Defence secretary threatens editor and journalist on Daily Mirror

first_img News Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Organisation News Reporters Without Borders is urging Pope Benedict XVI to intervene in support of press freedom at a 20 April meeting with President Mahinda Rajapakse, after the Defence Secretary (see photo), who is also the president’s brother, made death threats against the editor of the Daily Mirror and to “exterminate” one of its journalists over articles about the plight of civilians caught up in the country’s civil conflict. Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned threats made by Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, younger brother of the president, against the editor of the Daily Mirror, Champika Liyanaarachchi. The minister also threatened to “exterminate” a journalist on the newspaper, for writing articles about the plight of civilian victims of the war.Calling on the scretary to apologise to Champika Liyanaarachchi and Uditha Jayasinghe, the worldwide press freedom organisation said it had written to Pope Benedict XVI, urging him to intervene with President Mahinda Rajapakse at their meeting in Italy, in support of press freedom in the country and in particular about the latest threats.The secretary called the editor on her mobile phone on 17 April to complain about the Daily Mirror’s editorial stance on the civil war, citing in particular an article it carried on 16 April which he saw as hostile to the government. He told her that the pro-government Tamil militia, “Karuna faction”, could take revenge on her over the article, in which case, he told her, the government would not be able to protect her.The secretary called on her to resign so as to avoid being targeted for reprisals. He told her he would put pressure on the paper’s management to obtain her dismissal. Finally, he said he would “exterminate” journalist Uditha Jayasinghe. She had written a number of articles on the plight of civilians displaced by the conflict in the east of the country. April 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Defence secretary threatens editor and journalist on Daily Mirror Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Sri Lanka January 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF_en July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Receive email alerts July 15, 2020 Find out more President Rajapakse contacted Liyanaarachchi hours later to assure her that he was going to order an investigation. The following day, the British High Commissioner in Colombo, Dominick Chilcott, went to the Daily Mirror offices to express his solidarity. This gesture angered the defence secretary who summoned the diplomat to a meeting in his office in Colombo.”Making such vicious threats against two journalists, one of whom is the first female editor of a daily newspaper in the history of the Sri Lankan press, is unworthy of a Defence secretary and a danger to the entire profession,” Reporters Without Borders said.Harassing independent journalists also damages the credibility of the head of state,” it added. to go further Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalistslast_img read more


first_imgAlfred University seeks applicants for the position of Bursar.Reporting to the Controller, the Bursar is responsible forsupervising the University’s student accounts receivable andassociated collection activities as well as cash receipts and loanrepayment functions. The individual will serve as the FAE(Functional Area Expert) for Banner Student Accounts Receivable,Housing modules and CASHNet System. The Bursar is responsible fordeveloping and maintaining appropriate internal controls andprocedures. Successful applicants should have a Bachelor’s degreein business, MIS or accounting with a minimum of 2 years ofsupervisory experience and strong accounting/finance background.Additional requirements include: a strong work ethic, articulate,integrity, and sound judgment, excellent communication andpresentation skills, and the ability to work with variousstakeholders across the institution. Strong database andspreadsheet proficiency required; demonstrated knowledge of Bannerand CASHNet system a plus.Qualified applicants should attach a cover letter, resume, andnames of 3 references (at least one of which must be a formeremployer).Review of applications will begin November 2, 2020 and continueuntil the position is filled.Alfred University actively subscribes to a policy of equalemployment opportunity, and will not discriminate against anyemployee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color,sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, physicalor mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin,marital status, genetic information, military or veteran status,domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction status,political affiliation or any other characteristic protected byapplicable law. Protected veterans, minorities and women areencouraged to apply.last_img read more

