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Jacqueline brand ambassador for SriLankan Airlines

Posted on 31 July 2016 by admin




Award-winning Sri Lankan carrier Srilankan Airlines, yesterday signed on board Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, as their brand ambassador, Indian media reported. 


The letter of agreement was exchanged between Srilankan Airlines Chairman Ajit Dias and Jacqueline Fernandez, at St. Regis Hotel, in Mumbai. With this collaboration, the Srilankan Airlines brand continues to strengthen its presence in India, the agencies reported. 

Commenting on the association, Jacqueline Fernandez had said it was an honour to be part of Srilankan Airlines: 

"The brands heritage and ideology are depicted in its service and strong reputation, carried for many years."

"Ever since I was a kid I had great memories travelling with this airline. I am quite excited about this opportunity to represent the brand from my country origin."


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Obituaries: August 1 (Monday)

Posted on 31 July 2016 by admin

GOONETILLEKE – CHITHRANGANIE (CHINCHI), loving wife of Professor Ranjan (DCRA), mother of Suren and Dilhan, mother-in-law of Ranika and Prashani, sister of Iranganie Nelum Priyani, Lalani, Shanthi, Deepal, Rohan, Palitha, sister-in-law of Clarence, Graham, Nandasiri, Priyankari, Geethani, Sreeni Kumudini Lucky and Nimala, Suranganie and late Sirimal, late Ranee and Cyril, Niranjala, passed away peacefully. Cortege leaves Jayaratne Funeral Parlour at 3.15 p.m. for Cremation at General Cemetery Kanatte on Monday 1st August at 4 p.m. 104626

MARASINGHE – JANET – wife of late Group Captain Herbert Marasinghe, beloved mother of Chandani, mother-in-law of Hiranya Udawatte, loving grandmother of Ansala and Shalini, daughter of late Eddie and Seelawathie Senanayake of Pallegama, sister of late Indra, late Chandra, Susila, Hemantha and Mangalika, expired. Cortege leaves A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour on August 02nd at 3.30 p.m. for Cremation at the General Cemetery, Kanatte at 4.00 p.m. 104618

POTHMITIYAGE – DON WALTER (Justice of the Peace). Beloved husband of the late Mallika (nee Ranasinghe), loving father of Nayana (Canada), Sandy (Australia), Saman (Canada), Mithra Samaranayake (Australia), Aruni (Canada) and Mittha (Mett) (Canada), father-in-law of Alfred Harper (Australia), Mark Brien (Canada), Swarnamali Samaranayake (Australia), Jith Abeyewardene (Canada) and Manori Manamperi (Canada), survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, brother of the late Pothmitiyage Don Lional Perera, the late Soma Perera and the late Leela Peiris. Cortege leaves residence 216/1, Gonawala, Kelaniya on Monday 1st August at 4.00 p.m. for Cremation at Pilapitiya Cemetery, Pilapitiya, Kelaniya, Telephone: 011 2911379. 104625

SAMARAKKODY – NEEDRA (nee DIAS BANDARANAYAKE) safe in the arms of Jesus. Daughter of late Reginald and Leticia Dias Bandaranayake, wife of late Douglas Samarakkody, mother of Dudley, Chrisantha (Cuckoo) & Niranjani Obeyesekere, sister of late Sydney & Lone, mother-in-law of Anula, Elaine & Chrisantha Obeyesekere, grandmother of Dilini, Christina, Andrew, Lalin, Shehan, Thilina, Lavinia, Heshan, Harshan & Darcey, great grandmother of Jacob and Kaitlyn. Cortege leaves residence 197B, Templer’s Road, Mt Lavinia on Tuesday the 2nd August at 3.30 p.m. for Cremation at Mt. Lavinia Cemetery at 4.00 p.m. 104627

SCHOKMAN – CLARE CHRISTOBEL. At Rest with Jesus. Daughter of late Vernon and late Catherine. Beloved sister of Sonna, Myrtle De Motte, Phylis Labroy, Dagma Jayaratne, Anton, Desmond (all deceased), Daphney Vanhoff and Rita Dabrera, sister-in-law of Christobel and Kathleen. Remains will lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour, Kalubowila from Monday evening onwards 1/8, Interment at Borella Cemetery – RC Section on Wednesday 3rd August at 2.30 p.m. Tel. 077 9399331 Rainier. 104621



