Journalists continue to be physically attacked in connection with minister’s use of force at state TV station in December

first_img Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Another employee of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation TV broadcaster has been physically attacked in Colombo. Researcher Ranjani Aluthge was the victim of a knife attack this evening as she was returning home by bus. She has been hospitalised with a stab wound. ———————————————————-03.03.2008 – Journalists continue to be physically attacked in connection with minister’s use of force at state TV station in DecemberReporters Without Borders condemns two physical attacks on journalists on 27 February that seem to be linked to their coverage of a December incident in which labour minister Mervyn Silva stormed into the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC), a state-owned television station, and assaulted its news director.“Physical attacks and acts of intimidation against SLRC journalists for objecting to Silva’s use of force is intolerable,” the press freedom organisation said. “How can one account for the fact that the authorities spend more time interrogating SLRC journalists than looking for those responsible for these attacks?”Four men armed with knives tried to attack Priyal Ranjith Perera at his home in Pitakotte, south of Colombo, in the evening of 27 February, but were forced to flee when neighbours intervened. Perera was in charge of a TV crew that filmed the December incident at SLRC.The same day, a group of men on motorcycles circled around the home of another journalist who has written about the incident, and who had previously received suspicious phone calls on 13 and 17 February.Silva, a controversial minister known for his hostility towards journalists, burst into SLRC headquarters on 27 December and order the thugs accompanying him to beat the station’s news director, T.M.G. Chandrasekara. Since then, journalists who helped force Silva to leave the building or who covered the incident have been targeted.Silva’s thugs are suspected of carrying out a knife attack on 25 January on SLRC journalist Lal Hemantha Mawalage, who was hospitalised with multiple wounds to the hands and body.According to the Free Media Movement, a local organisation, around 20 SLRC journalists have been questioned since the December incident but no one has been arrested or questioned in connection with the attacks and threats against journalists. to go further News July 29, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka March 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists continue to be physically attacked in connection with minister’s use of force at state TV station in Decembercenter_img Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge RSF_en News Receive email alerts 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 News Newslast_img read more

Big love for Michigan’s Big House

first_imgOne of the best quotes I’ve ever heard came in a Rick Reilly column many years ago in the form of a graduation address to a class of top athletes. His speech ends with, “Remember when you were a kid? All you dreamed of was playing centerfield for the New York Yankees. Soon, you’ll be there. Don’t forget to tingle.”I’ve always related that to sports writing, since I’m no Mickey Mantle, Bernie Williams or Johnny Damon on the diamond. We all have so many dreams, and in reality, so few of them ever come true. And when one does come true, I definitely don’t want to let the moment pass me by.So far this fall, I’m living out one of my dreams: writing football for a major university. The first four games have been a blast, and I’m looking forward to the next eight (or nine, if there’s a bowl game).But the highlight of my season — the one game that stuck out to me when I checked out Wisconsin’s schedule last November after being hired — came last Saturday. A chance to not only watch the Badgers have a rematch with historic Michigan, but to enter the gates of a college football Mecca.Michigan Stadium. Land of the Wolverines, home of the M Den. The Big House.From the outside, the House doesn’t look very big, or impressive for that matter. As we drove up toward the stadium, one of our photographers said jokingly from the backseat, “Man, I could almost jump right onto the field from out here!”Indeed, the very top row stands no more than 30 feet above the ground level surrounding the seats. Yes, we were aware the bowl-shaped stadium is built downward into the ground, but you can’t deny a first impression.But upon entering view of the field, we could see how this place stuffs 110,000 people inside for a Big Ten match-up. Not to mock one of the University of Wisconsin’s greatest traditions, but when you say the Big House, you really have said it all upon laying eyes on the vastness of the bleachers. Instead of building upward, as in the style of Camp Randall and most football stadiums in the United States, the bowl-style structure protrudes outward from the playing area.This does have its disadvantages. When an opponent is backed up inside their own 10, the sound coming from Wisconsin’s student section can be deafening as all the fans are close to the field. But because the upper rows of the Big House stick backward, it’s harder to hear all the students, and thus the sound isn’t quite as boisterous. My colleague, Dave McGrath, dubbed it “the quietest 100,000 people you’ll ever hear.”(One quick side-note: it could just be me, but it seemed like Michigan’s student section wasn’t nearly as rude as others. Even when we went down to the sidelines at the end of the game, the heckling of UW’s players, surprisingly, wasn’t vulgar at all. Hmmm … from Michigan’s perspective, I’m not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing. But anyway …)As for its appearance, Michigan Stadium is nothing to look at, to be sure. Dave went so far as to call it a “goat farm.” It seemed to be a general consensus, at least by visiting Wisconsin fans and media, that Michigan Stadium is past its prime and needs to be renovated or replaced.I have to disagree. I suppose I favor the sleekness of Camp Randall, but I’ve got a soft spot for that retro look as well. You know how when you look at a picture, you can instantly tell when that picture was taken — whether it be in the last few years or a hundred years ago? Michigan Stadium ain’t like that — staring out at 100,000-plus people, I couldn’t tell if I was sitting in the year 2006 or back in 1927, when the Big House was born.There are no lights (they call in portable lights when they have to stage a night game), no actual seats with fancy cushions (just really long bleachers for every fan), and — here’s the stunner — no advertising. Anywhere in the stadium. Not one swoosh or slogan in sight, not a beer bottle or brand name to be found. I don’t know why, but I thought that was really, really cool.When it boils down to it, I would say I’m glad my season pass is for the newly renovated Camp Randall, but if I could visit one and only one stadium, I’d pick Michigan Stadium. It’s just one of those things … like how you wouldn’t live in Cooperstown, N.Y., but you officially join the Real Sports Fan Club when you first witness the Baseball Hall of Fame.Good news, however, for Wolverines fans who want a newer-looking stadium. After the game, we chatted with one of the security guards at the stadium, who informed us of some repairs in the makings for the Big House — reportedly a $250 million overhaul — set to be underway in the next five years.It would be great to see Michigan Stadium get a facelift … I guess. Like I said, the retro look is cool, and it wouldn’t surprise me if most Michigan fans now prefer it that way.One last thing … during the Badgers’ lone touchdown, as P.J. Hill caught the ball and saw nothing but open field in front of him, I started to yell, “Seven. Seven, seven, seven!” referring to the lead Wisconsin was about to take.Sure, it’s hard not being able to cheer for Wisconsin while in the press box, but this was the first time I showed any bias of any kind. Needless to say, I was a little embarrassed.Was it that I was just excited over the Badgers drawing first blood? Perhaps. But I’m thinking the emotion of getting to watch a game in the Big House came out in the heat of that moment.That was just my way of making sure the moment didn’t pass me by. Say what you want about Michigan Stadium in the 21st century, but that thing’s a historic landmark for college football, and I feel honored to have been a part of it for the first time.What’s your take on Michigan Stadium? A piece of history or a piece of you-know-what? Post your comment below or send your thoughts on the Big House to [email protected]last_img read more

AppExchange Win: FreshBooks Now Connects with Salesforce.com

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts Tags:#enterprise steven walling Today, the Salesforce AppExchange has acquired one of the most-requested additions to the Salesforce.com CRM: integration with FreshBooks, the popular Web-based invoicing software. Built by cloud development agency FirmCloud in collaboration with FreshBooks, the FreshBooks Connector for Salesforce allows an enterprise to smoothly create an invoice for a contact or opportunity within their CRM.Before the integration was announced, hundreds of Salesforce CRM customers had requested that some bright AppExchange developer take advantage of the FreshBooks APIs. Despite the popularity of Salesforce.com, FreshBooks had first been connected to four other CRM systems.In terms of functionality, it looks like converting contacts and opportunities in Salesforce.com to invoices is fairly easy. In addition to simply moving data from one platform to the other, the Connector creates a tab within your CRM to monitor activities on your 20 most recent invoices. There’s a 15-day free trial for the app, but after that it’ll cost you $50/month per organization. Overall, this new app is a match made in heaven, for sales at least. If you’re seeking to try it out however, you’ll have to get it direct from FirmCloud, since it’s strangely hidden as a private feature in the AppExchange. center_img 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

