Spain: Alfonso Armada, new president of the Spanish Section of Reporters Without Borders

first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further Help by sharing this information This last point is strategic in the new stage undertaken by the Spanish section of RSF, as its growing visibility in Spanish-speaking countries and the close ties that link Spanish and Latin American journalism, faced with extremely complex situations, constitute a full field of growth opportunities. “It is time for the ties between Latin America and Spain to materialize in fruitful projects for both parties,” said Alfonso Armada, who closed his speech with verses by the Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner Wislawa Szymborska, which perfectly summarizes the ethical obligation that every journalist faces every day: “Yesterday I behaved badly in the cosmos. I lived all day without asking for anything, without being surprised about anything … ” Alfonso Armada (Vigo, 1958) is a journalism graduate from the Complutense University of Madrid and in interpretation by the Royal School of Dramatic Arts. In 2012 he joined Reporters Without Borders as vice president. For 14 years he worked for the newspaper El País, five of which as a correspondent for Africa, and since 1999 for ABC, where he held the following positions: correspondent in New York (1999-2005), journalistic director of the Master ABC / UCM (2009 -2015), director of the ABC Cultural supplement (2015-2017) and cultural correspondent (since September of this year). It has covered the siege of Sarajevo, the Rwandan genocide and the attack on the Twin Towers. He was deputy director of Teatra magazine and is editor and director of the digital magazine FronteraD. He has published, among others, the books Cuadernos Africanos; Spain, from sun to sun; The rumor of the border (Journey by the border between the United States and Mexico); New York, the desire and the chimera; New York Dictionary; Sarajevo Diaries of the Bosnian war, and El Celta is not to blame, in addition to theater (The Golden Age of Dogs / No Damned Hope) and poetry in Galician (Pita velenosa, door two hazards and TSC, Diario da noite) and in Spanish (The Storms,Failure of Tangier and Russian Notebook). He is the author of the blogs Violent Rain (ABC) and The viewpoint (FronteraD).Twitter: @alfarmada Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News News SpainEurope – Central Asia SpainEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts “I accept with responsibility the difficult challenge of being at the height of Malén Aznárez, who carried out her work with an admirable passion. I hope that her legacy will enlighten me to face the challenges that await us”, said Alfonso Armada, who took his next steps at the helm of RSF Spain in the following directions: consolidate the organization as champion of the defense of freedom of information in our country, linking a greater number of journalists to the mission of RSFSpain, defending a journalism based on the truth of facts and data and combative with false news, as well as consolidating the organization’s ties with Latin America . April 27, 2021 Find out more Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso With an emotional memory to Malén Aznárez, president of Reporters Without Borders Spain from 2011 until her death on July 30, María Dolores Masana opened the assembly of partners of the organization, which met on Monday, November 6 in Madrid to choose its representatives after the death of the unforgettable journalist. News RSF_en By unanimity of all the members present in the assembly and those who delegated their vote, Alfonso Armada, a long-standing cultural reporter and journalist, was elected the new president of Reporteros Sin Fronteras España. The current president, Macu de la Cruz, resumes her position as vice president, while the vacancy in the other vice presidency left by the appointment of Alfonso Armada, is occupied by Alicia Gómez Montano, veteran journalist of Televisión Española (TVE). Rosa Meneses, a reporter for the newspaper El Mundo, remains the general secretary of the organization. News November 14, 2017 Spain: Alfonso Armada, new president of the Spanish Section of Reporters Without Borders RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Follow the news on Spainlast_img read more

Till genesis at the bed of an Antarctic Peninsula palaeo-ice stream as indicated by micromorphological analysis

first_imgSediment cores from cross-shelf troughs on the NE Antarctic Peninsula shelf recovered tills with variable shear strengths that represent different subglacial depositional regimes. In addition to detailed qualitative micromorphological descriptions, a quantitative method was applied, which revealed a higher abundance of boudins and intraclasts and a lower abundance of crushed and fractured grains in samples from the soft till compared with samples from the underlying stiff till. This is the first evidence of significant (micro-scale) differences between the two types of till and thus strengthens previous interpretations that were based primarily on shear strength. The differences between the soft and stiff till relate to a deforming continuum whereby the initial deposition of till as ice advanced across the shelf produced ductile structures before dewatering and compaction led to the formation of brittle structures such as crushed and fractured grains in the now stiff till. A change in ice-flow dynamics led to streaming flow and the deformation of the upper parts of the stiff till that was being reworked into a soft till. The soft till facilitated ice streaming, and progressive shearing led to the homogenization of the ice stream substrate, which was partially advected downstream. The resulting till thus contains poly-deformational structures, with deformation structures inherited from the stiff till being generally poorly preserved. Our micromorphological analysis of the soft till provides the first widespread sedimentological evidence of deformation across the palaeo-ice stream bed on the NE Antarctic Peninsula shelf.last_img read more

