Ananda College Basketball 2019 Championship a tremendous success View(s):Ananda College Colombo, the first school to introduce basketball in Sri Lanka in 1927, recently held its Inter-House Basketball Championship at the newly renovated college basketball courts. The event concluded with the crowning of Wijaya House as champions with an aggregate of 24 points and won in the Under-12, 16 and 20 age group categories and Gemunu House emerging as champions in the Under-14 category. The fixtures in the finals saw Wijaya House take the Under-20 championship with a 34-29 win over Gemunu House, the Under-16 Championship with a win of 19-16 over Ashoka House and a 18-7 win over Gemunu House to secure the Under-12 Championship. Gemunu House triumphed over Ashoka House 27-4 to win the Under-14 Championship. ResultsUnder-20Champions : Wijaya House (34)Runners-up : Gemunu House (29)Best Offensive Player : Panchala RupasingheBest Defensive Player : Senan GodallageMost Valuable Player : Yeshan SahasraUnder-16Champions : Wijaya House (19)Runners-up : Ashoka House (16)Best Offensive Player: Vihan GodallageBest Defensive Player: Helitha JayasinghaMost Valuable Player: Sahan PamodUnder-14Champions : Gemunu House (27)Runners-up : Ashoka House (4)Best Offensive Player : Demitha JayalathBest Defensive Player : Daham Sri AlokaMost Valuable Player : Vihandu DharmapalaUnder-12Champions : Wijaya House (18)Runners-up : Gemunu House (7)Best Offensive Player : Kithma SithmalBest Defensive Player : Heshan SadeeshaMost Valuable Player : Hesara Dishan
Survey shows sharp dip in Lanka’s fish stocks By S. Rubatheesan Overfishing, microplastic pollution, illegal fishing some of the reasons View(s): View(s):An independent ecosystem survey carried out on Sri Lanka’s coastal marine resources after forty years found that fish stocks have depleted rapidly to one fifth of what it was. Fridtjof Nansen” completed the ecosystem survey around the coastal waters of Sri Lanka. The research was commissioned by the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) with the support of Norway’s Institute of Marine Research of Norway (IMR). “The number of fishermen has been increasing since the 2004 tsunami, while aquaculture and tourism put pressure on coastal resources. Dr. Jayasinghe said that as the survey indicated, Eastern coastal waters consist of rich marine resources, including fish larva and baby fish, compared to other regions.
Top priority to appoint Tax Ombudsman By Jayampathy Jayasinghe View(s): View(s):The need for a Tax Ombudsman is now more urgent than ever before due to the changes in the income tax regime and the implementation of the Revenue Administration Management Information System (RAMIS) — to prevent taxpayers running from pillar to post. Referring to the Tax Ombudsmen, Mr. Kanag-Isvaran said the concept of the Tax Ombudsman was introduced in the budget of November 2004, by the then incumbent Minister of Finance and the office was established on September 15, 2005 with the appointment of a retired High Court Judge who was the first and only holder of the office. The administrative framework and operational guidelines pertaining to the Tax Ombudsman mandated the appointment to be a period of two years. Under Article 148 of the Constitution, “Parliament shall have full control over public finance. This includes turnover taxes on wholesale and retailer, betting taxes, and taxes in prize competition in lotteries, license taxes, arrack, toddy rents, tapping license fee and liquor license fee, motor vehicles license fee, Stamp Duty on transfer of properties, and taxes on mineral rights and the like.
Global campaign launch at ITB on course, says Kishu View(s):Newly appointed Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Chairman Kishu Gomes has plans to take a deep dive into the current initiatives undertaken and launch the global promotion campaign in time for the travel fair ITB in Berlin in March. Mr. Gomes told the Business Times on Thursday that the plan is to go ahead with the launch of the global promotion campaign since that is what the Tourism Ministry officials have insisted on.He noted that the respective teams were keen on getting the campaign launched in time for the International Tourism Borse (ITB) travel fair in March in Berlin. Those initiatives that have not yet delivered on the results would have to re-looked, he said although he did not specify which matters he was referring to. Mr. Gomes also requested all stakeholders to forget the past and work towards a vision on strategic platforms to enhance the country’s revenue. Targeting the upper and middle segments was required by looking at the niche traveller and the mass market as well, he said.
Albert Edirisinghe Opticians celebrates 70th anniversary View(s):Savinda Samarakoon, Managing Director, Albert Edirisinghe Opticians Ltd (in white shirt), makes the first sale to a customer at the reopening in Kollupitiya on Friday of the company’s first-ever branch. The company celebrated 70 years on February 4 (as old as Sri Lanka’s independence) and offers top brands catering to lower and upper income groups. Pic by Amila Gamage
SL youth reluctant to take hard-working jobs By Quintus Perera View(s): View(s):Youth reluctant to take hard-working jobs and dependency on their parents, among other issues came to the fore during a discussion on “Crisis in Employment” organised by the Sunday Times Business Club (STBC) last week. He said that he was involved in the employment recruitment business for the last 40 years. He said that the country’s young people are reluctant to accept jobs and are waiting for better positions. How will Sri Lanka become a global country, expecting the kind of industries and to attract foreign investors in this kind of scenario, he said he did not know. He said young people are looking for jobs where they can retire early.
Make it special; ditch the flowers and chocs View(s):Tired of the Valentine’s Day cliches? While fresh flowers and heart shaped chocolates will always be a Valentine’s Day staple, we think there’s another way to spice up the Day while still keeping all the underlying themes and feelings of a traditionalValentine’s Day. It is a normal Zumba class but with a Valentine’s Day twist; the dress code is red and white sportswear. This is the perfect date for fitness lovers or for people looking to get a little bit more active this Valentine’s Day. Community-buildingThe Leo Club of Colombo City presents ‘Make a Moment’ on Valentine’s Day with the aim of improving community relationships.
