Belarus authorities slated as file on missing cameraman Dmitri Zavadski is closed for a third time

first_imgNews RSF_en May 28, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says BelarusEurope – Central Asia News News US President George W. Bush met the cameraman’s wife, Svetlana Zavadskaya on 27 February 2006 and expressed his personal support for her quest for justice and her determination, along with others in Belarus, to fight for a return of freedom in the country.——8 July 2005Police hit disappeared cameraman’s wife at demonstrationSvetlana Zavadskaya, the wife of disappeared TV cameraman Dmitri Zavadski, was hit in the face by a member of the interior ministry special forces during a demonstration in his memory yesterday in October Square in Minsk, and the photo of her husband she was waving was thrown to the ground.Zavadskaya, who sustained a bruise to the temple, said she would file a complaint. “Everything that has happened in the past few years and the way the authorities have handled this problem show that people at highest government level participated in his disappearance,” she said. This was the first time the authorities have dispersed a demonstration in her husband’s memory.Anatoli Lebedko, the head of the liberal United Citizen Party and a possible candidate in next year’s presidential election, was one of the approximately 30 people who took part in the demonstration. “We condemn the brutality against Svetlana Zavadskaya and we recall that the Council of Europe’s special rapporteur, Christos Pourgourides, has spoken of very serious suspicions about the implication of the authorities in this journalist’s disappearance and their desire to cover up the truth,” Lebedko told Reporters Without Borders.A cameraman working for the Russian broadcaster ORT, Dmitri Zavadski disappeared on 7 July 2000 at Minsk international airport, where his car was found. Reporters Without Borders today deplored the “silence and inaction” of the Belarus authorities in solving the disappearance of Belarusian TV cameraman Dmitri Zavadski and called for foreign experts to be allowed to join the investigation, which resumed on 4 April, a year after the case file was closed. Zavadski, once President Alexander Lukashenko’s personal cameraman, vanished on 7 July 2000 at Minsk airport, where he had gone to meet a colleague. His body was never found. He had resigned from the government TV station in 1996 to join the Russian station ORT and was later briefly imprisoned for his reporting.The worldwide press freedom organisation, along with the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), noted that Christos Pourgourides, the Council of Europe’s special rapporteur on missing people in Belarus, had voiced strong suspicions that the regime was involved in the disappearance and trying to cover up what happened. The two groups said Zavadski’s family had a right to know exactly what had been done to find him over the past five years.The case has twice been closed by the authorities, first on 27 February 2003, before being reopened on 10 December that year, officially because of “a need to continue the investigation,” and then on 31 March 2004. An official of the public prosecutor’s office, Ivan Branchel, announced on 7 April this year it had resumed again three days earlier.”This latest decision is clearly a bid to head off international criticism of how the case has been handled,” Zavadsky’s wife Svetlana told Reporters Without Borders. “It was announced not long before the UN Human Rights Commission condemned rights violations in Belarus.” May 27, 2021 Find out more – – – – – The family has never properly been involved in the case by the authorities or been told how the investigation is going, and still does not know if two members of the interior ministry’s special police force given life sentences in 2002 for kidnapping and presumably murdering Zavadski pleaded guilty and said what happened to him and where his body is. The family also does not know if the accomplices named at their trial gave any such information to investigators either. “I’m now waiting for the investigators to tell me what they’re planning to do this time,” Zavadski’s mother Olga told Reporters Without Borders.The supreme court sentenced the former head of the interior ministry’s special police force, Valery Ignatovich, and one of his subordinates, Maxim Malik, on 16 July 2002 for presumably killing Zavadski and five other people in 2000. Regime’s failure to solve case of missing cameraman condemned on fifth anniversary of disappearance 7 July 2005Read in russian The authorities claimed Ignatovich decided to kill Zavadski because he felt targeted by an interview the journalist gave the daily Belorusskaya Delovaya Gazeta in 2000 saying he had met Belarusians fighting with independence fighters in Chechnya. The trial did not establish details of the kidnapping or who ordered it.Pourgourides said in a 27 January 2004 report that three top officials were suspected in the disappearance of Zavadski and three other people and charged that action had been taken at the highest government level to deliberately conceal what happened.The Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly urged the Belarus government on 28 April to open an independent enquiry into the disappearances and to sack Viktor Sheyman, the prosecutor-general and former head of national security, who it accused of organising them. The Assembly’s resolution (1371) also called for Sheyman and the then interior minister, Yuri Sivakov, and Dmitri Pavlichenko, head of a special police unit, to be placed under legal investigation. It also urged an enquiry into the involvement of several top officials in obstructing justice so as to protect those who planned the crimes. Reporters Without Borders and the Belarusian Association of Journalist call for a thorough investigation of the part played by top government leaders in the disappearance and presumed murder of TV cameraman Dmitri Zavadski (photo), who vanished in Minsk on 7 July 2000 and whose body has never been found.Read in russian June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Belarus Reporters Without Borders expressed its shock that the file into the 7 July 2000 disappearance of cameraman Dmitri Zavadski has been closed for a third time and accused the Belarus authorities of incompetence. The file was last reopened in April 2005.The victim’s mother Olga Zavadskaya received a letter dated 3 May 2006 from the office of the prosecutor-general explaining that the case had again been closed on 31 March because the body of her son had never been recovered. An article in the Belarus criminal code does allow an investigation to be closed because of a “failure to find a missing person”.Reporters Without Borders has for several years been urging the authorities to open an independent investigation, but instead they have chosen to bury it yet again.Two people were jailed for life for kidnapping Zavadski in March 2002, during a trial condemned as a “farce” by the victim’s family. The trial failed to determine the exact circumstances of the kidnapping of the journalist or to identify the instigators. to go further May 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Belarus authorities slated as file on missing cameraman Dmitri Zavadski is closed for a third time Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Help by sharing this information Organisation News BelarusEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Impunity blamed for a new wave of threats and attacks on provincial journalists

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns police and judicial laxness towards those responsible for violence against journalists after a new wave of physical attacks and threats on the provincial news media since the end of August. The fight against impunity should not be limited to cases of murders of journalists, the organisation says. to go further April 1, 2020 Find out more News Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable September 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Impunity blamed for a new wave of threats and attacks on provincial journalists RSF_en News December 4, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Peru Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News News PeruAmericas Organisation Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites February 10, 2017 Find out more China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting PeruAmericas Reporters Without Borders is concerned about a new outbreak of physical attacks and threats on the news media since the end of August, which is indicative of the police and judicial laxness towards those responsible for violence against journalists.“Journalists are once again being used as whipping boys by irate officials, disgruntled political and union activists, coca growers upset by threats to their interests, and police who abuse their authority,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The fact that those responsible for these attacks are often officials or politicians tends to discourage prosecutions, which makes it more likely that they recur.”Reporters Without Borders added: “A supreme court decision on 11 June to uphold 17 and 15-year prison sentences for two military personnel convicted of the 1988 murder of Caretas magazine correspondent Hugo Bustíos poses a serious challenge to the prevailing impunity. A similar stand is needed with these attacks on journalists, all of which also constitute press freedom violations.”According to the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), a Peruvian press freedom organisation, and the National Association of Journalists (ANP), at least nine journalists have been the target of threats or violence since the end of August.Reporter Felipe Tipián Ramírez and cameraman Charles Cubas Ojanama of TV Tarapoto, a privately-owned regional television station based in Tarapoto, in the northern region of San Martín, were assaulted on 30 August by lawyer Líster Celis Vela as his client, San Martín University rector Alfredo Quinteros García, was being brought into a police station to be arrested for alleged irregularities in his reelection.Dante Francisco Espeza of La Pegajosa, a regional radio station based near the southern city of Ayacucho, received a threatening phone call on 2 September after criticising illegal coca farming and drug trafficking on the air earlier in the day. The caller threatened to kill him and said he was familiar with all of his family’s movements. Espeza was threatened in a similar fashion on 9 July.Journalist Percy Uriarte was hit several times when around 50 truck drivers stormed into the offices of the daily Ahora in the northern city of Bagua Grande on 2 September and threatened to set fire to the premises because it reported that local road haulers were being used to transport drugs.Cameraman Walter Macuyama of Canal 19, Henry Sánchez of Canal 43 and Gustavo Vásquez and Patricia Macedo of Panamericana Televisión were attacked and beaten on 3 September in the northeastern city of Iquitos by health workers striking for better conditions who clashed with fellow workers opposed to the strike.Radio Frecuencia 1000 manager and presenter Filomeno Quispe Flores was attacked and injured by Justo Mayta Livici, the mayor of Paucarpata (a district near the southern city of Arequipa), while covering a municipal council meeting on 4 September. The mayor had already taken Quispe to task after an interview last June.last_img read more

