Aussie arrested for burglary
An Australian woman is facing up to nine years in jail after she was arrested on Bali accused of teaming up with a gang to burgle her former boyfriend’s house and steal his car, police said on Wednesday. Sandra Sheed, 42, who has lived on the resort island for more than 20 years, allegedly used a duplicate key last month to get into the property of fellow Australian Stephen Blackwell, 46, accompanied by five men, local police chief Ambariyadi Wijaya said. They took “a car, a television, a DVD player and many other things,” he said, adding that Blackwell’s maid was in the house at the time of the burglary and alerted her boss, who was away in Australia. Sheed was arrested on Saturday. The five men are still on the run and Sheed has refused to identify them, he said.
Historic flight marked
The grandson of one of the first men to fly over Mount Everest said he marked the 80th anniversary of the pioneering flight by flying to the world’s highest mountain. Charles Douglas Hamilton said he flew as a passenger in a modern plane to the Everest region on Wednesday. His grandfather, Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, and three other men flew over Everest on April 3, 1933, in two open-cockpit planes, wearing heated suits and battling harsh weather conditions as they crossed over the 8,850m peak. Charles Douglas Hamilton, who is not a pilot, said he did not fly over Everest like his grandfather, but he was able to see the mountain from the plane, which got about 13km from Everest, flying at about 7,163m.
Chef auction a success
An auction offering the chance to dine with world-renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adria, known for his revolutionary “molecular cuisine,” has fetched a winning bid of more than US$28,000, Sotheby’s said yesterday. The “vigorous” bidding war started with an offer of HK$40,000 (US$5,000) and ended with a winning bid of HK$220,500 when the hammer fell on Wednesday, the auction house said. The winner and three companions will be dining at Tickets Restaurant in Barcelona, Spain, the hometown of the famous chef, who ran the Michelin three-star elBulli restaurant in Spain until it closed in 2011.
Police arrest 42 for unrest
Police said at least 42 people have been arrested and may face trial for their roles in an outbreak of sectarian violence last month. Police officer Kyi Shein said 30 Buddhists are among those who have been detained for alleged links to unrest that hit the central town of Meikhtila for several days. Kyi Shein said yesterday by telephone from Meikhtila that no trial dates have been set because investigations are continuing. He said among those detained was the Muslim owner of a gold shop, where troubles first began, and those who allegedly killed a Buddhist monk, whose death prompted angry Buddhists to take to the streets.
Navy officers reassigned
Four officers of a US Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef in the Philippines are being relieved of their duties. The US Pacific Fleet said in a statement on Wednesday that initial findings indicate all four failed to adhere to standard navigation procedures at the time of the Jan. 17 grounding of the Guardian. The sailors are the commanding officer, the executive officer and navigator, the assistant navigator and the officer of the deck. They have been reassigned.