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Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave barely made it out, officials say

Navy SEALs who rescued Thai soccer team from cave barely made it out, officials say

World
Thai Navy SEALs who were clearing the flooded cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were rescued, barely made it out after the main pump that had been siphoning water out of the cave failed, Thai military sources who were directly involved in the operation told ABC News. The system, which had pumped hundreds of millions of gallons of rainwater out of the cave over the past 18 days, gave out soon after rescuers extracted the coach and the four Thai Navy Seals who had volunteered to stay with them. Thai SEALs and support teams, who were carrying air tanks from the third to the second chamber of the labyrinthine cave, soon noticed the waters rising. The third chamber filled, then the second and then the first, as crews scrambled to avoid the kind of cave flooding that had trapped the so...
CBI lens on Infosys staff, I-T officials and fake CA for fraud

CBI lens on Infosys staff, I-T officials and fake CA for fraud

Finance
The CBI is investigating a “revised tax returns” fraud involving several unknown employees of Infosys Technologies, officials from the I-T department and one fake CA from Bengaluru. This scam, benefiting employees of bellwether IT companies, was unearthed by the I-T department in late January According to the FIR, a copy of which is with TOI, some I-T officials and a few staffers of Infosys connived with the fake CA — now disowned by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) — and filed 1,010 revised tax returns using forged documents in the names of 250 taxpayers of various private firms, during three assessment years and claimed refunds illegally. Infosys is the vendor for the I-T department to process e-returns. While fake chartered accountant Nagesh Shastri was filin
1K flu deaths expected in Louisiana this year, health officials say

1K flu deaths expected in Louisiana this year, health officials say

Health
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The flu is expected to hit Louisiana hard this year and could potentially result in nearly 1,000 deaths, health officials said this week.The Louisiana Department of Health noticed a sharp spike the the number of flu cases and issued new rounds of flu vaccines to aid prevention. But the state is still in pace for more flu cases than it has seen in recent years."In more severe seasons, the flu causes approximately 700 deaths and nearly 8,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana," Dr. Frank Welch, state immunization medical director, told The Advocate. "We are already on track to meet and possibly exceed these statistics for the 2017-18 flu season."Dr. Raoult Ratard, the state epidemiologist, said he expectts the final flu-related death toll to be near 1,000."The message i...
Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children

Federal officials say flu epidemic has killed at least 30 children

Health
A deadly flu epidemic spreading across the nation has now claimed the lives of at least 30 children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday. The CDC's latest influenza-associated pediatric mortality report released Friday shows that at least 10 children died between Jan. 6 and Jan. 13, and the others have died the since the flu season started in October. The report also shows that 8,990 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations were reported across the nation between Oct. 1, 2017 and Jan. 13, 2018. A total of 110 died during the 2016-17 flu season, but CDC officials said this years flu hasn't even hit its peak. Among the latest casualties Zainab Momin, a third-grader from Pike Road, Alabama, whose death has yet to be counted in the CDC report....
Thousands demand release of Catalan officials

Thousands demand release of Catalan officials

World
Tens of thousands of Catalan pro-independence supporters packed streets in Barcelona to demand the release of officials who pushed for the region to split from Spain.At the march, organised by Catalonia's two main grassroots independence groups, activists waved Catalan flags and held yellow banners with the word "Freedom".After the Catalan government declared independence on 27 October, Madrid dismissed the region's leader Carles Puigdemont, his administration and the parliament.Catalonia's autonomy was suspended and Madrid called for new elections on 21 December.Image:Tens of thousands of people took part in the march in BarcelonaMr Puigdemont is currently in self-imposed exile in Belgium awaiting a hearing on possible extradition back to Spain after Madrid issued an EU-wide warrant.The d...