RSF set to testify in public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia as key witness found with slit throat

first_img MaltaEurope – Central Asia CorruptionOrganized crimeWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence News News Help by sharing this information July 9, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is set to testify in the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia as self-confessed middleman and key witness Melvin Theuma was found at his home with a slit throat. RSF is in the country and monitoring developments closely. Receive email alerts MaltaEurope – Central Asia CorruptionOrganized crimeWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Press freedom organisations request Europol’s involvement in the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia Malta: International organisations urge close scrutiny as the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia begins on 6 December to go further Malta: RSF and 12 other international NGOs renew the call for justice 1000 days after the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia Follow the news on Malta News News Organisation May 4, 2020 Find out more With both the public inquiry tasked with looking into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the compilation of evidence against suspected mastermind Yorgen Fenech ongoing, key witness Melvin Theuma was found in his apartment with a slit throat late in the evening of 21 July. He remains hospitalised with serious injuries. Police immediately claimed that Theuma’s injuries were self-inflicted – an explanation that has been widely disputed.After confessing to his role as a middleman in Caruana Galizia’s assassination, Theuma successfully sought a pardon in exchange for testimony against alleged mastermind Yorgen Fenech – whose compilation of evidence is set to continue on 22 July. RSF Director of International Campaigns Rebecca Vincent is in the country and will monitor court proceedings.“This is yet another disturbing development in Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder case, which has been riddled with irregularities and due process violations from the very start. But the world is watching and expecting justice to be delivered in Malta. RSF remains committed to the pursuit of full justice for everyone involved in this horrific assassination – including all masterminds,” said Vincent.RSF editor-in-chief Pauline Adès-Mével is set to testify in the public inquiry into Caruana Galizia’s assassination on 24 July – the first representative of an international NGO to take part. She will give evidence about the press freedom climate in Malta in the run-up to Caruana Galizia’s assassination on 16 October 2017. RSF and other leading free expression organisations actively campaigned for the establishment of a public inquiry in the absence of progress in the criminal investigation.A full report by RSF and The Shift News detailed concerns regarding the Maltese authorities’ handling of the case in the immediate aftermath of Caruana Galizia’s assassination, including police interference that seriously stalled progress in the investigation. Further revelations have emerged from the ongoing public inquiry, which started in December 2019.Malta is ranked 81st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, having fallen 34 places since 2016. July 22, 2020 RSF set to testify in public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia as key witness found with slit throat December 5, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

NCUA offers info, assistance to CUs in path of Hurricane Florence

first_imgNCUA headquarters NCUA is closely monitoring Hurricane Florence, it said Wednesday, and has a hurricane information webpage with materials on preparedness and recovery for credit unions and members affected by the storm.The NCUA will be ready to assist credit unions with maintaining or restoring operations, if necessary. The NCUA’s Office of Credit Union Resources and Expansion can provide urgent needs grants up to $7,500 to low-income credit unions that experience sudden costs to restore operations interrupted by the storm.Credit union members are encouraged to check their credit unions’ websites and social media sites for real-time information updates, including operating hours.Members may also contact the NCUA’s Consumer Assistance Center at 800-755-1030 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern. continue reading »center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Long Island St. Patrick’s Day Events 2015

