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Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission replies to Reporters Without Borders

first_img Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car LebanonMiddle East – North Africa ————————————————————————–11.08.2006 Israel again strikes at media installationsReporters Without Borders today condemned Israel for new attacks onLebanese media installations, after troops fired yesterday at a national TVrelay station in Beirut, slightly injuring two people, and shortlyafterwards fired missiles at national TV installations at Amshit (40 km north of the city) that had earlier been bombed on 26 July.————————————————————————–22.07.2006 Israeli air strikes destroy TV antennae and kill an LBC technicianReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the Israeli military’s decision to strike telecommunication installations in Lebanon, thereby depriving millions of Lebanese citizens of TV news and information, especially the broadcasts of the commercial Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC). An LBC technician was killed when installations in Satka, in East Beirut, were attacked.”We are outraged by the death of an LBC technician in these air strikes, which were carried out without taking account of the need to protect media employees and other civilians. Media installations may under no circumstances be treated as military targets,” the press freedom organisation said. “After bombing Hezbollah’s TV station Al-Manar, the Israeli authorities are stepping up the destruction of Lebanese media installations and means of communication, and this is absolutely scandalous.””We call on the Israeli prime minister to put an immediate end to the air strikes against the media, telecommunication installations and any other targets that could endanger the lives of journalists and media workers,” Reporters Without Borders added.The Israeli airforce today struck at telecommunications antennae near Beirut and in northern Lebanon. The air strikes were above all targeted at LBC, whose broadcasts were interrupted. Air strikes at Terbol, in northern Lebanon, resulted in the broadcasts of LBC, Avenir TV and Al-Manar being cut in various parts of the country.LBC technician Sleimane Chidiac was killed during an air strike on the station’s installations in Satka.An Al-Jazeera TV crew also came under fire from the Israeli airforce while covering the bombardments in southern Lebanon.Reporters Without Borders intends to ask the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) to investigate these air strikes to determine if they violated international humanitarian law. The IHFFC was created in 1991 under Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions to look into any alleged serious violation of international humanitarian law. Help by sharing this information Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon The Berne-based International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) has replied to a Reporters Without Borders request on 1 August that it should investigate the recent Israeli air strikes on journalists and media infrastructure in Lebanon on the grounds that they violated international humanitarian law.Reporters Without Borders asked the commission to request authorisation from the two parties concerned, Israel and Lebanon, to conduct an investigation.In its reply, dated 16 August, the commission said it was very concerned by events. “Deliberate attacks against journalists and infrastructure belonging to or used by the press constitute a serious violation of international law,” the reply said. “Journalists have the right to perform their role in territories where fighting is taking place,” the commission said, adding that it was doing everything possible to ensure that humanitarian law was respected in this war.Reporters Without Borders commented: “We very much hope that Lebanon and Israel will authorise the commission to fulfil its principle role, which is to help combat impunity by objectively and officially verifying whether violations of humanitarian law have been committed.” LebanonMiddle East – North Africa News January 14, 2021 Find out more News Organisation August 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission replies to Reporters Without Borderscenter_img to go further Related documents The complete text of the IHFFC’s reply (in french) can be downloaded herePDF – 518.73 KB Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Receive email alerts February 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Follow the news on Lebanon News November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Food Truck Extravaganza

first_img Pinterest TAGS  WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Previous articleOAT052419 Rodney Carrington.jpgNext article050319 OHS Socorro Baseball_06 Digital AIM Web Support Local News Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Food Truck Extravaganza Immanuel Baptist Church, 4020 E. University Blvd., has scheduled a Food Truck Extravaganza from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 9. Covered seating will be provided, and the playground will be open.last_img read more

