10 miscarriages in 10 years: One couple’s heartbreak – BBC News

June 25, 2017

… couple’s devastating losses, how attending a memorial service for one of their lost babies helped them grieve and why they are not giving hope just yet. Image copyright Jen Bickel Image caption The couple met on a school trip when they were teenagers That feeling of lying on the bed waiting for the scan with Andrew sat next to me holding my hand, I’m just watching the faces of the hospital staff for any signs. It’s a feeling of “here we go again”. …


‘I kept my daughter’s body at home for three weeks’ – BBC News

June 24, 2017

… lessons from her first bereavement but the funeral service still seemed all wrong. “It was too wordy for a tiny baby. And the funeral director had put in a lot of religion, which had nothing to do with me,” she says. Gilli remembered a conversation she had with Niamh before she died. “We were walking to the park with her twin, and she said she wanted to be buried. She didn’t like the idea of fire, and was adamant about that.” But Gilli hated the idea of a …


Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech – BBC News

June 24, 2017

… move. “This is a valuable and much needed initiative from Facebook in helping to tackle extremism,” he said. “Anything that helps push the extremists even further to the margins is greatly welcome. Social media platforms have a particular responsibility to address hate speech that has too often been allowed to flourish online. “It is critical that efforts are taken by all online service providers and social networks to bring our communities closer together and to further …


London Fire: How one Grenfell Tower resident escaped – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Image copyright Reuters I rang the fire service and they told me to get out. They said “Wrap a wet towel around yourself and get out of the block.” But I opened the door and the smoke was so thick I couldn’t. I tried to leave the flat three times and each time the smoke was too thick. Image caption 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters tackled the blaze I could feel myself tripping over in the dark. I was tripping over bodies. On one of the floors I tripped badly and …


Question Trump’s FBI nominee — but give him a fair hearing

June 8, 2017

… energy, by all means let’s protest and march. But before we Democrats raise our pitchforks over the Wray nomination, let’s wait to see what the next few days of reporting uncover. Let’s see what background quotes come from the FBI and the law enforcement community. Let’s figure out if he is someone who could take his years in public service fighting against white-collar crime and translate it to lead the FBI at a tumultuous time for the bureau. Let’s be what many …


Aircraft crashes in Castlewellan Forest Park – BBC News

May 30, 2017

Image copyright Pacemaker Image caption Two people were treated at the scene by paramedics The ambulance service said that the two people were discharged after being treated by paramedics. The Mourne Mountain Rescue Team said that the pair had walked away from the crash. “The pilot and passenger managed to escape the wreckage and walk to a nearby forest road to meet with the attending ambulance and fire service,” the team wrote on Facebook. Image copyright Press Eye Image …


Castlemorton Common: The rave that changed the law – BBC News

… New Age Traveller Libby Spragg was interviewed by TV on her way to the site Carl Loben, editor of DJ magazine, said in a world before mobile phones, the answering machine messages were key to spreading word about the raves. “There was often just a message left on a party [phone] line that people could call after a certain time in the evening,” he said. “And it would say the rave is at [some location], meet at [this] junction of the motorway, or meet in the service station, …

May 28, 2017

Data Mining to Find Tax Cheaters

Driven by fear of prison and scandal, tens of thousands of Americans who hid money offshore have taken an amnesty deal offered by the U.S. Internal Revenue service since 2009. They had to bring the money home, pay the taxes plus penalties, and tell authorities how bankers helped them cheat. In return, they weren’t prosecuted. Some resisted, however. They moved their money from Switzerland to other tax havens such as Singapore and Hong Kong, daring the U.S. government to find them. Now …

May 25, 2017

‘Major’ rail disruption over Bedfordshire signal fault – BBC News

Roger Perkins from Thameslink said that while the problem, which started just before 02:00 BST, has been mended, disruption will continue. “Network Rail have now got the signalling up and running again and we will soon, we hope, be able to start running our trains again, but they really are very much backed up and completely in the wrong place. “It’s such a busy service it takes a really long time to get everything back and running on the normal timetable so there will be …

May 20, 2017

Ferry between Russia and North Korea starts regular service

(CNN)A cargo-passenger ferry service linking Russia and North Korea completed its first trip Thursday. The Man Gyong Bong ferry left the North Korean port city of Rason Wednesday and arrived in Russia’s Far Eastern city of Vladivostok at 8:00 am local time Thursday, according to Russian state news agency TASS. The trip marked the beginning of a once-weekly regular cargo-passenger service, according to TASS. …

May 19, 2017

Dutch King reveals he secretly piloted KLM passenger flights for 21 years

(CNN)They don’t call KLM “Royal Dutch Airlines” for nothing. King Willem-Alexander, reigning monarch of the Netherlands, revealed in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he’d regularly flown flights for a subsidiary of the Dutch flag carrier for over two decades. Calling the part-time role a “hobby,” the King says that he’d taken to the cockpit as a co-pilot of KLM Cityhopper — the airline’s short-haul carrier — …

May 18, 2017

NHS cyber-attack: Bosses fear further infections from ransomware – BBC News

… know that Friday’s ransomware attack was a global cyber-crime, but the most serious impact was here in the UK on the National Health service. So what made our hospitals so vulnerable? There are plenty of theories – among them that far too many computers in hospitals were running Windows XP. The government warned NHS trusts in 2014 that they needed to move away from XP as rapidly as possible. But did they? At the end of last year the software firm Citrix said that a Freedom of …

May 15, 2017