death of 353 Filipino workers alerts Church

What is behind the deaths of more than 300 Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia? This is the question raised by Archbishop Ruperto Santos, head of the commission for migrants and itinerants of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of the Philippines.

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On June 22, the Philippine Ambassador to Riyadh said that of the 353 nationals of his country who died recently, 107 died from Covid-19, 246 of “Natural causes” dont “Some crime-related deaths”. But the Philippine Catholic Church and the association “Migrante international” are not convinced. The deaths of hundreds of people over such a short period attract suspicion.

Suspected discrimination

“There should be an investigation into the specific causes of death to prevent and avoid the loss of other lives”, underlined, in a statement, Mgr Ruperto Santos, bishop of Balanga, in the bay of Manila.

The association, which campaigns for the rights of migrants, alleges alleged discrimination in access to healthcare against Christians, reports UCA News. “Christians and Muslims must receive the medical care necessary for our workers to recover from the virus. Our nurses take care of Muslim patients. Can they also receive the type of medical care they deserve? ”, spokesman Francisco Buenaventura told the Asian news agency.

But Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Adnan Alonto refutes the remarks. He believes the Saudi government “On word” and says: “There is no discrimination. What is happening is that the facilities are really full. ” In the Gulf region, Saudi Arabia is the country most affected by the coronavirus.

The 800,000 nationals who live and work there, often in precarious conditions, make the kingdom the state that welcomes the most Filipinos in the Middle East. The coronavirus crisis and containment have led to many layoffs among immigrant workers. Without resources, some Filipinos asked for help from their government to return to the archipelago.

Repatriation and celebrations

Earlier in the week, the Philippine government was criticized for giving permission to bury 50 nationals in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi kingdom demands that the victims carrying the Covid-19 be buried on the spot. The Philippine government finally chartered three planes to repatriate the remains before June 28.

The Bishop of Balanga called on Filipinos around the world to offer a series of celebrations from June 26-28 for the “Eternal rest” deceased workers. “We Filipinos have great respect for the dead. We honor the dead. They are sacred to us. It is right and appropriate to give them a dignified and correct burial ”, did he declare.


The battle of a whistleblower against illegal dumping

Graying hair, thin, glasses, speech posed. Robert Durand could run a peaceful retreat in the direction of Saint-Mandrier (Var). But this environmental engineer has rather the profile of the whistleblower. For 25 years, this passionate of geology fights within the association that he created, the Confederation Environment in the Mediterranean (CEM), compared to deposits of wild waste.

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The origin of the engagement ? Avoid the harbor of Toulon does not become unsafe. “At the time, in 1996, the arsenal and a large part of the city were discharging wastewater directly into the sea. We have contributed to the creation of the first contract of bay “, said Robert Durand.

The battle of a whistleblower against illegal dumping

The start of a fight, which leaves no respite, the sea, as on land. “It’s been a good ten years that one has identified the problem of deposits wild companies of BTP. Throughout the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’azur, it is a real problem : it is serious for the environment, and this is based on springs mafia “according to the activist.

200 gendarmes mobilized

Tuesday, June 9, during the operation “Burned Land” controlled by the public prosecutor of Draguignan, 200 gendarmes are deployed to the seats of six companies of CONSTRUCTION industry of the Var and the Alpes-Maritimes and on the two projects. A sweep of the scale : eleven people were remanded in custody, the seizure of trucks and gear.

A “very nice transaction. “, salutes Robert Durand, who, however, says : “This is not the first of its kind. Four years ago, it was pretty much the same thing. In general, it’s quiet releases for six months, hardly more. “

Robert Durand knows all the deposits wild of his department. ” Our association is known, we receive calls, e-mails, of people who, through fear, remain anonymous and orient us to sites “, he explains. Roquebrune-sur-Argens, in the plain of the Moors, or Signs, in the same place where in August 2019, the mayor, Jean-Mathieu Michel was killed by wanting to prevent the release of debris into the nature…

To impose a waste tracking companies

Robert Durand described always the same desolation. In the woods, on roadsides, in vineyards : heaps of land that can be polluted, scrap metal, concrete, sand, pebbles… of residues of The projects thrown out by unscrupulous businessmen, land owners sometimes complicit, sometimes victims. “It happens that they are under pressure and have no other choice but to accept “laments it.

