President personally phones newspaper’s chairman to threaten him

first_img Sri LankaAsia – Pacific August 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President personally phones newspaper’s chairman to threaten him Receive email alerts Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri LankaAsia – Pacific RSF_en to go further Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the threats that President Mahinda Rajapaksa made in a phone call to the chairman of The Sunday Leader, Lal Wickrematunge, on 19 July because of an article reporting that China had given the president and his son, parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, money to be used “at their discretion.”“We are extremely shocked that the president personally phones journalists in order to threaten them.” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unacceptable that The Sunday Leader, Sri Lanka’s only independent English-language newspaper, should be subjected to such pressure. If the president disagrees with an article, he can respond to it and explain himself in the media. That is how issues are discussed in a democracy.“We condemn the president’s action as irresponsible. A country’s president is supposed to set an example. But Mahinda Rajapaksa is setting a bad one. It says a lot about the degree of respect he feels for media independence and his political readiness to establish the conditions needed for media freedom. We urge him to change course.“This is not the first time that a news media has been threatened by members of the Rajapaksa family. We urge the president to put an immediate stop to these warnings and threats against journalists. We also urge Sri Lanka’s media to join together in condemning such behaviour, which can have a real intimidatory effect on the entire media profession.”When Wickrematunge received the call from President Rajapaksa on 19 July, the president shouted: “You are writing lies, outrageous lies! You can attack me politically, but if you attack me personally, I will know how to attack you personally too.” Around 100 posters with the words “Do not lie!” and “The gods will punish you” also appeared on the walls of the newspaper’s headquarters. (see picture)Rajapaksa’s call was prompted by an article that editor Frederica Jansz published in the newspaper two days earlier reporting that China had made a grant of 9 million dollars to the president and half a million dollars to the president’s son, to be used “at their discretion.” The newspaper’s attempts to contact the president for an explanation had been unsuccessful.The Sunday Leader has long been targeted by the government. Lal Wickrematunge’s predecessor at the head of the newspaper, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was murdered on 8 January 2009. The murder was not investigated properly and the culprit was never caught, in a clear sign of ill-will on the part of the authorities. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for a proper investigation.Lal Wickrematunge took charge of the newspaper after his brother’s murder. Now he is the target of intimidation attempts too. Organisation center_img News News January 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News 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 July 29, 2020 Find out more July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

‘A Woman Is Free To Move As Per Her Wishes. We Cannot Curtail Her Freedom, Neither Can Her Parents’: Bombay High In A Habeas Corpus Petition

first_imgNews Updates’A Woman Is Free To Move As Per Her Wishes. We Cannot Curtail Her Freedom, Neither Can Her Parents’: Bombay High In A Habeas Corpus Petition LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK19 Jan 2021 6:22 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Monday said that a woman is free to move as per her wishes and her freedom could neither be curtailed by the court nor by her parents. A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale made the oral observations while hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by a final year MBA student against his 23- year-old partner’s parents. The couple had…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Monday said that a woman is free to move as per her wishes and her freedom could neither be curtailed by the court nor by her parents. A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale made the oral observations while hearing a habeas corpus petition filed by a final year MBA student against his 23- year-old partner’s parents. The couple had initially approached the police for help, but instead of helping them, the woman was handed over to her parents, the young lad said. The court heard the woman who said she was in a relationship with the man for the past five years and wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. As soon as her parents learned of her relationship they broke and her phone, disallowing her to move out, she said. Justice Shinde then asked the prosecutor what the issue was. “She is talking about spending the her life..without marriage she’s going sir…” “She is a major and she can move as per her wishes. We cannot curtail her freedom, neither can the parents. In fact, she says she is in ‘improper detention’.” Justice Shinde observed. “Any person above the age of 18 move about without any restriction, that’s the law.” The young couple was then asked to sit in the last row. A lady constable ensured the woman sat with her parents, away from her paramour. The father was then called forward to make his point. He said that he was not happy with the relationship and didn’t want the couple married. Justice Shinde and Justice Pitale then tried explaining him in Hindi. “We understand your intentions and wishes but she is a major. Tomorrow even if a judge [approaches the court] we will not be able to do anything [if the daughter is a major]. The court then disposed off the petition, observing that the woman was a major and directed police to provide the couple protection till their destination. Next Storylast_img read more

