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uLetters to the editor
1702 - First English daily newspaper to meet
with some success, e Daily Courant, launched
near Fleet Street in London.
1810 - Emperor Napoleon of France is
married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise
1818 - Mary Shelley's novel
Frankenstein is published.
1845 - Maori stage uprisings
against British rule in New Zealand.
1926 - Irish statesman Eamon de
Valera resigns as head of Sinn Fein.
1935 - Hermann Goering o cially
creates the German Air Force, the Luftwa e.
1955 - Death of Sir Alexander Fleming,
Scottish bacteriologist and Nobel prize winner
who discovered penicillin in 1928.
2005 - Garry Kasparov, who dominated world
chess for two decades, announces he is retiring
from professional play.
2006 - Former Yugoslav leader Slobodan
Milosevic is found dead in his prison cell.
uWest Coast yesteryear
uToday in history
Sir Malcolm Campbell, British businessman
and world speed record holder on land and
water (1885-1967); Lawrence
Welk, US bandleader (1903-1992);
Sir Harold Wilson, British prime
minister (1916-1994); Rupert
Murdoch, Australian-born media
magnate (1931-); Geo Hunt,
Australian squash champion (1947-
); Bobby McFerrin, US singer
(1950-);Nina Hagen, German singer (1955-);
Alex Kingston, British actress (1963-); Wallace
Langham, US actor (1965-); Joel and Benji
Madden, from Good Charlotte (1979-).
" ere are some people who leave impressions
not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the
--- Kate Chopin, American writer (1851-1904).
" e Lord judges the peoples; judge me,
O Lord, according to my righteousness and
according to the integrity that is in me."
--- (Psalm 7.8).
Coming back to
the West Coast is
Ron King, former All
Black captain and
more recently New Zealand rugby selector. At
one time licensee of the Dominion and Gilmer
hotels, Greymouth, he and Mrs King plan to
take over Greymouth's Albion Hotel from
Mr and Mrs I Beatty, who will transfer to the
Waiuta-born and Hokitika educated, Mr
King represented New Zealand at rugby in
the years 1934-38, touring Australia twice
and Great Britain and leading the All Blacks
against the Springboks in 1937. A West Coast
representative from 1928 to 1945, he was later
a West Coast, South Island, and New Zealand
Mr King, 55, has been residing in
Christchurch for the past few years.
A man who took a girls' marching team to
the Denniston miners' picnic at Waimarie
on Saturday, 60-year-old Mr Cyril Gibbons,
of Westport, collapsed and died during the
display by the team.
Mr Gibbons in association with his wife had
spent many years in close association with
e Kumara Borough Council's new £5000,
78 chain deviation to replace the present
zig-zag route out of the township to the
Taramakau River bridge should be completed
within a fortnight, the council's consultant, Mr
L J Holmes, said today. He said the existing
zig-zag route, which was badly aligned, badly
graded and had a rough greasy-back which
made it hard to maintain, would be closed.
e new deviation will provide the main
route to Mitchells and will serve the
Taramakau Settlement and will act as a by-pass
for the present State highway road-rail bridge.
uToday s birthdays
uFood for thought
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When you travel,
agents may pat you
down, inspect your
deodorant and scan
your body from
head to toe. But there is a good chance
that no one is checking whether you are
using someone's lost or stolen passport.
A gaping, if little-known, loophole in
international aviation security came into
broader view when the international
police agency Interpol said its computer
systems had contained information about
the theft of two passports that were used
to board an ill-fated Malaysia Airways
ight --- but no national authorities had
checked the database.
Largely unheeded, Interpol has
long sounded the alarm that growing
international travel has underpinned a
new market for identity theft and bogus
passports have lured many people ---
including illegal immigrants, terrorists
and drug runners --- who are looking to
It is not known whether stolen passports
had anything to do with the weekend's
disappearance of the Boeing 777 bound
from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing
with 239 people on board. But such
oversights are not new --- and Interpol
hopes national authorities will "learn from
More than one billion times last year,
travellers boarded planes without their
passports being checked against Interpol's
database of 40 million stolen or lost travel
documents, the Lyon-based police body
Interpol Secretary General Ronald K
Noble said in a statement that it has long
asked why countries would "wait for a
tragedy to put prudent security measures
in place at borders and boarding gates".
O cials cite recent instances of the
use of stolen travel documents: A war
crimes suspect who tried to attend a
conference in Congo but was instead
arrested; the killer of the Serbian prime
minister crossed 27 borders on a missing
passport before he was caught; Samantha
Lewthwaite, the former wife of one of
the suicide bombers in the 2005 attack
on London's transit system, escaped
capture when she produced a fraudulently
obtained South African passport.
Sometimes, authorities are outmatched:
Ticket-buying regulations and border
control techniques vary from country to
country, and an Interpol o cial says there
is no one-size- ts-all explanation why
some countries do not use its database
For the last decade, Interpol has stocked
and shared information on stolen or
lost passports in ways few international
agencies can: it has 190 member
countries. And air security is increasingly
international work: the Malaysia ight
had mostly Chinese and Malaysian
passengers, but Americans, Australians,
French, Indians, Indonesians and
e Interpol stolen or lost travel
documents database draws on information
from 167 countries. It was searched more
than 800 million times last year --- but
one in eight searches was conducted by
the United Arab Emirates alone. e
United States and Britain are other
big users, and France and Switzerland
routinely check it too, Interpol o cials
"Now, we have a real case where the
world is speculating whether the stolen
passport holders were terrorists, while
Interpol is asking why only a handful of
countries worldwide are taking care to
make sure that persons possessing stolen
passports are not boarding international
ights," Noble said of the Malaysia ight.
