TV reporter hacked to death in Jaffna

first_img News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Sri Lanka Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Paranirupasingam Devakumar, a television reporter of Tamil origin, who was hacked to death yesterday evening as he was returning to his home a few kilometres outside the northern city of Jaffna. A friend who was with him was also killed in the attack.“Devakumar is the latest journalist to fall victim to the spiral of violence that has wracked the Jaffna peninsula since fighting between the government and Tamil Tigers resumed in 2006,” the press freedom organisation said. “The government in Colombo must do everything possible to establish the circumstances of this murder and identity those responsible, so that it does not go unpunished as so many others have.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Although no suspect has yet been found, the security forces should explain how this attack took place in an area of the peninsula that is supposed to be under close military control. The government is exposing both its inability and its lack of political will to protect journalists.”Aged 36, Devakumar had worked for the past three years for the three stations owned by the Maharaja Television group – MTV, Sirasa TV and Shakthi TV. He was hacked to death by an unidentified group of assailants at Navanthurai, a few kilometres outside Jaffna, as he was returning to his home in Vaddukoddai. The friend accompanying him, 24-year-old computer technician Mahendran Varadan, died later in hospital from the injuries he sustained in the attack.The government has reportedly assigned three police teams to probe the incident. Priority could not be given to any hypothesis for the time being as Devakumar was known for covering both sides of the war between the government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He had not been criticised or threatened in the past and a personal motive cannot be ruled out.Stressing that Devakumar’s murder was just the latest in a series of killings of journalists in the troubled Jaffna region, the Free Media Movement said condemnations and promises of investigations had no meaning “without the political will” to complete the investigations. “The repugnant impunity that aids and abets violence against journalists and media personnel must come to an end,” the FMM said.Caught in the crossfire between two armed forces, journalists in the Jaffna peninsula are constantly the targets of threats, kidnappings and murders, and many of them have been forced to flee the region. Reporters Without Borders has long condemned the untenability of this situation in its press releases and in a report entitled “Jaffna’s media in the grip of terror” which it published on 24 August 2007 as a member of an international press freedom mission to Sri Lanka.President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently reiterated his determination to “defeat the terrorism” of the Tamil Tigers, who are blamed for the frequent deadly bombings in the Colombo region. Despite their attempts to suppress the information, the security forces have sustained heavy losses in the course of their attempts in recent months to dislodge the LTTE from the Jaffna peninsula. Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Paranirupasingam Devakumar, a television reporter of Tamil origin, who was hacked to death yesterday evening as he was returning to his home, in an area of the Jaffna peninsula that is supposed to be under control of the government forces. “The government is exposing its inability to protect journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. July 15, 2020 Find out more News January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Organisation News to go further RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial May 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV reporter hacked to death in Jaffnalast_img read more

Baseball prepares to open season versus Coppin State

first_imgLocked in · Sophomore infielder Dillon Paulson will look to build on a strong freshman campaign in which he appeared in 40 of USC’s 56 games – Tal Volk | Daily TrojanAs the USC baseball team winds up for the new season starting this Friday against Coppin State, excitement and uncertainty is brewing in the air.“Opening day is always special because it’s the start of a new season,” senior outfielder Corey Dempster said. “Everything resets, a new lineup, everything is new. You can’t compare it to last year, you can’t look forward to next year, all that matters is opening day.”The Trojans lost 12 players from last year’s team in a record-breaking MLB Draft for USC. Former stars such as David Oppenheim and Jeremy Martinez, who provided excellent hitting and power, will need to be replaced with younger, more inexperienced bats. With a completely transformed lineup and pitching rotation that will likely evolve from game to game, freshman players will need to take on important roles.“They’re going to have to come off the bench to do well,” Dempster said. “They’re not going to think they have a big impact, but later in the season it always rolls around to them.“Definitely on the mound because our staff is so young, they’re going to have to step up in big spots. Get zeros, compete — that’s really all it’s about. Just go out there and give us a chance to win.”Despite a very young and reshaped roster, USC does have some familiar faces on this year’s squad. In addition to Dempster, who batted .290 last year with 10 stolen bases, redshirt junior infielder Frankie Rios (.323 batting average) and junior infielder Adalberto Carrillo (seven home runs) return to strengthen the top of the order. In terms of pitching, only junior Mitch Hart and sophomore Marrick Crouse started more than two games last season, but the bullpen will be aided by the arrival of Brock Larson, a senior transfer from University of San Francisco who pitched to a 4.28 ERA last season.“On the mound, I think whether it’s Mitch Hart or Brad Wegman or Marrick Crouse, we’re going to need those guys to really step up and be significant weekend starters in our league,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “[And] you look at Adalberto Carrillo at third: He’s a plus defender at third and he has big, big power.”Last season, the Trojans finished an even 28-28 overall and 15-15 in conference play. This year, the team aims to find more consistency on its journey to once again become a national powerhouse.“We’ve started to put ’SC baseball back on the map, but I think this group is ready to make its mark,” Hubbs said. “They practice hard, they play hard and they’re going to play with a lot of energy and passion. I think it’ll be fun for students and fans to watch us play this year.”The team’s path begins Friday against the Coppin State Eagles, a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team based in Baltimore. Last season, the Eagles finished 14-38, and they are four years removed from a 1-52 season. But regardless of the opposing team’s pedigree, the Trojans know that opening day will be special.“Just the fact that we’re getting back out onto the field,” Hubbs said. “I think that if you’re a Trojan fan, these kids will give you a lot to be proud of, and you’ll like the way we play. The style of play — it’s going to be exciting. It’s always fun when you get the opportunity to see a bunch of new guys out there.”USC kicks off its season on Friday, playing the first of a three-game set against the Eagles at Dedeaux Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the series will wrap up with two weekend matinees, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

Wellington wrestlers to battle for league crown tonight in Augusta, WHS girls play Garden Plain, WMS games tonight

first_imgDon’t forget it’s early release day today. Students get out at 1 p.m. WHS girls basketballWellington will battle Garden Plain tonight at 7:15 p.m. in the championship semifinals. The Lady Dukes will need to play like they did in the fourth quarter against the Defenders and less like the first three quarters. Wellington is 7-3 but Garden Plain is 10-1 and ranked fifth in the state in Class 3A. This might be the toughest team Wellington has seen yet this season. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down No one special · 394 weeks ago Go Crusader wrestlers you can do it! What a turn around, you have found the heart and determination to make it happen. Thanks also to the strong coaching staff that believe in these great group of boys. Which ever way tonight goes this has been a great year. So much to be proud of….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 394 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments WMS scheduleWellington Middle School basketball teams battle Goddard Eisenhower tonight.The schedule is as follows:Girls – away, 7A/8B 5 p.m, 7B/8A 6:30 p.m. Boys – home, 8B 4 p.m, 7A 5:15 p.m., 8A 6:30 p.m. by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington wrestlers have a huge contest tonight when they travel to Augusta, Wellington girls start second round play in the Mulvane Tournament against Garden Plain, and Wellington Middle Schoolers battle Goddard Eisenhower.•••••WHS wrestlers This will be the biggest event in years for the Wellington High School wrestling program. The Crusaders will be vying for an Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV championship. The Crusaders host Augusta at 5 p.m.Wellington swept Andale and Clearwater Thursday and have a pretty good shot of beating Circle in a week. This one, though, is for the marbles. Augusta is favored.“We have to pull off some upsets to win this,” said Mitch McComb, Wellington head wrestling coach. “We will be underdogs in I would say seven matches going into tonight.”While Wellington outdistanced the opponents because of its strength in heavyweight. Augusta will be a different story. The Orioles are loaded at the top.Wellington should be getting back to full strength. Jason Haydon will be returning at 160 pounds. We will twitter live results on our Cueballnewscow feed tonight starting at 5 .m.last_img read more

Serena ‘very likely’ to make comeback at Australian Open: organisers

first_imgAustralian Court has 24 major titles, making her the most successful player in Grand Slam history.Tiley described the Australian Open, which will be held from January 15-28, as a “family-friendly event”.“We’ve had this before. Roger Federer travels with his four kids and we are a family-friendly event,” he said, referring to Williams and her baby.The winner of the 2018 tournament will walk away with Aus$4.0 million (US$3.0 million), up from Aus$3.7 million last year. The total tournament purse has risen 10 percent to Aus$55 million.Share on: WhatsApp Melbourne, Australia | AFP | Serena Williams will be ready to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open with her return to Melbourne for the season’s opening Grand Slam “very likely”, organisers said Wednesday.Williams, 36, won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl in September. She has not played a competition since, raising questions over whether the 23-time Grand Slam winner would attempt to defend her title next month.But tournament director Craig Tiley is optimistic she will return for a crack at her seventh Melbourne Park crown after marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last month.“She’s got her visa, she’s entered, she’s practising and she’s probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage,” Melbourne’s Herald Sun quoted him as saying.“There’s no question that she’ll be ready in our view and she wants to break a record that is Margaret Court’s. It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that.”last_img read more

Rescuers Retrieve Swimmer

first_imgUPDATE August 11The swimmer, identified as 18-year old Kevin C. Searfoss of Rockaway, died at Monmouth Medical Center at 11 p.m., according to Sea Bright Patrolman Daniel Chernavsky.Original story: SEA BRIGHT, August 10 – A young adult male was pulled from the rough ocean water Monday morning and rushed to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.The man, who has not yet been identified by authorities, had a faint pulse when lifeguards retrieved him, said Sea Bright Councilman Jack Keeler.Ira Fields, who frequents the stretch of beach between Driftwood Beach Club and the town of Monmouth Beach,  was there when a group of young men arrived at the unguarded beach this morning at the 1500 block of Sea Bright and quickly jumped in.“Seven to eight kids ran into the water,” said Fields. “They were waist deep in the water. After a minute I heard someone call ‘Help! Help!’ so my wife called 911. I got my binoculars out but I couldn’t see a body anywhere. It was disturbing.”Nearby, Driftwood Cabana Club’s head lifeguard heard the desperate call.“I ran down the beach 400 yards and then I dove into the ocean and pulled him in,” said Tyler Schick. The young man he rescued seemed okay, but attention immediately turned to another missing person of the group.Other lifeguards and rescuers from Sea Bright Fire Rescue and Ocean Rescue squads poured onto the beach for adjacent areas, formed a line united by a rope, and began combing the ocean floor for the missing man in a coordinated effort.After about 20 long minutes, the man’s limp body was retrieved from the ocean by Mike Hudson, the captain of Sea Bright Ocean Rescue. CPR was administered, and a pulse was detected.“It was scary. I was tired. It was exhausting,” said Jenna Kowitski, a lifeguard at Driftwood who participated in the rescue.All along the beachfront,  red flags were flying to warn swimmers of the dangerous rip current conditions today.“We’re trying to warn people to stay put in front of lifeguards. This was an unguarded beach,” Hudson said. As private land, it is not part of the Sea Bright Municipal Beach area, officials said.John Gomez, who also witnessed the rescue, joined many others on the Sea Bright Fire Rescue Facebook page in congratulating the volunteers for their professionalism. “I was able to watch this and have to say – you guys did an amazing job. Your professionalism, focus and passion are exemplary!” he wrote.– Reported by Heather Nelson and Christina Johnsonlast_img read more


first_imgDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, QUEEN OF THE SAND, WINNER: “I knew I had a lot of horse but it was all about getting through at the top of the lane. Luckily, I had a lucky break, was able to hustle my way out of there, got through and had a run. At the wire I knew I had it. Down the lane I saw Fanticola and knew she was fighting on, but I went left handed at the last second and got up there.”TYLER BAZE, THREE HEARTS, THIRD: “I didn’t have anywhere to go. Mario (Gutierrez on Tangelo) laid on me the whole race and never really gave my horse a shot to run. He had no horse. He was all over me from the time the gates opened. By the time I could get her out to run, it was too late.“She doesn’t really have a fast turn of foot but she’s real honest. She’s tries, she’s a really nice horse. She ran hard. For that horse to be all over the top of her, the whole race, she’s a nice mare.”TRAINER QUOTES PADDY GALLAGHER, QUEEN OF THE SAND, WINNER: “I was a little concerned with the pace, and she did have some trouble in the race in upper stretch, but Drayden (Van Dyke) had talked to Mike (Smith) who had been riding her, but was out of town today, and he helped Drayden with some advice.“She had been training well and her last race helped her, I think. We’d look at the Gamely for her next race (Grade I, $300,000, 1 1/8 miles on turf, May 25).” JOCKEY QUOTEScenter_img NOTES: Winning owner Derrick Fischer is from Manhattan Beach.-30-last_img read more

Satellite education for schools

first_img15 May 2006Mindset Cabanga has installed satellite dishes, computers and television sets in 50 schools, bringing multimedia educational resources to children in four provinces.Mindset Network – the satellite television network responsible for the project – will deliver free primary school educational materials to selected schools in KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Limpopo through satellite technology.Mindset Cabanga (isiZulu for “think” ) is aimed at improving mathematics, science and technology education in under-resourced schools.The project was officially launched by education minister Naledi Pandor at Riversands Primary on Friday.Pandor said it was her intention to use technology to respond to “many gaps in the education system.”“Technology is flexible, adaptable and potentially user friendly,” she said.“Cabanga resources offer a teacher improved competence and a child opportunities for self teaching,” she said.It is broadcast at various times to suit schools and also allows for home viewing. The first channel of the Mindset Network, Activate, broadcasts on DStv channel 82.Also at the launch was the United State’s acting ambassador Don Teitelbaum, as the project was funded by the Africa Education Initiative and USAID’s Global Development Alliance.Approximately R22 million was set aside for this initiative with additional funds coming from the private sector.Teitelbaum said that the quality educational resources to learners and educators offered by the project content’s could bridge years of neglect and literally leapfrog schools from resources scarce environment to exciting technological advance centres for learning.This project will also be launched in 20 primary schools in Kenya next year with the content provided in Swahili.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

State transport investment ‘going ahead’

first_img27 August 2009South African state transport company Transnet says it remains committed to an R80-billion capital investment programme over the next five years, despite the recession, and expects to spend a record R21-billion in the current financial year.Releasing its annual report last week, the company said it spent R19.4-billion in the financial year ended 31 March, bringing to R53.3-billion the total amount invested over the last four years.“This is cumulatively more than the total capital expenditure of the core business divisions in the previous 15 years,” the company said in a statement, adding that capital investment over the next three years would amount to R57.7-billion.Transnet expects up to R35.4-billion of this amount to be financed through borrowings and debt capital markets, while the rest will be financed by cash generated from operations.The company said the capital investment programme, which forms part of the government’s economic stimulus measures, is one of its success stories.“The records we have set since we launched our investment programme are a source of great pride, not only for Transnet, but for South Africa as a whole,” said Transnet chairman Fred Phaswana. “Few companies have the capacity to manage a programme as large as we have.”Creating capacityIn line with the company’s growth strategy, there has been a discernable shift in spending patterns towards creating capacity ahead of demand.The bulk of the year’s spend – 56% or R11-billion – was spent on expanding operations, while the balance (44% or R8.5-billion) was spent on replacing existing infrastructure.Rail was by far the biggest beneficiary, with some R9.2-billion or 47% of the total, followed by ports, which invested R7.3-billion, and pipelines, which invested R2.8-billion.The latter mainly went to the purchase of pipes, pumps and valves for the new multi-product pipeline being built to replace the existing pipeline between Durban and Gauteng province.Transnet acting CEO Chris Wills explained that the company had reviewed its entire capital investment programme, and had taken the necessary steps to respond to the deteriorating economic environment, though the major and strategically significant projects, most of which were under way, were proceeding as planned.“This confirms our commitment to invest in our infrastructure to create, in a cost-effective manner, appropriate capacity for our clients ahead of demand,” he said. “Given the current drop in demand as a result of global economic conditions, we will implement a delayed phasing-in of certain investments.”“However, we will remain focused on priority projects where capacity is needed to prepare for the upturn when demand improves.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA crime levels ‘continue to drop’

first_img19 September 2013 South Africa’s overall crime rate continues to decline, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the release of the 2012/13 national crime statistics in Pretoria on Thursday. Mthethwa said that the level of contact crime in South Africa decreased by 4.2% in 2012/13 compared to the year before, by 16% compared to four years ago, and by 38.2% compared to nine years ago. The country’s murder rate, however, was up slightly, by 0.6%, compared to the previous year – even though it as still 16.6% down on four years ago and 27.2% lower than it was nine years ago. Attempted murders, meanwhile, spiked by 6.5% year-on-year in 2012. Mthethwa said that rapes were down by 0.4% compared to a year ago, and by 3.3% compared to the levels of four years ago, but that these figures were still unacceptably high. Overall, crimes against women decreased by 11.1% compared to four years ago, from 197 877 to 175 880 cases. Mthethwa said there were 896 298 serious crime arrests in 2012/13 compared to 777 140 in 2011/12. Convictions for serious crimes totalled 352 513, compared to 307 580 the year before. Mthethwa said the year had been characterised by growing unity in action against crime, together with a focus on improving living conditions for all, especially the poor. He said the statistics showed that police interventions were having the desired results, but that there was still a long way to go to rid South Africa of crime. “Our journey since apartheid gives us confidence that we will reach a crime-free society,” he said. Source: read more

Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 6, 2011

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – October 19, 2011October 19, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”New Android App Update: Version 2.0May 18, 2011In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 30, 2011March 30, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter” Version 4.5 of the Geocaching iPhone Application Now AvailableThe Geocaching iPhone Application allows you to search for, navigate to and log geocaches all from the convenience of your iPhone.Version 4.5 of the application, available this week on iTunes, includes a newly implemented advanced search feature. Advanced search allows users to search by location, cache type, keyword, and difficulty and terrain ratings. You can also exclude your finds from search results and filter out the finds of up to four friends. This feature makes it easy for those geocaching in a group to identify which caches no one in the group has found. Premium Members also have the ability to filter the search results so that they can easily identify Premium Member only caches.This update also simplifies the planning of geocaching outings. Choose a cache that you want to find and add it to one of your multiple allowed lists – such as “caches for the weekend” or “caches near work.” The cache will be added to the list and saved so that you can access it while outside of network coverage.The latest version of the Geocaching iPhone Application is now available on iTunes.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more