MH370 lost in Southern Indian Ocean

first_imgThe Malaysian Prime Minster Najib Razak announced at 2pm (GMT) that Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 and passengers and crew aboard ended its flight in the Southern Indian Ocean southwest of Perth, Western Australia.In a sombre and emotion charged announcement Mr Razak said that Immarsat the British based satellite company working with the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch had used new analysis techniques and determined “beyond doubt” that MH370 had been lost and no-one had survived.“Therefore it is with deep sadness and regret that according to new data that MH370 ended its flight in the Southern Indian Ocean,” said Mr Razak.Searches yesterday found more debris thousands of kilometres southwest of Perth which is expected to be confirmed as coming from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared 18 days ago.In a day of high drama, two new debris fields were spotted by Australian and Chinese search planes between 2100km and 2500km south-west of Perth in a zone identified by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority based on US and British intelligence.Earlier Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament last night that HMAS Success was in the process of recovering two objects spotted by an RAAF Orion at 11.45am. The crew aboard the Orion reported seeing “grey or green circular object” and an “orange rectangular object”, Mr Abbott said after emerging from a Cabinet meeting.He said the objects identified by the RAAF Orion were separate to the objects reported by the Chinese Ilyushin IL-76.A US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft attempted to relocate the objects reported by the Chinese plane but were unable to do so.The P-8A, a second RAAF P3 Orion and a Japanese P3 Orion were expected to search their designated search areas until about 8pm last night.The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long is racing to the area where spotters aboard the Chinese IL-76 sighted what they termed “significant suspicious objects”.MH370, with 239 passengers and crew aboard, vanished 16 days ago on a flight from Kula Lumpur to Beijing.A Xinhua correspondent aboard the Ilyushin aircraft reported that searchers saw “two relatively big floating objects with many white smaller ones scattered within a radius of several kilometres”.The Ilyushin was returning to Perth and was at an altitude of 36,000 feet when the debris was spotted. It did not have enough fuel to descend for a closer look.Two Chinese IL-76s joined the search yesterday and departed Perth Airport at 8.45am and 9.20am as Rescue 801 and 802. They returned mid-afternoon.The sighting is 2174km south-west of Perth and in the general area of the Chinese satellite% image taken four days ago.AMSA yesterday launched 10 aircraft to search for MH370.As well as the two Chinese IL-76s, there were two RAAF P3 Orions, three ultra-long range civil jets, the US Navy P-8A Poseidon and two Japanese P3 Orions.MH370 Tribute Pagelast_img read more

Video: Must watch Tedx Talks of inspiring South African women

first_imgMelissa JavanAmo NgoepeAmo Ngoepe learned the true meaning of the African proverb – “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – as she traversed the continent over 64 days.Speaking at a Tedx event hosted in Soweto Ngoepe shared stories from her adventure as she travelled from South Africa to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.She challenged herself to use nothing but public transport during her journey. For her, it was the best way to learn about each country. It opened her eyes to the warm heart of Africa. Trusting strangers, she learnt, allowed her experience adventures she would never have had otherwise.Watch Ngoepe share her extraordinary story:Dr Kopano Matlwa MabasoDr Kopano Matlwa Mabaso and her partner, Dr Chrystelle Wedi, dream of setting up ultrasound clinics in rural Africa. Their Ona-Matoko-Lako (See Your Baby) project, winner of an Aspen Ideas Award, gives women an opportunity to ‘see their baby’ through free ultrasonography. Her Tedx Talk covered the challenges of bringing antenatal healthcare to communities without water, sanitation, electricity or healthcare.Watch how Mabaso learned to look for light in a dark situation:Deshun DeyselDeysel was the first Black African woman to climb to the peak of Everest. Today, as a motivational speaker, she helps people understand that the size of the challenge facing you does not matter. What does matter is the desire to overcome that challenge. Her Peak Performance Toolkit addresses things like the importance of aspiration, self-mastery, competence and your environment. These areas play a role in your journey to success.Watch and learn from Deysel on how goals can become achievable:Botlhale TshetloTshetlo bought flowers for men she did not know. She paid for a stranger’s car to be washed. She encouraged her daughter to donate her own clothing to an under- privileged child. In challenging herself with 38 random acts of kindness, Tshetlo learned about herself and how to connect with the world around her.Watch Tshetlo talk about her experience:Molly BlankWe should not allow our circumstances to dictate how we lead our lives. This simple lesson is what American filmmaker Molly Blank hoped to teach with her documentary project Schools that Work. She has made South Africa her home. Blank visited 19 schools [for her project] that despite being in disadvantaged communities, students, teachers and parents strived to rise above the challenges and defy stereotypes.Watch scenes out of Molly Black’s video series, and listen to her reasons for undertaking this project:Thulani NdzotyanaWhat would South Africa 2044 be with Thuli Ndzotyana as president? This was the question Ndzotyana tried to answer during her Tedx Talk. The Alexander High School student believes her generation needs to find their own voice to help create the future they see for themselves. As president, she believes, her generation would look past colour. “It will be a South Africa of acceptance, not tolerance. The problem [now] is we continue to rank our differences.”Watch Ndzotyana talk about how she sees South Africa:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

