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Florist held for pruning ads

Prosecutors have arrested a florist for pruning his rivals’ business by clicking repeatedly on their online ads. The Seoul prosecutors’ office said yesterday that the man, surnamed Jeong, was charged with breaking laws on promoting communication networks and protecting information. Victims claim Jeong, 44, caused 500 million won (US$376,000) in losses to rival florists, the office said. Companies pre-pay portal operators a fee which dwindles each time an ad is clicked. When the fee is used up, the ad disappears. Jeong is also suspected of launching denial-of-service attacks, in which a flood of messages forces a targeted Web site to shut down. Prosecutors said they were questioning four other florists for allegedly colluding with or funding Jeong.


Disaster musical panned

A survivor of the gold mining disaster that gripped the world two years ago said yesterday that a musical in Melbourne called Beaconsfield: A Musical in A-Flat Minor was disrespectful to a workmate who was crushed to death in the rockfall. “It’s better off being left alone,” said Todd Russell, who was trapped with another miner for 14 days. “People are trying to get along with their lives, trying to move forward, and they just keep using this tragedy of ours.” Director Dan Ilic said the musical was more about the reporters who covering the story than the disaster itself.


Manila protests BBC sketch

The government has protested a popular BBC comedy sketch in which a Filipino maid was told to have sex with a neighbor, officials said yesterday. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Esteban Conejos said the Philippine embassy in London sent letters to the BBC and the Press Complaints Commission, to protest “this slur on our domestic workers” in Britain. Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo also summoned the British Ambassador Peter Beckingham to discuss the matter, he said. Representative Risa Hontiveros demanded an apology from the BBC. She described the Sept. 26 episode of the TV show Harry and Paul, starring British comedians Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse, as “revolting and disgusting” and called it an “insensitive and racist attempt to satirize a scene of exploitation.”


Anwar ad criticized

A huge cutout of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in a suburb just outside Kuala Lumpur has drawn fire as idolatrous and a waste of public funds, the Star newspaper reported yesterday. The 12.2m high image shows a smiling Anwar waving and bedecked with symbols of his opposition alliance. “It can deviate the Muslim’s faith,” said Asri Zainul Abidin, an Islamic scholar. “I don’t blame Anwar because it was not him who put up the cutout, but his supporters should not idolize [him] too much.” The cutout was put up by the municipal council on Sept. 28 at a cost of 5,000 ringgit (US$1,435) to wish people a happy end to Ramadan.


Refugee kills himself, wife

A Filipino refugee living in Sabah blew up himself and his wife, leaving their 13 children orphaned, the Star reported yesterday. Babin Isang, 35, had gone to see his wife Indak Musa, 35, on Monday to persuade her to come home after she left him to stay with her sister more than a month ago. Babin was heard shouting at his wife when the blast went off, the Star said. Indak was believed to have threatened to divorce her husband.

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