September 18, 2018

Chinese city debuts ‘bus-pooling’ service

Chinese city debuts 'bus-pooling' service Image copyright AFP Image caption Some 8m people take the bus per month in the Chinese capital The Chinese capital Beijing is hoping to put an end to the frustrations of disgruntled bus passengers complaining about long waiting times, by introducing "public bus-pooling" to the city. According to the Beijing Youth Daily newspaper, the local public transport authority is setting up a "quasi door-to-door" bus service, that will enable passengers to go online and detail what their individual needs are for a bus journey. It says that it will focus on serving large, residential communities, with the aim of providing bus routes more catered to where there are large groups of people, rather than serving existing stops and making people sit through a pre-defined route. It is also hoping to make the service safe by helping passengers find others to travel with, should they be concerned about making journeys alone. Beijing Youth Daily says: ..
September 18, 2018

Yusaku Maezawa: The Japanese billionaire who wants to fly to the Moon

Yusaku Maezawa: The Japanese billionaire who wants to fly to the Moon Image copyright AFP Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa first entered the public eye as a drummer in a hardcore punk band. He went on to make a fortune as an online fashion tycoon, and is best known outside Japan for spending tens of millions of dollars at record-breaking art auctions. Mr Maezawa's ambitions now stretch beyond Earth. He hopes to be the first civilian passenger to fly to the Moon, as part of an ambitious project with Elon Musk's SpaceX. The colourful executive wants to take a group of artists with him on the flight slated for 2023. Mr Maezawa, 42, has not revealed how much he paid for the trip, which brings together two eccentric billionaires who are not averse to being in the global spotlight. The Japanese entrepreneur began selling rare CDs and records in 1998 through a company he founded called Start Today. The mail-order catalogue business moved online at the turn of the millennium an..
September 18, 2018

The heartbreaking photo that raised $43,000 in one day

The heartbreaking photo that raised $43,000 in one day Image copyright Twitter A photograph of a boy weeping next to his father's body moved Indian social media users to raise more than three million rupees ($43,829; £33,350) for his family in a day. The picture was shared on Twitter more than 7,000 times. Anil, 27, was a sewer worker in the capital Delhi, who died when the rope lowering him into a sewer snapped, causing him to fall inside. By some estimates, about 100 sewer workers die in India every year. Unions have alleged that this is because they are not given proper safety equipment. Shiv Sunny, a reporter at The Hindustan Times, who tweeted the picture on Monday, told the BBC that he was "shaken" by the sight of the man's grieving son, who is 11. Image Copyright @shivsunny @shivsunny Report Image Copyright @shivsunny @shivsunny Report "I am a crime reporter and I have seen a lot of tragedy. But this was something I had never seen." Mr Sunny said he took the photogr..
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 https://t.co/QILf2nBd4b pic.twitter.com/9vZcPWxK9l — 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 ..
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