Eight dead, Including Children, In Poland Gas Explosion



Eight people, including four children, were killed after a gas explosion destroyed a house in a ski resort in the south of Poland late Wednesday, local authorities said.

Around 200 rescuers had scoured the debris of the house in Szczyrk on Thursday morning to find the bodies. No one else is believed to have been inside when the explosion occurred.

“It appears that this is the final toll,” local prefect Jaroslaw Wieczorek told reporters but added that rescuers will continue looking just to make sure.

The local gas distributor, PSG, said that the explosion had been preceded by a sudden drop in pressure in the gas pipeline, which could indicate that the pipeline had been accidentally punctured during nearby construction works.

Six Dead, Two Missing After Gas Explosion In Poland


Six people, including two children, were killed and another two were reported missing after a gas explosion destroyed a house in a ski resort in the south of Poland late Wednesday, local authorities said.

Around 100 firefighters were still scouring the debris of the house in Szczyrk on Thursday morning in search of possible survivors.

“We’re still hoping for a miracle,” local prefect Jaroslaw Wieczorek told reporters.

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He said that two of the bodies recovered were children and the other four were adults.

Eight people were believed to have been in the house when the explosion occurred, he added.

The local gas distributor, PSG, said that the explosion had been preceded by a sudden drop in pressure in the gas pipeline, which could indicate that the pipeline had been accidentally punctured during nearby construction works.

Quadri Ready For ITTF World Tour In Poland

ITTF-quadriAfter a disappointing start in the French League, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri will this week return to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour in Warsaw, Poland.

Last week, Quadri could not save his French team, Morez from losing 4-zero to Chartres A.S in the elite league of the French Table Tennis League.

Quadri is seeded number 25 and he will start his campaign from the main draw of the men’s singles of the five-day tournament.

In the men’s doubles, the Nigerian will partner his continental arch-rival and friend, Egypt’s Omar Assar.

Fashola, Ekine Named Among LSDP Top Global Thinkers

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola and Adefunke Ekine, Fellow, Echidna Global Scholars, Nigeria, have been named among the 100 Top Global Thinkers for 2013 by a global personality assessment organization, Lo Spazio della Politica (LSDP).

In their list entitled “The LSDP Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013”, the organization said it listed Governor Fashola “because he made Lagos an African hub of innovation, launching the Lagos Innovation Advisory Council, with the help of the Harvard Kennedy School”.

Ekine got on the list “for her experience in teaching and directing schools in Africa; in particular for the promotion of Science among female students”.

Some of the other global personalities in the list are Pope Francis of the Vatican, Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe and Mayor of Warsaw, Poland, Hanna Gronkiewicz-waltz.

“Pope Francis was named as number one because he reminded the world that the Catholic Church is a Global Power while the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, 31 on its list, was named “because 2013, for better and for worse, has been the year of Abenomics”, LSDP said.

It said its list was an opportunity to identify some of the trends in global Politics, Science and other aspects of life for any particular year.

The organisation stated that the lists emphasises mostly political leaders, scientists, businessmen, academics and intellectuals even as it tries to balance the geographical representation between Europe, the United States, Africa and other continents adding, however, that the balance varies on yearly basis.

The President of South Korea, Park Geun-Hye, was also listed “Because she has created a Ministry of Science and Future”.

Three women, Jenet Yellen, Elvira Nabiullina and Karnit Flug from the United States, Russia and Israel respectively, took the second position in the list “because they showed that the Central Bankers’ Club is not ‘Men Only’ anymore while Brazilian Scientist, Ruth Nussenzweig, made the third position in the list “for her research on Malaria and her will to work again with her husband in Brazil at the age of 85”.

Also included in the list are Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and King Albert 11 of Belgium, “for their role as Monarch innovators in Europe”, the famous Japanese Film Director, Hayao Miyazaki “because he keeps making adults and children dream even in the years of his retirement” and Bill Maris, the Managing Director of Google Ventures, United States, “Because he was the first to use a Quantitative and algorithmic approach in the field of venture capital.

Other personalities on the organization’s 2013 list include Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov “ for his diplomatic skills shown in the discussions over Syria”, Human Rights Activist, Musimbi Kanyoro of Kenya “for her career defending women’s rights which brought her to the Head of Global Fund for Women, Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, Inger Andersen, “for her work on sustainable development”, and Professor Calestous Juma of Harvard Kennedy School, Kenya, “for his Faith on new Africa-based on innovation, science and research”, among others.

Governor Fashola has, in the last seven years, received numerous awards, both local and international, as well as recognitions by prestigious global bodies for his innovative and people-oriented leadership.



Avraam Papadopoulos ruled out of EURO 2012

The central defender for the Greece, Avraam Papadopoulos has been ruled out of the European championship 2012 which started in Thursday with his country playing the opening game with co-host country Poland, a game that ended in a draw.

It was during Friday’s game that Papadopoulos was sown on-field getting medical treatment after being injured in Warsaw stadium and he was helped off the pitch in the 37th minute after what initially appeared to be a harmless challenge from Poland’s Robert Lewandowski in the Group A game.

The team doctor has confirmed that the central defender will be missing the rest of the European Championship after picking up a ligament injury to his left leg and the 27-year-old was due to fly back to Greece later in the day.

The Olympiakos defender played a key role in Greece’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2012 will be solely missed for experienced defensive play, a notable advantage for Greece in the EURO 2012 tournament.

EURO 2012 Opener: Poland draws Greece in group A

With the opening ceremony of the EURO 2012 tournament over with, co-hosts Poland after making their fears public over the clash against Greece eventually ran off with a 1-1 scoreline against the Greeks in the first and opening match of the European championship.

Fortunately for Poland, Robert Lewandowski’s opener pushed the co-hosts up but was cancelled with Greece substitute Dimitris Salpingidis’s second half goal.

Poland had another opportunity to make 2-1 with a Giorgos Karagounis penalty but he missed it and forced the 2004 continental champions to settle for a draw.

Both sides faced blood from the referee as they ended the game with one red card each as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Wojciech Szczesny were dismissed at the National Stadium.

Poland started brightly, as Rafal Murawski’s shot forced a sharp save from goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias five minutes in.

Franciszek Smuda’s men continued to press and took the lead through Lewandowski in the 17th minute. The Borussia Dortmund striker headed home a telling right-wing cross from Jakub Blaszczykowski.

At the other end, Kostas Katsouranis looked dangerous in the final third but Poland’s defence held firm.

Greece then suffered a setback when Papastathopoulos received his second caution for a challenge on Murawski in the 45th minute.

Greece was the better outfit in the latter stages but was unable to make their dominance count.

The recession hit-nation, however, equalised six minutes in to the second period. Salpingidis, a replacement for Sotiris Ninis, netted from close range after keeper Szczesny failed to collect a right-wing cross by Vassilis Torosidis.

Szczesny’s night was to get worse, as the Arsenal man was sent off in the 69th minute for bringing down the lively Salpingidis in the Poland box.

Smuda immediately brought on Przemyslaw Tyton in place of Maciej Rybus, with the reserve stopper saving Karagounis’s penalty with his first touch of the game.

Soon after Salpingidis had an effort ruled out for offside following a cross by Kostas Fortounis.