I believe firing someone by email is in no way “callous, cold-hearted, soulless”… I worked for a company that announced that fellow colleagues were now dead by email. Ok, maybe it’s a liiiiiittle mean:
BRITISH ARMY APOLOGIZES TO TROOPS FIRED BY E-MAIL
Britain’s military has apologized for using e-mails to tell several dozen long-serving soldiers that they were being laid off.
The army says an “administrative error” meant the soldiers were not told in person that their contracts would be ended.
British media reported that the soldiers were 38 warrant officers with more than 20 years’ service each. The Sun said one received the news while serving in Afghanistan.
The army apologized for the distress caused and said the soldiers had since been spoken to by their commanding officers.
Jim Murphy, defense spokesman for the opposition Labour Party, said they had been treated in a “callous, cold-hearted, soulless” way.
The military is shrinking by some 17,000 troops as part of deficit-slashing spending cuts.
And now, an event that rivals the drudgery of Formula 1 racing:
WORLD’S FIRST ROBOT MARATHON KICKS OFF IN JAPAN
The world’s first robot marathon is under way in western Japan, with five two-legged participants racing on an indoor track.
The race kicked off Thursday with the 1-foot (30-centimeter) -tall, battery-charged robots competing around a 110-yard (100-meter) racetrack. They will have to cover 26 miles (42 kilometers).
Japanese robot maker and event organizer Vstone Co. says the “Robo Mara Full” race in Osaka will demonstrate the machines’ durability and maneuverability.
Vstone robots took an early lead, while two entrants by Osaka University of Engineering teams got off to a shaky start. The race is expected to last through Sunday.
Vstone CEO Nobuo Yamato hopes the event will become international in the future.
Finally, here ya go:
NY BURGLAR SWIPES TOILET: REPORT
A New York burglar not only went to the toilet — he took it with him.
The man broke into a Brooklyn apartment and, ignoring the more typical loot, seized the porcelain throne and staggered off down the block, the Brooklyn Paper reported Wednesday.
Flush with the success of his crime, the burglar returned to the scene and told his victim, a lawyer: “I’m going to slit your throat,” the report said.
A 53-year-old suspect was arrested the next day.