Masterminds of Philippine massacre sentenced to life imprisonment

first_img to go further The Philippines is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence A total of 28 defendants were convicted of the November 2009 massacre in the town of Ampatuan, including eight members of the Ampatuan clan, a political dynasty that continues to exercise absolute control over the province. December 19, 2019 – Updated on December 23, 2019 Masterminds of Philippine massacre sentenced to life imprisonment Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails the exemplary sentences that a Philippine court passed today on those responsible for the murders of 58 people, including 32 journalists, ten years ago in the southern province of Maguindanao, but voices concern about the high number of acquittals and urges the judicial authorities to keep investigating. February 16, 2021 Find out more Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa News Help by sharing this information June 1, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence center_img Follow the news on Philippines Organisation News May 3, 2021 Find out more A ceremony is held to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre at Manila on November 23, 2015. (PHOTO: NOEL CELIS / AFP) The massacre occurred when supporters of a political candidate accompanied by journalists were attacked as they travelled in convoy to file his papers to run for governor, a post traditionally controlled by Ampatuan family. Those responsible were quickly identified but, because of judicial obstruction and harassment of witnesses and the families of the victims, the case took years to come to trial. “The world’s worst massacre of journalists deserved exemplary sentences and these were commensurate with the crime,” RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk said. “But this is just a first step in the long road that the Philippines must travel to combat impunity. The judicial system must keep working because dozens of other suspects have yet to be tried. Everything must also be done to protect the families and witnesses after today’s acquittals.” The three brothers regarded as the leading masterminds – Anwar Ampatuan Sr, Andal Ampatuan Jr and Zaldy Ampatuan – were sentenced to life imprisonment. The other sentences ranged from 6 to 40 years in prison. But 55 defendants were acquitted for lack of evidence, while dozens of identified suspects have yet to be brought to trial. Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped News Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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Rodríguez in rare company, Giants fall to Rockies

first_imgClick HERE if you’re having trouble viewing the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–Another impressive effort from Dereck Rodríguez. Another San Francisco Giants loss.As Matt Cain enjoys retirement, Rodríguez has taken over the role of the hard-luck starting pitcher who’s adored by fans but ignored but his offense.Though no Giants starter has received much support from a lineup that ranks among the worst in baseball, Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Rockies in a Rodríguez start was the …last_img read more

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Raiders-Cardinals: Does a good fan pick them to win or lose? It’s complicated

first_imgYou’ve edged past the midpoint — only the midpoint! — of this godforsaken season at 1-8. The difficult decision of whether to be rooting for the Raiders at this juncture is real, even if you’re a diehard among diehards.Admit it: You’ve begun sneaking a look at the college football landscape, sizing up those three first-round picks and who might look good in Silver-and-Black — and make an immediate upgrade to these sputtering units. (This mock draft has the Raiders staying at No. 1 to grab … Who does your Raiders-loving heart want to win Sunday?RaidersCardinalsOther:VoteView ResultsTake Our Polllast_img read more

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SA Airways awarded 4-star rating

first_img The rating recognises the airline’s improvement in onboard product and service levels and in enhancing the customer experience. “South African Airways have managed to maintain quality levels throughout the past year and are delivering a solid project and service standard to their customers, making their 4-star ranking well-deserved,” Skytrax chief executive, Edward Plaisted, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The Skytrax star ranking audit examines more than 800 areas of product and service delivery, across all areas of the airport operations and the cabin experience, and demonstrates that South African Airways passengers can look forward to a high quality of product and service.” Obtaining a 4-star rating means that the airline in question has achieved high standards across all travel categories, including staff service standards. “Accolades and rankings such as this one from Skytrax reconfirms that our dedication and focus on strategic objectives to improve our customer value proposition will ensure that we eventually become a fully sustainable business that can compete successfully in the global airline market in the near future,” said SAA customer service executive, Suretha Cruse. “This ranking, together with a number of awards from other foremost institutions as well as the prestigious Skytrax Best Airline in Africa Award for 10 years in a row and the Skytrax Excellence Award for the third consecutive year, further exemplifies our customer-focused efforts.” SAinfo reporter 14 February 2013 South African Airways has been awarded a 4-star airline rating by global independent airline rating firm Skytrax for the 11th year running.last_img read more

