October 30, 2018

Sony eyes record profit as gaming hits boost earnings

Sony eyes record profit as gaming hits boost earnings Image copyright Sony Sony has forecast a huge jump in annual operating profit as demand for its games, including God of War and Spider-Man, boosted earnings. The Japanese electronics firm raised its annual profit forecast to 870bn yen ($7.7bn; £6.0bn), up 30% from estimates given in July. The upgrade comes after strong sales in its Playstation division drove revenues in the second quarter. Gaming also spurred a strong rise in operating profit at rival Nintendo. IDC gaming analyst Sam Reynolds said both Japanese firms had posted "impressive earnings based on the strength of the gaming market". He said Sony could credit strong sales to "the quality of games on the platform" which include bestsellers God of War and Spider-Man, while demand for Red Dead Redemption II has also been high. Sony unveils mini Playstation Classic console Gaming becomes the latest addiction Mr Reynolds said the gaming market was less competitive than S..
October 30, 2018

India journalist and police killed in ‘Maoist attack’

India journalist and police killed in 'Maoist attack' Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A large number of security forces are deployed in Chhattisgarh to counter Maoist rebels A cameraman from India's national broadcaster, Doordarshan, and two policemen have been killed in an alleged attack by Maoist rebels. They were ambushed on Tuesday morning in the central state of Chhattisgarh, which is often hit by Maoist violence. The attack comes days after rebels blew up a vehicle of India's central paramilitary force, killing four personnel. Chhattisgarh is scheduled to hold state elections next month. "Today our patrolling party was ambushed by Naxals," deputy inspector general P Sundar Raj told ANI news agency. He added that two other police officers were also injured in the attack. The TV crew from Doordarshan was in the area to cover the upcoming polls, according to the broadcaster. They were travelling with security forces when their vehicles were attacke..
October 30, 2018

North and South Korea: The football game that kicked off peace

North and South Korea: The football game that kicked off peace Image copyright Reuters Image caption Players of South Korea (in blue) and North Korea (in white) ran together in unison What does it take to help bring the Korean peninsula back from the brink of war? It turns out that there are two key ingredients: soccer and soju. Last December, as US President Donald Trump was threatening Pyongyang with fire and fury and Kim Jong-un was describing the US president as a "dotard", others were looking for opportunities to ease the rising tensions. Choi Moon-soon, the governor of Gangwon province, hoped he could give sports diplomacy a chance. His region sits on the border with North Korea and he describes it as one of the last divided provinces in the world. Gangwon was also getting ready to welcome countries from across the world to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. But there was one key country missing - South Korea's neighbour. Mr Choi wondered what he could do to change this..
October 30, 2018

US targets Chinese firm over national security fears

US targets Chinese firm over national security fears Image copyright Getty Images The US has restricted American firms from selling parts to a Chinese company over national security concerns. The US Commerce Department said there was a "significant risk" that Fujian Jinhua could get involved in activities that may hurt US national security. The move is the latest escalation in the Trump administration's efforts to stop alleged intellectual property theft. Other countries have also put limits on Chinese firms on security grounds. The US Commerce Department said it would restrict the export of software and technology goods from American firms to Chinese chipmaker Fujian Jinhua. "When a foreign company engages in activity contrary to our national security interests, we will take strong action to protect our national security," US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. He said that the restrictions on Fujian Jinhua - which makes memory chips and devices - would "limit ..
October 30, 2018

