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‘LOITERING’ CROC: Police in Australia “arrested” a crocodile and locked it up in a cell after it was discovered loitering in a town.

Locals called out the police after the two metre saltwater crocodile turned up at Arrkuluk Camp in the Northern Territory.
Officers said they found it loitering near a fence “trying to look innocent”, reports the Northern Territory News.
Sergeant Adam Russell said: “I wanted to jump on it Steve Irwin-style but the rangers wouldn’t let me.”
Instead, the crocodile was bound and bundled into the back of a pickup truck, and taken to the police cells.
She was held in custody for three days until experts from a crocodile farm came to pick her up.
Russell added: “We cut the ropes on her legs just so she could move.
“We just hosed her down every couple of hours. She got a bit cranky when she was in the cells –– started hissing when people came near”. –– Ananova.

HEALTHY EATING GURU: Forget all the pizza and doughnuts –– the British government wants fans of The Simpsons to ditch junk food and eat more healthily.
The Department of Health is spending US$1 million to sponsor episodes of the long-running US cartoon series, as part of its Change4Life campaign.
Before the start of the sponsored shows, cartoon characters pretending to be the members of the dysfunctional animated family are shown sitting on a sofa tucking into ice cream and chips which then morph into more healthy alternatives.
The government hopes that viewers will realise they should follow that behaviour, and not the beer-swilling, doughnut-guzzling diet of Homer Simpson and his family.
Public Health minister Gillian Merron said the aim was to produce new and innovative ways to reach the target audience..
“The Simpsons are a much-loved, close-knit family facing some of the everyday challenges that modern day families go through,” she said in a statement.
“Whilst they certainly make some questionable choices about how they go about things, they provide a popular and engaging way to get the message to real-life families about simple ways of improving their diet and activity for a healthier lifestyle”. –– Reuters.

‘GO’ BEFORE FLYING: A Japanese airline is asking passengers to visit the lavatory before boarding in an attempt to reduce carbon emissions.
All Nippon Airways (Ana) says empty bladders mean lighter passengers, which means lighter aircraft and lower fuel use.
It hopes that the weight saved will lead to a five-tonne reduction in carbon emissions.
Flying is the fastest-growing source of carbon dioxide emissions, accounting for more than 600 million tonnes of the greenhouse gas per year. –– Daily Telegraph.

SAMBA MANIA: A protest by Muslim clerics torpedoed a Brazilian samba show in the Lebanese city of Tire last Thursday, local officials said.
A statement by the clerics condemned plans for the open-air display by a dance troupe that has been touring Lebanon.
“We support tourism but are against obscenity,” said Sheikh Ali Yassin, who heads a group of clerics in the predominantly Shi’ite Muslim city.
The local council responded by cancelling the show after consulting politicians and security officials, officials said.
The troupe, including musicians and scantily clad dancers, performed in central Beirut’s Martyrs’ Square last week. –– Reuters.

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