Metrojet A321 crashes killing all 224 aboard

first_imgA possible link to a 2001 landing accident may be the cause of the loss of Metrojet Airbus A321, operating Flight 7K-9268 from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia) killing all 224 on board.However, terrorist action may also be the cause with a group linked to ISIS claiming resposibility, although there has been no official verification of this.The A321 appears to have broken up while climbing through 31,000ft over the Sinai Peninsula, whether this is the result of a decompression or terrorist activity is still to be determined. In 2001 the same A321 (MSN 663) while operating for Middle East Airlines was involved in a severe tail strike on landing according to Aviation-Safety.net.  It is possible that the repair to the rear pressure bulkhead was not done correctly causing a weakness and it has failed ripping the tail away rendering the aircraft uncontrollable.According to Aviation Herald, quoting officals, the A321 was located in mountainous terrain near Al-Arish however images of the crash site shows the area to be fairly flat. The plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered from the crash site, which spreads out over 16 square kilometers (over 6 square miles) some 70 kilometers (44 miles) south of the Egyptian city of el-Arish.As a precaution, Lufthansa, Air France, Qatar Airways and Emirates are altering flight paths to avoid the Sinai Peninsula area. Flightradar24 animation of flightpath plus technical data.World’s safest airlines.Taking your bags in an evacuation may kill you.Egyptian officials initially said that the pilot reported technical difficulties and wanted to make an emergency landing before losing contact with air traffic control, however that was later denied.The passengers were: 138 women, 62 men and 17 children BBC News reported, citing Egypt’s cabinet. Aviation tracking website Flight Radar 24 tweeted that the plane was descending at a rate of about 6000 feet a minute just before its signal was lost.A statement carried by the MENA agency said the A321 took off at 5:51 a.m. local time and disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes later.AirlineRatings.com does not safety rate Metrojet.The airline, known as Kogalym Avia, started operations in 1993. It operates five A321s and 2 corporate jets for charters only.The Airbus A321 has an excellent safety record.Initial observations; It is extremely unlikely that the aircraft was lost through an upset from Clear Air Turbulence (CAT). Whatever happened, did so without warning which points to a catastrophic break-up possiby indicating damage from the loss of the tail if the rear pressure bulkhead failed.Good weather was reported in the region making any cockpit instrumentation issue an extremely low probability.Safety observers suggest that the aircraft pluging indicates a “rapidly developing technical problem” leading to a break up. And wreckage is scattered over a wide area suggesting a high altitude breakup.A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, told pilots in the region to “exercise extreme caution [when flying below a certain altitude]…due to ongoing violence, unrest, security operations and the risk to safety from small-arms, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, anti-aircraft fire and shoulder-fired, man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).” This sort of shootdown would seem unlikely in this event, however, because the A321 was flying just above 30,000 feet.Still, the crash comes mere weeks after Russia upped the ante in the Syrian civil war, committing troops and warplanes to the defense of the Bashar al-Asad regime. The terrorist group ISIS was one of its targets.In a statement Airbus said:Airbus regrets to confirm that an A321-200 operated by Metrojet was involved in an accident shortly after 6:17 local time (04:17 GMT) over the Sinai Peninsula today. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia).The concerns and sympathy of the Airbus employees go to all those affected by this tragic accident of Flight 7K-9268.The aircraft involved in the accident, registered under EI-ETJ was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 663, was produced in 1997 and since 2012 operated by Metrojet. The aircraft had accumulated some 56000 flight hours in nearly 21000 flights. It was powered by IAE-V2500 engines. At this time no further factual information is available.In line with ICAO annex 13, an Airbus go-team of technical advisors stands-by ready to provide full technical assistance to French Investigation Agency – BEA – and to the Authorities in charge of the investigation. The A321-200 is the largest member of the Airbus twin-engine A320 Family seating up to 240 passengers. The first A321 entered service in January 1994. By the end of September 2015, some 6500 A320 Family aircraft were in service with over 300 operators. To date, the entire fleet has accumulated some 168 million flight hours in some 92.5 million flights.Airbus will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed and cleared by the authorities for release.Photo credit: Joe Prieslast_img read more

