Press Council’s restoration would be “dangerous step backwards”

first_imgThe Tamil newspaper Uthayan has meanwhile again been the target of threats and violence. Yesterday in Jaffna, men armed with machetes forced an Uthayan distributor to burn the copies of the newspaper that he was about to distribute. They also destroyed copies of the Tamil newspaper Valampuri. to go further Sri LankaAsia – Pacific M. Vithyatharan, the editor of Sudar Oli, a Colombo-based daily linked to Uthayan, also received two threatening phone calls after refusing to print the communiqué. News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the impact on press freedom of a government decision to restore the former Press Council, which will have the power to pass jail sentences on journalists and newspaper publishers. The decision comes amid continuing tension between the authorities and renewed threats against Jaffna-based Tamil newspapers. Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information “A press council can be a useful tool for managing relations between the media and the public,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But as it is, this council represents more of a threat than a solution. Sri Lanka was one of the first countries in Asia to decriminalise press offences. Now the government wants turn the clock back and impose controls that that will be a permanent threat hanging over the media. We urge the government to liberalise the 1973 law before reintroducing the Press Council.” More details on the Press Council Reporters Without Borders urges the judicial authorities to withdraw all the proceedings against this press group. Reporters Without Borders calls on the police to identify those responsible for the threats and to provide Vithyatharan with protection. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists July 15, 2020 Find out more Eight Sri Lanka groups that defend press freedom, including the Editors Guild of Sri Lanka, have written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa voicing concern about the Press Council’s return, calling it a “ill-advised decision.” The letter reminded the president that he had himself defended the decriminalisation of press offences to parliament in 2002. Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific June 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press Council’s restoration would be “dangerous step backwards” RSF_en Receive email alerts Members of Uthayan’s staff said this was a reprisal for its refusal to publish a statement issued by a hitherto unknown group calling itself the Tamil United Force to Safeguard the Country. The newspaper refused to print it because it could not identify its authors. News News January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena confirmed on 24 June that the government plans to revive the Press Council, which was created in 1973 and then suspended in 2002. He said the decision was taken after a parliamentary committee “discovered” that the government was still paying for the council every though it was not doing anything. The media meanwhile set up a Press Complaints Commission after 2002 that mediates in disputes between members of the public and the media. Follow the news on Sri Lanka The president’s brother, defence minister Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has publicly voiced regret that Sri Lanka abolished jail sentences for press offences. He brought a libel suit against the Leader Publications newspaper group that led to the group being ordered to publish absolutely no report about him. The Sunday Leader nonetheless did print a profile of him last month ( and as a result its editors have been ordered to appear in court on a contempt charge in July. News Under the 1973 law creating the council, the president appoints its six members, who include a representative of journalist organisations and a representative of the media owners. Some Colombo-based media have said the writer Somarathna Balasooriya could be named to head the council, which can impose heavy fines on journalists and media found guilty of defamation or insult, and even prison sentences in the most serious cases.last_img read more

Bill Allocates $40 Million To Combat Coronavirus In New York

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageALBANY – New York’s Senate and Assembly has voted to allocate $40 million toward fighting the Novel Coronavirus in New York State.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a news conference Wednesday that there are six cases so far in the state.Since the outbreak, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the state additional funding to conduct its own testing, but the Governor says he wanted $40 million allocated toward combating the virus.“I think first, as a piece of legislation, it was critical, these quarantines, when we say someone has to be quarantined or we have to set up a congregate quarantine facility, you need the legal authority to do that,” said Governor Cuomo. Cuomo says the federal funding allows the state to conduct 1,000 tests per day within the week.Not everyone in the state agrees though, Local Senator George Borrello says the legislation excessively expands the duties of the governor.Speaking to other lawmakers in the state capital, Borrello says the allocation is more like a “power grab” by Governor Cuomo.“While I fully supported the funding appropriation, I could not support handing the Governor the power to act unilaterally during any event he deems an ‘emergency.’ The bill would have given him sweeping and sole authority to suspend and alter any state or local law or rule and issue directives,” explained Borrello. “It unnecessarily added language to allow the Governor to declare a wide spectrum of events as ‘disasters’ – even blight — giving him ultimate authority.”Borrello says during his time as county executive, he had several crises arise that required quick action by the county legislature to approve emergency appropriations, not the executive office.“Those occasions were never used as opportunities to expand the power of the executive and diminish the role of lawmakers,” said Borrello. “Had I attempted such a move, my colleagues would have voted “no” and rightly so. Many of my fellow legislators in both the Senate and Assembly, and from both sides of the aisle, expressed serious concerns with the overreach in this bill. That is why I could not, in good conscious, vote in favor of this measure.”The U.S. outbreak began in January. Since then, six people have died from the disease; all of them were from Washington State.last_img read more

