Motorcycle gunmen slay journalist in southern Philippines

first_img Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped June 7, 2018 Motorcycle gunmen slay journalist in southern Philippines News “The current government keeps on pointing to this task force, created in October 2016, as evidence of its desire to protect journalists but this is the sixth journalist to be murdered since Rodrigo Duterte became president. The authorities must take more concrete measures to guarantee journalists’ safety.” PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence RSF_en News Help by sharing this information June 1, 2021 Find out more Radio journalist Edmund Sestoso was fatally shot in a similar fashion by a motorcycle gunman just over a month ago in the central province of Negros Oriental. News May 3, 2021 Find out more News Regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, the Philippines fell six places in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 133rd out of 180 countries. The publisher of Trends and Times, a local community newspaper, Dennis Denora was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car shortly after midday when he was shot twice in the head at close range by two individuals on motorcycle who then sped away. “Dennis Denora’s murder is extremely disturbing and we call on both the Davao del Norte authorities and the presidential task force on media security to conduct a thorough investigation,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia Pacific desk. Receive email alerts The Panabo City police have not yet been able to establish the motive but the modus operandi and the profile of the victim – described by colleagues at the Davao del Norte Press & Radio-TV Club as a “well-known columnist” and “fearless” newspaper and radio commentator – suggests that he was targeted because of his work. Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Panabo City police at the scene of the murder of Dennis Denora (left). The increasingly frequent murders of journalists are a source of public dismay in the Philippines (photos: Octavio Valle / Facebook – Jay Directo / AFP). to go further PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Follow the news on Philippines Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Philippine authorities to do everything possible to find those responsible for the murder of Dennis Denora, a journalist who was shot dead today in Panabo City, in the southern province of Davao del Norte. Organisation February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Brooklyn’s horrific death gave Sonia a different purpose to life