Cojuangco: PH will end Olympic drought with 5 golds in Tokyo 2020

first_img“I already have two sure candidates in mind,” said Cojuangco during the thanksgiving mass and dinner party for the Philippine Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games delegation Friday night at V Corporate building in Makati City.Cojuangco, however, declined to name the athletes and the national sports associations who can make history by delivering the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines in the Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have a strong feeling they can win it. But I don’t want to mention the sport; I don’t want to pressure them,” said the POC chief. “We just have to fuel them up with high-octane gasoline and their performances can translate into gold medals.”Cojuangco said the athletes are homegrown but hinted that other potential gold medals could also come from swimmers and tracksters based in the United States. “We need a training center to achieve this. Without a training center, getting those medals will be difficult,” he pointed out.According to Cojuangco, there’s already a masterplan for the construction of a new sports facility in Clark Green City while the POC is also looking at another site in Iba, Zambales, to put up a training center.The Philippines could only settle for another silver medal courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games, 20 years after boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco delivered the last medal for the country with a silver performance in the 1996 Atlanta Games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo bags sixth win, hands NU third straight loss BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president POC President Peping Cojuangco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines won’t simply end the country’s gold medal drought in the Olympics in the 2020 Tokyo Games. But it’s going to do so in style.Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. believes Filipino athletes are capable of winning five gold medals in Tokyo, but only if the country puts up the proper training facilities needed for these athletes to succeed.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

US spied on billions of calls in the Middle East documents

first_imgRiyadh– Leaked documents have revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted 125 billion phone calls and SMS messages in January 2013, many of them in the Middle East.Saudi Arabia and Iraq had 7.8 billion wiretapping incidents from the NSA each, while Egypt and Jordan had 1.8 billion and 1.6 billion respectively, according to Cryptome, a digital library that publishes leaked documents.Additionally, over 1.7 billion wiretapping incidents were recorded in Iran. News of the NSA spying on phone calls has angered many Western countries, in addition to many American citizens.Last week, Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador to Berlin over suspicion that the United States spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone line.Countries in the Middle East have not yet issued a statement concerning U.S. spying on billions of phone calls within its territories.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

HRW documents atrocities against CARs Muslims

first_imgBANGUI – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday accused Christian militias of perpetrating a number of recent “atrocities” against Muslim communities in the northern Central African Republic (CAR).“They began to cut my husband with their machetes on his side and his back,” one Muslim woman told HRW, describing a dawn attack by anti-balaka militants on their home. “Then they cut his throat.”“After they killed him, they set our house on fire,” she added. “They threw his body on the fire, together with that of my son.” “They ordered my 13-year-old son to come outside and lie down,” the Muslim woman recounted. “Then they cut him two times with a machete and killed him.”HRW’s 34-page report, based on weeks of field research in CAR’s northern Ouham province, cites a surge in violence since September by Christian anti-balaka militias.“The anti-balaka have killed several hundred Muslims, burned their homes and stolen their cattle,” concluded the report, entitled: “‘They Came To Kill’: Escalating Atrocities in the Central African Republic.”The rights watchdog reported that a Muslim cattle herder had been forced to watch as anti-balaka fighters cut the throats of her three-year-old son, two boys aged 10 and 14, and an adult relative.Another man told HRW how he had escaped from anti-balaka attackers only to watch in horror from a hiding place as they proceeded to cut the throats of his two wives, ten children and one grandchild.HRW accused the Christian militias of carrying out “coordinated attacks against Muslim communities” in Bossangoa, the capital of Ouham.It noted that on December 5 anti-balaka forces had “shot or slit the throats of at least 11 Muslim civilians” in Boro, a district of Bossangoa.In recent days, Anadolu Agency has published testimonies of several victims of attacks by anti-balaka militiamen.CAR, a landlocked, mineral-rich country, descended into anarchy in March, when Seleka rebels – said to be largely Muslims- ousted Christian president François Bozize, who had come to power in a 2003 coup.ReprisalHRW described the anti-balaka militias as “local vigilantes and soldiers loyal to the previous government.”It refuted claims that the militias were local “self-defense” forces, asserting that “their actions and rhetoric are often violently anti-Muslim.”According to HRW, attacks by Christian militias against Muslim communities “were largely in response to rampant abuses by Muslim armed groups.”After the anti-balaka attacks, the report noted, ex-Seleka forces had taken revenge on a number of Christian residents of Bossangoa, killing many and torching their homes.“The ex-Seleka revenge killings appear to have had the backing of senior commanders in Bossangoa,” HRW asserted.It accused Bossangoa deputy commander, Colonel Saleh Zabadi, of ordering the drowning of seven farmers on November 18 on suspicions that they belonged to an anti-balaka militia.“The farmers were bound and thrown into the Ouham River; just three survived,” said the report.The report went on to say that 40,000 Christians had been displaced in Bossangoa and were currently seeking refuge in Catholic churches, while 4,000 Muslims remained on the other side of the town.“The brutal killings in CAR are creating a cycle of murder and reprisal that threatens to spin out of control,” said Peter Bouckaert, HRW emergencies director and the report’s author.“The potential for further mass violence is shockingly high,” he warned.According to UN estimates, more than 400,000 people – nearly ten percent of the country’s 4.6 million-strong population – have abandoned their homes as a result of the violence.Bolster PeacekeepingCiting continued abuses in the north and in Bangui, the HRW called for additional African Union troops and stepped-up support for French peacekeeping efforts.“Urgent support for peacekeeping in CAR is crucial to bring stability to a tense situation, protect the population from abuses, and ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those at grave risk,” Bouckaert asserted.HRW has called on the UN Security Council to immediately authorize a peacekeeping mission to CAR under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.“The UN Security Council needs to act quickly to bring this evolving catastrophe to a halt,” said Bouckaert.France, under a UN mandate, currently has 1,600 troops deployed in its former colony.The African Union, meanwhile, has 2,500 troops stationed in the country.last_img read more

