“Manners maketh man” is the motto of Winchester College and New College, Oxford. Children were taught good manners in school and teachers ensured that their students would abide by them. Whenever we visited a wedding or a birthday party, mother used to say, “Mind your manners.” Sometimes father would protest that she was trying to place manners on par with morals. However, if you are really concerned about your fellowmen, you can cultivate good manners slowly and steadily. Practise courtesyIf you are serious about cultivating good manners, you have only to do three things.
February 01, 2020 20:03 UTC
MELBOURNE AFP America’s Sofia Kenin stunned two-time Major champion Garbine Muguruza to win the Australian Open in her first Grand Slam final on Saturday, becoming the youngest player to lift the trophy in 12 years. Kenin, 21, showed all her trademark aggression as she fought back from a set down to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in 2hrs 3mins. “My dream officially came true, I can’t describe this feeling,” said Kenin. The Kenin comeback was shortlived, Muguruza breaking back immediately and taking the set in 52 minutes when the young American planted her forehand out. Kenin, who won their only previous encounter in three sets, grabbed the second set in an emphatic 32 minutes.
February 01, 2020 20:02 UTC
Q: You have been the National Junior Golf Champion for three years. A: My first overseas tournament was representing Sri Lanka at the Asia-Pacific Junior Golf Championships in Kolkata in 2013. A: I play golf for the Christian Brothers University in Memphis, America. Q: In Sri Lanka golf is generally seen as a game of the elite. Also, Sri Lanka golf should invest more in their juniors and younger amateurs who actually have a chance to turn professional.
A 17-member high powered business delegation from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq visited Sri Lanka to explore business opportunities. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kurdistan Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry to further enhance trade, investment, and tourism between Sri Lanka and Iraq. The Kurdistan region is an emerging market with an abundance of oil and gas resources, and the region develops them through production-sharing contracts with many international companies of the United Kingdom and Germany. The main item imported to Sri Lanka is mineral fuels amounting to US$ 2.1 million accounting for 74% of total imports from Iraq to Sri Lanka. The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has signed 129 MoUs to expand and strengthen relationships with overseas trade promotion organisations.
The key first term school cricket matches have attracted an encouraging number of spectators who support the emerging stars from their respective schools. Hence, the race for the most popular school cricket crowns will go hand in hand with key inter-school matches. “It’s great to conduct the Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Contest since 1978/79 to encourage the budding schoolboy cricketers. All past winners before me, be it the All-island or Outstation, had made their mark in Sri Lanka cricket. The national mobile service provider, Sri Lanka Telecom Mobitel continues to provide that ‘smart connection’ to the Cricketer of the Year Contest, which continues to enjoy the longstanding association of the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association (SLSCA) and the Sri Lanka Cricket Umpires and Scorers Association with the blessings of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
The Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation approved a five-year, $480 million Compact with the Government aimed at reducing poverty through economic growth. ****Will lay foundation for economic growthby Lalin FernandoplleThe Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) compact will certainly help Sri Lanka to lay the foundation for high economic growth. Sri Lanka needs to prioritise its development needs and ensure funds are directed to these areas to gain maximum benefits. However, Sri Lanka land registry needs updating and a detail record of land is not available at present. Sri Lanka needs to identify the development requirements and invest on these areas by strategising an action plan.
DHAKA AFP Bangladesh on Saturday dropped pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman and recalled Rubel Hossain for the first Test of the two-match series against Pakistan which begins in Rawalpindi next week. Bangladesh are due to depart for Pakistan on Tuesday for the first Test scheduled for February 7-11. Bangladesh visited Pakistan earlier in January amid tight security for a three-match Twenty20 international series in Lahore, which they lost 2-0. Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan last week expressed his satisfaction over the security provided to the visitors during the Twenty20 series. Squad: Mominul Haque (Capt), Tamim Iqbal, Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain,Mahmudullah Riyad, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Ebadat Hossain, Abu Jayed, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Soumya Sarkar.
It is with pride that the Sunday Observer celebrates its 92nd anniversary in two days. Ninety two years as the leading English newspaper is no easy task, especially among the English-speaking population. It was exactly after 20 years since the launch of the Sunday Observer that Sri Lanka gained independence from the British. Senanayake proudly hoisted the Lion flag in an independent Sri Lanka, the Sunday Observer was celebrating its 20th anniversary. Thanks to the premiere role played by the Sunday Observer in the country’s sports promotions, the Observer School Cricketer of the Year has produced many world-class cricketers during the past 40 years.
