Better Believe It......Because They Actually Happen(ed) Collection 32

Twelve-year-old 'genius' believed to have higher IQ than Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein

'I'm good at mental maths, general knowledge and I find it quite easy to memorise stuff compared to most of my peers'

Rahul's father said the family were 'all achievers', highlighting that he had played table tennis for Barnet Council

By Ben Kentish

A 12-year-old boy from North London has been found to have an IQ of 162 – higher than the estimated scores of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein.

Rahul, from Barnet, is a contestant on Channel 4’s Child Genius and shocked viewers during Monday’s show by answering every single question correctly.

The self-declared “genius” correctly memorised the scientific name for the apricot tree (prunus armeniaca) and knew that phoenix dactylifera refers to the date palm. During a spelling test, he was able to spell words including accouchement, hyponatraemia and garrulous.

In the timed question round, he beat every other contestant by scoring 14 out of 15. The timer ran out before he could answer the last question.

However, Rahul lost out to rival Joshua during Tuesday’s maths test, prompting him to lose his cool.

Having initially said he “accepted” that Joshua had won and that he would now focus on the next round, Rahul then attempted to walk off set, saying: “I don’t want to comment on my defeat so do you mind if I just leave, please?”

Full story at Independent (August 2017)

TAKEN FOR GRANT-ED Student accidentally given £850,000 university grant instead of £85 splashes out on wild parties, designer clothes and £180 hairdos in epic 73-day spending spree

Sibongile Mani was said to have undergone a Cinderella like transformation overnight after the cash blunder was made in Mthatha, South Africa

By Jamie Pyatt

A STUDENT who received a staggering £850,000 instead of her usual £85 monthly university food grant is in hot water after going on a massive 73 day spending spree with her pals.

Accountancy student Sibongile Mani, 27, who was on benefits to allow her to study was said to have undergone a Cinderella like transformation overnight after the cash blunder.

Sibongile Mani went on a staggering spending spree after she was accidentally given £850,000 instead of £85 for her student maintenance

Student leader Sibongile who is at the Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa, gets £85 each month put into her bank account in food and book allowances.

But instead the company that administers the financial aid allowances at the university called Intellimali fouled up and sent £850,000 in cash to the hard up student.

Eyebrows were raised initially when her neat corn-row hairstyle was replaced with £180-a-time Peruvian weaves and she began wearing designer outfits and bought a brand new i-phone 7.

She began flashing the cash kitting out her closest friends with new outfits and drinking £50-a-time bottles of whisky and jetting herself and her pals round the country to wild parties.

Full story at The Sun (September 2017)

After Massive Outrage Over Boy's Sexual Assault And Murder, Ryan School Suspends Principal

Ryan International School's management has suspended the school principal after intense protests by parents following the gruesome murder of a seven-year-old student on Friday.

Hundreds of parents and locals gathered outside the private school to protest against the school management. The community is still in shock, a day after the seven-year-old boy's body was found in a pool of blood in a washroom of the school.

Ashok Kumar who works as a bus conductor at the school and allegedly tried to sexually abuse the victim, police said, adding that they cracked the case hours after the gruesome murder.

A police team, including forensic experts, collected blood samples and fingerprints from the washroom and tested the blood stained knife that had been recovered from the spot.

The body of the seven-year-old has been sent for a postmortem, the police said. The accused was today sent to police custody for three days.

Sumit Kuhar, DCP Crime, Gurgaon, said the alleged killer had tried to sodomise the Class 2 student.

"But when the student resisted and cried, he killed him and fled after leaving the knife behind," the DCP said. The police told PTI they zeroed in on the accused after two students reported they saw him walking down a corridor.

Full story at India Times (September 2017)

China is cracking down on predatory student lending following spate of suicides

DENGZHOU (Reuters) - In the final hour of his life, Zheng Dexing, 21, checked into a hotel and told family and friends in a flurry of phone messages that he was about to kill himself.

"Don't come collect my body -- it's too humiliating," Zheng wrote to his father from Qingdao, the seaside city where he had fled from his hometown in the central province of Henan.

Saddled with crippling debt and hounded by collectors, Zheng plunged to his death from the hotel's eighth floor last year.

A second-year university student, he had racked up debt of nearly 590,000 yuan ($85,700) after taking personal loans from a dozen online finance companies to pay for his gambling habit.

Such tales of indebted students being driven to suicide have become commonplace in Chinese media and social networks in recent years, sparking public outrage.

Regulators say they are the result of a surge in borrowing driven by online lenders who target university campuses, often charging staggering rates of interest and employing violent collection methods.

Monthly compounded rates on loan contracts being offered in 2015 that were reviewed by Reuters were 1 to 2 percent, implying an effective annual rate of 13 to 27 percent. Penalties for late payments were at least 0.5 percent daily, equivalent to 517 percent annually.

The lenders provide credit on easy terms, capitalizing on a materialism prevalent among students eager to get the latest iPhone or laptop. The ease of getting credit means that students often take out new loans to pay back older ones, or pay off interest, resulting in a cascade of unpaid debts and penalties that multiply at a dizzying rate.

Full story at South China Morning Post (September 2017)