High-Risk Driving Around the World (Video)

Dangerous driving illustration 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Driving is inherently dangerous the world over, and the statistics show. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that about 1.24 million people die every year from fatalities on the road. Low and middle-income countries with only half of the world's cars report 91 percent of the road accidents. Only seven percent of the world's population, residing in just 28 countries, are covered by driving safety laws. You need to know what you will encounter when traveling to different countries.

Driving Around the World

Ten countries account for almost 50 percent of the fatal driving accidents around the world, writes the Washington Post. India tops that list, followed by China and the U.S. in total number of accidents. However, when looking at the number of accidents per capita, countries such as Nigeria, Pakistan and Philippines come closer to the top.

United States

The implementation of driving laws in each American state has brought road fatalities down to 10.3 per 100,000 people in comparison to 26 per 100,000 in the early 1970s, the Pulitzer Center reports. Unfortunately, there is still a significantly high number of deaths in the teen category, due to drinking while driving. The use of mobile devices for talking and texting are also creating an increase in the number of fatalities.

Nigeria

In many low-income countries, there are no laws governing driver education. In Nigeria, you can simply buy a driver's license. Most people learn how to drive from family members or were self-taught. Some drivers are barely old enough to reach the controls on the car.

Pakistan

WHO estimates there were close to 30,000 road fatalities in 2010 in Pakistan. More than 12,000 people died in motorcycle accidents. More than 90 percent were not wearing helmets, even though the country has a national helmet law. Observers say there are a number of factors, including roadway congestion and no turn signals or passing lanes. The road is shared by high-speed buses, large SUVs, large construction trucks, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, donkey carts, livestock and pedestrians. Each are trying to cut a path through traffic for themselves.

India

The National Crime Records Bureau in India says most of the accidents here are caused by drunk driving. The larger problem is the number of vehicles on the road. Traffic regulations exist, but are rarely enforced, especially in the larger cities. The presence of more than 80 million bicycles, scooters and motorcycles, which rarely follow the rules, makes driving treacherous here.

Australia

In the mid-70s, Australia reported a road fatality rate of 30 per 100,000 of the population. Clearer driving regulations and better enforcement have brought this down to six per 100,000, an 80 percent reduction.

A survey of drivers by Private Fleet did show that Australian men tend to be the worst drivers, while women topped the list of people who text while driving, and young adults were most likely to talk on a mobile phone while driving.

Australian drivers can protect themselves with a number of insurance options. Websites such as comparethemarket.com.au allow drivers to compare many different insurance plans, and select the one that works best for their situation.

Egypt

More than 12,000 deaths occur on the road in Egypt every year. Poorly maintained roads that are over capacity with vehicles is a big problem. Driving is often self-taught, and the license requires no driving test. People ignore the few traffic signals and will drive the wrong way, on sidewalks and pedestrian walkways to get to where they are going.

Russia

This country struggles with the number of new cars and drivers that have hit their roadways. They report almost five times the fatalities as other European countries. A lack of law enforcement is the biggest complaint, especially in cases of drunk driving.

Jewish waitress sues restaurant after being called a Nazi

Waitress illustration 
By: Moses Gold

A Jewish woman of German descent filed a lawsuit against a restaurant after being called a Nazi, according to court proceedings in Maine.

Now, the woman who sued the Brewer restaurant owner claiming that she was not hired because she is of German and Jewish descent, has settled her claim.

Elizabeth Eisenstadt also argued in her lawsuit that the owner called her Nazi.

Eisenstadt worked as a waitress at the Muddy Rudder Restaurant from May 2010, under the previous owners. The incident that led to the complaint, occurred in May 2011, when Kessock was in the process of buying the restaurant located at 5 South Main Street.

Michael Kessock, owner of what is now Schooner’s Seafood & Steakhouse Restaurant, denied the allegations, saying that Eisenstadt withdrew her name from the group of applicants, who wished to work in the restaurant before Kessock bought it in June 2011.

Eisenstadt had sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, reinstatement, back pay and attorney's fees.

The parties settled during a conciliation conference held on Monday with U.S. Magistrate’s Court Judge Margaret Kravchuk.

Brooklyn autistic girl, 14, comes home shirtless and scratched

Eleana Vellios scratched up 
By: Shifra Unger

A Brooklyn mother is demanding answers after her 14-year-old autistic daughter came home one day, without her shirt and all scratched up.

Eleana Vellios, who cannot talk, was scratched and traumatized when her bus stopped outside her house in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

"My girl came off the bus half-naked with scratches all over her back and shoulders," her mother, Konstantina Vellios, 35, said.

The bus driver told the nanny, who was waiting at the bus stop that day, that the teenager must have been injured at school.

However, school officials assured the mother that her daughter left school uninjured, and the mother said she believes them.

Vellios said that she filed a police report on Monday, after the incident on Friday, because the bus driver did not answer her phone call. Brooklyn Police confirmed that they are investigating the case as possible child abuse.

The school bus company, Careful Bus Service, which specializes in the transportation of children with special needs, said that the bus driver, James Rogers, had insisted that she already had the scratches when she removed her shirt during the bus ride.

81-year-old woman burned to death in Borough Park apartment fire

Scene of the fire 
By: David Ross

An elderly woman is dead after a fire broke out inside a Borough Park, Brooklyn, New York apartment, according to rescue workers.

Brooklyn Police said that a woman died on Monday, when a fire swept through her house located at 909 57th Street.

The fire started around 1:30 p.m. in the basement apartment of the two-story house, a spokesperson for the New York Fire Department said.

The woman, 81-year-old Ho Yukkuen, was pulled from the burning house, but could not be saved.

"Our units arrived in three minutes after receiving a call about a fire in the basement," Deputy Chief William Tanzosh said.

"In this room we found a female, who died due to the fire," he said.

It took 60 firefighters about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which was brought under control at 2:10 p.m., authorities said.

Flatbush area man, 33, shot to death outside apartment

Scene of the shooting 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A man is dead after being shot numerous times outside an apartment complex, according to police reports in New York.

Brooklyn Police said that a 33-year-old man was shot dead as he left a building early on Monday, police said.

Cory Goulbourne, of East 37th Street, was shot four times in the legs and torso around 6:00 a.m. in front of 85 Tompkins Avenue, police said.

A demonstration was scheduled for Monday night, in order to condemn the shooting, said Tony Herbert, a community activist and a member of the National Action Network.

"We must continue to unite, fight and be diligent in putting light on these crimes against humanity. We must let the perpetrators know that they are going to get arrested and punished," Herbert said.

Police said that Goulbourne had 15 prior arrests, mostly for drug possession.

Woman creates herself a boyfriend out of soap bubbles

The boyfriend out of bubbles 
By: Sarah Weiss

A woman in Japan, posted a photo on social media with the caption “I’m taking a bath with my boyfriend.”

While most people would not be interested in seeing two random adults in a bathtub, this one was very different.

This photo went viral and brought a lot of laughs and compliments to the woman who posted it.

The Japanese woman, who goes by the name of Machiko, made a life-sized figure of a person entirely out of soap bubbles.

Machiko apparently decided that she didn’t want to bathe alone so she made herself a “boyfriend” as company.

Judging by the job she had done, her “boyfriend” surely kept her busy for some time.

People on social media asked Machiko how she pulled it off.

“It’s really not that hard,” she replied. “When you leave the bubbles for a while it hardens a little, so first make the base. Then come back and do the outside part,” she said.

Machiko apparently enjoyed spending time with her new boyfriend. She did not want her soapy boyfriend to disappear, but like many real life boyfriends not every relationship lasts.

However, Machiko plans to recreate her bathtime boyfriend in the near future, as she tweeted that she most definitely wants to meet “him” again soon.

Man arrested after preparing to marry his daughter with whom he fathered a child

Ibrahim Shaikh and his daughter 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman went to police after she learned that her father was preparing to marry her.

The man has been arrested for raping his daughter for almost 11 years and for fathering a child with her, police said.

The accused was identified as Ibrahim Shaikh, 50 of Mumbai, India.

The man was arrested after his daughter, 26, told police that Shaikh is the biological father of her eight-year-old daughter.

Realizing that her father was preparing to marry her, she got the courage and went to the police together with a social worker.

According to Malwani Police, the victim was raped by her father since she was only 15-years-old.

"It was under the pretext of teaching human anatomy, the accused repeatedly raped his daughter,” police said.

When the girl’s mother learned of the abuse, she objected to it, but her husband punished both his wife and daughter every time they tried to stop the sexual abuse.

The father sexually assaulted his daughter at their home in Malad, while threatening to kill her and the wife if they showed resistance.

Shaikh, who works as a shuttle driver between Jaipur and Mumbai, was booked for rape and criminal intimidation amongst other charges.

The court has ordered a DNA test to see if Shaikh is the father of his 8-year-old granddaughter.

Eagle steals camera and takes amazing video before the camera is returned to owner

The eagle in possession of the camera 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A man thought his camera was lost forever when an eagle took it.

The sea eagle has recorded its 100 kilometer (70 mile) journey over Western Australia.

