Oil rig capsizes, killing 2
At least two people died in freezing waters after an oil platform in the nation’s Far Eastern Okhotsk sea turned over yesterday, the regional emergency ministry said. The Kolskoye oil platform was 200m from the shore when the accident occurred at 1:45am amid high winds and temperatures of minus-17?C. Fourteen people were rescued and two bodies were found by 5:30am, Interfax news agency quoted a local official as saying.
Deportee enters 40 times
A woman barred from entering the territory for life over serial shoplifting offenses evaded security checks and slipped into the territory more than 40 times in two years, a report said on Saturday. The 49-year-old woman, Chao Sam-i, a cleaner from Macau, was deported from Hong Kong and received a lifetime expulsion order in 2004 after she committed a series of thefts, according to the South China Morning Post. She visited the territory in 2009 again to attend her daughter’s wedding without a hitch, and has since returned to the territory dozens of times, the report said.
Police stop chatty driver
A driver was stopped by astonished police in the southern city of Bari on Saturday when they saw him speaking on two cellphones with a handset in each hand and no control of the wheel. Asked to explain his actions, the 43-year-old driver of an Alfa Romeo 166 saloon car said he was speaking to his wife when his mother called and he could not hang up on either of them, the Corriere Della Sera daily reported. The man — a professional truck driver — made matters worse when he admitted that he frequently spoke on two handsets while on work trips. Police fined him 152 euros (US$198) and took five points off his license.
‘Blue sky’ quota met
Beijing authorities said yesterday they had met their target of “blue sky” days for this year, amid growing public criticism that officials are underplaying the pollution problem in the capital. The city had 274 days of “grade one or two” air quality compared with 252 days last year, according to a statement on the Beijing government’s official news portal. “Beijing has seen an overall decline in the concentration of various pollutants in 2011,” said Zhuang Zhidong, the deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau. However, Zhuang admitted that Beijing also experienced “several days of poor air quality as a result of bad weather conditions.” Public anger over heavy pollution has been compounded by official data showing air quality is good or only slightly polluted when smog is visible and figures published by the US embassy rank it as “very unhealthy.”
Saleh forces withdraw
Forces loyal to outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his opponents withdrew from their positions in Sana’a on Saturday, witnesses and officials said, in a further sign a peace deal signed last month was being implemented. Witnesses said a military committee set up under the Gulf peace deal signed in Saudi Arabia last month oversaw the dismantling of military positions that have divided the capital since protests against Saleh’s 33-year rule began in January. They said armored bulldozers removed barricades from Sixty Street which split the capital. Military trucks were seen carrying armored vehicles from the base of a brigade led by dissident General Ali Mohsen outside Sana’a.
EVOLVING SITUATION: Of the latest cases, 23 percent were found to be asymptomatic, but the coronavirus strain in Da Nang is more contagious, authorities said A COVID-19 outbreak that began in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang more than a week ago has spread to at least four city factories with a combined workforce of about 3,700, state media reported yesterday. Four cases were found at the plants in different industrial parks in the central city that collectively employ 77,000 people, the Lao Dong newspaper said. Vietnam, praised widely for its decisive measures to combat the novel coronavirus since it first appeared in late January, is battling new clusters of infection having gone for more than three months without detecting any domestic transmissions. Authorities yesterday reported one new
Three Micronesian sailors stranded on a remote Pacific island have been found alive and well after a rescue team spotted their giant SOS message written into the sand on a beach. Australian and US military aircraft found the three men on tiny Pikelot island, nearly 200km west of where they had set off. Rescuers said that the men were “in good condition” with no significant injuries. The men had been missing for three days after their 7m skiff ran out of fuel and strayed off course. Authorities in the US territory of Guam raised the alarm on Saturday after the men failed to complete
A cat that went missing on a family holiday on the shores of Loch Lomond, Scotland, has been identified 12 years later. Tortoiseshell-and-white Georgie spent October half term in 2008 with her owners at the Rowardennan campsite, but vanished as they were due to return home to Greater Manchester, England. After a search of the site the Davies family departed without Georgie, hoping the three-year-old microchipped feline would be located by someone. Over the intervening 12 years, she remained close to the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park site, being fed and cared for by campsite staff and holidaymakers. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdown
LIFELONG LOSS: Jiro Hamasumi, who was not quite born when an atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, lost his father and other relatives, but said he thinks about his father daily As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors is working to ensure their message lives on after them. The “hibakusha” — literally “person affected by the bomb” — have for decades been a powerful voice calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. There are an estimated 136,700 left, many of whom were infants or soon to be born at the time of the attacks. The average age of a survivor now is a little over 83, according to the Japanese Ministry of Health, lending an urgency as they share their testimonies