Budgeting Strategies That Work

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, boneill@njaes.rutgers.eduA budget (a.k.a., spending plan) is a plan for spending future income and expenses, including setting aside savings for future financial goals. Ideally, a budget should be written (paper, computer spreadsheet, etc.) with specific categories of income, spending, and dollar amounts. Benefits of budgeting include providing “guardrails” for spending, achieving financial goals (if savings is included), and for peace of mind. https://pixabay.com/photos/shopping-spending-till-slip-879498/ Return to article. Long Descriptionstevepb/Pixabay.com, CC0Budgets project future income and expenses with a goal of achieving positive cash flow. Therefore, developing and following a budget requires a level of attention to detail (e.g., recording and adjusting expenses). Below are four recommendations to develop a budget that works:Define Your Income– Base a budget on average monthly take-home income. Multiply weekly pay by 4.3 to get a monthly amount. This accounts for “extra” income months (e.g., months with five Friday paydays).Pay Yourself First– Ask yourself if you can live on 80% to 90% of your income with 10% to 20% of income set aside for savings goals. The 20% amount is meant for long-term savings and includes tax-deferred retirement savings plan contributions. Savings is the most difficult “expense” to budget.Set Aside Reserves– Plan ahead for occasional expenses by setting aside money monthly for them. Examples include insurance premiums, home and car maintenance, pets, and property taxes if not escrowed.Follow the “2x Gas” Rule– Set aside twice the amount that you spend monthly on gas for car maintenance and repair expenses. Drivers who buy more gas put more “wear and tear” on their car. You will not have expenses every month, but when you do, the money will be there.Food is a major recurring expense in family budgets. It may not be the largest expense (dollar wise) compared to housing costs, income and property taxes, child care, and transportation, but people still spend a lot of money buying food. Below are seven smart ways to cut food costs to get your budget numbers to balance:Make a Shopping List– List items to buy and their approximate cost before you go food shopping. Then stick to the list. Include “miscellaneous” and a dollar amount (e.g., $5) so impulse buying is built in.Use Coupons Wisely- Redeem coupons from newspapers and online platforms, but only on products that you plan to buy anyway and only when the after-coupon cost is cheaper than alternative products.Search for Bargains– Look for marked down bakery items, meat/seafood, and other supermarket “clearance” foods. If the packaging is intact, it is generally safe to buy these foods if used immediately.Double (or Triple) Your Savings– Take advantage of double or triple the savings on manufacturer’s coupons and supermarkets that allow you to combine a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon.Join the Club- Sign up for supermarket “shoppers’ cards” that provide access to special sales promotions and/or an opportunity to earn points toward free or reduced price food items (e.g., a free Easter ham).Stock Up to Save– Buy (or grow in a home garden) fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season and freeze, can, or dry them for use at a later date.Cut Up Your Own Food- The more preparation that a store does (e.g., cutting up stew beef, making meat and vegetable kabobs, and slicing fruit or making fruit salads), the more consumers generally need to pay.To prepare you own personalized budget, download this Spending Plan Worksheet from Rutgers Cooperative Extension that includes spaces to list income and fixed, variable, and occasional expenses.last_img read more

No Coffee for Pregnant Moms?

