Pick of the Pix Pix by Amila Gamage, M.A.Pushpakumara, Shelton Hettiarachchi and Gamini Mahadura View(s): View(s):From our readersShutterbugs out there, here’s your chance to send in your contributions to this picture corner. Please sendyour captioned photograph along with your name, and the location of the photograph, to email@example.com We would also appreciate if you mentioned the camera or cellphone that was used. Shutterbugs out there, here’s your chance to send in your contributions to this picture corner. Please sendyour captioned photograph along with your name, and the location of the photograph, to firstname.lastname@example.org We would also appreciate if you mentioned the camera or cellphone that was used.
Sri Lanka may travel to Pakistan for the Test series View(s):Pakistan, starved for ten years of international cricket at home, is desperate for it to end. And Sri Lanka may well be the first team to travel there later this year for Test matches. But now, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has offered Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Karachi and Lahore as venues for a two-match Test series sheduled for later this year as part of the ICC Test Championship. “We are seriously looking at it, especially at a time when some countries have reservations about touring Sri Lanka following the recent terrorist attack,” said Mohan de Silva, Secretary SLC. On the invitation of the PCB, therefore, Sri Lanka will send security officials to assess the security situation but no date has yet been fixed.
Inside story of Sri Lanka’s 1975 World Cup Campaign By Aubrey Kuruppu View(s): View(s):Fifteen players and another four – the latter at board expense. Let’s travel back in time to the inaugural World Cup in England in 1975 when professionalism was almost a dirty word in Sri Lankan cricket, the Sunday Times button-holed Sri Lanka’s first ever World Cup skipper Anura Tennekoon and Ranjit Fernando. They did pass 330, and a gallant, courageous Sri Lankan side made 280 plus for five wickets. There was admiration all round for the Sri Lankan batting that was up against Lillee, Thomson, Gary Gilmour, Max Walker and off spinner Ashley Mallett. There must have been a touch of over confidence because Pakistan bettered the Sri Lankan team by a massive 192 runs in the next game at Trent Bridge.
Fasting monk dehydrated, but physically stable View(s):On the second day of his fast unto death, doctors found the Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera dehydrated but yet physically stable. The medical team which, examined the monk yesterday, checked his blood pressure. Western Province Governor Azath Salley, meanwhile, remained defiant, amid increasing protests and calls for him to step down from his post. Rathana Thera.
Rescuing small businesses View(s):Serapina happily breezed into the garden, shouting “Avilla … avilla (It has come, it has come)”. “World Cup, World Cup avilla,” replied Serapina sitting down to have her cup of tea. Be it travel agents, tour guides, vegetable suppliers, small boutiques, taxi drivers, handicraft sellers, etc – small businesses depend a lot on the tourism industry which, until the Easter Sunday bombing, was the third largest source of foreign exchange. Small businesses form the backbone of the economy, as stated earlier, and are the engine of growth. Kussi Amma Sera walks past the sitting room where I am busily typing my column and towards the kitchen, asking: “Sri Lanka jaya ganivida (Will Sri Lanka win)?” Mama ese balaporoththu venava “(I hope so..….hope so),” I reply.
Sri Lanka’s hotel staff retrained, counselled, laid off post 4/21 By Sunimalee Dias View(s): View(s):Sri Lanka’s tourism industry plans to overcome its current crisis within or less than a year’s time while looking at building up on its human resources with over thousands having lost jobs in the wake of the April 21 incident. In this respect, he estimated it would take about a year for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry to recover with the right marketing plan in place. Kingsbury General Manager Christine Chevlaz, a French national, believed she were safer in Sri Lanka and need not look over her shoulder here as opposed to when in her own country. As a standalone hotel they were compelled to carry out their functions on their own without being able to send staff elsewhere, the GM noted. We haven’t even discussed revenue.”Newly appointed Promotions Bureau Managing Director Charmarie Maelge observed that one month on Sri Lanka Tourism has embarked on an aggressive promotion.
Come buy my wares; on Instagram of course By Smriti Daniel Meet the growing band of young Lankan entrepreneurs banking on social media View(s): View(s):J.K. Methma Jayawardhana runs a business in which she might never meet her customer, even though her products are customised, intricate and deeply personal. “Currently there are approximately 6 million Facebook users and 1 million Instagram users in Sri Lanka. “Basically a personal endeavour to eat healthier resulted in a small business opportunity almost overnight,” he says, adding that he teamed up with his mother Sharmika to launch 3×3 Granola. “Using Social Media allowed me the convenience of switching between my professional and entrepreneurial lives without batting an eyelid,” he says. Instagram wants businesses to pay for advertising, and if that isn’t an option it can be hard to make an impression.
