Philippine radio journalist shot dead as he drives home after programme

first_img February 16, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News RSF_en May 3, 2021 Find out more July 11, 2019 Philippine radio journalist shot dead as he drives home after programme Brigada Group, the company that owns the radio station, said in statement that it thought  Dizon’s murder was the result of “his relentless exposé against unscrupulous individuals and organizations involved in illegal undertakings” in the Kidapawan region. Apparently referring to Dizon, a message left on the radio station’s hotline last week said in Tagalog: “Watch out Brigada because you will die, just wait, someone will shoot you.” Two individuals on a motorcycle shot Eduardo Dizon five times at around 10:45 p.m. as he was driving home in Makilala, on the southern island of Mindanao, shortly after presenting his regular programme, “Tira Brigada,” for Brigada News FM in Kidapawan City. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeViolence Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Dizon, who called himself “Kabrigada Ed,” had filed a complaint on 4 July about a death threat made against him the day before on a rival radio station, Gold FM, by a certain Dante Tabosares, also known as Bong Encarnacion, a fervent supporter of a religious group called Kapa Ministry. This group is accused of persuading people all over Mindanao Island to invest millions of pesos in a fraudulent “Ponzi” scheme, details of which had been revealed by Dizon in recent weeks. Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img Follow the news on Philippines June 1, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Philippine authorities to do everything possible to ensure that yesterday’s shocking murder of Eduardo Dizon – a radio journalist who made a name for himself by courageously denouncing a religious sect’s scams and who had just been threatened – does not go unpunished. News Organisation News News Relatives of some of the 32 journalists killed ten years ago in Mindanao island participate in a torch parade ceremony, on November 23, 2015 to protest against impunity for crimes against journalists. Eduardo “Ed” Dizon (left) is the 13th journalist to be gunned down in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte became president (photos : ABS-CBN – Noel Celis / AFP). PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeViolence “Eduardo Dizon is the 13th journalist to be gunned down in the Philippines since Rodrigo Duterte became president,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It is time to end this unacceptable cycle of violence against media personnel. The government claims to have set up a ‘presidential task force on media security’ but this task force has produced virtually no results. The investigation into Eduardo Dizon’s murder will be seen as a test. The impunity must stop.” The Philippines is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.last_img read more

