Interview with editor who was threatened by defence secretary

first_img Organisation July 12, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interview with editor who was threatened by defence secretary to go further News January 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the threats and insults that defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the president’s brother, made against Sunday Leader editor Frederica Jansz during a phone interview on 9 July. “We call on defence secretary Rajapaksa to stop threatening journalists who are doing their job,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In many countries, a government official would have to resign for making such comments and would probably be subject to a criminal prosecution. The justice system cannot turn a blind eye when a secretary openly makes such grave threats.“As our interview with Jansz (below) indicates, recent developments and statements by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and other officials show Sri Lanka moving steadily away from the rule of law and its leaders becoming more and more intolerant towards the media. We urge the international community to firmly condemn these verbal attacks on journalists and to put pressure on the government to ensure that they do not go unpunished. Otherwise, self-censorship will continue to increase and journalists who do not toe the line will continue to be exposed to physical reprisals.”During the 9 July phone interview, the defence secretary reportedly called Jansz a “pig” and said “people will kill you.” He then denied threatenig her. GR: People will kill you!!! People hate you!!! They will kill you!!!FJ: On your directive?GR: What?? No. Not mine. But they will kill you – you dirty f…..g shit journalist.Jansz has been threatened several times in the past, above all in November 2009, when she gave Reporters Without Borders an interview about the media self-censorship that is widespread in Sri Lanka. Her predecessor as Sunday Leader editor, Lasantha Wickrematunga, was gunned down in Colombo on 8 January 2009. Those responsible for his murder have never been brought to justice.This is not the first time that the defence secretary has targeted journalists and openly expressed his hostility to media freedom. He and his brothers, including the president, are on the Reporters Without Borders list of “predators of press freedom.”Following the latest phone threats, Jansz gave Reporters Without Borders an interview about harassment of the media by the Rajapaksa family-led government. Her replies reflect the deterioration in the media environment since the interview she gave in 2009.Reporters Without Borders: Why do you think Gotabaya Rajapaksa allows himself to threaten you so openly on the phone ?Frederica Jansz: Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the second most powerful man in Sri Lanka, next to his brother, the President. He enjoys complete immunity, coupled with the trappings of power inherent to the highest office in this land – that of the president. This is not the first time Rajapaksa has threatened journalists. In fact he has succeeded in cowing Sri Lanka’s journalists into submission. They are terrified of this man and will not dare challenge his abuse of power. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific What is working as a journalist like nowadays in Sri Lanka in both the state-run and privately-owned media ?You can survive as long as you toe the government line. And that is what most media organizations in Sri Lanka have decided to do. Both state and privately-owned media. If you choose to do otherwise the consequences are too big. It’s a price that media bosses don’t want to pay. Does this mean that the Rajapaksa family can do whatever they want and are subject to no restraints, either within Sri Lanka or from the international community ?This is Sri Lanka. My predecessor, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was murdered in broad daylight on his way to work three and a half years ago. His killers continue to roam free. In January 2010, the cartoon journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda went missing. His whereabouts are still not known. The journalists Poddala Jayantha and Keith Noyahr were beaten and tortured to within an inch of their life. The perpetrators of these dastardly acts remain at large. White van abductions continue unabated. The abductors remain at large. So yes, to answer your question, the Rajapaksa family have proved over and over again that they can do whatever they want. There are no limits to what they can do. News News RSF_en Is there really no accountability for government officials ?Not where Gotabaya Rajapaksa is concerned. No. Help by sharing this information center_img Are the threats to be taken seriously ? And if so, why ?Yes. It is well within his power to do me harm, whether or not through abuse of the state machinery that lies at his disposal. Receive email alerts News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge What message would you like to send to the United Nations, the EU and international institutions in general ?Enough is enough. That is the line that they should be taking with this government. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial What can and should be done as a priority to improve the situation ?This country is now saddled with an apathetic opposition. Fear has taken a firm hold on civil society. And the media have been effectively cowed into submission. I honestly do not know what can be done in this situation. The fear of getting killed or abducted by a white van now runs too high for people to unite and stand together on issues such as this. And that includes the parliamentarians from the main opposition parties. July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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BUILDING TRADITION: PLAS band seeks to document its history