Inclusive internet essential to Africa’s growth – Cwele

first_imgThe internet should be open, neutral, resilient, interoperable and responsive to the growth needs of all. This was the message Dr Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa’s telecoms minister, brought to the fifth annual meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum this week.The main theme of the meeting, held in Durban from 16 to 18 October, is “Inclusive development and the digital transformation of Africa”.”While the internet was first developed in the US, it has become a global resource for the development of all our citizens,” Cwele said.”The African continent believes internet governance should be multilateral and democratic. It should involve all governments and relevant stakeholders – such as academics, NGOs and ICT companies – in their respective roles.“The minister cited the launch of the first African Regional Internet Exchange in Johannesburg three weeks ago by African Union (AU) Commissioner Dr Elham M Ebrahim as an example of internet innovation on the continent.The African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGIF) annual meeting has been held every year since 2012. This year’s gathering aims to discuss and finalise African positions on the internet and its governance ahead of the December 2016 Global Internet Governance Forum in Mexico.”We are extremely grateful for your continuing partnership,” Cwele told delegates. This, he said, would “ensure that we build an inclusive continent by rolling out large infrastructure projects that connect Africans to opportunities – and each other”.A robust internet was essential to achieving the AU’s Agenda 2063, Cwele said. This 50-year plan aims to build effective institutions, enhance accountability, strengthen solidarity and integration, ensure gender equality and youth empowerment, and achieve peace and security across the continent.”AU infrastructure projects, particularly those of power and internet connectivity, are crucial for this continent to leapfrog in development to be on a par with the developed world,” he said.Locally, South Africa Connect, the country’s national broadband policy, has been prioritised as part of the Nine Point Plan to reignite growth after the global economic downturn.More than this, the South African government recently finalised the National Integrated ICT White Paper to guide the development of information technology. This was achieved, Cwele said, “after long consultations since 2012, and in line with our vision 2030, the National Development Plan”.The white paper, he said, outlined a policy framework for maintaining an open internet, to maximise the net’s potential to transform how citizens interact with their government, how government delivers services, and how businesses transact.”We need to ensure that the continent is empowered to take advantage of the internet and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Cwele said.”I hope that after three days we will have an action plan that we can take to the Global Internet Governance Forum and show that Africa is ready to do business with the international internet community on an equal footing.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.last_img read more

Press Release: Brand South Africa interrogates how African and South African Nation Brand stories can be communicated through compelling storytelling

first_imgBrand South Africa has partnered with Rapid Lion 2017 to celebrate African filmmaking, and is hosting two panel discussions under the theme Inspiring New Ways. (Image: Rapid Lion, Facebook)Johannesburg, Thursday 02 March 2017 – From the 5 March to the 12 March – Rapid Lion 2017 also known as the South African International Film Festival will bring 140 films from 40 countries to The Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.Now in its second year, the South African International Film Festival, is where all filmmakers from Africa, the African diaspora and BRICS countries showcase their best work.Brand South Africa as a partner to this initiative which aims to celebrate the magnitude of filmmaking with a special emphasis on South African cinema – will this year host two sessions. The sessions themed under the banner of Inspiring New Ways aim to deepen mutual understanding, strengthen collaborative relations and explore opportunities for growth and investment in the filmmaking industry. The sessions furthermore aim to solicit ideas and perspectives from filmmakers and industry practitioners, on how the African- and South African Nation Brand stories can be communicated in visual form and through compelling storytelling.Media is invited to attend as follows:Date: Monday 06 March 2017Time: 13h45 – 15h45Venue: The Market Theatre, Newtown, JohannesburgInspiring New Ways Session: Brand South Africa Panel Discussion on “How Should Cinema Reflect Africa Today?”Date: Saturday 11 March 2017Time: 12h45 – 14h45Venue: The Market Theatre, Newtown, JohannesburgInspiring New Ways Session: Brand South Africa presents “How the South African Creative Product Enhances Reputation on the Mother Continent”RSVP: Tsabeng Nthite or Ntombi Ntanzi076 371 6810 or 081 704 1488Interviews can be arranged with identified spokespeople.last_img read more

Majority of Ships Still Scrapped in South Asia

first_imgImage Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking PlatformA total of 128 end­-of-­life ships were sold for scrap to the South Asian beaches during the first quarter of 2017, according to the data collected and analysed by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform.The number represents 65 percent of ships which reached the shores of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, out of a total of 196 vessels sold for demolition worldwide during the three-month period.This quarter 22 ships were sold for breaking at Pakistan’s Gadani yard, “one of the world’s most dangerous places to work,” despite a number of incidents at the yard including a major explosion on the tanker Aces in November 2016, a fire on a Greek-owned LPG tanker, and a lifeboat fall from the UK-based Zodiac owned Snowdon, which together claimed at least 34 workers’ lives.A further 37 ships were sold to Bangladesh’s Chittagong breaking yards, where as many as six accidents struck the industry in the first months of 2017 killing three workers and seriously injuring another three.The Alang beach in India was by far the most popular destination for end-of-life ships this quarter, with 69 ships sold for breaking. The yards in Alang have recently been portraying their practices as improved compared to Bangladesh and Pakistan, but the overall unnecessarily risky conditions of breaking ships on tidal beaches remains, the Platform said, adding that serious accidents were reported in Alang this quarter, resulting in at least two fatalities.Image Courtesy: NGO Shipbreaking Platform“Beaching yards offer cheap, but dangerous and polluting scrapping. Ship owners have been aware of the detrimental effects of breaking ships on tidal beaches for more than 20 years, yet the ease with which existing environmental laws can be circumvented for the sake of the extra profit the shipping industry makes by selling to the beach yards allows the worst practices to persist,” NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.European companies accounted for half of the vessels beached in South Asia the first quarter. For the first time, German owners topped the list with 26 ships sold to South Asian breakers, followed by Greek owners with 17 beached end-of-life vessels.German ship owners, Hansa Mare Reederei GmbH & Company KG and Peter Döhle Schiffahrts-KG, “top the list of the worst dumpers this quarter with each having beached five end-of-life ships,” according to the Platform.Whilst grey- and black-listed flags, such as Comoros, Palau and St Kitts and Nevis, continue to be particularly popular for end-of-life ships, also ships registered under the flags Malta and Cyprus ended up on the beaches.last_img read more