Plane crashes in Mogadishu
A cargo plane yesterday crashed at the Aden Adde International Airport in Mogadishu, witnesses said. The Civil Aviation Authority confirmed the crash, but there was no immediate confirmation of any casualties. Photos posted from the scene show the plane’s cockpit crushed against a concrete barrier just steps from the sea. Markings on the plane indicate that it was operated by Silverstone Air in neighboring Kenya. The heavily fortified airport is home to diplomatic missions and serves as a hub for humanitarian flights in the nation.
Earthquake strikes near LA
A magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck southern California late on Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The earthquake hit at about 11:40pm, about 3km outside of South El Monte, near Los Angeles, the agency said. Preliminary reports indicate it was about 18km deep. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
Hoverboard dentist jailed
A dentist in Alaska who extracted a tooth from a sedated patient while balancing on a hoverboard has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for crimes including illegal dentistry, fraud and reckless endangerment. Seth Lookhart, 35, sent cellphone footage to friends that showed him removing a patient’s tooth while standing on the two-wheeled device before riding away as he stripped off his gloves and held his hands up in triumph. “Lookhart almost killed many patients by performing anesthesia thousands of times without training or consent, on patients outside his scope of training and expertise, while stealing money from Medicaid and embezzling from his bosses,” the Alaska State Department of Law said in a statement.
Two killed in shooting
Two people were killed and 14 wounded early yesterday in a shooting at a backyard party in Rochester, New York, police said. Officers responding to reports of gunfire in the area found a “chaotic scene” with about 100 people running in various directions, interim police chief Mark Simmons told reporters. “In total we have 16 confirmed victims of shooting. And I’m sad to announce that two of the 16 received a fatal wound,” he said. Those killed — one man, one woman — were both between 18 and 22 years old, and had not been formally identified, he said. No arrests have been made so far and police could not say if more than one shooter was involved.
Space program to ramp up
The government aims to set up a space program operating thousands of flights a year and carrying tens of thousands of tonnes of cargo and passengers by 2045, Xinhua news agency quoted an official as saying on Friday. China is trying to catch up with Russia and the US to become a major space power by 2030. Bao Weimin (包為民), a senior official at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, told a conference that the planned space flight system would be able to meet commercial demands, according to the Xinhua report. China is aiming for breakthroughs in the core technology needed and for the building of a testing system by 2025, he said. China has taken steps in the past few years to make space flights more economical. It is developing reusable rockets such as the Long March 8 and 9, and it this month launched and landed a reusable spacecraft.
LIFE GOES ON: After a strict lockdown that left millions on the brink of starvation, Indians embrace work to avoid starvation and get ready for several major festivals India is on course to top the world in COVID-19 cases, but from Maharashtra’s whirring factories to Kolkata’s thronging markets, people are back at work — and eager to forget the pandemic for festival season. After a strict lockdown in March that left millions on the brink of starvation, the government and people of the world’s second-most populous country decided life must go on. Sonali Dange, for instance, has two young daughters and an elderly mother-in-law to look after. She was hospitalized this year in excruciating pain after catching the novel coronavirus. However, after the lockdown exhausted the family’s savings, the 29-year-old had
A COVID-19 outbreak among hundreds of Russian and Ukrainian fishers flown to New Zealand to bolster its struggling deep-sea fishing industry has prompted that country’s largest daily increase in infections in months, authorities said yesterday. More than 230 fishers were flown in from Moscow last week, with 18 of the crew members then testing positive for COVID-19 while in quarantine, New Zealand Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said. The Pacific nation has almost eliminated local transmission of the virus, but regularly records small numbers of new cases in returned travelers. The fishing cluster pushed the daily tally of new infections to 25,
From monitoring vital signs to filtering filthy air and even translating speech into other languages, the COVID-19-fueled boom in mask-wearing has spawned an unusual range of high-tech face coverings. As masks become the norm worldwide, tech companies and researchers are rolling out weird and wonderful models to guard against infection and cash in on a growing trend. One of the wackiest comes from Japan, where start-up Donut Robotics has created a face covering that helps users adhere to social distancing and also acts as a translator. The “C-Face” mask works by transmitting a wearer’s speech to a smartphone via an app, and allows
JAPAN Deer-edible bags invented The deer that roam Nara no longer face discomfort — or far worse — after local firms developed a safe alternative to the plastic packaging discarded by tourists that often ended up in the animals’ stomachs. Last year, several of the 1,300 deer that wander around the ancient capital’s central park were found dead after swallowing plastic bags and food wrappers. Firms collaborated to develop bags that pass safely through the animals’ complex digestive system. The bags are made with recycled pulp from milk cartons and rice bran, one of the main ingredients of the shika senbei savory