Bizarre: Man advises and stabs pimp, calls Dubai Police

Also: Students use Bluetooth to cheat in exam

An Asian man stabbed another in Dubai and called the police to tell them he did this because the man is a pimp and he offended his sister when he tried to advise him, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Police said they rushed to Hor Al Anz after receiving the man’s call and found the victim in a poll of blood after he was stabbed by that man, who was waiting for the police. He told them he had an argument with that man who always sat just outside a restaurant in that area.

“He said he was leaving the restaurant and saw that man sat there as usual…he tried to advise him to stop pimping and look for an honest job,” said Brigadier Khalil Al Mansoori, director of the detective and criminal investigation department in Dubai.

“He said that he had not expected that cruel answer from the man as he told him that he would bring his sister to work with him…the Asian said he was mad at that remark and rushed into the restaurant to get a knife, with which he stabbed him…he then called the police.”

Quoted by 'Emirat Al Youm' Arabic language daily, Mansoori said the assailant should have reported that man to the police instead of attacking him, adding that he could have spent his life in jail had that man died. He did not identify the assailant and the victim.
 

Students use Blootooth to cheat in exam

INDIA: A Delhi-based gang comprising young and educated people were caught dictating answers to a group of students appearing for a government job entrance examination with the help of Bluetooth devices.

The accused were paid handsomely for their effort and it goes without saying that those helping the applicants were good students who also happened to be placed in middle management positions in government institutions and private companies, reports The Times of India.

The investigators found the names of 24 candidates who had paid Rs7lakh (about Dh5,000) each to use latest technology to cheat during the test. Surprisingly, most of the candidates who had taken up this route were women.

Authorities believe that the gang also had someone from inside on their payroll since all four formats of the examination papers were recovered from the accused.

The candidates had attached the bouetooth device on their collars and had plugged in tiny dearing device in their ears to avoid detection.

 

Man shoots friend in leg at his request

STOCKHOLM: Authorities say a northern New York man had his friend shoot him in the leg with a rifle because he wanted to know what it feels like to be shot.

State police in St. Lawrence County say the shooting occurred around 5 p.m. Sunday in the rural town of Stockholm when 25-year-old Shawn Mossow of neighboring Norfolk relented to his friend's repeated requests and shot him once in the right leg with a .22-caliber rifle.

The 24-year-old man from Norfolk is expected to make a full recovery. Police haven't released his name.

Mossow was charged with reckless endangerment. He's being held in the county jail on $10,000 bail. It could not be immediately determined if he had a lawyer. (AP)

 

Topless woman grabs Euro soccer cup

KIEV: A Ukrainian women's rights activist stripped to the waist and seized the Euro-2012 soccer trophy while it was on public display in Kiev on Saturday in a protest against the forthcoming month-long championship.

The young woman, 23-year-old Yulia Kovpachik, is a member of the Kiev-based Femen women's rights group which believes the Euro-2012 soccer tournament being played in Ukraine next month will encourage sex tourism.

Kovpachik strode up to the silver, 60 centimeter (two feet) high trophy, which was on display as a tourist attraction in an open air exhibition in central Kiev, ostensibly to be photographed alongside it like hundreds of other sightseers.

But she then pulled down her red T-shirt to reveal the words "Fuck Euro 2012" scrawled on her torso. As she grabbed hold of the cup with both hands, she was seized by security guards, who appeared to have had advanced warning of the protest.

They covered her with a sheet and took her off to a waiting police car.

The protest appeared to be the first action in a campaign against the championship by Femen which regularly stages bare-breast protests in Ukraine - and sometimes beyond - to highlight what it sees as political injustice, social abuse and the exploitation of women in Ukraine.

Femen says Euro-2012, which Ukraine is co-hosting with Poland next month with the final in Kiev on July 1, will be a magnet for sex tourists - one of the group's main targets - and will feed a booming sex industry.

About one million foreign tourists are expected in Ukraine for the Euros.

Organisers said the 8 kg (17 lbs) Henri Delaunay cup was undamaged though Kovpachik appeared to topple back under its weight as security guards seized her. It was still on show in late evening.

Femen's spokeswoman, Anna Gutsol, said Kovpachik, who staged the protest on her 23rd birthday, was released after being told she would have to appear in court on Monday on a charge of hooliganism. The charge carries a maximum fine of 800 hryvnias ($100) and 15 days detention.

Conscious of Ukraine's growing reputation as a new destination for sex tourism, Euro-2012 organisers say they are taking steps to curb prostitution during the month-long tournament.

After Kovpachik's protest, Femen activist Olexandra Shevchenko told reporters: "We came here today to stop this Euro fan low-life from making a bordello out of Ukraine."

City authorities have mounted the trophy in a temporary exhibition area on Kiev's Independence Square.

Hundreds of sightseers were queuing up under the blazing sun for souvenir photographs alongside it when Kovpachik staged her demonstration.

Independence Square itself will be the centre of a huge 'fan-zone' during Euro-2012, capable of holding tens of thousands of football supporters. (Reuters)

 


Divorce courts mirror society as more women pay alimony

US: Tables have turned in US divorce courts with more women paying their former husbands alimony and child support than ever before, according to US lawyers.

As women climb higher up the career ladder and outpace their exes in salary, when love goes wrong and marriages break up they are being compelled to contribute to the livelihood of their former spouses.

