Graduate Roberto launches career as international photo-journalist

Roberto Palomo

Former DMU international student Roberto Palomo is launching a career as a freelance photojournalist.

“I know it’s going to be a tough journey, however, there is nothing as beautiful as fighting for your dreams,” says Roberto.

Journalism and Media and Communication graduate Roberto will spend at least until the end of the year in Central America looking for newsworthy stories and documenting life there with his camera. His aim is to photograph and write about the political and social situation in countries such as Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

“Cuba is experiencing historical changes; Haiti is the poorest American country and the whole region suffered the consequences of a hurricane last summer. There are interesting stories there to photograph and write about,” he said.

Roberto, who graduated from DMU in 2016, flies to Cuba this week.

He spent the last year in Barcelona, in his native Spain, where he decided to focus on his photography. He attended various workshops, talked with journalists and collaborated with charities defending refugees’ rights.

His portfolio includes many striking images taken in the streets of the city.

This image captures life on the streets of Barcelona

 

He believes the best way to get attention from editors is to raise a profile and the internet and social media is a tremendous tool to expose and give visibility to his work. Thanks to other colleges and his own research, Roberto has found a strategy for his ambitions.

“My strategy is to combine time collecting stories with time circulating it. I have designed my own website, created social media networks, made a list of potential publications and agencies to target, researched photograph libraries and competitions and, most importantly, made contacts within all areas of journalism and life.”

A Barcelona street scene

He has saved money, packed his bags, got his laptop and camera ready, and aims to make his own way in the industry.

He adds a message for those looking forward to becoming journalists: “Do not get too obsessive about earning money, it will distract you from your professional purpose. Think that recognition will arrive at some point, if you put your effort into a project.”

Roberto’s work can be followed at www.robertopalomo.net and on his social media profile on instagram/bobypigeon or Facebook.com/roberto.palomofermoselle.

He says he is always happy for people to contact him.

 

Leicester residents react to ‘vile’ Katie Hopkins tweets

By Kiran Bedder-Patel

Following the unexpected house explosion that struck in Hinckley Road on Sunday, the people of Leicester were quick to react on social media to pay tributes to those who helped, got injured and who later died.

However, twitter has also been home to some highly unpleasant tweets.

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Controversial former reality TV star and columnist Katie Hopkins tweeted within hours of the explosion but instead of offering sympathy and support to victims, she linked it to Islam and terrorism.

And former British National Party leader Nick Griffin also posted remarks linking the incident with terrorism.

Sunil Dhokia, 25, a salesman from Thurmaston, Leicester, who works in the city centre, said: “They were bang out of order. She didn’t need to say it. There needs to be unity of the city, to mourn for the families that have lost those who were in the explosion.

“To attack an ethnic minority group like that is not right. It’s not ethically right, it’s not morally right.” Watch his full response on the video below.

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Hopkins reacted to a tweet from Leicestershire police declaring a major incident, by asking if a Hotpoint fridge was to blame for the explosion, relating it to the cause of the Grenfell Tower fire.

And she tweeted: ‘Gas explosion. Right up there with lone wolf. And ‘from former Yugoslavia. #Leicester’

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In a tweet on the night of the incident, which has since been removed, Hopkins tweeted:  ‘Brother Faisal needs to practise his squat jogs. Correction, needed to.’

Eljenna Saeed, 20, is a car broker from Braunstone who is a Muslim, who said:
“I am very offended at what she said and she is very quick to jump the gun.”

Five people who are missing after the explosion on Sunday night have been named as probable victims.

Mary Ragoobeer, 46, and her two sons Shane, 18, and Sean, 17, lived in the flat above the supermarket which was destroyed in the explosion.

All three are still missing.

Leah Beth Reek, 18, who is Shane’s girlfriend, is also missing, as is 22-year-old Viktorija Ljevleva who is thought to have been working in the supermarket, called Zabka, at the time of the explosion.

DMUFC head into Varsity as League Champions

By Ross Barnett

A 4-0 win over Derby 3rd XI secured the Midlands 4B league title for De Montfort University 1st XI.

The league victory sees the DMU 1st XI bounce back after suffering relegation from Division 3 last season.