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Robert Durand sees the illegal discharges multiply and reflecting on the solutions to implement. “Enter front-end loaders, it is good… but this is not enough ! It is necessary to impose the appropriate waste tracking to all companies. Especially, it is necessary to type on the outsourcers that they be private or public ! Because in these deposits we find the polluted land of a former gas factory of la Loubière in Toulon, such as those extracted from the work of the tram of Nice ! “

It is perceived as ” creeps “

At the head of its association, who lives without grant, Robert Durand would like to do more : “We’re about to start an appeal for donations because, in the procedure which has just been launched, and in those that follow, we wish now we bring civil systematically. “Territorial communities as companies do not always see a good eye the involvement of the Confederation of Environment Mediterranean.

He sighs :” I do not hide it, it is perceived as creeps. However, it could take concrete actions in partnership with the Region : training courses on the valuation from the companies, the operations of pedagogy to the mayors to help them to create landfills that are missing. But the policies do not measure the work that we slaughter. “


Convicted of treason, ex-GRU officer revealed details of his arrest :: Society :: RBC

According to him, he chose Sweden, because he assumed that it was “not the enemy”: “I thought she was not a member of NATO. Looked what they were doing, saw the Orion ship, same destination approximately, and our spacecraft “Tselina-2”, and wrote to the developers of this ship that have experience of software development. [Я предполагал, что] the developer can be civil. Not a single word that I was going to sell them some secrets, was not there. They told me the denial that “we are only citizens of Sweden”. And I calmed down on this”, — said the interlocutor of RBC.

He continued to work as a programmer in commercial companies, and in 2013 again tried to apply their experience in the field of technical intelligence. He knew that in his Department Academy. Mozhaisk there was a target set by the Belarusian cadets, and “I think that Belarus needs such a service”, “I just wrote a letter to Minsk by the Deputy Minister of defence for armaments. Sent by regular mail, but this letter never arrived, and the FSB to pay attention to me”.

Conflict with colleagues

In the summer of 2013 Kravtsov called to talk to the FSB and took away his computer for verification. “I was calm, because I’m not a spy, not sell secrets, any assignments not received”. During the following years he lived a normal life, continuing to work as a programmer, he says. From time to time he was invited to the FSB, and he gave an explanation about the data his computer.

In may 2014, the engineer chose to go on vacation to Greece. “I called his supervisor, who spoke to the FSB, and said that we want to visit the resort some. He says, “of Course. You have a passport with you?” I said, “In me.” “Well, and what then, go.” I said, “will You tell my boss?”. “Yes, thank you, alert. Thank you for calling, good night”. And three days before departure, the tickets had already been bought, may 27, I placed in the pavement near my house, when I went to the store. It was an act of intimidation: could I just ask, and say, “Gennady Nikolayevich, are you still go,” and there is already handcuffed. [Вместо этого] several people were attacked, choked, beaten, [погрузили] in the van, the house was searched, and this day I already was closed in Lefortovo”, — said the engineer.

The Commission, which at the request of the investigators conducted an examination on the subject of disclosure of state secrets Kravtsov, joined his former colleagues from the GRU, said the interlocutor of RBC. “[С ними] conflict working in nature. Each analyst has his own area of responsibility. When I conducted some of his experiments, revealed the sources [излучения] the areas of responsibility of other officers. Alone I was grateful. And some just said, “What are you doing on my property? Don’t tell me what to do.” And those who do not want too much bother in his career, I was very disliked. Two of these were”.

