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Taiwan earthquake: Man rescued but scores are missing


    7 February 2016

  • From the section Asia



                Rescuers carry a male survivor out from a building that collapsed, due to an earthquake, in Tainan, Southern Taiwan, in this February 7, 2016 still image taken from video.Image copyright

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                    Rescuers pulled 20-year-old Huang Kuang-wei out alive after more than a day


Rescuers have pulled a 20-year-old man from the rubble of an apartment block more than a day after it was destroyed by an earthquake in the Taiwanese city of Tainan.

Taiwanese TV showed Huang Kuang-wei being rescued alive to cheers from his family and emergency workers.

At least 124 people are missing after the collapse of the 17-storey block during Saturday's quake, officials say.

At least 20 people are now confirmed dead after the magnitude 6.4 tremor.

Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said many of the missing were buried deep inside the ruins of the apartment block.

The building is one of several in Tainan city that collapsed during the quake.

Among the dead was a newborn baby. Nearly 500 people were injured, at least 92 of whom remain in hospital.


Media captionRupert Wingfield-Hayes: "There are still people missing inside the rubble"

President Ma Ying-jeou promised an "all-out effort" to rescue people.


The 17 storeys of the Weiguan Jinlong (Golden Dragon) apartment complex, home to at least 256 people, crumpled down on each other as the quake took hold just before 04:00 (20:00 GMT on Friday).

More than 200 people were rescued, but a baby, young girl and two adult men were among 12 in the complex who did not survive, officials said. Elsewhere in the city, at least two other victims were killed by falling debris.

Hundreds of soldiers have joined in the rescue effort, with the help of hi-tech equipment and rescue dogs, and shelters are due to be set up for those who have lost their homes in the city of two million people.

More than 24 hours after the earthquake, fire fighters, police, soldiers and volunteers were picking through the ruins, some using their hands.


Media captionDrone footage showed one building felled by the earthquake

A woman surnamed Chang said she was waiting to hear from her daughter, who lived on the fifth floor of the fallen apartment block.

"She's not answering my phone calls. I am trying to hold my emotions and stay strong. I'll do that until I find her," she said.

"I know they will find her, but I have also prepared for the worst," she added.

A man in his 60s, whose son escaped and whose daughter-in-law was in serious condition, was trying to help rescuers pinpoint his 11- and 12-year-old grandsons.

Interior Minister Chen Wei-jen said investigators would examine whether the building's construction met requirements.


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The quake was shallow, meaning its effects would have been amplified, the US Geological Survey said.

There were also at least five aftershocks. The quake was felt in the capital Taipei, 300km away.

Taiwan lies near the junction of two tectonic plates and often sees tremors.

China has offered assistance although at the moment at least, given the relatively limited scale of the disaster, it does not look as if much outside help is needed, the BBC's John Sudworth reports from Beijing.

Back in 1999, when a 7.6 magnitude quake killed more than 2,300 people in central Taiwan, a similar offer of help from the mainland became embroiled in political wrangling, with Taiwan accusing China of exploiting the situation for its own political ends, our correspondent adds.

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Re: News Capture - Todays News
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2016, 12:00:12 AM »
Should not have happened but it did

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[Newsview]Failing jail system needs overhaul - PM
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2016, 07:00:44 PM »
Failing jail system needs overhaul - PM

Prisons overhaul to be announced by David Cameron


    8 February 2016

  • From the section UK



                Prison officer at Wormwood Scrubs

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                    Giving prison governors more autonomy is a key part of Mr Cameron's plan


Plans to overhaul the "failure" of the prison system in England and Wales are to be set out by the prime minister.

David Cameron will say high reoffending rates and violence in jails are "scandalous".

A pilot scheme will see six governors given autonomy over how prisons spend their budgets and which education services are used.

Penal charities said reforms would not work if inmates were "crammed into filthy institutions with no staff".

Legislation is expected to follow, so the plans for the "reform prisons", as they are being called, can be adopted more widely.

Downing Street says Mr Cameron's speech will be the first on prisons by a British prime minister for 20 years.

