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The Ontario Science Centre…….Always Evolving

Posted on 28 August 2015 by admin

Weston Family Innovation Centre unveils more than 12 new interactive experiences TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2012  – Today, the Ontario Science Centre unveils exciting additions to the Weston Family Innovation Centre with more than 12 new interactive experiences designed to encourage visitors to experiment, collaborate and be creative. "After five years of successful operations, we are making some significant changes to the Weston Family Innovation Centre including adding new experiences and enhancing existing activities," says Dr. Mary Jane Conboy, Director, Science Content & Design.

"While remaining true to the original approach, the Weston Family Innovation Centre now includes a new generation of experiences designed to encourage visitors to dream big, try and try again, expect the unexpected, compete or collaborate and look at the world around them with fresh eyes." New exhibits in the Weston Family Innovation Centre include: "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN FLY" explores aerodynamics from the point of view of "the child in all of us" who thought we could fly by simply flapping our arms. Visitors put on a pair of wings and flap their arms as a sensor records the flaps per minute. They learn about aerodynamics including how long their wings would need to be, and how fast they would need to flap, to achieve flight with their body weight. "TELL TALE HEART", where up to four participants are invited to place their hands on one of several sensors that read their heartbeat.

Their collective heartbeats will affect the behaviour – sounds, lights and more – of the 12-foot (3.7-metre) tall sculpture. "MAKING FACES" inspired by Ontario Science Centre Science School students, this exhibit invites visitors to create a face using their own picture plus facial features from many different contributors. Participants add video clips to their own faces making up a new and sometimes bizarre image. "3D EVOLUTION" showcases how 3D technology has evolved from stereoscopes to 3D glasses and contemporary 3D screens that can be viewed without glasses. Visitors will learn how their brain perceives 3D and experience some illusions that capitalize on this science. "SPEECH SYNTHESIS" allows a participant to try out new voice synthesis software by typing in a sentence and listening to it read back with five different "accents" helping people to understand that different languages pronounce the same grouping of letters or phonemes differently.

Visitors can see how sophisticated voice synthesis has become by comparing the software to the restored, iconic "Coffee Machine" from the 1970s. "FRICTION ZONE" has participants experimenting with kinetic friction as they send sliders down ramps with different surfaces. Which ramp is slowest… or fastest? What happens when you change your slider material? "OLD-FASHIONED VOTING BOOTH" is a New York State voting booth circa the 1950s that has been adapted to poll participants about various topics including their favourite ice cream flavour. Clear Plexiglas has been installed on the back of the booth to show how it works with a series of manual counters. The Weston Family Innovation Centre, including the 12 new experiences, was developed, designed and fabricated on-site by Ontario Science Centre staff. All are included with a general admission ticket.

For hours and prices visit www.ontariosciencecentre.ca. The Weston Family Innovation Centre was named in recognition of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation's $15 million lead gift to the Ontario Science Centre's Agents of Change Initiative, and to honour the Foundation's support and commitment to education. About the Ontario Science Centre The Ontario Science Centre delights, informs and challenges the communities we serve, enriching people's lives and understanding through engagement with science of local, national and global relevance. Since 1969, the Ontario Science Centre has welcomed over 45 million visitors, with an interactive approach that was the model for Science Centres around the world. It is the public centre for innovative thinking and provocative dialogue in science and technology, aiming to inspire a lifelong journey of curiosity, discovery and action to create a better future for the planet.

The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Please visit us at Ontariosciencecentre.ca. www.Facebook.com/OntarioScienceCentre. Twitter: @OntScienceCtr. YouTube: www.YouTube.com/user/OntarioScienceCentre. ***

Backgrounder *** Weston Family Innovation Centre unveils more than 12 new interactive experiences The Ontario Science Centre unveils exciting additions to the Weston Family Innovation Centre with more than 12 new interactive experiences designed to encourage visitors to experiment, collaborate and be creative. New exhibits in the Weston Family Innovation Centre include: "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN FLY?" explores aerodynamics from the point of view of "the child in all of us" who thought we could fly by simply flapping our arms. Visitors put on a pair of wings and flap their arms as a sensor records the flaps per minute. They learn about aerodynamics including how long their wings would need to be, and how fast they would need to flap, to achieve flight with their body weight. "TELL TALE HEART", where up to four participants are invited to place their hands on one of several sensors that read their heartbeat. Their collective heartbeats will affect the behaviour – sounds, lights and more – of the 12-foot (3.7-metre) tall sculpture. "MAKING FACES", inspired by Ontario Science Centre Science School students, this exhibit invites visitors to create a face using their own picture plus facial features from many different contributors. Participants add video clips to their own faces making up a new and sometimes bizarre image. "3D EVOLUTION" showcases how 3D technology has evolved from stereoscopes to 3D glasses and contemporary 3D screens that can be viewed without glasses.

