South Korean Ferry Disaster ravaged by misinformation, anger

Relatives of passengers missing from the sunken ferry scuffle with police as they try to leave Jindo.

SOUTH KOREA –  The Ferry Disaster that occurred on Wednesday, is all too similar to the controversy surrounding the disappearance of Flight Mh370.  Thousands of miles away in South Korea, a ferry carrying some 475 people sunk — taking hundreds of people off the radar. Most of those individuals, remain missing.

The ship had been carrying a large number of students, who were headed to a field trip on the island of Jeju.

Officials confirmed to Daily News Online that some 28 have been reported dead as of this point, however, hundreds remain missing. Initially, misrepresenting reports published by western media outlets signaled that some 368 had been rescued from the disaster (that was not actually true).

Initially, controversy brewed over the fact that Korean officials could not keep their stories straight as to what happened to the ship truly. Previously published reports claimed that a transcript had been released from the ship, signaling that some 368 had been saved, but none actually had been.

 

Facebook just launched a feature to share your location with your friends

Facebook on Thursday rolled out a "Nearby Friends" feature, which uses location information to let users know which friends are near them in the real world. Read on for more stats about Facebook, which turned 10 in February.

In the world of Facebook, invasive is  a word hardly ever truly understood. Facebook announced over the weekend, a new feature that would allow one’s Facebook friends to see their location whenever (wherever) as long as such feature is turned on.

According to Facebook, the feature is meant to replace the constant LOL’s and ‘Likes’ some often shoot for on the social network, with real-life conversations and meet-ups.

CNN notes that Facebook has chosen to learn from its previous mistakes, by opting to turn off the feature by default — however, such can be changed in one’s personal settings.

Malaysia to pay out millions as MH370 families seek financial assistance

In this Saturday, April 19, 2014 photo provided by the Australian Defense Force the Phoenix International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Artemis is lowered onto the deck of the Australian Defense Vessel Ocean Shield after a search mission for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, in the southern Indian Ocean.  Up...MALAYSIA –  Malaysian officials have begun the process of releasing financial assistance to the families of MH370 victims, per reports. According to reports, officials met with several families  this weekend asking them to begin filling out the appropriate papers to seek financial assistance from either the country of Malaysia, or Malaysian airlines.

Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainuddin is set to visit China this week, to drum up support between the now troubled nations.

We realize this is an excruciating time for the families of those on board,” said Zainuddin, who heads a committee overseeing the needs of the next of kin. “No words can describe the pain they must be going through. We understand the desperate need for information on behalf of the families and those watching around the world.”

St. Peters overflows as Pope Francis hails Easter

Flowers from the Netherlands decorate St. Peter's Square as Pope Francis arrives to celebrate an Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the the Vatican, Sunday, April 20, 2014.ROME –   Today’s quite the day for Christians everywhere, and those that love the holidays, it’s Easter.  Back in Vatican City, more than 150,000 people turned out for the Pope’s Mass whereas he hailed Easter — calling for peace in the Ukraine and an end to terrorist attacks in Nigeria.

We ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine, so that all those involved will make every effort to prevent violence.” the Pope reportedly said.

 

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Rafaelle Sollecito spotted at same house Meredith Kercher was murdered in: Reports

Raffaele Sollecito (C) leaves the appeals court  in Florence, Italy, January 30, 2014.

PERUGIA — Perhaps this one might be a little bizarre to some, but an Italian newspaper report has raised a few eyebrows (and a careful translation). According to La Nazione,  Sollecito was reportedly spotted over the weekend visiting the property with his latest love Greta Menegaldo.

The two, per witnesses, visited the property for a short-time whereas it was later confirmed as such by Sollecito’s father who defended his son’s visit to the property to the media. “If Raffaele wanted to show his girlfriend the ordeal he went through, I can’t see anything wrong with that,” he said, adding that his son “has absolutely nothing to do with that crime”.

Malaysian Officials: Search for MH370 intensifies, should be completed in a week

Bluefin 21MALAYSIA  — The underwater drone search for Flight Mh370, continues this weekend as officials have declared that in less than a week’s time the search will be complete. Malaysian officials, per CNN, held a press conference over the weekend citing that the drone continues to search for signals of the plane — but the world must wait in due time to discover whether or not the search will turn up results.

Today and tomorrow, it’s imperative that we focus because the experts have narrowed down the search area,” said Hishammuddin Hussein, the Malaysian acting transport minister. “Whatever the outcome for the next few days, we need to regroup and reconsider.”