The Malta Security Service (MSS) has reported that one of the main cyber-threats faced by the government in 2022 was phishing emails directed at Maltese government infrastructure. In August 2021, scammers impersonated LESA, the local enforcement agency, by telling users of pending tribunal cases being transferred to court the following month. Back in 2020, Malta’s cybersecurity agency Cyber Security Malta and the police force joined a global alliance led by Interpol to raise awareness on cyber-security during the COVID-19 pandemic. Malta’s greylisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in 2021 was an added pressure for the MSS. Back in 2019, a specialised section was set up in the service to achieve needed benchmarks recommended by FATF and Moneyval.
January 26, 2023 06:58 UTC
To What Extent Was NATO Intervention in Libya a Humanitarian Intervention? The torture of civilians is not uncommon, and this is further proof that the Gaddafi regime and rebel groups are on the same page. Image credit: https://amazonaws.comThe United States bombed Libya in 1986 in retaliation for a terrorist attack that killed two American soldiers in Germany. The United States launched a series of air strikes against Libya on April 15, 1986. Was Nato Intervention In Libya JustifiedSince the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has been in a state of chaos.
January 26, 2023 04:23 UTC
Nearly everyone in verticals such as restaurants, retail, health care or any other organization that sees large amounts of visitor traffic knows the value of digital signage. Digital displays are perfect for conveying information including sales promotions, menu items, wayfinding information and much more. Unfortunately, many organizations that could benefit from digital signage fail to adopt the technology because they're concerned about the cost. They fear they'll need costly displays, media players and expensive software to set up a digital signage network. All it takes to set up digital signage is a smart TV and access to the Amazon app store.
January 26, 2023 01:57 UTC
If the lukewarm reaction to Shelley’s retelling suggests that society in her day was not yet ready for those minor female characters to take centre stage, then what does the current enthusiasm for reassessment imply? Clare Wright: “We are firmly in an era where the idea of women’s voice, women’s perspective and women’s truth is at the front of the cultural and political agenda.″ Credit:Susan Papazian “We are firmly in an era where the idea of women’s voice, women’s perspective and women’s truth is at the front of the cultural and political agenda,” says Clare Wright, author and professor of history at La Trobe University. If the male gaze aligns the viewer with masculine concepts and characters, these works put women at the centre of the story. Rather than treating women as the object of a default masculine gaze, they position women as the subject. We only need look at our cultural mythology and ask: where are the women in these stories?
January 26, 2023 01:44 UTC
Albion Energy has been granted an exploration licence by the Maltese government to carry out geological studies in two areas to the southeast of the islands. The licence is for offshore Areas 2 and 7 over which there have been competing claims by Italy and Libya over the years. The government entered into a two-year exploration study agreement with Albion Energy Malta Limited with a possibility of extending it by a further two years, subject to an additional work programme. Albion Energy Malta is fully owned by Albion Energy Limited owned by Tony Buckingham, who is no stranger to exploration in Malta. In 1980, Libya had sent gunboats to stop oil drilling operations in Area 2 after Malta granted an exploration licence to an Italian company.
January 26, 2023 00:22 UTC
BENGHAZI, Libya, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) will sign offshore gas exploration and production deals with Italy's Eni on Saturday, NOC head Farhat Bengdara told a television channel. Eni Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi could travel to Libya to sign the agreement, an Italian source said. However, the legality of any deals signed by Bengdara or the Government of National Unity in Tripoli that appointed him could be challenged by the country's eastern-based parliament. The parliament said last year that the Tripoli government's mandate had expired and it no longer recognises any of its actions - including the appointment of Bengdara - as legitimate. (Reporting by Ayman al-Warfali, additional reporting by Francesca Landini in Rome, writing by Angus McDowall; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)
January 25, 2023 23:51 UTC
the earliest deadlines. A growing roleFor his part, the US ambassador affirmed America’s support for the Presidential Council in the national reconciliation project, and the progress it has made through the preparatory forum that was held during the last few years. Washington accountsWashington also aims to maintain the cease-fire, support the efforts of the Joint Military Committee, and secure oil and gas production and export, leading to the unification of the military establishment, as well as calculations of strategic dimensions related to competition with Russia throughout the African continent, including Libya. Informed Libyan circles indicate that the United States sent a clear message in this sense to the Libyan parties, through the rare visit that the CIA Director William Burns made in the middle of this month to Benghazi, where he met with the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan Army, Khalifa Haftar, and to Tripoli, where he met. With the head of the national unity government, Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba, without officially disclosing the real contents of the visit, which those interested in the Libyan issue saw as centered on oil and elections.
