Peatlands burn as gamekeepers create landscape fit for grouse-shooting

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Climate change experts say burning heather to increase bird yields is a threat to protected peat bogs

They are home to a diverse range of wildlife and up to 8,000 years old. And, according to a damning analysis by an independent government advisory body, the UK’s upland peat bogs are facing a sustained threat from the shooting classes’ desire to bag grouse.

The Committee on Climate Change’s 2015 progress report to parliament notes: “Wetland habitats, including the majority of upland areas with carbon-rich peat soils, are in poor condition. The damaging practice of burning peat to increase grouse yields continues, including on internationally protected sites.”

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Chile 0-0 Argentina (Chile win 4-1 on pens) | Copa América final match report

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• Chile 0-0 Argentina (Chile win 4-1 on pens)

After 99 years, it came down to Alexis Sánchez against Sergio Romero from 12 yards. The Arsenal forward attempted a Panenka, scuffed it badly, and scored anyway as the goalkeeper dived to his left. Misses from Gonzalo Higuaín and Éver Banega in the shootout proved decisive and, finally, Chile, one of the four participants at the inaugural Copa América, had a first international trophy. For Argentina the drought goes on: 22 years since their last trophy and an increasing sense that this gifted generation of players will remain unfulfilled.

Related: Chile win Copa América after beating Argentina on penalties – as it happened

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Greek debt crisis: Photograph of elderly man collapsed outside bank reveals pensioner’s despair – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Recounting how he had gone from bank to bank in a futile attempt to collect his wife’s pension, Mr Chatzifotiadis said when he was told at the fourth “that I could not get the money, I just collapsed”.

Both he and his wife, like many Greeks in the north of the country, had spent several years in Germany where he “worked very hard” in a coal mine and later a foundry.

And it is from Berlin, which has been blamed by many in Greece for its hardline stance in demanding the government impose more austerity measures for fresh international aid, that Mr Chatzifotiadis is receiving his wife’s pension.

“I see my fellow citizens begging for a few cents to buy bread,” he said.

“I see more and more suicides.

“I am a sensitive person. I cannot stand to see my country in this situation.

“Europe and Greece have made mistakes. We must find a solution.”

via Greek debt crisis: Photograph of elderly man collapsed outside bank reveals pensioner’s despair – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Palestine – IDF deliberately fires teargas at Jordanian TV crew

Israeli troops deliberately fired teargas at two Palestinians journalists with Jordan’s Ro’ya TV while they were covering a peaceful Palestinian demonstration near Jaba, a village north of Jerusalem, on 2 July.

The demonstration was held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Mohamed Abou Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian who was murdered a few days after three young Israelis were kidnapped and murdered near the West Bank city of Hebron.

Ro’ya TV posted a video online showing Palestinian Territories bureau chief Nebal Farsakh and cameraman Mohamed Shousha being targeted although they were wearing bulletproof vests marked “Press.” They were taken to a hospital with facial burns.

The Israeli security forces must respect the physical integrity of journalists who are just doing their job by covering demonstrations,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk. “We remind them that the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in March 2014 recognizing that journalists play an essential role by covering protests.”

The incident was not isolated. Israeli police used force to prevent a crew with Russian TV station RT from filming during Jerusalem Day on 17 May, which commemorates Israel’s conquest of East Jerusalem and the Old City during the Six Day War.

Although they had accreditation, RT reporter Dalia Nammari and cameraman Muhammad Aishu were manhandled and their camera was broken. They have filed a complaint.

Nidal Ashtiyeh, a Palestinian photojournalist working for the Chinese news agency Xinhua, was covering a Palestinian demonstration near Nablus on 15 May marking the 67th anniversary of the Nakba (Palestinian defeat and exodus in 1948) when he was badly injured in an eye by a rubber-coated bullet fired by an Israeli soldier. He has not yet recovered his sight in the eye and needs to receive special treatment.

The Israel Defence Forces stopped a peaceful demonstration by the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on 2 May (the eve of World Press Freedom Day). The demonstrators had planned to march from the edge of the city to an IDF checkpoint but were stopped by teargas and flash grenades.

Israeli soldiers attacked journalists who were on hilltop covering a weekly protest against the Israeli occupation in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on 24 April. A video posted on social networks shows the journalists being chased by the soldiers, who were throwing stones at them.

Palestine – IDF deliberately fires teargas at Jordanian TV crew

Israeli troops deliberately fired teargas at two Palestinians journalists with Jordan’s Ro’ya TV while they were covering a peaceful Palestinian demonstration near Jaba, a village north of Jerusalem, on 2 July.

The demonstration was held to mark the first anniversary of the death of Mohamed Abou Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian who was murdered a few days after three young Israelis were kidnapped and murdered near the West Bank city of Hebron.

Ro’ya TV posted a video online showing Palestinian Territories bureau chief Nebal Farsakh and cameraman Mohamed Shousha being targeted although they were wearing bulletproof vests marked “Press.” They were taken to a hospital with facial burns.

The Israeli security forces must respect the physical integrity of journalists who are just doing their job by covering demonstrations,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk. “We remind them that the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution in March 2014 recognizing that journalists play an essential role by covering protests.”

The incident was not isolated. Israeli police used force to prevent a crew with Russian TV station RT from filming during Jerusalem Day on 17 May, which commemorates Israel’s conquest of East Jerusalem and the Old City during the Six Day War.

Although they had accreditation, RT reporter Dalia Nammari and cameraman Muhammad Aishu were manhandled and their camera was broken. They have filed a complaint.

Nidal Ashtiyeh, a Palestinian photojournalist working for the Chinese news agency Xinhua, was covering a Palestinian demonstration near Nablus on 15 May marking the 67th anniversary of the Nakba (Palestinian defeat and exodus in 1948) when he was badly injured in an eye by a rubber-coated bullet fired by an Israeli soldier. He has not yet recovered his sight in the eye and needs to receive special treatment.

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via Palestine – IDF deliberately fires teargas at Jordanian TV crew.

On eve of referendum, Greek finance minister accuses creditors of ‘terrorism’ | News , World | THE DAILY STAR

Addressing a crowd of over 50,000 in central Athens, left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged them to spurn the deal, rejecting warnings from Greece’s European partners that this may bring an exit from the euro and even greater hardship.

A slew of opinion polls on Friday gave the “Yes” camp, which favours accepting the bailout terms, a slender lead but all were within the margin of error and pollsters said the vote was too close to call. Only one had the “No” vote advocated by the government winning.

Tsipras’ finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, said there was too much at stake for Europe to cast Greece adrift.

“As much for Greece as for Europe, I’m sure,” Varoufakis told the Spanish newspaper El Mundo. “If Greece crashes, a trillion euros (the equivalent of Spain’s GDP) will be lost. It’s too much money and I don’t believe Europe could allow it.”

“What they’re doing with Greece has a name: terrorism,” said Varoufakis. “Why have they forced us to close the banks? To frighten people. And when it’s about spreading terror, that is known as terrorism.”

via On eve of referendum, Greek finance minister accuses creditors of ‘terrorism’ | News , World | THE DAILY STAR.