Record 212 environmental activists murdered in 2019: NGO

first_imgTopics : Threat of sexual violence In Romania, an EU member state, a forest ranger working in one of Europe’s largest primeval forests was shot dead for trying to protect trees against organized criminal gangs harvesting them for profit.A month earlier, one of her colleagues was murdered with an axe to the back of the head.”At a time when we most need people to protect the planet against destructive, carbon-intensive industries, we are seeing the highest number of killings of land and environmental defenders” since Global Witness started tracking the issue in 2012, the report concluded.Outright murders occur against a generalized backdrop of intimidation and harassment.”Women defenders face specific threats,” such as personal smear campaigns, the report said. “Sexual violence is used as a tactic to silence women defenders, much of it underreported.”Efforts by local and indigenous communities to assert land rights also provoke violent ripostes.”In many countries, peoples’ rights to their land and natural resources are either unprotected, undocumented or not recognized,” Global Witness said.  At least 212 environmental campaigners worldwide were murdered in 2019, making last year the deadliest on record for frontline activists battling  the destruction of Nature, watchdog group Global Witness reported Wednesday.Colombia and the Philippines combined accounted for just over half of the confirmed deaths — 64 and 43, respectively — followed by Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.The real number is likely higher due to unreported or misrepresented cases, especially in Africa, the NGO said in its annual review. About 40 percent of victims were indigenous people, and over two-thirds died in Latin America. One in ten were women.For decades, native communities in the forests of Central and South America, Asia and Africa have seen ancestral lands degraded and destroyed, sometimes with the blessing of corrupt local or national governments.Of the 141 murders last year that could be linked a specific economic sectors, more than a third involved campaigners protesting mining operations, some legal most not. Thirty-four killings related to agribusiness were overwhelmingly in Asia, especially the Philippines. center_img ‘Draconian laws’ “Agribusiness and oil, gas and mining have consistently been the biggest drivers of attacks against land and environmental defenders,” said Global Witness campaigner Rachel Cox.”They are also the industries pushing us further into runaway climate change through deforestation and increased carbon emissions.”Burning forests not only robs the planet of greenhouse gas absorbing vegetation, it also releases stored CO2 into the atmosphere.Logging operations were directly linked to 24 deaths, with another 14 related to illegal crop substitution, 11 to land reform, and six to water management or dam construction.In the Philippines, a Manobo tribal chieftain was killed during a military  bombardment while protesting rogue mining operations near Kitaotao, in northern Mindanao.”The Philippines’ remaining virgin forests — like those protected by the Manobo — are being felled for mineral extraction and profit,” the report noted.”This is ‘business as usual’ for President Rodrigo Duterte and his government who are forging ahead with policies that prioritize fossil fuels and have passed draconian laws that can be used to silence those trying to stand in their way.”The number of killings in Colombia more than doubled last year, while in Honduras they rose from four to 14.The tropics and developing countries are not the only hotspots for violent attacks against those protecting natural resources. Two Indonesian activists were stabbed to death in October near a palm oil plantation in northern Sumatra. In the Philippines, police and counter-insurgency operations led to the massacre of 14 sugar plantation farmers on Negros island in March, only months after nine others had been killed in similar circumstances. last_img read more

