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Man threatens pupils: Teacher presses charges

A teacher recently pressed charges against a man, who had threatened the pupils at the school where she is stationed. She told the police that the man often threatens to gun down, punch or stab the pupils whenever he picks his younger brother up from school. The suspect often targets a 10-year-old and a 12-year-old child. The teacher witnessed the man threatening these two children, when they walked by him at the gate of the school. When the teacher approached him to ask him what was wrong, he initially did not say anything but after a while he opened his bag and showed the teacher a meat cleaver, before walking away with the meat cleaver in his hand. The teacher who takes these threats seriously and who fears that the suspect, could let his actions speak louder than words therefore went to the police to press charges. The suspect is reportedly still at large…[+]

 

 

 

Armed robbery at Consulate General of Suriname in Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni

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Two robbers on Wednesday targeted a security guard at the Consulate General of Suriname in Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni. They reportedly fired several shots. According to the French media,  the security guard was standing in front of the consulate on the day in question, when he was suddenly approached by two men. One of the robbers was armed with a gun. The armed robber chased the security guard, who ran into the building after he had spotted the suspects. He managed to catch up with the security guard, before overpowering him and taking his gold necklace. After the armed robbers had snatched the gold necklace, he and his accomplice jumped on a.moped and fled the scene. The Guyana Water Company is also located in the same building as the Surinamese Consulate General. Both offices were closed after the armed robbery. The investigation is ongoing. The perpetrators are still at large…[+]

25,000 people will no longer receive purchasing power boost

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About 25,000 people will no longer re wives the purchasing power boost. Reports indicate that private individuals, state employees, foundations and firms were put on the list, although they do not need the purchasing power boost at all. About 95,000 people were initially registered, but this number suddenly jumped to 130,000. During the course of an internal investigation it became clearer that about 25,000 were mistakenly placed in the category of low income, retirees and poor households. “The same number of people were taken off the list which means that they will no longer receive this payment,” said President  Chandrikapersad  Santokhi. The attorney general has been asked to launch an investigation into this case. “We suspect that there is a conspiracy of people who have been working at various departments of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Housing (Sozavo) for a long time. A huge fraud racket which has been constructed during the  past couple of years. This must be uncovered, because it is a serious matter and because it is unacceptable to let taxpayers’ money be stolen. We are waiting for the results of the attorney general’s investigation,” said President Santokhi who added that “it is suspected  that people are also committing fraud with the Moni Karta.”…[+]

Fire at India children’s hospital kills six newborns

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NEW DELHI — At least six newborn babies died in a fire at a children’s hospital in the Indian capital of New Delhi on Saturday, local officials said. Twelve newborns were rescued from the hospital, but six died in the fire, Atul Garg, Delhi Fire Services chief told CNN.

One of the rescued babies is in a serious condition, and the five others are receiving medical attention, Garg said. The rescued babies have not been identified as authorities have yet to find their birth records, Garg said. It is unclear whether the birth records have been destroyed in the fire. Delhi Fire Services said it received a call at 11:32 p.m. local time and nine fire trucks were rushed to the site.

Rescue operations remain underway, Garg said, adding that the fire started in a neighboring building, but the exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Video footage from the fire service showed flames engulfing the ground and upper floors of the hospital. (CNN)…[+]

At least 12 killed in Russian strike on hardware store in northeast Ukraine

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KHARKIV — At least 12 people have been killed and more than 40 injured after a Russian strike hit a large hardware store in Kharkiv, according to officials. Saturday’s attack came as Russian forces  opening a new front in the two-year-old conflict. As well as giving the latest death toll, the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office said the number of people injured from the strike has increased to at least 43. Officials have said there were nearly 200 people inside the building when the strike occurred.

 

There is “not a single military object” near the civilian hypermarket, Oleh Syniehubov, the head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, said. “The air raid siren went off and some people managed to get out of the building, roughly 100 people. However there were still people inside the building,” Oleh Syniehubov, head of the Kharkiv regional military administration, said Saturday in an interview on national television.

 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the strike a “brutal attack,” in a post on X. Ukraine’s Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said that “significant amounts of flammable materials” inside the hypermarket are making firefighting “complicated,” adding that there is also a possibility of the fire spreading further to nearby warehouses. “At the same time, there is a constant threat of repeated enemy shelling,” Klymenko said.

