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Tamil newspaper editor arrested in Colombo

first_img News February 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tamil newspaper editor arrested in Colombo Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists to go further News News Reporters Without Borders is extremely shocked by today’s arrest of N. Vithyatharan, the editor of Sudar Oli, a Colombo-based Tamil daily that is part of the Uthayan press group. He was forcibly arrested while attending the funeral in Colombo of a relative of the group’s chairman. The media minister told the organisation that he was being “treated well” by the police.“Carried out without a warrant, this arrest was a violation of the rule of law,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The police must release Vithyatharan without delay. What is this respected Tamil editor accused of? Outspoken coverage of the situation in Sri Lanka, including the fate of its Tamil population.”Three uniformed police officers and three men in plain clothes arrested Vithyatharan at the funeral of a relative of Uthayan press group chairman M. Saravanapavan. The police hit people who tried to intervene to prevent the arrest.“Until we have seen Vithyatharan safe and sound, we will continue to regard this as an abduction,” Saravanapavan told Reporters Without Borders. Media minister Laxman Yapa told Reporters Without Borders by telephone that Vithyatharan was being held by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) for the purposes of questioning. “He is currently being interrogated and his relatives will be able to see him this evening,” Yapa said. “I can assure you that he is all right. And the press will be informed tomorrow.” Reporters Without Borders asked the minister to guarantee Vithyatharan’s safety.The CCD is conducting an investigation under the emergency regulations into two reports published in Sudar Oli on 6 and 11 February. Vithyatharan was already summoned for questioning by CCD police officer Aura Senanayake on 13 February.Senior members of the Uthayan press group have meanwhile received phone calls threatening them with the same fate if they do not leave the country.Uthayan and Sudar Oli have repeatedly been the targets of violence. Six of the group’s employees have been killed since 2005 and its offices in both Jaffna and Colombo have been attacked several times. News July 29, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is extremely shocked by today’s arrest of N. Vithyatharan, the editor of Sudar Oli, a Colombo-based Tamil daily that is part of the Uthayan press group. He was forcibly arrested while attending the funeral in Colombo of a relative of the group’s chairman. The police hit people who tried to intervene to prevent the arrest. January 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Disgraced Star Hari Dhillon on His Accidental Acting Career

first_img View Comments “I needed to make some money when I was just leaving school, so for Kaiser, I taught an AIDS education program at juvenile detention centers. I did that all throughout Northern California and Hawaii.” Age: 45 “My family was pretty traditional, but when my father first moved to the States, he was adamant that we didn’t live in a solely Indian community, but in places that had a mix of cultures. He said, ‘If we’re gonna be in America, we should be in America.’” Disgraced Hometown: “In and around the San Francisco Bay Area.” “Amir is a complicated guy, but I identify with changing your name [to assimilate in another culture]. When I was younger, no one could get their head around Hari. It was either changed to Harry or Hank.” “Getting into acting was accidental. I was going to Berkeley for English and Political Science—I needed to fulfill an art credit, and I was too late to register for a sculpture class, which is what I really wanted. I was pretty naïve! I found a scene from Death of a Salesman, memorized it and got into the acting class.”center_img Stage & Screen Cred: Before starring in the 2013 London production of Disgraced, Dhillon appeared in A Perfect Wedding in Los Angeles and Mother Teresa is Dead at the Royal Court Theatre. Since 2007, Dhillon has played surgeon Michael Spence on BBC One’s Holby City. Related Shows Current Role: An impassioned Broadway debut as Amir Kapoor, a New York City corporate lawyer who grapples with his Pakistani heritage and Muslim upbringing in Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Disgraced. “With Broadway audiences, I’ve noticed some nights they laugh more, while other nights they listen quite intently. In Disgraced, the audience becomes the sixth cast member.” “Moving to India was a complete culture shock. From five to six, I was there for about nine months. I had no idea about outdoor toilets, and at that time there wasn’t a lot of electricity. But by the time I left, I loved it. I had the hardest time out of any of our family going back.” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2015last_img read more

