He also said that in the Gampaha District, several underworld members are working with the Government and even providing security for their election campaigning. CaFFE Executive Director, Keerthi Tenakoon, said that underworld members who were known to have been close with the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) have now shifted their support to the Government and are engaged in election campaigning in Colombo. Tenakoon said that in the Hambantota and Kandy Districts, owners of private security agencies are also contesting the August 17 Parliamentary election.He said that army deserters have been employed by some of these agencies and there is a fear that members of these agencies may clash when election day gets closer. (Colombo Gazette) Underworld members are involved in election related work in four districts, local election monitors said today.The Campaign for a Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) said that they have received information related to underworld members involved in election campaign work in Colombo, Gampaha, Hambantota and Kandy.
As well as upsetting the betting markets, the unseasonal heat is also wrong-footing some animals’ reproductive rhythms.Three hundred baby hedgehogs were handed to a sanctuary in Rochdale after warm temperatures appeared to trick the species into thinking it was the spring mating season.“At this time of year we are used to punters placing their bets on a white Christmas, but this year it is the complete opposite as bets pour in on the hottest one ever,” said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.The firm is offering odds of 16/1 for the record high temperature for December being broken this month.That currently stands as 18.3, recorded in Scotland in 1948.According to the Met Office, a White Christmas is defined as a single snowflake being spotted falling somewhere in the UK during the 25 hours of Christmas Day.Aberdeen appears to have the greatest chance of snow on December 25, according to Coral, which is offering 3/1 odds on the possibility. 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. Show more At this time of year we are used to punters placing their bets on a white Christmas, but this year it is the complete oppositeNicola McGeady, Coral Last year’s Christmas Day currently holds the record for being the mildest, with temperatures of 16C recorded in Devon, beating 15.6 in 1920.Globally, 2016 is predicted to be the warmest since temperatures began being measured in the 1950s.The latest balmy patch is due to southwesterly winds dragging warm air across Britain from the Atlantic.UK weather forecast: Sunday December 11 Bookmakers are cutting their odds for Christmas Day being the warmest ever this year after December temperatures in parts of the UK hit 17C.A flurry of seasonal punting prompted Ladbrokes to halve its price for a record-breaking December 25 from 16/1 to 8/1.Festive flutters are more commonly placed on the chances of a white Christmas, however odds for snow continue to drift, with rival firm Coral offering 7/1 for London and 8/1 for Cardiff.