Dog rescued from summit
Sixteen rescuers were called out to save a St Bernard dog stranded on a mountain in northwest England in an embarrassing episode for the member of a breed more famed for rescuing stricken humans from the icy dangers of the high Alps. The pooch named Daisy collapsed while descending from the summit of Scafell Pike with her owners, the Wasdale Mountain Rescue team said in a statement on their Web site on Sunday. After showing signs of pain in her legs, she sat down and refused to get up, prompting local police to call in a rescue team. Maneuvering the 55kg dog onto a stretcher to carry her off the hill required “plenty” of treats, they added. After the team reached the bottom of the hill, Daisy got back on her feet and even managed a slight, sheepish wag of her tail.
Wetland fires double
The number of fires in Pantanal, the world’s biggest tropical wetlands, more than doubled in the first half of this year compared with the same period last year, according to data released by the National Institute for Space Research. Officials said it was the largest number of fires in a six-month period in the past two decades. There were 2,534 recorded fires in the Pantanal between January and last month, the institute said. Between January and June last year, the institute recorded 981 fires. As of Saturday, the institute had registered another 1,322 fires this month, for a total of 3,856 blazes in the wetlands.
New law protested
Several thousand members of Protestant churches on Sunday demonstrated in Port-au-Prince against the country’s new criminal code, which they consider “immoral,” because it penalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation. “If a pastor doesn’t want to marry two men together or two women, he will be arrested and at risk for one to three years in prison,” Pastor Wismond Jeune said, incorrectly, during the protest in Port-au-Prince. The new criminal code does not change the content of the civil code, which codifies marriage and only allows the union of a man and a woman.
Actress dies at 104
Olivia de Havilland, the last surviving star of the 1939 classic film Gone With the Wind and the instigator of a landmark lawsuit that ended Hollywood studios’ control over their actors, has died in Paris. She was 104. No cause of death was given. De Havilland won Oscars for best actress in 1947 and 1950. “Playing bad girls is a bore; I have always had more luck with good girl roles because they require more from an actress,” she said after winning her second Oscar, for The Heiress (1949). In the 1940s, De Havilland tried to expand her repertoire beyond the “nice girl” roles the film studios were typecasting her to play. To gain the right to do so, she had to bring a lawsuit. The landmark court ruling in 1944 changed the way actors were hired, compensated and managed, making them the equivalent of free agents. De Havilland spent most of her life in Paris, moving there in 1955 after marrying Pierre Galante, the editor of Paris Match magazine, in 1955.
Cases set new record
The nation yesterday posted its highest number of new COVID-19 cases, even as officials expressed hope that outbreaks in locked-down Melbourne might have peaked. Authorities confirmed at least 549 new infections — almost entirely driven by an outbreak in Victoria. Authorities admitted a second wave of clusters in Melbourne was taking longer to suppress than hoped, but Victoria Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said that a partial lockdown of 5 million people, now in its third week, was working, and that “today should be the peak,” even if the number of new cases continues to fluctuate and daily records could yet be set.
The government is evacuating 80,000 people, mostly local tourists, from Danang after three residents tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, it said yesterday. The evacuation is to take at least four days with domestic airlines operating approximately 100 flights daily, the government said in a statement. The nation is still closed to foreign tourism, but there had been a surge in domestic travelers looking to take advantage of discounted flights and holiday packages to local hotels and resorts.
New infection rate surges
New COVID-19 cases in the nation are rising at the fastest rate globally, increasing 20 percent over the past week to 1.43 million confirmed cases, according to Bloomberg’s Coronavirus Tracker. The Indian Ministry of Health reported 32,771 deaths, with daily cases close to a record 50,000 yesterday. The country is only trailing the US and Brazil in the number of confirmed infections.
Designer Yamamoto dies
Designer Kansai Yamamoto, considered a pioneer of the country’s fashion industry and known for his work with David Bowie, has died of leukemia aged 76, his daughter said yesterday. “He left this world peacefully, surrounded by loved ones,” actress Mirai Yamamoto announced on Instagram. He was known for creating bold avant-garde pieces that defied gender norms and featured brilliant colors and patterns. He leapt to prominence with international shows from the 1970s onward, and won popular acclaim for his collaboration with Bowie, producing a series of outfits for the singer’s Ziggy Stardust alter ego.
US envoy shaves ’stache
The most controversial moustache in the nation has fallen victim to the razor’s blade, with US Ambassador Harry Harris visiting a traditional barbershop months after his facial hair became the object of unusual criticism. Over the weekend he uploaded a video to social media of him getting the moustache shaved off, saying he did so to keep cool in the Seoul summer, while wearing a mask to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. “Glad I did this,” he said in a tweet. “For me it was either keep the ‘stache or lose the mask. Summer in Seoul is way too hot & humid for both. #COVID guidelines matter & I’m a masked man!”
Four more charged in death
Police have charged four more people in connection with the alleged torturing to death of a local man found in a freezer aboard a Chinese fishing vessel, authorities said yesterday. They were executives at recruitment agencies which hire locals — such as 20-year-old Hasan Apriadi, who died last month — to work on Chinese ships, police said. A Chinese supervisor on the Lu Huang Yuan Yu 118 has been charged in Apriadi’s death and for assaulting other crew. A total of six recruiting agency bosses are now facing human-trafficking charges, police said.
‘SCMP’ drops free model
The South China Morning Post (SCMP) is dropping its free online model after months of political unrest and the pandemic hit advertising revenue at the English-language newspaper. Starting next month, it will ask its readers to pay for content online, limiting free articles to a few per month, editor-in-chief Tammy Tam (譚衛兒) said on the paper’s Web site. “Comprehensive reporting is costly and the century-old advertising model is no longer enough to sustain high-quality news,” Tam said. The paper had 50 million active users on its online platforms as of March and about 347,000 print readers as of the fourth quarter, according to its Web site.
Protesters use hamster song
Hundreds of protesters on Sunday sang a Japanese cartoon jingle with new lyrics mocking the government as hungry hamsters feasting on taxpayer cash. The song is the theme for Hamtaro, a cartoon about a hamster who loves sunflower seeds, and the protesters ran in circles around Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, like hamsters running in a wheel. “The most delicious food is taxpayers’ money,” they sang. “Dissolve the parliament! Dissolve the parliament! Dissolve the parliament!” “The adults may think because we’re doing this, they can’t take us seriously, but this is the way for the new generation,” said a 20-year-old protester who gave her name as Fah. “We are doing this differently in hope that something will change.”
FRENCH AID: Paris has sent a navy ship and aircraft from Reunion Island with some pollution control equipment, but rough seas are spreading the oil spill The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean yesterday apologized for a major oil spill, which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster, as police prepared to board the ship. The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25. “We apologize profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused,” Mitsui OSK Lines executive vice president Akihiko Ono said at a news conference in Tokyo. The company would “do everything in their power to resolve the issue,” he said. At least 1,000 tonnes of
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
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
LIFELONG LOSS: Jiro Hamasumi, who was not quite born when an atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, lost his father and other relatives, but said he thinks about his father daily As Japan marks 75 years since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the last generation of nuclear bomb survivors is working to ensure their message lives on after them. The “hibakusha” — literally “person affected by the bomb” — have for decades been a powerful voice calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. There are an estimated 136,700 left, many of whom were infants or soon to be born at the time of the attacks. The average age of a survivor now is a little over 83, according to the Japanese Ministry of Health, lending an urgency as they share their testimonies