Repatriation – Atlantic Storm Mon, 21 Nov 2022 07:10:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Repatriation – Atlantic Storm 32 32 LG VK Saxena Approves Filing of SC Review Motion Against Acquittal of Accused in Chhawla Rape-Murder Case Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:55:07 +0000

JTwo days after the body of a young woman was found wrapped in a polythene bag and stuffed into a red suitcase along the Yamuna highway, Mathura police have identified the deceased. The deceased’s brother and mother identified the body, police said, adding that they resided in Badarpur, Delhi. Police had sent teams to neighboring UP districts and were reviewing CCTV footage and call recordings. Posters were also put up and the case was widely publicized on social media.

Almost two months after Delhi police solved the case of the theft of a jewelry consignment worth Rs 4-6 crore and nabbed four men involved in the crime, the owner of the courier company handling the shipment went to court alleging that a senior officer was not handing over the recovered items. On August 31, two executives of a courier company were attacked in Paharganj, central Delhi, by four miscreants who threw chilli powder in their eyes and ran off with their consignment. The complainants were carrying two bags and a box filled with diamond, gold and silver jewelry. Police said the defendants posed as police officers and arrested them on the pretext of frisking them. Almost 24 hours after the incident, the police arrested the accused in Jaipur.

Kejriwal led a “jan samvad” in Paharganj on Sunday morning. In his address, he said he was confident that the Aam Aadmi party would take control of Delhi Municipality and that “it’s just a matter of the number of seats”.

“There is going to be an AAP government in the MCD. It’s just a question of the number of seats… We want 230 out of 250. We have the Delhi government, we are going to form the MCD government. So we will work for Delhi. If you, even by mistake, make a BJP candidate from your locality, all the work will stop there. Because they will fight with us, make dharnas against me… Do you want this for the next five years? Do you want work to be done? Toh upar bhi humaari sarkaar hai, neeche bhi humaari sarkaar hai. Kaam toh Kejriwal hi karega,” he said, adding, “Don’t vote for those who stop working, vote for those who work.”

Meanwhile, BJP’s JP Nadda said people talking about schools are now steeped in corruption and involved in an alcohol scam. He said so during an MCD campaign rally in Sangam Vihar and asked voters to “teach the Delhi government a lesson”.

Nadda spoke about AAP’s ‘scams’ and ‘corruption’, pointing to excise policy, a video of AAP Minister Satyendar Jain receiving a ‘massage’ in Tihar prison, and his inability to treat garbage despite receiving funds from the Centre.

“The victory (of BJP) will not be a victory for the candidates, but a victory for the rights of the citizens. Dilli sarkar, jou upar se neeche tak bhrashtachar mein doobi hui hain… he tried to strangle even the municipal corporation and do injustice to the people of delhi. The chance to teach these people a lesson comes in elections,” Nadda said.

In other updates: the search continues in Delhi and Gurgaon to find the remains of Shraddha Walkar, who was killed and his body cut up in several pieces allegedly by her resident partner Aaftab Poonawala, Delhi police recovered bones, one of which appears to be part of a skull, from different forest areas on Sunday. The same will be sent for forensic examination to verify if they are human, police said.

Police are also pumping water from a lake in Maidangarhi as it is suspected that Poonawala dumped body parts there.

US returns another $20m Abacha booty to Nigeria Fri, 18 Nov 2022 18:56:10 +0000

The United States Department of Justice said it had transferred more than $20.6 million to the federal government pursuant to an August 23 agreement between the governments to repatriate assets stolen by the late dictator General Sani Abacha and his co-conspirators.

According to a statement posted Thursday on the DoJ’s website, the repatriation brings the total amount forfeited and returned by the United States in this case to approximately $332.4 million.

In 2020, the department repatriated over $311.7 million of forfeited assets that were in the Bailiwick of Jersey.

Last year, the UK enforced the US judgment against the additional $20.6 million.

In 2014, a judgment was issued in the District of Columbia ordering the forfeiture of approximately $500 million located in accounts around the world, following a civil claim for forfeiture of more than $625 million by the money laundering involving the proceeds of Abacha’s corruption.