Geoffrey Rush: Actress ‘frightened’ by alleged touching, court told

Geoffrey Rush: Actress 'frightened' by alleged touching, court told Image copyright EPA Image caption Geoffrey Rush is suing a Sydney newspaper for defamation An actress at the centre of a defamation case involving actor Geoffrey Rush says he "deliberately" touched her breast on stage, leaving her feeling "frightened". Eryn Jean Norvill told an Australian court that Mr Rush had also made groping gestures towards her during the production of King Lear in 2015. Mr Rush strongly denies the claims. He is suing a Sydney newspaper over stories published in 2017 which he says depicted him as a pervert. The Daily Telegraph's original report carried the headline "King Leer" and reported that Mr Rush, 67, had been the subject of a complaint about his behaviour during the Sydney Theatre Company production. On Tuesday Ms Norvill, who played Cordelia in the play, testified in Sydney's Federal Court as a witness for the newspaper's publisher, Nationwide News. She accused th..
October 30, 2018

Meghan shows off welly-wanging skills in New Zealand

Meghan shows off welly-wanging skills in New Zealand Image copyright AFP The Duchess of Sussex showed off her welly-wanging - boot throwing - skills on the latest stop of her 16-day tour with Prince Harry. The pair indulged in some rubber boot tossing in Revdale, north of the New Zealand city of Auckland. The couple were on competing teams, and Meghan emerged victorious after her welly was thrown a metre closer to the target than Prince Harry's. The royal couple have also been to Australia, Tonga and Fiji on the tour. The couple arrived in New Zealand on Sunday. Nelson Poll, 11, was one of the young people who taught Prince Harry and Meghan welly-wanging. Image copyright Getty Images He said: "I think Harry's technique was better, it was straight forward instead of going at an angle." On their first day in New Zealand the Duke and Duchess of Sussex met Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Both Meghan and Prince Harry performed a hongi - a Maori greeting involving nose-touching - ..
October 30, 2018

Rhino horn: Alarm as China eases 25-year ban on rhino and tiger parts

Rhino horn: Alarm as China eases 25-year ban on rhino and tiger parts Image copyright CARL DE SOUZA Image caption Rhino horn is highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine Animal conservationists are alarmed over China's decision to partially reverse a ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn. Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild and China prohibited their trade in 1993. But on Monday it said parts from captive animals would be authorised for scientific, medical and cultural use. Experts worry this will increase demand for the animals and jeopardise efforts to protect them. Rhino and tiger parts are highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine. They are prescribed to treat a large variety of ailments including fever, gout, insomnia and meningitis, thought any benefits have not been proven. The unlikely figures behind a secret trade Would a legal market deter poachers? Facebook animal trade exposed in Thailand 'Devastating consequences'In a statemen..
October 30, 2018

Lion Air crash: Sonar and drones used in Indonesian search

Lion Air crash: Sonar and drones used in Indonesian search Image copyright Reuters Drones and sonar technology have been deployed in Indonesia to search for a Lion Air passenger plane which crashed into the sea on Monday. Flight JT 610 went down after taking off from Jakarta with 189 passengers and crew on board. There has been no sign of survivors but debris and personal belongings have been collected from the water. There is no indication yet of what caused the plane to go down 13 minutes after taking off. Officials say the pilot of the Boeing 737 had asked to return to Soekarno-Hatta airport shortly before losing contact with air traffic control, just 13 minutes into the flight. A technical log obtained by the BBC showed the plane had encountered technical problems while flying from Bali to Jakarta the previous day. The log showed one instrument was "unreliable" and the pilot had to hand over to the first officer. Lion Air's chief executive Edward Sirait said on Tuesday tha..
October 29, 2018

Leicester City helicopter crash: Owner’s wife and son visit stadium

Leicester City helicopter crash: Owner's wife and son visit stadium Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeicester City owner's family lay a wreath at the King Power Stadium The wife and son of Leicester City's owner have laid a wreath at the club's stadium after he was killed alongside four others in a helicopter crash. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of staff, the pilot and a passenger, all died after the aircraft spiralled out of control outside the ground. The club's first team and youth squad were also at the King Power Stadium. A team investigating Saturday night's crash has recovered the aircraft's digital flight data recorder. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLeicester City's first team squad, including striker Jamie Vardy and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, paid their respects Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Manager Claude Puel has been outside the stadium Leicestershire Police ..
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