World News Round Up (January 05)

admin   •   January 5, 2015   •   1887

Pauline Cafferkey was transferred on to a Hercules transport plane at Glasgow Airport in Scotland on 30 December.(Reuters/Stringer)

British nurse na may Ebola, nasa kritikal na kondisyon

Nasa kritikal na kondisyon ang isang British nurse na tinamaan ng sakit na Ebola.

Ang nurse na kinilalang si Pauline Cafferkey ay ginagamot sa Royal Free Hospital sa Great Britain.

Si Cafferkey ang kauna-unahang na-diagnose na may sakit na Ebola sa naturang bansa.

Ngayon ay nasa specially designed tent ang 39-anyos na nurse upang makontrol at maiwasan ang panganib na dala ng nakamamatay na virus.

Sa tala ng World Health Organization (WHO), umaabot na sa halos 8,000 tao ang namatay dahil sa Ebola, habang nalagpasan na nito ang 20,000 na nahawaan ng sakit sa Sierra Leone, Liberia, at Guinea.

Bumagsak na AirAsia plane, walang lisensya na lumipad sa rutang Surabaya-Singapore sa araw ng linggo

Inihayag na ng Indonesian authorities na wala pa lang lisensiya ang AirAsia na bumiyahe sa Surabaya-Singapore rout tuwing araw ng linggo.

Magugunitang araw ng linggo nang bumagsak ang AirAsia sa karagatang sakop ng Indonesia.

Ayon sa ministry of transport ng Indonesia, ang nasabing airline ay pinapayagan lamang na bumiyahe ng apat na beses sa loob ng isang linggo, hindi kasama ang araw ng linggo.

Maliban rito, iimbestigahan din ng Indonesia ang iba pang airlines na nag-o-operate sa nasabing bansa para siguruhing sumusunod ang mga ito sa license agreements.

Sinabi naman ng Indonesia AirAsia CEO na si Sunu Widyatmoko na makikipag-ugnayan sila sa mga awtoridad habang nagpapatuloy ang imbestigasyon.

Hindi na rin sila maglalabas ng anumang impormasyon hanggang hindi pa tapos ang isinasagawang imbestigasyon sa insidente.

Sa ngayon ay aabot na sa 34 ang bilang ng mga bangkay na na-recover sa bumagsak na AirAsia flight QZ8501.

2 nawawala, mahigit 30 bahay tinupok ng apoy sa pananalasa ng bushfire sa South Australia

Dalawa ang nawawala at mahigit 30 bahay na ang tinupok ng bushfire sa South Australia.

Tatlong araw nang inaapula ng mahigit 500 fire-fighters ang bushfire na umabot na sa Adelaide Hills.

Daan-daang pamilya na ang lumikas ng kanilang tahanan at ang ilan ay sapilitan nang pinaalis ng mga awtoridad kahit walang dalang kagamitan.

Ayon sa forecast ng Bureau of Meteorology ng Australia, inaasahang tataas ang temperatura sa Adelaide mula sa 34 degrees celsius hanggang 38 degrees celsius sa araw ng Martes.

Dahil dito, pinangangambahang kumalat pa ang bushfire sa mga kalapit na bayan sa mga susunod na araw dahil sa mataas na temperatura. (UNTV News)

Gov’t, private sectors unite to bring over 10,000 foreign tourists to NAIA, Clark Int’l Airport

Maris Federez   •   March 25, 2020

Passengers rush to catch last plane out amid lockdown in the Philippines (19 March 2020)

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT), together with several government agencies and various domestic airlines, have joined forces to ferry more than 10,000 foreign tourists from different parts of the country to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Clark International Airport.

This measure is aimed at assisting these foreign tourists who were stranded in the country due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine to be able to go back to their respective countries.

DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said this will help lessen the stranded tourists in the various islands in the country.

“The Department of Tourism has been doing everything within its resources to ease the congestion in the different regions by facilitating the movement of foreign tourists stranded in the different islands of the country,” Puyat said in a statement.

Over the weekend, 7,915 tourists were brought to the two airports through the sweeper flights of different domestic airlines, such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, and Air Swift, as well as chartered flights.

DOT regional offices also assisted the stranded tourists in Luzon via land transport.

The Philippine Coast Guard, on the other hand, helped ferry those in Bohol, Siquijor, Negros, and Cebu through inter-island vessels.

