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

Limerick businesses can no longer rely on UK markets, warns leading…

first_imgBrexit briefing told ‘never waste a crisis’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Product development and new markets driving Enterprise Ireland investment One of Ireland’s leading businessmen, Denis Brosnan, has advised Limerick companies that are reliant on UK markets to start exploring business streams elsewhere.Answering questions for a short video shot at the recent inaugural Limerick Chamber Regional Leaders’ Programme event, Brosnan was in reflective mood as he discussed Brexit and offered advice to local start-ups.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The event was the launch of the Leaders’ Programme in partnership with Dell EMC and University of Limerick.  The programme will see five leadership talks delivered by regional and national business people to 150 participants signed up to the programme.In between the bi-monthly leadership talks, the 150 participants will participate in smaller groups with a mentor, who will be a senior leader from the region who will work with them to develop their leadership skills.Each group will receive a new mentor every two months, ensuring that they are exposed to many different leadership styles drawn for a broad range of sectors. Email Previous articleUHL takes two prizes at national awardsNext articleWin cinema tickets Editor Shannon link to Frankfurt is vital for regional development WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Linkedin Budget 2020, Brexit, and global economic issues discussed at Limerick Chamber event BusinessNewsLimerick businesses can no longer rely on UK markets, warns leading economistBy Editor – March 17, 2017 850 Limerick Post Show | August 23rd 2019 Advertisement Print TAGSBrexitDenis BrosnanLimerick Chamber Regional Leaders’ Programme Brexit contingency measures for airport last_img read more

UK public pension pool names corporate bond managers

first_imgLGPS Central was set up to pool the assets of nine local government pension schemes based in the Midlands. They have around £44bn in assets under management collectively, with LGPS Central currently responsible for advising and managing around £20bn of this total. LGPS Central has selected Fidelity and Neuberger Berman from over 70 fund managers bidding to run a global investment grade corporate bond fund for the UK public pension pool.The two managers will be responsible for half of the mandate each. LGPS Central did not disclose the size of the total mandate, but in November it tendered for a £2bn (€2.2bn) fund.Gordon Ross, investment director for fixed income at LGPS Central, said it chose Fidelity and Neuberger Berman “because of their global reach as well as their strong presence in the UK”.“It’s clear they follow robust processes that are repeatable across all credit markets,” he added. “We’re certain they will help us to ensure our partner funds’ investment objectives are met.” “We’re certain [these managers] will help us to ensure our partner funds’ investment objectives are met”Gordon Ross, fixed income investment director, LGPS CentralLast month, the pool launched a private equity platform targeting £2bn. In January it named three emerging market equity managers for a £1.5bn mandate, and last year it launched a £2bn global active equity fund. Around a quarter of the £274.6bn assets held by local authority pension funds in the UK are now pooled in some form. A recent consultation paper from the government set out a new “deadline” for pooling of 2020, after which all new investments by individual pension funds must utilise one of the pools, with few exceptions. Further readingLGPS pooling: Funds under pressure to comply A consultation paper sent out by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in January to LGPS funds has heightened tensions between policymakers and pension funds, reports Nick Reevelast_img read more