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pupil at a £24,000-a-year boarding school has been jailed after stabbing another student twice in a row over soy sauce.
Minheng He, a boarder at Langley School in Loddon, Norfolk, attacked the boy last October, inflicting serious wounds to his elbow and shoulder which caused him to lose two pints of blood.
He, 17 at the time but now 18, was locked up at Norwich Crown Court yesterday after admitting wounding with intent.
Violent: Minheng He, 18, has been jailed for four years in a young offenders; institute after stabbing a fellow pupil at Langley School in Loddon, Norfolk, after a row about a bottle of soy sauce
Judge Nicholas Coleman gave the Chinese thug four years in a young offenders’ institute.
The judge said He had carried out a ‘serious pre-meditated’ attack on an ‘innocent unarmed victim’ whose injuries were ‘appalling’.
Judge Coleman said: ‘You armed yourself with a knife.
‘This was a revenge attack – it was planned out of revenge.’
Andrew Shaw, prosecuting, said the victim, who was not named, was preparing a meal with a fellow student at the school at about 7.30pm last October 7 before going to the boarding quarters to eat it.
The victim then asked He how much he was going to pay for it.
The boy meant it as a joke but the Chinese student was not amused and the two boys exchanged angry words.
Shocked eye-witnesses heard He tell his victim to ‘wait where he was’ before he ran off upstairs.
But nothing happened until He stormed into the boy’s room at about 10.30pm that night as he did his homework.
The victim asked him to leave three times.
Mr Shaw said: ‘The next thing He advanced quickly towards him with something in his hand.’
The victim then ‘backed himself in towards the corner of the room where the defendant stabbed him’.
Mr Shaw said the terrified teenager ‘turned his back and raised his arm to try and defend himself’ and managed to push He away.
But he had already been knifed in his left arm and shoulder.
He was later seen nearby ‘shouting and screaming’.
The agitated yob was breathing heavily and holding a knife with blood on the handle.
He, of Hendon, north London, was also heard to say ‘I don’t care any more’.
Mr Shaw said the fact the stabbing happened three hours after the soy sauce bust-up was crucial as it ‘shows an element of pre-meditation’.
Staff dashed to the scene and He told one teacher he had acted because his target had insulted his mum.
The knifeman, who injured his own hand in the attack, was driven to hospital by a teacher to get treatment.
The victim was also taken to hospital and received emergency treatment for two stab wounds that went all the way to the bone in his left shoulder and left elbow.
He lost two pints of blood in the savage assault.
Jonathan Goodman, defending, said He should be given credit for his guilty plea and was of ‘hitherto good character’.
Mr Goodman said the ‘gifted mathematician’ had gone to Norfolk to learn English.
He said he had no family support network and was one of only two Chinese students who spoke Mandarin – the rest speaking Cantonese – until the other then moved on.
Mr Goodman said this meant that He, who found out his mother had ovarian cancer when he returned to China for his holidays, was left ‘isolated, alone and vulnerable’.
He said he was ‘extraordinarily remorseful’ and is ‘simply stunned by his own actions and what he did’.
Judge Coleman told He he must serve half his sentence before being released on licence.
Speaking after the case, Dominic Findlay, headteacher of Langley School, said: ‘We’re glad that the whole incident and ordeal is over.
‘For us the fact the victim and staff were not needed for the case because of a guilty plea meant the right decision was reached.’
Langley is a co-educational day and boarding school.
The highly-rated school charges £8,100-a-term and £3,985 day fees.
It has 729 pupils, 429 boys and 300 girls made up of 648 day students and 81 boarders.
Protesters outnumbered fans at the opening of a life-sized Barbie house in Berlin.
Demonstraters burned a doll on a cross at the opening of the Mattel toy’s fictional Malibu ‘Dreamhouse’ in the German capital.
Security guards swiftly ejected the protesters from the site, near the city’s Alexanderplatz.
The Barbie Dreamhouse in Berlin is the second such theme house after a similar one opened recently in Florida.
For an entry price of 22 Euro, visitors can fully immerse themselves in the pink world of Barbie. They can check out Barbie’s walk-in wardrobes and even ‘try on’ her outfits using a digital mirror.
