The Southern Provincial Council member however denied making the comments.(Colombo Gazette) Southern Provincial Council member D V Upul, who was arrested last week, was released on bail today.Upul however cannot leave the country until investigations being conducted on an alleged statement he had made, are over. The CID had last week recorded a statement from Upul and later arrested him over an alleged threat he had made to the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID).Upul had reportedly said that if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa returns to power the public must attack the FCID.
“I want to say how anxious I am about the situation in Zimbabwe,” Mr. Annan told a news conference in New York. “The people there showed amazing commitment and patience in the way they turned out and tried to vote, but there is clearly great controversy both within the country and abroad about the way the elections were organized and conducted.”The Secretary-General called on all Zimbabweans “to remain calm, to show respect for each other’s rights and the democratic process, and to disavow all acts of violence or retribution.”
Price of oil barely stays above US$100; natural gas prices soar on supply report by The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2014 4:26 pm MDT Pumpjacks at work pumping crude oil near Halkirk, Alta., June 20, 2007. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil barely budged Thursday as benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery slipped two cents to US$100.35 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.U.S. economic indicators were mostly downbeat on Thursday, suggesting weak demand, although a report from the International Energy Agency gave oil some support.The agency raised slightly its 2014 forecast for global demand to 92.6 million barrels a day, 125,000 barrels above its previous expectations from a month ago.Meanwhile, natural gas futures jumped 40 cents, or eight per cent, to $5.22 per 1,000 cubic feet. The U.S. Energy Department said supplies fell by 237 billion cubic feet last week, more than the decline of 230 billion cubic feet predicted by analysts.Brent crude, which is used to set prices for international varieties of crude, fell six cents to US$108.73 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading in New York, wholesale gasoline rose one cent to US$2.78 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil added two cents to US$3.03 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE)
The call came as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos wrapped up a two-day visit to Turkey, where she spoke with Syrian refugees in the south-eastern Kilis Province. “I met families who fled their homes more than 18 months ago. They are in despair. They feel abandoned by the international community. They all want the same thing: the conflict to end so that they can go home,” As part of her visit, Ms. Amos also met in Ankara with the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Besir Atalay, and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, as well as other Government officials and senior humanitarian officials, including the President of the Turkish Red Crescent Society (KIZILAY), Ahmet Lutfi Akar.Syria has been wracked by violence since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. Up to 70,000 people have died, more than 1 million have fled to neighbouring countries, 2 million have been internally displaced and up to 4 million are in need of humanitarian assistance.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is facing severe challenges in expanding its emergency operation which aims to feed millions of conflict-affected people.“This is a global crisis that requires a global response so that we can meet the growing and urgent needs of Syrians,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “We are grateful for the generous contributions that we have received so far from around 30 government donors, including Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, but needs are escalating.”The agency plans to reach 2.5 million people inside Syria and more than a million in neighbouring countries. However, this response is threatened by a lack of resources, and Ms. Cousin said WFP needs an urgent $156 million to continue its work to feed Syrians from now until June.WFP started its emergency operation in Syria in August 2011 and has so far distributed more than 83,000 metric tons of food to millions of Syrians in over 400 different locations across the country, using 5,000 trucks and 55 ships.“This is a critical time for Syrians. They have exhausted their savings and they need more help as this crisis goes into its third year, so now is not the time to reduce or stop our operations,” said Ms. Cousin. “We are determined to continue our life-saving assistance but we need ongoing support from generous donors – and the support of new donors – until a political solution is in place.”WFP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions and delays in the arrival of funding mean that it will not be able to provide the increased food rations that it planned to deliver to Syrian families in March. In the neighbouring countries, WFP teams in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt are mainly using food vouchers to feed hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. So far, WFP has distributed over one million food vouchers and half a million food parcels in these countries. The agency said that the current food basket includes rice, bulgur wheat, lentils, sugar, vegetable oil and salt. However, lack of funds will force WFP into further reducing the food basket as early as mid-April.