Ask questions to these experts, he was unable, although his defense tried to achieve: “I just saw their signature.” To interrogate them at the trial, the judge was not satisfied written opinion, said the engineer, “I know that many [мои сослуживцы] would just [в эту комиссию] go. Apparently [сотрудники ФСБ] examined the question, with whom I have relationships.”

“The conclusion of the investigation that sent summary was kept a state secret, made on the basis of the conflicting conclusions of experts, moreover, as in other similar cases, has been affiliated with the FSB. Attempts by the defence to call these experts for their interrogation were ignored as the investigator, and court”, — told RBC lawyer, head of “Team 29” Ivan Pavlov.

RBC sent a request to the public relations Center of the FSB.


alert on the health situation in French Guiana and Mayotte

► That said, the scientific council on the epidemiological situation before the election ?

In a notice sent to the executive on 8 June and made public on 9, the scientific council gives an initial green light to the organization of the second round of the municipal elections on 28 June, in the communes of metropolitan France.The epidemiological indicators collected at the date of the June 5, 2020 by Public Health, France, is situated on the whole territory of the country at a low level “ and “do not testify to a reversal of the epidemic “say the scientists associated with this notice, describing the scenario of an epidemic “under control “ in metropolis.

In contrast, the scientific council draw the attention of authorities on the situation in French Guiana and Mayotte on “the importance of the particularly high risks “ associated with the election campaign. According to the terms of the notice, the monitoring data show “a viral traffic to increase in Guyana, variable according to the regions, requiring an alertness important of the entire population “. The scientific council concludes that “the vulnerability of the territory is now considered high since June 6,”.

The level of vulnerability is also considered “high “ in Mayotte. The number of new cases has increased sharply recently,”emphasizes the scientific council, under a positivity rate “very high (30 %) “ from 27 may to 2 June, while the number of removals is down, no doubt hampered by “the ostracisation of the case “. Finally, the instance warns the authorities : “After the raising of population observed on the occasion of the celebration of the end of Ramadan, it is essential to monitor the evolution of the situation in the days to come “.

As expected, at the request of the government, the scientific council will produce a new analysis on the 14th of June, fifteen days before the date of the second round.

► What would be the consequences of the cancellation of an election in Guyana and in Mayotte ?

After the postponement of the second round of the municipal initially planned for 22 march, in extremis because of the outbreak of coronavirus, the government had anticipated the scenario of a possible new report. The act of 23 march on the state of public health emergency and a circular of 1er April marked the legal framework of this case where, in the event of a resurgence of the virus, the second round could not be held in some 5,000 municipalities concerned, on 28 June.

Thus, on Monday the 8th of June, the national Assembly adopted a bill that would allow, if the health situation deteriorates, cancel the first round in the 5 000 communes and to organize a new election in two rounds, the later in the month of January 2021. If the state of the epidemic was to challenge the election in some territories of French Guyana or Mayotte, provisions are thus made.

Examining in turn the bill Tuesday, 9 June, the law commission of the Senate has maintained the possibility for the government to cancel the election in the municipalities most affected by the Covid-19. But she was framed. The device would be limited to “a very limited number of common “ and should respect “very specific rules “ : a decree should be issued by the council of ministers after the Parliament and new elections should be organized quickly, “prior to October 31, 2020 “. In other words, this period would meet the constitutional requirement of sincerity of the ballot.

The cancellation of voting in some communes, would it not then affect the proper conduct of the senatorial elections scheduled for late September ? The college of the “great electors” being in effect 95% of the delegates of the municipal councils. According to our information, the government seems to consider that very few municipalities could be involved. This does not change, therefore, not enough of the electoral college and would not prevent the orderly conduct of the senate, under the constitutional law.


Coronavirus, Speranza signs the monitoring decree: three warning indicators for Phase 2

Fundamental for monitoring the epidemic are also the degree of reactivity is “keeping the health system to ensure the identification and management of contacts, monitoring of quarantined, an adequate and timely execution of the swabs for the diagnostic assessment of cases “.

