Cleavage bothers colleagues
Almost three-quarters of male office workers feel uncomfortable when female colleagues show too much leg or cleavage in the workplace, a survey of 1,254 employees by the job portal site CareerNet has found. Some 56 percent of male respondents cited micro-miniskirts as their chief complaint, while 51 percent objected to excessive cleavage. Low-rise trousers that reveal women’s underwear, “killer heels” and flashy outfits in general were also cause for complaint. Women complained mostly of stains on the shirts and ties of their male colleagues.
Rudd slammed for saint bid
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was accused of “sheer arrogance” yesterday over moves to press Pope Benedict XVI to create the country’s first saint. Opposition frontbencher Christopher Pyne hit out at Rudd’s plan to raise the canonization of nun Mary MacKillop during a meeting with the pope this week. “The sheer arrogance of the prime minister, believing he can lobby the Pope on behalf of Mary MacKillop, is quite frankly offensive,” Pyne told Sky News. “The path to sainthood is a very serious process and it doesn’t include lobbying by the leaders of countries.” But Labor Member of Parliament David Bradbury said there was no suggestion that Rudd, a Catholic, would produce evidence of the miracle needed to turn MacKillop into a saint. MacKillop, founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph, was beatified in 1995 after the Vatican agreed that prayers to her in 1961, some 52 years after her death, had saved a woman from cancer. MacKillop needs one more approved miracle to become a full saint.
Judge can’t cane robber
A court has overruled a judge who sparked a legal stir because he wanted to personally cane a convicted robber, a lawyer said yesterday. Sessions Court Judge Zainal Abidin Kamarudin last month ordered that a 20-year-old man be whipped with a rattan cane 10 times and insisted that he wanted to carry out the sentence himself in court on July 15. Muhammad Syafiq Abdul Wahab had pleaded guilty to a charge of armed robbery after he was arrested for brandishing a knife while stealing a mobile phone from a student. The High Court decided on Monday that the judge should not cane offenders himself. It also ruled that Muhammad Syafiq should serve 200 hours of community service instead of being caned.
Police seek skull’s owner
Baffled police launched an appeal for information yesterday after a 700-year-old skull washed up on a beach. Police believe the skull must belong to a private collector or museum, but are mystified as to how it arrived on the Sydney beach in September. “Detectives are now looking for the owner of the skull, who they believe may be a private collector or from a museum or research facility,” they said. Tests showed the skull belonged to a non-Aboriginal child aged between four and six who lived about seven centuries ago.
Court rejects injections
The nation’s top court has refused to replace hanging with lethal injection as the country’s sole method of execution, saying there is no evidence it is less painful than other ways. Monday’s ruling rejected a petition by rights activist Ashok Kumar Walia, who said hanging was a “cruel and painful” method of execution and should be replaced by lethal injection. The judges suggested that Walia instead campaign for abolition of the death penalty.