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A relative of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines MH370 cries at the Lido hotel in Beijing after hearing an
announcement on the missing Boeing 777 ight by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Families inconsolable at news San Francisco
Emergency o cials have dramatically
raised the number of missing persons
in the aftermath of Saturday's deadly
mudslide in Washington State, saying
that 108 people are unaccounted for.
e new count was given by Snohomish
County emergency management director
John Pennington at a televised press
brie ng overnight.
It comes in addition to the eight people
con rmed dead, and the 12 injured in
"We have 108 individual names, or
likeness," Pennington said, adding that
he expected the number to come down
rather than increase as some of the
people on the list came forward.
e news conference coincided with the
resumption of rescue e orts which saw
hundreds of rescuers scour through the
tide of mud which swept away dozens of
houses in the town of Oso some 100km
north-east of Seattle.
Rescuers did report hearing calls from
the wreckage on Sunday but could not
reach them as the mud was still uid and
caused rescuers to sink.
ere were no signs of survivors in
yesterday's search and Snohomish
County re district 21 chief Travis Hots
said "the situation is very grim".
"We are still holding out hope we are
going to nd people alive. We are still in
a rescue mode," Hots said.
e mudslide occurred on Sunday
when the rain-soaked side of a mountain
in Snohomish County suddenly broke
free and slammed into the homes,
highway and a river below it.
Pennington said the mudslide was over
1.5km wide and covered an area that
included 49 structures. --- DPA
Relatives of Chinese passengers
aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines
ight screamed, cried and collapsed
on the ground overnight after
the Malaysian prime minister
announced the airliner ended its
journey in the remote southern
At the Beijing hotel where many
of the relatives are staying, family
members erupted in shouts and
tears after they heard the news,
wailing and in some cases dropping
to the oor.
One woman screamed out: "It's
not possible, it's not possible!"
At least four people were
stretchered out, having apparently
been overcome with emotion.
Others lashed out at reporters.
"Something is being withheld,
something is being withheld!"
shouted another man.
Others struggled to accept what
they had been told.
"I want to tell the journalists . . .
the information they just sent . . . is
not true!" said one lady.
Flight MH370 vanished from
civilian radar screens less than an
hour after take-o from Kuala
Lumpur for Beijing with 239
people --- more than half Chinese
nationals --- on board on March 8.
No con rmed sighting of the
plane has been made since, but
much debris has been found in
waters o Australia which might
be part of the missing plane.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib
Razak said late last night fresh
analysis of satellite information
from British company Inmarsat
had shown that the last position
of the aircraft was in the Indian
Ocean west of Perth, Australia.
Several Chinese media outlets
reported on their o cial Weibo
microblogs that family members
received a text message saying
that "we have to assume beyond
reasonable doubt" that none of
those onboard survived.
China has repeatedly pressed the
airline and the Malaysian govern-
ment to give more information to
family members and ensure they
are being properly looked after.
Some relatives had threatened
hunger strikes and protests in
front of the Malaysian embassy to
express their anger.
e o cial newspaper of
China's ruling Communist Party,
the People's Daily, wrote on its
microblog that many questions
remained to be answered, including
why the plane ended up in the
Indian Ocean and what exactly the
new satellite evidence was.
"Search and rescue e orts cannot
stop, and the truth must not be
absent!" it wrote. --- Reuters
Space engineers compared the
satellite handshake "pings" from
missing airliner MH370 with
other tracked commercial ights to
determine it had crashed into the
middle of the Indian Ocean.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najiv
Razak overnight revealed that
analysis "never before used in an
investigation of this sort" had
shown the Malaysian airliner had
crashed into the southern Indian
at analysis was undertaken by
mobile communications company
Inmarsat, which provides satellite
data for Malaysia Airlines.
Even though the plane's
transponder and ACARS system
were turned o , the company's box
on the Boeing 777 --- equivalent
to a cellphone handset --- stayed
on and was polled every hour by
e British company initially
looked at the amount of time these
handshake pings took to travel from
the plane to its satellite 35,400km
above the equator to determine the
aircraft was moving along either a
north or south corridor.
It passed on that discovery on
But space scientists continued
to re ne the model looking at the
Doppler e ect.
at is the way radio waves
contract and expand as they are
going to and from the satellite.