Israelis protest against second virus lockdown

first_imgTopics : Hundreds of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv late Thursday against a second nationwide lockdown, the first such move in the world to tackle a renewed spike in coronavirus cases.The country is to re-enter lockdown at 2:00pm on Friday (1100 GMT), hours before Jewish New Year, known as Rosh Hashana, and extend for three weeks over other religious holidays including Yom Kippur and Sukkot.The Jewish state has the world’s second-highest detected virus infection rate after Bahrain, according to an AFP tally over the past fortnight. Israel has registered more than 172,000 coronavirus cases with 1,163 deaths, out of a population of nine million.”The economy is in free-fall, people are losing their jobs, they’re depressed,” said Yael, one  of between 300 and 400 demonstrators in the coastal city of Tel Aviv.”And all this for what? For nothing!” said the  60-year-old former employee of an architectural firm who lost her job in the crisis.Israel had initially been widely praised for curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease by imposing a stringent lockdown in March, but authorities have acknowledged that they were too quick to ease restrictions subsequently.center_img On the eve of the renewed lockdown, which was announced last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went on nationwide television to try to explain the government had no choice.”The health system has raised the red flag… We did everything we could to strike a balance between the [public] health needs and needs of the economy,” the premier said on Thursday.Under the new measures, residents will be limited to within 500 meters of their homes.Exceptions to this rule include residents going out to buy medicine and food, as well as to attend a funeral or circumcision ceremony.Israel’s opposition chief Yair Lapid has condemned the measures.”It’s a very aggressive move. It’s devastating for the economy and it’s not helpful in terms of stopping the epidemic,” he told AFP this week.”The only reason the government is imposing a new lockdown is that it’s completely lost… It’s failed completely to contain the coronavirus.”Attendance at synagogues, which are usually full for services during Jewish holidays, has been limited depending on the size of each place of worship.Authorities at Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue have decided the building will remain closed over the New Year, for the first time in its history.last_img read more

Reiss Nelson sends message to Nicolas Pepe after losing his place in Arsenal side

first_imgReiss Nelson sends message to Nicolas Pepe after losing his place in Arsenal side Advertisement Nicolas Pepe impressed on his full debut against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘Unai’s very positive and always telling you to express yourself, but also he’s got that thing where he’ll tell you if you do something wrong.‘I think that’s good for a coach to have two sides: the jokey side and the fiery side.‘For me, especially, it helps me a lot to continue to improve and keep going. He helps a lot of the young players because there were a lot of them who came on the pre-season tour.‘He told them to be themselves, if they made a mistake just carry on. He helps them grow and gives them a great chance.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Reiss Nelson was dropped for last Saturday’s defeat against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Reiss Nelson remains confident he can break back into the Arsenal first team despite the club shattering their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe earlier this summer.The England Under-21 international enjoyed a productive loan spell at Hoffenheim last term but is hopeful of making the grade back at his boyhood club.Nelson started against Newcastle on the opening weekend of the season but was hauled off at half-time against Burnley, with Pepe subsequently impressing on his home debut.Despite missing several opportunities, Pepe gave an eye-catching performance in place of Nelson against Liverpool last Saturday and is almost certain to keep his place for Saturday’s north London derby against Tottenham.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityNelson, however, believes a patient approach will eventually pay dividends for himself and praised the way in which Unai Emery is handling his own career development.He said: ‘All the competition that’s here, all the new wingers Arsenal have signed… I think this could be my time.‘I need to just keep training hard and getting all the information from the coaches and the players. If I do that, I’m going to have a big, big shout this season.‘It’s about taking those steps, doing the easy thing and getting the basics right first. Once I do that, I think I will get chances. Then it’s up to me to perform and do well for the team. Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 27 Aug 2019 2:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link36Shareslast_img read more

ESMA launches consultation on mandatory clearing of swaps

first_imgBecause of the difference in timing of the corresponding CCP authorisations, it said the IRS and CDS classes were covered in two separate papers and consultation periods. There was a large overlap between the two to give stakeholders the chance to review them and give feedback at the same time, it said. The regulator also said the two consultation papers might be followed by more on other asset classes.Within IRS, ESMA’s draft standards propose that basis, fixed-to-float, forward-rate agreements and overnight index swaps should be centrally cleared.Within CDS, European untranched index CDS — for two indices — should be centrally cleared, according to the draft standards.However, ESMA decided equity and interest-rate futures and options did not need a clearing obligation at this stage.The IRS consultation paper is open for feedback until 18 August, while the CDS paper is open until 18 September. Two consultation papers have been published by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on draft regulatory technical standards (RTS) for the clearing of interest rate swaps (IRS) and credit default swaps (CDS).The European regulator is developing the standards as part of the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), which is aimed reducing systemic risk.ESMA said it had analysed the two classes of derivative instrument and decided some IRS and CDS classes should be subject to the clearing obligation in central clearing houses (CCPs).ESMA said it was required to draft the technical standards on the clearing obligation within six months of CCPs being authorised or recognised.last_img read more

