Newspaper editor’s murderers still at large two years later

first_img July 29, 2020 Find out more Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickrematunga, a courageous, talented and iconoclastic journalist, was shot dead in Colombo by a death squad two years ago tomorrow. His murder is still unpunished.Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the fact that the Sri Lankan government is doing nothing to solve this murder and in fact is clearly preventing the truth from coming to light. By blocking the investigation and by fostering a climate of impunity and indifference, the government has become an accomplice. Wickrematunga’s murder dealt a major blow to media freedom in Sri Lanka.The press freedom organisation voices its support for the editor’s family and colleagues, including his widow, Sonali Samarasinghe, and his brother, Lal Wickrematunga, who are themselves journalists.“We urge President Mahinda Rajapaksa to launch an exhaustive criminal investigation by requesting the assistance of international experts, so that the person responsible for this horrible murder can be identified,” Reporters Without Borders said. Help by sharing this information News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists January 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor’s murderers still at large two years later His brother, Lal Wickrematunga said: ” Lasantha was murdered two years ago and the investigation has not progressed beyond the perfunctory level. Although fingers have been pointed at Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the investigating arms seem to be waiting for a nod from politicians before making any significant moves. The arrests made thus far do not give the impression that an honest attempt is being made to find out who ordered the killing.More than 50 hearings have been held before a magistrate’s court and the police still seem to be drawing a blank. Although 15 military intelligence officers were held for a brief period, they were released with no explanation being given to court. If Sarath Fonseka was responsible, as political analysts believe, the government should have charged him for murder instead of using military courts martial to try him for relatively a minor offence compared with murder. Lasantha’s family does not believe that the investigation is being conducted with any real purpose and it may take a long time, and a change of government, to get to the bottom of this heinous crime.”Interviewed about the anniversary, a local investigative journalist told Reporters Without Borders: “It is sad and shocking to see that, although two years have elapsed, the government and law enforcement officers have still not been able to make any key arrests in Lasantha’s murder (…) All pleas by Lasantha’s editorial staff and his family for a thorough investigation seem to be falling on deaf ears.”The journalist added: “There has absolutely been no progress in Lasantha’s murder investigation and this is quite surprising as government ministers such as Mervyn Silva had publicly claimed that he knew who was responsible for Lasantha’s assassination but would not divulge it. If ministers can make public remarks of this sort, then it is only right for the authorities to question them and get to the bottom of who is responsible for Lasantha’s murder.”The editor’s family, friends and colleagues will gather at his tomb at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow to mark the second anniversary of his death.See the full statement of Sonali Samarasinghe, Lasantha Wickrematunga’s widow : http://en.rsf.org/sri-lanka-lasantha-wickrematunge-s-widow-and-07-01-201… News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Organisation RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Sri Lanka News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts to go further July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Show time for Cuisine to Go

first_imgIAWS has launched the Cuisine to Go brand, which includes hot food lines and modular display equipment, as it targets the ’food-to-go’ market.The new range is aimed at convenience retailers and also bakers who wish to incorporate a wider range, marketing director David Girdler told British Baker.Launched at last week’s Convenience Retailing Show, the Cuisine to Go range includes hand-crimped pastries, long-fermented Italian breads, French quiche, French bread pizza, regional speciality savouries, pre-filled sandwiches, soups and frozen sandwich fillings that use 25% less oil than mayonnaise.Girdler said Cuisine to Go black and stainless steel display stands includes hot, ambient and chilled modules, which can be used as stand-alone units or in groups. Pre-programmed ovens are also available and the equipment is easy to clean, he added.last_img read more

