10/02/13

Electrocuted student from Romania making progress after being airlifted to hospital in Israel

The teen being treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem 
By: Eva Fett

A medical student, who was electrocuted during a trip, is now making a recovery after being airlifted and treated at the most advanced Israeli hospital, according to a report by Hadassah.org.

A Romanian medical student who has been hospitalized at Hadassah since he was airlifted to Israel after being electrocuted on a sightseeing electric train in Moldavia, has just regained his ability to speak thanks to insertion of a speech valve.

Nineteen-year-old David Fintzi’s first words to his parents were questions about where he was and why he wasn’t in medical school. David had been on a trip to visit a friend in Iasi, Moldavia when he was hit with 27,000 volts of electricity.

No one knows exactly how it happened. Somehow, David had touched the electric cable—perhaps leaning out the open window to take a photograph. Initially, David was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Bucharest.The treatment he received there, however, failed to improve his condition.

The Jewish community rallied around his distraught parents, Andre and Manuela Fintzi.

"I'm not sure when the idea of moving him to Israel came up," says Andre, a movie and stage actor. "But over and over, the idea was floated that Israel had enormous experience in burns because of all the wars. First we decided on Israel, and then on Hadassah.”

The Jewish Agency got involved and plans were made to send Hadassah’s air ambulance to pick David up and bring him to Israel. Ironically, David, who had been completing training as a youth movement counselor, was planning to visit Israel later in the summer, but instead, he was airlifted to the Hadassah Medical Center, fighting for his life.

As they took off to reach the necessary height of 37,000 feet, David's oxygen saturation fell, and bells started to ring. "We had to take him off the respirator at intervals and manually provide oxygen," relates Dr. Marc Romaine, an internist who accompanied David.

For Andre Fintzi, that was the most frightening part of the journey. "I am sensitive to facial expression, and three times I could see Dr. Romaine look very worried when the bells rang," he said. "I was terrified that we were losing David."

But two and a half hours after takeoff, they landed in Jerusalem and an ambulance brought David to Hadassah.

With his recovery progressing well, David has now been moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a single room in the Sara Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower’s Department of Plastic Surgery, where he is in a special isolation room to guard against infection.

“The room is so wonderful,” said his father, Andre Fintzi. “It enables us to be with him around the clock, to help in his care, and to give him comfort.” He added: “I realize even more now that Hadassah was the bridge from death to life for my son.”

The Fat Jew seen on video turning New York City train station into Yoga studio

Yoga on New York City subway illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A man known as “The Fat Jew” has turned a hot New York City subway station into a public Yoga studio, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

In the video below, you can see The Fat Jew showing that a heat wave in August, in New York, can turn a subway platform into the perfect place, thanks to Bikram Yoga.

According to The Fat Jew, who also teaches SoulCycle to homeless people using locked Citibikes, Bikram Yoga is to be practiced in 105 degree heat with 40 percent humidity, and a New York City subway platform in August, clocks in at about 108 degrees with 90 percent humidity. “It’s pretty close to perfect,” The Fat Jew said.

This was not the first time that The Fat Jew made headlines.

As we reported earlier, a Jewish comedian, also known as “Fat Jew”, launched a new program in which he is helping the homeless of New York City get in shape, according to video uploaded to the internet.

This week, a video with television personality and rapper “The Fat Jew”, also known as Fabrizio Goldstein, showed him giving free SoulCycle classes on Citi Bikes to people identified as "homeless".

Many people, assumed the video was a parody of a self-absorbed fitness instructor riding the hot trend of the Citi Bike program, but Goldstein said he is serious about the business. "Although it started as a joke, the reactions I've received from homeless people since I started doing this have been so amazing that I will do it more regularly for sure,” Goldstein said.

Goldstein, a comedian best known for his belly art and YouTube videos, said he wants to bring in other cycling enthusiasts to help with the classes. "We feel like this is something we can do to give back," he said.

"There are so many Citi Bike places that are rarely used especially in the lower West Side, and we believe it should be used to help New Yorkers get in shape," he said.

Goldstein also said he had video testimonials from some of his homeless students thanking Mayor Bloomberg for allowing them to exercise and have a good time.

Artist makes bricks appear to be sliding off house

House slips into street 
By: Debbi Gross

(Scroll down for video) An abandoned home in the United Kingdom was turned into a beautiful work of art.

Locals of Margate, Kent, are very happy with the new welcoming look of the long time abandoned building.

