November 18, 2018

Ireland greats delight in victory over NZ

Ireland greats delight in victory over New Zealand Image copyright Inpho Image caption Jacob Stockdale's try was the only try of the game Ireland's historic win over New Zealand on Saturday in an electric Aviva Stadium had many pundits talking up the men in green as the team to beat at next year's World Cup. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was keen to play down the favourites tag. But former Ulster and Ireland international Andrew Trimble was among those clearly excited by the prospect. "Ten months out from the World Cup, what does this mean? Book your flights lads," he told the BBC. "It was incredible, an absolute pleasure to witness, a pleasure to be here," said Trimble, who played for Ireland in their first ever win against the All Blacks in Chicago in 2016. "That test match had everything. It was absolutely incredible. Image copyright Press Eye Image caption Andrew Trimble played 223 times for Ulster and 70 times for Ireland "I thought that Irish performance had everythi..
November 18, 2018

‘Stingray’ attack kills Australian man in Tasmania

'Stingray' attack kills Australian man in Tasmania Image caption Stingrays are not usually aggressive and fatal attacks on humans remain rare A 42-year-old man has died after a suspected stingray attack off the Tasmanian coast, Australian police say. They said the man developed a cardiac arrest after "sustaining a puncture to his lower abdomen" at Lauderdale Beach. The statement said the wound was "possibly inflicted by a marine animal". Officials told local media it was consistent with a stingray attack. Stingrays are not considered dangerous, even though one killed Australian conservationist Steve Irwin in 2006. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Steve Irwin poses with an alligator at the San Francisco Zoo in 2002 Known as the Crocodile Hunter after his wildlife television show, Irwin died when a stingray's tail stabbed him in the heart. There have been, however, more reports of shark attacks in Australia recently and the Tasmanian police were keen to stress ..
November 18, 2018

Apec summit ends without statement over US-China division

Apec summit ends without statement over US-China division Image copyright AFP Image caption US VP Pence (3rd right) and China's Xi did not appear together in Apec leaders pictures An Asian economic summit has ended without a formal leaders' statement for the first time because of US-China divisions over trade. Papua New Guinea's President Peter O'Neill said a closing statement for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit would instead be released in the coming days. The US and China revealed competing visions for the region at the summit. The two countries have been engaged in a tit-for-tat trade war this year. In his closing comments, Mr O'Neill said Apec would try to ensure "free and open trade" in the region by 2020. China v the US: Not just a trade war What China wants from the Pacific US to invest more than $100m in Asia On Saturday Chinese President Xi Jinping took a swipe at the US's America First policy by saying that countries that emb..
November 17, 2018

‘Stolen friend’: Rapa Nui seek return of moai statue

'Stolen friend': Rapa Nui seek return of moai statue Image copyright Alamy Image caption Hoa Hakananai'a was removed from Rapa Nui in the 19th Century Prominent among the eclectic hoard of treasures in London's British Museum is the imposing figure of Hoa Hakananai'a, a four-tonne basalt statue from the Chilean Pacific territory of Rapa Nui - named Easter Island by European explorers. The statues, known as moai, were carved by the island's indigenous Rapa Nui people to embody the spirit of a prominent ancestor, with each considered to be the person's living incarnation. Image copyright Chilean Ministry of National Assets Image caption The moai are one of the main attractions for visitors but to locals they have spiritual significance "The British taking the moai from our island is like me going into your house and taking your grandfather to display in my living room," says Anakena Manutomatoma, who is a native of the island and serves on Rapa Nui&#03..
November 17, 2018

Delhi’s rickshaw pullers: Toxic air is killing us but we can’t quit

Delhi's rickshaw pullers: Toxic air is killing us but we can’t quit Image copyright Ankit Srinivas Image caption Sanjay Kumar has been working as a rickshaw puller for five years "My eyes hurt and I struggle to breathe while pedalling my rickshaw. My body tells me to stop and run away from Delhi's toxic smog, but I have to keep going to earn for my family. Where else would I go? The streets are our home," says Sanjay Kumar. He came to Delhi five years ago from the eastern state of Bihar in search for a job, but couldn't find success. He chose to be rickshaw puller to feed himself and send some money to his family. That left him very little to rent a house, and he started sleeping on the streets. "I long for a bed but I know that's a distant dream. I long for proper meals but that too is scarce. The least I expect is to breathe clean air, but in winter months that too has become impossible. You can go to the comfort of your house, but I have to be on the street all ..
November 17, 2018