Murray becomes world number one

first_imgANDY Murray says he feels “very proud” to become the first British singles player to be world number one since computerised rankings began in 1973.The Scot, 29, needed to reach the final of the Paris Masters to replace Novak Djokovic – and did so when Milos Raonic pulled out before their semi-final.Murray won Wimbledon and Olympic gold in 2016, reached 11 finals in 12 events and won a personal record 73 matches.“I never thought I’d be number one in the world,” he told BBC Sport.“It’s been many years of work to get here. It’s been such a difficult thing to do because of how good the guys around me have been.”Murray, who has won three Grand Slam titles, two Olympic gold medals and helped Britain win the Davis Cup in 2015, will be officially confirmed as world number one when the revised rankings are released tomorrow.Novak Djokovic had topped the rankings for 122 weeks, and completed his career Grand Slam by beating Murray in the French Open final in June, his 12th major title.Djokovic also won this year’s Australian Open, and Murray said: “The year that Novak has had, barring the last six weeks or so, has been incredible.“The year I’ve had to have to barely get there has been unbelievably difficult. I’ve had to work extremely hard.”Roger Federer (17) and Rafael Nadal (14) have won a combined 31 Grand Slam titles, many coinciding with Murray’s rise through the rankings.He will play John Isner in Sunday’s Paris Masters final, after Raonic pulled out with an injury to his right quad. Isner beat Marin Cilic 6-4 6-3 in the semi-finals.Djokovic, 29, would have retained his number one ranking had he reached the final – but Cilic beat him in the quarter-finals on Friday.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Alpena County Clerk gives details ahead of elections, including taking selfies

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich, — Voters no longer need a reason to obtain an absentee ballot, however, today at 4 p.m. was the deadline to register and obtain those ballots ahead of the election. Alpena County Clerk, Bonnie Friedrichs, says there are some important changes to be aware of this time around.“This is what they call a closed primary election, which means that you have to declare a republican or democrat ballot. In other elections, generally, both parties are printed on one ballot,” Friedrichs says.There are also some critical rule to pay attention to when it comes to photos and social media.Friedrichs adds,”You cannot take a picture of yourself with your ballot. You can take a picture of your ballot, but it cannot have people in it, it cannot have surroundings in it. You cannot show anyone how you voted until you are at least 100 feet from the polling place.”If you need more information or need to find out the location of your designated polling area, contact your county clerk.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Clerk, elections, March, primaries, primary, VotingContinue ReadingPrevious Downtown parking regulations may affect motoristsNext Presque Isle Township Hall runs out of Democratic ballotslast_img read more

