Nara upsets 2004 champion Kuznetsova at US Open

first_img‘Not a god’: Federer tops cramping Youzhny in 5 sets at Open Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit Thursday night means five of the top eight women in the field are already gone before the third round. She joins No. 2 Simona Halep, No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 6 Angelique Kerber and No. 7 Johanna Konta. Kerber was the defending champion.Kuznetsova won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2004 and was the runner-up in 2007. She also was the French Open champion in 2009. The Russian came to New York this year as one of eight women with a chance to move up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings after the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia diescenter_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, returns a shot from Marketa Vondrousova, of Czech Republic, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Past U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset in the second round by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.This was Nara’s first victory in nine career matches against opponents ranked in the top 10. It also allowed her to get to the third round at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2013, equaling her best showing at any Grand Slam tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

CELLCOM Connects Thousands in Konobo, Grand Gedeh

first_imgThe company named by the National Excellence Award as the best GSM Company in Liberia – Cellcom Telecommunications, Inc., has erected one of its communications towers in one of the remotest parts of Liberia so that Liberians in that part of the country can be able to speaking with relatives and friends far and near.A Cellcom release said this is a part of the GSM company’s demonstrated and  long standing goal to provide affordable and quality telecommunications to all Liberians.   It said the erection of the tower, it described as the ‘Tower of Justice” in Konobo District, Grand Gedeh, was done in partnership with the US based health group Tiyatian Health. Through the partnership, which is endorsed by the Clinton Global Initiative, the new tower will allow frontline health workers of Tiyatian Health to use mobile telecommunications devices to provide lifesaving health care to thousands of mothers in very remote parts of Grand Gedeh County. The tower is also the first telecommunications network to be planted in that part of the country since the nation’s history.“It is providing much needed communications service to thousands of residents who have been cut off from the rest of Liberia and the world,” Cellcom said.Making the announcement at a joint press conference held at the Cellcom Headquarters in Monrovia executives from Cellcom and Tiyatian termed the venture “a tower of justice” and referred to the partnership as a “golden triangle” because it brought together a private company, a civil society NGO and the Government. Tiyatian Health executive director, Dr. Raj Panjabi, reflected that many deaths had happened in Konobo because frontline workers had no way to communicate with referral hospitals to call for doctors or ambulances.   He noted that with the establishment of the new tower, mothers and their children would no longer have to die because of the lack of communications.    He noted the challenges of getting this project off the ground, “the challenge was huge….this was not a place that was a natural place for a Telecom company to go to.  It took courage and it took risk to go there. And Cellcom, under Avishai Marziano’s leadership and the leadership of the executive team, really stepped up in trying to help solve this gap.  They came to the table with an amazing partnership to bring Konobo’s first mobile network and I’m happy to report that we have been able to see this dream come alive. Now never again will somebody have to die because they cannot call for help.”  He observed that the benefits extended even beyond telecommunications to all segments of society.   He said:  “We are seeing this impact already not just on health care, but on business and at a very personal level. We are seeing what can happen when mobile telecommunications comes to a place like Konobo and families can call each other.”The executive director of Tiyatian Health reiterated the benefits of the tower and also demonstrated the power of the network by making one of the first calls to Konobo District.  The call was placed to a local resident of Konobo, who expressed thanks and appreciation to Cellcom and noted: “Thanks to Cellcom, we the people of Konobo now feel like we are part of Liberia.”For his part, Cellcom’s Chief Corporate Communications Strategist, Dr. Kimmie Weeks, said that the launch of the tower in Konobo was one of Cellcom’s proudest moments.  “We have been building towers across the country, but we all felt passionate about this because of how it would save and transform lives in real ways. I have always been proud to be a part of this Company, but I am even prouder now because of the way Cellcom stepped up to meet the needs of a population when no other GSM company was willing to do so.”The formal launching program for the tower will take place in Konobo this week. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gov’t Clears MNG-Gold

