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4th ODI: Jason Roy’s stunning knock powers England to victory

Posted on 30 June 2016 by admin



England’s Jason roy celebrates reaching his century during play in the fourth one day International (odI) cricket match between England and Sri Lanka at The oval cricket ground in London on June 29, 2016.


Jason Roy fell five runs short of setting a new batting record but his superb 162 still helped England win the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka and take an unassailable 2-0 series lead on Wednesday.


Surrey’s South African-born opener took centre stage on his home county ground and hammered the second highest individual one-day score by an England batsman.


His fireworks lit up the gloomy, rain-filled South London skies to ensure England captured the series at The Oval.


His second hundred in three ODI games, 162 runs off 118 including 13 fours and three sixes, helped England clinch a six wicket win with overs to spare as they chased down their revised victory target of 308 with ease. 


And they clinched the series 2-0 with just one game left in Cardiff on Saturday.


It was England’s second highest successful one-day run chase – and they did it in 42 overs.


Sadly for Roy he fell just five runs short of overtaking the highest score by an England batsman with another Robin Smith’s 167 not out against Australia at Edgbaston in 1993 still holding firm.


He was bowled by Nuwan Pradeep with England in sight of the finishing line. Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler saw them home with 11 balls remaining.


At Edgbaston, Roy was accompanied by fellow opener Alex Hales who also made an unbeaten ton in that match.


But this time he was helped mainly by Joe Root, whose 65 showed a return to form for the Yorkshireman who had struggled recently and had gone six games with just one score over 11.


But if Root had his mojo back, Roy merely continued in the kind of vain which has made him one of the world’s most destructive and stylish one-day performers.


A back injury to Alex Hales during Sri Lanka’s innings of 305-5 off a reduced number of overs due to the rain meant Moeen Ali had to open with Roy instead. 


But Roy shrugged off the early loss of Ali, for just two, and the batsman cut and carved the Sri Lankan attack apart.


England raced out the blocks needing more than seven an over, and Roy ensured they were always up with the required rate the skies still dark and threatening to rain once more.


Root departed, a lazy top edged sweep saw him caught by Nuwan Pradeep off Danushka Gunathilaka, and his 149-run second wicket partnership with Roy came to a sad end.


Morgan looked well set until he was superbly caught by the diving Gunathilaka for 22 off Suranga Lakmal with England on 221.


Roy was joined by Jonny Bairstow and reached 150 but was kicking himself when he was bowled by Pradeep with England so close to the finishing line.


Earlier, Sri Lanka had produced their best batting display of the series so far with four men hitting half centuries.


The tourists recovered from losing opener Kusal Perera in the second over, run out by Jonny Bairstow for just a single, to give England’s attack the run around.


Morgan chose to field first and he may have been regretting it for a while as Gunathilake and Kusal Mendis put on 128 for the second wicket off just 111 balls. Mendis was struck 13 boundaries in his 77 while Gunathilaka was also aggressive with seven fours in his 62.


The persistent rain finally came down hard enough to force the players from the field for a two and a half hour delay with Sri Lanka on 127-1 from 18.1 overs at the time.


England fought back with Adil Rashid claiming the wickets of Mendis (77) and Gunathilaka (62) but England still had to deal with the in-form Chandimal (63) and his captain Angelo Matthews (67 not out) who picked up the gauntlet.and helped Sri Lanka amass 305-5 from 42 overs.


England’s target was revised up by just three runs but with Roy building up a full head of steam they cruised home comfortably.

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Inflation up to 6% in June

Posted on 30 June 2016 by admin

Inflation IISri Lanka’s inflation has increased to 6.0% in June from 4.8% in the previous month,the Census and Statistics (DCS)Department, the authorised agency to compile Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI) said yesterday.

Sri Lanka’s inflation is now at the highest since November 2013, based on the current revised index YoY inflation of Food Group has increased from 5.6% in May 2016 to 8.2% in June 2016 while Nonfood Group decreased by 4.2%to 4.0% during this period.

For the month of June 2016, on year to year basis, contribution to inflation by food commodities was 3.92%.

The contribution of Non food items was 2.09%. This was mainly due to value change increases in groups of ‘Clothing and Footwear’ (0.15%), ‘Furnishing HH Equipment’s andRoutine HH Maintenance’ (0.10%), ‘Health’ (0.68%), ‘Transport’ (0.46%), ‘Communication’ (0.41%), ‘Recreation and Culture’(0.06%), ‘Education’ (0.22%), ‘Miscellaneous Goods and Services’ (0.10%)while decrease in value change reported in the group of ‘Housing, Water,Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels’ (0.10%).

Increases in value change in index were reported for Rice (0.03%), Fresh Fish (0.35%), Dried Fish (0.02%), Chicken (0.01%), Potatoes (0.09%), Dhall (0.02%), Vegetable (1.02 %), Red Onions (0.06%), Green Chilies(0.35%), Sugar (0.06%), Chili Powder (0.30%), Coconut (0.19%) and value decreases were reported for Limes (0.04%), Banana (0.04%), Papaw (0.75%), Mangoes

(0.01%), Eggs(0.02%).

