RSF condemns fatal shooting of Philippine radio journalist

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that a Philippine radio journalist died of his injuries on 1 May after being shot several times by a motorcycle gunman the previous day, and calls on the country’s authorities to identify those responsible. Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Philippine local radio commentator Edmund Sestoso (right) died on 1 May of the injuries received in a shooting attack the previous day, to the dismay of the country’s journalists (photo: Noel Celis / AFP – Facebook). PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence Organisation to go further Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Philippines February 16, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alertscenter_img News News May 2, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF condemns fatal shooting of Philippine radio journalist June 1, 2021 Find out more News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence May 3, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Edmund Sestoso’s voice was very familiar to listeners of DyGB 91.7 FM, a local radio station in Dumaguete City, in Negros Oriental province, where he was gunned down as he was returning home by motorcycle on 30 April after recording his popular morning programme “Tug-anan sa Power 91,” in which he discussed local affairs, including political issues and armed conflicts.Sestoso was shot in the chest, stomach and legs at a toll station by an unidentified individual on a motorcycle. The gunman also shot the tires of the pedicab whose driver tried to transport him to a hospital. Aged 51 and the father of two girls aged 11 and 13, Sestoso died yesterday in the hospital to which he was taken after the shooting.“We are absolutely horrified by this tragedy and we express our complete solidarity with the Philippine media community, which is once again in mourning,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“Edmund Sestoso worked for the public good by explaining news developments in the Dumaguete region to his listeners, sometimes tackling very sensitive issues. We urge the authorities to do everything possible to find both the killer and instigators, and to not let this crime go unpunished.”The local police have said the shooting was very probably linked to Sestoso’s work as a journalist.Joel Sy Egco, the head of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFOMS), told RSF that, until evidence comes to light indicating otherwise, he too is of the view that Sestoso was targeted because of his radio programme. A conflict between rival political factions in Negros Oriental could be to blame. Sestoso used to head the local chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).He is the first journalist to be killed in the Philippines in 2018 and at least the fifth to be killed in connection with their journalism since Rodrigo Duterte, who is prone to particularly violent verbal attacks on the media, became president in June 2016. Long regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, the Philippines has fallen six places in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries. RSF_en last_img read more

Taking Aim at Nuts With Guns

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York I grew up in Levittown in the 1960s and 1970s. Like most gray-haired baby boomers, I remember the “air-raid drill.”It entailed being escorted out of my classroom, lined up against the cold brick hallway walls, and told to put my hands atop my head so when that nuclear fireball erupted, incinerating anything and everything for miles around us, we’d be okay. I also remember seeing those little yellow signs posted on the exterior of public buildings: FALLOUT SHELTER.I wasn’t sure what Khrushchev and Brezhnev had against Levittown. But it seemed as if we were a target. Was it our shopping centers? Was it Mr. Gateson, my fourth-grade teacher? Or was my father really not a “sales rep” and instead, an agent of the CIA?As alarming as those drills were, I remember goofing off in those hallways. Even at a young age, something told us not to worry. Thirty thousand nuclear missiles pointed right at us seemed a distant threat.Compare that to the threats our children must constantly process: the very clear and present danger of a shooting in their school. So grave that the president of the United States has endorsed training old Mr. Gateson to carry a weapon into a fourth-grade classroom.Gun lobbyists chant that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun. Whether that applies to gym teachers I’ve had is debatable. What is not debatable is that the best way to reduce gun violence is to make it harder for people with mental illnesses, criminals and terrorists to get guns.Facts are facts. This is irrefutable: In the U.S. and around the world, where there are sane gun security rules, far fewer children are murdered in their schools. It’s the exception to the rule, not the weekly “Breaking News.”Please don’t tell me that’s fake news or alternative facts. People throw out that canard when they have no intellectual leg to stand on.Why doesn’t Congress stand up to the gun lobby? More than 80 percent of Americans support universal background checks and “No Fly, No Buy.” Republicans and Democrats alike. Even most NRA members.Here’s why: After votes on gun security measures in Congress were defeated, a moderate Republican who voted against each measure confessed to me how embarrassed he was.“So, why’d you vote that way?” I asked. His answer: “Going back home with a bad vote on guns is politically nuts.”When members of Congress are more concerned with nuts with guns, our children and grandchildren will be safer.Steve Israel’s next novel “Big Guns” may be ordered at or directly from your local bookstore.last_img read more

