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.
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