South Africans going to WEF in Davos

first_imgThe World Economic Forum annual meeting takes place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from 17 to 20 January. South Africa’s delegation includes people from the government, media and respected business leaders.South Africa is sending a top team of representatives to the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, starting on 17 January 2017. (Image: South African Government, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporter South Africans from the government, business, and civil society will be attending the 47th World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, taking place from 17 to 20 January under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”.The WEF annual meeting gathers leaders from all sectors of society to discuss the global economy and look for solutions to challenges through public-private co-operation.“Leaders have to be responsive and responsible; they must understand that we are living in a world marked by uncertainty, volatility and deep transformational changes,” said Klaus Schwab, founder of the WEF.People were living in precarious situations, he said, and were searching for identity, meaning and a sense of purpose.“More than ever, leadership means taking responsibility,” Schwab said. “It requires courage and commitment to listen and honestly explain the breadth and complexity of issues, to proactively generate solutions and to take action based on core values.”Watch his message:South Africa’s delegation includes:GovernmentCyril Ramaphosa, deputy presidentJeff Radebe, minister in the presidencyEbrahim Patel, minister of economic developmentPravin Gordhan, minister of financeRob Davies, minister of trade and industryState-run organisationsKingsley Makhubela, CEO, Brand South AfricaGeoffrey Qhena, CEO, Industrial Development Corporation of South AfricaBusisiwe Mabuza, chairperson, Industrial Development CorporationDaniel Matjila, CEO, Public Investment CorporationBongani Nqwababa, CEO, Sasol LimitedLesetja Kganyago, governor, South African Reserve BankDaniel Mminele, deputy governor, South African Reserve BankJabulane Mabuza, chairman, TelkomSiyabonga Gama, CEO, TransnetShulami Qalinge, group executive of strategy, TransnetLinda Mabaso, chairperson of the board, TransnetFinance and investmentMaria Ramos, CEO, Barclays Africa Group LimitedDavid Hodnett, deputy CEO operations, Barclays Africa Group LimitedJabulani Moleketi, chair of the board, Development Bank of Southern AfricaPatrick Khulekani Dlamini, CEO, Development Bank of Southern AfricaLaurie Dippenaar, chairman, FirstRand LimitedHendrik du Toit, CEO, Investec Asset Management LimitedStephen Koseff, CEO, Investec LimitedNonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita, chairman, Johannesburg Stock Exchange LimitedThabo Dloti, CEO, Liberty HoldingsNicolaas Kruger, CEO, MMI Holdings LimitedMike Brown, CEO, Nedbank GroupTrevor Manuel, chairman, Old MutualAnisha Archary, human resources director, Old Mutual Emerging MarketsRex Tomlinson, chief of staff, Old MutualIqbal Survé, executive chairman, Sekunjalo Investment HoldingsSimpiwe Tshabalala, joint CEO, Standard Bank Group LimitedBusiness leadersBrian Dames, CEO, African Rainbow Energy and PowerPatrice Motsepe, founder and executive chairman, African Rainbow MineralsAndries Jacobus Wilkens, executive director, African Rainbow MineralsSipho Pityana, chairman, AngloGold AshantiStewart Bailey, senior vice-president, AngloGold AshantiThoba Grenville-Grey, senior associate of investments, Awethu ProjectAdrian Gore, group chief executive, Discovery LimitedMokena Makeka, creative and managing director, Makeka Design LabPhuthuma Nhleko, executive chairman, MTN GroupStephen van Coller, vice-president of strategy, mergers and acquisitions, MTN GroupPeter Staude, CEO, Tongaat HulettDave Duarte, CEO, TreeshakeMediaAlec Hogg, editor, Biznews.comBronwyn Nielsen, editor-in-chief and executive director, CNBC AfricaChristina Adriana de Wet, executive editor, Independent MediaImtiaz Patel, CEO of Naspers Video Entertainment, Naspers LimitedAnant Singh, producer, Videovision EntertainmentOtherTrevor Mundel, president of the Global Health Programme, Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationLindiwe Mazibuko, former opposition leader in Parliament for the DAPrecious Moloi-Motsepe, CEO, Motsepe FoundationNozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko, permanent representative of South Africa to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, Permanent Mission of South AfricaPeter Draper, senior research fellow in the Economic Diplomacy Programme, the South African Institute of International AffairsCobus de Swardt, managing director, Transparency InternationalMax Price, vice-chancellor, University of Cape TownAndrew Muir, CEO, Wilderness Foundation AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Hotshots eye PBA crown

first_img“I think we’re up for a very frenetic, more exciting game,” Alaska’s Alex Compton said.Compton, who is also shooting to win a first title as a coach on his fifth try, said the 79-78 Game 5 loss, made possible when Lee hit a short corner jumper with 1.3 seconds left on Friday, reflects only on the standing of the series and not on his team.“The team is great,” he continued over the phone. “[The Game 5 defeat] hurts, but it wasn’t spirit-crushing. I don’t think we lack resolve [going into Game 6]. I actually feel that we have increased our resolve.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Who needs this Canelo KO of a scarecrow? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ “Definitely, this game is not going to be easy. Alaska won’t give this to us, and we won’t give it to them either,” he said.Aces import Mike Harris is aware the Hotshots will do everything to stop a decider.“It boils down to one game,” he said. “One game for us to take this to a Game 7, and one game for them to win. I’m sure they wouldn’t want to play us in a Game 7.”The series—bereft of the mammoth live attendance despite it being one of the most balanced in recent years—will playa possible Game 7 at cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, on Friday.Both teams will be coming off a five-day break as the league gave way to the annual Rookie Draft last Sunday, something that served the Hotshots and the Aces well.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Paul Lee knows what to expect the next time he and his fellow Magnolia Hotshots step on the court.“Everyone knows that it’s the most difficult game there is—the closeout game,” Lee said as he and the Hotshots go for all the PBA Governors’ Cup marbles Wednesday night against formidable Alaska in Game 6 of their best-of-seven championship series at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And Lee, the reason why the Hotshots are holding a 3-2 lead and have a chance to close this one out starting at 7 p.m., knows exactly what to do—or try to do.“I just want to enjoy the moment,” he said, as he tries to lead the Hotshots to their first title since 2014, the franchise’s Grand Slam season, and put an exclamation point to what has been one of the finest conferences of his storied pro career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBut from how the series has gone it won’t be too much fun out there—unless you’re the eventual victor.“It’s going to be another grind-out game, another dogfight,” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said after moving on the threshold of a first coaching title. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Sports Policy to be Tabled in Parliament