 

After Saturday’s attack, Zelensky reiterated that “if Ukraine had enough air defense systems and modern combat aircraft, such Russian strikes would have been impossible.” “That is why we are appealing to all leaders, to all states: we need a significant strengthening of air defense,” he said. Meanwhile, at least two people were killed and at least 10 injured as a result of a Ukrainian strike on a Russian village in the Belgorod region, the region’s governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said Saturday. As a result of the strike, a private residential building caught fire, and about 20 other buildings and 23 cars sustained damage. “All operational services are working on site,” Gladkov said. (CNN)…[+]

‘God’s influencer’ set to become Catholic Church’s first millennial saint

‘God’s influencer’ set to become Catholic Church’s first millennial saint

FRANCE – The mother of an Italian teenager set to become the Catholic Church’s first millennial saint has told of her “great joy” as she portrayed her son as an otherwise ordinary boy who enjoyed video games and pets. Carlo Acutis – whose computing skill helped him spread the message of the Catholic Church and earned him the nickname “God’s Influencer” – died from leukemia in 2006 aged 15.
A second miracle attributed to Acutis has been recognized by Pope Francis, paving the way for him to be made a saint. Candidates normally need to have two miracles attributed to them before they can be canonized. Speaking to CNN, his mother, Antonia Salzano, said that the news of the approval of the second miracle was a “great joy”, and that Carlo is a “sign of hope” who shows that holiness is possible today. “As I did: you too can become holy” she said.
The mother said her son was bought a PlayStation when he was eight, but limited himself to one hour a week of gaming as he was wary that it could become addictive and that he knew the “dangers of the internet”. Along with his computing and gaming, Carlo played the saxophone, enjoyed soccer, loved animals and would make short, humorous films of his dogs. Salzano said her son used his computer skills “not to do things for earning money or to become famous but to spread the Gospel [the message of Jesus Christ], to help people,” and was “full of joy.”
While he had similar interests to other kids, the soon-to-be-saint was unafraid to stand out from the crowd. His mother said that the age of nine the youngster spent time helping the homeless in Milan and giving his pocket money to those sleeping on the streets. She explained that he insisted on only having one pair of shoes, so he could save money to help the poor. He was also unafraid to stand up for the victims of bullying and resist peer pressure. According to Nicola Gori, author of ‘Carlo Acutis: The First Millennial Saint’ and the postulator (guide) of his sainthood cause, Acutis once defended a girl from India who was targeted for wearing a sari, and he was known at school for his “cheerfulness, energy, generosity.” He was devoted to Saint Francis, the saint renowned for poverty, humility and care for creation, and the pope’s namesake.
Acutis became ill in early 2006 and was later diagnosed with Leukemia: he died on October 12. At his funeral two days later, a large crowd gathered with many of them immigrants to Italy and those belonging to a variety of religions. Devotion to Carlo quickly began to spread across the world, and his story was taken up by several Catholic youth groups. Salzano hopes the canonization will either be later this year or next year.…[+]

NASA PREFIRE mission launches to study Earth’s polar regions

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NEW ZEALAND – NASA has launched the first of two research satellites to measure how much heat is lost to space from the Arctic and Antarctica. The shoebox-size satellite lifted off Saturday at 7:42 p.m. local time (3:42 a.m. ET) aboard a Rocket Lab Electron rocket from Rocket Lab’s launch complex in Mahia, New Zealand. The company confirmed the satellite’s successful deployment at 8:35 p.m. local time (4:35 a.m. ET).
The climate science mission, known as Polar Radiant Energy in the Far-InfraRed Experiment, or PREFIRE, aims to improve scientists’ understanding of how water vapor, clouds and other elements of Earth’s atmosphere trap heat and keep it from radiating into space. (CNN)…[+]

Chinese vice premier highlights high-quality development of digital economy

Chinese vice premier highlights high-quality development of digital economy

FUZHOU – Chinese Vice Premier Ding Xuexiang stressed the importance of sci-tech innovation in steering the high-quality development of the digital economy at the 7th Digital China Summit.

Ding, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks in his keynote speech delivered at the opening ceremony of the summit in Fuzhou, east China’s Fujian Province.
Building a digital China is an important engine for advancing Chinese modernization, Ding said, noting that it is necessary to prioritize independent innovation of key and core technologies.
The summit was attended by about 1,200 participants, including government officials, business leaders, and scholars.
During his stay in Fujian, Ding also visited the Fuzhou Software Park, local tech company Rockchip Electronics Co., Ltd., Xiamen University and the Tan Kah Kee Innovation Laboratory.
He stressed the necessity of fostering a healthy industrial ecosystem for digital economy, and called for efforts to foster talents, boost technological innovation, and accelerate the industrial application of innovation results. (Xinhua)…[+]

Djibouti fights deadly malaria wave with GMO mosquitoes

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DJIBOUTI – Genetically engineered mosquitoes have been released in the tiny East African country of Djibouti to combat a surge in malaria infections caused by an invasive vector. This initiative started on Thursday, comes as Djibouti, one of Africa’s smallest nations with just over a million residents, grapples with a dramatic increase in malaria cases, skyrocketing from just 27 in 2012 to more than 70,000 in recent years, according to the WHO.

