Yutu death toll hits 15
At least 15 people have been killed and dozens more are missing after Typhoon Yutu hit the nation on Tuesday, authorities said. The deaths were mostly due to landslides caused by heavy rains in the mountainous region of Cordillera in the north, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said. The worst hit area was Natonin in Mountain Province. The military are continuing to search for 20 people who are still missing.
Sunscreen ban to save reefs
The island nation is to ban “reef-toxic” sunscreens from Jan. 1, 2020, in what it says is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals. It is regarded as one of the world’s best diving destinations, but the government is concerned its popularity is coming at a cost. A spokesman for President Tommy Remengesau said there is scientific evidence that the chemicals found in most sunscreens are toxic to corals, even in minute doses. He said the nation’s dive sites typically host about four boats an hour packed with tourists. Under the ban, anyone importing or selling banned sunscreen will face a US$1,000 fine, while tourists who bring it into the country will have it confiscated. Hawaii announced a ban on reef toxic sunscreens in May this year, but it does not come into force until 2021.
Nauru children to be moved
The country plans to relocate dozens of children forcibly settled on the Pacific island of Nauru by the end of the year, officials have said, softening its anti-asylum stance amid criticism at home and abroad. Canberra sends asylum seekers to remote Pacific camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island for processing. However, the government has been “quietly” transferring children off Nauru, amid mounting concerns for their welfare. “There are hardly any children in Nauru and [Papua] New Guinea, and we expect that by the end of this year there will be none,” High Commissioner to the UK George Brandis said yesterday.
Fujimori sent back to jail
Former first daughter Keiko Fujimori was on Wednesday ordered back to jail in a case that has captured attention in the South American nation reeling from a series of corruption scandals reaching into the highest echelons of power. Judge Richard Concepcion ruled the 43-year-old opposition leader should be detained as a preventative measure as prosecutors investigate allegations that she led a criminal network within her party that received about US$1 million in illegal payments from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.
Woman survives desert crash
A 53-year-old woman survived six days in the Arizona desert on grass and water after crashing her car, before being rescued by a rancher and highway workers who were chasing a cow, police and local media said on Wednesday. The woman, whose name was not disclosed, lost control of her car on Oct. 12 on a rain-slicked road near Wickenburg, Arizona, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. The car plunged about 15m down a ravine, “landing in a mesquite tree, where it remained suspended above the ground,” the department said. Seriously injured from the crash, she remained in the car for several days before climbing out and trying to walk to a nearby railway line for help, it said. She made it 457m before collapsing in a dry river bed where she was found.
TARNISHED LEGACY: Woodrow Wilson served as the university’s president before becoming the US’ 28th leader, but his racism was ‘significant and consequential’ Princeton University is removing former US president Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school and one of its residential colleges after trustees concluded that the 28th president’s “racist thinking and policies” made him “an inappropriate namesake.” The Ivy League school’s trustees made the decision on Friday, according to a statement on Saturday. It comes at a time of widespread rethinking of the US’ racial legacy. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, energized by a series of high-profile deaths of black Americans, has resulted in the removal of Confederate monuments, flags and symbols of racism across the US. Deleting Wilson’s name at Princeton
‘FULLY ENCLOSED’: Residents of Anxin County would be confined to their homes and would only be allowed out once a day to buy necessities such as food and medicine China yesterday imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people near the capital to contain a fresh COVID-19 cluster as authorities warned the outbreak was still “severe and complicated.” After China largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in Hebei Province. Health officials said that Anxin County — about 150km from Beijing — would be “fully enclosed and controlled,” the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan earlier this year. Only one person from each family would be allowed to go out once a
Japan said it opposed changes to the G7 nations as it pushed back against a reform plan by US President Donald Trump that would have rival South Korea this year join in an expanded meeting. Tokyo has told the US it stands against South Korea’s participation on the grounds of differences in policy on China and North Korea, Kyodo News reported this weekend, citing more than one source related to Japanese and US diplomacy. Japan also wants to maintain its status as the only Asian country in the group, the news agency added. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga yesterday told reporters that
The onset of summer has sparked a rise in incidents of “mask rage” in South Korea as more hot and bothered commuters either refuse to wear face coverings or leave parts of their faces exposed. In South Korea, Japan and other countries in East Asia, widespread mask wearing has been cited as one possible explanation for the region’s relative success in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. South Korea, one of the first countries outside China to be affected by the virus, flattened the coronavirus curve in April, although it is now struggling with dozens of daily cases, mainly in and around