33 years have passed since the death of Beatles icon John Lennon. Every year, on December 8, people from around the world gather at the tragedy site near Central Park in New York, to lay flowers and speak about their idol.
Beatles fans remember John Lennon on his 33rd death anniversary (Wikimedia CC0)
John Lennon was recording in 1980 the album Double Fantasy along with his wife Yoko Ono. On December 8, while the couple was returning home from the studio, Mark Chapman shot Lennon in the back outside his home at the Dakota Apartments. Without any reason.
John Lennon’s body was cremated and his ashes scattered by Yoko Ono in Central Park.
Lennon’s killer was tried for murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 2000 he was due to be released but remained behind bars because a new trial against him was filed.
The most appropriate way to think of John on this day is not to recall the sad incidents of that night or his murderer, but to celebrate his life as one of the most popular singer and composers of our time, but also his personality and the dreams he had for manking.
A young boy aged 16, faced a serious medical condition and died aboard a Delta Air Lines airplane flying from Seattle to Atlanta on Saturday.
Boy, 16, died on board Delta Airlines flight from Seattle to Atlanta (Wikimedia CC0)
According to the media, the boy, whose identity was not disclosed, originated from Atlanta and was traveling with family members to celebrate Christmas with relatives there. The boy’s father joins the army and is currently stationed in Washington.
The teen started showing signs of distress about half an hour after the 9 a.m. take-off of Delta Flight 128. The plane was re-directed to Spokane, where emergency teams met the aircraft at a gate.
Passenger Joe Ryan said the boy was moved to the back of the craft, where flight attendants applied life-saving procedures.
The Associated Press revealed that the teen suffered an in-flight condition, and died from natural causes before to the landing in Spokane.
Furthermore, the teen had a pre-existing condition, but family claimed he was allowed to fly. It is still unknown what the pre-existing condition was. An autopsy is ongoing.
The flight was due to land in Atlanta at 4 p.m. but the company was working to re-schedule the trip for some of the 258 passengers. Another cabin crew was expected to take over the plane and fly the remaining passengers to Atlanta, with landing estimated to be at midnight Sunday.
Czech Republic’s Prime Minister Jiri Rusnok said, without realizing that his voice is recorded on tape, that he hopes not to be “forced” to attend the next week funeral of the South African leader Nelson Mandela who died last Thursday.
Jiri Rusnok is not keen on traveling to South Africa to Mandela’s funeral (Wikimedia/Karel Růžička)
Rusnok is apparently the first on the list to replace Czech President Milos Zeman who has a health problem. The record went public and became viral on Saturday, informs AFP.
While discussing with the defense minister Vlastimil Picek on Friday in the Parliament, Prime Minister Rusnok said: “I hope the president will go. The thought of going there gives me the creeps.”
The private discussion was captured by the microphones in the Parliament and then broadcast Friday night on the Czech public television.
69-year-old President Milos Zeman is currently on a recovery period after a knee injury and his chances to attend Mandela’s burial ceremony are slim.
“Can you tell me how will [Zeman] climb the stairs to the plane?” Picek asked Rusnok.
The Czech Premier who had sent condolences to South Africa on Friday, expressing “his deep pain and sorrow” caused by the death of Mandela, described the trip as “to the hell away” before concluding in vulgar terms that he will have a “problem” if the president won’t be able to make the travel.
In a statement released to the Czech press on Saturday, Rusnok apologized for the words he used, adding that “it was wrong to say that.”
According to the AP, Rusnok explained that it will be difficult for him to modify his busy program and make time for this unannounced trip. He noted that an announcement will be made these days revealing who will represent Czech Republic at Mandela ‘s funerals on December 15.
Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday and left behind a simple will in which he expressed his wish of being buried in the village where he grew up.
Nelson Mandel wanted to be buried in natal village of Qunu (realitatea.net)
Nelson Mandela wrote his will in 1996 on an A4 sheet demanding to be buried on a remote hillside of his childhood village, Qunu. Furthermore he wanted to have a grave marked with a simple headstone.
“It was made clear in his will that he wanted to be buried in Qunu. He was traditionalist and that’s why he wanted to go back there,” said a source close to the family some time ago, when the health of the former President was extremely precarious.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, from the South African tribe Xhosa, is an icon of universal battle for freedom and human dignity. He was an anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who became the first black president of the Republic of South Africa between 1994 and 1999.
