October 12, 2018

The world’s longest non-stop flight arrives in New York

The world's longest non-stop flight arrives in New York Image copyright Airbus Image caption Airbus made fuel system changes to its existing A350-900 aircraft to allow for an extended flight range - giving it the name A350-900 ULR (ultra long range) The world's longest non-stop commercial flight has landed New York, beginning a journey in Singapore covering more than 15,000km in 17 hours and 52 minutes. Singapore Airlines has relaunched the service five years after it was cut because it had become too expensive. Flight SQ22 landed at 0529 US Eastern time with 150 passengers and 17 crew. Geoffrey Thomas, editor-in-chief of Airlineratings.com, said the time passed swiftly and had not seen like a 17 and a half hour flight. He told the BBC: "The flight was effortless and very smooth. "On board the concensus was that the time past very quickly and didn't seem like 17.5 hours." The inaugural flight from Changi Airport to Newark's international airport, which services N..
October 12, 2018

Aboriginal ranger ‘taken by crocodile’ in Australia

Aboriginal ranger 'taken by crocodile' in Australia Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The woman was reported missing on Friday, officials say An Aboriginal ranger has been taken by a crocodile in a remote area of Australia, say workplace safety officials. The woman was reported missing on Friday in Arnhem Land, a vast Northern Territory wilderness area. Police are travelling to the scene, but the woman's condition is not known. Northern Territory WorkSafe said the attack happened near the community of Gan Gan, at least 500km (300 miles) east of Darwin. "NT WorkSafe has commenced an investigation into the incident," it said in a statement. The woman is believed to be part of the Yirralka Rangers programme, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The programme employs about 50 people to care for a large section of traditional land belonging to the Yolngu people, Yirralka Rangers says on its website. Crocodile attacks claimed 14 lives in the Northern Ter..
October 12, 2018

Air India plane ‘hits wall’ on take-off

Air India plane 'hits wall' on take-off Image copyright Air India Image caption The plane landed safely in the city of Mumbai A passenger plane travelling from the south Indian city of Trichy to Dubai sustained damage after hitting the airport wall during take off. Air India IX 611, which was carrying 130 passengers and six crew members, was diverted to Mumbai, where it landed safely. Air India said the two pilots, who have more than 6,500 hours of flying experience between them, have been grounded, pending investigation. Air India is India's national carrier. The airline said in a statement that the Boeing 737 aircraft took off from Trichy airport in southern India early on Friday when airport officials "observed that aircraft might have come in contact with the airport perimeter wall". The aircraft has sustained some damage. Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots 'forget' cabin pressure Air India blames weather for bed bugs infestation "The matter was co..
October 12, 2018

South Korea’s Moon optimistic about end to Korean War

South Korea's Moon optimistic about end to Korean War Image copyright Getty Images South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told the BBC that it is only a matter of time before the US and North Korea declare an end to their state of war on the Korean peninsula. The war ended in 1953 with an armistice but a peace treaty was never signed. Mr Moon, the son of North Korean refugees, also said there could be more diplomatic "bumps and bruises" as he tries to persuade Kim Jong-un to give up his nuclear weapons. But he described Mr Kim as "candid". In an interview with the BBC's Laura Bicker in Seoul he also said he hoped European leaders would help him to mediate between Mr Kim and US President Donald Trump if negotiations stalled. Mr Moon has met Mr Kim three times this year and has acted as a mediator between him and Mr Trump. He said that he had had "ample discussions" with President Trump and other US officials about an end of war declaration. "If North Korea takes certain mea..
October 12, 2018

Papua New Guinea Maserati fleet for Apec raises questions

Papua New Guinea Maserati fleet for Apec raises questions Image copyright AirBridgeCargo Image caption The government says the cars are "selling like hotcakes" to private sector buyers Papua New Guinea's government is under scrutiny for importing 40 luxury Maserati cars from Italy for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit. The Quattroporte sedans, which cost more than $100,000 each (£75,000), will be used by foreign leaders. Media and activists have questioned if the poor Pacific country has wasted millions. But the government says the private sector has "committed" to paying. Apec Minister Justin Tkatchenko said the cars would "provide the level of carriage for leaders that is the standard for vehicles used at Apec summits". Pictures of the cars arriving at Port Moresby airport on chartered cargo planes were shared on social media and sparked concern that taxpayer money was being wasted on the lavish purchase. The history of the Apec awkward family photo ..
October 11, 2018

Queensland storm: Tornadoes and huge hailstones wreak damage

Queensland storm: Tornadoes and huge hailstones wreak damage Image copyright STEVEN HARLAND Image caption Locals posted images online showing injured and distressed animals Tornadoes and a thunderstorm "supercell" have swept across Queensland in Australia, injuring four people and causing widespread damage. The dangerous weather system hit the state's south-east on Thursday, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said. One tornado struck Tansey, a town 250km (155 miles) north of Brisbane, snapping trees and ripping roofs from houses. Elsewhere, four people were injured when tennis ball-sized hail shattered car windscreens, authorities said. One, Fiona Simpson, posted images online of bruises and scrapes across her body. "I covered my infant with my body to stop her from getting badly injured.... never drive in a hail storm," she wrote of the incident in the town of Kingaroy. Image copyright FIONA SIMPSON Image caption Fiona Simpson suffered injuries while shielding her baby The nation&..
October 11, 2018

Investigation starts into dramatic Soyuz rocket breakdown

Investigation starts into dramatic Soyuz rocket breakdown Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe malfunction became apparent about 90 seconds into the flight Russian officials are investigating the cause of a booster problem that forced a Soyuz rocket capsule to make an emergency landing just after launch. The two crew members, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague, are in good health, officials say. They were heading for a six-month mission on the International Space Station when their flight was aborted. Their capsule separated and landed 400km (250 miles) from the launch site. What happened during the flight?The launch appeared to be going smoothly, but some 90 seconds into the flight, the US space agency Nasa reported a problem with the booster rocket between the first and second stages separating. Live video of the astronauts showed them shaking violently with the vibrations caused by the malfunction. After around 114 second..
October 11, 2018

UN General Assembly UNG73: World Leaders Speaks at the United Nations

New York  September 27, 2018 (CABNC-TV)-CenterAfricatv.com, Washington D.C based Pan African cloud-based news network has received the UN Press accreditation recognition. The multi-media news outlet is […]
October 11, 2018

Cyclone Titli: Eastern India battered by deadly storm

Cyclone Titli: Eastern India battered by deadly storm Image copyright AFP Image caption High winds toppled many trees in Andhra Pradesh A powerful cyclone has swept into eastern India, leaving at least eight people dead and destroying hundreds of homes. Cyclone Titli tore into coastal areas of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states with winds of up to 150km/h (93mph). About 300,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying districts in Orissa. Authorities say roads are blocked and power supplies have been lost in many areas. "We fear that 6,000 to 7,000 electricity poles may have been uprooted," K Dhananjaya Reddy, the district administrative chief of Srikakulam district in Andhra Pradesh, told Reuters news agency. "Around 400,000 to 500,000 people are now without electricity." Image copyright AFP Image caption Many roads have been blocked by fallen trees in Orissa state The eight reported deaths were all in Andhra Pradesh. The state's disaster management chief, D Varaprasad, said t..
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