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Bomb explodes in front of daily’s offices

first_img News Organisation February 1, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bomb explodes in front of daily’s offices Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela VenezuelaAmericas Follow the news on Venezuela In a letter to Minister of Interior Relations and Justice Ramón Rodriguez Chacin, RSF condemned the 31 January 2002 bomb attack on the daily “Así es la noticia”. “The president’s verbal threats against media outlets that criticise him have resulted in creating an auspicious climate for violence,” noted RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard. “We ask that you condemn this attack carried out by alleged government supporters,” he added. RSF also asked the minister to ensure that those responsible be identified and brought to trial.According to information collected by RSF, on 31 January, a bomb exploded in front of “Así es la noticia” daily’s offices, in Caracas, causing damage to the building’s facade. The bomb was thrown by two individuals who were riding a motorcycle. Prior to the attack, the daily’s management received an anonymous threatening telephone call, during which the newspaper was accused of having an editorial stance critical of the government. After the explosion, pamphlets accusing “Así es la noticia” journalists of carrying out an anti-governmental campaign and serving the “oligarchy” were found near the daily’s offices. The pamphlets bore the signature of the MRT, a previously unknown organisation.”Así es la noticia” newspaper is headed by Ibeyise Pacheco, who is also lead-writer for “El Nacional” newspaper. On 7 January, “El Nacional” was threatened by some of President Chávez’s supporters. The two newspapers belong to the same media group. On 30 January, Pacheco pointed to the existence of a document outlining the alleged relations between Venezuelan government officials and members of the Colombian guerilla.The government has taken measures to protect “Así es la noticia” and “El Nacional” newspapers and the Globovisión television station. Police forces have been assigned to patrol around the three media outlets’ offices. RSF condemned the 31 January 2002 bomb attack on the daily “Así es la noticia”. Help by sharing this information News June 15, 2020 Find out more to go further News January 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en VenezuelaAmericas August 25, 2020 Find out more News New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Receive email alertslast_img read more

Porter rescues bike

first_imgMiranda Essex, a third year geographer at Hertford, had her bike stolen on Sunday evening, only for it to be spotted and chased down in town the following day by Angelo Fernandez, a heroic Hertford porter.The bike was one of many to have been stolen from outside Hertford College on Catte Street, in a spate of recent thefts. It was taken at about 8.30pm on Sunday. Essex had reported the theft to the Lodge, but assumed she would never see the bike again.Luckily, one Hertford porter was walking down Broad Street on Monday afternoon, on his day off, when he recognised her bike being ridden by an unidentified man. He chased after the person, shouting “That’s not your bike!” On hearing this, the perpetrator stopped, threw down the bike and fled the scene. Fernandez then returned the bike to Robert Dyas. He informed Essex of the events the following morning, and she later picked it up.Essex was hyperbolic in her praise of her beloved porter. She said, “I’m amazed that Angelo was able to recognise my bike even when it was being ridden.” She added, “It’s way beyond the call of duty for him to accost a thief on my behalf and I’m very grateful. He’s saved me a lot of money and reunited me with my trusty (albeit unstylish) mountain bike!’Dave Haxell, Head Porter at Hertford College, was equally impressed with Fernandez. He said, “Of all the bikes we have outside, it’s amazing that he recognised Miranda’s, especially as it’s not even a particularly unusual one. That it was being cycled makes it all the more impressive!”He mused, “What a guy! You could say he’s an angel.” Haxell mentioned how lucky he thought Miranda was, acknowledging that it was a very unusual incident, and adding, “A Hertford porter is never off duty.”Ben Williams, a third year English student at Hertford whose bike was purloined from outside college earlier this term, commented, ‘If only I had been so lucky to have a knight in shining armour rescue my bike!’last_img read more

Top 10 Perennials.

first_imgWill any perennials actually grow and flower if you can’t water them in summer’s ghastly heat?Yes.But they must be planted in fall, not spring.Spring-planted perennials will need watering. They don’t have enough roots to collect enough water to withstand droughts. The fall-planted perennials on my top-10 list can handle the drought.Top 10 Drought-bustersTo keep this short and sweet, here are the top 10 plants you can buy with complete confidence. You may plant them this spring if and only if you promise to water them the entire summer. Next year they will fend for themselves without much care.1. Salvia guaranitica. Tough and durable, it blooms from May to November and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. It grows a thick storage root and persists even with tilling. It prefers full sun. Trimming in midsummer, after the first flowers are spent, yields a glorious fall display. It will wilt in summer heat when dry but returns with a vengeance when it rains.2. Sedum spectabile ‘Autumn Joy.’ When most sedums go dormant, this one grows into well-behaved mounds of blue-green foliage and large clusters of pink flowers with zero watering all summer. Few pests and almost no diseases affect it. Plants can be divided every four years or so in early spring.3. Clematis paniculata. Deer hate it. Drought can’t kill it. This aggressive vine spreads 10-12 feet in a season, blooms in late August and is incredibly easy to establish. A pleasant green vine, its late-summer flowers hide the vine. Cut to a foot high, it will spring back each year as if nothing happened.4. Belamcanda chinensis. The blackberry lily does well at the edges of Georgia woods without watering. It prefers highly organic soils and full sun. It’s drought-tolerant, tough and reseeds well. Planted in dense groups, it’s beautiful by midsummer. With care, it has few pests. Deer ignore it, but butterflies love the flowers.5. Kniphofia uvaria (Tritoma). Drought can’t kill this late spring-blooming plant once it’s established. Deer leave it alone, too. Properly named Red Hot Poker, it’s showy and tough as nails, but has to be established in the fall. Buy grown plants in bloom, known divisions or tissue-cultured plants (seedling color and flower shape can vary dramatically).6. Delosperma cooperii. The hardy ice plant is an asset on poor soils, dry sites and slopes, requiring only a few inches of soil. It blooms early in spring and then sporadically all summer. Fertilize in June and August, and don’t worry when frost kills it back. The tiny, gray, stem-end leaves will burst forth in spring.7. Helianthus angustifolius. The swamp sunflower is huge, with flower stalks 8 feet tall. But it will stay small (4 to 5 feet) when neglected, surviving the worst drought and hottest summer you can imagine in Georgia. The flowers are spectacular in August and September, and the plant has few pests or diseases.8. Ruellia brittoniana. The Mexican petunia is atall, late-blooming, long-lived and spreading perennial. Divide it every five years and enjoy the purple or pink flowers in August and September. Almost pest-free, it has few diseases. It will wilt in the worst drought, but comes back every time it rains.9. Narcissus hybrids. Gardeners seem to resist including bulbs in discussions of perennials, but indeed they are fantastically adapted perennials. They disappear when things get hot and then return to bloom in spring. Choose from hundreds of cultivars. No matter how bad the drought, daffodils survive.10. Lantana camara ‘Miss Huff.’ This is the only truly hardy perennial lantana. It tolerates heat, drought and cold, wet soils. Miss Huff grows into a 6- to 8-foot mound in good soil, with thousands of swallowtail-attracting flower clusters all summer. Planting on 36-to 48-inch centers is essential. Salvia guaranitica Photo: CAES Horticulturelast_img read more