Charming Queenslander with a ’mini-me’ treehouse up for grabs

first_imgREAD MORE Unique home with a cricket pitch in the front yard More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 READ MORE This house at 161 Francis St in West End is going to auction on August 3.THIS charming Queenslander wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Alice in Wonderland, with its off-white complexion, original features and tropical garden creating a fantasy-style ambience. The property in Townsville’s inner city suburb of West End is up for auction on the first Saturday of August and there’s no doubt the kids will be convinced.Setting a new precedent for cubby houses, the property boasts a two-storey treehouse surrounded by mature gardens and lush lawn. “It (the treehouse) has been beautifully constructed, it’s very much the same style of the home.”The main house also has plenty of character, featuring a retro-style orange and white kitchen splashback and large glass doors boasting an outlook to the tropical back yard. Keeping with tradition it also has charming Queenslander features like casement windows, high ceilings and tongue and Groove walls. REMAX agent, Michele Hyde, who is marketing the property said the house has already attracted a string of buyer attention with the treehouse being a main attraction. “At the first open house we had about 20 people through it and got one offer,” Ms Hyde said“When the current owners were looking at it they couldn’t get their children out of the treehouse, and that’s certainly what were finding with other families at the open homes. Where property prices have risen most over the past year “There’s not much else like it so it’s hard to put a price on it. “People always respond well to a well maintained Queenslander.” Ms Hyde said the house has been well-kept and cherished by the current owners. “The house has been beautifully maintained and the owner is an architect so he’s actually extended part of the house,” she said. last_img read more

