Court upholds withdrawal of ABC’s licence, says group’s president tried to mislead it

first_imgNews Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Receive email alerts Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific November 2, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds withdrawal of ABC’s licence, says group’s president tried to mislead it Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Reporters Without Borders condemns the Sri Lankan supreme court’s decision yesterday upholding the withdrawal of the Asia Broadcasting Corporation’s licence on the grounds that its president, Reno Silva, gave the court false information with the aim of misleading it. The court also ordered the information ministry not to give ABC a new licence.After being found in contempt of court, Silva was released on bail of 250,000 Rupees (1,600 euros) and was ordered to present arguments, under oath, by 26 November as to why he should not be sentenced.___________________________________________________________26.10.2007Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the information ministry’s decision last night to suspend the licence of five radio stations (Sun FM, Gold FM, Hiru FM, Shaa FM and Sooriyan FM) belonging to the Asia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), an independent media group, for broadcasting an erroneous report.“We strongly condemn the government’s punitive measures against the ABC group and we call for the immediate reinstatement of its licence,” the press freedom organisation said. “We regret that the ABC network did not take more care with its sources, but that should under no circumstances be used by the government as a pretext for a form of censorship.”ABC’s licence was suspended after it broadcast a report that residents in the village of Ranminitenna, in the southern Tissamaharama area, had panicked on hearing that Tamil rebels were about to arrive. The report turned out incorrect, and ABC apologised as soon as it discovered this.The group’s license was suspended after the information ministry carried out an investigation at President Mahinda Rajapakse’s behest.ABC has reputation for reporting and editorials critical of the government. N. Kurupharan, the director of one its stations, Sooriyan FM (one of the two most important Tamil-language radio stations in Sri Lanka), was kidnapped for 13 hours in August 2006. At the beginning of last year, ABC was threatened by members of the government to stop it broadcasting interviews with rebel chiefs.Meanwhile, reporter Arthur Wamanan of the Sunday Leader newspaper has been detained since 24 October after reporting that enterprise development minister Mano Wijeratne got the National Gem Authority to pay his wife’s mobile phone roaming charges. The minister claimed that Wamanan tried to blackmail him before writing the story. The newspaper’s editor said Wamanan simply called the minister to get his comments before completing the report, which was published on 21 October. Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img News July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific January 13, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Follow the news on Sri Lankalast_img read more

Vote Now in Our Top Adventure College Tournament Presented by ENO

first_img*Remember to vote once every 24 hours!*Round of 32: March 6 – 20Round of 16: March 20 – 27Elite 8: March 27 – April 3Final Four: April 3 – 10Championship: April 10 – 17 For the fifth year running, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s readers are selecting the top Top Outdoor Adventure colleges in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Colleges and universities—selected for their outdoor clubs and curricula, commitment to outdoor and environmental initiatives, quality of outdoor athletes and programs, and opportunities for adventure—meet in head-to-head matchups in a 32-school bracket. In each contest, the school receiving the most votes advances to the next round.Larger Division I schools go head-to-head on one side of the bracket, while smaller schools square off on the other side. The two division winners face off in a David-meets-Goliath championship to determine the region’s best outdoor school.A special thank you to ENO for their partnership and support for the 2017 Top Adventure College contest!SEE IF YOUR FAVORITE SCHOOL MADE THE CUT AND VOTE HERE!last_img read more

Pretty vacant

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Bakamla nabs Vietnamese fishing boat crew after cat and mouse game in Natuna