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Governor General to be Canada’s official representative at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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July 25, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario

Rio Olympics

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and patron of the Canadian Olympic Committee, will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 3 to 8, 2016 as Canada’s official representative at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games—the first Olympic Games to be held in South America—will be an opportunity for Canadian athletes to write another chapter in our country’s rich sports history. Our athletes, as well as their coaches and support staff, have demonstrated tremendous dedication and commitment to rise to a level where they are competing against the best in the world.

The Government of Canada is proud of its role in helping Canadian athletes realize their Olympic dreams. It is the largest single investor in Canada’s sport system, providing funding for initiatives that support our high-performance athletes and that promote sport participation among all Canadians.


“Canada is extremely proud of each and every one of the athletes who will represent our country at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. We know of the incredible drive, determination and sacrifice it takes for athletes to compete at this level, and we want them to know that Team Canada—all 35 million people back home—will be watching and cheering them on.”

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Quick Facts

  • Canada has prepared one of its largest teams ever for an Olympic Summer Games with more than 315 athletes qualifying for Rio. For the first time, Canada has qualified in five team sports at the Olympic Summer Games.
  • Thanks to the leadership of the Government of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and our country’s national and multisport organizations, Canada's summer Olympic athletes will have the largest financial backing ever in the final fiscal year leading to Olympic and Paralympic Games.
  • Through the Athlete Assistance Program, the Government provides approximately $28 million per year in direct monthly support to more than 1,900 of Canada's top able-bodied and parasport athletes. This funding assists our top athletes with their living, training and education expenses so they can focus on the day-in-day-out commitment that is required to push for the podium whenever and wherever they compete. This is just one of a number of investments our Government is making to support our high-performance athletes as we know the impact they have in inspiring Canadians, especially our young people, to chase their own dreams.
  • The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place from August 5 to 21, 2016, and will include 10,500 athletes from 205 countries.

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Ontario’s doctors announce General Meeting with binding vote on tentative Physician Services Agreement

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CNWTORONTO, July 30, 2016 /CNW/ – Ontario's doctors will be assembling at the Allstream Centre in Toronto for a General Meeting of members on Sunday, Aug. 14. At this meeting, members of the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) will discuss and vote on the tentative Physician Services Agreement (PSA), endorsed by the OMA Board of Directors and first announced on July 11, 2016.

"While the tentative PSA isn't perfect, with it our profession now has the opportunity to move forward with much-needed stability and predictability," said Dr. Virginia Walley, President of the OMA. "That's in stark contrast to the potential outcome of voting no – with continued unilateral action with possible and permanent cuts of more than $1 billion to funding for physician services."

The General Meeting is the result of the OMA having received a petition that called for a general meeting to vote on the tentative PSA, as provided for in the organization's by-laws. As a result, an independent third party has been engaged to manage the voting process. As per the requirements of Ontario's Corporations Act, which governs the voting process, OMA members must vote in person on Aug. 14 at the General Meeting or by submitting a proxy.

"I, of course, continue to welcome all opportunities to engage with each and every member about the proposed agreement, and what it means for the future of our profession," said Dr. Walley. "It's what members of the Board and I have done since announcing the agreement, and it's what we'll continue to do."

In this tentative agreement the OMA has achieved: strong protection against further unilateral actions by government; four years of stability for doctors so that they can provide the care their patients need; the reversal of a program that was impeding new doctors from joining team-based models of primary care; and the return to a co-operative working relationship with the government. Most importantly, the OMA negotiated an agreement that would significantly improve on the problems with the government's previous underfunding of growth.

