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Government blocks critical news websites, says they have to register

first_img January 13, 2021 Find out more November 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government blocks critical news websites, says they have to register to go further Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that access to four leading news websites –SriLankaMirror, SriLankaGuardian, Paparacigossip9, and LankaWayNews– has been blocked on the media and information ministry’s orders since 6 November, a day after the ministry suddenly announced that news websites with “any content relating to Sri Lanka” needed to register without delay.“We deplore this measure, which reinforces government control over online media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Several news sites had already been blocked by the government, and now this requirement to register with the information ministry poses an additional serious threat to the already limited online freedom of expression.“We also condemn any attempt to control coverage of the ongoing ‘White Flag’ trial of former army commander Sarath Fonseka or to limit criticism of the government, no matter how virulent, for which journalists have been threatened. The information ministry must lift these blocking orders and rescind this new requirement. And we call on commercial telecom companies to stop blocking sites at the government’s behest.”The announcement that news websites need to register with the media and information ministry and obtain accreditation came on 5 November, shortly after the secretary to the ministry, W.B. Ganegala, had accused certain websites earlier the same day of constantly defaming senior government officials.It is not yet known how news websites are supposed to register or what sanctions they face if they refuse to comply. Some website journalists reportedly went to the ministry and requested registration forms only to discover that no procedures have so far been put in place.The number of blocked sites has risen steadily in recent weeks. They include the Lanka-e-News site, which was blocked at the end of October by state-owned Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) and privately-owned Internet service provider Dialog Axiata PLC without Lanka-e-News being given any explanation. Reporters Without Borders interviewed Lanka-e-News editor Sandaruwan Senadheera at the time (read the interview). The decision to block the site was upheld by a court today.Sri Lanka is classified as a “country under surveillance” in the Reporters Without Borders report on “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 158th out of 178 countries in the Reporters Without Borders annual press freedom index. News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News July 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trialcenter_img Organisation News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts July 29, 2020 Find out more News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge RSF_en last_img read more

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Exit poll gives SF’s Martin Kenny a clear lead in Sligo Leitrim

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Exit poll gives SF’s Martin Kenny a clear lead in Sligo Leitrim Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Sinn Fein’s Martin Kenny is set to top the poll in Sligo Leitrim, on foot of an opinion poll carried out by IT Sligo and Ocean FM.The constituency contains parts of South Donegal, which were included in the exit poll.The poll give Martin Kenny of Sinn Fein 21.1%, Marc McSharry of Fianna Fail 13.7% and his party colleague Eamon Scanlon 11.8%. All three are outgoing TDs.Next comes Independent Marion Harkin, a former TD and MEP.Frank Feighan of Fine Gael comes next on 10.5%, his party colleague Thomas Walsh on 6.4%, Declan Bree of Independents for Change 4%, Blaithin Gallagher of the Green Party on 3.8%, with Labour’s Nessa Cosgrove and Fianna Fail’s Shane Ellis both on 3.2% Twitter Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – February 9, 2020 Facebook Google+ Facebook Elections 2020Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Pinterest Previous articleBarry McNamee signs for Finn HarpsNext articleDonegal v Galway Double Header LIVE on Highland News Highland Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

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Does your overdraft management program offer these 5 critical features?

