September 4, 2018

Australian paramedics grant dying man’s ice cream wish

Australian paramedics grant dying man's ice cream wish Image copyright QUEENSLAND AMBULANCE SERVICE Image caption Ron McCartney, 72, was being transported to palliative care Australian paramedics have been thanked for fulfilling a terminally ill man's desire for an ice cream sundae on his final trip to hospital. The gesture happened last week but has been shared publicly in a Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Facebook post. They said paramedics had acted after learning their patient, Ron McCartney, 72, had eaten little in previous days. "The officers asked Ron, if you could eat anything... what would it be?" the post by QAS said. "To which Ron replied, a caramel sundae." The ambulance service said it had been left "humbled and tinged with sadness" after receiving a message of gratitude from Mr McCartney's wife, Sharon. His daughter, Danielle Smith, said that her father had died on Saturday in palliative care, following a 17-year fight with pancreatic cancer. 'Dad ..
September 4, 2018

Typhoon Jebi leaves trail of destruction across Japan

Typhoon Jebi leaves trail of destruction across Japan Image copyright EPA Image caption The winds were powerful enough to flip cars in Osaka At least nine people have been reported killed by Typhoon Jebi, the worst storm to hit Japan in 25 years. Jebi has left a trail of destruction across the west of the country, hitting major cities like Kyoto and Osaka. Flights, trains and ferries were cancelled but thousands of passengers stranded at Osaka's international airport have since been evacuated. The winds are slowing down and moving north, but people are being urged to stay alert for landslides and floods. Image copyright EPA Image caption People are urged to remain cautious As of Wednesday morning, evacuation advisories had been issued for more than 1.2 million people. More than 30,000 people were given stronger but still not mandatory evacuation orders, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. Image copyright AFP Image caption The storm lashed the streets of Osaka, brin..
September 4, 2018

Indian police seek last Nizam’s stolen gold lunchbox

Indian police seek last Nizam's stolen gold lunchbox Image caption The gold lunchbox Police in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad are investigating the theft of a gold, diamond-studded lunchbox that belonged to a former royal family. The thieves also stole a ruby and gold teacup, saucer and teaspoon. Weighing 3kg, the items are valued at about $7m. They belonged to Mir Osman Ali Khan - the last Nizam (king )of Hyderabad - and once the richest man in the world. The theft was discovered on Monday morning. Police suspect it occurred the previous night. The valuables were removed from their display vaults in the Nizam's palace, which is now a museum. A sword belonging to the same royal family was stolen from another museum in the city 10 years ago. Police told BBC Telugu that they suspect two people were involved in the latest theft. Talks over Maharajah's millions Hyderabad 1948: India's hidden massacre The 'unlucky' building spooking an Indian mini..
September 4, 2018

India Andhra Pradesh: What happened to the newest state capital?

India Andhra Pradesh: What happened to the newest state capital? Image copyright AFP photo/PIB Image caption India hoped Amaravati would put Andhra Pradesh on the global map India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a new capital in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh in 2015. But three years later nothing has been built in Amaravati, which was touted as a city that could "make India proud", reports Sriram Karri. The state was forced to look for a new capital after it was split in two to create India's 29th state, Telangana. The current capital Hyderabad went to the new state, although both states were to share it for 10 years. The plans for Amaravati were ambitious to say the least. The city was to be developed over 7,500 sq km (2,895 sq miles) over the next 10 years, and it was envisaged it would be 10 times bigger than Singapore. The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, who was widely held to be responsible for converting Hyderab..
September 4, 2018

Flowerboys and the appeal of ‘soft masculinity’ in South Korea

Flowerboys and the appeal of 'soft masculinity' in South Korea A man wearing make-up on the street may elicit unwelcome glares, questions about his masculinity and even his sexuality. But in South Korea, ideas about how to look good as a man are changing attitudes and influencing the world, as the BBC's Saira Asher reports. When the BBC posted a video about the make-up routine of a 16-year-old YouTuber in Seoul on Facebook, the reactions ranged from intrigued to downright vitriolic. Some assumed this meant he was gay, while others admonished him for his choice saying "real men don't wear make-up". There were, of course, those that argued for his freedom to live life however he pleased and against the "fragile masculinities" on show. But Kim Seung-hwan is used to it. He says he's been called gay by some Koreans online for as long as he's been doing make-up tutorials. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA YouTube vlogger talks about w..
September 4, 2018

