Ocean floor debris not from MH370

first_imgThe Australian Transport Safety Bureau has dismissed a story from the Dailymail.co.uk regarding debris found on the seabed as being “highly likely” from MH370 as incorrect.The article which has been picked up by major wire services claims that images of debris are Category 3 being the most likely to be plane debris. In fact it is the reverse with Category 3 being the least likely and Category 1 the most likely.In a statement for Airlineratings.com the ATSB said: “The article describes ‘Category 3’ sonar finds as being the most likely to be aircraft debris. In fact, they are the least likely to be aircraft debris. Classification 3 is assigned to sonar contacts that are of some interest as they stand out from their surroundings but have low probability of being significant to the search. The underwater search so far has identified more than 400 seabed features that have been classified as category 3.”The pictures touted by the online website as “new” were in fact taken months ago and posted to the ATSB’s website to show some of the random items being found by the search teams.In all probability the objects are shipping containers that have been swept overboard in a storm.last_img read more

Madiba birthday song a group effort

first_imgRay Maota Hundreds of South Africans came together in Johannesburg to record a birthday song for former president Nelson Mandela, who turns 94 on 18 July. Minister of Home Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga and Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee sing happy birthday to Madiba. Brand South Africa’s Anitha Soni andZanele Mamba were also in the crowd. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Catherine Constantinides  Lead SA  +27 83 747 7677 RELATED ARTICLES • How does Mandela Day inspire you? • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • Mandela archive goes live • New Mandela banknotes for SANelson Mandela will have a pleasant surprise a month before his 94th birthday when visuals of the video, in which South Africans from various facets of society sing happy birthday to him, goes viral.The father of South Africa as a democratic state was serenaded for his upcoming birthday – on 18 July – at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, north of Johannesburg, on 29 May 2012.This initiative by Lead SA, the Department of Basic Education and the Shout Foundation was supported by Brand South Africa, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Proudly SA. It brought together a crowd of over 400 people to record a birthday song for Madiba, as Mandela is affectionately known.Present at the event were basic education minister Angie Motshekga, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the minister of home affairs; Anitha Soni, trustee of the board of directors at Brand South Africa; and musicians, TV personalities and sports stars.Lead SA’s Yusuf Abramjee said: “Thanks to all the South Africans from all walks of life who took their time to join us and sing to our wonderful Madiba.”The recording of the song will go viral on 18 June 2012, a month before his birthday.Watch the video footage of the Madiba birthday song event.An icon honouredMoss Mashishi, former president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, said: “If you consider how Madiba is a world icon and how he has helped the brand called South Africa then this is just a good gesture from us to tell our hero that we love him and wish him a happy birthday.”Young and old were in attendance and made sure they lent their voices to the recording by singing loudly and filling Nelson Mandela Square with joyful ululating.Mpho Selepe, from Orlando in Soweto, said: “I work in Melrose but I had to come and be part of this great initiative for an icon.”South Africans come togetherSouth Africans need no second invitation to gather for a cause, as they did in Nelson Mandela Square, in a spirit of camaraderie.Soni said: “This is just wonderful, giving South Africans an opportunity to come together and they’ll never cease to amaze you – happy birthday, Madiba.”Soni was reiterating the fact that South Africans can put aside other things happening in the country when asked to rally together – another such occasion was when thousands gathered in the same location to give the Springboks, South Africa’s national rugby team, a memorable send-off to the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.Turning 94 after becoming president in 1994Lesley Sedibe, CEO of Proudly SA, said: “We are celebrating a man who, when he came out of prison, brought South African together through his own humility when naysayers thought that South Africa was on the brink of collapse.“This one is very special as Madiba turns 94 and he became the first democratically elected president of South Africa in 1994.”Mandela was inaugurated as president of South Africa on 10 May 1994, after the country’s first free general election had taken place on 27 April. The latter date is now commemorated as Freedom Day in South Africa.Mandela Day celebrated worldwideDlamini-Zuma said: “Your presence here shows just how much Madiba is loved and we welcome it. We are calling on all South Africans to take 67 minutes of their day to do good on his birthday.”She was referring to the annual International Mandela Day, proclaimed in 2009 by the UN General Assembly. On this day, 18 July, people across the globe are urged “to take action to help change the world for the better and, in doing so, build a global movement for good”.They are urged to take just 67 minutes of their lives to contribute to making the world a better place for the next person.In South Africa, International Mandela Day was launched on 23 May 2012 at Tlhatlogang Junior Secondary School in White City Jabavu, Soweto.Here, singer Danny K, rapper and presenter ProVerb, model and presenter Bonang Matheba and fashion designer Gert Johan Coetzee painted the walls of two container classrooms at the school. They were joined by officials from the UN Information Centre as well as employees of several large corporates.last_img read more

