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Intense Search For Missing MH370 Begins In Indian Ocean

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Months have continued to drab by and still no positive reports on the recovery of the missing flight.

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has resumed in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, more than six months after the passenger jet vanished.

The Malaysian-contracted GO Phoenix vessel arrived in the area on Monday to begin its underwater search, scanning the ocean floor for the plane, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said.

The search has been on hold for four months so crews could map the seabed in the search zone, about 1,800km west of Australia.

Given the unknown nature of the ocean floor in that area, since found to include extinct volcanoes, sheer ridges and deep trenches, a bathymetric survey to map the seabed was considered vital before an underwater search could start.

Australia has been spearheading the hunt for the plane which is believed to have hit the ocean after mysteriously diverting off-course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and running out of fuel.

The Boeing 777 went missing on March 8 with 239 people on board.

The 60,000-square kilometre search site lies along what is known as the “seventh arc” – a stretch of ocean where investigators believe the aircraft ran out of fuel and crashed.

Officials analysed transmissions between the plane and a satellite to estimate where it entered the water.

Two other ships being provided by Dutch contractor Fugro are expected to join the GO Phoenix later this month.

The ships will be dragging sonar devices called towfish through the water about 100 metres above the seabed to hunt for the wreckage.

The towfish are also equipped with sensors that can detect the presence of jet fuel, and are expected to be able to cope with the depths of the search zone, which is 6.5km deep in places.

If anything of interest is spotted on the sonar, crews will attach a video camera to the towfish to film the seabed.

Expressing cautious optimism that the plane will eventually be found, Martin Dolan, ATSB’s chief commissioner, said: “We’re confident in the analysis and we’re confident that the aircraft is close to the seventh arc.”

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  1. Lilywhite Phillips

    October 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Chai! God pls intervene in this search, so that this plane will be found.

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

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US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won

Donald Trump

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.

President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”

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This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”

The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.

However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.

US election: Trump claims victory hours after saying Biden won

 

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

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Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead

Jerry Rawlings

Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.

The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.

Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.

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Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.

After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.

He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.

Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

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US Election Is Far From Over — Trump

Donald Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has refused to concede after his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, secured the required number of electoral college votes to win the presidential race.

Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”

“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.

Also Read: Joe Biden Defeats Trump To Win US Presidential Election

“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.

“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.

 

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