A 15-year-old father (no, that’s not a typo) has been charged with assaulting his one-month-old son.
The alleged assault took place at Bunbury Regional Hospital in Australia. The infant was flown via helicopter to Princess Margaret Hospital following the attack. The child remains in critical condition.
The teenager’s lawyer requested his client’s trial be closed to the public due to the unusual nature of the story and the media attention it would likely receive. After all, it's not everyday that someone who is still legally a child assaults a child of his own.
Australian crime investigators are currently investigating the attack. It is not known as of right now what prompted the young man to assault his son. The child’s mother was not present during the attack.
Mohammad Tabibar Rahman, a science teacher and Bangladeshi immigrant, has been banned from taking anyone to court after 50 cases in 10 years.
Rahman’s ban was made official by Justice Michael Adams, who ruled he was a “vexatious litigant,” using the judicial system to “harass, annoy or achieve another wrongful purpose.”
As a vexatious litigant, Rahman cannot start legal proceedings without first gaining the court’s consent.
Being put on the vexatious litigant register is not stopping Rahman from making one more trip to court.
Rahman plans to fight to have his ban overturned, reports the Telegraph.
“This is a crime against humanity, I will take them to the International Criminal Court if I have to,” Rahman said.
The first time Rahman filed a lawsuit was in 2001, when he failed an English exam and was denied teaching at NSW. He filed a complaint for racial bias with the Anti-Discrimination Board, and when it was rejected he began legal proceedings.
Since 2001, Rahman has taken legal action over social security payments, speeding tickets, a failed job interview with the Department of Immigration, and a suspension from studying law at the University of Technology.
When he sued his own legal team over their bill he ended up paying more when he lost the case.
“He has persistently undertaken proceedings which were bound to be futile as they had no proper basis either in law and fact and, to bolster his cases, has resorted to allegations of corruption, bias and incompetence,” said Justice Adams.
Rahman blames his losses on a “corrupt” and “racist” judicial system.
His constant legal battles have had a huge financial impact.
It is estimated that Rahman’s legal battles have cost between $500,000 and $1 million. His two homes, valued at about $980,000, are now at risk and his bank account has had $57,000 removed.
“Taxpayers cannot be expected to foot the bill for the private and never-ending court battles of malicious, vindictive, unreasonable individuals,’’ Attorney General Greg Smith said.
But Rahman still believes he has made the right decisions.
“I am not wrong, they are doing the wrong thing, they are not following the right procedure,” Rahman said.
Victorian Psychiatrist Grant Lester said about 50% of vexatious litigants demonstrate the behavioral disorder querulousness.
“Those who use the courts extensively will often appear as unrepresented litigants, sometimes because they have exhausted their funds or the patience of lawyers,” Lester wrote in a research paper co-authored with psychiatrist Paul Mullen.
Rahman denies he has an obsession with litigating people, or that it is a problem.
“Do you think this is obsessive? Is it not my legal right?” Rahman said.
If you ever find yourself trying to escape a crocodile, don’t climb a tree. New studies reveal that four species of crocodilians are adept tree climbers. Oh, and apparently they can use tools.
As reported in Herpetology News, in one case, a croc was spotted 13 feet off the ground – and as far as 16 feet out on a branch.
The team described the sizeable feat, noting that to get there the animal had to scale “a completely vertical bank and then [walk] amongst the branches to reach the end of the tree.”
Although the reptiles are commonly considered ground-dwellers, finding a crocodile in a tree was no rare incident along the Nile, crocs were spotted in trees as frequently as some birds were.
As ectothermic, or cold-blooded, animals, crocodiles can’t regulate their own body temperature; instead, they rely on outside sources like the sun. Often, the climbing critters were seen in areas where there was little ground space for the animals to bask, leading the observers to gather that they climb trees as an alternative method “for regulating their body temperature.”
In terms of the height each animal was able to reach in the trees, smaller crocs were able to go higher than larger ones. All across the board, they were “somewhat skittish”; whenever they were approached, they “jumped or fell into the water.”
The study connected crocodiles’ wary nature to this habit by noting that “climbing leads to improved site surveillance of potential threats and prey.”
In one notable case, a crocodile in Australia was observed trying to climb a chain-link fence.
Previously, anecdotal accounts of alligators or crocodiles in trees had been reported in Columbia, Mississippi, and the Nile; these instances were backed up by a mere three references in scientific literature.
As far as the tools go:
In addition to climbing to the crown level of trees to perform improved surveillance, crocodiles and alligators also use tools. That’s right—they use sticks for numerous purposes. The twigs and sticks are used to hide and disguise themselves so they can go incognito while hunting, and they are also used to mimic nesting supplies that birds may need.
