Patient saves his driver
A late-stage cancer patient has saved the life of an ambulance driver who suffered a heart attack, by taking the wheel of his vehicle and driving him to hospital, medical officials said. Christian Nayet, a 60-year-old cancer sufferer from Berck-sur-mer, rescued the driver on Thursday last week by taking him to a hospital in Lens, hospital emergency room manager Frederic Allienne said on Wednesday. Nayet told newspaper Voix du Nord the driver had suffered a heart attack while taking him to a hospital in Lille for a regular scan. “I told him: ‘Give me the keys, trust me. My life is not in danger, but yours is.’” Nayet said. “I couldn’t find the siren, but I managed to turn the lights on and told him to put his arm out the window to signal to the cars to let us pass.” During the drive, Nayet had also administered a blood anticoagulant to the driver. Without his assistance, the driver “could have died,” Allienne said.
Brake failure causes crash
Brake failure was almost certainly what caused a coach full of young Britons to crash in the Alps, the prosecutor investigating the terrifying accident said on Wednesday. The coach’s British driver was left dead and three passengers were seriously injured on Tuesday when the coach crashed on a bend near the end of a steep descent from the ski resort of Alpe-d’Huez. “It is very probably an issue with the brakes,” Grenoble prosecutor Jean-Yves Coquillat said. According to passenger accounts, the driver had shouted out that the brakes were not working as the coach hurtled toward the last of a series of 21 treacherous hairpin bends. After veering off the road, the coach crashed through trees and hit rocks. Most of the passengers were able to escape before the coach caught fire, but one of them is being treated in a specialist burns unit in Lyon. “We came very close to a catastrophe,” said Jean Rampon, the top administrative official in the region. “All the thoughts of the survivors are with the driver, who saved their lives.”
Osbourne sorry for bingeing
Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne apologized on Tuesday for bingeing on drink and drugs over the last year and a half, but said he was not getting a divorce from his wife, Sharon. The British singer’s comments on his Facebook page were a response to media speculation about the state of his marriage, with reports that he and Sharon had split up after more than 30 years and were living separately. “Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing,” Osbourne, 64, said on his Facebook page. “I’m just trying to be a better person.” He said he had been drinking and taking drugs for the last year and a half, and had been in a “very dark place,” but has now been sober for 44 days.
Bottle found after 28 years
A Canadian man’s message in a bottle honoring his promise to write to a woman named Mary has finally washed ashore 28 years later in Croatia. Surfers cleaning the debris from a beach at the mouth of the Neretva River in the southern Adriatic came across a half-broken bottle with a paper inside, Croatian newspaper Dubrovack Vjesnik said on its Web site on Wednesday. A 23-year-old local surfer nearly threw it away when she spotted a wet paper inside, which contained a message from Jonathon in Canada. “Mary, you really are a great person. I hope we can keep in correspondence. I said I would write. Your friend always, Jonathon, Nova Scotia, 1985,” the message said.
Ex-judge’s wife charged
The wife of a former judge was charged with capital murder after confessing to her involvement in the three shooting deaths of the local district attorney, his wife and an assistant prosecutor, Texas authorities said on Wednesday. Kim Williams was arrested early on Wednesday, a day after she told investigators that she and her husband, Eric Williams, were involved in the shootings, according to documents in the case. Eric Williams has not been charged in the killings. The affidavit says Kim Williams “described in detail her role along with that of her husband,” but was unclear on who she said committed the shooting. Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and assistant prosecutor Mark Hasse prosecuted Eric Williams last year for theft of three computer monitors. Eric Williams was convicted and sentenced to probation. He also lost his elected position as justice of the peace and his law license. McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, were found dead on March 30, two months after Hasse was slain. Eric Williams was arrested on Saturday and charged with making terroristic threats. He remains jailed on a US$3 million bond.
