Saskatchewan pilot charged with impaired flying following crash landing

first_imgSWIFT CURRENT, Sask. – A pilot in southern Saskatchewan who walked away from a crash landing of a small plane has been charged with impaired flying.RCMP say a Cessna took off from a back road Tuesday evening near Swift Current, clipped some trees and crashed in a field about four kilometres west of the city.The pilot and his one passenger suffered minor injuries.Police say Calvin Pahl, the owner of the Cessna, is charged with impaired operation of a plane.He has been released from custody and is to appear in Swift Current provincial court on June 27. (CKOM)last_img

Egypt to hike electricity prices in July

CAIRO — Egypt says it will raise electricity prices for households and businesses by an average of 15 per cent, the latest in a series of austerity measures aimed at boosting the economy.Electricity Minister Mohammed Shaker said Tuesday that rates will be raised in July.He says the government aims to cut electricity subsidies to around $1.3 billion a year from the current level of around $2.9 billion. The government raised electricity prices last year by an average of 26 per cent.Egypt agreed to slash a range of energy subsidies in exchange for a $12 billion bailout from the International Monetary Fund in 2016. The economic reforms have aided Egypt’s recovery from the years of unrest following the 2011 uprising, but have exacted a heavy toll on the poor and middle class.The Associated Press read more

Ban in new report urges Member States host governments to bolster safety

“United Nations personnel serve in an increasingly dangerous environment and encounter a variety of threats not previously encountered in the history of the Organization,” the UN chief says in a report to the General Assembly, which cites the safety and security of UN personnel as his highest priority. The report, Safety and security of humanitarian personnel and protection of United Nations personnel, contains an analysis of security incidents that affected UN personnel in 2012, as well as data and observations on incidents in the first six months of 2013. According to the report, significant security incidents affecting UN staff in 2012 showed an increase from 1,793 compared to 1,759 in 2011. Violent acts are cited as the primary cause of death or injuries last year, with 20 of the 35 deaths attributed to this, while 15 staffers were killed in safety-related incidents. In 2011, the report continues, 60 per cent of the 70 deaths, as well as the injuries that occurred were the result of a single car bomb attack on the United Nations building in Abuja, Nigeria, on 26 August 2011. “Diverse security threats against United Nations personnel remain acute,” the Secretary-General says, expressing concern for the disconcerting rise in abductions which “reflect the dangerous environments in which United Nations personnel serve.” Thirty-one UN personnel were abducted in 2012, compared to 21 in 2011, 12 in 2010 and 22 in 2009. Recent data indicate that the number of abductions continues to rise. During the first six months of 2013, 15 United Nations personnel were abducted. Of these, 12 personnel were abducted in Syria.The increasing asymmetrical nature of global conflicts together with the frequent use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and suicide bombings in increasingly challenging environments in which UN personnel are obliged to operate, plays a critical role in increasing security threats. “Direct attacks against the United Nations are a distressing phenomenon that has developed over the last decade and these attacks are becoming more intense and more sophisticated,” says Mr. Ban. He goes on to cite the attack by extremists on the UN compound in Mogadishu, Somalia this past June, which killed eight people, including a UN Development Programme (UNDP) staff member, and the attack against the International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Afghanistan. IOM is a member of the United Nations Security Management System.“The security of the United Nations and humanitarian personnel is firstly, the responsibility of the Host Government,” the Secretary-General says, calling on all Member States to step up efforts to ensure the safety and security of all such personnel are serving on their territories. He also appeals to Host Governments and Member States for their support in bringing to justice perpetrators of crimes and acts of violence against UN and humanitarian workers. “There can be no impunity for anyone who carries out acts of violence against United Nations personnel.”In addition to an analysis of security challenges encountered during the reporting period, the report also provides an update on measures and initiatives taken by the Department of Safety and Security (DSS) and the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS) in continuing efforts to mitigate risks and strengthen security capabilities to protect UN personnel.Reforms and improvements implemented by the UNSMS have allowed the United Nations to introduce a “sophisticated Security Risk Management system,” and increase the Organization’s training for security personnel as well as staff members. Using the Risk Management techniques, the Organisation has been able to adopt the model of “Stay and Deliver” which allows UN field operations to continue to deliver critical services in high risk areas.Moreover, DSS has beefed up efforts in managing hostage incidents, with the promulgation of a policy on Hostage Incident Management as well as the establishment of a specially trained network of staff who are available for immediate deployment. Of particular concern to the Secretary-General are locally-recruited staff who “represent the great majority of United Nations personnel serving in the field and suffer the most from insecurity and acts of violence.” He acknowledges the support of the General Assembly to improve the security of local staff, but says that more could be done to ensure their safety and security. He urges all Member States that have not already done so, “to ratify or accede to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel.” read more

