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Boeing 737 is forced to make an emergency landing at New Jersey’s Newark airport after smoke fills cargo hold



Smoke reported on board an Air Transat flight forced an emergency landing Saturday at a New Jersey airport, where the 189 passengers were evacuated by emergency slides.

Air Transat Flight 942 was on its way from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, when it reported a possible fire in the cargo hold and was diverted to Newark Liberty International Airport at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, a Federal Aviation Administration representative said.

The Boeing 737 landed and remained on the runway while airport firefighters responded, and all 189 passengers evacuated via emergency slides, she said. Passengers were then taken by bus to the terminal.

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Two of the passengers reported minor injuries, neither related to smoke, and one was taken to a hospital to be examined, said Steve Coleman, deputy director of media relations at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

No fire was found and the cause of the smoke remains under investigation, he said.

‘Our 189 passengers’ safety is our top priority and they were evacuated promptly upon landing,’ said Debbie Cabana, Air Transat marketing director.

Another aircraft was to be sent to Newark to operate the flight to Fort Lauderdale, she said.

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Both runways were closed during what Newark Liberty called an ‘airport emergency,’ but officials later announced that flights had resumed by 11am.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also released a statement on the incident saying, ‘Air Transat Flight 942, a Boeing 737, reported a possible fire in the cargo hold and diverted to Newark Liberty International Airport at 8:30am.

‘The aircraft landed on Runway 4 Right and remained on the runway while airport firefighters responded. Passengers evacuated on the runway via emergency slides. The source of the smoke reported in the cargo hold has not yet been confirmed.’

As noted by the FAA, the Boeing 737 remained on Runway 4R at Newark Airport leading to numerous diversions and multiple delayed departures.

Inbound flights were diverted to airports across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic including Washington-Dulles and Philadelphia.


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A US church depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as detained refugees



Baby Jesus is lying in a manger inside a cage, wrapped in an emergency foil blanket and separated from Mary and Joseph, who are each trapped in cells of their own.

This is the startling nativity scene created by a Protestant church in California to draw attention to the plight of migrants.

“We put them in different cages, as a symbol representing our community, and all immigrants, who are being held in detention centers and need our help,” Genaro Cordoba, co-creator of the installation and spokesman for Claremont United Methodist Church, said.

“Jesus, Joseph, Mary represent all our immigrants, all the refugees, not just in the United States but all over the world,” he said, switching from Spanish to English.

“We have seen how they suffer, and people don’t want them, and (in) our country the same thing,” Cordoba added.

Karen Clark Ristine, senior minister at the church about 48 kilometers east of Los Angeles, explained in a Facebook message accompanying the images that the Holy Family were “the most well-known refugee family in the world.”

“Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant,” she wrote.

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“They feared persecution and death. What if this family sought refuge in our country today?”

The grim Nativity scene appears to address that question.

Each cell is lined with barbed wire, and both Mary and Joseph are pictured facing the infant, their arms outstretched in hope and desperation.

“Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border and Jesus no older than two taken from his mother and placed behind the fences of a Border Patrol detention center as more than 5,500 children have been the past three years,” wrote Ristine.

A Trump administration “zero tolerance” policy launched in 2018 saw thousands of children separated from their parents at the border, a tactic apparently meant to frighten the families, before the government backed down.

Migrants including children were held in caged enclosures.

“Jesus grew up to teach us kindness and mercy and a radical welcome of all people,” said Ristine.

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A Nairobi Catholic church bans miniskirts, rugged jeans



A church in Nairobi has warned its members against wearing ‘inappropriate’ attire to church.

St Peter Claver’s Catholic Church, which is located in the city centre, has put a huge sign at the entrance of the church, warning congregants to dress modestly.

Some of the attire banned include dresses with slits, rugged jeans, miniskirts, t-shirts inscribed ‘Red Devil’, crop tops, caps, sun glasses, chains, clothing that exposes arms and sagged trousers.

It is not clear what would happen to congregants who break the rules as efforts by the Nation to get comments from administrators of the church were unsuccessful.

The sign outside the church. PHOTO | SAMMY KIMATU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Rosalia Alexis supported the move by the church saying that people should wear appropriately for every occasion.

“What you wear to a dance hall or disco should not be the same as what you wear in church,” she said.

But Alex Muinde, 26, had a contrary opinion saying that everyone is free to dress according to their personal preferences and the church should not control what congregants w

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‘My business is on the verge of collapse, please give me back my house’ Pleads Sarah Cohen



Tob Cohen’s wife Sarah Wairimu wants her house back, the whole compound and all its contents, including her dogs, cars, personal effects and kitchen appliances, among other things.

Wairimu also says that their business Tobs Ltd will collapse if she will not be allowed to go back to her house, where the company is operated from.

But, Assistant DPP Alexander Muteti has challenged the application by Wairimu, saying that Cohen’s house is marked as the primary scene of crime and forensic analysis and investigations are still ongoing.

“If handed over to Sarah, there is a possibility that she will interfere with the crime scene,” Muteti said.

He said that any assets belonging to Cohen or jointly owned by the two, even their dogs, are issues that cannot be ruled by that court.

Muteti said that the court is not a succession court to rule what assets belonged to the deceased and Sarah.

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