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Army said to be holding tamil journalist who went missing five weeks ago

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first_img Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News July 29, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of journalist Subramaniam Ramachandran, who went missing north of Jaffna on 15 February. The circumstances of his disappearance prove that the army was involved. July 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka March 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Army said to be holding tamil journalist who went missing five weeks ago Help by sharing this information to go further Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en Following the police chief’s recent admission that the security forces have been involved in abductions, Reporters Without Borders today said it was in a position to affirm that the military participated in the arrest of journalist Subramaniam Ramachandran on 15 February north of Jaffna. Colleagues think he is now being held secretly at a military camp.”We appeal to the authorities to take action to locate and Ramachandran and have him released,” the press freedom organisation said. “The fact that the government publicly acknowledges the participation of the security forces in kidnapping and forced disappearance is very worrying, but at the same time gives us hope that Ramachandran is still alive.”Prior to his abduction in the Vadamaradchi area to the north of Jaffna, Ramachandran had written for the Tamil daily Yarl Thinakural about the involvement of a businessman and military officers in sand illegal trafficking. His stories gave such details as the licence numbers of the vehicles involved and the businessman’s connections with certain officers. Following their publication, a judge intervened and ordered the confiscation of a vehicle used in the trafficking. At the same time, Tamil Tigers torched another vehicle used by the traffickers. All this angered the businessman and the soldiers concerned.Ramachandran seems to have been threatened by the Tamil Tigers in the past for having good relations with members of the security forces. The LTTE intelligence services are said to have investigated him in November 2006 after he took photos of a meeting organised in honour of its top leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran. But colleagues said he was no longer under threat from the LTTE at the time of his kidnapping.The circumstances of his disappearance establish beyond any doubt that the army was involved. Accompanied by a friend, he left the school he runs in Karaveddy at around 6 p.m. on 15 February. When they arrived next to the Kalikai Junction military camp, soldiers ordered them to stop for questioning. Ramachandran was taken into the camp while his friend was asked to leave.According to witness, a vehicle containing a military intelligence officer, two members of the EPDP (a pro-government Tamil militia) and an army informer arrived one hour later, and then left a few minutes after that with Ramachandran. His family has had no word of him since then. Several Jaffna-based journalists say he is being held in a military camp in the north of the island. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News News January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Dell Technologies Named a 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for HCI

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first_imgDell Technologies is pleased to announce that thanks to our fantastic customers, Dell EMC HCI has been recognized as a March 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI). There is nothing more important to us than our customers, and so our team understandably takes great pride in this distinction.In its announcement, Gartner explains, “The Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.” To ensure fair evaluation, Gartner maintains rigorous criteria for recognizing vendors with a high customer satisfaction rate.For this distinction, a vendor must have a minimum of 50 published reviews with an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars or higher in the past year. With more than 80 verified published reviews of Dell EMC VxRail and VxFlex, we feel confident that we are meeting our continued commitment to delight customers with HCI and software-defined storage (SDS) solutions.Here are some excerpts from your peers that may be of value as you make your IT infrastructure decisions:“They promised us a ‘mythical unicorn’ of IT; VxRail definitely delivered” – Senior Network Analyst II, Education (read full review)“VxRail is a must for any IT leader looking to improve performance and ease operations”– Global Director of IT Infrastructure and Operations, Manufacturing (read full review)“VxRail helped us deploy VDI for 1000+ students & teachers easily. It’s a huge success” – Manager of Technology Service Operations, Education (read full review) “Build your Future with Dell EMC VxFlex”- Vice President of IT, Retail (read review)Read more reviews for VxRail here and VxFlex here.As demonstrated above, customers choose Dell EMC HCI and SDS offerings for its ease of use and improvement in performance.We are deeply proud not only to be honored as a March 2020 Customers’ Choice for HCI but also as a January 2020 Customers’ Choice for Primary Storage and Distributed File Systems and Object Storage Gartner Peer Insights markets. We know that the majority of our customers will have a need for both HCI and storage for the foreseeable future, and Dell Technologies can deliver industry-leading offers in both.To all our customers who submitted reviews, thank you! These reviews inform our products, shape our services, and help define our customer journey. We look forward to continuing our partnership with you to deliver products and solutions that simplify IT and building upon the customer experience that has earned us this distinction!If you have a Dell EMC story to share, we encourage you to join the Gartner Peer Insights crowd and weigh in.Disclaimer: Listed as “Dell EMC” on Gartner Peer InsightsThe GARTNER PEER INSIGHTS CUSTOMERS’ CHOICE badge is a trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc., and/or its affiliates, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates.last_img read more

Guyanese boxers happy to be back home

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first_imgCOLIN Lewis, Desmond Amsterdam, Dennis Thomas and Keevin Allicock, four of Guyana’s national boxers are now back home after being stranded for months in Cuba due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The four men who are Olympic Boxing hopefuls were sent to Cuba in January 2020 to undergo training for the qualifiers which were scheduled to take place in Argentina in April.The boxers were scheduled to return home on March 22 but were unable to do so as Guyana’s National COVID-19 Task Force (NCTF) closed the country’s borders and airspace to control the spread of the coronavirus.Speaking to the Department of Information (DPI), Director of Sport, Christopher Jones explained when the country implemented lockdown measures the National Sports Commission took the responsibility of the boxers to ensure that their accommodation and other needs were taken care of.“This also would not have been possible without the support of Halim Majeed and the Guyana Embassy in Cuba,” he noted. Jones disclosed that they facilitated in transporting the young men to Havana, Cuba from where they were being housed initially.“Throughout the Caribbean, the Government has been making efforts to repatriate Guyanese from the different states and with some collaborative effort from Caribbean Airlines Limited, we were able to bring home Guyanese from Jamaica, Barbados and Cuba,” Jones stated.The visibly happy quartet told DPI that while the experience was a trying one, they did their best to maintain a positive outlook and commended the NCTF, the National Sports Commission and the Guyana Olympic Association for their efforts to bring them home.Desmond Amsterdam said while the experience was “quite challenging” he made the best of it as the pandemic was unprecedented. “Things weren’t perfect but I tried to cope with it and I am happy and relieved to be back home.”Keevin Allicock echoed similar comments noting it was “tough to be away from family for so long” but I learned a lot from the experience.The boxers were among 101 persons who returned home after being stranded in Cuba, Jamaica and Barbados due to the ongoing pandemic. (DPI)last_img read more

Regy Thorpe to become general manager, head coach at New York’s NLL team

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ On Monday, Syracuse associate head coach Regy Thorpe announced that he is leaving Syracuse to become the general manager and head coach of New York’s National Lacrosse League team, Syracuse Athletics announced. Thorpe joined head coach Gary Gait’s staff in 2010 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2015.During his time as a coach at SU, Thorpe was on the sidelines for eight NCAA tournaments including six semifinal games and two national championship games.Thorpe also played at Syracuse in 1992 and 1993. During that time, he led the Orange to two title game appearances and their fifth NCAA title. He was also an All-American in the 1993 season.“I would like to thank Gary and all of the assistant coaches and staff members who I have had the privilege of learning from over the years,” Thorpe said in a press release. “An opportunity to coach at your alma mater is a dream come true, and I have lived that dream for the last nine seasons.”After leaving Syracuse, Thorpe spent 15 years playing for the Rochester Knighthawks. In that time, Thorpe helped bring league titles to Rochester in 1997 and 2007. In his final season with the Knighthawks, Thorpe served as the general manager, the same position he will hold next NLL season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m very excited for Regy as he takes on his next challenge in his coaching career,” Gait said. Published on January 14, 2019 at 7:12 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more