first_img It’s often one of the first questions a woman asks her physician when she learns she’s pregnant: Can I keep drinking coffee or caffeinated sodas? Soon-to-be moms are generally told by doctors not to drink more than a cup or two of coffee a day, a recommendation in line with a 2010 review concluding moderate caffeine consumption doesn’t promote premature births or miscarriages or harm fetal growth. But a new study in mice offers the controversial suggestion that at larger doses, caffeine can impair memory and increase the risk of having seizures.While the study authors and others are quick to note that the findings may not hold in humans, the work may prompt a closer look at the world’s most commonly used psychoactive drug.To date, no large-scale study in people has found any negative effect of caffeine exposure on fetal brain development, says Kimford Meador, a neurologist at Emory University in Atlanta. One reason for that could be that few high-quality studies exist because of the challenges of teasing apart the effects of caffeine from other variables affecting pregnant women, such as nutrition, stress, and other drug use, he says. Considering that one “Venti” coffee at Starbucks contains 410 mg of caffeine—more than twice the dose recommended for pregnant women by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which conducted the 2010 review on caffeine—it’s probably time to take a closer look at the substance that so many rely on to get out of bed in the morning, Meador says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)One of the ways that caffeine speeds up brain activity in adults is by blocking the activity of a neurotransmitter called adenosine, which acts as a brake on neuronal firing and makes us sleepy. Carla Silva, a neuroscientist at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, was studying the role of adenosine in fetal brain development when an obvious experiment occurred to her: Why not use caffeine to study how adenosine alters brain development?Silva and colleagues at INSERM in Marseille, France, decided to focus on the fate of a small subpopulation of a type of cells called GABA neurons, which, along with other functions, can help regulate the flow of information in the brain by keeping the electrical impulses of their neighbors in check. Without enough GABA neurons to balance out the brain’s electrical activity, disorders such as epilepsy can result, she says.Over the course of early brain development in mammals, GABA neurons migrate from a transitory, heart-shaped embryonic structure called the ganglionic eminence to the hippocampus, two curved ridges of brain tissue deep in the brain that are key to memory and learning. To determine whether caffeine would interfere with this mass migration of cells, Silva laced the drinking water of female mice 15 days prior to pregnancy with enough caffeine to mimic the blood concentration that a human would get from drinking about three to four cups of coffee per day. After a day or so of getting accustomed to caffeine’s bitter taste, the mice lapped up the caffeinated water throughout pregnancy and while their pups were nursing.After the mouse pups were born, Silva and her colleagues examined slices of brain tissue to see if being exposed to caffeine had altered their GABA neurons’ maturation or migration. (The mice were bred to produce a glowing green protein only in these cells.) At 6 days after birth, the drug-exposed mouse pups had 41% fewer of one subtype of GABA neuron in the hippocampus, the authors report today in Science Translational Medicine. The numbers of this subtype of GABA neuron in the hippocampus were similar in non-drug exposed and drug-exposed pups a few months later, however, suggesting that the cells had simply been slow to arrive, says Silva. Other subtypes of GABA neuron showed a dramatic decrease in number in the hippocampus and cortex, a finding similar to those seen in animal models of cocaine and amphetamine exposure.The caffeine-exposed offspring performed badly on a series of memory tests and were more susceptible to seizures as they matured, Silva says. “We still don’t know how or why,” she says, but “caffeine exposure in early life resulted in long-term consequences” for the mice.Although the work is an “interesting, necessary start” to understanding the influence of significant caffeine consumption on pregnancies, “a number of questions need to be answered before sounding the alarm,” says Barbara Thompson, a neuroscientist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and an expert in the effects of cocaine on fetal brain development. The subtype of GABA neurons that Silva studied were a very small population of cells, so it’s not possible to know how widespread such an effect might be in the brain, she says, and the effects on the mouse pups’ behavior and cognition were mild. Although there are some general similarities between the brain changes that Silva found in the caffeine-exposed mice and those that have been observed in cocaine-exposed mice, “I wouldn’t say caffeine should be banned like cocaine should be banned,” she says. “The results don’t show that at all.”To rule out the possibility that individual differences in sensitivity to caffeine between mouse mothers or pups didn’t lead to any misleading effects, the work needs to be replicated several times in much larger groups, and in different breeds of mice, Silva says. After that, more work will be done to show that the findings apply to humans. For now, however, “this study is not enough to give advice to pregnant women,” she says.*Clarification, 9 August, 11:50 a.m.: This version clarifies that the work was done at INSERM in Marseille, France.*Correction, 20 August: This SNOW has been changed to make several corrections, including that the mice began consuming caffeine-laced water 15 days (not weeks) before pregnancy. Other changes reflect that the research addressed different subtypes of GABA neurons, not a uniform population, and their fate in adult animals, not fetuses. RusS/Shutterstock Buzzkill. A new study in mice suggests that caffeine could influence fetal brain development.last_img read more

MPBL: Munti faces unbeaten QC at home

first_imgMuntinlupa has picked up victories on the road since losing to Navotas in its first game while Quezon City is undefeated in four games to share the lead with the Tanduay-backed Batangas City Athletics.“They’re starting to play better while gaining more confidence,” said Quezon City coach Vis Valencia, referring to the host team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWinless Bataan and Imus collide at 7 p.m.STANDINGS: Batangas 4-0, QC 4-0, Muntinlupa 3-1, Valenzuela 3-1, Parañaque 2-2, Navotas 2-2, Caloocan 1-4, Imus 0-4, Bataan 0-4 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Denied of a home victory at the start of its campaign in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL)-Anta Rajah Cup, Muntinlupa faces another acid test when it battles unbeaten co-league leader Quezon City on Tuesday.Expect a full house crowd at Muntinlupa Sports Complex as the Angelis Resort-backed Cagers try to sustain the momentum of a three-game winning streak against the formidable Capitals supported by Royal Manila at 9 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Regine Arocha named NCAA Finals MVP View commentslast_img read more

