Juárez-based daily targeted again, call for probe into army abuses

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders calls on the federal justice and defence ministries to investigate a 4 June incident in the northern city of Ciudad Juárez in which soldiers beat several journalists including photographer José Luis González of El Diario, a regional newspaper that suffered a great deal in 2008. In a separate development, one of El Diario’s bureaux has just had to close because of threats believed to have come from a drug cartel.“The need to combat drug trafficking does not justify army mistreatment of media personnel,” Reporters Without Borders said. “An El Diario journalist had to go into exile because of the methods used by certain soldiers deployed in Chihuahua state to combat the drug cartels. In appointing an investigation into the attack on González and his colleagues, the federal justice and defence ministries must demonstrate that journalists, who are already threatened by the cartels, have nothing to fear from the security forces.”González, two TV cameramen and a photographer with the PM daily newspaper were assaulted by solders as they were filming and photographing the scene of a road accident in which four soldiers and a police patrol officer were injured. González was struck in the back, thrown to the ground, and beaten repeatedly with a rifle butt while one of the soldiers held him down with his boot.The incident came just a week after work was suspended at the El Diario bureau in Parral as a result of death threats against the staff. Journalists told Reporters Without Borders that the threats were prompted by an article about the detention of seven presumed members of the Sinaloa cartel. It named Román Valenzuela, one of the lieutenants of cartel chief Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, who is currently on the run.At the height of last year’s violence between the cartels, which left 1,600 dead in Chihuahua state alone, El Diario journalist Armando Rodríguez Carreón was murdered on 13 November, after seeking refuge in the United States. His murder remains unpunished. Other journalists went into exile at around this time. MexicoAmericas Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Organisation June 8, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Juárez-based daily targeted again, call for probe into army abuses Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img MexicoAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News May 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News Follow the news on Mexico April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Press release: UK to save 50,000 people from threat of landmines worldwide

first_img Email [email protected] The £100 million also includes: Telephone 020 7023 0600 £60.4 million for demining programmes in financial years 2018/19 and 2019/20 in Angola, Burma, Cambodia, Iraq, Laos, Lebanon, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe. Helped eradicate landmines from Mozambique – a Commonwealth country – by clearing every deadly explosive device from roads, bridges, schools and villages, making the country completely mine-free. Matched pound for pound £214,000 of public donations to the Mine Advisory Group’s (MAG’s) ‘Walk Without Fear’ appeal – through UK Aid Match – to double the impact and help return land to almost 8,000 people in Angola, 20 years after Princess Diana walked through a landmine littered field to raise awareness of the devastating impact they have on innocent lives. £12.6 million in 2017/18 as an extension to the pre-existing contract of the Global Mine Action Programme, which is delivered by the Halo Trust, MAG and Norwegian People’s Aid in Burma, Cambodia, South Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Laos, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.‎ In an event last year with HRH Prince Harry, the Department for International Development (DFID) made a £100 million commitment to make 150 square kilometres of land safe again over a three year period. Today’s announcement of £3 million of UK aid to South Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Burma and Cambodia for a three month period is a new allocation from this existing support which will be delivered by the Halo Trust, MAG and Norwegian People’s Aid. Notes to Editors General media queries (24 hours) The UK will help to save an extra 50,000 vulnerable people from the threat of landmines worldwide, as more children than ever die as a result of these “cruel, indiscriminate killers”, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt announced today.To mark International Mine Awareness Day, Ms Mordaunt warned that in far too many countries children live in fear and risk their lives every day to go to school or play with friends because years of devastating wars have left land littered with lethal, hidden mines.According to the latest figures, 2016 saw more child casualties than ever before and the highest number of total fatalities on record for more than 15 years. More than 8,600 people were injured and more than 2,000 people were killed during the year by landmines and other explosive devices left behind by conflict.From today, UK aid will help save the lives of 50,000 more people in South Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Burma and Cambodia by clearing mines from over five million square metres of land – the equivalent of over 19,000 tennis courts – and through educating vulnerable people about the dangers of landmines, keeping entire communities safe from maiming or death.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said:center_img Supported The HALO Trust to hand back Afghanistan’s most deadly province for landmines to its governor, after making 39 million of square metres of land safe once again. £20 million for Afghanistan in financial years 2018/19 and 2019/20 delivered by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).‎ £4 million for mine action in Sudan for 2018/19 and 2019/20 which will be delivered by UNMAS to clear 500,000 square metres of land in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States, open 1,000 km of priority routes for humanitarian aid delivery and provide education to 200,000 vulnerable people about the dangers of landmines. In addition to today’s announcement, UK aid has: Cleared mines from 140 million square metres of contaminated land across the world, including in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. If you have an urgent media query, please email the DFID Media Team on [email protected] in the first instance and we will respond as soon as possible. According to the latest statistics from the Monitor which provides research and monitoring for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), in 2016 8,605 mine casualties were recorded, of which at least 2,089 people were killed. Following a sharp increase in 2015, the casualty total in 2016 marked the highest number of annual recorded casualties in Monitor data since 1999 (9,228) and the most child casualties ever recorded (4,152). In addition to this, through UK Aid Match, the UK Government matched pound for pound public donations to MAG’s demining appeal. DFID will be continuing its programming in Asia and Africa including Afghanistan, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Somalia and South Sudan. It is unforgiveable that more innocent children than ever are being maimed or killed by landmines which have been left behind by decades of devastating wars. One wrong step on the way to school or during a game with friends can cost a life or cause a lifetime of pain and suffering. Today we are extending UK aid support to help save an extra 50,000 people in future years by educating them about the dangers of mines and also by decontaminating land littered with the devices. This will allow the poorest people to grow crops and their children to walk to school in areas which were once off limits. Landmines are deadly devices, that have no place in today’s world. No one should be forced to live in fear of losing a limb, their life or a child to these cruel, indiscriminate killers.last_img read more