Scientists aim to be the first to reach the Earth’s mantle

first_imgThe Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) plans to drill down through the Earth’s crust and reach the mantle, the second of four layers which make up the Earth. While researchers have been attempting this elusive feat since the 1960s, if JAMSTEC and its partners succeed they will be the first to ever to do so.The project will begin with a preliminary expedition undertaken by seafloor survey vessel Kairei, which, equipped with submarine vehicles and dredges, will use sonar to test the structure from the seafloor to a dozen kilometres underground. These tests will take place in September this year in waters northeast of Hawaii, with the coasts of Mexico and Costa Rica also to be considered for drilling.Once a drill site has been chosen, the project will be handed over to JAMSTEC’s flagship vessel, Chikyu, equipped with drilling technology normally seen only on commercial oil drilling platforms. Chikyu will have to lower its drill through 4 kilometres of ocean before attempting to reach through the 6 kilometres of rock which make up the crust, the outermost layer of the earth. This may seem a long distance, but it is relatively thin—if the team were attempting the same feat on land, they would have to drill through dozens of kilometres of rock to reach their goal.JAMSTEC hope to begin excavating as soon as the early 2020s, but there are financial concerns. The Integrated Ocean Drilling Platform (IODP) made plans to use Chikyu for a mantle expedition back in 2013, but the project was hit by severe budget troubles, and this new project has an estimated cost of ¥60 billion (roughly equivalent to £400 million).The researchers hope that by sampling the mantle and the crust-mantle divide, it will be possible to better determine how the crust initially formed, giving us insights into the geological history of our planet.Speaking to CNN, some of the JAMSTEC team expressed excitement about the prospect of finding microbial life deep under the Earth’s surface. In 2006, a group of Princeton-led researchers working in a South African mine some 2.8 kilometres below the surface discovered bacteria alive and well leading scientists to ask just how deep into the crust organisms can survive. The study of organisms who live in seemingly inhospitable conditions, so-called ‘extremophiles’, is exciting to many scientists as they give an insight to the adaptations developed in extreme conditions, possibly hinting at the characteristics of life on other planets.The Japanese government also support the project with a more practical reason in mind: by developing better drill technology, drilling further than ever before, and discovering more about the mantle, many advancements can be made in predicting earthquakes—a major and common problem in Japan due to its location on the edge of the Eurasian continental plate. This will also help deal with devastating tsunamis and tidal waves which are often caused by undersea earthquakes.The research vessel Chikyu has a history of earthquake prediction. It has been used in the past to investigate the join between the Philippine and Eurasian tectonic plates, which cause many of Japan’s earthquakes as they slowly scrape past each other. It may now be possible that the same vessel, drilling in pursuit of a geological holy grail that has been sought for over 50 years, can uncover crucial information about the first two layers of the Earth, with consequences not only for Japan, but across the world.last_img read more

St.Pauls humbles defending champions Hitters while Ghaut Bucks surprises Cottong Gound in weekend SKABA match-ups

first_img 56 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsSports St.Pauls humbles defending champions Hitters while Ghaut Bucks surprises Cottong Gound in weekend SKABA match-ups by: – June 9, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Thursday Night at Basketball City Cotton Ground Rebles took on Ghaut Bucks in the Premier DivisionAt the half the scores was 37 – 35 to Bucksthe final score ended 81 to 67 Ghaut BucksGhaut Bucks;Tambora “Tamby”  Caines 26 pts 2 rebs 5 ass 5 stlsDrevil Gumbs 13 pts 14 rebs 1 assDwight  “Mac 11” Jacobs 13 pts 4 rebs 4 ass 1 stlCotton Ground;Everson Webbe 16 pts 4 rebs 4 ass 3 stlsJennerson  “Buju” France 16 pts 3 rebs  1 stlKurt Herbert   14 pts 8 ass 2 stls In the Second Game that evening still in the Premier Division,The Game was lost by Forfeiture by the Village Tickers to St Paul’s Tuff Knots.Saturday night in the junior Division ODB Fruta Falcons came up against SLH Ghetto roots.At the Half the score was 34 to 22 to Fruta FalconsThe game ended 65 to 57 to Fruta FalconsFor the Fruta Falcons;Elroy Huggins 17 pts  8 rebs 1 stl 1 blkDequan Richards 12 pts  2 rebs 4 ass 5 stlsDejuan Grant 8 pts 3 rebs 2 stlsFor the SLH Ghetto Roots;Brian Williams 13 pts 1 ass 5 stlsMicheal Daniel 11 pts 5 rebs 2 ass 5 stls 1 blkDelva Matthew 8 pts 5 rebsIn the second game that same evening in the Premier Division,the St Paul’s Tuff Knots took on the Rams Hitters.At the half the score was 41 – 27 to St PaulsThe score ended 82 to 68 to St PaulsFor St paul’s Tuff Knots;Karis Douglas 27 pts 6 rebs 3 ass 2 stlsNashorn Maynard 20 pts 18 rebs 5 ass 2 stls 1 blkClayton Powell  12 pts  3 rebs 8 ass 3 stlsFor Rams Hitters;Tyrone Hutchinson 15 pts 2 rebs 2 ass 2 stlsMarlon Powell 14 pts 3 rebs 1 ass 3 stlsAnsel Revan 9 pts  12 rebs 2 ass 4 stls 2 blksBy: St.Kitts Sports Newslast_img read more

