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by Thanos Kalamidas
2011-12-13 07:32:42
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Policeman who became internet hit is sacked

bizarrea001An Indonesian policeman who became an internet sensation when he was filmed singing and dancing in uniform has been sacked after failing to go to work. Norman Kamaru was absent from work for several months. The video of him miming and shimmying to a Bollywood hit went viral on YouTube in April and attracted legions of fans.

He appeared on Indonesian TV talk shows and was seen as helping improve the police's poor image. His video was uploaded to Youtube it quickly became one of the most watched in the country, also turning into one of the top trending items on the social networking site Twitter. His prolonged absence came after he won a record deal. He has now been dishonourably discharged from his job, in which he earned about $100 a month.

The 26-year-old now says that he wants to give singing "a real shot" and is not afraid of failure. Correspondents say that does not appear an option with a $100,000 music deal under his belt after a video of him trying to lift the spirits of a heartbroken colleague by shimmying and lip-synching to the Bollywood hit Chaiyya Chaiyya went viral in April. Initially the top brass was furious about his antics, insisting that he was bound to a 10-year contract. But their attitude changed when the public rallied to support the officer from the dusty police outpost of Gorontalo and they have now allowed him to be unceremoniously sacked.


N. Korea warns against Christmas lights

North Korea warned South Korea on Sunday of "unexpected consequences" if Seoul displays Christmas lights near the tense border, and vowed to retaliate for what it called propaganda attempts. The South's defence ministry said earlier it bizarrea002_400was considering a request by a Seoul church group to put up Christmas lights on a steel tower atop a military-controlled hill near the border. The North's official website— Uriminzokkiri— called the plan "a mean attempt for psychological warfare" against the communist state and threatened to retaliate immediately when the lights are switched on.

The 155-metre hill in the South, about three kilometres from the border, is within range of North Korean gunfire. "The enemy warmongers . . . should be aware that they should be held responsible entirely for any unexpected consequences that may be caused by their scheme," it said. "This issue . . . is not something to be ignored quietly," it said. The two Koreas in 2004 reached a deal to halt official-level cross-border propaganda and the South stopped its annual Christmas illumination ceremony.

But Seoul resumed the ceremony last December amid high military tensions with Pyongyang. Cross-border ties have been icy since the South accused the North of torpedoing its warship with the loss of 46 lives in March 2010. Pyongyang angrily denied involvement but went on to shell a border island in November 2010 that left four South Koreans dead and sparked fears of war. The North had accused the South of displaying Christmas lights to spread Christianity among its people and soldiers. The North's constitution provides for religious freedom, but the U.S. State Department says this does not in practice exist.


£200,000 exec axed after telling jobseeker: **** off

A recruitment executive was looking for fresh work himself last night after he emailed "f*** off" to a job hopeful — and it went out to 4,000 people. Bungling Gary Chaplin was axed from his £200,000-a-year post at a top headhunting firm bizarrea003after his expletive-riddled reply turned him into an industry laughing stock. In it he let rip at sender Manos Katsampoukas for simultaneously emailing recruitment firms with a polite note and a CV in his search for a finance or marketing job. The reply — in which Mr Chaplin said he spoke for "all 4,000 people you have emailed" — declared: "Please f*** off — you are too stupid to get a job, even in banking." He ended it: "Yours hitting the delete button Have a nice day!" The message dropped into the computer inboxes of the SAME 4,000 people Manos had emailed in the first place.

They also read a vicious tirade by Mr Chaplin against one of his rivals — accusing him of fuelling "spam" emails like Manos's.  The sneering reply sparked uproar — and accusations of "mindless unprofessionalism".  One recipient stormed: "Telling a candidate, however misguided he may be, to f*** off is appalling.”It displays an unbelievable degree of arrogance." High-flier Mr Chaplin, in his 40s, ended up being asked to resign after five years at the Manchester office of Stark Brooks, which recruits executives for firms like Heinz, Kellogg's and Bentley.
Last night he confessed: "It was a moment of idiocy." Speaking at his smart home in Cheshire, he added: "I am now looking for a job just a few days before Christmas.”If I could turn back the clock I would. I will regret this forever." He insisted it had never been his intention to demean the writer of the original inquiry. Mr Chaplin said: "I am mortified by what I did. I meant no offence to this man looking for a job." But his bizarre rant was not the only blunder in the email. Mr Chaplin sent the message under a pseudonym — calling himself Richard Vickers. It later turned out that unknown to him a REAL Richard Vickers was working in the same profession, as a recruitment executive.


68-Year-Old Student Robbed

A suspect in the robbery of a community college bookstore in northern Kentucky has been arrested in southern Indiana. James Summers Jr., is a 68-year-old student at Gateway Community and Technical College, where the bookstore was robbed at knifepoint Thursday morning.

The Dearborn County, Ind., Sheriff's Department said Summers was taken into custody about 1 a.m. Friday at the Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg by Indiana Gaming Commission officers, The Kentucky Enquirer reported. Summers was held Friday pending arraignment and will be extradited to Kentucky to face an aggravated robbery charge.

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