Iran: Wreckage found of plane crashed in mountains; all believed dead
March 21, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Yesterday, the Iranian military announced the wreckage of an Aseman Airlines airplane, which went missing on Sunday morning shortly before it was due to land in Yasuj, had been located at an elevation of about 13,000 feet (4,000 m) in the Zagros Mountains. All 65 people on board were presumed dead. Crews were searching for the aircraft’s two black boxes to try to determine why it crashed.

Ramezan Sharif, a spokesman for Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said wreckage of the ATR 72-500 twin-engine turboprop had been sighted by a military drone and helicopters had then been sent to the location. Helicopter pilot Captain Soheili said on state television the wreckage was only some 100 feet (30 m) from a peak on Mount Dena, and “large parts of the plane, which were labeled with the Aseman company logo” were visible. The Revolutionary Guards released photos in which they said bodies of victims could be seen. Regional medical center director Ghafoor Rastinrooz told the official IRNA news agency that helicopters were unable to land at the site because of “deep and dangerous crevices in the area of the crash”. General Kiumars Heidari, chief of ground forces in the Iranian Army, told the Fars News Agency the dead would have to be brought down the mountain by commandos using specialized ground vehicles.

The plane took off at about 0430 UTC on Sunday from the Iranian capital, Tehran, on Aseman Airlines route EP3704 to Yasuj, in the southwest of the country. It vanished from controllers’ radar screens at about 8:52 local time, 0522 UTC, and there were reports from people in the area of Samirom, about 14 miles (22 km) from its destination in Isfahan Province, of seeing it attempting an emergency landing in a pasture and of hearing the crash. Hundreds of searchers organized by the Red Crescent and using drones and dogs combed the mountainous terrain but were hampered by windy, foggy conditions and heavy snow. The search had to be suspended on Sunday. It resumed at dawn on Monday but weather then forced grounding the helicopters. At one point on Monday local officials announced searchers had found the wreckage, only to have the national civil aviation agency and the Red Crescent indicate the statement had been premature. A demonstration was reported by more than 100 people outside a Dena Kooh government office, demanding resignations.

The plane reportedly had a crew of six — a pilot and a co-pilot, two flight attendants, and two security guards — and 59 passengers, one of them a child. A man who recounted missing the flight told the Tabnak news site “God has been really kind to me”, expressing his sadness over those who had died.

The aircraft was 24 years old. Aseman Airlines, Iran’s third largest air carrier and owned by the national civil service pension foundation, said it had been in storage for seven years before recently being placed in operation again. Iran’s aircraft are aging and the country has been prevented from buying spare parts by international sanctions imposed in response to its nuclear program. Those sanctions were to be lifted under an agreement from 2015, and Iranian airlines, including Aseman, have ordered new planes from both Airbus and Boeing. However, since becoming US President, Donald Trump has declined to recertify the agreement.

There have been a number of serious Iranian air accidents in modern times. In 2011, at least 77 people died when an Iran Air Boeing 727 crashed during an emergency landing.

The pilot in the current crash, Captain Hojjatallah Foulad, successfully landed an ATR 72 at the airport in Yasuj in 2013 after one of the engines failed.

Woman returns home with Christmas turkey, a month after setting out
March 21, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Scottish woman who set out before Christmas to purchase a turkey finally made it home on Monday, after being cut off by snow for a month. Kay Ure left the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage on Cape Wrath, at the very northwest tip of Great Britain, in December. She was heading to Inverness on a shopping trip.

However on her return journey heavy snow and ice prevented her husband, John, from travelling the last 11 miles to pick her up. She was forced to wait a month in a friend’s caravan, before the weather improved and the couple could finally be reunited.

They were separated not just for Christmas and New Year, but also for Mr Ure’s 58th birthday. With no fresh supplies, he was reduced to celebrating with a tin of baked beans. He also ran out of coal, and had to feed the couple’s six springer spaniels on emergency army rations.

“It’s the first time we’ve been separated”, said Mr Ure in December. “We’ve been snowed in here for three weeks before, so we are well used to it and it’s quite nice to get a bit of peace and quiet.”

Turkey: Aircraft skids off runway toward Black Sea
March 21, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Monday, January 15, 2018

Saturday afternoon, a commercial aircraft skidded off the runway at Trabzon Airport in Turkey. The airplane, which carried over 160 passengers and crew, had just landed when it left the runway and went down a cliff, where it stopped, perilously close to the Black Sea. The aircraft is a Boeing 737-800 operated by Pegasus Airlines.

