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Death threats against two journalists from daily La Nación

first_imgNews December 4, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world July 6, 2020 Find out more The threats came within the space of a few days against reporters Germán de los Santos and Leonel Rodriguez following their reporting on organized crime and on a sex abuse case involving a local official.De los Santos, the paper’s correspondent in Rosario, has for years been investigating drug traffickers in Santa Fe province, in the country’s north. On 13 November, one of the criminal gangs called the reporter repeatedly to threaten him with death. The caller gave detailed descriptions of de los Santos’ daily comings and goings in detail and told him to drop his reporting on organized crime.De los Santos filed an official complaint, and the government provided him with a police escort. The governor of Santa Fe, himself the target of an attack in October of last year, condemned the threats and expressed his solidarity with the journalist.The threats against de los Santos followed by only a few days a similar move against another journalist from La Nación. On 8 November, Leonel Rodriguez, who is based in La Banda, in Santiago del Estero province, also in the north, reported that unknown persons left a miniature coffin in front of his parents’ home.According to Rodriguez, the threat stemmed from his coverage of a sex abuse case involving a local official. Rodriguez said he received a series of threatening messages from false accounts on Facebook, telling him to stop investigating the case.“Reporters Without Borders condemns the threats against the journalists from La Nación,” said Claire San Filippo, head of the organization’s Americas desk. “The Argentine government must absolutely conduct a thorough investigation and prosecute those responsible. Threats to journalists amount to violations of their basic rights. In addition, threats pose a danger to freedom of expression, as recognized by the Organization of American States’ Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression.”November has also seen another serious blow to information freedom. Germán Sasso, director La Brújula 24, a radio station and website, faces legal proceedings for refusing to disclose his sources.Sasso broadcast wiretapped phone conversations recorded in a money-laundering and drug trafficking case in which police and government officials are implicated. Source confidentiality is fundamental to press freedom and must never be subject to legal challenge.Argentine ranks 55th of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index. ArgentinaAmericas to go furthercenter_img Receive email alerts On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites ArgentinaAmericas Organisation November 19, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats against two journalists from daily La Nación News News Follow the news on Argentinalast_img read more

June 12, 2021 0

Here’s how you can help save bees and other pollinators

first_imgmanfredxy/iStockBY: PHAEDRA SINGELIS, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — Bumblebees are some of our most effective pollinators, but more than one-quarter of the species is facing extinction.Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are under threat by habitat loss, pesticides, disease and climate change.Bees sustain our lives in ways we sometimes fail to recognize. They are as an essential part of our food web — from blueberries to pumpkins — and even play a role in growing the cotton used in much of our clothing.European honeybees that farmers bring in to pollinate crops have suffered from colony collapse disorder and parasites. While 15% of the world’s food is pollinated by them, nearly 80% is pollinated by native bees and other wildlife, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Honeybee keepers can rebuild their colonies, but bumblebees and other native species need our help.As our primary pollinators, bees efficiently collect and transport pollen from plant to plant. Butterflies, moths, beetles ants and some birds and bats also help move pollen accidentally but are no match for the efficiency of bees. There are 3,600 species of native bees in the United States and an estimated 20,000 species worldwide, according to the Xerces Society. Currently, only the Rusty Patched bumblebee is listed as endangered. There are simply too many other species to track in order to protect in this way.Here’s how you can help:Avoid pesticidesNeonicotinoids and other systemic pesticides are devastating to bees and butterflies. In Oregon, more than 50,000 bumblebees died after a group of trees were sprayed with the pesticide.These types of systemic chemicals can poison wildlife for years after their use. Avoid using weed killers and other insecticides on your lawn or your garden. Ask your local nursery if they use neonicotinoids and shop at ones that practice organic or integrated pest management. Share plants with like-minded neighbors, or grow plants from untreated seeds. Nature centers, local native plants sales and native nurseries are also good sources of pesticide-free plants.Plant native plantsLike monarchs, which only feed and lay eggs on milkweeds, many bees feed on certain plants that they’ve adapted to over millions of years.Provide food via nectar- and pollen-producing plants with regionally specific species. Aim to have three different plants blooming from early spring through late fall. Different bee species feed at different times, and many can only reach the nectar and pollen from certain types of flowers.Plant diversity supports bee diversity. Many cultivated plants are sterile and produce no pollen or nectar for bees. Like the monarch, many butterfly and moth species lay eggs on specific plants, so include host plants for species native to your area. Even a balcony or small patio with pots of blooming natives will help.To find information about native plants in your area, contact your state native plant society or search by your zip code on the National Wildlife Foundation’s Native plant finder or at the Audobon Society.Provide nesting sitesDon’t be too neat and tidy. Most native bees are solitary — they don’t make hives and rarely ever sting, so you don’t have to worry about inviting them into your yard. About 70% are ground-nesting, so leave some areas of bare soil, especially if you see them emerging from small holes in the ground. Lawns, mulch and pavement reduce the amount of available nesting sites.Cavity nesters make up the other 30%, and they use hollow-stemmed plants and other woody plants to overwinter and lay eggs. Help them by creating brush piles if you have a discreet spot, and don’t clean up your dead perennials and other woody plants until late spring. Insect hotels, which have recently become popular, require careful maintenance to avoid spreading pathogens, so a safer alternative are plant stems that have died and other naturally occurring woody material. Beetles and other insects hide under leaves, so “leaving the leaves” in the fall, is another way to help insects survive winter.Remove InvasivesNon-native plants can become invasive, taking over habitats that support pollinators. Invasives can kill trees and move into forested land, out-competing native species. Non-native plants support very few insects and create food deserts for insects, birds and wildlife. You can find lists of invasive species at the Invasive Plant Atlas of the U.S.Reduce your lawnLawn grass isn’t native and does little to support insects or other wildlife — and it’s frequently the target of harmful chemicals. Gardens with trees, shrubs, native grasses and perennials are a much better for the bees and the environment. Try not to mow early in the spring where seasons change. A recent study in Appleton, Wisconsin, dubbed “No Mow May,” determined that lawns that weren’t mowed that month showed fives times greater bee abundance and three times as many bee species compared with regularly mowed areas.Spread the wordPut up a sign announcing your pollinator habitat. Tell your neighbors and/or ask your homeowners association to participate. Ask your local nursery to stock pesticide-free native plants for pollinators. Stay informed and support local, state and national efforts. Have your town or campus join Bee City USA or take the Pollinator Protection Pledge at the Xerces Society.“Every little bit helps,” said renowned entomologist Doug Tallamy, who has extensively studied relationships among plants and insects.“Our preserves and national parks are not adequate to prevent the predicted loss of species, and we have run out of the space required to make them big enough,” he wrote in his new book, “Nature’s Best Hope.” “If Americans replanted half of their lawns with native plants, shrubs and trees, we would have more wildlife habitat than all the national parks combined.”Plant a square yard of native plants or fill a few pots on your balcony or stoop and you’ll be amazed who shows up.For more information: Xerces SocietyCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 18, 2021 0

