Lankan prez resumes Cabinet meeting after threatening to boycott over separate Lanka

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday presided over a Cabinet meeting, days after he threatened to boycott it over Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s faction initiating a separate parliamentary probe into the April 21 Easter Sunday bombings. He convened the meeting amidst an infighting between the two factions of the ruling coalition over the abdication of responsibility to prevent the deadly attack despite the availability of prior intelligence. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London The President, who is the head of the Cabinet in his troubled coalition government with Wickremesinghe, did not call last week’s meeting over a stand-off with his coalition partner. Sirisena wanted the halt to proceedings of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed by Assembly Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to probe the events leading to the attacks that killed 258 people, including 11 Indians, and injured nearly 500. He had threatened not to reconvene the Cabinet until the government abandoned the select committee process. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Sirisena claimed that the committee proceedings were aimed at putting the blame of the attacks on him being the Defence Minister for the intelligence failure. At the PSC, the security apparatus which gave evidence suggested that there was bungling at the very top of the defence establishment. The prior intelligence on the possibility of attacks had been ignored. Sirisena said he would not cooperate with the parliamentary probe and would not allow defence or police officials to testify before the committee. The government and speaker Jayasuriya had made it clear that the probe process would not be halted. On Saturday, Sirisena sacked national intelligence chief Sisira Mendis who reportedly said that the attacks could have been avoided and that the president had failed to hold regular security meetings to assess the threats from the militants. India had shared intelligence inputs with Sri Lanka about possible attacks weeks before the bombings. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through St Anthony’s Church in Colombo, St Sebastian’s Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa, and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in the country’s deadliest violence since the devastating civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in 2009. The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath for the attacks.last_img read more

Castle Country Baseball Teams Named Southern Utah Champions

Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Carbon’s 13U team. Left to right: Skyler Madden, Maizen Pritchard, Camden Wilson, Quade Henrie, Jared Saccomano, CJ Smuin, Riley Davis, Wyatt Falk, Peyton Molinar, Ridge Nielsen. Photo courtesy of Laurie Molinar.Youth baseball teams from Carbon and Emery counties were named champions of Southern Utah during a tournament in Richfield over the weekend.At the first round of state, Emery 8U won the first round, beating out Carbon. Both will advance to the second round of the state contest in Salt Lake City on July 5 and 6. Carbon’s 10U A team beat out Beaver in the championship game while the 14U team overtook North Sevier for first place honors. Finally, for the sixth consecutive year, the athletes that are a part of this year’s 13U team took the first place title, beating Beaver. All four teams will travel to Salt Lake City to compete in the second round.Also during the tournament, Emery’s 12U team won the B trail contest with a victory over Panquitch. Other solid finishes for Carbon teams included a second place finish for the 8U team as well as the 10U B team.Participants on the championship teams are as follows:Emery 8UJaxton Smith #9, Brock Esplin #27, Jory Justice #15, Austin Leonard #4, Jesse Drage #13, Jess Larsen #14, Kamden Huntington #8, Mckoy Truman #12, Brodie Bernard #3, Drake Stilson #34Coaches: Rob Smith, Jordan Leonard and Jay Stilson.Emery 12UAyden Rowley #27, Jace Frandsen #7, Hayden Christiansen #1, Quade Oveson #10, Hayden Abrams #6, Braxton Butler #5, Boden Christman #8, Deacon Mangum #13, Kade Larsen #15, Josh Howard #9, Treven Gilbert #17Coaches: Craig Rowley, Jake Frandsen and Jay HowardCarbon 8UPlayers: Mattie Prichard, Zane Richens, Jase Bosone, Korbin Ware, Julian Vasquez, Mason Powell, Miles Grant, Alex Martinez, Karsen Sandoval, Taysen Madsen, Tru Brown, Jack MadridCoaches: Tosh Grant, Derek Martinez and Jared MadridCarbon 10UMiddle row: Marcus Vigil, Ricky Sandoval, Jakson Basone, Kayden Dunn, Zachariah Tyerman, Daxtyn Mower, Ty Simkins, Kaeden Sandoval, Connor Falk, Curtis JonesCoaches: Johnny Dunn, Ricky Sandoval and Carter SimkinsCarbon 13USkyler Madden, Maizen Pritchard, Camden Wilson, Quade Henrie, Jared Saccomano, CJ Smuin, Riley Davis, Wyatt Falk, Peyton Molinar, Ridge NielsenCoaches: Pat Smuin, Ryan Falk, Frank Saccomano and Shane HenrieCarbon 14UPlayers: James Castro, Braxtin Henrie, Chet Anderson, Colton Lowe, Jeriden Alderson, Ray Burdick, McGuire Kocks, Ashton Ferguson, Landon Powell, Diego VegaCoaches: Ty Alderson, Justin Powell, Ty Anderson Emery 8U Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Carbon 8U Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 12U. Photo courtesy of Jana Jeffs Larsen. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 12U. Photo courtesy of Jana Jeffs Larsen. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 12U Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 12U. Photo courtesy of Jana Jeffs Larsen. Carbon 14U Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Emery 8U. Photo courtesy of Melanie Bernard. Carbon 10U. Coaches: Back row: Johnny Dunn, Ricky Sandoval, Carter Simkins Middle row: Marcus Vigil, Ricky Sandoval, Jakson Basone, Kayden Dunn, Zachariah Tyerman Front row: Daxtyn Mower, Ty Simkins, Kaeden Sandoval, Connor Falk, Curtis Jones. read more