first_imgIt’s a New Year! It’s a great time to take a close look at your overdraft management program and its role in helping you achieve your credit union’s goals for 2018 and beyond.  Is your current solution one that meets the needs of your members, your regulators, your staff, and your board of directors?  When considering the efficacy of your overdraft management program/software, ensure that it offers the following 5 critical features: 1 – Experienced Solution Provider with Access to Experts & Best PracticesHaving an experienced solution provider with flexibility, multi-platform knowledge, a full team of experts and best practices to tap into is essential. Does the company have knowledgeable and experienced staff well-versed in compliance, operations, and finance?  Does the company allow (or is it even capable of allowing) you to make choices?  For example, do you have a choice to advertise the limit (or not) and have you been informed about the pros and cons of each approach?  When a choice is made, will you be supported?  Proper disclosures and well-trained staff is a must when you realign your overdraft program to meet regulatory requirements.  Make sure those points will be facilitated by your partnership choice. Best practices are accumulated through time-tested experiences and will enable you to be prepared for examinations.  You should have access to the latest information and assurances that you have access to subject matter experts with decades of credit union experience ready to assist with important program decisions.2 – Proven Dynamic LimitsDid you know that all overdraft programs are dynamic in nature?  One must evaluate if the dynamic limit approach should be based on simple limit options, or logic-based multiple limit assignments.  For example, a simple two-option dynamic limit requires unnecessary effort to facilitate and doesn’t meet everyone’s needs.  In some cases, that simplicity can be harmful to the member resulting in an unnecessary account closure.   One must also question if the approach is the same as it was 20 years ago.  If so, then it is likely the provider hasn’t invested intellectual capital and development to the product.  Consider an approach applying relationship logic to meet the needs of each unique member while reducing costly losses and human resources who are trying to determine repayment risk.  With the proper approach, it is possible to be near equilibrium to revenue and attrition.  Did you know you can deploy proven dynamic limits where 99%+ of monitored overdraft events repay the negative balance?    Examiners understand there is a need for overdraft services, and appreciate your efforts in preventing members from charging off and then becoming unbanked.  3 – Unique FeaturesKeys to an efficient program include relationship tracking for transaction risk, evaluating other non-interest income opportunities and providing a consistent message to members.  A sign of a good product and service is the provider’s constant willingness to listen to creative ideas and invest in new features.  Look for unique functionality outside the typical overdraft box.  Some examples in evaluating a provider: Does the solution provider understand how to implement deposit trend marketing campaigns?Does the provider use predictive attrition analysis to adjust to your unique demographics or provide data science techniques enabling important business decisions? Does the provider allow the option to notify consumers of the service and the overdraft limit amount? Does the provider offer a Mobile Deposit Risk score?And on and on…. 4 – Full Analysis of Performance & Reporting There is constant change in both the regulatory environment and consumer activity that can impact how you meet your members’ needs.  Periodic full data analysis of program performance specific to your credit union (but comparing you to peer data) from an experienced data science team is critical to success.  Information during the review should include multiple points of peer data on Reg. E, waivers, refunds, attrition, paid item amounts, usage and deposits. You should have trusted advisors providing you with recommendations as needed for adjustments to the dynamic limit logic.  Ask what type of data tools are used.  Ask if they have formal impact analysis output and how they will review business decisions your organization may be considering.  Find a proven approach utilizing years of constant data from millions of accounts derived from hundreds of financial institutions with billions of data points, and decades of experience from subject matter experts.  Ensure that peer data is provided from a myriad of credit unions from different regions, asset sizes and core systems.  Always make sure you own the data, logic, and direction of your program with the support of expert professional guidance.  As for the reporting your credit union receives, you should feel confident that the reports provide actionable information for management, operations, and examiners. Can you create custom reports in a simple manner to reduce IT department workload?  Do you have access to all the data that the system generates? Do you have access to real-time dashboards of key metrics to monitor the health of your overdraft services?5 – Training & Support You should have assistance with proper documentation that outlines the operational procedures supporting your credit union’s overdraft program.  Training materials should cover specifics like member-friendly and regulatory-friendly Reg. E discussions, understanding dynamic limits and proper non-discriminatory granting of fee refunds.  Training should be available in formats that best fit the organization, such as online webinars and the option to have professional trainers on-site. Also, look for helpful sessions included with your partnership where you can meet with a network of peers for group training, providing you an opportunity to refresh your knowledge of the software’s capabilities and ask questions of fellow participants.  When entering a partnership that impacts members, management, and staff, make sure you are comfortable with the firm you choose – not just the software.  You have a right to know if you will have access to prompt, responsive resources should the need arise.  And be sure to inquire whether you will be working with staff who are easily reachable and who are fully employed by the solution provider you are considering. 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tim Barrett With 20+ years’ experience working with 150+ financial institutions, Tim has helped improve service, institutional culture and ultimately shareholder value managing engagements focused on non-interest revenue improvement, front line training, … Web: myvelocity.com Detailslast_img read more

