Metawelle http://metawelle.net/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:17:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://metawelle.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Metawelle http://metawelle.net/ 32 32 Karnataka government teacher suspended for questioning Union minister over fertilizer shortage https://metawelle.net/karnataka-government-teacher-suspended-for-questioning-union-minister-over-fertilizer-shortage/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:17:16 +0000 https://metawelle.net/karnataka-government-teacher-suspended-for-questioning-union-minister-over-fertilizer-shortage/ A public school teacher in Bidar, Karnataka, has been suspended for questioning the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers, Bhagwanth Khuba, about the unavailability of fertilizers in the area .

The hanging man was identified as Kushal Patil, an assistant teacher at Jeerga village primary school (K) in Aurad taluk of Bidar district. Interestingly, Khuba represents Bidar constituency in the Lok Sabha.

The education department issued a suspension order last Thursday after the conversation between Patil and Khuba went viral where the two exchanged heated arguments. The Deputy Director of Public Instruction on June 17 issued the order against Patil for “dereliction of duty, irresponsibility and misconduct by intentionally recording the phone conversation and causing it to go viral on social media platforms.”

In the preamble to the order, the officer referred to the lawsuit filed by Deepak Patil Lambori demanding action against Patil for calling Khuba at midnight on June 15 to discuss the fertilizer shortage and ‘defame’ the minister of the Union by making their telephone conversation public. . The officer referred to media reports and the preliminary investigation report submitted by the block’s education officer on the matter.

In the phone conversation, Khuba is heard telling Patil to approach local officials or MPs if there was a shortage of fertilizer as Union Minister he cannot deal with minor issues. It gets ugly as the row escalates as Patil challenges the minister to come to the village to seek votes in the upcoming election.

Speaking to the Indian Express, Patil said it was his duty to get the attention of the people’s representatives and he had to address the injustice the farming community is facing.

Patil, who owns about 88 acres of land where he grows sugar cane, seeds and other agricultural products, said that after his school hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), he goes to the closed. “Our family depends on income. The Union government and Khuba claim that there is no shortage of fertilizer. But the reality on the ground is that fertilizers are not available on the local market. We run from pillar to post to get a bag of DAP,” Patil said.

It is not the first time that farmers have faced the unavailability of fertilizers, he added. “In October 2021, we had to source fertilizer from Telangana and we also went to Maharashtra for the same. People there are laughing at us asking despite a Union minister from your state and constituency, farmers in Karnataka are going to other states for fertilizers.

Speaking about his suspension, Patil said he won’t go along with these cheap tactics. “We elected him and have every right to question him. We cannot allow this dictatorship. The teachers’ association district unit held a meeting on Monday and will decide the next court of action. I will not succumb to any pressure.

Khuba told the Indian Express that there was no shortage of fertilizer in the area and alleged that Patil called him several times on the phone on the same day. The Union Minister said that after receiving three missed calls on his phone from an unknown number, he called back.

“I attended a district review meeting on June 13 in Kalaburgi and June 14 in Bidar. No one raised the issue, then. In fact, members of the Primary Agricultural Cooperative Credit Society came to my office on June 12 and congratulated me. They also did not raise a problem because there was no problem with the supply of fertilizer.

“He can interrogate me and he has full rights but in the conversation he threatened me. And he posted the audio on a public platform where he speaks rudely,” he added.

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Can Colombia’s first leftist president bring change? – podcasting | New https://metawelle.net/can-colombias-first-leftist-president-bring-change-podcasting-new/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 02:00:03 +0000 https://metawelle.net/can-colombias-first-leftist-president-bring-change-podcasting-new/

Throughout Latin American history, as left-wing parties have taken power across the continent, one country has held them back, very often by force: Colombia.

Last week that changed – and when Gustavo Petro officially takes over in August, Colombia will have its first leftist leader.

