July 13, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mexican president urged to rein in violence against journalists April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our appeal.Sincerely, News Paris, 10 July 2015 Follow the news on Mexico Reports News As your four-day visit to France gets under way today, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an international NGO that defends freedom of information, would like to refer you to the disturbing situation of the media in your country and, in particular, the violence that journalists constantly face.On 5 May, you publicly reaffirmed your “complete commitment to Mexicans’ freedom of expression and right to information” and you added that “the free expression of ideas and the right to be correctly informed are fundamental for consolidating our democracy and accelerating our progress.”We think it is important to contrast these commendable comments with the reality on the ground for Mexican journalists. What with murders, kidnappings, physical attacks, a failure to punish these crimes of violence, widespread self-censorship and a concentration of media ownership in too few hands – much needs to be done. Solutions must urgently be found to the grave problems affecting freedom of information in Mexico.Since 2000, RSF has registered a total of 86 murders of journalists and media workers in definite or probable connection with their work, of which 15 have taken place since you became president. These figures make Mexico the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for the media and have resulted in its being ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the 2015 RSF press freedom index.Since the start of the year, RSF has had to alert public opinion to several grave acts of violence against journalists in Mexico:- Six journalists and media workers have been murdered in the states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Guanajuato. Filadelfo Sánchez Sarmiento was the latest victim. After receiving death threats during elections in early June, he was gunned down on 2 July as he left the radio station where he worked. The police have yet to identify the perpetrators of any of these murders.- Radio presenter Bernardo Javier Cano Torres was kidnapped in the state of Guerrero in May and was held for 20 days. He was freed because his family paid a ransom. The police have not identified its kidnappers.- There were many physical attacks against journalists during Mexico’s election campaign in early June. RSF is aware of at least ten attacks against journalists whose only crime was to have been covering events.- Journalist Pedro Canché spent nine months in prison in the state of Quintana Roo before a court finally recognized that his rights had been violated and ordered his immediate release on the night of 28 May. He had been accused of “sabotage” after posting photos of local protests and a video critical of Quintana Roo’s administration. Several NGOs blamed his prolonged detention on interference by Quintana Roo’s governor. Impunity is unfortunately the rule in Mexico, partly because of collusion between organized crime and certain politicians and government officials. Some politicians do not hesitate to attack journalists in public statements, instead of supporting them, which just compounds the harassment to which they are exposed. A few days ago (on 1 July), the governor of Veracruz accused some journalists of being in constant contact with organized crime – the last straw in what is one of the deadliest states for journalists.The Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos contra la Libertad de Expresión), created in 2006, and the federal mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists, created in 2012, constitute positive judicial advances but they have not been equal to the needs, partly because of bureaucratic red tape.RSF does not doubt that this disturbing state of affairs spurs you to do everything possible to improve the situation of journalists in Mexico. As you said in an address on 15 April when a new president of the Communication Council took office: “The traditional media and new information technologies strengthen our democracy by creating dialogue, debate and understanding. Out of personal and democratic conviction as President of the Republic, I will continue to work to guarantee the full application of the freedoms recognized by our Constitution.”We therefore ask you to consider our recommendations to: MexicoAmericas Read the letter: here – Carry out a complete overhaul of Mexico’s justice system in order to combat impunity while providing journalists with real protection.- Increase the resources of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (Fiscalía Especial para la Atención de Delitos contra la Libertad de Expresión).- Strengthen the federal mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists, establishing effective protective measures with a requirement that all local and federal authorities implement them. This mechanism must be given the capacity to act preventively and to intervene as soon as threats are received.- Implement the recommendations on combatting impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, reinforcing the existing mechanisms and reinforcing the protection of journalists that were accepted during the Universal Periodic Review in October 2013.- Pay special attention to the most dangerous states for journalists and press their administrations to combat impunity effectively. Christophe DeloireSecretary-General Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News (Logo: AFP) 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en May 13, 2021 Find out more President Enrique Peña NietoResidencia Oficial de Los PinosManuel Acuña 144, San Pedro Iztacalco08220 Ciudad de México, D.F. Mexico Organisation Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out more Dear President Peña Nieto, MexicoAmericas Reporters Without Borders has written to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who begins a four-day visit to France today, about the violence against journalists and news media in his country. The letter calls for urgent measures to protect media personnel and to combat impunity for crimes of violence against them. Related documents letter_to_enrique_pen_a_nieto.pdfPDF – 79.34 KB to go further
