November 7, 2018

Female pilots: Which airline has the highest number?

Female pilots: Which airline has the highest number? Image copyright Hindustan Times Airlines have been stepping up their efforts to recruit more female pilots to meet the increasing demand for travel. Spending on travel and tourism has spiked in recent years, with customers keen to spend their money on new experiences. There were nearly 350 million more international tourists in 2017 than in 2010, according to the World Tourism Organization. Which airline employs the most female pilots?Globally, just 5.18% of commercial pilots are women, according to the Air Line Pilots Association International trade union. Indian airlines employ the highest proportion of female pilots at 12.4%. That's according to the latest statistics from the International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP). Zoom Air, a regional Indian airline, tops the leader board. ISWAP says it employs nine female pilots out of a total of 30. Kathy McCullough, communications chairwoman for ISWAP and a retired fe..
November 7, 2018

Chinese staff forced to drink urine and eat roaches

Chinese staff forced to drink urine and eat roaches Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption If you miss your sales target, bon appétit Managers at a Chinese firm have been jailed for making staff who failed to reach sales targets drink urine and eat cockroaches, local media report. Police took action after videos emerged showing workers being whipped with a belt and drinking a yellow liquid. Social media posts alleged staff were also told to eat cockroaches if they did not meet targets. Three managers were jailed for five and 10 days over the incident, the South China Morning Post reports. A widely shared video posted on Chinese social media site Weibo shows a male employer standing in the middle of a circle, getting whipped with a belt. Image copyright Image caption The video quickly went viral on Weibo Other staff, said to be employees of the home renovation company in the city of Guizhou, can be seen drinking yellow liquid from plastic cups while holdi..
November 7, 2018

Indonesian plane grounded after passengers complain about stinky durian

Indonesian plane grounded after passengers complain about stinky durian Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The durian has been called the world's stinkiest fruit An Indonesian plane was temporarily grounded after passengers complained about an overwhelming smell of durian in the cabin. Around two tonnes of durian, the world's stinkiest fruit, was in the cargo hold of the Sriwijaya Air flight, bound for Jakarta from Bengkulu. Passengers demanded that the fruit be removed, with some almost coming to blows with crew members. The airline eventually relented and unloaded sacks of the durian fruit. The flight eventually took off around 11:40am local time (04:40 GMT), an hour later than scheduled. Image copyright Amir Zidane Image caption Facebook user Amir Zidane filmed the fruit being unloaded after the protest Sriwajiya Air later said the airline was well within its rights to carry the stinky fruit in cargo. "It's not illegal to carry durian in a flight as long as i..
November 6, 2018

The old-world charm of India’s photo studios

The old-world charm of India's photo studios Image copyright Ketaki Sheth/PHOTOINK Image caption Prince Studio, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, 2016 In 2014, Ketaki Sheth, an award-winning Indian photographer, began shooting portraits of visitors to the Jagdish Photo Studio in Manori, a coastal village in the western state of Maharashtra. She says she stumbled across it - "wedged between a hardware store and a grain depot" - by chance. "I poked my head in and saw a bright blue stool against a diaphanous cascading red backdrop," she told the BBC by email. "That was it. I was hooked." Image copyright Ketaki Sheth/PHOTOINK Image caption Phototech Studio, Calicut, Kerala, 2016 She spent several weekends at Jagdish Photo Studio over the next six months - and as she photographed locals, she says she "felt the need to spread my wings to other parts of India and see what I could find." Racism and stereotypes in colonial India's 'Instagram'So in 2015, she began travelling to photo ..
November 6, 2018