Dixon Takes His 3rd Indy 500 Pole for the 101st Running

first_imgP1 Qualifier Scott Dixon, with daughters Poppy and Tilly.Speedway, Ind. — Scott Dixon won the Indy 500 in 2008 after staring in the Pole Position, and now he is set to try and do that again for the 101st running of The Indianapolis 500. Alongside Dixon on the front row are Ed Carpenter and 2016 Indy 500 Winner, Alexander Rossi.Only three Chevys made it to The Fast Nine after yesterday’s initial qualifying runs. Two by teammates Ed Carpenter and JR Hildebrand, the other by Penske Driver, Will Power. Power was, surprisingly, the only Penske car to make it into The Fast Nine.Sebastien Bourdais was not able to qualify today. While making his initial qualifying run Saturday, he suffered an horrific crash in Turn 2. The crash resulted in Bourdais needing surgery to fix a broken pelvis and hip. He’ll need more surgery, but is expected to make a full recovery. Team owner, Dale Coyne, is hopeful Bourdais will be back in a car next season.Dale Coyne Racing announced on Sunday that Australian James Davison will be replacing the injured Sebastien Bourdais aboard the #18 GEICO Honda for the 101st Indianapolis 500.Davison is familiar with the team, having last raced for DCR at the 2015 Indianapolis 500. He made two other starts with the Plainfield-based team in 2013. The Australian has a best result of 16th at the Indianapolis 500, registered in 2014.The 101st Indianapolis 500 can be heard live on 103.9 FM, WRBI, next Sunday, May 28th.last_img read more