Green River High School Celebrates 2019 Graduates Photo Gallery

The graduating glass of 2019 from Green River High School (GRHS) received their diplomas and started the next chapter of their lives on Thursday evening.The graduating class included Dawson Gary Anderson, Nathaniel Wade Brown, Bryan Ruben Garcia, Escalante, Prisma Liney Mendez Herrera (valedictorian), Kole Rueben Hunt, Shelby Lyn Jones, Selene Mendoza Martinez, Zakary Jade Mecham, Justin Chad Richard Pinneo (salutatorian), Cecilia Argomaniz Trejo, Trey Wiley Vetere, and Jordanne Heidi May Marie Dinkins (early graduate).Speakers for the night included Kole Hunt (student body president), Prisma Herrera (valedictorian), Tawni Jensen (class advisor), Dawson Anderson (senior class president), with presentation of diplomas by Kayce Fluckey (GRHS Principal).

Logan Stieber named Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year

Ohio State’s Logan Stieber reacts after winning his fourth consecutive NCAA title by beating Edinboro’s Mitchell Port in the 141-pound championship match during the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on March 21, 2015, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.Credit: Courtesy of TNSAfter winning his fourth individual national championship in as many years and helping the Ohio State wrestling team to its first-ever team championship, Logan Stieber was named the Big Ten Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday morning.Stieber, who ended his collegiate career on a 50-match winning streak dating back to December 2013, was the first wrestler in Big Ten history to complete a perfect 4-for-4 individual championship career, and just the fourth college wrestler to ever pull off the feat. He won the Dan Hodge Trophy as the nation’s top wrestler for his senior season, the first recipient in OSU history.“Logan is a special student-athlete who has left a legacy at Ohio State,” OSU wrestling coach Tom Ryan said in a press release. “His four national titles are the first ever for a Big Ten athlete, but it was his ability to lead the program to our first-ever NCAA team title that most accurately defines him. I am proud that someone who has worked as hard as he has for as long as he has is receiving such great recognition.”Wrestling in the 141-pound weight class, the Monroeville, Ohio, native is the fourth OSU athlete to win Male Athlete of the Year honors, following basketball’s Evan Turner in 2010, gymnast Blaine Wilson in 1997 and football’s Eddie George the year prior.A fellow national champion, rowing’s Ashley Bauer, was OSU’s nominee for Female Athlete of the Year honors. However, the award went to Maryland junior lacrosse player Taylor Cummings, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the championship for the national champion Terrapins.Three former OSU athletes have won Female Athlete of the Year accolades: track and field’s Christina Manning in 2012, basketball’s Jessica Davenport in 2007 and volleyball’s Laura Davis in 1995.The award was first issued in 1982 for male athletes, with the honor for females being added a year later.Stieber also saw his name announced Wednesday as a nominee for Best Male College Athlete at ESPN’s 2015 ESPY Awards. Stieber is one of three OSU nominees at the ESPYs, alongside redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones for Best Breakthrough Athlete and football coach Urban Meyer for Best Coach/Manager.The ESPY Awards, which can be voted for on ESPN’s website, will be announced live on July 15 at 8 p.m. read more

Cabinet approves plans to progress support for Irish bid to host Rugby

first_imgTHE CABINET HAS signed off on plans to further progress its support for an all-Ireland bid to host the Rugby World Cup in ten years’ time.Transport, Tourism and Sport Minister Leo Varadkar briefed Cabinet ministers on plans to bring the tournament to Ireland in 2023 with games held in the south and north of the island if the IRFU bid is successful.Cabinet approved plans to approach the Northern Executive – which is also considering the matter – with a view to formally supporting a bid by the IRFU to host the tournament in 2023.Earlier this week, Varadkar said that a Rugby World Cup would be the “the biggest thing Ireland could do” in terms of international tournaments with the Olympics and the soccer World Cup out of reach.A study by consultant firm Deloitte has raised hopes that a bid is realistic, after claiming that it would be viable to have a cross-border bid.Some estimates claim that Ireland could benefit economically to the tune of €800 million.Read: Local people are the key to Ireland’s World Cup bid – Sebastian CoeRead: Keith Wood is behind Ireland’s bid to host Rugby World CupRead: Varadkar ‘very confident’ Ireland will bid for Rugby World Cuplast_img read more

