'Insensitive' Japan Olympic coronavirus logo pulled after row
Tokyo (AFP) - A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Olympics logo as the new coronavirus has been pulled after Olympic organisers branded it "insensitive" and said it infringed copyright.The design combines the distinctive, spiky image of the coronavirus cell with the blue-and-white Tokyo 2020 logo, and appeared on the front page of an in-house magazine published by the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ).The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people and halted sport worldwide.FCCJ president K...
South Korean football league to investigate 'sex doll' row
Seoul (AFP) - A top South Korean football club accused of using sex dolls to fill empty seats in its stands will face disciplinary proceedings this week, K-league officials said.With fans banned from matches because of the coronavirus, FC Seoul came under fire for deploying dozens of silicone spectators wearing T-shirts or holding placards with the logo of a sex-toy seller.The K-league said its disciplinary committee will review whether the use of the mannequins violated the league's rules on promoting obscene materials.Officials will also discuss whether the incident damaged the league's imag...
Oil companies raise pump prices for the 2nd week
Pump prices went up for the second week in a row as global demand for crude oil began to mount while lockdown measures started easing across the globe.Petron, Shell, Seaoil, Total and PTT raised diesel prices by 55 centavos per liter, up for the fifth time in 20 weeks.Gasoline prices went up for the sixth time so far this year, by P1.25 per liter. Petron, Shell and Seaoil also raised the price of kerosene by P2.35 per liter.This was the third increase for the cooking and lighting fuel.As of press time at the crude oil futures market, Brent crude prices was pegged at $33.88 per barrel from $29....
Philippines Daily Inquirer
How Al-Kadhimi steer Iraq away from US-Iran row
More than five months of political impasse — marred by public protests, which at times turned bloody — and party squabbling Iraq appears to have turned a crucial corner and not a minute too soon. Recently parliament approved the cabinet of designated Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who was nominated last month by President Barham Salih and was embraced by most Shia parties as well as the Kurds and the Sunnis.Kadhimi, a former journalist and a fierce opponent of Saddam Hussein, has never joined a political party and until his nomination held the important job of head of the National Intellig...
Mining boss nets 10 mn Chinese virus tests for Australia despite row
Sydney (AFP) - An Australian mining magnate on Wednesday unveiled a deal to import 10 million coronavirus tests from China to Australia, despite a bitter diplomatic spat between the two countries.Andrew Forrest, head of mining giant Fortescue, said he had used contacts to secure an order for the tests with Chinese genomics firm BGI Group at a significantly lower cost than from rival providers, amid fierce competition.Australia, which has been one of the most successful countries in containing COVID-19, has so far carried out around 500,000 tests in a population of 25 million people.Delivery of...
Who guards privacy … Google or your government?
A row is brewing between the French government on one side, and the tech giants Google and Apple on the other, over the protection of personal data in contact tracing apps aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. Such systems may offer a way out of a lockdown, but the dispute underlines the thorny political, technological, and legal issues involved.The two companies are collaborating on software that will track contacts between users’ mobile phones. It will alert them if they have been in close proximity to another user who has been infected with the virus. However, the app limits the d...
Covid-19: France reports 753 new deaths, hospital admissions drop for second day in a row
France registered 753 more deaths from coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 17,920, the fourth-highest tally in the world, but the number of people in hospital has declined for a second day running.And, in another sign that the lockdown put in place a month ago is working, Jérôme Salomon, head of the public health authority, said the total of people in intensive care units (ICU) fell for the eighth day in a row, at 6,248, a low point since April 1."Our collective efforts demonstrate their effectiveness. The spread of the virus is stabilizing at a high level (...) and that ...
I watched all 9 'Star Wars' movies in a row during coronavirus quarantine. Here's what I discovered
A long time ago (late December) in a galaxy far, far away (a Seattle movie theater), I had an idea (a bad one).For the premiere of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the theater was screening all nine movies from the Skywalker Saga, in numerical order, front to back. I pitched this story to my editor: What’s it like to watch such an ungodly amount of “Star Wars”? And what could compel folks to spend more than 20 waking hours in a movie theater?She liked the pitch, but by then, the theater’s marathon had sold out.Skip forward three months: A global pandemic keeps me in my house for 20 hours a ...
The Seattle Times
Turkey repeats working group offer to US to solve row over Russian defense purchase
Turkey on Tuesday repeated an offer to the United States to establish a technical working group including NATO to help solve a dispute over Ankara’s purchase of Russian missile defenses that angered Washington.Ties between the NATO allies were badly strained last year when Turkey bought Russian S-400 defense systems, prompting Washington to threaten sanctions and to suspend Turkish involvement in its F-35 jet program.The United States says the S-400s are not compatible with NATO systems and threaten the stealth capabilities of its Lockheed Martin F-35 jets. Turkey rejects this and says the S-4...
The Middle East Monitor
Gaza fishermen shot by Israel navy, second day in a row
Gaza fishermen on 2 July 2019 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]Israeli naval forces fired rubber coated metal bullets toward Palestinian fishermen off the northern Gaza coast for the second day in a row, reportedWafanews agency.Two fishermen were injured after being shot whilst being chased by Israeli forces, forcing them to return to shore.The fishermen were moved to a hospital in Gaza for treatment, where their condition was described as moderate.According to the Times of Israel,the Israel Defense Forces claimed to have acknowledged that troops opened fire, but did not confirm any Palestin...
The Middle East Monitor