The health body attributes the spike to the arrival of Anopheles stephensi, an invasive Asian mosquito species that transmit the deadly disease. The mosquito species has also been detected in Ethiopia and Somalia, Djibouti’s neighbors in the Horn of Africa, posing a significant regional threat.

Unlike most malaria-transmitting mosquitoes in Africa that breed in rural areas, Anopheles Stephensi thrives in urban environments, intensifying the public health challenge for predominantly urban Djibouti. “This mosquito poses a huge threat to our fight against malaria,” said Grey Frandsen, CEO of US-owned biotechnology firm Oxitec, which developed the gene-modified mosquitoes released in Djibouti. “Anopheles stephensi evade conventional tools, are resistant to insecticides and daytime-biters, reducing the efficacy of bed nets,” he said.

Djibouti health minister Ahmed Robleh Abdilleh told CNN that his nation was trying out the new technology developed by Oxitec and believes it could be a “game changer” in reducing malaria spread. “We are in the pilot phase, but we believe in the technology. We are sure it will be the game changer,” Abdilleh said.

 

Dubbed a method that “uses mosquitoes to fight mosquitoes”, Oxitec’s genetic technology targets female mosquitoes, which are predominantly responsible for malaria transmission. The technique involves releasing genetically engineered male mosquitoes into the wild, which then mate with females. The introduced gene prevents female offspring from surviving to adulthood, effectively reducing the population of malaria-transmitting mosquitoes. Male mosquitoes do not bite and therefore cannot transmit malaria.

 

Frandsen said Oxitec’s genetic technology, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been effective in reducing other mosquito-borne viral diseases such as dengue fever in other parts of the world. (CNN)…[+]

India’s ‘King of Bollywood’ is ‘doing well’ after heatstroke hospitalization reports

MUMBAI – Shah Rukh Khan’s manager has said India’s “King of Bollywood” is recovering well after reports he was hospitalized with heatstroke, as parts of the country swelter during a weeks-long general election. The 58-year-old superstar was admitted for treatment on Wednesday in the city of Ahmedabad in western Gujarat state, police told local reporters. Maximum temperatures there climbed to 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) this week.

“To all of Mr Khan’s fans and well-wishers – he is doing well. Thank you for your love, prayers and concern,” his manager Pooja Dadlani wrote on X on Thursday. Khan “was admitted to K D Hospital after suffering from a heat stroke,” the Press Trust of India reported Wednesday, citing Ahmedabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Jat. Video broadcast by a local news agency showed Khan’s wife, Gauri, arriving at the hospital on Thursday morning to visit him.

Also known as “King Khan,” the actor has near-demigod status in India, having starred in more than 90 movies and earned multiple accolades. He received India’s fourth-highest civilian honor in 2005, and a spot on Time magazine’s 100 most influential list in 2022. Khan was in Ahmedabad to attend an Indian Premier League cricket match between the Kolkata Knight Riders, a team he co-owns, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. His hospitalization comes as heatwave conditions continue to engulf parts of the country, causing illness and forcing some schools to shut, as temperatures once again rise to levels that threaten human limits of survivability. (CNN)…[+]

Singapore Airlines tightens seatbelt rules after turbulence flight death

Singapore Airlines tightens seatbelt rules after turbulence flight death

SINGAPORE – Singapore Airlines has tightened seatbelt rules on its flights after one passenger died and more than 100 were injured when one of its planes hit severe turbulence.
Passengers and crew onboard flight SQ321 suffered skull, brain and spine injuries when they were thrown violently around the cabin during Tuesday’s terrifying high-altitude ordeal. Some passengers said the turbulence happened so fast there was no time to fasten their seatbelts. The London to Singapore flight carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok, where at least 48 people are still being treated in hospital.
In response, Singapore Airlines said it had introduced a “more cautious approach” to turbulence. “In addition to the suspension of hot beverage service when the seatbelt sign is on, the meal service will also be suspended,” the carrier said in a statement to AFP. “SIA will continue to review our processes as the safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance.”
Investigators from Singapore and the US have travelled to Thailand to look into the causes of Tuesday’s incident. Air safety experts have told AFP that passengers are often too casual about wearing seatbelts, leaving them at risk if the plane hits unexpected turbulence. Scientists also say that so-called clear air turbulence, which is invisible to radar, is getting worse because of the climate crisis.
The director of Bangkok’s Samitivej Srinakarin hospital, where most of the injured were taken, said his staff had never before treated such severe injuries caused by turbulence. Keith Davis, an Australian passenger, described the ordeal, which left his wife, Kerry, with a severe spinal injury and no feeling below the waist. “It was absolute carnage, instantly. It was absolutely surreal. You know, there’s no warning,” he told the Australian broadcaster Channel 9. “Before we knew it we were on the ceiling. And then bang, we’re on the ground. And you don’t know what is going on.” Davis said his wife hit the doors of the overhead luggage lockers before falling to the floor of the aisle, and was unable to move for the rest of the flight. (The Guardian)…[+]

