MH370 search ends with a tripartite whimper

first_imgThe Australian-led search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is officially over after the governments of Australia, Malaysia and China ignored the recommendations of international experts and refused to extend it into a new 25,000 sq, km search area. Government ministers from the three nations jointly announced  Wednesday that the last search vessel had left the underwater search area despite 11th-hour calls for the sweep to continue.Not finding MH370 risks livesMisguided Malaysia walks awayThe decision was immediately attacked as irresponsible and a betrayal by a support group for families of victims of the tragedy.While the announcement left open the possibility the search could be resumed, it failed to specify under what circumstances this could happen.The remaining search ship, the Fugro Equator,  will now return to Fremantle to demobilise before heading back to Singapore.Before it left, the ship managed to conduct a limited search of the new area using an autonomous underwater vehicle equipped with sonar.A joint statement released by Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester noted the plane — which went missing with 239 people on board in March, 2014  — had not been located “despite every effort and using the best science available”.  Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai  and his Chinese counterpart, Li Xiaopeng, were also signatories to the statement. “The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness,’’ it said. “ It is consistent with decisions made by our three countries in the July 2016 Ministerial Tripartite meeting in Putrajaya Malaysia.“Whilst combined scientific studies have continued to refine areas of probability, to date no new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft. ‘’The Ministers paid homage to the commitment and dedication shown by the hundreds of people involved in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau-led search and noted it was an unprecedented challenge“Their tireless work has continued to improve our knowledge of the search area and has been critical in our efforts to locate the aircraft,’’ they said.They also acknowledged the enormous loss felt by the families.“We remain hopeful that new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located,’’ they said.The decision leaves unsolved the mystery of what happened to the Boeing 777   — which disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — and any lessons from its mysterious disappearance unlearned. It also ignores the call of global commentators and the recommendation of a high-powered team of international experts that the search should continue into a 25,000 sq. km zone north of the original search area.The experts identified the site as a potential site for the aircraft debris after reviewing critical new ocean drift data made possible by the discovery of wreckage from the plane. They recommended the search continue to exhaust the remaining high probability crash site options.The families of MH370 victims and Australian investigators also wanted to extend the search but the Ministers indicated the new information was not precise enough to warrant the additional $40 to $50m in funding.Family support group Voice370 slammed the decision and said a proposed tripartite meeting to work out what to do out about the search appeared to have been a smokescreen.“Expecting to determine the “precise location of the aircraft” before continuing the search is at best an erroneous expectation and at worst a clever formulation to bury the search, ‘’ the group said.  “Why would you need to search if you already knew the precise location of the aircraft?“In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety’’.Voice370 said stopping at this stage was nothing short of irresponsible and betrayed a shocking lack of faith in the data, tools and recommendation of an array of experts assembled by authorities.“We appeal to Malaysia, China and Australia to reconsider the decision to suspend the search,’’ it said.Chester is due to hold a media conference about the decision Wednesday morning but a spokeswoman said he was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.last_img read more

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Durban wins prestigious Stockholm water award

first_img30 May 2014Durban Municipality’s eThekwini Water and Sanitation has been named the 2014 winner of the prestigious Stockholm Industry Water Award for its transformative and inclusive approach to providing water and sanitation services.Announcing the award on Wednesday, the Stockholm International Water Institute described eThekwini Water and Sanitation as the most progressive water utility in Africa and “a forerunner in the world of utility-run services”.“In the past 14 years, 1.3-million additional people in greater Durban have been connected to piped water and 700 000 people have been provided with access to toilets,” the institute said in a statement.“In respecting the constitutional right to water while maintaining financial sustainability, access to basic water supply and sanitation is provided at no cost to poor families, while higher levels of service and consumption are charged at full cost.”Besides providing basic services to a large and diverse population, the institute noted, eThekwini Water and Sanitation is at the forefront of exploring technical and social solutions.These include pioneering solutions for harvesting rainwater and converting urban waste water for agricultural uses, as well as a mini hydro-power project which replaces pressure-reducing valves in pipes running down steep hillsides with mini-turbines that use the excess pressure to generate electricity.This open approach to experimenting and piloting new solutions across both technical and social aspects of service delivery has made eThekwini “a forerunner in the world of utility-run services”, the institute said.Neil Macleod, head of eThekwini Water and Sanitation, said the award “reflects the work of our whole team over the past 22 years and is a tremendous honour for all of us here in Durban”.South Africa’s Constitution, widely praised as a model for its inclusion of social rights, enshrines the human right to water.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Mane ‘n Tail Hair Strengthener 178 ml : I would recommend!

