December 6, 2018

Golden Globes: Constance Wu is first Asian woman nominated in decades

Golden Globes: Constance Wu is first Asian woman nominated in decades Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Wu said she 'didn't think' she would be nominated Constance Wu has scored a Golden Globe best lead actress nomination, the first Asian woman in 44 years to be named in the category. Wu, who was nominated for her role in Crazy Rich Asians, said she was "ecstatic but also in shock". The Hollywood film, the first in 25 years to feature an all-Asian cast, also won a nomination for best film musical or comedy. It has so far made around $238m (£186m) worldwide since its premiere in August. The film's director, Jon M Chu, tweeted that the twin nominations were the "proudest moment of [his] career." Skip Twitter post by @ConstanceWu What a morning to have had my phone on Do Not Disturb Mode till now... I’m ecstatic but also in shock! Thank you @goldenglobes !!! — Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) December 6, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @ConstanceWu Wu is com..
December 6, 2018

India man jailed for tweets about erotic temple statues released

India man jailed for tweets about erotic temple statues released Image copyright Facebook Image caption Abhijit Iyer-Mitra had been in prison since 23 October An Indian man has been released from prison after more than a month, for posting satirical tweets about erotic sculptures in a temple. In September, Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, posted a video in which he makes disparaging comments about the famous Konark temple in the eastern state of Orissa and the people of the state. He was arrested after two locals complained he "hurt public sentiment". The state assembly pardoned him on Thursday. Mr Iyer-Mitra had been slapped with an array of charges for his tweets about the erotic sculptures. His other tweets appear to be making fun of the people of the state and another of its famous temples. The Indian man in prison for cracking 'offensive' jokesHe was accused of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion and race in a place of worship, insulting religious feel..
December 6, 2018

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others Image copyright IBM Image caption Chieko Asakawa received Japan's Medal of Honour for her contribution to accessibility research An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she's worked to create technology - now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) - to transform life for the visually impaired. "When I started out there was no assistive technology," Japanese-born Dr Asakawa says. "I couldn't read any information by myself. I couldn't go anywhere by myself." Those "painful experiences" set her on a path of learning that began with a computer science course for blind people. A job at IBM soon followed, where she earned a doctorate and started her pioneering work on accessibility that continues today. She's behind early digital Braille innovations and created the world's first practical web-to-speech browser. Those browsers are commo..
December 6, 2018

Huawei arrest: Justin Trudeau denies political motivation

Huawei arrest: Justin Trudeau denies political motivation Image copyright Reuters Image caption Meng Wanzhou is the daughter of the company's founder Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government had no involvement in the arrest of a top executive from Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Meng Wanzhou was detained at Vancouver airport on Saturday on an extradition request from the US. China has demanded her release, and called the arrest a human rights violation. The charges remain unknown but the US has been probing Huawei over possible violation of Iran sanctions. Huawei said it was "not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng". She faces a bail hearing on Friday. Speaking to reporters in Montreal, Mr Trudeau said his government was told about the arrest a few days beforehand, but it did not play a role.
December 6, 2018

Afghanistan’s ‘Little Messi’ flees home after Taliban threats, says family

Afghanistan's 'Little Messi' flees home after Taliban threats, says family Image copyright AFP / Unicef Image caption Murtaza Ahmadi with a signed Messi shirt, which was sent to him after being photographed in a homemade version A young Afghan boy who was made famous online for his devotion to footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for the second time. Murtaza Ahmadi, now aged seven, went viral in 2016 after being photographed wearing a homemade Messi shirt, fashioned out of a plastic bag. He later met his hero in Qatar. His family say they have now abandoned their home in Afghanistan, after receiving threats from the Taliban. They were living in the south-eastern Ghazni province - which militants have been targeting - and have escaped to the capital, Kabul. They previously sought short-term refuge in Pakistan in 2016, but returned when they ran out of money, according to AFP news agency. The makeshift shirtMurtaza was five years old when he wore a ..
December 6, 2018

Japanese cafe uses robots controlled by paralysed people

Japanese cafe uses robots controlled by paralysed people Image copyright Reuters Image caption The robots served drinks and cleared tables in the cafe A cafe staffed by robot waiters controlled remotely by paralysed people has opened in Tokyo, Japan. A total of 10 people with a variety of conditions that restrict their movement have helped control robots in the Dawn Ver cafe. The robot's controllers earned 1,000 yen (£7) per hour - the standard rate of pay for waiting staff in Japan. It is hoped the project will give more independence to people with disabilities. The OriHime-D robots used in the cafe were developed by Japanese start-up Ory and were originally created to be used in the homes of people with disabilities that severely restrict their movement. The robots can be told to move, observe, talk to customers and carry objects, even if their operator can only move their eyes. These abilities have been adapted for use in the cafe. The pilot scheme aims to test connections b..
December 6, 2018

Cambodia releases surrogate mothers who agree to keep children

Cambodia releases surrogate mothers who agree to keep children Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Last year an Australian nurse was jailed after recruiting Cambodian surrogate mothers Thirty-two surrogate mothers charged with human trafficking in Cambodia for carrying babies for Chinese clients have been released after agreeing to keep the children, officials say. The women were arrested in June in a raid as part of a crackdown on the country's commercial surrogacy trade. Surrogacy was banned in Cambodia in 2016, a year after neighbouring Thailand imposed limits on the service. Demand has risen in recent years since China's easing of its one-child policy. A further five people, including a Chinese national, have been arrested and charged with human trafficking in connection with the case. The release of the Cambodian surrogate mothers this week was agreed on "humanitarian grounds", a police official working with the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT) ..
December 6, 2018

Mastanamma: India YouTube chef granny dies at 107

Mastanamma: India YouTube chef granny dies at 107 Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch Mastanamma cooking One of the world's oldest YouTubers, 107-year-old Mastanamma from southern India, has died. She shot to fame on the internet for her cooking, which consisted of local and unusual dishes made from scratch. Her YouTube channel, Country Foods, has more than a million subscribers with hundreds of cooking videos, including one on her iconic watermelon chicken. The channel, managed by her grandson and his friend, launched in 2016 and became an instant hit. Born in the state of Andhra Pradesh, Mastanamma told BBC Monitoring she believed she was 106 years old in 2017 - although she had no birth certificate to prove it. In the videos, she would often sit in an open field in a remote village with minimal cooking equipment and cutlery. She would use her nails to peel vegetables, and an old Indian-style knife to chop them. Food was served on a traditional s..
December 6, 2018

Australia releases rare marsupial bilby into the wild in NSW

Australia releases rare marsupial bilby into the wild in NSW Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Bilbies feed on plant roots, ants, beetles and spiders A rare marsupial that once ran wild in Australia's New South Wales has been reintroduced into the state for the first time in more than a century. Bilbies - small nocturnal mammals with long, rabbit-like ears - were last recorded in the state in 1912. But now 30 captive-bred animals were released into a large predator-free enclosure near the town of Narrabri, northwest of Sydney. This is seen as a major victory in efforts to save them from extinction. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Royal visit: Prince George was clearly impressed when he saw a bilby at Sydney's zoo in 2014 However, without the protection of a 32km (20 miles) fence they probably would not survive, the BBC's Phil Mercer in Sydney reports. Bilbies - who feed on plant roots, ants, beetles and spiders - disappeared in Australia&..
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