Cher ‘upset’ over key sale
US singer Cher is “upset” and trying to get to the bottom of why a key to the city of Adelaide she was given in 1990 ended up on eBay, selling yesterday for nearly US$100,000. The appearance of the brass key and an accompanying memorial plaque on the Internet auction house offended city officials, with Adelaide Mayor Stephen Yarwood saying he was “exceptionally disappointed.” “It must be very embarrassing for her if she is selling it because she needs the money,” Yarwood said last weekend. In a tweet, Cher said she was mystified about it appearing on eBay. “I’m upset 2 & trying 2get2 bottom! I Think my office fkd up?” she tweeted. The key and engraved plaque was sold by a user called Authentic_Cher who claims to be the musician’s new “personal consignor,” saying the item was from her Malibu, California, home. The auction closed yesterday morning after 146 bids from people around the world with the successful buyer paying US$95,900. Cher was awarded the key to the city in recognition of her performance at the 1990 Formula One Grand Prix. “If she didn’t want to keep it, she should have returned it back to the city,” said Steve Condous, the former mayor who presented her with the key.
Missiles fake: analysts
Analysts say a half dozen ominous new missiles showcased at a lavish military parade were clumsy fakes. Their conclusions cast more doubt on the country’s claims of military prowess after its recent rocket launch failure. The weapons displayed on April 15 appear to be a mish-mash of liquid-fuel and solid-fuel components that could never fly together. Undulating casings on the missiles suggest the metal is too thin to withstand flight. Each missile was slightly different from the others, even though all were supposedly the same make. They don’t even fit the launchers they were carried on. Two analysts who detailed those discrepancies in a paper posted recently on the Web site Armscontrolwonk.com say there is no doubt that the missiles were mock-ups.
Woman in ATM trap freed
Firefighters yesterday performed one of their most unusual rescues — freeing an elderly woman whose fingers got stuck in a bank ATM. The fire service was called to a hospital in Sydney after security guards found the woman distressed with three of her fingers jammed in the slot that dispenses cash, ABC radio reported. The crew prised the front panel away from the machine to free her. “I’ve been in the job 37 years and never had one of these,” firefighter Steve Webb said. “She was in the main foyer of Campbelltown Hospital with the little finger, well three fingers, stuck up inside where the money comes out.” The woman was being examined by doctors at the hospital, he said.
Girl rescued from sinkhole
A teenage girl was rescued by a taxi driver after falling into a deep sinkhole that opened up on a city sidewalk near a school. China Central Television (CCTV) aired footage on Wednesday from a surveillance video that showed the teenager in a pink coat falling down the 6m hole in Xian last month. Taxi driver Wang Wei told CCTV he witnessed the accident and climbed into the muddy sinkhole to rescue the unconscious teenager. Wang said he patted the girl to wake her up, then helped her climb to safety when firefighters lowered a ladder down to the pair. The China Daily newspaper said in an earlier report the girl was taken to hospital for treatment and recovered.