SOURCE Ontario Medical Association 


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Obituaries: July 31 (Sunday)

Posted on 30 July 2016 by admin

ABAYASEKARA – DENZIL – Son of the late Stanly and Nellie, brother of Beryl, Dr. Clifford and Astrid, father of Priyanthi, Nellita and Dilrani, passed away peacefully on 17th July 2016. A private funeral service was held on 18th July 2016 according to his wishes. 101869 

ATTANAYAKE – L.B. – (GAMINI) – Retired Teacher, Zahira College. Beloved husband of Srimathi Mahesh, loving father of Chamali and Chamindra, father-in-law of Presanna and Sureka. Cortege leaves residence 10/2, 2nd Lane, Medawelikada Road, Rajagiriya for cremation at General Cemetery, Borella on Sunday 31st July 2016 at 4.30 p.m. 104540 

DEVAPRAGASAM – ARULPRAGASAM – Beloved husband of Leela (Rtd.  Teacher – Holy Rosary T.V, Col – 2), father of Priskila (Student – NISD), brother of Sulochana, Maharanee, Gnanam, Gunaseeli and Asokaraj, expired on 29.07.2016. Cortege leaves residence No. 62/6E, Sri Kalyani Gangarama Mawatha, Mattakkuliya, Colombo – 15 at 3.00 p.m. for burial at Borella General Cemetery on Sunday 31st July 2016. 104537 

FRASER MALCOLM (formerly of Kurunegala). Beloved brother of Tom, Doreen, Heather and the late Bobby and Jean Fraser. Remains will lie at Barney Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from 8.00 a.m. on Tuesday 2nd August 2016. Service will be held at 2.00 p.m. Cortege leaves Parlour at 3.30 p.m. on 2nd August for Burial at General Cemetery Borella, Anglican Section. 104616

SAMARAKKODY – NEEDRA (nee DIAS BANDARANAYAKE) safe in the arms of Jesus. Daughter of late Reginald and Leticia Dias Bandaranayake, wife of late Douglas Samarakkody, mother of Dudley, Chrisantha (Cuckoo) & Niranjani Obeyesekere, sister of late Sydney & Lone, mother-in-law of Anula, Elaine & Chrisantha Obeyesekere, grandmother of Dilini, Christina, Andrew, Lalin, Shehan, Thilina, Lavinia, Heshan, Harshan & Darcey, great grandmother of Jacob and Kaitlyn. Cortege leaves residence 197B, Templer’s Road, Mt Lavinia on Tuesday the 2nd July at 3.30 p.m. for Cremation at Mt. Lavinia Cemetery at 4.00 p.m. 104624 

SCHOKMAN – CLARE CHRISTOBEL. At Rest with Jesus. Daughter of late Vernon and late Catherine. Beloved sister of Sonna, Myrtle De Motte, Phylis Labroy, Dagma Jayaratne, Anton, Desmond (all deceased), Daphney Vanhoff and Rita Dabrera, sister-in-law of Christobel and Kathleen. Remains will lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour, Kalubowila from Monday evening onwards 1/8, Interment at Borella Cemetery – RC Section on Wednesday 3rd August at 2.30 p.m. Tel. 077 9399331 Rainier. 104622 

SOOSAIPILLAI – Mr. PAULPILLAI VASANTHARAJAN. Beloved son of late Mr & Mrs Casmeer Soosaipillai of Sillalai and son-in-law of late Mr & Mrs Xavier, dearly beloved husband of Jeya (retd. Teacher), loving father of Dr. Francilen, Fredrick, father-in-law of Caraline (BSc Hons), loving eldest brother of Eng. Devarajan (retd. Addl. GM CECB), Yogarajan (Aust.), sister-in-law of Suganthy, Jesy (Aust), Mani Edward, Yoga Gracian. Remains lie at Funeral Parlour from 10.00 a.m. on 31st July 2016. Cortege leaves for Burial at 4.00 pm. on 1st August, 2016 at the General Cemetery, Borella. 65/318, Crow Island, Colombo 15. 077 3103205, 077 6652230. 104623 

THAHA – The death is announced of Mrs. NOORUL LYEEN THAHA. Daughter of the late Al haj Yusuf Ismail of Kandy, wife of the late Mohamed Thaha – Kandy, loving mother of Nuwaiza (USA), Irshad & Irfan, mother-in-law of M.A. Ashroff (USA), Kaanthi & Ismeth, grandmother of Nazneen, Quraish Azraan (all of USA), Ishvy & Ishra. Janaza leaves residence 142/65A, Jansanwatte off Anderson Road, Dehiwela on Saturday, 30th July 2016 at 3.00 p.m. to the Dehiwala Jummah Mosque. 104613 

