Daily Archives: April 1, 2014

Japan disappointed but conservationists cheer over ICJ’s whaling ruling

Prime Minister Tony Abbott remains hopeful that delicately poised Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Tokyo will not be derailed by Australia’s win in the International Court of Justice against ”scientific” whaling.

Japan said it was ”deeply disappointed” after the UN’s International Court of Justice found Japan must cease its Southern Ocean whaling program immediately, but said it would abide by the decision.

The judgment was welcomed by Australia’s three largest political parties and celebrated by anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Tokyo’s agent at the court, Koji Tsuruoka, said: ”As a state that respects the rule of law, the order of international law and as a responsible member of the global community, Japan will abide by the decision of the court.”

But Mr Tsuruoka refused to discuss whether Japan would design a new research program in the hope of resuming whaling at a later date.

In a press conference in Perth on Tuesday, Mr Abbott said that Australia had a ”very strong relationship” with Japan and that it was ”certainly much, much, much bigger than any disagreement we might have had about whaling”.

ICJ president Peter Tomka said the court concluded the scientific permits granted by Japan for its whaling program were not scientific research as defined under International Whaling Commission rules. The court unanimously found it had jurisdiction to hear the case, and by 12 votes to four found that special permits granted by Japan in connection with the program, JARPA II, did not fall within the IWC convention.

Former Labor environment minister Peter Garrett, who instigated the case in 2010, welcomed the ruling. ”This is the end of so-called scientific whaling, surely,” Mr Garrett said. He described the decision as ”an incredible result”.

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus, who while in government led Australia’s legal challenge in the Hague, said he was ”thrilled” at the decision.

”This decision … can’t but have some effect on whaling in other parts of the world,” he said. ”It will add to pressure on … [the] small number of countries who continue to engage in whaling.”

The Founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Paul Watson, says the court’s decision justified the group’s sometimes controversial actions at sea.

”I am so pleased that after a decade of anti-whaling campaigns in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean, we won’t have to go there again,” he said from his home in Vermont in the US.

”We feel vindicated. This has always been an illegal whale hunt.”

Former Greens leader and director of Sea Shepherd Australia Bob Brown says the group was ready to switch focus to other preservation projects.

The decision comes with the whaling fleet under increased pressure from conservationist direct action that brought serious conflict to the far south – much of it in waters off the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Despite this pressure from Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd, the whalers killed 10,439 minkes and 15 fin whales under scientific permit from the 1986 moratorium until the end of the 2013 season, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. Last season’s kill figure has not yet been released.

Established in 1945, the ICJ is the UN’s highest judicial body and the only one of five principal UN bodies not located in New York. The ICJ’s judgments are binding and cannot be appealed

source: smh.com.au

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: Minister says ‘deliberate’ act responsible


Malaysian authorities have reiterated they believe there was a “deliberate action” by someone on board the missing Malaysian airliner to divert it from its scheduled flight path.

“MH370’s movements were consistent with deliberate action by someone on the plane,” Malaysia’s acting transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said on Tuesday night.

The comments refute growing speculation that a mechanical failure led to cabin depressurisation that caused the pilots to become unconscious after turning the plane around over the South China Sea.

Mr Hishammuddin said international investigators and Malaysian authorities believe the plane was subjected to deliberate action until the time it left military radar after it had turned back from its route to Beijing and travelled back over peninsula Malaysia to the Straits of Malacca.

Meanwhile, the final three seconds of contact between the cockpit of MH370 and Kuala Lumpur air traffic control provides no clue as to what happened to the plane.

Malaysian authorities released a transcript of the conversations on Tuesday amid criticism they have been withholding information about the plane’s disappearance, which has fuelled anger among the relatives of the 239 people who were on board.

At 1.19 and 24 seconds air traffic control told the pilots “Malaysian three seven zero contact Ho Chi Minh 120 decimal 9 good night.”

This was a sign-off from Kuala Lumpur as the plane entered the area of responsibility for Vietnam air space.

