Newlywed Dies in Russian Airport 'After Hourlong Wait for Help'
24 August 2014
A 24-year-old newlywed returning from his honeymoon died of cardiac arrest in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport after what news reports claim was a 1 1/2 hour wait for an ambulance.
Artyom Chechikov suffered cardiac arrest en route from Barcelona to his native Chelyabinsk in the Urals, Gazeta.ru said Saturday. Chechikov received first aid from several medics who happened to be on board, but the AirEurope flight still made a nighttime emergency landing at Sheremetyevo, the report said. Sheremetyevo's medical team showed up 15 minutes after landing, but had no equipment to help the man, the news website said, citing passengers' social media accounts. An ambulance had to be called twice and still took more than an hour to arrive despite an absence of traffic jams, the report said.
Chechikov died in the airport, Sheremetyevo's press service confirmed in a statement cited by Chelyabinsk.ru on Saturday. The airport said an ambulance team was deployed immediately, but did not comment on allegations that it was not equipped to help in a life-threatening situation. Sheremetyevo also launched an internal investigation into the incident, which took place last Monday, but was not previously reported.
Chechikov's newly widowed wife Yelena plans to sue the airport, Rossiyskaya Gazeta governmental daily said.
Source: Moscow Times.
Vermont diner takes down bacon sign after it offends Muslim residents
By Nicole Hensley
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Facebook The Facebook page for Sneakers has been taken down, but a cached post by the restaurant shows the sign in Winooski, Vermont that was later removed.
The Sneakers Bistro in Winooski, Vt. put up a sign that read 'YIELD FOR BACON' after planting flowers in a traffic median along Main Street, but a comment by a Muslim woman prompted its removal because it offended those who don’t eat pork, she claimed.
It wasn’t a greasy slab of bacon that stirred up controversy for a Vermont diner, but a road sign advertising that offended a member of the town’s Muslim community. The Sneakers Bistro got its pick of a sign to stake into a prime traffic median along Winooski’s Main Street after dolling up the bed with annual flowers for the city of Winooski’s “Operation Bloom” volunteer program. The sign that read “YIELD FOR BACON” was installed in June, according to a cached Facebook post, but it wasn’t until August that a Muslim resident of Winooski claimed the sign was insensitive to those who do not consume pork.
Postcard from... Laas Geel
by Harvey Morris
Saturday, 23 August 2014
One of the world’s most vibrant examples of ancient rock art is being denied the benefits of international protection because no one recognises the self-declared Republic of Somaliland where it is located.
The rocky outcrop of Laas Geel contains some of the best-preserved rock paintings in Africa, some believed to be up to 5,000 years old. The caves and overhangs are covered with brightly coloured representations of animals and herdsmen.
Locals always knew of the place but avoided what was believed to be the haunt of demons and evil spirits. The site was unknown to the outside world until a team of French archaeologists came across it in 2002. Authorities have done their best to secure an area which, anywhere else in the world, would be a major tourist draw. The rare intrepid travellers who make it to Laas Geel have to be accompanied by armed police and must leave before sundown when a tribe of baboons returns to sleep there.
The government in Hargeisa wants international assistance to preserve the site, but Somaliland is still regarded internationally as part of Somalia, from which it broke away in 1991. Somalia has yet to sign the UNESCO World Heritage Treaty, so the UN is unable to protect Laas Geel.
Source: Independent UK.
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