New rules for flies in toilets
Authorities are looking to wipe out dingy public toilets with proposed rules to limit the number of flies and flush away bad smells, Beijing said. Public toilets are generally badly maintained, particularly at public transport locations. However, draft regulations released by the health ministry this week say no more than one fly per square meter will be allowed in toilets within buildings, while in free-standing facilities three flies per square meter are permitted. The proposed rules also set standards for design, layout and management of public toilets, including classifications for odors. The new regulations stipulate that if a toilet is used by an equal number of men and women, there should be twice as many stalls for females.
Gangnam-binge man caught
A man who embezzled more than US$4 million and had plastic surgery to evade capture has been arrested after a hostess bar spending spree in Seoul’s upmarket Gangnam district. The 33-year-old, identified as Yoon, was finally tracked down after two of his accomplices were arrested, police said yesterday. The head of the accounting department at a semiconductor manufacturer, Yoon transferred 4.7 billion won (US$4.3 million) of company funds to a series of secret bank accounts, police said. Feigning a family emergency, he left the company early last month, withdrew the cash and went on a 10-day binge in Gangnam, spending hundreds of millions of won in high-class hostess bars and buying a Mercedes-Benz sedan. Yoon then went to the southern city of Gwangju, where he had extensive plastic surgery to assume a new identity.
Quake anniversary marked
The city of Christchurch yesterday marked the second anniversary of an earthquake that destroyed thousands of homes and killed 185 people. Several hundred people gathered for a memorial service in Latimer Square, near where 115 died when a six-story office building collapsed during the magnitude 6.1 quake. Others placed flowers in road cones or tossed them into the Avon River to commemorate those who died. People around the country observed two minutes’ silence at 12:51pm, the time the quake struck.
Stranded penguin dies
A royal penguin found stranded on a beach has died. Hikers had found the penguin on Sunday. It was emaciated and suffering kidney failure and was taken to the Wellington Zoo. It was just the fourth time in the past 100 years that a royal penguin has been found on the North Island. Lisa Argilla, the veterinary science manager at the zoo, said yesterday that they suspect the penguin suffered multiple organ failure.
Inmate executed in Georgia
Georgia has executed a 38-year-old inmate convicted of killing two college students in 1995. Andrew Cook was pronounced dead at 11:22pm on Thursday. The two Mercer University students were shot several times as they sat in a car at Lake Juliette. Cook apologized to both his family and the victims’ families. Cook did not know either victim and authorities said the crime was random. The Georgia Appeals Court on Wednesday temporarily stayed Cook’s execution to consider a challenge to the state’s lethal injection procedure, but the Georgia Supreme Court lifted the stay on Thursday. Other appeals were exhausted.
Autopsy fails to solve puzzle