Archive | July 16, 2014


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Virus alert strikes Commonwealth Games village in Glasgow, Scotland

Virus Alert

No Kiwi athletes or officials have been affected by a diarrhoea and vomiting virus that has hit the Athletes’ Village a week out from the start of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

An advisory message has been sent to teams warning them of a possibility that the virus could be ”highly contagious”.

The problem involved a ”small number” of cases among the workforce at the site in the Dalmarnock district, Games organisers confirmed to British newspaper The Guardian.

”Any village resident with any signs or symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting should stay in their rooms and contact the polyclinic for assistance by telephone or through their team management,” they said.

New Zealand’s health team leader, Dr Bruce Hamilton, said in a statement to Stuff that the Kiwi team had received a health notice about the virus, but no New Zealanders had been struck down.

”The statement in the story is accurate – in that a small number of workers have reported some gastro issues. These workers are not living in the village,” he said.

”No New Zealanders have been affected.”

The team’s health protocols included a briefing on personal hygiene, provision of hand sanitisers for all team members and early notification of any symptoms to our health team which included four doctors, he said.

”Our protocol, in case of any infectious outbreak, is to isolate any individual showing symptoms to mitigate any further spread.”

New Zealand currently has 93 people in the Games’ village.

The opening ceremony was next Thursday (NZT).

Plane makes an emergency stop when it’s tire blows in Calgary, Canada

A Westjet 737 bound for New York sits on the runway after blowing a tire on takeoff at Calgary...

Jon Parker wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary when WestJet flight 1680 gathered speed to take off to New York on a sunny Wednesday.

A frequent flyer, the 48-year-old noticed the plane was a bit rougher than usual while taxiing, but as the 737 neared takeoff speed, the aircraft came a sudden halt.

“Just as we approached takeoff speed and we were just about to go up in the air it got really bumpy,” Parker said.

“Then it skidded a bit to the right and came to a stop.”

About a minute later, the pilot told passengers the plane had blown a tire and was being assessed.

“It was really a lot like a bumpy landing,” said Parker, a Calgarian now living in New York.

“It’s funny, as we taxied out the plane felt a bit bouncy and I said, ‘this runway needs repaving.'”

Despite the lurching plane, the passengers remained calm, he added.

“It could have been much worse.”

WestJet spokeswoman Brie Thorsteinson Ogle said maintenance crews are assessing the damage and passengers will be taken to New York in another plane later Wednesday afternoon.

Severe turbulence strikes plane; 20 injured; South African plane en route to Hong Kong

Turbulence Alert

South African Airways says 20 people on a Hong Kong-bound flight were injured when the plane ran into severe turbulence.


The airline said in a statement that SA286 departed Johannesburg on Tuesday and landed in Hong Kong on Wednesday, and that medics were waiting to assist the passengers when the aircraft arrived.


Airline spokesman Tlali Tlali says 17 passengers and three crewmembers were injured. The Hong Kong fire department adds that two people were critically injured. The victims were taken to three hospitals.


The airline says 165 passengers were on the plane when the turbulence struck as the plane was flying over Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital.


Plane crash in New Jersey, USA

A small plane crashed into a field in Somerset County, N.J. on Wednesday morning.

It happened off of Sunnymeade Road in Hillsborogh Township before 11 a.m. Video from the scene showed the damaged plane flipped near a group of trees.

It appeared that the plane had hit trees on the way down. The wings were not attached to the plane after the crash.

Victor Holmlund, 73, of Hillsborough, was at the controls, the AP reported. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. The AP reported that he is the owner of the plane and was the only person on board.

Crews were investigating a fuel leak from the damaged plane.

The FAA says the single-engine amateur-built Auriga aircraft plane was trying to land at the nearby Central Jersey Regional Airport.

Conditions were hazy at the time of the incident, but it’s not known if weather played a part in the crash.


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Depth: 40 km

Distances: 119 km SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 05:24:22.6 2014-07-17
1175 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 05:24:22.6 2014-07-17
1484 km NW of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,060 / local time: 05:24:22.6 2014-07-17

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Subject To Change

Depth: 40 km

Distances: 115 km SE of Honiara, Solomon Islands / pop: 56,298 / local time: 03:56:13.9 2014-07-17
1178 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 03:56:13.9 2014-07-17
1485 km NW of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,060 / local time: 03:56:13.9 2014-07-17

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Plane makes an emergency landing after reports of smoke in cargo area, Orlando International Airport, USA

Breaking News

A JetBlue plane made an emergency landing at Orlando International Airport on Wednesday morning after reports of smoke in the cargo area.

Flight 354 was headed to the New York JFK airport from Palm Beach International when it made an emergency landing just before 11 a.m., according to OIA officials.

The plane landed safely at OIA and all passengers were taken off of the plane.

JetBlue released a statement to Local 6, saying the captain of the flight, “elected to divert to Orlando (MCO) due to a mechanical indication in the cockpit. Out of an abundance of caution, emergency vehicles met the aircraft upon landing.”

JetBlue also said the aircraft is currently being inspected.

“Worst Hail Damage I Have Ever Seen” says Station Superintendent Matt Stasiak in Wisconsin, USA

Severe Weather Alert

Reports are coming in of extensive hail and lightning damage from a small but intense storm that cut through the town of Sevastopol late last night.
Reports of at least three to four inches of hail in an area near Dunn Road and across Highway 42 came in overnight. Many woke this morning to find gardens destroyed. Agricultural Research Station Superintendent Matt Stasiak says it’s the worst hail damage he has ever seen.