Seed Co Limited FY2016 Presentation

first_imgSeed Co Limited (SEED.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2016 presentation results for the full year.For more information about Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Seed Co Limited (SEED.zw)  2016 presentation results for the full year.Company ProfileSeed Co Limited is the leading producer and marketer of certified crop seeds in Zimbabwe, supplying hybrid maize seed to commercial farmers as well as wheat, soya bean, barley, sorghum and ground nut seed. The seeds is grown from parent seeds under contract by an established network of seed producers. Innovation and pioneering breeding methods drive the Seed Company’s success; having successfully developed hybrid crop seed varieties in Zimbabwe that are recorded as the highest yielding varieties in their class. The Seed Company has a dedicated research team; producing hybrid crop seeds and non-hybrid cereals and oil crop seed varieties that are suitable and adaptable for Zimbabwe’s ecological conditions. Seed Co Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

TATEPA Limited (TATEPA.tz) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgTATEPA Limited (TATEPA.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about TATEPA Limited (TATEPA.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the TATEPA Limited (TATEPA.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: TATEPA Limited (TATEPA.tz)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileTanzania Tea Packers Limited (TATEPA) is an agricultural holding company involved in growing, processing, blending, packing and selling tea in Tanzania and for international export. The company also has interests in growing and distributing avocadoes and tropical fruit. Tatepa Limited holds a 75% stake in Wakulima Tea Company Limited which grows, processes and sells tea for local and export markets; a 74.3% stake in Rungwe Avocado Company Limited which grows, packs and exports avocadoes; and a 54.4% stake in Freshfields Investments Limited. Other subsidiary companies include Kibena Tea Limited which grows and processes tea and Chai Bora Limited which blends, packages and markets packed tea in Tanzania and for international export. TATEPA Limited is listed on the Dar es Salam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) Q42020 Interim Report

first_imgMPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw)  2020 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileMalawi Property Investment Company Limited (MPICO) is a property company with interests in property development, rentals and property management. The company owns, leases, manages and develops commercial, residential and industrial properties in major towns and cities in Malawi. MPICO’s property portfolio includes offices, high-rise buildings, residential homes, warehouses and retail outlets; providing property solutions for clients in the major towns and cities of Malawi, including Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. MPICO owns 35 commercial buildings and a selection of flats, private-lease houses and guest lodges; Its subsidiaries included Capital Developments Limited and New Capital Properties Limited. Malawi Property Investment Company Limited (MPICO) is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Why I’d buy these 2 top FTSE 100 shares for August and beyond

first_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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 22nd July, 2020 | More on: SGE SN Image source: Getty Images Why I’d buy these 2 top FTSE 100 shares for August and beyond I last wrote about medical technology company Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN) on 6 May when the share price stood near 1,621p. I was reporting the first-quarter trading figures from the top FTSE 100 share and described them as “dire.”The coronavirus crisis induced a temporary collapse in demand for the firm’s replacement joints, fittings, nuts, bolts, rods, fracture repair and other products. Hospitals had postponed most of their usual procedures to cope with the demands of Covid-19.5G 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…More poor trading figuresSince then, on 1 July, the company updated the market about trading in the second quarter. Once again, the figures were poor. The directors pointed to an underlying revenue decline of about 29%.  However, they were “encouraged” by improving performance as the quarter progressed. Revenue had declined by 47% in April, 27% in May, and 12% in June.The firm pointed out that revenue performance “correlated strongly” with the easing of lockdown restrictions and the resumption of elective surgeries. Indeed, it seems the pandemic is shaping up as a temporary setback for Smith & Nephew.I think the stock market agrees with that assessment because today’s share price near 1,659p is close to its level in May. And it’s only around 17% below its position prior to the stock market crash. My assumption is the stock will recover along with the resumption of normal demand.So we could be seeing a decent entry point now for a long-term investment in the company’s shares. The forward-looking earnings multiple for 2021 sits near 20. That’s a full-looking valuation. But the company is a quality operation and has been prized by investors for as long as I’ve been following the stock.Building up recurring revenuesSince my previous article about integrated accounting, payroll, and payments solutions provider Sage (LSE: SGE), the top FTSE 100 share has been treading water. Indeed, over the past couple of months, the share price has been consolidating. However, it looks set to break higher now. And with good reason.The firm has been enjoying success at migrating its customers to cloud-based subscription services and building up recurring revenues. But the coronavirus crisis has temporarily knocked earnings. City analysts have pencilled in a dip in earning per share of around 12% for the current trading year to September.At 709p, the share price remains about 11% below its pre-spring-crash level. And I reckon the share will likely continue to make progress as the economy normalises. The company’s business has defensive qualities backed by a decent record of growing revenue, earnings, cash flow, and shareholder dividends. To me, the future looks bright for the business.The forward-looking earnings multiple for the trading year to September 2021 sits around 26 and the anticipated dividend yield is close to 2.5%. That’s not cheap. But I see this as a quality enterprise that’s earned its valuation. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Sage Group. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

