Lions on top in spite Malinda and Dilruwan bowling show

Lions on top in spite Malinda and Dilruwan bowling show By M. Shamil Amit SL A – England Lions 1st Unofficial Test View(s): View(s):The left and right arm spin combination of Malinda Pushpakumara and Dilruwan Perera shared five wickets to put Sri Lanka ‘A’ back into the game against the England Lions when play ended on day two in the 1st unofficial Test match played at the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium. England Lions having made a formidable score of 316 bowled out Sri Lanka for 167. Lions were struggling with their top five batsmen back in the pavilion with just 80 runs. Earlier in the day the England Lions bowling trio comprising of right arm pacies Toby Roland-Jones and Tom Curran along with right arm spinner Ollie Rayner ran through the Sri Lanka A batting. England Lions 316 (Tom Westley 97, Toby Roland-Jones 82, Liam Livingstone 59, Keaton Jennings 23: Malinda Pushpakumara 4 for 97, Asitha Fernando 2 for 31) and 112 for 6 (Keaton Jennings 37, Liam Livingstone 16, Tom Westley 15: Malinda Pushpakumara 3 for 28, Dilruwan Perera 2 for 42) Sri Lanka A (29/4 overnight) 167 (Sandun Weerakkody 68, Dilruwan Perera 37, Malinda Pushpakumara 26: Toby Roland-Jones 4 for 51, Ollie Rayner 3 for 27)

February 18, 2017 19:17 UTC

Seminar on shipping matters and needed laws

Seminar on shipping matters and needed laws View(s):The Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka (CMMSL) a professional organisation ofSri Lankan Ship Captains, jointly with the Organisation of Professional Associations ofSri Lanka (OPA) held a seminar in Colombo last week on the theme “IMO Conventions and Maritime Regulations in Sri Lanka”. There were two presentation of which one by Capt. Upul Peiris, currently a government ship surveyor of the Merchant Shipping Secretariat. Except in one convention related to seafarers training and certifications, no regulations are ever promulgated to execute the required provisions of those conventions even if they were made laws in the country. He also revealed that the Director General of Merchant Shipping is making a lot of effort to bring in the required maritime laws and promulgate regulations the country has lacked in the last 46 years but apparently is still encountering difficulties.

February 18, 2017 19:17 UTC

Rugby: Soldiers and Sailors out to prove a point in Clifford Cup blockbuster

This will be uppermost in the minds of the Navy and Army teams when they step onto the Race Course Grounds this evening on Sunday (19) in the fourth quarter-final of the Dialog Clifford Cup Knockout Championship. They beat the Soldiers by a single point (25-24) in the first leg of the League tournament. What followed was scarcely believable as the Army turned tables on them (30-17) in the second match of the League. A win for either team would settle the issue at least as for as this season goes. To be sure, there were flashes of fiery play by Manoj Silva's team that forced their opponents to scurry back in defence.

February 18, 2017 19:16 UTC

Learning from Bill Gates

Learning from Bill Gates View(s):By Bjørn LomborgNEW YORK – Everyone – from elected officials and bureaucrats to voters and taxpayers – can learn from the world’s largest charitable foundation about effective development spending. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spends more each year on development aid than most rich governments do. Unlike elected governments, which face competing priorities, ranging from diplomatic concerns to taxpayer sentiment, the Gates Foundation can focus on what works best. The Gates Foundation has a sharp-eyed focus on powerful investments that can achieve astounding results at low cost. But the most compelling argument for sustaining and increasing spending on development aid is to focus on the best investments first.

February 18, 2017 19:07 UTC

Women's Cricket: Pakistan, Sri Lanka look set to qualify for ICC WWCup 2017

SportPakistan and Sri Lanka look set to make it to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 as they take on India and Bangladesh respectively, in the last round of Super Six matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 on Sunday (19). Pakistan should be through even with a loss due to its high net run-rate while Bangladesh will have to beat Sri Lanka by 85 runs if it hopes to make it ahead of Sri Lanka. World champion Australia, England, New Zealand and the West Indies have already qualified for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 by finishing in the top four of the ICC Women’s Championship. South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: “Qualifying for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 was the main goal, now the goal is to enter the final. Qualification for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 is huge and we want to give our best tomorrow.

February 18, 2017 14:00 UTC

Fire destroys shop in Pettah

NewsA massive fire completely gutted a shop located inside a multi-storey building at Prince Street in Pettah this afternoon. The fire had originated on the 5th floor of a 6th storey building. The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Fire Brigade dispatched 12 fire and rescue vehicles to fight the blaze. No cause for the fire has so far been determined and the extent of the damage is being assessed. Pushpakumara

February 18, 2017 10:38 UTC

Thailand, Sri Lanka to sign trade pact

BusinessThailand and Sri Lanka are set to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) later this year, aiming to triple bilateral trade to UScopy.5 billion (52.5 billion baht) over the next five years. Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, who met with Malik Samarawickrama, Sri Lanka's Development Strategies and International Trade Minister, yesterday said the two countries aimed to sign the FTA this August, when he is scheduled to lead Thai investors to visit Sri Lanka, the Bangkok Post reported. Mr Somkid said he also proposed that Thailand and Sri Lanka conduct parallel strategic cooperation in certain areas which will expedite mutual economic benefits for the two countries, as FTAs require time for negotiations.

