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À l’épicentre des tremblements de terre en Turquie, les survivants sont indifférents aux prochains scrutins

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PAZARCIK, Turquie – Dans la ville de Pazarcik, dans le sud de la Turquie, l’épicentre des tremblements de terre dévastateurs du 6 février, les gens se concentrent uniquement sur leur survie. Des dizaines de milliers d’habitants ont quitté la ville après la catastrophe et pour ceux qui sont restés sans abri ni installations adéquates, la tenue d’une élection présidentielle le 14 mai semble incongrue.

Ils vivent dans la poussière, entourés des décombres d’immeubles voués à la démolition. La ville de Pazarcik, l’épicentre des tremblements de terre du 6 février dans la province méridionale de Kahramanmaras en Turquie, n’est plus que l’ombre d’elle-même. Seuls quelques bâtiments endommagés ont été démolis et les décombres déblayés pour faire place à des terrains vacants.

« Il n’y a plus personne dans les rues », déplore Mustafa Kayki, un élu local du Parti du mouvement nationaliste (MHP), parti nationaliste de droite. « Environ 20 000 personnes ont quitté Pazarcik depuis ce terrible drame. Nos électeurs sont dispersés. Pazarcik a été dispersé. Notre cher Pazarcik s’est transformé en enfer du jour au lendemain, sombre, une ville en ruine. C’est douloureux.”

Mustafa Kayki, un membre local du Parti d'action nationaliste (MHP), dit que 20 000 personnes ont fui Pazarcik depuis les tremblements de terre.
Mustafa Kayki, un membre local du Parti d’action nationaliste (MHP), dit que 20 000 personnes ont fui Pazarcik depuis les tremblements de terre. © Assiya Hamza, FRANCE 24

La ville abritait autrefois 70 000 habitants, majoritairement kurdes et alévis, une minorité religieuse qui professe un islam hétérodoxe, qui compte, parmi ses membres, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, principal candidat de l’opposition à la présidentielle de 2023.

Au coin d’une rue, deux ouvriers du bâtiment s’affairent à rénover une boutique au rez-de-chaussée d’un immeuble, dont l’entrée est recouverte d’un gros tas de ciment. Il n’y a aucun signe de campagne politique ici et les travailleurs semblent indifférents aux prochaines élections. “Il n’y a rien à dire. Il suffit de regarder autour de soi”, hausse un ouvrier.

Les deux ouvriers, qui préfèrent garder l’anonymat, ne sont pas très affables. Ils révèlent, assez amèrement, que ces travaux de construction sont financés par la diaspora qui a quitté le pays pour l’Europe dans les années 1990. “La vie a repris depuis le tremblement de terre mais on ne sait pas combien de temps cela va durer. Ceux qui avaient de l’argent sont partis depuis longtemps”, explique un ouvrier.

Un camp pour sans-abri a été installé à l'entrée de Pazarcik après les tremblements de terre du 6 février 2023.
Un camp pour sans-abri a été installé à l’entrée de Pazarcik après les tremblements de terre du 6 février 2023. © Assiya Hamza, FRANCE 24

Lorsque les gens sont interrogés sur les élections du 14 mai, leurs visages s’assombrissent. Les habitants restants de Pazarcik expliquent qu’ils ont “peur de parler et d’être arrêtés”. La peur est palpable de critiquer ouvertement le Parti de la justice et du développement (AKP) au pouvoir, au pouvoir depuis 20 ans, et son chef, le président Recep Tayyip Erdogan, apparaît particulièrement hors de propos.

“Ce n’est pas le bon moment pour organiser une élection”, déclare Kayki. “Les gens ici ne pensent pas aux élections, ils pensent à la façon dont ils vont survivre. Qu’est-ce que je vais manger ? Où vais-je rester ? Ce sont leurs seules préoccupations.”

“Je ne pense pas que je voterai”

C’est un point de vue partagé par Adem Kutuk, un charpentier de 49 ans qui vit à Pazarcik depuis 24 ans. “Après tout ce que nous venons de vivre, j’aimerais qu’il n’y ait pas d’élections. À quoi ça sert ? Seuls ceux qui vivent ici, dans ces ruines, peuvent comprendre. Je ne pense pas que je voterai”, explique-t-il avant de préciser qu’il ne veut pas “parler de politique”.

Le charpentier Adem Kutuk dit qu'il est surchargé de travail pour reconstruire des maisons après les tremblements de terre.
Le charpentier Adem Kutuk dit qu’il est surchargé de travail pour reconstruire des maisons après les tremblements de terre. © Assiya Hamza, FRANCE 24

Dans son petit atelier, Kutuk est débordé de travail. “J’aimerais qu’il n’y ait pas de tremblement de terre. Je n’aurais pas autant de travail aujourd’hui. Nous avons tellement, trop de travail. Partout où nous allons, nous réparons les armoires de cuisine, les placards… Tout ce que nous pouvons remettre en forme. “

Adem Kutuk avait cinq ateliers avant les tremblements de terre.  C'est le seul qui a survécu à la catastrophe.
Adem Kutuk avait cinq ateliers avant les tremblements de terre. C’est le seul qui a survécu à la catastrophe. © Assiya Hamza, FRANCE 24

Peu de temps après le tremblement de terre, Kutuk et ses collègues se sont mis en mode combat, essayant d’aider les victimes. “Nous sommes allés à Iskenderun, dans la province de Hatay, pour acheter des panneaux de particules pour réparer des maisons”, raconte l’artisan qui vit désormais dans une hutte de trois pièces qu’il a construite pour sa femme et ses deux enfants après le séisme.

“Le tremblement de terre a tout changé”

Funda Ozdilli n’a pas eu autant de chance. La femme au foyer de 36 ans vit dans une tente – comme environ 2,7 millions de personnes à travers la Turquie rendues sans abri par les tremblements de terre. Ozdilli vit ici avec son mari et sa fille de 15 ans.

“Je ne peux pas vous dire ce que nous vivons. En parler et le vivre sont deux choses différentes”, dit-elle tranquillement en faisant la vaisselle sous une bâche tendue devant l’entrée de son abri de fortune. « J’ai frappé à de nombreuses portes pour demander de l’aide, mais elles sont restées fermées. J’ai dit que nous étions sans abri, qu’il nous fallait une tente. J’ai enfin reçu celui-ci.”

La femme kurde n’a vu aucune des 10 000 lires [465 euros] l’aide économique promise par Erdogan le 9 février dernier, lors d’un voyage présidentiel dans la ville de Gaziantep, dans le sud-est du pays. “Certaines personnes ont reçu 10 000 ou 15 000 lires”, dit-elle, faisant référence à une aide à la réinstallation. “Je n’ai rien reçu. Je ne sais pas pourquoi.”

Funda Ozdilli fait la vaisselle à l'extérieur de sa tente à Pazarcik, en Turquie.
Funda Ozdilli fait la vaisselle à l’extérieur de sa tente à Pazarcik, en Turquie. © Assiya Hamza, FRANCE 24

Les mains plongées dans une bassine d’eau savonneuse, elle évoque la chaleur étouffante, le manque de sanitaires, l’absence de douches, la terreur lorsqu’un serpent s’invite dans la tente familiale. « Je ne demande pas d’argent. Je veux juste un toit au-dessus de ma tête. Est-ce trop demander ?

Un abri, un chez-soi, c’est tout ce dont Ozdilli rêve ces jours-ci. “Si je pouvais trouver une maison pour 1 000 livres [47 euros], je ferais tout mon possible pour le payer. Mais comment puis-je payer 3 000 livres de loyer chaque mois ? Mon mari est le seul à travailler. Nous ne sommes pas riches”, explique-t-elle.

Erdogan a promis de construire plus de 450 000 maisons parasismiques “d’ici un an”. C’est une éternité pour beaucoup qui, comme Ozdilli, vivent dans des abris précaires. “Je ne voterai pour personne. Pour qui voulez-vous que je vote ? Je n’y pense pas. Je suis désespéré. Le tremblement de terre a tout changé. Les gens ne savent plus à qui faire confiance.” dit-elle avec un regard vide. “Personne n’a le droit de nous demander notre vote. Ils doivent d’abord nous trouver des solutions. Ensuite, nous pourrons parler du vote.”

Cet article a été traduit de l’original en français.

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The little town of Riebeek-Kasteel – deep in beautiful wine-making country 50 miles north-east of Cape Town – played a key part in apartheid.

It was where two former – and controversial – white South African prime ministers were born: D.F. Malan and Jan Smuts. 

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Graham Boynton says South Africa's recent political shift has put the town of Riebeek-Kasteel 'firmly on the map again - and for all the right reasons'

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Graham Boynton says South Africa’s recent political shift has put the town of Riebeek-Kasteel ‘firmly on the map again – and for all the right reasons’

Simply divine: The town is located deep in wine-making country, 50 miles north-east of Cape Town

Simply divine: The town is located deep in wine-making country, 50 miles north-east of Cape Town

Simply divine: The town is located deep in wine-making country, 50 miles north-east of Cape Town

Set against a spectacular backdrop of rolling farmlands and the Kasteelberg mountain range, the centre of town is a retreat of artists, boutique owners, winemakers and old hippies. It’s an hour’s drive from Cape Town.

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The Royal Hotel, located in the centre of town, is famous for 'raucous evenings at its 150-year-old bar' and the longest stoep (veranda) south of the Limpopo River

The Royal Hotel, located in the centre of town, is famous for ‘raucous evenings at its 150-year-old bar’ and the longest stoep (veranda) south of the Limpopo River

One of Riebeek-Kasteel's attractions is its wine, reveals Graham (stock image)

One of Riebeek-Kasteel's attractions is its wine, reveals Graham (stock image)

One of Riebeek-Kasteel’s attractions is its wine, reveals Graham (stock image)

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Au Bouchon Rouge, the Marseille-style restaurant attached to the Royal Hotel

Au Bouchon Rouge, the Marseille-style restaurant attached to the Royal Hotel

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I’ve got prostate cancer and can answer all the questions you’re too embarrassed to ask: From extreme pain to needle guns in undignified areas and penis pumps – Dead Ringers creator JON HOLMES explains all

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Finding anything funny about a transperineal prostate biopsy is not easy — where, under local anaesthetic, a series of needles are punched through the skin and muscle between the rectum and the base of the penis to reach the walnut-sized prostate gland below the bladder.

But the writer, comedian and broadcaster Jon Holmes is absolutely certain humour is the way to get through experiences such as this and get more men talking about cancer. 

As he reveals for the first time today, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, despite experiencing ‘zero symptoms’.

Married with two daughters aged 14 and 12, Jon, 55, is the Bafta-award winning co-creator of the Radio 4 sketch show Dead Ringers. 

He won a Gold Aria this year for his Radio 4 programme Generation Shame about his experience of being adopted, and is the creator of The Skewer for Radio 4 and BBC TV, a multi-award-winning satirical take on the week’s news.

Jon discovered he had prostate cancer last February after PSA blood tests revealed he had a high level of prostate specific antigens

Jon discovered he had prostate cancer last February after PSA blood tests revealed he had a high level of prostate specific antigens

Jon discovered he had prostate cancer last February after PSA blood tests revealed he had a high level of prostate specific antigens

He is hardwired, he says, to find humour in the darkest of places.

And a new podcast, Jon Holmes Says The C-Word, is exactly the kind of programme he says he desperately wanted to tune into after the biopsy confirmed that — despite having no symptoms — he had prostate cancer.

‘I so badly wanted to talk to another man about it,’ he says.

While friends he told were sympathetic and a few ‘got a bit teary’, he says, ‘I absolutely did not want that tilty-head pity look’.

What he did want, as well as a laugh about the indignity of it all, was honest discussion of the realities of cancer treatment.

As he explains: ‘I wanted to know what a catheter would feel like, or what do you do with a penis pump [used as a physiotherapy tool to boost blood flow after prostate surgery]. 

But it was really hard to find other men to talk to about cancer and I thought, ‘If I get through this, I’m going to write a book or make a podcast for men with all forms of cancer that I would have binge-listened to had it existed.’ ‘

Each episode tackles a different issue, from the shock of diagnosis to diabolical procedures — all things men don’t generally talk about in the pub.

 Monty Python’s Eric Idle, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019, says: ‘Good lord, the things you have to do with your clothes off in front of people, all that stuff. 

It’s just so undignified. Especially with your arse hanging out in those terrible hospital gowns.

Just remember that the last laugh is on you! You know, it’s OK to be funny; I think it’s absolutely the best.’

Stephen Fry, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018, talks about the ‘worry, embarrassment, frustration and indignity which you very quickly get used to…

Oh, it’s good to laugh, isn’t it?’ he says. The fact that Jon is a survivor like me gives me nothing but the intensest pleasure.’

Jon admits sheepishly that it’s opened his eyes to the myriad indignities most women cope with all their lives — such as mammograms and cervical smears, as well childbirth — but most men will reach late middle-age before having an intimate medical examination.

‘Having something wrong with your manhood is every man’s worst nightmare, so we don’t talk about it,’ he says. ‘It’s much easier to discuss what we saw on Netflix last night instead.’

His cancer diagnosis was entirely serendipitous. 

Last January, an advert from the charity Prostate Cancer UK popped up on Jon’s social media feed, encouraging men over 50 to have a PSA blood test: this measures levels of prostate specific antigen, a protein produced by the prostate.

High levels can be a sign of cancer. ‘I thought of Stephen Fry and how much he has done to raise awareness of prostate cancer,’ he says. ‘I thought: ‘I’ll get that tested’.’

And so, for the first time in, ‘ooh, decades’, Jon called his GP.

PSA tests can be unreliable, sometimes giving false-positive or false-negative results; furthermore, an infection, exercise such as cycling, or recently having sex can all temporarily raise PSA.

‘My PSA was slightly raised at 4.8 [normal range for a 55-year-old is typically 2.5-3.5], so my GP referred me for an MRI scan within a week,’ Jon explains.

‘I wasn’t worried, I thought my PSA was probably high because I’d run to the appointment.’

When the scan was ‘inconclusive’ he was given a prostate biopsy.

‘I didn’t know what was involved, but I knew I didn’t like the sound of it,’ Jon told Good Health.

Jon went to Ashford Hospital in Kent, near his home, on February 26 last year without his wife, Nikki, an arts and education project manager, ‘because I’m a bloke and I didn’t want any fuss’.

After stripping from the waist down, he had to lie on his back and put his feet into stirrups, while an ultrasound probe — ‘I’m sure it was an entire camera crew’ — was inserted into his rectum to guide the biopsy needles.

‘At which point you realise all dignity is lost,’ he says.

‘The doctor explained he would take 23 samples from different areas of my prostate using a spring-loaded needle gun.

‘A nurse was assigned to hold my hand because of the extreme pain,’ he grimaces.

‘They even shot the needle gun several times before aiming it at my perineum [the area between the base of the penis and anus] so I wouldn’t be alarmed by the incredibly loud sound. 

I was warned that my perineum would swell to the size of an orange and I wouldn’t be able to sit down properly for a week after. All true.

‘But it was when they strapped my penis and testicles to my stomach with tape to lift them out of the way, while a really awful track played on Heart FM in the background, that I thought: ‘This is ridiculously funny. This is priceless comic content.’ ‘

And he immediately started compiling a mental list of ‘spectacularly undignified moments’ on his very unexpected cancer journey, with his diagnosis confirmed a week later.

For the podcasts, Jon contacted other cancer patients — including the comedians Stephen Fry , Mark Steel (throat cancer), Richard Herring (testicular cancer), Matt Forde (spinal cancer), as well as Eric Idle; plus actors Colin McFarlane (prostate) and Ben Richards (bowel cancer), rock star Mike Peters (leukaemia), and journalists Jeremy Langmead (prostate), Nick Owen (prostate) and Jeremy Bowen (bowel) — to discuss cancer in raw and sometimes hilarious detail.

Each episode tackles a different issue, ‘from fingers up the bum to catheters, via biopsies, surgery, stomas, feeding tubes, penis pumps and incontinence pads’.

Jon cannot remember the last time he saw his GP before requesting a PSA test. The GP checked his prostate (‘the finger-up-my-bum method’). 

‘He also took some blood and that was that; I didn’t think about it again,’ says Jon.

He was expecting his MRI to be clear as he was young-ish, fit and otherwise healthy. 

But the results, delivered a week later by an oncologist via Zoom, were devastating.

Jon recalls: ‘He said: ‘I’m sorry, it’s bad news, we’ve detected signs of cancer in your prostate.’

‘I didn’t hear anything else. I just thought: ‘I’ve got cancer. This can’t be happening to me.”

Fortunately, the cancer was slow-growing and stage 2 — contained within the prostate.

In September, Ben Eddy, a consultant urological surgeon Jon saw privately, operated to remove his prostate.

This surgery causes temporary erectile dysfunction and incontinence due to nerve damage; in some cases the effects are permanent.

‘The first thing the surgeon said to me when I woke up after the operation was: ‘We’ll get those erections back!’ ‘ recalls Jon.

Around 20 per cent of patients with good erectile function won’t get their erections back spontaneously after surgery, Mr Eddy explains. Removal of the prostate also means men ‘don’t ejaculate — that’s incredibly difficult for them’.

‘Yet all this is almost taboo because societal pressure says sexual function is what defines you as a man. It takes a generation to change that mindset.

But men are doing a lot better in terms of talking about health than they were 25 years ago,’ he continues. 

‘I’ve treated so many men for prostate cancer whose friends are already patients. 

However, older men find it difficult not just to talk about cancer, but the manly things too: ‘I’ve lost my erection’ or ‘I’m leaking urine’.

The comedy writer is trying to find the humour in his diagnosis. Believing that men who talk and laugh do better after cancer treatment.

The comedy writer is trying to find the humour in his diagnosis. Believing that men who talk and laugh do better after cancer treatment.

The comedy writer is trying to find the humour in his diagnosis. Believing that men who talk and laugh do better after cancer treatment.

‘In our NHS service [Mr Eddy and colleagues run a community urology clinic in local GP surgeries], we have a monthly meeting where men can come with their wives and partners and have an afternoon with a cancer nurse talking about erectile function and incontinence recovery. 

 It’s been hugely successful because they chat, make friends and they network afterwards.

‘Wives and partners play a huge part in getting men talking,’ he adds. ‘In my experience, single men don’t do as well as married men, because they bottle things up.’

He also believes that men who talk — and laugh — do better after cancer treatment.

There’s solid evidence that men generally prefer to ‘soldier on’ if they have troubling symptoms than seek out medical advice.

Research published in the BMJ in 2013 based on data from almost two million men and two million women found the GP consultation rate was 32 per cent lower in men than in women — with the greatest gap between the genders between the ages of 16 and 60.

And while men represent 52 per cent of cancer cases, only 38 per cent of the calls to the Macmillan Cancer Support Line come from men. 

The charity Cancer Support UK offers six-week support groups to anyone struggling to move on after a cancer diagnosis, including men-only support groups, which are all free.

It’s important for men to meet others with similar experiences, in an environment where they feel able to do so, explains Charlotte Poulter, the head of service for Cancer Coach.  

‘Men are not used to seeing other men who’ve had cancer express their emotions, so it’s important for them to know it’s OK to be vulnerable,’ she says.

But while support is available, many men don’t know it’s there.

Kate Fulton, a clinical psychologist with the support charity Maggie’s, based at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London, says the percentage of men accessing help is always lower than women.

Maggie’s runs men-only prostate networking groups and androgen therapy workshops for men who are being treated with hormone therapy.

‘They can talk about the challenges — erectile dysfunction, weight gain, hot flushes and changes in mood — which for some will be lifelong,’ says Kate Fulton.

‘Treatment for common male cancers such as prostate or testicular can change your view of your masculinity and your identity which is very exposing,’ she adds.

But while, in 2023, Maggie’s supported more than 311,000 visits across their 24 centres, less than 108,000 (35 per cent) were made by men.

‘It goes back to societal expectations and what it means for a man to talk about being anxious or depressed or frightened or sad.

‘There’s stigma around mental health and also stigma around cancer — and particularly so for men who play lots of different roles, which may make them feel they’ve got to be strong.

‘They’re husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, they’re providers and fixers. They want to protect their families rather than burden them.’

She adds: ‘We know from research that keeping a cancer diagnosis to yourself makes people feel more isolated and that can worsen experiences and outcomes. 

‘But it’s hard for older men particularly to even acknowledge that they need to talk. They still think they need to be stoic and ‘just get through it’.’

The good news is that this is changing with the younger generation. 

‘We see much more openness in our younger men’s groups,’ says Kate Fulton. 

‘Men in their 20s, 30s and 40s do talk about cancer with their friends, there is far more openness. 

‘Sharing real stories in the media such as Jon’s programme makes a big difference to other men,’ she adds.

In the studio making the new podcast series, Jon says there was a lot of laughter and almost no crying.

‘We were always looking for the fun, the chink of light,’ he says. 

‘My reason for making the series was to demystify cancer and explain the process from first tests to recovery.’

He’ll also be encouraging listeners to tell their own stories.

 ‘I want to encourage transparent conversation about cancer treatment between men, share advice and, where possible, find the humour in it.

‘Because the only way to deal with this thing is to laugh at it and treat it with the utter disdain it deserves.’

  • Jon Holmes Says The C-Word starts on BBC Radio 4 on July 9, with episodes released weekly on BBC Sounds.
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Conor Clarke, who is also the brother of Western Bulldogs player Charlie Clarke, ran onto the field during the Pies’ comeback win over North Melbourne on Saturday. 

Security caught him at Marvel Stadium on Sunday. Now, he won’t be able to watch his brother or his close friend play live again

The incident took place at Marvel Stadium during the thrilling Sunday clash where Collingwood staged a remarkable comeback to win 18.11 (119) to 19.4 (118) after trailing by 54 points early in the third quarter.

Footage revealed that the pitch invader was the brother of a Western Bulldogs AFL player Charlie Clarke and he was also spotted in a group photo with Collingwood defender Brayden Maynard after the match. 

Eagle-eyed footy fans noticed grass stains on the invader’s left knee in the photo. He was also wearing the same clothes from the incident while fans were also able to match up his telltale tattoos on his left arm.

In an interview with 7NEWS, Clarke said he ran onto the field ‘just for a laugh.’ However, the AFL didn’t find it funny and gave him a lifetime ban from AFL/AFLW games on Tuesday. This ban can be reviewed in five years, on June 18, 2029.

Security tackle the pitch invader to the ground during the tense match between North Melbourne and Collingwood

Security tackle the pitch invader to the ground during the tense match between North Melbourne and Collingwood

Security tackle the pitch invader to the ground during the tense match between North Melbourne and Collingwood

The pitch invader, second from left, posed for a photo with Maynard after the match with the Marvel Stadium turn stains still on the leg of his jeans

The pitch invader, second from left, posed for a photo with Maynard after the match with the Marvel Stadium turn stains still on the leg of his jeans

The pitch invader, second from left, posed for a photo with Maynard after the match with the Marvel Stadium turn stains still on the leg of his jeans

Channel 7 footy reporter Tom Morris posted about the incident on social media platform X, stating, ‘The AFL is aware of a pitch invader from the fourth quarter in yesterday’s @NMFCOfficial v @CollingwoodFC game & is looking into it.’

‘The maximum fine is $11k + the league can ban the patron, who is the brother of Dogs player Charlie Clarke & friends with Brayden Maynard.’

The AFL has yet to comment officially, but past statements highlight their stance on pitch invasions. 

‘Running onto the ground during a match is not only senseless but it is unsafe and unlawful,’ AFL general counsel Stephen Meade said in April. 

‘If you choose to do it, then you will not only be given a significant fine but you will have to deal with local authorities and ultimately lose the privilege of attending AFL matches.’

This incident follows several similar occurrences this year. In Round 2, a fan invaded the field during the Crows versus Geelong game at Adelaide Oval, resulting in a life ban from attending AFL and AFLW matches. 

Additionally, two more pitch invaders were apprehended by MCG security during the Easter Monday game between Geelong and Hawthorn in April.

Following the match Maynard paid tribute to a ‘good mate’ who had recently passed away, following his team’s stirring victory. 

Maynard takes some time to embrace family before his 200th match at Marvel Stadium

Maynard takes some time to embrace family before his 200th match at Marvel Stadium

Maynard takes some time to embrace family before his 200th match at Marvel Stadium

The Collingwood star celebrates with fans after the tense win against the Kangaroos

The Collingwood star celebrates with fans after the tense win against the Kangaroos

The Collingwood star celebrates with fans after the tense win against the Kangaroos

Maynard, playing his 200th game, expressed his feelings during a post-match interview on Fox Footy.

‘I’m really lost for words,’ the 27-year-old began. 

‘It probably wasn’t our day; they brought the pressure, brought the heat, they had most of the game on their terms. To be able to fight back in Collingwood style, super proud of the boys.’

He acknowledged the significance of his milestone game but praised the team effort for coming home strongly and grabbing the thrilling victory. 

‘Yes, it was a milestone for myself, but that is a team performance. Team first mentality. Such a good win, going to enjoy a beer tonight, that’s for sure.’

Maynard, wearing a black armband, then shared the heartbreaking news about his friend.

‘I absolutely love this club, I love these boys. I’m getting a little bit emotional because it’s been a big couple of weeks for me. I had a good mate of mine pass away to mental health issues.’

He offered condolences to his friend’s family. 

‘So Deb, Amy, and Bomber, if you’re watching this, my heart goes out to you and all your family. Much love from the Collingwood family and the whole AFL community, we’re sending you all our love, endless amounts of hugs every day.’

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Newly detected sound signal could finally solve the mystery of MH370 after 10 years

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The mystery surrounding the lost Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 might soon be solved after British researchers found a signal that may lead them to the plane’s final resting place after ten years.

Underwater microphones, also known as hydrophones, have reportedly picked up a signal around the same time as MH370 is believed to have crashed on March 8, 2014.

The six-second signal was discovered by researchers from Cardiff, who reportedly said that further tests would be needed to determine whether the sounds the microphones recorded could lead to the plane’s crash site.

The aircraft, which had 239 people onboard, is believed to have run out of fuel and tragically crashed into the Indian Ocean after it deviated from its course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing for unknown reasons.

Despite extensive searches covering an area of 46,332 square miles by authorities from all over the world, the plane’s resting place has remained a mystery for the last ten years.

March 8, 2024, marked a decade since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, went missing shortly after takeoff, and it is believed to have crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean (pictured is a depiction of the crash)

March 8, 2024, marked a decade since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, went missing shortly after takeoff, and it is believed to have crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean (pictured is a depiction of the crash)

March 8, 2024, marked a decade since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, went missing shortly after takeoff, and it is believed to have crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean (pictured is a depiction of the crash)

Underwater microphones, also known as hydrophones, near the coast of Western Australia have reportedly picked up a signal around the same time as MH370 is believed to have crashed on March 8, 2014

Underwater microphones, also known as hydrophones, near the coast of Western Australia have reportedly picked up a signal around the same time as MH370 is believed to have crashed on March 8, 2014

Underwater microphones, also known as hydrophones, near the coast of Western Australia have reportedly picked up a signal around the same time as MH370 is believed to have crashed on March 8, 2014

Marking 10 years since MH370 vanished without a trace, as many as 500 relatives of victims lost on the flight gathered at a shopping centre in the Malaysian city of Subang Jaya for a service on March 8, 2024

Marking 10 years since MH370 vanished without a trace, as many as 500 relatives of victims lost on the flight gathered at a shopping centre in the Malaysian city of Subang Jaya for a service on March 8, 2024

Marking 10 years since MH370 vanished without a trace, as many as 500 relatives of victims lost on the flight gathered at a shopping centre in the Malaysian city of Subang Jaya for a service on March 8, 2024

A few fragments of the aircraft have since been discovered and a number of theories have emerged around what – and who – caused the flight to change course, but no one truly knows beyond reasonable doubt what happened to the Boeing 777. 

In the week leading up to the 10th anniversary of MH370’s disappearance earlier this year, the Malaysian government backed a new ‘no find, no fee’ search off the coast of Australia, but this was unsuccessful yet again. 

The starting point for the researchers in Cardiff was the assumption that a 200-ton aircraft like the MH370 would release as much kinetic energy as a small earthquake if it crashed at a speed of 200 metres a second.