first_imgBought this solution and definetly do not regret it, it smells wonderful and it genuinely does make your hair experience so substantially much better,softer and silker in just the to start with use. Moreover doesnt maje it greasey at all would advise it :).This merchandise was for my granddaughter who is mixed race and requires something distinctive for her hair and she is really delighted with this.This has designed these kinds of a big difference considering that the 1st use. My hair is shiny and doesnt brake like it employed to.This leaves your hair truly soft just test not to spray it at the roots. The scent is wonderful and not overpowering at all. I will purchase all over again though the initial bottle will final ages.This product appears excellent, i use it with the main and tail shampoo and conditioner and also the handcream and cuticle product.Mane ‘n Tail Hair Strengthener 178 ml : I know there is a lot in the press about celebrities using this product. But like any product its great for some and not for others depending on your hair type. I have fine long hair and it made it heavy. I am just in love with this merchandise, in reality i adore all mane n tail products but this 1 is my favorite. I smells divine, like strawberry jam:) and the feeling of it in hair, it truly is gorgeous. I certainly feel its supporting my hair mend by itself, soon after abusing it with bleach and colour and warmth. My hair feels sturdy and nourished. My finishes, in advance of i started utilizing this would crack of simply with my fingers, they had been that harmed. Now, this is not the case, (touch wood), and i hope it continues to provide its function and hold my hair healthful and powerful. Consider it, you is not going to be unhappy.A will have to get to assistance damaged hair. I wish i experienced observed this sooner , my hair is weakened from bleach and i dye it crimson (bright pink) this spray has actually served my hair devoid of generating it truly feel too comprehensive of goods as its only a gentle spray. I have been telling other folks at get the job done about it for the reason that for the dollars its fab.This is absolutely fantastic item it would make your hair so shiny and delicate. This is absolutely fantastic solution it can make your hair so shiny and comfortable be carfull , do not put a lot on as it actually does the job , on wet or dry hair only need to have to use a minimal little bit of it as it grabs to the hair , and woh it can make it glimpse great tender shinny , and silky thanks to mane n tail shine.The product or service arrived soon immediately after i’ve purchased it, thanks. I like the ‘leave-in’ strengthener and it will make my hair come to feel genuinely great and tender. I even now have to see the lengthy term influence still.Before applying this item my hair was slim and brittle but using this for about a month definitely strengthened my hair. It no more time feels frizzy and damaged but appears healthful and clean. I could not be additional happier with this solution and i will be receiving far more.I experienced quite broken hair from bleaching, it felt genuinely dry and tangled. Just a couple sprays of this for a several days built my hair sense so substantially more powerful, it minimizes frizz and has served mend a good deal of my split ends. Plus its smells excellent 🙂 would unquestionably recommend this product if you are having difficulties with harmed hair.Usually leave in spray is not always superior on my hair but this is fantastic together with its shampoo and conditioner.I have only a short while ago started utilizing this stuff so i are not able to say for sure how i truly feel about it just nonetheless but as it goes i am getting it very excellent. The initially detail i sense i should say is that it has a genuinely peculiar scent that i am not confident i will at any time get used to. It smells a little bit like soiled animals lined with the scent of strawberry. In some cases i am a little bit conscience when i put it on and go out as i experience like i scent like a farm. On the other hand in spite of this it can be essentially genuinely superior it leaves my hair sensation soft and manageable and can make brushing a good deal less difficult. I am not positive about the strengthening factor of it however as i however come across that loads of my hair falls out but getting stated that it is nevertheless early days.Also fantastic for moisturising scalp devoid of leaving it greasy if you are anxious about a dry flaky scalp like me.Truly good will invest in once more it has been terrific on my hair benefit for dollars excellent servie i found one thing thath is effective for me.Is a good go away-in conditioner and i do like the regularity of it. . With day-to-day use, it has remaining my hair gentle, and does not construct-up. This solution appears to be to accommodate my oily hair. Nonetheless i consider stars off since of it really is scent. It has the most foul medication strawberries odour. I will undoubtedly not be purchasing this product or service once more only because of to the revolting scent.I procured this merchandise for somebody and they advised me that this merchandise does fortify their hair and keeps it in very good condition, they are please with it and would retain on making use of it.This products makes my hair much better just like it claims. My hair feels lighter and it is shiny. This doesn”t make my hair greasy either so its wonderful cause i have fantastic hair and it can get greasy quickly with solutions in it.This is a brilliant spray, i have nodead finishes any more and my hair feels in wonderful ailment. Would advise on great hair that snaps quickly.My experience more powerful and seems to be a lot more shiny. It really is much better and i have fewer breakage. My daughter has began employing it as effectively. My wife enjoys running her fingers as a result of my hair but i will not permit her contact my hair with her filthy arms.For the previous pair months i’ve just begun utilizing the mane n tail items for my hair 🙂 it was already in fantastic issue – it was shiny, gentle and quite lengthy. The only negative point is that my hair broke very very easily which actually agitated me as i’ve been striving to increase my hair for the previous 2 yrs (it grows definitely slow). I have been applying this merchandise alongside with biotin and the mane n tail organic essentials shampoo & conditioner and my hair grows incredibly rapidly and no for a longer period breaks as considerably as it utilized to.My hair barely gets break up ends or breaks 🙂 it feels so a lot more more powerful and much healthier. An additional reward for this spray is that it smells like strawberries and cherries 🙂 helps make my hair odor so good.last_img read more