Roneil Skeen set up the camera with a motion sensor near the Margaret River to try to capture images of freshwater crocodiles.

The camera disappeared shortly thereafter. "Our camera disappeared. We thought it had fallen into the water," Skeen said.

Recently, Skeen received a phone call from a Parks and Wildlife ranger, who had found the device near the Mary River, over 100 miles away from where it was placed.

Footage from the camera revealed that the culprit was a sea eagle.

The video showed the eagle scooping up the video camera, and flying with it in the air.

Later, the eagle dropped it on the ground.

The animal was seen pecking at the camera before it flew away.

Skeen said that he and other rangers were surprised and amazed by the video.

"It was pretty cool so we were pretty shocked,” Skeen said.

Women protest Ukrainian president by publicly peeing on his photo

Three of five protesters 
By: Debbi Gross

Five French women came out in protest against Ukraine's president.

The Feminist group, called Femen, is based in Paris, and are famous for their topless protests.

However, this time, they added a bit of a twist when they held a “bottomless protest.”

The women protested in the French capital in front of the Ukrainian Embassy.

The women wanted to send their own special message to the president, Viktor Yanukovych.

The five women had their breasts exposed as they appeared to be urinating on photographs of Yanukovych, which were placed on the pavement.

The women came out to condemn the Ukrainian government after they arrested protesters, who were angered by the president's rejection of a key European Union deal.

During that protest in Kiev, police armed with batons dispersed a crowd of about 1,000 protesters, who were demanding the resignation of Yanukovych.

Yanukovych had recently rejected a trade and partnership agreement with the European Union, which has been years in the making.

The European Union deal would have open the borders to trade and set the stage for the easing of travel restrictions, but Yanukovych pulled out at the last minute.

He explained that his country could not afford to sacrifice trade with Russia, who opposed the European Union deal.

The poster of Yanukovych clearly got wet while the women squatted on it during their protest.

However, it was unclear if the women actually urinated in public or if they had hidden liquid pouches.

The slogan "Yanukovych piss off!" Was painted on their chests.

Woman seen on video freshening up her private parts in elevator

The woman in the elevator 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A woman thought she was all alone in an elevator when she decided to clean herself up.

She was very wrong, as a security camera in the elevator caught the woman’s actions.

The people in the security room found her actions so funny that they decided to share it with the world.

After a long day in the office, especially when sitting at a desk all day, one can get hot and sweaty.

The woman decided to freshen herself up in the elevator before heading home.

She is seen walking into the elevator and looking around to check if there was a camera.

Happy to have some privacy, the woman took a moment to look in the mirror, and then, she reached into her purse to get something. It was not what you think.

She did not reach for her phone or makeup, but rather for some kind of spray bottle perhaps deodorant.

Instead of using it on her armpits the woman picked up her dress and sprayed her private parts, not once, but three times.

What smell do you think she was trying to cover up?

State employees of Oklahoma visit Facebook millions of times during work

 
By: Shifra Unger

The taxpayer is shelling out cash so that state employees can visit Facebook while at work.

Cyber ​​Command Security Operations Center said that Oklahoma state employees on the state computer network made more than ​​2 million visits to Facebook in a span of three months.

The agency, which aims to protect the computer systems of the state from cyber attacks, said that its monitoring of the computer network found state employees made ​​2,008,092 visits to Facebook from July to September, but officials said that the number may be inflated as Facebook records a page view every time a web site is brought up, which includes an embedded Facebook widget.

The company also said that Google saw 1,074,684 page views during the same time period and Twitter and YouTube had 272,661 and 225,228 page views, respectively.

A spokesperson for the company said that the state is looking for a way to block employees from accessing Facebook.

Woman caught forcing 13-year-old girl to sleep with her husband

Protea Magistrates Court 
By: David Ross

A woman was arrested when a 13-year-old was found naked in her bedroom.

The woman in Soweto, South Africa, is accused of forcing her tenant’s daughter to sleep with her husband, police said.

"The 38-year-old woman instructed the girl to sleep with her husband," spokesperson Warrant Officer Kay Makhubela said.

According to police, the woman owns the apartment where the girl and her family are living.

Makhubela said it was unclear why the woman wanted the teen to sleep with her husband.

The girl was saved when her uncle, who went looking for her, was told that the girl had gone into the couple’s home.

When the uncle entered the home, he found the girl.

She was already undressed and was ready to get into bed with the older man.

Then older man managed to run away, but his wife stayed behind.

Police were called and the woman was arrested.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Protea Magistrates Court on a charge of sexual assault.