The new study examined the creatures throughout Africa, North America, and Australia. The team was led by Vladimir Dinets, a researcher at the University of Tennessee.
Photo Source: Free Republic
Scientists in Australia are trying to figure out exactly what the mysterious creature that washed up on an Australian beach could be. Many call it a “snot-fish” and preliminary reports say that it is a part of the jellyfish family.
A family was out collecting shells on the Tasmanian beach when they stumbled upon the creature, which literally looks like a puddle of snot. The family took a picture of it and sent it to a marine biologist who confirmed that it was some sort of jellyfish. Even though it has been scene before, the marine biologist was shocked that it was measured almost five feet, saying that was the biggest he’s ever seen.
“We know about this specimen but it hasn't been classified yet, it hasn't been named,” said scientist Lisa Gershwin, adding that the specimen is, “so big it took our breath away.”
Researchers say that the creature isn’t life-threatening, but it can hurt if contact is made with it.
"If you touched it or whacked into when you were swimming it is very painful," said Gershwin. "It's not life-threatening, but it will sting you, it will wake you up."
Scientists are actively trying to classify this specimen, but in the meantime, the nickname “snot-fish” seems entirely appropriate.
Australian fisherman Shaun Harrington and his twin brother were fishing off the Gold Coast when he narrowly missed a tiger shark attack.
Shaun and Dean Harrington initially decided to cage dive to promote their line of surfing and fishing clothing called The Mad Hueys. Not having the supplies they needed for a proper cage dive, they improvised with a flimsy bird cage that happened to be on board.
All seemed to be going well until a nearly 10-foot long tiger shark attacked, aiming directly for Harrington’s legs.
“I jumped into the water and was swimming with the cage and the next thing I knew, the bloody thing was coming at me,” Harrington said. “I was flailing around like crazy to get back on the boat before it sunk its teeth into me.”
The shark bit the bird cage around Harrington’s legs and swam to the edge of the boat, giving him just enough time to scramble out of the water.
“I thought I was going to die,” Harrington said. “We were just having fun but it turned crazy.”
Harrington has since vowed never to perform another stunt like impromptu cage diving.
A personal appeal has been made to President Obama by an Adelaide, Australia family to release their daughter from prison where she is serving time for stealing food stamps from the US Government.
Louise Early was arrested for using a false social security number to try and obtain food stamps so she could feed her two daughters. She has served over one year of her two-year sentence.
Early's family claims she was homeless and driven to desperation after her seven-year marriage to US marine Eugene Early fell apart and he failed to apply for her to become a US citizen, reports News Limited.
In 2009 Louise and Eugene divorced, leaving her struggling in Baltimore to support her two children who are US and Australian citizens by birth. Without US citizenship, Early was not eligible for government assistance. She struggled for six-months with the Foreign Affairs Department to get her children passports so she could return to Australia. Her passport had lapsed and she was living as an illegal alien because of mistakes in passport processing made by The Australian Foreign Affairs Department.
"She couldn't even apply for her children to obtain their food stamps which they were entitled to as US citizens because she was not," Early's mother Jenny Smith said. "She was desperate, homeless and made a silly decision to use someone else's social security number. It was a desperate attempt to feed the two children."
Early's family is asking President Obama for a "treaty transfer" with the Australian government so she can serve the remainder of her sentence - nine months - in an Adelaide prison. Her children are currently living with their grandparents in Hackham, Australia.
"We are not even asking for her to spend less time in jail, although the two-year penalty is over the top, we just want her back here so the children can visit," Mrs. Smith said.
Senator for South Australia, Nick Xenophon, has been lobbying Attorney General George Brandis on behalf of Ms. Early since November 2013. His argument is based on the ill-effects of her incarceration on her two Australian daughters. The Attorney General's department would not comment on the case to News Limited.
President Obama has refused to respond to the family, and Xenophon plans to appeal directly to him for clemency based on the suffering of Early's daughters Jenae and Kaylea and Early's own health conditions. She is bipolar, suffers from epilepsy, and may need a pacemaker to correct a heart condition.
Early's prison sentence ends in September but she can be kept for up to three months after by immigration authorities.
Doctors recently came to the aid of a man by pulling a 2 centimeter long cockroach from his ear after the insect crawled inside while he was sleeping.
Hendrik Helmer says his ordeal began in the wee hours of Wednesday morning when he was woken by a sharp pain in his right ear, the ABC reports.
"I was hoping it was not a poisonous spider ... I was hoping it didn't bite me," he said.
He told 105.7 ABC Darwin radio station as the pain got worse, he used a vacuum cleaner to try and suck the creature out before squirting water in his ear, which only appeared to anger it.
"Whatever was in my ear didn't like it at all," he told the broadcaster Friday.
