Brazilian fathered seven kids with daughter
June 11, 2010
A farmer in Brazil is accused of holding his daughter captive for more than 15 years and fathering seven children with her, at least one of whom he also raped, police said on Thursday.
Police arrested Jose Agostinho Pereira, 54, in the northeastern state of Maranhao on Tuesday in a case echoing that of Austria's Josef Fritzl, who was found guilty last year of locking his daughter in a cellar and raping her over 24 years.
Pereira confessed to fathering some of the children with his daughter, Sandra Maria Monteiro, but denied sexually abusing them, police officer Adriana Meireles told Reuters from the town of Pinheiro near the community where he was arrested.
Monteiro, now 28, was about 12 years old when the sexual abuse is believed to have started, police said.
Police officers had to travel by canoe to reach Pereira's remote hut in Experimento, where they found six of the children between the ages of two and 12 undernourished, lacking clothes and apparently traumatized, she said
"It was five in the afternoon when we arrived and they still hadn't eaten all day, they were without clothes, dirty, scratched and had wounds on their bodies," said Meireles, the head of the civil police department for women in Pinheiro.
"Everyone in the community suspected it because the daughter would be pregnant, but always lived with her father. But the people there are simple and never said anything."
AJMAN - AUG 20: A one-legged father-of-63 is preparing for his next two marriages as he closes in on his target of having 100 children by 2015.
UAE national Daad Mohammed Murad Abdul Rahman , 63, has already had 15 brides, though he divorces wives to make way for new ones in order to stay within the legal limit of four. His youngest child, Tariq, is 20 days old and his oldest, Ayoob, is 36. And he has more babies on the way from two of his three current wives.
Daad Mohamed with part of his family (photo)
Daad Mohammed lost a leg in a road accident and plans to have an artificial limb fitted in Jaipur in India – and while there he hopes to find one of his new brides. One more has already been lined up in Baluchistan , Pakistan .
"In 2015 I will be 68 years old and will have 100 children," he said. "After that I will stop marrying. I have to have at least three more marriages to hit the century.
"Two of my wives are pregnant and they will give birth within two months. Tariq was delivered by my wife Mariam. He is healthy and happy and will have two more brothers or sisters soon. And I am also happy because Allah is giving me more children." The retired truck-driver, policeman and soldier has two other babies – four month-old Alma and eight month-old Sara.
Two other children, Adnan and Sulaiman, are under two years old. His wives and ex-wives include Bedouins from the UAE plus women from India , Pakistan , Bangladesh , Iran and Oman . They live in Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
Daad Mohammed, whose home is in Al Bustan, Ajman , spends time with each of them and has a family get together every Friday.
He is head of possibly the largest single UAE dynasty with 127 members, including 49 grandchildren, and has 15 houses. Two of his wives have died. Now he is going to have the same type of artificial limb – known as the Jaipur foot – that Indian dancer Sudha Chandran uses.
"After Ramadan, I will go to Jaipur to get an artificial leg and marry a beautiful Rajasthani girl," he told Emirates Today. "I have had seven Indian brides.
"At present I use a crutch to move around. I am told that the Jaipur foot works better than other artificial limbs."
Daad Mohammed said he received generous support from the Ajman Government, including houses and cash. He was paid a military pension of Dh24,000 a month by the Abu Dhabi Government.
"Even though my family is big, I don't have any problem managing the budget," he said. "If I buy fish for the entire family I have to spend a minimum of Dh500 per day. If the menu includes mutton at least Dh1,000 per day is required, and that's just for the meat." And despite having so many offspring he does not overlook the vital duty of any dad.
He added: "I take care of their requirements – and pay pocket money to each and every child."
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Meet Milo: Microsoft's virtual four-year-old boy who acts just like a real child
By Daniel Bates
Last updated at 4:57 PM on 15th July 2010
He will answer your questions and if you make fun of him he blushes and walks away.
In fact Milo is just like any other boy his age only with one important difference - he is a computer programme.
The four-year-old has been unveiled by Microsoft as the world’s first real virtual character who is convincing enough to be considered‘human’.
The player’s voice commands and physical movements are picked up by an infra-red sensor which works with artificial intelligence to interpret the player’s intonation and meaning, and respond accordingly.
On demonstrations his conversation is utterly believable and he replies to questions just like a real four-year-old.
At one point he throws the player a pair of goggles, and so enthralled is she that she bends down to pick them up, even though there is nothing to grab.
