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Covering disasters: Expert tells media not to focus on death toll

MANILA, Philippines – A disaster risk reduction expert said on Thursday, March 1, journalists covering disasters should go beyond reporting mass casualties, complaining that they fail to look at other forms of losses. "I’ve always been asking media: why is it that when they ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMar 2nd, 2018

Traditional Journalism Must Evolve, or Face Losing Audience

Traditional journalism may face a natural death by losing audience in 20 years, a media expert predicts. Director Benjie Felipe, an actor and filmmaker who now works as Philippine Information Agency (PIA) senior director for strategic communications, fears old school journalists and their media platforms may become extinct, and this is precisely the reason why […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

Traditional journalism must evolve, or face losing audience

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov.14 (PIA)--Traditional journalism may face a natural death by losing audience in 20 years, a media expert predicts.Director Benjie Felipe, an actor and filmmaker who now w.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Traditional journalism must evolve, or face losing audience

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov.14 (PIA)--Traditional journalism may face a natural death by losing audience in 20 years, a media expert predicts.Director Benjie Felipe, an actor and filmmaker who now w.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Death toll in Indonesia quake-tsunami reaches 420: state media

The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi has reached 420, state media said Sunday, as rescuers scrambled to reach the stricken region and survivors helped to retrieve the remains of those killed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Death toll in Naga, Cebu landslide rises to 42

MANILA, Philippines – The number of people killed in the massive landslide that hit Naga City, Cebu , rose to 42 on Sunday, September 23. The Naga City Police Station provided the latest death toll in an update sent to media on Sunday morning. Police also said at least 9 others ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

[OPINION] The silence of the shepherds

As the death toll of the government's war on drugs reaches over 25,000 after two years, one of the questions frequently asked is: "Why are many priests silent?" Day after day, the mass media report and show images of extrajudicial killings of suspected users and pushers ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

Cholera death toll climbs to 28 in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe – The death toll in Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak has risen to 28, state media said Sunday, September 16, as the health minister announced new antibiotics were being used after the disease strain was found to be resistant to some drugs. The cholera outbreak, first detected in a township outside ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

At least 18 dead in China hotel fire

BEIJING, China – A fire early Saturday, August 25 at a hotel in China has left at least 18 people dead, according to an initial death toll given by state media. The incident started during the night in the hotel in Harbin, capital of the northeastern Heilongjiang province, according to the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Rescuers search fire-devastated Greek areas as death toll hits 81

  Athens, Greece -- At least 81 people died in huge wildfires around Athens, Greek authorities have said, as rescuers scoured scorched homes and burned-out cars for victims of one of the world's deadliest fire outbreaks.   Scores of locals and holidaymakers fled to the sea to try to escape the flames as they tore through towns and villages near the capital stoked by 100-kilometre-per-hour wind gusts, devouring woodland and hundreds of buildings.   Greek media have described the disaster as a "national tragedy", while Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras cut short a visit to Bosnia and announced three days of national mourning.   A young Irishman on h...Keep on reading: Rescuers search fire-devastated Greek areas as death toll hits 81.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Gov t should focus on increasing tourism revenues, not arrivals – expert

MANILA, Philippines – The government should focus on increasing revenues earned from tourists, instead of counting foreign visitor arrivals, according to an expert on sustainable tourism. In a media briefing on Tuesday, July 10, Fernando Martin Roxas also said tourism "can be pro-poor," meaning it would help create local jobs ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Death Toll Up to 83, Dozens Missing as Torrential Rain Pummels Japan

Death toll has risen to 83 after record torrential rain pummeled wide swathes of Japan since Thursday, triggering landslides and flooding, local media reported on Sunday. According to Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, 83 people have been confirmed dead, six people sustained serious injuries and the safety of at least 57 people are unaccounted for. Of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Palace questions drug war study findings

Malacaang questioned on Tuesday the study released by the Ateneo School of Government claiming that the poor are the most vulnerable in the government's war on drugs.   The study showed that there were 5,021 drug war deaths, with 2,753 killed in legitimate police operations, 1,907 killed by unknown assailants, and 335 found dead.   The data culled and analyzed from media reports from May 10, 2016 to September 29, 2017 showed victims of the bloody drug war were mostly poor and shot dead in an alleged exchange of fire with police during a drug bust.   READ: Drug war study sees relation between media presence and death toll   "Hindi ko po tala...Keep on reading: Palace questions drug war study findings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Duterte tells cops, soldiers: Don’t listen to critics, I’ll protect you

