North and South Korea restore hotline after a year

North and South Korea have restored a communication hotline that was cut off by Pyongyang last June. According to the South’s presidential office, the leaders of both countries have agreed to rebuild trust and improve ties. The two leaders have exchanged multiple personal letters since April, the Blue House added. North Korea cut the hotline in June 2020 as relations soured after a failed summit between the two countries. Shortly afterwards, North Korea blew up an inter-Korean office near the border which was built with the intention of helping them communicate. “According to the agreement made between the top leaders, … Continue reading North and South Korea restore hotline after a year

Landlord arrested after allegedly being caught on hidden cameras sniffing tenants’ underwear

A Connecticut landlord was arrested after he allegedly broke into his tenant’s apartment and went through her and her daughter’s underwear.Jorge Orellana-Arias The tenant first filed a report in May stating that she was having ongoing issues with 38-year-old Jorge Orellana-Arias entering her unit without her knowledge, NBC Connecticut reported Friday. While he was in the apartment, he would go through the tenant’s clothing, as well as her daughter’s, the report states, according to the news station. Orellana-Arias allegedly also tried to enter the apartment while the tenant’s daughter was home alone, but quickly exited when he realized she was inside, the … Continue reading Landlord arrested after allegedly being caught on hidden cameras sniffing tenants’ underwear

History Made: The Philippines finally got its first gold medal after nearly a century of competing

Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines reacts after placing first in the women’s 55 kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 30-year-old weightlifter is the first athlete from the Philippines to win an Olympic gold medal. With her final lift Monday at Tokyo International Forum, she set two Olympic records en route to a triumph in the 55 kg division. “It’s a dream come true,” Diaz said afterward. “I just want to say that we Filipinos are strong. We Filipinos can compete here at the Olympics. We can do it.” The Philippines first sent athletes to the Olympics … Continue reading History Made: The Philippines finally got its first gold medal after nearly a century of competing

Pink offers to pay bikini bottoms fine for Norway women’s handball team

US pop star Pink has offered to pay the fines handed out to the Norwegian women’s beach handball team, after they wore shorts like their male counterparts instead of bikini bottoms. The team was fined fined 1,500 euros  for “improper clothing” at the European Beach Handball Championships last week. “I’m very proud of the Norwegian female beach handball team for protesting sexist rules about their uniform,” tweeted the singer on Sunday. “Good on ya, ladies,” she added. “I’ll be happy to pay your fines for you. Keep it up.” The team expressed their gratitude towards the Cover Me In Sunshine and … Continue reading Pink offers to pay bikini bottoms fine for Norway women’s handball team

Shares in Chinese online tutoring firms slump after shake-up

Shares in Chinese online tutoring firms have slumped after Beijing stripped them of the ability to make a profit from teaching core subjects. The new guidelines also restrict foreign investment in the industry. The major shift in policy comes as authorities try to ease the financial pressures of raising children, after China posted a record low birth rate. It is one of the biggest ever overhauls of the country’s $120bn (£87bn) private tutoring sector. Under the guidelines, issued jointly by the General Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the General Office of the State Council, all … Continue reading Shares in Chinese online tutoring firms slump after shake-up

Home and Away actor, Dieter Brummer dies aged 45

Australian actor Dieter Brummer, who was best known for his role as Shane Parrish on TV soap Home And Away, has died aged 45. Brummer was found dead at a house in Sydney on Saturday, Australian media reported. His death is not being treated as suspicious. In a statement on Monday, Brummer’s family said: “We lost our handsome, talented, funny, complicated and beloved Dieter. “He has left a massive hole in our lives and our world will never be the same” it added. “Our thoughts go out to all of you who knew him, loved him, or worked with him … Continue reading Home and Away actor, Dieter Brummer dies aged 45

What an accomplishment: Japan’s 13-year-old Nishiya wins Olympics skateboarding gold