Palm oil: One woman’s fight to save ‘the last place on Earth’

Palm oil: One woman's fight to save 'the last place on Earth' Image copyright WFN Image caption Farwiza Farhan: Fighting to save Sumatra's biodiversity There is only one place in the world where orangutan, rhinos, elephants and tigers still co-exist in the wild. Environmental activist Farwiza Farhan is fighting to protect this last wilderness, Sumatra's Leuser Ecosystem. In 2012, her NGO, Yayasan HAkA, sued an oil palm company that had cleared forest under an illegally issued permit. She says she is driven by a sense of injustice that no-one is speaking up for the wildlife. On the pristine tropical rainforest…"Imagine standing under a very large canopy and you look up - you can hear hornbill whizzing past. And then you look around and you hear the sound of gibbons echoing through the forest, calling out their territories. Image copyright Paul Hilton Image caption Large male Sumatran orangutan "You see the orangutan - the mother and baby swinging from tree..
November 17, 2018

Golden Horse: Zhang Yimou’s Shadow wins most awards

Golden Horse: Zhang Yimou's Shadow wins most awards Image copyright Reuters Image caption Zhang Yimou had never won a Golden Horse until now One of China's most acclaimed directors, a rising star with a tragic story and a documentary charting mass protests have all won top prizes at this year's Golden Horse awards. The 55th annual awards - dubbed the "Chinese Oscars" - were held in the Taiwanese capital Taipei on Saturday. Zhang Yimou's Shadow took home the most awards, including Best Director for the 68-year-old screen veteran. Best Film went to novelist-turned-director Hu Bo for his first feature. Everything you need to know about the Golden Horse nomineesAn Elephant Sitting Still was an adaptation of his own novel, which told the story of four people who run away from their troubles to search for a mythical elephant. Hu took his own life in the Chinese capital Beijing last year, aged 29. His mother accepted the award on his behalf, thanking the jury and the audi..
November 17, 2018

US to join Australia in Papua New Guinea naval base plan

US to join Australia in Papua New Guinea naval base plan Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US is wary of China's plans in the Pacific region The US says it will join Australia in developing a naval base in Papua New Guinea (PNG), in an apparent move to curb China's growing influence. Vice-President Mike Pence said the three countries would work together on the facility on Manus Island. Australia announced last month that it would work with PNG to develop the island's Lombrum Naval Base. Mr Pence made the announcement on the sidelines of the Apec summit in the PNG capital, Port Moresby. "The United States will partner with Papua New Guinea and Australia on their joint initiative at Lombrum Naval Base," he said. "We will work with these two nations to protect sovereignty and maritime rights in the Pacific islands." China 'training for strikes' on US targets Why is the South China Sea contentious? Australia ramps up Pacific spending Lombrum, which w..
November 17, 2018

Australia ‘trolley hero’ faces police charges

Australia 'trolley hero' faces police charges Image copyright EPA Image caption Pushing his trolley, Michael Rogers (left) helped police confront the attacker A homeless man who used his shopping trolley to try to ram a knife-wielding attacker in Melbourne has been charged with offences including burglary and theft. Michael Rogers, dubbed "Trolley Man" online, was filmed on Friday trying to prevent Hassan Khalif Shire Ali from stabbing two police officers. The suspect had already killed a cafe owner and injured two other people. He was later shot by police and died in hospital. Mr Rogers was called in by police for questioning on Friday. Australian media reported that the five alleged offences - two counts of burglary, two counts of theft and committing an indictable offence while on bail - had taken place before the 9 November attack. Mr Rogers has been hailed as a hero for his efforts to prevent Shire Ali from stabbing two police officers. Media playback is unsupported on..
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