As Joe Parkin Daniels recount Michael Safi, the new president promises to end the decades-long war on drugs, change Colombia’s relationship with the United States, and divert the country’s economy away from gas and oil. That’s a tall order, especially since Colombian presidents are limited to a single four-year term.

And the challenges he faces aren’t just the political challenges stemming from a slim margin of victory: After the result, he delivered his speech behind bulletproof glass, in a chilling reminder of the dangers facing the candidates. of the left in Colombia.



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This free app brings passive music recognition from Pixels’ Now Playing to your phone https://metawelle.net/this-free-app-brings-passive-music-recognition-from-pixels-now-playing-to-your-phone/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 18:41:00 +0000 https://metawelle.net/this-free-app-brings-passive-music-recognition-from-pixels-now-playing-to-your-phone/

Improve your playlists with this handy little app, now with a no-root option!

Shazam and SoundHound are useful tools when you’re in town and want to know what’s on other people’s soundtracks so you can take those songs and, perhaps, boost your own playlists. . Pixel phone owners have it pretty good because Now Playing makes this ability passive. If you’re jealous, we’ve got a homebrew app that’s come a long way to download and try.

Ambient Music Mod comes from the hands of Kieron Quinn, professional developer and friend of Android Police, and it allows users to detect and identify songs with their phones passively. The registration and matching processes are more or less the same as Now Playing. However, as Quinn explains in her Medium article, he decided to bypass ambient music detection, which would require a lot of fiddling, and opt instead for a model that uses a series of triggers such as device display turning on and events and scheduled recording times. It’s a little more arbitrary in fashion, but the method also seems to work: Now Playing was able to identify every song played for five hours of radio while AMM correctly figured out all but one.

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It is only fair that we mention that the technical editor of Esper Mishaal Rahman helped Quinn realize this project.

With the release of version 2.0 last week, Quinn has completely removed the need for root access for Android 12 and later devices in order for the app to work – the package includes the Ambient Music Mod app itself and a standalone, simplified version of the Android System Intelligence that manages the Now Playing service. Other built-in features include notification album art, a history log of recognized songs, a dedicated mode to allow manually triggered recognition attempts, and the ability to change recording schedules.

You can try Ambient Music Mod by downloading and installing the latest version of the app from Quinn’s GitHub Repository.

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Valley Doll Museum collection auctioned in Edmonton for $1,000 https://metawelle.net/valley-doll-museum-collection-auctioned-in-edmonton-for-1000/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 22:27:07 +0000 https://metawelle.net/valley-doll-museum-collection-auctioned-in-edmonton-for-1000/

“People were very excited and happy today to pick up their new treasures for their collections”

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A massive inventory of dolls from the Valley Doll Museum in Drumheller are up for auction in Edmonton, with a rare item already selling for $1,000.

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On Wednesday, more than 700 rare and vintage dolls went on sale as owner Linda Schuler retires from the business.

Beck Auctions auctioneer Clinton Beck said interest was already huge, with nearly the entire first half of the collection selling out to collectors in Canada and the United States on Wednesday.

“It’s definitely one of the greatest collections I’ve ever seen in a genre,” he said.

Beck said the most expensive doll, a unique handmade French fashion doll with a porcelain face and leather hands, dates back to 1840 and is in perfect condition.

“Finding something like this is a real treasure,” Beck said, adding that many dolls have traveled the world changing hands, with some selling as high as $500 to $700 on Wednesday.

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“People were very excited and happy today to pick up their new treasures for their collections,” he said Thursday.

Because the collection is so large, the auction house has run out of space to hold it all and has to hold two events, with the remaining dolls to be auctioned off for another auction, which has yet to be scheduled. .

“All doll collectors are all very excited that the next section is coming soon,” Beck said.

Schuler purchased the museum more than 20 years ago, acquiring a collection from original owners Gladys Steeves and Shirley Brack, who had traveled to the United States and Canada to purchase dolls from antique dealers and other collectors during years.

