Woman slapped with fine after leaving behind dog’s hair in park

Tracey Hayes with her dog 
By: Debbie Gross

A woman was hit with a littering fine after she left behind her dog’s hair at a park, according to police reports in the United Kingdom.

London Police said that a woman was fined $76 after she brushed her dog’s hair in a park and leaving strands of hair on the floor.

Tracey Hayes, 46, said she was brushing her golden retrievers, Biskit, Alsatian, and Rocky, in Harrow Lodge Park waiting for her son to finish soccer practice on Wednesday, when a couple of officers approached her. The woman said that the officers didn’t allow her to clean up the hair and she was prohibited from leaving the area.

"I do not deny what I did so I will pay the fine, but it is very unfair to do that to people," Hayes said. "The thing that disappointed me the most was that the officers were determined to slap me with a fine even though I offered to clean up the park. Obviously, all they were concerned about was the money, not the environment," Hayes also said.

Andrew Curtin, a Havering Cabinet member of the Ministry of Culture, Towns and Communities, said he agrees with the fine.

"Responsible dog owners groom their pets at home or in their own garden, not in public places, and especially not in our parks. We put a lot of time and effort to keep our parks clean, so all residents could enjoy them. We will not tolerate when someone messes up the park," he said.

"Anyone caught littering in public spaces will get a fine, whether they discarded a single cigarette butt or clumps of dog hair," he also said.

More than 10,000 live turtles seized from passenger’s luggage at airport

The turtles that were seized 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Airport officials have seized more than ten thousand live turtles from the luggage of two passengers at an airport in India, according to a statement released by Indian customs officials.

The two Indian nationals were arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose international airport in Calcutta, after customs officials found the reptiles in their bags.

"We found 10,043 live exotic turtles. They have been seized from the two passengers, residents of Chennai, who were flying from China to Singapore, as they landed at Calcutta airport," Airport Customs assistant commissioner Nabnit Kumar said.

The turtles were in three bags waiting to be picked up on a conveyor belt when the passengers aroused the suspicion of customs officials.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, almost all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered and many are in danger of extinction due to human activities.

The increased pollution, drainage of wetlands and commercial development, tend to destroy their habitats and nesting sites.
The two were charged with smuggling.

Girl, 11, kicked off school trip for possessing chocolate

Holli McCann 
By: Sarah Weiss

A young British school girl was left devastated after she was kicked off of her school’s trip because she was in possession of chocolate bars.

Holli McCann, 11, ate a chocolate bar on the first night of her school trip on the Isle of Wight, along with two other roommates.
She described the secret snack in her first letter she sent to her mother, which was read by teachers despite being in a sealed envelope.

After reading her letter, teachers searched her room at the Beaufort House Hotel in Sandown, for more chocolate. They removed the lining of her suitcase and flipped her toiletry bag. “I was treated as if I was running an international drug smuggling operation,” the girl complained.

When teachers found more chocolate bars, Holli was thrown off the trip because she breached a term that bans chocolate.
The school called her mother, Kerri, urgently asking her to contact the hotel.
Yvonne Graves, director of the Bromet Primary School in Watford, Herts, told her what happened and asked her to come pick up her daughter immediately.

The mother of Holli urged her to reconsider, but she refused and said that if she was not picked up, Holli would have to attend all planned activities, but will not be allowed to participate in any of them.
As a result, McCann had to drive at night from her home in Croxley Green, Herts, to make the 160 miles round-trip to collect Holli.

The unemployed 47-year-old, who is a full-time carer for her autistic son, had saved for six months to pay for the school trip and was forced to borrow money from friends and family to cover her own travel expenses.

"It was not even midnight. They ate chocolate at 9:30 pm, which took about 15 minutes. It's not like they were having a party or making noise. The teachers had no idea about that until they read the letter my daughter sent to me. I'm furious. Who gave them permission to read her letter? It's like being in jail. She is not five-years-old. She is 11 and deserves privacy in what she writes to her mother," McCann said.

The Hertfordshire County Council said: "Before the trip to the Isle of Wight, parents and students were asked to sign a letter of conduct that clearly describes how the students should behave during the trip. This is to ensure that everyone can enjoy a safe and enjoyable holiday.

It was clear that breaking any of the rules within the letter would result in parents being asked to take their child home, as was the case of this student."

In blow to McDonald’s Burger King set to open in Israel

Burger King location 
By: Shifra Unger

After the recent McDonald’s Israel controversy, Burger King decided to seize the opportunity and announced that it will be opening branches throughout Israel.

The fast food chain will return to Israel, just three years after leaving the country.

The company is in talks with several investors, including Yair Hasson, a former franchisee of Burger King in Israel, and the president of the company.

Burger King's desire to re-enter Israel is due to changes in the ownership of the international company. In late 2010, the chain was acquired by the Brazilian private equity fund 3G Capital for $4 billion. Buyers support an aggressive strategy of entering new markets. Burger King is active in an attempt to capture market share of its competitors, led by McDonald’s.

