Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar on Sunday for his terrifying performance as an isolated loner who becomes one of the world's best known comic book villains in "Joker," and invoked his late brother River Phoenix in one of the most emotional acceptance speeches of the night. Phoenix, 45, won the best actor Oscar after three previous nominations, crowning an awards season that has seen him sweep every major prize for his role in the standalone origin story of Batman's archenemy. "I've been a scoundrel in my life, I've been selfish, I've been cruel at times, I've been hard to work with. I'm grateful so many of you in this room have given me a second chance," Phoenix said in accepting his award. "When he was 17, my brother wrote this lyric, he said: Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow," he said in concluding his speech tearfully to a standing ovation.
February 10, 2020 05:48 UTC
A Maldivian child is in serious condition after falling from the second storey of a building in Sri Lanka. Foreign Ministry and the Maldivian Embassy in Sri Lanka have confirmed that such an incident had occurred. It has been reported that the three-year-old child was first treated at Kalubowila Hospital for injuries sustained in the fall. However, the child has been shifted to Lanka Hospital, where he is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit. Foreign Ministry said the Maldives Embassy will provide assistance to the family if requested.
February 10, 2020 05:48 UTC
The most looked forward to volleyball event the 20th DSI Schools Volleyball Championship for the ‘DSI Trophy’ was launched at the Nippon Hotel on Thursday in the presence of officials from the sponsor D. Samson & Sons. Nalaka also said for the first time the Sri Lanka under-19 spikers have been invited to play in the under-19 Schools Volleyball Championship to be held in Bahrain in June this year. As part of preparations already the Federation along with the Schools Volleyball Association has set up a pool to undergo training. Meanwhile the Asian Schools Volleyball Federation has made a request to the SLVBF to hold the Championship in Sri Lanka in July. “Volleyball being the national sport of Sri Lanka our company embarked in supporting the sport first in 1999.
February 09, 2020 01:41 UTC
Certain politicians in the Sajith Premadasa camp have suggested a new government under the collaboration of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party tried it and failed. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party is now eyeing to contest the General Election without a coalition with SLPP. Then it will be a competition among the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, United National Party and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party has a significant number of people who are willing to contest the General Election.
February 08, 2020 21:22 UTC
On January 3, many parts of the country faced unexpected and unannounced two-hour power cuts. According to CEB sources, power generation on January 3 had halted due to this reason leading to the power cuts. According to the Government, the delay in implementing proposed electrical power plant projects had led to the CEB facing this serious crisis. “The Ceylon Electricity Board has to face a serious challenge to meet the electricity demand of the country. Meanwhile, the government has also assured continuous and uninterrupted power supply to the public.
February 08, 2020 20:03 UTC
The Government will soon call for Request for Proposals ( RFPs) to develop the Galle Port for a Yacht Marina, Minister of Port Development , State Minister of Port Development, Kanaka Herath told Sunday Observer Business yesterday. He said that there were a large number of Western tourists, especially Continental tourists who loved sailing and the Galle Port was one of the attractions to them. The Government calling for RFPs will also be centred round the building of related infrastructure for the yacht tourists for not only berthing their vessels but also accommodation. Thepolicy of the Government will also be centred round the development of Ports and Airports which will also be a stimulus for economic development. He said the construction of the marina will also be centred round the criteria that the Galle is a UNESCO heritage site.
February 08, 2020 19:52 UTC
The labour intensive footwear and leather industry is working towards an ambitious target of meeting 80 percent of local needs in the next two years. “We have the ability and capacity to cater to local demand as our skilled labour is competent to meet the evolving trends in the industry. Nimalasiri told the 12th edition of the Footwear and Leather Fair 2020 at the BMICH Colombo last week. While assuring support to develop the SME sector and footwear and leather industry in particular, the Director General, Export Development Board, Jeevani Siriwardena said, “Support will be provided to the industrialists to develop products to meet export market requirements. The industry value of the footwear and leather sector exceeds Rs.
February 08, 2020 19:52 UTC
PARIS AFP: A tearful Naomi Osaka followed up her Australian Open disappointment with another surprise defeat on Friday when she was beaten 6-0, 6-3 by world number 78 Sara Sorribes Tormo in the Fed Cup. Spain took an unexpected lead over Japan in the tie in Cartagena after Sorribes Tormo capitalised on a careless performance from Osaka, who made an astonishing 50 unforced errors in the 15 games. Sorribes Tormo enjoyed the backing of a sizeable home crowd at La Manga Club and her consistency proved too much for Osaka, who has never played her best on clay. But after Osaka led 2-0, Sorribes Tormo came back and a break midway through proved decisive, with a clearly disappointed Osaka struggling to contain her emotions at the finish. Osaka will now have to beat Suarez Navarro in the reverse singles on Saturday to prevent Spain booking their place in the finals in Budapest.