THENABADU – PADMA MYRTLE (META) – nee JAYAWICKRAMA. Beloved wife of late Richard, loving mother of Hiran, Indira and Devika, mother-in-law of Michael Anthonisz, grandmother of Jason and Laura, Shana, Amrit and Tehani, Janith, Meneka, Tiara and Nissanga, Viren, Tasmin. Cortege leaves residence at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday 31st July for Cremation at General Cemetery, Borella at 5.30 p.m. 17/6, Layards Road, Colombo 05 (No flowers, please). 104619

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1st Test: Rangana Herath spins Sri Lanka to a memorable win

Posted on 30 July 2016 by admin

An elated Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka Skipper

An elated Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka Skipper

Pallekele: Rangana Herath claimed four Australian wickets to spin Sri Lanka to a remarkable 106-run victory on an intriguing final day in the weather-hit first Test in Pallekele on Saturday.

A hamstrung Steve O’Keefe and Peter Nevill tried to delay the inevitable with nearly 30 overs of dogged resistance but could not deny Sri Lanka only their second Test win over Australia which put the hosts 1-0 up in the three-match series.

Chasing 268 runs for victory, Australia eventually folded for 161 in Steve Smith’s first loss as their Test captain.

Australia set a new record as the last 154 deliveries of their innings did not produce a single run. O’Keefe and Nevill also featured in the slowest partnership in Test cricket among those that lasted at least 100 balls.

It was a remarkable win for Sri Lanka, who were shot out for 117 in the first innings and were reeling at six for two in the second before Kusal Mendis made an epic 176, which earned him the man-of-the-match award.

“Credit to Kusal, the way he played and scored 176 which certainly turned this game. It was tough to come back from there,” Smith said at the presentation ceremony.

Smith admitted that Australia, who trail the three-match series, will have to find a way to tackle the spinning conditions.

Australia’s last outing to the sub-continent saw them lose all four Tests against India in 2013 and they also lost both matches when Pakistan hosted them for a two-Test series in 2014 in the UAE.

“We have got to find our plans and find ways to play in these conditions. 1-0 down in a three-match series so have to turn it around quickly,” said Smith.

“We were sure 268 on this wicket on day four and five was going to be difficult and it turned out to be that way.” said Herath, who claimed 4-49 in the first innings, took 5-54 in the second and fittingly sealed the win by bowling O’Keefe, who is unlikely take part in the remainder of the series, towards the end of the afternoon session.

“I don’t have words to explain after a very hard few months. We regrouped, trained really well and prepared to the best,” Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said.

He praised Mendis as a “special talent” while also praising Herath and left-arm Chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan, who claimed seven wickets on a memorable test debut.

“He is a brilliant find for us,” Mathews said. “We looked at the wicket and knew it was going to turn. So we thought playing another spinner would be ideal and he responded brilliantly.” The weather-hit match got off to another delayed start following steady morning drizzle and Sri Lanka attacked with spin from both ends to unsettle the visitors who resumed on 83 for three.

Herath ripped the heart out of Australia’s middle order with three telling strikes in the morning session.

The left-arm spinner sent back Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh before dealing the biggest blow when he trapped Smith lbw to end the Australian captain’s spirited resistance.

Smith hit just one boundary in his gritty 55 which was only the second 50-plus score in the bowler-dominated match.

O’Keefe and Nevill, aided by luck and Mathews’ struggle with reviews, blocked everything, frustrating the hosts in a partnership that lasted 29.4 overs and yielded only four runs.

Nevill faced 115 balls for his nine runs while O’Keefe scored four off 98 balls.

The enormity of the unlikely triumph was also felt when Sri Lankan President offered “special congratulations to Mendis.

“Congratulations to the Sri Lankan Cricket team for the fantastic win today. Special congratulations to Kusal Mendis,” President Maithripala Sirisena said on twitter.