first_imgKN Pulau Dana-323 commander Lt. Col. Hananto Widhi then ordered a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team to intercept the vessel and later instructed the crew to turn off the engine.“The foreign fishing boat was not cooperative and continued to carry out dangerous maneuvers, until it tried to crash into the KN Pulau Dana-323,” Wisnu said.A warning shot was released into the air, but the fishing boat tried to escape the VBSS team, Wisnu added. The VBSS team eventually opened fire on the fishing boat platform, before the boat reduced its speed.The fishing crew members have been arrested and taken to the Lampa Strait in Natuna for questioning, Wisnu said. An initial inspection showed the foreign boat had loaded two tons of fish. (syk)Topics : “Knowing they would be questioned, the Vietnamese crewmen sped away from the KN Pulau Dana-323. Not only that, they also discarded a black fishing net to eliminate evidence,” Wisnu said in a statement on Sunday.He said the foreign crew allegedly burned tires at the stern to escape vision. The crew increased their speed and did zig-zag maneuvers, endangering foreign commercial vessels that crossed the archipelagic sea lane, he added.Read also: Illegal fishing still rife in North Natuna Sea: MinistryWisnu claimed that the fishing boat tried to crash into the MV AKIJ OCEAN vessel that passed nearby, but patrol officers immediately warned the vessel crew to avoid the attempt. The Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) has detained the crew of a Vietnamese fishing boat suspected of illegal fishing in the North Natuna Sea off Natuna Regency, Riau Islands, after the sailors reportedly tried hard to avoid arrest.Bakamla public relations and protocol head Col. Wisnu Pramandita said the foreign vessel had been detected on Sunday by Indonesian patrol boat KN Pulau Dana-323, which had been keeping guard in the waters.Wisnu said patrol officers tried to communicate with the foreign crew through VHF radio but received no response, before they maneuvered to approach them and warned them via semaphore signals.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger sends message to Thierry Henry following Monaco sacking last month

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Feb 2019 6:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link20Shares Thierry Henry became Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer while playing under Arsene Wenger (Getty Images)He said: ‘If you arrive in October, and the team is in a very bad position, you have three months. Because in January everybody starts to become nervous that things could go very badly.‘You have less time when you arrive in the middle of the season. That is what happened to Thierry. How he bounces back will be very important.‘I think he has the quality and desire to make a career, and a career is judged on the longer period.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHenry’s time at Monaco began to unravel towards the end of his reign when he suffered 5-1 and 3-1 home defeats to Strasbourg in the league and Metz in the French Cup.Against Strasbourg, Henry was accused of calling opposition full-back Kenny Lala’s grandmother a ‘whore’ while he demoted a number of first-team players to the reserves after defeat to Metz.Both instances helped convince Monaco’s board to suspend him as manager before sacking him and turning back to Jardim to steer the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title winners away from relegation.Jardim lost his opening two games in charge but has since taken seven points from a possible nine in Monaco’s previous three league matches including a 1-0 win over Nantes on Saturday.Wenger, meanwhile, has reportedly told friends that he is ready to return to football ‘in a few weeks’ nine months after his 22-year spell at Arsenal came to an end.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Thierry Henry endured a disastrous three-month spell as Monaco manager earlier this season (Getty Images)Arsene Wenger has backed his former player Thierry Henry to make a success of himself in management despite enduring a disastrous spell in charge of Monaco.Following a disappointing start to the season that saw them rooted in the relegation zone, Monaco sacked Leonardo Jardim and replaced him with Henry in a bid to transform their fortunes.However, after presiding over just four victories in 20 matches, Henry was sacked by the club just 15 weeks after he had joined in January with Jardim re-appointed as his successor.As well as failing to instigate a turnaround in fortunes on the pitch, Henry was criticised for his handling of players off it with members of the squad unhappy with his style of management.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWenger has admitted that Henry’s next move will be significant but insisted he has what it takes to bounce back from his Monaco setback. Comment Advertisement Advertisement Arsene Wenger sends message to Thierry Henry following Monaco sacking last monthlast_img read more

NOC Welcomes New Associate Director

first_imgCatherine AllenThe National Oceanography Centre (NOC) has appointed Catherine Allen as associate director for Government International & Public Engagement.Allen will join NOC in June from a regional cancer charity, where she is currently chief executive and until 2015 was chief executive of the National Association of Round Tables of Great Britain and Ireland.After graduating from the University of Lancaster with a BA in English, Allen began her career with five years in the private sector in press and public relations before moving in 2003 to the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust in various communications roles, progressing to Head of Corporate Affairs. In 2009 Cait joined the Curriculum & Qualifications Authority as Head of Media and Stakeholder Relations.“I am delighted Catherine will be joining us as the NOC progresses on its exciting journey as an independent organisation. Catherine brings with her a wealth of experience to help us engage widely with the story of the ocean, its importance in all our lives, and the critical role that NOC plays in advancing knowledge and understanding of the ocean for the benefit of society and to inform key decisions for the future,” said Professor Edward Hill, chief executive of the NOC.Catherine Allen said, “I feel privileged to be joining an organisation that is helping us all understand more about the world in which we live. It is immediately clear that NOC has a team of awe-inspiring scientists, as well as very dedicated employees supporting their work. The organisation has a real buzz and energy, so I can’t wait to join the team. Having moved from the Midlands to live closer to the sea, I believe we all have lots to learn from the ocean and am looking forward to sharing the NOC’s amazing work with policy makers, partners and the public.”last_img read more

