Brekky Wrap: Businessman Failed To Pull Over In Police Chase Because He Was 'Having Sex In The Back Seat'
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A man who led police on a car chase said he told his chauffeur to keep driving because he was having sex in the backseat with a woman who was not his wife.
Maurice Sines, from Britain, was in his £405,000 (about $800,000) Rolls Royce Phantom with "a bird in the back" when police approached the vehicle, a UK court has heard.
He argued that he didn't want to get caught because he'd just rekindled his relationship with his wife.
But CCTV proved Sines' recollection of the incident was completely false. Video footage showed him getting into the car and he confessed to driving while disqualified.
Judge Robert Fraser told Guildford Crown Court he had given "what was clearly and utterly a false account", The Mirror reports.
The chase started after a golf tournament in Surrey in May 2018.
The 57-year-old has been slapped with an eight-month sentence -- suspended for two years, as well as a two-year driving ban and a three-month tagged curfew.
He was also ordered to pay a £5,000 penalty and £4,200 in court costs.
The Climate Council's Summer of Crisis report says climate change fanned the unprecedented impacts of Australia's recent bushfire crisis.
Former Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins said the bushfires produced more greenhouse gases than Australia typically emits in a year.
"The data contained in this new report confirms what we all suspected," he said in a statement.
"The bushfire season was the worst on record for NSW in terms of the scale of the bushfires, the number of properties lost and the amount of area burned. Climate change fuelled the unprecedented fires."
More than 2400 NSW homes were destroyed over the summer, almost ten times more than the previous worst season for bushfire property damage which was in 2013.
About 5.4 million hectares of land were also scorched, which is equivalent to more than six per cent of NSW's total land area.
The report also found the bushfires have taken a huge economic toll on Australia, with the tourism sector predicted to have lost more than $4 billion.
Doctors in Britain claim a man from London is the second person to be cured of HIV, ever.
BBC News reports Adam Castillejo has been free of the virus for more than 30 months after stopping anti-retroviral therapy.
According to the Lancet HIV journal, he was not cured by HIV drugs but instead by a stem-cell treatment he received for an unrelated cancer diagnosis.
It is understood donors of those particular stem cells have a very uncommon gene that gives them protection against HIV -- that protection has now been passed on to Castillejo, 40.
Timothy Brown became the first person to be reportedly cured of HIV in 2011, three and a half years after having similar treatment.
Stem-cell transplants are believed to stop the virus from replicating inside the body by replacing the patient's own immune cells with donor ones.
Hobart could become the first Australian city to ban single-use plastic packaging on takeaway food.
According to The Mercury, new laws to ban this type of packaging will be enforced by the City of Hobart from next year.
The move comes after the city banned petroleum-based plastic containers and utensils as part of the City of Hobart's zero-waste strategy last year.
The new law will apply to plastic cups, lids, utensils, straws and condiment sachets with the council expecting the introduction to result in a 600-tonne annual reduction in single-use plastics to landfill.
City of Hobart council is pleading for the State Government to take the initiative statewide.
Dutch prosecutors have made explosive claims that Russian spies interfered in the MH17 investigation and were behind a disinformation campaign.
Defendant Oleg Pulatov has applied to take away the legal anonymity of several threatened witnesses, who still fear for their lives both in Ukraine and abroad.
Prosecutors said those fears are legitimate as separatists have put areas of Ukraine "under a rule of violence", while Russian spies have recently been accused of murders in the UK, Germany, Turkey, and Bulgaria.
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They added Australian Federal Police case files were leaked on a Russian-linked website as part of the disinformation campaign. Only parts of the police report were released selectively to spread disinformation.
Australian Jon O'Brien, whose son died in the attack, said: "It's a bit embarrassing on one level if it wasn't so offensive and had such malicious intent."
"That (the disinformation campaign) is not helpful for the next of kin, I don't think it assists their grieving and ability to follow the trial and know what the facts are," Australian police officer David Nelson added.
Kale chips might look like a healthy snack but experts warn vegetable crisps are packed with salt and Australians should watch out.
Heart Foundation dietitian Sian Armstrong said while they might look healthy, they contain "alarming" amounts of salt.
"They might be found in the health aisle or say 'organic' or something but this doesn't always mean they're actually a healthy option," she told AAP.
A George Institute survey released on Wednesday revealed some veggie chips -- like kale or legume-based crisps -- had 26 times more salt than less-salty veggie chips.
Armstrong said the rule of thumb is 120 milligrams of sodium per 100 grams are the best products and under 400 milligrams is okay but anything above is unhealthy.
"Most Australians are consuming double the amount of salt than they should be," she said. "A lot of the time, you can't even taste it. Things don't even taste that salty at all."
David Warner told teammates he'd reflected on how to be a better member of the squad in his first meeting with Australian players after the ball-tampering ban last year.
Warner and Steve Smith's comebacks are a key subject of an eight-part documentary labelled The Test, will be released on Amazon on Thursday.
The pair's first meeting back with the team -- in Dubai last March -- is shown in detail, which proved a key component for their returns in both the World Cup and Ashes.
In the meeting, Smith confessed to teammates he at times felt like walking away from the game during his year-long suspension.
Warner also said he'd completed plenty of self-reflection in his time away, but believed he was returning to a different team than the one he left in South Africa a year earlier.
"In the last 12 months I have had a lot of reflecting to do," Warner said in the Dubai meeting.
"With cricket and what happened in the past and getting better as a team person as well.
"From looking the outside in, you can see the whole team... we have grown a lot."
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