Rescue workers waded through muddy, waist-high waters today searching for missing people after one of the worst typhoons to hit Japan in recent history, as officials warned of more rain later in the day. Digging through mudslides and searching near swollen rivers, the rescuers looked for those missing after as many as 48 people were killed and hundreds were injured in central and northern Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said vast areas had been struck by the storm and called for urgent support to the affected by the devastating typhoon Hagibis. At least 40 people were killed in the typhoon that left vast sections of towns in central and eastern Japan under water, with another 16 missing and 189 injured, public broadcaster NHK said. Tens of thousands of rescue workers and a fleet of helicopters have fanned out in the affected areas, officials said. A flooded area in Nagano, central Japan, today following Typhoon Hagibis, which dropped record amounts of rain for a period in … [Read more...] about Race against time to save the missing victims of Typhoon Hagibis: Japanese rescue teams search for survivors after scores of people were killed – with more storms due to hit the area
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It was on the motorway near Phoenix, Arizona, that I realised fully driverless cars might be quite a distant dream. And that was because our Google Waymo robo-taxi seemed incapable of leaving that motorway.We were in Arizona to record a radio documentary for the BBC World Service about the progress towards creating autonomous vehicles that would make our roads safer and replace human drivers with robots.Google leads this race at the moment and for the past six months has been offering a robo-taxi service, Waymo One, to a select few early adopters in and around the Phoenix suburb of Chandler. Our first ride with Waymo took us through the quiet suburban streets, where traffic is sparse and drivers well mannered. Here, the minivan, fitted out with a battery of sensors and high-definition cameras, performed very impressively, handling slightly tricky left turns, spotting other road users and slowing down as it passed a school.While a Google engineer sat behind the wheel, she never … [Read more...] about Robots on the road – how close is our driverless future?
BBC Africa editor Fergal Keane visits South Africa's conservative rural areas nearly 25 years after white-minority rule ended, and finds that racism is still deeply embedded but there are also symbols of racial reconciliation. It was a young boy who noticed us and ran to tell his father. Around 10 years old, blond-haired and barefoot, he rushed indoors. The child looked scared. It was dusk and we were strangers. I caught sight of him in the rear-view mirror as we drove along the dirt road that ran past the tall steel fence that encircled their home. Maybe 10 minutes later, a car approached from behind. Headlights flashed, beckoning us to stop. Revolver on hipWe pulled up within a few yards of each other. It was an old car, a Toyota from the 1990s. Beaten and rusted, it is a vehicle of the rural poor. A young white man got out. He wore a baseball cap pulled down over his forehead and his right hand sat on the revolver strapped to his hip. There was a young woman with a baby on her lap … [Read more...] about South Africa’s ‘toxic’ race relations
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have announced plans for a new TV show, Street Car Showdown, on BBC Two. The news comes just months after Ant returned to the road in July following his 20-month ban, which was reduced to 15, after pleading guilty to drink-driving in April 2018. Ant and Dec's Street Car Showdown, which focuses on the presenters' childhood fascination with car modders, will pilot on BBC Two and sees teams convert second-hand cars into racing machines. Exciting: Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have announced plans for a new TV show, Street Car Showdown, on BBC Two The opposing contestants will have just ten days and a small budget to transform the used vehicles into souped-up motors. Talking about the show, Ant and Dec said in a statement: 'We have been fascinated with this world since we were teenagers in the North East and experienced car modders meeting up on Roker seafront in Sunderland to show off their … [Read more...] about Ant and Dec announce plans for BBC show Street Car Showdown weeks after the star returns to the road following his ban for drink-driving
The Great Eastern Run half marathon was cancelled this morning after a man was seen acting suspiciously near the race route. Organisers left hundreds of runners disappointed when they decided to call off the event half an hour after it was due to start in Peterborough. The decision was taken by Cambridgeshire Police after they received a call at 9.50am of reports of a man acting suspiciously close to the eleven-mile milestone. The Great Eastern Run half marathon in Peterborough was cancelled this morning after a man was seen acting suspiciously near the route (police car pictured at the scene) Hundreds of runners (some pictured) were left disappointed after organisers called off the event after rumours of a bomb in Peterborough this morning Police said a 'major firearms response' was launched but an investigation found that the witness had 'misinterpreted' what they had seen. A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire Police said: 'We take all calls extremely seriously, even … [Read more...] about Chaos for thousands of runners as Great Eastern Run is axed with them on the start line as armed police race to report of man ‘acting suspiciously’ on the route amid fears he had planted a bomb