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Airplane #Myanmar (Burma) Air Force missing

An airplane of Myanmar’s air force has disappeared from the radar. That has declared the army of the country today. The unit has 116 people on board.

The Communication with the plane was suddenly broken, according to the army. The airplane was flew at more than 30 kilometers west of Dawei City, in southern Myanmar, former Burma.

Source – The Dutch AD

Nothing reported yet on the Myanmar Times

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Tatmadaw transportation plane Y-8 missing; search and rescue operations under way

Nay Pyi Taw June 7

The Tatmadaw welfare transportation plane (Y-8-200 F No. 5820) carrying 108 military personnel and family members and 14 crew members and about 2.4 tons of cargo on board started flying from Myeik to Yangon at 1.06 pm today in accordance with the route Yangon-Myeik-Pokkpyin-Myeik-Yangon. While the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 18,000 feet, it lost contact with the Dawei Air-port at 195° southwest of Dawei about 43 miles from the town at 1.35 pm.

After losing contact with the aircraft, Air Force aircraft, Navy vessels and ground troops conducted search and rescue operations at a place between 13.48 degrees north latitude and 98.02 degrees east longitude where contact from the plane was last received. There was certain degree of waves at the sea during the time the incident occurred. When the weather became fine at about 6 pm local vessels joined in the search and rescue operations. Currently, nine Navy vessels, three Air Force planes and ground troops are carrying out search and rescue work in cooperation with local vessels.

The plane, Y-8-200 F, arrived in March last year. It had 809 flying hours in the service of Air Force. It was operated by seasoned pilot Officiating Lt-Col Nyein Chan with 3,162 flying hours, co-pilot Officiating Lt-Col Soe Thu Win with 3,161 flying hours, co-pilot Maj Thant Zin Htay with 2,403 flying hours and flight engineer Capt Kyaw Soe. It has a 14-member flight crew. Passengers were 35 officers and other ranks and 15 children (6 boys, 9 girls) and 58 adults (13 men, 45 women) who were families members totaling 108.

#Indonesia may lose 50,000 tourists because of #Qatar crisis

The Indonesian government is predicting that the recent severing of ties between several Arab countries and Qatar would deal a blow to the archipelago’s tourism industry, with 50,000 expected tourists not showing up because of the crisis, a senior official said on Tuesday.

That is the number of visitors Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said Qatar Airways, for the most part, would have brought to Indonesia this year. 

“Given that seven months are left in the year 2017, we estimate we will lose about 50,000 foreign tourists as a result of the boycott of Qatar,” Arief told reporters at the State Palace on Tuesday. 

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In order to reduce the expected loss, Arief said his ministry would coordinate with the Transportation Ministry to transfer the license given to the Qatari airline to other airlines, such as Emirates and Etihad. 

“First of all, I will ask the Transportation Ministry to transfer the aircraft license given to Qatar [Airways] to other airlines. We have no option as they [Qatar Airways] could not fly their aircraft anyway,” Arief said. 

Qatar Airways said on its official website it had suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and several of its allies on Monday cut relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism.

Source – TheJakartaPost

Andy Murray downed longtime rival Juan Martin del Potro to reach the Roland Garros

PARIS, Andy Murray downed longtime rival Juan Martin del Potro to reach the Roland Garros last 16 Saturday while French hopes were overshadowed by a bitter feud between two of their top stars.

World number one Murray triumphed 7-6 (10/8), 7-5, 6-0 for his seventh win in 10 meetings with Del Potro whose challenge fizzled out after squandering four set points in the 87-minute opener.

Murray, the runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2016, will next face either John Isner of the United States or Russia’s Karen Khachanov.

That match was one of six still to be completed when rain halted play at 1705 local time (1505 GMT).

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“I expected a very tough match. Whoever won that first set would have the momentum as it would have been very difficult to come back in these heavy, slow conditions,” said Murray.

“He was playing much better than me in the first set. He had chances in the first set, he double faulted on set point.”