Fitting end to disappointing season

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – Saturday was a chance for Wisconsin to right the ship, end the season on a four-game win streak and add a so-called “signature win” to a season’s resume lacking in that department. It was a chance for the Badgers to forget about the 19-point collapse in Michigan, the home blowout to Penn State, the four-game Big Ten losing streak and the last-second loss at Michigan State.But unfortunately for the Badgers, their performance against Florida State in the 2008 Champs Sports Bowl reminded them of the latter group of woes, the game proving to be a microcosm of the 7-6 (3-5 Big Ten) season that was.It was a virtual home game for the Seminoles (9-4, 5-3 ACC) and they gave their virtual home crowd much to cheer about, as they dismantled Wisconsin 42-13 in front of 52,692 fans packed into Orlando’s Citrus Bowl, most of whom were dressed in garnet and gold, performing the coveted “Tomahawk Chop” after every positive Florida State play.“This was definitely a home game for them,” UW senior cornerback and regular season team MVP Allen Langford said. “This is Florida and we wanted to use that as motivation, but obviously it didn’t work.”The Badgers outplayed the Seminoles in the first half, out-gaining and out-possessing them during that span, but went into halftime down 14-3. After a scoreless first quarter, the ‘Noles drew first blood by means of its defense. Junior quarterback Dustin Sherer tried a quick lateral to running back P.J. Hill, but the ball was batted just behind the line of scrimmage by Neefy Moffett, recovered by linebacker Derek Nicholson and taken 75 yards the other way. After the game, Sherer admitted to missing a wide open Garrett Graham down the middle of the field that could have led to a touchdown.“I kind of thought that it was down the line, something we could challenge,” Sherer said. “I thought they lined up a certain way, they didn’t have enough guys over there, but they kind of shifted the line and had a guy coming off the edge and I threw the ball right into him. I hit [Garrett] and it’s just a whole different ball game.“That’s on me and I guess it’s something that you learn from.”The Wisconsin defense kept the Seminoles’ offense off the scoreboard for nearly the entire first half. Up 7-3, the Seminoles got the ball on the Wisconsin 47-yard line. It took quarterback Christian Ponder and Co. only 33 of the 40 seconds remaining in the half to get the ball in the end zone. After a 26-yard third down completion to wide receiver Louis Givens, Ponder lobbed his next pass over the head of UW cornerback Niles Brinkey, where Greg Carr and his massive 6-foot-6 frame snagged it for the one-handed touchdown grab.“That was definitely a huge momentum swing, but on defense we’ve got to do our job,” Langford said. “We’ve got to read our keys and make plays. Our coaches put us in position to make those plays and we didn’t come up with them.”Philip Welch converted his second field goal in as many opportunities to begin the third quarter, but the Badger defense lost its first-half luster at about the same time. On the ensuing drive, it seemed as if safety Jay Valai came up with a Florida State fumble on the FSU 20-yard line. But the replay showed that wide receiver Bert Reed’s knee was down and the Seminoles retained the ball and marched the distance, capped off by a 6-yard Antone Smith touchdown scamper. It would be the first of four unanswered Florida State second-half touchdowns.“I thought that was going to be a huge momentum [swing for us]; I didn’t think that was going to get overturned,” Sherer said of Valai’s near-turnover. “We were looking at a 14-6 ball game on the 20-yard line, but we were never able to recover from it and we weren’t able to get off the field on third down.”Third down – on both sides of the ball – was an issue for the Badgers all night. They converted only 2-for-10 in that situation, while Florida State was 10-of-17.“Any time you’re in third down [on defense] you want to get off the field,” said UW head coach Bret Bielema, whose bowl record fell to 1-2 with the loss. “Hats off to their defense; they were successful several times on third down and that was a huge factor in the game.”Hill finished with 140 yards on only 15 carries, but Wisconsin‘s inability to convert yards into points once again proved to be the difference.“We ran the ball all over them,” Sherer said. “We played Wisconsin football, we just did enough stuff to shoot ourselves in the foot and that’s kind of the way it went all year.”Florida State punter Graham Gano was named the game’s MVP. Gano’s first three punts were all downed inside the Wisconsin 3-yard line.In the end, it was squandered opportunities and the failure to finish drives that led to the Badgers’ demise, things they’ll have to fix in order to be more competitive next season.“It was difficult and the only true problem that can happen is if we don’t take our guys that are returning and learn from this,” Bielema said. “Not only today’s experiences, but things that we experienced throughout the entire course of the season.“Unfortunately for us we weren’t able to send out a good group of [17] seniors on a positive [note].”last_img read more

