Progress in investigation into environmental journalist’s murder

first_img June 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders welcomes the progress being made in the investigation into the fatal shooting of radio commentator Gerardo Ortega on 24 January in Puerto Princesa, on the western island of Palawan. The organization urges the police to pursue their efforts to shed light on this murder, which was clearly linked to the victim’s work as a journalist.The gunman was arrested at the murder scene although an accomplice managed to escape. According to the police, the hitmen were offered 150,000 pesos that apparently came from influential persons with links to mining companies. The murder weapon’s owner is reported to be a lawyer who has backed local mining operations. Puerto Princesa police chief Rolando Amurao told news media that the two people who paid the hitmen said their boss wanted to silence the journalist. Ortega often criticized the impact of mining operations on the island’s environment in his commentaries for Radio Mindanao Network dwAR.——————————————-Outspoken radio host gunned down24-01-2011A local radio presenter with a reputation for outspokenness was shot in the head and killed today on the island of Palawan in the west of the Philippines. Gerardo Ortega hosted a daily program “Ramatak”, on the station Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) dwAR. A man, identified as Marvin Alcaraz and said to be resident in Manila, is reported to have been arrested at the scene of the crime carrying a .45 caliber handgun and is being held in connection with the killing. No motive has been identified. News Follow the news on Philippines News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders conveys its total support to the family, friends and journalist colleagues of the victim and urges the local authorities to disclose swiftly the motive for the murder and the circumstances surrounding it.“The organization is horrified by this act or savagery and calls once again on the government to guarantee the protection of journalists,” the press freedom body said. “It is time that the promises of Benigno Aquino, president of the Philippines since July 2010, who announced better security for journalists in his country and an end to the culture of impunity, become a reality. Impunity remains the chief evil corroding the country.” RSF_en At the moment of his death Gerardo Ortega, also known as “Doc Gerry” was in a clothes shop in the town of Puerto Princesa, capital of Palawan province, almost 600 km south of Manila. The family lawyer Joselito Alisuag said the killing had to be linked to his work as a journalist since he had “no personal enemies or particular vice.”The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) says 142 journalists have been killed since the restoration of democracy in 1986. The country was in 156th place in the world press freedom rankings drawn up by Reporters Without Borders in 2010. It is one of the most violent countries in the world for journalists. Local radio presenters are especially exposed to threats and attacks. center_img Help by sharing this information Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa to go further Receive email alerts January 26, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Progress in investigation into environmental journalist’s murder Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped May 3, 2021 Find out more News February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The Latest: Russian soccer game off after 9 virus positives

first_img July 16, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A top-division Russian soccer game has been called off after nine people at FC Sochi tested positive for the virus. The Latest: Russian soccer game off after 9 virus positives Associated Press center_img ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Russian Premier League says Sochi’s game against Tambov will not take place as scheduled on Thursday. The league hasn’t said how many of the nine are players.There was no mention of whether the game could be rescheduled. The league is scheduled to finish its season next Wednesday.Sochi last month won a game 10-1 against FC Rostov after a virus outbreak forced Rostov to send a team of youth and academy players. Another club, FC Orenburg, forfeited two games following an outbreak at the club and has since been relegated. Another game was postponed last month after three virus cases among Dynamo Moscow players.last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, April 30

