September 28, 2018

JK Rowling defends Nagini casting in Fantastic Beasts

JK Rowling defends Nagini casting in Fantastic Beasts Image copyright Warner Bros Image caption In the trailer Claudia Kim transforms into a snake JK Rowling has defended the casting of a Korean actress as Voldemort's snake Nagini in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. The latest trailer has revealed Claudia Kim as Nagini and sees her transform into a snake. Some have criticised the fact the only Asian actor in the cast plays a reptile that is a villain's slave. But JK Rowling tweeted that Nagini is based on "the Naga", which are "snake-like mythical creatures of Indonesian mythology." She added: "They are sometimes depicted as winged, sometimes as half-human, half-snake. Indonesia comprises a few hundred ethnic groups, including Javanese, Chinese and Betawi." Image Copyright Warner Bros. Pictures Warner Bros. Pictures Report Rowling has been criticised in the past for the lack of diversity in her Harry Potter books and one fan accused her of the casting of Nagini as an Asian wom..
September 27, 2018

Papua New Guinea plane comes down in Micronesia lagoon

Papua New Guinea plane comes down in Micronesia lagoon Image copyright James Yaingeluo A Boeing 737-800 aircraft has come down in a lagoon off Chuuk International Airport in Micronesia. Images shared on social media showed the plane Air Niugini plane, from Papua New Guinea, sitting in shallow water just off the coast. Passengers can be seen being picked up in small boats. Details are still unclear, but air investigation authorities in Papua New Guinea told the BBC there were no reports of any serious injuries. The aircraft was reportedly flying from the island of Pohnpei in Micronesia to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, stopping at Micronesia's Weno island on the way. Image copyright Dr James Yaingeluo Image copyright Reuters The cause of the incident is not yet known but local media reports said it had overshot the runway while attempting to land. An official from the PNG air aviation authorities said investigators were preparing to travel to Micronesia.
September 27, 2018

Hayabusa 2 rovers send new images from Ryugu surface

Hayabusa 2 rovers send new images from Ryugu surface Image copyright Jaxa Japan's space agency (Jaxa) has released new images from the robot rovers it has deployed to the surface of an asteroid. The photos reveal new details of the surface of the space rock, which is known as Ryugu. On 21 September, the rovers were released on to the surface by the "mothership", Hayabusa 2. Hayabusa 2 reached Ryugu in June after a three-and-a-half-year journey. The pictures show in clear relief the rugged, boulder-strewn landscape of this striking Solar System body. The robots, known as Rover 1A and Rover 1B, are now both confirmed to be working on the surface of the space rock. The 1kg autonomous rovers move about by hopping, using the asteroid's low gravity. Each one contains a motor-powered internal mass that rotates to generate force, propelling the robot across the surface. Japan's rovers send pictures from asteroid Image copyright Jaxa Image copyright Jaxa Rover 1B also sent back..
September 27, 2018

The Japanese anime tackling workplace bullying

The Japanese anime tackling workplace bullying Image copyright Netflix Image caption Aggretsuko, a cute little red panda office worker, is charming audiences around the world Aggretsuko, a Japanese cartoon for adults on Netflix, is currently making waves around the world. But why is it so popular with millennials? Aggretsuko is a cartoon character created by Sanrio, the company behind the popular character Hello Kitty. The series focuses on a red panda called Retsuko, who works in the accounting department of a trading firm in Tokyo. Through her job, Retsuko experiences office politics, workplace bullying and gender discrimination. To deal with it, at night after work she heads to a karaoke bar and releases her frustrations by singing death metal songs. Aggretsuko, which is short for "Aggressive Retsuko", first appeared in a series of animated shorts produced by Japanese studio Fanworks in April 2016. The shorts went viral after being shared on social media, and reaction to the chara..
September 27, 2018