Coláiste Chiaráin students reach for the sky

first_imgNewsLocal NewsColáiste Chiaráin students reach for the skyBy Alan Jacques – April 16, 2015 867 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Previous articleLimerick Minister targeted by online abusersNext articleMixed reaction to Horizon Mall plan in Limerick Alan Jacques TAGSCEIA CanSat competitionColaiste Chiarainlimerick Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Print Email Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live THIS weekend a group of students from Coláiste Chiaráin will participate in the annual final of the CEIA CanSat competition at Birr Castle in County Offaly.The competition, which takes place this Saturday, April 18, requires students to design and test a satellite that fits within the dimensions of a standard drink can.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The students qualified for the final following a regional competition hosted by the Limerick Institute of Technology. They designed and 3D printed their satellite, equipped it with a range of sensors. This satellite will be launched by rocket. The students will analyse the data as the satellite falls to ground aided by a parachute. The students will present their data and the details of their project to a panel of judges from education and industry.The winner of the national competition will go on to compete in the European final in Portugal in June 2015. The team is comprised of Conor Foy, Aaron Mullane, Eoin Hayes, William Fenlon and Sterling Nelson, mentored by their teacher, Conor Power.Conor Foy says, “This competition requires a broad range of skills – design, programming and business. It is great to be able to apply what you learn in school to a real world project like this.” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Vaccine skepticism lurks in town famous for syphilis study

first_img Vaccine skepticism lurks in town famous for syphilis study Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 1, 2021 TAGS  Local NewsUS News Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleDave Ramsey Named 2020 Radio Executive of the Year by Radio Ink MagazineNext article4 fun car-related activities to do with kids Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

[AIBE- XIV] Plea In AP High Court Challenges Withholding Of Results of Bar Examination [Read Petition]

first_imgNews Updates[AIBE- XIV] Plea In AP High Court Challenges Withholding Of Results of Bar Examination [Read Petition] Akshita Saxena8 July 2020 11:39 PMShare This – xA petition relating to declaration of results of AIBE-XIV is pending before the Andhra Pradesh High Court, whereby a candidate is contesting withholding of his result by the Bar Council of India, “without any valid grounds”. The plea was filed by Advocate Bilaal Ahmed Syed in March this year, aggrieved by the Council’s decision to withhold the result of the only Examination Center in…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?LoginA petition relating to declaration of results of AIBE-XIV is pending before the Andhra Pradesh High Court, whereby a candidate is contesting withholding of his result by the Bar Council of India, “without any valid grounds”. The plea was filed by Advocate Bilaal Ahmed Syed in March this year, aggrieved by the Council’s decision to withhold the result of the only Examination Center in the state, on account of mass cheating/ mis-match in Code. The decision to withhold the results of a total 9 Centers was taken in a meeting of the Monitoring Committee of AIBE, held on September 21, 2020, which the Petitioner has alleged “does not carry any stamp or signature of the High Power Monitoring Committee and thus is it not understood how there can be a one man committee sitting alone decide and with whom there were discussions.” The Petitioner’s case is that the AIBE examination itself is an open book exam and thus there is no question of malpractice. Further, results of an entire Center cannot be withheld for the reason that code is mismatch. “It is not the mistake of the candidates who appeared the exam,” he submitted. He nevertheless submitted, “The rest of the candidates whose codes are not mismatched, have to be considered. I wrote everything correctly including my roll number, question paper set code and all other details. On account of withhold of the results, there is no scope for even verificaiton of answer sheets, nor revaluation of answer sheets. Even the very marks were not revealed.” Significantly, after filing of the present petition, the Council released two different lists, (i) List A containing the list of candidates who had failed earlier but now stood passed; and (ii) List B containing the names of disqualified candidates. The Petitioner has submitted that his name does not find mention in either List A or List B, and therefore, the reason for withholding his result is “not known”. The Bar Council of India has a counter affidavit in the matter, stating that the candidates who appeared in the given 9 centers but whose results have been withheld will be allowed to appear in the upcoming AIBE exam without payment of examination fee. The Council has claimed that the ground for withholding the Petitioner’s result is “mass cheating” at his Center. They have contended that the Petitioner cannot agitate the Council’s decision in view of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bihar School Examination v. Subhas Chandra Sinha & Ors., (1970) 1 SCC 648, whereby it was held that- “This is not a case of any particular individual who is being charged with adoption of unfair means but of the conduct of all examinees or at least a vast majority of them at a particular centre. If it is not a question of charging any one individually with unfair means but to condemn the examination as ineffective for the purpose it was held. Must the board give an opportunity to all the candidates to represent their cases? We think not. It was not necessary for the board to give an opportunity to the candidates if the examinations as a whole were being cancelled.” However, by way of the rejoinder, the Petitioner through Advocate Solomon Raju has pleaded to differentiate between the present case and the above precedent cited by the Council. “They [BCI] are referring to the decisions of Hon’ble Apex Court, as in those cases, the entire center itself was cancelled with valid reasons. These decisions are not applicable in my case, as some of the candidates were declared passed in List A and the decisions refer to cancellation of the entire Candidates of the center,” he submitted. Further, he has contended that the exam itself is an open book exam and if at all the Committee feels that any candidate was found copying/ cheating, the said candidate alone needs to be punished and not the whole candidates appeared in the center. “Merely because a single candidate was found with cheating and copying, the entire candidates of the center cannot be punished. This is bad in law,” he has argued. The main petition was filed in the month of March, 2020 however there is delay in the matter due to the lockdown. Click Here To Download Petition Click Here To Download Counter Affidavit Click Here To Download Rejoinder Next Storylast_img read more

