Reporters Without Borders backs London demonstration in protest at murder of leading editor

first_imgNews July 15, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today voiced its public support for a demonstration to be held in London on 15 January in protest at the killing of a prominent Sri Lankan editor.The demonstration will be the occasion for “a new strong condemnation of the murder” of Lasantha Wickrematunga of the Sunday Leader, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We urge the government to react quickly to end the climate of impunity in Sri Lanka and we urge Londoners to join the rally in memory of the murdered journalist, to condemn repression and the critical situation for journalists in Sri Lanka”, the organisation said. The demonstration, organised by the editor’s colleagues and backed by Reporters Without Borders and other organisations, will take place from 2 to 5pm outside the residence of the prime minister of the United Kingdom at 10 Downing Street.The objective is to denounce the killing of Lasantha Wickrematunga, a crackdown on the media and the desperate plight of many of the country’s journalists.At least 4,000 people demonstrated in the streets of the capital Colombo calling for justice during the funeral on 12 January of the outspoken editor of the Sunday Leader who was highly critical of the government.Demonstrators wore black arms bands and chanted anti-government slogans. It was the biggest demonstration against the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa since he took power more than three years ago. The government has denied any implication in the murder of the editor and has promised to carry out a thorough investigation.In his final editorial, published posthumously on 11 January, the journalist said he knew that he was being targeted by the government. “When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me”, he wrote. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific January 15, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders backs London demonstration in protest at murder of leading editor Sri LankaAsia – Pacific July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists to go furthercenter_img News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Follow the news on Sri Lanka January 13, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation Receive email alertslast_img read more

Cambridge can’t mix it up with the Dark Blues

first_imgOxford’s Mixed Lacrosse squad finally got their season started with a satisfying Busa league victory over Cambridge. After suffering a succession of cancelled or postponed matches a hungry, motivated side blew the tabs away and, led by seven goal hero Nick troen, kept the cambridge keeper busy fishing the ball out of the Light Blue net all day.The match got off to a sluggish start as Cambridge arrived late, delaying the start by thirty minues and leaving some Oxford players concerned about a lack of light. But despite this disruption, Oxford sprang from the blocks, playing aggressively and at a fast pace. it took just two minutes for Troen to open Oxford’s account. By the end of the first quarter the Dark Blues had gone on to notch up seven goals, while had responded with only one, leaving Oxford goalkeeper sarah Lewis with little to do. The Oxford midfield outclassed its rival with Laurence Witherington, David howie and Oliver proudfoot confidently picking up and distributing the ball with thoughtful passes that regularly produced scoring opportunities, and the Light Blue defence just could not cope with troen’s pace and clinical finishing.After the first quarter Oxford started to make use of their other advantage, a large squad of substitutes. Tired players were given time to catch breath with a few minutes on the sidelines and as a result Oxford stayed on top of the match. in fact had no female subs at all, forcing one of their girls to play on through injury to ensure her team had the obligatory six women on the pitch.Throughout the remainder of the match Oxford continued to notch up goals, albeit at less of a pace than in the first quarter. There was an outbreak of grumbling about barging from in the fourth quarter but referee emily dennis quickly quelled it and the match finished in good humour. Oxford can now look forward to their next game against Hertfordshire with some confidence as they build up to their match with uea, who promise to be a sterner test.Oxford co-captain Bryony tomlinson was clearly satisfied with the outcome of the match, stating after the final whistle: “we were awesome, once we settled into the match, the play was simply beautiful.” Cambridge, meanwhile, were hoping for improvement. Mark Lee, playing left defence, explained, “Oxford definitely got the better of us, but we were down a couple of players and Iam sure that come Varsity the result will be much closer.”  ARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005last_img read more