The artist has transformed the empty house to make it appear as if it is slowly sliding into the street. However, it is all an optical illusion.

The artwork entitled "From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes", has been created by artist Alex Chinneck, 28. The exhibition will be on display over the next 12 months after which the four-story property will be put back on the market for sale.

The mid 19th century house had been empty for 11 years before Chinneck intervened and transformed it into a work of art.
Chinneck, of Hackney, east London, came up with the idea. He then pitched his idea to companies. Ten of those companies donated materials, manufacturing capabilities and professional services, for the construction of the sliding facade.

"I wanted to create something that captured humor, illusion and would be accessible to people of all sorts of different backgrounds,” Chinneck said.
"The response has been very positive," he added.

Last year, Chinneck installed more than 1,200 pieces of glass on the facade of a factory in Hackney to create the illusion that its 312 windows were broken and had identical cracks.

The home has attracted many tourists. "This type of innovative art encourages and attracts people from all over the world to Thanet, which is a very exciting prospect for us,” Thanet District Council leader Clive Hart said.


Man arrested after prostitute steals $9,000 that belonged to his wife

Navnish Bansal 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A married man was in trouble after soliciting a prostitute, who then robbed him.

Navnish Bansal, 30, of Australia, was in a bad situation after he cheated on his wife with a prostitute.

To make matters worse, the prostitute stole $9,000 in cash from him. The money came from the bank account of his wife and was intended to used to buy a car the next day.

The man was forced to call police to report the theft, thereby admitting that he illegally used a prostitute. Bansal was arrested for soliciting a prostitute.

Bansal told the Brisbane court judge that he was eating dinner at the Jatt Flava Indian restaurant in Fortitude Valley when an attractive woman approached him and said: "Are you ready for a bit of fun?"

The two negotiated a price for sex. The two got into his car and went to New Farm Park. Once he parked the car, Bansal took off his jacket and placed it behind the driver seat.

The woman then started performing sexual acts on Bansal. While doing so, she placed her hand in his jacket and removed approximately $9,000 in cash from the Jacket.

"The woman then got out of the car and ran through the soccer fields of the park,” according Sergeant Gorton. Once he realized that the prostitute had taken all his cash, Bansal asked a bystander to contact the police.

Magistrate Noel Nunan gave Bansal a four-month good behavior bond ( probation) after he pleaded guilty to one count of public solicitation of prostitution.
The woman was later arrested and charged with prostitution and theft. Bansal reportedly recovered most of the money she had stolen.

Old man dressed as good-looking woman caught shoplifting women's clothing

Elderly cross dressing man illustration 
By: Sarah Weiss

Seems like a person is never to old to be a freak.

An 80-year-old “woman” was seen shoplifting and stuffing the items into a bag.

A security guard at a Walmart in Florida, saw an older “woman”, who was wearing pink blush and red lipstick, shoplifting at the store.

When “she” was confronted, police learned that it was not a woman, but if fact a cross-dressing man.

The 80-year-old man, Manuel Rodriguez of Ocala, was arrested Wednesday night, after police said he tried to steal several women's items such as a purse and clothing.

According to Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Rodriguez was sent to the county jail after his arrest on charges of second-degree petit theft.

Police found that Rodriguez had $800 in his wallet at the time. When asked why he tried to steal $87 worth of women’s items from the store, he told police he did not know why he did it.

Robber caught after being squirted with glowing spray during robbery

Yafet Askale 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) Police in England have found a successful new way to catch thieves.

In an attempt to cut crimes of theft, police distributed the SmartWater system to residents.

The SmartWater system, sprays the offender with what feels like misty water, it is invisible and glows under ultraviolet light.
Now, they have successfully prosecuted a man, who was caught after being sprayed with the SmartWater.

Yafet Askale, 28, of Harlesden, London, England, broke into a car and stole some valuable items including a laptop computer. During the robbery, he was squirted with the SmartWater, which also alerted the police to his antics.

Officials were able to hunt him down after the SmartWater system automatically alerted them of the theft and ultraviolet scans showed that his face and shirt were strongly marked with the green liquid.

Askale was arrested, and was found guilty of theft. He was sentenced to 49 hours of community service and he was ordered to pay $650.

The SmartWater system is being tested by the Brent Police, and has been used in vulnerable houses and cars in the area in order to deter thieves. The system also helps catch thieves after they strike.

The device can detect intruders and automatically sprays the thief with the watery mist, which is marked with a combination of chemicals that allows police to link people to the place they robbed.

