Seven girls drown in lake
Seven girls aged between six and 13 years old, drowned yesterday morning when their small wooden boat capsized in a lake in the seaside town of Sihanoukville, police said. The girls were among nine local children enjoying a rowing excursion, Kampong Som Province police chief Chuon Narin said. “They often played at the lake and this time they boarded a small wooden boat, but it was unsteady and capsized,” he said. Another girl and a boy were rescued and sent to hospital, Chuon Narin said. It was not clear whether any of the victims were strong swimmers.
Militants to hang for murder
Five militants who murdered a Japanese farmer in a drive-by shooting in 2015 were yesterday sentenced to death. The five members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh were found guilty of murdering Kunio Hoshi in Rangpur in October 2015. Judge Naresh Sarker said the five had murdered Hoshi as part of a “campaign to destabilize the country and smear its image.” Hoshi, 66, was shot dead by a gunman riding on the back of a motorbike on a dirt road outside Rangpur where he was working on a project to grow grass for cattle.
Obama for French president
Posters of former US president Barack Obama have popped up around Paris in what started as a joke by four friends pretending to launch a campaign for Obama ahead of the presidential election. Even though Obama cannot legally run in the two-round April-May election, the jokesters online petition has been signed by more than 40,000 people. The organizers, who came up with idea over beer, said they launched the Web site and began plastering Obama 17 posters around Paris because they were disenchanted with the candidates running in the French election.
Carnival float collapses
Part of a float has collapsed during Rio de Janeiro’s carnival parade, injuring at least 15 people, doctors at the scene said. The incident, which happened in the early hours yesterday, involved the second float of a popular samba school Unidos da Tijuca. Doctors said that among the 15 injured, two were in serious condition. The parade had to be stopped so the injured could get medical attention. The show was allowed to proceed. On Sunday, a float of samba school Paraiso de Tuiuti crashed and injured at least 20 people, including three reported in serious condition. Following that accident, organizers also decided to proceed with the show.
Four killed in plane crash
Four people died and up to five are missing after a small plane crashed into two houses in a residential neighborhood in southern California, authorities said on Monday. The Cessna 310 aircraft crashed “under unknown circumstances” about a 80m northeast of Riverside Municipal Airport, east of Los Angeles, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The city’s fire chief Michael Moore told reporters that five people were on the plane, which split apart when it hit two homes that authorities believe both had occupants inside. One survivor, a teenage girl, was ejected from the aircraft and survived with minor injuries. A resident found in one of the burning homes remained in a “very critical” condition as of Monday, Moore said.
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
‘COVIDIOTS’: Politicians condemned the protest that came amid surging infections in the country, while a marcher said government-induced fear weakened the body Loudly chanting their opposition to masks and vaccines, thousands of people on Saturday gathered in Berlin to protest against COVID-19 restrictions before being dispersed by police. Police put turnout at about 20,000 — well below the 500,000 organizers had announced as they urged a “day of freedom” from months of virus curbs. Despite Germany’s comparatively low toll, authorities are concerned at a rise in infections over the past few weeks and politicians took to social media to criticize the rally as irresponsible. “We are the second wave,” shouted the crowd, a mixture of hard left and right and conspiracy theorists, as they converged
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
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