Rebel Wilson ‘deeply sorry’ for plus-sized claims

Rebel Wilson 'deeply sorry' for plus-sized claims Image copyright Getty Images Rebel Wilson is "deeply sorry" after saying she was the "first ever plus-sized girl" to star in a romantic comedy. Rebel made the comments last week, and when people pointed out that the likes of Mo'Nique and Queen Latifah had led romcoms before she initially questioned whether they counted as plus-sized. The Australian actress now says she "neglected to show the proper respect". "What I said was not only wrong but also incredibly hurtful." Skip Twitter post by @RebelWilson In a couple of well-intentioned moments, hoping to lift my fellow plus sized women up, I neglected to show the proper respect to those who climbed this mountain before me like Mo’Nique, Queen Latifah, Melissa McCarthy, Ricki Lake and likely many others. — Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) November 5, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @RebelWilson Rebel was talking to Ellen DeGeneres about her new film Isn't It Romantic wh..
November 6, 2018

Nepalese festival celebrates ‘day of the dogs’

Nepalese festival celebrates 'day of the dogs' Image copyright @pappu_the_pug_nepal Image caption The Nepalese festival Kukur Tihar celebrates dogs by blessing them with a red mark on their forehead Every dog has its day, and for canines in Nepal that phrase could not be more literal. The five-day Nepalese Hindu festival of Tihar started this week and the second day is known as Kukur Tihar or "day of the dogs". Dogs are celebrated and blessed with a Tika - a red mark applied to their forehead. The animals are also given flowers garlands and offered food as part of the festival. Image copyright @rainbomino Image caption Scooby the Japanese Spitz enjoyed being decorated with garlands of fresh marigold flowers Hindus believe that dog is the messenger of Yamaraj - the God of death - and by keeping the dogs in good humour they will be able to appease Yamaraj himself. Image copyright Sumnima Udas Image caption Sumnima Maudas said Kukur Tihar is one of her "favourite Nepalese fest..
November 6, 2018

Xinjiang: China’s Muslim camp spending ‘revealed’

Xinjiang: China's Muslim camp spending 'revealed' Image copyright AFP Image caption China is accused of detaining huge numbers of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang China massively increased security spending in 2017 in the far-western region of Xinjiang, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims are alleged to have been detained, a new report says. Spending in areas "that explain nearly all security-related facility construction" rose by 213% between 2016 and 2017, said the US-based Jamestown Foundation. Satellite data shows a spike in new security facilities in 2017. China says they are training centres. But according to budget data reviewed by German academic Adrian Zenz for the report, spending on vocational training in Xinjiang actually decreased by 7% in 2017. Spending on security-related construction, meanwhile, increased by nearly 20bn yuan ($2.9bn). Xinjiang's budget figures "reflect patterns of spending consistent with the construction and operation of hi..
November 6, 2018

Bill Gates brandishes poo to showcase reinvented toilet tech

Bill Gates brandishes poo to showcase reinvented toilet tech Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Gates used the beaker of faeces to highlight bacteria and sanitation-related disease Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates had his hands full on-stage in Beijing on Tuesday, showing a jar of human faeces. The stunt was part of his speech at the Reinvented Toilet Expo event - a showcase for new toilet technologies. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent more than $200m on researching the field across the last seven years. Twenty cutting-edge sanitation products were on display, intended to destroy harmful bacteria and prevent disease. "I have to say, a decade ago I never imagined that I'd know so much about poop," Mr Gates joked at the conference. "And I definitely never thought that Melinda would have to tell me to stop talking about toilets and faecal sludge at the dinner table." The entrepreneur was helping to launch the three-day event in China - wher..
November 6, 2018

Facebook used to ‘incite offline violence’ in Myanmar, says report

Facebook used to 'incite offline violence' in Myanmar, says report Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has been called the equivalent of the internet in Myanmar Facebook has said it agrees with a report that found it had failed to prevent its platform being used to "incite offline violence" in Myanmar. The independent report, commissioned by Facebook, said the platform had created an "enabling environment" for the proliferation of human rights abuse. It comes after widespread violence against the Rohingya minority which the UN has said may amount to genocide. The report said Facebook would have to "get it right" before 2020 elections. Facebook has more than 18 million users in Myanmar. For many, the social media site is their main or only way of getting and sharing news. The network said it had made progress in tackling its problems in Myanmar but that there was "more to do". The country where Facebook posts whipped up hate Facebook 'still hosts hate ..
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