British Airways’ parent company orders dozens of planes originally designed for Ryanair

IAG, the parent company of British Airways, has ordered dozens of an aircraft type designed for Ryanair. The group, which also includes Aer Lingus of Ireland and Iberia and Vueling of Spain, has ordered 25 new Boeing aircraft known as 737-8200s, to be delivered between 2023 and 2027. The type is a high-capacity version of the Boeing 737 Max, with an extra emergency exit fitted. In Ryanair’s configuration it has an extra eight seats within the same basic fuselage, taking the capacity to 197 passengers. IAG has also ordered 25 of Boeing’s largest Max aircraft, the 737-10. The planes “can be used by any airline in the … Continue reading British Airways’ parent company orders dozens of planes originally designed for Ryanair

112-year-old Venezuelan named world’s oldest man

A Venezuelan man has been recorded by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living man. As of 17 May 2022, Juan Vincente Mora is a record-breaking 112 years and 355 days old, with his 113th birthday fast approaching.  Born in the small town of El Cobre on 27 May in 1909, Mora says his secret to living a long life is “the love of God, the love of family and that we must get up early to work”. He also starts every day with a cup of coffee and spends meal times with his family.  Mora is a devout Catholic and … Continue reading 112-year-old Venezuelan named world’s oldest man

Rare Chinese vase sells for £1.5 million after being spotted in kitchen

An extremely rare 18th century Chinese vase made for an emperor which was bought by a surgeon in England for a few hundred pounds in the 1980s has sold at auction for almost £1.5 million. The 60cm blue-glazed, silver and gilt vase, decorated with cranes and bats was created for the court of the Qianlong Emperor in the 1700s. The vase passed from the original owner to his son, who put it in his kitchen where a visiting antiques specialist spotted it and realized its true value. Berkshire-based Dreweatts Auctioneers had estimated its value at between £100,000-£150,000, but on Wednesday the piece … Continue reading Rare Chinese vase sells for £1.5 million after being spotted in kitchen

Amazing: 11 year old boy catches world’s biggest fish

A schoolboy from Kent has set a new record after catching a fish almost the size of him. Callum Pettit, 11, pulled a giant seven stone carp out of a lake near Reims in France, the biggest ever for a junior angler. It took 20 minutes to reel the fish in and when it was put on the scales, it dawned on him and dad Stuart that he was bound for the record books. At 96lbs 10ozs, the whopping catch was only a few pounds lighter than Callum and almost twice the size of his dad’s personal best catch in … Continue reading Amazing: 11 year old boy catches world’s biggest fish

US women soccer team secures equal-pay deal

A new equal-pay agreement between the United States men’s and women’s teams has been hailed as potentially “changing the game around the world”. US Soccer has announced the teams will pool their World Cup prize money, along with their share of television and sponsorship revenues. “These agreements have changed the game forever in the United States,” said US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone. “They have the potential to change the game around the world.” Women’s squad players filed a discrimination lawsuit in 2019 and a settlement, which included a $24m (£17.7m) payout, was reached on that earlier this year. US Soccer said … Continue reading US women soccer team secures equal-pay deal

Police make arrests in London and Romania in sex trafficking raids

Fourteen people have been arrested in London and Romania on suspicion of trafficking women into an escort business in the capital. Two men and four women, aged 25 to 39, were held following raids at six sites across the capital. Two trafficked Romanian women were discovered at the properties, who will receive medical treatment and support. Ten raids in Romania, targeting the same organized crime group, led to seven men and one woman being arrested. Addresses in Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Camden were raided in the UK operation. The raids followed an investigation into links between organized crime and … Continue reading Police make arrests in London and Romania in sex trafficking raids

How Germany beer bottle shortage is affecting the Industry

German breweries are warning there could be a shortage of beer bottles this summer amid rising production costs and a shortage of lorry drivers. The situation is “extremely tense”, the chief executive of the German Brewers’ Federation told German newspaper Bild. The shortage of glass bottles will mainly affect small- and medium-sized breweries, an industry expert said. Brewers are having to pay 80% more for new glass bottles than they did a year ago. The cost of beer is also rising. One of the reasons behind the shortage is a hike in energy prices which is causing the price of glass … Continue reading How Germany beer bottle shortage is affecting the Industry

Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos to return after two-year exile

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos will return to the country this week after nearly two years in exile in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Spanish royal palace has confirmed. He left Spain after he was linked to an inquiry into alleged corruption. But three investigations against the 84-year-old were dropped in March, paving the way for him to return. The ex-king will arrive in Spain on Thursday and before he travels back to the UAE on Monday. He plans to spend time with his family in Sanxenxo, in north-west Spain, and will also see his son King Felipe VI … Continue reading Spain’s ex-king Juan Carlos to return after two-year exile

Fast food chains sued for burger ads that mislead on size

A New York man has a beef to pick with McDonald’s and Wendy’s: misleading adverts he says make their burgers look much bigger than they actually are. In a proposed class-action lawsuit, he accuses the fast food giants of unfair and deceptive trade practices. He is seeking $50m (£40.3m) in damages for himself and other similarly duped customers. The chains did not comment immediately on the case, which compiles many complaints from social media. Rival Burger King was hit with a similar lawsuit in Florida in March, by the same law firms representing New Yorker Justin Chimienti. While Burger King … Continue reading Fast food chains sued for burger ads that mislead on size

Tech & Crime: NY probes ‘bone-chilling’ social media role in Buffalo shooting

New York state’s top prosecutor has launched an investigation into the role social media companies played in Saturday’s mass shooting in Buffalo. The inquiry will look at the extent that social platforms were “used to stream, promote, or plan the event”, the attorney general’s office said. The state’s governor has argued tech firms share some blame for the attack. Critics say the companies were too slow to remove the alleged gunman’s violent posts. Announcing the investigation on Wednesday, Attorney General Letitia James said: “The terror attack in Buffalo has once again revealed the depths and danger of the online forums … Continue reading Tech & Crime: NY probes ‘bone-chilling’ social media role in Buffalo shooting

India top court frees killer of ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi

India’s Supreme Court has ordered the release of one of the men convicted of involvement in the 1991 murder of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. AG Perarivalan had spent over 30 years in jail. In 1998, he was given a death sentence, but it was later commuted. Arrested aged 19, Perarivalan was convicted of procuring batteries that were used in the bomb to kill Gandhi. The ex-PM was assassinated by a female suicide bomber as he addressed an election rally in Tamil Nadu state. Gandhi’s killing was widely seen as retaliation for his having sent Indian peacekeepers to Sri Lanka … Continue reading India top court frees killer of ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi

Russian soldier pleads guilty in first war crimes trial of Ukraine conflict

A 21-year-old Russian soldier has pleaded guilty to killing an unarmed civilian, in the first war crimes trial in Ukraine since the war started. Vadim Shishimarin admitted shooting a 62-year-old man a few days after the invasion began. He faces life in jail. The prisoner was brought into the tiny Kyiv courtroom in handcuffs, flanked by heavily armed guards. He looked nervous, and kept his head bowed. The widow of the man killed was sitting just a couple of metres from him. She wiped tears from her eyes as the soldier entered court, then sat with hands clasped as the … Continue reading Russian soldier pleads guilty in first war crimes trial of Ukraine conflict