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Old 2007-10-02, 04:38   Link #601
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A simple case that erupts into a 'frolic by solicitors'

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The Straits Times (2 Oct 07) -- School teacher Jonathan Lock, already saddled with legal bills of over S$100,000 (US$67,000), takes his case to the Appeals Court.

A SIMPLE traffic accident case landed in the highest court in Singapore - all because of a dispute over S$60 (US$40.32).

The much-publicised case of primary school teacher Jonathan Lock, who was initially awarded S$188 (US$126.34) by the Primary Dispute Resolution Centre (PDRC) but ended up being saddled with legal bills of more than S$100,000, was heard before a three-judge Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

Mr Lock was unwittingly dragged into a long and costly court battle after his former lawyer issued a writ of seizure against NTUC Income. The insurance giant responded by appealing to the High Court. NTUC's lawyers argued that the PDRC was not a court of law, and, hence, had no authority to make enforcible orders.

The PDRC was set up by the Subordinate Courts to deal with minor road accidents and mediation sessions are presided over by district judges wearing hats as mediators.

During the hearing of Mr Lock's appeal case on Tuesday, one of the three judges, Judge of Appeal V. K. Rajah said that in appealing to the High Court on a point of law, NTUC's lawyers had 'used a sledgehammer to crack a peanut, when a nutcracker would do'.

Timeline of events
Nov 2004: Traffic accident involving Mr Lock's motorcycle and Ms Jessiline Goh's car.

Mar 2006: Case brought before the PDRC. Mr Lock awarded S$188; Ms Goh ordered to pay S$1,200 (US$806.40) in legal costs.

May 2007: Ms Goh wins appeal against PDRC ruling. Mr Lock made to pay appeal costs.

Jul 2007: After assessment of costs, Mr Lock ordered to pay S$63,000 (US$42,336). This was later brought down to S$45,000 (US$30,240) upon Mr Lock's appeal.

Aug 2007: Mr Lock dismisses his first lawyer, Mr Andrew Hanam. Mr Hanam bills him S$80,000 (US$53,760) in fees.

Sep 3, 2007: NTUC Income serves writ of seizrue on Mr Lock.

Sep 14, 2007: It offers to waive S$45,000 legal bill and give him S$25,000 (US$16,800) as goodwill money.
All lawyers are crooks. Wait a minute. That's not really news, is it?
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Old 2007-10-02, 05:18   Link #602
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Men fight over custody of amputated leg

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MAIDEN, N.C. - A South Carolina man who stored his severed leg in a barbecue smoker that was later auctioned off is locked in a custody dispute with the North Carolina man who found it.

John Wood's leg was amputated near the knee after a 2004 airplane crash. He asked doctors to give it to him so he could be buried as a whole man when he died.The limb, which Wood had kept in the smoker in a storage facility after he lost his home, was bought by Shannon Whisnant last Tuesday in an auction held by the storage company because Wood had missed his monthly payments.

Whisnant initially gave it to police, who subsequently turned it over to a funeral home when it became clear it was not the result of foul play.
But Whisnant, who put a sign on the empty smoker charging adults $3 and children $1 for a look, now wants the leg back.

"He's making a freak show out of it," Wood told The Charlotte Observer for a Monday story. "He wants to put money in his pocket with this thing."
Whisnant, who was unsuccessful in his bid to get the leg from the funeral home, consulted with a lawyer and decided his best move was to persuade Wood to share custody and profits.

"It's a strange incident, and Halloween's just around the corner," Whisnant said. "The price will be going up if I get (a stake in) the leg."

Wood, who is heading to Maiden to pick up his leg, said the two men can meet, but he is not interested in using the leg to make money.

"I just think it's despicable," he said. "I don't mind having the 15 minutes of fame, but I'm not looking to really profit off this thing."
There is also an article in today's WSJ about special pigs (organic diet and daily exercise apparently) raised for next year's Olympics that have people in a bit of a tizzy. I can't seem to locate it on a free news site like Yahoo or MSN, though...
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Old 2007-10-02, 09:13   Link #603
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A convent in Italy is being shut down after a fight between its last three remaining nuns.

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So badly did relations deteriorate between the sisters of Santa Clara in Bari that the Mother Superior ended up in hospital with scratches to her face.