Chiefs Prop Ben Tameifuna’s huge tackle on Michael Hooper

first_imgSaturday May 31, 2014 Chiefs Prop Ben Tameifuna’s huge tackle on Michael Hooper Ben Temeifuna made this cracking tackle in this morning’s Super Rugby round 16 match between the Chiefs and the Waratahs. The ‘Tahs won the game 33-17 in convincing fashion, but earlier in the match Big Ben made his mark with one of the biggest hits of the season.In recent season’s Tameifuna – weighing in at around 140kg’s – has been known to throw that formidable weight around, either with ball in hand or on defence. In this case he had Michael Hooper served to him on a plate, so he made no mistake in executing what was a crunching tackle.Tough as nails Hooper took it well though, hanging on to the ball as well as recycling possession. Both players hopped up, and the game continued. Fair play to both of them.View more of Tameifuna’s big hits in the Related Posts belowcredit: fox sportsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

House in Tamatsu / Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio

first_imgArchitects: Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio Area Area of this architecture project Projects “COPY” Photographs:  Yohei SasakuraText description provided by the architects. The house is designed for 4 members of a family with two kids. The house is placed at urban district and a small plot of only 43.21sqm in Osaka, Japan. Around the site is the mixed-use area where small houses, small factories, and small office buildings coexist together without any harmony.Save this picture!© Yohei SasakuraRecommended ProductsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcThe client’s former house, which stood at this site, was a wooden two-story house. The adjacent sites were close and natural light didn’t enter into the old house. Therefore the client requested the family room (living area, dining area and kitchen) to be as large as possible without pillars or road-bearing walls, and that natural light that comes into the house, especially into the family room. Save this picture!© Yohei SasakuraFirst, since the site was narrow, the volume of the building took up as much of the site as possible. According to the lifestyle of the client, the bedroom of the couple and wet areas were placed in the ground floor, the family room was placed in the first floor, the rooms of children were placed in the second floor and the terrace was placed on the roof. For a structural reason, the large openings were not able to open out on the road side of the first floor of the building. So, I rotated the volume of the second floor 14 degrees for the axis of the building, and interstitial spaces between the rotated wall and the outer wall of the building became voids. The skylight was set up in the upside of the void, and is intended to allow natural light to drop on the family room of the first floor. Save this picture!© Yohei SasakuraMoreover, one of two walls rotated 14 degrees on the plan of the second floor is also inclined to the verticality, and the part which overlaps with stairs is turned up, and has become like origami or a facet. This inclined wall frees people’s feeling by deviation from the norm, simultaneously the sense of touch of the degree of inclination and the light to reflect of that inclination cause a new physical sense. Save this picture!© Yohei SasakuraThe building’s white box is completely different from the building of the neighborhood. It is the appearance which the cylindrical volume of the second floor rotated 14 degrees penetrates into the building. Box-shaped cantilevered stairs are floating in the void.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessAD Round Up: Institutional Architecture Part XArticlesStarbucks Espresso Journey / NendoSelected Projects Share House in Tamatsu / Ido, Kenji Architectural StudioSave this projectSaveHouse in Tamatsu / Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio Photographs CopyHouses•Osaka, Japan CopyAbout this officeIdo, Kenji Architectural StudioOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasOsakaKenji Architectural StudioIdoWoodHouses3D ModelingJapanPublished on October 18, 2012Cite: “House in Tamatsu / Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio” 18 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish- DI-NOC™ Glass FinishPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – Painted AluminumStonesCosentinoDekton® Surfaces – Chicago 444Exterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – CPXPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsHexapent Facade PanelDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Folding Door System – Rabel 3710 Super ThermalWall / Ceiling LightsLuminisCeiling Surface Lights – HollowcoreBenches / TablesUrbaStyleConcrete Bench – BoomerangMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?玉津住宅 / Kenji Architectural Studio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 stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/282305/house-in-tamatsu-ido-kenji-architectural-studio Clipboard 2012 House in Tamatsu / Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio Area:  32 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/282305/house-in-tamatsu-ido-kenji-architectural-studio Clipboard Year:  ArchDaily Houses “COPY” Save this picture!© Yohei Sasakura+ 47 Sharelast_img read more

