Every 90 seconds, a mother dies in pregnancy or of childbirth complications — a tragic statistic, but one that may drive efforts to improve health care in developing countries, experts gathered at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) said Friday.Protecting women in childbirth remains one of the world’s biggest and most intractable health problems, HSPH Dean Julio Frenk said at The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health. Of the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals, reducing maternal mortality has proven the most difficult to make progress on.Progress has been slow not for technical reasons. Developed countries discovered long ago the interventions that save the lives of mothers. Instead, it has been difficult because the women dying overwhelmingly live in the world’s poorest nations, with little access to the facilities, procedures, and expertise that could save them. Ninety-nine percent of maternal deaths are in developing countries. Ninety percent could have been prevented, panelists said.“Those complications happen to women everywhere. What makes the difference in life and death is access to quality medical care,” said Ana Langer, professor of the practice of public health and coordinator of the HSPH’s Dean’s Special Initiative in Women and Health.Langer and Frenk were joined at the event by Christy Turlington Burns, director and producer of a documentary dealing with the subject — “No Woman, No Cry” — and founder of the nonprofit Every Mother Counts. Lisa Belkin, senior columnist on life, work, and family for The Huffington Post, moderated the discussion.Although the number of women dying of childbirth-related complications remains too high, progress is being made. After being stuck at about 500,000 annually for many years, maternal mortality has fallen since maternal health was highlighted as a Millennium Development Goal in 2001, to 280,000 in 2010.Turlington Burns began researching the issue nine years ago when she suffered a postpartum hemorrhage after giving birth to her daughter. She received appropriate care and recovered, but the incident made her wonder what happens to other women around the world. She traveled to a range of countries to detail the problem in her film.A focused effort to prevent maternal mortality can provide multiplying benefits, panelists said. Not only can saving the life of the mother impact the life of her baby, it also has deep effects on the lives of her other children and her community. Women make many of the health care decisions in a family, and their labor provides economic benefits that extend beyond the household.Programs that reduce maternal deaths can also provide an impetus to strengthen health care systems more broadly, Frenk said, because they require clinics and trained personnel.“You cannot prevent women dying in childbirth without a functioning health care system,” Frenk said.It’s important to recognize social factors that make the problem difficult to reach, Langer said. “Women are not considered an asset valuable enough to invest in,” she said. “There needs to be a change in the mindset of people.”Communities have to recognize when a pregnant woman might be in distress, understand that there might be complications, and make sure transportation to a clinic is available.The discussion also touched on the HSPH initiative that Langer heads. The program, she said, is working in several African countries, as well as India and Mexico. Its focus is to improve the quality of maternal care in countries where health systems are developed enough that women might be able to get to a clinic, but where that clinic might be low on supplies, be low on blood, or lack trained personnel.In addition, the initiative fosters training and interactions among health care professionals in the developing world.Panelists said several approaches have proven effective so far. Conditional cash transfers to women have given them an incentive to deliver in clinics rather than at home. The World Health Organization’s safe birth checklist, developed at Harvard, provides a low-tech way to ensure steps that increase a woman’s chances of surviving childbirth. Family planning, an approach that is controversial in some nations, also provides a way to reduce maternal mortality. It works by reducing pregnancies among women who are too young or too old to safely carry and deliver a baby, and by increasing the interval between births. Fewer pregnancies mean fewer opportunities to develop complications, Langer said.Because so much is known about maternal mortality and how to address it, nations that make the issue a priority can see dramatic progress, as has been the case in India, Frenk said.“All of this is well within our reach,” Frenk said. “It is difficult, but it can be done.”To view additional webcasts from The Forum Harvard School of Public Health, visit its website.