Weekly risk calculation An updated risk classification for each Region must take place at least weekly. The Ministry of Health, through a special control room, which will involve the Regions and the Higher Institute of Health, collects the information necessary for the classification of the risk and carries out a weekly classification of the risk level of an uncontrolled and unmanageable transmission of the viruses in the Regions.

In the current state of the epidemic, the decree reads, “the consolidation of a new phase, characterized by initiatives of loosening the lockdown and by their progressive extension, it can only take place where one is insured close monitoring the progress of the transmission of the virus on the national territory “.

Among the prerequisites indicated there is also “the connection between primary care and that in regime of recovery, as well as the constant and timely feeding of information flows necessary, to be achieved through the insertion of data in information systems “.

Searching and managing contacts, to be conducted effectively, “must foresee an adequate number of human resources, such as health and public health workers, to be involved according to local needs. On the basis of ECDC estimates, in order to guarantee this essential activity in an optimal way, they should be made available in the various local branches not less than one person for every 10,000 inhabitants“.


Alert on a disease that could affect children infected with the virus

The British health authorities have launched in recent days an alert concerning young children. An increasing number of them are indeed showing symptoms resembling Kawasaki disease, a vascular syndrome, and the cause of which remains unknown. An alert which has since been confirmed by hospitals in France, as well as in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium and the United States.

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Questioned on Franceinfo then in the National Assembly, the Minister of Health assured Wednesday April 29 to take these cases “Very seriously”. In France, there are about twenty children, from 2 to 18 years old, affected for three weeks in Parisian hospitals, as well as some others in other hospitals, according to information given to AFP by Damien Bonnet, head of service at the Center for Rare Diseases and Congenital Heart Defects at Necker Hospital.

► What is this disease?

This pathology is manifested by fever, digestive symptoms and fairly general inflammation of the vessels, which can cause inflammation of the heart muscle itself, resulting in heart failure.

“This inflammation of the blood vessels affects the endothelial cells, which line the interior of the vessels, said Professor Jérôme Larghero, director of the Meary Center for Cellular and Gene Therapy at the AP-HP at Saint-Louis Hospital. It probably promotes the formation of blood clots, which would explain the appearance of pulmonary embolism.

Admittedly, it resembles Kawasaki disease (named after the Japanese doctor who described it in 1967). But the latter “Is primarily a disease of the small child, rather less than 2 years old, even if there are up to 4 or 5 years. There, all ages seem to be affected “, Damien Bonnet added to the AFP. Data which supports the hypothesis of another disease, similar, but distinct.

► How is it treated?

Kawasaki disease, which is very rare in normal circumstances, is treatable in the hospital. And so far, none of the reported cases appear to have progressed to death. “Most of these children need help with medication to support the functioning of the heart.. Almost all of them then evolve favorably, even if they have been in intensive care ”, insists Professor Damien Bonnet.

More specifically, they are given several medications. Generally, aspirin is prescribed to prevent blood clots, as well as immunoglobulins (antibodies).

► Is it due to the Covid-19 coronavirus?

Some of the children with this unknown inflammation have tested positive, others have not. “All paediatricians and resuscitators in Europe are working together to see whether or not there is a need to make a link with the Covid-19, which I do not know yet when I speak to you”, Olivier Véran said on Wednesday, April 29 at the National Assembly.

The exact link with the Covid-19 remains to be specified. “ We do not yet understand why this influx of young patients is delayed compared to that of the epidemic in Ile-de-France, estimated in turn Professor Pierre-Louis Léger, head of pediatric resuscitation at Trousseau Hospital (AP-HP) on BFM-TV. We do not assert that there is a causality between Covid-19 infection and these clinical pictures. But one hypothesis would make it a secondary disease of Covid-19, like a delayed inflammatory phenomenon. “

A supposition reinforced by temporal conjunction of the two phenomena, as Pr Damien Bonnet emphasizes again : “We are in the days of the Covid-19 epidemic, and we see an infrequent disease becoming more frequent. That questions us. “


wastewater monitoring would be a good early warning tool

Since the appearance of Covid-19 in China, Italy, the Netherlands, France or Australia, several scientific studies have observed the presence of viruses in wastewater: in plain text, in the stools of contaminated people. This observation raises two questions: is this wastewater infectious? And can their monitoring have an epidemiological interest?