first_imgMr. Goll reads the statement to the press Says no one came in contact with chemical spillageThe Inter-Ministerial Crisis Management Team (CMT) constituted by the government to investigate the September 27, 2017, rupture of a section of the geo-membrane layer, which led to the spillage of chemical (cyanide) into nearby waters at the MNG-Gold Mine in Kokoyah, Bong County, has concluded its work, indicating that the situation is now under control.The rupture resulted into uncontrollable discharge of slurry containing cyanide from the dam into the Sien Creek. The discharge led to the contamination of ground and surface waters including hand pumps and the creek.At a press conference in Monrovia on Thursday, November 9, the chair of the CMT, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said that following work the experts carried out at the site, the situation is now under control.EPA deputy executive director, Urias Goll, said that the surface and the ground water, which previously contained traces of cyanide are now free of any concentration of cyanide, and therefore, residents in the community are now allowed to resume their normal activities including farming.He said the EPA has made effort to restore the livelihood of Sayewheh Town residents as well as repair the damaged dam, which failure resulted into spillage of cyanide-containing effluent in the environment.Mr. Goll said the government has now cleared (ordered) the company to resume its operations, noting, “we expect the company to resume its operations very soon after all of our work. We want to be thankful to the management for the level of cooperation during the crisis.”The CMT was setup, not just to probe the matter and work with MNG Gold’s management to bring the situation under control, but to ensure that relevant actions are taken to avert any re-occurrence.The spillage was thought to have also affected 34 individuals who were immediately taken to various health facilities, but Goll said that these individuals thought to have come in contact with the contaminated water during the chemical spillage have no direct correlation of cyanide to the illness the people reported.“We are pleased to report to you that the 34 persons that allegedly came in contact with the contaminated water were treated and medical reports from Phebe Hospital, MNG Clinic and JFK Medical Hospital confirmed that there is no direct correlation of cyanide to the illnesses the people earlier reported,” Mr. Goll said.This, according to Mr. Goll, was after multiple tests were done on these individuals at several medical facilities. He said the various tests indicated that some of the people came down with malaria, skin rashes and urinary track-infection.“Medical tests have indicated that those thought to have been affected by the chemical spillage were rather sick from malaria, rashes and other sicknesses, and not as we all had thought,” he said.According to the New York State Department of Health, the human body handles small amounts of cyanide differently than large amounts. In small doses, cyanide in the body can be changed into thiocyanate, which is less harmful and is excreted in urine. In large doses, the body’s ability to change cyanide into thiocyanate is overwhelmed. Large doses of cyanide prevent cells from using oxygen and eventually these cells die. The heart, respiratory system and central nervous system are most susceptible to cyanide poisoning.Further research shows that the effects of cyanide on the human body include general weakness, malaise, and collapse; Neurologic symptoms such as headache, vertigo, dizziness, giddiness, inebriation, confusion, generalized seizures, coma, as well as Abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.The cyanide spill in the mining area also disrupted farming activities in some parts of Sayewheh Town and along the affected creek. It posed potential health hazard to the community and its inhabitants, thus resulting to the temporarily closure of all hand pumps, banned farming activities, artisanal mining and the closure of schools, which led to the referral of some community members for medical examination.But Goll said that the government was satisfied with the level of work done in the area by collaborating with the team, the company management and the community members.He said MNG Gold has provided additional food items to the community members during a transitional period, while work is yet to resume. “This is to demonstrate the company’s commitment of its social responsibility and concern for the well-being of the community members.”“The government, through the CMT appreciates the effort of those who participated in the crisis management process. We thank the press which constantly informed the public about the situation. It is our desire and commitment to ensure that these kinds of disasters are averted or significantly minimized,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 1 Chairman pleads for more help with influx of Venezuelans

