Meanwhile the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said threats from Silva, a former labor minister, have to be taken seriously.On December 27, 2007, accompanied by a large group of men, he stormed the state-run television station Sri Lanka Rupavahini Cooperation and assaulted the news director, T.M.G. Chandrasekara.The station’s staff held the minister and his supporters while police were summoned, and videotaped the minister’s apology for his actions. Silva was apparently angry because a speech he had delivered the previous day was not fully reported by the station. In 2009 Podala Jayantha was abducted in broad daylight near the Embuldeniya junction in Nugegoda.A badly battered Jayantha was later dumped into a muddy pit by the roadside near the IDH hospital. He however said that there was no move to record a statement from the Minister himself at the moment. CPJ says given the anti-media atmosphere being pumped up by the government, Silva will not have to apologize if his threat of violence should ever materialize. (Colombo Gazette) Police spokesman Ajith Rohana, when contacted by Colombo Gazette, said that the purported statement made by the Minister will be investigated. The police are to investigate the statement made by Minister Mervyn Silva in Kiribathgoda yesterday where he had threatened to break the bones of some human rights activists and journalists.Silva had also claimed that former convener of the Free Media Movement (FMM) Podala Jayantha, had to flee the country because of him. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF) said Friday it has sanctioned the first phase of its Lindbergh thermal bitumen project and approved a $770-million capital budget for 2013.The company said the Lindbergh project is expected to produce 12,500 barrels of bitumen per day when fully operational in the second quarter of 2015.The first phase of the project is expected to cost about $590 million, including $300 million budgeted for 2013.The plan includes an additional $150 million to speed up the development of the project.Pengrowth said its 2013 capital plan would be funded from cash flow and the sale of non-core assets including a deal announced in December to sell the company’s stake in a Weyburn, Sask., property for $315 million.In its outlook for the year, Pengrowth said it expected average daily production volumes of between 85,000 and 87,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, before the impact of any asset sales beyond the Weyburn deal.The production is expected to include about 28,300 barrels per day of light oil, 7,400 bpd of heavy oil, 9,800 bpd of natural gas liquids and 243 million cubic feet per day of natural gas. Pengrowth plans $770M 2013 capital budget, going ahead with Lindbergh project by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 11:12 am MDT read more