UNP agrees to give Fonseka National List seat

Fonseka’s Democratic Party and the UNP reached an agreement last week to work together.The former Army Commander contested the last Parliamentary election but failed to secure enough votes to enter Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) The United National Party (UNP) today unanimously agreed to give Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka the vacant UNP National List seat in Parliament.The decision was taken when the UNP Working Committee met this evening to decide on the National List seat left vacant following the demise of M.K.D.S. Gunawardena.

Indigo narrows firstquarter loss as its general merchandise sales grow

TORONTO – Indigo Books & Music Inc. (TSX:IDG) tightened losses by more than 35 per cent in the first quarter as it further grew its general merchandise business.The Toronto-based retailer, which has been putting more emphasis on stationary and home decor items, reported a net loss of $9 million for the quarter ended June 27, or 35 cents per share.That compared to a loss of $14 million, or 55 cents per share, in the same period a year ago.Overall, revenue climbed to $189.4 million from $180.8 million in the same period of last year.About 66 per cent of sales came from books and other print products like magazines and newspapers, while nearly 31 per cent was from its general merchandise, which includes its lifestyle, paper and toys business.Online sales through the Indigo website grew 18.2 per cent to $24 million in the period.Chief executive Heather Reisman said in a statement that the improvement confirms that the company’s strategy is moving in the right direction.Indigo Books & Music operates 90 large format stores under the Chapters and Indigo banners, as well as 126 smaller locations with names like Coles, Indigospirit and SmithBooks. During the quarter it closed one large format location and one of its smaller stores. Indigo narrows first-quarter loss as its general merchandise sales grow by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 3:20 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Urban Meyer says CJ Barnett set to start no decision on Bradley

Shelby Lum / Photo editorBuckeye football coach Urban Meyer looks on during a game against Buffalo Aug. 31, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20.The Ohio State football team was missing two returning starters in its secondary for the season opener versus Buffalo, but at least one of them is set to be back for this Saturday’s game against San Diego State.Following practice Wednesday, coach Urban Meyer told media that redshirt-senior strong safety C.J. Barnett, who missed the season opener with a sprained ankle, is back on the practice field and ready for Saturday.Meyer remained noncommittal, however, on whether redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby would be in the starting lineup. Roby was suspended for the season opener after his involvement in an incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July, and Meyer said earlier this week the second-team AP All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist would have to earn his starting job back from sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves.“We haven’t made that decision yet,” Meyer said. “He did pretty good today in practice, obviously you got to watch the film today. But he’s had two good days I believe. I know he had a good day yesterday.”Roby and Reeves were listed as co-starters on the Buckeyes’ most recent depth chart, which was released Tuesday. Barnett was listed as a co-starter with redshirt-senior Corey Brown at strong safety.Barnett’s return to the lineup will give the Buckeyes three returning starters on defense, along with senior free safety Christian Bryant and junior linebacker Ryan Shazier. Roby’s return would give OSU four returning starters.One player who was conspicuously absent from the depth chart released Tuesday was redshirt junior running back Rod Smith, who was also suspended for the season opener due to a violation of team rules. Meyer said Wednesday, however, Smith is in the mix to be the No. 2 running back on the depth chart Saturday behind starter senior Jordan Hall.“Jordan Hall will most likely start,” Meyer said. “Who the No. 2 (running back) is … I’m not sure.”Meyer said Smith is set to play on the Buckeyes’ punt and punt block units Saturday, which Meyer said is “more important” than him getting on the field at running back.The Tuesday depth chart lists sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt-freshman Warren Ball as the backup running backs. Freshmen Ezekiel Elliott and Dontre Wilson could also see playing time at running back, though Meyer said Wilson is “more of a receiver right now.”OSU took a 23-0 lead against Buffalo before the end of the first quarter, but the Bulls twice cut the Buckeyes’ lead to only 10 points, once in both the second and third quarters. The Buckeyes scored the final 10 points of the game and ended up with a 40-20 victory, but on Wednesday, redshirt senior right guard Marcus Hall and junior middle linebacker Curtis Grant both admitted that the Buckeyes took their “foot off the gas pedal” after taking the big first quarter lead.“I hate to admit it, but it’s the first game of the season and it’s hard keeping it going throughout the whole game,” Marcus Hall said. “That was just a wake up call that we needed, good thing it was the first game.”Grant said last week’s game taught him to “just keep going” even when the Buckeyes take a significant lead like they did in the first quarter Saturday.“With the defensive mentality, we’re never satisfied,” Grant said. “We just got to keep working and keep working hard to get where we want to go.”Offensively, Meyer said the Buckeyes “didn’t adapt fast enough” when the Bulls made some changes to their defense after the first quarter.Going into this Saturday’s game, however, the Buckeyes have had another week to do just that. Both Buffalo and SDSU run 3-3-5 defensive schemes and Hall said the experience against the scheme in the opener will help the Buckeyes’ offense this week.“San Diego State, they’ve got a lot of athletes on their defense,” Hall said. “Not taking away anything from Buffalo, they did too, but they definitely prepared us for this defense. I feel like we’re better suited to go against it and will have less mistakes.”Kickoff for Saturday’s contest between the No. 3 Buckeyes and SDSU, who lost 40-19 in their season opener versus Eastern Illinois, is set for 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more