When asked if he has finished his school project, Milo sulks off with his head down, not looking at the camera to show that he has been chastised.
Microsoft claims the game marks a major shift away from joystick-based entertainment and brings Science Fiction into life.
And whilst the demonstrations are astonishing, one problem the company has to get over is just how creepy it is.
Milo is being designed for use by millions of people and that the more people play the game the smarter he will get - which sounds like a recipe for creating a Lawnmower Man-style nightmare.
‘Milo’ is a story-telling game about a little boy who's unhappy
Developer Peter Molyneux said he wanted to recreate the feeling he had as a four-year-old boy when his father told him a story about a robot.
He admitted that when he first showed off Milo ‘there was a huge row online about that with people saying 'this can't be real’’.
But he assured them it was and said he started the project because he wanted to ‘introduce a new revolution in storytelling.
‘Films, TV, even hallowed books, are just rubbish because they don't involve me,’ he said. ‘It's a sea of blandness.’
He added that he wanted to create a character ‘that seemed alive, that would look me in the eyes, and feel real.
Milo was first shown off in a demo at the E3 expo in 2009, but has not been seen since until the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) Global conference in Oxford.
‘We're changing the mind of Milo constantly,’ Molyneux said. ‘No two people's Milos can be the same - you are actually sculpting a human being. Some of the things you are doing will change the course of his life.’
Milo works with the soon-to-be released Xbox 360 Kinect controller - as series of sensors, microphones and cameras interpret the player’s actions movements.
That combines with artificial intelligence he has developed by his own company, Lionhead Studios, which made use of psychological techniques to make it feel ‘real’.
Particular attention was paid to Milo’s facial expressions which are incredibly realistic, allowing him to blush and his nostrils to dilate, indicating he is stressed.
The game is still in the early stages of development so will not be available for some time but it has already sparked serious excitement.
‘After three-quarters of a hour, he recognises you, said Molyneux. ‘
Texas mom told 911 operator she killed 2 children
By TERRY WALLACE , 07.21.10, 08:23 PM EDT
DALLAS -- A suburban Dallas mother accused of strangling her two young children told a 911 operator she killed them because they were autistic and she wanted "normal kids," according to a tape released Wednesday.
Irving police released the recording after Saiqa Akhter was charged with one count of capital murder in the strangling of her 5-year-old son, Zain Akhter, at the family's apartment Monday night. Police spokesman David Tull said another capital murder charge is pending in the slaying of her 2-year-old daughter, Faryaal Akhter, who died Tuesday night.
Police say the mother called 911 after attacking the children. In the recording, the woman identifies herself as Saiqa Akhter and repeatedly tells the operator she killed her two children. At one point during the recording, the woman hangs up and the dispatcher calls her back.
"I killed them. I killed both of them," she said. Later, she explained to the dispatcher that both children had turned blue and were lying on the bed in the master bedroom.
She told the operator she initially tried to poison the children with bathroom cleaner but they refused to drink it. When that didn't work, "I used a wire on their necks," she said.
When the operator asked the woman why she attacked her children, she said, "They're both not normal, not normal. They're autistic. Both are autistic." Pressed further, she said, "I don't want my children to be like that. ... I want normal kids."
At one point, water can be heard running in the background and the dispatcher asks what the woman is doing. She told the operator she was trying to wash the smell of cleaner off of her hands. The dispatcher then told the woman to go sit on a couch in the living room and wait for police.
At the end of the recording, police can be heard arriving at the home.
Akhter has requested a court-appointed attorney but one hasn't been assigned to her case yet, an Irving jail official said Wednesday. If convicted of capital murder, Akhter could face the death penalty, though prosecutors have not said if they will seek that punishment. Otherwise, she could face life in prison without parole.
Saiqa Akhter's uncle, Wasimul Haque, told The Dallas Morning News that his niece had been depressed since moving into a new apartment in Irving. Haque said Zain had autism and a severe speech impediment but had been improving and was in speech therapy.
The children's father, Rashid Akhter, emigrated from Pakistan in the late 1990s, the newspaper reported. He married Saiqa, who also is from Pakistan, several years later, it said.
Zain was buried Wednesday in Richardson, another Dallas suburb. Faryaal's funeral is scheduled for Thursday.
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Officials said it was "a miracle" only one person died when a Columbian plane crashed on the Caribbean resort island of San Andres on Monday.
Photograph by: Navy Press, Reuters, Calgary HeraldA Boeing 737 crash-landed Monday on a Colombian resort island during a lightning storm, scattering passengers across the runway as it split in three, but somehow only one passenger died.