Visitors will learn how their brain perceives 3D and experience some illusions that capitalize on this science. "SPEECH SYNTHESIS" allows a participant to try out new voice synthesis software by typing in a sentence and listening to it read back with five different "accents" helping people to understand that different languages pronounce the same grouping of letters or phonemes differently. Visitors can see how sophisticated voice synthesis has become by comparing the software to the restored, iconic "Coffee Machine" from the 1970s. "FRICTION ZONE" has participants experimenting with kinetic friction as they send sliders down ramps with different surfaces. Which ramp is slowest… or fastest? What happens when you change your slider material? "OLD-FASHIONED VOTING BOOTH" is a New York State voting booth circa the 1960s that has been adapted to poll participants about various topics including their favourite ice cream flavour. Clear Plexiglas has been installed on the back of the booth to show how it works with a series of manual counters. "FERROFLUID HEDGEHOG" gives visitors a chance to explore this remarkable and intriguing material that moves in response to magnets. Watch as this viscous fluid forms a mini "hedgehog" when placed near a magnetic field. "MATERIALS PLAYGROUND" allows visitors to test and explore the properties of materials that often inspire the creation of something new. "WHAT DOES THE WORLD HAVE TO OFFER?" invites visitors to interact with a series of lowtech, grassroots innovations that were driven by the basic human needs of food, water, shelter and energy. From riding a stationary bike to generate electricity, to comparing ingenious devices for transporting water, visitors will experience the efforts others go to for their own sustainability and survival. "NITINOL GARDEN" that demonstrates the properties of shape memory on this unique metal alloy. Visitors will see a shoe stomp on "blades of nitinol grass" deforming their shape; however, the blades jump back to attention when exposed to heat from a hair dryer. "TOUCH TABLE" invites viewers to quite literally look at materials through new eyes using a proscope to magnify images by 30 times. The Weston Family Innovation Centre, including the 12 new experiences, was developed, designed and fabricated on-site by Ontario Science Centre staff. All are included with a general admission ticket. For hours and prices visit www.ontariosciencecentre.ca. The Weston Family Innovation Centre was named in recognition of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation's $15 million lead gift to the Ontario Science Centre's Agents of Change Initiative, and to honour the Foundation's support and commitment to education.

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High hotel charges hinder promoting Sri Lanka – UK Travel agent

Posted on 24 August 2015 by admin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel personality based in Britain, Nissther Annis of Lanka Travel and Tours says high priced hotel charges in Sri Lanka is a big hindrance to promote UK and other European tourists into Sri Lanka.

“Sri Lankan hotel prices are very high and over priced when compared to other markets like the Maldives and Thailand in the region. This has resulted in difficulty in promoting British and other European tourists into the country,” Annis told the Daily News Business.

He said at one time British tourist arrivals topped the list and with the high hotel charges this number is declining.The new government should take some remedial steps to bring down hotel charges in a sustainable manner,he said.

Annis said that in other countries hotel charges are below US$ 100 per night, while in Sri Lanka hotel charges are more than US$ 100, which is more expensive that hinders promoting UK and European tourists into the country.

Annis has been involved in developing marketing initiatives as well as supporting the Sri Lanka Tourist Board and various other organisations in promoting the Sri Lanka for more than four decades is now trying his best to host the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) conference in 2016.

“This is a prestigious global event for all top travel agents and other stakeholders in the sector. We in the tourism can contribute to help to achieve the dream of hosting ITT annual conference thus sending signals to the international community that Sri Lanka is a best country for tourism,” he said.

“Sri Lanka, as a relatively unexplored destination in the past 30 years could attract curious travellers, balancing the equation. Further, the increasing spending power of the Chinese could tilt the scales in favour of Sri Lanka, creating job opportunities in the services sector targeting China, especially with linguists,” Annis said.

Annis also said that Sri Lanka is having a excellent health service. This could be promoted for medical tourism, among British and European tourists beyond promoting traditional attractions like beaches, he said.

 

 

 

 

 

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Three Cabinet Ministers take oath – Foreign Affairs, Justice and Rehabilitation

Posted on 24 August 2015 by admin

Three Cabinet Ministers took oath before the President a short while ago. Mangala Samaraweera took oath as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as Minister of Justice and D. M. Swaminathan as Minister of Rehabilitation.

The swearing-in ceremony of the other Ministers will likely be held tomorrow (25), a source said. The oath ceremony will be held before President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe at the President Secretariat Office.

The source added that several top ministerial portfolios of the previous government have been reshuffled.

The Government has announced that it is ready to form a National Government with the opposition. On August 20, the Central Committee of the SLFP appointed two committees to formulate a MoU in its bid to form the National Government with the ruling party.


COLOMBO: The visit of Nisha Biswal, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia on Tuesday to discuss the UN Human Rights Commissioner’s report on war crimes in Sri Lanka, has hastened the swearing-in of Mangala Samaraweera as Foreign Minister; Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as Justice Minister; and D.M.Swaminathan as Resettlement Minister. The trio were inducted by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday.

Though the results of the parliamentary elections came out on August 19, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in immediately, the full Council of Ministers is yet to be formed. The delay is due to a conflict between the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) and the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), on how many ministerial berths each should get in the proposed “National Government.”

The conflict stems from the fact that the gap between the winner and runner up is narrow. In the 225-seat parliament, the UNFGG has 106 and the UPFA 95. Though the UNFGG has more, it does not enjoy majority. The UPFA is using this to drive a hard bargain.

But since US Assistant Secretary of State Biswal is coming to discuss the UN’s war crimes report, which is to be handed over to the Lankan President this week, it was decided to swear-in the Foreign, Justice and Resettlement ministers at least.

The US, which wants to help the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government face the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the war crimes issue, is prodding it to set up the promised “credible” domestic mechanism to probe war crimes charges. At the March session of the UNHRC, Colombo promised to set it up before the September session. But it was not set up on the plea that parliamentary elections had to be won first. Since the government has won the elections, Biswal will demand delivery on the promise.

The government will try to show Biswal that it has been addressing the war victims’ grievances by beginning to give back 2000 acres of land seized by the military and demilitarizing the former war zone.

