first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National News The Huron-Wendat Nation is demanding the Ontario government call an urgent investigation into how one of their sacred burial sites in Barrie, Ont. was desecrated following an investigation by APTN National News this week uncovered how the province not only allowed it to happen but were the ones that did it.Grand Chief Konrad Sioui said the investigation needs to be independent as his ancestors have been dug up, disturbed and “entirely desecrated, likely with the knowledge of certain municipal and government authorities” on what’s known as the Allandale Station lands, a nine-acre site in downtown Barrie. “We are outraged to see that this situation seems to have gone on for years, all without our knowledge,” said Sioui in a press release issued Friday. “We deeply lament this immense desecration of our ancestors. The Allandale Station site and the burial grounds that are found there are sacred and must be protected. Huron-Wendat human remains must never be disturbed, under any circumstances.”The Huron-Wendat people were known to inhabit a large portion of southern Ontario including Barrie. The area is commonly called Huronia. After being forced out in the 1600s they later resettle in Quebec, and parts of the United States.APTN reported Wednesday that several laws and regulations that are supposed to protect archaeological and burial sites were ignored by the Ontario government when it started construction to extend GO Transit, the provincially-owned commuter rail line, into the Allandale site in 2010. This photo was taken in 2011 and shows work is underway on the pedestrian under pass.The government had knowledge of the documented burials, known as ossuaries, for years and that all but one of the many archaeological reports done on the land had warned the province not to dig without looking for the burials. The one that didn’t was commissioned by GO Transit in 2004.Philip Woodley was hired to do what is known as a Stage 1 archaeological assessment of five locations in Barrie where Go Transit was looking to build a new station connecting Barrie to downtown Toronto.A Stage 1 is known as a literature review, meaning archaeologists generally look over any historical documents that can help them understand what was once on a property.Woodley said he never looked in the history books because when he visited the site, known as the Allandale Station lands, he believed it was too disturbed to contain any archaeological potential after operating for years as a rail yard.What he didn’t know, and which had been previously documented, is when the railway yard was first built back in 1853 a large amount of fill dirt was used to level the ground capping the natural soil beneath.This could have protected a large ossuary found in 1846 with 200-300 bodies. Two smaller ossuaries were found later that century. It’s not known what happened to them or their exact location on the site, but many believe they were in the area where GO put their tracks and could still be there. Woodley said he should have told GO Transit a more in-depth assessment of the site was required, such as doing test pits to look for evidence of the ossuaries.“It certainly looked disturbed to me at the time, but apparently I was wrong,” said Woodley. “I went out there. I looked around. I saw a train station and a huge gravel pad that was at the same level as the surrounding land.”The Allandale station in 2009. The Huron Wendat community was located between the station and the tracks.Just a few years earlier, the former AFBY Archaeological and Heritage Consultants found a Huron-Wendat village in the natural soil at Allandale with thousands of pieces of ceramics and tools.AFBY didn’t find the burials and recommended to the province that any development on the site, outside of his testing area, needed further assessment, as he only did a small portion of the site. The province agreed in a 2001 letter to AFBY.Woodley never got those AFBY reports, and there was three of them. He said he asked for them, but the province didn’t provide any.“When we did our background research none of (AFBY’s) work came up as part of existing sites in the area,” he recalled. “I’m not trying to justify my conclusions. I’m just saying … there was no registered sites and I just assumed it was disturbed.”The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport signed off on his report three years later in 2007, around the same time GO Transit acquired a portion of the Allandale site from Barrie.The ministry made no revisions to Woodley’s report.In 2010, construction started on the site, including a station with a deep underground pedestrian pass.Adding to the problem is the province knew of AFBY’s reports and had its own knowledge of the area, but still cleared GO to do the work using Woodley’s report.The province wrote to Barrie officials in 1996 when the city was acquiring the site back from the Canadian National Railway, and told them the lands had archaeological potential and there were rules to follow if they redeveloped the land.That letter mentioned a Barrie Examiner newspaper article from 1926 that recounted an interview with a Major Joseph Rogers, the high constable for Simcoe County.