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  • 2 Australian nationals killed in Yemen in November drone strike

    04/17/2014 2:49:55 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 4 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | April 16, 2014 | By Bill Roggio & Oren Adaki
    Media outlets in Australia and New Zealand today reported that two Australian nationals, including one who was a New Zealand citizen as well, were killed in a US predator drone strike in Yemen on Nov. 19. Last year's airstrike took place in Yemen's eastern Hadramout province, a known jihadist haven, and targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters driving in the Ghayl Bawazir area near Mukallah, the provincial capital. The two Australian nationals killed in the airstrike were identified as Christopher Harvard of Townsville, Australia, and Muslim bin John, a New Zealand dual citizen who reportedly changed his...
  • MH370: Oil slick not linked to missing jet, Australians say

    04/17/2014 5:14:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 04/17/2014 | Julie Makinen
    Australian authorities coordinating the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said Thursday that lab tests have shown an oil slick found in the search area last Sunday is not aircraft engine fuel or hydraulic fluid. Searchers are now using a robotic submarine, the Bluefin-21, to look for wreckage on the floor of the Indian Ocean more than 1,000 miles northwest of Perth, Australia. The Bluefin-21 has a rated depth of 4,500 meters, or 2.8 miles, and shortly after it was deployed on its first run this week, it returned to the surface several hours later because it reached that depth...
  • Australian Navy acts over breaches of Indonesian waters

    04/16/2014 10:47:49 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies ^ | 17th April 2014
    THE Chief of Navy has decided to strip a commanding officer of his command and administratively sanctioned another, after investigating how Australian crews entered Indonesian waters during asylum seeker operations. Vice Admiral Ray Griggs has considered the actions of the seven RAN ship commanding officers involved in the six breaches between December last year and January 2014, with each given the chance to put their case directly to the chief. He accepted that none of them deliberately contravened orders, but there were lapses in professional conduct. As a result, one will be removed from his command and another will be...
  • Ocean floor search for missing Malaysia plane cut short again

    04/16/2014 2:16:32 AM PDT · by blueplum · 3 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Apr 16, 2014 3:17am EDT | BYRON KAYE
    (Reuters) - The search for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner deep in the Indian Ocean was again cut short on Wednesday when technical problems forced a U.S. Navy underwater drone to surface without finding anything, officials said. :snip: A unspecified technical problem meant the Bluefin resurfaced early on Wednesday and analysis of the sonar data downloaded showed no significant detections, the Australian agency leading the search said. It has subsequently been relaunched to continue its search. The drone was forced to end its first deployment early on Monday after it exceeded its 4.5 km (14,750 feet) depth limit in the remote...
  • RAAF overlooks Saab Gripen for more expensive, controversial Joint Srike Fighter

    04/16/2014 12:53:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | APRIL 09, 2014
    Saab Gripen ... a single engine, two-crew, multi-role fighter made in Sweden. Source: News Corp Australia THIS is the low-cost, high performance fighter jet that Australia overlooked when the RAAF spent more than $6 billion to fill a capability gap between its retiring F-111 and Hornet fleets and the controversial stealth F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The Saab Gripen is a single engine, two-crew, multi-role fighter made in Sweden and according to the builder it costs about $US7000 an hour to run compared to $US11,000 for the Boeing Super Hornet operated by the Royal Australian Air Force and $21,000 an hour...
  • Swedish firm Saab bids to design new Royal Australian Navy submarines

    04/15/2014 11:35:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    News Corp Australia ^ | APRIL 12, 2014 | By IAN MCPHEDRAN
    SWEDISH defence giant Saab is making a bold, secret play for a slice of Australia’s $30 billion future submarine project. As Federal Government placed all options for the navy’s future submarine back on the table this week, News Corp Australia can reveal that Saab and the Swedish Government have been engaged in secret talks with the Defence Department about the design of the new boats. A Swedish delegation travelled to Canberra in March for first round talks. Sweden has along history in submarines but it moved away from the business about 15 years ago when its shipbuilder Kockums — the...
  • Bluefin-21 deployed today in hunt for MH370 – JACC

