OFT to probe Thomas Cook and Co-op merger

first_imgFriday 7 January 2011 3:10 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.com Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is to probe a move by Thomas Cook and the Co-operative Group to merge their High Street travel businesses.The European Commission had studied the deal but decided the OFT was better placed to investigate because the merger would only affect UK business.Thomas Cook said it would “continue to work closely with the OFT to obtain a rapid clearance”. whatsapp whatsappcenter_img Share John Dunne OFT to probe Thomas Cook and Co-op merger More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comlast_img read more

Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) 2011 Annual Report

first_imgMauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu)  2011 annual report.Company ProfileMauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited is a leading insurance company headquartered in Mauritius that provides insurance products and services for private individuals, SMEs, and corporates in Mauritius, where services such as property insurance against damage to building and other structures, machinery equipment, motor insurance; liability insurance, including employers, family, product, professional indemnity, public, directors and officers liability, accident and health insurance are offered. Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) Q12018 Interim Report

first_imgAtlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu)  2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAtlantic Leaf Properties Limited is a real estate company incorporated in Mauritius. The company is the first pound dominated Global Business Licence company to be listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited invests in high quality, investment grade real estate assets and companies which deliver solid returns for investors through both income and quality growth. Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited is listed on the Mauritius Stock Exchange as well as the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.last_img read more

EkoCorp Plc (EKOCOR.ng) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgEkoCorp Plc (EKOCOR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Health sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about EkoCorp Plc (EKOCOR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the EkoCorp Plc (EKOCOR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: EkoCorp Plc (EKOCOR.ng)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileEkoCorp Plc provides hospital and medical care services in Nigeria through direct health and medical insurance carriers. These include medical practitioners, dieticians, diabetic nurse educators, foot care specialists and ophthalmologists. Consultant services include general surgery, orthopedic surgery, grammatology, otorhinolaryngology audiology and speech therapy, dental surgery, radiology, Physiotherapy, endoscopy, anesthesia, obstetrics and gynecology, radiotherapy and oncology. EkoCorp Plc offers immunological screening for thyroid antibodies, thyroid adrenal anti-nuclear antibodies and pediatric endocrinology services. Other services address healthcare needs for ENT, dental, vision, auditory, dialysis, pathology, psychiatric and prostate screening and diagnostics. The company also provides extended cover protection for dread disease, medical complications as well as general life insurance cover. A subsidiary of EkoCorp Plc manufactures a range of pharmaceutical preparations. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. EkoCorp Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Still have your money in a Cash ISA? Here’s why your retirement could be at risk

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Harvey Jones | Monday, 17th February, 2020 Image source: Getty Images. I remember the days when it was just about worth taking out a Cash ISA. If I cast my mind far enough back, I can vaguely remember getting interest rates of 5% or 6%, possibly even 7%. That’s right, on cash.It seems unthinkable now, given that the max you can get today is 1.4% on instant access, and you know that won’t last long, because the bank is only using it as a teaser rate to drum up business. That’s why I would recommend investing in a Stocks and Shares ISA instead, as this gives you access to the greater growth potential of the stock market.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Too many people still hold legacy Cash ISAs, taken out in the days when people believed that ‘cash is king’, a statement that simply doesn’t hold true any longer. Many could have tens of thousands of pounds sitting in there, wasting away.Cash doesn’t cut it anymoreWhile everybody needs a bit of cash for emergencies, you do not want to leave your long-term savings on deposit. That could prove disastrous for your retirement, as cash won’t generate the growth you need to build a big enough nest egg to retire on comfortably.Too many people remain wedded to the concept of the Cash ISA, because it seems safe. The stock market scares them, because it is more volatile. However, the only guarantee that cash gives you is that the value of your money will erode in real terms, as it falls behind inflation.Inflation has fallen lately, halving from 3.1% to 1.5% in the last couple of years, but that is still more than you will get on almost every cash account. By contrast, history shows that equities have delivered an average long-term total return of 7% a year, with dividends invested, not just protecting the value of your money in real terms, but boosting it.Invest your money to growTalking of dividends, that is another way shares are superior to cash. Currently, the FTSE All-Share delivers an average yield of 4.24% a year, which is three times the rate on a best buy Cash ISA. Over the last five years, the index has delivered a total return of 35.6%. That would have turned £10,000 into £13,560. The FTSE 250 index has done even better, turning £10,000 into £14,890.By contrast, the average savings account paid just 0.5%, which would have turned £10,000 into just £10,252, an astonishing £3,308 less than the FTSE All-Share and a hefty £4,638 less than the FTSE 250.However, it is over the longer run that shares really score. If your £10,000 generates 7% a year growth over 40 years, you will end up with a quite incredible £149,745. If it gets an average return of, say, 2% a year in the bank, you will have just £22,080.That is a huge difference. How huge? I’d say the difference between a happy retirement, and an unhappy one. So watch out for cash. It can do more harm than good. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Still have your money in a Cash ISA? Here’s why your retirement could be at risk I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Harvey Joneslast_img read more

