Feeling woolly-headed yet? Hungry sheep gobble up $8k worth of narcotics

A flock of sheep enjoyed an expensive - and illegal - lunch in England.

Their chow of choice? Cannabis plants worth thousands of pounds.

The marijuana, which had been packed into seven bags, had been dumped on the edge of a field on Fanny's Farm in Merstham, Surrey on Sept 28.

Shop manager Nellie Budd called the police on discovering her flock's narcotic meal.

She told Surrey Mirror newspaper last week: "At first I thought it was someone's hedgerow rubbish. I went down to get the bags so the sheep weren't eating black plastic.

"When I got there, I realised it was a form of herbal cannabis plant. They were very strong in scent."

Street value

A police drug squad that arrived on the scene to remove the stash for incineration that the plants had a street value of around £4,000 (about $8,200).

While the thought of stoned sheep might sound amusing, it seems like the herbivores were rather hardy animals.

They didn't seem to be affected by their unusual menu item.

Mrs Budd said: "My sheep weren't quite on their backs with legs in the air but they probably had the munchies.

"They haven't had any other side effects but I'll tell you about the meat next week."

Source: The Surrey Mirror via The Independent

Yes, it's a real robot in disguise! All hail the working Transformer from Japan

Officially backed by the Japanese company behind the Transformers, Project J-deite aims to build a fully-functional transforming robot that will stand at 5m tall.
Officially backed by the Japanese company behind the Transformers, Project J-deite aims to build a fully-functional transforming robot that will stand at 5m tall.

Japan's not just the Land of the Rising Sun. It's also the Land of giant robots.

Just a few months after announcing plans to make an 18m-tall Gundam that moves, Japan is giving the world another piece of mecha-awesomeness: A fully-functional transforming robot.

Yes folks, Transformers is getting real!

Officially backed by Takara Tomy (the company originally behind the Transformers) Project J-deite has unveiled a working prototype.

The 1.5m-tall bipedal robot can change into a futuristic-looking blue car and back.

Developed by Brave Robotics' Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki,the robot mode features fully-articulated arms and hands and a 1kmh top walking speed.

While the dude's no Optimus Prime look-wise, hardcore Transformers fans will definitely recognise the similarities between J-deite and Smokescreen from the Binaltech/Alternators splinter line that came about in the early 2000s.

Smokescreen from Transformers: Alternators and J-deite. PHOTOS: Wikimedia / Icefox and J-deite official website

As a twin-seater sports car, it can hit speeds of up to 10kmh.

The robot in its current state isn't exactly capable of taking a human driver on board: It is only a quarter-sized prototype.

Creators Ishida and Yoshizaki have a 2.5m-tall half-sized prototype in the works for 2016, before they move on to a full-sized 5m-tall robot that can "transform, walk and run" by 2020.

While it's not clear what else the project aims to achieve, J-deite does come with a fictional back story involving green meteorite crystals. Hmmm.

You can see more of J-deite in action in Engadget Japanese's video here:



Source: Mashable, J-deite official website (in Japanese)

M'sian teacher-rapist who attacked student loses appeal, 15-year jail term remains

Teacher-rapist attacked student, 15, in his quarters.

He raped his secondary student three years ago.

When he tried to fight the 15-year jail sentence meted out, the Court of Appeal said no.

Ahmad Shukran Ramli had appealed against his conviction for raping the 15-year-old in his quarters at a secondary school in Pahang and the 15-year jail sentence that the Sessions Court  meted out.

A three-member panel unani­mously dismissed his appeal, citing overwhelming evidence against him and the serious nature of the crime, reported newspaper The Star. 

Ahmad Shukran had telephoned the girl’s mother, asking her to allow her daughter to go over to his quarters to do some project work for the school’s arts club.

The girl’s mother initially refused to let her go but Ahmad Shukran told her that other students would also be at the quarters.

He then asked one of the student’s friends to go to her house and bring her to his quarters, where he raped her.

Sources: Star Online, Bernama

Man behind 'I want to touch a dog' event says sorry, gets 'severe death threats'

He got death threats after organising the event 'I want to touch a dog' last weekend.

He's the man behind the controversial 'I Want To Touch A Dog' event last Sunday (Oct 19).

