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Five people killed in Philadelphia train derailment. UPDATE: Second quake rocks Nepal / Japan hit by 6.8-magnitude earthquake. Mayor John Tory backs ‘hybrid’ solution for East Gardiner. Billy Bishop ranked 7th in survey of the world’s most scenic airport approaches. Kim Jong Un ‘executed defence chief with anti-aircraft gun for sleeping during meeting.’ +**18,000 Canadian vehicles affected by latest Toyota recall. **WATCH: Hydro One fires employee for screaming obscenities at female reporter.**
FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN PHILADELPHIA TRAIN DERAILMENT
At least 5 people have been killed and scores other injured, at least 6 critically after an Amtrak trail derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Mayor Mike Nutter confirmed the number of casualties but stressed that the death toll was only preliminary adding that the scene was an ‘absolute disastrous mess’. The train was travelling from Washington D.C to New York City on Tuesday night when it derailed. Approximately 238 passengers and 5 crew members were on board at the time. It’s not yet known what caused the derailment and the National Transportation Safety board in the U.S are investigating.
UPDATE: SECOND QUAKE ROCKS NEPAL/ TREMOR HITS COAST OF JAPAN
An update from Nepal, where the death toll from yesterday’s 7.3 magnitude quake has climbed to 65. However, with 2000 people hurt and resources not having reached some areas yet, that number is expected to rise.
Another strong earthquake, this one a 6.8 magnitude tremor has hit today off the coast of Japan, the same region devastated by a major quake and tsunami in 2011. The shaker was felt more than 400 km away in Tokyo. So far, no damage or injuries reported and no word of a tsunami threat.
MAYOR JOHN TORY BACKS ‘HYBRID’ SOLUTION FOR EAST GARDINER
Mayor John Tory is making his preference of what to do with the Gardiner Expressway known loud and clear. Tory said during the election campaign that he favoured the Hybrid option that would maintain a link between the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway. He reiterated his stance today on the eastern portion of the elevated Expressway. Tory released the following statement:
“The future of the Gardiner is a critical decision for our city. As Mayor, I have carefully considered the three options: maintain the Gardiner as is and repair it; tear it down and replace it with an eight-lane highway at street level; and the hybrid approach, which would remove a section of the Expressway to open up lands to the east of the Gardiner, but also maintain the continuous connection with the Don Valley Parkway. After carefully considering the impact on traffic, development and the need to build a truly great city – today I announced I support the hybrid approach to the Gardiner. This is the right decision for Toronto. Traffic is at a crisis point and we need to keep people and goods moving in this city. It is vital both to our quality of life and to our economy. The hybrid option will also unlock lands to the east of the Expressway, which are primed and ready for development. Not just a handful of buildings, but a transformational development that would employ thousands of people and pump billions into our economy. Ultimately, this is an issue that will be decided by Council with all of the facts on the table and after a full and thorough debate. I’m confident that once that happens, it will become clear that the hybrid option is the best choice because it will keep traffic moving and keep our economy strong.”
BILLY BISHOP WORLD’S 7TH MOST SCENIC AIRPORT APPROACHES
Some good news for the airport on the islands with the announcement that Billy Bishop Airport has been ranked 7th in a global survey of the world’s most scenic airport approaches. The PrivateFly Best Airport Approaches 2015 poll was conducted in March and April of this year and received more than 3,000 individual votes. Queenstown airport in New Zealand took the top spot, with Las Vegas McCarran Airport in the United States 2nd and Nice Cote D’Azur Airport in France rounding out the top three. 147 airports worldwide were nominated with PrivateFly CEO Adam Twidell saying that ”Our poll has become an annual checklist for the well-traveled, and offers a fascinating mix of global descents”.
KIM JONG UN EXECUTES DEFENCE CHIEF WITH ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN
There are reports out this morning suggesting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has executed his defence minister, who allegedly fell asleep during a meeting with the dictator. It was carried out in the most bizarre way, with the man killed by an anti-aircraft gun, in front of an audience. If true, it’s the latest in Kim Jong Un’s cull of the old guard in Pyongyang.
18,000 Canadian Vehicles Affected By Latest Toyota Recall
Nearly 5 million more vehicles worldwide are to be recalled by Toyota due to problem airbags. Some 18,000 vehicles in Canada are affected by the recall according to Automotive News, while 637,000 are in the U.S and Japan is facing a recall of nearly 1.4 million. 35 models are affected globally including the Corolla subcompact, RAV4 sport utility vehicle and Tundra pickup, produced from March 2003 through November 2007. This current recall brings the total number recalls related to Japanese supplier Takata Corp. to over 8 million.
Hydro One Firing Employee For Yelling Obscenity At Reporter
A Hydro One employee has been fired after hurling an obscenity at a Toronto reporter. It happened outside BMO field after the Toronto FC home opener on Sunday. A man ran up to a CITY news reporter and yelled “F__k her right in the p___y”, a growing trend in North America over the past couple of years. The reporter confronted a group of men nearby and one of them has been identified as Shawn Simoes. Simoes made the sunshine list in 2014 with a salary of just over $106,000. Hydro One issued a statement that the organization was taking steps “to terminate the employee for violating our Code of Conduct.” MLSE also issued a statement today saying anyone heard yelling the the obscene phrase near their facilities will be banned. They also said “We are working to identify the individuals, and when we do they will be banned from all of our facilities. Moving forward, we will also work with our local television outlets to provide extra security support to female reporters doing live hits at any of our games,”