SportThe Hameed Al-Hussienie College Colombo and Maris Stella College Negombo will clash in the finals of the President’s Cup Inter-School Invitation Football Tournament on Sunday (22) at the Racecourse ground at 3.30pm with President Maithripala Sirisena as the Chief Guest. The tournament has been organised by the Group of 80s Hameed Al Hussienie College to celebrate 128 years of the college. Twenty leading schools took part in the tournament. In the semi-finals Maris Stella beat De Mazenod 4-2, Hameed Al Hussienie beat Zahira Puttalam 6-0. Thus Maris Stella and Hameed Al Hussienie qualified to clash in the finals.
SportTwo unbeaten and well balanced teams– Kanrich Finance (KanFin) 'B' and Citizens Development Business (CDB) will lock horns in the 14th Elephant House Lemonade Trophy MCA 'D' Division 40-Over League Tournament 2016 final on Sunday(22) at the MCA Grounds, commencing 10.00am. KanFin 'B' with 6 crushing wins under their belt, go out as favourites.They beat Softlogic Holdings by 110 runs, Hemas Group by 206 runs and David Peiris Motor Co. by 80 runs to top Group 'B' in the League stage. CDB, last year’s MCA 'E' Division champs, performed equally well in the tournament, with convincing wins against Delmege Group by 8 wickets, Ceylinco General Insurance by 40 runs and Hilton Colombo Residencies by 200 runs, as they topped Group 'C'. They continued their winning ways in the Knockout stage, thrashing Hemas Group by 267 runs in the pre-quarterfinals, NDB Bank by 93 runs in the Quarterfinals and Expolanka Group by 5 wickets in the Semifinals. KanFin 'B' (From): Rajitha Assalaarachchi (Captain), Thishan Peiris, Oshada Fernando, Akila Dhananjaya, Kasun Chamara Ranasinghe, Madawa Sakuranga, Dushan Hemantha, Shiral Senarathne, Uditha Madushan, Shashika Thiwanka, Chanaka Devinda, Tharushan Iddamalgoda, Harsha Devinda and Thimira Gamage.
Santhush topples Lakshina View(s):Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017As the second week’s results of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017 contest comes out, Santhush Goonathillake of St. Peter’s College Colombo has revved up to take the lead dislodging his skipper Lakshina Rodrigo from the top of the All-Island Schools category. These two additions at the top pushes first week’s leader Lakshina of St. Peter’s to the third position. Lakshina received 63 votes in the ended week and his tally now moves up to 96. Players who register online will be officially scrutinized of their eligibility and entered to the online voting mechanism from February 1, while the customary voting through coupons will be still on. The deadline for online voting will be the same as for the coupons.
Presidential concerns ignored, no brakes on tyre empire View(s):Business tycoon Nandana Lokuwithana started clearing the 100-acre plot in the Wagawatte Industrial Zone in Horana this week, despite still not signing the lease agreement for the land with the Board of Investment. Mr. Lokuwithana proposes to set up a tyre factory there with a US$ 75 million investment. Among other things, he is being allotted the sprawling property at rates determined by the Government Valuer. The rates are a fraction of what the BOI charges for land in that zone. President Maithripala Sirisena has also expressed concern regarding the project to the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management, but work goes on, regardless.
Giving body and soul to poverty View(s):Let it keep, the moment when Katherine Boo found herself lying on the floor with a punctured lung and three broken ribs in a spreading pool of Diet Dr. Pepper. Rewind, see her tripping over the unabridged dictionary, her body breaking as it met the floor. After stints at the Washington’s City Paper and the Washington Monthly, Boo had joined the Washington Post, where she would remain till 2003. Boo’s literary, almost cinematic style (which I couldn’t resist giving a nod to in the opening of this story) was in full evidence even then. Boo herself was full of promise, her editors told her – but only if she would write about the right things.
Bringing Joseph’s tale to life By Joshua Surendraraj St Peter’s College will present their rendition of the classic musical ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ this week View(s): View(s):T book of Genesis, in the bible relates the tale of a young boy destined for greatness. His story was made popular by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s colourful musical ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, which captures the renowned biblical narration colourfully. The theatrical ensemble of St Peter’s College together with a few invitees, hope to present their rendition of the play, which takes place at the Lionel Wendt fromJan 25 – 29. Earlier, the Mirror caught up with a bubbly cast, at a dimly lit St Peter’s College auditorium. “Hopefully they can continue the legacy, which St Peter’s has left behind and take it to another level,” he says .
Sharing their African adventure View(s):Today,(January 22) is the final day of â€˜The Wild : A visual adventure celebrating the inhabitants of the African savannahâ€™ â€“ an exhibition of photographs by two childhood friends Amrit Rajaratnam and Shanik de Silva at the Lionel Wendt Gallery. â€˜The Wildâ€™, is the first exhibition for both and is on from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. For Amrit and Shanik, this is their way of bringing their passion for the wild to a wider audience. Exploring the wild and capturing it on film is a love they both share in the midst of their busy lives. Amrit is Managing Director of Maitland and Knox Pvt Ltd, the managing agents of The Galle Fort Hotel, Thotalagala and The Havelock Place Bungalow and Shanik is Managing Director of Water Mart Systems Pvt Ltd.
