News Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial News Sirimalwatte had already been interrogated on 15 June about a front-page story in the newspaper’s Sunday version, Lanka Irida Sangrahaya, claiming that houses built for “war heroes” with money raised by the government by means of public donations and special taxes had been sold to soldiers instead of given to them, as was originally intended. to go further Reporters Without Borders regards police investigations of two newspaper editors in the past few days as flagrant press freedom violations. Officers of the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) questioned the two journalists, editors of Sinhalese dailies, in an attempt to force them to reveal their sources for articles on sensitive subjects. Organisation The editor of one of the newspapers, who asked not to be named, said members of the CCD went to his newspaper’s headquarters on the morning of 16 June and questioned him for several hours about a story in that day’s issue claiming that 30 would-be suicide bombers were believed to be at large in Colombo. The police pressured him to identify the military sources cited in the article. News “The protection of sources is essential for journalists to be able to work properly and we urge the Sri Lanka authorities to respect this principle,” Reporters Without Borders said. “In its present situation, Sri Lanka needs a press that is not subject to obstruction and is not under a permanent threat of summonses, interrogations or searches.” January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific July 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists July 29, 2020 Find out more June 19, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police interrogate two newspaper editors about their sources Members of the CCD went to headquarters of the Lanka newspaper at 5 p.m. on 16 June and asked the editor, Chandana Sirimalwatte, to come to CCD headquarters the next day (yesterday), where he was questioned under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. He was also asked to name sources. Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Bennet Rupasinghe of the Lankaenews.com online newspaper and another journalist who works for the website were questioned by police earlier this month about a physical attack on a colleague, Poddala Jayantha.
Rudin Management CEO Bill Rudin and 3 Times Square (Getty, FXCollaborative)In anticipation of several tenants’ departure, Rudin Management will give 3 Times Square a $25 million makeover and has retained Cushman and Wakefield to market it to tenants.Prospective tenants will have the opportunity to lease the entire 885,000-square-foot building, with floor plates ranging from 28,000 to 35,000 square feet, according to the Rudin family, which owns a majority stake in the 30-story office tower.The renovation project was prompted by the impending departure of major tenants, including Bank of Montreal and FTI Consulting, in the next 12 months, according to the New York Post, which first reported the news.Read moreThomson Reuters looks to sell stake in Times Square HQThe REInterview: Bill Rudin on remote work, property taxes and the future of tech leasing in NYCManagement consulting firm inks big lease at Minskoff’s 1166 Sixth Email Address* Full Name* Commercial Real EstateManhattan Office Marketoffice marketRudin Management Message* The makeover will include a glass-walled, triple-height lobby. Rudin tapped FXCollaborative, an architectural firm that designed the 20-year-old building, to reimagine the tower.“The redevelopment of 3 Times Square is a clear commitment to the future of our city,” said Michael Rudin, senior vice president of Rudin Management, the operating arm of Rudin Family Holdings.But Rudin is facing one of the toughest office leasing markets in history. Manhattan’s office availability rate hit a record-high 16.1 percent in the first quarter, according to Colliers International.The tower was built in 2001 as the North American headquarters of Reuters Group, which in 2007 merged with Canadian news and information firm Thomson.Thomson Reuters holds a stake in the building but has been considering selling it. It was unclear how much space Thomson Reuters now occupies in the property. The media company did not return messages seeking comment.Contact Akiko Matsuda Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Share via Shortlink
The Harvard Innovation Labs announced this week that applications are open for Launch Lab X GEO, a virtual accelerator designed to help Harvard alumni-led ventures grow from pre-seed-stage startups to sustainable, disruptive businesses with real-world impact. “Since introducing Launch Lab X in 2018, we’ve seen how bringing together alumni-led ventures from diverse industries creates an incredibly vibrant and supportive community that elevates every member of the cohort,” said Matt Segneri, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs. “In planning the 2020–2021 Launch Lab X program, we wanted to make our alumni accelerator available to even more high-potential ventures from around the world, and design programming that would foster strong relationships in a virtual environment.” Launch Lab X GEO is for Harvard alumni-led founders of for-profit and non-profit ventures across a wide range of industries. Ventures accepted into the Launch Lab X GEO will participate in a nine-month virtual accelerator that is based on four central pillars: Knowledge sharing — From designing a product roadmap to scaling culture, the Harvard Innovation Labs will connect Launch Lab X GEO venture teams with world-class advisors. Founder talks — Launch Lab X GEO venture teams will learn from leaders with incredible entrepreneurial stories. These talks will feature founders from a wide range of industries and backgrounds who have built and scaled successful startups. Alumni circles — Led by later-stage entrepreneurs and leaders within the i-lab, these lightly facilitated, informal conversations allow founders to share their entrepreneurial challenges openly. Pitch sessions — During these sessions, venture teams learn how to pitch with precision and heart, in front of a diverse group of accomplished founders and investors. In the spring of 2021, select Launch Lab X GEO ventures will present their work in the 10th Annual Harvard President’s Innovation Challenge Awards Ceremony, where winners will be awarded $100,000 in Bertarelli Foundation Prizes. “What sets the Launch Lab X accelerator apart is its focus on customization,” said Thara Pillai, director of alumni programs and engagement at the Harvard Innovation Labs. “Launch Lab X’s adaptive, milestone-based approach meets each venture where they are, and guides them through de-risking their business models, validating their value propositions, and building strong relationships with their customers, global alumni, and especially one another.” Applications for Launch Lab X GEO are open through July 27. Information sessions will be held on July 7 and July 15. To learn more, visit innovationlabs.harvard.edu/launch-lab-x. Read Full Story