    04/14/2014 2:39:23 AM PDT · by blueplum · 19 replies
    The Malaysian Times ^ | April 14, 2014 | Paper Editor
    PERTH, Apr 14: The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Bluefin-21 will be deployed later today, as the search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 continues underwater. Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) chief coordinator Air Chief Marshal (Retired) Angus Houston said the decision to deploy Bluefin was made as no further confirmed signals had been picked up by the towed pinger locator since Tuesday last week, reported Bernama. :snip: ... the AUV, which had the ability to go down to 4,500m underwater, would be deployed on its first mission covering approximately an area of 40sq km in the vicinity of...
  • MH370 Black Box Rumors Unfounded: Search Leader

    04/11/2014 11:19:10 AM PDT · by hamboy · 52 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 11, 2014 | NBC News
    Search Leader:  MH370 Black Box Rumors Unfounded! An Australian search official dismissed reports Friday that the location of the data-recording black boxes on missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 had been found.
  • Who is Angus Houston charged with finding Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

    04/11/2014 6:10:00 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies ^ | 12th April 2014
    AT the age of 20, a despondent Angus Houston, having been rejected in his dream to become a pilot by the Royal Air Force because he was too tall, was wandering the Strand, in London, looking for a new world. ..... “We have got to find this aircraft. There’s a broader need to find it, because we need to know what happened, but the principle reason we need to find it is for the 239 families.” ..... Houston, 66, a greyhound-lean fitness junkie standing over 6’4” or 196cm, mysteriously managed to shrink an inch or two to get himself into...
  • [Cat 5] Cyclone Ita shows no sign of weakening as it heads for north Queensland

    04/10/2014 8:40:29 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 22 replies
    Australia Network News ^ | 4/11/2014 | unknown
    The Bureau of Meteorology says Cyclone Ita, the category-five system bearing down on the far north Queensland coast, is showing no signs of weakening. The weather bureau says Ita has slowed down as it heads towards the coast and should make landfall between Cape Flattery and Cooktown around midnight. The bureau says the cyclone has very destructive winds of up to 300 kilometres per hour near the core. Cooktown resident Ivan Juff says locals are nervous but he has decided to stay put. "I've seen what Cyclone Larry and all those did, and this is up there with them ......
  • Unconfirmed report says Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 black box has been found

    04/10/2014 8:02:04 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 132 replies ^ | 11th April 2014
    THERE are unconfirmed reports that the black box flight recorder from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been found. Perth radio station 6PR tweeted the report, citing aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is in China, is giving a pre-planned press conference at 2pm AEST.
  • MH370 Search Team Hopes to Find Wreckage "Within Matter of Days"

    04/10/2014 8:46:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    SLATE ^ | 04/10/2014 | Josh Voorhees
    Officials leading the search effort for Flight 370 sounded their most optimistic tone to date on Wednesday, suggesting that they hope to locate the wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner "within a matter of days." Here's why optimism is running so high despite the past month's worth of false starts, red herrings, and dead ends that have spanned a rather massive swath of the globe, via the Washington Post: Since Saturday, the Australian navy ship Ocean Shield — equipped with a U.S. Navy black-box detection system — has picked up four separate transmissions, the two most recent of which came...
  • Impressive pictures of the NUSHIP Canberra, Australia’s massive new warship

    04/09/2014 10:07:45 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies ^ | 10th April 2014 | Sam Clench
    THIS ship is absolutely gigantic. It’s easily the biggest warship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy. It’s a Landing Helicopter Dock called the NUSHIP Canberra, and it weighs 27,800 tonnes. The ship will be officially commissioned by the navy later this year. It’s currently being tested by BAE systems, the company that built it, along with some members of the new crew. The massive vessel is designed to transport and deploy troops and equipment around the world. The navy says it will be used for both military and humanitarian missions. So, how is anyone supposed to describe the sheer...
  • MH370 'may be found in days’ as ship picks up signals again

