Tuesday, June 5, 2012

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Mass murder trial judge caught on camera playing solitaire in court


One of the five judges in the case of Anders Behring Breivik, the mass killer on trial in Norway, has been caught on camera playing solitaire in court.

In a picture, one of the three lay judges, Ernst Henning Eielsen, can be seen playing the card game on his computer.

Breivik carried out two deadly attacks in Norway last summer, killing 77 people.

Mr Eielsen has not denied playing a game of cards, a court spokeswoman said.

Singapore tightens rules on window cleaning after nine maids fall to their death


Singapore has tightened rules on window cleaning after nine maids fell to their deaths this year from high-rise apartments.

The Manpower Ministry said in a statement that maids are no longer allowed to clean the outside of windows unless they are supervised. The ministry said seven of this year's nine maid deaths were due to dangerous window cleaning or hanging of laundry.

Local media yesterday featured dramatic front-page photos of a 29-year-old Indonesian maid as she fell from her employer's 12th floor apartment window on Sunday, but was grabbed and rescued by neighbours one floor below.

The nine maids who fell to their deaths were from Indonesia, which supplies about half of Singapore's 200,000 maids.

VIDEO: Shin-kicking Championships take place in Gloucestershire, England

England, and more specifically the Gloucestershire village of Chipping Campden, has once again welcomed one of its oldest sporting traditions - the Shin-kicking Championships. The competition is part of the Cotswold Olimpicks, a contest which has been running on-and-off since the 1600s. The rules of the game are simple: A match is best of three, and there is no judo style swiping allowed.

All that is required to enter the event is courage, two feet and as much straw as competitors can shove in their trousers to minimise the brutal impact of the blows, say event organisers. The idea is to kick opponents' shins until they are brought down to the ground, the harder the kick the better.

However, James Wiseman, the judge of the competition, says there is more to it than that: "I kind of get quite annoyed when people think that shin kicking is quite literally two guys facing each other and kicking each other as hard as possible in the shins. The easiest ways to describe it is it's a bit like wrestling but with a lot of contact below the knees.

"The idea is really to throw the person to the ground, but to throw the person to the ground you've got to unbalance by kicking them first," he said. The eventual winner was stonemason Zac Warren, 23, from Pershaw, Worcestershire. Other games at the Cotswold Olimpicks included the wheelbarrow race, sack race and tug-of-war. The games were practiced in the 1600s but stopped in 1852. They were revived again in 1965 and now are an annual tradition.


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