Ohio State guard Keyshawn Woods (32) takes on members of UNC Pembroke’s defense during the second half of the game on Nov. 1. Ohio State won 81-63. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorThere are plenty of questions left to be answered about the Ohio State men’s basketball team.Many of them could be answered from the Buckeyes’ season opener, facing a Cincinnati team that finished last year 31-5, earning a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and finishing No. 2 in the country with 57.5 points allowed.“They are tough and tough minded and physical and aggressive,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “Got a lot of respect for him and their program and their players and the way those guys compete. So, we got our hands full, and, I guess you could say it was by design to start with a game like this to kind of tip off the season, but looking forward to it, and need to be ready.”Projected StartersCincinnatiC — Nysier Brooks — Sophomore, 2.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.2 apgG — Cane Broome — Senior, 7.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.8 apgG — Jarron Cumberland — Junior, 11.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.9 apgF — Tre Scott — Redshirt junior, 3.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.9 apgG — Keith Williams —Sophomore, 3.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.4 apgOhio StateG — C.J. Jackson — Senior, 12.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Luther Muhammad — Freshman, 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 0.0 apgF — Kyle Young — Sophomore, 1.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.2 apgF — Andre Wesson — Junior, 2.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.1 apgF — Kaleb Wesson — Sophomore, 10.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apgStats are from the 2017-18 seasonThe Buckeyes come into the new season searching for a new area of production after losing Big Ten Player of the Year, Keita Bates-Diop, to the NBA Draft.Ohio State prepared for the loss of Bates-Diop, as well as Jae’Sean Tate, throughout the offseason. But now, after the transfer of junior forward Micah Potter on Monday, the team loses another key piece of depth heading into its matchup with the Bearcats.Redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods said the team just has to move forward.“Everybody found out yesterday before practice, so we didn’t know anything. Coach told us before practice, we were all pretty shocked,” Woods said. “We still got a job to do. We still pretty much focused on Cincinnati at the end of the day.”Cincinnati also lost major scorers from its top-ranked team a season ago. After the departure of Jacob Evans, Gary Clark and Kyle Washington, three of the team’s top four scorers, Holtmann said he still expects to see the same team that dominated defensively last year because of Bearcats’ head coach, Mick Cronin.“I think they’re the same,” Holtmann said. “I think Mick is probably a little bit like I am, you know, curious about some of his new guys that have increased roles, and kind of wondering how they’re gonna step in the new roles. But the way they play, their mindset, their approach, it’s the same.”Cumberland is the top scorer and top rebounder remaining from the Bearcats. The junior guard shot 40.9 percent from the field and averaged more than a steal per game last season.Three true freshman join a team that was upset by Nevada in the second round of the tournament last season: guard Logan Johnson, and forwards Prince Gilliam Toyambi and Laquill Hardnett.Johnson was the only one of the three to earn points in the team’s final exhibition against McGill, tallying six points and four assists in 17 minutes.Sophomore forward Kyle Young said he expects a difficult matchup to start the season, something made even harder with the in-state rivalry involved.“Very tough team, I think it’s gonna be a grind, all 40 minutes,” Young said. “With it being two in-state schools, like it’s gonna be, it’s gonna be a good rival game for sure, so we’re just looking forward to it, season opener, and we’ll go from there.”It’ll be seen just what this Ohio State team is going to look like with the departure of its top-tier talent, and added question marks to the big men that the Buckeyes still have.Holtmann said he is excited to see what his team brings come game time.“Really anxious, and I think they’re anxious too,” Holtmann said. “I look at this as, this is a difficult opener, we also have a difficult stretch here of games, so I think for us we’re just focused on let’s find a way to take what we learned from tomorrow and get better, and hopefully that helps us as we move forward.”Ohio State travels to play Cincinnati to open its regular season. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m on Wednesday.Edited at 5:18 p.m. to change to the correct tip-off time
