Call for more energetic enquiry into murders of journalists

first_img Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped to go further Receive email alerts News June 1, 2021 Find out more Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa PhilippinesAsia – Pacific February 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en ”Until the motives for these crimes have been discovered and their authors punished, people will continue to doubt the ability of the authorities to end this violence against journalists,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The Task Force set up in 2001 to investigate killings of journalists and political activists must be strengthened.”Julia, who worked for local FM radio station DZGE and was the brother of Magarao mayor Nelson Julia, was shot dead by motorcycle gunmen on his way home on 15 August.  He died in hospital the same day.The chief suspect is a man Julia had quarrelled with two days earlier, according to the police officer in charge of the enquiry, Victor Asuela.  The man, a friend of a political rival of Julia’s family, went to police two days after the murder but was let go.center_img August 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for more energetic enquiry into murders of journalists May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Philippines News News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders called today for more police to investigate the killings of five journalists in the Philippines this year, including the latest victim, former radio presenter Rolando Anjo Julia, in the central province of Camarines Sur. The killing came 11 days after the 4 August shooting of Radio Mindanao Network journalist Dennis Cuesta ( ), who died on 9 August from his wounds. A policeman, Redempto Acharon, from the town of General Santos, was indicted on 18 August for the murder.The Task Force coordinator in charge of investigating the murders, Ricardo Blancaflor, has announced that two suspects, Kristian E. Bronzage and Joenel V. Lastimoso, were arrested last week for the killing of Martin Rojas, another Radio Mindanao Network journalist, shot dead on 7 August in Capiz. Rey Bayoging, assistant vice-president of Radio Mindanao Network, said Cuesta and Rojas were both killed because of their work. ”The arrests show the government’s determination to end these killings,” said Blancaflor.  “No effort will be spared to give justice to their families.”The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has declared 20 August a national day of mourning for the media. Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Newslast_img read more

NAFCU rep testifies on ways to strengthen SBA’s 7(a) loan program Wednesday

first_imgNAFCU witness Sonya McDonald, executive vice president and chief lending officer at Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, is slated to deliver the credit union perspective on how to strengthen the Small Business Administration’s 7(a) loan program before the House Small Business Committee Wednesday.McDonald testified on the same subject before a House Small Business subcommittee last year.The hearing, “Strengthening SBA’s 7(a) Loan Program,” is slated to begin at 11 a.m. Eastern. The hearing will also include testimony from representatives of the Independent Community Bankers of America, the American Bankers Association and the National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Overwatch player and coach booked without detention in South Korea after match fixing

first_imgThe player manager and coach of Korean Overwatch squad Luminous Solar have been booked without detention in South Korea after attempting to qualify for the OGN Overwatch APEX Challenger Season 2 by match fixing. This was initially reported by Inven, and translated by ESPN.  Image courtesy of BlizzardThe criminal charge specified by the Gyeonggi Bukbu Provincial Police Agency was interference with business. Both the player and coach have already been banned by OGN, following an internal investigation conducted last February. The investigation related to the wildcard qualifier quarter finals between Luminous Solar and UnLimited which the former won. The evidence suggests that Jin Seok-hoon and Baek Min-jeh offered sponsorship for UnLimited should they agree to forfeit the match. It was also discovered that they produced a fraudulent doctor’s certificate in order to field a last minute substitute in the match. The player from UnLimited, Choi Yoon-soo was also banned from participating for the next season of OGN Overwatch APEX Challenger.It’s not the first and it likely won’t be the last example of match fixing in esports. Whilst bodies such as ESIC are working hard to ensure players are educated about the perils of match fixing it still remains a risk and the aforementioned case shows just how seriously it can, and should be dealt with. Over the weekend the first iteration of Beyond the Summit’s CS_Summit saw Cloud9 play with Braxton “swag” Pierce, a player banned from Valve-sponsored events having been found guilty of match fixing. The discussion of cheating versus match fixing has been prevalent in the community as people tend to see cheating as the worst possible sin. Simply put, the example above is exactly why match fixing is more serious. In most sports across the world it’s a criminal offence to be involved in match fixing whilst cheating, i.e. performance enhancing drugs are often not dealt with on a criminal level.Esports Insider says: Hopefully this doesn’t become a common occurrence. This goes to show how severe match fixing is and how ruthlessly it can be dealt with.last_img read more

