Tourists get another chance
The world’s largest fish market plans to reopen its pre-dawn tuna auctions to tourists in Tokyo next week, an official said yesterday, ending a month-long ban imposed over complaints of loutish behavior. Hundreds of people, mostly foreign tourists, usually flock to Tsukiji market every day, but local authorities called an end to the auction visits on Dec. 15. The market now plans to allow visitors back from Jan. 19, according to the local government. Wholesalers had complained about tourists’ behavior at the market, with some sightseers being caught hugging, licking and straddling fish before the market installed a restricted sightseeing area last year, the official said.
Aide loses club membership
A senior aide to President Gloria Arroyo had his golf club membership suspended for two years over a brawl involving his two sons who are accused of beating up a 14 year-old boy, it was announced yesterday. Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman will not be allowed to set foot on the Valley Golf and Country Club until January 2011 “because of the disorderly conduct of his guests,” Valley Golf and Country Club corporate secretary Teofilo Abejo said.
Sharks clear beaches
Shark attacks cleared two beaches yesterday but neither victim had life-threatening injuries. The most-serious injuries were to a man who was 100m off Queensland’s Fingal Beach when he was dragged off his surfboard. He was airlifted to hospital with a 30cm gash in his thigh. On Tasmania’s east coast a woman was pulled from the surf after she was bitten by a great white shark. Police said she was likely to be released from hospital.
Plane crashes into wall
A small passenger plane serving the Philippines resort island of Boracay missed the runway on landing yesterday, leaving at least two passengers seriously injured, officials said. Hospitals in the town of Malay and nearby Kalibo City treated the Zest Airways plane’s 24 passengers and five crew for various injuries after the plane made the hard landing and smashed into a concrete wall. Two of the passengers had sustained serious fractures and cuts, officials in Malay said. The rest were treated for minor injuries and discharged. The cause of the crash, that led to the closure of the airport, the country’s second busiest after Manila, was not immediately known. A Canadian passenger who asked not to be named said the pilot appeared to misjudge the landing because of heavy winds. The plane landed on the grass well short of the runway. Its left wing ploughed into a ditch, preventing the plane from hitting the airport terminal, witnesses said. It instead smashed into an airport wall, narrowly missing the airport restaurant.
Toddler thrown from window
Police were investigating a murder-suicide case yesterday in which a 27-year-old man threw his toddler niece to her death from a high-rise apartment block. The two-year-old girl and her uncle were both found dead at the foot of the block of flats in the Sheung Shui district of Hong Kong after falling from a ninth-floor balcony on Saturday morning. The girl’s mother told police that her husband’s brother snatched the girl and threw her from the balcony before jumping to his death. Police believe he may have suffered a mental breakdown. In November, a mother strangled her 13-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son before jumping to her death in Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin district. She had been released from a mental hospital days earlier.