Refurbishment Holiday Home / dolmus Architekten

first_img Cédric von Däniken, Gani Turunc Photographs:  Aytac Pekdemir Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyHouses, Renovation•Reichenbach im Kandertal, Switzerland Photographs Switzerland ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/921989/refurbishment-holiday-home-dolmus-architekten Clipboard Lead Architects: Save this picture!© Aytac Pekdemir+ 16Curated by Paula Pintos Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/921989/refurbishment-holiday-home-dolmus-architekten Clipboard “COPY” Houses Projects 2016 Refurbishment Holiday Home / dolmus ArchitektenSave this projectSaveRefurbishment Holiday Home / dolmus Architekten Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT Save this picture!© Aytac PekdemirRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotText description provided by the architects. The chalet and its annex were modified and completely renovated. The gable roof was renewed and extended. It now also covers the already existing annex, which before was covered by a double pitch roof.Save this picture!© Aytac PekdemirThe facade of the annex and the conservatory were adapted to the current structure by using a horizontal wooden cladding. The roof as well as the cladding unite the old chalet and the annex visually as one building. The entrance area and the utility rooms of the annex are positioned with a gallery above.Save this picture!© Aytac PekdemirSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Aytac PekdemirSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Aytac PekdemirIn the old chalet, the interior walls were torn down to provide space for one big, fluent living and dining area. This main room is divided by the central staircase. On the ground floor there are two bedrooms and one bathroom arranged around this very staircase. The cladding of the interior on the main floor as well as the built-in furniture and the doors are made of brushed three-layer slab. On the massive ground floor the walls are plastered with clay plaster.Save this picture!© Aytac PekdemirProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse FG / DIPA ArquitectosSelected ProjectsMiragaia Residential Complex / Menos é Mais ArquitectosSelected Projects Share Architects: dolmus Architekten Area Area of this architecture project Refurbishment Holiday Home / dolmus Architekten ArchDaily Area:  130 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  “COPY” CopyAbout this officedolmus ArchitektenOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationIcebergReichenbach im KandertalSwitzerlandPublished on June 09, 2021Cite: “Refurbishment Holiday Home / dolmus Architekten” 09 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?瑞士度假小屋翻新 / dolmus Architekten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

Scale of charities’ Christmas TV advertising competition revealed

first_img Charity TV adverts in December face considerable competition from other charities’ TV campaigns, according to analysis conducted by digital media agency, equimedia. The agency reports that, over the 2016 Christmas period, charities are competing against an average of 10 other causes for viewers’ attention. It suggests that “this means that channel viewers could not only be suffering from Christmas Charity Commercial Fatigue, but that each organisation could be directly competing for attention on the same channel as other charities active in very similar fields”. Nielsen dataEquimedia analysed Nielsen data on December 2016 TV ad campaigns. They found that there were:60 charities running TV campaigns in Decemberon 413 digital, freeview and satellite TV channelsThe most popular TV channels for advertisers had up to 35 charity campaigns running at the same time, sometimes appearing in the same period as organisations “with very similar interests and propositions”.Overall there were an average of 10 charity adverts seeking donations on each channel.The most popular channels for charity commercials in December were:TV channels used by charity types for advertising at Christmas 2016. Source: equimedia and NielsenLouise Burgess, COO and founder of equimedia, accepts that Christmas is a key time for charity appeals. She commented: “However, what many may not realise is that their campaign could be so much more successful if it were not competing with so many others at the same time and on the same channel – and in many cases, against charities with very similar interests.“For very worthy causes to truly stand out at this vital time of year, they should be considering every communications option available to them, and how they can work together. TV has an undeniable impact and reach, but it should be matched with concurrent and cost effective digital strategies to make sure that the cause can be located online and that the messages align. In some cases we found that heavy TV charity advertisers were entirely dependent on their TV ad campaign as a donation source.” Howard Lake | 3 March 2017 | News Tagged with: Advertising christmas DRTV Research / statistics Advertisement Scale of charities’ Christmas TV advertising competition revealed  266 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis27 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 MoreAddThis27  265 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Open letter to the Sri Lankan Prime minister

