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United CEO No more pilot training needed on new Boeing jet

first_imgDALLAS — The CEO of United Airlines says his pilots don’t need any additional training on the new Boeing jet that is at the centre of the investigation into a deadly crash in Indonesia. Oscar Munoz says United’s pilots are prepared to respond to problems that might arise with automated systems on modern planes.Munoz spoke to reporters Wednesday and said the Boeing 737 MAX is safe and reliable.United — along with American and Southwest — uses the new Boeing model that was involved in the Oct. 29 Lion Air crash.Indonesian investigators are examining the role of faulty sensor readings from an anti-stall system in the accident, which killed 189 people.David Koenig, The Associated Presslast_img

Local Hero Darlene Joan Thomas passes at 75 years

first_imgTRURO, N.S. – Local hero Darlene Joan Thomas, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Colchester East Hants Health Centre.During her time living in Fort St. John, on April 9, 2012, while working at Walmart as a greeter, the triple amputee who used a wheelchair for mobility saved the life of a man in his forties by performing CPR after he went into cardiac arrest. Thomas was awarded the BC Ambulance Hero Award for her actions on that day.Thomas would later go on to do a walk-a-thon at Pomeroy Sports Centre to raise money for Hope Air. As posted on her obituary, Thomas was a veteran paramedic and firefighter and Legionnaire but most of all, she was a fighter and big family person.Born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Thomas’s Celebration of life will be held at a later date in Port Alberni.Donations can be made on Thomas’s behalf to Honour House Society (A place for families of first responders who are receiving medical treatment to stay.) or Hope Air (Provides free flights for patients requiring medical care.) These two charities were very close to Thomas’s as she spent countless hours fundraising for both according to the obituary.Private messages of condolence may be sent to the family; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Terrorism akin to cancer hurts India and Afghanistan Afghan diplomat

first_imgNew York: India and Afghanistan have been hurt by terrorism which is “like cancer” and threatens peace in the region, a top Afghan diplomat has said while appealing to the international community not to view his war-torn country as an isolated case. Speaking at an event organised at Asia Society here on Monday, National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib said Pakistan talked about brotherhood and historical linkages but hardly shows any cooperation in combating terrorism. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping “We haven’t seen any cooperation from Pakistan,” Mohib said. Replying to a question on Afghanistan’s estimate of cooperation from Islamabad, the top diplomat said Pakistan is “always very nice, they speak about brotherhood, historical linkages and the likes but then all we see is terrorists coming our way and no brotherhood”. Mohib said India and Afghanistan were hurt by terrorism and both the countries have suffered a great deal. “We understand what the cost is that we are paying,” he said. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang “But it (terrorism) is not just a threat to India and Afghanistan. Terrorism is like cancer. It is our problem today but it will soon be someone else’s problem once it’s no longer ours,” Mohib said. Referring to the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS), he said the plan stayed only on paper and did not get implemented. “There hasn’t been any action (on APAPPS) and there is no interest from Pakistan to implement it. There is no cooperation with Afghanistan in any aspect,” he said. Mohib said Afghanistan had diversified its trade from Pakistan, stressing that if it had not done so, the prices of the food items would have skyrocketed this year due to drought. “We have diversified into our northern route through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan now and through Iran by Chabahar connecting to India. It has opened up opportunities for Afghanistan not only to increase our trade but also to give us more options for import. We had to do that,” he said. Mohib said the easiest and cheapest way for these trade routes for Afghanistan would have been through Pakistan but Islamabad has failed to act. “We have never seen any progress on action. And so until we see willingness to make action, we are not going to buy any more words from Pakistan,” he said. Mohib stressed that it was important that the international community does not view Afghanistan as an isolated case. “It’s an issue that is shared. We are taking the brunt of the issue here and making the sacrifices. If this were to end in Afghanistan – and not in the way that we would want it to be, which is a clear defeat of non-state actors and proxy groups – this precedent could start to haunt other countries in our immediate neighbourhood to begin with,” he said. On the issue of security in the region and terrorism, he said non-state actors were a “dangerous precedents to allow”. “A lot of countries think that because they have not been hit by non-state actors, it’s not their problem. Letting this precedent to be opens doors and opportunities for other groups to operate. “If one of these groups were to be successful, for whatever their objectives may be, it leaves the precedent for many others who are also part of that DNA,” he said.last_img read more