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New York’s Coronavirus Death Rate Declines for First Time in Two Weeks

first_imgAn additional 594 New Yorkers have died from the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.While still significant, that number actually represents the state’ first daily decline in many days, as hospitalizations also dropped.By comparison, he reported 630 fatalities on Saturday, which was the worst day in New York’s fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.A total of 4,159 New Yorkers have died out of 122,031 confirmed cases, says Cuomo, who continues to advise people to be cautious.“The coronavirus is truly vicious and effective,” he said in his now-daily Albany press briefing. “It’s an effective killer.”As far as the reasoning behind the decrease in the number of deaths, Cuomo suggested that his state is now be reaching the disease’s apex, which could be more of a leveling out as opposed to a sharp peak. “The apex could be a plateau and we could be on that plateau now,” he said, adding that the trajectory should become clearer this week.A total of 574 new hospitalizations were reported in New York on Sunday, as compared to 1,095 on Saturday and 1,427 on Friday.The last time that fewer than 600 new hospitalizations were reported in the state was on March 22, with 586.“That’s partially a function of more people being discharged,” Cuomo said. “And that’s great news.”last_img read more

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What does it mean to win an England Golf Award?

first_img Tags: Drax Golf Club, England Golf Awards, Liam Ridgill, Young Ambassador of the Year What does it mean to win an England Golf Award? What difference does it make? As we search for our 2019 winners, we set those questions for Liam Ridgill, our 2018 Young Ambassador of the Year.Liam is the captain of Drax Golf Club in Yorkshire, taking on the role at the age of just 23! He is the youngest captain in the club’s history and the only person to have been both junior and club captain.Winning the award has had a great influence on his year. He explains:“The award came a catalyst for success, not only personally but for the club and more importantly in my eyes, the game as a whole. I have always aimed to help modernise the game and attract younger players to all golf clubs. After all, it is a fantastic social sport that has served me well since picking up my first 7-iron at the age of eight.“I’m happy to say that through further initiatives from members’ benefit schemes and other developments at the club, we have seen 34 new members this year – with the majority never been members of golf clubs before!“While it has been fantastic welcoming new players to the game, I have tried to focus on keeping people playing and involved in the sport. In the busy 21st century, some of us unfortunately don’t find the time to play golf, mixing it with work and family time. This is why in March 2018 we at Drax introduced “Sticks at 6”.“It was a new 9-hole social gathering which was run by myself every Wednesday from March to mid-September to encourage people to pick up their clubs for 9 holes at 6pm.“This was also a great way to integrate new members with longer serving members of the club. Two of the new members, off the back of our first Sticks at 6, managed to reach the semi-finals of our doubles knockout competition.“From the success of this year, I encourage all clubs in England to host their own Sticks at 6 and keep their members engaged with the club.“As you can imagine, being a club captain at such a young age has been a happy challenge. However it has now put me in good stead, along with the award, to start looking at the future of golf in terms of junior players.“When I first joined Drax as a 12 year old, we had 40+ juniors. Sadly, over the years the number has unfortunately dwindled. My focus for 2019 and the following years will be around encouraging and supporting the younger generation of players and trying to encourage those of school/university age to take up the sport we all know and love.“I’m hoping to draw on the award to show people of a young age that golf is a game for everyone. I believe that England Golf has fantastic values that can be relayed to a wide audience using all forms of social media. Drax members have come to embrace platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and it is now an invaluable part of our marketing strategy.”Know someone equally deserving for 2019? Nominate now for one of these categories:Most Welcoming Club of the Year, sponsored by HowDidiDoLifetime Service AwardVolunteer of the YearYoung Ambassador of the Year, in association with The Golf FoundationCoach of the Year, sponsored by The PGACounty of the YearInnovation Award, sponsored by Players 1stTo find out more click here. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 30 November 2018.Caption: Liam Ridgill (right) is pictured with TV presenter Dan Walker (left) and Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation. 13 Nov 2018 What does it mean to win an England Golf Award? last_img read more