first_imgNewsCommunityBrooklyn’s horrific death gave Sonia a different purpose to lifeBy David Raleigh – January 16, 2020 22065 Print Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Previous articleFESTIVAL: Music MindsNext articleShannon set to become top European testing ground for driverless vehicles David Raleigh Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Linkedin Twitter TAGSCommunitylimerickLimerick City and CountyNewssonia aylmer Sonia Aylmer, mother of Brooklyn Colbert. Photo: Cian ReinhardtLAST November, Limerick was shocked by the killing of 11-year old Brooklyn Colbert.In her first interview since her son’s death, Sonia Aylmer tells David Raleigh of her plans to honour Brooklyn by giving back to those who helped provide a pathway out of homelessness and of her hopes of helping others through the trauma of losing a child.Sonia Aylmer smiles as she recalls how she would playfully tease her son by constantly taking photographs and videos of him on her mobile phone, so she would have a lasting collage of memories recorded of him growing up into the man she knew she would be proud of.“I’m so glad I have all those photos and videos now. Brooklyn was very caring, he was like a protector, he had a great heart, he was very soft,” says Sonia.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “He loved animals as well; He thought his dog ‘Buddy’ was his brother, he loved the dog, they were always together.”She raises a smile remembering how Brooklyn and Buddy, were thick as thieves, planning their adventures together.Brooklyn was a dedicated Liverpool fan, and after hearing news of his death, the Premier League Club’s Chaplain Bill Bygroves sent Sonia a letter of “sincerest condolences, on behalf of everybody associated with Liverpool Football Club, the directors, manager, players, and staff”.“It was lovely to get, it was a surprise, I didn’t know I was getting that. It just shows the impact that Brooklyn had,” Sonia says.“Brooklyn was ill when he was a baby. He was born with a cleft palate, and so he was up and down to Temple Street Children’s Hospital for assessments, and I got a letter from them as well.“They remembered Brooklyn and his personality, and they wrote me a lovely letter about the memories they had of him, and the things he had said to them. He was a very funny child and very witty.”The letters are nice, she says. They confirm what she already knew, how Brooklyn would have “a great impact” on anyone who met him.“He had such a lovely aura about him, a lovely personality. He’d be delighted with Liverpool now they’re doing so well,” she adds.Sonia says the past ten weeks, following Brooklyn’s death, have obviously been “horrendous”.However, with the help of her friends and family members and the Novas organisation, she has been “taking baby steps”, as she tries to process and cope with such heartbreaking loss.“I just feel Brooklyn is giving me strength from somewhere,” she says.That strength shone out from Sonia’s and Brooklyn’s shared love of running.The 36-year-old has her sights set on participating in the Great Limerick Run next May, an event which the Limerick mother and son have taken part in on a number of occasions together.“The main reason is for Brooklyn, because myself and Brooklyn always took part in it. Brooklyn loved to do the Kids Limerick Run. One year he did it twice, so he got two medals that day. He loved it, he loved training.”“He also loved training with his Dad. They’d go running along the riverbanks. He was a very energetic child, and it was something he loved to do. So this is to keep his memory alive and for me to do something positive for Brooklyn,” she adds.“Himself and his Dad had a great relationship, and they used to always be training together, running together and they’d go for a swim. They were like best friends, so he is heartbroken as well.”“I’m focusing on the Run and training, and, knowing that I have to do it to make Brooklyn proud. It has been good for my mental health as well, I know he’d be very proud of me to do it.”“Brooklyn was into his sports, he played with Pike Rovers and Ballynanty FC, and he did some boxingWe used to box together in the Hub in Thomondgate, and he was better than me with the moves. We’d often partner up together as well. It was lovely.”Sonia also wants to run in order to raise awareness about the Novas charity, which helps people who have become homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.It’s a cause close to her heart.“Myself and Brooklyn were in our home for five years and we became homeless as our landlord wanted to move back in. That was about two years ago. We were fighting to stay in our home as long as we could,” she explains.“I got in touch with Novas and they put me in the right direction, they were very good to us.”Sonia and Brooklyn ended up living in a hotel for about two months, but their “unbreakable bond” ensured they remained resilient in the face of their adversity.Thankfully, Sonia says, Brooklyn took the ordeal mostly in his stride, joking he was like the movie character “Kevin”, played by then child actor Macaulay Culkin who finds himself staying in the five-star Plaza Hotel, New York, in the 1992 adventure comedy “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York”.“Brooklyn was a very easy going child so he never complained about it. We were in the hotel for about eight weeks, and while we were there Novas helped us with our washing and provided tokens for the launderette. You spend a lot of money in a hotel as well, so they gave us vouchers to get our dinner cheaper in Our Lady of Lourdes community centre.“Novas were very helpful with ringing landlords. They were brilliant in every way, and since Brooklyn has passed, they have been a massive help to me.”Sonia singles out Julie McKenna, a senior project executive with Novas, for special praise.“Julie has been helping me, and being there for me, she got me through Christmas, she got me over it,” Sonia says.“At the time we were made homeless, we didn’t know where to turn to. I didn’t know where to go, and we didn’t have anywhere to stay. My family live in England, and so me and Brooklyn…well, Brooklyn had his dad… but in terms of stability for me and Brooklyn, I didn’t have anywhere to go.“It was a blessing that I had Novas to do that for me. That’s why I’m so passionate about giving back to them and to try to do the fundraising for them.”“I know Brooklyn would love to give back, I know he’d love that, that he’d have something to do with giving back to Novas. He wasn’t embarrassed hat he was homeless. He told his friends and his teacher at school, he was very grounded, very happy.”No matter where they lived, as long as they were a pair, Sonia and Brooklyn were “happy”.Their hopes were answered last October when they secured a home with Novas’s help, through Limerick City and County Council.The celebrations were poignantly short-lived with Brooklyn’s untimely death on November 3.Sonia Aylmer with Brooklyn ColbertSonia says: “We got the house in October but I still haven’t moved in yet. I’m finding it kind of difficult to move in and start another chapter without Brooklyn, but I’m in and out of it doing it up.“Last week I took a step forward by going back to work, so maybe in the next few weeks, I’ll take another step forward by moving into the house.”“Brooklyn was in the house and he picked out his bedroom so I will still do up the room up for him and there will still be a part of him in the house.”Sonia’s work as a mentor with Limerick Sports Partnership, helping others move on from trauma and their own individual experiences through exercise, has also helped her own mental health.She continues to battle the “bad days” and greets the good days with a positive smile.Sonia says her “whole world crashed” when she was told Brooklyn had died.“Brooklyn was more than my son, he was my best friend, he was like the other part of me, we were inseparable. It was like my whole world ended.”“I have a good circle of friends and they’re getting me through it, and my uncle who reared me with my nana has been a massive support too.”Prayer has also sustained her faith that Brooklyn’s spirit remains close to her.“I go to the church most days and I talk to Brooklyn and I light a candle. Me and Brooklyn used to light candles in the church, it was a thing that we did. I have his picture in the Augustinians Church, so I go in there and I light a candle and I have a chat with him.”“It only came to me the other day that the Great Limerick Run finishing line is just after we pass that church, so it’ll be nice. It will mean something to have it finished outside the church, where his picture is, it’ll be nice, it’ll be special.”“I feel him with me, I still do. We had so much of a bond. The bond we had can’t just be gone, it can’t just be broken. I believe we still have that bond, and I think he is guiding me stronger than ever.BROOKLYN Colbert wasn’t the only child to benefit from the work of Novas over the last two years with 2018 ranking as the worst year on record for the number of children helped by the Limerick charity.Novas senior project executive Julie McKenna said it was the first time they worked with over a thousand children in Limerick, Tipperary, Dublin, Cork and Kerry.“In Limerick, alone we supported 592 children and these were children who were homeless or at risk of being homeless.”“We really are up against it and we are really humbled that Sonia would consider to give back to Novas despite everything that she is experiencing at the moment, and that she wants Brooklyn’s memory to live on through giving back to Novas.”“We are very thankful for that, and very thankful for everybody that is supporting her, and gathering momentum, and getting involved in the race as well including Limerick Sports Partnership and her friends.”Paying tribute to Sonia and Brooklyn’s courage, she addds: “We are so thankful and very privileged to know Sonia, and to have known Brooklyn and worked with him. He was a kid with a spark about him and he left an impact and a memory wherever he went. So, it’s lovely to be involved in this and keeping his memory alive.”“We will continue to support Sonia, I know her a long time, and I would have went to Sonia on the night Brooklyn passed away, and we would touch in and out with one another, and that will continue as long as she needs it.I’m proud to be part of an organisation that does that, it’s the least we can do,” Ms McKenna added. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live last_img read more

