Soldiers rescue dolphins
Soldiers rescued three rare dolphins that were stranded in a pond, officials said yesterday. Soldiers and Kosi Tappu Conservation officials caught the dolphins and transported them back home to the Kosi River, government administrator Fanindra Pokhrel said. The dolphins were swept several kilometers to the pond by floodwaters when the banks of the Kosi broke during last year’s monsoon. They were spotted only after the water level dropped. An unknown number of dolphins belonging to an endangered species called Platanista gangetica live in the southern Kosi, which is the country’s largest river.
Singer’s brother shot dead
Police say a brother of Philippine-born hip-hop singer apl.de.ap of the group Black Eyed Peas has been fatally shot in their northern hometown. Chief Inspector Wilfredo Paulo said Joven Pineda Deala was shot in the head early on Tuesday as he and his girlfriend were eating in his car that was parked outside the woman’s home in Angeles City. He said the gunman and his accomplice escaped on foot. The 21-year-old Deala died on the way to the hospital. Paulo says the attack was apparently without provocation. Deala was a half-brother of apl.de.ap, whose real name is Allan Pineda Lindo. Reports say he will attend his brother’s funeral. No date has been set.
Brothers sent to prison
Two brothers convicted of murdering a three-year-old girl who was kicked to death after months of abuse, including being hung and spun on a rotary clothesline and put into a tumble dryer, were sent to prison for a minimum of 17-and-a-half years yesterday, news reports said. Wiremu Curtis, 19, and Michael Curtis, 22, were found guilty late last year of the murder of Nia Glassie, who died from severe brain damage in August 2007, 12 days after being taken to hospital. The girl’s mother, Lisa Kuka, 35, who had been in a relationship with Wiremu Curtis, was sentenced to nine years after being found guilty on two counts of manslaughter for failing to provide the necessities of life and not protecting the child.
Chicken thief arrested
A thief who used a frozen chicken as a tool to break into a cafe was caught after he cut his wrist and was forced to phone an ambulance, police said yesterday. The man stole the chicken during an earlier break-in at a butcher’s shop at Macksville, but came off second best when he tried to use the frozen bird and some rocks to break into a cafe, slashing open his wrist. The 20-year-old man dialed an emergency 000 number to call an ambulance and was arrested shortly after being treated by paramedics, he said. The man was charged with breaking and entering and was to face a local court in nearby Kempsey later yesterday.
Foie gras imports banned
Imports of raw foie gras and poultry from France have been suspended after an outbreak of bird flu there, a farm ministry official said yesterday. Tokyo suspended imports of chicks and poultry meat after French officials announced an outbreak of the H5 strain of bird flu at a duck farm in Vendee province. Japan bought 404 tonnes of uncooked foie gras last year. Canned foie gras is not affected by the suspension. Foie gras, literally “fatty liver,” is typically made by forcing metal pipes down the throats of geese and ducks to feed them so their livers expand.