Showing posts from March, 2006

Up in Smoke

Four men have been charged over the theft of a shipping container with 8.5 million cigarettes, worth $2.65 million. Three wharf workers from Catherine Field, Casula and Bonnyrigg were arrested at their south-western Sydney homes yesterday morning and charged with conspiracy to commit theft over the container heist. An Ingleburn security guard also was charged over the conspiracy on Wednesday. All four were allegedly part of a scam to smuggle the shipping container from a secure facility at Botany Bay on February 6. In another matter the Sydney Morning Herald revealed yesterday that the Government secretly ditched plans to ban cigarettes from public display in supermarkets and shops. Frank Sartor announced the initiative in February 2004. Another May 2004 document from NSW Health's tobacco and health unit warned that retailers would have concerns at Mr Sartor's proposal because they feared a loss of revenue from the proposal but the argument was "best addressed through pub…

Look who's talking!

The Muslim clerics are now speaking.
Only an official apology by the Danish government to all Muslims for offence caused by the prophet Mohammad cartoons will prompt the lifting of the boycott of Danish goods, Muslim preachers say.An official apology "is absolutely necessary ... because your government has not dealt with them (Muslims) respectfully," Islamic scholar Tareq al-Suweidan told a conference hosted by the government in an attempt to ease tension over the drawings.The cartoons, first printed by a Danish paper last year and later reprinted elsewhere, provoked a storm of protests among Muslims, attacks on three Danish embassies and a boycott of Danish goods in some countries that has hit dairy exports.If there is no apology, "the scholars of Islam and myself ... I am running an Islamic satellite TV channel, we will encourage people to continue the boycott," Suweidan said.
Wow, the clerics are all up at arms. Like Muslims need another excuse to raise arms. Did …