Dana Air confirms averted over 100 passengers plane crash in PH

By NewsDesk,

The Dana Air has confirmed that one of domestic aircraft, en-routing Port Hercourt from Abuja, was able to avert tragedy by safely crashed landing due to poor weather, with over 100 passengers aboard, whom were evacuated shortly after the incident at Omagwa neighborhood on Tuesday night.

It said that one its aircraft (9j0363) operating Abuja​- PH flight ​skidded off​ runway ​at​ Port Harcourt International Airport, as a result of terrible weather consideration ​and torrential rain at time of landing

It was learnt that aircraft which took off from Lagos crashed landed in Port Harcourt and that the plane with registration number 5N-SRI over overshot runway before crashing into nearby bush where its passengers were rescued.

Confirming the averted tragedy earlier, sources from Emergency in the state, disclosed that there were no casualties as at time of rescuing passengers from the aircraft.

Had the plane crashed, as said by an eye witness over 100 passengers inckuding crew would have lost their lives, and as well put the nation into national mourning.

Through a statement released by the airline operator short after the reported incident, it said indicated that there was no casualty from the averted tragedy and that its crew were safe as well.

“We are thankful to God there were no casualties and all forty-four of our passengers and crew on board were disembarked safely with the timely response from emergency services. We are grateful for the swift reaction of the emergency response and safe evacuation of all on board.

“We commend the Pilot-in -command who was able to control the aircraft to a complete stop under the circumstances and brought all the precious lives of our passengers and crew to safety.

“We wish to once again reassure our guests that their safety and comfort remain our top priority and we shall continue to adhere strictly to the highest standards and recommended practices as required by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority”, it stated.

Plane crashes, 66 passengers aboard die in Iran

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

At least, 66 passengers and crew aboard a plane were reported to have died after the jet conveying them crashed in central Iran on Sunday, though they said to have been been killed.

It was gathered that the plane which was operated by Iranian carrier Aseman Airlines crashed in a mountainous area near the town of Semirom after taking off from Tehran’s Mehrabad airport.

 

Emergency services spokesman, Mojtaba Khaledi, disclosed that the ATR-made plane was on a flight to the southwestern city of Yasuj while a spokesman for the airline confirmed that there were 60 passengers and six crew aboard.

The Aseman Airlines public relations head confirmed that entire passengers including crew members on board were died during the crash.

Meanwhile, effort to reach the crash sight proved abortive, and according to media reported, rescue helicopters were unable to land at the because of heavy fog and emergency workers were trying to reach the area by land,

The leader of a rescue team informed newsmen that his team had not reached the site of the crash yet, a statement that emerged after sources reported that the plane had disappeared from radar screens 50 minutes after taking off from Mehrabad airport.

However, Mehrabad is located in western Tehran and mainly functions as a domestic airport, although it also serves some international routes.

Iran has suffered several plane crashes in the past few decades. Tehran says U.S. sanctions have long prevented it from buying new aircraft or spare parts from the West.

17 die after Florida high school shooting

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

At least, 17 people have been confirmed to have died after a former student of Florida high school opened fire in the school on Wednesday, causing fatalities, and sending hundreds into panick, with young people fleeing their classrooms before he was arrested by police.

Earlier, the Broward County Sheriff’s Department disclosed that at least 14 victims from the shooting had been taken to area hospitals, but it was not immediately clear how many of those survived and how many may have died of their injuries.

The Broward Country Schools Superintendent, Robert Runcie, told reporters that there were numerous fatalities and a horrific situation which followed the situation.

However, Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters a short time later there were multiple deaths but it reported that 16 people were killed, a figure that could not be independently confirmed.

It was reported that the violence erupted shortly before dismissal at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 45 miles (72 km) north of Miami.

Israel said that the school gunman, believed to be about 18 years old, surrendered to police without a struggle,

“It’s catastrophic and there really are no words.”