The win was Sri Lanka’s first against Australia in 27 Test matches. The hosts, ranked seventh in Tests, last won a match during their 1-0 home series win in 1999.

“It’s pleasing to beat them after 17 long years. This is a very strong Australian team as well and they are ranked number one. I was a little kid when we won the last time,” said Mathews.

The second Test starts in Galle on Thursday.

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Obituaries: July 30 (Saturday)

Posted on 30 July 2016 by admin

FERNANDO – JOSEPHINE  M.J. (ANJO) – Loving wife of Aleric (late), loving mother of Marsha (late) and Keith. Cortege leaves A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour on 30th July for Burial at St. Thomas’ Church Cemetery at 3.30 p.m.104095

JOSEPH BENEDICT. Loving husband of late Maria Theresa Joseph, father of Francis, late Valentine, Mercy, Noel, Cyril, Felicia, Cletus, Philomina and Lawrance. Called to rest with Jesus. Funeral Mass will be held on 30th Saturday July 2016, Mahaiyawa Roman Catholic Section at 3.00 pm. Cottage leaves residence 30/25, Poornawatte at 2.30 pm. Telephone 0777188118     103770

NOYAHR – BRINDLEY – Safe in the Arms of Jesus. Beloved son of late Eric and Ruby, loving brother of Rexie, Tyrone, Cheryl, Heather, Darrel and Della, brother-in-law of Jennifer Bottoni, Heather Poulier, late Peter Daniel, Demmy Alexander, Daya and late Micheal Gunaratne. Corege leaves residence No. 38, Silva Mawatha, Nagoda, Kandana for interment at General Cemetery, Borella R.C. Section at 4 p.m. 104226

SWARNA (LEELA) GANEGODA – Beloved wife of Marcus Ganegoda (Retired Sri Lanka Ports Authority), mother of Madhuka (UK), Kasun (USA) and Manjari (National Cleaner Production Centre), mother-in-law of Chandana Jayasena (UK) and Krishanthi, grandmother of Anjana, Minaree and Ishaka, sister of late Lesly, late Sumathi, Mahila, late Kamala, late Chirashakthi and Geetha, sister-in-law of late Leelawathie Perera, late Kalyani Amarasinghe, late Amara Molligoda and late Soma Perera. Funeral at Mt.Lavinia Cemetery at 2.00 p.m. Saturday 30th. Cortege leaves residence at 1.30 p.m. 70, Samudrasanna Road Mt.Lavinia. 103920


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Minister Dion concludes successful visit to Sri Lanka

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July 29, 2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today concluded a successful visit to Sri Lanka. During his visit, he conveyed Canada’s strong interest in seeing and supporting further progress, including in the areas of constitutional reform and economic development, as well as transitional justice and reconciliation as committed to by Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council resolution co-sponsored by Canada in September 2015.

In Colombo, Minister Dion met with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera, as well as with the leadership of the Tamil National Alliance, the official political opposition, and members of civil society.

During these meetings, the Minister conveyed Canada’s hope for a timely reform process and advocated for strengthened democracy and peaceful pluralism for all Sri Lankan citizens.

Minister Dion also travelled to Jaffna where he met with the Governor and Chief Minister of the Northern Province, participated in a round table discussion with civil society representatives on issues related to peace and accountability and heard from victims of the civil war.

Minister Dion visited Canada-supported development projects to witness first-hand how these initiatives are improving the lives of numerous Sri Lankans, including youth- and woman-headed households.

The Minister also announced two important projects that aim to stimulate local entrepreneurship and the delivery of government services in both Sinhalese and Tamil, the official languages of Sri Lanka. To this effect, Minister Dion witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding to guide the implementation of the National Languages Equality Advancement Project with the Honourable Mano Ganesan, Minister of National Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages.

Canada announced a total of $20 million to promote inclusive and accountable governance, peaceful pluralism and respect for diversity, and human rights in Sri Lanka.

