A two year old girl named Yue Yue was run over twice and over a dozen passersby ignored her and went past her without offering to help in the Foshan city, Guandong province in China.
The toddler who has wandered off while her mother was at a nearby market was captured by a CCTV camera as she walks across the road and was run over by a van. The vehicle did not stop and the little girl lay on the road bleeding while people walked and cycled past her without stopping and the footage shows a second vehicle run over her as well and not stop.
She was only removed from the road when a street scavenger sees her. The little girl who was critically injured later succumbed to her injuries.
The drivers of the two vehicles which ran her over were arrested and one of them is said have been talking on the mobile phone at the time of the incident.
This has created a global outrage and shocked millions of people and points at the immoral society in China which has enjoyed rapid economic development in the past decade.
Darren Taylor won his 13th Guinness World Record by diving from 36 feet. The only difference being: he performs this feat by diving into a children’s paddling pool.
In speaking about the difficulty involved in accomplishing this astounding feat, he says: “You have to judge the wind, the cold, the time of day and become calm so that each jump is a success. With my unique technique I can make each jump a world record one, but I must admit they are not getting any easier.”
Also known as Professor Splash, he has been performing these jumps for almost 25 years, and travels around the world, attempting to beat his own world records. This particular attempt for his 13th Guinness World Record was performed in Trondheim, Norway for the International Association of Exchange Students.
Since these jumps are very different (to say the least) from deep diving, Taylor has developed a diving technique (which involves spreading his body out) that reduces the impact on his body as it hits the water with incredible force.
What makes these jumps even more difficult for Taylor is that the bottom of the pool cannot be inflated as this would go against Guinness rules. So, he insists that the water should be near freezing so that it slows his descent sufficiently when he hits the water.
With only himself to compete against, and after 13th Guinness records, his ability to perform these jumps successfully has made him the most decorated shallow diver in the world.
100 brave Filipino villagers have captured the world’s largest crocodile alive in a creek near Agusan, 500 miles south-east of Manila, which had local residents living in constant fear of their lives for almost 20 years. The crocodile weighs almost a ton and is about 21 feet in length from snout to tail.
In explaining the need for its capture, the local mayor, Edwin Elorde said, “We were very nervous about tackling this beast but it was our duty to deal with it because it was a threat to many villagers and their farm animals. When I finally saw it, after its capture, I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was big enough to swallow three men all at once.”
Until recently, no one had made an attempt to capture this beast but when a village fisherman went missing, plans were made to catch the gigantic crocodile. In placing the beast under observation, several villagers witnessed the killing of a water buffalo, and which confirmed their suspicions.
In the three day hunt which ensued, villagers set four net traps but the animal was too powerful to be caught, and so they used steel cables in the traps they set the second time around. This time, the crocodile was unable to get away.
It took almost 100 men to haul the animal on to the banks of the creek, and with great difficulty, they were able to bind it and drive it to the new eco-tourism park in Agusan, and will be its greatest attraction. Meanwhile, its closest rival, an Australian salt-water crocodile which is 18 feet in size, is still roaming free in the Northern Territory.
The length of ‘five football pitches’ was all it took for Zak Crawford to get into the Flight Archery record books. The best part: one of his arrows hit the ground at 500 meters, almost 150 meters more than the current world record.
Expressing delight and astonishment, Zak said, “I have been practising really hard but I certainly didn’t expect to come away from the competition with three world records, I’m over the moon. I managed to get the technique right on the day and I couldn’t believe it when the arrows went so far.”
If that’s not enough, Zak has managed to get these three world records at the tender age of 14, all of which were broken by participating in the senior under-35 lb class, junior recurve and compound categories of the Northern Counties Championships held at RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire.
He was introduced to archery at the age of six but quickly switched over to Flight Archery when attending a competition with his granddad’s friend. As he recalls, taking up this sport wasn’t easy as he was too young to handle a bow which is quite heavy for children his age.
Nowadays, he trains for three hours every night at the Welland Valley Archery Club, shooting almost 1000 arrows per session, a self-initiated regimen that has helped him achieve so much at such a young age.
Yet Zak is not willing to rest on his laurels, as his ambition is to not only break his Flight Archery record of 500 meters but wants to compete in target shooting at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, and is currently looking for a sponsor.
Typhoon Nesat has killed at least 18 people in the Philippines. In the aftermath, the government is currently assessing the damage caused while spearheading support to clean up the typhoon-hit areas.
Graciano Yumul, Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary, explains why people have to take these typhoons really seriously, in saying, “People have to realize now, with the changing climate, typhoons are getting stronger, the pull of the monsoon is getting stronger.”
With 48,000 people still in evacuation centers from the devastation, it is estimated that the flash floods and storm surges had caused up to 100.3 million pesos in all, with the damage to its agriculture being almost 16.2 million pesos.
As the typhoon passed the Cagayan Valley, which is said to produce at least 10 percent of the fourth-quarter crop, and assuming there was substantial damage, this could cause the government to import supplies, especially when the costs associated with rice are steadily increasing.
In particular, Manila Bay and Roxas Boulevard apart from the other waterfront areas had been damaged by storm surges, and which resulted in the US embassy also being shut until the typhoon had moved on.
But it was not only damage of property that was inflicted by this typhoon but also resulted in the death of 18 people along with 35 people missing.
Yet it isn’t over – even though Typhoon Nesat has moved towards North Vietnam and southern China, officials have already warned people that another is developing over the Pacific Ocean, and will North Luzon in its sights.