World Briefs: Woman who climbed on balcony rail gets life ban from cruise line

Woman who climbed on balcony rail gets life ban from cruise line

NEW YORK • A woman who posed for a selfie while standing on a balcony railing of her stateroom on one of the world's largest cruise ships has been banned for life.

"Earlier this week, on the Allure of the Seas, a guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion," a statement from cruise liner Royal Caribbean said over the weekend. "Security was notified and the guests were later debarked in Falmouth, Jamaica, as a result of their actions and are now banned for life from sailing with Royal Caribbean."


China to test next commercial space rockets in 2020 and 2021

BEIJING • China will launch test flights for the next two space rockets in its Smart Dragon series meant for commercial use in 2020 and 2021, the official Xinhua news agency reported yesterday, as an expected boom in satellite deployment gathers pace.

The release of the flight schedule by China Rocket, a unit of state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology, comes two months after the firm's first reusable rocket, the 23-tonne Smart Dragon-1, delivered three satellites into orbit.


IMF to examine climate risk to financial markets: Official

•WASHINGTON • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is examining the impact of climate on the world's financial markets and whether it is priced into market valuations, the head of the global lender's markets division said.

"We are doing work on the pricing of climate risks and to what extent it is priced into stock and bond markets," Mr Tobias Adrian, financial counsellor and director of the IMF's monetary and capital markets department, told Reuters last Saturday.

"We are going to look at stock markets country by country, then by sector."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2019, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe