Sectarian violence in south declared off-limits for media

first_imgNews June 17, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sectarian violence in south declared off-limits for media July 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Although the media have been asked not to report the truth about these and other events of late, coverage of the clashes in Aluthgama has been posted on websites that are blocked in Sri Lanka but are accessible outside the country.Journalists were harassed and attacked and their equipment was smashed when they went to cover the clashes, in which dozens of people were injured and several were killed. Those attacked included Sunday Leader reporter Binoy Suriarachi, who was held hostage of several hours. His release was negotiated by Megara Tegal and Dileesha Abeysundara, two journalists who had gone with him to cover the clashes.“Censorship of the media’s news coverage by the authorities is outrageous but customary in Sri Lanka whenever problems with minorities arise,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “However, banning coverage of events will not prevent the information from getting out.”The clashes erupted after a gathering by Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force), a radical Buddhist group that is waging a campaign against the Moslem community. Participants attacked mosques and prayer houses.The long tradition of government censorship includes banning and blocking the websites of many newspapers. On 12 May, the Sri Lanka Mirror’s website joined the long list of blocked sites, which already includes the Tamilnet, Lankanews, Lanka news web and the Colombo Telegraph sites.Sri Lanka is ranked 165th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. January 13, 2021 Find out more The Sri Lankan authorities asked the local media not to cover the clashes between Buddhists and Moslems that erupted in the southern region of Aluthgama on the night of 15 June. A curfew was also imposed in an attempt to contain a situation described by the government as “tense.” to go further Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Follow the news on Sri Lanka News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Continue reading

Donegal man appears in court in connection to Strokestown incident

first_img Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday November 1stNext articleGAA Preview – Buncrana one game from Ulster Final News Highland Facebook WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Twitter Donegal man appears in court in connection to Strokestown incident Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Facebookcenter_img Four men have appeared in court charged with assault, false imprisonment and criminal damage as well as animal cruelty in Roscommon last year.There was a significant Garda presence at Castlerea District court today for their appearance in connection with an incident at a repossessed farmhouse in Falsk, Strokestown, on December 16th.PJ Sweeney, of High Cairn, Ramelton, and Martin O’Toole, of Stripe, Irishtown, Claremorris, along with Paul Beirne, of Croghan, Boyle, and David Lawlor, with an address of 5, Brookhaven, Blanchardstown, Dublin, were described as facing very serious charges by gardai.The court heard that Mr Sweeney and Mr O’Toole had previously been before the court on charges connected to incidents at Falsk, but more charges were now before the court.Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was entered on behalf of Mr Beirne and Mr Lawlor but they did not reply to any of the charges.All four are charged with assault, criminal damage, arson, theft as well as a cruelty to animal charge and all four were granted bail with conditions and will be back in court on December 20th. WhatsApp By News Highland – November 1, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Continue reading

Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day Helps Mature Business Owners

first_imgThe AARP and SCORE will team up to sponsor the Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day on May 30 at the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University. The event is targeted at South Florida entrepreneurs over the age of 50 to match these “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.  Targeting individuals over age-44With one in four individuals ages 44 to 70 interested in becoming entrepreneurs, and 63 percent of Americans planning to work during retirement, small business ownership is a good option. Nearly half of aspiring entrepreneurs reported a desire to be “Encore Entrepreneurs,” starting a business with a positive social impact.  If this sounds like you or someone you know, the SBA and its resource partners can help you find fulfillment in your later years through your own small business opportunity. Owning your own small business can be an exciting change of pace, as well as a terrific way to stay engaged and productive.SBA Economic Development Specialist Tina Davis will discuss ways the SBA can assist you with “Changing a Lender’s ‘No’ to ‘Yes’” through the Agency’s various programs and services.Small business owners with long-term counselors see bigger sales, hire more workers and last longer. AARP and SCORE will provide the training and mentoring services older entrepreneurs need to successfully start and grow businesses and create jobs.Workforce veterans have great assetsAs a workforce veteran, you bring a great deal to the table: maturity, strong finances, and a wide network of professional contacts and associates.  Whether you’re interested in starting a side business right now or intend to wait until retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities – starting a business, or buying a franchise.Attendees will:Learn about the support and resources available to them locallyThere will be a panel of encore entrepreneur mentors to share their stories and experience with the audience.The panel will be followed by audience questions and answers and the opportunity to speak directly with counselors on hand.Financing your dream will be discussed. Representatives from micro loan and non-traditional financial sources will describe those channels and be on hand to discuss specifics.The event is free of charge. No age requirement. All potential entrepreneurs are welcome!Date, time locationWednesday, May 30, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Nova Southeastern University 3100 Ray Ferraro Jr BlvdAlvin Sherman LibraryRoom 2053Ft Lauderdale, FL 33314last_img read more

Continue reading

Mayweather 146, Pacquiao 145: Manny weighs in lighter than Floyd

first_imgManny Pacquiao weighed in one pound lighter than American Floyd Mayweather after the Filipino was welcomed by deafening cheers from his supporters on the eve of Saturday’s hotly anticipated welterweight showdown in Las Vegas.Pacquiao, 57-5-2 (38 knockouts), tipped the scales at 145 pounds in front of a massive crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where fans purchased tickets to gain entry.Undefeated Mayweather, 47-0 (26 KOs), a 2-1 favourite for what has been billed as the ‘Fight of the Century’, was weighed second, hitting the scales at 146 pounds for the scheduled 12-round megabout.The showdown between the two best boxers of their generation has been more than five years in the making and is expected to be the biggest-grossing prize fight of all time.What had been a subdued build-up to the most anticipated fight in decades exploded to life when Pacquiao and then Mayweather entered the arena to thumping hip hop music and deafening cheers from a seething crowd of 11,500, some of whom had waited three hours for a glimpse of the two boxers.Their meeting is expected to be the biggest grossing prize fight of all-time. “I have dedicated myself to the sport of boxing for the last 20 years and I am ready,” declared Mayweather over a roar of boos and cheers.Asked for a prediction about the fight, the 38-year-old American said, “I can’t really say but I am ready to fight. It’s an unbelievable turnout. I’m glad all the fans came out to here to support Manny and me.”Normally free and open to the public, the weigh-in broke from tradition, charging to watch Mayweather and Pacquiao step onto the scales in a move designed to maintain crowd control.All money raised through ticket sales went to charity, but many of the tickets found their way onto the resale market. A smiling Pacquiao, dressed in a bright red track suit, waved and raised his fists into the air as he slowly made his way to the stage, playfully interacting with the crowd.In stark contrast, Mayweather was serious and focused, rarely looking up from under the brim of his ‘Money Team’ baseball cap to reveal a cheeky smirk.Once the business of the official weigh-in was complete, the two welterweights moved to the front of the stage for the traditional stare down, the smaller Pacquiao looking up at Mayweather with a challenging smile while the stone-faced American stared straight-ahead unmoved.”I have been fighting bigger guys like (Antonio) Margarito and (Oscar) De La Hoya,” said the Filipino southpaw.”It doesn’t matter to me. I feel tomorrow that the Lord is always with me and gives me strength. “I know it’s a great, great responsibility for me to give enjoyment to the fans. “Tomorrow the fans deserve to have a great fight.” –last_img read more

Continue reading