Grenade attack on newspaper columnist’s home, no one hurt

first_img PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Organisation Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago August 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Grenade attack on newspaper columnist’s home, no one hurt Reporters Without Borders is concerned for the safety of Ilocos Times columnist Steve Barriero following a 31 July grenade explosion outside his home near Laoag City in Ilocos Norte province, 400 km north of Manila, in which no one was hurt.Barriero has said he suspects the grenade attack was carried out at the behest of Marynette Gamboa, the mayor of the nearby town of Dingras, who was the subject of a column he wrote on 25 May referring to her as a “fugitive” from US justice.”This murder attempt is evidence of the danger Barriero is still running”, Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities must investigate this attack with the aim of identifying and arresting those who ordered it. The possible implication of local officials must not be allowed to obstruct the investigation.”In his 25 May column for the Ilocos Times, a regional weekly, Barriero said Gamboa was wanted by the police in Ventura County, California, for possession of counterfeit US dollars and checks. He quoted reports in the Los Angeles Times to support his claim.Gamboa subsequently denied breaking any US law or being a fugitive in an interview published in the Ilocos Times on 29 June. After the grenade attack, she told the Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility that she suspected that Barriero had himself staged it in order to be able to accuse her.An Ilocos Times columnist for the past six years, Barriero hired a bodyguard a month ago after a local official warned him he might be targeted. Receive email alerts Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa May 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Newscenter_img News News Follow the news on Philippines February 16, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific June 1, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

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Man pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of child

first_imgCelebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] 23-year-old county Limerick man has pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of a child after he contacted her through facebook.The county Limerick man also pleaded guilty to the sexual assault of the young girl who is underage on May 12, 2011.At Limerick Circuit Court, Judge Carroll Moran heard that the man contacted the girl through the social media website and invited her to meet him on dates between April 29 and May 12, 2011.Prosecution for the State, John O’Sullivan told the court that it was a case of a “sensitive nature” as the accused lives in “close proximity to the injured party”.After the guilty plea was entered, defence counsel Mark Nicholas said that the matter now became a case of sentencing and was seeking an adjournment in the mater as the defendant was undergoing a number of assessments in relation to rehabilitation.“These would assist the court at the next sitting”, he said.Mr Nicholas canvassed a date after Christmas due to the relevant assessors “being quite busy in the run up to Christmas”.When the issue of identifying the accused man was addressed in court, Mr O’Sullivan said that the mother of the 16-year-old girl did not have a issue with the accused being named.Judge Moran ordered that reporting restriction were to be applied to the case for the interim period but it would be revisited at the next sitting.The 23-year-old was immediately placed on the sex offenders register after he pleaded guilty. NewsBreaking newsMan pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of childBy Staff Reporter – September 27, 2013 534 Email Advertisement Facebook #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Twitter Linkedin #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ center_img TAGSchild sexual exploitationCourtCrimeIrelandMusic Limericksexual assault RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Previous articlePoker player to be dealt his cash trapped fateNext articleSearch continues for missing Limerick teen Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Print WhatsApp Limerick Senator has beef with meat industrylast_img read more

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Peanut Profitability

first_imgFixed costs also were higher among this year’s winners, says the economist, but high yields helped to compensate for the difference. “If you look at these growers’ production records, you’ll see that they’re consistently high-yield producers, most every year. We’re talking about a minimum of 4,800 to 5,000 pounds per acre.” “And we’re not talking about small plots here. The Peanut Profitability Program judges a grower’s efficiency over his entire farming operation. It’s easy to make a high yield on a small plot, but the challenge comes in duplicating that success over your entire acreage while maintaining cost efficiency,” notes Lamb.Rotation is another common trait among this year’s winners, he adds. “Not one of these growers had a crop rotation of fewer than three years. Crop rotation of one of the basic but primary components of efficient peanut production, and these growers recognize this,” he says.The awards program, established by Farm Press in cooperation with the Southern Peanut Growers Conference, is sponsored this year by BASF Corporation. The survivors, representing one of the three major U.S. peanut production regions – the Southwest Regions, the Southeast Region and Virginia-Carolina Region, were presented the award during the 4th annual Southern Peanut Growers Conference held recently in Panama City Beach, Fla. “The 2002 Peanut Profitability winners are to be commended for their strength and perseverance in the face of the worst conditions imaginable,” says Mike Gonitzke, publisher of the Farm Press Publications. “These growers are setting the standard for production efficiency by continuing to discover innovative methods of improving bottom-line profits.” Looking at the winners“This year’s Peanut Profitability winners were excellent yield and cost managers – they all had outstanding yields,” says Marshall Lamb, economist with the National Peanut Research Laboratory in Dawson, Ga. “While their cost of production might have been higher than last year’s class of winners, their yields were so good that they lowered their cost-per-unit. These growers didn’t mind spending money if they could see a return in yields.”center_img -30-The Southern Peanut Farmers Federation, formed in 1998, is an alliance between the Alabama Peanut Producers Association, Florida Peanut Producers Association and the Georgia Peanut Commission. The winners include: Southeast Region-Jerry Heard, Jr. and Jeff Heard, Newton, Ga.; Southwest Region-Chuck Rowland, Gaines County, Texas and Virginia-Carolina Region-Jamie Lee, Courtland, Va.last_img read more

