BrazilAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Brazil April 15, 2021 Find out more News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America BrazilAmericas RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil October 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police find journalist’s body, say murder was crime of passion News Organisation News April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further The journalist Anderson Leandro da Silva was the victim of a crime of passion, the Curitiba police said yesterday after finding Silva’s body and arresting his alleged murderer, who showed them where he left it.The police said that, after learning that Silva had been having a relationship with his wife, the suspect called him and, passing himself off as a client, lured him to a location in Quatro Barras, on the outskirts Curitiba, in order to kill him.—————-17.10.12 – Authorities pressed to find out what happened to missing journalistReporters Without Borders adds its voice to those of all the journalists, media representatives, journalists’ organisations, civil society groups and labour unions that will gather tomorrow in Curitiba, in the southern state of Paraná, to demand to know the fate of Anderson Leandro da Silva, a Curitiba-based independent journalist and filmmaker who has been missing for the past week.The media freedom organization takes note of the solemn undertaking that the Paraná state prosecutor’s office has given to investigate Silva’s extremely disturbing disappearance. Aged 38, Silva works with grass-roots movements. He was last seen in Curitiba on 10 October.”You, the family, friends and colleagues of Anderson Leandro da Silva, can count on our support,” Reporters Without Borders said in a message to the organizers of tomorrow’s demonstration, entitled “Where is Anderson Leandro?””All those who defend freedom of information must take up your call. Too many Brazilian journalists and bloggers have been tragically struck down in recent times. Five journalists have been murdered since the start of the year. The authorities must keep their promises to combat impunity.”When a journalist disappears in this part of the world, many people are reminded of the not-so-distant time when freedom of information was permanently violated by censorship and repression. You are there to remind us that now, under democracy, this freedom still needs to be won through people such as Anderson Leandro.”Reporters Without Borders shares the fears of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abaraji) and the Paraná Union of Professional Journalists (Sindjor-PR) that Silva is the victim of a “politically-motivated abduction.” According to Sindjor, threats have been received by journalists who have commented on his disappearance.Owner of the Quem TV production company and closely involved with grass-roots labour and civil society groups, Silva has often witnessed police abuses. While covering clashes between police and homeless families on industrial wasteland in 2008, he filmed military police firing on journalists and was hit in the face by a rubber bullet. The case incident was widely reported and commented, and Silva received threats thought to have come from the police.According to his family, Silva left the Quem TV office in the early afternoon of 10 October in order to go to Quatro Barras in the Curitiba metropolitan region. His disappearance was reported the next day. Police investigators say no money has been withdrawn from his bank account and his car has not yet been found.
Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe People in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Pasadena will celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision on the right of same-sex couples to marry anywhere in the United States with a rally on Friday night near the Metro Gold Line Station on Lake Avenue.The LGBT advocacy group Pasadena Pride Center announced the activity on its Facebook page, calling it the Decision Day Rally.“We are so very happy that the Supreme Court today has acknowledged the humanity of all LGBT people and their right to be with the ones that they love with the full array of legal advantages that come along with the institution of marriage. This is not an end to all discrimination, but the Court has broken one of the bigger bricks in that ugly wall,” the announcement said.At least seven local organizations including the LGBT community of All Saints, the Pride Center and San Gabriel Valley Pride are joining the celebration near 340 N. Lake Avenue starting at 6:00 p.m.The Supreme Court on Friday made the historical decision allowing same-sex marriage anywhere in the U.S., culminating about two decades of litigation over gay marriage and gay rights. Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia already allow same-sex marriage, but the ruling means the remaining 14 states will have to stop enforcing bans on the practice.Among almost one million same-sex couples in the United States, about 400,000 are married according to the UCLA Williams Institute which supports LGBT advocacy. Before the decision came out, about one in every six married gay couples lived in states that didn’t recognize gay marriages. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Community News Rally Celebrating Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Decision Set for 6 p.m. in Pasadena From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, June 26, 2015 | 12:46 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday
Pinterest Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Corteva Agriscience and Genestack Sign Multi-Year Agreement to Implement Omics Data Manager TAGS CAMBRIDGE, England–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Corteva Agriscience TM has signed a multi-year agreement with Genestack Limited to implement and license the use of Omics Data Manager, Genestack’s multi-omics data catalog, curation and integrative search product. This agreement will facilitate the full utilization of collected research data, enabling insights to help improve the delivery of products, services and solutions to benefit farmers. Omics Data Manager (ODM) will help researchers at Corteva Agriscience accelerate the characterization of novel seed and crop protection solutions through better aggregation of experimental data. ODM provides a single, modern, interface to identify the biological samples of interest across public and internal datasets, which, combined with powerful curation tools, will enable Corteva researchers to ensure the accuracy and validity of study, sample, and analysis metadata. Ultimately, ODM will empower Corteva to FAIRify (make Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable) and fully utilize their omics datasets. “The software will allow bioinformaticians, discovery scientists and data scientists to collaboratively design new omics studies on a common platform, capture rich metadata and relationships between current and past studies, performing large-scale, cross-study queries across multi-omics datasets. We look forward to implementing these tools across Corteva Agriscience R&D,” said Jochen Scheel, Leader – Data Science and Informatics, Corteva Agriscience. “ODM is our latest product and it builds on years of work with top industry partners. We’re proud of the modern technology stack, flexible multi-omics data, metadata models and APIs, as well as our focus on great user experience. We are really excited to work with Corteva, who are ready to adapt and extend our technology for the needs of agriscience research. We believe firmly that modern enterprise data strategy is not just about software, but also about the right team and an agile, collaborative, long-term thinking approach,” said Misha Kapushesky, CEO, Genestack Limited. About Genestack Limited Since it was founded in 2012 Genestack’s mission has been to accelerate discoveries in biopharmaceutical, consumer goods, healthcare, and agriscience organizations, by tackling the explosive growth of omics data. The company’s flagship product, Omics Data Manager, launched in 2019, helps organizations create a FAIR catalog of multi-omics data (studies, samples, associated omics data of various types), with tools and APIs for metadata templates, curation and powerful integrative search across data & metadata. ODM provides mission-critical technology modules that enable life science enterprises to execute their data strategy. Genestack complements this product with a complete range of professional services including technology consulting, product implementation, managed service and co-development models. For more information about Genestack and Omics Data Manager visit www.genestack.com. Follow Genestack Limited on Linkedin, Twitter and YouTube. About Corteva Agriscience Corteva Agriscience is a publicly traded, global pure-play agriculture company that provides farmers around the world with the most complete portfolio in the industry – including a balanced and diverse mix of seed, crop protection and digital solutions focused on maximizing productivity to enhance yield and profitability. With some of the most recognized brands in agriculture and an industry-leading product and technology pipeline well positioned to drive growth, the company is committed to working with stakeholders throughout the food system as it fulfills its promise to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generations to come. Corteva Agriscience became an independent public company on June 1, 2019 and was previously the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. More information can be found at www.corteva.com. Follow Corteva Agriscience on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005609/en/ CONTACT: Oliver Bayliss Genestack Limited [email protected] Birchmier Corteva Agriscience [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED KINGDOM EUROPE INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY HEALTH SCIENCE RESEARCH CLINICAL TRIALS SOURCE: Genestack Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005609/en By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Twitter Facebook Pinterest Previous articleTravelers Named a 2021 Military Friendly® CompanyNext articleLeading Personalized Patient Health Network PatientsLikeMe Raises $26 Million to Support Next Phase of Growth Digital AIM Web Support
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Credit Availability Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Fitch Ratings Freddie Mac 2015-01-12 Tory Barringer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Credit Availability Fannie Mae FHA FHFA Fitch Ratings Freddie Mac Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago With 2015 less than two weeks underway, Fitch Ratings is the latest forecaster predicting great things for housing in the coming year. However, unlike other commentators, whose projections were based on encouraging market trends, the ratings agency says it’s a combination of recent government actions that reinforces its view.In a report released Monday morning, Fitch outlined five big events—all of which have taken place in the past few months—that, taken together, “could have a relatively meaningful impact on home buyer psychology, pent-up demand and housing trends in 2015 and beyond,” the company says.The Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) announcement that it will lower insurance premiums to 0.85 percent annually: Historically considered one of the top resources for low-income and first-time homebuyers, FHA has fallen off in the past few