Gender Agenda Will Confuse Our Children

first_imgBob McCoskrie – National Director, Family First NZPublished in NZ Herald 11 April 2014There has been no shortage of media reports lately regarding gender change – even of children.Last year the parents of a seven year old girl made the decision to start a process which would culminate in medically stopping the onset of female puberty. The media report said she was “born into a girl’s body”, – as though this was somehow an accident. At age 6 the little girl reportedly told her parents “I’m not a girl, I think I’m a boy.”The Human Rights Commission has published guidelines to recognise the rights of children as young as five to use the changing room, play in the sports team, and even share bunkrooms on school camps that match their gender identity.In Australia, a threatened anti-discrimination lawsuit by a parent of a nine-year-old transgender child has opened the door to Queensland schools introducing unisex toilets, change rooms and sports teams.UK school inspectors praised schools for supporting their cross-dressing students, with children as young as four being labelled as “transgender” and permitted to dress as the opposite sex without judgment.In January, California became the first US state to give rights to transgender students as young as kindergarten-age, requiring public schools to allow those students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want and to choose whether they want to play boys’ or girls’ sports – based on their ‘self-perception’ and regardless of their birth gender.Our children are being indoctrinated with the message “Gender refers to how you identify, someone can identify as male, female, in between, both, or neither.”The PPTA has told secondary schools that “Gender identity refers to what a person thinks of as their own gender, whether they think of themselves as a man or as a woman, irrespective of their biological sex”, and that schools must not only recognises these forms of diversity, but affirm them.What has been noticeable in all of these media reports and government documents has been the deafening silence in terms of a critical analysis of whether this is actually in the best interests of children.The current trend in treatment – changing genders – fails to take into account the possibility of deeply unresolved psychological issues that, when treated first, could avoid the need for any change in gender. What the child really needs is affirmation of their unique personality and appropriate treatment for their unhappiness and other presenting emotional issues.To think that drugs and a surgeon and a knife can change gender is mythical. And to allow a child to make that type of decision is downright dangerous and ultimately harmful to the child.A 2007 Dutch study found that 52% of the children diagnosed had one or more diagnoses in addition to Gender Identity Disorder (GID), including anxiety disorders and behavioural disruptive disorders. The desire to become the opposite gender was not GID but was symptomatic of other psychiatric illnesses.Gender change does nothing to resolve these issues. One study suggested that most children with gender dysphoria will not remain gender dysphoric after puberty.To then claim all gender changes as successes ignores the high prevalence of suicides, regret, disappointment, medical problems, and adults who return to their original birth gender. It fails to acknowledge the psychiatric literature which demonstrates that it is possible to help these children learn to embrace the goodness of their gender.And when adults encourage children to turn up to school confused about their gender and which toilet to use, it confounds the whole school community.A child’s gender at birth is an objective biological reality, and is entirely consistent and unambiguous. It’s a boy! You have a girl! Yes, there can be ambiguous genitalia, brought on by chromosomal imbalances. But these very rare and difficult cases are not at all similar to the great majority of gender change cases which are paraded before us in the media.Gender change surgery will not change the chromosomes of a human being in that it will not make a man become a woman, capable of menstruating, ovulating, and having children, nor will it make a woman into a man, capable of generating sperm.Professor of Psychiatry Paul McHugh, whose studies of transgender surgery brought the procedures to an end at Johns Hopkins University said “Treating these children with hormones does considerable harm and it compounds their confusion. Trying to delay puberty or change someone’s gender is a rejection of the lawfulness of nature… Children transformed from their male constitution into female roles suffered prolonged distress and misery as they sensed their natural attitudes. Their parents usually lived with guilt over their decisions, second-guessing themselves and somewhat ashamed of the fabrication, both surgical and social, they had imposed on their sons.”He concluded “We psychiatrists would do better to concentrate on trying to fix their minds and not their genitalia.”The majority of children treated by those with expertise in this area are able to embrace the goodness of being male or female.Walt Heyer. author of “Paper Genders”, felt he should have been a girl at the age of 5 years old, had gender change surgery as an adult, and lived as a female for eight years until he realised that surgery doesn’t change your DNA birth gender. He says, “The struggle with gender issues evolve out of psychological issues. The gender issue is only a symptom of something of a much deeper problem within children, as it was in me.”The real question, which the media haven’t asked but I am, is: are we happy to continue accepting the “choose your gender” approach with young children, and continue to compound the confusion?As a parent of two girls and one boy, I’m not.ENDS Elwood & Michele A’Court: Should we have trans toilets?Stuff 7 March 2017 read more

Who will be the next coach of the LA Lakers? The candidates list

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error • Nate McMillan: An assistant with Indiana, he formerly a head coach in Seattle and Portland.• Jeff Hornacek: Veteran NBA coach who was fired by Phoenix earlier this year.• Kevin Ollie: Journeyman NBA player starred at Crenshaw High. He currently coaches at UConn and was mentioned as a candidate for the Lakers position in 2014.• Jeff Van Gundy: ESPN analyst and former Knicks/Rockets coach, he is mentioned nearly every time there’s a coaching change. Here are some of the possible candidates to replace Byron Scott as Lakers coach:• Luke Walton: Former Lakers forward, current assistant with Golden State who guided the Warriors to a 39-4 record this season as interim coach during Steve Kerr’s absence.• Mark Jackson: Former Golden State coach who would love to get back into coaching.• Brian Shaw: Former Lakers guard who was Denver coach for two seasons before being let go.last_img read more

Williams sisters to team up in doubles at French Open

first_imgCarpio 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments They have not played doubles together at a major since they won Wimbledon two years ago.The sisters are also expected to compete in singles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe clay-court Grand Slam tournament starts on Sunday.The French Open will mark Serena Williams’ first major tournament in more than a year. A three-time champion in singles, she hasn’t played at a Grand Slam event since winning the Australian Open in January 2017, while pregnant. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Stronger next time Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding FILE – In this July 9, 2016, file photo, Serena Williams, left, hits a return, as her sister and playing partner Venus Williams looks on, during during the women’s doubles final against Yaroslava Shvedova, of Kazahkstan and Timea Babos, of Hungary, at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. French Open organizers say the Williams sister will compete in the doubles tournament at Roland Garros. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)PARIS — Two-time champions Serena and Venus Williams will compete in doubles at the French Open.The American sisters were handed a wild-card entry on Thursday into the tournament they won together in 1999 and in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Railroad track trespassers feel sting of fines

