Sparta Prague: Players to train with women’s team after ‘sexist’ comments

first_imgGoalkeeper Tomas Koubek, 24, said “women belong at the stove” after assistant referee Lucie Ratajova failed to flag an opponent offside during Sunday’s 3-3 draw with Brno.Injured midfielder Lukas Vacha, 27, also described her as “the cooker”.Sparta chief executive Adam Kotalík called the comments “unacceptable”.He added that the players “will see for themselves that women can be handy not only at the stove”.Women’s team captain Iva Mocova said: “We are looking forward to the boys training with us.”Speaking after Sunday’s game, Czech Republic international Koubek had added: “Women should not officiate men’s football.”He later posted a picture of his wife and daughter on Facebook and said he wanted to “apologise to all women”.Fellow Czech international Vacha said his “comment was directed to a specific error which affected the outcome of the game, not for any other women”.Midfielder Alois Hycka appeared to be several metres offside before scoring the Brno’s equaliser in stoppage time.The Football Association of the Czech Republic’s disciplinary committee is due to deal with Koubek’s remarks on Thursday.last_img read more

Jaipaul Sharma missed the point

first_imgDear Editor,I believe Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma deliberately missed the point and put a political spin on a non-political issue when he recently attempted to justify the President’s decision to keep the US$18 million signing bonus from ExxonMobil a secret.I say so because, according to media reports, Sharma tried to whitewash the two most controversial aspects of the signing bonus saga and deflected legitimate criticism by throwing up a smokescreen of rhetoric about perceived misdeeds of the past Administration.Let me deal with the uncomfortable truths Minister Sharma tried to brush aside. First, the act was unlawful, because the law required the bonus to be put in the Consolidated Fund. Second, the act was a secret kept by the President and a small band of insiders leaving most Cabinet Ministers and parliamentarians in the dark.On this issue, Minister Sharma reportedly acknowledged the law requiring Government to place such funds in the State’s account, but said there were “real” national security issues, alluding to problems with the Consolidated Fund in terms of converting US dollars to local currency and back again at a higher rate, etcetera.Is the Minister saying that the Constitution does not provide ways of dealing with national security issues without violating the law? Is he saying that a president has discretionary power to define national security issues and to break any law, or all laws, to deal with them? I do not accept that the President needed to break the law to protect the nation.Mr Sharma also sidestepped the issue of the unusual secrecy of the deal. Why put the money in a secret account and why keep this from most members of Cabinet and Parliament? The funds should have been put in an escrow account with Cabinet approval and parliamentary scrutiny.Guyana’s need to put funds aside to pay for the best legal representation possible in its controversy with Venezuela is quite obvious. Indeed, Venezuela would be foolish not to expect Guyana to do so. So why treat such an obvious and necessary provision as a national security issue requiring great secrecy? I do not buy Sharma’s take on it at all.To me, a government that was elected on a platform of honesty, accountability, and transparency has no business getting involved in secret accounts that are only accessible to the President and a small group of confidantes. A law-abiding government’s actions must be above suspicion; this is not.The signing bonus rightfully belongs to the people of Guyana. The rightful owners and their elected representatives in Cabinet and Parliament had a right to know about it up front: how much it is, where it is deposited, what it is to be used for, how it will be accessed and who is authorised to access it.No law should have been violated in the handling of the signing bonus and its availability and proposed purpose should have been disclosed to Cabinet and Parliament. At least, it should have been disclosed that funds have been earmarked for a national security purpose to be disclosed at an appropriate time.Minister Sharma had an opportunity to offer the nation an apology and give citizens the assurance that this deception will not be repeated. Instead, he opted to do damage control by shifting the focus of his remarks to the transgressions of the past Administration.But note that the past Administration had committed transgressions and the people, the official bosses of this country, fired them. In the same way, if transgressions are being committed again, the people will fire the transgressors.I find it strange that the President of Guyana, His Excellency, David Arthur Granger, a man I have respect for, would take so long to acknowledge that he was responsible for the clandestinely entombed account. Being a man of honour, he must realise that people have a high regard for him. Is it possible that he did not know about the entombed account and only claimed responsibility for politically expedient reasons?Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