Credit unions committed to financial education

first_imgCredit Unions build stronger communities with innovative financial education Dianne Molvig“Financial education is part of credit unions’ DNA,” says Gigi Hyland, executive director of the National Credit Union Foundation, the credit union movement’s philanthropic arm.In fact, providing financial education comes as naturally to credit unions as opening checking accounts or issuing car loans. That’s why they’ve gained a reputation in communities across the country as the go-to resource for financial literacy training.“That’s a great place for credit unions to be,” Hyland says.Still, she’d like to see credit unions do more to tout their financial education achievements. The Foundation analyzes programs and approaches that work best, and assesses financial education’s impact on people’s lives.“At every turn,” Hyland says, “we urge credit unions to talk more frequently and more forcefully about what they’re doing to improve the financial lives of people in their communities.” continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How to be a financial hipster

first_imgYou walk into a cozy nook. The smell of old books and hot chai fill the air.Then you see them: hipsters.They’re so cool, with their hair and their clothes and their Macbook Air. Oh, what you’d give to be just like them.There’s only a slight problem. You’re kind of a nerd. You like to crunch numbers from time to time. Spreadsheets are your gig. You might have actually calculated how much money you need to save per month to have a nice retirement.If only you could love finances and be a hipster at the same time. Sure, many hipsters aren’t as calculated as you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be one too.Imagine the possibilities. Imagine the friends you’ll make. Imagine your social life blossoming into bouquet of casual conversation – whatever that means.You can be a financial hipster. And I’m going to show you how. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Getting strategic meetings back on track

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: Details We’ve all been there: The strategic planning session that opened with the intent of staying at the highest levels of conversation and found itself in the weeds the moment the discussion swung to marketing, branch locations, Millennials, and the list goes on. While it is important to include these and other issues in strategic meetings, maintaining the focus on “what” needs to be accomplished versus “how” it will be achieved is significant.  A board is tasked with balancing risk and return; ensuring members’ needs are met; and, providing strategic guidance to the CEO. Often, the level of detail in board conversations correlates with the life cycle of a credit union or a line of business. For a credit union just getting started (a few charters are approved each year), its board would be fairly involved in operational discussions as the credit union acquires members, generates revenue, and builds capital. Since most credit unions are mature and established in the industry, a board’s dialog might focus around new lines of business, different markets to serve, or increased concentration in a grouping of loans.If a conversation with your Board feels like it’s getting too operational, redirect the discussion back to strategy. Staying mired in the details can create an unneeded setting that lessens the value provided from the Board and CEO. Below are some phrases to help steer the conversation back on course.“Let’s establish and focus on our general objective.” How to market to potential members near a new branch can get very meticulous very quickly if left unchecked. Where a yearly marketing plan was once the norm; marketing is now very flexible and fluctuating with the use of analytics, business intelligence, and digital outreach. In this case, the general objective is to increase membership tied to a new branch. This pivot back to the overall objective keeps a board focused on the real reason for a new branch (adding and serving members), rather than the hands-on methods of accomplishing the goal.“Are we taking too much risk? Are we being too conservative?” Entering a new line of business (commercial lending), a vastly different market (metropolitan area hundreds of miles from your established footprint) or increasing concentration in a product that caused losses in the past (high loan-to-value residential lending) can cause much concern for a board. While a board might agree that the new direction is necessary, uncertainty is common. A board may need to examine several scenarios to understand different outcomes. A board may ask for more attentiveness during execution, or it may perceive well-managed risk allows for greater than planned growth and business development. Regardless, it’s imperative to clarify your Board’s comfort with new risks.“What gauges of progress are most beneficial?” In most cases, boards just need to see signs of progress, especially with new ventures or adjustments in current business plans. In the examples above, a board may want to receive updates on new members from new branches; net yield from commercial lending; market awareness and market share in a new city; and, past real estate delinquency comparisons – all as new or expanded endeavors become more mature as part of your ordinary operations. Providing this kind of information to a board allows it to provisionally be a bit more involved, recognizing that successful results will allow it to focus on new areas of growth and risk to the credit union.Keeping a strategic meeting’s focus on what must be done, not how it is done, is key to achieving the highest outcomes from all participants. Consider using some of these tools the next time it seems that the conversation feels like an operations update, rather than a discussion about the next phase of growth for your credit union. You will accomplish more at your meeting and ensure that the roles of all parties are best utilized for the benefit of your credit union’s members. last_img read more

