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Defence ministry brands media as “internal enemy” in war against Tamil Tigers

first_img News Receive email alerts Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Organisation News Help by sharing this information Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge June 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Defence ministry brands media as “internal enemy” in war against Tamil Tigers News July 15, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Follow the news on Sri Lanka Reporters Without Borders condemns a defence ministry campaign against independent news media, especially journalists who cover military affairs. The ministry’s website is carrying virulent attacks on journalists critical of the government, accusing them of being in cahoots with the “terrorist enemy,” the Tamil Tiger rebels.“While the civil war continues to claim innocent victims in both communities, defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is lambasting journalists who do not toe the line of his propaganda,” the press freedom organisation said. “He is directly threatening the safety of journalists by accusing them of agreeing with the enemy. The government has turned Manicheism into a state doctrine in which those not with the army are deemed to be with the Tamil Tigers.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to restore trust and serenity to the government’s relations with the press.”Two long articles – headlined “Stop media treachery against armed forces members!” and “Deriding the war heroes for a living – the ugly face of defence analysts in Sri Lanka” – were recently posed on the ministry’s website, attacking news media that dare to contradict official press releases about the fighting in the north of the country.By blaming journalists for the military’s failure to “eradicate the LTTE terrorists,” the articles directly expose them to the possibility of reprisals. “Media freedom in this country has been encroached upon by few sociopaths that can be found in almost all anti-Sri Lankan outfits,” the website says.Many local news media, including Sirasa TV, the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Times, and the Free Media Movement (FMM), a local NGO that defends press freedom are explicitly accused of sowing discord within the armed forces in their articles and statements. “Whoever lures disgruntled members of the armed forces to act against the good order and the military discipline of the service is committing treachery against the nation,” the site says.The defence ministry also accuses the press of putting out false information although the army itself has often tried to minimise its losses, for example, after one of the most violent clashes in recent years in the Jaffna peninsula last April.Pressure on the independent media is mounting amid repeated incursions by the security forces into LTTE-controlled areas and deadly bombings in the Colombo region that are blamed on the Tamil Tigers.Keith Noyahr, assistant editor and defence correspondent of the English-language weekly The Nation, was kidnapped and beaten on 22 May in an attack apparently linked to his reporting on the government’s counter-insurgency campaign. TV reporter Paranirupasingam Devakumar and a friend were murdered six days later in an area of the Jaffna peninsula that is under military control. No suspect has been arrested.Iqbal Athas, a reporter who specialises in military affairs, stopped writing articles for the Sunday Times several weeks ago after being the target of a campaign of intimidation. According to the Free Media Movement, Sirimevan Kasthuriarachchi, a journalist who does defence reporting for the newspaper Divaina, was threatened with reprisals by thugs who forced their way into his home on 29 May. Frederica Jansz, the publisher of the monthly Montage and a contributor to The Nation, was followed by suspicious-looking vehicles in Colombo a week ago and the body of a bird was found outside her home in what might have been another threatening message.Press freedom activists have also been the target of intimidation. On 27 May, soldiers went to the Colombo headquarters of the Sri Lanka Press Institute, an organisation that is respected for its defence of media freedom, and asked for the names of its employees.The defence minister was added to the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom” on 3 May. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists to go further January 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en July 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Police Ask Public Help to Identify Package Thief

first_imgHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty The Pasadena Police Department has put out a public notice seeking the public’s help to identify a man who allegedly stole three packages from the 200 block of Pleasant Street in Pasadena last month.The suspect is described as either Hispanic or White, between 25 and 30 years old, about five feet seven inches tall, thin build, and with short brown hair.Police said he was wearing a black t-shirt with the words “Pollo Loco” written on it, black pants, a black baseball cap and black athletic shoes.The incident happened on July 10, police said.The suspect reportedly drove off in a 2000- to 2004-model red Honda Civic Coupe with unknown plates.The police department also released a photograph showing the suspect.“If you recognize the pictured suspect or have any information pertaining to this case, please contact Pasadena PD Detective Gurrola at (626)744-7094 or [email protected] or 24/7 at (626)744-4241,” the police department’s statement said.Anyone with knowledge of the incident may also provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers, at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or through www.lacrimestoppers.org. Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 3 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Community News Make a comment latest #1 Police Ask Public Help to Identify Package Thief Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 5:59 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Imagine if everyone gave