Hungover airline worker accidentally falls asleep in flight’s cargo hold: Police

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — American Airlines flight 363 was only supposed to have 86 people on board — its 87th was hungover and asleep in the cargo hold.A hungover employee for regional carrier Piedmont Airlines fell asleep in the cargo hold of an American Airlines flight from Kansas City last week and took the one-hour ride to Chicago, Sgt. Rocco Alioto, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, told ABC News.Because the area of the hold was pressurized and heated, he survived and was discovered by ground employees upon landing at O’Hare International Airport, according to American Airlines.The employee was interviewed by the Chicago Police Department and told authorities that he had been drinking the night before and fell asleep in the cargo hold after arriving at work, according to a police spokesman.He has been suspended from work pending the investigation, American Airlines said.A source briefed on the incident told ABC News that he wasn’t discovered before departure likely because there was no luggage loaded in the forward hold for the flight.The FBI worked the case alongside the Chicago Police Department; all declined to press charges.“A Piedmont Airlines employee, who was working an American Airlines flight on the morning of Oct. 27 at Kansas City International Airport (MCI), inadvertently fell asleep in the forward cargo hold of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft,” American Airlines said in a statement. “The flight subsequently took off with the team member in the cargo hold, which was heated and pressurized.”“Our top priority is ensuring the well-being of the Piedmont employee,” the statement continued. “He did not request any medical attention upon arrival in Chicago, and we are grateful that he did not sustain any injuries. The American team is very concerned about this serious situation, and we are reviewing what transpired with our Piedmont and Kansas City colleagues.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mom who skipped her own college graduation to attend son’s surprised with a degree

first_imgCentral Michigan University(NEW YORK) —  Stephan Wilson, a recent college graduate from Michigan, said he is having a hard time finding the right gift for his mom, Sharonda Wilson, for Mother’s Day.Stephan, 23, has good reason.He and his mom were awarded their college degrees on the same day last weekend. Neither of them knew it was going to happen.The ultimate surprise came together in just a few short hours when a classmate of Stephan’s at Central Michigan University saw on social media that his mom planned on skipping her own college graduation in order to attend Stephan’s.Sharonda Wilson was set to graduate last Saturday from the Flint, Michigan, campus of Ferris State University.The classmate of Stephan’s, who works in the president’s office, told Central Michigan President Bob Davies about the situation Saturday morning, just a few hours before Stephan was set to graduate.Davies called the president of Ferris State University and was able to get permission for his school to confer Sharonda Wilson’s degree, according to Ari Harris, assistant director of communications at Central Michigan University.Just a short time later, Davies called Sharonda Wilson down to the stage at graduation, surprising both her and her son.“I had no clue,” Stephan told “Good Morning America.” “My mom is a selfless person. She didn’t give [missing her graduation] a second thought and I didn’t either.”Davies told the graduates during his commencement address, “Always remember that someone — or several someones — made a difference in your life that empowered you to be here today.”Stephan earned a bachelor’s of fine arts in music theater from Central Michigan and his mom, a mother of four, earned a bachelor’s of science in business administration from Ferris State.“I wouldn’t have been [at graduation] without her. That is the honest truth,” Stephan said. “My mother loves school. I have not been a big fan of school for my whole life.”“She has definitely been my biggest support, biggest cheerleader and to see her be recognized along with myself was priceless,” he said.The moment was so priceless that Stephan said his “mind goes blank” when he tries to think of a Mother’s Day gift for his beloved mom.“I can’t imagine anything else that would top what happened to us a week before Mother’s Day,” he said.However, Stephan may be able to give his mom the only gift many moms want for Mother’s Day: the chance to hug him in person. He left immediately after graduation to go on tour with the Central Michigan University Chamber Singers but is returning home on Mother’s Day eve.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Hospitalizations on the rise in 41 US states, analysis shows