Medical Student killed by home intruders after startling the robbers

Paul DeWolf (left) the thieves (right) 
By: Moses Gold

A man with a promising future was shot dead by a man, who tried to rob his house.

Paul DeWolf, 25, a medical student at the University of Michigan, and a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, was shot dead.

The intruders claimed that the shooting was an accident.

Three men broke into DeWolf’s basement room in his fraternity house on the Ann Arbor campus.

The men did not realize that DeWolf was home at the time.

When he suddenly appeared while checking to see who was inside his house, one of the men tried to hit him with a weapon and it accidentally fired, hitting DeWolf.

Two of the thieves, Joei Alexander Jordan, 20, of Sumpter, South Carolina, and Shaquille Alexander Keiley Jones, 21, of North Charleston, South Carolina, were arrested and have been charged with murder.

The third man, Franklin Dajeon, 21, who was said to be at the scene, is considered a suspect, but had not yet been charged.

DeWolf died of a single gunshot wound to the neck.

If convicted of the murder charge the men could face life in prison.

Man arrested after taking a stranger’s 132-foot ferry on a joyride

Victoria Clipper ferry 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man left people with questions as to how he was able to steal a huge ferry and take it for a joyride.

Samuel McDonough, 33, jumped over a fence at Pier 69 in Seattle, Washington, to steal the Victoria Clipper 132-foot passenger ferry.

People are still questioning as to how he was able to start the engine, and take it 300 meters from shore, before being caught.

Darrell Bryan, CEO of Clipper Navigation Company, was notified that one of his boats was drifting in the sea.

He then called the Coast Guard and the bomb squad.

SWAT officers boarded the ship and found McDonough, a registered sex offender, on board alone with no other passengers.

McDonough was taken into custody.

When questioned, he told police: "I just wanted to go to West Seattle."

Charges against the man are still pending, but they may include robbery, reckless endangerment, malicious mischief and grand theft vessel.

Man survives 6 days laying on top on dead friend in crashed car

Richard Koester 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A man is lucky to be alive after spending six days without food and water lying on top of his dead friend in a crashed car, according to rescue workers in Colorado.

The man who survived the car accident said he thought it was all a dream.

Richard Koester of Westcliffe, was in the passenger seat of a truck driven by his friend, Ronald Mohr, when the truck spun out and crashed into a ravine.

Mohr died in the accident while Koester, 36, survived, but was trapped inside.

"I remember saying to myself that I cannot move. I cannot get out of this truck," Koester said from his hospital bed.

Injured and disoriented, Koester said he cannot remember many of the details of how he survived the next six days trapped inside the car with the body of Mohr without food or water.

"I was lying on top of him all the six days. I had no idea until I woke up," Koester said.

Koester was trapped until a road worker finally saw the truck.

"I stuck my arm out through the large hole in the back of the truck and was yelling for help," Koester said. "I thought I was in a dream," he added.

Koester lost both his legs in the accident and has undergone treatment.

One of the last phone calls Koester made ​​before the crash was to his daughter, to wish her a happy 13th birthday.

Goat shows up in court to face man who slept with it

The goat in court 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A goat was present in court when a man was sentenced to 10 year in prison for raping it, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

Katana Kitsao Gona, 28, of Kenya, was sentenced to prison on Friday, after admitting he had sex with the goat.

The goat was present in court after prosecutors brought it as evidence in the case.

Gona was caught committing the crime on Monday, Chief Inspector Jimmy Kema said.

A neighbor told prosecutors that he was urinating behind a bush when he realized that clothes were hanging on a tree. When he went to Investigate he found Gona naked and having sex with the goat. The victim was tied to graze.

The goat owner was alerted along with other villagers, who caught Gona red handed. Police quickly took him into custody.

A report from the district veterinary officer said that blood was found, providing evidence of sexual abuse.

Although Gona apologized in court, saying he had a disabled wife who depended on him, the judge gave him the 10 year sentence, a record long sentence for bestiality.

Woman kills football fan because she wasn’t upset over the team’s loss

Adrian Laroze Briskey 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A woman killed her friend because she wasn’t upset after her football team lost a game, according to police reports in Alabama.

The woman was angry because the victim and the others present at the time of the incident did not seem to be upset by the loss of the Crimson Tide in a game against Auburn.

Adrian Laroze Briskey, 28, was charged on Monday with murder in the death of 36-year-old Michelle Shepherd.

The sister of the victim, Nekesa Shepherd said that she witnessed the killing and had no doubt it was over football, although it was not clear to investigators whether the violence was motivated by the game.

"That's one of the things we are still investigating," a police spokesperson said on Monday.

