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

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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.

Canadian plane makes emergency landing at Newark Airport

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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Why Zahra Moi declined appointment to Nairobi Hospital board

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Zahra Moi has explained why she turned down her nomination to be a director at the Board of Management of Kenya Hospital Association, the owners of the Nairobi Hospital.

Zahra, who is the wife of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, has expressed her reservations regarding the nomination through a letter sent to the Nairobi Hospital Company Secretary.

“It is with regret, however, that I must decline your invitation. Due to time constraints, my schedule simply will not allow me to participate meaningfully on your board at this time,” Zahra explained in her letter.

“I have immense respect for the work you do, and fear that the demands on my time will prevent me from giving the KHA the attention it deserves,” she explained further.

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She also noted that she did not participate in any of the meetings leading to her nomination, nor did she offer herself for election.

Zahra said she had not been at the Nairobi Hospital in recent times, contrary to media reports on the recent change of guard at the facility.

On 17th April there was a standoff at the Nairobi Hospital as the newly-elected board members tried to access the premises.

The current board members said that they were still running the hospital as they had been given a court order barring the elected members to assume office pending hearing.

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“We are happy to inform you that the court has issued an order restraining those purported to have been elected from assuming office pending inter-party hearing,” the board members said in an advert in local dailies on Friday.

“We wish to assure you that the validly elected Board of Management continues to run The Nairobi Hospital and is making the best efforts to implement strategic decisions to enhance the governance and operations of the hospital,” read the advert.

Last month, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala reappointed Mrs Moi to sit in Tourism Research Institute Board, a post she has held since 2016.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 54 (1) (h) of the Tourism Act, 2011, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife re-appoints Zahra Bahwela Moi to be a member of the Board of Tourism Research Institute, for a period of three years, with effect from the 1st June, 2019,” the notice read.

source:Nairobi News

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Kenya to deport foreigners in betting

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has issued deportation order against foreigners who entered Kenya for other businesses but ended up investing in the betting industry.

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No, Kenya has not been added to our Visa Waiver Program, US Embassy says

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The US Embassy in Nairobi has termed the news that Kenya has joined US Visa Waiver Program as fake news.

A website, News-AP, which seemed to be trying to associate itself with international news agency the Associated Press (AP), claimed that the US State Department had added 10 countries into its VWP.

In its latest post, the website listed five African countries, Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya, Seychelles, Malawi, alongside Argentina, Uruguay, Jamaica, Hong Kong, and Georgia.

But in a tweet, the US Embassy has advised Kenyans to go to the Department of Homeland Security for more information about US Visa waiver.

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“This is a false story. For real information on the visa waiver program DHS,” the Embassy said.

This information is only in the social media and a visit to travel.state.gov, which lists all the VWP Designated Counties, or the Department of Homeland Security, which administers the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), does not mention anything about Kenya being added to the program.

The US Visa Waiver Program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security in consultation with the US Department of State.

This program allows eligible citizens or nationals of designated countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for stays of 90 days or less, without a prior visa.

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