Speaking to reporters in Paris in
October, Noble said some member
countries cite a lack of police resources,
privacy concerns or political hostilities
with other countries for their failure to
check passports against the global data
--- though interest has grown: Border
agents checked it 740 million times in
2012, producing 60,000 hits.
In November, in yet another talk on
the subject, Noble said that four of every
10 international passengers are still not
screened against the database. Some
countries have woken up more to the
threat. In 2006, US authorities scanned
the database about 2000 times --- but did
so 78 million times just three years later.
e declared thefts of the two passports
used --- one of Austrian national
Christian Kozel in 2012, and one of
Luigi Maraldi of Italy last year --- were
entered into Interpol's database after
they were stolen in ailand, the police
body said. Authorities are examining
other suspicious passports and working to
determine the true identities of those who
used the stolen passports to board the
Malaysia Airlines ight.
In ailand, where immigration police
last year caught a ai man with 5000
fake passports, o cials say international
co-operation helps, but passport forgers
are now using advanced technology, and
can evade capture with techniques such as
nding a lookalike to match the passport,
or altering the passport photo.
"It must take great skills and expertise
by our o cers to detect the fake passports
and visa stamps because the system cannot
detect them the whole time," said Major
General Warawuth aweechaikarn,
commander of the Immigration Police's
Interpol wants to get airlines involved.
It is preparing an initiative called
"I-Checkit" that will let businesspeople
in the travel, banking and hospitality
industries screen documents against the
lost documents database when customers
book a ight, check into a hotel room or
open a nancial account. e project is
still being worked out, an o cial said.
With untold millions of state-issued
passports in use worldwide, citizens can
help with vigilance.
Police Lieutenant General Panya
Maman told reporters that Maraldi, the
37-year-old Italian, had deposited his
passport as a guarantee at a motorbike
rental shop. But when he returned the
bike, the shop said they had already
given his passport to some guy who
looked like him. Maraldi then led a
missing passport report to local police in
Phuket in July.
Speaking on Sunday in Bangkok,
Maraldi said he had no idea who made o
with it. --- AP
Italian Luigi Maraldi, left, whose stolen passport was used by a passenger boarding a missing Malaysian airliner, shows his passport as he reports himself to ai police
Lieutenant General Panya Mamen, right, at Phuket police station in Phuket province, southern ailand.
Who is checking passports?
Numbered 1 to 227, the
passenger manifest for
the missing Malaysia
Airlines jet is an
But behind the columns of capitalised
names, nationalities and ages are 227
unique stories, part of a rich human
tapestry that assembles every time a
ight departs. ere were middle-aged
travellers with wanderlust, an acclaimed
Chinese calligrapher, a young Indonesian
man heading o to begin a new career,
and two people travelling on stolen
Since the Boeing 777 disappeared from
radar screens in the rst hour of a six-
hour ight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
to Beijing, families and friends from
France to New Zealand to Australia and
China have been enduring an agonising
wait for news.
e ight had a crew of 12, all from
Malaysia, a melting pot nation of ethnic
Malays, Chinese and Indians. Passengers
on the popular business and tourist route
were mostly from China and Malaysia,
with smatterings of people from other
corners of the world: Americans,
Australians, New Zealanders, Indians,
French, Indonesians, Ukrainians and
Some travelled alone, some in groups.
ey were young sweethearts and
wrinkled older couples.
Some had business in mind, others
thought of art. Seventy-four years
separate the youngest, two-year-old
Moheng Wang, and the oldest, 76-year-
old Rusheng Liu.
"I can only pray for a miracle,"
said Daniel Liau, the organiser of a
calligraphic and painting exhibition in
Malaysia attended by acclaimed Chinese
calligrapher Meng Gaosheng, who
boarded the ight with 18 other artists
plus six family members and four sta .
"I feel very sad. Even though I knew
them for a short time, they have become
my friends," Liau said.
Also travelling as a group were eight
Chinese and 12 Malaysian employees of
Austin, Texas, semi-conductor company
Freescale, which said it was assembling
support for their
said the 50-year-
old director of the
Chennai chapter of
an organisation that
works with shermen
was on her way from
the southern Indian
city to Mongolia for a
Food and Agriculture
" ere must still
be hope," said a
who like many in
India goes by one
however, to be
bracing for the worst.
"She was friendly
and very loveable,
very industrious and
astute. We will miss
Siregar from Medan,
Indonesia, the ight
was a new chapter.
In Beijing, he was
to start a three-
year contract with
oil eld services
Dozens of relatives
gathered at his
family's home, some
tearful, praying or
watching news of the
search. Like Sharma's
colleagues, they were
let hope ebb away.
A team from the Indonesian police's
disaster victim identi cation unit
collected DNA samples and medical
records from Firman's family and
photographed pictures of Firman that
hung on the walls of the family home.
In China, home of most of the
239 people on board, relatives of the
passengers have become increasingly
frustrated as the wait for news of loved
ones has dragged on. More than 100
people signed a hand-written petition
that demanded "truth" from the airline.
ey also urged the Chinese
Government to help them deal with
Malaysian authorities. Malaysia Airlines
has sent a team of 93 people to China,
whose tasks include helping distraught
relatives. --- New Zealand Herald
Family members of Firman Siregar, one of the Indonesian citizens registered on the manifest to have boarded Malaysia Airlines ight MH370
watch television for any news.
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