first_img The Honourable Ranil WickramesinghePrime Minister of the Republic of Sri LankaColomboSri Lanka Two years to the day after the murder of journalist Mylvaganam Nimalarajanat his home in the northern city of Jaffna, Reporters Without Borders andthe Damocles Network condemn the failure to punish those responsible. Inan open letter to the Sri Lankan prime minister, they call for progress inthe investigation of the crime, in which the Tamil militia EPDP issuspected. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific RSF_en News Organisation News Paris, 17 October 2002 Honourable Sir,Exactly two years ago, on 19 October 2000, Sri Lankan journalist Mayilvaganam Nimalarajan was murdered in his Jaffna home . The day after his murder, the country’s highest authority, the President, promised an investigation to establish the motives for the killing and identify the perpetrators. However, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) and the Damocles Network, organisations committed to fight impunity for those who kill journalists, are obliged to point out that neither the perpetrators nor the instigators have so far been formally identified, brought to trial or punished..At your government’s instigation, the police relaunched the investigation which had come to a halt under the preceding government. We welcome this and would like to convey to you, in this open letter, a number of observations and recommendations resulting from a fact-finding mission which we carried out in Sri Lanka in June 2002.According to information obtained in Colombo and Jaffna, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) made remarkable progress with the investigation from January to September of this year. At least six persons were interrogated and placed in custody on suspicion of involvement in the murder. No suspect admitted direct involvement, but several implicated other persons. Despite the CID’s lack of resources, the investigation had been relaunched as a result of pressure from the Interior Ministry, the Attorney-General and Jaffna magistrate. Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network expressed their appreciation for this on several occasions, in particular, at a meeting on 19 June with Interior Minister John Amaratunga during which they asked him to ensure that all leads were pursued. He responded that the government was determined to get to the bottom of this affair.Nonetheless, two of the suspects, David Michael Collins and one Vishua, were released on bail by the Vavuniya High Court on 11 September. The judgenailed them out and ordered them to pay a bond of 100,000 rupees each in response to a request by the lawyer who represents the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP), a Tamil political party opposed to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). We deplore this decision by the judge, which could seriously compromise the outcome of the investigation, especially as the two suspects’ passports were not confiscated for the duration of the enquiry. Furthermore, another suspect known as Napoleon, who was an EPDP paramilitary leader, reportedly already fled the country after the EPDP’s electoral defeat.Reporters Without Borders has on several occasions denounced the previous government for a lack of will in ensuring the progress of the investigation. As a result of our fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka, we were able to confirm that from October 2000 to January 2002, the work of the police was blocked by the authorities in Colombo and Jaffna, and that several suspects, including Napoleon, were seen moving freely in Jaffna during that period.The evidence of this is conclusive. Journalists and human rights activists in Colombo told the Reporters Without Borders representatives that President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s public calls for an investigation immediately after the murder were paradoxically seen as a signal to the police and army that the political establishment would rather, or indeed was ordering, that they block the investigation. Thus, four months after the murder, Justice Minister Batti Weerakoon told the BBC that, death in the absence of a police station in Jaffna as a result of the fighting, the government was not in position to conduct an investigation into Nimalarajan’s.The pressure also came from Jaffna, where the EPDP criticised Nimalarajan and his supposed links with the LTTE and opposed any progress in the investigation. “Once the EPDP had succeeded in convincing the police and army that Nimalarajan was close to the LTTE, it is hard to imagine their spending an ounce of energy on trying to find out who had killed one of their enemies,” one Jaffna journalist told us.The fact-finding mission also tried to get a better idea of the motives for the murder. We concluded that it was linked to Nimalarajan’s independent coverage of the situation in the Jaffna peninsula for several Sri Lankan news media (especially the daily Virakesari and the weekly Ravaya) and for the BBC’s Sinhala-language service. Those close to Nimalarajan have never really doubted that armed members of the EPDP killed him because of his reporting.Testimonies gathered during this mission enables us to state with confidence that Nimalarajan received threats from the EPDP and the security forces, which worked together closely at that time. Although the EPDP’s spokesman in Jaffna insisted that his party had “nothing to do with this murder” and that this was just LTTE propaganda, Nimalarajan’s family members said he regularly received telephone threats, especially from the EPDP.Two months before his murder, Nimalarajan’s wife received an anonymous phone call telling her that her husband’s body was at the morgue. She was in a state of shock when her husband arrived home a few minutes later. The president of the Northern Journalists Association confirmed the existence of those threats to us: “A week before his death, Nimalarajan came to see me and told me he had received a death threat. He had just reported that a ballot box in a polling station in the town of Palay had been stuffed with EPDP ballots. This report was carried by the BBC and many newspapers.”Finally, two weeks before the October 2000 elections, the army accused Nimalarajan of having tried to pass an envelope containing photographs of all the Jaffna candidates to the Tamil Tigers. In fact, Nimalarajan had taken these photographs at the