January 17, 2019

Aiia Maasarwe: Israel student killed in Melbourne while on phone with sister

Aiia Maasarwe: Israel student killed in Melbourne while on phone with sister Image copyright Victoria Police Image caption Police released these images of Aiia Maasarwe, taken on the night she was killed A 21-year-old Israeli student was attacked and killed in Melbourne, Australia while speaking with her sister on the phone, police say. The body of Aiia Maasarwe, 21, was found near LaTrobe University in the city's north. She had taken a tram home late on Wednesday after a comedy show. Her sister "heard the sound of the phone falling to the ground and heard some voices", officer Andrew Stamper said. Police are searching for the killer. They have not ruled out the possibility that Ms Maasarwe was sexually assaulted, Melbourne's Age newspaper says, with known sex offenders "an active line of inquiry". "Our presumption at this stage is that this was a random attack and opportunistic." Detective Inspector Stamper told reporters. Ms Maasarwe's sister, worried about Aiia, is r..
January 17, 2019

Wylfa Newydd: Hitachi to halt work on UK nuclear plant

Wylfa Newydd: Hitachi to halt work on UK nuclear plant Image copyright Horizon Nuclear Hitachi has announced it will suspend work on a multi-billion pound nuclear plant in the UK. The decision follows speculation that it would scrap the £20bn Horizon nuclear facility because of concerns over rising construction costs. The Japanese firm had been in talks with the UK government about funding since June. The decision puts thousands of jobs at risk if the Wylfa Newydd plant in Anglesey, north Wales, is scrapped. About 9,000 workers had been expected to be involved in building two nuclear reactors, which were due to be operational by the mid-2020s. Hitachi said the decision would cost it an estimated 300bn yen (£2.1bn) in expenses, plus another 300bn yen as "extraordinary losses". It said it was suspending the project "from the viewpoint of its economic rationality as a private enterprise". Policy questionsDuncan Hawthorne, chief executive of Hitachi's Horizon subsidiary, said the An..
January 17, 2019

Divers find India mine worker body

Divers find India mine worker body Image copyright Reuters Image caption The miners have been trapped since mid-December Indian navy divers have found the body of a worker who was trapped with 14 others inside a flooded coal mine in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya. The men had entered the illegal pit, known as a "rat hole", on 13 December, and were trapped when floodwater from a nearby river poured in. An underwater vehicle first detected the body at a depth of 160ft (48 m), the navy said. The fate of the other trapped miners is unclear. The navy added that the body would be brought out from the mine under the supervision of doctors. The Indian Navy gave some details of the operation in a series of tweets early on Thursday. Skip Twitter post by @indiannavy #MeghalayaMineTragedy #Flash One body detected by Indian Navy Divers using Underwater ROV at a depth of approx 60 feet and 210 feet inside a rat-hole mine @SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia @nsitharaman @PMOIndia pic.twitter.c..
January 17, 2019

Indonesian woman mauled to death by giant pet crocodile

Indonesian woman mauled to death by giant pet crocodile Image copyright AFP Image caption The animal was being kept illegally at the farm in Minahasa in North Sulawesi An Indonesian woman has been mauled to death by a pet crocodile in Sulawesi after she fell into its enclosure. Deasy Tuwo, 44, had reportedly been feeding the crocodile at the pearl farm where she worked, and where the animal was being kept illegally. The 700kg crocodile, named Merry, is thought to have bitten off her arm and most of her abdomen. The reptile has been relocated to a conservation site while authorities look for its owner. Image copyright AFP Image caption The crocodile was sedated to be removed from its enclosure and taken to a conservation centre Ms Tuwo was head of the laboratory at the pearl farm and was feeding Merry on 10 January when she fell into the crocodile's enclosure. Her colleagues discovered her body the next morning. Hendriks Rundengan from the North Sulawesi Natural Resources Con..
January 16, 2019

Why are the Chinese buying fewer cars?