Spurs move for Pochettino

first_img The former Argentina international’s stock has risen markedly since his controversial appointment at St Mary’s in January 2013. Having arrived in English football a relative unknown, former Espanyol boss Pochettino’s possession-based, attacking game and focus on home-grown talent has impressed, as have his on-field results. “In Mauricio I believe we have a head coach who, with his high energy, attacking football, will embrace the style of play we associate with our club,” Levy said. “He has a proven ability to develop each player as an individual, whilst building great team spirit and a winning mentality. “We have a talented squad that Mauricio is excited to be coaching next season.” Pochettino’s Southampton future has been in doubt since the January departure of divisive executive chairman Nicola Cortese, having last summer claimed he would follow the Italian out of the club should he leave. The former defender did stay on at Saints after Cortese exited but only for a matter of months, with the club concluding negotiations with Spurs on Tuesday after accepting his resignation. Malky Mackay, Steve McClaren, Murat Yakin and Michael Laudrup are amongst the early frontrunners to replace Pochettino, while the departure will see speculation intensify over the future of Southampton’s players. Highly-rated teenager Luke Shaw and playmaker Adam Lallana have attracted interest from Manchester United and Liverpool respectively, while Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Jay Rodriguez have also been linked with a move away. Last month executive director Les Reed said the club’s intention was to keep their star players but Pochettino’s exit will make that harder, while also heaping the pressure on the recently-formed board, headed by chairman Ralph Krueger, to make a statement. “The club has been on a constant path of growth since the arrival of Markus Liebherr in 2009,” Kruger said in a statement on www.saintsfc.co.uk. “This growth took place before Mauricio came, it continued strongly under his leadership, and it will continue into the next season. “The board’s job is to find opportunity in this challenge and to continue to move the club forward. “We have begun the search for a new high-calibre manager. We will be looking for a manager that shares our values, our principles and our philosophy. “A manager who can continue to grow the first-team and build on our strong foundation – a foundation led by an ambitious vision and plan that continues to build on our world-class academy, our amazing 129-year heritage and our excellent staff, and rewards our loyal and passionate fan base.” Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed Tottenham head coach, leaving Southampton to pen a five-year deal at White Hart Lane. Press Association Saints managed their best-ever Barclays Premier League finish last season but, after months of speculation, will be now looking for a new manager after Pochettino signed a deal until 2019 to succeed Tim Sherwood in north London. “This is a club with tremendous history and prestige and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be its head coach,” Pochettino told Tottenham’s official website, www.tottenhamhotspur.com. “There is an abundance of top-class talent at the club and I am looking forward to starting work with the squad. “Tottenham Hotspur has a huge following across the world and I have great admiration for the passion the fans show for this team. “We are determined to give the supporters the kind of attacking football and success that we are all looking to achieve.” Pochettino had a year remaining on his deal at St Mary’s and has taken with him assistant manager Jesus Perez, first-team coach Miguel D’Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez. It is unclear what those appointments mean for Spurs’ existing backroom team, while there have been reports questioning the future of technical director Franco Baldini. What is certain, though, is that Pochettino will be charged with securing Spurs a top-four finish by ambitious chairman Daniel Levy after a disappointing campaign, in which a flurry of summer signings failed to gel. last_img read more

Sports Hall in Grbavica officially opened!

