Saturday, 22 July 2017

Audi voluntarily recalls up to 850,000 diesel vehicles


German luxury carmaker Audi, a Volkswagen subsidiary, issued a voluntary recall of up to 850,000 diesel vehicles Friday, saying it would help reduce engine emissions.
"Audi aims to maintain the future viability of diesel engines for its customers and to make a contribution towards improving air quality," the Bavaria-based manufacturer said in a statement.
Vehicles with affected engines would receive a free software upgrade that "will further improve their emissions in real driving conditions beyond the current legal requirements," Audi added.

South Africa: 7 police officers, 42 officials suspended in OR Tambo airport security 'clean up'


Seven police officers, 34 information desk clerks and eight Gauteng tourism officials have been suspended in an on-going "clean-up" of OR Tambo International Airport, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Friday. This as a special court for the airport is set to be launched to deal with "aviation-related matters". The seven police officers were suspended after they were linked to several crimes at the airport, Mbalula said Mbalula was speaking at a press briefing at the airport surrounding the upgrading of security following months of hijackings, thefts, and murders linked to a syndicate at the airport.
Airport Community South Africa (ACSA) general manager Bongiwe Pityi said the information counter clerks and Gauteng tourism officials who have been suspended will be subjected to a disciplinary process within the next few weeks.

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Grandmas, grandpas from travel ban states now welcome: US cable


Grandparents of U.S. citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive U.S. visas, according to a State Department memo seen by Reuters that reflects the latest court ruling on U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban.  The memo, or cable, from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was sent to all U.S. diplomatic posts overseas on Friday after a U.S. district judge in Hawaii issued a ruling late on Thursday limiting the scope of the administration's temporary ban on refugees and travelers from the six countries.

China Mall introduces 'husband Storage' pods for wives to dump their disgruntled partners while they shop


In a bid to help female customers in focusing while shopping without any distraction, a Chinese mall has launched  “husband storage” facilities for wives to dump their spouse to play video games in other to allow them shop in peace. According to The Paper, the Global Harbour mall in Shanghai erected a number of glass pods for wives to leave any disgruntled husbands that don’t want to be dragged around the shops.

Audi apologizes and pulls ad that compared women to used cars


Audi has apologized after a 34-second video ad caused a firestorm in China. The controversial commercial showed a woman before being compared to a used car. In the advertisement for an Audi second-hand car dealership in China, a bride and groom were seen getting ready to exchange vows.  The groom's mother suddenly walked down the aisle and then proceeded to go over to the bride.  She gave her future daughter-in-law "a final inspection."
The groom's mother pinched the bride's nose, looked behind her ear and looked into her blushing mouth.  Apparently satisfied with what she saw, the groom's mother returned to her seat. She then turned around and gave the groom a nod of approval. Her gaze then fell on the bride's breasts, causing the bride to quickly cover her chest. The ad then showed an Audi cruising along a highway with a message saying, "An important decision must be made carefully. Audi Approved: plus online 4S shop."
After the video went viral and the company received a lot of backlash, they apologized and pulled the ad.

Meet the 7-year-old boy with eight-pack abs


A seven-year-old boy with an incredible ripped torso has shocked the Chinese Internet - and put the spotlight on China's desperate attempt to catch up with Britain at the Olympics. Chen Yi, a young gymnast from the eastern city of Hangzhou, became a Chinese web sensation earlier this week when images of his abs went viral. The boy gained national fame after dominating a recent gymnastics tournament, winning six gold medals and a silver. Zhang Hongyu, his mother, said her son had athletic ability from a very early age, and could perform one-handed pull-ups on a horizontal bar when he was just two. "He started walking when he was just 11-months old, and he learned to ride a bicycle before kindergarten," she told local media.

Surgeons replace man’s thumb with his toes after it was severed by a bull


An Australian cattle worker whose thumb was severed by a bull has undergone a successful surgery by replacing it with his toe. 20-year-old Zac Mitchell was attacked back in April while working on a remote farming property in Western Australia. Explaining the incident, the young cattle working said “a bull kicked my hand into the fence.' he told the BBC. According to him, his fellow workers had attempted to preserve his thumb immediately after the accident before he was flown to a hospital in the state capital of Perth, but efforts to save his thumb ultimately failed.