first_imgLast year, Harvard Community Gifts, an annual drive to encourage giving in the holiday season, raised more than half a million dollars in support of more than 450 nonprofit organizations. This year, the campaign’s organizers have adopted an even-more-ambitious goal: “Imagine what we could do if everyone gave?”The Harvard Community Gifts campaign launches today. Faculty and staff can choose to donate by payroll deduction by Dec. 7, or may elect to give by check or credit card through Jan. 15. Harvard has established a user-friendly website where individuals can select their charity and donation amount.On Tuesday morning, roughly 100 volunteers — Harvard employees, who, in a revived concept from years past, will serve as ambassadors to their units and departments — met at the Barker Center for a kickoff event with Marilyn Hausammann, vice president for human resources. At most Schools, a faculty member and a staff member will serve as campaign co-chairs, in an effort to broaden outreach and boost participation across the University.The Community Gifts fundraiser is a decades-long tradition dating to Harvard’s efforts in providing food and clothing to soldiers and to support hospitals during World War II.In recent years, Harvard faculty and staff have given generously to Harvard-sponsored relief efforts for people affected by the Pacific tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan. Closer to home, Harvard employees contributed $25,000 to a relief fund for their Haitian-American co-workers in 2010, and more than $10,000 to the Jimmy Fund’s Rally Against Cancer Campaign in 2011.For more information, visit the HARVie website using your Harvard ID to log in.last_img read more

Experts hope cities rise to the occasion

first_imgWorldwide Week at Harvard continued Wednesday with a conversation at Longfellow Hall on the future of cities. The panel, which included members of the design, planning, technology, and economic communities, took a broad approach, tackling a variety of issues facing urban leaders.Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Development and Urbanism and chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, began by looking at the limitations of city planning. Climate change, for example, is affecting urban growth. However, “environmental problems know no boundaries” and require resources that few municipalities can provide without help, she said. The rapid-fire growth of technology — and the shift of cities from industrial to information centers — also must factor into planning, she said.As the discussion began in earnest, panelists addressed more specific issues, drawing on their areas of expertise. Christian Irmisch, sales manager for commuter and regional trains for Siemens, talked about transportation. Irmisch, who holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany, acknowledged that while “trains are the most efficient use of mass transit in cities,” building a railway is a long-term investment, and new technologies may offer more viable alternatives.Harvard President Drew Faust opens the discussion. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerRecapping growth in the green-building movement, MIT Professor John Fernández, who chairs the school’s Urban Metabolism Group, discussed city “metabolism,” or “what cities consume in terms of energy, food, and water.”Presenting figures that cities “consume” from a bare minimum of three to five tons of resources per capita annually to 150 tons, he illustrated the challenges ahead. The numbers are especially troubling when compared with the two to three tons consumed in agricultural areas, he said.“The goal of urban metabolism,” concluded Fernández, “is to begin to define pathways to urban sustainability.”Africa offers a microcosm for urban development in the emerging world, said Efosa Ojomo, research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Instead of opportunity, newcomers to cities too often find higher rents and higher prices for everything from food to healthcare. This doesn’t have to be, and Ojomo cited as an example a Nigerian noodle company that built its own infrastructure, including a power plant and distribution system, to support a big push into instant noodles. By doing so, the company created jobs, as well as serving the market. “Innovations don’t have to be high tech,” said Ojomo. “Innovations that solve problems that average people are having — that’s sustainability.”Harriet Tregoning, formerly of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, addressed the role that government can play in supporting efforts like those Ojomo described. As a case study, she brought up HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition, which offered $1 billion in disaster relief. The key, she explained, was not to solicit one answer — or any answers at all, at first. Instead, her office encouraged participants to find partners and to examine the distinct threats their municipalities might face, from climate change to overreliance on one employer.“The 13 winning places brought 220 partnerships” for their solutions, she said. “They had totally different approaches with co-benefits,” multiplying the reach of the prize money. “Doing it differently is hugely important,” she said. “This works at every scale.”Stefan Knupfer, a senior partner and sustainability expert at the consulting firm McKinsey, brought the conversation back to mobility and transit. Directly addressing climate change, he welcomed the rise of self-driving cars, predicting that the new technology would make cities cleaner, safer, and less congested.Efficiency, he said, will be key to these changes, which he expects will happen “significantly faster than people believe.” Major hurdles, many in public perception, remain, Knupfer noted. As with many of the innovations panelists discussed, “cities will have to take the lead.”last_img read more