February 18, 2017 09:49 UTC

Motorsports: Galle Motorcross on Sunday

SportThe Galle Motorcross 2017 will take place at the Keselgashena Racing Track in Akmeemana, Galle on Sunday (19). Leading motor racing riders of Sri Lanka and foreign riders will be taking part in this race along with the top riders from the three armed forces. Sixteen races will be conducted at the event which is organised and conducted by the Sri Lanka Racing Drivers Association and Galle Racing Drivers Association. The event will also include races in Under-10 and Under-13 age categories.

February 18, 2017 04:16 UTC

Rugby: CR edge Airmen 36-33 in Clifford Cup quarter-final

SportCR and FC recorded a thrilling 36-33 win against Air Force SC in the quarter-final match of the Dialog Clifford Cup Knockout Rugby Championship played at the Racecourse ground in Colombo on Friday (17). CR led the halftime by 17-12 and dominated the game throughout before walking out winners with a tally of five tries, four conversions and a penalty. The Airmen who led 33-29 in the dying stages of the game were able to score from five tries and four conversions. CR will meet Kandy SC in the semi-final clash scheduled to take place on Wednesday (22) at Nittawela.

February 18, 2017 04:13 UTC

Rugby: Kandy thrash CH 121-3 and advance to Clifford Cup semis

SportKandy SC recorded a smashing 121-3 win against a hapless CH and FC in the quarter-final match of the Dialog Clifford Cup Knockout Rugby Championship played at Nittawela on Friday (17). The winners led halftime by 57-0 and went on to score from 19 tries and 13 conversions. CH scored off a solitary penalty in the latter half of the game. Kandy will meet CR and FC in the semi-final of the competition on Wednesday (22) at Nittawela.

February 18, 2017 04:13 UTC

Stanley Jayaweera Quintessential Diplomat

Stanley Jayaweera was known to the world as an accomplished diplomat. Born on June 20, 1927 in Colombo, he was educated at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia and Ananda College, Colombo. During his teaching career, he has served at Dharmaraja College Kandy, Dharmapala College Pannipitiya and Ananda College Colombo. However, the routine telegram from the Foreign Ministry advised of Youth League Leader travelling to Beijing via Islamabad. Jayaweera was the older brother of Neville Jayaweera, senior Civil Servant and Government Agent of Jaffna.

February 17, 2017 20:37 UTC

Chinese balloon over South Asia

So is China for most part of the world, and now opening towards South Asian Markets. Singapore Draw“The Chinese are attracted by lower prices and the proximity to Singapore,” said Alice Tan, Singapore-based head of consultancy and research at real-estate brokers Knight Frank LLP. Analysts have pointed out that though China cannot influence the region directly by political means, it has begun employing its economic lever. “It has enhanced its investment in Nepal aiming to reduce Indian influence and migrated to Sri Lanka. Its investments in Myanmar and base in Coco Islands are designed to counter Indian domination in the Indian Ocean.

February 17, 2017 20:37 UTC

A dreamer of epic proportions

To put it simply, Safdie is the brain behind most architectural marvels that get people picking their brains thinking ‘how’. “To set the record straight, I have never built anything on the West Bank,” Safdie said, before talking about his work. “I have been a keen follower of Bawa’s work for decades,” said Safdie, when asked about his thoughts on the industry. Speaking about his previous work, Safdie said that his approach to designs have always been a ‘human and comprehensive approach’. This project which put Safdie on the map comprises of 158 residences, each with its own roof garden.

February 17, 2017 20:37 UTC

Toilets can be nice

Much has been written recently about public toilets, particularly, those at railway stations reserved for foreigners, some, akin it to an apartheid. After all this has been done in a public place, for public toilets. Before we move to the genus of “locked up “public toilets in Sri Lanka, we do see them in some offices, where some toilets are kept locked for the executives. Public toilets have high visitor turnover, more so in railway stations, bus stations, airports, hospitals etc. This same genus of people with these ingrained domestic habits that use public toilets in work places, trains, restaurants etc., and in most cases with the same social attitude.

February 17, 2017 20:37 UTC

Hurdles to jump

Lakmal has a younger sister and was not the kind of guy to take advantage of a girl her age. He gave her another room and when the boyfriend was having a breakdown Lakmal took him for and a chat over drinks. They book rooms here and come with boyfriends.”“They get their salary on the 10th and rooms get booked right after. He says that rich Colombo men come with two women at a time. There’s a lady doctor who comes to our guesthouse and stays with the driver.” Lakmal informs that women come there after their husbands have gone to work.

February 17, 2017 20:37 UTC