Gays parade their pride in Delhi’s heart

first_imgTheir faces were unmasked.And the pride was stronger than ever.The third edition of the gay pride parade – the first after consensual homosexual relationships were decriminalised in the country – in the Capital on Sunday was an unusual display of confidence by the lesbian-gaybisexual-transgender (LGTB) community.Clad in rainbow colours and dancing to the sound of drums, the gathering marched from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi with a different inclination.This time, they were celebrating their sexuality as against the previous years when they marched to assert their rights and protest against the criminalisation of samesex relationship.In July, last year, the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgment revoking the controversial Section 377 of the Indian penal code that criminalised same-sex relationship.”I do not know or care about how social acceptance has changed after the high court verdict. But yes, I have changed. I feel more confident and I know that I am not doing anything wrong since the law of the land does not have a problem with it,” said Pooja (18), a student who wished to be identified just by her first name.”The judgment was a clarion call and asserted what we have been fighting for years now. But, I am a little disappointed by the turnout at the parade. I expected more to turn up to celebrate the anniversary,” said Vineet Trikha (30), a communication trainee who was there at the parade.The strongest evidence of the (slow but sure) change in the attitude of society towards the LGTB community was the presence of family members at the parade.advertisementWhile some made a proud proclamation of their support to their homosexual members of the family, others chose to stay on the sidelines and do the same tacitly.”My grandson is gay and he has the right to live his life the way he wants. I am an educated woman and I absolutely have no problem with it,” said Rani Sharma (65), who accompanied her grandson Sambhav Kumar Sharma to the parade and sported a placard making proud proclamation of his sexuality.”There was an initial shock. But he is a good boy and we have eventually come to accept this. Though our relatives still don’t know, I am here to support my child and his participation in the parade. I wasn’t here last year and I’ve come at my wife’s behest,” said a 45-year-old father on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

Beau Belga repeats as PBA Obstacle Course champion

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director MANILA, Philippines—Beau Belga really does love the dramatic.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Faundo, though, wasn’t able to take advantage of Belga’s gaffe.“I stepped on the marker and my momentum was going forward and my shoes at the back slipped,” said Belga in Filipino.“When I got down I knew that I’d lose, but when I got up I saw Bryan was still on the passing area.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Rain or Shine’s big man got up from one epic slide and repeated as the PBA’s Obstacle Course champion during the 2019 All-Star Weekend in Calasiao, Pangasinan Friday.Belga clocked in at 21.0 seconds in the final run, where his only mistake was a missed free throw to finish just 0.3 seconds faster than first runner-up Russell Escoto of Columbian.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThat, however, wasn’t the most dramatic rise for Belga in the big man challenge.Belga was well ahead of Meralco’s Bryan Faundo in the semifinals before slipping in the course’s chest pass area. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Heavy favorite Demetrious Johnson not taking Japanese foe lightly in 1st ONE fight View commentslast_img read more

Eduard Folayang thinks Shinya Aoki hardly improved ahead of ONE title rematch

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Folayang and Aoki have contrasting styles. The Filipino superstar is at his most dangerous when he’s on his feet while the Japanese legend made a name for himself as a grappling wizard.In their first bout, however, Folayang showed he can hang with Aoki’s vaunted ground game and pull off the big time upset with a third-round TKO victory to claim the lightweight crown for the first time in 2016.The 34-year-old Folayang, who is also on a three-match run, is determined to repeat over Aoki and put on a sterling show before the pre-dominantly Japanese crowd.“Of course I need to give a convincing victory — a different, creative, and innovative way to win the fight,” Folayang said.“If I pull that off, I think that is one of the best ways to capture the Japanese fanbase.”ADVERTISEMENT Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Aoki’s resurgence following two straight knockout losses to Folayang and Ben Askren has not gone unnoticed with many of his fellow ONE fighters convinced that he’s taken his game to a higher level after the pair of setbacks.But Folayang, the reigning lightweight champion, thinks otherwise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I think Shinya Aoki will use the same old approach inside the cage,” Folayang said.“Those who are commenting that his striking has improved may have not watched his previous fights carefully. If you would look at it, he clearly wants the fight to hit the ground as early as possible.” Ivana Agudo rises to the challenge for Lady Tamaraws ONE ChampionshipTOKYO, Japan—Shinya Aoki has been on a tear heading into his title rematch against Eduard Folayang in the main event of ONE: A New Era on Sunday at Ryogoku Kokugikan here.Aoki is riding on a three-fight streak with all of his wins by stoppage in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more

Asian Boxing Championship: Shiva Thapa punches his way into quarter-finals

first_imgIndian boxer Shiva Thapa stormed into the quarter-finals of the boxing-championship.html”>Asian Boxing Championship after defeating Kyrgyzstan’s Omurbek Malabekov in the Men’s 60 kg weight category here on Tuesday.World Championships bronze-medallist Thapa swept aside Malabekov in a split verdict to book his place in the last eight.The 23-year-old will now lock horns with Chinese Taipei’s Chu-En Lai for a place in the semi-finals.Meanwhile, Sumit Sangwan, a former gold medallist at the Asian Olympic Qualifiers, also made it to the quarter-finals of 91 kg category after knocking down Erdenebayar Sandagsuren of Mangolia.Sumit will now face third-seeded Fengkai Yu of China for a place in the semi-finals.Earlier, Vikas Krishan (75 kg), Gaurav Bidhuri (56 kg) and Amit Phangal (49 kg) had also booked their places into the last eight of the tournament after winning their respective matches.last_img read more

