Follow the news on Philippines PhilippinesAsia – Pacific March 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper columnist gunned down in front of her 10-year-old daughter News RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further February 16, 2021 Find out more June 1, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Special task force will investigate columnist’s murderThe Philippine National Police set up a special task force on 28 which will be headed by senior superintendent Roldolfo Mendoza and chief superintendent Antonio Billones, regional police chief of Western Mindanao. The announcement comes after President Gloria Arroyo said a “thorough investigation” would be carried out into the killing of Esperat.Palace communications director Silvestre Afable said in a statement that “the government may also put up a reward for the immediate arrest of Esperat’s killer.”Reporters Without Borders would conduct a fact-finding visit to the Philippines from 7-13 April that would above all investigate the murders of journalists.Prior to her death, Esperat waged a crusade against corruption.- – — – – — – – – – – – — – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -Newspaper columnist gunned down in front of her 10-year-old daughter26 March 2005Reporters Without Borders voiced “horror” today at the murder of newspaper columnist Marlyn Garcia Esperat of the weekly Midland Review, who was shot dead in her home in front of her 10-year-old daughter by two gunmen on the eve of Easter on 24 March in Tacurong, on the southern island of Mindanao.Noting that this was the second murder of a journalist since the start of the year in the Philippines, the press freedom organization said in a letter to interior minister Angelo Reyes that there was an “urgent need to restore a climate that allows the press to work properly after repeated attacks that have gone completely unpunished.”The letter continued : “We call on you to take the necessary measures to protect journalists and to ensure that a serious investigation establishes the precise motives for Marlyn Garcia Esperat’s murder. No hypothesis should be ruled out, but it is already clear that she was probably killed because of her work as a journalist.”The letter concluded by announcing that a Reporters Without Borders would conduct a fact-finding visit to the Philippines from 7-13 April that would above all investigate the murders of journalists.Aged 45, Marlyn Garcia Esperat was receiving police protection. But, shortly before her murder on 24 March, she allowed her police bodyguards to go home for Easter. The local police said two men burst into her home at around 7:30 p.m. and shot her in the head. Before firing the fatal shot, the gunman simply said : “Good night, dear lady.” The police quoted witnesses as saying the two killers then calmly left on foot.Tacurong police chief Raul Supiter told the newspaper Mindanews: “We have not yet established the motives for this murder but it has not been ruled out that she was killed because of her journalistic activities.” Marlyn Garcia Esperat waged a crusade against corruption and was known for scathing commentaries. The daily Inquirer said that, shortly before her death, she had written about nepotism in the town of Sultan Sa Barongis and the embezzlement of around 750 000 euros from the agricultural department’s local office.The Philippines is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists after Iraq. Six journalists were killed in the country during 2004 simply for doing their job, around ten survived murder attempts and seven others were killed but for reasons that were unclear. 2005 seems to be very murderous too. Arnulfo Villanueva, reporter with the Asian Star Express Balita newspaper, was found dead in Naic (in Cavite province south of Manila) on 28 February. At least six other journalists have been physically attacked or threatened with death since the start of the year. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders expresses its horror at the murder of columnist Marlyne Garcia Esperat of the weekly Midland Review and calls on the authorities to quickly identify those responsible so that her tragic death should not go unpunished. Organisation Help by sharing this information Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped News News News Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago
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House and land packages under $300,000 – BurbankThe packages come as the developer releases its first 250sq m lots at Flagstone – the $6.7 billion satellite city development taking shape between Brisbane and the Gold Coast.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoPeet CEO and managing director Brendan Gore said the smaller lots were new to Flagstone’s second neighbourhood, which has just been released.“Each neighbourhood in Flagstone has a distinctive blend of housing product and the new Gateway neighbourhood has been carefully planned to give first homebuyers an even bigger choice,” he said. “There will be a select number of compact lots integrated with bigger homesites up to 720sq m and located close to parks and green space.