How gratitude can save you money

first_img 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Prevents impulse buyingJust as some take down an entire carton of ice cream when feeling blue, others hit the mall and go crazy. If you’re going through a hard time, take a minute and really think about things in your life that you are grateful for. It can’t be all bad! Remind yourself of what’s good and focus on the positive. Spend quality time with loved ones, enjoy the sunshine, and think of other sources of happiness in life, beside spending money. That way you can find contentment without reaching in your wallet.Reminds you to give backWhen you’re appreciative of the little things in life, you will be more aware of those less fortunate. Instead of splurging on something new for yourself when you have free time, find ways to volunteer instead. Do you really need that new purse or television? Chances are the answer is no. So instead of adding more “things” to your life, decide to help others who have little or nothing.Keeps you on trackWhen you are grateful and satisfied in life, you feel more excited about the future. You are also more patient which is incredibly valuable when working toward a certain financial goal. Gratitude keeps us motivated and helps us to think long-term about what we need to maintain a comfortable and happy life.last_img read more

Malaysia joins resurgence of H5N1 avian flu

first_imgAug 19, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 avian influenza has today been confirmed in a privately owned flock of chickens in northern Malaysia near the Thai border. The country joins three others, Vietnam, China, and Indonesia, in which the disease has resurfaced in recent weeks following the widespread outbreaks across Asia earlier in the year.Secretary-General Abi Musa Asa’ari Mohamed Nor of the Malaysian Health Ministry made the announcement at a press conference, according to a Xinhaunet story. The H5 virus was identified yesterday in two birds near the village of Baru Pasir Pekan, and further testing confirmed it as H5N1, the subtype that can infect humans and has caused 27 deaths in Asia this year.The Malaysian government yesterday immediately quarantined a 6-mile area around the farm and halted exports of poultry and poultry products. All of the birds in the village, reported as about 300 by Reuters, are to be killed today as a precautionary control measure, and all movement of poultry is banned in the Kelantan state where the village is located. People and birds in the area are being monitored and tested, says the story.Singapore, which abuts Malaysia to the south, has banned imports of all poultry and poultry products from its neighbor, as has Japan. Malaysia typically exports about 130,000 chickens and 2 million eggs to Singapore daily. Malaysia’s 4 million residents themselves consume 120,000 domestic chickens, 20,000 ducks, and 2 million eggs every day, according to BBC News.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement yesterday that a small team will be going to Vietnam this weekend to work with that country’s Ministry of Health to assess the risk of recent avian flu cases there to public health. Arrangements are being made to send samples from the 3 Vietnamese patients who have died of the disease since the beginning of August to a laboratory in the WHO Global Network. There, analyses will be carried out to determine whether the H5N1 virus strain has mutated. The concern is that it could evolve to become transmissible between humans, which could cause an influenza pandemic.See also:WHO Aug 18 update on avian Influenza situation in Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_08_18/en/last_img read more