6.5% dividend yields! 2 UK shares I’d buy in my ISA for 2021 and hold for a decade

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild | Thursday, 7th January, 2021 | More on: GLO UU Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I continued to buy UK shares in my Stocks and Shares ISA in 2020 despite the global economic downturn. I plan to keep building my shares portfolio in 2021, too, even though the outlook remains as clear as mud.And why wouldn’t I? There are still stacks and stacks of top stocks that should deliver brilliant shareholder returns in 2021 and beyond. Here are two top-quality, dividend-paying UK shares on my ISA radar today:5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…#1: United Utilities GroupWater supplier United Utilities Group (LSE: UU) is one of the safest bets out there for these uncertain times. The essential nature of its service provides it with terrific earnings visibility whatever happens to the domestic economy. This underpins the FTSE 100 firm’s long, long record of paying above-average dividends.Utilities providers aren’t completely without risk, of course. The threat of legislative action to rein in shareholder rewards is always running in the background. For the next half a decade or so, though, this is not something that United Utilities investors need to worry about. Ofwat’s seventh Asset Management Plan runs until 2025, for one, giving it a clear view for the next several years. And the UK share doesn’t have to worry about the threat of nationalisation under a future Labour government until around that time either.United Utilities’s huge defensive qualities should lay the groundwork for more dividend hikes in the short term and beyond. City analysts agree with me and reckon annual payouts will rise this fiscal year (to March 2021) and again in the following period. Consequently, the FTSE 100 share sports huge yields of 4.9% and 5% for this year and next.#2: ContourGlobalFTSE 250 stock Contour Global is another UK share that’s a perfect buy during the era of coronavirus. In fact it’s proven even more resilient than United Utilities in the past 12 months. It said back in October that “we have experienced no material operational or financial impact from Covid-19”.Quite a relief for UK share investors nervous about building their portfolios in 2021, then. City analysts certainly aren’t nervous about the power station operator. They reckon annual earnings will rise in the teens this year. And this leads to predictions of more market-beating dividends. This means ContourGlobal’s yield for 2021 sits at a gigantic 6.5%.Don’t just think that the business is a comfort blanket for these turbulent times, however. Rocketing energy consumption across the world means that demand for ContourGlobal’s services should continue rising for many years into the future. The US Energy Information Administration reckons that global world energy consumption will soar by around 50% between 2018 and 2050. More and more power plants will be needed to meet this need, obviously.And what’s more, this UK share remains busy on the acquisition front to give future earnings an extra boost. Last month, ContourGlobal spent almost $840m on a string of plants in the US and the Caribbean. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 6.5% dividend yields! 2 UK shares I’d buy in my ISA for 2021 and hold for a decade Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Royston Wild Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

