By Magdalena Sudibjo
Mamoru Samuragochi, renowned as a genius musical composer in spite of his deafness, confessed last Wednesday that he did not write many of the musical scores attributed to him during the last two decades.
While the Collegian was unable to find a image of Mr. Putin shirtless while petting a leopard, we hope the above images make up for this lack. Above is Putin shirtless after horseback riding. And below is Putin petting his little “friend” who, minutes later, attacked and injured two journalists. I challenge you to find a manlier despot. That’s right, you can’t.
Samuragochi’s ghost-writer Takashi Niigaki said that he had been paid the equivalent of about $69,000 to write for the older composer and accused him of faking his deafness to gain sympathy.
During a press conference, Niigaki claimed Samuragochi threatened to commit suicide when the ghost-writer had wanted to confess to the public earlier.
The album “Hiroshima,” which had been attributed to Samuragochi, was a best-seller in Japan, and Japanese Olympic figure skater Daisuke Takahashi is scheduled to use the Samuragochi-credited Sonatina for Violin in his short program later this month.
Last Friday, police in Moscow reported that they were searching for three men who stole two trucks full of Ferrero chocolate worth $375,000 from a factory.
According to police, the theft took place on two separate nights in December, but the theft was not announced at the time. A spokesperson said that thefts were not uncommon and would not impact the chocolatier’s regular business.
BrewDog, a Scottish brewery in Aberdeenshire, sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin a case of its limited edition “Hello, My Name is Vladimir” beer to protest Russian anti-gay laws.
The full description on the label reads: “Hello, my name is Vladimir. I am 100 per cent hetero and will pass laws to prove it. Drinking me gives you energy, ignorance and dogmatism required to shoot a deer (with your top off) and pass internationally denounced, discriminatory legislation (top optional) before you’ve even had your caviar breakfast.”
“We’ve not heard anything from Mr. Putin, but we expect he’s out petting a leopard somewhere, probably with his top off,” co-founder James Watt told The Independent.
The Turkish parliament has adopted a new Internet bill that allows Turkey’s telecommunications authority to block any website without a court order as part of the government’s reaction to the graft scandal that erupted last December.
“The new internet law is catastrophic for Turkey,” Özgür Uçkan, a communications professor at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, told The Guardian. “It makes censorship and surveillance legal in Turkey, which is contrary to our constitution and to all international conventions that Turkey is party to.”
Supporters of the measure claim that authorities would only block specific content rather than impose bans on whole websites.
“In many European countries (the laws) are much harsher,” Communications Minister Lutfu Elvan said. “None of the criticism bears any relation to reality.”
The Syrian government reached a deal last week to allow the evacuation of civilians from the war-torn city of Homs.
People started to leave last Friday, and a total of 611 people had left by Sunday.
Homs, Syria’s third-largest city, has been a major battlefield in the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad, and around 3,000 civilians living under dire conditions are believed to be trapped inside its borders.
An Egyptian court of cassation (a type of appeals court responsible for interpreting law) last Thursday ordered the retrial of 21 people sentenced to death for the deadly soccer riot in Port Said two years ago.
Seventy-four people died when al-Masri fans stormed the stadium with knives and bottles during a February 2012 match.
Besides the 21 people on retrial, in January 2013, 24 people were sentenced to prison and 28 others were acquitted.