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Twist in search for MH370 as debris wash up on Far North Queensland beach

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Debris found on a remote beach in Far North Queensland could lead to a new twist in the search for missing aircraft MH370.

Mick Elcoate was fishing on a remote beach about seven killometres north of Cape Tribulation when he spotted wreckage washed ashore on Monday morning. 

‘My initial thoughts were that it was either part of a yacht’s rudder, or possibly a trim tab from an aircraft,’ Mr Elcoate told Daily Mail Australia. 

Debris found on a remote beach in Far North Queensland (pictured) could lead to a new twist in the search for missing aircraft MH370

Debris found on a remote beach in Far North Queensland (pictured) could lead to a new twist in the search for missing aircraft MH370

Debris found on a remote beach in Far North Queensland (pictured) could lead to a new twist in the search for missing aircraft MH370

Mick Elcoate was fishing on a remote beach (pictured) about seven killometres north of Cape Tribulation when he spotted wreckage washed ashore on Monday morning

Mick Elcoate was fishing on a remote beach (pictured) about seven killometres north of Cape Tribulation when he spotted wreckage washed ashore on Monday morning

Mick Elcoate was fishing on a remote beach (pictured) about seven killometres north of Cape Tribulation when he spotted wreckage washed ashore on Monday morning

The avionics technician snapped pictures of the wing-like structure, which was covered in sand and shells. 

Mr Elcoate said he doesn’t have expertise in aircraft structures so he decided to share the photos with the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Facebook group ‘to see if anyone could ID it’.

‘That’s when several people started contacting me,’ he said.

Mr Elcoate was encouraged to contact Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which he did. He shared pictures of the debris with the federal agency on Tuesday.

MH370, a Malaysia Airlines plane, vanished from radar screens carrying 239 people, including six Australians, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014. 

It’s unlikely the remains unearthed on Monday belong to the missing Boeing 777. A part of a wing was found on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar, in 2015. 

The avionics technician snapped pictures of the wing-like structure, which was covered in sand and shells (pictured)

The avionics technician snapped pictures of the wing-like structure, which was covered in sand and shells (pictured)

The avionics technician snapped pictures of the wing-like structure, which was covered in sand and shells (pictured)

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Australia shared Mr Elcoate’s pictures to their Facebook page on Tuesday.  

‘Has another piece of the MH370 puzzle washed ashore?’ they wrote. 

‘Reported today on Facebook, a mysterious component that appears similar to either a B737 or B777 trim tab has washed ashore north of Cape Tribulation.

‘The item was not recovered from the beach, by those who discovered it.’

A fishing rod on top of the debris helps to show the size of the finding

A fishing rod on top of the debris helps to show the size of the finding

A fishing rod on top of the debris helps to show the size of the finding

Aviation researcher Mick Gilbert told The Australian he did not think the discovery was from the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight.

‘The part shows nowhere near enough weathering, has relatively sparse barnacle growth and is almost certainly the wrong colour,’ he said.

‘If it is indeed an aircraft component it is more likely to be a piece of Air Niugini flight 73 that landed short of the runway at Chuuk International airport back in September 2018.’

Key dates in the search for missing MH370

BY AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

March 8, 2014: MH370 disappears from the radar 40 minutes into its flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board

April 8, 2014: An Australian ship hears two signals consistent with MH370’s flight recorders in waters west of Australia. ‘I’m now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft, in the not-too-distant future,’ search coordinator Angus Houston says

April 28, 2014: The air search ends after failing to see a single piece of debris in 4.6 million square km of ocean

Jan 29, 2015: Malaysia formally declares MH370 an accident and says all 239 people on board are presumed dead

March 8, 2015: Australia’s then-Prime Minister Tony Abbott doubles the area of the underwater search to 120,000 square km

July 29, 2015: A wing part known as a flaperon found on Reunion Island, east of Madagascar, is the first piece of the plane to be recovered. Since then, 27 pieces have been found

July 28, 2016: Data from flight captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah’s home simulator shows it was used to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean, bolstering speculation he ditched the plane in a premeditated plot