“There are few people who stand on the station platform at Allandale and know they are standing right over one of the greatest Indian burial places known in Ontario,” Rogers is quoted as saying. Archaeologists, who have reviewed the situation, said the province should never have cleared the site for development based on what was known.“Further systemic gaps are indicated by the fact that in 2007 the Ministry of Culture issued a concurrence letter for (Woodley’s) report – essentially clearing the candidate GO station site on the Allandale Station lands of any further archaeological concern – in spite of the outstanding recommendations for further work on the property to which they had previously agreed in 2001,” wrote Robert MacDonald, the assistant managing partner at Archaeological Services Inc. in Toronto, in his January 2015 summary report issued to MTCS calling for urgent action.Download (PDF, Unknown)No action has happened, and the province has refused to directly answer any questions brought to them by APTN, other then to say they’re improving the system and reviewing reports. Another archaeologist said even if the province didn’t share AFBY’s report, Woodley’s work shouldn’t have been accepted.“Right away when Phil Woodley’s report came in (the ministry) should have said ‘try again,’” said Mike Henry of AMICK Consultants. “Even if the ministry didn’t recognize they’re at fault for not giving Phil the AFBY report they should have still said to Phil ‘this is unsatisfactory because we know there is a burial ground there. We told the city there is a burial ground there. We know (because) it’s documented. It’s publicly available information … re-write the report. Re-submit it. Make appropriate recommendations.’” Henry was hired by the City of Barrie in late 2009 to do a Stage 1 of the site. When he requested all previous archaeological reports done the site he got AFBY’s and not Woodley’s.Still, he recommended any lands not assessed by AFBY be thoroughly tested for burials.His recommendations could have been shared with GO and the work stopped, but Barrie never gave the report to Metrolinx, the Ontario government agency that operates GO Transit.“It is Barrie’s understanding that Metrolinx conducted its own archaeological investigations for the work it was completing for the Allandale GO Train Station. Barrie does not have a record of those reports. Barrie does not believe that Metrolinx discovered any archaeological artifacts during the course of its works,” said the city in a statement to APTN. Metrolinx has said in documents they don’t believe its contractors found anything, but have also refused to answer questions. But Henry’s report was also filed with the ministry and it’s not believed they did anything to stop the construction of the GO station. “It is a documented cemetery. (While) it may not be officially registered as a cemetery, it is a documented burial ground,” said Henry of the nine-acre site. “It is a cemetery, so you have to be darn sure that area is contained.”While the ossuaries have never been found since their discovery, Henry did find a large amount of fragmented human remains on the site between 2011-2012, including piece of a human jaw with teeth still attached and shovel-shaped incisors – a known characteristic of Indigenous people pre-contact. He found them about 100 metres from where the GO station is today.The old Allandale rail station in Barrie. In the foreground a test square can be seen where archaeologists are searching for human bones. Photo courtesy: Mike HenryHenry believes remains are yet to be found on the property and further testing is needed of all the land there.Robert MacDonald of ASI said the gaps in regulations need to be closed.“(We’re) very concerned that gaps in provincially mandated policies and protocols, such as those which led to the construction of the Allandale Go Station without a Stage 2 archaeological assessment, may result in further impacts to the archaeological deposits and/or human remains on the Allandale Station Lands,” he said in his 2015 report.Woodley said if the province had other reports and recommendations they should have went with them.“You always go with the most recent report,” he said. “I feel bad about my report (but) somebody else should have shared the other reports.”In June 2015, the Huron-Wendat Nation’s band council adopted a resolution to establish a clear position regarding the protection and preservation of its ancestral heritage. “We will continue to fight for the protection of our history and against the destruction of our heritage and ancestors both in Quebec and in Ontario. These are our ancestors and we will take all the necessary measures to restore their dignity so that they may rest in peace,” said Sioui, Friday. “We have been faced with many situations where the remains of our ancestors have been unearthed, examined, studied, unilaterally appropriated or simply disposed of like garbage. As in all such cases, this situation is unacceptable to us.” kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,891.63, up 36.86 points):Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE). Engineering and construction. Up $3.21, or 19.43 per cent, to $19.73 on 13.5 million shares. The Calgary-based company has signed a deal to be acquired for $1.5 billion in cash by CCCC International Holding Ltd. of China, subject to shareholder and government approvals. Aecon will continue to be headquartered in Canada while CCCI’s size and financial strength will help it bid for larger and more complex projects, the companies said.