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What the Ending of Roe v. Wade for Oregon and Washington https://metawelle.net/what-the-ending-of-roe-v-wade-for-oregon-and-washington/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 13:03:09 +0000 https://metawelle.net/what-the-ending-of-roe-v-wade-for-oregon-and-washington/

Hundreds of people marched through downtown Portland, Ore., to protest a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft notice saying they would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade on Tuesday, May 3 2022.

Kristyna Wentz-Graff/OPB

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade yesterday puts the power to allow or ban abortions in the hands of state governments. In Oregon and Washington, abortion remains an entirely legal health procedure, protected by state law. But this is not the case in several other states, here abortion clinics are already closing.

OPB health reporter Amelia Templeton joined “All Things Considered” host Tiffany Camhi to discuss the impact the decision could have on the North West.

Tiffany Camhi: Amelia, this Supreme Court decision will not affect abortion access in Oregon or Washington. Can you explain why?

Amelie Templeton: Yes. This decision means that states are responsible for developing their own laws regarding access to abortion. Oregon and Washington allow it extensively. There are no waiting times, no parental consent requirements for minors. And you don’t have to be a resident of Oregon or Washington to legally get an abortion here, or any other type of healthcare, for that matter.

In fact, Governor Kate Brown, Governor Jay Inslee, and the Governor of California today announced that the three states intend to work together to protect West Coast abortion providers and patients.

camhi. It’s interesting. Can you tell me more about this joint West Coast Governors announcement?

Templeton: This amounts to trying to strengthen various kinds of legal protections around abortion providers and their patients in Oregon.

Related: West Coast Governors Pledge to Defend Abortion Rights

They said they would resist intrusion by out-of-state prosecutors or law enforcement trying to investigate patients who receive services in our state, with measures such as asking local prosecutors and law enforcement not to cooperate with other states on arrests or prosecutions related to Abortion.

But I think we really have to take this as a political statement with a grain of salt, because abortion opponents and abortion proponents have said there’s huge uncertainty right now.

The director of Planned Parenthood described this as a new world where what was established as law and precedent has been completely overturned, and the legal landscape is one of mass confusion.

Related: Idaho to ban most abortions after US Supreme Court ruling

The ACLU said it is still considering the potential risks people in Oregon — doctors, friends — might face if they help someone from Idaho travel to get an abortion here.

These are complicated and difficult legal issues and there is enormous uncertainty at the moment.

camhi: Let’s take a step back here. The court’s decision comes after decades of strategizing by abortion opponents. How are Oregon’s anti-abortion organizations reacting today?

Templeton. They believe that Roe was cast badly and that it was the right decision.

I spoke with Lois Anderson, executive director of Oregon Right to Life. She said she had dedicated her entire adult life to this and didn’t know if she would live to see this day, and her band did not see this as the end. They will continue to work on policy at the state level, such as pushing to ban abortions later in pregnancy in Oregon.

She was very clear. “It’s not the end for us,” she said.

Lois Anderson: This is just the beginning and it is our responsibility to… search within our communities for mothers who are in unsupported pregnancies or who are in situations where they need help. It is up to us to walk alongside them.

Related: Oregon abortion advocacy groups – both for and against – at the end of Roe v. wade

camhi: And what do you hear from the people on the other side of the debate, the advocates of the right to abortion?

Templeton: Some things. First of all, it’s a bad decision. That this was a political decision by the Supreme Court and that it deprived women of their autonomy.

Here’s how An Do, with Planned Parenthood, described what the court did for people who may have pregnancies:

A do: They have let this country down. The court is stealing our own power to control our own bodies, lives and personal medical decisions and handing it over to politicians.

Templeton: I also heard that for people who have money and family connections, abortion may now be more embarrassing, something that people travel to another state to seek.

But for many others – pregnant teenagers, victims of domestic violence, women of color, poor women in rural areas – they may simply not have the resources to travel. And so they will end up having children against their will, in situations that they did not want.