Israel offered few details on the suspect’s identity or motive other than to say he had previously attended the school.

“I don’t know why he left, I don’t know when he left,” the sheriff added.

Shortly after the shooting was reported, the US President, Donald Trump, sent his condolences to families of victims, saying said through his tweeter handle that no child, teacher and others should feel unsafe in America school.

“My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

It was the 18th shooting in a U.S. school so far this year, according to gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. That tally includes suicides and incidents when no one was injured, as well as the January incident when a 15-year-old gunman killed two students at a Benton, Kentucky, high school.

More than five years have passed since a gunman killed 20 first graders and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, stirring the long U.S. debate about gun rights, which are protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Staff and students told local media that a fire alarm went off around the time the shooting started, sparking chaos as some 3,000 students at the school first headed into hallways before teachers herded them back into classrooms, to seek shelter in closets.

A 16-year-old junior, Kyle Yeoward, narrated that he was in the bathroom on the second floor of the building on the campus where most of the shooting took place, when he heard two shots.

“He let loose on the freshman building,” Yeoward said

A young girl, McKenzie Hartley, 19, who identified herself as the sister of a student at the school described the scene in a text message to Reuters: “She heard him shooting through the windows of classrooms and two students were shot.”

Panicked parents checked on their children.

“It is just absolutely horrifying. I can’t believe this is happening,” Lissette Rozenblat, whose daughter goes to the school, told newsmen.

Her daughter called her to say she was safe but the student also told her mother she heard the cries of a person who was shot.

“She was very nervous. She said that she could hear the person who was shot crying out for help,” she said.

Televised images showed dozens of students, their arms in the air, weaving their way between law enforcement officers with heavy weapons and helmets, and large numbers of emergency vehicles including police cars, ambulances and fire trucks.

A 15-year-old freshman young man. Ryan Gott, disclosed that the school had recently held a meeting to discuss what to do in such an attack.

 

Zuma bows to party’s pressure, steps down as South African president

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

After several weeks of African National Congress (ANC) pressure on South African President, Jacob Zuma, to resigned from his seat, embattled apartheid leader has finally bowed to the ruling party wish, by stepping down as the country’s president.

Zuma’s resignation came behind press time on Wednesday, heeding to orders by the ruling ANC to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power.

In his farewell address to the nation, the 75-year-old Zuma said that he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved him toward an early exit after election of Cyril Ramaphosa as party president in December, but would accept its orders.

“I have therefore come to the decision to resign as president of the republic with immediate effect,” Zuma said.

“Even though I disagree with the decision of the leadership of my organization, I have always been a disciplined member of the ANC,” he said.

The ruling party had said it would vote him out on Thursday.

“No life should be lost in my name. And also the ANC should not be divided in my name,” Zuma said.

The ANC, which replaced Zuma as party leader in December with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, ordered him to step down as president on Tuesday. When he failed to resign on Wednesday, it announced that it would back an opposition motion in parliament to force him out.

His resignation ends the career of the former anti-apartheid resistance fighter, 75, who has four wives, a sharp tongue and a decades-long history of entanglement in scandals that polarized Nelson Mandela’s “Rainbow Nation”.

The rand currency, which has gained ground whenever Zuma has hit political turbulence, soared more than one percent to a 2-1/2 year high of 11.79 against the dollar during the day, as pressure piled on Zuma to resign.

UNILAG postpones convocation ceremonies, describes union’s activities as ‘nefarious’

By Zulaykha Abodunrin,

The management of the University of Lagos has postponed the convocation ceremonies earlier scheduled to hold from February 19 to February 22 due to the nationwide strike action by the Joint Action Committee.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the management said it was imperative to shift the date due to the current situations in the school caused by the ongoing JAC strike action which has in part, amounted to the inability to supply electricity in the school.

 

Details soon…

Russian jet crashes shortly after taken off from Moscow, 71 die

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

At least no fewer than 71 people were reported to have died after a Russian passenger plane crashed shortly after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.

