Killer posts Facebook pictures of delivered birthday cake in prison

Liam Whitnell – who is serving a life sentence – is reported to have uploaded a number of pictures including one showing a takeaway kebab.
Liam Whitnell – who is serving a life sentence – is reported to have uploaded a number of pictures including one showing a takeaway kebab.

Liam Whitnell, is serving a life sentence of at least 24 years for the murder of Kowshar Hussain, 24, whom he and three accomplices stabbed in 2011. 

And yet, the convicted killer somehow managed to turn life in prison into joy.

He recently uploaded several pictures of his mini 31st birthday party, onto Facebook from the inside Wandsworth high-security prison in London.

The pictures showed a super-hero themed birthday cake,a takeaway kebab and photos of himself and his fellow inmates in plainclothes.

Investigations are being conducted as to how the prisoners were able to upload the pictures because prisoners are not allowed to have phones.

A Prison Service spokesperson of Britain's largest prison said should any rules be broken, prisoners will be stripped of their privileges. 

 


Photos: Facebook, Wandsworth Prison

Mr Hussain was collecting a baby seat on behalf of a friend when he was killed.

Mr Hussain's sister told The Sun, "He can never celebrate his birthday or have a kebab again."

Source: Mirror, Facebook

This Kobe Bryant statue is just... weird

This statue of Kobe Bryant in Taiwan is just... weird.
This statue of Kobe Bryant in Taiwan is just... weird.

Typically, a statue is one of the highest forms of flattery.

And Kobe Bryant's popularity in Taiwan definitely warrants a statue.

But... we're not quite sure what to make of this one. 

Here are all the things that are weird with it:

1) Instead of him donning his famous Lakers jersey, he's not wearing anything at all. Yes, he's naked. 

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2) There is a black mamba snake wrapped around him.

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3) It's digging its fangs into Bryant's left Achilles tendon. (P.S. Bryant injured that his tendon in April 2013 which kept him out of the first 19 games of the following season.)

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Sources: USA Today Sports

Watch as family tries to fit a whole sofa into their small car

A family trying to fit a sofa into the back of a sofa

No this is not part of a circus act.

A family of five was filmed in England trying to fit a large sofa into the back of their small hatchback car.

After several failed attempts, they decided that if they removed the cushions from the sofa they may be able to fit it in.


 

Wrong.

The hilarious scene was filmed by Mr Graeme Longden, 44, who filmed it from his bedroom.

"I thought there is no was they are going to get that in, so I started filming. I had to stifle my laughter as I watched them trying to wedge it in," he told British media outlet Mirror.

"It probably went on for about five minutes and by the time I had rushed down the stairs to carry on filming they had gone. I can only think that they drove off with the sofa wedged in the back," he added.

He uploaded the video on his Facebook on Aug 12 and at the time of this article, it has been shared over 71,000 times.

As it is with the Internet, some kind soul has added the song from popular British comedy the Benny Hill Show.

We though, cannot stop thinking of this scene from comedy Friends.

Source: Mirror, YouTube, Facebook

Tags: Sofa and Britain

In the future, you could yell and charge your phone

Nokia and scientists at Queen Mary University of London have been working on a prototype charger that can charge itself using human voices, music or background noise.

"Being able to keep mobile devices working for longer, or do away with batteries completely by tapping into the stray energy that is all around us is an exciting concept," researcher Dr Joe Briscoe said in a statement released by the university.

"We hope that we have brought this technology closer to viability."

So how does it work?

They're making use of nanorods, a type of technology that captures energy from sound through vibrations that generates electricity.

Researchers have been able to generate five volts of electricity with the device so far, which is enough to charge one phone.

Replacing normal chargers might still be difficult. 

Briscoe admits that sound vibrations may not be strong enough to eliminate current charging methods entirely.

"I believe charging phones this way could be a part of the future, but there probably isn't enough energy in sound to remove the need for conventional charging completely," Briscoe told Mashable.

"It could help to reduce how often we need to charge our phones, though."

Though this type of technology has been talked about before, this is the first time companies have started to work on it.

Sources: Mashable, Huffington Post

Tags: yell, charge, phone, sound and energy

Israeli wedding of Jew, Muslim draws protesters amid war tensions

Groom Mahmoud Mansour, 26, (C) and his bride Maral Malka, 23, celebrate with friends and family before their wedding in Mahmoud's family house in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv Aug 17, 2014.
Groom Mahmoud Mansour, 26, (C) and his bride Maral Malka, 23, celebrate with friends and family before their wedding in Mahmoud's family house in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv Aug 17, 2014.

Israeli police on Sunday blocked more than 200 far-right Israeli protesters from rushing guests at a wedding of a Jewish woman and Muslim man as they shouted “death to the Arabs” in a sign of tensions stoked by the Gaza war.

Several dozen police, including members of the force’s most elite units, formed human chains to keep the protesters from the wedding hall’s gates and chased after many who defied them. Four protesters were arrested, and there were no injuries.