Nassau Gas Station Robbery Spree Suspect Charged With Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Authorities have apprehended a suspect wanted for allegedly killing a Jericho gas station attendant and robbing at least a dozen other gas stations in a crime spree that sparked a massive manhunt, Nassau County police said.U.S. Marshals helped investigators track down Joshua Golson-Orelus, who pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of first-degree murder, robbery, attempted robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. Additional charges are anticipated in the ongoing investigation.“It has been the top priority for the past six months,” Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter told reporters during a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that the 23-year-old construction worker from Westbury gunned down Hany Awad, 56, of Levittown, at a BP Gas Station on Jericho Turnpike shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28. A customer found the victim lying on the floor behind the counter, police said, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.Authorities suspect that Golson-Orelus also is responsible for 12 armed robberies between December 2013 and March, police said. Investigators caught a break when a K-9 Unit officer spotted him allegedly fleeing the robbery of a Citco gas station in Westbury last weekend, police said.“This event led to his apprehension,” Chief of Detectives Kevin Smith said.Detectives tracked the license plate number on the getaway car to the Hempstead home of the suspect’s friend, police said. Then investigators believe he fled upstate. He was found at a relative’s home in Utica.Police did not disclose a motive for the robberies or the murder.“This arrest has taken a menace to public safety off of the streets, and we will prosecute this case aggressively to ensure that he’ll never threaten our communities again,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Judge Paul Meli ordered Golson-Orelus, who was previously tried for felony assault, held without bail. He is due back in court Monday. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole.last_img read more

US Election 2020: Who is Joe Biden?

first_imgKJoe Biden: Key moments that shaped five decades of ambition It is third time lucky for Democrat Joe Biden, who has won the race to become the US president.The well-known Democrat has almost 50 years of political service, and launched presidential runs in 1988 and 2008.- Advertisement – We take a look back at his life and career. Read more: – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img


first_img•Lakers down one to the Hornets. Lakers still win in six.•Boston up one on your Knicks. Boston wins because I told ya so.•Memphis up one on the Spurs. It’s going to be close but the Spurs win it.•Chicago woke up and beat the Pacers as they should have and will continue to do so.•Heat…76ers. Oh shut up, you know!!!•Atlanta up one on Orlando and Howard scored 45. This could be interesting. But Orlando should pull it out.•Thunder will continue the run on the Nuggets.•As of this writing I can’t remember who Dallas is playing but whoever it is, Dallas will win…Huh!:06 NBA…on the side•Who dresses Kobe? C’mon man you make good money, pay a stylist.•Hold up Carmelo, don’t laugh. You’re on the list too.•Phil Jackson, I love Fisher too, but put Shannon Brown on Chris Paul.•We should let “Big John” Marshall take Bynum behind the Homewood Y and work his soft butt one on one. I bet he would get tough then… or get knocked out!!!:05 The Pirates almost had me, they all most had me. Nothin’ new at PNC Park.:04 I hope the Pens win. That’s all can say, that’s all I know. Shut up, it’s all you know too!:03 Now that they proved that Bonds didn’t shoot Lincoln and Kennedy or start the Vietnam War, I guess the world can get back to normal. They started with 22 counts, now down to one. A hung jury. A billion dollars wasted, and a host of sell-outs and got nothin’. Nuff said.:02 Speaking of the Pens, correct me if I am wrong but the last time I checked their colors are black and gold like every other pro team in town. So why is the rally call for fan support a white out? Why not a black out where everyone wears a black shirt… I am just askin’???:01 Congratulations to Dr. Howard Slaughter the most recent inductee to the Penn Hills High School Hall of Fame. One of our school’s all-time great football players. Welcome to the club my brother. Hey City league…Penn Hills Indians…that’s how we roll!!“Game Over” BILL NEAL :10 This is an easy call. The punks that kicked 42 year old Dodger fan Brian Stowe into a coma should be taken to the same spot in the parking lot and let the family stomp them into a coma. :09 Look for Pitt wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin to go high and early in the upcoming NFL draft. 220,4.4 forty, and can catch. :08 Derrick Rose is your NBA…MVP. Take it to the bank!:07 NBA Update:last_img read more

