A pair of soccer shoes and scarves are seen outside the church before Livorno’s soccer player Piermario Morosini’s funeral. Morosini died after collapsing on the pitch with cardiac arrest during an Italian second division game at Pescara on Saturday, prompting the federation to postpone this weekend’s professional games. (via Reuters.com)
German Victim of the Media: Rare Bunny With No Ears Crushed by Cameraman
The future had looked so bright for tiny Til, a baby rabbit born without ears three weeks ago in a small zoo in Limbach-Oberfrohna in Saxony, eastern Germany. Earless rabbits are very rare, and that factor combined with his cuteness would surely have made him a media celebrity, especially in Germany, which has a history of worshipping furry baby animals.
But then fate struck. Til was meant to be presented to the press at a news conference on Thursday and the zoo had invited a TV camera team to film him lolloping about happily ahead of the big day. Here is what happened next in the words of Uwe Dempewolf, the director of the zoo, who was still shaken when SPIEGEL ONLINE telephoned him on Wednesday afternoon.
“We are all shocked. During the filming, the cameraman took a step back and trod on the bunny,” Dempewolf said. “He was immediately dead, he didn’t suffer. It was a direct hit. No one could have foreseen this. Everyone here is upset. The cameraman was distraught.” (via SPIEGEL ONLINE)
Italy: Costa Concordia families mourn loved ones one month on - video
The relatives of people still missing one month after the Costa Concordia disaster mourn their loved ones on Monday on a small boat 45 metres from the wreck of the ship, and in a local church. Ship captain Francesco Schettino remains under house arrest accused of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship prior to evacuation (via guardian.co.uk)
Nobel Prize-Winning Polish Poet Wislawa Szymborska Dead at 88
Wislawa Szymborska, the 1996 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, died Wednesday at her home in Krakow, Poland, from lung cancer. She published fewer than 400 poems in her lifetime and was known as a recluse despite being Poland’s most famous poet. Her verse was loved for its simplicity and sense of humour and often used everyday objects such as a cat or an onion “to reflect on grand topics such as love, death and passing time.” (via Gawker)
Bull with flaming balls of wax attached to head fatally gores man in eastern Spain
A flaming-horned bull trampled and fatally gored a man early Saturday during a festival in eastern Spain, an official said.
Large balls of flaming wax are traditionally affixed to the beasts’ heads before they are let loose to rampage through squares and narrow streets in such festivals.
The mayor of Navajas, population 730, said emergency services in his town were unable to save the life of the 45-year-old man whose name was withheld. Jose Vicente Torres said the accident happened when the man, who had traveled from Alboraia, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) to the south, tripped just as the bull was released.
Torres said the bull charged the man, gored him and then stamped on his head, causing him “irreversible injuries.” He said he had offered his condolences to the man’s family, but would not cancel similar events scheduled for early Sunday. (via The Washington Post)
Over the last three years, at least 51 people have died in Amsterdam’s famous canals. Only one of the fatalities was the result of a crime.
De Telegraaf newspaper concludes that the other deaths were the fault of the victims themselves: they fell into the water and were unable to get out. One of the reasons for this is said to be the theft of lifelines and belts from the side of the waterways.
Most of the canal casualties are apparently men who fall in while attempting to urinate into the water from the side. An expert has called for more steps down into the water from the sides of the canals and for the lifebelts and other safety equipment to be replaced. (via Radio Netherlands Worldwide)