Among non food groups value increases were reported for group of ‘Housing,Water, Electricity, Gas and other fuels’ (0.05%), ‘Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routing Household Maintenance’(0.01%), ‘Communication’ (0.01%)and Miscellaneous Goods and Services (0.02%) while value decrease was reported for Clothing and Footwear (0.01%). In terms of ‘Housing, Water,Electricity, Gas and other fuels’ group, the amount of price increase has been mainly due to price increases of Maintenance and Repair of the Dwelling’s items such as Cement, Sand and Bricks.

According to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations, inflation rate in Sri Lanka is expected to be 5.30% by the end of this year. “Looking forward, we estimate Inflation Rate in Sri Lanka to stand at 4.50% in 12 months time.”


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Obituaries: July 1 (Friday)

Posted on 30 June 2016 by admin

GEEVARATNE – CHITHRA – (Retired Teacher) Hewavitharana Maha Vidyalaya, Rajagiriya). Former Lecturer National Institute of Education, Maharagama, dearly beloved wife of Mr. Shelton Geevaratne, (Ex-Ceylon Petroleum Corporation), loving mother of Harshana (Old Anandian presently in San Jose, California), Dr. Prabathie (Sri Jayawardenepura General Hospital), mother-in-law of Thushari (I.F.S. California), Dr. Sanjeewa (Police Hospital, Narahenpita), loving sister of Padma Ekanayaka (Retired Teacher Ananda College) & aunt of Deepthi Ekanayaka (old Anandian), much loved grandmother of Savidu, Vinidu, Onalie & Sachith, expired. Cremation at Borella Cemetery at 11.00 a.m. Saturday 2nd July. 32/8, Sapumal Place, Rajagiriya. 088106

GONSALVES – EMILY CELIA nee FERNANDO. Wife of late L. Gonsalves, daughter of late Mr & Mrs J.H.B. Fernando, loving mother and mother-in-law of Rabi & Indra, Aruna & Xavier, Suri & Shyama, Sushma & Mohan, grandmother of Navin & Chryshanthi, Vageesha & Andrew, Maheesha, Krishan & Shruthi, Shehan & Nishani, Surejh & Sanchu, Dinusha, Sharuk, great-grandmother of Nisheli, beloved sister of late Oliver, late Tommy, Hilda, Rita, Gertrude, Stanley, Stella, Asu, Wasi and Chandra, passed away. Cortege leaves residence 63, Paramananda Vihara Mawatha, Kotahena, Colombo-13 at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 1st for cremation at General Cemetery, Borella at 12 noon. 088865

ILLANGAKKOON – DAYA – Beloved wife of late Jayasekara Weerasinghe (WPJ), precious mother of Samantha and Nilmini, loving mother-in-law of Anne and Asoka, darling grandmother of Shenani and Piyumi, loving sister of late Ven. Horape Mahanaga Thero, late Dharmasena and Swarna, expired. Remains lie at No.40/18, Longdon Place, Colombo 07. Cortege leaves residence on Saturday, 02nd of July at 2.00 p.m. for cremation at the General Cemetery, Borella. 089247

JAYASURIYA – CLAUDIA HILDA, Ja-ela at rest with Jesus on 30th June 2016. Beloved wife of late Mr. Emmanuel Jayasuriya, loving mother of Lalith, Surangani, Priyantha, Nilmini, Naomal and Rupika, loving mother-in-law of Sunil, Ajitha, Preethi, Lal and Ranjan, loving grandmother of Nimna, Nirosh, Maithri, Yamuna, Kapila, Ranishka, Navindi and Malki. The funeral will be held on the 2nd of July 2016 at 4.00 p.m. at RC Burial Ground, Ja-ela. 151, Colombo Road, Ja-ela.088658

RABEL – LEELA. Beloved wife of Dr R.A.S. Rabel, loving mother of Vishwaka, Rasika, Roshan and Chathuri, passed away and the funeral took place on Tuesday, according to her wishes. No. 134/2, High Level Road, Maharagama. 088853

RAJAPAKSE – DR. HIRAN – Dearly beloved husband of Dharshini, loving father of Dinuk (Australia) and Nikhil, precious son of Assanta and late Dudley Rajapakse, much loved brother of Minoli (Canada), brother-in-law of Dilshan (Canada), beloved uncle of Minelli and Dinel (Canada). Cortege leaves residence on Saturday 2nd July at 3.00 p.m. for Burial at St. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Ragama. No.197, “Assanta Villa”, Kadawatha Road, Ragama. 089251

SAMARASINGHE – WILMOT (SAM) (Former Planter) – Beloved father of Manoj and Tanuja, father-in-law of Asanka Ranhotty and Manique, grandfather of Helindu and Hesara, brother of Dr. Wickramapala, Chandra (late) and Chandana, brother-in-law of Lalani, Sherine and Jayathri (late), expired. Remains lie at A F Raymond’s Funeral Parlour. Cortege leaves the parlour at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday 2nd July for cremation at Borella Cemetery at 10.00 a.m. 088163

STEMBO CHITHRAL – Dearly beloved husband of Sarojini, loving father of Shiromi (Aus) and Niroshe, father-in-law of Glennie (Aus) and Eric (People’s Bank – Kolonnawa), loving brother of Nihal, late Helene Shanthilal and Neelangane, loving grandfather of Yasiru, Ishan, Chamod, Shiroy, Piumi and Passan, expired. Funeral will take place at 4.00 p.m. on 02/07/2016 at Kanuwana Roman Catholic Cemetery, Ja-ela. Cortege leaves residence at 3.00 p.m. for service at St. Mary’s Church, Tudella. No.382, Gamameda Rd, Tudella, Ja-ela. 011-2235256. 089260



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Posted on 30 June 2016 by admin


Category : MEDIA RELEASES Date : 30 June 2016

A Message from the High Commissioner of Canada
on the Occasion of Canada Day.