The confiscated assets represent corrupt funds laundered during and after the military rule of Abacha, who became head of state in a military coup on November 17, 1993 and held that position until his death on November 17, 1993. June 8, 1998.

The complaint filed in the case alleged that Abacha, his son Mohammed, their associate, Abubakar Bagudu, now Governor of Kebbi State, and others embezzled, embezzled and extorted billions of dollars from coffers government and others, then laundered their criminal proceeds. through US financial institutions and transactions.

The statement read: ‘The UK’s cooperation in the investigation, restraint and execution of the US judgment, as well as the valuable contributions of Nigeria and other law enforcement partners around the world , including the UK’s National Crime Agency, as well as those of the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs, have been instrumental in recovering these funds.

”Under the agreement signed in August, the United States agreed to transfer 100% of confiscated net assets to Nigeria to support three critical infrastructure projects in Nigeria that had previously been authorized by the Nigerian President, General of Division Muhammadu Buhari (retired) and the Nigerian Legislature.

“The $20,637,622.27 marks a slight reduction from the $23 million announced in August, mainly due to fluctuations in the exchange rate between the British pound and the US dollar. The funds governed by this agreement will help finance the second Niger bridge, the Lagos-Ibadan highway and the Abuja-Kano road – investments that will benefit the citizens.

The Department appreciates the considerable assistance provided by the Governments of the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Jersey and France in this investigation.

He added that the case was brought under the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative by a team of dedicated prosecutors from the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, working in partnership with the Federal Bureau. of Investigation.

The United States encouraged individuals with information about possible foreign corrupt proceeds located in or laundered through the United States to contact federal law enforcement or email [email protected]

The number of migrants poses a growing challenge Wed, 16 Nov 2022 05:26:15 +0000
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(CNS): Over the past week, another 39 Cuban migrants have arrived in the Cayman Islands, including seventeen people who were rescued at sea by the Caribbean legend, a freighter heading for Grand Cayman. The sixteen men and one woman arrived safely at the Port of George Town on Sunday morning. They join more than 300 other migrants being processed by Customs and Border Control (CBC), adding to an increasingly costly challenge.

Since Thursday, another 22 Cuban migrants have arrived in Cayman Brac waters aboard four different unseaworthy boats.

On Friday, CBC said the increase in the number of Cuban migrants in recent weeks has raised challenges for the CBC and raised public concern. There are now around 325 men and women under the supervision of CBC, including around 100 on the Brac, all of whom need appropriate accommodation and support. The cost of migrant security, maintenance and detention for the period from January to September this year was nearly $1.3 million.

The delays in obtaining authorization for repatriation from the Cuban government and the duration of the asylum application and the appeal procedure are proving increasingly costly.

Border Control Minister Chris Saunders said the government was seeking to meet with representatives of Cuba and understood the concerns raised by members of the public about the recent increase in Cuban migrant arrivals as well as the costs and the delays involved.

“The government also has concerns about the practicalities and the costs involved,” he said in a press release about the rise in numbers. “However, we must understand that the repatriation process is not a process over which the Cayman Islands government authorities have complete control. The Cayman Islands has obligations under the 1951 United Nations Refugee Conventions with respect to refugees and asylum seekers. Every migrant has the right to apply for asylum and the right to appeal if the application is rejected.

“Only once this process is complete can we begin the repatriation process, and the timing of their return to Cuba also depends on the response of the Cuban government,” he explained.

Saunders also pointed out that in addition to legal obligations, human considerations are necessary. “CBC is inundated with requests from people in Cuba seeking information about loved ones who have embarked on the dangerous journey,” he revealed. “As human beings, our thoughts are with both those worried about their loved ones and those desperate enough to make this journey.”

But he added that as a small country, Cayman could not absorb all the arrivals due to limited resources. “This is a complex problem, which is not easy to remedy,” said the minister. This year, approximately 221,000 Cubans have arrived in the United States through the Mexican border as economic challenges drive Cubans to seek new opportunities.

“We are all aware of the economic challenges in Cuba that often cause people looking for a better life to leave their country,” Saunders said. “These factors have been further compounded by current global forces, including the war in Ukraine, which would mean less aid from Russia’s longtime ally and trading partner. Combined with the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing international sanctions against Cuba, all of this has led to a deepening of the economic crisis in the country and in turn to migration massive.