Health expert says vaccine race akin to law of the jungle

first_imgA motorcyclist wears a protective mask while sitting at the side of the road at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, India, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government will ensure that all 1.3 billion people nationwide will have access to a Covid-19 vaccine as soon it is ready.Sumit Dayal | Bloomberg | Getty Images WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said via Twitter earlier this month that the Covid-19 response “shows that countries are stronger when they work together through multilateral platforms.”“Solutions must be shared as global public goods on the basis of equitable and affordable access for all — these are moral, public health and economic imperatives,” Tedros said. “Unfortunately, what we have been seeing over the last few months is in fact more of a rule of the jungle type of situation where we have the countries that have the greatest resources primarily in Europe, in North America, Japan for example … who have managed to get a much, much larger volume of vaccines secure than the rest of the world.”She added that all countries should introduce a set of arrangements to ensure that health workers, people with underlying medical conditions, and older people are among those to have priority access to any prospective vaccines. Wealthy countries ‘betting on more than one horse’Most countries around the world have signed up to COVAX, the Covid-19 vaccines alliance co-led by GAVI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI) and WHO.COVAX aims to provide 2 billion does of coronavirus vaccines by the end of 2021 to protect high-risk populations across the world. In the longer-term, the alliance is designed to provide countries with enough doses to cover 20% of their population, while self-financing countries can purchase different levels of population coverage. Moderna said Monday that preliminary late-stage trial data showed its vaccine was more than 94% effective in preventing Covid-19. Last week, Pfizer and BioNTech said an early analysis of their vaccine candidate showed it was over 90% effective in preventing coronavirus infections.The race to deliver a vaccine coincides with a scramble to secure future supplies, even before their safety and efficacy have been established.“I think from a public health perspective of course what we want to see is that the people first in line to get the vaccine are those who are at greatest risk of infection and at greatest risk of becoming severely ill. And this is true both within countries and across countries,” Moon told CNBC’s “Street Signs Europe” on Monday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – LONDON — High-income countries have adopted an approach akin to the “rule of the jungle” when it comes to securing supplies of prospective coronavirus vaccines, according to an expert in global health, governance, and infectious diseases.It is likely to have significant repercussions for the volume of vaccines available for low-income countries in the coming months, Suerie Moon, co-director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate of Institute of Geneva, told CNBC Monday.There is growing optimism that a coronavirus vaccine could help bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 1.31 million lives worldwide.- Advertisement –center_img “The COVAX facility is a real ray of sunshine, I should say, in what has been a pretty dark situation in terms of global vaccine access,” Moon said.“One of the big problems though is that many countries are not only relying on COVAX so, as I mentioned, the wealthier countries are betting on more than one horse,” she continued. “They are getting their own vaccine supply through bilateral channels, through direct agreements with companies, and they are also saying: ‘We will support COVAX.’” Ultimately, Moon said this means that although there is a lot of good intention and a significant amount of money to support equitable access to future vaccines, there isn’t actually a very large volume of supply available. “Right now, we don’t expect that more than let’s say a maximum of 10% or 15% of the population in developing countries might be able to access vaccines through COVAX.” GAVI said Friday that over $2 billion had been raised in support of the GAVI COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a financing mechanism designed to support 92 low- and middle-income economies’ access to safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines.The group said, however, that at least an additional $5 billion would be needed next year to ensure equitable distribution of future vaccines to those who need them.‘Countries are stronger when they work together’Data compiled by researchers at Duke University’s Global Health Innovation Centre shows that 9.5 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have already been reserved, even before any candidate has been approved for market. High-income countries account for more than half of all confirmed purchases, the data shows, while the U.S. is responsible for almost one-sixth of advance market commitments (AMCs). America has ordered over 1 billion doses from half-a-dozen drugmakers.Direct deals made by predominantly high-income countries result in a smaller piece of the pie available for equitable global allocation. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO heardquaters in Geneva on March 11, 2020.Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020.Dado Ruvic | Reuters – Advertisement –last_img read more