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 95 cents, or 2.25 per cent, to $43.10 on 7.4 million shares. The oilsands developer reported a third-quarter profit of $867 million (52 cents per share), compared with earnings of $346 million (21 cents per share) for the same quarter last year.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.60 per cent, to $1.68 on 6.1 million shares.Trican Well Service Ltd. (TSX:TCW). Oil and gas. Up 19 cents, or 4.41 per cent, to $4.50 on 5.8 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Down $1.55, or 7.68 per cent, to $18.64 on 5.6 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Miner. Down $2.47, or 8.44 per cent, to $26.81 on 5.5 million shares. The mining company saw its third-quarter profit more than double compared with a year ago, boosted by its steelmaking coal business. It earned $600 million attributable to shareholders or $1.02 per diluted share, compared with a profit of $234 million or 40 cents per diluted share.Companies reporting major news:ECN Capital Corp. (TSX:ECN). Financial Services. Up 23 cents, or 5.91 per cent, to $4.12 on 5.1 million shares. The company announced on Wednesday that it acquired Triad Financial Services, Inc. for C$125 million in cash.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Down 17 cents, or 1.05 per cent, to $16.09 on 2.1 million shares. The energy company lowered its capital spending guidance by $300 million to $2.2 billion- to $2.3-billion due in part to cost efficiencies. It also reported a third-quarter profit of $136 million (13 cents per share), compared with a profit of $1.39 billion ($1.37 per share) a year ago when the results were boosted by asset sales.Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI). Consumer packaged goods. Up 86 cents, or 2.65 per cent, to $33.29 on 393,856 shares. The processed meat company reported third-quarter earnings of $37.6 million (39 cents per diluted share), up from $31.8 million (23 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Third-quarter sales amounted to $908.4 million, up from $852.1 million a year ago.Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT). Fertilizer. Down 29 cents, or 1.15 per cent, to $24.85 on 1.8 million shares. Potash says it earned a third-quarter profit of $53 million (six cents per diluted share), down from $81 million (10 cents per diluted share) a year ago, as it works to close its merger with Agrium Inc. Chief executive Jochen Tilk says the company still expects to close the deal by the end of the year.Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX:QSR). Fast food restaurants. Down $2.15, 2.49 per cent, to $84.05 on 748,643 shares. The parent company of Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, reported third-quarter earnings of US$91.4 million (37 cents per diluted share), up from $86.3 million (36 cents per diluted share) a year ago. Third-quarter revenue totalled $1.21 billion, up from $1.08 billion.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: German luxury carmaker BMW Thursday launched 530i M Sport in India, priced at Rs 59.2 lakh (ex-showroom). The model now comes with a petrol engine, is locally produced at Chennai and is BS-VI compliant, BMW said in a statement. The company already sells diesel variant of the model in the country. The 530i M Sport comes with technologies such as display key which allows drivers to keep round the clock contact with car. It also has a gesture-control feature that recognises six pre-defined hand movements for control of a number of functions, it said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The model is also loaded with various safety features including six air bags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, dynamic stability control (DSC), including dynamic traction control (DTC), cornering brake control (CBC), among others. The two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 530i produces an output of 185kW or 252 hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0-100 km/hr in just 6.2 seconds.last_img read more

SAN FRANCISCO — Google Assistant has made for a name for itself in a voice technology market once dominated by Amazon and Apple.Google is expected to announce updates to its voice assistant and smart home products Tuesday at its annual developers conference in Mountain View, California.Google Assistant still comes second behind Amazon in the smart speaker race. But the company launched its product nearly two years after Amazon released Echo and has gained considerable ground on its rival.Google has expanded Assistant to more than 1 billion devices. It released a feature earlier this year that allows Assistant to call and make restaurant reservations for you, a technology that is a first of its kind in the market.Google I/O kicks off Tuesday morning.Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press read more

