Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable

first_img Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Violence and fear are an integral part of the lives of many Latin American radio programme hosts, who are sometimes even at risk within their studios. Local radio stations are particularly exposed, especially those that are far from major urban centres.Radio stations are often hounded by government officials, politicians and organized crime. Of the 17 journalists murdered in Latin America in 2016, no fewer than ten worked for radio stations. Hernán Choquepata Ordoñez, a Peruvian journalist working for Radio La Ribereña, and João Valdecir de Borba, a Brazilian journalist with Rádio Difusora AM, were both shot dead in mid-broadcast last year.Two programme hosts working for the same Mexican radio station, Tu Un Ñuu Savi, were killed within the space of three months. Marco Bonifacio Sánchez, a Peruvian journalist with Turbo Mix Radio y Televisión, was attacked ten days ago by masked men who tried to cut his tongue out.“On World Radio Day, we hail the courageous work of radio stations from Mexico to Patagonia, which play a key role in promoting freedom of expression and opinion and actively participate in the democratic lives of their countries in often deplorable security conditions,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“As a matter of urgency, Latin America’s government must reinforce protection for these radio stations and their journalists and guarantee their ability to operate and to be viable.”In countries such as Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Honduras, minorities and other sectors of the population that are disadvantaged and marginalized have been using community radio stations for decades as a tool for promoting education, fundamental rights and identity-based demands.Many indigenous communities still use their radio stations to defend their lands and denounce discrimination by their big-city neighbours. This is the case with La Voz de Zacate Grande in Honduras and Voces de Nuestra Tierra and Nasa Estéreo in Colombia. Radio is often the only link with the outside world for communities in some remote Amazonian regions.Although community radio stations play a vital social role, their work is complicated by the fact that they receive no support from most Latin American governments, which make little effort to promote pluralism.Legislation in Guatemala and Brazil, for example, makes it very difficult for community radio stations to obtain or renew broadcast frequencies and obstructs their development.They are therefore forced to operate illegally, leaving them even more vulnerable to violence and persecution by the authorities, who do not hesitate to carry out raids, confiscate their equipment and prosecute them. Help by sharing this information News RSF_en News Receive email alerts to go further MexicoBrazilGuatemalaHondurasPeruColombiaParaguayAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionUNESCO Follow the news on Americas Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is marking World Radio Day today by spotlighting both the importance and the fragility of Latin America’s community radio stations, which play a key social and democratic role but are still very vulnerable. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies February 10, 2017 Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists MexicoBrazilGuatemalaHondurasPeruColombiaParaguayAmericas Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionUNESCO Reports Organisation May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Landscape wonder

first_imgImazapyr (“Arsenal” and others).Clopyralid and triclopyr (“Confront”).2,4-D (various brand names).Glufosinate (“Finale”).Glyphosate (“Roundup” and others).Triclopyr (“Brush-B-Gone” and others). All of these herbicides work best when applied to actively growing plants. All can be applied to foliage, but triclopyr, glyphosate and imazapyr can also be applied to cut stems.For example, if the plant is creeping up a wall or tree, it’s in your best interest to cut a 12-inch section of the stem and remove it. Everything above the cut should die, but the plant below the cut could resprout.To prevent resprouting, spray or paint the stems immediately after you cut them. When you’re making this cut-stem application, most herbicide manufacturers recommend using the herbicide at full or 50-percent strength. Refer to the product label for the correct directions.Best time to sprayIt’s best to apply these three herbicides in late summer or early fall.Imazapyr, glufosinate and glyphosate are nonselective herbicides, so take care to prevent spray drift from contacting desirable plants.Clopyralid, triclopyr and 2,4-D are safe to use in turf grasses, but take care to prevent spray drift from contacting plants sensitive to these herbicides. Always refer to herbicide labels for application information.Check treated plants periodically to make sure you get complete control. You may need to reapply. By Wayne McLaurinand Mark CzarnotaUniversity of GeorgiaThe hottest things in the landscape now are “new” and native plants. Well, there are no new plants — just the ones we don’t know about. However, one native plant is truly underappreciated.This plant can be propagated by both cuttings and seed. And no one ever fertilizes it. It seems perfectly happy with just native soils and their inherent fertility.Besides this low fertility requirement, it also has all of the sought-after characteristics of a Xeriscape plant. Nobody waters it. It seems to thrive in the drought and heat. Fantastic ground coverIt grows as a fantastic ground cover. It can cover an area in a single year. It’s not subject to any disease or insect, either, and it competes with weeds and grasses exceedingly well.This plant can be grown as a small shrub or as a standard if you wish. It’s deciduous and won’t maintain its leaves in the winter, but it has good form and shape.You don’t need to look at the zone growing chart. Remember, it’s one of our original native plants. It’s well-adapted and produces fantastic growth from Nova Scotia to British Columbia and from Florida to Mexico. It grows well in all of North America.Grows anywhere as a vineThis plant can be grown as a vine, too, on a trellis, trees, houses — anywhere.This amazing plant has wonderful fall color and produces wildlife food (the birds seem to devour its seeds). Besides all these other characteristics, it can be used as a barrier plant where you don’t want traffic in the landscape. Virtually nobody steps into or crosses this plant.There may be no other plant that incorporates all of these ornamental characteristics in a single plant.Would you like to have one?Probably not.It happens to be Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy).If you still don’t like itIf you already have it in your landscape but don’t really enjoy its virtues, there are ways to get rid of it.Most people who are highly allergic to poison ivy wisely choose not to hand-remove it. Many people resort to herbicides to control the plant. A number of products will provide control, including some that homeowners can buy:last_img read more

