President Sirleaf Consoles Russia for the Loss of 224 Lives

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent a message of condolence to the Government and People of the Russian Federation, following the unfortunate news of a metro jet Airbus crash over the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, killing all 224 passengers and crew on board including 17 children.In her message to His Excellency Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, President Sirleaf extended on behalf of the Government and People of Liberia, heartfelt condolences to the Government and People of the Russian Federation especially the bereaved families for the irreparable loss sustained.“On behalf of the Government and People of the Republic of Liberia and in my own name, I extend our deepest condolences to you personally, the People of Russia; particularly, the families of the deceased,” President Sirleaf expressed with deep sorrow.President Johnson Sirleaf further prayed that as the Government and People of the Russian Federation go through this period of national mourning, the Almighty God will provide President Putin with the strength and courage, as he leads his people during this distressful period.Meanwhile, according to CNN clues emerging so far about the final moments of Metrojet Flight 9268 don’t paint a clear picture of what happened to the doomed passenger jet.Was a midair heat flash that a U.S. satellite detected over the Sinai Peninsula when the flight went down a sign of an explosion aboard the plane? And if that was the case, why haven’t investigators found signs of an explosive impact on the crash victims’ bodies, as Russian state media reports? Could the plane’swreckage show that a past repair went awry?There are a wide range of theories on what made the passenger jet plunge to the ground, killing all 224 people on board, but Russian officials say it’s too soon to speculate on the cause.Aviation experts agree, and officials have downplayed an apparent claim by Islamic militants that they brought down the Airbus A321-200, saying technical failure is the most likely reason for the crash.Here’s a look at the evidence investigators are looking at:RadarFlight 9268 was on its way from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg early Saturday when it dropped off radar about 23 minutes into the flight, Egyptian officials say. Air traffic controllers apparently didn’t receive any distress calls. The website Flightradar24, which tracks aircraft around the world, said it had received data from the Russian plane suggesting sharp changes in altitude and a dramatic decrease in ground speed before the signal was lost. A U.S. military satellite detected a midair heat flash from the Russian airliner before the plane crashed Saturday, a U.S. official told CNN.Intelligence analysis has ruled out that the Russian commercial airplane was struck by a missile, but the new information suggests that there was a catastrophic in-flight event — including possibly a bomb, though experts are considering other explanations, according to U.S. officials.Analysts say heat flashes could be tied to a range of possibilities, including a bomb blast, a malfunctioning engine exploding or a structural problem causing a fire on the plane.Egyptian officials have said they are finishing fieldwork first, and then will go on to investigate the data in the black boxes. Experts started retrieving data from the recorders on Monday, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry said.Russia’s privately owned Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source in Cairo as saying the plane’s cockpit voice recorder had captured uncharacteristic sounds the moment before the flight disappeared.It cited the source as saying that an “unexpected’ and “nonstandard (emergency)” occurred “instantly,” which was why the pilots failed to send an emergency or alarm signal.A top Russian aviation official has said the plane broke apart in midair. Sounds in the black-box recording could help investigators determine what caused that to happen, said Peter Goelz, a CNN aviation analyst and former managing director of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.“You can tell whether it is a high-order explosion, or a more low-order event, like a decompression and a tearing apart of the aircraft,” he said.The Egyptian committee investigating the Metrojet plane crash is expected to finish fieldwork on Tuesday evening, Egyptian Civil Aviation Minister Hossam Kamel said in a news statement Tuesday.That’s a sign that investigators will soon be closer to figuring out what happened, said Alan Diehl, a former accident investigator for the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Air Force.“This airplane went down in the desert … and that makes it a lot easier to locate the critical pieces. But that is very quick, if they can do that and get the forensic wreckage evidence into the labs, that will be good news,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Plane bound for Peace River, AB reported missing

first_imgThe Vancouver Sun is reporting that a small plane left Norman Wells, NWT bound for Peace River, AB yesterday but did not show up at its destination. The Single Engine plane was carrying only the pilot.The Sun is reporting that a Hercules plane from Winnipeg, a Buffalo aircraft from Comox, a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter and five aircraft from the volunteer Civil Air Serarch and Rescue Association are looking for the overdue plane.- Advertisement –last_img

