Tuesday, 6 December 2016
Ryan Morse (pictured) was left weighing 8lbs after being starved for seven years and covered in hair as a result of malnutrition. Born and found close to death at an orphanage in Bulgaria, his life changed for the better when in 2015 a woman named Priscilla Morse, who was adopted as a child, saw a picture of him on Facebook and knew that she had to save him. By October 2015, she was able to take Ryan home to Nashville Tennessee, USA, and in 13 months he has made significant improvements, gaining 15lbs in weight. This was however because they took immediate action immediately they arrived back. Priscilla said:
This wild snake needed a tummy operation after he swallowed a doorknob. The western rat snake used to catch rodents outside a family’s chicken coup in their garden in Ballwin, Missouri. They placed an old white door knob on the ground as a ”dummy egg” to encourage hens to lay. But they were stunned when they found the snake sprawled out on the ground with an enormous bump in his stomach. Incredible x-rays taken by vets show the white outline of the doorknob lodged half-way down his long body. Surgeons have now operated on the snake – nicknamed ”Doorknob” – and returned him to the wild to carry on catching rats.
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More than 100 patients escaped from Kenya's only psychiatric hospital on Monday as doctors and nurses joined a national hospital strike for pay rises. Nairobi Police Commander Japheth Koome told AFP that police had launched an operation to return the patients to the hospital, as videos on social media showed them climbing over the hospital walls and running down a nearby highway in the capital.
"We have already arrested dozens of the... patients who had escaped in an ongoing operation," Koome said.
"The doctors messed (up) by leaving the patients unattended."
Rosemere do Nascimento Silva, a 32-year-old bride, who planned to surprise her husband-to-be, Udirley Damasceno, by arriving at her wedding venue in a helicopter, sadly never made it to the altar. As her unsuspecting fiancé and other guests awaited the arrival of the bride, she and a few others boarded the helicopter to convey them to the wedding venue in the outskirts of Sao Paulo in Brazil. When the helicopter did not arrive after a while as scheduled, one of the organizers who knew about this surprise made calls which led to the discovery that the helicopter had crashed just a mile from the venue, killing the bride, her brother, the pilot and also their photographer who was pregnant.
Five countries in West Africa have decided to stop importing "dirty fuels" from Europe, the UN Environment Programme says. A recent report revealed that European companies were exploiting weak regulations in West Africa to export fuels with high levels of sulphur. Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, and Cote d'Ivoire agreed on the import ban. The UN says the move will help more than 250 million people breathe safer and cleaner air. The sulphur particles emitted by a diesel engine are considered to be a major contributor to air pollution and are ranked by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the top global health risks. It is associated with heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory problems.
Cleaner mocked online for staring at gold chains in a Saudi Arabia jewellery shop gets gifts from well-wishers
A photo of a Bangladeshi cleaner staring into a jewellery shop recently went viral on social media. Nazer al-Islam Abdul Karim, 65, who works in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was spotted looking into a jewellers' window and someone decided to take a photo of that exact moment.
Karim, whose monthly salary in Riyadh is $187 (700 Saudi Riyal), said he didn't realise the photo was taken. Sadly, he was ridiculed by the person who shared it online. Things however took a turn when someone named Abdullah Al-Qahtani, who has a Twitter account called 'Ensaneyat' - 'humanitarianism' in Arabic - set out to find him. Ensaneyat tweeted a plea for followers to help find the cleaner. After he was found, well wishers started to send in money, bags of rice and honey, return tickets to his home country and two mobile phones - 'an iPhone 7 and a Samsung Galaxy'. A gold set was also gifted to him.
Sergio Aguero was added to the Football Association's list of suspensions Monday, with the Argentinian receiving a four-match ban for his melee-inciting tackle on David Luiz in Saturday's 3-1 home defeat to Chelsea. The Manchester City striker was given an additional game on top of the standard punishment for a red card, likely since it represents his second disciplinary proceeding after his retrospective three-game suspension for elbowing West Ham United's Winston Reid in August. Fernandinho's treatment of Cesc Fabregas in the fracas that followed on the weekend has resulted in a three-match suspension.
The baby food maker said Ann Taylor Cook celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday. Cook was about 4 months old in 1927 when her image was sketched in charcoal by family friend, Dorothy Hope Smith. The drawing was submitted to Gerber a year later when Gerber put out a call for images to be used in its new baby food advertisements.