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Lithuanian Basketball club Zalgiris Kaunus enters esports

first_imgZalgiris Kaunus, a Lithuanian Basketball club, announced at a press conference that it’s entering the ever-growing world of esports by establishing teams in Hearthstone, League of Legends, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.Zalgiris Esports has partnered with esports organisations Gameplay DNA and Baltic Elite to properly establish itself in the industry. The initial goals for the organisation are said to be winning big in two esports competitions, namely InfoShow and GameOn 2018. It also plans on competing in ESEA, BESL, and DreamHack competitions.Paulius Motiejunas, Club Director, Zalgiris Kaunus explained the decision: “The power of esports allows to reach the youngest audiences. This industry is rapidly growing and Zalgiris is happy to join the ranks. Zalgiris is a household name in basketball and we want to elevate Lithuanian esports’ impact in the international stage.”He also explained at the conference that having an esports division to the company is a natural development, especially since they want to keep up to date with current innovations in the sports world. Additionally, he expressed his desire for Zaligiris to become a well-known addition to the competitive gaming scene.Typically, sports teams seem to flock towards the video game alternative on sports they compete in – including FIFA and NBA 2K. Lagiris entering titles that fall into the first-person shooter, strategy card game, and MOBA categories is a breath of fresh air.Esports Insider says: There are plenty of fierce competitors from Lithuania in the esports world, but Lithuanian organisations and teams seem sparse – it’s good to see Zalgiris, who are considered a top Basketball team, are entering the industry. Hopefully, it spurs on other sports clubs in the country to branch out into competitive gaming.last_img read more

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NBA free agency 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of reported signings, trades from Day 4

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, 76ers will pursue Kyle Korver after he receives buyout from Suns Elsewhere, Markieff Morris signed with the Pistons while the Mavericks added backup center Boban Marjanovic.Here’s a complete list of deals from the fourth day of free agency(All trades reported by ESPN and The Athletic) Related News — The Grizzlies moved off of Chandler Parsons’ contract when they sent him to the Hawks in exchange for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee. The Grizzlies also acquired Josh Jackson, De’Anthony Melton and two second-round picks from the Suns, who received Kyle Korver and Jevon Carter in the trade. Phoenix is planning to buy out Korver.— The Pelicans could have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA next season. They re-signed wing Darius Miller to a two-year, $14.25 million deal. He hit 36.5% of his 3-point attempts last season. Rockets rumors: Houston hoping to trade for Andre Iguodala, sign JaVale McGee — The 76ers continued to fill out their roster by inking guard Raul Neto to a one-year minimum contract. — Markieff Morris is heading to the Pistons on a one-year deal. He has scored 11.6 points per game over his eight-year career. — The Mavericks added depth in the frontcourt. They inked veteran center Boban Marjanovic to a two-year, $7 million contract. — Quinn Cook became an unrestricted free agent as the Warriors rescinded his qualifying offer. Cook averaged 6.9 points in 14.3 minutes per game last season. — The Timberwolves continued to adjust their roster. They acquired Jake Layman from the Trail Blazers in a sign-and-trade. He agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million contract with Minnesota. “We’re extremely appreciative of how hard (Portland general manager) Neil Olshey worked with us to accommodate what we were trying to accomplish in this sign and trade,” Layman’s agent, Mark Bartelstein told ESPN. — The Pacers signed another guard Wednesday as they inked TJ McConnell to a two-year, $7 million contract. Indiana also added Malcolm Brogdon and Jeremy Lamb earlier this week. The fourth day of free agency was filled with minor moves and a few trades.The Grizzlies may have been the most active team, as they reportedly completed a pair of trades. DeMarcus Cousins free agency rumors: Center switches agent amid reports he has ‘no market’last_img read more

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