Healthcare Officials Offer Memorial Day Weekend Safety Tips

(KNSI) – Officials are reminding people to have a safe Memorial Day weekend as travel numbers are expected to be back at pre-pandemic levels.

CentraCare Health’s Doctor George Morris says the unofficial kickoff to summer is usually when the first water-related injuries show up at the hospital.

“Be careful in or around the water. Don’t dive into shallow areas. This is a case where we’ve really seen huge losses, just traumatic injuries for that one. Be sure you have your life jacket on.”

He also says to avoid mixing alcohol or other drugs when on the water or driving.

“Be careful about drinking alcohol or other drugs around the water. That’s a key thing. Please don’t use it when operating vehicles, whether those are ATVs, motor vehicles, or motorcycles. Think about being safer on water and being safer around vehicles.”

Dr. Morris, a veteran, asks people to take time to enjoy the long weekend.

“I would like everyone to really take this time to enjoy your family, your friends. And then for Memorial Day, think about the sacrifices. Over a million service members that have died in active duty.”

On Thursday, CentraCare Health held a special flag-raising ceremony in honor of those who lost their lives defending America.


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Travel officials offer tips to ease wait times at Westchester Airport this holiday weekend

The Westchester County Airport was packed Friday with travel officials saying that a record number of people are expected to take to the air this Memorial Day weekend.

Travel officials say air travel is expected to be up 25%, bringing levels back to pre-pandemic numbers.

Officials warn travelers that wait times may be much longer.

Airport officials say to help ease the wait times be mindful of what you packed in your carry on. Remember anything that can be sprayed, pumped or spilled must be 3.4 ounces or under.

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Law enforcement officials offer travel tips for holiday weekend – Leavenworth Times

Many people are expected to hit the roads this holiday weekend. AAA is estimating 329,000 Kansans will travel 50 miles or more during Memorial Day weekend. And 90% of them, more than 296,000, will be traveling by car. “The roads will be as crowded as they have been over the Memorial Day holiday since before…

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Atlanta airport officials bracing for pre-pandemic numbers

Spring break travelers are heading to the Airport and hitting the roadways.

Hartsfield Jackson International Airport officials are expecting pre-pandemic numbers, they are bracing for more than 4.9 million travelers between April 1-15.

“We’re going to San Jose to visit family and do sightseeing things for spring break,” Dhirag Mukhi said with a smile on his face. 

Many travel plans were put on hold when the pandemic hit, many families are finally implementing those plans.

“This is a trip we were supposed to take two years ago and two weeks before we were supposed to leave Covid shut everything down,” Kelly Deboy recalled.

As vaccinations become prevalent, and COVID-19 numbers decline, the advice is the same: Always arrive two hours before a domestic flight and 3 hours if it is international. 

Travelers are ready to take a break and enjoy it all.

“Shopping, and we’re going to Universal too,” Macy Deboy said very cheerily.

Airport officials recommend checking the airport website, for information on things like parking, security wait times and open concessions.

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US officials can travel to China to aid crash investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government said Tuesday that China has granted visas for federal investigators to travel there and aid in the investigation of the deadly China Eastern Airlines crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board said China also granted visas to technical advisers from Boeing, which made the plane, engine manufacturer CFM and the Federal Aviation Administration. All would take part in the investigation, under longstanding international agreements.

The safety board said the U.S. officials and industry representatives hope to leave for China this week.

Their travel was held up for several days to meet Chinese visa and COVID-19 regulations, and the NTSB appealed to the State Department to intervene.

A China Eastern Boeing 737-800 jet crashed in a remote mountainous area in southern China on March 21, killing all 123 passengers and nine crew members on board. The plane was cruising at about 29,000 feet (8,800 meters) about one hour into its flight from Kunming in southeastern China to Guangzhou, an export manufacturing hub near Hong Kong, when it went into a steep descent.

Over the weekend, searchers found the plane’s flight data recorder, following earlier recovery of the cockpit voice recorder, which investigators hope will provide important clues about the cause of the crash.

China Eastern, one of four major Chinese airlines, and its subsidiaries have grounded all their Boeing 737-800s, more than 200 planes. The airline said the grounding was a precaution, not a sign of any problem with the planes.

