Polar bear shot dead after wounding cruise ship worker

A dead polar bear lays at the beach at Sjuøyane north of Spitzbergen, Norway, on July 28, 2018. (AFP)
Updated 29 July 2018
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Polar bear shot dead after wounding cruise ship worker

  • “The bear was killed by another employee on the boat”
  • The worker suffered head injuries shortly after landing on Spitzbergen island

OSLO: A polar bear was shot dead after attacking a German cruise ship worker on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, the authorities said Sunday.
The unnamed man in his 40’s suffered head injuries shortly after landing on Spitzbergen island.
He was accompanying a tourist expedition from the MS Bremen of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises on Saturday.
“The bear was killed by another employee on the boat,” police commissioner Ole Jakob Malmo told AFP.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises said it was “self-defense.”
“We greatly regret this incident,” said company spokesman Moritz Krause.
The injured employee was flown by helicopter to the local capital Longyearbyen and then on to Tromso on the mainland in the evening, Malmo said.
Tromso hospital told AFP the man’s life was not in danger and he was in a stable condition.
Polar bears have been protected in Norway since 1973 and nearly 1,000 were counted on Svalbard during a 2015 census.
The archipelago, roughly twice the size of Belgium, lies about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) from the North Pole.
Five fatal polar bear attacks have been recorded on Svalbard in the last 40 years.
The most recent was in 2011 when a bear attacked a group of 14 people on a trip organized by a British schools association.
A 17-year-old Briton died and four other members of the expedition were hurt before the bear was killed.


House of Khan: Pakistani finds fame as ‘Game of Thrones’ doppelganger

Updated 22 March 2019
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House of Khan: Pakistani finds fame as ‘Game of Thrones’ doppelganger

  • The 25-year-old so resembles actor Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister in TV hit ‘Game of Thrones’
  • Not only are Khan and Dinklage’s faces strikingly similar, they are also the same height

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: Pakistani waiter Rozi Khan had never heard of the Game of Thrones — or its hugely popular character Tyrion Lannister — until his striking resemblance to the dwarf anti-hero got heads turning at home.
The 25-year-old so resembles actor Peter Dinklage — who has played the witty and wily nobleman since the hit series’ first season in 2010 — that he gets regularly stopped by strangers desperate for a picture.
“I don’t mind. A lot of my pictures have been taken, that’s why I have become very famous everywhere,” he said.
Not only are Khan and Dinklage’s faces strikingly similar, they are also the same height at around 135 cms (4 ft 5in).
Photographs of the pair have unsurprisingly made their way onto social media showing the doppelgangers side-by-side.
“Wherever I go, someone says to me: ‘Sir, who is this man with you on Facebook’, I say that he is my friend. ‘He looks like you’. I tell them he is my brother. It’s not a bad thing,” said Khan.

Khan and Dinklage. (AFP)


The television series has won 47 Emmys — more than any other fictional show in history — along with a Golden Globe for Dinklage, 49, for best supporting actor in 2012.
A much anticipated final series is set to premiere on April 17.
Khan works at a small Kashmiri restaurant down a narrow line in Rawalpindi, serving customers hearty dishes such as mutton and spinach curries.
Owner Malik Aslam Pervez described him as a hard-worker — and also a drawcard for the eatery.
“When he takes a day off or gets sick, people look for him and ask where did he go? They get upset. They love him. There is always a crowd here but it has boomed because of him,” he said.
Born in Mansehra in northern Pakistan, Khan says he would love to meet Dinklage, describing him as a friend and brother.
“I love him very much, he is my friend... he is my height so I like him a lot,” said Khan.
For customers, seeing Tyrion Lannister in the flesh is also a thrill.
“When I saw him, I’m happy, I feel that I met with Lannister in real [life],” said Zain Hadri, 20.
“Game of Thrones” tells the story of noble families vying for control of the Iron Throne, all the while keeping one eye on the “White Walkers” leading hordes of the undead toward an invasion from the North.