Google Doodle celebrates Albert SzentGyorgyi who discovered vitamin C

first_imgAt the beginning of last week the Google Doodle celebrated iconic musician Freddy Mercury who’s music will live on as long as there’s a means with which to play it. This week, we are celebrating a very different man. His name is Albert Szent-Gyorgyi.Szent-Gyorgyi is a Hungarian physiologist whose name I have to admit, did not ring a bell. He died in 1986 at the age of 93, but if still alive today he would be 118. While the name may not be familiar, Szent-Gyorgyi is the man who discovered vitamin C.Albert wasn’t your typical scientist. He initially got bored of studying medicine and dropped out of university, then he got drafted to serve as an army medic in World War I. He hated war so much he shot himself in the arm in 1916 so as to be sent home, at which point he managed to finish his studies and become a doctor.His work initially focused on the chemistry of respiration, and after several university moves, as well as receiving a PhD from Cambridge University, he discovered vitamin C along with fellow researcher Joseph Svirbely in 1930. The main source of vitamin C coming from paprika. His research continued and he also identified the Krebs cycle or citric acid cycle, which describes “a series of enzyme-catalyzed chemical reactions” for living cells.His discoveries was rewarded in 1937 when he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for both his vitamin C discovery and further work relating to fumaric acid and the Krebs cycle.His good work didn’t end there, though. He moved to the U.S. in 1947 and established the Institute for Muscle Research, the Marine Biological Laboratory, and later the National Foundation for Cancer Research. He also began researching cancer and the idea that free radicals could be a cause.Luckily for us, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi followed his dream of becoming a scientist and made the discoveries that he did. If he’d listened to the views of his family, Albert may have instead just become a celebrated figure in the field of cosmetics.Thanks to Wikipedia for background informationlast_img read more

Barbecue with EEAMA

first_imgWhen: Sunday 16 February at 12:00 pm Where: Bundoora Park, Picnic Area Number 7, 1069 Plenty Road, BundooraFor more information, contact Tony Collivas, 0413 486 558; or Con Papadopoulos, 9469 3066 and 0431 688 170 The League of Greeks from Egypt and Middle East (EEAMA) invites its members and friends to join them for a BYO Barbeque at Bundoora Park Picnic Area. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for non members. For children under 12 free. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Greece Cyprus and Egypt to seek closer ties

first_imgThe foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt have agreed to work more closely to increase cooperation between the three countries, including in the energy sector.The three men – Ioannis Kasoulides of Cyprus, Evangelos Venizelos of Greece and Sameh Shoukry of Egypt – met at the sidelines of the UN general assembly in New York last week.“They had the opportunity to review developments in the region and to underline the importance of the eastern Mediterranean becoming a pillar of stability in the wider area, by promoting cooperation among neighbouring countries, including in the energy field,” a joint statement said.The three ministers set out common views on the Cyprus issue, Syria and Iraq.This was the second such trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of the three countries and, according to reports, a third round of talks is due to take place in Cyprus.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Never Forget About the Donkey Kong Country Cartoon