More than 100 feared dead in remote region of Papua New Guinea hit by deadly landslide

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA – More than 100 people are feared dead in a remote village in the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea after a landslide flattened homes and buried people alive while they were sleeping, officials said yesterday.
The disaster hit the village of Kaokalam in Enga Province, about 600 kilometers (372 miles) northwest of the capital, Port Moresby, at about 3 a.m. local time (1 p.m. ET, last Thursday).
The remoteness of the affected village, home to nearly 4,000 people, is hindering rescue efforts, according to the Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the country.
“The debris is as big as approximately three to four football fields, and is blocking the lifeline of the province’s main highway, which is making the relief efforts all the more difficult,” Serhan Aktoprak told CNN.
“It’s already dark. It’s already night time in Papua New Guinea. There’s no power to continue the relief efforts. Only with sunrise will the [IOM] teams be returning,” Aktoprak said.
He added that three bodies had so far been recovered, but the death toll is likely to increase because of the size of the landslide.
The number of people killed or missing is “very fluid,” but more than 100 are believed to be dead, Janet Philemon, Caretaker and National Treasurer of the Papua New Guinea Red Crescent Society (PNGRCS), told CNN.
The local community has been scrambling to reach survivors “with whatever tools they have at their disposal,” Philemon said.
“The community themselves are responding, trying to bring out and uncover those that have been buried under the landslide,” she added.
She said that an earthquake had hit the area a few days prior, which she believed could have contributed to the cause of the landslide.
Footage of the aftermath carried by AFP showed a wide scar of mud and rocks on a steep mountainside slope and locals clambering to look for survivors.
Prime Minister James Marape said in an earlier statement, reported by the ABC and Reuters, that his government had sent officials from the country’s disaster agency, defense force, and Department of Works and Highways to meet Enga’s provincial and district authorities, and carry out the rescue and relief efforts, as well as the reconstruction of infrastructure.
“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the landslide disaster,” he said.
In comments reported by the ABC, officials said houses were flattened when the side of a nearby mountain gave way.
CNN has reached out to local authorities, including Ipatas, as well as the national police and the country’s disaster management agency.
A Pacific nation home to around 10 million people, Papua New Guinea is rich in resources, but its economy has long trailed those of its neighbors, and it has one of the highest crime rates in the world.
Violence remains widespread. Chaos erupted in the capital earlier this year after police walked off the job in protest over a drop in their pay, which government officials later blamed on a computer glitch in the payroll system. Shops were looted and buildings set on fire during the disturbance.
Hundreds of tribes are spread across the country’s remote and often inaccessible terrain. But its vast and diverse mountainous landscape, as well as a lack of roads, has made it difficult and costly to upgrade basic services like water, electricity and sanitation. (CNN)…[+]

India chemical factory fire kills at least eight, injures dozens

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INDIA – An explosion and fire at a chemical factory in western India has killed at least eight people, and left some 60 others injured, according to officials and media reports.
Rescuers combed through piles of debris and wreckage yesterday searching for bodies after the incident a day earlier at the Amudan Chemical company in Maharashtra state’s Thane district.
An explosion in the factory’s boiler led to a fire that affected nearby factories and houses, administrative official Sachin Shejal told The Associated Press news agency.
Two bodies have been identified so far while others are burned beyond recognition, Shejal said.
“We have asked the family members of the victims to submit DNA samples that can help us identify the bodies,” he added.
Devendra Fadnavis, the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, quoted by India’s NDTV, said some people had been rescued and arrangements were made to treat the injured.
The sound of the blast was heard a kilometre away, NDTV reported.
The explosion was so powerful that it sent huge shockwaves through the area where the factory is located in the city of Dombivli, damaging adjacent factories and shattering glass windows in nearby houses, reportedly leaving a big crater at the spot.
The cause of the explosion, which sent a huge cloud of grey smoke over the area, is being investigated.
Police on Friday filed charges of culpable homicide, including negligence in handling toxic substances, against the owners of the factory, which produced food colouring and used highly reactive chemicals that can cause explosions.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, quoted by NDTV, pledged that the families of victims would receive compensation and that the state government would take care of the medical costs of the dozens of injured.
Fires are common across India due to poor safety standards and lax enforcement of regulations. Activists say builders often cut corners on safety to save costs and have accused civic authorities of negligence and apathy.
With India pushing to be a manufacturing hub, workers’ safety is becoming an increasingly pressing issue that the country needs to get to grips with, experts say. (Al Jazeera)…[+]