Two policemen arrested over Rathgama killing further remanded

Two policemen who were arrested over the murder of two businessmen in Rathgama have been further remanded.The policemen were ordered to be remanded till March 13. Human hair and bones believed to be that of the two businessmen had been found from the Walasmulla, Madagamgoda forest.Investigations revealed that the two businessmen were abducted by men dressed in clothes similar to that of the Police. The two businessmen, Manjula Asela and Rasheen Chinthaka, had been reported missing since January 23 this year. They were kept in a house, killed and the bodies were later burnt.The Officer in Charge of the Southern Crimes Investigations Unit and a Sub Inspector were arrested and 15 policemen were ordered to be transferred over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) Investigations later revealed that the two businessmen in Rathgama had been killed and the bodies were later burnt.

Public spaces cinemas to air Toronto Raptors games during NBA finals

As Raptors fever burns its way across Canada, the team’s parent company said it’s trying to help fans far beyond Toronto experience the excitement of the NBA Finals.Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said Wednesday that 10 Canadian cities have been approved to set up free public viewing spaces where residents can congregate to watch Canada’s sole NBA team face the Golden State Warriors.The viewing parties are a bid to create local version of “Jurassic Park,” the two-block tailgating zone outside the Raptors’ home arena where thousands of fans have celebrated the team’s every victory in their leadup to the finals.MLSE also announced a partnership with movie theatre chain Cineplex, which will open 33 cinemas from Newfoundland to British Columbia for free screenings of the finals.Most of the mini “Jurassic Parks” that are cropping up outside Toronto are in cities across Ontario, but one urban centre in Eastern Canada is also preparing to host the broadcasts.Halifax, where the Raptors played their first exhibition game in 1995, is planning a public outdoor viewing after encouragement from locals.Resident and long-time Raptors fan John Whynot, who was among those urging city officials to set up “Jurassic East,” said he felt it was important to get behind the team.“It’s the only Canadian team,” the 51-year-old IT professional said in an interview. “Who knows when this is going to happen again. You can’t get any bigger than that for basketball.”Social media users seemed to agree, taking to Twitter to lobby mayors in cities such as Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Calgary.“MAKE SOME NOISE CANADA,” wrote one Twitter user. “This isn’t about one city anymore, it’s a whole nation.”In cities where viewings were scheduled, political leaders joined in the overall excitement.Marianne Meed Ward, the mayor of Burlington, Ont., called the Raptor’s playoff run to the finals “our generation’s moment” and anticipated raucous festivities in the space city staff christened “Burlassic Park.”“While I will sadly be away … and missing what is sure to be a great party in our city, I know our residents will be cheering on the Raptors so loudly, I may be able to hear you all from Quebec City,” she wrote on Twitter.Other Ontario communities currently approved by MLSE to set up mini Jurassic Parks include Pickering, Vaughan, Halton Hills, Brampton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Midland and Windsor.MLSE laid out a short list of criteria for cities looking to get on board, stipulating participants must make the event free to the public, air the full broadcast complete with commercials at full volume, and avoid using sponsorships or trademarked material.The City of Kingston also announced plans to hold a public viewing, according to its official Twitter feed and city councillor Robert Kiley.“Sport has the power to bring people together. And sport has the power to play up that which is good in this life: hard work, team work, civic pride,” he said in an email. “My constituent suggested the idea to me and I thought, ‘let’s make the most of this for our community. And let’s do it in a public space!”’One city that has opted out of the national festivities is Vancouver, which issued a statement saying it was unable to find a venue on short notice.“Events of this nature require adequate lead time to plan and execute successfully, and while we reviewed plans for a potential viewing event, we were not able to identify a location that was suitable and available for a series of up to seven games,” it read.Those without access to mini Jurassic Parks may be able to find a public viewing at one of the Cineplex theatres.Cineplex spokeswoman Sarah Van Lange said it’s the first time the company has held national viewing parties for a Toronto-based sports team, adding there appears to be interest across the country.“We have a pretty strong inclination that there is an appetite for viewing parties nationally,” she said, adding Cineplex employees are being encouraged to don Raptors jerseys for the start of the series.Van Lange said tickets for the free screenings will be limited to two per person. They will be up for grabs at participating theatres starting at 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday.Where to watch in Ontario:Cineplex Cinemas Winston ChurchillCineplex Cinemas Courtney ParkSilverCity Newmarket CinemasCineplex Odeon South Keys CinemasGalaxy Cinemas BarrieCineplex Odeon Niagara Square CinemasGalaxy Cinemas PeterboroughGalaxy Cinemas GuelphSilverCity Sudbury CinemasSilverCity Thunder Bay CinemasSilverCity Windsor CinemasSilverCity Burlington CinemasScotiabank Theatre OttawaCineplex Cinemas VaughanCineplex Odeon Ajax Cinemas Related Stories Where to watch Raptors vs. Warriors NBA finalsRaptors’ Masai Ujiri praises former star, coach on eve of NBA FinalsHow the Raptors can end the Warriors’ golden dynastySuperfan Nav Bhatia: A story of love and Raptors basketball The Raptors square off against the Warriors in Toronto on Thursday night. BROWSE cineplex | raptors | where to watch read more

