The Australian High Commissioner, Bryce Hutchesson, launched the Skills for Inclusive Growth Program with Minister for Skills Development and Vocational Training, Mahinda Samarasinghe. Australia will provide around 1.6 billion rupees in aid and technical assistance, over four years, to strengthen Sri Lanka’s tourism sector – through training and mentoring for employees and small businesses. The Program will benefit local communities and businesses – with an initial focus in Ampara, Batticaloa, Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa districts.It will prioritise the underemployed, particularly local women, youth and people with a disability.It will supportthe full value chain of the tourism sector –for example, food suppliers, hospitality trainers, artisans, surf instructors, spa owners, accommodation providers, taxi drivers – as well as district planners, park rangers, industry regulators and business chambers.“This is a time of hope and opportunity for Sri Lanka.Australia, as a long-standing partner, is glad to be playing a part in supporting Sri Lanka to build a bright future,” Hutchesson said. (Colombo Gazette) “Australia understands tourism. It is one of our most important exports. We also understand skills development. We have a world-class education system and one of the world’s best vocational training systems,” remarked Hutchesson.Speaking at the event, Minister Samarasignhe stated “I express my sincere gratitude to Australian High Commissioner His Excellency Bryce Hutchesson and the Australian Government for committing such a large sum of money for the future development of Sri Lanka not as a loan but as a 100% grant, which is very rare to see in this day and age. This underscores the very special historic bilateral relationship that exists between the people of Australia and the people of Sri Lanka.” This program will help Sri Lanka develop a highly-skilled labour force to take its rightful place as a premier tourist destination.
Rowdy fans also stormed an IKEA store in Stratford, east London, where they jumped on furniture while singing “Football’s Coming Home”. A taxi was damaged after football fans celebrated in NottinghamCredit:Dan Westwell 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. An IKEA spokesperson tweeted: “We are aware of a small group of fans celebrating the match result in one of our stores.”Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say ‘Grattis!’ (that’s congratulations in Swedish) to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals.”Another man was pictured climbing a lamppost near London Bridge station. London Ambulance Service said the vehicle had been taken out of serviceCredit:London Ambulance Service/PA Police forces across the country said they received a record number of calls on the day of the matchCredit:Matt Cardy/Getty Images England fans ‘celebrated’ the nation’s World Cup quarter final victory over Sweden by smashing an ambulance and storming an IKEA store. Jubilant supporters rejoiced in the streets across the country on Saturday to mark England’s best tournament performance for 28 years.Footage and pictures shared on social media showed people climbing lampposts and on top of vehicles following the result, with some police forces recording the highest amount of emergency calls ever in one day. In London, one man scaled a double decker bus outside Clapham Junction station before he was filmed jumping onto a bus shelter, which smashed under his weight. In Borough, an ambulance was taken out of service after its bonnet and windscreen were damaged when people climbed on the emergency vehicle as crowds disrupted traffic. London Ambulance Service tweeted: “We’re delighted with the result, but this has put a big dampener on the celebrations for us: while our officer attended a call nearby, this car was damaged in Borough High Street during the celebrations after the game – it’s now off the road to be repaired.”A Met Police spokeswoman said detectives were investigating but no arrests had been made. The spokesperson said the force was not aware of other “significant” incidents following the match. Thousands of 999 calls were taken across the West Midlands, which police confirmed was a record number of reports.The force tweeted: “Yesterday we took the highest ever volume of 999 calls in our history. 3,276 calls for emergency police assistance in just 24 hours. It’s a mix of the sun, #WorldCup & alcohol. It it’s not an emergency don’t call 999.”Assistant Chief Constable of Lancashire Police, Terry Woods, tweeted the force had dealt with record calls with 2,200 in 24 hours as demand “surged” after the England result.