Hello! Bonjour! Ayubowan! Vanakkam!

Canada Day, for Canadians at home and abroad, brings forth an occasion to celebrate our achievements, history, heritage and natural beauty. It also gives us the opportunity to be proud of the diverse and pluralistic nature of all Canadians and their contribution to Canada’s prosperity. We have just one more year to Canada’s birthday and celebrations have already begun!

From early days when Aboriginals, French and British, came together to form Canada, our national identity has been shaped by our diversity. Today, Canadians believe in a tolerant peaceful pluralism; in protecting human rights; in gender equality; in internationalism; in a democratic society that supports middle class values; and in helping those in need around the world.

We are tackling climate change. We are reaching out to our First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in an honest and open way to forge new relationships based on understanding and reconciliation. We are consulting with Canadians to make the best decisions in many areas, including international assistance, trade and investment, defence and innovation. We have invigorated our work on the world stage. We are on a quest for peace, security, sustainable development, respect for diversity and human rights and justice for all. And, we continue to reach out across the world to support vulnerable populations and those in crisis.

Canada is a country offering many opportunities in trade and investment. We also seek new markets, such as those in Sri Lanka and Maldives, while endeavouring to further the longstanding and cordial bilateral ties. It also gives us the opportunity to promote our values and principles in the business we conduct.

Canada offers world class education and we seek to strengthen ties with global educational institutions. Research and development opportunities in Canada continue to attract the world’s best and brightest, including those from Sri Lanka, to pursue their studies in Canada.

Advancing Canada’s values and interests through leadership and constructive engagement on key global issues with strategic partners, including at the UN and other multilateral institutions are among the key priorities for Canada. It is in this spirit that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced Canada’s candidacy for election to the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member for a two-year term that begins in 2021.

The new Office of Human Rights, Freedoms and Inclusion has been created to bring the efforts of the former Office of Religious Freedom together under a more comprehensive vision that includes all human rights. As High Commissioner, I have been encouraged to make the promotion of “human rights, freedoms and inclusion” part of my core objectives.

As Canada embarks on a foreign policy that focuses on constructive engagement with key international partners, I cannot help but reflect on the long standing partnership between Canada and Sri Lanka, which dates back to before Sri Lanka’s own independence.

Canada and Sri Lanka have a long-standing bilateral partnership, a shared commitment to fundamental values and deep people-to-people ties. Canadian interest in Sri Lanka is driven by a foreign policy commitment to the principles of freedom of expression, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

Canada has welcomed the Sri Lankan government’s commitments to reconciliation and the government’s efforts to mend relations among communities so that all Sri Lankans can live in peace and dignity, free from discrimination based on ethnic, religious or linguistic identities. We strongly believe that Sri Lanka’s commitments on reconciliation will usher in peace, security and stability for all Sri Lankans. Canada remains committed to working with the Government of Sri Lanka toward building this lasting peace, reconciliation and prosperity in Sri Lanka.

Canada continues to encourage the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to advance reconciliation and accountability in the country as well as present a viable political solution in order to satisfy the legitimate aspirations of all Sri Lankan citizens, regardless of language, religion, or ethnicity.

In Sri Lanka, Canada has been a longstanding development partner and our assistance continues to focus on sustainable economic growth, improving skills for employment and livelihoods, and on advancing democracy through the promotion of language rights. Assistance has also been provided for de-mining in support of post-war reconciliation efforts by the Sri Lankan government. Our Canadian volunteer program enhances technical cooperation, fosters friendship and interactions between communities.

The Canada – Sri Lanka trade relationship is going strong. Trade volumes have grown by 25% in 2015! I look forward to continued growth and enhance trade ties, particularly in priority sectors, such as agrifood, infrastructure, aviation, clean tech and education.

With just a year remaining for 150th anniversary celebrations, let’s take some time today, and in the next few months in the lead up to 2017, to truly reflect on how far we have come as a country and how far Canada and Sri Lanka have come in our bilateral relationship.  Canada Day is a day to savour and celebrate the achievements of Canada and its people, and share the celebration with our partners and friends around the world.

Happy Canada Day! Bonne fête du Canada!

Shelley Whiting
High Commissioner of Canada / Haut-commissaire du Canada
High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and Maldives / Le Haut-commissariat du Canada au Sri Lanka et aux Maldives



Obituaries: June 30 (Thursday)

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

FERNANDO – PRICILLE. Past Governor / Past Council Chairman. Beloved husband of Monica, beloved father of Sheron, loving father-in-law of Nishruk and much beloved grandfather of Nishenya and Shenuk, son of late V.L. Fernando and Curvert Fernando of Koralawella, son-in-law of Dr & Mrs Lionel Vas Gunawardene, beloved brother of late Vimal, Sunil, Amila & sisters Yvonne and Anne, brother-in-law of Lilani, Cynthia, Damayanthi, Palitha, Ashoka, Damayantha, Samitha, Titus, Ananda (BOC), Shiromi and Judy, expired. Remains lie at No. 5, Senanayake Lane, Nawala Road, Nawala. Cortege leaves residence for burial at 3.30 p.m. at Nawala General Cemetery on Thursday the 30th June 2016.                 087976

