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April 22, 2019 10:41 UTC
Inaugural Sri Lanka Basketball League set for May 2 View(s):Around 100 local Cagers will go under the hammer next week, when the 6 franchises pick the strongest combination for the inaugural Sri Lanka Basketball League (SLBL) set to begin May 2. The Sri Lanka Basketball Federation (SLBF) is in the process of calling for applications from Cagers, and by now, since the launch of the SLBL last week, over 100 Cagers have shown interest to feature in the inaugural professional tournament to be held in the island. Sri Lanka Basketball (SLBB), which completes 102 years, interestingly though, is not among the top listed or lucrative sports in SL. Through the inaugural SLBL, the local governing body earmarks the 2024 Olympics, where Sri Lanka has already made plans to directly qualify through the 3×3 format. The tournament, sponsored by Mobitel, will see the winning franchise of the inaugural SLBL walk away with a handsome cash award of Rs 1 million.
Sri Lanka Rugby, on the ball View(s):By Naushad AmitAhead of the upcoming Asia Division I Rugby Championship, Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) has arranged two practice games between Sri Lanka and Malaysia, to be played during the first week of May. The Sri Lanka rugby squad will leave for Malaysia on April 30 to play the two practice games against Malaysia on May 2 and 4 in Kuala Lumpur. But SLR is unwilling to relax, knowing that Sri Lanka has missed out on certain opportunities in 15s rugby. Eventually it’s Sri Lanka rugby and the country that will benefit through this,” Gunaratne revealed. Sri Lanka will play against Philippines at 7.30pm Sri Lanka time while hosts Chinese will take on Singapore two hours later.
Tracing the Pharaoh of Exodus through history View(s):By Dr. Leonard PintoChristian Easter is a syncretic development of the Jewish Passover (Pesach in Hebrew). However, Exodus does not name the Pharaoh and Egyptian records do not depict any Exodus in their hieroglyphics. Kitchen’s dating, Thutmoses III (1464-1431 BC) of the 18th dynasty was the Pharaoh of Exodus, and the exodus occurred in 1446. Hence, Thutmoses III is considered the Pharaoh of Exodus, and Exodus occurred in 1446 BC. Multiple-lines of evidence from the Bible, archaeology and Egyptian history indicate that Thutmoses III was the Pharaoh of Exodus, and Exodus could have occurred in 1446 BC.
Remembering what lies at the heart of Easter message By Ven. After Jesus’ arrest, He is subject to a most ridiculous trial and thereafter sentenced to death by hanging on a cross. The narrative however, did not end with the doom and gloom of Good Friday for Jesus’ death on the cross was not without meaning and purpose. Easter reminds us that in God’s eyes everything is not doom and gloom and that death did not bring an end to it all. Besides this, it is important to realise how the essence of the Easter message impacts the everyday lives of people.
Left with a whirlwind of emotions View(s):By Annemari de Silva‘Pluralism’, a contemporary dance performance presented by the Mesh Dance Theatre on April 5 and 6 at the Park Street Mews Stables. Mesh Dance Theatre’s performance showed me that perhaps it is specifically contemporary dance that can do that. The final piece relied on costume in a way that Mesh Dance Theatre’s other performances have not. The piece began with the binary: two groups, engaged in ‘male’ and ‘female’ movements in their ‘male’ and ‘female’ costumes. For me though, as the lights turned on to signal the end, my heart was still stuck in my stomach and my head still dizzy from the whirlwind of emotions the dance took me through.
Darshika Abeywickrama: Balangoda’s Champion As the national netball team prepare for the World Netball Championship to be held in the UK in July, the following series tells the story behind this inspiring team. In 2009, Darshi made the National Team for the first time – recalling this memory results in her breaking into a big smile. She hadn’t played in the junior National Team, and that year there was an exposure series in Malawi leading up to the Asian Netball Championship. Based on her performances in the National Team, she was offered a position at a bank and this is where she continues to work. Darshi’s career hasn’t been without its challenges and in 2011, only one week before the Netball World Championship, she completely tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
Coconut farm-gate prices hit all time low View(s):By Quintus PereraCoconut growers in the country are alarmed that the farm-gate price of coconut has hit an all-time low of Rs. He said that according to the auctions held in Colombo on April 10, the average farm-gate price recorded was Rs. So, approximately, a quantity of 1.7 million nuts was withdrawn due to low prices. Thus a strategy to be adopted to control variation of farm-gate price on DC price. Armed forces officers about to retire should be targeted so that they can be engaged in coconut plantation after retirement.
Indian Elections: Lessons (cont.) View(s):Last week we wrote on the Indian elections now underway and lessons for Sri Lanka on how its Elections Commission (EC) is monitoring the polls to ensure a level playing field and free and fair election – as far as is possible. One of the key Indian laws relating to elections is the Representation of People Act that bars persons convicted of serious criminal offences from contesting elections. The Indian EC head this week announced that so far 2,600 crores (Sri Lanka Rupees more than 5 billion) have been seized by the Indian Police from political parties with the source ‘unknown’. The Indian SC is breathing down the neck of the EC to do its job impartially.
Week in Sports by Ishan Samaraweera View(s):This segment gives our readers brief updates on all the sporting action that happened during the course of the week. This week, we feature the official announcements of their respective squads for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Sri LankaLahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis and Milinda Siriwardanehave been included in the 15 member squad. The squad also features 21-year-old opening batsman Avishka Fernando, despite his disastrous tour of South Africa last month. IndiaIndia announced their 15 member squad for the ICC cricket World Cup 2019 with K.L.
My brother and friend Shahul View(s):My Late brother Abdul Cader Shahul Hameed’s 92ndbirth anniversary falls on 10th April and I would like to give a brief snapshot of this exemplary gentleman. In this respect, my brother organised the Matale Student Union, of which he was elected first President. That was because President Jayewardene had implicit faith in my brother to do what was right in furthering the interests of the country – he trusted my brother. This dovetailed neatly with Jayewardene’s policy of the open economy in that many countries, to which Sri Lanka had lent its assistance, were happy to help in the form of economic aid to Sri Lanka. My brother recognised this grave issue and raised the problem with President Jayewardene and the Cabinet.
Another service provided by the Fertility Centre for males, meanwhile, will be Computer-Aided Semen Analysis (CASA). This is another lacuna that the Fertility Centre hopes to fill by launching research and training facilities, MediScene understands. “It is in pursuit of this that we looked outside Colombo city and set up the Hemas Hospital in Wattala in 2008 followed by the Hemas Hospital in Thalawathugoda in 2013. The fine-tuning is being done now at the Fertility Centre, while already they have embarked on 250 IUI procedures. “Quality assurance and key performance indicators are in place,” assures Dr. Palihawadana.
Guardians of Mother Nature Playing a lead role in conservation battles and projects, Sri Lanka’s ‘Wildlife and Nature Protection Society’ celebrates 125 years View(s): View(s):By Kumudini HettiarachchiA strong thread, nay an unbroken rope, running distinctly through the tapestry of environmental gains and conservation battles had as its simple origins a meeting announced back in 1894. Wildlife at that time was known as ‘game’ as the emphasis was on hunting and not protection, explains Dr. Fernando. These two ordinances, even though with certain ambiguities and to some extent being inoperative, may be considered the beginnings of wildlife conservation in the country, points out Dr. Fernando. Spittel, had been passed with 28 voting for and 10 against, with the society becoming the Wildlife Protection Society of Ceylon. The society’s President Thilo W. Hoffmann had suggested a further name-change in 1970, on the grounds that wildlife could not be protected without conserving nature, with the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Ceylon (later Sri Lanka) coming into being.