News Follow the news on Sri Lanka July 29, 2020 Find out more Photojournalist Akila Jayawardena being manhandled by police inspector Neomal Rangajeewa at the premises of the Colombo High Court on 10 July 2020 (photo: screenshot from Newsfirst Sri Lanka’s video, by dailyft.lk). News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists News to go further January 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information “Why are you taking my pictures and who you are to take my pictures?” Inspector Neomal Rangajeewa said as he grabbed Akila Jayawardane outside the courthouse in Colombo on 10 July, although the photographer works for the Ceylon Today daily and the Mawbima weekly and repeatedly showed him his press card.Rangajeewa then forcibly took Jayawardane to a police post within the court building, where he deleted all of Jayawardane’s photos.Rangajeewa’s violent behaviour has stunned many of Sri Lanka’s journalists, who regard him as being close to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and therefore fear that he shares in some of the impunity that the president enjoys.When secretary of defence from 2005 to 2015, Rajapaksa became known as the “Terminator” and as the head of the “white van commando” – so-called because of the white vans reportedly used to abduct and murder at least 14 journalists during that ten-year period.“Inspector Neomal Rangajeewa’s behaviour towards the photojournalist Akila Jayawardane is completely unacceptable,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It speaks to the extraordinary contempt for the media among certain members of the security forces close to President Rajapaksa’s circle, who are a symbol of the ‘dark decade’ in which so many journalists were murdered. We call on the government to punish all violence by officials against Sri Lanka’s journalists.”“Gota’s list”Inspector Rangajeewa went to the courthouse on 10 July to appear as one of the main defendants in the trial of those accused in connection with a massacre at Welikada prison, in a suburb of the capital, in November 2012.When a police special task force led by Rangajeewa was sent to “to quash illegal activities within the prison walls,” they ended up killing a total 27 inmates and wounding 43 others – supposedly in the course of suppressing a mutiny. But it emerged seven years later that most of the victims were on “Gota’s list” – then defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s list – of government opponents marked out for elimination.Sri Lanka is ranked 127th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts July 15, 2020 Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityPhotoreportageViolence RSF_en Organisation Sri Lankan police refuse protection to journalists threatened with death Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityPhotoreportageViolence Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the way a Sri Lankan police inspector reputedly close to the president was allowed to manhandle and threaten a newspaper photographer outside the courthouse where the inspector is being tried in connection with a prison massacre. This act of intimidation cannot go unpunished, RSF said. News January 28, 2020 Find out more
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Source: Pension Dashboard ProjectExample of state pension information displayed on the pension dashboardIt called for a single, public sector financial guidance body to provide the dashboard and for it to be funded by an industry levy.“Competition between pension providers over the presentation of the same information risks detracting from, or even acting counter to, competition over the quality of pension products,” the committee’s report said. “Rather than regulating the dashboards into consistency, it is far simpler just to have one dashboard.”The ABI hit back at the committee’s recommendation.Yvonne Braun, director of policy, long-term savings and protection at the association, said excluding industry participants would be a “huge missed opportunity”.“It is only thanks to the efforts and investment of the pensions industry that we have a prototype and are now able to talk about the practicalities of delivering a pensions dashboard for everyone to use,” Braun said.“It may be that an initial publicly hosted service is a pragmatic place to start given the stated aim to deliver a dashboard in 2019. But it would be a huge missed opportunity if we adopt a single dashboard as the final destination.“We know that people expect to be able to use sophisticated dashboards in the future, integrated with other services, that only the private sector will be able to provide.” “The case for a publicly-hosted pensions dashboard is clear cut,” the committee said in a report published today. “Consumers want simple, impartial, and trustworthy information.“Armed with such information, they will be more empowered to exercise choice in the decumulation product market, driving competition and consumer benefit.”Multiple dashboards from “self-interested” providers risked adding complexity to “a problem crying out for simplicity”, the committee added.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The UK’s proposed pension dashboard should be provided by a public sector body and not be subject to private sector competition and conflicts, politicians have argued.The Work and Pensions Select Committee – made up of MPs from the UK’s lower house – said today that a “dashboard” to display all of an individual’s pension savings in one place would be a “vital tool” for consumers.The government aims to introduce such a tool to the UK market next year. Work on prototypes has been led by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), with representatives from the pensions industry and support from a host of private sector groups.However, the committee said private sector suppliers should not be tasked with hosting the service.
The baseball team hosts Loyola Marymount on Tuesday night, hoping to kick its season into gear. The Trojans take on the Lions for the second time this season — a 2-run home run from senior Timmy Robinson led USC to a 4-3 victory on the road at Page Stadium the first time the two teams met in late February.The Trojans’ record currently sits at 11-11, but they have won four out of their last six games and will try to push their record back over .500 with a win against LMU.“Just let the momentum roll,” Robinson said. “Take it one game at a time, stay together as a team, and pick each other up.”After an encouraging series win against Cal to open up this season’s Pac-12 play, USC beat CSU Fullerton and had a three-game winning streak heading into the team’s last series against UC Santa Barbara. The Trojans struggled, dropping the first two games in Santa Barbara, but they returned to Dedeaux Field to salvage a win in the series finale.After giving up 15 runs in the first two games of the UCSB series, head coach Dan Hubbs challenged the Trojans’ pitching staff to perform to their potential.“That’s what it comes down to: If we pitch better, we’re going to go on our run,” Hubbs said. “If we don’t pitch better, we’re going to be right around .500 and hope that we win enough.”Hubbs focused on the need to keep pitches low in the zone and limiting walks.“With the guys who are out there, there’s enough arm strength and talent,” Hubbs said. “They just have to stay within themselves and not overthrow.”Hubbs also told his pitchers to trust in their ability and the hard work they have been putting in between games.“I’m handing you the ball for a reason because I think you can get this done,” Hubbs said, “And it’s on them to go out and do it.”Redshirt junior pitcher Joe Navilhon, who earned the win in Saturday’s game, agreed with his coach and said it was up to the pitching staff to pick the team up.“I think if we pound the zone and really compete, we have a good shot at winning a lot more games,” Navilhon said. “If we play our game and give our team a chance to win on the mound, our hitters have shown that they can score runs for us.”Indeed, the Trojan bats awoke from their slumber in the series finale. Robinson led with 2 home runs and five RBIs as USC tallied 14 hits en route to a 9-5 victory. Now tied with junior catcher Jeremy Martinez in home runs — overtaking sophomore Adalberto Carrillo — Robinson said the Trojans just needed to take the field with confidence.“It doesn’t matter who we play. We have to play our game … and we have to keep fighting,” Robinson said.USC faces off next against an LMU team just recovering from a six-game losing streak, all within the span of one week in March. The Lions rebounded to win four of their next six games, however, and will look to avenge their early season loss to the Trojans on Tuesday before traveling to San Diego for a three-game set.First pitch between the Trojans and LMU is set for 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field.