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John Keells Properties – Sri Lanka’s leading Property Developer in Toronto to present their latest projects in Colombo

Posted on 16 January 2018 by admin

JOHN KEELLS PROPERTIES will be presenting their latest projects Cinnamon Life and TRI-ZEN in Toronto on the 21st of January 2018. This is the first time that John Keells Properties are promoting their developments in Toronto.

Cinnamon Life is the latest integrated development by the John Keells Group, and will consist of an 800-roomed luxury “Cinnamon” hotel, an array of entertainment facilities, premium residential apartments, retail and entertainment mall, office spaces, and many other attractions to set stage as the entertainment hotspot in the Indian Subcontinent. The development’s iconic design by Cecil Balmond will span across 4.5 million square feet, and is envisioned to be the epicentre of modern South Asia.

The iconic 800 roomed 5 star hotel, will be the centrepiece of the development. The Hotel will house high end restaurants, entertainment options, trendy alfresco bars and lounges. The Hotel will also have large conference and banqueting spaces that could accommodate close to 4900 pax in total in three different locations.

The development will also consist of two residential towers totalling 427 apartments. ‘The Residence’ at Cinnamon Life is a 45 storey tower, with a mix of 2,3,4 & 5 bedroomed apartments ranging from 1130 sq.ft to 4722 sq.ft. ‘The Suites’ at Cinnamon Life is a 39 storey tower, with only 2 bedroomed apartments from level 6-37, and 4 bedroomed Penthouse apartments on level 38&39.

The retail mall is spread across five levels, and is positioned as an experiential mall with a mix of activities for everyone. It will have a wide variety of Food & Beverage options, and will be the culinary haven of Colombo.

A 30-storey dedicated office tower that combines cutting-edge functionality and world-class design, our office space in Colombo redefines what a modern workspace should be. When completed, it will be THE business address in Sri Lanka. Each floor will have a usable area of 10,564 sq.ft.

This project is Sri Lanka’s largest private sector investment, and it will be the driving force behind Colombo’s changing landscape.  Once completed, with seamless connectivity, you can live, work, play and stay in one location. 

TRI-ZEN is John Keells Properties’ latest project focusing on metropolitan spaces that cater to the needs of Colombo’s growing class of working elite. From Union Place, TRI-ZEN’s residents will have immediate access to the city’s best hospitals, restaurants, schools, hotels, shopping malls and more. Moreover, its central location takes hours spent in traffic out of the equation-which means residents can luxuriate in the extra time freed up every day to spend time with family and friends.

TRI-ZEN’s apartments are based on smart design principles to maximize space and comfort, and this efficient design allows these apartments to be affordably priced. Common open spaces are a key design feature throughout the property; the perfect spaces for conversation, relaxation and contemplation. This green urban escape is designed for both solitude and company- stay in on a Sunday and enjoy the city’s drowsy reverie, or go out on a Friday night to one of the many cafes, bistros and restaurants situated only minutes away.

Roshanie Jayasundera Moraes, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of the John Keells Group, commented “This is a very exciting time for Sri Lanka, as we are seeing the real estate sector growing exponentially. We at John Keells are very bullish about this sector, and we will continue to be the driving force behind the changing landscape, and Colombo’s burgeoning metropolis. We continue to see a strong demand for apartments from Sri Lankans living overseas.”

The Property arm of the John Keells Group has successfully executed prominent residential developments such as Monarch and Emperor at Crescat City; Onthree20, and 7th sense.

Representatives from John Keells Properties will be presenting both Cinnamon Life and TRI-ZEN at an event in Toronto on the 21st of January 2018. For further details on the event, please email info@cinnamonlife.com or contact +94-772-067517.

