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Pope Francis has
to the group that will
choose his successor,
with appointments that
strengthened the Catholic
Church in Asia, Africa and
Latin America and further
shifted its power centre
away from the developed
It was the second time
Francis has used the
appointment of cardinals
to put his stamp on the 1.2
billion-member church. The two sets of
appointments increase the chances that
the next pontiff will, like Francis, be a
Only one of the new electors is
from the Curia, the Vatican’s central
administration, which Francis has
pledged to overhaul. Last month, the
Pope said the Curia was infected with
careerism, scheming, greed and “spiritual
Pope Francis’s nominees now make up
a quarter of the 125 “cardinal electors”
under 80 years old — easily enough to
sway the election of a new pope when
Francis dies or resigns.
Francis read out the names of the 20
new cardinals, 15 of them electors, to
tens of thousands of people in St Peter’s
Square for his Sunday address.
The new electors come from Italy,
France, Portugal, Ethiopia, New Zealand,
Vietnam, Mexico, Myanmar, Thailand,
Uruguay, Spain, Panama, Cape Verde
and Tonga. Nine of them come from the
developing world. It was the first time
cardinals from Myanmar, Tonga and
Cape Verde had been appointed, Vatican
spokesman Father Federico
Pope Francis “does not
feel chained to the tradition”
that some major cities in
Italy, elsewhere in Europe
or in the United States,
should automatically have
cardinals to lead them,
No new cardinals
their number “is already
sizeable”, Lombardi said.
There are 15 cardinal
electors in the United
States and Canada.
“The big picture here is that he is
reaching out to the margins,” John Allen,
the author of numerous books about
the Vatican, said. Allen said that “while
there are some recognisable moderates,
there are no recognisable conser vatives.”
By elevating Archbishop Alberto
Suarez Inda of Morelia, Mexico, Pope
Francis wanted to draw attention to
suffering in an area that has been plagued
with violence related to drug trafficking,
the Vatican said.
Europe, with 57 cardinal electors,
still has the largest voting bloc, but the
developing world’s rose to more than 50.
The five new cardinals over 80, who
will not be allowed to enter a conclave,
come from Colombia, Italy, Germany,
Argentina and Mozambique. They were
given the title in recognition of their
long ser vice to the Church.
Pope Francis bent a Church rule that
puts a cap of 120 on the number of cardinal
electors. The overnight appointments
bring the total number of cardinals to 228,
125 of them electors and 103 of them
non-electors over 80. — Reuters
Pope favours developing world representatives
A freighter that ran aground off the
south coast of England was being
assessed for its stability as experts
work out how to attempt salvaging the
The Hoegh Osaka car carrier has
beached on the submerged Bramble
Bank in the Solent, the straits between
the mainland and the Isle of Wight.
51,000-tonne vessel is listing at 45
degrees in the water and has quickly
become a local tourist attraction.
The 25 crew members on board the
180m ship were rescued by helicopters
and lifeboats after it hit the sandbank
about 9.30pm on Saturday (10.30am
yesterday NZ time) as it sailed from
Southampton to Germany.
“The crew who were on board the
car carrier Hoegh Osaka have all now
been accounted for,” the Maritime and
Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.
“Some were airlifted off the ship
by coastguard helicopter and others
were rescued from the sea by the three
lifeboats that were on scene.”
There were a few non life-threatening
injuries but all the crew are safe and
“There is no reported pollution from
the vessel which remains listing at
45 degrees and the MCA’s counter
pollution team will continue to
monitor the vessel which is currently
assessed as being stable,” the agency
“The vessel’s owners have appointed
the salvage company Svitzer and a
salvage team is on its way to the scene
today to make an initial assessment. ”
A high tide has passed but the ship
remains exactly where it was.
The vessel has become a tourist
attraction with car parks along
the coast filling up with people
wishing to see the unusual sight for
The Bramble Bank appears for about
an hour at the lowest spring tide of
the year. The sandbar is the site of a
quickfire, jovial cricket match between
the yachting clubs based on either side
of the Solent before the sea envelops it
again. — AFP
Freighter stuck on sandbank off England
PICTURE: Getty Images
The stricken vessel Hoegh Osaka lists after it ran aground on a sandbank in the Solent in Cowes, England.
Ebola sur vivors in the three west
African countries worst hit by the
epidemic will share their stories
through a mobile application to be
launched tonight, in a UNICEF-
backed campaign to inform and fight
stigma around the disease.
The Ebola outbreak, the worst
on record of the highly infectious
haemorrhagic fever, has killed over
7900 people with more than 20,000
cases recorded mostly in Guinea, Sierra
Leone and Liberia, according to the
World Health Organisation (WHO).
Although many people have sur vived
the disease, they still face rejection
and stigma from their communities,
while the virus continues to spread
due to lack of information and denial,
according to the WHO and other
#ISur vivedEbola, is funded by
American philanthropist and co-
founder of Microsoft Paul G Allen’s
foundation which has committed
$100 million to fight the disease.
UNICEF, the United Nations’
children’s agency is collaborating in
Sur vivors in Guinea, Sierra Leone
and Liberia will be given smartphones
and will document their stories and
exchange tips on how to cope with
it for a mobile app, which will be
available to the public, the backers said.
“ While treatment of Ebola patients
is critical, the best way to end the
Ebola outbreak in west Africa is to cut
the chain of transmission and prevent
further infections,” Rafael Obregon of
UNICEF said in the statement.
“#ISur vivedEbola is reinforcing our
efforts by providing this information
in multiple, highly entertaining forms,
including through the testimonies of
actual sur vivors,” Obregon said.
Sur vivors who have agreed to
contribute include Camara “Fanta”
Fantaoulen in Guinea who lost six
members of her family to Ebola, and
Decontee Davis, a 23-year-old from
Liberia who overcame Ebola but lost
her fiance. — Reuters
Smartphone app launched for Ebola survivors
Pangkalan Bun (Indonesia)
Weather was the “triggering factor” in
the crash of Air Asia flight 8501 with
icing probably causing engine damage,
Indonesian officials say, as rough seas
continue to hamper the search for more
bodies and wreckage.
The Airbus A320-200 crashed into
the Java Sea on December 28 carrying
162 people from Indonesia’s second city
Surabaya to Singapore. Searchers are
hunting for the “ black box” flight data
recorders to determine the cause of the
An initial report on the website of
BMKG suggested the weather at the
time the plane went down sparked the
disaster after it appeared to fly into
“Based on the available data received on
the location of the aircraft ’s last contact,
the weather was the triggering factor
behind the accident,” the report said,
referring to infrared satellite pictures
showing peak cloud temperatures of
- 80degC to -85degC at the time.
phenomenon was icing which can cause
engine damage due to a cooling process.
This is just one of the possibilities that
occurred based on the analysis of existing
meteorological data,” the report said.
It remained unclear why other planes
on similar routes were unaffected by the
weather, and other analysts said there
was not yet enough information to
explain the disaster.
“It ’s irrelevant to make an assumption
on the cause of the crash as we haven’t
found the black boxes yet,” former air
force commander Chappy Hakim said.
Five major parts of the Airbus A320-
200 have now been found off the island
of Borneo. But rough weather last week
hampered the search, a huge operation
assisted by several countries including
the United States and Russia.
During a momentary respite from bad
weather, a team of divers went down
to the biggest part of the wreckage
yesterday morning and recovered one
body, while another three were found
floating in the sea, bringing the total
number recovered to 34.
The divers “managed to go down but
the visibility at the sea bottom was zero,
it was dark and the seabed was muddy,
with currents of three to five knots”,
search and rescue agency chief Bambang
Soelistyo told reporters.
He said the fifth major part of the
plane, located early yesterday, measured
about 10m by 1m.
The search, focused on a site south-
west of the Borneo town of Pangkalan
Bun, has also been extended east because
parts of the plane may have been swept
by currents, Soelistyo said.
The operation has prioritised finding
the bodies of those on board the flight, of
whom 155 were Indonesian, with three
South Koreans, one Singaporean, one
Malaysian, one Briton and a Frenchman
— c o-pilot Remi Plesel.
Indonesian warship commander Yayan
Sofyan told Metro Tv that three of the
bodies so far recovered had been found
still strapped into their row of seats,
detached from the main plane body.
The daughter of the plane’s pilot,
Captain Iriyanto, made a televised plea
to the public not to blame her father.
“ He is just a victim and has not been
found yet. My family is now mourning,”
Angela Anggi Ranastianis said. “As a
daughter, I cannot accept it. No pilot will
harm his passengers,” she said. — AFP
Ice suspected in airliner crash
A lonely spacecraft is
nearing Pluto after a 4.8
billion kilometre journey
lasting almost nine years.
Nasa’s New Horizons
probe awoke from
hibernation on December
6 and is preparing to
explore the solar system’s
mysterious “ninth planet ”.
Discovered in 1930,
Pluto was until recently
described as the planet
furthest from the Sun —
an average distance of 5.9
In 2006 it was
reclassified as a newly
defined “dwarf planet ”
within the Kuiper Belt,
a swarm of icy objects
beyond the realm of true
planets such as the Earth
The Kuiper Belt is one
of the last unexplored
regions of the solar
system along with the
even more distant Oort
Cloud, another band of
Both are thought to be
the source of comets.
New Horizons will
start obser ving the Pluto
system on January 15.
