Follow the news on Sri Lanka July 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Associated Press correspondent penalised for his war coverage Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders today called on the Sri Lankan government to give a more convincing explanation about its refusal to renew the press visa of the Associated Press correspondent in the country Ravi Nessman.Nessman, an American national who has been based in Sri Lanka since 2007, was forced to leave the country on 20 July after his visa was not renewed.Advisor to the head of state, Lucien Rajakarunanayake, said the refusal was because foreign correspondents were not allowed to stay in the country for more than two years, but one international media correspondent said he had never heard of this “rule”. A spokesman at the American news agency called the decision “very disturbing”Nessman had a by-lined exclusive on a UN internal report drawing attention to the real toll of civilian victims of the conflict in the north and east of the country that ended when the Sri Lankan army defeated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009. The report seriously implicated top UN and government officials. “News agencies have been some of the few media that managed to cover the bloody conflict in Sri Lanka independently. Now journalists are being unfairly punished for having written these reports,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“After attacking human rights activists and doctors, the government is now taking it out on foreign journalists who reported on the suffering of the people. It’s extremely unfortunate,” the organisation added.Reporters Without Borders has obtained information that at least eight foreign reporters or contributors to international media have been forced to leave the country because of threats from the authorities or their supporters since 1st January 2009. At least 30 Sri Lankan journalists have fled their country since the start of 2008. January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists July 29, 2020 Find out more to go further News News Receive email alerts RSF_en Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News July 15, 2020 Find out more
TWO Limerick women have been given national recognition for projects which aim to improve the future for patients in Ireland.Bruree native, Anna Maria Verling, and her team, developed the project ‘Labelling Stillbirth-Does it Make a Difference?’, which has been shortlisted in the Hope category.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Meanwhile, Mary Flynn of Cappamore, developed a ‘newborn hearing screening programme’ that has been shortlisted in the Commitment category.Both projects have been shortlisted in this year’s Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards 2011, and their teams from Tallaght Hospital and Cork University Hospital have been invited to attend an awards ceremony in Dublin.The Astellas Changing Tomorrow Awards were set up to recognise exceptional work being undertaken by professionals working in health to change tomorrow for their patients, in whatever field or aspect of healthcare they are involved in.Over 100 nationwide entries were received for the awards. NewsLocal NewsAwards nomination for Limerick womenBy admin – February 2, 2012 492 Advertisement Previous articleOnce valuable horses abandoned in countyNext articleThousands at risk from deadly gas admin WhatsApp Email Linkedin Print Twitter Facebook
Now here’s something you don’t see every day.According to Royal Central, their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway are planning to visit New York, NY from December 5-7, where they will hear music by none other than our very own Bob Weir. The Grateful Dead guitarist will be performing at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) event, of which the Crown Prince Couple are members. Actresses Connie Britton and Michelle Yeoh will also speak at the event, with Padma Lakshmi hosting.The UNDP operates to eliminate poverty around the world, working in over 170 countries to improve the lives of people in need. Though Weir has long been a champion of philanthropic causes, it will be interesting to see how his music and message fits with this high end event. You can find out more about the UNDP here.[Photo by Steve Rose]
Richard L. Marksberry Sr. 86 of Milan passed away March 30 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg. Dick was born Monday February 1, 1932 in Dillsboro the son of George E. and Alma (Cash) Marksberry. He married Nancy (Gilbert) Marksberry who preceded him in death in February of 2000. Dick served his country have been in the US Navy. He retired as an electrician at Monsanto. He was a member of the Methodist Church, Milan F&AM #31; Milan American Legion Post #235, and a former member of the Milan Volunteer Fire Dept.Dick is survived by son Richard Marksberry Jr. of Indianapolis and daughter Aimee Doyle of Clayton, Indiana; sisters Phyllis (Larry) Schultz and Rosie Dugle; Grandchildren Amber Pethtel and Ashley Doyle Smith; and great grandchildren Kolton Pethtel and Zane Smith. He was preceded in death by wife Nancy and sister Georgina Marshall.Funeral services will be held at 12 noon Wednesday at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Charles Miller officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery with full military rites by the Milan Legion Post #235. Visitation will also be Wednesday 10-12Noon at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Milan Volunteer Fire Dept. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main St., Box 243, Milan, In. 47031. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
Update on the latest sports Associated Press — Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium through April 24 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Team facilities are closed to players and staff — except for players requiring treatment that cannot be administered at their homes. Players are expected to remain in market with their teams during the moratorium to avoid the spread of the virus.— The under-construction Athletes Village for the Tokyo Olympics could be used as a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients. Tokyo’s governor has been talking about the possibility of occupying the massive development on Tokyo Bay, which is to house up to 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff during the games.— Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train.— NBC’s Mike Tirico is returning to hosting a daily talk show, which will focus on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the sports world. The hour-long “Lunch Talk Live” will air weekdays beginning at noon EDT on NBCSN. Tirico will host the show remotely from his home in Michigan.COLLEGE CORRUPTION-NC STATE Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSWarning from NFL medical officerUNDATED (AP) — Days after the NFL revealed its hopes of conducting a normal regular season and playoffs, its chief medical officer is warning that nothing is a certainty during the coronavirus pandemic. RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State’s NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former Wolfpack one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. has been recommended to go through an independent investigation process created for complex cases.The process includes independent investigators and decision-makers with no direct ties to NCAA member schools, and rulings cannot be appealed.The NCAA has alleged ex-assistant Orlando Early provided Smith and his associates approximately $46,700 in impermissible benefits – including $40,000 that a government witness testified he delivered to Early intended for Smith’s family in 2015.