MH370 relatives: Please don’t give up search

first_imgRelatives of passengers presumed dead on Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which disappeared off the WA coast in 2014, have pleaded with Australia not to abandon the search for the aircraft.Family members of MH370 victims met Australian investigators leading the A$180 million search for the Boeing 777 in Perth on Wednesday.They told The West Australian newspaper of their anguish and frustration that their loved ones remain lost 2 1/2 years after the plane disappeared.Jennifer Chong, whose husband Chong Ling Tan was on the doomed flight, appealed to the Australian, Chinese and Malaysian governments to continue the search.“Please don’t give up on searching for MH370, for our loved ones, for us and for the flying public,” the Victorian mother said.MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014, after communications were cut during what was to be a routine flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.The search is due to be suspended in December when Dutch search company Fugro completes the current 120,000sqkm search zone.The Australian, Malaysian and Chinese governments agreed on the suspension in July in the absence of “credible new evidence” pointing to the plane’s location.Ms Chong was among a group of Australian, Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian relatives of MH370 victims who were in Perth to meet the crew of theFugro Equator ship, which was in Fremantle for a crew change yesterday for its search in the remote southern Indian Ocean.Malaysian Grace Nathan, whose mother Anne Daisy was on MH370, appealed for help to find evidence before the search ended in December.“It is our understanding that if they dismantle the whole search, it will take a very long time to remobilise it because they will have to have the assets come back to the location and that will take time,” she said. “It’s everyone’s best interests that something comes up sooner rather than later.”Ms Nathan, a lawyer, said she would raise the issue when the group meets Australian Transport Safety Bureau officials in Canberra on Monday.The group praised the Australian Government, which has contributed A$60 million to the search. But they were disappointed with the Malaysian Government’s handling of the tragedy.Ms Nathan said the Malaysian officials leading the investigation into the plane’s disappearance had refused to meet victims’ relatives despite repeated requests. “We don’t understand why they never want to see us, speak to us. We struggle to come to terms with this,” she said.The relatives met US lawyer and investigator Blaine Gibson, who has found 10 pieces of debris, some confirmed to be from MH370. They praised his efforts and believe it is credible evidence to continue the search.last_img read more

SAA procurement plan is welcomed

first_img19 May 2015The Black Business Council has hailed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Trade and Industry and South African Airways (SAA) to develop and support inclusive sourcing and procurement.The council’s secretary-general, Xolani Qubeka, said the signing of the agreement on 18 May was a bold and decisive move.It was signed by Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mzwandile Masina and the chairperson of the SAA board, Dudu Myeni. The agreement was concerned with the procurement opportunities that would be made available to black industrialists at SAA.“As the Black Business Council, we are very excited about the bold and decisive move that the [department] and SAA has made to open opportunities for black industrialists at SAA. This is in line with radical economic transformation. We are therefore looking forward to collaborating with SAA and the [department] to ensure that our members and all of the black business community can access these opportunities,” said Qubeka.SAA announced yesterday that black companies should be granted more than 50% of the R20-billion spent by the airline on procuring goods in the next three years. It said: “Successful implementation of the new three-year SAA Supplier Development Programme will see up to 50% of all consumable supplies sourced from empowered enterprises by end 2018.”This was “music to the ears of black businesspeople”, Qubeka said.Business ready“The most important thing now is for our black companies to be ready and make sure that they are competent and are able to respond appropriately to these opportunities. It is also important that companies, particularly those that are in the manufacturing sector, need to fully understand the type of market that they will be accessing as a result of this agreement.”Speaking at the signing of the agreement, Masina described it as a historic milestone. It was part of the government’s efforts towards radical economic transformation aimed at ensuring that blacks participated actively and meaningfully in the mainstream economy.“This is not a patronage scheme for people who are not qualified to do things. We are speaking about millions of South Africans who are qualified and capable to provide many goods and services required by the SAA,” he said.“We are committing ourselves to working with the SAA and other stakeholders, including business, to make sure that of the R20-billion that SAA is spending on procuring goods and services, at least R10-billion should go to black business.”Industrialists programmeThe Department of Trade and Industry would help to capacitate black entrepreneurs through its Black Industrialists Programme, Masina said, so that they could take full advantage of the opportunities at SAA.SAA’s board said it also resolved to accelerate its enterprise development programme and focus on inclusive opportunities for black-owned, women-owned, disabled- and youth-owned businesses. In partnership with the department, the airline would source potential suppliers and provide training and development assistance through regular seminars and engagement sessions around the country.It was SAA’s “intention to assume an active leadership role in enterprise development in South African aviation”, said Myeni. “Transformation and inclusive participation in the economy does not begin and end with employment equity alone.”Masina called on other organisations to follow the example of SAA: “The government and all public institutions must creatively utilise their public procurement capabilities to leverage the emergence and support for this entrepreneurial class of black industrialists that must drive the broad transformation of our economy.”According to a 2013 study by Oxford Economics, the SAA Group contributes R9.2- billion to the South African gross domestic product (0.3%), of which R1.6-billion is contributed through spending by employees and the company’s supply chain. In addition, 16 400 jobs are created directly through SAA’s supply chain.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Salahuddin welcomes Aligarh Muslim University scholar into Hizb-ul-Mujahideen

