Second annual Rucksack March raises awareness of first responders and military families suffering from PTSD

It’s a symbol meant to show the weight of mental health stress on first responders and military personnel.

The rucksack is a giant backpack filled with everything a soldier would require before heading out onto the field.

On Saturday, those rucksacks were symbolically filled and strapped on to the backs of 70 participants from different backgrounds for a 22-kilometre trek through Edmonton’s river valley.

“Some of the people we have here today are really struggling with PTSD,” said Ian Hall, event organizer. “To get them out of their house and here at the start line — it’s a big deal.”

The goal of the Rucksack March for Remembrance is to raise awareness of first responders and military personnel suffering from PTSD or Occupational Stress Injury and depression.

Money raised from the event goes towards the Wounded Warriors Foundation. The goal is to raise $10,000.

“We want veterans to know they are not alone,” said Sylvie Boy, a spokesperson for Wounded Warriors Canada. “It’s very hard for them to ask for help.

“We need people to know what our veterans are suffering from, it’s a big load, it’s invisible- yet it’s here we cannot ignore it.”

“We’ve got a good mix of firefighters, paramedics, military serving, military veterans — there’s a lot of people that have stuff in common out here so they can find someone that is in a similar boat,” Hall added.

“For a lot of us, we’re ok, we’re in good places. But we know people that aren’t and we’re trying to get them support.”

Chelsea Drangsholt and her husband, a military veteran who suffers from PTSD, volunteered in the event.

“It’s important people reach out, ask questions, no matter the community your from — there are resources out there,” Drangsholt said.

Donations can be made at www.ruck4rem.ca until November 24.

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US soldier killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

It is the second such attack on international forces in the war-torn country in two weeks.

The Taliban claimed two similar attacks in the western province of Herat on 22 October and the southern province of Kandahar on 18 October.

“Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces,” NATO’s Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

It added that the attacker was killed by “other Afghan forces”.

The NATO statement did not reveal the identities or ranks of the service members, nor the location of the attack.

The two American service members were taken to Bagram Airfield, where the wounded soldier is undergoing medical treatment and is in a stable condition.

The identity of the dead soldier has not yet been released.

So-called insider attacks have been a problem for coalition forces in Afghanistan for some time.

In 2012, 61 coalition soldiers were killed in such attacks.

The latest “green-on-blue” attack – in which Afghan forces turn their weapons on international soldiers with whom they are working – brings the number of US soldiers to die in Afghanistan this year to eight.

It follows the killing of a powerful police chief of Kandahar Province on 18 October, which has created mistrust with Afghan allies.

General Abdul Raziq was shot dead by a teenage Taliban infiltrator as he was walking out of a meeting with the top NATO and US commander, General Austin S Miller.

The attacker killed two other people and another 13 people were wounded.

General Miller narrowly escaped the attack and survived a second round fired in the direction of the other dignitaries.

That incident was followed four days later by an attack in Herat province that killed one NATO soldier and wounded two others, with all the victims being Czech.

The Resolute Support mission scaled back its operations following the attacks for several days, avoiding face-to-face contact with Afghan counterparts.

There are currently around 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, providing the main component of the Resolute Support mission to support and train local forces.

More than 2,000 American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the start of the war in 2001.

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First aid since January reaches displaced Syrians near Jordan border

BEIRUT (AFP) – An aid convoy on Saturday (Nov 3) reached a camp for displaced Syrians near the Jordanian border, the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent said, in the first such delivery since January.

“The UN and SARC are delivering humanitarian assistance to 50,000 people in need at Rukban camp in south-east Syria,” the UN said in a statement, adding the delivery was expected to take three to four days.

The convoy included much-needed food, as well as health assistance, the UN and SARC said.

“We are delivering food, sanitation and hygiene supplies, nutrition and health assistance in addition to other core relief items,” the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Syria Ali Al-Zaatari said in a statement.

“We are also conducting an emergency vaccination campaign to protect some 10,000 children against measles, polio and other deadly diseases.”

More than 70 trucks would ferry in more than 10,000 food parcels and bags of flour, as well as clothes for 18,000 children, the Red Crescent said.

The aid would also include newborn baby kits for 1,200 children, medicines, medical supplies and nutritional supplements for children and women, it said.