But Michael Koschitzki, editor at Socialist Alternative, said the attraction presented the idea that there were only two career options for women: model or pop star
He told German newspaper Der Spiegel. “The Barbie Dreamhouse is the expression of a conventional role model that isn’t OK.”
The Barbie Dreamhouse will remain in the German capital until August before going on tour around Europe.
SHE was sweet on Nutella for years, but the spread super-fan Sara Rosso has been ordered to quit talking about her favourite flavour online.
Nutella. It’s the gooey hazelnut spread that inspires a slavish devotion among fans. Students hoard it. Thieves steal tons of it. American Sara Rosso started World Nutella Day as her personal tribute to the product.
Established in 2007 and held on February 5 each year, World Nutella Day quickly grew into a global celebration with fans gorging themselves on jars of Nutella and posting recipes, videos and songs online.
But not anymore.
Ferrero, the Italian company that makes Nutella, has ordered Ms Rosso to “cease and desist” from publishing anything with the Nutella name or logo on it.
“On May 25, 2013, I’ll be darkening the World Nutella Day site, nutelladay.com, and all social media presence (Facebook, Twitter), in compliance with a cease-and-desist I received from lawyers representing Ferrero, SpA (makers of Nutella),” Rosso posted on the site.
“The cease-and-desist letter was a bit of a surprise and a disappointment, as over the years I’ve had contact and positive experiences with several employees of Ferrero, SpA., and with their public relations and brand strategy consultants, and I’ve always tried to collaborate and work together in the spirit and goodwill of a fan-run celebration of a spread I (to this day) still eat,” she wrote.
In six years, Ms Rosso, who works as a writer, photographer and digital strategist while blogging about food on the side, has built up an army of nearly 40,000 followers on the World Nutella Day Facebook page and almost 7000 followers on Twitter.
Fans vented their anger on Facebook, suggesting Ms Rosso re-name it “Spread that must not be named day” and commenting “Nutella…more nuts in company management than in every jar. Idiots”.
Nigel Patient, managing director of brand and marketing specialists Head Mark, said while it’s difficult to speculate why Ferrero ordered the page shut down, social media means brands are forced to relinquish control of their product.
“With the social media age, you’re basically opening up for customers to have their say and for them to share good things so the idea around it is that I guess you can’t just shut it off, you’ve got to just fine tune it and try and get involved with those things,” he said.
“In this market, consumers brand your product more than you do so you need to be open to not only allow them to give feedback but to be involved with the brand.”
Mr Patient said while the World Nutella Day would be a dream result for many companies, there is also a critical line where companies need to be careful.
“Their brand equity is at stake and their job is to protect that so it’s a delicate area and every scenario needs to be treated according to the facts and information at hand,” he said.
Comment is being sought from Ferrero.
ZIMBABWE – A 29-year-old Bulawayo woman from Matshobana suburb got the shock of her life when she woke up in the morning and realised that her private parts were missing, it is alleged.
Chipo Sibanda reportedly learnt the hard way in the early hours of 29 April when she visited the toilet but could not urinate upon discovering that her vagina had mysteriously sealed.
The woman is said to have nearly collapsed when she noticed that her ‘most sweetness spot’ had mysteriously sealed. However, a ZImbabwean online publication says it has learnt that Chipo was in the habit of sleeping with married men – a claim which was confirmed by the alleged hubby-snatcher. It is reported that Chipo approached one of the women whose husband had allegedly ‘strayed’ to Chipo’s ‘honey jar’.
A source who stays in Bulawayo’s Matshobana suburb where there incident reportedly took place, said a woman popularly known as Mai Tawanda had previously warned Chipo to stay away from her husband. The source said after the spine-chilling incident, the ‘vaginaless’ woman approached Mai Tawanda and begged for forgiveness.
“She didn’t have a choice in this case but to approach Mai Tawanda and apologise. No one remains calm upon realising that her sexual organ is missing. If she had not approached Mai Tawanda we could be talking about something else,” said a source close to Chipo.
It is reported that Mai Tawanda first thrashed Chipo but much to the surprise of everyone, the bashed woman did not cry. The alleged husband-snatcher was saved by Mai Tawanda’s sister who had been summoned to hear the confession.
“She was set free 3 hours after the beating. She made a promise to Mai Tawanda that she would never see her husband or even come near him. That is when she was told to go to the toilet and check if her organ was back,” she said.