It was reported that the plane, belonging to Saratov Airlines, vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow.

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Officials confirmed that 71 on board of the plane, comprising 65 passengers and six crew, died after the An-148 en routing city of Orsk in the Urals, near Russia’s border with Kazakhstan, and that it crashed early in the afternoon local time.

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shortly after the incident was reported, the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, sent condolences to victims’ families and announced an investigation into cause of the crash.

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However, officials stated that pictures from the site where the plan had crashed  show pieces of wreckage in a snow-covered field and that bodies were found.

Flight-tracking site Flightradar24 tweets that the aircraft was descending at 1,000m (3,300ft) per minute (60km/h, 38mph) five minutes after taking off.

 

Russia meddled in U.S election – George Bush

By Agency Report,

Former U.S. President George W. Bush, Thursday, accused Russia of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, calling Russian President Vladimir Putin a “brilliant tactician”.

Bush, who was interviewed on stage at a business conference in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, said there was clear evidence that the Russians had meddled but whether that affected the outcome of the election was another question.

“They meddled and that is dangerous for democracy,” he said, adding that Russia had done the same thing during the Cold War and was adept at trying to manipulate opinion in the U.S. and Europe.

“Putin is a brilliant tactician, who has the capacity to detect weakness and exploit it,” Bush said.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied accusations by U.S. intelligence officials and others of interfering in foreign elections, including the 2016 U.S. vote.

In an obvious criticism of the immigration policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, Bush called for changes in U.S. immigration rules.

According to him, it is important to recognise that the U.S. has a history of welcoming people regardless of their religion or their place of birth.

“Our system is broken, but we have got to fix it. I had tried, but unsuccessfully,” he said without naming Trump.

“It is important for our economy and also important for our soul that the immigration system functions well.”

On Mexico, he said: “I view it as a relationship vital for our economy and our stability. We have got to enforce our borders and we have got to enforce our laws.

“There are people willing to do jobs Americans won’t do. A lot of Americans don’t like picking cotton at 105 degrees. But there are people, who want to put food on the tables of their families and are willing to do that,” he said.

Police debunks herdsmen killings, attacks in Lagos, Ogun

By Abdulwaheed Usamah, 

The Nigeria Police has debunked various reports that have been circulating within public domain that herdsmen were attacking and killing innocent lives within Lagos and Ogun States, as well as plans by group to carry out more attacks, the speculation the law enforcement agent did not only described as baseless, but discredited it authenticity.

It said that the remour was baseless and that such incident as speculated did not occurred within the states, but claimed that the ignition was attempt of unscrupulous members of society to disrupt peaceful coexistence of people both in Lagos and Ogun State.

Through a statement issued on Wednesday by Police Zone 2 Command Public Relation Officer, Dolapo Badmus, it indicated that it attention was drawn to false news circulating across social media that herdsmen were attacking and killing innocent Nigerians in Lagos and Ogun state axis.

It added that the command also discovered that the false and voice notes circulating indicated that there would also be an attack on 6 and 7 of February, 2018, and that non of the speculated were true in their nature after investigation.

From the statement, “command wishes to state that the news is not only a baseless rumour but it is also false as such incident ever occurred in that axis. It is an attempt by some unscrupulous elements to disrupt the peaceful coexistence being enjoyed by various tribes and people with Lagos and Ogun States.

It indicated that Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, AIG Adamu Ibrahim, directed commissioners of police in charge of two states to beef up security in Lagos and Ogun, not only to avoid such occurrence, but to also ensure that there were no ethnic clash.

“Mischief makers are hereby warned to desist from malicious publications that are capable of causing panic within the two states or be ready to face the wrath of the law as the Command will not tolerate such unguarded publications.

“Members of the pblic are hereby implored to go about their lawful activities and report any suspicious criminal attempt to disrupt public peace as Officers and Men of the two states in the Zone will not relent in our efforts to ensure sustainable peace and security”, it maintained.