The Government has decided not to reject loans to small and medium scale entrepreneurs merely on the basis of the Credit Information Bureau (CRIB) reports. The rationale behind this decision is to facilitate the obtaining of loans by the small and medium scale entrepreneurs, State Minister of Development Banking and Loan Schemes Shehan Semasinghe said. He said the main problem for the small and medium scale entrepreneurs is that they cannot reapply for loans in view of the records available at the Credit Information Bureau. Semasinghe said the predicament of the small and medium scale entrepreneurs, being rendered helpless after defaulting on bank loans is not mainly due to their fault but to the failed economic mismanagement of the previous Government from 2015 to 2019. The new measures adopted by the Government will certainly help alleviate the misery of the small and medium scale entrepreneurs, he added.
Neyara Weerawansa winning her maiden SSC Open ranking tennis tournament a week ago, called on fellow players to focus on their game and more girls to join the circuit. For the victorious Neyara, a student of British School in Colombo, particularly the training in Spain, a heavyweight nation in World of Tennis, had paid off in lifting the SSC Open rank title. This was the first women’s tournament, since I got back from Spain,” the unseeded player said while adding “I was excited, but at the same time, I was really, really nervous. If it’s not Roger- I would probably go for the new-baby or the underdog,” Neyara said of her predictions. I’m all for supporting the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) in whatever their decisions, may be.
It’s such a pity, what social media and media in general is doing to our friends the Chinese, these days. But the bottom line is that the media, and social media in particular has created a scare that’s demonizing our friends, the Chinese. A great big slice of social media so called, is in any event taken over by fake news, and even more fake values. It’s hoped that social media lunatics and other irresponsible peripheral media alarmists would take a break under these circumstances. The POFMA was therefore implemented to tackle growing concerns over the scourge of fake news and misinformation, communicated particularly through various online and social media platforms.
Various discourses on varied rights, such as human rights, children’s rights, women’ rights and animal rights have been in currency for a considerable period. Sri Lanka is one of those countries which have been treated unfairly on the human rights front. Noticing that human rights was an obscure concept frequently used for political scheming, LTTE proxies hung onto the human rights rope and started to use the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to discredit the Government and criminalise the armed forces. Considering all these treacherous political man oeuvres centering on the rights discourse, discerning people can note that the rights platform is one of the most seemingly sophisticated, but intellectually hollow exercises framed to fulfill sinister agendas of those who could muster enough clout. Human well being is predicated upon the people’s ability to understand the environment and improving life accordingly, not on various rights which hinge on logomachy.
The Government has taken a number of steps to prevent the novel coronavirus from spreading in Sri Lanka. A.We can be satisfied with the steps taken by the Ministry of Health at the moment. During a serious health outbreak, any government will take some time to respond to it initially. However, the mechanism was only activated a day after a case was confirmed in Sri Lanka. For example, after facing the SARS virus outbreak they rehauled their economic model with focus on a more scientific outlook on development.
Information and Communication Technology State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said the UNP will be further split and no solution could be found for their crisis, despite whatever alliance is formed. State Minister Abeywardena said according to the prevailing situation, the UNP would be heading towards a severe crisis. According to the prevailing situation, the UNP would head towards a more crisis situation and it would not revert to normalcy. I don’t think the UNP would be able to resolve their leadership crisis. Normally, when there is a crisis in the UNP, there may be a group who is willing to extend its support to the Government.
The closing date for online submissions to be presented at ‘InnovBank International Symposium’ on the theme ‘Innovative Banking in a smart world’ sponsored by the Bank of Ceylon, has been extended to February 4. The symposium will serve as a platform to present ideas and proposals that could assist banking and financial services to be more responsive to customer needs. To ensure transparency and clear assessment throughout the evaluation process, organisers have invited independent external evaluators representing academic and professionals in the field of IT and finance. The evaluation process comprises three main phases in order to recognize the best proposal under each category. Evaluation of proposals submitted under school category will be evaluated under special criteria.