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Bayliss leads national aquaculture organization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. is the second largest consumer of seafood, yet it imports 85% of the seafood it consumes. This offers a tremendous opportunity for U.S. farmers, especially soybean farmers as soy is an excellent feedstock for many species of fish. However, growing an industry comes with challenges.An Ohio farmer from West Mansfield, Ohio has stepped up to tackle these challenges head on as chairman of the national Soy Aquaculture Alliance (SAA).“The Soy Aquaculture Alliance acts as a hub for the soy-based aquaculture research cultivating high-value soy solutions for the global aquaculture industry, growing a U.S. aquaculture industry and making U.S. soybeans one of the most utilized ingredients in fish and shrimp farming,” said Bill Bayliss, SAA Chairman who also serves on the Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) Board of Trustees.To him, the passion he brings to this position comes from a desire to serve.“It’s a calling. Providing people with nourishing food, supporting communities, and stewardship of natural resources is what farmers do and I’m happy to be able to be a part of this new budding sector of the industry in the U.S.”SAA’s board of directors is comprised of members of the soy, aquaculture and seafood industries. Since its formation in 2011, the board has focused on two primary goals: collaboration among member of the core industries it serves; and facilitating essential aquaculture research.“The opportunity for growth is there, both in the production of the fish and seafood products, as well as the soy and other feedstocks,” said Bayliss. “We are doing some great work to help that growth along so that both farmers and consumers can reap the benefits.”To learn more about aquaculture, visit the Soy Aquaculture Alliance at www.soyaquaalliance.com.To learn more about OSC’s improved soybean meal technology developed for the aquaculture industry visit www.enzomeal.org.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 72 | County Fair Teamwork, FFA Jacket Origins and Dairy Robots