    04/09/2014 8:53:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 40 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | April 9, 2014 4:28pm BST | Jonathan Pearlman
    Sydney - The search zone for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been limited to a narrow strip of the Indian Ocean, with the authorities confident that they will find the aircraft “in a matter of days” after two new sets of underwater signals were detected. :snip: They have all been heard within an area about 20 miles long and 10 miles wide, about 650 miles off the north-west coast of Australia, although a final search zone is yet to be demarcated. :snip: All the signals have been detected along a narrow strip of the Indian Ocean in an area...
  • Flight 370 effort could soon shift from search to recovery

    04/09/2014 1:51:59 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies ^ |
    The team of international investigators hunting for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has "unquestionably" located the missing jetliner and could soon have high resolution images of the wreck site, an expert in deep sea recoveries of ships and planes told There is virtually no chance that the pings picked up by ships towing sophisticated listening devices could be anything other than signals emitted by the plane's flight data recorder, or "black box," David Mearns, of Blue Water Recoveries, a United Kingdom-based company that holds the Guinness World Record for the deepest ocean recovery and has assisted searches for sunken planes....
  • Major Breakthrough In Finding Malaysia Airlines MH370

    04/09/2014 8:08:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Forbes ^ | 04/09/2014 | Bruce Dorminey
    In a major break in a race against time, searchers for MH370 have detected two new electronic pings — both received in the last 24 hours — from what they hope is the missing Boeing BA +1.23% 777-200’s black box flight data recorders. The news was announced at a Wednesday morning press conference in Perth. “I’m now optimistic that we will find the aircraft; what’s left of the aircraft,” Retired RAAF Air Marshal Angus Houston told reporters. Just days before batteries on the black box pingers are expected to expire, Australian authorities leading the southern Indian Ocean search for the...
  • MH370 search area drastically reduced after two more pings heard

    04/08/2014 9:28:15 PM PDT · by blueplum · 62 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | April 8th, 2014 23.46 EDT | Paul Farrell
    Australian official says since Ocean Shield vessel has reacquired signal he is 'optimistic' plane will be found soon The search area for the missing Malaysia airlines flight MH370 has been drastically reduced after two further detections of pings consistent with those of a black box from a plane late on Tuesday. The head of Australia’s Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre, Angus Houston, said on Wednesday the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield had detected two further pings on Tuesday – one in the afternoon and one in the late evening – that had allowed the search area to be further refined to...
  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Australian Ship Picks Up Signals Consistent With 'Black Box' Pings

    04/07/2014 7:20:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/07/2014 | By ROBB M. STEWART in Melbourne and RACHEL PANNETT in Sydney
    The Australian navy picked up extended underwater signals in the search zone for Malaysia Airlines 3786.KU +2.44% Flight 370, in what authorities said Monday was the best lead yet in the hunt for the missing jet's "black box" flight recorders. The naval ship Ocean Shield—fitted with U.S. Navy black-box detector equipment able to pick up signals far beneath the ocean surface—has been searching an area of the southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia for nearly two days. Investigators believe the area is the most likely spot where the plane may have run out of fuel, more than...
  • Australia says new 'pings' best lead yet in Malaysia jet search

    04/07/2014 3:16:46 AM PDT · by blueplum · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 7, 2:38am EDT | JANE WARDELL AND SWATI PANDEY
    (Additional reporting by Lincoln Feast in Sydney; Editing by Michael Perry) Sydney/Perth(Reuters) - An Australian ship searching for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has picked up signals consistent with the beacons from aircraft black box recorders, in what search officials said on Monday was the most promising lead yet in the month-long hunt. The U.S. Navy "towed pinger locator" connected to the Australian ship Ocean Shield picked up the signals in an area some 1,680 km (1,040 miles) northwest of Perth, which analysis of sporadic satellite data has determined as the most likely place Boeing 777 went down. :snip: The...
  • Junior gun licence numbers revealed (Australia)