" ey've tested it o against a
number of other aircraft known
ights and come to the conclusion
that only the southern route was
possible," Inmarsat senior vice
president Chris McLaughlin told
"We re ned that with the signals
we got from other (777) aircraft
and that then gives you a very, very
"Previous aircraft provided a
pattern and that pattern to the
south is virtually what we got in our
"So the t is very, very strong."
McLaughlin said the company
was relying on a 1990s satellite
over the Indian Ocean that was not
But scientists could work out the
approximate direction of travel "plus
or minus 100 miles to a track line".
"All we can do is to say we believe
it is in this general location.
"We can not give you the nal few
feet and inches of where it landed.
It's just not that sort of system."
While the company was able to
work out where the last ping was
sent from, the aircraft likely still
had some fuel remaining.
But it would have run out before
the next automated handshake.
Inmarsat has been appointed
a technical adviser to the
United Kingdom Air Accident
It passed on the new analysis
after it was peer-reviewed by other
experts in the UK space industry
and compared with Boeing.
McLaughlin said systems that
kept track of a plane's precise
location should be mandated
world-wide "and it could be
delivered tomorrow". --- AAP
'Pings' led to MH370's crash location
An Egyptian court has sentenced
529 supporters of deposed Islamist
president Mohamed Morsi to
death after just two hearings, in
the largest mass sentencing in the
country's modern history.
e shock verdict by the court
overnight in the southern province
of Minya came amid a sweeping
crackdown on Morsi's supporters
since his overthrow by the army last
Washington said it was deeply
concerned by the death sentences,
questioning the fairness of
proceedings against so many
defendants lasting just two days.
But Egypt's army-installed
interim government defended
the court's handling of the case,
insisting that the sentences had
been handed down only "after
careful study" and were subject to
e defendants who were
sentenced to death are part of a
larger group of more than 1200
alleged Islamists accused of
killing two policemen and rioting
on August 14, after police killed
hundreds of protesters while
dispersing two Cairo protest
Of the 529, only 153 are in
custody. e rest were tried in their
absence and have the right to a
retrial if they turn themselves in.
Another 17 defendants were
e judgment can be appealed
at the Court of Cassation, which
would probably order a new trial or
reduce the sentences, legal expert
Gamal Eid said.
" is sentencing is a catastrophe
and a travesty and a scandal that
will a ect Egypt for many years,"
said Eid, who heads the Arabic
Network for Human Rights
Information. --- AFP
529 Morsi supporters
sentenced to death
Nato bombing clips in Russian media campaign
Russian television blasted viewers with
15-year-old footage of Nato bombing
raids, burning buildings and wounded
people in Yugoslavia overnight to step
up a media campaign against the west
over the Crimea crisis.
State television and newspapers used
the anniversary of the start of the
bombing campaign to depict the west
as hypocritical for saying Crimea has
no right to secede from Ukraine when
Nato used force to help Kosovo escape
Slobodan Milosevic's clutches.
A special programme on State tv
called " e Serbian Tragedy: 15 Years"
hammered home Russia's message that
the United States and Nato are to blame
for redrawing global borders, encouraging
separatism and outing international law.
" e result of the Nato aggression
was the nal collapse of Yugoslavia
and the unilateral declaration of
Kosovo's independence to applause
from Washington and most European
capitals," government newspaper
Rossiiskaya Gazeta said.
"One can only wonder at the overt
hypocrisy of western politicians who
now accuse Russia --- which Crimea
has joined as the result of a popular
referendum, and practically without a
shot red --- of violating international
law," it said.
Serbia, a largely Orthodox Christian
nation with historic ties to Russia,
lost control of Kosovo province when
Nato launched bombing raids to halt
Serbian atrocities and "ethnic cleansing"
in a counter-insurgency war under
e 78-day bombing campaign has
been a source of ire for Russia and an
example of what President Vladimir
Putin says is the frequent use of deadly
force by Washington under the pretext
of human rights concerns.
Kosovo, which declared independence
six years ago and has been recognised
by more than 100 countries despite
opposition from Belgrade and Moscow,
has been cited as a precedent by Putin
and other Russian o cials.
Voters in Ukraine's Crimea region
chose to join Russia in a March 16
referendum dismissed as a sham by
western governments who say it violated
Ukraine's constitution and was held only
after Russian forces seized control of the
Black Sea peninsula.
e extensive anniversary coverage
followed months of erce criticism of
the west and, more recently, of Ukraine's
new leaders in the State-run Russian
About 500 civilians were killed in
Yugoslavia, at least half of them in
Kosovo, during 78 days of air raids.
