Some creative busking in NYC

December 24, 2015 at 10:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Too Many Zooz is the name of the group

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

Australia: Bemused taxi customer posts disclaimer online mocking the company: “AS RIDE sharing app Uber enjoys legalisation in the ACT and NSW, those within the taxi industry fighting the disruptive technology look like they’re losing the battle. A photo posted to Reddit last weekend sums up perfectly why Uber has had so much success in supplanting the traditional taxi industry. A user identified as being from Wollongong posted the screenshot of a disclaimer they received after ordering a taxi using a local taxi company’s app. “No Uber in my home town so I downloaded the local cab app. What a reassuring disclaimer …” they posted with the image. The disclaimer doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence as it informs the customer that there is no guarantee the booking will be processed or that the fare estimate will be accurate.”

China’s vanishing mail-order brides: The imported wives who won’t stick around: “CHINA’S singles have it tough, battling a deep wealth divide and gender imbalance that makes it harder than ever to find true love. With desperate young men advertising themselves on billboards and hiring professional matchmakers to find the right person, one tactic has proved unsurprisingly popular: mail-order brides. But the dream weddings have turned into nightmares, with beautiful overseas spouses disappearing in hordes. Vietnamese brides have been pouring into rural villages with a surplus of men over the past decade, and bachelors will pay as much as $25,000 to secure a match. Last November, the unthinkable happened: up to 100 wives from Hebei province vanished all at once. With them went the matchmaker who had collected the cash, and provided a money-back guarantee. Bloomberg called it a “peculiarly Chinese instance of fraud”.

Vanishing yearbooks at an Australian school: “PARENTS of Bray Park State High School students say they are disgusted after being told printed copies of the school’s yearbook will be scrapped. “I think it’s disgusting. It will mean the kids don’t have a memory they can hold onto and look back on,” Mrs Large said. Ms Ferdinands said last year the school spent $3000 printing 500 yearbooks and only about 20 were collected. “The realistic part is we are moving towards the electronic era,” she said before adding the yearbooks would be available online and possibly archived for the future.”

Armed father saves his son from killer doctors: “A father took a gun into hospital to stop doctors taking his son off life support – and during the three-hour stand-off the young man squeezed his hand. The sign that he wasn’t brain dead meant he was kept alive – and he is now recovering and doing well. His father, 59-year-old George Pickering II, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after marching into Tomball Regional Medical Center in Texas with a gun. His 27-year-old son, George III, had been declared brain dead after suffering a massive stroke in January. After doctors declared there was no more hope for him, they ordered a ‘terminal wean’ – whereby life support is slowly withdrawn to end a life. But Pickering Sr told KPRC: ‘They were moving too fast. The hospital, the nurses, the doctors. I knew if I had three or four hours that night that I would know whether George was brain-dead.’ During the standoff, Pickering’s faith that his son had been misdiagnosed never wavered and after he finally got the response he wanted from his boy, he surrendered peacefully to authorities.”

Good doggie: “A SEARCH team has located a two-year-old girl who wandered off from her home in the state’s east with the family dog. The girl, wearing nothing but a T-shirt and nappy, went missing from the family home on Bloomfield Rd in Crossover, near Warragul, at 7.30pm. The girl wandered off with her dog. She was located safe and well at 2.15am, after search teams first found the dog, which led them to the girl, who was nearby. A police helicopter was in the air from 11pm, searching the area for signs of the lost girl. A police spokeswoman said it was a “wonderful outcome”. “The dog stayed with her the whole time, and she was found soon after search teams spotted the dog,” she said.

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