The substances in SmartWater is odorless and invisible to the naked eye, and are almost impossible to wash off. It can remain on clothing or on the skin for weeks.

Police have distributed free SmartWater kits so people can protect their valuables, which has led to a 40 percent reduction in street robberies and a reduction of 80 percent in home burglaries.

Mother stabs herself and her child in order to frame sex offender

Stephany Harwood  
By: John Roberts

Police were called after a mother and her child were found in the woods with stab wounds.

Police responded to the local jogging trail, after an elderly couple found Stephany Harwood, 21, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and her son, bleeding from stab wounds.

During an interview, Harwood told investigators she was walking along a jogging trail with her son when a man jumped out from behind the bushes, attacked her and her son with a knife.

Investigators took the allegations very seriously because Harwood had been stabbed in the legs, and her son was stabbed in the stomach. Harwood identified the man as her acquaintance, Marvin Gean Wilson, a 44-year-old convicted sex offender, who allegedly raped her years ago.

An arrest warrant was issued against him. Police asked the public to call 911 if they see the suspect. After a month-long investigation, detectives determined that Wilson had nothing to do with the stabbing, and that Harwood stabbed herself and her son in an attempt to frame the man.

The suspect's brother told police that Wilson is not in the country and he now lives in Mexico. Although Wilson is totally innocent in this case, police have issued an arrest warrant for Wilson as he failed to register his address as ordered when he was convicted as a sex offender.

Harwood was arrested and booked into the Jefferson County Detention Center on charges of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. Her bail was set at $100,000.

Company now selling beer made with rocks from the moon

The out of this world beer 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Attention beer lovers. Now you can enjoy a beer that is truly out of this world.

Celest-jewel-ale, a beer invented by geniuses of Milton, Delaware-based brewery Dogfish Head, is made with real lunar meteorites.

This is how the beer is made: Meteorites were acquired from the engineering firm ILC Dover, which makes space suits for NASA. Then, the rocks are crushed into powder and soaked just like tea at the Oktoberfest beer brewery.

According to the Dogfish Head website, the meteorites give it a unique flavor.

These moon jewels are mainly composed of minerals and salts, helping the process of induced yeast fermentation and providing this traditional German style beer a complex yet subtle earthiness.

Unfortunately for beer lovers, the beer is only available for purchase at Dogfish Head Brewery in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.




Woman grabbed by crocodile in front of her daughter and friend

Grandparents Thys and Dorette Cronje 
By: Shifra Unger

A fun vacation turned into a tragedy after a crocodile grabbed a woman, and she was not seen again.

The single mother of one, who works as a paramedic, is missing after she was attacked by a giant crocodile in front of her 12-year-old daughter in Botswana, Africa.

Danelle Viljoen, 38, was on vacation with her daughter, her friend and her friend’s son, when the tragedy struck. Viljoen was watching her daughter and the son of her friend, in Okavango Delta, on Monday.

While they were fishing, it became very hot and Viljoen decided to sit into the shallow water to cool off. Almost immediately after she entered the water, a crocodile approached her and dragged her into the water.

The crocodile was estimated to be five meters long and one meter wide. Botswana Police searched the river, but there was no sign of Viljoen.
Viljoen's daughter is being cared for by her grandparents, Thys and Dorette Cronje, who are doing missionary work near Maun, Botswana.

Zoo allows visitors to play tug of war with tigers

Tug of war with tiger 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) Are you stronger than a tiger? Now you can find out.

The Changsha Ecological Zoo in China, came up with an interesting way to keep their tigers in shape, by playing tug of war with visitors.

The game is simple. A rope is attached to bag and inside the bag is a live chicken. The tiger gets to pull the bag with the chicken while its opponents pull via a long, heavy rope from outside the cage.

According to zoo staff when the tigers have nothing to do they often become lazy, overweight and even lose interest in any type of physical or intellectual stimulation.

They came up with the very interesting, but controversial way to keep animals stimulated and healthy. The chicken is added to capture the interest of the tiger.

The cost of each game is 45 yuan or about $7. Anyone can play and it seems that there are many brave people willing to test their strength against the powerful tiger. So far, the tigers are in the lead, winning most of the tug of war games.

The tigers remain in their enclosure so that no one gets hurt, no human that is. The tug of war games were not well received by animal rights activists. Activists claim that the tigers can easily lose their teeth.
What about the poor chicken in the bag that is being bitten by the tiger’s powerful teeth?