It will make its closest
approach to the dwarf
planet on July 14 and
by mid-May is expected
to beam back images
of Pluto and its moons
better than any obtained
by the Hubble Space
Project scientist Hal
Weaver, from the Applied
Physics Laboratory at
Johns Hopkins University
in Maryland, United
States, said: “New
Horizons is on a journey
to a new class of planets
we’ve never seen, in a
place we’ve never been
“ For decades we thought
Pluto was this odd little
body on the planetary
outskirts; now we know
it ’s really a gateway to
an entire region of new
worlds in the Kuiper Belt,
and New Horizons is
going to provide the first
c lose-up look at them.”
When New Horizons
was brought out of
hibernation 162 million
miles from Pluto it was
described as a “watershed
Scientists received a
signal telling them the
computer had switched
it to “active” mode that
took four hours and 26
minutes to reach the
Since its launch on
January 19, 2006, New
Horizons has spent 1873
days — about two-thirds
of its flight time — in
hibernation to save wear
and tear on electrical
components and reduce
the risk of system failures.
Israel is delaying the transfer of
taxes it collects on behalf of the
Palestinians in retaliation for their
application to join the International
Criminal Court, a newspaper
unidentified Israeli official, said
the move involves $US127 million
($165.17 million) in VAT and
customs duties on goods for the
Palestinian territories that pass
“The funds for the month of
December were due to pass on
Friday, but it was decided to half
the transfer as part of the response
to the Palestinian move,” the official
The punitive measure is in
response to the Palestinian
application to join the ICC and
press war crimes charges against
Israel there, said the official.
Israeli army radio and other local
media also reported the story, but
there was no immediate response to
a request for official confirmation.
Israel has delayed payments
to the Palestinians to signal its
displeasure in the past, including in
2012 after the Palestinians won a
November 29 United Nations vote
recognising Palestine as a non-
It did it again in May 2011 after
Palestinian president Mahmud
Abbas announced a reconciliation
deal with Hamas aimed at ending
years of enmity between the
Islamist militant group and his
Fatah movement, and in November
2011, after the Palestinians won
admission to UNESCO.
The tax revenues make up two-
thirds of the Palestinian Authority’s
annual budget, excluding foreign
Yesterday, sources close to an
Israeli government official said
Israel is considering filing war
crimes suits overseas against
Palestinian leaders in response to
their ICC application.
Legal proceedings at courts in
the United States and elsewhere
are being weighed against Abbas,
his Palestinian Authority and other
senior officials, the sources said in a
It said that the basis of the
complaints would be that Abbas’s
partnership in a Palestinian con-
sensus government with Hamas
makes him complicit in the militant
Islamist group’s rocket attacks from
Gaza against civilians inside Israel.
Israel freezes tax payment to Palestinians
Bleeding and alone, seven-year-old
Sailor Gutzler had just sur vived a plane
crash in Kuttawa, Kentucky, that killed
She walked through 1.5km of woods
and thick briar patches, wearing only a
short-sleeved shirt, shorts and no shoes
in near-freezing temperatures when she
saw a light in the distance.
The beacon led her to Larry Wilkins’s
home and she knocked on the door.
Wilkins answered to find a thin girl
whimpering and trembling.
“I come to the door and there’s a little
girl, seven years old, bloody nose, bloody
arms, bloody legs, one sock, no shoes,
crying,” Wilkins, 71, said.
“S he told me that her (parents) were
dead, and she had been in a plane crash,
and the plane was upside down.”
Federal Aviation Administration
officials arrived at the crash scene
yesterday to try to determine why the
small Piper PA-34 crashed on Saturday,
killing four people, including the girl’s
parents, Marty Gutzler, 48, and his wife,
Kimberly Gutzler, 46.
Also killed were Sailor’s sister Piper
Gutzler, nine, and cousin Sierra Wilder,
14. All were from Nashville, Illinois.
The plane reported engine trouble and
lost contact with air traffic controllers
shortly before the crash, authorities said.
Controllers tried to direct the pilot to an
airport about 10km from the crash scene.
About 40 minutes later, emergency
dispatchers received a call from Wilkins,
who said he brought the girl inside, got a
washcloth and “washed her little face off
and her legs”.
“Brave little girl, outstanding little girl.
I feel real bad for her.”
Sailor had a broken wrist, but was
coherent and calm when inter viewed
by authorities, Kentucky State Police
Sergeant Brent White said.
White and Wilkins both described the
terrain she walked through as heavily
wooded with thick bush. White said
the girl traversed two embankments, a
hill and a creek bed. Wilkins said the
temperatures were below 5degC when
the girl showed up at his door.
“She literally fell out of the sky into
a dark hole and didn’t have anybody
but her own will to live and get help
for her family,” White said. “Absolutely
Sailor was treated at Lourdes Hospital
in Paducah, Kentucky, and released to a
Neighbours said Marty and Kim
Gutzler had lifelong roots in the largely
rural southern Illinois town about 80km
east of St Louis.