Even among the insured, cost of illness can be devastating

first_img Providers need to understand their patients better, panelists say Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Despite the Affordable Care Act’s much-touted expansion of health coverage in the U.S., a first-ever poll of America’s seriously ill demonstrates that insurance alone isn’t enough to protect against the high cost of care.The poll showed that though 91 percent of respondents had health insurance, 53 percent of those with insurance had trouble paying their medical bills.“These are not stories about the uninsured, these are stories about people with an insurance card,” said Professor Robert Blendon, who discussed the poll Wednesday at the Harvard Chan School, which cooperated on the effort with The Commonwealth Fund and The New York Times.“For 50 years in this country, we’ve been debating how to help people who aren’t insured. And the assumption is once you get them the card they are protected for the rest of their lives. [We live] in a world where seriously ill people with insurance, including Medicare, are facing staggering bills.”More than a third of the seriously ill with insurance — 36 percent — used all or most of their savings to pay for care, 21 percent had trouble paying for basic necessities, and 28 percent lost or had to change jobs because of illness.Financial consequences extend to family or friends who take on the role of caregiver once the patient comes home. Twenty-three percent of caregivers developed financial problems themselves, while 21 percent took an income hit due to their caregiver role. The poll, with a margin of error of 3.2 percent, surveyed 1,495 adults or caregivers of adults who faced serious illness in the last three years. It was conducted between July 6 and Aug. 21.Along with Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health, the webcast “Being Seriously Ill in the U.S.: Financial and Healthcare Impacts” included comments from Eric Schneider, senior vice president for policy and research at The Commonwealth Fund; Robert Master, founder, former president, and chief executive officer of the nonprofit health plan Commonwealth Care Alliance; and Toyin Ajayi, chief health officer and co-founder of Cityblock, a nonprofit that aims to transform care for underserved urban populations. More than a third of the seriously ill with insurance — 36 percent — used all or most of their savings to pay for care, 21 percent had trouble paying for basic necessities, and 28 percent lost or had to change jobs because of illness. The survey also found room for improvement in quality of care. Nearly one in four respondents, 23 percent, reported a serious medical error, while 61 percent reported one or more problems involving poor care coordination, lack of clarity about services, or lack of responsiveness of staff.Resolving these issues, Master and Ajayi said, goes beyond just focusing on mistake-free processes to both redesigning how we care for the seriously ill and better coordination across the system. One suggestion: a “guided care nurse” who follows a patient regardless of the setting, visiting him or her at home, in the hospital, and in longer-term settings.Another change, Ajayi said, would be for doctors to ask patients about their finances. A seriously ill patient may be faced with a choice between food for his or her children or medication. It’s “tantamount to medical malpractice” to ignore financial constraints in designing a care plan, Ajayi said.Home visits by clinicians can make a difference, panelists said. The visits help providers understand patients’ day-to-day lives and the trouble they may have complying with treatment. The group also emphasized home-based care, which is not only less expensive, but avoids the gaps in care that can occur when patients are transferred from facility to facility.To help the seriously ill at home, Master suggested broader adoption of a Medicaid program that compensates family members for providing care. Government aid that helps home caregivers also helps the seriously ill stay at home, he noted, saving money by keeping them out of a nursing facility.The current health care system seems to be optimized for the healthy 28-year-old, Ajayi said — the patient who has no trouble taking a few hours off work to come in for a primary care visit, and can afford copayments with little trouble. But we’re all just an accident or an unfortunate diagnosis away from joining the ranks of the seriously ill, Ajayi noted, making the case that reform aimed at better care for the seriously ill is in everyone’s interest.Blendon pointed to the marketing of cheaper insurance plans to healthy people with the advice that they buy plans that meet their current needs. The problem with that rationale, he said, is that nobody knows when they’re going to get sick or injured, at which point a bargain-basement plan is inadequate.Health insurance should anticipate dramatically changed needs, he said — for expensive but critical care the policy holder might require next week, next month, or 10 years from now, when serious illness strikes. States hold the power on health care, experts saycenter_img Experts urge vaccination, share ideas for making it better Fighting the flu at less than full strength Vote could set in motion Medicaid expansion The problems with LGBTQ health carelast_img read more

Asset management roundup: Natixis, Moelis, Chamonix, Aquila

first_imgThe joint venture will be overseen by a board of managers consisting of three representatives appointed by Natixis and three representatives appointed by Moelis, the companies said.The investment committee will be chaired by Martin St. Pierre, who was most recently global chief executive GAPC and previously global head of credit trading at Natixis. Meanwhile, Aquila Capital has joined forces with index provider ECPI to offer sustainable investment products, mainly in the real asset sector.Aquila Capital said it had formed a strategic partnership with ECPI which would allow them to combine their skills to sell a series of co-managed sustainable investment solutions.Paolo Tolla, president of ECPI, said: “It’s important that the financial community recognises the importance of environmental, social and governance criteria as part of their investment choices, not only for the financial rewards connected to them but also for their moral significance.”Roman Rosslenbroich, chief executive of Aquila Capital, said there was growing demand for sustainability-driven real asset investments. French bank Natixis and Moelis Asset Management are setting up a joint investment management venture called Chamonix Partners Capital Management.Chamonix will initially manage Vallee Blanche Fund Alpha, a $1.3bn (€950m) fund, which will buy a portfolio of US dollar and euro-denominated structured product assets from Natixis’ Gestion Active des Portefeuilles Cantonnés (GAPC).Natixis said the transaction would be a true sale by GAPC, with the funds’ limited partners wholly external to Moelis and Natixis. As well as its initial investment portfolio, Chamonix will aim to raise and manage other funds to buy additional assets and enter into financing deals, the joint venture partners said. last_img read more