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OBITUARIES – JANUARY 2018

Posted on 16 January 2018 by admin

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2018

ANANDAPPA – MARIE LOUISE (M.L.). Beloved wife of Remy,​ loving mother of Ronald,​ Mark and Patrick,​ mother-in-law of Pamela,​ grandmother of Rishan,​ Shamara and Prashan,​ loving sister of Peter. Remains lie at Mahinda Florists,​ Wattala. Burial will take place on Tuesday 16th at 3.30 p.m. at St. Peter and Paul Church,​ Ragama.006202

DE SILVA – NIMAL (Chairman,​ Global Surgical Products,​ Horana) – Beloved husband of Saeko,​ loving father of Niranjali and Ruwanee,​ father-in-law of Jon Brandt (USA) and Rohan Dutt (Australia),​ darling grandfather of Rishan,​ Rehan and Sophie,​ son of late M.H.E.T. de Silva and late S.K.L de Silva of Batapola,​ brother of Ranjith (New Zealand),​ late Sarath,​ Chithra,​ Shanthi (Australia) and brother-in-law of Sudini,​ Yoko,​ late Ananda Ambena and late Chandani,​ expired. Remains lie at A.F. Raymonds Funeral Parlor. Cremation on Wednesday,​ 17th January 2018 at 3 p.m. at General Cemetery Kanatte.006199

SIMONS – MR FREDRICK. Beloved husband of Peggy Ann Simons,​ father of Mitchel Fernando,​ Sharon de Silva,​ Sylvester Simons,​ son of late Mano Simons and Eunice Simons,​ along with siblings Victoreen Nicholas James Simons,​ Heather Vandersay,​ Rabecca Vandersay,​ Marietta de Costa,​ Delrine Simons and Iris Legrand. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour. A short service will be held at 3.30 p.m. Thereafter the cortege leaves the parlour at 4 p.m. on Wednesday the 17th of January 2018 for burial at the General Cemetery,​ Borella (Roman Catholic Section).006378.

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MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018

DE ALWIS – ISHANI CHRISTENE – Beloved daughter of Rohan (De La Rue) and Nilanthi (Presidential Secretariat),​ student of Ladies College,​ Colombo (Grade 7). Mortal remains lie at “Hill House”,​ Liyanwela,​ Padukka. Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. on Monday 15th January 2018 for burial at St. Paul’ Church,​ Liyanwela,​ Padukka.006196

DE ALWIS – LUCIEN HECTOR (Retd Judge of the Supreme Court) – Husband of late Mercia,​ loving father of Chandrika and Lishan,​ father-in-law of Nalika,​ passed away on 10th January 2018. The funeral service was held privately,​ according to his wishes.006195

DE SILVA – NIMAL (Chairman,​ Global Surgical Products,​ Horana) – Beloved husband of Saeko,​ loving father of Niranjali and Ruwanee,​ father-in-law of Jon Brandt (USA) and Rohan Dutt (Australia),​ darling grandfather of Rishan,​ Rehan and Sophie,​ son of late M.H.E.T. de Silva and late S.K.L de Silva of Batapola,​ brother of Ranjith (New Zealand),​ late Sarath,​ Chithra,​ Shanthi (Australia) and brother-in-law of Sudini,​ Yoko,​ late Ananda Ambena and late Chandani,​ expired. Remains lie at A.F. Raymonds Funeral Parlor. Cremation on Wednesday,​ 17th January 2018 at 3 p.m. at General Cemetery Kanatte.006199

FERNANDO – MRS. D. ANNIE – Wife of late Francis Fernando (formerly School Head Master and mother of Mercy,​ Malani,​ Shantha,​ late Irangani,​ Harold and Saman,​ mother-in-law of Ranjith,​ Millanius,​ Deepa,​ Vinitha and Gayani,​ grandmother of Buddhima,​ Sandani,​ Menaka,​ Lakdini,​ Shamaka,​ Harshini,​ Dinithi,​ Hashan and Christen,​ passed away. Funeral will take place at St. Annes Church,​ Sarikkamulla,​ Panadura at 4.00 p.m. on 15th January 2018. Cortege leaves residence 73/​3A,​ Wattalpola Crescent,​ Panadura at 3.30 p.m. Tel: 0382238542,​ Mobile: 0777515958.006198

