Missing persons commission to be abolished

Missing persons commission to be abolished


“Even locally, most of the people are not happy with the Commission and they have no faith in the process. However, we will not abandon the procedure. We will go ahead with the procedure with a commission which will be more effective,” he added. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein had recently said that the Presidential Commission to Investigate into Complaints regarding Missing Persons that was appointed by the previous Government has continued its work, despite widespread concerns raised about its credibility and effectiveness. “We believe this Commission should be disbanded and its pending cases transferred to a credible and independent institution established in consultation with families of the disappeared,” he told the UN Human Rights Council.However the Chairman of the Commission Justice Maxwell Paranagama contended that nobody else can do the job better. The government is to abolish the Missing Persons Commission and replace it with a new commission or system to continue its procedures, The Sunday Leader newspaper reported today.Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa said ‘the international community have no confidence in the Missing Persons’ Commission so it will be abolished. “We have been very transparent in our functioning. There were no armed forces or police personnel in the room where people testified. We held several sittings in the Tamil-speaking North and East and Colombo and examined 19,000 people including 16,000 from the North and East. The response to our call for testimonies was so good that if we sent out notices to 300 for a session, 1000 would turn up, and no one was turned away. Transport was arranged for people to go back to their villages if the sittings went late into the evening,” Paranagama told the New Indian Express.Meanwhile Minister Rajapaksha said the Government is also considering the UN proposal to abolish the Prevention of the Terrorism Act (PTA). He added that the UN Human Rights Council proposed that the Government repeal the PTA and have an appropriate Act in its place.“They wanted us to repeal the PTA and introduce a more suitable one in its place based on international standards. We are considering that too,” he added.


Mason County PUD 3’s Communications Efforts Result in Two Regional Awards

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Mason County PUD Mason County PUD 3 took two awards in its utility class in the recently announced Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) Excellence in Communication awards. The awards were announced September 17. (The class includes utilities with 25,000 – 49,999 customers.)The PUD 3 awards were:First place for its 2011 annual report.Third place for its brochure about the Johns Prairie operations center.“Communications is a team sport,” said Joel Myer, public information and government relations manager. “The two awards are the result of great cooperation throughout the PUD to tell our story and keep customers informed about what we do for their benefit.”Now in its 20th year, the Excellence in Communication contest recognized the top communication efforts of member utilities from throughout NWPPA’s service territory, which includes eight western states and two Canadian provinces.This year, NWPPA received nearly 176 entries from 40 different utility and association members.Mason County PUD 3 is a locally controlled public utility that provides electricity to nearly 33,000 customers in most of Mason County and small portions of Kitsap and Grays Harbor Counties. PUD 3 also provides wholesale telecommunications services through a fiber optic network.last_img

Healthy Living: 2013’s Top 5 Overlooked Health Stories

first_imgFacebook12Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Kelly Golob for Tumwater Chiropractic CenterLike any other year, there was a plethora of new medical research that was talked about in the news media in 2013.  Some of these studies are well done and could have profound implications, while others have conclusions that are blown out of proportion and taken out of context.  And, like every other year, there are a handful of very interesting studies that seemed to get overlooked.   So without further ado, here is my Top 5 list of “The Most Overlooked Health Stories of 2013”:1.       The most common low back pain treatment is wrong.Researchers found that the most common prescribed anti-inflammatory medication did not perform as well as the cheaper and safer alternative of spinal manipulation for low back pain.2.       An unexpected source of knee pain for runners.A new study found a link between delayed hip muscle firing and patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) in runners.3.       Kinesiotape an effective treatment for some shoulder injuries.That bright colored tape seen on athletes everywhere was proven to improve shoulder range of motion and decrease shoulder impingement.4.       New High-tech treatment for Tennis Elbow.Low-Level LASER therapy was shown to heal chronic lateral epicondylitis without any other treatment needed.5.       Non-surgical treatment for Bulging Discs in the Neck.Researchers found that that 85% of patients with this injury were able to avoid surgery, and there were no side-effects with the treatment. Kelly Golob, D.C. is a chiropractor at Tumwater Chiropractic Center at 128 D St SW in Tumwater.  Their clinic offers a variety of conservative and alternative treatments for musculoskeletal injuries and preventative wellness.  They can be contacted at 360-570-9580 or online www.TumwaterChiroCenter.com or find them on Facebook.last_img

Thurston County Tourism Award Nominees Announced

first_imgFacebook103Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondThe Thurston County Tourism Awards recognize people who have gone above and beyond to help bring tourism to Thurston County. Experience Olympia & Beyond, the region’s Visitor & Convention Bureau, will announce the winners at the Annual State of Tourism Meeting on May 2 at Stampfer Retreat Center.  The awards are presented by Port of Olympia.Thurston County Tourism Awards:Community Unity AwardFor those who live out their belief in collaboration and regionalism, working to bring the communities of Thurston County together in the name of tourism.Nominees:Blaine Land, Lacey South Sound ChamberGeorge Sharp, Thurston Economic Development CouncilSouth Puget Sound Community College Brewing & Distilling ProgramTourism Visionary AwardThis award honors an individual whose continuous commitment and trail-blazing accomplishments have set the stage for regional tourism.Mayor Alan Carr, Mayor of BucodaTodd Cutts, Olympia Downtown AllianceKaufman Construction and City of Tumwater, Deschutes Landing at the Warehouse DistrictDave Nickerson, Tumwater Valley Golf ClubExcellence in Hospitality AwardAll who work in the hospitality business provide an invaluable service to the well-being of our economy. This award honors a hospitality professional who consistently goes out of their way to make visitors feel special.Brandon Andres, Fairfield Inn & SuitesLucy Graves, Stottle WinerySandra Hall, Dillinger’s Cocktails & KitchenMallery McDonald, Ramada by Wyndham OlympiaJeff Olive, Airport Golf & Batting CenterNominees are recognized at the meeting and winners are awarded plaques made with historic Legion Way Oak trees cut in the shape of Thurston County. The oak trees were planted in 1928 as a living memorial to honor local veterans.last_img

Working to Help Animals

first_imgScouts from Daisy Troop 1662 in Fair Haven with members of the Palazzo family of Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals after presenting a $325 check to the foundation. The kindergartners earned money, beginning in January, by cleaning and doing chores around their homes and neighborhood to help animals in need of love and rescue. The group looks forward to the donated money being used to help the rescue and rehabilitation work of the foundation’s annual grantees.last_img

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