Spain beat Norway 28:26, while France were much better than Romania 24:18 at the second day of Ulstein Cup.Norway: Lunde (Grimsbø); Molid, Kristiansen (3), Alstad (1), Løke (2), Mørk (6, 3 p), Oftedal (2), Frafjord (2), Riegelhuth Koren (1), Kurtovic (2), Herrem (7).Spain: Zoqbi de Paula (Navarro (1)); Pinedo (1), López, Martín (2), Nely Carla (6, 2 p), Mangue, Aguilar (2), Chávez (4), Pena (6, 2 p), González, Elorza, Egozkue, Martínez (1), Hernández (1), Cabral Barbosa (4).FRANCE – ROMANIA 24:18 (13:7)France : Leynaud 8 saves, Glauser 4 saves; Dancette (3/3), Horacek , Ayglon-Saurina (1/2), Pineau (4/7) – Landre (0/1) – Zaadi – Houette (1/1) – Dembélé (6/9) – Bulleux (1/3) – Edwige (3/3) – Nze-Minko (0/1) – Niombla (1/7) – Lacrabère (4/10)Romania : Munteanu (3 saves), Ungureanu (6 saves); Szucs (1/1) – Neagu – Bradeanu (2/6) – Perianu (3/8) – Ardean Elisei (0/1) – Dedu – Tiron – Manea – Zamfirescu – Tanasie – Geiger (3/5)- Buceshi (3/3) – Chintoan (2/2) – Vizitiu (3/6) – Chiper (1/3)In the first matches, Spain beat France 21:17, while Norway demolished Romania 32:21.STANDINGS:Spain 4Norway 2France 2Romania 0PHOTO: Rasmus Ostergaard, Denmark 2015 ← Previous Story Qatar beat Poland in Doha Next Story → Belarussian prince Siarhei Rutenka: New team or retirement in 15 days Handball Rio 2016rio 2016 handballRomania
Oct 30th 2016, 1:19 PM Karen Pease a supporter of the Pirate Party arrives with her parrot named Mal at the Pirate Party election party in Reykjavik, Iceland. By AFP Iceland scrambles to form government after Pirate Party falls short Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson told the national broadcaster RUV he would resign today after his Progressive Party suffered a plunge in support. ICELAND FACES A wrangle over its next government after the anti-establishment Pirate Party and its allies gained ground but fell short of a majority in snap elections sparked by the Panama Papers scandal.Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson told the national broadcaster RUV he would resign today after his Progressive Party suffered a plunge in support.Polls had predicted the “Pirates” would benefit from a public urge to punish establishment parties after Johannsson’s predecessor, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, stepped down over allegations about family holdings stashed in tax havens.In the end, the Pirates and three left-of-centre allies gained 28 seats, four short of the 32 needed to command an overall majority in the 63-member parliament, the Althingi, according to preliminary results announced late yesterday.“We are very satisfied,” said “Pirates” cofounder Birgitta Jonsdottir, an activist, poet and WikiLeaks supporter.“We are a platform for young people, for progressive people who shape and reshape our society … like Robin Hood because Robin Hood was a pirate, we want to take the power from the powerful to give it to the people,” Jonsdottir told AFP, referring to the English outlaw of legend.Healthcare, natural resources, tax loopholesFounded just four years ago, the Pirates were credited with as many as nine seats, making them the third largest party in the island nation.Its allies are the Left-Green movement, which picked up 10 seats, the Social Democrats, with four, and the centrist Bright Future, with five, according to the preliminary results.The Pirate Party, whose headquarters is onboard a boat anchored in the port of Reykjavik, see themselves as a force to reinvigorate democracy.They have set down a five-point programme that includes constitutional change to make leaders more accountable, free health care, greater protection of natural resources and the closure of tax loopholes for large corporations.They also want Icelanders to hold a referendum on EU membership — a long-standing political issue whose objective they oppose but wish to be settled.Among other groups, the centre-right Progressive Party picked up seven seats while the Independence Party had 21 seats.The centre Regeneration Party, which could be the kingmakers in the election, garnered seven seats in the Icelandic parliament.The leader of the Independence Party, Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, will be given the mandate to negotiate on the majority in the parliament. Bjarni Benediktsson of TheÂ Independence Party, left, shakes hands with Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson in a TV studio in Reykjavik, Iceland. Source: Frank AugsteinTense negotiations The negotiations would be very tense between the Regeneration Party and the Independence Party, from which it split over disagreement to hold a referendum on joining the EU.