first_imgStay on target The Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Diddy KongThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: King K. Rool Even considering my overall high levels of Nintendo fandom, I’m a huge Donkey Kong fan. A gorilla wearing a tie is far and away the most hilarious Nintendo character ever created. And games like Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat are legit masterpieces of platforming inventiveness. I’m very much into that ape.But what I’m not so into is DK’s ostensible nemesis King K. Rool, leader of the crocodile-esque Kremlin Krew. He’s just kind of uninspired. I didn’t mind that the post-Rare DK games haven’t really bothered with him. So while I should’ve been stoked to see K. Rool revealed as the next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character (and to be fair his snazzy theme song remix and aggressive four-legged running have made him way cooler than ever before) instead I was just once again confused about his inexplicable fanbase.Still, more people talking about King K. Rool means more people talking about Donkey Kong in general. And that’s something I can get very excited about. But for me the most incredible piece of DK lore isn’t the Kremlins or Cranky Kong’s status as the original arcade Donkey Kong. It’s the fact that this horrifying Donkey Kong cartoon was ever even allowed to exist.I think it’s easy to forget this now that DK has become a bit of a B-tier Nintendo mascot at best, but the original Donkey Kong Country games from 1994-1996 were a very big deal. They gave the Super Nintendo a second life against the technically superior PlayStation 1. They innovated with advanced computer generated graphics. And they sold a lot of copies! It was peak-Donkey Kong season there for a while.So with that in mind it makes total sense to cash with some of kind of hastily slapped together Donkey Kong cartoon. And that’s exactly what we got with Donkey Kong Country the animated series in 1997. The first thing you’ll notice of course is the CGI visuals so eye-blisteringly bad they almost cross over into a kind of abstract art. It’s really impressive that anyone thought the limited CGI animation technology of the late 90s along with the shoestring budget of a licensed kids cartoon could produce something that anyone could stand to look it. This was only a few years after Toy Story. It’s even more ironic considering how cutting edge graphically the DKC games were with similar tech. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. By the way, although Nintendo and Rare surely(?) had some kind of input on this, the show was produced by Nelvana and that whole familiar contingent of French-Canadian animation houses that brought you similarly jank-looking (if better written) computer cartoons like Beast Wars and ReBoot.Get over the horrifying visuals though and this show… probably fine? I honestly don’t know because I can’t get past the horrifying visuals. The characters like DK, Diddy, and Dixie all basically look like their nude selves with the biggest exception maybe being Candy Kong’s extremely 90s redesign. I wish K. Rool’s eye was more bloodshot but whatever. And a bunch of gorilla fighting a bunch of crocodiles on a tropical island is a serviceable enough cartoon premise.There’s even this fun conceit where every episode has at least one song. These were the DK raps before the DK Rap. This is really where the show tips over into being ironically mesmerizing. Our social media manager Pete Haas said that “Funky’s movements look like death.”If you saw the Donkey Kong Country cartoon as a kid it’s probably pretty easy to assume it was just some banana-fueled fever dream. Like, I’m pretty sure I have a VHS copy of the “Legend of the Crystal Coconut” movie in my parents house but I always assumed it would crumble to dust if I tried to watch it now. But it’s actually disturbingly easy to watch any of the 40 episodes across two seasons not just on the weirdest corners of the internet but on just, like, basic-ass Amazon video streaming.The story goes that Nintendo had such a bad experience with the live-action Super Mario Bros. movie that it turned them off giving their properties to Hollywood (until the Minions folks came knocking). But I find it more baffling that they don’t seem to see the Donkey Kong Country cartoon as a similar embarrassment, as we continued to get Nintendo cartoons based on Kirby and F-Zero. Miraculously, Tropical Freeze even has a tiny reference to the show’s “Banana Slamma” catchphrase so maybe this was all canon the whole time. But my conspiracy theory is that this is just more proof that Miyamoto never really cared for Donkey Kong or his Country. “The dumb big ape and his fancy tie can rot in hell.”For more on weird forgotten Nintendo stuff check out our favorite Miitomo creations, our taste test with the Mario amiibo cereal, and our tribute to Miiverse.last_img read more

Brendan Rodgers expects Odsonne Edouard return next week

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he expects Odsonne Edouard to return to full fitness next week.The young French striker suffered a tight abductor injury against Motherwell on Wednesday and he’s expected to miss Celtic’s game against Dundee United this weekend.After Dundee’s visit to the Parkhead Stadium on Saturday, the Scottish Premiership champions travel to face Aberdeen on December 26 then Old Firm rivals, Rangers on 29 December.With Leigh Griffiths currently out of the team due to personal reasons, Edouard is the only recognized striker available at the club.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.Another option is Mikey Johnston, who came on Edouard on Wednesday night and scored his Celtic goal as Brendan Rodgers’ side returned to the top of the Scottish League.Meanwhile, midfielder Ryan Christie is available for selection once again after an ankle injury and the Scotland international can also play as a center-forward.The trio Kieran Tierney, Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig are also expected to miss out against Dundee but the defensive duo of Boyata and Lustig should be fit for one of the two remaining games coming up before the end of the year, according to BBC.last_img read more

