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A black man in the United States was
stopped in the street by a white police officer
because he was walking with his hands in
American Brandon McKean was walking
in Pontiac, Michigan, where the temperature
was just -17degC, on Thanksgiving
Day last week when a police officer
stopped him, and asked him what he was
When McKean asked the officer why he
was being stopped, he was told: “You’re
making people nervous.”
McKean, who filmed the entire exchange,
said: “ Wow, walking by having your hands
in your pockets makes people ner vous and
want to call the police? When it’s snowing
The police officer, who was also filming
the incident, later explained that “we do
have a lot of robberies, I’m just checking on
McKean posted the video on You Tube
and his Facebook page, with the comment
During the exchange, McKean made
reference to unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
“Because of the whole police situation
going across the country right now
this is outrageous,” he told the officer.
hands in pockets
Costa Concordia captain Francesco
Schettino has told a court that he was
showing off when he steered the cruise ship
on to rocks off the Italian island of Giglio.
But he denied that the person he was most
trying to impress was a blonde Moldovan
dancer nearly 20 years his junior who was with
him on the bridge at the time of the January
2012 disaster, which left 32 passengers and
Testifying overnight for the first time in his
trial for manslaughter, causing a shipwreck
and abandoning his ship, Schettino presented
himself as a captain who had been badly
briefed by his crew about the disastrous route
the 115,000 tonne vessel was fixed on when
he returned to the bridge after dinner.
On the sidelines of the hearing, prosecutor
Francesco Verusio revealed he was planning
to request a 20-year prison term for the
Schettino, 54, told the court that it was
normal “commercial” practice to navigate
close to the coast to impress passengers.
On this occasion, he also wanted to “salute”
a retired colleague living on Giglio and the
ship’s head waiter, who came from the island.
“I was trying to catch three pigeons with
one bean,” Schettino, said, using an Italian
expression that translates as “killing three
birds with one stone”.
The captain denied taking a reckless risk to
impress Domnica Cemortan, with whom he
had just dined.
An employee of Costa, the Moldovan
dancer was on the ship as an unauthorised
Schettino’s reputation as “Captain Coward”
is largely based on his conduct after the crash.
Only 29 minutes after he had given the order
to passengers and crew to evacuate, Schettino
himself left the vessel with hundreds of those
onboard still unaccounted for. — AFP
Christmas has come early for one British
student who received 46 items worth 4500
euros ($NZ7140) through Amazon by
mistake and was allowed to hold on to the
Engineering student Robert Quinn
featured in The Sun, Britain’s top-
selling tabloid, with a selection of the
items including a 3D television, several
tablets, a games console and even a
The items were returns being sent to an
Amazon depot but were instead dispatched
by mistake to his home address in Bromley,
a suburb of London.
“I told them I have a moral issue if people
sending this stuff back end up losing out.
But Amazon assured me that would not
happen,” he told The Sun.
The 22-year-old added he would give some
of the items to charity and sell off others to
raise money to invest in a small business that
he is setting up.
An Amazon spokesman said: “ This
matter has now been resolved and I
can confirm that on this occasion the
customer has been informed that he
can keep the items that were delivered.”
Amazon order mix-up bonanza for student
Pope Francis and Muslim, Jewish, Hindu,
Buddhist and Christian leaders pledged
overnight to use their religions to help
stamp out modern slavery and human
trafficking by 2020.
Francis was lead signatory of a
declaration also signed by among others
the head of the Anglican Communion, two
rabbis, a Hindu from India, a Vietnamese
Buddhist, an Egyptian imam and an Iraqi
ayatollah. It called human trafficking,
forced labour and prostitution and organ
trafficking “a crime against humanity”.
“The physical, economic, sexual and
psychological exploitation of men and
women, boys and girls, is chaining tens
of millions of persons to inhumanity and
humiliation,” the Pope said, before signing
the pledge to do “all in our power, within
our faith communities and beyond” to end
The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion
Roman Catholics called modern slavery “an
The second global slavery index released
last month by the Walk Free Foundation,
an Australia-based human rights group,
estimated that almost 36 million people
were living as slaves, trafficked into
brothels, forced into manual labour, victims
of debt bondage or born into ser vitude.