Nedo Pinezić: Turismophobia

first_imgWhen Tim Clancy, an expert on mountain tourism and sustainable and responsible tourism development, sent me a short video report from Spain about the new emergence of demonstrations against tourism and tourists, I first encountered the term “tourismphobia”.I have to admit that the work seems a bit intimidating. The main epicenters of hostility towards tourism and tourists are Barcelona and Mallorca. The protests are led by the extreme left-wing organization Arran. In addition to demonstrations shouting slogans and carrying banners against tourists and tourism, several incidents were reported: throwing smoke bombs at a restaurant, raiding a tourist bus, intimidating tourists by masked protesters, cutting tires on tourists’ bicycles… Uncomfortable, uncomfortable and combined with the recent terrorist attacks in Spain may be detrimental to the tourism future of some destinations like Barcelona.HUGE HOTEL CAPACITIESSome media hastened to blame Airbnb for everything, because it has multiplied the offer of capacity for rent in private apartments, houses. Interestingly, of the many OTA platforms, only Airbnb is named. However, the spokesman of the protesters, Pau Pico, stated another reason for creating “tourism phobia”: “We want to stop the destruction of space and the exploitation of the working class by the hotel industry“. In Barcelona, ​​which has a population of 1,5 million, alone offers accommodation in 303 hotels. The same portal offers accommodation in Mallorca in 382 hotels, 20 resorts, 12 hostels, 90 apartments, 6 villas, etc. Mallorca and Barcelona together have more hotel capacity than our entire country. The whole of Croatia has about 600 hotels.HIGH RATE OF UNEMPLOYED YOUNG PEOPLEIt sounds paradoxical that one of the most developed tourist countries in Europe has one of the highest rates of unemployed young people under the age of 25. A large number of young Spaniards in search of a better life are leaving Spain, before Brexit primarily to the UK, and now Germany is the number one destination. The reason is simple – the tourism industry usually offers only the possibility of seasonal employment. Even if you work in tourism, salaries are low with a lot of overtime in difficult conditions. The bad impacts of tourism on the lives of the local population accumulate over years, decades and once they exceed the limit of endurance – reports “tourism phobia”.LIMITATIONS, GROWTH ZONE GROWTH AND NEW DISSATISFACTIONSBarcelona has already introduced a moratorium on issuing permits for the construction of new hotels, but in the absence of capacity and investment opportunities, investors are renting and buying apartments and offering them, illegally, to the tourist market. Usurped residential neighborhoods, residential areas occupied by noisy tourists, are a new reason for the dissatisfaction of the local population. The mayor is threatening draconian penalties, they have filed a lawsuit against Airbnb, issued ordinances banning the rental of apartments to tourists, but nothing has affected the reduction of traffic to terrorist attacks and demonstrations against tourists. Barcelona is simply too popular, everyone wants to experience it, for years it was among the top 10 destinations in the world. Finally, “tourism phobia” and terrorism result in declining demand and falling prices in all types of accommodation. If this negative process continues, it could provoke new dissatisfaction of all those who have focused their work on services related to the mass arrival of tourists.Tourism should not be a goal but a means to achieve a goal – a better standard of living for the local population – Nedo Pinezić”TOURISMOPHOBIA” IN CROATIAAt the peak of this tourist season, some media in Croatia, encouraged by the news from Spain, started a story about the excessive impact of tourists on our coast, which creates unwanted crowds, problems with infrastructure and blamed everything – family accommodation. Family accommodation in Croatia, as well as Airbnb in Spain, have allegedly escaped control and are the main reason for the excessive number of tourists who disrupt the normal course of life in our tourist destinations. The media spins call for an end to capacity growth in family accommodation, a moratorium on new categorization solutions and similar moves until hotel capacity becomes the predominant type of accommodation.According to such a proposal, 200.000 beds should be built in about 200 hotel resorts and at the same time the same number of beds in households should be “removed from the market”. Just over 30.000 households should stop hosting guests. Camps that can accommodate up to 10.000 tourists in one day, for now, are not the subject of media “questioning” the justification of existence. Efforts to turn the Croatian coast into a Spanish one are nothing new. Joint domestic and foreign consultants have been advocating for this for a long time, by chance from Spain and from Barcelona.IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CLEAR GOAL – IT’S GOOD EVERY TIMEPlacing tourism in the place of an independent industry that is viewed solely through profit glasses is the most common mistake made by economic planners. Tourism should not be a goal but a means to an end – a better standard of living for the local population. It seems that even in the time of dictator Franco in Spain, the foundation was laid for this first way of developing tourism, which flourished and eroded itself for years. “Big traffic – low earnings”, others would say, and the local population, reduced to seasonal workers and extras, pressed by numerous communal problems, will say that there is no benefit from such tourism, which was exemplary for us in Croatia until yesterday.It is becoming increasingly clear that the centers of power see Croatia as an ideal position for building all kinds of residences for spending free time. Big money is fleeing politically unstable and undemocratic countries and seeking refuge in an area where it would quickly wash away and even make a profit. The bill is disturbed by the “natives” who dared to receive tourists in their homes in a legal way, so the construction of new accommodation facilities does not fit very well into the planning tables. The goal of a policy that would plan to introduce a higher real estate tax rate for legally rented apartments and houses and that would “recategorize” tens of thousands of households through “recategorization” would certainly not be demographic renewal, raising the living standards of the local population, staying young people in Croatia in the homes of their ancestors.Such a policy could be said to have missed the main goals of the survival of a nation that is disappearing at an ever-increasing pace. Or would the goal be to accelerate the liberation of Croatia from its citizens? I hope that such a policy will not take root and that Croatia will not be brought into a state of real “tourism phobia” in the Spanish way.Published by: Nedo Pinezićlast_img read more