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Published 4:00 am Tuesday, September 26, 2017 BUILDING TRADITION: PLAS band seeks to document its history By Jaine Treadwell “They loved being in the band, as all band members do,” she said. “But we could not find any old band music or uniforms and trophies. We were told where they might be stored but nothing was there. We did find an old uniform later and the band students were amazed at the way its style.”Ford and band captain Isabel Robledo said the 2017 PLAS band has made a commitment to carrying on the PLAS band tradition and to making certain that the bands’ past history will not be forgotten.They are asking all former PLAS band members, students, parents and anyone who has any band memorabilia to notify Ford or the school office.“We don’t have any records and are the process of compiling any information on the band,” Ford said. You Might Like Email the author Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsoncenter_img Although band is not new to PLAS, it is new in the sense that the 2017 band members are committed to longevity.“PLAS has had a band program almost since it opened, but it was not a continuous program,” Ford said. “There is no history to band. When I came five years ago, the band was a snare drum and a music stand. Not much was remembered about the bands or any one band. So we began looking at old yearbooks to learn about the PLAS bands, when they were and who was in them.”When questions were asked, memories were jogged and Ford realized there were a lot former students who had been in the PLAS bands. 123PrevNextStartStop Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans are to go back to the first PLAS band and begin documenting the members, the directors, any competitions and awards the bands might have received.“We would like to have band photographs – originals or copies – any music, uniforms or parts of uniforms,” Robledo said. “Anything that has anything to do with band at Pike Liberal Arts would be greatly appreciated.”Robledo said band is an important program at PLAS.“A lot of students play sports but there are those don’t and band is opportunity to participate in an activity that is important, too,” she said. Anything that relates to the PLAS band helps Ford and her students as they build a band tradition, from a story told to a clarinet stuck back in closet or a musty old uniform in the attic. Latest Stories Late-game heroics: Trojans get late touchdown to knock out the Zips It wasn’t pretty, but the Troy Trojans pulled out a late victory over the Akron Zips on Saturday thanks to… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… The Pike Liberal Arts Pep Band is small in number but plays like a big band.The 24-member band received superior ratings at the Alabama Independent School Association’s State Band Festival at Enterprise and director Amada Ford could not have been prouder of her students.“This was the first time the band performed on a world class stage and in a huge auditorium,” Ford said. “The acoustics were incredible and the sounds that were being played were not like any they had heard before. The band was outstanding. I was proud of them and proud for them.”last_img read more

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Purplebricks is back in profit but market share stands still at 4%

first_imgPurplebricks has confirmed that the company has not increased its market share in the UK and that sales volumes have dropped, particularly in the South East.“The significant losses incurred in the prior period have now been reversed,” the company says. It has also confirmed that the overall group has returned to profitability.The comments are made in a statement ahead of its interim results for the six months ended on 31st October within which the company says it has maintained its market share at 4%. This is despite comments by its CEO Vic Darvey recently that it will eventually reach 10% of the UK market.The more detailed results are due to be published on 12th December, the day of the General Election.It also says the company will report an improvement in the marketing-to-revenue ratio as ‘planned efficiencies are now being realised’.Canadian boostAnd Purplebricks says its Canadian business, which it purchased and then rebranded in January, has done better than expected.But despite the good news, the company is likely to be bracing itself for a lukewarm reaction from the City.Its overall performance is expected to ‘flat’ when compared to the same period last year.  purplebricks statement Purplebricks purplebricks interim vic darvey November 7, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 11th November 2019 at 1:03 pmVic Darvey CEO of Purplebricks is a very bright man, and is an industry titan, but when he says things like the company is ‘not for sale’, or the company is going to change how it charges customers – the question I am going to ask is … Is Vic there? As I think he might be a little light on strategy.More worryingly, when Vic says ‘significant losses in the prior period have been reversed’ – maybe the comment without the spin should be that as stated in The Times, that Purplebricks has reported, ‘a full-year operating loss of £52.3 million.’For me, the only great thing about Purplebricks for investors in its shares, was that on paper it seemed to be the mother of all cash cows. It appeared, and that was always the illusion, that with a positive cashflow from upfront fees, that it would once established make huge profits, without a costly bricks and mortar empire of offices, populated by expensive employed staff.The truth, now the smoke and mirrors are no more and the business model is clear for all to see, is that you can strip out the staff costs, the managers the negotiators etc who sell property and just have listers (even better if they are self-employed), but if your business campaign runs on a multi-million pound spend on television, web, radio and every media medium – it does not matter how much cash you are getting upfront, if the spend per unit listed far exceeds the cash you get in.Close scrutiny of the annual accounts of Purplebricks show a worrying conclusion that gross profit runs at about 45%, but when ‘marketing costs’ and ‘admin’ costs are added in that 45% gross profit becomes a negative figure.Purplebricks were closer to making profit when their turnover was 50M plus, they made a 5M loss. They then bragged that when turnover doubled, they would hit profit. Instead the 5M loss grew into a multi-million loss.Possibly, the only thing keeping the Purplebricks empire afloat is the model of cash upfront, win or lose for the vendor. This pays the Local Property Experts and covers some of the costs of the business.If Vic feels that he is going to change the model, the cash input will dry up, and if the company has to wait 5-months for properties to sell and complete, from point of instruction, those multi-million monthly costs will eat the company and Vic alive.Also, Vic’s new bright idea to raise the basic cost of the offering by £100, may also come back and bite him, as PB’s USP, was that it was cheap to list. If the gap between the onliner, and traditional agents (with real salespeople front-end marketing and selling property) is becoming ever smaller, many wise vendors may return to the tried and tested route to sell their home.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks is back in profit but market share stands still at 4% previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks is back in profit but market share stands still at 4%Update released this morning reveals improving business efficiencies and losses stemmed, but its overall performance is flat, the company admits.Nigel Lewis7th November 20191 Comment1,695 Viewslast_img read more