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Vote for Your Favorite Two River Eatery

first_imgOnly a few days left to nominate your favorite food, specialty market or waterfront dining spot for  The Two River Times Top Food & Drink Picks.Email your choices by June 17 to [email protected] year’s Top Picks were:EATERIESBagelBagel Oven, Red BankBreakfast SpotEdie’s, Little SilverChineseTemple, Red BankFried ChickenClaudie’s, MiddletownHamburgerBarnacle Bill’s, RumsonHot DogWindmill, Red BankItalianUndici, RumsonJapaneseYumi, Sea BrightMexicanSenor Pepper’s, Red BankPizzaMr. Pizza Slice, Red BankPork Roll SandwichSlater’s Deli, LeonardoSeafoodSea Bright Fish Co.,Sea BrightThaiMuang Thai, Red BankWaterfront DiningBahrs/Moby’s, HighlandsMARKETSButcherSabatos, New MonmouthDelicatessenBrennan’s, RumsonGourmet MarketSickles, Little SilverItalian Specialty StoreTaliercio’s, MiddletownSeafood MarketThe Lusty Lobster, HighlandsSWEETSBakeryFlaky Tart, Atlantic HighlandsCupcakeSugarush, Red BankDonutsDelicious Orchards, Colts NeckIce CreamHoffman’s, Little Silverlast_img read more

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Angels ascend to Derby heaven…by a whisker

first_imgDerby fans had plenty to be hoarse about as they staggered out of the Rossland Arena on Sept. 11 after narrowly winning what was arguably the fiercest and closest derby bout the West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League has ever seen.  Hometown Gnarlie’s Angels fans were out in force in rock star red and with fire in the belly, but they were almost outdone by a massive contingent of true blue supporters chanting feverishly for Salmo’s Babes of Brutality. When the old foes faced off, the structural integrity of the arena’s new roof was distinctly threatened by cowbells and hoopla.  “The place was nuts,” said Coach Vegas of the Angels. “I’ve never seen that much excitement in one place in Rossland. We were pretty lucky it all went our way right at the end. We were pretty lit up.” Luck may have played a role, but steely nerves, cunning strategy, and the blood, sweat, and tears of three two-hour practices a week all season long greased the wheels for the searing season finale between the top Kootenay teams. From the outset, the Angels were trailing the Babes. “Eighty per cent of the game, we were feeling pretty demoralized,” Coach Vegas recalled. Part of the problem was the penalty box packed with Angels. Blockers in particular were under the scrutiny of a very experienced crew of refs brought in especially for the game, most of them from Edmonton. “I got a little upset a few times, but then simmered down when I saw the rationale and thought about it,” Vegas said. “They don’t miss a lot; they’re pretty on it.” Derby teams depend on blockers to stop the opposing jammer and let through their own. The more times a jammer circles the pack of blockers, the more points the team earns, but both blockers and jammers can get penalties. At first the Angels were caught blocking too far from the pack or while facing in the wrong direction. Short blockers on the track, the Babes managed to ring up hefty leads, particularly under the jammership of the indomitable Beretta Lynch, who took a number of key lead jams. In the final seconds of the first period, the Angels’ captain, Canuck Norris, managed to snag the lead jam and kept rolling up points during the overtime allowed by the two minute lead jam limit. Although Norris’s sprint roughly tied the teams in the 80s, the second period was marked by super-pumped Salmo exuberance as the Babes bumped up over 100, leaving the Angels in their dust. With 15 seconds left on the clock, and trailing well behind the Babes, Coach Vegas had to yell, jump, and wildly wave his hands to get the referees’ attention to call a time out. He was finally noticed and the Angels came together for a final pep talk. Back on the track, Canuck Norris blitzed through pack to take lead jam status. Moments later, Babe jammer Beretta Lynch was sent to the box for a back block. “That changed history,” Coach Vegas recalled. “That changed the whole game.” Unable to accumulate points with their jammer in the box, the clock ran out on the Babes and Norris kept cycling the pack, racking up points in her two minute jam until the game was won. Please check out this gallery for action-packed shots of the evening’s bone-crunching festivities.last_img read more

