November 20, 2018

Singapore otters photobomb UK couple’s marriage proposal

Singapore otters photobomb UK couple's marriage proposal Image copyright Bernard Photojournals Singapore's famous urban otters have delighted two British otter fans by photobombing their marriage proposal. Jordan Doyle and Mary Lister had gone out otter-watching with a wildlife photographer when the animals appeared. "I'd had the ring with me for a while and Mary is a huge fan of otters, so I thought to myself, right, this is the time to propose," 28-year-old Mr Doyle told the BBC. A group of otters then swam over to gatecrash the romantic moment. "When I asked them to pose for a photo, the otters came out of the water and approached the couple," photographer Bernard Seah told the BBC. "I was like, oh my god, I cannot believe this." 'Completely special'The otters are part of a group known as the Bishan 10, one of several otter families thriving in Singapore's urban areas. They have featured in multiple news outlets, a David Attenborough documentary and ..
November 20, 2018

PNG security forces storm parliament over Apec pay dispute

PNG security forces storm parliament over Apec pay dispute Image copyright AFP Image caption Security staff were reportedly angry over unpaid bonuses Police and security forces have stormed Papua New Guinea's parliament over unpaid bonuses for last week's Apec summit, lawmakers said. The group reportedly smashed windows and furniture in the building, located in the capital Port Moresby. The impoverished island hosted leaders from both sides of the Pacific last week despite the high costs involved. The summit had seen delegates stay on cruise ships and the government buy 40 Maserati luxury cars for the event. The angry police and security forces headed to parliament to vent their anger after a meeting with police authorities over the allowances, member of parliament Bryan Kramer said in a video posted on Facebook. A witness outside parliament described "hundreds of police and troops" on the building's front steps, complaining they had not been paid their special bonus ..
November 20, 2018

Sisto Malaspina: The cafe owner who has stirred Melbourne’s grief

Sisto Malaspina: The cafe owner who has stirred Melbourne's grief Image copyright AFP Image caption Sisto Malaspina was a well-known cafe owner in central Melbourne For more than 40 years, Sisto Malaspina served up coffee, cake and smiles to the countless people who entered his famous cafe in the heart of Melbourne. But earlier this month, while on an afternoon break, Mr Malaspina was murdered in a terror attack about 400m (1,300 feet) from his cafe. The 74-year-old was stabbed alongside two men who suffered injuries but survived. The attacker was shot dead by police. On Tuesday, Mr Malaspina's customers were among hundreds of people who gathered to remember him at a state funeral in Australia's largest church. It follows much public grief - and a vast number of tributes - for the popular co-owner of Pellegrini's, one of Melbourne's best-known cafes. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mourners were asked to wear bright colours to remember Mr Malaspina ..
November 19, 2018

The corporate scandals that rocked Japan

The corporate scandals that rocked Japan Image copyright Getty Images The scandal erupting at Nissan, following the arrest of its chairman Carlos Ghosn over allegations of financial misconduct, is far from the first crisis to hit Japan Inc. The allegations against Mr Ghosn - the boss of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi strategic alliance - could have a seismic effect on the global car industry. But Japan has, in recent years, dealt with a number of high-profile corporate scandals. Here are some of the most notable: The Olympus affair In October 2011, Michael Woodford achieved something no other Westerner had done - he became the first non-Japanese person to be named as chief executive of Olympus Corporation, the camera and electronics giant. Two weeks later, he was fired. Mr Woodford, who had worked at Olympus for 30 years, had blown the whistle on a vast accounting fraud at the company. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Michael Woodford blew the whistle on an accounting sca..
November 19, 2018

Nissan shares fall on Ghosn arrest

Nissan shares fall on Ghosn arrest Image copyright Getty Images Nissan shares were down more than 6% in early Tokyo trade, following the arrest of the firm's chairman Carlos Ghosn. Mr Ghosn, who also heads up the Japanese-French alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, is being held over allegations of financial misconduct. Nissan's chief executive has claimed he under-reported his pay package, but gave no further details. Mr Ghosn is expected to be fired from the company after a board meeting on Thursday. Nissan is the world's sixth-largest carmaker and its site in Sunderland is the UK's biggest car plant. Nissan boss arrested over 'misconduct' Carlos Ghosn: The driven 'cost killer' Shares in Mitsubishi were down more than 7% in early Tokyo trade. Renault's shares lost more than than 8% in Europe.
November 19, 2018

Would you buy a handbag from Plada or Loius Vuitton?