Man marries his fiance in courtroom right after being sentenced to life in prison

Danne and Destiny Desbrow get married
with Judge Patricia Cookson 
By: Moses Gold

It was a sad day for a man in California, who was sentenced to life in prison, but a happy one at the same time because he got married.

A woman chose to marry her fiance despite the fact that he will be in prison for the rest of his life.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cookson sentenced the man to 53 years to life in prison for murder. Then, she held a wedding ceremony in the same room.
Danne Desbrow, 36, was jailed after he was found guilty for the murder of Kevin Santos in 2003.

Before Desbrow was taken to his cell, the judge agreed to marry him and his fiance Destiny, with whom he has a child. The judge then brought out a homemade cake that she backed especially for the ceremony.

Desbrow and Destiny had met in high school, but lost touch after she became pregnant at 16-years-old. They met again in January, after Destiny located him so he could meet his son. Desbrow was in custody at the time awaiting trial.

Destiny continued to visit Desbrow in prison and she sat through his two-month trial. During the trial, Desbrow claimed that he was defending himself in a fight.

The jury rejected his account and convicted him of murder in the first degree.
Before he could be removed from the courtroom to start his sentence, Desbrow was allowed to marry his fiance. Some family members of the bride and groom, who had been present at the hearing, were allowed to stay to hear the couple exchanging their vows.

Desbrow's attorney admitted that it had been a surreal experience. "I knew it was going to happen, but it was an unusual day from start to finish. I mean, I appreciate that the judge honored his request to get married. However, I've never seen anything like it," the attorney said.

Woman at hotel fights off rapist by slamming him with pot

Frank Harrison 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A woman was saved from being raped after she took a pot and slammed the rapist in the head, according to police reports in Massachusetts.

Tewksbury Police said that a woman fended off a man, who tried to rape her on Sunday, at a local hotel by grabbing a pot and hitting him in the face several times before he escaped.

Frank Harrison, 46, of Lawrence, is charged with kidnapping, assault, attempted rape and battery while armed, and indecent assault of a person 14 years or older, Tewksbury Police said in a statement.

Harrison pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Monday, in Lowell District Court. He is being held without bail pending a dangerous hearing, according to a court clerk.

Police arrived at the scene 5:30 am on Sunday. The incident occurred at the Extended Stay America Hotel located at 1910 Andover Street. Police were called after witnesses saw a man covered in blood with cuts to his head.

Harrison approached the woman in her hotel room with a knife and tried to rape her, police said. Harrison did not allow the woman to leave, but she was able to fight him with a pot, police said.

Lawyer arrested after biting his 3-year-old child’s face

Geoffrey Scovil 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) An attorney was arrested and charged with child abuse related charges after he allegedly bit his little child’s face, according to police reports in New Mexico.

Santa Fe Police said that an Albuquerque attorney faces a series of charges after his 3-year-old son told police that his father had bitten him on his face.

Geoffrey Scovil had a busy Saturday night. It all began when he was accused of something strange, biting his son. Later, he got into more trouble after getting physical with police officers.

Witnesses at a Santa Fe restaurant called police after seeing Scovil and his 3-year-old son with facial injuries.
Shortly thereafter, police found Scovil at his home.

"The boy came out and he had a bite mark on his cheek. The police became suspicious and asked the couple some questions," Celina Westervelt with Santa Fe Police said.

"Police told him at the time that they wanted to know about the injuries, and the man became very angry," Westervelt said.

Police said he did not obey officers and that's when things got physical.
"The man got into a bit of a fight and refused to cooperate with the investigation," the spokesperson said.

Scovil told police that his son threw a white ball on his head before leaving the restaurant.
The young child told the police what really happened to him.

"The child was interviewed and told police that his father had bitten him on the cheek," Westervelt said.
Scovil was arrested and released on $10,000 bond.

Scovil faces several charges, including child abuse, assault on a police officer and obstruction.
Witnesses told police that they saw Scovil drinking in the restaurant.

Elderly man seen on video being beaten in fight over dryer

Kenneth Wood beating Alexandros Dimitrelos 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) An elderly man was severely beaten after a fight broke out over a dryer at a laundromat, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

Police in Florida said that a Fort Myers man is accused of assaulting a 75-year-old because he took his dryer.

Kenneth Wood, 55, was seen on video pushing Alexandros Dimitrelos to the ground, stomped on him and smashed his cell phone. Police said he did it all because the man began using Wood’s dryer.

