Sri Lanka is facing an economic war launched by some groups three years after the war with the LTTE came to an end, External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris said today.Speaking at a Defence seminar in Colombo the Minister said that these groups are trying to persuade tourists to boycott Sri Lanka and in the end strike at the root of Sri Lanka’s economy. He also expressed regret at attempts to internationalize the situation in Sri Lanka and push for a foreign solution on the country. He also said that the remaining war displaced people will be resettled by the middle of this month.The External Affairs Minister noted that there was misinformed criticism about the army and its relationship with the government.He also stressed that the role of the army during the war was to release civilians being held by the LTTE. He also stressed that the government will not fully withdraw the armed forces from the north despite immense pressure to do so.The External Affairs Minister said that the government will only reduce the military presence in the north but maintain some troops like in other parts of the country for security purposes. Peiris stressed that only a domestic solution will suite Sri Lanka and that solution will be reached through a parliament process. read more

Football reigned in prime time last week while CBS retained its Nielsen ratings crown AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2014 1:49 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Football scored half of the Top 10 slots in last week’s Nielsen ratings.NBC took first place with its Sunday night faceoff between San Francisco and Denver, and the pregame took second place.CBS’ Thursday game ranked fifth as the New York Jets took on the New England Patriots. Fox’s Sunday “The OT” post-game show ranked seventh place. And Notre Dame met Florida State on ABC’s Saturday night telecast, ranking ninth.Overall, CBS won the weekly Nielsen prime-time clash for a fourth straight week and claimed the top three freshmen shows: “NCIS: New Orleans” (ranked fourth), “Madam Secretary” (13th) and “Scorpion” (14th), according to Nielsen figures released Tuesday.ABC’s most-watched new series, “How to Get Away With Murder,” ranked 21st, with 9.79 million viewers.For the week, CBS averaged 10.5 million viewers in prime time. NBC was runner-up with 8.9 million, followed by ABC with 7.9 million and Fox with 4.7 million. Univision had 2.9 million, the CW had 1.9 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million, and ION Television had 1.0 million.Among cable networks, ESPN led with an average 2.61 million viewers, followed by TBS with 2.04 million, USA with 1.76 million and Fox News Channel with 1.73 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” held its leadership position among the evening newscasts with an average of 8.78 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 8.10 million, and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.44 million viewers.For the week of Oct. 13-19, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: San Francisco at Denver, NBC, 23.79 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 17.76 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 17.26 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 16.14 million; NFL Football: NY Jets at New England, CBS, 16.09 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.32 million; “The OT,” Fox, 13.78 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 13.28 million; Football: Notre Dame at Florida State, ABC, 13.25 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.74 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox and Fox News Channel are owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC, Telemundo and USA are owned by Comcast Corp. ESPN is owned by ESPN Inc. TBS is owned by Time Warner. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. read more

$13 a pack? NYC mayor wants highest cigarette prices in US FILE – In this April 7, 2017, file photo, cigarette butts are discarded in an ashtray outside a New York office building. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan on April 19, 2017, to raise the price of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13 in the city. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 20, 2017 9:49 am MDT Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for the nation’s biggest city to also be the country’s priciest spot to buy a pack of smokes.De Blasio is backing an effort to raise the price of a pack of cigarettes from $10.50 to $13, which he says would be the nation’s highest.The Democrat announced his support Wednesday for a series of legislative proposals designed to drastically cut tobacco use in the city by the year 2020. De Blasio says his goal is to reduce the number of smokers by 160,000. An estimated 900,000 New York City residents currently smoke.“What we’re here today talking about is saving lives,” said Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the city’s health commissioner, who appeared with the mayor at offices of the American Heart Association. “We want to make it easier to quit and harder to smoke.”The proposals are set for hearings later this month.The city council also will consider legislation to gradually reduce by half the number of licenses issued to retailers to sell tobacco products. Philadelphia and San Francisco have similar licensing restrictions.An American Cancer Society study found that 8,992 retail outlets were licensed to sell tobacco in New York as of October, and about a third of those were within 500 feet of a school.Other proposals would set minimum prices and create taxes on smokeless tobacco and small cigars, and require sellers of electronic cigarettes to obtain licenses. read more