The talks to bring the chain to Israel are taking place between the different investors in the country and Burger King's European arm, which is also responsible for the company's business in the Middle East. The latter is looking for an investor to open dozens of restaurants in Israel.

“If negotiations are successful, we expect Burger King to open 12 restaurants in the first year of its return to Israel, and 15 the following year,” the company said in a statement.
Recently, Mcdonald’s caused outrage among Israelis after it refused to open a chain in the West Bank settlement of Ariel.

Girl dies after being run over by uncle, 16, while preparing for her birthday party

Police car illustration 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) Parents was left mourning the loss of their daughter after she was run over by her uncle.

What was supposed to be a happy time for the family, turned into a tragedy, when a 2-year-old was killed while the family was preparing for her birthday party.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said a toddler was run over and killed in a tragic accident. The driver was her 16-year-old uncle, who does not have a driver's license.
The accident happened in Apopka, Florida in the driveway of the family’s home.

Troopers were called out to the home around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators said Luis Martinez, 16, had just finished mowing the family's lawn. He was cleaning the yard to get it ready for his niece's upcoming birthday party.

Troopers said Martinez decided to back up a silver Ford Expedition just a few feet to clean grass, when 2-year-old Amaris Martinez, wandered behind the vehicle and was killed.

Martinez has not been charged with a crime. Troopers said the accident is still under investigation and even though the teenager does not have a driver's license, he may not have been committing a crime, since he was operating the vehicle on private property.

"Honestly, I don't know how it could have been prevented in this situation other than just check and double-check," officer Kristen Neutzling said. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Woman sentenced to 16 months jail for having sex outside marriage after being raped

Marte Deborah Dalelv 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with having sex outside marriage related charges after being raped in Dubai, according to court proceedings in the UAE.

Now, the Norwegian woman, who was raped in Dubai, has been sentenced to 16 months in jail for having sex outside marriage.
The 25-year-old Marte Deborah Dalelv, was in the United Arab Emirates for a business meetings in March, when she was violently sexually assaulted.

She reported the incident to the police.
However, the police, instead of investigating the case, seized her passport and put her under arrest.

She was placed in a cell for several days, and was banned from using a phone.
The Consulate of Norway finally negotiated her release and she was placed under the protection of the local Norwegian Sailor’s Church.

Now, she faces an uncertain future after being sentenced this week.
It is unclear if she has returned to prison or allowed to return to Norway to serve her jail sentence.

"I have received a severe sentence for sex outside marriage, and for drinking alcohol. On top of that, I was convicted of perjury," the woman said.

New York man lured to rooftop for threesome, gets robbed, falls to his death

Robert Reichl 
By: David Ross

Three people were arrested after a man, who was promised a threesome, was robbed and he fell to his death.

Robert Reichl, 50, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, was invited to the top of a 4 story building at 12:00 am on Fourth Avenue near 47th Street in Sunset Park. He was promised sex by two women, police said.

Instead, he was sprayed with mace and attacked by a group of men, who stole $2,000 from him and left him stumbling around the rooftop until he fell to his death.

Reichl, who worked at his family’s real estate business, landed in the backyard of the building and was pronounced dead at the scene.
=The police said that Reichl was seen drinking with young people on the sidewalk outside the building late at night, and later went to the roof with two women.

Police have arrested three people in connection with the incident: Ruben Santiago, 23, Glennys Reyes, 23, and Randy Ortiz, 24. Reyes and Ortiz have been charged with grand larceny, while James has been charged with second-degree murder and robbery, reports said.

Reichl does not have a wife or children, but is survived by his mother Mary Reichl, and sister Ingrid Reichl.
Reichl said that her brother was planning to go with her and her children to Disney World next month. “My children lost their uncle, who acted like a father to them,” she said.

Man tries to sell himself on ebay for $1.50

Steve Sewell 
By: Moses Gold

After losing his job, a man came up with an idea, to sell himself to the highest bidder.

Ebay is an auction site that is known to have many different items for sale, new and used. They recently had something unique to bid on: a balding, old white man.

Steve Sewell, 58, of Britain, is unemployed. After he was unable to find a job, he tried to sell himself on ebay in an attempt to attract the attention of employers.
But his bid was unsuccessful, as nobody wanted him, even though the price was very low. The price started at just $1.50. The auction closed with not a single bid.

Sewell might just be overqualified for simple jobs, as he has a degree in electrical engineering and electronics. He is qualified as an IT technician and has worked as a mechanic in the past. Another highlight of his long career is that he was working as a tester of toilet paper.

In the ebay listing, he described himself as being in used condition, with excellent interpersonal skills, patient and as having a sense of humor.
Sewell claims that age discrimination is the reason he cannot find a job. His ebay stunt may not have been totally for nothing, as he did manage to grab headlines across the globe. Maybe his new-found fame will help him land a job.