This kinetic energy would have been big enough to be recorded by underwater microphones thousands of miles away, two of which – in Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia and in the British territory of Diego Garcia – were close enough to detect such a signal.

Set up to detect any violations to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, the operational stations are just tens of minutes’ signal travel time away from where the plane’s last radar contact happened. 

The newly-detected signal detected in the time-window the plane could have crashed was only recorded at the Cape Leeuwin stations, which ‘raises questions about its origin’, researcher Dr Usama Kadri told the Telegraph. 

Dr Kadri, whose expertise is applied mathematics, said that while the signal reading was not conclusive, it was ‘highly unlikely’ that the sensitive hydrophones wouldn’t have picked up the impact of a large plane crashing into the ocean. 

His team thinks that further research into the newly-detected signal might finally solve the mystery, just like hydrophones helped locate the ARA San Juan, an Argentine navy submarine that was found on the ocean floor of the South Atlantic a year after it imploded and vanished.

To locate the wreck, researchers used grenades to emulate the explosion on the submarine and compared that signal with the one picked up by hydrophones when it imploded.

Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Puri beach in eastern Odisha state on March 7, 2015

Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Puri beach in eastern Odisha state on March 7, 2015

Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on Puri beach in eastern Odisha state on March 7, 2015

The Malaysia Airlines flight lost contact with air traffic control within an hour of takeoff from Kuala Lumpur International Airport

The Malaysia Airlines flight lost contact with air traffic control within an hour of takeoff from Kuala Lumpur International Airport

The Malaysia Airlines flight lost contact with air traffic control within an hour of takeoff from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 

This finally led them to the remains of the ARA San Juan, which was located 290 miles off the coast of Argentina, nearly 3000ft below the surface.

Dr Kadri suggested that a similar experiment could be conducted to find the MH370 wreck. Should such explosions show similar pressure amplitudes to the detected signal, it ‘would support focusing future searches on that signal’.

He told the Telegraoph: ‘If the signals detected at both Cape Leeuwin and Diego Garcia are much stronger than the signal in question, it would require further analysis of the signals from both stations.

‘If found to be related, this would significantly narrow down, almost pinpoint, the aircraft’s location.’

But if the signal was found to be unrelated, Dr Kadri said it would show that authorities might have to reassess the location and time frame of the expected crash used as starting points in their searches so far. 

This is not the first time Britain has helped to narrow down the search area for flight MH370.

As evidence began to point towards the plane heading west after communication was lost, London-based satellite company Immarsat found that one of its satellites was receiving hourly signals from MH370 for seven hours after it vanished from military radar.

Although this confirmed that MH370 was still in the air for longer than was initially thought, the aircraft’s location could not be tracked.

It was also only at this point that MH17’s time of disappearance from military radars was revealed as 2.22am – over the Andaman Sea, some way west of the initial search area.

Immarsat’s data could calculate an estimate of the aircraft’s position based on how long transmissions between the plane and satellite took, and it produced a rough area after which the plane could have lost fuel or crashed. 

A piece of MH370's wing found on Réunion - a French island east of Madagascar - in July 2015

A piece of MH370's wing found on Réunion - a French island east of Madagascar - in July 2015

A piece of MH370’s wing found on Réunion – a French island east of Madagascar – in July 2015

By October 2017, 18 suspected pieces of debris from MH370 had been found

By October 2017, 18 suspected pieces of debris from MH370 had been found

By October 2017, 18 suspected pieces of debris from MH370 had been found

This was revealed to be an arc stretching from Central Asia in the north down towards Antarctica – crossed around eight hours after takeoff.

With the north of that area consisting of heavily militarised airspace which would have detected MH17, it was deemed most likely that MH370 crashed in the Indian Ocean.

It is believed that the plane nose-dived or crashed in the minutes after 8.19am on March 8. 

More than a year later, in 2015, Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak says that a wing part which washed up on Réunion – a French island east of Madagascar – came from MH370.

In the two following years, another 17 pieces of debris were found and ‘identified as being very likely or almost certain to originate from MH370’ while another two were ‘assessed as probably from the accident aircraft.’ 

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Thirteen people have died in flooding and landslides in El Salvador and Guatemala as heavy rains pound Central America, authorities from the two countries said.

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