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Man slain on Acapulco highway; 31 dead in 4 days

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 am

The body of a murdered man was found Monday on the main highway to Acapulco, bringing to 31 the number of people killed in the Pacific resort city over four days.


The unidentified man was shot several times in the head and found under a pedestrian bridge with his shirt pulled over his face, said Fernando Monreal Leyva, director of the investigative police for Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located.


Leyva said federal, state and local police planned to meet Monday with the military to consider ways to beef up security in Acapulco, where 14 decapitated men and two police officers were among the unusually high body count since Friday evening.

Fatigues with an embroidered logo of the La Familia drug cartel is presented to the media along with weaponry, drugs and cars confiscated in an operation in Morelia January 10, 2011

Most of the killings occurred in just a few hours from Friday night to Saturday in non-tourist areas of the city. But the officers were shot to death in front of tourists on Avenida Costero Miguel Aleman, the hotel-lined thoroughfare that runs along the bay.


Drug violence has increased in southern Guerrero state as factions of the Beltran Leyva cartel began fighting for territory after leader Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed by Mexican marines in December 2009.


Messages left with the 14 decapitated men said they were killed by “El Chapo’s People,” a reference to the Sinaloa cartel headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Leyva would not say whether the notes indicated Sinaloa had joined the fight.


The decapitations were the largest single group found in Mexico in recent years. In 2008, a group of 12 decapitated bodies were piled outside the Yucatan state capital of Merida. The same year, nine headless men were discovered in Guerrero’s capital, Chilpancingo.


Among the other Acapulco victims, six people were shot and stuffed into a taxi, their hands and feet bound.


More than 30,000 people have died in drug violence nationwide since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on cartels after taking office in December 2006 by deploying thousands of soldiers and federal police to drug hotspots.


Alejandro Poire, the government spokesman for security issues, said Monday that the increase in violence in Acapulco shows most of the killings in Mexico are a result of turf fights between drug gangs.


“They are vying for a place that, from the point of view of local drug sales, is extremely important,” Poire said.


Also Monday, the mayor of a town in central Mexico was shot to death as he drove with his wife and son, authorities said.


Abraham Ortiz Rosales, mayor of Temoac in Morelos state, was shot once in the head near the town of Jantetelco, said Morelos state Attorney General Pedro Benitez. Benitez said police had not determined a motive.


Ortiz Rosales had been threatened in June by men carrying assault rifles but the motive for that incident was never made public.

Source: SGGP

Mekong Delta man crowned Mister Vietnam 2010

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

Le Khoi Nguyen, 20, from Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, was crowned Mister Vietnam 2010 after beating 30 other contestants on January 1.

Le Khoi Nguyen, 20, from Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, (center) was crowned Mister Vietnam 2010. (Photo:SGGP)

He kept the crown worth VND750 million (US$37,500).


He will present Vietnam at Mister International 2011 competition to be held in the Philippines.


Do Ba Bat, 24, and Ha Trong Tai, 21, were named first and second runners up. They were awarded VND50 million ($2,500) and VND30 million ($1,500), respectively.


During the final round of the contest, which started from November 17, Nguyen Nhat Duy won the title “Mister Sport”, while Pham Thanh took “Mister Talent” and Vu Duy Hung, “Mister Gentleman.


The judges also presented “Mister Knowledge” to Do Ba Dat, “Mister Environment” and Mister Favourite” to Le Kien Dinh.


Each of the winner got VND10 million ($500) prize.


The competition was held for the first time in Vietnam by Vietnam Television VTV9 and the Bac Dau Entertainment Company.


 

Source: SGGP

US man arrested in Washington metro bombing plot

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 7:10 am

Federal officials arrested a Pakistani-American man for plotting a series of bomb attacks on Washington’s subway system with people he believed were tied to Al-Qaeda.


Farooque Ahmed, 34, had been allegedly observing, videotaping and photographing Metro stations in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, including near the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery, since April to plan the attacks set for next year.


Over the course of six months, he allegedly told contacts he believed to be linked to Al-Qaeda that he wanted to “kill as many military personnel as possible” and suggested where bombs should be planted on Metro trains “to kill the most people.”


“Today’s case underscores the need for continued vigilance against terrorist threats and demonstrates how the government can neutralize such threats before they come to fruition,” said David Kris, assistant attorney general for national security.

A Metro Transit police officer watches Metro trains arrive at the Gallery Place – Chinatown Station in Washington, DC.

“Farooque Ahmed is accused of plotting with individuals he believed were terrorists to bomb our transit system, but a coordinated law enforcement and intelligence effort was able to thwart his plans.”


Ahmed, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Pakistan, later appeared in a Virginia court to hear the charges against him.