In a titanic first set, Del Potro wasted four set points then saved two before Murray pounced when the Argentine star narrowly miscued.

The 28-year-old slumped over the net and stayed that way during most of the changeover to catch his breath.

Del Potro, playing in Paris for the first time in five years after a series of wrist injuries, was quickly a break down in the second set.

He retrieved it when Murray served for the set in the 10th game before handing the advantage straight back.

Murray seized his lifeline, a fourth ace giving him a two-set lead.

– Weary Del Potro –

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Weary Del Potro, who had already summoned the doctor early in the second set, knew his challenge was over and he managed just 11 points in the third set.

“Andy proved he is a real No. 1,” said Del Potro. “He is one of the smartest guys on the circuit.”

Third seed Stan Wawrinka saved four set points in the opener before running away with 16 of the last 19 games to beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini 7-6 (7/2), 6-0, 6-2.

Former US Open champion Marin Cilic continued his smooth progress seeing off Feliciano Lopez, who was limited by a neck injury, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3.

Croatian seventh seed Cilic will next meet South Africa’s Kevin Anderson who matched his best run with a five-set win over Britain’s Kyle Edmund.

Anderson twice recovered from a set down to advance 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 in just under four hours in a duel between two players born in Johannesburg.

In the women’s event, France have three women in the last 16 for the first time in 23 years.

However, that success is overshadowed by a bitter feud between compatriots Alize Cornet and Caroline Garcia who will clash for a place in the quarter-finals.

Cornet reached the last 16 for just the second time with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Polish ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska who lost all her seven service games.

Garcia, seeded 28, made the fourth round of a Slam for the first time with a 6-4, 4-6, 9-7 win over Taiwan’s world number 109 Hsieh Su-Wei.

Those wins guaranteed the home nation will have at least one quarter-finalist in Paris for the first time since Marion Bartoli in 2011.

However, Cornet admitted that her relationship with Garcia has virtually broken down.

“I think that the relationship is not very good,” said 27-year-old Cornet. “I think she may have a grudge against us.”

Garcia fell out with her teammates earlier this year after she pulled out of a Fed Cup tie.

Romanian third seed and 2014 runner-up Simona Halep sealed her place in the fourth round with a 6-0, 7-5 win over Russia’s Daria Kasatkina.

Halep, 25, will face Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.

Suarez Navarro, the 21st seed and a two-time quarter-finalist, made the fourth round for the fifth time.

She eased past Russian 14th seed Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-4 in a match which featured a 17-minute service game, punctuated by 11 deuces, for the Russian in the second set.

Source – TheNation

Champions League Final in Cardiff

JUVENTUS 1-4 REAL MADRID

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid were crowned champions of Europe for a record 12th time after outclassing 10-man Juventus in a high-quality Champions League final in Cardiff.

Ronaldo put Real ahead with a first-time finish from 16 yards before Mario Mandzukic equalised from just inside the area with a sensational overhead kick beyond Keylor Navas.

Real took control after the interval, Brazilian midfielder Casemiro’s deflected shot restoring the lead before Ronaldo sealed victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side after poking home from close range following Luka Modric’s cross.

Juventus played the last six minutes with 10 men after substitute Juan Cuadrado was booked twice inside 18 minutes, before substitute Marco Asensio hit the fourth after Marcelo’s fine pass.

Zidane has now won back-to-back Champions Leagues – as well as this season’s La Liga title – since he took charge of Real in January 2016.

Italian champions Juventus have lost five Champions League finals since they last won the competition in 1996.

Real forward Gareth Bale came on as a 77th-minute substitute in his home city after recovering from a calf injury.

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”GOALS”

Cristiano Ronaldo 20′ – 0-1 (Real Madrid)
Mario Mandžukic 27′ – 1-1 (Juventus)
Casemiro 61′ – 1-2 (Real Madrid)
Cristiano Ronaldo 64′ – 1-3 (Real Madrid)
Marco Asensio 90′ – 1-4 (Real Madrid)

 

 

 

Bill Cosby: From TV hero to fallen US cultural icon

A celebrity’s fall from grace is always ugly, but that of Bill Cosby — a once beloved comedian who broke through racial barriers to broadcast a successful black family into white living rooms — is a true gut punch to America.

