Minister Dies As Helicopter Crashes In Nepal

 

A helicopter carrying Nepal’s tourism minister has crashed in Nepal’s hilly east, officials said Wednesday, with no word yet on the fate of those aboard.

The minister, Rabindra Adhikari, was travelling with five other passengers from the eastern district of Taplejung to Terathum when the Air Dynasty chopper went down.

“A helicopter carrying Nepal’s tourism minister has crashed, but we do not have any more information right now,” Home Secretary Prem Kumar Rai told reporters.

It is just the latest aviation accident to plague Nepal, an impoverished Himalayan nation with a poor air safety record.

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Nepal has some of the world’s most remote and tricky runways, flanked by snow-capped peaks with approaches that pose a challenge for even accomplished pilots.

In April last year, a Malaysian jet with 139 people on board aborted its takeoff and skidded off a runway.

A month earlier a US-Bangla Airways plane crashed near an airport, killing 51 people.

Nepal-based airlines are banned from flying in European Union airspace.

Its poor air safety record is largely blamed on inadequate maintenance and sub-standard management.

AFP

Arsenal’s Ex-Chairman Peter Hill-Wood, Dies At 82

In this file photo taken on October 26, 2006 Former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood, who signed off on hiring a then largely unknown Arsene Wenger as manager, has died aged 82, the Premier League club announced on December 28, 2018. Odd ANDERSEN / POOL / AFP

Former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood, who signed off on hiring a then largely unknown Arsene Wenger as manager, has died aged 82, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

The former Army officer and successful banker was chairman of the Gunners — the third member of his family to fill the role after his grandfather and father — from 1982-2013.

Under his chairmanship, Arsenal enjoyed two successful eras with starkly contrasting styles of play.

The conservative defensive strategy of George Graham secured the club two league titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup between 1986 and 1995.

However, the club was to enjoy a complete makeover when Hill-Wood and the board rubber-stamped their dynamic vice-chairman David Dein’s recommendation to hire Wenger in 1996.

The Frenchman was to revolutionise English football and in the process win three Premier League titles — including the ‘Invincibles’ season in 2003/04 — and four FA Cups.

“It is with deep regret that we announce the death of former chairman Peter Hill-Wood, at the age of 82,” read the club statement.

“Peter, who was a key part of the formation of the Premier League in 1992, was immensely proud of our successes on the pitch but equally those off it, most notably the move from Highbury to Emirates.

“He was instrumental in facilitating our smooth relocation during what was perhaps the most transformative period in the club’s existence.”

Hill-Wood — who is survived by his wife Sally and three children — eventually stepped down after over three decades in charge because of ill health.

“As we celebrate the unique achievement of 100 consecutive years in the top flight this season, the Hill-Wood family were at the helm for the lion’s share of this special century,” read the statement.

“A testament to their tenacity and judgment in ensuring we have remained a significant force in English football for so long.

“Peter and his family’s influence on the club cannot be understated.”

AFP

OPC Founder Frederick Fasehun Dies

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The founder of the Yoruba nationalist organisation, Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr Frederick Fasehun, is dead.

Fasehun died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in the early hours of Saturday after a brief illness was 83.

In a statement confirming his passing, Fasehun’s family said he died peacefully.
Describing him as a “renowned freedom fighter and icon for social justice”, the family recalled how he was jailed for years for his beliefs and the actions that they inspired him to take.

Fasehun, a medical doctor, had formed the OPC in reaction to the annulment of the June 12, 1993, presidential election. He was also a prominent member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO).

It was as a result of his activities aimed at overturning the annulment of the election and ensuring that Moshood Abiola was sworn in as President, Fasehun was jailed by the General Sani Abacha regime in 1996 and he remained incarcerated until 1998 after Abacha’s death.

His trials did not change his belief and his family explained in their statement that he recently took steps towards finding solutions to security challenges through his foundation, the Frederick Isiotan Fasehun Foundation (FIFF).

“Shortly before his death, Dr. Fasehun, on the platform of his Foundation (FIFF), laid the foundation stone for Africa’s first University of Security, Management and Technology (USMT) in his hometown, Ondo, as a measure against pressing security challenges in the continent,” the family said.

The Fasehun family expressed gratitude for the good wishes of friends, associates, and well-wishers.

Born in Ondo State on September 21, 1935, Fasehun studied science at Blackburn College and obtained his first degree in medicine from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He received further training at the Liverpool Postgraduate School, Royal college of Surgeons before going to study acupuncture in China in 1976.

He would go on become a specialist in Anesthesiology, Acupuncture, Medicine and Surgery.

Apart from birthing OPC and his foundation, Fasehun established Besthope Hospitals and Century Hotels, Lagos.

‘World’s Oldest Person’ Dies In Japan At 117

FILE COPY 117-year-old Nabi Tajima (2nd L) in Kikaicho on Kikai island of Kagoshima prefecture. A 117-year-old Japanese woman, thought to be the world’s oldest person, has died, a local official told AFP on April 22, 2018. JIJI PRESS / KIKAI TOWN VIA JIJI PRESS / AFP

 

A 117-year-old Japanese woman, thought to be the world’s oldest person, has died, a local official told AFP Sunday.

Nabi Tajima, who was born August 4, 1900, died around 8:00 pm (1100 GMT) Saturday at a hospital on her native Kikai Island in Kagoshima region, according to Susumu Yoshiyuki, a health and welfare official.

Tajima, who became the oldest woman in Japan in September 2015, could have been the oldest person in the world since Violet Brown of Jamaica died in September 2017 at age 117, Japanese media said.

Since Brown’s death, Guinness World Records has been investigating who is the oldest person in the world and was yet to recognise Tajima as such.

The oldest man in the world is 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka of Japan, the organisation announced on April 10.

“Ms Tajima was living at a nursing centre for the elderly. In January, she became weaker, so she was taken to a local hospital,” Yoshiyuki told AFP.

“She died there (Saturday) due to her advanced age,” he said.

Japan is known for the longevity of its people and has been home to several oldest title holders.

There are around 68,000 people aged 100 or older in the country, the government said last year.

AFP

Prodigy Of Mobb Deep, Dies At 42

Prodigy, one-half of New York rapper duo Mobb Deep, died on Tuesday, June 20, days after being hospitalized for complications related to sickle cell anemia, his publicist said. He was 42.

Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital “a few days ago” after a Mobb Deep performance in the city, his publicist Roberta Magrini told Reuters in a statement.

“The rapper had suffered from sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder, since birth, and the exact cause of his death has not yet been determined”, she said.

Mobb Deep, formed by rappers Prodigy and Havoc, from the New York City borough of Queens, was a seminal part of the 1990s East Coast gangsta rap scene emerging from New York alongside Nas and Notorious B.I.G., scoring a breakthrough with its 1995 album “The Infamous.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The duo released its last album in 2014, “The Infamous Mobb Deep,” and most recently was on The Art of Rap tour in a lineup that includes DMX and Ghostface Killah, performing in Las Vegas last week.

Rap music stars including Sean “Diddy” Combs and Nas paid tribute to Prodigy on Tuesday.

Nas posted a photo of the late rapper on Instagram with the caption “Family. We Mobb Deep 4 Ever. RIP Prodigy.”