After several attempts to get hold of Chipo, our news crew eventually managed to hook up with the woman who openly revealed that she had learnt a big lesson.
“I am sorry to all women I have wronged. It wasn’t my intention to break their marriages. It (the disappearance of her organ) was so scary and the thought that I couldn’t piss was frightening. I could feel that my bladder was full but I couldn’t do anything,” she said.
Efforts to get a comment from the much dreaded Mai Tawanda proved futile by the time of going to press.
Gospel performer ‘left unable to sing soprano’ after swallowing a piece of glass in a McDonald’s sandwich
One gospel singer is taking a popular fast-food chain to court for allegedly wrecking her prized commodity: her voice.
Jacqueline Simpson, 52, filed a lawsuit with Brooklyn Supreme Court alleging that her voice has been ruined after biting into a chicken sandwich which contained a piece of glass from a McDonald’s in downtown Manhattan in May of 2010.
According to the New York Post Simpson, who is a Law Department Document specialist with the Attorney General’s office in New York, maintains that the glass was ‘bigger than a penny.’
Jacqueline Simpson has filed a lawsuit with the Brooklyn Supreme Court over a piece of glass she swallowed after eating a chicken sandwich from McDonald’s in 2010 ruined her voice
Outside of her role as a clerk Simpson sang gospel in Brooklyn – a hobby that has taken a toll since her accident.
Simpson told the Post that her new voice has dramatically altered the octave range she can attain. ‘I still sing alto, but I can’t sing soprano like I used to.’
‘Now when I sing, I have a hoarse, rattly voice,’ she also disclosed.
The McDonald’s at the center of the suit is located at 160 Broadway just a few blocks from the Attorney General’s office.
‘I have to make a lot of calls for work, and I have to tell people that I’m not a man.’
Life, they say, is about learning to appreciate the small things.
For proof, look no further than the first-ever “Smallest Penis Contest” at King’s County Bar in Brooklyn, New York, on July 20.
According to a Craigslist ad seeking “less endowed men” to prove that “good things can come in small packages,” the contest will be “pageant style” and involve “talent, evening wear, and swimsuit elements.”
And this won’t be just another pissing contest, either. As the Village Voice notes, winners will be selected by a “small member expert panel.”
Entrants must be 21 or older and must be present the day of the contest (no photos or remote entries), the ad states. They also “should be comfortable getting hosed down while wearing only skimpy underwear.”
Competitors scheming to get ahead with a Borat-style man thong (or worse), take note: Promoters will level the playing field by handing out standard-issue undies for all contestants to wear.
According to Gothamist, the victor will receive a crown, the dubious title of “2013 Smallest Penis in Brooklyn” and a cash prize, which — should the winner choose — can be donated to charity.
Presumably there will be no large trophies.
The Huffington Post reached out the bar for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
A similar contest, held online by a Danish erotica website, hopes to raise awareness of what it says should not be a sensitive subject.
“It’s incredible how the media has frightened people from showing themselves as they are,” Morten Fabricius, the website’s owner, told the Agence France-Presse.
An Air India flight was forced to land after the pilot was locked out of the cockpit during a toilet break.
The flight, which was travelling from Delhi to Bangalore, was diverted to land instead at Bhopal Airport.
“The commander of the flight had left the cockpit for a short while to visit the toilet and on returning to the cockpit found the door locked,” a spokesman said.
“The door had got jammed and all efforts to open the door, even from inside by the co-pilot, failed.
“The co-pilot, after taking permission from ground control, diverted the flight to Bhopal and landed at 17:55 hours.”
The door was fixed by ground maintenance engineers and the plane continued its journey less than three hours later, Air India added.
When she’s not busy participating in hyper-colorful Japanese environmental TV shows or lodged in an East London office brainstorming on the future of the future, 32-year-old Ai Hasegawa’s concerns are no different than those of any woman her age: the relentless tick-tick-ticking of her biological clock.
Another thing she’s into is eating cute little animals. Yet pesky environmentalist ethics make indulging in her passion for dolphin flesh a heart-breaking no-no.
Torn between her need to give life and her concern for the uncertain fate of tasty endangered species, Ai Hasegawa has found a way of merging both: by giving birth to these animals herself. Being skeptical, I called to ask her if there was the slightest chance this idea could ever reach European shores, like dancing robots, 3D glasses, and all the other weird shit that Japanese nerds have been pumping out into the world for the last half a century.