Shoreline Players Youth Drama Learn the Professional Scoop From Visiting Director

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisOscoda — Singing, dancing, and even some occasional laughing can be heard coming from the Shoreline Players Theater during these hot summer weeks. The Shoreline Players Youth Drama Association is preparing to put on the musical “Curtain Call: The Story Begins Before The Curtain Opens.” The biggest treat for the kids, the director and writer of the musical is working with the young actors to help bring her vision to life.“It’s really a show about how these really smart kids today are navigating the world,” said Writer/Director Maggie Gautier.The musical is a coming of age tale about a group of school kids working to put on musical. Hollywood Native Gautier describes it as art imitating art with plenty of singing and dancing. Songs are uplifting and family friendly. The benefit for the children is that they get to play a character similar to themselves compared to other plays and musicals where the kids have to play adults or Shakespearean characters.“It gives them a chance to really be working with some content that I think hits home with all kids,” said Gautier, “Everybody is on their video games, this is pulling them off their video games and making them talk to each other.”For six years, Gautier has been working on this production, teaming up with professional sound designers and playwrights to make her dream a reality. She is not new to Northeast Michigan. A few years ago, Gautier watched “Curtain Call: The Story Begins Before The Curtain Opens” debut at the Rogers City Community Theater. Since the debut, she’s been tweaking scenes and helping perfect her musical. For the past four weeks, she’s been working with the youth players of Oscoda.“We’ve had such a great group of kids, we thought, how can offer them an opportunity that would be unique?” said Sue Miller, Parent Assistant at Shoreline Players Youth Drama Association. “We could still be involved with what they were doing but bring somebody else in who would have a whole different skill set, background, and experience.”Miller and Gautier met in Rogers City back when the musical debuted. Miller fell in love with the production and knew the musical as well as Gautier would be a great addition to helping educate the youth players at Shoreline. Gautier hopes that this musical will peek the interest of  top entertainment executives in Hollywood where she resides.“Curtain Call: The Story Begins Before The Curtain Opens” kicks off on Thursday, July 19 at 7:00pm. The cast will be putting on four performances. July 19-21 will have performances at 7:00pm. The matinee will take place on Sunday, July 22 at 2:00p.m. Tickets for adults are $10, children $5. The Shoreline Players Theater is located at 6000 N Skeel Ave. in Oscoda.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Hiking Through the Forgotten Village of BellNext Extreme fire danger in Northeast Michiganlast_img read more

UAAP men’s volleyball: FEU remains spotless, Ateneo sends UP to 5th straight loss

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jerry san Pedro had 14 points for the Fighting Maroons, who dropped to a league-worst 0-5 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Hornets for 50th win Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University maintained its perfect record after dismantling Adamson University, 25-14, 25-23, 25-23, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Center.The Tamaraws hikes their record to 6-0 while the Soaring Falcons dropped to 3-2 for the third spot.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Richard Solis and Jude Garcia had 12 points apiece for the Tamaraws while John Paul Bugaoan added 11.FEU seemed to have an impenetrable wall tallying 12 scoring blocks against the Falcons while also dealing damage with 41 points off spikes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn the other game, Ateneo tied Adamson in third following a four-set win over University of the Philippines, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, 25-13.Gian Carlo Glorioso led the Blue Eagles with 20 points while Chumason Njigha added 12. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Read Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

