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Florida---The family of a sailor
aboard the cargo ship that sunk in
roiling seas whipped up by Hurricane
Joaquin filed a $100 million lawsuit
yesterday against the vessel s owner
Willie Gary, a Jacksonville attorney
representing the family of El Faro crew
member Lonnie Jordan, filed the suit
in Duval County Court.
Jordan was among the 33 men and
women aboard the freighter that sunk
October 1 in 15,000 feet of water east
of the Bahamas. The ship was carrying
cars and other cargo en route to Puerto
Rico when it lost engine power and the
ability to steer away from the approach-
ing Category 4 storm.
"Thirty-three people didn t have to
die. Lonnie didn t have to die," said
Gary, surrounded by Jordan s parents
and friends in front of the courthouse.
The suit alleges that Tote Maritime
and its captain, Michael Davidson, were
negligent in choosing to sail a 41-year-
old cargo ship into dangerous weather.
Gary said Tote needs to place more
emphasis on employee safety and less
Tote did not respond to a message
The lawsuit claims the decades-old
ship was not fit to sail into rough seas.
The El Faro was scheduled for retire-
ment from Caribbean duty and for new
retrofitting for service between the
West Coast and Alaska, company offi-
cials have said. Both the El Faro and
its sister ship were slated to be replaced
by two new ships.
The National Transportation Safety
Board has launched its investigation
into the sinking, and is currently
attempting to work with the US Navy
to retrieve the vessel s data recorder.
WARSAW---Former Polish prime min-
ister Jaroslaw Kaczynski has shocked
some in Poland by claiming that the
Muslim migrants now arriving in
Europe are carrying diseases that could
hurt local people.
The comments sparked a sharp rebuke
from some of his political opponents,
with one left-wing politician, Janusz
Palikot, slamming Kaczynski s statement
as racist language that Adolf Hitler him-
self "would not be ashamed of."
Kaczynski spoke Tuesday ahead of
Poland s October 25 parliamentary elec-
tion that his right-wing Law and Justice
party is expected to win.
The current Polish government has
agreed to take 7,000 refugees as part of
a European Union resettlement plan, but
many in heavily Catholic Poland strongly
oppose taking in any Muslims, sentiment
that is helping Law and Justice.
"There are already signs of the emer-
gence of very dangerous diseases which
haven t been seen in Europe for a long
time: Cholera on Greek islands; dysentery
in Vienna; various types of parasites,
protozoa, which aren t dangerous in the
organisms of these people but which
could be dangerous here," Kaczynski told
voters in Makow Mazowiecki.
"This doesn t mean that anybody
should be discriminated against but one
must check this," he added. (AP)
Haitian human rights activists say the
UN is failing to provide "justice" for
the people of this impoverished
Caribbean nation five years after a
deadly cholera epidemic.
In a Tuesday statement, Amnesty
International says the UN should properly
investigate the epidemic s impact and
provide a plan to help victims. Similar
calls were made by human rights lawyers
and victims in Port-au-Prince.
Scientific papers have suggested there
is ample evidence to show that UN
peacekeepers from Nepal inadvertently
brought cholera to Haiti in October 2010.
That was about 10 months after an
earthquake devastated the country.
Cholera has since killed roughly 9,000
Haitians and sickened hundreds of thou-
A US judge ruled this year that the
UN is immune from a lawsuit seeking
compensation for victims. (AP)
MONTREAL---The Canadian govern-
ment has ordered Montreal not to
dump two billion gallons of raw sewage
into the St Lawrence River as part of
a plan to rebuild a riverside express-
Federal infrastructure Minister Denis
Lebel said yesterday that an independent
review would be carried out after many
Montrealers called for the federal gov-
ernment to step in, just a week ahead
of national elections. Conservative Prime
Minister s government had known about
what the city had wanted to do for some
time but didn t intervene until now.
US Sen Charles Schumer of New York
also got involved, asking US environ-
mental regulators to work with Canada
to stop it. The EPA said it has no reg-
ulatory authority in Canada. (AP)
before tapping a
keg during an
Family of man aboard
sunken freighter files
Right-wing Polish leader:
Migrants carry diseases to Europe
Groups: UN must provide
'justice' for Haiti cholera victims
Govt stops Montreal sewage-dumping plan
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