World Athletics Championships: Brilliant Mo Farah maintains domination with epic 10,000m win

first_imgMo Farah launched the World Athletics Championships in scintillating fashion on Friday with another consummate 10,000 metres triumph that further embellished his claim to being the greatest distance racer in the sport’s history.With 55,000 of his home fans roaring their support at the London Stadium, the 34-year-old Briton sprinted away with his 10th consecutive gold medal in a global track final, a dazzling sequence that ranks among the greatest feats in sport.Farah survived being clipped twice from behind in the final lap, nearly tripping over and being forced to take a step off the track, and he ended with cuts and bruises to his “bad legs” that needed treatment.Yet still he was able to unleash one more trademark burst down the home straight to speed away from Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei and Kenya’s Paul Tanui.The Briton clocked 26 minutes 49.51 seconds, the world’s fastest time in 2017, in what proved perhaps the hardest-earned of all his magnificent triumphs as he protected his six-year unbeaten streak in major championships.Silver medallist Cheptegei, just 20, clocked a lifetime best 26:49.94, chasing Farah all the way to the line, and Tanui 26:50.60.Yet, five years to the very night when he won the 25-lap title at his home Olympics on “Super Saturday” in the same London Stadium, Farah had still not lost that invincible aura, clocking a searing 55.63 seconds for the last lap in spite of his stumbles.It was the perfect way for him to begin his final championship as a track runner before he turns his attentions to the roads as a marathon man.advertisement”What a way to end my career in London. It’s special,” Farah said, after hugging his children on the track.”It was one of the toughest races of my life. With one lap to go I nearly get tripped, twice, that was hard. But I just had to be mentally stronger and think I didn’t work this hard for nothing.”After an epic test in which the powerful Kenyan and Ugandan athletes combined with mid-race bursts to test Farah’s resolve more fiercely than ever before, the Briton had to show remarkable composure on the final lap.Twice as he led straight after the bell while still closely pursued by four hunters, Farah was clipped. The first time, his heel was caught by Tanui and on the second bend, the same Kenyan brushed his arm, sending Farah off balance so that he took one step into the infield.BACK STRAIGHT(Reuters Photo)Yet despite momentarily losing his rhythm, the champion regrouped to take control on the back straight and he scorched off the final bend to forge clear and take his third successive world 10,000m title by a couple of metres.It was the fastest he had run in any of his five global 10,000m victories by more than 11 seconds.Still, though, he has only done half the job with the 5,000 metres to come next week and the prospect of completing a fifth straight 5,000/10,000 distance double in global championships.Whether the battering he took will affect his hopes remains to be seen but the race certainly took a toll, as he reckoned the second incident involving Tanui with about 300 metres left had hurt him.”I’ve got such long strides that I got caught and at that point I was just trying to stand up and think ‘I can’t go down, I can’t go down’,” he said.HOME TRIUMPH(Reuters Photo)The 16th edition of the Championships could not have been set up more ideally for Britain to celebrate a home triumph in the first medal event and Farah, as ever, did not disappoint his legion of fans.After he crossed the line, he swore that the noise in the stadium matched the incredible din of his 2012 tours de force when he won the 10,000m and 5,000m here.Down the years, his main opponents from Kenya have tried in vain to upset Farah’s equilibrium, sometimes working in teams and varying their pace and tactics but the master racer always has an answer in the sprint denouement.A couple of blistering 61-second laps were thrown in to try to shake him but Farah’s composure never wavered as he moved up the field to join the leaders and gestured to the crowd to turn up the volume.”I just wanted to play with the guys’ heads,” he said.He will have the chance to play with their heads on the track one more time in the 5,000 metres, the heats of which are on Wednesday.”I did actually hurt my leg but I’m going to see the doctor now and take care of it – a few stitches, maybe,” Farah said with a smile which suggested he is not about to have his incredible sequence ended in his final championship track race.advertisementlast_img read more

Varun appointed brand ambassador for Maruti Suzuki Arena

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan has been announced as the brand ambassador for Maruti Suzuki Arena channel.The “Judwaa 2” actor will be the face of the automobile company’s new marketing campaign – A destination called you. A feeling called Maruti Suzuki ARENA’. The new showrooms, christened Maruti Suzuki Arena, sport modern look. “The new, transformed Maruti Suzuki ARENA is poised to strongly connect with the young and do it yourself generation of customers who will experience a warm and connected car buying experience at this new destination. I am excited and proud to be a part of the Maruti Suzuki ARENA family,” Varun said in a statement. R.S. Kalsi, Senior Executive Director, (Marketing and Sales), Maruti Suzuki India, added that Varun “exemplifies the evolving Indian youth who is trendy, social and confident and likes to be connected at all times”.–IANSnn/hslast_img read more