PHILIPS – GWENDOLYN (nee TISSERA) – lover of life and an inspiration to many: Devoted wife of the late Shanthikumar Philips,​ beloved mother of Vanessa,​ Sohni Nazreen,​ and Krishna,​ cherished sister of Ralston,​ Vernon and Michael Tissera,​ passed away peacefully on the evening of January 13th,​ 2018. Remains lie at A.F Raymonds Funeral Parlour. A short service will be held at 10.45 a.m. before the cortege leaves the Parlour at 11.00 a.m. on Monday,​ January 15th,​ 2018 for cremation at 11.30 a.m. at the General Cemetery,​ Borella,​ (New Crematorium) .006200

WILLIAMS – SURI – Precious husband of Shanthi,​ loving father of Miriam & Naveen,​ Premjit & Sabreena,​ adored grandfather of Naren and Minasha,​ beloved son of the late Victor & Dulcie,​ much loved brother of Chandran & Sarla,​ Sakuntala & Dudley and Naresh & Joyce,​ entered glory on 13th January,​ 2018. Viewing at 54/​4,​ Dhammadhara Road,​ Ratmalana from 10.00 a.m. on Sunday,​ 14th January to 12 noon on Monday,​ 15th January. The remains will lie at the Kollupitiya Methodist Church from 1.00 p.m. onwards on Monday 15th January,​ followed by a service at 3.00 p.m. Burial at Borella Cemetery (Methodist Section) at 4.30 p.m.006193

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2018

IGNATIUS THAVAYOGAM CANAGARETNAM (Retired Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police). Beloved husband of Rita,​ son of late A.G. Canagaretnam and late Margret Mary,​ loving father of Selvini,​ Rodney,​ Ravi,​ Kishore,​ father-in-law of Chandararajan,​ Sumathi,​ Fhem and Jacintha,​ loving grandfather of Prashanth,​ Sangeetha,​ Derek,​ Dillon,​ Shane,​ Darian,​ Kevin,​ Santhiya,​ Ashvini,​ Tasha,​ Jeremy,​ affectionate brother of late Matilda,​ Manohari,​ late Selvam,​ Anbudevi,​ late Nithiyam and Rita,​ brother-in-law of late Raymond,​ late Edmund,​ Henry,​ late Stanislaus,​ late Wanasinghe,​ late Mrs. Philomina,​ Raji,​ late Devaranjan,​ passed away on 10th January 2018. Cortege leaves residence No. 136,​ Kotahena Street,​ Colombo 13,​ on 14th January at 3 p.m. for cremation at General Cemetery Kanatta,​ Borella.004815

MATHER – CHRISTOPHER NAVARANJAN,​ went to be with the Lord on January 4,​ 2018 in Columbus Ohio,​ USA. He loved the Lord and sang praises to His Name till the very end. He was a Senior Income Tax Assessor in Sri Lanka and Botswana and a Tax Accountant in Columbus,​ Ohio. He was the beloved husband of Sarojini. The son of late Reverend B.C.D. and Navamani Mather,​ loving father of Niran,​ Cheryl (Darryl) Phillips and Cayl Shalini (Indran) Arumainayagam,​ grandfather of Nicole,​ Alyssa,​ David,​ Christine and Michael,​ brother of late Manoranjan (Thelma),​ Pathmini (late Rajan Arnold) and Ranjini (John Woodhouse). He will be greatly missed by family and his many friends. The funeral service was held on Wednesday January 10,​ and thereafter he was laid to rest at Union Cemetery,​ Columbus,​ Ohio,​ USA.005938

NILU ABEYRATNE – Beloved wife of Manisha Samarasinghe,​ loving mother of Chahel & Ananya,​ beloved daughter of late Doctors Michael & Kamalika Abeyratne,​ daughter-in-law of Noel and Theo Samarasinghe,​ sister of late Aruni,​ Shalini & Dayan,​ sister-in-law of Peter,​ Aruni,​ Shiromi,​ Duliksha,​ Duresh & Shanaz. Remains lie at 765,​ 1st Lane,​ Kandahenawatte Road,​ Depanama,​ Pannipitiya. Cortege leaves residence on Sunday the 14th of January at 3.00 p.m. for cremation at the General Cemetery,​ Borella at 5.00 p.m.006189