Worlds first plasticfree mark will help shoppers choose ecofriendly products

Iceland will become the first supermarket in Britain to adopt the new mark Iceland will become the first supermarket in Britain to adopt the new mark The Trust Mark will start to appear on products this month Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Plasticis notoriously difficult to recycle – and only 12 per cent of household waste is reprocessed. The rest is either burnt or goes to landfill.Iceland Managing Director Richard Walker said: “With the grocery retail sector accounting for more than 40 per cent of plastic packaging in the UK, it’s high time that Britain’s supermarkets came together to take a lead on this issue.“I’m proud to lead a supermarket that is working with A Plastic Planet to realise a plastic-free future for food and drink retail.”The brand Teapigs will also become the first to add the mark to packaging. It recently emerged that many teabags use polypropylene, a sealing plastic, to keep the tea bags from falling apart.Teapigs Co-Founder Louise Cheadle said: “A lot of tea drinkers have been surprised to learn that many teabags contain plastic.“Our tea has always been plastic free and our clear inner bags (that keep the tea nice and fresh) are made from Natureflex which looks like plastic but is made from wood pulp. The trust mark will make it easy for consumers to make the right plastic-free choices”   Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza – the first in the world to install a plastic-free aisle – is also rolling out the Trust Mark across 74 outlets across the Netherlands with the aim to have each store representing the mark as well as featuring it on selected products of the Ekoplaza own brand by the end of the year.   The world’s first plastic-free Trust Mark to help shoppers know which products are made from eco-friendly packaging will be appearing in supermarkets from this month.Iceland, will become the first retailer to adopt the mark which was developed by environmental campaigners A Plastic Planet who are also calling for a plastic-free aisle in every supermarket.Many products including tinned beans, chewing gum, wet wipes, glass jars, and teabags contain hidden plastic which makes them difficult to recycle.Iceland will begin to adopt the Trust Mark on own-label products this month as part of its commitment to eliminate single-use plastic packaging of all its own products by 2023. The Trust Mark will start to appear on products this month A Plastic Planet Co-Founder Sian Sutherland said: “Now we all know the damage our addiction to plastic has caused, we want to do the right thing and buy plastic-free.  But it is harder than you think and a clear no-nonsense label is much needed.“Our Trust Mark cuts through the confusion of symbols and labels and tells you just one thing – this packaging is plastic-free and therefore guilt-free. Finally shoppers can be part of the solution not the problem.”The first products to feature the Trust Mark include Iceland’s own-brand eggs, cottage pie and vegetable burgers, which the supermarket says will take more than 600 tonnes of plastic out of circulation each year. Soft fruit, mushrooms and potatoes are also expected to switch to non-plastic this summer.It is hoped the mark will stop huge amounts of plastic entering the ocean. Each year more than 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally, and 10 per cent will end up in the sea.It is estimated that there is now a 1:2 ratio of plastic to plankton and, left unchecked, plastic will outweigh fish by 2050. Marine animals cannot digest it and it has been shown that even humans who eat seafood ingest 11,000 pieces of microplastic each year.   read more