Still no word of missing radio presenter and environmentalist eight months after his abduction

first_img June 1, 2021 Find out more November 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Still no word of missing radio presenter and environmentalist eight months after his abduction Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped February 16, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the indifference of both local and national authorities to the fate of radio presenter and anti-logging campaigner Joey Estriber, who has been missing ever since he was kidnapped outside an Internet café in Baler, in Aurora province (northeast of Manila), on the evening of 3 March 2006.”It is eight months to the day since Estriber was abducted and nothing has been done by the authorities to find and identify his kidnappers,” the press freedom organisation said. “It seems that complicity between the local police and logging companies has prevented any progress in the investigation. The authorities in Manila must restart enquiries as a matter of urgency.”A freelance journalist who presented the programme Pag-usapan Natin (Let’s talk about that) on local radio station DZJO, Estriber was kidnapped by four gunmen. According to a representative of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), the kidnapping took place a few yards from a police station, but the police never questioned the witnesses.Estriber has five dependants – his wife and four children – who have had no source of income since his disappearance.A well-known critic of deforestation in Aurora province, he often used his radio programme to condemn the intensive logging being carried out by companies with the support of people within the local government, and he had participated in a campaign calling for the withdrawal of the nine licences issued to logging companies in the province.Estriber also worked for a local development NGO, Bataris, which a military officer speaking on a radio station in February described as the kind of organisation that should be combated. May 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation center_img Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Follow the news on Philippines PhilippinesAsia – Pacific to go further News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News RSF_en Newslast_img read more

New political voice for Limerick’s Muslim community

first_imgNewsPoliticsNew political voice for Limerick’s Muslim communityBy Alan Jacques – November 25, 2018 5162 Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleHugh Tinney celebrates 60 in CastleconnellNext articleTelling the Sue Rynhart story Alan Jacques Abul Kalam Azad Talukder, going for County Council Elections in MayPicture Brendan GleesonA LEADING member of the Muslim community in Limerick has promised to be a voice not only for the migrant community in the city but for all communities if he is successful in next year’s local election.Abul Kalam Azad Talukder (50) has been selected by Fianna Fail to run in Limerick City West next May alongside Mayor James Collins, Cllr Sean Lynch, and former Young Munster rugby player Francis Brosnahan.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Known fondly as “Jackie”, the Bangladeshi father-of-two runs a number of local businesses and operates two taxis.“Ireland and Limerick have been very good to me. They have given me a happy life. I want to be a voice not only for the migrant community, but also for everyone. We have to think about our children and their future,” he told the Limerick Post.Abul came to Limerick in 2000 and first started work with Fianna Fail in 2004 as an aid to former Junior Minister Peter Power within the migrant community. His father was a politician in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, and he is now hoping to make his own contribution by becoming the first Muslim elected to Limerick City and County Council.The increase in rents across Limerick City and County is something Abul feels very strongly about.“Rent is a huge issue. If two people are not working in a family it is very hard for them to be able to pay rent. My brother was paying €370 a month for an apartment in the city. Five years later, he is paying €800 for the same apartment”.He wants to see the migrant community make great strides to integrate within their communities.“I don’t want to see people just coming here to send money home. That’s not what we want. People need to be getting involved with local sports club, whether that is cricket or GAA. We want to see them integrating.”Limerick Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea welcomed Abul’s selection for next year’s local election.“There is a large non-Irish community in Limerick and it is important they integrate fully into society and one way to do this is to encourage participation in the political process. Abul has to be commended for putting himself forward and I wish him every success.Limerick Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins also welcomed Abul’s selection.“Limerick is now a multi-cultural society with a very large non Irish and non EU population living and integrated into our local communities. I’m delighted that Abul is going to stand for Fianna Fáil in next year’s local election. He is a leader from within his own community and has a very positive contribution to make,” he said.Chairman of Fianna Fail’s Limerick City Branch, Alec Morrissey, also said he was delighted to see new candidates like Abul come forward to represent his own community and the people of Limerick.“As I personally know Jackie, I look forward to working with him and all our candidates in the local election. We have some good people representing us,” he added. Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print Email TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics center_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsApp Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Facebooklast_img read more