Repurposed Mandela Centre to inspire

first_img28 May 2013 The newly refurbished Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory will soon be officially opened for South Africans and visitors to the country to explore and enjoy the legacy of the life and times of Nelson Mandela. Speaking to SAnews during an event to showcase the refurbished centre in Johannesburg on Monday, Sello Hatang, who will take over the reins as the centre’s CEO on June 1, said: “We’ve got a centre that is beginning to re-imagine itself as a public resource. “We hope that in August or September when we [officially] open, a lot of south Africans, people from other countries in Africa, including the global community, will be able to come and enjoy what we have here. “We want to serve as a centre that will galvanise people to do Mandela Day activities daily, organise people around dialogue, and share Madiba’s legacy.” Hatang said the facility represented the final transition of Mandela’s post-presidential office into a public and dialogue facility, as well as a physical home for Madiba’s legacy, adding that Mandela did not belong to any one institution, but was a global resource to be shared. Hatang noted that entry to the refurbished centre would be free but by appointment only, as the facility would not be able to cater to large numbers of visitors at the same time.50 years since arrival on Robben Island Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who attended Monday’s event, said the refurbishing of the centre also coincided with the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s arrival on Robben Island. It was on 27 May 1963 when Mandela arrived on Robben Island as a prisoner for the first time, just over six months after he was sentenced to five years in prison for leaving the country without a passport and inciting workers to strike. Motlanthe said Madiba was an iconic figure not only for the country, but for the international community as well. The Deputy President also emphasised the importance of archives in measuring progress towards goals. “Distance in a temporal sense is managed by the future as projected by those who came before us. We need to go back in time and mine the important resolutions and dreams from the archives to measure how far we’ve come,” he said. The acting chairperson of the Mandela Centre of Memory and chairperson of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, Professor Njabulo Ndebele, said the three key objectives of the centre were to deliver to the world an integrated information resource on the life and times of Nelson Mandela; to convene dialogues on critical social issues of the day; and to share Madiba’s legacy through campaigns such as Mandela Day. The centre’s outgoing CEO, Achmat Dangor, said he had learned two important lessons from Mandela: firstly, that when you are fundraising, “don’t leave without the cheque”. And secondly, “when you bring people together who agree with one another, that’s a chat; but when they disagree and want to talk about it, that’s dialogue.”Exploring the centre Guests at Monday’s event were invited to browse the centre’s reading room and spend a moment in Madiba’s post-presidential office, which has been transformed into a public dialogue facility. The office has been preserved exactly as he left it in 2010. The upper level of the centre has been transformed into an interactive space for visitors, with a permanent exhibition called The Life & Times of Nelson Mandela. It will also feature a reading room for research and reference work, as well as facilities to host discussions. On the lower level, a high-tech archival storage facility has been created for the centre’s archival collections, including Madiba’s personal papers. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Flood situation improves in Odisha districts

first_imgThe flood situation in Odisha has shown signs of improvement as rain has stopped in almost all districts. Except for Malkangiri and Kalahandi, there was hardly any rain in any other district on Thursday. The floodwater flowing towards the delta region in the Mahanadi river was not likely to pose any major threat as its level was decreasing. People in low-lying areas close to the coast are, however, worried about possible overflowing of floodwater before discharge into the sea. At Naraj, the water level was gradually dropping. The water discharge at Kharimal into the Mahanadi was measured at 3.35 lakh cusecs and at Barmul, it was 5.88 lakh cusecs. In most major rivers, the water level has been found either falling or steady.Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi said 64,354 people were evacuated and sheltered in 173 relief camps. Of them, 83 camps with 23,383 evacuees were operating on Thursday. An estimated 2.96 lakh people in 11 districts were hit by the floods. Balangir has so far been the worst-hit district where 2 lakh people have been affected.last_img read more

