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Daily Nation : February 23rd 2014
2 Lifestyle top stories caught off guard Swiss air force is only active from 8am to 5pm YOUR WEEK picture story Sunday February 23, 2014 SUNDAY NATION The Swiss air force failed to respond to the hijacking of a plane because it happened outside their office hours and they had not yet started work in the morning. An Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 702 entered Switzerland’s airspace when its co-pilot hijacked the airliner bound for Rome on Monday morning then flew it to Geneva, Switzerland, as he looked for asylum. Switzerland’s air force chiefs were alerted to the drama at 4.30 a.m. They, however, did not do anything because they do not start work until 8 a.m. Italian Eurofighters instead escorted the plane with 202 passengers and crew on board to the Swiss border, where French mirage jets accompanied it to Geneva airport on Monday morning. US dumbest criminal? narco-tales A drug smuggler in the US tried to prevent police from noticing narcotics by making up a silly story about visiting an 86-year-old at a children’s hospital. Ronald Clifton Brown was carrying 3kg of heroin in his car. And when he was pulled over by police for having part of his number plate obscured, he tried to fool them by saying he was on his way back from visiting an 86-year-old friend that was hospitalised. But when asked where exactly he’d been, he said “Texas Children’s”. The authorities searched the car and found a large amount of heroin in a bag on the backseat. obituary Susannah Njindo 1911 - 2014 Susannah Njindo, the mother of multi-party crusader Kenneth Matiba, has died. Mrs Njindo passed away on Sunday, February 16. She was 103. Her health was said to have been negatively affected after she heard of Mr Matiba’s continued illness, which was due to a stroke that developed from being denied medication while he was held without trial at the Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in 1990. Mrs Njindo played an important role during the politician’s campaigns for the Kiharu parliamentary seat. She was the wife of Mr Stanley Njindo and a co-wife of Margaret Group Editorial Director: Joseph Odindo Group Managing Editor: Eric Obino Senior Editor, Quality: Kibe Kamunyu Revise Editor: Fred Tom Mutiso Associate Editor: Mike Owuor Chief Sub-Editor: Charles Ndegwa Deputy-Chief Sub-Editor: Martin Mwangi News Editor: Mugumo Munene Special Projects Editor: Murithi Mutiga Sub-Editors: Esther Karuru | Kevin Motaroki Njindo. Apart from Kenneth, Mrs Njindo’s other children were Frank, Kimani, Kagika, Bernard, Julia, Iruku and Jethro. She was laid to rest on Friday at her home in Kiangima village, Kahuhia, Murang’a County, after a church service that was held at St John’s Church in the same area. CALL OF DUTY When the Mombasa County government ordered its askaris to kick out hawkers from the city centre last Wednesday, this overzealous askari seems to have taken the directive all to seriously. Here he is seen trying to collect as many clothes and books as possible left behind by the fleeing traders. LABAN WALLOGA | NATION not-so-nigh The world survives ‘another apocalypse’ The world was supposed to end yesterday, according to Norse mythology, and Viking warriors had begun arriving in the British city of York in preparation for this. Britain’s Daily Mirror reported last week that ‘Norsemen’ from across the UK and further afield are converging on the historic Yorkshire town as Ragnarok, the final bloody battle predicted in Norse mythology on February 22. The predicted Armageddon coincides with this year’s 30th JORVIK Viking Festival. Festival director Danielle Daglan said: “Ragnarok is the ultimate landmark in Viking mythology, when the gods fall and die, so this really is an event that should not be underestimated”. Believers say that when the fateful day arrives Earth will split open, among other events prophesied by the god Odin from Norse mythology. Four times the joy baby boom A mother has beaten odds of 1 in 729,000 to give birth to four identical baby girls. Kimberly Fugate from Mississippi in the US was expecting triplets but delivered identical quadruplets on February 8. The fourth girl had somehow been con- cealed from ultrasound imaging throughout Ms Fugate’s pregnancy. Britain’s Sky News reported that the woman, 42, was in the delivery room when her doctor told her: “There are more feet”. The babies, who are almost 13 weeks premature, are currently in intensive care. They have been named Kenleigh, Kristen, Kayleigh and Kelsey. Ms Fugate already has a 10-year-old daugh- ter. She and her husband do not plan to get any more children. oily eyes Virgin Mary statue is ‘weeping’ oil! A statue of the Virgin Mary is attracting thou- sands of people who are flocking to its Christian family’s home in Tarshih, a small northern Israeli town, because it is “weeping oil”. The Khoury family bought the sculpture last year, Britain’s Sky News reported. They only recently noticed it was “weeping” as it is “covered with oil”. “My wife (Amira) came closer to the statue and found it was covered with oil,” said Osama Khoury. “She then wiped the oil, she was scared. She called our neighbour and told her to come and see what she saw. The neighbour came and looked at it and found that it was real oil, and then she held my wife’s hands and told her not to be afraid, that it was a blessing that had come into your house.” Some parts of the statue, which has attracted around 2,000 people, appear to be slick with moisture. — COMPILED BY CARLOS MUREITHI @CARLOSMUREITHI Photo Editor: Joan Pereruan Chief Graphic Designer: Roger Mogusu Graphic Designer: Marystella Machimbo Staff Writers: Caroline Njung’e | Kenfrey Kiberenge Contributors: Carlos Mureithi | Carole Mandi | Carol Odero | Chris Hart | Gakiha Weru | Irene Njoroge | John Fox | Justus Wanga | Mungai Kihanya | Mwalimu Andrew | Yusuf Dawood magazine is published weekly by Nation Media Group Limited and distributed free with the Sunday Nation. Unsolicited manuscripts, artwork, transparencies are submitted at sender’s risk. 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