Sage Gardner a steady calm influence for Ohio State mens soccer

Senior defender Sage Gardner (5) heads the ball during a match against Northwestern Oct. 20 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The teams tied, 0-0.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State captain, Columbus Crew Soccer Academy captain, Worthington Kilbourne captain. Each experience for Sage Gardner has helped him progress as the leader he is today.Gardner, a senior defender for the men’s soccer team, has been a captain for the last two seasons. He said learning by example is what taught him the most.“Freshman year coming in I saw (former Buckeyes) Matt Gold, Konrad (Warzycha), and (Sam) Scales lead a successful team that went to the sweet sixteen,” Gardner said.Gardner attributed much of his growing up to the fact that he was one of three team captains last season. His ability to watch and learn helped developed his leadership.“Last year I got a learning experience being a tri-captain with two other seniors (Chris Gomez and Austin McAnena),” Gardner said. “I got to lead by example but it wasn’t necessarily my captaincy. I got to learn with the other two captains and it just evolved from there. Each year, I’ve progressed as a leader.”Gardner’s definition of leadership is geared toward inspiring his fellow teammates to achieve success.“I strive to come here and really gear myself towards the next level. Even if that doesn’t happen, I think that helps portray that I’m serious, but I also have fun while playing,” Gardner said. “Just showing a lot of confidence and passion, that’ll trickle down to everybody else.”Coach John Bluem noted Gardner has the qualities to be a good leader and has done well at it.“There is nobody on the team that works harder at his game, tries to get better every day and is consistent in his performance,” Bluem said. “Those traits and qualities are good in a leader.”Gardner was a four year letter winner in high school at Worthington Kilbourne, as well as captain his senior season. He also was captain of his U-18, U-19 and U-20 teams for the Columbus Crew Soccer Academy. He led his academy teams to the playoffs each year and to back to back national championships in his U-19 and U-20 seasons.Gardner said there is no difference between each level’s captaincy and the job does not change.“I would say it’s pretty much the same, same responsibilities,” Gardner said. “I’d say this (season) is a little different because it’s a more adverse situation in terms of our record (2-6-5, 0-2-2).”Bluem said he has noticed Gardner’s progression as a leader.“A year ago, he was a leader on the team, but only through his work,” Bluem said. “He’s been a very steady, calm influence on the team this year. He leads by example certainly more than anything else.”Redshirt-senior defender Ben Killian attributes Gardner’s leadership skills to his passion, ability to care for individuals and his communication.“His passion for the game shows he is always trying to get better,” Killian said. “He cares about each individual on the team – I think that’s huge. It’s easy to over look younger guys on the team, and he does a really good job of talking with them and communicating.”Killian said Gardner’s leadership carries off the field as well.“He communicates with everyone. He talks with you not just about soccer,” Killian said. “If you have any issues, he’s easy to approach and he’ll give you some good advice.”Gardner has started all 71 games of his Ohio State career. In his collegiate career, he has tallied three goals and two assists. He has also been a part of 22 shutouts thus far.One word came to mind when Bluem and Killian spoke about Gardner’s soccer abilities: “consistency.”“He plays hard every single game, trains hard every single practice and he is an intelligent player,” Bluem said.Killian agreed.“It is hard to be consistent at this level, especially since he’s been starting since he was a freshman,” Killian said.Gardner is a finance major, but hopes to continue his soccer career into major league play.OSU has four regular season games remaining until the Big Ten tournament begins in Columbus. The Buckeyes are slated to play Oakland Wednesday at 7 p.m. read more

