Seven crew aboard missing Malaysia gunboat safe: Navy chief

The commander of a Malaysian gunboat that went missing a day ago has confirmed the safety of all seven crew onboard after establishing radio contact, but rough seas were hampering rescue operations.
The commander of a Malaysian gunboat that went missing a day ago has confirmed the safety of all seven crew onboard after establishing radio contact, but rough seas were hampering rescue operations.

The commander of a Malaysian gunboat that went missing a day ago has confirmed the safety of all seven crew onboard after establishing radio contact, but rough seas were hampering rescue operations, the navy said Monday.

The vessel went missing after it set out for a routine sea patrol in the South China Sea on Sunday near Mengalum island off eastern Sabah state on Borneo island.

“The boat and crew members are safe.” - Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar, on Twitter.

The vessel’s commander confirmed that in a radio message, Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar said, adding that strong waves were preventing rescue ships from reaching the stricken gunboat.

In an earlier statement, the navy said that the missing gunboat was on its way to its operational area in Layang Layang atoll, which is part of the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea.

The gunboat had departed from its base with another fast-attack craft KD Paus early Sunday, the New Straits Times said Monday.

Officials believe it lost contact with the base after being hit by strong waves, according to the newspaper. - AFP

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Michael Phelps suspended by USA Swimming for 6 months

Michael Phelps's come back to competitive swimming is interrupted after his suspension from competitive swimming after he was arrested for drink driving. Here he is seen competiting at the 2014 Pan Pac swimming competition.

The most decorated Olympian of all time, was suspended for six months by USA Swimming on Monday (Oct 6) following his recent arrest on a drink driving charge.

American swimmer Phelps, who recently returned to top-level competition after a two-year retirement, will also not be allowed to represent the United States at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Russia next August and forfeit his monthly stipend during the suspension period, USA Swimming said in a statement

Phelps apologised for the incident and in a series of tweets on Sunday (Oct 5) said that he was checking himself into rehab for six weeks. 

 

“Membership in USA Swimming, and particularly at the National Team level, includes a clear obligation to adhere to our Code of Conduct,” USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus said in a statement. 

“Should an infraction occur, it is our responsibility to take appropriate action based on the individual case. Michael’s conduct was serious and required significant consequences.”

Phelps was arrested last week after speeding and then crossing the double-lane lines inside a Baltimore tunnel, police said, adding he was clocked by radar travelling 135 kmh in a 72 kmh zone.

Documents indicate that Phelps registered 0.14 per cent  on a Breathalyser test when he was pulled over, 0.06 per cent above the legal limit in the state of Maryland. 

The arrest marked the second time the 29-year-old Baltimore-area native had been arrested for drunken driving, the first being in 2004, which he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving while impaired in exchange for 18 months’ probation. 

Rio 2016

Although the 18 times Olympic gold medallist has not indicated his desire to compete in the 2016 Olympics, his recent return to the pool suggests that he wants to stage a comeback after his retirement after the 2012 London Olympics.

He is ineligible to participate in any USA Swimming-sanctioned competitions through March 6, 2015, but the suspension does not rule him out of the Rio Olympics because he is still able to train with his member club during his suspension.

Also the USA Swimming team trials for the Olympics will only be held in June 26 to Jul 3,  2016, reported USA Today. 

 Dara Torres, a 12-time Olympic medalist, said she believed Phelps could still make the US squad for Rio de Janeiro.

“I don’t think the suspension is going to affect him physically, because they’re not saying he can’t train. He just can’t compete,” Torres, a former teammate of Phelps, told Reuters. 

“He can still stay in shape and he knows what to expect and how to compete. It’s not like he’s starting something new.” 

Source: Reuters, USA Today, Twitter

Spanish nurse first to be infected with Ebola outside of Africa

A medical worker in protective gear stands next to a special stretcher carrying a Spanish nurse who was infected with Ebola, outside Alcorcon's hospital, near Madrid
A medical worker in protective gear stands next to a special stretcher carrying a Spanish nurse who was infected with Ebola, outside Alcorcon's hospital, near Madrid.

​A Spanish nurse has become the first person to contract Ebola outside of Africa after she helped treat two missionary priests with the disease.

The priests were repatriated to Spain, and died shortly after reaching the country.

This infection has cast doubts over measures taken in Spain to control the potential spread of the deadly disease.

Officials unsure how nurse got infected

Spanish officials are unclear as to how the nurse, who was not named, contracted the viral infection, which causes fever and bleeding.

"At the moment, we are investigating the way in which the professional was infected." - Antonio Alemany, the head of Madrid's primary health care services.

The nurse was part of a specialist team who treated elderly priest Manuel Garcia Viejo at the Madrid hospital.

Health workers load Spanish Ebola patient, Catholic priest Manuel Garcia Viejo, into an ambulance on the tarmac of Torrejon airbase after he was repatriated from Sierra Leone for treatment in Spain Sept 22, 2014

This file picture shows health workers loading Spanish Ebola patient, Catholic priest Manuel Garcia Viejo, into an ambulance on the tarmac of Torrejon airbase after he was repatriated from Sierra Leone for treatment in Spain. A Spanish nurse was infected by the priest, who died in hospital a few days later. Photo: Spanish Ministry of Defence/Handout via Reuters

Health officials said Garcia Viejo was kept in isolation and that they had followed a strict protocol designed to protect health workers and patients at the hospital.

Alemany added that the ill nurse, who is married with no children, only entered Garcia Viejo's room twice - once after his death.

Nurse went on holiday after Ebola patient died

After Garcie Viejo died, the Spanish nurse, who is now in stable condition, went on holiday immediately on Sept 25 and began feeling sick five days later.

It is not immediately known where she went on holiday.

The viral epidemic has since claimed more than 3,400 lives - largely in West Africa. Last week, a man who contracted Ebola in Africa was the first to be diagnosed with the disease in the United States.

Source: Reuters

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Neil Humphreys has chosen his best six EPL players of the season so far. Do you agree? Take our poll

Don't agree with Neil's top six EPL players of the season thus far? It's your chance to pick your six.

As the 2014/15 campaign enters an international hiatus, The New Paper columnist Neil Humphreys names his six star performers of the English Premier League season so far. 

Only three clubs are represented - champions Manchester City, roaring Chelsea and, surprisingly, Manchester United.

No Southampton, Swansea, Liverpool, Arsenal or Tottenham.

Do you agree with him? Or do you have an alternative list of six that have caught your eye? 

Rate Neil's six in our poll and name your chosen six stars who are more deserving.

 

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