Ieng Sary, who was foreign minister under the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970s, and his wife Ieng Thirith, who served as social affairs minister, met yesterday with the defence support section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to choose their co-lawyers.The meeting follows their arrests earlier yesterday. Mr. Ieng faces charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes while Madame Ieng Thirith is charged with crimes against humanity.Mr. Ieng and Madame Ieng Thirith claim they cannot afford to pay for their lawyers, the ECCC said in a press release issued in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, where the court is based. While the claims are being assessed, the ECCC’s legal assistance scheme will fund their defence.Mr. Ieng has chosen the Cambodian lawyer Ang Udom to represent him and shortlisted two possible foreign co-lawyers as well. The court said a final selection is expected later this week.Madame Ieng Thirith has selected Phat Pouv Seang as her Cambodian lawyer and Diana Ellis QC from the United Kingdom as her foreign co-lawyer.The court also said that the first adversarial hearing in the case will take place tomorrow and will focus on whether the couple should remain in detention before the trial begins.Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979. 13 November 2007A former foreign minister of Cambodia and his wife have been brought before the United Nations-backed tribunal in the South-East Asian country that is trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes during their rule three decades ago. read more

SInvestors are placing a record volume of bearish bets on junk bonds by shorting State Street Corp.’s exchange-traded fund that owns the notes as the debt loses value for the first month since May. The volume of borrowed shares of the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF surged to 22.8 million on Nov. 16, about three times the average during the past year and up from 9.75 million shares a month ago, according to Markit Group Ltd. In a short sale, traders sell borrowed stock in a bet they can profit from price declines. Investors are using ETFs, which typically allow individuals to speculate on securities without directly owning them, to hedge against further declines in junk bonds as the notes lose 0.7 percent this month, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data. Speculative-grade debt funds reported $1.3 billion of redemptions last week, the biggest withdrawal since June, as concern mounts that the U.S. economy won’t grow quickly enough to support the most-indebted corporate balance sheets. Borrowed shares of BlackRock’s junk-bond ETF, the biggest of its kind, rose to 7.4 million on Nov. 16, the most since Aug. 21, Markit data show. Unlike mutual funds, whose shares are priced once daily, ETFs are listed on exchanges and are bought and sold like stocks. The five biggest junk-bond ETFs have lost $2.77 billion of assets since Sept. 20, when the funds’ assets reached a high of $31.98 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Bloomberg.com read more

The Financial Post visits the Pond Technologies lab in Markham, Ont., to get a glimpse into their potentially game-changing algae business. By feeding industrial emissions from Ontario factories to algae, Pond Technologies helps reduce carbon and then uses the algae it grows to create everything from plant-based protein to health supplements. Innovation Energy: Oilsands step up to take on clean tech challenge Innovation Energy: Tidal power is a promising source of electricity, but faces significant waves of challenges read more

“Hungary should seek to maintain high standards of human rights protection,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay. “Our view is that this effectively undermines the independence of judges, which is essential for the protection of human rights.”In March, the Fourth Amendment to the Fundamental Law (constitution) was adopted by the Hungarian Parliament without proper public discussion on issues that may affect the population’s human rights, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Last week, an advisory panel of the Council of Europe issued a critical report on the amendment, saying it “perpetuates problems of the independence of the judiciary, seriously undermines the possibilities of constitutional review in Hungary and endangers the constitutional system of checks and balances.”The panel, known as the Venice Commission, said the Fourth Amendment had provisions that contradicted Hungary’s basic law and European standards. The Commission is the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters.“We welcome the Venice Commission’s opinion which confirms the concerns we expressed when the Fourth Amendment was adopted in March,” Ms. Pillay said. “The Fourth Amendment as a whole represents further retrograde steps in terms of human rights protection. This is an issue of serious concern, not least because Hungary was previously known for a highly advanced system of human rights protection.”Ms. Pillay said she shared the concerns of the Venice Commission on the independence of judges, noting that the position of the politically appointed president of the National Judicial Office had been reinforced by the Fourth Amendment, while the court’s own self-governing body, the National Judicial Council, was not even mentioned in the Constitution. The amendment also upholds the President’s right to reassign cases to a different court – a provision that was previously adopted as a transitional measure and was subsequently struck down as unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court.In