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first_img Show Comments ▼ IRELAND last night agreed an €85bn (£72.2bn) bailout package after a crunch meeting with European finance ministers.It accepted a total of €67.5bn in external support as well as raiding its state pension scheme for €12.5bn. A further €5bn from Ireland’s cash reserves was also committed.The beleaguered nation will immediately inject €10bn to recapitalise its ailing banks, with a further €25bn being placed in a contingency fund.The central bank yesterday revealed Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Banks will require at least €7.5bn in extra funds to meet new capital requirement rules.The remaining €50bn of the bailout will go towards the general running of the country, including paying the wages of public sector workers.The €67.5bn of external support is made up of a €22.5bn loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF); €22.5bn from the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM); €17.7bn from the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF); and €4.8bn in bilateral loans from non-Eurozone nations.The UK will contribute a total of €7.9bn to the package. This consists of a €3.8bn bilateral loan; 4.5 per cent of the €22.5bn IMF contribution, totalling just over €1bn; and 13.8 per cent of the EFSM, coming to €3.1bn.The average rate of interest on the loan will be 5.8 per cent over a seven year period. However, EU ministers determined to punish Ireland have slapped a six per cent rate of interest on the European portion of the loan, compared to just three per cent, rising to four per cent in 2013, on the IMF slice.Interest payments on the loans will account for a staggering 20 per cent of Ireland’s tax revenue by 2014.The EU hinted that private bondholders would need to take more of the pain when a replacement fund for the ESFM is formed in 2013. German chancellor Angela Merkel has long argued for bondholders to take a so-called “haircut” when countries are bailed out. George Osborne announced the UK will not be a part of the new fund, in a move seen as a concession for the UK’s contribution to the bailout.The UK currently provides 13.8 per cent of the €60bn ESFM. It does not provide funds for the €566bn EFSF.A dejected Prime Minister Brian Cowen attempted to put a positive spin on the announcement, saying Ireland will be allowed to keep its 12.5 per cent rate of corporation tax. European nations led by Austria had campaigned for Ireland to be forced to increase the rate as punishment for accepting the rescue package.Cowen also confirmed he will call a general election in the New Year after the bailout has been received.The possibility of contagion spreading to the other peripheral nations – such as Portugal and Spain – appeared to grow at the end of last week, with yields on Portuguese bonds soaring to seven per cent. Spain’s yields also shot up to five per cent and Italy’s to four, sparking fears they could follow Greece, whose yields are at nine per cent. KCS-content Share whatsapp Sunday 28 November 2010 10:08 pm whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAdventure CrunchHere Are the Most Famous Pro Wrestlers From the Past TodayAdventure CrunchFinance BLVDThis Star from ‘Gilligan’s Island’ is 101 & lives a humble life nowFinance BLVDArticles StoneLittle Boy Brings $2 Painting To Antiques Road Show, Not Realizing Its WorthArticles StoneReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter Center EUROPE AGREES €85BN BAILOUT FOR IRELAND Tags: NULLlast_img read more

first_imgThe Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileThe Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is a financial services institution offering banking products and services for the retail banking and wholesale banking sectors in Kenya. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products to access accounts, LPO financing, invoice discounting services, term loans, asset finance and letters of credit. The company also provides medical, motor, general, life, agriculture and micro-business insurance as well as treasury products, fixed income and money market products and money transfer services. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya was founded in 1965 and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is a subsidiary of Co-op Holdings Co-operative Society Limited. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgInvestrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileInvestrust Bank Plc is a wholly-owned commercial and retail financial services institution in Zambia, providing products and services in two segments: retail and operations, and wholesale banking. Investrust Bank offers a wide range of transactional accounts, aswell as solutions for wealth building, sole proprietor accounts, club society accounts and farmer accounts. The company offers short- to medium-term finance for project and working capital requirements, contractual and project security through guarantees, bid and performance bonds, and advance payment bonds. Its lease financing division is focused on movable and immovable assets in agriculture, tourism, information technology, transport and mining. Other financial service offerings range from discounting of bills of exchange, invoice discounting and shipment financing to buying and selling government securities, commercial papers trading, and treasury call accounts. Investrust Bank has a national network with 27 branches and 3 agencies located in the major towns and cities of Zambia. Investrust Bank Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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first_imgTuesday Oct 13, 2015 Paul O’Connell out of Rugby World Cup with hamstring injury It’s been confirmed that Ireland legend Paul O’Connell will play no further part in this year’s Rugby World Cup. The 108 Test capped Munsterman suffered a bad hamstring injury during the 24-9 victory over France on Sunday. He will be replaced in the squad by Mike McCarthy.The 35-year-old, turning 36 in a week’s time, got caught in a ruck during the Pool D decider, and twisted in an awkward way. He will undergo surgery this week, but there is no chance of making it back for the knockouts.A leader through and through, O’Connell went on three Lions tours, and captained both Munster and Ireland. He won 3 Six Nations Championship titles, including 1 Grand Slam and four Triple Crowns. He went on the 2005, 2009 and 2013 Lions tours, winning the latter.He played 174 times for Munster, winning two Heineken Cups. He is set to play out his career at Toulon, but they may be dependant on recovery from this latest setback.We wish him well and join everyone in saying congratulations on a wonderful Test rugby career.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Ireland , Rugby World Cup Related Articles 27 WEEKS AGO IRFU back South African teams to join expanded… 29 WEEKS AGO James Lowe impresses with all-round performance… 43 WEEKS AGO De Allende back to full fitness ahead of… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/776380/martas-house-raul-gutierrez-salgado Clipboard “COPY” Marta’s House / Raúl Gutiérrez Salgado Photographs:  Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoSite Area:849,00 m²Budget:172.562,00 EurosCity:LlanesCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. La Casa de Marta is located in Celorio, Concejo de Llanes, Asturias. Between Oviedo and Santander, approximately one hundred Km from each city. This is one of the most beautiful areas of northern Spain. Mountains, beaches, Cliffs, and exuberant vegetation form a spectacular natural setting.Save this picture!Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoThe 850m² site slopes down from the north to the south toward the views. The surrounding context is low-density residential composed of single-family houses predominantly. There are plenty of green areas and beaches.Save this picture!Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoThe vertical volume is located towards the East; it contains the private areas (bedrooms and bathrooms) to take advantage of the morning light. The roof of this volume has the same slope as the existing site.Save this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoSave this picture!Floor PlanThe horizontal volume cantilevers towards the south and west aligning to the existing geometry of the site. It is glassed on its south side to allow natural light into the building especially during the winter months. An opaque ventilated façade to the west protects the building from the predominant winter wind (gallego) as well as the most intense sun radiation in the warmest summer months.Save this picture!Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoThere is a double height space over the living room that allows south light deep into the living room during the winter months.Save this picture!Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoThe Living-dining room is south-facing for optimum light and view orientation. Sliding glass doors connect this space to the outdoor covered sitting area and the garden. The kitchen is open to the dining area and integrated in the main space. There is a toilet, a laundry room and a boiler room in the areas that are in contact with the terrain.Save this picture!Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoThe vestibule at entry level (level 0) gives access to the stair that takes you down to the living room, a corridor that connects to the study/viewing room, the bedrooms and shared bathroom and the stairs up to the master bedroom.Save this picture!Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoAll the spaces have natural light and ventilation; almost all the main spaces except for one bedroom are south-facing.The structure of the building is composed of metal beams and columns with solid reinforced concrete walls and slabs. Large format (3mx1m) grey porcelain ventilated façade to match the zinc used in the north façade and the roof. Double glazing aluminum windows with thermal and acoustic insulation.Save this picture!Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoProject gallerySee allShow lessStudent Housing and Nursery for Paris / VIB ArchitectureSelected ProjectsCall for Entries: Edition 02: Lightius Loci – Spirit of LightStudent Competitions Share Houses ArchDaily Save this picture!Courtesy of Raúl Gutiérrez Salgado+ 29 Share Projects Architects: Raúl Gutiérrez Salgado Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Area:  112 m² Area:  112 m² Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/776380/martas-house-raul-gutierrez-salgado Clipboard Spain CopyHouses•Llanes, Spain “COPY” Marta’s House / Raúl Gutiérrez SalgadoSave this projectSaveMarta’s House / Raúl Gutiérrez Salgado CopyAbout this officeRaúl Gutiérrez SalgadoOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLlanesSpainPublished on November 03, 2015Cite: “Marta’s House / Raúl Gutiérrez Salgado” 03 Nov 2015. 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first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Running in big American style in aid of Sue Ryder Care A new running group is planning a massed assault on the Great North Run to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Care. The Airedale Dodgers is a new friendly running group based at Airedale General Hospital.The group includes more than 40 runners amongst consultants, nurses, dieticians, pharmacists, physiotherapists, general practitioners, healthcare support workers and managers and will tackle the race on 19 September with the goal to raise at least £5,000 for the health and social care charity.“The name came mainly from the idea that most of time you have to dodge people while running, but we also liked the idea of wearing American style baseball outfits”, says Chris Healey, local gastroenterologist consultant who leads the team after an original idea of Andy Pettit, another consultant physician at Airedale Hospital.