Wednesday, March 25, 2009
NOT SMITHY'S PLANE'S FINAL RESTING PLACE - NZ WRITER DISPUTES AUSSIE FILMMAKER'S CLAIM THAT SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD SMITH'S PLANE WAS FOUND OFF BURMESE COAST...
First published at Qassia:
A New Zealand writer has disputed and scorned the claims of a Sydney, Australia, filmmaker that he had found the final resting place of legendary and iconic Australian aviator, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith's plane, the Lady Southern Cross..
Sir Charles, or Smithy as Aussies love to call him,was the first pilot to fly the Tasman Sea in both directions in 1928. Seven years later he and his co-pilot Tommy Pethybridge disappeared off the face of the earth while attempting to break the record for a flight between England and Australia in the historic aeroplane, Lady Southern Cross.
Now 75 years later the Australian filmmaker,Damien Lay claimed he had solved Australia's last great mystery by allegedly locating the wreckage of the plane off the coast of Burma.
America has frontiersmen Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett, New Zealand the legendary conquerer of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, and Australia has Sir Charles Kingsford Smith as its legendary icon, loved and applauded by generations of Australians.
"One of Australia's oldest mystery's and greatest legends. The war hero and adventurer, the world record attempt, and the sudden disappearance, and a number of small clues, hinting and whispering of their tragic end." (Justin Vallejo, March 21, 2009.)
He reportedly said that he had found the wreckage under 20 metres of water and mud off remote Aye Island, off the Burmese coast in the Bay of Bengal, after a five day search involving 63 dives and sonar tracking. But is it actually the Lady Southern Cross?
Not so says New Zealand writer,Ian Mackersey, author of SMITHY: THE LIFE OF SIR KINGSFORD SMITH, who dismissed Mr Lay's claim as outright nonsense.
Mr Mackersey apparentlt quoted two aircraft experts from Australian Defence Ministry Aeronautical Research Laboratory who,in 1992, concluded:" The two occupants bodies would have quite quickly disappeared without trace and so, in those tropical waters, would all the wooden components - followed eventually by the light alloy section which would include quite a bit of the engine."
"All that would remain somewhere probably spread across two hundred yards of the ocean floor, will be the few steel bits of the engine."
Ian Mackersey concluded:"There is no way that the object on the seabed can be Smithy's aeroplane. Alas, the discovery claim is nonsense."
So much for the claim at this point in time. Mr Lay would have to come up with his own expert witnesses to refute Mackersey's denial. We await with interest,further claims resulting from the alleged discovery?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
CHINA PUNISHES MORE SENIOR OFFICIALS OVER THE 2008 MELAMINE SCANDAL...
China punishes more senior officials over the 2008 melamine dairy scandal...
First published at Qassia:
China punishes more officials over the recent melamine dairy scandal.
China's Communist Party has punished more senior government officials for their part in the melamine tainted baby milk powder scandal last year which killed six infants and made another 360,000 severely ill - many with kidney disease.
The New Zealand giant dairy Fonterra was implicated through its Chinese joint venture partner, Sanlu. No New Zealand milk was ever sold to Chinese customers; Sanlu using only Chinese milk powder.
The scandal forced the head of the Chinese quality watchdog group to resign, and the courts sentenced two men to death for the production of melamine contaminants and supplying Chinese companies with the toxic milk.
The Xinhua news agency reportedly stated the Communist Party's disciplinary body had removed Wang Bubu, chief of the law enforcement and supervision department at China's quality watchdog, from all of his official and party positions.
It was also reported that the deputy chief of food circulation at the State Administration for Industry and Commerce(unnamed)was also dismissed from his position, and also six others, from state agencies, including the State Food and Drug Administration, and the Ministries of Agriculture and Health,received penalties, including demotion and having their misdeeds publicly recorded. It was one of the biggest ever shake-ups in the Chinese administration.
The Chinese Government is still embarrassed by claims the melamine milk powder scandal was repressed until after the Beijing Olympic Games. Are the claims true? You be the judge!
The scandal continues. It cost Fonterra $250,000,000 in compensation for its implication.