News Headlines - 07 February 2019

German airline Germania files for insolvency | Euronews

German airline Germania said on Tuesday it had filed for insolvency and would terminate flight operations immediately, citing rising fuel prices and a stronger dollar.
There were also delays integrating aircraft into the fleet and a high number of "maintenance events", the company said in a statement.
CEO Karsten Balke said it was unable to cover a short-term liquidity need.

Leopalace21 to ask over 14,000 residents across Japan to vacate apartments after probe finds defects | The Japan Times

Rental apartment operator Leopalace21 Corp. said Thursday it will ask 14,443 residents to move out as it plans to repair defects found in 1,324 of its apartments.
The company said a probe found faulty installation of a fire-resistant material in ceilings and the use of a substandard material for sound insulation in interior walls... Leopalace21 launched an investigation into possible defects in its nearly 40,000 apartments nationwide after 38 cases of defects were found in apartments built between 1996 and 2009 last May.

Kazuo Ishiguro: Knighthood part of ‘big love affair with Britain’

Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has described his newly awarded knighthood as forming part of his “big love affair” with British culture. Ishiguro, whose novels include The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go and An Artist Of The Floating World, received a knighthood for services to literature on Thursday.
The ceremony, which was held by Prince Charles, was a “humbling” experience, the author said.

'Boiling Water Challenge' Sends Several People to Hospital - NBC Chicago

The extreme cold last week activated the science experiment gene in a number of people, resulting in injuries for those who tried the "boiling water challenge."
The challenge was to fling boiling water in the air and watch it turn into frozen vapor.
The burn center at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood reports it treated eight people who attempted the exercise.

China investigates HIV contamination of 12,000 blood plasma treatments - Channel NewsAsia

A batch of more than 12,000 blood plasma treatments produced by a state-owned pharmaceutical company in China was found to have been contaminated with HIV.
On Wednesday (Feb 6), the National Health Commission (NHC) said it has instructed medical institutions to cease use of the batch of intravenous immunoglobulin produced by Shanghai Xinxing Pharmaceutical, after it received a report that the batch was tested to be HIV positive.








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