Booking.com: The focus is on eco-accommodation and sustainability

first_imgOn the occasion of Earth Day on April 22, Booking.com, published a new report with the results of its annual survey on sustainable travel. Applications in practice “As the world’s leading travel platform, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our platform – from accommodation and experiences to transportation, we are constantly exploring different ways to display information and support our clients in making sustainable decisions”They point out from Booking.com Difficulties with sustainable travel The results of the research also show that travelers would have a greater motivation to go on sustainable travel if there were some monetary incentives such as tax relief when choosing environmentally friendly accommodation (46%). In second place of the desired initiatives is the possibility of filtering sustainable and environmentally friendly accommodation on the website for booking accommodation (45%). The report also reveals what obstacles travelers often face when making sustainable travel decisions: 37% of global travelers agree with the statement that they do not know how to make their trip more sustainable34% of global travelers agree with the statement that although there is an offer of sustainable travel, other sui m options are still more attractive36% of global travelers cannot afford the additional costs of sustainable travel34% of global travelers claim that the plans they have prevent them from making sustainable decisions34% of global travelers think that destinations with sustainable travel are less attractive than others50% of global travelers know what they need to do to make sustainable travel decisions The survey shows that nearly three-quarters of travelers (72%) believe that people need to move now and make sustainable decisions to save the planet for future generations. Although the results are somewhat consistent among respondents of different ages, almost three-quarters of respondents between the ages of 46 and 55 (74%) are convinced that this is necessary, and the same opinion is shared by 71% of so-called millennials.  However, when it comes to recognizing environmentally friendly accommodation, almost three quarters (72%) of travelers worldwide said they were not familiar with the labels of sustainable accommodation, while slightly more than a third of passengers (37%) thought that the introduction of an international standard to identify environmentally friendly accommodation facilities encouraged more sustainable travel. Also, 62% of travelers would feel better on the trip if they knew their accommodation was environmentally friendly. When it comes to travel experiences, more than half of travelers around the world (52%) say they change their habits while traveling, making sustainable decisions like walking, biking and hiking whenever possible. Also, 68% of respondents want the money they spend during the trip to be returned to the local community. Nearly three-quarters of the world’s travelers (72%) are looking for authentic experiences that represent local cultures, while two-fifths of travelers (41%) want travel agencies to start giving advice on how to make sustainable travel decisions. On the other hand, 56% of respondents said they would be willing to reduce their carbon footprint when choosing accommodation when possible. So the focus is on eco-accommodation and sustainability, and it will booking.com stand out, while you will have a competitive advantage. The first opportunity for a great promotion is on the occasion of Earth Day on April 22, when you can highlight your examples of sustainability and invite your guests to your accommodation. Eco-accommodation Travelers believe that travel agencies play an important role: 71% of travelers believe that travel agencies should offer their clients more sustainable travel. On the other hand, almost half of travelers worldwide (46%) admit that it would be harder for them to make sustainable decisions on holiday than in everyday life. Nearly a third of travelers worldwide (31%) find that holidays are a special time and that they do not want to think about sustainability during their holidays. In line with travelers ’intentions to make more sustainable travel decisions, sustainable travel is becoming increasingly popular. Nearly three-quarters of the world’s passengers (73%) intend to stay in environmentally friendly accommodation facilities at least once this year. The number of such passengers in Booking.com’s survey has been on the rise for the fourth year in a row: 2016% in 62, 2017% in 65 and 2018% in 68. ** Also, 70% of passengers worldwide say that they are more likely to choose environmentally friendly accommodation, whether they are planning a sustainable trip or not. The views of travelers around the world come at the right time, taking into account special report published in 2018 by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which emphasizes that we have just over a decade left to limit global warming to 1,5 ° C above pre-industrial levels. revolution. After that, the risk of floods, droughts and extreme heat will significantly increase.last_img read more

German football clubs agree plans to allow fans to return next month

first_img“When and how many spectators are allowed to return to the stadiums is not a decision for the DFL to make.”The league’s plans for fans to return has been the subject of debate among politicians and virologists in Germany.Several fan groups have also criticized the plans, fearing long-term restrictions of their rights.However, the league insists any changes would only be temporary while the pandemic continues to be a factor.Seifert says the rate of infection must be taken into account and “should by no means be underestimated”.”Professional football can only return to normality in stages,” he added.”We will have to regain normality in small steps. We cannot go from zero to 100.”After a two-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the final nine rounds of last season’s Bundesliga matches were completed behind closed doors in late June.Amid tight hygiene measures, Germany was the first country to restart its league season which paved the way for other top European leagues to follow suit.However, Bundesliga clubs lose millions of euros in match day revenue for each game played in front of empty stands and are eager to welcome fans back.For example, Borussia Dortmund, who finished second to champions Bayern Munich last season, are planning to have up to 15,000 fans for home games next season.On a typical match day in Dortmund, over 81,000 spectators would fill Signal Iduna Park.However, Seifert said even a figure of 10,000 at matches would be hard to justify with large events banned in Germany until October 31.”Nobody at the DFL will require a specific number of fans,” he said. Football clubs in Germany’s top two divisions on Tuesday agreed to plans drawn up by the league which could allow the partial return of fans to stadiums from mid-September, despite the coronavirus pandemic.Under the plans proposed by the German Football League (DFL) for the new season, which starts on September 18, the clubs agreed on four key points.Fans would only be allowed to sit, tickets would be personalized so spectators could be traced, alcohol at matches would be banned until October and there will be no away fans until the end of the year. The plan is however subject to approval by German authorities, with health ministers of the country’s 16 states to meet on Monday over the issue.Germany has recorded 211,281 cases and 9,156 deaths due to the coronavirus, and in April began easing curbs imposed to halt transmission. But fears are growing over a second wave as daily number of new infections was steadily climbing again, in recent weeks hitting levels not seen since May.”The priority in Germany at the moment is not full stadiums, but people’s health,” said Christian Seifert, chief executive of the Bundesliga after a virtual meeting of the clubs.center_img Topics :last_img read more