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Officials: Taliban blocked unaccompanied women from flights

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers refused to allow dozens of women to board several flights, including some overseas, because they were traveling without a male guardian, two Afghan airline officials said Saturday.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions from the Taliban, said dozens of women who arrived at Kabul’s international airport Friday to board domestic and international flights were told they couldn’t do so without a male guardian.

Some of the women were dual nationals returning to their homes overseas, including some from Canada, according to one of the officials. Women were denied boarding on flights to Islamabad, Dubai and Turkey on Kam Air and the state-owned Ariana Airline, said the officials.

The order came from the Taliban leadership, said one official.

By Saturday, some women traveling alone were given permission to board an Ariana Airlines flight to western Herat province, the official said. However, by the time the permission was granted they had missed their flight, he said.

The airport’s president and police chief, both from the Taliban movement and both Islamic clerics, were meeting Saturday with airline officials.

“They are trying to solve it,” the official said.

It was still unclear whether the Taliban would exempt air travel from an order issued months ago requiring women traveling more than 45 miles (72 kilometers) to be accompanied by a male relative.

Taliban officials contacted by The Associated Press did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Since taking power last August, the Taliban leadership have been squabbling among themselves as they struggle to transition from war to governing. It has pit hard-liners — like acting Prime Minister Mullah Hasan Akhund, who is deeply rooted in the old guard — against the more pragmatic among them, like Sirajuddin Haqqani. He took over leadership of the powerful Haqqani network from his father Jalaluddin Haqanni. The elder Haqqani, who died several years ago, is from Akhund’s generation, who ruled Afghanistan under the strict and unchallenged leadership of Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Infuriating many Afghans is the knowledge that many of the Taliban of the younger generation, like Sirajuddin Haqqani, are educating their girls in Pakistan, while in Afghanistan women and girls have been targeted by their repressive edicts since taking power.

This latest assault on women’s rights in Taliban-run Afghanistan denying women air travel, comes just days after the all-male religiously driven government broke its promise to allow girls to return to school after the sixth grade.

The move enraged the international community, which has been reluctant to recognize the Taliban-run government since the Taliban swept into power last August, fearing they would revert to their harsh rule of the 1990s. The Taliban’s refusal to open up education to all Afghan children also infuriated large swaths of the Afghan population. On Saturday, dozens of girls demonstrated in the Afghan capital demanding the right to go to school.

After the Taliban’s ban on girls education beyond the sixth grade, women’s rights activist Mahbouba Seraj went on Afghanistan’s TOLO TV to ask: “How do we as a nation trust you with your words anymore? What should we do to please you? Should we all die?”

An Afghan charity called PenPath, which runs dozens of “secret’ schools with thousands of volunteers, is planning to stage countrywide protests to demand the Taliban reverse its order, said Matiullah Wesa, PenPath founder.

On Saturday at the Doha Forum 2022 in Qatar, Roya Mahboob, an Afghan businesswoman who founded an all-girl robotics team in Afghanistan, was given the Forum Award for her work and commitment to girls education.

U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Tom West canceled meetings with the Taliban at the Doha Forum after classes for older girls were halted.

Deputy U.S. State Department spokesperson Jalina Porter said in a statement that “We have canceled some of our engagements, including planned meetings in Doha and around the Doha Forum, and have made clear that we see this decision as a potential turning point in our engagement.

“The decision by the Taliban, if it is not swiftly reversed, will profoundly harm the Afghan people, the country’s prospects for economic growth, and the Taliban’s ambition to improve their relations with the international community,” she said.

In an interview after receiving the Doha Forum award, Mahboob called on the many global leaders and policy makers attending the forum to press the Taliban to open schools for all Afghan children.

The robotics team fled Afghanistan when the Taliban returned to power but Mahboob said she still hoped a science and technology center she had hoped to build in Afghanistan for girls could still be constructed.

“I hope that the international community, the Muslim communities (have not) forgotten about Afghanistan and (will) not abandon us,” she said. “Afghanistan is a poor country. It doesn’t have enough resources. And if you take (away) our knowledge, I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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