G’day mate, indeed: Oz MP caught sexting
A married politician is to leave Australia’s parliament after he had dinner in Hong Kong with a much younger woman he met on a ‘sugar daddies’ dating site. Andrew Broad, 43, also sent the woman explicit texts detailing his intentions. After the woman, apparently Irish, told him she found Aussie accents sexy, he apparently replied: ‘I pull you close, run my strong hands down your back, softly kiss your neck and whisper ‘G’day mate’.’ – The Daily Telegraph
Gym may be as fit as pills for high blood pressure
Exercise may be as effective as drugs in tackling high blood pressure, research suggests. The study found that among those with high blood pressure, exercise tended to be more effective than drugs. Weaning more patients off drugs could protect them from some of the risks associated with taking multiple pills, researchers suggested, but said patients should not immediately give up their drugs. – AFP
Chinese city gags Christmas cheers
Authorities in a city in northern China have banned all festive decorations from its streets. Officials in Langfang said the move was part of efforts to keep the streets clean to win an award for Chinese cities. But critics have said the rules are part of wider curbs on freedom of speech and religion. – The Daily Telegraph
Outrage after man shoots dog four times
Police and SPCA inspectors are searching for a man who shot a dog four times in a cul-de-sac in Winston Park, west of Durban. Resident Vivian Michelle said she had been ready to turn in for the night on Tuesday when she heard a car. "I thought it was my son coming home and the next thing I heard a gunshot and ran to my balcony. The dog ran and the guy shot again. The dog was crying and it was so horrible," she said. "He ended up shooting the dog four times and I triggered my alarm and he spun off.," she said. Jenny Gevers, of the Winston Park Guardians neighbourhood watch, said an SPCA sent an inspector to collect the dog and will do an autopsy. Community crime activist Greg Albert has pledged a R1,000 reward for any information that leads to a successful conviction of the shooter.
So much cannabis, but you can’t smoke it
The cannabis being cultivated on 1,000ha of a farm in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, may look like recreational marijuana but smoking it would have "absolutely no effect". Krithi Thaver, founding member of the Cannabis Development Council of SA, said the variety of cannabis sativa being grown on the farm was industrial hemp. "A passer-by would look at it and say 'Wow, let's take some!' But this is industrial hemp; it cannot be smoked.” Thaver was among those who facilitated a partnership with a Newcastle doctor who owns the farm to cultivate cannabis on his land. The departments of health and agriculture have now issued permits to cultivate industrial hemp on 5,000ha.
Disgraced SA lawyer’s whereabouts unknown
The department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) was unable on Wednesday to confirm if SA fugitive Dirk Prinsloo had been released from detention in Belarus, Eastern Europe. "We are monitoring the situation and trying to get confirmation. We don't have any official confirmation that he has been released," spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said. Netwerk24 reported that Prinsloo had been detained for nearly a year at Belarus's migration department after he was released on parole. "When a person is released we get a letter saying that this person who comes from your country has been released. That letter has not arrived," said Mabaya. The department had only heard "rumours” of his release. Prinsloo was sentenced to 13 years in prison in Belarus in February 2010 for theft, robbery and "thuggery". He and his partner, Cézanne Visser, nicknamed "Advocate Barbie", were arrested in SA in 2002 on charges of fraud, rape, indecent assault and the manufacturing of child pornography.