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide.Over 40.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country to country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 8.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 220,133 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 879,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 856,000 cases and over 756,000 cases, respectively.More than 190 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news is developing Tuesday. All times Eastern:Oct 20, 8:21 amUK to launch controversial vaccine trials where volunteers will be infectedIn a bid to speed up the race to find a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, the U.K. government announced Tuesday morning that it will be launching some controversial vaccine studies known as challenge trials.In a world first for COVID-19, young healthy volunteers will be vaccinated, then intentionally exposed to the potentially deadly virus in order to test vaccines in a controlled environment. Although some medical experts view them as ethically questionable, the benefit of challenge trials is that they can be completed in a much shorter timeframe than typical late-stage studies.The experiment will take place in a quarantine ward of a hospital in north London. After inhaling a diluted dose of the virus, the trial participants will be closely monitored, thus enabling scientists and doctors to better understand the disease and how a vaccine can fight it.“Human challenge studies can increase our understanding of COVID-19 in unique ways and accelerate development of the many potential new COVID-19 treatments and vaccines,” said Dr. Chris Chiu of Imperial College London’s Department of Infectious Disease, a lead researcher on the human challenge study.Oct 20, 8:08 amItaly’s hard-hit Lombardy region to impose curfewThe Italian region that was once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic will soon impose a nightly curfew, following a sharp rise in infections.A curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time is expected to begin in Italy’s northern Lombardy region on Thursday night and last until at least Nov. 13. All residents must stay home during this period, unless for reasons of health, work or necessity. Non-food shops and retail centers will also be shut on weekends.Lombardy’s regional government received authorization on Monday from Italian Health Minister Robert Speranza to implement more restrictive measures.The move comes after Italy reported 10,010 new cases of COVID-19 last Friday, the country’s highest daily tally since the start of its outbreak, shattering a previous record of 8,804 set last Thursday. Lombardy had the greatest number of cases of any other region that day, at 2,419.Overall, Italy has confirmed at least 423,578 cases with 36,616 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest data from the country’s civil protection agency.Oct 20, 6:58 amColumbian cyclist Fernando Gaviria tests positive for second time this yearColombian cyclist Fernando Gaviria has been withdrawn from the Giro d’Italia after testing positive for COVID-19, his team said in a statement Tuesday.It’s the second time Gaviria has tested positive for the disease, after contracting it in March.All other riders and staff members on Gaviria’s UAE Team Emirates had negative test results but will be tested again Tuesday.“Gaviria was immediately isolated following the test result and is feeling well and is completely asymptomatic,” the team said in the statement.Gaviria, who has won five stages at the Giro d’Italia during his career, is not the first to withdraw from the annual road cycling stage race due to COVID-19. Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk, Britain’s Simon Yates and Australia’s Michael Matthews were all forced to pull out last week after testing positive.The Giro d’Italia, the second Grand Tour of 2020 after the Tour de France took pace between August and September, kicked off on Oct. 3 after initially being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The race concludes on Oct. 25.Oct 20, 5:30 amOutbreak at Kansas nursing home kills 10 residentsA COVID-19 outbreak at a privately-owned nursing home in northwestern Kansas has killed at least 10 residents, officials said.All 62 residents at the Andbe Home in Norton, a four-hour drive from Wichita, have tested positive for COVID-19. Ten have since died, one remains hospitalized and the other 51 are being cared for at the nursing home, according to a press release from the Norton County Health Department.Some staff members have also tested positive for COVID-19 and the remaining staff are being tested. The Norton County Health Department said it has been working with the Andbe Home, Norton County Hospital and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment regarding the outbreak.“Steps are being taken to prevent any further outbreak including quarantining residents in their room and not allowing outside visitors into the facility,” the agency said in Monday’s press release. “Family members of the residents have been notified.”Northwestern Kansas has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic in recent weeks, and Norton County had the greatest number of new cases per 100,000 residents of any county in the United States for the two weeks ending Sunday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.Cases in Norton County, which is home to some 5,400 residents, increased from 46 two weeks ago to 340 as of Monday, according to data from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.Oct 20, 5:06 amAnalysis shows rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in 41 US statesAn ABC News analysis of COVID-19 trends across all 50 U.S. states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico found there were increases in hospitalizations over the past two weeks in 41 states.The analysis also found increases in newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 39 states, increases in the daily positivity rate of COVID-19 tests in 27 states and increases in daily COVID-19 death tolls in 13 states.Over the last five weeks, cases have been steadily increasing across the nation. The United States is currently averaging over 55,000 new cases a day — the highest that average has been since Aug. 5. New cases have surged by over 61% since Sept. 12. Meanwhile, current COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to hover between 36,000 and 37,000.In the past week alone, the country has recorded nearly 386,000 new cases, including two days where there were over 60,000 cases reported — the highest daily figures since late July.Sixteen states reported record weekly increases in new cases. Fourteen states hit a record number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations last week, while two states saw a record number of current hospitalizations in a day. Two states reported their highest weekly death tolls from COVID-19.This week, the United States is on track to top one million cases for the month of October, making it the fourth month on record to surpass the grim milestone.The trends were all analyzed from data collected and published by the COVID Tracking Project over the past two weeks, using the linear regression trend line of the seven-day moving average to examine whether a state’s key indicators were increasing, decreasing or remained flat.Oct 20, 4:36 amUS reports more than 58,000 new cases as death toll tops 220,000There were 58,387 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Monday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily tally is up by more than 10,000 from the previous day but remains under the country’s record set on July 16, when there were 77,255 new cases in a 24-hour-reporting period.An additional 445 coronavirus-related fatalities were also recorded Monday, up by 56 from the previous day’s death toll and down from a peak of 2,666 new fatalities reported on April 17.A total of 8,214,754 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 220,133 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July. The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has started to climb again in recent weeks.The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the United States continued to increase by double digits in week-over-week comparisons, while the number of new deaths from the disease also ticked upward, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Monday night.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Modeling the properties of plasmaspheric hiss: 1. Dependence on chorus wave emission