Bosque da Ribeira / Anastasia Arquitetos

first_imgBosque da Ribeira / Anastasia ArquitetosSave this projectSaveBosque da Ribeira / Anastasia Arquitetos Bosque da Ribeira / Anastasia Arquitetos ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/455827/bosque-da-ribeira-anastasia-arquitetos Clipboard Projects Year:  ArchDaily Save this picture!Courtesy of Anastasia Arquitetos+ 28 Share Area:  650 m² Area:  650 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Brazil Houses Architects: Anastasia Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/455827/bosque-da-ribeira-anastasia-arquitetos Clipboard CopyHouses•Nova Lima, Brazil Photographs 2013 Year:  Photographs:  Courtesy of anastasia arquitetosSave this picture!Courtesy of Anastasia ArquitetosRecommended ProductsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewText description provided by the architects. Bosque da Ribeira Residence is situated in a residential neighborhood in Nova Lima, a city near Belo Horizonte – Brazil – with built area of 650 square meters. The residence is at the limit of an allotment, adjacent to an environmental reserve. Thus the residence seeks to create a visual interface and harmonious deployment with the environment, taking full advantage of covered of the forest and featuring a staggered volumetry, decreasing the higher volumes observed in the street. Save this picture!Courtesy of Anastasia ArquitetosThe landscaping designed for the residence complements the relationship with the forest. The leisure area, swimming pool and terrace are focused on the landscape, with privacy preserved by the slope, and, as well as the social area, are covered.  Save this picture!Courtesy of Anastasia ArquitetosTo protect it from sunstroke north, coincident with sight, we created a balcony with two levels of coverage, to light up the room without direct solar irradiation, and zenithal illumination protected by wooden pergolado in the lounge. The house is organized as follows: sauna and rest at street level (basement), social area on the ground floor, 4 meters higher than the street, and private areas on the second floor. Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!Courtesy of Anastasia ArquitetosBosque da Ribeira Residence is situated in a residential neighborhood in Nova Lima, a city near Belo Horizonte – Brazil – with built area of 650 square meters. The residence is at the limit of an allotment, adjacent to an environmental reserve. Thus the residence seeks to create a visual interface and harmonious deployment with the environment, taking full advantage of covered of the forest and featuring a staggered volumetry, decreasing the higher volumes observed in the street.Project gallerySee allShow lessLight Matters: Glass Beyond Transparency with James CarpenterArticlesReconstructing Space, Reconstructing Community in JapanArchitecture News Share 2013 “COPY” CopyAbout this officeAnastasia ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNova LimaHousesBrazilPublished on December 09, 2013Cite: “Bosque da Ribeira / Anastasia Arquitetos” 09 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Guerrilla Marketing

first_img  10 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 December 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Guerrilla Marketinglast_img read more

British Red Cross project marks 5 years of Syria crisis

first_img Grayson Perry, Ken Loach, and Shazia Mirza are among a number of artists, actors, and celebrities joining school children and refugees in a project to mark five years of the Syrian humanitarian crisis.The British Red Cross Postcards for Syria project has seen Perry (main image), Loach and Mirza, among others, produce postcard artworks, poems or messages which will be auctioned to support the British Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal. Prominent Syrian artists and illustrators such as Tammam Azzam, Mohammad Omran and Diala Brisly have also donated artworks to the project.School children from Scotland, Devon and Yorkshire have also contributed cards, focusing on themes of home, hope and humanity to show solidarity with Syrian people as the conflict enters its sixth year. Syrian refugees are also producing messages or artworks reflecting on their personal experiences and feelings for their homeland.The postcards will be displayed from 14th to 18th March at the British Red Cross headquarters in Moorfields, London, with an online gallery and auction via www.redcross.org.uk/postcardsforsyria. An eBay auction begins at 7pm on Sunday 13 March until 20 March. Proceed wills go to the British Red Cross Syria appeal to support relief work in Syria and the region.Ted Tuthill, head of British Red Cross Middle East and North Africa said:“Postcards for Syria provides a way for people to respond to this devastating humanitarian crisis in a more personal form. These cards will also help to raise vital funds to continue the aid operation in Syria, supporting Red Crescent volunteers who have been working through the most dangerous and difficult situations since the fighting began.” British Red Cross project marks 5 years of Syria crisis Tagged with: British Red Cross Charity Auction Melanie May | 16 March 2016 | News Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4  59 total views,  1 views today  60 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