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary looking for volunteers, candy for upcoming ‘Trick or Treat’ Event

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — ‘Trick Or Treat’ is coming back to the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.Volunteers and employees of the NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will help deck out the museum with spooky designs and decorations. Last year, over 2,000 trick-or-treaters explored the haunted museum, grabbing candy and putting together arts and crafts.“On Halloween, it’s really a completely different atmosphere, and so we draw new people into the sanctuary, and they see what a fascinating, fun place it is,” said Katie Wolf, Friends of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Director. “We also have educational craft activities at night.”The event is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend. ‘Trick or Treat’ takes place Friday, October 26th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.Volunteers and candy donations are needed to put this event on for the youngster to enjoy. Last year, the sanctuary actually ran out of candy for trick-or-treaters.If you would like to help volunteer or would like to make a candy donation, email the sanctuary at [email protected] or call the sanctuary at 989-356-8805.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Candy, GREAT LAKES MARITIME HERITAGE CENTER, Halloween, NOAA, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, trick or treat, VolunteersContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for September 25Next Michigan State Police’s Marine Services Team training at the sanctuary this weeklast_img read more

Wildcats open season with sweep of Cougars

first_imgTeam B.C. players Aimee DiBella of Nelson and Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy each scored twice to lead Kootenay to the victory in game one. Shannon Hall of Rock Creek added two assists for Kootenay. The Wildcats held period leads of 1-0 and 2-0.Brianne Burns was outstanding for Kootenay in goal, including stopping a penalty shot in the second period.In game two, Jordyn Lee of Cranbrook opened the scoring before the Cougars tied the game.Oddy scored the winner in the third, converting her own rebound following a breakaway.“The Prince George (goal)tender played brilliant in both games as did Brianne Burns for us, who was exceptional as well,” said DiBella, adding Kootenay dominated the play against the Cougars.The Wildcats return to action next weekend when Vancouver Fusion travels to Nelson for a two-game set.Game one of the two-game set against Vancouver Fusion goes Saturday, October 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the NDCC Arena. Game two is slated for Sunday, October 17 at 9 a.m.OVERTIME: The Wildcats play host to the first mini-tournament weekend October 23-24 at the NDCC and Civic Centre Arenas. All teams in the league will be in Nelson for the weekend. Kootenay plays Fraser Valley Phantom, Okanagan Rockets and Prince George. [email protected] By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsA 13-plus hour bus ride definitely didn’t have any affect on the Kootenay Wildcats as the squad posted a weekend sweep of the Prince George Cougars in B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA League action last weekend in Northern B.C.The Cats knocked off Prince George Cougars 4-1 and 2-1 to jump out to the early league in league standings.“Both games were very spirited high tempo affairs,” said Kootenay head coach Mario DiBella. “Our team played well, worked hard and showed tremendous discipline with a PG team that were (very) physical.”After thumping the Cougars in an exhibition game 7-4, the teams got down to business.last_img read more

