President rejects fresh vote on noconfidence motion

Abeywardena said that the President had also noted he will not make United National Party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister again. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected the fresh vote on the no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, which was passed in Parliament today.Parliamentarian Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena told reporters the President had noted this evening that the vote was not conducted in the right manner.

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Lawsuits VW employees tried to cover up emissions cheating

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discusses a lawsuit against Volkswagen, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in New York. He is joined by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, right. The states are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing. In response, the company said, “The allegations in complaints filed by certain states today are essentially not new and we have been addressing them in our discussions with U.S. federal and state authorities.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ALBANY, N.Y. – New York, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, accusing the German automakers of defrauding customers, misleading regulators and then seeking to cover up the deception.The lawsuits, announced Tuesday, allege that numerous employees and executives at Volkswagen knew that diesel vehicles had been equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing, and that after regulators began investigating several employees tried to cover it up by eliminating data about the software.“The allegations against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche reveal a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance, combined with a conscious disregard for the rule of law or the protection of public health and the environment,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “These suits should serve as a siren in every corporate board room, that if any company engages in this type of calculated and systematic illegality, we will bring the full force of the law — and seek the stiffest possible sanctions — to protect our citizens.”In a statement, Volkswagen said it is already in talks with authorities regarding “a comprehensive national resolution of all remaining environmental issues arising from the diesel matter.” The company also noted that it has agreed to buy back or modify affected vehicles, create a $2.7 billion environmental trust and invest $2 billion on infrastructure for zero-emission vehicles.“The allegations in complaints filed by certain states today are essentially not new and we have been addressing them in our discussions with U.S. federal and state authorities,” the company said. “It is regrettable that some states have decided to sue for environmental claims now, notwithstanding their prior support of this ongoing federal-state collaborative process.”The legal action seeks “substantial penalties” that would be based on a calculation of the duration of the alleged violations.While news of the rigged emissions tests first erupted a year ago, the new legal action makes several new allegations — most notably about the involvement of Volkswagen engineers and executives. The suit alleges that Volkswagen submitted false emissions data to regulators and sought to eliminate evidence when an investigation began.“This ‘clean diesel’ was nothing more than a dirty cover up,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. “… Volkswagen acted as if it was above the law.”Volkswagen also issued “sham” recall notices to some car owners and dealers in an effort to “turn down” the software, according to the New York lawsuit. Instead, some owners were told the recalls were needed for upgrades and “optimize” emissions.At one point, when California regulators announced plans for emissions tests that threatened to expose the devices, the company’s top engineer emailed colleagues seeking help, according to the lawsuit, writing. “Come up with the story please!”Additionally, just before the scandal broke, in August 2015, eight employees in the engineering department “promptly deleted or removed incriminating data about the devices from the company’s record” after being advised of the likelihood of legal action by a senior company attorney, according to the lawsuit.The suit also claims that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and a top executive at Audi knew of the devices by spring 2014. The two leaders, the suit alleges, “had ample notice of the existence of unlawful illegal devices and did nothing to prevent both Audi and Volkswagen from repeatedly deceiving regulators, and the American public, for another 17 months.”Schneiderman and Healey detailed the case at a Tuesday news conference in New York City. The two Democrats are the top law enforcement officials in their respective states, and each state will file its own lawsuit.Last month, the German automaker agreed to spend up to $15.3 billion to settle consumer and government lawsuits over the emissions cheating, first disclosed in 2015.Schneiderman and Healey say that settlement did not resolve claims regarding violating state environmental laws and did not cover all the affected vehicles.Maryland officials announced their lawsuit separately.“Their disregard for the health of our citizens and their disregard for our environment must be punished,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh said in a statement.Some 25,000 affected vehicles were sold in New York state and 15,000 in Massachusetts, according to the lawsuits. As of October, about 13,000 such vehicles were registered in Maryland, officials said. An estimated 600,000 were sold across the country.The prosecutors say consumers who purchased one of the vehicles believed they were buying a “green diesel” car, even though the vehicles illegally emitted pollutants linked to respiratory disease, elevated ozone levels and smog. by David Klepper, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2016 8:31 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2016 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lawsuits: VW employees tried to cover up emissions cheating read more

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Ulster v Munster 3 key battles to decide tonights rumble in Ravenhill

first_imgMunster: Felix Jones; Andrew Conway, Casey Laulala, Ivan Dineen, Ronan O’Mahony; Ian Keatley, Cathal Sheridan; Dave Kilcoyne, Damien Varley, Stephen Archer; Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell; Peter O’Mahony (Captain), Tommy O’Donnell, James Coughlan. Replacements: Duncan Casey, John Ryan, BJ Botha, Dave Foley, CJ Stander, Duncan Williams, Johnny Holland, Johne Murphy. 17 things we learned from last night’s Ronan O’Gara documentary Ulster: Jared Payne, Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Luke Marshall, Craig Gilroy, Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar: Tom Court, Rob Herring, John Afoa, Iain Henderson, Dan Tuohy, Robbie Diack (Captain), Chris Henry, Roger Wilson.Replacements: Niall Annett, Callum Black, Declan Fitzpatrick, Lewis Stevenson, Nick Williams, Sean Doyle, Paul Marshall, Mike Allen.center_img AFTER SENDING OUT most of the back-ups for last week’s seasonal inter-pros, both Rob Penney and Mark Anscombe have been able to put their best feet forward and name almost full-strength starting line-ups for tonight’s clash in Ravenhill.With the Heineken Cup and Six Nations just around the corner, neither set of players will be holding anything back as they search for form and selection favour.Here are the confrontations we’re looking forward to most.Iain Henderson v Paul O’ConnellPerhaps Ulster’s most promising young talent has his work cut out tonight. O’Connell is a fine yard-stick for any second row to measure himself by, but Henderson will come into close contact with the Ireland captain cold as he returns from injury.On paper, Ulster’s front row has the upper hand, so O’Connell will look to take control of the game in the tight exchanges and line-out while it will be intriguing to see how Henderson goes about disrupting his progress.Chris Henry v Tommy O’DonnellLike Henderson, Henry will come into this contest a little rusty, but Tommy O’Donnell will hardly be at full tilt either.With Sean O’Brien out injured, tonight’s number seven duel holds even more significance than usual. Henry will hope to hit the ground running and that his experience on the deck will hold sway when Joe Schmidt and John Plumtree sit down to pick the team to face Scotland.As for tonight’s game, well, it should go without saying that the breakdown is central to the fortunes of both these quick-ball-craving, high-tempo sides and the influence of these opensides over the ball will be crucial to the outcome.Paddy Jackson v Ian KeatleyThe prize may not be as tangible for these two 10s, but after a month of non-stop plaudits for JJ Hanrahan, even mild-mannered Ian Keatley must be grinding his teeth slightly as he waits to show what he can do again.©INPHO/James CrombieWith Hanrahan rested, Keatley won’t have to look over his shoulder quite so often in the second half tonight and winning this duel would go a long way to giving him an unlikely shot at a cap in the spring.Jackson was Joe Schmidt’s second choice out-half in November, but with four weeks of Italian opposition followed by a meek Ulster performance in Dublin, there has not been much to gain for the 21-year-old last month.With a national audience again watching tonight, Jackson’s job is to solidify rather than reinvent his game with consistent decision-making and more accurate goal-kicking.last_img read more

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