Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post Published 4:33 am PDT, Thursday, July 26, 2018 The 17 people who were killed last week after a duck boat sank in Missouri were riding in an amphibious vehicle designed by a self-taught businessman who had no formal training in engineering or mechanics, according to court records. Robert F. McDowell owned and ran Ride the Ducks in Branson, Missouri, for nearly three decades. In the 1980s, he came up with the idea of redesigning the company's amphibious passenger vehicles by stretching them by 15 inches, and by the mid-1990s, Ride the Ducks was manufacturing what's called "stretch" duck boats, according to court filings from a pending lawsuit filed against the company over a fatal crash in Seattle. Fast-forward to 2018, one of those boats built based on McDowell's design, carrying 29 passengers and two crew members, sank to the bottom of Table Rock Lake amid torrential storms. It remains unknown whether McDowell's design was a factor … [Read more...] about Self-taught businessman with no engineering credentials designed Missouri duck boat, records say
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AT least 11 people, including children, have been killed after a tourist duck boat carrying more than 30 people capsized at Table Rock Lake in Missouri on July 19, 2018. Duck amphibious vehicles are used on sightseeing tours around the world but have been involved in a number of fatal accidents in the past two decades. Here’s more about what they are. What are duck boats? Duck tours take place on purpose-built amphibious tour buses used as tourist attractions at harbours, rivers and lakes in many cities around the world. The first ever duck tour company was established in 1946 by Mel Flath and Bob Unger in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, and remains in operation today. Amphibious vehicles, like duck boats, are able to operate both on land and in or under water. Are amphibious vehicles safe? There have been many fatal accidents involving amphibious tour buses over the years, making many people question their safety. In 1999, a DUKW sank in Hot Springs, Arkansas, killing 13 of the 20 … [Read more...] about What are duck boats, are amphibious vehicles safe and what happened in Missouri?
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: June 8, 2018 at 12:52 pm | UPDATED: June 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm By Alan Freeman | Washington Post OTTAWA – Populist politics arrived in Canada with the sweeping victory in Ontario of the Progressive Conservative Party under the leadership of Doug Ford, a brash 53-year-old businessman who has drawn comparisons to President Donald Trump and whose brother’s chaotic tenure as Toronto mayor was marked by drug and alcohol abuse. Thursday’s election win for Ford, which saw his party win 76 of 124 seats in the provincial legislature, is also a humiliating defeat for the province’s governing Liberal Party and makes life a lot more complicated for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also a Liberal. Not only has the Liberal Party been marginalized in Canada’s most populous province – holding on to just seven seats and losing its official party status – but Ford has vowed to fight Trudeau’s national plan to put a price … [Read more...] about Analysis: Doug Ford drives surge of populism in Ontario
Vietnam participates in culinary festival Delicanto in Berlin Johannes Selle, Member of the German Parliament, is about to enjoy Vietnam's "pho" during the international culinary festival “Delicanto – Here the world eats” in Berlin, Germany, from April 21 - 22. Vietnam’s practical activities in response to Earth Day Volunteers collected waste at public places in HCM City on April 22 in response to Earth Day 2018. Nearly 2,000 volunteers collected waste at public places in Ho Chi Minh City on April 22 in response to Earth Day 2018 which has the theme of “End Plastic Pollution.” The campaign was jointly launched by the organisation “Vietnam Clean and Green” and HCM City’s Youth Federation. A survey conducted by the HCM City Department of Natural Resources and Environment found that the volume of plastic trash in the city is just behind food waste, with an estimated 250,000 tonnes of plastic waste discarded … [Read more...] about Social News 24/4
Jeremy Hainsworth and Rob Gillies, Associated Press Updated 12:20 am, Sunday, April 8, 2018 Now Playing: The president of the Canadian junior hockey team, Humboldt Broncos, on Saturday referred to the accident in which 14 people were killed and 15 people were injured as "a tragedy" which is "unprecedented and overwhelming". (April 7) Media: Associated Press HUMBOLDT, Saskatchewan (AP) — A semi-trailer slammed into a bus carrying a youth hockey team in western Canada, killing 15 people and injuring 14 in a catastrophic collision that left a country and its national sport heartbroken. The crash sent shockwaves through the team's small hometown. Canadians were moved to tears on as they learned of the identities of the deceased on the bus that was driving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team to a crucial playoff game Friday against the Nipawin Hawks. "The worst nightmare has happened," said the league's president, Bill Chow, as his eyes welled up with tears. The … [Read more...] about Canada reels: 15 die when truck, hockey team bus collide