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sexta-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2009

Old woman throws TV out of window

Broken TV
What the TV may have looked like

A 64-year-old woman in China has been arrested after she allegedly threw a television out of her window to get her son's attention.

Several cars were damaged in the TV-chucking incident.

According to authorities, the woman has a history of throwing objects out of windows - this is the fourth time she has caused damage to cars below.

Officers in Zhengzou said that the woman, named only as 'Zhou,' told them she was trying to get her son's attention, because he doesn't visit her often. Can't imagine why.

Lost dog man in key-lock metly ice car-plunge nightmare

Sea Ice
Ice: has a tendency to melt

A man's search for his lost dog ended in funny disaster on Tuesday, as he managed to lose a borrowed car in a frozen river.

Things started to go wrong when Nathan Seely drove the Buick onto the frozen surface of Black River, in Port Huron, Michigan. The river is often used by cars and snowmobiles when iced over in winter, local police said.

Unfortunately for Seely, he managed to lock his keys inside the car.

This would have been frustrating enough, but the problem was compounded by the fact that the engine was still running. E was forced to watch as the heat from the engine slowly melted the ice beneath the car, sending it crashing through into the river.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the car wasn't even his – it was on loan from a local garage while his own car was in for repairs.

Seely now has a deadline to get the car out of the river, or he could face a fine.

Police divers said they haven't yet been asked to help remove the car, according to the Port Huron Times Herald. They're quite experienced at retrieving vehicles from the river, St. Clair County Sheriff's Lt. Matt Paulus noted. 'We usually get a couple a year. We already had two snowmobiles go in last week,' he told the Detroit Free Press.

Reports do not indicate whether Seely ever found his dog.

quinta-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2009

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Naked Tesco chimney burglar sentenced

Naked man
Silly Naked Stock Photography Guy: you're not Santa, get out of that chimney

A would-be-burglar who managed to get stuck, stark naked, in the chimney of the supermarket he was robbing was yesterday sentenced to two months in a Young Offenders' Institution.

Daniel Davies, 20, was found by firefighters after a delivery driver heard someone shouting 'help me' from the chimney stack of the Tesco Express store on Ormskirk Road, Wigan, in October last year.

Davies told police that he had been on the roof trying to escape drug dealers he had seen and owed money to, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Harry Pepper, prosecuting, told the court unemployed Davies of Smethurst Lane, Wigan, said he 'fell' into the chimney and it appeared his clothes came off as he tried to wriggle free.

He was freed by firefighters who used lump hammers to dismantle the chimney breast on the first floor of the building which was the site of 'disused offices,' Mr Pepper told the court.

Passing sentence, Judge Bruce Macmillan noted that: 'Were this matter not so serious the facts would be decidedly comic.'

Judge Macmillan said Davies gave an 'unbelievable explanation' of why he was on the roof. He added that he hoped the 'singularly inept attempt' would deter Davies from further similar crimes.

'In the circumstances I think the appropriate sentence is two months in a Young Offenders' Institution,' he added.

But Judge Macmillan said as Davies had served 62 days on an electronic tag, 31 days would count towards today's sentence and it should result in his 'immediate release' as he had served the sufficient time for the offence.

Under section 240 A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 a person who wears an electronic tag for nine hours a day serves the equivalent of half a day in prison

'Apocalyptic' pigeons strike fear in town

Pigeons
Birds of a feather: The pigeons roost in their hundreds in the branches of a tree in Kingswinford, near Dudley

It was a moment when the sky turned black. Some described it as a scene from the end of the world.

Others feared their quiet town had been invaded by a swarm of giant locusts.

In actual fact, they were witnessing nothing more terrifying than a flock of pigeons coming in to roost, albeit a pretty large flock.

Avid bird watcher Terrence O'Dell said he couldn't believe his eyes when he opened his curtains one morning and saw the surreal spectacle.

'The sky was black and I thought maybe it meant an earthquake was going to happen,' he said.

Pigeons
One feathered fiend looks on as the birds flocked to the sky

'I would describe the sight as lie a swarm of grey locusts. I have been here 20 years and my neighbour has lived here for 50 years and neither of us has ever seen anything like it before.'

But it turns out the world isn't about to end.

Instead, a flock of pigeons has merely set up roost in Kingswinford, Staffordshire.

Experts have been left scratching their heads at the sudden infestation but believe it could be lack of food in the countryside.

Louise Pedersen from the RSPB, said that although wood pigeon numbers have increased 665 per cent in the last three decades, this amount of the birds in one place was virtually unheard of.

'Flocking at this time of the year is not uncommon – however, it is very rare that you see this number,' she said.

