August 3, 2018

Japan airport to gift people who hand in old suitcases

Japan airport to gift people who hand in old suitcases Image copyright AFP Image caption Asahi Shimbun says that the increased number of foreign tourists in Kansai has led to the surge of suitcases being dumped A Japanese airport is going to start giving gifts to people who turn in their unwanted suitcases, to avoid them being dumped around the building, it's reported. According to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture is going to start offering travellers ballpoint pens, notebooks and similar small gifts if they turn their unwanted suitcases over to staff on the departure floor. The paper says that the airport has been finding sometimes as many as 10 suitcases a day discarded outside bins, or around the airport building. Asahi Shimbun notes that the airport has been running out of space because of the overflow of abandoned suitcases, even with many subsequently being handed over to the police. It says that this is largely due to an incre..
August 3, 2018

Sydney axe attack: Woman guilty of trying to kill strangers

Sydney axe attack: Woman guilty of trying to kill strangers Image copyright NSW DISTRICT COURT Image caption Evie Amati (centre) wounded two shoppers in the attack in Sydney A woman who attacked two people with an axe in an Australian convenience store has been convicted of attempted murder. Evie Amati, 26, carried out the unprovoked attack in Sydney last year. After entering the 7-Eleven store, Amati used the axe to strike a man in the face and a woman in the back of the head. Both victims suffered serious injuries. Amati had pleaded not guilty, arguing that she was experiencing a psychosis at the time of the attack. The New South Wales District Court convicted her of three charges on Friday, after almost two days of deliberations by a jury. During the trial, the court heard that Amati's victims thought she had come from a costume party when she entered the store about 02:00 on 7 January last year. Image copyright NSW DISTRICT COURT Image caption Amati attacked Ben Rimmer (pict..
August 3, 2018

Sun Wenguang: Chinese activist’s live interview shut down by police

Sun Wenguang: Chinese activist's live interview shut down by police Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Prof Sun is a well-known critic of the Chinese government "I have my freedom of speech," are the last words a retired university professor is heard saying before the line goes dead. On Wednesday, Sun Wenguang, 84, was in the middle of an interview with US-funded broadcaster Voice of America (VOA) when police broke into his home in Jinan, China and forced him off air. Prof Sun has in the past been openly critical of the Chinese government. A friend confirmed to the BBC that Prof Sun had been taken from his home by Jinan city police officers. VOA says it has not been able to reach Prof Sun since then. What was he saying in the interview?Prof Sun had been talking to the Mandarin language service of VOA about Chinese government's foreign investments It followed an open letter he wrote recently criticising President Mr Xi's decision to spend money on foreign aid, ..
August 3, 2018

Toyota surprises with 7.2% jump in quarterly profits

Toyota surprises with 7.2% jump in quarterly profits Image copyright Getty Images Japanese car giant Toyota has posted a 7.2% jump in quarterly net profits, beating expectations and surprising analysts. Net income came to 657.3bn yen ($5.88bn; £4.52bn), up from the 613.0bn yen recorded in the same period a year earlier. Many analysts had said they expected Toyota's earnings to be flat. But strong sales in Asia and some cost reductions on the home front helped boost the firm's bottom line. The firm said it sold 2,236,131 vehicles during the period, an increase of 21,020. "Toyota has been doing very well in parts of Asean (the Association of South East Asian Nations)," Janet Lewis, head of industrials and transportation in Asia for the Macquarie Group, told the BBC. "Particularly in Thailand, where Toyota is having a very strong year. And that has been supportive, because margins in Asean tend to be very good," she said. Who's the world's biggest carmaker? Japane..
August 2, 2018