Why are the Chinese buying fewer cars? Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The fact that President Trump's limousine is a Cadillac is said to have helped the US carmaker's sales in China If you're selling Cadillacs in China, it helps that the US president is driven around in one. Cao Chenyi, the boss of a Cadillac dealership near Shanghai, told me that customers know that Donald Trump's presidential limousine is made by the US carmaker. He says they like the prestige. But Mr Cao's had a bad year. Demand dropped 30% in 2018. He's had to shut five of the 11 dealerships his family business owned. Almost half, gone. "The sales on every new vehicle is causing us to lose money. Basically the more we sell the more we lose," he says. Loss leaders are painful. Mr Cao has been forced to shift excess stock, and quickly. The red Cadillac he drove me around in is currently on sale at half price. Image caption Cao Chenyi's family have had to close five of ..
January 16, 2019

Marie Kondo – does tidiness really equal a clean mind?

Marie Kondo - does tidiness really equal a clean mind? Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe world-famous tidying wizard visited Women's Hour in 2017 If you haven't heard of Marie Kondo yet, it won't be long before you do. Thanks to her new Netflix programme, the Japanese tidying guru has become January's "It girl". Chance is, you already know someone who is using her "KonMari" method, which promises not only a de-cluttered house, but also a clean mind. "When you put your house in order, you put your affairs, and your past in order, too," Kondo explains in her 2014 book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. "As a result, you can see quite clearly what you need and what you don't, and what you should and shouldn't do." But is it really as simple as asking whether everything you own truly "sparks joy" and then throwing away anything that doesn't? 'Relationships not relics'Jerrie Sharp and her partner were inspired to get..
January 16, 2019

Monika Billen: German tourist found dead in Australian outback

Monika Billen: German tourist found dead in Australian outback Image copyright NORTHERN TERRITORY POLICE Image caption Monika Billen had been travelling alone in Australia Australian police say they have found the body of a German tourist near a bush track in the Northern Territory. Monika Billen, 62, was last seen on 2 January at a popular outback tourist spot near the town of Alice Springs. Her body was found beneath a tree about 3km (1.8 miles) away on Wednesday. Police have not said how she died. Ms Billen had been reported missing last week, prompting her family in Cologne to issue an emotional plea for information. Police suspended their search for Ms Billen after five days, but resumed it after receiving location data from her phone providers. "It is deeply upsetting that we have to tell her family this sad news, but we are relieved to be able to provide them with answer," said Supt Pauline Vicary from Northern Territory Police. Described as an experienced solo traveller by he..
January 16, 2019

Goldman boss apologises for 1MDB scandal

Goldman boss apologises for 1MDB scandal Image copyright Getty Images Goldman Sachs new boss has apologised to Malaysia for the role an ex-partner played in the corruption scandal at one of the country's wealth funds. However, chief executive David Solomon also distanced the bank from the scheme, which saw billions embezzled from the state development fund, 1MDB. He said Goldman, which had helped to raise money for the fund, had been deceived about details of the deals. Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman last month. It accused the investment bank of helping to misappropriate money intended for the fund. The US and other countries are also investigating its role. Tim Leissner, who served as Goldman's South East Asia chairman, pleaded guilty in the US last month for his role in the money laundering and bribery scheme. Mr Leissner left Goldman in 2016. On a call with financial analysts Mr Solomon said: "It is very clear that the people of Malaysia were defrauded ..
January 16, 2019

Kisenosato, Japan’s last sumo remaining champion, retires

Kisenosato, Japan's last sumo remaining champion, retires Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kisenosato gave a tearful news conference to announce his retirement Japan's last remaining home-grown sumo champion has announced his retirement after a string of tournament losses. Kisenosato Yutaka said he had been struggling with injuries but had wanted to continue wrestling to repay fans for their support. In 2017, he became the first Japan-born wrestler in almost two decades to reach the rank of grand champion, known in Japanese as "yokozuna". The only two wrestlers left at the elite level are both from Mongolia. Japan gets first sumo champion in 19 years Inside the scandal-hit world of sumo Sumo wrestling's growing sexism problem "I feel that I did everything I could," a tearful Kisenosato told reporters at a news conference. "I was supported by so many people... I have nothing but gratitude." Image copyright AFP Image caption Kisenosato performs a ring-entering ce..
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