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold, Ty Higgins talks with Richland County Fair Board President Jason Snyder about helping out the Wayne County Fair over the weekend. Dale Minyo visits with Ohio FFA Vice President Holly McClay about the recent ceremony in Fredricktown, Ohio, commemorating the home of the FFA Jacket. Matt Reese sits down with Rick Crawford about his Ohio Century Farm in Adams County. Joel travels to Canada for their farm show in Ontario along with Mick Heiby from Hills Supply to learn about robotic milkers. Then Ty wraps up the podcast talking tissue sampling (and a lot of it) with AgriGold’s John Brien.last_img

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Bing Opens to Developers with Maps SDK & Search Library for PHP

first_imgBing Search Library for PHPAnnounced last week, the Bing Search Library for PHP is a wrapper that allows developers to easily harness the power of Bing Search on dynamic Web pages. In the example shown by creator Cal Evans, developers can contextually place domain restricted search results from Bing onto web pages based on any search query – and it’s all done from within the PHP written to power the site.“The Bing API is very straightforward and most importantly, consistent in design,” says Evans. “The Bing API is easy to work with, powerful, and since Google doesn’t give you access to this information from an API, unique.”Evans says the current wrapper only includes support for the Search API, but that he hopes future releases will support other Bing API hooks, such as News, Translation and more. Tags:#Location#Microsoft#search#web Good news for developers and fans of mashups, as this morning Microsoft has announced the availability of a software development kit (SDK) for building map apps on Bing Maps. What’s more, last week Microsoft announced the creation of the Bing Search Library for PHP – a wrapper built in conjunction with PHP expert Cal Evans that gives developers easy access to the Bing Search API via PHP. Microsoft seems to be embracing third-party developers more openly now with these tools, so here’s a breakdown of what’s available now.Bing Map App SDK Previously, the Bing Map App Gallery – a collection of map mashups for showing data overlaid on Bing maps – has been fenced-off to third-party map app development. The gallery has only featured Microsoft-built apps, like Photosynth, or those from partner sites, like Twitter or Foursquare. Now, however, Microsoft is opening the gates for anyone to create and upload a map app – well, almost anyone.To build apps, developers will need a Microsoft Live ID to access the SDK, a Windows box running Visual Studio 2010 to build the application, and a browser with the Silverlight plug-in to view the apps. Microsoft is also placing an Apple-esque app store submission process in place for the map mashups, requiring developers to submit apps for review and approval. To kick off the opening of the SDK, Microsoft has also unveiled a pair of new apps from partner sites today. An app from WeatherBug lets users visualize various weather related data on Bing Maps, and another from panoramic and 3D image service EveryScape helps users find interesting imagery from inside restaurants. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameronlast_img read more

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Olympics: Tintu Luka qualifies for 800m semis

first_imgTintu Luka made best use of the conditions on a sunny Wednesday as she finished third in her 800 metres heats in a photo finish and qualified for the semi-finals at the Olympic Stadium.On a day when the entire focus was on Mary did a good job at inside the boxing ring, Tintu was not near her personal best time but the 2:01.75 enabled her to go back and sleep well tonight.The first lap in the 800 metres heats was not a good one for Tintu as she looked slow from a distance. But once she came in for the second lap, she staged a good charge and was able to finish well.There is no doubt, as one who has been protected by coach PT Usha, Tintu has been learning the tricks of the ride. In the past, she was guilty of not doing well in the closing stages of the 800m event, which was best exemplified during the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in Guangzhou.But on Wednesday, Tintu looked more ready for the challenges in her maiden Olympic race. When journalists caught up with Tintu, she was the usual shy self. “You please talk to my coach,” she said.It was only after prodding Tintu said: “I am happy with my performance today and am looking forward to the semi-final.”Speaking to the media, PT Usha said it was not a bad performance from Tintu Luka. “The weather was fine today but I am a bit concerned with the way she ran the first lap. But I am happy she closed itn out well,” said Usha.advertisementTintu later said: “Everyone was running close in the first lap. I then decided to pace myself and move away.”Middle distance running for the Indian woman athletes has been a strong point. From Shiny Wilson to KM Beenamol and Rosa Kutty, they have left a rich legacy behind.It is now upto Tintu Luka to carry it forward.last_img read more

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