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Obituaries: August 24 (Monday)

Posted on 24 August 2015 by admin

ARUDPIRAGASAM – SIVAMBIGAI – Beloved wife of S. Arudpiragasam, (formerly of University of Peradeniya and University of Jaffna Registrar’s Div.), daughter of late Mr & Mrs P. Velaiuthapillai of Ampitiya, loving mother of Arudkumar (Canada), Jeyadeepan (Canada, ex. BOC), Pradeepan (Canada), mother-in-law of Sivananthi, Nilani and Lahi, grandmother of Arthy, Ashwin, Jivin, Privin, Kevin and Jivitha, sister of Rajandran (Rtd Bank of Ceylon), expired on 22.08.2015. Remains will lie at Mt.Lavinia Mahinda Funeral Parlour on 24th Monday from 09.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and cremation will take place at Mount Lavinia Crematorium by 1.15 p.m. C 1/2, Kindewatte Flats, Kalubowila. 0773114478.128880

GOVINDASAMYPILLAI RAMASAMY passed away peacefully on August 23, 2015. Beloved husband Indrani, loving father of Ramanan and Anuragavan, loving father-in-law of Priyadharshini and Nirlojani and loving grandfather of Gopesh Govind, Swaarthishree, Kavinesh Govind, Shruthi Meenakshi and Arjunesh Govind. Funeral rituals will begin at 3.00 p.m. at 48/5, Dharmarama Road, Col-06 on August 24, 2015 followed by the cremation at Borella Hindu Cemetery. Family and friends please accept this notice. – Anuragavan (Son). 0717321113. 128882

GUNAWARDENA – SOMA (nee ABEYSINGHE) – Beloved wife of the late Siri Gunawardena, loving mother of Channa (Agaya Holdings) and Lalith (USA), mother-in-law of Sharmali (J.V. Gokal) and Shiranthi (USA), darling grandmother of Navindee, Samadhi and Nevin (USA), expired. Cortege leaves 7/4, 6th Lane, Pagoda Road, Nugegoda on Tuesday 25th August, 2015 at 3.00 p.m. for cremation at General Cemetery, Borella at 4.00 p.m. 128886

HERATHGE – NOEL – At rest with the Lord. Loving husband of Gwen, father of Dilrukshi (Australia) and Dilanthi, father-in-law of Rohana, Dissanayake (David Peiris Motor Colombo Ltd.), loving grandfather of Shehani (Australia), Chiara (St. Bridget’s Convent) and Yevin (St. Joseph’s College), loving brother of Gertie Wickremaratne, Veronica, (late) Neville, (late) Gemunu, Tissa and Sujatha, brother-in-law of Wijaya Wickremaratne, Lakshmi, Nihal de Livera, and Elvin de Joodt. Cortege leaves residence No. 21, Nagastenne Road, Kandy on Monday 24th August at 3.00 p.m. for cremation at Mahiyawa General Cemetery at 4.00 p.m. 128881

NANAYAKKARA – MISS MARIAN JOSEPHIN – Loving daughter of late K.D. Joseph & Bietrice Nanayakkara, sister of Ranjan, Dilani & Priyanthi, sister-in-law of Lalitha Madiwela, Raja Samarathunga & Bernard Perera, expired. Cortege leaves residence No. 10, 1st Lane, Palliyawatta, Hendala, Wattala at 4.00 p.m. on Monday 24th of August. Service & burial at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Palliyawatta. 128879

SIDDHISENA – PREMACHANDRA – Beloved husband of Prinzie Siddhisena (nee Udugampola), loving father of Inakshi, Siddhisena, brother of K.A.D. Siddhisena, Prof. K.A.P. Siddhisena, late Chithrani Siddhisena, father-in-law of Athula Ranasinghe, grandfather of Manila Ranasinghe. The remains will lie at Jayaratna Funeral Parlour, Borella from 6.00 p.m. on Sunday the 23rd of August until 2.15 p.m. on Monday the 24th of August 2015. Cremation at General Cemetery Borella at 3.00 p.m. 128885

WIJESEKERA – SOMA – Retired Senior Staff Sister National Hospital Colombo, widow of G.D.P. Wijesekera, former proprietor Bristol Tailors, mother of Chaandana, Managing Director – Bristol Tailors, loving grandmother of Deshan, Anantaya Resort and Spa, Eshani, Student Raffles Higher Education, passed away. Cremation at Godigamuwa Cemetery on Monday at 6.00 p.m. Cortege leaves residence 50, Waraketiya Road, Maharagama at 5.00 p.m. 128883.

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India beat Sri Lanka in 2nd Test

Posted on 24 August 2015 by admin

NEW DELHI: While India succumbed to Rangana Herath's spin at Galle, here in Colombo it was Sri Lanka's turn to fall prey to a similar collapse. Leading the way was Ravichandran Ashwin, whose 12th five-wicket-haul hampered Sri Lanka's ambitions of escaping the Colombo Test with a draw and gave India a big 278-run win to level the three-match series 1-1.

India beat Sri Lanka by 278 runs in the second Test in Colombo to deny Kumar Sangakkara victory in his final game before his international retirement. Chasing an unlikely 413 to win, and beginning the fifth day on 72-2, the hosts collapsed to 134 all out. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 5-42 and leg-spinner Amit Mishra 3-29, while Dimuth Karunaratne made 46.

India's victory levels the three-match series at 1-1, with the two teams meeting again in Colombo on Friday.

Sangakkara, 37, was dismissed for 18 on the fourth evening at the P Sara Oval, leaving him with 12,400 Test runs at an average of 57.40. He retires as Sri Lanka's highest run-scorer, and the fifth highest overall in Test history.

Ashwin's 5 for 42 helped India pick up eight wickets for 62 runs in the morning session. His efforts were backed by Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra, who also chipped away with wickets. India could have wind things up before lunch, but a brief spell of rain, barely 10 minutes before lunch, delayed them the win. Thereafter, Amit Mishra took seven balls before Sri Lanka were shot out for 134.