What the latest UNICEF report said about smacking…

first_imgIn fact, of the 7 worst countries, 6 of them have banned smacking (Latvia 1998, Bulgaria 2000, France 2016, Luxembourg 2008 , Finland 1983 and Estonia 2014).Sweden – the first country in the world to ban smacking (1979) comes in as the 8th worst country!But this isn’t breaking news.In 2003, UNICEF’s Innocenti Report Card “A League Table of Child Maltreatment Deaths in Rich Nations” was the first ever attempt to catalogue physical abuse of children in the 27 richest nations of the world. Of the 10 top countries in the UNICEF report which had an exceptionally low incidence of child maltreatment deaths, six hadn’t banned smacking.UNICEF reports in 2003 and 2007, a CYF report in 2006, and a Children’s Commissioner report in 2009 listed factors most commonly associated with the maltreatment of children as including;• drug and alcohol abuse• family breakdown• children not living with biological parents• single parenthood / weak family ties• poverty and stress• low maternal age at birthThat’s why the anti-smacking law was always destined to do nothing but criminalise good parents raising great kids.READ MORE: Defying Human Nature – An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law UNICEF has just released the Innocenti Report Card 14.There is a section entitled “Stopping adult violence against children” and contains a graph which shows the results of a survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights that reflects the levels of adult physical violence against girls aged under 15.So it’s only related to girls. But here’s the key admission by the report:However, it is interesting to note that Finland, which has a high rate of reported physical violence, was one of the first European countries to ban corporal punishment (in 1983), while the nation with the lowest incidence, Slovenia, has only recently (in October 2016) passed legislation prohibiting it in the home.last_img read more

Here’s how Man Utd could line-up for FA Cup tie

first_img Read Also:EPL: Martial, Rashford net as Man United beat Burnley to claim fifth spot Meanwhile, Fred and Nemanja Matic may be forced to start in midfield due to a lack of options – with James Garner hoping to be included. Anthony Martial is likely to miss out at Greenwood’s expense, but the Frenchman could battle Marcus Rashford for a spot on the left-flank. Jesse Lingard will hope to recover his form after another sub-par showing against Arsenal – but Andreas Pereira will fancy his chances of playing. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Mason Greenwood will start in Manchester United’s FA Cup third-round clash with Wolves on Saturday evening. The young striker, 18, will lead the line for the Red Devils as Solskjaer considers resting a handful of first-team regulars. Solskjaer  revealed he will also leave David De Gea out to rest, with Sergio Romero taking over between the sticks. However, the Norwegian will be limited in his options by injuries with a host of stars missing. Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are just two big names ruled out, with defenders Axel Tuanzebe, Eric Bailly, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcos Rojo all injured. Ahead of the game, Solskjaer said: “Sergio [Romero] will play tomorrow because he’s always done well when called upon. “Mason [Greenwood] will just continue until he’s a regular. “Paul is out. Axel [Tuanzebe], Eric [Bailly] and Tim [Fosu-Mensah] are getting closer but won’t be ready for this. [Marcos] Rojo won’t be ready for this. “There are a couple of illnesses and colds, which is normal for this time, so I’ll have to see who wakes up tomorrow and feels OK.” Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 6 Iconic Supercar Movies8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… With United far from certain from guaranteeing a European spot for next season through the league, Solskjaer is likely to name a strong team. Harry Maguire may be given a day off after struggling against Arsenal, with Phil Jones potentially stepping in. Youngster Brandon Williams could edge Luke Shaw out to start on the left-side of defence.last_img read more