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Using Film Emulation LUTs for Cinematic Color Grading Looks

first_imgUse LUTS to quickly get a cinematic look in a variety of editing and grading apps.In this post we’ll take a look at some LUTs (look up tables) and how they can enhance the look of your video footage in post production.Vision Color makes Osiris ($49), a collection of 9 Film Emulation 3DLUTs designed for digital video (footage from Alexa, RED, BMCC, DSLR’s). Check out some impressive applications of these LUTs here:What does a LUT do? To quote VisionColor “By remapping existing scene colors based on digitally and photochemically treated print film stocks by Fuji and Kodak, the OSIRIS LUTs offer a wide range of well known and established cinematic film looks that can be time consuming and complicated to recreate even with advanced color grading software”. Like many LUTs, the Osiris pack will work in Premiere Pro, After Effects, Resolve, SpeedGrade, and FCP 7 (see the full list under System Requirements here).There is a quick start video on using them in Resolve or SpeedGrade here.These LUTs are available in REC 709 and LOG versions. The suggested workflow is to apply the LUTs in post production between your primary and secondary corrections (primary corrections > LUT > secondary corrections). If you are not sure about using REC  709 or LOG, here’s a handy chart to help you out (click image for larger view):I’m sure some editors/colorists are rolling their eyes and thinking “great, another quick fix”, and I understand that. But for me, LUTs are a useful tool that can quickly help you create a look on tight deadlines and small budgets.Premiere Pro WorkflowI recently saw Osiris mentioned by Denver Riddle (Color Grading Central), who offers his own free (and paid) color grading tutorials and presets. I figured for $49 it was worth giving it a shot so I downloaded Osiris. If you are using Resolve or SpeedGrade, there is an installer. For other apps like Premiere Pro, you simply create a folder and copy the LUTS.In Premiere Pro, go to the Effects Panel, and type Lumetri. This will bring up the color correction effect Lumetri (be aware that there is also Lumetri Looks, which is a different feature that uses Speedgrade’s Lumetri Deep Color Engine to create presets).Apply “Lumetri” to a clips(s) or to an adjustment layer (an adjustment layer would allow you to adjust the amount with opacity).  Select the LUT you want to use on your system, and click OK.If you decide later to switch to another LUT, click the “Setup” icon to choose another LUT (highlighted in red):In this example, I used Vision 6 on some footage shot with my Canon 5D MarkII. I used their VisionColor Picture Style ($6.99) which they recommend  for Canon DSLR’s (their version of the popular Flat Picture Style).Camera Original (VisionColor Picture Style):With Vision 6 LUT Applied:I wanted to add some pop to the footage, so I added Curves before the LUT (change the order of Effects in the Effects Controls Panel). To save time I used the free preset  “S-curve light”from (download the free pack of Jarles Grading Tools here).I was curious about Delta (Black & White LUT) so I compared it to the “Black & White” Effect in Premiere Pro.Black & White Effect in Premiere Pro:With Delta LUT Applied:I also applied  the Vision X LUT to some footage shot previously shot with the flat picture style. The footage was a little overexposed so I used the Curves Highlight Roll-Off Preset (free download at and darkened the shadows a bit.Vision Color also has free grain and burns that can be combined with the LUTS to create custom looks.Camera Original (Flat Picture Style):Vison X LUT with “Curves Highlight Roll-Off Preset’:Are you a color grading or video editing pro?As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!last_img read more

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Onwubere bids EAC goodbye on a winning note

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Onwubere is also hoping that the ones that will be left in the auspices of EAC will draw inspiration for what he did in his eight-year stay in San Marcelino.“I always tell them that it’s all about the hard work. I always tell them that the only way we can catch up to the ones above us will be through hard work,” he said. “I’m very grateful for the EAC community and I hope that this campaign will help the guys for the next year.”Onwubere now gears up for a new challenge in his career as he is set to enter the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Nike honors LeBron’s 15th NBA season with powerful ad Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonSidney Onwubere struggled to hold back his tears as he looked around Filoil Flying V Centre and soaked in the moment after Emilio Aguinaldo College survived a gallant stand from Perpetual, 83-81, on Tuesday.Though the Generals failed to reach their goal of making it to the Final Four, the Fil-Nigerian forward got what he wanted — a win to cap off his collegiate career.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “I will miss this all. The crowd, the fans, the drums. I will really miss all of this,” said Onwubere, who netted 18.06 points, 12.38 rebounds, 2.88 assists, and 1.56 blocks in his fifth and final year to lead EAC to a 7-11 record.The triumph was a fitting farewell for Onwubere, who could arguably be the most successful product of the EAC basketball program of this era.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough injuries held the Generals back from accomplishing their target, the 23-year-old was happy that the Generals eclipsed their record this season from last year.“Our focus this season was really to make it there. But at least, we improved our record from last year,” he said. LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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ICC to compromise on Viru’s jersey issue

first_imgIn a respite for India opener Virender Sehwag, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said it will be a little flexible on his jersey issue if it’s because of superstitions.The cricket’s governing body had raised objections to the Indian batsman playing during the World Cup opener against Bangladesh without a number on his jersey.Sehwag, in fact, has played all his matches since his return to the Indian team, without a jersey number. He is also known to carry a red handkerchief while batting.The ICC had raised the matter with the BCCI.last_img read more