FERNANDO – W.S.J. (SUVEE). At rest with Jesus. Ex-staff Prince of Wales College Moratuwa, son of the late Mr & Mrs W. Simon Fernando of Moratumulla. Relict of Nanda, brother of Patrick, Bertie, Ida, Hilda, Sextus, Thursy, Mercia, and Daniel (all deceased). Funeral on Thursday 30th June. Cortege leaves Mahinda Funeral Parlour Mt Lavinia, at 3.30 p.m. for Service at Holy Emmanuel Church Moratuwa at 4.00 p.m. and internment at Church Burial Ground.                 087896

GODAKUMBURA – CHITHRANI (retired Teacher, Kegalle Balika Vidyalaya), elder daughter of Mr and Mrs David Godakumbura (retired Principal), loving sister of Amitha, Mallika and Jayantha, Sunethra and Dharmathilaka, Padmini and Jayanayake precious aunt of Navodini, Kalana, Udani passedaway. Funeral at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday the 30th at Church of Ascention, Kudagama. Tel. 0355611424.         087747

GUNEWARDENE – NOEL – Loving husband of late Stephanie, father of Sharmaine, Niranjan, Dilrukshi, Dushantha and Cheryl, father-in-law of Sardha De Silva, Loretta, Ravi Arthur, Mangali and Gratien Samarasinghe, grandfather of Shevindi, Shalindri, Seshandri, Niliksha, Leshan, Diran, Ravishka, Eshali and Nilud, expired. Cortege leaves A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour at 3.30 p.m. on Thursday 30th June for Burial at General Cemetery (Roman Catholic Section), Kanatte at 4.00 p.m.                 088165

JAYESINGHE – AJANTHA – At rest with Jesus. Beloved husband of Helen (Farida), precious father of Sulalith (China) and Thushani (Canada), father-in-law of Nishanthi (China) and Mario Motha (Canada), much loved grandfather of Thenuk, Bethany, Thevin and Annika, son of late Clement & Noelyn Jayesinghe, brother of late Nelun Jayakody. Remains will lie at 596, Jayesinghe Mawatha, Bangalawa Junction, Pitakotte from 10.00 a.m. onwards on Thursday 30th June 2016. Funeral on Saturday 2 July 2016. Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. for burial at the General Cemetery, Borella Kanatte (Roman Catholic Section).                088156

PERIES – MILROY – Dearly beloved husband of Selvi, loving father of Shirantha, Sharmila & Johann, brother of Cinthy, Carmen, late Myrna and of Moreen, grandfather of Dilan, Diluk & Dilshara. Cortege leaves residence 63/1, Attidiya Road, Ratmalana on Thursday 30th June at 4.30 p.m. for cremation at Mt. Lavinia Cemetery at 5 p.m.            088159

SAMARANAYAKE – MRS HEMA MALANI MANGALIKA. (Retired Teacher). Wife of late Mr Abeypala Samaranayake, beloved mother of Geethanjalee (Singer Sri Lanka), Rajendra (Diamond Cutters), Chinthaka (Australia), Nilmini, Pulasthi (Malaka Bookshop), Isuru (Hemas Pharmaceuticals), Dilrukshi (Lanka Monitoring), Duminda (People’s Leasing Finance), Chirantha (Kreston MNS), mother-in-law of Kusum (CIC), Udeni, Omar (Cross Ocean Logistics), Kumari, Dushani, Rohitha (Sun Pharma), Dhara (NITA), loving grandmother of Ramith, Diyath, Pandu, Yahali, Kehan, Nehan, Demitha, Yomin, Lochitha, sister of Thilaka, Vijitha, late Abeysiri, passed away. Remains lie at No. 80, Templer’s Road, Mount Lavinia. Cortege leaves residence at 4.00 p.m. for burial at Mount Lavinia Cemetery on Thursday, 30th June at 5.00 p.m.            087693

SAMARASINGHE – WILMOT (SAM) (Former Planter) – Beloved father of Manoj and Tanuja, father-in-law of Asanka Ranhotty and Manique, grandfather of Helindu and Hesara, brother of Dr. Wickramapala, Chandra (late) and Chandana, brother-in-law of Lalani, Sherine and Jayathri (late), expired. Remains lie at A F Raymond’s Funeral Parlour. Cortege leaves the parlour at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday 2nd July for cremation at Borella Cemetery at 10.00 a.m.                088163

WICKRAMASURIYA – MAHADEVA. Husband of late Seetha Wickramasuriya (nee Weeraratne), beloved father of Tiran, Yurangi, Ayomi and Gihan, passed away peacefully. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour, Borella. Cremation on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Borella Kanatte.                088113


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Obituaries: June 29 (Wed)

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin

GOONAWARDENA – EDILINE MARGRET. Beloved wife of late D.S. Goonawardena – Attorney at Law, Gampola, mother of Nanda (Bank of Ceylon, UK), Sisira (Sri Lanka Police), Asoka (Unilevers), Nimalkanthi (UK) and Dilrukshi (Commercial Bank), mother-in-law of Ranjini (UK), late Kohila, Indrani,  Anoja, Ranjith (UK) and Jayah (Commercial Bank). Cortege leaves residence at 31/4/6, Galmaduwawatte Road, Kundasale for cremation at Mahaiyawa Cemetery, Kandy at 4 pm.            087631

RAJAKARUNA – TUDOR – At rest with Jesus. Beloved husband of late Tula, loving mother of Helene (Asiri Hospitals), Stephanie (Australia), father-in-law of late Royce, Bernard (Australia), brother of late Rose, brother-in-law of Edward, Malcolm, late Desmond, Charmienne, late Meril, Ranjith, Fidelene and Chandrani, grandfather of Sandeep, Sajeeve, Malinda, Christina and Natasha. Remains will lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour on 29th of June 2016 onwards. Cortege leaves Jayaratne Parlour at 8.00 a.m. on 30th June for burial at Molligoda, Wadduwa. 25, Kalyani Lane, Wattala. 2941701.                 087555

RODRIGO – EMMANUEL ANTHONY JOSEPH (JOE) (Sydney, Australia). Dedicated and ever loving husband of Muriel, adored father of Jeremy, Russell and Geraldine, much loved father-in-law of Eisvaree, Savithri and Lalantha, much adored and loved grandfather of Jerome, Ramon, Raminda, Thilini, Kishani and Joseph, brother of Nicholas, Mercia Tavarayan, Basil, Marcelline (all deceased) and Patricia Casie Chitty, brother-in-law of Gladys (deceased), Joseph (deceased), Lilamani, Annette and Victor (deceased) and Sheila, Shelton, Godwin, Percy, Douglas, Mani (all deceased) Marina and Celine, passed away peacefully on his birthday 17th June 2016. Russell: 22 Milperra Road, Rivesby, NSW 2212 Australia.               087467

SAMARANAYAKE – MRS HEMA MALANI MANGALIKA. (Retired Teacher). Wife of late Mr Abeypala Samaranayake, beloved mother of Geethanjalee (Singer Sri Lanka), Rajendra (Diamond Cutters), Chinthaka (Australia), Nilmini, Pulasthi (Malaka Bookshop), Isuru (Hemas Pharmaceuticals), Dilrukshi (Lanka Monitoring), Duminda (People’s Leasing Finance), Chirantha (Kreston MNS), mother-in-law of Kusum (CIC), Udeni, Omar (Cross Ocean Logistics), Kumari, Dushani, Rohitha (Sun Pharma), Dhara (NITA), loving grandmother of Ramith, Diyath, Pandu, Yahali, Kehan, Nehan, Demitha, Yomin, Lochitha, sister of Thilaka, Vijitha, late Abeysiri, passed away. Remains lie at No. 80, Templer’s Road, Mount Lavinia. Cortege leaves residence at 4.00 p.m. for burial at Mount Lavinia Cemetery on Thursday, 30th June at 5.00 p.m.               087693

WILLIAMS – MR GUNASIRI NORMAN. Founder of Williams Picture Palace (Maharagama) & Chairman / Managing Director of Williams Picture Palace (Private) Limited, Maharagama, expired. Funeral will take place at Udahamulla Cemetery on Thursday 30th June at 5.00 p.m. Remains lie at the residence No. 238, Old Road, Nawinna, Maharagama. Mrs Lalitha Saparamadu (wife ) & relatives.               087713


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Iceland stuns England to reach Euro quarterfinal

Posted on 29 June 2016 by admin


England dealt a humiliating 2-1 defeat by minnows Iceland.

AFP | PTI  |  Nice (France) June 28, 2016.

Euro 2016

Iceland's Kolbeinn Sigthorsson celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between England and Iceland, at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France. Photo: AP/PTI.

England dealt a humiliating 2-1 defeat by minnows Icelandas Roy Hodgson's side crashed out of Euro 2016 in one of the most stunning upsets in the history of the game.

Ragnar Sigurdsson cancelled out Wayne Rooney's fourth-minute opener before Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's tame shot squirmed past England goalkeeper Joe Hart for an 18th-minute winner.
Three days on from Britain's vote to leave the European Union, England followed the country's lead by exiting Europe, their quest for a first title since the 1966 World Cup doomed to continue.

It ranked alongside their 1-0 loss to the part-timers of the United States at the 1950 World Cup and sent Iceland, appearing at their first major tournament, into a glamour quarter-final with hosts France.

England manager Roy Hodgson is now almost certain to lose his job, with Football Association chairman Greg Dyke having said recently that the team would have to "do well" in France for him to be offered a new contract.

Ironically, Hodgson's fate was sealed by his former protege Lars Lagerback — Iceland's joint coach alongside Heimir Hallgrimsson — who began his coaching career under the Englishman's tutelage in Sweden in the late 1970s.

As expected, Hodgson made six changes to his starting XI at a muggy Stade de Nice, which included a recall for Raheem Sterling.

The Manchester City forward was criticised for some insipid group-stage displays, but he made an excellent start, racing onto Daniel Sturridge's fine pass and drawing a foul from Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.

Rooney planted the penalty into the bottom-left corner to crown his 115th England appearance — which tied David Beckham's record for an outfield player — with a 53rd international goal.

Remarkably, his side's lead was to last only 34 seconds.