The Red Devils have now won just one of their last five Premier League games and have not won away from home since Solskjaer was handed the role as manager on a permanent basis in March.United were toothless in attack without the injured Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial and also lost Marcus Rashford to injury in the second half.“We didn’t create enough chances but we created big chances, some big moments that we didn’t take,” said Solskjaer.“The attitude and desire is there. That’s not the problem. It’s the quality in our decision-making and sometimes in the execution.”West Ham took full advantage to further their claims to a top-six finish this season as Felipe Anderson fed Yarmolenko to fire into the bottom corner a minute before half-time.Lukasz Fabianski made one brilliant save to deny Harry Maguire an equaliser from close range.But the hosts made the game safe thanks to stand-in left-back Cresswell’s stunning free-kick six minutes from time.– Ten-man Arsenal dig deep –Only Arsenal’s late rally prevented West Ham ending the day in the top four as the Gunners bounced back from a nightmare first half to edge a five-goal thriller against Villa.John McGinn put the visitors in front at the Emirates before Ainsley Maitland-Niles was sent off before the break for two yellow cards.Nicolas Pepe’s penalty briefly brought Arsenal level before Wesley restored Villa’s lead.Share on: WhatsApp Fabinho’s 50th matchLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool moved back five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Chelsea on another miserable day for Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men lost to West Ham on Sunday.United are already 10 points behind the leaders after just six games, as Liverpool continue to set a relentless pace, and next face Arsenal, who came from a goal and a man down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 at the Emirates.At Stamford Bridge, Jurgen Klopp’s men stretched their Premier League winning run to 15 games thanks to two well-worked set-pieces in the first half-hour.Trent Alexander-Arnold curled brilliantly into the top corner after Mohamed Salah flicked a free-kick into his path to open the scoring.Chelsea were then denied an equaliser scored by Cesar Azpilicueta by a VAR review for offside against Mason Mount.Frank Lampard is still to win at home in four matches as Chelsea boss, but his side continued to press the European champions with Adrian stopping Tammy Abraham when the in-form striker was clean through on goal.Chelsea’s defensive deficiencies were shown up again, though, as Roberto Firmino was afforded a simple header from Andy Robertson’s cross to make it 2-0.“We are only six matches in,” said Klopp as Liverpool look to end a 30-year drought to win the league.“We have to be ready for each opponent. They are all waiting and want to give us a knock, rightly so but we have to be ready to do what we have to do.”Lampard’s men did finally get some reward for a vibrant performance when N’Golo Kante skipped through midfield and curled beautifully beyond Adrian, but Liverpool held on to extend their advantage over Manchester City once more.“Performance wise we were the better team,” said Lampard. “We had more energy in our game, character and spirit. That’s why the crowd applauded at the end. Let’s take this forward.”– Toothless Man Utd –United’s stuttering start to the season continued as two brilliant finishes from Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell earned West Ham a 2-0 victory at the London Stadium.
By John Burton : Once beloved pastor, Rev. Joseph Hughes, suffered public fall from grace in 2004 RUMSON — The former pastor of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, whose career there ended in a criminal conviction and prison, died last week.The Rev. Joseph W. Hughes, 67, died on March 7 at Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, according to the John E. Day Funeral Home, Red Bank.The cause of death was not available but Hughes had suffered from a number of health concerns including diabetes and morbid obesity.Hughes was pastor of Holy Cross Church and elementary school from 1988 until his 16-year career came to an abrupt end following his arrest in 2004. Hughes gained notoriety for a lavish lifestyle including frequently dining out at the area’s most exclusive and expensive restaurants and regular trips to sold out Broadway plays, was arrested and eventually indicted on 27 counts charging him with embezzling $2 million of church funds.The money, law enforcement authorities said at the time, was used to pay for his lifestyle and to support a then 25-year-old male friend, who worked for the parish, and for whom Hughes purchased a luxury car, vacations and other expensive gifts.Hughes pleaded guilty to three of the counts, acknowledging stealing more than $75,000 from church coffers from 1997 to 2004. The court ordered him to reimburse the church and to pay $120,000 in back state taxes.He received a five-year prison sentence and served 180 days.Hughes was born in New York City, received a Master’s in Divinity from St. Mary’s University, Baltimore, Maryland, and was ordained as a priest in May 1970 at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Keansburg.Before coming to Rumson, he had been a principal of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, and had served in parishes in Phillipsburg, Toms River and Middlesex.Rayanne Bennett, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Trenton said this week, “May he rest in peace.”“I am saddened by the news of his passing,” said Michael Pappa, a Hazlet lawyer who represented Hughes. “I believe he was truly a good man. His fall from grace is well documented, but I know he loved being a priest and he was always willing to help people in a time of need.”He is survived by a brother and sister and their families. His funeral was held at St. Ann’s last Saturday and he was interred at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown, according to the funeral home.
