Owner of freighter leaking oil off Mauritius apologises Aug 09, 2020 0 493 12345 DPATokyoThe Japanese owner of a cargo ship leaking oil off the coast of Mauritius apologized on Saturday for the threat to the environment and promised to do its utmost to contain the spill.“We deeply apologize to people in Mauritius and those concerned for causing them so much trouble,” read a Saturday statement from Nagashiki Shipping. “To protect the environment, we will do our utmost to recover the leaked oil, pump out the oil that remains in the ship and remove the ship safely while coordinating with Mauritius and relevant Japanese agencies.” Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth declared a state of environmental emergency on Friday. The Japanese freighter ran aground last month off the coast of the popular tourist island off the eastern African coast, but only began leaking oil this week.The ship had around 4,000 tons of oil in its tanks and began to leak on Thursday.Authorities and helpers are currently trying to remove the oil that has already leaked and to pump out the remaining oil in the freighter, Tatayah explained.But this is progressing slowly, “the task is enormous,” he added.Aerial photographs have shown the oil slick spreading through the turquoise waters surrounding the island. France is among the countries to have pledged support.“If biodiversity is at risk, there is an urgent need for action,” wrote President Emmanuel Macron on Twitter. “France is here.” An aircraft and a naval ship with experts, as well as material, will be sent from La Reunion, said the island’s prefect. Greenpeace said the spill from the bulk carrier would have devastating consequences.Nagashiki Shipping reported no injuries among its crew, all of whom are now in quarantine on the island, local media reported. The crew members hail from India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Probe into Air India Express jet crash at Kozhikode airport begins Aug 09, 2020 0 688 China-US ties plunge further over Hong Kong sanctions Aug 09, 2020 0 473 Twenty dead, more than 40 missing in southern Indian landslide Aug 09, 2020 0 32 Gaza children return to school despite virus fears AFP Gaza City Hundreds of thousands of children returned to school in Gaza Saturday after a five-month suspension aimed at reining in the spread of the novel coronavirus in the crowded Palestinian territory. Ziyad .. Hong Kong reports 69 new COVID-19 cases as total surpasses 4,000 DPA Hong Kong Hong Kong reported 69 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, according to the latest figures from the Centre for Health Protection. Of these, 67 were local infections and two were imported, bringing .. Landslide from heavy rain kills four in South Korea Seoul Four people have been killed and one is missing after heavy rains triggered a landslide in a southern town in South Korea, local offcials said on Saturday. Five homes were buried when the landslide swept through a .. Afghan grand assembly demands ceasefire, rights protection in talks DPA Kabul On the second day of the Afghan grand assembly, the committees asked both sides of the conflict to observe an unconditional ceasefire ahead of intra-Afghan peace talks, said Abdullah Abdullah, head of the .. New Zealand’s Ardern kicks off election campaign after taming virus AFP Auckland New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern kicked off her Labour Party’s election campaign Saturday riding high in the opinion polls after a successful response to the coronavirus outbreak. Ardern’s .. Hundreds protest in Bangkok after arrest of democracy activists Bangkok A flashmob of hundreds took to Bangkok’s streets Saturday to protest against the arrest of two pro-democracy activists -- the latest outburst of anger in a movement increasingly vocal in its demand for reforms in ..