They included attempting to provide material support to a terror group, collecting information to help plan a terror attack and seeking to help carry out multiple bombings and cause mass casualties in the Washington area.


If convicted, he could be jailed for up to 50 years.


According to the indictment, Ahmed — of Ashburn, Virginia — is said to have spent months doing the groundwork for the attacks after an initial meeting in April with a courier he met at a Virginia hotel.


On several occasions over the next few months, he allegedly photographed, videotaped and drew diagrams of Metro stations, including at Arlington Cemetery, where military personnel and several US presidents are buried.


The targeted stations, which also included Pentagon City and Court House, are among the busiest in the area and are often crowded.


He allegedly gathered information about security and the busiest times at the stations, and handed the data last month to “an individual he believed to be affiliated with Al-Qaeda,” the indictment said.


The document said Ahmed suggested where to place the explosives on trains “to kill the most people in simultaneous attacks,” and wanted the attacks to take place at the start of the evening rush hour.


He proposed using rolling suitcases to carry the bombs into the Metro stations.


And he wanted an additional attack mounted at another station near the Pentagon, “to kill as many military personnel as possible,” the indictment added.


US Attorney Neil MacBride called the Virginia man’s alleged plans “chilling.”


The US public was never in danger from the alleged plot, and President Barack Obama was informed about it before Ahmed’s arrest, the White House said.


White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the Justice Department, the FBI and national security officials had been “on top of this case from the beginning.”

“The FBI was aware of Mr Ahmed’s activities from before the alleged attempt began and closely monitored him until his arrest,” said the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which runs the Metro.

US media suggested the months-long operation that led to Ahmed’s arrest had been an FBI sting, but an official close to the case refused to comment.

Ahmed’s neighbor Anushaya Fitzgerald told AFP she was stunned when she learned of his arrest.

“I came home about noon and there was FBI and cops all over the place” in the quiet suburban Virginia neighborhood.

There was “no indication at all” that Ahmed, was involved in any extremist activity, she said.

Ahmed holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The City University of New York and was pursuing a graduate degree online in risk management and data security from Aspen University, according to a profile in his name on social networking website LinkedIn. It said he was working at telecommunications firm Ericsson.

Ahmed is married and has a small son but Fitzgerald said they had left.

He is being held by US marshals and is due in court again on Friday for a detention hearing.

Source: SGGP

Young man finds success with cricket business

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:32 pm

A poor young man, who had to leave university due to financial burden, has successfully set up a cricket-raising career on a farm he named Thien An, which attracts visitors and provides crickets for restaurants in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

Foreign tourists take photograph of a cricket basin at Thien An cricket farm (Photo: SGGP)

Nguyen Quang Huy, 28, followed his family to Lam Dong Province from the northern province of Bac Giang in 2001. The new life in the highlands was not easy, as Huy had to leave university to assist his family.


The thought of raising crickets came to Huy after he visited a cricket farm in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. He then began studying the process of breeding crickets and came to Cu Chi to learn more.


After becoming familiar with the process, Huy wrote a proposal on cricket-raising development and asked Lam Ha District authorities to finance it. The district Bank for Social Policies finally lent him VND150 million (US$8,000) to open a cricket farm.


With the initial capital, Huy built a 300 square meter farm with over 200 cricket basins in Nam Ban Commune, 50 kilometers from Dalat City.


Now established for more than a year, the farm obtains over 200 trays of cricket eggs a month, each tray bringing him VND50,000 and 25 kilograms of crickets, which he sells to restaurants in Dalat City.


After calculating costs, the 200 cricket basins yield him over VND70 million (US$3,700) in net profit, Huy said.


The Thien An cricket farm has been chosen as a tourist destination by Dalat City travel companies. The farm receives from five to seven delegations of visitors each day, who come to learn about the phases of breeding crickets and to enjoy cricket-based foods such as cricket fired with citronella and chili and fried power-dip crickets.


Huy’s foremost specialty is young crickets. The farm usually freezes these crickets, which sell for 25 percent more than what mature crickets fetch.

Source: SGGP

Nepalese teen becomes world’s smallest man

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm

World’s shortest teen Nepalese Khagendra Thapa Magar wears a suit as his home in Pokha. AFP

POKHARA, Nepal (AFP) – A Nepalese teenager whose tiny stature has made him a celebrity in his homeland entered the record books as the world’s shortest man on Thursday as he celebrated his 18th birthday.


Khagendra Thapa Magar, who stands just 25.8 inches (65.5 centimetres) tall and weighs 5.5 kilos (12 pounds), takes over from 24-year-old Edward “Nino” Hernandez from Colombia, who is almost two inches taller.


A team of adjudicators from the Guinness World Records met Magar this week and conducted exhaustive checks on his claim to the record in the picturesque Himalayan town of Pokhara in central Nepal, near the village where he grew up.


