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British model Kate Moss was escorted
off a plane at Luton airport yesterday
after disruptive behaviour, the BBC
Moss, 41, could not be reached for
comment. She was not arrested as no
formal complaints were made, the BBC
reported. Her spokeswoman did not
respond to an e-mail and to phone calls
British police said they had been called
to escort a passenger from the Easy Jet
flight EZY2232 arriving from Bodrum,
Turkey.The police did not name Moss.
“The passenger had been reported as
being disruptive on the flight. Officers
attended and escorted the passenger
from the plane. No formal complaints
were made against her and she was not
arrested,” Bedfordshire police said.
Easy Jet confirmed police had met the
flight due to the behaviour of a passenger
“ Easy Jet does not tolerate disruptive
behaviour and will always report
any incidents to the authorities,” the
company said in a statement. — Reuters
Teachers and students scribbled
the lessons — multiplication tables,
pilgrim history, how to be clean —
nearly 100 years ago. They have not
been touched since.
Last week, contractors removing
old chalkboards at Emerson High
School in Oklahoma City made
a startling discovery: Underneath
them rested another set of
chalkboards, untouched since 1917.
“The penmanship blows me
away, because you don’t see a lot
of that any more,” Emerson High
School principal Sherry Kishore
told the Oklahoman. “Some of
the handwriting in some of these
rooms is beautiful.”
The chalkboards being removed
to make way for new whiteboards
are in four classrooms, according to
the Oklahoma City Public School
A spokeswoman said the district
is working with the city to “preser ve
the ‘chalk’ work of the teachers that
has been captured in time.”
A wheel that apparently was
used to teach multiplication tables
appears on one board. “ I have never
seen that technique in my life,”
Kishore told the Oklahoman.
The boards carry not just
teachers’ work, but also that of
students, and every room has a
lesson on pilgrims, according to
“Their names are here; I don’t
know whether they were students
in charge that day that got to do
the special chores if they were
the ones that had a little extra to
do because they were acting up,”
“But it ’s all kinds of different
feelings when you look at this.”
Haunting chalk drawings from 100 years ago
One of the blackboard drawings uncovered almost a century on in a school in Oklahoma.
Australian cattle are
slaughtered with “wanton cruelty” in
Israel, new footage shows.
The footage, which was shot using
hidden cameras in a major Israeli
abattoir, shows the cattle having their
tails crushed and being hoisted by one
leg while still conscious before having
their throats sawn.
The abattoir is accredited under
Australia’s live export regulation
Animals Australia has lodged a
complaint with the Department of
Agriculture, saying the practices are in
breach of domestic and international
“ Kosher slaughter in Israel already
involves cattle enduring the extreme
stress of being tipped upside down
and having their throats cut while
fully conscious,” Animals Australia
chief investigator Lyn White said.
“ To then have workers subjecting
clearly conscious and distressed
animals to such wanton cruelty is
The group is calling for closed
circuit television cameras to be made
mandatory in all abattoirs approved
under Australia’s Exporter Supply
Chain Assurance System, with
remote access being provided to the
Department of Agriculture.
“The technology is there, and there
is no reason why this cannot be a
regulatory condition,” White said
investigation is under way and the
abattoir is facing a lengthy closure
for failing to meet religious slaughter
requirements, Animals Australia
Both of Israel’s major abattoirs have
been exposed for animal cruelty over
the past two years. — A AP
Israel accused of cruel cattle slaughter
With fireworks and gunshots, Turkey ’s
Kurds have celebrated their biggest
breakthrough in Turkish politics,
revelling in the blow dealt to President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Cars cruised through the streets of
the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir
in south-eastern Turkey, with drivers
honking and people hanging out from
windows making “V ” signs as occasional
gunshots were fired into the air.
Results showed the pro-Kurdish
People’s Democratic Party (HDP)
and its charismatic leader Selahattin
Demirtas easily passed the 10% barrier
needed to win seats in parliament, with
the HDP ’s 13% vote share guaranteeing
it 79 MPs.
