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tors are seeking prison terms
of eight to 20 years for nearly
two dozen people suspected
of conspiring to steal mil-
lions of eggs for sale on the
black market, official media
Communist Party news-
paper Granma said the 19
suspects are accused of food
theft, generating fraudulent
receipts and other crimes.
They include several top ex-
ecutives of the state-run egg
distribution company in Ha-
vana as well as accountants,
drivers and other employees.
The full-page article said
more than 8 million eggs
were diverted to the black
market between January and
October 2012. The com-
pany s economic loss was an
"It is certain that the sen-
tences, although severe, do
not solve the problem on
their own," the paper said.
Cuba also provides citi-
zens with a monthly ration
card that meets part of their
dietary needs, including
Talk show host
fired for comment
on Michelle Obama
Talk show host Rodner
Figueroa was fired from
Univision after saying that
Michelle Obama looks like
someone from the cast of
Planet of the Apes.
Figueroa, who's known for his biting fashion
commentary, made his remarks during a live
segment of the show El Gordo y la Flaca in
which the hosts were commenting on a viral
video that shows a makeup artist transforming
himself into different celebrities, including
"Well, watch out, you know that Michelle
Obama looks like she's from the cast of Planet of
the Apes, the movie," Figueroa, 42, said with a
giggle. When hostess Lili Estefan countered with
"What are you saying?" and host Raul de Molina
said Obama was very attractive, Figueroa
defended his remark, saying "but it is true."
In a statement, Univision called Figueroa's
comments "completely reprehensible" and said
they "in no way reflect the values or opinions of
Pope Francis marked
the second anniversary
of his election
yesterday by giving an
interview in which he
says he expects his
time at the Vatican to
only last for another two or three years.
"I have a feeling my pontificate will be brief,"
the 78-year-old told Mexico's Televisa channel.
"Four or five years, I don't know. Two years
have already gone by. It is a vague feeling I
have that the Lord chose me for a short
mission. I am always open to that possibility."
The first pope from Latin America has hinted
in the past that he could retire, emulating his
predecessor Benedict XVI, who became the
first pope to resign in seven centuries when he
stepped down in February 2013.
Francis said Benedict had "opened an
institutional door" but stopped short of
repeating previous hints he could also resign,
which drew criticism from some conservative
theologians. "The idea of fixing an age limit of
80 is not one I like very much," he said, arguing
that it would create lame-duck pontiffs.
Intriguingly, when asked if he liked being
pope, Francis said: "I don't not like it," before
expanding on his dislike of travelling and his
fondness for the comforts and familiarity of
home. He confessed to sometimes longing for
anonymity. One thing he would really like is to
be able to go out of the Vatican one day
without being recognised and "go and eat a
pizza," he said. (AFP)
Going full circle on
special Pi day
Today is the day when love of math and a
hankering for pastry come full circle. Today is Pi
Day, a once-in-a-year calendar date that this time
squares the fun with a once-in-a-century twist.
Today is 3-14-15, in the form that Americans
mark the calendar, the first five digits of the
mathematical constant pi: 3.141592653. So the
best time to celebrate is at 9:26 and 53 seconds.
The next time that happens is in March 2115.
"It's a portal into this magical mysterious world
of mathematics," said University of California
mathematician Edward Frenkel. "Pi is special."
Pi is the constant used to calculate the area of a
circle, as in pi times the radius squared, but it
appears all over other parts of mathematics. It "is
kind of a basic atomic building block" for math,
said Temple University mathematician John
Paulos, who was interviewed at precisely 3:14:15
pm. In some places, Pi Day is celebrated with the
edible type of pie.
"It's a real exciting moment for math
enthusiasm," said Nathan Kaplan, a Yale
University math professor, who called it a time for
people to "remember how much fun they found
some of the stuff in school."
When challenged, Kaplan acknowledged that
most people don't really recall math as fun. He
blamed that on the way we were taught: "There's
fun stuff out there in the quantitative world."
Indian bride walks out
as groom fails math test
An Indian bride walked out of her wedding
ceremony after the groom failed to solve a simple
math problem, police said yesterday.
The bride tested the groom on his math skills
and when he got the sum wrong, she walked out.
The question she asked: How much is 15 plus
six? His reply: 17.
The incident took place late Wednesday in
Rasoolabad village near the industrial town of
Kanpur in northern Uttar Pradesh state, local
police officer Rakesh Kumar said yesterday.
The groom's family tried persuading the bride
to return, but she refused. She said the groom
had misled them about his education.
"The groom's family kept us in the dark about
his poor education," said Mohar Singh, the bride's
father. "Even a first grader can answer this."
Local police mediated between the families and
both sides returned all the gifts and jewelry that
had been exchanged before the wedding, Kumar
Last month, another bride in Uttar Pradesh
married a wedding guest after the original groom
had a seizure and collapsed at the wedding
venue. The groom's family had not revealed that
the groom was epileptic. While he was rushed to
a hospital in Rampur town, the bride asked one of
the wedding guests to step in and married him.
Most marriages in India are arranged by the
families of the bride and groom. Except for brief
meetings, the couple rarely gets to know each
other before the nuptials. (AP)
The death toll from a category five
tropical storm that has hit islands in
the South Pacific could run into the
dozens, the UN s relief agency says.
Cyclone Pam battered Vanuatu with
winds of up to 170mph yesterday.
Authorities on the islands had earlier
issued a red alert to residents after the
cyclone changed direction and began
moving towards populated areas.
It has already caused major damage
on other Pacific islands, including Kiribati
and the Solomon Islands.
Tuvalu, a group of nine tiny islands
north-east of Vanuatu, has also declared
a state of emergency after the cyclone
caused flash floods there.
"The immediate concern is for a very
high death toll but also an enormous
amount of destruction and devastation,"
Sune Gudnitz, regional director for the
UNOCHA, told Reuters news agency
from nearby Fiji, which is also expecting
to be hit by Pam.
There were unconfirmed reports that
44 people had died in Penama province
in the north-east of Vanuata, the
UNOCHA said in a statement yesterday,
according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, category three Cyclone
Olwyn has hit the coast of Western Aus-
tralia with wind gusts of up to 120mph.
People in the state s coastal region
were warned to move to higher ground
to escape dangerous flooding.
Cyclone Pam destroyed homes and
flooded crop areas in Kiribati and the
Solomon Islands before moving on to
Vanuatu and Tuvalu. At least 3,000
households were said to have been
All six provinces are under red alert,
meaning people are advised to imme-
diately head to shelter.
Vanuatu National Disaster Manage-
ment Office spokesman Mishaen Garae
Lulu told Radio New Zealand that the
government had lost contact with some
parts of the northern provinces.
He said the cyclone was expected to
be worse than Cyclone Uma, which killed
50 people in 1987.
The Vanuatu country director for Save
the Children, Tom Skirrow, told the AFP
news agency that he was concerned
about families living in shanty town
"Thousands of families are living in
makeshift, flimsy houses which will not
withstand the immense winds and rain
we re expecting.
"Families need to urgently evacuate
to safe buildings or the results could be
catastrophic," he said. (BBC)
Cuba seeks long prison terms in egg corruption case
Chickens walk in the mud in their compound in the village of Megyer,
Hungary, yesterday. For 210,000 forints (US $730) a day, visitors get access
to seven guest houses in the village that sleep 39 people, a bus stop, four
roads, horses, chickens and four hectares (10 acres) of farm land. AP PHOTO
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