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FBI Joins Possible Terror Probe for Missing Malaysia Jet.


Vietnamese authorities searching waters for the missing Boeing 777 jetliner spotted an object Sunday that they suspected was one of the plane’s doors, as international intelligence agencies joined the investigation into two passengers who boarded the aircraft with stolen passports.

More than a day and half after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 went missing, no confirmed debris from the plane had been found, and the final minutes before it disappeared remained a mystery. The plane, which was carrying 239 people, lost contact with ground controllers somewhere between Malaysia and Vietnam after leaving Kuala Lumpur early Saturday morning for Beijing.

The state-run Thanh Nien newspaper cited Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, deputy chief of staff of Vietnam’s army, as saying searchers in a low-flying plane had spotted an object suspected of being a door from the missing jet. It was found in waters about 90 kilometers (56 miles) south of Tho Chu island, in the same area where oil slicks were spotted Saturday.

“From this object, hopefully (we) will find the missing plane,” Tuan said. Thanh Nien said two ships from the maritime police were heading to the site.

The missing plane apparently fell from the sky at cruising altitude in fine weather, and the pilots were either unable or had no time to send a distress signal — unusual circumstances under which a modern jetliner operated by a professional airline would crash.

Malaysia’s air force chief, Rodzali Daud, said radar indicated that the plane may have turned back, but did not give further details on which direction it went or how far it veered off course.

“We are trying to make sense of this,” Daud said at a news conference. “The military radar indicated that the aircraft may have made a turn back, and in some parts this was corroborated by civilian radar.”

Malaysia Airlines Chief Executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said pilots are supposed to inform the airline and traffic control authorities if the plane does a U-turn. “From what we have, there was no such distress signal or distress call per se, so we are equally puzzled,” he said.

Authorities were checking on the identities of the two passengers who boarded the plane with stolen passports. On Saturday, the foreign ministries in Italy and Austria said the names of two citizens listed on the flight’s manifest matched the names on two passports reported stolen in Thailand.

“I can confirm that we have the visuals of these two people on CCTV,” Malaysian Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said at a news conference late Sunday, adding that the footage was being examined. “We have intelligence agencies, both local and international, on board.”

Hishammuddin declined to give further details, saying it may jeopardize the investigation.

“Our focus now is to find the aircraft,” he said, adding that finding the plane would make it easier for authorities to investigate any possible foul play.

Interpol confirmed that at least two stolen passports used by passengers on the plane were registered in its databases. It said no one had checked the databases, but added that most airlines and countries do not usually check for stolen passports.

Hishammuddin said only two passengers had used stolen passports, and that earlier reports that the identities of two others were under investigation were not true.

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said the U.S. was looking into the stolen passports, but that investigators had reached no conclusions.

In addition to the plane’s sudden disappearance, which experts say is consistent with a possible onboard explosion, the stolen passports have strengthened concerns about terrorism as a possible cause. Al-Qaida militants have used similar tactics to try and disguise their identities.

Still, other possible causes would seem just as likely at this stage, including a catastrophic failure of the plane’s engines, extreme turbulence, or pilot error or even suicide. Establishing what happened with any certainty will need data from flight recorders and a detailed examination of any debris, something that will take months if not years.

European authorities on Saturday confirmed the names and nationalities of the two stolen passports: One was an Italian-issued document bearing the name Luigi Maraldi, the other Austrian under the name Christian Kozel. Police in Thailand said Maraldi’s passport was stolen on the island of Phuket last July.

A telephone operator on a China-based KLM hotline on Sunday confirmed that “Maraldi” and “Kozel” were both booked to leave Beijing on a KLM flight to Amsterdam on March 8. Maraldi was then to fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, on KLM on March 8, and Kozel to Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.

She said since the pair booked the tickets through China Southern Airlines, she had no information on where they bought them.

Having onward reservations to Europe from Beijing would have meant the pair, as holders of EU passports, would not have needed visas for China.

Meanwhile, the multinational search for the missing plane was continuing. A total of 34 aircraft and 40 ships have been deployed to the area by Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, China and the United States, in addition to Vietnam’s fleet.

Vietnamese air force jets spotted two large oil slicks Saturday, but it was unclear whether they were linked to the missing plane.

Two-thirds of the jet’s passengers were Chinese. The rest were from elsewhere in Asia, North America and Europe.

After more than 30 hours without contact with the aircraft, Malaysia Airlines told family members they should “prepare themselves for the worst,” Hugh Dunleavy, the commercial director for the airline, told reporters.

Finding traces of an aircraft that disappears over sea can take days or longer, even with a sustained search effort. Depending on the circumstances of the crash, wreckage can be scattered over many square kilometers (miles). If the plane enters the water before breaking up, there can be relatively little debris.

A team of American experts was en route to Asia to be ready to assist in the investigation into the crash. The team includes accident investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as technical experts from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing, the safety board said in a statement.

Malaysia Airlines has a good safety record, as does the 777, which had not had a fatal crash in its 19-year history until an Asiana Airlines plane crashed last July in San Francisco, killing three passengers, all Chinese teenagers.