He will say that "current levels of prison violence, drug-taking and self-harm should shame us all", with a typical week seeing 600 incidents of self-harm, at least one suicide and 350 assaults including 90 on staff.

He is also expected to say he is accepting the recommendations made in Dame Sally Coates's review of prison education, due to be published soon.


These include a promise to protect the £130m prison education budget.

BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said it was highly unusual for a prime minister to take such a close interest in prison reform, but Mr Cameron wants to make it a "great progressive cause" in British politics.

'Steep challenge'

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Juliet Lyon, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said Mr Cameron's proposals were "only part of the equation - you have got to look at what drives crime".

She said the focus on prisons by the government was long overdue but it would be a "really steep challenge to try and sort it out".

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said: "Prisons are currently violent and overcrowded. As such, they fail everyone: victims, the public, staff and prisoners themselves.

"Prison reform, however, is the tip of the iceberg.... We need action now to tackle sentence inflation and the profligate use of prison. Then the prime minister's vision can become a reality."

In his speech, the prime minister will say: "We need prisons. Some people - including, of course, rapists, murderers, child abusers, gang leaders - belong in them.

"For me, punishment - that deprivation of liberty - is not a dirty word.

"I never want us to forget that it is the victims of crime who should always be our principal priority. And I am not unrealistic or starry-eyed about what prisons can achieve.

"Not everyone shows remorse and not everyone seeks redemption.

"But I also strongly believe that we must offer chances to change; that for those trying hard to turn themselves around, we should offer hope; that in a compassionate country, we should help those who've made mistakes to find their way back onto the right path."

Mr Cameron will say prisoners should be seen as "potential assets to be harnessed" and the "failure of our system today is scandalous".

He will highlight figures showing 46% of all prisoners reoffend within a year of release, and say that cycle of reoffending costs up to £13bn a year and leads to more victims of crime.



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                    Justice Secretary Michael Gove has suggested prisoners gaining new qualifications could "earn" their release


The plan to give prison governors more autonomy develops ideas floated by Justice Secretary Michael Gove last year.

Citing the "success" of foundation hospitals and academy schools, he said giving governors a freer hand, especially over education, would allow them to be more imaginative and more demanding.

Prisoners who acquired new skills or qualifications could "earn" their release, Mr Gove suggested.

Last month, the outgoing chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales said conditions in adult prisons had deteriorated over the past five years.

The prime minister has already announced plans to find alternatives to custody for pregnant women or new mothers and confirmed that a pilot scheme to track offenders by satellite will launch later this year.

And in November last year the government said nine new prisons will open in England and Wales under plans to close "Victorian" jails in a bid to save about £80m a year.


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Re: News Capture - Todays News
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2016, 12:23:29 AM »
O I don't know, isn't this just another cost cutting measure ?

The government just acting as the "axeman" !

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[Newsview]Starbucks employee wins dyslexia case
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2016, 07:00:20 PM »
Starbucks employee wins dyslexia case

Starbucks employee wins dyslexia discrimination case


        By Clive Coleman
        Legal correspondent, BBC News


    9 February 2016

  • From the section UK




Media captionMeseret Kumulchew tells Clive Coleman how the allegations affected her life

A woman with dyslexia has won a disability discrimination case against her employer Starbucks after she was accused of falsifying documents.

A tribunal found Meseret Kumulchew had been discriminated against after making mistakes due to her difficulties with reading, writing and telling the time.

She was given lesser duties at her branch in London and told to retrain, which left her feeling suicidal.

Starbucks said it was in discussions about providing more workplace support.

The judgement against Starbucks was made in mid-December, and there will now be a separate hearing to determine any compensation.

As a supervisor at Starbucks in Clapham, south-west London, Ms Kumulchew was responsible for taking the temperature of fridges and water at specific times and entering the results in a duty roster.

She was accused of falsifying the documents after mistakenly entering wrong information.

'Not a fraud'

She took Starbucks to an employment tribunal alleging disability discrimination saying she had always made it known to her employer that she was dyslexic, which means she has difficulties with words and numbers, and has to be shown how to do tasks visually.


The British Dyslexia Association said one in 10 people had dyslexia to some degree, although many have not been formally diagnosed.