  • National Languages Equality Advancement project

Funding: $11.2 million, to be implemented by an agency to be chosen

This project, funded through Global Affairs Canada’s development assistance, aims to reduce poverty and improve economic and social equality of Tamil- and Sinhala-speaking Sri Lankans. The project will improve the delivery of government services in both official languages and increase awareness of bilingualism, contributing to peaceful pluralism and post-conflict reconciliation.

  • Entrepreneur Financial Centre project

Funding: $8.8 million, implemented by Développement International Desjardins

The project, funded through Global Affairs Canada’s development assistance, aims to establish an entrepreneur financial centre within Desjardins’ implementing partner, SANASA Development Bank PLC, in Sri Lanka. The centre will help stimulate private sector development and support job creation by improving the livelihoods of entrepreneurs who operate micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.


“In Colombo and Jaffna, I witnessed promising signs of progress and I urged that much more be done in the areas of constitutional reform, human rights and reconciliation for all peoples of the Island‎. I was also deeply moved to hear first-hand from people who have suffered from this civil war.”

– Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Sri Lanka can count on Canada as the country continues to rebuild after decades of conflict and strife. These investments will help micro and small entrepreneurs better access financing to start and grow businesses and will make a real difference in the lives of the most vulnerable Sri Lankans, including women and girls.”

– Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

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Canada’s Milos Raonic eliminated by Frenchman Gael Monfils

Posted on 29 July 2016 by admin

Milos Raonic TorontoFrenchman Gael Monfils beat Canada's Milos Raonic in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup at the Aviva Centre in Toronto. It was a disappointing evening for Raonic fans including the writer who saw the light flickering off the hometown idol's torch in the 7th game of first and second sets. He dropped service at 3-3 and never regained it. In Monfils defence, he played an awesome game.

Monfils has long been regarded as uber-athletic and entertaining, but seemingly indifferent and often erratic. He has been excellent, inspired and sometimes unstoppable in recent weeks. He was that and then some on Friday night in their Rogers Cup quarterfinal at the Aviva Centre in Toronto, paving the way to a 6-4, 6-4 win over the top-ranked Canadian to secure his spot in Saturday’s semifinal with top seed and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Raonic, from nearby Thornhill, is the current world No. 7 and was seeded fourth here. With several top players like defending champion Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal withdrawing prior to the event, the door was wide open.

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

Monfils, seeded 10th and coming off his biggest career win at the Citi Open in Washington last weekend, slammed that door shut.

“Disappointment is the right word,” Raonic said. “In tennis, unless you’re the guy winning the tournaments most of the weeks — which there is very few guys that are doing that — you are losing quite a bit. So it’s very important to make the most of those (opportunities), try to learn, try to be better from those situations. That’s my next objective.”

Raonic overcame trouble in the seventh game of the second set, weathering being down love-30 to hold and go up 4-3, but the Canadian could not recover from a love-40 jam in the ninth game of the decider, misfiring at the net to give Monfils a crucial break and allowing his opponent to serve out the match.

The Canuck had his fourth break-point opportunity in the eighth game, but could not convert, while earlier in that game the right-handed Monfils was unable to track down a ball with his right hand, so he returned it with his left. Raonic had plenty of time on the return, but smashed it into the net.

It was that kind of night, when small windows of opportunity were made available and both players capitalized, but the Frenchman did just a little more.

“I lost 12 points on my serve and eight of those were in two games that I played quite poorly. That’s what it came down to. I had a few looks on his and I didn’t make the most of that,” Raonic said. “Out of the eight points I lost in those two service games, I think five of them were my own forehand mistakes, quite poor mistakes, I’d say. But other than that, there’s good things to take away.”

It was Monfils’ ninth consecutive match win – and first in three tries versus Raonic this season – and while the 29-year-old said afterward he doesn’t believe he is playing the best tennis of his career, his form of late certainly suggests he is close.

“The reason? I guess because I’m solid,” said Monfils, who has carried a mysterious tone this week when asked about changes to his game and overall approach. “I guess I’m solid, as I say.”

Raonic reached the final of the Rogers Cup in 2013 in Montreal and while he won’t have the opportunity to get there in Toronto this week, the recent Wimbledon finalist provided ample evidence all week — and throughout Friday’s showdown — that he has plenty of tools in his tennis shed: A blazing serve (he has been the fastest off the service line all week, topping out at 243 km/h) a willingness to attack around the net, a terrific forehand and the kind of variety to his game that had been missing prior to this season.

