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Queensland coalmine bought for $1
A Queensland coalmining
company has bought the recently
mothballed Isaac Plains mine in
the Bowen Basin for just $1.
Stanmore Coal plans to restart
production at Isaac Plains in
the first half of 2016, more
than a year after about 300 jobs
were lost when production was
At current coal prices, the mine
could operate for another three
years, the company said.
Stanmore has agreed to pay
$1 for control of the mine from
Brazilian mining giant Vale and
Japanese firm Sumitomo, which
established the mine in 2006
before placing it under care
and maintenance in September
It will also be compensated by
Vale and Sumitomo for some
of the contractual obligations
it will inherit, and repay that
compensation over time through
“It ’s an exciting time for the
Stanmore team as we prepare
to join the ranks of Australia’s
coal producers in
supplying high quality coal to
the large steel mills of Asia,”
managing director Nick Jorss
Stanmore plans to return Isaac
Plains to production of 1.1
million tonnes per annum, less
than half the 2.8 million tonnes
produced at its peak.
Stanmore bought the Wotonga
coal deposit adjacent to the Isaac
Plains mine in early July. — AAP
The remains of a battered suitcase have
reportedly been found on Reunion Island, near
where the plane debris was found.
The piece of a suitcase that may have been
aboard flight MH370 lay unnoticed on a beach
in La Reunion for nearly a day, an eyewitness
“The piece of suitcase was here yesterday but
no one really paid any attention to it”, Johnny
Begue told Le Parisien.
“ You can see how a zip from the suitcase is still
attached to a piece of rigid fabric,” he added,
“ it’s just surreal, it makes me shudder.”
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has
released a statement on the discovery of the
aircraft debris on Reunion island, revealing
the debris will be shipped to the French city
of Toulouse, with one team heading there and
another heading to the French island:
Malaysia has received news from French
authorities about airline debris washed up
on Reunion, the French island in the Indian
Ocean, east of Madagascar.
Initial reports suggest that the debris is very
likely to be from a Boeing 777, but we need to
verify whether it is from flight MH370. At this
stage it is too early to speculate.
To fi nd out as fast as possible, the debris will
be shipped by French authorities to Toulouse,
site of the nearest office of the BEA, the French
authority responsible for civil aviation accident
A Malaysian team is on the way to Toulouse
now. It includes senior representatives from the
Ministry of Transport, the Department of Civil
Aviation, the MH370 investigation team, and
Simultaneously, a second Malaysian team is
travelling to where the debris was found on
The location is consistent with the drift
analysis provided to the Malaysian investigation
team, which showed a route from the southern
Indian Ocean to Africa.
“As soon as we have more information or any
verification we will make it public. We have had
many false alarms before, but for the sake of the
families who have lost loved ones, and suffered
such heartbreaking uncertainty, I pray that we
will find out the truth so that they may have
closure and peace,” Razak said.
“I promise the families of those lost that
whatever happens, we will not give up. ”
One of the codes reported to be stamped on
the debris matches a code found in the Boeing
777 maintenance manual, according to reports.
Joseph Poupin, marine expert in Reunion,
told the Journal de l’Ile de la Reunion that
the barnacles attached to the mysterious
debris appear to be about a year old — which
corresponds with the date of the MH370 crash.
He told the newspaper that the barnacles
belonged to a species called Lepas Anatifera,
which grow at a rate of around 1cm to 2cm a
Australian deputy prime minister Warren
Truss said the object discovered at Reunion was
a “major lead” and could help to end some of the
wild theories about the fate of MH370.
Noting that further investigations were
required, Truss said images suggested there was
a “real possibility” that the object was from the
missing Boeing 777.
He said the code “BB670” on the part was not
a serial or registration number but could be a
“It is a realistic possibility that wreckage from
MH370 . . . could have reached Reunion island
in the 16 months since the incident,” he said.
“This is a significant development. It is the
first real evidence that part of the aircraft may
have been found.”
Truss said the discovery may “help to put
some theories to bed but there are a lot of very
wild theories around.”
“But it won’t prove that it is in any (specific)
location, other than the Indian Ocean,” he said.
Australia has been overseeing the search for
the aircraft in the southern Indian Ocean.
Relatives of the 239 people aboard the flight
nearly two-thirds of them from China —
have been in an agonising limbo since the plane
disappeared on March 8, 2014, while on the way
from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. For months,
nothing was found.
Malaysian authorities eventually concluded
the plane went down in the southern Indian
Ocean, citing satellite data, but many relatives
refused to accept any such conclusion without
Now, United States aviation investigators say
there’s a “ high degree of certainty” that a wing
part known as a “flaperon” found on Reunion in
the western Indian Ocean close to Madagascar
belongs to a Boeing 777.
The MH370 is the only such aircraft known
to be missing. However, many relatives remain
sceptical and say they are waiting for more
A group of many of the Chinese relatives said
in a statement that they wanted authorities to
be 100% certain the part was from MH370, and
that, even if so, it should not dampen the resolve
to find the rest of the wreckage, the whereabouts
of all the passengers and the reasons for the
The Reunion debris may finally rule out that
missing passengers might still be alive, Wang
Zheng, an engineer in the southern Chinese
city of Nanjing whose father and mother,
Wang Linshi and Xiong Deming, were aboard
the flight as part of a group of Chinese artists
touring Malaysia, said.
“All hope is truly gone now,” Wang said.
“I’m feeling very confused and emotional at
the moment. ”
However, Wang also said that closure still
remains a distant prospect for him.
“For now, we’ll just follow the investigation
and see what it shows,” Wang said.
