EU official calls for a more focused enforcement of Libya’s arms…

first_imgItaly calls for end to arms embargo on Libya FILE PHOTO: A fighter of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Fayez Serraj, fires his rifle during clashes with forces of the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar, at Al-Khalla frontline. /Getty ImagesThe High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, has called for a more focused surveillance in Libya to enforce an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations.In a press conference in Brussels on Monday, Borell announced a new operation in the Mediterranean Sea to curb the flow of arms into the troubled North African country. The call comes two weeks ahead of a European Commission meeting with the African Union.“The operation will comprise aerial, satellite and maritime assets. Not only maritime assets, satellite and aerial, the warships themselves will serve as the basis for the radar control of their space,” Borell said.“If we want to control the arms embargo, we have to concentrate our surveillance on the Eastern part, where the arms are coming from and a strategic situation with respect to the routes followed by the ships bringing arms to Libya,” he added.Libya has been dogged by war since December 2011, and the situation heightened in early 2019 when rebel General Khalifa Hafter pledged to take over Tripoli from the Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.Hafter announced in early December a final push to take over the capital from al-Sarraj’s government, unleashing heavy clashes on the southern edges of the city.Since 2011, the Libyan war has killed thousands and displaced millions as militant groups and human trafficking cells sought to impose their command in various regions across the country.The United Nations and some International actors continue to urge the warring factions to engage in dialogue in order to end the conflict and put the country back on course to the formation of a unified government.Related Egyptian warplanes strike alleged arms convoy from Libyacenter_img UN warns countries have breached arms embargo agreed at Libya summitlast_img read more

Russian Blogger Artem Boldyrev Killed While Steering Bike with Feet and…

first_imgWe feel sad and even upset at times when hear about deaths in our riding community. But we don’t know how exactly we should feel about this case. A well-known Russian moto-blogger was killed while he steered the motorcycle with his feet and texted on his phone.Artem Boldyrev shot to “fame” by performing stunts while reviewing motorcycles. He uploaded a video of himself riding a Victory Vision full-dress tourer last year, steering with his feet while perched on the passenger’s seat.Given Russia’s appalling driving habits, it was an accident poised to happen.He was riding a BMW K 1600 GTL and managed to send a video of his act just moments prior to the fatal crash. (Some mass media said “Harley-Davidson.” Jeez, learn something about motorcycles, will you guys.)His last and not-so-famous words were, “Most problems arise due to the fact that I don’t give a f***…”Boldyrev wasn’t the first Russian vlogger to perish. The “sexiest Russian motorcyclist” Olga Pronina was killed two years ago in a high-speed crash on her BMW S 1000 RR.Our message is this: Please stop stunting for cheap publicity on public roads.–Ads– A Russian moto-blogger was killed while he steered the motorcycle with his feet and texted on his phone. Artem Boldyrev was riding with the bike in cruise control, while he sat in the passenger’s seat and steered with his feet and texted. It was reported that his bike collided with a car on the highway. Screen grab from Artem Boldyrev’s videolast_img read more

Plant of the Month: Beach Morning Glory

first_img Share By ALEXANDRA BROTZMANSpecial to the PRESSMost people associate the Keep South Padre Island Beautiful Committee (KSPIBC) with a group of Island locals dedicated to beach cleanups, recycling and conservation. While all of this is true, the group is also dedicated to community education and involvement. For this reason, we have decided to bring back a popular informational piece highlighting a local plant of the month.This first month’s plant is the Beach Morning Glory (Ipomoea imperati) from the convolvulaceae family. The plant, which has also been known as the Goat’s Foot Railroad Vine, or Bayhops, has a funnel shaped flower with petals that tend to grow together. The flower is white with a yellow center and can grow up to 2 and 3/4 inches long. Beach Morning Glory seeds easily float, and are unaffected by the salt water. This vine-like perennial blooms in spring, summer, and fall; opening with the early morning sun and closing again before dark. This is a plant found in the coastal sands of North America, such as that of Cameron and Willacy counties, and is an important stabilizer of the delicate sand dunes of South Padre Island.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedPlanting a Seed: Beach Reach volunteers aid restoration effortSpecial to the PRESS Beach Reach is a group that has come to South Padre Island for Spring Break for the past 32 years to provide positive services and give back to the community. This faith-based organization brings in college kids from all over Texas and neighboring states. The services…March 29, 2012In “Gallery”Plant of the Month: Texas Prickly PearBy ALENXADRA BROTZMAN Special to the PRESS This month, the Keep South Padre Island Beautiful committee is highlighting the Texas Prickly Pear as the plant of the month. The Texas Prickly Pear, or Opuntiaengelmannii, is part of the cactus family (cactaceae) and has also been called Lindheimer’s Prickly Pear, in honor…February 5, 2016In “News”Rio History: Sea Beans of Padre IslandBy STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS There are quite a variety of sea beans, or drift seeds, to be found on South Padre’s shores. In fact, Padre Island is considered the best sea bean collecting beach along the entire Gulf Coast region. Most of them come from trees and vines…March 2, 2018In “News”last_img read more

FBI investigating if deadly stabbing on campus was a hate crime

first_img Related University of Maryland Police Department(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) — The FBI is now investigating if an “unprovoked” college campus killing was a hate crime.Early Saturday morning, a black student from Bowie State University was stabbed to death on the University of Maryland campus near a bus stop outside Montgomery Hall at Regents Drive. The University of Maryland Police Department arrested Sean Christopher Urbanski, a 22-year-old white student at the school, in connection with the murder.The victim has been identified as Richard Collins III, an ROTC student who was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and set to graduate on Tuesday.Collins was waiting for an Uber with two friends, according to police, when Urbanski allegedly approached and stabbed him in the chest.Urbanski faces three charges including murder and assault, police said in a news release.Police said Saturday night that the attack was random and “totally unprovoked,” with the suspect and victim having “no prior relationship.”At a press conference Sunday night, University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said Urbanski was a member of an offensive Facebook group, named by the Washington Post as the “Alt-Reich: Nation” group. The FBI added that officials are trying to determine if Collins’ murder was a hate crime.“We should never forget that Lt. Collins was someone who raised his right hand to support and defend the Constitution of the United States as an officer in the United States Army,” FBI agent Gordon Johnson said. “That means he was one who vowed to support and defend and protect all of us.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more