first_imgRENO, Nev. – Gabe Kennedy had never heard of the railroad police when a special agent for Union Pacific wrote him a $190 ticket for trespassing on a bridge university students routinely use as a shortcut to campus. Neither had Jason Ormsby, a graduate chemistry student at the University of Nevada, Reno, or Katie Carr, who is studying there to be a teacher. “I cried,” said Carr, 22, who lives in neighboring Sparks, nicknamed the “Rail City” because of its birth along the tracks at the turn of the 20th century. “I’ve never even had a speeding ticket and I get a walking ticket,” she said. “I asked if he would give me a warning and he told me, `Police don’t give warnings. The signs are the warnings.”‘ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.One of the last vestiges of the Old West, railroad police have been protecting the rails since the mid-1800s when they faced Jesse James, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Unfamiliar to most, they are railroad employees who have law enforcement jurisdiction under state and federal laws to make arrests and carry firearms. Pennsylvania became the first state to authorize its governor to appoint railroad police officers in 1865, four years before completion of the transcontinental railroad. Before that, several railroads hired famed private detective Allan Pinkerton, who foiled a conspiracy in 1861 to sabotage track between Baltimore and Wilmington, Del., as part of an attempt to assassinate President Lincoln. Nevada didn’t formally authorize railroad police until 1921 in a law that remains largely unchanged, said Guy Rocha, the state’s archivist. “In the very early period they were protecting the interests of the railroads, whether it was the instance of the assassination attempt out East or breaking unions,” Rocha said. “Most of the time it is keeping people off their property – hobos or bums or tramps.” Last month, Union Pacific’s police extended their long arm of the law to Reno college students, issuing $190 citations to two dozen who were nabbed during a four-hour special enforcement operation as they crossed the railroad bridge over U.S. Interstate 80 on the north edge of the downtown casino district. Dale Bray, Union Pacific’s director of public safety, said the railroad has conducted 208 similar special operations around the nation this year and removed 5,600 people from railroad property while issuing trespass citations to 122 people. Several Reno students claimed as many as 100 people were cited, but Bray said the agents told him the total was only 23. A number of people were stopped before they walked onto the bridge and therefore were not cited, he said. “These operations are not to punish people, it is to enforce laws that are there to protect them,” said Bray, who noted students could use pedestrian bridges within a block and a half in either direction. “One of them was wearing headphones and another was reading the newspaper as they walked across the narrow bridge,” he said. Many of those caught grudgingly paid their tickets. But about a dozen who said they were being “railroaded” showed up in Reno Justice Court to challenge the fines. “I was just trying to make it to class on time so I cut across the railroad bridge,” one student quietly explained to the judge. Ormsby said he and his friend were about two-thirds of the way across the bridge when the officer approached. “He told us in a rather aggressive way how dangerous it was to cross the bridge, but if he really was concerned about that he could have been on the other side of the bridge warning us away instead of issuing us a citation,” Ormsby said. “I thought we were just going to get a warning. The whole thing seemed pretty ridiculous,” he said. Justice of the Peace Jenny Hubach agreed. “It’s sort of silly that they charged you. I’m going to dismiss it,” she told one defendant before dismissing the cases against each of the accused railway trespassers. “They must have had a slow day.” Railroad officials said the matter is anything but silly. “We take safety very seriously here,” said James Barnes, a regional spokesman for Union Pacific, headquartered in Omaha, Neb. Last year, 517 people died while trespassing on railroad property in the United States. From January through Aug. 1 of this year, there have been more than 26,000 instances of trespassing on Union Pacific property, Bray said. This past week, a man was injured and his two dogs killed when they were hit by a train on a trestle in Verdi west of Reno near the California line. It was the same spot where this summer two people escaped but the horses they were riding were struck and killed by a train. Richard Gent, Nevada’s director of Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit group that Union Pacific helped start years ago to educate the public about railroad safety, said the Reno train bridge in question has been a popular shortcut for students years. “It is a challenge there,” he said from Fallon. “There are other places you can cross nearby where there are sidewalks.” Gent said the tickets are warranted because a train moving at 55 mph takes more than a mile to stop and if someone was on the bridge, they’d have nowhere to go. “It’s a difficult lesson to learn but you’ve got to start somewhere. The next lesson is someone gets killed out there and everybody says, `What happened?”‘ Bray said there was nothing excessive about the $190 fines. “How much money do you want to put on someone’s life?” Bray asked. “I think you could argue it’s not enough for this type of activity.” Union Pacific stepped up its enforcement of trespassing generally since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, he said, “but in this particular case, I don’t think 9/11 or homeland security issues played a part in the special operation on this bridge.” “It is completely about the safety of the students who go to that university,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Your Eyes Have Automatic Light Meters