January 25, 2023 23:41 UTC
The High National Elections Commission (HNEC) Head, Emad Al-Sayeh, received a Japanese governmental delegation on Tuesday. The delegation included the Director of the North Africa and Middle East Department at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kansuke Nagaoka, and the Japanese Ambassador to Libya, Masaaki Amadera. The two sides discussed the development of the voting process and the technical and advisory support the commission needs to implement the planned elections. Nagaoka and his accompanying delegation inspected some of the commission's facilities and lauded its efforts towards achieving free and fair elections that reflect the will of the Libyan voter, according to the HNEC.
January 25, 2023 23:30 UTC
Oil City, PA (16301)TodayVariably cloudy with snow showers. Temps nearly steady in the low to mid 30s. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Snow accumulations less than one inch..TonightVariable clouds with snow showers. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
January 25, 2023 23:28 UTC
A tectonic shift has taken place in Russia’s international trade, and it is well reflected in shipping from far northern Port of Murmansk. ADVERTISEMENTCargo ship “Vola” on its way from Murmansk to BrazilRussia in spring 2022 stopped releasing official statistics on its international trade. China is today the most important trade partner of Russia, while Turkey has become the most important transit hub. The big shift in trade partners and shipping routes is bad news for the Port of Murmansk. “This port complex will allow our country to transfer goods flows from Baltic to Russian port, something that is of major relevance today.
January 25, 2023 23:15 UTC
TRIPOLI : At least eight people died after a boat crammed with scores of African migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, the local Red Crescent organisation said on Wednesday, adding that nearly 100 others had been rescued. According to the Red Crescent, which has been handling the search and rescue operations, eyewitnesses to the disaster said nearly 150 people had packed on to the boat in hopes of reaching Italy. On Wednesday, Red Crescent workers in protective clothes were laying bodies of the drowned into bags by the portside. Libya is a major departure point for people seeking to reach Europe because of its proximity to Italy and its own porous borders. (Reporting by Reuters Libya Newsroom, writing by Mariam Rizk and Angus McDowall; Editing by Alex Richardson)
January 25, 2023 22:16 UTC
General view of the Libyan state National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli, Libya, July 14, 2022. (REUTERS/Hazem Ahmed)AFPTripoli: Libya's National Oil Corporation said on Wednesday it had reached an $8-billion deal with Italian energy giant ENI to develop offshore hydrocarbon sites. "We have reached a deal with ENI to develop the oil and gas sector, by developing two offshore sites which together will be able to produce 850 million cubic feet of gas" per day, NOC head Farhat Bengdara told Al-Masar, a Libyan news channel. Libya sits atop Africa's biggest oil reserves but has been engulfed by conflict since the 2011 revolt that toppled longtime dictator Moamer Qadhafi. Libya is hoping to boost its oil production to two billion barrels per day (bpd), up from around 1.2 currently.
January 25, 2023 22:05 UTC
It will be recalled that earlier this month, Libya’s Audit Bureau sent a letter to the NOC instructing it to stop the barter system in importing fuels from international fuel refineries. In response, the NOC protested the Audit Bureau’s instructions, considering its implementation would lead to a shortage of petrol and diesel. The Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on the 5 May 2022 the opening of an investigation into the allegations. Independent commentators consider barter system incorrect or illegalSeveral independent-of-government commentators that Libya Herald spoke to about the import of fuel through the barter system using crude oil said the procedure was incorrect or illegal. The barter system is also criticised for distorting the CBL regular data bulletins and concealing the government’s true spending figures.
January 25, 2023 22:02 UTC
Africa Intelligence website said the French embassy in Tripoli may soon manage visa applications in Libya itself by subcontracting part of the activity to the service provider TLSContact, which would ease the procedures for Libyans, who currently have to go to Tunis to make a visa request. The website said that currently, European countries, such as Malta and Italy, already accept applications from Libya via VFS Global, a company 75% owned by US investment fund Blackstone. It also reiterated that Turkey has application centres in Tripoli and Misrata as well as other areas in Libya which can issue visas in less than a week. Africa Intelligence said TLSContact is one of France’s preferred partners in North Africa. The company handles visa applications in Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt, but it is regularly criticized by applicants because of long delays in securing appointments.
January 25, 2023 20:31 UTC
According to the Red Crescent, which has been handling the search and rescue operations, eyewitnesses to the disaster said nearly 150 people had packed on to the boat in hopes of reaching Italy. On Wednesday, Red Crescent workers in protective clothes were laying bodies of the drowned into bags by the portside. Libya is a major departure point for people seeking to reach Europe because of its proximity to Italy and its own porous borders. However, immersed since 2011 in its own conflict, and with much of the country controlled by armed factions, Libya is also a dangerous place for migrants and refugees. Many are locked into detention centers where some have complained about ill treatment including neglect, abuse and exploitation.
January 25, 2023 20:16 UTC