Speech: Race to change the face of the diplomatic civil service

first_imgIn the mid-1960s, three high-performing civil servants from a BAME background were denied entry into the Diplomatic Service because they weren’t trusted to be loyal to the country. Seventy years ago, we suspect that the only way people like our grandparents or great grandparents would have been allowed into the Foreign Office would have been to serve tea to British diplomats.We have come a long way since then – the FCO is now more diverse than it has ever been with more BAME ambassadors and one of the highest rates of BAME graduate new entrants across Whitehall. We can reflect on the progress led by pioneers like Noel Jones, who would go on to become Britain’s first ever BAME ambassador when he was posted to Kazakhstan in 1993; and Robin Chatterjie, who was the first BAME entrant into the diplomatic service fast stream (graduate entry). There were also enlightened politicians and civil servants who were prepared to challenge convention.And of course, it is also down to the extraordinary resilience shown by our parents’ generation settling in the UK as Commonwealth citizens in the 1960s and 1970s and the changes they helped to introduce in wider British society. Overcoming significant hurdles including significant racism, they worked all hours, often for little money, to ensure that their children and grandchildren had the best access to opportunities.Yet, as the note concludes, we have a long way to go. The new BAME entrants appear to be predominantly from a south Asian background. We are still struggling to attract black candidates. Too many of our BAME staff are stuck in the most junior grades. And even when you think you have finally made it, there are still people who think you have only got to where you are because of the colour of your skin.This has to change. It matters to us that we act as agents of this change. When the three of us joined the FCO in the 2000s, we felt like fish out of water. Our extended families wondered whether it was even allowed for non-white, second-generation immigrants to be British diplomats. And in the FCO, we were acutely aware of being watched by the granite statues of former diplomats who had governed our forefathers in the colonies.It is true that each of us has experienced some form of racial discrimination in our careers, whether that’s being refused entry into an event (because they had assumed we were drivers), being stopped more frequently at airports or military checkpoints, or simply being ignored in favour of white colleagues. However, our diversity has enabled us to develop deep relationships and build influential networks, often challenging and breaking down tired stereotypes of the quintessential British diplomat. Since we joined, we have had incredibly rewarding careers which have given us unique experiences. We feel proud and privileged to work for the FCO, to represent the UK overseas, and to play a role in keeping the UK safe, secure and prosperous. Sir Simon McDonald, the FCO’s permanent under-secretary recently said that it was “essential we make further progress to ensure our modern diplomatic service reflects the best of the diversity of the UK”. We couldn’t agree more.Our country needs to attract the best talent from all backgrounds in society to fulfil this responsibility. This also means that we embrace and ensure that we make the most of our uniqueness and our heritage links – to be who we are.Diversity is a huge strength for our country. Two of us come from the West Midlands, not all of us went to Oxbridge, our heritage links span three continents, we went to state and non-state schools, and speak several languages. From Baghdad to Dhaka to Kuala Lumpur, we have taken our diversity with us wherever we have been posted. For those reading this article, we would encourage you to read the history note. And if you feel, like us, that you could be a part of a bold and diverse diplomatic service, look at potential careers in the FCO and help us make history, like our parents and grandparents who didn’t accept the status quo.We owe this to our current and future generations of British diplomats, and to the country that we represent. We hope that a future version of this note will say that the FCO recruits the very best from society irrespective of background, and that the diplomatic service at all levels now reflects modern Britain. This is not just because it’s morally right to have a diverse diplomatic service, but because our diplomacy needs it. a person of un-English appearance or speech might be unsuitable for a situation in which he would act as a representative of the United Kingdom to foreigners. On a cold autumn afternoon last month, nearly 200 British civil servants and diplomats packed into the Locarno Room at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to mark a historic moment. For the first time in such detail, the history of black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) staff in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – our history – was published and discussed.The note, Black Skin, Whitehall: Race and the Foreign Office, 1945 to 2018, written by FCO historian James Southern tells the story of BAME officers in the context of decades of debate in the UK on the legacy of the Empire, immigration and integration of minority communities. It was an emotional moment for us all.The historical parts of the note make for deeply uncomfortable reading. In the early 1950s, successive Civil Service commissioners argued that,last_img read more