© AFP 2014
Source: Newsmax.com

Friday The 13th Travellers Take Chance On Flight 666 To HEL.


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Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th? For superstitious travellers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki apparently were not too bothered. Friday’s flight was almost full.

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“It has been quite a joke among the pilots,” said pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto before flying the Airbus A320 from Copenhagen to Helsinki. “I’m not a superstitious man. It’s only a coincidence for me.”

The daily flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki falls on Friday the 13th twice in 2013. Friday the 13th is considered bad luck in many countries and the number 666 also has strong negative biblical associations.

Some airlines, such as Scandinavian Airlines, take such fears seriously and do not have a row 13 on board. However, the negative connotations are a relatively new phenomenon for northern Europeans, and Finnair and other regional carriers such as Norwegian and Estonian Air keep row 13.

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“Less than 100 years ago the number 13 did not have this sinister meaning. It’s quite recent in the north,” said Ulo Valk, professor of comparative folklore at the

University

of Tartu in Estonia.

 

“There are 12 hours, 12 months and in Christianity 12 apostles and this is a divine number. Add one more and it brings in a certain element of chaos,” he said.

Passengers on flight 666 to HEL should have a calm flight over the Baltic at this time of year. “It’s hopefully smooth skies,” said Keidasto. “And if there’s some passenger who is anxious about this 666, our cabin crew is always happy to help them.” The flight later landed safely. source – Guardian UK.

by NTEB News Desk

 

Obama Quietly Funnels BILLIONS To UN For ‘Global Warming’.


Hello, I am Senator Jim Inhofe, Republican Senator from Oklahoma, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and chief critic of President Obama’s far left green agenda

While all of the attention today in Washington is on the looming fiscal cliff, President Obama’s administration is quietly handing over billions of dollars to the United Nations in the name of global warming.

Over the past decade, I have been leading the charge in Washington to make sure the global warming hoax is exposed. A big part of that effort has been putting the spotlight on what takes place at the UN’s annual global warming conferences. While I have been unable to travel to the last few conferences, I have counted on groups like CFACT to provide “on the ground” reports. This year’s UN conference is in Doha, Qatar and I’m pleased that Lord Christopher Monckton is there working with his partners, including CFACT Executive Director Craig Rucker and Marc Morano of ClimateDepot.com. I’m certainly looking forward to the release of Climate Depot’s new report that debunks the alarmists’ extreme weather claims.

Obama Gives Billions To UN For Global Warming Climate Change

Obama Gives Billions To UN For Global Warming Climate Change

The last time I attended a global warming conference was in 2009, when I spent only three hours at their gathering in Copenhagen. I arrived just after President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and Senator Kerry promised world leaders that the United States would act on cap-and-trade. I was in Copenhagen as a one-man truth squad: I said that the United States Senate would never ratify the Kyoto treaty or pass cap-and-trade. I was right, and now even the liberal media is admitting that these conferences are pointless. As Der Spiegel put it, the conference in Doha is “turning into a farce.” The UK Guardian said that “Doha is a byword for stalemate and failure” and theNew York Times reported that after the failure of the Rio+20 conference held in June, “more and more people may be ignoring these global confabs.”

It’s not surprising that this year’s conference has been ignored. Remember EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson admitted to me that EPA’s global warming regulations are based primarily on the now exposed Climategate science of the completely discredited UN IPCC. The Atlantic Monthly said of Climategate “the stink of intellectual corruption is overpowering.” And the UK Telegraph wrote that “This is the worst scientific scandal of our generation.”

Of course, the focus of this year’s global warming conference – like all the conferences before – is not the environment. It’s about one thing: spreading the wealth around. As the Associated Press reported, “one of the main challenges will be raising climate aid for poor countries at a time when budgets are strained by financial turmoil.”

Three years ago, President Obama helped create a United Nations Green Slush Fund that would redistribute over $100 billion from developed countries to developing countries. While he has been racking up huge deficits and talking up tax increases, the President has already sent billions of American taxpayer dollars to the United Nations – and he’s managed to do it quietly so that no one will notice.

How many billions have already been handed over in the last three years? It’s hard to tell. There appears to be little in the way of transparency. Bloomberg reports that the European Union, the United States, Japan and other developed nations paid out in the range of $23 to $34 billion.

Of course, this is just the beginning. United Nations Climate Chief Christiana Figueres explained her job this way: “It is the most inspiring job in the world because what we are doing here is we are inspiring government, private sector, and civil society to [make] the biggest transformation that they have ever undertaken. The Industrial Revolution was also a transformation, but it wasn’t a guided transformation from a centralized policy perspective. This is a centralized transformation that is taking place because governments have decided that they need to listen to science. So it’s a very, very different transformation and one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different.” This is the top UN Climate chief: she sees herself as the overseer of “transforming” the lives of everyone on the planet.

At the global warming conference in Milan, I asked an African delegate who I knew why he had attended and he said, “It has nothing to do with the science; it’s because it’s the biggest party of the year.” It’s time to put an end to these lavish, absurd global warming parties and focus on the real problems that we face.