IPL 2019: Shane Watson and Rashid Khan in verbal spat as CSK return to Chepauk

first_imgChennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson and Sunrisers Hyderabad leg-spinner Rashid Khan were involved in a heated war of words in a high-scoring 2019 IPL match at the Chepauk on Tuesday.Shane Watson and Suresh Raina had got off to a rapid start in pursuit of 176 against Sunrisers Hyderabad after Faf du Plessis was brilliantly run out by Deepak Hooda.Watson, who has been out of from in the 2019 Indian Premier League was key for the defending champions as Chennai Super Kings sought to reclaim the top spot in the points table. Rashid Khan, the most dangerous bowler in the SRH camp, was targetted early in his first over by Shane Watson and both men were fired up.Rashid Khan glared at Shane Watson after he hit him for a boundary off only his 2nd delivery and it was soon a public verbal joust even as the over ended.What’s going on, mate?#CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/nz9HVrh6c5IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 23, 2019Rashid Khan, in his next over, bowled a beautful googly to remove Suresh Raina, who was looking in sublime touch. Meanwhile, Shane Watson continued to hold fort for the Super Kings in a steep chase as Ambati Rayudu joined him in the middle.In the end, Rashid Khan conceded 44 runs off his 4 overs – the most expensive spell he has bowled in the 2019 IPL. Shane Watson, meanwhile, smashed 96 and scripted CSK’s 6-wicket win at the Chepauk.This was not the first time Shane Watson got involved in a sledge-fest this season.advertisementLast month, Shane Watson had somehow managed to rile up Delhi Capitals fast bowler Ishan Sharma. DC skipper Shreyas Iyer pulled his pacer away but Watson next had an exchange with Kagiso Rabada.Incidentally, in that game, Shane Watson smashed 44 off 26 balls as Chennai Super Kings stormed to a 6-wicket win. Watson was named man-of-the-match.Between the Feroz Shah Kotla game on March 26 and the Chepauk game on April 23, Shane Watson’s run of scores read 13. 5, 26., 17, 0, 6, 31 and 5. He was on fire against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday but there were the usual Watson sparks flying again.In the 2018 IPL final against Sunrisers, Shane Watson had hit a sensational hundred as Chennai Super Kings won the title for the 3rd time.Also Read | The guys are frustrated: Jacques Kallis as KKR seek to end 5-match losing streakAlso Read | Want to play for RCB in IPL throughout my life: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Seelast_img read more

Oystons ordered to buy out Blackpool shareholder for £31m after losing court battle

first_imgTopics Share on Messenger Read more Justice Marcus Smith found that the Oystons paid £26.77m out of the club to companies they owned, during and after the single lucrative season in the Premier League, in a manner which involved “fundamental breaches” of their duties as directors and unfairly prejudiced Belokon. The Oystons were ordered to pay £10m within 28 days and for all their assets to be frozen while they present to the court how they propose to pay the total, plus millions for legal costs.More than 50 Blackpool supporters who had travelled to the Rolls building in London to attend the hearing applauded and congratulated Belokon after the judgment was delivered. Supporters have been bitterly protesting against the Oystons’ running of the club in recent years and thousands have heeded the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust’s call to boycott matches. Christine Seddon, chair of the trust, described the judgment as “a momentous day” for the club and football itself. The trust believes the financial pressure on the Oystons to meet the payment to Belokon makes it more likely they will have to sell the club.The cash which Smith found had been illegitimately paid out of the club included £11m to a company owned by Owen Oyston, described in Blackpool’s 2010-11 accounts as a director’s salary.Smith ruled that the £11m was not truly a salary, describing it as an “essentially gratuitous” payment to Owen Oyston, the club’s long-term owner. Smith also ruled that two professionals employed by the Oystons made “misrepresentations” to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, which had mounted an investigation into the payment.The court had heard that when Belokon’s adviser, Normunds Malnacs, first saw in February 2012 that the £11m was going to be paid to Owen Oyston’s company as a salary, he had sent an email protesting: “This is out of any acceptable corporate governance norms, even without mentioning the moral aspect of the transaction!”Belokon, a Latvian banker who invested £4.5m for a 20% stake in Blackpool in 2006, told the Guardian he had hoped to come to an agreement with the Oystons before deciding he had no option but to bring the legal action for unfair prejudice in September 2015. Represented by the City law firm Clifford Chance, Belokon argued in his claim that he had been frozen out of crucial decisions and he challenged the legitimacy of the millions the Oystons paid out to their own companies.Belokon’s barrister, Andrew Green QC, accused the Oystons of having run Blackpool as the family’s “personal cash machine”, following the club’s single season in the Premier League in 2010-11.The Oystons strenuously contested the claim, arguing they had operated within their rights and in the best interests of the club.The £31.27m award, forcing the Oystons to buy Belokon’s shares, was calculated by ruling that Belokon should have also been paid the £26.77m the Oystons saw fit to pay their own companies, and adding the £4.5m Belokon paid for his stake.Blackpool’s promotion to the Premier League was hailed as a romantic return of a formerly grand football name to the top flight, and Karl Oyston’s frugal methods, keeping players’ wages low and refusing to pay agents, were briefly admired as a model. But relations with fans soured following relegation, the plummet into League Two and the millions going out of the club.Supporters have boycotted matches in large numbers, including the play-off final last season when the club was promoted back to League One with banks of empty seats at Wembley. Fans have repeatedly called for the Oystons to sell but the family has been defiant and been prepared to sue some supporters for libel over comments made. In June 2015 Karl Oyston was fined £40,000 by the Football Association and banned from all football activities for six weeks for abusive text messages sent to a supporter as relations became increasingly bitter.Belokon himself was disqualified by the Football League from being a Blackpool director in May after a conviction in Kyrgyzstan for alleged money laundering. His disqualification came under the EFL’s rule that directors must not have unspent criminal convictions involving dishonesty. Belokon argues the conviction is invalid because it was decided in his absence without due process, following a dispute with the Kyrgyzstan authorities over his bank.In his judgment Smith agreed, stating that he found it “extraordinary” the EFL should disqualify Belokon for a conviction based on him having not attended the court in Kyrgyzstan, rather than “on the merits”.In court after the judgment Belokon said he believed the way the Oystons ran the club was “wrong and unfair”. Asked what he hoped might happen to Blackpool, following a judgment which Smith himself said would “result in the [club’s] further impoverishment”, Belokon said he was still prepared to discuss a possible solution with the Oystons.Karl Oyston was approached for comment but at the time of writing had not responded. Share on Facebook Supporters Direct lobbies for tougher ‘fit and proper people test’ for owners Share via Email Blackpool news Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp A high court judge has ruled that Owen Oyston and his son Karl, the owners of Blackpool football club, must pay £31m to the minority shareholder Valeri Belokon for his shares after operating an “illegitimate stripping” of the club following promotion to the Premier League in 2010. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Report: Villarreal 2 Real Madrid 2

