Journalists targeted in pro and anti-Lula protests in Brazil

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Reports April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America BrazilAmericas Condemning abuses Violence AFP PHOTO / PAULO PINTO – FOTOS PUBLICAS April 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the unacceptable physical and verbal attacks on media outlets and reporters prior to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s imprisonment and calls on both authorities and demonstrators to respect the work of the media. At least eight journalists were attacked on 7 April by demonstrators who had gathered outside the headquarters of the ABC metalworkers’ union in the state of São Paulo in a show of support for Lula shortly before he surrendered to the authorities.Reporters with three radio stations, CBN, Bandnews FM and Jovem Pan, and three TV channels, Bandnews, Rede TV and Globo, were subjected to verbal and physical violence while covering Lula’s last minutes of freedom. Some crews had to leave the area for security reasons.Similar incidents were reported in different cities on 5 April. In São Paulo and Brasilia, the vehicles of reporters for Bandnews FM and the Correio Braziliense newspaper were attacked and their windows were smashed. In João Pessoa, the capital of the northeastern state of Paraíba, demonstrators attacked the headquarters of Cabo Branco TV, Globo TV’s local associate.“The Brazilian authorities must ensure the safety of the media, whose work at this time of great political tension is fundamental,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.”Brazilian journalists are being unfairly targeted and are the leading victims of the frustration of demonstrators, who link them directly the media outlets they work for. This is a serious violation of freedom of the press and information, which the country badly needs amid the current political turmoil.”Attacks on media outlets and investigative reporters are common in Brazil. On 26 March, someone opened fire on the headquarters of the Jornal dos Bairros Litoral, a weekly newspaper in the southern state of Paraná.Lula’s imprisonment has exacerbated the already considerable polarization in Brazil since President Dilma Rousseff ‘s impeachment and removal in 2016. The presidential election due to be held in October could fuel the climate of mistrust and hostility towards the media.Brazil is ranked 103rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 10, 2018 Journalists targeted in pro and anti-Lula protests in Brazil Organisation News Receive email alerts RSF_en News BrazilAmericas Condemning abuses Violence News Follow the news on Brazillast_img read more

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China says it must improve hygiene in markets after Beijing outbreak

first_imgTopics : Low standards of hygiene in China’s wholesale food markets and vulnerabilities in its food supply chain need to be urgently addressed after a new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing, a leading body of the ruling Communist Party said.The resurgence of COVID-19 in the country’s capital over the past week, infecting more than 100 people and raising fears of wider contagion, has been linked to the city’s massive Xinfadi food center.The Communist Party’s top disciplinary body said the outbreak underlined the urgent need to improve sanitation standards and minimize health risks at markets. “The epidemic is a mirror that not only reflects the dirty and messy aspects of wholesale markets but also their low level management conditions,” the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a report published on its website on Wednesday.China’s sprawling food markets have emerged as an ideal breeding ground for the coronavirus, which has now infected more than 8 million people worldwide. The first major cluster of infections was traced to the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan, where bats and other wild animals were believed to be on sale.The CCDI report noted that most of the markets were built 20 to 30 years ago, when drainage and wastewater treatment was relatively undeveloped.An Yufa, a professor at China Agricultural University, was cited in the report as saying the markets must follow international practice and implement origin tracing systems as well as documentation on storage, transport and sale.Officials in Wuhan province took 3,000 samples from tools, chopping boards and drains in 114 farmers’ markets and 107 supermarkets this week to check for potential new sources of infection. All came up negative, they said.China has promised to ban the trade and consumption and wildlife in a bid to minimize disease transmission, though the use of wild animal products in traditional medicine will still be permitted. last_img read more

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Animals from Junk by Chance

first_imgHow to build an animal: throw junk DNA at it.  That seems to be the latest idea on where higher animals came from.  A press release from University of Bristol posted on Science Daily and EurekAlert announced, “‘Junk DNA’ Can Explain Origin And Complexity Of Vertebrates, Study Suggests.”    The basic idea, coming from scientists at Dartmouth College and University of Bristol, is that a proliferation of micro-RNAs appeared in early vertebrates like lampreys that was “unparalleled in evolutionary history.”  The scientists compared genomes of living fish (sharks and lampreys) and invertebrates like the sea squirt.    Because micro-RNAs are implicated in higher organisms, the circumstantial evidence convinced them of a correlation: “Most of these new genes are required for the growth of organs that are unique to vertebrates, such as the liver, pancreas and brain,” said Philip Donoghue of Bristol.  “Therefore, the origin of vertebrates and the origin of these genes is no coincidence.”    Dr. Kevin Peterson of Dartmouth put the discovery into a larger context: “This study not only points the way to understanding the evolutionary origin of our own lineage, but it also helps us to understand how our own genome was assembled in deep time.”There you have it: the Darwin Party buzzwords necessary to make the eyes glaze over: deep time, understanding, evolutionary origin, zzzz.  While you were sleeping you didn’t see the magic tricks.  They threw junk at a sea squirt and poof!  A pancreas emerged!  then a liver!  then a brain!    So happy Darwin Day.  Stop thinking so hard.  Join the party.  Have some fun.  Get involved in this game – blind man’s bluff.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Green Star certification for 50th SA building