With this win, Virat Kohli has opened his account as India's Test captain. It's also their first since Lord's 2014.

There was to be no fairytale ending to Kumar Sangakkara's international career. India were easily the superior side – their batsmen putting up a total above 300 in both the innings, backed equally well by the bowlers in the second. The highest fourth-innings total at the P Sara Oval is 352, and Sri Lanka, resuming on 72 for 2 on the final day, required a monumental effort from their skipper and first-innings centurion Angelo Mathews to carry forward the good work. But a nick induced by Umesh off the first delivery thwarted any such hopes.

One would have to imagine that the first ball set the tone for the remainder of the day. Kohli's decision of handing the ball to Umesh was a wonderful move – after all, he had troubled Mathews in the first innings once the ball had started to reverse. His dismissal triggered a collapse of sorts as the next six batsmen went inside 20 overs, and with Mishra and Ishant snaring Dinesh Chandimal and Jehan Mubarak, the platform was set for Ashwin's offspin to wrap up the proceedings.

This was Ashwin's second five-wicket-haul against Sri Lanka. The amount of turn Mishra generated with the dismissal of Chandimal – bowled around his legs, immediately prompted Kohli to turn to his leading spinner. Ashwin first removed Thirimanne thanks to a sharp catch from substitute fielder Cheteshwar Pujara at forward short-leg, and later got the better of Dhammika Prasad and Dimuth Karunaratne.

For Sri Lanka, only Karunaratne provided little resistance with 46. Expectedly, he was once again troubled by Ashwin, but knew he had to get a move on with wickets falling at the other end. With a four each off Ishant and Ashwin, he succeeded to a certain extent before misreading an arm ball from Ashwin that bowled him off his pads.

Mishra then picked up the bones with a couple of googlies that foxed Tharindu Kaushal and Dushmantha Chameera – Sri Lanka's last two batsmen – an over each before and after lunch.

Brief Score:

Second Test, Colombo (P Sara Oval), day five:

India 393 & 325-8 dec: Rahane 126, Prasad 4-43

Sri Lanka 306 & 134: Karunaratne 46, Ashwin 5-42

India won by 278 runs

 

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Kumar Sangakkara’s farewell speech

Posted on 24 August 2015 by admin

Your excellency, the President of Sri Lanka, the honourable Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, all the well wishers and the invitees, fans, all my friends, my family – who are all here, which is a rare occasion that all of us are together – Virat Kohli and the Indian team, Angelo and my team, I have got so many people to thank here.

I will start off with my school – Trinity College, Kandy. Trinity College gave me a fantastic ground there in Kandy. It was an amazing school to go to. I owe a lot of who I am today to the grounding and foundation I got there. To all my coaches – I had so many because my father used to take me to so many coaches when I was young – a big thank you.

To all my past captains, to Sri Lanka Cricket, to all my team-mates, thank you very much for everything that you've done for me. The support that I received, the inspiration, the drive and the commitment you have shown, not just to the game but also to each other and to me, I value all very, very highly. I am going to miss all that chat we had in the dressing room.

To Charlie and Suthami Austin, thank you very much for managing me. You've become much more than managing, you've become family. I know I haven't thanked you enough in the past but today I'd like to say a huge thank you to Charlie and Suthami for being friends and being my managers and most of all for making me the godfather of your beautiful children.

I didn't have to look far for inspiration (gets emotional). My parents are here. I didn't have to look far. I had amazing siblings. I am blessed with a wonderful family. I was blessed to be born as your children. When I look up at the box, people that I've known for 30 years, friends, family, everyone is here and to see that they love me is great and it will be my greatest achievement.

Lot of people ask me who inspired me and I always say I didn't have to look far for inspiration. I am sorry I don't want to embarrass you too much, but I didn't have to look far from my home for inspiration because I have the most amazing parents that anyone could wish for.

I had amazing siblings and all the support, the love that they showed over the years, whether I played cricket or not, whether I did well or not, the only place I could go and feel safe was home and thank you 'amma' (mother) and 'apachchi' (father). Thank you.

It's been one of the most special privileges of my life to play in front of the Sri Lankan people and Sri Lankan fans. I'm especially thankful to your love and support. My innings has ended. I won't play international cricket again. But I'll come with you Khettarama, to Galle, to Tamil Union, and to SSC to watch the young cricketers play.

To Virat and his team, thank you most of all for the wonderful cricket that you've played. I can't ask for anything more than tough cricket when I'm leaving and you guys over the years have been our toughest opponents.

We've planned to beat you, we have at times and at other times we have failed, but thank you so much for putting in that effort. It doesn't matter whether we lost today, we will try to beat you again in the next game, but thank you for the toughness, thank you for giving no quarter, and thank you for really making it a privilege of mine to play against you.

And to Angelo and the team… Angie you've got an amazing team, you've got an amazing future and I just hope you will work hard and enjoy this sport, this sport we only play for a short times. It comes and goes, but don't be afraid. Take pride in what you do, don't be afraid to lose when you are searching for a win, and keep Sri Lanka and the flag flying high.

Thank you.


Kumar Sangakkara officially ended his career as an international cricketer to rapturous applause from fans, family and well-wishers on Monday. The cheer was led by Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, who offered the iconic cricketer the post of Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to United Kingdom.

In a special ceremony to bid Sangakkara farewell after India won the second Test to level the three-Test series 1-1, Sirisena hailed the cricketer's contribution both on and off the field.

"He has been a great face for our country and it gives me immense pleasure in offering him the post of High Commissioner to the UK," President Sirisena said.