In the meantime, I am thankful that groups like CFACT are willing and able to expose this farce for what it is. Your work is critical. But as long as you are there, make sure you enjoy some of the party. Remember, the worst crisis that happened in Copenhagen was that they ran out of caviar, so get some before it’s gone! source – US Senate.gov.

by NTEB News Desk

List of World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2012.


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Copenhagen restaurant Noma topped The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in London Monday night, cementing chef René Redzepi’s reputation as the standard bearer in innovative, game-changing gastronomy.

Voted on by more than 800 food critics, chefs, and restaurateurs around the globe, the list reflects what’s trending now in the culinary world. Here are the winners for 2012, as announced at Guildhall in London:

1     Noma – Copenhagen, Denmark 2     El Celler de Can Roca – Girona, Spain 3     Mugaritz – San Sebastián, Spain        Mugaritz chef Andoni Luis Aduriz was also given the Chef’s Choice award 4     D.O.M. – São Paulo, Brazil        Also named Best Restaurant in South America 5     Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy 6     Per Se – New York, USA        Per Se chef Thomas Keller was also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while Per Se        was named Best Restaurant in North America 7     Alinea – Chicago, USA 8     Arzak – San Sebastián, Spain        Arzak Head Chef Elena Arzak was named The World’s Best Female Chef 9     Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London, UK        Highest New Entry       10    Eleven Madison Park – New York, USA 11    Steirereck – Vienna, Austria        Slow Food UK Award 12    L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon – Paris, France 13    The Fat Duck – Bray, UK 14    The Ledbury – London, UK        Highest Climber Award 15    Le Chateaubriand – Paris, France 16    L’Arpège – Paris, France 17    Pierre Gagnaire – Paris, France 18    L’Astrance – Paris, France 19    Le Bernardin – New York, USA 20    Frantzén/Lindeberg – Stockholm, Sweden 21    Oud Sluis – Sluis, Netherlands 22    Aqua – Wolfsburg, Germany 23    Vendôme -Bergisch Gladbach, Germany 24    Mirazur – Menton, France 25    Daniel – New York, USA 26    Iggy’s – Singapore        Best Restaurant in Asia 27    Narisawa – Tokyo, Japan  28    Nihonryori RyuGin – Tokyo, Japan 29    Quay – Sydney, Australia        Best Restaurant in Australasia 30    Schloss Schauenstein – Fürstenau, Switzerland 31    Asador Etxebarri – Atxondo, Spain 32    Le Calandre – Padua, Italy 33    De Librije – Zwolle, Netherlands 34    Fäviken – Järpen, Sweden 35    Astrid y Gastón – Lima, Peru 36    Pujol Mexico City – Mexico 37    Momofuku Ssäm Bar – New York, USA 38    Biko – Mexico City, Mexico 39    Waku Ghin – Singapore 40    Quique Dacosta – Denia, Spain 41    Mathias Dahlgren – Stockholm, Sweden 42    Hof Van Cleve – Kruishoutem, Belgium 43    The French Laundry – Yountville, USA 44    Amber – Hong Kong 45    Vila Joya – Albufeira, Portugal 46    Il Canto – Siena, Italy 47    Bras – Laguiole, France 48    Manresa – Los Gatos, USA 49    Geranium – Copenhagen, Denmark 50    Nahm – Bangkok, Thailand.

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

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Euro zone may up bailout fund capacity to near 700 billion euros: officials.


BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The euro zone may raise the combined lending power of its bailout funds to close to 700 billion euros from 500 billion in a trade-off between German opposition to committing more money and calming markets, euro zone officials said.

              Euro zone finance ministers and central bankers will discuss the size of their bailout funds – the temporary European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the permanent European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in Copenhagen on March 30-31.

              The 440 billion euro EFSF and the 500 billion ESM now have a combined lending ceiling of 500 billion euros, which means that in the 12 months from July 2012 when they co-exist, they cannot lend together more than 500 billion euros.

              Markets have long been pushing for a higher capacity for euro zone lending to make sure the 17-nation bloc has enough money to bail out even its large members like Italy or Spain, should that be necessary, but Germany has been adamantly opposed to such an increase.

              “Given that the situation is difficult in several countries, it seems to me the easiest option is the least ambitious one,” one senior euro zone official said.

              Out of its 440 billion euros of lending power, the EFSF has already committed 192 billion euros to bailouts for Greece, Ireland and Portugal.

              “One possibility would be to say the EFSF has made commitments of 192 billion euros, but the ESM should start fresh with 500,” the senior euro zone official said.

              “The combined lending capacity would go from 500 billion to 692 billion, roughly 700 billion. That is one of the options under discussion and that is probably the least ambitious and therefore politically the easiest,” the official said.

              A second euro zone official confirmed this was a likely solution, although both noted several options were being examined and the final decision was still uncertain.

              (Reporting By Jan Strupczewski; editing by Rex Merrifield).

Source: YAHOO NEWS.

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