Malta: Developments in murder case mark nascent steps towards justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia

June 12, 2021

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first_imgNews News MaltaEurope – Central Asia CorruptionWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Help by sharing this information to go further July 22, 2020 Find out more RSF Report: The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Malta’s deteriorating press freedom climate Organisation RSF_en MaltaEurope – Central Asia CorruptionWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes developments in the murder case of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, where one of three accused hitmen has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after entering a guilty plea, and three men have been arrested under suspicion of supplying the bomb that took Caruana Galizia’s life. However, these nascent steps towards justice are long overdue, and underscore the urgent need for full justice for this horrific crime. UPDATE : On 24 February, four men were arraigned in a late-night court hearing in connection with Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination as well as other crimes: brothers Adrian and Robert Agius, Jamie Vella, and George Degiorgio. All four pled “not guilty.” Police Commissioner Angelo Gafa stated that he believed everyone connected to Caruana Galizia’s assassination has now been apprehended; however, RSF emphasises the need for all masterminds to be identified and brought to justice.On 23 February, a Maltese court sentenced Vincent Muscat to 15 years in prison and ordered him to pay 42,000 EUR in court expenses after he pled guilty to involvement in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017 – including by placing the bomb that killed her. Muscat is one of three accused hitmen who has been detained since December 2017 in connection with the assassination, for which brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio remain in custody, continuing to deny their involvement.On the same day, three men were arrested under suspicion of supplying the bomb used to kill Caruana Galizia: brothers Adrian and Robert Agius, and their associate Jamie Vella. All three were among the 10 men initially arrested in connection with the assassination on 4 December 2017, but had been released without charge. They were included in an October 2018 report by RSF and The Shift News assessing the Maltese authorities’ failings in the case at the one-year mark.“These latest developments represent nascent steps towards justice for the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia; however, this progress is long overdue, calling into question why it has taken more than three years to get to this point. Despite the sentencing of Vincent Muscat, still no one has been brought to trial in this case. It is now more urgent than ever that everyone involved in every aspect of this horrific crime be identified and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. RSF remains fully committed to the fight for full justice for Daphne,” said RSF’s Director of International Campaigns Rebecca Vincent.Caruana Galizia’s family expressed in a statement delivered by their lawyer that they hoped this step would begin to lead towards full justice, noting that the “macabre murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia was intentional and should have been prevented.”It is unclear why the sudden progress in the murder case has been so slow in coming. Vincent Muscat had first requested a presidential pardon in exchange for information more than two years ago – a request that was ultimately rejected by Prime Minister Robert Abela in January 2021. Abela now claims the latest developments indicate “this is a country where the rule of law truly prevails” – in sharp contradiction to the findings of expert international bodies such as the Venice Commission and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.Accused mastermind Yorgen Fenech also remains in custody in connection with the assassination, while the compilation of evidence against him continues. Self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma testified in court for the first time three weeks ago, following extensive injuries sustained in July, including a slit throat, which police attributed to self-harm. The independent public inquiry into Caruana Galizia’s assassination also continues to review evidence.Malta is ranked 81st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, having fallen 34 places since Caruana Galizia’s assassination in 2017. RSF set to testify in public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia as key witness found with slit throat Malta: Three years on, pursuit of justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia stalled by constant obstacles and lack of press freedom reform News February 24, 2021 – Updated on February 26, 2021 Malta: Developments in murder case mark nascent steps towards justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia October 16, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Malta October 14, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more


Feeding ecology of the deep-sea lanternshark Etmopterus pusillus (Elasmobranchii: Etmopteridae) in the northeast Atlantic

May 9, 2021

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first_imgThis study provides the first description of the feeding ecology of the smooth lanternshark Etmopterus pusillus based on stomach contents of specimens caught as bycatch in the Algarve (southern Portugal) with bottom trawling and bottom longline. The diet of E. pusillus consists mainly of fish (dry weight (% W)=87.1%; frequency of occurrence (%FO)=28.6%; number (%N)=30.3%), crustaceans (%W=7.7%; %FO=36.7%; %N=3.4%) and cephalopods (%W=4.7%; %FO=11.3%; %N=11.1%). The diet did not vary between sexes. Ontogenic changes were detected: crustaceans decreased in importance as the sharks increased in size and fish became dominant in the diet of adults. Combining two fishing methods provided broad information on the diet of E. pusillus, as bottom trawling caught smaller specimens and longlines caught larger individuals. E. pusillus feeds mainly on non-commercial species, and therefore does not compete directly with commercial fisheries. Finally, E. pusillus feeds in various parts of the water column and thus it can access a wide range of prey; however, this also means that it can be caught by both gears, making it more vulnerable in terms of conservation.last_img read more