According to the police report, Dimitrelos began putting his clothes into the dryer when Wood said it was his.

Dimitrelos said that Wood’s clothes were still being washed, and Wood asked if he was the owner. Wood became violent after Dimitrelos called him an "idiot".

A surveillance video helped police identify Wood. He was charged with felony assault on a person 65 years or older.

Canadian Police charge cheerleaders for performing on the street

Western cheerleaders 
By: Shifra Unger

The head of a cheerleading group was charged with a violation and received a fine after his cheerleading team performed on a public street, according to police reports in Canada.

London Police said that the Western University cheerleading head, Max Gow, was issued a $140 fine.

The team was heading to TD Stadium for a Mustangs game against the Queen’s Golden Gaels when they stopped to spread some spirit.
Their coach, David-Lee Tracey, 33, said that three male cheerleaders threw a female cheerleader in the air on Broughdale Avenue.

The street was full of Western students, who were dressed in purple, when police stopped to give Gow the $140 fine.
The four members began cheerleading at a parking lane, out of the way of possible passing cars, Tracey said.

Everyone knows Broughdale Avenue. It is like a small dead end, Tracey said. An outraged Tracey described the incident as absolute madness.

The written explanation on the summons said: "causing a nuisance on the street by making a show with cheerleaders."
The team plans to contest the fine in court.

80-year-old cross dresser caught stealing at Walmart

Manuel Rodriguez 
By: David Ross

An elderly cross dresser was caught stealing from a Walmart store, according to police reports in Florida.

Ocala Police said that a local man acted suspiciously in the clothing department at Walmart on Wednesday night.

The security guard saw an older gentleman wearing pink blush, cherry red lipstick and dressed as a woman, cutting off the labels on various items.

He had more than $800 in his wallet, but Manuel Rodriguez, 80, was caught trying to steal items. He had placed the items inside a bag that he had stolen from a store shelf, the police department spokesperson said.

The guard followed Rodriguez when he entered the frozen food department, grabbed an item and approached the checkout line to pay for it.

The guard apprehended Rodriguez until deputies arrived.

Rodriguez, of Ocala, was charged with theft and was booked into jail still wearing lipstick.

When asked why he tried to steal $87 worth of items he said he does not know.

Hundreds of passengers stranded after snake is found on plane

Quantas airlane illustration 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Hundreds of passengers remained stranded overnight in an airport after a snake was found on board a plane moments before boarding, according airport officials in Australia.

The snake on the plane has left hundreds of passengers stranded in Sydney.

The eight-inch Mandarin rat snake was discovered by staff members at the door of a Qantas 747 due to leave Sydney for Tokyo, Japan.

The reptile was discovered just before the passengers began to board the plane.

Some 370 passengers were booked on the flight, but all had to spend the night on Sunday, in Sydney Hotels, thanks to the unexpected passenger.

The Australia Department of Agriculture said the snake, a species that grows to an average length of 4 feet, had been euthanized "as such reptiles can carry diseases not currently present in Australia.”

The department said the snake had come on board the jet during a flight from Singapore.

The mildly venomous Asian snake was about the width of a pencil and posed no threat to humans, but had the potential to cause ecological havoc in the Australian environment if it had escaped the aircraft with a passenger,” Canberra Reptile Zoo herpetologist Peter Child said.

A replacement flight was scheduled to leave on Monday morning.

Boy, 13, seen on video marrying 10-year-old girl

The 10-year-old bride 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A little boy was seen marrying a little girl on video, according to a report by MEMRI.

The marriage of a 13-year-old boy and his 10-year-old girlfriend recently took place in Egypt.

If they lived in the U.S., this couple would not be allowed to see an adult video without an accompanying adult.

The wedding was held in the Egyptian city of El Senbellawein in the Dakahlia Governorate. In the Egyptian television report translated by MEMRI, observers were calling it the "strangest wedding in the 21st century."

The Middle East website Al Bawaba asked if the "Egyptian teenage wedding reception was followed by video games playing."

The Egyptian TV report showed pictures of the celebration in which the girl dressed up in a Halloween type wedding dress and a veil pinned to her hair.

"We wanted to make sure that he marries someone with the proper lineage. We saw that the groom, Shams, was fond our girl, Iman, so it all worked out, Allah be praised. No one is ever too young to marry," the father of the groom said.

"We could have told him to marry his cousin, and he would had no say in it. The important thing is to get married. Love will come later," the father said.


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