Judge Decides To Keep All Independence Prisoners In Semi Release

The prison surveillance judge has decided to maintain the third degree for the seven independence leaders who were imprisoned in the Lledoners prison. Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Sánchez, Jordi Turull, Raül Romeva, Josep Rull and Jordi Cuixart will remain, for the moment, in a semi-release regime until the appeal presented by the Prosecutor’s Office is resolved.

This decision comes a day after Barcelona’s vigilance court number 1 agreed to maintain the semi-release regime for former councilwoman Dolors Bassa and former president of the Parliament Carme Forcadell that the Generalitat granted before the 14F elections.

The court has not yet ruled on the appeal that concerns the former Interior Minister Joaquim Forn, although according to legal sources it is foreseeable that he will adopt a decision identical to that of the rest of the Lledoners prisoners, since he should only enter to assess the suspension and not the bottom line.

In this way, the pro-independence leaders convicted of sedition will be able to continue in semi-release – which allows them to leave jail daily and return alone to sleep, from Monday to Thursday – while waiting for the respective surveillance courts to decide on the merits. of the appeals presented by the public prosecutor against their classification.

In its six proceedings, with the same argument and which can be appealed, the judge – who is acting as a substitute in the surveillance court number 5 of Catalonia – thus distances himself from the decision of the holder , who last July decided to suspend the third degree of the Lledoners inmates, despite endorsing their concession, waiting for the Supreme Court to rule.

(ID) The former president of the Parliament, Carme Forcadell, and the former councilwoman Dolors Bassa, during an electoral act on feminism in Plaça Sant Jaume in Barcelona, ​​Catalunya (Spain) on February 3, 2021.
The judge keeps Bassa and Forcadell semi-released for the moment
On this occasion, Magistrate Mariano David García has chosen to make a restrictive interpretation of an article of the Organic Law of the Judiciary that, according to the Prosecutor’s Office, would force the automatic suspension of the third degree of penitentiary when it has been appealed.

In the judge’s opinion, the public prosecutor’s argument “clashes with the interpretation that must be given to norms that, ultimately, affect fundamental rights.”

The legal precept under discussion is the fifth provision of the Organic Law of the Judiciary, which establishes that appeals against decisions of prison classification that imply a release from prison have suspensive effects, in cases of serious crimes, to prevent this “from occurring without the intervention of the court “.

For the magistrate, this suspensive effect should only be applied in cases in which judicial, non-administrative decisions are challenged, that is, when the surveillance judge has agreed to grant a third degree when estimating the appeal of an inmate.

“The appropriate thing is to make a more considered interpretation and according to the effectiveness and essence of the same”
“It cannot be ignored that the interpretation of the procedural norm that is made directly affects fundamental rights , so the appropriate thing is to make a more considered interpretation and in accordance with the effectiveness and essence of the same”, adds the magistrate .

The order, however, recalls that the Prosecutor’s Office has the possibility of presenting an “incident” during the processing of the appeal that allows suspending the administrative resolution that agreed to the semi-release, but “not through the controversial additional provision number 5 of the Organic law of judicial power”.

In this sense, the judge reasons that the law that regulates contentious jurisdiction foresees suspending a contested administrative resolution , only when it may cause damages of “impossible or difficult reparation” or there is a risk that the appeal presented loses its purpose.

On January 28, the Generalitat again granted the imprisoned politicians the third degree that the Supreme Court had revoked in December, which allowed them to participate in the 14F campaign, although the Prosecutor’s Office appealed it the day after the elections, claiming that The procés sentence was being emptied of content.

With this, the independence prisoners will continue with the third degree, which will allow them to get out of jail daily and they will only have to go to sleep in the penitentiary from Monday to Thursday. Even so, it is a temporary semi-release pending the resolution of the appeal of the Prosecutor’s Office.

The Lledoners jail has received the notification from the magistrates this morning, which has justified that the precautionary suspension of the third degree cannot be applied at this procedural moment .

The President Have Such Limited Power To Tell States Who To Vaccinate

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to prevent a New York grand jury from obtaining former President Donald Trump’s personal and corporate tax returns, a decisive defeat in his long legal battle to keep his tax records out of the reach of prosecutors and investigators.