Arsenal Maintains Unbeaten Run, Celtic Hold City

first_imgThe two Arsenal men linked up again as Englishman Walcott drilled low into the net to complete a swift team move.Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik made good saves to deny Sanchez and Hector Bellerin, with Birkir Bjarnason coming close for the visitors.Arsene Wenger’s side are now unbeaten in eight games in all competitions since losing to Liverpool on the opening day of the season.The sublime skill and movement of attacking trio Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Walcott, who already has five goals this season, was too much for Basel to handle and the margin of victory could have far more emphatic.Santi Cazorla controlled the tempo of the game with 94 passes – more than any other player on the pitch – while centre-backs Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi were largely untroubled.Elsewhere on the night, Celtic claimed their first Champions League Group C point as Pep Guardiola’s perfect record in charge of Manchester City was ended with a draw in Glasgow.The hosts led twice in the first half, Moussa Dembele diverting in Erik Sviatchenko’s header and Kieran Tierney forcing an own goal by Raheem Sterling.Fernandinho’s strike brought City level first time and Sterling showed composure to net the visitors’ second.Nolito equalised for the visitors again after Dembele had netted on the turn.Barcelona’s win over Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany keeps the Spaniards top of the group with City two points behind in second. The top two meet in Barcelona on 19 October.Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic hold a one-point advantage over bottom side Gladbach going into their meeting in Glasgow.The electricity was crackling around Celtic Park even before a ball had been kicked, the home crowd unleashing noise and colour and every ounce of passion in their bodies on the visitors. All of that emotion came thundering in again when Dembele stunned City.Scott Sinclair’s free-kick, James Forrest’s first-time cross, Sviatchenko’s diving header and in off Dembele – already a Celtic cult hero at the tender age of 20. In attack, and defence, Dembele was terrific.In those opening minutes City looked like a team that were not ready for Celtic’s intensity. They looked a bit shocked to be involved in a fight. Class will out, though. Fernandinho equalised after latching on to Aleksandar Kolarov’s shot and the epic was truly up and running.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUETheo Walcott scored twice as Arsenal put in a dominant home display against Basel in the Champions League.It took the Gunners just six minutes to open the scoring as Walcott headed in from Alexis Sanchez’s cutback.last_img read more