ESG factors can indicate overall stock risk, says AQR

September 29, 2020

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first_imgInvestors who wanted to tilt their portfolios towards safer stocks might be able to combine the two to build more stable and robust portfolios, they said.AQR said it found clear support for its hypothesis that ESG exposures could be informative about the risks of individual firms in data which it said was robust to a wide variety of controls and various stock universes.“We also find that ESG scores may help forecast future changes to risk estimates from a traditional risk model,” AQR said.Poor ESG exposures predicted increased future statistical risks for equities, the authors found.However, when broken down into the three components of ESG risk, AQR’s research team found that it was the social and governance pillars that showed the strongest correlation to risk. “The environmental pillar is only insignificantly related to the various risk measures,” the authors said.“On the one hand, it may be that environmental exposures are inherently less predictive of companies’ risks,” Dunn, Fitzgibbons, and Pomorski wrote. However, it was also possible that data on environmental exposures was “noisier” than data on the other two components.This noise in the variable could be preventing computations from giving more precise, statistically significant estimates, the authors suggested.The full paper is available here. Information about a company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) behaviour may reveal how risky a security is on a statistical basis, according to investment manager AQR.In AQR Capital Management’s new paper – “Assessing Risk through Environmental, Social and Governance Exposures” – the firm said it found a strong positive relationship between companies’ ESG exposures and the statistical risk of their equity.“Stocks with poor ESG exposures tend to have higher total and specific risk and higher betas, both contemporaneously and as far as five years into the future,” the Greenwich, Connecticut-based manager said. “We interpret these findings as evidence that ESG information may play a role in investment portfolios that goes beyond the ethical considerations and may inform investors about the riskiness of the securities in a way that is complementary to what is captured by traditional statistical risk models,” wrote the paper’s authors, Jeff Dunn, Shaun Fitzgibbons, and Lukasz Pomorski.last_img read more


New US Offshore Wind Pact On the Horizon

September 28, 2020

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first_imgHorizon Geosciences Limited and Seaforth Geosurveys Inc. have formed a partnership to provide integrated offshore site investigation services for the US offshore wind market.Seaforth will provide geophysical services within the partnership, and Horizon will cover geotechnical services within the partnership.The partnership is currently executing a combined geophysical and geotechnical site investigation campaign offshore Massachusetts.Rich Metters, Managing Director for Horizon Geosciences Limited, said: “This is a significant step for both Horizon and Seaforth as we see promising future opportunities in US offshore wind. By pooling our combined resources we are able to provide a responsive and flexible offering that can be tailored to suit the specific site investigation requirements of US offshore wind projects. Our recent work offshore Massachusetts for both the turbine array area and cable routes is testament to the new partnership’s ability to execute a diverse range of offshore survey and geotechnical investigation activities.”The partnership expects to announce the establishment of a new office expansion to the US in the near future.“Our long history of US East coast geophysical and geotechnical projects and our pioneering work in site characterization for the ocean energy sector in Canada, combined with the depth of expertise and experience from Horizon Geosciences, has created a unique opportunity for us to respond to the challenging requirements of the rapidly emerging US offshore wind energy sector,” David Lombardi, President and CEO of Seaforth Geosurveys Inc. said.last_img read more