Celebrate innovation and best practice at the Employee Benefits Awards 2019

first_imgThere is now less than a month until the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party, which will celebrate best practice in the benefits and reward industry on 7 June 2019.The event will bring together HR, benefits and reward professionals from a wide range of industry sectors, and will recognise excellence across 20 diverse categories, including Best mental health strategy, Best alignment of benefits to business strategy, Most motivational benefits, Best staff travel initiatives and Best pension communications.The Employee Benefits Awards 2019 will also celebrate individual successes, showcasing the work of a leading figure in the Employee benefits professional of the year category. This year, a new Rising star award will also focus on the work of a promising newcomer to the industry.The winners will be announced during a lunchtime ceremony, hosted by actor and comedian Kerry Godliman, followed by an summer party going on into the early evening, all taking place at the iconic location of The Pavillion at the Tower of London.See the full shortlist.For more information or to book your table.last_img read more

Passenger kicked off American Airlines flight after buying ticket for her cello

first_imgFox News received a statement by American Airlines that reads in part, “Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication about whether the cello she was traveling with met the requirements to fit onboard the particular aircraft she was flying, a Boeing 737. We rebooked our passenger on a flight the next morning on a larger aircraft, a Boeing 767. We provided her a hotel and meal accommodations for the inconvenience.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. (WSVN) – An American Airlines passenger said she was taken off a flight because of the size of her cello, even though she purchased a seat for the instrument.Musician Jingjing Hu’s husband, Jay Tang, posted to Facebook following the news detailing the situation. Tang said he was told by American Airlines that his wife buying two round-trip tickets — one for her, one for her cello — was “absolutely allowed.”“When I flew from Chicago to Miami, I didn’t have any trouble with that,” Hu said to WMAQ.Hu was met with trouble when she boarded her return flight to Chicago. Fox News reported that Hu said she was told her cello was too big for the seat.Hu said, however, that the cello met seat size restrictions. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. airlines must accept musical instruments as carry-on or checked baggage on commercial flights.Tang wrote on Facebook that he thinks Hu was removed due to an overbooked flight. last_img read more

