Navies hold sports event
Navy personnel played football, volleyball and tug-of-war — and drank beer — yesterday with their Vietnamese counterparts in a rare display of camaraderie in a South China Sea island. The day-long sports festival was held on Vietnamese-occupied Southwest Cay Island (Nanzih Reef, 南子礁) and also included cultural presentations, the two countries’ navies said in a joint statement. About 40 navy personnel sailed by boat to the island, bringing local delicacies, such as rice cakes. Southwest Cay Island, which the government also claims and calls Pugad, used to be occupied by the nation’s troops, but was seized by Vietnamese forces in the 1970s. “We’re trying to set an example,” Navy spokesman Gerald Fabic said. “We want to show that there can be other approaches to the disputes that can in fact ease the tensions.” The event was “proof that disputes do not hinder development of practical and tangible cooperation,” the two navies said. “This also serves as a model of cooperation for the other navies to emulate.”
Rapes ‘accidental’: minister
A minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said rapes happen “accidentally” in the latest controversial remarks by a politician amid renewed anger over attacks against women. Ramsevak Paikra, the home minister of Chhattisgarh State who is responsible for law and order, said late on Saturday that rapes did not happen on purpose. “Such incidents [rapes] do not happen deliberately. These kind of incidents happen accidentally,” Paikra told reporters. Paikra, who was asked for his thoughts on the gang rape and lynching of two girls in Uttar Pradesh State, later said he had been misquoted. His original remarks were broadcast on television networks. The remarks come days after the home minister of the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh State said rapes were “sometimes right, sometimes wrong.”
Intruder throws sex toys
A shop manager was pelted with sex toys by an intruder wearing a wig and crotchless pants in an erotica store stick-up, police said yesterday. The man forced his way into the Brisbane adult shop through the roof just before 5:30am on Saturday, setting off the alarm. “Upon being disturbed, the man threw a number of items he was attempting to steal out of his hands and proceeded to climb back through the roof,” police said in a statement. “Police located the man climbing down from the roof of the business.” According to local media reports, the intruder was wearing a wig, crotchless pants and a dress. He was charged with break-and-enter and drug possession offenses. “There’s definitely a funny side to it,” manager Fiona Coldrick told the Australian newspaper. “Obviously what he was wearing was pretty amusing. You’ve got to see the lighter side of it.”
Remains found in crocodile
Human remains were recovered yesterday in the hunt for a man snatched by a crocodile in front of terrified relatives on a boat trip. The man, 62, was taken from his boat on the South Alligator River in northern Kakadu National Park late on Saturday afternoon as his wife, son and daughter-in-law looked on. Northern Territory police sergeant Andrew Hocking said two large crocodiles were shot and cut open by search crews yesterday at the waterhole where the man was last seen. “One of those crocs was later examined and a quantity of human remains was recovered,” Hocking told reporters, adding that the creature had been 4.7m long.