September 29, 2018

Indonesia tsunami: Aftershocks rock Palu day after disaster

Indonesia tsunami: Aftershocks rock Palu day after disaster Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDramatic video shows buildings being knocked down Strong aftershocks have continued to hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where a major quake and tsunami killed at least 384 people and injured 500. Dozens remain missing, some thought to be trapped in the debris of collapsed buildings in the city of Palu. Bodies have been lying in city streets and the injured are being treated in tents because of damage to hospitals. An air traffic controller at Palu airport died ensuring a plane took off safely after Friday's quake. The scale of casualties and damage beyond the city is still unclear. In pictures: Indonesia earthquake and tsunamiSurvivors have been staying in the open, advised by officials not to return to their homes as a precaution. Some buildings were completely flattened. Indonesia is prone to earthquakes because it lies on the Ring of Fire - the line ..
September 29, 2018

HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases

HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The vast majority of new cases in China were transmitted through sexual activity. China has announced a 14% jump in the number of its citizens who are living with HIV and Aids. More than 820,000 people are affected in the country, health officials say. About 40,000 new cases were reported in the second quarter of 2018 alone. The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex, marking a change from the past. Traditionally, HIV spread rapidly through some parts of China as a result of infected blood transfusions. But the number of people contracting HIV in this way had been reduced to almost zero, Chinese health officials said at a conference in Yunnan province. Year-on-year, however, the number of those living with HIV and Aids in China has risen by 100,000 people. The man who saved thousands of people from HIV The Shanghai cafe employing people who lost their parents to HIV/Ai..
September 28, 2018

Why India is furious about a set of stamps

Why India is furious about a set of stamps The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were supposed to meet this week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. The meeting was agreed more than a week ago, raising hopes of movement towards a more cordial relationship between the two nuclear-armed foes, and possibly even fresh peace talks. After all, the neighbours hadn't met at such a senior level since 2014. But within 24 hours, the briefly open door was slammed shut when India called off the meeting. Pakistan's "evil agenda" had been exposed and "the true face" of new Prime Minister Imran Khan had been "revealed to the world", a spokesman said. Why? Well, part of the reason was a set of stamps. What do the stamps show?The stamps carry 20 different images of what Pakistan calls "atrocities in Indian-occupied Kashmir". They include images of victims of alleged chemical weapons, pellet guns, "fake police encounters" and "braid chopping", scenes of general abus..
September 28, 2018

Bula! Fiji fights US bar’s trademark on a national greeting

Bula! Fiji fights US bar's trademark on a national greeting Image copyright Image caption The cafe and bars go big on selling the island vibe Fiji is fighting back against a company in the US that's trademarked its national greeting "Bula", saying it was "tone-deaf and wrong". The trademark has been registered by a chain of bars and cafes in Florida which among other things serve kava, a mildly narcotic drink popular across Fiji and other Pacific island nations. Bula is a common Fijian greeting with a much wider cultural significance. Fiji says the move amounts to a "blatant case of heritage-highjacking". "We would never give permission for anyone - particularly someone outside of Fiji looking to profit - to effectively claim ownership of 'bula', a word so deeply-rooted in our national identity that it has become synonymous with Fiji," Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum told Radio New Zealand. "The idea that a single person could control t..
September 28, 2018

Chinese message in a bottle makes waves in Queensland

Chinese message in a bottle makes waves in Queensland Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Do recipients get the message? Have you ever put a message in a bottle, tossed it out to sea, and wondered where it would end up? When a bottle covered in barnacles containing a note inside washed up on Airlie Beach, in Queensland Australia, a local tour operator took to social media to find out more. In a Facebook post showing employee Daniel McNally holding up the bottle, Whitehaven Beach Tours asked its social media followers to "stay tuned for the grand opening". Skip Facebook post by Whitehaven Xpress - Whitehaven Beach Tours. During his morning jog on the beach, First mate Scott discovers a bottle protruding from the sand. Inside it, he finds a... Posted by Whitehaven Xpress - Whitehaven Beach Tours. on Thursday, 13 September 2018 Report End of Facebook post by Whitehaven Xpress - Whitehaven Beach Tours. Once opened, the company discovered the note was written in Mandarin Chinese, a..
September 28, 2018

Tsunami hits Indonesia’s Palu after strong earthquake

Tsunami hits Indonesia's Palu after strong earthquake Image copyright Unknown A strong tsunami triggered by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake has hit a coastal Indonesian city, officials say. Waves of up to 2m (6.6ft) high swept through Palu on Sulawesi island, not long after authorities had lifted a tsunami warning. Video on social media shows people screaming and fleeing in panic and a mosque amongst the buildings damaged. Officials have reported five deaths - but it is not clear if those were as a result of the tsunami. Last month, a series of earthquakes struck the Indonesian island of Lombok, killing hundreds of people - the biggest on 5 August killed more than 460. Skip Twitter post by @davidlipson Indonesia geophysics agency says Sulawesi quake caused a tsunami. This video is doing the rounds. We believe it is real. — David Lipson (@davidlipson) September 28, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @davidlipson The 2004 tsunami triggered by an earthquake of..
September 28, 2018

First human case of rat hepatitis found in Hong Kong

First human case of rat hepatitis found in Hong Kong Image copyright Gettty Images A 56-year-old man from Hong Kong has developed the world's first human case of rat hepatitis E. Researchers say it is unclear how the man contacted the virus, but refuse bins outside his home were infested with rats. There had been no previous evidence that this strain of the virus could be transmitted to humans. The human version of hepatitis E is usually spread through contaminated drinking water. Image copyright AFP Image caption The refuse area outside the man's home were infested with rats 'Highly divergent' Doctors discovered the case when tests on the man showed abnormal liver function following a liver transplant. Further tests showed that he was carrying a strain of hepatitis "highly divergent" from the strain that affects humans, researchers from the University of Hong Kong said. "We postulate that contamination of food by infected rat droppings in the food supply is ..
September 28, 2018

Australia banking inquiry: Misconduct ‘driven by greed’

Australia banking inquiry: Misconduct 'driven by greed' Image copyright AFP Image caption Revelations from the banking inquiry have shocked the Australian public Abuse and misconduct within Australia's banks and financial institutions were driven by a culture of greed, a landmark inquiry has said. A royal commission this year, the country's highest form of public inquiry, has exposed widespread wrongdoing in the industry. It released an interim report on Friday, condemning an industry which it said valued profit over people. The Australian government called the report a "scathing" assessment. "[The report] shines a very bright light on the poor behaviour of our financial sector," Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said. "Australians expect and deserve better." 'Profit over honesty'Since February, the inquiry has heard numerous allegations of customer exploitation and corporate misbehaviour. In his 1,000-page report, Commissioner Kenneth Hayne questioned why such m..
September 28, 2018

Sabarimala temple: India’s top court revokes ban on women

Sabarimala temple: India's top court revokes ban on women Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hinduism regards menstruating women as unclean and many temples impose restrictions on women's entry India's Supreme Court has said women can no longer be barred from entering the Sabarimala temple, considered to be one of the holiest for Hindus. The temple in Kerala barred women of a "menstruating age" - that is between the ages of 10 and 50 - from entering. Menstruating women are not allowed to participate in religious rituals or enter temples, as they are considered "unclean" in Hinduism. The ruling came after a petition argued the custom violated gender equality. While reading out the judgment, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that "religion is for one dignity and identity," adding that "the right to practice religion is available to both men and women". The impending retirement of Justice Misra has seen a flurry of historic rulings from the court in recent days, incl..
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