Willian respects Contes decisions

first_imgWhile admitting that it has been difficult to not start as many games as he would have liked at Chelsea, Willian insisted that he respects the decisions that have been taken by Antonio Conte this seasonDespite not being selected in the starting eleven for their FA Cup final win against Manchester United last month, Willian was voted Chelsea’s players’ Player of the Year.In the club’s final five games of the season, Conte chose to leave the Brazilian midfielder out of the starting line-up in four of those five matches.But, as he prepares with the rest of the Brazil squad at Tottenham’s training ground ahead of the World Cup, Willian revealed that he was satisfied with his season at Chelsea.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I was happy with my performance during the season, I played very well I always try to do my best and work hard,” he told Sky Sports.“Sometimes to stay on the bench is difficult but I respect the decision of the manager. I think it was that I don’t have nothing more to say about my club because now I want to have focus here on the national team and the World Cup.”Willian, who has two years remaining on his contract, has been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer with his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho keen on bringing him to Manchester United.last_img read more

Stray Juvenile Manatee in Grand Turk

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Turk, 13 Nov 2014 (TCIG Press Release) – On Wednesday, 5 November, the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) received a call from a concerned resident stating that there was a manatee seen swimming around the Ports Authority Dock in Grand Turk. Although it was not spotted on Thursday, on Friday, the Cruise Centre reported to DEMA’s Environmental Officer, Katharine Hart, that the manatee was seen near the cruise ships.Manatees are not common in our waters and it is likely that the recent stormy weather in the region resulted in the juvenile straying from familiar waters and finding itself at Grand Turk. Manatees require fresh water, which unfortunately the TCI has very little of. This juvenile manatee was found to be severely dehydrated and emaciated, and attempts to rejuvenate the young animal were made by giving it fresh water to drink as well as lettuce. Since Friday, the manatee has consumed 30 gallons of fresh water. Efforts are under way to rescue this six foot long, juvenilemale manatee. DEMA contacted both the US Fish and Wildlife Services, and the Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Centre. Following a formal request for assistance, the Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Centre offered both support and services to collect the animal and fly him back to Puerto Ricowhere he will be rehabilitated for eventual release into the wild. Once he has reached a healthy condition, the Centre will be able to investigate his genetics to determine which population of manatees he is from, and he can be released, with a satellite transmitter, into familiar waters.Arrangements are being made to airlift the manatee to the Rehabilitation Centre as soon as possible; however, the TCI is responsible for funding his flight back to Puerto Rico. The cost will be approximately $2,000, and the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF) is assisting with the raising of these funds. Donations can be made via PayPal on the TCRF website (http://tcreef.org/donate.html ). Any excess funds raised will go the Rehabilitation Centre to support the young manatee’s rehabilitation.ENDS Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:dema, Department of environment and maritime affairs, grand turk, manatee, Puerto rico manatee conservation center, US fish and wildlife servicecenter_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp We can eat Nassau Grouper legally, soonlast_img read more

