S. African locked up in Mozambique for unpaid hotel bill

Updated 10 November 2012
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S. African locked up in Mozambique for unpaid hotel bill

CAPE TOWN: A South African man has spent three months locked up in a police station in neighboring Mozambique over an unpaid hotel bill, Pretoria’s foreign ministry said Saturday. “He has been in detention for three months now,” said ministry spokesman Nelson Kgwete. “He visited Mozambique some time ago and when he left the hotel where he was staying, an allegation came up that he didn’t pay the bill.
So the hotel reported him to the police in Mozambique and he was apprehended and detained.” The family of Albert Smith, 40, has asked for help to settle the bill of around 18,000 meticals ($611, 481 euros) and an additional fine.
“We’re still in the process of facilitating the release of the man but we cannot ourselves as government pay the bill,” said Ngwete. “All we can do is to facilitate with his family so that they contact the relevant authorities in Mozambique and make the necessary arrangements.” The man has not been charged and is being held at a police station and not in a prison, he said.


New Zealand PM stays in hospital with ‘hungry’ baby

Updated 22 June 2018
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New Zealand PM stays in hospital with ‘hungry’ baby

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is to spend a second night in hospital with her “very alert and hungry” newborn daughter, her office said Friday.
The realities of motherhood have seen plans for a public appearance by the 37-year-old with her baby canceled twice.
Ardern is only the second world leader to give birth while in office, following Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto whose daughter Bakhtawar was born in 1990.
She has yet to announce the name of the child, but a spokesman for her office said “everyone is doing well if not a bit tired” and Ardern spent a lot of time feeding the baby during the night.
“The nurses described the baby as ‘very alert and one hungry baby’,” the spokesman added.
The baby arrived Thursday afternoon, weighing 3.3 kilogrammes (7.3 pounds).
It is the first child for Ardern and her 40-year-old partner Clarke Gayford, a television fishing personality who will become a stay-at-home dad when she returns to work after six weeks of maternity leave.
Her deputy Winston Peters is now acting prime minister, although Ardern will continue to be consulted on significant issues.
The birth capped an eventful year for Ardern who became prime minister last October, three months after inheriting the leadership of the Labour Party when it was languishing in the polls.
Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari tweeted “congratulations” and shared a link to a news story on how the Pakistani leader showed it was possible to be a mother and a prime minister.