Dec 20, 2016: The Australian Transport Safety Bureau says MH370 is unlikely to be in the 120,000 sq km search area is more likely in an area immediately to the north

Jan 17, 2017: Search is called off

Jan 19, 2017: Malaysia offers cash rewards to private parties for ‘substantial information or evidence’ about the location of the wreckage

April 21, 2017: The CSIRO releases a report saying the most likely location of the jet is a new 25,000 sq km area, north of the original 120,000 sq km search area

January 3, 2018: The search resumes after Malaysia enters into a ‘no find, no fee’ arrangement with US company Ocean Infinity, with up to $70 million offered if the wreckage is found

March 3, 2018: Malaysia says the new search will likely end in June, as families of passengers mark four years since the plane disappeared

May 29, 2018: Second search is called off

July 30, 2018: Investigators release what was flagged as the final report into the aviation mystery, but say the search may resume and it cannot be the final report until wreckage is found. They said they did not believe the pilot was behind the change in direction and ‘unlawful interference by a third party’ could not be ruled out

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Kerry Stokes could be open to selling Channel Seven after it came close to merging with Channel Ten

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Channel Seven reportedly came close to merging operations with rival free-to-air network Channel Ten this year, as Seven owner Kerry Stokes held talks with Ten’s parent company ViacomCBS.

Sources said Mr Stokes – whose Seven Group Holdings parent company is Channel Seven’s biggest shareholder – began talks in April with the boss of the US conglomerate to discuss the potential merger.

The talks included discussion of merging the two companies’ sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal, The Age reported.

While Mr Stokes’ negotiations with ViacomCBS president Bob Bakish did not result in a deal, media analysts said it indicated the 80-year-old Western Australian billionaire was prepared to offload his debt-saddled Seven network assets.

Kerry Stokes pictured with his wife Christine Simpson-Stokes. The Seven West Media chairman was reportedly in talks with media giant ViacomCBS to merge parts of Channel Seven and Channel Ten

Kerry Stokes pictured with his wife Christine Simpson-Stokes. The Seven West Media chairman was reportedly in talks with media giant ViacomCBS to merge parts of Channel Seven and Channel Ten

Kerry Stokes pictured with his wife Christine Simpson-Stokes. The Seven West Media chairman was reportedly in talks with media giant ViacomCBS to merge parts of Channel Seven and Channel Ten

As of the end of July, Seven’s net debt had reached $481million.

Seven chief executive James Warburton has also made clear his intention to sell off certain parts of the company to allow it to restructure more easily. 

Impasse: Talks between Mr Stokes and the ViacomCBS boss included discussion of merging the two companies' sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal

Impasse: Talks between Mr Stokes and the ViacomCBS boss included discussion of merging the two companies' sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal

Impasse: Talks between Mr Stokes and the ViacomCBS boss included discussion of merging the two companies’ sales and marketing teams in Australia but the two sides could not reach a deal

Seven and ViacomCBS have both declined to comment on the report.

Sources said Mr Stokes was undeterred by Australian federal laws prohibiting more than one of the free-to-air TV networks being owned by the same company.

The Seven West Media chairman – who was valued at $3.8billion by Forbes this month – is reportedly optimistic about navigating around the rule because of his close ties with Canberra.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was the best man at the wedding of Mr Stokes’ son Ryan in 2016.

Ryan Stokes is understood to have less interest in his family’s media holdings than his father. 

Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and her partner David Panton, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie as well as hospitality mogul Justin Hemmes and his partner Kate Fowler also attended the high-powered nuptials.

Ryan Stokes pictured with his wife Claire. He is understood to have less interest in his family's media holdings than his father

Ryan Stokes pictured with his wife Claire. He is understood to have less interest in his family's media holdings than his father

Ryan Stokes pictured with his wife Claire. He is understood to have less interest in his family’s media holdings than his father

Last month, it emerged Seven West Media had refused to pay full price for its broadcast rights with Cricket Australia, only making a partial payment that is certain to stretch a relationship that is already incredibly strained.

