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Court ordered payout 30 years after divorce Last Updated: 6:00pm BST 28/06/2007 A wealthy retired builder was ordered to pay more money to the woman he divorced nearly 30 years ago after a judge heard she had "fallen on hard times", the Court of Appeal was told yesterday. Dennis North, 70, was divorced from his first wife Jean, 61, in 1978 - a year after finding out she was having an affair with the man she later went to live with. In 1981 he made a financial settlement with the woman he married in 1964, buying her a house and investments. Over the years, he increased her assets so that she would have been able to live comfortably for the rest of her life, the judges were told. But in 1999, she sold up and moved to Australia where she saw her capital dwindle because of bad investments and what the court was told was a lifestyle beyond her means. A district judge awarded her a lump sum of £202,000 in April last year despite agreeing that Mrs North's money troubles had nothing to do with her former husband and he had no further responsibility towards her. Since his divorce from his first wife, Mr North had prospered and his wealth is now estimated at between £5 million and £11 million, the court was told. Mr North, who was left to bring up the three children of the marriage and has two children by his second wife, wants the Court of Appeal to quash the award. Philip Moor QC, representing him, told the panel of judges headed by Lord Justice Thorpe that Mrs North had made no attempt to find a job since 1977, when she was 32. When she sold all her assets and emigrated, she chose to live in an expensive part of Sydney, he said. If she had stayed in the North of England she would have been comfortably off for the rest of her life. "The whole purpose of divorce is to disentangle people so they can lead independent lives," he told the three judges. Mr Moor told Lord Justice Thorpe, sitting with Lord Justice May and Mr Justice Bennett, that it was not his client's fault that his first wife "has fallen on hard times and she cannot now go back for a second bite of the cherry". But Mrs North's counsel, Deborah Bangay QC, said it was not her client's fault that her investments had gone wrong and the District Judge took account of her ex-husband's wealth and the fact that she needed additional support when he gave her an award at the "bottom end of the spectrum". She added: "This was not a second bite at the cherry, but it is what are her reasonable needs. The court was entitled to take into account the obvious wealth of her former husband. It was an extraordinarily modest award set against his wealth." The court reserved its judgment to a date to be fixed.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/06/28/ndivorce128.xml

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Big Wendy the muscular whippet Rare genetic mutation increases muscles, weight of sleek breed Kim Westad, Times Colonist Published: Monday, June 25, 2007 People mistake her for a pitbull with a pinhead, but Wendy the whippet is one rare breed. omgdog.jpg So rare that the Central Saanich dog recently graced the New York Times. She also had several of her photos shown on The Today Show, all because of a rare genetic mutation that has led to her being the Incredible Hulk of dogs. Wendy is a 27-kilogram rippling mass of muscle. Forget the so-called six-pack stomach: Wendy has a 24-pack. And the muscles around her neck are so thick, they look like a lion's ruff. "People have referred to her as Arnold Schwarzenegger," says doting owner Ingrid Hansen, stroking Wendy's sleek black coat and white chest. Wendy was recently part of a genetics study done in the U.S. on mutation in the myostatin gene in whippets, which resemble greyhounds in appearance. The National Institute of Health study reported that whippets with one single defective copy of the gene have increased muscle mass that can enhance racing performance in the breed, known for speeds up to 60 kilometres an hour. But whippets with two mutated copies of the gene become "double-muscled," like Wendy. It has been seen before in one human, and also in mice, cattle and sheep, says the study. The uber-muscled whippets are called "bullies," not because of their nature -- Wendy likes nothing better than a good back scratch and isn't shy about sitting in your lap to ask for one -- but because of their size. She's about twice the weight of an average whippet, but with the same height and small narrow head -- and the same size heart and lungs, which means she probably won't live as long as normal whippets. Hansen has had Wendy, now four, since she bought the dog from a Shawnigan Lake breeder when she was eight months old. Wendy landed in clover. She lives on an acreage, runs around with other dogs and horses, sleeps on Hansen's bed and pretty much anywhere else she wants to. People are often afraid when the muscle-bound dog runs up to them on her dainty whippet-thin legs, but they soon realize she's friendly, Hansen said. © Times Colonist (Victoria) 2007
http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/story.html?id=67f15c17-2717-4022-bb76-1b982456e793&k=94653 :whatchutalkingabout