“Our aims are multiple and mutual. The main goal is to raise as much money as possible for Sue Ryder Care Manorlands Hospice, which is such an important part of our local community. Our team has improved networking within the hospital and helped to lift morale. We hope that other runners who have secured their own place at the race and are not running for any particular charity, will join the Sue Ryder Care running team.The Dodgers have a Facebook site to help organise regular social runs and people can make a donation by visiting http://fundraising.suerydercare.org/AiredaleDodgers2010”, Chris added.Fiona Chilton, Running & Challenge Events Coordinator at Sue Ryder Care, said “We are delighted that the Airedale Dodgers have chosen to support Sue Ryder Care. They are doing a fantastic job and all their commitment and enthusiasm is lovely to see. Sue Ryder Care has a dedicated running support team and look after its runners from the sign-up to the finishing line.Runners of all levels from beginners to advanced can join our team to ensure the day will be an unforgettable one”.All money raised through sponsorships help the charity continue to provide quality care for people living with end of life and long-term conditions including Cancer, Stroke, Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease through its day care, respite, residential and community based services”.Chris added: “The Airedale Dodgers want to win by raising money; win by keeping fit; win by building teams and win by having a great time running. Please support our cause, join the Sue Ryder Care team”.If you would like to receive more information or simply have an initial chat about how you could help, please contact Fiona Chilton on 0207 400 5552 or email [email protected] make a donation and support the Airedale Dodgers please visit http://fundraising.suerydercare.org/AiredaleDodgers2010For further information please visit http://www.suerydercare.org/pages/bupa_great_north_run.html Howard Lake | 1 September 2010 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgJune 19 — A raging inferno tore through Grenfell Tower in London in the early hours of June 14. As of today, officials say 79 people are dead or missing and presumed dead.  Fatalities are expected to rise.  Many people are still hospitalized, some in critical condition.The 24-story residence held 120 apartments. Residents were working class, many of them immigrants from the Philippines, Somalia, Sudan and Syria or second-generation family members. Among the missing are retired people, youth, children and infants.Some of them are Ligaya Moore, a 79-year-old Filipina; Jessica Urbano, 13; Fathaya Alsanousi; Raina Ibrahim and her daughters, aged 5 and 3; Lucas James, 12; Isaac Shano, 3; Miriem Elgwahry, teenager; the el-Wahabi family of five; a Bangladeshi family of five; Raymond “Moses” Bernard; and Abdel Salam, 75.Reportedly, there were no fire alarms, no sprinkler system and no evacuation plan in case of fire. There was only one badly lit fire escape and one exit for hundreds of tenants. Sleeping residents were alerted by neighbors, including Muslims who were awake early to commemorate the end of the Ramadan holiday. Their quick actions allowed many people to escape the flames.‘We want justice’As the Tory government headed by Prime Minister Theresa May made no move to help the disaster’s survivors, fury against officials grew.  Those displaced are left without money, housing or a list of their missing relatives.However, local activists are organizing relief efforts, and people are coming from all over Britain to bring supplies and show solidarity.Members of the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council and its public housing management company were nowhere to be seen. They avoided hearing the calls for “corporate manslaughter” and “criminal negligence” charges to be brought against those responsible for this catastrophe, especially since fingers are being pointed at them.Angry residents and their supporters marched June 16 through the Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall, chanting, “We want justice!” for the fire victims’ families and survivors. They demanded to meet with officials.  Hundreds of protesters gathered outside. Socialist Workers’ signs read: “Tories have blood on their hands! Justice for Grenfell!”Demonstrators also marched on Whitehall, site of government buildings in central London, chanting, “No justice, no peace!” A sit-in took place on Oxford Street, and a candlelight vigil was held in memory of those who died.Protesters are demanding the council’s commitment to house everyone dislocated by the fire in the borough; release of funds to cover victims’ losses; investigations into the tower’s renovation and into all like buildings in the borough to identify and correct safety risks; and release of all victims’ names.Illustrating the breadth of solidarity with the residents, by June 19, nearly 200,000 people had signed a petition promoted by the internet-based organization 38 Degrees calling on “the government to improve fire safety in tower blocks to make sure the tragedy in Grenfell Tower is never repeated.” (tinyurl.com/yalkot8f)Prime Minister May was booed when she went to the site of the fire. After much criticism and pressure and with protests getting louder, May finally met with survivors on June 17. She agreed to allocate $6,156 to each household rendered homeless by the fire — but it’s a pittance, given what residents have lost and how expensive housing costs are.Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and other Labour MPs called for taking possession of uninhabited houses in the wealthy Kensington neighborhood to provide shelter for those rendered homeless by the fire.  Corbyn said it is not acceptable that luxury apartments are empty while people go homeless. (Guardian, June 15)The demand to seize luxury housing for those newly homeless is timely. It exposes class inequality, can be embraced by various political forces, and  moves the struggle forward to gain some justice for the Grenfell Tower survivors.Tenants’ warnings of ‘firetrap’ ignoredA key question arises: Was this fire avoidable, or was there deliberate neglect of a multinational residence, which housed hundreds of low-income and oppressed workers and their families in the midst of luxury townhouses in a wealthy area? Some residents suspected managers were allowing the building to decay to make way for new housing for the wealthy on this prime land. That is no idle concern as politicians push for demolishing public housing, especially in London.Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization operates Grenfell Tower, which was constructed in 1974, and other public housing properties in the borough, for the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, which owns them.Grenfell Tower tenants had asserted for years that the building was a “firetrap,” citing problems starting in 2004. Neither the government nor the managing company responded; residents’ complaints were ignored. So were calls by fire and rescue services and coroners for government-mandated installation of life-saving sprinklers in high-rise residences, even after firefighters had died in a similar building fire.Laura Murray, whose family lived in Grenfell Tower, told of past fire hazard complaints. “But the council doesn’t consider the working class and immigrants in the same way which it does the rich, which is unacceptable in one of the world’s richest countries.” (New York Times, June 17)The Grenfell Action Group, which represents building residents, warned of the fire dangers and years of neglect of tenants’ health and safety to the council. In 2016, the council paid $10.9 million for a major renovation, but tenants asserted that it turned the building into even more of a firetrap.  They told of intimidation by the landlord and contractors and of collusion with the local council to ignore tenants’ concerns. At a June 2016 council meeting, they stated that 90 percent of residents disliked the renovations and 68 percent reported being lied to or harassed by the management company. (Guardian, June 18)Cladding and contemptRefurbishing included installing a cheap building covering — cladding.   Safety experts warned years earlier that the type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower endangered residents’ lives’ as it could propel a fire upwards and spread it vertically to quickly surround a building.  Made of plastic and aluminum, it is cheaper than safer steel or concrete — but is used worldwide.Arconic, a U.S. company subsidiary, makes this cladding. Costlier materials are more fire resistant, but a lower-priced product was used at Grenfell. It’s even banned as unsafe in the U.S. for use on high buildings.David Sibert, fire safety advisor, said that the cladding “certainly did play a part” in the Grenfell Tower fire, and that the “cost to install the fire-resistant product would have been as little as $5,600.” (!) (Guardian, June 17) Cutting expenses by this meager amount cost lives. That’s capitalist greed at its  core — as well as racism and elitist contempt for workers and poor people.Use of the unsafe cladding caused a huge conflagration in Dubai in 2016, destroying a 72-story hotel, and has triggered terrible fires in the Middle East, France, Turkey, Australia and even in Liverpool, England.Housing construction rules in Britain were weakened after 1986 when Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was slashing workers’ rights; materials used on outer walls did not have to be noncombustible. This let builders use dangerous cladding despite fire department opposition. Former Fire Chief Ronnie King said, “Urgent requests for meetings with ministers and actions to tighten rules were stonewalled.” (Guardian, June 17) Conservative politicians let housing regulations slide and cut funding to local councils.The Grenfell tenants’ group accused management of not providing fire safety instructions, only telling tenants to stay in their apartments if a fire occurred. Victims’ relatives ask if tenants were told to remain in their apartments for too long as the fire engulfed the building — and if this policy factored into the number of casualties in the Grenfell catastrophe.Safe public housing should be constructed and provided for all who need it in Britain, one of the world’s wealthiest countries.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img Follow the news on Philippines November 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press photographer gunned down by lone sniper on Jolo island Aged 26, Gene Boyd Lumawag (photo) was preparing a report on Aid al-Fitr, the Muslim festivity that marks the end of Ramadan, for the local news agency Mindanews. Army investigators told Mindanews they thought the shooting was the work of members of an “urban terrorist group” linked to Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist group fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. May 3, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News to go further Reporters Without Borders today condemned the fatal shooting of news photographer Gene Boyd Lumawag by a lone sniper yesterday while on assignment for the local news agency Mindanews on Jolo island, an Islamist bastion in the southern Philippines. The gunman escaped and no arrests were made.Lumawag’s death brought to nine the number of journalists killed in the course of their work so far this year in the Philippines, making it the world’s most dangerous country for the press after Iraq. “Once again we are dismayed by the death of a journalist in the Philippines,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The investigations into each of these terrible murders must be pursued to the end if they are to stop. As in the other case, the authorities must explore all leads and the police must be given all the resources they need to find out who killed Lumawag.”Aged 26, Lumawag was preparing a report on Aid al-Fitr, the Muslim festivity that marks the end of Ramadan. He was hit by a 45mm bullet in the forehead as he was heading towards the pier in the town of Jolo to photograph the sunset. He was working with another journalist from Mindanao island who was managed find refuge in a church and was not hurt.Army investigators told Mindanews they thought the shooting was the work of members of an “urban terrorist group” linked to Abu Sayyaf, an Islamist group fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. Abu Sayyaf has been blamed for many attacks and kidnappings and is alleged by both the Philippine and US authorities to be linked to Al-Qaeda. News Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped News News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific June 1, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Help by sharing this information Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa RSF_en February 16, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific last_img read more

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