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Charlie Sheen makes racist comment against Obama
Hollywood actor Charlie Sheen has posted a racist comment on US President Barack Obama, calling him "Barry Satera Kenya”.
 
"Barry Satera Kenya u won't attend a soldier's funeral uhkros da street that u kild yet u hav time 4 brackets? s a d," the actor posted on his Twitter page on Wednesday.
 
"Barry Satera Kenya" refers to Obama's African heritage, as his father came from Rachyuonyo District in Kenya, even though Obama himself was born in Hawaii. The meaning of word 'Satera' is still left unexplained, reports aceshowbiz.com.
 
The 49-year-old's anger appeared to be fuelled by Obama's appearance at the bracket on ESPN, an annual tradition during his presidency, instead of attending a soldier's funeral. 
 
The soldier's funeral that Sheen refers to may be the funeral of a two-star general, who was killed in Afghanistan. 
 
However, his accusation that the funeral had been ignored by the administration was incorrect since the ceremony was attended by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
 
The tweet sparked an outburst from other Twitter users. 
 
One of the users who commented on Sheen's tweet, wrote: "He can't attend every funeral, grow up", while others said that mentioning Kenya in his tweet was racist.

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Goa's top election official bats for paper ballot
Electronic voting machines, or EVMs, may have made the conduct of elections easy and tamper-proof, but Goa's top polling official says the use of the traditional ballot paper is both cheaper and better suited for small states.
 
State Election Commissioner M. Modassir should know. He has just conducted the Zilla Panchayat election, using the good old ballot paper.
 
A total of 66.43 percent of the voters turned out. This was a 12 percent rise in voting percentage compared to the Zila Panchayat election in Goa of 2010. There are 50 Zila Panchayat constituencies in Goa's two districts. Each Zila Panchayat covers three panchayats.
 
Modassir said he found no point in going for the electronic voting machines (EVM) as a "fashion".
 
"Why to burden the government just by what you will call 'joining the fashion' when I can manage with the old style ballot papers?" Modassir told IANS.
 
The official said that using EVMs to hold elections was an expensive affair. While it suited big states with a large voter base, he felt that they made no sense for small states with sparse population like Goa. "The maintenance cost of these machines, the cost of calling the engineers, re-calibrating them, everything is very high.
 
"So, at the end of the day, I feel satisfied that the elections were held without spending a huge amount of taxpayers' money," Modassir said.
 
According to him, while the cost of conducting the Zila Panchayat election using ballot paper was about Rs.2 crore, it would have cost the state government Rs.5 crore to organise the election with EVMs.
 
EVMs were first used as a pilot project in 1989. Over the years, they have become a steady fixture in the national and state elections because they are said to be tamper proof.
 
EVMs also make the vote count an easy affair. Counting hundreds of thousands of ballot papers manually can be a mammoth task.
 
He added that the EVMs with the Goa government were old and many were outdated.
 
"When we can manage the election (with ballot paper), why should I spend another four or four crores (of rupees) on buying new machines?"
 
There were challenges, he said, which had to be overcome and extra preparations had to be made to make the poll by paper ballot successful in the age of the EVM.
 
"You have to re-orient polling personnel. They are used to machines," Modassir said.
 
"Had the constituencies (ZP constituencies of Goa) had 250,000 voters, had the population of Goa been, let's say, 5.5 million, I would have had no option but to go for that (EVM).
 
"But we have managed. We increased the number of polling booths from 950 (in 2010) to 1,208 and everything got over nicely," he said.

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'I just got shot!' US boy posts bloody selfie online
A 20-year-old US student who was shot in the shoulder decided to post a smiling selfie with the bleeding gunshot wound on social media rather than calling for medical help.
 
Arizona-based restaurant worker Isaac Martinez was shot during the deadly Arizona rampage this week.
 
Instead of calling 911, the first thing he did was reach for his smartphone and post a bloody selfie on social media app Snapchat, Mirror.co.uk reported.
 
The selfie-savvy college student did not just stop there and continued updating his harrowing ordeal online as he was being taken to the hospital, posting a series of bloody selfies
 
Once in the hospital, he shared another selfie which showed him lying in bed bare-chested with a white dressing on his bloodied shoulder.
 
A friend even turned one of his hospital snapshots into a meme, showing Martinez with a painted-on cigarette and dark sunglasses along with the caption that read "Thug Life".
 
After being released from the hospital, Martinez again updated his condition, saying that the bullet struck him from behind and exited out of his collar area.
 
"I was the only one injured. Everyone else was unharmed. Overall, I'm glad it went the way it did rather than any other way," the 20-year-old posted.
 
Police have arrested Ryan Giroux, 41, who is suspected of killing a man and injuring five others, including Martinez during the rampage.
 
Martinez was on his way to the eatery where he works part-time when Giroux allegedly confronted him in the parking lot and demanded his car, the report added.
 

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