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'Taleban-like beard' sees Metallica frontman detained at airport james4.jpg James Hetfield performs at the Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium in London. Photo / Reuters James Hetfield, frontman of US metal rockers Metallica, was detained at a British Airport before his appearance at London's Live Earth gig on Saturday. According to British newspaper The Times, the rocker jetted into Luton airport ahead of Saturday's Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium - where his legendary rock band was due to perform - but was halted by officials before he could leave the terminal. The legendary frontman was then subjected to a brief line of questioning, after which security-conscious officials were left red-faced when Hetfield explained he was a member of a world-famous rock band. The Times claims Hetfield's friends blame his "Taleban-like beard" for the interrogation. Metallica formed in 1981 and have become one of the most successful heavy metal bands selling 90 million records worldwide. The band, currently touring the UK with their Sick of the Studio tour, will release a new album towards the end of this year. - NZHERALD STAFF
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1501119/story.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10450450 :hysterical:

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Same-sex marriage in Delhi shocks families ddum6.jpg NEW DELHI: When Geeta and Babli became friends after they met at a wedding five years ago, nobody imagined that they would end up getting married one day. The two got married at an Arya Samaj temple in Karol Bagh on Sunday and their families promptly disowned them. Sparks first flew when the 23-year-old Geeta and 33-year-old Babli, both residents of Bappa Nagar in central Delhi's Karol Bagh area, met during Geeta's elder sister's marriage to Babli's younger brother. And then passions flared as the two continued their secret liaison. Their love remained hidden and it was not until two years ago that the families suspected a lesbian relationship. "Geeta used to often come and spend the night. For a long time, we thought they were just good friends. It was around two years ago that I began to suspect that it was more than just friendship," said Lajpat, Babli's brother. "Besides, Babli had been involved with two women prior to Geeta. My family immediately alerted Geeta's family." Babli's family claims that a month ago Babli and Geeta eloped. On Sunday, they landed at Babli's house declaring that they had got married. Both families however refused to accept them or let them in. On Wednesday night, they reached Geeta's house and tried to convince the family one more time to accept their wedding. There was apparently an argument between the couple and Geeta's family which led Geeta to call the police.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Same-sex_marriage_shocks_families/articleshow/2196391.cms :whatchutalkingabout

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Laden's 27-yr-old son weds 51-yr-old British granny London: 27-year-old Omar met Jane in Egypt in September while she was there for her treatment for multiple sclerosis. Jane said that the fairytale romance began when her Omar saw her riding a horse near the Great Pyramid. Both decided to get married after a holiday romance and now she is to apply for a visa so that Omar can visit Britain. The couple got married with all the Islamic ceremonies in Egypt and Saudi Arabia and are awaiting permission from the authorities in Riyadh to make their marriage official. Jane has already been married five times. She has three sons and five grandchildren and is a respected parish councilor in the village of Moulton. She has had various jobs, including restoring houses and aircraft, and is a keen rider and scuba diver. Omar on the other hand, works as a scrap metal dealer in Jeddah According to a report in The Times, Jane now uses the Islamic name Zaina Mohamad. Jane had kept her marriage secret from everyone apart from her immediate family and close friends. But she has now agreed to speak about her relationship with Bin Laden's fourth eldest son. "It would be nice if, like any other married woman, I could stand up and say this is my husband and this is his name, but I have to be realistic about things," she told The Times. "I hope people don't judge me too harshly. I married the son, not the father." She added. Her father in-law, Osama Bin Laden is linked to numerous terrorist plots including the London suicide bombings on July 7, 2005, the July 21 plot, and the recent attempted attacks in London and Glasgow. "I just married the man I met and fell in love with. For me he is just Omar," Jane said. "I hope that people will take a step back and think what it was like when they fell in love. He is the most beautiful person I have ever met. His heart is pure, he is pious quiet,a true gentleman, and he is my best friend," Jane said. Omar bin Laden left Saudi Arabia as a child when his father was expelled for his extremist beliefs, his wife said. Living in exile in Sudan and then Afghanistan, he saw at first hand the creation of al-Qaeda and its techniques. "I never had any problem with his past. Omar did not do anything wrong. He was a child when he was in Afghanistan." Jane said. She said her husband left Afghanistan before the attacks on the US on September 11, 2001. However, some reports claim that he split from his father only after the attack on New York and an argument about tactics. His father's reputation means that he has been ostracised by the wealthy and powerful bin Laden family and is under surveillance by the security services in Saudi Arabia. She was aware before her marriage that her husband already had another wife and a two-year-old child. "I haven't seen her but I have spoken to her for about an hour on the telephone. She is fine about it," Browne said. Jane said that the couple hoped to use their position to help to heal the wounds caused by her father-in-law. Jane said: "All we want is peace in this world and I will do all I can to promote it.
http://www.ibnlive.com/news/ladens-27yrold-son-weds-51yrold-british-granny/44709-2.html me thinks saala just wanted british passport :hysterical:

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Jane said that the fairytale romance began when her Omar saw her riding a horse near the Great Pyramid. Both decided to get married after a holiday romance and now she is to apply for a visa so that Omar can visit Britain. so much for romance......britain ka naya khunkhar ghar jamai :hysterical:

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UP village boy suddenly acquires American accent 14 Jul 2007, 0007 hrs ISTspacer.gif,spacer.gifTNN spacer.gif photo.cms?msid=1784511Printphoto.cms?msid=1784513Savephoto.cms?msid=1784493EMailphoto.cms?msid=2010364Write to Editordoweshowbellyad=0;

photo.cms?msid=2202488 Rajesh, the wonder boy, speaks fluently in English and has suddenly acquired knowledge of physics and mathematics

LUCKNOW: A 14-year-old Dalit boy, born and brought up in a remote village of western Uttar Pradesh, has suddenly turned angrez . Rajesh, without any evident help, has started speaking fluently in English and does so with a proper American drawl. And that’s not all: He seems to have forgotten how to speak Hindi. Wonders do not cease with this: His knowledge of physics and mathematics has left engineering students baffled. Having already penned three books, Rajesh is now looking forward to some research work. All of this may sound like a Bollywood script on one of its favourite themes, reincarnation. However, Rajesh, a resident of a nondescript village 40 km from Saharanpur, refuses to call it so. In his words: "There is no concept of reincarnation. It is just that memory can’t be destroyed till there are sound waves in the world." And this is the area of science that interests Rajesh the most. "He has already written three documents, one on memory, the other on sociology and the third on liberalisation," said an excited Shishu Pal Singh Verma, principal of Willian Jefferson Clinton Science and Technology Centre, where Rajesh was enrolled last year. "I did not take him seriously for a few months but on Republic Day, while the students were reciting poetry before the entire college, Rajesh took the mike and addressed the gathering in fluent English. This left us almost shell-shocked," says Shishu Pal. Rajesh’s mother Omkali and 16-year-old brother Kaluwa are daily wage labourers who earn just enough to manage two square meals a day. His father Sompal is mentally-challenged. Asked how and when these changes came into Rajesh, Omkali said that it happened almost a year ago when Rajesh was helping Kaluwa erect a wall. "Every time the brothers brought the wall up to two feet, their father would smash it. Irritated, Rajesh threw a brick at him who was hit in the head and began to bleed.” This left Rajesh dumbfounded. "For the next three months, he did not utter a single word. When he did, it was not in Hindi," said Jamal, a resident of Saharanpur. var RN = new String (Math.random()); var RNS = RN.substring (2,11); var b2 = ' photoserv?slotid=1947'; if (doweshowbellyad==1) bellyad.innerHTML = b2;

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Police in Iran are reported to have taken 14 squirrels into custody - because they are suspected of spying. 1559294.jpg The rodents were found near the Iranian border allegedly equipped with eavesdropping devices. The reports have come from the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). When asked about the confiscation of the spy squirrels, the national police chief said: "I have heard about it, but I do not have precise information." The IRNA said that the squirrels were kitted out by foreign intelligence services - but they were captured two weeks ago by police officers. A Foreign Office source told Sky News: "The story is nuts." But if true, this would not be the first time animals have been used to spy. During World War II the Allied Forces used pigeons to fly vital intelligence out of occupied France. More recently, US marines stationed in Kuwait have used chickens as a low-tech chemical detection system. And it is well documented that dolphins have been used to seek out underwater mines. It is even claimed that M15 once planned to recruit a team of specially-trained gerbils as a secret weapon to sniff out spies.

