Sunday 20 October 2019

Child (5) shoots sister

A FIVE-year-old child in, Burkesville, Kentucky shot and killed his two-year-old sister with a rifle he got as a gift.

The mother said she had been outside on a porch for "no more than three minutes" when the shooting occurred. Authorities said the boy's .22-calibre rifle was a present and he was used to shooting it. The rifle was kept in a corner and the family didn't realise a shell was left inside it.

Parliament punch-up

Politicians have brawled in Venezuela's parliament amid rising tension over the nation's presidential election. The punch-up left at least one opposition supporter badly bruised and bleeding. Pro-government politicians started throwing punches after opposition coalition members unfurled a banner protesting against a post-election ban stripping them of most of their powers.

Micro movie shoot

Scientists have taken the idea of a film short down to new levels. Molecular levels.

IBM has made the tiniest stop-motion movie ever – a one-minute video of individual carbon monoxide molecules repeatedly rearranged to show a boy dancing, throwing a ball and bouncing on a trampoline. Each frame measures 45 by 25 nanometres – there are 25 million nanometres in an inch – but hugely magnified.

Bear necessities

Norway has a vacancy for a summer job spending three weeks in the Arctic wilderness spotting polar bears.

The governor's office on the remote northern islands of Svalbard wants someone to act as lookout to warn researchers doing projects in the region. The job requires previous experience with the outdoors, good polar bear spotting skills and a competence with firearms.

Honour for Mount Fuji

Japan's Mount Fuji is expected to win recognition as a World Heritage site.

Mt Fuji would be Japan's 13th cultural World Heritage site. The 12,388-foot volcanic peak is ringed by lakes, national parks, temples and shrines. It rises from the Pacific coast and is seen as a sacred part of Japan's cultural landscape.

Meat blender death

A cleaning worker was killed when he fell into a running meat blender at an Oregon plant.

He was identified as 41-year-old Hugo Avalos-Chanon of Portland, who worked for DCS Sanitation Management. He was cleaning equipment at Interstate Meat Distributors when he fell into a machine that blends meat.

Irish Independent

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