I think the last thing advocates are saying is that, despite everything, abortion clinics across the state remain open and continue to see patients, including today.

camhi: Amelia, thank you for your report on this subject.

Templeton: Thanks.

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Brighton and Hove News » Anti-vax podcasts land taxi driver with warning and ‘correction’ training https://metawelle.net/brighton-and-hove-news-anti-vax-podcasts-land-taxi-driver-with-warning-and-correction-training/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 05:25:00 +0000 https://metawelle.net/brighton-and-hove-news-anti-vax-podcasts-land-taxi-driver-with-warning-and-correction-training/

A taxi driver has been sent to remedial training after playing anti-vax podcasts to a passenger.

The Brighton and Hove taxi driver received a warning and had to take the course after he was caught using a ‘mobile device’ to read the podcast last month.

The driver was one of 12 listed in a Brighton and Hove City Council report to have been given a warning or had his license revoked.

The report, addressed to the council’s licensing committee, says a taxi driver’s license was revoked last month after the driver was arrested.

Police arrested the driver on suspicion of involvement in the supply of Class A drugs and tampering with in-cab security cameras.

Another driver’s license was suspended for overcharging after a complaint about the driver’s conduct towards passengers in April.

A licensed ‘private hire’ driver in Chichester received a warning for waiting for passengers at a Brighton and Hove taxi rank in March.

The ranks are intended to be reserved for the exclusive use of ‘hackney’ taxis licensed by Brighton and Hove City Council.

A local private driver was also warned for a rule breach in April.

Green Councilor Steve Davis asked how licensing officials deal with infractions.

Licensing officer Alex Evans said the council could warn or prosecute out-of-town drivers who break the rules.

He told the meeting at Hove Town Hall yesterday (Thursday June 23): ‘With our own drivers we have our enforcement policy so we can issue warnings.

“If a driver is caught twice and has been given a warning, and it’s within a reasonable amount of time, we will escalate that, depending on whether under enforcement policy we can consider lawsuits.”

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WATCH HERE NOW: For this short documentary, the filmmakers sat down with music industry professionals to discuss how streaming platforms like Spotify affect artists and the quality of modern music.

It’s a decidedly negative view of Spotify that not everyone will agree with.

The past two years have been contentious for Spotify and its founder Daniel Ek with record streaming revenue and huge financial gains for the CEO despite a global pandemic that has seen most artists’ main source of income – live performances. direct – to evaporate.

The film’s in-your-face style does its job well: forcing artists and fans alike to re-examine the dark side of music streaming.

With:

  • Georgia Train – Singer, songwriter and vocal coach
  • Mishkin Fitzgerald – Singer of BirdEatsBaby, music teacher, studio engineer
  • David “Milky” Hooker – Rapper, producer, mental health activist
  • Chris De Banks – Founder of “Not Saints”, Artist Manager, Touring Musician

Bruce Houghton is the founder and publisher of Hypebot and MusicThinkTank and acts as principal advisor to Groupsintown who acquired both publications in 2019. He is the founder and president of the Skyline Artist Agency and a teacher for Berklee College of Music.

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The ROM is free this Canada Day, July 1, 2022 https://metawelle.net/the-rom-is-free-this-canada-day-july-1-2022/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 18:19:46 +0000 https://metawelle.net/the-rom-is-free-this-canada-day-july-1-2022/

Toronto, June 23, 2022 – ROMs (Royal Ontario Museum) is pleased to announce that it is opening its doors free of charge to visitors on Friday, July 1, 2022, in celebration of Canada Day. On this day, the public will have free access to all of the Museum’s galleries as well as its popular special exhibitions, including Great Whales: Up Close and Personal and just opened Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature.

This initiative is part of the Museum’s commitment to provide the community with better access to art and culture and is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Temerty Foundation.

As capacity is limited, visitors are urged to book in advance to secure their free timed tickets, which can be obtained on the ROM’s website. here. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Summer opening hours: Beginning Friday, July 1, 2022, the Museum is open seven days a week until Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022.