B.C. School Sports hits Mount Sentinel athlete with side out

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThere’s a player cruising the gymnasium at Mount Sentinel High School in South Slocan that has become the latest poster boy with what is wrong in B.C. School Sports.His name is Myles Christman.The 16-year-old setter for the varsity boy’s squad at Mount Sentinel has been declared ineligible to play volleyball for the Wildcats, without explanation by B.C. High School Sports Eligibility Officer Don Wallace. “It’s in the hands of adults and adults are playing games . . . and Myles is a pawn in this game,” Mount Sentinel principal and Cats’ head coach, Glen Campbell told The Nelson Daily from his office at the South Slocan-based school.“It’s unconscionable to think that the stalling and the hiding behind the rules is a real cost . . . a real human cost here,” Campbell added. “And it’s impacting not only Myles but the other players as well.”The story goes like this.Christman, who lives in Christina Lake, attended Grand Forks Secondary last year. However, Grand Forks does not have a varsity boy’s volleyball team.So in 2010, Christman, who loves playing the net sport, drove to play for Mount Sentinel to play for the Cats.He was ruled ineligible for post-season play, but did participate during tournaments.This season Christman decided to board with a family of a player on the Cats. This was identical to what his older brother Tyler did in 2007.Grand Forks didn’t have a senior boy’s volleyball program. So Tyler Christman attended Mount Sentinel to play for the Wildcats.In 2007 there was no eligibility problem.But that was then, and this is now.In a letter dated September 26, 20110 obtained by The Nelson Daily, from Wallace to Mount Sentinel Athletic Director, Joe Morira, Wallace wrote: “The decision of the Eligibility Officer is that this application is DENIED.”“The Eligibility Officer did not find this application presented a situation not provided for in the BCSS Eligibility polices. The Eligibility Officer also did not find that the Eligibility Application information presented circumstances that he considers to be unique and would warrant waiving the pertinent membership eligibility rule(s).”“I’d rather be playing volleyball,” said the 6’2” Grade 11 student. “I feel terrible to see the team out there playing and me having to just sit on the bench . . .. I can still practice but it’s not the same and they’re not doing as well without me.”An appeal of the BCSS decision was supposed to be filed eight days before a meeting of the school sports board, but Mount Sentinel filed it with just five days left to go and the board is now refusing to hear it.“We’ve asked for an explanation as to why the precedent of his older brother (Tyler) has not been considered in this case and we haven’t received answers,” Campbell explained.“Its, “no he can’t play” and “the end . . . door is closed, get on with your season”.“We’re looking for anybody to get this re-opened.”When contacted by The Nelson Daily, Wallace said, “it’s in the hands of the lawyer and I’ve been advised not to make a comment.”The Christman story has been a buzz during tournaments attended by Mount Sentinel. Campbell said players and coaches have thrown total support behind the Wildcats and Myles Christman.The story has even been shown on a Vancouver television station.However, BCSS has not budged in their decision.“What’s really frustrating is (BCSS) really hasn’t given us a reason to not let me play . . . they just said no,” said Christman.To help deal with the situation, Christman is training with the Selkirk College Men’s team as well as attending Wildcat practices.However, practice is never the same as experiencing real action.“It’s not the same as playing games and going to tournaments,” he said.Despite having the door slammed in their face, Campbell is working the back rooms to at least have an appeal heard by BCSS.“What we’re trying to do is to get folks who may have an opportunity to impact the original decision, which are (B.C. High School Sports) board members, people in the appeals committee, government officials . . . anyone,” said Campbell, adding the current situation has had a negative affect on the Wildcat players.“We’re pushing a lot of buttons at this point to try to get someone to really look at this situation with a new set of eyes.”Mount Sentinel is off to Kamloops Friday to compete in a high school tournament.Christman will go along for the ride, but will not play.He does hope that BCSS eventually comes to their senses to let him play the game he so desperately [email protected]last_img read more

On Volume Discounts

first_imgLet’s say I have a one acre yard. I offer you $30 to mow the lawn and trim around the edges. You agree, accept my offer, and begin working. It’s a pretty big yard, and it takes time and effort.You do an excellent job, and I decide to reward you by giving you more of my business. I offer to let you mow the adjoining acre of land, suggesting that I pay you an additional $20 to mow and trim that acre. You are already mowing the first acre, and you can just keep mowing in a straight line. Plus you don’t have to drive anywhere, and it’s really like having two customers. You’re grateful for the additional work, as it means you need to acquire one less customer.I didn’t yet mention that I have a 3rd acre. I offer to allow you to mow the third acre, and since I am giving you so much volume, I offer to pay you $15 for the third acre. It’s really not going to take you that much longer. And look at the volume I am giving you! I’m likely your biggest customer. Now you are getting $65 for the one stop on your weekly route.The first acre is worth $30. The second acre, which is exactly the same size as the first acre and takes just as much time and effort to mow and trim is somehow worth 30% less for the same effort. The third acre, through the sheer magic of volume discounts, is now worth only half of the 1st acre.How much should I pay you for the 4th acre?I am exaggerating to make a point. The effort that it takes you to do some work doesn’t change just because you have more work to do. The investment of time and energy doesn’t change either. Some work doesn’t really provide economies of scale, nor does it lend itself to volume discounts. Sometimes more work is just more work.In the time that it takes you to mow the three acres, you should have earned $90 instead of $65. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more