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York St. Patrick’s Day falls on Tuesday this year, with celebrations continue all month long across the Emerald Long Isle. Here is out annual list of St. Patrick’s Day parades and related events. Enjoy!Westhampton Beach St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching south on Mill Road from Oneck Lane to Main Street. 12 p.m. March 14.Am O’Gansett St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching down Main Street from Mary’s Marvelous in Amagansett and then back again. 12 p.m. March 14.St. James St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching down Lake Avenue from Woodlawn Avenue to Railroad Avenue. 1 p.m. March 14.Bay Shore-Brightwaters St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching down Main Street from Saxon Avenue to Clinton Avenue. 2 p.m. March 14.Cutchogue St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching down Route 25 from Cox Lane and to the Cutchogue New Suffolk Library. 2 p.m. March 14.Bangers and MashCranking out original songs or completely skewering a classic, “BAM” gives it all they’ve got. They’ll keep you dancing in the aisles, raising a pint, and having a ball. Music for the Celticly Insane. Also performing will be the Long Ireland Pipes & Drums. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. 89northmusic.com $5. 7 p.m. March 14.Claddagh – The Prodigals ShowA fusion of the Prodigals’ iconic music, world-champion dancers – both Irish and tap – and a modern day Irish fairy-tale that immerses the audience in a rich universe of love, life and laughter. John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport. engemantheater.com $45. 3 p.m., 8 p.m. March 14.Chris ByrnePiper from the famed Irish rock group Black 47 and his new group, the Lost Tribe of Donegal, will perform with Irish Step dancers. A blend of traditional and rock with traditional acoustic instrumentation. St. Patrick’s Day Menu available. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $25. 8 p.m. March 14.St. Paddy’s Day BashThe celebration at Mr. Beerry’s continues with an all-girls band night, featuring Della Grove, Christine Sweeney & The Dirty Stayouts and Nico Padden Band. Mr Beery’s. 4019 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. mrberrys.com $5. 9 p.m. March 14.Irish FestivalThe 17th Annual Irish Festival celebrates the Irish gifts of music, food and culture to America. There will be a number of music and dance performances throughout the day, as well activities for children, more than 50 craft vendors and authentic Irish food. Mack Sports Complex, North Campus, Hofstra University, Hempstead Tpke., Hempstead. $6. 11 a.m. March 15.Bayport St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching down Main Street from Snedecor Avenue to Blue Point Avenue. 11 a.m. March 15.Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching along Route 25A from Harrison Avenue to the corner of Broadway and Prince Road. 1 p.m. March 15.Corned Beef & ChaosDr. Dirty Performs, free Corned Beef and Cabbage Buffet. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com Free. 12-2 p.m. March 15.Center Moriches St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching through Main Street from Lake Avenue to South Ocean Avenue. 2 p.m. March 15.Lo PanAn Irish band, Irish food and beer. Mr Beery’s. 4019 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage. mrberrys.com $5. 7 p.m. March 17.St. Patrick’s Day CelebrationIrish entertainment will include the Irish Rock Bands: The Sporting Paddies and The McCools, Noel McAtasney and Nancy Hirten. Traditional Irish food and beverages will be offered and Irish merchandise will be available for purchase at the Fairgrounds Building and the Noon Inn. There will also be a Birds of Prey presentation from Tackapausha Museum. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21.Hampton Bays St. Patrick’s Day ParadeStarting at the Hampton Bays Elementary School on Poquot Avenue, the parade marches down Montauk Highway and ends at the Hampton Atrium. 11 a.m. March 21.Rockville Centre St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching down Maple Avenue from Long Beach Road to Quealy Place. 12 p.m. March 21.Brentwood St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching down Washington Avenue from Clarke Street to Ross Park. 1 p.m. March 21.Water Snakes DemonstrationCelebrate St. Patrick’s Day and learn the history between St. Patrick and snakes. Find out what makes the Hatchery’s water snakes so special. Kids can make snake themed crafts and play games. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, 1660 NY-25A, Cold Spring Harbor. cshfha.org 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 21, 22.Patchogue St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching west on Main Street from Route 112 to West Avenue. 11 a.m. March 22.Montauk St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching up Edgemere Street and west on Main Street to the IGA. 11:30 a.m. March 22.Farmingdale St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching down Main Street from Northside Elementary School to the village green. 1 p.m. March 22.Glen Cove St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching from Finley Middle School, onto School Street to St. Patrick’s Church. 1 p.m. March 22.Jamesport St. Patrick’s Day ParadeMarching west on Main Road from Washington Avenue to Manor Lane, ending at the Jamesport Fire Department. 1 p.m. March 28.last_img read more