Among the highlights offered free of charge on Canada Day, visitors will be able to enjoy:

Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature explores the connections between the magical creatures of the wizarding world and the remarkable animals of our natural world, encouraging a greater connection to our planet and empowering us to be advocates for its care. You will be impressed by the powerful combination of science, nature and imagination as you explore fantastical beasts in all their forms and learn how these animals have inspired some of the world’s most incredible stories and folklore.

Soon to be closed: Great Whales: Up Close and Personal explore the world of the giants of the seas, from the majestic blue whale – the largest animal of all time – to the sperm whale and the right whale of the North Atlantic. An original ROM exhibit, great whales offers visitors an intimate and rare look at these mysterious leviathans of the seas. This exhibition will end on July 3, 2022.

New view: Commemorative Royal Items: A unique exhibition celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – will open to the public on July 1. The exhibition features objects that celebrate milestones in the Queen’s reign, many of which are commemorative keepsakes from her coronation and previous jubilees. . The exhibition will be located in the Samuel European Galleries.

More to explore: exhibitions, galleries and installations

Kore 670: This remarkable figure of a maiden, or kore, created between 520 and 510 BCE, is considered one of the most important sculptures in the legendary Greek Acropolis due to its fine detail and preserved color. The exquisite sculpture, which was buried for over 2,000 years before being rediscovered, traveled from Athens to Toronto for the summer and will be on display for a very short time.

Swapnaa Tamhane: Mobile Palace: Inspired by Mughal and Ottoman tents used as mobile palaces, artist Swapnaa Tamhane reinvents the notion of decoration and pattern in three large cotton canvas installations that echo tent forms used in India.

Willner Madge Gallery, Dawn of Life: The ROM’s newest gallery explores the beginnings of life on earth. From the first microbes to the emergence of dinosaurs and mammals, Dawn of Life is an exciting interactive journey through nearly four billion years of evolution.

Unmasking the Pandemic: From Personal Protection to Personal Expression: This exhibition features over 100 original masks from artists from over 20 countries and reflects their creators’ stories of resilience, cultural identity and collective humanity in the face of a global pandemic.

#MyPandemicStory: young people create portraits of a pandemic: The ROM’s first participatory exhibition features 60 selected works of art, representing a moving portrait of the complex journeys and experiences of young Canadians facing the pandemic.


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ABOUT THE ROM
Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and through the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum houses a world-class collection of 13 million works of art and natural history specimens, displayed in 40 galleries and exhibition spaces. As the nation’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original discoveries, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world. Combining its original heritage architecture with contemporary Michael Lee-Chin crystal designed by Daniel Libeskind, the ROM is a national landmark and vibrant cultural destination in the heart of Toronto for all to enjoy.

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German-funded probe into DRC atrocities branded a ‘cover-up’ | Survey News https://metawelle.net/german-funded-probe-into-drc-atrocities-branded-a-cover-up-survey-news/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 10:01:24 +0000 https://metawelle.net/german-funded-probe-into-drc-atrocities-branded-a-cover-up-survey-news/

A series of leaked audio recordings, images and documents obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera’s Investigation Unit (I-Unit) appear to show the failures of a German government-funded investigation into reports alleging killings in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The commission of inquiry, which investigated allegations that park rangers and Congolese soldiers killed members of the indigenous Batwa community in the park between 2019 and 2021, reported on June 1 that no widespread atrocities were reported. had taken place.

The investigation was launched in April after a report by London-based human rights organization Minority Rights Group International (MRG) documented a deadly campaign to evict indigenous Batwa from their homeland in the Park.

The report concludes that at least 20 members of the indigenous Batwa community were killed in the park by “joint contingents” of park rangers and Congolese soldiers in three waves of violent attacks.

A researcher and the journalist who wrote the MRG report say that since the report was published, they have been forced into hiding after receiving a tip that gunmen had been sent to kill them.

