Author: Paul Gordon

Saudis grapple with fake street sweepers – BBC News

from http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-40642463 According to Arab News, street sweepers in Jeddah only earn 400 riyals ($107; £82) per month, and rely on tips from passers-by to lift their income to a living wage, a fact not missed by people who the paper claims are largely “illegal foreign workers” looking for a slice of this largesse. Street cleaners work an 11-hour day, six days a week, among rats and feral cats, journalist Essam Al-Ghalib writes. However, they can earn an extra 700 to 2,500 riyals per month in tips on top of the tiny salaries, with most of this extra coming from passing motorists motivated by “a sense of pity and charity”. An official in charge of street cleaning in some Jeddah districts told the paper that there is a problem with imposters “obtaining uniforms and pretending to be street cleaners in order to get money”. This pretence involves loitering near traffic lights with a broom and a high-vis tabard, and pestering drivers when they stop at a red light. Hidden poverty While Saudi Arabia is home to some of the richest people in the world, unequal wealth distribution means that up to 20% of its citizens are living in poverty. While begging is commonplace and slum districts exist, a 2013 Time magazine feature says they are “largely hidden from sight”. Social media users wondered why Saudi Arabia pays its public...

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CAUGHT ON TAPE: Glass-Smashing Goat Vandalizes Business, Goes On The Lam

fromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/goat-vandalizes-business_us_596e6782e4b0a03aba8590cc?section=us_weird-news Most businesses just have burglars to worry about. For one Colorado company, it’s apparently a herd of hard-headed goats. Surveillance video taken at a Boulder County business on Sunday captured a goat smashing out the building’s front glass windows as its buddies scurried around in the background. Greg Cappaert who works for polyurethane producer Argonics, said the company’s general manager came in on Monday morning to find one glass door and a floor-to-ceiling window shattered, prompting him to call 911. “His instant reaction is, ‘We’ve been robbed,’” Cappaert told the Daily Camera. “He called police right away, and...

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Self-described drug dealer calls 911, reports stolen cocaine

from http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/self-described-drug-dealer-calls-911-reports-stolen-cocaine/ Calling 911 to report a stolen bag of cocaine probably wasn’t the best idea for a self-described Florida drug dealer. But Okaloosa Sheriff’s officials wrote on Facebook that 32-year-old David Blackmon did just that on Sunday morning. The post says Blackmon called 911 to report a robbery in Fort Walton Beach. Blackmon told the responding deputy that someone entered his car and took $50 and about a quarter ounce of cocaine from the center console. The report says the deputy spotted some cocaine and a crack rock on the console and a crack pipe on the floorboard by the driver’s side door. Blackmon is charged with possession of cocaine and resisting arrest without violence. He was released from jail on Tuesday, but records don’t list a lawyer. Self-described drug dealer calls 911, reports stolen cocaine FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Calling 911 to report a stolen bag of cocaine probably wasn’t the best idea for a self-described Florida drug dealer. But Okaloosa Sheriff’s officials wrote on Facebook that 32-year-old David Blackmon did just that… Read original article The post Self-described drug dealer calls 911, reports stolen cocaine appeared first on iState. From...

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Tropical Storms Don And Hilary Are Swirling The Seas, And It’s Pure Coincidence

from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tropical-storm-don-hilary_us_596e892de4b00db3d0f3d728?section=us_weird-news As Tropical Storm Don, described Monday as “small,” “short-lived” and “not particularly well organized,” weakens in the Atlantic Ocean while drifting toward the Caribbean, another storm may be brewing in the eastern Pacific Ocean. If Tropical Depression Eight-E reaches tropical storm status, it will likely be named Hilary. Those names should sound familiar ― if you’ve had access to the internet, a newspaper or have a general concern for the future of the country. But, no, some snarky weather agency staffer did not name the storms as a tribute to President Donald Trump and his sworn nemesis former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton. Follow Capital Weather Gang ✔ @capitalweather While Tropical Storm Don weakens in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Hilary is about to form in the Pacific: http://wapo.st/2u4FMd6 11:24 AM – 18 Jul 2017 Photo published for Disturbed weather in Atlantic grows into Tropical Storm Don, but has bleak future Disturbed weather in Atlantic grows into Tropical Storm Don, but has bleak future A tropical storm warning is posted for Grenada, and a tropical storm watch for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Despite sarcastic political tweets that suggest otherwise, those storm names were thrust together by sheer fate. The National Hurricane Center assigns names to tropical storms and hurricanes using a predetermined list of names managed by the World Meteorological Organization. The Atlantic and Pacific...

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Italian sausages mysteriously fall from sky, slam into family’s roof

from http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2017/07/18/italian-sausages-mysteriously-fall-from-sky-slam-into-familys.html sky, slam into family’s roof Published July 18, 2017 Fox News The Florida family is baffled by the sudden sausage delivery. The Florida family is baffled by the sudden sausage delivery. (iStock) A family in Florida is completely baffled by the airdropped sausages they received in the middle of the night. The Adair family, of Deerfield Beach, woke to the sound of several packages of frozen Italian sausage slamming into their roof on Saturday morning, and they’re still not quite sure where it came from. “It was like thunder, and it awakened me out of a sleep,” Travis Adair told ABC 10. GWYNETH PALTROW WON’T EAT AN OCTOPUS BECAUSE IT’S ‘TOO SMART TO BE FOOD’ Upon hearing the noise, a few members of the Adair family went outside to investigate, soon finding a few packages of sausages in their yard. In total, the family found several packages of frozen Italian sausage — weighing a total of 15 pounds — on the roof and scattered around their home. “We got up, found two packages of sausage on our side yard, and then we were like, ‘Ok, well, we got to go on the roof and check and see if we find more of this stuff,” Austin Adair explained. The packages were labeled with William Land Service, which is the name of a land-clearing company in Alabama, reports ABC...

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