Punjab sees increase in farm fires this month

first_imgFarmers continue to burn stubble despite banVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:1501:15  There has been a spike in agricultural fires — a phenomenon that’s known to worsen air pollution — in Punjab in September, significantly more than in the same month last year.Krunesh Garg, member-secretary, Punjab Pollution Control Board, said there were 107 fires from September 24-26. In 2018 there were only 11 fires during the same period. However, in 2016 and 2017 there were 106 and 150 fires respectively from September 27-30.Mr. Garg said last year’s numbers were unusually low because paddy harvesting was delayed due to the persistence of the monsoon. “Last year, the onset of monsoon was late and it persisted well into October. This year, harvesting of basmati varieties of rice has already begun, hence the apparent rise in September,” he said.Agricultural fires, in which farmers set fire to their fields after harvesting paddy, tend to begin around late September and peak around the last week of October by which time farmers have harvested most of their paddy. There were 80,879 fire incidents detected during the paddy harvesting season in 2016, 43,660 in 2017 and about 40,000 in 2018. “There was a 10% reduction last year from 2017 and we expect around the same reduction this year,” Mr. Garg said. Watch | Farmers continue to burn stubble despite bancenter_img Punjab’s fires tend to worsen Delhi’s pollution as particulate matter floats into the city, affecting the already polluted winter air.The Centre and Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh had — over several meetings last year — declared a “zero tolerance” policy on stubble burning by farmers which, according to various studies, contributes anywhere from 17% to 78% to the particulate matter emission load in Delhi during winter.Last year, the Union Agriculture Ministry earmarked ₹591 crore for disbursal to Punjab, Haryana and U.P. to help farmers access machines that collect or plough the stubble back into the soil.A senior official in the Union Agriculture Ministry said in spite of subsidies, the implements were “expensive” for the farmers and thus it was cheaper for them to set chaff ablaze.(With inputs fromPriscilla Jebaraj)last_img read more

Tainted athletes await decision on Asiad

first_imgThe three dope-tainted wrestlers will be waiting with bated breaths to know their fate which is likely to be announced on Thursday and will decide their participation in next month’s Asian Games. Eleven sportspersons, including six wrestlers, were tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant, during the dope tests conducted ahead of the Commonwealth Games.Provisional suspensions on all of them were lifted after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) reclassified the stimulant as a ‘specified substance’. The athletes have so far appeared twice before the antidoping disciplinary panel headed by Dinesh Dayal but no decision has been reached so far.It was only in the last hearing in September that the panel concluded that the tests, which were done on the wrestlers, were incompetition and therefore their cases will continue with other accused athletes. After that, RK Anand, the counsel for all the athletes, had sought more time to prepare the case and the three-member panel agreed to his request.The list of 11 sportspersons includes six wrestlers, three swimmers, two athletes and a weightlifter. Among the six wrestlers, Arjuna awardee Rajiv Tomar, Mausam Khatri and Gursharanpreet Kaur were on Tuesday named in India’s Asiad squad but if any sanction is imposed upon them by the threemember disciplinary panel, they will be dropped from the team.The swimming and athletics federations included the athletes in the final squad for the Commonwealth Games despite a case pending against them with the NADA panel. Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) however, chose to be on a safer side and did not pick any of the four wrestlers who were originally part of the CWG team.advertisementBut their stand has changed as well and WFI president GS Mander is confident that all the athletes will be let off with warnings. “Things have changed now and we are sure that they (wrestlers) will get away with a warning,” Mander said. However, Tomar, for whom it was a heart break to miss out a place in the Commonwealth Games, is optimistic about the outcome.”It was very disappointing to miss out on a place at the Commonwealth Games for which I had prepared so well,” Tomar told MAIL TODAY.”I have spoken to our counsel and he is very confident. Hopefully, we all will come out clear tomorrow,” he added. But there is also a possibility that the case may not be decided on Thursday as well and could well go for another hearing. The documents that Anand is likely to come up with would be cross examined and argued upon by the NADA counsel and could take time.last_img read more