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Video: ESPN’s Jon Gruden Tells Marcus Mariota He Rooted Against Oregon Because Of The Ducks’ Uniforms

first_imgJon Gruden appearing on ESPN.ESPN’s Jon Gruden is apparently not a fan of Oregon’s brightly-colored uniforms. On Monday, ESPN aired Gruden’s QB Camp with former Ducks’ quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is expected to be a top-10 pick in the NFL Draft. During Mariota’s session with Gruden, the NFL analyst expressed some distaste for Oregon’s fluorescent yellow uniforms, saying he rooted against the Ducks when they wore them. Jon Gruden trashes @Univ_Of_Oregon fluorescent yellow unis to Marcus Mariota while wearing a fluorescent yellow polo— Chris Law (@ChrisLaw) March 17, 2015Gruden, of course, said all of this while wearing a neon-yellow polo. We’re guessing a man of his intelligence realizes the irony in his comments.last_img read more

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The Wednesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Wednesday, June 21———TRUDEAU RENAMES LANGEVIN BLOCK BUILDING: The federal government is renaming the Langevin Block building, which sits across from Parliament Hill, out of respect for Indigenous Peoples. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says keeping the name of Sir Hector-Louis Langevin — someone associated with the residential school system — on the building that houses Prime Minister’s Office clashes with the government’s vision. Instead, the building will be called the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council. Trudeau also announced Wednesday that a new space for Indigenous Peoples will be established nearby at 100 Wellington St., the site of the former U.S. Embassy. Trudeau says the prominent location, directly facing Parliament Hill, symbolizes a turning point in Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples through a concrete marker in the heart of the nation’s capital. The federal government also intends to rename National Aboriginal Day — being celebrated today — as National Indigenous Peoples Day.———BILL BANS TORTURE AS CSIS DISRUPTION TACTIC: The Liberal government’s new security bill adds torture, detention and serious destruction of property that would endanger a life to the list of things Canada’s spy agency cannot do when disrupting terror plots. The legislation introduced this week retains controversial derailment powers for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, but the Liberal government says various amendments will provide safeguards and ensure public confidence. The Conservatives gave CSIS explicit authority to derail security threats, not just collect information about them, in legislation passed two years ago. The legislation barred the spy service from threat-disruption measures that involved obstructing justice, killing someone, sexually abusing them or otherwise causing bodily harm. However, many expressed concern the provisions permitted disruption activities that could violate the Constitution. The Liberal legislation requires CSIS to seek a warrant for any threat reduction measure that would “limit” a right or freedom protected by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.———RBC TO CUT 450 JOBS, MAINLY IN TORONTO: Royal Bank of Canada said Wednesday it is cutting 450 jobs, primarily from its head office locations in the Greater Toronto Area, as it tries to revamp its business in light of shifting client preferences. “As always, we consolidate where necessary so that we can reinvest in key areas including digital, data, new technology as well as investment in high-growth business areas,” spokeswoman Catherine Hudon said in an email. The bank, which has more than 80,000 full- and part-time employees, said it is also making hundreds of other changes including promotions, transfers and the creation of new roles and teams. RBC said it will provide support to those affected by the changes, including career transition services and continued salary and benefits for a period of time. Canadian banks have been shaving costs in recent years as they strive to grow their earnings amid slowing loan growth at home.———PM URGED TO PUSH FRANCE TO FREE PROFESSOR: The lawyer for an Ottawa professor jailed in France despite numerous court rulings citing insufficient evidence against him says his client is being held for political purposes. Donald Bayne says France is keeping Hassan Diab behind bars so it won’t be seen as soft on terrorism after a spate of recent attacks. Bayne says the Trudeau government is acting like a “passive little brother” to France because it is not seriously examining evidence he says clears Diab of any involvement in a fatal 1980 synagogue attack in Paris. The professor denies any involvement in the attack. Amnesty International, the Canadian Association of University Teachers and Diab’s family question his continued imprisonment, given that French investigating judges have ruled six times he should be released on bail. All of the release orders have been overturned on appeal.———FAMILY OF PASTOR HELD IN NORTH KOREA RENEWS CALLS FOR HELP: The death of an American student who was returned home after being detained for 17 months in North Korea has brought renewed calls for political intervention in the case of a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence in that country. Hyeon Soo Lim’s family has issued a statement expressing condolences to the grieving relatives of Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old student who died in a Cincinnati hospital Monday, roughly a week after being flown back to the U.S. for medical issues. Lim’s relatives say no families should go through such an ordeal, and urge the Canadian government to escalate diplomatic efforts to secure the pastor’s release. Lim, a pastor with the Light Korean Presbyterian Church west of Toronto, was sentenced in late 2015 to life in prison with hard labour by North Korea’s Supreme Court for what it called crimes against the state. Lim’s relatives and colleagues have said he travelled to North Korea on Jan. 31, 2014, as part of a regular humanitarian mission to the country where he supports a nursing home, a nursery and an orphanage.