Shuttle services and hotel accommodations were arranged for several stranded tourists who were also given free foods and hygienic items while waiting for their flights at the NAIA.

Other sweeper flights were also used for those in Iloilo, Tacloban, and Cagayan de Oro.

Three more sweeper flights are also being prepared for the others in Davao and Puerto Princesa to be transported on Thursday (March 26).

Two sweeper flights are also scheduled for tourists on Boracay island for transportation on Thursday, and four more over the weekend. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

CAAP: 3 major airlines commit to aid evacuation of Filipinos from Middle East

Robie de Guzman   •   January 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said on Friday that three airlines in the country have pledged their commitment to provide aid to Filipino workers in the Middle East who may be repatriated should tensions escalate between the United States and Iran.

In a statement, CAAP director general Jim Sydiongco identified these airlines as Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia.

“Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have agreed to accommodate free of charge stranded Filipinos in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) or in any of its available Middle East flights, once the plans for the repatriation has been outlined. Air Asia on the other hand has agreed to the possible allocation and free accommodation of repatriated Filipinos that need to go back to their respective provinces in their domestic flights,” Sydiongco said.

CAAP said the airlines made the commitment after they met with officials from the Department of National Defense, Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Transportation to draft plans for the possible evacuation of Filipinos affected by the current US-Iran tension.

The same meeting also mapped-out actions currently being undertaken by concerned government agencies, as well as future strategies that the government will initiate should the events in the Middle East escalate, in order to secure the safety of Filipinos there.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, for his part, said the air sector guarantees the swift and effective implementation of the repatriation plan.

“When needed, our aviation sector, and the whole of DOTr, will fully support the government’s efforts in this repatriation. We will ensure that there will be no delays in getting our OFWs home and safe,” Tugade said.

CAAP likewise expressed readiness to comply with the government’s requirements to facilitate air movement.

“CAAP will be doing its part and will be more than willing to support air operations that will ensure the safety of the Filipino people in this crucial time,” Sydiongco said.

High temperatures, winds fan bush fires in Australia

UNTV News   •   December 30, 2019

Sydney, Australia – Soaring temperatures and high winds on Monday buffeted bush fires across southern Australia, where a voluntary firefighter died in an accident.

Emergency warnings for out of control fires in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania remain in place while New Year’s Eve firework displays have been canceled in several cities.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service said a volunteer firefighter died when a truck rolled over in high winds near Jingellic, 70 kilometers east of Albury. The latest fatality brings the number of bush fire-related deaths since July in Australia to 10.

“A further two firefighters on the same truck have suffered burns and are being conveyed to hospital,” the emergency department said in a statement.

There are more than 100 active fires, half of them out of control, in several Australian states, mainly in New South Wales. Blazes are also affecting Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

Authorities in Victoria have recorded thirty active fires, some very close to the Melbourne metropolitan area.

Extreme temperatures and high winds are driving the flames.

Every Australian state on Monday recorded temperatures above 40C (104F), even the normally temperate Tasmania, which is experiencing the hottest December on record.

The raging fires threaten an abundance of regional flora, including the koala.

Officials in the capital Canberra and other major cities have canceled New Year firework displays while Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and the country’s largest city, has decided to go ahead with its pyrotechnic celebrations.

New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro opposed the decision.

He tweeted: “Sydney’s New Years Eve Fireworks should just be canceled, very easy decision.

“The risk is too high and we must respect our exhausted RFS volunteers. If regional areas have had fireworks banned, then let’s not have two classes of citizens. We’re all in this crisis together.”

His stance follows an online campaign more than 274,000 people had joined by Monday demanding the suspension of shows countrywide and to instead allocate the money used to organize them to support firefighters and victims.

The Sydney municipal government ruled out suspending the show, scheduled to take place on the emblematic port bridge, the budget for which amounts to AUD 5.8 million ($4 million) and is expected to be viewed live by about 1 million people.

Tanya Goldberg, the city’s head of major events said preparations for the show began 15 months ago and that the security budget had been spent, adding that the event’s cancellation would have few benefits for devastated communities.

At least 10 people have died from the fires since July, nine in New South Wales, where 3 million hectares and more than 900 houses have been burned.

The latest bush fire outbreak began just before the onset of the austral summer in December. Authorities have also forecast a shortage of rain until March.

Thousands of residents were urged to evacuate their properties in Victoria.

Bush fires blighted the state in 2009, killing 173 people and injuring hundreds more. EFE-EPA

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