It was the first aid convoy to arrive in Rukban from Damascus, after the last delivery from Jordan in January.

“This is SARC’s first convoy to Rukban camp after guarantees from all parties have been obtained,” SARC president Khaled Hboubati also said in a statement.

Conditions since the last aid arrived have deteriorated, with most inhabitants unable to afford what little food is smuggled across the Jordanian border, and no health facilities in the camp.

‘SOME RELIEF’

Abu Karim, a camp resident, welcomed the fresh assistance but insisted it should be regular to have a lasting effect.

“The aid arriving has provided some relief to the displaced, but if it then stops and does not continue on a regular basis, the camp will return to its bad state,” he said.

He pointed to the lack of healthcare for the displaced as winter draws close.

“The aid entering will solve the food crisis in the camp, but there’s still the health issue,” he told AFP via a messaging app.

“There’s great suffering as we have no doctors, hospitals or even field hospitals or a place for first aid.”

To access a basic clinic, residents have to cross into Jordan – through a border that has been largely closed since 2016.

Last month, a girl of four months died of blood poisoning and dehydration, and a five-day-old boy lost his life to blood poisoning and severe malnutrition, according to the UN’s children agency Unicef.

A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group in June 2016 killed seven Jordanian soldiers in no-man’s-land close to the nearby Rukban crossing.

Soon afterwards, the army declared Jordan’s desert regions that stretch northeast to Syria and east to Iraq “closed military zones”.

The kingdom, part of the US-led coalition fighting ISIS, has allowed several humanitarian aid deliveries to the area following UN requests, but the borders remain largely closed.

The camp, home to displaced people from across Syria, also lies close to the Al-Tanf base used by the US-led coalition fighting ISIS.

Syria’s civil war has killed more than 360,000 people and displaced millions since it started with the brutal repression of anti-government protests in 2011.

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9 months after their classmates were shot dead, Parkland survivors face their first Election Day

Nine months after 17 classmates and teachers were gunned down at their Florida school, Parkland students are finally facing the moment they’ve been leading up to with marches, school walkouts and voter-registration events throughout the country: their first Election Day.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student activists set their sights on the 4 million U.S. citizens turning 18 this year. They’re hoping to counteract the voter apathy that’s especially prevalent among the youth during midterm elections. Many of the activists, now household names like David Hogg, postponed college plans to mobilize young voters. Many of them support gun reform, in the name of their fallen classmates.

“It is kind of the culmination of everything we’ve been working for,” said senior Jaclyn Corin, one of the founders of the March For Our Lives group. “This is truly the moment that young people are going to make the difference in this country.”

Corin, who voted along with her dad at an early polling site on her 18th birthday, visited a half-dozen cities in just a handful of days last week, getting up at 3 a.m. to board planes.

It has been a whirlwind for the students, with celebrity support from Oprah to Kim Kardashian, a Time magazine cover, late night TV spots and book deals — but all of it misses their main target unless it motivates students to cast ballots by the end of Tuesday.

At a University of Central Florida event during the final week of election campaigning, Stoneman Douglas graduate and current UCF student Bradley Thornton escorted fellow students to the campus’ early voting site. UCF student Tiffany McKelton said she wouldn’t have voted if the Parkland activists hadn’t shown up on campus.

“I’ve never voted in a primary election. I actually did it because of them,” said McKelton, a psychology major from West Palm Beach.

In the past months they’ve boarded countless buses and planes, passed out T shirts, and hosted BBQs and dance parties on college campuses around the U.S.

Thornton said talking things through often does the trick.

“I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had that were like, ‘Ah, I’m not interested’ … and through just a simple, really nice cordial conversation, they get this magical inspiration to vote,” Thornton said.

Corin said she’s encountered plenty of voter apathy along the way. The students often note that voter turnout in the last midterm elections was the lowest since World War II.

“It’s really about tying it back to gun violence or tying it back to immigration or whatever that person is passionate about,” Corin said. “I’ve used that tactic so many times and it has actually worked.”

It remains to be seen what role the youth vote will play in this year’s midterms.

The 30-and-under crowd is more likely to vote in this year’s midterms than in the past. Forty percent say they’ll vote, compared to just 26 percent in 2014, according to a new poll by Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. They’re being pushed, in part, by a strong disapproval of President Donald Trump.

