The Week in Brief: Sky Dives and Baby Elephants

From Felix Baumgartner’s dive to hacking the U.S. Government, here is a roundup of this week’s news!

Skydiving was taken to the extreme when Austrian Felix Baumgartner decided to take the biggest jump in history! He held most of the world in suspense as he took a free fall from over 128,000ft (24 miles). His team back at mission control were fearful of the life of Baumgartner as he kept on tumbling over instead of getting into the delta position head down, arms swept back. His experience from over 2,000 career dives allowed him to get into position and land safely back to ground.

Nick Griffin, Leader of the British National Party and MEP published the home address of Michael Black and John Morgan over twitter. Mr Griffin thought justice was not served when they won a case against Susanne Wilkinson after she did not allow the gay couple to share a bed at her B&B in 2010 because it was against her religion. In the tweet Mr Griffin said a-
“British Justice team will come up to Huntington & give you a…bit of drama by way of reminding you that an English couple’s home is their castle. Say No to heterophobia!”
His account was later suspended and now being investigated by police. The MEP has been accused of inciting violence towards the couple but insists that anyone should have a right to turn anybody away from their homes. Would he have had the same outrage and support if John and Michael turned away Ms Wilkinson? I personally do not think so.

Gary McKinnon who suffers from asperger’s has won a ten year battle fighting extradition to the US for hacking into government computers in 2002. The forty-two year old who claims he was looking for UFO’s broke into US computers numerous times during the course of a year. Home Secretary Theresa May told MP’s:
“Mr McKinnon… has Asperger’s syndrome, and suffers from depressive illness… After careful consideration… I have concluded that Mr McKinnon’s extradition would give rise to such a high risk of him ending his life that a decision to extradite would be incompatible with Mr McKinnon’s human rights.”
It is now for the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, to decide whether he should face trial in the UK instead of a possible sixty years in an US prison. Should he have been extradited or should he be helping government secure their own systems from other potential hackers?

A Lancashire Police Officer has had his Taser withdrawn this week after using it on a blind man after mistaking him for a man armed with a samurai sword walking around Chorley. Colin Farmer was walking to meet his friends in a local pub when the officer fired his Taser forcing Mr Farmer to drop his stick as he fell to the ground. After receiving treatment at hospital, Farmer was later taken home. Chief Supt Stuart Williams of Lancashire Police expressed his “deep regrets” and had “clearly put this man through a traumatic experience”. The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. The man actually carrying the samurai sword was later arrested for being drunk and disorderly. I wonder if he was in costume…

One of my favourite stories this week is a baby elephant was rescued in Kenya after being trapped in a water well. Before members of the elephant welfare and conservation trust Amboseli could help the little ellie, they had to move the mother away from the scene to ensure the safety of the rescue team and the trapped elephant. After they managed to get her out of the well, they then drove her to her mother where both were reunited. Vicki Fishlock commentated and filmed the incident in Kenya. Click here to see the full video. It’ll make your day!

Over and Out!
Nathalie Lot

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