The main local challenge caused by the recent influx of Cuban migrants is the provision of adequate housing. Migrants are currently placed in separate accommodation around Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. The long-term goal is to house all migrants in one facility. The Minister explained that as a result, CBC and its Ministerial team met with the Public Works Department (PWD) to discuss repairs and improvements to the Immigration Detention Center (IDC).

When the repairs and improvements are completed, the IDC will be able to provide safe accommodation to all irregular migrants until the asylum process is complete.

All Cuban migrants currently in the Cayman Islands have applied for asylum. Only 14 have exhausted their asylum application procedure or withdrawn their application and are waiting to be repatriated to Cuba. So far this year, only four migrants have been flown back to Cuba on two flights, one last week and one in July.

A dedicated team within CBC is specifically responsible for dealing with asylum and irregular migration issues and is currently processing migrants and their asylum applications. The overall goal is to streamline the assessment process and return unqualified candidates to their home country as quickly as possible.

Saunders said the government was also tackling the issue from a diplomatic perspective. “While we are doing everything we can on the ground to speed things up, we are also maintaining dialogue and cooperation with the Cuban government,” he said. “Given the increase in arrivals to the Cayman Islands and knowing that the situation could worsen, we will meet with Cuban government officials before the end of the year to determine the way forward.”

Harvard Pledges to Return Hundreds of Native American Hair Samples Held at the Peabody Museum | New Sat, 12 Nov 2022 07:06:04 +0000

Harvard’s Peabody Museum pledged on Thursday to return hundreds of hair samples taken from Native American children enrolled in public schools in the 1930s and apologized for keeping the clippings in its collections.

The hair collection, amassed by anthropologist George Edward Woodbury between 1930 and 1933, includes samples from around 700 children from 300 indigenous tribes.

“The Peabody Museum apologizes to Indigenous families and tribal nations for our complicity in the objectification of Indigenous peoples and for our possession of the hair of their loved ones for more than 80 years,” museum director Jane Pickering said. in a statement released Thursday. .

The Peabody, which houses Harvard’s major collections of anthropological artifacts, has pledged to return the hair samples to families and tribal nations. The museum is in communication with tribal nations to begin facilitating the repatriation, Pickering said in an interview Thursday.

On a website that Peabody published on Thursday about the Woodbury collection, it published a list native tribes represented in the collection and named the American Indian boarding schools where the clippings were taken. The museum has not released anyone’s name.

“We recognize that for many Native American communities, hair has cultural and spiritual significance and the Museum is fully committed to returning hair to tribal families and communities,” Pickering said in the statement of apology released Thursday.

Woodbury, who died in 1973, collected the hair samples while “researching potential connections between Indigenous communities to study human variation and support early anthropological theories about the peopling of North America,” according to Peabody’s. website. He left the hair samples at Harvard after arriving at the school in 1935 to serve as a lecturer in anthropology. They have remained in Peabody’s collections ever since, housed in envelopes with the individuals’ biographical information.

Anthropological research conducted with hair samples in the early 1900s was often “conducted to support, directly or indirectly, scientific racism,” Peabody’s website said. “Descriptions and measurements of hair types have been used to justify racial categories and hierarchies.”

Woodbury published a 1932 paper based on the samples.

Returns are not covered by the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which requires institutions that receive federal funding to return Native American cultural objects to the descendants of their original owners.

The announcement comes about two months after Harvard pledged to return the human remains of 19 people believed to be enslaved to their descendants when it released its long-awaited report on human remains in the collections of university museums. The report revealed that Harvard holds the human remains of approximately 7,000 Native Americans in its collections – despite NAGPRA’s 1990 requirement to return them to their descendants. By accepting the report’s recommendations, the school agreed to expedite the return of Native American remains.

The hair samples in the Woodbury Collection were taken from students at American Indian boarding schools, institutions established in the mid-19th century in which Native American children were often abused and abused.

“The Woodbury collection really felt like something that should be prioritized given the significance to those communities, given the history, given the connection to Indian boarding schools,” Pickering said in the interview Thursday.