The ruling does not mean that the statements are made public in the short term and may never be known. Under New York state law, materials released to a grand jury must be kept secret. But Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance can now require Trump’s accountants to turn over records that the president has steadfastly refused to turn over to prosecutors or Congress.

“The work continues,” Vance said in response to the Supreme Court decision.

Vance is seeking tax returns covering eight years for an investigation into secret money payments and other alleged irregular financial transactions . The investigation began after it was revealed that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $ 130,000 not to discuss an alleged run-in she had with Trump, something the former president has denied.

Cohen also testified to Congress that the Trump Organization lied about its financial situation to evade taxes or obtain favorable loan terms.

In July, the Supreme Court rejected Trump’s claim that, as sitting president, he is immune from any part of the criminal justice system, including grand jury investigations. But the decision indicated that Trump could present his lawsuit before lower courts and provide the same arguments as any citizen to try to annul a request or appointment of tax documentation.

A month later, a federal judge in New York ruled against Trump’s renewed effort to have the request thrown out, describing the complaint as a repackaged version of his original immunity argument. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling now validated by the Supreme Court.

Trump’s legal team said the request for his tax records was too broad and was issued in bad faith to harass him. If all Vance was looking at were the payments made by Cohen, they said, that wouldn’t explain why he simply copied a much larger request that had been issued by a Congressional committee.

The first subpoena issued by a state for the records of a sitting president to be produced should have been adapted appropriately, they told the Supreme Court.

“Their almost unlimited scope – in time, content and geographic reach – has all the characteristics that they are out fishing to see what they achieve,” Trump’s attorneys told the Supreme Court.

“The fact that the subpoena was issued to a third party [the depositary or custodian] while tensions were rising between the Trump Organization and the district attorney, and for dubious efficiency reasons, only makes the bad faith allegation much more plausible, “they added.

But in recent court filings, Vance has hinted that the scope of his investigation may be broader than just secret payments.

El expresidente Donald Trump había argumentado que por su cargo público tenía inmunidad. . Former President Donald Trump had argued that because of his public office he had immunity.

“The investigation concerns a variety of business transactions and is based on information derived from public sources, confidential informants and the grand jury process,” Vance told the appeals court. It indicated that it could include the crimes of falsifying business records, insurance fraud and tax fraud.

Now that the Supreme Court has cleared the way for Vance to enforce the tax records request, the president has exhausted his legal options to block it. Full tax return documents, or parts of them, would be released only if Vance files criminal charges at a future date and seeks to present them as evidence.

Brussels Votes In Committee If It Lifts Puigdemont And Ponsatí Immunity

Brussels votes in committee if it lifts the immunity of Puigdemont, Comín and Ponsatí. Once the Committee on Legal Affairs has pronounced, the issue will go to the plenary of the European Parliament.

The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament votes on Tuesday the proposal to lift the parliamentary immunity of Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí , the first step before the matter passes to the plenary session of the European Parliament the week of March 8.

Popular, liberal and socialists have a sufficient majority in the committee and in the plenary session to cast a vote that is expected to be favorable to leaving the three pro-independence MEPs without immunity.

The result of the vote – scheduled for 5:00 p.m. this Tuesday – will not be officially announced, in principle, until Wednesday morning, since due to the pandemic many MEPs cast their vote electronically and they have lengthened the deadlines to count the total votes.

The Commission reviewed this Monday the report on the request of Puigdemont, Comín and Ponsatí, which recommends lifting the immunity of the three MEPs, considering that the events for which they are being processed took place before they entered the European Parliament and Therefore, they are not linked to their exercise as members of the European Parliament, a necessary condition for the European Parliament to deny a request for the lifting of immunity.

The report thus responds positively to the request of the Spanish Justice at the beginning of 2020.

The majority among the 24 members of this commission (equivalent to 13 votes in favor) would be reached with the favorable opinion of the parliamentary groups in which the PP, the PSOE, Citizens and Vox are framed .

The European People’s Party (EPP) has 7 members on this commission, including 5 from the Social Democrats , 4 from the Liberals from Renew Europe and 2 from the Conservatives and Reformists, which, if they all voted in favor, would add a comfortable majority 18 votes out of 24.

