Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Sri Lanka tomorrow on a two-day official visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He will be assigned a special Guard of Honor at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake.
Prime Minister Khan will attend bilateral meetings with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, while several other high-level meetings are planned, including the Business and Investment Forum, as well as sports diplomacy initiatives.
The Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka and Pakistan will co-chair the event to sign several mutually beneficial bilateral Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on February 23 following their official talks at Temple Trees. Prime Minister Khan on his first official visit this year abroad will be accompanied by a business and investment delegation which will consist of business leaders in Pakistan, especially from the textile and apparel sector, pharmaceuticals, agro-food commodities, sporting goods, gems and jewelery, auto parts, ICT, construction materials and surgical equipment. The Pakistani Prime Minister will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Trade Abdul Razak Dawood, Foreign Minister Sohail Mehmood and senior Pakistani Government officials.
“Look forward to welcoming Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his delegation to SriLanka. This visit will further strengthen our bilateral relations and pave the way for joint ventures that are mutually beneficial to our two countries, “PM Rajapaksa said in a Tweet on Saturday.
“Thank you for your invitation, Prime Minister Rajapaksa. Looking forward to my visit to further strengthen friendship and cooperation between our two countries, “PM Khan said in a reply tweet.
Pakistani media quoted Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce as reporting that Sri Lanka had agreed to reactivate the Joint Working Group (JWG) to fix pending technical issues between the two trading partners.
“The agreement was reached at the seventh session of talks at the trade secretary level between the two countries. The virtual meeting was held on February 18, ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Sri Lanka.
“An official announcement says it has been decided to have the next JWG meeting in the first half of 2021. The two sides further agreed to enhance cooperation on trade-related matters so that the true potential of the Free Trade Agreement can be exploited effectively.
“The Pakistani delegation was led by the Special Secretary of the Minister of Transportation, Dr. Muhammad Sohail Rajput, while the Sri Lankan party was represented by the Secretary of the Ministry of Trade Bhadranie Jayawardhana.
“Delegates engaged in productive and meaningful discussions about strengthening trade relations and solving problems that hinder trade. The prospect of boosting trade through cooperation and facilitation was also discussed, said the MoC announcement.
“The secretaries stressed the need to use this forum to further strengthen existing bilateral trade and investment relations and expressed their commitment to improving trade relations by removing various barriers.
“The secretaries approved the text of the MoU on investment and decided that it would open new avenues for bilateral investment. The meeting ended with a commitment to expand and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
“The Sri Lankan side acknowledges that Pakistan has been a long-time trading partner, a close ally and the country is looking forward to the Pakistani prime minister’s visit to Colombo, the announcement added,” Dawn reported.
The eyes of high school football fans in Tennessee will soon turn to City of Scenery.
Chattanooga Sports, a division of Chattanooga Tourism Co., along with many other community partners, are drawing up plans to bid for hosting rights TSSAA BlueCross bowl.
Tennessee Tech University has hosted the state’s championship football matches since 2009, including all nine games (six classifications for public schools and three for private schools) last fall at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville. TSSAA assistant director Matthew Gillespie said Cookeville is the only city other than Chattanooga that has notified the state’s preparatory sports governing body that it intends to make a bid.
“It’s always been our target to get this championship event here, so when we saw a bid opportunity opened up for this cycle, we started to work out our plans,” said Tim Morgan, Chattanooga Sports chief sporting officer. Our offer will offer state championship worthy venues as well as championship experiences for the players and fans who come to Chattanooga.
“I want to make it clear that this is not just about our organization. We are the spearhead, but this is quite a spearhead because there will be a lot of business and influential people involved in doing this. It is about children who have worked very hard to achieve this. a dream, and when they come to Chattanooga we will experience what it’s like to play at the next level. “
The offer, which is due on February 26, will be the right to host title matches for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Chattanooga’s offer will include Finley Stadium (capacity 20,412) – which houses both. University of Tennessee at the Chattanooga football game and professional football matches for Chattanooga Football Club – as a gaming site. The winning bid will be selected when the TSSAA Control Board meets on March 16.
“If you just look at what we have to offer in terms of the excellent pitch at Finley Stadium, the seats and the press box, those are the things that really stand out,” said Soddy-Daisy principal Steve Henry, who represents the Chattanooga region at TSSAA. Supervisory Board. “For fans who come, you can stay in a number of hotels in the city center and can walk to some good restaurants and then to the game.
“The board will look at the finances of both bid proposals first, of course, and then the other factors are things like the best facilities, how easy it is for everyone who comes to the site and has ample parking, places to eat and things. to offer. I’m sure Chattanooga is in a good place to offer lots of positives. “
That Championship matches are spread over a span of three days, with three matches being played each day, and usually bringing in 40,000 to 50,000 people for the event. The Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors Bureau estimates the BlueCross Bowl has an annual economic impact of $ 2.5 million to $ 3 million on visitor spending.
