‘If I were Boeing, would rebrand plane’: Trump on 737 Max crisis

‘If I were Boeing, would rebrand plane’: Trump on 737 Max crisis

It is not the first time Trump has weighed in on the Ethiopian crash.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

US President Donald Trump lambasted the Boeing 737 Max plane on Monday, saying it should be improved with unspecified new features and given a new name.

The model has suffered two deadly crashes in a matter of months, the first last October in Indonesia with the death of all 189 people on board and then in Ethiopia on March 10, killing all 157 aboard.

Both accidents took place shortly after takeoff. Investigators are focusing on a system that is supposed to help the Boeing workhorse aircraft avoid stalling in flight.

“What do I know about branding, maybe nothing (but I did become President!), but if I were Boeing, I would FIX the Boeing 737 MAX, add some additional great features, & REBRAND the plane with a new name,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet.

“No product has suffered like this one. But again, what the hell do I know?,” he added.

It is not the first time Trump has weighed in on the Ethiopian crash.

Two days after the plane went down, he tweeted that these days jetliners are “becoming far too complex to fly”.

He added: “Pilots are no longer needed, but rather computer scientists from MIT. I see it all the time in many products. Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better.” (AFP) SMJ SMJ


China hails Pakistan’s action plan to implement UN resolutions to fight terrorism

China hails Pakistan's action plan to implement UN resolutions to fight terrorism

Chinese President Xi Jinping with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan (File Photo | AP)

BEIJING: China on Monday hailed its all-weather ally Pakistan for announcing new guidelines for implementing the UNSC sanctions targeting proscribed individuals and entities operating in the country and urged the international community to back Islamabad’s “great efforts” in combatting terrorism.

Amid intense global pressure to rein in terror outfits, Pakistan on Friday launched guidelines for implementing the UNSC sanctions targeting UN-proscribed individuals and entities in the country.

The guidelines were prepared by the National Committee for overseeing implementation of sanctions against individuals and entities designated by the UN Security Council 1267 Al Qaida/Da’esh Sanctions regime and Security Council 1988 (Taliban Sanctions regime). “The newly released guidelines are Pakistan’s latest measure to implement the National Action Plan. I think it shows Pakistan’s position and resolve to fight terrorism and to firmly implement the relevant UN resolutions.

China highly applauds that. Pakistan is an important participant in the international counter-terrorism campaign,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told in a media briefing here replying to a question on the recently released guidelines by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry for the federal and provincial governments to further implement the relevant UN sanctions on individuals and terrorist organisations. “The international community should enhance support to Islamabad,” the spokesperson said, adding that Pakistan has “long been making great efforts and sacrifices towards this goal”.

He also said that China supports Pakistan in advancing the counter-terrorism efforts based on its own national conditions, and “we hope the international community can enhance cooperation and jointly uphold the regional peace and stability.”

Pakistan is under intense global pressure to rein in terrorist outfits operating from its soil after the Pulwama attack, carried out by a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), that killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.

Pakistan also came under intense pressure from the international community to crackdown on terror outfits and leaders after the Paris-based international terror financing watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), in June last year, placed it on the “grey list” of countries whose domestic laws are considered weak to tackle the challenges of money laundering and terrorism financing.

The FATF, which recently reviewed steps taken by Pakistan, has asked Islamabad to implement a new set of constraints in its crackdown against terror financing, including documenting and regulating all gold markets.

The new list of recommendations from the FATF which requires Pakistan to document all gold markets and purchase and sale of gold in the country, ensure restriction on supply of gold and jewellery to banned outfits and terrorist organisations.

The FATF has asked Pakistan to collect data of all trusts operating across the country as well as their bank accounts on the district level, and ensure regulation of thousands of registered trust organisations. The compliance report would be taken up by the FATF review group in its meeting scheduled in May.

Trump voices horror at Notre Dame cathedral blaze in Paris

Trump voices horror at Notre Dame cathedral blaze in Paris

FILE PHOTO: Smoke billows from Notre Dame Cathedral after a fire broke out, in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump expressed horror on Monday at the fire engulfing the historic Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

“So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

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Measles cases in first three months of 2019 up 300% globally, WHO says

Measles cases in first three months of 2019 up 300% globally, WHO says

Measles outbreaks in the US have led to New York City declaring a public health emergency where unvaccinated people can be fined ( Shannon Stapleton/REUTERS )

A global resurgence of measles shows no sign of slowing down as preliminary data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals four times more cases were reported for the first three months of 2019.