Public officials are inviting members of the community to give input on what, if anything, should be done about the aging Oceanic Bridge (S-31), connecting Locust Point Road in Middletown with Bingham Avenue in Rumson, over the Navesink River.“What we’re doing is trying to decide if something needs to be done,” said county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick.Public input is sought for the drafting of a project “Purpose and Need statement,” a required step in the process when seeking federal funds. Residents, business owners, property owners, cyclists and pedestrians are invited to take part to tell officials how and why they use the Oceanic Bridge.The conversation, at this point, will not be about what any future version of the bridge would look like, or how it would operate, Kirkpatrick said.The meeting will be held by Monmouth County, in cooperation with North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the New Jersey Dept. of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.Two sessions will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25:2 to 4 p.m. (brief presentation at 2:30 p.m.) Rumson Borough Hall, 40 Bingham Ave., Rumson6 to 8 p.m. (brief presentation at 6:30 p.m.) Middletown Public Library Community Room 55 New Monmouth Rd., MiddletownWritten comments will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 25. They can be emailed, mailed or faxed to Project Manager Inkyung Englehart, Monmouth County Division of Engineering & Traffic Safety, Hall of Records Annex, 3rd Floor, 1 East Main St., Freehold, NJ 07728. Email: [email protected] Fax: 732-431-7765.
Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks renewed hostilities on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena, in the first game back after the All-Star break. The Canucks were able to overcome Chicago with a 3-2 win by way of overtime.Vancouver has developed a very predictable game pattern in the last 15 or 20 games. They typically have a strong first period, an absolutely horrible second period, and then play middling to good in the third. That pattern held true tonight.Ryan Kesler opened the scoring for Vancouver at 7:58 of the first period, after a great shift by him and his linemates, David Booth and Chris Higgins. This line was Vancouver’s best of the night. Just over three minutes later, Jamal Mayers tied it up for Chicago after some horrible defensive zone coverage by the Canucks.Chicago took the game to the Canucks in the second frame, outshooting the home team 15-6. They were especially dominant in the first 11 minutes or so, generating a number of chances. Canuck goaltender Cory Schneider was phenomenal tonight, as he kept turning the Blackhawks back. The Canucks were able to climb back into the game in the latter part of the period, but still went to the dressing room tied at one.Chicago took the lead for the first time at 1:17 of the third period, Viktor Stalberg getting his stick free from Canuck defenseman Kevin Bieksa in front of the net to chop the puck off Alex Edler’s pants behind Schneider. Impressive rookie Cody Hodgson then got in behind the Blackhawks’ defensemen just less than three minutes later, snapping a sweet wrist shot past Blackhawk goaltender Corey Crawford’s left ear, just under the bar, to tie the game. The teams were relatively even through the balance of the game.The Canucks were clearly the better team in the overtime, as they spent a lot of time in Chicago’s zone. The Blackhawks were, however, able to generate a couple of scoring chances as well, the best coming on a partial breakaway by Stalberg which ended with a Schneider save. The Sedin twins, invisible most of the night, were impressive in the extra frame, and Daniel converted an unbelievable short saucer pass from brother Henrik to end the game.It was good to see the NHL back on the ice tonight. Both teams appeared slightly rusty early in the game, not unexpected given the long layoff. Schneider was the difference-maker for Vancouver tonight – without him, they could easily have lost this game in regulation. Vancouver continues to have trouble distancing themselves from their opponents – they could have been up by two or more goals in the first period, but other than the Kesler goal, were unable to convert any of their chances. This pattern has played out consistently – they have been scoring first in most of their recent games, only to let the other team back into the game later in the first before completely laying an egg in the second period. Once the Canucks start playing 60 minutes a night, they will be a formidable foe. CORY