Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm about the plight of the media after Vincent Sumalpong, a presenter on state-owned Radyo ng Bayan, was gunned down this morning in Bongao, the capital of the southernmost province of Tawi-Tawi. A colleague, Ruelan Hope Borja, was wounded by the hail of bullets. Sumalpong was the fourth journalist to be killed this year in the Philippines.The police said witnesses identified a suspect, Nur Suang, from photos. Suang, who has not yet been arrested, is also a suspect in the murder of a public relations officer that Sumalpong had investigated. The identity of the possible mastermind is still unknown.”The identification of a suspect should encourage the police and judicial authorities to cooperate closely to ensure that this is an exemplary investigation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The murderer and any instigators must without fail be arrested and brought to trial.”Reporters Without Borders regards the Philippines as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the press after Iraq. At least 53 journalists have been killed there since Gloria Arroyo took over as president in 1991. News News to go further RSF_en Organisation PhilippinesAsia – Pacific PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa February 16, 2021 Find out more Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped May 3, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Follow the news on Philippines June 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist gunned down, colleague wounded in Tawi-Tawi News Help by sharing this information June 1, 2021 Find out more
Email A STATUE of a Limerick man who made a fortune while owning slaves in the US city of Baltimore has been taken down, following protests that it celebrates a slaver.County Limerick native Captain John O’Donnell had a statue erected in his honour in the Canton area of Baltimore, Maryland, on a site where he kept enslaved people to run his plantation and household.A mariner and merchant, he was one of the first white men to establish trade with China. His plantation, known as The Canton Estate, which was named after the city of Canton in China, became a hub of industry and, in more recent times, the fashionable waterfront neighbourhood known as Canton.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The statue was removed by city authorities on April 5 following a petition and letters from local anti-racism groups.According to Norman G. Rukert’s “Historic Canton,” Captain John O’Donnell was born in 1749. In his youth, O’Donnell “ran away to sea and found himself in India, amassing a sizeable fortune before he was thirty.”As an employee of the British East India Company, O’Donnell lived in India for 16 years.In 1786, O’Donnell purchased 11 acres of land in Baltimore, which eventually grew to more than 1,900 acres. O’Donnell named his plantation Canton, which is what English speakers at the time called the Chinese port city of Guangzhou.Records show that he kept 36 enslaved people on his plantation.O’Donnell had seven children with his wife Sarah Chew Elliott. It is believed only one, Elliot, returned to his father’s native Ireland to study at Trinity College Dublin.Captain John O’Donnell died in October 1805; at the time, he was one of the wealthiest men in the US.In 1980, the Canton Improvement Association installed the statue in O’Donnell Square Park. An inscription marker at the site described O’Donnell as “a man of great vision and accomplishment.”In November 2020, the Canton Anti-Racism Alliance, with the support of the Canton Community Association and other members of the community, issued a letter to then Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young calling for the immediate removal of the 41-year-old statue.The letter said in part: “Captain John O’Donnell founded Canton as a plantation in 1786. A statue in his honour was erected in O’Donnell Square Park in 1980. Public records have confirmed that Captain O’Donnell was an enslaver.“Slavery is morally reprehensible and we, as a community, categorically reject monuments to enslavers.”The letter also referenced an October 2020 article in the Baltimore Sun written by John Linwood of The Linwood Project who stated: “As a Black homeowner living in Southeast Baltimore, the presence of John O’Donnell’s statue at Canton Square is more offensive to me than any statue of Christopher Columbus.”Linwood noted how the statue was placed on the same grounds where Captain O’Donnell kept more than 30 enslaved Africans who tended to his livestock and crops, kept his house, and served as waitstaff.Linwood wrote: “Such nods to the shames of our past have no place in our city and must go if we wish to seek real healing and atonement for our past, and cultivate a Baltimore that welcomes everyone everywhere.”An online petition was also circulated through the Change.org website that amassed more than 800 signatures over a six month period.On April 5, the statue was removed, a move that was welcomed by the current Mayor of Baltimore Brandon Scott, who said the statue was a “hostile vestige to the notorious enslaver Captain John O’Donnell.” Linkedin NewsStatue of County Limerick slave owner is removed from US cityBy Bernie English – April 16, 2021 1293 Twitter WhatsApp Print Advertisement Facebook Previous articleWATCH: Conor Murray describes his incredible career thus farNext articleMartens retrial could hinge on the evidence of Corbett children Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news.
IMMIGRATION – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Question: I am married to my American husband and we filed for my immigration papers recently. We don’t have a scan machine, so we took pictures of our marriage certificate, past divorce certificates, tax returns, etc. from our cell phones, printed and sent them in to the immigration office with our application. We could clearly see all the documents, and were really surprised last week when we got a letter from immigration requesting that we send legible copies of all supporting documents. We don’t know which documents they are referring to as illegible. We did an Infopass appointment and the officer said to resend everything again. Is that true?Answer: Easy answer, yes! Make a very clear copy on a copy machine of every single document you originally included in your application and send back to the USCIS along with a copy of the Request For Evidence on the top. Immigrants should NEVER send a copy of documents taken as an image on a cell phone, since they do not qualify under USCIS requirements. Make a copy of the entire package for yourself for your records and send to the USCIS using U.S. Priority or Express Mail as soon as possible, but no later than 10 days before the deadline, just to be safe. Good luck! Question: I got my residency through marriage and recently got naturalized to be a U.S. citizen. My 16 year-old unmarried daughter, who lives in Jamaica had a baby last year, my first grandchild. I want to know if I can sponsor my daughter for a green card as a minor or does she not qualify because she has a child? If I can sponsor her, can my grandchild immigrate along with her at the same time?Answer: Sorry to tell you this, but unfortunately, “no”, your grandchild will not be able to immigrate to the U.S. along with your minor daughter. This is due to a very heartless provision in immigration law which does not allow certain family members to bring their dependents (called “derivatives”) to the U.S. with them when they immigrate. Under this law which applies to “Immediate Relatives”, (spouses, minor children and parents) of U.S. Citizens, only the individual “immediate relative” can immigrate and no dependent family members can come along. However, once the “immediate relative” has immigrated to the U.S., they can then in turn sponsor their spouse and or children. Children are considered to be “minor” until they reach age 21 or get married.In this case, your daughter remains a minor until age 21 since she is single. You can sponsor he,r and it will take about 8-12 months for her to immigrate to the U.S. under current processing times. Once she enters the U.S. and obtains her Green Card within a month or so, she can sponsor her child (your grandchild). The process for a minor child of a U.S. Resident take approximately 1 ½ to 2 years. During that time, your daughter would need to maintain residency here and can come and back and forth between the U.S. and Jamaica during that time for limited periods so as not to lose residency status. The other option is to wait until your daughter reaches age 21, then file for her in the F1 immigration category for single adult children of U.S. Citizen and their children. This will include your grandchild. However, the waiting time in this immigration category is about 7 years. Let me know if you would like us to represent you in your daughter’s residency case.Q&A provided by Attorney Caroly Pederson.