Marty ran the furniture store that his
father started, and the couple were well-
known and well-liked, neighbour Carla
Povolish said the two sisters — Sailor
and Piper — were together constantly.
“That ’s what ’s going to be so devastating
for the little one.” — AP
Young girl walks
from plane crash
Israel will not permit its soldiers to
be hauled in front of the International
Criminal Court on potential war crimes
charges, Prime Minister Benjamin
“ We will not let Israel Defence Forces
(IDF) soldiers and officers be dragged
to the International Criminal Court
in The Hague,” Netanyahu said at the
start of the weekly cabinet meeting,
two days after the Palestinians filed a
controversial application to become a
party to the court.
His remarks were made after Israel
froze the transfer of half a billion shekels
($165.17 million) in tax revenues to the
Palestinian Authority in the first of what
officials said would be a series of punitive
steps following the Palestinian move.
Israel often freezes the transfer of
funds as a punitive measure in response
to Palestinian diplomatic or political
developments it views as harmful.
“The Palestinian Authority has
chosen to take a path of confrontation
with Israel, and we will not sit idly by,”
Netanyahu warned, vowing to defend
Israeli military personnel from possible
prosecution by the court.
The ICC can prosecute individuals
accused of genocide, crimes against
humanity and war crimes committed
since July 1, 2002, when the court’s
founding treaty, the Rome Statute, came
“IDF soldiers will continue to
defend Israel with determination and
strength — and as they defend us,
we will defend them, with the same
determination and the same strength,”
He said the Palestinian leadership
should be put on trial before the ICC for
signing a 2014 reconciliation agreement
with the Islamist Hamas movement
which led to the establishment of a
national consensus government.
“Those who should face justice are the
heads of the Palestinian Authority who
signed a covenant with the war criminals
of Hamas,” he said.
Hamas’s charter calls for the
eventual destruction of Israel and the
establishment of an Islamic state on the
pre-1948 borders of British-mandated
Every month, in line with an agreement
signed between the two sides in 1994,
Israel transfers to the Palestinian
Authority tens of millions of dollars in
customs duties levied on goods destined
for Palestinian markets that transit
through Israeli ports.
The tax revenues make up about two-
thirds of the Palestinian Authority’s
annual budget, excluding foreign aid.
Two elderly people are feared missing,
22 people are injured and more than
30 homes are believed ruined as a
devastating bushfire burns through the
Adelaide Hills for a third day.
Police say it was not yet clear what
has happened to the two people who
are unaccounted for, identified only as a
man from Kersbrook and a woman from
“At this stage, we’re not sure whether
they are missing or whether they ’ve
taken refuge somewhere else,” Police
Commissioner Gary Burns said last
“ We don’t know necessarily at this
stage whether the fire went through that
Burns said he had no information
on the circumstances or whether other
family members had raised concerns but
patrols were investigating.
The Country Fire Ser vice downgraded
its emergency warning to a watch-and-
act message late yesterday, but said the
blaze continued to burn freely in all
Among the communities still
considered at risk were those at One Tree
Hill, Humbug Scrub, Mount Crawford,
Kersbrook, Birdwood, Gumeracha,
Kenton Valley, Cudlee Creek and
At least a dozen homes have been
confirmed destroyed, and there are fears
for 20 others.
More than 1100 properties in those
areas were without power last night
because of the fire, which has burned
through almost 13,000ha of the hills.
Twenty-two people, mostly firefighters,
have been injured and one fire truck
destroyed in what has been described as
the worst fire in the Adelaide Hills since
the Ash Wednesday blaze in 1983 in
which 28 people died in South Australia.
With more than 20 roads into the fire
zone remaining closed, many frustrated
evacuees have been prevented from
returning to their homes.
Police confirmed they had arrested one
person for repeatedly trying to access the
fire zone at a control point.
Premier Jay Weatherill cautioned
residents against trying to return to
their homes too soon, saying there were
serious concerns about trees falling on
vehicles in the fire zone.
The main priority would be to contain
the blaze within its general perimeter
before more hot weather arrives on
“The objective of this is obviously
to ensure that the fire does not spread
under the worsening conditions, but also
to open up as many areas as possible,”
the premier said.
Conditions were cooler in the hills
late yesterday with a top temperature in
Adelaide of 30.5degC.
Slightly warmer days were forecast for
today and tomorrow before the mercury
was likely to surge again into the high
Police are investigating if the fire was
sparked by an incinerator on a property
at Sampson Flat, though the tenant has
denied the suggestion.
He told the Sunday Mail he had not
used the incinerator since moving on to
the land four months ago. — AAP
Two feared missing,
22 hurt in SA fire
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