Dingalan mayor receives summons in Philip Agustin murder

first_img Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago May 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dingalan mayor receives summons in Philip Agustin murder The Philippines justice department has issued a subpoena to Jaime Ylarde, the mayor of Dingalan (in the northeastern province of Aurora) to appear before investigators on 27 May to respond to accusations that he instigated the 10 May murder of journalist Philip Agustin. Follow the news on Philippines RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 1, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific February 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News Receive email alerts News The Philippines justice department has issued a subpoena to Jaime Ylarde, the mayor of Dingalan (in the northeastern province of Aurora) to appear before investigators on 27 May to respond to accusations that he instigated the 10 May murder of journalist Philip Agustin.A former police officer, Ylarde was often the target of criticism in articles Agustin wrote for the weekly Starline Times Recorder. Ylarde has denied any involvement in the murder and says he intended to bring a libel action against Agustin.The two alleged hit men, Nilo “Boyet” Morete and Manuel Alday, have also been cited to appear before investigators. They are currently on the run._________________________________________________________________________11.05.2005Fourth journalist murdered since the start of the yearReporters Without Borders voiced alarm today at the murder of Philip Agustin, the editor and publisher of the weekly Starline Times Recorder, who was gunned down last night in Dingalan (in Aurora province, northeast of Manila), becoming the second journalist to be murdered in the Philippines in less than a week and the fourth so far this year.”The Philippine authorities must immediately deploy all the necessary resources to stem the horrible wave of murders that has engulfed the press since the return to democracy in 1986,” the press freedom organization said.”Two journalists have been killed in the space of a week in what is the world’s most dangerous country for the press after Iraq – these murders must stop going unpunished so that journalists can finally work in a normal conditions worthy of a democracy,” the organization added.Aged 54, Agustin was inside the home of his daughter, Roseville Cruz, when a gunman fired through a window and then fled on a motorcycle. Agustin was killed by a single shot behind the left ear. His daughter did not get a chance to see the killers.Agustin had arrived a few hours earlier in Dingalan with 500 copies of the latest issue of his newspaper, in which he often carried articles about corruption. He had recently published articles about Dingalan mayor Jaime Ylarde, a former police officer. Ylarde denied any involvement in Agustin’s murder in an interview today for the TV station GMA-7 and promised to step up the investigation. to go further News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa PhilippinesAsia – Pacific May 3, 2021 Find out more Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be droppedlast_img read more