T. SRI PATHMANATHAN – Formerly of Badulla (Attorney-at-Law,​ Solicitor & Vice President,​ South London Tamil Welfare Group). Beloved husband of Loganayagie (Loga – Darling),​ loving father of Sriskantha (Ranjan),​ late Mahendra,​ Kumudhini,​ Nandhini & Yogeswaran (Tubby),​ father-in-Law of Visakha,​ Saba,​ late Nagu Wijayaratnam & Robin,​ passed away peacefully aged 92 years leaving 11 grand children & 8 great grandchildren. Cremation held on 10th January,​ 2018. Contact – k​u​m​i​n​@​b​t​o​p​e​n​w​o​r​l​d​.​c​o​m​ n​a​n​d​h​i​n​i​5​7​@​y​a​h​o​o​.​c​o​m​004538

UDUMULLAGE – SHIRANIE (nee FERNANDO). Wife of the late U.D. Jinadasa of Sri Lanka,​ mother of Harshini,​ mother-in-law of Dilhan Anandaraja,​ sister of Clive,​ Rajanie,​ late Fendla and of Gem,​ expired in Canada on 30.12.2017. Funeral services and cremation were held at St. John’s Dixie Cemetery and Crematorium,​ 737,​ Dundas Street,​ Mississauga,​ Canada on January 3,​ 2018. 5255,​ Palmetto Place,​ Unit 92,​ Mississauga,​ Ontario L5M OH2,​ Canada.003646

WILLIAMS – SURI – Precious husband of Shanthi,​ loving father of Miriam & Naveen,​ Premjit & Sabreena,​ adored grandfather of Naren and Minasha,​ beloved son of the late Victor & Dulcie,​ much loved brother of Chandran & Sarla,​ Sakuntala & Dudley and Naresh & Joyce,​ entered glory on 13th January,​ 2018. Viewing at 54/​4,​ Dhammadhara Road,​ Ratmalana from 10.00 a.m. on Sunday,​ 14th January to 12 noon on Monday,​ 15th January. The remains will lie at the Kollupitiya Methodist Church from 1.00 p.m. onwards on Monday 15th January,​ followed by a service at 3.00 p.m. Burial at Borella Cemetery (Methodist Section) at 4.30 p.m.006194

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 2018

IGNATIUS THAVAYOGAM CANAGARETNAM (Retired Deputy Inspector General of Police). Beloved husband of Rita,​ son of late A.G. Canagaretnam and late Margret Mary,​ loving father of Selvini,​ Rodney,​ Ravi,​ Kishore,​ father-in-law of Chandrarajan,​ Sumathi,​ Phem and Jacintha,​ loving grandfather of Prashanth Sangeetha,​ Derek,​ Dillon,​ Shane,​ Darian,​ Kevin,​ Santhiya,​ Ashvini,​ Tasha,​ Jeremy,​ affectionate brother of late Matilda,​ Manohari,​ late Selvam,​ Anbudevi,​ late Nithiyam and Rita,​ brother-in-law of late Raymond,​ late Edmund,​ Hentry,​ late Stanislaus,​ late Wanasinghe,​ late Mrs. Philomina,​ Raji,​ late Devaranjan,​ passed away on 10th Jan 2018.Cortege leaves residence No. 136,​ Kotahena Street,​ Colombo-13 on 14th Jan,​ at 3 p.m. for Cremation at General Cemetery Kanatta,​ Borella.004807