first_imgWith more than 2.000 citizens and numerous invitees attending the opening ceremony, the sports hall in Grbavica, the third largest in the Sarajevo Canton and the largest in the Municipality of Novo Sarajevo, was officially opened yesterday.Opening ceremony was attended by representatives of all levels of authority in BiH, representatives of the diplomatic core, prominent sports individuals and sports association, as well as numerous citizens of Sarajevo.This sports hall, the biggest investment of the Municipality of Novo Sarajevo, was opened on that particular date for a reason – it was opened on the same day the Grbavica settlement was reintegrated after the termination of the siege of Sarajevo. This was a gift of the Municipality to all citizens of Grbavica and the Sarajevo Canton.Constriction of this sports hall began in September 2010. First stage of works included construction and artisanal works, works on the placing of rough installations were completed in the second stage, while the third stage referred to the procurement and mounting of sports and other equipment for the hall. The hall meets all European standards for indoor sports and it is also equipped for organizing cultural and festival events.In addition to the large hall, the facility also includes an underground garage, bowling alley, a shooting range, a small hall for table tennis and fighting sports, dressing rooms and other ancillary rooms for athletes, VIP lounges, fitness hall, as well as press cabins and administration offices.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

PROSPECT PARK IMPRESSIVE WINNER OF $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE; DESORMEAUX, SISE TEAM FOR 5 ¼ LENGTH WIN AS SON OF TAPIT GETS ONE MILE IN 1:35.67

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2015)–Restrained early and full of run around the far turn, Prospect Park went on to an ultra impressive score in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita, as the 3-year-old colt by top stallion Tapit drew off to win by 5 ¼ lengths under Kent Desormeaux while covering a flat mile in 1:35.67.Owned and bred in Kentucky by Pam and Martin Wygod, the Clifford Sise, Jr. trainee shortened up off a maiden win going 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 27 and thus stamped himself as a potential candidate to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4 with one of the most impressive 3-year-old performances of the young meeting.“We want to stretch him back out of course, today was more about conditions,” said Sise. “We wanted to school him, take him back a little bit and it worked out. Now we’ll be looking at different races throughout the country for him and we’ll try to get some Kentucky Derby (qualifying) points…If that goes well, then who knows?”The 7-2 second choice in a field of five sophomores, paid $9.80, $5.00 and $5.00. Out of the Bertrando mare Quiet Romance, Prospect Park registered his second win from five starts and bagged $34,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $86,570.A close fourth and bottled inside coming to the quarter pole, Desormeaux found a seam three off the rail leaving the three sixteenths pole, and the race was for all intents and purposes, over.“It seemed like it was over in forty feet and he came home so fast,” said Desormeaux.Early pacesetter St. Joe Bay, who was ridden by Elvis Trujillo, finished second, one length in front of longshot Rockinatten. Off at 9-2, Rockinatten paid $5.00 and $4.40.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Rockinatten finished third, a half length in front of odds-on favorite The Gomper and paid $7.00 to show.Off at 1-2, The Gomper stalked the field to the far turn and appeared full of run under Joe Talamo, but flattened out through the drive.Fractions on the race were 23.47, 46.76, 1:10.87 and 1:23.28.First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $68,569 INTO THURSDAY AT SANTA ANITA; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD APPROACH $500,000

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 12, 2016)–There is a Pick Six carryover of $68,569 into Thursday at Santa Anita. With an eight-race card on tap, Thursday’s Pick Six will commence with race three, with approximate post time for the third race at 2:30 p.m. PDT.With three days off leading into the new race week, it’s expected Thursday’s total Pick Six pool should approach $500,000.First post time on Thursday is at 1:30 p.m. For entries, scratches, late changes and morning line information, fans are encouraged to visit http://www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/.last_img

Every Day a Learning Curve For New OL Larry Williams

first_imgGreg Adkins (I wanted to call him “Joe”) opened up his comments on spring ball with a real stunner of a statement recently.“I don’t think we ever got real good at anything running the football last year,” said Adkins. Ray Charles could have told me that.But there’s help on the way. Larry Williams has been the most-talked about JUCO recruit that could help buoy an offensive line that needs to be buoyed. Adkins said he’s cautiously optimistic about Williams’ development.“For Larry being here basically four practices,” said Adkins. “He’s where a lot of these guys were at this point last year. Fundamentally and technique-wise he’s got a ways to go. He certainly has a gifted skill set we have to develop and harness. He’s learning a new language as we go.“I think Larry’s situation is one that we’ve got to continue to harp on all the little things because he doesn’t know anything, so every day is a learning curve for him. But I like his attitude and I like where he’s at.” If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more