Science World pay a visit to the Peace Region

first_img“It is important if you want to go into science but also kids are naturally scientists. They are very curious and it isn’t a bad way to go though life, asking questions, making guesses and to explore things and say ‘I didn’t expect that to happen, why is that?’ and just be curious and I really want to instill that into the kids that we meet: if you have that way of thinking, science can be hard sometimes but if you have that then you will be fine. It doesn’t matter what area of science you go into or even if you don’t go into science at all, they are just really good tools and if we can get to kids at that young age where they are ready, passionate and curious about finding out about the world and if we can make that fun, hopefully we can show them that this is something they might want to do.”Kelly says that when they are given these chances to go into schools and show kids that science can be fun, it brings her great joy to see reactions. She also says they receive a lot of gratitude for doing what they do.“It is just so delightful to see. I also enjoy seeing the teachers reactions as well and I really love it when something happens that they don’t expect and they are absolutely surprised.There is just real gratitude. The goal of ‘On The Road’ is to reach communities that can’t come to the dome, that can’t come to Vancouver and visit Science World so we often try to go to the more remote communities.”Science World is scheduled to be in the Fort St. John area until March 4th. On March 4th at Northern Lights College, there will be a Community Science Celebration at Northern Lights College in Fort St. John. The event is free to attend and will run from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm.Advertisement Todd says that anytime Science World or another group comes, she loves seeing the reaction from the kids and how excited they get.“They (the kids) are totally engaged and I think they love to see hands on and know that they can do some of these experiments and participate, which they love.”Science World also loves the chance to get to come up to rural communities like the north and show kids what science is all about.Kat Kelly, Science Facilitator with Science World in Vancouver and also part of the On The Road Team, says  it is important to introduce kids at a young age about science.Advertisement Science World members put on a science show in Fort St. John/Photo: Jessica FediganFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Students at Duncan Cran Elementary school in Fort St. John were treated to a show all about science this morning.Representatives from Science World and BC Hydro were on hand to educate children about safety as well as how science can be fun and engaging.- Advertisement -Many demonstrations took place with air, some fire and even a hover board and fascinated students as well as teachers in the audience.Vice Principal of Duncan Cran, Christine Todd, says that they love being able to engage the kids with educational learning.“I always love it when other groups come to the north because down south, more people have the opportunity to go to Science World so any chance that we get something like this coming up here, I always love it and I want the kids to have the opportunity to know that they can learn about science.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Injury blow for Southampton! Alderweireld set for prolonged spell on the sidelines

first_img Toby Alderweireld 1 Southampton have been hit by the news that defender Toby Alderweireld will miss up to four weeks with a hamstring strain.The 25-year-old has been one of Saints’ star performers since arriving on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid, seamlessly replacing Dejan Lovren after he joined Liverpool.Alderweireld has helped Southampton keep the tightest defence in the Premier League, with Sunday’s 1-0 win at Manchester United a 10th clean sheet of the campaign.The Belgium international was replaced by Florin Gardos just 21 minutes into that Old Trafford encounter with a hamstring complaint that will now rule him out for three to four weeks.Alderweireld’s injury is not as serious as first feared but leaves Southampton light in central defence, given Maya Yoshida is currently away with Japan at the Asian Cup.Saints captain Jose Fonte and Gardos are the only senior centre-backs at Ronald Koeman’s disposal, meaning the Dutchman may look to make a move this month.“I don’t know (if we need to sign another centre half), we have to speak about that,” said Koeman, who can also call upon the inexperienced Jason McCarthy.“We know that Maya will be away for some weeks, we know that.“We knew already if we get some injuries then maybe it can be a problem but I think in our squad we can do some changes in positions to keep going.”last_img read more