Initial figures show 112,163 cases of the highly infectious disease were reported across 170 countries by April, compared to 28,124 in the same period last year.

The WHO said this “indicates a clear trend” with many counties in the midst of sizeable outbreaks, and every region it monitors seeing an increase in cases of the potentially deadly disease.

There has been a 300 per cent rise in cases reported in Europe – which last year saw the highest number of cases for a decade – and a nearly 700 per cent rise across Africa, the WHO said.

New outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sudan, Thailand and Ukraine, are “causing many deaths – mostly among young children”, it added.

The WHO has previously warned a rising tide of anti-vaccine scepticism, increasingly propagated by false claims on social media, has contributed to the resurgence of measles in many areas where it was virtually eradicated.

“Spikes in case numbers have also occurred in countries with high overall vaccination coverage, including the United States of America as well as Israel, Thailand, and Tunisia, as the disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people,” the WHO added.

The disease is one of the most contagious in the world, and caused close to 110,000 deaths in 2017.

Even in high income countries around a quarter of cases end up in hospital because of complications, which can cause life-long disability, brain damage, deafness and blindness.

The failure to adequately fund vaccination programmes and health awareness schemes in developing countries is another major driver of outbreaks.

There have been more than 115,000 cases – and 1,200 deaths – in Madagascar since September, sparking an emergency vaccination programme which reached seven million children under the age of nine.

The figures show new measles cases and deaths in the country are starting to decline.

Definitive measles data is released by the WHO in July, but it warned any case figures are likely to be a significant underestimate as less than 10 per cent of infections are reported.

Measles is almost entirely preventable with two vaccination doses, but global coverage has stalled.

Only 67 per cent of people received both doses globally and the 85 per cent who received one dose is not enough to provide “herd immunity”, which can stop the infection from spreading through a population.

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Much of the modern anti-vaccination movement can be traced back to a 1998 paper from disgraced researcher Andrew Wakefield who claimed the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccination increases risks of autism.

Mr Wakefield has since been stripped of his medical license and the paper, which has never been replicated, withdrawn. However he remains a driving figure of the anti-vaxxer movement in America.

Notre Dame fire: major incident at historic Paris landmark

Notre Dame fire: major incident at historic Paris landmark

Flames and smoke are seen billowing from the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. Photograph: François Guillot/AFP/Getty Images

Firefighters have rushed to try to contain a fire that has broken out at Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, which police said began accidentally and was linked to building work at the site.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the top of the medieval cathedral, considered one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in France and one of Paris’s most-visited monuments.

Flames leapt into the air beside the two bell towers, said a Reuters correspondent who witnessed the fire.

Flames rising from the landmark French cathedral. Photograph: Pierre Galey/AFP/Getty Images

The fire department said a major operation was underway. A city hall spokesman said the area was being cleared.

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Thomas Orchard death: police accused of risk assessment failures

Thomas Orchard death: police accused of risk assessment failures

Thomas Orchard, who had paranoid schizophrenia. Photograph: Family handout/PA

A police force may have failed to properly assess a restraint belt that was placed across the face of a church caretaker before he collapsed in custody in 2012, a court has been told.

Thomas Orchard, 32, who had paranoid schizophrenia, died in hospital seven days after being arrested and taken to a police station in Exeter.

In a landmark conviction last year, the office of the chief constable of Devon and Cornwall police admitted breaches under the Health and Safety at Work Act over Orchard’s death.

A trial of issue is taking place at Bristol crown court before Judge Julian Lambert to resolve a series of disputed matters, including whether the use of the heavy webbing emergency response belt (ERB) was a contributory factor in the death.

Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, told the court there were a number of failings in the way the force procured, assessed, reviewed and trained staff how to use the device.

He said the ERB was first approved for use by the force as a limb restraint in a custody setting in 2002 but was being “in practice” used as a spit or bite guard within months.

“It doesn’t appear that any risk assessment was carried out for this particular use of the ERB,” Heywood told the judge. “This is a fundamental failing and may [be] or is capable of explaining all the other problems that follow.”

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After Orchard’s death in October 2012, laboratory tests were carried out on the US-made belt.

The belt formed a “seal” around the mouth of a dummy head when wet and in a certain position. Orchard’s saliva was found on the device. The material restricted airflow more than tea towels, overalls, a handkerchief and dust masks.

Placing the ERB over a person’s face from forehead to chin with limited pressure would “to an extent” obstruct access to airflow, Heywood said.

In a 2001 report – 11 years before Orchard’s death – Dr Graham Cook raised concerns that the device could partially obstruct a person’s airway if used about the head.