its report, the Venice Commission highlighted a “consistent pattern” of rulings by the Constitutional Court being overridden by changing the constitution. “The removal of all Constitutional Court case law up to 2012 is extremely worrying,” Ms. Pillay said. “Many human rights principles have been formed over the years and found their expression in the practice of the Hungarian Constitutional Court, including the Court’s ground-breaking abolition of the death penalty, which was acclaimed worldwide and served as an inspiration for other countries, including South Africa, Ukraine, Albania and Lithuania.” The Hungarian Government is planning a further amendment in the autumn in response to some of the criticism of the Venice Commission and the European Commission. However, Ms. Pillay said “at this point, these concessions appear very minor,” and urged the Government to address seriously all of the issues raised over the last three years by international human rights mechanisms, including the Venice Commission. read more

“Notwithstanding the achievements of the UN, we must not be complacent: indeed, there are still numerous challenges confronting us. As we speak, there are still numerous armed conflicts around the world. The suffering of the Palestinian people is still taking place, while the realization of a two-state solution is still elusive,” he said in his speech at the annual General Debate.He spoke of sectarian conflicts, including the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL], which continues to threaten political stability and cause a multitude of humanitarian crises in the Middle East, especially in Syria, Libya and Yemen.“We are also witnessing the worst year for human displacement and irregular migration since World War II due to political crises, sectarian conflicts and other humanitarian crises globally. In the past weeks, we have seen a flood of refugees fleeing from the violence in Syria, where well over one hundred thousand people have been killed, to seek a safe haven in Europe, despite the dangers and hardships they have to endure on the way,” he stated.The Indonesian Minister also commented on economic disparity, poverty and inequality in a world where nearly 800 million people are suffering from severe undernourishment.“The rich nations, comprising a mere 20 per cent of the world’s population, consume 70 per cent of [its] resources. In many parts of the world, women, children, youths, persons with disabilities, older persons, people living in conflicts and emergency situations remain marginalized and untouched by the progress of development,” he stressed.He also stressed that world leaders have so far been unable to produce a universal agreement on climate change.“We hope that the upcoming climate change conference in Paris can seal the long overdue agreement on climate. “We must ensure the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a timely manner. We must ensure that global development strategies are in line with the national conditions and priorities of involved countries.” “All of these challenges are related to the lack of progress in the UN reform. Therefore, let us join hands in overcoming these challenges,” Mr. Kalla asserted. “We urgently need to realize UN reform […] the UN system has to be even more inclusive and must better reflect current global geopolitical conditions,” he added. Lastly, he asserted that the international community today relies on the UN to create world order and peace and equitable prosperity, to guarantee security for the global community, and to fully implement the principles of human rights as enshrined in the UN Charter. read more

first_imgAgnico Eagle Finland Oy has awarded Pöyry with the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) assignment for the expansion investment of the Kittilä gold mine. The assignment includes services for the gold mine expansion project that will be carried out between 2018 and 2021.The Kittilä mine is the largest gold mine in Europe. Mining company Agnico Eagle Finland has announced an expansion investment of approximately €160 million at its Kittilä gold mine. A 1,044 m deep shaft will be built in the mine and, at the same time, the processing plant’s processing capacity will be raised from the current 1.6 Mt/y to 2 Mt/y per annum. The project will be phased in over four years and is expected to result in a 50,000 to 70,000 oz annual increase in gold production at reduced operating costs beginning in 2021.“The shaft will make it possible to utilize the deeper parts of the gold deposit in an economically sensible way, and it will improve our energy efficiency, as well as decrease our emissions. The efficiency advantage of the shaft combined with the raised production rate will improve the competitiveness of the Kittilä mine. We selected Pöyry as our strategic partner to the largest ever expansion project in Kittilä mine based on our successful long term relationship in various demanding projects at the mine” says Agnico Eagle Finland’s Managing Director, Jani Lösönen.“We are pleased to continue as trusted partner for Agnico Eagle in this remarkable expansion project. During the investment implementation we, together with Agnico Eagle Finland, will pay extra attention to Health & Safety, Environmental, Employees and other Social responsibility related aspects. This assignment further strengthens our position as EPCM service provider in the Mining & Metals sector,” says Kalle Rasinmäki, President of Pöyry’s Industry business in Finland.last_img read more