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Trump urges quicker US reopening from virus lockdown

first_imgWar of words Trump has kept up a steady drumbeat of criticism against China, where the outbreak erupted last year, blaming its “incompetence” for the extent of the global crisis.The government of Chinese leader Xi Jinping rejects that criticism, and insists it has been forthright with the world about the origins and unfolding of the crisis.”It is neither responsible nor moral to cover up one’s own problems by blaming others,” said the spokesman for China’s legislature, Zhang Yesui.China has made “major strategic achievements” in its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Premier Li Keqiang said as he addressed his nation on Friday about the virus, the economy and other hot-button topics at the start of a new legislative session.Virus cases in the Asian giant are now down to a trickle, and Beijing insists its efforts to curb the spread of the virus have been a success, but questions remain about whether it underreported the number of people affected by the contagion. Trump has adopted the theme of “Transitioning Back to Greatness” as states reopen at different speeds.While daily death tolls are no longer on a steady incline, the losses are still mounting, with the total count in the US surpassing 94,000.Trump ordered that flags at federal buildings be flown at half-staff for three days for the victims.Another 2.43 million Americans were put out of work last week, the Labor Department said, bringing the total to 38.6 million since lockdowns were put in place, though the pace of job losses has slowed. Second surge Governments around the world are testing ways to live with the dangers despite fears of a second wave of infections. Already a common sight in Spain, masks were officially made mandatory Thursday for anyone over the age of six in public places where social distancing is not possible.”The more tools we use, the better,” said Miguel Domingo, a 49-year-old architect taking his two dogs for a walk in Madrid, which is emerging from one of the toughest lockdowns. But the director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Andrea Ammon, warned it was not a question of if there will be a second wave but “when and how big.””I don’t want to draw a doomsday picture but I think we have to be realistic,” she told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.  Return to normal On the eve of Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start to the American summer — beaches are slowly welcoming sun worshippers.”We were just tired of waiting to get a normal life again, to get our freedom back. So we rented this big house by the beach,” said Anne Miller, an Ohio resident visiting South Carolina.The same was true in Europe, where Cyprus bounded into its second stage of opening up, lifting curfews and allowing outdoor restaurants, barber shops and beaches to open.But the Mediterranean island’s airports and hotels remain closed.”I want my work back and my life back,” said Sakis Siakopoulos, a restaurant owner in the capital Nicosia.In Denmark, the exit from lockdown also picked up pace as museums and zoos began reopening Thursday and health officials said the spread of the virus was slowing.France, one of the countries hit hardest by the outbreak, saw its daily death toll dip to 83 — cause for optimism.A closely watched survey by IHS Markit indicated that the eurozone economy has now “likely bottomed out” as a result of the lockdowns, sparking hope that a recovery is to follow. ‘It doesn’t stop’ The news was not positive everywhere. The number of known cases of COVID-19 has doubled in just one month, according to AFP data collected from official sources, with the death toll nearing 330,000 worldwide.  While many European countries have significantly curbed the contagion, Latin America is becoming a new hotspot with cases on the rise. Brazil — now home to the third-highest number of cases in the world after the US and Russia — has now recorded more than 20,000 deaths, and hit a new record 24-hour toll of 1,188.Gravediggers at the region’s biggest cemetery, located outside Sao Paulo, are scrambling to keep up.”We’ve been working 12-hour days, burying them one after the other. It doesn’t stop,” said one worker at Vila Formosa, wearing a white protective suit, mask and face shield.Peru, Mexico and Chile have also seen steady increases in infections. “It’s like a horror film,” Miguel Armas, a nurse at the Hipolito Unanue hospital in the Peruvian capital, told AFP.center_img President Donald Trump on Thursday pressed for a broader reopening of the United States as coronavirus-related job losses mounted, while parts of Europe embraced post-lockdown life.With summer approaching on both sides of the Atlantic, more stores opened their doors and beaches welcomed tourists, despite the global number of virus cases passing five million.The crisis of course is far from over — Russia and Latin America emerged as the next hotspots, even as Europe and the United States headed into the next phase, like Asia before them. But Trump, with an eye on his re-election prospects in November, made it clear he hoped more state governors would move toward a loosening of anti-virus restrictions.”We did the right thing but we now want to get going… you’ll break the country if you don’t,” he told African-American leaders in Michigan, a key election battleground state.The Republican incumbent specifically talked about reopening places of worship — something he had initially hoped would be done by Easter Sunday — as important to the nation’s healing.”People want to be in their churches,” Trump said. “They’re so important in terms of the psyche of our country.” Topics :last_img read more

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