Someone in the cockpit replied “good night Malaysian three seven zero” at 1.19 and 29 seconds. That was the last contact with the plane.

Malaysian officials said initially they believed the final words were spoken by the plane’s first officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, who was making his first unsupervised flight in a Boeing 777.

But Mr Hishammuddin said “police are working to confirm this belief and forensic examination of the actual recording is on-going.”

From 12.36 am when MH370 signed on “Tower MAS370 morning” until the final communication at 1.19 and 29 seconds there appears to be nothing abnormal in the conversations.

The words used from the plane and air traffic control were polite language normally used by pilots.

As the plane taxied on the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur airport conversations were “garbled” on four separate occasions, according to the transcript.

Air traffic control approved take-off at 12.40am with the call “370 32 right cleared for take-off. Good night.”

MAS370 replied: “32 right cleared for take-off MAS370. Thank-you goodbye.”

The MH370 cockpit reported the plane’s altitude six times between 12.42 and 12.50am when someone says” “flight level three five zero Malaysian three seven zero.”

MH370 reported its altitude at 1.01am and then repeated it six minutes later. Air traffic control responded each time.

Before releasing the transcript to the media it was shown to the relatives of those who were on board in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.

Mr Hishammuddin said the transcript was held for more than three weeks as part of the police investigation into the plane’s disappearance.

source: smh.com.au

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid


Μπαρτσελόνα και Ατλέτικο Μαδρίτης μεταφέρουν τη μάχη τους από την Primera Division στο Champions League με την πρώτη τους μάχη για τα προημιτελικά το βράδυ της Τρίτης στο «Καμπ Νου».

Όχι έναν, αλλά δύο μεγάλους στόχους έχουν πλέον να χωρίσουν Μπαρτσελόνα και Ατλέτικο Μαδρίτης. Πέρα από το πρωτάθλημα, όπου τους χωρίζει ένας βαθμός επτά αγωνιστικές πριν το τέλος, η μάχη τους μεταφέρεται και στα προημιτελικά του Champions League.

Οι Καταλανοί προέρχονται από σημαντική νίκη με 1-0 επί της Εσπανιόλ στο τοπικό ντέρμπι, που όμως δεν αρκούσε να τους φέρει στην κορυφή μετά τη νίκη της Ατλέτικο επί της Μπιλμπάο στη χώρα των Βάσκων. Ο Χεράρδο Μαρτίνο δεν θα έχει στη διάθεσή του τους τραυματίες Βαλντές και Πουγιόλ (αν και ο τελευταίος δεν προπονήθηκε κανονικά), ενώ από γαστρεντερίτιδα ταλαιπωρήθηκε ο Πέδρο, που όμως αναμένεται να είναι στην αποστολή.

Οι Μαδριλένοι δείχνουν αποφασισμένοι και ικανοί να σπάσουν το… δίπολο «Μπάρτσα»-Ρεάλ οδηγώντας την κούρσα στο ισπανικό πρωτάθλημα. Ο Ντιέγκο Σιμεόνε, που ήταν παρών ως παίκτης το 1997 όταν η Ατλέτικο είχε φτάσει για τελευταία φορά στους «8» του Champions League, δεν υπολογίζει στον τιμωρημένο Ραούλ Γκαρθία και τον τραυματία Μανκίγιο, ενώ την τελευταία προπόνηση εγκατέλειψε με ενοχλήσεις ο Ντιέγκο Κόστα και είναι αμφίβολος.

Η προϊστορία

Οι δύο ομάδες συναντώνται για πρώτη φορά σε ευρωπαϊκή διοργάνωση. Συνολικά σε 105 αναμετρήσεις με γηπεδούχο την Μπαρτσελόνα, αυτή έχει 60 νίκες έναντι 19 της Ατλέτικο, ενώ 26 παιχνίδια έχουν λήξει ισόπαλα. Οι «μπλαουγκράνα» επιδιώκουν να επεκτείνουν το σερί παρουσιών τους στα ημιτελικά της διοργάνωσης για έβδομη φορά, αριθμό που αποτελεί ρεκόρ, ενώ οι «ροχιμπλάνκος» που βρίσκονται στα προημιτελικά για πρώτη φορά μετά το 1997 επιζητούν την παρουσία τους σε ημιτελικό μετά το 1974.

