Organisation However, when Villamor and the surveyors arrived at Matanglad, they were blocked by a group of soldiers. What Villamor pulled out at this point was not a firearm but a phone with which to call the police with the aim of resolving the problem. But the soldiers opened fire, killing him on the spot. RSF_en News Ronnie Villamor is the fourth Philippine journalist to be killed this year (image: NUJP – RSF). to go further But his colleagues gave an entirely different version of events. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Villamor, who was based in Masbate and freelanced for various media outlets on the island, had gone to cover a land survey in a locality known as Matanglad to be carried out by four surveyors at the landowner’s request. Villamor even told the local police in advance that the survey was going to take place. News Receive email alerts News “The investigation’s initial findings clearly show that Ronnie Villamor was the victim of a terrible military blunder,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “So that no one can protect those responsible for the shooting by eliminating evidence or testimony, we urge the Philippine authorities to appoint a fully independent team to investigate this shocking murder.” PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence 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 June 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Villamor was the fourth Philippine journalist to be killed this year. Just four days before his murder, radio presenter Virgilio Maganes was gunned down by two men on a motor scooter outside his home in Villasis, in the northern province of Pangasinan, on the morning of 10 November. News Deadly blunder November 18, 2020 Reporter fatally shot in “encounter” with soldiers in the Philippines Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a fully independent investigation into how freelance reporter Ronnie Villamor came to be fatally shot by soldiers when about to cover a survey of a disputed piece of land in the island province of Masbate, in the central Philippines. Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa According to the local police, whose account is – at the very least – controversial, Ronnie Villamor was shot at around 1:30 p.m. on 14 November in the municipality of Milagros when he allegedly pulled out a firearm during an “encounter” with soldiers. Follow the news on Philippines May 3, 2021 Find out more February 16, 2021 Find out more The Philippines is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence
Batesville, In. — Rain, snowmelt and runoff are being blamed for flooding throughout Ripley and Franklin Counties.Some locations experiencing flooding are Batesville, Brookville, Versailles, Milan, Osgood, Oldenburg, Lake Santee, Blooming Grove, Sunman, Metamora, Laurel, Holton, Napoleon, Cedar Grove, Millhousen, Mount Carmel, Mounds State Recreation Area, Huntersville, Hamburg and Penntown.Officials remind motorists that most flood deaths occur in vehicles- Turn Around, Don’t Drown!Additionally, forecasters say rapidly falling temperatures will create ideal conditions for ice to form on driving and walking surfaces. Motorists should use extra care on bridges, elevated roadways and exit ramps.Forecasters expect a high-temperature today of 27-degrees. Tonight temperatures drop to 7-degrees.
Zion Williamson has been the story of college basketball this season. The freshman burst onto the scene with a 28-point, seven-rebound performance against Kentucky in his first game with Duke and has not slowed down. Williamson, who is averaging 22.1 points while shooting 69.3 percent from the field in 2018-19, sprained his knee less than 40 seconds into the Blue Devils’ first matchup with North Carolina and missed the next five games.Williamson, however, returned for the ACC Tournament and led his team to the postseason conference championship. Related News March Madness 2019: 3 storylines to follow in Round 1 NC Central coach: Us playing Zion Williamson would be like my 6-year-old son playing me Here are six stars worth watching in the NCAA Tournament, starting with Williamson:Zion Williamson, F, DukeWilliamson is arguably the best college player of this decade and has exceeded all expectations. He has excelled offensively and is almost impossible to stop in transition. He’s knocking down 31.5 percent of his 3-pointers, as well, which is better than anticipated.The 6-7, 285-pound forward has also made an impact on the other end of the floor and should be able to protect the rim at the next level. He’ll almost certainly be the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft.RJ Barrett, F, DukeBarrett has shined sharing the floor with Williamson.The top recruit in the 2018 class has often times been overshadowed by his star teammate this season but has been almost as productive. He’s leading the team in scoring and became the focal point of the Blue Devils’ offense when Williamson was out with the injury.Barrett has struggled from 3-point range but has solid form and a chance to improve in that area. He’s projected to be selected behind Williamson.Ja Morant, G, Murray State Morant seemingly came out of nowhere and shot up draft boards in 2018-19. The Murray State guard is expected to be a top-five pick and could become the first player in NCAA Division I history to average double-digit point (24.6) and assist (10) totals in a single season.Morant and Murray State will face fifth-seeded Marquette in one of the most intriguing matchups in the Round of 64.Jarrett Culver, G, Texas TechCulver was the most effective player on a Texas Tech team that earned a share of the Big 12 regular season title.The 6-5 guard topped the Red Raiders in points (18.5), rebounds (6.3) and assists (3.7) per game in 2018-19.If Texas Tech makes a deep run in the tournament, Culver will be a big reason why. He’ll be playing in the NBA next season.Rui Hachimura, F, GonzagaHachimura’s game should translate perfectly into the NBA.The 6-8 forward followed up a strong sophomore season by increasing his production across the board. He’s a reliable inside scorer that can also stretch the floor, as he’s connected on 46.9 percent of his 3-point attempts.Hachimura struggles with turnovers but is still projected to be selected with the 11th pick in Sporting News’ latest 2019 mock draft. De’Andre Hunter, F, VirginiaThe Virginia wing was sidelined for his team’s shocking loss to No. 16 seed UMBC last season. Hunter, however, was a major reason Virginia received another top spot in the bracket in 2018-19.On top of being a lockdown defender, Hunter has tallied 15.1 points and five rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the field and 45.7 percent from 3-point range.He projects to be a top 3-and-D player at the next level and has been compared to Raptors star Kawhi Leonard.