Advertisement Print Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Seamus BrowneNEWCASTLE West Sinn Féin councillor Seamus Browne has called on Limerick Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan to explain why he disagrees with Garda statements over illegal fuel laundering.Deputy O’Donovan last week stated that some political parties are mysterious about their funding and could be getting revenue from illegal fuel smuggling. He said the government needs to stop “pussy-footing” around the issue.Cllr Browne pointed out that Deputy O’Donovan suggested that Sinn Féin was involved in illegal activities despite the Garda Commissioner denying this. Cllr Browne said this was a blatant attempt to politicise the issue and deflect from genuine efforts to tackle the problem.“Sinn Féin has been vociferous in its condemnation of illegal fuel laundering and I reject Deputy O’Donovan’s allegation which was nothing more than a political slur.“Even the Garda Commissioner, in a letter to Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn, says that the Gardaí have no information to support assertions that ‘the Provisional IRA still maintains its military structure and confines its criminal activities to fuel laundering, cigarette-smuggling and counterfeiting’,” he explained.“If Fine Gael is up for genuinely tackling the issue then they should take a lead on it in the Dáil and publish the required legislation.“If Deputy O’Donovan was concerned with tackling this issue he would support the recommendations of the report the Northern Assembly that calls for legislation on both sides of the border to help authorities tackle the problem.“This would be preferable to engaging in empty political taunts which are not supported by the Gardaí,” Cllr Browne concluded. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsLimerick TD accused of ’empty political taunts’By Alan Jacques – March 5, 2015 734 Previous articleTapping into a grave local demand in County Limerick cemeteryNext articleLimerick planning applications down as construction slows up Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Email Twitter Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSCllr Seamus BrowneFine GaellimerickPatrick O’Donovan TDSinn Fein Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
The vitamin D levels of newborn babies appear to predict their risk of respiratory infections during infancy and the occurrence of wheezing during early childhood, but not the risk of developing asthma. Results of a study in the January 2011 issue of Pediatrics support the theory that widespread vitamin D deficiency contributes to risk of infections.“Our data suggest that the association between vitamin D and wheezing, which can be a symptom of many respiratory diseases and not just asthma, is largely due to respiratory infections,” says Carlos Camargom of Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), who led the study. “Acute respiratory infections are a major health problem in children. For example, bronchiolitis — a viral illness that affects small airway passages in the lungs — is the leading cause of hospitalization in U.S. infants,”Although vitamin D is commonly associated with its role in developing and maintaining strong bones, recent evidence suggests that it is also critical to the immune system. Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight, and achieving adequate levels in winter can be challenging, especially in regions with significant seasonal variation in sunlight. Previous studies by Camargo’s team found that children of women who took vitamin D supplements during pregnancy were less likely to develop wheezing during childhood. The current study was designed to examine the relationship between the actual blood levels of vitamin D of newborns and the risk of respiratory infection, wheezing and asthma.The researchers analyzed data from the New Zealand Asthma and Allergy Cohort Study, which followed more than 1,000 children in the cities of Wellington and Christchurch. Midwives or study nurses gathered a range of measures, including samples of umbilical cord blood, from newborns whose mothers enrolled them in the study. The mothers subsequently answered questionnaires — which among other items asked about respiratory and other infectious diseases, the incidence of wheezing, and any diagnosis of asthma — 3 and 15 months later and then annually until the children were 5 years old. The cord blood samples were analyzed for levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD), considered to be the best measure of vitamin D status.Cord blood samples were available from 922 newborns in the study cohort, and more than 20 percent of them had 25OHD levels less than 25 nmol/L, which is considered very low. The average level of 44 nmol/L would still be considered deficient — some believe that the target level for most individuals should be as high as 100 nmol/L — and lower levels were more common among children born in winter, of lower socioeconomic status, and with familial histories of asthma and smoking. By the age of 3 month, infants with 25OHD levels below 25 nmol/L were twice as like to have developed respiratory infections as those with levels of 75 nmol/L or higher.Survey results covering the first five years of the participants’ lives showed that the lower the neonatal 25OHD level, the higher the cumulative risk of wheezing during that period. But no significant association was seen between 25OHD levels and a physician diagnosis of asthma at age 5 years. Some previous studies had suggested that particularly high levels of vitamin D might increase the risk for allergies, but no such association was seen among study participants with the highest 25OHD levels. Camargo notes that very few children in this study took supplements; their vitamin D status was determined primarily by exposure to sunlight.An associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, Camargo said that the study results do not mean that vitamin D levels are unimportant for people with asthma. “There’s a likely difference here between what causes asthma and what causes existing asthma to get worse. Since respiratory infections are the most common cause of asthma exacerbations, vitamin D supplements may help to prevent those events, particularly during the fall and winter when vitamin D levels decline and exacerbations are more common. That idea needs to be tested in a randomized clinical trial, which we hope to do next year.”