Rhino bone recovered 2 held in Jalpaiguri

first_imgDarjeeling: Two persons were arrested and a bone of a rhinoceros was recovered from their possession in Jalpaiguri district on Monday.Based on a tip-off, the Special Task Force of the Forest department led by Sanjay Dutta, range officer, Belakoba Range, conducted a raid at a location in Fatapukur on National Highway 31 C at around 2 pm on Monday. “We found 3 persons in a huddle beside the road. A deal seemed to be going on. As we tried to surround them, one person managed to slip away. We detained the other two,” stated Dutta. The forest officials found a black school bag in their possession. The bag contained a piece of Rhino bone weighing more than 800g. One of the arrested also possessed two Adhaar cards in the name of Prasanta Sarkar of Fulbari, Ghokshadanga, Cooch Behar. The other card bore the name of Rasidul Islam. The other person arrested is Bharat Roy (24 years) of the same locality as Sarkar. During interrogation, they admitted that they have been involved in wildlife trafficking and smuggling of other contraband items.last_img read more

Its a boy Meghan Prince Harry are proud parents

first_imgLondon: It’s a “healthy” baby boy for Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle, making him seventh-in-line to the British throne. The 34-year-old father, Duke of Sussex, was present at the birth of his boy, who weighs 3.2 kg. The new father, Prince Harry, told reporters that Meghan and the baby were doing “incredibly well” and that the couple were “absolutely thrilled” since the birth at 0526 am (local time). “It’s been the most amazing experience I can ever possibly imagine. How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension, said Prince Harry, making a brief media appearance as a new father. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”It was amazing, absolutely incredible. I’m so incredibly proud of my wife and as every father would say, this baby is absolutely to die for So, I’m just over the moon,” he said, confirming that the baby was “a little bit overdue” and that the couple were still deciding on a name. “The couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives,” the palace said, adding that, “More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.” Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsMeghan, 37, went into labour “in the early hours” of Monday morning. The new royal baby, as Queen Elizabeth II’s eighth great grandchild, will be seventh-in-line to the British throne. He or she will be in line behind its grandfather Prince Charles, uncle Prince William and his children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis and father Harry, Duke of Sussex. However, the baby will not be bestowed a title of His or Her Royal Highness (HRH), or referred to as a Prince or Princess, unless the 93-year-old monarch steps in to make an exception to the royal titles rule dating back to 1917. The boy will be able to use one of Harry’s lesser titles to be known as the Earl of Dumbarton. Meghan, a former actress, and Harry got married at a lavish wedding ceremony in Windsor Castle in May last year and announced the pregnancy publicly in October 2018, on the first day of their Commonwealth tour of Australia and New Zealand. In a break from usual royal tradition, the couple have chosen to keep the birthing plans for their baby a private affair and said that they would be announcing the birth publicly only “once they have a chance to celebrate privately as a family”. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had moved out of their London home at Nottingham Cottage in Kensington Palace into their newly-refurbished 10-bedroom family home at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor on the Queen’s estate recently in preparation of the new arrival.last_img read more