RakeTech executes M&A growth strategy acquiring BetXpert & Turtle Gaming

first_img Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Michael HolmbergIndustry affiliate marketing and player acquisition specialist RakeTech Group (RakeTech) has confirmed that its undertaken two corporate acquisitions, purchasing sports betting platform provider BetXpert and affiliate network Turtle Gaming.Confirming its ‘undisclosed sum’ purchases, RakeTech management detailed that it had acquired BetXpert for its ‘high-quality’ sports content, online betting competencies and live score/data capabilities.The acquisition of Turtle Gaming, sees RakeTech continue to expand its affiliate marketing presence within its core Nordic market. Turtle Gaming operates a number of high coverage affiliates portals including leading Finnish websites TurtleBet.com and Nettikasinot.Casino.Michael Holmberg, RakeTech Group CEO commented on the acquisitions: “The acquisitions of BetXpert and Turtle Gaming has advanced our position as a leading provider of gaming affiliate content in Europe. BetXpert is a well-known brand who are renowned for quality journalistic content and an objective view of the gambling industry. The Turtle Gaming acquisition provides us with multiple high-quality online gambling media websites, that will further enhance our position in Finland.”Updating the market, RakeTech management detailed that the acquisitions form part of the firm’s recent €70 million investment dedicated towards M&A and infrastructure growth.Confirming the sale of BetXpert, Tue Lumbye  Founder and CEO of the company : “BetXpert has come a very long way since we launched back in 2003. RakeTech’s plans for the future are really impressive and will help strengthen our longstanding position as Denmark’s leading sports betting media platform.”Mika Levaniemi, Founder and CEO of Turtle Gaming Group said: “I’m very pleased that Turtle Gaming will be joining the RakeTech family, becoming part of a great company and office culture, that I have heard so many good things about.” Raketech boosts global network with Lead Republik acquisition March 11, 2020last_img read more

Both bumpy and bright spots in Iowa’s economy this decade

first_imgDES MOINES — Economists taking stock as Iowa enters the 2020s indicate this decade has been a “bumpy ride” for key sectors, like agriculture and technology. Iowa State University ag economist Chad Hart says there were about 93,000 farms in Iowa in 2007.“In 2017, they updated the Census of Agriculture. We only had 86,000, so we have seen the number of farms shrink,” Hart says. “That means the average size of the farm has grown…It takes more money to farm these days. We’ve seen incomes rise, but we’ve also seen expenses rise.”The other thing that’s rising is the number of farmers who have off-the-farm jobs, according to Hart.“We have some farm families that are surviving by not necessarily growing the farm, but relying upon the farm as part of the portfolio of their economic activity,” Hart says.Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says there’s more volatility in Iowa’s agriculture and manufacturing sectors now than in previous decades because of global competition.“This presents challenges but opportunities,” Goss says. “One other factor that Iowa has been pretty successful historically in attracting workers from other nations. That’s legal migration and, of course, that’s slowed down pretty dramatically over the last couple of years.”Dave Swenson, another economist from Iowa State University, says manufacturing and construction are “reasonably bright spots” in Iowa’s economy.“In contrast to the nation, we have more people working in construction than we did before the ‘Great Recession,’” Swenson says, “and our manufacturing sector has recovered to close to what it was prior to the recession.”But Swenson says while the state’s unemployment rate is historically low, overall job growth in Iowa lags behind most other states.“We have fewer fast-growing sectors in our economy compared to the nation,” Swenson says. “Our information sector contracted sharply, but the subset of that information sector — for example, IT — it also contracted. Whereas nationally IT and IT-related business opportunities are growing and especially in hot spots like Seattle and the San Francisco area and Denver and places like that.”Goss, the Creighton University economist, regularly surveys purchasing managers and bankers in Iowa and other Midwest states. He’s concerned by the declining number of independent banks.“That becomes a real challenge for lending in the area as farmers, manufacturers, individuals don’t have a source for borrowing or savings in a bank that’s locally tied,” Goss says. “Those banks that are independent, community banks — they understand their customers.”According to the State Banking Division, about 30 state-chartered banks closed between 2011 and 2018 and more than 50 federally-regulated community banks closed during that period. Those trends are happening in other states as well.Iowa ranks 30th overall in terms of economic output. According to the latest federal data, the state’s gross domestic product rose just over one percent in the second quarter of this year.last_img read more