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Utah Jazz stars say they feared for lives in emergency landing

Utah Jazz stars say they feared for lives in emergency landing

Utah Jazz stars have spoken of their horror when the charter flight they were traveling on was forced into an emergency landing when an engine fire broke out after the aircraft hit a flock of birds.

Jazz players and staff were traveling from Salt Lake City to Memphis on Tuesday when the Delta Boeing 757 ran into the birds shortly after take off, causing the left engine to fail.

The pilot safely landed, and the team later took a different plane to Memphis – albeit without teammate Donovan Mitchell on board – where they recorded a 111-107 win against the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

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Despite ending without physical injuries, the incident significantly shook up a number of the Jazz players and staff on board.

“It felt like there was an explosion,” Jazz point guard Mike Conley said after Wednesday’s game.

“We hit something big, the plane immediately started to bunce and tilted to the left, the people at the back saw flames, the people at the front didn’t know what was going on…

“It felt like the plane was breaking apart in midair. For five or 10 minutes, it felt like complete helplessness. We’re thankful it wasn’t as serious as it could have been, but it was scary.”

Fellow Jazz star Jordan Clarkson also discussed the team’s fears.

“It got to that point where we were all on the plane like, ‘This might be really the end,'” Clarkson said. “I mean, it was a crazy situation. I understand fully why Don didn’t come…

“A lot of us really came to a point… at least 30 seconds in that flight, everybody came to the point where it was like, ‘Man, it might be over for us.’ It’s sad to say that. I don’t play with death or anything like that.

“It’s just something that we’ve got to push through and come together and keep going, stay strong, support each other.

“How much time we’ve got to take off, or talking to our mental health people or whatever it is, that’s a serious situation if you’ve never been faced with life and death.”

Jazz coach Quin Snyder said the team had talked through the incident on Wednesday to help overcome any lingering psychological damage.

“Everybody’s impacted in different ways, all very significant,” he said.

“And it wasn’t something that we were going to solve by just talking through everything, but I think it was important to acknowledge what we all went through [Tuesday], and, really, that same feeling of gratitude and appreciation for the fragility that we all live with, sometimes without being aware of it.”

A number of players including Mitchell had shared their relief after the incident, posting a series of prayer emojis on social media.

Mitchell was said to have missed Wednesday’s game for “personal reasons”, although it’s unclear whether he will be affected for road games in the near future.

Photos of the plane after the emergency landing showed damage to the engine and nose, which appeared to smeared in blood from the birds it had collided with.


Warren Buffett group lobbying Texas lawmakers for deal to build $8 billion worth of power plants for emergency use

As the Texas Legislature debated how to respond to last month’s winter storm-driven power crisis, executives at billionaire Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy were pitching lawmakers an idea: The group would spend over $ 8 billion to build 10 new natural gas power plants in the state. In return, lawmakers would agree to create a revenue stream for Berkshire through an additional charge on Texans’ power bills.

Representatives for Berkshire Hathaway Energy have been in Austin meeting with lawmakers and state leaders for the past week and a half, according to a person working closely on the issue.

The proposed company, which would likely be known as the Texas Emergency Power Reserve, would build and maintain plants that sit idle during normal times, according to a slide deck obtained by The Texas Tribune. Whenever demand for power in the state threatened to surpass supply, these new plants would kick in to make up the difference.

In the presentation, the representatives estimated the cost of that new charge to consumers as $ 1.42 per month for residential customers, $ 9.61 for commercial customers and $ 58.94 for industrial customers. The pitch to state leaders also included a poll conducted by Republican pollster Mike Baseslice suggesting that Texans would be broadly supportive of paying a little more on their power bills to increase reliability. The poll was conducted from March 17-21 among 800 likely voters in Texas, according to toplines of the poll obtained by the Tribune.

Over the past week, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, part of Buffett’s multinational conglomerate company Berkshire Hathaway, has hired eight lobbyists in Austin at a cost of more than $ 300,000, according to records filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. One of those lobbyists is Allen Blakemore, a Houston political consultant who serves as a top strategist to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick[1]. Blakemore did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Executives also met privately with key legislative leaders, including the lieutenant governor, who presides over the Senate, and new House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont.

A senior adviser for Patrick confirmed the lieutenant governor met with Berkshire Hathaway executives earlier this month. And a spokesperson for Phelan said the speaker met with the executives recently. A spokesperson for Gov. Greg Abbott[2] did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

If approved, the deal would signal a move away from decades of a competitive electricity market in Texas in which all power generators in Texas are paid for the energy they produce and sell, rather than the power they could potentially generate.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy claims that building extra power generation in Texas would help ease fears of a repeat of the February power outages during which dozens of people died. Power grids must keep energy demand and supply in balance at every moment or risk uncontrolled blackouts[3].The February outages were ordered by the grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, in a move to prevent a bigger catastrophe that could have left most of the state without power for weeks.

Under Berkshire Hathaway’s plan, ERCOT would control when the new power plants are activated to avoid the threat of such widespread power outages.