HE Peter Beckingham bids farewell to territory

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 16, 2016 – A new Governor comes to the Turks and Caicos by October, as Peter Beckingham bids farewell to the territory.  Dr. John Freeman, CMG has been appointed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as the next Governor and comes to the TCI from Argentina where he has been serving since 2012.Governor Beckingham said he will be sad to leave the country, he and his wife, “We have had three very happy years here, the work has been stimulating and everyone most welcoming. Our two daughters and our new grandchildren have also loved visiting.” HE, who will also be retiring from diplomatic service added that the couple wants to hold one more of their charity events before departing the Turks and Caicos.  “I hope we can see many friends, colleagues and business contacts before we leave in October; Jill is planning another Footsteps4Good in September, so that will be a great opportunity to catch up with lots of people across the Family islands.”  Dr Freeman, the British Ambassador to Argentina, will take up his appointment during October 2016.last_img read more

Sketch released of sexual assault suspect who reportedly attacked woman who mistook

first_img Posted: March 16, 2018 March 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit Division are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate an unknown suspect wanted for a sexual assault.On March 14 at about 11:00 p.m., an adult female victim left a business located along University Avenue in the Hillcrest area and approached a vehicle that was waiting in the roadway. Believing it was the ride that was requested, the victim entered the vehicle and it drove away.A short time later, the male driver of the vehicle sexually assaulted the victim. The victim was released and police were called. Detectives are currently searching for additional witnesses and evidence.The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, about 40-years-old, having a receding hair line, and a mustache. The vehicle was described as being a dark colored 4-door sedan.Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspect should call SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit, Detective J. Margolis at (619) 531-2939 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. KUSI Newsroom, Sketch released of sexual assault suspect who reportedly attacked woman who mistook him for ride-sharing driver Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

9 great reads from CNET this week

first_img Tech Industry Apple Pay Mobile payments GDPR Valve 5G Virtual Reality Disney Space Star Wars Facebook Wi-Fi 0 Post a comment 5G is the real deal, a notion that grew even clearer this week as Sprint became the third US carrier to turn on its next-gen network. CNET put Sprint’s network to the test in Dallas and was impressed. Meanwhile, Apple is readying for its developers conference next week, which won’t be about splashy device unveilings so much as clues to hardware in the works.Here are some of the week’s other stories you don’t want to miss: Watch out, Apple Pay. Tap-to-pay cards are coming on strongThese cards could speed up how we shop and commute every day. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Building a rocket in a garage to take on SpaceX and Blue OriginGilmour Space Technologies is a plucky startup in the new space race. Its first mission: sending a powerful hybrid rocket to the edge of space.gilmourspacetech-1 Ian Knighton/CNET Disney’s Star Wars land review: Galaxy’s Edge from every angleEver wanted to visit a Star Wars planet or sit in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon? This new Star Wars-themed land comes close to making those dreams a reality.star-wars-land-vanessa-preview-night-16 Vanessa Hand Orellana/CNET Europe’s GDPR has accomplished a lot in its infancyAt just a year old, the General Data Protection Regulation has already forced big tech firms to make significant changes to their privacy policies. And its real effects are still to come.A computer screen covered with illuminated ones and zeros; some are darker and form silhouettes of people. Saul Gravy/Getty Images The internet is changing Africa, mostly for the betterCheap smartphones are flooding Africa, giving many of its citizens access to the internet for the very first time.screen-shot-2019-05-24-at-2-21-52-pm Andela Valve Index’s new VR controllers feel like the future of gamingThe most interesting feature in Valve’s new virtual reality system is how its controllers work in your hands.26-valve-index Sarah Tew/CNET Facebook quietly killed a map for discovering live videosSome users want the map back.facebook-live-map Facebook screenshot by Andrew Hoyle/CNET First to 5G? For smartphone users, the race is kind of meaninglessEE is the first UK carrier to jump to 5G. But for most consumers, the upgrade just isn’t worth it yet.Light Trails On Road In London City At Night5G has arrived in the UK today. Jaromir Chalabala/EyeEm ‘First 10 years were very tough’: Aladdin star on being an Iranian actor in HollywoodIt hasn’t always been easy for Navid Negahban, but Amazon, YouTube and Netflix are changing Hollywood for the better, the Sultan says.sultan Daniel Smith Share your voice Tagslast_img read more