Ceylon Today editor in chief forced to quit, reasons still unclear

first_img Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial News RSF_en to go further June 22, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ceylon Today editor in chief forced to quit, reasons still unclear January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the reasons that led the management of the newspaper Ceylon Today to force its editor in chief Lalith Allahakkoon to resign on 13 June. The journalist, who received no letter of dismissal, arrived at his office on 16 June to find that access to his computer had been blocked.“The dismissal of Lalith Allahakkoon by Ceylon Today is worrying,” the press freedom organization said. “If it is merely an internal restructuring issue, as experienced by many media organizations, there would be no reason to intervene, but we fear that it is rather a restriction on news and information and politically-motivated censorship,”Reporters Without Borders wrote today to the management of Ceylon Today seeking the reasons for Allahakkoon’s dismissal and asking that all possible steps be taken to find a favourable outcome to this crisis gripping the newspaper’s editorial staff.On 13 June Allahakkoon was summoned by the executive director Dushyantha Basnayake who asked for his resignation.The following day, in a letter to Tiran Alles, chairman of Ceylon Newspapers (to which Ceylon Today belongs), and circulated to news organizations in Colombo, four of his colleagues, deputy editors Wilson Gnanadass and Dharisha Bastians, and journalists Rasika Jayakody and Dinidu De Alwis, expressed concern about “the persecution of our Editor-in-Chief Lalith Allahakkoon and our journalists that has arisen, based on false assumptions of political and ideological affiliations and allegiances; it is alarming, to a greater extent, that these persecutions and allegations stem from the highest echelons of the management, being you.” Follow the news on Sri Lankacenter_img Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News News July 15, 2020 Find out more July 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Another surgeon uses bogus Oxford degree

first_imgA Ugandan doctor was arrested last weekend after claiming to have earned a degree in Medicine from Oxford University, among other institutions.Moses Tumusiime, 28, also used the aliases Dr Job Mike Feeth and Dr Job Mark Vie, and was able to perform surgery in over four Ugandan hospital before he was caught.In addition to Oxford, he carried forged certificates for various medical qualifications from Makerere University in Uganda, Kenwood International University of Science and Technology, San Francisco Northern California College of Science, India University of Science and Technology, and the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council in Uganda.Police arrested Mr Tumusiime in the Ugandan capital city, Kampala, and he will now be charged with forgery and posing as a medical officer.Simon Nsubega, a spokesman for the Kampala police force, recommended that employers carry out more careful background checks on the educational qualifications of their staff.Nsubega also suggested that the Uganda National Examinations Board as well as national and international universities consider more sophisticated degree certificates to combat forgery.After his arrest, Mr Tumusiime said that he had at one time been pursuing a Bachelor of Medicine at Oxford University but had dropped out due to financial concerns.However, a spokesman for the University reported that “we don’t have any record of anyone by that name enrolling at Oxford”.Last week a 29 year old Bavarian banker, who had performed 190 operations, was found to have faked the Oxford degree that enabled him to gain a position as a trainee doctor.‘Dr Christian E’ created the certificate on this home computer in 2003, and was only caught by an anonymous tip-off to the University Hospital of Erlangen.last_img read more

Vanderburgh County Tea Party Patriots To Hear Blight Presentation By George Lumley

first_imgCounty Tea Party Patriots To Hear Blight Presentation By George LumleyThe next VC-TPP membership meeting is at the Evansville Public Library, McCollough Branch, at 1:00 p.m.Our guest speaker will be George Lumley, CPA. Mr. Lumley will present information concerning the Brownfields operation within the Evansville city government. Find out what’s being done with your tax dollars and federal funds channeled to this bureaucratic property dispensation operation. Property is changing hands without opportunity for public auction. Why? Who benefits?Mr. Lumley will reveal things about this operation that you need to know. Find out what’s going on in your city “behind closed doors.”We will also have a discussion about the happenings at the Evansville City Council this last Monday (2/22) and what we now face.See you there!In Liberty,Jim BrattenDirector, Hoosier PatriotsCo-Founder, Vanderburgh County Tea Party PatriotsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Gold Coast land values: Carrara and Bundall increase the most in residential land value

