At least 16 people were killed and six injured after a plane crashed in Russia’s Tatarstan region on Sunday.
The aircraft, which came down near the city of Menzelinsk, was carrying 20 parachutists and two crew members. Six people were in a serious condition, the health ministry said. The crash took place at about 9:23am (06:23 GMT).
“Six people were rescued, 16 were taken out without signs of life,” the emergencies ministry said.
Tatarstan Governor Rustam Minnikhanov, who travelled to the scene, said pilots reported an engine failure and requested an emergency landing shortly after taking off. He said the plane tried to avoid a nearby residential area as it approached for landing but “the altitude didn’t allow it”.
The plane hit a parked van with its wing and the aircraft turned over.
Russian investigators launched a criminal probe over the violation of safety rules.
The plane was a Let L-410 Turbolet, which is a twin-engine short-range transport aircraft. It was owned by an aeroclub in Menzelinsk, the TASS news agency reported.
According to Interfax, the plane belonged to the Voluntary Society for Assistance to the Army, Aviation and Navy of Russia, which describes itself as a sports and defence organisation.
It was created in the 1920s and Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man to travel to space in 1961, has trained on its airfields.
The head of the Menzelinsk parachuting club said it was not to blame for the accident.
“We are the best, we are among the top five clubs,” Ravil Nurmekhametov told TASS, adding the club has hosted European and World championships.
“Cosmonauts train here,” he said.
The state-run Cosmonaut Training Facility suspended ties with the aeroclub pending an investigation.
Russian aviation safety standards have improved in recent years but accidents, especially involving ageing planes in far-flung regions, are not uncommon.
Last month, an ageing Antonov An-26 transport plane crashed in the Russian far east, killing six people.
All 28 people on board an Antonov An-26 twin-engine turboprop died in a crash in Kamchatka in July.
The country also frequently experiences non-fatal air incidents that result in rerouted flights and emergency landings, usually stemming from technical issues.
Flying in Russia can be particularly dangerous in the vast country’s isolated regions, such as the Arctic and the Far East, where weather conditions are frequently extreme.
In July, Ghana’s musical icon Sarkodie released his highly-anticipated album titled ‘No Pressure’. Tomorrow, the Recording Academy will publish its first interview with Sarkodie, one of Africa’s biggest names, on GRAMMY.com.
Watch the trailer below, and stay tuned for the full episode of Sarkodie’s interview, set to debut on Wednesday, September 15 at 10 AM PST/5 PM GMT.
The June 4th Revolution or June 4th Uprising was an uprising in Ghana in 1979 that arose out of a combination of corruption, bad governance, frustration among the general public, and lack of discipline and frustrations within the Ghanaian army.
It was sparked when the then military government of the Supreme Military Council (SMC II) of General F K. Akuffo put then flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings on public trial for attempting to overthrow the government on May 15, 1979.
This happened because Rawlings was a junior soldier in the Ghanaian Army who with other soldiers were refused their salaries.
Rawlings turned the trial against the government by accusing it of massive corruption and requesting that his fellow accused be set free as he was solely responsible for the mutiny.
He was incarcerated for sentencing. His diatribe resonated with the entire nation as there was massive suffering.
On the night of June 3, 1979, junior military officers including Major Boakye Djan broke into the jail where Rawlings was being held and freed him and ostensibly marched him to the national radio station to make an announcement.
The first time the public heard from Rawlings was a now legendary statement that he Rawlings had been released by the junior officers and that he was under their command.
He requested all soldiers to meet with them at the Nicholson Stadium in Burma Camp in Accra.
The entire nation went up in uproar. The soldiers rounded up senior military officers including three former heads of states, General F. K Akuffo, Ignatious Kutu Acheampong, and Afrifa for trial. They were subsequently executed by firing squad.
Rawlings was appointed the head of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) by the revolting Junior military officers to run the country until the ongoing election was completed.
He handed over power to Dr. Hilla Limann in September 1979. But Rawlings again overthrew Limann on 31 December 1981.
Though June 4th became a noted date in Ghana’s history, it has been said to be a date that brings a lot of pain to people who either lost loved ones, lost businesses or had to flee the country.
Meanwhile, all is set for the virtual celebration of the 41st anniversary of the June 4 uprising today, Thursday, June 4, 2020.
Rawlings and leader of the uprising will deliver the keynote address for the event which will be under the theme, “Strengthening the Spirit of Patriotism, Resilience and Integrity in Difficult Times”.
Due to existing social distancing and ban on gatherings protocols instituted by government as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will not be open to the public.
According to the anniversary planning committee, other speakers at the E-durbar will include NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia as well as Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, Ambassador Dan Abodakpi, Maame Efua Sekyi-Addo and Sussie Efua Adoboe all leading members of the NDC.
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It’s worth it! This is the unanimous perception among volunteers working in vaccination actions against Covid-19 in Santa Maria. Without receiving for this, students and teachers in the health area, retired professionals and other volunteers play essential roles for the vaccine to reach the arm of santa-marienses. They are the ones who, from early on vaccination days, register, organize and apply the doses that can help the municipality overcome the pandemic.