request of Jayasiri Jayasekera, editor of Ravaya, one of the newspapers he reported for. He had dispatched them using another journalist as intermediary and the envelope was intercepted by the security forces. Members of the police and army went to his home to question him about the envelope and he was again interrogated by members of the army about this matter a few hours before his death. Family members urged him at the time to leave home and depart from Jaffna altogether, but he refused.We are aware that the investigation has been held back by a lack of material evidence. Nonetheless, finger prints were left on a bicycle found near the scene of the murder that was probably used by the perpetrators. Also, 9 mm handgun bullet casings and the remains of an assault grenade were found at the scene. The bicycle is without a doubt the best lead. It belonged to Kandasamy Jegadeeshwaran, also known as Jegan, a former EPDP member who had left the movement before the murder. He told the police he had given his bicycle to the EPDP. It was thereafter reportedly used by EPDP members at the party’s headquarters in Jaffna. Prints taken from the bicycle’s frame should  have been compared with those of the suspects but no findings have so far been made. Similarly, a ballistic analysis of the casings found at the murder scene and a pistol taken from EPDP headquarters by the CID has not yet been sent to the Jaffna magistrate.We urge you to intervene with the relevant authorities to ensure that the fingerprint and ballistic reports are completed as soon as possible and given to the Jaffna magistrate. If you think it could be useful, our organisations stand ready to provide the Sri Lanka police and judicial authorities with the help of international experts, in particular experts in ballistics and judicial identification.The fact-finding mission also established that the police never really considered the complicity Nimalarajan’s murderers may have enjoyed within the security forces. It is true that there is no evidence of direct army involvement in preparing the murder. But Nimalarajan lived in a high-security zone strictly controlled by the army. Its residents needed official authorisations to move about and all visitors had to obtain a pass from the military authorities. Furthermore, dozens of military personnel were posted within a 400-metre radius of Nimalarajan’s home.We were able to establish that there was one path that did not have any checkpoint, and the murderers could have used this route to get away. On the other hand, it is hard to imagine that they were able to approach his home on bicycle, crossing part of the town during curfew, without being seen by army personnel. According to journalists in Jaffna, patrols systematically checked individuals moving about at night. EPDP members, especially those who belonged to the paramilitary forces, had special authorisations for night-time movement.Defence Secretary Austin Fernando assured the mission that the army would cooperate fully with the CID investigation. However, the police have not yet taken the initiative of reinterrogating military personnel on duty on the night of the murder. The investigators have furthermore never questioned those who might have been behind the murder. The name of EPDP leader Douglas Devananda, Minister of Rehabilitation of the North and Tamil Affairs in the previous government, was mentioned to the mission by several persons close to Nimalarajan. Mr Devananda has had to defend himself from media suggestions that he might have been behind the killing. In a counter-attack in November 2002, he suggested that Nimalarajan was close to the Tamil Tigers. The police told the mission that Mr Devananda would be summoned for questioning, if necessary, but this has not yet happened. Although still an MP in the new parliament, Mr Devananda does not enjoy any immunity.As you know, Sri Lankan journalists pay a high price for exercising their profession. At least 31 journalists have been killed since 1988. In most of these cases, the murderers were never arrested and brought to trial.You have often affirmed your support for press freedom, together with that of your government. Reporters Without Borders has been pleased to see that promoting press freedom has become a priority for your government. Within six months, the authorities have abolished an old repressive law under which journalists ran the risk of imprisonment for defamation. Furthermore, two military personnel were sentenced to long prison terms for staging a mock execution of a well-known journalist. Lastly, all restrictions on media access to the North and East of the country, including zones held by the Tamil Tigers, have been lifted. We now hope your government will espouse the fight against impunity as part of the peace process.Two years to the day after Nimalarajan’s murder, we urge you to make all the necessary resources available so that the police can conclude their investigation. We also ask you to ensure that R. T. Vignarajah, the magistrate in charge of the case in Jaffna, is able to conduct an independent judicial investigation. In particular, it seems to us that suspects should be prevented from leaving the Sri Lankan territory. Finally, we ask you to keep us informed of  the progress of the investigation.Yours faithfully, Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Receive email alertscenter_img Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge to go further News July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Sri Lanka Robert MénardGeneral Secretary October 18, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to the Sri Lankan Prime minister Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

RSF withdraws press release about Jumpei Yasuda

first_img Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) issued a press release on 22 December about Jumpei Yasuda, a Japanese journalist held hostage in Syria since July. The release was not drafted according to normal procedure and was not sufficiently verified. It has therefore been withdrawn pending fuller information. We ask Yasuda’s family and friends, and the families of other hostages in Syria, to accept our apologies. March 12, 2021 Find out more December 28, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF withdraws press release about Jumpei Yasuda News Follow the news on Syria Newscenter_img February 3, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more