The PSOE delegation in the European Parliament has not made its position public. However, according to party sources cited by the ACN agency, the Socialists will vote in favor of lifting the immunity to the three leaders of JxCat .

Lla Reproaches Aragonés For His Delay In Supporting Mossos

Illa reproaches Aragonés for his delay in supporting the Mossos.

The PSC candidate for the Presidency of the Generalitat, Salvador Illa, has censured this Monday that the Government of Catalonia has taken six days to condemn the violence in the demonstrations registered after the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasél in different parts of the Catalan geography.

In statements to Cadena Ser, Illa has welcomed the message sent by the acting vice president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, to support the Mossos d’Esquadra and call for calm.

“The looting of a business, the burning of public furniture or the confrontation with public workers are neither freedom of expression nor of demonstration,” he said, although he has asked not to criminalize the protesters, since he assures that his Government is committed with these rights.

A few words that the socialist candidate for the Generalitat celebrates that they have occurred although he regrets that they have taken six days to arrive. “The statements I have heard are correct, but they arrive late, those statements should have been produced on the first day. There has been a sense of absence in Catalonia with respect to the Government of the Generalitat,” he indicated.

In this line, he said to celebrate that “there is a clear and seamless support for the work of the Mossos d’Esquadra and the Security Forces and Corps” after these “very delicate moments” that have been experienced in recent days and in which very serious “vandalism” and “attacks on public and private property” have been seen.

Don’t question the security model
However, he pointed out that it is “very surprising” that it took so long to condemn the violence and that the “overwhelming support” for the Mossos has taken so long to arrive. “In my opinion, it had to be produced from minute zero and not questioning the security model and more of those who have been directing it from the Interior, forming part of a government that had that responsibility,” he explained.

Regarding the condemnation of the altercations and the support for the rallies to demand freedom of expression by members of parties like Podemos, the former Minister of Health has stressed that violence must always be answered with a “resounding and unmitigated” condemnation. .

“I feel very recognized with the declarations of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez” condemning the riots, said Illa, who reiterated that “democracy is not compatible with violence.” “You can improve crimes of opinion, but you have to go against violence,” he has settled.

Perseverance Got The First Video Of A Landing On Mars

The NASA has just released the full video of the landing on Mars of Perseverance , the first time the arrival of a recording mission to the red planet.

The images were taken with several cameras attached to the exploration vehicle: they begin shortly after the deployment of the huge parachute, continue with the descent of the spacecraft towards a surface of Mars where many of its geographical features can be observed and end with the shot of Perseverance land .

“By viewing these images, anyone can have an idea of ​​what it would be like to land a spacecraft on Mars,” summarized Matt Wallace, one of those responsible for the mission, during a press conference held today.

For the first time NASA has allowed the rover to carry conventional video and photo cameras to try to document the complete landing. The decision has been a success due to the spectacular nature of the images and the usefulness of these videos and images to better understand the whole process, as explained by the mission team today.

Perseverance successfully landed in the Jezero crater last Thursday at the edge of 10pm PST. This is the largest mission to Mars in history and its main objective is to find traces of life in this area of ​​the northern hemisphere of Mars, which 3.5 billion years ago was a large lake where the conditions suitable for the appearance of life could exist.

In the next few days, those responsible for the mission will analyze the first data accumulated by Perseverance , review its programming and begin to test its different instruments . In a few weeks the vehicle will move its robotic arm for the first time and perform a first short test ride.

In a month or two, the rover is expected to have found a flat enough spot to drop the Ingenuity , a small drone powered by long propellers that has been deployed to Mars for the first time.

This type of autonomous vehicle could be the solution to reach the most rugged and complicated places on the planet, points that could not be visited otherwise. In the future, drones like this could be an important support for manned missions. Another objective of the mission is precisely to prepare the way for the astronauts who will arrive in a few years.

This is also the most expensive mission in the history of the exploration of Mars : about 2.2 billion euros. Perseverance has six wheels and is equipped with seven scientific instruments with which to try to analyze the atomic and chemical composition of the bottom of the disappeared lake in search of unmistakable traces of Martian microbes.

The mission’s science team intends to explore the bottom of the ancient lake and its shores in search of carbonate minerals, which on Earth preserve fossils very well. In the future, the mission could reach the limit of the crater, right at the point where a river entered and where sediments carried by the water are still conserved.