groSolar Acquires Energy Outfitters

first_imggroSolar Acquires Energy Outfitters Energy Outfitters, of Grants Pass, Oregon; Calgary,Alberta and Barrie, Ontario,was owned by Maynard and Ray Ogden, who will remain actively involved with thebusiness. For over 15 years, Energy Outfitters has been dedicated to growingthe renewable energy industry. Venture Makes SolarCompany One of Nation’s Leading Solar Energy Suppliers AboutGROGRO is a national solar integration firmfocused on designing, distributing and installing high quality energy systems.GRO distributes solar electric, solar hot water and air heating systemsthroughout North America from offices in VT, NJ, NY, MA, CO, OR, Alberta andOntario. The company recently changed its name from Global Resource Options toGRO.   GRO integrates components from leading solar manufacturers includingEvergreen Solar, Suntech Power, Heliodyne, Outback, SMA, Magnetek, Gridpointand UniRac into elegant solar energy systems for its customers that generateclean, reliable energy for decades. groSolar was also recently recognized asone of the best places to work in Vermont by VermontBusiness Magazine. For information, contact Kevin Ellis 1-800-498-5390 or Sue Lewisat 1-800-374-4494. is external) “We share the same values, mission andgoals,’’ said Bob Maynard, President of Energy Outfitters.“And the strategic fit is great because groSolar has strength in thenortheast while Energy Outfitters has strong west coast and Canadianoperations. We are very glad that Energy Outfitters is joining the outstandinggroSolar team.’’ White River Junction, VT/Grants Pass, OR  –groSolar, a national solar energy firm, announced today that it has acquiredEnergy Outfitters, an Oregon-based solar energy distribution company. Theacquisition makes groSolar one of the largest solar distribution andinstallation firms in the U.S.,with additional offices in western and eastern Canada.center_img “This is a great day for groSolar andeven a better day for those dedicated to mitigating globalwarming,’’ groSolar CEO Jeff Wolfe said. “The combined assetsand expertise of the two companies will enable us to put more solar on moreroofs across the U.S. and Canada.’’ groSolar, based in White River Junction, Vermont, was founded in1998, by Jeff and Dorothy Wolfe as Global Resource Options, and is dedicated tofostering personal and corporate energy independence and helping reverse globalwarming. Wolfe said the cultural fit between the twocompanies is seamless and should enable combined operations to move ahead withoutthe typical integration delays. With five main points of distributionthroughout North America, groSolar is nowpositioned to serve all customers in any market quickly and effectively. Thiswide base of operations makes groSolar the first true North American solar distributor.groSolar distributes solar hot water and solar air heating systems in additionto solar electric systems, providing a wider product base than otherdistributors. According to Wolfe, groSolar will continueto use the Energy Outfitters brand in their existing market areas, slowlytransitioning to the groSolar brand nationally. “Energy Outfitters customerswill see a continuation of the strong service culture, which will grow evenstronger as we incorporate groSolar’s proven value added distributionexpertise,’’ Wolfe said.last_img read more

CNW90 July 6, 2020

first_imgWith a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 6 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. In Caribbean Sports News, the West Indies cricket team along with England will wear the Black Lives Matter logo on their shirt collars in the three-Test series starting this week. Both teams said they were in full support of the Black Lives matter movement and wearing the logo is a message of solidarity and a drive for progress and societal change. The two sides will face each other in second and third Tests in England on July 16-20 and 24-28. Now for the news in the detail Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; In Entertainment News, Rapper Kanye West took to Twitter on July 4th to announce that he is running for president in the 2020 elections. It is not yet clear if the announcement is a publicity stunt, but last year, West had made it clear that he intended to run for president in 2024. West has long been a supporter of President Donald Trump and his wife, Kim Kardashian West has also worked with Trump on several occasions. If West is serious about running, he would need to qualify for ballot access across 50 states and the District of Columbia. For now, the billionaire-rapper doesn’t appear to have filed forms with the Federal Election Commission to run for office. Over the weekend, while Florida residents celebrated the fourth of July with limited activities, the state recorded over 20,000 new cases of COVID-19. A new all-time high COVID-19 record was set on Saturday, with 11, 458 cases and on Sunday, 10,000 new cases were reported. For the third consecutive day on Sunday, Broward County set a single day record with 1,664 new cases, continuing a surge in numbers. Florida has now become the third state in America to surpass 200,000 cases, following New York and California. An increase in safety measures is now expected to follow after the implementation of the mask orders, closure of bars and the limitations on restaurant hours in the South Florida counties. In Caribbean News, Jamaica’s health ministry is urging citizens to report returning residents that are not complying with quarantine orders. Since the reopening of the borders in June, there have been numerous reports of returning residents disregarding the 14-day quarantine order and leaving their homes for various reasons. This has resulted in Jamaica’s COVID-19 numbers steadily increasing. Those who are found to have broken quarantine orders will be removed from their homes and placed in state quarantine. Coming up in the newscast, Florida sees 20,000 new COVID-19 cases over July 4th weekend, Kanye West announces he’s running for president and Jamaicans urged to report visitors breaking quarantine To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. For more information on these and other stories, visit Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m…last_img read more

Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak reiterates support for Byron Scott

first_img“We’re going to try to win every game. It may come down to a close game and Byron looks down the bench and sees a couple of veterans down the bench and he’s going to say, ‘I want to win.’ He may take out a couple young guys and put the veterans in. That will be completely his call,” Kupchak said. “It’s a balancing act that coach will have to get comfortable with. There may be times throughout the year where it’s a learning experience. Byron may say, ‘He is better there because he’s been in the league for 10 years. But this is a learning moment. Let me go with this kid.’”Part of the future?A blank slate awaits Hibbert as he eagerly tries to forget about last season’s nightmare.Hibbert, a former two-time NBA All-Star, quickly became trade bait amid the Indiana Pacers’ quest to go smaller and faster. So much that the Pacers traded Hibbert to the Lakers last July for only a second-round pick, a move that cleared Hibbert’s $15.5 million salary.“If Roy has a good to great year, and we can bring him back at 28 years old, I don’t know why he can’t be part of that core,” Kupchak said. “As far as how many points is he going to score and is he going to make the All-Star team, I don’t know. But the pieces to the package are there for him to have a very effective season.” For a franchise that usually evaluates itself on wins and losses, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has shifted his expectations.Though Lakers coach Byron Scott oversaw the team going 21-61 last season in what marked the franchise’s worst record in its 67-year-old history, Kupchak has not wavered in his support for Scott. Kupchak remained mindful of the Lakers missing an NBA-record 324 games because of injuries and a roster filled with unproven talent. “He has more to work with this year,” Kupchak said of Scott. “I would think he would agree to that. So I’m hoping he’s rewarded with more W’s. I don’t expect him to conduct training camp any differently than he did last year.”That will begin Tuesday in Honolulu. The Lakers’ nine-day camps will include seven days of practices and two exhibitions. Scott has developed a strong reputation for running conditioning-heavy practices in training camp, the latest one including three two-a-day sessions. • HEISLER: Media Day optimism as good as it gets for LakersThat partly explains Kupchak’s support for Scott, who has three years remaining on his contract. Kupchak praised Scott for the steady flow of Lakers players visiting the practice facility this summer for workouts. Even amid the losses, Kupchak also argued Scott improved the team’s culture.“Under really tough circumstances, I thought he kept the group together,” Kupchak said of Scott. “They played hard every game and every practice was organized. He was always upbeat. I never sensed a down moment. When he went home at night, it had to hurt. But I thought he did a great job.”How will the Lakers evaluate Scott’s performance in his second season?Kupchak sounded intrigued how Scott relies on the Lakers’ veterans (Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass, Lou Williams) and young players (D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson). center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

USWNT star Megan Rapinoe is correct that Women’s World Cup 2019 final shouldn’t share spotlight

