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

Hudson County Community College Receives $850,000 Investment from JPMorgan Chase The…

first_imgHudson County Community College (HCCC) has been named the recipient of a one-year, $850,000 investment from the JPMorgan Chase. The investment will be utilized for a program the College developed to address the challenges of the economic crisis in Hudson County that were brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is designed to provide lasting improvement in the County’s workforce ecosystem.“We are exceedingly grateful to the JPMorgan Chase for funding our ‘Gateway to Innovation’ initiative,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “This program is strategically aligned with needs related to the community’s COVID-19 challenges, and the College’s student success and ‘Hudson Helps’ initiatives.” × Dr. Reber said the HCCC “Gateway to Innovation” project was developed to provide short-term, upskilling credential attainment opportunities in health care; career services for alumni in areas such as health care, information technology, finance, insurance, and logistics; enhanced non-academic support for students, including financial counseling and access to benefits such as WIC, SNAP, and citizenship guidance; and deeper engagement with employers in technology, finance and other recession-resistant sectors that will lead to resilient career pathways.“Our neighbors in Hudson County have been uniquely impacted by challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Abby Marquand, Vice President, Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase. “We are proud to support Hudson County Community College in their effort to develop and enhance sustainable career pipelines that will help more people get back to work in in-demand industries.”Over the course of the next year, the College will focus on building relationships with area employers to define in-demand skill sets; recruiting industry experts for adjunct teaching as well as faculty externships and experiential learning for students; and creating new programs that support and increase student retention and graduation and engage alumni.  The initiative will also target dislocated workers from retail, hospitality and service sectors and help prepare them for recession-resistant careers in health care, including Certified Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician and Hemodialysis Technician positions.Dr. Nicholas Chiaravalloti, HCCC Vice President for External Affairs & Senior Counsel to the President, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic negatively affected many Hudson County businesses, and financially imperiled our students and fellow Hudson County residents. This investment provides the opportunity to assess and address current needs, and to determine and develop strategies and partnerships in several key sectors of our community.”“Hudson County Community College is dedicated to helping our students attain academic and career success, and to improving the lives of the people in our community,” Dr. Reber said. “This JPMorgan Chase investment will go far in ensuring the development of long-term solutions that will help rebuild Hudson County’s economic infrastructure.”Employers, community members, students and alumni may obtain more information about the HCCC “Gateway to Innovation” initiative, and how to participate in it, by contacting Lori Margolin, HCCC Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, at [email protected] or 201-360-4242.last_img read more

The Kennedy Dancers Air Dance Vista Cable Television Series in 22…

first_imgKennedy Dancers, Inc.,a Professional Repertory Dance Company, Dance Studio, and Dance Vista Television Productions, is proud to announce an upcoming cable television show featuring members of the “Inner City Youth” Pre-Professional Training Program and their journey from rehearsals to performances and competitions.Under the Direction of Diane Dragone, for over 40 years The Kennedy Dancers has strived to provide high quality dance performances, dance classes while keeping the needs of the community in mind through inclusive programming for youth, adults, senior citizens, and people with disabilities. The Dance Vista cable television series is a catalyst to exponentially grow capacity and interaction with the art of dance to our viewers, live audiences, and students, and has received 6 cable television network awards for cultural programming.Dance Vista is directed and produced by Tom Horan and Executive Producer Diane Dragone. Dance Vista reaches over 6 million viewers and is seen on television Access Systems across the United States.Dance Vista follows the New Jersey Board of Education approved core curriculum in dance.  It is a useful tool in dance training. Diane Dragone is a Certified Teacher of Dance in the State of New Jersey.Diane Dragone, host and Artistic Director of the Kennedy Dancers Inc., delves into the steps and process of becoming a professional dancer.Clips of Kennedy Dancers (The Inner City Youth Program) pre-professionals are shown as they learn choreography, rehearse, compete, and perform new works for everyone from concert audiences and for competition judges.Not an easy road, but a rewarding one.Also featured are clips of the Kennedy Dancers Professional Repertory Dance Company performing “Calling God” at the Loews Jersey Theater, Jersey City, NJ.The premiere is at Friday, April 9 and Sunday April 11th at 9:00PM and will be aired on Comcast Channel 97 and Verizon Channel 43.Airing Times:Fridays and Sundays at 9:00pm on JCETV located on Comcast Channel 97 in Jersey City, and on Verizon FIOS Channel 43 throughout Northern New Jersey.  DANCE VISTA can also be seen on Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s Lifestyle Channel 2 on Tuesdays at 3:30p.m.DANCE VISTA all also be shown at various times throughout New Jersey and Beyond through syndicated Educational and Governmental channels across twenty three states.The Series is produced by the Kennedy Dancers Inc., a 501C3 non-profit organization.Executive Producer and Host is Diane Dragone and Director is Tom Horan.For further information contact [email protected], 201-659-2190, or visit our website at kennedydancers.orgFor your convenience, you can also view it on YouTube at  https://youtu.be/u9BXZEQ5iu4 1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯center_img ×  1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯last_img read more

How Chase Utley’s slide spurred MLB to change the rules

first_img“For the most part, I think it’s just going to take some time to police that, just like the home-plate collision rule. We’re three years removed from that rule, and there’s still some gray area there, which I think there’ll be some gray area with this one too, as expected. When a rule change happens in a sport that’s been around for centuries, it’s going to take a while to get adjusted to,” he said.Takeout slides and neighborhood plays will be subject to video review. In the past, the neighborhood play wasn’t subject to review.“A shortstop will drag his right foot across the back corner of the base. I don’t think that will ever change,” said Colorado manager Walt Weiss, a former All-Star shortstop. “The second baseman, I think, is more affected by this rule, because sometimes they leave the base before the ball gets there.”Said Asche: “I don’t think you can define a takeout slide. Because I think when those things happen, both parties have probably done something to put themselves in that situation.”Baseball and the union also agreed to limit mound visits by managers and pitching coaches to 30 seconds and to cut the countdown clock for between-innings breaks by 20 seconds, to 2:05 for most games and 2:25 for nationally televised matchups. A runner who makes a permissible slide cannot be charged with interference, even if he makes contact with a fielder.“Our goal in amending the slide rule was to enhance player safety, reduce incidents of injury and to do it in a way that respects and preserves the bona-fide hustle plays that are integral to our game,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement. “I am optimistic that this new rule will accomplish those goals.”Utley barreled into Tejada at Dodger Stadium in the NL division series last year. Tejada missed the World Series and Utley was suspended for two games, which is still under appeal.Chances are, fans will call this the Chase Utley Rule.“Did Chase catch him good? Yeah. Could Tejada have maybe done a couple things to get out of the way? Yeah. Neither of those things happened, so now we have something to talk about,” said Philadelphia infielder-outfielder Cody Asche, a former Utley teammate. NEW YORK — Baseball made its call on the Chase Utley slide: out.Major League Baseball and the players’ union have banned rolling block slides to break up potential double plays, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by Utley that broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year’s playoffs.Under the rules change announced Thursday, a runner must attempt a “bona fide slide,” defined as making contact with the ground ahead of the base, being in position to reach the base with a hand or foot and to remain on it, and sliding within reach of the base without changing his path to initiate contact with a fielder.An umpire can call both the runner and batter out for a violation. Baserunners may not elevate or kick a leg above the fielder’s knee or throw his arm or upper body.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more