Government ministers assail independant media and defence reporter, while foreign TV crew is prevented from working in Jaffna

first_img RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists October 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government ministers assail independant media and defence reporter, while foreign TV crew is prevented from working in Jaffna to go further July 29, 2020 Find out more News July 15, 2020 Find out more January 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trialcenter_img News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Follow the news on Sri Lanka News Senior officials have threatened independent news media and investigative journalist Iqbal Athas in recent weeks, and the government is reportedly planning to increase restrictions on coverage of the security situation as fighting rages in the north, Reporters Without Borders said today. A foreign TV crew was prevented from working in the northern city of Jaffna at the end of last week.”Although UN human rights high commissioner Louise Arbour is due to begin a visit to Sri Lanka in a few days, the government is seriously jeopardising the safety of certain journalists and is preventing the press from operating in areas hit by the fighting,” the organisation said. “We urge President Mahinda Rajapaksa to appeal for calm and to take no measures that violate press freedom.”The latest incident was the expulsion of three women journalists working for the British TV production company Quick Silver Media from Jaffna on 5 October. Reporter Sandra Jordan, camerawoman Siobhan Sinnerton and local producer Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai arrived in the city on 4 October and went to a hotel. But soldiers arrived and forced them to spend the night in a military base in nearby Palaly. They next day, the soldiers took them on a two-hour tour of the city and them told them to take a flight back to Colombo. As a result, they were prevented from working.Athas, who writes about defence affairs for The Sunday Times, was accused of being a “traitor” and of helping the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels in an article posted on the defence ministry website and published in a government newspaper on 2 October. The attack came just a few weeks after Athas resumed working following a period spent in self-imposed exile, without doing any writing, because of death threats.Headlined “Mr. Iqbal Athas, stop insulting our soldiers’ sacrifices,” the defence ministry article suggested that he was “assisting in the psychological operations of the LTTE terrorists.” Three days earlier, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakakara accused Athas of “supporting terrorism” in his articles and urged the media to stop publishing them. All the media have reported the accusation being made against Athas, who told Reporters Without Borders he was very worried about this new campaign of intimidation.The Free Media Movement (FMM), a Sri Lankan NGO, meanwhile reported at the end of last month that the government was planning to use new emergency measures to step up its control of the media’s reporting on the fighting, and would use the need to protect national security as its justification for the new restrictions. The FMM challenged the government to confirm or deny whether it was indeed planning to do this.Government ministers have attacked the privately-owned media in speeches. Transport minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle accused the management of privately-owned Sirasa TV of links with the head of the Tamil Tigers on 22 September, pointing out that the station had not provided direct coverage of a ceremony marking a recent navy defeat of LTTE sea-borne forces.A few days before that, labour minister Mervin Silva attacked the privately-owned media, accusing Sirasa TV and the Daily Mirror newspaper of defamation in their coverage of his son’s arrest. At the same time, the minister’s thugs prevented a Sirasa TV crew from attending an event at which he was present. Sirasa TV and the Daily Mirror had accused Silva of intimidating the judge in charge of his son’s case. The claim has not been denied by the judge, and judicial officials have also accused Silva of intimidation. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