first_imgFor those willing to remain glued to their sofas, the schedule will go like this:11 a.m. ET — FIFA Women’s World Cup final, United States vs. the Netherlands4 p.m. ET — CONMEBOL Copa America final, Brazil vs. Peru9 p.m. ET — CONCACAF Gold Cup final, United States vs. Mexico“It’s ridiculous and disappointing, to be honest,” USWNT star forward Megan Rapinoe told The Associated Press.MORE: USWNT jerseys setting sales recordsThe schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup was established nearly two years ago: June 7-July 7 in France. That makes it kind of obvious on which day the final will be played. And yet CONMEBOL and CONCACAF came along inside the next year and nonetheless scheduled their finals for July 7. It would have been no problem for either, prior to their announcements, to slide their schedules by a day and conclude their tournaments on July 6, a Saturday. But they didn’t.Asked about this recently by Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani called it “simply an error.” He told Wahl that by the time the mistake was recognized, it was too late to rearrange the men’s continental championship.Some of that seems implausible, given that the massively successful 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament was finalized so quickly; questions about its viability were raised because of the arrests of key figures in the game as part of the FIFA corruption schedule, but organizers sprinted to make it happen and the event was a triumph.What is entirely believable, though, is apparently no one at CONCACAF bothered to Google the dates of the Women’s World Cup when scheduling the Gold Cup. It’s not at all hard to believe the women’s game could be dismissed like this.FIFA dismisses the issue by saying, “The scheduling of the different events has gone through a comprehensive consultancy process” and defended the choice by saying, “It is a rare and exciting occurrence.” Their position is, essentially: We knew. We think it’s cool.For soccer fans, it probably is. It’s awesome when there are big, important games.MORE: Alex Morgan blasts tea-sipping celebration criticsIt is a lot less cool, though, than it would have been had the finals of Copa America and the Gold Cup been played on Saturday, with the women having Sunday all to themselves. The women are conducting a world championship. That deserves an uncluttered stage. And they claimed their dates first. And their sport has a history of being mistreated, from organized women’s soccer being literally illegal in some of the biggest soccer nations until five decades ago to the miniscule prize money awarded to women’s teams that FIFA will struggle to defend considering the television ratings this tournament has generated from England to Brazil to France to the USA.This has been, in many ways, the most successful FIFA Women’s World Cup, ever. There have been issues with ticket-sale methods, and the weather in just a month ranged from frigid to sizzling, but the games have been compelling, and the audience has been compelled.The final of such an extraordinary event should not be the appetizer for any soccer fan. It should be all there is to consume this Sunday. Sunday will be the biggest day in the history of U.S. soccer. Which is a shame, really. If things were as they should be, though, this would be the biggest weekend in American soccer.Instead, we have another soccer screw-up.last_img read more

Concert to Help Rebuild Highlands Jan. 20 at Count Basie…

first_imgHIGHLANDS – The Hope for Highlands concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Count Basie Theatre on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.The concert is being presented by Brian Kirk and will feature the G Band, Pat Guadagno, Jukebox Criminals and Brian Kirk and the Jirks.Bob Small has donated the cost of the Count Basie Theatre so that 100 percent of all ticket sales are going toward Hope For Highlands. Small has organized a charity to provide residents with a direct, local channel for aid.“The needs of the High­lands community are immediate and will continue for quite some time,” Small said,“Like the rest of these small towns up and down my beloved Jersey Shore, the devastation to Highlands is no different,” Brian Kirk said. “My idea is to bring in musical acts that perform often in this town and give them a larger stage to present their talent while raising money for the place they love.”Highlands has been devastated with severe damages to more than 1,200 of its 1,500 downtown homes and almost all of its businesses. High­lands, the first stop on the Jersey Shore, is known for its spectacular restaurants, Sandy Hook, Historic Twin Lights and its fishing and clamming industry.The loss of these homes and businesses has had a ripple effect on the community beyond the norm because many of the residents worked and lived in the town. An economically challenged town before the storm, this community is now faced with not only the loss of their homes but many have also lost their jobs.The money raised will be administered by Hope for Highlands, set up through the non-profit Highlands Busi­ness Partnership under the direction of Mayor Frank Nolan and Councilwoman Rebecca Kane, the organization’s liaison.The effort was designed to have donations go directly to the people and businesses in Highlands that need it most, said Rick Korn, the Hope for Highlands committee chair.Highlands residents are eager to return home and Hope for Highlands has already begun providing goods and services needed to expedite the process.Reimbursement checks will soon be distributed for qualified applicants who produce paid receipts and plan to return home. Business merchants and restaurants are working diligently to reopen and get the residents back to work.There are presently nine of the severely damaged businesses that have been able to reopen, but there is many more to go.Tickets are $35. All concert proceeds will directly benefit Highlands residents and businesses.Additional information is available by visiting www. or calling 732-291-4713.last_img read more