first_imgRay White Surfers Paradise Group director Andrew Bell said the results confirmed the property market was on the up.He predicted suburbs surrounding Bundall and Carrara to benefit from their increased land values.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“When property values go up in one location it means a lot of people can’t afford to buy there so they look for the next adjoining area so you get this cascading effect,” he said.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands predicted northern NSW buyers to look towards Coolangatta for affordability and said there was more growth predicted on the northern Gold Coast.“Nerang has always been a marketplace that’s had a median price and while I don’t predict it to change dramatically it will enjoy the growth,” Mr Newlands said.“The northern corridor including Hope Island and Coomera is also something to watch.” “Land values have generally increased since the last valuation, with some significant increases in some market sectors and localities,” Queensland’s valuer-general Neil Bray said.“Some localities such as Carrara reflected moderate increases in median value due to its central location with the median value of residential land in Carrara increasing from $270,000 to $325,000.”While no Gold Coast suburbs declined in land value, Coolangatta, Pacific Pines and South Stradbroke recorded no change. Carrara and Bundall have recorded the biggest increases in land valuation.Property valuation and advisory business Heron Todd Gold Coast director Tod Gillespie said while the valuations confirmed the property market on the Gold Coast had strengthened, they did not reflect market value.“There is still some disparity between market value and government site value and if you could buy land at some of the sites valued there would be a rush of buyers,” he said.“As an example Palm Beach is valued at $570,000. “Agents would be rushed with inquiry as cottages that are being knocked down there are going for above $700,000.”“Everyone knows the market has gone up and this is just confirmation.”Ray White Surfers Paradise Group director Andrew Bell shared a similar view.“It’s just further evidence that property values here are rising,” Mr Bell said.“It’s such a great statement for the city at large.” REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman John Newlands said the Coast’s “boom and bust” reputation was starting to diminish with the expansion of other industries. Picture Glenn HampsonOther suburbs Mr Newlands tipped included Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach and Tugun.He also said the Coast’s “boom and bust” reputation was starting to diminish with the expansion of other industries.“What happens on the Coast is the professionals go to major cities for jobs and we lose a lot of talent,” he said.“We are starting to see other industries apart from tourism and construction firing in their own capacity — film making, the medical and education industries are giving the Coast more depth and with the depth comes more jobs.” WINNERS Carrara, 20.4 per centBundall, 19.6 per centPalm Beach, 16.3 per centTallebudgera, 15.7 per centClear Island Waters, 15.1 per cent LOSERS Coolangatta, zero per centPacific Pines, zero per centSouth Stradbroke, zero per centBilinga, 1.8 per centOxenford, 2.3 per cent The Valuer-General’s 2017 Property Market Movement report shows the median price for residential land on the Gold Coast increased by 8.5 per cent over the past year to $320,000.LAND valuations have surged by 20 per cent in Carrara and Bundall off the back of a booming housing market.Property experts tip the effects to flow north to Hope Island, south to Coolangatta and across the M1 to Nerang with all three suburbs predicted to increase in land value over the next year.The Valuer-General’s 2017 Property Market Movement report shows the median price for residential land on the Gold Coast increased by 8.5 per cent over the past year to $320,000. SEE THE SUBURB-BY-SUBURB INTERATIVE MAP HERE last_img read more

