June 20, 2018

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium Image copyright Reuters After a heated World Cup match, the stands are usually left with food waste, cups and wrappers scattered in the heat of the moment. Japanese fans certainly had reason to go wild on Tuesday night. Their side won its opening game, beating Colombia 2:1, and securing the team's first victory against a South American side. But after their team swept Colombia off the pitch, Japanese fans also did their share of sweeping: meticulously cleaning up their rows and seats in the stadium. Equipped with large rubbish bags they brought along, the fans marched through the rows picking up rubbish, to leave the place just as neat as they had found it. And not for the first time - supporters of the "Samurai Blue" have never failed to stick to their good manners. Image copyright Twitter/coachmckaig "It's not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture," Japan-based football journalist Scott McInt..
June 20, 2018

Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount

Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount Image copyright Getty Images Stock markets have fallen around the world in the wake of President Trump's latest tariffs threat to China. The Dow Jones closed down almost 1.2% or 287 points after Asian and European markets fell sharply earlier. Mr Trump has threatened to put tariffs on an extra $200bn (£141bn) of Chinese goods, sparking fears of a trade war. The US president said the tariffs would be imposed if China "refuses to change its practices". He condemned China's "unfair practices related to the acquisition of American intellectual property and technology" and added: "Rather than altering those practices, it is now threatening United States companies, workers, and farmers who have done nothing wrong." What is a trade war and why should I worry? China vows fast response to US tariffs G7 summit ends in disarray over tariffs US tariffs a dangerous game, says EU The markets reacted badly with China's Shanghai Co..
June 19, 2018

Rats blamed for shredded banknotes inside Indian ATM

Rats blamed for shredded banknotes inside Indian ATM Image copyright Getty Images Technicians who arrived to fix a malfunctioning cash machine in the Indian state of Assam got a shock when they opened it up. Notes worth more than 1.2m rupees (£13,300; $17,600) had been shredded - and the suspected culprits are rats. Police said the rodents probably entered the machine through a hole for wiring, the Hindustan Times reported. Pictures of the chewed cash at the State Bank of India branch in Tinsukia district were widely shared on Twitter. One shows a dead rodent lying in the debris. Skip Twitter post by @Karma_Paljor Yes! The rat did a fine job of making a very expensive nest worth 12 lakhs pic.twitter.com/SglTeV1Xum — Karma Paljor (@Karma_Paljor) June 18, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @Karma_Paljor Police official Prakash Sonowal said that the machine had been out of action for about 12 days, the Hindustan Times added. Technicians who took the unit apart found banknotes of 2,000 a..
June 19, 2018

Japanese firm makes suits for blue collar workers

Japanese firm makes suits for blue collar workers Image copyright Oasys Lifestyle Group Image caption Oasys says their clothing is "lightweight" and "quick-to-dry", therefore best suited for blue-collar workers A Japanese company has launched a line of business suits specifically for blue-collar workers, it's reported. According to the Japan Times, the Oasys Style Wear company in Tokyo is launching a line of "lightweight, quick-to-dry" business suits in July for men and women who spend long periods of time working outdoors. Japan Times says that the company began selling a line of suits in March after its engineers were praised on their formal attire. "We received an increased number of young applicants as well as favourable comments from our clients and peer companies," the firm's spokesman, Hayato Suhara, said. Japan Times says that hundreds have since enquired about the line, and the clothing has proven popular amongst rubbish collectors, agriculture workers, and const..
June 19, 2018

India telecom company in anti-Muslim tweet row

India telecom company in anti-Muslim tweet row Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The telecom company has said they do not "differentiate" based on religion Indian telecom company Airtel has been heavily criticised online after it failed to defend a Muslim employee against discrimination from a customer. When an employee with a Muslim name responded to the female customer's request, she asked for a "Hindu representative". Airtel initially responded by assigning a representative with a Hindu name. After this prompted outrage on social media, the company said it did not "differentiate" based on religion. The row began on Monday when Pooja Singh tweeted that she had "no faith" in the Muslim employee's "working ethics" since "the Koran may have a different version for customer service". Image copyright Screenshot/Twitter The exchange quickly went viral and drew strong criticism online. The former chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir denounced the company, sayin..
June 19, 2018

Dozens feared dead as overloaded Sumatra ferry sinks

Dozens feared dead as overloaded Sumatra ferry sinks Image copyright EPA Image caption Poor weather is hampering the rescue effort on Lake Toba Indonesian rescuers are searching for more than 100 people missing after a ferry sank on a lake in Sumatra. Eighteen survivors have been pulled from rough waters on Lake Toba, a popular tourist destination and one of the deepest lakes in the world. The ferry was licensed to carry 60 people but officials say about 130 were on board when it went down on Monday. Maritime accidents are common in Indonesia where safety standards are lax, correspondents say. Rescue workers are battling rain and high winds to try to reach any remaining survivors from Monday's accident. "Many people have reported their relatives missing," a local rescue official named as Budiawan told Reuters news agency. Lake Toba fills the 450m-deep (1,500ft) depression left by an ancient volcano eruption. Ferries run between a scenic island in the middle and towns on the shore..
June 19, 2018

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia

Puan, oldest known Sumatran orangutan, dies in Australia Image copyright ALEX ASHBURY/ PERTH ZOO Image caption Puan, 62, was given to Perth Zoo in 1968 The world's oldest known Sumatran orangutan has died in an Australian zoo aged 62, leaving behind 54 descendants. Puan, described as the "grand old lady" of Perth Zoo, was euthanised on Monday due to age-related complications. She had been at the zoo since 1968, and was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest of her species in 2016. A critically endangered species, Sumatran orangutans rarely reach age 50 in the wild, the zoo said. Believed to have been born in a jungle in Sumatra, Indonesia, in 1956, Puan left an "incredible legacy" of 11 children and a total of 54 descendants across the US, Europe and elsewhere, the zoo said. "Her genetics count for just under 10% of the global zoological population," primate supervisor Holly Thompson said. A battle to save Indonesia's orangutans '100,000 oranguta..
June 19, 2018

India BJP pulls out of controversial Kashmir alliance

India BJP pulls out of controversial Kashmir alliance Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The PDP's decision to ally with the BJP was seen as controversial The Chief Minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir has resigned after the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of a coalition government with her party. The BJP said the three-year alliance with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) had become "untenable" in the wake of increasing violence. The PDP's decision to ally with the BJP was seen as controversial at the time. Its time in power was marked by rising violence in the Kashmir valley. Most recently, influential Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari was killed by unidentified gunmen as he was leaving his office in Srinagar last week. Mr Bukhari's death was cited as one of the reasons for the BJP pulling out of the alliance. The decision also comes days after the United Nations's human rights office called for an in..
June 19, 2018

The Indian Dalits attacked for ‘wearing shoes’

The Indian Dalits attacked for 'wearing shoes' Image copyright Getty Images Over the last month, Dalits (formerly untouchables) across India have been threatened, beaten and killed for seemingly mundane reasons, highlighting again, how vulnerable the community is. Here are five reasons why Dalits have been attacked and threatened in the last month alone. Killed for sitting cross-legged Two Dalit men in the southern state of Tamil Nadu were killed by upper-caste Hindus after one Dalit man sat cross-legged in front of them during a temple ritual. The attackers, some 15 of them, called it a "dishonourable and insulting" gesture before ambushing the neighbourhood where the Dalits lived. Six men were critically injured and houses were damaged, according to police. "The men who suffered injuries had deep cuts on their bodies made with sickles," a senior police officer is quoted as saying in the Indian Express newspaper. Beaten for wearing 'royal' shoesMahesh Rathod, a 1..
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