February 08, 2020 12:00 UTC
AUCKLAND AFP: New Zealand wrapped up the one-day series against India with veteran Ross Taylor and debutant Kyle Jamieson combining to set up a 22-run win in game two in Auckland on Saturday. Jamieson went to the middle with New Zealand 197 for eight and almost nine overs remaining following a spectacular collapse in which they lost seven wickets for 55 runs. India were dismissed for 251 with nine balls remaining in their innings, but captain Virat Kohli was not too despondent having already beaten New Zealand 5-0 n the Twenty20 series. New Zealand made a strong start in Auckland with Martin Guptill (69) and Henry Nicholls (41) putting on 93 for the first wicket. Following Nicholl’s dismissal, Tom Blundell joined Guptill to get the total to 142 before the seven-wicket collapse.
February 08, 2020 11:37 UTC
MP Lasantha Alagiyawanna was unanimously re-appointed as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) today at parliament. His name was proposed by MP Udaya Prabhath Gammanpila and was seconded by MP Chandima Weerakkody. He was the COPA chairman prior to the prorogation of Parliament on the 02nd of December 2019. Ministers Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi, Duminda Dissanayake and MPs Chandima Weerakkody, Udaya Prabhath Gammanpila, Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana, Dr. Nalinda Jayathissaand Wijepala Hettiarachchi were present at the committee meeting held today at parliament.
February 07, 2020 09:56 UTC
The Chairmen for the Committee on Public Enterprises (CoPE) and the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) are due to be appointed today. Accordingly the members of COPE will meet at 2.00 pm while the COPA members are set to meet at 2.30 pm to appoint two chairmen for the committees. The Parliament announced the new members of the two committees on Wednesday. Sixteen were appointed to each of the two committees.
February 07, 2020 08:03 UTC
A baby in Wuhan, who was born on Saturday, tested positive for the virus 36 hours after he was delivered, the Associated Press reported. Authorities said he was the youngest person known to be infected with the new coronavirus, according to the report. “The baby was immediately separated from the mother after the birth and has been under artificial feeding. There was no close contact with the parents, yet it was diagnosed with the disease,” Zeng Lingkong, director of neonatal diseases at Wuhan Children’s Hospital, told Chinese TV. It was not clear how the child got infected, AP said.
February 07, 2020 08:03 UTC
MP Ranjan Ramanayake, who is in remand custody, appeared before the Government Analyst for a voice test this morning. The voice test was pertaining to the on-going investigations by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) on the controversial audio recordings of telephone calls by MP Ramanayake. Ramanayake, who was arrested by the CCD and remanded by court till 12 February, was brought to the Government Analyst’s Department in Pelawatte, Battaramulla for the voice test on a court order. Previously, the CCD sent the telephone recordings of MP Ramanayake to the Government Analyst for further investigations. The Government Analyst has been tasked to provide a report after analyzing the audiotapes.
February 07, 2020 07:52 UTC
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of a police sergeant in Batticaloa. A 50-year-old Police sergeant T.Sivaraja of Putur, Batticaloa attached to the Valaichchenai Police was brutally assaulted and killed at Mullamunai along the Aethiyamalai main road in the Vavunativu Police area yesterday morning. Police investigations revealed that the police sergeant was killed after a heated argument between him and the two suspects. The Vavunathivu police are conducting further investigations.
February 07, 2020 07:07 UTC
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly called on his government to take “all necessary steps” in order to limit the economic impact of the virus outbreak. “There’s a risk the coronavirus outbreak could hurt consumption, so we need to watch developments carefully,” Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura was quoted as saying on Friday, reported Reuters citing Jiji Press. Additionally, 41 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which arrived at the Japanese port of Yokohama earlier this week, have tested positive. This brings the total number of confirmed cases from the cruise ship to 61, said Japan’s health ministry. About 3,700 passengers and crew were placed under mandatory quarantine for two weeks after 10 people aboard the cruise liner tested positive.
February 07, 2020 03:00 UTC