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Petr Cech is edging closer to a decision on his future, with Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain now locked in a straight fight to sign the Chelsea goalkeeper. Cech, 32, is believed to be leaning towards a move across London to join Arsenal as he is happy playing in England and it would mean he wouldn’t have to uproot his family. (Daily Mirror)Paris Saint-Germain are determined to land Angel Di Maria this summer. Manchester United insist they have no desire to offload record £59.7million signing Di Maria after just one season at Old Trafford but PSG will push to make the move happen, offering around £45million for the Argentina star. (Daily Mirror)Hugo Lloris is Manchester United’s No.1 target this summer if they lose David De Gea. United are becoming increasingly resigned to keeper De Gea opting for a move to Real Madrid this summer, and Tottenham and France No.1 Lloris has emerged as manager Louis van Gaal’s preferred choice to replace the Spaniard. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is poised to reject Paris Saint-Germain to sign a new contract with the club. The 19-year-old Brazilian is out of contract in the summer and had offers from PSG, Juventus, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven. However, despite turning down United’s initial deal he is ready to agree to their latest proposal. (Daily Mail)Tottenham are confident they will win the race to sign Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin this summer and are prepared to offer Andros Townsend or Benjamin Stambouli to help secure the deal. (London Evening Standard)Tottenham are ready to listen to offers for their £30m record buy Erik Lamela this summer. (Daily Mirror)Southampton see Danish right-back Daniel Wass as a possible replacement if Nathaniel Clyne goes to Manchester United. (Daily Mirror)Torino have revealed they will only sell Matteo Darmian if they receive a ‘crazy offer’ for the defender. A number of Europe’s elite clubs are understood to be tracking the 25-year-old, including Manchester United and Arsenal. (Daily Star)Jose Mourinho has revealed that Roman Abramovich will have the final say on Didier Drogba’s future at Chelsea. (Daily Express)Premier League new boys Bournemouth are bracing themselves for a battle to hang on to star striker Callum Wilson. Ten top-flight clubs are eyeing a move for the 23-year-old – West Ham, Tottenham, Southampton, Aston Villa, Swansea, Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Hull, Sunderland and QPR. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Liverpool need to bring in a ‘winner’ to help Rodgers, Dalglish tells talkSPORTExclusive – Gianfranco Zola insists ‘boring’ Chelsea are rightful Premier League championsLiverpool fans want Brendan Rodgers to be given time, talkSPORT told‘Jurgen Klopp would find it very hard to turn Liverpool down’Exclusive – Bolton striker Emile Heskey nears new deal as club target promotion next seasonExclusive – ‘Right club, wrong time!’ Rotherham boss Evans keen to stay despite Peterborough linksReports – Manchester City star’s agent flies to Italy to finalise Inter Milan moveManchester City weighing up Carlo Ancelotti approach as doubts remain over Manuel Pellegrini’s futureBrazil star urges PSG to sign Manchester United targetReports – PSG receive offer from Manchester United and Arsenal targetArsenal miss out on Ivory Coast defender as loan star completes move to PSGBlow for West Ham! Inter Milan ready to swoop for Hammers targetAnderlecht dismiss talks Honduran star will join Arsenal in the summerReports – Crystal Palace make approach for Montpellier defenderlast_img read more

Sharks score four straight to rally past Arizona Coyotes

first_imgGLENDALE, Ariz.  — The Sharks and Coyotes both had stretches playing their best hockey Saturday night. San Jose just kept its run going longer.Logan Couture scored twice and the Sharks got four unanswered goals to rally past Arizona 4-2 Saturday for their 11th win in 13 games.Couture bookended San Jose’s comeback, starting it midway through the first period and completing it with an empty-netter. He has five goals and 14 points in his past 10 games.Dylan Gambrell and Timo Meier also scored …last_img read more

A New Holiday Tradition: Track Santa Online

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#news#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois Since 1955, when Sears mistakenly printed NORAD’s phone number in its catalog instead of the number of its Santa hotline, NORAD has offered Santa-realted services by phone. Now, working together with Google, NORAD continues to offer the same service online during the holidays. Starting at 2 p.m. ET (GMT -5) on Christmas Eve, the newly enhanced Santa Tracker will go live.This year, Google will use the Google Earth plugin to powernoradsanta.org. According to Google, over eight million people used the site to track Santa in 2008.In addition, Google also now offers a mobile site (m.noradsanta.org). In keeping with the times, NORAD also offers a Twitter account this year where “you can keep up with news about Santa’s flight.”center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

TechStars & Kauffman Foundation Team Up To Simplify Accelerator Application Process

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting TechStars is joining forces with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to help simplify access to the growing number of accelerator programs. As part of the partnership, the Kauffman Foundation will provide TechStars with $200,000 funding to build software that can be utilized by accelerator programs.Specifically, these funds will be used to help build an application system that can be used across industries, not just within the TechStars Network. The aim of the system will be to ease the application process, allowing entrepreneurs to fill out one form to apply to multiple participating programs, rather than have to repeat the process for each organization they apply to.The new system will also allow the Kauffman Foundation and other researchers to analyze the data surrounding these programs. This will help understand the demand for accelerators, the funding opportunities, as well as the business results for participating companies over time. “The Kauffman Foundation is supporting the seed accelerator movement that TechStars helped pioneer, with the goal of making it easier for entrepreneurs to gain access to mentorship from the best and brightest entrepreneurs and investors in their communities,” says TechStars CEO David Cohen.The joint efforts grow out of the White House’s Startup America Partnership, an alliance that aims to boost high-growth companies and, by extension, boost the U.S. economy. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts audrey watterscenter_img Tags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Retiring Bob Stoops: By The Numbers at Oklahoma