Feel good factor

first_imgYou may think your job is to develop employees’ minds, but what about theirbodies? Health initiatives are now muscling into the training remitIf Lord Lever were alive today, he would be building gyms and holistictherapy centres instead of housing for his workers. This idea that employers should be concerned with the wellbeing anddevelopment of the workforce in its broadest sense has made a huge comeback. Weare no longer simply concerned with employees’ skills, but with their physical,mental and emotional development too. Hilton Metropole in Birmingham has recently appointed a lifestyle manager.Georgina Stanlake’s job title suggests central planning gone mad, but it isvery much a local initiative. Throughout the UK, Hilton runs what it calls Esprit, a club employees canjoin when they have been with the firm for at least three months. It entitlesthem to benefits such as a pension, training, cheap rooms at Hilton hotels anddiscounts in local shops. “Esprit is about self-esteem,” said HR and quality director GordonLyle. “If you look at what makes good people give great services, it’sabout how good they feel about themselves.” Managers at the Hilton in Birmingham decided that at their hotel this meantconcentrating on workers’ wellbeing. They put aside £35,000 and appointedStanlake last November. Her job is to organise courses and events for staff using the hotel’sfacilities such as the conference rooms and leisure centre. These have includedfitness training, aerobics, chiropody, makeovers, and language training. “It’s about making our staff feel special and that they want to come towork,” Stanlake says. “We want to create a sense of balance andwellbeing and make our hotel the best to work for in the area.” Managers are expected to help staff find time to take part. “We try toavoid the really busy periods, and every event is limited to a certain numberof people. But managers have to work their rotas so that some staff can attendif they want,” Stanlake says. Staff have to fit in with guests, and a maximum of 10 employees is allowedto use the gym at any time. About 15 per cent of the 1,000-strong workforce are using the wellbeingprogramme. It is too early to see whether it is money well spent, but towardsthe end of the year, Stanlake will start to measure it against, for example,absenteeism, turnover, employee attitudes and customer satisfaction. Lyle is convinced it will succeed, and there is talk of rolling theprogramme out to the rest of the company. “If we have a better-motivated, morecomfortable, self-confident team of people who can take a can-do attitude toguests, it can only make for better service,” he says. What Hilton is doing in Birmingham is unique in the industry, Lyle adds, butthere are other firms offering something similar. Unipart has blazed the lifestyle and wellbeing trail in the UK since theearly 1990s. Two years ago, it repackaged its programme under the umbrella of Uand Your Health. This includes occupational health and stress management,available free, plus use of a fitness centre for £15 a month, and The Orchard,an in-house alternative therapy centre. Sue Topham, Unipart’s head of health and wellbeing, says the company takesthe programme extremely seriously. She reports directly to the chief executive,who chairs the health and wellbeing board. Directors of all the operating unitsare also on the board – all of them gym members. Unipart draws a direct link between employees’ physical wellbeing and theirability to learn skills and take on challenges. “It inspires people togive the best of themselves,” Topham says. “People tell us they feel more energetic and creative as a result, andmore willing to participate in the achievements of the company.” Topham and her colleagues are now looking at taking the training anddevelopment possibilities of the wellbeing facilities to the next level. Theyare introducing a whole series of events that can help in team building.”It’s all part of developing a learning culture,” Topham says. But what about ROI?Training managers could be forgiven for dismissing gyms and aromatherapy ashaving little to do with providing staff with the skills they and their firmsneed. “But it’s not psycho-babble – this sort of approach to developmentreally works,” says John Neal, who runs lifestyle centres fororganisations across the country including Ashridge Management College andAssociated Newspapers. He names firms such as Cellular Operations’ call centre in Bristol, whereturnover went down from 40 per cent a year to 3 per cent; and Northern Gas,which reduced absenteeism by 82 per cent.And these initiatives needn’t be expensive. Neal cites a public-sector bodyhaving problems with stress-related illness. Managers had set aside the spaceand money for a gym, but employees didn’t want that. They wanted somewhere tosit and be quiet.”If firms want wellbeing to work, they have to hand responsibility tothe staff,” Neal says. “It’s about telling staff, ‘Make life happen,don’t let it happen to you’.” Feel good factorOn 1 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Government’s statements on new normal confusing: Muhammadiyah

first_imgMuhammadiyah questioned whether the government’s decision to implement new normal protocols had been backed by epidemiologists through thorough assessments.“All parties hope the pandemic ends soon. But everything needs to be assessed thoroughly so that our efforts over the past three months will end well,” the statement reads, referring to large-scale social restrictions that have been in place in some areas since March.In the past three days, Indonesia recorded over 600 new confirmed cases with another 678 new cases reported on Friday.The Health Ministry has confirmed fluctuating numbers of new cases daily, with several record highs of new cases and jumps recorded in the past two weeks, despite the government’s occasional claim that the curve has flattened.Muhammadiyah’s Yogyakarta provincial branch (PWM DIY) issued a call on Friday reminding its members to continue staying and praying at home in a bid to further curb the spread of COVID-19.The call was issued after PWM DIY held a meeting on Thursday night in response to the provincial administration’s decision to extend the PSBB, which was initially to end on May 31, to June 30.Read also: Epidemiologist claims easing PSBB could prolong COVID-19 crisis until 2024“We consider this necessary because Yogyakarta province is still in need of large-scale social restrictions,” Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta branch chairman Gita Danu Pranata told The Jakarta Post on Friday.The one-page statement called on Muslims to continue conducting prayers at home, including Friday prayers that would normally be held at mosques.As of Friday, Yogyakarta recorded 230 new cases of COVID-19 with 149 recoveries and eight deaths.Topics : The statement also cites National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) data that indicates the outbreak in the country is not yet under in control.“It therefore makes sense if the public’s perception is that the [plan to loosen restrictions] means economic interests take precedent over the people’s lives,” according to the statement.“Keeping the economy running is important, but saving people’s lives is no less important given the uncertainty of whether the COVID-19 infection can be stopped.”Read also: Four regions call off PSBB amid lack of funds, central government’s easing plan As Indonesia has yet to see the curve of COVID-19 infection flatten, the government’s decision to roll out guidelines on easing COVID-19 restrictions under its so-called new normal protocols has created confusion among the public, according to Islamic organization Muhammadiyah.“The government’s recent statements about the new normal has raised questions and caused confusion in the community,” reads a statement that was jointly signed by Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir and secretary Abdul Mu’ti on Thursday.In some areas, malls and shopping centers are open while mosques and worship houses remain closed. “This has the potential of causing tension between government institutions and congregations,” the statement reads.last_img read more