“An 18-year-old from Nepal has today been named the new world’s shortest man by Guinness World Records adjudicators who flew to the country to measure him,” the London-based organisation said in a statement.


“At two feet 1.8 inches, Khagendra Thapa Magar has been officially recognised as the shortest man in the world, snatching the title from 24-year-old Edward ‘Nino’ Hernandez from Colombia who has held the title for just five weeks.”


Magar, the son of a fruit seller from rural Nepal, who dreams of marrying and travelling the world in his wife’s handbag, will receive his official Guinness World Records certificate in a short ceremony on Thursday.


He has met the prime minister on several occasions, been named a tourism ambassador and hit headlines across the world when he travelled to New York and London last month on a publicity drive.


His family had previously laid claim to the record for Nagar, but the teenager needed to reach his 18th birthday before being officially recognised as the smallest man.


In Pokhara, a lakeside town popular with tourists, shouts of recognition greeted the teenager wherever he went this week, and Magar’s father said his son was enjoying the attention.


“Khagendra may be small, but his size has earned him a big name,” Rup Bahadur Thapa Magar told AFP.


“People are always so nice to him. They come up and ask to have their photograph taken with him. It makes us feel that he is loved, and he likes it too. Khagendra is a true blessing from God.”


Magar senior, who runs a fruit shop in the family’s village in central Nepal, said he did not know what caused his son to stop growing.


But reports say that the teenager suffers from primordial dwarfism, a condition that typically reduces life expectancy to as little as 20 years.


“He was so tiny when he was born that he could fit in the palm of your hand, and it was very hard to bathe him because he was so small,” said his father.


“Sometimes it made us sad when he was growing up because we thought he would never be able to do normal things like ride a bike or drive a car, but now he is so popular, and that has made us happy.”


Magar rarely speaks himself, but in a rare conversation with journalists in Pokhara this week, the teenager said he wanted a remote-controlled car for his birthday — and that he would rely on his future wife for transport.


“I’m hoping to marry in two years’ time, when I am 20,” he said. “I’ll sit in my wife’s handbag and travel the world with her.”


Last month Magar travelled to New York as part of a publicity trip organised by Ripley’s Believe It or Not curiosity museum, where he posed alongside a life-sized figure of the tallest man in history — the 8-foot-11-inch American Robert Wadlow.


He also travelled to Italy earlier this year where he met He Pingping of China, who was the world’s shortest man until his death in March. The pair appeared together in a television show.


Guinness World Records says the shortest man ever is thought to be Gul Mohammed from India, who was said to have measured just 22.5 inches, although this was never independently verified.


As his big day approached, Magar’s father said the family intended to mark the day by sharing a birthday cake with relatives and the dozens of journalists who have gathered in Pokhara.


“It will be the biggest and happiest day of our lives,” he said. “We are simple people and this is a huge responsibility for us, but it also makes us very happy. We are glad that we are able to make Nepal proud.”

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Source: SGGP

Young man finds success with cricket business

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2010 at 7:21 am

A poor young man, who had to leave university due to financial burden, has successfully set up a cricket-raising career on a farm he named Thien An, which attracts visitors and provides crickets for restaurants in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong.

Foreign tourists take photograph of a cricket basin at Thien An cricket farm (Photo: SGGP)

Nguyen Quang Huy, 28, followed his family to Lam Dong Province from the northern province of Bac Giang in 2001. The new life in the highlands was not easy, as Huy had to leave university to assist his family.


The thought of raising crickets came to Huy after he visited a cricket farm in Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City. He then began studying the process of breeding crickets and came to Cu Chi to learn more.


After becoming familiar with the process, Huy wrote a proposal on cricket-raising development and asked Lam Ha District authorities to finance it. The district Bank for Social Policies finally lent him VND150 million (US$8,000) to open a cricket farm.


With the initial capital, Huy built a 300 square meter farm with over 200 cricket basins in Nam Ban Commune, 50 kilometers from Dalat City.


Now established for more than a year, the farm obtains over 200 trays of cricket eggs a month, each tray bringing him VND50,000 and 25 kilograms of crickets, which he sells to restaurants in Dalat City.


After calculating costs, the 200 cricket basins yield him over VND70 million (US$3,700) in net profit, Huy said.


The Thien An cricket farm has been chosen as a tourist destination by Dalat City travel companies. The farm receives from five to seven delegations of visitors each day, who come to learn about the phases of breeding crickets and to enjoy cricket-based foods such as cricket fired with citronella and chili and fried power-dip crickets.


Huy’s foremost specialty is young crickets. The farm usually freezes these crickets, which sell for 25 percent more than what mature crickets fetch.