'One thousand is definitely a large number, some of them will be continental, probably from Europe and other parts of Scandinavia.'

Ms Pedersen said she wanted to assure people they had nothing to fear from the large flock of pigeons.

'It does look like something from a Hitchcock film but they are totally harmless,' she said.

Shoplifter gives cop fake address - the cop's house

Burglar

A German teenager caught shoplifting tried to dupe police by lying to them about where he lived. Sadly for him, he ended up in even more trouble... when the address he gave turned out to be the home of an investigating officer.

The 18-year-old from Achim, a town of 30,000 in northern Germany, admitted he had lied when the officer explained that the address belonged to him, said police in nearby Verden.

'It was complete coincidence,' said a police spokesman.

The thief gave that address because he'd once lived in the house. The policeman was the guy who moved in afterwards.'

Man run over by hiding place

Handcuffs

A suspect who fled from police after his car was pulled over decided to hide under a nearby truck – and was promptly run over when the truck drove off.

The 26-year-old man was stopped by police in Phoenix, Arizona on Wednesday after he drove through a red light. After handing his driving license over to the officer (probably his first mistake if he wanted to escape the law) he decided to run away.

After vanishing behind a convenience store, he decided to slip under a nearby removals truck. Unfortunately for him, while the police officer was searching for him, the truck driver returned, got into the cab, and pulled away, driving over the suspect in the process.

The police officer stopped the truck, and summoned medical help for the suspect, who was complaining of 'back pain'. Unsurprisingly.

The suspect, whose driving license was suspended, is expected to be charged after he's been treated


quarta-feira, 21 de janeiro de 2009

Angry husband throws cat at wife

Cat

A man in New York state is facing charges after throwing a cat at his wife during an argument.

The cat-throwing occurred when 25-year-old Paul A. Wood, of Palmyra, Wayne County, got into a domestic dispute with his wife at about 5.30am last Friday.

In addition to chucking the cat at his wife, Wood also punched a hole in the wall of their trailer park home.

The cat – which wasn't declawed, struck his wife on the back. Neither the cat nor the woman were injured in the cat-throwing, according to authorities.

He now faces charges of fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment, and cruelty to animals.

Mayor gives smooching ban the kiss-off

Couple kiss

A mayor has declared his Mexican city the world's "kissing capital" - in a bid to refute rumours he wanted to fine people for puckering up in public.

Eduardo Romero, leader of Guanajuato in central Mexico, has been forced to put on hold an anti-obscenity law after protests about its supposed anti-kissing stance.

And he has now unveiled huge adverts featuring a couple locking lips on one of the city's winding, cobbled streets - with the slogan: "Guanajuato, the kissing capital".

His authority has denied wanting to ban public kissing, but agreed to suspend the new legislation to review its wording.

A local legend of forbidden love gives the city claim to the "kissing capital" title.

It tells of a young woman whose father banned her from seeing her lover because he was too poor.

But the couple lived across from each other in a street so narrow they could lean out their windows to kiss in secret.

That street remains known as the "kissing alley."

Perhaps appropriately, the name Guanajuato translates in the local indigenous P'urhépecha language as "hill of frogs".

Thousands scammed by 'magic cheese' con

Cheese
Magic cheese is not magic

A French woman scammed thousands of people in Chile by selling them kits for producing 'magic cheese', according to French officials.

Gilberte Van Erpe told buyers that the fermented end-product of her kits could be sold for large amounts of money to French cosmetics companies, in what French authorities suggest was actually a huge pyramid scheme.

Van Erpe was arrested in France last year, accused of fraud and money laundering.

We call it the “case of the magic cheese”,' said Isabelle Montagne, a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor's office.

Van Erpe claimed that the 'magic cheese' was in high demand in France for use in fancy moisturisers and shampoos, and sold the kits – which had an actual value of about £2.80 – for €300 (£280).

Of course, the magic cheese was never sold to cosmetics companies, and investors lost their money.

An examining magistrate, Sylvie Gagnard, is to fly from France to Chile to register the lawsuits of Van Erpe's alleged victims.

Media have reported that she ran a similar scheme in Peru in 2003 to 2004 before moving on to operate in Chile from 2004 to 2006. It is thought that as many as 5,000 Peruvians and 4,500 Chileans have filed lawsuits against Van Erpe, who may have netted up to €30million (£28million) from the scam.

Face impaled with tap after slip in bath

It's that sinking feeling. A tap accident to make the eyes water

x ray tap eye
Yi Zhao, 57, had slipped in the bath impaling his left eye on the tap at his home in Chongqing, central China

These amazing X-rays show how a man arrived with a tap and 16 inches of pipework stuck in his eye at a hospital's casualty unit.

