Town prepares for oil
Officials in Saskatchewan were preparing a city of more than 35,000 people to deal with the disruption of its water supply as oil from a pipeline leak made its way along a major river in the province. Saskatchewan Water Security Agency official Sam Ferris said that Prince Albert gets most of its water from the North Saskatchewan River and staff there were getting ready to shut down the intakes as oil from the leak flows past the city. Ferris said the city was planning to treat water from stormwater retention ponds and other reservoirs, which he said would last approximately seven days. Between 200,000 and 250,000 liters of crude oil and other material leaked into the river on Thursday, upstream from a breach in Husky Energy’s pipeline near Maidstone, Saskatchewan. The company shut down the line and put out booms about 40km upstream from North Battleford, a city that had already shut its water intakes. Ferris said officials were working on ways to treat water for hydrocarbons if backup water supplies run out before the oil passes. He said the oil could reach Prince Albert late yesterday or early today. Ferris said that preparations were also being made further downstream after the North Saskatchewan and the South Saskatchewan rivers converge, where a Saskatchewan Water Corporation intake draws water for Melfort and other municipalities.
Tigers kill, injure women
Siberian tigers at a wildlife park in Beijing mauled a woman to death and wounded another when the visitors stepped out of their car in an enclosure, a state-run newspaper said. A tiger pounced on one of the women after she got out of a private car in which she was touring the Beijing Badaling Wildlife World on Saturday, the Legal Evening News reported. The second woman was killed by another tiger that leaped at her after she stepped out of the vehicle to try to help her companion, the report said. The Yanqing District Government confirmed in an official microblog post that the tiger attack took place at the park, which lies at the foot of the Great Wall. It offered few details, but said the injured person was being treated. Visitors are allowed to drive their own vehicles in the park, but are forbidden from getting out while in certain enclosures, the report said. A woman who answered the telephone at the park refused to comment on the attack, saying only that the park was closed for two days due to forecasts of heavy rain.
Police stop ‘rolling wake’
A woman who drove her husband’s body on a days-long traveling wake in Alaska and used ice from canneries to keep him cold is not accused of breaking any laws. Officers responded to a call last week to find the body of a 78-year-old man inside an aluminum transport casket. Ketchikan Police Chief Alan Bengaard told the Ketchikan Daily News that the woman stopped at canneries for ice to put in the truck bed during the “rolling wake.” The man had died of natural causes, police said. A mortuary took custody of the body after the authorities were called. The family can make further arrangements, the mortuary said. Bengaard said that hopefully the woman would not take her husband back out on the road, but that he was not aware of any laws she had broken.
OFF BORDER ISLAND: The fisheries official disappeared from a patrol vessel wearing a life jacket and leaving behind his shoes, indicating an intentional move, Seoul said North Korean soldiers shot dead a suspected South Korean defector at sea and burned his body as a COVID-19 precaution after he was interrogated in the water over several hours, Seoul military officials said yesterday. It is the first killing of a South Korean citizen by North Korean forces for a decade, and comes with Pyongyang at high alert over the COVID-19 pandemic and inter-Korean relations at a standstill. The fisheries official disappeared from a patrol vessel near the western border island of Yeonpyeong on Monday, the official said. More than 24 hours later, North Korean forces located him in their waters and
ACADEMIC FREEDOM: One professor told her students to submit anonymized papers and not to record any online classes. Some US schools have announced similar steps Students at Oxford University specializing in the study of China are being asked to submit some papers anonymously to protect them from the possibility of retribution under the sweeping new security law introduced three months ago in Hong Kong. The anonymity ruling is to be applied in classes, and group tutorials are to be replaced by one-to-ones. Students are also to be warned that it will be viewed as a disciplinary offence if they tape classes or share them with outside groups. The Hong Kong National Security Law was imposed on June 30 by Beijing after more than a year of pro-democracy
Japan’s government yesterday urged people to seek help if they were struggling to cope, following Sunday’s death of the popular actress and Miss Sherlock star Yuko Takeuchi, 40. News of her death shocked the nation and follows other recent cases of Japanese celebrities taking their lives, with figures showing a recent rise in suicides. Takeuchi was a household name in Japan and had given birth to her second child in January. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato did not mention a particular case, but said that some people were struggling to cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There has been an uptick in the number
China on Thursday lashed out at the US at a high-level UN meeting over its criticism on the COVID-19 pandemic, with its envoy declaring, “Enough is enough.” Two days after US President Donald Trump used his annual address to the General Assembly to attack China’s record, US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft, also took an outraged tone — after which her Chinese counterpart showed palpable anger. “I must say, enough is enough. You have created enough troubles for the world already,” Chinese Ambassador to the UN Zhang Jun (張軍) told a Security Council meeting on global governance attended through videoconference