        CAGAYAN DE ORO---President Duterte tells police and soldiers not to listen to critics as he urged them to continue doing their job amid widespread criticism on the government's campaign against tambays. "It's not your job to read, your job is to follow orders," Duterte said, obviously referring to the negative remarks people expressed on social media following the death of Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo, in the hands of inmates, after he was jailed by the police in the anti-loitering drive. Argoncillo was reportedly waiting for his e-load in a store in front of their house when police picked him up for loitering. "Just follow orders," Duterte ...Keep on reading: Duterte tells cops, soldiers: Don’t listen to critics, I’ll protect you.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Cayetano dares HRW: Show proof 12,000 were killed in PH drug war

  Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has dared NewYork-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) to prove that about 12,000 persons werekilled in the government's war on drugs. HRW, in its "World Report 2018" releasedon Thursday, claimed that the death toll inthe government's drug war has reached more than 12,000, whom they said weremostly from the urban poor. In its report, HRW cited "credible media reports" as its basis in coming up with thenumber. READ: 'Duterte plunged PH into worst human rights crisis since Marcos'--HRW "Human Rights Watch has politicized the issue for its own gain and has not done anyreal research, study or investigation ...Keep on reading: Cayetano dares HRW: Show proof 12,000 were killed in PH drug war.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Peru bus crash death toll rises to 52

LIMA, Peru – Rescuers recovered two more bodies on Thursday, January 4, from the scene of the crash after a bus plunged over a cliff in Peru , bringing the total death toll to 52. Lima police chief Victor Rucoba said there were no more bodies to recover, and that the focus now shifts to investigating the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Stalked by death

PARIS — Sixty-five journalists and media workers were killed worldwide in 2017, according to annual figures published by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday. Among them were 50 professional reporters, the lowest toll in 14 years. However, the downward trend is due at least in part to journalists giving up….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

F2 Logistics import Perez earns POW award

F2 Logistics continues its dominant run when it posted five consecutive victories to remain as the heaviest contender in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix. And one player should be credited for this amazing run – import Maria Jose Perez. The Venezuelan sensation was at the helm of the Cargo Movers’ attack that prompted the PSL Press Corps to name her as its Chooks to Go-Player of the Week from Nov. 11 to 18. With Perez spewing fire at the attack zone, the Cargo Movers defeated Cocolife, Generika-Ayala and Victoria Sports-UST in straight-sets, putting them in a perfect position to capture the top seed in the sudden-death quarterfinal battle. She finished with 14 attacks and two aces for 17 points against the Asset Managers before torching the Lifesavers with 12 attacks to finish with 14 points in another dominant straight-set victory. Perez capped her impressive week with another 12-point effort to lead the Cargo Movers to another impressive win over the Tigresses over the weekend at the La Salle Lipa Sentrum to earn the weekly honor given by reporters and photographers from various newspapers, tabloids and online news outlets covering the league. She won the award over the other explosive imports like her teammate in Kennedy Bryan, Lindsay Stalzer of Petron and Sara Klisura of Foton. But more than her attacking prowess and leadership, Perez said it is their mental toughness that is making them successful. “I think we’re working hard every day in practice,” said Perez, a seasoned international campaigner who donned the colors of Venezuela in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. “I (also) think that we come to every match mentally prepared. You know, it’s very important to keep our mental toughness because the Superliga is a very tough competition. All players here are very good.” F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus was elated over their performance, but stressed that it’s still a long way to go, especially with other veteran teams like Petron, Cignal, Cocolife and reigning champion Foton tipped to come up with a run of their own. “We can’t take any team lightly,” said the 10-time UAAP champion. “We just have to keep our focus and be more consistent. Sa nakikita ko kasi parang may kulang pa eh. We have to improve it because it’s going to be tough down the stretch.”  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

Well-loved lifestyle journalist writes 30

The lifestyle beat is one gregarious character less as Gregorio Pio “Greggy” Villavicencio Vera Cruz, Jr. passed away on Tuesday. He was 51. News of the writer’s death flooded social media on Wednesday morning, leaving most in shock, as he had been actively covering events weeks prior to his death. A proud alumna of Ateneo [...] The post Well-loved lifestyle journalist writes 30 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Trump’s transgender military ban ‘not worked out yet’ – BBC News