“This gives homeowners the benefits of smaller, more affordable blocks of land without compromising Flagstone’s distinctive outdoor lifestyle and airy streetscapes.”The three-bedroom, two-bathroom and single-garage designs come with floor coverings, light fittings and free front garden landscaping on a 250sq m lot. House and land packages under $300,000 – Burbank FacadeCould this be southeast Queensland’s cheapest new house and land package?Flagstone developers Peet Limited and MTAA Super have worked with five builders to put together an early Christmas present for first home buyers — house and land packages from $298,000.The packages have been released ahead of the First Home Owners Grant deadline on December 31, when the grant was scheduled to reduce from $20,000 to $15,000. However, the grant is now expected to be extended for another six months after Labor was re-elected for a second term. There are currently three packages on offer for less than $300,000. House and land packages under $300,000 – BurbankThe new Gateway release is close to the future Flagstone city centre — a 126-hectare CBD with provision for a future hospital, tertiary campus and train station. It is also walking distance to a massive $12 million regional park now being developed around the city centre. Over the next four years, the 10-hectare Flagstone Central park will become an exciting recreation zone, with facilities being progressively built as the community grows. A water play dog park opened earlier this year and a designer skate plaza is being completed. The skate plaza will open today, coinciding with the Flagstone Christmas Wonderland, a free family extravaganza with skating elves, Santa DJ, giant games, food vans and market stalls starting from 4pm. Flagstone, one of the biggest new satellite cities being built in Australia, was made a suburb in its own right, with the area expected to hold 12,000 homes within the Peet development alone once completed. It is the central hub of the Greater Flagstone region, a Priority Development Area, and is expected to eventually be home to 120,000 people, comparable to Toowoomba or Cairns.
Government of South Sudan and rebel representatives have gathered in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa to restart the much-delayed peace process. CCTV Africa has in the meantime learned that a new peace process will be launched on the side-lines of the ongoing African Union summit in Johannesburg. The talks are being hosted by the regional bloc IGAD, who has been mediating the crisis in South Sudan for months now. Several rounds of talks have been held over the crisis, but they have all ended with no binding agreement on forming a unity government. IGAD, the African Union, and the United Nations have all expressed their frustration at the lack of progress. The conflict between President Salva Kiir’s troops and forced loyal to rebel leader Riek Machar has been raging on and off for months.
NATIONAL Schools Basketball Festival U-18, President’s College continued from where they left off in July by whipping Georgetown’s Christ Church Secondary by 47 points on the opening day of the 2019 Youth Basketball Guyana Titan Bowl X, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The three-division knockout competition will bounce into the semi-finals today with the final set for tomorrow.Along with the U-18s, the female school teams and the U-16 male school teams are also in action.On Thursday, the opening day of the event, President’s College, led by Gabriel Lim, easily defeated Christ Church 57-10. Lim powered his way to a huge double-double: 19 points and 16 rebounds, while Ruel Munroe added 13 points and three rebounds.Rahiem Neils led the GT school with six points and three rebounds.Also in the opening round, Marian Academy eased past St Stanislaus College by 16 points, 39-23.Josiah Daniels, with a solid all-round game of 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and Tyrese James, with eight points and three rebounds, did the bulk of the scoring for the winners.Mustapha Kadir, who finished with a double-double (10 points, 14 rebounds) and Veron Edwards who added, seven rebounds, led Saints.Meanwhile, New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI) gained revenge over Kwakwani for beating them in the semi-finals of the 2019 National School Basketball Festival, by knocking them out in their first round battle. Only three points separated the two teams (39-36) when time expired.Kadeen Dover with 10 points, seven rebounds five steals, and Gevon Schultz with eight points four rebounds, led NATI.Kwakwani’s Royon Shortt was just short of a triple-double as he showed his prowess at both ends of the court. Along with scoring a game-high 23 points, he pulled down a whopping 20 rebounds and made eight steals. Rovaldo Sarmento supported with seven points.In the final clash of the day, Georgetown Technical Institute were able to get past the Bishops’ High by 15 points. Israel Yaw, with a double-double (13 points, 12 rebounds) and David Conway with 16 points, four steals, led GTI to a 56-41 points win.Bishops’ High were a two-man show with Roydon Glasgow and Timothy Richmond both scoring 19 points. Richmond added eight rebounds and six steals.In a semifinal this evening President’s College will face Marian Academy, while the two technical institutes will do battle.