September 18, 2018

Amanda Reid: Australian Paralympian ‘exaggerated symptoms’

Amanda Reid: Australian Paralympian 'exaggerated symptoms' Image caption Amanda Reid competed as a swimmer during the 2012 London Paralympic Games A Paralympic athlete has been accused of exaggerating symptoms, a BBC investigation has found. Amanda Reid (formerly Fowler) won a silver medal in cycling for Australia at the Rio Games in 2016. Her former coach and other athletes who spoke to the BBC's File on 4 said they were highly suspicious about the changes in her condition. Reid and her mother did not respond to detailed BBC questions about the allegations. The Australian Paralympic Committee strongly denied any knowledge of misconduct relating to classification. It said Reid had multiple disabilities and had undergone the same rigorous medical testing as other athletes. 'No sign of physical impairment'Reid, who was then known as Amanda Fowler, was classified as an intellectually disabled swimmer when she competed at the London Paralympics in 2012, finish..
September 18, 2018

UK and Pakistan to step up money laundering action

UK and Pakistan to step up money laundering action Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Javid said Pakistan would always have a special place in his heart The UK will work closely with the Pakistani authorities in their fight against money laundering, Sajid Javid has said on a visit to the country. The British Home Secretary said the two nations would share evidence to enable more prosecutions to be brought. Prime Minister Imran Khan has promised to bring back money he alleges has been "stolen" and invested or hidden abroad. Although there have been ad hoc extraditions from the UK in the past, no formal legal arrangements exist. Earlier this year the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in jail for failing to explain where the money came from to buy four flats in central London. Two of his sons and the former Pakistani Finance Minister are currently living in the UK, but are wanted for trial on corruption charges in Pakistan. Imran Khan sworn in as Pakista..
September 18, 2018

Australia strawberry needle scare: Apple and banana fuel ‘copycat’ fears

Australia strawberry needle scare: Apple and banana fuel 'copycat' fears Image copyright EPA Image caption Several strawberry brands have been withdrawn from sale Australian police say sewing needles have been found hidden in an apple and a banana, amid a nationwide scare that has tormented the strawberry industry. Since last week, Australians in every state have reported finding needles concealed in strawberry punnets. Health Minister Greg Hunt has called it a "vicious crime" and ordered the nation's food watchdog to assist in resolving the scare. Police said the apple and banana cases, both in Sydney, were "isolated". But they added to more than 20 scares involving strawberries in New South Wales (NSW) alone, Supt Daniel Doherty said. The first cases emerged in Queensland. In that state, authorities say they are investigating whether the sabotage is due to one person, or several people operating independently. In the most serious case, a man was taken to hospital last..
September 18, 2018

Emmy Awards 2018: Sandra Oh’s mother rocks ‘hanbok’ on red carpet

Emmy Awards 2018: Sandra Oh's mother rocks 'hanbok' on red carpet Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hanbok consists of a jacket and a long skirt and is the traditional dress of Korea Sandra Oh may have made history for Asian women with her Emmy nomination, but it was her mother who became the star of the show by appearing in traditional Korean dress. Young-nam Oh and husband Joon-soo Oh were guests of the star, nominated for her role in BBC America's Killing Eve. Many were thrilled to see Mrs Oh representing Korean culture by wearing a hanbok to support her daughter. People said it was the first time they'd seen a hanbok on the red carpet. What is the hanbok? Skip Twitter post by @Variety Sandra Oh's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oh, share how proud they are of their daughter #Emmys — Variety (@Variety) September 17, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @Variety Skip Twitter post by @bettyhonest Is t..
September 18, 2018

Japan billionaire to take first ‘Moon loop’

Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX 'Moon loop' Image copyright SpaceX Image caption Artwork: The BFR spaceship will be able to carry humans on a trip around the Moon Elon Musk's company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon. Japanese billionaire, entrepreneur and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: "I choose to go to the Moon". He is expected to lift-off on the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a launch system unveiled by Mr Musk in 2016. The mission will mark the first visit to the Moon by humans since Nasa's Apollo 17 landing in 1972. The announcement was made at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Tuesday. The company said the flight represented "an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space". Earlier on Twitter, Mr Musk had already hinted that the passenger would be from Japan. Only 24 humans have visited the Moon - all of them Americans..
September 17, 2018

The India fishermen using cheap smartphones to map the coast

The India fishermen using cheap smartphones to map the coast Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 40 fishing villages have created these maps using open source software Trapped between rising sea levels and development projects that are eating into the coastline of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, fishing communities using cheap technology have taken matters into their own hands, reports Mahima A Jain. More than 40 fishing villages around Chennai (formerly Madras) have created land use maps using open source software and affordable technology. A land use map helps identify which areas of land are used for which purpose. "We are among the first to undertake such a mapping exercise along the coast in India," said Saravanan, a 35-year-old fisherman, who only uses his first name. He is a coordinator at the Coastal Resource Centre (CRC) in Chennai, which leads the mapping exercise in the region. Why poor planning leads to floods in Chennai and HoustonHe often rides ..
September 17, 2018

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in: Caught between Trump and Kim

South Korea's Moon Jae-in: Caught between Trump and Kim Image copyright Reuters Image caption Moon Jae-in is mediating between North Korea and the US Moon Jae-in is the man in the middle. The South Korean president has become the mediator between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un and is leading the diplomatic efforts to try to get North Korea to disarm. Mr Moon's trip to Pyongyang on Tuesday, his third meeting with Mr Kim since April, may be his toughest challenge yet. He has to make real progress in persuading the North Koreans to make concrete steps to denuclearise. Otherwise the flurry of inter-Korean summits and the much-hyped Singapore meeting this year will be seen as glossy photo-ops, and President Trump may begin to lose patience. With his approval rating dropping at home, Mr Moon needs a win. Here are some of the main obstacles he will need to overcome... Making North Korea more convincingPresident Trump declared in June, after meeting Mr Kim, that there was no longer a..
September 17, 2018

Korea talks: Moon goes North to push stalled nuclear talks

Korea talks: Moon goes North to push stalled nuclear talks Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Earlier this year, the leaders of the two Koreas met for their first historic summit The leaders of North and South Korean are set to meet for talks, with hopes centred on whether they can revive the stalled denuclearisation negotiations. Since the beginning of the year North Korea has embarked on an unprecedented path of meetings with both the South and the US. Yet talks with Washington have reached deadlock, with both sides so far agreeing only to very general goals. South Korea has taken on a key mediating role. South Korean President Moon Jae-in will arrive in Pyongyang on Tuesday for a three-day visit. It's the first trip to the North Korean capital by a leader from the South in a decade. It will be his third meeting with the North's Kim Jong-un since their historic summit at the border in April this year. The Korean War ended in 1953 with an armistice - but no forma..
September 17, 2018

Pakistan bidders flock to PM Imran Khan’s car auction

Pakistan bidders flock to PM Imran Khan's car auction Image caption Half of the 100 cars were billed as "luxury" but the Mercedes Maybach S-600s didn't sell Bullet-proof jeeps and helicopters drew hundreds of bidders to a Pakistani government "austerity-drive" auction aimed at cutting vehicle costs. But the heavily publicised sale - held on the lawns of Prime Minister House - failed to live up to its billing and even drew laughter from buyers. Auctioneers said the government hoped to net at least $16m (£12m), but just $600,000 was made from Monday's sale. Further sales will be held as the government targets a debt crisis. The bidders showed keen interest in four helicopters the government is putting up for sale. But it was announced they will be auctioned later this month. There were also many unanswered questions over eight buffaloes the government is parting with. Earlier this month, an aide to new PM Imran Khan puzzled many when he tweeted that the buffalo had bee..
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