The first images sent by Perseverance so far showed the vehicle still hanging from the crane that successfully brought it to the surface, one of its wheels stepping on the land of Mars shortly after landing and a panoramic, color view of the place in the found.

Toilets Cross Their Fingers In Face Of Very Aggressive Fourth Wave

A fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic could be dramatic. “If the fourth wave resembles the second or third, even if it was very tiring, it could be overcome. But if it resembled the first, it would be a drama,” said the manager of the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona this Monday.

Albert Salazar, at the press conference after the class ‘Vall d’Hebron University Hospital Case: covid-19 management’. Hospital occupation, both in the plant and in the ucis, is still very high, despite the fact that it has been falling for weeks: this Monday there were 2,029 patients with the virus in Catalan hospitals, of which 588 were in ucis.Starting a fourth wave with the system so full would be very difficult, experts warn.

Health personnel attend to a patient admitted to the Intensive Care Unit for coronavirus patients at the Josep Trueta Hospital in Girona.

The speed of the virus is approaching a point again in Catalonia, which worries Salut.

The acting ‘councilor’ for Health has also said it, Alba Vergés, who has warned that, since the ucis are still full, she sees it necessary to wait before lifting restrictions to stop the covid-19 in Catalonia: “The risk of a fourth wave starting from this situation is very dramatic. ”

In an interview on TV-3, Vergés has warned that Catalonia is in a “fragile moment”, which is why the Procicat has given itself seven days to assess whether the infections have stabilized or the incidence of the virus rises again, has said.

In that sense, the ‘councilor’ has advocated to allow time for the healthcare pressure to drop and the results of the vaccination to be noticed in “very key weeks”, as has already happened, according to her, in health workers and the elderly in residences, already immunized.

In addition, he has defended being prudent when advancing dates for the flexibilities, out of “respect” for people who have businesses and who are pending to be able to open, or to be able to do it more hours.

The ‘Vall d’Hebron model’, under study for its good management of the pandemic.

“It is not good news that a few days ago the improvement [in the indicators] has slowed down. It is not that we are seeing a significant increase in patients, but the improvement we had in income has slowed down . It is impossible to know what that is going to happen in the next few weeks, “Salazar said.

Asked Vergés if Easter can be saved, he replied that his ‘conselleria’ always tries to find a balance between society and the epidemiological situation, but added: “Since Salut we have never worked in terms of saving summer or Easter”.

The ‘councilor’ said that in June the situation was very different because the risk of regrowth was very low, so that in summer “life could be recovered, and this gave a lot of air to society” before the new waves.

After announcing the inclusion of the group from 45 to 55 years in the vaccination plan, he explained that there may be “changes” in the vaccination criteria and that people from 55 to 70 can also enter the plan when new vaccines are authorized like Jansen’s, one dose.

For those over 80 who cannot move, he explained that primary care is designing a home vaccination device, grouping six people together so as not to lose any dose from the vial.

Galicia Reopens The Hospitality Industry By Allowing Non Cohabiting Meetings

An important day for the Galicians, who will see how several of the covid restrictions in Galicia are finally eased . When almost a month will be fulfilled since the maximum alert was declared, the president of the Xunta has just announced the new measures.

Broadly speaking, the hotel business will be able to reopen in almost all of Galicia, meetings of up to four non-cohabitants will also be allowed in most of the community and a good part of the perimeter closures will disappear from next Friday, February 26.

The president of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, explained that the opening will be “gradual” and appealed on several occasions to “individual responsibility.” He also remarked that the restrictions set a month ago were effective: “The evolution is being good.

It leads us to two conclusions: that the restrictions and measures worked without palliative and that we must act with agility when the situation begins to worsen,” he said.

What can be done from now on?

To the relaxation of the restrictions announced last week, the following will be added from next Friday, February 26:

+ Throughout Galicia:

Shopping centers reopen on weekends
+ Municipalities in the first level of restrictions:

They are those with more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 14 days. Aranga, Cabanas, Carballo, Catoira, Corcubión, O Corgo, Gomesende, A Gudiña, Guitiriz, Larouco, Malpica de Bergantiños, Moeche, A Peroxa, Ponteceso, A Pontenova, Toques e Xunqueira de Espadanedo. The restrictions remain as before. That is, closed hotels, meetings between non-cohabitants and perimeter closure of the councils are not allowed.