A rare One-Cent Magenta postage
stamp printed in British Guiana in
1856 and most recently owned by the
estate of a du Pont chemical company
heir convicted of murder is expected to
fetch a record price of $10 million to
$20 million, Sotheby's said overnight.
e stamp is being sold by the estate of
the late John du Pont, who died aged 72
in a Pennsylvania prison in 2010 where
he was serving a sentence for the 1996
shooting of Olympic champion United
States wrestler David Schultz.
Du Pont, whose wealth was estimated
at $250 million at the time of his 1997
trial, was one of the richest murder
defendants in US history at the time of
Sotheby's said experts from the
Royal Philatelic Society London had
re-authenticated the British Guiana
One-Cent Magenta, the only one of its
kind known to exist, and the auctioneer
would o er the stamp at auction in New
York on June 17.
"It is one inch by one and a quarter
inches, it's tiny and when it sells it will be
the most valuable object by weight and
size ever sold," David Redden, Sotheby's
deputy chairman and director of special
projects, said. --- Reuters
Rare stamp likely to fetch record price
e rare British Guiana One-Cent
Laura (Cape York, Queensland)
Opening up parts of Queensland's
Cape York to mining could devastate the
famous Quinkan rock art, a traditional
owner groups says.
Indigenous leaders from Laura, in
southern Cape York, have called on the
State government to ensure the sacred
sites are protected under the Cape York
e plan outlines future land use for
the peninsula and maps out areas which
can be developed and which parts are
considered to be of high environmental
Traditional owner Nash Snider says
his people are concerned Laura will
be opened up to mining which could
damage the rock art that has existed for
thousands of years.
"We need assurances that Quinkan
and other rock art around Laura will be
protected," he said yesterday.
"If you take away the rock art you take
away the life blood of the community,"
another traditional owner and former
Wujal Wujal mayor, Desmond Tayley,
said. Both men said residents were more
interested in boosting eco-tourism,
rather than mining. --- AAP
Cape York mining
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Two out of the last three winters have seen widespread snow
and ice for weeks on end, with temperatures regularly falling
below -10degC on the alpine routes.
You are more likely to break down in a bad winter. Here is what
you need to do this winter to reduce the risk of a breakdown and
make sure that you are equipped to deal with the conditions.
Check your car:
Antifreeze --- Check coolant level regularly and, if required, top-
up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Your garage
should check concentration to ensure adequate cold temperature
Battery --- The most common cause of winter breakdowns. A
battery more than ve years old may struggle in the cold - get it
checked and replaced if necessary to avoid the inconvenience of
an unplanned failure.
Fuel --- Keep at least a quarter of a tank in case of unexpected
Lights --- Check and clean all lights regularly to make sure you
can see and be seen clearly. Carry spare bulbs.
Tyres --- Should have at least 3mm of tread for winter motoring.
Consider winter tyres for improved safety. Check pressures at least
Windscreen --- Reduce dazzle from the low sun by keeping the
screen clean inside and out. Now is a good time to renew worn
Screen wash --- Use a 50% mix of a good quality screen wash to
reduce the chance of freezing in frosty weather.
Locks and door seals --- Stop doors freezing shut with a thin
coat of polish or Vaseline on rubber door seals. A squirt of water
dispersant (WD-40) in locks will help stop them freezing.
Prepare for the worst and hope for the best
As well as the things you should be carrying on every journey
regardless of the weather, you should make up a winter
emergency kit to keep in the boot - hopefully you won t need it
but you will be very glad it s there if you do.
Year-round essentials: Fully-charged cellphone and in-car
charger,sunglasses - to deal with glare from the sun or snow,
personal medication, warning triangle, spare bulbs, rst aid kit,
road atlas - in case of diversions, AA Breakdown membership card.
Winter emergency kit: Blanket, rug or sleeping bag, shovel, bits
of carpet or thick cardboard to place under driven wheels to help
regain traction on ice or snow, salt, sand or cat litter - to help clear
snow and ice. Re ective jacket(s), torch and batteries, tow rope,
snow chains, battery jump leads, bottled water, snacks - chocolate
or cereal bars, extra screen wash.
When bad weather is forecast: Warm winter coat, scarf, hat,
gloves and warm clothes, waterproofs, sturdy boots, ask of hot
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