Nekesa Shepherd said that Briskey was furious when she saw the sisters and others joking that the loss of the Crimson Tide was not as bad.

"She said that they were not true fans of Alabama, and we were not bothered that they lost. Then, she started shooting," Nekesa Shepherd said.

Shepherd said that she and her sister were invited to the party of a mutual friend, who also invited Briskey. About two dozen people were at the party.

Shepherd, a mother of three children, was gunned down in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover, and the women did not know each other before the party.

Police believe that alcohol may have played a role in the killing.

Florida man shoots his wife dead and posts photo of her dead body on Facebook to notify her family

Derek Medina and Jennifer Alfonso 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A man who posted a photo of his wife’s dead body on Facebook, told police he did so in order to notify his wife’s family of the incident, according to police reports in Florida.

The South Miami man is now facing a charge of first-degree murder, according to court documents.

Derek Medina, 31, initially faced charges of second-degree murder, shooting a deadly missile and child neglect without great bodily harm, in the August 8th shooting of his wife Jennifer Alfonso, 26.

However, on Monday, his charges were upgraded.

Medina pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder and neglect charges. He did not respond to the shooting a deadly missile charge.

Medina told detectives that he shot Alfonso in self-defense after continuously punching him in the face and pulled out a knife at his house in South Miami.

Medina took the knife away from his wife and put it back in a drawer in the kitchen before the shooting.

Daysi Fernandez, a friend of the victim, said that Medina was the aggressor.

Medina shot Alfonso repeatedly at close range as she was kneeling and trying to protect her face, according to a report by the medical examiner.

Medina admitted to publishing the photo of his wife’s dead body on his Facebook page before he surrendered to police.

He said that he posted the photo to notify the family of his wife.

Medina called his boss to confess to the crime.

Medina is being held without bail.

Man calls for help after getting toilet paper holder shoved up his behind

Toilet paper and holder illustration 
By: Debbie Gross

A man required medical attention after a toilet paper holder ended up inside his behind, according to firefighters in the United Kingdom.

The man said that he was forced to call rescue workers after a toilet paper holder got stuck up his behind at his home in Newport, South Wales.

The unidentified man was unable to move and decided to dial 999 (like 911 in the United States) from his mobile phone.

Firefighters who responded to the scene, removed the object from his behind, while paramedics provided the man with primary medical care at the scene.

The firefighters union of Wales said: "We have to deal with weird stuff all the time. Sometimes, someone will tell a story and you just think, ‘no one can beat that.’"

"To be honest, if I managed to get in one of these kinds of situations, the last thing I would want is to be around a team of firefighters," a spokesperson for the fire department said.

Elephant seen on video playing the piano

Elephant playing the piano 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A cute elephant was seen on video playing the piano with his trunk, according to video uploaded to the Internet.

Sir Paul McCartney once sang about ebony and ivory living together in perfect harmony.

However, it looks like a trunk can carry a pretty decent tune too.

Peter the elephant could not resist playing with the piano when pianist Paul Barton visited its home.

While the two were playing the piano, Peter’s younger neighbor, Soi, danced to the music.

Barton, 52, has played for elephants in Thailand, since 1996, but this is the first time that one has decided to join him for an impromptu tune.

He said the reaction of Peter in the mountains near Kanchanaburi, northeast of Bangkok, was completely spontaneous.

“Some elephants have an extraordinary sense of rhythm," he said.

Not only do elephants feel the music, they can also pick up on emotions.

Barton of East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, said that when he switched to the John Lennon classic Imagine, Soi seemed much quieter and approached the pianist.

“Elephants feel love and pain just like us," he said.

"Music expresses human feelings, and it is often also appreciated by elephants," he added.

Man plugs his nose hole with skin from his behind

Illustration 
By: Sarah Weiss

A man was left with a hole in his nose after being bitten by his brother, according to hospital officials in the United Kingdom.

The man, who had part of his nose bitten by his brother, required a skin graft.

Steven Leslie, 43, took a bite out of the nose of 45-year-old Andrew Leslie, during a fight at a bar after spending the evening drinking in North Wales.

Andrew was taken to a local hospital, along with the nose piece, but doctors could not put it back.

As a last resort, doctors used skin from his behind to fix the injury.

Surprisingly, Andrew asked a judge at the Caernarfon Crown Court, not to punish his brother.

The judge did not sentence the man to prison, but ordered him to pay his brother 4,000 pounds ($6,000) in compensation.

“Because your brother asked for leniency I will not sentence you to prison, but you must pay his medical costs,” the judge said.

He also received a suspended sentence of two years, and he must complete 300 hours of community service.


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