Διαιτητής θα είναι ο Φέλιξ Μπριχ. Ο Γερμανός ρέφερι ήταν φέτος στο Μίλαν-Μπαρτσελόνα 1-1, αλλά και παλαιότερα σε μια ήττα των Καταλανών από την Τσέλσι (1-0), ενώ σε ματς των «ροχιμπλάνκος» ήταν στη νίκη με 3-2 επί του Παναθηναϊκού.

Πηγή: sport-fm.gr

Manchester United vs Bayern Munich


Ένα πληγωμένο η Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ, κι ένα… αγριεμένο θηρίο, η Μπάγερν Μονάχου, αναμετρώνται στο «Ολντ Τράφορντ» το βράδυ της Τρίτης για τους «8» του Champions League.

Με τις μνήμες του επικού τελικού του 1999 πάντα στο… φόντο, Μάντσεστερ Γιουνάιτεντ και Μπάγερν αναμετρώνται την Τρίτη στο «Ολντ Τράφορντ» για τα προημιτελικά του Champions League διανύοντας διαφορετικές διαδρομές τη φετινή περίοδο. Οι μεν πρωταθλητές Αγγλίας πασχίζουν να βρουν το δρόμο τους στη μετα-Σερ Άλεξ Φέργκιουσον εποχή και ήδη έχουν τεθεί εκτός εγχώριων στόχων, οι δε Βαυαροί στοχεύουν σε ένα νέο τρεμπλ έχοντας ήδη εξασφαλίσει μαθηματικά το πρωτάθλημα στη Γερμανία.

Η Μαν. Γιουνάιτεντ προέρχεται από νίκη με 4-1 επί της Άστον Βίλα, αλλά απέχει πολύ από την τετράδα του Champions League. Ο Ντέιβιντ Μόγες εξακολουθεί να δέχεται σκληρή κριτική και η Ευρώπη είναι η μοναδική διέξοδος προς την επιτυχία. Σα να μη φτάνει η γκρίνια και η δυναμική του αντιπάλου, οι πρωταθλητές Αγγλίας έχουν και πολλά αγωνιστικά προβλήματα. Εκτός πλάνων είναι ο τιμωρημένος Εβρά, οι τραυματίες Φαν Πέρσι, Έβανς και Σμόλινγκ, καθώς και ο Μάτα που δεν έχει δικαίωμα συμμετοχής.

Η Μπάγερν προέρχεται σε απώλεια στο πρωτάθλημα μετά από 20 αγώνες, καθώς ήρθε ισόπαλη 3-3 με τη Χόφενχαϊμ. Ο Πεπ Γκουαρντιόλα, που με την Μπαρτσελόνα νίκησε δύο φορές τη Γιουνάιτεντ σε τελικούς Champions League, δεν υπολογίζει τους τραυματίες Τιάγκο και Μπαντστούμπερ, όπως και τον τιμωρημένο Ντάντε.

Η προϊστορία

Πέρα από τον αξέχαστο τελικό του 1999, όταν η Γιουνάιτεντ με τα γκολ των Σέρινγχαμ και Σόλσκιερ είχε κάνει τη μεγάλη ανατροπή στο φινάλε, οι δύο ομάδες είχαν συναντηθεί στα προημιτελικά άλλες δύο φορές: Τη σεζόν 2009/10, η Μπάγερν είχε πάρει την πρόκριση, καθώς στο πρώτο ματς στο Μόναχο είχε επικρατήσει 2-1, ενώ στον επαναληπτικό ηττήθηκε με 3-2. Την περίοδο 2000/01 οι Βαυαροί είχαν επίσης χαμογελάσει και μάλιστα με δύο νίκες (0-1 και 2-1). Για τη φάση των ομίλων το 1998 και το 2001 οι αγώνες στο «Ολντ Τράφορντ» δεν είχαν νικητή (1-1 και 0-0 αντίστοιχα). Οι «κόκκινοι διάβολοι» απέναντι σε ομάδες από τη Γερμανία έχουν στην έδρα τους οκτώ νίκες, τρεις ισοπαλίες και δύο ήττες. Η Μπάγερν επί αγγλικού εδάφους έχει πέντε νίκες, επτά ισοπαλίες και έξι ήττες.