    04/06/2014 1:52:23 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 25 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 6th April 2014 | Christopher Gillett
    SUBURBAN schoolchildren as young as 12 years old are applying for and getting gun licences in their hundreds, new figures show. The approved youngsters, including pre-teens, can legally shoot rifles, shotguns and handguns under supervision. Victoria Police approved 1028 licences in metropolitan areas last year — more than 270 were granted to children aged 12 to 14. Junior gun owners live in some of the state’s most exclusive suburbs including Prahran and span as far as the Mornington Peninsula and Geelong. Epping is Melbourne’s young gun capital with 211 permits given the green light to under 18s. Victorian chief executive...
  • New agreement to share military technology will boost ties with Japan (Australia)

    04/06/2014 1:22:28 PM PDT · by Dundee · 2 replies
    AUSTRALIA will deepen its ­security alliance with Japan in a new agreement to share military technology as Tony Abbott moves to strengthen the relationship beyond an imminent deal to boost trade. The defence agreement opens the way for Australian access to advanced systems that could greatly increase the power of a new submarine fleet while saving billions of dollars. The agreement will be announced in Tokyo today as the Prime Minister also finalises a trade deal that will cut the price of Japanese cars, and increase exports of Australian beef and dairy products. Mr Abbott will highlight the security alliance...
  • MH370: Another pulse signal detected on Sunday

    04/05/2014 11:20:55 PM PDT · by ReaganÜberAlles · 16 replies
    Astro Awani ^ | 4-6-2014
    PERTH: Another pulse signal was detected in the southern Indian Ocean today by Australian Defence Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield while searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370. Earlier a Chinese ship, Haixun 01, detected two short pulse signals also known as acoustic signal 36 hours ago on Friday and in the afternoon on Saturday.
  • British ship HMS Echo arrives in area where (3) 'pulses' were heard (MH370?)

    04/06/2014 9:51:10 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 81 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/6/2014 | Richard Shears and Lizzie Edmonds
    A Royal navy ship has arrived in the southern Indian Ocean to verify signals Chinese officials believe could lead to missing flight MH370. The three 'fleeting sounds' have been picked up in the multi-national search currently being conducted 1,000 miles off Australia's west coast. At least one of those 'pings' is believed to have a similar frequency to that given off by a black box. HMS Echo, one of Britain's most sophisticated hydrographic vessels, is racing against time to determine whether the sounds were signals from the plane's black box as the batteries powering the device are expected to run...
  • Second ship picks up 'ping' in Malaysia Airlines jet search

    04/05/2014 10:42:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 56 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/5/14 |,0,5012897.stor
    The Australian military vessel Ocean Shield, towing a sophisticated pinger locator lent by the U.S. Navy, reported Sunday morning that it had picked up a signal, said Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, who is coordinating search efforts from Perth, Australia. That report comes on the heels of a Saturday night report from the Chinese ship Haixun 01 that it had detected pulse signals both Friday and Saturday at 37.5 mHz, the same frequency used by an airplane flight data recorder.
  • Chinese ship searching for MH370 detects 'pulse signal'

    04/05/2014 8:16:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 04/05/2014
    A Chinese ship searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 detected a "pulse signal" in the southern Indian Ocean on Saturday, but there was no evidence yet that it was linked to the missing plane, state media said. The signal picked up by the vessel's black box detector had a frequency of 37.5kHz, the official Xinhua news agency said -- identical to the beacon signal emitted by flight recorders. The announcement came nearly a month after the Malaysian jetliner disappeared off radar screens en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, triggering an unprecedented international search. Australian...
  • MH370 passengers cleared, as investigation turns to ground crew, caterers and mangosteen farmers