According to the city, the Health Department has 260 volunteers trained to act in vaccination, according to the demand. In vaccination in elderly people over 68 years, last Tuesday, about 100 volunteers were scattered around vaccination points. Academics from five educational institutions participate: Franciscan University, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Integrated College of Santa Maria (Fisma), SEG and Polytechnic College of UFSM. Although most are young, there are also those who add experience to the volunteer team. One example is retired nurse Rosenara Berleze Penna, 58. On Tuesday, she worked in the aspiration of doses in the ufsm drive-thru and took the experience of those who organized the immunization of Santa Maria in the pandemic of H1N1, more than 10 years ago, when she worked as coordinator in the immunization sector of the city.
– I’ve always worked for SUS. So I think I have this commitment to the community to help at this very difficult time – he says, with a smile on his face.
The retired Ana Lúcia Lang Motta, 60 years old, helps with the knowledge of those who worked for 15 years in the immunization sector of the municipality. Alongside Rosenara, she served in the ufsm drive-thru. Retired two years ago, she says she can still learn from her colleagues and doesn’t mind waking up early in the morning to get to the vaccination site early.
– These are hard times and it’s time for us to help each other. We work with a new gurizada, academics, it is an exchange is super rich – explains.
And this exchange is a two-way street.
– They learn to work as a team, they can see larger actions. We do actions with more than 1,000 vaccinated. They have to have greater agility, learn to live with the team, acting during a pandemic. All this adds a lot to their training – explains the professor of the Nursing Technician of the Polytechnic College Caren da Silva Jacobi, 30 years old, who coordinated the team of volunteers of UFSM.
In the case of UFSM, the volunteers were selected by a form, which was sent by e-mail to students of the nursing courses. Students were preferably called closer to the completion of the course. The others were directed to a database and can be summoned in case of need. At UFN, the process was similar, and a WhatsApp group was created to coordinate the activities. One of the members of the group is the student Felipe Del Fabro, 24 years old, a nursing student at UFN, who makes a point of participating in all possible vaccination actions.
– It comes from the profile of nursing students, this desire to be contributing, helping others. We feel refreshed. Get out of here with a lot of compliments, thanks. I’ve never been so blessed. Many elderly people are vaccinated and say “God bless you.” They even bring bombom – reports Del Fabro, who acted as a vaccinator at Clube Dores.
In addition, about 200 other employees participated in the action, including health professionals and commissioned positions of the Departments of Urban Mobility, Social Development and Civil Housing, in an integrated action. Army personnel also assist in vaccination, with logistical support for the organization and assembly of tents.
For Health Secretary Guilherme Ribas, volunteering makes all the difference to the success of immunization against Covid-19. The use of volunteers is not unprecedented in such campaigns. Last year, for example, volunteers worked on the application of influenza vaccines, even if on a smaller scale.
– The support of volunteers and educational institutions, being a university city, shows the commitment of these institutions to the population of Santa Maria. Also the support of other secretariats, which is essential, in order to be able to make more and more progress in vaccination – ribas points out.
Among the volunteers, there is even international aid. The Ghanaian Zaria Adams, 26, participated for the first time as a volunteer last Tuesday. She arrived in Brazil in 2017 and started her nursing course in 2018 at UFSM.
“I wanted to participate, because I’m helping and learning too. I’m very happy helping people. The pandemic got in the way of everyone – it counts.”
According to the city’s Vacinometer, updated on Friday last week, 43,436 doses of vaccine were applied in the city. The 4,200 vaccines applied on Tuesday and the more than 5,500 on Thursday are not included in this account.
It is of no doubt that the African continent is on the path of excellence. Millions of young Africans are making a positive change in their various countries. When it comes to technology, science, art, and education – Africans are buzzing it. Over 300 million youth aged 15-24 lived in Africa in 2020 representing nearly 20% of Africa’s population, making up one-fifth of the world’s youth population. If one includes all people aged below 35, this number increases to staggering three-quarters of Africa’s population. This has put Africa at advantage in Youth Development.
Achieving such greatness was no walk in the park for Dr. Thibela. She’s had to overcome many challenges and pick herself up to accomplish her dream
Early academic life
Dr. Thibela started primary school at the age of six at Farel Primary School where she was the top student from grade 1 to grade 6. When it was time to go to grade 7, the school made her skip the grade and promoted her straight to high school.
“I was excited and nervous when the school principal announced to me in the presence of my parents that because of my academic excellence, they decided not to waste my time and promote me to high school,” she says.I am enjoying what I am doing at the hospital. I am getting clinical exposure and my theoretical knowledge is also being reinforced.”21-year-old Dr. Thibela
She then went to Lehlasedi High School where she was promoted to grade 10 because of her outstanding academic performance.
“I was the top of the class throughout and as a result, I was promoted to grade 10 within a week after the school principal had realized my potential. In school I was active in extramural activities such as drama, netball, choir, poetry, and debate,” she told News24.
