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Korean Air A330 Overshoots Runway in Cebu, Philippines

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A Korean Air Lines Airbus A330 overshot a runway while landing in poor weather in the central Philippines late Sunday.  All 173 passengers and crew on board were safe, but the airport was closed because of the stalled aircraft.

According to (CCAP) the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the Airbus A330 arriving from South Korea, overshot the runway on Mactan Island in Cebu province, forcing the airport to close.

“All passengers are safe and being attended to by ground staff,” the Philippine Civil Aviation Administration (PCAA) stated in a statement.

At least four incoming flights had to be diverted to Manila and other nearby airports. The PCAA did not immediately provide any information, such as if the aircraft was damaged. 

According to a statement from Korean Airlines, the Airbus A330 attempted to land twice in bad weather and overran the runway on the third attempt.

According to Korean Airlines, all passengers were evacuated through the aircraft’s escape slides as local emergency personnel were summoned to the airport.

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Korean Air Pushes for Maximum Working Hours For Pilots

Due to the Russian airspace ban making some ultra-long-haul flights even longer, Korean Air is campaigning to change the maximum number of hours that pilots and other crews are allowed to work in a single time expanded.

On Tuesday, an Asiana Airlines flight from New York to Seoul was forced to divert to Tokyo due to high headwinds exceeding the number of working hours allowed for South Korean pilots.

Under current air safety regulations, South Korean pilots can fly for up to 16 hours. However, rerouting certain flights out of Russian airspace often brings flight times within minutes of this top limit.

Asiana and Korean Air, South Korea’s two largest airlines, anticipate the situation will worsen over the winter months as headwinds increase.

Flights from South Korea to New York used to go through Russian airspace and across the Arctic, but as a result of the political fallout from the Ukraine conflict, Asiana and Korean Air are now sending their jets across the Pacific to reach New York.

The departure flight takes about 13 hours, which is comfortably inside the time restriction set by Korea’s aviation regulator. However, the return flight usually takes between 15 and 15 hours.

“Discussions between labour and management are underway to relax the cap on maximum flying hours for pilots.” It requires Transport Ministry clearance,” a Korean Air spokeswoman acknowledged to the English-language Korea Herald.

According to the publication, an Asiana Air spokesperson confirmed a similar initiative to expand pilot working hours.

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The guidelines for fatigue management for aircrew vary greatly, although, in most countries, the maximum ‘flight duty time’ that pilots are allowed to work includes time spent on the ground. 

Normally, the duty length can be prolonged by increasing the crew with more pilots and taking in-flight rest.

In Europe, the maximum duty length without augmentation is 14 hours, although this can be increased to 18 hours by rotating four pilots and using bunks for in-flight rest.

In Australia, regulators set a maximum duty length of 18 hours for pilots, but the civil aviation regulation has a convoluted ‘fatigue risk management system’ that permits airlines to extend that duty period even further if they can demonstrate they are controlling the risk of fatigue.

Qantas has been authorized to create duty limitations that exceed 20 hours under this approach, and even longer duty limits may be approved as the airline prepares for Project Sunrise flights with direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne to New York and London.

Source: The Associated Press, VOR News

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India, At UN, Is Mum About Dispute With Canada Over Sikh Separatist Leader’s Killing

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UNITED NATIONS — As he addressed world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, India’s top diplomat avoided addressing his country’s dispute with Canada over the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader. However, he indirectly criticized how other nations respond to “terrorism.”

Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar devoted most of his speech to praising India’s rising global stature and aspirations for leadership, highlighting its recent tenure as chair of the Group of 20 industrialized nations and presiding over a substantial summit meeting last month.

However, he also stated that the international community must not “allow political expediency to determine responses to terrorism, extremism, and violence.”

India has frequently attacked Pakistan at the United Nations over what New Delhi perceives as Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism. This time, however, the remark could be interpreted as an attack on Canada, whose representative is scheduled to speak at the United Nations later on Tuesday.

As a result of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement last week that India may have been involved in the June murder of a Canadian citizen in a Vancouver suburb, relations between the two countries have reached their lowest point in years.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, was murdered by masked assailants, but Canada has not yet provided any public evidence of Indian involvement in the murder. India had designated him as a terrorist because he led the remnants of a once-powerful movement to establish an independent Sikh homeland, Khalistan.


India’s top diplomat avoided addressing his country’s dispute with Canada over the assassination of a Sikh separatist leader.

The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed the allegation as “absurd” and accused Canada of harboring “terrorists and extremists.” It also asserted that the allegations were politically motivated, indicating that Trudeau sought domestic support from the Sikh diaspora.

