Transportation and Telecommunications Minister meets IATA Director General

Manama, Nov.4 (BNA): Transportation and Telecommunications Minister Mohammed bin Thamer Al Kaabi received International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Willie Walsh, on the sidelines of the World Passenger Symposium (WPS) 2022, hosted by Gulf Air, Bahrain’s national carrier.

The meeting was also attended Kamil Al-Awadhi. Regional Vice President Africa & Middle East at International Air Transport Association (IATA), Khaled Al-Eisawi. Head of Account Management Gulf & Near East.

The minister praised IATA’s outstanding efforts to support the aviation sector’s continuous development which is one of the most important and fastest growing sectors. During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues related to the air transport sector, stressing its vitality as a key pillar of the global economy.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

Fires on Kilimanjaro ‘Largely Contained,’ Tanzania PM Says

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa told lawmakers Friday fires burning on Mount Kilimanjaro the past two weeks have been largely contained after hundreds of military personnel were deployed this week to fight the blazes.

Speaking to Tanzania’s parliament, Majaliwa said the fire destroyed some 33 square kilometers of the Kilimanjaro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is home to many endangered species. He said fires also spread to other areas on the mountain adjacent to the park, but they were contained, and tourist areas were saved.

“Efforts to tackle the fires continue and most areas are under control. The government is still investigating the source of the fires to take appropriate action,” Majaliwa said. He noted that high winds complicated efforts to bring the fires under control.

He reported that 878 soldiers and two helicopters were deployed this week to reinforce civilian firefighters and volunteers battling the blaze in the Karanga area, where the blaze started October 21.

The distinctive, snow-capped mountain is visited annually by thousands of tourists from around the world who come to climb the 5.9-kilometer-high mountain.

Source: Voice of America

Bahrain, Central African Republic discuss military cooperation

Manama, Bahrain Defense Force Commander-in-Chief Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa received Central African Republic National Defense and Army Reconstruction Minister Claude Rameaux Bireau and his accompanying delegation,

Defense Affairs Minister Lieutenant-General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Nuaimi and Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Theyab bin Saqr Al Nuaimi were present.

The meeting reviewed bilateral relations and ways to enhance cooperation in military sector.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

South Africa: Police discover bodies of 19 drowned illegal miners

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng police have confirmed that bodies of 19 suspected zamazamas (illegal miners) have been discovered in Krugersdorp, a mining town west of Johannesburg.

Sources on the scene said that the men drowned while working in the mines and their bodies were retrieved from the water by other zamazamas — which means “those who try their luck” in Zulu — who informed the police about the incident.

The source said that when the authorities arrived at the scene, the bodies had already been removed from the mine.

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Brenda Muridili said the Krugersdorp police are investigating the deaths of the zamazamas.

“The Police in Gauteng can confirm that on 2 November 2022 at about 15:00, members from SAPS Krugersdorp responded to a call following the discovery of 19 bodies of alleged illegal miners in one of the active mines in the area.”

Brigadier Muridili said preliminary investigations suggest that the deceased were moved to the place where they were discovered.

No foul play is suspected at this stage and post-mortems will determine the cause of death.

“All the necessary role players were summoned to the scene. An inquest docket has been registered for further investigation,” said Brigadier Muridili.

Zamazamas working in Krugersdorp have been making headlines recently.

In July, 20 zamazamas allegedly robbed and gang raped eight women who were part of a gospel music video shoot.

Police descended on the area and arrested several zamazamas, claiming that they were cleaning the area of illegal miners.

In September, the police ministry said it was encouraged by the great strides made in improving the safety and security of residents in Krugersdorp since the deployment of specialised SAPS units to the area, curbing illegal mining.

In October, rape charges against the 14 men arrested in connection with the gang rape were withdrawn in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court when it was found that the DNA evidence taken from the suspects did not implicate them.

The withdrawal of the charges caused widespread national outrage, particularly at the incompetence with which the police handled the case.

Source: Nam News Network

Climate-Related Disease Outbreaks Surge in Greater Horn of Africa

The United Nations reports that up to 222 million people globally are facing acute hunger — and that 47 million of them in the Greater Horn of Africa.

Most parts of the region are battling the worst drought in 40 years. After four consecutive years of drought and a fifth season of failed rains looming, health experts fear great loss of life.

A new World Health Organization analysis of seven countries in the region finds disease outbreaks and climate-related emergencies have reached their highest level this century.

Analysts have recorded a total of 39 health emergencies this year in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.

Egmond Evers, the WHO’s Incident Manager for Greater Horn of Africa Food Insecurity and Health, said the food insecurity crisis in the region also is a health crisis, and that these twin disasters are interrelated.

“Malnourished people become sick more easily and sick people become malnourished more easily. The outcomes when disease and malnutrition are combined are much worse,” he said. “We know this because the combination of cholera and malnutrition, measles and malnutrition, common childhood diseases and malnutrition — there is more severe disease and more death. We know globally already that 45 percent of all child deaths are linked to malnutrition.”

Evers said lack of food also leads to increased displacement. People who suffer from food insecurity, he said, leave their homes in search of something to eat. He notes this makes the region’s more than 18 million refugees and internally displaced people particularly vulnerable to illness and death.

“Displacement means interruption of life-saving health care, such as immunization, maternal and childcare, but also increased risks, such as poor water and sanitation, overcrowding, malnutrition, risky coping behaviors, and loss of life events,” said Evers. “We are seeing that these public health events are becoming more common and the combination with increasing food insecurity and malnutrition, means they will also be more deadly.”