Διαιτητής του αγώνα θα είναι ο Ισπανός Κάρλος Βελάσκο Καρμπάγιο. Φέτος ο Ισπανός ρέφερι δεν έχει διευθύνει κανέναν αγώνα των δύο ομάδων, ενώ συνολικά μαζί του οι πρωταθλητές Αγγλίας μετρούν δύο νίκες και μία ήττα, ενώ οι Βαυαροί δύο νίκες σε ισάριθμα ματς.

Πηγή: sport-fm.gr

Wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may never be found: Angus Houston


‘Very inexact science’: Angus Houston leaves Tuesday’s news conference. Photo: Reuters


The head of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has raised the possibility that no wreckage from the passenger jet may ever be found, revealing authorities have a very poor understanding about how fast or far it travelled.

Speaking to media on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal (rtd) Angus Houston compared the search for the aircraft to the disappearance of HMAS Sydney, which took 60 years to locate.

“We have a starting point and we need to pursue the search with vigour and we need to do that for some time to come,” the former head of Australia’s Defence Forces said.

“Inevitably, if we don’t find wreckage on the surface, we are eventually going to have to, probably, in consultation with everybody who has a stake in this, review what we do next.”

Hopes of a breakthrough had been raised after the Australian Maritime Safety Authority revealed a new search area about 1100 kilometres north-east of the previous zones on Friday after analysis that the plane had been travelling faster than previously thought, and would therefore have burnt more fuel and crashed earlier.

But Air Chief Marshal Houston, head of the new Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC), said this analysis – described last week as the “most credible” lead to date – was a “very inexact science”.

“We don’t know what altitude the aircraft was travelling at. We don’t really know the speed it was going,” he said.

He said the ground speed of a plane travelling at sea level was half that of a plane travelling at 40,000 feet even if both aircraft had “the same indicated airspeed”.

Air Chief Marshal Houston is a former Chief of Air Force and aviator who spent much of his career as a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

With no wreckage found after three and a half weeks despite a multinational effort now involving nine ships, 10 aircraft and 1000 personnel, the search for flight MH370 was by far the most challenging he had come across, he said.

While noting that technology had advanced considerably, he compared the search for MH370 with the sinking of HMAS Sydney off the coast of Western Australia during World War II.

“There were eyewitnesses who saw the ship disappear over the horizon but it took us about 60 years to find HMAS Sydney on the bottom of the ocean,” he said.

Captain Allison Norris, commander of HMAS Success, told Fairfax Media that conditions were rough on Tuesday with high winds and swell of up to four metres. Nonetheless, her crew were scouring the ocean around the clock, using all available personnel on the vessel regardless of their normal jobs.

Crew were using night vision equipment when it was dark, she added.

Air Chief Marshal Houston will brief Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on the search and recovery effort, with the leader scheduled to arrive in Perth on Wednesday.

Mr Najib will tour RAAF Pearce with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, among other engagements during his two-day visit.

Meanwhile, Danica Weeks, the wife of one of the 239 missing passengers and crew on MH370, arrived at RAAF Pearce on Tuesday and complained she was not getting enough information about the search and recovery operation.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said he had given Ms Weeks his personal mobile number and invited her to come to JACC headquarters for a personal briefing.

source: smh.com.au


Confusion then terror? Analysing the final hours of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370

AS blazing sunlight penetrated the cabin of MH370 shortly after 6am on Saturday March 8 — as the missing plane sped towards the southern Indian Ocean — were its passengers and crew wide awake, incommunicado and confused?

We might never know the definite fate of the Malaysia Airlines flight which disappeared more than three weeks ago with 239 people on board.