White out; Bush next?

first_imgBut Wednesday was White’s day, as he announced from Denver that he would go pro, a decision that wasn’t surprising since he already hired agent Eugene Parker and never met with Carroll this week to discuss his future. “This is definitely a hard choice to come up with,” White said. “It definitely was a close decision. Ultimately, in my heart, it was the right decision to move on.” USC officially lost LenDale White on Wednesday and will lose Reggie Bush today, meaning two of the greatest tailbacks in school history will depart early for the NFL within 24 hours of each other. If that isn’t enough, junior safety Darnell Bing is now leaning toward applying for the NFL draft, worried he might risk injury if he plays another year in college, according to sources. That would make USC coach Pete Carroll 0 for 4 in his recruiting efforts, because junior offensive tackle Winston Justice will announce as soon as today that he is turning pro. Bush’s decision is a foregone conclusion and he hired agent Joel Segal to represent him. He is considered a possible No. 1 pick, as the Houston Texans are believed to be interested in him and Texas quarterback Vince Young. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaWhite said the fact he never liked attending classes did not influence his decision, even though he was under constant supervision to make sure he didn’t skip too many. “School didn’t have anything to do with it,” he said. “I felt I could help my family and my grandmother.” White announced his decision from Denver, where he said his grandmother was in the hospital. He said USC’s two biggest names, quarterback Matt Leinart and Bush, gave him their blessing to turn pro. Exactly where White gets drafted will be the next question. He leaves this weekend for Florida to begin training full-time with people hired by his cousin, Detroit Pistons guard Chauncey Billups. Carroll believed White would be a first-round pick, he just thought he would be a top-five pick if he returned for one more season. White did not ask for an NFL evaluation, unlike Justice, Bing and wide receiver Steve Smith, who is returning for his senior season. center_img “The hardest part was to leave my family at USC,” White said. “Steve Smith, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Many Arabs fear violence hurts cause

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “They committed a crime when they violated our prophet’s sanctity,” Mohammed Abdel-Qaddous, a prominent Egyptian writer on Islamic issues, said Wednesday at a forum organized by the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. “But if we set their embassy on fire, as happened in Syria or Lebanon, we will then be responding to their crime with another crime,” he said. Some of those calling for calm said they have been put in the position of trying to balance out extremists who may be using the outrage as an opportunity to serve their own agendas. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday accused Iran and Syria of fanning the violence to rally support amid their own political confrontations with the West. Laura Bush, who met Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, said they briefly discussed the violence over the drawings. The first lady said she understood the offense Muslims around the world feel about the publication in European newspapers of the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. “On the other hand, I don’t think violence is the answer. I think that everyone around the world needs to speak out and say ‘Let’s stop the violence.’ It’s really not necessary to get the point across that they were offended by those cartoons.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BEIRUT, Lebanon – Many Arab governments, Muslim religious leaders and Arab newspaper writers have been calling for calm in the protests over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, fearing the violence of the past weeks has only reinforced Islam’s negative image in the West. No major demonstrations took place in Mideast and North African cities Thursday, suggesting the fervor was easing. But it wasn’t clear whether the calm would last. A test may come after weekly Muslim prayers today, when at least one large protest is planned – in Morocco. The drawings, first published in a Danish newspaper and then reprinted in other European publications, sparked outrage across the Islamic world. Protests turned violent in recent weeks in Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Afghanistan. But many in the Middle East watched the stone-throwing, flag burnings and embassy attacks with sorrow. Some – including governments, religious leaders and newspaper writers – are trying to put on the brakes on the demonstrations, even if they feel Muslims are right to be angry. last_img read more