Hodgson had warned of the dangers of Aron Gunnarsson's long throw-ins prior to the game, but from the Iceland captain's right-wing missile, Kari Arnason headed the ball on and Sigurdsson charged in behind a dosing Kyle Walker to volley home from close range.

It drew a roar from the blue-shirted fans in the Iceland end and after Dele Alli and Harry Kane had fired narrowly over for England, they were screaming with disbelief in the 18th minute.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson worked the ball

to Sigthorsson and with England's defenders standing off, the Nantes striker rolled a shot goal-wards that Hart could only palm into his bottom-left corner.

Having also allowed a Gareth Bale free-kick to squirm past him in the 2-1 win over Wales, it was the City goalkeeper's second major blunder of the tournament.

Kane threatened to provide an immediate riposte with a stinging volley that was brilliantly palmed over by Halldorsson, but in the main Hodgson's men were reduced to long-range potshots.

Hodgson made two attacking changes — Jack Wilshere replacing Eric Dier at half-time, Jamie Vardy taking Sterling's place on the hour — but despite their firepower, there was no craft whatsoever to England's approach play.

Had Ragnar Sigurdsson's overhead bicycle kick not flown straight at Hart early in the second half, meanwhile, England would have had a mountain to climb.

But Sigthorsson's goal was to prove enough, with Alli hooking over and Kane heading straight at Halldorsson before the final whistle brought England's players to their knees and sent the Iceland bench tearing onto the pitch in celebratio

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The St. Peter’s College I knew and loved – Dr. Nihal Abeyesundere

Posted on 28 June 2016 by admin


Realization has gradually dawned on me that I am old, very old. Now, that I am 84 years, keeping young is problematic. It is fortunate that I am still restless, still anxious to learn and a voracious reader. Recollections of my early childhood bring back memories of attending the kindergarten standards one and two at Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya. I remember mother Cazima, an awesome and burly nun, who maintained strict discipline amongst us.   

It was time to move. The obvious choice was St. Peter’s College Colombo 4. In the late 1930s, St. Peter’s had no kindergarten hence the necessity to attend Holy Family. Boys I remember were Tony Don Michael, Ralph Forbes, Daffy Ingleton, Jeff Gamier and Jimmy Barucha.   

On the first day, my mother handed me over to the Principal of the Primary School, Father Arthur Fernando. He was a great organiser and disciplinarian but he also had that uncanny knack of knowing what young boys liked.   

I remember the Horlicks drink, we had at 10 a.m. Standard three was entry point to St. Peter’s. My class teacher was Mrs. Fernando. She was able to get the best out of some pretty distracted young boys. Then I settled down to work and discovered a penchant for English Language, Literature, History, Geography and Arithmetic. To my amazement, I found myself amongst the first three in the class. I moved the following year to Standard four.   

Mr. V.B.M. de Silva was our class master. I found I was studious. However, do not run away with the idea that we were bookworms. We liked sports – cricket fascinated us. I remember adulating those cricket stalwarts – Tiger Ephraims, R.A. Stork, A. Kuthdoos and Eric Schokman. They were our Greek Gods. We ourselves played cricket, ran races and played marbles.    Like my sisters, I was musical. I started playing the violin at the age of six under the tutelage of Mr. Oscar Wagn. At school, I played in concerts organised by Ms. Lalitha Savundaranayagam. I had a fairly good singing voice and sang in the choir. I also discovered I could act and took part in plays.   

Days rolled by, 1939 and 1940 came and went. World War II started in 1939. The Japanese entered the World War in 1941 and then conquered most of the countries in South-East Asia and South Asia. The Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore had fallen. There was bitter fighting in Burma. Sri Lanka was exposed.   

Lo and Behold! We were informed towards the middle of 1941 that St. Peter’s College amongst other schools would be taken over by the British Armed Forces. I still remember that last day in school, where we bade farewell to our teachers and class friends. I remember walking back disconsolately to my home down Skelton road. This was something our young minds could not comprehend.   

My father was in 1941, the District Medical Officer in Tangalle. Our family was evacuated there. This was a double blow. No familiar school and classrooms and no familiar house and garden. Having got used to the school routine in Colombo it was difficult to adjust. I had Sinhala language classes from the Sinhala Vidyalaya close to our house in Tangalle.   

English and Arithmetic were taught by my mother and two elder sisters. My sisters on the piano and myself on the violin also helped us to relax and enjoy. My Father had an extensive library from which I read a number of books and magazines thus enhancing my knowledge.   

To my relief, we went back to Colombo at the beginning of 1943. St. Peter’s had two branches — one at St. Mary’s Church Dehiwala and the other, a smaller branch at the Bambalapitiya Seminary, which now houses the Bambalapitiya Flats and a shopping complex. As Bambalapitiya was closer to us, I was sent to this branch in 1943. The classrooms were rather rudimentary and had thatched roofs and half walls of cadjan. When it rained hard, we would get wet. I entered Form 1. Mano Chanmugam, joined us in Form 1 and became a great friend of ours.   