The Cosby name alone once evoked so much — a treasured father figure, a seemingly model citizen and comic with a gentle, self-deprecating style and playful voice that would go from deep to screeching in search of a laugh.

But accusations from around 60 women, many of them formerly aspiring actresses and models, that he was a calculating, serial sexual predator who plied victims with sedatives and alcohol to bed them have left his career and reputation in tatters.

On Monday the 79-year-old, Emmy-winning actor and Grammy-winning stand-up comedian goes on trial in Pennsylvania for aggravated indecent assault, accused of drugging and then assaulting a woman at his home in 2004.

Dozens and dozens of accusers have alleged that the entertainer exploited his fame to feed them sedatives and alcohol, leaving them powerless to resist his advances.

But the trial in Norristown, just outside Philadelphia is the only criminal case to stick as the vast majority of alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute.

Cosby insists that relations were consensual but if convicted, he risks spending the rest of his life behind bars on a minimum 10-year sentence and a $25,000 fine.

The trial cements a stunning fall from grace for an avuncular icon synonymous with squeaky clean humor and social progress, who once embodied the American dream.

Today, Cosby cuts a forlorn figure, deserted by celebrity pals and left legally blind, he says, from glaucoma.

On a pre-trial public relations offensive, he suggested that racism may have played a role, in a radio interview at times rambling and confused.

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– Self-made –

“There are so many tentacles. So many different — ‘nefarious’ is a great word,” he told Sirius XM radio, insisting he had “an awful lot to offer” in terms of writing and performing.

Born on July 12, 1937 in Philadelphia to a mother who was a maid and a father who was a Navy cook, William Henry Cosby Jr. developed a reputation as the class clown, and joined the Navy after 10th grade, finishing high school by correspondence.

He won an athletic scholarship to Temple University and started doing stand-up comedy. In his early 20s he appeared on variety programs, but got his first big break in 1965 when he co-starred in the espionage thriller “I Spy.”

It was a time when there were few major roles for black actors. He won three Emmys and went on to star in a string of successful movies in the 1970s.

Then from 1984 to 1992, he portrayed gynecologist Cliff Huxtable, the affable, funny dad of an upper middle class black family with a lawyer wife in “The Cosby Show” — so named thanks to the actor’s overwhelming star power.

The sitcom was a fabulous success, becoming one of the most popular TV shows in history and the ultimate family-oriented series, turning Cosby into a major figure of US pop culture in the second half of the 20th century.

He was heaped in awards for the show, which anchored NBC’s powerful Thursday night line-up and for the first time put an affluent African American family on prime time.

Along the way, he authored best-selling books, and was for decades a member of the Temple board of trustees until he resigned in 2014, stripped of honorary degrees as sexual assault scandals mushroomed.

Comedian friends like Whoopi Goldberg who once supported him have now denounced him. He is isolated, and has largely refused to discuss the allegations against him other than to deny them through his lawyers.

His wife of 53 years, Camille, has stood by his side. The couple have five children. Their son Ennis was shot dead in 1997 while changing a tire in California.

Source – TheJakartaPost

#Google moves to block ‘annoying’ ads in browser

Google is working to block “annoying” ads in its Chrome browser, part of a broader effort by industry players to filter out certain types of marketing messages that draw complaints.

“We believe online ads should be better. That’s why we joined the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group dedicated to improving online ads,” said Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s senior vice president for advertising in a blog post Thursday.

“In dialogue with the Coalition and other industry groups, we plan to have Chrome stop showing ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that are not compliant with the Better Ads Standards starting in early 2018.”

Google’s move, in the works for some time, could end up reducing some ads served and impact its own revenue, but it aims to improve the overall web experience and discourage third-party ad-blockers that could have a more dramatic impact.