 

Northern group endorses Atiku for 2019

By Abdulwaheed Usamah, 

A Kaduna State based group, Alliance for Northern Development Initiatives (ANDI), has identified former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, as eligible candidate Nigeria needed to reshape the nation’s economy which its claimed was in mess.

It said that Atiku, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was suited for position of president and Commander-in-Chief for Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2019, basing the endorsement of the former VP on its possessed qualities of leader which he has exhibited both when he was in officer and after.

Through a press statement which the group made available to The Guild on Wednesday, it maintained that Atiku possessed good qualities needed to lead the country, as well as interest and deep concern for the well-being of young people and all Nigerians in general.

The group indicated in the statement signed by its Secretary General, Juris Tanko, that the former vice president merited the position base on his acumen in running businesses, his detribalized nature, compassion and philanthropy,  and abiding interest in progress, unity and development of the Nigerian nation and people without discrimination.

The group affirmed that was a tested politician and leader who has been Vice President of Nigeria, during which time he discharged his responsibilities with a sense of purpose and integrity.

“Within the limited space available to him as Vice President between 1999-2007, Atiku acquitted himself as a defender of democracy and the nation’s Constitution and one who would not swap the supreme interest of the country for political favours from those who arrogated to themselves the ignoble position of godfathers in politics”.

“Another quality which makes the former VP the best choice for the Nigerian people, is that he is a hard-working businessman, and investor who provides thousands of jobs for Nigerians of all walks of life and consequently is well-wired to replicating same peradventure he is given the opportunity to lead the country thereby ensuring that millions of our people are shielded from hunger, unemployment and destitution.

“Atiku’s interest and investment in education exemplified by his founding of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) in Yola, Adamawa State, shows that with him as President, education in Nigeria would have a champion who from experience and interest would deal a deadly blow to the current low education standard confronting the country plus the vexed issue of the right type of education to guarantee future employment and unleash the entrepreneurial endowment in the Nigerian youth.

” Nigerians irrespective of political affiliation and ethnic origin to reflect dispassionately on the brand and join hands with the PDP and other patriotic Nigerians to ensure that Atiku, the entrepreneur, educationist and philanthropist who loves his country men and women is not only on the ballot for 2019, but goes on to get the people’s mandate to get Nigeria working again for the good of all”, it urged

 

US launches most powerful rocket

By NewsDesk, with Agency report,

In world history, the United State has launched most powerful rocket hat was claimed would some days take human to mars.

The Rocket, an Falcon Heavy invention, which was designed by SpaceX, was reported to have just been tested for first time and that it was capable of sending humans to Mars.

Taking off on Tuesday, there were no people on the rocket, but carried Elon Musk’s red Tesla that would be playing Space Oddity.

The Falcon Heavy, which has Elon Musk’s personal Tesla on board, has been claimed to be most powerful rocket, just as SpaceX maintained that his brainchild would be capable of sending humans to Mars, even though has plans to build a different rocket-spaceship system for Mars travel.

Musk himself said the launch could fail, and that if it did, it would be the best fireworks display.”

However, after taken off, the Falcon Heavy has proven it can fly and after ward, the rocket can start doing its real job of sending satellites and other payloads into orbit.

It was reported to had signed up to carry three hefty telecommunications satellites into orbit, even as  Air Force also plans to use a Falcon Heavy to launch a payload dubbed STP-2, which will include some weather forecasting satellites, later this year.

As for SpaceX in early 2017, it said that two space tourists put down a deposit to ride on a Falcon Heavy for a trip around the moon.

The company indicnated that Musk’s personal cherry red Tesla was on board of the rocket, and a dummy was strapped to it.

“In the car, you can spot the phrase, “Don’t Panic!” a line from Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

“The SpaceX rocket went into orbit, returned and just successfully landed back on Earth. This is a major milestone in spaceflight history.

“So far, everything looks like it went flawlessly”.