———COSBY JUDGE SAYS JURORS’ IDENTITIES CAN BE RELEASED: The Pennsylvania judge who presided over Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial is releasing the identities of the jurors who deadlocked in the case. Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Wednesday that the jurors’ names should be made public. He says jurors may not discuss what other jurors said during deliberations. A mistrial was declared Saturday in Cosby’s sex assault trial after the jury deadlocked. O’Neill plans to hold a retrial within four months. Lawyers for news outlets had argued that jurors’ names should be public to ensure transparency in the judicial process. Prosecutors and defence lawyers had argued they should remain secret, saying releasing them would make it more difficult to select a jury in Cosby’s second trial. Cosby denies drugging and molesting Canadian accuser Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.———COMMONS PASSES REMEMBRANCE DAY BILL: The House of Commons has passed legislation giving Remembrance Day the same legal status as Canada Day and Victoria Day. It is mainly a symbolic move, as the Commons can’t make Nov. 11 a statutory holiday across the country, because that is a matter for the provinces. Currently, Remembrance Day is a holiday in all provinces and territories except for Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Federal employees also get the day off. The legislation, introduced by Nova Scotia Liberal MP Colin Fraser, followed a number of failed efforts to single out Remembrance Day. One problem is that the Royal Canadian Legion has worried that making Nov. 11 a legal holiday would change people’s attitudes and they might not bother making the effort to attend local ceremonies. In debate this week, Fraser said his bill would affirm Parliament’s commitment to Nov. 11 as a solemn day of remembrance. The bill passed by a 205-36 margin, with most of the opposition coming from the Conservative benches.———SENATE DEFIES PM, AMENDS BUDGET BILL: The Trudeau government is challenging the assertion of senators that they have the right to amend or defeat any government bill — including the budget. It has summarily and swiftly rejected Senate amendments to its budget implementation bill, sending a message back to the upper house that the changes “infringe upon the rights and privileges” of the elected House of Commons, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has contended has sole authority and legitimacy to decide budgetary matters. The message was sent, with unanimous approval of the Commons, less than three hours after the Senate gave final approval Wednesday to an amended version of the budget implementation bill, deleting provisions that would impose a so-called escalator tax on booze. Senators must now decide whether to insist upon their amendments or defer to the will of the elected chamber. In a sign of apparent confidence that senators will back down, government House leader Bardish Chagger served notice that the Commons would break for the summer at the end of Wednesday’s sitting.———B.C. THRONE SPEECH FIRST STEP IN LIBERAL DEFEAT: The clock that counts down to the expected defeat of Premier Christy Clark’s minority government in British Columbia starts ticking Thursday with the introduction of a throne speech. After that, the province watches for a confidence vote that is expected to lead to the installation of an NDP government propped up by the Green party. But the prospect of defeat hasn’t deterred the Liberals from releasing details of the throne speech in advance, including major policy shifts on issues the party stood against in last month’s election campaign, ranging from increasing monthly welfare rates by $100 to a ban on corporate and union donations to political parties. Clark said the Liberals heard from voters that social issues and political fundraising reforms are major concerns and the government is now prepared to act on them. NDP house leader Mike Farnworth said the election showed voters want the Liberals out after 16 years in office. Farnworth said the NDP will table a motion Monday to amend the throne speech, which sets the stage for a confidence vote on June 29.———SCHOOL BOARD SUFFERS THIRD STUDENT DEATH: The deaths of three students, including a 13-year-old girl who killed herself on Father’s Day, have a Cape Breton school board looking for ways to increase supports as students wrap studies for the summer. The parents of Madison Wilson, of North Sydney, N.S., spoke out Tuesday after their daughter’s death on Sunday. Amylynn Wilson and Chris Royal told reporters that bullying led to her death and more needs to be done to ensure it doesn’t happen to other young people. Darren Googoo, chairman of the Cape Breton Victoria School board, said Wednesday that three students have lost their lives this year and the board is drafting a letter to the provincial Education Department with the idea of starting a dialogue on the issue. “Our students are dealing with the trauma associated with the loss of a schoolmate and going into the summer months we want to make sure that we have a more co-ordinated approach with our provincial partners in health, in terms of providing services,” Googoo said in an interview.last_img read more

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