first_img…as illegal activities in Coomacka Village risesWith Venezuelans continuously crossing the border, leading to an increase in their numbers in Region One (Barima-Waini), Regional Chairman Brethnol Ashley has expressed worry over the fact that the region lacks resources to cater for the individuals who are seeking refuge there.Regional Chairman Brethnol Ashley addressing a number of stakeholders from Regions One and Four in relation to the Venezuelan migrant situationIn a document to this newspaper, the Chairman stressed on the lack of human resources, adding that shortages of drugs and other medical supplies continue to plague the region as a result of the high number of Venezuelans.These matters were highlighted recently during a special meeting between Regional Executives. The meeting was attended by the Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Four, Pauline Lucas and others. It was hosted with the intent of establishing a collaboration between the two regions to address the number of issues birthed as a result of the increased influx of Venezuelans.“There continues to be shortage of drugs and medical supply as a result of the increased number of Venezuelans seeking medical and other attention,” the Chairman pointed out.The Chairman told the visiting team that he would be thankful for any assistance while noting that officials in the region are faced with increased challenges and difficulties and support from Region Four’s health sector would be appreciated.Heighten securityAshley went further to call on Government to heighten security patrols at the country’s borders since a number of threats were recently made.“He warned that the threats should be taken seriously by the country’s security forces declaring that his RDC (Regional Democratic Council) is very concerned with these threats expressing the view that he believes that the Venezuelans will act on those threats and as such, all stops should be pulled out in ensuring that Guyana can effectively defend itself. He said that Government and residents must recognise that because of Venezuela’s grave economic challenges, they are evidently desperate,” the statement reads.“We have heard that there is a plan to hijack the ferry and this resulted in the ferry having to be escorted into here a few weeks ago because there were reports that the Sindicatos were planning an attack,” the Regional Chairman stressed.He stressed that the number of migrants continues to increase while pointing out the need for a holistic response by the Government to alleviate a number of fears and concerns.StatisticsDuring the meeting, it was confirmed by the Chairman that some of the latest figures released have shown a steady increase in the migrant population. He said figures presented to him just before the meeting indicated that there continues to be an increase in the number of Venezuelan migrants, stressing that there is an urgent need for Government to take appropriate actions to lend valuable support while at the same time protecting the interests of Guyanese.He revealed, “For White Water they are 640, in the community of Imberto there is 74, there is also a new community under the radar called Black Water Barima with 40, Khan Hill has 101, Kamwatta has 65 while Yarakita has 64 so the numbers tells its own story that indeed there is an increase,” Ashley said.IllegalThe Regional Chairman disclosed that a number of the Venezuelans are involved in the sale of illegal fuel which he said has compounded concerns from the business community within the Coomacka area.Despite efforts to make the migrants comfortable with living quarters, Ashely complained that illegal activities continue to take place which he foresees causing major issues in the Coomacka community for not only the migrants but other villagers as well.In addition, the Chairman said that there has also been a hike in the number of reported cases of persons being infected with various diseases, stressing that several residents have expressed these concerns in relation to diseases.“I am saddled with having to hear families coming to me telling me that they are worried that their husbands may contract some of the diseases and infections. We are very concerned about the increase also of malaria with several villages indicating its prominence in the community, so frankly I am happy that we have another region coming on board so as to assist us in some way,” Ashley said.He revealed that there are serious sanitation-related issues, pointing out that several residents have complained about the Venezuelan migrants defecating in and around the community. This, the Regional Chairman declared poses great challenges to several business owners who would see the migrants committing these acts openly. Further, he said that there are serious and grave health concerns as several of the migrants who are desperate for food have been seen raiding garbage bins.last_img read more

Local Weather Numbers for March

first_imgThanks to a very good March, in which more than double the normal amount of precipitation was received, Fort St. John area farmers and ranchers at least have some reason to hope for drought relief, heading into the spring seeding period. 45.6 centimeters of snow, about 20 more than the local area average, resulted in 44.7 millimeters of precipitation, as compared, to the March norm, of 21.4. It also raised to 88.7 millimeters, the total for the first three months of the year. So, despite a very dry February, when the local airport recorded only 10.8 millimeters…less than half the monthly norm…the year-to-date total is now almost 20 millimeters ahead, of the local area average. – Advertisement -However, it should also be remembered that, at this time last year, we were virtually in the same position, having recorded 90.9 millimeters. In addition, we stayed well ahead of the norm through April and May, but then disaster hit, in June and July. They are traditionally the two heaviest local area precipitation months of the year, with a combined norm of nearly 155 millimeters. However, last year we received less than a third of that total….only 47.3 millimeters.last_img read more

Video: Leipzig stars celebrate goal with famous ‘RKO’ wrestling move

first_imgWrestler Randy Orton’s trademark ‘RKO’ move has taken the internet by storm recently and inspired this brilliant celebration from Leipzig’s Daniel Frahn and Terrence Boyd after the former scored in a Bundesliga 2 game against VfL Bochum.last_img