The words were received by thousands of fans around P Sara Oval with great enthusiasm. Sangakkara – ever the gentleman though – smiled his gratitude without taking an immediate call on the offer. Sangakkara has played for English County Surrey this season.

The Sri Lankan President though was hardly the only one hailing the veteran player who featured in 134 Tests and 404 ODIs.

The long list of dignitaries included Sri Lanka's World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar – apart from Sangakkara's family and other noted figures.

Gavaskar – being the only Indian on the podium – took it upon himself to congratulate Sangakkara and thank him for his key role in international cricket.

"It has been a great pleasure watching you play all these years and I truly wish you the best for the future. On a light note, I also extend an invitation to join us in the former cricketer's club," said Gavaskar, much to the loud and youthful amusement of Sangakkara.

Virat Kohli – on behalf of the Indian team – presented a signed jersey and congratulated him for an excellent career.

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All-Ceylon & Havelocks Rugby Star Shelley Blake laid to rest in Toronto

Posted on 23 August 2015 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, The Times of Sri Lanka.

Shelley Blake inMalcolm Shelley Blake was laid to rest recently in Toronto. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at Seven Oaks Nursing Home in Toronto with family by his side. Shelley was the loving husband to Pamela, beloved father of Wendy and Steve and his wife Nanette. Dear Pappa to Sean, Aaron, Nicholas and Stewart. Dear brother to Willie, Maureen, James (Jumbo), Jean, Estelle and June and brother-in-law of Yvonne Blake, Joe Mustachi, Paddy Blake, Carlyle Balmond, Tim Horshington and Reggie Perera. He will be missed by his large coterie of relatives and friends. Visitation was held at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave. E., on Saturday, February 21. Funeral Service was held at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 410 Goldhawk Trail (off Alton Towers Cir.), on Sunday, February 22. The family requested donations to Parkinson Society Canada in lieu of flowers. Shelly and his wife Pamela along with their two children Wendy and Steve immigrated to Canada in 1972 and lived in Toronto.

Shelley Blake is a product of Trinity College and St. Peter's College. The story goes that Herbert Vitachchi – Peterite Coach discovered Shelley when he idly kicked the ball back from the safe side of the ropes. Given three kicks at goal, Vitachchi pronounced, "Come tomorrow for rugger practice."

He was an instant success and played rugger for his alma mater St. Peter’s College from 1949 – 1951, under Ken Ariyaraja, A.W.H. Perera (former Sri Lanka Navy Commander) and Ago Paiva respectively.  On leaving school, Shelley was quickly recruited into the Havelocks Sports Club team and played from 1952 – 1958, captaining the club in his final year. He also played as full back for the All Ceylon Team in 1954. Other fullbacks during this period were some big names such as Trevor Anghie, John Arenhold, Malcolm Wright and Ananda Bandaranayaka (Trinity & Up-Country).

Shelley's other sports achievements were in boxing although he dabbled a bit in athletics, soccer and hockey for his employers, Shell Company. In his first year in 1949 he won his weight in the Stubbs Shield Meet but in the other two years he had to concede victory to Allan Henricus of Royal even though he was adjudged the best loser in one meet.

In the Mercantile Championships of the 1950s, he turned out for the champion Shell Team which was captained by Sharm de Alwis and helped Shell to win the trophy at all the athletic meets. Shell produced the champion in every weight category at all the Mercantile Championship Meets.

Shelley Blake learned the rudiments of Boxing under Henry Young of the Straight Left Boxing Club. It will be remembered that Jockey Young was a fine pugilist at Trinity, winning his Lion before, together with Archibald Perera and Claire Roeloeffsz, left the hill country school to turn tables on Trinity at only the third occasion the two schools meet at rugger and SPC was to continue the winning streak for an additional four years even though Trinity had in their ranks such redoubtable players as Rex Breckenridge, O. L. Izadeen, William Molegoda, V. K. Vellayan, Sammy David, Hubert Ratwatte, E. Dodanwela, Duncan Reith, Percy Madugalle, T. B. Marambe, Duncan White, Douglas Aluvihare, Denham de Alwis, S. B. Dissanayake and H. V. P. Samarasekera amongst others.

Being the natural athlete, Shelley Blake also represented with distinction the leading sports orientated firm, Shell in Hockey, Athletics and Soccer.

May his soul rest in peace!

 

 

 

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Obituaries: August 23 (Sunday)

Posted on 22 August 2015 by admin

ABRAHAM – JANET. Beloved wife of late Victor Charles Abraham, loving mother of Philomena, late Ignatious, Florance and Carmel, loving mother-in-law of late Edward, Ann, late Ben and Anton, loving grandmother of Shivanthi and Raj, Nirmala, Sanjini, Subashini and Thivi, Cherill, Jonathan and Jennifer, Oswin and Marjanne, Frank, loving great grandmother of Aaron, Teresh, Daniel, Antony, Oliver, Samuel and Isabella, expired. Cortege leaves residence 25/25, Maradana Road, Hendala, Wattala Sunday 23rd August (Today) at 3.30 p.m. for burial at Roman Catholic Cemetery, Nayakakanda, Hendala. 128877

AMERESEKERE – IDELLARUKMINI – Loving daughter of late Eric & Elsa Ameresekere, sister of late Susantha (ASA) Ameresekere, (retired Chief Inspector of Police), sister-in-law of late Rita Ameresekere, beloved aunt of Marion Ameresekere (UK), Melanie & Mohan Bibile (Sri Lanka), Angela & Dinesh Renganathan (UAE) and late Sisira Ameresekere, grandaunt of Shiamalee & Malanie (UK), Niranjan & Nilushini (Sri Lanka), Kavi (UAE) and Niki (Australia), passed away on 8th August 2015 in Boston, Massachussets, USA. The family intends having a memorial Service; details of which will follow shortly. 126647

