Of the more than 400 passengers aboard the doomed car ferry that caught fire in the Adriatic Sea on Sunday, all who remained onboard are reported to have been lifted from the ship. The manifest of the Norman Atlantic ferry listed the passenger number to be 478 on board with over 200 vehicles. Reports that 38 people remain missing would not be confirmed by Maurizio Lupi, the Italian Minister of Transport, stating, “It’s absolutely premature” to say how many may be missing. Conflicting reports place the death toll at eight per Lupi, whereas Christian Broda said reports of ten people having perished in the disaster are coming from the Italian coastguard. Italian authorities believe the vessel may have been carrying illegal migrants because several of the rescued passengers were not listed on the ships manifest.
The 36 hour operation was conducted in extreme weather which hindered the efforts of rescuers as they airlifted passengers from the upper deck of the vessel as thick smoke billowed from the fire and it bobbed in rough seas and gusting winds. As they waited on the deck of the ferry to be rescued, hypothermia became a concern as freezing temperatures were endured along with being sprayed by water from the boats attempting to extinguish the blaze. The ferry’s lifeboats were initially utilized at the beginning of the blaze, carrying 150 people to safety. However, the ship lost power which prevented the electrically powered arms from lowering the lifeboats, rendering the remainder useless.
An Indonesian family of 10 that was scheduled to board the ill-fated AirAsia flight that disappeared recently credit God with their missing that flight.
The husband, Ari Putro Cahyono, had not checked his emails and seen that his family’s flight would be delayed by two hours. He had not been available to answer phone calls to that effect either. Part of the family arrived early at the airport, but they waited for the rest of the family to arrive in another car. By the time they had all gotten to the airport, their plane had left.
Ari remembers seeing people running frantically on the last call to catch that flight. Little did they know that QZ8501 was not a plane they would want to be on. Ari prays that God will do a “miracle” for them also. In fact, he says he “believes” God will do that. We sincerely hope that Ari’s belief will turn out to be accurate.
These sorts of situations bring before us the uncertainty of life if you ask Susan McGalla. We do not know what a single day may bring us. We cannot be sure that the place we plant out feet will be solid and hold us up. We can only seek to live out our lives in a way that honors God and pray for His protection. But it is a mystery to us why one man barely escapes danger and another man falls right into it.
In life, we are always looking for the good that eventually comes out of tragic events. Like when people are forced to move on with their lives after a loved one has been killed unexpectedly or new laws and regulations are set in place as a result of a tragic incident like the Sugarland stage collapse in 2011 due to a series of unfortunate events, decisions, and negligence. The tragic accident, which could have been much worse had things ran according to schedule, took the lives of seven people and injured close to 100 others when a storm blew through the fairgrounds at the Indiana State Fair.
The rainbow is finally starting to appear in the site of those who sued country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants. The two sides have reached a settlement of $39 million dollars to be paid to the families of the deceased and the injured survivors who joined the class action suit. The reports from the investigating engineering firms concluded that the barriers and rigging structure that were supporting the stage lights were not up to code and that fair officials did not have an adequate emergency plan in place for an event of that size. Healaddin30days.com and Dr. Daniel Amen say that because of this Sugarland incident at the Indiana State Fair, new regulations have been set in place with specifics about how the rigging at outdoor events should be erected.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall notice to owners of the Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System due to the reported malfunctioning of many units. Coffee units in production between the months and years of December 2009 and July 2014 with model number K10, formerly known as B31 reportedly spray hot water during the brewing process. Units have been sold in both the United States and Canada. Owners of the Keurig model number K10 brewing system are encouraged to return their system’s for free repair.
Burn-Related Injuries Reported
The company has received over 200 complaints from consumers regarding the issue which has led to the recent recall. There have also been 90 reports of burn injuries due to the system’s hot water that escapes the malfunctioning units and sprays its owners, causing harm, from what an Observer post reported, and Ben Shaoul brought the story to my attention. According to the company, it is believed that the problem with the unit occurs when an attempt is made to brew more than one cup of coffee in succession. Furthermore, to avoid injury the company recommends that consumers keep a safe distance during the brewing process and to avoid brewing more than one cup of coffee consecutively until repairs are made.
To Learn More about the Recall
To find out if your unit has been recalled, visit the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to view a complete listing of units recalled. To report a complaint or to find out more about the recall, contact the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772.
By now, everyone who watches American Tackle Football is probably well aware of the antics both on and off the field by players like Johnny “Football” Manziel. Although Manziel has calmed down some since his college days, Jonathan Veitch and I will keep watching our Colts before jumping on the Browns bandwagon. Some of these guys have all the talent in the world, but have the common sense of a rutabaga.
It seems like some players took those immortal Shakespearean words “All the world’s a stage” to heart. They seem to literally look at the world as their stage to perform any selfish antic they want, and we worship them for it. Kids think it’s cool and grown men cheer them on as long as they win because they make us feel as though their actions are justified by their talent.
