January 30, 2019

DJI pledges painful action to tackle corruption

DJI pledges painful action to tackle corruption Image copyright Getty Images Image caption DJI was founded 13 years ago and has become one of China's best known tech brands DJI, the world's bestselling drone-maker, has published an open letter promising to take "painful" steps to tackle corruption within its company. The Chinese firm had previously revealed that some employees had inflated the cost of some of the components and materials it used, for personal gain. DJI blamed "inefficient and ineffective management processes" in part. But it added that it could not ignore cases of "outright theft". "While mature companies have established the training, controls and management protocols to limit these issues, DJI has in the past emphasised corporate growth over new internal processes," the statement added. "DJI will now take a leading role in developing clear policies, procedures and expectations to address corner-cutting and employee theft. We call on more companies to take ..
January 30, 2019

Bangkok: Toxic smog shuts schools in Thailand

Bangkok: Toxic smog shuts schools in Thailand Image copyright AFP/Getty Image Image caption The smog is among the worst Thailand has ever seen Toxic smog in Bangkok has forced more than 400 schools to close for the rest of the week, to protect children from its harmful effects. Thailand's capital city is experiencing some of its worst-ever air pollution levels, caused by ultra-fine dust particles known as PM2.5. Traffic exhaust, construction works, burning crops and pollution from factories are blamed for the haze. Authorities' efforts to clear the air have so far failed. Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Specialist respirator masks to filter the particles have quickly sold out The government has tried seeding rain clouds, reducing traffic, and hosing down streets, with little impact. Those celebrating the Lunar New Year holidays next week have been asked not to burn incense or light fireworks. Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The smog has sm..
January 30, 2019

Carlos Ghosn says ‘plot and treason’ behind arrest

Carlos Ghosn says 'plot and treason' behind arrest Image copyright Getty Images Nissan ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn has said his arrest in Japan was the result of a "plot and treason" against him. He was speaking in his first interview since his arrest in November on financial misconduct charges. Mr Ghosn said some Nissan executives wanted to stop his plan to integrate Renault, the French car firm he headed, with its Japanese alliance partners, Nissan and Mitsubishi. He said the plan had been discussed with Nissan boss Hiroto Saikawa. Mr Ghosn is still being held in a Tokyo detention centre pending trial. The executive was the architect of the Renault-Nissan alliance and brought Mitsubishi on board in 2016. After his arrest, he was sacked as chairman of Nissan and Mitsubishi. He resigned from his posts as chairman and chief executive of Renault earlier this month. Carlos Ghosn: Renault-Nissan's relentless 'cost killer' Renault and Nissan usher in new era Nissan..
January 30, 2019

Mother and four children murdered in India ‘witch hunt’

Mother and four children murdered in India 'witch hunt' Image caption The woman and her children were found dead in a well near their home Police are searching for more suspects in connection with the murder of a woman and her four children who were accused of being "witches". Six people in the eastern state of Orissa have already been arrested, but police believe more people were involved in the crime. The bodies of Mangri Munda and her children were found in a well near their home on January 26. "Witch hunts" targeting women are fairly common in parts of India. Senior police officer Kavita Jalan told the BBC that the main accused, who has been arrested, claimed to be a "witch doctor". He had accused Ms Munda and her children, who lived in a in a tribal settlement in Sundergarh district, were "casting spells" on another family in the village. On January 25, A group of men broke into Ms Munda's home late at night when she and her two sons and two daughters - aged one, ..
January 30, 2019

Hakeem Al-Araibi: Bahraini footballer’s wife pleads for his release

Hakeem Al-Araibi: Bahraini footballer's wife pleads for his release Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hakeem Al-Araibi was detained by Thai authorities last year at Bahrain's request The wife of detained Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has issued a plea for world leaders to pressure the Thai government for his release. Al-Araibi, 25, holds refugee status in Australia but is being held in a Bangkok prison on an Interpol warrant put out by Bahrain. Bahrain has said the conviction was fair and that extradition proceedings are now "in process". But the footballer's wife told the BBC extradition would place him in danger. "I'm calling on every country to help Hakeem because I know if he gets taken back he will be tortured, and he will be killed," she said. The Australia-based 24-year-old, who has asked not to be named, said she had written a personal plea to Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. "His future lies in your hands. Please help my husband come home..
January 30, 2019

Kevin and Julia Garratt on their experience as detainees in China

Kevin and Julia Garratt on their experience as detainees in China Image copyright SIMEON GARRATT Image caption Julia and Kevin Garratt (centre) with their children Peter and Hannah. Their second son Simeon is not pictured Canadian couple Kevin and Julia Garratt were detained in China in 2014 and accused of spying. Amid an escalating feud between Canada and China and allegations of retaliatory detentions, the pair tells the BBC about what it was like - and how they ever made it home. Kevin Garratt remembers well the night he and Julia were arrested in north-eastern China. He recalls being pulled away from his wife as they walked through a restaurant's downstairs lobby, and pushed into the back of a black sedan filled with burly officers. He thought the whole thing was some terrible mistake. Julia, forced into a separate sedan, found herself shaking in fear and shock at the sudden turn of events, and the drive in the darkness. She thought: "This is going to be my last night. ..
January 29, 2019

Little blue penguins stolen from nest with crowbar in NZ

Little blue penguins stolen from nest with crowbar in NZ Image copyright Brent Tandy/DOC Image caption File photo of a little blue penguin in its burrow Three little blue penguins have been stolen from their burrow in New Zealand, say conservation officials. Two men were seen using a crowbar to prise rocks off the penguins' burrow in Hawkes Bay and then hook the birds out by their neck. One of the penguins died in the process and was left behind, but two were taken away. Little blue penguins are the smallest breed of penguin and are a protected species in New Zealand. Authorities believe the thefts might be an indication of a smuggling operation. "We are really concerned as we believe this might not be a one off," said Department of Conservation (DOC) Hawkes Bay Compliance Officer Rod Hansen. "The very next day another penguin was found dead floating nearby and it appears to have died from a head injury." The dogs that protect little penguins Bagpipes the penguin gets printed f..
January 29, 2019

Darren Weir: Australian police raid top horse trainer’s stables

Darren Weir: Australian police raid top horse trainer's stables Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Darren Weir trained the Melbourne Cup-winning horse, Prince of Penzance Australian police have raided the stables of one of the nation's leading horse trainers, arresting three men over a probe into alleged racing fraud. The men were held for questioning in Victoria on Wednesday, police said, adding that no charges had been laid. Local media named one man in custody as Darren Weir, the owner of the stables. Mr Weir trained Prince of Penzance, the horse ridden by trailblazing jockey Michelle Payne to win Australia's top race, the Melbourne Cup, in 2015. Police said the three men arrested would be questioned over "sporting integrity matters". They include suspected offences such as obtaining financial advantage by deception, and engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome. "Today's warrants show that Victoria Police will investigate alle..
January 29, 2019

Will the US and China finally agree a trade deal?

Will the US and China finally agree a trade deal? Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Can the US and China bridge their divisions? Top trade officials from the US and China are meeting in Washington as a deadline to strike a deal approaches. This is the second round of talks since Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping met in Argentina last year and agreed to negotiate in the hope of defusing an escalating tariff war. There is widespread scepticism that the two sides can reach a substantive deal by the 1 March deadline. Recent charges against Huawei have added to the complications. At a press conference this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow made few promises. "Let me just remind people, we do have another 30 days after this so my expectation is we'll make significant progress at these meetings, but I would just emphasize these are complicated issues," Mr Mnuchin said. Last week, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the t..
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