MH370: Do Malaysia and China really want to find MH370?

first_imgThere is no question that Malaysia and China are failing to meet their international obligations to find MH370.And there is no question that the investigation conducted by Malaysia into the disappearance of MH370 is among the most mismanaged in modern history.The Malaysian end of the investigation has been a symbolic affair where a variety of government minsters, officials and the country’s military have contributed to a chaotic stream of misinformation about the fate of the plane.If the Malaysian Government also wants to avoid accusations of a cover-up, it needs to continue the search for MH370 and to end almost three years of emotional agony for the victims’ families.The suggestion something is dodgy in Kuala Lumpur will only gain credibility if the Malaysians fail to act on a recommendation by the team of international experts led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau which is conducting the search.New information led the experts to conclude that a relatively small area of 25,000sq km just outside the main search area likely contains the wreckage and should be searched. The exact cost of the search thus far is unclear but most analysts believe it is about $190 million split three ways with Malaysia paying $100 million; Australia $70 million and China just $20 million.China’s contribution has been pitiful given MH370 was also a code-share with China Southern Airlines and carried the airline’s flight number CZ748. There were 153 Chinese aboard and China needs to contribute more.When an airline code-shares (places its flight number and sells tickets at a profit on another airline’s plane) it must bear full responsibility for all aspects of the flight.The hollow rhetoric of the Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tong Lai saying “the aspirational goal” is to find MH370 simply isn’t good enough for families needing answers and closure.Even Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester’s excuse that the new area of 25,000sq km was not specific enough to meet the criteria set down by officials from the three governments is lame.Considering the vastness of the Indian Ocean an area of 25,000sq km is very specific and the analysis that has helped pinpoint the new area has broken new ground. Malaysia and China should bite the bullet, pony up the $40 to $50m needed to extend the search and do the right thing for the families of the 239 passengers and crew lost with MH370.The fact that the main body of wreckage was not found in the original search area means we were looking in the wrong place but we were doing it for all the right reasons and using the facts available at the time. Now we have new facts, including a drift study by the CSIRO from all the debris recovered in the west Indian Ocean found, that says it is most likely in a different area.The search must go on.last_img read more