SCHNEIDER – OPTION 1B IN GOAL Jonathan Toews is also a treat to watch. He turned Edler inside-out in the overtime, only to be stymied by Schneider. With his goal, Hodgson now trails leader Matt Read by only one in the rookie goal scoring race. It’s not just how he scores his goals, it’s when, as well. He’s turning into a clutch performer before our eyes. He again did this tonight in just over 12 minutes of work. The media and all the talking heads were making a big deal out of Coach Alain Vigneault’s decision to start Schneider. Various points brought up about this include: the fact that he’s now started Schneider against both Boston and Chicago this month – the “statement games”; the possibility that GM Mike Gillis is somehow “showcasing” Schneider in anticipation of a potential trade; and the explanation by Vigneault that this start was due to the fact that Roberto Luongo had “family commitments”, whereas Schneider did not, seems like a lame excuse.I don’t believe too much should be read into this decision. Gillis has stated on numerous occasions that Schneider is a “big part of the team”, and that he likes him in the lineup. Luongo has a history of melting down in the playoffs. If you have an insurance policy like Schneider in the lineup, the coach needs to feel comfortable putting that insurance policy in play. The only way the coach can gain that confidence is by putting Schneider into some of these intense regular season matchups, and for Schneider to seize the opportunity to show that he can play in those games. And that is exactly how this situation is playing out.Luongo has been very good since early December. Since that time, Schneider has seen his starts diminish – but it’s imperative that they keep him sharp. There’s no reason to have him in the lineup if you’re not willing to use him. All Vigneault’s doing is making himself comfortable to use him. So far, Schneider has proven more than capable in these games. CANUCKS’ D HAS A ROUGH OUTINGIt seemed, all night, the Canucks’ defense just didn’t have their timing and spacing down. The number of odd-man rushes that Chicago received was astounding, and the Chicago defense (and in particular, Duncan Keith) kept throwing stretch passes up the ice, which caused the Canucks a lot of problems. In addition, while the Blackhawk defensemen seemed able to clear pucks away from the front of their net, it seemed the puck was often in a dangerous spot in front of Schneider, the defense unable to eliminate the danger.Kevin Bieksa had a rough game in particular, looking very bad on both Chicago goals. Bieksa ended the night even (as he was on the ice for both Canuck goals for), but that’s a horribly misleading statistic.The lone bright spot was Edler. Tonight was one of those games where he’s got his timing down and this enabled him to eliminate Chicago forwards with ease. Edler had a number of highlight-reel hits tonight. When he brings this physical presence to the game, he’s really a treat to watch.All of this said, the Canucks bent, but didn’t break. They were able to find enough to gut out the win, and we’re getting to the point of the season where that’s more important than how you do it – especially against a top-end team like The Blackhawks. PARTING SHOTSQuick Comments: Dave Bolland had an interesting night. After being caught on radio in December referring to the Sedins as “sisters” who “sleep in bunk beds” and who would “never be allowed to be Hawks”, he was rather contrite in a 2nd intermission interview where he referred to the twins as talented players and complimented the fans in Vancouver. It may have just been B.S., but I bought it – I felt that he was trying to end the controversy around that radio incident, as at the time, he was being egged on by the Chicago radio personalities (not unlike the recent Shawn Thornton/Tony Gallagher incident in Boston). Bolland was quite effective (again) in helping shut down the Canucks’ first line most of the night, but in the overtime, they were dominant when they were on the ice. In the end, Daniel had slipped Bolland’s coverage when he scored the winning goal, perhaps a fitting end to this story. If Duncan Keith isn’t the best defenseman in the league, he’s very close. The plays a ton, tonight, logging over 30 minutes of icetime. The Kesler-Booth-Higgins unit was the Canucks’ most dangerous line tonight. Exclusive of Hodgson’s goal, the Hodgson-Hansen-Raymond line was mostly invisible.Broadcast Observation of the Day: It was great to see Darren Pang back on TSN, providing the colour analysis from ice level. “Panger” seems like a very friendly, likeable guy