Google announces most-searched queries

Kieu Giang Late actor Robin Williams, whose name is on top of Google’s global trending searches in 2014 - PHOTO: REUTERS The report showcases the people, topics, events, and places that captured the world’s attention this year, from overall global trends to hundreds of the top 10 lists of trending topics across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more from over 70 countries. This is Google’s 14th annual yearly look at the trillions of searches performed globally throughout the year. Robin Williams is on top of the global trending searches’ chart, followed by "World Cup," "Ebola," "MH370," "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge," "Flappy Bird" (a game developed by a local developer), "Conchita Wurst", an Austrian stage drag queen who won Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark, "ISIS," "Frozen," and "Sochi Olympics." According to Google, people have had more active searches. For example, in the wake of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, … [Read more...]

Dance, electro music in vogue in Vietnam market

In recent years, remixing pop, love, and even patriotic music into dance/electro rhythms has become increasingly popular in Vietnam. Tuoi Tre" /> The most recent dance/electro hit is "Con Buom Xuan" (Spring Butterfly), the translated version of a Chinese song from the 1960s, "China Cha Cha Cha." The song, remixed by young singer Ho Quang Hieu into dance music, instantly created quite a stir in the local music market and can now be heard everywhere, particularly during Tet (Vietnam's Lunar New Year). It has attracted millions of views so far on YouTube. Although several other singers also perform the song, Hieu has profited the most from it, as he has received many show offers and earned some VND40-50 million (up to US$2,358) a month in royalties from cell phone services and online views and downloads. The upbeat, cheerful song has inspired some hundred dance clips based on it both within and outside the country. An overseas Vietnamese student … [Read more...]

Indonesia plane wreckage spotted by rescuers

Rescue officials say a search plane has spotted the wreckage of an Indonesian passenger plane that went missing with 54 people on board. Family members of passengers on a missing Trigana Air flight seek information at Sentani Airport, Jayapura, Papua province, Indonesia on August 16, 2015 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. There was no immediate word if there were any survivors from the crash, which happened in bad weather on Sunday in Indonesia's mountainous easternmost province of Papua. Officials said the wreckage was spotted about 12 kilometres from its destination of Oksibil. The Trigana Air Service plane was flying from Papua's provincial capital, Jayapura, to the Papua city of Oksibil on Sunday when it lost contact with Oksibil's airport, said Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata. There was no indication that the pilot had made a distress call, he said. The ATR42-300 twin turboprop plane was carrying 49 passengers and five crew members on a scheduled … [Read more...]

Timeline: The 17-month search for MH370

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 galvanized a multinational search, spawned theories ranging from an accident to air piracy and repeatedly dashed hopes that a resolution was at hand. Below is a timeline of the events that began with the jet’s departure from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing: March 8, 2014: 12:41 a.m.: Flight 370 takes off from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew members on board. 1:07 a.m.: Last transmission from the Boeing Co. 777-200ER via an onboard text-and-data messaging system known by the acronym Acars. 1:19 a.m.: Last communication from the cockpit. Transcript released April 1 said the last words were "Good Night Malaysian Three Seven Zero." Plane leaves Malaysian airspace, heading across the Gulf of Thailand toward Vietnam. 1:21 a.m.: Radar transponder is switched off. 1:37 a.m.: Next Acars transmission is due, and never comes. 2:15 a.m.: Malaysian military radar spots an aircraft on the west side of Peninsular … [Read more...]

Officials hope to give Flight 370 families some answers soon

After 16 agonizing months without answers, loved ones of those on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will likely have to wait at least another day for confirmation that it crashed into the sea, as investigators work to identify the source of a barnacle-encrusted wing part that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island. Kelly Wen, wife of Chinese passenger onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 looks at a MAS airplane poster during an event to mark one year anniversary of the pane disappearance, during a candlelight vigil for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Friday, March 6, 2015. Though several officials have expressed confidence that the debris found on the French island of Reunion is from a Boeing 777, French authorities are planning to send the piece to southern France for analysis before confirming it came from the missing Malaysian aircraft. The part could arrive Saturday morning, according to the Paris … [Read more...]

Why the trail of clues to Flight 370 now leads to France

A mystery that began with the disappearance of a Malaysian plane en route to China that detoured to the waters off Australia’s coast has now spread across the Indian Ocean close to Africa. Next stop: France. Reunion, an island east of Madagascar where an aircraft part washed up on shore and has been taken into police custody, is a territory of France that sends eight legislators to France’s National Assembly. The piece will be dispatched from Reunion Friday and arrive on the French mainland Saturday to be examined near Toulouse, France’s Europe1 radio reported on its website. "It’s a bit difficult when something lands in the great white oceans, because you don’t own the ocean more than 12 miles off your coastline," Brian O’Keefe, a former vice president of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s general assembly, said by phone from Canberra. "It’s an unusual case where the wreckage is found in a different jurisdiction to the … [Read more...]

Malaysia Air search team finds uncharted shipwreck on seafloor

Ship-related debris on the sea floor, including an anchor. Source: Australian Transport Safety Bureau, photo by Fugro A team searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 found an uncharted shipwreck on the Indian Ocean seafloor. Wreckage from the ship, including an anchor and lumps of coal, showed up about 3.9 kilometers (2.4 miles) below the surface, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, an Australian government agency, said in an e-mailed statement Wednesday. The debris was in the southern part of a 120,000 square kilometer (46,000 square mile) search area, about a third of the way from Australia to Madagascar, that’s being scanned by sonar. Man-made objects are rare in the region, which lies away from major shipping lanes close to the turbulent waters of the Roaring Forties. Previous sonar passes have uncovered abandoned shipping containers and volcanic rocks which initially resembled a debris field. "The majority of the contacts were comparatively small –- … [Read more...]

MH370 search zone to be expanded

The Malaysian, Australian and Chinese governments are to expand the search zone for the missing flight MH370 by 60,000sq km. (Photo: chiangraitimes) The Malaysian Transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai said "Malaysia, China and Australia are committed to the search for MH370". "If we cannot locate the aircraft within the 60,000 square kilometers, we’ll continue the second phase of another 60,000 square kilometer search," he added. The plane is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean off Australia’s west coast. It’s been more than a year and still no wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been found. Four vessels equipped with sophisticated underwater drones, have searched more than 60 percent of the previously unmapped expanse of sea floor that has been designated the highest priority. MH370 vanished on March 8th, after leaving Kuala Lumpur with 239 people on board, including six Australians. The disappearance of the flight and its 239 … [Read more...]

Malaysia, China and Australia vow to continue search for MH370

(Source: Internet) On March 8th, Malaysia, China and Australia vowed to continue the search for the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 since it vanished one year ago. Families of the people on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 marked the 1st anniversary of the plane’s disappearance with a vow to never give up on the desperate search for wreckage and answers to the world’s biggest aviation mystery. "Malaysia remains committed to the search, and hopeful that MH370 will be found", Prime Minister, Najib Razak said in a statement on the 1st anniversary of the aircraft’s disappearance. "No words can describe the pain the families of those on board are going through", Najib said. "The lack of answers and definitive proof, such as aircraft wreckage, has made this more difficult to bear". On the sidelines of an annual meeting of China’s parliament, China’s Foreign Minister, Wang Yi said: "The search for MH370 will continue". On the same day, Australian Prime … [Read more...]

Investigators find no unusual signs among MH370 pilots and cabin crew

Rescue teams are still searching for the missing plane. Photo: BBC (VOVworld) - Investigators have found no indications of unusual behavior among the pilots and cabin crew of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 before it took off and vanished a year ago. There were no behavioral signs of social isolation, change in habits or interest, self-neglect, or drug or alcohol abuse by the captain, first officer or cabin crew, said an interim report released Sunday from the investigation into the passenger jet's mysterious disappearance. Investigators looked into the background of each crew member. They also examined closed-circuit TV footage of the flight crew at airports and saw no signs of any change in behavior prior to the plane’s suddenly diversion and disappearance on March 8 last year. The report, citing maintenance records, said there was no evidence to suggest one black box’s battery was replaced before its expiry in December 2012. The battery on the plane's other black box, … [Read more...]

Malaysia: If MH370 not found, it’s back to the drawing board

If the massive undersea search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 turns up nothing by the end of May, the three countries leading the effort will go "back to the drawing board," Malaysia's transport minister said Saturday. Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tong Lai gestures during an interview ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Saturday, March 7, 2015. If the massive undersea search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 turns up nothing by the end of May, the three countries leading the effort will re-examine data and come up with a new plan, Lai said Saturday. Liow Tiong Lai told a small group of foreign reporters on the eve of the anniversary of the plane's disappearance that he remains cautiously optimistic the Boeing 777 is in the area of the southern Indian Ocean where the search is ongoing. Despite the exhaustive search for the plane, which disappeared last March 8 during a flight from Kuala Lumpur … [Read more...]

Malaysia transport chief optimistic in locating MH370

Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tong Lai at the interview to mark the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Saturday, March 7, 2015. (VOVworld) - Transport Minster Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai is cautiously optimistic in locating Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which vanished in the southern Indian Ocean on March 8 last year. At a media briefing coinciding with the first anniversary of the missing Boeing aircraft here, Liow said his sentiments are based on scientific, statistical, and the Inmarsat data which gave a very specific data showing where the flight ended. He noted that the seven handshakes were very crucial in the quest to locate the aircraft. He expressed his hope that the search can be completed in May. Earlier the Malaysian government announced that flight MH370 was an accident and all crew members and passengers are reported dead. … [Read more...]

Malaysia Airlines hit by lizard squad hack attack

(VOVworld) - The hacker group Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for attacking Malaysia Airlines website on Sunday. Users who logged onto the Malaysia Airlines website were greeted with the image of a lizard in a top hat and the message: "404— plane not found", referring to the fact that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared last March, has yet to be found. Lizard Squad shut down the PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live network on last December using a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, a common technique that overloads servers with data requests. The Malaysia Airlines website displayed the message "ISIS will prevail" and the fake "404" error page. The website has now returned to normal operation. … [Read more...]

Pilot’s final request was met by two-minute radio silence

Indonesian Navy divers carry their gear from a cargo plane during the search operation for the victims of AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia. It took about two minutes for air-traffic control to respond to AirAsia Bhd. (AIRA)’s ill-fated Flight 8501 when the pilot requested permission to elevate the plane, according to Indonesia’s air navigation operator. In the final communication from the plane, one of the pilots asked to climb to as high as 38,000 feet, said Wisnu Darjono, director at AirNav Indonesia, citing a transcript of the conversation from the National Transport Safety Committee. Air traffic control authorized the plane to ascend only to 34,000 feet about two minutes later, after which contact was lost, Darjono said. data shows there were storms along the path of the plane, which Indonesia’s air transport director has said was flying at 32,000 feet. Air-traffic control "couldn’t immediately give permission to fly at … [Read more...]

Search area expanded in hunt for AirAsia plane

More planes will be in the air and more ships on the sea Tuesday hunting for AirAsia Flight 8501 in a widening search off Indonesia that has dragged into a third day without any solid leads. Members of Indonesia's Marine Police prepare to head out to sea in search for the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, at Pangkal Pinang port in Sumatra Island, Monday Dec. 29, 2014 in Indonesia. At least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters were looking for the jet carrying 162 people, said Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo. Most of the craft were Indonesian but Singapore, Malaysia and Australia contributed to the effort. Aircraft from Thailand planned to join Tuesday's search. He said the search area would be expanded to land areas, with four military helicopters dispatched just after sunrise near Pangkalan Bun on the western part of Borneo island and to smaller islands of Bangka and Belitung. "Until now, we have not yet found any signal or indication of … [Read more...]