Beermen spend time with fans as they celebrate latest PBA All-Filipino title

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The likes of Alex Cabagnot, Chris Ross, Louie Vigil, and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser played with the supporters in a game of paper dance. Cabagnot and his partner was the last pair standing with the lucky fan taking home a 40-inch LED TV.She got a hug and a TV. pic.twitter.com/wDyz5LnKnM— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 17, 2019The players also thanked the fans in attendance with some even arriving at the venue as early as 10 am.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES The winner in this paper dance will win a 40-inch LED TV. pic.twitter.com/iNMYBCpL2f— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) May 17, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Naomi Osaka withdraws from Rome quarters with right hand injury Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue San Miguel earned its fifth straight Philippine Cup after a grueling seven-game series with the Beermen taking a hard-fought 72-71 Game 7 win.The Beermen are expected to have their own celebration, usually held at the SMC compound in Pasig.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel got to celebrate its fifth straight PBA Philippine Cup with its faithful supporters after the league held a fans’ day Friday at Robinson’s Magnolia.Everyone on the Beermen roster was present except for Finals MVP June Mar Fajardo, who went back in Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes Refuses To Talk About Kentucky, Cites What Happened To West Virginia’s Daxter Miles

first_imgNigel Hayes won't discuss Kentucky during press conference.Nigel Hayes is a smart young man. Following Wisconsin’s Elite Eight victory against Arizona, the Badgers’ sophomore forward was asked about Kentucky, his team’s potential opponent in the Final Four. Hayes, who scored eight points in the West Region final, refused to say anything about the undefeated Wildcats. He cited what happened to West Virginia and victory-guaranteeing Daxter Miles as the reason for his decision to keep quiet. Does Nigel Hayes want Kentucky? “I’m not going to go down that road. A young man tried that a couple days ago, and it didn’t work too well.”— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) March 29, 2015Hayes knows not to poke the bear. The bear is currently in a dogfight against Notre Dame, though. The Wildcats and the Fighting Irish are tied at halftime, 31-31. The game is being televised on TBS.last_img read more

Video: No. 9 Notre Dame Avoided The Upset Against Virginia On A Stunning Last-Second TD

first_imgWill Fuler sprints past Virginia defender on his way to the end zone.Will FulerNo. 9 Notre Dame used some luck of the Irish to pull out a 34-27 victory over Virginia on the road. With starting quarterback Malik Zaire out of the game with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury, and his team trailing 27-26, back-up QB DeShone Kizer took the team downfield in the final minutes, tossing the game winning touchdown to wide receiver Will Fuller with 12 seconds remaining. Fuller’s game-winning score stunned the upset-minded Cavalier faithful.  pic.twitter.com/o92NxfHftl— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) September 12, 2015Wow. What a gut-wrenching loss for Mike London and the Cavs, and what an escape for Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish.last_img read more

Freeland Carr meet with future Mexican cabinet ministers in Ottawa

first_imgOTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is hosting a pair of Mexican dignitaries who will hold key cabinet portfolios once their country’s incoming government take power.Freeland and International Trade Minister Jim Carr will sit down for bilateral meetings in Ottawa today with Mexico’s future foreign affairs minister Marcelo Ebrard and economy minister Graciela Marquez. The meetings come just a few weeks after Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed to an updated North American free trade pact.The agreement narrowly beat a deadline imposed by the U.S. Congress to get the deal fast-tracked and voted on by Dec. 1, ahead of Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s incoming government.The visiting Mexican officials, Ebrard and Marquez, will take on their ministerial roles once Lopez Obrador’s government takes office.Canada and Mexico are still dealing with stinging steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration _ and both countries have responded by slapping the U.S. with retaliatory duties of their own.last_img read more