VWSA wins huge Polo export order

first_img20 November 2009Volkswagen South Africa is set to double the number of cars it exports from its plant in the Eastern Cape, after the company won an order to export 55 000 new-generation Polos to countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore in 2010.The contract, which follows from a multi-billion rand investment programme by the automaker and its component suppliers, will also see the export of 19 000 of the cars to right-hand-drive country destinations around the world by the end of 2009.This will double Volkswagen SA’s total exports from approximately 28 500 in 2009 to 55 000 in 2010. Production of the new Polo hatch began at the Uitenhage plant in July, and the vehicle is due to go on sale in South Africa from early 2010.“By the end of 2009, Volkswagen South Africa will have invested R3.5-billion in new plant, local content development and new product,” VW South Africa MD David Powels said at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park in Uitenhage this week.“A further R500-million will be invested in 2010 to complete the process and ensure that the company is well placed to capture future opportunities both in the South African and global markets.”Supplier investmentAccording to the company, one of the key factors enabling it to secure the contract was the investment of approximately R600-million by suppliers, including Rehau, Bentler, Flextech, Faurecia and Grupo Antolin, in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP).“The investment on the part of these five suppliers into the NMBLP has resulted in the creation of 685 highly skilled, new jobs in the Metro with upside potential in coming months,” Powels said.This has enabled the company to increase local content of the new-generation Polos from below 40% to in excess of 70%.“The establishment of the NMBLP has been a crucial step in the process to enable Volkswagen to become a globally competitive manufacturer of vehicles in the Eastern Cape,” he said.As a result of the suppliers’ investment in the park, 77% of suppliers to Volkswagen of South Africa are now based in Nelson Mandela Bay – a factor Powels described as critically important in Volkswagen’s globalisation strategy.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Why No One Wants to Buy Your Product

first_imgThere is something salespeople do that makes selling more difficult. They don’t mean to do it, and many still don’t know what they should do differently and why what they’re doing makes selling more difficult. What they are doing is leading with their products.It is easy to get hyped up about your product, especially if you work in a company that develops great products. A lot of the internal conversations are about how the product is better than what came before it and how it is better than any of your competitors. A lot of the company goals cascade down to the sales force and salespeople are measured against these targets. It’s easy to talk about the cool stuff you are creating and even more so when you are measured and rewarded for doing so.But here is the rub. People don’t want to buy your product or service. This is a point I made in The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need where I quoted Theodore Levitt from Harvard Business School who said, “People don’t want to buy drills. They want to buy quarter-inch holes.” To view what you are doing in sales you have to reverse the order and start with the holes.When you lead with the product, you are starting the sales conversation at Level 1, which is product and features and benefits and advantages. This works against you because I haven’t yet agreed that I need the holes that your drill produces. Worst still, I may already be getting the holes I need from the drill I have now. When you lead from what I call Level 4, which is strategic, you lead with the idea that the client needs better holes, they need to improve the speed at which they produce those holes, they need holes that better serve their clients, holes that allow them to increase their profits, holes that help to capture greater market share or holes that position them to move their organization to a place where they can leap to some new type of hole altogether.Outcomes drive solutions. Outcomes drive the choice of product. But most important is that fact that outcomes drive the need to change, a result that is more difficult for product alone.Like a lot of things, you need to reverse what you are doing to produce greater results. To go faster, slow down. To make producing results easier, do what is most difficult. And to sell more product, sell the outcomes instead. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Suggs Return From Torn Achilles Expected Today Against Texans