“Such unsubstantiated allegations seek to divert attention away from Khalistani terrorists and extremists, who have found refuge in Canada and continue to threaten India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the ministry said in a statement released last week.

However, they have long accused Canada of allowing Sikh separatists, including Nijjar, unfettered reign.

Even though the active insurgency ended decades ago, the Modi administration has warned that Sikh separatists are attempting a comeback. New Delhi has urged nations such as Canada, where Sikhs account for more than 2% of the population, to do more to prevent a separatist revival.

After the G20 summit, Canada’s allegation obscured India’s diplomatic moment. Jaishankar sought to refocus attention on his country’s ambitions in the international arena, noting that India is the world’s most populous nation and a growing economic superpower.

“When we aspire to be a leading power, it is not for self-promotion, but to assume more responsibility and make more contributions,” he explained. “The goals we have set for ourselves will distinguish us from those who rose before us.”


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Spain Charges Pop Singer Shakira With Tax Evasion For A Second Time And Demands More Than $7 Million

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BARCELONA, SPAIN — Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings, authorities announced Tuesday. This is Spain’s most recent fiscal accusation against the Colombian singer.

Prosecutors in Barcelona alleged in a statement that Shakira used an offshore company based in a tax refuge to avoid paying the tax.

According to the statement, she has been notified of the allegations in Miami, where she resides.

Shakira is already scheduled to be tried in Barcelona on November 20 for a separate case involving her residence between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors allege she neglected to pay 14.5 million euros in taxes in this instance.

Prosecutors in Barcelona have asserted that the Grammy winner spent more than fifty percent of the 2012-2014 period in Spain and thus should have paid taxes in the country, even though her official residence was in the Bahamas.


Spanish prosecutors have charged Colombian pop sensation Shakira with failing to pay 6.7 million euros ($7.1 million) in tax on her 2018 earnings.

Last July, Spanish tax officials launched a new investigation against Shakira. Prosecutors have decided to file charges after reviewing the evidence compiled over the past two months. No trial date has been set.

Llorente y Cuenca, the public relations firm previously managing Shakira’s affairs, had no immediate comment.

Last July, it was stated that the artist had “always complied with the law and followed the advice of her financial advisors.”

Since she began dating the now-retired football player Gerard Pique, Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, has been linked to Spain. The couple, who have two children, resided in Barcelona until the end of their 11-year relationship last year.

In the past decade, Spain’s tax authorities have cracked down on football superstars such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for not paying their entire tax obligations. These athletes were found guilty of tax evasion but were spared prison time due to a provision that enables judges to forego sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders.


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Toymaker Lego Will Stick To Its Quest To Find Sustainable Materials Despite Failed Recycle Attempt In 2023

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Lego stated on Monday that it remains committed to its quest to find sustainable materials to reduce carbon emissions despite the failure of an experiment to use recycled bottles. Lego is the world’s largest toy manufacturer.

After more than two years of testing, Lego “decided not to proceed” with producing its trademark colorful bricks from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles because “the material did not reduce carbon emissions.”

Nonetheless, the toymaker remains “fully committed to making Lego bricks from sustainable materials by 2032,” according to the company’s website.

Two years ago, the private company that manufactures bricks from oil-derived plastic began researching a potential transition to recycled plastic bottles made of PET plastic, which does not degrade in quality when recycled.

The company stated that it had invested “more than $1.2 billion in sustainability initiatives” to transition to more sustainable materials and reduce carbon emissions by 37% by 2032.

The company reported that it was “currently testing and developing Lego bricks made from a range of alternative sustainable materials, including other recycled plastics and plastics made from alternative sources such as e-methanol.”


Nonetheless, the toymaker remains “fully committed to making Lego bricks from sustainable materials by 2032,” according to the company’s website.

E-methanol, also known as green methanol, is composed of residual carbon dioxide and hydrogen and is produced by splitting water molecules using renewable energy.

The company said it would continue to use bio-polypropylene, the sustainable and biological variant of polyethylene — a plastic used in everything from consumer and food packaging to tires — for elements in Lego sets such as leaves, trees and other accessories.

Long-term, “we believe that this will encourage increased production of more sustainable raw materials, such as recycled oils, and help support our transition to sustainable materials,” the report stated.

The company was founded by Ole Kirk Kristiansen in 1932. The name comprises the Danish words leg and godt, meaning “play well.” The brand name was created without knowledge of the Latin Lego, meaning “I assemble.”


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