A Pulitzer & a Peabody…

20 05 2009

C’mon. Bring on the honors and the awards. Journalism cannot go any higher!

Times of Oman says:

ROP Extradites thief from EU

Royal Oman Police has managed to extradite a thief from an EU country, who was convicted in a criminal case he committed in the Sultanate. The ROP had received a complaint from the bank informing that an unknown person had illegally installed a device at the bank’s ATM.

Lets try and list the ambiguities here! “A thief”, “an EU country”, “a criminal case”, “unknown person”, “some ATM”…

Wow! The only way I think we can improve on this is:

At some date, someone did something and then something else was done by someone else.

That would surely get an award!

Another gem of a news that we see in the paper today is:

Metrology Day

The Sultanate will today join other countries of the world to mark the World Metrology Day which falls on May 20 every year.

And then I was like, so, are we like, actually doing something about it? How do you mark a day? On the calendar. That’s it?

Ugh!

Seems like they are in competition with Fox News!!

-FK

Update: Seems the wonderful piece of investigative journalism was half-heatedly copied from the ONA. Atleast they have a better worded article.

ROP Extradites thief from EU

Muscat, May 19 (ONA)—Royal Oman Police (ROP) has managed to extradite a fugitive robber from an EU country, who was convicted in a criminal case he committed in the Sultanate.

The Anti-Economic Crime Department at ROP had received a complaint from a bank informing that an unknown person had illegally installed a robbery device at the bank’s ATM. After investigating the matter it was confirmed that the convicted had fled the Sultanate.

Due to co-operation with Arab and International Police and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) the fugitive was captured in Spain and extradited by Spain’s Judiciary to the Sultanate to spend a year and three-months in jail.

—Ends

Seems the Times of Oman copy/paste was a bit too hasty. And they didn’t even credit the ONA for the other one!

Here’s the ONA original:

World Metrology Day Marked

Muscat, May 19 (ONA)—The Sultanate will tomorrow (Wednesday) join other countries of the world to mark the World Metrology Day which falls on May the 20th every year.

The science of metrology has been important for public life since all have realized the importance of measuring and it’s impact on countries economies and necessity for establishing national systems that meet international requirements.

Owing to development experience by the world, the openness endeavours in the world as to reach a world-class markets to streamlining flow of commodities, rules and regulations have been devised to meet the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements. The developed countries are therefore spending about 62% of their GDP on metrology infrastructure to cut trade exchange costs and improve quality of products and industrial process and protect health of individuals and the environment.

The Sultanate has been working hard to develop the metrology systems by updating the National Measurement and Standardization System to strengthen the national economy, promote competitiveness in various spheres. The systems also aim to establish infrastructure for scientific and legal measurements.

—Ends

Pulit for the 1st and a Pea for the 2nd.

-FK

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