At least 17 passengers were killed and 16 more injured when a mini bus skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district on September 14, officials said. The accident occurred at Dandaran, near Thakrai, when the driver of the mini bus, which was on its way to Kishtwar from the Keshwan area, lost control of it and the vehicle plunged into the over-300-foot gorge, near the Chenab riverbed, on September 14 morning, they said.“A total of 17 persons died and 16 others injured in the unfortunate incident,” District Development Commissioner (Kishtwar) Angrez Singh Rana told PTI. He said the dead included three women and the driver of the ill-fated vehicle Ashraf Hussain.Interestingly, Hussain was fined by the traffic police the day before for overloading, officials said.Mr. Rana said most of the victims died on the spot. One of the 11 critically injured persons, airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment, was declared brought dead by doctors at the Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu.Officials said the bus was carrying over 30 passengers. They said five of the injured were undergoing treatment at a local hospital and their condition was stated to be “stable”. This is the third major accident in Kishtwar district in the last one month.While 13 Machail Yatra devotees were killed when their cab plunged into a gorge on August 21, seven persons were killed and 12 others injured when two vehicles were hit by boulders a day earlier.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was a painful loss but Adamson head coach Air Padda said her team is by all means not a pushover in the league.“We’re not a deadbeat team, if anyone says we are, we’re not a deadbeat team,” said Padda. “I was proud of our defense today, I thought our blocking was solid. There’s just a few things we need to work on and that is experience, game experience for our setter and that’s just coming to go with time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAdamson does lack the experience in the UAAP especially with the departure of Jema Galanza, Mylene Paat, and Fhen Emnas.The Lady Falcons’ roster is made up of seven rookies but has promising attacker in sophomore Chiara Permentilla and veteran leadership in fourth year opposite hitter Eli Soyud and fifth year Mary Joy Dacoron. “I think we’re inexperienced and that was one of the reasons why we lost, especially in the fifth set,” said Padda. “It’s always rough when you lose on the fifth set but everyone did not give up. I was so proud of them and that to me is what Adamson volleyball is about.”“There’s a lot of things we can take away from this to build on. I think that’s what our story is going to be this year, to keep building, keep improving.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Caidic still got game ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Adamson University saw its hopes go up sky high only for University of Santo Tomas bring it back down to the ground in the two teams’ first meeting on opening weekend of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Falcons came back from a two-set deficit only to falter in the fifth set as the Golden Tigresses took a 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-6 win Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Soyud was also a champion with De La Salle back in Season 78 when she was a rookie.The duo of Soyud and Dacoron, however, wasn’t able to offset the youth of the team against the Golden Tigresses especially in the fifth set when UST was able to show its composure.UST was able to get a 5-0 start in the final set and that was essentially the start of the Lady Falcons’ demise.What the Lady Falcons had going for them, though, was their blocking as they repeatedly denied UST star Cherry Rondina at the top albeit being a triple block.Adamson attempted a total of 86 blocks, 32 more than what UST had, and scored 12 points off of them.ADVERTISEMENT
The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) is warning that persons may unwittingly be bringing products containing lead into the country.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank at the agency’s head office in Kingston on Wednesday, October 18, CARPIN’s Poison Information Coordinator, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said while Jamaica does not have a major concern with one of the most commonly used products globally that contains the hazardous element, lead paint, as it is no longer used in the mainstream locally, there are other imports through which lead can enter the island.“We realise that Jamaica has become a global marketplace where persons are purchasing things online… (and) although measures have been set up at the ports to monitor what is coming in, we can’t definitively say that nothing (with lead) has come in; so we may actually find (that there are such) products here. Additionally, although we do not produce (or use) lead paint in Jamaica (in the mainstream), we can’t say that it does not come into the island,” she said.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh emphasised that with Jamaicans importing goods from all over the world, it is imperative that they be enlightened on the prevailing dangers lead poses, so that they make informed decisions on the things they plan to bring in.To this end, she encourages persons to read the labels of their purchases to ensure there is no lead present in the compositions.Meanwhile, Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh is expressing the hope that a strengthened surveillance programme will be instituted that facilitates legislation and policies that prevent the importation of products containing lead, and the appropriate safeguards against potential poisoning resulting from persons’ exposure to the hazardous element.“If we have programmes in place to test or monitor samples of the persons who come in (with products suspected of containing or determined to contain lead), then we can trace and pick up where it is coming from (and put the necessary preventative measures in place),” she said.The Think Tank was a precursor to International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which will be observed from October 22 to 28.The focus for Jamaica is eliminating lead exposure through the environment. Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh emphasised that with Jamaicans importing goods from all over the world, it is imperative that they be enlightened on the prevailing dangers lead poses, so that they make informed decisions on the things they plan to bring in. Story Highlights The Think Tank was a precursor to International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which will be observed from October 22 to 28. The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN) is warning that persons may unwittingly be bringing products containing lead into the country.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has condemned the gruesome murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis of Arnett Gardens Kingston.Young Yetanya was killed after she went missing on Thursday night. Her charred body was found on Friday in the community.Prime Minister Holness expressed outrage at the incident and said, “the thugs who murdered 14-year-old Yetanya Francis have no place in the Jamaican society we are seeking to create.” The Prime Minister said the police have assured him that no stone will be left unturned to find the heartless perpetrators.“I have spoken to the Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police. They both emphasized their resolve to ensure that the perpetrator or perpetrators are brought to justice. No society can survive the constant killing of its children and we all must stand united against these criminals,” said the Prime Minister.Prime Minister Holness appealed to anyone with information on the killing to report it to the police or to call Crime Stop at 311.“Witnesses do not need to fear that their information will be exposed as we have Crime Stop – 311, and other ways to give information. I am asking members of the community of Arnett Gardens as well, if they know who the criminals are to turn them over to the police, as criminals who attack children don’t usually stop,” urged Prime Minister Holness.