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S Korea’s ex-president hounded over dogs

A South Korean animal rights group has filed a complaint with police against former president Park Geun-hye for abandoning nine pet dogs in the presidential Blue House after being dismissed from office.

The dogs are Jindos, a Korean breed of hunting dog known for their loyalty. Park left the Blue House presidential complex on Sunday, two days after the Constitutional Court dismissed her from office over a corruption scandal involving big business and financial favours. She returned to her private home in the upmarket Gangnam district of the capital, Seoul.

Some neighbours there had given Park a pair of Jindos in early 2013, when she left for the Blue House. The pair had seven puppies in January this year.

The Busan Korea Alliance for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said on its Twitter account it had filed a complaint against Park on a charge of animal abandonment.


The case of a koala that licks pavements

A group of people driving on a country road in Australia stopped to help a koala that appeared not to notice the dangers of sitting in the middle of the road.

Braden Furtney of Ontario posted a video showing what happened when he and some fellow travellers pulled over on a South Australia highway to help a koala that was licking the white line down the centre of the road.

“Rounding a corner on an Australian Highway, we were ‘greeted’ by this little guy who was more interested in licking the pavement then getting to safety,” Furtney wrote. The group used a stick to gently prod the koala to the side of the road, where it fled into the woods.


Oregon town could be yours for $3.85 million

Aspiring property moguls take note — the town of Tiller, Oregon, is for sale, asking price just $3.5 million. For an extra $350,000, you can have the old school too.

The mostly uninhabited, unincorporated town about 225 miles (362 km) south of Portland originally went up for sale in 2015, but that did not include the building that used to house the school, said Garrett Zoller, the owner of Land and Wildlife, the real estate firm selling the 250-acre (100-hectare) town.

The current deal, at a reduced price, includes six houses and an apartment, industrial and commercial lots, and a building that once housed a gas station and general store. Adding the school, on an adjacent parcel, swing sets and all, would set a buyer back about $3.85 million. About 250 people live in the surrounding area. But aside from the family that owns and is now selling the town, only two residents remain in Tiller itself, a former teacher who lives next to the school, and the pastor of the local church. Neither of their parcels is for sale, Zoller said in a phone interview on Monday.

The emptying out of the town came as timber harvesting declined in the region and the town’s mill closed, he said. “When the federal money started dwindling away for timber, basically the mill shut down,” Zoller said. “And when the mill shut down, a lot of the loggers started having to go away.”

The family that owns Tiller now, he said, accumulated the town lot by lot as other families left.

Daydreamers aside, a complete town could also be an opportunity for a developer, Zoller said, since part of the town has already been divided for a 13-acre (5-hectare) subdivision. He said he had fielded calls from would-be buyers ranging from Chinese investors to people interested in starting medical facilities and hemp-growing operations.


King Kong statue bursts into flames at movie premiere

Onlookers at the Vietnamese premier of Kong: Skull Island were sent running in a panic when a 16-foot statue of King Kong burst into flames.

Witnesses said the flames from a simulated volcano on a stage during a dance performance ignited the 16-foot-tall gorilla statue at a Ho Chi Minh City shopping centre about 7.05 pm Thursday. Spectators said they initially thought the flaming gorilla was part of the performance, but the crowd began to flee when it became clear that the fire was unintentional.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in about 15 minutes. There were no reports of injuries. The flames destroyed the statue and the $43,500 stage set up for the event. The 7.30 pm premiere of Kong: Skull Island went ahead as scheduled.


Shopper catches an otter inside Irish grocery store

A visitor to an Irish supermarket captured video of an unusual customer a ‘sea otter’ running through the store after wandering in the front door.

DarraghMcDonagh posted a video to YouTube showing the otter running around the Tesco store in Castlebar, County Mayo. McDonagh said he had trouble grabbing the otter after the video ended. He said he was eventually able to carry the otter to a nearby lake and released it, but not before receiving several bites from the ungrateful animal. McDonagh said what “hurt the most” was the cost of getting a tetanus shot after the incident.





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State police athletics meet kicks off

27 Apr 2018 | PNS | Haridwar

Uttarakhand State police district/ BN athletics meet 2018 kicked off on Thursday following its inauguration by the State Cabinet Minister Madan Kaushik. Speaking to The Pioneer, the commandant of 40 battalion of the PAC Haridwar RL Sharma said that the main events which were held on Thursday included 200, 800 and 1500 metres race, long jump, discus throw, hurdle race and pole vault...

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