BANDARA – CAPT. RITCHIE. Loving husband of Bertha, father of Jerome & Jayanthi, Roy & Angela and Bhadra & late Samantha. Cortege leaves No. 78/8, Munasinghe Lane, off Vidharshana Mawatha, Galawilawatte, Homagama on Sunday 23rd August at 4.00 p.m,. for Cremation at Homagama Cemetery at 5.00 p.m. 128874

DE SILVA – ASOKA LAKSHMAN. Dearly beloved husband of Fawzia, father of Palitha, Kavantissa, Sanjaya, Avanthi, Tamara and Tanya. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour. Cortege leaves the parlour on Sunday 23rd August at 9.30 a.m. for Cremation at General Cemetery, Borella at 10.00 a.m. 128875

GUNASEKERA KAMALAWATHI – Beloved wife of late Manual Gunasekera, loving mother of late Dr Mervyn Gunasekera, Beatrice, Gamini (Union Chemicals Lanka PLC) and Samanthi (UK), expired. Cremation on Sunday 23rd August 2015 at Ihala Bomiriya Cemetery at 6.00 p.m. No. 187, Dahampasal Mawatha, Pahala Bomiriya, Kaduwela. 128546

HERATHGE – NOEL. At rest with the Lord. Loving husband of Gwen, father of Dilrukshi (Australia) and Dilanthi, father-in-law of Rohana Dissanayake (David Pieris Motor Company Ltd.,), loving grandfather of Shehani (Australia), Chiara (St. Bridget’s Convent) and Yevin (St. Joseph’s College), loving brother of Gertie Wickremaratne, Veronica, (late) Neville, (late) Gemunu, Tissa and Sujatha, brother-in-law of Wijaya Wickremaratne, Lakshmi, Nihal de Livera and Elwin de Joodt. Cortege leaves residence No. 21, Nagastenne Road, Kandy on Monday 24th August at 3.00 p.m. for Cremation at Mahaiyawa General Cemetery at 4.00 p.m. Dilanthi. 128876

KINGSLEY – MRS VICTORIA MARGARET (nee RAJAMANI) – beloved wife of Kingsley Durairaj, loving mother of Pradeep, Preneetha and Melvin, mother-in-law of Smriti (Mithu), Aroshanie, sister of Rajendram, late Chelliah, Rajaiah, Rajamma Pandian, Thiyagaraja, Yogendram, Gnanasekeram, grandmother of Camryn, Calvin, Michael and Mark. The remains will lie at Barney Raymonds Funeral Parlour, Borella from 10.00 a.m. Saturday, the 22nd of August until 3.00 p.m. on Sunday the 23rd of August. Funeral Service at Christ Church, Kotte at 3.30 p.m. and burial thereafter. 128754

MADDUMA BANDARA SIRISANGABO BEDDEWELA (AGBO) – brother of late Raja Beddewela, Iranganie Fernando (New – Zealand) and Sriya Gunewardene (Byrde Place, Colombo 6), passed away peacefully. Cremation was held on 15th August 2015 at Thalahena Cemetery. Telephone + 6442326033, (New Zealand), +94 11 2812514 (Colombo).128823

MANIKKAWASAGAN – PAT (Selvam) (Ex Bank of Ceylon) loving brother of Emily, Victor, Hilda, Josephine and Faith (all deceased) and of Noel Manikkawasagan (EX Suby Tea now UK), brother-in-law of late Thambiratnam, Chandra (Canada), late Kirubai Mills, Varnan (retd. Station Master), late Viji Buell and Shanthi (UK), passed away peacefully. Remains will lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from 11.00 am. on Tuesday 25th August. Service at 3.00 p.m. Thereafter for burial at General Cemetery Kanatte at 4.00 p.m. (Anglican Section). “Braemar”, 966, Sri Jayanthi Mawatha, off Hunupitiya Station Road, Wattala. 128435

SAMARAKOON – EGODAHAGE JAYARATNE ALWIS – Beloved husband of Sisira Kammanankada (Retired Vice Principal), loving father of Hasanthie + late Jayantha Alles, Ruwani + Wasantha Yapa Abeywardena, Sajith + Dilani Gamage, grandfather of Sandani, Minindu, Devmini, Hiruni, Ryan and Melani, expired. Cremation at General Cemetery, Borella on Sunday 23rd at 11.00 a.m. Cortege leaves residence No. 85/4A, Neralu Uyana, Pannipitiya Road, Battaramulla at 10.00 a.m.128470

SENADEERA – MALINI – Beloved wife of late Thomas Senadeera, loving mother of Dr Vijitha (Australia), Asoka, Thamara, Saman, Palitha, Kapila and Kumari, mother-in-law of Ramani (Australia), Sarath, Tissa (MD – Naturub Group of Companies), Hemalika, Priyadharshani, Priyanthi & Renuka, loving grandmother of Manisha, Madushi, Madura, Anjana, Lankika, Chamara, Yasith, Dasuni, Saduni, Tharuka & Chamudhi, Banuka, Chamidu, Githmi & Dulith, expired. Remains lie at No. 55, Cyril Janz Mawatha, Panadura. Cremation at Minuwanpitiya Cemetery on 23rd August 2015 at 3.00 p.m. Tel. 038-2232870. 128477

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Obituaries: August 22 (Sat)