PHOTOS: 420 On The Block In Denver

first_imgLoad remaining images Over the weekend of April 20, celebrated as “4/20” in the marijuana culture, Denver’s Fox Street Compound hosted 420 On The Block, “The Mile High Block Party”. The three-day 4/20 music festival saw headlining performances from Break Science Live Band (featuring Borahm Lee, Adam Deitch, and Lettuce’s Adam Smirnoff, Jesus Coomes, and the Shady Horns), Action Bronson, and Matisyahu, as well as art galleries, live muralists, and a 420 Bazaar featuring over 75+ vendors.The complete lineup featured sets from the Pretty Lights Movement presents Michal Menert, Supervision, Chris Karns, Karl Denson’s Tiny Univers Presents: Eat A Bunch Of Peaches, and Mikey Thunder on Friday.Saturday saw sets from Washed Out, Evidence, Kitchen Dwellers, Tnertle, The Sweet Lillies, and Orka Odyssey, while Sunday was completed with sets from Protoje, RDGLGRN, Nattalie Rize, The Reminders, Wake Up And Live, and Jyemo Club.Photographer Andrew Rios was on the scene to capture the glory of Saturday (and some of Friday)’s shenanigans, as you can see in the photo gallery below.420 On The Block | Denver, CO | 2018last_img read more

MAN SHOT AND BEATEN DURING ATTACK AT HIS HOME

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A man has been shot in the chest in an attack in St Johnston last night.Gardai are at the scene of tonight’s attack.The man was attacked at his own flat in the centre of the town.Details of the incident are still emerging but it is understood a gun, possibly a pellet gun, was used to wound the man at close range. The attack happened just after 5pm.The man was also understood to have been beaten during the incident by the men who were wearing masks.The man is believed to be in his 40s and from the locality.It is not understood that anything was taken during the raid. He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.Gardai are at the scene and have launched a full investigation into the reason for the attack. MAN SHOT AND BEATEN DURING ATTACK AT HIS HOME was last modified: December 7th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackdonegalflatGardaiS Johnstonshotlast_img read more

Stenson dominates ‘Africa’s Major’

first_img8 December 2008Henrik Stenson roared into a first-round lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge with a record-equalling nine-under-par 63, and the Swede never let up over the remaining three rounds, racing away to a huge nine-shot victory at Sun City in South Africa’s North West province on Sunday.His succes was built upon his command of the Gary Player Country Club course’s par fives, which he birdied with consistency to lower his score and bolster his lead.A week after capturing the World Cup of Golf with his fellow Nedbank Challenge competitor, Robert Karlsson, Stenson turned in a performance of such quality that the television commentators were in agreement that it would be a long time before it would be matched again.He finished on 21-under-par 267, four shots off the record held by Ernie Els, but the South African’s mark was achieved on a course that was quite different to the way it looks today.R3-million per round!The victory was worth $1.2-million for the Swede, which works out at over R3-million per round! Not bad for four day’s work!He began the final round with an eight-shot lead and proceeded to turn in the third best round of the day, a four-under-par 68. Kenny Perry, with a superb seven-under 65, was three shots better and James Kingston a shot better.It wasn’t as if the course played easily; four of the 12-man field finished with over-par totals. Stenson was simply magnificent.South African golf legend Gary Player was effusive in his praise for the Swede afterwards, telling Stenson that he believed a major title awaited him in the near future.President, sponsors thankedPlayer also thanked South African President Kgalema Motlanthe for attending the final day at Sun City and applauded sponsors Nedbank for extending their sponsorship of the event by another three years.Perry improved every round, going from a 73 to a 70 to a 68 and finally to a 65 as he rode a hot putter in the final round into second place.Robert Karlsson settled for third on nine-under-par 279 after a level-par 72 in the final round.South Africa’s bestRory Sabbatini was the best of the South African contingent of three players, finishing fourth on eight-under-par 280. His progress was undermined on the 18th hole during the third round when he doubled-bogeyed, which left him with a level-par round of 72.Sergio Garcia, whose recent superb form has propelled him to second in the world rankings, failed to fire, posting rounds of 72, 70, 72, and 70. That left him on four-under 284 for the tournament, tied with Lee Westwood, whose scores of 70, 72, 70, and 72 eerily echoed the Spaniard’s performance as they swopped 70s and 72s.SA Open champion James Kingston finished strongly with a five-under-par 67 to take him to two-under 286 for the tournament, alongside South Korea’s KJ Choi.Justin Rose, who fought a magnificent duel with Trevor Immelman for the title in 2007, couldn’t find the same kind of form and finished on two-over 290.Defending champion’s strugglesDefending champion Immelman struggled with his game and it came apart in the final round when he posted an ugly five-over-par 77 to end on 291.Luke Donald slid to a 75 over the last 18 holes and finished a shot worse off on 292, while Miguel Angel Jiminez, despite a decent three-under 69 in the last round, was last on five-over-par 293.LEADERBOARD 267 – Henrik Stenson (SWE) 63 71 65 68276 – Kenny Perry (USA) 73 70 68 65279 – Robert Karlsson (SWE) 72 68 67 72280 – Rory Sabbatini (RSA) 68 70 72 70284 – Sergio Garcia (ESP) 72 70 72 70284 – Lee Westwood (ENG) 70 72 70 72286 – James Kingston (RSA) 72 77 70 67286 – K.J. Choi (KOR) 72 67 73 74290 – Justin Rose (ENG) 73 73 72 72291 – Trevor Immelman (RSA) 72 73 69 77292 – Luke Donald (ENG) 72 74 71 75293 – Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 75 76 73 69 Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Lazyfeed Implements RSSCloud/PubSubHubBub for “Real Real Time”