Ramaswamy noted that “annoying” ads prompt some people to use ad-blockers that stop all advertising content, hurting revenue for content creators.

“The vast majority of online content creators fund their work with advertising,” Ramaswamy said.

“That means they want the ads that run on their sites to be compelling, useful and engaging — ones that people actually want to see and interact with.”

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But he noted that “it’s far too common that people encounter annoying, intrusive ads on the web — like the kind that blare music unexpectedly, or force you to wait 10 seconds before you can see the content on the page.”

Google is a founding member of the Coalition, which was formed last year and aims to maintain the online advertising ecosystem while eliminating ads that many find irritating.

The group released guidelines earlier this year for ads on both mobile and desktop.

But some analysts say it will be difficult for Google and others to set standards that please all parties.

“It’s smart for Google to be part of the push for limited ad blockers even if that may seem counterintuitive, because if it can focus that activity on egregious ads rather than all ads indiscriminately, it has a much better shot at protecting its own massive ad revenue than if others take more of a blanket approach,” said Jan Dawson of Jackdaw Research.

“We can be certain that none of Google’s own sites or ad formats will be affected by this filter, but we can also guess that there will be something of an outcry from publishers feeling that Google is favoring itself while disadvantaging others. It’s going to be fascinating to watch this play out over the next few months.”

According to the research firm eMarketer some 27.5 percent of US internet users will use ad blockers this year.

Source – TheJakartaPost

Read also: Google targets ‘fake news,’ offensive search suggestions

Climate science: Bad news gets worse

Paris – As President Donald Trump prepares to announce whether he will pull America out of the 2015 Paris Agreement sanctioned by his predecessor and nearly 200 other world leaders, the stakes on climate change have never been higher.

Earth’s average global temperature is scaling new heights, sea ice is retreating, extreme weather events have become more frequent and species are increasingly under threat, say scientists.

    A summary of the evidence:

    – Degrees – 

In 2016, Earth’s average surface temperature hit a record level for the third consecutive year since records began in 1880.

    The global average temperature was about 1.1 degree Celsius (1.98 Fahrenheit) higher than the pre-industrial era. This is when mankind’s mass burning of coal, and later oil and gas, started hiking levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

     The 21st century has already seen 16 of the 17 hottest years on record.

    Some of the world’s biggest cities may be as much as eight degrees Celsius (14.4 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter by 2100, said a recent study.

        – Melting ice

    Arctic summer sea ice shrank to 4.14 million square kilometres (1.6 million square miles) in 2016 — the second-lowest after 2012, when it reached 3.39 million km2.

The Arctic Ocean could be ice-free in summer as early as 2030.

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    In parts of Arctic Russia, temperatures were 6 C to 7 C higher than the long-term average.

    On the other extreme of the world, Antarctica, sea ice last year hit its lowest extent ever recorded by satellites.

    High-altitude glaciers, meanwhile, declined in surface area in 2015 for the 36th year in a row.

     – 400 parts per million

     The atmospheric concentrations of the three most potent greenhouse gases — carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) — all hit new highs in 2016. 

    For the first time on record, in 2015, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere averaged 400 parts per million (ppm).

    Most climate scientists agree that greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere must be capped at 450 ppm of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) for a fighting chance to limit average global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels.

This is the cap enshrined in the Paris Agreement.

    Fossil fuel-generated greenhouse gas emissions are thought to have remained stable in 2016 for the third consecutive year, even as the global economy grew. But to stay on target for 2 C, they need to decline.

    Meanwhile, scientists are also worried about a rise in levels of methane, which has a far more potent warming effect than CO2. 

    The rise is so far unexplained. But one feared source is melting Arctic permafrost, which could eventually release billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide.

    – 70 millimetres

    Sea level rise, caused when ice melts and warmer water expands, appears to be accelerating, according to the latest data.

    The average ocean level was 70 millimetres (2.75 inches) higher in 2015 than in 1993, having risen as much as 30 per cent faster in the 10 years to 2015 than in the previous decade.