KARUNARATNE – HEMANTHA JAYALAL. Husband of Shanthi (nee Thambapillai),​ father of Heshan,​ son of late M.M. Karunaratne and late Mrs Rose Karunaratne,​ brother of Susantha,​ Samanmalee and Manjula,​ brother-in-law of Jayantha Samarasekera,​ Ajith Boralessa and George Thambapillai. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour. Cortege leaves the parlour at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday 13th January for cremation at 11 a.m. at the General Cemetery,​ Borella.004680

PEIRIS – LASANTHA. Son of late Shirley and Anula Peiris,​ precious husband of Inoka,​ beloved father of Umesh,​ loving brother of Janaki,​ expired. Cortege leaves Jayaratne Funeral Parlour at 5 p.m. for cremation at Borella Kanatte on Saturday 13th January at 5.30 p.m.004918

SILVA – MARY FLORENCE PATRICIA. Former Teacher of St. Sebastian’s Girls Primary School,​ Kandana. Beloved wife of late Gabriel Lambert Thanthrimudali,​ daughter of late Mr & Mrs Emmanuel and Margaret Silva,​ sister of Reverend Sister Dominic Savio,​ G.S.C. late Philomena and Marie,​ mother of Shani (Nova Immigration,​ Canada),​ Noel (Akhtari Traders),​ Carlton (RDA) and Brian (Asahi Kasei),​ mother-in-law of Rohan (Canada),​ Shakila,​ Shiromi and Nirupa,​ grandmother of Sharon,​ Shane,​ Nipuni,​ Angelo,​ Sanduni,​ Dunya,​ Kevin and Sejan,​ expired. Funeral on Saturday,​ January 13th at St. Sebastian’s Church Cemetery. Cortege leaves residence 6,​ Church Road,​ Kandana at 3.30 p.m.005671.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018

IGNATIUS THAVAYOGAM CANAGARETNAM (Retired Deputy Inspector General of Police). Beloved husband of Rita,​ son of late A.G. Canagaretnam and late Margret Mary,​ loving father of Selvini,​ Rodney,​ Ravi,​ Kishore,​ father-in-law of Chandrarajan,​ Sumathi,​ Phem and Jacintha,​ loving grandfather of Prashanth Sangeetha,​ Derek,​ Dillon,​ Shane,​ Darian,​ Kevin,​ Santhiya,​ Ashvini,​ Tasha,​ Jeremy,​ affectionate brother of late Matilda,​ Manohari,​ late Selvam,​ Anbudevi,​ late Nithiyam and Rita,​ brother-in-law of late Raymond,​ late Edmund,​ Hentry,​ late Stanislaus,​ late Wanasinghe,​ late Mrs. Philomina,​ Raji,​ late Devaranjan,​ passed away on 10th Jan 2018.Cortege leaves residence No. 136,​ Kotahena Street,​ Colombo-13 on 14th Jan,​ at 3 p.m. for Cremation at General Cemetery Kanatta,​ Borella.004807

KARUNARATNE – HEMANTHA JAYALAL. Husband of Shanthi (nee Thambapillai),​ father of Heshan,​ son of late M.M. Karunaratne and late Mrs Rose Karunaratne,​ brother of Susantha,​ Samanmalee and Manjula,​ brother-in-law of Jayantha Samarasekera,​ Ajith Boralessa and George Thambapillai. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour. Cortege leaves the parlour at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday 13th January for cremation at 11 a.m. at the General Cemetery,​ Borella.004680

PERERA – KUSUMA (nee WETTASINGHE). (Retired Dental School,​ Maharagama). Wife of late George Rennie Perera,​ precious mother of Dhammika (USA),​ Gayani (Finlay Insurance),​ M.I.L. of Venus (USA),​ grandmother of Chrismarlon (Canada),​ Derek (USA),​ sister of Chetiya Wettasinghe (USA). Cortege leaves Jayaratne Parlour,​ Borella at 4.15 p.m. on 12th January 2018 for cremation at Borella Kanatte at 5 p.m.003823