Two queens and the battle for thrones ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ View(s): View(s):Theatrical visionary Josie Rourke’s feature film debut with a powerful dramatization of the incredible life of ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’, based on the groundbreaking book “Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart” by Dr. John Guy is now being screened in theatres in Colombo and suburbs. Uncovering new evidence about Mary and Elizabeth, the film retells the story of these two Queens in a way that speaks to the experience of women in the modern world. In Mary’s absence, Protestants have gained control of Scotland, and her half-brother, Moray, has ruled in Mary’s place. In Scotland, Mary faces conspiracy, civil rebellion and a hatred of women that brings her sexual conduct into constant question. The two Queens have a unique fascination with each other: only they can understand what it is like to rule in their land as women.
The rise of a lion, rod by rod By Oshani Alwis View(s): View(s):The majestic beast with a rusting brown mane standing on the front porch of its creator Chandana Gunathilake’s home is made with ‘connecting rods’ of different sizes. “I decided to build up a figures of a lion made with ‘connecting rod’- a rigid part inside engines which also has a connection to the company’s product portfolio,” says Chandana. To design the sculpture of a lion, Chandana had to closely examine the anatomy of the animal. Metals are hard to work with and to join the connecting rods Chandana had to weld the pieces together. The lion sculpture is almost complete and looking up at the giant beast Chandana feels proud of his creation.
Lessons to learn from Sri Lanka’s history By Gamini Weerakoon Doublespeak View(s): View(s):Outstanding English writer Aldous Huxley’s observations on the ‘lessons of history’ will interest many Sri Lankans obsessed with their history—2,500 years or more. Huxley held: ’ That men do not learn much from history is the most important lesson that history has to teach’. The Yahapalana (Good Governance) government, too, is an example of Aldous Huxley about politicians not learning the lessons of history. This attitude of not learning from history— from mistakes made in the past—can have devastating consequences for this paradise isle. Did the revered historian of yore, Mahanama, like western academics, consider history as something from which lessons could be learnt by future rulers or not?
Prasanna moves to Troubled past on a Road Movie By Susitha Fernando ‘Gaadi’ to be released in mid-2019 on CEL circuit View(s): View(s):Completing another moviemaking journey, seasoned filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage is on the final stages of his historical road film, “Gaadi”-‘Children of the Sun’. A Bollywood-Sri Lanka co-production, the film is ready for release in the CEL circuit cinemas from the middle of this year. ‘Gaadi’ is a juncture in the Sri Lankan film industry as this is also the first time a Bollywood based picture production company joins for a Lankan film production. One of the highest budget films made in Sri Lanka, ‘Gaadi’ will be the first film with the rich Dolby Atmos sound system. “While we capture the beautiful landscape, we needed to capture the soundscape as well,” Prasanna said describing the importance of adding latest sound system to the film.
Daring parachutists star in Independence celebrations By Kasun Warakapitiya View(s): View(s):The highlight of the Independence Day celebrations at Galle Face Green on Monday, a parachute “base jump” from a skyscraper, drew cheers from the assembled crowd. Twenty parachutists from the three forces and the police – a female officer among them – carried the national flag as they descended from the heights, trailing smoke and performing acrobatic manoeuvres. The navy also displayed its might with a sail-past of ships and speedboats, saluting the President. A group of training aircraft performed colourful acrobatic manoeuvres and airmen performed a “sky rope” operation, showing how they would deploy to save people in disaster situations. The flamboyant main parade displayed the military strength of Sri Lanka under this year’s theme, “Ekata Sitimu” (Let’s be together).
Fusion of creativity that will make Colombo come alive By Sashini Rodrigo HSBC Colombo Fashion Week View(s): View(s):HSBC Colombo Fashion Week enters its 16th year with the emphasis on launching the second phase of fashion development in the country, expanding its vision to impact, define and revive the local fashion industry. This fusion of creativity that makes the city come alive is the key focus of the 16th year, according to Founder and Managing Director of CFW AjaiVir Singh. “Colombo has so much to offer, and we want to make the city come alive with the fashion industry. The mentorship panel consists of Kanchana Thalpawila, Darshi Keerthisena and Upeksha Hager who will have mentoring sessions with the emerging designers starting from February 15. It will remain integral in this journey, as this is where we find the ever evolving future of Sri Lanka’s fashion design industry.
Beating the nerves and telling the stories Two British poets at the FGLF share their views View(s): View(s):Francesca Mudannayake talks to poet,producer and spoken-word artist Nicole MayThe Green Room at the 2019 Fairway Galle Literary Festival is actually an airy tent situated by the shores of Galle Fort. Quite fitting then that she is now the director for Young Identity. I’m nervous to perform but I feel like it’s the excitement. So between the poetry, theatre, AndWhat, and Young Identity how does she juggle it all? I read other poets and other works and my formula to my writing is reading, writing, research, morning pages.
Making the Cut: Understanding the role of editing The Gratiaen Trust, in partnership with The Seagull School of Publishing (India) to hold workshop from May 23-26 View(s): View(s):The Gratiaen Trust, in partnership with The Seagull School of Publishing (India), will hold a workshop on editing for creative writing from May 23 – 26. Making the Cut is designed for editors as well as creative writers who would like to further their editing skills. The practical, four-day workshop leading to a certificate will provide participants a crucial understanding of the role of editing in producing successful literary manuscripts and tricks of the trade. Neloufer De Mel, Chairperson of The Gratiaen Trust, said, “Every writer is an editor, but what makes a good editor? The workshop on editing for creative writers to be held in May 2019 in partnership with The Seagull School of Publishing is the second in this series.