Making history

November 11, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

?Scientists jailed because they did not predict deadly earthquake in Italy — now cleared: “Six scientists who were each sentenced to six years in prison because they failed to predict a deadly earthquake in Italy which left 309 people dead have been cleared. The group, which includes some of the country’s most respected seismologists, was jailed for manslaughter after underestimating the risks that an earthquake posed to the town of L’Aquila. The scientists were members of a Major Risks committee that met in the town after a series of small tremors but concluded that there was little risk. Judges in the first trial in 2012 said the committee members gave a ‘misleadingly reassuring statement’ that prompted at least 29 people who wanted to leave the town to stay instead. They were jailed in October that year. There was widespread outrage at the verdict, particularly from those within the scientific community. The journal Nature called it ‘perverse’ and the sentencing ‘ludicrous’ given the recognised difficulty of predicting earthquakes. The prosecutors could still appeal the innocent verdict to Italy’s highest court”

Holidaymakers baffled as tips on board luxury China cruise are debited to ‘Shanghai Carpet Factory’ on bank statements: “Guests on board luxury Viking River Cruises in China are being left confused when they receive the bill for their trip. Holidaymakers are discovering that any tips given to staff during are debited as payments to the ‘Shanghai Carpet Factory’ on bank statements – separate to their main bill. A booklet given to passengers aboard the Yangtze River cruise stipulates that tips charged will appear on their statement as the carpet company, according to The Telegraph. A spokesman for the Swiss-based Viking Cruises told MailOnline Travel: ‘In accordance with local law, Viking Cruises uses a Chinese partner company to complete the transaction. ‘We are open and transparent about this and make our guests aware of this to avoid any confusion when their statement arrives.’ Viking have two luxurious cruises of China on its itinerary.”

Friendly ground squirrel: “It looks like a real-life game of Whack-a-Mole. But instead of trying to hit the inquisitive squirrel on the head with an inflatable mallet, Stacey Wallace, 28, took a ‘selfie’ with the animal. The rodent popped out of its hole in search of nuts at Lightning Lake in British Columbia’s Manning Park. And to ensure she captured the perfect picture, Ms Wallace from Vancouver lay out on the ground metres away from the squirrel and slowly crawled towards him. The ground squirrel stayed in position long enough for her to take a few pictures and later climbed into her arms for a cuddle. Ground squirrels generally burrow into the soil and live in holes rather than trees. The term is most often used to describe medium-sized ground squirrels, as the larger ones are more commonly known as marmots or prairie dogs. Smaller and less bushy-tailed ground squirrels tend to be known as chipmunks. They are variable in size, but most are remarkably able to rise up on their hind legs and stand comfortably for prolonged periods. They hibernate seven or eight months out of the year”

Killed by his wedding ring: “A man was killed by his own wedding ring after in touched a live wire on a dishwasher he had just finished installing for relatives, police say. Jason Ferguson, 33, died while trying to set up the machine for his brother-in-law and sister-in-law at their home in South Daytona, Florida. He had turned off power in the room for most of the process, but left it on while he reached behind the unit to investigate a ‘strange noise’ it was making. Albert Washington, his brother-in-law told officers he thought Ferguson was investigating an exposed copper wire. A police investigation found that his ring had touched an ‘unknown element’ in the machine while he was leaning against its metal door. Ferguson, who lives in nearby Port Orange, was taken to the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The tragedy of people infested with ‘jigger’ fleas: “This is the painful moment a man infested with parasitic ‘jigger’ fleas is forced to have them cut out of his foot with a scalpel. The man’s foot is massively swollen and disfigured, having been plagued with jiggers for years, leaving him unable to walk. The skin on his foot is flaky and pitted from previous infestations. Jigger, or chigoe fleas, common in Sub-Saharan Africa, burrow into human flesh and lay pea-sized egg sacs. The resulting wounds can lead to infections like gangrene and hepatitis. They cause swelling, itching and infection which can lead to amputation and even death in the worst cases. Cutting the fleas out of the foot and soaking it in alcohol or another disinfectant is the only way to treat the disease once an infestation has occurred. Cutting out the jiggers is a painful process, and often all the jiggers cannot be removed in one sitting. In Kenya, an estimated 1.4 million people (translating to four per cent of the total population) suffer from jigger infestation.” While in small numbers jiggers are not deadly, the secondary infections such as gangrene and tetanus can be fatal.”

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