Drought is not the only extreme weather event in the region. In recent weeks, Sudan and South Sudan have been hit with widespread torrential rains.

The WHO said South Sudan is experiencing its fourth consecutive year of flooding; an estimated 40 percent of the country is under water.

Source: Voice of America

Secretary-General Welcomes First Trial Completion of Special Criminal Court in Central African Republic

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General welcomes the completion of the first trial of the Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic. In its judgment issued on 31 October, the Special Criminal Court found three accused armed group members guilty of certain crimes against humanity and war crimes following their involvement in the 21 May 2019 massacre of 46 civilians in Lemouna and Koundjili, in the north-west of the country. They were sentenced to prison terms from 20 years to life. The judgment is subject to appeal.

The Secretary-General notes that this trial is a milestone in the Central African Republic’s efforts to bring to justice those responsible for serious crimes, which is crucial for fighting impunity, breaking cycles of violence and contributing to transitional justice.

The Secretary-General calls on Member States to continue to provide support to the Special Criminal Court to ensure continuity of its operations and on the Government of the Central African Republic to promptly renew the Court’s mandate.

Source: UN Secretary-General

HM King receives letter from Central African Republic President

Manama, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa received a letter from President of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra , on solid relations of friendship and cooperation between the two friendly countries.

The letter was handed over to Minister of the Royal Court Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa during a meeting today with the Central African Republic Minister of Defence and Army Reconstruction, Claude Rameaux Bireau, and his accompanying delegation.

The Royal Court Minister welcomed him and reviewed bilateral relations and ways of boosting cooperation to serve the interests of the two friendly countries and peoples.

Source: Bahrain News Agency

UN chief welcomes first trial of special court in Central African Republic

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 2 (NNN-Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomes the completion of the first trial of the Special Criminal Court in the Central African Republic (CAR), hailing it as a milestone in the country’s efforts to bring to justice those committing serious crimes, his spokesperson said on Tuesday.

In its judgment issued on Monday, the Special Criminal Court found three accused armed group members guilty of certain crimes against humanity and war crimes following their involvement in the May 2019 massacre of 46 civilians in Lemouna and Koundjili, in the northwest of the country, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson, said in a statement.

The three were sentenced to prison terms from 20 years to life, and the judgment is subject to appeal, the statement added.

Guterres “notes that this trial is a milestone in the Central African Republic’s efforts to bring to justice those responsible for serious crimes, which is crucial for fighting impunity, breaking cycles of violence and contributing to transitional justice,” the statement said.

The secretary-general called on member states to continue to provide support to the Special Criminal Court to ensure continuity of its operations, and on the CAR government to promptly renew the court’s mandate, it said.

On Oct 31, the court convicted Issa Sallet Adoum, Ousman Yaouba, and Tahir Mahamat of the 3R rebel group for war crimes and crimes against humanity in May 2019 in the villages of Koundjili and Lemouna, northwest Central African Republic.

“The conviction sends a strong signal that those who commit the worst crimes in the Central African Republic can be held to account, even after so many years of widespread impunity” said Elise Keppler, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch.  “The verdict is a milestone for the victims, including those who bravely testified, some traveling to the country’s capital for the first time in their lives to do so, and communities that have been terrorized during the country’s conflicts.” — NNN-XINHUA

Source: Nam News Network

Vanderburgh Co. Cyber Crime Task Force and Cellebrite Combine Efforts to Resolve Crimes Quicker and Exonerate the Innocent

Vanderburgh Co. Cyber Crime Task Force makes the most of grant funding to provide the best Digital Intelligence technology to its community

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, TYSONS CORNER, Va., and EVANSVILLE, Ind., Nov. 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cellebrite DI Ltd. (Nasdaq: CLBT), a global leader in Digital Intelligence (DI) solutions for the public and private sectors, today announced the results of its work with the Vanderburgh Co. Cyber Crime Task Force (VCCCTF) to accelerate justice with Cellebrite collect and review solutions.

At present, Director Jess Powers’ VCCCTF team utilizes Cellebrite Premium, as well as other Cellebrite collect and review solutions.

Director Powers stated, “Prior to our digital transformation, it took months to retrieve data from devices. With Cellebrite, we expect to deliver actionable intelligence in just three days.” Over time, Director Powers has built a unit that now services 29 agencies from 11 states.

Director Powers stated, “There’s a reason people are after Cellebrite Premium [….] As soon as agencies find out that we have one just by word of mouth, they start coming to us.”

Director Powers stated, “With the data that we’re churning out from over a thousand devices [in 18 months], our average disposition time for felonies is about 137 days, compared to 255, which is the national average. Based on the statistics that we have, for the first year and half that we’ve been doing this, we’ve been able to churn out about a 73% successful prosecution rate.”

Director Powers assembled a team of digital forensics experts including Criminal Investigator Gage Shots, Criminal Investigator Jon Carter, and Criminal Investigator Alexis Nunn.

In one case, a violent felon was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for drug trafficking and gun crimes based on the data retrieved using the Cellebrite collect & review solutions.

Cellebrite’s solutions also assist with the exoneration of the innocent. As Director Powers explained, “Within less than 12 hours, we were able to exonerate a crime suspect so that their name was never in the news with a charge, their mug shot didn’t pop up, and they were never taken to jail.”

When asked what inspires her to come to work each day, Director Powers responded, “Our team can exonerate the innocent, we can convict the guilty, and I never have to put a bulletproof vest on. That’s it for me.”

To view a video of Director Jess Powers and the Vanderburgh Co. Cyber Crime Task Force, please visit here.

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