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

Berger, Chairman Shelby meet on credit union regulatory relief

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger met Tuesday with Senate Banking Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., to discuss regulatory relief and other top issues for credit unions.NAFCU is closely monitoring discussions in both the House and Senate on regulatory relief. It is pushing for action on measures such as those contained in S. 1484, authored by Shelby and passed by the Senate Banking Committee this May. The bill includes a requirement for public NCUA budget hearings, statutory relief from annual privacy notice requirements and granting of safe harbor qualified-mortgage status for certain loans held in portfolio.“We appreciate Chairman Shelby’s leadership in pushing for credit union regulatory relief,” said Berger. “NAFCU remains committed to working with lawmakers to secure meaningful relief and ensure a favorable regulatory environment for credit unions.”S. 1484 would also require NCUA to study the impact of RBC2 on mortgage servicing assets; require the Federal Housing Finance Agency to withdraw its proposed rule revising Federal Home Loan Bank membership requirements while GAO studies the issue; and grant credit unions parity with community banks in the definition of community financial institution under the Federal Home Loan Bank Act. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Expo to Conduct Hemp Workshop

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, December 17 – 19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, will hold a free program for farmers who are interested in or considering growing hemp in 2020.  Newly announced federal guidelines have led Indiana to begin to develop its own regulations on the commercial production of hemp.  State officials and regulators will outline these rules and provide additional information for those planning to plant hemp in 2020.Participants in the program include: Dr. Robert Waltz – State Seed Commissioner; Mark Boyer – Hemp farmer; Justin Swanson- Midwest Hemp Council; and Purdue Agronomy Hemp specialists. In addition to regulatory issues, agronomy information will be presented to help with production and crop protection decisions.  With no crop protection products currently licensed for use on hemp, growers will face a number of management decisions.Hemp presents an opportunity for Hoosier farmers to realize a new source of income from a growing industry.  While the crop represents a good deal of potential, there are considerable risks involved.  Those considering hemp in 2020 or at a future time would benefit from this event.The seminar will take place on Tuesday, December 17, at 1pm. Admission to the Expo and to the hemp seminar is free and preregistering at www.indianafarmexpo.com will provide a free parking voucher.last_img read more

Daniel Roy Stewart, 64, Wellington: March 18, 1949 – Jan. 10, 2014

first_imgDaniel StewartDaniel Roy Stewart, age 64, died Friday, January 10, 2014 at his home in Wellington.He was born the son of Daniel Blackstone Stewart and Erma Maxine (Chiles) Stewart on March 18, 1949 in Wellington.Danny lived all his life in the Mayfield/Wellington area.  He attended the Mayfield Grade School and graduated from Wellington High School with the Class of 1967.  He joined the United States Air Force and served from August of 1968 to May of 1972.  During his four year tour he served a year in Thailand. When he returned home from the service he helped his Dad farm.  He then went to work as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service.  He retired in 2010 to stay home and take care of his mother.  She passed away in January of 2012.  He was a loving son and brother.Danny’s hobby was fishing and feeding and watching wildlife on his farm.  He also once said that the best part of living on the farm was taking care of his cattle.  He was a private person and needed his alone time, but he also enjoyed visiting with his friends and family.He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Linda Marie Stewart.Survivors include his uncle, Robert Aubrey Stewart; many caring cousins; and a group of special friends.Memorial Graveside Services will be held at Sumner Memorial Gardens on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.  Pastor Don Bryant will officiate.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.Memorials have been established with the Mayfield Community Building Fund and the Wellington Humane Society.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Legislative Page Torsten Spieler

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by House Democratic CaucusTorsten Spieler, a student at Avanti High School, served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by State Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Sequim), Torsten is the son of Jen Waldref and Thilo Spieler of Olympia and Lacey. Pages assume a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor. Pages support the efficient operation of the Legislature while also receiving daily civics instruction, drafting their own bills, and participating in mock committee hearings.last_img read more

