Dreamliner first Africa female captain Irene Koki lands Kenya Airways new plane at JKIA

Africa’s first black female Boeing 787 Dreamliner certified Captain, Irene Koki Mutungi, jetted into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Thursday afternoon to deliver Kenya Airways’ fourth Dreamliner.

In a feat that will go down history as a first in Africa’s aviation industry, the Kenya Airways crew that flew in the new aircraft also included a female Flight Purser, Load Master and Cabin Crew.

The wide-bodied plane’s delivery from the manufacturer’s- Boeing Corporation- Assembly Site in Charleston, South Carolina, in the United States to Kenya Airways’ Nairobi hub, now pushes KQ’s fleet count to 37 planes in active operation.

Globally, Captain Koki is highly regarded as the first black female pilot certified to captain the state-of-the-art aircraft.

As part of its fleet renewal strategy, Kenya Airways, is in the process of taking delivery of five more Dreamliner airplanes from Boeing Corporation, to complete an order for nine such aircrafts.

The plane landed at exactly 12:45pm to a round of applause and ceremonial water cannon shower by the Kenya Airports Authority Fire Brigade team.

On hand to receive Captain Mutungi and her all ladies crew was Kenya Airways Finance Director Alex Mbugua who acknowledged the historical milestone in the delivery of the aircraft.

“This is a historical moment for Kenya Airways as we have proved to the world and our aviation peers of our deliberate commitment to human resource development by providing an equal opportunity to our sisters,”  Mbugua said. “I look forward to a day in the near future when this aircraft will be managed by a 100% Ladies crew now that we have two first officers already undergoing certification training,” he added.

 By receiving the fourth Dreamliner and with two more to go by October this year, Kenya Airways is maintaining its corporate focus on a strategic effort to renew its aircraft fleet to guarantee cost efficient service delivery.

(The Star)

Kenya set to destroy the ship seized with drugs

President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday directed security agencies to sink a ship which was seized while carrying drugs in the coastal city of Mombasa.

“We do not care who owns the ship or the drugs, we will destroy them to teach lesson to those who bent on ruining our children,” Kenyatta said.

The drugs, valued at about $11 million, were seized in July by security agencies who were tipped off about the vessel by the Interpol and US drug reinforcement agencies, xinhua reported.

The officers intercepted the ship and escorted to the port of Mombasa where it docked under tight guard by both Navy and other security agencies.

Kenyatta declared a total war on the menace that has ruined the lives of many young people in the country, stressing that the port of Mombasa will no longer be a passage for the importation of illicit drugs.

(Capital)

Mystery of Death Valley’s moving rocks solved

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. —

For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth.

Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have photographed these “sailing rocks” being blown by light winds across the former lake bed.

Cousins Richard Norris and James Norris said the movement is made possible when ice sheets that form after rare overnight rains melt in the rising sun, making the hard ground muddy and slick.

On Dec. 20, 2013, the cousins catalogued 60 rocks moving across the playa’s pancake-flat surface.

“Observed rock movement occurred on sunny, clear days, following nights of sub-freezing temperatures,” they wrote in a report published Wednesday in the online scientific journal PLOS ONE.

The conclusion proves theories that have been floated since geologists began studying the moving rocks in the 1940s.

The phenomenon doesn’t happen often because it rarely rains in the notoriously hot and dry desert valley.

The rocks move about 15 feet per minute, according to the report.

Richard Norris, 55, a paleobiologist at Scripps, and James, 59, a research engineer, launched their “Slithering Stones Research Initiative” in 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported (http://lat.ms/VNVWou).

After getting permits from the National Park Service, they installed a weather station in the area and placed 15 stones equipped with global positioning devices on the playa.

The “GPS stones,” which were engineered to record movement and velocity, were stationed at the southern end of the playa where rocks begin their strange journeys after tumbling down a cliff.

At the end of last year, Richard and James Norris returned to inspect the instruments.

“We found the playa covered with ice,” Richard recalled to the Times. “We also noticed fresh rock trails near shards of thin ice stacked up along the shoreline.”

The following afternoon, “we were sitting on a mountainside and admiring the view when a light wind kicked up and the ice started cracking,” he said. “Suddenly, the whole process unfolded before our eyes.”

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Teachers Fill Classrooms By ‘Crowdfunding’

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Some public school teachers have resorted to an unconventional method of gaining funds to stock their classrooms with supplies. From Dallas to Fort Worth schools, teachers at all grade levels are crowdfunding.

“Our teachers know that the students don’t really have a means for it, so they do provide for our kids,” said Brian Deveaux, Principal of Roosevelt High School and Academy of Health Science.

Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money, usually online.

“I was completely overwhelmed by the support I received,” said 11th grade physics teacher Sara Beth Ribot. In addition to lining up her lesson plans, Ribot set up a crowdfunding webpage on gofundme.com. In a matter of days, her friends, family, even strangers donated close to $600.

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Questions Linger For Family Of Suspect Shot & Killed By DPD

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The family of Steven Douglas is struggling to understand how he died – in a confrontation with police.

His mother, Rene Douglas, told CBS 11 News, “He was coming straight here. He would have gave [sic] himself up. And, they killed my baby. They did, they killed my baby.”

Rene said her son called her Monday morning to tell her he had his one-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter with him. 
She picked up the children and took them home with her, but worried her son might be in trouble.

“I called him [and he said], ‘Mama I’m here. I’m here. I’m on the way to the house. The police are on me. I’m in a high-speed chase. I’m on my way home. I’ll be there in just a minute… just wait on me. I’ll be there.’”

According to police, Steven Douglas had tracked down his girlfriend earlier…

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DJ Laz Back On The Radio, Talks About Tragic Boat Accident

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It was a day of celebration at Hits 97.3 radio Monday morning as veteran radio personality DJ Laz debuted his all new morning show, DJ Laz in the morning with co-host Kimmy B at his side.

“It’s difficult not to have chemistry with this guy,” said Kimmy Bell, also known as Kimmy B. “Were both basically born and raised here so we hit it off instantly and all powers that be said wow.”

Wow is exactly what DJ Laz said after Monday morning’s first show.

Watch the report, click here.

“I’m not good at certain things. Running a marathon isn’t one of the things I am good at,” Laz told CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo. “Radio, I’m good at. It’s my passion and for me there’s no better place to be than radio. The welcome home has been overwhelming.”

For 22 years, DJ Laz, whose real name is Lazaro…

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Rain Chances In The Forecast For DFW

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

TUESDAY

Temperatures will be hot with highs in the upper 90s.  It will feel like it is the 100s when you factor in the higher humidity.  An isolated storm could develop in the afternoon, but coverage will be very low.

HOURBYHOUR TREND LARRY1

MOISTURE INCREASES

Deeper Gulf moisture will increase across the area tomorrow and thru the week as an area of low pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere pushes westward thru the Gulf of Mexico.

KTVT Standard GOTHAMa

RAIN CHANCES

Rain chances will increase Friday and Saturday as a weak cold front slides into that moisture coming in from the Gulf of Mexico.  I would expect scattered thunderstorms Friday and on Saturday with the front nearby.

RAIN CHANCE LINE GRAPH larry

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Davis Spends $4 Million On Attack Ads

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

AUSTIN (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis spent about $4 million in August to attack her Republican opponent on television.

The San Antonio Express News reported Monday that it reviewed the documents and interviewed industry experts to compile the figure. Voters will choose between Davis and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Nov. 4.

The expenditure amounts to more than 30 percent of the campaign’s total cash on hand as of last month. It has aired a particular attack ad at least 5,000 times statewide.

A Davis spokesman says the campaign is going negative early because Texans want a governor who “will fight for them.”

An Abbott spokesman denounced the television ads as a desperate tactic from a political opponent behind in the polls.

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DFW Crew Flying Ebola Supplies To Liberia

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

FORT WORTH (AP) - A crew of six people is headed from Fort Worth to Liberia to deliver medical supplies for workers fighting the Ebola outbreak there.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the crew plans to leave the city’s Alliance Airport Tuesday and stop in New York to pick up more supplies on its way to Monrovia.

The plane will be carrying rubber gloves, goggles and other supplies in critical demand during an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people.

Pilot Mick Waldrop of Fort Worth-based ATX Air Services said he’s somewhat concerned for his own health and that of the crew, but said he was confident that they would be safe.

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Six Family Members Hospitalized In Oak Cliff Fire

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

OAK CLIFF (CBSDFW.COM) – Several ambulances and fire crews responded to a house fire which sent six people to the hospital in Oak Cliff early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the single-story residence in the 1600 block of Champagne Drive at 6:05 a.m. to find the structure fully involved.

Six people, a mother and five children, were all inside the residence when the fire began. They were transported to a local hospital and their conditions are unknown.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but a representative on scene says the fire may have been caused by a gas explosion.

Neighbors report that they could smell gas hours before the fire began.

“As I’m walking back towards my patio to my back door, I could still smell it. I just didn’t pay any attention,” said one neighbor. “That was 10:30 last night. But at 6 o’clock this morning, there was like…

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