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commonwealth network Inbox Polar expedition sets sail bearing Cameroon gay sex the Commonwealth flag ruling overturned Two men jailed in Cameroon for homo- London’s Tower Bridge was raised on a 2,000 mile trek across the South Pole, in sexual acts have had their conviction 6 December to allow the South African near darkness and with temperatures that overturned by the Court of Appeal. Their icebreaker, the SA Agulhas, to sail down could reach minus 90 degrees Celsius. lawyer, Ms Alice Nkom, said that their the River Thames, marking the start of its Dubbed ‘The Coldest Journey’, the conviction had been based on stere- journey to Antarctica for the first-ever win- expedition aims to raise $10 million for otypes and not on evidence that homo- ter crossing of the frozen continent. Seeing is Believing, an international ini- sexual acts had taken place. The Commonwealth-flagged adventure, tiative to combat avoidable blindness, At the time of their arrest, the two under the leadership of Sir Ranulph Fiennes, which operates in 15 Commonwealth men were dressed in women’s clothing is considered the last great polar challenge: developing countries. and were wearing make-up, but were not witnessed doing anything illegal. Other evidence cited as proof of their sexual orientation included “the way they spoke and the fact that they drank Bailey’s Irish Cream,” said Ms Nkom. Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon and the pair were sentenced to five years in jail at the time of their conviction in November 2011. They had already served over a year of the sentence when their conviction was quashed in Janu- ary 2013. Jean-Claude Roger Mbede re- mains in prison after the Court of Appeal upheld the sentence for his conviction of homosexuality for expressing his love for another man. Ms Nkom sees both convictions as a violation of the law, since none of the men were actually caught committing a A winter crossing of Antarctica is considered the last great polar challenge crime, and hopes that Mbede will soon be released. Bluefin tuna sold for record-breaking $1.76 million Kiyoshi Kimura, president of Kiyomura Co., made the successful bid and set a new record when he bought a 222kg tuna for $1.76 million at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan. The sale, which took place on 5 January 2013, was nearly three times that of the previous record, also set by Kimura, who paid around $645,000 for a fish at the 2012 New Year auction. The restaurant owner conceded that the price was “a bit high”, but he made the bid to “encourage Ja- pan” as the first fish auction of the year is an important event in the calendar and often features over-inflated prices. Bluefin tuna is a particular favourite in Japanese sushi restaurants and its most prized-cut, known as ‘o-toro’, can be priced at $24 per piece at the most exclu- Bluefin tuna is a particular favourite in Japanese sushi restaurants sive sushi bars. Kimura transported the fish to one of his Sushi-Zanmai chain of restau- sumes around 80 percent of all bluefin tuna of bluefin tuna – Pacific, Southern and At- rants, where it was polished and prepared caught worldwide and is the largest global lantic – all of which have experienced a fall in front of crowds of onlookers. Japan con- importer of the fish. There are three species in stocks over the last 15 years. 82 lwww.global-briefing.org first quarter 2013global


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