“The Bank has indeed raised the importance of managing traffic in the National Park, an important cultural heritage and signature park for Sri Lanka. When people think of wildlife in Sri Lanka, this is the first park that comes to mind with its majestic cats, amongst other animals. But it’s not simply the Bank that has been raising the importance of managing this resource carefully, many Sri Lankans who have visited the Park believe that the time is now to manage the resource before significant irreversible damage,” the World Bank said. The World Bank says simply closing a Block in the park is not a holistic nor sustainable solution and is not the type of solution that the Bank would propose. The World Bank says it has raised the importance of managing traffic in the Yala National Park, an important cultural heritage and signature park for Sri Lanka.In a statement clarifying media reports on the World Bank’s position on the management of Yala national park, the Bank said that it has been raising the importance of managing this resource carefully. Further, it says holding back funding would defeat the purpose of supporting better management.“The ongoing discussions between the Bank and the government on the country’s park management is held with a view to ensuring that these vulnerable resources are managed for the benefit of those employed in the parks. This includes the local community whose livelihood depends on tourism in the park and the many visitors for whom the experience in the park will be a lasting one,” the World Bank said. (Colombo Gazette)
Greensburg, In. — Today is Primary Election Day, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding Hoosiers to participate by casting a ballot.Cities and towns around the state are holding primary elections today, and Hoosiers can go to Indiana Voters to look up which candidates will be on their ballot. Voters will be required to enter their county of residence, name and date of birth to access their personal information. Voters can also find information on their polling location and election night results.“I encourage all Hoosier voters to visit IndianaVoters.com to educate themselves on who they’ll be voting for and where they’ll be voting,” said Secretary Lawson. “An informed electorate is the key to a successful democracy so I encourage all voters to take advantage of this tool.”Hoosiers may also call the toll free Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE to speak directly to a representative for information, polling locations and to file grievances. Staff will be on hand to answer calls from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT on Election Day.Voters may also click here for additional information, including information regarding Indiana’s photo ID law. Indiana’s photo ID law requires every voter to present a government-issued ID before casting their vote at the polls. For more information on Photo ID click here.
RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike The International Olympic Committee continues to come under pressure to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sporting events around the globe have all taken action as life is put on hold for athletes and fans alike. On Saturday, US Track and Field sent an email calling for the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee to make representations about delaying the Games in Japan – set to start on July 24 – as the “right and responsible thing to do” in the circumstances. An increasing number of athletes have been speaking out over their fears for Tokyo 2020, particularly in relation to social distancing, which make their training programmes impossible to pursue. USA Swimming, meanwhile, had already asked the USOPC to push for a one-year postponement as the impact of the lockdown began to hit home. USATF chief executive Max Siegel wrote: “The right and responsible thing to do is prioritise everyone’s health and safety, and appropriately recognise the toll this difficult situation has, and continues to take, on our athletes and their Olympic Games preparations. “We are all experiencing unfathomable disruptions, and everyone’s lives are being impacted accordingly. “For those reasons, USATF is respectfully requesting that the (USOPC) advocate to the IOC for the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.” The Spanish Football Federation also called for this summer’s Olympics to be postponed. President of the RFEF Luis Rubiales made the request to IOC committee member Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr at a meeting with other Spanish sports federations, the governing body said in a statement. The meeting had been called by president of the Spanish Olympic Committee, Alejandro Blanco. Rubiales said in a statement: “At this time, health must prevail over any other issue and we must be on the side of our Government. “Sport is our reason for being, but now it must be in the background. We continue to work for football and solutions for this sector, however, now the duty as Spaniards is to stay united and to suspend all sports events.”Tags: CoronavirusInternational Olympic CommitteeIOCMax SiegelUSOPC
Scholes resumed his career in January 2012 after initially quitting the game at the end of the 2010-11 season. The 38-year-old made his 717th Manchester United appearance against Swansea on Sunday after making his debut on September 21, 1994 in a League Cup game against Port Vale. And he revealed there will be no changing his mind about retirement this time. “I think this is it. I’m sure this is it,” Scholes told Sky Sports. “It’s probably not the season I would have liked to go out on but the last four months have been quite difficult with injury, with my knee and trying to get back fit again. “I’m totally convinced. I was convinced last time to be honest with you. At the time you are but I know now in my head that I have gone as far as I possibly can physically. “This is the end. Again.” Paul Scholes is happy for his retirement to slip under the radar on the day when Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson also bade farewell to Old Trafford. Press Association United midfielder Scholes announced his retirement for a second time on Saturday and joked that the news surrounding Ferguson’s retirement after more than 26 years in charge at United – plus continued speculation about Wayne Rooney’s future, had given him the opportunity to slip away quietly. “It couldn’t be any better could it?” Scholes said. “(The speculation of) Wayne Rooney asking for a transfer – there’s not much else that can go well for me. Yeah, it’s the perfect weekend for me. (My) last game and I will just slip under the radar and off I go.”
It was a second game without a win for the Irish in Spain after their defeat to the United States on Saturday. The Russian fightback came despite the 26th-minute sending off of Dmitri Efremov. Ireland’s two-goal lead lasted until Alexander Morgunov’s effort in the 65th minute, and Ramil Sheydaev then levelled 13 minutes from time. The Republic of Ireland were held to a 2-2 draw with Russia in their under-21 friendly in Marbella, Spain. Ireland took a fifth-minute lead through Brighton’s Glen Rea at the Marbella Football Center. Shelbourne’s Dylan Connolly scored Ireland’s second after 47 minutes, but Russia responded. Press Association