RANATUNGA – PRIENNIE (nee KEERTHISINGHE). Beloved wife of late Emil,​ sister of late Carl,​ Nita,​ Walter,​ Freda,​ Percival and Isla,​ sister-in-law of late Louis,​ Pearl,​ Rita and of Florie,​ called to be with the Lord on 6th January 2018. Cremated according to her wishes on the 8th January 2018. Pichchamalwatte,​ Gurudeniya.004123

PEIRIS – LASANTHA. Son of late Shirley and Anula Peiris,​ precious husband of Inoka,​ beloved father of Umesh,​ loving brother of Janaki,​ expired. Cortege leaves Jayaratne Funeral Parlour at 5 p.m. for cremation at Borella Kanatte on Saturday 13th January at 5.30 p.m.004916

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 2018 

ATAPATTU – RANJITH PARAKRAMA (Doctor) Former Minister of Health /​ MP Beliatta (1977-1989),​ Health Advisor UNICEF (New York) 1990-1995 Vice President RCU,​ passed away on 8th January 2018. Husband of Dreda,​ father of Dr D.P. Atapattu (Oasis Hospital),​ father-in-law of Dr Himali Atapattu (LRH),​ grandfather of Dimitry (Royal College),​ Vinuki (Visaka). Remains lie at the “Respect Funeral Home” owned by Jayaratne’s(between AMW Building & Devi Balika Vidyalaya,​ Borella) from 6 p.m. on 8th January 2018. Cremation at General Cemetery Kanatte at 4.00 p.m. on 11th January 2018.003287

FERNANDO – MRS HARRIOT. Beloved wife of late Nicholas Perera,​ beloved mother of Monsignor Rev. Fr. Neville Joe Perera,​ Hilda Perera,​ Vijitha Perera. Funeral mass will be on 11th Thursday at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier’s Church,​ Wewela. No. 19,​ Canal Road,​ Indivitiya,​ Ja-Ela. 0778271899.003889

JAYASINGHE – LENIN. Beloved husband of Latha,​ father of Lakal and Amal,​ father-in-law of Manori and Christine,​ grandfather of Navin,​ Shayani and Pravin,​ passed away on Wednesday. Cortege leaves Jayaratne Funeral Parlour,​ Borella for cremation at the General Cemetery,​ Kanatte on Thursday,​ January 11,​ 2018 at 4.00 p.m.003808

PERERA – KUSUMA (nee WETTASINGHE). (Retired Dental School,​ Maharagama). Wife of late George Rennie Perera,​ precious mother of Dhammika (USA),​ Gayani (Finlay Insurance),​ M.I.L. of Venus (USA),​ grandmother of Chrismarlon (Canada),​ Derek (USA),​ sister of Chetiya Wettasinghe (USA). Cortege leaves Jayaratne Parlour,​ Borella at 4.15 p.m. on 12th January 2018 for cremation at Borella Kanatte at 5 p.m.003823

TAMPOE – MURUGAIAH (former Western Zone Credit Manager at the Bank of Ceylon,​ Sri Lanka.) Loving husband of the late Pathmavathy,​ father of Rohini,​ Ranjini,​ Rajmohan and Rajchandran,​ father-in-law of Rajaratinam,​ Sundaramoorthy,​ Mahilnangai and Arunthathy and grandfather of Arjunan,​ Veena,​ Brinda,​ Mithra,​ Aarani,​ Vaamini,​ Nayani and Keerthika. The funeral will be held on Thursday 11 January 2018 at 5 p.m. at Boyd Chapel at Springvale Botanical Cemetery,​ 600,​ Princes Highway,​ Springvale,​ Victoria,​ Australia. Contact: Rajmohan on 0423-613-855.003801

DE SILVA – H.L.M. – (Matale Old Thomian – 90 years),​ expired. Cremation on 11.01.2018 at 4 p.m. at Gampola General Crematorium. 112/​10,​ Sri Wijerama Mawatha,​ Pokunuwela Road,​ Sinhapitiya,​ Gampola

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018.

