Secretary of State Jim Condos announces that since the Governor has declared a state of emergency, temporary emergency licenses for out-of-state health care providers and veterinarians are available.Use of Vermont providers should be our highest priority before reaching out to other states.Secretary Condos said this provision was enacted so Vermont would be better prepared to respond in the event of a disaster. It expedites the licensing process for the emergency assistance needed in the wake of a disaster like that caused by tropical storm Irene. Under normal conditions, the licensing process takes longer. ‘In an emergency situation like this,’ said Condos, ‘we need to act quickly to get the help on the ground where it is needed most. Volunteer health care professionals from neighboring states and even from all over the country are coming to Vermont to lend a hand. Under the circumstances, we’ll get them a temporary license the same day they apply and get them to work.’ Chris Winters, the Director of the Office of Professional Regulation, added: ‘Our mission is to protect the public and make sure that licensed health care providers are competent and safe practitioners. When the state is in emergency response mode, this law allows us to be more flexible when time is of the essence.’ 3 V.S.A. § 129(a)(10) allows the Office of Professional Regulation to issue temporary licenses to health care providers and veterinarians during a declared state of emergency. The health care provider or veterinarian must be currently licensed, in good standing and not subject to disciplinary proceedings in any other jurisdiction. The temporary license authorizes the holder to practice in Vermont until the termination of the declared state of emergency or 90 days, whichever occurs first. All licensing fees are waived. The Secretary of State’s Office of Professional regulation protects the public through licensing and regulation of 45 professions and nearly 55,000 licenses.
According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the Air India Express flight landed on Runway 10 amid visibility of 2,000 metres in heavy rain, but continued running till the end of runway, fell down the valley and broke into two pieces.According to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, the aircraft circled the airport several times and made two attempts to land.Meanwhile, the DGCA has ordered a detailed inquiry into the incident.The aviation regular, in a latest update, told news agency ANI that the aircraft was at full speed while landing at the Karipur Airport and overshot the runway.Meanwhile, an urgent meeting called by the Civil Aviation Ministry is underway at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan. DGCA Director-General, officials of the ministry, Airport Authority of India and Air India Express are reportedly present at the meeting.Following the tragedy, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that he has directed all the concerned officials to make necessary arrangements for rescue and medical supportVijayan has also directed Local Self Government Minister AC Moideen to rush to the accident site.The Kerala CMO, meanwhile, informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to CM Pinarayi Vijayan over phone about the plane crash. The CM informed the PM that a team of officials including Kozhikode and Malappuram District Collectors have arrived at the airport and are participating in the rescue operation.PM Modi, in a tweet, also expressed his grief over the loss of lives in the incident and prayed for the recovery of those injured.Pained by the plane accident in Kozhikode. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. May the injured recover at the earliest. Spoke to Kerala CM @vijayanpinarayi Ji regarding the situation. Authorities are at the spot, providing all assistance to the affected.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2020President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted that he was “deeply distressed to hear about tragic plane crash of Air India Express flight at Kozhikode”. The President added that he spoke with Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan and inquired about the situation.Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted: “Distressed to learn about the tragic accident of Air India Express aircraft in Kozhikode, Kerala.” He added that he has instructed the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to reach the accident site at the earliest and assist with the rescue operations.The Air India Express in a statement said, “We regret that there has been an incident regarding our aircraft VT GHK, operating IX 1344 DXB CCJ. Due to crash landing of the flight, it may affect the network but Vande Bharat Mission continues”.The national carrier also informed that help centers are being set up at Sharjah and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The Consulate General of India, Dubai released the following helpline numbers – 056 546 3903, 0543090572, 0543090572, 0543090575.Kozhikode Collector also shared the Helpline Number 0495 – 2376901 for the relatives of passengers onboard the flight.The chief minister’s office also shared some helpline numbers.Topics : At least 16 people including two pilots have reportedly died after an Air India Express flight from Dubai skidded off the runway and broke in two while landing at Karipur International Airport in Kerala’s Kozhikode district.Dubai-Kozhikode Air India flight (IX-1344), which was part of the Vande Bharat mission that has been bringing back Indians from abroad amid the Coronavirus pandemic, skidded off the runway and plunged deep down 35 ft. into the valley below while landing at the ‘table-top’ airport.The incident occurred at 7:41 p.m. on Friday. Over 100 people are learnt to be injured while at least 15 are critically injured and have been rushed to Kozhikode Medical College and other nearby hospitals.The aircraft with 190 persons onboard battled heavy rains while landing. Although the aircraft broke in two, it, fortunately did not catch fire at the time of landing, thus averting a major disaster.Prayers for the departed souls of Kerala #planecrash #airindia. May God give strength to their families. pic.twitter.com/BUo8lSycso— J.LAWRENCE (@LawrenceLawru) August 7, 2020Police and fire force personnel were immediately pressed into action to carry out rescue operations. An NDRF team has also been rushed to the spot to join the search and rescue mission.As per the Civil Aviation Ministry, there were 174 passengers, 10 infants, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew onboard the aircraft.
Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia during the second round of Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka’s homecoming couldn’t have gone much better. Playing in her first tournament since winning the U.S. Open, third-seeded Osaka impressed her Japanese fans Wednesday with a powerful 6-2, 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open.Osaka was in control of the second-round match from the outset, breaking Cibulkova’s serve in the first game at a sold-out Tachikawa Arena.“My first match (since the U.S. Open) in Tokyo felt really special,” Osaka said. “I didn’t really feel pressure, I felt more excitement because I knew that a lot of people were watching this match. I felt really grateful.“I’m just grateful I could play in front of you guys and want to thank everyone for their support.”The local favorite raced out to a 4-0 lead before Cibulkova finally held to win her first game. Osaka hit three aces to close out the first set.She broke her opponent three more times in the second set to win in just over an hour, hitting 25 winners to just nine unforced errors.Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title when she upset 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on Sept. 8 in New York.Two years ago Osaka lost in the Pan Pacific final to Caroline Wozniacki, who is the top-seeded player this year.Osaka was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother. They were both in attendance Wednesday.The shy 20-year-old Osaka, who has spent most of her life in the United States and lives in Florida, has been in the spotlight both on and off the court since returning to Japan last Thursday.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took to Instagram to praise Osaka’s accomplishments and the rising star also appeared at a sumo match.Osaka signed a three-year contract last week with Japanese carmaker Nissan — no financial details were released — and she is reportedly close to landing a large deal with Adidas, perhaps in the range of $10 million.The U.S. Open title was worth $3.8 million in prize money.Osaka also has endorsement agreements with Japanese sporting goods company Yonex, noodle maker Nissin Foods, Citizen Watch and satellite broadcaster Wowow.Cibulkova has been in the midst of a resurgence since reaching the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and upsetting former No.1 Angelique Kerber on the way to the second week of the U.S. Open, but she couldn’t make a dent in the Osaka serve.“It wasn’t a match I was proud of,” Cibulkova said. “I just couldn’t find my rhythm. She was serving so well. I felt I was in control of some rallies, but it was too hectic.”In other matches, American qualifier Alison Riske upset former No. 1 Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-2 and Karolina Pliskova defeated Daria Gavrilova 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. Caroline Garcia beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 2-6, 7-5.Osaka will next face the winner of the match between Anett Kontaveit and Barbora Strycova.The world No. 7, who served 10 aces, said she is pleased with her game despite all the distractions of the past 10 days.“As a whole I can say I played maybe, like, 80 percent,” Osaka said. “For me I never know the limit of what level I can go to.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports