Cathay Pacific pilot, flight attendant dismissed over cockpit sex

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NE : A pilot and a flight stewardess were fired from Cathay Pacific after photos of them having oral sex in a cockpit were published online and in print. The Hong Kong airline’s CEO John Slosar revealed that the couple, who have not been identified, " are no longer employees of the company." He insisted that the incident did not occur while a plane was in the air and confirmed that a report would be forwarded to Hong Kong’s Civil Aviation Department. " I find any behaviour that recklessly soils the reputation of our company or our team members as totally unacceptable," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Slosar as saying. " That’s why we moved as swiftly as we could to ascertain the facts of the case, and to take decisive action," he

added.

Spears banned from owning cell phone

LONDON: Singer Britney Spears has been banned by her " inner- circle" from owning a mobile phone to keep her under control.

The move has been made after the singer was accused of sending nude pictures to her former bodyguard Fernando Flores, who then threatened to use them in court.

Celebrations in Cu: ba as Fidel Castro turns 85

HAVANA : Fidel Castro may no longer lead Cuba, but the huge celebrations in honor or the revolutionary icon’s 85th birthday on Saturday are a far cry from those enjoyed by his brother and successor Raul.

Cuba has been partying since Tuesday, with concerts, ballet performances and art exhibitions organized on behalf of the man who led the island nation for nearly 50 years before ill health led him to cede power to Raul in 2006. The celebrations are to culminate late yesterday into today with a " Song of Loyalty" gala dedicated to the former leader at the Karl Marx Theater, Cuba’s largest with a capacity of 5,000. Most of the events have been organised by the Guayasamin Foundation, named for the Ecuadoran painter Oswaldo Guayasamin, a close friend of Castro. The organization is often involved in planning Castro’s birthday celebrations. It was, however, still unclear whether the guest of honor would make a public appearance.

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