BCCI retains panel hearing charges against Modi

first_imgThe BCCI on Saturday retained the three-member disciplinary committee probing charges of financial irregularities against Lalit Modi, rejecting the former IPL chairman’s demand for a reconstitution of the panel.The decision was taken at a Special General Meeting convened to resolve the matter after Modi’s counsel Mehmood Abdi pointed out last month that the panel did not have the BCCI General Body’s mandate.The committee comprises the trio of Chirayu Amin, Arun Jaitley and Jyotiraditya Scindia.”The committee had already got the BCCI’s approval in the Annual General Meeting but it was not recorded in the minutes of the meeting,” a BCCI source said after the meeting.Abdi had said that BCCI forgot to re-constitute the Committee for the year 2010-2011 at its AGM held in September.Modi’s camp had consistently opposed the nomination of Amin and Jaitley, both members of the IPL Governing Council when it was headed by Modi, citing bias.last_img read more

2012 NT Titles

first_imgTeams will travel from many areas across the Territory to compete in the event, including East Arnhem, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy, Ramingining and from around Darwin to battle it out for the title of Mixed under 18, Mixed over 35’s, Men’s and Women’s Open champions. Under 18 teams include; Taminimin, Katherine High School, NPGA ST Johns, Alice Springs, Team Deadly, East Arnhem and the Red Dragons. This year will see the introduction of the Mixed over 35’s division and will see the Darwin Legends, the Mixtures, the Uni Titans and Gove all challenge for the title.In the Women’s Open division, seven teams will be competing in Darwin with Alice Springs, Gove, the Scorpions, Hoops 4 Health, the Prospects, the Titans and Ramingining all vying to be the Territory’s number one side.The Men’s Open division will see six teams competing with the AIRSNT Tigers, Alice Springs, the BOC Dodgers, Ramingining Warriors, the Bears and the Prospects all being represented in the premier division.This year’s titles will see Alice Springs in the Under 18’s, the BOC Dodgers in the Men’s Open and Hoops 4 Health in the Women’s Open divisions returning to defend their 2011 titles. The grand finals will be played out on Sunday afternoon with the Under 18’s game kicking proceedings off at 3.30pm, with the Men’s Open’s concluding the event with a 6.00pm final. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2012 NT Titles, please click on the link below:www.ntstatechamps.mytouchfooty.comLive updates of the scores during the finals will also be broadcast on TFA’s official Facebook page. To stay up to date with finals scores, please join us at 3.30pm on Sunday via:http://www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralialast_img read more

This Video Will Get You Hyped For Saturday’s Massive Oklahoma-TCU Game

first_imgOklahoma players come together on game day.YouTube/Swanny JA few weeks ago, it looked like Oklahoma would be a big roadblock for the TCU Horned Frogs on their path to the College Football Playoff. After the Frogs’ blowout loss to Oklahoma State (and a legitimate struggle against Kansas), and the Sooners’ huge win over Baylor, the script has been flipped. Now Oklahoma is being touted as a big time Playoff contender, while the Frogs are looking to climb back into contention. With Trevone Boykin and Josh Doctson having injury issues, the Frogs are pretty beat up, helping give OU a chance at another big win.Sooners hype video-maker Swanny J dropped his TCU clip early this week. Sooners fans probably won’t complain. Beating the Frogs would be another big step towards making the top four:last_img read more