    04/04/2014 12:12:13 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 65 replies
    National Post ^ | April 4, 2014 | Jonathan Pearlman/The Telegraph
    Malaysian police have expanded an investigation into the missing plane to include ground crew, caterers and the farmers who picked four tons of mangosteens, a tropical fruit, that were in the hold. Despite failing to find any suspicious evidence about the passengers or crew, Khalid Abu Bakar, Malaysia’s police chief, said he was confident that the case would be solved. He said police traced the mangosteens, a tangy Asian fruit with leathery skin around juicy white flesh, to an orchard in the city of Muar and examined both the farmers and the Chinese importers. “Imagine how many people we must...
  • Flight MH370 Is Now a Criminal Investigation, but No Passengers Are Suspects

    04/02/2014 9:20:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Wire ^ | 04/02/2014 | BRIAN FELDMAN
    The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has now been classified as a criminal investigation, according to Malaysia’s police chief. He also cautioned that the investigation may still not arrive at any concrete conclusions. Specifically, authorities believe the plane's deliberate and abrupt turn off course could not have been simply the result of an accident. However, officials also announced on Wednesday, none of the passengers are suspected of any wrongdoing, leaving the investigation to focus solely on the crew at this time. The current consensus is that radar and satellite data show the flight turning off course and flying back...
  • Australia’s top court recognizes ‘gender neutral’ sex category

    04/01/2014 11:29:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:29AM BST 02 Apr 2014 | (AFP)
    Australia’s highest court has ruled that a person can be legally recognized as gender neutral as opposed to male or female, ending a long legal battle by a sexual equality campaigner. “The High Court… recognizes that a person may be neither male nor female, and so permits the registration of a person’s sex as ‘non-specific’,” it said in a unanimous judgment, dismissing a New South Wales state appeal to recognize only men or women. The case centered on a person called Norrie—who does not identify as either male or female—who fought a legal battle for a new gender-neutral category. …
  • MH370: UK submarine joins search for missing plane

    04/01/2014 12:34:38 PM PDT · by F15Eagle · 55 replies
    BBC via Yahoo! ^ | 1 April 2014 Last updated at 15:04 ET | BBC.Com
    British submarine HMS Tireless has joined the hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The Ministry of Defence said the Trafalgar class submarine had arrived in the southern Indian Ocean and would help search for the plane's black box recorder. It will soon by joined by Royal Navy coastal survey ship HMS Echo. The aircraft disappeared with 239 people on board on 8 March while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Earlier on Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston - the man co-ordinating the search from Australia - said the hunt was the "most challenging" ever seen and could...
  • Flight MH370: Chinese and Australian ships draw blank (objects recovered not related to MH370)

    03/29/2014 10:52:44 AM PDT · by xzins · 55 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 Mar 14 | BBC
    A Chinese and an Australian ship have failed to identify remains from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight after their first day in a new search area. The two ships retrieved objects from the Indian Ocean but none was confirmed to be from missing flight MH370, Australia's maritime authority said. Chinese aircraft also flew over the area, north-east of the previous zone, and have spotted more objects. The airliner disappeared on 8 March with 239 people on board. Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 and Australia's HMAS Success "reported they have retrieved a number of objects from the ocean but so far...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Malaysia Airlines MH370: Australia Detects Distress Signal in Southern Indian Ocean

    03/30/2014 1:06:28 PM PDT · by libh8er · 81 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 3/30/2014 | Vasudevan Sridharan
    The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has detected a distress signal in the southern Indian Ocean near Antarctica as the search for debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 continues. The emergency beacon came from a fishing vessel and the nature of the distress call is unknown. AMSA said: "The beacon is located about 3,241km south-west of Perth and 648km north of the Antarctic mainland." Two aircraft have been deployed to the area where the signal originated, and it will take at least five hours for planes to reach the location.
  • Flight MH370: Chinese and Australian ships draw blank