“We hold a similar event every day with a convention and thousands of people come to visit our sights,” said Hugh Morrow, president and CEO of Ruby Falls. “We’re a great sports city. We’ve hosted the SEC women’s basketball tournament, the FCS national championship, the (TSSAA) Spring Flings and the Ironman competition, so we know how to host first-class sporting events.
“Finley was designed for something like this. It is perfect because our stadium and city are the size to accommodate large numbers of people, but there is also a feeling of comfort because we are such a friendly city.”
Although neither Chattanooga nor Cookeville provided details on what to include in their bid packages, Cookeville’s latest winning bid guarantees TSSAA $ 253,000 annually as well as 50% of ticket sales upon reclaiming that total.
In 2017 Cookeville retained the right to host the event when the Board of Trustees voted 9-3 to back its bid for Clarksville, which is the city’s only other bidder and will hold matches at Austin Peay State University. At the time, some board members pointed out, the main reason not to move him to Austin Peay was because the seating capacity at Fortera Stadium was only 10,800, compared to 16,500 at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.
However, board members expressed concern over the condition of the Tucker Stadium, which was built in 1966. Concern over the stadium has been the biggest annoyance since title games were moved to Cookeville 12 years ago and, overall, the venue has been seen as a retreat from the hosting site of the championship matches the former state at Middle Tennessee State University.
Many coaches and players have expressed displeasure with the cramped and old-fashioned dressing rooms at Tucker Stadium, as well as the fact that teams preparing to play one of the last two matches each day have to dress in an additional gym across the street from the stadium. . Fans have also complained throughout Tennessee Tech as host that toilets and stadium concessions are inadequate, and because of the numerous leaks in the walkways leading into the concession area as well as in the toilets during rainy conditions.
TSSAA began hosting each classification title game on a single site in 1982, when Nashville’s Dudley Vanderbilt Field became the venue. The title games were transferred to Murfreesboro in 2000, where they lasted until Cookeville won the hosting rights in 2009.
“The bottom line is it starts with that place,” said Morgan. “We have community assets at Finley – with seating capacity, suite capacity, new jumbotrons and the ability to create custom game day experiences.
“There is significant passion for football in our region. Acknowledging that passion and wanting to feed it, everyone from Finley to UTC athletics onwards has committed to be part of helping us pursue this plan. Everyone we deal with knows that this will good for our entire community.
“If you have all the tools in your arsenal, it’s a shame not to use them to try and build something really special. Chattanooga has all the tools you need.”
Chattanooga was recently awarded the rights to host the traditional state wrestling tournament TSSAA, which left the city 12 years ago but will be held February 24-26 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. That came only after the original host site – Williamson County Ag Expo Park, which has hosted the last 11 state tournaments – was needed as a COVID-19 testing center.
Chattanooga was also awarded the rights to host the women’s soccer tournament this fall. Morgan added that there are plans to maintain the wrestling tournament in Chattanooga.
“I think Chattanooga makes a strong platform to bring some of the TSSAA events back to the area,” said Henry. “What I discovered at our last meeting was that many committee members liked the idea of coming to Chattanooga for the championship event. They were impressed by the enthusiasm and facilities that have been part of the offering from our region over the years. . “
Vice President Kamala Harris, who had previously received rave reviews for her fashion choices (unlike previous vice presidents) received criticism because of some of her recent clothing choices.
In recent days, she has been photographed wearing Dolce & Gabbana attire while taking the oath of Finance Minister Janet Yellen and receiving her second COVID-19 vaccination.
While Harris has promised to make “racial justice” a priority, the Italian fashion house has been accused of racism and politically wrongdoing since at least 2007. Among other things, the company says it goes against the idea of gay parents, having used earrings with an image. a colonial black woman, has announced a campaign modeled after brandishing a knife and suffering a knife wound, and has made a social media video with a Chinese woman trying to eat spaghetti, pizza and cannoli with chopsticks.
Vittoria Vignone, who runs the website Kamala’s Closet, suggested the choice was “very reckless” but argued that the vice president might not be aware of the controversy.
But when you’re in the racial justice business, isn’t that your business?
‘Someone like me’
Former secretary of state, senator and presidential candidate John Kerry moved on with his comments proving he said one thing and did another.
Recently news emerged that the climate czar for the Biden government was traveling by private jet to Iceland as a citizen in 2019 to receive an environmental award. He was awarded the Arctic Circle award, an iceberg sculpture, for his leadership on climate issues and for being “a consistent voice pressing the American government to commit to tackling environmental issues,” according to the Icelandic outlet RUV.
While there, Kerry is confronted by Icelandic reporter Jóhann Bjarni Kolbeinsson, who asks him whether using a private jet to get to the country is “an environmental way to travel.”