Would you buy a handbag from Plada or Loius Vuitton? Image copyright ZIGOR ALDAMA Image caption You've heard of fake handbags being passed off as luxury brands, but an entire store? The internet's global reach has made stealing brands' intellectual property even easier, and businesses are losing billions as a result. So what should they be doing to protect themselves? When two new luxury fashion boutiques opened in the Chinese city of Renhuai this summer, it was hard to tell they were fake at first. The storefronts, which appeared to belong to the luxury brands Louis Vuitton and Prada, bore huge photos of models posing with legit-looking products while the shelves were packed with posh handbags and accessories. It was only the misspelled branding that gave the game away. One shop called itself "Loius Vuitton", the other "Plada". This is the world of intellectual property (IP) theft, which costs European companies alone about €60bn (£52bn) in lost sales each year, accor..
November 19, 2018

100 Women: The woman who decides if men can take a second wife

100 Women: The woman who decides if men can take a second wife Image copyright Joshua Paul for the BBC Islamic law, also known as Sharia, is often associated by critics with harsh punishments and hardline attitudes. But one of Malaysia's first female Sharia high court judges says her role gives her an opportunity to protect women in the Muslim-majority nation. Judge Nenney Shushaidah presides over five trials a day and can hear up to 80 cases a week. The use of Sharia is growing in Malaysia. Under a dual-track legal system, thousands of Muslims use it to settle moral and family matters. Non-Muslims are required to follow secular laws that deal with the same matters. Malaysia practises a moderate form of Islam but conservative attitudes have been on the rise. Rights activists were outraged by the recent caning of two Malaysian women convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex, and say Sharia is often misused. Judge Shushaidah passes judgment on everything from financial cases to ..
November 19, 2018

Melbourne ‘terror plot’: Three held over ‘chilling’ gun plan, police say

Melbourne 'terror plot': Three held over 'chilling' gun plan, police say Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police said the men had planned to target a crowded area in Melbourne Australian police say they have arrested three men who were plotting to commit a terror attack in Melbourne. The group had been attempting to source a semi-automatic rifle to kill as many people as possible in a crowded place, authorities said. The suspects - aged 21, 26 and 30 - were allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group. There was no ongoing threat to the public, said Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton. Mr Ashton said the men had not settled on a location for the alleged attack, but their planning had "escalated" in recent days. "There was a view towards a crowded place, a place where maximum people would be attending, to be able to kill, we allege, as maximum an amount of people as possible," he told reporters on Tuesday. Earlier this month, a knife-wielding attacker killed..
November 19, 2018

Maldives-China deal ‘one-sided’, says ex-president Nasheed

Maldives-China deal 'one-sided', says ex-president Nasheed Image copyright EPA Image caption Ibrahim Mohamed Solih became the Maldives' new president on Saturday The new Maldives government is considering pulling out of a free trade agreement with China, a top leader from the islands' governing alliance says. "The free trade agreement is very one-sided... the numbers don't match," ex-president Mohamed Nasheed told the BBC. The Maldives' parliament would not approve the law required for the trade deal to come into force, he added. The comments come days after Mr Nasheed's ally Ibrahim Mohamed Solih became the Maldives' new president. Mr Nasheed - a senior advisor to President Solih - was barred from contesting the September elections. Surprise victory for Maldives opposition Read more about the Maldives here There has been no immediate response from China to the latest comments, but a week ago the Chinese embassy in the capital Male rejected a s..
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