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMEBasketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 class April 4, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way.Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The selections are typically revealed at college basketball’s Final Four. But with sports shut down because of the global coronavirus pandemic, the announcement will be televised from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut.Bryant, Duncan and Garnett, with a combined 11 championships and 48 All-Star seasons between them, are all first-time finalists and locks to be in this class. There are five additional finalists alongside Bryant, Duncan and Garnett: Tamika Catchings, Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), Eddie Sutton, Barbara Stevens and Kim Mulkey.NFL-LIONS-ROBERTS Dr. Allen Sills, a neurosurgeon who has been with the NFL since 2017, says he and other league and team medical personnel have been in constant communication with health officials throughout the country, looking at the same data they are using to make public recommendations. The NFL also has consulted with the other major sports leagues and the players’ union.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Preakness is looking for a new date for the Triple Crown race normally held on the third Saturday in May. The owners of Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland Jockey Club have also decided to cancel the infield party on race day. The Preakness usually draws more than 100,000 fans, most of whom gather on the infield. The Kentucky Derby was previously postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5.—The NCAA says hearings and oral arguments in infractions cases have been suspended through May 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The suspension applies to cases before the infractions committee, appeals and the new Independent Accountability Resolution Process created to handle complex cases in the wake of the federal corruption investigation into college basketball. Deadlines for schools in pending cases to file briefs and other documentation remain in effect, including the release of rulings.—The U.S. Tennis Association says it’s best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. The USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis. The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament said there is “the possibility” that the virus could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles. — The U.S. Women’s Open is moving from the end of spring to the middle of December. The USGA says the Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston is moving from June 4-7 to Dec. 10-13. The LPGA has also postponed or canceled the next five events on its schedule. All but the Pure Silk Championship are getting new dates later in the year.— The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17. Two WNBA cities are major hot spots for the virus: New York and Seattle. The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.— The International Swimming League will fund its athletes through next year’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, starting with payments in September. The league says every athlete who has signed or will sign a contract with an ISL club will receive an equal amount of money per month.— The Ottawa Senators are making temporary layoffs and salary reductions because of COVID-19. The team’s parent company says the full-time workforce will be reduced starting Sunday, when the NHL club’s season was originally scheduled to end. Those not laid off could be placed on furlough. Others could have their salaries reduced. Health benefits will continue uninterrupted.— Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they will pay their 2,100 part-time employees across all of their sports and event management companies through June 30 for work that was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Samuelis’ Anaheim Arena Management company operates Honda Center, the Ducks’ home rink. They also own two lice hockey complexes in Orange County. NEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur 45 times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker it called “a vile individual” on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. Miller recently signed with the Rangers after completing his sophomore season at Wisconsin. The 6-foot-5 defender is from St. Paul, Minnesota.MLB-ASTROS FAN-LAWSUITFederal judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB, Astros, Red SoxNEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball. —The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers have signed two ninth-year pros to one-year deals in free agency. One of them is Travis Benjamin. He’s a wide receiver and punt returner who played the last four seasons with the Chargers. The Niners also signed offensive lineman Tom Compton, who was with the Jets last season. The Chicago Bears declared the quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and newcomer Nick Foles. General manager Ryan Pace says both players are “embracing” the battle that will play out whenever offseason workouts begin.—Cleveland Browns linebacker and Ohio State two-way star Jim Houston has been diagnosed with Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Donna Houston says her husband donated his brain to Boston University to be studied. Houston led the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl victory and was a member of the Cleveland Browns team that won the NFL title in 1964.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKERHacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL player Lions agree to deal with CB Darryl RobertsALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Darryl Roberts. Roberts spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets.Roberts has started 10 games in each of the past two seasons. The Lions also acquired cornerback Desmond Trufant this offseason.In other NFL news:—The lawyer representing retired NFL players alleges the players’ union stonewalled his clients when confronted with questions whether their Social Security disability payments would be affected before the labor agreement was narrowly ratified last month. Attorney Ben Meiselas told the AP that email exchanges between his clients and the NFLPA show the union refusing to provide responses to direct questions regarding the status of their disability benefits before and after the CBA was presented to its players for a vote on March 5. Five men had sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws, negligence, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB’s rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs. The five participated in fantasy contests hosted by DraftKings from 2017-19.Judge Jed S. Rakoff wrote that the lawsuit had no legal basis.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6