RSF_en The Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper reported on 19 September that the St. Paul authorities will not after all prosecute the journalists who were picked up in the course of the mass arrests that took place in St. Paul, Minnesota, on 1 September during the Republic Party convention (see 2 September release).The newspaper quotes St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman as saying the city authorities have decided not to prosecute journalists charged with misdemeanour offences and that they will use a “very broad” definition of who, among the approximately 800 people arrested, is a journalist. Among those who will not be prosecuted are Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now!, and two of her reporters and producers, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, who were charged with unlawful assembly, obstructing the legal process and incitement to riot . They were also the victims of police violence.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the outcome, and hopes a similar decision is taken with ABC News producer Asa Eslocker, who was arrested and charged with trespassing, interference, and refusing to obey a lawful order during the Democratic Party convention in Denver on 27 August (see 29 August release). He is due to appear in court on 25 September._________________________________________2.09.08 – Call for withdrawal of charges against three journalists manhandled and arrested outside Republican Party conventionReporters Without Borders is outraged by the way Amy Goodman, the host of the nationally-syndicated radio and TV programme Democracy Now!, and two of her producers, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar, were manhandled and arrested by police while covering demonstrations yesterday outside the Republican Party convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.The press freedom organisation calls for an investigation into the circumstances of their arrest and the immediate withdrawal of the charges brought against them. Although quickly released, Goodman was charged with obstructing a legal process and interfering with a police officer, while her two producers were charged with “felony riot.”“The violence used by the police when arresting these three journalists, who identified themselves as such, was an unacceptable abuse of authority, a violence of the First Amendment and a clear demonstration of a desire to intimidate them and their news organisation,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Democracy Now! has done a lot of very critical reporting about the war in Iraq and it is no coincidence that three of its representatives were treated like this,” the press freedom organisation added. “The confirmation of the charges against them compounds the original injustice with another one. The police should be investigating their own ranks.”The three journalists were arrested at about 5 p.m. during anti-war demonstrations being staged by veterans and relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq near the convention centre where the Republican Party is due to confirm Sen. John McCain as its candidate for November’s presidential election.Kouddous and Salazar were the first to be arrested by baton-wielding police. Kouddous was slammed against a wall and then pinned to the ground. Salazar was slammed to the ground. Kouddous sustained injuries to the chest and back. Salazar sustained injuries to her face.Goodman was arrested when she asked the police why they had arrested her colleagues. Although she identified herself as a journalist, her hands were handcuffed behind her back and then she was led away, as can be seen in a video sequence shot by a bystander (below). The three journalists were released a few hours later. An Associated Press photographer, Matt Rourke, was also arrested at the same time as several hundred demonstrators.A committed journalist who is very critical of the Republican government and especially the war in Iraq, Goodman launched her Democracy Now! in 1996. Produced in New York by a team of independent journalists, it is syndicated to more than 700 radio and TV stations in the United States and abroad.See the video :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYjyvkR0bGQ News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas September 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Charges will not be pressed against journalists arrested during Republican convention Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go further News June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation News April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States
June 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Letter to President Obiang Nguema calling for release of AFP and RFI correspondent to go further Equatorial GuineaAfrica Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea RSF_en Reports News Equatorial GuineaAfrica We trust you will give this request your careful consideration.RespectfullyJean-François JulliardSecretary-General News Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more May 18, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information June 15, 2020 Find out more Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Reporters Without Borders addressed an open letter yesterday to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema calling for the immediate release of Rodrigo Angue Nguema, the Malabo correspondent of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Radio France Internationale (RFI), who has been held in the capital’s Black Beach prison since 17 June for getting his facts wrong in a report.This is the letter:Mr. Teodoro Obiang Nguema, President of the Republic, Malabo, Equatorial GuineaParis, 25 June 2009Dear Mr. PresidentReporters Without Borders, an organisation that defends press freedom worldwide, would like to express to you its deep concern about Rodrigo Angue Nguema, the Malabo correspondent of Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Radio France Internationale (RFI), who has been held for the past eight days.As you know, Mr. Nguema wrote a dispatch for AFP and RFI in April in which he said the head of the national airline Ceiba, Mamadou Jaye, had embezzled 3.5 billion CFA francs (5 million euros) and skipped the country. When the information turned out to be wrong, Mr. Nguema recognised this and apologised. Mr. Jaye nonetheless brought a libel suit against Mr. Nguema, demanding 5 million euros in damages, the amount he was alleged to have embezzled.Mr. Nguema was incarcerated in Black Beach prison on 17 July on the orders of Malabo investigating judge Agustin Chicampo because he was unable to post bail of 20 million CFA francs (30,000 euros). Since then, he has only been able to receive two visits from his wife. AFP and RFI say they have sent Mr. Nguema the money to pay the bail but there have been problems that have prevented the payment being made.We obviously hope this is not a deliberate ploy by the authorities to keep this journalist in prison. We point out that Mr. Nguema has not been tried and no date has so far been set for his trial. Reporters Without Borders believes that his detention is arbitrary, unjust and incomprehensible and we urge you to arrange for his immediate release. News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa
Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. This month’s newsFatigue Index A “fatigueindex” has been developed by the HSE following research by the DefenceEvaluation and Research Agency. The index gives a method for determining thelikelihood of tiredness arising from key factors present in the workplace.Copies of Validation and Development of a Method for Assessing the RisksArising From Mental Fatigue are available priced £10 from HSE Books. Tel01787 881165, fax 01787 313995 Injuriesin decline The HSC’s latestworkplace safety statistics show a fall in worker injuries in the year from 1April 1999 to 31 March 2000. The death rate fell from 253 to 218, while majorinjuries fell from 29,053 to 28,939. However, construction fatalities roseagain after reaching the lowest level ever recorded in 1998/99.BAprofile correction In our team profile onBritish Airways last month the number of cabin crew should have been given as14,500. The caption on the team photograph on p16 should have read: Standingfrom left: Zoe Spencer, Judy Cook, Dr Michael Bagshaw. Seated from left: Dr Sandra Mooney, Samina Awan, HeatherTinker.QuarryingsafetyTough new targetswhich aim to cut the number of injuries in the quarrying industry by 2005 havebeen announced as the first sector-specific goal in the Government’sRevitalising Health and Safety strategy launched in June. Quarrying has 20times the fatal injury rate of British industry as a whole and the strategy hasindustry-wide backing.Policyguidance TheHSE has launched free guidance to help small firms set up their own health andsafety policy. Stating your Business describes how employers can organise andmanage health and safety. Tel 01787881165, fax 01787 313995 HSEappointment Customsand Excise deputy chairman Timothy Walker has been appointed newdirector-general of the HSE, succeeding Jenny Bacon. He takes up his post on 1October. Codecomments TheHSC is seeking views on proposed changes to the approved code on theConstruction (Design and Management) Regulations 1994. Comments to Penny Tate,Health and Safety Executive, SPDC, 4SW, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bride, LondonSE1 9HS. Telephone 020-7717 6594 ore-mail [email protected] NewsOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