Trends in Florida’s early voting suggest a surge in young voters.

Of the 124,000 people aged 18 to 29 who had voted in person at early polling stations as of Thursday, nearly a third did not vote in the presidential election in 2016, according to analysis by University of Florida political science professor Daniel Smith. About half of those new voters were newly registered.

“There are newly energized voters who sat out in 2016, or have registered since then, who are turning out. There’s no question about that,” Smith said.

In contrast, for people 65 and older who had voted early and in person, about 7 percent didn’t vote in 2016.

Matt Deitsch dropped out of college after the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas to help start March For Our Lives alongside his younger siblings, Parkland survivors Ryan Deitsch and Samantha Deitsch.

He said this year’s election will be a starting point, “not a culmination.”

“It’s where we really get to see what kind of push we really made to the needle,” Deitsch said in between passing out fliers to UCF students. “We’re running a really good race but there’s really so much work to do.”

Corin said the young activists will continue with their mission regardless of the election outcome.

“The fact that we’ve engaged a new generation of voters, that’s a win,” Corin said.

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StarHub to end cable services and go fully fibre

StarHub will be pulling the plug on its cable services by June 30 next year, the telco said yesterday.

To help cable customers make the switch to fibre, it is offering discounted subscriptions and freebies such as wireless routers and additional TV channels, among other things.

Customers will receive more information through letters, phone calls and SMSes.

StarHub said its technical experts will take care of the end-to-end installation and activation of fibre services, which include providing home networking advice like ideal wireless router placement and fibre TV cabling solutions. No additional costs will be incurred for subscribing to fibre services, it added.

Fibre services, such as fibre broadband and fibre TV, use fibre optic cables to send data, while cable services use a combination of fibre and coaxial cables.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, StarHub vice-president of segment and marketing Donovan Kik said that due to competitive reasons, he could only reveal that “a significant number of our customers are already enjoying our fibre services”.

As of June 30 this year, StarHub had a total of 438,000 pay-TV customers and 471,000 broadband customers, the two services which will be impacted by the switch to fibre.

What to expect

Q When will StarHub stop providing cable services?

A June 30 next year. StarHub will continue to deliver its television, broadband and digital voice services over the Nationwide Broadband Network.

Q How will StarHub’s cable customers be affected when the telco stops its cable services?

A Customers still on cable will not be able to access cable television, broadband and home phone services.

StarHub advises its cable customers to switch to fibre before June 30 to avoid service disruption. It will send them letters before June 30 to help them move to fibre.

Q What is needed to set up fibre service?

A Customers need a termination point (TP) installed in their homes. Those without a TP can check if their homes are ready for fibre services by entering their postal code at http://www.netlinktrust.com/

If the customer’s home is ready for fibre, StarHub technicians will install and activate fibre services.

Charges will be waived for the installation of the first TP and the optical network terminal for StarHub customers.

A customer whose home is not fibre-ready should e-mail StarHub through its website on what to do.

Similarly, the first TP and the optical network terminal will be installed for free for StarHub customers.

HELPING CUSTOMERS UPGRADE

We are assisting our existing cable customers to upgrade to fibre connectivity so that no one will be left behind in this technology upgrade.

MR DONOVAN KIK vice-president of segment and marketing

“We are assisting our existing cable customers to upgrade to fibre connectivity so that no one will be left behind in this technology upgrade,” he said.

Mr Kik also said that all households, whether public or private homes, will be able to tap into the fibre broadband infrastructure by Net-Link Trust.

“We constantly refresh our service offerings to ensure they are aligned with what our customers desire, including… faster internet surfing speeds as well as higher quality pay TV services,” he said.

“This way, they would also be well prepared to adopt new, transformative digital services such as in Telehealth, asset monitoring and remote learning.”

Telehealth uses information communications technology to support patient care, education and public health.

Singtel, the other major Internet service provider, completed its shift to fibre-based networks in April.

Fibre broadband was first available here in 2010. It allowed consumers and businesses to surf the Internet at speeds of up to 1Gbps, which was 10 times faster than the fastest cable connection available at that time.