first_imgYour eyes are a big deal to Samsung. The Galaxy S3 brought about the ability to keep a Samsung phone awake if the software could see that you were reading something on the screen. How do you one-up a trick like that? Using nothing but your eyes to scroll around on a screen.There are a lot of companies working really hard right now on software that takes advantage of eye-tracking. If a computer knows where your eyes are looking on a screen, software can be designed to enhance your user experience based on that information. Intel’s CES presentation showed a Where’s Waldo game that relied entirely on your eyes to play. In a PC environment, your eyes could be used to navigate across increasingly larger higher-resolution displays. What Intel suggested would be a great tool to have in the future, Samsung will be showing off with their new Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone.Samsung filed for several patents that all involve using the front facing camera of a phone to keep tabs on what your eyeballs are doing when the screen is on. Eye scroll and Eye pause each describe features in a smartphone or tablet where the camera uses the position of your eyes and their motion to move around on the screen or pause a video in playback. One anonymous user of the Galaxy S4 has reported to the NYTimes that they have seen the eye-scrolling feature first hand. It would appear that the ability to control your smartphone with your eyes will be a pretty big feature Samsung plans to demonstrate at their launch event on March 14th.In order for Samsung to pull off a feature like eye-scrolling on a smartphone, they would need a powerful front-facing camera with a pretty reasonable backlight sensor in order to work even most of the time. To keep tabs on your eyes and pay attention to how they are moving around, the phone is going to need a great processor with plenty of battery life if it’s going to provide you with that feature all day long. The secondary benefit to this feature would be that if you turn it off, you’ve got a killer FFC and a battery that will do good by you throughout the day.There’s still a lot about the Galaxy S4 that we don’t know for sure. The rumors that surround this phone have been all over the place, usually very light on details and never containing a believable photo or render of the hardware. Samsung has done a remarkable job keeping the phone under wraps so far, but the next week-and-a-half will most likely expose the majority of the details surrounding the phone.last_img read more

first_imgThree years ago MH370 went missing and still hasn’t been found The plane, which had 239 people on board, has never been found. 26 Comments Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 6:13 AM Image: AP/Press Association Images 12,551 Views By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3275567 THREE YEARS AGO today, MH370 went missing.The plane, which had 239 people on board, has never been found.The official search for MH370 may have been called off but experts believe the missing airliner will one day be found, perhaps either by deep-sea miners or treasure hunters lured by a huge cash reward.After spending almost three years and $150 million on a deep sea hunt for the Malaysian passenger jet in the remote Indian Ocean off western Australia, top aviation investigators were earlier this year forced to admit they have come up with nothing.More questions than answers have arisen since the Boeing 777 vanished and relatives of the 239 dead fear that China and Malaysia are admitting defeat in the face of one of the world’s most enduring aviation mysteries.The only physical evidence has been debris recovered on western Indian Ocean shorelines and the discoveries, far from the official search, have prompted next-of-kin to embark on their own inquiries in Madagascar.Treasure hunters may also get involved, perhaps through the offer of a multi-million-dollar prize, said former US Air Force aviator Ronald Bishop from Australia’s Central Queensland University.“Sometimes private firms work a bit better,” Bishop said, noting they were likely to believe witnesses until they could be disproven.In contrast, government agencies tended to be more quick to dismiss witnesses’ evidence “if they are a little bit over-the-top”, he told AFP.Australia’s transport minister Darren Chester stressed this week that the search could be revived if there is “credible new evidence” pinpointing MH370′s location, thereby leaving the door open for future operations.For oceanographer Erik van Sebille of Imperial College London, the new field of deep sea mining could prove to be the key to one day stumbling across MH370′s watery grave. ‘Some point, somehow, somebody’ Source: Joshua PaulSearching for debris under the oceans has always been a challenge because electromagnetic radiation such as radar and X-rays do not work in seawater, leaving only sonar or light and cameras from submersibles operating very close to the seabed.“It is easier to point a telescope to Mars than to look at our own ocean floor,” van Sebille told AFP.