The Baltimore Ravens have activated linebacker Terrell Suggs from the physically unable to perform list and last year’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year is expected to play today against the Houston Texans.The five-time Pro Bowler will be making a stunning earlier-than-expected return from the torn Achilles tendon he suffered in April. His family and friends have plans to travel to Houston in anticipation of watching him stage one of the quickest returns from this type of significant injury by any athlete.Suggs, who recorded 14 sacks en route to Defensive Player of the Year honors a year ago, acknowledged earlier this week that a quick return could push back his recovery.“That’s always a concern,” he said. “That’s why I’ve got the people around me that I trust. We’re going to make the decision as a group, whether it would be better for me to sit out or suit up.”Ravens coach John Harbaugh had consistently declined to put a timetable on Suggs’ return, leaving many to believe it would be mid-November at the earliest.Prior to his injury, Suggs had played in all 16 regular-season games in eight of his nine NFL seasons, missing three games in 2009 with a knee injury. His return could be a big boost to an aging Ravens defense that lost its inspirational leader, linebacker Ray Lewis, to a torn triceps and top cornerback, Lardarius Webb, to a knee injury last weekend.Harbaugh, however, cautioned earlier this week that the team wasn’t expecting too much too soon of Suggs. He’ll likely see limited action if he plays.“To what extent, to what he’s able to do, I think we should temper our expectations a little bit,” Harbaugh said. “He’s coming off a very serious injury. I think he’s worked really hard. He’s done a great job with the rehab, he’s followed protocol. He had no setbacks throughout the course of the whole deal.”In the 2010 and 2011 seasons, Suggs paced the Ravens with 25 sacks, the fifth-most in the NFL during that span. read more

Former Ohio State linebacker David Perkins arrested in Bowling Green on multiple

Courtesy of OSU athletic departmentFormer Ohio State linebacker David Perkins was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, criminal damaging and underage/under the influence of alcohol in Bowling Green, Ohio during the early morning hours of May 25.Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer confirmed Thursday that Perkins is no longer a member of the OSU football team. An OSU athletics spokesman said Perkins had already left the program prior to the arrest.“David asked to be able to contact other schools for the purpose of possibly transferring sometime around the start of the ‘Maymester’ and he has not been around the program since,” said athletics spokesman Jerry Emig in an email.Bowling Green Police received a call at approximately 2:45 a.m. on the morning of May 25 from a female resident on Pike Street, which is located outside of Bowling Green State University’s campus. The resident informed police that Perkins was attempting to enter her home, according to the police report.The resident told police that Perkins attempted to enter her home multiple times. Perkins told police that he knew who lived at the house. The female resident, however, told police neither she nor her roommate knew Perkins.After attempting to enter the home once, the resident told police Perkins walked across the street to a car. Police found the car with the driver’s door window shattered out and with blood on the driver’s door, steering wheel and gear shift area. The owner of the car told police she did not know Perkins.The resident told police Perkins then returned to the residence and attempted to enter again, while repeatedly yelling “Let me in (expletive)” and “Answer me now.”Police arrested Perkins at the scene, where they found him with “blood all over his hands and clothes and large cuts on his right wrist.” The police report also stated Perkins had “wet pants as if he had urinated on himself.”Perkins was transported to Wood County Hospital following his arrest to receive treatment for his cuts. The 20-year-old told emergency room staff he had consumed beer and liquor prior to the arrest.Perkins is scheduled to appear as a defendant on the four charges in Bowling Green Municipal Court on June 10.Perkins did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment.The South Bend, Ind. native played in nine games during his freshman season with the Buckeyes last year. He played primarily on special teams, but recorded six tackles and one pass breakup. read more