Seven and CA were at loggerheads on the eve of the 2020-21 season, with the disgruntled free-to-air broadcaster threatening to walk away from its commitment to the sport.  

Seven, which was due to pay $25million to CA, confirmed a smaller total had been transferred.

‘Seven has paid the first instalment reflecting our assessment of fair value,’ Mr Warburton said in a statement.

ViacomCBS’s Australian subsidiary owns Ten and the local versions of MTV and Nickelodeon and turned over more than $27billion in revenue in 2018. 

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Queensland election: Liberal Deb Frecklington pledges new $8million ice task force

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Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington

Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington

Queensland Liberal-National leader Deb Frecklington will set up a police taskforce dedicated to tackling the drug ice if she wins Saturday’s state election.

The new taskforce, costing $8million, will use staff from existing police units.

Ms Frecklington claims Labor has been soft on crime while in power and has let it get out of control in north Queensland. 

‘We will shut down the big crime gangs that are pedalling drugs to our kids,’ she told reporters in Townsville on Monday.

‘Under the LNP there will be more treatment, more prevention and more rehabilitation.’

The death rate for ice, the street name for methamphetamine, has increased four times in Australia since the turn of the century.

Ms Frecklington will also invest $2 million on mental health and drug awareness in partnership with the North Queensland Cowboys.

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. 

Under the plan, which is aimed at reducing crime, teens still out after curfew will be arrested by police and taken to community centres.

They will be held there until picked up by family members, with parents slapped with a $250 fine each time one of their children is caught outside.

Ms Frecklington says the policy isn’t racist or aimed at any particular group.

The LNP leader said she represents the Indigenous community of Cherbourg, while her husband works in Indigenous communities training juvenile offenders.

‘I find it offensive that people think that this is a racism issue. This is a juvenile crime issue and it doesn’t go across race.’

Ms Frecklington came up with the plan after holding numerous crime forums since 2017.

She said police in her electorate support the curfew policy as well as other officers across Queensland.

‘I come from the South Burnett – my local coppers love this policy. In fact, they’ve asked for it to be extended,’ Ms Frecklington said.

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. Pictured: Police in Brisbane

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. Pictured: Police in Brisbane

Last week the LNP announced it would trial a night curfew for teenagers in Townsville and Cairns for six months. Pictured: Police in Brisbane

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Newborn baby is left fighting for its life after being MAULED by a dog at a home

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A baby has been left in a critical condition after being mauled by a dog at a home on New Zealand‘s North Island.

The newborn was left with horrific injuries after the attack in Enderley on Sunday night.

The infant was rushed by St Johns Ambulance to Waikato Hospital, and was listed as being in a critical condition.

‘Emergency services were called to a Hamilton address at around 7pm last night after an infant was bitten by a dog,’ a New Zealand police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

A baby has suffered horrific injuries after being attacked by a dog and is in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital (pictured)

A baby has suffered horrific injuries after being attacked by a dog and is in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital (pictured)

A baby has suffered horrific injuries after being attacked by a dog and is in a critical condition at Waikato Hospital (pictured)

New Zealand police (pictured in Queenstown in 2014) could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog

New Zealand police (pictured in Queenstown in 2014) could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog

New Zealand police (pictured in Queenstown in 2014) could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog

‘The infant was transported to hospital in a serious condition. Inquiries into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing.’

Police could not confirm the gender of the baby or the breed of the dog. 

The dog was seized and secured at the Hamilton City Council animal control facility.

Hamilton City Council animal control manager Susan Stanford said the council was supporting the victim and their family. 

‘This is a traumatic time for all involved and our thoughts are with the families and individuals involved,’ she told NZ Herald. 

Data obtained by the New Zealand Ministry of Health found there were 4,958 dog attacks that required hospitalisation between 2004 and 2014.

The research found most attacks happen at home, with children under 10-years-old most vulnerable.

The dog has been seized and is being held at Hamilton City Council animal control facility (stock image)

The dog has been seized and is being held at Hamilton City Council animal control facility (stock image)

The dog has been seized and is being held at Hamilton City Council animal control facility (stock image)

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