Russian policies protested
More than 1,000 gay rights supporters protested on Sunday in Amsterdam, waving rainbow flags and chanting slogans criticizing the Russian government’s homosexuality policies. The protest was organized in response to a concert featuring a Russian state orchestra and choir to be held in the same place, Museum Square, later in the evening. Speakers at the protest, titled: “To Russia With Love,” included Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, who spoke of the city’s longstanding tolerance for gay rights. Van der Laan declined to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he visited the Netherlands in March. Protesters said their main focus is opposition to the law adopted by Russia’s parliament in June making “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors” illegal.
Teen survives free ride
A local airline said a teenager hid in the wheel well of a plane and survived a 35-minute domestic flight. Arik Airline managing director Chris Ndulue said on Sunday that the incident magnifies “incessant security lapses at our airports.” Arik spokesman Ola Adebanji said passengers and crew had alerted the pilots and the Federal Aviation Agency that a boy was seen running to the plane as it was taxiing to take off on Saturday from southern Benin City. Agency spokesman Yakubu Dati said security agents swept the area and found nothing. Adebanji said a boy aged 13 or 14 jumped out of the wheel well when the plane landed in Lagos, where he was arrested by Arik personnel. Adebanji said the teenager probably survived because the flight was short and the airplane probably did not rise above 7,620m. Most stowaways do not survive. The body of a suspected stowaway fell from an Air France plane over Niger last month and was discovered lifeless in a western suburb of the capital, Niamey, officials said.
Pioneering trader passes
The first woman to become a member of the New York Stock Exchange, Muriel “Mickie” Siebert, has died at age 80. Siebert died on Saturday of complications from cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Her death was confirmed by Jane Macon, a director of Siebert Financial and a partner at the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Siebert was founder and president of the brokerage firm that bears her name, Muriel Siebert & Co, and became the first woman member of the New York Stock Exchange in 1967. She also was the first woman superintendent of banking for the state of New York, serving from 1977 to 1982. Her company went public in 1996 as Siebert Financial Corp.