—Editor Tarah D. Gilles can be reached at

How China, India and Bangladesh could be drawn into the Myanmar conflict Tue, 08 Nov 2022 18:08:27 +0000

The 2021 military coup in Myanmar sparked a new civil conflict between Myanmar government forces, the Tatmadaw, and perhaps a dozen insurgent groups seeking their own ethnic states. Many of these conflicts have cross-border implications, but the insurgency in Rakhine State has particular implications for the wider region. China has already been embroiled in the conflict in Rakhine State to protect key interests, and India and Bangladesh may soon follow. This can produce unpredictable results.

For the past decade or more, Myanmar’s Rakhine State, which borders southern Bangladesh, has been the scene of brutal ethnic cleansing. In 2017, the Tatmadaw, in conjunction with local nationalists, violently expelled more than 700,000 Rohingya – mostly Muslims – from Myanmar. Almost a million people now live in deplorable conditions in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh.

The government of Bangladesh considers that the presence of the Rohingyas in their territory is only temporary and that, one way or another, they must be repatriated to their homeland in Rakhine. But all attempts were blocked by Myanmar authorities.

The Tatmadaw is in retreat and could be expelled from much of Rakhine State. This has potentially significant consequences for the wider region.

The situation has been further destabilized in recent months by renewed fighting between the Tatmadaw and the local separatists, the Arakan army, which have taken control of large areas, including the north, much of the center of Rakhine and the border with Bangladesh. The Tatmadaw is in retreat and could be expelled from much of Rakhine State. This has potentially significant consequences for the wider region.

China has important interests in Rakhine, mainly the protection of its transport and economic corridor between southern China and the Bay of Bengal, a key part of the Belt and Road Initiative. This includes the newly built port of Kyaukphyu on the Bay of Bengal and a planned pipeline and road and rail links between the port and southern China. Together, these give China direct access to the Bay of Bengal for the first time in history, with far-reaching implications for the regional balance of power.

With renewed fighting in Rakhine, China is seeking to protect its investments in the Kyaukphyu Corridor by providing substantial support for the Arakan Army, including money and weapons. This allows China to leverage against the Tatmadaw and hedge its bets.

In 2017, more than 700,000 Rohingyas – mostly Muslims – were expelled from Myanmar. About a million people now live in appalling conditions in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh (Allison Joyce/UN Women/Flickr)

Chinese support for the Rakhine Army also offers other benefits, particularly in relation to India’s competing Kaladan project in Rakhine, which would link the Bay of Bengal to northeast India. The Kaladan project includes the construction of new port facilities in Sittwe, a river transport system and a road to the Indian state of Mizoram. When completed, this would provide a direct link between the Indian Ocean and the northeastern states of India, which are otherwise only tenuously connected to the rest of India.

Delhi hopes the Kaladan Corridor will be an engine of economic development in northeast India. It is also expected that it reduce India’s dependence on Bangladesh for transit routes – with important implications for relations between these two countries.

But there have been long delays in completing the Kaladan Corridor, and the Arakan Army recently seized key territory along the corridor, giving it considerable bargaining power with India. It is not clear whether India will make a deal with the Arakan armyor if it will just double its long duration support for the Tatmadaw.

Neighboring Bangladesh also has crucial interests in Rakhine. The fighting in the state is increasingly spilling over the border, thwarting Bangladesh’s hopes of repatriating Rohingya refugees. Apart from questioning whether the Myanmar authorities would ever allow the Rohingya they recently expelled to return, the international community would not approve of the repatriation of refugees to a war zone. It seems unlikely that Bangladesh will be able to go ahead with repatriation in the foreseeable future with the Tatmadaw agreement.

A takeover of Rakhine State by the Rakhine Army would carry risks for all parties involved, including the possibility of achieving lasting stability and security.

For years, Bangladesh has approached its difficult neighbor with great caution, seeking to defuse and demilitarize cross-border abuses. But with frustration building in Dhaka, there may be a hardening in his response and a search for new approaches to the Myanmar problem.

The Tatmadaw says the Arakan army is already finding refuge in ethnically linked communities in remote border areas of Bangladesh. Bangladesh officially denies. But there may be growing temptations in Dhaka to support the ambitions of the Arakan army for an autonomous state. Indeed, the control of Rakhine by the Arakan army probably offers the only realistic path for the repatriation of at least some Rohingyas.

