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Universal Resort shuts due to Beijing Covid-19 cases

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The Universal Resort theme park in Beijing has temporarily closed due to Covid-19 prevention measures.

Cases have been rising in the city despite having some of the world’s toughest anti-coronavirus restrictions.

For yesterday, the Chinese capital – which is home to more than 21 million people – reported 19 symptomatic infections and one asymptomatic case.

China’s zero-Covid policy has seen cities and attractions locked down over relatively small numbers of infections.

The park, which is part-owned by the US media giant Comcast, did not say when it would reopen, but pledged to refund or reschedule tickets.

“We will continue to assess the impact on operations and strive to resume operations as soon as possible,” it said on Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform.

“At the same time, we will continue to carry out a series of work related to epidemic prevention and control, such as deep cleaning, disinfection and nucleic acid testing,” it added.

Some users on Weibo took issue with the short notice given to customers by the company.

“The pandemic shutdown is understandable. But why didn’t you give earlier notice?” one user asked.

Another said: “Who is responsible for the loss if I specially took leave to visit?”

This is the second time the theme park, which was opened in September 2021, has been forced to close its gates this year. It was shut for six weeks from the start of May due to Covid measures.

(BBC News)

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2 men arrested for harassing South Korean livestreamer

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Police in India’s Mumbai city have arrested two men for harassing a South Korean woman while she was livestreaming a video.

The incident took place on Tuesday night as Hyojeong Park, who is known by the name Mhyochi on social media, was walking through the city.

The video shows one of the men putting his arm around Ms Park, 24, and kisses her on the cheek.

The men have been charged with molestation, news agency ANI reported.

Ms Park, who has more than 12,000 followers on livestreaming service Twitch, usually posts videos of herself playing video games and trying out food.

She has been in India for a few weeks and has been documenting her experiences through live vlogs.

(BBC News)

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Squid Game actor faces sexual misconduct charges

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Squid Game actor O Yeong-su has been charged with sexual misconduct, South Korean judicial officials say.

The 78-year-old is accused of touching a woman inappropriately in 2017, officials said.

Mr O has denied the allegation, local media report.

He became the first South Korean actor to win a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in a series after his performance in the chart-topping Netflix thriller earlier this year.

The alleged victim first filed a complaint with the police against Mr O in December last year, according to Yonhap news agency. But the case was closed in April without a charge being brought against Mr O.

The prosecution has now reopened the investigation “at the request of the victim”, the agency reports.

Mr O has now been charged without detention, it adds.

Following the charge, Seoul’s culture ministry decided to stop broadcasting a government commercial featuring Mr O, according to local reports cited by AFP news agency.

Squid Game – Netflix’s most popular series of all time – is a thriller series which tells the story of debt-ridden people competing for a huge cash prize in a deadly series of children’s games.

Mr O plays the oldest participant in the survival competition.

(BBC News)

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Sunil Perera’s last song (Video)

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The Gypsies band has unveiled a new song, which they say is the last song by their late leader – Sunil Perera.

The song, which comes a year after the death of Sunil Perera, has been in the works for the last 6 years, the bad says.

Titled as ‘Galu Paare’, the song was unveiled yesterday (24).

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