“We have not been negative towards other parties or how governments should be formed,” leader of the Regeneration Party, Benedikt Johannesson said.Implicated in the Panama Papers scandals, Benediktsson denies having wanted to escape taxes by creating a company in the Seychelles, saying he has never invested a dime.The election was triggered after the Panama Papers revealed that 600 Icelanders including cabinet ministers, bankers and business leaders had holdings stashed away in offshore accounts.Iceland, a volcanic island with a population of 332,000, has returned to prosperity since its 2008 financial meltdown.Gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to be above four percent this year thanks to tourism revenues and a recovering financial system.The crisis eight years ago saw Iceland’s three biggest banks and its oversized financial sector collapse, while the country was forced to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund.A string of bankers were jailed, the failed banks were temporarily nationalised and then sold, and foreign investors had to accept write-downs on their debt holdings.Olafur Hardarson, professor of political science at the University of Iceland, attributed the Pirates’ rise in popularity to voters’ anger at the 2008 crisis.“They have managed to focus on the anti-politics and anti-establishment feelings of a lot of voters (who) have been frustrated in Iceland since the bank crash,” Hardarson told AFP.- © AFP 2016.Read: Iceland election: Anti-establishment Pirate Party set to shake up political landscape>Read: Clinton says FBI actions ‘deeply troubling’ as Trump steps up his attacks> Image: Frank Augstein AP/PA https://jrnl.ie/3054645 Short URL 15,606 Views 13 Comments Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 1:19 PM Share16 Tweet Email2 Karen Pease a supporter of the Pirate Party arrives with her parrot named Mal at the Pirate Party election party in Reykjavik, Iceland. 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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A resolution congratulating the newly inducted office bearers of the Australian Greek Educational Progressive Brotherhood (AHEPA), of New South Wales and New Zealand was adopted in the NSW Legislative Council on the initiative of the Hon. David Clarke, MLC and Parliamentary Secretary for Justice. In his resolution, Mr Clarke noted that AHEPA is part of the world’s largest Hellenic philanthropic organisation; that aims to promote public interest in Australian Hellenic culture and language and attributes of Hellenism for the benefit of all Australian Hellenes. “AHEPA raises funds for charitable and welfare organisations with an emphasis on medical research, education, and the care and welfare of the aged and disadvantaged,” it was noted in the motion. On Sunday 15 September, Mr Clarke attended an induction ceremony at AHEPA headquarters in Rockdale, for its newly elected Grand President Mr John Kallimanis, District President Mrs Anna Bouris and other office bearers. The induction ceremony was attended by civic and community representatives, amongst them newly appointed Consul-General of Greece Dr Stavros Kyrimis, and members of parliament. The Hon. David Clarke congratulated the new officers of AHEPA, particularly Mr John Kallimanis, grand president, and Mrs Anna Bouris, district president. He commended AHEPA (NSW and New Zealand Lodge) for its continuing service to the Hellenic Australian community and to the wider community in New South Wales.
Alaska Airlines is catching up with rural cargo shipments after briefly grounding several of its 737-700s earlier this week.Recent mechanical issues temporarily sidelined two of the company’s three Alaska cargo freighters, leaving just one designated aircraft to handle shipments statewide, according to Alaska Airlines spokesman Tim Thompson. The situation led to multiple canceled flights into hubs like Nome and Kotzebue, and a backlog of cargo deliveries just a few days before Christmas.Now that the aircraft are back in service, Thompson said the airline is working to complete delayed shipments and make anticipated deliveries to Alaskans around the state.“With it being this time of the year, coming up with the holiday just next week, we’re going to work pretty quickly to make sure we can fulfill that commitment,” he said.Alaska Airlines delivers freight to 19 different airports across Alaska, Thompson said.