James Dillon, goalkeeper for the team, said: “It’s a good feeling to win the league but it was always one that we felt we should be winning.”

The side only dropped four points in the ten matches this season including a loss against University of Leicester 3rd XI at the start of the season and a draw against University of Nottingham 4th XI three weeks ago.

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DMUFC celebrating after winning the title

James Dillon attributed the league success to a change in structure at the club: “The new manager has made a massive difference. Last year we had student managers who knew a lot about the game but could sometimes be criticised for picking their friends.

“Our hard work and commitment paid off during pre-season and our strength and conditioning has been a massive help as we have pulled away from many teams in the last 20 minutes of matches.”

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Varsity is only 13 days away and the team are in the middle of preparations for their annual fixture against University of Leicester.

“Varsity is the biggest event of the season,” said James, “If we get thrashed in it then the season is a bit of a damp squib.

“It’s only when you walk onto the pitch at Varsity when you get a sense of how big it is and we’ll be ready come Monday 12th March.

“Last year we had a team of mostly first years, so as we are all more experienced I think we will be better prepared even though we only lost 1-0 to a piece of brilliance last year.”

Tickets are not required for the match which will kick off at 7.30pm at Beaumont Park on 12th March.

DMU Falcons American football team eager for Varsity challenge

By Mahima Kshatriya

A member of the De Montfort University (DMU) American football society says the team are more determined than ever to win this year’s Varsity contest.

Tyler Arthur, a second year Journalism student at DMU, feels that, following last year’s 6-0 defeat to the University of Leicester (UoL), the Falcons are much more motivated than last year and are up for the challenge.

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He said: “We want to take the game to them and have a good battle. All the team members are determined to step up and do something different.”

Tyler will be playing in the key position of quarterback this year, but aims to help his team-mates to do their best.

“My personal desire is to make sure that I allow other players on my offensive side to do whatever they can,” he said.

“I want to be able to facilitate all the other players in the offence to do all they can. My main priority I consider to be facilitating everyone to have their best chance of success, especially in Varsity.”

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Despite being a first year student in last year’s Varsity game, Tyler managed to get in the starting team which in turn motivated him for this year’s game. Although he has changed his position, he thinks the experience from the last year will be really beneficial.

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With many of his colleagues leaving this year, Tyler said that he will do everything to win for his departing team-mates

“It has been an emotional year for me, working alongside a lot of people I really love,” he said.

“Knowing they are leaving has motivated me more to win this game. We will be pretty much trying everything to win this game.”

Leicester celebrates the Hindu Holi festival of colour this weekend at Abbey Park

By Francisca Quádrio

Unleash the child in you this Saturday (March 3) and go to Abbey Park to celebrate the Holi festival in Leicester, from 12pm to 4pm.

This event is the perfect family activity providing an energising blend of culture with exciting activities and action-packed entertainment.

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The Hindu celebration has been marked in Leicester in many ways in the past but the new Leicester Holi 2018 is a free event in Abbey Park.

It will include yoga sessions and visitors will be invited to participate in Indian games of Kho-Kho and Kabaddi, spin the ‘Wheel of Virtue’ and take part in the highlight of the day, the Dhuleti, also known as the ‘colours festival’.

If you are feeling hungry, don’t worry! The festival will bring you mouth-watering Indian dishes provided by Leicester caterers such as Milans Pau Bhaji, Indigo and Mirch Masala.

This is a festival is for the whole family so children will also have something in store for them, with activities ranging from story-telling and face-painting to selfies with Holi characters.

On stage, there will be a theatrical production, dance performances and an interactive quiz with the audience.

The festival is running a contest where visitors can win a signed basketball from the Leicester Riders or a pair of tickets to a Leicester Riders game. The only thing they have to do is draw a picture to show what Holi means to them and to email it to info@leicesterholi.co.uk by 11.59pm on Wednesday (Feb 28). The winners will be announced on stage at Leicester Holi 2018.

People across Leicestershire are urged not to miss the exciting Hindu spring festival in Leicester and to bring friends and family – but most importantly, to remember not to wear their favourite clothes.