2Day FM making donation
The radio station behind a prank call to a British hospital will donate its advertising revenue until the end of the year to a fund for the family of the nurse who apparently took her own life after the stunt. Southern Cross Austereo, parent company of Sydney radio station 2Day FM, yesterday said it would donate all advertising revenue, with a minimum contribution of A$500,000 (US$525,000), to a memorial fund for Jacintha Saldanha, who answered the telephone at the hospital treating Prince William’s pregnant wife, Catherine. The company suspended advertising on the station in the wake of Saldanha’s death. Southern Cross said it would resume advertising on its station starting tomorrow.
Airline faces strike threat
Cathay Pacific flight crews may stop serving alcohol and smiling at passengers after voting in favor of industrial action during the Christmas holidays over a salary dispute. The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union, which is demanding a 5 percent salary increase, said the “work-to-rule” measures could also throw flight schedules into chaos. “We will be selective in providing our services,” union general secretary Tsang Kwok-fung said. “This could include not smiling at passengers, not providing certain types of beverages — such as alcohol — or stop serving meals … In a nutshell it means passengers will still be able to reach their destinations except they are paying a five-star price to get a three-star service.”
Police say they have captured a convicted terrorist who escaped detention last month by disguising himself in a burqa. Roki Aprisdianto was sentenced to six years behind bars last year for masterminding a series of bombings. He escaped from the Jakarta Police detention center after a group of burqa-clad women came to visit their husbands. He is thought to have put on one of the burqas. A police spokesman said Aprisdianto was arrested him near a bus station in East Java.
Solar clothes a possibility
Clothes that could literally light up your life were unveiled yesterday by researchers who said their solar-cell fabric would eventually let wearers harvest energy on the go. The new fabric is made of wafer-thin solar cells woven together that could see people powering up their mobile phones and other electronics with their sweater or trousers. However, its creators conceded there was work to do before taking the fabric to market, such as coating for the conductive wires and improving the fabric’s durability. The fabric was developed at the Industrial Technology Center in Fukui Prefecture in cooperation with a Kyoto-based solar cell maker and other private firms.
Reactor at risk from fault
A team of geologists says a seismic fault running underneath the Tsuruga plant is likely to be active, which could force the scrapping of one of its two reactors. The five-member panel commissioned by the Nuclear Regulation Authority announced on Monday that the structure underneath the plant showed signs of seismic movement about 100,000 years ago, recent enough to still be active. Government guidelines prohibit nuclear facilities above active faults. Tsuruga’s No. 2 reactor sits directly above the fault and would have to be scrapped if the panel’s conclusion is officially accepted.