Rangers target ‘passes medical’ amid reports he’s set for Ibrox transfer

first_imgRangers look to be closing in on the signing of Nikola Katic, according to reports.Katic, the Croatia international, has emerged as a target of Steven Gerrard’s as the former England and Liverpool captain looks to rework the Gers’ defence following his appointment as manager of the Ibrox club. Gerrard was confirmed as Rangers’ new manager in May and officially took charge earlier this month 2 Katic has been linked with a summer move to Ibrox 2 And according to Croatian Football News, as quoted by the Scottish Sun, Katic has already passed a medical in Manchester ahead of his move to Glasgow being finalised.Katic’s agent, Mladen Kliskinic, earlier posted a photo to Facebook of himself outside Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium with the caption reading: ‘ONE PLAYER. Medical test. 5 hours. All good.’ Slaven Belupo defender Katic, 21, has won a single cap for Croatia, though he has not been named in their squad for the World Cup.Katic could become Rangers’ fourth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of Scott Arfield from Burnley, Allan McGregor from Hull, Jamie Murphy from Brighton, and Liverpool winger Ovie Ejaria, who penned a season-long loan deal with the Ibrox club.last_img read more

MADDIE: DONEGAL FAMILY MARK MISSING GIRLS’S 8TH BIRTHDAY

first_imgIT’S a picture of happiness as Madeleine McCann shares an ice-cream with her brothers and cousins in Co Donegal four years ago – just weeks later she went missing from a holiday complex in Portugal.And today brave mum Kate McCann made a heart-breaking new appeal in the hunt for her daughter on the missing girl’s eighth birthday.Mrs McCann, 43, and her husband Gerry launched a new phase of their four-year search for their daughter, and are already receiving fresh information prompted by Mrs McCann’s emotional account of the disappearance in her new book which goes on sale today. And here in Donegal, in St Johnston where Maddie’s grandparents are from, people will hope that this latest appeal will finally unravel a riddle which has baffled the world.Kate’s book, Madeleine, goes on sale today and the McCanns hope it will raise €1.2 million to provide continued funding for their private investigation.The residents of Dungloe will also remember Maddie today – four years ago they stood alongside Gerry and Kate McCann and their three children at Easter Mass.The McCann family had been visiting the area on holiday in April 2007 before stopping off at their family-owned pub in St Johnston.More than 40 family members had enjoyed the trip, up the coast from Dungloe and through Gaoth Dobhair. Advertisement Today Kate and Gerry McCann wrote an open letter to British PM David Cameron begging him to force the Portugese authorities to release all their legal papers to them.In the letter they describe Mr Cameron as a father who recognised the importance of children to people’s lives.The couple said they had “tried in vain” to secure a formal inquiry and added that it was “not right that a young, vulnerable British citizen has essentially been given up on”.The McCanns told Cameron that a review could be fruitful as “the benefits of pooling together different bits of evidence can be enormous”.A spokesman for Mr Cameron said he wanted to make sure the Government did “all it can to help them” and said finding Madeleine was the Prime Minister’s focus on the issue.MADDIE: DONEGAL FAMILY MARK MISSING GIRLS’S 8TH BIRTHDAY was last modified: May 12th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Santa Clarita Things To Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Loose Goose Wine Festival, 7-11 p.m. today for the Golden Goose Gala at a location TBD, and 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for the main festival at Bridgeport Park, 23520 Bridgeport Lane, Valencia. Festival admission: $85 for one day or $99 for both days. Call (661) 799-9463 or visit www.LooseGooseWineFestival.com. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will hold its 11th annual Chili Cook-off Dance, 7:30 p.m. today at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 257-4801. “The Mousetrap” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 23 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “Frankenstein” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. “Little Shop of Horrors” will be presented, 8 p.m. today, Saturday and Oct. 21-22, and 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 23 at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $12 for adults and $6 for students, seniors and children under 12. Call (661) 362-5304 or visit www.VitalExpressCenter.com. Newhall Art Walk will feature original works of art displayed in retail stores along San Fernando Road in Old Town Newhall through Oct. 31. Call (661) 286-4018. Castaic Education Foundation golf tournament, 6 a.m. today at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. Entry fee: $115. Call Beverly Silsbee at (661) 257-4500, Ext. 501. One-Act Play Festival will feature drama teams from Saugus, Canyon, Valencia and Hart high schools, 6:30 p.m. today in the Saugus High School theater room, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for students. Subject matter is inappropriate for children. Call (661) 297-3900. Dinner Music, 6:30 p.m. today at Rio Norte Junior High, 28771 Rio Norte Drive, Valencia. Cost: $15. Call (661) 295-3700. Back Pages will perform classic rock, 8:30 p.m. today at The Greens, 26501 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 222-2900. Tom McTigue and Tom Parks will perform, 9 p.m. today and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $12, or $22.99 for the dinner show. Call (661) 259-2291 or visit www.comedyinvalencia.com. Bird Walk, 8-10 a.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. 14th annual Classic Wine Benefit Auction will benefit the SCV Senior Center’s Home Delivered Meals program, 11 a.m. Saturday at Le Chene French Cuisine, 12625 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $60. Call (661) 259-9444 or visit www.scvseniorcenter.org. “The Wizard of Oz” will be presented, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 299-5264 or visit www.escapetheatre.org. “I Sincerely Doubt That This Old House is Very Haunted” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 30 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10-$13 for adults and $8-$10 for students and seniors. Call (661) 799-2702. By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hike, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Photo Expo, hosted by the Santa Clarita Valley Photographers Association, 8 a.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Valencia, 24500 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call April Bielefeldt at (818) 723-7413. Skinny Little Twits will perform classic rock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market is $1.50 for adults and children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Nature Hike, 11 a.m. every Sunday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Come learn about the geology, history and plant and animal life of this park. Call (661) 268-0840. Kid Expo will feature art, dance, books and a boutique, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Golden Valley High School, 20501 Golden Valley Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 255-6847, Ext. 3059. Los Angeles Poets’ Press Fall Festival & Publication Celebration, 1:30 p.m. Sunday at The Laughing Buddha Garden, 24721 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-5215. Tip-A-Cop fundraiser for the SCV Special Olympics, 5-9 p.m. Thursday at The Elephant Bar, 27063 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-2121. Music Department Fall Revue, 7 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at Saugus High School, 21900 Centurion Way, Saugus. Tickets: $4. Call (661) 297-3900. Choral Department Fall Concert, 7 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 21-22 in the auditorium at Hart High School, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Would-be attacker blows up before striking