Mens Volleyball No 3 Ohio State sweeps No 8 Penn State 30

Junior setter Sanil Thomas sets the ball during the second set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe No. 3 Ohio State Men’s volleyball team (5-2) swept No. 8 Penn State (3-2) in straight sets, winning 3-0 Sunday night at St. John Arena.Head coach Pete Hanson said prior to the game, his team did not know what type of line-up to expect from Penn State due to an injured Nittany Lion, but that the Buckeyes still prepared for a tough match in the days leading up.“The last few days in practice, it was a lot about our blocking and our defense in terms of, when we got Penn State into trouble, could we win that point by blocking them?” Hanson said. “Could we win that point by digging the ball and then letting Sanil set a hitter and kill that ball?” Ohio State came out aggressive and big on the net in the first set, setting the tone for the rest of the match by winning 25-19. As a team, the Buckeyes hit .500, swinging hard from the middle and wing positions, while committing only two service errors in the first set. Powerful serves by Ohio State challenged Penn State’s defense and forced out of system plays for the Nittany Lions. Ohio State redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson stayed ready on the net, putting down at least three of Penn State’s overpasses. Redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes and senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir had seven and five kills, respectively, in the first set, to contribute to the Buckeyes’ effective offense. Senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen had five of Ohio State’s seven digs in the set. Ohio State showed improved stats in both blocks and digs from previous matches. Szerszen said the Buckeyes have been spending time in practice trying to improve in blocking and controlling the ball for stronger counter-attacks.“We want to serve tough. When we serve tough the other team struggles and then it’s easier for us to get blocks and digs,” Szerszen said. “It’s really frustrating when we do that and then we don’t get those blocks or digs and counter-attack on them. The first couple matches we struggled a little bit with that.”The Buckeyes got off to a slower start in the second set. They battled Penn State point-by point until the two were tied at 14 when Szerszen scored a kill for the side-out and served for an eight-point run. After a service error, Penn State got the ball back, but lost it in the next play when Leeson put the ball down for Ohio State. Though Penn State provided stiff competition for the first half of the second set, Ohio State’s aggressive offense picked back up in the second half, shutting down the Nittany Lions. Penn State redshirt sophomore setter Luke Braswell, named last week’s EIVA player of the week for averaging 9.86 assists per set and helping his team hit an overall hitting percentage of .522, had only four assists in the second set. The team hit a .409 in the second set with six kills and six attacking errors. Penn State lost the second set by 10 points, 25-15.Ohio State started the third set with a large presence on the net, a stark contrast to Penn State’s diminished energy. The Buckeyes hit a .520, with which Penn State could not keep up. The Nittany Lions raised their hitting percentage to .125, but had only eight kills. Ohio State finished the set quickly, beating Penn State 25-17 and sealing the match victory.Topping the kill leaderboard were Hanes (16), Hervoir (10) and Szerszen (9). Ohio State junior setter Sanil Thomas had fewer assists than usual, but still topped the leaderboard with 29. Szerszen’s 10 digs were the most in the match and Leeson finished first in blocks with four. read more

Redknapp thinks United desperately need Gareth Bale

first_imgJamie Redknapp voiced his opinion on what exactly do Manchester United need in order to challenge reigning winners Manchester City, and he thinks it is just a single player.The Red Devils emerged from sixth to second in the Premier League in this season alone and the fact that if they were able to get 81 points in total, they would have been able to win the tournament recently became public.However, they lost to all the three new clubs in the Premier League and fell 19 points behind City, as well as being knocked out of the Champions League at the last-16 phase.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They finished second and could win the FA Cup but let’s face it… this is one of the most boring United teams,” Redknapp admitted of United’s football this season, according to SportBible.“They signed off the league season with a 1-0 win over Watford that was shown last on Match of the Day. If Jose Mourinho wants to change that, he should go and buy Gareth Bale.”“He has won it all at Real Madrid and won’t be fazed by the Premier League. United won’t be the only ones after him. If Eden Hazard goes to Real Madrid, I’m sure Chelsea would be keen on a swap deal,” Redknapp went on to add.last_img read more

Three Lions shirt numbers confirmed for England World Cup 2018 squad

first_imgEngland have just confirmed their squad numbers for the 2018 World Cup, with Jordan Pickford taking the No.1 jersey, according to Standard Uk.The numbers do not assure who will be a beginner against Tunisia in England’s opening game, not since the 1970 World Cup have the Three Lions fielded a starting XI numbered 1-11 in their first match of the tournament.However, giving Pickford No.1 Jersey, Gareth Southgate’s has made his decision clear that the Everton shot-stopper is the leading contender to start in goal. In other places, Jesse Lingard will wear No.7, captain Harry Kane takes the No.9 shirt and Jamie Vardy is No.11. Dele Alli takes his preferred No.20 shirt.Last Saturday, Pickford started England’s friendly against Nigeria, impressing Southgate, who described his decision as “a bit of a statement”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“His decision making was good although he was rarely tested,” Southgate added.You can check out the squad number in full:1 – Jordan Pickford, 2 – Kyle Walker, 3 – Danny Rose, 4 – Eric Dier, 5 – John Stones, 6 – Harry Maguire, 7 – Jesse Lingard, 8 – Jordan Henderson, 9 – Harry Kane, 10 – Raheem Sterling, 11 – Jamie Vardy, 12 – Kieran Trippier, 13 – Jack Butland, 14 – Danny Welbeck, 15 – Gary Cahill, 16 – Phil Jones, 17 – Fabian Delph, 18 – Ashley Young, 19 – Marcus Rashford, 20 – Dele Alli, 21 – Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22 – Trent Alexander-Arnold, 23 – Nick Popelast_img read more