Gold Coast penthouse hits market for the first time since it was built

first_imgThe Oracle Broadbeach penthouse in tower two has hit the market.A glamorous trophy home with a spectacular rooftop pool and bird’s eye view of the Gold Coast has hit the market with an asking price of more than $5 million.The luxurious four-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse in the Oracle at Broadbeach is owned by an overseas couple, who rarely get to use it because of their work commitments.The 567sq m residence takes up the entire northern side of levels 40 and 41 in Oracle tower two. MORE NEWS: House hunters dig deep at mega-auction “You feel like you’re on top of the Gold Coast,” Mr Stevens said.“The panoramic views are quite jaw-dropping.”It is currently tenanted for $3000 a week.The 1117sq m penthouse in tower one sold for $8 million in 2015 – it is on levels 50 and 51. It has an epic rooftop pool. Ocean views don’t get much better than that.It is the first time the property has been on the market since it was built eight years ago.“The property has become surplus to the owners’ needs and they are highly motivated to sell during the summer selling season here,” agent Tolemy Stevens, of Harcourts Coastal, said. “It’s definitely the jewel and crown of Broadbeach. People often think of the Oracle when they think of Broadbeach.”The property has its own private lift, a rooftop heated pool, home cinema, wraparound balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer 240 degree views of the Coast. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoIt is the first time the penthouse has been listed since it was built almost a decade ago. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59center_img MORE NEWS: Ashy Bines sells Gold Coast houselast_img read more

READY FOR THE ‘NEW NORMAL’? | No more quarantine by May 16 in ‘low-risk’…

first_imgFor his part, National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. cited a World Health Organization (WHO) advisory. The enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Iloilo city and province, and Bacolod City would be until May 15 only, and so, too, is the general community quarantine in the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental. * Iloilo province – 18 Here’s the breakdown of Western Visayas’ 97 COVID-17 cases as of May 12: * Negros Occidental – two The President, however, warned, “We cannot afford a second or third wave (of infections) na mangyari.” But according to the President, “COVID -19 (remains) very lethal. The easing up of restrictions hindi ibig sabihin wala na ang COVID…Dahan-dahan lang para hindi tayo madapa.” He, however, emphasized that the threat of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, still exists thus “new normal” measures must be in place. “Hindi pa po tayo pupuwedeng bumalik sa normal na bago dumating ang COVID-19 habang walang bakuna, habang walang gamot sa COVID-19,” he said. “Kinakailangan pong mag-ingat pa rin tayo. Mayroon pa rin pong banta, hindi lang ganoon katindi.” “The provinces and cities under the low risk category are in containment preparation phase which means empowering communities in enforcing minimum health standards and making investments to meet health capacity targets,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a virtual press conference yesterday hours after the President’s nationwide address. * Capiz – five As of yesterday, Western Visayas’ confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 97, with 10 deaths, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed. * repatriates – 27 (Aklan, one; Antique, three; Guimaras, two; Iloilo province, four; Negros Occidental, five; Bacolod City, two, and Iloilo City, 10) * Bacolod City – nine “According to WHO, any plans to ease quarantine restrictions should be carried out gradually and in a phased manner, hinay-hinay lang po to prevent a resurgence of infections,” Galvez said.The government cannot extend the ECQ period, he said, because its resources were very limited. * Aklan – six MANILA – Western Visayas should prepare for a “new normal” by May 16 when the community quarantine across the region would have been lifted. President Rodrigo Duterte, in an address to the nation yesterday morning, appealed to the people to continue wearing facemasks and observe social distancing. * Guimaras – zero Various business, private and government offices in Region 6 are expected to resume operations on May 18, even if gradually. They are seen to impose strict health safety measures on employees and clients such as the wearing of facemasks in their premises, social distancing, and constant disinfection of their work areas. The national government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases has deemed Region 6 to be a “low-risk” area for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections. * Iloilo City – 16 “It has to balance health and economy,” stressed Galvez.Other provinces where the community quarantine would be lifted by May 16 were Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Palawan, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Magindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.Other cities classified as low risk, on the other hand, were Dagupan City, Puerto Princesa City, Legazpi City, Naga City, Ormoc City, Tacloban City, Cagayan de Oro City, General Santos City, and Cotabato City./PN * Antique – 14last_img read more