TRAX coach accepts Swim BC opportunity

first_imgCoach Park is excited to assist SWIM BC with promoting Long Term Athlete Development and EXCELLENCE in the sport of competitive swimming. He is a technical expert that ensures his swimmers are safe and swim well first before developing them to SWIM FAST.TRAX coaches are always interested in sharing their expertise and are excited to learn new advanced ways to assist the talented youth in this sport by attending camps such as the Prospects West.“The swimmers we coach learn proper fundamental skill sets in our quality academy competitive swim program and represent this community all over the Province”.“Currently we have many of our youth swimmers being named to the BC SUMMER GAMES competitive swimming prospects list for our zone and only those registered with SWIM BC are eligible for that honor this coming July,” Park said.All TRAX swimmers are working hard to proudly represent the Home of Champions.The club is thrilled with the progress of the team guided by experienced coaches such as Coach Bill Park. Trail Regional Aquatic eXcellence (TRAX) competitive Coach Bill Park ChPC has been selected by Swim BC to represent the Province at the Prospects West Training Camp April 10-13, 2014 in Saskatoon.Coaches are selected based on the highest FINA point scoring swim in each age group and gender.Many of the TRAX, formerly known as the Trail Winter Swim Club (TWSC), competitive swim program swimmers have scored well at both Provincial AA and AAA Championships this season.last_img read more

Sonics job should be a breeze for new coach Hill

first_img McGrady collapsed in pain with severe back spasms just before halftime of last Sunday’s loss to Denver. He left the floor on a stretcher, was taken to a hospital and missed the Rockets’ next two games. McGrady practiced on Friday and said he felt good enough to play, but left the final decision to Van Gundy. McGrady, who first developed back problems when he played in Orlando, strained his back in practice on Nov. 4 and missed three games. He returned for four games, then missed the next five when the back pain returned. McGrady said Friday that the injury is starting to take a psychological toll. “You’re just afraid to make certain movements out there,” McGrady said. “You think about, ‘OK, if I go up on this jump shot, what’s going to happen on the landing?’ All kinds of things go through your head.” McGrady is one of six Rockets players out with either injuries or illness. Houston’s other star, 7-6 Yao Ming, has missed 12 games since undergoing toe surgery in late December. Yao is expected to be out at least another two weeks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “The players really worked hard,” Hill said. “At one point – back then you didn’t have active or inactive or injured list – we had six CBA guys that were sitting on the bench.” Hill went on to have success in Indiana and later in San Antonio, where he went 121-43 and won two division titles from 1994-96. He joined the SuperSonics as an assistant this season, then was quickly promoted after the defending Northwest Division champions fired Weiss after a disappointing start. McGrady still hurting: Houston Rockets star Tracy McGrady missed Saturday night’s game against New Orleans, the 11th game he’s sat out this season because of back problems. The Rockets lost all 10 previous games they’ve played without McGrady. Houston coach Jeff Van Gundy gave no timetable for when McGrady might return. “When he feels like he’s capable of playing and the trainers and doctors concur and I concur, then he’ll go back out there and play,” Van Gundy said. Bob Hill’s first NBA head coaching job was so tough that it came with a warning. Hill’s third game after replacing Bob Weiss as Seattle coach was in New York, and he recalled his first head coaching chance – though it’s hard to say he had a chance at all. center_img “I was 31 years old and I found myself the head coach of the New York Knicks with a pretty decimated group of guys,” Hill said. “And the beat writers were great, they really were. They said, ‘You got no shot of keeping this job unless you make the playoffs, and your chances of making the playoffs are pretty slim. So you have a job, but you need to find one while you have one because you’re probably not going to have this one.’ ” Hill replaced Hubie Brown in December 1986 and went 20-46 the rest of the season while often playing short-handed. Bernard King, New York’s best player, played only six games that season because of injuries, and Patrick Ewing missed 19 games. last_img read more

Delight as restoration works to ancient church in Fahan unveiled

first_imgA local county councillor has congratulated a local community group following the completion of restoration works to St Mura’s Church last week. Cllr Jack Murray said the site was of “huge historical significance” with works to restore the 7th Century St Mura’s Cross ongoing.St Mura’s Cross is an ancient and unique carved cross-slab in Fahan, County Donegal but it was in danger of being completely eroded and the church gable next to it was crumbling. Sinn Fein’s Cllr Jack Murray, Cllr Albert Doherty and Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn at the site in FahanThe patron saint of the Cineál Eoghain including the Uí Neill who were among the High Kings of Ireland, St Mura died in 645 at the age of 94.The cross was erected in his memory and is now one of the oldest in Ireland and is the only one to bear an inscription of The Gloria written in ancient Greek.The gable wall dates back to 1608 but contains stones from the original monastery of St Mura.Proceeds from several events have be donated to the Save St Mura’s Cross Fahan project, which is dedicated to the conservation of the site of St Mura’s early Christian monastery, particularly the 7th-century cross. Speaking to Donegal Daily, Cllr Jack Murray said: Delighted to be in Fahan for the celebration of the completion of the restoration works at St Mura’s Church, with ongoing works to restore the 7th Century St Mura’s Cross.As a site of huge historical significance, it’s brilliant to see such a positive initiative here.“Fair play to everybody involved in making it happen.”Delight as restoration works to ancient church in Fahan unveiled was last modified: November 11th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FahanSt Mura’s Crosslast_img read more