Malawi prisons closed down as warders go on strike over pay hike


All prison gates in Malawi have been closed since last Saturday following a nationwide strike by warders demanding for a hike to their monthly salary. According to reports, the warders are taking to the streets blocking roads and chanting protest songs to force the government to pay attention to their concerns. It's also understood that the warders are also demanding that elevation in rank in Prison department should be on the same level with Police and Immigration since they all fall under the country's Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security.

Dallas hires first female chief of police, Renee Hall


Dallas has hired its first female police chief, Renee Hall, to lead the police department. Hall, currently the deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department, will take over the Dallas Police department in September. Her appointment means women of color now hold the top three law enforcement positions in Dallas County. She joins Sheriff Lupe Valdez, the first openly gay Latina to be elected Dallas County sheriff, and District Attorney Faith Johnson, the first black woman appointed to the position.
Hall, the daughter of a murdered Detroit police officer, is also the first woman to hold the position in the department's 136-year history. "I am honored to be chosen to lead the Dallas Police Department at this critical time in its history, I look forward to building on the successes of the past, preserving community trust and ensuring the safety of our officers and the entire Dallas community," she said in her statement.

Christian dad allegedly stabs daughter to death for dating a Muslim


An Israeli-Christian man is accused of stabbing his teenage daughter to death because, authorities say, he didn't approve of her relationship with a Muslim man. Prosecutors say Sami Karra, 58, killed his daughter in their family home in the central Israeli town of Ramle, a day after she graduated from high school. According to a criminal indictment filed in Israeli district court this week,the daughter, 17-year-old Henriette Karra, was in a relationship with a Muslim man, against the urging of her parents.
In late May, Henriette left the family home after threats and abuse from her parents.She stayed with her boyfriend's mother for part of the time. Henriette's family tried to bring her back home - using threats against her and her boyfriend's mother to put pressure on her to return, the indictment says. The boyfriend's mother, called police to intervene on Karra's behalf. But the teenage girl refused police help, and she refused to go home. The next month, while Henriette was staying at a friend's house, her father came to the house and began threatening her and slapping her, the indictment says.

Couple forced apart as teens by religious parents finally get married 70 years later



Two childhood sweethearts who were torn apart in their teens have finally tied the knot - 70 years later. Ed Sellers, 88, fell for Katie Smith, 89, aged 14 when she moved into the house next door to his in the early 1940s. He asked her out with a handwritten note and they courted or three years but the relationship ended when Katie's strict religious parents banned them from going on dates. She moved to another town and they met new partners, both getting married in 1946 and living happy lives. But despite having no contact for seven decades, they never forgot each other.

Son beats father to death for walking into bathroom while his girlfriend was taking bath


A son was furious when his father violated his girlfriend's privacy by walking into the bathroom while she was taking a bath.  Attorneys for 31-year-old Daniel Rak of Canada, tried to get the murder charge dismissed, saying that the father was an alcoholic who often suffered seizures.  The attorneys claimed that 58-year-old Jeffrey Rak, died while having a seizure and not from the beating he suffered from his son.

Linkin Park's upcoming shows canceled after Chester Bennington's death


Linkin Park's "One More Light" tour is canceled. LiveNation announced the North American tour was off a day after 41-year-old singer Chester Bennington died by suicide. The tour had its first show scheduled next week in Massachusetts and was set to continue on through October, ending in California. Ticketseller Live Nation confirmed the cancellation and said refunds would be issued.
In a statement Live Nation said, "We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington ... Our thoughts go out to all those affected."

AFCON competition moved from January-Feb to June-July starting from 2019


In order to avoid causing disputes with European clubs who have to release their players in mid-season, January/February, the African Cup of all Nations (AFCON) has shifted the date of the tournament from the usual January date to June/July and this will start from 2019. The changes were effected by the CAF executive committee in a meeting in the Moroccan capital Rabat today, Friday as the 2019 event to be held in Cameroon will now be contested by 24 teams instead of the usual 16 so that smaller African nations can participate.
According to new CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad , the competition will still hold once every two years.