Buzzfeed closes news operations in Britain, Australia

first_imgGroundbreaking website Buzzfeed said on Thursday that it would be shuttering part of its loss-making news operations in Britain and Australia, as it scales back global ambitions to cut costs.”For economic and strategic reasons, we are going to focus on news that hits big in the United States during this difficult period,” a company spokesperson said.Many news outlets have been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with plummeting advertising revenues and already struggling operations pushed deeper into the red. “BuzzFeed gave us space to experiment with covering politics for a young audience,” Australian news editor Lane Sainty tweeted.She lauded her staff’s work to “tackle important and often under-covered beats like abortion, LGBTQ rights, Indigenous affairs, immigration and internet culture.””I’ve always been grateful for that & very proud of our work.”More cost-cutting measures are expected, including in the United States, where “workshare programs” are being touted as a way of avoiding furloughs.”Those options need to meet our savings goals, be legally and logistically workable, and allow us to keep producing kinetic, powerful journalism,” Buzzfeed said.This year “news will spend about $10 million more than it takes in,” it added. Topics :center_img Ten staff in Britain and four in Australia will be furloughed, in a move that is expected to become permanent.The company will no longer cover local news in the two countries, but said: “In the UK, we still plan on retaining some employees who are focused on news with a global audience — social news, celebrity, and investigations.”The four Australian posts were “no longer essential during this time of sharply limited resources,” the company added.Once maligned as a funnel for little more than celebrity gossip, clickbait lists and cat pictures, Buzzfeed has developed into a news force to rival more established outlets.last_img read more

Why Arsene Wenger refused to mention Jose Mourinho once in his new autobiography

first_imgWhy Arsene Wenger refused to mention Jose Mourinho once in his new autobiography Arsene Wenger shared an intense rivalry with Jose Mourinho (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has covered a broad range of subjects in his new autobiography ‘My Life in Red and White’ but one of his fiercest rivals was conspicuous by his absence with Jose Mourinho failing to gain a single mention. The pair clashed on numerous occasions during The Special One’s two spells in charge at Chelsea and his two-and-a-half year tenure at Manchester United. Mourinho, now in charge of Arsenal’s north London rivals Spurs, infamously accused Wenger of voyeurism and branded him a specialist in failure at the height of their rivalry, but the pair have long since put their differences to one side.AdvertisementAdvertisementStill, Wenger opted not to touch on his many confrontations with Mourinho in his new book, which was released earlier this week, and cited Sir Alex Ferguson as his fiercest rival.ADVERTISEMENTAsked to explain Mourinho effectively being airbrushed out of his book, Wenger said: ‘I didn’t want to make a book that sorts out some differences. I wanted it to be a positive book. I had more acrimonious battles with Sir Alex than Jose Mourinho.’ Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 14 Oct 2020 6:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares rsene Wenger cited Sir Alex Ferguson as his toughest rival in his new book (Picture: Getty)When Wenger arrived in England back in October 1996, Ferguson’s relentless Manchester United winning machine dominated the Premier League. Arsenal, aided by their new French manager’s coaching techniques and eye for a bargain in the transsfer market, proved formidable foes, however, and won three league titles between 1998 and 2004.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘The competition makes you hate the opponent,’ Wenger said of his rivalry with Ferguson. ‘I think he certainly hated me and I hated him sometimes as well.‘Whenever we competed it was always a fight — always very tight and nervous. And don’t forget we also had to deal with Fergie time.‘But when the competition is over what remains is a deep respect for guys like him, for what they have achieved and how long they stayed in the job and dedicated their lives to it.’MORE: Thomas Partey drops Arsenal debut hint ahead of Manchester City clashMORE: Lucas Torreira’s father reveals the only way back for him at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Burundi’s Parliamentary Elections Postponed

first_imgBurundi’s electoral body announced Wednesday it will delay scheduled local and parliamentary elections after more than a month of sometimes violent protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term.Nkurunziza’s campaign for a third presidential term ignited Burundi’s worst crisis since an ethnically-fuelled civil war ended in 2005. His opponents say he is constitutionally prohibited from running for a third term.Regional bloc East African Community on Sunday asked the Burundian government to postpone elections for at least 45 days and to use the time to ensure that there is a conducive environment to hold the polls. More than 90,000 Burundians have fled the country fearing violence. Burundi has had a long history of political upheaval that has been characterized by political assassinations and coups.Officials are waiting for a proposal from the electoral commission on the new dates for election. Parliamentary elections were scheduled for Friday while presidential polls were slated for June 26.last_img read more