ATAPATTU – RANJITH PARAKRAMA (Doctor) Former Minister of Health /​ MP Beliatta (1977-1989),​ Health Advisor UNICEF (New York) 1990-1995 Vice President RCU,​ passed away on 8th January 2018. Husband of Dreda,​ father of Dr D.P. Atapattu (Oasis Hospital),​ father-in-law of Dr Himali Atapattu (LRH),​ grandfather of Dimitry (Royal College),​ Vinuki (Visaka). Remains lie at the “Respect Funeral Home” owned by Jayaratne’s (between AMW Building & Devi Balika Vidyalaya,​ Borella) from 6 p.m. on 8th January 2018. Cremation at General Cemetery Kanatte at 4.00 p.m. on 11th January 2018.003286

PERERA – MYRTLE (nee VAN GRAMBERG). Beloved wife of the late Dudley Perera (Shell Company),​ precious mother /​ mother-in-law of Sandra /​ Sugumar Ariathurai (California),​ Heloise /​ late Rajan Philip (London),​ Errol /​ Anne,​ Annabelle,​ Maxine /​ Rohan Wijeyesekera (Sydney),​ Howard /​ Elvira (California),​ Larraine /​ Nishantha Seneviratne,​ loving Nanna /​ big Nanna to 10 grandchildren and 10 Great-grandchildren. Expired on January 7,​ 2018. A private funeral was held on January 9,​ 2018.003222

PHILOMENA (ENA) SALGADOE. Beloved wife of late Sextus Salgadoe,​ loving mother of Wyomi,​ Amalie,​ Sunimal and Shehan,​ mother-in-law of Mervyn Fernando,​ Hilary Livera and Yvonne,​ darling grandmother of Shehani and Dinesh,​ Candida and Joanne,​ Serena,​ Sureni and Shannon,​ Shenette and Shawn,​ great-grandmother of Solana,​ Keisha and Michael. Cortege leaves residence: 168/​6,​ Siri Jayasundara Mw,​ Nawala Road,​ Nugegoda at 3.45 p.m. for burial at General Cemetery Kanatte (R.C. Section) on Wednesday,​ 10th January at 4.30 p.m.003506

SEGERA – KINGSLEY. Beloved son of late Alfred and Margret,​ loving brother of late Camil,​ Joe,​ Leonard and Antoinette (USA),​ Hyacinth and Stephany (UK),​ much loved uncle of Roshini (Abu Dhabi) and Chamindri. Cortege leaves residence on 10th January 2018 at 3.00 p.m. Burial at St. Joseph’s Church,​ Moratuwa.003556

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2018

MORAIS – REV. FR. CANICIOUS O.M.I.,​ His mortal remains will lie at De Mazenod House No. 40,​ Farm Road,​ Mattakkuliya from 9 a.m. on Monday 8th January until 9 a.m. on Tuesday 9th January. Thereafter his remains will lie at Fatima Church,​ Deans Road,​ Maradana. Holy Mass will be at 3 p.m. followed by burial at General Cemetery,​ Borella.002959

BEAULAH JOHN (nee SAMUEL). Beloved wife of Ronald John loving mother of Dishan,​ mother-in-law of Malika,​ entered rest. Mortal remains will lie at their residence 114/​2,​ Laksapathiya Road,​ Laksapathiya,​ Moratuwa,​ up to 10.00 a.m. on Tuesday 9th. Funeral service will be held at Ceylon Pentecostal Mission,​ Andries Silva Mawatha,​ at 2.30 p.m. Thereafter burial at Rawathawatta Cemetery.003192

DE SILVA – WINIFRED (Past Music Teacher Carey College,​ Colombo). Beloved daughter of Felix and Beatrice De Silva,​ loving sister of Rosemary,​ sister-in-law of Konrad Karunaratne. Funeral at Mahinda Funeral Parlour,​ Mt. Lavinia,​ on Tuesday 9th January between 1.00 – 4.00 p.m. Cremation at Mt. Lavinia Cemetery at 5.00 p.m.003189

