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A flight from Dubai to Amsterdam had to make an emergency landing in Vienna after a fight broke out because one of the passengers wouldn’t stop breaking wind.
The fart-induced fracas happened Feb. 11 aboard Transavia Airlines Flight HV6902 when two men sitting next to an apparently very flatulent man raised a stink about his repeated gas attacks, according to Fox News.
When the alleged perpetrator didn’t stop, his disgusted seatmates reportedly complained to the airline crew, who apparently did nothing.
Instead, the captain issued a warning to the two complainants, accusing them of noisy and aggressive behavior and making threats, according to the NL Times.
When the freedom-from-flatulence fighters wouldn’t stop griping about their fellow passenger, a fight broke out on the plane, according to the Dutch language newspaper De Telegraaf.
The pilots then made an emergency stop in Vienna and removed the complainants, but apparently not the farting man. Two women sitting in the same row as the angry men were also forced off the plane as well.
All four people reportedly shared Dutch and Moroccan ancestry, but the two women claim they were simply sitting in the same row as the men involved with the incident.
The women are now taking the Dutch budget airline to court, according to the Metro.
“We had nothing to do with the whole disturbance. We distance ourselves from that. Do they sometimes think that all Moroccans cause problems? That’s why we do not let it sit,” one of the women said, according to De Telegraaf. ”We had no idea who these boys were, we just had the bad luck to be in the same row and we didn’t do anything.”
“All I will say is that the crew were really provocative and stirred things up,” she added.
None of the passengers kicked off the plane were arrested because they had not broken any Austrian laws. However, they have been banned from flying Transavia Airlines in the future.
HuffPost reached out to Transavia Airlines, which did not immediately respond. The airline did offer this statement to De Telegraaf that was translated by the NL Times:
Our crew must ensure a safe flight. If passengers pose a risk, they immediately intervene. Our people are trained for that. They know very well where the boundaries are. Transavia therefore stands squarely behind the cabin crew and the pilots.
The airline has reportedly filed a police report about the incident in the Netherlands said it was “open to a conversation with these women.”
Culled from Huffington Post
He said: “I couldn’t believe it. It was an emotional trip already – but it was made so much worse.
“One minute I was brushing my teeth, the next I was being told I was a paedophile.”
Karl Pollard says he has yet to receive an apology from Travelodge
He explained: “My mum has just been diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer. We’re not sure how long she has left.
“I wanted to take Stephanie down to visit her before she started treatment.” Mr Pollard, who also cares for wife Kim, 45, who has multiple sclerosis, was forced to book a double bedroom because it was the only room left.
He said: “When we arrived the receptionist gave me a weird look but I thought nothing of it.
The policewoman interviewed Mr Pollard and Stephanie separately. He said: “I explained to her that I was Stephanie’s dad. The officer had to ask her loads of questions to prove it.”
The matter was rapidly dropped, but Stephanie was left “distraught” as a result. Mr Pollard said: “My daughter was in tears. She was so scared – and thought I was going to get taken away. This has never happened to me before. It was an already traumatic trip. I was treated disgustingly.”
Karl Pollard travelling with daughter was branded a paedophile by Travelodge staff
In the past, proactive action by our hotel teams has helped to safeguard young people at risk. In this instance we got it wrong and we have apologised to Mr Pollard, as well as refunded his stay.”
A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 3pm on Thursday, February 8, to reports of suspicious activity at a hotel on Waters Green in Macclesfield.
“Staff at the Travelodge did the right thing by reporting what they believed to be suspicious activity to officers, although thankfully there was nothing untoward and it turned out to be a misunderstanding.”
Culled from Express.co.uk
THE widower of murdered MP Jo Cox has quit the charity set up in her memory after being accused of misconduct.
Brendan, 39, told colleagues last week he was to stand down from the Jo Cox Foundation board to protect its work.
A woman in her 30s has claimed he assaulted her at Harvard University in 2015.
But a source at the charity said: “The person described is not the Brendan we know. He is a very responsible guy.”
Mr Cox said the allegations made it difficult to concentrate on the vows he made to protect his two kids and “fight the hatred that killed Jo”.
Last night he issued a statement to apologise for his behaviour while working for Save The Children and the “hurt and offence I caused”.
He said: “While I do not accept the allegations in the 2015 complaint to the police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I acknowledge and understand that during my time at Save the Children I made mistakes and behaved in a way that caused some women hurt and offence.
“This was never malicious but it was certainly inappropriate.
“In the past I focused on disputing what I felt was untrue in the allegations, but I realise now that it’s more important to take full responsibility for what I have done.”