This report was referenced in a memo written by a Devon and Cornwall police custody training officer in April 2002, as well as other documents about the ERB.

Heywood said the force only initially approved the belt for use as a limb restraint but within months it was adopted as a spit or bite guard.

“Without policy guidelines in place, without any assessment in place, without any controls in place, custody units were already using the belt for this purpose at that time,” he said.

In February 2003, the custody training officer wrote an email saying he had demonstrated the “hooding” capabilities of the ERB to a colleague, the court was told.

“The reference to the word ‘hooding’ is of some significance because historically it has been avoided by the security services and police forces of this country,” Heywood said.

The force’s policy for the belt was updated in April 2003, stating it could be “held loosely about the head” to deal with headbutting, biting or spitting.

Orchard was arrested after a disturbance in Exeter in October 2012 and taken to the city’s Heavitree Road police station. During his detention, an ERB was placed across his face.

The force does not accept the belt caused Orchard’s death. It admitted breaching health and safety law on the basis that there were failings over issues such as how officers were trained.

The trial of issue, due to last up to four days, continues. The force will be sentenced next month.

Assange Can Explain DNC Leak, Seth Rich Incident & ‘Trump-Russia Case’ – Analyst

Assange Can Explain DNC Leak, Seth Rich Incident & 'Trump-Russia Case' – Analyst

On 11 April, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London after being deprived of asylum and Ecuadorian citizenship by Quito. Speaking to Sputnik, Adam Garrie, director of Eurasia Future, explained how the Trump administration could benefit from questioning Assange and who is interested in muting the journalist.

Julian Assange is the man who can finally reveal who handed the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) documents to WikiLeaks in 2016 and thus sort the “Russian interference” issue once and for all. The question then arises as to whether Donald Trump would jump at the opportunity to unveil this mystery in case Assange is extradited to the US.

“Anything is possible in that respect”, Adam Garrie, a geopolitical analyst and director of Eurasia Future, told Sputnik. “Trump’s justice department could attempt to attain what in US courts is called a plea bargain in respect of Assange. Essentially, if Assange were to discard his own policy of never revealing Wikileaks sources in exchange for clemency or a pardon, perhaps Trump and his justice department would strike a deal”.The DNC email leak, which occurred in June and July 2016, still stirs a lot of controversy. On 13 July 2018 Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian individuals for being responsible for the alleged hack of DNC servers. However, a 2017 study by the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) indicated that the aforementioned data was most likely copied to a thumb-drive or a storage device as part of an inside job rather than an outside hack. DNC staffer Seth Rich, who was shot in the back on 10 July 2016, was rumoured to be behind the DNC leak.

It is still unclear whether Assange would name names, Garrie noted: “Chelsea Manning is back in prison for refusing to testify about issues which could compromise her relationship with Assange and as such, it is difficult to imagine Assange revealing his own sources for the DNC leaks even under pressure”.

“However, Assange has already strongly alluded to the fact that it was not the Russian government which gave him the DNC emails”, the think tank director continued. “Likewise, many have proposed that the slain former DNC worker Seth Rich was the individual who passed the infamous emails to Wikileaks. If this is the case, it could be possible that Assange might give the Trump White House information that it clearly wants in exchange for his own freedom. But it cannot be emphasised enough that at this point, such a hypothesis is based only on speculation”.

‘Hillary Clinton Has Long Sought to Silence Assange’

According to Garrie, “many elements in the United States and the government and intelligence agencies of its closest partners have long sought to silence Assange’s freedom to publish and report by any means necessary”.

“Hillary Clinton once stated that she would be happy if Assange was assassinated with a military drone. Many other leading US politicians, government workers and prominent government supporters have likewise openly and publically proclaimed their desire to see Assange silenced or killed”, the geopolitical analyst said.In October 2016, True Pundit reported about Hillary Clinton allegedly discussing a plan to silence the WikiLeaks founder following the DNC email leak that cast a shadow on her presidential campaign. According to the media outlet, then Democratic presidential nominee reportedly asked: “Can’t we just drone this guy?”

Hours after Assange was arrested on 11 April 2019, Hillary Clinton stated that he must “answer for what he has done”.

Given the intense struggle between Trump’s proponents and antagonists in Washington the questions arises as to whether the WikiLeaks founder’s arrest has to do with the upcoming 2020 presidential elections in the US.

“As for the timing, it may well have had more to do with UK politics than the still far off US election”, Garrie opined. “This is the case not only because some of Trump’s most vocal supporters are actually pro-Assange, but due to the fact that Assange’s manhandling within the Ecuadorian Embassy in London came literally hours after UK Prime Minister Theresa May produced yet another widely unpopular Brexit failure”.

