Pilot suspected of drinking arrested at Minnesota airport

MINNEAPOLIS — A Delta Air Lines pilot suspected of drinking before his flight at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has been arrested.A report by airport police says the pilot had an “alcoholic container” in his possession and was suspected of being impaired. He was scheduled to fly to San Diego, California, Tuesday morning.The Star Tribune reports that the pilot, who lives in Rosemount, Minnesota, was released about three hours after his arrest. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan says final toxicology results are pending, so the case is still under investigation.Delta said its alcohol policy “is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation.” The Atlanta-based carrier says it’s co-operating with investigators.The Federal Aviation Administration prohibits any pilot from flying within eight hours of drinking alcohol.___Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.comThe Associated Press read more

Nomination of new Prime Minister hailed by UN as another step forward

“The appointment of a new Prime Minister is another important step forward in the country’s peacebuilding process,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Somalia, Augustine P. Mahiga. The Prime Minister’s nomination will now go to the Parliament for endorsement. He will then proceed to form a cabinet, which will also need to be endorsed by the legislature. In recent months, Somalia’s transition process has seen the adoption of a new constitution, the convening of a new parliament, and the selection of a new president. Mr. Mahiga, who heads the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), also commended President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud “for leading a broad consultative process on the appointment of the Prime Minister within the constitutionally-stipulated time period.” He pledged the UN’s full support to Mr. Shirdon and encouraged him to “immediately begin the critical work of establishing a transparent, efficient and accountable government.”“The new authorities will play the central role in promoting the reconciliation and good governance necessary to achieve lasting peace and stability in Somalia,” Mr. Mahiga added in a statement. read more