Our class teacher was Mr. Cyril Ekanayake, probably one of the most distinctive teachers we were destined to get. It was Cyril who introduced us to the Classics at an early age. He taught us English Language and Literature, Latin, History, Geography, Arithmetic and even Elementary Science. I have still to meet such a versatile teacher as Cyril. He introduced us to the brilliance of Shakespearian plays, the sheer beauty of the poetry of Milton, Wordsworth, Shelly and Keats. He had that rare ability of transforming something dull into an interesting topic. He hand-picked seven of us and we became his “Glory Boys”. He also got us to read great humourists like Steven Leacock and P.G. Wodehouse. He provided us with novels and plays of James Hilton, Bernard Shaw, G.K. Chesterton, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh. Cyril followed us right upto 1945. There were other great teachers such as Mr. W.B. de Alwis, A.P. de Mel and two priests whose names I have momentarily forgotten.   

It wasn’t always work with Cyril.   
He even coached us in Cricket, though he never played the game. Some of those who started cricket under him were Herby (H.I.K.) Fernando, Phil Kelly, Denzil Abeysekera, Ago Paiva and Tony Don Michael.   
In 1946, we left Bambalapitiya for the Dehiwala branch and another set of class teachers. I remember Foster Stave, Herbert Wittachchi (Cricket Coach as well), Ambrose ‘better known as Apple’, Priests like Father Basil Wiratunga (Vice-Rector), Father Alex Ranasinghe and our great Founder Rector Father Nicholas Perera also taught us. Foster Stave was always immaculately dressed.   
He had a distinctive accent. An answer given by one of my classmates was a downright lie. But Foster gently said “My dear Chap, that’s a terminological inexactitude”. Tony Pieris and Anselm Abeyeratne left St. Peter’s for St. Joseph’s about this time.   

1946, 1947 and 1948 were the years when the St. Peter’s College Cricket Team were undisputed champions in school cricket. Prior to this, my first cousins Anton and Maurice Perera were players in the college cricket team. Anton was a fantastic batsman and Maurice a genuine all-rounder.   Dion Walles led St. Peter’s to victory in almost every match we played. If Dion had stayed back in Sri Lanka, I’m sure he would have become an outstanding Sri Lankan Cricketer.   

The next event of note was the end of World War II and the Armed Services leaving our schools. St. Peter’s was quickly reconstructed and refurbished. It was good to be back in familiar surroundings. Another set of teachers Sueter Pieris, Granville Senanayake, Herbert Wittachchi were there to teach us. Priests like Fathers Noel Crusz, Dharmaratne, Mervyn Weerakody, and Theodore Peiris were there to guide us. Father Nicholas Perera had passed away and Father Basil Wiratunga was the new Rector. The inimitable George de Niese was our Art and Music teacher.   

Father Mervyn and he had an on-going rivalry. Mano and I were Bases and Tony was Tenor in the senior choir. Unfortunately we had two conductors Father Mervyn and George de Niese. We managed to sing our solo parts, but for the rest the two conductors were a source of confusion and amusement.    Besides our studies, we had a very interesting and busy schedule. Mano and I became joint secretaries of the Music, Drama & Art society. Father Noel Crusz was dynamic and a go-getter. I recollect the play “Pontine Marshes” and the fabulous concert titled “Musical Cavalcade”.    Father Basil took our religious knowledge class and I was a thoroughly distracted student. I vaguely remembered Father Basil asking me what the 7 steps to priesthood were? Pat! came my answer “Brother, Deacon, Archdeacon, Priest, Monsignor, Cardinal and Pope. Then an eerie silence followed and to my amazement, I heard a chuckle which became a roar of laughter from Father Basil. He responded “If that is so, I would have been Pope by now”.   

Father Basil besides being a deeply religious and devout priest also had a subtle sense of humour. He was an all-round sportsman. I remember playing tennis with him when I was in the University Entrance forms. After the Senior School Certificate, Tony and I sat for the last London Matriculation held in Sri Lanka in 1948 and we were two out of three students who passed from a quota of 76 students. To enter University, we had to complete the Higher School Certificate Examination in two years. If you did well it was the passport to enter university and the medical college. We had Mr. A.P. Gomes for Chemistry and Physics and Mr. John and Mr. Morrel for Botany and Zoology respectively.   

Ashley Halpe joined St. Peter’s in the University Entrance form. He entered University doing science subjects. However, he convinced the selection board that he should join the Arts Faculty and do English as his Major. What an amazing career he had; Straight As at every exam he sat for. He got his PhD in English and was the first in the batch. He joined University as a lecturer in English at the Faculty of Arts, Peradeniya.   
He became a Professor of English at a very young age. Ashley’s varied and diverse interests included Art, Poetry and Plays.   
Ashley became a cornerstone at Peradeniya University. He was loved by his students. He also rose to be Dean of the Faculty of Arts. Unfortunately Ashley has left us after a brief illness leaving a deep void in our lives.   
As for Tony and me, medical careers loomed ahead. Mano entered the Ampitiya Seminary but later re-entered civilian life and became a highly qualified Construction Engineer. He is even now a much sort after consultant. Mano, Tony, Ashley and I remained excellent friends and we moved in a coterie where our interests included Art, Music, Literature, Poetry and even Sports.   
I wish I could go back to St. Peter’s, one still moon-lit night and sit in the middle quadrangle. I’m sure that if I close my eyes, the classrooms and corridors will come alive with the school boys and teachers of yester-year. We can momentarily relive those glorious days, we shared together

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Ontarians are talking about end-of-life care, yet for many, palliative care may begin too late or not at all, new report finds

Posted on 28 June 2016 by admin

TORONTO, June 28, 2016 /CNW/ – Almost 60% of people in Ontario who die receive palliative care services, according to Palliative Care at the End of Life, a new report by Health Quality Ontario, the provincial advisor on the quality of health care. And among those who have a record of receiving palliative care, about half begin to receive it in their last month of life.