The challenge of ‘farming the desert’ in Australia

The challenge of 'farming the desert' in Australia Image copyright EPA Image caption The entire state of New South Wales is currently drought-affected The plight of drought-hit farmers in Australia has prompted an outpouring of sympathy across a country that has long mythologised the inhospitable "bush" and its inhabitants. But it has also raised questions about subsidising those eking a living in agriculturally marginal areas, writes Kathy Marks in Sydney. Mellissa Conomos runs beef cattle on a 300-acre property in Gunnedah, in north-western New South Wales. This year, her dams are dry and her paddocks are bare. "They're living on dirt," she says. "Even the weeds are gone. You've got sheep walking away from newborn lambs because they know they've got no chance of raising them." Gunnedah has been hard hit by the prolonged dry weather crippling eastern Australia, which is being compared to the "Millennium Drought" that scorched the country during the 2000s. Ms ..
September 4, 2018

People feared trapped after India bridge collapse

People feared trapped after India bridge collapse Image copyright Reuters Image caption Local TV channels have shown a number of vehicles stuck in the caved section of the bridge A section of a bridge has collapsed in India's eastern city of Kolkata, and a number of people are feared trapped. One person died and several others were injured, local media reports say. Rescue teams and the army have been deployed to help pull out those who could be under the rubble of the Majerhat bridge. The bridge stood over rail tracks in an old part of the city. It was not immediately clear what had caused the structure to partially collapse. Footage on local TV channels have shown a bus, a few cars and some motorcycles stuck in the caved in section of the bridge. The Chief Minister of West Bengal state, Mamata Banerjee, was quoted as saying by NDTV that the priority now was "relief and rescue". "The rest of the investigation will be done later," the minister added. This is the second such incide..
September 4, 2018

India bombing: Two convicted over Hyderabad twin blasts

India bombing: Two convicted over Hyderabad twin blasts Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police inspect the interior after the blast at Gokul Chat in Hyderabad An Indian court has convicted two men for their involvement in 2007 twin blasts in the southern city of Hyderabad. At least 42 people were killed and more than 60 wounded in explosions at an open-air auditorium and a restaurant. The two men will be sentenced on 10 September. There have been at least nine attacks in Hyderabad since 1992, with the most recent one in 2013 when two explosions killed 12 people. Five men, who were accused of playing a role in the 2007 blasts, were arrested by an anti-terrorism squad in 2008. Only two of them were convicted on Tuesday while two others were acquitted. The court will reportedly announce its verdict on the fifth accused on Monday. About 170 witnesses were examined and questioned during the trial in Hyderabad, one of southern India's main commercial hubs. "In the course of ..
September 4, 2018

Japan hit by strongest typhoon in 25 years

Japan hit by strongest typhoon in 25 years Image copyright Kyodo/via REUTERS Image caption Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries had to be cancelled Japan has been hit by its strongest typhoon in 25 years, with more than a million people told to evacuate. Typhoon Jebi made landfall in the west of the country, bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 216km/h (135 mph). In Osaka Bay it swept a tanker into a bridge and in Kyoto parts of the train station roof came down. There are warned of high waves and mudslides. There are no reports of casualties and the storm is expected to weaken as it continues to move across the country. Skip Twitter post by @CRAZY904Kaz 京都駅の天井崩落の瞬間が目の前で。 まさか、、台風の力すごい。気を付けて!! — 森山和彦(Kaz) CRAZY (@CRAZY904Kaz) September 4, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @CRAZY904Kaz The storm made landfall on Shikoku island around noon on Tuesday local time and then moved across Japan's largest main island of Honshu. It already left tens of..
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