Lions at home

August 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Family who lay on top of two-year-old girl until she suffocated to death in four hour exorcism are let off with fines: “Parents and relatives who suffocated a two-year-old child to death by lying on top of her for hours in an exorcism ritual have been spared jail and received only fines. Amid chants in a darkened room, two-year-old Chua Wan Zuen was pinned down under a blanket by eight people – two of whom were not charged – in a bizarre attempt to crush out the evil spirits they said had consumed her. The child was held down by the group for what doctors believed were several tortuous hours, but they told police they did not intend to kill her. A Malaysian court sitting in northern Penang state, fined the parents, an uncle, an aunt and grandmother 10,000 ringgit (£2,000) each after they pleaded guilty to causing Chua’s death by negligence.”

Another therapeutic magnet claim: “It sounds faintly ridiculous – but restless leg syndrome (RLS), characterised by uncomfortable twitches in the muscles of the legs, brings misery to millions of Britons. Now, a magnetic gadget is having remarkable success in alleviating RLS, also known as Ekbom’s Disease. Nine in ten patients who used the device – a Velcro-adjustable leg-wrap – found it eased symptoms, according to a study by Dr Nyjon Eccles, who specialises in alternative and complementary medicine at The Hale Clinic in London. The LegCare wrap is fitted below the knee and above the calf muscle. During the study, patients wore their wrap 24 hours a day for one month. After five months, the majority said pain, twitching and tingling was reduced by 50 per cent. Just how the wrap works is also not known, though some studies suggest there may be an improvement in circulation and a calming of the nerve signals.”

Kenyan lawyer goes to International Court of Justice in bid to overturn conviction and death penalty handed down to Jesus: “A Kenyan lawyer has petitioned the International Court of Justice to overturn the trial and conviction of Jesus Christ and his subsequent death sentence. Dola Indidis, a former spokesman of the Kenyan Judiciary, is attempting to sue, among others, the Republic of Italy and the State of Israel over the execution of the Christian Messiah. He has turned to the Netherlands-based court, which usually hears matters of international law, after an attempt to file the suit at the High Court of Nairobi was thrown out in 2007. Mr Indidis hopes to have Jesus’ conviction quashed.”

Tropical paradise in English backyard: “You could say their garden is a bit of a jungle… in the nicest possible way, of course. With 18ft windmill palms native to the Far East towering into the sky, tree ferns from Australia, cordylines and fig trees, it does, however, look like it ought to be sited somewhere tropical. But in fact this little piece of paradise has far, far humbler roots. To reach it, you just have to step out of the back door of Mr and Mrs Watson’s red-brick detached house in the suburbs of Derby. It is a far cry from what was there when the couple bought the newly built three-bedroom property in a residential street in 1966 for £3,150 and moved in after their wedding. They first transformed it into a typical English suburban garden. Mr Watson, who worked as a British Rail engineer, grew dahlias and picked up countless rosettes for his vegetables at horticultural shows. It was 15 years ago that, having raised their son Adam and become grandparents, they decided to switch to the tropical paradise look.”

Maximum security prisoners who get a day off their sentence for every three days they work knitting: “Poring over their fine-quality crochet, the prisoners of Brazil’s Arisvaldo de Campos Pires maximum security penitentiary are a model of concentration. And it’s no wonder, when you consider what’s at stake. Thanks to a collaboration with Brazilian fashion designer Raquel Guimaraes, the inmates have one day taken off their sentence for every three days of knitting they perform. The designer turned to the prison for help in 2009 when she had trouble finding knitters for her Doiselles label, which specialises in beautiful knitting and crochet work. She trained 18 prisoners sentenced for crimes ranging from robbery to murder, and their work is now exported globally, including to America, France, and Japan. The hand-made pieces, which are strictly quality-checked, are also sold in 70 stores in Brazil.

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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