first_imgEvery pupil knows that pupils constrict in bright light and dilate in dim light, but how?  Physiologists had assumed the retina signalled the iris muscles, but now it appears there is an independent mechanism in the iris itself, at least in birds, and probably in mammals, too.  A report in EurekAlert summarizes a finding from Washington School of Medicine published in Science:1 “Working with embryonic chicken eyes, Washington University ophthalmology researchers found that cryptochrome allows the pupil to react independently from light-sensitive photoreceptor cells at the back of the eye.”    Cryptochrome is a protein distinct from the opsin family of proteins usually involved in light response.  This molecule is apparently acting like a light meter on the camera.  A light meter doesn’t take a picture but helps the camera receive the proper amount of light.  Experiments suggested “it is as if the light meter of the eye is controlling the pupil without vision being involved.  In the mouse, the meter is located in the retina and primarily uses melanopsin to do its work with cryptochrome proteins amplifying the signal.  In the chick, it is as if the light meter is contained in the pupil itself.”  The team is trying to determine if this mechanism works in human eyes also.  They make no mention of evolution, other than indirectly to suggest, “These data characterize a non-opsin photoreception mechanism in a vertebrate eye and suggest a conserved [i.e., unevolved] photoreceptive role for cryptochromes in vertebrates.”1Daniel Tu et al., “Nonvisual Photoreception in the Chick Iris,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5693, 129-131, 1 October 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1101484].The less we take things in the body for granted, the more we see exquisite mechanisms working together to achieve complex functions that could rightly be described as ultra-high-tech.  Humans only designed auto-exposure cameras in relatively recent times, after a lot of intelligent design.  Who designed opsins and crytochromes, and all the signalling and response mechanisms that cause them to make muscles, larger by orders of magnitude, respond rapidly to shifting quantities of light?  The human iris is far more complex than any Nikon aperture.  Yet it is only one of several automatic mechanisms on our stereo camcorders that provides a dynamic range of 10 million to one and transfers data at a gigabyte per second.  When a feeble little chick hatches out of the egg and sees the world for the first time, its automatic light meters are already working.    For more on the complexity of the eye, see this description by Dr. Howard Glickman(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Newspaper to help entrepreneurs

first_img4 September 2013 Small Business Connect, a free newspaper and website launched by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday, aims to provide South African entrepreneurs with the information they need to succeed in their ventures. The first edition of the 20-page publication covers issues such as how to register a business as well as advice for those wanting to start their own business, and includes a business support service directory as well as information on policy issues. The newspaper, published monthly, will be distributed free of charge nationwide. Small Business Connect can also be accessed online via, or “We have got a big knowledge gap,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the launch of the publication on Tuesday. “The newspaper fits in with the overall thrust of this administration in supporting small businesses. It is an information exercise about what you need to do to start a small business, where one can go for mentorship opportunities.” Davies pointed out that issues specific to the small business industry are not always covered in the commercial media. Statistics indicate that, for every seven small businesses established each year, only two will be operational a year down the line. “This tells us that small business requires commitment, effort and involvement,” Davies said. The newspaper’s print run is of 30 000 copies a month, which will be distributed via 200 points around the country, including at provincial government departments. It is published for the Department of Trade and Industry by SA Business Owner and Co cc, under a 24-month partnership. Source: read more