BUSINESS: EXCITING TIMES AHEAD FOR AURA LEISURE CENTRE

first_imgBUSINESS: Following a recent meeting with the board of Directors of Letterkenny Sports Complex Development Ltd and the management of Aura Sport and Leisure have announced its action packed schedule for the complex over the coming months. In addition both parties noted that the membership and activity levels have increased strongly over the past number of months. The centre will be holding an open day on the 10th October to launch the newly refurbished pitches and showcase the various areas available for hire.With local clubs playing tournaments on the day, there will also be lots of family fun activities including a bouncy castle, raffle, refreshments and games taking place from 12pm- 4pm.The launch will showcase all the areas available for a variety of sports such as soccer, basketball, badminton, volleyball and much more. All are welcome to come down and soak up the fun atmosphere.Aura Letterkenny Leisure Complex offers excellent, state of the art facilities for health and fitness, including; a sports hall, running track, 3 x 5-aside pitches and one full size Astro pitch. Multiple groups can be catered for both indoors and outdoors, making it the ideal venue for teams, clubs or groups of friends looking to train, play or compete.The complex also plays host to the renowned Aura Swim Academy which will be rebooking for its next term from the 10th October.The new term will offer some extra classes with smaller class sizes, which is great news for any parent that recognises the importance of children’s swimming lessons.For gym goers; the centre is currently offering special 180 day memberships for only €180. The special introductory memberships have proven increasingly popular for people looking to kick start their fitness in the lead up to the winter months.“Aura has gone from strength to strength recently and we’re happy to report that memberships are also going strong at the centre.”“The arrival of the new Operations Manager Áine Temple has made a really positive impact” said Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh, Chairman of Letterkenny Sports Complex Development Ltd. Meanwhile the renowned Aura Arena is gearing up towards upcoming events such as the WFF (World Fitness Federation) National Championships on the 17th October, Ulster Irish Dancing Championships from the 26th October – 1st November and North West Motor Show on the 7th & 8th November.“There’s plenty of exciting times ahead at the Aura Letterkenny Complex and I believe the community will benefit greatly from all the upcoming sports and fitness related activities taking place” said Mayor Gerry McMonagle.For more information please contact the Aura Letterkenny team on 074 9106422 or visit auraleisure.ieBUSINESS: EXCITING TIMES AHEAD FOR AURA LEISURE CENTRE was last modified: October 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

ORANGE WEATHER ALERT ISSUED AS ANOTHER STORM HITS DONEGAL TONIGHT

first_imgMORE power cuts are on the way tonight – as forecasters issued yet another Orange Alert weather warning for County Donegal.The alert covers a 22 hour period from 5pm tonight until 3pm tomorrow.It follows a relatively calm Christmas Day, where the only snow to be seen was in the Bluestack and Derryveagh mountains. Met Eireann says gusts inland of 120km/hr are expected with wind gusts of up to 130km/hr on the coasts in the latest storm tonight.St Stephen’s night will be very windy or stormy with south to southwest winds gusting to speeds of 100 to 130 Km /hr. They’ll be strongest in coastal areas. There’ll also be heavy rain or sleet, which will clear to heavy or thundery showers of rain or hail overnight.These heavy showers will continue through Friday. It will be very windy or stormy during the morning with very strong, gusty westerly winds. The winds will gradually ease through the afternoon and evening. Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees. On Friday night, showers will gradually become confined to western coastal counties. Frost will develop in many areas with icy patches on roads. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees.Saturday will be cold and bright with scattered heavy showers of rain or hail and a risk of thunder. Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees with light to moderate westerly breezes. On Saturday night, showers will retreat to the west coast. A sharp frost will develop again icy stretches on roads. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees. Sunday will start off dry and bright. However heavy rain and strong southerly winds will spread eastwards across the country through the second half of the day and early night. It will clear overnight. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees.Further spells of wet and windy weather will spread from the west at times during Monday and Tuesday.WEATHER WARNING: STATUS ORANGEWind Warning for the whole countryBecoming very windy or stormy again during the evening of St. Stephen’s Day, continuing overnight and for much of Friday. Southeast winds, becoming southwest during the evening, will increase to 55-75 km/h, with gusts of 90 to 120 km/h, and up to 130 km/hr in some coastal areas, leading to further disruption and possible damage.Valid:Thursday 26 December 2013 17:00 to Friday 27 December 2013 15:00ORANGE WEATHER ALERT ISSUED AS ANOTHER STORM HITS DONEGAL TONIGHT was last modified: December 26th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalDonegal Dailyweather alertwindslast_img read more