Pope Francis, centre, poses with religious leaders during a meeting at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican overnight.
Vow to wipe out slavery, human trafficking
A DNA study confirming that a skeleton
found in 2012 was that of Richard III also
found evidence of “false paternity ” that raises
doubts about the royal claims of centuries of
British monarchs, researchers say.
The study said the remains matched the
DNA of two descendants of Richard III’s
sister, Anne of York, meaning researchers are
certain “beyond reasonable doubt ” that the
skeleton was indeed the king’s.
But there was no match through the male
line of the family, descended from John of
Gaunt, the brother of Richard III’s great-
That means that at some point there must
have been a child whose presumed father
according to the official genealogy was not his
The skeleton of the king, who was killed at
the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, was
found under a car park in L eicester in central
England. It is due to be reinterred in the city
in March next year.
“A false paternity event (or events) at some
point(s) in this genealogy could be of key
historical significance,” a paper in the journal
Nature Communications by a team led by the
University of Leicester geneticist Turi King
At a press conference in London, Kevin
Schurer, a deputy chancellor at the university,
said: “ What we discovered is that there is a
break in the chain ... We don’t know where
that break occurred.”
“ We are not in any way indicating that Her
Majesty (reigning Queen Elizabeth II) should
not be on the throne,” he said, adding that the
history of the British monarchy took “all kinds
of twists and turns”.
The study said the result could question the
legitimacy of Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI
and “the entire Tudor dynasty” starting with
Henry VII followed by Henry VIII, Edward
VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. — AFP
Richard III’s skeleton raises succession doubts
About 100,000 passengers were stranded
across the Czech Republic when ice encased
overhead power lines and brought railway
traffic to a halt.
The big freeze struck yesterday, forcing some
people to spend the night in unheated trains
or at railway stations as temperatures plunged
to a low of -7degC. The cold continued to
disrupt rail services into today.
“Several hundred passenger trains were
cancelled or delayed,” Czech Railways said on
It urged passengers to postpone their trips.
Trees toppled by heavy snow also caused
power cuts nationwide and police reported
dozens of road accidents caused by black ice.
Ice also grounded soldiers headed for
Afghanistan when it prevented their plane
from taking off from the Prague-Kbely
military airport, but flights at Prague’s main
Vaclav Havel airport were not disrupted.
A personal DNA testing kit that gives users
an insight into their genetic make-up has
gone on sale in the United Kingdom.
The 23andMe Personal Genome Ser vice
(PGS) costs £125 and claims to offer access
to more than 100 pieces of information about
a person’s health, ancestry and family traits.
Users spit in a tube, seal it and send it off to
be analysed in a laboratory.
After four to six weeks they can log in on-
line to see a detailed report of their results.
The kit, which has been part-funded by
Google, said the tool is not “diagnostic” but
includes results of tests for genes associated
with inherited conditions such as cystic
fibrosis or sickle cell anaemia.
It also tests for genes that may reveal risk
factors for diseases or conditions such as
blood clotting, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.
In addition to findings about their health,
the firm says users can explore the genetics
behind why they may be a more frequent
smoker, how they metabolise caffeine and
their body’s response to diet and exercise.
They can see information about the genetic
basis of traits such as hair colour, freckling,
height and hair loss.
The ser vice also includes a “full genetic
ancestry report” allowing people to trace
their family’s genetic roots and “potentially
discover and communicate with new
relatives”, according to 23andMe.
The firm says on its website that it is
“committed to maintaining the security and
confidentiality of your personal information”
and has put in place security measures to help
protect against the “ loss, misuse or alteration
of information under our control”.
About 10,000 UK-based customers have
already paid extra to have the kit delivered
from the US. — PA
Home DNA testing kit
hits UK shelves
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