Mary Gordon Roberts Fellows announced

first_imgThe Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative has selected its undergraduate Mary Gordon Roberts Thesis Fellows for summer 2018. These fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who will be conducting thesis research this summer, and include grants to enable this research. Support for these fellowships have been provided by Mary Gordon Roberts, the Gordon family, and the Office of the President and Provost.We congratulate our 2018 Fellows, listed below with concentration, project, and project advisor, and wish them a productive summer of research!Amma Ababio, History and Science“Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself: Christianity and Reforms to the Treatment of Insane Patients at the Pennsylvania Hospital”Advisors: Nadine Weidman, History of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity SchoolJulia Canick, Molecular and Cellular Biology“The Utility of Organoids for Recapitulating Human Brain Structure and Function”Advisor: Jeff Lichtman, Molecular and Cellular Biology, FASCindy Chau, Neurobiology“The Microglial Response to Deep Space Radiation”Advisor: Cynthia Lemere, Harvard Medical School (HMS)Saewon Chun, Neurobiology“The Association between Language and Frontal Gamma Activity of Children with High Risks for Autism”Advisor Charles Nelson, HMSMark Czeisler, Neurobiology“3-D Digital Reconstruction of Mouse Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Neurons Driving Circadian Rhythms”Advisor: Dominic Mao, Molecular and Cellular Biology, FASHeather Forbes, Neurobiology“Role of Oxytocin in Increasing the Prevalence of Autism”Advisor: Marcy Kingsbury, HMSAnahita Iyer, Neurobiology“Identifying Modifiers of Alpha-Synuclein Toxicity in Parkinson’s Disease”Advisor: Dennis Selkoe, HMSTaylor Joyce, Linguistics“Development of Quantification in Nicaraguan Sign Language”Advisor: Kathryn Davidson, Linguistics, FASTheodora Mautz, Neurobiology“How does anatomical topology relate to the functional organization of higher-order visual cortex?”Advisor: Margaret Livingstone, HMSSienna Nielsen, Psychology“The Story of the True Self: Unpacking the Relation between Challenges and Self-Authenticity”Advisor: Jill Hooley, Psychology, FASChinaza Ochi, Neurobiology“Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) as Potential Bio-Marker for Autism Spectrum Disorder”Advisor: Charles Nelson, HMSDuncan Stothers, Computer Science“Turing’s Child Machine: A Neurodevelopmental Approach”Advisor: Gabriel Kreiman, HMSSonia Wang, Neurobiology“How Microglia Contribute to Plasticity and Learning in the Olfactory Bulb”Advisor: Venkatesh Murthy, Molecular and Cellular Biology, FAS Read Full Storylast_img read more

I’m 40. Here’s 39 Things I Still Don’t Know

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s my 40th birthday. Like any monumentally important milestone, it got me thinking about who I am and what I know, who I thought I’d be by now and who I actually am. What, I wonder, do I have to show for 40 years on this green earth?But here’s the thing. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the older I got, the less I knew. I’m less sure about things I knew for certain when I was 30. At 20, life was a no-brainer: get a degree, marry the guy, get the job, have the kids. By 30, I had the kids and had no time to think about anything – but I could still tell you that breast beat bottle, that children shouldn’t watch too much television and that being a mom is the be-all and end-all of my life’s purpose.And now, on the big day?I’m glad that I breastfed my kids, but no longer have a strong opinion about what others do. My children have probably watched more TV than is acceptable by my compatriots in the mommy mafia.And is being a mom fulfilling? Absolutely. But is it everything? Where do my kids end and I begin?The answer is I don’t know. And the truth is that there are a lot of things I still don’t know. I have learned a thing or two here and there. I’ve learned not to have any heroes. Heroes often let you down. But that it’s okay because I’ve disappointed myself and I’m learning to forgive all of us.I’ve learned that I don’t want to be a brand. I don’t want to be defined by the things I buy or the candidates I vote for. I don’t want to be locked into a belief system that is so rigid I can’t be open to learning new things.Now the things I don’t know far outweigh what I’m sure of. Here are 39 of them. Maybe I’ll find the answers by my 50th.What I Don’t Know by Age 40:What I want to be when I grow upHow to keep it that way after I clean the houseHow to meditateHow to save moneyHow to make meatloafThe lyrics to “Yellow Ledbetter”How not to cry when I’m angryHow to thicken my skinHow to achieve great eyebrowsHow to be a wife, mother, employee and human being simultaneouslyHow to not order a second (or third) glass of wineThe difference between an alligator and a crocodileWhether Pluto is considered a planet or notHow to do a cartwheelHow to not care what others think of meWhy women vote RepublicanWhat happens when you dieHow to fold a fitted sheetHow to wear a scarfHow to organize anythingHow to achieve balanceWhy I can’t just use the fancy towelsWhy I need a pocketbook when I have pocketsThe difference between foundation and concealer, and how to apply eitherHow to be in the momentIf ghosts are realHow to disagree amicablyHow to be satisfied with what I haveHow some people don’t drink coffeeOr don’t like chocolateHow to code (or what that really means)How to do a headstandIf God is realHow Trump got this farWhat happened at the end of the SopranosHow to get through Joyce’s UlyssesHow to pronounce “quinoa,” “acai” and “manicotti.” I only want to eat the last one.Why pot isn’t legalMy placelast_img read more