But in a case surrounded by mystery, this is one of two terrifying scenarios experts suspect transpired that Saturday morning.

Central to both scenarios is the Boeing 777’s pilot, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, who experts say was either on a suicide mission or struggling to save a compromised aircraft.

AS daylight flooded the cabin, placid passengers probably sorted their things and prepared themselves for seeing the faces of loved ones waiting at the gate — where they expected to be shortly.

Would any have noticed the sun was rising on the wrong side of the plane?

They would certainly have watched as their six-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing stretched into seven, then eight, and then, who knows?

Without access to the flight map, confusion would have set in.

If still conscious, those on board conceivably sensed something was wrong but by then it was too late to make a desperate call, send a text or tweet.

What would have happened next had they still been alive, God only knows, but all can imagine. Panicked passengers probably screamed, cried, prayed.

While it would have been beyond imagining at that point that they were about to be murdered as part of a pilot suicide plot, they might have tried in vain to break down the bulletproof cockpit door or turned on the clueless cabin crew. We just don’t know.

But one thing you can bet on is — if they were still conscious — their frantic final moments, as the Boeing 777 stalled and spiralled or slowly descended into the sea, would have been filled with fear.

DISTURBINGLY, an Australian commercial pilot who did not want to be named, told News Corp that turning the plane towards the southern Indian Ocean would have been easy.

“I could do it in less than 30 seconds. You could just punch in a waypoint for somewhere down there in the top of the leg stage in the flight management computer and execute that as a flight plan and the aeroplane would fly there,” he said.

“You can turn off the moving map display. You can disable the in-flight entertainment completely. You could just tell the passengers it’s broken.

“Passengers might have (asked questions) but you can lock the flight deck door and no one’s getting in. They could bang on the door for the next two hours if they wanted but they’re not going to break down a bulletproof door.”

LESS perplexing, but just as painful, is the possibility that all on board passed out due to difficutly processing oxygen as the plane ascended rapidly to 45,000 feet above the South China Sea, perhaps in response to some unknown catastrophe.

They would have died minutes later.

This is the theory pilots support. Many in the profession think MH370’s captain, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, has been prematurely pilloried.

Australian and International Pilots Association president Nathan Safe shuns speculation, saying there’s not enough publicly available evidence to suggest sinister motives.

“I’d hope that they were just trying to deal with some nasty situation and they’ve ended up selecting a heading through the autopilot to fly in that direction and they’ve died somehow through a fire or something and then the plane has just flown on until it’s run out of fuel,” he said.

“They could have been trying to direct the plane somehow towards an airport to land at, depending on what was going on on-board.

“They might have set the heading control component of the autopilot system to fly in that direction, south basically, and they became incapacitated after that and the plane just kept flying on autopilot until it ran out of fuel. Then the airspeed would have started to bleed back and the plane would have essentially flown itself into the sea.”

THE day after MH370 went missing Malaysia’s air force chief said the plane may have turned back towards Kuala Lumpur for no apparent reason, citing radar data. Then on March 15, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced that the plane appeared to have been flown deliberately for hours, veering sharply off-route at roughly the same time that its communications system and transponder were manually switched off.

TechSafe Aviation Director Rob Collins said neither crew nor passengers would have felt the aircraft make that sharp turn back towards Malaysia peninsula just before it should have entered Vietnamese airspace.

“The initial turn might not have been noticed by anyone because once the aircraft gets up at that time of night, and there’d be a light evening snack and the lights go out, you wouldn’t know where you’re going. I’d be very surprised (if they felt it) unless there was a sudden descent. But once the meal service has been completed, the lights go out and really you don’t know where you’re going,” he said.

However the pilot not flying certainly would have noticed.

“In fact it’s his job to monitor the flight path and load the navigation waypoints and stuff like that so it’s almost impossible (for him to not notice).”

Mr Collins said the baffling deviation from the flight path indicated to him that the pilots were seeking somewhere safe to land, which is precisely what they should have done in an emergency.