The disappearance has been difficult for
relatives in China, where the culture places an
especially heavy emphasis on finding and seeing
the remains before true grieving and the process
of moving on can begin.
Conser vative estimates are that the
average man will lose 12,547 umbrellas
during his lifetime.
Despite being quite large and oddly
shaped, umbrellas top the list of easiest
things to lose in life. Somehow, these
useful defenders against the nefarious
forces of rain, sleet and hail, always
seem to seek out small crannies between
cinema chairs, underneath train seats, or
in covered nooks in cafe corners, where
they can become immediately forgotten.
So, all hail the $117 Kisha umbrella. The
world’s first “smart” umbrella (according
to the sales blurb), the Kisha gives you
a heads-up when rain is in the air, and
provides a gentle elbow in the ribs when
you leave it behind.
Thanks to an integrated Bluetooth
contact with your cellphone, all you
have to do is stray 30m away from your
brolly and the phone will buzz in alarm,
before displaying a map of the item’s
whereabouts. — PA
A local man holds a battered suitcase that
was reportedly found near the site where a
piece of debris believed to be from MH370
Albuquerque (New Mexico)
A teenager who called police but was
told by a dispatcher to “deal with it
yourself ” before being hung up on said
she was panicked about a friend being
shot but stayed as calm as possible.
Quintero said she wished dispatcher
Matthew Sanchez had done more to
help after her friend Jaydon Chavez-
Silver was shot in June. He later died.
In the recording, Q uintero snaps at
Sanchez for repeatedly asking whether
Chavez-Silver is breathing.
“ I don’t understand how much more I
could have stayed calm,” Q uintero said.
“ It was upsetting at the time but I didn’t
have a choice. What more could I have
Quintero said she tried to stop
the 17-year-old Chavez-Silver from
bleeding and gave him CPR.
“ I am keeping him alive!” Quintero is
heard saying on the emergency call.
Sanchez asks, “Is he not breathing?”
The caller responds, “Barely!”
The caller is then heard frantically
encouraging Chavez-Silver to keep
“One more breath! One more breath!”
Quintero tells him. “ There you go
Jaydon. One more breath! There you go
Jaydon. Good job! Just stay with me,
Sanchez then asks again, “Is he
Quintero responded, “He is barely
breathing, how many times do I have to
(expletive) tell you?”
“Okay, you know what ma’am? You can
deal with it yourself. I am not going to
deal with this, okay?” the dispatcher says.
It seemed from the tape that Sanchez
hung up on the caller in mid-sentence.
“ No, my friend is dying,” she said as the
Sanchez resigned a day after the
recording of the call was released.
Melissa Romero said Sanchez had
dispatched an ambulance to the scene
before he hung up and that it arrived less
than five minutes after it was sent.
Sanchez was employed by the
department for 10 years and was a
firefighter before being assigned to
a dispatcher job. It was unclear why
the change was made or if he had any
previous disciplinary actions against him.
Chavez-Silver’s mother Nicole Chavez
said the family is heartbroken after
hearing the recording.
No arrests have been made in the
killing. — AP
Deal with it
People angered by the killing
of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe
are being urged to donate to
efforts to save Africa’s dwindling
population of the big cats, and
some animal rights activists are
pushing for African countries to
stop trophy hunting.
“This has obviously caused an
enormous stir internationally
with millions of people
concerned about it,” Professor
David Macdonald, founding
director of the University of
Oxford’s Wildlife Conser vation
Research Unit, which had
tracked Cecil since 2008, said.
“If all of those millions of people
were to donate just a little bit of
money to our project, then it
would revolutionise our capacity
to work for the conser vation of
The killing of 13-year-old
Cecil, a well-known resident of
Zimbabwe’s Hwange National
Park, has sparked an outpouring
of anger at a wealthy American
accused of paying $US50,000
($75,440) for the hunt.
Dentist Walter Palmer, 55,
an experienced trophy hunter
from Minnesota, is accused of
shooting Cecil with a bow and
arrow. The animal was eventually
shot dead 40 hours later.
Macdonald called for donations
via the project ’s website to fund
the training of local Zimbabwean
poaching patrols, and tracking
devices for the lions which cost
have been disappearing at a
catastrophic rate. In central and
eastern Africa they appear to be
Cecil’s death could lead to the
collapse of its “coalition” because
of the social behaviour of lions,
including Cecil’s brother and its
cubs, Macdonald said.
“ To the extent that it was illegal
it was completely reprehensible.
But I hope that some good might
come out of it in terms of raising
the profile of lion conser vation
around the world. ”
British-based charities Four
Paws and Lion Aid called for an
immediate ban on lion exports
from African countries that
Catherine Bearder, a member
of the European Parliament, said
the United States and European
Union should follow Australia
in placing a moratorium on
importing lion parts.
“This was a heinous crime
but hopefully it will open the
dialogue about trophy hunting
and help eliminate it,” Claire
LaFrance, a spokeswoman for
Four Paws, said. “A ban on
transporting lion parts would
restore dignity to this wild,
The industry in neighbouring
South Africa, the region’s biggest
trophy-hunting destination, is
worth about 6.2 billion rand
($742.5 million) a year, according
to the Government ’s estimates.
It has helped boost animal
numbers to the highest since
the 19th century, research by the
University of Pretoria shows.
A ban on trophy hunting would
hurt tourism and, contrary to
animal-rights activists’ claims,
would damage conser vation,
the Professional Hunters’
Association of South Africa said.
“Any illegal incident, as is
alleged in this case, obviously
tarnishes the image of trophy
hunting,” Adri Kitshoff, the
officer, said. “ That doesn’t change
the value of legal, regulated
trophy hunting.” — AFP-AP
Lion killing fans call to ban trophies
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