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Filipino student enrolls–using 41 names last updated : 2013-05-20 10:58:24 -> 750 view(s)
Incoming high school senior Ratziel is enrolling this week at Urdaneta City National High School in Pangasinan, northern Philippines, and he will have to write down his full name. It consists of 40 first names—plus a surname. Incredible as it may seem, Ratziel, 15, was born Ratziel Timshel Ismail Zerubbabel Zabud Zimry Pike Blavatsky Philo Judaeus Polidorus Isurenus Morya Nylghara Rakoczy Kuthumi Krishnamurti Ashram Jerram Akasha Aum Ultimus Rufinorum Jancsi Janko Diamond Hu Ziv Zane Zeke Wakeman Wye Muo Teletai Chohkmah Nesethrah Mercavah Nigel Seven Morningstar A. San Juan CCCII.
Thailand to lift ban on long hair for students last updated : 2013-05-16 09:19:15 -> 211 view(s)
Thailand's education minister is planning to propose to the Cabinet that students be allowed longer hairstyles, Panita Kambhu Na Ayutthaya, permanent secretary for Education Ministry said. She said according to the new regulations, all students will ....
Beijing cracking down on illegal roadside barbecues last updated : 2013-05-14 14:37:36 -> 99 view(s)
Chinese capital city Beijing is stepping up efforts to reduce illegal barbeques, to cut down on roadside air and noise pollution. The city has issued outdoor barbeque permits to several qualified night markets, which are equipped with environmentally friendly cooking equipment that gives off less pollution. In addition to sanitation concerns, the smoke from outdoor barbeques is high in fine particulate matter concentration, which poses a severe threat to residents, especially those with heart and lung problems, experts said.
Pakistan party's election symbol dies last updated : 2013-05-09 11:10:00 -> 298 view(s)
Ever since the start of election season, live tigers and lions are a constant feature at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) political rallies. The party chief’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz, in particular enjoyed bringing the white tiger to her rallies because of the attention it attracted. But the show stopper tiger is no more. Sources told Dawn.com that the rare tiger was brought unconscious to the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Lahore on Tuesday evening. The veterinary doctors tried to revive the animal but failed and the rare specie died this morning.
Valet staff take S$1m Ferrari for joyride at Sentosa last updated : 2013-05-03 12:58:25 -> 413 view(s)
SINGAPORE: In the early hours of last Tuesday, two valets at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) were entrusted with the key to a Ferrari 458. Instead of safeguarding it, they used it to take the S$1 million (US$810,000) sports car for a joyride across Sentosa that lasted over an hour. Their alleged misdeed was exposed when the owner, a 61-year-old retiree, checked the footage on his in-car camera.
High speed 'ghost' train puzzles Indonesian railway workers last updated : 2013-04-30 13:21:51 -> 873 view(s)
SEMARANG, Indonesia: Railway workers at Poncol station in Semarang could not believe their eyes when a locomotive, ready to draw a Jakarta-bound train at dawn on Sunday, moved off with the drivers nowhere to be seen on the roaring engine. Panic reigned when nobody could run fast enough to catch the 3-year-old loco as it accelerated wildly westward. News arrived 15 minutes later that the 80-ton engine had gone off the rails near Kaliwungu station, 17 kilometres to the west, having crushed a goat pen, ploughed through fishponds and smashed the roofs of three houses before coming to a stop in a paddy field.
600-plus Chinese apply for Mars settlement last updated : 2013-04-27 12:52:01 -> 851 view(s)
SHANGHAI: When applications began to be accepted for a program to create a settlement on Mars, more than 600 Chinese applied in the first 72 hours. The Mars One project, launched by a Dutch non-profit organisation, plans to bring four humans to Mars in 2023 to make it their home. In the first three days that began April 22, as many as 20,000 people from around the world submitted applications online, and the project founder expects to attract up to 500,000 overall
Philippine politician raffles off monthly pay last updated : 2013-04-24 11:04:20 -> 743 view(s)
MANILA: Business appears to be good for a Filipino mortician who now owns his business and, since turning to politics, can even afford to raffle off his monthly salary as a public official to his constituents. At 59, Nilo Aldonza is running in May for a council seat in the southern Philippine province Surigao del Norte, the lone politician in his province who seems to be happy giving away his salary to the lucky raffle winner.
