Duchess bears daughter
A crowd erupted in cheers outside a London hospital yesterday after the announcement that Prince William’s wife, Kate, had given birth to a princess. The news was belted out by a lavishly dressed town crier on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge had been admitted earlier yesterday. “What an amazing day,” Sadie Moran, a 45-year-old wrapped in a British Union Jack flag, told reporters. “It is like a memory of princess Diana,” said Moran, referring to William’s late mother, who died in a car crash in 1997. Diana gave birth to William and his brother, Harry, in the same hospital. Among the onlookers were tourists looking to bring home a special memory from their holidays. “We heard it on the news that she’s in labor and we wanted to see,” said Tiina Hamalanen, a 51-year-old from Finland.
Ebola resumes spread
Health officials now think Ebola survivors can spread the disease through unprotected sex nearly twice as long as previously believed. Scientists thought the Ebola virus could remain in semen for about three months, but a recent case in West Africa suggests infection through sex can happen more than five months later. Officials are now telling male Ebola survivors to avoid unprotected sex indefinitely. They earlier advised using condoms for at least three months. A report released on Friday detailed the case of a 44-year-old Liberian woman whose infection likely came from a 46-year-old man who had Ebola symptoms in September last year. She fell ill in March, a week after sex with him, and died. Another woman he had sex with around the same time tested negative.
Cosby accusers increase
Two more women, a writer and an actress, on Friday said comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago, bringing the list of his accusers to more than 40. Actress Lili Bernard and writer Sammie Mays made the allegations against the comedian at a news conference with lawyer Gloria Allred the day before the last show of Cosby’s national comedy tour in Atlanta, Georgia. Cosby, best known for his role as Cliff Huxtable on the hit TV series The Cosby Show, has never been charged over any of the allegations. The 77-year-old settled a 2005 civil lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct. His representative did not respond to a request for comment on Friday. Bernard said Cosby drugged, raped and threatened her while he helped her prepare for a role in the show’s last season. “After he had won my complete trust and admiration, he drugged and raped me,” the mother of six said. Bernard said she told her agent, family, several friends and her pastor about the attack.
New Rolf Harris file mulled
Prosecutors are examining a file of further allegations against disgraced veteran entertainer Rolf Harris, sources said on Friday. Harris, 85, a household name for decades in Britain and his native Australia, was interviewed under caution by officers in early February. The television star, artist and songwriter, 84, was jailed in July last year for five years and nine months for a string of sexual assaults against girls. He was found guilty of indecently assaulting four victims between 1969 and 1986. The Crown Prosecution Service, which decides whether charges should be brought, said it was examining new material from the police’s Operation Yewtree investigation into historic sex offenses.
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