January 25, 2019

Australian of the Year award given to Thai cave rescuers

Australian of the Year award given to Thai cave rescuers Image copyright OZTEK/RICHARD HARRIS Image caption Mr Harris was key to the success of the mission Two medics who played a crucial role in the rescue of 12 boys stuck in a flooded cave in Thailand have been named Australians of the Year. Dr Richard "Harry" Harris and Dr Craig Challen were honoured for their "heroic efforts" as part of the rescue operation, said the awards committee. The amateur divers "put their lives at risk" during the mission which captivated the world in 2018, it said. The award is given out each year to mark Australia Day. It honours "eminent Australians" who have acted as role models for the nation. 'Quiet heroes'The boys of the Wild Boars football team had been on a cave exploration in northern Thailand with their coach when sudden rainfall and flooding blocked their way out of the Tham Luang caves. The doctor who chose to stay in the cave The heroes who saved the Wild Boars' The full st..
January 25, 2019

Assam citizenship bill: Anti-migrant protests rock north-east India

Assam citizenship bill: Anti-migrant protests rock north-east India Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters have burnt effigies of PM Narendra Modi Violent protests are continuing in India's north-eastern states over a proposed amendment to the country's citizenship law. The protests have been particularly vocal in the state of Assam, which recently saw four million residents left off a citizens' register. The bill attempts to grant citizenship to immigrants who are not Muslim. Students, activists, politicians and celebrities have all joined the protests against India's ruling party. What does the bill say? The Citizenship (Amendment) bill seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. It comes months after the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) - a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, a day before neighbouring Bangladesh became an independent country. Around..
January 25, 2019

Asics to turn used clothing into Japan’s Olympic uniforms

Asics to turn used clothing into Japan's Olympic uniforms Image copyright Getty Images Sportswear brand Asics will recycle used clothing to make the official uniforms for Japan's Olympic and Paralympic teams. The uniforms will be worn by the home team at next year's games in Tokyo. Asics hopes to gather 30,000 items through collection boxes in stores and at sporting events. It comes as the fashion industry faces increasing pressure to make more sustainable clothing. Asics said the uniforms will be made from polyester extracted from donated items. Other recyclable materials extracted from the items collected will be turned into fuel, among other uses, the firm said. Sustainability pushThe fashion industry more broadly has been under increasing pressure to make its practices more sustainable. A parliamentary committee in the UK last year raised concerns about the waste the fashion industry generates, as well as its growing impact on climate. Some brands, such as Burb..
January 24, 2019

Explorer Flinders found under London station

Matthew Flinders: Australia explorer's remains found in HS2 dig Image copyright Art Gallery of South Australia Image caption Captain Matthew Flinders is credited with naming Australia The remains of explorer Captain Matthew Flinders have been identified by archaeologists working on the HS2 project in a London burial ground. Captain Flinders led the first circumnavigation of Australia and is credited with naming the country. Some 61,000 skeletons will be removed from St James's Gardens, where the station for the HS2 rail route will be built near London Euston station. A recently discovered coffin showed the captain was buried on 23 July 1814. The dig began in October - one of 60 archaeological sites between London and Birmingham being explored prior to the construction of the £55bn high-speed rail line. It was known Captain Flinders was among the thousands of people buried at the site, which was built over when Euston station was expanded in the 19th Century but it was uncle..
January 24, 2019

China’s Xi Jinping ‘most dangerous’ to free societies, says George Soros

China’s Xi Jinping 'most dangerous' to free societies, says George Soros Image copyright AFP The billionaire philanthropist George Soros has used his annual speech at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, to launch a scathing attack on China and its president Xi Jinping. Mr Soros warned that artificial intelligence and machine learning could be used to entrench totalitarian control in the country. He said this scenario presented an "unprecedented danger". But he said the Chinese people were his "main source of hope". "China is not the only authoritarian regime in the world but it is the wealthiest, strongest and technologically most advanced," he said, noting concerns too about Vladimir Putin's Russia. 'Security risk'"This makes Xi Jinping the most dangerous opponent of open societies," he said. Mr Soros, a prominent donor to the Democratic Party in the US, also criticised the Trump administration's stance towards China. "Instead of waging a trade war with ..
January 24, 2019

Developing Story: Pics of the Ghana National Cathedral Project in Washington D.C

Developing Story: Pics of the Ghana National Cathedral Project meeting in Washington DC News by: AbdulRasheed Abubakar, International Content (News) Correspondent Washington D.C, January 24, 2019 […]
January 24, 2019

Why Indian film fans are stealing milk

Why Indian film fans are stealing milk Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fans have adopted this practice in the hope that a film will become a hit Milk traders in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have complained to police over the rampant theft of milk ahead of movie releases in the state. On certain religious occasions, Hindus pour milk over idols of deities but many fans have adopted this practice in the hope that a film will become a hit. Milk traders say they face heavy losses as a result. "It is a practice for worshipping gods - not film stars," the president of the state's milk traders association said. The situation prompted the Tamil Nadu Milk Dealers Association to register a police complaint on Wednesday, seeking a ban. Police have assured them that "action will be taken". The ritual, which is called "paalabhishekam", involves pouring milk over huge posters and cut-outs of superstars before the release of their film. SA Ponnusamy, who heads the associ..
January 24, 2019

Kalamsat-V2: India to put lightest satellite into orbit

Kalamsat-V2: India to put lightest satellite into orbit Image copyright EPA Image caption The rocket carrying the satellite will be launched from Sriharikota in southern India India is due to launch the world's lightest satellite ever to be put into orbit. Weighing only 1.26kg (2.6lb), the Kalamsat-V2 has been made by students belonging to a space education firm. It will help ham radio operators and "inspire schoolchildren to become the scientists and engineers of the future", India's space agency says. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) will launch the satellite from its Sriharikota space centre. Isro chief K Sivan has claimed that "Kalamsat is the lightest satellite to be ever built and launched into orbit". It is equipped to serve as a communications satellite for ham radio transmission, a form of wireless communication used by amateurs for non-commercial activities. An even lighter satellite, weighing 64 grams and built by the same group of students, was l..
January 24, 2019

Carlos Ghosn ‘resigns from Renault’

Carlos Ghosn 'resigns from Renault' Image copyright Getty Images Carlos Ghosn, who is in custody in Japan, has resigned from French carmaker Renault, according to reports. The French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, told Bloomberg Television that "Carlos Ghosn just resigned last night". Mr Ghosn has remained at the helm of Renault while being held in Japan since 19 November over allegations of financial misconduct at Nissan, He held top jobs at both carmakers because of an alliance between them. Renault, in which the French government owns a 15% stake, is scheduled to hold a board meeting later on Thursday. The 64-year-old, who was the architect of the Renault-Nissan alliance, faces three charges in Japan of financial misconduct including understating his income and aggravated breach of trust. Mitsubishi joined the alliance three years ago. While Nissan and Mitsubishi sacked him as chairman after his arrest, Renault had not done so. Mr Ghosn, who denies any wrongdoing, cou..
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