And some are not happy about it.

More than half, 56 percent, of divorce lawyers across the United States have seen an increase in mothers paying child support in the last three years and 47 percent have noted a hike in the number of women paying alimony, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

"It shows that women have really moved up financially and that in many instances they are the major bread winners in a lot of families," said Alton Abramowitz, the president-elect of the academy.

"The glass ceiling has been pierced and more and more women have taken over the financial responsibilities and have been saddled with them as well. It is a fact of the way our society has evolved over the last number of years."

Abramowitz, who has been practicing law for 39 years, described the findings of the survey and the changed role of women in the workforce as a sea change.

In his graduating law school class of 135, there were just six women. Data from the Digest of Education Statistics show that the number of men and women receiving medical degrees in the U.S. is almost equal, unlike 1980 when only about a third of medical degrees were awarded to women.

The number of women getting law degrees has nearly doubled.

"You are seeing the results of that, the impact, now in terms of the professions," Abramowitz said.

Although women have made strides professionally, the divorce rate in the United States has remained fairly constant. About half of marriages in the United States end in divorce. The rate has hovered between 46 and 53 percent for decades, he added.

Just as many men grumbled about paying alimony to their former wives, women are not pleased with the turnaround.

"We see women who are every bit as angry as their male counterparts, maybe more so, when they are confronted with the concept of paying spousal support to a man," said Abramowitz.

The gender switch in alimony payments is just one of many changes he has seen during his four decades as a lawyer.

"When I started practicing in 1973 there was no equitable distribution of property," he said.

The 1,600 members of the Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers handle separations, prenuptial agreements, custody battles, property evaluation and division, the rights of unmarried couples, as well as divorce and child support. (Reuters)

 

Woman with flesh-eating bug mouths 'Where Am I?'

GEORGIA: After 10 days in the hospital, a Georgia graduate student fighting a rare flesh-eating infection isn't letting the breathing tube in her throat stop her from mouthing questions such as "Where am I?" and "How long have I been here?"

The parents of 24-year-old Aimee Copeland said Monday they know many more questions - and much tougher answers - will come as soon as doctors remove the respirator and allow her to breathe on her own.

Doctors have already amputated most of Copeland's left leg to save her life after the infection spread rapidly from a nasty gash she suffered when she fell from a zip line May 1. Her parents said she'll likely lose her fingers as well, though doctors hope to save the palms of her hands, which could allow her to one day use prosthetic fingers.

Andy Copeland told NBC's "Today" show Monday his daughter remains unaware of any of this. It's not clear exactly when her breathing tube could be taken out.

"Obviously she's going to have a lot of questions and there will be a lot revealed to her that day, a lot of things that are going to generate some very emotional responses from Amy," Copeland's father said.

The woman, a graduate student in psychology, remained in critical condition Monday at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. Just over a week ago, her family was told her chances of survival were very slim.

Copeland contracted the rare infection, called necrotizing fasciitis, within a few days after suffering a deep cut when she fell from a zip line that snapped over rocks in the Little Tallapoosa River. She was on a kayaking trip with friends.

Doctors at the local emergency room in Carrollton closed the wound with nearly two dozen staples, but it became infected within a few days. On May 4, she was diagnosed with the rare infection and flown 200 miles to Augusta for treatment by specialists.

One expert - who is not involved in Copeland's care - said Monday if surgeons have been able to get ahead of the spread of her infection, and if Copeland is on the right antibiotics, then the worst may have passed.

"Every hour that goes by, her prognosis improves," said Dr William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University. She probably still has months of care and rehabilitation ahead of her, he said.

Copeland's family has remained at her side, playing her favourite music by Bob Marley and others to help her relax and heal. Doctors are using drugs to help keep her calm and sedate.

"They are giving her medication to help her forget the stress she's under, so that explains her inability to recollect many things," her father posted over the weekend on a blog he's using to update friends and supporters. "This is good for her, but mildly frustrating for us. It frustrates me because I want her to be able to focus on what she can control, not on things she cannot control."

Copeland's parents did not immediately respond to interview requests from The Associated Press made through email, a hospital spokeswoman and a family friend. Her doctors were not commenting Monday, said hospital spokeswoman Barclay Bishop.

Infections by flesh-eating bacteria are rare but sometimes can run rampant after even minor cuts or scratches. The bacteria enter the body, quickly reproduce and give off toxins that cut off blood flow to parts of the body. The affliction can destroy muscle, fat and skin tissue. Affected areas may have to be surgically removed to save a patient's life.

The bacteria that infected Copeland, a bug called Aeromonas hydrophila, are found in warm and brackish waters. Many people exposed to these bacteria don't get sick. When illnesses do occur, it's often diarrhoea from swallowing bacteria in the water. Flesh-eating Aeromonas cases are so rare that only a handful of infections have been reported in medical journals over the last few decades.

At the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, where Copeland was preparing to dive into work on her master's thesis, friends held a vigil last week and were organizing a blood drive Tuesday.

Friends describe her as positive and tenacious when it comes to tackling problems - attributes they say should help her in what's sure to be a long recovery.

"We just pray that she gets through this," said Richard LaFleur, a fellow graduate student who works with Copeland in the psychology department. "Life will not be the same, but I know that Aimee can adapt. And whatever we have to do to help, we will."

 

 


 

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