Poor fitness, overuse key to injuries- Prof. de Silva By Champika Fernando View(s): View(s):Poor overall fitness levels among Sri Lankan cricketers–particularly in comparison with team members of other countries–could be one reason for frequent injuries, a leading sports medicine doctor said this week. “When compared with cricketers of Western nations like Australia, our cricketers are not that professional,” Prof de Silva said. Fitness training is not only about building your muscles. The injuries keep surfacing despite an army of support staff (including physios and masseurs) forming an integral part of the national cricket team. “I think they must focus on cricket-centric fitness training,” Prof de Silva said.
On a wave of luxury View(s):Kumudini Hettiarachchi boards the ‘super-luxury’ M.V. Luxury and comfort in all their forms are provided to guests who have sought a “sea-going” vacation and boarded the ‘super-luxury’ M.V. Majestic Princess sedately cruising along the ‘Silk Sea Route’ on her 49-day maiden voyage from Rome in Italy to Shanghai in China. This luxury passenger vessel, the latest addition to Princess Cruises which is headquartered in Santa Clarita, California, United States of America – was built in the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Itlay. Earlier most of us have gazed in wonder at the sheer size of the Majestic Princess, getting a distinct feeling of what the Lilliputians would have felt on seeing Gulliver sprawled before them.
However, when something does go wrong, like it did in the game against Pakistan, you have to take the blame. It is not as if Dayasiri – or even Thilanga – will offer to take some responsibility. For instance, he could take away Sri Lanka Cricket from Dayasiri and allocate it to the Ministry of Disaster Management! Maithriâ€™s solution was to reshuffle his team of ministers and give them different subjects – and now we are all so happy. India will be visiting us in a few weeks – and you will need all the luck you can get!
â€˜Tubelightâ€™, a film created by Khans View(s):â€˜Tubelightâ€™, Bollywood movie based on a 2015 war-drama directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro GÃ³mez Monteverdeâ€™s â€˜Little Boyâ€™ will be released from June 23 in theatres in Colombo. Released for the season of Ramazan, the film tells a story of a manâ€™s unshakable faith in himself and the love for his family. Produced by Salman Khan, the film is directed by Kabir Khan and stars Sohail Khan, Zhu Zhu and Salman himself. In a small picturesque town in North India, Laxman (Salman Khan) lives with his younger brother Bharat (Sohail Khan). Seeing the carnage around him and worried for his brother, Laxman decides he must stop this conflict and get his brother back.
Indo-Lanka talks lead to release of 42 Indian vessels View(s):The Fisheries Ministry this week has decided to release 42 of the 140 Indian bottom trawlers, as the first phase of releasing vessels from Sri Lankan custody following ongoing discussions at joint India-Sri Lanka committee meetings, a senior official said. “We have taken this decision following the talks at the joint committee meetings held in both countries to find a long term solution to this conflict. With the release of these boats we will look at how we can come to a mutual agreement through this process,” Ministry secretary Mrs. W.M.M.R. Most of the vessels are in bad condition due to long anchorage at the jetties and need to be repaired before sailing back to India. Earlier Northern fisher leaders gave the green light to release the bottom trawlers seized years ago under strict conditions that the Indian fishermen would not return to engage in bottom trawling.
House of Justice at new site View(s):High Courts, District and Magistrate’s Courts to be shifted from Hulftsdorp; Chinese company may get contractBy Anthony DavidAll Hulftsdorp courts, barring the Superior Courts complex, are to be shifted to a “House of Justice” to be constructed on six acres of land. For this purpose, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has asked the Cabinet to accept an unsolicited proposal from a Chinese firm, the Yangian Group. “The District Courts, High Courts and Magistrate’s Courts will be moved there,” he told the Sunday Times. Earlier, the Justice Ministry had proposed to construct another Superior Courts complex at the new location and shift the present Chinese-funded one in Hulftsdorp. It was during the administration of President Mahinda Rajapaksa that approval was granted for the construction of a House of Justice.
Ostapenkoâ€™s blitz and Superman Nadal French-Open 2017 View(s): View(s):A new name came into prominence at this yearâ€™s French-Open . Her performance nearly overshadowed the superman feat of Rafael Nadalâ€™s 10th title win in Paris. She surprised the Tennis world in June. Nadalâ€™s magicJust eight weeks ago, Nadal was not playing anywhere close to the form he showed to win his tenth French Open title. To win the French Open title 10 times, a player has to be in the pro circuit for over 12 years.
Sihinayaki Re recorded in Oman View(s):By Clifford LazarusThe Sultanate of Oman is home to over 20,000 Sri Lankans. Recently, a group under the name “Seenige Wedak” invited Mahesh Nissanka, the presenter of the long-running musical series “Sihiniyaki Re” to record Oman’s version of “Sihiniyaki Re”. Following a series of auditions, Oman’s top Sri Lankan talent was chosen to showcase their talent, a programme telecast over national Rupavahini. Thushani Marien touched the hearts of the audience with her rendition of “Mathakaya Asurin”, recalling memories of mothers leaving behind their loved ones in search of a better life. Choreography and make-up was by Chaminda Vitharama, art and design teacher of the Sri Lankan School in Oman and Thanuja Mahindagoda.