With the pain increasing further, Helmer’s roommate took him to the Royal Darwin Hospital, where a doctor poured olive oil down his ear canal. This only forced the roach to crawl in deeper, before it eventually began to die.
"Near the 10 minute mark ... somewhere about there, he started to stop burrowing but he was still in the throes of death twitching," Helmer said.
At this point the doctor put forceps into his ear and pulled out the cockroach.
“She [the doctor] said, ‘you know how I said a little cockroach? That may have been an underestimate’,” Helmer told the station. “They said they had never pulled an insect this large out of someone’s ear.”
Helmer’s experience is not uncommon. According to The Huffington Post, Dr. Ian Storper, director of otology at the New York Head & Neck Institute at Lenox Hill Hospital, has seen many cases of in-ear cockroaches, including last year when doctors in Taiwan discovered mites and mite eggs in a 70-year-old man’s ear.
“It’s much more common to see a cockroach in the ear,” Storpe said. He claims part of the problem is that bugs don’t have a hard time crawling into the ear canal, but cannot walk backwards in order to escape.
A North Queensland, Australia woman is suing her employer after she was allegedly crushed by a morbidly obese client of hers.
Therese Gai McCormack, a 46-year-old support worker, is seeking $406,903.43 in damages after a 661-pound (300kg) man fell on her while she was transporting the man to a hospital.
McCormack alleges she suffered a soft tissue injury to her right shoulder and an injury to the joint when the man crushed her on June 15, 2011. She claims the injury required her to receive surgery on her right shoulder, but continues to experience pain in her right shoulder and arm.
According to documents filed with the Townsville District Court, the man was a client of McCormack’s and was on his way to see a dentist. McCormack found the patient lying face down in the taxi with his feet sticking out of the sliding door.
McCormack called her employer to request assistance in lifting the man up, but was told the hospital would provide help.
As she and two male nurses attempted to lift the man into the taxi, the man fell backwards and on top of McCormack, the Townsville Bulletin reports.
McCormack was allegedly knocked into the passenger seat immediately behind the driver’s seat, causing her injuries.
She is now suing her employer for “failing to provide a safe workplace,” or provide a specialized ambulance and double-seater wheelchair to transport the patient to the hospital, according to the Bulletin.
Source: Townsville Bulletin
A door-to-door salesman has cost his company a penalty after ignoring a “Do Not Knock” sign on the front door of a home. A federal court ordered that gas company AGL South Australia and marketing company CPM Australia each pay a share of the $53,592.00 US dollars. The gas company will have to pay $31,262 while the marketing company will have to pay $22,330.
"In this case, the sign was affixed to the consumer's front door and contained an image of a fist knocking with a line through it and the words 'DO NOT KNOCK. Unsolicited door-to-door selling not welcome here'," said a watchdog for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission following the decision by a judge. "The salesperson nonetheless knocked on the consumer's door and attempted to negotiate an agreement to supply energy.”
The salesperson was allegedly there to get a final sale from a potential customer, but completely disregarded the sign on the door. According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the maximum fine for an incident like this is usually around 50,000 Australian dollars. Judge John Middleton said, in his ruling that the penalty he gave was in part to let other door-to-door salespeople that there are real consequences for something like this.
"These penalties reflect the need to deter conduct of such seriousness by the relevant respondents and others in the door-to-door selling industry," said the judge.
The gas company that employed the salesperson and the marketing company that contracted him out will be footing the bill for this incident. It is not known how the actual salesperson will make out, although it’s safe to say that he’ll probably be finding another job sometime soon.
Love makes people do crazy things. We all know this. These irrational acts of passion aren’t just restricted to love between two humans, either. There are many pet owners in the world who have gone to extreme lengths to show their love for their furry friends. With that said, Australian man Vu Ho is making a strong case to be revered as the most dedicated pet owner of all time.
Ho has spent over $200,000 in his fight to keep his pet sheep Baa. Yes, the sheep's name is Baa.
A 2011 Melbourne ruling made it illegal to keep any livestock on land smaller than a half hectare (roughly one acre.) Ho’s property is considerably smaller than this, so although Baa is more pet than livestock to him, he is not allowed to keep her.
Ho protested in court after being told to get rid of his pet sheep. Each time he was told that the law made it illegal to own Baa, he protested the ruling and took his case to a higher court. Ultimately, he ended up at the Melbourne Supreme Court. (Yes, this is something the high court actually spent their time dealing with.)
This week, the Supreme Court upheld the rulings of the previous courts. Ho will be required once and for all to give up ownership of Baa. But after racking up a $200,000 legal bill, Ho now has some even bigger issues on his plate.
Ho told the court that he is unemployed and broke. If he is required to repay his enormous legal bill, he will file for bankruptcy. That’s some expensive wool, Mr. Ho.