For a brief instance earlier in the night, it looked as though Djokovic might have been in danger of an early exit from the tournament. Fifth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic had several glorious opportunities to score his first-ever hardcourt victory over Djokovic, but failed to seize the moment, allowing the world No. 1 to land in the semifinal with a 7-6 (5), 6-4 win that won’t go down as the 12-time Grand Slam winner’s greatest.

The Serb was serving for the opening set at 5-3 when he was given a time-violation warning and then proceeded to net a backhand to give the Czech an unlikely break.

Then, in the tiebreaker, Berdych built a 6-3 lead and it was his set to win until, two unforced errors later, it wasn’t.

Djokovic, who is chasing his fourth Rogers Cup title, has not lost to Berdych in 21 meetings on the hardcourt.

Later, Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil advanced to the semifinal round in doubles with a 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over Berdych and fellow Czech Radek Stepanek.

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Niagara Falls, Canada – my favourite place to visit

Posted on 29 July 2016 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere - Managing Editor, TSL

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Managing Editor, TSL

Niagara Falls, Canada is an exciting city on the edge of the Niagara Gorge, at the site of the famous Niagara Falls. The city itself can best be described as quirky, with a carnival atmosphere showcasing all kinds of amusements, but its strategic location has made it one of the top tourist centers in Canada. The falls are easily reached by just a short walk along the main street that runs down Clifton Hill leading to the gorge. Three bridges link the city of Niagara Falls with its American counterpart, all of them with fine views into the gorge that divides the two.

Below are some of the fascinating attractions that makes Niagara Falls my favourite tourist spot in Canada.

1 Niagara Falls are some of the largest, most beautiful, and most famous waterfalls in the world. There are three parts to the falls, but the two main sections are the concaveHorseshoe Falls, 640 meters across running from the Canadian shore to the American shore, and the American Falls, about 330 meters across, in the State of New York. There is also a small third section located between these two, known as Bridal Veil Falls. On the Canadian side of the falls, a walkway stretches from above the falls all the way along the edge of the gorge, providing spectacular views. At night, the falls are lit up in different colors.

Visitors can stand along a railing close to where the water tumbles 57 meters over the edge into the gorge. Just behind the viewing area is the Table Rock Welcome Centrewith a restaurant overlooking the falls, shops, and an information and ticket booth where visitors can purchase tickets to the various attractions and tours.

Below the falls, the Niagara River flows through the deep walls of the gorge, between 80 meters and 300 meters across, forming the Whirlpool Rapids as the gorge narrows. The waters eventually flow into Lake Ontario.

2 Journey Behind the Falls

Journey Behind the Falls offers a close up view of the falls from the base of Horseshoe Falls. From the Table Rock Welcome Centre, an elevator takes visitors down 45 meters to tunnels with viewing portals behind the falls and an observation deck near the lower edge of the falls. From here, visitors can look up at the wall of water coming over Horseshoe Falls and feel the rush of mist on their faces. This view offers a unique perspective and a completely different experience than viewing the falls from above.

 3. Skylon Tower

Skylon Tower

Skylon Tower

At a height of more than 235 meters above the falls, the Skylon Tower offers a spectacular bird's eye view of Niagara Falls, the Niagara Escarpment, and the city. The tower features an indoor/outdoor observation area and two restaurants. TheRevolving Dining Room is an upscale revolving restaurant, while the Summit Suite Buffet is a more mid-range family oriented establishment. Access to the observation decks is free for those who are dining at the tower.

4 Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower Cruises

Hornblower Cruises 

Hornblower Cruises take visitors on close up tours to the base of all three falls in 700-passenger catamaran boats. There are different tour options, but cruises run all day and into the evening. This is a wet experience, and rain jackets are provided. Since the Maid of the Mist stopped operating out of Canada, this is the only boat tour option from the Canadian side that takes visitors to the base of the falls.