VICE : Hello Ai. Where did this idea of giving birth to sharks come from? Ai Hasegawa: I’m 32. It’s a good age for a woman to think about giving life. But having a real child isn’t that simple. You have to give them a happy life. You can’t abandon them. I think simply wanting a baby isn’t a good enough reason to have one.
Well, it’s a good start. We’re soon going to be facing a global food shortage crisis. How on earth are we going to feed new humans? But I still want to give life, I don’t want 30 years of painful menstruation to have all been in vain. And I want to eat good meat.
Is Carrying the fetus of another species technically even possible? It will be, in the near future. A human uterus is just the right size to hold one fetus. I’ve been speaking to a gynaecologist about ways of making it bigger. I believe humans could use their uterus as an aquarium or incubator.
Wouldn’t there be compatibility issues between a human placenta and a shark’s? The placenta comes from the fetus, not the mother, meaning there’s no need to modify human DNA. I’ve been assured that it should be possible to create “dolph-human” or “shark-human” placentas just by modifying the animal’s DNA. I’m still doing the research, but sharks seem to be the most compatible. And as a species, sharks fit all my criteria: They’re endangered, their life-span is almost as long as that of a human, and most importantly, they’re delicious.
Do you think women will accept carrying animal fetuses? Carrying a shark fetus inside your uterus means you have to stop menstruating. But the medication for that has very unpleasant side-effects. I think the ideal carrier profile would be a rich, single, and above all menopausal woman.
And what are the advantages of doing this? We don’t need any more humans, there are too many already as it is. Mostly, it’s a way of preserving endangered species.
And it would be a new way of producing food. Because you could eat the shark baby after it came out. Which is a totally logical thing to do. Exactly! And you would no longer feel the guilt of eating another animal. It’s also less costly than raising a human, and there are fewer responsibilities. I find it less terrifying than adopting a child you might end up not loving.
Which animal would be the most dangerous to carry? The elephant, because of its size.
OK, and the coolest? The simplest would be the chimpanzee, because its DNA is the closest to ours. But I’m not interested in chimps, because I don’t eat monkey. Personally, I’d love to give birth to a Maui dolphin. They’re super cute and smart, we could easily communicate, and they’re very loveable. It would be great to swim with them out at sea. Besides, I love a good piece of dolphin meat on my plate, but every time I feel bad for eating an endangered animal.
Ah. I thought you’d choose a shark. I love sharks, too. They’re almost as intelligent as dolphins. My favorite kind of shark is the zebra shark. They’re sort of roundish and have the cutest little faces—kind of like a puppy!
Would people actually agree to eat meat that came out of a woman’s insides, do you think? Yes. After all, there are some animals who eat their own babies. And we do eat veal, which comes from inside a cow. We even kill people, not even for food, and they too come out of somebody’s womb. I really don’t see the problem.
Do you think these animals will taste better? I think you’d have to let them back into the wild for some time in order for them to taste just like the ones we’re used to.
That makes sense. Would you eat a dolphin you’ve given birth to? I would once it’s dead. Ideally, I’d be able to track its whereabouts with a GPS. And once it’s sold on the markets, I’d buy it and eat it. That way I would have it back inside my body one last time.
You certainly seem to have thought it through. Thanks, Ai!
Mourners attending a funeral in central Zimbabwe were shocked when the man they had come to bury “returned from the dead.”
Family and friends were filing past a coffin with the remains of Brighton Dama Zanthe, 34, when one of them noticed the dead man’s legs twitching.
One of the mourners, Lot Gaka, who employs Mr Zanthe at his transport company, said: “I was the first to notice Zanthe’s moving legs as I was in the queue to view his body. This shocked me. We called an ambulance immediately. It’s a miracle and people are still in disbelief.”
Mr Zanthe had been unwell for some time and was laid to rest inside a coffin last Monday after “dying” at home the day before.
Mr Zanthe told The Chronicle newspaper, that he has no recollection of how he “died” nor how he was “resurrected,” as his memory only returned when he woke up in a hospital in Gweru 140 miles southwest of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.
“Everything is history to me. What I can only confirm is that people gathered at my house to mourn but I was given another chance and I am alive. I feel OK now.”