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Taiwan Plane Tumbles in Typhoon

Taiwan Plane Crash

A passenger plane trying to land at a Taiwan airport in stormy, Typhoon-like weather crashed and killed 47 people.

2014: not a good year for aviation.

Flying during the tail end of Typhoon Matmo, pilots on a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane made a second attempt to land but instead the plane crashed and caught fire in the Penghu Islands. The failed emergency landing left 47 people dead, 11 injured, and multiple buildings ablaze.

“It was thunderstorm conditions during the crash,” said Hsi Wen-guang, Penghu County Government Fire Bureau spokesman.

“From the crash site we sent 11 people to hospital with injuries. A few empty apartment buildings adjacent to the runway caught fire, but no-one was inside at the time and the fire was extinguished.”

The flight was from Taipei, the capital, to the island of Penghu, which is halfway to the Chinese mainland. Although Typhoon Matmo had caused many flights to be cancelled, by the time the TransAsia flight was scheduled to take off, the typhoon warning had been lifted – a little prematurely in hindsight.

So far, 2014 is not shaping up to be a banner year in terms of air travel. With Wednesday’s crash in Taiwan and the two Malaysia Airlines flights, the total death toll for 2014 is now 606 (compared with 489 in 2013 and 439 in 2012).

Of course, MH370 could be just flying around somewhere still. Or all the passengers could be living on the moon…

Missing Plane on Moon

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Giant Duck Explodes in Taiwan… And Other News

Giant Duck Taiwan

A giant rubber duck exploded in a Taiwanese port on Tuesday only hours before it was to be a star attraction at their New Year’s celebrations.

So Dubai spent $6 million on fireworks, and Taiwan was planning on showcasing a 59-foot-tall rubber duck to ring in the New Year? “We want to apologize to the fans of the yellow rubber duck…. the weather is fine today and we haven’t found the cause of the problem. We will carefully examine the duck to determine the cause,” organizer Huang Jing-tai said. The cause of the duck disaster is unknown but some reports speculate that it could be the result of bird on bird violence. It’s possible that the giant duck may have fallen victim to a vicious pack of eagles who scratched it with their claws. National Post

Colorado PotWho knew that selling drugs could make you money? Colorado marijuana shops made more than $1 million on the first day of legalization despite the winter weather and hour-long lineups. Marijuana went on sale in 24 stores in Colorado after the state became the first in the U.S. to sell legal recreational weed. Pot retailers, high on profits, are eager to see what sales will be like in the future and if they can match the monetary success of day 1. No word yet on how the legalization has affected sales of Cheetos and Bob Marley albums. Buzzfeed

Facebook scanIf there’s one thing Facebook users crave, it’s privacy – which is why the company is being sued over allegations that they sold users’ private messages to advertisers without their consent. The lawsuit, filed in California, accuses Facebook of misleading users “into believing they have a secure, private mechanism for communication, when in fact Facebook… mines user data and profits from those data by sharing them with third parties.” Apparently when users compose messages that include links to a third-party website, Facebook scans the content of the message, follows the link and searches for information to profile the message-sender’s Web activity. A Facebook spokesman responded that the invasive scanning allegations “are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously.” Bloomberg

Xuelong-antarctica_2780374bOh dear… The Antarctic rescue ship may need a rescue ship of it’s own. The Chinese ice-breaker that helped passengers stranded on the Russian research vessel in Antarctica may also be stuck in the ice. So much for the ice breaking… After the 52 passengers on research ship had been rescued, they headed home on the icebreaker Aurora Australis. But before they could make it, they found out that the crew of a Chinese icebreaker that had provided the helicopter used to transport them to safety were worried about their own ship’s ability to move through the ice. So now they have to sit tight in the middle of the Antarctic in case the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon needs help. And they can’t really say no… otherwise they’d look like total a**holes.  Toronto Star

019538-india-rape-women-anniversaryGang rapes are as common as curry in India but a particular case has made the headlines after a 16-year-old girl was set on fire after the attack. The young girl was raped on two separate occasions near her home town, first on October 26, and then for a second time when she was returning from filing a police complaint the next day. Fast forward two months, and she was deliberately set on fire – allegedly by people close to the suspected rapists. The case come to light when the family accused the police, who initially ruled it a suicide, of covering up the crime. A week later the girl died of her injuries and it was revealed in her autopsy that she was pregnant. Six Indian men now face murder charges for the gang rape and two more for the burning. BBC News

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