Prune After Bloom

first_imgSpring-flowering plants are beginning to pop with color. As soon as their color fades, landscapers can prepare to prune and groom these plants.Because flowering ornamentals form their flower buds at different times of the year, pruning times must be adjusted accordingly. Many spring-flowering plants, such as azalea, dogwood, forsythia, redbud and rhododendron, set flower buds in the fall, so pruning during the fall or winter months would eliminate or decrease their spring flower display.Plants that typically flower during the summer form flower buds on new growth and can be pruned during the winter without affecting their flowering. Examples of this type of plant include crape myrtle and abelia.As a general rule, plants that flower before May should be pruned after they bloom, while those that flower after May are considered summer-flowering and can be pruned just prior to spring growth.Exceptions to this rule include the oakleaf hydrangea, a summer-flowering shrub that forms flower buds during the previous season, and the late-flowering azalea cultivars that bloom during May, June or even July. Prune both the oakleaf hydrangea and these azalea cultivars after they bloom. Ornamental plants that are not grown for their showy flowers can be pruned in late winter, spring or summer months. Avoid pruning during the fall or early winter because it may encourage tender new growth that is not sufficiently hardened to resist the winter cold.Some shade and flowering trees – maple, birch, dogwood, beech, elm, willow, flowering plum and flowering cherry – tend to bleed or excrete large amounts of sap from pruning wounds.Sap excreted from the tree is not harmful, but it is unsightly. To minimize bleeding, prune these trees after the leaves have matured. Leaves use plant sap when they expand, so the tree excretes less sap from the wound after leaves have matured.The following plants should be pruned after they produce flowers: azalea, beauty bush, bigleaf hydrangea, Bradford pear, bridal wreath spirea, clematis, climbing roses, crabapple, deutzia, dogwood, doublefile viburnum, flowering almond, flowering cherry, flowering quince, forsythia, Japanese kerria, Japanese pieris, lilac, mock-orange, oakleaf hydrangea, pearlbush, pyracantha, redbud, saucer magnolia, star magnolia, shrub honeysuckle, thunberg spirea, Vanhoutte spirea, Weigelia, winter daphne, wisteria and witch hazel.For more information on pruning, see the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publication “Pruning Ornamental Plants in the Landscape” at read more

‘Frog’ ready to jump all over US teen

first_imgJamaica’s Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes, 28, one of the leading boxers on the Caribbean team, will take on 19-year-old Xzaviar Ford from North Carolina, USA, in the opening salvo of the Wray & Nephew Contender 2016 boxing series, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Old Hope Road, tonight.The made-for-television series will be broadcast live, starting at 9 p.m. by Television Jamaica.Now in its sixth season, the series has proven to be very popular in Jamaica and the Caribbean, and this year it will be eight boxers from Jamaica (five), Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana (one each), going up against eight boxers from the USA (seven) and the Bahamas. Competition this year will be in the welterweight division.Holmes goes into the ring with a record of 10 wins and five losses and it is of note that he was the runner-up last year – when it was a middleweight contest – with the upper weight limit being 160 pounds. He lost to Kemahl ‘Hitman’ Russell.LOSING WEIGHTWhen asked about his weight by The Gleaner yesterday, Holmes said he has had no problem moving down to the welterweight division – where the limit is 147 pounds – because his normal weight is in the region of 152 pounds.He confessed to not being “100 per cent ready at this time” because he has only been in high level training for about a month. He is confident that he will do well tonight, however, and warned that his opponent had “better be ready for some fireworks”.HOLMES’ OPPONENTFord, his opponent, has only four fights, with one victory and three defeats. He said his plan is to use his speed to good advantage against Holmes.The American’s trainer, Chris Joy, was also confident that his boxer would be able to hold his own and give a good performance.The bout will be over five rounds, a change from previous years when the preliminaries were fought over six rounds.There were some controversies with drawn fights last year, so the promoters, after discussions with the Jamaica Boxing Board, made it an uneven number of rounds this year to guarantee a clear winner. The semi-finals will be over seven rounds, but the final will remain a 10-rounder.The winner of the series will take home $2 million, runner-up $500,000, third place $250,000, and fourth place $200,000.last_img read more

Bill for Indias first sports univ tabled in LS

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) A bill to set up Indias first full fledged sports university of international standards was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.The National Sports University Bill, 2017 will help set up the university in Manipur.As of now, there are some institutes which offer various courses for athletes and coaches.”A void exists in the sports environment of the country in various areas such as sports science, sports technology, high performance training,” the bill states.The proposed university is expected to bridge this gap.The bill was introduced by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs S S Ahluwalia as Sports Minister Vijay Goel is indisposed. PTI NAB ARClast_img read more