‘Cannibal’ to plead guilty
A prosecutor says a man accused of cannibalism is expected to plead guilty but not criminally responsible in the slaying of a man staying with his family. Charging documents state Alex Kinyua, a 22-year-old former Morgan State University student, told authorities that he ate the heart and brain of the Ghanaian man he was charged with killing last year. Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph Cassilly said on Wednesday that Kinyua is expected to enter the plea to first-degree murder. His attorney’s office declined comment. The slaying came days after Kinyua, a US citizen originally from Kenya, was charged in an on-campus beating that blinded another man. He entered the same plea to attempted murder in that attack, meaning he would be confined to a mental health facility, not prison.
No mercy for baby killer
Ohio Governor John Kasich has turned down a request for mercy by a condemned killer who says he intended to rape his girlfriend’s six-month-old daughter, but not to kill her. Kasich’s decision rejects arguments by attorneys for Steven Smith, who said evidence shows the baby died because Smith was too drunk to realize his sexual assault was killing the child. Kasich’s announcement on Wednesday upheld a unanimous ruling against mercy by the Ohio Parole Board on Wednesday last week. The board said some arguments for sparing Smith, 46, such as his turbulent childhood, were far outweighed by the abhorrent nature of the crime. Smith is scheduled to die on May 1.
Three arrested in killings
Police on Wednesday arrested three men suspected of involvement in a spate of killings of homeless people in the central-western state of Goias. They are suspected of trying to kill a homeless man on Saturday and of murdering six others in the state capital of Goiania, the Goias state police department said in a statement. Saturday’s victim was shot several times, but survived and identified the three gunmen, it said. Police in Goias say the killings of homeless people may be related to unpaid drug debts. Federal law enforcement officials have said the killings may be the work of extermination groups hired to kill suspected criminals.
The onset of summer has sparked a rise in incidents of “mask rage” in South Korea as more hot and bothered commuters either refuse to wear face coverings or leave parts of their faces exposed. In South Korea, Japan and other countries in East Asia, widespread mask wearing has been cited as one possible explanation for the region’s relative success in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. South Korea, one of the first countries outside China to be affected by the virus, flattened the coronavirus curve in April, although it is now struggling with dozens of daily cases, mainly in and around
‘WOULD NOT COMPLY’: The company’s user data are kept in Singapore and it would not turn the data over to Beijing even if asked, TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said Social media app TikTok has distanced itself from Beijing after India banned 59 Chinese apps in the country, according to a correspondence seen by Reuters. In a letter to the Indian government dated on Sunday last week and seen by Reuters on Friday, TikTok chief executive Kevin Mayer said the Chinese government has never requested user data, nor would the company turn it over if asked. TikTok, which is not available in China, is owned by China’s ByteDance, but has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience. Along with 58 other Chinese apps, including Tencent
‘FIGHT FOR FREEDOM’: Hong Kongers will never bow to Beijing, the advocate said, while the US’ envoy to the territory called China’s new security law a ‘tragedy’ The world must stand in solidarity with Hong Kongers after Beijing imposed sweeping national security legislation on the semi-autonomous territory, advocate Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) said yesterday, vowing to continue campaigning for democracy. Wong, one of the territory’s most prominent young advocates and a figure loathed by Beijing, was speaking outside a court where he and fellow advocates are being prosecuted for involvement in last year’s pro-democracy protests. China last week enacted sweeping security legislation for the restless territory, banning acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces. The legislation has sent a wave of fear through the territory, and criminalized dissenting
CHANGING PERCEPTIONS: In its tender, the Hong Kong administration said that it had failed to ‘mobilise the community to support law enforcement actions’ The Hong Kong government has agreed to pay millions of pounds to a discreet London-based PR firm to counter coverage of the territory in the international media. Consulum, which has also represented Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was on Monday awarded the ￡5 million (US$6.2 million) one-year contract to improve Hong Kong’s reputation — the same day that China passed national security legislation targeting the territory. The Mayfair-based PR business was founded by Tim Ryan and Matthew Gunther Bushell, two former employees of Bell Pottinger, an agency that has been criticized for representing some governments and leaders that other businesses