October 29, 2018

Lion Air crash: Jakarta Boeing 737 ‘had prior instrument error’

Lion Air crash: Jakarta Boeing 737 'had prior instrument error' Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDebris found from Lion Air crash in sea The Indonesian jet which crashed shortly after take-off had suffered instrument problems the day before, according to a technical log obtained by the BBC. A technical log from a flight from Bali to Jakarta on Sunday said an instrument was "unreliable" and the pilot had to hand over to the first officer. The Boeing 737 airliner crashed into the sea with 189 people on board. It went down after taking off from Jakarta. There is no sign of survivors. The BBC has so far been unable to reach Lion Air, the low-cost airline which owns the plane, for comment. Flight JT 610 was headed for the western city of Pangkal Pinang on Monday when it came down. Rescuers have recovered some bodies and personal items, including baby shoes. Families are being told to go to a hospital to identify the dead. How could a brand new plane crash..
October 29, 2018

Sri Lanka crisis: Fears of a ‘bloodbath’ in power struggle

Sri Lanka crisis: Fears of a 'bloodbath' in power struggle Image copyright Reuters Image caption President Sirisena's move to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM has shocked many in Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's unfolding political crisis threatens to turn into a "bloodbath" unless order is restored, the speaker of parliament has warned. It comes after President Maithripala Sirisena last week sacked the cabinet and suspended parliament. Ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says a power vacuum now exists in the country. One person was killed at the weekend when the bodyguard of the sacked oil minister fired at a crowd of protesters outside his office. On Monday, police arrested the minister, Arjuna Ranatunga, a 54-year-old former national cricket team captain and an ally of Mr Wickremesinghe, after he was accused of ordering the shooting. His bodyguard has also been arrested and an investigation is under way. Profile: Mahinda Rajapaksa Read more about Sri Lanka President Sirisena&..
October 29, 2018

Lion Air crash: Who were the victims?

Lion Air crash: Who were the victims? Image copyright AFP Image caption Families all over Indonesia have been left distraught by the plane crash An early-morning Lion Air flight from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang crashed just 13 minutes after taking off. On board were 189 people including the flight crew. Authorities say there is little chance of any survivors - this is what we know about who was on board. According to Lion Air the aircraft was carrying 178 adult passengers, one child passenger and two baby passengers. In addition to the two pilots, there were also six cabin crew. Experienced pilotsLion Air named Captain Bhavye Suneja as pilot of the plane. The Indian national's death was confirmed by the Indian Embassy in Jakarta. Mr Suneja was 31 years old and from Delhi, Indian media report. He joined Lion Air in 2011, according to his LinkedIn profile. The co-pilot was named as Harvino. Image Copyright @IndianEmbJkt @IndianEmbJkt Report Image Copyright @IndianEmbJkt @IndianEmbJk..
October 29, 2018

Lion Air: How could a brand new plane crash?

Lion Air: How could a brand new plane crash? Image copyright Boeing Image caption The MAX 8 series has only been operating commercially for less than a year Lion Air flight JT 610 has crashed into the sea, with nearly 190 people on board, shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. A lot of attention has focused on the fact the plane, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, was brand new. This is the first major incident involving that kind of plane. Details so far have been scant and the cause will not be confirmed until a full investigation has been carried out. Plane crashes are often the result of a combination of factors - both technical and human - but could the fact that the plane was so new have played any part? Passenger plane crashes in sea off Jakarta How likely are you to survive a plane crash? The world's worst air disasters The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has only been in commercial use since 2017. Budget carrier Lion Air said in July it was "very proud" to be the first in I..
October 29, 2018