The hottest on the beach – Sugar Talpe in Conde Nast By Joshua Surendraraj View(s): View(s):Just last week Sugar Beach, Talpe got the glad news that leading travel magazine ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ had picked them as one of the Hottest New Beach Clubs in the world. Sugar Beach, Talpe is among the only two beach clubs mentioned from Asia. Sugar, Gehan explains, is a lifestyle brand and their venues cater to different moods. The first Sugar Beach outlet – Mount Lavinia Beach Club opened its doors nearly one and a half years ago and Sugar Beach Talpe on December 27 last year. Talpe has the added bonus of a swimming pool and a whole beach to yourself.
12-try Tuskers thrash Chinese Taipei Asia Division I Rugby Championship View(s): View(s):A 12-try spree by the Sri Lanka Tuskers enabled them to secure the third place playoff of the Asia Division I Rugby Championship, after handing hosts Chinese Taipei a smashing 72-17 defeat yesterday. Sri Lanka, who were unstoppable against the host, may have had their place secured in the final, had they unleashed the same clout against the Philippines. Hosts Chinese Taipei, who almost had Singapore on the defensive last Wednesday, looked merely helpless against the rampaging Tuskers, on muddy and wet conditions. Tries for Sri Lanka came in mostly as individual brilliance and occasionally as team work for the winners. What awaits the Omalka Gunaratne led Sri Lanka Tuskers in the coming months and years should be a positive pathway.
Jayatissa proudly says in the preface, that he is a beneficiary of the Free Education concept introduced by C.W.W.Kannagara, through which the Fifth Standard Scholarship Scheme, and Central Colleges with comparatively better facilities in selected locations were established for needy children. He describes the departure of his mother and uncle after bringing him to the hostel and the emotional farewell. The hostellers used to go for a bath and to wash clothes, to the river “Ginganga” flowing graciously bordering the Central College land. Once Jayatissa reached the 3rd term of the 8th Standard, he came to a key turning point in his education. The practice was to select students for science from among those who score high marks for mathematics, science etc.
Khashoggi awarded 2019 Golden Pen of Freedom View(s):Saudi filmmaker Safa al Ahmad receiving the award on behlalf of the Khashoggi family from World Editors’ Forum President David Callaway yesterdayMurdered Saudi dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was awarded WAN-IFRA’s highest honour yesterday for furthering the cause of press freedom. Dave Callaway, World Editors Forum President, awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom Award to Mr. Khashoggi at the World News Media Congress in Glasgow, Scotland. Saudi journalist and filmmaker, Safa al Ahmad, accepted the award on behalf of Jamal Khashoggi’s family. Mr. Khashoggi rose through the ranks of the Saudi media, and in 2003 was named editor-in-chief of Al-Watan paper. He advocated for freedom of speech in his country, and women’s rights.
Royal continue Bradby dominance By Aubrey Kuruppu View(s): View(s):A superb, committed performance by a well drilled Royal team spelled curtains for Trinity’s ambition of regaining the Bradby. Royal skipper Thulib Hassan led from the front and performed well to go over for two tries. Royal were trying to make inroads but Trinity were putting up a great defence at this stage. Trinity was a man short in defence and Gunaratne went over for an unconverted try (Royal 20-Trinity 17). There were many hands involved in Royal next try scored by Gunaratne.
Shooting wrongly targeted and ‘criminalised’ – NSSF View(s):Aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks and the unfortunate events that followed, sports activities around Sri Lanka came to a standstill, with many events being forced to abandon or postpone. “NSSF shooting disciplines have never being involved in any kind of criminal activity in Sri Lanka. The other ranges, despite having affiliations with the NSSF, are also members of the National Rifle Shooting Association (NRA), a non-Olympic shooting sport entity. Currently, the sport of shooting is practiced in Sri Lanka by over 7000 school children and by about over 500 adults. NSSF, is affiliated to the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) and is an Olympic sport, where Sri Lankan shooters have performed fairly.
Innovative Dome house builder seeks investor By Alvin Sallay View(s): View(s):Selling an idea, even one that is environment-friendly, low-cost and time-saving, is hard. I need an initial sum of 10 million rupees to build a mould to construct the Dome House,” explains Mr. Wickramasinghe. Soon after he returned in 1982, he built his first Dome house, a boarding for 20 Singaporean engineers who were building the Karapitiya Hospital in Galle. “The average cost of building a Dome house (across all categories) comes to around two million rupees. “Most inventors have a problem trying to sell their idea, which is hardly the case for Dome houses.
Penning the autobiography of a music legend By Arthur Wamanan View(s): View(s):‘Notes of a Dream’, the first authorised biography of legendary Indian musician, Oscar winner, A.R. You are 24, and you got the opportunity to pen the autobiography of musical legend A.R. Rahman ‘Notes of a Dream’. So Mr. Rahman is turning filmmaker now with Le Musk (the virtual reality movie he is directing) and 99 Songs (the Hindi movie he has written the story for and producing). (Most of the credit goes to Mr. Rahman and to God, of course.)