John Scofield Explores “Quiet” And “Loud Jazz” In New Episode Of “Jazz Night In America”

first_imgJohn Scofield recently performed for NPR’s “Jazz Night In America,” highlighting his career with original compositions from 1987’s Loud Jazz and 1996’s Quiet albums. The iconic jazz-fusion guitarist portrays his musical personality with these differentiating masterpieces, though they lend a cohesive understanding of Scofield’s range in character. Having performed alongside Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, and so many more, Scofield’s mastery has won him three GRAMMY Awards, including “Best Jazz Instrumental Album” for Past Present in 2016 and Country For Old Men in 2017, as well as the “Best Improvised Jazz Solo” for I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry in 2017. In 1998, he won the “Miles Davis Award” at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.Eric Krasno Taps John Scofield, Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., & More For Brooklyn Comes Alive SetIn the “Jazz Night In America” video below, Scofield revisits the Loud Jazz crew, with bassist Gay Grainger and drummer Dennis Chambers. Amidst some discussion from Scofield, he also goes into his Quiet arrangements with Joe Lovano standing in for Wayne Shorter on saxophone. The performance footage comes from Scofield’s “Quiet And Loud Jazz” concert at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room. John Scofield brings together Loud Jazz and Quiet in a masterful presentation, which you can enjoy in the full video below: Catch John Scofield with Eric Krasno, Cyril Neville, Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, Chris Loftlin, and George Porter Jr. for a special set at Brooklyn Comes Alive, a two-day event in Williamsburg that features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more.last_img read more

March 2, 2021 0

UEFA probes PSG after Neymar, Mbappe deals

first_imgParis, France | AFP | UEFA opened a “formal investigation” into Paris Saint-Germain on Friday after the French club broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar.European football’s governing body said it would look at whether PSG had violated its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.“The investigation will focus on the compliance of the club with the break-even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activity,” UEFA said in a statement.PSG signed Brazilian striker Neymar for a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) on August 3 and completed a loan move for Kylian Mbappe on Thursday in a deal that includes an option to buy the French teenager for 180 million euros.“In the coming months, the Investigatory Chamber of the UEFA Club Financial Control Body will regularly meet in order to carefully evaluate all documentation pertaining to this case,” the statement added.“UEFA considers Financial Fair Play to be a crucial governance mechanism which aims to ensure the financial sustainability of European club football.” The FFP system was first approved by UEFA in 2010 to try and combat soaring debts in the game.From 2013 to 2015 clubs could only post a net total loss of 45 million euros, which was reduced to 30 million for the next three years, running until 2018.Non-compliance with the rules can result in a series of disciplinary measures, ranging from a warning to the deduction of points, and even exclusion from European competition.PSG have already incurred sanctions for a previous violation and were slapped with a 60-million-euro fine, 40 million of which suspended, in 2014, and saw their squad for the Champions League cut from 25 to 21 players.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

August 13, 2020 0