Chinese watchdog seeks 'porn appraiser' last updated : 2013-04-18 09:30:25 -> 1011 view(s)
BEIJING: Got an eye for the obscene? A Chinese company is advertising a position that would require the successful candidate to spend his or her days trawling the Web for pornography. Applications are flooding in for the job, which pays an annual salary of 200,000 yuan (US$32,400), while the ad has aroused much discussion among netizens. Safety Alliance, an organisation that aims to clean up the online environment, published the job ad on Sina Weibo, in which it seeks to recruit a chief appraiser who can identify obscene information on the Internet. It requires applicants to have an ability to identify obscenity and pornography online and have a good knowledge of foreign languages and laws.
Top Korean firms seek 'super' employees last updated : 2013-04-16 09:28:55 -> 520 view(s)
SEOUL: “Super” heroes are wanted not only to fight crime, but to raise and maintain profits, according to the Korean Chamber of Commerce on April 15. Super in this case stands for specialty, unconventionality, pioneer, ethicality and responsibility - some of the top qualities that companies demand from their employees. At the top of this wish list was pioneer, the survey conducted by the chamber on South Korea's top 100 companies showed, indicating that firms now wanted their workers to be dedicated to breaking new ground. Second in line was responsibility, voted by some 78 companies to be the quality they most look for in an employee, followed by specialty and unconventionality.
Bid for the world’s longest talk show last updated : 2013-04-13 12:08:58 -> 1397 view(s)
KATHMANDU: A journalist from Nepal is currently in attempts to set a new world record for the longest ever television talk show, running 60 hours. The programme kicked off on Thursday and is expected to end on April 13, hopefully beating out the previous record of 52 hours set by a Ukranian broadcasting duo in 2011.
Does durian smell less pungent to an older nose? last updated : 2013-04-11 10:20:48 -> 761 view(s)
SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore (NUS) is embarking on the first study here into how people's perception of various food smells changes as they get older. It has received funding of S$25,000 (US$20,200) from local flavour manufacturer KH Roberts, which intends to use the findings to develop flavours to entice the elderly. Many people lose their sensitivity to smell as they age; the exact causes are poorly understood. As their sense of smell deteriorates, often so does their appetite.
Tokyo minors spread word over stealing beverages last updated : 2013-04-11 09:45:47 -> 917 view(s)
TOKYO: Middle and high school students in Tokyo have been spreading the word among their friends about a new way to steal canned drinks from vending machines, The Yomiuri Shimbun learned. Thirty-three minors, mostly middle or high school students, were questioned by the Metropolitan Police Department on suspicion of vending machine theft over a two-year period ending at the beginning of this year. The thieves pried open the front panels of the machine to remove remote-control devices that operate them although no cash was stolen. According to police sources, the new method was utilised in 31 cases of vending machine theft in Tokyo's Shinagawa, Ota, Itabashi and Kita wards, as well as the three western Tokyo cities of Fuchu, Chofu and Hachioji from June 2011 to last October.
Taipei tree protest goes down with a fight last updated : 2013-04-09 10:38:54 -> 1046 view(s)
TAIPEI: Taiwan's longest tree protection campaign, aimed against a New Taipei City Government project to trip and transplant 32 trees at Jiangcui Junior High School, ended in a clashbetween a conservationist who had been staying in the tree for nearly 12 days and the police
South Korea ranked No. 3 originator of spam emails last updated : 2013-04-05 11:21:23 -> 867 view(s)
South Korea was ranked the world’s No. 3 source of spam email in February, data showed. According to a report released by Russian firm Kaspersky Lab, Korean sources sent 13.7 per cent of spam emails worldwide last month, following the US and China, recording 16.9 per cent and 14.4 per cent, respectively. Spam emails are among the most frequently used methods to spread malicious codes for cyber attackers. Korea was ranked No. 10 last November. However, it rose as one of the most leading sources of spam worldwide this year. But the dispatch location does not necessarily mean the malicious code was created in the country. As it has been witnessed in many cyber terrorism cases in the past, various Internet protocol addresses are often used in the attacks to prevent backtracking.