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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 04:13 AM   #131
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My Bad! Woman's House Mistakenly Auctioned by Bank

A Homestead woman's home was auctioned to the highest bidder
By TODD WRIGHT
Updated 5:32 PM EDT, Tue, Aug 18, 2009

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You know times are tough when people are getting kicked out of their house when itís not even for sale.

Thatís what happened to Anna Ramirez after she found all of her stuff out on the front lawn of her Homestead home last week and a strange man demanding she get out of his newly purchased house.

The eviction came after Ramirezís home was mistakenly auctioned off to the highest bidder by her bank, Washington Mutual. Usually, you get a warning before you get the boot. A foreclosure letter. Maybe a sign saying your house is up for sale. Not Ramirez, who found her belongings bashed and battered in the street.

"This came out of nowhere," Ramirez said. "The bank took the house from right under my feet."

The man who bought the house told Ramirez he paid $87,000 for it, which shocked Ramirez, who bought the house for $260,000.

What's worse is her husband, daughter and grand children were also kicked out by Homestead and Miami-Dade police officers, said Martha Taylor, who witnessed the unexpected eviction.

"I have never seen anything like it," Taylor said. "They literally threw all her stuff on the front lawn. I didn't sleep that night and it wasn't even my house."

Ramirez and her family had three hours to get out of the house, police ordered. They had to stash their belongings at multiple locations and shacked up with a friend for the night as cops chained the doors of their home. With Taylor's help, Ramirez appeared before a judge two days later to explain what happened.

"I had all my stuff scattered everywhere," she said. "They did this in front all my neighbors. It was so embarassing."

A mistake in the Miami-Dade Clerk's Office appears to be behind the mishap, which landed Ramirez homeless for more than 24 hours.

The sale was eventually reversed by a Miami-Dade judge, leaving one man pissed and looking for a new house to plunder and Ramirez back in her old digs. Ramirez said she wants to sue for the damage to her furniture.

"This shouldn't be happening, you know, because we did the right thing," she said. "We went step by step."

Ramirez has lived in the house for three years and recently refinanced the house with the bank.
My Bad! Woman's House Mistakenly Auctioned by Bank | NBC Miami
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Old Sep 17th, 2009, 11:29 PM   #132
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Woman, 107 seeks husband 23

17 September 2009 16:30 PM

A 107-year-old Malaysian woman is searching to find her 23rd husband.

Wook Kundor is on the hunt for a new man after her latest spouse Mohammed Noor Che Musa checked into a Kuala Lumper clinic for drug addicts.

However, Wook is convinced her 37-year-old partner will meet and fall in love with a younger woman.

The fickle wife has already started looking for 'Mr Right' in case her latest husband leaves her.

Wook holds the world record for the largest number of legal marriages.
Woman, 107 seeks husband 23 | Showbiz | STV Entertainment
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Old Sep 24th, 2009, 01:37 PM   #133
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Old Oct 7th, 2009, 09:19 PM   #134
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NAIROBI (AFP) Ė Somali pirates attempted to storm the French navy's 18,000 tonne flagship in the Indian Ocean after mistaking it for a cargo vessel, the French military said on Wednesday.
The crew of La Somme, a 160-metre (525-foot) command vessel and fuel tanker, easily saw off the brazen night-time assault by lightly armed fighters on two lightweight skiffs and captured five pirates, a spokesman said.
"The pirates, who because of the darkness took the French ship for a commercial vessel, were on board two vessels and opened fire with Kalashnikovs," Admiral Christophe Prazuck said in Paris.
La Somme is the French command vessel in the Indian Ocean, overseeing French air, sea and land forces fighting Somali pirates and hunting terrorists under the banner of the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom.
Officers on the ship have directed commando operations to free French hostages in the hands of Somali pirates.
The pirates tried to flee when they realised their mistake but were pursued by French forces who, after an hour-long chase, caught one of the skiffs, Prazuck said.
On it they found five men but no weapons, water or food as the pirates had apparently thrown all of the boat's contents overboard, the spokesman said.
A Western official at sea in the area, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, said that there had been an exchange of fire between the warship and the pirate launches.
"One of the skiffs managed to get away in the night because La Somme was busy with the first pirate boat," he said.
"Despite the arrival of other vessels, they haven't yet managed to find the second boat," he said, adding that many warships in the area were busy hunting another group which attacked a cargo ship off the Seychelles on Sunday.
The world's naval powers have deployed dozens of warships to the lawless waters off Somalia over the past year to curb attacks by pirates in one of the world's busiest maritime trade routes.
La Somme was operating 250 nautical miles (460 kilometres) off the Somali coast, on its way to resupply fuel to frigates patrolling shipping lanes as part of the European Union's Operation Atalanta anti-piracy mission.
This was not the first time that Somali pirates have mistakenly attacked a French naval vessel. Several pirates were captured in May when they attempted to board a frigate in the area.
Somalia has had no proper government since it plunged into lawlessness after President Mohamed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991.
The country is riven by factional fighting and pirate gangs operate freely from several ports along its Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden coasts.
According to the environmental watchdog Ecoterra International, at least 163 attacks have been carried out by Somali pirates since the start of 2009 alone, 47 of them successful hijackings.
Last year, more than 130 merchant ships were attacked, an increase of more than 200 percent on 2007, according to the International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Pirates have in recent weeks resumed attacks with the end of the monsoon season. Last week Somali gunmen captured Spanish fishing boat The Alakrana with 36 crew members in the Indian Ocean.
The US Maritime Administration warned last month that the end of the monsoon season was likely to bring an increase in piracy off Somalia and urged shipping companies to be vigilant.
Calmer waters allow pirates, who often operate in small fibreglass skiffs towed out to sea by captured fishing vessels, to hijack freighters, trawlers and private yachts. Cruise vessels have also been attacked.
Somali pirates attack French military flagship - Yahoo! News
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The Somali pirates will come to Canada as refugees and then get a job in the civil service.
I'm sensing some skepticism there ...
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The Somali pirates will come to Canada as refugees and then get a job in the civil service.
Ummm... not appropriate, and somewhat off topic.
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Old Oct 8th, 2009, 11:22 AM   #139
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Only a few will ever "get it".

Perhaps the problem isn't your statement - it is just that it happens all of the time, so people do not have any facade of disbelief.

But then again, this country treats immigrants shabbily, recruiting them from all over so they can get low paying, minimum wage (or lower) jobs doing drugery in a sweatshop - mostly because employers of that sort are unwilling to hire regular people because it will only take five minutes for a regular person to invoke their rights and call the Ministry of Labour or the nearest Trade Union...
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