Lankan refugee found guilty of stabbing

A man who fatally stabbed a fellow Sri Lankan refugee has been found guilty of murder by an Adelaide jury, which earlier heard the crime was committed after the victim called his killer a “lady boy”.Ketheshwaran Sivaperuman, 35, bled to death at his Elizabeth South home in January last year, .abc.net.au reported. “He was angry that the deceased had parked his car in the driveway, angry because the deceased had called him a ‘lady boy’.“All the evidence suggests the accused remained at the scene being hostile and aggressive towards the deceased, even after the fatal stabbing.”The court heard both men had previously lived together but the victim moved into a house on the opposite side of Griffiths Street after the pair had a falling out. Both men came to Australia as refugees from Sri Lanka. It took the jury just two hours to unanimously convict Mr Sivaperuman’s neighbour Satheeswaran Suppiah, 31, of murder. “The accused’s account that he only had it with him for cutting apples or being playful is a nonsense,” he said.Suppiah showed little emotion after the verdict and kept his head down as he was shown from the dock.His lawyer, Greg Mead, had earlier urged the jury not to convict him of murder.“This man is no murderer,” he said.“What sort of murderer is it who deliberately and intentionally inflicts a fatal stab wound and then immediately rings the police and ambulance and asks them to in fact save the victim, then hangs around in his own house across the road from the scene of the crime?“Is that the behaviour of a deliberate, calculating killer or a man under the influence of alcohol who has done something that was not meant to happen, was unintentional and accidental?”Submissions on Suppiah’s sentence will be heard in July. Mr Norman said Suppiah repeatedly tried to blame another man for the death, telling police he only had the knife to cut apples.Suppiah claimed another man grabbed his hand and forced the knife into the victim’s stomach.But Mr Norman said all of the evidence suggested the other man was not even there and that Suppiah deliberately took the knife with him. The Supreme Court previously heard he was stabbed with a large kitchen knife with such force the blade damaged his spine and exposed his intestine. Prosecutor Mark Norman said Suppiah hid the knife in his shorts, got into an argument with the victim and stabbed him.“On a hot day, after drinking hot liquor, his hot temper lead him to murder a man,” he said. read more

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Zika UN agriculture agency provides expertise to help curb spread of virus

“FAO with its resources and expertise, is ready to do its part in addressing this emergency which continues to evolve,” said the agency’s Director-General, José Graziano da Silva in a statement issued today.Zika virus is transmitted to humans primarily by Aedes mosquitoes; a critical measure to combat the spread of the disease is to intensify control of mosquito populations in affected and at-risk areas.As the leading UN agency on animal health and pest control, FAO highlighted today that it can assist affected nations with targeted interventions while ensuring that people and the environment are not exposed to health and other risks stemming from the inappropriate use of potentially dangerous chemicals.It also emphasized that it is likely, at least in the short term, that there will be a dramatic increase in the use of insecticides to spray mosquito populations or treat waters, adding that a more immediate and relatively simple set of actions that can be taken to combat the spread of the Zika virus is to ensure the removal of stagnant water used by mosquitos to breed.“Affected communities need to be encouraged and assisted to ensure that animal drinking water containers are emptied, cleaned and scrubbed weekly. Ponds and other areas where stagnant water collects should also be drained and removed,” advised Mr. Graziano da Silva. The agency further urged that if the intensive use of insecticides is indeed required, then it is essential that it be done with great care to promote safety for humans and to protect the food chain from contamination. “On this we are in a strong position to provide support to affected countries and regions combating the spread of Zika,” the Director-General stressed.FAO, in a joint programme with WHO, has developed a set of recommendations on the sound management of insecticides. For example it is important that high quality pesticides are used and mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, to promote both efficacy and safety.“FAO’s work on agriculture and health threats of animal origin due to climate change, agro-ecosystems and land use policies, early warning of possible disease events, such as what is done with partners on Rift Valley fever – a disease also transmitted by mosquitoes in Africa – can be useful to forecast and ensure countries have their preparedness plans in place in the Americas,” Mr. Graziano da Silva added.Through its work in monitoring weather patterns, it is possible for FAO to analyze the movements and changing habitats of the Aedes mosquito vectors which can be important in mitigating or preventing the disease.Mr. Graziano da Silva underscored that the agency’s proven record in animal disease control – as it has done with rinderpest, avian influenza or tsetse-borne trypanosomosis – can be beneficial for countries in Latin America and Caribbean to address this problem together.But besides the use of insecticides, there are reportedly other ways to combat the spread of the Zika virus. One possible longer term solution being highlighted is the Sterile Insect Technique that has been developed at the FAO-IAEA Joint Programme on Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.This is a form of pest control that uses ionizing radiation to sterilize male insect pests that are mass-produced in special rearing facilities. It has reportedly been successfully used worldwide for over 50 years for various agricultural insect pests, such as fruit flies, tsetse flies, screw worms and moths. Its deployment against disease-transmitting mosquitoes, such as the carrier of the Zika, Chikungunya and Dengue viruses, is ongoing with some pilots already successfully completed and others showing promising results.“FAO can contribute to these and other measures. For instance our vast network of workers at field level who for decades have worked with communities and families and have built trusting relationships can bring the right health and safety messages to the people who need them most,” concluded the head of the UN agency.“The human toll from this emergency is potentially devastating and we must work closely together to ensure it is brought under control,” he warned. read more

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