Indonesian official: Prospects bleak for missing jet

AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished Sunday in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. The search expanded Monday, but has yet to find any trace of the Airbus A320. "Based on the coordinates that we know, the evaluation would be that any estimated crash position is in the sea, and that the hypothesis is the plane is at the bottom of the sea," Indonesia search and rescue chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo said at a news conference. First Adm. Sigit Setiayana, the Naval Aviation Center commander at the Surabaya air force base, said 12 navy ships, five planes, three helicopters and a number of warships were taking part in the search, along with ships and planes from Singapore and Malaysia. The Australian Air Force also sent a search plane. Searchers had to cope with heavy rain Sunday, but Setiayana said Monday that visibility was good. "God willing, we can find it soon," he told The Associated Press. The plane's disappearance and suspected crash caps … [Read more...]

Search resumes for missing AirAsia passenger jet

The search for a missing AirAsia jet carrying 162 people that disappeared more than 24 hours ago on a flight from Indonesia to Singapore resumed with first light Monday. AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes, center, walks past the relatives of the passengers of AirAsia flight QZ8015 at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. First Admiral Sigit Setiayana, the Naval Aviation Center commander at the Surabaya air force base, said that 12 navy ships, five planes, three helicopters and a number of warships were talking part, along with ships and planes from Singapore and Malaysia. The Australian Air Force also sent a search plane. Setiaya said visibility was good. "God willing, we can find it soon," he told The Associated Press. AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished in airspace thick with storm clouds on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Searchers had to fight against heavy rain on Sunday before work was suspended due to darkness. The … [Read more...]

Malaysia’s year of flying dangerously

When the Indonesian authorities called off Sunday’s search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501, lost flying between Subaya, Indonesia and Singapore, Malaysians could have been forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu. After all, it was only nine months earlier, on March 8, that they received word that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had gone missing, setting off months of on-again, off-again searches that -- so far -- have turned up nothing. At least briefly, QZ8501, flown on an Indonesian subsidiary of Kuala Lumpur-based AirAsia, felt like more of the same. There are, of course, notable, differences. QZ8501 has only been missing less than 24 hours and, unlike Flight 370, there’s actually an immediate, reasonable theory about what might have happened to it (bad weather). But the fact that there’s less mystery surrounding QZ8501 isn’t much solace. In fact, many Malaysians are now trying to reckon with the fact that Malaysian-owned carriers will have been … [Read more...]

U.S. says Malaysia offers to host spy planes that irk China

File picture shows a P-8A Poseidon before a flight to assist in search and rescue operations for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur March 18, 2014. Photo: AFP The top U.S. Navy officer said this week that Malaysia has offered to let the United States use one of its bases for a detachment of new maritime surveillance planes, but officials clarified on Friday that no such flights had been approved. U.S. surveillance flights from a country such as Malaysia would likely increase friction with Beijing. Malaysia and China have competing territorial claims in the South China Sea, and Beijing has been pressing the United States to halt flights near its coast after an incident in international air space last month. Admiral Jonathan Greenert, the U.S. chief of naval operations, said in remarks in Washington on Monday that "recently the Malaysians have offered us to fly detachments of P-8s out of ... East Malaysia," referring to the Navy's new anti-submarine and … [Read more...]

U.S. official: Missile shot down Malaysia Airlines plane

A Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in a rebel-controlled part of eastern Ukraine on Thursday, spurring swift accusations from Ukrainian officials that "terrorists" shot down the aircraft. The United States has concluded a missile shot down the plane, but hasn't pinpointed who was responsible, a senior U.S. official told CNN's Barbara Starr. The Boeing 777 with 298 people aboard fell from the sky near the town of Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, officials said. A top Ukrainian official said the plane, which was on the way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was flying at about 10,000 meters (nearly 33,000 feet) when the missile hit. A radar system saw a surface-to-air missile system turn on and track an aircraft right before the plane went down, the senior U.S. official said. A second system saw a heat signature at the time the airliner was hit, the official said. The United States is analyzing the trajectory of the missile to try to learn where the attack came … [Read more...]