GL questioned by CID on statement over explosives

The suicide jacket and explosives were recovered from the house based on information received by the police.The police said that three parcels found in the house contained 12kg of TNT explosives. A suicide jacket and explosives were recovered from a house in Chavakachcheri in Jaffna this week. The joint opposition said that instead of investigating the source of the explosives recovered in the North the Government was investigating opposition members who had made statements on the discovery of the explosives. Former Foreign Minister, professor G L Peiris was questioned by the CID today on a statement he made over the explosives recovered in Chavakachcheri this week.Peiris had claimed that the explosives were to be taken to Welawatta and this prompted the CID to question the former Minister on the authenticity of his claims. The police also recovered 100 bullets and batteries used to trigger explosives.The police said that it is believed the explosives were hidden in the house during the war which ended in 2009. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Renowned journalist and Brock alumnus to speak at Brock Days

Peter Goodspeed will deliver a keynote address at Brock Days on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of the Back-to-Class series of workshops, seminars and toursBrock’s annual homecoming and community celebration kicks off this week.More than 500 participants are expected to visit campus and the region to take part in Brock Days and Alumni Weekend festivities.As part of this weekend’s program, Brock alumnus and award-winning journalist Peter Goodspeed will return to his alma mater to deliver a keynote address on Saturday, Sept. 22 as part of the Back-to-Class series of workshops, seminars and tours.Goodspeed has worked as a foreign correspondent, war reporter and editor throughout a 40-year career in journalism in which he reported from 63 countries and covered 22 conflicts.Goodspeed as a foreign correspondent in China, 1990During his presentation, he will talk about his days as a student and the role that Brock played in helping to launch his career. He will also speak to the changes he has seen in journalism over four decades and what is in store for the future of journalism and foreign news coverage.“Traditional news media are dying and with it the foundation of our democracies are at risk,” says Goodspeed.“Today it seems too easy to abdicate journalism’s obligation to sort the news. Instead, we simply serve up a slurry of gossip, opinion and ‘infotainment’,” he says. “The Internet makes it easy to do this, because it makes it easy to collect and disperse stories and it creates a false illusion of knowledge.”However, Goodspeed believes that the challenges and uncertainty we face as a result of our up-to-the-minute 24-hour news cycle world will not last forever.“I think, journalism will overcome its anxiety about new technologies and the public will, once again demand more from us,” he says.Goodspeed’s talk takes place from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in Academic South 204.Goodspeed with British troops in southern Iraq, 2003Now in its 12th year, Brock Days is a 10-day celebration that takes place over two weekends, from Friday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 30.Weekend highlights include wine and food seminars in Montebello Park hosted by CCOVI; the annual Fine Food, Fine Wine, Fine Art event for foodies and oenophiles; as well as alumni reunions, campus tours and Badger athletic events all weekend long. read more