DMV Helps Californians with Expiring Driver Licenses

first_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Business News Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKim To File For Divorce From Kanye West After 6 Years Of MarriageHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News DMV Helps Californians with Expiring Driver Licenses Seniors and other drivers can avoid required office visit for renewal during COVID-19 pandemic Published on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 2:23 pm The California Department of Motor Vehicles today is announcing that seniors with an expiring driver license will receive a 120-day extension in the mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, those with safe driving records whose last DMV visit was 15 years ago will not be required to renew in person for the next 60 days and will be able to renew online or by mail.“Today’s actions ensure hundreds of thousands of Californians can keep their driver license current while following the state’s stay at home request,” DMV Director Steve Gordon said. “The health and safety of our employees and customers is the DMV’s top priority. We encourage customers to take advantage of our online services whenever possible, including for eligible driver license or vehicle registration renewals.”120-Day Extension for Drivers 70 and OverThe DMV is providing a 120-day extension to Californians age 70 and older with a driver license that expires from March 1 to May 31, 2020. This action ensures this vulnerable group can avoid a DMV office visit during the COVID-19 pandemic.California law requires drivers age 70 and older to visit a DMV field office to renew their license but gives the DMV authority to issue extensions – no individual action required. Eligible drivers will receive a paper license extension in the mail beginning in the next two weeks. The expiration dates will reflect a minimum of 120 days before renewal is required. Around 860,000 seniors visit DMV offices every year for the required in-person license renewal.Waiving In-Person Renewals for Eligible Drivers and Identification CardholdersGovernor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order on March 30 temporarily waiving for 60 days the requirement for Californians with safe driving records to renew their driver license in-person at a DMV field office. The Executive Order also temporarily waives required in-person renewals for identification cards.The DMV is also completing the programming necessary so that individuals who meet the criteria will be able to complete their renewal online or by mail beginning Wednesday, April 8.Duplicate Driver LicenseThe DMV now offers Californians the option to use its online services to request a duplicate driver license if theirs was lost or stolen and does not expire within 30 days. A duplicate license costs $30. Approximately 1 million Californians request duplicate licenses each year.Essential DMV Services ContinueThe DMV continues to provide essential services via mail, online, kiosks, its call center at (800) 777-0133, available business partners and, soon, virtually to process critical transactions, including eligible driver license and vehicle registration renewals, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The DMV encourages customers to use another service channel if their transaction does not require an office visit. These services are listed on the DMV Online Services and DMV Anytime webpages and include change of address, replacement sticker or registration card, notice of transfer and release of liability, and vehicle license fee refund requests, among others.Starting April 2, the Virtual Field Office at virtual.dmv.ca.gov can process title transfers and complex vehicle registrations that would otherwise have to be accomplished in an office. More services will be offered through the Virtual Field Office in the coming weeks.The measures to help Californians with expiring driver licenses are the latest DMV actions during the coronavirus pandemic, including:• Temporarily closing field offices. Following deep cleaning, expansion of virtual services and development of new protocols, the DMV soon will offer in-person services in each region. Information on office openings will be announced by DMV in the near future.• Requesting California law enforcement to exercise discretion, for 60 days beginning March 16, before issuing citations for driving with a recently expired license or vehicle registration.• Canceling all behind-the-wheel drive tests to honor social distancing guidelines.• Suspending extended office hours and Saturday service. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 38 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Secondary ice production in summer clouds over the Antarctic coast: An underappreciated process in atmospheric models.

first_imgThe correct representation of Antarctic clouds in atmospheric models is crucial for accurate projections of the future Antarctic climate. This is particularly true for summer clouds which play a critical role in the surface melting of the ice shelves in the vicinity of the Weddell Sea. The pristine atmosphere over the Antarctic coast is characterized by low concentrations of ice nucleating particles (INPs) which often result in the formation of supercooled liquid clouds. However, when ice formation occurs, the ice crystal number concentrations (ICNCs) are substantially higher than those predicted by existing primary ice nucleation parameterizations. The rime-splintering mechanism, thought to be the dominant secondary ice production (SIP) mechanism at temperatures between −8 and −3 ∘C, is also weak in the Weather and Research Forecasting model. Including a parameterization for SIP due to breakup (BR) from collisions between ice particles improves the ICNC representation in the modeled mixed-phase clouds, suggesting that BR could account for the enhanced ICNCs often found in Antarctic clouds. The model results indicate that a minimum concentration of about ∼ 0.1 L−1 of primary ice crystals is necessary and sufficient to initiate significant breakup to explain the observations, while our findings show little sensitivity to increasing INPs. The BR mechanism is currently not represented in most weather prediction and climate models; including this process can have a significant impact on the Antarctic radiation budget.last_img read more

Adjunct Professor

first_imgPosting DetailsPosting NumberA00161PClassification TitlePosition TypeAdjunct FacultyDisclaimerLiberty University’s hiring practices and EEO Statement are fullyin compliance with both federal and state law. Federal law createsan exception to the “religion” component of the employmentdiscrimination laws for religious organizations (includingeducational institutions), and permits them to give employmentpreference to members of their own religion. Liberty University isin that category.Position TitleAdjunct ProfessorDoes this position require driving?NoContactContact Phone ExtContact EmailJob Summary/Basic FunctionPart-time, adjunct faculty needed to teach Introductory Anatomy andPhysiology classes and labs to allied health majors.Minimum QualificationsMS or Ph.D. in Microbiology/Anatomy & Physiology preferred,minimum qualifications are 18 graduate hours inmicrobiology-related coursework. Candidates must be committed tothe evangelical standards and mission of Liberty University.Preferred QualificationsMS or Ph.D. in Microbiology/Anatomy & PhysiologyWork Hours20Posting Date01/07/2019Special Instructions for ApplicantsOnce your online adjunct application has been submitted, pleaseprint a copy for your records and save all supplementalmaterials.Do not mail application or supplemental materials to LU. Viablecandidates will be contacted personally with additionalinstructions if warranted.Due to the high volume of applications, please only apply for ONEadjunct posting. Liberty University will contact you if yourcredentials qualify for another area.Quicklinkhttps://jobs.liberty.edu/postings/19870Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsTranscriptsCurriculum VitaeOptional DocumentsCover LetterLetter of RecommendationSupplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).last_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” JUNE 6, 2019