DEO office requests DRM Sealdah Div to arrange special train services

first_imgKolkata: The District Election Officer (DEO) of South 24-Parganas has written to the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Sealdah division urging him to make arrangements of some special train services for smooth disposal of huge number of polling personnel in connection with the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Bengal on Sunday, May 19.”After the conclusion of the poll process and subsequent submission of poll-related materials like EVMs, VVPATs and the like at the corresponding receiving centres, the voting personnel will start returning to their residences, many of which are located in far away scattered places from the South 24-Parganas district in which a number of booths are located in remote areas. Such large scale movement cannot be done by buses. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”So we have sought additional train services,” a senior official in the DEO office in the district said. The last local train from Diamond Harbour to Sealdah leaves Diamond Harbour at 22.15 pm. However, on Sundays, there are times when it remains cancelled. The DEO has urged the DRM to ensure the services of this local train at 22.15 or 22.30 pm and also make arrangements for a special train at 1 am on Monday to cater to the rush of the polling personnel. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDEO Y Ratnakara Rao has also urged the DRM to make similar arrangements for plying of the last trains leaving from Baruipur, Lakshmikantapur, Namkhana and Canning stations for Sealdah and special trains late at night to manage the heavy rush. It may be mentioned that the entire Gosaba Assembly constituency under Joynagar Parliamentary constituency that has 257 booths and nearly half of Patharpratima Assembly constituency with 136 out of 293 booths are located in remote riverine locations. The district administration’s elaborate arrangements have ensured that polling personnel reach these places 48 hours in advance. “We have made all DCRCs weather-proof taking lessons from the 2009 Lok Sabha elections when 200 EVMs were damaged due to inclement weather and machines were procured from Hyderabad on a war footing to address the crisis situation. “A large part of the district, being located in the coastal belt, experiencing natural calamity is always on the cards. So we need to be prepared fully in advance,” the senior official added. The Eastern Railway authorities have already responded and have assured to make the necessary arrangements.last_img read more

Moroccos FM underlines French leading role in supporting Moroccos territorial integrity

first_imgParis – Moroccan minister of foreign affairs and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar underlined this Wednesday in Paris, France’s leading role in supporting Morocco to preserve its territorial integrity.“We are happy that France remains faithful to its positions and orientations concerning the cause of our territorial integrity”, he said after meeting in Paris with French foreign minister Laurent Fabius.He added that Morocco is acting for peace, security, stability and openness, pointing out that he reviewed with the head of the French diplomacy last week’s visit to the region by the UN secretary general’s personal envoy for the Sahara, Christopher Ross. Regarding international issues, he said the meeting also surveyed the situation in Libya and Syria and the upcoming France-Africa summit.For both France and Morocco, Africa is a common region of interest and Morocco is keen on endeavoring with France to support African countries in development and co-development issues, he added.“We are determined to act together at the service of populations and stability in various countries of the African continent”, said Mezouar.Regarding illegal immigration, he urged the European Union to pay particular attention to co-development and work on the human and humanitarian fronts.“Morocco has been making considerable efforts to fight illegal immigration and is unable to find on its own solutions to this phenomenon”, he went on, arguing that partnership with Europe and with France is crucial for a positive humanitarian and co-development action to address this problem”, said the Moroccan foreign minister.This is the first meeting between the French foreign minister and Mezouar who was appointed on October 10.last_img read more

For Ohio State mens basketball Illinois a chance to right your wrongs

Despite a midseason stretch that figured to knock the No. 14 Ohio State men’s basketball team out of the race for the Big Ten crown, the Buckeyes find themselves in a familiar position: on the cusp of their fourth-straight regular season championship. After a four-game winning streak, highlighted by wins against No. 2 Indiana and then-No. 4 ranked Michigan State, OSU (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) is set to take on Illinois in its regular season finale Sunday at the Schottenstein Center. For the Buckeyes, it might be also be a chance at revenge after the Illini (21-10, 8-9 Big Ten) dominated the Buckeyes, 74-55, on Jan. 5 in Champaign, Ill. “The benefit of playing a team twice is you get to play smarter basketball,” said senior forward Evan Ravenel at a Friday press conference. “You get an opportunity to right your wrongs.” That opportunity comes three weeks after what might’ve been OSU’s lowest point-a 22-point loss against then-No. 20 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. Despite the setback, OSU coach Thad Matta left his lineup and rotation virtually unchanged. “I think the biggest thing is we didn’t handle that situation well,” Matta said, reflecting on the Wisconsin loss. “We couldn’t stop the ball from rolling.” OSU, though, finds itself with a chance at yet another league title. The game also serves as Senior Day for the Buckeyes’ lone senior, Ravenel. “It’s going to be a bittersweet feeling. I really enjoyed my time here,” Ravenel said. “My time here at Ohio State has been wonderful.” A win Sunday could put the Buckeyes in position to be crowned Big Ten regular season co-champions. Indiana hits the road to take on No. 7 Michigan Sunday and if the Wolverines and Buckeyes win, it would result in a four-way tie for first place in the conference. Ravenel says the team isn’t letting the game in Ann Arbor, Mich., detract from his attention on Illinois, though. “I’m not focused on what everybody else does. I’m just focused on what we do at 12:30 (Sunday’s tipoff),” Ravenel said. Win or lose, the result could carry over positive or negative momentum into the Big Ten tournament, which starts Thursday. As such, Matta said consistent play is the key for a team competing for not just the league’s tournament championship, but also a potential national title. “Slip ups cost you,” Matta said. “The last couple of years we’ve had a bad half of basketball that cost us our season.” OSU is set to take on the Fighting Illini Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Berlusconi says he lost the elections because of Milan fans

first_imgAccording to the former Rossoneri president, more than 2.5 million Milan supporters did not vote for him in the electionsAfter leaving the AC Milan presidency, Silvio Berlusconi wanted to be elected once again as a Prime Minister of Italy.He participated in the 2018 general elections in his native country under the banner of the Forza Italia political party. But he lost.And according to him, it was because Rossoneri fans did not like to have Li Yonghong as their new president.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Our polls showed us how 2.5 million Milan fans didn’t vote for me so as to punish me for having delivered Milan a successor who wasn’t very capable,” he told reporters as quoted by Football Italia.“They were and are still angry with me but after 30 years, I couldn’t run them anymore because of the workload.”“I am and will be, I believe, the club president who has won so much in football.”last_img read more

Gundogan on why City must win the Champions League

first_imgIlkay Gundogan believes Manchester City must win the Champions League to be noted as an elite football club.The Citizens have managed just one semi-final in their pursuit for Europe’s greatest prize in football and Gundogan feels they ought to break the jinx.Having won every trophy in the domestic scene, the Champions League is one prize that is still eluding the club.“We’ve experienced a lot in the Champions League in recent years – not all of it positive, of course, and we should’ve won it at least once,” said the Germany midfielder via the Mirror.“Every club, every team, every single player would like to lift this trophy sometime. The competition to win it is so big year in, year out, so your chances are not that good, but there’s a team that wins it every year.“If you want to be in the international elite, as a club, and as a player, you need to clinch this trophy.“If we were to win it someday, the club would enter a new era – the same level as Real, Barca, Bayern or Juventus .”City are expected to take the next step by overcoming Gundogan’s hometown club Schalke in the last 16.Time for the knock-outs! ⚽️Sergio Ramos, Champions League, Real MadridSergio Ramos would love a fifth Champions League trophy Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, winning a fifth European trophy with his club would be crazy, but he wants to do it before retiring.Who’s getting pumped for Wednesday?#s04vcity 🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/j4yZADHTH1— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 18, 2019The first leg is in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday and Gundogan accepts City are hot favourites because of the club’s contrasting fortunes.The gulf in class between the two sides is huge with Pep Guardiola’s men chasing the Quadruple, while Schalke are struggling in 14th place in the BundesligaHowever, Gundogan claims they must be wary of the threat the German side pose.“We are clear favourites in this tie and rightly so,” he said. “However, every team in the last 16 has earned the right to be there.“Because of that, we’ll respect our opponents and prepare for it as if it’s a final because it’s the knockout phase and every mistake can be severely punished.”last_img read more