The results will give the Kurds — who,
with 20% of Turkey ’s population, are
the country’s biggest minority — true
representation in parliament.
In Diyarbakir, supporters
ululating, dancing and shouting the
party’s election slogan: “ We are the
HDP, we are going to the parliament.”
“It is a carnival night,” 47-year-old
Huseyin D urmaz, a Kurd, said.
“ We no longer trust the AKP,” he
said, referring to Erdogan’s Justice
and Development Party, which lost its
majority in the 550-seat parliament.
According to 34-year-old Aytac
Bayram, meanwhile, Diyarbakir had last
“seen such a night of celebration during
the liberation of Kobane”.
Kurdish fighters, backed by United
States-led air strikes, drove Islamic State
jihadists from the key Syrian town of
Kobane in January — a key symbolic
and strategic blow against the militant
group which has emboldened the
Kurdish movement in Turkey.
The HDP ’s move to parliament for
the first time as a party — its MPs had
sat in the previous parliament but they
were elected as independents — comes
against the backdrop of a bomb attack
that killed two people at the Diyarbakir
rally just ahead of the elections.
“The HDP ’s rise symbolises the unity
of the Kurds and is one step closer to
democracy,” HDP supporter Yalman
“It is a warning against (the) AKP and
dictatorship,” he said.
The HDP plays a critical role in
the regional peace process, started by
the AKP with the ultimate goal of
disarming the outlawed Kurdistan
Workers’ Party (PKK), a separatist
group regarded as a terrorist
organisation by the US and the
But the government has been criticised
for not making the process sufficiently
transparent or inclusive.
“Our representatives will be in the
parliament. They will advocate Kurdish
rights,” 41-year-old Selcuk Atasever
“From now we will have a stronger
voice in the peace process.” — AFP
Two convicted killers who cut their
way out of a United States maximum
security prison near the Canadian border
probably had help from prison staff in a
Hollywood-style conspiracy, according
to New York’s governor.
Richard Matt, 49, and David Sweat, 35,
used power tools to cut through walls at
the Clinton Correctional Facility in the
small town of Dannemora in New York
State before dawn on Saturday.
They crawled to freedom through an
underground pipe system, coming up
through a manhole and leaving behind a
yellow Post-it saying “Have a Nice Day ”
next to a toothy grin.
Police backed by sniffer dogs and
helicopters scoured the area for a third
day and officials have been alerted on
the Mexican and Canadian borders,
but there has been no trace of the two
Police admit the pair could be
“They are truly dangerous, desperate
men,” New York Governor Andrew
Cuomo said overnight, adding at he
believed they were given help, “primarily
from the inside”.
“ You have three types of employees at
a prison. You have the guards, civilian
employees and private contractors who
come in to do work,” he told NBC
“ We are going through the civilian
employees and the private contractors
first. I’d be shocked if a corrections guard
was involved in this but . . . they couldn’t
have done this on their own. ”
US media reported that a female prison
worker was questioned by police and
removed from her post in connection
with the investigation. State police
refused to comment on the reports.
The New York Post said the worker
may have been wooed by Matt, whom
the paper described as “an infamous lady
There is a $US100,000 ($140,000)
reward for information leading to their
arrest. — AFP
Escape probe focuses on inside help San Francisco
Apple has unveiled a subscription
streaming music ser vice that
could be a powerful rival to on-
line ser vices such as Spotify and
Apple Music, available to users
of iPhones and iPads on June 30
in 100 countries, includes a radio
station with personalised playlists
and a choice from millions of songs
Chief executive Tim Cook said
the new Apple Music ser vice would
be “the next chapter in music” and
“ will change the way you experience
The ser vice will be available for
$US9.99 ($14) per month, with a
family plan for up to six people at
“Apple Music is really going
to move the needle for fans and
artists,” Apple’s Jimmy Iovine said.
“On-line music has become a
complicated mess of apps, ser vices
and websites. Apple Music brings
the best features together for an
experience every music lover will
The ser vice includes a live radio
station called Beats 1, tools to find
curated playlists or individual songs
and a social music network on
which users can comment on music
and share it.
