Restaurant sign approved
Officials in a New Hampshire city have approved a restaurant sign that initially was removed over concerns that it sounded like profanity. The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on words. It calls itself by the name of a soup, which is spelled “pho,” but is pronounced “fuh,” followed by the words “Keene Great.” It is scheduled to open on March 1. City Manager Elizabeth Dragon said in an e-mail the sign was approved on Friday and is in compliance. Officials decided to let the community “decide what they think of the sign and how they interpret it,” Dragon said.
Two fighter jets collide
Two fighter jets on Friday collided during a training mission over the Sea of Japan (known as the “East Sea” in North and South Korea), leaving two crewmembers dead and another missing, officials said. The Ministry of Defense said the two Su-34 jets, each with a crew of two, collided while maneuvering and went down 35km from the shore. It said both crews bailed out and one crewman was quickly spotted and rescued by a helicopter. He was in good condition, it added. Following a search involving several rescue ships and aircraft, two other crewmen were found dead.
Airspace to be discussed
Singapore and Malaysia are to meet soon to discuss airspace and maritime-related disputes as both sides seek to ease tensions. Transport ministers from the two sides would gather “in the coming weeks,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday. Ministry officials are meeting on Monday next week to find solutions on maritime matters, and would discuss legal and operational aspects to “de-escalate the situation on the ground,” it said. “The government of Malaysia is committed to resolve bilateral issues with the government of Singapore in a peaceful and calm manner,” it said.
Lawyer killed by ex-client
A man found guilty of killing his wife in 2003 committed suicide on Friday after allegedly murdering the lawyer who had defended him and with whom he was in a relationship, authorities said. The government has made combating gender violence a priority, but the nature of the case in Aragon prompted an emotional news conference by local officials. “Investigators believe there was a personal relationship between the two” and family members confirmed it, local government representative Carmen Sanchez told reporters. “It is therefore a crime of gender violence.” The lawyer, Rebeca Santamalia, was found dead with knife wounds in the northeastern city of Zaragoza in the home of Jose Javier Salvado Calvo, Sanchez said.
The government and Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba stood down on Friday, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said in a statement. No explanation was given for the resignations, although sources told reporters that the president wants to breathe new life into the leadership of the landlocked west African country, which is battling a rising wave of extremist attacks and hostage-taking. Canadian Edith Blais, 34, and her Italian partner, Luca Tacchetto, 30, have been missing since the middle of last month, and late on Wednesday a Canadian geologist kidnapped by suspected militants was found dead at a remote gold mine in the northeast.
WARNINGS OVER COMPLACENCY: The curves of new infections in numerous countries is climbing, while others see the the first new infections in months Spikes in COVID-19 infections in Asia have dispelled any notion that the region might be over the worst, with Australia and India yesterday reporting record daily infections, Vietnam fretting over a new surge and North Korea urging vigilance. Asian nations had largely prided themselves on rapidly containing initial outbreaks after the coronavirus emerged in central China late last year, but flare-ups this month have shown the danger of complacency. “We’ve got to be careful not to slip into some idea that there’s some golden immunity that Australia has in relation to this virus,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters. Australia recorded its
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
The Australian government yesterday said that it plans to give Google and Facebook three months to negotiate with media businesses fair pay for news content. In releasing a draft of a mandatory code of conduct, Canberra aims to succeed where other nations have failed in making tech firms pay for news siphoned from commercial media companies. Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that Google and Facebook would be the first platforms targeted by the proposed legislation, but others could follow. “It’s about a fair go for Australian news media businesses, it’s about ensuring that we have increased competition, increased consumer protection and a sustainable