Tuesday 12 December 2017

Parents' murder charge

The parents of a disabled girl (3) who died weighing just 11 pounds (4.9kg) have been charged with murder in what authorities are calling starvation.

Philadelphia police said Carlos Rivera (30) and Carmen Ramirez (27) also face counts of involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal conspiracy in the death of Nathalyz Rivera. She was found unresponsive yesterday at the family home.

COURT DRESSING DOWN

Bucharest lawyer Catalin Dancu has been hit with a fine of 5,000 lei (e865) for flouting dress-code regulations and for being late at the trial of five Romanians accused of art theft.

Under his black robes, Mr Dancu wore jeans and bright blue runners which he said cost e200. "I am scented, shaved and fresh," the lawyer said. "I am going to contest this fine," he added after a judge imposed the penalty.

WATCH MONITORS CAR

A smartwatch has been unveiled which monitors the performance of a car along with its driver.

Nissan's Nismo Concept Watch can measure the efficiency of a vehicle, including average speeds and fuel consumption, as well as monitoring the user's heart rate, temperature and other biometric data.

FILM FAN CALLS POLICE

A moviegoer angered by mobile phone usage during a Toronto International Film Festival screening called the police to report it.

He said the emergency dispatcher laughed at his complaint, but he took to Twitter to vent his anger. He claimed to be concerned that horror movie 'The Sacrament' was being pirated, and that "drastic measures" were called for in restoring movie-going etiquette.

ANGRY BIRD SCHOOL

The Finnish makers of the popular Angry Birds game said they're using the product to introduce their country's educational system to China.

Rovio, the company behind the massively popular game, said it has signed a preliminary agreement to create Angry Birds learning facilities in China, with the first to open in Shanghai.

POT IN NOODLES

Customs inspectors in the US Virgin Islands have seized a shipment of marijuana that was hidden in cans of Chinese noodles.

The drug was inside 68 cans of La Choy Chow Mein Noodles and worth an estimated €98,000. The cans were in a shipment from California but no arrests were made.

Irish Independent

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