Arakan’s Army recently promised to recognize the citizenship rights of what they call “Myanmar Muslims” and to allow those still remaining in Rakhine to “to participatein any future administration. But many Rohingya view these statements with deep skepticism given long-running Arakanese nationalist sentiments against the Rohingya. Indeed, some recent incidents, such as the shelling of border areas, suggest that the Arakan Army may be trying to stoke tensions between Bangladesh and the Tatmadaw for its own ends.

A takeover of Rakhine State by the Rakhine Army would carry risks for all parties involved, including the possibility of achieving lasting stability and security.

The Tatmadaw’s response is difficult to predict. India, too, has good reason not to see a Chinese-allied group take control of Rakhine. A fully independent Rakhine State could also lead to another break-up of Myanmar, with unpredictable consequences.

Of all internal conflicts in Myanmar, this is the one to watch. The conflict in Rakhine, fueled by great power competition and the Rohingya crisis, could have significant ramifications far beyond Myanmar’s borders.

The second group of Syrian refugees leaves Lebanon and returns home Sun, 06 Nov 2022 11:15:00 +0000

Dozens of Syrian refugees have returned to their country of origin in the second convoy in less than two weeks from the Lebanese town of Arsal under the supervision of the Lebanese army and General Security, a decision which could lead to the reduction of inflation in countries in crisis. Lebanon.

The repatriation from Syria to Lebanon that took place on Saturday was voluntary. The move came after the security records of those who requested their return were completed, Lebanon’s national news agency said.

According to the agency, around 330 Syrian refugees have left from the eastern Beqaa Valley to the Qalamoun region in western Syria, which borders Lebanon.

Lebanon’s northeast border region includes Qalamoun and Arsal, which witnessed some of the worst fighting in the Syrian conflict 11 years ago, where Daesh terrorists were scattered across Lebanon’s mountains and highlands. Syrians.

The head of Lebanon’s general security directorate, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, assured that “the return will be voluntary and free, and we will not force any refugee to return, this is our principled position, and this is part of an effort to ease Lebanon’s burden.

Ibrahim pointed out that 17 general security centers were spread across Lebanon to organize the voluntary return of Syrian refugees.

The Lebanese official also stressed that securing the return of refugees to Syria is “a national duty that we must serve”, adding that the Syrian side was very welcoming and transparent in handling this file.

This is the second time dozens of Syrians have returned home in 2022. The first repatriation took place on October 26 with some 700 refugees returning to their war-torn country. The comeback wave started in 2017, but stopped at the end of 2019 due to COVID-19.

In July, Ibrahim said that the Lebanese government, after receiving guarantees from the Syrian authorities, had drawn up a plan to return 15,000 Syrian refugees each month, but that it had been rejected due to a lack of international will to the repatriation of thousands of Syrian refugees. in the near future.

“We and the Syrian people are victims of a major international conspiracy led by superpowers, which has displaced an entire nation,” he explained.

According to the Lebanese government, around 1.5 million Syrian refugees live in the country.

Lebanon has repeatedly requested relevant international organizations to facilitate the repatriation of Syrian refugees to their country, in order to alleviate the economic burden that Lebanon bears in light of its catastrophic economic crisis.

Since the end of 2019, Lebanon has been plunged into a deep financial crisis which has caused the Lebanese pound to lose around 90% of its value to the US dollar and led to the collapse of its banking system, plunging the majority of Lebanese into the poverty.

The economic and financial crisis is mainly linked to the sanctions that the United States and its allies have imposed on Lebanon and the foreign intervention in the internal affairs of the Arab nation.

Fierce debate erupts over repatriation of Australian families from Syrian detention camps Thu, 03 Nov 2022 22:17:27 +0000

Home Secretary Clare O’Neil has accused the opposition of hypocrisy over the repatriation of Australian women and children from Syrian detention camps.

Four women and 13 children arrived in Sydney last weekend after the government backed their repatriation.

Some of these women are the wives, widows and sisters of Islamic State (IS) fighters, who say they were tricked or coerced into traveling to the Middle East.

Women and children are settling in western Sydney, with some community leaders worried about potential safety risks.

