1. NEW SOUTH WALES ROLLS OUT MOBILE PHONE DETECTION CAMERAS
MELBOURNE: The Australian state of New South Wales, rolled out mobile phone detection cameras on earlier today, hoping to cut the number of fatalities on its roads by a third over two years.
So far this year 329 people have died on NSW roads and the state wants to cut the number of road fatalities by 30% by 2021.
According to New South Wales transport authorities, the world-first mobile phone detection cameras operate day and night in all weather conditions to determine if a driver is handling a mobile phone.
Offending drivers will be issued warning letters for the first three months after the detection systems are in operation and will also receive penalty points.
2. CORBYN CRITICIZED GOVT’S SENTENCING POLICIES AMID LONDON BRIDGE ATTACK
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, criticized the government’s sentencing policies.
Usman Khan who was shot dead by police for going on the rampage at a conference on criminal rehabilitation beside London Bridge yesterday had been convicted in 2012 for his part in an al Qaeda-inspired plot to blow up the London Stock Exchange.
However, he was released in December 2018 subject to conditions.
Corbyn asked for full investigation to be made while questioning whether the parole board should have been involved in deciding whether or not he should have been allowed to be released from prison in the first place.
3. MALTA PM TO STEP DOWN OVER SLAIN REPORTER CASE
VALETTA: Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat will step down on January 18, following mounting criticism of his response to the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The news came amid mounting pressure from Caruana Galizia’s family and protesters on the streets, who have cried foul over his handling of the affair.
Party insiders said Muscat would step down once those behind the killing had been charged and his Labour Party had chosen a new leader.
The sources did not say when 45-year-old Muscat would announce his decision or whether it would be via a televised announcement, but they stressed that he would not stay beyond January 18.