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Dec 31, 2014


AirAsia debris found

Sadly, in what appeared to be inevitable, yesterday, rescue workers searching for the doomed AirAsia flight 8501 found debris from the plane, and at least 40 bodies floating in the water 100 miles off the coast of Borneo Island. Uncensored images of the debris and the bodies were shown on Indonesian television, which caused obvious distress to watching relatives, and led to severe criticism of the news channel TV One. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2890541/Indonesian-warship-sent-test-oil-spills-sea-missing-AirAsia-jet-came-s-revealed-pilot-denied-request-climb-stormy-weather.html
Linked to this are stories that a mysterious Chinese blogger predicted the crash thirteen days before, by writing online that the 'black hand' was going to bring down an AirAsia jet. He also claims that the same group brought down Malaysian Airlines flights MH17 and MH370 earlier this year. Black Hand is a term believed to be a metaphor for a covert organisation or a number of underground groups. 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2890215/Mysterious-Chinese-blogger-sparks-online-frenzy-predicting-black-hand-going-bring-AirAsia-jet-THIRTEEN-days-one-vanished.html

Ferry fire - hundreds saved

A ferry with 500 passengers caught fire in the Adriatic sea, between Italy and Greece, on Sunday. At least 10 people are reported dead, but dozens are also feared missing. The tally of dead and rescued is 43 short of the number on the ship’s manifest, and several of those saved were not on the list. The operation to save the crew and passengers took 33 hours and involved Italian and Greek helicopter rescue crews working through the night, battling winds gusting up to 40 knots (46mph). Although the time-honoured tradition of 'women and children first' was employed, there were reports that some male passengers barged ahead of – and in some cases assaulted – women in an effort to be rescued first. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/29/ferry-fire-rescue-death-toll-missing

Ebola in UK

Ebola is still very much in the UK news, with a Scottish nurse being diagnosed with the virus in Glasgow on Monday, shortly after arriving home from west Africa via a British Airways flight from Heathrow. She was later transferred to the The Royal Free Hospital in London. She had spent the last month working as a volunteer with Save the Children in Sierra Leone to help combat the epidemic. This is the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the UK. The WHO says there have been 7,588 reported deaths from this outbreak so far. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/29/ebola-case-confirmed-glasgow-healthcare-worker

All's fair in white goods affray

If your choice of new electrical appliance comes down to LG or Samsung, you may be interested in last Friday's news that police raided the headquarters of LG Electronics as part of a probe into whether the South Korean company had damaged the washing machines of rival Samsung Electronics at retail stores in Germany. Samsung had asked the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office to investigate LG employees, who Samsung says were seen deliberately destroying several of its premium washing machines on display at two stores in September ahead of the IFA electronics show in Berlin. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/26/uk-lg-elec-samsung-elec-raid-idUKKBN0K405V20141226

Driving you round the bend

And if you are still driving one of those old-fashioned cars - you know, the ones with a steering wheel - you may want to sell it now while you still can. Google says its self-driving cars will take to the roads in 2015. Future cars won't have a steering wheel or pedals, as you - the human, will no longer be the driver. Let's hope these cars will be immune to computer viruses and hackers. What do the tech experts say? The cars may not be 100% immune?? http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-12/24/google-self-driving-car

and then…

When one door closes another door should open, but if it doesn't then go in through the window."

Anon

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