Culled from The Sun
The Yobe State Coordinator of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, Sanusi Atose, has blamed the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s North-East for his inability to account for N613,000 belonging to the board.
JAMB had summoned Mr. Atose to Abuja to appear before an administrative panel led by Registrar Ishaq Oloyede to explain the disappearance of the cash after he received registration scratch cards of that amount.
But in his explanation, the official, according to details of the session exclusively obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, claimed an alleged Boko Haram attack in Yobe State left him unable to account for the money.
Mr. Atose said tellers, receipts and invoices were destroyed in the attack, which he said left him with no documentation for the transaction.
Mr. Oloyede, a professor, however, dismissed Mr. Atose’s claim as another disingenuous cover-up for fraud.
“Kindly go and pay government money within one week, else you will be in trouble,” the registrar told Mr. Atose.
Also appearing before the panel, Daniel Agbor, who is the Kogi State coordinator of JAMB, said he spent N7 million his office could not account for on assisting other workers in his office, who he said were ravaged by poverty.
He also claimed that some of the cards sent to the state were stolen by unknown persons.
“The state of the state offices is such that we are in poverty and money is there with us,” the coordinator told the panel.
“You need the grace of God in the state offices not to steal money because money is tempting. We borrowed the money and I am not the only one, I will provide the list of everyone involved in the fraud,” Mr Agbor said.
“To err is human, to forgive is divine, please don’t take me to the police, please be lenient with me, sir,” he pleaded.
“If you hear that I have given up in the police cell, will you say I am sorry? I just gave birth to my first issue. Most of us are on loan, my salary is N175, 000, but when they deduct my loans, my salary remains N90,000, which is not enough for me so I borrowed from the government purse,” Mr. Agbor said.
Mr. Agbor told the panel that he paid N265,000 into an account allegedly on the instruction of the former registrar of the board.
“I was informed of missing scratch cards, but security personnel, the police and civil defence, invaded the office, retrieved the cards and they paid some money back. I informed the former registrar and he directed me to send the money to an account, which I did. I later learnt the money was transferred to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence. So that one was not calculated at all,” he said.
But the panel told Mr. Agbor his defence was untenable.
“I will give you one week from today as we speak,” Mr. Oloyede told the coordinator. “I want to see you pay everything in your custody, else I will hand you over to the police.
“Deduct the N265, 000 from the N7 million, then give us the account in which the former registrar gave you to send the money to.”
JAMB became a subject of intense media scrutiny this week following reports that an official at its Makurdi, Benue State office, Philomena Chieshe, claimed a snake swallowed N36 million government cash in her custody.
The World Bank on Friday approved an International Development Association (IDA) Credit of 486 million dollars for the rehabilitation and upgrading of electricity transmission substations and lines.
Ms Olufunke Olofon, Senior Communications Officer, World Bank, Nigeria, in a statement said that the investments would increase the power transfer capacity of the transmission network.
The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), helps the world’s poorest countries by providing grant, low to zero-interest loans for projects that boost economic growth and reduce poverty.
The World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Mr Rachid Benmessaoud, said the Nigeria Electricity Transmission Project (NETP) would help address key bottlenecks in the transmission network.
“It will also improve access to affordable and reliable electricity service to citizens. The credit will also enable distribution companies supply consumers with additional power.
“Together with other investments and policy measures, the project will contribute to ensuring adequate and reliable electricity supply that is necessary for Nigeria’s continued economic development,” he said.
The Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, reiterated the government’s commitment to improving power supply in the country.
“The Federal Government is committed to addressing the challenges in the public-owned transmission network.
“The financing being provided by the World Bank under the Nigeria Electricity Transmission Project power sector underlines this commitment.
“The Federal Government anticipates that private sector financing in the privately-owned segments of the value-chain will complement the government’s efforts in bringing better quality service to citizens,” he said.
The NETP is part of the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) by the Federal Government.
It is a comprehensive package of policy, legal, regulatory, operational and financial interventions that will restore the financial viability of the power sector.
The measures that will be implemented through 2021 are aimed at improving transparency and service delivery and re-establishing investor confidence in the sector.
Also read: https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2018/02/16/ogun-govt-partners-ipps-stable-power-supply/
The new high commissioner Retd Justice George Oguntade CON visited the city of Manchester for a town hall meet and greet session with Nigerians.
At the event organised by the Nigerian community Manchester, the High Commissioner was accompanied by CANUK Chairman Dr Boma Douglas, the Minister for Education, Welfare Mr Emmanuel Namah and other top mission officials. The High Commissioner was welcomed to Manchester by the Chairman of the Nigerian Community in Manchester , Mr Are Arogundade.