“ We love music, and the new
Apple Music ser vice puts an
incredible experience at every fan’s
fingertips,” Eddy Cue, Apple senior
vice-president of internet software
and ser vices, said.
“All the ways people love enjoying
music come together in one app
a revolutionary streaming
ser vice, live worldwide radio and
an exciting way for fans to connect
with artists.” — AFP
Apple streaming plan
‘will change music forever’
The world’s first artificial leg capable of
simulating the feelings of a real limb and
fighting phantom pain has been unveiled
by researchers in Vienna.
The innovation is the result of a two-
fold process, developed by Professor
Hubert Egger at the University of Linz
in northern Austria.
Surgeons first rewired remaining foot
ner ve endings from a patient ’s stump to
healthy tissue in the thigh, placing them
close to the skin surface.
Six sensors were then fitted to the foot
sole of a lightweight prosthesis, and
linked to so-called stimulators inside the
shaft where the stump sits.
“ It ’s like a second lease of life, like being
reborn,” Austrian amputee Wolfgang
Rangger, said ahead of today’s media
The former teacher, who lost his right
leg in 2007 after suffering a blood clot
caused by a cerebral stroke, has spent
the last six months testing the new
“ It feels like I have a foot again. I no
longer slip on ice and I can tell whether I
walk on gravel, concrete, grass or sand. I
can even feel small stones,” he said.
The 54-year-old also runs, cycles and
goes climbing. When he moves, the limp
is barely noticeable.
In addition to increasing balance and
safety, the prosthesis provides another
remarkable function: it has helped
eradicate the excruciating pain Rangger
had experienced for years following his
“ I was barely able to walk with a
conventional prosthesis, didn’t sleep for
more than two hours a night and needed
morphine to make it through the day,”
But within days of undergoing the
operation last October, the pain vanished.
Family anger as
release date set
South African double
amputee sprinter who
shot dead his girlfriend, is
scheduled to be freed on
parole on August 21 after
ser ving just 10 months in
The proposed release
date, announced overnight,
provoked an angry reaction
from the parents of model and television
presenter Reeva Steenkamp, 29, who
Pistorius shot on Valentine’s Day in
Pistorius, a role model around the
world after competing in the Paralympics
and Olympics, claimed he mistook
Steenkamp for an intruder, firing four
shots through a locked bathroom door.
“Incarceration of 10 months for taking
a life is simply not enough,” her parents
June and Barry Steenkamp said in a
statement released on-line.
“ We fear that this will not send out
the proper message and ser ve as the
deterrent it should.”
The statement added the family had
“forgiven” Pistorius and did “not seek to
avenge” their daughter’s death.
Pistorius, 28, was found guilty last
year of culpable homicide
a charge akin to
sentenced to five years
in prison for shooting
correctional super vision on
August 21,” Zach Modise,
correctional ser vices, said.
“Normally, this will mean house arrest
with one hour of free time each day.
As he progresses, we will relax these
The correctional ser vices’ recommen-
dation will now await final confirmation
from the parole board, which is due to
issue its decision this week.
State prosecutors are appealing against
his conviction for culpable homicide,
saying he should have been found guilty
The appeal hearing was set overnight
for November — three months after
Pistorius could be freed.
“A specific date has not been set yet,
but we can confirm that the appeal
will happen in November this year,” a
Supreme Court official, who declined to
be named, said. — AFP
Police are hoping a trail of
breadcrumbs left behind by
Hansel and Gretel-inspired
thieves will help them solve a
Hundreds of freshly baked
bread rolls were left behind
after the break-in at a house in
Templestowe in Melbourne’s
north-east some time between
7pm on May 10 and 10.30am
the next day.
Among the stolen items was an
unusual double-seater mobility
scooter, a ride-on lawnmower
and crystal glasses.
The scooter belonged to the
victim’s late father, so has a
sentimental and practical value,
senior constable Michael Nunn
“ To rob an elderly man of his
wheelchair is a pretty low act and
police are keen to catch up with
those responsible,” he said.
