Objections have been filed against some candidates nominated to contest the August 17 Parliament elections.In Matara, objections have been filed against United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate and former Minister Dullas Alahaperuma and Manoj Sirisena. The objections filed at the Matara Returning Officer noted that Dullas Alahaperuma and Manoj Sirisena should not be allowed to contest the Parliament election on the basis that they hold dual citizenship.The objections filed against Alahaperuma were however rejected. (Colombo Gazette)
by The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2013 4:19 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crude oil falls to US$102.66 a barrel on supply data, lowest close since July 3 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil prices fell for a fifth straight trading day Wednesday as an unexpected increase in U.S. oil and gasoline supplies offset positive economic news.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery dropped 47 cents to finish at US$102.66 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That’s the lowest closing price since July 3.Oil has fallen seven per cent since closing at a two-year high of $110.53 on Sept. 6. Since then, diplomatic efforts have averted a U.S. military strike against Syria, and tensions between the U.S. and Iran have shown signs of a thaw. As a result, the market has removed the so-called risk premium from oil, which some analysts put at about $5 to $6 a barrel.On Wednesday, there were signs of a slowdown in demand for oil and fuel following the end of the summer driving season. The Energy Department said that U.S. crude oil supplies increased by 2.6 million barrels, while gasoline supplies rose 200,000 barrels in the week ended Sept. 20.Analysts expected supplies of both oil and gasoline to drop. The increase in supplies came as refineries pulled back from a strong pace in the late summer.On the economic front, reports showed Americans stepped up purchases of new homes in August after cutting back in July, while companies placed slightly more orders in August for U.S. long-lasting manufactured goods. The increase in home sales suggested that higher mortgage rates are not yet slowing the housing recovery.Still, investors remained cautious as Congress and the White House gear up for another budget fight. Failure to reach an agreement could make it impossible for the government to pay some of its bills.In other markets, Brent crude, the benchmark for international crudes used by many U.S. refineries, slipped 32 cents to US$108.32 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex: wholesale gasoline rose one cent to US$2.67 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose one cent to US$2.97 a gallon and natural gas was flat at US$3.49 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE)
A lift stands in use outside of Ohio Stadium as part of a multi-million dollar renovation project Aug. 28. The project is set to be completed Sept. 5, the day before OSU is scheduled to play its first home football game of the year.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorA multi-million dollar Ohio Stadium renovation project is set to be completed just a day before the Ohio State football team is scheduled to take the field for its home opener.Don Patko, associate athletic director for facilities operations, told The Lantern in May that the project was tentatively scheduled to be completed by Aug. 14, but left the option of extending the deadline open.OSU athletics spokesman Dan Wallenberg said in a Thursday email that the project end date was officially changed to Sept. 5, while the Buckeyes are scheduled to play Virginia Tech in the stadium Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.“The bulk of the work will be complete by Monday with minor activities likely to occur throughout next week,” Wallenberg said.Wallenberg said there was “no specific reason” for the change to a later project end date.A construction worker works on a lift outside of Ohio Stadium Aug. 28.Credit: Tim Moody / Sports editorThe stadium is undergoing a project that is slated to cost $13.7 million and will see the addition of 2,600 seats to the south stands, the addition of permanent lighting around the stadium for night games and the final stages of a waterproofing project on select parts of A-deck.Additionally, OSU installed a new turf field in the stadium as part of a separate $1.7 million project that saw four new fields installed at multiple OSU facilities.Wallenberg said the project’s final budget hasn’t changed.