Earn Gems by playing your part

first_imgGEM volunteers not only help uplift the communities for which they work but also earn Gems that can be redeemed for airtime, data, pre-paid electricity and movie tickets. (Image: GEM Project)GEM Project, an app that links volunteers to good causes, has partnered with Play Your Part in charitable events that aim to uplift disadvantaged communities.GEM – which stands for Go the Extra Mile – has the potential to curb unemployment. In many cases, volunteers are unemployed people who spend their time contributing to their communities. And with GEM’s reward system, the volunteers are guaranteed to earn something for their good deeds.When volunteers complete a good deed, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, which is called a Gem. These Gems can be redeemed for products such as airtime, data, pre-paid electricity and even movie tickets. But co-founder David Shields makes it clear that Gems are not a means of financial support. “Rewards are to be seen as a gesture of goodwill, not payment.”The GEM app is a call for all South Africans to become active citizens and play their part in improving the lives of fellow South Africans, says Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing, Sithembile Ntombela. “We hope that the nation will continue to contribute to positive change because a nation of people who care deeply for one another, and the environment in which they live, is beneficial for everyone.”GEM has partnered with Play Your Part on many occasions since the two began working together in July 2015. Most notable were the events for Nelson Mandela Day, visits to Ethembeni Children’s Home and cleanups at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot and Ark Animal Centre in northern Johannesburg.To find out how you can volunteer for one of GEM’s projects, check out the GEM website. Find out more about GEM’s activities below.GEM GETS DOGS’ TAILS WAGGING AGAIN12 May 2016 – Few people can resist the cuteness of a puppy, which may be why volunteers thronged to GEM’s activation at Ark Animal Centre, where dog lovers from around Johannesburg spent time caring for the lovable canines.GEM PROJECT GOES THE EXTRA MILE ON MANDELA DAY3 September 2015 – GEM Project, the app that gets people to volunteer for good causes, spread their footprint across Gauteng this Mandela Day. With a presence at 10 events, the app got South Africans giving more of their time and energy.GEM VOLUNTEERS SPLASH COLOUR ON MANDELA DAY20 July 2016 – On Mandela Day this year, volunteers from across Johannesburg joined GEM and Play Your Part to give Sparrow Schools a little face-lift and a burst of fresh colour.GEM LOOKS TO BRING HOPE TO VULNERABLE CHILDREN13 May 2016 – A children’s home in the heart of Johannesburg that offers refuge for children infected or affected by HIV/Aids is getting a helping hand from a group running a mobile app for volunteers.VOLUNTEERS BRING A SMILE TO ETHEMBENI4 February 2016 – GEM volunteers spent some time at Ethembeni Children’s Home in Doornfontein, helping to clean the home and spending quality play hours with the babies and toddlers.CHILDREN THE FOCUS FOR JANUARY ACTIVATIONS13 January 2016 – Make 2016 your year for doing something for others – and start as you mean to carry on. Already there are several volunteering opportunities planned at which you can earn GEMs for playing your part.ACTIVATION GALLERY – DIEPSLOOT29 October 2015 – Play Your Part was at Akani Primary School in Diepsloot for a clean-up campaign that taught pupils about the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.DIEPSLOOT SCHOOL GETS A SPRING CLEAN27 October 2015 – When teaching children, repetition is important, the principal of Akani Primary School stressed during a Play Your Part clean-up. Pupils were reminded of the importance of keeping their environment free of litter.VOLUNTEERS LEND A HAND AT REFILWE27 November 2015 – Every Saturday, children from the townships around Lanseria, in Gauteng, can spend the day at the Refilwe Community Project, learning and having fun. Through Play Your Part partner GEM, a group of volunteers helped to make and serve the food, and with the workshops and play time.EARN GEMS BY PLAYING YOUR PART FOR MADIBA10 July 2015 – To mark Mandela Month, Brand South Africa has partnered with the exciting new Gem project, an online platform where people get real rewards for their good deeds. The partnership forms part of the organisation’s Play Your Part for Madiba campaign, launched at the Nelson Mandela Foundation today.last_img read more

Phagu Chauhan sworn in as Bihar Governor

first_imgPhagu Chauhan was on Monday sworn in as the 40th Governor of Bihar, an official said. The 71-year-old Mr. Chauhan succeeded Lalji Tandon, who is now the Governor of Madhya Pradesh. He was administered the oath by Patna High Court Chief Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi at a programme held at Raj Bhawan here in the presence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, besides several ministers.Mr. Chauhan, a six-time MLA from Ghosi Assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh’s Mau district, had resigned from the UP Assembly on Friday. After having won the Assembly election for the first time in 1985 on a Dalit Mazdoor Kisan Party (DMKP) symbol, he returned as an MLA again in 1991 on a Janata Dal ticket. He won the seat in 1996 and 2002 on the BJP symbol.Mr. Chauhan again won Ghosi in May 2007 on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket but later returned to the saffron party and won the Assembly election for the sixth time in March 2017.last_img read more

Torres on Ishige: ‘I can easily take her punches’

first_imgTorres on Ishige: ‘I can easily take her punches’2.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 4 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Torres found her golden moment early in the second round when she caught Ishige’s kick and launched a booming right hand that put “Tiny Doll” on the mat. The 21-year-old then proceeded to pummel Ishige’s picturesque face before choking her out 1:58 into the round. “I saw that she didn’t smile much when I had her and when I felt that she got scared of my striking, I knew then that I had her so I just pushed it,” said Torres. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ MACAU—Filipino MMA fighter Jomary Torres looked like a nervous wreck in her first press conference, but it was a different story come fight night. In the biggest fight of her young MMA career, Torres unleashed a monster hidden within her 5-foot-1 frame.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Torres (2-0) fought for the first time in ONE Championship Saturday and the Zamboanga native put on a show the beautiful Rika Ishige had no chance of shining in.READ: PH bet Torres chokes out Ishige for debut win in ONEFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsPhoto from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPAnd Torres, after stuttering in her first media exposure, exuded the confidence of a fighter, who just made her dominant arrival. “Rika’s strikes weren’t that strong and I can easily take her punches,” said Torres in Filipino. “Though, I was surprised when I hit her with my hook and she was still standing.”  Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more