Provincial governor Yucel Yavuz told the press, everyone was evacuated and no injuries were reported. He announced the airport would be closed until Sunday morning as investigators take a look at the incident. It is unclear why the plane veered off the runway. Photos show the nose of the craft mere meters from the sea on the steep cliff.

Passenger Yuksel Gordu told Anadolu Agency: “It’s a miracle we escaped. We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea.” Fellow passenger Fatma Gordu said: “We tilted to the side. The front was down while the plane’s rear was up. There was panic, people shouting, screaming.”

Hiring Child Custody Lawyers In St. Charles Il

March 20, 2018 · General Practice · (No comments)

byAlma Abell

Parents face many challenges during a divorce, but the establishment of visitation and child custody is one of the hardest things to do. When a court rules on matters of visitation and custody, they always consider the child’s best interests. Making that determination depends on factors such as:

The child’s health, gender and age

The parents’ health

Parental lifestyles

Emotional bonding between parents and children

The parent’s ability to provide care

Local school quality

Stability of the home

The child’s preferences (if the child is over a certain age)

Custody Types

Legal custody is the parent’s legal responsibility and right to make childrearing decisions. Parents have the right to make decisions on issues such as discipline, education, medical care and religion, and most courts award legal custody jointly.

Physical custody gives a parent the legal right to have the child live with them. In most cases, joint custody is ordered, but time is very rarely shared evenly. Courts can award physical and legal custody to one parent, or to both in a joint custody arrangement.

Establishing Visitation and Custody

Many parents handle custody arrangements informally, but child custody can be formally established in two ways:

By mutual agreement: In an ideal situation, parents agree on visitation times that suit both of their schedules. Some states require parents to meet with mediators to arrive at an agreement, but other states leave it to parents and legal counsel. In such arrangements, parents have broad discretion and courts rarely interfere.

By court order: If parents can’t arrive at an agreement, they go to court to plead their case to a judge. Judges don’t know the ins and outs of parents’ lives, but because an agreement isn’t reached, they must impose a visitation schedule of some sort.


A parent without physical custody usually gets reasonable visitation. These rights allow that parent to spend a fair amount of time with their child, and visitation schedules can either be set by parental agreement or court ruling.

Hiring the Cosentino Law Firm, LLC

If you need to modify an existing custody order or establish a new one, it is best to talk to a lawyer. Child Custody Lawyers in St. Charles IL know how to deal with family courts, and they can help both parents cultivate a better relationship with their children.

Tornado touches down in Joplin, Missouri

Tornado touches down in Joplin, Missouri
March 20, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Monday, May 23, 2011

A tornado touched down yesterday in Joplin, Missouri, causing widespread damage. At least 89 were killed.

The path of the tornado was reported to be from one half to three quarters of a mile wide. City spokeswoman Lynn Onstot estimated the path to be nearly four miles long; Jasper County emergency management director Keith Stammer put its length around six miles.

You see pictures of World War II, the devastation and all that with the bombing. That’s really what it looked like.

Witnesses described entire blocks of buildings destroyed. Steve Runnels of the National Weather Service said “We have reports of significant structural damage to strong buildings. Automobiles have been flipped, bark was stripped off trees.”

Among the properties damaged was a local hospital, St. John’s Regional Medical Center. Some patients were hurt, and all were evacuated to other regional hospitals. The local high school, Joplin High School, was also hit. Describing the damage, its principal, Kerry Sachetta, said “You see pictures of World War II, the devastation and all that with the bombing. That’s really what it looked like. I couldn’t even make out the side of the building.”

Joplin has a population of about 50,000.

President Barack Obama has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support state and local efforts in response and recovery. He issued a statement with condolences to the families of victims.

20 tons of cocaine seized by US Coast Guard

20 tons of cocaine seized by US Coast Guard
March 20, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has seized 20 tons or nearly 40,000 pounds of cocaine with a street value of over US$500 million in what authorities call one of the largest cocaine busts in history.

Three busts in total were made in a period of nearly one month. The first on February 19, off the coast of Mexico, March 18 off the coast of Panama and on March 25, also off the coast of Panama.

In the first bust on February 19, “the Ecuadorian-flagged fishing vessel Don Juan K was approached in the Pacific Ocean February 19 off the coast of Mexico while allegedly offloading cocaine into “go-fast” (cigarette-style boat) boats. The fishing vessel’s crew apparently set fire to Don Juan K in an attempt to destroy the evidence and flee in the go-fasts. The USCGC Sherman stopped the go-fasts and recovered about 900 pounds of cocaine as Don Juan K sank. The 14 crew members are being processed for further legal action,” said a statement on the USCG’s website.

