“I'm good, I'm good.: VP Kamala Harris' plane forced to return due to `technical issue'


JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland (AP) — A technical issue that involved “no major safety concerns” forced US Vice President Kamala Harris' plane to return to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland about 30 minutes after she had left Sunday on a trip to Guatemala and Mexico.

The plane landed safely and she gave a thumbs-up when she got off.

“I'm good, I'm good. We all said a little prayer, but we're good,” she said.

The vice president departed in another plane about an hour and a half later.

Her spokesperson, Symone Sanders, told reporters travelling with Harris that it was a technical issue with the original plane and there were “no major safety concerns”.

More than 600 earthquakes have shaken the California-Mexico border since Saturday -- the largest registering 5.3

 By Dave Alsup and Hollie Silverman, CNN  Updated 3:09 PM ET, Sun June 6, 2021

(CNN)More than 600 small earthquakes have been recorded this weekend in a rural area near the Salton Sea in Southern California, with the largest having a magnitude of 5.3, a US Geological Survey geophysicist told CNN.

Geophysicist Randy Baldwin said 603 temblors with a magnitude of at least 1 happened in the area from Saturday to just before sunrise Sunday.
The quakes were centered near Calipatria, along the San Andreas Fault and about 30 miles north of the Mexican border, the USGS map shows.
      The area is not heavily populated and has been known to have "swarms in the past," USGS seismologist Paul Caruso told CNN on Saturday. A CNN crew in Orange County said they did not feel any of the quakes Saturday.
        Four of the quakes measured greater than magnitude 4, and 29 were greater than magnitude 3, Baldwin said.
          Elsewhere, two 5.9 magnitude earthquakes struck in the Pacific Ocean around 89 and 98 miles west of the coastal town of Gold Beach, Oregon, after 1 a.m. PT Friday, the USGS reported.

          JAMAICA FREEDOM : Hundreds of Jamaicans flock beaches and rivers on the first Sunday after lockdown

          Monday, June 7, 2021

          After months of lockdown under the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA), public beaches and rivers were reopened last Thursday and hundreds of Jamaicans dived into the waters yesterday, the first Sunday after the restrictions had been lifted.

          Beachgoers at the Hellshire Beach in St Catherine
          yesterday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

          With the joy of being able to swim and play in the sand on a public beach becoming a reality after a lengthy shutdown to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, an ecstatic eight-year-old, Tariq Wilson, beamed with joy at Hellshire Beach in Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday.

          “The feeling of not going out was very hard for me. It felt different than before. All my life I was free to go out on the road and it was like I was addicted to the road. Since 'corona' came it has been a struggle for me and my family to go out and have some fun sometimes,” said the smiling eight-year-old.

          Shelly-Ann Robinson (centre) made use of
          the opening of the Caymanas River by
           getting baptised yesterday. 

          The Government gave the green light for public beaches and rivers to reopen, effective June 3, for swimming, bathing, and exercising purposes from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday to Saturday and from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm on Sundays. No beach parties or group games are permitted.

          But Tariq had no interest in hosting a party or games session. He just wanted to enjoy the outdoors.

          His mother, Melissa Henry, told the Jamaica Observer that online schooling has been particularly frustrating for him. more

          IN JAMAICA: JDF private among five killed in bloody 24 hours Monday, June 07, 2021

           A Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) private was among five people murdered across the island Saturday night into Sunday morning.

          Police sources yesterday told the Jamaica Observer that a top level investigation is now underway into the fatal shooting of the soldier and another man in Spring Piece district, St Ann, on Saturday.

          The JDF member has been identified as 25-year-old Leighton Sinclair, while the other victim was identified as 38-year-old Devoy Webb, a mechanic. Both men are of Spring Piece district addresses.

          The Ocho Rios police report that about 11:20 pm residents heard explosions and summoned them.

          The cops later found both men with gunshot wounds. They were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead. Up to press time last night, the investigators had not established a motive for the killings.

          In Hanover, 29-year-old Aaron Melbourne, better known as Don, and 18-year-old Baglio Anthony Salmon of Hudson Crescent, Norwood, St James, were fatally shot, and three other men were left nursing gunshot wounds after they were attacked in Mount Pleasant.

          The police report that Melbourne, Salmon, and two other men were at the house of a friend when they were pounced upon by four men armed with guns who opened fire at them. more