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Ashraf Ghani to seek re-election in Afghan presidential poll: Official

KABUL (AFP) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will seek re-election in 2019, his office announced on Saturday (Nov 3), as potential rivals begin jockeying for the country’s top job ahead of the ballot.

Ghani, who was elected in a fraud-tainted poll in 2014 that was only resolved in a US-brokered power-sharing deal, is expected to present himself to war-weary voters as the candidate who can end the 17-year conflict.

The acerbic academic, who has a reputation for shouting at subordinates and micromanaging the unity government, will try to capitalise on renewed US-led efforts to engage the Taleban in peace talks, which are showing tentative signs of bearing fruit.

“I can confirm that President Ghani is seeking re-election next year,” presidential palace spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi told AFP.

Ghani, who chose the widely feared ethnic Uzbek leader Abdul Rashid Dostum as his first running mate in the 2014 election, has not yet announced who he will pick this time round.

It also is not certain who will challenge Ghani in the April 20 ballot.

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s equivalent of prime minister, and former national security adviser Mohammad Haneef Atmar, who quit in August, are among potential contenders.

Former Balkh provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor, whose refusal to stand down from his position sparked a months-long political crisis for Ghani, has previously expressed interest in the job.

Nominations open on Nov 10, the same day that the embattled Independent Election Commission is scheduled to release the results of last month’s shambolic parliamentary poll.

Ghani, an ethnic Pashtun, will need more than the support of Afghanistan’s largest ethnic group if he is to succeed at the ballot box and he has already started trying to win over rival ethnicities.

Vice President Dostum’s controversial return from exile in July was interpreted as an attempt by Ghani to secure votes from the minority group.

Ghani’s presidency has been marred by growing militant violence, record-high civilian casualties, political infighting and deepening ethnic divisions.

He took office in 2014 as US-led Nato combat troops withdrew from the country, sparking a resurgence in the Taleban which also coincided with the emergence of the Islamic State group in the region.

In February, under growing pressure from the international community which provides critical financial and military backing to the government, Ghani made a peace offer to the Taliban.

That was followed in June by an unprecedented ceasefire between Afghan troops and Taleban fighters that lasted three days and spurred hopes that peace was possible.

Taleban representatives have met with US officials at least twice in Qatar in recent months, most recently on Oct 12 with newly appointed US peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad.

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Jewellery linked to McMafia order seized from Christie's auction house

The stones and precious metals, worth £400,000, were allegedly bought by jailed Azerbaijani banking fraudster Jahangir Hajiyev, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

His wife, Zamira Hajiyeva, was revealed last month to have been the first person in the UK to be subject to a UWO.

The 49 items of jewellery are said to include a £20,000 necklace originally bought by Hajiyev in the upmarket Swiss resort of St Moritz in 2008.

They also include a Boucheron necklace worth up to £120,000 and were left with Christie’s to be valued for Hajiyeva’s daughter, Leyla Mahmudova, the NCA added.

A judge said the items, which were seized on Tuesday, can be held for six months as the NCA investigates.

The NCA said the seizure had been carried out under the “listed assets” provision introduced by the Criminal Finances Act 2017.

“It is the view of the NCA that the source of the funds to purchase the jewellery requires further investigation,” the agency said.

Hajiyeva, who spent more than £16m in Harrods between September 2006 and June 2016, had originally been named at a High Court hearing only as “Mrs A”.

Her identity was revealed in October after an anonymity order was lifted by a judge, who ruled “no good case” had been made for its extension.

She was issued with two UWOs – which are nicknamed McMafia orders after a book and TV drama of the same name.

The orders were against two properties worth £22m in total, one of which was her £11.5m Knightsbridge home.

The property, which was bought in 2009 by a company registered in the British Virgin Islands, was within walking distance of Harrods where Hajiyeva was given three separate loyalty cards.

Hajiyev was the chairman of the state-run International Bank of Azerbaijan between 2001 and 2015. He was later jailed for 15 years for fraud and embezzlement.

Lawyers for Hajiyeva have previously said in a statement the UWO “does not and should not be taken to imply any wrongdoing, whether on her part or that of her husband”.

Christie’s, a world renowned auctioneers and valuer, said it is co-operating with UK authorities.

“Christie’s confirms that the National Crime Agency seized items,” the auction house said.