first_imgRankCoachWin %Team 4Barry Switzer83.7%Oklahoma 10Bud Wilkinson82.6%Oklahoma 12Percy Haughton81.7%Harvard 14Frank Thomas81.2%Alabama 22Nick Saban77.4%Alabama 5Tom Osborne83.6%Nebraska 2Frank Leahy86.4%Notre Dame On Wednesday afternoon, Berry Tramel dropped a bombshell on all of us: Bob Stoops, after 18 years in Norman, is retiring as the head coach at the University of Oklahoma. He’ll be replaced by 33-year-old offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley.“Big Game Bob” has been around the Big 12 seemingly forever, and whether you love him or hate him, there’s no question he’s owned the Big 12 unlike any coach has the last several decades. Let’s take a look at Bob Stoops’ career by the numbers.• 190-48 overall record. Stoops owns a 79.8% winning percentage over 238 games since 1999. Think about how hard that is to do! Per Sports Reference, that puts Stoops No. 17 in the history of Division 1 football coaches, ahead of the likes of Bear Bryant, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, and for now, Nick Saban. 8Bob Neyland82.9%Tennessee 17Bob Stoops79.8%Oklahoma 13Jock Sutherland81.2%Pitt Fielding Yost83.3%Michigan 15Bob Devaney80.6%Nebraska 21Bo Schembechler77.5%Michigan 16George Woodruff80.3%Pennsylvania 23Andy Smith77.1%California 11Chris Petersen82.1%Boise State 25Wallace Wade76.5%Duke 1Knute Rockne88.1%Notre Dame 9Jim Tressel82.8%Ohio State 18Henry Williams78.5%Minnesota 6Charley Moran83.3%Centre 3Urban Meyer85.1%Florida 19Fred Folsom78.1%Colorado 24Fritz Crisler76.8%Michigan • 10 Big 12 Titles. This one is nuts. Oklahoma has won the Big 12 10 (!) times since the conference’s inception (and all since Bob Stoops became the head coach in 1999). The next closest is Texas, with three conference championships. The rest of the Big 12 combined has won at least a share of 13 conference titles, just three more than Stoops all on his own.With Bob Stoops as coach, Oklahoma won 10 conference titles. Over the same span, the rest of the Big 12 combined to win… 10.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) June 7, 2017• 14 double digit win seasons in 18 seasons. Remarkable consistency.11 AP top 10 finishes in 18 seasons6 Big 12 Coach of the Year awards, including 2015 and 2016.14-4 against Oklahoma State (77% winning percentage)9-9 in bowl games, including 5-6 in the Sugar, Fiesta, Rose, Orange, or BCS championship games.1 very bad Bedlam decision.Overall, Bob Stoops goes down as the greatest Big 12 football coach to date (and maybe ever when the Big 12 is all said and done), and one of the most successful coaches of his era, leaving young Lincoln Riley with enormous shoes to fill in Norman.Love him or hate him, Stoops has been the definition of greatness in the Big 12 and his exit is a relief for Cowboy fans. 20Bear Bryant78.0%Alabama While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Watch: Mike Gundy and Mike Boynton Talk about the Importance of Toughness