But the terrified patient was forced to pull the tap out himself - because surgeons took three hours to send for a plumber to get it out.

Yi Zhao, 57, had slipped in the bath impaling his left eye on the tap at his home.


After firemen had cut the water pipe paramedics rushed him to hospital with the faucet still in place.

But while the doctors dithered for three hours over surgery, fed-up Zhao reached up and simply pulled out the tap himself.

I was tired of waiting and all they wanted to do was talk

"That caused him too much pain so we had to change the plan and first take an X-ray," said Dr. Hu Zhao of Daping Hospital in China.

"I felt I could stand the pain, and it wouldn't be a problem. It didn't look too complicated," said Zhao, who made his decision after studying the X-ray with his good eye.

Shamefaced medics immediately took a CT scan, which showed that Zhao had a fractured nose and facial bones, while amazingly his brain and his vision were not affected.

Doctors told Zhao he will make a full recovery but lectured him on the dangers of DIY surgery.

"I was tired of waiting and all they wanted to do was talk," he explained.

terça-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2009

Brazilian pole dancers invade street signs

Pole dancer

A group of Brazilian women are trying to promote pole dancing by hopping onto traffic signs in the streets of Sao Paulo, South America's biggest city.

Nearly 20 women jumped onto street and traffic signs at a popular Sao Paulo square on Saturday to try to attract attention to what they call 'pole dance street.'

Dance professor Renata Wilke, who wants pole dancing to become an Olympic sport, told the Diario de Sao Paulo newspaper that it's just like pole dancing, but 'much more fun'.

Dancers wear jeans instead of bikinis or shorts to avoid injuries from the contact with the street poles.

Rescued boatmen were adrift for 25 days

ice box men
The south-east Asian nation of Myanmar, were spotted by a routine customs service flight that patrols for far larger craft.

Two desperate, dehydrated men found bobbing in an ice box off Australia have revealed they spent 25 days adrift after their fishing boat sank.

But despite their rescue, officials today said there was no sign of 18 other crew members.

Authorities were amazed that the men, from the south-east Asian nation of Myanmar, were spotted by a routine customs service flight that patrols for far larger craft.

Monsoon rains in recent weeks may have prevented the pair from dying of thirst.

The men, 22 and 24, were rescued from the Torres Strait by a helicopter on Saturday and flown 106km south-east to a hospital on Thursday Island off Queensland state.

A photograph taken from the patrol plane shows both men waving frantically while standing shirtless in their pink ice box - a waist-high container barely larger than a bathtub and often used to store freshly-caught fish.

Maritime Safety Authority spokeswoman Tracey Jiggins said: "These two people being spotted is miraculous in itself in the huge expanse of ocean after drifting for 25 days."

Authorities have not said what the men ate or drank during their ordeal.

Some reports have said they survived on fish chunks that had been stored in the cooler before the boat sank and rainwater that pooled on the floor.

Greg Edwards, a Thursday Island commercial boat operator, said there had been a lot of rain in Torres Strait since Christmas, and 5093kph gusts.

"It's been pretty miserable weather," he added.

The rescued men told police they had been aboard a nine-metre wooden fishing boat that sank on December 23 with a total of 20 crew from Thailand and Myanmar.

One of the rescuers, pilot Terry Gadenne, told how each man drank about four pints of water within seconds of being hoisted aboard the helicopter.

"They were dehydrated, there's no doubt about it, and very keen to get out," Gadenne said.

Immigration Department spokesman Sandi Logan said the men would be kept under department supervision while officials determined their identities.

Neither man had identity documents.

'Dream job' chiefs admit tattoo ad was phony

diver on coral reef

A tourism department today admitted faking a video of a "dream job applicant" getting a tattoo to express her love for the Great Barrier Reef.

Thousands of people have submitted video applications for a AU$150,000 contract to relax on Hamilton Island for six months while writing a blog to promote the Australian island.

Among the most popular video entries was footage of an Australian woman walking into a tattoo parlour and walking out with an apparent tattoo on her arm that read: "I ¢¾ islands of the Great Barrier Reef".

But Tourism Queensland's chief executive Anthony Hayes today confessed the video - and another showing a woman singing a song - were both the work of a Brisbane advertising agency that created the job campaign.

The videos - shown on the job advert's website - were intended to serve as guides for prospective applicants and have now been removed, Hayes said.

He added: "We messed up. We should have had the word 'sample' on the videos."

More than 1.8 million visitors have clicked on the job's website since it was launched last week, and the department has received 6,600 applications, Hayes said.