+ Municipalities in the second level of restrictions:

They are those with between 250 and 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 14 days. All those in the health area of ​​A Coruña, Ferrol and Pontevedra. The terraces in the hospitality industry are open until 6:00 p.m. and with a capacity of 50%. Mobility between councils with the same incidence is allowed .

The areas of A Coruña, Ferrol and Pontevedra are closed to each other, although open to the municipalities of the area. Meetings of up to 4 not living together.

+ Municipalities in the third level of restrictions:

They are those with less than 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 14 days. Areas of Vigo, Lugo, Ourense and Santiago. The hospitality industry opens with a 30% capacity indoors and 50% on terraces until 6:00 p.m. Mobility between councils with the same level of incidence is allowed . Sports facilities such as gyms and swimming pools are also open. Meetings between four non-cohabitants allowed.

UK Is Committed To A Staggered Opening

” Data not dates ” (” data, not dates “). British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used a play on words on Monday, which has become his new slogan, to respond to those who want to set a date, as soon as possible, for the end of restrictions due to the coronavirus .

Johnson presented in the House of Commons his “roadmap” to get out of the confinement in force since January 5 in England. A journey in stages, between now and summer, ” cautious but irreversible”He stated. A plan based on the firm intention that the current and third lockdown be the last.

The Conservative Prime Minister knows that there cannot be a fourth, that the public would not accept it, that it would be his political grave. ” We cannot . continue indefinitely with the restrictions that weaken our economy , our mental and physical well-being. That is why it is essential that this roadmap is prudent, but also irreversible, “he declared.

The itinerary consists of four stages , with a five-week interval between each of them, enough time to evaluate the impact that this controlled opening is having on the increase in infections. “The threat remains substantial,” Johnson said.

“We can take these steps thanks to the determination of the British and the extraordinary success of our public health service in having vaccinated more than 17.5 million people in the UK,” he stressed.

Summer vacation abroad, in the air

The first stage gives priority to the reopening of schools on March 8 and the possibility of socializing with a person outdoors. As of March 29, with the second stage, the order to stay at home will be abolished and the meetings abroad will be extended to six people from two different homes.

You can also return to exercise outdoors , on tennis courts or golf courses. Non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers, pubs (only open to the open air) and museums will have to wait until April 12, the date of the third stage.

The fourth, as of May 17, will be the time to open hotels, restaurants, cinemas,stadiums (with a maximum capacity of 10,000 people). By then, members of different households will be able to meet inside homes and establishments. If the situation allows it on June 21, all restrictions on social contacts and the recommendation to telework will be lifted. The international travel ban will last until at least May 17 .

The prime minister indicated that the use of issuing “covid status certificates” is being studied to help reopen society. The government has so far repeatedly denied the domestic use of ” vaccination passports” for fear of creating a discriminatory system among citizens.

The progress of the plan will be reviewed depending on the progress of the vaccination program , the new variants of the virus, the level of hospitalizations and deaths and if the risk of new infections may exceed public health.

Dolphin Carnage That Can Be Avoided In Gibraltar Strait

“The common dolphin has become the least common of the dolphins in the Mediterranean.” Its population plummeted at the beginning of the 20th century and in 40 years, its presence has decreased by 50%. Although its global conservation status is of “least concern”, in Spain it is considered “vulnerable” ( National Catalog of Threatened Species ) and, in Andalusia, it is in critical danger of extinction.

“In the bay of Algeciras we have a fundamental enclave for its survival.” This is what José Carlos García Gómez, professor of Marine Biology at the University of Seville and co-author – along with Liliana Olaya-Ponzone, Rocío Espada, Estefanía Martín and Isabel Cárdenas – warns of an investigation published by Cambridge University Press in the specialized journalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom .

The scientific article details blows, mutilations, deformations, amputations and tears suffered by dozens of cetaceans who are victims of certain sport fishing practices, the navigation of pleasure boats, uncontrolled sightings (people who come to see them on their own or carried by companies not regulated), as well as due to the proliferation of jet skis.