Family reunited with lost portrait found 1,000 miles away

Family reunited with lost portrait found 1,000 miles away Image copyright Leisa Cearney Leisa Cearney was instantly struck by the portrait of a well-dressed couple abandoned at a rubbish dump in rural Australia. She was determined to reunite them with their family. Through the power of social media and some good luck, she did just that. "I was instantly drawn to the picture," said Ms Cearney. "I just couldn't leave the beautiful pair at the dump." Ms Cearney lives in Stanthorpe in the south of Queensland, near the border with New South Wales. She is a historian and "passionate about family history" and turned to Facebook in her hunt for relatives of the couple. "I assumed it must be a local couple, so I put it on a community page," she said. However, it was not a local relative who came forward. Image copyright Eleanor Torta Image caption Tom and Amelia Jones About 1,500km (935 miles) further north in Home Hill, near Townsville, 78-year-old Eleanor Torta was scrolling throug..
August 2, 2018

Climber ‘dug shelter’ to survive mountain ordeal in New Zealand

Climber 'dug shelter' to survive mountain ordeal in New Zealand Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A road leads towards Mt Aspiring, where the man was found in freezing conditions An Australian climber who survived nearly seven days in freezing conditions on a New Zealand mountain may have used his army training to stay alive, rescuers say. The man, 29, was reported missing on Monday after failing to return from a solo hike at Mt Aspiring, near Wanaka. Rescuers found him on Thursday, saying it was "extraordinary" that he was able to stand and wave to a helicopter. The man had endured freezing winds of up to 60km/h (37 mph) and heavy snow. "We think he dug himself a snow dug-out shelter and that's helped in his survivability over these last few days," rescue co-ordinator Geoff Lunt told Radio New Zealand. The man was found in a "reasonably good condition" and was suffering only from "minor frostbite". The Australian Army confirmed that the climber was a soldier c..
August 2, 2018

Peru’s Amazon: Where roads change lives

Peru's Amazon: Where roads change lives Image caption The new road is good news for farmer Raúl Andrés Condori Ypanki Raúl Andrés Condori Ypanki sits on the veranda of a wooden house, sipping coffee, with the television blaring in the background. He is a small-scale farmer with 15 acres of banana plants who moved to this Amazonian region of Madre de Dios 22 years ago. In the past few years, the local government has built a new road that connects this informal settlement, Puerto Shipetiari, with the nearest town, Salvación. "Thanks to the construction of this road, the lives of local people have changed," he says. Image copyright Martín López Image caption Local shops have benefitted from the road "Before they lived in extreme poverty. Now everyone who lives alongside this river can sell their agricultural products. Traders have come with their cars and they buy their goods. Tourists come and buy fruit and other things. We farmers live from agriculture and trade." Unexpected con..
August 2, 2018

South Korea’s spy cam porn epidemic

South Korea's spy cam porn epidemic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hidden cameras are much harder to spot that this sort of activity (posed by model) I can remember the first time I heard about South Korea's spy cameras. Just after arriving in Seoul. I was running to the public loo along the river Han while on a bike ride with a friend. "Check it doesn't have a camera in it," she shouted as I ran in. I turned around and laughed. But she wasn't kidding. Many women have told me that the first thing they do when they go to a public restroom in South Korea is check for any peepholes or cameras. Just in case. Because the country is in the grip of what's been described as a spy camera epidemic. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many South Korean women routinely check for cameras when using public facilities Hidden cameras capture women - and sometimes men - undressing, going to the bathroom, or even in changing rooms in clothing stores, gym..
August 2, 2018

Bangladesh teenagers demanding road safety paralyse Dhaka

Bangladesh teenagers demanding road safety paralyse Dhaka Image copyright EPA Image caption The protesters have brought major routes in Dhaka to a standstill Thousands of Bangladeshi high school students have been protesting for a fifth day after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. The demonstrators, demanding justice and road safety measures, have brought the capital Dhaka to a virtual standstill. A government minister has accused them of hypocrisy, triggering further anger. The education ministry has closed high schools across the country and promised to take their demands into account. However, this did not end the protests. "They should have taken our demands seriously, but they didn't," Imran Ahmed, a protesting student, told AFP. Image copyright EPA Image caption The students say they want justice and improved road safety There are reports that some of the protesters, mostly aged in their mid-teens, have been checking bus registration plates and demanding to see d..
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