Alexander: Shaming, apparently, will be Astros’ strongest punishment

first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “ … I don’t think there’s a player in Major League Baseball who relishes the idea of being a 2017 Houston Astro and being out there answering questions about exactly what happened and why it happened.”• In other words, despite the pleas of Astros personnel to drop the subject and move on, it darned well is not going to be dropped and 29 other fan bases are darned well not going to move on. Be it opposing players or other fan bases who feel robbed, this isn’t going away. Nor should it.It is, in fact, refreshing that so many players – including those who normally attempt to remain as non-controversial as possible – have spoken out so sharply. Even Mike Trout took aim at his division rival on Monday morning in Tempe, saying he’d “lost respect for some of those guys,” and noting that it sure must be nice to be a hitter and know exactly what’s coming.Mike Trout shares his thoughts on the Astros’ sign stealing scandal, and isn’t happy with the punishment pic.twitter.com/LPU9iX0soo— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) February 17, 2020 Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img • Maybe the idea of a fixed score to win the game isn’t that bad an experiment. I know the concept is named after the guy who invented it, Nick Elam. But shouldn’t there be a way somehow to get part of the naming rights for Hall of Famer Ralph Lawler, and Lawler’s Law?• I’ve also bypassed the XFL so far. I’m told I haven’t missed much, unless you’re enchanted by a bunch of former NFL practice squad guys going against each other.• One last baseball observation: Manfred talked to his Florida audience on Sunday about “really serious restrictions on player and playing personnel access to video in-game.”Here’s the only restriction guaranteed to work: No video access at all, from first pitch to last. Let hitters and pitchers go back to making their adjustments after games, not during. And if managers want to challenge a call, let them do so with their own eyes and wits rather than waiting for someone to see a replay.Sometimes the best solution is also the simplest. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter When you’ve lost Mike Trout, you’ve lost America.• There’s a bonus from this new version of “punishment,” too. The public’s right to vent is a new motivation to buy tickets when the Astros come to town.For instance, members of Pantone 294, the fan group that usually takes over opposition stadiums to support the Dodgers, is buying a block of tickets to the Angels’ home opener against Houston on April 3. And they’ve invited Yankee fans, who are just as aggrieved, to join them in jeering the Astros.I really didn’t think this was what it would take to bring people together, but whatever.• What we’ve learned from the investigation, penalties and subsequent reaction, besides the extreme sensitivity of Astros people to any suggestion that the 2017 championship is tainted – which it is – would be the extreme tone-deafness of the commissioner.• I understand his reluctance to strip or vacate that championship. This isn’t the NCAA. It would be an act unprecedented in professional sports, and once you’ve started rewriting the record book where do you stop?But Manfred certainly stepped in it in an interview with ESPN on Sunday morning when he addressed the subject by saying, “The idea of an asterisk or asking for a piece of metal back seems like a futile act.”Piece of metal?• And good for Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner in challenging that statement on Monday morning in Glendale, in addition to his general remarks slamming Manfred’s discipline decision.Justin Turner was honest in his response to Comissioner Manfred’s statements about the Commissioner’s Trophy pic.twitter.com/3leAZKGOoG— Nikki Kay (@NikkiKaySN1) February 17, 2020Turner’s best line: “For him to devalue it the way he did yesterday just tells me how out of touch he is with the players in this game. At this point, the only thing devaluing that trophy is that it says ‘Commissioner’ on it.”Beautiful.• Incidentally, the YouTube video of Manfred’s Florida news conference, at the Braves’ spring training camp, featured an empty podium for a full 13 minutes before the commissioner showed up. An editorial comment, perhaps?• A one-year postseason ban is also unprecedented in pro sports, and yet soccer’s Manchester City just got a two-year ban from the UEFA Champions League – essentially European soccer’s postseason – for violations of the sport’s Financial Fair Play rules.The difference? The sheikhs from Abu Dhabi who own the club have indicated they’ll fight the suspension with whatever it takes. You think the controversy over Signgate is ugly? It will be tiny compared to this.• I must confess to bypassing the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. As a rule, I don’t have much use for All-Star exhibitions in contact sports, given that defense and competitiveness usually seem to take the day off. Sunday’s score suggests defense was still optional much of the evening, but reports were that the guys were indeed trying in at least the final quarter.Related Articles The world according to Jim:• Rob Manfred made it official Sunday. We might not have gotten to the shunning stage, but shaming appears to be the new official punishment of Major League Baseball.The commissioner believes he cannot issue any additional penalties to the Houston Astros for Signgate since he offered players immunity to talk – though, as he noted, woe be to any pitcher who comes in high and tight in response to the team’s cheating. So the next step is obviously up to the public.• “The one thing I do take issue with is the notion that anybody in the Houston organization escaped without punishment,” Manfred told reporters during his annual Florida spring training media availability on Sunday afternoon. “I think if you look at the faces of the Houston players as they’ve been out there publicly addressing this issue, they have been hurt by this. They will live with questions about what went on in 2017 and 2018 for the rest of their lives, and frankly, it’s rare that for any offense you have a punishment that you will live with for the rest of your life.last_img read more

Beautiful Gesture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic delighted everyone (Video)

first_imgFootball player of Manchester United with BH roots, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, often delights, shocks and intrigues the public.However, it was never in question that Ibra is giant in the world of football.Thus, he delighted with another gesture during preparations for going out on the field before the match against AS Saint-Etienne while he was still playing for Paris Saint-Germain. Ibrahimovic noticed that one father is pushing his son and pulling back another boy, in order for his son to go to the field with Ibrahimovic.Ibra shortly looked at the man and returned the boy again at his side.Take a look at the VIDEO.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img

