Maritime experts are puzzled by an experienced South Korean ferry captain’s decision to keep passengers on board his sinking vessel. Lee Joon-seok delayed evacuating the Sewol, which was carrying hundreds of high school students, for at least half an hour after the massive ship began tipping in challenging waters off the country’s south coast on Wednesday. The death toll is currently 58 but could climb as high as 300, divers fear.
A shoot-out at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine has left one person dead and several others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. The violent clash was the first since an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions in eastern Ukraine where pro-Russia activists have seized government buildings. It’s feared Russia could use violence as a pretext for an invasion.
Health officials in Alberta are warning that passengers on board a flight from Vancouver to Edmonton may have been exposed to measles. A child from the Philippines on board Air Canada Flight 248, which landed on April 9, was sick with the virus. The airborne disease is extremely contagious and can lead to serious illness. The warning also extends to anyone at Edmonton International Airport that evening.
It looks a little bit like the Easter Bunny, I guess. Britain’s young Prince William was introduced to his namesake, a little long-eared, rodent-like animal called a bilby, in Australia yesterday. Some people are pushing for the desert dwelling animal, which is endangered in the wild, to be made the country’s version of the Easter Bunny to promote conservartion. George the bilby lives at Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
The GM of the Toronto Raptors has apologized for swearing in a pre-game appearance at Maple Leaf Square in Toronto. Masai Ujiri spoke to thousands of gathered fans as the team prepared to play the Brooklyn Nets in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs. ”F— Brooklyn,” Ujiri said before leaving the stage. The Raptors clearly weren’t inspired. The team ended up losing 94-87.
An apparent dog-napping has been caught on camera in Vancouver. Chloe, a 10-month-old French Bulldog, was taken from a tattoo parlour by an unknown woman at around 7 p.m. on Friday. Shaughnessy Keely, the manager of Fall Tattooing in the city’s downtown, says a woman nabbed the pooch and sped away in an unmarked vehicle. The incident was caught on the shop’s CCTV and posted to Instagram where it has received 1,800 “Likes.”