Tarmac meet greet for Saab 2000

first_imgFriday was a day of speeches, fanfare and cockpit tours at the Dutch Harbor Airport. Peninsula Aiways – or PenAir – flew in its new Saab 2000 plane for a tarmac meet-and-greet with the community. At last a bigger, faster plane will be running daily flights to the island halfway through the Aleutian chain.Download AudioUnalaskans got to inspect PenAir’s new Saab 2000 on Friday.(Photo courtesy of Chrissy Roes)For years now, residents, workers and visitors to the island have been keeping an eye to the sky for the new plane. For the current plane flying the 1180-mile milk run between ANC to DUT, it takes three and a half hours and attendants pass out packets of ear plugs to boarding passengers, it’s that noisy in the cabin.In January of 2015, PenAir officials announced they were actively negotiating leases on three new Saab 2000s, and the airline envisioned the larger planes going into service last fall. But the negotiations took longer than expected, and then there were holdups with certification.“There was a challenge getting resources from the federal government,” said Matt Macri, PenAir’s Director of Flight Operations. “So we’ve been working with the FAA, they really became a strong partner with it, but it did put in about two to three month delay just to find the appropriate resources.”Standing in front of the plane on the tarmac, Macri said there were other factors in the delays.“The training for the Saab 2000 is completely different from the Saab 340,” said Macri. “So all the pilots have had to go back down to the simulator, which is located in Orlando, Florida, and go through a completely different course from start to finish. So they’ve received what’s known as a type rating for the new aircraft.”Last week PenAir announced the FAA finally signed off on the Saab 2000.While the planes are new to PenAir and Alaska, the airline got them second-hand; the planes were formally used as corporate jets.Unalaska residents turned out for the party featuring a free lunch buffet. There was a festive atmosphere at the airport and parents ushered their kids up the airstairs to get a good look at the plane. City council member Yudelka Leclere was among those who crowded into the cabin and cockpit.“I can’t wait,” Leclere said. “Honestly, I can’t wait. And I feel the same way as the community…when can we board?”Ricardo Solis has called Unalaska home since 1991. He works for Alyeska Seafoods, managing the fish meal and collagen plants.  He was waiting to fly out on the old plane – the Saab 340 – on his way to visit family in Mexico.“I came when they were already giving the speech and giving all the information and details about the plane…and the only thing I heard was that it goes about 100 miles faster than the other one, so that makes it easier,” said Solis.PenAir pilot Lloyd Seybert was in the cockpit, showing folks the various instrument panels and talking about what a difference it will make for flights from now on. The Saab 2000 will make the flight in about two hours and 45 minutes.“I’ve been doing this route for years and years,” said Seybert. “We won’t be doing fuel stops in between Dutch and Anchorage, we’re going to be doing non-stop; we’re going to be above the weather…most of the time. And it’s just going to be a lot faster airplane, a shorter time to Anchorage.”Allan Hanson works as a facility maintenance electrician for Trident Seafoods on Akutan. Like Solis, he checked out the 2000 while waiting for another flight.“That’s the future right there, that’s my future,” said Hanson. His commute is long enough already, he said.“Coming from Seattle, it’s a three hour flight, so the last thing you want it another three hour flight so shave another hour off – (snaps) – very nice. Huge,” Hanson said.Besides shorter flight time and the ability to carry more people, bags and fuel, Macri says there is another advantage to the 2000.“One of the benefits that you won’t notice here on the ground is how quiet it is. We did a little test on our flight in here today and we were having a comfortable conversation four rows apart, without having to yell. It will be great for community and I’ll say one thing, these things in my pocket, these earplugs, well they are a thing of the past. You just won’t need them,” Macri said.“The whole town is very happy,” Solis said. “We heard this long time ago. So we were just anxious to know when that was going to happen. But now it’s for real.”City and PenAir officials said at the event that the Saab 2000 will be in service by the end of the monthlast_img read more

Garment worker raped on moving bus

first_imgProthom Alo ilustrationA garment factory worker has allegedly been raped on a moving bus in Dhamrai area of Dhaka.Police said the incident took place some time between 9:00pm and 11:00pm on Sunday night.According to police, five people have been detained in connection with the incident.The detained persons are driver of the bus Babu Mallik, 24, mechanic of the bus Abdul Aziz, 30, supervisor of the bus Bolram, 20, and their associates – Sohel, 22, Moqbul Hossain, 38.Police said the woman was returning home from work by a city bus, Jatrisheba, on Sunday night. When all passengers alighted from the vehicle at the bus stop, leaving her alone inside, the bus driver and mechanic raped her. The others helped them and Sohel was driving the bus.Hearing her screams, the highway police in the area asked the driver to stop the bus. The bus kept moving defying the police. The police chased the bus for 7 kilometres and finally detained the rapists.The police also rescued the woman from the bus.Officer-in-charge of Dhamrai police station Rizaul Haque said the victim has filed a case over the rape.The rapists were sent to jail after they confessed to the rape incident, the OC added.last_img read more

8 killed in Colombia coal mine blast

first_imgAn explosion at an illegal coal mine in central Colombia killed at least eight people, as rescuers scrambled to find five others still missing, authorities said Saturday, updating earlier figures.The blast Friday occurred at a coal mine in the town of Cucunuba in Cundinamarca state, some 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of Bogota, at about 2130 GMT.One person was injured in the explosion, authorities said.Earlier reports listed two dead and 11 miners missing in the disaster.A rescue crew of 35 miners and seven engineers has been working “around-the-clock” in a frantic search for the missing, the National Mining Agency (NMA) reported.”We are going to dig by hand throughout the night to try to rescue” the missing workers, Wilson Garcia, director of the emergency response unit in Cundinamarca, told AFP late Friday.President Juan Manuel Santos, who was wrapping up a visit to France, used Twitter to express his “solidarity with the victims.”Officials said they do not know what caused the explosion.The country has seen an increase in illegal mining in recent years.A total of 28 mining emergencies were reported in Colombia in the first five months of this year, leaving 23 dead and 33 injured, according to an NMA report. Sixty per cent of the accidents occurred in coal mines.There were 114 mining emergencies last year, causing 124 deaths, the report said.Colombian coal production hit a record 90 million tons last year, according to the Ministry of Mines and Energy.Colombia, a major world supplier, provided more than 70 per cent of US coal imports.last_img read more