A series of photographs obtained by the journalist, Robert Flummerfelt, and shared exclusively with Unite-I, appear to show the bodies of villagers in the park after alleged attacks by park rangers and Congolese soldiers.

Photographs show several people who appear to have been fatally shot and stabbed in the park after what Flummerfelt says were violent raids between July 2019 and December 2021.

The footage, which Al Jazeera could not independently verify, also shows a body that appears to have been mutilated with a series of deep machete blows to the torso.

Journalist, Robert Flummerfelt, says he believes park rangers and Congolese soldiers carried out the raids as part of a coordinated campaign to evict indigenous communities from the park to make the area more attractive to foreign conservationists. and foreign tourists. He alleges that at least 20 villagers were killed and that Batwa women were gang-raped.

Aerial photograph showing part of the destruction [Robert Flummerfelt/Al Jazeera]

Kahuzi-Biega National Park, which receives the majority of its funding from the German government, is home to the critically endangered eastern lowland gorilla, and it is one of the most important tourist attractions in the DRC.

Controversy over the events at the park escalated on June 1, when the German government-funded commission of inquiry into the alleged murders dismissed Flummerfelt’s claims and found that park rangers and Congolese soldiers did not had not committed widespread atrocities.

The commission said park rangers were forced to defend themselves against “armed” Batwa villagers and that some Batwa were killed in the crossfire when they were used as “human shields” in clashes between the park rangers and poachers.

The commission’s findings were condemned by Flummerfelt as “a cover-up.” “It cannot be characterized in any other way,” he told Al Jazeera.

“There are cases of direct intimidation of witnesses, of treating Batwa victims with open contempt, of literally laughing at reports that Batwa women have been gang-raped.

“I was there with the commission,” said Flummerfelt, who was invited as a commission participant. “There have been no firsthand accounts, even secondhand, of Batwa being used as human shields. And yet this [claim] is used as a kind of flimsy justification to prove that the Batwa were killed.

Flummerfelt and his researcher, who wish to remain anonymous for security reasons, had gathered accounts of the alleged atrocities for the report commissioned by MRG.

“[We] spoke to eyewitnesses who described park rangers opening fire on civilians, killing a number of Batwa, sometimes by execution,” Flummerfelt said.

“Sometimes community members [were forced] to watch as their family members were executed,” he added.

“[Witnesses also described park guards] subject Batwa women to gang rape at gunpoint.

Recordings of “witness intimidation”

The report compiled by Flummerfelt and his Congolese researcher led to the creation of the Commission of Inquiry to investigate their claims.

The investigation was led by a senior official from the Institute for Nature Conservation (ICCN), the Congolese government agency that manages the park.

“In effect, ICCN was investigating itself, a huge conflict of interest,” Flummerfelt said.

In audio recordings obtained by Unit-I, the head of the commission, George Muzibaziba, can be heard appearing to intimidate witnesses who gave accounts of violence against Batwa villagers.

In a recording from mid-April, Muzibaziba is heard telling a Batwa leader, Chief Mbuwa Kalimba Bacirembera, that he must “take responsibility” for the attack on his community by militias if ICCN guards and Congolese soldiers must leave the area accordingly. of the testimony he provided.

In another interview, conducted in mid-April, Muzibaziba is recorded telling a witness that the information provided would be “dangerous” for the witness. Another member of the commission then interrupts Muzibaziba by saying, “George, don’t intimidate him.

On the recordings, we also hear the ICCN lawyers laughing at the mention of the gang rape and the death of a Batwa woman.

Image showing a house on fire
[Robert Flummerfelt/Al Jazeera]

Fearing for his safety, the Congolese researcher working with Flummerfelt did not disclose his full name to the commission of inquiry. However, the limited personal details he provided have been leaked, providing enough information for him to be identified.