first_imgSanti Cazorla scored twice as Real Madrid failed to take full advantage of their game in hand on LaLiga leaders Barcelona in a frustrating 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Villarreal.Los Blancos, back in action for the first time since winning the Club World Cup, appeared to be headed for three points as Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane cancelled out Cazorla’s crisp early opener by the 20th minute.But with just eight minutes remaining, Cazorla ghosted in to head Pablo Fornals’ teasing cross past Thibaut Courtois to secure a share of the spoils. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Madrid, who lost the ineffective Gareth Bale to injury at half-time, are consequently fourth and seven points behind leaders Barcelona after 17 matches, while Villarreal are out of the bottom three but remain level with 18th-placed Athletic Bilbao.FT: @Eng_Villarreal 2-2 @realmadrid Cazorla 4′, 82′; @Benzema 7′, @raphaelvarane 20’#Emirates | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/FgA9VYLhkf— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) January 3, 2019Madrid had won their last three league matches without conceding but just four minutes had elapsed when Samuel Chukwueze picked out Cazorla, who curled the ball into the bottom-right corner for his first LaLiga goal since returning to the club in August.The lead lasted all of three minutes as Benzema headed a right-sided cross from Lucas Vazquez past Sergio Asenjo from eight yards and the turnaround was complete when Varane leapt highest to guide Toni Kroos’ deep free-kick back across goal.Luka Modric then converted from close range after Kroos had a shot kept out by Asenjo, only for the offside flag to cut short his celebrations.Madrid made a slow start to the second half but could have extended their lead on the hour, with Vazquez profiting from a favourable deflection but shooting right at Asenjo.That would prove a costly miss as Fornals delivered the ball into the back post for Cazorla to head past Courtois.An end-to-end conclusion to the match ensued, with Bale’s half-time replacement Isco forcing Asenjo into a late save with his bullet strike, but Villarreal earned a crucial point on their quest to dodge the drop and inflicted a big blow on their opponents’ outside title hopes. What does it mean? Madrid miss big chance to close gapA trip to a side sitting third-bottom of the division at the start of the game should have meant three simple points for Madrid, though this latest slip-up makes it just three wins from nine away LaLiga matches. After missing out on a fourth league win on the spin overall, Solari’s charges remain fourth in the division and have surely relinquished any slim hopes they had of challenging Barcelona for the title.Cazorla shows signs of his bestNot only did Cazorla score both of his side’s goals, the former Arsenal ace also chipped in with five key passes during the 90 minutes. The opening goal early on was special, working the angle well to send the ball out of Courtois’ reach, but he also showed great awareness in the final 10 minutes to get away from his man and guide Fornals’ cross from the left into the back of the net.Bale ineffective before injury scarePlenty of eyes were on Bale, who top scored for Madrid at the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last month, but he endured a frustrating opening 45 minutes here and did not emerge for the second half – the 15th time he has been replaced in LaLiga this term, more than any other player.The Wales forward failed to capitalise on some poor positioning from opposition right-back Miguel Layun and left the field with the lowest pass completion rate of any outfield Madrid player. After succumbing to another suspected calf problem, which twice required treatment before he was replaced by out-of-favour Isco, Bale’s playing time may be curtailed during a crucial period.Key Opta Facts: – Villarreal’s Santi Cazorla has scored his first brace in La Liga since September 2011 for Malaga against Granada, 2670 days ago. – Real Madrid are the LaLiga side with the most headed goals scored this season in all competitions (11) and their striker Karim Benzema is the player with the most headers (five).  – Benzema has scored 12 goals in 27 games this season in all competitions, as many as he did in the whole of last season (12 but in 47 games). – Cazorla has scored his first headed goal in La Liga (41 goals in total). – No other Real Madrid player has made more assists than Lucas Vazquez since the start of last year in all competitions (12, the same as Karim Benzema). What’s next?Both sides face a quick turnaround in fixtures as Madrid play host to Real Sociedad on Sunday, while Villarreal travel to Eibar on the same day. read morelast_img read more