Texas deregulated its electricity market decades ago, theorizing that the price of electricity in the market — based on demand — would attract a sufficient amount of power supply. When demand for power is high, the price for power increases, and companies that can supply electricity to the grid make more money. The more cheaply a power plant can generate electricity, the higher the profit margin when they sell it in the wholesale market. Conversely, a plant that has been expensively weatherized to be able to operate in the extreme cold, or a plant that only operates on the few hottest days of the year, represents a big upfront investment for what may be little return in Texas.

Other regions of the country, including New England, tackle this potential mismatch by using government funds to subsidize the cost of plants that sit dormant for much of the year, but that turn on when demand is high. That’s the type of plant Berkshire Hathaway Energy wants to build in Texas — and the model for the subsidy it’s seeking.

Since a deadline to file legislation at the Legislature has already passed, the proposal would likely get tacked onto existing legislation. It was unclear Thursday which specific bill the pitch could be added to if lawmakers decided to act on it.

Texas’ competitive and deregulated market structure has come under criticism in the aftermath of the February power crisis. Power companies did not prepare plants to withstand severe winter weather, in part because companies build plants as cheaply as possible to maximize their profit margins. When the plants tripped offline during the winter storm, unprepared for the extreme cold, there wasn’t enough power generation available to the grid. Power prices spiked, and the Public Utility Commission of Texas ordered ERCOT to set prices at the artificial cap — $ 9,000 per megawatt hour — to signal to power companies that any and all power was desperately needed.

But energy experts have expressed doubt[4] that merely having more power plants would have prevented the crisis. Electric generation tripped offline due to freezing temperatures and a shortage of natural gas, which fuels many plants in the state.

“We didn’t have a shortage of power plants, we had a shortage of power plants that could work in the cold, and the gas to run them,” said Dan Cohan, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University. “Texas has an enormous amount of natural gas plants already. It’s not at all clear that there’s a need to have more power plants built.”

Berkshire Hathaway’s presentation argues that adding power generation capacity would be more cost effective for the state than upgrading existing plants to withstand extreme weather.

Lawmakers in recent weeks have quickly moved on legislation to address the February power crisis. Last week[5], the Texas House State Affairs Committee moved forward a bill[6] that would mandate the weatherization of power plants[7], or, mandate that power plants can function under extreme weather conditions. On Thursday, the Texas Senate Jurisprudence committee advanced Senate Bill 3, a wide-ranging winter storm bill that also mandates winterization for power plants and the natural gas supply chain.

Another bill[8] and a joint resolution[9] filed in the House by Rep. Dan Huberty[10], R-Houston, would aid power companies in funding those upgrades. But that legislation, as filed, includes language that would allow the low-cost loan program outlined in the bill to be used for building new power plants as well. It would direct the funds to prioritize projects that prepare facilities for cold weather, but it would also prioritize projects that provide excess power to the grid for periods of high demand — in other words, new power plants.

J.P. Urban, senior vice president and acting CEO of the Association of Electric Companies of Texas, a trade association of electric companies in the state, warned lawmakers against subsidizing new power plants in their response to last month’s outages.

“We believe the program should only focus on bolstering resiliency and existing facilities to avoid disruption in the competitive market,” Urban said during a committee meeting Tuesday.

But lawmakers responded that they want more power generation on Texas’ grid, not just for future storms, but generally for the growing state population.

“We’re going to be a little bit more open to the types of investments that need to be made,” said Rep. Richard Peña Raymond[11], D-Laredo, responding to Urban. “We’re going to need more power in Texas, period. Freeze or no freeze.” The committee left the legislation pending on Tuesday, but witnesses and lawmakers indicated they would support the Huberty bill.

Even with the support of the Legislature’s top leaders, the bill will need to win the approval of the rank-and-file members — a lesson Buffett learned in a past session. In 2017, after the billionaire met with Abbott and Patrick[12] at the Capitol, the Senate used emergency powers to quickly craft legislation that became known as the “Buffett Bill,” a special interest carve-out allowing Buffett to be exempt from a state law that was barring people from owning both a vehicle manufacturing company and auto dealerships. The bill was effectively killed[13] after Tea Party activists blasted it — and the attempt to fast-track it — as special treatment for a rich and powerful business owner.

Other lawmakers and officials have expressed doubts about letting Buffett and his companies play too big of a role in Texas.

Speaking at Texas Energy Day at the Capitol Wednesday morning, Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian[14], one of the state’s oil and gas regulators, criticized President Joe Biden over his energy policies and in doing so, swiped at “Warren Buffett’s company.” Christian said canceling oil and natural gas pipelines would put more trains on railroad tracks, and “Warren Buffett’s company makes a lot of money from it.”

Mitchell Ferman and Shawn Mulcahy contributed to this report.

Disclosure: The Association of Electric Companies of Texas and Rice University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here[15].