INVESTIGATORS have been examining whether Zaharie deliberately sabotaged the aircraft in a carefully-planned suicide bid after the jet was tracked by military radar flying at between 43,000ft and 45,000ft shortly after the last communication from the cockpit.

But Mr Collins said the erratic ascension and descent were consistent with how a pilot would respond to the effects of a loss of cabin pressure or smoke or toxic fumes in the cabin.

It has been reported that military radar tracked the plane flying at 45,000ft — its ceiling for safe flying — for 23 minutes shortly after the last communication with the cockpit. Oxygen would have run out in 12 minutes in a depressurised cabin, rendering the passengers unconscious, according to one expert.


WHILE not impossible, there would have been significant obstacles to committing suicide with a full crew and plane-load of passengers. For starters, there was a copilot.

“The other thing that would make it difficult to pull that off would be that whoever it was, the captain or the first officer, would have had to overcome the other guy. It’s very unlikely (they’d be complicit), particularly in airline flying where you’re almost randomly crewed together,” Mr Collins said.

“I got to fly with the same captain maybe three times in five years and that airline wasn’t as big as this one.

“I’d assume you certainly wouldn’t be able to convince (your colleague), with logic, to do this together.”

Another pilot, who did not want to be named, told News Corp any such solo attempt would have sparked a scuffle at the controls. “If there were two pilots, how does one person do this without taking care of the other guy? He might have. He might have knocked him in the head with the crash axe (kept in the cockpit). Who knows?”

Mr Collins, who has over 35 years in aviation with roles from line flying to executive management, said cabin crew would have also grown suspicious if the cockpit fell silent.

“I wouldn’t say communication between the cockpit and cabin crew is regular, but it’s periodic. There are definite places throughout the flight where there would be communication with the cabin crew as part of the standard operating procedures,” he said.

“There’s normally contact before and immediately after takeoff. Once the aircraft is up into a climb and there is an estimated time of arrival into Beijing there would be some communication with the chief steward to alert them as to the approximate time of landing so they can organise their services.

“Usually then the pilots will also say ‘by the way, we want a white coffee’ and they’d come up for that. There would have been communications between the two, even if it’s just ‘I need a cup of coffee or a glass of water’.”

THERE would have been “absolutely no chance” of anyone on board communicating to anyone on the ground at that position, speed or altitude.

There must also be a contact between the handset and the network for mobile phones to work. This requires a strong enough signal from both a transmission tower and the phone — which does not happen on most flights.

“Unless you happen to be carrying a satellite phone which no one would have been,” a pilot told News Corp.

CAPTAIN Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s background is now under intense investigation as police continue to interview his estranged wife.

It has been claimed that Zaharie received a two-minute phone call shortly before takeoff from a mystery woman, using a mobile phone number obtained under a false name. The discovery raised alarm bells with investigators because anyone buying a pay-as-you-go SIM card in Malaysia must produce identity documents.

Technical experts in the US are also working around the clock to recover deleted information from a sophisticated flight simulator he set up on a home computer.

On Wednesday Malaysian police Chief Khalid Abu Bakar said “all options remain open and nothing has been confirmed or ruled out”. He repeated that the areas his team is investigating are hijacking, sabotage and personal or psychological problems by those on board.

source: news.com.au

Missing Malaysia Airlines jet: Malaysia changes version of last words from missing flight’s cockpit


Kuala Lumpur: The last words spoken by one of the pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines airliner to the control tower were “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”, Malaysia’s civil aviation authority said, changing the previous account of the last message as a more casual “All right, good night.”

The correction of the official account of the last words was made as Malaysian authorities face heavy criticism for their handling of the disappearance, particularly from families of the Chinese passengers on board Flight MH370 who have accused Malaysia of mismanaging the search and holding back information.

“We would like to confirm that the last conversation in the transcript between the air traffic controller and the cockpit is at 0119 (Malaysian Time) and is “Good night Malaysian three seven zero,” the Department of Civil Aviation said in a statement on Monday.

Malaysia’s ambassador to China told Chinese families in Beijing as early as March 12, four days after the flight went missing, that the last words had been “All right, good night.”