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Related Posts center_img jolie odell In an email today, Lazyfeed cofounder and CEO Ethan Gahng informed us that the RSS reader is now supporting both RSSCloud and PubSubHubBub protocols, allowing for real-time integration of WordPress, Blogger, Typepad, and Feedburner content.“Our internal tests show that the service has actually become significantly faster,” Gahng wrote. “Now some content from as recent as several seconds ago is being notified through Lazyfeed.”Lazyfeed is a feed reader intended for the ever-growing market of, as we wrote previously, “those of us who are too lazy for RSS feeds but still in the market for real-time, personalized blog searches.” Internally, we’ve found the site incredibly useful. “To be frank, it’s been so useful in churning up news items that I’ve been hesitant to discuss it publicly,” Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote in a recent post.Just a few days ago, we wrote about Lazyfeed’s announcing support for RSSCloud. Lazyfeed was the first feed reader after RSSCloud creator Dave Winer’s own software called River2 to support the new protocol, which added a real-time element to RSS feeds from, among other sources, WordPress blogs.Additional implementation of PubSubHubBub allows for real-time content from Atom feeds, including Typepad blogs, Blogger blogs, and Feedburner content. “It is now really like an instant messenger, ” wrote Gahng in a blog post.Gahng went on to discuss the issue of real-time Feedburner content, saying, “It seems that Feedburner itself is not real-time. Right now, all content from Feedburner-hosted blogs is not being collected in real time. It seems that the feed is updated several minutes after the actual post is published.He further suggested a “relay of two real-time notifications” between a blog and the Feedburner server through either of the real-time feed protocols. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Soon, Twitter fans can tweet in Hindi

first_imgThere is a good news for Twitter fans in India as popular micro-blogging site is all set to launch services in Hindi in the coming weeks.Twitter, which came into existence five years ago, now boasts of 100 million active users worldwide.”After launching Hindi, Filipino, Malay and Simplified and Traditional Chinese in the coming weeks, Twitter will support 17 different languages,” according to a company blog.Both Twitter and social networking site Facebook have huge following in India. Among others, Facebook already offers its services in Hindi and five other Indian languages — Tamil, Malayalam, Punjabi, Telugu and Bengali.Going by estimates, Twitter has around 200 million registered users.”For many, getting the most out of Twitter isn’t only about tweeting: 40 per cent of our active users simply sign in to listen to what’s happening in their world… Our 100 million active users range from passionate early adopters to recent converts,” the blog dated September 8 said.The micro-blogging site allows users to send messages, with a maximum of 140 characters.Global leaders, film personalities, journalists and sports people, including Indian cricketers, are among the diverse Twitter users.According to Twitter, 35 global heads of state such as Australia’s Julia Gillard and Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, use the site.”More than 40 per cent of the top global religious leaders are on Twitter, including @DalaiLama and the Pope…,” the blog noted.It said reporters share stories and photo from the front lines on Twitter.”Ordinary citizens break news and give us a view we might otherwise miss, like the now-famous Space Shuttle image that was re-tweeted over 2,300 times, and the first photo of the US Airways plane that landed in the Hudson River in 2009,” the blog said.advertisementlast_img read more