Hurricane Season Officially Starts Today

first_img Tweet Share 23 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Hurricane Season Officially Starts Today by: – June 1, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: luxurytravel-destinations.comToday (June 1) marks the official start of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.However, the season has already gotten off to a quick start with Tropical Storms Alberto and Beryl which were formed in the month of May. This is the first time since 1908 that two Tropical Storms have developed before June 1. Tropical Storm Beryl which made landfall near Jacksonville Beach, Florida early on May 28 was the strongest pre-June Tropical Cyclone to make landfall in the United States.This year is expected to be a near Average year with according to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 9 -15 Named Storms, 4 – 8 Hurricanes and 1 – 3 of those possibly becoming Intense Hurricanes of Categories 3 to 5.The names for 2012 are Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William.Although this season isn’t expected to be as busy as last year’s above-average season island residents especially those on the coast should start stocking up on hurricane supplies, forming evacuation plans and generally preparing adequately.“There is still going to be a lot of activity. So just because we’re predicting a near normal season doesn’t mean anybody’s off the hook at all,” says one of the lead seasonal forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Dominicans are therefore being urged to continue all preparedness activities, ensure they are in a safe shelter whenever a storm is announced, move away from coastal and other vulnerable areas and have on hand emergency supplies as advised by Disaster Management Officials. By:Cecil P. ShillingfordDisaster Risk Management Correspondentlast_img read more

Perseid Meteor Shower to peak this weekend

first_imgBatesville, In. — Scientists say the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower will be most active on the Mornings of August 11, 12 and 13.This year activity could be more difficult to see due to the presence of the moon, which will be three-quarters full and will rise shortly before the shower hits its peak around midnight local time.Until August 24 the earth will be passing through the “Comet Swift-Tuttle. The densest and dustiest period is estimated to be on August 12. NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke says that should mean there will be more activity in the sky. Regardless, he says activity will be visible before and after that time.No special equipment, other than insect repellent is required to view the Perseid Meteor Shower.last_img read more