Because of the lack of a definitive air link to an international gravity base station, the Antarctic Peninsula gravity network was originally, and still is, tied to the Potsdam gravity system via long ship links to South America (Renner 1981, Kennett 1965). An indirect link from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) scientific station at Rothera to an International Gravity Standardisation Net 1971 (IGSN 71) base station in the UK had previously been made via a link to the BAS gravity station on the Falkland Islands in Port Stanley (McGibbon 1988). Whilst the apparent gravity difference between Port Stanley and the base station in the UK had been calculated via a two-way air tie using a LaCoste and Romberg meter (McGibbon 1988) and later strengthened with three two-way air ties using four LaCoste and Romberg meters (Bassett 1987), the link between Port Stanley and Rothera was based on a one-way tie that included a lengthy ship borne passage (McGibbon 1988). The weakness of this link insured that the adopted gravity value at Rothera continued to be based on the ship ties made by Griffiths et al. (1964) and Kennett (1965). This note describes the strengthening of the gravity link between Rothera and Port Stanley and the subsequent reassignment of the adopted gravity value at Rothera Station.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseballRegion 12RICHFIELD, Utah-Max Robinson and Ryker Ogden each posted a pair of RBI and the Richfield Wildcats downed Grand 7-5 in the first game of a Region 12 baseball doubleheader Friday. Tyler Lindsey netted 4 RBI in defeat for the Red Devils.RICHFIELD, Utah-Heston Jenson homered and earned the win on the mound as the Richfield Wildcats completed a Region 12 baseball doubleheader sweep of Grand Friday with a 17-16 win over the Red Devils. Max Robinson and Kasey Giddings added 2 RBI apiece in victory for Richfield. Cooper Tangre had 3 RBI for Grand in the loss.Region 14DELTA, Utah-Austin Topham and Cody Larsen each drove in a pair of runs as the Delta Rabbits waxed Manti 9-4 in Region 14 baseball play Friday. Wayland Crane earned the win on the mound for the Rabbits. Jason Nelson had 3 RBI for the Templars in defeat.2-A SouthBEAVER, Utah-Caden Carter netted 3 RBI and the Beaver Beavers outlasted Enterprise 6-5 Friday in 2-A South play. Tyler Medrano and Treyson Hunter also drove in runs for the Beavers. Jake Eichorn earned the win on the mound for the Beavers. Jake Sanderson and Treysen Randall had 2 RBI apiece in the loss for the Wolves.KANAB, Utah-Taycen Willis and Drew Hafen had 2 RBI apiece as the Kanab Cowboys blanked Milford 10-0 in 2-A South play Friday. RJ Mognett, CJ Maddux and Bradley Haycock also added RBI in the win for the Cowboys.2-A CentralFILLMORE, Utah-Peyton Rasmussen stepped up with 4 RBI and the Millard Eagles routed Monticello 14-2 Friday in the first game of a 2-A Central baseball doubleheader. Morgan Wade, John Gates and Taylor Davies added 2 RBI apiece for the Eagles in the rout. Rasmussen also earned the win on the mound for the Eagles.FILLMORE, Utah-Taylor Davies homered and the Millard Eagles overpowered Monticello 14-4, completing their 2-A Central doubleheader sweep of the Buckaroos Friday. Chaz Ashton added 3 RBI and Jed DeGraffenried drove in two more runs for the Eagles in victory. Thomas Fuller homered in the loss for Monticello.SALINA, Utah-Tayton King amassed 6 RBI as the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs doubled up North Sevier 19-9 in 2-A Central baseball play Friday. Ryker Stewart and Janzen Keisel had 3 RBI apiece for the Bulldogs. Jake Sorenson and Payton Dyreng each contributed to the Bulldogs’ victory with 2 RBI apiece as well. Creed Mogle earned the win on the mound for Gunnison Valley. Breken Mason and Ryker Frischknecht each posted a pair of RBI in the loss for the Wolves.SoftballRegion 12PRICE, Utah-Lyndsey Madrigal belted two home runs and the Carbon Dinos pummeled South Sevier 16-3 in Region 12 softball action Friday. Janessa Gailor drove in two runs for the Rams in defeat.Region 14MANTI, Utah-Katie Larsen netted 3 RBI and the Manti Templars drilled North Sanpete 5-3 Friday in Region 14 softball action. Ashley Rasmussen and Adalee Olsen each drove in a pair of runs for the Templars in victory. Tiffany Hermansen earned the win in the circle for Manti. Madyson Steadman drove in two runs for the Hawks in the loss.ROOSEVELT, Utah-London Lamb drove in three runs and the Union Cougars routed Delta 12-1 in Region 14 softball action Friday. Allie Earl earned the win in the circle for the Cougars.2-A SouthBEAVER, Utah-Addison Nelson’s 3 RBI led the way as the Enterprise Wolves bested Beaver 15-8 Friday in 2-A South softball play. Halle Hutchings homered in the loss for the Beavers. Lyndsie Pender, Star Moon, Emberlyn Eyre, Sadie Bradshaw and Samantha Atkin each added RBI for the Beavers in the loss.2-A CentralJUNCTION, Utah-Hannah Whitwer, Brinnly Miramontes and Taylor Leyland posted 2 RBI apiece and the Piute Thunderbirds outlasted North Sevier 13-12 Friday in 2-A Central softball action. Emma Jensen earned the win in the circle for Piute. Laynee