Udaya claims Government ignoring Russia China

He noted that the US and UN had earlier accused Sri Lanka of human rights abuses as the then Government refused to submit to their demands. “The Government must realize how weak they are when their enemies begin to whitewash them,” he said.The MP also said that he does not feel the Government will protect former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as claimed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He also noted that while the Prime Minister has said that the new Government was able to save Rajapaksa from the electric chair, the same Prime Minister had said earlier that Rajapaksa cannot be taken to the electric chair by a foreign country as Sri Lanka has not signed the Rome statute. (Colombo Gazette) The parliamentarian said that the new Government has shown it is weak and that is why it has agreed to the demands of the US and the UN. Opposition parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila claims the Government is ignoring warning signals from China and Russia over the repercussions of agreeing with the United States on the text of the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council.Speaking to reporters yesterday, Gammanpila said that the US and UN have begun to whitewash Sri Lanka these days. read more

Englands steepest street declared to be a hill

Locals are forced to tie their cars to lamppostsCredit:SWNS Locals are forced to tie their cars to lampposts England’s steepest street has been named by the Ordnance Survey for the first time as as a hill in Bristol, where residents tie their cars to lampposts to stop them from rolling away.Bristol’s residential Vale Street has the steepest gradient in England with a slope of 22-degrees.  It measures in at four degrees steeper than Old Wyche Road in Worcestershire at 17.54 degrees, and is followed by roads in Sheffield, Lincoln and Dorset.Mat Goren, who lives on the street, said the only way to tackle the hill was to walk up it “like a mountaineer, with a slow pace”.Fellow resident Julie Wheat, who has lived on the street for two decades, said driving and parking on the street were particularly problematic. “You whack [the car] into first gear, put your foot down and hope nobody is coming down because once you have started, you have just got to keep going,” she said.A spokesman for the Ordnance Survey said: “The calculation first involved defining the steepest section of the road, then cutting it into 5m chunks, then applying more software to interpret the maximum and average slope data from the grid for each 5m piece of road. “Then the results have been put back together to give the average slope across the length of each road.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more