OTHER THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – DECEMBER 31

Panama Covid-19 – well, ending 2021 in an illustrative way – with 2 of the 4 people in our household isolating with Omicron. All 4 of us were tested on 30 December, with the 2 kids (actually grown-ups now, of course) testing positive, and my wife and I negative (for now at least). No-one, positive or negative, has any symptoms…I just hope our son is OK by the time of his rearranged flight back to UK (I originally came for 3 months to sort out things here and, thanks to Covid, never got back).

Yesterday’s figures, which were too late to comment on, showed an expected big rise. New cases showed an almost doubling to 2,664 (but only 2 new fatalities), but active cases soared by over 2,000 to 11,064. 23 patients are in ICU and 145 in other wards (actually an overall fall in numbers, though with 5 more of the patients being in ICU).

As for today, another 2,213 new cases and 1 new fatality. Like yesterday, a large number of tests (well over 20,000) with a high proportion of positive results (over 10%). Active cases are up again, at 12,868 (up 1,804 on yesterday) – but so far only 25 in ICU (up 2) and 148 in other wards (up 3).

31 DECEMBER 2021

UK ANTI-CORRUPTION STRATEGY: YEAR 3 UPDATE

On 31 December, the Home Office published this update which highlights the action taken in the 3rd year of the UK anti-corruption strategy 2017-22, and covers the period up to and including 31 December 2020.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1041398/2021.12.15_Year_3_Update_to_the_Anti-Corruption_Strategy.pdf

KENYAN POLICE ARRESTED MAN WANTED BY INTERPOL FOR ALLEGEDLY SMUGGLING DOZENS OF MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN TO EUROPE

A news release from INTERPOL on 29 December advised that Kenyan police had arrested John Habeta in Nairobi on 16 December as part of a sting operation coordinated between authorities in the Netherlands and Kenya.  Sent to the Netherlands, the Dutch national remains in custody until trial where, if convicted, he faces a sentence of up to 8 years in prison.

https://www.interpol.int/News-and-Events/News/2021/People-smuggling-sting-operation-Kenya-Netherlands-cooperation-lands-renowned-fugitive-in-jail

US LOSING WAR ON CORRUPTION IN CENTRAL AMERICA

An article from Insight Crime on 30 December says that the US, under the Biden administration, was supposed to help curb corruption, but for corrupt officials in Central America, life has rarely looked better. This past year, the justice systems of both El Salvador and Guatemala have been hollowed out.

https://insightcrime.org/news/gamechangers-2021-us-losing-war-corruption-central-america/

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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