Sandhya tells army chief to intervene in case

She also warned that the life of the soldier could be in danger, especially at the hands of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sandhya Eknaligoda, the wife of missing journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, today urged Army Commander Lieutenant General Chrishanthe de Silva, to intervene and assist the investigations into the alleged involvement of a soldier over the disappearance of her husband.Eknaligoda urged Lieutenant General Chrishanthe de Silva to hand over the soldier believed to have been involved in the disappearance of her husband to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). She also urged President Maithripala Sirisena not to conceal the report over her husband’s investigation owing to outside pressure. (Colombo Gazette) “The Rajapaksa’s are capable of burying evidence and killing the witnesses,” she said. There have been reports that a soldier attached to the Minneriya army camp is being questioned over the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda in 2010.Sandhya Eknaligoda said that she was expecting the investigations report on the disappearance of her husband to be released soon but to her disappointment it has not yet been released. read more

Regions hit hard by plunge in commodity prices get sweetened EI pot

OTTAWA – The federal budget is changing the rules that govern employment insurance, measures aimed at helping resource-dependent provinces such as Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta and Saskatchewan.Workers there, many of them likely at or near the end of their unemployment benefits, will get a short-term boost.Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget adds five weeks to the regular 45 weeks of EI benefits those workers receive, effective in July but retroactive to January 2015.That measure will cost the treasury $405 million this year and $177 million next year.Long-tenured workers in the 12 regions identified in the budget as suffering the sharpest jumps in joblessness will be eligible for an extra 20 weeks of benefits, to a maximum of 70 weeks.That change, too, will be effective in July but retroactive to January of last year.“In the short-term, the collapse of the price of oil and other commodities has strained families and communities in many provinces,” Morneau said in his budget speech.The budget also cut the two-week waiting period for benefits to one week, starting next year, added $19 million to speed up processing of benefit applications and $73 million over two years to hire more people at overwhelmed call centres. Regions hit hard by plunge in commodity prices get sweetened EI pot in budget by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 22, 2016 2:58 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Finance Minister Bill Morneau holds a news conference before the release of his federal budget in Ottawa, Tuesday March 22, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand read more