An independent investigator has found what he claims is debris from the missing Malaysian airliner MH370 on the Mozambican coast, sparking fresh speculation about the plane’s fate.
Blaine Gibson post images of the fragment on his Facebook page, inviting experts to examine it. The Malaysian transport minister Liow Tiong Lai welcomed the news but urged caution: “[We] are not able to conclude that the debris belongs to MH370 at this time.” The Australian-led team investigating the disappearance will now attempt to retrieve the fragment for scientific examination.
Former Catholic school head pleads guilty to child sex charges
The former principal of a leading Sydney girls private school, David Standen, 66, yesterday pleaded guilty to seven charges of sexually abusing boys in his care. The charges relate to his time at a Goulburn college, St Patricks, in the ’70s and ’80s. Standen had previously pleaded guilty to 11 other child sex charges and admitted to six more assaults that will be taken into account when he is sentenced on April 15. He was head at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral College from 2000 to 2010. He remains in custody pending sentencing.
Investigation into the leak of secret defence papers
The Department of Defence called in the Australian Federal Police to help investigate who leaked classified documents used when the recent Defence White Paper was drafted. The Australian newspaper’s foreign editor who published details of the documents said they were “produced” under the name Tony Abbott. The former prime minister has denied any role in the leak of what the Government has described as sensitive national security documents.
Kings Cross drug police arrest Point Piper resident
A Sydney man appeared in court today after police executing a search warrant allegedly found “tens of thousands of dollars” worth of several drugs including cocaine and MDMA in his flat on Wolseley Road, Point Piper. The man was arrested and charged when he returned to the unit. He was released on bail of $120,000 by the Central Local Court.
Australian digital game industry worth $3 billion
New research shows Australian spending on video games continues to rise – making the digital game industry worth $3 billion last year. The biggest contributor to this total was mobile games. The low price of these apps has encouraged millions of users to purchase them. The Sydney Morning Herald quoted IGEA chief executive, Ron Curry, as saying Australians were becoming “increasingly comfortable” paying for non-physical goods delivered directly to their devices. – Compiled from web sources by Alexis Page
Photo – apparently posted by Blaine Gibson on his Facebook blog – reportedly shows the fragment of debris the adventurer says he found on the Mozambican coast.