Posted on 21 August 2015 by admin

BANDARA – CAPT. RITCHIE – Loving husband of Bertha, father of Jerome & Jayanthi, Roy & Angela and Bhadra & late Samantha. Cortege leaves No. 78/8, Munasinghe Lane, off Vidharshana Mawatha, Galawilawatte, Homagama on Sunday 23rd August at 4 p.m. for Cremation at Homagama Cemetery at 5 p.m. 128777

DIAS – MRS DAWN CECELIA (nee VANDENBOSCH) The death occurred on Wednesday August 19th. Dearly beloved wife of Nihal Dias, loving mother of Keith Dias, Asitha Dias & Sheryl Dias. Remains lie at residence No.17/1, 1st Lane, Welisara, Ragama (next to Peoples Hospital Lane). Burial at Galudupita Welisara – Mahabage Roman Catholic Cemetery at 3.30 p.m. on (Saturday) 22nd Aug. Contact No. 0777150379 / 0727360379. 126642

FERNANDO – NELSON PETER (BUNTY) – Husband of late Luckshmi, son of Peter and Ginige Sophaya Fernando, brother of Kusuma and David (all deceased) of “Kusum Sal”, De Silva Road, Panadura. Son-in-law of late Godwin and Milicent Sophia Ediriweera, brother-in-law of late Francis De Silva, late Chandra Fernando, Dr Gamini & Rukmal Ediriweera and Nisanka & Shanthi Ediriweera (all in New Zealand), uncle of Dusmantha, Thilopriya, Buddhika (all in Canada), Yoshi, Kamalini, Savi, Menaka, Rukshani, Eshanka, Manoj (all in New Zealand), passed away peacefully at age of 89 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. The Funeral took place in New Plymouth, New Zealand. 12864 1

GUNASEKERA KAMALAWATHI – Beloved wife of late Manual Gunasekera, loving mother of late Dr Mervyn Gunasekera, Beatrice, Gamini (Union Chemicals Lanka PLC) and Samanthi (UK), expired. Cremation on Sunday 23rd August 2015 at Ihala Bomiriya Cemetery at 6.00 p.m. No. 187, Dahampasal Mawatha, Pahala Bomiriya, Kaduwela. 128549|

JAYATILLEKE – CHARMAINE (nee MENDIS) Safe in the Arms of Jesus. Beloved wife of late Quentin, precious mother of Roshan, Romaine and Roshani, mother-in-law of Kanchana, Ian Ferdinands and Godfrey Yogarajah, grandmother of Shawn, Shenal, Daniel and Sonali sister of the late Aubrey Mendis, sister-in-law of late Dorothy, late Mary, Gene, Gerry, Cloti and Joe. Cortege leaves residence 598/1, Nawala Road, Rajagiriya at 3.45 p.m. on Saturday 22nd August 2015 for Burial at the General Cemetery Borella (Christian Section). 128421

LYNETTE PAIVA (nee GOMEZ) – At Rest with Jesus, beloved wife of Cletus, daughter of late Delly and Magdalene Gomez and daughter-in-law of late Joe and Regina Paiva, loving sister of Melani, Brian, Elaine and Leoni, sister-in-law of Ranjan, Chandrika, Renga, late Shirley, Jerry, Goretti and Tyronne. Remains will lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour on Friday 21st August from 1.00 p.m. onwards. Cortege leaves the Parlour on Saturday 22nd August at 10.00 a.m. Burial at the General Cemetery, Kanatte (R.C. Section). 128419

KINGSLEY – MRS VICTORIA MARGARET (nee RAJAMANI) – beloved wife of Kingsley Durairaj, loving mother of Pradeep, Preneetha and Melvin, mother-in-law of Smriti (Mithu), Aroshanie, sister of Rajendram, late Chelliah, Rajaiah, Rajamma Pandian, Thiyagaraja, Yogendram, Gnanasekeram, grandmother of Camryn, Calvin, Michael and Mark. The remains will lie at Barney Raymonds Funeral Parlour, Borella from 10.00 a.m. Saturday, the 22nd of August until 3.00 p.m. on Sunday the 23rd of August. Funeral Service at Christ Church, Kotte at 3.30 p.m. and burial thereafter. 128753

MANIKKAWASAGAN – PAT (Selvam) (Ex Bank of Ceylon) loving brother of Emily, Victor, Hilda, Josephine and Faith (all deceased) and of Noel Manikkawasagan (EX Suby Tea now UK), brother-in-law of late Thambiratnam, Chandra (Canada), late Kirubai Mills, Varnan (retd. Station Master), late Viji Buell and Shanthi (UK), passed away peacefully. Remains will lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from 11.0 am. on Tuesday 25th August. Service at 3.00 p.m. Thereafter for burial at General Cemetery Kanatte at 4.00 p.m. (Anglican Section). “Braemar”, 966, Sri Jayanthi Mawatha, off Hunupitiya Station Road, Wattala. 128426

PERERA SRIYANI – Deputy Principal Janadhipathi Balika Vidyalaya Nawala, Daughter of late Dr and Mrs Pabilis Perera, Sister of Ravindra, Ajantha and Renuka, sister-in-law of Neranjana and Champika, expired. Remains lie at 75/18, Galpotta Road, Nawala, Rajagiriya till 12 noon on Saturday 22 August and will be taken to Janadhipathi Balika Vidyalaya at 1 pm. Cremation at 5 p.m. on 22 August at Nawala Public Cemetery. 127554

SAMARAKOON – EGODAHAGE JAYARATNE ALWIS – Beloved husband of Sisira Kammanankada (Retired Vice Principal), loving father of Hasanthie + late Jayantha Alles, Ruwani + Wasantha Yapa Abeywardena, Sajith + Dilani Gamage, grandfather of Sandani, Minindu, Devmini, Hiruni, Ryan and Melani, expired. Cremation at General Cemetery, Borella on Sunday 23rd at 11.00 a.m. Cortege leaves residence No. 85/4A, Neralu Uyana, Pannipitiya Road, Battaramulla at 10.00 a.m. 128467

