October 29, 2018

Lion Air: How could a brand new plane crash?

Lion Air: How could a brand new plane crash? Image copyright Boeing Image caption The MAX 8 series has only been operating commercially for less than a year Lion Air flight JT 610 has crashed into the sea, with nearly 190 people on board, shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. A lot of attention has focused on the fact the plane, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, was brand new. This is the first major incident involving that kind of plane. Details so far have been scant and the cause will not be confirmed until a full investigation has been carried out. Plane crashes are often the result of a combination of factors - both technical and human - but could the fact that the plane was so new have played any part? Passenger plane crashes in sea off Jakarta How likely are you to survive a plane crash? The world's worst air disasters The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has only been in commercial use since 2017. Budget carrier Lion Air said in July it was "very proud" to be the first in I..
October 29, 2018

Sulky word wins Scrabble championship

Sulky word wins Scrabble championship Image copyright PA A Scrabble whizz has won his fourth world championship - playing the word "groutier" to win the title. Nigel Richards, 51 and from New Zealand, beat Californian Jesse Day in the final at the Westfield centre in west London on Sunday. Groutier - which means cross, sulky or sullen - scored 68 points. Mr Richards, who also won the French-language title this year, said: "It was a closely-fought championship and Jesse was a very impressive opponent." Mr Richards' other high-scoring words in the final included zonular, which means like a zone and earned 100 points, and phenolic, a synthetic resin, which earned 84 points. His opponent scored 95 points with maledict, which means to utter a curse against, but Mr Richards won by 575 points to 452. The prize pool for the tournament was £15,500 ($20,000). Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Richards, who is based in Malaysia, has won four Scrabble world championships Mr Richards began..
October 29, 2018

Cricket Australia ‘partly to blame’ in ball-tampering scandal

Cricket Australia 'partly to blame' in ball-tampering scandal Image copyright EPA Image caption Steve Smith and David Warner are currently serving suspensions A scathing review into Australian cricket has condemned a "winning without counting the costs" culture that left players in a "gilded bubble". The independent report was commissioned by Cricket Australia (CA) after a ball-tampering scandal rocked the Test team in South Africa in March. The review found that CA was partly to blame, and viewed more widely as "arrogant and controlling". The governing body said it would accept most of the report's recommendations. The ball-tampering incident shocked Australia and led to 12-month suspensions for team leaders Steve Smith and David Warner, and a nine-month ban for batsman Cameron Bancroft. It also hastened the departures of coach Darren Lehmann and CA chief executive James Sutherland. Warner walks off club game in protest The scandal that went beyond cricket Finch name..
October 29, 2018

Thai cave boys watch Manchester United beat Everton

Thai cave boys watch Manchester United beat Everton Image copyright AFP Image caption The rescue of the boys and their coach had the world gripped earlier this July The 12 young footballers who spent two weeks trapped in a cave in Thailand have now achieved their dream of watching Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. The story of the boys and their coach, who were finally rescued by a team of divers, gripped the world in July. They were invited to watch the match after their extraordinary rescue. But their attendance at the event has been overshadowed by news of the death of the Thai owner of Leicester City FC. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed when his helicopter crashed outside the club's stadium.
October 28, 2018

Lion Air crash: Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off

Lion Air crash: Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane has come down after taking off from Jakarta, say Indonesian officials. Flight JT-610 was on a scheduled flight from the Indonesian capital to Pangkal Pinang, the main city in the Bangka Belitung Islands. It lost contact with ground control a few minutes after take-off, as it was crossing the sea. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the plane, believed to be a Boeing 737. Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the national search and rescue agency told reporters: "It has been confirmed that it has crashed." A Lion Air official earlier told the BBC the company did not yet know what had happened to the plane. The aircraft was reported to be a Boeing 737 MAX 8, a model only in use since 2016. Image Copyright @flightradar24 @flightradar24 Report Image Copyright @flightradar24 @flightradar24 Report This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be publish..
October 28, 2018

The girl drawing other people’s Tinder dates

The woman who draws other people's Tinder dates Image copyright Indu Harikumar Indu Harikumar is the brains behind #100IndianTinderTales, where she illustrates Indians' experiences of online dating. She tells the BBC what motivated her project and what it has grown into. "You must have a European lover." Those were the words of my Russian flatmate as she pushed me to try Tinder. I was 35, just out of a relationship, in Vienna on an art residency and very reluctant. I felt I stood no chance at love or even meeting anyone worthwhile. Plus, I didn't speak any German and was worried that men I right-swiped would be at my door looking for sex. But jet-lagged, and with nothing to do, I installed the app. Soon I found it was not only a great way to meet locals, but also, the fact that I was brown in a predominantly white country meant my "dateability" was very high. Over the next few weeks, I walked out of museums, into cafes and was always asked if I'd like to go to th..
October 28, 2018

Meghan and Harry attend NZ ceremony to mark first votes for women

Meghan and Harry attend NZ ceremony to mark first votes for women Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMeghan started her tribute to the women of New Zealand with a Maori greeting The Duchess of Sussex has praised the first women in the world to win the right to vote during a speech in New Zealand about feminism and fairness. Meghan was speaking on day one of her visit to the country with Prince Harry. It is the last stop on their tour. The duchess started with a few words of Maori, leading to applause and cheers from the audience in Wellington. She was speaking at an event to mark the 125th anniversary of universal female suffrage in New Zealand. Harry praises Invictus 'role models' Invictus athlete comforted by team-mate In pictures: Meghan and Harry's first tour It was the first country in the world where all adult women were allowed to vote. Meghan, wearing a necklace featuring a traditional Maori design for the evening reception, addressed a..
October 28, 2018

Thai billionaire’s death confirmed

Leicester City confirm chairman's death Image copyright PA Image caption Thai billionaire Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha purchased Leicester City in 2010 The owner of Leicester City FC died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium, the club has confirmed. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a female passenger died when the aircraft crashed at about 20:30 BST on Saturday. Witnesses said the helicopter just cleared the King Power Stadium before it spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball. Thousands of bouquets and scarves have already been left outside the ground. Leicestershire Police said it believed the dead to be: Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Two members of his staff Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare Pilot Eric Swaffer Female passenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz Image copyright Jamie Cooper/HiOptic Image caption Thousands of bouquets of flowers and tributes have been left by Leicester City fans In a statement, Leicester City ..
October 28, 2018

Sri Lanka shooting wounds three amid political crisis

Sri Lanka shooting wounds three amid political crisis Image copyright AFP Image caption Supporters have gathered outside Mr Wickramasinghe's residence Three people have been injured after a Sri Lankan MP's bodyguard fired at a mob in the capital, Colombo, police say, amid a growing political crisis. Arjuna Ranatunga was petroleum minister under sacked prime minister Ranil Wickramasinghe. Protesters were trying to stop him entering his office. Earlier, President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Mr Wickramasinghe with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and suspended parliament. Critics say it is unconstitutional. Mr Wickramasinghe says he is still prime minister. How did the shooting happen?It occurred as Mr Ranatunga tried to enter his office at the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation. The bodyguard has been arrested and an investigation is under way, police said. What other signs of tension are there?Sri Lankan parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has urged Mr Sirisena to reconsider his..
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