WHS Daily Bulletin: Meeting for students wanting to go to Spain is Sunday

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Friday, Oct. 16, 2015:Friday•State tennis at Winfield, 11 a.m.•Varsity football at Rose Hill, 7 p.m•All School play.Saturday•Volleyball at Clearwater, 9 a.m.•State tennis at Winfield, 9 a.m.•All school play.Today’s Lunch–   Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Pineapple, Hot Roll and MilkMonday’s Lunch — Crispito with Red Sauce, Romaine and Tomato, Corn, Chilled Peaches, Cheesy Breadstick and Milk.Today’s News: *The theme for tonight’s game at Rose Hill is Pink Out!!*Juniors: Last Call for Magazine Sales!  If you are still holding on to any prom magazine sales, you must turn it to Mrs. Lawless or Ms. Ford by the end of the day on Monday, October 19.*Seniors- it’s about time to start thinking about your senior quote for the yearbook. Especially if you are graduating early!!*Students interested in going to Spain with Mrs.Groom June 2017-  There will be a parent meeting this Sunday at 5:00 in room 101.  Please enter through the student entrance*Love dramatic performance? Then come and see the Crusaders of the Stage production -Trail of the Lonesome Pine. They will be performing for the school on October 16th in the afternoon – cost is $2. You can give your money to your 8th hour teacher.  Other performances are on October 16th and 17th at 7:00 p.m. There will be a shortened schedule on today due to the performance. Students- Please plan accordingly.*Attention Class officers: If you want any of your float decorations that were used for the dance, please see Ms. Vaughn. Any decorations that are not claimed by Friday afternoon will be thrown away.*ATTN JUNIORS:  The Kansas Star Casino has purchased ACT vouchers for all current Juniors.  If you are planning on taking the ACT stop by the counseling office for your voucher.*US Sgt. Justin Smith will be here during lunch on Monday, October 19th.*September 14th through November 11th all student-athletes 7th through 12th grades, will be given the opportunity to attend Core-Strengthening Yoga on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6:40-7:15 at the middle school gym.*Football players- you can turn in your $2 in the office for the football signs.Guidance office news:College visits during lunch:Friday, Oct 16- University of Kansas.Monday, Oct. 19 – Butler County CC.Thursday, October 22, Friends UniversityMonday, Nov. 2- Hutchinson CC.Fun Fact of the Day:October is National Pizza Month. The largest pizza ever made was in South Africa. The pizza was 122 feet 8 inches in diameter and was made using 1,100 pounds of flour, 1,800 pounds of cheese and 2,000 pounds of tomato puree.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Lightning Strike

first_imgAlthough a lightning strike can be terrifying to passengers, aircraft are designed to be able to withstand most strikes.On average, every plane is hit once a year.AirlineRatings has obtained this spectacular video (below) of an aircraft being struck by lightning in the US.Most lightning strikes on aircraft occur below 4000m (12,000ft).Only 10 per cent of strikes are a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time — nine out of 10 are triggered by the aircraft itself as it flies through a heavily charged area of cloud.While strikes are common, serious accidents are rare as the aircraft and its passengers are protected by the design of the aircraft which forces the lightning to redistribute itself on the outside skin.In about a third of cases aircraft suffer minor damage such as burn marks, residual magnetism and arcing at hinges.Strikes can, however, be more serious.“Positive lightning” is 10 times more powerful than its negative counterpart and accounts for about 5 per cent of strikes.Severe strikes by this powerful force can damage avionics and put the plane’s safety at risk.In 1973, a Fairchild FH227 was struck by lightning on approach to St Louis and crashed killing 38.One of the most severe case in recent times involved a Boeing 767 flying across the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand which was struck by a massive bolt of lightning which put it out of service for a month.Engineers found 5000 exit points which had to be repaired to prevent corrosion.To see a lightning encounter from the cockpit see here.Lightning by the numbers:1800                The number of thunderstorms storms around the world in progress at any given moment.40-100             The number if lightning flashes every second24,000             Average deaths from lightning each year240,000           The number of injuries from lightning58                   The number of deaths in the US90                   Percentage of people who ae struck who survive.Source: Fast Facts About Lightning www.lightningsafety.comlast_img read more