  1. ^ Dan Patrick (www.texastribune.org)
  2. ^ Greg Abbott (www.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ risk uncontrolled blackouts (www.texastribune.org)
  4. ^ have expressed doubt (www.texastribune.org)
  5. ^ Last week (www.texastribune.org)
  6. ^ a bill (capitol.texas.gov)
  7. ^ weatherization of power plants (www.texastribune.org)
  8. ^ bill (capitol.texas.gov)
  9. ^ joint resolution (capitol.texas.gov)
  10. ^ Rep. Dan Huberty (www.texastribune.org)
  11. ^ Richard Peña Raymond (www.texastribune.org)
  12. ^ after the billionaire met with Abbott and Patrick (www.texastribune.org)
  13. ^ The bill was effectively killed (www.texastribune.org)
  14. ^ Wayne Christian (www.texastribune.org)
  15. ^ list of them here (www.texastribune.org)

Cassandra Pollock and Erin Douglas

Blood clot symptoms: What are the symptoms of a blood clot? How to spot medical emergency

Thrombosis affects as many as one in 1,000 people in the UK per year.

But they disproportionately affect select sections of the population.

Young and healthy people have little to no associated risk of developing the condition.

But health workers and researchers have identified a set of factors which may predispose people to clotting.

Oprah 'ended up in the emergency room’ after a serious health scare – the symptoms

Oprah Winfrey revealed she returned from a trip abroad with what she thought was a cold. But it turned out to be much more severe. She was told by doctors she had pneumonia. In an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show she said: “I ended up in the emergency room, and they said, ‘You have pneumonia.’
But if it’s not treated properly, it can cause major health complications, including death.

In Winfrey’s case, the antibiotics prescribed by her doctor weren’t working, forcing her to seek a specialist.

The 67-year-old continued back in 2019: “So I go into the lung specialist, and I say, ‘I’ve got a little rattling,’ and he puts the stethoscope [on my neck] and I see the ‘Oh s**t’ face.

“It is like, ‘Oh, my, something’s wrong with you.’ I can see it, he didn’t hide it.”


Winfrey took some time off to get well – which is rare considering her on-the-go lifestyle.

“I never cancel anything. I work all the time when I’m sick!” she said, also revealing the doctor instructed her not to fly for a month.

Winfrey made a full recovery, but admitted the experienced completely “changed” how she sees wellness.

She now encourages everyone to get their flu vaccine.

Less common symptoms include:

  • coughing up blood (haemoptysis)
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • feeling sick or being sick
  • wheezing
  • joint and muscle pain
  • feeling confused and disorientated, particularly in elderly people

If you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell, use the 111 online coronavirus service.

If you feel unwell and have any other symptoms of pneumonia, contact your GP or use the regular 111 online service.

Call 999 for an ambulance if you or someone you care for:

  • are struggling to breathe
  • are coughing up blood
  • have blue lips or a blue face
  • feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
  • have a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • collapse or faint
  • become confused or very drowsy
  • have stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual

Dr. Oz assists in saving man with medical emergency at New Jersey airport

TV host and doctor Mehmet Oz said he helped the Newark Port Authority revive the man after the individual collapsed near him and his family.

TV show host and doctor Mehmet Oz said Monday while he was at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty Airport, he rushed to help the Newark Port Authority save a man who had collapsed during a medical emergency near him and his family. 

As the New York Post reported, Dr. Oz was said to have been going to baggage claim in Terminal C of the airport after getting of a flight, when a man collapsed and reportedly stopped breathing at around 11 p.m. local time. 
Tuesday, Dr. Oz wrote in a tweet that he assisted a Newark Port Authority officer in performing CPR to clear the man’s airway and revive him. A nearby defibrillator had to be used in order to “save his life” Dr. Oz said. 
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer Jeffrey Croissant saw a 60-year-old man collapse in the baggage claim area of the airport, the Associated Press reported. Officer Croissant called for backup as he began performing CPR on the man who reportedly didn’t appear to have a pulse at that time. 
As multiple outlets reported, when another person with a mask on came to help, Officer Croissant didn’t immediately recognize that it was talk show host Mehmet Oz, who is a cardiac surgeon.
Dr. Oz told the Associated Press of the man in distress, “the gentleman had face-planted, and there was a pool of blood like a murder scene.”  
Dr. Oz said he rushed over after his daughter who was also nearby began yelling, “Daddy, daddy, daddy!” Oz thought his daughter was in trouble at first, but quickly noticed she was trying to get his attention to help the man who was having a medical emergency. 
Dr. Oz wrote on Twitter, “as a physician and a human being, it’s our responsibility to jump in when there’s a medical emergency. Another critical reminder of how important it is to take the time to learn how to do CPR and use a defibrillator.”
According to a statement from the Newark Port Authority, “after several more cycles of CPR, the man started breathing on his own and was stabilized,” the New York Post reported.  
According to ABC 7 NY, a representative for Dr. Oz said that the TV personality had just returned from a trip to Florida with his wife and daughter and were at baggage claim where the man fell to the floor. The report said that the man was injured by the fall and at one point had no heartbeat, and had turned blue.
Dr. Oz has reportedly stayed in communication with the man’s wife for updates on on his recovery.  
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Back in 2015, emergency responders were arriving at the scene of a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, the Associated Press reported. When they arrived, Dr. Oz was already treating two injured people there. Also in another incident which happened two years before that, Oz helped a British tourist who had their foot severed when a cab driver jumped a curb at Rockefeller Center in New York.