Some social media websites published stories stating that President Donald Trump had signed an executive order to allow all Sri Lanka nationals travel to the United States without visas. The United States says there is no change to the visa policy for Sri Lankans.The US Embassy in Colombo said that rumors of a change in policy with regards to visitors from Sri Lanka are not true. The fake news stories stated that the new order, serving as a change in visa policy for Sri Lankans traveling to the United States, would permit them stay in the U.S for a maximum period of 180 days for Tourism or Business purposes only. (Colombo Gazette)
Nemanja Matic was sent off when Chelsea lost at West Ham in OctoberKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 19 March 2016Referee: Bobby Madley (Wakefield, Yorkshire)Match in a nutshell: Chelsea aim to avenge October’s defeat at Upton Park but West Ham will want to enhance their push for a Champions League place.BetVictor.com preview: Chelsea are playing for pride but should beat West HamFive key battles: Including Branislav Ivanovic v Dimitri Payet Injuries and suspensionsCHELSEARuled out: Eden Hazard (thigh), Kurt Zouma (knee), Radamel Falcao (match fitness), Diego Costa (suspended).WEST HAM UNITEDRuled out: James Collins (hamstring), James Tomkins (calf), Victor Moses (ineligible because of loan agreement). Possible line-upsChelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Pedro; Traore. Subs from: Begovic, Amelia, Aina, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Baba, Kenedy, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Pato, Remy.West Ham United: Adrian; Byram, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Kouyate, Noble; Antonio, Lanzini, Payet; Emenike.Subs from: Randolph, O’Brien, Oxford, Henry, Hendrie, Song, Obiang, Dobson, Carroll, Sakho, Valencia. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesChelsea total: D W W W D (11 points)Home: D W D D D (7 points)West Ham total: W W W D L (10 points)Away: W D L L W (7 points)Top scorers – all competitionsChelsea: Costa 15; Willian 10; Oscar 8; Pedro 5; Traore 4; Cahill 3, Fabregas 3, Ramires 3, Remy 3; Azpilicueta 2, Hazard 2, Ivanovic 2, Kenedy 2, Zouma 2; Falcao 1, Loftus-Cheek 1, Matic 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1.West Ham: Payet 11; Antonio 7; Sakho 6; Lanzini 5, Valencia 5, Zarate 5; Kouyate 4; Carroll 3, Noble 3; Emenike 2, Jelavic 2, Jenkinson 2, Moses 2, Tomkins 2; Cresswell 1, Lee 1, Maiga 1, Ogbonna 1.Last five meetings24 October 2015: West Ham 2 Chelsea 14 March 2015: West Ham 0 Chelsea 126 December 2014: Chelsea 2 West Ham 029 January 2014: Chelsea 0 West Ham 023 November 2013: West Ham 0 Chelsea 3Chelsea 3 wins, West Ham 1 win, 1 drawFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The upcoming winter tourist season expected to be one of the best ever. Story Highlights There were 1,659,330 visitors from January to October 2013. The figures for Montego Bay and Kingston are showing increases for September and October. Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the tourism industry is showing good results, with the upcoming winter tourist season expected to be one of the best ever.“I am pleased to tell you that the tourism industry is doing well. We have enjoyed a good summer after a relatively weak winter (2012) and even with 2,000 (10 per cent) of room inventory off the market, Jamaica’s visitor arrivals since August have bucked the regional trend for flat arrivals in 2013,” the Minister said.Dr. McNeill, who was addressing the official launch of the Agro-Tourism Farmers’ Market Initiative in Negril on October 30, informed that there were 1,659,330 visitors from January to October, which is a 0.2 per cent increase over the same period last year.“In fact, we are experiencing the best October ever,” he said, noting that arrivals are expected to reach the two million mark by year-end.He said the figures for Montego Bay and Kingston are showing increases for September and October, with Kingston’s performance being particularly impressive, given the absence of 303 rooms due to the closure of Wyndham Kingston Hotel.He credited the improvements to the continued drive to diversify the source markets, moving beyond the traditional markets of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe, and tapping into Latin American and Eastern Europe.“We have good airlifts arrangements in place,” the Tourism Minister indicated.“Starting November 1, Russia will be moving from 320 seats to 500 seats. Then on November 7, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will make its inaugural flight to the Caribbean, landing in Montego Bay. The extended flying range and fuel efficiency of this Dreamliner mean bigger and better things for Jamaica as it will open up new market opportunities for Jamaica, enabling us to reach deeper into Europe and Asia than had been possible before,” he pointed out.The Minister also revealed that the waiving of visa requirements has assisted in gaining ground in Russia and opened the door to Scandinavia (Denmark, Norway, Hungary and Sweden) the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Ukraine.“While these numbers are great for Jamaica and great for the economy, I am on a mission to ensure that every Jamaican benefits from the tourism earnings. Tourism can be sustainable if the man on the ground is involved and enjoys the tourism returns,” Dr. McNeill said.
by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Aug 31, 2018 3:00 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2018 at 3:40 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Members of the public pay their respects as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., lies in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) McCain, Franklin services challenge TV networks NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two beloved Americans, two services: one screen wasn’t always enough for television news networks following services for Sen. John McCain and Aretha Franklin on Friday.CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC each tried to keep viewers caught up on people paying respect to McCain as his body was lying in state in the U.S. Capitol, and the lengthy remembrance for the Queen of Soul in Detroit.A true collision was avoided when Franklin’s service started late, allowing the news networks to cover the Capitol ceremony in full. The broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC interrupted their regular programming to show speeches by government leaders, including Vice-President Mike Pence.McCain’s 106-year-old mother attended the Capitol ceremony honouring her son, although that caused one awkward moment for CNN. The network misidentified another woman in a wheelchair as her and later had to apologize.Throughout the day, the networks would check back to show a line of people behind a velvet rope, as they filed past McCain’s coffin.It was a different scene in Detroit, where parked rows of pink Cadillacs stood in Franklin’s honour.“The only thing really missing here is the red carpet,” said MSNBC’s Ron Mott.The sprawling ceremony was at times an unwinnable challenge for the networks. They weren’t willing to cede their airtime completely to the event, so it meant for some frustrating moments where correspondents talked over speakers and singers instead of letting them be heard, or missed them entirely.During a roof-rattling gospel performance by Audrey Dubois Harris, CNN covered it in full, MSNBC showed her face while reporters talked over the song and Fox was talking politics. At one point, Fox’s Chris Wallace was talking about President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions while a small box in the corner showed Chaka Khan singing in Detroit; eventually Wallace was cut short to see the rest of her performance.MSNBC cut to guests talking about Kahn’s performance when it seemed like it was over — only to have her return for a reprise. When singer Ron Isley gave a quiet, rambling talk before singing, you could almost feel the calculations of TV producers wondering whether to stick with him.Everyone paused, however, to cover speeches by former President Bill Clinton and Jesse Jackson.After Clinton was done, Fox’s Chris Stirewalt said that he was “a shadow of the man that we remember from 25 or 30 years ago.“Time is passing by,” he said. “This is a moment of reflection for the country about what we’re losing and the lessons learned along the way.”