“With deep sea mining… that means there’s now a commercial incentive to go and have a very close look at the ocean floor for the first time ever… and at some point, somehow, somebody might stumble upon the black box or a significant part of the plane.”Former US Federal Aviation Administration official Michael Daniel, now an air investigator and consultant, told AFP that it did not need to be governments who take the lead in re-examining the evidence.Private firms, lawyers and non-governmental organisations could step in on behalf of grieving families.He said it was time to reassess all the evidence.“I do think that the investigation needs to reboot in certain areas, for example in the criminal investigation area,” Daniel said.“There are still many questions and areas remaining open.“What is the motive or why would an aircraft be deviating from its flight plan? There’s really no lead in that area other than the aircraft deviated,” Daniel said of one of the central puzzles.center_img Share14 Tweet Email Mar 8th 2017, 6:13 AM Source: Daniel ChanThe lack of a final resting place and a clear explanation for the disappearance of the Kuala Lumpur to Beijing flight have spawned theories including a Taliban hijacking, a meteor strike and even a diversion by the CIA.Investigators have pursued leads of a possible hijacking, rogue pilot action or mechanical failure.Relatives from Malaysia and China, where most of the passengers came from, are also suspicious of their governments, believing authorities are hiding something.“We are not convinced the plane crashed into the sea. Where is the evidence?” Malaysia’s Selamat Omar, whose son Mohamad Khairul Amri Selamat was on board, told AFP.“Until the plane is found, we will not accept that our son is dead.”Bishop remains optimistic that the plane will eventually be found, giving closure to families.“The Titanic took until the ’80s to find,” he said of the search for the ocean liner that struck an iceberg and went down in the north Atlantic in 1912.“I really think we’re going to find (MH370) eventually.”- © AFP 2017.Read: ‘Presumed dead’: The plane that vanished into thin air with 239 people on boardRead: Search for missing flight MH370 called off after 3 years Short URL Image: AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Tourism arrivals from Russia will register a new record this year as they are expected to reach up to 1 million people, according to the president of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE), Andreas Andreadis.Addressing a two-day Greek-Russian tourism forum at Hersonissos on Crete on Monday, he estimated the rise of Russian tourist arrivals this year to top 30 percent from 2011, when they had numbered 740,000, posting growth of 64 percent from the year before.He added that average per capita expenditure by Russian tourists in this country amounts to 1,005 euros. As a result, visitors from Russia are among the biggest spenders in Greece.The forum, titled ‘Chartering the Future,’ is set to conclude on Tuesday. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

first_imgAustralia’s tourism success relies on its ability to create new products and attract new and returning visitors, according to Australian Tourism Export Council managing director Felicia Mariani.As two of Australia’s top travel markets, New Zealand Japan recover from natural disasters earlier this year, Ms Mariani explained that continued international inbound growth would depend on Australia’s appeal to growing Eastern markets.ATEC’s head said that highlighting the unique culture and close proximity between Australia and countries such as China and India would attract more travellers and distinguish Aus from other ‘western’ destinations like the US and Europe. “Clearly Australia continues to offer an attractive tourism experience and we are growing our share of key markets such as China, India, Indonesia and Thailand,” she said. “With significant increases in arrivals and spend from these four markets, we have a real opportunity to carve out a strong identity that maintains and grows the number of visitors for decades to come.“Australia is a much shorter trip for most Asian countries compared to Europe or the US, but those destinations are investing heavily in the Chinese market with the US along allocating $50 million to luring Chinese visitors to their shores. “We still have the advantage of having had Approved Destination Status for over a decade and we need to promote our nature, culture and Indigenous experiences as a significant point of difference.”The backpacker market is another key factor that could help Australia’s inbound figures, according to Ms Mariani and building on the sector could see positive impacts on arrivals and spending.Although spending up to $20 less a day than regular holidaymakers, Ms Mariani said backpackers tend to contribute more to the economy than leisure travelers because they stay in Australia three times longer.“The value of the backpacker and youth traveler continues to be under acknowledged,” she added. “This sector travels widely, accessing regional parts of Australia, they often work here, encourage family and friends to visit, spend longer in the country than holiday makers and spend almost as much per day.”Australia welcomed up to 583,000 backpackers for the year ending June this year. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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