Oct 232014

A contingent of 83 Cuban doctors and nurses traveled to Guinea and Liberia on Tuesday night, raising to 256 the numbers of medical personnel sent by Havana to West Africa with the purpose of battling Ebola epidemic.

According to Granma newspaper, the 35 physicians and 48 nurses were named “heroes”. They were greeted by President Raul Castro before boarding the journey to the “epicenter of the global fight against Ebola”.

“I am convinced that we will return victorious and healthy”, said one of the doctors for the state-run television.

Granma reported that 256 Cuban health professionals are currently deployed into the hot zone.

Despite its economic difficulties and modest resources, Cuba has propelled to the front-line of the fight against Ebola, by sending on October 1 the first contingent of 165 medical professionals in Sierra Leone.

Oct 232014

The business world was left in shock when hearing that Christophe de Margerie, the Chief Executive Officer of the French oil group Total, died in a freak air crash at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport after his private plane collided during take-off with a snowplow maneuvered by a drunk Russian driver. (scroll for video)

Christophe de Margerie

Total chief Christophe de Margerie died in freak plane accident in Moscow (public domain)

Perhaps this incident can be placed at the top of the rankings with “the most stupid ways to lose life”, but in Russia everything seems to be possible.

Now, a video footage showing the site were the Falcon 50 aircraft collision with the snowplough left 4 people dead – de Margerie , and three others including pilots – broke out on internet.

The images of the plane after the dramatic collision at Vnukovo Airport in Moscow, popped up on the website Business Insider.

The private Falcon 50-type aircraft was about to leave Moscow and head for Paris, but it failed to lift-off at 23.58 local time (20.58 GMT), after smashing into snowplow, said the representative of Russian Committee for the transportation investigation, Tatiana Morozova.

Russian investigator said on Tuesday that the driver of the troubling snowplow was intoxicated.
“It was established that the driver of the snow vehicle was in a state of drunkenness” the investigative committee stated in a press release.

The funny aspect, if that can be said, is that the investigators mentioned also the “bad weather and pilot error” among the possible causes for the crash.

Video: Total CEO killed in drunken airplane crash in Moscow

Oct 232014

A Russian military aircraft entered the airspace of Estonia on Tuesday and fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the intruder, according to a NATO statement.

“A Russian IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft came into Estonian airspace near the island Sarema” announced the office of the north Atlantic alliance in Europe.

Six NATO fighter aircraft were sent to intercept Russian spy plane.

At that point, the crew of IL-20 turned around and flew back to Russia, and the incident ended without any fire exchange.

Oct 222014

Gunshots were heard Wednesday in downtown Ottawa, inside and outside the country’s Parliament building.

Canada Parliament Ottawa

Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa shaken by shooting event (public domain)

According to witnesses accounts, a shooter began firing at the Ottawa War Memorial and then ran toward the government buildings, where more shots were discharged. At least 20 shots were fired and police is now looking for one, two or event three armed suspects. Media outlets revealed that a soldier was injured in the incident. His condition is not clearly known, but some claim that he died.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Parliament at the time of the shooting incident but left the area safely.

The attack emerged just hours after Canada raised its terror alert level following a fatal hit-and-run assault on two soldiers earlier this week.

“A man came running into the Parliament. He was pursued by armed police and everyone rushed to seek shelter,” said Marc-André Viau, an employee of the Parliament. “The building was rocked by many shots fired by an automatic weapon,” he added.

“Shots fired at War Memorial at 9:52am today; one person injured,” Ottawa Police tweeted on Wednesday as a witness reported seeing authorities search from room to room for the suspects.

Oct 222014
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Oct 222014

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Oct 222014

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Oct 222014

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Oct 212014
Total boss Christophe de Margerie dies in Moscow air crash

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