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£10 million security for Potter secret LONDON: A £10-million security operation featuring an army of guards, satellite tracking systems and legal contracts has swung into action to prevent any leak of details of the seventh and final book about the tales of boy wizard Harry Potter. As millions around the world eagerly await the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on July 21, only its author J.K. Rowling and some 20 others, including the books editors and illustrators, know Harrys fat e. When the finished manuscript was taken by hand from London to New York, the lawyer for the American publisher, Scholastic, sat on it during the flight. With each successive Potter book, security has grown. Nothing has come close, however, to the arrangements for the finale, The Sunday Telegraph observed. London-based Bloomsbury, which publishes the Potter books in Britain, has hired secure sites across the country to house the book prior to distribution early this week. It is understood that several dozen security teams will protect the sites round the clock. Experts say security staff will earn up to £30 an hour with a guard dog, up to £20 without. Print factory workers in Britain have been threatened with the sack if they leak any details, while German publishers banned mobile phones and even packed lunches in the printing plant. Employees reportedly had to work in near-darkness to prevent them reading the book. It is from Tuesday, however, when copies begin to be sent out to retailers, that the most crucial part of the security operation will come into effect. The trucks Bloomsbury will use are fitted with satellite tracking systems costing up to 1,000 pounds each, which will reveal whether any of the vehicles deviate from their intended route. The books are on sealed pallets fitted with alarms to prevent tampering. At one of the biggest booksellers, Barnes and Noble in America, the books are being kept in padlocked trucks at the insistence of Scholastic. Amazon, the online retailer, has cordoned off special sections of its warehouse to ensure restricted access. All retailers have had to sign a legal embargo preventing them from divulging any of the books content or selling copies before the release. A spokesman for Borders, the bookshop chain, said the ban means: We agree not to open any of the books before midnight. We cant even line the shelves before then. A spokesman for Bloomsbury said: We have a litigation specialist poised 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deal with any breaches. It is our intention to enforce the embargo vigorously and seek an immediate injunction if required. While experts put the cost of all this at £10 million, the lengths to which publishers have gone are not surprising. Four years ago, Donald Parfitt, a forklift driver from Suffolk, was ordered to do 180 hours community service after he admitted stealing pages from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from the printing plant where he worked. Last year, Aaron Lambert was jailed for stealing copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and trying to sell them. In recent weeks, Ms. Rowling has reportedly received letters from people asking her to reveal the ending of the seventh book because their terminally-ill relative may not live until Saturday. PTI
http://www.hindu.com/2007/07/16/stories/2007071656822200.htm Ridiculous.

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In recent weeks, Ms. Rowling has reportedly received letters from people asking her to reveal the ending of the seventh book because their terminally-ill relative may not live until Saturday. PTI
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Dolphin voyeurs kill the mood for saucy submariners Monday Jul 16 14:00 AEST Some of the world's richest people are reportedly using their private submarines to indulge in deep-sea sex in front of panoramic marine vistas. But these aquatic trysts are sometimes interrupted by groups of voyeuristic dolphins, which excitedly tap on windows with their beaks. One of the world's top designers of luxury subs, US Submarines president Bruce Jones, told Bloomberg that dolphins were a problem for the amorous owners of his multi-million dollar vessels. "Dolphins are easily excited when they sense people making love. They get jealous and bang their noses against the window," Mr Jones said. The best solution was to block the dolphins out with a set of curtains, he said. Another top designer, Herve Jaubert of Dubai-based Exomos, told Bloomberg his clients wrestled "with how to conduct a deep-sea love affair in front of an observation window without creating an underwater paparazzi". Around 100 luxury submarines are believed to be submerged in the world's oceans, but it is not known who owns the majority of these undersea palaces. Russian billionaire Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich has a submarine, as does Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=278856