“As this is an ongoing legal matter involving other parties, it would not be appropriate for us to comment further.”

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U.N. aid trucks reach remote Rukban camp in Syria: local council member

AMMAN (Reuters) – A United Nations aid convoy on Saturday reached the Rukban refugee camp in Syria, next to the border with Jordan, where thousands of people are stranded in the desert, a member of the camp’s local council said.

“The first convoys have entered the camp,” said Abu Abdullah, a member of the civilian council that runs the camp and has coordinated with the U.N. on humanitarian aid convoys.

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British ticket holder wins £76m on EuroMillions lottery

Their winnings makes them wealthier than James Bond star Daniel Craig and singer Harry Styles.

The identity of the ticket holder has not yet been revealed but the winning numbers in Friday’s draw were 05, 15, 17, 37, 44, while the winning Lucky Star numbers were 07 and 11.

The jackpot had been rolling over since the start of October, making the total winnings £76,369,806.80.

The payout is someway behind that won by the UK’s biggest lottery winners Chris and Colin Weir, who scooped £161m in 2011.

But the jackpot is large enough to put the ticket holder in the top 10 of winners.

Assuming the ticket holder is just one person or family, their wealth puts them on a par with stars like musician Ed Sheeran, who is worth £80m, Take That star Gary Barlow, also worth £80m, Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood (£75m) or former Bee Gees frontman Barry Gibb (also £75m).

Actor Craig is worth £74m, while ex-One Direction star Styles has amassed a £50m fortune.

Last week, a single ticket in America scooped a record-breaking $1.6bn (£1.2bn) jackpot in the US Mega Millions lottery.

The biggest EuroMillions win this year went to an anonymous ticket-holder in April who scooped £121m.

Other major winners in 2018 have included Aberdeen couple Fred and Lesley Higgins, who claimed nearly £57.9 million in July, and another anonymous player who won £77m in February.

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Lion Air crash: Black box recovered from wreckage of sunken JT610

JAKARTA – Indonesian navy divers on Thursday (Nov 1) recovered the black box of downed Lion Air flight JT610 which holds vital clues on what caused Indonesia’s worst aviation disaster in two decades.

All 189 people on board the Boeing 737 Max 8 plane are feared dead after it crashed into Java Sea shortly after take-off on Monday morning.

“We followed the device, and narrowed the area (of search) and then we dug again the location where the sensitive (ping) sound was heard and finally found the blackbox,” said diver Hendra Saputra, who found the black box.

He added the black box was found in good condition and at a depth of about 30m.

There are two so-called black boxes on each plane, and they are actually bright orange. One records conversations in the cockpit, while the other tracks crucial data like airspeed, altitude and fuel flow.

The one recovered on Thursday is the flight data recorder, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said.

Retrieving the black box will be key to an ongoing investigation into the cause of Monday’s crash, one of the worst in the country’s aviation history. 

The head of Indonesia’s national search and rescue agency Basarnas meanwhile told reporters that apart from the black box, divers also found a large object measuring 1.5m by 0.5m that could be part of the fuselage.

The biggest question following the crash, the first for Boeing 737 Max 8, is why a plane that started flying just two months ago could have crashed.

The new aircraft type fitted with a new engine type had entered into commercial service in 2017 and the one that plunged into the sea was delivered to Lion Air only in August this year.

Before Monday’s accident, the plane had experienced problems with the sensors used to calculate altitude and air speed on a flight from Bali to Jakarta on Sunday night. One passenger on board Lion Air flight JT43 took to social media to express her anger and disbelief that the plane was put into use again barely seven hours after her nightmarish experience.

Mr Budi, the transport minister, said his team has checked all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the fleet operated by Lion Air and found no technical problem.

“But, our evaluation will be forwarded to the KNKT and we will also discuss it with the Boeing team,” he told a press conference, referring to Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT). He added that a more detailed assessment of the aircraft will be conducted.

KNKT chief Soerjanto Tjahjono said on Thursday his team will meet representatives from the aircraft manufacturer Boeing and the US National Transportation Safety Board who have arrived in Jakarta  to help out with the investigation, which KNKT says would take up to six months.

“The aircraft is a new type. So we need much explanation from the manufacturer,” he told reporters in a Kompas TV broadcast. 