The pace is likely to pick up further as ice sheets and glaciers shed mass, threatening the homes and livelihoods of tens of millions of people in low-lying areas around the world.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in January the global average sea level could be between 0.3 and 2.5 metres (one foot to 8.2 feet) higher by 2100.

    On current trends, meltwater just from the Antarctic ice sheet could contribute to a metre of lift, according to one study.

    – Extreme events

    The WMO says there are demonstrable links between man-made climate change and some extreme events, especially heatwaves.

    The number of climate-related extreme events — droughts, forest fires, floods, major storm surges — has doubled since 1990, research has shown.

 The intensity of typhoons battering China, Taiwan, Japan and the Korean Peninsula since 1980, for example, has increased by 12 to 15 per cent.

    Natural disasters drive about 26 million people into poverty every year, says the World Bank, and cause annual losses of about $520 million (463 million euros).

      – 1,688 species

       Of the 8,688 species of animals and plants listed as “threatened” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List, 19 per cent — 1,688 species — have been negatively affected by climate change.

    Scientists warn that parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef may never recover from an unprecedented second straight year of bleaching.//AFP

Source – TheNation

Nintendo releases new Pokemon mobile game: PokeLand

Pokemon is gearing up to come to your phone, yet again.

Trailing behind the success of last year’s Pokemon Go, Nintendo has announced that they are releasing another Pokemon mobile game: PokeLand.

The game, which will be available on both iOS and Android, will be a combination between Go and Pokemon Rumble. Players will be able to collect, train and duel the pocket monsters as they move from island to island.

Read also: Pokemon Go still going strong despite drop in player base

PokeLand is not Nintendo’s only Pokemon-related game since Pokemon Go. After the release of the successful app, they launched both the Sun and Moon editions for handheld consoles, and followed that up with Pokemon Duel.

While alpha testing for PokeLand begins today in Japan, and will run until June 9, there has been no word on an international release yet.

As reported by The Next Web, the alpha test will involve Android users only and is limited to the first 10,000 sign-ups. The volunteers will have six of the islands, 52 stages, 15 levels, and 134 Pokemon to play in and with, though they will not be able to transfer data until the game’s official launch.

Source – TheJakartaPost

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President Duterte Kicks Rothschilds Out Of Philippines

President Duterte has vowed to “eradicate all traces of Rothschild financial criminality” from the Philippines, announcing that he will no longer respond to pressure or financial blackmail from the US government or Rothschild-controlled global banking institutions.

The president, who claims to have killed cartel bosses with his own hands, is not one to be bullied, and he has now set his sights on cleaning up the financial corruption in his country, promising to “drive them out like the scavengers they are.

Before Rodrigo Duterte assumed the office of president, the Philippines was suffering from the effects of IMF/World Bank-imposed austerity and privatization that exploited its people and resources. It was also one of Asia’s most corrupt and troubled nations.

Though the Filipino people, through strong showings of popular resistance over a period of years, were able to curb some of the most rampant crony corruption, many of the shackles imposed by these Rothschild-controlled institutions remained.

President Duterte rode into power campaigning on a ticket of major change, but unlike Western politicians who pay lip service to change before letting down their supporters, the Philippines president has delivered on his promises – in spades.

During the election campaign Duterte urged the people to kill him if he failed to resolve crime and corruption in the country during the first six months of his term.

Over one year into his term and he has delivered on his promises. He’s now famous for more than calling President Obama a “son of a whore” at a regional summit in Laos last year. Much to the Rothschild-controlled international community’s outrage, Duterte is shooting from the hip, and cleaning up his country.

In 2016, after warning those involved in the narcotics trade that “it’s either you kill me or I kill you“, an astonishing 1,007,153 narcotics criminals surrended to government, and 73 government officials were arrested for involvement in the illegal drug trade.

Billions of dollars worth of narcotics were seized, showing what can be done in a short timeframe if the problem is tackled seriously.

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