Pacific

  • United Airlines flight diverted to remote Midway Island due to odour July 13, 2014

    Washington: A United Airlines flight with 348 people aboard over the Pacific Ocean was forced to land on remote Midway Island because of what authorities said was an electrical odour on board. The United Airlines plane, carrying 335 passengers and 13 crew on a Boeing 777, was flying from Honolulu to...
  • Seattle student pepper-sprayed, tackled gunman June 7, 2014

    Seattle: The man blasting away with a shotgun paused to reload, and Jon Meis saw his chance. The 22-year-old building monitor pepper-sprayed and tackled the gunman Thursday in Seattle Pacific University's Otto Miller Hall, likely preventing further carnage, according to police and university officials. Meis and other students subdued the gunman...
  • India has the slowest Internet penetration growth in Asia Pacific region June 5, 2014

    New Delhi: India, which accounts for the third largest online userbase globally after China and the US, has had the lowest Internet penetration growth in Asia Pacific (APAC) at 17.4 per cent so far this year, research firm eMarketer said in a report. However, it left behind major emerging markets in...
  • 16-year-old stowaway on plane survives flight April 21, 2014

    Honolulu: FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on...
  • 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea April 19, 2014

    Sydney: A powerful earthquake struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The magnitude-7.5 earthquake was located 75 kilometers (47 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island, according to the US Geological Survey. It...
  • Fisherman survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean by drinking turtle blood February 4, 2014

    A fisherman thought to be from El Salvador who washed ashore on the Marshall Islands said he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean, drinking turtle blood and catching fish and birds with his bare hands. Jose Salvador Albarengo, 37, told officials he set sail on a shark...
  • 'Frozen' named best animated feature at 2014 Annie Awards February 4, 2014

    Los Angeles: Disney's 'Frozen' won five trophies including the coveted best animated feature at the 41st annual Annie Awards. The family-oriented musical comedy voiced by Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel won over 'Despicable Me 2', 'Ernest and Celestine', 'Monsters University', 'The Croods', 'The Wind Rises', and 'A Letter to Momo',...
  • Indonesia orders mass evacuation as alert raised on Sumatra volcano November 24, 2013

    Indonesia ordered the evacuation of 15,000 residents near an active volcano in the west of the vast archipelago on Sunday as authorities raised the alert for the emergency to the highest level. Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra has become increasingly active in recent months, spewing columns of ash several...
  • Boeing warns of engine icing risk on 747-8s, Dreamliners November 24, 2013

    Boeing advised airlines on Friday about a risk of engine icing problems on its new 747-8 and 787 Dreamliner planes with engines made by General Electric, urging 15 carriers to avoid flying them near high-level thunderstorms. The warning led Japan Airlines to pull 787 Dreamliners from two international routes. Other affected...
  • Starbucks taking Indian coffee to its outlets across globe November 22, 2013

    Opening its first store in south India in Bangalore, American coffee giant Starbucks on Friday said it is taking the Indian grown coffee to its 19,000 stores across the world. "In India, the coffee (that) farmers grow. we not only sell the coffee in our stores here in India, but also...
  • 'The Lunchbox' selected for Asia Pacific Screen Awards November 12, 2013

    Melbourne: Director Ritesh Batra's 'The Lunchbox' is among the four Indian films that have been nominated in the Seventh Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) this year. The awards will be held in Brisbane next month. According APSA official statement, Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced the names of 39 films...
  • Miss Asia Pacific World Srishti Rana's tiara seized by Air Intelligence Unit November 5, 2013

    Busan: Twenty one-year-old Srishti Rana, who bagged Miss Asia Pacific 2013 pageant in Korea recently, is in trouble. Srishti's tiara, made of diamonds and other valuable gems, has been seized by Air Intelligence Unit as it was an undeclared item. The tiara of Rana will be returned once the value...
  • Miss India runner-up Srishti Rana crowned Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 October 31, 2013

    Busan: Twenty one-year-old Srishti Rana has made the country proud by winning Miss Asia Pacific 2013 pageant in Korea. She is India's second consecutive winner to win the coveted titles. The 21-year-old outshined among 49 other contestants in the pageant held in Korea on October 30. She was crowned by the...
  • Poor finish by Indians, Lee wins berth to Augusta Masters October 27, 2013

    Longkou City (China): Trishul Chinappa and Viraj Madappa, two of India's most promising youngsters, struggled on the final day and ended with rounds of 76 and 80 to finish tied 34th at the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (AAC) at the Nanshan International Golf Club, here on Sunday. All four Indians, who...
  • Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant operator says another tank leaked toxic water October 3, 2013

    The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said on Thursday another tank holding highly contaminated water overflowed, probably sending the liquid into the Pacific Ocean, in the second such breach in less than two months. Recent site mishaps have returned Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco, to the spotlight, calling...
  • Sania Mirza-Cara Black lift Pan Pacific Open trophy September 29, 2013

