Singer The Weeknd escapes jail time after punching cop

Updated 24 October 2015
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Singer The Weeknd escapes jail time after punching cop

LOS ANGELES: Canadian singer The Weeknd has managed to avoid jail time in the United States after punching a Las Vegas police officer earlier this year.
According to court documents filed this week, the singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, has agreed to “stay out of trouble” in exchange for having the case dismissed.
He also pledged to do 50 hours of community work in his native Canada, to contribute $1000 to a fund for injured police officers, and to undergo counseling.
The 25-year-old R&B singer was arrested in January at the Cromwell Hotel in Las Vegas after police were called in to break up a fight. He punched a police officer and was arrested following the incident.
The legal trouble came as The Weeknd was establishing himself as a major star with his album “Beauty Behind the Madness,” which spent three weeks at number one on the US chart.
The Weeknd, best known for his hit song “Can’t Feel My Face,” is considered an early favorite for the upcoming Grammy Awards.
The singer, the son of Ethiopian immigrants, rose from obscurity in 2010 when he posted songs on YouTube.


Tunnel through an Australian mountain? No problem, says Elon Musk

Updated 17 January 2019
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Tunnel through an Australian mountain? No problem, says Elon Musk

  • The entrepreneur behind electric carmaker Tesla has most recently turned his sights on tackling city traffic via low-cost tunnels
  • Musk in 2017 made a Twitter pitch to build what was the world’s biggest battery in an Australian state to solve its severe energy crisis

SYDNEY: Australia could become a test ground for another of Elon Musk’s massive infrastructure projects after the maverick billionaire tweeted a “bargain” price to build a tunnel through a mountain to solve Sydney’s traffic woes.
Musk in 2017 made a Twitter pitch — and followed through with the offer — to build what was the world’s biggest battery in an Australian state to solve its severe energy crisis.
The entrepreneur behind electric carmaker Tesla has most recently turned his sights on tackling city traffic via low-cost tunnels created by his Boring Company, and in December unveiled a sample project near Los Angeles.
So when an Australian politician tweeted at Musk on Wednesday about the costs of drilling through a mountain range north of Sydney, he responded quickly.
“I’m a lawmaker in Sydney, which is choking with traffic. How much to build a 50km tunnel through the Blue Mountains and open up the west of our State?,” asked New South Wales state MP Jeremy Buckingham.
“About $15M/km for a two way high speed transit, so probably around $750M plus maybe $50M/station,” Musk replied late Wednesday, with his response liked more than 22,000 times on Twitter.
He has more than 24 million followers on the social media platform.
Another billionaire, Mike Cannon-Brookes, who founded Australian software startup Atlassian, weighed in on the exchange, saying the estimated price tag “sounds like a bargain for Sydney.”
The population of the Sydney region has grown by around 25 percent since 2011 to reach 5.4 million, out of a national population of 25 million, and road congestion is a major concern.
There was no indication the exchange of tunnel tweets would lead to any quick action, but it could bring some needed positive publicity for Musk.
Musk has risen to prominence with a series of ambitious ventures, particularly Tesla, but has also drawn plenty of criticism for some volatile behavior.
He waged a public battle with a rescuer who helped save a group of boys trapped in a cave in Thailand last year, calling him a “pedo guy” after the Brit slammed his idea of building a mini-submarine to save the children as a public relations stunt.
Meanwhile, riders who have tested out Boring’s prototype tunnel — where cars are lowered by lifts then slotted into tracks and propelled along at high speeds — have complained of a bumpy journey.