October 18, 2018

Young people are the loneliest age group but smartphones aren’t to blame

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BY LAURA BYAGER From Mashable Youth is a period most often associated with great promise, many possibilities, and an overall sense of freedom. But, youth can also be a time in life when many of us feel very lonely. A new major survey of over 55,000 people conducted by the BBC found that the loneliest […]

BBC journalist dies of cancer several days after statement

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Associate Press Frpm AJC LONDON — Rachael Bland, a BBC radio journalist, has died of breast cancer several days after she announced on social media that her death was near. She was 40. Bland’s family said that she died early Wednesday. Her husband and 2-year-old son said on Twitter that “we are crushed but she would […]

Kerala floods: Relief teams rescue 22,000 as rains ease

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From BBC About 22,000 people were rescued from the flood-hit Indian state of Kerala on Sunday, officials say, after monsoon rains finally eased. Military teams as well as disaster response forces and local fishermen reached some of the worst-hit areas. Helicopters also brought much-needed supplies to communities cut off by two weeks of incessant rain. […]

Lombok quake: Thousands evacuated after dozens die on Indonesia island

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From BBC Some 10,000 people have been evacuated on the Indonesian island of Lombok after a powerful 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday left nearly 100 people dead. Witnesses spoke of chaos and terror, with thousands of buildings damaged, and power and communication lines cut. Boats have been sent to evacuate more than 1,000 tourists from […]

Toronto shooting: Gunman kills woman and child in Greektown

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From BBC A 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman have died after a gunman opened fire on a busy avenue in Canada’s largest city, police say. Thirteen other people, ranging in age between 10 and 59, were injured in the attack in the Greektown district of Toronto, police chief Mark Saunders told reporters. The suspect, […]

Gadget of the week

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The BBC has a new app to counter Spotify and Apple Music By Nick Summers, From engadget BBC Sounds will replace the iPlayer Radio app later this year. The BBC has a problem. For almost a century, the British broadcaster has run a variety of national and regional radio stations to great effect in the […]

Emirates looks to windowless planes

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From BBC Emirates Airline has unveiled a new First Class Suite on board its latest aircraft that features virtual windows. Instead of being able to see directly outside, passengers view images projected in from outside the aircraft using fibre-optic cameras. The airline says it paves the way for removing all windows from future planes, making […]

Guatemala volcano: Search after deadly eruption

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From BBC Soldiers are helping firefighters search for missing people after Sunday’s horrific volcanic eruption in Guatemala, when torrents of superheated rock, ash and mud destroyed villages. The official death toll from the destruction at the Fuego volcano has risen to 69, the authorities say. Thousands of people are being housed in temporary shelters. Volcanologists […]

Drug dealers arrested in the UK after police scan fingerprints from a WhatsApp photo

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David Z. Morris, Fortune From Business Insider Police in Wales were able to make 11 convictions related to drug trafficking after using a WhatsApp photo to scan fingerprints. Representatives of the South Wales Police told the BBC that the approach was “groundbreaking.” The photo in question shows just part of a man’s hand holding ecstasy […]

Cruise passenger on P&O’s Arcadia jailed for smuggling cocaine

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By Jim Walker From Cruise Law News Newspapers in the U.K. are reporting that a cruise ship passenger, who used a cruise in the Caribbean last fall as a cover to smuggle cocaine, has been jailed. The cruise in question occurred last October (of 2017) and apparently involved the P&O Arcadia. BBC News reports that a […]