    Tokyo: Sania Mirza continued her impressive run as she captured her fourth title of the season and 18th overall with Cara Black of Zimbabwe, recording a come-from-behind win over Liezel Huber and Hao Ching Chan to lift the Pan Pacific Open trophy, on Saturday. The unseeded slayers of the top seeds...
  • Park Sung-Joon strolls to top at Asia-Pacific Open September 28, 2013

    Osaka: Park Sung-joon of Korea continued his great form after carding a third round three-under-par 68 to charge into a two-shot lead at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open golf tournament on Saturday. The slightly-built Korean, who has not missed a single cut in Japan this season, overcame the tough playing conditions with...
  • Kvitova downs Kerber to take Tokyo title September 28, 2013

    Tokyo: Czech Petra Kvitova overcame a second set meltdown to dispatch Angelique Kerber 6-2 0-6 6-3 in the final of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Saturday to claim her 11th WTA tour title. The 2011 Wimbledon champion sealed victory on her fourth match point when Kerber could only find...
  • Kvitova, Kerber advance to the final of Pan Pacific Open September 28, 2013

    Tokyo: Petra Kvitova rallied to defeat Venus Williams 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2) and advance to the Pan Pacific Open final on Friday. Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany beat fourth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the other semi-final. Kerber leads the head-to-head series 2-1, with all of the matches being...
  • All six Indians miss cut in Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open September 27, 2013

    Osaka (Japan): It was a disastrous outing for Indians golfers here as none of the six starters were able to make the halfway cut at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open golf tournament on Friday. Three of the Indians missed the cut by one shot at the USD 1.48 million event sanctioned...
  • Venus advances to semis at Pan Pacific Open September 26, 2013

    Tokyo: Venus Williams beat Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 to advance to the Pan Pacific Open semi-finals for the first time on Thursday. Williams, whose previous best in Tokyo was the quarter-finals in 2004, broke the 19-year-old Bouchard with a forehand down the line to go up 5-2...
  • Venus Williams advances at Pan Pacific Open September 25, 2013

    Tokyo: Venus Williams rallied from a set down on Wednesday to defeat Simona Halep of Romania 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and reach the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open. Williams, making her first appearance in the Tokyo tournament since 2009, broke serve to go up 5-3 in the second set at Ariake...
  • Bouchard advances at Pan Pacific Open September 25, 2013

    Tokyo: Eugenie Bouchard of Canada upset sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to advance to the quarter-finals of the Pan Pacific Open. Bouchard, making her debut in the Tokyo tournament, broke Jankovic to go up 5-2 in the second set and then held serve to win the match...
  • Venus Williams reaches third round at Pan Pacific Open September 24, 2013

    Tokyo: Venus Williams upset top-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the third round of the Pan Pacific Open. Williams, making her first appearance in the Tokyo tournament since 2009, took advantage of six-double faults by Azarenka, who struggled with her game from the outset at Ariake Colosseum. Williams...
  • Svetlana Kuznetsova advances at Pan Pacific Open September 24, 2013

    Tokyo: Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia beat third-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Pan Pacific Open. Kuznetsova, a two-time grand slam winner, hit seven aces in the match and will next face 15th-seeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania. Cirstea beat Japanese wildcard Misaki...
  • Kerber advances to third round at Pan Pacific Open September 23, 2013

    Tokyo: Angelique Kerber of Germany advanced to the third round of the Pan Pacific Open by beating Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-0, 6-1 on Monday. The fifth-seeded Kerber took advantage of five double-faults to defeat Torro-Flor at Ariake Colosseum. In other second-round matches, seventh-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic beat Belinda Bencic...
  • Ivanovic advances to 2nd round at Pan Pacific Open September 23, 2013

    Tokyo: Ana Ivanovic of Serbia advanced to the second round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Annika Beck of Germany. The No. 11-seeded Ivanovic lost the first game of each set but bounced back with six straight games to beat Beck at Ariake Colosseum....
  • Serena Williams pulls out of Pan Pacific Open September 19, 2013

    Tokyo: World No.1 Serena Williams of the United States has pulled out of the upcoming Pan Pacific Open in Japan. Serena said she had played through the summer and needed more time to recover from fatigue, adding she was disappointed at withdrawing from the event, reports Xinhua. Earlier last week, Russian Maria...
  • Two Royal Canadian Navy warships collide in Pacific September 1, 2013

    Two Royal Canadian Navy warships collided in Pacific Ocean while conducting manoeuvres, an official release said on Saturday, adding there were no casualties. HMCS Algonquin and HMCS Protecteur collided on Friday en route to Hawaii, Xinhua reported citing a press release from Canada's department of national defence. Both warships ships are returning...
  • Now Showing: Masand reviews 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', 'Pacific Rim' July 13, 2013

    This week CNN-IBN Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand reviewed Farhan Akhtar starrer 'Bhaag Mikha Bhaag' and science fiction 'Pacific Rim'. He also spoke to the star cast of 'D-Day' Irrfan and Arjun Rampal. ...