavior. I was concerned. I think it was a 1950s equivalent of sending your child to bed without dinner. That’s maybe the worst thing you can say about it,” he said.
Adding insult to injury, he said: “My wife immediately took him to McDonalds.”
Nov 08 2013
Tantric massages deliver sexual pleasure and are subject to the same tax levied on brothels and swinger clubs in the southwestern German city of Stuttgart, a local court ruled Thursday.
The decision by an administrative court in the city followed a complaint by the owner of a massage studio who had been billed a total of 840 euros ($1,100) for January and February 2012 under a local "amusement tax".
The court said that a studio offering the massages falls under the same tax levied on businesses that provide the "granting of opportunity for sexual pleasures".
The studio owner had argued that Tantric massages should be exempt because "although the genital area is involved during the massage, the main purpose of the treatment is not sexual pleasure", the court said in a statement.
Rather, the owner argued, the massage is aimed at providing holistic well-being and self-awareness, it added.
But the court stressed that because massages including the genital area can be booked for a fee, the business fit the requirements of the so-called amusement tax which is calculated according to the size of the business.
"The question of whether the massages offered are focused on sexual pleasures or not, however, is not relevant to the case," the court statement said.
The studio owner can appeal the ruling.
Tantric massage is a type of full-body massage performed according to a ritual rooted in Tantric tradition.
Nov 07 2013
A woman has been arrested in Turkey for allegedly trying to sell her baby to a couple in a toilet at an airport.
Turkish police released CCTV showing the 22-year-old, identified as Dinara A, arriving at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport in a taxi with her mother - and the child in a carrycot.
Once the cab leaves, the woman can be seen speaking on her mobile phone.
The security footage then shows a couple at the airport - the woman with a handbag and man with a red suitcase - heading to meet her.
Dinara A enters the toilet with the baby, followed by the other woman who is seen leaving the facility with the baby.
Police said the woman agreed to hand over the child to the Turkish-born German couple in an airport toilet on September 14 in exchange for 1,000 Turkish Liras (£310), Dogan News Agency reported.
According to police sources, the German woman decided to return the baby to the toilets after she realised she could not pass through passport control with the child.
She later called police claiming she had found the baby in the toilet.
Dinara A, her baby, and mother were later deported from Turkey.
The German woman was released after providing testimony.
credits: euronews (In English)
Why would these sexy women want a sex change? The answer is: because they are not women.
The Miss Trans Brazil beauty pageant contest consists of men who live and dress as women.
Many of them have not yet removed their male private parts.
The organizers of the beauty pageant contest caused controversy after they offered a sex change operation to the winner as the prize.
Brazilian law prohibits sex change operations, so the proposed procedure would be performed in a hospital in Thailand.
Thailand hospital representatives were present at the event.
However, the organizers explained that the winner can use the gift certificate for things other than a sex change operation.
The winner will receive a voucher that can be used at the Thailand hospital for services, including a sex change and cosmetic surgery.
28 contestants participated in the Miss Trans, which was held at the Joao Caetano Theatre in Rio de Janeiro.
The event was sponsored by the government’s Social Assistance and Human Rights Department as part of a campaign to combat homophobic violence in the country.
The winner, Raiica Ferraz, 21, of Sao Paulo, who works as a hairdresser, chose to have cosmetic procedures done to make her face more feminine.
Ferraz will not have a sex change.
“I don’t need a sex change. I already feel like a woman. I have been taking hormone tablets since the age of 17 to create my curves and increase my bust size, and I am really happy with the results,” Ferraz said.
Majorie Marchi, contest organizer and an activist, said there is a need for affirmative public policies inclusive of transsexuals, and until that is achieved, they would make themselves very visible and hard to ignore.
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Nov 06 2013
A US student disguised himself as a homeless man to propose to his girlfriend.
Mike King, 22, donned scruffy clothes, a mask, long-haired wig and fake beard to pop the question to Katie Barabas.
The pair are bother volunteers with the local Feed the Homeless group in South Bend, Indiana.
But Miss Barabas wasn't expecting to see Mr King that day and was clearly taken in when the 'homeless man' asked for her hand in marriage.
Smiling, she turned him down - but her jaw dropped when her would-be groom whipped off his disguise to reveal his identity.
"When he took off his mask and got down on one knee and I was in complete shock and in such joy. It was so special the way he did it," she said.
Mr King admitted that he was relieved when she finally said 'yes'.
"I was definitely extremely nervous," he said. "I'm not typically nervous. The significance of this prank was a lot greater."
The couple plan to invite the homeless from the Feed the Hungry campus ministry to attend their reception.
Nov 06 2013
A Chinese company that refused to allow staff time off when their office filled with car exhaust fumes has issued them with gas masks instead.
Builders called in to reinstall the office's air conditioning system bungled by setting it up to suck in supposedly fresh air from the underground car park below the building.
Staff complained of watery eyes, coughing fits and headaches as a result of having to brave the fumes at the building in the city of Nanchong, Sichuan province.
Managers refused to give them time off but, on the third day, finally agreed to buy staff gas masks as an alternative to allowing them to stay away from work.
The builders meanwhile have refused to change anything, saying that the company had told them to reinstall the air conditioning through the wall of the elevator shaft.
Health experts who tested the office said that as long as staff were wearing masks was no reason to close down the office while the problem is fixed.