5 Whirlpool Aero Car

Whirlpool Aero Car

Whirlpool Aero Car

The Whirlpool Aero Car is an antique cable car in continuous operation since 1916 suspended above the roiling waters of the Whirlpool Rapids. Visitors can take a ten-minute trip over this portion of the Niagara River for a unique view of the powerful currents swirling around in a massive whirlpool below. The Niagara Aero Car travels approximately one kilometer from one side of the gorge to the other and can hold 35 standing people per trip.

6 Niagara Parkway

Niagara Parkway

Niagara Parkway 


The Niagara Parkway is a scenic drive running from Niagara-on-the-Lake, past Niagara Falls to Fort Erie, following the gorge. The road, lined by parks and green space, has many interesting sights along the way where visitors can stop. Some of the most popular features along the parkway are the Floral ClockWhirlpool Rapids, and the Butterfly Conservatory. A paved pathway for walking and biking runs alongside the Niagara Parkway.

7. Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours

Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours Desrosiers Photo


Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours operate out of Niagara-on-the-Lake, a short drive from Niagara Falls, and take visitors on thrilling jet boat rides through class 5 whitewater rapids. Tours are in open boats during the summer and dome covered boats in the spring and fall. Visitors should prepare to get wet! Tours are also educational, offering information on the geology and history of the area.

Address: 61 Melville Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake

8 MarineLand




MarineLand is one of Southern Ontario's biggest summertime family attractions. The facility is both a full scale amusement park with all kinds of rides and games, and an impressive marine park with shows featuring whales and dolphins. Located in Niagara Falls, Marineland is also a popular day trip from Toronto and the surrounding area.

Address: 7657 Portage Road, Niagara Falls

9 Niagara-on-the-Lake

Prince of Wales Hotel

Prince of Wales Hotel   

Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint little town on the shores of Lake Ontario just a 20-minute drive from Niagara Falls along the Niagara Parkway. The town has a strong mid 19th-century appearance owing largely to its history. During the war of 1812, part of the town was razed and as a result, much of the original architecture was built in the years following the war. Building by-laws have since ensured that newer architecture is built in similar style, resulting in this charming town where horse-drawn carriages pulling tourists through the streets blend beautifully with the old-style buildings. Some tours of Niagara Falls, particularly those from Toronto, include stops in Niagara-on-the-Lake, where visitors can wander through the shops or enjoy a meal. The area is particularly lovely in fall with the changing color of the leaves.

Where to Stay in Niagara Falls for Sightseeing

While it may seem obvious, the best place to stay in Niagara Falls is as close to the falls as possible, preferably within walking distance. This will also put you in the vicinity of Clifton Hill, the main tourist area, where there are many restaurants and other attractions. Below are some highly-rated hotels in good locations:

  • Luxury Hotels: Offering spectacular views of the Horseshoe Falls, the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa has well-appointed rooms and a highly regarded steakhouse. The Sheraton on the Falls also offers amazing views and, with an indoor waterpark, is a very good option for families. This hotel lies in the heart of the attractions of Clifton Hills and within walking distance to the falls themselves. The well positioned Hilton Niagara Falls is a large property with falls-view rooms and suites, and the WEGO shuttle to local attractions stops right in front of the hotel.
  • Mid-Range Hotels: The Radisson Hotel & Suites offers oversized rooms and suites with views of the falls through large windows, as well as two restaurants and an indoor pool. A 10-minute walk from Clifton Hill and 20 minutes from the falls is the recently renovated and centrally located Courtyard Niagara Falls. This hotel has both an indoor and outdoor pool. Two blocks from the falls, theDoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton features an indoor saltwater pool, rooms with mini refrigerators, and some rooms looking out to the American Falls.
  • Budget Hotels: A five-minute drive to Clifton Hill and the falls is the The Rex Motel, a small property with themed rooms at a budget rate. The Country Inn & Suites is a short walk from Clifton Hill and a longer walk to the falls. This hotel features standard rooms, suites with separate living areas, an indoor pool, and a complimentary hot buffet breakfast. A 10-minute drive from Niagara Falls, but ideally situated close to Marineland, is the Niagara Parkway Court, with clean and comfortable rooms.

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