"She wrote me (later) that she had thought it was kind of unfinished, and if they liked it she could finish it properly,” Cook said of the sketch in an interview with WFLA-TV. "But they were smart enough that they didn’t want anything done to it."
Tanzanian football club, Mbao FC U-20 player, Ismail Mrisho Khalfan collapsed on the pitch and died while his team was playing against Mwadui FC in the Vodacom U-20 league on Sunday at the Kaitaba stadium in Bukoba, Tanzania. TFF President, Jamal Malizni told supersport.com, “I regret to announce the sudden death of Ismail Mrisho.He collapsed on the pitch during an U20 league match today .He was a Mbao FC player and the game was between his team and Mwadui U20.The TFF Medical team is following up this sad event very closely.
"May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace.”
The player was buried on Monday according to Islamic rites. Kaitaba Stadium is a multi-use stadium in Bukoba, Tanzania. It is currently used mostly for football matches, on club level by Kagera Sugar of the Tanzanian Premier League. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 spectators.
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A Magistrate’s Court in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria has remanded a woman, Uduak Monday, in Afokang Prison for pouring hot water on a 10-year-old boy, Okon Nse (pictured above). The 29-year-old woman allegedly poured hot water on the victim’s face in an attempt to wake him up. The incident, which caused severe burns and injuries on the child’s face and arm, happened at about 5.30am on November 24. A neighbour to the accused, Mr. Emmanuel Agan, had, on the said date, noticed the injuries on the child’s body and immediately reported to Basic Rights Counsel Initiative, a frontline child rights organisation in Calabar. The organisation immediately swung into action by documenting the matter and arrested the perpetrator with the help of the Airport Division of the Nigeria Police in Calabar.
A heartbroken man has reportedly married his 10ft Cobra snake with the belief that his girlfriend who died five years ago reincarnated as a serpent. The unidentified man who saw a striking resemblance to his former lover after spotting the snake in South East Asia was inspired by Buddhist belief that people could be reincarnated as animals. The happily married man now spend most of his quality time with serpent watching TV, sharing romantic picnics, playing board games and going to the gym as a couple.
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An 18-year-old girl announced on This Morning that she was going to be selling off her virginity for €1,000,000. Aleexandra, from Romania, said that she got the idea for selling her virginity when she was 15-years-old and watched the movie Indecent Proposal.
Speaking to the hosts, she said:
"I was 15 and said maybe I can do this too with my virginity. And I looked it up on the Internet and saw some girls who sold themselves for €3.5million or more. Many girls lost their virginity and after that, maybe after many years they break up so it's not worth it. I live in a very poor country, so I need to help my parents and buy them a home."
Sunday, 4 December 2016
Nine children aged between 12 and 14 and two adults were killed in a crash in Russia after a bus was rammed by a truck. The children in the bus belonged to an acrobatics team returning from a competition in another city, local authorities said. The collision in the Urals region involved a bus carrying 29 children and three accompanying adults from the city of Khanty-Mansiysk to Tumen, the local police said. It was not immediately clear whether the truck driver was among those killed in the collision. Footage of the scene uploaded on YouTube reportedly shows both vehicles badly damaged.
“The bus drifted, after which a truck rammed into it,” the police said, as cited by TASS.
The bus driver survived the crash and is in the hospital, police reported. His account of the accident may be crucial in establishing its cause. The collision occurred in bad weather conditions. Over two dozen people were injured in the accident, the police added, citing preliminary reports form the ground. Prosecutors are investigating accident to determine if possible negligence was involved. Early results have revealed that a proper police escort had not been arranged for the bus carrying the team.
New Zealand’s popular Prime Minister John Key stunned the nation Monday when he announced he was resigning after eight years as leader. Key had been widely expected to contest his fourth general election next year. But he said he wanted to ensure he didn’t make the mistake that some other world leaders have done, and instead wanted to leave while he was on top of his game. Speaking in a shaking voice, Key said he had made personal sacrifices for the job and the role had taken a toll on his family. Key said his National Party caucus would meet Dec. 12 to decide on a new party leader and prime minister, and that he expected to officially hand in his resignation that same day. Key said he would back his deputy Bill English for the role.