Judge gives convicts vote
A court ruling yesterday set the stage for prison inmates to be able to vote in elections for the first time in the territory’s history. Justice Andrew Cheung ruled that inmates have the constitutional right to register as voters and cast their ballots while serving sentences. The case was brought by two men, Chan Kin-sum and Choi Chuen-sun, who are currently in jail, and legislator Leung Kwok-hung, who had previously served time for offenses against public order. Cheung gave the justice department and the electoral commission 14 days to work out how to implement his decision.
Sex-crazed rhino unzips pen
A sex-crazed rhinoceros that smashed through the steel bars of its pen in search of female company had to be shot with a tranquilizer dart to keep him within the bounds of Adelaide’s Monarto Zoo. Monarto chief executive Chris West said keepers used a helicopter to locate the white rhino called Satara in the open-range zoo while visitors were kept out. “It was before zoo opening times so as soon as there’d been a realization then we’d have secured the whole site,” West said. Satara, 18, was captured in Africa’s Kruger National Park and brought to Australia six years ago as part of a captive breeding program.
Fire at nuclear plant
A fire broke out at a nuclear power plant and a worker was sickened by smoke inhalation, but there was no release of radioactivity, the plant operator said yesterday. A small fire broke out at a turbine facility at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear complex during welding of pipes aimed at enhancing quake resistance, Tokyo Electric Power Co said in a statement. A worker was sickened from inhaling smoke, but not seriously, said the company, known as TEPCO. The fire was extinguished within one hour and there was no radiation leak from the incident, the company said.
Raunchy calendar not hot
Is a bare-all calendar a sure-fire way for your community group to raise funds this Christmas? A researcher said yesterday total exposure was a turn-off and that calendars leaving something to the imagination were the better sellers. University of Tasmania lecturer Pamela Turton-Turner said that pubic hair and nipples were out and strategically held teacups and flowers were in. What makes a charity calendar a success, she said, was the “stark comparison between the ageing, sometimes bizarre, non-classic bodies of the men and women in them compared with the classic, idealized and erotic bodies of people in movies and advertising.”
Protesters arrested at airport
Four people were arrested early yesterday after 50 demonstrators against global warming broke into a secure area of Stansted Airport near London, police said. The demonstrators occupied the area near the runway of the airport north of London at around 3:15am, organizers Plane Stupid said. The area had been closed for renovation. “About 50 protesters have gained access to Stansted Airport and they are airside,” an Essex police spokeswoman said. “We have arrested four people so far. Police have contained the area where the protesters are and they will be dealing with them in due course.” In a statement, Plane Stupid said the disruption to flights would prevent “the release of thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.” The organization said the demonstrators had chained themselves up and were protected by barricades. They wanted to remain near the runway to prevent the airport from opening to traffic at 5am.