and I like the analysis he can bring to the broadcast. You can tell he really enjoys his job. Also, it’s impressive that he’s able to shift from his regular gig as the St. Louis Blues’ colour analyst to a national broadcast with ease.As is customary for TSN, he was situated at ice level between the benches, and on a couple occasions, he referenced little sidebar conversations he had had with Luongo during the game, one of which was when he informed the audience it was Luongo who told him the Blackhawks’ second goal went in off Edler’s pants. It’s extremely rare, and for some reason for me, somewhat cool, that a player would have influence on the broadcast in the middle of the game in this fashion.Looking ahead: The schedule doesn’t get any easier in the short-term, as the Canucks play host to the Western Conference leading Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. Symptomatic of this, there were only two minor penalties called in the game, both against Vancouver. This is the second time in a row that Vancouver has failed to get a power play against Chicago. Chicago coach Joel Quennevile was livid in overtime, as a minor slash on the Stalberg partial breakaway wasn’t called. Alex Burrows had received a marginal penalty with less than five minutes left in regulation; a similar play wasn’t called in overtime when Kesler was checked from behind in to the boards (just after the Stalberg play). Inconsistency continues to rear its ugly head with the league’s officiating. I have to say, this game didn’t feature much of the historical vitriol that usually exists between these teams. I’m sure that would change come playoff time should the teams meet for a fourth straight year, but for now, the Bruins have replaced Chicago as Vancouver’s number one rival, worthy of most of the fan base’s hatred.
–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2015)–With a dramatic late surge, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Sheer Pleasure overtook Grand Yodeler to win Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes at Santa Anita by three quarters of a length. A 3-year-old California-bred filly by Birdonthewire, Sheer Pleasure was ridden by Tyler Baze and covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.09.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure, who unseated her jockey after stumbling at the break of her most recent start on March 6, was off at 8-1 and paid $18.20, $9.60 and $6.20. Bred by Madera Thoroughbreds, LLC, Sheer Pleasure got her second win from four starts and with the winner’s cut of $110,000, increased her earnings to $147,450.Next to last going to the quarter pole in a field of 12 sophomore fillies bred or sired in California, Sheer Pleasure split horses five-wide turning for home and smoked home the final three sixteenths of a mile.“She kind of got lost out there,” said Baze. She was out there by herself and was so wide she almost didn’t see that horse to her inside (runner-up Grand Yodeler)…She got down and really took off that last hundred yards. I hit her twice and she just took off, really had a burst.“I just wanted to be patient today. There was a ton of speed in the race and I didn’t know how she would take dirt in her face but really after the first eighth of a mile, it didn’t bother her. It was just a matter of pulling the trigger at the right time and she’s just a nice filly.”D’Amato was encouraged by the way his filly finished and indicated she may be ticketed to a two turn race in the near future.“I think the longer, the better with this filly,” D’Amato said. “She has a lot of upside to her. I didn’t know if we were going to get there (in time). I know from training her that she gets stronger as the race gets longer. She was picking up steam and we nailed her at the very end.”Trained by Eddie Truman and ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Grand Yodeler sat a close third early, took the lead turning for home, opened up 2 ½ lengths at the furlong pole but couldn’t hold off the winner, finishing second, 4 ¼ lengths in front of Ashley’s Sassy. Off at 23-1, Grand Yodeler paid $21.60 and $12.00.Ridden by Mike Smith, Ashley’s Sassy broke awkwardly, was relegated to last after the first half mile and rallied six-wide turning for home to finish third, a half length in front of Long Hot Summer. Off at 9-1, Ashley’s Sassy paid $6.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.26, 45.91 and 1:10.64. EVENING JEWEL PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS
The ESB is reminding people that swimming is not allowed in any of its reservoirs – including one in Co Donegal.In a statement, the electricity supplier said its reservoirs are deep and fast flowing with uneven ground making them extremely dangerous for swimming.They include the reservoir in Assaroe in Ballyshannon. The warning is being made as a result of the current spell of warm weather. ESB WARNS PEOPLE NOT TO SWIM IN DONEGAL RESERVOIRS DURING GOOD WEATHER was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Assaroe ReservoirBallyshannondonegalESBswimmersWarning
The speed of the Asiana 777, just seconds before landing, has become the major focus of investigators probing Saturday’s crash at San Francisco airport which killed two and injured scores of other passengers.National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairman Deborah Hersman told reporters at a news conference Sunday that crew called out to abort the landing about 1.5 seconds before impact.Hersman said the 777 was travelling at a speed well below the target landing speed of 137 knots, or 157 mph or 253km/hr.“We’re not talking about a few knots,” said Hersman.The NTSB also said that the 777’s stick shaker — a piece of safety equipment that shakes the control column and warns pilots of an impending stall — went off seconds before the crash.At about 6 seconds before impact there was a call for “power” and the engines responded and at 1.5 seconds before the crash, there was a call to abort the landing, said Hersman.For a minimum speed pilots would typically add about 5 to 6 knots and program this into the auto thrust system which would maintain that speed.There was no indication on the CVR or ATC tapes of any discussions between the pilots and the air traffic controllers that there were problems with the 777.The NTSB is looking at the impact of the shutdown of the airport’s instrument landing system which provides two guides – lateral and vertical – to the pilots.Hersman said that the pilots were sent a notice warning (NOTAM) that the ILS wasn’t available. But Hersman said that “there were many other navigation tools available to help pilots land.”One of the survivors of the crash Elliott Stone told CNN that as the plane came in to land, it appeared the pilot “sped up, like the pilot knew he was short.”On impact the 777’s tail assembly ripped away, sending the plane into a spin ripping off the undercarriage and engines.Eye witnesses say that after a loud bang there was a brief but large fireball from underneath the plane, which may have been one of the engines ripping off its mounting.The 777 came to rest between the two parallel runways with its rear pressure bulkhead, near where the flight attendants were seated, split open.Miraculously the 777’s wings, which hold all the fuel, stayed intact, almost certainly preventing a catastrophic explosion and possibly hundreds of deaths.However a fire broke out on the right side of the 777, probably started by fuel spilt from the engine that came to rest against the plane’s fuselage.The 777 was operating Flt 214 from Shanghai to San Francisco via Seoul with 307 passengers and crew and it struck the sea wall 100m short of the runway threshold at 11.36am local time.Among those on board were 77 Koreans, 141 Chinese, 61 US citizens, and one Japanese national, Asiana said in a statementThe San Francisco Fire Department took 181 to hospitals in the immediate area.San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee told Bloomberg it was very lucky there were so many survivors.“This could have been much worse,” Mr Lee said.San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Centre admitted 52 patients, with five in critical condition, according to spokeswoman, Rachael Kagan.“Some of them are in shock. Some are very tearful, some look stunned,” Chris Barton, chief of the hospital’s emergency department, told Bloomberg yesterday.“Overall I think it’s amazing how most of the patients are coping.”However Mr Barton said that there were a number of patients with spine injuries.