Shocking as wildlife lovers are swapping memories of a beloved rare seal and calling for justice after it was killed off the Greek island of Alonissos.
According to the source the Greek authorities are searching for the killer of Kostis, a Mediterranean monk seal, which became the island’s symbol.
Info gathered that Kostis was named after the fisherman who saved it after a storm in 2018. A Greek seal charity which looked after Kostis for several months as a pup thinks it was killed with a spear gun.
The endangered seals are protected under Greek law. Kostis was “executed at close range with a spear gun”, said the charity, MOm.
According to the spokesperson the spear probably came from a boat, The charity urged anyone with information to contact police, and says it means to sue the killer.
After being rescued, Kostis was released into the National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades.
Many people have been sharing memories on social media of seeing the seal off the coast of the island and calling for the killer to be brought to justice.
There may be fewer than 700 Mediterranean monk seals in the wild, with almost half living in Greece.
Mediterranean monk seals are now regarded as endangered, not critically endangered, but researchers warn their survival is “far from secure”.
The pilots early Friday morning told air traffic controllers one of their engines had failed moments before the flight went down, the FAA said in a statement.
“The pilots had reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the aircraft in the water,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement, adding both crew members were rescued. “The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.”
The plane, a Boeing 737, had taken off from Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport at 1:33 a.m., according to Flightradar 24. The flight-tracking website shows that shortly after it took off, the plane — referred to by the FAA’s statement as Transair flight 810 — began turning right and then signaled it was diverting to a nearby airport, Kalaeloa Airport.
One survivor who was seen on the tail of the aircraft was carried out of the water by the rescue helicopter and airlifted to a Honolulu hospital, while the other was rescued by officials from the Airport Rescue Fire Fighters based at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
The pilots reported they could not maintain airspeed and altitude following the failure of one of two engines on the Boeing 737-200, according to the recordings, and that they suspected the second engine would also fail.
“We’ve lost number one engine and we’re coming straight to the airport,” a crew member said, requesting that air traffic controllers begin dispatching the airport fire department. “We’re going to lose the other engine, too. It’s running very hot.”
The plane went down approximately two nautical miles south of Kalaeloa, Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West of the US Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific said.
Both crew members were brought to Queens Medical Center, West said, though he did not have information about their conditions.
“The weather on scene at the time of the rescue was winds of 17 mph and seas up to 5 feet,” the spokesman said in a subsequent news release.
According to the company website, Transair uses their Boeing 737 fleet to provide air cargo and charter services throughout Hawaii. The company has been in business since 1982.
“We are working with the Coast Guard, the FAA and NTSB to secure the scene and investigate the cause,” Riahi said. “Our most immediate concern is the care and recovery of our colleagues.”
FAA records show the plane was manufactured in 1975. It’s last airworthiness certificate was issued in 2015 and was set to expire in 2024.
A Boeing spokesperson said the company was “aware of the reports out of Honolulu, Hawaii and are closely monitoring the situation.”
“We are in contact with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and are working to gather more information.”
The NTSB initially said they will be sending a team of seven investigators to look into the incident, but the agency later said it would send ten.
it responded to a report of a downed plane south of the island of Oahu at around 1:40 a.m. and that both people on board were rescued, with help from the Honolulu Fire Department.
Transair, a Hawaiian cargo carrier, which specializes in flying freight between the islands, didn’t immediately return a request for comment. The airline has been operating since 1982, according to its website.
We are proud of our unblemished record in providing the longest running All Cargo operation in the State of Hawaii,” says a message on Transair’s website.
The plane was a 737-200, part of the first generation of 737s developed in the 1960s.
Sunday Igboho said that while they were planning to come for rally somebody was preparing plan B against the rally. He also likened the recent invasion of his principal’s residence in Soka, Oyo State on Thursday by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to an “assassination” attempt.
Somebody was not happy we are planning to come to Lagos for rally says Igboho.
In a live broadcast monitored by The Nation early friday, Koiki, said: “DSS released false allegations against him (Igboho) just to silence him and not to speak up again.
The DSS said a joint team of security operatives raided Igboho’s residence based on an intelligence report.
Former Disney star, Kyle Massey, best known for his role as Cory Baxter on That’s So Raven and Cory in the House, has been charged with a felony for allegedly sending pornographic material to a 13-year-old.
The 29-year-old actor was charged with ‘one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes’ according to TMZ.
In legal documents obtained by the outlet, Massey is accused of sending sexually explicit content to the girl electronically. The illicit messages were sent during the months of December 2018 and January 2019.
The new charges are related to a civil suit that was leveled against Massey in 2019.
Massey was sued for $1.5 million for allegedly sending ‘numerous sexually explicit text messages, images, and videos’ via Snapchat, but the actor claimed he was being extorted.
Back in March, Massey vehemently denied the first round of allegations, calling the $1.5 million lawsuits levied against him on Friday, a case of extortion.
Massey said in a statement through his attorney, Lee Hutton, at the time: ‘No child should ever be exposed to sexually explicit materials and I unequivocally and categorically deny any alleged misconduct.’
The victim’s mother claimed in the legal document that her daughter has known Massey since she was 4 years old and stayed in touch with the actor over the years as she began her own entertainment career.
She reached out to him in late 2018 with hopes of auditioning for a role on the recently-rebooted Raven’s Home.
The lawsuit also contends Massey then suggested that she fly out and stay with him and his girlfriend in Los Angeles while she looked to get a talent agent.
Just days later, the child contended Massey sent her a number of sexually explicit text messages, images and videos.
Supporting his claims of extortion, Massey maintained the accuser’s legal team demanded $1.5 million earlier this year and threatened to go public to destroy his career if he didn’t comply. The actor said he shot down the demand.
Massey played Cory Baxter on the Disney Channel sitcom, That’s So Raven, from 2003 until 2007, and the spinoff show, Cory In The House, as the title character from 2007 until 2008. His resume also includes Dancing With The Stars season 11 in 2010, and guest-starring roles on The Practice, Gotham, Being Marie Jane, and the voice of Jeremy on Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Prague, Czech Republic – Czech President Milos Zeman called transgender people “disgusting” in an interview on CNN affiliate CNN Prima News on Sunday, during a discussion of a controversial new law in Hungary.
The Hungarian law bans all educational materials and programs for children that are considered to promote homosexuality, gender reassignment and the concept of sexuality deviating from the one assigned to a person at birth. It has been met with fierce criticism from other members of the European Union.
Zeman said interference in internal affairs of any EU member country is a gross political mistake, and he defended Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. “I do not see a reason not to agree with him,” Zeman said.
He later added: “I can understand gays, lesbians and so on. But do you know who I do not understand at all? These transgender people.”
Zeman described transgender people as “intrinsically disgusting to me.”
Hungary’s position has drawn doubts over whether it belongs in the European Union. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen last week denounced the bill as “clearly” discriminatory, saying “it goes against all the values, the fundamental values of the European Union, and this is human dignity, it is equality, and is the human fundamental rights.”
Zeman’s comments came as several cities around the world celebrated Pride with parades and marches aimed at gaining visibility for the LGBTQ community and marking the 1969 Stonewall riots.
Prague’s Pride festival is planned for the first week of August.
According to ILGA-Europe, an advocacy group, local rights activists fear the Czech Republic could follow in the path of increasingly illiberal neighbors Hungary and Poland. Passage of a marriage equality law has repeatedly stalled in the country, and according to a December 2020 report by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, Czech citizens are required to undergo gender reassignment and sterilization as a condition of officially transitioning.