Shadow Home Secretary Karen Andrews has criticized the rescue mission and raised concerns about potential risks to the Australian public.

“I think the political politics of the Leader of the Opposition is shameful,” Ms O’Neil told the ABC on Friday.

“It is pure hypocrisy because the liberals did the exact same thing in 2019, repatriated a group of people from these camps.

“For some reason they are now saying it’s not appropriate. People are tired of this kind of politics.”

Families have been detained for years in the Roj detention camp in northeast Syria. Many are returning home.(ABC News: Jamal Bali)

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton was in western Sydney this week, where he said community leaders had raised their concerns with him.

Speaking on Friday, he said the repatriations posed a security threat.

“The government’s job is to make sure Australians are safe and not introduce an element of risk into the system. They did just that,” Mr Dutton told Channel Nine.

“I was in western Sydney yesterday at Fairfield and I can tell you that the communities that have lost loved ones to IS fighters in the Middle East are beside themselves and worried about this what’s going to happen in their local community, the local schools, when you take that ideology back to the local community.”

Labor leader Jason Clare, who represents the Western Sydney electorate of Blaxland, echoed Ms O’Neil’s comments.

Appearing on Sunrise with Deputy Liberal Leader Sussan Ley, he said he was not told by the then coalition government that people were being repatriated to his constituency.

“You brought home women who were married to ISIS fighters and you also brought home their children. I was not told,” he said.

“I didn’t criticize it at the time because I trust our law enforcement. What I’m saying is you’re a hypocrite for doing it at the time and having it attacked now.”

In a statement released after the TV segment, Ms Ley said the former government only repatriated eight children in 2019 and they were all orphans.

Independent MP Dai Le said the repatriations were hurtful for Christian refugees in her south-west Sydney constituency.

She said members of her Assyrian community had been targeted by IS militants.

But Ms O’Neil insisted the government was listening to security advice and there was a greater risk of leaving them in Syria.

“One of the things that hasn’t been properly discussed here is the risk to Australia if we don’t do something,” she said.

“The truth is that we have a relatively large group of Australian children who would otherwise grow up in a camp where violent ideology is one of the main focuses and influences on their lives and I don’t think that’s good for the country. .”

Repatriation in full swing, capital inflow proves Diaspora is Armenia’s reliable partner – Deputy PM Mon, 31 Oct 2022 08:19:17 +0000 Repatriation in full swing, capital inflow proves Diaspora is Armenia’s reliable partner – Deputy PM

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 31, ARMENPRESS. Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Hambardzum Matevosyan said that the participation of Armenians from all over the world in the 1st World Armenian Summit provides an opportunity to discuss and jointly develop new opportunities for Armenia’s continued development, of Artsakh and the Diaspora, mutually beneficial formats of partnership and to define priorities and launch a useful program.

“The modern world, including our region, has entered an era of global change that includes the most serious challenges, ranging from security issues to the preservation of identity, from the realities of economic development to the need to provide innovative solutions aimed at overcoming them,” Hambardzumyan said in his address, emphasizing that the existing challenges cannot be overcome and the partnership can only be elevated to a new institutional strategic level by uniting the efforts of Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora.

He underlined that the Global Armenian Summit is an exclusive opportunity to strengthen the ties between Armenia and the Diaspora, to make the voice of the Diaspora communities heard and to convey the important message that the Diaspora is the strong anchor and the reliable partner of Armenia, which is proven by the ongoing repatriation in full swing and the inflow of capital, which is significant in terms of improving economic indicators and the demographic situation.

Patriarchate of Jerusalem: The repatriation of the relics of Saint Savva the Sanctified Thu, 27 Oct 2022 08:40:05 +0000

On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrated the feast of the repatriation of the relics of our Holy Father Savva the Sanctified.

On this feast, the Church of Jerusalem celebrates the fact that the holy relic of Saint Savva, preserved incorruptible and intact to this day, was taken by the Crusaders to Venice and returned under the authority of the Roman Church to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem on October 26, 1965. A solemn reception was then held for the holy relic at Jaffa Gate. After that he was placed for veneration in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for a week, then returned to the place where he belonged, the Lavra, which Saint Savva founded, for sanctification and the help of its monks and pilgrims.