‘Evil’ UK paedophile football coach jailed for 30 years

first_imgPolice have said scores more complainants have come forward since the case started, bringing the number of possible victims to more than 100.“You were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion,” Judge Clement Goldstone said as he read out the sentence in a court in Liverpool, northwest England.“Your behaviour towards these boys in grooming and seducing them before subjecting them to, in some cases, the most serious, degrading and humiliating abuse was sheer evil.”Bennell, who has already served three jail terms totalling 15 years for similar offences involving 16 other victims, stared at the floor and nodded as Goldstone handed down the sentence.Some members of the public began to applaud as he was sent down, but the judge ordered them to stop.He outlined how Bennell’s abuse had destroyed the enthusiasm his victims felt for football and caused them to suffer problems including suicidal thoughts, alcoholism and depression.Earlier in the hearing Monday, one of his victims walked over to the courtroom dock and calmly said: “Barry. Barry. Why?”During his six-week trial, Bennell was accused of committing “industrial scale” levels of abuse against vulnerable pre-pubescent boys in his care.Victims told how he had a “power hold” over them as they dreamed of becoming professional footballers.Bennell’s latest crimes emerged in late 2016 when former Liverpool and Tottenham star Paul Stewart broke his 40-year silence and revealed how he was abused as a teenager, shortly after former Crewe player Andy Woodward went public with allegations against Bennell.The case has sparked wider allegations of sexual and physical abuse of boys at football clubs across Britain in the 1970s and 1980s, some of whom went on to become heroes of the terraces and international stars.Nearly 800 victims have come forward against more than 100 coaches, leading to accusations that some of the game’s most famous and loved clubs covered up allegations of abuse of boys in their care.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Abuse victims of former football coach Barry Bennell outside Liverpool Crown Court where he was jailed for 30 years with the judge calling him ~”sheer evil” © AFP / Anthony DevlinLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – Former British football trainer Barry Bennell was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Monday for abusing 12 boys he coached between 1979 and 1991, with the judge branding him “sheer evil”.Bennell, 64, who coached at Manchester City and other teams, was found guilty last week of dozens of child sexual offences, including indecent assault, buggery and attempted buggery.last_img read more

Chelsea fans on Twitter hail Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea fans on Twitter were full of praise for youngsters Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek after the FA Cup game against Peterborough.Chalobah in particular was lauded for his performance at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea won 4-1 to book their place in the fourth round.Many supporters are convinced that the duo have what it takes to establish themselves as first-team players for the Blues.Lofty and Chalobah were so good today 👏 #CFC— dan’olt (@DanielHolt95) January 8, 2017Very impressed with Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek performances today #CFC #FACup— Matt (@2GoalIvanovic) January 8, 2017Great day at the bridge. @chalobah was class and great to see @KurtZouma back. Unflattering scoreline for @theposhofficial #CFC #FACup— Sam Mason (@SamMason391) January 8, 2017Chalobah looked the real deal today #CFC #FACup— Daia CFC (@52Daia) January 8, [email protected] and @rubey_lcheek were unbelievable today, literally ran the midfield #CFC— Michyholic (@Michyholic23) January 8, [email protected] @chalobah deserves man of the match for me #sensational #BrightFuture #CFC #KTBFFH 💙— fiazhussain (@Mrfiazhussain) January 8, 2017Good win today. Chalobah was brilliant in midfield, MOTM in my opinion. Ruben was unlucky to not get a full game. #CFC #KTBFFH— ⚽George⚽ (@georgew016) January 8, [email protected] @rubey_lcheek were outstanding today 👐👐👐👐 #chevspet #CFC— maxon vd (@maxonvd) January 8, 2017Chalobah is wonderful to watch on the ball. Loftus-Cheek had a decent game. Batshuayi got on the scoresheet so happy for him. Solid. #CFC— Tom Andrews (@CarefreeTom_182) January 8, 2017Av seen the future stars of #Chelsea Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah and Aina.Loftus-Cheek was great and he deserves to be the man of the match. #CFC— David Luiz Geezer (@CaptainErickoh) January 8, 2017Chalobah bossed the midfield very well. #CFC— Afolayan Ayodeji (@AyodejiAfolayan) January 8, 2017Watched Chalobah closely today and he’s got so much going for him to become a top player for us. Conte managing him well, too. #CFC— Scott Hayter (@ScottyHayter) January 8, 2017Loved seeing Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek and Aina on at the same time. So good to see. Needs to happen more. We have so much promising youth #CFC— Conor Ruth (@ConorRuth) January 8, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Watch for armyworm

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The University of Kentucky recently reported high true armyworm moth counts (see: The mild winter likely contributed to the higher and earlier catches this year. These moths migrate northward, so if our southern neighbor is reporting high catches, these moths are also very likely flying into Ohio.After migrating and establishing, armyworms begin to lay eggs in grasses, including wheat fields and cover crop fields (that may have corn planted soon). Larvae feed for about three weeks before pupating. Right now, it is still too early to take any management action — eggs probably have not even been laid, let alone hatched. However, the high trap counts so far suggest that armyworms are a pest to watch out for later in the growing season.last_img read more