first_imgMinister with Responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, announced on February 28 that the National Sports Policy will be tabled in Parliament in another two weeks.This follows a presentation on the White Paper, and discussions with local sport associations and federations at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.Speaking at the forum, Minister Neita Headley named the members of the re-established National Sports Council, noting that they are to meet shortly.The advisory body will promote the actions that are to be taken to further develop sports in Jamaica.“It will advise the Prime Minister and the Minister, as it seeks to harmonize the sporting industry,” she indicated.Members of the Council include: President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Mike Fennell; Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse; First Vice-President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Don Anderson; President of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake; President of Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda; and Fourth Vice-President of the JAAA, Dr. Winston Dawes.Also on the Council are: Education Officer for Physical Education and Sport at the Ministry of Education, Dr. Joyce Graham Royale; Inspector General of the Jamaica Defence Force, with responsibility for ceremonial activities, Colonel Daniel Pryce; Principal of GC Foster College, Edward Shakes; Former Jamaica Basketball Association President, Marlon Natty; Director in the Entertainment, Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Tafari Burns; and Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission (JADCO), Renée Anne Shirley.Meanwhile, Mrs. Neita Headley urged the associations to examine their current status, and preparations to participate in the various sports in the 2016 Olympics.“If you’re able to identify those areas, those athletes who will form part of that vision, we need to concentrate and focus on how we will help you to prepare those athletes to meet qualifying standards for 2016,” she said.The Minister said the National Sport Policy will guide the framework for overall national sports development; promote a healthier society; and strengthen appropriate regulations and legislation that support and facilitate sporting initiatives and activities that will result in increased participation among all Jamaicans“The policy is a framework of what will be ideal for us…it does not state how sports will be run, and does not seek to indicate to you how we will operate. That will have to come from a sports sector implementation plan, which will follow the approval of the policy,” she told stakeholdersMrs. Neita Headley noted the various actions that are already being taken towards the overall development of sports through inter-ministerial collaboration, and public/private partnerships.Among these activities is the establishment of a Sports Tourism Committee, to leverage brand Jamaica. She noted that concrete steps are also being taken to establish a sports museum, and that discussions have also begun with the London Mission to establish a sports museum foundation, which would allow members of the Diaspora to make meaningful contributions to the museum.As for the hosting of international events, the Minister said guidelines are being developed to ensure the best quality events that meet international standards.last_img read more

