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BREAKING: Possible 122 objects spotted in the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Satellite images show 122 “potential objects” of debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Fligh MH370, Malaysian investigators have announced today.

The images, which come from French aeronautical firm Airbus Defence, allegedly show objects in the area of the Indian Ocean in which the search effort is currently concentrated.

The objects were between 1m and 23m in length and were seen in a concentrated area of ocean approximately 154 square miles wide, acting transport minister Hishamuddin Hussein said.

“Some of the objects appeared to be bright, possibly indicating solid materials,” he said.

Ashley Polkinghorne was heard laughing as she filmed Chloe falling off the bike

1. Mother killed four-year-old

The South Australian Supreme Court yesterday heard sentencing submissions for Ashley Jean Polkinghorne and her partner Benjamin Robert McPartland, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter by criminal negligence, for the death of Polkinghorne’s daughter Chloe.

Polkinghorne repeatedly forced her daughter to ride a 50-kilogram motorbike in her backyard in Adelaide’s Ingle Farm in January, 2012. The injuries killed the four-year-old girl.

For more, read this post here “This mother killed her four-year-old by forcing her to repeatedly ride motorbike”

2. MH370 search

The search for MH370 will resume today, now focusing on a smaller area 2,500km southwest of Perth.

Overnight, Malaysia’s Defence and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein released new information saying the plane probably plunged into the Indian Ocean sometime between 8.11am and 9.15am on Saturday March 8.

The technology used to ascertain these details has never been used before.

According to the UK’s Daily Telegraph, an unnamed source has said that pilot suicide is the lead theory by investigators.

“This has been a deliberate act by someone on board who had to have had the detailed knowledge to do what was done… Nothing is emerging that points to motive,” they said.

3. Call to limited promotion of baby formula

Call to ban the promotion of baby formula.

A group of expert doctors is calling on the federal government to ban the promotion of baby formula.

The move comes after Assistant Health Minister Fiona Nash’s decision to scrap an independent panel that aimed to ensure the proper use of breast milk substitutes.

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians say they fear a drop in breastfeeding rates if manufacturers are allowed to oversee their own marketing practices.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the RACP want a ban on marketing, free sampling, gifts to health workers, and pharmacy and supermarket promotion of formula for babies less than a year old.

 4. Racial Vilification Act

The Attorney General George Brandis has told the ABC that the Government is “very open to other suggestions” in its proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

He said, “I am acutely aware of the importance that in protecting freedom of speech, we don’t send the wrong messages. I want as much community engagement as possible.”

The Government wants to repeal four sections of the Act, including 18C, which makes it unlawful for someone to publicly “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” a person or a group of people.


Senator Brandis told the ABC, “Those three words – offend, insult and humiliate – describe what has sometimes been called hurt feelings.”

“It is not, in the Government’s view, the role of the State to ban conduct merely because it might hurt the feelings of others.”

5. Dames and Knights revived

The Prime Minister announced yesterday that he will reintroduce the honour of knights and dames of the Order of Australia to celebrate pre-eminent Australians.

Up to four knights or dames will be appointed in any year.

Governor-General Quentin Bryce will be the first, now heading into private life as Dame Quentin.

6. Pistorius to take the stand

The prosecution has finished presenting their case

The trial of Oscar Pistorius has heard that of more than 1,700 text messages sent between the Paralympic athlete and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, only four were of them arguing.

The defence has sought to show a loving relationship between the two after prosecutors revealed several chilling messages in the previous day’s evidence.

The prosecution has now finished presenting their case. It is expected that on Friday, when the defence begin, Oscar Pistorius will take the stand.

 7. Police investigate Brisbane murder

A 27-year-old woman, Meena Narayanan, from Singapore has been strangled to death in a hotel in Brisbane.

The woman was a student at QUT.

Yesterday, police arrested a 31-year-old Indian man from South Africa.

The Courier Mail reports that the police are looking into whether she was to be involved in a forced marriage.

 8. Whooping cough vaccine

There has been a call for pregnant women to be vaccinated against whooping cough before their baby is born.

Dr Tom Snelling is presenting evidence at a conference in Melbourne recommending that before a baby is born, their siblings should get a booster if they have not had a jab in three years; and their parents should be vaccinated. He also advocates an additional booster shot at 18 months for children, which is currently not in the schedule.

9. Legging ban

Hundred of students at a US school have protested over a ban on leggings. The school enforced the ban because they said the leggings were ‘too distracting’ for the boys.

One student told The Evanston Review, “Not being able to wear leggings because it’s ‘too distracting for boys’ is giving us the impression we should feel guilty for what guys do.”

Parents have complained that it is ‘body shaming’. You can read more about this issue here: The most unjust reason for banning girls from wearing leggings to school.

10. Selfies for cancer research

It may not have been started by Cancer Research UK, but it is sure benefiting them.

It seems women posting “selfies” without make-up online has raised more than $A14.53 million for Cancer Research UK.

According to AAP Cancer Research UK, which did not start the campaign, the #nomakeupselfie trend has resulted in an “unprecedented increase” in donations.

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