Takeover may shift power to Bay Area

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Currently, Southern California Republicans hold the following positions: Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, leads the House Rules Committee, the panel through which every bill passes before it can get a full House vote. He essentially helps decide what legislation and amendments see the light of day, and which wither in obscurity. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, leads the House Appropriations Committee, directing the allocation of all federal spending. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon leads the Education and Workforce Committee, authorizing all higher- and lower-education spending as well as poverty programs. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, is chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, directing all U.S. defense activities. With widespread predictions that Democrats will take over the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s elections, state observers say California will likely undergo its own powerbase shift: from the Southland to the Bay Area. Starting with Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, who would become Speaker of the House under Democrats, Northern California lawmakers would be in line for several of the top committee and leadership positions. Meanwhile, Southland Republicans who currently wield some of the highest positions of power in the GOP-controlled Congress would instantly fall from power – and lose much of their ability to secure contracts, earmarks and other federal funding for the area. “If Republicans lose control of the House, Southern California loses the chairs of very significant committees,” political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe said. Retiring Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Bakersfield, heads the Ways and Means Committee, through which he controls Medicare, Social Security and all federal taxation. “The Republican House delegation has enormous clout and were able to do things for California because of all these committee chairmanships,” Southern California Republican political consultant and analyst Allan Hoffenblum said. “Once they’re in the minority, they’re not going to be chairmen of any committees, they’re going to lose their staff and fancy offices. There’s nobody lower than a member of the minority in the House of Representatives,” he said. Meanwhile, in addition to Pelosi’s ascension, Rep. George Miller, D-Vallejo, would likely take control of the House Resources Committee, directing all federal land and water policy. The House foreign relations panel also would be led by a Bay Area lawmaker, Rep. Tom Lantos, D-San Mateo. Fortney F. “Pete” Stark, D-Fremont, would be the second-highest ranking member on the Ways and Means Committee, likely overseeing any proposed changes to the Medicare Program. And Rep. Mike Thompson, whose district spans the Napa area and who is one of the top Democratic fundraisers in the House, also is expected to assume a key post. “The Bay Area delegation could definitely become the most powerful delegation, not just in the state but in the House,” Jeffe said. That doesn’t mean the Southland will be bereft of all power. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, would take over the chairmanship of House Government Reform Committee, assuming the power to issue subpoenas and launch investigations. Already a nationally known figure, Waxman would become the Southland’s most powerful lawmaker. Waxman, who is expected to easily win re-election Tuesday, said he would focus on uncovering waste and fraud in government contracting; examining allegations of war profiteering; and move quickly for lobbying reform of the executive branch. Another possible Southland leader could be Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo. Currently Harman is the leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Locked in an inter-party struggle with Pelosi, however, it remains unclear whether she would ascend to chair under a Democratic house. Rep. Howard Berman, D-Van Nuys, who is serving his 12th term and also is expected to win re-election, declined to speculate on what position he would hold under a Democrat-controlled House. “I made a decision a few months ago that I’m not going to contemplate or map or strategize,” in the event of a Democrat takeover, he said. But analysts noted that Berman, a leading figure on both the International Relations Committee and the Judiciary Committee, would likely lead a subcommittee on intellectual property issues that directly affect Southern California’s entertainment industry. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, meanwhile, said he would likely assume chairmanship of the foreign relations panel focusing on international terrorism. And in the San Gabriel Valley, Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, would take over a Resources subcommittee overseeing water issues where she said she intends to push through a recycling bill. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, commands a position on the House Appropriations panel and would accumulate more clout, and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, already is gunning for a top party leadership slot. Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, has been making a name for himself in the minority with a command of national security and nuclear nonproliferation issues. Still, some Republicans said the Southland will lose out in a Democrat-controlled Congress. Jo Maney, a spokeswoman for Dreier, specifically accused Democrats of opposing reimbursements to California for the costs of incarcerating undocumented immigrants charged with crimes. She cited a Dreier amendment in 2005 beefing up funding for the program that was opposed by 12 California Democrats, almost all from the Bay Area. Democrats, meanwhile, claimed that the region would be better off despite a concentration of powerful Bay Area lawmakers. Many pointed out that Dreier and other Southland Republicans were unable to secure promised funding for the Alameda Corridor East rail project in a transportation bill last year despite their clout, largely because Thomas directed millions of dollars to his own Kern County district. Berman also noted that funding for the 405 Freeway in that same measure was granted by Minnesota Democrat James Oberstar, who would be expected to lead the House Transportation Committee. “It’s almost too simple to say the California delegation depends on how many chairmen we have,” Berman said. Waxman, meanwhile, said he thinks the Southland will flourish under a Pelosi leadership and mass committee control by Bay Area lawmakers. “I think of them as Californians, I don’t think of them as Northern Californians,” he said. Analysts, meanwhile, said it’s too soon to tell how the switch – if it happens – would affect the region. “Nancy Pelosi can’t just hand power over to the California delegation,” said Bruce Cain, director of the University of California’s Washington Center. Presiding over a famously fractious caucus, Cain noted, “She’s got to really govern in a way that brings in all the factions of the party.” Waxman may rule 405 funding (202) 662-8731 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Tottenham given huge boost in bid to keep Eriksen as Madrid prioritise Pogba

