A supplied image obtained March 13, 2019 of a mobile phone pierced by an arrow. AAP Image/Supplied by NSW Police Force/via REUTERS
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian man had a lucky escape while confronting a man armed with a bow outside his home, as a loosed arrow pierced the mobile telephone he was holding to take a photograph of the incident, Australian police said on Thursday.
The 43-year old man had returned on Wednesday to find the man, who was known to him, waiting outside his home in Nimbin, a small east coast town around 150 kilometers (93 miles) south of Brisbane.
“The resident held up his mobile phone to take a photo of the armed man who then engaged the bow and was ready to fire,” a police statement said.
“It’s alleged the man fired the arrow at the resident which pierced through the man’s mobile phone causing the phone to hit him in the chin. It left a small laceration that didn’t require medical treatment.”
A 39-year old man was arrested at the scene and charged, police said.
Reporting by Melanie Burton; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore
Duvets discarded, cushions thrown at Japan’s Pillow Fighting Championship
ITO, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan (Reuters) – The Japanese may be known for their neatness, particularly when it comes to making their bed in the morning, but all social norms went out the window on Saturday during qualifying for the All-Japan Pillow Fighting Championships in Shizuoka Prefecture.
In the small fishing town of Ito, 150 kilometers south of Tokyo, teams gathered from across the region to compete in the event that has been one of Japan’s quirkiest since 2013.
Started by a group of high school children in Shizuoka, the game is based on the age-old ritual of pillow fighting when away from the supervision of teachers and parents at a sleep-over or on a school trip.
The game starts with all five players ‘sleeping’ under duvets on futons before the whistle goes and they leap to their feet and reach for a pillow.
A mix between dodgeball and chess, the aim is to protect each team’s ‘King’ from being hit by pillows whilst trying to hit the opposition’s ‘King’ during two-minute sets. One player on each team can also use a duvet as a shield.
Saturday’s regional tournament contained 16 teams vying for the qualification for the national competition, which has 64 entrants and is held in February.
The teams, made up of local businesses, high school basketball teams and local athletic clubs, attracts a wide range of participants.
“Through track and field activities, the team have been in touch a long time,” said Kazuteru Takigawa, who at 75 was the oldest participant on Saturday.
“(My team) are all married and brought their children and families today to enjoy a day out.”
Team ‘BlancWhite’ who contained nine-year-old Soda Wamanobe — the second youngest competitor — won the tournament.
As their prize, the team received an array of local produce as well as the all important qualification for next year’s nationwide tournament.
Editing by Greg Stutchbury
Cambodia’s royal oxen predict plentiful rice harvest amid EU tariffs
Cambodia’s royal oxen eat during a royal ploughing ceremony in Takeo province, Cambodia, May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia’s royal oxen predicted a plentiful harvest of rice, the country’s biggest crop, at an ancient plowing ceremony on Wednesday.
King Norodom Sihamoni presided over the televised annual ritual in which two oxen are given offerings after plowing a field, marking the start of the rice-growing season in the Southeast Asian country.
Dressed in ornate robes and colorful headdresses, the oxen ate 85% of the rice and beans on offer and 90% of the corn in decorated bowls – indicating a bountiful harvest.
Palace astrologers make their predictions each year depending on the oxen’s choice of crops and the amount they eat.
“I pray … for seasonal rain and regular weather,” Korng Ken, a Brahmin priest dressed in traditional white robes, said at the ceremony in Takeo province.
He prayed that “Cambodia avoid any natural disasters that would destroy the agriculture harvests which are the lives of the people and country.”
The good omen will be welcomed in Cambodia after the European Union imposed tariffs in January on rice from Cambodia and Myanmar in a bid to protect EU producers. Cambodia has since seen a surge in rice exports to China.
Cambodia’s ceremony mirrors similar traditions in nearby Thailand and Myanmar in which oxen ceremonially plow the ground and then choose between eating bowls of rice, beans, corn water, grass, sesame seeds or alcohol.
Thailand’s royal oxen predicted a good harvest at a plowing ceremony this month presided over by newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his queen.
Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Editing by James Pearson and Darren Schuettler
Polish sextuplets surprise parents and doctors expecting five
A nurse checks an incubator at the University Hospital in Krakow, Poland, 21 May 2019. Polish woman gave birth to four baby girls and two boys on Monday, the first sextuplets to be born in Poland. Agencja Gazeta/Adrianna Bochenek/via REUTERS
WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland’s first sextuplets on record, two boys and four girls, were born in the southern city of Krakow on Monday to the surprise of parents and doctors who had expected five babies.
“Imagine this: we were prepared from early in the morning to help deliver five tiny citizens. So we are in the operating room, there are five teams of doctors ready to take care of five children”, Ryszard Lauterbach, head of Clinical Neonatology at the University Hospital in Krakow said.
“They are being delivered one after another until all five places were occupied. And then all of a sudden it turns out there’s another one waiting in there.”
He said the children, born at 29 weeks, were in “surprisingly good condition” for sextuplets, but they showed symptoms of immaturity of the respiratory system and the central nervous system that were typical for premature babies.
Doctors said they hoped the babies would be able to go home when they were between 2-1/2 to three months old.
“We have already made some preparation at home with five children in mind so now we’ll have to rearrange things a bit,” said the children’s mother Klaudia Marzec.
She said the babies would be named Filip, Tymon, Zofia, Kaja, Nela and Malwina.
Their father, Szymon Marzec, told a news conference at the hospital on Tuesday that he would soon introduce their first son Oliwier, a toddler, to his new siblings.
Reporting by Anna Wlodarczak-Semczuk; Editing by Edmund Blair
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