Japanese Momiji Nishiya, 13, clinched the Olympic title in the women’s street skateboarding competition on Monday, shedding tears of happiness after nailing her final trick and becoming the country’s youngest gold medal winner. On the Olympic podium with her, two other teenage girls -13 and 16 – stood wearing silver and bronze medals around their necks, rewards for landing tricks most kids their age only get to see on Instagram. The silver went to Rayssa Leal – Brazil’s second silver in skateboarding after Kelvin Hoefler finished second on Sunday in the men’s event, with Funa Nakayama of Japan taking bronze. “I … Continue reading What an accomplishment: Japan’s 13-year-old Nishiya wins Olympics skateboarding gold

China box office: ‘Green Snake’ slithers into $30m opening

Green Snake China After several weeks of dominance, China’s pseudo-propagandistic pandemic blockbuster Chinese Doctors was knocked off the top of the country’s theatrical box office over the weekend. Local animated sequel Green Snake made a solid $29.7 million debut, according to data from Artisan Gateway, while Chinese Doctors slipped to $17.4 million. Produced by pioneering Beijing-based studio Light Chaser Animation, Green Snake is a sequel to the company’s 2019 hit White Snake. Both films are loose, youth-oriented adaptations of an oft-adapted classic Chinese folktale. Chinese ticketing app Maoyan currently forecasts Green Snake to finish its run with $77.5 million (RMB 502.5 million), which would be a significant step up from White snake’s $61.6 million gross. … Continue reading China box office: ‘Green Snake’ slithers into $30m opening

No You Are Not Sorry: South Korea TV sorry for using pizza to depict Italy at the Tokyo Olympics

Pizza for Italy, Dracula for Romania, and Chernobyl for Ukraine. These were the pictures and captions used by a South Korean broadcaster to depict nations at the Olympics opening ceremony. MBC since apologised for offending viewers, after complaints the visuals were “offensive” and “ridiculous”. The channel said it wanted to make it easier for viewers to understand the entering countries quickly. However, in a statement posted to Twitter, MBC said the decision showed a lack of consideration for the countries concerned, adding that it was an “inexcusable mistake”. It added it would start a probe into how the images and … Continue reading No You Are Not Sorry: South Korea TV sorry for using pizza to depict Italy at the Tokyo Olympics

Shame Of A Nation: Outrage after Uganda MPs get $30m to buy cars amid

Uganda handed nearly $30m to members of parliament (MPs) to buy new cars this week, sparking outrage in a poor country where the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc. Each of the 529 lawmakers received 200 million shillings ($56,500) to get new vehicles at a time when covid-19 cases are surging. On June 18, President Yoweri Museveni announced curbs on movement and shuttered schools, churches and bars for at least six weeks. “It is unacceptable for a government to buy luxuries to a small group in parliament, who continue to receive monthly pay of more than 30 million shillings (about $8,000) … Continue reading Shame Of A Nation: Outrage after Uganda MPs get $30m to buy cars amid

India monsoon death toll rises as search for missing continues

More than 135 people have died from flooding and landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in India, with rescuers searching for dozens more missing on Sunday. The country’s western coast has been inundated by torrential rains since Thursday, with the India Meteorological Department warning of further downpours over the next few days. In Maharashtra state, 114 people have been killed, including more than 40 in a landslide that hit the hillside village of Taliye, south of Mumbai, on Thursday. Villager Jayram Mahaske, whose relatives remained trapped, told the AFP news agency that “many people were washed away as they were … Continue reading India monsoon death toll rises as search for missing continues

Shanghai cancels flights as Typhoon In-Fa lashes eastern China

Two international airports in the Chinese city of Shanghai have cancelled all flights and authorities banned outdoor activities as Typhoon In-Fa lashed eastern China with high winds and heavy rains. In-Fa landed in the Putuo district of the city of Zhoushan, a major port in the eastern province of Zhejiang, at 12:30pm (04:30 GMT) on Sunday, state broadcaster CCTV said, citing the China Meteorological Administration. The storm hit as central China is still reeling from record flooding that killed at least 63, cut off power and forced the relocation of more than one million people. “We will make every effort … Continue reading Shanghai cancels flights as Typhoon In-Fa lashes eastern China