first_imgTottenham have been given a huge boost in their bid to keep Christian Eriksen, with reports claiming the Dane is ready to listen to their contract offer.Eriksen has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid after recently admitting, ‘It might be time for a new challenge’. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 LIVE ON talkSPORT REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… LIVING THE DREAM targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST targets getty However, while the Spanish giants are thought to be interested, they are yet to make an official approach.With Madrid fully focused on capturing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, Spanish outlet AS claims that Eriksen is beginning to reconsider his options.The report suggests Tottenham are willing to offer him a four-year deal with a significant pay rise in order to keep him at the club. Belgium vs Scotland (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTHungary vs Wales (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Japan vs Scotland (Friday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Argentina (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORT LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Spurs are reportedly prepared to make Eriksen the club’s second-highest paid player, with only Harry Kane ahead of him.Eriksen’s current deal expires in 2020 and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is unlikely to let him leave for free next summer.It is understood Tottenham value the 27-year-old midfielder at around £60million. Meanwhile, United have slapped a £130million price tag on Paul Pogba, who Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is reportedly desperate to sign.It has already been a busy summer for the La Liga club, who have signed Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard before we even enter July. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Eriksen, who has a year left on his contract, could remain at Tottenham rather than move to Real Madrid moving on Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti TOP WORK last_img read more