This happened after spending previously 27 years in political detention between 1962 and 1990, including 18 years of imprisonment in a prison cell on the notorious Robben Island.
A 1993 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, “Madiba” was born on July 18, 1918 , and his last months of life was a constant battle with the ruthless disease.
Nelson Mandela has died according to an announced made Thursday evening by the South African President Jacob Zuma. Mandela, the first black president of South Africa and a hero of the anti-apartheid fight, was 95-year-old. (Remembering South Africa’s symbol! scroll down for video archive)
South African symbol Nelson Mandela died on Thursday. Here, Mandela and Bill Clinton in 1993 (Wikimedia CC0)
Previously, the station E-News informed that President Zuma will address the nation shortly on an “issue of national importance.”
Since September 1, Nelson Mandela had been cared for at home by a team of 22 doctors, after being hospitalized for almost three months due to a lung infection.
The pulmonary problems of the Nobel Peace laureate were probably linked to a tuberculosis contracted while in detention on the island-prison “Robben Island”, where he spent 18 of the 27 years of incarceration.
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918. A speaker of the Xhosa language and pulling out of the royal family of the tribe Thembu, Mandela attended the University of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand, where he studied law.
Living in Johannesburg, he was involved in anti-colonial politics, becoming a member of the African National Congress and one of the founders of the African National Congress Youth League, the young organization of the party.
1948 marked the arrival of the National Party, which began implementation of apartheid . Mandela has gained notoriety in 1952 in the so-called Defiance Campaign against Unjust Laws, a peaceful initiative of civil disobedience. In 1953, Nelson Mandela became the head of the party organization in the Transvaal region, supervising the Congress of the People conference in 1955 when a coalition of ANC-led parties opposed to apartheid formed.
Working as a lawyer, Mandela was arrested several times for inciting to riot. Along with the leadership of the party, he was tried for treason between 1956 and 1961 but was not convicted.
Although initially a supporter of the peaceful opposition, Mandela revised later his position becoming co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military faction of the African National Congress, which was responsible for a number of bomb attacks against the government. Arrested in 1962, he was sentenced to life in prison on June 12, 1964 and released 27 years later on 11 February 1990, following an international lobby campaign for his cause.
Subsequently he became president of the African National Congress (ANC) and published his autobiography. He led negotiations with President FW de Klerk to abolish apartheid and organize free multi-racial elections in 1994, which he won becoming the first black president in South Africa.
Despite being a controversial figure during his entire life, – with right wing critics denouncing him as a terrorist and a communist sympathizer -, Mandela received over 250 international awards for its position regarding colonialism and discrimination.
Among them: the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Order of Lenin. Mandela received the Nobel Prize in 1993 together with the previous president of the country, Frederik Willem de Klerk.
Video: Nelson Mandela died at 95 (Mandela speech during prison release)
Video: Nelson Mandela addresses nation after elected President
A playful dog of the Obama family knocked down a 2-year-old girl who was helping the First Lady of the United States to decorate the Christmas tree.
Sunny, the second dog of the Obamas after Bo, gave a thrill to all those present at the White House, when he jumped on the girl and threw her to the ground.
The little girl was not injured, but animal’s unexpected gesture of affection scared her a bit. The dog was well-intentioned as he wanted in fact to play with the toddler. Sunny’s leash was pulled back by the First Lady Michelle Obama, but the canine approached the girl again and licked her face.
The girl was part of a group of children from military families who came to give a hand to Michelle Obama who was making efforts to decorate the White House before the winter holiday.
Video: White House incident: Dog Sunny pushed girl, knocked her to ground
At least four people were killed and 67 injured following the derailment of a commuter train Sunday morning at Spuyten Duyvil station in Bronx, New York , said sources close to the investigation, quoted by CNN
The passenger train derailed Sunday morning in New York, killing four people and injuring another 67, of which 11 are in serious condition, the fire department announced.
Seven cars of the train which was linked to a neighboring suburb, ran off the track at around 07.20, said a spokesman for the firefighters in New York. Initially it was reported that several cars fell into the Hudson River.