    03/29/2014 8:00:25 AM PDT · by don-o · 123 replies
    BBC ^ | March 29, 2014
    A Chinese and an Australian ship have failed to identify remains from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight after their first day in a new search area. The two ships retrieved objects from the Indian Ocean but none was confirmed to be from missing flight MH370, Australia's maritime authority said. Chinese aircraft also flew over the area, north-east of the previous zone, and have spotted more objects.
  • Multiple objects spotted by planes in hunt for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370

    03/29/2014 2:40:45 AM PDT · by blueplum · 33 replies
    The Australian ^ | March 29, 2014 | AFP
    ...Yesterday’s objects were spotted by a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion. Five aircraft have seen multiple objects of various colours in the new search area. A cluster of 11 white rectangular objects was sitting just below the surface about 1600km west of Perth, New Zealand Air Vice-Marshal Kevin Short told media today. “It’s hard to identify because all you’re seeing is this one-metre rectangular piece of material.” The 11 objects were within 5m of each other and there were objects up to 300km away as well, he said. “There seems to be patches of these objects and that’s not...
  • Australia to take lead as rival nation’s investigate Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 disaster

    03/28/2014 3:54:08 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies ^ | 29th March 2014 | PAUL TOOHEY
    THE search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is borne of tragedy, yet Australia finds itself at the centre of the most significant multinational peacetime operation it has known, far more meaningful than any joint military exercise, let alone any United Nations or APEC summit. In diplomacy, all answers are known before the meeting starts. In military exercises, each nation’s moves are pre-planned. There is no script for this. The grave search for MH370 has brought numerous disparate nations to Australia’s door, where it has the task of managing an unprecedented operation at the hostile edge of the world. In doing...
  • Five aircrafts spot 'objects' that could lead to missing Malaysia Airlines jet

    03/28/2014 6:54:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    ZEE NEWS ^ | 03/28/2014 | Tarun Khanna and Hemant Abhishek
    AMSA updates state that five aircrafts spotted multiple objects of various colours during Friday’s search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Though the objects have not been verified, AMSA states that they cannot be discounted either. It states that a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion reported sighting a number of objects white or light in colour and a fishing buoy. A Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion relocated the objects detected by the RNZAF Orion and reported it had seen two blue/grey rectangular objects floating in the ocean. A second RAAF P3 Orion spotted various objects...
  • Search for lost Malaysian jet shifts significantly after new lead

    03/28/2014 1:39:20 AM PDT · by blueplum · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 28, 2014 3:53am EDT | JANE WARDELL AND MICHAEL MARTINA
    (Additional reporting by Suilee Wee in Beijing, Niluksi Koswanage in Kuala Lumpur, Stanley White in Tokyo, Amy Sawitta Lefevre in Bangkok and Lincoln Feast in Sydney; Editing by Dean Yates and Alex Richardson) Sydney/Perth (Reuters) - An international air and sea taskforce hunting for the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was re-directed on Friday to an area 1,100 km (685 miles) north of where they have been searching for more than a week, after Australian authorities received new radar information from Malaysia. The new search area is larger, but closer to the Australian west coast city of Perth, allowing...
  • Sir Peter Cosgrove sworn in as Australia's 26th Governor-General (a great day for Australia!)

    03/27/2014 5:56:41 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies
    ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ^ | 28th March 2014 | Latika Bourke
    Sir Peter Cosgrove has been sworn in as Australia's 26th Governor-General, declaring that he comes to the role "agenda free". The man who has become Australia's first knight under Prime Minister Tony Abbott's revived honours system used his swearing-in address in the Senate to pay tribute to Corporal Cameron Baird, who was posthumously awarded a Victoria Cross in February this year. "We hail and salute Cameron Baird," he said. "He lives in the injured hearts of those he left too soon." His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, as he is now known, was applauded as he walked through...
  • Satellite Detects About 300 Objects ... ‘Highly Likely That It Is Trash’