Private power augments dwindling hydropower as drought worsens By Sandun Jayawardana View(s): View(s):As Sri Lanka enters a period of prolonged drought, the strain on the country’s electricity grid continues to mount. As such, the CEB has already gone ahead with plans to purchase emergency power for the national grid. Additionally, the CEB will restart purchasing power from three private power plants whose agreements had been allowed to expire. The Secretary further revealed that the Government is considering purchasing a 200 MW barge mounted power plant within the next two months, as an additional cushion against power shortages. The situation, however, continues to be extremely delicate, given the electricity grid’s over-reliance on thermal power, particularly the breakdown-prone Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant in Norochcholai.
“Sri Lanka’s labour conundrum: Import or perish?” STBC discussion View(s): View(s):Is Sri Lanka facing a chronic labour crisis: Is there a shortage of workers or are there excess workers: Will Sri Lanka be able to fill new jobs in the apparel industry if and when GSP + is secured? These are among many questions confronting the country as the pace of development picks up amidst a chronic situation; the unemployment rate is falling while the youth unemployment rate is still high. Where lies the problem, what are the concerns or are there easy solutions are among a host of issues to be discussed under the theme “Sri Lanka’s labour conundrum: Import or perish?” organised by the Sunday Times BusinessClub (STBC) for members and invitees at the Kingsbury Colombo on Tuesday, January 31. The distinguished panellists are Prof. Athula Ranasinghe, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo; Dinesh Weerakkody, Chairman of the National Human Resource Development Council of Sri Lanka, and Samantha Ranatunga, Chairman of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. On the other hand there is resistance on the import of labour vis-à-vis the proposed Indo-Lanka Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement (ETCA).
Methods in the madness that are threewheelers: Police View(s):Police have launched a campaign to educate threewheeler drivers on the new regulations which have been gazetted and will be implemented soon, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Traffic) Palitha Fernando told the Sunday Times. He said that, Traffic Police officers are instructed to advise threewheeler drivers that use of meters has been made mandatory. Transport Ministry Secretary Nihal Somaweera explained the delay is deliberate, to facilitate a grace period for the threewheeler drivers to instal meters and convert their vehicle to passenger-friendly vehicles. He further said the rules will be implemented after April, when police will strictly enforce the law against threewheeler drivers found wanting. “The Transport Ministry will publish notices in all public areas to educate the public,” he said.
Situation critical: One million cry for water to drink By Anushiya Sathisraja View(s): View(s):An estimated one million Sri Lankans are staring in the face of disaster as once again drought threatens their lives across the island. Water tankers are being used to provide water and 3,000-4,000-litre water tanks had been set up in public and religious places and replenished every three days, she said. In Ampara, where there are eight major reservoirs, water levels are critical. In Badagiriya and Yodawewa in Hambantota water levels are down to 3 per cent of capacity. In view of this situation, authorities are taking steps to distribute drinking water through the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, with the assistance of Pradeshiya Sabhas.
Contrary to reports, however, President Sirisena has not suspended the project nor called for it to be halted. There will be no joint venture company and the full financial contribution will be from Mr. Lokuwithana, who bought the Ceylon Steel Corporation (CSC) in 2009 and has business interests in Dubai. However, the deal that the Government — through the Development Strategies Ministry — is negotiating for Mr. Lokuwithana has raised serious questions. Instead of paying the amount estimated by the BOI, Mr. Lokuwithana is getting the land at rates calculated by the Government’s Valuation Department. But he also claimed that Mr. Lokuwithana had first met Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former President, in 2008-09.
Different Voices View(s):By Tarini Pilapitiya“To reach for your own star, to realize the power of the dream…” a chorus that reverberated through the Lionel Wendt on January 11, giving a powerful start to Ishan De Lanerolle’s show ‘Different Voices’. It was a show like no other with Ishan’s students varying in ages, the youngest being two years old, exhibiting their vocal capabilities as if they were born to perform. The concert was filled with bold performances executed with utmost professionalism by these young artists. Audience members were on the edge of their seats straining their ears to hear even the slightest hum of voices that they have watched grow and continue to love. With a repertoire of complex performances like ‘The sound of Silence’, ‘I will always love’, ‘Someone like you’ under their belt ‘Different Voices’ proved that no task was too big for these little artists.
One killed in expressway accident View(s):A 57-year-old man was killed and six were wounded when a van stalled on the Southern Expressway was hit by a container truck early yesterday near Kurunduga Hethekma in Thalawa, Police said. The van had stalled on the left lane of the expresswayÂ due to a mechanical problem when the container hit the van, throwing it off the road. The people who were in the van were from Panadura. They were heading for a funeral in Tangalle. The dead man was identified as D.R.
Let us be wise and virtuous View(s):The feelings and the activities of people vary from person to person. What has happened to the reputation Sri Lanka had as a land where most people were disciplined, serene and civilized? Prior to the rule of the Dutch, the Portuguese and the British, Indian powers such as the “Cholans” ruled some areas of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was reputed as a land where people of various races and religions lived in harmony. Often what we have in Sri Lanka today are protests by hired people with empty slogans.