It’s a bitch being a scientist in Italy. An Italian court has sentenced 6 of them (plus a government official) to 6 years jail for failing to predict the L’Aquila earthquake of 2009 which killed 300 people. The group were all members of the National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks whose job it was to keep an eye on earthquake dangers and keep the city informed. Sheez, who knew those low level tremors would lead to a 6.3 shaker. Anywho, on the bright side I hear there are 7 new positions vacant.
Want sauce with that?
I don’t think Pawan Verma thought his plan through when he decided to fake a kidnapping so he could party in Macau. Verma, who is from India, staged his own kidnapping in which he demanded $40,000 from his daddy so he could go on a gambling holiday. Hmm, it all came unstuck when he got caught picking up the loot in a New Delhi shopping mall. Now Verma will have to sweat it out while his father decides whether to press charges or not.