Swaziland to wipe out malaria

first_imgThe female Anopheles minimus mosquitofeeding on human blood. (Image:Centres for Disease Control & Prevention) A mosquito net treated with insecticide.The nets can withstand occasional washing.(Image: Syngenta AG) A child holds a mosquito net, given tohim during a Red Cross vaccination drivein Togo. (Image: Red Cross) The Olyset net factory in Arusha, Tanzania,opened in February 2008 and has createdthousands of new jobs.(Image: Roll Back Malaria partnership)Janine ErasmusHealth experts predict that Swaziland will soon be the second country in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to eradicate malaria, following the example set by Mauritius. The country will be certified malaria-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) if no cases occur for three consecutive years, and will be issued with a certificate of elimination by the WHO.One of the scourges of the temperate areas of Africa and other global regions, malaria kills a child under the age of five every 30 seconds, and more than a million people worldwide succumb annually to the disease – which is both preventable and curable. Most of the victims, 90% of them, are in sub-Saharan Africa, and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.Every year, says the WHO, more than 500-million people become severely ill with malaria, again the majority of them in Africa, although certain parts of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe are also affected.In South Africa, malaria occurs in low-lying areas of Mpumalanga and the Northern Province as well as the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal. About 10% of South Africans live in malaria risk areas.Reversing the spread of malariaIn 2007 five people died of malaria in Swaziland. The country is one of six SADC member countries named in the organisation’s strategic plan against malaria in the region. In terms of the strategic plan these countries, which include Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland, have the potential to be free of malaria by 2015. This is the target set by the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals against world poverty, one of which is the complete halt of malaria’s spread and its reversal, along with HIV, tuberculosis, and other major diseases.After a resurgence of malaria in Mauritius following a calm period, the country has been declared malaria-free by the World Health Organisation as the last reported case appeared in 1997. Mauritius has thus achieved one of its Millennium Development Goals.The eradication of malaria in the SADC region is important for many economic sectors, especially tourism, because visitors from non-malarial areas are particularly vulnerable to the disease, having had no exposure to it. Therefore fear of contracting malaria curtails tourism as well as the establishment by foreign companies of local offices.The SADC Malaria Strategic Plan was launched in Zimbabwe in 2001 and lays out a comprehensive and co-ordinated programme to eradicate malaria in the region. The plan aims to reduce malaria deaths by half by the end of 2010 and calls for concerted action from community right up to regional level. The development of a regional epidemic forecasting system in collaboration with national meteorological services is also in progress.SADC is assisted in this goal by such bodies as the Southern African Malaria Elimination Support Team, the WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the Southern African Regional Network of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which was established in November 2007 in Zimbabwe.Another strategy, the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative, has been lauded internationally and has been described as possibly the best anti-malaria programme in the world. The initiative is a regional collaboration between Swaziland, Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal province. It was launched in 1999 by Swaziland’s King Mswati III, former South African president Thabo Mbeki and the late president Joachim Chissano of Mozambique.The Lubombo anti-malaria programme has had many beneficial effects, among them a significant decrease in malaria outbreaks, a corresponding increase in malaria control capacity, positive spin-offs for tourism, and the creation of a regional malaria monitoring system.A global effortSwaziland is one of a number of countries to receive grants from the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and has managed to cut the number of reported cases from 45 000 in 2000 to less than 10 000 in 2007 through its malaria elimination programme.The WHO says that from 2004 to 2006 Africa had a larger increase in funding than any other region, mostly through investments from the Global Fund as well as from bilateral and multilateral organisations, and national governments.In September 2008 the Global Fund announced that it has requested approval from its board of directors for an additional R17-billion ($1.62-billion) over the next two years for its malaria programmes. If granted, says the Global Fund, by 2010 it will be able to give a bed net to every single person at risk. In addition to the 59-million bed nets the organisation has already distributed, the new funding would allow for an additional 100 million nets to be distributed.Swaziland is channelling the latest Global Fund grant through its governmental National Malaria Control Programme, and will now be able to implement rapid diagnostic tests to eliminate delays in getting blood samples to testing facilities and patients to treatment. A rapid diagnostic test provides a diagnosis in minutes and can be used in the field.The funding will also provide for more efficient monitoring of malaria patients and the provision of better health care services in hospitals and clinics and at home, as well as the distribution of more insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets in high-malaria areas. In 2007 every home received one net for children under the age of five and one net per pregnant woman. It is the goal of the programme to supply every person in a home with their own net.Finally, the grant will enable Swaziland to introduce the advanced anti-malarial artesunate combination therapy, which kills malaria parasites quickly. The treatment is more expensive than the current chloroquine regime but recent clinical trials have shown that it is up to 90% more effective, bringing about recovery after three days, especially for the chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum.Slow but sure