Science Media Tolerates Silliness

December 19, 2019

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first_img(Visited 359 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 As long as you are a secular Darwinian, you can get away with anything.Are Aliens Ignoring Us? Maybe We’re Already Their Captives in a ‘Galactic Zoo’ (Live Science). You can use “maybe” to tell any tall tale. Mindy Waisberger gets away with imagining, in a “science” media site, that space aliens—for which there is zero evidence—have put our planet in their zoo. Let’s play her game. “Maybe” she is one of them! Why, she might even be part of an alien conspiracy to discredit Earthling science by making it look stupid.Universities spooked by Trump order tying free speech to grants (Nature). Oh no! Universities will have to stop violating the 1st Amendment in order to receive funds for science grants! Spoooooky! Did anyone at Nature think about how this headline could come across to the average taxpayer?A mating war in diving beetles has stopped the evolution of species (University of Copenhagen). Evolution is a fact, you see, even when it isn’t. The same process yields opposite outcomes. What flexibility this gives to Darwin storytellers!In nature, males eager attempts to mate with females can be so extreme that they will harm females. Such negative impact of mating interactions has been suggested to promote the emergence of new species under some circumstances. Surprisingly, one type of diving beetle species now show that this conflict between the sexes can instead lead to an evolutionary standstill in which mating enhancing traits in males and counter-adaptations in females prevent the formation of new species.Natural selection favors cheaters (UC California, Riverside). Since natural selection built everything in the biosphere, as Darwinians believe, perhaps the authors of this study are illustrations of their thesis. If so, don’t listen to them!Scholar makes ‘moral case’ for letting people decide their own age  (The College Fix). The assumed right to identify your own sex, gender or other personal reality has gone so far overboard, this “scholar” thinks you should be able to declare your age, too. Some already do this, of course, answering their age as “29” every birthday. He is in favor of “trans-ageism” in order to avoid “discrimination,” he argues.The piece, by Joona Räsänen of the University of Oslo in Norway, titled “A Moral Case for Legal Age Change,” concludes that there are three scenarios when a change to one’s legal age should be allowed: When “the person genuinely feels his age differs significantly from his chronological age,” when “the person’s biological age is recognized to be significantly different from his chronological age,” and when “age change would likely prevent, stop or reduce ageism, discrimination due to age, he would otherwise face.”Räsänen differentiates between “chronological” age, or how long the person has actually lived; “biological age,” or the state of one’s body; and “emotional” age, the age as which one identifies.“Legal age is a cause of severe discrimination for some people whose biological and emotional age do not match their chronological age,” he argues.Did the “scholar” think through the social consequences? What if a 30-year old wants to apply for Social Security on grounds he identifies as a senior? Maybe he could get senior discounts at restaurants, too. What if a 21-year old declares himself a 15-year old to dodge the draft? Imagine the possibilities!To understand what’s going on, watch this video from Prager U.last_img read more


Showy and subversive: Holy Afro!

December 18, 2019

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first_imgMEDIA CONTACTS • Market TheatreLusanda Zokufa+27 11 832 [email protected]• Brett Baileyc/o Barbara Mathers+27 82 372 [email protected] ARTICLES• South African theatre• SA’s ‘zef’ trio thrash music scene• Farce for farce’s sake• New Fugard play takes to stage• Opera for and from AfricaChris ThurmanAcclaimed theatre-maker and director Brett Bailey has no interest in sport, he tells me, and while the 2010 Fifa World Cup is underway in South Africa he’ll be taking a break in the Himalayas. “My first holiday in many years.”Nonetheless, it is no coincidence that the Market Theatre in Johannesburg is hosting his latest show, House of the Holy Afro, from 11 June to 11 July, from kick-off to the final whistle of the tournament. The Market, like most arts institutions across the country, wants to use the World Cup to showcase South Africa and Africa’s artistic talent to the thousands of overseas visitors – and attract local audiences looking for something more than footie.But Bailey warns against the production of “commercial fodder” to meet the appetite for host country arts and culture – as, he feels, happened in Germany in 2006. Certainly, his own contribution differs markedly from the productions other theatres are showing during the World Cup. But that is no surprise: Bailey’s work tends to go against the grain.At last year’s National Arts Festival in the Eastern Cape university town of Grahamstown, his provocative site-specific performance/installation piece Blood Diamonds shocked many with its explicit critique of affluent white South Africans literally or metaphorically descended from the 1820 British settlers.Bailey used to live in Grahamstown, but never liked it: “It’s dead quiet without the students, and during university terms it always seemed to me to be populated by privileged white kids from the Natal Midlands.” This discomfort lead him to research the Eastern Cape’s frontier history, during which Britain established dominance over Xhosa, Griqua and Boer alike.In Bailey’s view, the ongoing racial and economic divisions visible in cities like Grahamstown can be traced directly to the “colonising buffer” the settlers were imported from Britain to create.“Somehow, in the popular consciousness of white South Africa,” he wrote in the Blood Diamonds director’s note, “the 1820 settlers have managed to retain a butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-the-mouth innocence. As if they were any less rapacious, opportunistic, violent and bigoted than other ‘civilizers’ … In Grahamstown the faces of black poverty and white wealth gaze at each other from opposing banks of a stinking stream as they have done for close on 200 years. The city starkly illustrates an elemental fracture in the South African soul.”Much of Bailey’s work examines this fracture. In Ipi Zombi, iMumbo Jumbo and The Prophet – published collectively in 2003 as The Plays of Miracle and Wonder – he challenged “the Valium called political correctness” and “Western bigotry which denies other world-views” by affirming pointedly irrational aspects of African culture, including witchcraft, ghosts and prophecies.Yet he also undermines attempts to essentialise Africa. The House of the Holy Afro is billed as “Afro-kitsch”, conflating spiritual melodies from both gospel songs and shamanistic ceremonies with driving housebeats and the over-the-top club poetry of cross-dressing performer Odidi Mfenyana. While the show may seem to represent South Africa and Africa in front of a global audience – it has already toured widely in Europe – it is a complex, perhaps even subversive, representation.Bailey strongly resists the images of “foot-stomping, happy natives” that various internationally successful South African musicals have sold to audiences, images that don’t disturb people or push their buttons, but instead reinscribe the “folkloric picture of South Africa that we export to the globe”.This is what Bailey calls “Afro-Disney”, a safe, sanitised Africa that has its negative twin in the association of Africa with war and poverty. He feels that they are two sides of the same coin, the result of mediated perceptions of Africa – and the cause, in turn, of “hyper-politically correct” responses to some of his work, such as Big Dada, which explored the rise and fall of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.Bailey does not wish to glorify Africa, but to be self-critical. At the same time, he does not see his job as an artist as trying to solve problems. Rather, he aims to “make people aware of the sub-strata” and to “scratch beneath the surface, to find out what has been hidden”. This extends to work he produces primarily for European audiences, such as his recent Exhibit A, an indictment of German colonialism in Namibia when that country was called South West Africa.Despite this desire to get Europeans to admit culpability in Africa, Bailey has identified the archetypal power of ancient European mythology – his Orfeus and Medeia, for example, made use of Greek myths as “clean, simple stories that have been in the human repertoire for so long that they have universal applicability”.The rhythm, dancing, melody and spectacle of House of the Holy Afro no doubt also have global appeal. Theatre critic and scholar Daniel Larlham says Bailey’s work seems to be “split into two distinct currents: the dark theatrical strain and a strain of flashy entertainment”. House of the Holy Afro fits into the latter category – Bailey himself describes it as a party: “This show celebrates the jol.”During the World Cup, Johannesburg locals and international visitors alike will be in festive mood and inclined to appreciate the nightclub atmosphere that is House of the Holy Afro. But audiences should bear in mind that dark theatrical strain if they really want to appreciate the artistry of Brett Bailey.last_img read more