first_imgIS IT TRUE it was reported last year that several significant downtown properties owned and operated by the Kunkel Group have been placed into receivership? …receivership is often a precursor to bankruptcy filings by corporate entities but is not a guarantee that bankruptcy is imminent?…that going into receivership is absolutely an indicator of financial distress but many companies do succeed in emerging from such situations and we sincerely hope that the Kunkel Group finds a way to rectify whatever situation caused these downtown properties to be placed into receivership?  …we wonder what the current status of these properties?IS IT TRUE for over the last several months we have been predicting that Ellis Park will be sold to a New Mexico company?  …that our sources tell us on June 18th the Kentucky Racing Commission will consider the sale of Ellis Park Laguna Development Corporation located near Albuquerque, NM?  …that Laguna Development Corporation is in the casino, hotel, and restaurant business, but not in the horse racing business?  …when members of the mainstream media break the news about this sale on June 18th please remember who announced it first?IS IT TRUE according to the Evansville Courier and Press that Stacy Stevens knows more than most people about how cumbersome local land-use rules can be?  …she’s been a member of the Area Plan Commission board for 16 years and its president for 14 years, and she has a background in both commercial and residential real estate?IS IT TRUE that the EVPL Board Of Trustees recently approved the appointment of Marica  Au as the interim CEO/Director effective as of June 12, 2019?  …that Mrs. Au will assume the full managerial responsibility for the Library operations while the board conducts a national search this position long term?  …we are totally confident that Mrs. Au will guide the EVPL through this transition in style?IS IT TRUE the North Main corridor master plan was designed to replace some street parking, provide an up-to-date bike trail, reduce crime and improve security in that area,  and bring economic development to that area? …it’s been about a year plus since this project was completed?  …we invite you to go to the North Main corridor area and see what kind of new retail businesses that this $14 million dollar public works project have attracted?IS IT TRUE that the former Evansville Icemen Hockey Team paid the Ford Center a $2.00 Facility Fee for each ticket sold ( less a credit for season and group tickets sold) over the last three years for the 36 home games they played at the Ford Center?  …from 2015-2016 they paid Venueworks $119,603?  …from 2014-2015 they paid Venueworks $180,320?  …2013-2014 they paid Venueworks $206,190?IS IT TRUE that former Evansville Icemen Hockey team over a three year period of time paid the Ford Center the following amount of base rent for 36 home games (a range of rent per game of $10,926 to $11,479)?  …from 2015-2016 they paid $413,244 ?  …from 2014-2015 they paid $403,164?  …from 2013-2014 they paid $393,336?IS IT TRUE that Evansville Living does a superb job in bringing us accurate and up-to-date local articles of substance? …they have earned the reputation of being extremely informative, detailed, aggressive and creative in providing their viewers with the current culture, politics, sports, business, lifestyle, entertainment, dining, and the big personalities unique to our region?  …we give five (5) cheers to Kristen and Todd Tucker for producing an incredible magazine for our region?IS IT TRUE in 1998 the Teamsters Local 215 established a Taft-Hartley Scholarship Fund? …the Trustees of the fund are Chuck Whobrey and Rick Voyles as employee Trustees and two Employer Trustees? ..since 1998 the fund has awarded over $3 Million Dollars in Scholarships to sons and daughters of Teamsters members whose employers contribute to the fund? …we look forward to publishing what worthy students will be awarded this scholarship for this year? …the CCO gives five (5) cheers to the Teamsters  Local 215 for establishing the Taft-Hartley Scholarship Fund?Todays ‘Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Student loan origination fees are nothing more than a hidden tax that burdens students?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “OBITUARIES, LEFT JAB, AND RIGHT JAB,  BIRTHDAYS, AND HOT JOBS” posted in our sections.  Oh, You can now be able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. “Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.”We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.IS IT TRUE we wonder what the Board Of Directors of the Evansville Museum has done with the multi-million dollars “PICASSO On Glass” painting?IS IT TRUE that the customers of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility are about to realize the cost of a half century of neglect as the build out of projects to bring the City of Evansville into compliance with the EPA mandate to cease the practice of dumping raw sewage into the Ohio River are resulting in price increases to cover the debt used to improve the sewers?…over the course of the next two or three years the average water bill for modest usage of 5,000 gallons per month will be increasing by a whopping 37% to $44.53 per month?…that during the same time period the sewer bill will be increasing by a budget busting 21% to an average of $70.07 per month?…this means that in a matter of several years the average customer of the negligent Evansville Water and Sewer Utility will be shelling out $114.60 per month for these basic services?…the required projects are really just getting started and annual increases in the double digits are expected to continue over the next 20 years as the half decade of negligence is methodically corrected?last_img read more