Cities combat climate change

first_imgPublic transport is the best solution to reduce carbon emissions.(Image: Mediaclubsouthafrica.com)MEDIA CONTACTS • Brett HerronCouncillor: Cape Town Municipality+27 21 400 1384.• Quathar JacobsMedia Officer: WWF, South Africa+27 21 657 6600.Sulaiman PhilipThe city of Cape Town monitors sea levels and has begun education and awareness programmes highlighting the effects of raised ocean levels. In Johannesburg, the city is implementing a programme to harness the methane produced in landfills as a green energy source.Both municipalities are also improving their mass transit systems. They have identified traffic congestion and its contribution to carbon emissions as one area in which they can make inroads to help prevent climate change in the medium term.These initiatives and other green programmes have put the cities in the running to be named the Global Earth Hour Capital. The WWF Earth Hour Challenge highlights and rewards municipalities that have enacted substantial and long-term programmes to combat climate change. Of the six South African cities eligible to participate – Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini, Tshwane, Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay – the first three have uploaded data on carbonn Cities Climate Registry (cCCR).Morné du Plessis, the chief executive of WWF-SA, the South African branch of the World Wildlife Fund, says that South African municipalities understand the need to plan and work towards a low carbon future. “Every disclosure of carbon emissions is an achievement, every project is a ray of hope, every reduction is a celebration and every entry to the challenge is a bold step towards a better present and brighter future,” he said in September.The cities have till 14 October to report their urban development plans designed to improve living standards and make their city greener. These policies will be evaluated by an international jury and the winner will be announced in March 2014.Green MapWhen eThekwini hosted COP17 in 2012, it joined 850 communities in 65 countries by developing a Green Map, the most high-profile and interactive of the municipalities’ programmes. It has also been the most active South African municipality in terms of registering its greenhouse gas emissions and reporting its adaptation and mitigation plans. But Derek Morgan, the head of the city’s energy unit, stresses that being named Global Earth Hour Capital is not the motivation behind the city’s participation. “We are at a point where we simply must do everything we can to slow down global warming. Change can happen most effectively at a local level.”The WWF has put cities at the forefront of attempts to combat climate change for two reasons: firstly, they are responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions; and secondly, it’s easier for municipalities than governments to make concrete policy that will help to halt the effects of climate change. In a report released at the end of September 2013, scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calculated that the amount of carbon in the atmosphere must not exceed a trillion tonnes. Beyond that figure, they hypothesize, the effects of climate change become more devastating. In the last 300 years, 570 billion tons of greenhouse gases, or 57 percent of the total, have been released into the atmosphere.Economic growth of developing economies, especially in South Africa and its Brics partners – Brazil, Russia, India and China – could result in about 330 billion tons of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere by 2040. This will bring the planet closer to the critical level that will cause a 2°C increase in global temperatures. A two degree climb in global temperatures would cause crop failures and increase the size of deserts, melt glaciers and raise sea levels.Mayors SummitIn February 2014, Johannesburg will host the C40 Mayors Summit. C40 is a network of 58 of the world’s largest cities that have made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They share expertise on climate risk and the impact of change locally and globally. With over 10 million trees and 2 000 developed parks, Johannesburg is the greenest South African city, according to a December 2012 study conducted by Siemens. The study, African Green City Index, compared 15 major cities in 11 African countries to provide insight into the strengths and weaknesses of local government responses to climate change.The four South African cities studied – Johannesburg, Cape Town, eThekwini and Tshwane – along with Accra, Tunis and Casablanca, scored average or above average in the eight categories measured: energy and CO2, land use, transport, waste, water, sanitation, air quality, and environmental governance.Climate modelling by the city of Johannesburg suggests that temperatures in the region will rise by 2.3°C by 2056 if no action is taken to solve the problems facing the area. The municipality’s dependence on coal generated electricity, urban sprawl and congestion, high water consumption and low rates of recycling remain challenges.Development roadmapExecutive Mayor Parks Tau, speaking at the launch of the study, said these challenges were taken into account and with input from its international and local partners, it drew up the Joburg 2040 Growth and Development Plan as the municipality’s development roadmap. “We are faced with a formidable challenge but it is easier because we know the route forward. We can learn lessons from our partners to make our city and infrastructure more resilient.”Over the next two years the city, in partnership with Siemens, will create 500 green jobs. “These will be people employed directly by the city to, for example, plant trees. However, by 2020 we foresee 30 000 new green jobs in the fields of renewable energy, building retrofits, recycling, water and waste management.” These were jobs in industries that did not exist today but by taking climate action, South African cities would be able to raise the living standards of its citizens by creating economic opportunity, the mayor explained.Paul Kielstra, a contributing editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit and the head of the study, said climate challenge solutions provided an opportunity for Johannesburg to create jobs in new industries. “Climate change is an opportunity masquerading as a crisis. Governments need to take the lead in jumpstarting this next economy. By laying the foundation for a green industrial future now, South African municipalities are building wealthier and healthier futures.”last_img read more

