Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
In the throes of packing for the UAE Wednesday, I hastily threw in a brolly at the last minute along with the bikinis. It seemed the rain gods had beaten me to it and the Gulf was awash in thunderstorms. But on arrival Friday morning, the sun is shining, the sky is clear and the welcoming Emirati smiles truly genuine – the perfect place to touch down for the next stage in my life.
Professionally, this is a fantastic opportunity. Bringing my prime time show – Connect the World with Becky Anderson – to Abu Dhabi makes sense for all sorts of reasons. Not least, this is an incredibly exciting global hub which sits at the very heart of a region gaining increasing resonance and influence on the geopolitical stage. We've had a fantastic TV news hub in Abu Dhabi for over 5 years – the next 5 should be even more exciting.
News, business, sports, entertainment, arts and culture – this is a region that has it all, and we'll be taking on the stories with the energy you'd expect from the CNN brand. Our move here will also give us access to a region humming with news – expect CTW to be out and about across the region and beyond right in the thick of it as we travel to the places and meet the people making headlines around the world.
The Copenhagen Zoo provoked outrage for its killing of a healthy giraffe named Marius in February.
Now, it's back in the spotlight after euthanizing four lions. The zoo argues that it was a necessary move, to accommodate a new male lion. It explains that the new arrival would likely have attacked and killed two of the younger lions anyway.
To discuss the controversial practice of euthanasia by zoos, Max spoke to animal rights activist Mirja Holm Thansen. She said "Copenhagen Zoo is playing God. It's immoral and unethical to interfere with the circle of life by killing healthy animals."
Connect the World also asked Copenhagen Zoo whether they wanted to appear on the program, but they responded that they had nothing more to say on the matter.
How do you value the loss of a life? It would seem that different countries value it differently.
Under an international treaty known as the Montreal Convention, an airline must pay $175,000 for the death of each individual, but there is scope for additional damages too.
This is where the amount owed can differ depending on the passenger’s country of origin. Experts estimate that the families of Americans lost on board MH370 could get up to $10 million, while the families of those from other countries may receive $400,000 per passenger.
To find out more about the legal complexities behind an airline tragedy, Max spoke to attorney Floyd Wisner. He’s handled many cases involving family members of people killed in aviation accidents.
Wisner said a lot of the difference is based on where the case is filed, and what the norm for compensation is in that country. "An American jury is going to award damages ten times the amount of a Chinese court."
Unfortunately, though, he said that this "places a greater value on an American life than on another life."
The search for Malaysia Flight 370 is not over yet.
The U.S. is sending special ships to locate the flight's data recorder, or "black box.”
Black boxes aren't actually black, they're orange, to make them easier to spot in wreckage. They record things like altitude, air speed and audio while a flight is in the air.
To help rescuers find them, they send out a homing signal for up to 30 days after a crash, which can be detected even when 4,000 metres underwater.
On the various challenges search crews looking for the Malaysia Airlines plane are facing, Max spoke to David Gallo. He’s an oceanographer who helped in the search for the Titanic and co-led the search for the missing Air France Flight 447.
Gallo said the search would be getting "tougher by the day,” and highlighted some of the difficult conditions in the area – including whirlpools, bad weather, and the depth of the sea.