Hardik Pandya spotted in Mumbai airport on his way to New Zealand

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

Hand-Forged Grooming Gear from Studebaker Metals

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Ready to ditch disposable razors forever and get yourself some grooming gear that’ll last a lifetime? If so, we highly recommend you check out Studebaker Metals — a Pittsburgh-based operation that makes hand-forged grooming accessories.Yeah, you read that right: hand-forged. Self-taught metalsmith Michael Studebaker pounds this stuff into shape the oldschool way-with a hammer, anvil, and a few other basic hand tools; which gives his creations this sort of raw, imperfect, and undeniably badass look.This kind of craftsmanship is hard to come by these days. Usually when you come across something that was made by hand, it’s made from a soft, malleable, and otherwise easy-to-manipulate piece of material like wood, leather, or cloth. Nowadays most people leave metal work to CNC machines, so it’s both rare and refreshing to see somebody making high-quality metal gear with their hands.Check out the collection here. The Best American Gin This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiserlast_img read more

Derailment Report Complete

first_imgThe Transportation Safety Board of Canada has released its report on the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway Limited train derailment that occurred near Linacy, Pictou Co., on April 18, 2004. The report was prepared by the safety board at the request of Nova Scotia’s Department of Transportation and Public Works, which is responsible for the administration of the provincial Railways Act. The safety board found that the derailment occurred as a result of a combination of factors including track conditions and rigid tank cars — which can be more susceptible to track irregularities. The report says that the curve where the derailment took place had its rails originally banked to handle trains travelling at 45 miles per hour. The speed in the area of the derailment was reduced to 30 mph in 1993, but the banking remained unchanged as it met Transport Canada guidelines. The report notes that the track in the area had been tested annually for rail flaws and defects and that the train crew followed emergency procedures and reported the derailment immediately. The report also says the Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway has already adjusted the rail elevation at most of the curves where train speeds have been reduced (a program to correct the remaining curves is now complete). The report suggests increased use of the province’s 911 system for rail-related emergencies. The complete report can be viewed at the Transportation and Public Works website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/tsbReportJune05.pdf .last_img read more

Debris Being Cleaned Up at Aquaculture Site

first_imgProvincial fisheries inspectors visited the site of an aquaculture operation on Long Island, Digby Co., Wednesday, April 22, to investigate reports of scattered debris. Loose buoys, rope and other fish-pen debris were observed on and near the site. Fisheries inspectors confirmed the operator has begun cleaning up the debris. “Our inspectors have been to the site and, as the operator proceeds with its cleanup, we will continue to monitor the situation and ensure that it is done in a timely manner,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell. “We are serious about our commitment to transparency and will continue to update the public on the situation if there are other developments.”last_img read more

Government Supports Creation of Cultural Quarter in Chéticamp

first_img Michel Samson, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, on behalf of Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, announced the funding today, April 8, at Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp. “For almost 20 years, the Conseil des Arts has worked tirelessly to allow the French language and Acadian culture to thrive and shine in this part of Cape Breton,” said Mr. Samson. “Our investment in the Chéticamp cultural district project is a recognition of its cultural and educational value, but also of its economic significance.” The Cultural Quarter, located along the Cabot Trail, will include a range of facilities including an outdoor classroom, an outdoor theatre, a promenade, a multifunctional space and a café. The project is also supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency with a $500,000 investment the Inverness County with a $150,000 investment, and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.”Our two official languages are at the heart of who we are and the Government of Canada is proud to support the French language and culture across the country. Le Quartier Culturel de Chéticamp builds on the strengths of this Acadian community to enhance quality of life and generate new economic activity,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Science, Innovation and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. “The conseil is pleased to collaborate on this important project for our Acadian community in Chéticamp,” said Michel Comeau, executive director of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. “Our students as well as the community in general will benefit from this cultural quarter. We recognize that culture is an essential aspect of everyday life and are proud to be a partner in a project that allows the community to flourish.” Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp aims at preserving the rich French language and Acadian heritage in the region of Chéticamp while offering projects and programs to further artistically develop Acadian youth and the community at large. “The Conseil des arts and the community of Chéticamp are very grateful for this investment which will allow us to continue to offer programming and artistic experiences to our young people and ensure the continuation of Acadian culture and language for years to come,” said Jérémie Poirier, president of the Conseil des arts. To learn more about Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp, visit www.conseildesartsdecheticamp.ca. Investment in community and cultural organizations, and advancing cultural diversity are vital parts of the province’s recently unveiled culture strategy, Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan. The full plan is online at novascotia.ca/culture/. ————————————————————The province of Nova Scotia is investing $400,000 in the creation of a new cultural hub in the Acadian village of Chéticamp. COMMUNITIES, CULTURE/HERITAGE–Government Supports Creation of Cultural Quarter in Chéticamplast_img read more