A lawyer for the couple (above), Maral Malka, 23, and Mahmoud Mansour, 26, both from the Jaffa section of Tel Aviv, had unsuccessfully sought a court order to bar the protest.

He obtained backing for police to keep protesters 200m from the wedding hall in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rishon Lezion.

Protesters hold signs and shout slogans against the wedding of groom Mahmoud Mansour, 26, and bride Maral Malka, 23, outside a wedding hall in Rishon Lezion, near Tel Aviv Aug 17.
The protest (above) highlighted a rise in tensions between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel in the past two months amid a monthlong Gaza war, the kidnap and slaying of three Israeli teens in June followed by a revenge choking and torching to death of a Palestinian teen in the Jerusalem area.

A group called Lehava, which organised the wedding demonstration, has harassed Jewish-Arab couples in the past, often citing religious grounds for their objections to intermarriage. But they have rarely protested at the site of a wedding.

The groom told Israel’s Channel 2 TV the protesters failed to derail the wedding or dampen its spirit. “We will dance and be merry until the sun comes up. We favour coexistence,” he said.

‘DEATH TO THE ARABS’ THREATS CHANTED

Protesters, many of them young men wearing black shirts, denounced Malka, who was born Jewish and converted to Islam before the wedding, as a “traitor against the Jewish state,” and shouted epithets of hatred towards Arabs including “death to the Arabs.”

They sang a song that urges, “May your village burn down.”

A few dozen left-wing Israelis held a counter-protest nearby holding flowers, balloons and a sign that read: “Love conquers all.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, sworn in last month to succeed Shimon Peres, criticised the protest as a “cause for outrage and concern” in a message on his Facebook page. “Such expressions undermine the basis of our coexistence here, in Israel, a country that is both Jewish and democratic,” , said​ Rivlin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud bloc.

Lehava spokesman and former lawmaker Michael Ben-Ari denounced Jews intermarrying with non-Jews of any denomination as “worse than what Hitler did,” alluding to the murder of 6 million Jews across Europe in World War Two.

A surprise wedding guest was Israel’s health minister, Yael German, a centrist in Netanyahu’s government. She told reporters as she headed inside that she saw the wedding and the protest against it as “an expression of democracy.”

Arab citizens make up about 20 percent of Israel’s majority Jewish population, and the overwhelming majority of Arabs are Muslims. Rabbinical authorities who oversee most Jewish nuptials in Israel object to intermarriage fearing it will diminish the ranks of the Jewish people.

Many Israeli couples who marry out of their faith do so abroad.

Malka’s father, Yoram Malka, said on Israeli television he objected to the wedding, calling it “a very sad event.”

He said he was angry that his daughter had converted to Islam.

Of his now son-in-law, he said, “My problem with him is that he is an Arab.” - Reuters

 

He faked his death because he didn't want to marry his fiance

Tucker Blandford faked his own death to get out of marrying his fiance, Alex Lanchester,23.
Tucker Blandford faked his own death to get out of marrying his fiance, Alex Lanchester,23.

If you think a break-up SMS is a cowardly way to end a relationship, this man took it at least ten steps further.

An American man faked his own death to escape his impending marriage.

Just months before her wedding day,  to  Alex Lanchester, who is British, received a call from a man claiming to be the father of her fiance,​ Tucker Blandford.

He told Lanchester: "This is Tucker's dad. There's no easy way to say this... I am sorry to say that Tucker is dead."

He also added that the younger Blandford had been deeply depressed and wanted to die and had thrown himself in front of a car.

Lanchester,23, completely devastated, broke down and cried.

But she made sure to call Blandford's parents back to offer her condolences.

Told parents that the couple had split up

That's when the truth came out.

Blandford's real parents had no clue what Lanchester was talking about - her son was still alive and well.

In fact, his parents did not even know they were engaged and planning a wedding. Tucker had told his parents that they had split.

Needless to say, she was very upset.

"All I ever did was love him," said Lanchester. "After this I'm not sure I can trust a man ever again."

The two had met in 2012 when Lanchester was studying in Connecticut where her former fiance was based.

After a year in the States, she had to move back home to Britain and the two decided to pursue a long distance relationship. He had even proposed to her at the time and began making plans for their wedding.

Fiance: Relationship was hard

So what did Blandford have to say

"Alex is an amazing girl but I got scared and wanted to get out of the relationship. It was moving extremely fast, and with us being in different countries, it was really hard," he said.

Even a text would have sufficed, Tucker.

Thankfully, she says she has moved on and has a "better life" being on her own.

Sources: Metro, Mail Online

300-tonne MRT span falls, 3 workers feared dead in M'sia

The concrete section which collapsed in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Three workers are missing and feared dead after a 38m long concrete span fell to the ground at the construction site of the Malaysia's Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit project near Kota Damansara, a town near Kuala Lumpur on Monday night ( Aug 18)

The concrete span weighing 300 tonnes, fell to the ground after becoming dislodged from it's supporting structure, reported The Star Online. 

MRT Corporation, the company that is building the new train network, confirmed that three construction workers are missing.