This carnage (wound, injury, etc., with effusion of blood, according to the third meaning of the RAE) adds to the threats that dolphins already face due to the destruction of their habitats and competition with industrial fishing.

But the same research warns that injuries – “sometimes very serious”, according to García Gómez – caused by propellers and boat hulls, as well as lines, are avoidable and can be acted immediately with the creation of a small sanctuary in the Bay of Algeciras, where their concentration and presence are most frequent, are protected (at least partially) and the wounded can be cured, promoting, without direct threats, the normal development of the resident population of common dolphins. In this way,

Seven species of cetaceans are commonly observed in the Strait of Gibraltar and the Bay of Algeciras (other species are sporadic), some of them with documented resident populations . Among them are the striped dolphin ( Stenella coeruleoalba ), the bottlenose ( Tursiops truncatus ) and the common ( Delphinus delphis ). The last two are included in the EU Habitats Directive , which requires the adoption of management and conservation measures.

But that same area suffers from intense traffic of ships of all kinds (the Strait is considered the second busiest channel in the world), has one of the 25 largest ports in the world (Algeciras) and has 4,000 registered recreational boats.

Sport fishermen take advantage of dolphins as “surface signals” to locate tunas

“Fisheries management has been a success with bluefin tuna, which has recovered. And where there are tunas, there may be dolphins because they compete for the same trophic resource ”, explains García Gómez. The sport fishermen know this and the dolphins become “surface signals” to locate the tunas.

Although the sport and recreational fishing of bluefin tuna is prohibited in a resolution of May 20, 2019 , many of the boats in the area catch them by trolling (dragging a lure) or by popping or surface spinning , an artificial bait that It floats and the one that is pulled so that it splashes the water and attracts the tuna, with a robust rod and braided line.

As the dolphins point out the tuna banks, the boats place the artificial baits in the groups of cetaceans. “The tuna is capable of traveling in a second between 10 and 14 times the length of its body. If you drag a line at such an explosive speed, it can cause serious cuts to the dolphins that are in the area ”, explains the researcher from the Marine Biology Laboratory of the University of Seville .

To this activity must be added the lacerations caused by propellers and collisions or noise from maritime traffic and jet skis. All these circumstances generate a stress that makes the dolphins more vulnerable and cause changes in distribution and abundance, a decrease in the reproduction rate or death, according to another study signed by the authors cited in Almoraima. Journal of Campogibraltareños Studies .

In the observation campaign that served as the basis for the latest investigation, 182 sightings were recorded, during which 605 interactions were recorded by commercial vessels engaged in whale watching (43%), recreational (29%), associated sport fishing bluefin tuna (22%), unregulated charters for whale watching (3%), jet skis (2%) and sailing schools (1%).

But this hellish environment for dolphins can be reversed. “It had to be demonstrated and this is what we have done in the last investigation,” says García Gómez. Of 90,391 photographs taken over four years, in which 1,402 sightings were recorded by the team from the Dolphin Adventure tourism company, the scientists managed to specifically monitor five of them with external injuries of different origins and severity.

The work showed that dolphins can be cured between three and 21 weeks after the injuries suffered, although the work suggests that one of the monitored specimens died. The article emphasizes the need to safeguard this protected species that, according to the biologist from the University of Seville, is the “jewel in the crown in the bay of Algeciras,

“Each time an individual with fresh injuries was detected, photographs were taken with two digital reflex cameras to identify individual dolphins with standard imaging methods.

The lesions were characterized to assess the progression of healing during the study period and to identify their causes. Depending on the shape, depth, area of ​​the body, deformities, mutilations and other factors, it was determined what caused the wound, ”explains García Gómez.

The importance of the study is not only the analysis of the causes and consequences of attacks on dolphins. Its main objective is to demonstrate that once identified, contingency measures can be established in one of the most ecologically and environmentally important enclaves for the common dolphin, especially since it is a breeding and development area for juveniles of the species that, In the early stages of their life, it is difficult for them to go out to the Strait area with their mothers given the strong prevailing currents.

The research proposal is to create a “visible, localized and respected sanctuary”, according to García Gómez, where there is a greater concentration of dolphins and where the causes of injuries are avoided and reproduction, new births and care of the young.

