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At least 44 dead after passenger ferry capsizes on Lake Victoria in Tanzania

At least 44 people died when after a passenger ferry capsized on Lake Victoria, a Tanzanian official said this morning, and the death toll was expected to rise when rescue efforts resumed at daybreak.

Beach in Victoria Lake, Africa.
Lake Victoria. Source: istock.com

Thirty-seven people were rescued after the sinking afternoon, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella told The Associated Press.

"I cannot speculate" how many people had been on board, he said.

"Right now our focus is on rescue."

Such ferries often carry hundreds of people and are overcrowded.

The Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency, in charge of servicing the vessels, urged patience in a statement as rescue efforts began.

The ferry was traveling between Ukara and Bugolora and capsized near the area of Mwanza, the agency said.Accidents are often reported on the large freshwater lake surrounded by Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda.

Some of the deadliest have occurred in Tanzania, where passenger boats are often said to be old and in poor condition.

In 1996, more than 800 people were killed when the passenger and cargo ferry MV Bukoba sank on Lake Victoria.Nearly 200 people died in 2011 when the MV Spice Islander I sank off Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast near Zanzibar.


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Watch as passengers don oxygen masks after Indian plane loses cabin pressure, causing ear pain and nose bleeds

A Jet Airways flight returned to Mumbai yesterday after dozens of passengers complained of ear pain and nose bleeds due to a loss of cabin pressure.

Oxygen masks were deployed during the emergency aboard the Boeing 737, said Darshak Hathi, a passenger who filmed the incident and posted it on his twitter page.

An airline statement said Flight 9W697 with 166 passengers and five crew members had a "loss in cabin pressure," but later landed normally in Mumbai.

Medical help was given to 30 passengers.

According to Flightradar24 aviation tracking site, the plane stopped climbing at 11,000 feet (3,350 meters) before returning to Mumbai.

It was heading to Jaipur, a tourist destination and the capital of Rajasthan state.

The airline said the flight's cockpit crew was taken off scheduled duties pending an investigation.

The crew of the Jet Airways flight have been taken off duties, pending an investigation. Source: Associated Press


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Woman accusing Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault could testify against him

Christine Blasey Ford would testify next week to the Senate about her accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her when both were high school students if agreement can be reached to "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety," a Ford attorney told the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

The message and positive tone of the attorney's email breathed new life into the possibility that the panel would hold a dramatic hearing at which both Ford and Kavanaugh could give their versions of what happened at a party in the 1980s in a Maryland suburb of Washington.

The allegation has jarred Kavanaugh's prospects for winning Senate confirmation to be a justice, which until Ford's emergence last week had seemed all but certain.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has scheduled a hearing for Monday morning, and he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have indicated Monday would be Ford's only chance to make her case.

In one obstacle that must be overcome, attorney Debra Katz's email said a hearing Monday is "not possible" and that scheduling it that day "is arbitrary in any event."

Taylor Foy, spokesman for Republicans who control the committee, said in a written statement, "We are happy that Dr Ford's attorneys are now engaging with the Committee."

Katz reiterated that Ford, now a psychology professor in California, has received death threats and for safety reasons has relocated her family.

"She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety," Katz wrote in the email, which was obtained by The Associated Press after first being reported by The New York Times.

The email was a sharp turnabout from statements by Ford and her lawyers in the past few days, in which her insistence on an FBI investigation of her allegations and other demands had cast strong doubts on her willingness to appear. Because of that, it had become unclear whether Republicans would even hold the hearing.

The email said Ford's "strong preference" remains that the committee permit a thorough investigation of her claim before she appears. But that wording fell short of a non-negotiable demand.

Grassley had said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private. He offered to send committee aides to her California home to take testimony.

"Dr Ford has asked me to let you know that she appreciates the various options you have suggested," Katz wrote. The email did not say any option was preferred.

Katz asked committee aides for a telephone conversation later Thursday to discuss terms.

Christine Blasey Ford says she’ll give evidence against Brett Kavanaugh, as long as Senators ensure her safety. Source: Breakfast


Meghan Markle, Prince Harry launch cookbook raising money for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

Meghan Markle was joined by her mother on Thursday to launch a cookbook aimed at raising money for the victims of London's Grenfell Tower fire.

The former actress from the United States, who married Prince Harry and is now the Duchess of Sussex, hosted the reception at Kensington Palace beside her mother, Doria Ragland, to support the cookbook titled "Together."

The book celebrates the power of cooking to strengthen communities and bring people together.

Prince Harry also attended the event.

The book was inspired by Markle's visit to the Hubb Community Kitchen in North Kensington, which could only open a few days a week for lack of funds.

The cookbook features recipes from women in the community who prepare food to help and heal.

The dishes include coconut chicken curry, aubergine masala, caramelized plum upside-down cake and spiced mint tea.

The 2017 Grenfell Tower fire killed 72 people and prompted nationwide calls for tightening building codes and increasing firefighting capabilities for large apartment blocks.

It was a family affair at the launch, with Meghan’s mum also mingling with women in the community whose recipes fill the book titled Together. Source: Associated Press


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