Family described ‘rain’ of volcanic rock as Hawaiian boat tour hit by lava bomb

first_imgABC News(HONOLULU, Hawaii) — It was supposed to be a bucket-list moment for Dawn Li, an exciting family outing to see where the river of lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano spills into the ocean.But in a flash, the pre-dawn boat tour on Monday for Li, her husband, and their two children turned into a horror show when a so-called “lava bomb” erupted, sending rocks raining on the vessel loaded with photo-snapping tourists.“I had just said, ‘This is like a Jurassic experience.’ And my husband said, ‘Well, this is on your bucket list,’” Dawn Li told ABC News. “So, we were super excited to see it. It was amazing. But the explosion hit and we all sort of turned simultaneously and my husband kind of leaned over me but we could feel the rocks hitting us.”Piercing screams broke out on the packed tour boat. A rock, or lava bomb, the size of a basketball came crashing through the aluminum roof of the Lava Ocean Tours boat aptly dubbed the “Hot Spot.”“It was literally like an explosion. I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said Li’s husband, Dr. Kaming Li, a trauma surgeon. “Just lava flying everywhere, and then this huge explosion and this very large rock hit the boat. When it hit the boat, it crashed through the roof and landed on a person and it was still glowing when it was on the ground.”Dawn Li said she was afraid the rock was so hot it was going to burn through the bottom of the boat. She said the captain and a crew member wrapped it up and shoved it overboard.After Kilauea first erupted in May, the U.S. Coast Guard restricted boats from coming within 984 feet of where the lava flow dumps into the ocean on the northeast side of Hawaii’s Big Island. But some experienced boat operators, including Lava Ocean Tours, have been allowed special permits to take tourists as close as 164 feet from the shoreline.Greg Valentine, a geology professor at the University of Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences, told ABC News that the term “lava bomb” refers to the bomb-shaped size of particles hurled in the air generally when they explode from the spout of a volcano. Any projectile larger than 6.4 centimeters in diameter meets the definition of a lava bomb, he said.He said the thing that was unusual about Monday’s lava-bomb event was that it was caused by an interaction of molten lava with sea water.“Sometimes the lava and the water interact in a certain way and creates a very powerful explosion,” Valentine said, adding that some projectiles can travel up to three miles and be as large as a couple of meters in diameter.Dawn Li said that when the explosion occurred panic spread through the tour boat and everyone rushed to the side furthest from the shoreline.“It’s raining lava rock,” Dawn Li said of the moment. “It’s hot, it’s steamy. My fear was that we were going to capsize because everybody ran to the other side of the boat and you could feel the heat and the steam coming up and the sulfuric fumes.”The water around the boat was “very hot,” Kaming Li said.“We think there was probably a lot of lava underneath the ocean at that place,” he said.Dawn Li added: “You could feel it bubbling, the steam coming up.”Passengers were being pummeled by red-hot rocks. Dawn Li showed ABC News one about the size of a golf ball that hit her.Her husband began treating peoples’ injuries, including a woman who was hit by the basketball-size rock that crashed through the boat’s roof. Her femur was fractured, officials said.“I used to be a trauma surgeon at USC,” said Kaming Li. “I’ve seen a lot of things. This was just crazy.”In the chaos, Dawn Li became separated from her teenage children, Christopher and Erica.“I started game planning in my mind: The life vests. Who can swim? If we go over, how do we keep ourselves from the shore?” she said. “My kids were separated from me, and so I was just like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve got to get to my kids.’”Erica Li said the experience went from terrific to terrifying in seconds.“It was really surreal,” she said.Christopher Li said when the explosion occurred he ducked for cover.“I immediately got on the ground and covered my neck,” Christopher said. “I got hit in the arms.”Both of his legs were also scalded by the downpour of sizzling rocks.“I got third-degree burns, some second-degree,” Christopher said. “But I’m glad to be alive.”Officials said 23 people aboard the boat were injured, but none were in life-threatening condition. Four people were hospitalized at Hilo Medical Center.“I thought for a moment that this was it, this is how it’s going to go,” Kaming Li said. “It was a terrifying moment.”Still holding the rock that hit her, Dawn Li said that while she usually collects rocks from wherever she and her family travel, this was a souvenir she didn’t plan to keep.“I’m going to leave it back for the Gods of Pele so that we have no more bad juju,” she said as she hurled it into the water.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

PANCAP Advocates for Treatment Continuity for People Living with HIV/AIDS during…