Big Ten Championship Game going to be won in the trenches

OSU’s football team plays Michigan State Sept. 30, 2012, at Spartan Stadium. OSU won, 17-16.Credit: Lantern file photoA trip to a BCS bowl game in Pasadena, Calif., will be on the line when the Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) football teams meet at the Big Ten Championship Game.Saturday’s winner is guaranteed to at least receive a berth in the Rose Bowl Game, but for No. 2-ranked OSU, a projected selection to the BCS National Championship Game hangs in the balance pending the game’s outcome.Even so, OSU players insist their focus this week is on winning Saturday rather than the later implications of that potential win.“You have to take it one week at a time, one day at a time,” junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett said Monday. “All we can do is win each and every week. If we do that … things will work out for themselves.”Although he acknowledged the Buckeyes were excited to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings after then-No. 1 ranked Alabama lost to then-No. 4 Auburn, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the team has kept its attention on Michigan State.“We don’t really have to do much refocusing because everybody still understands what’s at task right now and understands how important this game is,” Shazier said. “We got to take care of business with (Michigan State) first, then we can move on and be excited about the next team to come up.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said his players have the right mindset going into the championship game.“They’re a very purpose-driven team and a very intelligent team so I don’t anticipate a problem (with focus),” Meyer said. “The biggest problem is we’re going to be facing an excellent team in Michigan State with great players.”The Buckeyes, though, seem to realize winning against the No. 10-ranked Spartans is no easy task.OSU has been led this season by the strength of its offense, which ranks third in scoring offense (48.2 points per game) and sixth in total offense (530.5 yards per game).The Buckeyes’ offense has been especially strong on the ground, ranking second nationally with 321.3 rushing yards behind the all-Big Ten play of senior running back Carlos Hyde and junior quarterback Braxton Miller.That offense, however, might face its toughest test of the season in the Spartans. Michigan State’s defense leads the nation with only 237.7 total yards allowed per game and 64.8 rushing yards allowed per game, and also ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense with only 11.8 points allowed per game.Meyer said the success of Michigan State’s defense starts with its players’ talent.“It always starts with players,” Meyer said. “They have very skilled players that are tough.”Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said the Michigan State defense likes to “just play you and see if their guys are better than yours.”“They don’t do a ton of different stuff,” Mewhort said in regards to Michigan State’s defensive scheme. “I respect them for that because they have good players and are able to do that a lot.”Mewhort pointed specifically to redshirt-sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun, redshirt-senior defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds and senior middle linebacker Max Bullough as players in Michigan State’s defensive front seven who could present a challenge to the OSU offense.“They’re a physical group,” Mewhort said. “Good players everywhere.“The game’s going to be won in the trenches, so it’s going to be us (OSU offensive line) vs. them (Michigan State defensive front),” Mewhort added. “It’s going to be one of those classic, smashmouth Big Ten football games. I think we’re going to really embrace that on our offensive line, and we’re looking forward to it.”While the OSU offense is preparing for its toughest challenge of the season, the Michigan State defense is doing the same.“For me to sit here and tell you (OSU is) not our biggest challenge that we’ve faced so far, they’re not our biggest test, would just be lying to you,” Bullough said Monday.Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Miller’s dual-threat ability to both pass and run the ball makes OSU’s offense particularly tough to defend.“The quarterback is a game-breaker,” Dantonio said. “He’s going to be able to create, take a bad play and make it a good one.”But even with the variety of challenges the OSU offense could present to its opponent, Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard said he does not expect the Spartans to change the way they play.“We’re going to play our game of football,” Dennard said. “We’re going to make those guys play our game. And that’s the way we look at it every game.”Michigan State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Connor Cook said OSU’s defensive struggles against Michigan Saturday gave his offense confidence, but said he and his teammates aren’t getting their hopes up for the Buckeyes to give up that many points and yards again.“Any time you see your opponent give up that many yards … quite honestly, you’re licking your chops,” Cook said. “But you just got to treat it like any other game that we’ve had all year.”Michigan State’s offense has had its share of struggles this season, ranking just 85th nationally in total offense (380.2 yards per game) and 63rd in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).Meyer said it is “very clear” what the Spartans, which have 502 rushing attempts and 354 passing attempts this season, want to do when they are on offense.“They’re balanced, but they’re going to run the football on you,” Meyer said. “So we’ve been decent against the run and we need to continue to be decent against the run.”Shazier said Michigan State is “really good” at running the ball. He also thinks Cook is a smart leader of the offense.“They have a really good O-line,” Shazier said. “And they have playmakers, and the quarterback, he’s a really good decision-maker. He doesn’t really make a lot of dumb decisions and make decisions that would hurt the team.”OSU’s defense versus Michigan State’s offense will be just as important to the game’s outcome, Meyer said.“The best defense is our offense hanging onto the ball moving the ball … but the way I feel, there’s no shortcutting Michigan State’s offense,” Meyer said. “As far as winning a game, we have to play excellent defense against this offense.”Kickoff is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more