1) 24 KILLED IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA TRIBAL MASSACRES
PORT MORESBY: Twenty-four people have died, including two pregnant women with their unborn children in tribal fighting in Papua New Guinea’s lawless highlands.
Highland clans have fought each other in Papua New Guinea for centuries, but an influx of automatic weapons has made clashes more deadly and escalated the cycle of violence.
Worrying that more could be killed today, Hela provincial administrator William Bando said at least 100 police has been called to be deployed to reinforce some 40 local officers.
In the Karida attack, fighters are said to have hacked and shot six women and eight children as well as two pregnant women and their unborn children in a 30-minute rampage.
According to Local health worker Pills Kolo, it is not clear what prompted the attack but many fights are fuelled by old rivalries prompted by rape or theft, or disputes over tribal boundaries.
2) US SPA TO PAY FINE FOR DENYING SERVICE TO BLIND CUSTOMER
LOS ANGELES: A spa in Los Angeles has agreed to change its policies and pay damages to a blind man denied access to the facility.
An employee of Spa Palace, which is operated by CJ Spa Group Inc informed the complainant, who do not want to be identified, that he could not enter the facility or receive a massage as “his kind” would not be able to follow instructions.
The man was later called by the other spa employee who corrected the situation saying that he has to be accompanied by a friend at all times while in the facility, however, the man declined the offer.
US Attorney Nick Hanna said in a statement that the department will continue to enforce the law to ensure equal treatment for people with disabilities as they believe individuals with disabilities should not be excluded from activities or services on the basis of stereotypes or false assumptions.
In addition to changing its policy concerning people with disabilities, the spa has agreed to pay US$5,000 in damages to the complainant and a civil penalty of US$5,000 to the US Treasury.
3) INDIAN AIRCRAFT TECHNICIAN CRUSHED BY LANDING GEAR
KOLKATA: A trainee technician in India was crushed to death earlier today by the landing gear flaps on an aircraft while conducting maintenance work.
SpiceJet airport director, Kaushik Bhattacharya said, Pandey, 26, was sucked into the lower end of the aircraft due to hydraulic pressure which forced his body to be cut out of it.
SpiceJet in a statement after the incident said, the closing of the main landing gear hydraulic door has forced the victim’s body to stuck in between the hydraulic door flaps.
The entire SpiceJet family stands together in grief in this unfortunate incident.