Nielsen’s 3 RBI led the Wolves in defeat. Brecklynn Reed drove in two more runs for the Wolves in the loss.GUNNISON, Utah-Kennedi Knudsen drove in two runs and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs pounded Wayne 13-1 in 2-A Central softball play Friday. Jakelle Sorensen, Raven Pickett, Hadlee McDonald, Rilee Dyreng, Sara Blackham and Maggie Bartholomew also drove in runs for the Bulldogs in the win.Non-RegionRICHFIELD, Utah-Darion Maxfield homered twice and the Millard Eagles pummeled Richfield 17-7 Friday in non-region softball play. Bryn Rasmussen posted 3 RBI and Shaylee Burraston drove in two runs for the Eagles in the win. Hailey Flynn earned the win in the circle for Millard. Aubrey Gleave’s 3 RBI led the Wildcats in the loss.NEPHI, Utah-Lexie Morlan and Gracie Ewell each posted a pair of RBI and the Duchesne Eagles blasted Juab 15-3 in non-region softball action Friday. Baylee Ulibarri drove in two runs for the Wasps in defeat.Boys SoccerRegion 14MANTI, Utah-Juan Palmerin scored and the Manti Templars outlasted North Sanpete 5-3 on penalty kicks in Region 14 boys soccer play Friday. Denilson Carias posted a goal in the loss for the Hawks.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Braiden Gonder amassed 5 goals and the Delta Rabbits pouded Union 8-0 Friday in Region 14 boys soccer action. Daniel Mendoza, Teegan McDonald and Grady Lovell also scored for the Rabbits. Walker Carroll earned the shutout for Delta. April 10, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/9 Written by Brad James
View post tag: Sweden Sweden Sends Vessels for Open Spirit 2015 It is estimated that around 75 thousand mines were places in the Baltic Sea during the two World Wars. An unknown number of those is still there.The annual historical ordnance disposal operation, named Open Spirit, is scheduled to take place off Estonia this year in an effort to search the sea bed and clear as many underwater explosives as possible.Swedish Navy, along with other nations, will once again be involved in this operation which will focus on the Eastern Baltic. On May 13 Sweden sent its mine countermeasures vessel HMS Sturkö M14 to Estonia. The vessel will be joined HMS Kullen and an EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) team from the Fourth Naval Warfare Flotilla.Open Spirit 2015 will start this weekend in Tallinn, Estonia, where the vessels which will be conducting the operation are expected to meet.[mappress mapid=”15985″]Naval Today Staff, Image: Swedish Navy View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Open Spirit 2015 View post tag: vessels May 15, 2015 View post tag: Naval View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today Sweden Sends Vessels for Open Spirit 2015 Share this article
VI.COMMITTEE REPORTS R-2018-21 Attachment: 9/24/2018 Agenda Attachment: II.APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDA A.ORDINANCE G-2018-22 An Ordinance to Vacate a Certain Easement Within the City of Evansville, Indiana, Described as a Portion of Lot One (1) in 28 Jefferson, A Minor Subdivision, as per Plat Thereof, Recorded in Plat Book U, Page 120 in the Office of the Recorder of Vanderburgh County, Indiana Sponsor(s): Robinson Discussion Led By: Public Works Chair Mosby 9/24/2018 Notify: Kelley Coures, Dept. of Metropolitan Development C-2018-28 Attachment: C.ORDINANCE F-2018-19 An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Authorizing Transfers of Appropriations, Additional Appropriations and Repeal and Re-Appropriation of Funds for Various City Funds Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver 10/8/2018 Notify: Russ Lloyd, Jr., City Controller X.COMMITTEE REPORTS A.ORDINANCE G-2018-24 An Ordinance Vacating the 12’ Alleys Lying Within Block Three (3) of the McInnerny Enlargement to the City of Evansville, Indiana Sponsor(s): Robinson Discussion Led By: Public Works Chair Mosby 10/8/2018 IX.MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS C.ORDINANCE R-2018-21 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 4002 Petes Court Petitioner: Daniel Ehmke Owner: Daniel Ehmke Requested Change: R1 to R3 Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Daniel Ehmke F.ORDINANCE R-2018-25 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 4445 Commerce Street Petitioner: Kevin Ferrell Owner: F&P Real Estate Holdings, LLC Requested Change: C2 to C4 Ward: 5 Elpers Representative: Kevin Ferrell, F&P Real Estate Holdings, LLC V.CONSENT AGENDA: FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail B.RESOLUTION C-2018-26 A Preliminary Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Evansville Declaring an Economic Revitalization Area for Property Tax Phase-In for the Construction of Real Property at 6818 Interchange North Road Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver 9/24/2018 R-2018-24 Attachment: C-2018-27 Attachment: D.ORDINANCE R-2018-22 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 