All-out propaganda and intimidation in run-up to presidential election

first_img January 13, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Tension surrounds today’s presidential election, especially for the press, which has had to face many obstacles. Use of the state media to support President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign for another term has been accompanied by harassment and violence against privately-owned opposition media, culminating in the 24 January abduction of political reporter Prageeth Eknaligoda. Reporters Without Borders appeals to both sides to make every effort to avoid an Iran-style scenario in which the challenging of a questionable election result leads to a cycle of demonstrations and repression in which the press would clearly be one of the victims.Monitoring of state TV stations Rupavahini and ITN by Reporters Without Borders shows they have been abused by the president and his aides to a rarely-seen degree to promote his campaign. More than 96.7 per cent of the 1,539 minutes (about 25 hours) of news programmes monitored on these two stations was given over to the activities of the incumbent and his followers. Less than 3.3 per cent was accorded to the opposition, including Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the leading opposition candidate. The two stations were monitored for the seven days ending 24 January.Rupavahini and ITN were mobilised during this period – and even after the official end of the campaign – with the aim of eclipsing Gen. Fonseka’s campaign. On 24 January, for example, two days before the poll, both stations carried a two-hour live broadcast of a religious ceremony in which President Rajapaksa was participating.Although a crucial day, the opposition got no air-time at all on 24 January, while the president and his supporters got a total of 47 minutes and 45 seconds on Rupavahini and 101 minutes and 45 seconds on ITN. During ITN’s 6 p.m. Tamil-language news programme, for example, the president and his political allies, especially his Tamil allies, got 13 minutes and 10 seconds while the opposition, which is backed by the Tamil National Alliance, was totally ignored. ITN’s Sinahalese-language news programme at 7 p.m. accorded 4 minutes and 50 seconds to the president and 6 minutes and 10 seconds to his government while completing ignoring the 20 other candidates.“Such an imbalance in the coverage of the candidates seriously undermines the democratic credibility of this presidential election, the first since the end of the civil war,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It was hoped the government would do better than this, but it failed to resist the temptation of exploiting the state media. We urge the international community, especially the electoral observation missions, to clearly denounce these abuses in their reports.”Although security concerns may be valid, Reporters Without Borders is astonished that the government has declared the Rupavahini and Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation buildings “high security areas” on election day and the day after. Gen. Devapriya Abeysinghe, SLBC’s associated director, has obtained full government powers and has requisitioned a limited number of employees for the two days. Reporters Without Borders has learned of several incidents in addition to journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda’s abduction (http://www.rsf.org/spip.php?page=article&id_article=36196). The Criminal Investigation Department, for example, asked for warrants to search the headquarters of Wijeya Newspapers, publishing the Daily Mirror, on the grounds that the company had printed “defamatory” posters and other material. A Colombo court rejected the request yesterday.A bus carrying journalists to cover an event in which Gen. Fonseka was participating on 24 January was blocked for several hours by military police at Kiribathgoda (near Colombo). The police took down their names and addresses.The Colombo home of Tiran Alles, a leading opposition member and editor of the now-closed Sinhalese-language weekly Mawbima, was bombed on 22 January. In June 2007, after being accused by President Rajapaksa and his brother, defence minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa, of being a Tamil Tiger spokesman, Alles was detained for two weeks. Mawbima, which at the time was one of the country’s few critical publications, was forced to close due to economic pressure.Finally, in the northern city of Jaffna, a newspaper editor speaking on condition of anonymity told Reporters Without Borders that the pressure has increased there, especially from pro-Rajapaksa groups. Government minister Dougla Devananda told a political meeting that all Jaffna was under his control “except Uthayan,” referring to a Tamil newspaper that has repeatedly been the target of violence in the past. Uthayan’s police protection was withdrawn for several hours on 22 January for unexplained reasons.Four people have been killed in the course of more than 300 serious incidents of electoral violence in Sri Lanka since December. News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Organisation Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Newscenter_img News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Follow the news on Sri Lanka Receive email alerts July 29, 2020 Find out more to go further January 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 All-out propaganda and intimidation in run-up to presidential election July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more