Oikya Front cancels press briefing

first_imgJatiya Oikya FrontJatiya Oikyo Front has cancelled its press briefing scheduled to be held at the Jatiya Press Club at 12:00pm on Monday, reports UNB.The schedule of the press briefing will be announced later, said Amin Ansari, a leader of the Oikya Front ally Gano Forum.Besides, a meeting of BNP standing committee members will be held at 4:00pm while the party will hold another meeting with 20-party at 6pm, said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson’s media wing member Sairul Kabir Khan .last_img

Members of 3 Burned Churches say Fires Wont Stop Worship

first_imgBy The Associated PressOPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — Members of three historically African American churches that burned in recent weeks in Louisiana say fires won’t stop them from worshipping.KATC-TV reports members of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church gathered for a joint service Sunday in Opelousas (ah-puh-LOO’-sihs).The burnt ruins of the Greater Union Baptist Church, one of three that recently burned down in St. Landry Parish, are seen in Opelousas, La., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)With congregants all in white, Mount Pleasant’s pastor told them the church “is alive and well.”The Rev. Gerald Toussaint says “the devil don’t realize what he’s done” by giving him a bigger platform to preach.The first fire occurred March 26 at St. Mary Baptist Church in Port Barre, and the second happened April 2 at Greater Union Baptist Church in Opelousas. Thursday, Mount Pleasant caught fire.The churches were vacant, and no one was injured.Federal agents and the state Fire Marshal are investigating.last_img read more

Tunisia welcomes first cruise ship since museum attack

first_imgTunisia welcomes first cruise ship since museum attack Share The Canadian Press Tags: Africa & Middle East << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img LA GOULETTE – The first cruise ship has arrived in Tunisia since a deadly Islamic extremist attack on the country’s leading museum last year, a voyage welcomed by singers, dancers and government officials who hope it marks a rebirth of Tunisian tourism.The MS Europa pulled into the port of La Goulette near the capital Thursday carrying 310 passengers, most of them Germans. Extra security was on hand for the arrival, along with Tunisia’s tourism minister, trumpeters and camels.Some 60 foreign tourists were killed in separate extremist attacks last year at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis and a beach resort near Sousse. The attacks devastated Tunisia’s tourism sector as travel agencies pulled out and governments issued travel warnings.Some of the passengers said they made the trip to defy terrorists. Friday, October 7, 2016 Posted bylast_img read more

Report World Jewish population nears preHolocaust level

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The report said the rise has been due in part to natural growth, mainly in Israel, which has about 6.1 million Jews and one of the Western world’s highest fertility rates.But it also linked the growth to “changing patterns of Jewish identification.” It said that 59 percent of adult children in the U.S. who have just one Jewish parent now identify as Jewish, a majority “for the first time in memory.”Avinoam Bar-Yosef, the institute’s president, said more of those Jews were probably identifying as Jewish because it is more “respectable” to be Jewish in the U.S. than it was years ago. He also said Birthright-Israel, which organizes educational trips to Israel for young Jewish people, is likely having an impact.The tally combines the number of Jews worldwide, but it also includes at least one million secular Jews who are less likely to be connected to Jewish life or institutions. And it includes some 350,000 Israelis who emigrated from the former Soviet Union and are not considered Jewish in Israel. The Pew Research Center, whose count only includes Jews who self-identify as Jewish, projects that Jews will reach 16 million by 2050.The United States has the world’s second largest Jewish population, at 5.7 million. France is a distant third with about 475,000 Jews, followed by Canada. The report, which was presented to the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday, dubs itself an “annual stocktaking of the Jewish world.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. JERUSALEM (AP) — The world’s Jewish population has grown to be nearly as large as it was before the Holocaust, an Israeli think tank said in its annual report Sunday.The Jewish People Policy Institute said there are currently 14.2 million Jews in the world. When factoring in individuals with one Jewish parent and others who identify as partially Jewish, the figure approaches 16.5 million — the Jewish population on the eve of World War II. The Nazis and their collaborators killed about 6 million Jews in the Holocaust. Top Stories Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more