    03/27/2014 4:47:36 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 54 replies
    PERTH, Australia (CBS News/CBSDC/AP) — A Thai satellite has detected about 300 objects near the search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner, officials in Bangkok said Thursday, but there was little chance of getting human eyes across those items in the near term as weather again forced officials to halt the search for debris by air. Anond Snidvongs, director of Thailand’s space technology development agency, said Thursday the images showed “300 objects of various sizes” in the southern Indian Ocean about 1,675 miles southwest of Perth. He said the images were taken by the Thaichote satellite on Monday, took...
  • Australian war heroes back Tony Abbott’s plans for return to traditional medals for galantry

    03/26/2014 1:37:03 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 4 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 27th March 2014 | Matthew Benns and Ian McPhedran
    AUSTRALIA’S war heroes have backed Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s suggestion for a return to traditional medals for gallantry. Keith Payne, the last living recipient of the original Victoria Cross, awarded for valour in Vietnam in 1969, led the call for the Imperial Honours system to be reinstated. “I don’t think it should have been changed in the first place,” he said. “When you got the George Cross everyone knew what it was but when you get the Cross of Valour, the CV, people think you are handing in your job resume.” ..... “If you walk into an RSL today with...
  • Muslim Sex-Offender Who Tried to Kidnap 4-Year-Old Girl Excused for “Cultural Differences”

    03/26/2014 11:54:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    fpm ^ | March 24, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is a horrifying story not just because of the actions of the Muslim sex offender in Australia, but because of the actions of the authorities who continue to let people like him abuse, assault and walk away. ... Considering how little boys and girls are treated in Afghanistan, there’s no doubt that it wasn’t an issue for Jaffari. The Muslim sex offender, was not deported or locked up after his previous offenses. Now he’s been kept free once again because of “cultural differences.” Why don’t we call the cultural differences excuse what it really is? Muslim Rape Privilege. ......
  • MH370: Satellite Images Show Up to 122 'Potential Objects'

    03/26/2014 5:52:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 75 replies
    NBC ^ | March 26, 2014 | Alastair Jamieson and Henry Austin
    Satellite images taken on Sunday show 122 "potential objects" in the search for debris from missing flight MH370, Malaysian investigators said Wednesday. Analysis of the images, which were supplied by France-based aeronautical firm Airbus Defence, revealed objects in the southern Indian Ocean around 1,588 miles from Perth, Australia – close to where other objects were previously seen.
  • Tony Abbott brings back Knights and Dames with outgoing GG Quentin Bryce the first to be honoured

    03/25/2014 1:07:04 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 2 replies ^ | 26th March 2014
    OUTGOING Governor-General Quentin Bryce will be made a Dame and incoming Governor-General, General Peter Cosgrove will be made a Knight, under a new honour the Prime Minister has recommended to the Queen. Tony Abbott, who had ruled out such an order in December last year, said up to four will be created in any year. “Knights and Dames in the Order of Australia will be approved by Her Majesty on the recommendation of the Prime Minister,” he said in a statement. “My intention is that this new award will go to those who have accepted public office rather than sought...
  • Brazil, China, India rally round Russia after G7 snub

    03/25/2014 2:21:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 25.03.14 @ 09:29 | Andrew Rettman
    The G7 club of wealthy nations has canceled a summit with Russia over its annexation of Crimea, but emerging economies have protested against its exclusion from a G20 meeting. […] For its part, US ally Australia had indicated Russia might also be excluded from a G20 summit in Brisbane in November. But Brazil, China, India, and South Africa rejected the idea. They said, together with Russia, also at The Hague, where almost 60 countries had sent VIPs to a Nuclear Security Summit, that “the escalation of hostile language, sanctions and counter-sanctions … does not contribute to a sustainable and peaceful...
  • Malaysia Airlines crash: Suicide mission theory of MH370 investigators