Speaking exclusively to the BBC, Ms Kumulchew said: "There was a point that I wanted to commit suicide. I am not a fraud.

"The name fraud itself shouldn't exist for me.  It's quite serious. I nearly ended my life. But I had to think of my kids. I know I'm not a fraud. I just made a mistake."

The tribunal found Starbucks had failed to make reasonable adjustments for Ms Kumulchew's disability and had discriminated against her because of the effects of her dyslexia.

It also found she had been victimised by her employer and there appeared to be little or no knowledge or understanding of equality issues.

In a statement, Starbucks said: "We are in ongoing discussions with this Starbucks partner (employee) around specific workplace support and we are not able to comment on a case that has not yet been completed."

The company said it was committed to having a "diverse and inclusive workforce" that "feel welcome and comfortable in our stores".

Wake-up call

Dr Kate Saunders, CEO of the British Dyslexia Association, said cases such as Ms Kumulchew's should be a wake-up call for employers.

"Many dyslexics are struggling in the work place with very high levels of anxiety, because employers do not have the training or the awareness to make adjustments for them."

Ms Kumulchew said she wanted help, but not special treatment. "I'll struggle, but don't worry, help me and I'll get there in my own time.

"I'm not going to affect your business, because for every customer I'll roll out the red carpet. I love my job. Giving them a coffee may not be a big deal, but I'm making their life, for the day at least, happy."

What is dyslexia?

  • Dyslexia is a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling

  • Signs of dyslexia usually become apparent when a child starts school and begins to focus more on learning how to read and write

  • A person with dyslexia may: read and write very slowly, confuse the order of letters in words, have difficulty taking notes or copying and find it hard to carry out a sequence of directions

  • People with dyslexia often have good skills in other areas, such as creative thinking and problem solving

  • Reasonable adjustments for dyslexics might include making sure an employee has a recording device for meetings, providing support with proof reading and giving instructions verbally rather than in writing

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[Newsview]German train controller 'error' denied
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German train controller 'error' denied

Germany train crash: Controller error theory dismissed


    10 February 2016

  • From the section Europe



                Rescue workers stand near the wreckage of two trains at Bad Aibling (9 Feb)Image copyright
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                    Initial reports that an 11th victim had been recovered from the train were discounted


German police have rejected as speculation a report that a line controller turned off an automatic safety system shortly before two passenger trains collided in Bavaria.

At least 10 people were killed and scores more were injured, 18 seriously.

An unconfirmed report suggested that an automatic braking system had been switched off to allow one of the trains to make up time.

But a police spokesman rejected the theory as "pure speculation".

"Discard that, we reject that," a spokesman told local broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.

The braking system, which is supposed to kick in when a train runs through a red light, was installed after a 2011 disaster at Magdeburg in which 10 people died.

Reports in German media suggested that in exceptional circumstances the automated system could be overridden by rail staff.


Media captionJoe Adediran was on board one of the trains and filmed some of the aftermath

Human error is still being investigated as a possible cause of the disaster, which happened on a single-track commuter line on Monday morning near Bad Aibling, a spa town about 60km (37 miles) south-east of Munich.


The transport minister said the trains had crashed into each other while both travelling at about 100km/h (62mph).

Emergency teams, some winched in by helicopter, worked for hours to free casualties from the wreckage.

What we know

  • The accident occurred on a single-track route between Rosenheim and Holzkirchen at about 07:00 local time (06:00 GMT)

  • Officials say they assume both train drivers had no visual contact before the crash as the site is on a bend - and therefore crashed into each other largely without braking

  • The stretch of line had an automatic braking system designed to halt any train that passed a stop signal. It is not yet known why this failed to stop the crash

  • Two of the three data recorders or "black boxes" on board the trains have been recovered

Unanswered questions

In focus: Bavaria's railways




Both train drivers and two train guards were among those killed.

One person is still thought to be missing, however police denied overnight reports that an 11th body had been recovered from the wreckage of one of the trains.

Analysis by Richard Westcott, Transport correspondent

It seems likely that one of the trains ran a red light, but it's hard to know why. It could be human error, technical problems or a combination of the two.