“Three workers are unaccounted for and are believed to be trapped underneath. Rescue efforts are currently on-going and an emergency response team is on standby at the site,” it said in a statement.

A check on the social account of the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia showed their officers on scene conducting search and rescue operations. 

According to The Star Online, the three missing workers are Bangladeshi nationals, Mohamad Faruk Khan, Mohammad Elahi Hussain and Mohammad Alauddin Mollik.

The Chief Executive Officer of MRT Corp, Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid, who was on the scene, said that his company assumes full responsibility of the incident and that "actions will be taken" against those responsible, once investigations are completed.

In July 2014, he had warned contractors working on the Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit to improved their safety standards to prevent any construction-related deaths.

Source: The Star Online, The Malay Mail, Twitter.

Tags: malaysia and accident

Housemaster forces 11-year-old girls to do oral sex on him

AT least three pupils, all girls, are said to have been forced to perform oral sex on a housemaster as a form of punishment, Sin Chew Daily reported.

The victims, all aged 11, from Bintulu, Sarawak, were forced to strip and perform oral sex on the man in the last six months.

When the victims first refused, the suspect told them that they had to do it as a punishment for being undisciplined.

The incident came to light when one of the victims told her problem to another pupil.

They later found out that more pupils were victims.

The police are now investigating the case after the children’s parents lodged reports.

Source: The Star

Brazil convicts film their escape from prison

A screengrab from a video posted by Brazil convicts who filmed their escape from prison and posted it online.
A screengrab from a video posted by Brazil convicts who filmed their escape from prison and posted it online.

It was bad enough that these convicts in a Brazilian prison managed to tunnel their way out to freedom. 

But then they added insult to injury by filming their gleeful escape on a mobile phone and then posting the video online. 

Mail Online reports that the 13 convicts were behind bars in a prison in Rio Verde, Goias State. 

A police deputy said the the prisoners' cells had not been inspected for two months.

Jacqueline Camargo Machado said: "The guard that was there on the day was looking after other things most of the time. 

"We now know that there had not been an inspection of the cell for almost 60 days. They were able to dig a tunnel and it was easy to escape after that."

Two of the men were captured after a manhunt, but the other 11 are still at large.

The prison guard on duty has been suspended.

Source: Mail Online

Suarez makes Barca debut as Neymar, Messi are on target

Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (L) scores past Leon's goalkeeper William Yarbrough during the 49th Joan Gamper Trophy football match FC Barcelona vs Leon Club at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on Aug 18.
Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior (L) scores past Leon's goalkeeper William Yarbrough during the 49th Joan Gamper Trophy football match between Barca and Leon Club on Aug 18.
Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez
Barcelona's Neymar (L) celebrates his second goal with Lionel Messi.

Luis Suarez made his first appearance for Barcelona after his move from Liverpool for a reported 95 million euros (S$158 million) as the Catalans hammered Mexican side Club Leon 6-0 in a friendly on Monday.

The Uruguayan striker, who won’t be able to play in a competitive game for Barca until October after his appeal against a fourth-month ban for biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup was rejected last week, replaced Rafinha Alcantara 14 minutes from time.

Barca were already leading 4-0 thanks to goals from Lionel Messi, Munir El Haddadi and a double from Neymar before Munir and Sandro rounded off the scoring.

“Today was an unforgettable day,” tweeted the 27-year-old Uruguayan international.

“Thank you all for your affection.”

Barcelona's Luis Suarez (L) celebrates a goal by Sandro Ramirez 

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizaretta said that they would give him time to get used to his new surroundings.

“We will give him (Suarez) the time so that he can see he is integrating into the team and he will adapt to the team in training,” he told Barca TV.

“He will get to know our style of play and with his quality he will help us. His teammates will get to know him and the idea is that when he returns, he does so at 100 percent.”

Iniesta: Suarez should adapt easily

Midfielder Andres Iniesta believes last season’s Premier League Player of the Year will not have any difficulty adapting to life alongside Messi and Neymar in attack.

“It is never easy when you come from another club, but, as I have said before, I think he will find a very healthy dressing room and I think he will adapt fine, because his talent is above everything else,” he said.

Despite his controversial past, which includes two previous bans for biting as well as a suspension by the English Football Association for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, Suarez was warmly received by the home fans as he made his entrance.

Neymar, Messi make an impact 

Earlier, Neymar and Messi made a telling impact in their first outings since their World Cup ended in a devastating back injury and defeat in the final respectively.

Messi headed the hosts in front inside three minutes from Neymar’s deflected cross.

The Brazilian striker then doubled Barca’s lead with a delightful chip from Andres Iniesta’s through ball before grabbing his second of the night when he backheeled into an empty net two minutes before half-time.

Munir replaced Neymar at half-time and he tapped home the fourth goal when Dani Alves knocked Ivan Rakitic’s ball over the top into the 19-year-old’s path.

And moments after Suarez had made his entrance, Munir smashed home his second goal of the game with a powerful low finish before Sandro put the seal on a fine Barca performance in similar fashion a minute from time. - AFP 

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