Too Good or Just Right?

first_imgLast week the Cincinnati Reds drafted 17-year-old Hunter Greene as their number 2 pick.  Greene just completed his high school career at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.  It is reported that he throws a baseball at 102 mph.  The part that impressed the Reds as much as his fast ball was the character of this man.  He is the consummate high school student athlete.Every side of this young man makes him a perfect pick.  The only worry I would have is how much strain has been put on this young man’s arm by throwing a baseball 102 mph.  Most experts today say that throwing too hard too early is the main cause of arm problems later in one’s career.  Hunter has another “up” side, however.  He can play shortstop and hit a curve ball; so if he doesn’t become a starting pitcher, he could be a starting shortstop.  Any way you look at it, he seems to have enough positives that I wouldn’t worry too much right now about his career.  The Reds are lucky to have him!last_img read more

President Kenyatta hails peace progress in S.Sudan

first_imgPresident Kenyatta spoke when he received special envoys of President Salva Kiir at State House, Mombasa.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 The South Sudanese envoys included the country’s Minister for Presidential Affairs Nhial Deng Nhial and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Amb Beatrice Khamisa Wani.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentPresident Kenyatta congratulated the South Sudanese for committing to a permanent ceasefire and welcomed ongoing efforts to end intra-community violence.Further, the Head of State urged for the fast-tracking of pending issues in the peace accord key among them the reconstitution of the Transitional Legislative Assembly (TNLA).President Kenyatta and the envoys also spoke about the peace process in the Republic of Sudan and commended President Kiir for his diplomatic engagements which led to the Juba Peace Process.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deathsThe hallmark of the Juba talks will be the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement on October 3rd this year between the Government of Sudan and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF).At the same time, the President commended the Northern faction of the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM-N) for rejoining the talks and urged the remaining groups to follow suit.The meeting was also attended by Foreign Affairs CS Amb Raychelle Omamo President Uhuru Kenyatta has applauded President Salva Kiir and the people of South Sudan for the progress achieved in search of peace and stability in their country and the neighbouring Republic of Sudan. The President said the milestones made in the South Sudan peace process since the commencement of the transition period in February this year were as a result of sacrifices made by parties to the conflict.“I commend my brother President Salva Kiir and people of South Sudan for the positive steps they have taken to ensure the transition period begins on a firm foundation,” the President said.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolslast_img read more

UPDATE: Found-Help find runaway girl

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Update: Greensburg Police Department report that they found Molly around 5:15pm on Friday.   Original Story-The Greensburg Indiana Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating Molly Collins, 15. Molly was reported as a Runaway on February 18th, 2020.  She was last seen leaving school. Molly is believed to still be in the Greensburg area. If anyone has information on her whereabouts please contact the Greensburg Police Department at 812-663-3131.last_img

Tainted Alcohol Outbreak in Costa Rica Kills 19 People

first_imgOfficials in Costa Rica report that 19 people have died after consuming alcohol that was tainted with toxic levels of methanol.The Ministry of Health, which recently issued a national alert, says 14 men and five women, ranging in age from 32 to 72 years old, have died since the beginning of June.The government has confiscated nearly 30,000 bottles of alcohol that are suspected to be tainted, affecting several brands.The Ministry of Health advised people against consuming alcohol from those brands, as samples had tested positive for methanol adulteration. They include: Guaro Montano, Guaro Gran Apache, Aguardiente Estrella, Aguardiente Barón Rojo, Aguardiente Timbuka and Molotov Aguardiente.Adulterated liquor often contains methanol, which can make people feel inebriated. Adding methanol allows sellers to increase the amount of liquid and its potential potency, according to SafeProof, a group lobbying against counterfeit alcohol.Methanol poisoning can cause confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, as well as the inability to coordinate muscle movements. Small amounts can also be toxic.Outbreaks have become more common around the world in recent years, with each one ranging in impact from 20 to more than 800 victims, the World Health Organization says.last_img read more