“As such, all of the news outlets prepared to interview May’s increasingly long list of critics instead shifted to discuss Julian Assange and Wikileaks”, he suggested.

Assange Potential Extradition and ‘Prisoner Swap’

Commenting on Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno’s statement that Julian Assange used the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as a “centre for spying”, Garrie suggested that these remarks “should be recognised for what they are — the 21st century version of the smear campaigns and wholesale character assassination that the Hitler Reich used against Germans who fell out of favour with the regime of the day”.”What is happening today with the insidious accusations against Julian Assange should be viewed in the same light. These are the depths to which Assange’s persecutors have plunged”, he highlighted, drawing historic parallels with the People’s Court of Nazi Germany.

In his op-ed for Eurasia Future, the geopolitical analyst presumed that if a “powerful nation” granted its citizenship to Julian Assange, a prisoner swap will be a possible way to prevent Assange from extradition to the US.

“There are a number of globally influential nations that might be interested in a prisoner swap with the United States. However, based on recent precedent, Russia is the most likely candidate”, the think tank director suggested.

He recalled that it was Russia who had given asylum to US whistle blower and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden “who remains in Russia, much to the consternation of the same kinds of people who wish ill upon Julian Assange”.

“However, with Russia-US relations already at a very low point and getting worse, it is difficult to assume that Russia would want to risk a further downgrade by intervening in the Assange issue, even if it were initially for humanitarian purposes”, the geopolitical analyst concluded.

Russians Find Unique Burial Site In Egypt, Dating 1,500 Years

Russians Find Unique Burial Site In Egypt, Dating 1,500 Years

The Russian archaeological mission, working on excavations of the ancient necropolis in the area of the Deir el-Banat archaeological complex in the El Fayoum oasis, Central Egypt, has made a unique find.

Archaeologists have unearthed a burial site dating back to the 4th-5th centuries, bearing distinct influence traces of a vast swathe of Egyptian traditions, ranging from the ancient Egyptians to the late Roman-era. Financial support for the excavations was provided by Rostec and its subsidiary Rosoboronexport.

The scientific director of the Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, doctor of historical sciences Galina Belova told Sputnik that the archaeologists were studying unearthed relics when they suddenly made a fascinating discovery.

“A body found in a common earthen grave was found to be wrapped in burial fabrics in such a way that his head was elevated half a meter above the body. We discovered this was achieved with the help of a construction made of palm stalks,” said the scientist.

According to her, the burial is an incredible fusion of funerary traditions of both the ancient Egyptians and the Roman era, with elements of Persian influence as well.

“The body of the deceased was wrapped very carefully with braiding in a certain order, which imitated the interweaving that the ancient Egyptians used to secure the cartonnage on the mummies… The head and body were covered with a thick layer of grain – characteristic of ancient Egypt, where grain was associated with eternal life, renewal, the god Osiris. At the same time the deceased lay on a mattress and pillow, characteristic of the funeral rites of the ancient Roman. Moreover, the fabrics that were used bore distinct Persian influence,” explained the scientist.

“Both the pillow and the mattress were decorated with very rich embroidery. And yet, many items had been darned, mended… Studies are continuing, “Belova emphasised.

The Russian archaeologist added that the burial is very well preserved, and the tissues and burial objects found in it after conservation will be exhibited in one of the central Egyptian museums.

The scientific director of the Center for Egyptological Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences is confident that work at the necropolis of Deir el-Banat is of great scientific importance and must continue.

“This research will help us gain an insight into the way of life, culture, and especially the religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians. The necropolis dates to the period from the 4th century BC to the 7th century of our era, that is, from the Ptolemaic period to the Islamic time, thus extremely important in terms of changing religious ideas. The excavation was made possible due to financing from state corporations Rostec and Rosoboronexport,”said the scientist.

“Thanks to the assistance of the Russian Embassy in Cairo, the Ministry of Antiquities of Egypt and Rostec, we expect to continue to study this unique monument and hope that we will soon be able to restore the chronology of this necropolis and make many more unique finds,” the scientist concluded.

The oasis of al-Faiyum served as Egypt’s breadbasket in times of famine and drought, while subsequently, grain of the Fayum oasis was supplied to Greece, then the Roman Empire and Byzantium. El-Faiyum was inhabited since the ancient times, and today scientists have the opportunity to restore certain aspects dating to the history of ancient Egypt by studying monuments of the Faiyum oasis.

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