first_img Rapidly scale up multimonth dispensing (MMD) of Antiretrovirals (ART) and other medications for clients for 3-6 months if stocks allow. –  ENDS – The PANCAP Director noted that appropriate precautions and mitigation strategies must be developed and implemented across all public health sectors to prevent potentially devastating outcomes. He recommended that the following measures should be explored and adopted where possible:  PANCAP has commenced a multi-layered approach to the COVID-19 response.  This approach consists of a series of webinars aimed at building the capacity of National AIDS Programme Managers, CSOs, clinicians, doctors, youth leaders and other stakeholders in responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  PANCAP also initiated a public education programme to provide critical information to partners and stakeholders on COVID-19 guidance. It includes an interactive dashboard with data on the Caribbean and COVID-19 available on the PANCAP website, animated videos on COVID-19 prevention, digital posters on handwashing, advice on wearing masks and other essential information on combating COVID-19.  Materials can be accessed via the PANCAP website and social media platforms.    By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organisations, regional institutions and organisations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners which was established on 14 February 2001. PANCAP provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, coordinates the response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS to maximise efficient use of resources and increase impact, mobilises resources and build capacity of partners. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Dr Adams also noted that we must ensure that CSOs are involved in providing the support required by PLHIV in accessing health services during the Pandemic. He commended the CSOs working in HIV and AIDS that have also joined the COVID-19 response and are working alongside National Authorities to scale up the quick and targeted response.      St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Rights in the time of COVID-19 PANCAP also welcomes the assertion by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that “there is currently no direct evidence that people with HIV are at higher risk of COVID-19” and urges that all information shared about and with PLHIV should be based on empirical data.      What are the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 Targets? According to Dr Rosmond Adams, Director, PANCAP, the Pandemic threatens to undo the gains made in the last ten years of the Region’s HIV response. He further noted that any disruption to care and treatment could pose significant threats and create additional burdens for National HIV and AIDS Programmes and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that work with PLHIV and key population groups. Ensure uninterrupted supply of commodities such as condoms and lubricants at community distribution points, including the provision of multimonth dispensing to allow for less frequent pickups where stock allows and, Measures to combat COVID-19 such as quarantines, curfews and social distancing can reduce the number of working hours and disrupt services for programmes responding to HIV and AIDS.  National programmes and CSOs are urged to adopt measures to ensure the continuity of care and treatment and support for viral suppression among PLHIV and to help those who are at risk of HIV acquisition to remain HIV negative. Promote the use of social media channels or boost existing platforms to disseminate HIV programme messages, including those related to COVID-19 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC center_img Oct 16, 2020 (continues on next page) Contact: Timothy AustinSenior Project Officer, CommunicationsPANCAP Coordinating UnitCARICOM SecretariatTurkeyen, Greater Georgetown, GuyanaEmail:      [email protected]: (592) 222-0001-06, Ext. 3409  | Visit In addition, Dr Adams noted that we must keep a close watch on Gender-Based Violence and violence against vulnerable populations as the pandemic can lead to increases in violence within relationships; this situation is likely to be exacerbated by forced physical distancing, shelter-in-place measures and by economic distress caused by job losses that will harm the most vulnerable first. Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Friday, 24 April 2020 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, urges partners and stakeholders to ensure the continuity of treatment, care and support services for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) during the COVID-19 Pandemic.   PEPFAR Technical Guidance in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic What is PANCAP? Dr Rosmond Adams, Director, PANCAP You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 Editor’s Notes Helpful links: “PANCAP will continue to provide the support to National Programmes, CSOs and all stakeholders in the HIV response with initiatives that are community-led and based on human rights,” underscored Dr Adams. “It is critical that as we respond to COVID-19, we never lose sight of PANCAP’s vision of an AIDS-free Caribean”.      Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC) Convenes Virtual Meeting to Discuss the Continuity of HIV Services during COVID-19Wednesday, 24 June 2020 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic continues to examine strategies to sustain the HIV and AIDS response in the Caribbean region despite…June 25, 2020In “PANCAP”NAP Managers and CSOs urged to use COVID-19 as an opportunity to advance the HIV gains for the CaribbeanMonday, 22 June 2020 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic,  convened a virtual three-day meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and…June 23, 2020In “General”Justice Minister reinforces Jamaica’s commitment to human rights protectionThe promotion, protection, and enhancement of human rights in Jamaica was a primary consideration of the current Government“, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck said Tuesday. To this extent, all fundamental rights were guaranteed by the Constitution and they would be upheld, the Minister added. He cautioned though…October 31, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Reduced prison term for Portsmouth man

first_imgLocalNews Reduced prison term for Portsmouth man by: Dominica Vibes News – November 9, 2015 Share 830 Views   one comment Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet David St Jean (File Photo)A Portsmouth man, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter of Clement James of Good Hope, has had his sentence reduced from thirteen years to ten years by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal.David St Jean, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2015, was sentenced to serve thirteen years and three months in prison by Justice Errol Thomas on Friday 12 June 2015.The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of appeal upheld the appeal to reduce the sentence from thirteen to ten years on Monday 9 November 2015 at the High Court in Roseau, Dominica. According to St Jean’s attorney Wayne Norde, the High Court Judge erred in his judgment when he moved from the benchmark of sentencing from 15 years as the sentence to 20 years without giving any reasons. If the benchmark for sentencing was at 15 years, the appellant would serve only 10 years and 3 months but with it being set at 20 years the appellant was sentenced to thirteen years and three months.Norde, who gave four sub grounds why the appellant should be given a lesser term, added that the judge did not take into consideration the offender’s “tender age” of 21 at the time of the incident and youthfulness, that there were no previous convictions as an adult, he expressed remorse, and that the mitigating factors outweighed the aggravating factors.Justice of the Supreme Court, Gretel Thom stated that while the matter was a serious one, they will not take into consideration the mitigating factors since the aggravation factors far outweighs the mitigating factors due to the nature of the offense. Justice Thom noted that the main issue that the court has with the case is that the Judge did not give reasons for moving the benchmark from 15 to 20 years. Therefore, Justice Thom said the court will apply the benchmark at 15 years and the one third reduction will be awarded.“Due to the aggravating and mitigating factors, there are no reasons for further reduction in the sentence,” she indicated.She stated that the court will allow the appeal for the sentence of thirteen years and three months to be reduced to ten years and six months with time on remand to be taken into consideration.A jury found St Jean guilty of murdering Clement James in 2012, but this conviction and the twenty-five year sentence ordered was quashed by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in November 2014 and a retrial ordered. St Jean then pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment by Justice Thomas in June 2015.David St Jean reportedly confronted Clement James for looking at him in a sexual manner. This confrontation, on the Indian River Bridge in Portsmouth in September 2010, led to an argument, following which James was stabbed and later died.last_img read more