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With Harry Potter's worldwide success, world-renowned magician PC Sorcar has planned to start Hogwarts-type school of witchcraft and wizardry in India. Amid enormous craze for the art of magic sweeping through India with the release of the fifth Harry Potter movie The Order of the Phoenix, world-renowned magician PC Sorcar junior has announced his plans to start a master degree in 'Dramagic', which will help pupils learn the closely guarded secrets of his 2,000-year-old craft. The 61-year-old magician's version of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry will be an affiliate of the government-run Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal. The course is expected to begin next year. Sorcar will teach students the tricks perfected by his family over eight generations-such as pulling a horse out of an empty bag, vanishing after being sealed in a box crushed by a road-roller and cycling through London and San Francisco with his eyes bandaged and plastered. He insists on the need to mop up the prevailing misunderstanding about the Indian magic among people. "Harry Potter has made magic popular in the world. A magic school will be able to attract many people. Indian magic is a misunderstood art. People think it's a rabbit out of a hat. I want to prove that wrong", Times Online quoted him as saying. Sorcar is planning to employ street performers or 'madaris' to teach students their trade at his institute. "The 2,000-year-old craft of street magicians was passed on through word of mouth before. It would be a loss for Indian magic if this art was not preserved", he said. http://lifestyle.indiatimes.com/quickiearticleshow/msid-2209954.cms

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BRISBANE, Australia -- Rugby player Ben Czislowski kept competing for more than three months despite the headaches that started after a clash with an opponent. Czislowski was playing for Brisbane team Wynnum during the April 1 incident involving Tweed Heads forward Matt Austin. He had a head wound stitched up afterward, the Australian Associated Press reported Tuesday. Czislowski later suffered an eye infection and complained of lethargy and shooting pains in his head. Then last week, his doctor found a tooth embedded in Czislowski's head. "I can laugh about it now, but the doctor told me it could have been serious, with teeth carrying germs," Czislowski said. "I've got the tooth at home, sitting on the bedside table," he said. "If he [Austin] wants it back he can have it. I'm keeping it at the moment as proof that it actually happened."

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Thief-mosque wtf Didarganj (Patna), July 18: Noori Baba was no Mumtaz Mahal. Neither had he got a relationship with someone like Shah Jahan. Certainly, the great thief of his time could ever think of a monument being dedicated to him, like the Taj Mahal, and that too by a king appreciating a challenging feat of theft. Passers-by along the NH-30 — connecting Patna with Barh — would not even notice this dilapidated mazaar at Didarganj check-post, about 20km from here. Those with religious inclination generally stop here for a while to rue the status of the 300-year-old mazaar, locally known as “chorba masjid” (mosque of the thief). It is, however, not known whether thieves in and around the Bihar capital visit this mazaar like lovers across the world would want to make a memorable trip to the Taj to click a picture on the lovers’ seat! “Just because it is called chorba masjid does not mean that thieves come here,” said Hafiz Mastan Islamuddin, the only caretaker at the mazaar of Hazrat Noorshah Baba Rahamatullah Alaih — popularly known as Noori Baba — for the past 20 years. Islamuddin, dressed in a green chonga and sporting garlands of beads and coloured stones, has no hesitation in accepting that he has been serving “a pir of thieves and hoodlums”. Incidentally, he found two knives near the mazaar about six months ago. Clarifying that it is not a mosque, the 50-year-old said that Baba Rahamatullah or Noori Baba was such a great thief that nobody could ever get hold of him. Islamuddin, who remains unmarried and left his ancestral home at Manersharif, explained how the mazaar came up. The myth goes something like this: the king (name not known to anybody) of then Nasirpur-Tajpur (now Didarganj) challenged Rahamatullah to dare a theft in his palace. Rahamatullah had accepted the challenge to commit it within seven days amid foolproof security saying “main to aankhon se kajal chura sakta hoon (I can steal collyrium from one’s eyes)”. After seven days when no theft was reported at the palace, Rahamatullah was produced before the king to withdraw his claim. While narrating this, Islamuddin takes a deep puff to conclude with great pride: “Rahamatullah produced a gold bangle he had stolen from the queen’s hand. The queen was seen wearing just one bangle much to everyone’s disbelief.” The king was greatly happy at the thief’s act and asked him to keep the gold bangle. Rahamatullah returned the bangle and wanted the king to construct a monument after his death. And thus came the chorba masjid, now a landmark for Didarganj. Local residents said though the mazaar gets good visitors, including VIPs, nobody thought of repairing the tomb, broken to half some 50 years ago. An 8ftx8ft cement roof over the mazaar is the only protection. Mohammed Firoz, a local electrician, said: “The area is not theft-prone. We have no idea whether criminals come here from adjoining places.”