Source: SGGP

Australians find spongy links to origins of man

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 11:19 am

SYDNEY, Aug 6, 2010 (AFP) – Mankind may be descended from apes but Australian scientists have found proof of links much closer to the sea floor, with a study revealing that sea sponges share almost 70 percent of human genes.


Genetic sequencing of sea sponges from the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef showed the ancient marine animal shared many of its genes with humans, including a large number typically associated with disease and cancer.

An international team of scientists have revealed that sea sponges (pictured). AFP

Lead researcher Bernard Degnan, of the University of Queensland, said the findings “would shed light on a whole range of different things,” and could lay the foundation for breakthroughs in cancer and stem cell research.


“Sponges have what’s (considered) the ‘Holy Grail’ of stem cells,” Degnan told AFP.


Exploring the genetic function of sponge stem cells could provide “deep and important connections” to the genes that influenced human stem cell biology, he said.


“(It) might actually inform the way we think about our own stem cells and how we might be able to use them in future medical applications,” he said.


The study — published in the journal “Nature” this week — is the result of more than five years of research by an international team of scientists.


It required the extraction of “really pure DNA” from sponge embryos and a complex sequencing exercise, Degnan said.

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Source: SGGP

Kashmir on edge after man dies in police custody

In Uncategorized on July 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

SRINAGAR, India, July 26, 2010 (AFP) – The death of a man in police custody in Indian Kashmir has sparked fresh tensions in the disputed region where security forces have struggled to contain weeks of protests and unrest.


Tariq Dar was detained by police last week in the northern district of Baramulla on suspicion of being a member of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group.


Police handed over Dar’s body to his family on Sunday, claiming that he had committed suicide inside a prison cell. But his family said he had no association with Lashkar and that he had been tortured to death.


The death brought hundreds of Kashmiris out on the streets of his hometown of Rafiabad overnight chanting “We Want Freedom!” and “Punish The Killers!” witnesses told AFP by telephone.


The protests continued on Monday.

An activist of banned Pakistani organisation Jamaat-ud-Dawa holds a placard during a demonstration in Lahore on July 25, 2010, in a show of solidarity with fellow Muslims in India-administered Kashmir.AFP

The government has ordered an inquiry into the incident, state minister Javaid Ahmed said, while police said two officers had been suspended for “dereliction of duty”.


A strike also shut shops, banks and schools in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, on Monday as protests over the recent killing of 17 people during demonstrations continued.

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Source: SGGP

Man charged in boat crash near Statue of Liberty

In Uncategorized on July 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm

A New Jersey man was charged with vehicular manslaughter after a boat crash near the Statue of Liberty that killed a groom-to-be and injured two other men.


New York City police said 39-year-old Richard Aquilone of Jersey City, N.J., was out on the water Friday evening with his wife, their 2-year-old daughter and two sons, ages 2 and 3, when their 30-foot boat hit a smaller craft.


Police said Jijo Puthuvamkunnath, 30, of Bergenfield, N.J., and two friends were in the 17-foot boat anchored off Liberty Island that was struck by Aquilone.


Puthuvamkunnath was taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of head injuries. His two friends, both also 30, were treated for minor injuries.

In this July 2, 2010 image taken from video and released by WCBS-TV in New York, rescue teams respond to a fatal boat accident near the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

No one on the larger boat was injured.


Aquilone was arrested on charges of vehicular manslaughter, operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.


He was arraigned on the charges Saturday. A spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Aquilone pleaded not guilty and bond was set at $50,000. She did not know the name of his attorney.


Puthuvamkunnath was due to marry his girlfriend, Sissy Chacko, on Aug. 28, said his aunt Aleyamma Varughese, who answered the phone at Puthuvamkunnath’s home Saturday.


“He was a very, very wonderful young man,” Varughese said. “He was loved by everybody.”

Source: SGGP

Mekong Delta man floats on water

In Uncategorized on May 21, 2010 at 9:12 am

A 47-year-old man, a shrimp breeder from the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau, has a special and strange ability to float upon the water’s surface by himself for several hours.

Shrimp breeder Hua Hoang Cuong in Ca Mau Province can float upon the water’s surface by himself. (Photo: Vnepxress)

Shrimp breeder Hua Hoang Cuong, in Dam Doi District, said that he suddenly discovered his extraordinary ability one month ago.

Hundreds of curious people have come to see the man float in his hometown and neighboring Bac Lieu Province, where he often performs his ability at request.

Mr. Tran Ngoc Phuong, Deputy Director of the Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism of the Bac Lieu Province said that Mr. Cuong is one of the rare people who can float on water.

An old woman, 82, Tran Thi Dang, of Vinh Long Province and a 6-year-old boy Tran Thinh Tien of Tien Giang Province, both in the Mekong Delta, have also demonstrated their ability to float on water.

Source: SGGP