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — It has been a difficult six weeks for Sandra Polakovich and her family, but on Wednesday, she returned home from the hospital. After spending more than two weeks at UHS a second time, Polakovich’s COVID-19 test came back negative, and she was released again. Polakovich was rushed to the ICU at UHS Wilson Medical Center on March 27. This was about a week after her 83-year-old husband, William, became the first person in Broome County to die from virus. On Wednesday, hospital staff members held a socially-distanced celebration to honor Polakovich and her incredible journey. She spent four days on a ventilator before being released from the hospital for the first time and told to quarantine at home. She was readmitted into the hospital shortly afterward.
Green Sail, an association that creates a positive environment for the development of nautical tourism by proposing preventive and corrective measures for partner marinas and charters, recorded a video on the problem of discharging black wastewater from various types of vessels in Croatia.Marine pollution today is one of the biggest environmental problems and can cause serious consequences for the living conditions of marine underwater flora and fauna. According to the Green Sail Association, although the nautical sector faces many other problems, it should not be overlooked that seawater can be contaminated with pathogens, nutrients, chemicals, detergents, pesticides and heavy metals from faecal wastewater, which can lead to many health problems. and at the same time endanger the maritime system and the economy.The head of the Maritime Department of the University of Dubrovnik, Dr. Koboević, advised on the current practice of discharging fecal water from vessels. He pointed out that the process of learning and raising people’s awareness is quite slow. “Croatian legislation does not have strict or detailed regulations on how far something can be dropped far from the coast without being sanctioned “, emphasizes Dr. Koboević, who defended his doctoral dissertation on the topic“Model of marine pollution with black wastewater from vessels”He adds that in general, where there are large yachts and megayachts, as well as where there are small sailboats, there are a lot of bacteria. Cruisers have a faecal wastewater treatment system subject to international law, yachts also have this system (although it is not always used in the case of yachts), while sailboats do not have this system at all.Unfortunately, emptying black tanks in marinas is rare due to the small number of marinas that have this service. Only more precise laws and increased control can achieve the necessary changes in the discharge of fecal water from vessels across the Adriatic coast, the Green Sail Association concludes.More about the Green Sail Association and the movement for the promotion of sustainable tourism and environmentally responsible practices within the nautical sector Green Sail is a non-profit initiative established with the aim of promoting sustainable tourism and environmentally responsible practices within the nautical sector and preventing pollution of the sea and marine environment.Through its two programs, Green Sail works to prevent marine litter by providing educational and informational activities and materials.Charter program, the initiative promotes the importance of reducing plastic products and recycling charters and their guests, both on sailboats and in marinas. So far, over 40 charters with more than 1100 sailboats have joined the program. For its charter partners, the initiative provides education, all the necessary materials (flags, brochures and stickers for sailboats) before the first departure, support in individual and joint projects.Marine programs, the initiative advises partner marinas on appropriate waste management practices, with an emphasis on efficient waste separation. So far, the ACI marina chain has joined the program, as well as several private marinas, and we can especially emphasize the successful cooperation with Porto Montenegro, as our most distant partner. To partner marinas, the initiative provides education, promotional and information materials, a guide to marinas, regular inspections and counseling.Related news:IS DUBROVNIK AND OUR ISLANDS THREATENED BY AN ECOLOGICAL DISASTER CAUSED BY GARBAGE FROM THE SEA?