The White House has not yet decided how it will implement the president's ban on transgender people serving in the US military. Mr Trump's surprise Twitter announcement on Wednesday has been met with criticism from rights groups. Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration would work alongside the Pentagon to decide how to proceed. It is not yet clear how the announcement will affect current transgender service personnel. &'8220;The United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US military,&'8221; Donald Trump tweeted. &'8220;Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.&'8221; Asked at a press briefing if troops on battlefields would be immediately sent back, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the policy had yet to be worked out. &'8220;The decision is based on a military decision. It's not meant to be anything more than that,&'8221; she said. However, some US media outlets questioned the spending justification. The Washington Post drew attention to an analysis that the US military spends almost $42m (£32m) a year on the erectile dysfunction medication Viagra &'' several times the total estimated cost of transgender medical support. Meanwhile, Politico reports that the move was prompted by threats from Republican hardliners over a spending bill which would provide funding for Mr Trump's promised military spending and border wall plans. One Republican lawmaker had already tabled an amendment to the spending bill to prevent the military paying for transgender surgical procedures. The timing of this transgender ban is almost as interesting as the move itself. Why now? With the Trump administration being buffeted by the Jeff Sessions political death watch, the ongoing multi-prong investigation into the Trump campaign, the healthcare drama in the Senate and the impending Russian sanctions bill, perhaps the administration decided this was a good time to change the subject and rally conservative forces to his side. Republicans have long used cultural issues as a wedge to divide Democrats and energise evangelicals. As one White House insider acknowledged, this is straight out of that playbook. While Mr Trump campaigned as sympathetic to LGBT rights, he needs the traditional religious conservatives to stay loyal to him now, more than ever. The president's action will create a furore among liberals and the media commentators whose disdain for the current administration is not a new development. This is a fight the White House will welcome. The decision to allow transgender people to serve openly in the military was made by the Obama administration last year, with a one-year review period allowed for its implementation. The policy included a provision for the military to provide medical help for service members wanting to change gender. But in June, Defence Secretary James Mattis agreed to a further six-month delay. In 2016, the independent Rand Corporation estimated that about 4,000 US active-duty and reserve service members are transgender, although some campaigners put the figure higher than 10,000. Rand also predicted that the inclusion of transgender people in the military would cause a 0.13% increase in healthcare spending (approximately $8.4m). Kristin Beck, a retired elite Navy SEAL, issued a challenge to President Trump in an interview with Business Insider: &'8220;Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy.&'8221; She said that during her decorated military career, she had been &'8220;defending individual liberty&'8221;. &'8220;Being transgender doesn't affect anyone else,&'8221; she said. &'8220;We are liberty's light. If you can't defend that for everyone that's an American citizen, that's not right.&'8221; Army reservist Rudy Akbarian, in Los Angeles, said: &'8220;My heart dropped a little bit, you know. It hurt.&'8221; &'8220;Not everyone responded well after learning I was transitioning,&'8221; he said. &'8220;But after spending time on missions and realising we all share the same love for the country, we worked together and got the job done. &'8220;The discrimination I'm facing now is from those outside the military &'' not the people who work with me.&'8221; Mr Trump said his decision was based on consultation with his generals, but there has been a mixed reaction. Former Defence Secretary Ash Carter, who lifted the ban last year under President Obama, said: &'8220;To choose service members on other grounds than military qualifications is social policy and has no place in our military.&'8221; Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Republican John McCain, said major policy announcements should not be made via Twitter. &'8220;Any American who meets current medical and readiness standards should be allowed to continue serving,&'8221; he added. Several British military generals also condemned Mr Trump's decision, including the commander of the UK Maritime Forces, Rear Admiral Alex Burton, who said &'8220;I am so glad we are not going this way.&'8221; &'8220;Each dollar needs to be spent to address threats facing our nation,&'8221; Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a long-time opponent of the Obama administration's position, said in a statement. &'8220;The costs incurred by funding transgender surgeries and the required additional care it demands should not be the focus of our military resources,&'8221; she said. Trump supporter and political commentator Scott Presler is among those who disagree with the military carrying the cost of such interventions. While disagreeing with the ban, he added that &'8220;generals know more about war than I do.&'8221; &'8220;I don't think this is an attack on the LGBT community &' I'm mixed, but I have confidence in the guidance that President [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2017