first_img10 March 2014 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has certified auditing firm Ernst & Young’s new headquarters in Johannesburg as the 50th green building on its Green Star SA rating system, the organisation announced last month. The council, established in 2007, uses a voluntary rating system which sets standards and provide clear guidelines as to what constitutes a “green building”. The Green Star SA is based on the internationally recognised Australian Green Star rating system and has been customised for South Africa. “We are absolutely thrilled by the uptake in green building in South Africa,” GBCSA CEO Brian Wilkinson said in a statement. “In the past few months the number of buildings that have been certified, or which have applied for certification, has increased exponentially – with 20 buildings being certified in 2013 alone.” Nine government buildings have been certified, including the six-star Department of Environmental Affairs head office in Pretoria, the five-star Sisonke district office in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and the five-star National English Literature Museum in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. The system encourages developers and architects to minimise the environmental impacts of their developments. Among other things, it rewards projects for reducing waste sent to landfill, and for building designs that yield reduced energy and water consumption and lower operating costs. Buildings are rated using a sliding scale, from the six-star Green Star SA certification, which indicates “world leadership”, to five stars for “South African excellence” and four stars for “best practice”.Government leading by example “The support has been widespread, but of most significance is the take-up of Green Star SA by government bodies and big businesses from banks to property developers,” Wilkinson said, adding that the government, as the country’s largest owner and operator of property, played an influential leadership role. “It’s encouraging to see the country’s leadership take up international best practice when it comes to green buildings, and we are delighted that there are nine government buildings certified to date. One of the only three 6-star buildings to be certified so far in South Africa is also in this category.” center_img The business case for green building According to construction company McGraw and Hills’ World Green Building Trend survey (2013), 51% of South Africa firms expect to be building green by 2015, most notably in the commercial markets, where companies are recognising that green buildings can produce measurable financial value. “Developers have identified that there are clear environmental benefits for building green as well as a compelling business case,” Wilkinson said. “Going green is not just about the environment; the bottom-line benefits of building and operating green buildings are particularly important considering South Africa’s rising energy costs and water scarcity – coupled with lower risks, improvements to employee productivity and, ultimately, better investment returns and higher property valuations.” South African banks with Green Star-rated buildings include Nedbank, with one 5-star and two 4-star rated buildings, Standard Bank with its five-star office development in Rosebank, Johannesburg, and Old Mutual and Firstrand Bank, with their joint initiative five-star Portside building in Cape Town. Other notable Green Star-rated buildings in the country include the six-star Vodafone Site Solutions building in Midrand, Johannesburg; the five-star DSTV City in Randburg, Johannesburg; the five-star Chevron Project Core building in Cape Town; and the No 1 and No 2 Silo buildings in Cape Town (six-star and four-star respectively). Several buildings belonging to commercial property developers have also achieved Green Star status, including Shepstone & Wylie’s four-star 24 Richefond Circle building in Durban, and Growthpoint Properties’ four-star Lincoln on the Lake and Mayfair on the Lake developments in KwaZulu-Natal. Because developers have kept increasing utility costs, potential carbon taxes and stricter regulations in mind when it comes to rental premises, they have recognised that green buildings can fetch lease premiums and retain tenants for longer than conventional buildings, the GBCSA says. South African tenants are also increasingly demanding green buildings, as they provide a healthier and more productive indoor environment and reduce the consumption of energy and other resources. “Globally, the built environment is responsible for one-third of all carbon emissions, and with global warming a very real concern that affects us all, a shift in focus to green building is something that should be foremost in everyone’s minds – from government to developers to the average man in the street,” Wilkinson said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Ed Sheeran Performs House Concert For MusiCares Hurricane Relief

first_imgEd Sheeran performed a special house concert on September 25 in NYC which raised $350,000 for MusiCares hurricane relief efforts.Ed Sheeran: MusiCares House Concert Benefits Hurricane ReliefCredit/Copyright: MusiCaresThe singer performed for an hour at the event, hosted by MusiCares Board Chairman Michael McDonald, his wife Rebecca Wright, and Chase and Stephanie Coleman.MusiCares hurricane relief efforts help support members of the music community affected by the recent devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.MusiCares says: Hurricane relief assistance includes basic living expenses such as shelter, food, utilities, and transportation; medical expenses, including doctor and hospital bills, and medications; clothing; instrument and recording equipment replacement; relocation costs; home repairs; debris removal; and much more.last_img read more

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NDP MP asks Harper to take responsibility for Aboriginal Affairs minister Valcourt

first_imgAPTN National NewsNDP MP Linda Duncan is supporting calls for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to remove Bernard Valcourt’s from his Aboriginal Affairs office.In a release sent out late Wednesday, Duncan said she supports Treaty 8 chief’s calls for Valcourt to be removed.“The Treaty 8 First Nations are asking for the Prime Minister to remove Valcourt from his portfolio after a March 20 meeting where Valcourt made allegations based on unreleased RCMP information about missing and murdered Aboriginal women,” said the MP for Edmonton-Strathcona and former Aboriginal Affairs critic.Valcourt and the RCMP have been at odds since he told chiefs at the Alberta meeting recently that 70 per cent of Aboriginal women were killed by Aboriginal men. According to chiefs at the meeting, Valcourt was quoting information that was not part of the RCMP’s report released in May of last year.A spokesperson for Valcourt’s office said the information would be released in “due course.”The RCMP said Tuesday it will be releasing a second report on murdered and missing Indigenous women in May.The new report, however, will not include “statistics on the ethnicity of the perpetrators of solved Aboriginal women homicides,” said an RCMP spokesperson.Duncan asked in Question Period whether the prime minister would take “responsibility for his minister?”Valcourt answered by saying that his meetings in Western Canada were productive.last_img read more

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Minister of Tourism Chats with Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Executives

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar (centre, and again at right) speaks with Lea Miller and Richard Giannini, Executive  Directors of Popeyes  Bahamas Bowl, on November 1, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton, during a video recording for ESPN.(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)last_img

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