ReCAAP: Three Crew Abducted by Abu Sayyaf

first_imgThree crew members of an unnamed boat were abducted on December 5, in the vicinity of Lahad Datu, Sabah, by a group of about 20 men believed to be members of the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group.Aby Sayyaf is one of the most violent jihadist groups in the southern Philippines, notorious for kidnappings for ransom.The men armed with firearms boarded the boat and abducted the crew, ReCAAP said.As informed by Asian piracy watchdog, the three kidnapped men, one Malaysian and two Indonesians, were taken to Laminusa Island in Sulu Province on the following day before proceeding to So Dumlog, Brgy Likud, on December 7.The Joint Task Force Sulu is said to be exerting “an all-out effort to establish the status, condition and location of the alleged kidnapped victims.”This is the second abduction incident reported in 2018. The first incident occurred on board fishing trawler, Sri Dewi 1 in September, where two crew were abducted in Semporna waters, off Sabah. ReCAAP said that of the two abducted crew, one of them was rescued by the Philippine authorities on December 5, 2018.The abduction comes in less than a month since ReCAAP’s latest safety advisory which warned masters to exercise extra vigilance when transiting the waters off Eastern Sabah and Sulu-Celebes Seas, amid a threat of being kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf Group.last_img read more

It’s not too late to complete your 2020 Census

first_imgNationwide — The 2020 Census is happening now. You still have time to complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. If you received an invitation by mail, complete the questions, and return in the envelope provided.If you did not receive the invitation by mail, you can click here to start the process online. Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don’t have the ability to save your progress. You can see the questions the census asked.Even if you did not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or for questions about responding to the 2020 Census, call the hotline in English at 844-330-2020. Visit the Responding by Phone page for more information and for live agent support lines in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, Arabic, Tagalog, Polish, French, Haitian Creole, Portuguese, or Japanese.last_img read more