The line is fitted with a modern safety system that slows the train down if it is going too fast and then stops it automatically if it passes a red signal.

Drivers get warnings in the cab if there is a problem. The speed of each train suggests neither had any warning.

And it is highly likely they'd have known the route, too.

Only by analysing the data recorders or "black boxes" will investigators know for sure what happened.

It's incredible that so few people lost their lives and that's almost certainly because of the huge improvements in train design over the years. They are much safer than they used to be.

Train crash rescue: As it happened

Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was "dismayed" by the crash.

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann told reporters it was "difficult to comprehend" how such a crash could happen given the amount of investment in railway safety following previous train accidents.


Media captionGermany train crash: Aerials show crash site devastation


Media captionRace to rescue train crash injured


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                    Both trains were partially derailed by the head-on crash



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                    The collision occurred in a densely wooded region





Other fatal German train crashes

  • January 2011: 10 killed at Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt when commuter train collides with goods train after driver runs through two signals

  • February 2000: Nine dead when overnight train from Amsterdam to Basel crashes near Cologne

  • June 1998: 101 killed when a high-speed train with a broken wheel derails and smashes into a bridge at Eschede in Lower Saxony




The scene of the crash is close to the Mangfall river in a hilly and densely wooded region.

The Munich blood bank issued an appeal for blood donors on its Facebook page (in German).


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                    Some passengers were still trapped in the wreckage hours after the crash



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                    Rescue helicopters were ferrying the injured to hospital


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[Newsview]'Fire' at Tata Steel in Port Talbot
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'Fire' at Tata Steel in Port Talbot

Fire reported at Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot





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A blaze has been reported at the Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot, Mid and West Wales Fire Service has said.

Reports of the fire emerged on Twitter on Thursday morning at 08:30 GMT.

South Wales Police confirmed it had received reports of the blaze but gave no further information.

Images on social media showed flames and smoke coming from the site.

Last month, Tata announced 750 job cuts at the site, among 1,050 across the UK.


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[Newsview]Rolls-Royce shares jump 14% on results
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Rolls-Royce shares jump 14% on results

Rolls-Royce shares jump 14% despite dividend cut


    12 February 2016

  • From the section Business



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Aero engine giant Rolls-Royce's shares are up 14%, despite a 50% dividend cut and profit at the low end of forecasts.

The company, which has issued a string of profit warnings in recent years, made £1.35bn before one-offs.

The chief executive said there would be further cost cuts on top of the £200m savings already planned.

The prospect of further efficiencies and the fact that Rolls ruled out issuing more shares are being welcomed by shareholders.

A rights issue of more shares would mean that the share of profits would be spread more thinly.

The company said it had already made roughly 50% of those savings already announced.

Rolls-Royce employs more than 21,000 people in the UK, with more than 12,000 employed at its Derby aerospace engines and submarines division, and over 3,000 in Bristol.

Last year, the company announced 3,600 job cuts and warned that some of its 2,000 senior managers would depart.


Rolls also said it had cut the two top layers of management by 20% and planned further cuts.

It added that the initial exceptional restructuring charge for these changes would be £75m-100m this year.

'Accounting fog'

As well as its world-famous plane engines, the company also makes engines for the UK nuclear submarine fleet.

Its recent troubles have alarmed the government to the extent that the Business Minister, Anna Soubry, said in December that the government was "monitoring the situation carefully".

The next generation of nuclear submarines, due to be deployed by 2030, is being planned by the government.

Chief executive Warren East, who joined the company in July, has said an "accounting fog" had developed that had left investors unclear about its direction.

Mr East said: "In the context of challenging trading conditions, our overall performance for the year was in line with the expectations we set out in July 2015.

"It was a year of considerable change for Rolls-Royce: in our management, in some market conditions and in our near-term outlook."

He added that there were some positive notes, including the underlying growth of long-term markets and a growing order book.

To add to the company's problems, it is the subject of an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office.

Rolls said it was continuing to co-operate with the authorities in the UK, the US and elsewhere, but was unable to give any further details or a timescale for when the investigation would end.


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