August 9, 2018

Shower porn: NZ man pleads guilty after filming 34 women

Shower porn: NZ man pleads guilty after filming 34 women Image copyright Sean Gallup/Getty Image caption The victims said they felt shocked and degraded by the man's actions A New Zealand man has pleaded guilty to filming 34 women at his guesthouse with covert cameras in shampoo bottles. The man from Hawke's Bay, North Island - who has not been named to protect his wife - made 219 secret recordings from December 2017 to February 2018. He also admitted posting the videos to a porn site, some with descriptions. Most of the victims were under 30 and the disguised cameras were placed to film between their shoulders and knees, though faces often came into view. It is not known if the disguised shampoo bottles were homemade devices or bought online. The women - who stayed between one night and two weeks - were tracked down by police and said in a statement they felt shocked, ashamed, angered and degraded by the man's actions. South Korea's spy cam porn epidemic My frie..
August 9, 2018

Billionaire holds House of Fraser’s fate in his hands

Who is House of Fraser's Yuan Yafei? Image copyright Getty Images He's been described as a wiley chain-smoking deal-maker who made his start in business selling computers by a toilet. But China's Yuan Yafei, a former government official, has come a long way since then. Today he is the Chinese billionaire who holds the fate of 17,500 House of Fraser workers in his hands. Mr Yuan's Sanpower Group, a firm he founded in 1993, snapped up 89% of a struggling House of Fraser in 2014. The self-made Chinese tycoon had grand plans to save the struggling 169-year-old retail chain and turn it into a global entity. Instead, the 54-year-old is now watching his famous department chain struggle to avoid administration. Stores are being earmarked for closure, and creditors are expected to decide House of Fraser's fate this week. So what's gone wrong? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy is House of Fraser failing? Based in eastern Nanjing in C..
August 9, 2018

‘Kiki challenge’ India men to clean station as punishment

'Kiki challenge' India men to clean station as punishment Image copyright Funcho Entertainment Three men in the western Indian city of Mumbai will clean a railway station for three days as punishment for doing the viral Kiki challenge on a train. Their "sentence" was decided by a magistrate after police arrested the men and produced them before a court. The video by the men portrays how people in different Indian states would perform the Kiki challenge. Also called the In My Feelings challenge, it involves jumping out of moving vehicles and dancing. Their video on YouTube, uploaded under the name Funcho Entertainment, has more than two million views. "We found the video on YouTube and found CCTV footage of them participating in the challenge at the Virar station," senior railway official Anup Shukla told the BBC. Will Smith has won the In My Feelings Challenge Drake's In My Feelings: What we learned from the new video A comment left by the administrators of Funcho E..
August 9, 2018

Malaysian minister orders removal of LGBT portraits from exhibition

Malaysian minister orders removal of LGBT portraits from exhibition Image copyright @mooreyameen Image caption The portraits of Ms Ayub (L) and Mr Pang (R) have been removed from an exhibition Festival organisers in Malaysia have removed two portraits of LGBT activists from a public photo exhibition after complaints from the government. The director of the George Town Festival said he was "directed" to take the portraits out by the minister of Islamic affairs, Mujahid Yusof Rawa. Mr Mujahid said the promotion of LGBT culture was not supported in Malaysia. The exhibition features a series of portraits with different Malaysians posing with the country's flag. The photos were taken last year to commemorate 60 years of Malaysian independence. Among them were Nisha Ayub, a transgender activist who has won several awards, including the US Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award in 2016 for her work on transgender rights. Pang Khee Teik is the co-founder of Seks..
August 9, 2018

Lombok earthquake ‘exceptionally destructive’ says Red Cross

Lombok earthquake 'exceptionally destructive' says Red Cross Image copyright AFP Image caption The aid agency said entire villages had fallen down in some areas The earthquake which hit the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday was "exceptionally destructive", the Red Cross has said. Some villages had "completely collapsed", said a Red Cross official in Lombok, Christopher Rassi. The official death toll stands at 131, but local media are reporting figures as high as 347. The government says more than 1,400 people were injured and more than 156,000 displaced. The national disaster agency said all those numbers were likely to increase, as more information comes in and more victims are found. Facebook regrets insensitive quake balloons 'People had shards of glass in their legs' In pictures: Damaged homes and evacuations in Lombok Emergency workers are continuing to dig through rubble and are gradually starting to reach more remote areas of the large island. But the ..
August 9, 2018

Sky News Australia pulled from train stations over backlash

Sky News Australia pulled from train stations over backlash Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Train stations in central Melbourne will no long broadcast Sky News Australia An Australian state has instructed train stations to stop broadcasting Sky News Australia, amid a widening backlash over a recent TV interview. On Sunday, Sky News Australia hosted Blair Cottrell - a far-right figure with court convictions - in its studio. It drew much public anger. Many pointed out that he had once called for schools to display images of Adolf Hitler. On Thursday, Victoria said that the channel would no longer be played at train stations in central Melbourne. "Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community," tweeted Transport Minister Jacinta Allen. Cottrell used his interview to call on Australia to reduce immigration, protect itself from "foreign ideologies" and to "reclaim our traditional identity". Sky News Australia has said it was "wrong" to interview Cottrell on ..
August 8, 2018

India gets ready for the flat-pack revolution

Will the first Ikea in India succeed? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe BBC's Yogita Limaye explains how Ikea plans to woo India Swedish furniture giant Ikea has opened its first store in India in the southern city of Hyderabad. With a growing middle class, India could be a big opportunity for the company, but it's also a market with many quirks. Ikea's giant blue store sits on a 13-acre campus, by the side of a busy road, in HITEC city. The technology hub in Hyderabad that is also home to global firms like Microsoft, Google and Facebook. The scale of the shop is something that has never been seen in India before. Its size alone has piqued curiosity among those who may have never heard of the brand. And then of course, there are so many who have. Upwardly mobile, well-travelled Indians have known Ikea for a while now. In fact, with the number of global retailers who've come to India over the past decade, some would say Ikea has taken its..
August 8, 2018

India Assam: Will four million people really be deported?

India Assam: Will four million people really be deported? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'The Indian government is tearing my family apart' Some four million people have effectively lost their citizenship in India's north-eastern state of Assam. They were left off a list of proven citizens, which was created as part of a government drive to identify illegal migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh. Here's what led to that controversial move, and what might happen next. How did the list come about?Fears over illegal migration from Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan, have long been alive in Assam. The state's very first list of citizens - formally known as the National Register of Citizens, or NRC - was published in 1951, just four years after the partition of India, when millions of people had crossed into India from East Bengal, which had become a part of Pakistan. The list was drawn up in response to nationalist groups in Assam who w..
August 8, 2018

Jarrod Lyle: Australian golfer dies aged 36

Jarrod Lyle: Australian golfer dies aged 36 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Golfer Jarrod Lyle reached a career-high 142nd in the world Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle has died of cancer aged 36, his family has confirmed. Lyle overcame acute myeloid leukaemia in 1998 and 2012, before announcing it had returned last year. He died on Wednesday, after spending his final days with family and friends in the state of Victoria, Golf Australia said in a statement. Lyle reached a career-high 142nd in the world, and won twice on the Nationwide Tour in 2008. He last competed in 2017. His wife, Briony Lyle, said that he had been "overwhelmed" by support. "He asked that I provide a simple message: 'Thanks for your support, it meant the world. My time was short, but if I've helped people think and act on behalf of those families who suffer through cancer, hopefully it wasn't wasted.'" He is survived by Ms Lyle, and their daughters Lusi, six, and Jemma, two. "Lusi, Jemma..
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