July 1, 2018

Australia sex abuse compensation scheme begins

Australia sex abuse compensation scheme begins Image copyright AFP Image caption Survivors faced long-lasting abuse at the hands of institutions, including religious organisations Australia has begun a compensation scheme for victims of institutional child sex abuse. Some 60,000 Australians will be eligible for compensation.the scheme, known as the National Redress Scheme. Australian authorities believe a A$4bn ($3bn; £2.23bn) compensation plan will help to ease the pain of victims. Financial redress was a key recommendation of a Royal Commission into decades-long child abuse in Australian institutions. The Commission spent five years investigating suffering and abuse in religious organisations, schools, charities, sports clubs and the military. The Australian government accepted almost all of the landmark inquiry recommendations. If victims apply for the redress scheme, they sign away their right to sue. "We stand united in support of the estimated 60,000 people who were abused by ..
June 30, 2018

Why female suicide in Afghanistan is so prevalent

Why female suicide in Afghanistan is so prevalent Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Thousands of Afghan women attempt suicide each year (file photo) "I didn't want to live any more. That's why I tried to kill myself with poison." Jamila (not her real name) attempted suicide after she felt abandoned and betrayed by her fiancé - who decided, after a six-year-engagement, that he no longer wanted to marry her because she was "not a young woman any more". Jamila is 18 - and her family arranged her engagement when she was just 12. She was taken to a hospital in Herat by her mother and treated for poisoning last month. Jamila is one of thousands of Afghan women who try to kill themselves every year. About 3,000 Afghans attempt to take their own lives every year, according to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). Herat province accounts for more than half of all cases nationwide. According to health officials in Herat, 1,800 people tried to kill themselv..
June 29, 2018

Thai cave rescue: Drones, dogs, drilling and desperation

Thai cave rescue: Drones, dogs, drilling and desperation Image copyright THANYARAT DOKSONE/BBC Image caption Rescue workers have deployed drilling machinery to try and create a new access point to the cave Last Saturday, 12 young boys went to explore a cave with their coach after football practice in northern Thailand. Their bikes were found abandoned at the entrance and shortly after, heavy rain sent torrents of water through the cave. Over the past week, rescuers have been mounting an increasingly desperate search, in the hope the group are alive deep inside the cave but trapped by floodwaters. Here's what the operation, in the jungle-covered hills around Chiang Rai, involves: Expert divers Thai navy divers been trying to access the deepest caverns of the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, the fourth longest in Thailand. Four top British cave divers, along with some US military personnel, also joined the efforts. Image copyright Facebook/ekatol Image caption A Facebook photo shows ..
June 29, 2018

Steel firms Thyssenkrupp and Tata to merge

Steel firms Thyssenkrupp and Tata to merge Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tata owns the UK's largest steelworks at Port Talbot Tata Steel and Thyssenkrupp have agreed a merger that will create Europe's second-biggest steelmaker, after Arcelor Mittal. German-owned Thyssenkrupp's supervisory board gave the go-ahead to the joint venture on Friday. The deal will mean Indian-owned Tata Steel's UK plants are merged into a pan-European venture with annual sales of about £13bn. These include the UK's biggest steelworks at Port Talbot in Wales. Almost 7,000 people are employed by Tata in Wales, including more than 4,000 in Port Talbot - the largest steel works in the UK. Port Talbot steelworks: Tata Thyssenkrupp agree mergerThe two companies have been in talks over a 50-50 tie-up since 2016. When details of an initial agreement emerged last September both sides said they expected about 4,000 jobs would go as a result of the merger, with half coming from ad..
June 29, 2018

India child rape: Huge protests in Madhya Pradesh

India child rape: Huge protests in Madhya Pradesh Image copyright Reuters Image caption One woman is raped every 13 minutes in India according to the country's crime statistics Two men have been arrested over the brutal rape of a seven-year-old girl in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh amid massive public anger. Hundreds of people have been out on the roads demanding justice for the victim, who is still in hospital with grievous injuries including stab wounds. The child was abducted outside her school on Tuesday, police said. People, including the chief minister of the state have demanded the death penalty for the rapists. Image copyright BBC/shuriah niazi Image caption Hundreds of people have been protesting against the rape Shivraj Singh Chouhan told reporters that the "beasts" committing such heinous crimes were a "burden on the earth" and did not "deserve to live". India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old girl Why India's rape crisis shows no sign of a..
June 29, 2018