Student tries to kill self days after chilling suicide of Krittika

first_imgKolkata: Another school student tried to commit suicide inside the bathroom of a school in Ballygunge area on Tuesday. The girl was seen entering the toilet but after almost five minutes when she did not came out, the monitoring section informed teachers and the girl was rescued before serious damage could be done.The method of the incident was almost similar to the recent suicide of Krittika Paul, who was a student of a renowned English medium school in Ranikuthi. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaAccording to sources, on Tuesday at around 3 pm, the girl went to the toilet. Staff members of the school who were monitoring the CCTV camera footage noticed her going inside the toilet. After almost six minutes when she did not come out, the staff got worried. Immediately, they informed the class teacher and more staff members rushed to the toilet. As the door was locked, they had to break in. After going inside the toilet, the teacher and staff found the girl on the floor, bleeding from her left wrist. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersShe was immediately taken to the Principal’s room and was provided with first aid. Her parents were informed as well. Later, the girl was sent home and her parents were asked to look after her. Sources informed that the girl was suffering from depression and had tried to commit suicide earlier. On Tuesday, when her teachers were trying to know the cause, she kept on mumbling: “no one loves me. No one has time for me. All are busy with their works (amake keu bhalobase na. Amar jonno karor somoy nei. Sobai nijer kaaj a byasto).” Previously, she had been taken to a counsellor to treat her depression. Even on Tuesday, a counsellor was there all along till the girl left school with her family members. Though no complaint or official information was given to the police, sleuths from Gariahat police station went to the school. Ajay Prasad, Deputy Commissioner of South East Division (SED), said on Wednesday: “No complaint was received in this regard. If any complaint comes, it will be looked into.”last_img read more

Canadas 43rd general election campaign officially underway

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Let the races begin: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has officially launched the federal election campaign.The parties have been informally campaigning for months. Trudeau sat down for a brief, private chat with the governor general to ask her to dissolve Parliament on Wednesday morning, officially kicking off Canada’s 43rd general election campaign.Speaking to the media following his meeting, Trudeau asked voters to think back to four years ago — the last time they went to the polls.“In 2015, after a decade of failed Conservative policy, Canada’s economy was flat,” he said. “Economic growth, job creation, wage growth, all were stalled thanks to a Conservative government that believed cuts and austerity were the answers to everything.”Liberal Leader @JustinTrudeau says this campaign is about choice #elxn43 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/mnW4pjS0QT— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) September 11, 2019It’s already shaping up to be a dogfight of a campaign, with the Liberals and Conservatives polling in a dead heat, while the NDP and Greens are in a distant battle for third.“Liberals go into it in the best position, Conservatives definitely within striking room, NDP struggling to remain relevant, Green Party hoping to leap frog over the NDP into third,” Maclean’s Ottawa Bureau Chief John Geddes explains.He says parties will be focusing on pocket book issues like affordable medicines, the cost of your cell phone bill, and supports for families.But a key battle on voters’ minds is tackling climate change.“It has to do with the immediate extreme weather affects of climate change that have brought it home for people — forest fires, and floods, and the hurricane,” he notes.Canadians can expect a lot of political attacks over the next five and a half weeks on everything from SNC-Lavalin to abortion as every politician looks for an edge.Related articles: Troubling stats for Trudeau Liberals: Pollster says close to half of Canadians want change of gov’t Trudeau to call election Wednesday with morning visit to Rideau Hallcenter_img Trudeau is asking voters for a second mandate, while the Opposition hopes to end his term at four years.Geddes says this election will be a referendum on the Liberal leader.“He’s saying, ‘Hey, I’ve made some mistakes, I don’t want you to think about that. I want you to think about me as the guy who can take you forward in a way that you like.’”The 2019 campaign will be much shorter than the 2015 vote, which tends to help the incumbents, but Geddes once again stresses, it’s a tight race at the top.Canadians will head to the polls on October 21st.last_img read more

US urges Sri Lanka to swiftly conclude state of emergency

The United States (US) today urged Sri Lanka to swiftly conclude the state of emergency which was enforced today.The US Embassy in Sri Lanka said it is important that the Government of Sri Lanka act quickly against perpetrators of sectarian violence, “Rule of law, human rights, and equality are essential for peaceful coexistence. It is important that the Government of Sri Lanka act quickly against perpetrators of sectarian violence, protect religious minorities and their places of worship, and conclude the State of Emergency swiftly, while protecting human rights and basic freedoms for all,” the US Embassy said. President Maithripala Sirisena promulgated a state of emergency to redress the situation in the country. (Colombo Gazette) read more