The national search and rescue agency Basarnas operational director Bambang Suryo Aji on Monday ruled out the possibility that the plane exploded in mid-air, as the debris and human remains found showed no signs of being burnt.

The search for black boxes normally takes days and even weeks.

The black boxes of Air Asia QZ8501, which plunged into the Java Sea en route from Surabaya to Singapore on Dec 24, 2014 and killed 162 people on board, were found after 16 days of search.

Basarnas chief Muhammad Syaugi told reporters earlier that the search on Thursday morning will focus on sector four of the search area that is divided into 13 sectors. 

“(Sector four) is the area where we detected what we suspect is a body part of the plane. And also where we picked up the ‘ping’,” he said, referring to the sound emitting from the black boxes and picked up by underwater “pinger locators”.

The search area has been doubled in size to cover a 10-nautical-mile-radius area with the centre located at the point where the plane lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after take-off on Monday morning.

Syaugi told Elshinta radio on Thursday morning that  the search teams will have a better chance of recovering the black boxes on Thursday after they received the go-ahead from state oil company Pertamina to throw an anchor to stabilise the main search and rescue vessel.

“Yesterday afternoon, the currents were strong. We had to throw an anchor, but we only had clearance to do so last night from Pertamina. The sea floor there is lined with Pertamina pipes,” head of the national search and rescue agency (Basarnas) Muhammad Syaugi told Elshinta radio on Thursday morning.

The Boeing 737 Max plane crashed into the Java Sea en route from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang, Bangka Belitung Islands, on Monday. The wreckage is believed to be submerged at a depth of 30m to 35m underwater.

The plane is believed to have broken up into pieces upon severe impact with the sea surface after it dived at a rapid speed from a height of around 900m.

Data from Flightradar24, a flight tracking system, showed that the plane fell from 4,825 feet in less than 25 seconds, with the velocity reaching 480kmh.

“The assumption is that it was impossible (for the plane) to stay afloat, which would have happened had there been propulsion (into the water) because of engine pressure,” Senior Basarnas official Didi Hamzar said as reported by kompas.com.

Officials have said the discovery of body parts suggested a high-impact crash in water off the coast of Indonesia’s Java island.

Jakarta Police medical division chief Musyafak in an update on identification efforts on Wednesday said 56 body bags have been received so far, and 238 DNA samples taken.

There have been no burn wounds found on any of the remains in the 48 bags already examined, and eight more will follow on Thursday.

Psychologists are also on hand to counsel family and affected staff.

“Some family members have accepted (the situation). Others still have not come to terms with it,” said Brigadier-General Musyafak. 

“There is a 70 per cent likelihood that we will find the black boxes,” said Soerjanto, whose committee is leading the investigation in a country plagued by aviation mishaps.

“The other 30 per cent will be our prayers,” he was quoted as saying by Jakarta Post.

Although the currents in the waters off Tanjung Karawang, West Java – where the plane crashed with 189 people on board on Monday morning – were not heavy, the team of divers faced some difficulties during the operations, a KNKT official said.

“(Underwater) visibility is very restricted, which is why the process (of finding the black box) is taking quite some time,” KNKT accident investigator Ony Suryo Wibowo said on Tuesday.

“The sea water was clear, but when we dove further towards the seabed, it was mud. We moved a little, the water quickly got murky,” Mr Sudaryanto, one of divers, told Elshinta radio.

On Tuesday, the divers could work from early in the morning until late in the afternoon because the wind was too strong, Ony said.

Specialised equipment, such as robots, to detect the black box was deployed after nightfall and when the tide was high, he said, reported Jakarta Post.

“But the limited visibility also makes it difficult for the equipment to detect anything,” Ony added.

West Java Police chief Inspector General Agung Budi Maryoto said the muddy waters made it hard for divers to see things clearly.

“The weather is clear and the waves are calm, however, the mud makes things a little bit difficult,” Agung said as quoted by kompas.com.

While all 189 people on board are feared dead, at least one family received some closure after police confirmed the identity of a 24-year-old passenger from her remains.

Police Brigadier-General Hudi Suryanto said they managed to match her fingerprints to government records, identifying her as Indonesian civil servant Jannatun Cintya Dewi.

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