State Minister of Defence says triforces not for political work

State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardane says the tri forces are there to protect the country and to ensure National security and not to fulfill any political agendas.Wijewardane said that President Maithripala Sirisena as the Defence Minister is continuously offering guidance and instruction to ensure and further strengthen National security. He said this at a ceremony to distribute Virusara privilege cards among the Virusara beneficiaries of the Western province, held at the Regimental Headquarters of the Sri Lanka Light Infantry in Panagoda today. Wijewardane said the Government will not allow any person or any organization to impact or influence National security.  During today’s ceremony a total of 1724 beneficiaries including 1362 beneficiaries from the Army, 283 from the Navy, 45 from the Air Force, 24 from Police and 10 from the Civil Security Department received Virusara cards. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Canadian Olympic champ Cassie Sharpe first in halfpipe World Cup qualifier

The Canadian Press COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. — Canadian Olympic champion Cassie Sharpe finished first in qualifying on Wednesday for this weekend’s ski halfpipe World Cup.The 26-year-old from Comox, B.C., scored 93.75 points on her second of two qualifying runs, outscoring Kelly Sildaru of Estonia by .50 points to top the 24-woman field.The top eight women skiers in qualifying advanced to Saturday’s final.Rachael Karker of Erin, Ont., also booked a spot in the final. The 21-year-old finished fourth in qualifying.Simon D’Artois of Whistler, B.C., was the lone Canadian man to advance through the finals. He placed fourth in his heat.Calgary’s Noah Bowman missed a shot at the finals by .25 points, finishing sixth in his heat. The top 5 competitors from the two 20-man heats advanced.