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Oklahoma State’s first-year head basketball coach sat down for a one-on-one with his football counterpart, 13th-year lead man Mike Gundy.The school released Part 1 and Part 2 over the last few weeks. So far, we’ve seen the two coaches talk about the “Cowboy culture” and their own backgrounds and paths that led them to their current jobs.In this third and final edition, the two talk about toughness and the importance of players buying into their roles.“People don’t like the word ‘role player’ in basketball because it makes you seem like your not as good,” said Boynton. “Everybody wants to be the star. Really, everybody is a role player.”Boynton does understand the value of having stars. On a recent Pistols Firing podcast, he even told Kyle and Carson that he’s “obsessed with recruiting”. But that doesn’t mean he plans to simply chase stars without regard for fit or a player’s ability to buy in to the team concept.“Everybody’s got to buy in to how they help the team win,” Boynton continued. “If you have a bunch of guys on that same page, the talent doesn’t have to be elite across the board.”Boynton’s recruiting strategy seems to be a nice contrast from a former Cowboy coach who always seemed to land top prospects but was never able to really build out a roster.“The culture piece is the one thing that gets undervalued the most, I think,” said Boyton. “Even from coaches and how they recruit. Just having guys that want to buy into something that’s bigger than them.”Again, Boynton is saying all the right things. Whether or not that translates into success on the court remains to be seen. But he seems to have made a good impression on OSU’s most successful coach.Check out the conclusion below.Part 3 of 3: “People don’t like the word role-player, but really, everyone is a role-player.” @thacoachmike on building his team. #okstate pic.twitter.com/Rws33qAIpg— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) July 8, 2017last_img read more

A.J. Green, Calvin Bundage Find Their Way Onto Preseason Watch Lists

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. A handful of Cowboys from the offensive side of the ball have already been included on a number of preseason watch lists in Tylan Wallace, Chuba Hubbard and Johnny Wilson. Now a pair of Poke defenders have also joined the festivities of #WatchListSZN.Senior cornerback A.J. Green was included as part of the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award watch list which was released on Monday. The award is presented by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame to the best defensive back in college football and is named after famous Oklahoman Jim Thorpe, considered to be the greatest all-around athlete in United States history.Green comes into his final year with 26 consecutive starts under his belt. He earned second-team All-Big 12 honors last season after providing several highlight reel plays and leading OSU with 11 pass breakups.Green joins Texas’ Caden Sterns, TCU’s Jeff Gladney and Iowa State’s Greg Eisworth as included DBs from the Big 12. The winner will be announced on Dec. 12 at The Home Depot College Football Awards.Calvin Bundage is a preseason candidate for the Butkus Award, given to college football’s top linebacker.The enigmatic head hunter was stymied some by injury last season but still finished fourth on the team in tackles, fifth in tackles for loss and record 1.5 sacks in 11 games. He was voted as an All-Big 12 honorable mention by the league’s coaches.Other LBs from the Big 12 listed were Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray, Texas Tech’s Jordyn Brooks and Baylor’s Clay Johnston. Semifinalists will be named on Nov. 4, before the list is trimmed further when finalists will be announced Nov. 25. The winner will be announced Dec. 10.last_img read more

Flash (non) fiction

first_imgBlog reader Bonnie B just sent me a link to her blog, where she practices her craft of writing. She also includes a piece of her flash fiction (see comments). This got me thinking: why not flash (non)fiction? Flash fiction is a very, very short story – only a few hundred words. The shortest and most famous was by Hemingway, as Wikipedia reminds us. Not surprisingly for a writer known for his exquisite brevity, he told a story in six words.Flash fiction differs from a vignette in that the flash-fiction work contains the classic story elements: protagonist, conflict, obstacles or complications, and resolution. However, unlike the case with a traditional short story, the limited word length often forces some of these elements to remain unwritten, that is, hinted at or implied in the written storyline. This principle, taken to the extreme, is illustrated by Ernest Hemingway’s six-word flash, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”[1]How about some cause-related, flash (non)fiction? Here is a very fine example from Mercy Corps:Sanam, Niger – You can see the difficulty of life here in Boubacar Harouna’s eyes. They are yellowed from chronic malaria and glassy from exhaustion. Still, Harouna somehow summons the energy to treat dozens of patients each day as the town’s only nurse.Clad in an improbably clean, crisp white coat, Harouna makes the rounds to check on his patients – many of whom lay outside under shade trees because of the lack of beds here. One man, so weak from malaria that he cannot sit up or even move, is sprawled out on a dingy mattress with an intravenous drip in his arm.One of the clinic’s few observation rooms holds four-year-old Ousama Mamidou, who was transported here in a donkey cart from a nearby village. Already chronically anemic and severely malnourished, Ousama arrived in convulsions from a malaria fever. Even after treatment with anti-malarial medications and rehydration solution, she’s still listless in her mother’s arms and fighting for survival.“You’ve come on a slow day,” Harouna says with no trace of irony on his care-worn face.last_img read more

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