Another arrest in case of Islamic State conspiracy

December 3, 2019

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ICC reprimands Ponting fined for rage episode

November 28, 2019

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first_imgAustralia captain Ricky Ponting was on Wednesday fined 50 per cent of his match fee by the ICC for smashing an LCD TV during the Australia versus Zimbabwe match in Motera on Monday.The incident occurred shortly after Ponting was run out in the match when he caused some damage to a television set in the team dressing room. The damage occurred when he threw down a piece of equipment which bounced off his kit bag and hit the corner of the television.Ponting accepted the charge and the proposed sanction from ICC match referee Roshan Mahanama after an incident was brought to the ICC’s attention through the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Gujarat Cricket Association.  He was found to have breached clause 2.1.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during an international match”.last_img read more


a day agoAston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane insists Man City beatable

October 28, 2019

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane insists Man City beatableby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane insists Manchester City are beatable.Villa face the reigning champions at the Etihad this Saturday.”I think so, yeah,” Hourihane said when asked if the pressure if off for the trip to the champions.”I suppose you go into those two games, starting with City, high on confidence. We will see how it goes.”The recent results have given us a lift. We were inexperienced, so to speak, at this level barring a couple of players.”To get good results at this level is only going to breed confidence. Are City beatable? Why not? We will go into every game for the win.”We have been very close to beating a couple of the top teams already, Arsenal and Spurs. Hopefully we can go one better.” last_img read more


Miami WR Commit Lawrence Cager On Hurricanes’ 2016 No. 1 Recruiting Class, “We Going To Win, They Ain’t Going Nowhere”

October 27, 2019

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first_imgLawrence Cager at the Army All-American Game.Confidence a characteristic Miami four-star wide receiver commit Lawrence Cager is certainly not lacking. Wednesday afternoon, Tyler Donohue, a national recruiting analyst for Bleacher Report, sent out a tweet about the Hurricanes’ 2016 recruiting class. Miami’s class currently ranks No. 1 in the country by 247 Sports’ Team Rankings, but Donohue emphasized that Al Golden will need to notch plenty of wins next fall in order for those players currently pledged to The U to stay committed. Securing victories won’t be a problem for Miami in 2015, Cager says. @TDsTake oh we going to win they ain’t going nowhere— Lawrence Cager (@Uncle_Leroy3) February 11, 2015Hopefully Cager and the 2015 Miami team will be able to back up that confidence. The Hurricanes begin their campaign Sept. 5 against Bethune-Cookman.last_img read more