A Press conference involving the captains and coaches of the cricket teams of England and Sri Lanka was turned into a prize-giving ceremony as far as the presenter of the event was concerned as he exhorted journalists to clap for the head table that was present only to answer questions from the Media. He was not the regular and compatible presenter of Sri Lanka Cricket’s press conferences. “Everybody give him a round of applause, put your hands together”, he rattled away each time someone at the head table made a speech. Some members of the foreign English media found it rather amusing as did several senior Sri Lankan journalists who preferred to use their hands to take down notes rather than clap for anyone which can never be a journalistic norm. Sri Lanka Cricket is currently functioning according to a so-called Competent Authority in the absence of an elected set of office-bearers.
Is it the downward spiral of the Sri Lankan rupee, the conduct of the top brass of the Sri Lanka Police or the performance of Sri Lanka Cricket? It is a tight contest but perhaps, because of its greater international exposure, the performance of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will emerge the winner- and that would be about the only win Sri Lanka Cricket will be able to register in the foreseeable future. As a result, Sri Lanka won their games and everyone was happy. Consider this: Sri Lanka has amended the country’s Constitution to prevent someone such as Mahinda Rajapaksa running for President again and again and again. So, hat’s off to him, the man maybe ruining Sri Lanka’s Cricket, but he’s smart enough to do it in style!
The Global Invasive Species Database notes red-eared terrapin to be an environmental pest outside its home range as they effectively compete for food, nesting sites and basking areas with native species. He says that upto now, populations of red-eared terrapin have mainly been found in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara areas. Hence, one of the only ways to spot red-eared terrapin remains when at 10 am in the morning, it basks in the sun. An exotic invasionGunawardana adds that the red-eared terrapin displays invasive and predatory behaviour in most countries. Indeed, Richard Aaron Gibbs states in his study,An Assesment of Environmental Impacts of Red-eared Slider Introduction (2017) that half of the Australian continent is at risk due to expansion of red-eared terrapin populations, with Queensland, Australia establishing red-eared terrapin eradication programmes.
The rate of suicides in young people between the ages of 15-19 is increasing in Sri Lanka, a result of substance abuse and subsequent mental health issues, experts said last week. “Most people suffer from mental health illnesses at some point in their lives. In such a background, it is mandatory to treat mental illness with the same respect we show physical illness and take proper preventative action,” the Mental Health Director noted. “Lack of leisure time, failure to engage in physical activity are also contributing factors to increase mental illness among the young,” she added. Academic stress could also lead to a breakdown in mental health, the experts noted.
“As far as recycling is concerned, a global recycling village will be set up shortly to collect rubber and plastic waste. What is the current state of the rubber industry in Sri Lanka? What are the steps we should immediately take to safeguard the local rubber industry? The rubber industry will have a significant growth in the next five years to come. There are plans to set up a Polymer University in Sri Lanka by the PRI in the near future with the possible support from the Government for finding a suitable premise .
SriLankan Airlines has achieved the remarkable feat of being named the world’s most punctual airline in the month of September 2018 in the key categories of ‘Global Airlines’ and ‘Major Airlines’, by the flight data analysis company Flightstats.com. An extraordinary 91.37% of SriLankan Airlines’ flights in September 2018 were on time according to an analysis by Flightstats (www.flightstats.com). Airlines are categorised among four categories – ‘Global Airlines’, ‘Major Airlines’, ‘Regional Airlines’ and ‘Low Cost Carriers’ – with some airlines appearing in more than one category. In the ‘Major Airlines’ category, SriLankan was easily ahead of India’s IndiGo that was in second place with 86.92% of flights being on time, and ANA which was third. SriLankan’s exceptional performance came on the heels of the airline having launched its dynamic new ‘Ready to Fly!’ program at the beginning of September 2018.
Sri Lanka has to liberalise its ports and shipping industries and be competitive to develop a vibrant maritime industry. The progress of the maritime industry in Singapore has leaped frogged whereas we have not because we lack foreign participation in the industry. “Liberalisation’ of the shipping industry proposed in the 2018 Budget was welcomed by many. Liberalisation of the shipping industry is a key stepping stone to build a maritime industry,” the Minister said. Such interventions as seen in certain countries are alright but it has been the overall policy regime in Sri Lanka.
Contrary to the designer’s name the fashions diplayed by Enigma were well received by the guests because of the youthful moods they created, at the Kingsbury this month. Sarath Pieris was the photographer who caught the different moods.
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Asian title winning Sri Lanka netball coach Thilaka Jinadasa is facing an un-ceremonial exit ahead of the World Cup in 2019 for which her team qualified by way of winning the regional crown. According to the Sri Lanka Netball Federation’s constitution the coach can only be around for one year without any extension. The netball World Cup will be held from July 12–21, 2019 in Liverpool, England. I hope they will do this for the betterment of Sri Lanka netball”, said Jinadasa. “We request the Sri Lanka Netball Federation to continue with her until the end of the World Cup”, said one player.
The Sri Lanka men’s basketball team qualified to the next stage of the second round of the pre qualifier of the FIBA Asia Cup in Baharain last week. Sri Lanka won their first match against Bangladesh and lost to Bahrain but qualified to the next stage in 2019. The last time Sri Lanka qualified was in 2007. During the qualifying tournament the Sri Lankans also played against Saudi Arabia and Palestine. Experienced player of the Sri Lanka team Praneeth Udumalagala said the tournament was very important for exposure for us.
The camera pans briefly across the bench on which the Sri Lanka team coach Thilaka Jinadasa sits. She was calm during most of the game- the anticipated finals of the M1 Asian Netball Championship 2018. When coach Jinadasa was in Brunei sometime back, working as the netball national coach, she did not feel contented. However, Sri Lanka proudly holds the record of winning the most Asian titles- 4. The whole team knew they had to bring the title home.”When they did win, Jayasooriya felt extremely happy.
When the case was taken up last Friday, Sumanthiran PC and Attorney-at-Law Suren Fernando made submissions on behalf of the CPA and Dr. Saravanamuttu. He added that the present Government had also given a commitment to abolish the executive presidency when elected. The petition filed against the 20 Amendment will be taken up again tomorrow (17) before the Supreme Court for deliberation. The case is being heard before a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Acting Chief Justice Sisira de Abrew and Justices Prasanna Jayawardena and Murdu Fernando. Twelve petitions have been filed against the 20th Amendment in the Supreme Court.
The sixth edition of the Sri Lanka Boat Show 2018 will be held from October 26 to 28 at the Dikowita harbour premises with new features. The boating festival aims at providing some kind of activity to the public related to the boating industry. The boating festival will cover wide aspects of the boat industry which will help to develop a boat building market, boating related tourism and the maritime industry. Derrett has vast experience in the boating industry and had been hired by a provinces in South Korea to create a boating festival. The boat building industry recorded US $ 97 million in exports last year, excluding re-exports.
Navy personnel work to remove oil from the beach at Uswetakeiyawa. The spill that started on September 8 was caused by a pipeline leak, officials said, and the oil flow was confined to approximately a five - km stretch of coastline before the leak was arrested.
Sri Lanka were defeated by Hong Kong 31-0 in their semi final at the Asian Rugby Sevens in Hong Kong yesterday. Sri Lanka entered the semi finals after finishing second in their group behind Japan.Sri Lanka were completely outplayed by the home team and had no chance of matching them in attack or defence. Jamie Hood scored first for Hong Kong followed by Kam Shing Yu scoring next for a 14-0 at half time. Sri Lanka had some chances to score but poor ball handling could not take them near to crossing the line for tries. Sri Lanka will face the Philippines in the quest for the third place.