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Five strategies to drive ERM results at your credit union

first_imgSuccess requires changing your thinking and your actions.By Tony Ferris To drive results and reach higher than you might have thought possible, you must change your thinking and actions, according to Tony Ferris, managing partner with The Rochdale Group. “You must treat ERM [enterprise risk management] as a competitive advantage that has to be built and woven into your credit union’s culture.”Take time—considerable time—to build out these capabilities and your results will soar. Five strategies to drive results include: 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img Building an ERM process and program to account for risk levels on a proactive basis. This involves the methods and processes to identify, measure (quantify), and manage risks and/or seize opportunities related to the achievement of the organization’s goals.Determining in actual dollar and business terms what your organizational risks, opportunities, and risk levels are. This is not, and should not be, a policy, controls, risk assessment, or audit function. This is about business decisions.Defining your true risk appetite in both qualitative and quantitative terms. Collectively understand how the board and management make decisions, and ensure they’re in alignment with each other. Will they allow the necessary actions to be taken to meet the organization’s goals and, more important, vision? If not, you’ll need to adjust either your risk level or your goals.last_img read more

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Syracuse men’s club ice hockey team amid historic season, building foundation for strong future

first_imgMen’s basketball, football and men’s lacrosse.These three sports have always garnered the most support on Syracuse’s campus. But with the way the SU men’s club ice hockey team has been playing this season, there might be a need to spread the attention to a lesser-known squad.The team is having an outstanding season with a 20-5-2 record, and recently won the university’s first-ever Northeast Collegiate Hockey League regular-season title. By reaching that mark, the Orange clinched a berth to the American Collegiate Hockey Association national championships, also a program first.Nationals are to be held in Delaware this March, featuring the top 20 ACHA Division I men’s club hockey teams in the country. Syracuse will face off against Oakland on March 6 in its first game of the tournament.As a club sport, not a lot of attention has been given to the team, but its historic accomplishments have certainly warranted some.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We feel like we deserve more attention,” said head coach Nick Pierandri. “We have some really good hockey players and they’ve played absolutely phenomenal this year.”The team has been hungry as a result of its success.Senior captain Russell Suskind said the team has played with a chip on its shoulder all year long and has always been striving to play better. The hockey team has felt that despite its relatively new emergence as a contender, the Orange is for real.And senior Niall Harding, one of the team’s three captains, likes his team’s odds against anyone.“Not a lot of people respect us because of our regular-season schedule and we’re not high in the rankings,” said Harding. “Still, I know we have serious potential to go deep into the tournament.”At one point, reaching the national tournament may have been unrealistic. The program has improved drastically throughout the past few years, to the point where a berth to the tournament is now a reality.Harding attributes the team’s historic success this season to the addition of Pierandri in this past offseason.“Coach P harnesses our talent and puts it into a system so we’re more effective as a team,” said Harding. “We’re small and fast, so he works to our strengths. He teaches us situational play, something we didn’t have as much emphasis on before. He keeps us motivated, disciplined and focused.”The emphasis on focus and motivation has been in place from the moment Pierandri took the helm this season.“I came in and helped them realize their potential,” the head coach said. “The talent has been here all along, but it took some buying into a system.”The Orange hopes that this season’s success will continue, and in turn, help pave the road for a bright future for the program. The season has started to catch the attention in small hockey circles around the country, and many people are beginning to take Syracuse seriously as a hockey destination.Pierandri said that he felt like the team’s success has been a major factor in convincing some very good hockey players to forgo playing for a Division III school, and instead choose to lace up the skates for Syracuse.This season has already been wildly successful, but the team is not done yet. What was once a pipe dream is now a reality as it looks forward to the league playoffs, the national tournament and beyond.“To see where the program was four years ago, where it is right now, and then looking ahead is something else,” said Suskind. “Syracuse hockey is going to be a force for a long time.” Comments Published on February 26, 2014 at 11:13 am Contact Liam: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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