progressMalaria has a crippling effect on emerging economies as the high child mortality rate affects the labour force, which in poor countries is often comprised of youngsters. And the depletion of Africa’s future human resource capital will have a far-reaching effect in years to come. Other socio-economic effects include loss of productivity because of illness and potential brain damage, days lost in education, and loss of investment and tourism.According to the Abuja Declaration on Roll Back Malaria in Africa, the total economic impact of malaria costs Africa $12-billion every year. The Abuja Declaration was signed by African heads of state in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2000. It presents a concerted strategy to tackle the problem of malaria across Africa by establishing targets for the number of people having access to treatment and protective measures or, in the case of pregnant women, receiving intermittent preventive treatment.The eradication of the disease is also a priority of bodies such as the World Health Organisation. Key methods of control include use of insecticide-impregnated nets; indoor spraying to kill the insects; and prompt treatment of infections.According to the WHO’s annual world malaria report, released in September 2008, the global burden of malaria is still very heavy but the organisation found that access to malaria control interventions, particularly mosquito nets in Africa, increased sharply between 2004 and 2006, the period covered in the report.The WHO reports that in the 18 African countries where relevant information was available for 2006, the percentage of children protected by insecticide-treated nets increased from 3% in 2001 to 23% in 2006. Procurement and distribution of antimalarial medication also increased tremendously up to 2006.Preventable and curableMalaria is transmitted by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes and is caused by any one of four species of the Plasmodium parasite. Once in the human body the parasites congregate and multiply in the liver and then move out into the blood, infecting and destroying red blood cells and waiting for the next mosquito to come along.Symptoms usually include fever, shivering, headache, and vomiting, and appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If left untreated, malaria can be fatal because groups of infected blood cells clump together and cause blockages in blood vessels, disrupting the blood supply to the brain and other vital organs. Blood cells are also ruptured when parasites break out of them, causing severe anaemia.There are a number of preventive and control methods available. These include personal measures, such as preventing mosquitoes from entering the house or hiding indoors. Protection of humans from being bitten, whether through clothing, mosquito repellents or coils, or nets, especially treated nets, is all-important.Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent parasites from multiplying in the blood and leading to a wider spread of the disease and more death. Compliance with treatment is crucial.Control of the mosquitoes themselves is an important part of any malaria control strategy, and involves the prevention of egg-laying and development of eggs into adults, as well as elimination of adult mosquitoes and protection against bites.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 7, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180207_RyanMartinYet another snow system is crossing the state this today. Snows do not look overly impressive to the north and west, and we are leaving snow totals at a coating to 2 inches in NW Ohio. The strongest snows run through a widening channel centered on a line from Cincinnati to just north of Wheeling. In that area we can see easily 2-5 inches of snow, and perhaps more on the eastern side of the state. We also think we need to bend the bigger accumulations up into NE Ohio too, thanks to some lake enhancement. All told, most of the state sees snow this morning through midafternoon, and some of us will see a significant amount. Everything is done by mid to late afternoon, and we even expect sun to come out over western Ohio as the day wears on.High pressure drifts over Indiana overnight tonight and will set up over southeast Indiana and southwest OH by tomorrow morning. This will bring colder air back, and we do expect some spotty subzero temps tomorrow morning, mostly in NW parts of the stateOur next snow event for Friday has shifted farther north. The best snows Friday spread across MI, but we think we have to keep snow in the forecast for far northern Ohio, and particularly action near or over the lake. Most of what we are keeping an eye out on will be north of US 20, but clouds and the odd bit of snow can drift down closer to US 30. Still, most of the state stays dry for Friday, and we actually see some pretty good warming for most of Ohio. Temps can be freezing or above all the way up to near US 20, and sun will be a dominant player south of I-70.However, we do not escape the snows. What Mother Nature takes out for Friday, she puts in for Saturday overnight and Sunday. We now see a much stronger secondary wave coming for that period, 1-4 inches of snow to 90% of the state. We see much heavier snows to the west and north, so we really dodge a bit of a bullet here, but still, it is more snow for later in the weekend that we had been looking for. This is a new wrinkle. Previously, we had been looking at most moisture coming out in a warm front scenario on Friday, and little action with the cold frontal passage. In fact, the cold front was not as dramatic in terms of temperature change. This change moves the best precipitation to the cold front passage for the last half of the weekend. It also can lead to a larger coverage area for snow.Bitter cold air is in for Monday. We expect subzero temps over most of the northern half to northwest quadrant of the state Monday morning. A slow moderation in temps comes for Tuesday, although temps stay chilly. Then Wednesday we see normal to above normal temps statewide, with most of the state above freezing for highs. Clouds are in for next Thursday, and we can’t rule out scattered light snow showers for next Thursday night (the 15th) into Friday, although the best chances for snow may be limited to the northern half to third of the state.The extended forecast is unchanged, with only 1 threat of precipitation coming for the 19th into the 20th. The system still looks strong, and we think we can see up to 1.5” of liquid equivalent precipitation.last_img read more