The following year things started to take a different turn for the 21-year-old when she realized that her grade 11 results were not looking good; she knew she had to do something about it. Her teacher also told her that she needed to pull her socks up.
“I attended extra classes, Saturday classes, and studied with friends to improve my marks that were not above average,” said Dr. Thakgalo Thibela.
Luckily for her, all that hard work paid off and in matric, Thibela passed extremely well finishing off her high school career with 7 distinctions at the age of 15.
The journey to becoming a medical doctor
After obtaining seven (7) distinctions in her matric year, Thibela was awarded a bursary from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), a company that partnered with Lehlasedi High School to sponsor the top learner every year.
She was then admitted to Wits University at the age of 16 enrolling for a six-year degree in the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery(MBBCH). She continued to work hard and remain disciplined and her efforts earned her the qualification of her dreams.
Upon admission, the university refused to provide her with accommodation because of her age. Although she was disappointed by that, she was fortunate to get a place to stay not far from the university. She told News24 that she was continually ridiculed by her university peers for not pronouncing certain English words the way that they were pronounced by most, and she was ridiculed for her accent.
“I was deeply demoralised and that affected my self-esteem. That made me scared to express myself in front of my fellow school mates/peers,” she told News24
However, she managed to fight through that and place most of her focus on her school work. Her academic excellence earned her the Golden Key International membership, a recognition for students who are doing well academically and excelling in Universities all over the world
Currently, the young doctor is doing her practical experiential learning at Helen Joseph hospital in Auckland Park – where she started this year.
“I am enjoying what I am doing at the hospital. I am getting clinical exposure and my theoretical knowledge is also being reinforced. What I like about my job is that even though I may look young, patients never refuse to be examined. Instead, they are pleasantly surprised and ask me how old I am and end complimenting me for being a doctor at an early age.”Dr Thakgalo Thibela
Ukraine to open new embassies and consulates this year
“Ukraine will set up three diplomatic missions and open three consulates this year to strengthen the country’s position in the international arena, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said during an online briefing on March 5.
According to the official, the missions in Ghana, the Philippines and Chile, which are currently branches of other countries’ embassies, will be transformed into fully-fledged stand-alone embassies in the near future.
“Ukraine has already begun work on opening new embassies and consulates in the world,” the Foreign Minister stated during the briefing.
Opening an embassy in the Republic of Ghana would increase Ukraine’s influence in Africa, Kuleba explained. This goes with the ministry’s last year statement about Ukraine’s interest to “develop new dynamic cooperation” with African states. The Foreign Affairs Ministry had prioritized greater focus on Africa in 2021.
The minister also explained that the Philippines is a “very difficult” country and it will be important to bring it around towards closer support of Ukraine’s initiatives in international organizations. Ukrainian businesses have a rising interest in closer trade relations with the archipelagic nation.
Ukraine also plans to open new consulates in Poland, Romania and India.
Millions of people from Ukraine work in Poland. Kuleba believes that opening a consular office in Wroclaw, a city in western Poland with a population close to 640,000, would help Ukrainian migrants more effectively.
In addition, Ukraine plans to open a consulate in Sighetu Marmatiei, a city of 40,000 in northwest Romania, to support the Ukrainian community there and create access to quality services that would strengthen Ukrainian-Romanian relations.
India’s densely-populated financial center, Mumbai, was also chosen for a new Ukrainian consulate. The minister sees it as a huge business opportunity for Ukrainians, as well as an excellent way to attract foreign investment.
“I promise, as a minister, that these embassies and consulates will be established quickly, that we will appoint professional people there,” Kuleba said.”
Ghana and the United Kingdom have signed a new interim Trade Partnership Agreement after days of negotiations, ending the Transition Period following the withdrawal of UK from the European Union
The agreement is expected to provide for duty free and quota free access for Ghanaian goods to the UK market and preferential tariff reductions for UK exporters to the Ghanaian market.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, “the agreement will enter into effect following the completion of relevant internal procedures required in both Ghana and the UK”.
Earlier this year, UK companies threatened to reject imports from Ghana as the country and Britain failed to reach a trade agreement, post Brexit.
Banana farmers were the hardest hit, losing about 20% of their exports to the UK and could have lost about 70% more if the agreement was not finalized.
The new agreement is said to reaffirm the deep interest of both Ghana and the UK to strengthen their longstanding trade and economic relationship.
The agreement also reflects the importance of integration between the West African States within the context of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and amongst African States within the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has rejected the results of the 2020 Presidential elections as announced by the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission (EC),Jean Mensa on Wednesday December 9,2020.
Speaking at a Press Conference after the declaration of results,the Minority Leader,Haruna Iddrisu stated that the party has doubts about the whole electoral process hence, the rejection.
“We reject the presidential elections as announced by the chair of the Electoral Commission. And we also want to serve notice that the blatant effort even to deny us of a parliamentary majority will be fiercely resisted”.
Meanwhile,Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been re-elected as President of the Republic of Ghana.