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Is wastewater dangerous?

On the first point, work is underway with the Biomedical Research Institute of the Armed Forces (IRBA) to try to find out if these waters present a danger, says Vincent Maréchal, virologist at Sorbonne-University and researcher at Inserm. But no immediate link can be made between these traces and possible contamination.

“The presence of whole genome or single fragments of the Sars-Cov-2 genome in the stool does not necessarily mean that it is infectious virus, nor that it is transmissible by this route, details Vincent Maréchal. We know that the virus is incapable of reproducing itself and of giving hundreds of viral particles (or virions) in nature, outside the cells of a human host. “

Can they help measure the epidemic?

Regarding the epidemiological value of wastewater, research is beginning to provide answers. At the end of March, Willemijn Lodder and Ana Maria de Roda Husman, researchers at the Center for Infectious Disease Control in Amsterdam (Netherlands), showed the presence of genetic material of the virus in wastewater, especially in Amsterdam (1) . In France, in collaboration with the research and development laboratory of the municipal management Eau de Paris, Vincent Maréchal is also interested in wastewater.

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“The idea is to follow the evolution of the virus in the waste water taken from the treatment plants”, explains the virologist. Samples collected between March 5 and April 7 were thus analyzed each day by means of the virus screening test (measurement of viral load by the so-called PCR technique). Their results published last week online (but not yet in a scientific journal) show that “The increase in genome fragments in wastewater follows the increase in the number of Covid + patients admitted to hospitals or dead”.

In the short term, Vincent Maréchal advocates for the “Creation of a national Sentinel network for monitoring wastewater, which could help anticipate the second wave”. Given the large number of cases with little or no symptoms, the presence of the virus could thus be detected before the first confirmed clinical cases, in areas where the epidemic has subsided, or in areas not yet affected. “This would save time, a key element in this epidemic”, insists the virologist.

Has this type of monitoring ever been used?

Such an environmental surveillance system has already been used for other viruses. For example, in a study published in 2018, Israeli researchers showed that the detection of the polio virus (viral disease often transmitted via contaminated water and which can cause paralysis) in wastewater in Israel in 2013 had allowed relaunch a vaccination campaign and avoid any case of paralyzed children.

For the Sars-Cov-2, studies in several countries are still preliminary. But some scientists are enthusiastic. This method “Can be used as an early warning tool” against the pandemic, says for example Warish Ahmed, a researcher at the Australian Public Research Agency CSIRO (the equivalent of the CNRS), which detected the virus in Queensland wastewater.

Being simple, fast, inexpensive, this technique is a good potential tool to transmit to the countries of the South, especially those who think they do not have a case at home and who do not have the means to test asymptomatic people in the hospital. “, again indicates Vincent Maréchal. He is now seeking to implement this method urgently, particularly in Africa, with the help of WHO.


part of the country on alert for thunderstorms, number 1722 activated

“Tonight, risk of thunderstorms in places, mainly in the western half of the country,” writes the IRM, which places Hainaut, Brussels, Walloon Brabant and the north of the country in yellow warning tonight. “The cloudiness will gradually increase from the southwest and a few showers will mainly affect the center and west of the country. These showers may locally be stormy and quite intense. It will be cloudy on Saturday with showers already in the morning. In the afternoon, more thinnings will develop, but the risk of showers (possibly thunderstorms) will persist, “writes the MRI.

“The maximums will be between 14 and 20 degrees. The wind will be light from variable direction. On the coast, the wind will be moderate from north to northeast in the afternoon. The night of Saturday to Sunday, the last showers will leave our country by the east. The weather will then become calm and dry again. In the second part of the night, low clouds, mist or fog will form, especially over the south. The minima will range between 7 and 11 degrees under a light wind from the north or from a variable direction. “

The number 1722 activated

In the regions having it, the 1722 will redirect to the electronic counter of the fire department during the measurement period due to the Covid-19.