Close call, but Ananda prevail View(s):Ananda prevailed over Thurstan in another thrilling encounter of the Milo U20 Premier Trophy inter-schools rugby knockout tournament when they recorded a close 30-27 in the semi-final played in the afternoon session at the Sugathadasa Stadium. This close match saw Ananda sealing the game in the dying stages having taken a three point lead through an unconverted try scored by D. Ratnaweera. Ananda having led 13-10 at the breather accumulated their points through a goal, four tries and a penalty to the two goals, two tries and a penalty scored by Thurstan. Ananda will now meet the winners of the second semi-final between St Benedictâ€™s and Maliyadeva scheduled to be played in the afternoon session today. Â Â Referee â€“ A. ShanthaÂ - MSA
St. Josephâ€™s cruise to their first major final By M. Shamil Amit Milo U-20 inter-schools rugby President's Trophy semifinal 1 View(s): View(s):St. Josephâ€™s were too good for Dharmaraja and as expected they came out victorious with a convincing 34 points to 12 win in the first semi-final of the Milo U20 inter-schools Presidentâ€™s Trophy rugby knockout tournament played at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. St. Josephâ€™s winger Sachith Silva and fly half Chathura Seneviratne set early pace for the Darley Road as the duo ended contributing the major share in their score with Sachith 16 and Chathura 11 for a total 27 of the 34 points they scored by them. The Rajans were unable to come into terms with their opponentsâ€™ robust play and was struggling for survival. The Josephians took things under control and dominated proceedings as they had the Rajans defense in shambles. The Josephians almost had the game in their hands and they succeeded to further increase their lead in the 24th minute with Chathuraâ€™s left corner flag try.
We were hoping to complete it by early this year so that athletes have sufficient time to train for the Asian Championships. Unfortunately the tender process is taking too long. “This is the problem we are facing now and if worse come to worse, I will seek cabinet approval to do this without a tender process,” he added. “Synthetic Track Manufacture with experience in installing minimum of Five (5) IAAF Class 1 Full PUR track,” the document stated. Sugathadasa track, which is currently in a dilapidated state, was laid in 2012 ahead of the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Colombo at a cost of Rs.
Sunday will be a day to remember for cricket fans By Kumar Sangakkara The final will be between India's batting and Pakistan's bowling - Sangakkara View(s): View(s):So, after two-and-a-half weeks of international cricket, some rain but plenty of great cricket and several surprises, we are all braced for a huge final â€“ India versus Pakistan. While there may be anti-climax for the Englandâ€™s fans, there will be a frenzied atmosphere inside The Oval on Sunday. I certainly did not predict this final before the tournament, but no one can claim they donâ€™t deserve to be there. India will be very confident going into the game and it deserves to be: It has been the best team in the tournament playing consistently high-class cricket. Pakistan batting, although talented, can be its weak point.
Former Spice Girl Geri to release tribute song for George Michael View(s):A tribute song to the late George Michael is to be released by former Spice Girl, Geri Horner. ‘Angels In chains’ will be released next Friday, 23rd June, two days ahead of what would have been George Michael’s 53rd birthday. Horner who was better known as Geri Halliwell as a member of the now defunct Spice Girls was very close to Michael. She has worked on the song with one of Michael’s back up singer’s Shirley Lewis and producer Chris Porter. The ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ singer took to social media to post pictures of him and others in the recording studio.
St. Anneâ€™s enters final with thrilling win View(s):St. Anneâ€™s Kurunegala advanced to the final of the Milo U20 Champions Trophy inter-schools rugby knockout tournament final when they record a thrilling two points (20-18) win over Moratu MV in the semi final encounter played in the morning session at the Sugathadasa Stadium yesterday. The Annites came back with vengeance in the second half after Moratu MV was sitting pretty with a 18-5 lead at the breather as they made the only scoring in the second half whilst preventing their opponents to make any headway. The Annites made up their scoring through four tries to the three tries and a penalty scored by Moratu MV. St. Anneâ€™s will now meet the winners of second semi final between Thaduwa Buddhist MV and Carey scheduled to be played in the morning session today. Â Â Â Â Â Referee â€“ M. HariffÂ - MSA
After a disaster: Picking up psychologically View(s):By Prof. Raveen HanwellaA great disaster is a symbol to us to remember all the big things of life and forget the small things of which we have thought too much. What psychological help does a person need after a trauma? Especially after a natural disaster where the danger continues, it is important to ensure that the affected persons are made safe. Help persons to identify their most important concerns leaving others to be dealt with later. Be aware of and respect personâ€™s religious beliefs and listen respectfully without imposing your personal religious beliefs on the person.