A 73-year-old woman suffered a heart attack and died in hospital, but officials said it was a "miracle" there were no more fatalities among the 130 survivors, most of whom suffered some kind of injury.
The plane was struck by lightning 80 metres above the tarmac at Gustavo Rojas Pinilla airport on the Caribbean island of San Andres, aviation officials said, but the cause of the crash was still under investigation.
Passengers were "literally scattered over the end of the runway," a police statement said.
The authorities later put the number of injured at more than 120, five of them seriously.
The most severely injured survivors were flown to Bogota for medical treatment later in the day, the island's police chief said.
"It's a miracle," National Police Gen. Orlando Paez said. "The skill of the pilot kept the plane from sliding off the runway. The engines of the aircraft shut down on impact."
U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in Washington that at least three U.S. citizens had been injured and were receiving medical care.
There were at least 16 foreigners on board the Boeing 737-300, including six French, four Brazilians, four Americans and two Costa Ricans.
"We all felt the plane was arriving very, very quickly on the tarmac," 28-year-old Virginie Giroux, one of the French passengers, told AFP.
"We did not feel the contact with the ground. We just saw everything flying, everything bursting in the plane," Giroux said.
Giroux and other passengers said the flight had been without incident otherwise.
"Suddenly we saw some light and felt thunder and then it was chaos," Katherine Lobo said.
Orlando Paez Baron, director of civil security from Colombia's national police, said the pilot had briefly lost control of the aircraft, but showed skill in keeping the plane on the runway.
"The impact dislodged the plane's motors and it split into three pieces," Baron said.
The plane, belonging to Colombia's Aires airline, left Bogota shortly after midnight local time and crashed in San Andres about two hours later, according to air traffic controllers.
San Andres Gov. Pedro Gallardo said it was only good fortune that prevented there being more casualties among the 131 people on board.
"We thank God for the miracle," he told national radio.
Gallardo was full of praise for rescuers who rushed to the scene and helped load the injured into police cars, ambulances, even taxis to get them to hospital.
"They . . . responded in a fantastic way, as if it was a routine operation," the governor said.
Experts suggested a sharp change in wind direction or an air pocket linked to lightning that struck the plane could have caused the crash.
Nightmarish Nine-Day Traffic Jam: In China, Cars Crawl Along 60-Mile Stretch
August 23, 2010
Vehicles drive on the road through the central business district in Beijing on August 4, 2010. A traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway, stretching more than 62 miles, has lasted more than nine days.
On a road trip once, two friends and I spent several hours in a traffic jam, baking under the summer sun. It was miserable.
We inched along the interstate, craning our necks out the windows, trying to figure out what caused the back-up. We watched the car's fuel gauge tick perilously close to "empty."
That was a bad bottleneck, but it's nothing compared to logjam in China.
According to China's state-run Global Times, "traffic authorities were still trying to cope with days-long congestion on a major national expressway, nine days after traffic slowed to a snail's pace."
That's right, the tie-up — which is 60 miles long! — has gone on for nine days.
Such circumstances call for creativity. To curb boredom, drivers and passengers are playing cards. Locals are hawking food — at a premium, Reuters reports.
Jamil Anderlini, deputy Beijing bureau chief for the Financial Times, says the traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway is "a sign of things to come."
"The other side-effects of China's scorching economic growth, from poisonous air to worsening income inequality, are already well-known to all who visit the country," he writes. "But traffic jams like this could become much more common as consumers — in what is now the world's largest car market — snap up more than 10 million vehicles a year."
A lawyer and an Indian are sitting next to each other on a long flight. The lawyer is thinking that Indians are so dumb that he could get one over on them easy...
So the lawyer asks if the Indian would like to play a fun game.
The Indian is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and tries to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists, and says that the game is really, really a lot of fun.
"I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me only $5; you ask me one, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500," the lawyer says.
This catches the Indian's attention and to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.
The lawyer asks the first question. 'What's the distance from The Earth to the Moon?'
The Indian doesn't say a word, reaches into his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.
Now, it's the Indian's turn. He asks the lawyer, 'What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?'
The lawyer uses his laptop and searches all references he could find on the Net. He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows, all to no avail. After one hour of searching he finally gives up. He wakes up the Indian and hands him $500. The Indian pockets the $500 and goes right back to sleep.
The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes the Indian up and asks, 'Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?'
The Indian reaches in his pocket, hands the lawyer $5 and goes back to sleep.
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