This morning, Syed Azmi Abhalshi (pic) held a press conference to apologise for the furore that the event caused.

It had started out as a small get-together for those curious about dogs, he said.

The social activist stressed that the programme was meant to be educational - and not to promote liberalism, which certain groups had alleged.

"I organised this event because of Allah, not to deviate the people's faiths, try to change the Islamic rules of law, poke fun at the ulama or encourage pluralism," he said.


The original event last Sunday aimed to dispel negative perception of dogs particularly among Muslims. Photo: The Star/ Facebook


Reading from a press statement, he also admitted that there were weaknesses to the programme, and apologised for the trouble and insensitivities that it had caused.

He then left the press conference abruptly and did not take any questions from the floor, newspaper The Star reported.

His lawyer, Syahredzan Johan said he had to leave for his own safety as he was getting "severe death threats" since the event was held last Sunday at Central Park in Bandar Utama.

The Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (Jakim) said it would be conducting an investigation.

In retaliation, Malaysian NGO Persatuan Jemaah Pondok-pondok Kedah also proposed a 'Do not go near dogs' campaign.



'I Want To Touch A Dog' event was meant to be educational, its organiser said. Photo: The Star/ Facebook


The original event aimed to dispel negative perception of dogs particularly among Muslims. 

It attracted about 800 people - half of them Muslims.

Related report: No barking matter: M'sian NGO proposes 'Do not go near dogs' event 

Related report: Hundreds of Muslims show up at 'touch a dog' event in Malaysia

Here's what Queen Mariah thinks of the S'pore show last night

She came, she saw and she conquered (her lambs' hearts).

Pop diva Mariah Carey's The Elusive Chanteuse Show at the National Stadium last night was safe, maybe even better than what fans had expected (after off-key renditions in Tokyo and Seoul earlier this month).


It seems she ruled the stage last night.


Photos: UnUsUal Production

So let's wrap with a final fan-service: The songlist:

1. 110th St
2. Fantasy
3. Touch My Body
4. Shake It Off
5. Emotions
6. Cry
7. Lullaby Of Birdland
8. Fly Like A Bird
9. My All
10. Heartbreaker / Beautiful
11. That Chick
12. Honey
13. I’ll Be There
14. Thirsty
15. Meteorite
16. Hero
17. Supernatural
18. We Belong Together
19. Always Be My Baby / Butterfly Reprise

Related report: Carey plays it safe, but 'lambs' lap it up

He poses as teacher to touch her

Serial child molester jailed 21 months for performing lewd acts on special-needs girl

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Fearless Halep to face one-time nemesis Radwanska in semis

Simona Halep.

Simona Halep didn’t let the journalist finish her question.

The world No. 4 wasn’t rude, no. On the contrary, her reply drew smiles from across the floor.

Halep was asked if that “mental block” she said she had against Agnieszka Radwanska before she beat the latter in the Rome International last year, still existed.

Her reply was quick, enthusiastic, and perhaps hints at the burgeoning confidence of the Romanian, not just for today’s semi-finals of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global where she will face Radwanska, but as she takes on the best of women’s tennis.

“Yeah, it’s gone, it’s gone,” said Halep, chuckling. “I’m not afraid, I just want to enjoy (the semi-final against Radwanska) — I have nothing to lose.”

Halep did lose yesterday, 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 3-6, to Ana Ivanovic, in the final Red Group match but, by winning the second set, she ensured that world No. 1 Serena Williams survived the group stage and advanced to the semis, at the expense of Ivanovic.

Halep’s performances in Singapore have certainly boosted her reputation, especially that 6-0, 6-2 demolition of Williams in an earlier group fixture which threatened to send the American out of the tournament. 

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 25.

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Japan in, S'pore out

Republic loses bid to be Super Rugby's new franchise

Low Teo Ping (above), president of the Singapore Rugby Union.
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Broken backline

Despite spending big on defenders, Reds have conceded in all but one of their last 18 matches

POROUS DEFENCE: Liverpool (in red) struggled to deal with the attacking threat of Karim Benzema (in white) and company during their 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid on Wednesday.
" Defensively, we need to be better as a team, not just the defence and goalkeeper. " - Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (above)
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