Comedian Pieter-Dirk Uys’ celebrated in new documentary

first_imgComedian, writer and satirist-in-chief Pieter-Dirk Uys is a true South African icon. Almost everyone knows who he is and what he’s done. He has contributed greatly to South Africa’s collective pop psyche and funny bone.A new documentary, Nobody’s Died Laughing, celebrates the life of Pieter-Dirk Uys and his career, which expands over 50 years in performance. The film, which debuted at the Durban International Film Festival (Diff) at the end of June, is set for a nationwide theatrical release on 29 July 2016.Directed by Willem Oelofsen, the film features interviews with friends, family and well known South Africans in arts and politics, all reminiscing about their favourite Uys moments. Interviewees include singers David Kramer and Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground; actresses Charlize Theron and Janet Suzman; and others such as former president FW de Klerk, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela’s former private secretary Zelda la Grange. Italian actress Sophia Loren – one of Uys’ childhood idols – makes a special appearance to talk about their lifelong friendship.The film also covers campaigns he is passionate about such as his travelling Aids-awareness entertainment programme, which he performed to over 1.5-million people across South Africa.Spice up your popcorn for Nobody’s Died Laughing @numetro @numetrowoodland 29 JULY. Trailer https://t.co/rPkILTabaf pic.twitter.com/VBdrtn53KQ— NobodysDiedLaughing (@whoEntProjects) July 12, 2016The film looks at the over 100 performances around the world, with particular attention on his apartheid-era satire. He took his anti-establishment message to forefront of the country’s dark political landscape while making all South Africans laugh at themselves.Uys is the only entertainer to win South Africa’s prestigious Truth andReconciliation Award.During his long career, Uys has enjoyed audiences with political figures such as former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pik Botha, former president Thabo Mbeki and Mandela too. He has also formed long friendships with fellow social justice warriors such as U2’s frontman Bono, Mandela’s widow Graça Machel and the late Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Taylor.“This film captures a man and a lifetime commitment to a country by using satire to affect change,” Oelofsen told News24.The film also goes beyond Pieter-Dirk Uys the performer. It gets to know the man himself and what he thinks about a life spent in the limelight, drawing the ire of politicians and doing his best to change the world for the better.“I found it fascinating that after 50 years in the entertainment industry he was still working at the same pace and with the same vigour as when he started,” Oelofsen said, “I believe audiences will be intrigued to experience more about the man who refuses to be silenced while using the arts as his weapon against discrimination and confronting intolerance.”Popular online film critic duo, simply known as The Critics, call the film “an incredible South African experience”. They recommend it as compulsory viewing for every South African. Watch their full review below:Durban film critic Fred Felton calls the film “deeply thought provoking, emotional, very funny.”Watch a discussion between Uys and Oelofsen, recorded during Diff 2016.Source: SA People Newslast_img read more