Now the local archbishop has intervened and asked the Vatican for permission to close the convent.

Sister Liliana is on her own there now and says she has no intention of leaving her home of the past 44 years.

The Clarissa nuns are regarded as the most austere order of the Roman Catholic Church, devoted to a life of prayer, penance and quiet contemplation.

But at the Santa Clara convent in Bari, the vow of silence was shattered by an unholy row.

Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista say they were driven to distraction by the nasty habits of their Mother Superior, Sister Liliana.

They became so angry that during the summer they turned on her, scratching her face and throwing her to the ground.

The two nuns have now moved into a nearby convent, leaving Sister Liliana barricaded inside.

Despite the efforts of the Archbishop Giovanni Battista Pichierri to reconcile the three sisters he has been forced to call on the Vatican for help.

He wrote to the Holy See telling them the sisters had "clearly lost their religious vocation" and with only one nun remaining has asked for permission to close the convent down.

But Sister Liliana is not going without a fight.

She has been at the nunnery for 44 years and she is not going to be pushed about now.

She has written to the Pope telling him she will only leave when God decides it is time to go.

And since she is devoted to her vow of silence it is not that easy to reason with her.
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Old 2007-10-02, 18:52   Link #604
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^Yeah, that was in the odd spot on the Age in Melbourne. Seems kind of stupid coming from nuns. If it was from models then yeah it would be understandable but nuns? Weird.
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Old 2007-10-04, 12:06   Link #605
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Police in a Hampshire village chose the site of their new office for maximum public convenience - and ended up in a toilet block.

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Community police officers will now be based in the newly-built loos in the centre of Grayshott.

Surgery sessions to discuss issues such as drug abuse and anti social behaviour will be held in the building.

The high tech "vandal-resistant" building also offers disabled toilets and baby changing facilities.

Police Community Support Officer James Leggat said he is confident the new location will work well as a base and as a venue for regular beat surgeries.

Grayshott's toilets were rebuilt by East Hampshire District Council and opened by MP James Arbuthnot.

The original toilet block, built 50 years ago, was demolished and replaced by the new one on Headley Road car park.

Councillor Judy Onslow said: "The toilets in Grayshott were badly in need of replacing and the council is determined to demonstrate to residents and visitors alike throughout the district that we care about this most basic health need."

The toilets have automatic air extraction to minimise odours, under-floor heating, sanitary fittings made of vandal-resistant materials and a child seat in every cubicle.
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Old 2007-10-04, 19:24   Link #606
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Seems kind of wierd.
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Old 2007-10-05, 08:44   Link #607
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The Agriculture Ministry is not in charge of Gundam

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BBC: Japan's Agriculture Ministry has reprimanded six civil servants who spent hours at work editing articles on Wikipedia - mainly about robots.


One man was found to have made 260 entries to articles about Gundam, a popular animated series featuring giant robotic fighting machines.

Five more bureaucrats wrote about Japanese movies, mistakes on billboards and local politics, officials said.

According to the ministry, the six had made 408 entries at work since 2003.

The group, whose activities were discovered by an internal probe, received verbal reprimands, officials said.

Editing Wikipedia has now been banned at the ministry.

"The Agriculture Ministry is not in charge of Gundam," ministry official Tsutomu Shimomura told the Associated Press news agency.
Obviously they were hoping Taro Aso would become PM.
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Old 2007-10-05, 13:11   Link #608
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Sperm donor aged 72 to father own grandchild

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A 72-year-old London man is to become the sperm-donor father to his own "grandchild".

The anonymous man has been given permission to donate his sperm to his daughter-in-law to allow her to become a mother.

The decision by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority means the baby born to the couple will be the grandfather's genetic child and its father's half-brother.

The case - believed to be the first of its kind in Britain - was sparked after the husband and wife's attempt for a child via IVF treatment failed because the man's sperm was not of high quality. The couple then turned to the husband's father in a bid to produce a child which is a close genetic match.

Sperm from the grandfather is being screened by the London Women's Clinic where the couple, who wish to remain anonymous and are in their thirties, are having treatment.

Dr Peter Bowen-Simkins, director of the clinic, said the couple and the grandfather had undergone counselling to prepare them for producing a child in this unusual way.