A passenger train derailed in New York area and some carriages allegedly plunged into Hudson River (Twitter)
At least two people were killed on Friday when Cyclone Helen hit south-eastern India and hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated in the hours before its arrival, authorities said, according to AFP.
Cyclone Helen threatens India, triggers evacuation of hundred of thousands (romaniatv.net)
“Cyclone Helen made its landfall” a source from the national agency for the disaster management told the French news agency.
Two people were killed by fallen trees, said the source, adding that hundreds of thousands have already been moved to safety as the authorities predicted the evacuation of at least 400,000 people.
Upon the cyclon arrival, heavy rains accompanied by wind gusts up to 70 km/h swept across part of Andhra Pradesh, a predominantly rural southeastern state.
Authorities expect “heavy rain in the next 24 hours in three districts bordering this state,” added the aforementioned source.
Helen is less powerful than Cyclone Phailin, which in mid-October, has reached the Indian coast before climbing towards the north, where it caused 18 deaths and considerable material damage, recalls AFP.
Cyclone will be downgraded to a category of “deep depression”.
Authorities warned that “the natural rage will cause significant damage to huts and thatched roofs”, common in this region, and about 20 rescue teams were deployed Thursday in anticipation of the hurricane.
Over 8,000 people were killed back in 1999 in the Indian state of Orissa, following the passage of a cyclone.
Super-Typhoon Haiyan, that hit the Philippines on 8 November with wind gusts reaching 380 km/h, was placed in category 5, the highest on the Saffir-Simpson scale, and killed at least 5,200 people.
BLACK FRIDAY 2013: To be sure that you take advantage of the retailers offers on Black Friday then you should start preparing today.
This year most of the online retailers, but also those with physical stores, “cheated” the kick off moment of the Black Friday and began the campaign a week before, that is tomorrow November 22. Not all the stores provide discounts over a period of several days, therefore if you “hunt” for certain products and you have preferences regarding the store where you should buy from, then you really need to get prepared as of today. Bids are limited and folks should take advantage of them.
Before you decide which products you intend to buy, you should make a comprehensive list of online retailers who participate in this campaign tomorrow. After that, you should make sure that you subscribe to newsletters of these operators, because most retailers will inform their loyal customers about their offers ahead of others. Of real help is if you “friend” these stores on Facebook, Twitter or Google +.
Once becoming subscribers by completing the required fields in the subscription form, you need to be careful that companies will use your personal information for various marketing campaigns that will take place after the Black Friday.
Scores of people have died after a passenger airplane operated by Tatarstan Airlines nosedived vertically and crashed on landing in the city of Kazan, in the Russian republic of Tatarstan on Sunday evening, according for the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations cited by media agency RiaNovosti. (scroll down for dramatic impact video)
Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 crashed while landing at Kazan Airport (Konstantin Nikiforov via Wikimedia Commons)
Spokesperson Irina Rossius said the plane, a Boeing 737 which was carrying fifty people on board, was on a route from Moscow to Kazan and crashed at 19:30 Moscow time, adding that an explosion was reported. Preliminary information claim that all passengers on board were killed.
According to a spokesman for the Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviatsiya, the pilot tried to bring the aircraft to the ground after three failed landing attempts, adding that Kazan airport has been closed.
Television Rossiya-24 TV reported that the aircraft had 44 passengers and six crew members on board. Russia’s Interior Ministry said the jet was part of Tatarstan Airlines fleet.
Authorities believe that a human error could be held responsible for the cause of the accident.
An investigation is ongoing and Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the government to set up a team to investigate Kazan’s deadly crash landing.
The fire was extinguished at the scene, said a local official sources.
A shocking video footage recorded by a security camera showed the Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 nosediving before hitting the ground.
In the images, the plane appears to fall vertically from the sky before blasting into pieces on the runway.
“We will not land” were the last words said by chief pilot Rustem Salikhov to an air traffic controller.
“The plane simply fell. It plunged vertically into the ground. The ground impact resulted in a huge explosion,” said the transport minister Maksim Sokolov.
Investigators are now considering five possible causes for the crash: pilot error, technical failure, poor fuel quality, adverse weather conditions or a erroneous instructions of the control tower.
Video: Kazan air crash: Tatarstan plane makes vertical plunge into the ground