On the eve of the feast, vespers were celebrated by Metropolitan Joachim of Hélénoupolis, and at night there was an all-night vigil, celebrated by Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem. The Patriarch’s co-celebrants were Metropolitan Joachim of Hélénoupolis, Archbishop Aristarque of Constantine, as well as Hagiotaphite hieromonks and Arabic-speaking priests. The chant was spoken by Archimandrite Antypas of Mount Athos with Hierodeacon Simeon and his helpers in Greek on the right and Archimandrite Philotheos and his choir in Arabic on the left, in the presence of pilgrims from Greece, Romania and Bethlehem, Beit Jala, and Beit Sahour.

Before Holy Communion, Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem delivered the following sermon:

“Make a joyful noise to God, all you countries: Sing the honor of his name: give his glorious praise” (Ps 66,1-2) proclaims the psalmist.

Reverend Holy Fathers and Brothers,

Christian nobles and pilgrims

The grace of our Holy Father Savva the Sanctified has brought us all together in his holy Lavra to celebrate the great event of the repatriation of his holy relics.

Our Father Savva became a citizen of the desert and “an angel in the flesh” because he applied both in theory and in action the exhorting words of Saint Paul: “You therefore be raised with Christ, seek the things from above, on which Christ is seated. the right hand of God. Fix your affection on the things above, not on the things of the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you will also appear with him in glory” (Col. 3, 1-4).

Based on the sound words of Paul, “Seek the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Fix your affection on things above, not on things of the earth” (Col. 3, 1-2), Saint Savva showed pious zeal and self-sacrifice on the one hand, and On the other hand, he excelled among his co-ascetics the monks, because he was “strongly strengthened by [God’s] Spirit in the inner man” (ref. Eph. 3,16).

Moreover, Saint Savva was called “sanctified” because he sought sanctification according to the saying “Seek peace with all men, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12,14). “For such is the will of God, even your sanctification (1 Thes. 4,3), preaches Saint Paul again.

Moreover, our Lord Jesus Christ himself says in his prayer to God the Father concerning his disciples and those who believe and follow him: “Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth” (John 17, 17). Here the truth is the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit. “The Spirit is the truth” according to the voice of John the Evangelist (1 John 5,6), interpreter Saint Cyril of Alexandria.

In the answer of the Holy Fathers of the Church on what it means to sanctify those who love God, Saint Basil the Great says: “Sanctification means devotion to the Holy God wholeheartedly and without separation at all times, by the care and the study of the things that please Him”. And Saint Gregory the Theologian says: “Sanctification is living with God”.

In other words, without sanctification by the power of the Holy Spirit, man is unable to see God, namely the inaccessible light. “I am the light of the world: whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12), says the Lord. And the saint’s hymnographer says that the father who bears God was seen from infancy as a sanctified vessel, our Father and an abode of the Holy Spirit.

Indeed, my dear brethren, our Father Savva was seen and appeared as an indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Here is the true testimony and the proof visible before our eyes, his whole body incorruptible and perfumed with his relics. Here is the light, the true light, the light of life “Thou art near, O Lord; and all your commandments are truth” (Ps. 119,151), sings David. “Am I a near God, says the Lord, and not a distant God? announces the Prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 23,23).

With today’s celebration of the repatriation of the relics of Saint Savva of Venice from Italy instead of his monastic effort, we are all called to draw near to God, for He is a God who is near to us. The way of our approach to the good God and friend of man is shown to us by Saint Savva the Sanctified through the words of Saint Paul “beloved, purify us from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7,1). Many happy comebacks.

After the dismissal of the Divine Liturgy, a monastic meal followed.

Giving thanks to God, Patriarch Theophilus of Jerusalem received thanks from the Lavra Fathers of Saint Savva and returned to Jerusalem.

Source: Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Aviation crisis: Emefiele says a third of the global economy is in recession Mon, 24 Oct 2022 18:15:18 +0000

The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, revealed on Monday that about a third of the global economy “is currently in recession” due to the adverse effects of the Covid pandemic and war. underway between Russia and Ukraine.

The CBN boss, who said this while addressing foreign affairs and aviation stakeholders during a meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, also pointed out that the bank was working in outside the box to mop up currencies and strengthen the naira and by extension the economy through the RT 200 policy.