Along with the HFEA approval, an independent ethics committee was brought in to review the case.

Dr Bowen-Simkins said: "I've certainly never come across a case like this before. But advancements in fertility treatment have overcome a lot of taboos in science which means that people are prepared to consider all sorts of options.

Obviously the wife's mother-in-law also had to be included in all the conversations but she has no objections. Society has also changed its perceptions of what is and is not acceptable. In this case keeping the genetic identity of the child similar to their own was a huge factor. The husband does not have a brother which is why he chose his own father to assist."

The child will be able to "track down" his genetic father if the parents do not reveal his identity.

Requests from couples to allow fathers to donate sperm are far less common than cases of donor " grandmothers" where mothers donate their eggs to their infertile daughters.
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Old 2007-10-05, 15:56   Link #609
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Thought this might make a few chuckle...

Japanese Government at Work

I found it to be a funny little story (the first part anyways) especially with the new series starting and everything.
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Old 2007-10-05, 16:34   Link #610
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The Agriculture Ministry is not in charge of Gundam.
YOU LIE!!!
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Old 2007-10-05, 17:18   Link #611
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New currency for space travellers

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7029564.stm

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Scientists have come up with a new currency designed to be used by inter-planetary travellers.

It is called the Quasi Universal Intergalactic Denomination, or Quid.

It is designed to withstand the stresses of space travel and has no sharp edges or chemicals that could hurt space tourists.
Hmm, I wonder how many Martian globlebs equals one Quid?
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Old 2007-10-05, 17:46   Link #612
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Visitors to a Somerset stately home have been warned to keep away from a peacock - after he seriously damaged a luxury car he mistook for a mate.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/7028723.stm

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The amorous bird caused 4,000 damage to an employee's Lexus in the grounds of Sir Benjamin Slade's country manor, Maunsel House, near Bridgwater.

Warning signs have now been put up in the car park.

"It started when he fell in love with a Lexus, which was in a very distinct peacock blue," said Sir Benjamin.

"He attacked the panels so hard that the car needs a total respray. The insurers are not very happy about it.

"They've had claims for all sorts of things like lions biting people, but never have they heard of a peacock sexually attacking a car before," he added.
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Old 2007-10-05, 21:11   Link #613
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Hmm, I wonder how many Martian globlebs equals one Quid?
42.

How much Quid for a bachelor pad on the Moon?
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Old 2007-10-06, 03:20   Link #614
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Visitors to a Somerset stately home have been warned to keep away from a peacock - after he seriously damaged a luxury car he mistook for a mate.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/7028723.stm
Thats way to horny of a peacock to keep. Let it free in the wild.
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Old 2007-10-06, 08:40   Link #615
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Thats way to horny of a peacock to keep. Let it free in the wild.
Imagine what damage it could do there
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Old 2007-10-06, 13:04   Link #616
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Visitors to a Somerset stately home have been warned to keep away from a peacock - after he seriously damaged a luxury car he mistook for a mate.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/7028723.stm
That peacock made me ROFL.

I'm searching for a silly or odd news, but I can't seem to find some. Will post tomorrow.
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Old 2007-10-07, 08:12   Link #617
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An 11-year-old boy and his parents have been arrested after he fled Louisiana police in a car chase at speeds of more than 100mph (160km/h), it is reported.

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The child's mother and father have been accused of letting him drive for about six months, the Associated Press said.

The pursuit began when a patrol car spotted the boy's car speeding on Interstate 310 near New Orleans.

Police gave chase but the car sped away, only stopping at a Burger King restaurant where his mother worked.

The boy had been driving home from a hospital where he had dropped off his disabled father for an appointment when the chase began, police told AP.

His parents have been charged with the improper supervision of a minor and allowing an unlicensed minor to drive - something authorities said had been going on for six months.

The boy was reportedly released to the custody of an aunt after being arrested for fleeing from an officer, reckless driving, speeding, passing on the shoulder, improper lane usage and having no driver's licence.
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Old 2007-10-08, 04:24   Link #618
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^serves them right
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Old 2007-10-08, 16:20   Link #619
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Wish my parents allowed me to drive when I was 11.
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Old 2007-10-08, 16:58   Link #620
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Those parents REALLY have a problem.
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