“If your fire department has an electronic form, you should use this form when you need the non-emergency help of firefighters. If your fire department has an electronic form (in the non-emergency section of the, Editor’s note), but you do not have Internet access or the electronic counter does not work for technical reasons, you can exceptionally call 112 to obtain help from the firefighters in the event of a storm or flood . “


They send fake emails notifying a job inspection to auto shops




The confinement decreed to avoid many more contagions of coronavirus has Internet consumption skyrocketed. An extreme that is being exploited by cybercrime for the commission of multiple scams, both for anyone who spends time on the networks, or even in companies.

This time it was the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy who alerts about the circulation of false emails that, on behalf of the Labor and Social Security Inspection, notify an alleged investigation of the business, which could also affect companies in the after-sales sector, such as have also alerted employers how Fevauto or the Gremi de Talleres de Barcelona.

Specifically, so they pick it up from the Ministry, alerting, above all, this group:

«The State Agency for Labor and Social Security Inspection has learned of the sending of emails to companies in which a false investigation of the Labor and Social Security Inspection is notified, and requests that it be done click Click on a link to view the false complaint filed and access more details.

Said email has not been forwarded by the Labor and Social Security Inspection, so its content may be malicious.


Please spread this message among the members of your organization. “


Moscow warns of impending avalanche of sick people to collapse hospitals

The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, which initially assured the public that the fight against COVID-19 It was a piece of cake and that the virus will be defeated as were the Central Asian hordes of Pechenegs and Polovtsi who decimated the Russians between the 11th and 13th centuries, yesterday took distances regarding the possibility that Russia will soon overcome the pandemic.

“The situation is unfortunately not improving,” Putin launched yesterday in the course of a new videoconference broadcast on television channels from his residence on the outskirts of Moscow in Novo-Ogariovo, where he has already been two weeks confined and forcing the few it receives to take the COVID-19 test. His previous video conference took place last Wednesday, and nothing has been heard from him since, except for what his spokesman, Dmitri Peskov, said on Saturday about his “excellent health.”

In his telematic appearance on Monday with members of the Government, the top Russian leader acknowledged that «the number of patients increases and more and more they present a serious picture ».

In his opinion, “the situation changes almost daily,” suggesting that the worsening numbers of new cases in the past few days is somewhat unexpected, noting that “the next few weeks will be largely decisive.” In such a situation, Putin continued, “we must consider all the scenarios of how the situation can evolve, even the most complex and extraordinary.”

He warned of the fact that “the peak of the disease has not yet been reached, not even in Moscow” and came to the Ministry of Defense for a Army deployment, if necessary, whose forces, he pointed out, “can and must be used.” What he did not explain is with what specific tasks, although experts already point to the need to set up field hospitals.

On the other hand, the Department of Health of the Moscow City Hall has alerted today about the possibility that a imminent avalanche of sick by coronavirus collapse hospitals. According to the municipal authorities, the doctors work to the limit and in the next two or three weeks there may be a shortage of beds in the health centers of the capital. The statement ensures that more and more clinics are being enabled to receive coronavirus patients, but it may not be enough if the pandemic worsens.

With 2,774 new cases of coronaviruses detected in the last 24 hours, which represents an increase compared to the previous day of 216 infections, the total number of infected in all of Russia stands at 21,102 people, 170 deceased and 1,694 recovered. For its part, Moscow registers 1,489 new infections, 134 more than on Monday, and 95 deaths, 13 more than in the previous part. The total of infected in the Russian capital thus rises to 13,002.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, for his part, called today “to avoid any attempt to politicize the issue of the coronavirus, something that is seen not only in relation to the WHO, but also in the accusations to which some countries ”, referring to China, which Moscow considers its“ strategic ally ”.