1150 SE Second, 15, 17, 23, 27 Jefferson Petitioner: Evansville Brownfields Corp. Owner: Evansville Brownfields Corp. Requested Change: C4 & R2 to C2 Ward: 4 Robinson Representative: Carolyn Rusk, Evansville Brownfields Corp. R-2018-15 Amended Attachment: D.ADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS C.RESOLUTION C-2018-27 A Resolution Encouraging Certain Additions to the Proposed 2019 City of Evansville Budget Sponsor(s): Hayden/Elpers Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver 9/24/2018 Notify: Joshua Claybourn, City Council Attorney E.RESOLUTION C-2018-29 A Resolution of the Common Council of the City of Evansville, Indiana, Approving the Issuance of Bonds of the City of Evansville Redevelopment District, and Related Matters Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver 9/24/2018 Notify: Nick Cirignano, ZSWS F.RESOLUTION C-2018-30 A Resolution of the Common Council of Evansville, Indiana, Authorizing Affordable Housing Funds For Aurora, Inc. Housing Vouchers in the City of Evansville, Indiana in an Amount Not To Exceed Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) Sponsor(s): Weaver B.ORDINANCE R-2018-15 AMENDED An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 100 – 108 E. Louisiana Street Petitioner: Betty J. Hammer Owner: Betty J. Hammer Requested Change: R2 to C4 w/ UDC Ward: 3 Hayden Representative: Krista Lockyear, Lockyear Law A.RESOLUTION C-2018-25 A Resolution Encouraging Certain Additions to the Proposed 2019 City of Evansville Budget Sponsor(s): Adams Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver 9/24/2018 B.TAX PHASE-IN COMPLIANCE REPORTS: Andrea Lendy, Growth Alliance G-2018-22 Attachment: D.RESOLUTION C-2018-28 A Resolution Concerning the Lloyd Expressway Corridor Management Plan Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Public Works Chair Mosby 9/24/2018 Notify: Joshua Claybourn, City Council Attorney G-2018-25 Attachment: E.ORDINANCE R-2018-24 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 819 W. Franklin Street Petitioner: Red Door Investments, LLC Owner: Red Door Investments, LLC Requested Change: C-4 to C-1 Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Scott Buedel, Cash Waggner & Associates VIII.RESOLUTION DOCKET XI.ADJOURNMENT R-2018-22 Attachment: C-2018-29 Attachment: 9/10/2018 Meeting Memo Attachment: F-2018-20 Attachment: C-2018-26 Attachment: R-2018-25 Attachment: G.ORDINANCE R-2018-26 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 433 Enlow Avenue Petitioner: Aletheia Properties, LLC Owner: Aletheia Properties, LLC Requested Change: R2 to R3 Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Michael Rivas, Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn G-2018-24 Attachment: D.ORDINANCE F-2018-20 An Ordinance of the Common Council of the City of Evansville, Indiana, Approving Bonds of the Vanderburgh County Redevelopment District Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: Finance Chair Weaver 10/8/2018 C.DISCUSSION ON ORDINANCE F-2018-03 (An Ordinance Regarding City of Evansville Funds Allocated To Echo Housing Corp.) C-2018-25 Attachment: I.INTRODUCTION IV.SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY C-2018-30 Attachment: A.THE NEXT MEETING of the Common Council will be Monday, October 8, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. VII.REGULAR AGENDA: SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS CITY COUNCIL AGENDA SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 MEETING at 5:30 P.M. B.ORDINANCE G-2018-25 An Ordinance to Vacate Certain Public Ways Within the City of Evansville, Indiana Part of the Northeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 28, Township 6 South, Range 10 West of the 2nd PM lying in Knight Township, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, Part of Lot 1 in Schreeder Place and Part of a 15 Foot Wide Alley Lying South of Lots 1 through 4 and North of Lot 62 in Schreeder Place Sponsor(s): Mosby Discussion Led By: Public Works Chair Mosby 10/8/2018 Notify: Craig Miller, Levere Building Corporation of Evansville, Indiana III.REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS F-2018-19 Attachment: R-2018-26 Attachment:
The public is invited to see Ocean City High School’s American Sign Language students perform a selection of songs and skits about bravery, courage and anti-bullying in programs June 5 and 6 at the high school.“ASL Takes a Stand” will be presented 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center (entrance on the beach block of Sixth Street) with a reception to follow.Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by emailing Amy Andersen at [email protected]