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Anger at Kenya donkey nappy plan By Michael Kaloki BBC News, Limuru 999999.gif _44003165_nappy203x250.jpg A kick is often the answer to putting a nappy on a donkey Donkey owners in the Kenyan town of Limuru are up in arms over an order from the municipal authorities that their animals must wear nappies. The council said the measure would come into effect on 16 July to ensure the town's streets are kept clean. But recent press coverage and outrage from the town's residents has led the authorities to put their plans on hold. "If we have to put nappies on our donkeys, soon they will say our cows need them too," one donkey owner said. Limuru's mayor, James Kuria, says: "We must come up with a way to make sure that the droppings are not a nuisance." Another donkey owner, Kimani Gathugu, who lives in the town some 50km north-west of the capital, Nairobi, says the measure is not practical and the council would do better to employ more street sweepers. Fatal kick Noting the vital role played by donkeys in the community, he says: "Donkeys are very important. Not many people have cars in the area and the donkeys serve as a mode of transport." o.gif_44003216_john_kinyanjui.jpgstart_quote_rb.gif The council itself has workers. They can do the sweeping end_quote_rb.gif John Kinyanjui Limuru resident inline_dashed_line.gifRead your comments Another resident, John Kinyanjui, says: "The council itself has workers. They can do the sweeping. We are paying taxes." Water trader Simon Kamau, who uses donkeys to transport water to his clients utters: "In all the three years I have been in this business, I have never tied a nappy on a donkey. "The problem is that the donkey can give you a fatal kick. I was once kicked by a donkey and it broke my leg. "What the council should do is come to us traders and show us how to tie the nappies on the donkeys," Mr Kamau says Mr Kuria though seems determined to push on with his plan. "I have heard that in some areas where they keep donkeys, they also have nappies," he said. "We will go to these areas and see how they do it and come back and show our people how to do it. We want the people to earn a living but at the same time we must keep our town clean."
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/6902309.stm :hysterical:

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No puran poli? Divorce! By: Vinod Kumar Menon July 22, 2007 no2207.jpgA techie, 25 years old and working for a reputed IT firm, has filed for divorce after just three months of marriage. Reason: his wife cannot make puran poli. A charted accountant, under 30 years of age, has filed for divorce. Reason: his name was not printed in the wedding card of his wife’s brother. A lawyer has filed for divorce. Reason: her husband came home very late on the wedding night and refused to undergo an HIV test. Increasingly, a number of divorces taking place amongst educated youth are for the flimsiest of reasons. A city psychologist says that the trend is being seen amongst urban couples have very less patience. Stress is the biggest reason for the breakdown of marriages. She adds, “Many times, the couple themselves are not sure about the reason for filing the divorce application. It is only during the counseling session that they come up with silly reasons.” Ego clashes Advocate Tara Hegde, president of the bar association, family court, confirms that there is an increase in divorce applications filed by young educated professionals for the silliest of reasons. The family court receives over 40 applications daily, either for settlement, divorce or for maintenance. Most applicants are newly married or fall in the time frame of 1-5 years of marriage. Statistical studies show that more than 85 per cent of marriages break down within the first five years of matrimony. Ego clashes are seen as the prime problem amongst most young couples, who find it difficult to cope with both professional and family expectations. And most young professionals of both genders give prime preference to their jobs and office work. They seldom find time for family, pointed out a marriage counselor who did not wished to be named. Marrying in haste ”The new generation lacks the capacity of making adjustments and building relationships. Also differences in culture, attitudes, values and expectations cause mal-adjustments between spouses,” says a marriage counselor. Advocate Hegde, attached to the family court for over two decades, observes that in the last few years, there has been an increase in the number of young girls (between 18 and above) who elope with their lovers and get secretly married. But they soon return to their parents, bringing them in tow when they file for divorce. “There have also been instances of women using provisions under the law to harass their husbands to seek maximum compensation or out of court settlements,” says Hegde. 13,000 cases pending All divorce and maintenance cases are dealt in the family court under the provisions of the Family Court Act 1984. The family court in Bandra started in October 1989, and as many as 13,000 cases are pending at present, says a judicial officer, attached to the court. A study was conducted by marriage counsellors working at the family courts in Maharashtra a few years ago to comprehend the reasons behind divorce cases. The data collected from Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nagpur family courts showed a drastic number of divorce cases, mostly filed by couples between the age 20-35 years. Lawyers practicing at the family court say that the number of women filing for divorce are more than men. Fraud, drug addiction, sexual abuse The study revealed that nearly 75 per cent of the reasons behind filing for divorce were due to social causes (sexual abuse by relatives of husband, fraud during the marriage etc), 20 per cent is due to psychological cause (drug addiction, womanising, adamant nature etc) and the balance five per cent is biological causes (infertility, illness etc). Many marital disputes are caused by meddling in-laws from both sides and women mostly find it more difficult to adjust. Dowry demands also crops up as a strong bone of contention. Unemployed husbands or those who can’t keep down a job add to blow-ups over finances. Alcohol and addictions add to the tension, which result in physical and mental harassment. Many times, girls and boys get forced into marriage by their parents and aren’t ready for it. In some cases, adjusting with a child creates problems, while the couples’ sex lives also play havoc. Work at it Young couples seem to get married in haste. Counsellors say that they need to understand marital relationships, expectations from each other and responsibilities. The family court has also started an emotional counseling center to assist couples to cope with their problems. ]
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Going Blind Justice Florida inmate convicted for pleasuring self in cell JULY 25--In a verdict that could chill lonely inmates everywhere, a jury today convicted a Florida inmate for masturbating in the privacy of his Ft. Lauderdale cell. After deliberating for only 45 minutes, a Broward County panel found Terry Lee Alexander, 20, guilty of indecent exposure for an episode last November. According to investigators, a female guard--who was monitoring Alexander's cell from a jail control room--spotted Alexander pleasuring himself while seated on his bunk. At the time, he was jailed on auto theft and gun raps (Alexander subsequently pleaded guilty to the felony raps and was sentenced to ten years in prison). Alexander, pictured in the below mug shot, was sentenced to 60 days in custody for today's indecent exposure conviction, though the time will be served concurrently with his lengthier sentence. No, you'll get no jokes from us about the penal system, doing "hard time," Alexander behaving like a jerk, or how his lawyer failed to get him off. (3 pages)
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0725071lee1.html

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Oscar the Cat Predicts Patients' Deaths By RAY HENRY, Associated Press Writer Thursday, July 26, 2007 mn_oscarcat104_t.gif (07-26) 01:27 PDT Providence, R.I. (AP) -- Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live. "He doesn't make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die," said Dr. David Dosa in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "Many family members take some solace from it. They appreciate the companionship that the cat provides for their dying loved one," said Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Brown University. The 2-year-old feline was adopted as a kitten and grew up in a third-floor dementia unit at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The facility treats people with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and other illnesses. After about six months, the staff noticed Oscar would make his own rounds, just like the doctors and nurses. He'd sniff and observe patients, then sit beside people who would wind up dying in a few hours. Dosa said Oscar seems to take his work seriously and is generally aloof. "This is not a cat that's friendly to people," he said. Oscar is better at predicting death than the people who work there, said Dr. Joan Teno of Brown University, who treats patients at the nursing home and is an expert on care for the terminally ill She was convinced of Oscar's talent when he made his 13th correct call. While observing one patient, Teno said she noticed the woman wasn't eating, was breathing with difficulty and that her legs had a bluish tinge, signs that often mean death is near. Oscar wouldn't stay inside the room though, so Teno thought his streak was broken. Instead, it turned out the doctor's prediction was roughly 10 hours too early. Sure enough, during the patient's final two hours, nurses told Teno that Oscar joined the woman at her bedside. Doctors say most of the people who get a visit from the sweet-faced, gray-and-white cat are so ill they probably don't know he's there, so patients aren't aware he's a harbinger of death. Most families are grateful for the advanced warning, although one wanted Oscar out of the room while a family member died. When Oscar is put outside, he paces and meows his displeasure. No one's certain if Oscar's behavior is scientifically significant or points to a cause. Teno wonders if the cat notices telltale scents or reads something into the behavior of the nurses who raised him. Nicholas Dodman, who directs an animal behavioral clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and has read Dosa's article, said the only way to know is to carefully document how Oscar divides his time between the living and dying. If Oscar really is a furry grim reaper, it's also possible his behavior could be driven by self-centered pleasures like a heated blanket placed on a dying person, Dodman said. Nursing home staffers aren't concerned with explaining Oscar, so long as he gives families a better chance at saying goodbye to the dying. Oscar recently received a wall plaque publicly commending his "compassionate hospice care."
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2007/07/25/national/a141306D42.DTL&tsp=1 Dr. David Dosa :hysterical:

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Simarharleen Singh of Jalandhar claims that he is the proud owner of 86 special SIM cards for which he has shelled out Rs 1.5 crore (TOI Photo)

CHANDIGARH: If you thought that status stood redefined with one Amit Malhotra of Ludhiana buying India's most expensive cellphone number ever — 97800-00000 from Hutch at a mind-numbing Rs 15.5 lakh — then think again. For, another Punjab man, Simarharleen Singh of Jalandhar, claimed on Friday that he is the proud owner of 86 special SIM cards for which he has shelled out Rs 1.5 crore. This, he claims is his favourite hobby. As a matter of fact, Singh, vice-chairman of Imperial Bank in Jalandhar, was also bidding on Thursday for the number that went to Ludhiana's Malhotra. He quoted Rs 10 lakh for it, Rs 5.5 lakh less than Malhotra. Singh claims to pay the monthly bills for all the SIMs he possesses, but keeps only a dozen operational at a time. The 29-year-old banker recalls how his passion for the platinum series — the special or 'VIP' numbers released by service providers — grew five years back after a friend complimented him for his mobile number 98143-00017 as it was simple to remember. "It was then I decided to accumulate special numbers. Soon, my collection of such numbers will cross 100, may be within a week," he says. He looks forward to writing to the compilers of the Guinness Book of World Records once he's scored this unusual century. Singh manages all the numbers with calculated efficiency. Anyone who calls will be answered on any one of his 86 numbers. He diverts all incoming calls to his latest number on his mobile. "With this diversion, I can answer to people calling any of my numbers through my trendy Nokia handset," he says, while refusing to disclose how much he coughed up for the mobile phone. The service providers can bank on this unusal banker for hassle-free payment of bills which run into tens of thousands of rupees. "They get deducted on my credit card," he says. While no single service provider can possibly lay claim over this flashy customer, sources with different service providers say he is one of their most respected clients who is ensured the best services. The zeroes that get added to his monthly rentals certainly help.

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I'll go to jail in Sanjay's place, says a fan Mumbai: Century Bazaar in Worli was the site of the deadliest of the 1993 serial blasts. It killed 113 people and while actor Sanjay Dutt's friends and fans may be rooting for him on Tuesday, for the survivors of the blasts whose family members were taken away from them, the wounds still run too deep, and six years is not enough. “He should have got more, so that other big stars learn a lesson from it,” said a blast victim's brother, Vinayak Devrukhkar. Among the 113 casualties in Worli were Vinayak Devrukhkar's 11-year-old brother, and 21-year-old sister. His father is a broken man and Dutt's verdict is too little, too late. “They say he was shaking in the courtroom, and sweat was streaming down his face. But what about the tears that we were shedding all these years?” asked Devrukhkar. But the actor's staunch fans are shedding tears for a different reason. Their beloved Sunju baba, they say, has suffered enough. “Yes, I am ready to go in his place (to jail),” said a fan. “The punishment was required, but six years is too harsh,” said another. “How can you make him do six years just for possessing a gun?” asked yet another. Justice often has two faces and as the longest trial in Indian history comes to a close. What is now paramount for both sides is the sense of closure it brings with it.
http://www.ibnlive.com/news/ill-go-to-jail-in-sanjays-place-says-a-fan/45976-3.html

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