Storm death toll rises to 43
The death toll from Hurricane Dorian has risen to 43, media reported late on Friday, and was expected to grow “significantly.” US network CNN and local newspaper the Tribune cited Minister of Health Duane Sands as confirming the new toll, up from 30. “Forty-three is the official count, many missing and this number is expected to grow significantly,” Erica Wells Cox, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, told NBC News. Dorian was a Category 5 hurricane — the highest on the five-level wind scale — when it slammed into northern areas on Sunday last week, leaving a trail of immense destruction. UN relief officials said that more than 70,000 people are in need of assistance after the storm reduced homes to matchsticks and destroyed people’s livelihoods. Hundreds are missing and officials have said that the final toll could be “staggering.”
People protest Chick-fil-A
Dozens of protesters on Friday crowded a Toronto sidewalk to voice their opposition to the opening of the first franchised Chick-fil-A restaurant in the nation because of the owner’s record on LGBTQ issues. The company has funded anti-LGBTQ initiatives, while CEO Dan Cathy has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, the protesters said. The company promotes hate and is not welcome in Toronto, protester Justin Khan said. Chick-fil-A operator Wilson Yang said in an e-mailed statement that everyone is welcome at the restaurant. The Atlanta, Georgia-based company has faced opposition in the US as well, but disputes the characterization of the 2017 donations, saying that it donated US$1.6 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a group that is overtly against gay marriage, for sports camps for inner-city youth.
Market blast wounds seven
An explosion at a public market in the south early yesterday wounded at least seven people, the fourth blast in that area in 13 months, the military said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but a militant group operating in the mostly Christian city of Isulan in Sultan Kudarat Province was among the suspects, military said. The latest blast came amid heightened tensions in the volatile region after three incidents in the past year that authorities said were suicide bombings by militants linked to the Islamic State. Video footage showed that yesterday’s blast occurred in a parking space for motorcycles. A suspected improvised explosive device was placed beside a parked motorcycle, regional military spokesman Major Arvin Encinas told reporters.
Lombard could be tolled
Thousands of tourists could soon be forced to make reservations and pay to drive famed, crooked Lombard Street in San Francisco. California lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill granting San Francisco the power to establish a toll and reservation system for Lombard Street. The bill still needs California Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority has recommended US$5 per vehicle on weekdays and US$10 on weekends and holidays. Residents have said that the scenic street has become more like an overcrowded amusement park than a neighborhood street. They have been calling for years for officials to address traffic jams, trash and trespassing. Tourism officials have estimated that 6,000 people daily visit the 183m-long street in the summer, creating lines of vehicles stretching for blocks.
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
‘CHAPITOS’: An ex-DEA agent said the sons of the former cartel head are engaged in a battle for control, with the health of the man temporarily in charge a factor The fight for control of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s legacy spilled into the open on Thursday after a gun battle between rival Mexican gangs left 16 dead, authorities said. The 16 men, heavily armed and wearing bulletproof vests, died in a six-hour running shootout near the rural town of Tepuche in northwestern Sinaloa province. “A van with seven bodies was located” after an initial clash, while nine bodies were discovered following a second exchange, Sinaloa Minister of Security Cristobal Castaneda told reporters. Castaneda said that Wednesday’s clash near Tepuche, 25km from the capital of Sinaloa, Culiacan, was “part of a struggle