ISIS claims responsibility for Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt – CNN News

Egypt's President says he will declare a state of emergency after two deadly bombings targeted Coptic Christian churches on Palm Sunday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were aimed at a vulnerable religious minority on one of the most important days on the Christian calendar. The death toll rose to at least 49 Monday, state media reported. At least 27 people died in a blast inside a church in the northern city of Tanta, and 78 people were injured, according to Egypt's state-run news agency Al-Ahram. In Alexandria, 18 civilians and four police officers were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a Coptic church, Al-Ahram said. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi declared three days of nationwide mourning following the bombings and said a three-month state of emergency would come into force once legal and constitutional measures have been completed. In response to the attacks, the country will also form a supreme council to counter terrorism and extremism, Sisi said on state television Sunday after an emergency meeting of the country's National Defense Council. &'8220;We have to pay attention because of Egypt and Egypt's future. We know this is a big sacrifice but we are capable of facing it,&'8221; he said. &'8220;The attack will not undermine the resolve and true will of the Egyptian people to counter the forces of evil, but will only harden their determination to move forward on their trajectory to realize security, stability and comprehensive development,&'8221; the President said in a statement. In a statement issued on the Telegram messaging platform and circulated by several ISIS supporters, the militant group identified the bombers as Egyptian nationals. Egyptian authorities have not confirmed the bombers' nationalities. ISIS warned of more attacks in its statement. &'8220;The Crusaders and their apostate followers must be aware that the bill between us and them is very large, and they will be paying it like a river of blood from their sons, if God is willing,&'8221; the group said in Arabic. The bombings came on the Sunday before Easter, the day that marks the start of Holy Week for Christians. The first blast ripped through a Palm Sunday service at St. George's Church in Tanta, killing at least 27 and wounding 78 others, state TV reported. An explosive device had been planted under a seat in the main prayer hall, it said. News footage from Tanta showed people gathering at the church, singing hymns. The video then quickly switched to bars as harrowing screams and cries echo in the background. &'8220;Everything is destroyed inside the church,&'8221; said Peter Kamel, who saw the aftermath of the bombing. Its marble pillars were covered with blood, he said. Kamel said that most of the injured appeared to be priests and members of the choir. Not long afterward, a suicide bomber attacked outside St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, according to state news outlets. &'8220;Everything is destroyed inside the church,&'8221; said Peter Kamel, who saw the aftermath of the bombing. Its marble pillars were covered with blood, he said. Kamel said that most of the injured appeared to be priests and members of the choir. Not long afterward, a suicide bomber attacked outside St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria, according to state news outlets. Police officers who had been posted outside the church stopped a man wearing an explosive belt from entering the church, the Interior Ministry said. Two of those officers, a man and a woman, were killed, along with civilians and other police staff. Egyptian blogger Maged Butter said he saw five or six ambulances and bloodstains 100 meters away from the site of the explosion, which happened near the church gate. He said women were crying and looking for their loved ones and were yelling at police for &'8220;not protecting&'8221; them. &'8220;Every now and then, I see a person crying &'8212; I think they are Christian &'8212; and they keep saying: 'have you seen my family? Have you seen my family?'&'8221; Butter said. Nile and Masriya TV, Egyptian state outlets, aired black banners in the upper left of their newscasts to signify mourning for the victims of both explosions. Fadi Sami heard about the Tanta bombing as he sat in the Alexandria cathedral on Sunday. The head of Egypt's Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, was leading Palm Sunday prayers. Though no one announced the Tanta news, Sami said he could hear the sadness in the pope's voice. He left as the pope finished the sermon. Twenty minutes later, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the gate of the church. &'8220;I came back and the area was covered in smoke. The stores around the church were all destroyed,&'8221; he said. &'8220;There were bodies and body parts everywhere, outside and inside the gate. I saw a man put together what was left of his son in a bag.&'8221; Alexandria sits on the Mediterranean and has a large Christian population. Downtown is usually busy but was relatively quiet on Sunday because of the holiday. &'8220;Thank God it is a Sunday, and many shops are closed,&'8221; Butter said. David Saeed said he was sitting in the last row in the church when the bomb went off. &'8220;We were just singing and suddenly in a blink of (an) eye, smoke, fire everywhere. I didn't realize what's happening until I saw blood and organs of our friends scattered over the ground,&'8221; Saeed told CNN. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsApr 10th, 2017