Journalist gunned down, first killed in Asia this year

first_img Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Guarin, accompanied by his wife and two children, was on his way home from work about 10 p.m. when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on his car. Hit by the first bullet, he managed to get out of the car and tried to escape.His attackers fired several more shots, hitting him five times in the body and once in the head. Doctors pronounced him dead on arrival at hospital. His wife, who was slightly wounded, said her husband had received death threats for several days. According to one report, corroborated by his newspaper’s management, the journalist received an anonymous message during his radio programme warning him he would be killed on the way out. The newspaper Manila Bulletin reported that President Benigno Aquino had order the formation of an inquiry team of lawyers and private detectives, which would be empowered to track down those who carry out crimes against journalists. The Philippines is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists. In 2011, two journalists were killed because of their work and five other media workers died for reasons that are still unexplained.The metropolitan areas of Manilla, Cebu and Cagayan de Oro on the islands of Luzon and Mindanao are among the world’s most dangerous places for journalists. Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago to go further Organisation RSF_en May 3, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Philippines PhilippinesAsia – Pacific center_img “We are deeply shocked by the death of Christopher Guarin and express our condolences to his family and friends,” the press freedom organization said.“This latest case once again highlights the climate of insecurity that surrounds the work of media workers in the Philippines.“We welcome the formation of a team of independent investigators and lawyers from the private sector, but await further steps to protect media organizations and combat impunity.“Special units have been set up in the past, such as Task Force 2011, without great results. The government’s credibility is on the line with this new body. The transparency of its investigations must be guaranteed, like that of any inquiry carried out by public officials.” News News February 16, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the murder of Christopher Guarin, publisher of the newspaper Tatak News Nationwide and a presenter for the radio station dxMD, shot dead in an ambush yesterday in the southern city of General Santos. Receive email alerts News January 6, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gunned down, first killed in Asia this year June 1, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Education Foundation gets grant to grow Bookworms Literacy program

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp The Education Foundation of Odessa has received a $50,000 grant from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation to grow the Bookworms Literacy Program in Ector County ISD. “We are so grateful to the King Foundation for this special gift,” Education Foundation Director Celeste Potter said in a news release. “With the funds available, all students in grades pre-k through first grade will be given a new book each month that they get to take home and keep. That’s approximately 7,000 students that will be impacted from this grant.” The program creates a unique opportunity for the Odessa community to partner with the Education Foundation and ECISD to promote literacy by volunteering their time to read to these books to our students. Those wishing to volunteer to read to students may contact the Education Foundation Office at (432) 456-7059. Bookworms is designed to help increase literacy and foster a lifelong love of reading. Each month, students will read along to a story in class and then receive a book to take home to keep in an effort to promote at-home family reading. The primary objective of the program is to reinforce at home what the student has learned about books and reading in school. Students will:Recognize that every word they speak can be represented by print, in books, as well as in their own written creations.Hold their books correctly and understand that they must read from the left to the right and from the top to the bottom.Identify and recognize the importance of the different parts of their books.Begin to identify the elements of a story such as the setting, characters, and main idea.Learn to use key elements of the book such as illustrations to predict what may happen in the story. Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Education Foundation gets grant to grow Bookworms Literacy program WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Local News Twitter TAGS  Twitter Previous articleCOLLEGE BASEBALL: Castillo, Melendez earn All-American honorsNext articleNew Cancer Test Helps Men Reduce Unnecessary Prostate Biopsies Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Endesa to shutter two of its Spanish coal-fired power stations

first_imgEndesa to shutter two of its Spanish coal-fired power stations FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Spanish utility Endesa plans to close two of its coal plants in Spain, representing around two-fifths of its coal-fired generating capacity in the country, the company said on Friday.As companies globally move towards a lower carbon economy, Endesa’s Italian parent company Enel, is phasing out coal-fired power plants and focusing on electricity grids, renewable energy and its retail business.“We will present the application shortly because we do not plan to carry out the necessary investments to comply with European regulations,” an Endesa spokesman said. The European Union set new standards on resources and emissions for combustion plants last year, requiring expensive technological upgrades.Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez signaled his intention to go green when he took power in June, bringing together energy and environment into one ministry, which is now working on a new law on climate change. A working draft for the new law includes plans to raise the share of renewable sources in the energy mix to 35 percent by 2030.The plants in Teruel in the country’s north-east, which has a capacity of 1,101 megawatts (MW), and Compostilla in the north-west, with a 1,051 MW capacity, are due to close in 2020.More: Endesa to close two Spanish coal plants in 2020last_img read more