Fake bookings hit Singapore’s Ryde Technologies

Fake bookings hit Singapore's Ryde Technologies Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ryde Technologies is a Singapore-based ride-hailing start-up Hundreds of fake accounts making "phantom bookings" have recently plagued Singapore-based firm Ryde Technologies, the company has said. In recent weeks, nearly 300 such accounts have made 2,000 bogus bookings, costing drivers $50,000 (£37,900). The start-up investigated the problem after drivers complained. Uber, which offers a similar service, has in the past reported cases of fake bookings in other countries. Ryde has filed a report with local police who are now investigating the matter, according to Reuters. "Such manipulations of the app have distressed affected drivers, as their means of livelihood have been impacted," the firm said in a statement. "On top of causing drivers to lose money on fuel, these acts severely limit the drivers' availability to take on more jobs as it sends them driving around in vain when they co..
June 29, 2018

BBC apologises to Carrie Gracie over pay

BBC apologises to Carrie Gracie over pay Image caption Carrie Gracie complained after discovering male counterparts earned more than her The BBC has apologised to news presenter Carrie Gracie for underpaying her, saying: "The BBC and Carrie Gracie have reached an agreement to resolve their differences." The corporation said it acknowledged "the specific circumstances relating to Carrie's appointment" and "has now put this right". It added she is "donating the full amount to a charity of her choice". Gracie said: "I am glad to have been able to resolve this." She added: "It shows that we can make progress." Director general Tony Hall said: "I am pleased that we've been able to move past our differences and work through things together; we can now look to the future." Skip Twitter post by @BBCCarrie Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this long hard road. I'm home. https://t.co/iY2AIaGPqP — Carrie Gracie (@BBCCarrie) June 29, 2018 Report End of Twitter..
June 29, 2018

Mexican and South Korean celebrations sourced by racist gestures

Mexican and South Korean celebrations sourced by racist gestures Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Korea's win helped Mexico move forward in the competition Two hosts on US Spanish-language network Telemundo have been suspended after making racist gestures while celebrating South Korea's win over Germany. The win meant that Mexico was cleared to advance in the tournament. During a celebratory dance on set, the two presenters were seen pulling their eyes to look slanted. The same gesture was posted by several Mexican fans on Twitter in an attempt to thank South Korea. Social media users condemned the instances as racist and many Mexicans have since apologised. Skip Twitter post by @Techivist Dear @Telemundo @TelemundoSports & @TLMDPR , whoever this guy is on the left needs to get fired ASAP for being a racist on air. If someone were to say or make racist gestures about Latinx folks we'd ALL be up in arms & this is no different #SayNoToRacism #Telemundo..
June 29, 2018

‘Come home’: Thailand clings to hope for boys trapped in cave

'Come home': Thailand clings to hope for boys trapped in cave Image copyright Twitter/@namwoon_ccw Image caption Thailand is waiting with baited breath for the missing boys to return Twelve young footballers and their coach have been trapped inside a cave in Thailand's Chiang Rai province for nearly a week. They went missing after apparently setting out to explore the Tham Luang Nang Non cave, accompanied by their 25-year-old coach. The huge search for the missing group - thought to have been cut off by rising floodwater - has gripped the country. Now Thais are turning to social media in an outpouring of support and hope. A hashtag, which translates to "the strangers we want to meet the most" is being used to convey the nation's concern for the group of boys, aged between 11 and 16. Skip Twitter post by @PunchSomboonsri Please come home #คนแปลกหน้าที่อยากเจอมากที่สุด pic.twitter.com/aQwibrsqv0 — Punch Somboonsri (@PunchSomboonsri) June 26, 2018 Report End of Twit..
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