Sulky word wins Scrabble championship

Sulky word wins Scrabble championship Image copyright PA A Scrabble whizz has won his fourth world championship - playing the word "groutier" to win the title. Nigel Richards, 51 and from New Zealand, beat Californian Jesse Day in the final at the Westfield centre in west London on Sunday. Groutier - which means cross, sulky or sullen - scored 68 points. Mr Richards, who also won the French-language title this year, said: "It was a closely-fought championship and Jesse was a very impressive opponent." Mr Richards' other high-scoring words in the final included zonular, which means like a zone and earned 100 points, and phenolic, a synthetic resin, which earned 84 points. His opponent scored 95 points with maledict, which means to utter a curse against, but Mr Richards won by 575 points to 452. The prize pool for the tournament was £15,500 ($20,000). Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Richards, who is based in Malaysia, has won four Scrabble world championships Mr Richards began..
October 29, 2018

Cricket Australia ‘partly to blame’ in ball-tampering scandal

Cricket Australia 'partly to blame' in ball-tampering scandal Image copyright EPA Image caption Steve Smith and David Warner are currently serving suspensions A scathing review into Australian cricket has condemned a "winning without counting the costs" culture that left players in a "gilded bubble". The independent report was commissioned by Cricket Australia (CA) after a ball-tampering scandal rocked the Test team in South Africa in March. The review found that CA was partly to blame, and viewed more widely as "arrogant and controlling". The governing body said it would accept most of the report's recommendations. The ball-tampering incident shocked Australia and led to 12-month suspensions for team leaders Steve Smith and David Warner, and a nine-month ban for batsman Cameron Bancroft. It also hastened the departures of coach Darren Lehmann and CA chief executive James Sutherland. Warner walks off club game in protest The scandal that went beyond cricket Finch name..
October 29, 2018

Thai cave boys watch Manchester United beat Everton

Thai cave boys watch Manchester United beat Everton Image copyright AFP Image caption The rescue of the boys and their coach had the world gripped earlier this July The 12 young footballers who spent two weeks trapped in a cave in Thailand have now achieved their dream of watching Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday. The story of the boys and their coach, who were finally rescued by a team of divers, gripped the world in July. They were invited to watch the match after their extraordinary rescue. But their attendance at the event has been overshadowed by news of the death of the Thai owner of Leicester City FC. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger were killed when his helicopter crashed outside the club's stadium.
October 28, 2018

Lion Air crash: Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off

Lion Air crash: Indonesian Aircraft goes down after Jakarta take-off A Lion Air Boeing 737 passenger plane has come down after taking off from Jakarta, say Indonesian officials. Flight JT-610 was on a scheduled flight from the Indonesian capital to Pangkal Pinang, the main city in the Bangka Belitung Islands. It lost contact with ground control a few minutes after take-off, as it was crossing the sea. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board the plane, believed to be a Boeing 737. Yusuf Latif, a spokesman for the national search and rescue agency told reporters: "It has been confirmed that it has crashed." A Lion Air official earlier told the BBC the company did not yet know what had happened to the plane. The aircraft was reported to be a Boeing 737 MAX 8, a model only in use since 2016. Image Copyright @flightradar24 @flightradar24 Report Image Copyright @flightradar24 @flightradar24 Report This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be publish..
October 28, 2018

The girl drawing other people’s Tinder dates

The woman who draws other people's Tinder dates Image copyright Indu Harikumar Indu Harikumar is the brains behind #100IndianTinderTales, where she illustrates Indians' experiences of online dating. She tells the BBC what motivated her project and what it has grown into. "You must have a European lover." Those were the words of my Russian flatmate as she pushed me to try Tinder. I was 35, just out of a relationship, in Vienna on an art residency and very reluctant. I felt I stood no chance at love or even meeting anyone worthwhile. Plus, I didn't speak any German and was worried that men I right-swiped would be at my door looking for sex. But jet-lagged, and with nothing to do, I installed the app. Soon I found it was not only a great way to meet locals, but also, the fact that I was brown in a predominantly white country meant my "dateability" was very high. Over the next few weeks, I walked out of museums, into cafes and was always asked if I'd like to go to th..
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