Trafalgar Thunder rock Stanley Humphries to capture WK Grade 8 Basketball Title

first_imgTrafalgar entered two teams into the weekend tournament.Based on regular season standings both teams were granted byes to the semi-finals of the six-team tournamentSHSS defeated JL Crowe for a spot against Trafalgar B in the first semifinal.Grand Forks defeated Mt Sentinel to advance to play Trafalgar A in the second semifinal. The Rockers advanced to the final as Trafalgar B squad struggled on the offensive end, scoring a 46-6 victory.Meanwhile, the other Thunder squad rolled up a 28-13-halftime lead en route to a 41-28 victory over Grand Forks Wolves.Pan paced Trafalgar with 13 points while Erickson added 12.Kozak and Quinn Kilpatrick each added six and five points, respectively. Van Kozak, Nathaniel Pan and Matt Erickson combined for 38 points to power the Trafalgar Thunder to a convincing 56-18 decision over Stanley Humphries Rockers in the final of the West Kootenay Grade 8 Boy’s Basketball Championship Tournament Saturday in Castlegar.The Thunder jumped to a 15-2 first quarter lead, 29-8 at recess, and never looked back.Kozak led the Thunder with 14 points while Erickson and Pan each added 12.Matteo Kataoka chipped in five points while Grade 7 Kelton Forte added eight.last_img read more

FAVORED BENCH WARRANT SMOKES LATE TO TAKE $75,000 BAFFLE STAKES; BAZE, SADLER TEAM FOR NECK VICTORY DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2015)–With scintillating fractions to run at, favored Bench Warrant flew from far off the pace to take Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes by a neck under Tyler Baze, as he bested seven 3-year-old rivals in getting 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.43.Trained by John Sadler, Bench Warrant was last as the field crossed over the main track at the top of the stretch, and with pacesetter Serbian Syclone setting suicidal splits of 20.91, 42.20 and 1:06.15, the complexion of the race changed completely with a sixteenth of a mile to run.“When they were 15 or 20 lengths in front of me, I knew how fast they were going up front,” said Baze. “I just had to have confidence. Even though they were spread out turning for home and it got tight for a second, he went right through there and made the hole we were running for. He’s only going to get better with more distance.”Bench Warrant, who was a close fourth in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes Feb. 1, was off at 9-5 and paid $5.80, $3.80 and $2.60. A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Street Boss, Bench Warrant got his third win from six starts and with the winner’s share of $48,300, he increased his earnings to $177,060.“When I saw that first quarter in 20 and four, I felt pretty good because this horse has a lot of heart,” said Sadler assistant, Larry Benavidez. “We’d like to keep him running down the hill, but I don’t think there’s anything for him for a while…I’d say he’s still getting better at racing. He’s a neat horse.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, Pain and Misery was mid-pack early and made the lead a sixteenth out when Serbian Syclone faltered but could not hold off the winner and finished second, one length in front of Diamond Majesty. Off at 10-1, Pain and Misery paid $8.60 and $4.60.Diamond Majesty, with Rafael Bejarano up, rallied from far back to be third, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Jazzy Josh, who had been forwardly placed early. Off at 9-2, Diamond Majesty paid $3.60 to show.There was just one winning ticket in Sunday’s Pick Six and it was worth $118,674. The ticket was purchased in Nevada, according to Santa Anita Director of Pari-Mutuels Randy Hartzell.First post time on Presidents’ Day, Monday, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. Santa Anita will offer one dollar beers, hot dogs and sodas throughout the day.last_img read more

Going for KO, Belingon says Fernandes ‘saved by the bell’ in 4th round

first_imgSuperman’s first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe to go on auction PLAY LIST 01:27Superman’s first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe to go on auction00:50Trending Articles03:01PH’s Eumir Marcial win by KO middleweght final (Highlights)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Joel Embiid drops 42 points, 18 rebounds in 76ers’ OT win Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Kevin Belingon pummels Bibiano Fernandes. Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPSINGAPORE — Kevin Belingon, the newly-minted undisputed ONE bantamweight champion, felt he would’ve knocked out Bibiano Fernandes in the fourth round had the time was on his side during their title unification fight in the main event of ONE: Heart of the Lion Friday night.Belingon dropped Fernandes with a counter right straight with only seconds remaining in the fourth round as the clock ran out for Team Lakay star to finish off the longtime Brazilian champion.ADVERTISEMENT SPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 31-year-old Belingon said he was still looking for an opening to score a stoppage but the Baguio City native commended Fernandes for his ability to withstand his punches.“I was waiting for the opportunity to knock him out but he was really tough. I felt my punches were strong and he was taking it well.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? READ: Kevin Belingon ends Fernandes’ reign, becomes undisputed ONE bantamweight king“When I knocked him down there were just a few seconds left so it was like he was saved by the bell,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonetheless, Belingon put on a spectacular show to earn a split decision win that ended Fernandes’ five-year reign as the bantamweight champion.Belingon also improved to 7-0 since losing to Fernandes in their first fight two years ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Man United ace ‘proof you should stick with young players’ – fans love the idea of Smalling being captain