“If you offset your carbon,” he said, without elaborating on how he did it, “that’s the only option for people like me, who travel the world to win this battle.”
The arrogance of Kerry’s “someone like me” comment was quickly compared to his recent quip in which he suggested people laid off from Keystone plumbing work by the Biden administration could “build solar panels.”
The life of the rich and critical
Model Chrissy Teigen, who has been an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump, got her own dose of medicine last week when she posted on social media how she felt she felt cheated when a $ 13,000 bottle of wine didn’t live up to her expectations.
“[O]this time, “he wrote on Twitter,” john [Legend, her singer-husband] and I was at a restaurant and the waiter recommended a good Cabernet. We got the bill and it was $ 13,000. HOW DO YOU RECOMMEND the wine in a relaxed manner. we didn’t even finish it and it’s been cleaned !!! “
Twitter users immediately took Teigen, who is reportedly worth an estimated $ 75 million, for an assignment for his tone-deaf comments.
“Are you cured?” asked one of the posters. “Meanwhile people here are deep in debt, losing their homes and unable to pay the doctors.”
“[O]One time I was forced into an ambulance and I was still paying the bill for the less than 10 minute ride to the hospital 4 years later so I got to where you came from, “said another.
“Something similar happened to me,” said a third. “Instacart sends me four bunches of bananas instead of four bananas, and they charge me $ 6.60 instead of $ 0.88. Our lifestyle is very similar.”
Later, Teigen, to his compliments, tweeted that “I saw your tweet, I understand your joke, you are very funny, yeah, you really captivated me.”
We didn’t cancel
We don’t imagine it was support for country singer Morgan Wallen’s use of racial slurs that led to her songs filling seven of the top 10 spots on Apple Music last week, but maybe it’s the idea that she should be an outsider after that. do it.
The singer, coming home after partying with his friends, called one of his friends with some curse and the word n —–. His words were caught on video by a neighbor.
As soon as the incident was published on TMZ, Wallen’s music was removed from the Spotify Hot Country Songs playlist and Apple Music’s Region of the Day list.
The singer said he felt “ashamed and sorry” for what he said.
“I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slurs that I hope I can take back,” Wallen said. “There’s no reason to use this kind of language, ever. I want to sincerely apologize for using that word. I promise to do better.”
His fans, obviously, accepted his apology and didn’t want to see him “undone,” as is the custom of the left with celebrities in similar situations.
“I went to Marilyn Manson’s house when I was a teenager with some friends. I was a huge fan. She called a room in her house the ‘r * pe room’, I thought it was just her fraternal feeling of terrible humor. Me. stop being a fan. I support everyone who comes forward, “tweet Bridgers.
He has also criticized the music labels and management who are now distancing themselves from Manson.
“Labels know, management knows, bands know. To distance themselves now, feigning shock and horror is very sad,” Bridgers tweeted further.
His claim came after several allegations of sexual harassment emerged against Manson, including one by his ex-fiancé Evan Rachel Wood who said the rock musician had treated and abused him.
Marilyn Manson also took to her social media and denied all claims. She released a statement that read, “Obviously, art and my life have long been magnets for controversy, but recent claims about me are a terrible distortion of reality. My intimate relationships have always been completely consensual with like-minded partners. Regardless of how it is. – and why – other people now choose to misrepresent the past, that is the truth. “
New Delhi: Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer, popular for his role in the musical ‘The Sound Of Music’, has died at the age of 91. Reportedly, the actor of ‘The Last Station’ died peacefully at his home in Connecticut with his wife Elaine Taylor by his side.
Lou Pitt confirmed the news to Deadline Hollywood and revealed in a statement, “Chris is a wonderful man who loves and respects his profession with great old-fashioned manners, self-deprecating humor, and a music of words.”
“He is a national treasure who enjoys his Canadian roots immensely. Through her art and humanity, she touched all our hearts and her legendary life will last for all generations to come. He will be with us forever, ”added Plummer’s old friend and manager of 46 years, Lou Pitt.
As news of his death spread, Hollywood celebrities began to remember the great actor and pay tribute to him.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted, “We have lost one of our most iconic and beloved actors. From the Stratford Festival to “The Sound of Music” to “Star Trek”, and countless other shows, Christopher Plummer brings to life the many characters we love and value – and always perform with sincerity and heart. “
Co-star Christopher Julie Andrews mourned the loss in a statement, “The world has lost the perfect actor today and I have lost a friend I love. I cherish the memories from our collaboration and all the humor and fun we’ve shared over the years. “
Chris Evans tweeted, “It’s really heartbreaking. What a tremendous loss. Some careers have such longevity and impact. One of my favorite memories from Knives Out is playing the piano together at the Thrombey house between arrangements. He is a kind man and a legendary talent. “
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The ‘Star Trek’ actor is the recipient of an Academy Award, 2 Emmy Awards and more.