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Goal-line stand preserves 23-18 victory for Our Glass, defending champion Castlegar Vikings hit win column

first_imgNelson Our Glass Ogs used a goal-line stand during the five-play rule to edge Steamshovel Brewers 23-18 in West Kootenay Flag Football League action Sunday afternoon at the Mount Sentinel High School Field.The win moves Our Glass into sole possession of second place in league standings with a 2-1 record. Dam Inn Mates, idle Sunday, lead the league with a 3-0 mark.In the other game, Castlegar Vikings moved into a three-way tie for third spot with a 48-6 victory over Trail Thundercats.Our Glass appeared to be down and out in the game against the Brewers.The Steamshovel held leads of 6-1 and 18-1 before the Ogs came roaring back, scoring 22 unanswered points.But it was the goal line stand that sealed the game as the Brewers moved the ball to the one-yard line thanks to a pass interference call, but no farther.Greg Kinnear, Steamshovel quarterback Steven Doyle, rushing for a TD, and Jon Francis scored majors for the Brewers.Mota on fire at the QB positionSteve Mota tossed five touchdown passes, three to Jason Trower, to lead the defending league champions to its first win of the season.Jaime Simpson, Carl Perepolkin and John Lloyd also scored majors.Lloyd, pitching relief for Mota, also connected for a pair of touchdowns.Trail’s lone TD was a 50-yard pass and run play from Cats’ pivot Colin Janzen to wide receiver Davin McKay. WKMFFL idle for Thanks for Giving WeekendThe West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football is idle to allow players to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.The league resumes Sunday, October 16 with Nelson Our Glass Ogs meeting Castlegar Vikings at 11 a.m. and Trail Thundercats battling undefeated Dam Inn Mates at 1 [email protected]last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Youth Soccer U14 Girl’s Selects

first_imgIt’s never easy for staff at Mallard’s Source for sports to choose the Team of the Week recipient during Rep Soccer Playdown season.That’s because Nelson Youth Soccer fields so many good teams. However, following a close look at the winners heading off to the BC Soccer Provincial B Championships, Mallard’s staff settled on the Nelson U14 Girl’s Selects as the Team of the Week winner.The squad posted a 4-1 victory over Kootenay East from Cranbrook in the Kootenay Final to advance to the BC Soccer Provincial B Championships July 7-10 in Penticton.Ella Peloso held off the Kootenay East charge in goal while Farrah Marzicola, with a pair of goals and Abby Teasdale and Aube Jolicoeur scored for the Nelson-based cluub.Sydney Benson, Anna Bakas, Abby Teasdale, Aube Jolicoeur, Ivie Lock-Luttmer, Abby Jackson, Teigan Barnhart, Ruby Linnen, Nicola Anderson, Isabel Curiston. Front, Freya Holman, Phoenix Tailleur, Alexis Dyck, Semegn Atkinson, Ella Peloso, Farrah Marzicola and Addis Atkinson.Coaches are Clive Jackson and Darren Peloso.last_img read more

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Brighton boss Hyypia hits out at ‘Wild West’ defending after defeat at Brentford

first_imgBrighton boss Sami Hyypia bemoaned his side’s ‘Wild West’ attitude to defending as they crashed 3-2 at Brentford.Albion were always playing catch up after conceding first-half goals by Moses Odubajo and Andre Gray.Although Seagulls skipper Gordon Greer pulled a goal back before half-time, Jonathan Douglas made it 3-1 early in the second period and Danny Holla’s cracking effort from 20 yards proved only a consolation.Hyypia said: “In the first half we were a little bit open in our defending, and made it too easy for Brentford to attack and to score goals.“We need to be a little bit more patient in defending and save our legs when we’re trying to defend compactly.“You can’t go to the game with the kind of attitude of playing like the Wild West and have confidence you can always score one more than the opposition.“We need to talk about that, work on it on the training field and hopefully correct it ready for Tuesday [against Ipswich].”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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