Malaysia’s Prime Minister M Najib Razak has confirmed that the flaperon that washed up on Reunion Island last week is from MH 370.“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370,” Mr Najib said.At the press conference in KL he “committed to do everything to find out what happened to MH370” and added “it is my hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to the families and loved ones.”Mr Najib said the “the burden and uncertainty faced by the families” in the 515 days since the aircraft disappeared had been “unspeakable”. “We now have physical evidence that flight MH370 tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean,” he added.The confirmation came after the Malaysian PM spoke with Malaysia Airlines’ experts in Toulouse France. An international team of investigators In France is due to conduct a full forensic examination of the Boeing 777 flaperon later today. The team is made up of experts from Malaysia, France, Australia and US and may be able to shed light on what might have happened to MH370.Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 last year on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew aboard.MH370: TimelineMH370: Only human inputYesterday in Australia Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss confirmed that Australia, at the invitation of the French judiciary, has sent an expert from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to Toulouse, France, to take part in the examination of the flaperon.The ATSB is leading the underwater search for MH370 1,800km west of Perth.Mr Truss also revealed that CSIRO drift modelling, commissioned by the ATSB, confirms that material from the current search area would have been carried to Reunion Island, as well as other locations.A drift modelling working group was set up, comprising a number of organisations including: the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Asia-Pacific Applied Science Associates (APASA), the US Coastguard, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and Global Environmental Modelling Systems (GEMS) to ensure that best practice modelling was put in place for the subsequent search. A number of search and rescue datum buoys were also deployed which were used to measure actual surface drift in the search area and to validate the drift models being used. Similarly, real-time wind and wave data from the search area was used to continuously update the drift model. .“For this reason, thorough and methodical search efforts will continue to be focused on the defined underwater search area, covering 120,000 square kilometres, in the southern Indian Ocean,” said Mr Truss.The CSRIO has also conducted reverse drift modelling and while its states that it is “very imprecise when used for long time periods” it says that the results of reverse modelling are also consistent with the defined search area west of Perth.Yesterday the Australian Federal government’s Joint Agency Coordination Centre encouraged people to report any item of interest on beaches they find to the relevant local authorities.Malaysian Prime Minsiter’s full statement; PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICEMALAYSIAFEDERAL GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATIVE CENTRE62502 PUTRAJAYA6 August 2015PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK STATEMENT ON MH370On 8 March 2014, flight MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing disappeared. The days, weeksand months that followed have been a period of torment for the families of those on board.The plane’s disappearance was without precedent. At every stage, we followed the tiny amountof evidence that existed. But, despite the efforts of 26 nations and the largest search in aviationhistory, from the South China Sea to the Indian Ocean, the plane could not be located.Neither could investigations by the world’s leading aviation experts answer why MH370 veeredoff course and went dark. While the plane’s disappearance remained a mystery, we haveshared the anguish of those who could find no comfort.Last week, on 29th July, we were informed by the French authorities that part of an aircraft winghad been found on Reunion, the French island in the Indian Ocean.Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you that aninternational team of experts have conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found onReunion Island is indeed from MH370.We now have physical evidence that, as I announced on 24th March last year, flight MH370tragically ended in the southern Indian Ocean.This is a remote, inhospitable and dangerous area, and on behalf of Malaysia I would like tothank the many nations, organisations and individuals who have participated in the search.The burden and uncertainty faced by the families during this time has been unspeakable. It ismy hope that this confirmation, however tragic and painful, will at least bring certainty to thefamilies and loved ones of the 239 people onboard MH370. They have our deepest sympathyand prayers.I would like to assure all those affected by this tragedy that the government of Malaysia iscommitted to do everything within our means to find out the truth of what happened. MH370’sdisappearance marked us as a nation. We mourn with you, as a nation.And I promise you this: Malaysia will always remember and honour those who were lostonboard MH370.ENDS
zoom Nasdaq-listed dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited has taken delivery of one more bulker bought in March this year within a 16-vessel deal.The ship in question is the 74,500 dwt Sea Amber, which will now be renamed Golden Amber.Sea Amber is one of two 2017-built ice class Panamax ships purchased from subsidiaries of Seatankers, an affiliate of Hemen Holding, the company’s largest shareholder.The company has issued 1,650,000 consideration shares to Hemen Holding in exchange for the vessel. Following this transaction, the company’s issued share capital is USD 6,393,649.60 divided into 127,872,992 issued shares, each with a nominal value of USD 0.05.Golden Ocean earlier informed that the duo would be bought in consideration for 3.3 million GOGL shares to fund the equity portion of the acquisition. Hemen Holding would issue a seller credit of USD 22.5 million that matures in June 2019, with no fixed amortization.On a fully-delivered basis, Golden Ocean’s fleet will have an aggregate carrying capacity of around 11 million dwt and an average age of less than 5 years on a dwt basis.
Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts send Styrofoam packing MONTEGO BAY — As of Feb. 1 Sandals Resorts International (SRI) will eliminate all Styrofoam from all of its 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts, and look at eliminating other plastic across its resorts by September.“As we enter the New Year, it’s incredibly important to our Sandals family that environmental sustainability remains a key priority,” said Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.“After eliminating plastic straws, stirrers, laundry bags and gift shop bags last year, we’re choosing to eliminate Styrofoam from our resorts. We’re proud that many of the islands in which we operate are also making this shift to ensure that future generations can enjoy the beauty of the Caribbean.”The elimination of Styrofoam is particularly important in the Caribbean region, says Stewart, with its abundance of marine wildlife. Researchers have found plastic fragments including Styrofoam in 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species and 43% of all marine mammal species.More news: Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winter“Eliminating Styrofoam is yet another way we’re reducing our environmental footprint and improving the health of our Caribbean communities,” said Heidi Clarke, Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation. “Education is critical, and that’s where the Sandals Foundation comes in. We want to keep our islands clean and beautiful for citizens, visitors and marine wildlife alike.”All Sandals and Beaches Resorts are certified by the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification program, with nine resorts currently holding Master Certification. The company is the only hotel chain in the world to have all of its resorts certified. Share Travelweek Group Friday, January 4, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Environment, Sandals Resorts Posted by