SENADEERA – MALINI – Beloved wife of late Thomas Senadeera, loving mother of Dr Vijitha (Australia), Asoka, Thamara, Saman, Palitha, Kapila and Kumari, mother-in-law of Ramani (Australia), Sarath, Tissa (MD – Naturub Group of Companies), Hemalika, Priyadharshani, Priyanthi & Renuka, loving grandmother of Manisha, Madushi, Madura, Anjana, Lankika, Chamara, Yasith, Dasuni, Saduni, Tharuka & Chamudhi, Banuka, Chamidu, Githmi & Dulith, expired. Remains lie at No. 55, Cyril Janz Mawatha, Panadura. Cremation at Minuwanpitiya Cemetery on 23rd August 2015 at 3.00 p.m. Tel. 038-2232870. 128474

SPEERING – FRANCIS MURPHY TORRINGTON (Retired – DIM Railway). Dearly beloved husband of Carmen, loving father of Clifford, Arlene, Aloma, late Shervin and Sheron (Pretty), loving father-in-law of Bernard, Priyanthi Roger and late Jenny, everloving grandfather of Trishan, Shamika and Chinthaka, Michelle and Arun Shehan and Avril, Hashane, Tania, Sohan, Sonali and Natasha, great-grandfather of Amie and Aiden. Cortege leaves residence No. 114/41, Averiwatte Rd, Wattala (U.C. Quarters), 4.00 p.m. for burial at St. Anne’s Cemetery, Wattala. Saturday 22nd August 2015. 128145

SYLVA – THERESE. Beloved wife of late Addison Sylva, daughter of late Mr. & Mrs. Elaris & Agnes Perera Goonetileke, mother of Ravi, Sriyani, Manique, Lalani, Sharmalie, Indira, Jude, Amal, Rukmal, Mano & Nalaka, mother-in-law of Laksiri, late Ignatious, Bernard, Royle, late Ranjith, Srilal, Noelene, Radha, Prasanga, Kamini & Diluni, sister of late Marcus, Shirley, Neil, Iris & late Anton, sister-in-law of late Rita Perera, Chantal, Dorathy, late Dr. Basil, Manel, late Azelia, Sydney & Dunston, expired. Cortege leaves residence No. 56, Station Road, Wattala at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday 22nd August for burial at Wattala Roman Catholic Cemetery. 127552.

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2nd Test: India – 393; Sri Lanka – 140 for 3 at stumps on day-2

Posted on 21 August 2015 by admin

Second Test evenly poised

Kaushal  Silva driving the ball.  Picture by Saman Mendis

Sri Lanka were 140 for 3 in reply to India's 393 on the second day of the second Test at the P.Sara Oval yesterday.

Kumar Sanagakkara playing in his penultimate innings in Test cricket was out for 32 and Kaushal Silva struck a valiant 51, but skipper Angelo Mathews and his deputy Lahiru Thirimanne was unbeaten on 19 and 28 respectively at stumps on day two. Sangakkara survived some awkward moments starting shakily. Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav were at his throat. But once he got into his stride he started stroking the ball well. After the cheap dismissal of Dimuth Karunaratne , Sangakkara was accompanied in a brisk second wicket stand with Kaushal Silva in 110 minutes where 74 runs were added. Ashwin then broke the partnership as he has done in the previous two innings in the first Test in Galle inducing Sangakkara to push the turning ball into the slip region. Sangakkara had spent 110 minutes and had struck four boundaries and faced 87 deliveries. Kaushal Silva who was earlier reprieved at 14 off a caught behind off a Stuart Binny no-ball kept company with Thirimanne adding 39 runs. Kaushal Silva displayed good batsmanship. His 118 ball 51 contained four boundaries. With the score at 114 for 2 Kaushal Silva made the blunder of sweeping the leg spinner Amit Mishra and was caught at mid-wicket by Ravichandran Ashwin.z_p20-Second01.jpg

India continuing from their overnight 319 for 6 was anchored by a patient 56 by wicket keeper Wrddhiman Saha who was chiefly responsible in India getting to their final destination of 393. Saha who was unbeaten on 19 overnight while batting with Rohit Sharma, who was lbw to Mathews in the last over of the first day . With Rohit Sharma's dismissal India were pulled back a bit but the rest of the Indian batsmen rallied around the wicket keepr in the morning of the second day. Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandrn Ashwin walked in the morning but Ashwin did not last long when he drove one uppishly towards cover point and Kaushal Silva took the catch. Despite a heavy downpour around 9.am play began on time and Angelo Mathews kept on pacemen Dammika Prasad, Dushmantha Chameera and the captain himself for about an hour. The shower would have prompted Mathews to keep his fastmen in operation. Wriddhin Saha and Amith Mishra who came at the fall of Ashwin's wicket was building up the score. Both batted sensibly with a purpose of seeing the side reaching the 400 run mark and added 46 runs for the eight wicket. Saha had a slice of luck when once the ball bruised the stumps and bails did not dislodge and also some close calls for leg before wicket turned down. India batted the pre -lunch session adding 67 runs to their overnight score for the loss of the wickets of Ashwin and Amith Mishra bringing the total to 386 for 8.

In the first over after lunch Wriddiman Saha was lbw to Herath for 56 after facing 117 deliveries with six fours. Ishant Sharma too suffered the same fate Rangana Herath who earlier took the wickets of Kohli and Binny took 4 for 81 in his spell of 25 overs.

 

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