Palliative care, the broad approach to providing comfort and dignity for patients and families who are living with, or at risk of developing, a life-threatening illness, can be started as early as the time of diagnosis. It includes managing pain and other symptoms so patients are comfortable, and helping them to cope with loss and grief.

According to a survey highlighted in the report, Ontarians are thinking about end-of-life care. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of older adults surveyed in Ontario say they've had discussions with family, friends or health care professionals about health care treatments in the event they become ill and cannot make decisions on their own – higher than the Canadian average and many countries around the world. But the report suggests there could be gaps in palliative care services.

"Everyone in Ontario who needs it should have access to palliative care," says Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and CEO of Health Quality Ontario. "This report reveals the challenges and opportunities for our health system in providing palliative care for all patients."

Key findings in the report:

In surveys of patients and caregivers in Ontario, most people say they would prefer to die at home, but the report found most patients in Ontario who receive palliative care die in hospital.   

More than 95,000 people died in Ontario between April 2014 and the end of March 2015, and, based on the best available data, about 54,000 – or almost 60 per cent – of them had a record of receiving a palliative care service.

Among those who were determined to have received palliative care services:

  • About half (47.9%) began receiving palliative care in their last month of life
  • Nearly two-thirds (64.9%) died in hospital
  • About one-quarter (25.8%) spent half or more of their last month of life in hospital
  • Nearly two-thirds (62.7%) had unplanned emergency department visits in their last month of life
  • Less than half (43.3%) received palliative home care services in their last month of life
  • About one-third (34.4%) received a home visit by a doctor in their last month of life (this does not include visits from nurse practitioners)


"The new legislation on medical assistance in dying in Canada provides a potential choice for some patients who are facing intolerable suffering," adds Dr. Tepper. "But it does not at all change the underlying need for access to the best possible palliative care for all terminally ill patients when and where they need it, so they feel comfortable and supported."

Efforts to improve palliative care are underway. In 2016, the Ontario Palliative Care Network was established as a partnership between health care providers, planners, patients and caregivers, with a goal to transform palliative care in Ontario by addressing the gaps within the current system. In addition, the Ontario government's 2016 Budget included an investment of $75 million over three years to provide patients with more options and access to community-based palliative care. The Ontario government also recently announced a 16% funding increase to hospices and has committed to funding an additional 200 hospice beds over the next three years. 

To get a first-hand view of what Ontario's palliative care system looks and feels like right now, Palliative Care at the End of Life weaves in stories from patients, caregivers and providers of patients, who offer sometimes heart-wrenching experiences that cannot be captured in the numbers.

In one story, Jon describes what it was like helping to care for his mother Pat through her final weeks before she died from cancer complications at her home in Toronto: "My dad, my brother and I felt like we could write a book to guide people through this; what to expect, the highs and the lows and where to go for help, because there is no rulebook," Jon says. "There are so many important parts and every important part has the opportunity to go well or wrong."

To read the full report, visit

The report is based on the best data available: the 2014 Commonwealth Fund Survey of adults over the age of 55 years and administrative data for people who died in Ontario in 2014-15. Patients who received palliative care were identified based on having a palliative care service or end-of-life designation in their medical health records in their last year of life.

About Health Quality Ontario

Health Quality Ontario (HQO) is the provincial advisor on the quality of health care. HQO reports to the public on the quality of the health care system, evaluates the effectiveness of new health care technologies and services, and supports quality improvement throughout the system. Visit for more information.


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Obituaries: June 28 (Tuesday)

Posted on 27 June 2016 by admin

PERERA – EARDLY – Called to Rest. Son of late Mr & Mrs F.J.C. Perera of Kalutara South, beloved husband of Susini, dearest father of Eshan and Enakshi, loving grandfather of Ethan and Rehana of Melbourne Australia, brother of Terrence and Sirisha and of late Naomi and Eamon, brother-in-law of Dr Indira, Shanthini, Chrisantha (Australia) and Mirna, Grace (UK), Deepthi, Priyamani and Nirmal. Service and Cremation on Wednesday 29th June in Melbourne, Australia. Interment of ashes in Sri Lanka will be notified later. 6-8, Ryland’s Road, Dandenong, Victoria 3175, Australia. 087160

RITA – SENARATH (nee ABEYSEKERA) – Retired Teacher De Mazenod College, Kandana and St.Benedict’s College, Kotahena, beloved youngest daughter of late Don John & Beatrice Margret, loving wife of late Henry Senarath, much loved mother of Nelunika and Angela, mother-in-law of Dineepa and Daminda, sister of late Hyacinth, late Fr. Stanley (St. Joseph’s), Prof. Damascene, late Francis Clement, Emelda and Leonie, sister-in-law of Annette, late Perly, Rita Monica, Stella, Lilian, Palmon, Michael, Nemician, Hortense and Nimal, adorable grandmother of Navoda, Navidi, Ometh and Tharuli, expired. Cortege leaves residence No. 158, Hanwella Pahala, Hanwella on Tuesday 28th June 2016 at 3.30 p.m. for Service and Burial at Our Lady of Assumption Church, Hanwella at 4.00 p.m. 087262

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