    03/24/2014 5:06:49 PM PDT · by B212 · 62 replies
    UK Telegram ^ | Jonathan Peralman
    By Jonathan Pearlman, in Kuala Lumpur 9:00PM GMT 24 Mar 2014 Flight MH370 crashed into the Indian Ocean in an apparent suicide mission, well-placed sources revealed have revealed, as Malaysia’s prime minister announced that everyone on the missing aircraft had died. The team investigating the Boeing 777’s disappearance believe no malfunction or fire was capable of causing the aircraft’s unusual flight or the disabling of its communications system before it veered wildly off course on a seven-hour silent flight into the sea. An analysis of the flight’s routing, signalling and communications shows that it was flown “in a rational way”....
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    07/06/2009 12:38:32 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies · 585+ views
    CNBC ^ | 7/6/2009 | Staff
    Well, pour yourself a glass of vino to go with that lobster tail tonight because wine prices have fallen so much, winemakers in Australia are complaining that wine is now cheaper than some bottled water. WATER! Dan Murphy, a major wine-retail chain in Australia, is currently selling cleanskins, bottles of wine without a label that are usually sold in a case, for 1.99 Australian dollars, or about $1.60, the Sunday Mail reports. That’s less than half of what wine cost 10 years ago, the New York Times reported. “Australia can’t even bottle air and make money selling at that price,”...
  • MH370 search: Chinese plane lands at wrong airport in Australia

    03/24/2014 10:05:45 AM PDT · by Robe · 39 replies
    Reuters Via FIRSTPOST ^ | Mar 22, 2014 | Unknown
    Chinese plane lands at wrong airport in Australia The first Chinese plane heading to Australia to join the hunt for a missing Malaysia Airlines jet landed at the wrong airport on Saturday, underscoring the difficulties facing the increasingly complex multinational search effort. The Chinese IL-76 military aircraft made an unexpected stop at Perth International Airport before heading to its correct destination at RAAF Base Pearce outside Perth, where search and rescue operations for Flight MH370, which has been missing for two weeks, are now being coordinated. Read More at Site
  • Car crashes into the Lodge in Canberra (official residence of Australian Prime Minister)

    03/21/2014 5:21:45 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies ^ | 22nd March 2014
    <p>A CAR has crashed into a wall at the Prime Minister’s Lodge in Canberra.</p> <p>The elderly driver has been taken to hospital following the incident, according to the ACT Emergency Services Agency.</p> <p>“Firefighters are working to stabilise the concrete wall of the Prime Minister’s Lodge on “National Circuit after a car crash,” a report on the agency’s website stated.</p>
  • Search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 resumes in southern Indian Ocean

    03/21/2014 1:46:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 34 replies ^ | 22nd March 2014
    HMAS Success is due to arrive in the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 today, joining the increasingly international effort to find the missing ship. Australian, New Zealand and American air searches found no trace of wreckage or debris in their sweeps of the search area southern Indian Ocean yesterday, despite deploying Self Locating Data Marker Buoys in the zone. Two aircraft from China are also expected to join the search efforts today, along with a Norwegian cargo vessel and one other merchant ship in the search area, approximately 2500 kilometres southwest of Perth. The search will be...
  • Search Underway for MH370 Following Reports of Possible Debris

    03/20/2014 3:47:11 AM PDT · by lbryce · 39 replies
    Voice of America ^ | March 20, 2014 | Staff
    Surveillance aircraft patrolled a remote area in the southern Indian Ocean looking for a missing Malaysian airliner after Australia released satellite images of the region showing possible floating debris. Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the photos represented a "credible lead" in the massive, multinational search for the plane, which disappeared on March 8 with 239 people on board. The debris was found 2,500 kilometers southwest of the western Australian city of Perth. John Young with Australia's maritime authority said several Australian planes were headed to the area, but that search efforts could be complicated by poor visibility. A large...
  • Malaysia Airlines MH370: Tony Abbott says possible debris found in Indian Ocean [live thread]

    03/19/2014 8:22:10 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 521 replies ^ | March 19, 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced objects possibly related to the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane have been found in the southern Indian Ocean.