Surfer suffers shark bite
A 23-year-old surfer suffered “serious injuries” yesterday in a shark attack off the south coast of Western Australia, authorities said. The man was taken to hospital after the encounter at Wylie Bay, Western Australia police told reporters. He was believed to have lost one arm as well as his second hand and also suffered cuts to his leg, local newspaper the Esperance Express reported. “It has been confirmed that at about 11 o’clock this morning, a man suffered serious injuries after being bitten by a shark, unknown species, at Wylie Bay,” the Western Australia Department of Fisheries said in a statement. “The department is currently preparing to deploy equipment in an effort to catch the shark.” The department urged people to “stay out of the water,” adding that beaches in the area were closed following the attack.
Queen looking for cleaner
Buckingham Palace has revealed a sticky reality — Queen Elizabeth II is looking for a cleaner who can oversee the removal of chewing gum left by visitors to a royal residence. Among the duties for the job at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh is: “To arrange for the removal of chewing gum from the Historic and State Apartments by the porters,” the palace said on its Web site. The part-time position, which is paid ￡15,912 (US$25,763) a year, would also involve cleaning the palace toilets and the “washing of all crockery required for visits to the palace.” The candidates must be “physically fit and meticulous” and the post holder “will need to have a flexible approach to working hours when The Queen, members of the Royal Family and the High Commissioner are in residence.” Holyroodhouse is the queen’s official residence in Scotland.
Loud music shooter gets life
A Florida man faces life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder at his retrial for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager during an argument over loud music in 2012. Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder in February, but a racially mixed jury was deadlocked on the more serious first-degree murder count he was convicted of on Wednesday. Jordan Davis, 17, was shot three times after an altercation in a gas station parking lot in November 2012 over what Dunn described as loud “thug music.” In testimony Dunn said that he approached the teens, who were in a sports utility vehicle, and asked them to turn down the music, but the teens refused. Dunn said he feared for his life when one of the teens started to get out of the car and approached him. Dunn pulled a pistol out of his glove box and opened fire. Police found no evidence of a gun in the teens’ vehicle.
Man welcomes fugitive
A Silicon Valley homeowner unwittingly welcomed a fugitive into his home and shared a meal with the wanted man as California law enforcement officers canvassed the neighborhood in a manhunt, police said on Tuesday. Police in Palo Alto launched the search after receiving an emergency call on Monday about a possible fraudulent bank transaction linked to a man wanted in Oklahoma for a sex crime with a minor, the city’s police department said. Officers tried to nab 35-year-old Dominique Tabb of San Francisco at the bank, but he hopped a fence and ran into a residential neighborhood where officers began a yard-to-yard search, Palo Alto Detective Sergeant Brian Philip said. A homeowner in his 60s saw Tabb in his yard with some minor scrapes, and Tabb told him that assailants had beaten him up and that he was trying to escape, police said. The homeowner was driving Tabb to San Francisco or a nearby train station when they were spotted by a patrol officer, who arrested Tabb.
Intruders kill 920 chickens
Intruders beat to death more than 900 chickens during a break-in at a commercial poultry farm in central California, authorities said. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said the suspects pulled back part of the fence to enter the Foster Farms facility. “Once inside, the suspects used a golf club, and possibly another similar type instrument, to slaughter the birds,” it said in a statement, adding that 920 chickens were killed. Livingston, California-based Foster Farms said it was “an unconscionable act of animal cruelty” that appears to be a random act of violence. “Foster Farms is working with local law enforcement ... and is offering a US$5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the persons responsible,” it said. The incident happened on Sept. 20, but only came to light on Tuesday after the sheriff’s office called for the public’s help in identifying those behind the crime.
Casket ‘thief’ arrested
A Texas man suspected of stealing a casket to play a prank on his sister by making her think he had dug up their dead father was arrested after she called police, Dallas police said on Tuesday. Once police received the call from the sister who was concerned about what her brother had brought home, they linked the incident to a report of an assailant stealing an empty casket out of a hearse parked in the lot of Hughes Crown Hill Funeral Home, they said. The man was arrested for public intoxication and is likely to be charged with theft, police said.
STEP TOO FAR? The mandatory COVID-19 app has unprecedented access to users’ location data and forces Android users to give access to their picture and video galleries Privacy concerns over Qatar’s COVID-19 contact tracing app, a tool that is mandatory on pain of prison, have prompted a rare backlash and forced officials to offer reassurance and concessions. Like other governments around the world, Qatar has turned to mobile phones to trace people’s movements and track who they come into contact with, allowing officials to monitor infections and alert people at risk of infection. The apps use Bluetooth to ping nearby devices, which can be contacted subsequently if a user they have been near develops symptoms or tests positive for the virus, but the resultant unprecedented access to users’ location
‘CULTURE ERADICATION’: A US official said that Beijing is trying to stamp out the Uighur culture because it is not what the Chinese Communist Party deems ‘Chinese’ The US Congress on Wednesday authorized sanctions against Chinese officials over the mass incarceration of Muslim Uighurs. The US House of Representatives voted with just one dissent in favor of the Uighur Human Rights Act. Rights groups say that at least 1 million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region have been incarcerated in what Beijing calls “re-education” camps. “If America does not speak out against human rights [violations] in China because of some commercial interest, then we lose all moral authority to speak out on human rights violations any place in the world,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. House Committee
UNITED STATES SpaceX launch delayed SpaceX’s launch to the International Space Station — the first crewed mission to blast off from US soil in almost a decade — was scrubbed on Wednesday due to fears of a lightning strike. With NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley strapped into the Crew Dragon capsule, the launch pad platform retracted and rocket fueling under way, SpaceX made the call to abort. “We had just simply too much electricity in the atmosphere,” NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said. UNITED STATES Chinese ministry checked Twitter has applied a fact check tag to at least two posts made in March by
Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted damaging ancient Aboriginal rock shelters in Australia’s remote Pilbara region — blasting near the 46,000-year-old heritage site to expand an iron ore mine. Traditional owners said that the culturally significant cave in Juukan Gorge, Western Australia — one of the earliest known sites occupied by Aborigines in Australia — had been destroyed in a “devastating blow” to the community. Explosives were detonated on Sunday near the site in line with state government approvals granted seven years ago, Rio Tinto said in a statement. “In 2013, ministerial consent was granted to allow Rio Tinto to conduct activity