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Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant soothes passenger’s baby

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Parents of young children know that extended air travel can be exasperating for little ones, which makes one Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant’s thoughtful gesture all the more sweet.

Passenger Rachel Yuen Nihi told KHON2 that during a recent late-night flight to Los Angeles, a mother traveling alone with her three small children struggled to comfort her youngest, a “crying toddler, tossing and turning” for 45 minutes.

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“A couple in front of her kept turning around; giving her a stink eye. As if she was purposely trying to inconvenience them. I watched the woman in front turn around and snicker something at her children and all I could think of was, ‘You wait until this seatbelt sign comes off,'” she wrote on Facebook.

Yuen Nihi, who was traveling with her husband without their children, felt frustrated and was about to give the rude passenger a piece of her mind when an aircrew member intervened.

“Right before I could get out of my seat … a flight attendant walks over and asked to hold her son. The mother seemed reluctant, embarrassed and at her wits’ end. She had tried for at least 45 minutes and nothing worked,” Yuen Nihi wrote. “The toddler reached out and the flight attendant rocked him … Up and down the aisle until he finally gave in. This is true Aloha spirit.”

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“#HawaiianAirlines you should be proud of the people you hire who go beyond the call of duty and remind the world that kindness isn’t all that uncommon. I didn’t get her name but I’m sure someone knows who she is. To that flight attendant, thank you for your kindness. It was noticed all around that flight. You gave a mother a moment to breathe and you have no idea how priceless this was for everyone around to see. Mahalo Nui!”

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KHON2 later identified the angelic Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant as Gina Reyes. A mother of four and former surrogate mother, Reyes told the outlet that she’s been a flight attendant for nearly three years and is always comforting babies on long flights.

“I saw a place where I could help. I was rocking and singing to him. I was singing lullabies to him,” Reyes said. “I think it’s nothing more than what most of us at Hawaiian Airlines do. That’s our love and we get to love on our passengers.”

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak



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US National Guard troops removed from inauguration duty due to ‘far right’ links, reports | US News

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Two US Army National Guard members have been removed from duty during Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration because of ties to far-right militias, according to Associated Press.

A US Army official and a senior US intelligence official confirmed the decision to AP on the condition of anonymity due to Defense Department media regulations.

They did not say what fringe group the Guard members belonged to or what unit they served in.

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A spokesman for the National Guard Bureau told AP: “Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration.”

The heightened security comes after the riots on 6 January when Donald Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building.

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One dead as Japan snowstorm causes 134-car pile-up | World News

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A snowstorm caused a 134-car pile-up which killed one person and left a dozen others injured in Japan.

At least 134 cars were involved in a series of crashes on a 1km stretch of the Tohoku Expressway, in the northern prefecture of Miyagi.

Authorities had imposed a speed limit of 50kph (31mph) after blizzard snow conditions cut visibility at about noon on Tuesday.

Series of car crashes when snow storm struck on the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki
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One died and 12 were injured

Some 200 people were caught up in the pile-up and 12 of them were sent to hospital, the disaster management agency said.

Rescue operations were under way, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told reporters.

Series of car crashes when snow storm struck on the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki
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A snow storm struck on the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki

Japan has seen unusually heavy snow in recent weeks, with some parts seeing more than double the usual amount.

Last week Toyama city, on the Japanese coast, saw a new record 88cm (2.8ft) of snow within 48 hours, NHK reported, leaving many stranded.

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Thailand: Woman jailed for for 43 years over defaming monarchy | UK News

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A Thai ex-civil servant has been jailed for a “record-breaking” 43 years and 6 months for sharing audio clips on social media said to defame the country’s monarchy.

The 65-year-old woman – identified as Anchan – pleaded guilty at Bangkok Criminal Court to 29 counts of posting audio clips to Facebook and YouTube under different usernames with comments deemed critical of the monarchy.

The court initially announced a sentence of 87 years but reduced it by half because of her guilty plea.

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Anchan has received the longest sentence given to someone for violating Thailand’s controversial lèse-majesté law. Credit: AP images

It is said thought be the longest ever sentence for such crimes.

Sunai Phasuk, senior researcher for the group Human Rights Watch, said: “Today’s court verdict is shocking and sends a spine-chilling signal that not only criticisms of the monarchy won’t be tolerated, but they will also be severely punished.”

Violating Thailand’s lèse-majesté law, known widely as Article 112, is punishable by three to 15 years’ imprisonment per count.

The law is controversial not only because simple things such as liking a post on Facebook can be punishable, but also because anyone, not just royals or authorities, can lodge a complaint that can lead to legal proceedings lasting years.

Ms Anchan’s case dates back six years when Thailand’s anti-establishment sentiment was growing after a 2014 military coup led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

She denied the charges when her case was first heard in military court, where lèse-majesté law offences were prosecuted for a period after the coup.

When her case was transferred to a criminal court, she pleaded guilty in the hope the court would have sympathy for her actions, because she had only shared the audio not posted or commented on it, she told local media.

She said: “I thought it was nothing. There were so many people who shared this content and listened to it.

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“The guy (who made the content) had done it for so many years, so I didn’t really think this through and was too confident and not being careful enough to realise at the time that it wasn’t appropriate.”

She added she had worked as a civil servant for 40 years and was arrested one year before retirement, and a conviction meant she would lose her pension.

Ms Anchan is now seeking bail and will decide whether to appeal. If she does not appeal or her appeal fails then she may try to seek a royal pardon from the king.

Thailand has seen 15 years of political unrest but recently young protesters have started issuing calls for the reform of the monarchy, which has long been regarded as an almost sacred institution by many Thais.

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