The SLFP and the UNP are part of the current unity Government. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says it will not contest the Local Government (LG) elections with the United National Party (UNP).SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said that the SLFP will contest the elections scheduled to be held in January, independently.
Wednesday’s meeting with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres was attended by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Terje Roed-Larsen, as well as representatives of the other three components of the Quartet, according to spokesman Fred Eckhard. “During the meeting, which was described to us as serious and concrete, there was a very constructive exchange of ideas concerning the peace process, including a proposed conference on the Middle East,” Mr. Eckhard told reporters in New York.The Quartet is scheduled to meet on Saturday with the High Representative for European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, and US Envoy William Burns.
A series of dramatic images captured lightning strikes over Cambridge on Wednesday eveningCredit:Wessex News Thunderstorms pushed northwards across southern parts of the UK throughout the night, with the Met Office saying more thunderstorms were possible on Thursday. Here’s the latest radar showing heavy #rain across parts of the UK, also #thunderstorms to the west of N Irelandhttps://t.co/nze1ktlJLj— Met Office (@metoffice) August 25, 2016 People took to the beaches across the UK on Wednesday as thermometers recorded the hottest day of 2016, with health officials warning people to take extra care of themselves and vulnerable friends in the blistering temperatures.Temperatures hit 33.9C (93F) at Gravesend in Kent, topping the 33.5C (92.3F) recorded at Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, on July 19. A boy jumps into the River Thames at Henley as temperatures soarCredit:Carl Court/Getty Thursday will still feel warm in the South East, with temperatures reaching the mid-20Cs, while across the rest of the country thermometers will register around the low 20Cs.Showers overnight will push northwards from the south coast, and while rain will only be sporadic it could be heavy in localised areas.The weekend will see a “mixed bag”, Ms Sharples said, with cloud and rain coming in from the South West on Saturday – before turning brighter and clearer on Sunday.Bank Holiday Monday is expected to be the best day of the long weekend, with sunny spells and temperatures reaching the mid-20Cs, along with the odd isolated shower.UK weather forecast – Friday, August 26 Fine for most yesterday, but it was hot in the southeast. 33.9C recorded at Gravesend, #hottestdayoftheyear so far! pic.twitter.com/Xv9gQa2vS2— Met Office (@metoffice) 24 August 2016 After issuing a series of heatwave alerts earlier this week, the Met Office said the hot weather was due to a combination of strong sunshine and extra warmth being pushed northwards from the continent.But there will be a respite from the heat in the coming days as temperatures fall a little, with some cloud and rain bringing fresher conditions. Bookmaker Coral is offering odds-on at 2/1 that August will be the hottest ever, and has it at 5/2 that the record high temperature of 37.5C (99.5F) is broken this year.Coral’s John Hill said: “The odds suggest by the time this month is out, it will have been the hottest August in history in the UK, while the gamble behind this summer being the hottest on record is showing no sign of stopping, leaving bookmakers sweating over a big pay-out.” Explaining the heatwave, Emma Sharples, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “We are drawing on the continental flow from France and Spain, where they have been having equally high and higher temperatures as we have seen today.”As we go through the next couple of days that changes subtly and we will see some cloud and showery rain around, which will cool things off.” Sunseekers take it easy on the coast at Llandudno in WalesCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty A man paddles on a surfboard at Henley-on-ThamesCredit:Carl Court/Getty The new high for 2016 spurred bookies to slash odds on it being the hottest summer on record, with Coral offering 2/1.With more people flocking to the UK’s beaches and after five people who were pulled from the water at Camber Sands died, the Royal National Lifeguard Institution (RNLI) has urged seaside visitors to take care and respect the water. The odds suggest by the time this month is out, it will have been the hottest August in history in the UKJohn Hill, Coral 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. Issuing a warning to seaside visitors, an RNLI spokesman said: “The sea may look appealing, and the RNLI would encourage people to use it, but do so safely – it can be dangerously unpredictable.”Please visit lifeguarded beaches and swim between the red and yellow flags – the safe swim zone and the area watched by lifeguards.”RNLI lifeguards are always happy to answer any questions or advise of any risks, including where any rip currents may be, which can catch out even the most experienced swimmers.” Dramatic lightning storms have broken the heatwave causing parts of Britain to swelter after the hottest day of the year so far.After a muggy Wednesday evening that made for uncomfortable sleeping conditions in the south and south east of England, widespread heavy and thundery showers helped to clear the air and bring fresher weather.