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September 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Oregon couple get $2 million cell phone bill: “On Monday, an Oregon man checked the balance of his disputed Verizon cell phone bill on an account he had closed nearly a year earlier. The automated recording said, “Your total amount due is $2,156,593.64.” Slusher and his girlfriend opened a Verizon account last November and they bought two phones. They only kept the service for one month after noticing major discrepancies on their bills. Slusher says their first bill should’ve been for about $120. Instead, it was for $698, plus it showed a previous balance of $451. Slusher says their next statement asked for just $9. Slusher says they canceled the service in December and returned the phones to a local Verizon store in January. On Wednesday, Verizon issued a statement to FOX 12 regarding this situation. It said, “We have apologized to an Oregon customer for a programming error in an automated voice response system. The error caused him to receive an incorrect voice message that he owed $2 million on his bill. We are correcting the error now and have resolved the issue to his satisfaction.”

Leaving bread for birds changes their migration patterns: “Britons who leave food out in their gardens for birds are helping to change their migration patterns, new research shows. One species in particular is heading to the UK for the winter instead of sunny Spain due to the increased amount of food available. Blackcaps, which breed in southern Germany and Austria, are increasingly migrating towards Britain rather than their traditional wintering grounds, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) said. The BTO added in a statement that the authors had found ‘strong evidence that blackcap occupancy rates are influenced by both supplementary food and climactic temperature.’ It added that winters in Britain had become ‘milder’ in recent decades and that the changes in migration patterns had become genetically encoded. Blackcaps were barely recorded in Britain before the 1950s, but their numbers have increased rapidly in the last 60 years. It coincides with research which suggests that an estimated six in ten Britons leave food out to attract wild birds.”

Australia: ‘Unfriending’ someone on Facebook is now workplace bullying: “‘Unfriending’ a colleague on Facebook amounts to workplace bullying, an industrial relations tribunal has ruled. The decision emerged from a case involving two workers at a real estate agent’s office in Tasmania and – Rachael Roberts, who had worked there for ten years, and sales administrator Lisa Bird. The two initially had disagreement over who was to blame for a lost sale, The Australian newspaper reported, after which Mrs Bird stopped saying ‘Good morning’ to her colleague and unfriended her on Facebook. Ms Roberts was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and received medication and treatment from a psychologist and deemed unfit to return to work until the dispute had been resolved. The tribunal found this showed Mrs Bird’s behaviour posed a risk to the employee’s health and safety. The claim was brought under the bullying provisions of the Fair Work Act, which allows the tribunal to make orders to ‘stop bullying at work’ but does not allow it to award compensation.

How five brave children saved their mother’s life by pinning her violent ex-partner to the ground: “Rachael Moore was staring death in the face as her ex-partner Daryl Fields reloaded his shotgun for a second shot – and it was only the remarkable reaction of her five young children that saved her life. On the night of April 11, 2014, at Chambers Flat in Queensland, a heavily intoxicated Fields stormed Ms Moore’s home and shot her once in the arm. The 38-year-old mother of five reveals to 60 Minutes that as his car arrived in the driveway she feared the worst and told the children, aged 2 to 14, to run and hide. They watched in horror, first as their mother was grabbed by the throat and when he returned with a gun they saw her slump to the ground in a pool of blood. In an instant they forgot her warning to stay hidden and bravely charged at her attacker, as he reloaded. ‘They grabbed hold of the gun and with a blow to the temple, fought him to the ground, said reporter Tara Brown. Fields was arrested and charged with attempted murder. Rachael Moore went very close to losing the arm, she tells how she overheard doctors discussing possible amputation and pleaded with them not to.

Rare fox: “A wildlife photographer has captured these amazing images of an extremely rare black fox playing in his back garden. Robert Fuller was shocked when he heard the rare animal had been spotted by another nature enthusiast outside his flat in Halifax, West Yorkshire, and was prompted to start tracking it. After a tense wait, the fox appeared shortly after 11pm to eat food that Mr Burns had left for it. ‘Black foxes make up about eight per cent of the fox population in Canada but they are incredibly rare in Britain. Sightings of them are practically unheard of. ‘I was expecting the fox to be dark, but this one was as black as a Labrador, with just the hint of silver highlights along its body. ‘It had a beautiful white tip to its tail, just like a red fox. ‘After a short while the fox slipped off and just melted into the night.” The rare mammal is in fact a red fox which is going through a phase where the colour of its fur is particularly dark.”

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