The job is part of a AU$1.7million ($1.1 million) campaign to publicize the charms of north-eastern Queensland state.

Man annoyed his house was demolished by mistake

demolished house
What a demolished house may look like

Detroit is home to many, many buildings that should be demolished - but one man says that his house wasn't one of them. Unfortunately for him, the city authorities knocked it down anyway.

Eric Roslonski filed a lawsuit against the city on Monday, more than two years after the house he was restoring was suddenly destroyed.

He said he put more than $30,000 (over £21,000) into the property on the east side of Detroit, after buying it for $7,000 (£5,000).

But he says that one day in summer 2006, there suddenly wasn't a building at 13405 Flanders, when previously there had been.

'I drove up and down the street three times - where is my house?' Roslonski said.

His lawyer, Jeffrey Dworin, said the house was originally taken off a demolition list, but then apparently reinstated without Roslonski's knowledge.

'It happens,' Dworin said.

The city's law department has yet to comment on the lawsuit, as it was closed for a federal holiday on Monday.

Roslonski is suing Detroit for his losses under a federal civil rights law. He fixed another house on the same street and sold it for $85,000.

'I see all these boarded-up and burned-out houses. I'm trying to make the city a better place,' he said.

Man in ill-advised shark heist

Great White Shark

A man from New York state is facing charges, after he allegedly stole a shark from a pet shop.

30-year-old Elbert Starks is accused of fishing the $350 shark out of an aquarium in the pet store in Lynbrook, in Long Island, on December 12.

He then allegedly smuggled the nurse shark out of the store by hiding it under his jacket, before releasing it into his home aquarium.

Police say that they also found a green moray eel in the aquarium, which he had bought with a stolen credit card on January 2.

'This guy obviously has a thing for fish,' Brendan Jones, a worker at the store the eel was taken from, told the New York Post 'But he obviously made a poor decision.'

The shark and eel were unharmed by their ordeal, and are currently being looked after at a pet store, in a tank marked 'evidence'.

segunda-feira, 19 de janeiro de 2009

Christian refuses to drive athiest bus

atheist bus
A bus in London with the slogan

A Christian bus driver has refused to drive a vehicle which was plastered with an advert saying: "There's probably no God."

Ron Heather, 62, told his bosses he was horrified at the atheist vehicle, before walking out of his shift.

He told the Daily Mail: "I was just about to board and there it was staring me in the face. My first reaction was horror.

"I'd heard about this silly campaign in London but I had no idea it was coming to Southampton."

The First Bus vehicle was one of hundreds put on buses across the UK.

The £140,000 atheist advertising campaign features the slogan: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

The fundraising drive was prompted by a suggestion from comedy writer Ariane Sherine, who received support from the British Humanist Association (BHA) and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins.

Ms Sherine had objected to a set of Christian advertisements running on London buses in a piece written for the Guardian's The Comment is Free in June.

Debt collector hires witch

Witches
Some witches: 'Pay up, you slaaaaaags'

A Lithuanian debt collector has hired a witch to hunt down companies and individuals who are failing to pay their debts amid the credit crunch.

'Our new employee will help them to understand the situation, reconsider what is right and wrong and act accordingly,' said a company spokesman.

Vilija Lobaciuviene, who describes herself as 'Lithuania's leading witch,' is renowned in the former Soviet republic for providing such 'magical' services as predicting the future and casting spells.


Church unhappy with sexy Virgin Mary fashion

A prominent fashion designer has sparked outrage in Chile by dressing up models like the Virgin Mary - in some cases with ample, near-naked breasts.

Virgin Mary fashion
One of the models whose attire has sparked complaints

The Roman Catholic Church condemned Ricardo Oyarzun's plans for a show featuring the models, and a conservative group tried unsuccessfully to block it in court.

Oyarzun said he had received telephone threats and had excrement smeared on his doorstep.

There are no virgins menstruating or feeling each other up. This is artistic expression.

'There is no pornography here, there's no sex, there are no virgins menstruating or feeling each other up,' Oyarzun said ahead of the catwalk show set to be held at a Santiago nightclub later on Thursday. 'This is artistic expression.'

He said his designs - which include halos, look as though they come from a nativity scene and include religious icons - were inspired by the Virgin Mary but not intended to represent her.

'We look on with special pain and deplore those acts which seek to tarnish manifestations of sincere love towards the Virgin Mary, which end up striking at the dignity of womankind by presenting her as an object of consumption,' Chile's Episcopal Conference, which includes Catholic bishops, said in a statement.

The show is more evidence that Chile, heavily influenced by the church for decades, is shaking off its reputation as one of the most socially conservative countries in Latin America.