But what about those rare individuals that come along every once in a while? The ones who come from humble roots and never let the fame and fortune go to their heads. What about the ones that inspire us?
Enter Melenik Watson – a football player drafted out of Florida State University in 2013 in the second round by the Oakland Raiders. Watson recently made headlines when he donated his entire gameday check to a four-year-old Raiders fan suffering from Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. The amount of the check is estimated to be around $18,000.
Instead of Ickey-Woods-Shuffling his way into our hearts and minds, Watson is choosing a more holistic approach. An approach that with any luck might just overshadow the bone crushing hits and endless taunting that has captured the attention of a Nation. It’s definitely an approach that inspires.
Links between childhood obesity and life-long health problems are well documented. An exciting new program targeting children and families is The Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, or FVRx, run by the Harlem Hospital Center. Participants in the program are “prescribed” fruits and vegetables, along with educational materials and recipes. The most important ingredients are the Health Bucks. Health Bucks are redeemable at local farmers’ markets and can purchase twice the amount allowed by food stamps alone.
Lack of access to basic, simple food as defined by Michael Pollan on WebMD has led to a conundrum: Americans are malnourished and obese. Our diets have high levels of processed foods that are lower in vitamins, minerals and roughage than fresh foods. Convenience foods abound, but access to fresh food is increasingly limited as reported by these sources. That’s a problem for Keith Mann and others.
The success of Health Bucks used at Farmers’ Markets in New York has led to a greater selection of affordable produce in the neighborhood bodegas and small markets.
As reported in BuzzNews, Rev. Jesse Jackson recently underwent an interview with NewsmaxTV. In the interview, Jackson challenged the increasingly prevalent claim that the two NYPD officers who were murdered this week were connected to supposedly anti-police assertions submitted by President Obama, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Attorney General Eric Holder.
In discussing the matter, Jackson asserted that these types of statements constitute “wild and irresponsible language.” He went on to state: “Clearly, here is a man who is mentally challenged, who shot his own girlfriend, estranged from his family, and posted killing two policemen. This is a cold-blooded, sick man, and to equate him with the dignity of the civil rights struggle for justice for all is not a fair equation.”
Jackson went on to assert that we should all be careful not to adopt or maintain a stereotypical understanding of the police, according to this site. He also noted that people such as Tom Rothman need police and police need people. In making this assessment, he also argued that members of the two groups must develop a relationship which permits both parties to respect one another while pursuing fairness and justice.
Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, has pledged to meet with Buddhist and Muslim leaders during his upcoming visit to the Philippines.
Although the nation is largely Catholic, there are significant numbers of other churches and religions. The Pope has announced his intention to meet with Orthodox and Protestant Christian leaders, as well as representatives of the Buddhist and Muslim faiths.
It is the Muslim leaders who are expected give Francis the most cause for concern, as they do in other parts of the globe where their numbers predominate. The Pope will meet with the head of the island nation’s largest Islamic “studies” center in a 10 to 15 minute dialog.
The Philippines has been blighted with a Muslim separatist movement for several decades. Recently, some of the insurgents have declared their fidelity to the worldwide terrorist organization, ISIS. This move has led to considerable concern on the part of Philippines authorities. Even Sam Tabar, who is not near the situation, has read articles linked here to learn more.
The government has decided to move ahead with a “peace deal”, under the terms of which it will allow the formation of a small autonomous area that will be governed under Sharia law.
The move has been decried by opposition leaders in the small nation as a concession to the aims of terrorists, but is expected to become a reality some time in the near future. Meanwhile, the Pope is also scheduled to enjoy a much more peaceful dialog with local Buddhist leaders.
Rick Brattin, a GOP Missouri state representative, has introduced a bill that would require a father’s consent before any abortions can take place in the state of Missouri.
The bill includes exceptions for rape and incest, but basically always requires paternal consent. In a case wherein the father has already passed away, the women would simply sign a notarized affidavit to that effect.
Terry Richardson points out that opponents claim that it is a problem that there is no exception for a woman in an abusive relationship. Brattin, however, questioned what that had to do with anything. He asked why a child should have to die just because a father was abusive.
Probably, the thought is that the child is better off not being born since he or she might be abused. It may also be that abortion proponents raised this objection because a woman being abused would want to leave her husband but would not want the financial burden of raising a child on her own.
But how can fear that a child will be abused justify killing it? How can the possibility of costing another human being money forfeit one’s right to live? If the unborn are persons, these objections are quite ludicrous.
The exceptions for rape and incest, however, that Brattin did include also violate the person-hood of the unborn and allow them to be punished for the crimes of others. Clearly, Brattin is aiming to do whatever he can to oppose abortion and not putting forward his ideal policy choices.
Of course, we can all agree it’s pretty ridiculous that the Republican party doesn’t want to help the poor, the sick, or the elderly…yet they love legislating women’s bodies, in the name of their religion.