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – An attacker blew himself up in a failed assault on coalition forces Sunday in volatile southern Afghanistan, while two U.S. helicopters made emergency landings during combat operations, officials said. The attempted attack against the coalition forces occurred as their convoy passed through the former Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Yousuf Stanekzai said the explosives detonated when the attacker was hit by a motorbike. The blast killed the attacker and motorbike driver and wounded two other people, U.S. military and Afghan police officials said. One of the wounded was a coalition soldier, who was treated for minor injuries and returned to duty, said Lt. Mike Cody, a coalition spokesman. The convoy and the injured soldier were Canadian, Lt. Col. Steve Borland told The Canadian Press. U.S. and Canadian officials called the attacker a suicide bomber, but a police officer at the scene said the man was apparently trying to throw a grenade. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Hours earlier, the U.S. military said five American troops and an Afghan soldier suffered relatively minor injuries when two helicopters made emergency landings during combat operations. All the injured were in stable condition, the military said. The five U.S. soldiers were hurt when a CH-47 Chinook landed north of Kandahar, suffering serious damage, the military said. The other helicopter made an emergency landing at a forward operating base in neighboring Uruzgan province, injuring the Afghan soldier, the military said. A self-described Taliban spokesman, Qari Mohammed Yousaf, claimed the group had shot down one of the helicopters north of Kandahar with a rocket, but he also said that all aboard were killed. Yousaf often calls media outlets to claim responsibility for attacks with information that proves exaggerated or untrue. His ties to the Taliban leadership are unclear. The U.S. military said it was investigating the causes of the incidents. Also Sunday, Esmatullah Muhabat, a former militia leader elected to parliament in September, was shot dead in a gunfight that apparently erupted during a dispute over firewood. Stanekzai said three of Muhabat’s followers were also killed in the clash. last_img read more