Melbourne cafe charges 18 per cent surcharge on men to counterbalance gender pay gap

A cafe in Melbourne is charging male customers an 18 percent surcharge one week each month to raise awareness about the gender pay gap, owner Alexandra O'Brien told local media.

But O'Brien says the surcharge is not compulsory and she will not "kick" men out of the cafe if they refuse to pay.

"If people aren't comfortable with paying it, or if men don't want to pay it, we're not going to kick them out the door or like, it's just a good opportunity to do some good," O'Brien says.

The proceeds from the surcharge goes to charity, Australia's Channel Seven.

The cafe is called Handsome Her and is located in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick.


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Court upholds fine for editors and photographers who published topless Kate Middleton photos

A French court of appeals has upheld a ruling that two directors of French celebrity magazine Closer should be fined a maximum NZ $79,000 for breaching the privacy of Kate Middleton, when publishing topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing back in 2012.

The Versailles appeals court upheld a decision today from September 2017 in Nanterre to fine the publication's two directors the maximum possible, and the two photographers who snapped the duchess NZ $18,000 each.

Last September, the office of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were pleased at the ruling as they "wished to make the point strongly that this kind of unjustified intrusion should not happen".

The damages were short of the NZ $2.65 million hoped for by the royal couple.

Prince William and Kate Middleton in New Zealand. Source: 1 NEWS


'Food terrorists' could face 15 years in prison as Australia considers new penalties in wake of fruit needle crisis

So-called "food terrorists" could face 15 years behind bars as part of tough new penalties aimed at preventing another strawberry needle crisis.

The government will introduce legislation to federal parliament yesterday, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for it to be passed before MPs exit Canberra.

More than 100 reports of tampered fruit are being investigated by police across the country, many of which are thought to be fake or copycat cases.

The Queensland and NSW governments are offering a reward to catch the culprits.

The measures include increasing the maximum penalty for food contamination from 10 to 15 years' jail, in line with child pornography and terror financing offences.

There will also be a new offence of being reckless in causing harm, which will carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The most serious cases with national security implications will be covered by sabotage offences, with penalties ranging from seven to 25 years' jail.

The prime minister said the strawberry crisis was a distressing series of events.

"This is a shocking and cowardly thing to do," Mr Morrison said.

The government is also providing $1 million to make more food safety officials available to increase detection, fast-track recalls and assist the industry to rebuild confidence.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud labelled the offenders parasites, calling for them to be caught and have the book thrown at them.

"Each and every one of us, we can help an Aussie farmer better than any government can," Mr Littleproud said.

"We can go into those shops, we can buy a hell of a lot of strawberries. Cut 'em up and eat 'em - don't cut them out of your diet."

One person, a young boy, has been arrested so far. 

NSW authorities are investigating more than 20 incidents of needles found in strawberries. Source: Breakfast

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3D gun businessman accused of sex with underage prostitute in Texas

An affidavit accuses the owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns of paying $500 cash to have sex with a female under 17.

The affidavit filed overnight in state district court in Austin accuses 30-year-old Cody R. Wilson of sexual assault of a juvenile. It says he met his alleged victim through the website SugarDaddyMeet.com.

Wilson hasn't responded to a phone message. Jail records indicate he's not in custody.

Wilson is identified in the affidavit as the owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed. He announced last month that he is selling 3D-printed gun blueprints through his website after a federal court blocked posting them online for free.

That followed a collection of states suing to stop a settlement that the federal government had reached with Defense Distributed.

Cody Wilson with a Liberator pistol.
Cody Wilson with a Liberator pistol. Source: Associated Press

The pistol can be 3D-printed out of ABS plastic at home for a few hundred dollars.


US surgeon accused of removing wrong organ and not telling patient

An American surgeon denies he breached the standard of care when he removed an Iowa woman's healthy kidney instead of her adrenal gland.

Dr Scott Baker and The Surgical Institute of South Dakota responded to a lawsuit filed by Dena Knapp last month alleging professional negligence, the Argus Leader reports. The response acknowledges Dr Baker removed Ms Knapp's right kidney instead of an adrenal gland and an associated mass during her October 2016 surgery.

Knapp says she wasn't told about the mix-up until after she was released from the hospital. She developed stage-three kidney disease after the surgery.

Dr Baker and the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hospital deny breaching the standard of care by removing the kidney, failing to remove the adrenal gland and failing to admit the mistake. They also deny that Ms Knapp suffered damages.