years as it’s been forced to raise premiums and require life-of-loan payments to help shore up its capital reserves. As a result of the changes, Fitch estimates that FHA’s share of the new housing finance market through Q3 2014 was down to 11.9 percent from 15.6 percent in all of 2013 and 20.4 percent in 2012. With premiums set to come down by the end of January—a move the White House estimates will save the average FHA borrower $900 annually—the agency expects FHA-insured loans may become a more attractive option again.Fannie and Freddie’s move to lower down payment requirements: In another action to open up mortgage lending, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced in December that it has directed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to introduce programs offering down payments as low as 3 percent to qualified homebuyers. To minimize risk, FHFA said the programs will take into account compensating factors to prove creditworthiness and will feature homeownership counseling.FHFA’s clarified rep and warrant framework designed to reduce lender confusion: Taking notice of FHFA’s pursuit of certain originators over loans they sold to the GSEs, many lenders have set up stricter credit overlays (often worse than the GSEs’ minimum requirements) in order to mitigate putback risk. To reassure lenders, both Fannie and Freddie updated their frameworks in November to better define what they consider to be a misrepresentation, a step that will hopefully spur originators to expand their lending criteria.Regulators’ finalizing of the qualified residential mortgage (QRM) rule: FHFA, the Fed, the Comptroller of the Currency, and other financial regulators finalized in October a rule requiring banks to hold on to a portion of loans they sell, cutting out an exemption for low-risk mortgages. The final rule did away with an earlier provision requiring a 20 percent down payment for low-risk loans after mortgage bankers and trade groups voiced concerns about how such a requirement would restrict credit.A welcome decline in oil (and fuel) prices: An oversupply of oil has brought costs down by more than half, slashing costs at the pump considerably (in an interview with USA Today, Saudi businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said he doesn’t expect to see oil prices climb to $100 per barrel again.) The decline has left American drivers with more disposable income, opening up affordable housing options for those who were worried about their commute. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Report Predicts Big Year for Housing in 2015 Based on Recent Government Actions Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Tory Barringer Subscribe Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Report Predicts Big Year for Housing in 2015 Based on Recent Government Actions Sign up for DS News Daily Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Rogers Townsend & Thomas Elects Two Shareholders Next: ARMCO Announces New COO January 12, 2015 4,811 Views
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 22, 2019 1,373 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / Measuring Mortgage Debt Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Share Save Related Articles Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago debt Experian Homeowners mortgage 2019-05-22 Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Americans are experiencing higher levels of consumer confidence alongside increased credit balances, and a recent report takes a look at how credit and debt has shifted since the 2008 financial crisis.“We’re continuing to see the positive effects of economic recovery, especially among younger consumers,” said Michele Raneri, VP of Analytics and Business Development at Experian. “Since the recession, responsible credit card behaviors and lower debt among younger consumers is driving an upward trend in average credit scores across the nation. Over the last ten years, those 18 to 21 increased their credit scores by 23 points on average compared to those 18 to 21 ten years ago.”According to the report, the average mortgage debt increased from $191,357 in 2008 to $208,180 in 2018, however, delinquency rates dropped within that time. In the ten years since the financial crisis, average 30 days past due delinquency rates dropped from 5.4% to 3.9%. Additionally, average 60 days past due delinquency rates dropped from 2.9% to 1.9% in that time, and average 90 days or more past due delinquency rates dropped from 7.1% to 6.7%.Older Americans, aged 72 and up, saw the biggest increase in mortgage debt, up $29,602 for a total of $160,735 in 2018 since 2008. Younger age groups saw smaller increases in mortgage debts, with consumers aged 22 to 35 increasing their average mortgage debt from $192,554 in 2008 to $209,713 in 2018.Year over year, 2018 saw the biggest increase in credit since the financial downturn, despite the fact that credit scores are still lower than they were before the crisis. Overall, the nation’s average credit score is 680, five points higher than the 2017 average of 675.”With this annual report, our goal is to provide insights that help consumers make more informed decisions about credit use to change their financial habits and improve financial access,” said Rod Griffin, Director of Consumer Education and Awareness at Experian. “Understanding the factors that influence their overall credit profile can help consumers lead financially empowered lives.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: What’s Holding Black Homeownership Back? Next: How to Approach the Lien-Release Process Tagged with: debt Experian Homeowners mortgage Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Measuring Mortgage Debt The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer.
LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Concern at Milford road closure proposal Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twitter Business leaders in Milford are expressing concern at a proposal to close the Main Street to traffic for a month, beginning in October. Long awaited improvement works are getting underway, but it’s feared the disruption the works cause may damage some businesses beyond repair.The proposal has been flagged in the local press, with next Friday the deadline for objections. Business people are meeting with local councillors and officials this afternoon to see if an alternative can be found. Nightime working is being proposed as one possible solution.Speaking on today’s Shaun Doherty Show, Kenneth Bradley of IRDL says while pedestrian access is being provided, he’s concerned for the future of local businesses…………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/55555kbrad1pm.mp3[/podcast] Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newsx Adverts Facebook NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleLetterkenny Town Council examining how best to fund Circular Road liningNext articleLYIT Director says Donegal retains more graduates than any other rural county News Highland Facebook Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp By News Highland – September 20, 2010
News UpdatesGujarat HC Urges State To Make Appointments To RERA Appellate Tribunal At The Earliest [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 Aug 2020 1:19 AMShare This – xThe Gujarat High Court on Thursday urged the State Government to expedite the process of appointing members as well as the Chairperson, to the Gujarat Real Estate Appellate Tribunal. The order was passed in a PIL filed by one Nipun Singhvi, seeking a declaration that the constitution of the Appellate Tribunal is corum non judice. Section 45 of the RERA Act prescribes that…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Gujarat High Court on Thursday urged the State Government to expedite the process of appointing members as well as the Chairperson, to the Gujarat Real Estate Appellate Tribunal. The order was passed in a PIL filed by one Nipun Singhvi, seeking a declaration that the constitution of the Appellate Tribunal is corum non judice. Section 45 of the RERA Act prescribes that the Appellate Tribunal shall consist of a Chairperson and not less than two whole time Members of which one shall be a Judicial member and other shall be a Technical or Administrative Member, to be appointed by the appropriate Government. The Petitioner had prayed before the Court that an appropriate direction be made to the Government to make the Tribunal functional by appointment of Chairperson, Technical and Administrative Members and allotment of necessary space. The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala disposed of the plea while urging the Government to “make the appointments at the earliest”. The petition was disposed of in view of the submissions made by the Government Pleader that the selection of Administrative and Technical Members had already been made by the Selection Committee. Further, process for appointment of the Chairperson was also in advance stage of consultation. With regard to allotment of sufficient space for the Tribunal premises, the Government had submitted a detailed note stating that sufficient space had been allotted.”In view of the above, this Public Interest Litigation does not require any further consideration and accordingly stands disposed of.We, however, expect the State to make the appointments at the earliest in view of the statement made,” the order read. Case Details: Case Title: Nipun Praveen Singhvi v. State of Gujarat Case No.: WP PIL No. 208/2019 Quorum: Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala Appearance: Advocates Vishal J Dave and Hiral U Mehta (For Applicant); Government Pleader Manisha Lavkumar Shah (For State) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Story
iStock(NEW YORK) — As search-and-recovery crews comb through the hundreds of homes in the Bahamas wrecked by Hurricane Dorian, officials on the island nation released an alarming figure: 1,300 people have been registered by loved ones as unaccounted for.The official death toll from the hurricane that ripped across the Bahamas on Sept. 2 remains at 50, but authorities say they expect it to climb dramatically and warned many victims may have been washed out to sea and may never be recovered.The individuals that haven’t been accounted for in the deadly storm have been registered on the Bahamian government’s missing person’s registry, Carl Smith, a spokesman for the Bahamian National Emergency Management Agency, said at a news conference on Wednesday.Officials are hopeful that many of those registered as unaccounted for will eventually surface as survivors, Smith added.On Wednesday, Bahamian officials said 2,500 people were listed on the registry. But as officials began to check the list against government records of people staying in shelters or who have been evacuated, they dramatically reduced the list by 1,200 names.He said the whereabouts of some survivors remains unknown because the power and communication infrastructure in the hard-hit Abaco Islands — including a power station at Marsh Harbour that was “completely destroyed” — has been obliterated.Dorian slammed the Bahamas as a monster Category 5 hurricane, tying the record for the strongest Atlantic hurricane ever to make landfall.The hurricane left about 76,000 people homeless and in need of assistance in the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island, where entire neighborhoods were leveled by the storm’s 183 mph winds, according to the United Nations.Food, clean water, shelter, health and sanitation services are in critical need in the aftermath of the hurricane, officials said. Businesses and celebrities are making commitments to assist the Bahamas, and organizations are asking the public to help with the relief efforts.NBA legend Michael Jordan pledged $1 million to help islanders recover from the hurricane.