The second bust on March 18 yielded nearly 40,000 pounds of cocaine.

“The 330-foot Panamanian-flagged motor vessel Gatun was interdicted in the Pacific Ocean Mar. 18 off the coast of Panama while heading north toward the United States. Sherman’s crew stopped and boarded the vessel and found 765 bales of cocaine weighing approximately 38,000 pounds in two shipping containers. Gatun was escorted back to Panama and its 14 crew members processed for further legal action,” added the statement.

In the third bust on March 25, at least 2,000 pounds of cocaine was seized, also from a ship off Panama’s coast.

“[The] Sherman’s crew stopped and boarded a small stateless go-fast in the Pacific Ocean Mar. 25 off the coast of Panama following a short chase, in which, the go-fast attempted to flee at a high rate of speed. Approximately 2,000 pounds of cocaine was found aboard the go-fast and its four crew members were processed for further legal action,” said the statement.

Several agencies both in the U.S. and in other countries in Central and South America and will continue to investigate the extent of the drug ring.

“The Coast Guard works in close coordination with Joint Interagency Task Force South, U.S. Attorney’s office, Panama Express South, DEA, FBI, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection, as well as the Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security on counter drug operations in the Pacific Ocean near Central and South America. These drug smuggling routes are some of the most active, yielding roughly 70 percent of the cocaine seized annually by the Coast Guard,” added the statement.

Three Ways To Reboot Your Skin This Fall!}

March 20, 2018 · Skin Treatment · (No comments)

Three Ways to Reboot Your Skin This Fall!


David John

Eat nutritious food and see magic happen on your skin. Poolside cocktails and carnival corn dogs sends our blood sugar and gut in to a tail spin. Over production of insulin cause collagen damage, making wrinkles appear on our skin.

Bring balance to your diet this Fall by adding antioxidant rich food like kale, blueberries, grapefruit, sweet potatoes and broccoli. Antioxidants’ protects our skin from free radical damage. Adding almonds, avocado and fish all great sources of essential fatty acids and vitamin E act like natural skin moisturizers and help keep your skin moist giving it a healthy glow.

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Become a master on using exfoliation in your weekly skin routine. During the summer months we spend more time outdoors exposing our skin to the sun, the wind and other pollutants’ in the environment. Knowing ‘how” is as important as knowing “why” exfoliating is important, so we do not cause damage to our skin in an effort to keep it beautiful.

Exfoliating removes the old dead skin cells and speeds up cell renewal enabling new healthy skin cells to grow. As we age cellular turnover slows, causing excessive dead skin laying on the surface leading to dull, unhealthy, wrinkled skin. Enzymatic elimination of dead cells allows for cellular rejuvenation. Use a gentle non-abrasive exfoliant (no harsh chemicals or microbeads instead look for natural alternatives like locust bean husk, it is the same bean we eat in our vanilla bean ice-cream) that sloughs off dead cells and leaves your skin feeling vibrant and hydrated. Removing the dead skin cells also helps our natural face serums and natural skin moisturizers to absorb better and nourish the skin. With the changing season I also recommend adding a drop of high quality facial oil with ingredients like Argan, Marula, Rosemary, Lavender, Geranium, Gingko Biloba which is an intensive therapy boost for our skin, has aromatic stress-relieving properties and is a natural treatment for wrinkle.

Break a sweat and a healthy glow will show up on your face. Yes it’s true! We associate exercise with strong healthy bodies, but we forget that exercising is an excellent boost for radiant skin. As we exercise, our pores dilate letting the sweat clean the junk off our face. As an added bonus, exercising decreases stress which robs us of healthy skin. Go to the gym, sign up for a Pilates class or go for a hike. Your skin will thank you.

Our brand balances the very best in research and skincare science with the most carefully-curated ingredients – botanical extracts, pure, natural oils, powerful plant-based enzymes, cleansers and emollients that are proven to protect, purify and restore the skin. We advocate for adopting natural products for face care routines that not only make you look and feel good but are also good for you. Perhaps the best thing is that you don’t have to take our word for it, you will see and feel a difference in your skin.