In an article published in Science Direct , scientists Jean Jacques Maguire, Serge Garcia and Ray Hilborn admit the role of marine reserves as a good tool for the management and conservation of biodiversity, but warn that they are not a panacea for problems.

The sanctuary can be an effective solution in the bay of Algeciras that it is difficult to imagine that anyone could object. We have to turn to these animals

García Gómez shares this conclusion, but clarifies that, in this case, it can be an effective solution in the bay of Algeciras to which “it is difficult to imagine that anyone could oppose”. “We have to turn to these animals,” he concludes in defense of his proposal, which includes protocols for approaching regulated vessels to avoid stress to dolphins as much as possible.

The problem does not only affect the Strait area, although it is of special global importance. A study by Ali Ross and Stephen Isaac for Greenpeace estimated that more than 10,000 cetaceans are accidentally caught off the European Atlantic coasts.

Another one, published in Plos One , on the accidental capture of dolphins, concluded that this cause of mortality will mean, if it remains at current levels, the population reduction of the common dolphin by 20% in 30 years and the probable extinction in 100 years.

Nor is it an exclusive problem of this species. A recent study in Nature estimates that the population of sharks and rays in the oceans has decreased by 71% since 1970, mainly due to overfishing. “The Window to save these iconic creatures is very small,” lead study author Nick Dulvy, a marine biologist at the Canadian University Simon Fraser, told The New York Times . More than three-quarters of the shark and ray population are threatened with extinction.

Scientists highlight how conservation measures work when applied correctly and call on governments to adopt them and set catch limits based on scientific criteria.

The same work warns of the importance of avoiding accidental catches. “Even if commercial shark fishing were to stop, their numbers would continue to fall due to this involuntary fishing,” they warn.

Julia Otero Leaves Radio For A While To Treat Her Cancer

Julia Otero announced this Monday that she has cancer and that she will be away from the microphones of Onda Cero for a few weeks to undergo cancer treatment. “Between chemo and chemo I’ll take a tour of the radio,” the 61-year-old journalist has advanced.

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“Last Tuesday in a routine check-up, one of those that we all have to do, the surprise came. Selfish cells appeared in a little corner, as Dr. López Otín calls them,” the communicator, who was born in Monforte de Lemos, has explained on the air (Lugo) in 1959 and settled with her family in Barcelona when she was a child.

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– Onda Cero (@OndaCero_es) February 22, 2021
” The word cancer is scary, but I have been learning to pronounce it in the first person for six days,” said Julia Otero. “It is not easy, but there we are. You have to call things by their name,” according to the director and presenter of ‘Julia en la onda’, on Onda Cero.

During the time that Otero is away from the microphones, Carmen Juan, along with the usual team of editors and collaborators of the evening program, will remain in charge of the program.

Otero has shown his gratitude “to the girls and boys of ‘JELO'”. “This is an extraordinary team in every way. Professionally they are very good, but their strength is the human category,” he emphasized. “I do not want to forget my bosses from Onda Cero and Atresmedia, because there is not a day that I do not receive from them a dose of pampering and positive thoughts,” said the journalist.

If on a professional level she has confessed to feeling sheltered, she will be much more so on the staff, since both her partner and her daughter are doctors. He, Josep Martínez, is the head of the Emergency Department at the Barcelona Hospital, and she, Candela , 23, has a degree in Medicine and part of her tasks have been at the forefront of the fight against covid.

“Half suffering, half mommy pride. I see her as a girl … but she goes out every morning to fight like a warrior with her mask,” Otero wrote on his Instagram account months ago along with a photo of his daughter, protected against the virus.

Otero has been linked to Onda Cero since 1990, when she began directing and presenting the early morning program ‘La radio de Julia’, which soon became the chain’s evening format. In the 2007-2008 season, and after a hiatus on television, Otero returned to Onda Cero to take charge of the afternoons with ‘Julia en la Onda’.

Among the recognitions for his journalistic work is the Ondas Award , the Golden Antenna, the Golden Microphone (two), the Mainat Award and the most recently awarded, the José Couso Award for Press Freedom.

The news has provoked an avalanche of reactions of support and solidarity with the Galician-Catalan journalist. From politicians, starting with the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, to a multitude of colleagues from the media have sent encouragement to Otero.