August 28, 2018

Hong Kong woman marries stranger after being ‘tricked’ by work

Hong Kong woman marries stranger after being 'tricked' by work Image copyright iStock Image caption The woman did not realise she was married until she returned to Hong Kong A 21-year-old Hong Kong woman has said she was tricked into marrying a complete stranger on the mainland while taking part in a "mock" wedding. The woman has said she was told that she had to play the role of a bride in a simulated wedding as part of her training to be a wedding planner. During the ceremony she and the man signed a genuine marriage document. She only realised she was actually married after returning to Hong Kong, where she sought legal help. Local police were unable to help due to a lack of evidence that a crime had taken place, so she approached the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU). "It's a new form of marriage scam," Tong Kamgyiu, director of the Rights and Benefits Committee of FTU, told the BBC. "I feel disappointed and cannot believe it's even happening in mode..
August 28, 2018

China’s Didi ‘sorry’ for carpool murder

Didi blames 'ignorance and pride' for carpool murder Image copyright Reuters Image caption This is the latest instance of violence against Didi passengers Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing has issued a public apology, blaming "ignorance and pride" for safety lapses that led to the rape and murder of a female passenger. Executives said they would stop using growth to measure the firm's success and prioritise safety instead. The move follows Didi's decision to suspend its carpool service, Hitch, amid outrage over the incident. It was the second killing of a Hitch passenger in three months. On Tuesday, the company apologised to the family of the victim and said the incident had prompted a reckoning within the firm. "Our ignorance and pride led to irreversible pain and loss," Didi founder Cheng Wei and President Jean Liu said in an emailed statement. "We see clearly this is because our vanity overtook our original belief. We raced non-stop, riding on the force o..
August 28, 2018

Elevating ‘a silent epidemic’

Endometriosis: The pair who helped change Australia's conversation Image copyright Syl Freedman Image caption Lesley (L) and Syl Freedman's petition for a medication drew a massive response Australia recently launched its first "national action plan" targeting endometriosis. It followed the advocacy of many - not least a mother and daughter who used viral success to fuel a wider conversation, writes Gary Nunn in Sydney. Earlier this year, Sylvia Freedman received a message from a woman she'd never met disclosing something she found "bizarre, but lovely!" The woman had decided to name her baby Sylvia, because without Sylvia's advocacy, she'd never have got pregnant. Syl suffers from endometriosis. Endometriosis (endo) currently has no known cause and no cure. It can cause severe pelvic pain and infertility. Back in 2013, Syl's university tutor, who also had endo, offered to mentor her through an honours thesis on coverage of endometriosis in the media. Th..
August 28, 2018

Top Indian activists held over caste violence

Top Indian activists held over caste violence Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Gautam Navlakha is one of the activists who has been arrested Three prominent Indian activists have been arrested in connection with caste-based violence in the western state of Maharashtra earlier this year. Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao were picked up from their homes in different Indian cities. Police also raided the homes of other leftist lawyers and scholars as part of an investigation into the violence. Five others with Maoist links were arrested in June in connection with the same investigation. Police say that the activists incited Dalits (formerly untouchables) at a large public rally on 31 December 2017, leading to violent clashes that left one person dead. Dalit groups had gathered in the city of Pune to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon. Dalits regard the battle - in which they fought alongside British colonial forces to defeat an upper ca..
August 28, 2018

Uzbekistan tax officials to wear family ID badges

Uzbekistan tax officials to wear family ID badges Image copyright Bukhara State Tax Service Image caption The new cards have been ridiculed by some on social media Tax officials in Uzbekistan are to be issued with new identity cards which include a photo of family members, it's been reported. Management at the State Tax Service in the country's south-western Bukhara region have approved the new badges to remind officials that they have families at home waiting for them, should they be tempted to "tarnish the reputation of the service", the news website reports. As well as steering the wearer away from thoughts of corruption, they're also supposed to remind staff of the partnership between tax payer and tax collector as part of Uzbek president Shavkat Mirziyoyev's campaign to improve the tax service and increase tax revenues. However, it's an idea that's been ridiculed on social media in Uzbekistan. According to the Fergana news website, users have ..
August 28, 2018

Boeing says Asia needs 240,000 pilots over next two decades

Boeing says Asia needs 240,000 pilots over next two decades Image caption Commercial airlines pilots will be in high demand in China, South East Asia and India If you need a job, you may want to consider training as an airline pilot and moving to China. Boeing forecasts that the Asia Pacific will need the greatest number of pilots, technicians and cabin crew over the next two decades. The region's economic growth will lead to rising wealth and increased travel, spurring a need for 240,000 more pilots and 317,000 cabin crew by 2037. China will need half of these new personnel. The projections place pressure on an industry that is already struggling with a pilot shortage and training bottlenecks. Older pilots are set to retire over the next decade and there is increasing demand for business aviation services, such as helicopter tourism and private luxury jets. Boeing estimates China will need 128,500 pilots, Southeast Asia 48,500 and South Asia 42,750 pilots. Boeing's outlo..
August 28, 2018

Myanmar Rohingya: Why Facebook banned an army chief

Myanmar Rohingya: Why Facebook banned an army chief Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook is undoubtedly one of the biggest social media platforms in Myanmar A number of high-profile army figures in Myanmar, including the army chief, no longer have Facebook accounts. Facebook cancelled their accounts after a UN report called for several leaders to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide over their role in violence against the Rohingya minority and others. It's the first time Facebook has banned any country's military or political leader. In all, Facebook has removed 18 accounts linked to Myanmar and 52 Facebook pages. One account on Instagram, which Facebook owns, was also closed. Between them they were followed by almost 12 million people. Facebook is one of the biggest social media platforms in Myanmar, with more than 18 million users. The UN report said that for most users in Myanmar "Facebook is the internet" but that it had become a "useful instr..
August 28, 2018

Australian worker overpaid by A$500,000

Australian worker overpaid by A$500,000 Image copyright Getty Images A worker in Australia has been paid more than 100 times their normal salary because of a decimal point in the wrong place. The worker was meant to get a salary of A$4,921.76 but instead found A$492,176 ($360,700; £280,250) in their account. The mistake was reported by the territory's auditor-general who put it down to human error. But the worker, based in a remote area of the Northern Territory, resisted temptation and returned the money. The auditor-general noted that the repayment was made four weeks later, but would have been made sooner if the worker had not been based in a remote area and had to travel to a bank. The report blamed two human errors - the incorrect data entry in the first place and then the failure to deal with a system-generated alert. It was one of 743 overpayments made by the Northern Territory's government departments between July 2017 and January 2018, said the report. Of that, $7..
August 27, 2018

Nissan produces first electric cars targeting Chinese market

Nissan produces first electric cars targeting Chinese market Image copyright Getty Images Japan's Nissan has begun producing its first electric car aimed at China, according to media reports. Working with a Chinese partner, Nissan is making a battery powered version of the popular Sylphy. It is part of a growing push by automakers to manufacture greener vehicles for the world's biggest auto market. It also comes as a US-China trade war is casting doubt over US business, a key market for Japanese carmakers. Nissan has started producing the Sylphy Zero Emission along with China's Dongfeng Motor group. China opens car market after US tensions How electric vehicles are moving into the fast lane It plans a lower-priced electric model for next year and wants battery-powered vehicles to make up about a third of its sales in by 2022, according to the reports. "We're confident that the Sylphy Zero Emission rolling off the production line today will become a main player in t..
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