first_imgHizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin on Monday welcomed Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) doctoral scholar Abdul Manan Wani into the militant outfit.“The entry of Abdul Manan Wani of Tekipora Lolab, Kupwara, exposes the Indian propaganda that youth of Kashmir are joining militant ranks due to unemployment and economic distress,” Salahuddin was quoted as saying at a meeting in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.The AMU, meanwhile, expelled Wani, who has been missing for the past four days, after images of him holding an AK-47 surfaced on social media.Senior Superintendent of Police of Aligarh Rajesh Pandey, however, said, “There are reports of Wani joining the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, but I cannot confirm without verification.”The Jammu police also cautioned against concluding that Wani had joined militancy. The image might well have been photo-shopped by miscreants, it said.AMU Proctor M. Mohsin Khan said, “AMU has zero tolerance for such activities and accords top priority to national security and will give full support and cooperation to the police and investigating agencies.”Threat to participants of panchayat pollsAmid this development, Hizb’s operational commander Riyaz Naikoo has threatened to blind those taking part in the panchayat polls scheduled for February.“Whosoever fights elections, he will be dragged out of his home and concentrated acid will be poured into his eyes, so that he loses his eyesight and becomes a burden for his families for life,” Naikoo is heard as saying in an audio clip that had gone viral online.Reacting to the threat, former Chief Minister and National Conference working president Omar Abdullah said, “If it isn’t pellets, it’s acid. One way or the other people are threatened with being blinded.”last_img read more

Greece Faces Soccer Ban Over Politics

first_imgNYON, Switzerland — UEFA and FIFA say they have sent a final warning to Greece that it faces suspension from international football for government interference.The Greek government wants to pass laws punishing violence at sports events, including imposing fines and threatening to cancel matches.Football’s governing bodies have strict rules protecting their member federations’ independence to run their own affairs.UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino says a joint letter with FIFA was sent to the Greek government on April 22.Infantino hopes the threat “will make them reconsider their actions, so we can still work together to resolve the issues affecting Greek football.”Teams and officials from suspended countries cannot take part in international matches and meetings.In 2006, FIFA briefly suspended Greece when European champion for government interference.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sir Roger Moore And Friends Join Forces For GivingTales

first_imgSome of the world’s leading actors have today joined forces in a new children’s educational project called GivingTales.Giving TalesIt aims to produce engaging and entertaining versions of popular children’s fairy tales while helping to teach and educate children worldwide. As part of the company’s mission to educate and support children, GivingTales kft is committing 30% of its revenue to Unicef UK to help children around the world.Video: GivingTales – Behind The ScenesDeveloped in association with Sir Roger Moore, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, GivingTales features the voice talents of world-renowned actors including Ewan McGregor, Unicef UK Ambassador, Stephen Fry, and Dame Joan Collins. Hans Christian Andersen’s timeless fairy tales have now been modernised, condensed and paired with vivid illustrations that capture the universal and timeless life lessons synonymous with Andersen’s stories.“I’ve been a long time admirer of Hans Christian Andersen’s work, and I think it’s a wonderful collection of fairy stories for children and adults alike,” said Sir Roger Moore.Many of the themes in Hans Christian Andersen’s stories have relevance for children today, such as bravery, selflessness, and compassion.“The Ugly Duckling is the primal story about bullying and self-belief – it is a marvelous tale,” said Stephen Fry, actor, screenwriter and author.Available for free download starting today on Apple, Android, and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices, the app comes with The Princess and the Pea (Sir Roger Moore, KBE). Each additional story is available for download at $3.99 each. Three additional stories are available in the first series: The Emperor’s New Clothes (Dame Joan Collins, DBE), The Little Match Girl (Ewan McGregor, OBE) and The Ugly Duckling (Stephen Fry).Today’s children are increasingly accustomed to consuming content in one short sitting. While paper books may be giving way to digital versions, classic fairy tales never grow old. There’s a big need to adapt traditional stories into shorter, animated versions, so they can captivate and inspire another generation of young readers.“Taking care not to lose the essence of what makes Hans Christian Andersen’s stories so great, GivingTales has condensed the stories down so they can be enjoyed in minutes, not hours. Using the voices of renowned actors gives them new life in a memorable and entertaining way,” Jacob Moller, CEO of GivingTales.“We’re overwhelmed by the initial support we’ve received, both from the celebrities affiliated with our project, as well as our ongoing relationship with the Unicef UK. Together, we hope to make a difference in the lives of many of children around the world,” said Klaus Lovgreen, Chairman, GivingTales.GivingTales was developed by an award-winning team of illustrators and producers. The company’s founders have a history of developing digital entertainment content, having developed Top Ten apps for both Apple App Store and Google Play. GivingTales is currently available in English with plans for additional stories, actors, and titles being made available over the coming months.last_img read more

CANADIAN ACTRESS ELLEN PAGE AND DANCER EMMA PORTNER ARE MARRIED

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Ellen Page is now a married woman.The 30-year-old star of “Juno,” ”Inception” and the recent remake of “Flatliners” wed Emma Portner, who teaches contemporary jazz at the Broadway Dance Center in New York.The Juno star announced on social media Wednesday that she tied the knot … alongside a photo of the newlyweds’ wedding bands the actress wrote, “Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife.” Portner also announced the surprise marriage on her Instagram page, writing, “@ellenpage I LOVE YOU.”Page posted the news Wednesday on Instagram in a photo of the couple’s hands showing off wedding bands on their ring fingers. Her publicist later confirmed the union.The actress first began posting photos with Portner on social media over the summer.In 2014, Page came out as gay at a Human Rights Campaign event in a rousing speech that earned her a standing ovation. The actress said she was ready to come out in hopes that her experience would help other people struggling with their sexuality.The actress previously dated artist Samantha Thomas. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more