“Within three days, the very specific information provided to the commission on the identity of my colleague is available to members of the Congolese government,” Flummerfelt told Al Jazeera.

After being informed of credible threats to their lives, Flummerfelt and the researcher fled into hiding.

A witness, who asked not to be identified, told Al Jazeera that ICCN guards “won’t get tired until they have [Flummerfelt] and [the Congolese researcher]. Killing someone is not a problem for them”.

The head of the commission of inquiry, George Muzibaziba, dismissed claims that ICCN park rangers were targeting Flummerfelt and the researcher, calling the claims “very flawed”.

Chief Mbuwa Kalimba Bacirembera and another Batwa chief, Chief Gonzalo Malenga Majafa, are also in hiding, believing that their appearance before the investigation put their lives in danger.

“They received credible threats that people working for the Congolese government institution, the ICCN, were pursuing them, in order to punish them for having communicated to the commission the fact that members of the community had been victims of gang-raped, killed and attacked. and so on,” Flummerfelt said.

“Massive violations of human rights”

Since the publication of the commission’s report, a member of the German parliament has described the events in Kahuzi-Biega National Park as “massive violations of human rights”.

Deborah Düring, parliamentary spokesperson for international cooperation and development of the Greens in the German Bundestag, said: “The Batwa must be heard and their rights must be respected”.

“I think it’s clear that we are dealing with structural issues, not isolated incidents,” Düring said.

She said the German government and international donors must ensure that “crimes and allegations are thoroughly investigated and those responsible are held accountable”.

A makeshift grave for a victim of the atrocities
A makeshift grave for a victim of the atrocities [Robert Flummerfelt/Al Jazeera]

‘False statements’

In response to a question about whether park staff were involved in killings, mass rapes and forced evictions of Batwa villagers, Muzibaziba suggested that Al Jazeera “refer to the published report”.

Muzibaziba said he believed Flummerfelt made “misrepresentations” about the violence in the park. He called Flummerfelt’s research “reductionist… evasive and not thorough”, and said his report alleging atrocities against the Batwa was “very biased”.

Muzibaziba denied intimidating witnesses who testified before the commission of inquiry. He also denied disclosing the identity of the Congolese researcher. He described the commission’s work as “fair and objective.”

A spokesman for Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), which funds most of the park’s operating costs, told Al Jazeera they were “deeply disturbed by reports of threats and intimidation that would have been uttered against witnesses and sources by members of the Commission”.

Nevertheless, the ministry has “confidence” in the methodology of the commission. In light of the allegations of atrocities committed, the BMZ will “reflect on its continued support for Kahuzi-Biega”.

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Real Health Podcast: Top Tips to Transform Your Workplace Health https://metawelle.net/real-health-podcast-top-tips-to-transform-your-workplace-health/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 01:30:00 +0000 https://metawelle.net/real-health-podcast-top-tips-to-transform-your-workplace-health/

As we all start to get used to our new ways of working, whether it’s remote, in the office, or a mix of the two, it’s important that we develop healthy, positive habits around it.

That’s why, on this week’s Real Health show, I’m sharing my top tips for transforming your workplace health.

One of the simplest changes you can make is to introduce more movement and standing into your day. That doesn’t mean you have to start stuffing crazy exercise regimens into your schedule. It can be as simple as getting up from your desk and taking a regular walk. The goal is to break up long periods of sitting, which we know can have a serious and negative impact on our health.

Working from home can make it difficult to maintain this movement. Introducing some exercise in place of your commute, such as a walk, is an effective way to ensure that you don’t become too sedentary.

On the other hand, if you’re back at the office, consider getting off the train or bus one stop earlier. Or park the car a little further from the front door.

I also talk about the importance of organization, from planning your meals, to managing time and controlling the tasks you have to do.

For more episodes, tips and advice from the show, click here.

And you can contact me – I follow @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and realhealth@independent.ie.

Don’t forget to rate, review, and follow Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

The Real Health Podcast is in association with Laya Healthcare.

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