Wynne hopes Ford changes rules to give Ontario Liberals official party status

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s outgoing Liberals made a pitch to hold on to official party status Friday as they entered a period of extreme uncertainty in the wake of an election that took them from a majority government to a mere seven seats.Kathleen Wynne, who stepped down as Liberal leader after the party’s dramatic downfall, said she hopes premier-designate Doug Ford will change the rules to grant the designation, which currently requires eight seats in the legislature.“I think it’s important,” she said. “I hope that Mr. Ford will agree.”Ford only said he would talk to his team about the issue in the days and weeks to come.Being a recognized party in the legislature allows parties to have an office for their leader and access resources such as research assistance, but the threshold required for the designation can be changed by legislators, as has been in the past.The loss of that status is “one more indignity” to the Liberals as they try to rebuild following a devastating defeat that propelled the Progressive Conservatives to power for the first time in 15 years and elevated the New Democrats to the official Opposition, said Jonathan Malloy, a political science professor at Carleton University.“They’ve been laid lower than they’ve ever been before, (their loss) is not the single worst disaster for a major political party in Canada but it ranks up there,” he said.“I absolutely think the Ontario Liberal party is coming back, I have no doubt about that but it’s going to be a long road for them … they’re going to need some time to lick their wounds, to retool, to identify a new leadership.”The party will face financial challenges, both in and out of the legislature, which the loss of party status will aggravate, he said. The legislative assembly’s internal economy board sets aside funds each year to be distributed among official parties.It’s unlikely the NDP would support loosening the rules around party status considering they were denied a similar reprieve under the Liberals in 2003, Malloy said.New Democrats were granted some accommodations at the time, including some funding, and earned party status the following year when leader Andrea Horwath won a byelection.“I don’t really see why the NDP would want to give anything to the Liberals now…memories are long in politics,” Malloy said.Horwath was pressed on the issue Friday and would only say that the decision was Ford’s to make. “The people gave the Liberals seven seats, that’s what they have in the legislature and that’s what they’re going to have to deal with,” she said.The Liberals, who had faced voter anger over rising hydro bills and questionable government spending among other issues, said they would weigh their next steps. Asked how long she believes the party will need to recover, Wynne said regardless of the timeline, the work must begin now.“We need to reconnect with each other now that the election is over and with our communities and use that same capacity that we have had for many, many years to rebuild,” she said. “I can’t tell you how long that’s going to take but our target is four years.”The party’s president, Brian Johns, said the process to select an interim leader from the seven caucus members was underway, though he declined to say how long it would take or when the party would begin looking for a permanent successor to Wynne.Former Liberal cabinet minister John Milloy, now an assistant professor of public ethics at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, said the last thing the party should do is rush to select a permanent leader.People are exhausted and resources are thin following the campaign, he said, and the party would do better to bide its time.“I would think that they’d want to consolidate, get their feet under them, figure out how they’re going to operate in the legislature,” he said.“I could see them choosing … the middle option — someone who’s going to carry the ball for a while and then you sort of have a convention closer to the next election, in a couple of years, where you could actually showcase someone.”While it’s too early to name contenders to lead the Liberals into the next election, the party has several options to hold the fort before then, he said.If the Liberals want a “seasoned hand” to act as the party’s caretaker, legislator Michael Gravelle would be a good choice and is respected within the party, he said. Or they could pick among their younger legislators if they want a fresh face who may eventually seek to take up the mantle permanently, he said.Either way, the party will need to be creative to shore up excitement on a shoestring budget, he said, noting the upcoming federal election will provide an opportunity to capitalize on the federal party’s brand and keep Liberal flames alive.The Tory majority could play in the party’s favour if the new government proves ineffective or starts making mistakes, he added.“But the biggest challenge that I think the provincial Liberals have is they’re going to have to differentiate themselves from the New Democratic Party and I think quite frankly that was one of the issues (in the election).”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said John Milloy was a professor of public ethics at Wilfrid Laurier University.last_img read more

Jury finds man guilty of firstdegree murder of two Edmonton Macs clerks

first_imgThe Canadian Press EDMONTON — A man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of two Edmonton convenience store clerks.Colton Steinhauer is one of three people who robbed and killed the two Mac’s employees in December 2015.The jury has recommended consecutive sentences, meaning Steinhauer would not be eligible for parole for 50 years.Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 5 and 6.Ricky Cenabre and Karanpal Bhangu, both immigrants, were working alone on the night shift when they were robbed, beaten and shot about 20 minutes apart.Bhangu, who was 35, had moved from India four months before he was killed. Cenabre, who was 41, had come to Canada five years earlier from the Philippines.In January, Laylin Delorme was sentenced to two terms of life in prison to be served simultaneously for first-degree murder in their deaths.He is appealing his conviction and the Crown is appealing his sentence.A teenager was convicted in November on two counts of manslaughter for his role in the killings. (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)last_img read more