Bookworms’ paradise away from Beijing bustle

Bookworms’ paradise away from Beijing bustle Image copyright FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images Deep in the heart of a rocky valley on the outskirts of Beijing, a wooden library sits seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Every weekend, hundreds of bookworms flock to Liyuan Library in Jiaojiehe village, a book sanctuary surrounded by chestnut, walnut and peach trees whose branches were used to decorate the building. Image copyright FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images The library, which opened in 2012, draws hundreds of visitors every weekend, many of whom are attracted by the design. Image copyright FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images With space for just 40 people at a time, visitors queue to enter the library, which only opens on weekends. Image copyright FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images Image copyright FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images Bookshelves line the reading area, as readers lounge on the floor and elevated platforms. Image copyright FRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images "We have now banned taking pictures inside,..
September 27, 2018

Pakistan auctions off ex-PM Nawaz Sharif’s buffaloes

Pakistan auctions off ex-PM Nawaz Sharif's buffaloes Image copyright AFP Image caption The auction was attended by many supporters of the former prime minister Imran Khan's government has continued its efforts to refill the Pakistani government's coffers - by selling off eight highly-prized buffaloes. The animals had been kept at Prime Minister House, where they reportedly provided milk for Nawaz Sharif, Mr Khan's predecessor, and his family. However, Mr Khan decided they should be sold off as part of the government's so-called "austerity auctions". The new prime minister was elected on a platform of anti-corruption reforms. He has since made much of his so-called austerity drive - although critics say it has been more style than substance so far. The former cricketer was mocked in August when it emerged he was using a helicopter to travel to work - a journey of some 9.3 miles (15km), as the crow flies. 'Clarified butter'The buffalo auction, which ra..
September 27, 2018

China #MeToo: Why one woman is being sued by the TV star she accused

China #MeToo: Why one woman is being sued by the TV star she accused Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The #MeToo phenomenon is slowly but surely taking off in China - but it isn't without its struggles Just a few months ago, China was hit by a string of #MeToo accusations that emerged from arenas as diverse as temples, universities and television talk shows. Now, one case is set to go before China's civil courts but it is the accuser, not the accused, who is on trial. In July, China's entertainment world was faced with the allegation that one of the country's biggest and most beloved TV stars had forcibly groped and kissed an intern after she took a basket of fruit to his room. Zhu Jun, known for hosting national television extravaganzas such as the Spring Festival Gala, immediately denied the accusation and proceeded to sue her for damaging his reputation and mental wellbeing. The woman, known by her online moniker Xianzi, was finally told on Tuesday t..
September 27, 2018

Abhilash Tomy: Rescued Indian sailor speaks of ocean ordeal

Abhilash Tomy: Rescued Indian sailor speaks of ocean ordeal Image copyright Twitter Image caption He is currently being treated at a hospital on an island in the Indian Ocean Indian solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy who was rescued from the middle of the Indian Ocean on Monday has said that he survived because of his "sailing skills" and "naval training". Mr Tomy was stranded 3,200km (2,000 miles) off the coast of Western Australia after his boat was badly damaged during a storm on 21 September. He is reportedly undergoing treatment at a medical facility. The Indian Navy tweeted on behalf of Mr Tomy on Wednesday. Skip Twitter post by @indiannavy The sea was unbelievably rough. Me & my boat Thuriya were pitched against the nature's might. I survived because of my sailing skills, the soldier bit in me and my Naval training cut-in for that fight - Cdr Abhilash Tomy. Very thankful to #IndianNavy & all who rescued me pic.twitter.com/vNhZN2fJjj — SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) September 26..
September 27, 2018

Adultery no longer a crime in India

Adultery no longer a crime in India Image copyright Reuters Image caption Under the law the woman could not be punished as an abettor - the man was considered to be a seducer India's top court has ruled adultery is no longer a criminal offence. The Supreme Court overturned a 158-year-old law which said any man who had sex with a married woman, without the permission of her husband, was guilty of the criminal act of adultery. It is not clear how many men have been prosecuted under the law since its inception - there is no data available. A petitioner had challenged the law saying it was arbitrary and discriminated against men and women. While reading out the judgement, Chief Justice Dipak Misra said "adultery can be ground for civil issues including dissolution of marriage but it cannot be a criminal offence". He added that the law discriminated against women, saying "treating women with indignity or discrimination invites the wrath of the constitution".
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