Brunel sheds light on LGPS pooling work programme

first_imgNonetheless, the descriptions make clear that preparations for pooling have been multi-faceted, with outsourced services ranging from legal or financial advice to human resources and organisational consulting.They underline the attention that was paid to the costs that could be both incurred and saved as a result of pooling.For example, asset transition costs were analysed in advance of the February 2016 government deadline for the LGPS to submit initial pooling proposals.This work, carried out by BlackRock’s transition management team, included estimating costs by each asset sub-class and in total for the pool, analysing how estimated costs changed given different manager choices, and what the cost attribution would be to each underlying scheme.Russell Investments also provided cost analysis ahead of the initial submission to government. The company estimated the potential spread of costs that would be incurred when transitioning to the pool.Consultants bfinance were commissioned to carry out an independent review of Brunel’s investment proposition to determine “the potential fee savings that could realistically be expected in the relevant investment sectors as a result of asset aggregation, as well as prospective transition costs and other elements”.In its July 2016 submission to the government, BPP had said it envisaged asset pooling would generate net savings of £13m per year by 2021. People mattersIt is well-known in the UK pensions industry that delivering on the government’s instruction to pool assets has been an intensive and challenging process for those working in the LGPS, and this is hinted at in the description of the work carried out by JLT.The consultancy was commissioned – as part of a partnership with Alpha FMC – to provide specialist support to the partnership after “it was recognised that the group of officers from the underlying LGPS in Brunel, while working to establish the pool, had limited capacity yet were still required to also focus on their ‘day jobs’,” according to BPP’s note.In a newsletter update a year ago, Brunel said its team had already completed “nearly 2,500 man hours on the project” between April and August on top of their day jobs.Dawn Turner, then chief pensions officer at the Environment Agency Pension Fund, one of the BPP founder members, switched to working full-time on the development of the Brunel company in her capacity as project executive. Turner was recently named chief executive officer of BPP Ltd.JLT hired Nick Buckland from another founder fund, Dorset, a year ago. Since May this year Buckland has been spending on average three days a week on the project, including attending meetings in Bristol, where the partnership is based.Another strand of work that BPP’s statement highlighted was that of providing advice on legal documentation to the individuals that would become officers and/or directors of the formal management company – a new set of responsibilities for many of the staff. Eversheds Sutherland’s work in this regard included reviewing and advising on the articles of association and terms of reference for various committees, given the company’s plans to be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority.*LGPS funds for Avon, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, the Environment Agency, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, and Wiltshire. A collaboration of UK public pension funds has given insights into the varied and intense work that was involved in setting up the £28bn (€30bn) asset pool’s newly created investment company.Brunel Pension Partnership (BPP) Limited was formally incorporated on 18 July and, subject to regulatory authorisation, will act as the operating company for the management of the assets of 10 local government pension schemes* (LGPS) that formed the partnership.It expects to eventually have around £28bn of assets under its control.In a statement published earlier this week, BPP listed the firms it worked with and descriptions of the roles they played, although it is not clear to what extent these were written by BPP or the firms themselves.last_img read more

Andre Cisco, Andre Szmyt named to Walter Camp All-American team

first_imgSyracuse free safety Andre Cisco and kicker Andre Szmyt were named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s All-American teams Thursday.Szmyt, a redshirt freshman who stormed college football and won the Lou Groza Award, was named to the first team. He led the country with 28 field goals made, also an Atlantic Coast Conference record.Cisco, a true freshman out of IMG Academy (Florida), finished the regular season tied for first in the country with seven interceptions. He also tallied 51 total tackles.The pair of freshman will travel south with SU as the No. 20 Orange (9-3, 6-2 ACC) take on No. 16 West Virginia (8-3, 6-3 Big 12) in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Florida.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on December 6, 2018 at 9:08 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more