USAID faces legal action over Trinco hotel

Calamander Group, the operators of Calamander Unawatuna Beach and Calamander Lake Gregory, have threatened to file legal action against USAID over a boutique hotel in Trincomalee.The Calamander Group said in a statement that the new hotel and its owners have nothing to do with the Calamander Group. The Group’s spokesmen added “We were also surprised to see press reports that the financial investors and backers of this illegally named hotel include USAID and the Bank of Ceylon.  Given the US Government is the global flag-bearer for protecting copyright and intellectual property, and BOC is the Republic’s best known state owned institution, we find it shocking that they would support such an entity, and if proven that they have funded this hotel, they will be subject to the same legal action as the hotel itself.”  According to many press reports in January this year, Calamander Bay was ‘built with a generous grant from the USAID with the aim of creating employment for local youth and financed by Bank of Ceylon’. (Colombo Gazette) A spokesman for Calamander stated: “The Calamander Group has no association of any sort with the boutique resort calling itself Calamander Bay”. The Singapore based Calamander Group is a prominent major investor in Sri Lanka in the hospitality, food and beverage, and real estate sectors. In hotels, it owns and operates two properties under the Calamander brand name – Calamander Unawatuna Beach (the rebuilt former UBR), and Calamander Lake Gregory in Nuwara Eliya.  The Group is not present on the East Coast and has no current plans to be so.  The Group, on behalf of its hotels, will be serving notice to its travel agencies, trade, and other distribution agents, which number over 300 and this will clarify the facts to ensure there is no confusion.The Calamander Group, established in 2006 and patented owner of the ‘Calamander’ brand name, announced that it would be taking legal action against all parties concerned trading under the name ‘Calamander Bay’. read more

Lyons 9game unbeaten run ends with 20 home loss to Rennes

PARIS — Lyon’s unbeaten run ended when it lost 2-0 at home to Rennes on Wednesday, with Hatem Ben Arfa scoring against his former club.The hosts, which spurned a chance to move up to second in the league, had not lost in nine games in all competitions since a 5-0 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain two months ago.Winger Ben Arfa netted in the 41st minute — his third goal in nine league games since joining Rennes — and striker Jordan Siebatcheu got his first for the club two minutes later.Lyon is fourth, one point behind Montpellier and two adrift of second-place Lille. Later Wednesday, runaway leader PSG is at Strasbourg.PSG dropped its first points of the season when it drew 2-2 at Bordeaux on Sunday.OTHER MATCHESMarseille twice took the lead before losing 3-2 at Nantes.The visitors struck through midfielder Morgan Sanson and winger Florian Thauvin’s penalty, his 11th goal of the campaign, but striker Emiliano Sala replied with a firm header and then used his upper-body strength to help set up a goal for midfielder Abdoulaye Toure.Sloppy Marseille defending then led to attacking midfielder Gabriel Boschilia’s close-range winner midway through the second half.Sala is level at the top of the scoring charts on 12 goals with PSG’s Kylian Mbappe, who was on the bench for PSG’s game.Marseille stays fifth because sixth-place Saint-Etienne lost 3-2 at improving Bordeaux, which scored a 90th-minute winner through Brazilian defender Pablo to move into 10th spot.Defender Loick Landre grabbed a 96th-minute winner as Nimes won 2-1 at struggling Caen to climb to eighth behind Patrick Vieira’s Nice.Dijon won 2-1 at home to bottom club Guingamp while Toulouse was beaten 1-0 at Reims.___More AP sports: and Pugmire, The Associated Press read more