Liverpool stun Everton with freak goal as Arsenal overpower Spurs

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool stayed hot on the heels of Manchester City on Sunday after a bizarre late winner against Everton as Arsenal issued a powerful statement of intent on Sunday’s Premier League derby day.Jurgen Klopp’s unbeaten side looked set to drop a precious two points in their dogged pursuit of City but they benefited from a bizarre error from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to win 1-0 and continue their Anfield hex over their city rivals.Unai Emery’s Arsenal are now 19 matches unbeaten in all competitions after their thrilling 4-2 victory against Tottenham at the Emirates lifted them to fourth in the Premier League, above fierce rivals Spurs on goal difference.Chelsea recovered from the disappointment of losing their first match of the Premier League season to Spurs last week to beat Fulham 2-0 to climb to third in the table.Liverpool started the Merseyside derby determined to salvage some pride after their midweek defeat to Paris Saint-Germain left their Champions League hopes in the balance.There were chances for both teams in an entertaining encounter but the match appeared to be heading for a goalless stalemate as the seconds ticked away.? Pure derby day joy.Unmissable #LIVEVE highlights and full game replay are now available on @LFCTV GO ?— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 3, 2018But then out of nowhere, England’s Pickford made a terrible error, mishandling a high ball that appeared to be heading over his bar and spilling it into the path of substitute Divock Origi. The Belgium forward had the simple task of heading into the empty net to spark scenes of ecstasy at Anfield, with Klopp racing onto the pitch to celebrate.“I have to apologise because I didn’t want to be disrespectful but I couldn’t stop myself. It just happened,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“The game was with unbelievable intensity. Both teams had chances. Both goalkeepers had outstanding performances. In the end it was a very weird goal. I can’t imagine the disappointment of Everton. But we got it and we will take it. It is a brilliant night.”– Arsenal guts –Earlier, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty gave Arsenal an early lead in the north London derby before Eric Dier’s header and a Harry Kane spot-kick handed Tottenham the lead at half-time at the Emirates Stadium.But Aubameyang’s superb long-range equaliser sparked a second half surge from the Gunners. Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to put Arsenal ahead and Lucas Torreira sealed the points with his first goal for the club.Up the Reds.? pic.twitter.com/jQClDSZmiq— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 2, 2018Capping a miserable day for Jan Vertonghen, the Tottenham defender was sent off in the closing stages after earlier giving away Arsenal’s penalty.“It is a very big match for our confidence. Now we have to continue our process,” Emery said. “It is a very big victory. We give this to our supporters because it’s a very special match against Tottenham.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

English players charge in pursuit of Finland’s Kerttu

first_imgCaption: top Jess Baker, below Kerttu Hiltunen (copyright Leaderboard Photography). Tags: Girls, Lyme Regis, U16 8 Aug 2018 English players charge in pursuit of Finland’s Kerttu center_img Finland’s Kerttu Hiltunen holds a three-shot lead at the halfway stage of the English U16 girls’ championship at Lyme Regis Golf Club – but English players are staging a strong charge to catch her.It’s led by Northumberland’s Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies) who shot her best ever round today of three-under 71 to move into second place. It made her five-under for the championship and after holing out in a torrential downpour she came off the course wreathed in smiles.“I went into this round just wanting to post a solid score and stay up at the top,” said Baker, who was fourth overnight. “It’s really nice to get my name up there.”“I tried to make as many pars and birdies as I could and my short game was where I scored,” she said. She started as she wanted and was two-under after the fifth, where she had the bonus of unexpectedly holing a difficult putt.Two shots further back is Rafiah Banday (Royal Mid Surrey) who was a little disappointed to leave the course with a level par score.“I was doing quite well until I doubled the 15th, which I eagled yesterday, and then bogeyed the next,” she said. However, the strong winds made the 16th a very tough proposition and Banday came quickly back with an 18th hole birdie and then played her back nine – holes one to nine – in level par.Ellie Gower continued the English push with her one-under 73, which makes her level par at the halfway stage. Her round included an eagle on the seventh where she holed out from 25ft.“It was tricky in the wind yesterday and it was harder today but I managed to keep it in play and keep out of trouble,” said the 15-year-old, who lives in France, where her parents have a nine-hole golf course.Her father is a professional but his efforts to interest her in golf failed until he took her to the Lacoste French ladies open four years ago and one of the players gave her a golf ball. She also met English Tour player Ellie Givens and has caddied for her in the event ever since. “That kicked it off,” she said.Behind her, there’s three more English girls: Daisy Kennedy (Stoke Park) on one-over, Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall) who was round in one-under today and is tied on two-over with Rosie Belsham (Whitley Bay).However, Hiltunen is setting a great pace and would love to win this title. She’s bringing good form into this event, having won the U16 Hazards Salver at last week’s English U18 girls’ championship.She opened her campaign at Lyme Regis with a first round of six-under 68 and followed up with today’s 72. She made the perfect start with an eagle three on her first hole, the 10th, but had a set back with a double bogey on the 14th. However she responded straight away with a birdie and played steadily for the rest of the round.In the U14 girls’ championship, which is being played simultaneously, Harriet Lockley of Wales leads on two over. A shot behind is Italy’s Francesca Fiorellini, while a group on level par includes defending champion Charlotte Cannatteo.The field in both championships was cut today to 33 players in the U16s and 28 in the U14s. The U16s will play 36 holes tomorrow while the U14s will play 18 holes.last_img read more