CID tells court relatives of MR grilled over Thajudeen murder

Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car which had crashed into a wall. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) informed court today that relatives of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have been questioned over the murder of rugby player Wasim Thajudeen.The CID also said that it was investigating into the pages of the vehicle log book of the Presidential Security Division which went missing just after Thajudeen’s murder. According to police reports at the time, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. The police claimed that the car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim. However suspicions later arose over the manner in which he died and it was believed that he was killed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

American Sniper shoots down Super Bowl weekend boxoffice record with 319 million

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – “American Sniper” shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever.According to studio estimates Sunday, the Clint Eastwood film narrowly surpassed the previous top Super Bowl weekend draw. The concert film “Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” earned $31.1 million in 2008.Hollywood often avoids competing with the Super Bowl as movie-going falls dramatically on Sunday, but “American Sniper” has proven an unlikely sensation. It has now made $248.9 million in six weeks (and only three weeks of wide release), making it the most lucrative war movie without adjusting for inflation. (The distinction was previously held by Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan.”)The competition was thin, as Hollywood held off any high-profile releases, largely ceding the weekend to football.The Weinstein Co. animated adaptation “Paddington” came in a distant second with $8.5 million in its third weekend. In a virtual tie with it was Paramount’s found-footage, time-travelling thriller “Project Almanac.”Made by Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, “Project Almanac” led a trio of new releases with modest box-office ambitions.“Black or White,” a racially-charged custody drama that reteams Kevin Costner with “The Upside of Anger” director Mike Binder, opened in fourth with $6.5 million. Costner put up his own money to help finance the film, which Relativity Media distributed.Open Road’s “The Loft,” a much-delayed remake of a 2008 Dutch thriller directed by its original filmmaker, Erik Van Looy, attracted little interest. It made just $2.9 million.That wasn’t much more than the $1.5 million pulled in by a package of TV reruns. The HBO series “Game of Thrones” earned that in 205 Imax theatres by showing previously aired episodes ahead of the April debut of the show’s fifth season.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “American Sniper,” $31.9 million.2. “Paddington,” $8.5 million.3. “Project Almanac,” $8.5 million.4. “Black or White,” $6.5 million.5. “The Boy Next Door,” $6.1 million.6. “The Wedding Ringer,” $5.7 million.7. “The Imitation Game,” $5.2 million.8. “Taken 3,” $3.7 million.9. “Strange Magic,” $3.4 million.10. “The Loft,” $2.9 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: ‘American Sniper’ shoots down Super Bowl weekend box-office record with $31.9 million by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2015 9:52 am MDT This photo released by Relativity Media shows Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie, right, in a scene from Relativity Media’s “Black or White.” (AP Photo/Relativity Media, Tracy Bennett) read more

Scallop wars barely over as new accusations from Cornish fishermen spark crab

“We will take appropriate action and look into any further reports, in particular whether they break relevant fisheries regulations.” French and British fishermen clash over scallop fishingCredit:Matthew Fearn French and British fishermen clash over scallop fishing “Neither Defra (the Department for Food and Rural Affairs) or the Maritime Management Organisation have helped us,” he added.“As fishermen, we have had to go to the French on a fisherman to fisherman basis to sort this out.”The CFPO called a meeting, which it said had had a positive outcome.“They claimed there had been a breakdown in communications and this was the work of one or two rogue skippers,” Mr Trebilcock said.“We agreed a working understanding for going forward and they have vowed to ensure it doesn’t happen again. We have a follow-up meeting in three months.”A Defra spokesperson said: “We are very concerned to hear about these incidents. The Marine Management Organisation has been in discussion with fishermen in Cornwall about the reports of damage.”They have looked into these and have passed information to other relevant authorities. We have a robust enforcement system in place. “These are small businesses losing hundreds of thousands of pounds – it’s significant and has been going on for several months. It was getting ridiculous, there was a lot of anger and we knew it could not carry on.”He said the government’s unwillingness to get involved had been “disappointing.” The tensions have come to light just days after British and French fishermen reached a deal to end the so-called scallop wars in the Channel.Earlier this month, around 40 French vessels fired flares, hurled stones and rammed a small group of British trawlers fishing legally in waters off northern France.French fishermen are banned from catching scallops between May 15 and Oct 1 to conserve stocks, but British boats are not subject to the ban.From Tuesday, larger British boats withdrew from the disputed area off the Normandy coast for six weeks. UK-based boats under 15m long will still be able to fish in the Bay of Seine, where the row broke out in August. 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. British fishermen came under fire during a dispute over scallop bedsCredit:FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images “Much of these problems pre-date the scallop wars but the tensions could all be rooted in the same thing and it is unlikely to have helped,” he said.“We tell the French the areas where the crab pots are and they usually ignore it but they have been claiming, incredibly, that they did not know where the gear was. British fishermen came under fire during a dispute over scallop beds The scallop wars are barely over but already new tensions have emerged in the English Channel in the form of crab wars.Cornish fishermen have accused French trawlers of deliberately sabotaging their crab pots, costing them hundreds of thousands of pounds.They said French trawlers had been seen in English waters towing nets “without a care in the world” within the UK’s 12-mile limit.Paul Trebilcock, chief executive of the Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO), said: “They are just dragging through all the gear, they break the ropes, damage the pots or just tow them away altogether.”In the absence of what they claimed was a lack of action from Government agencies, the CFPO took matters into their own hands on Thursday, thrashing the matter out with French fishermen at a face-to-face meeting in Plymouth.Mr Trebilcock admitted that the damage, caused by a dozen or so boats from Brittany, could be Brexit-related or have some link with the frustrations caused by scallop wars. read more