“Good night Malaysian three seven zero” would be a more formal, standard sign-off from the cockpit of the Boeing 777, which was just leaving Malaysia-controlled air space on its route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Minutes later its communications were cut off and it turned back across Malaysia and headed toward the Indian Ocean. More than three weeks later, a huge international search effort is going on in the southern Indian Ocean off western Australia, but has so far failed to turn up any wreckage.

The statement from the civil aviation authority came after acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was questioned at a news conference on Monday over the last words from the cockpit and fended off demands to release the official transcript.

The statement said authorities were still conducting “forensic investigation” to determine whether the last words from the cockpit were by the pilot or the co-pilot. Previously, Malaysia Airlines has said that the words were believed to have come from the co-pilot.

The civil aviation department said the investigating team had been instructed to release the full transcript at the next briefing with the next of kin.

Malaysia says the plane, which disappeared less than an hour into its flight, was likely to have been diverted deliberately far off course. Investigators have determined no apparent motive or other red flags among the 227 passengers or the 12 crew. About two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese nationals.

source: smh.com.au

Πέθανε η γηραιότερη τίγρης στα Τρίκαλα


Πέθανε την Δευτέρα η Αθηνά, η μία από τις δύο τίγρεις, που φιλοξενούνταν στο ζωολογικό κήπο Τρικάλων έπειτα από επέμβαση στα πόδια της.

Μάλιστα, η Αθηνά ήταν η γηραιότερη τίγρης και αντιμετώπιζε χρόνια προβλήματα υγείας.

Σε δηλώσεις του ο προϊστάμενος του Τμήματος Διεύθυνσης Πρασίνου και Τοπικής Οικονομίας του Δήμου Τρικκαίων Σωτήρης Χελιδώνης δήλωσε, ότι η τίγρης, η οποία ήταν μεγάλης ηλικίας, αντιμετώπιζε σοβαρά προβλήματα υγείας το τελευταίο χρονικό διάστημα στα δυο πίσω της πόδια.

Σύμφωνα με τον ίδιο αν και καταβλήθηκαν προσπάθειες από τους κτηνιάτρους, δεν κατάφερε να αναρρώσει πλήρως.

Το νεκρό ζώο έχει ήδη μεταφερθεί στο νεκροτομείο του Τμήματος Κτηνιατρικής του Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλίας στην Καρδίτσα ώστε να εκδοθεί το πόρισμα για τα ακριβή αίτια του θανάτου του.

Θύμα της κρίσης και ο Λευτέρης Πανταζής!


Θύμα της κρίσης, όπως και οι περισσότεροι στην Ελλάδα, είναι και ο Λευτέρης Πανταζής, ο οποίος, όπως παραδέχεται στην Espresso, “χτυπήθηκε” και αυτός.

Κάνοντας έναν απολογισμό, ο γνωστός τραγουδιστής δηλώνει στην “Espresso”, «έκλεισα κάποιες επιχειρήσεις μου, για να μπορέσω να κρατηθώ, το καφέ στο Κολωνάκι και δύο καταστήματα σε Κορυδαλλό και Γλυφάδα. Όμως, η ζωή δεν σταματά και ένας επιχειρηματίας ανήσυχος και πολεμιστής δεν τα παρατάει ποτέ. Το παλεύω, λοιπόν…

Είχα κάνει καλή διαχείριση στα οικονομικά μου, δόξα τω Θεώ, αλλά έπαθα κι εγώ ζημιές. Όπως όλοι οι Έλληνες σχεδόν, έτσι κι εγώ έχω βάλει σε ρυθμίσεις κάποια χρέη, ώστε να είμαι εντάξει απέναντι στο κράτος».

Παρά τα όποια προβλήματα του δημιουργήσε η κρίση, ο τραγουδιστής δεν σταμάτησε ποτέ να βοηθάει τα παιδιά που έχουν την ανάγκη του, ειδικά του ΠΙΚΠΑ Βούλας, το οποίο επισκέπτεται συχνά.