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Hope fades for families of trapped Mexican miners

Hope fades for families of trapped Mexican miners
March 20, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Almost 600 desperate family members and others remained camped outside the Pasta de Conchos coal mine near San Juan de Sabinas, in the northern Mexico state of Coahuila where 65 Mexican miners were trapped by a gas explosion around 2:30 a.m. (0830 GMT) Sunday. Some are threatening to storm the mine while soldiers are trying to keep them calm and rescuers continue to pick through the rock and debris with hand tools, fearing that any power equipment might set off another explosion.

The local newspaper’s headline caused panic by quoting one of over a dozen surviving miners who were close enough to the exits to escape: “They are surely dead,” (La Prensa de Monclova). However, Arturo Vilchis, Civil Protection Director, refused to speculate on the condition of the miners, while Javier de la Fuente, an engineering contractor with mine owner Grupo México S.A. de C.V. also tried to hold out some hope.

The men were each supposed to be carrying oxygen tanks, each with a six hour supply, and there’s some hope that they could reach other oxygen supply tanks, or that some air might be reaching them through the ventilation shafts into which rescuers have been pumping more oxygen since shortly after the explosion.

Juan Rebolledo, vice president of international affairs for Grupo México, assured onlookers that U.S. mining experts were on the way, and officials at the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration have confirmed that they’ve sent a specialized equipment truck and several mining experts which should arrive at the mine site on Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile Consuelo Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the National Miners’ Union, called for an investigation into Grupo México’s responsibility for the disaster. Pedro Camarillo, a federal labor official, said nothing unusual was found during a routine evaluation in early February.

Thailand’s “Truth Today”, Thaksin tonight; pro-government protesters mass at stadium

Thailand’s “Truth Today”, Thaksin tonight; pro-government protesters mass at stadium
March 20, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Around 1,500 police have been deployed to monitor and manage a mass pro-government rally in Thailand’s Rajamangala Stadium. Another 2,000 officers are on standby in case of trouble following the rally. The event’s highlight is expected to be a telephone address by ousted and now-fugitive ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Dressed in red shirts, busloads of supporters of the former premier have been arriving in Bangkok all day. The rally has started several hours ahead of schedule and so far the “Truth Today” event has been peaceful and good-natured. It is expected that the rally will be broadcast as a political talk show during prime time, the event is billed as being pro-democracy and a counter to the ongoing protests by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) who seek to have the current government removed due to claims of influence by Thaksin. The country’s current Prime Minister, Somchai Wongsawat is Thaksin’s brother-in-law and stands accused of being a proxy for the now-outlawed Thai Rak Thai party.

According to the event’s organiser, Jatuporn Prompan, an MP with the People Power Party, Thaksin will speak at 8pm local time and, “is free to speak out and will not be restricted by topics and time constraints”. Concern that the speech may exacerbate the country’s current political crisis has led to army chief, General Anupong Paochinda, ordering that the event be closely monitored. Thailand’s military have previously given assurances that there will not be a repeat of the bloodless 2006 coup which deposed Thaksin and his populist government.

Thai authorities are currently drawing up extradition paperwork for Thaksin following him being found guilty by a division of the Supreme Court of abuse of his powers over a land deal where his wife bought prime real estate in Bangkok. The court is expected to review Thaksin’s broadcast message; should the content of his message to supporters be found as contempt of court an additional seven year jail term could be added to the two year sentence already handed down.

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Earlier in the week anti-government protesters picketed the British embassy in Bangkok calling for Thaksin’s extradition. It is expected he would fight this and has already claimed he cannot get a fair trial in Thailand. He alleges the country’s judiciary is sympathetic to the opposition.

Tensions continue to increase in the months-long dispute. Thursday saw two attacks on anti-government parties take place. Security staff for the PAD protest outside Government House were attacked with a grenade and another explosive device was thrown into the garden of a senior member of the judiciary. According to Thai police the attack on PAD supporters injured ten.

Armed forces reinforcements are on standby for the end of today’s “Truth Today” rally. With the national stadium able to hold 100,000 there is concern over what will happen when the event ends at 10pm. Bangkok police commander, Suchart Muankaew expressed concern saying, “anything could happen”.

CanadaVOTES: Liberal Dr. Eric Hoskins running in Haldimand—Norfolk

CanadaVOTES: Liberal Dr. Eric Hoskins running in Haldimand—Norfolk
March 19, 2018 · Uncategorized · (No comments)

On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. Liberal candidate Dr. Eric Hoskins is standing for election in the riding of Haldimand—Norfolk.

Wikinews contacted Dr. Eric Hoskins, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.