Minister by motorbike in Soweto

first_img20 August 2010 Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk took a tour of Soweto with a difference on Thursday – as a guest of the Soweto Sopranos Bikers Club – to help encourage South Africans to “get out of their comfort zones” and start exploring some of the tourism “gems” of their own country. Riding two-up on a motorbike, Van Schalkwyk visited the Soweto Hotel, Orlando Towers, former president Nelson Mandela’s home in Vilakazi Street, and the Ipelegeng Community Centre in Jabavu.‘I’m a South Africa fan’ The tour was part of the launch of South African Tourism’s “I’m a South Africa fan” campaign, which encourages South Africans to “take a sho’t left” and to explore some of their own country’s tourism “gems”. “Through this campaign, we want to encourage people to get out of their comfort zones and begin to visit all our domestic tourist attraction destinations across the country,” Van Schalkwyk said. He urged people to visit the country’s famous townships, such as Atteridgeville, Mamelodi, Khayelitsha and Soshanguve, to experience the fun and the spirit of ubuntu. “The success of our industry is rooted in the participation of all South Africans in tourism. The best way for South Africans to be better and more welcoming hosts is to travel their own country, whether it is travelling from Cape Town to Johannesburg to watch a rugby or football match, or going on a family holiday. “This way you get to give praise where it is due, gauge service levels, and offer constructive criticism where it is warranted to improve service excellence in the industry.”‘Keep Flying’ The campaign encourages South Africans to continue flying the flag, cheering for their teams at sporting events, and being the welcoming, hospitable hosts they proved themselves to be during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. “By being the loudest and proudest of cheerleaders during the successful 2010 World Cup, we showcased how passionate South Africans are about all things sports and African,” Van Schalkwyk said. “It is thanks to sports that South Africa recently won the reputation as one of the world’s premier leisure destinations. And sports is one of the crucial elements of our tourism offering that will help ensure that this reputation endures and tourism continues to grow in order to make its vital contribution to the economy, job creation and development.” On Saturday, the Springboks meet the New Zealand All Blacks for their Tri-Nations rugby clash at the FNB Stadium – formerly Soccer City – outside Soweto. The minister encouraged the nation in general (and rugby fans in particular) to support the Boks in this important event.Soweto opens its heart to rugby fans “Soweto has opened its heart to rugby fans already. Now, as the Springboks play their first rugby match ever at the ‘Giant Calabash’, I am certain that this unique and fascinating part of Johannesburg is going to erupt again in national pride, patronage and support for the Springbok team. “Please do come early on Saturday so that you can taste and enjoy the great fare that Soweto has to offer.” SABC Sport presenter Walter Mokoena, who was also part of the tour on Thursday, told BuaNews that it was important for South Africans to know more about their country before they explored foreign countries. “This is a good initiative aimed at all of us to start moving around our own country before we go elsewhere,” Mokoena said. “When international tourists visit our country, we can take them to all these tourist attraction areas.”“More fun in your own backyard’ Sakhumzi Maqubela, the owner and founder of Sakhumzi Restaurant in Vilakazi Street, which is situated next to the old house of former president Nelson Mandela, said that before the Fifa World Cup he had 10 people working for him. During the global event, when the influx of both local and international tourists began to flock to his restaurant, he increased his staff to 48. He said that when the South African rugby team takes on New Zealand on Saturday, he will increase his staff to 70 people. “I fully support this initiative by the minister,” Maqubela said. “People are spending a lot of money travelling abroad to have fun, while they can get more entertainment in their backyards.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Australia’s crash investigator among the world’s best

first_imgAustralia’s crash investigator the ATSB has led an international team in the search for MH370 Ridiculed by some sections of the media, Australia’s crash investigator and its international partners have done an outstanding job in calculating the most likely location of MH370 as a new search begins.Labelled as bungling Canberra bureaucrats by some media,  the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is, in fact, one of world’s most highly respected air crash agencies and the new search team is going to where it says MH370 is most likely located.Read: Debris hunter says new search will find itAnd it has not been searching for MH370 alone.When an aircraft has an accident, international law requires that many parties are involved – namely the maker of the plane, its engines and the respective countries’ crash investigators.In this case, it involved Boeing, which builds the 777; Rolls- Royce which makes the engines on the Malaysia Airlines models; the US National Transportation Safety Board and  air accidents investigation bodies from the UK, Malaysia, and China.China is involved because MH370 was a code-share flight with China Southern which is why there were 153 Chinese aboard.Assisting has been the Thales Group of France, makers of the satellite that tracked MH 370;  Inmarsat, the satellite the operator; the CSIRO; Geoscience Australia and Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group.Continual unjustified criticism of the ATSB in such a high profile case does enormous damage not only to that agency but Australia’s standing in the world – particularly in aviation.According to one of the world’s most respected crash investigators with the NTSB and now noted aviation commentator Gregory Feith, Australia’s performance in the leading the search has been great.“The Malaysians were out of their depth with MH370 and were lucky Australia took over,” Mr Feith told last year.And the continual criticism of the ATSB has been agony for the relatives who have been on the most torturous roller coaster ride.Of course, the muddling by the Malaysian Government since this tragedy started 1,415 days ago has been fuelled the tsunami of conspiracy theories.But finding MH370 in the next few weeks will not stop the doubters.Even the recovery of the black boxes may not give total closure.It is likely that MH370 will always be aviation’s Mary Celeste.last_img read more