“I am devastated to see the destruction that Hurricane Dorian has brought to the Bahamas, where I own property and visit frequently,” Jordan said in a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday by his manager, Estee Portnoy. “My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones.”Other celebrities and entrepreneurs such as Rihanna, who hails from the Caribbean island nation of Barbados, and Richard Branson, who owns a home in the Bahamas, have also pledged to help in the recovery.Relief organizations, including the Red Cross and Mercy Crops, have sent teams and supplies to the Bahamas.“Over the past several days, I’ve seen firsthand the devastation Dorian has caused on Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama, the two most affected areas. Roads, airports and houses are destroyed and thousands of people have been left without power and with few possessions,” Christy Delafield, spokesperson for Mercy Corps, told ABC News.Delafield said Mercy Corps has been distributing solar lanterns equipped with USB chargers, mosquito nets, tarps and other emergency supplies to survivors, many who lost their homes and all their belongings in the hurricane.Also helping is 19-year-old pilot Andi Million of Naples, Florida, who along with her flight instructor at the Career Flight Training and Aircraft Rental, flew a plane full of pet supplies and other emergency items to the Abaco Islands on Tuesday.“It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the desire to help more and give absolutely everything you have on you at that time,” Million wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday.Smith said that more than 5,500 people have been evacuated from the Abaco Island and Grand Bahama to New Providence, the most populated Bahamian island, which includes the capital Nassau. He said several thousand people have also been evacuated to the United States. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
On the fifth anniversary of the horrific Ghouta Sarin attack, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France reiterate their condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. Since 2012, the regime has resorted to the use of chemical weapons during military offensives, not only in Ghouta but also in Khan Sheikhoun, Ltamenah, Saraqib, and Douma, killing and injuring thousands of people. As Permanent Members of the Security Council, we reaffirm our shared resolve to preventing the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, and for holding them accountable for any such use. Our position on the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons is unchanged. As we have demonstrated, we will respond appropriately to any further use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, which has had such devastating humanitarian consequences for the Syrian population. We welcome the establishment of attribution arrangements at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in accordance with its authority under the Chemical Weapons Convention, as confirmed by the decision of the Conference of States Parties. The establishment of these arrangements will help ensure that the perpetrators of chemical weapons use in Syria cannot escape identification. We welcome the launch of the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons on 23 January 2018, and call on all countries committed to fight impunity to join the International Partnership. We remain committed to securing justice for victims of chemical weapons use. Furthermore, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France are gravely concerned over reports of a military offensive by the Syrian regime against civilians and civilian infrastructure in Idlib, and the resulting humanitarian consequences. We also underline our concern at the potential for further – and illegal – use of chemical weapons. We urge supporters of the Assad regime to use their influence to uphold the global norm against chemical weapons use. We implore those countries to recognize that the unchecked use of chemical weapons by any state presents an unacceptable security threat to all states. We urge the international community to support our collective efforts to end Syria’s use of chemical weapons. And we remain resolved to act if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons again. US, UK and France statement:
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman whose two young children wandered from their apartment and drowned has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the case. Court documents show 24-year-old Donisha Renee Willis agreed Monday to two child neglect charges in the May 2020 deaths of 3-year-old Miracle Crook and 21-month-old Tony Crook Jr. The charges were reduced from second-degree murder counts. Willis, of Tulsa, also pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer. She has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The children were last seen alive on video holding hands and walking toward a rain-swollen creek that flows into the Arkansas River.