“I’m guessing it’s from the force of the plane going down on the long axis of the spine.”Weather has all but been ruled out as a factor in the crash.Arrivals at San Francisco airport were being conducted under visual flight rules and typically plane would not have been using auto land capability.Both San Francisco airport and the Boeing 777 are equipped for the highest auto land capability.Immediately after the crash the airport was closed to all traffic with up to 300 flights diverted or cancelled.Later two of the airport’s four runways were reopened.Asiana is South Korea’s second-largest airline after Korean Air.The airline has a fleet of 78 planes.There are over 1000 Boeing 777s in service and the aircraft has a fatality free crash record up till this accident.The last hull loss was to a British Airways 777 on January 17 2008 when fuel icing caused a restriction in the fuel lines reducing power to the engines.The British Airways 777 landed 300 mtrs short of the runway and all 152 passengers and crew walked away.An Egypt Air 777 suffered an electrical fire on the ground in 2011 after a fault in the cockpit and was written off.The airline industry is enjoying its safest year ever so far with only 52 fatalities from 11 accidents according to www.aviation-safety.net The 10-year average is 325 fatalities from 16 accidents.According to IATA for 2012 the industry Western-built jet hull loss rate was 0.20 per million sectors flown, which is a 77% improvement in the accident rate over the last 10 years.Incredibly IATA member airline accident rate was 0.00.According to IATA the region with the worst crash rate for western built aircraft is Africa with 3.71 crashes per million sectors.
The pro-talks faction of the extremist United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has resented the State government’s indifference to the families of its slain members. Seeking due recognition and rehabilitation of such families, the outfit’s general secretary Anup Chetia wondered if the ULFA has to form a government on its own to ensure that the families of its members get their due after almost four decades of “struggle”.‘Govt. disinterested’Addressing the group’s Martyrs’ Day at Dipila in north-central Assam’s Darrang district on Saturday, Mr. Chetia said the government appeared disinterested in keeping its promise of providing assistance to the families of the slain members. These families, he said, were going through a tough time.“We have almost 1,900 families of our martyrs, including those of 50 members who have been missing from Bhutan for years now,” Mr. Chetia said.The armed forces of India and Bhutan had in December 2003 coordinated an operation to destroy camps of the ULFA, National Democratic Front of Boroland, and Kamatapur Liberation Organisation, in southern Bhutan, and flush out the extremists. Several extremists were killed, some surrendered while a few have remained untraced. Martyrs’ Day Mr. Chetia said the outfit observed Martyrs’ Day for the first time after 28 years at Dipila, where paramilitary personnel had killed five of its members on July 28, 1991. The five were Keshab Deka, Ganesh Deka, Chandra Baruah, Pratap Kalita and Karun Kalita.The pro-talks ULFA faction, headed by its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, has been holding peace talks with the Centre for more than five years. Most of its leaders were arrested in Bangladesh and have been handed over to India since 2009. The other faction, ULFA-Independent headed by its military chief Paresh Baruah, continues to wage war against what it calls ‘occupational India’. This group operates out of the camps of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) in Myanmar.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Kepa confident Chelsea have bright future with Abraham, Mount & Coby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveKepa Arrizabalaga says Chelsea have a bright future ahead of them due to the emergence of their academy players.Academy graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fiyako Tomori all scored in Saturday’s win over Wolves. Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with Valencia on Saturday, Kepa insists the club will benefit greatly from their commitment to youth this season.”We don’t have much experience but that will grow as we play more games,” said Kepa.”The players who have come up from the Academy this season have done very well. It’s great for the fans to see young players coming up like that.”It shows what an exciting future we have ahead of us. We can’t neglect the present as well, and we have a very impressive team for the present. It’s a strong side.”On playing in Europe’s biggest knockout competition for the first time, the Spaniard added:”Regardless of the fact we’re a young team and it’s only September and there is a long way to go, we are going to play with energy and try and attack the opposition.”Many of the players in the team will be playing their first Champions League game but we’ve been waiting for this for a long time. We spent the whole of last year trying to qualify for the Champions League so we feel very enthusiastic.”We can’t wait to see the atmosphere at the Bridge and play in front of our fans in the most important European club competition.”