According to him, “RT 200 is the policy focused on the rates of repatriation of non-oil export earnings into the Nigerian economy which is nearly $1 billion in Q3 2022.

“What is happening is a global challenge. Indeed, as I speak, I can say that the global outlook is darkening today due to a worsening global slowdown.

“Today, more than a third of the global economy is in recession. The global community is facing an increase in incidents of unemployment. Indeed, most countries in the world are facing rising inflation. This year alone, the United States is expected to raise rates by almost 3.75% in 2022. This has created severe inflationary pressures and depreciated the currencies of other countries.

“From the CBN, since February this year, we have introduced the RT 200 program, which is a program set up in order to encourage the repatriation of Forex earnings from exporters of non-oil export products. We are pleased that the The program is working well. When we started it, the first six weeks of February and March, we could only see repatriations. We paid out repatriation discounts of about $62 million. In the second quarter, we saw an astronomical improvement to $622 million in non-oil export revenue. For the third quarter, we saw nearly $1 billion,” Emefiele said.

The CBN boss was responding to the issue of $700m in funds being trapped by foreign airlines, which have threatened to stop flying on Nigerian routes from October 28 if nothing is done by the government to resolve the backlog .

He said that contrary to the position of the IATA representative that nothing had been done to reduce the backlog, a sum of $265 million had been set aside to be paid to foreign airlines through from their various banks.

According to him, “apart from the prioritization of FX that we have always given to airlines, on August 31 you spoke to me because I have to give you credit. That day I made the decision to use our discretion to allocate $265 million to foreign airlines.

“We made $110 million on the spot and the rest 60 days later. On that day we allocated IATA $32m through UBA, Qatar Airways got $22.8m through Standard Chartered, Emirates got $19.6m through Access Bank, BA got 5.5 million through GTB;

“Virgin Atlantic got $4.8 million through Zenith, etc.

“So how can they start saying they haven’t received their money? That’s apart from the so called 8 or 10 percent you say you get Mr. Fatokun (referring to the IATA rep).

“This is an additional allowance that we use at our discretion to give you and which I have told you personally that we will continue to do in order to make you happy so that you don’t continue to blackmail this country.


“Of that $120 million would be due October 31. The amounts would be paid. So what else do you want me to do? I must admit that there would be a delay. Gentlemen, even though I have been accused of printing Naira, I cannot print dollars. We have to earn it or borrow it. All of these things we talk about come down to reciprocity, and IATA can’t get away from that,” he said.

He also called on other foreign countries to grant landing permits to Nigerian airlines to operate their flights to lessen the burden of accumulating funds in the future.

According to him, “IATA has the responsibility to fly Nigerian airlines on the basis of reciprocity.

“Everyone is using CBN, blocked funds, and I’m doing everything I can to provide you with dollars to repatriate your money. How can you come here and start telling us that you weren’t a party to BASA and that’s why you’re not interested in the concept of reciprocity when you know it would benefit your country and our country,” he said.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep Femi Gbajabiamila, who organized the meeting, had earlier told the assembly that the issue of blocked or trapped funds from foreign airlines gave the House a great concern, of or the need for the forum to find lasting solutions bearing in mind the current economic imperatives.

The President, who also said that the principle of reciprocity requires that Nigerian carriers be allowed to fly in countries whose airlines have a huge market in Nigeria, called on the CBN Governor to seek ways to raise foreign currency. for the airlines, just as he agreed that allowing Nigerian airlines to operate many international routes will reduce the incident of trapped funds in the future.

Aviation Minister Senator Hadi Sirika told the assembly that “Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari has shown the ability and the boldness to rise up in difficult times to do what it takes to help the country”.

He recalled that “in 2016 when we came there was about $480 million stuck in Nigeria. That year, we were in a recession and revenues were down. We just heard the CBN Governor say we earn it or borrow it. At that time, we hadn’t even started borrowing. We therefore went to see the President and informed him of the difficulty in which we found ourselves. And he asked the CBN Governor and the Minister of Finance to solve the problem, which was done.

“So we have demonstrated as a country that we are able to respond even in difficult times to things that are incumbent on us.”