Thank you Madame Chair and welcome Director General to your first meeting of the Executive Council in your new role.I want right at the outset to pay tribute to the assistance provided by the Technical Secretariat over the summer in response to the Amesbury incident.Their work was swift, meticulous, and fully in accordance with the assistance provisions set out in the Convention.I am also very grateful to the Technical Secretariat for briefing all States Parties on 13 September about their findings. Their independent analysis confirmed the conclusions of United Kingdom’s scientific experts; that the toxic chemical was a military-grade nerve agent of the type known as Novichok. This was the same nerve agent that was used in the attack on the Skripals in March, and in this instance, resulted in the death of Dawn Sturgess, and the severe injury of Charlie Rowley.On 5 September I updated the Director-General on developments with the independent UK police investigation, specifically that the police had set out detailed evidence culminating in charges of attempted murder, and the use and possession of a chemical weapon, being brought against two agents of the Russian state. We will continue our efforts to bring them to justice. Meanwhile Russia has sought to obfuscate through increasingly desperate fabrication.Madame Chair,It is unlikely to be a coincidence that around the time that the OPCW was analysing substances from the Salisbury attack and starting investigations into chemical weapons use in Douma the offices of the OPCW, where we are sitting today, were targeted by a hostile cyber operation carried out by the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU. I pay tribute to the Dutch intelligence security services, working in partnership with the UK, for moving so swiftly to disrupt the operation and help safeguard this organisation and all of its confidential information.The GRU agents planned onward travel to Switzerland and one of the OPCW’s Designated Laboratories. This aggressive act demonstrated contempt for the OPCW and its work to eradicate chemical weapons, as well as complete disregard for international norms and the institutions which help to keep all of our citizens safe. We must protect them.Tragically the threat of CW use still looms large, particularly in Syria, where thousands have been killed and injured since 2012. The UK welcomes the Government of Turkey’s successful efforts to prevent a reckless military offensive in north-west Syria. We call on Russia and Iran, as Astana Guarantors alongside Turkey, to ensure that this ceasefire is fully respected.We remain concerned at the potential for chemical weapons use by the Syrian regime in the event of any future military action. Despite Syria’s obligation under the Chemical Weapons Convention to stop using chemical weapons, the OPCW-UN JIM has found the Syrian regime responsible for four chemical weapons attacks. The Declaration Assessment Team, after more than four years of patient and persistent work, continues to find gaps, inconsistencies and discrepancies in Syria’s Declaration.It is time to take forward vital attribution work where the Fact Finding Mechanism has identified chemical weapons use in Syria. Attributing responsibility for these repugnant acts will help deter further chemical weapons attacks. We are grateful for the DG’s report of 4 October on implementation of the Decision taken at the special conference of states parties in June. We welcome the news that the OPCW has signed a Memorandum on information sharing with the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism, as the Director General has just told us. We also look forward to seeing the DG’s proposals for progressing paragraphs 18, 20 and 21 of the June Decision.Madame Chair, the Chemical Weapons Convention membership took a big step forward in June when we came together to condemn chemical weapons use and show our support for the Convention. Our focus now must be on implementing the measures agreed.That brings me to the ongoing budget negotiations.Whilst the UK favours budget discipline across the international system, we also recognise that where we face new threats we must ensure that the institutions which combat them are funded to do their job. That is why we support an increase to the OPCW’s regular budget and have already pledged an additional £1 million to help the OPCW with implementation of the June Decision.The funds will include support for the development of the new OPCW Laboratory and enhancement of the network of Designated Laboratories. It is also clear that the OPCW must take the threat of hostile cyber-attacks very seriously, this will have some budget implications.The upcoming Review Conference provides an opportunity to reflect on the last five years of the work of this organisation and set direction for the next five years. We must face up to the reality that our hard-won gains against the scourge of chemical weapons are being challenged like never before. We must stand together against chemical weapons use, and we must ensure that the OPCW and our new Director-General have the tools they need to face the next five years.Thank you.