Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the threats that have been made against Sarare Estéreo, a community radio station based in Saravena, in the northeastern department of Arauca, since early May. In the latest incident, on 28 May, the entrance of the station was painted with the letters AUC – the initials of the paramilitary alliance known as the United Self-Defence Groups of Colombia.“An investigation must be carried out as quickly as possible to determine whether these threats are coming from the paramilitaries and, in the meantime, Sarare Estéreo and its staff must be given protection at once,” the press freedom organisation said. “The paramilitaries have not disarmed despite the government’s demobilisation programme. They continue to have connections within the political class, in some cases at a very high level, and they continue to pose a serious danger to the media, especially in the provinces.”“A detailed evaluation of the risks must be carried out and security measures must be taken by the authorities, in coordination with journalists’ organisations and human rights groups,” Reporters Without Borders added, saying it was ready to contribute to such an initiative.The staff of Sarare Estéreo found the letters AUC painted on the entrance to the station on the morning of 28 May. Officially demobilised in June 2006, the AUC is Colombia’s biggest paramilitary group. Sarare Estéreo manager Ella Patricia Ardila told Reporters Without Borders that all of the station’s staff have been getting threatening messages signed “Arauca Self-Defence Groups” since 8 May. The messages warn them “not to meddle in subjects that do not concern you.”Sarare Estéreo’s programme content consists almost entirely of music. Its only news programme is broadcast from 6 to 7 am. In early May, it reported the capture of a drug trafficker known as Pablo Arauca, who allegedly set up paramilitary groups on the department. But Ardila said his arrest was widely covered by all the national media so it would not explain the threats against Sarare Estéreo. Other local sources take the same view, claiming that ordinary criminal gangs are using the “AUC” label to create a climate of fear. June 3, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arauca community radio station threatened by persons claiming to be paramilitaries ColombiaAmericas News May 13, 2021 Find out more October 21, 2020 Find out more Reports Organisation 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Colombia News to go further RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia RSF_en Help by sharing this information RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more
Cathy Payne of Orlando, Fla., came to Harvard Extension School as a way to honor people she had lost. The advanced-placement art history teacher, who teaches in a Winter Park, Fla., high school, holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Florida. At Harvard she earned a master’s of liberal arts, museum studies.Q&ACathy PayneHarvard extension: Why did you decide to earn a degree at Harvard Extension School?Payne: I decided to earn a degree at Harvard Extension School to honor the memories of loved ones. After losing several people in a short period of time, I felt inspired to live my life in a more robust manner as a way to acknowledge their battles to survive and to, in some way, extend their lives through my own.Before Harvard Extension, I’d tackled goals that helped me to work through my grief — running a marathon and earning a pilot’s license — but I was ready to take on a goal that would ultimately touch others. The master’s in the field of museum studies was a natural fit for my passion to make art and history accessible to those who do not live near metropolitan cultural centers. Also, many museums have the same aim as I do: to educate and to extend the lives and memories of those who came before us.Harvard extension: How has this experience helped you in your career or personal development?Payne: I’m happy to report that I use what I learned at Harvard Extension every day in my own classroom, and these lessons have made me a better teacher. Besides teaching, I plan to work occasionally in collections management on a volunteer basis at my local art museum. Through my internship at that museum, I learned that the museum field is where I ultimately want to be when I retire from teaching.Harvard extension: What was the most challenging aspect of your time at Harvard Extension? What was the most rewarding?Payne: The most challenging aspect of my time at Harvard Extension was that I worked full time as a high school teacher while completing my degree in 18 months. I was incredibly busy with little unstructured time. Also, a break to my dominant arm during one term made life extra interesting — there’s nothing like submitting a long paper the day after you get a cast removed!The most rewarding aspect of my time at the school is that my capstone project, which focused on using virtual reality images to bring art and architecture to remote areas, is already being used in several practical ways by myself and others.Harvard extension: What was the online experience like for you? How did you ensure success?Payne: It may sound simple, but I ensured success by following the technology recommendations provided by the School as to the proper headset and computer system. I also made sure I attended every session and participated in group discussions to feel connected. I’m happy to say that I never missed a class, even after a hurricane knocked out my power and I was forced to use the live web conference app on my phone. I commandeered the dining room in my home to use as my study space throughout the program.I was a bit skeptical at first of taking most of my classes online, but it turned out that there could be no other way to meet so many people from diverse backgrounds. My classmates were from London, Toronto, Buenos Aires, San Diego, Paris, Sydney, and Moscow — a truly global group. Also, I could be wearing pajama bottoms (with proper school-wear on the torso, of course) for my later evening classes without my classmates knowing — that was a bonus! With the live web classroom, you can see and communicate with your classmates and instructor in real time, so I always felt connected to the group.Harvard extension: How did you manage to balance your studies with work and family responsibilities?Payne: I scheduled my class and study time into my calendar each week and then stuck with the plan. I treated time with my family as sacrosanct and that motivated me to do my school work during scheduled times and stay focused. Most importantly for my mental health, I developed three plans for my program completion in case a family emergency came up.Harvard extension: What types of student resources and special options did you take advantage of as a student at Harvard?Payne: As a distance student, I found the online library resources invaluable. The Scan and Deliver [electronic document delivery service] for research allowed me to access material as if I were on campus. I also took advantage of the Harvard housing listings to locate a graduate student housing sublet during the January session class I took — it saved me a significant amount of money over a hotel stay and it was only a five-minute walk from my class.This article was originally published on Harvard Extension School’s Student Spotlight web page in May. It has been lightly edited.
Villa have completed the protracted signing of the winger until the end of the season with a view to signing him permanently in the summer. The 25-year-old has made just 12 appearances for City since joining them back in 2012, with an inauspicious loan stint at West Brom last season. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is ready to tap into Scott Sinclair’s “unfulfilled potential” after landing the winger on loan from Manchester City. Press Association “It’s nice to be able to get settled somewhere and be a part of something going forward. “It feels great to be here and that the deal is finally done. “I spoke to the manager (Paul Lambert) and he gave me his views on what he wants from me here at Villa. “I’m still hungry to play football, that’s what I told him, and I’m looking forward to getting started, hopefully playing every week and enjoying my football.” Earlier City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “I am very happy for the player because it is an important chance to return in his career. “Maybe here he didn’t have too many chances here in Manchester City because we have important and top players in his position, but I am sure if he starts playing there he will demonstrate what a good player he is.” “I’m thankful we got the deal done because I think he’s a player with great unfulfilled potential,” Lambert said. “In hindsight, maybe for his own playing career, the Manchester City move was not a good one for him. But the opportunity to play for a club like that hardly ever comes to you and when it does, it’s very hard to turn it down. “I’m pretty sure he will have learned a lot in football terms from it, whether he realises it yet or not. “It will have been a great experience for him but now’s the time he can kick on and get his career up and running.” Sinclair, meanwhile, is ready to make up for lost time. “I believe I have my best years ahead of me,” he said. “This is a new challenge, a new chapter in my life, and hopefully I can settle in as quickly as possible, have a good start and go from there.” The former Chelsea youngster is eager to hit the ground running. “It’s taken a few weeks but I’m happy to be here, to be in the building and to be signing for the club and ready to play some football.