Officers hope the trail of
breadcrumbs will help lead them
to the thieves, but are also calling
for witnesses. — A AP
Police have only crumbs
to go on in burglary
Bulldozer rampage shocks
The tight-knit local community
will rally around the family who
lost their home in a terrifying
incident where a man went on
a bulldozer rampage in the New
South Wales Lake Macquarie
A 48-year-old man will face
court today on 17 charges after
allegedly stealing a bulldozer and
completely flattening a home
and four cars in Teralba yesterday
morning, forcing three people
inside to run for their lives.
Police say the family were lucky
to escape and that a neighbour
who helped them escape will
be recommended for a bravery
City of Lake Macquarie
mayor Jodie Harrison said local
residents are in shock.
“There is a fair bit of carnage,”
she told Network Seven today.
“There’s a fair bit of shock
among the local neighbours and
friends of the people who have
lost their home.”
Harrison has spoken with the
family and says the local agencies
will provide them with the
A senior police officer has
described the suburban scene as
looking “like a bomb had gone
Lake Macquarie local area
commander Inspector David
Matthews praised the next door
neighbour and the two initial
attending police officers for their
outstanding job during the early
“I will be referring the
neighbour and the two officers
to the NSW police force
recommending that they receive
some form of commendation,” he
said. — AAP
decision could be
A court would be able to strike down
a minister’s decision to strip dual-
nationality terror supporters of their
Australian citizenship if there is not
enough evidence, a senior Liberal says.
after former Howard
government minister Amanda Vanstone
lashed the prime minister for the
proposal, newly-appointed special envoy
for citizenship Philip Ruddock has tried
to ease concerns.
Those in the sights of the federal
government for deportation would get
the chance of appeal, he said today.
“ I don’t imagine that anybody would
be deported from Australia until all of
their entitlements have been in fact
exhausted,” he told ABC radio.
When asked whether the courts could
say the immigration minister got it
wrong by making an order, Mr Ruddock
said, “Of course”.
“ If a minister simply made a decision
to terminate a citizenship entitlement
without properly considering the nature
of the evidence . . . it would certainly be
a matter which could be overturned by a
The government is drafting legislation
with help from its “professional advisers”,
expected to include the Solicitor-
General, Ruddock said.
The plan, and how it was put to cabinet,
was strongly criticised on Monday by
Ms Vanstone, describing as “profoundly
dumb” the idea of a minister taking away
someone’s citizenship without an appeal.
Ex-Liberal minister Helen Coonan
also expressed concern, saying the courts
should play a role in assessing the merits
of a case.
“The point you make is an interesting
one, probably right too,” she told Sky
News, agreeing with former Queensland
Premier Peter Beattie who advocated the
Greens leader Richard Di Natale says
that stripping citizenship rights would
not make Australia any safer.
“It effectively says to a group of people
rather than having you locked up, rather
than ensuring that you’re not able to
commit these crimes, we’re going to turn
you loose,” he said today.
It was ridiculous that the notion of
taking citizenship from Australian-born
people who were not dual nationals
had even found its way on to the table,
Senator Di Natale said. — AAP
Lethal Weapon star Mary Ellen
Trainor has died at 62.
The actress died on 20 May at her
home in Montecito, California. The
cause of her death has yet to be revealed.
Trainor was best known for playing
police psychiatrist Dr Stephanie Woods in
the Mel Gibson/Danny Glover buddy cop
franchise, appearing in all four instalments.
She also had memorable roles as Mrs
Walsh in cult classic The Goonies and
Diane Evans in sci-fi television series
Roswell, as well as small parts in Congo,
Anywhere But Here and Freaky Friday.
In 1980, she married director Robert
Zemeckis, and appeared in a number of
his films, including Forrest Gump, Back
to the Future Part II, Ghostbusters II,
and Romancing the Stone.
Trainor and Zemeckis divorced in 2000
and share a son, Alexander. — WENN
Lethal Weapon actress dead
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