first_img1 Man United v Man City is live on talkSPORT at 2pm on Sunday 25 October.Chris Smalling has had a good season so far.The man fans have christened ‘Mike’ after a slip of the tongue from manager Louis van Gaal has gone from a figure of fun to a mainstay in the United defence.And Van Gaal thinks 25-year-old Smalling has the potential to lead the team when current captain Wayne Rooney and vice skipper Michael Carrick are gone.Here, talkSPORT looks at what fans think about the idea of ‘captain Mike’. Chris Smalling to captain Man United in the future? last_img read more

It’s Not a Bird, It’s a Plane

first_imgLook to the birds of the air, and they will teach you aeronautics.  That’s what designers of the Robo-Swift did.  PhysOrg reported about a new plane that imitates a swift thing on the wing:RoboSwift is a micro airplane fitted with shape shifting wings, inspired by the common swift, one of nature’s most efficient flyers.  The micro airplane will have unprecedented wing characteristics; the wing geometry as well as the wing surface area can be adjusted continuously.  This makes RoboSwift more maneuverable and efficient.  Resembling the common swift, RoboSwift will be able to go undetected while using its three micro cameras to perform surveillance on vehicles and people on the ground.The article says that RoboSwift, designed by Dutch engineers, will also be able to fly along with swifts and study them up close.  One can only imagine what would be going through a swift’s bird brain upon seeing such a thing.  (See also the 04/29/2007 story on swifts.)    Scientists continue to learn more about bird flight.  Birds seem to break the rules of aerodynamics, reported MSNBC News.  But that can only mean that we don’t understand the rules very well yet.  Bird maneuverability vastly exceeds man’s aircraft.  PhysOrg explained that a new study of 138 bird species overturns “aerodynamic scaling rules that explain how flight varies according to weight and wing loading.” Their analysis reveals that the difference between the speed of small and large birds is not as great as expected; they suggest that this surprising result is likely to be the result of disadvantages associated with very slow speeds among smaller birds and with very fast speeds for larger birds.  They also show that the evolutionary history of the species helps explain much of the variation in flight speed: species of the same group tend to fly at similar characteristic speeds.  For example, birds of prey and herons had slow flight speeds, on average, given their mass and wing loading, whereas the average speed for songbirds and shorebirds was faster than would be predicted.Yet it would seem hard to claim knowledge of evolutionary history in the past when the article goes on to say that “there exists a diversity of cruising flight characteristics among birds that remain to be explored and understood” in the present, right under our noses.  David Tyler, writing for Access Research Network, has explored which paradigm – design or evolution – is more suited to the explosive rise in biomimetic engineering.Scientists should be swift to learn, slow to mythologize.  Evolutionists could not begin to explain how a lumbering dinosaur got the right combination of mutations to turn into a flying swift with aerodynamic engineering that is the envy of our smartest inventors.  Evolutionary claims are vacuous and useless.  Give us RoboSwifts and other useful inventions inspired by nature – as long as the government doesn’t use them to spy on honest citizens.    A reader wrote in about witnessing birds in flight:About two years ago I was privileged to watch two (presumably male) nighthawks performing in front of a third (presumably female) nighthawk that was sitting on a rock and incidentally performing for me, sitting on a tractor a few yards from the one on the rock.  One appeared to be chasing the other as they flew up the road, came back down through the orchard, dodging limbs in the tops of the cherry trees.  The tail of the first and the beak of the second were separated by about a foot, no more than 18 inches.  They flew at pursuit speed, much faster that when they are feeding hundreds of feet above the ground.  They matched wing strokes as they flew around and over limbs, trees, sagebrush and rock, usually no more than two or three feet from the obstacles.  Now and then the leader would perform some type of pull-up maneuver and the follower would become the leader.  I think this is what happened, but it was too swift for me to be sure.  In a word, it was awesome.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more