first_imgThere is increasing evidence that plasmaspheric hiss is formed by the evolution of a portion of chorus waves that are excited in the plasmatrough and propagate into the plasmasphere. Comparison between the statistical spatial distributions of these two emissions in the morning sector during active times from THEMIS over ∼3 years shows that the two emissions have comparable peak intensities but are distinct in their spatial distributions. We present a modeling study of the hiss spectrum, based on ray tracing, by taking the observed chorus source region as an input in the magnetosphere, which contains cold and suprathermal electrons. Our modeling results show that we are able to reproduce the main features of typical hiss, including the frequency spectrum, wave normal angle and spatial distribution. However, the simulated hiss intensity is weaker (∼15 dB less) than the observed intensity, which suggests some modest internal amplification inside the plasmasphere. The responses of hiss to variations in the spatial distribution, wave normal angle distribution and frequency distribution of the source chorus are examined. We find that the majority of hiss formation is due to a small portion of chorus emission originating within ∼3 RE from the plasmapause, with wave normal directions pointing toward the Earth at an angle of 30°–60°, and over a frequency range of 0.1–0.3 fce. If the chorus power is made to increase closer to the plasmapause, the hiss intensity and the peak frequency also increases, which roughly mimics active geomagnetic conditions. Variations of the chorus source distribution do not significantly affect the wave normal angle distribution and frequency distribution of hiss, but does impact the absolute intensity of the resulting hiss.last_img read more

A method for continuous239Pu determinations in Arctic and Antarctic ice cores

first_imgAtmospheric nuclear weapons testing (NWT) resulted in the injection of plutonium (Pu) into the atmosphere and subsequent global deposition. We present a new method for continuous semi-quantitative measurement of 239Pu in ice cores, which was used to develop annual records of fallout from NWT in ten ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica. The 239Pu was measured directly using an Inductively Coupled Plasma – Sector Field Mass Spectrometer, thereby reducing analysis time and increasing depth-resolution with respect to previous methods. To validate this method, we compared our one year averaged results to published 239Pu records and other records of NWT. The 239Pu profiles from four Arctic ice cores reflected global trends in NWT and were in agreement with discrete Pu profiles from lower latitude ice cores. The 239Pu measurements in the Antarctic ice cores tracked low latitude NWT, consistent with previously published discrete records from Antarctica. Advantages of the continuous 239Pu measurement method are (1) reduced sample preparation and analysis time; (2) no requirement for additional ice samples for NWT fallout determinations; (3) measurements are exactly co-registered with all other chemical, elemental, isotopic, and gas measurements from the continuous analytical system; and (4) the long half-life means the 239Pu record is stable through time.last_img read more