GOMEZ – DOROTHY (nee MOTHA). Beloved wife of Amal (retired Bank of India),​ loving mother of Nirmala,​ Roshani and Chrishanthi,​ mother-in-law of Stanislaus,​ Arul and Fitzroy,​ grandmother of Dylan,​ Sarah,​ Samuel,​ Leroy,​ Kristina and Manisha,​ sister of late Leena,​ Ralph and Meril. Cortege leaves A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour (after service at 3.30 p.m.) on Tuesday 9th January for burial at Madampitiya Cemetery (Roman Catholic Section).003221

MAHAMADHA ARACHCHILAGE JAYANTHA. Beloved husband of Shantha De Silva,​ loving father of Gayathri and Nayomi,​ loving brother of Vipula,​ Shanthi,​ Anura,​ Mithrani,​ Yamuna,​ A. Kanchana,​ father-in-law of Ayeshan. Cortege leaves residence at 03.00 p.m. Cremation at 05.00 p.m. at General Cemetery,​ Rawathawatte,​ (near Holy Emmanuel Church).003228

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MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2018

MORAIS – REV. FR. CANICIOUS O.M.I.,​ His mortal remains will lie at De Mazenod House No. 40,​ Farm Road,​ Mattakkuliya from 9 a.m. on Monday 8th January until 9 a.m. on Tuesday 9th January. Thereafter his remains will lie at Fatima Church,​ Deans Road,​ Maradana. Holy Mass will be at 3 p.m. followed by burial at General Cemetery,​ Borella.002959

DE SILVA – SUNIL EKSATH. 68,​ formerly of Pantak and DFCC Bank,​ passed away on 5th Jan 2018 after courageously battling a degenerative lung disease. He is survived by his devoted family: his wife,​ Hiranthi (Perpetua),​ daughter Annemari Suranthi,​ son Suranthe (Virtusa) and daughter-in-law Samuddhi (DFCC) and grandchildren Aravindha and Angelo. He was dearly loved by all who knew him. His remains will lie at his residence No. 155/​4,​ Galle Road,​ Bambalapitiya. Cortege leaves residence on Monday 8th January at 3 p.m. for burial at General Cemetery,​ Borella.002579

FERNANDO – ANDREW DENIS NICOMEDE former Secretary Mahaweli Ministry & Ministry of Mineral Sands,​ former President Royal Asiatic Society,​ member Netherlands Alumni and Nara,​ at rest with Jesus. Beloved son of late Peter Andrew & Rosalin Winifred Fernando (Negombo) loving brother of late Dr. Clarence,​ late Serenus,​ late Dr. Vivian,​ Aelred,​ (Ministry of Power & Energy) and late Marisveri. Funeral held privately according to his wishes. 24, Shady Grove Ave,​ Colombo 8.002928

GOONESEKERE – C.L.W. – RATHNAPURA (LAKI) – Dearly beloved husband of Thusitha,​ loving father of Tanya and Navin,​ father-in-law of Bimal Perera,​ brother of late Raja,​ late Rani,​ Manel and late Premalal,​ expired. Funeral on Monday 8th January at 5 p.m. at General Cemetery,​ Rathnapura. Cortege leaves residence at 4 p.m. 940,​ Colombo Road,​ Hidellana,​ Rathnapura.002960

RODRIGO GARWIN – Beloved husband of Swarnamali (Mali),​ devoted father of Sandya,​ Thushara,​ Anusha,​ Sashi,​ loving father-in-law of Priyath,​ Chanuri,​ Chulaka,​ Shiran,​ precious grandfather of Artha,​ Erandi,​ Abheeth,​ Nalinka,​ Devin,​ Mahari and Mayukha,​ passed away peacefully. Remains will lie at 381,​ Galle Road,​ Nalluruwa,​ Panadura. Funeral rites will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday the 8th of January at Minnuwampitiya Cemetery,​ Panadura.002958

WEERAMUNDA – JAYANTHI Beloved sister of Stanley Weeramundage,​ late Berty,​ late Douglas,​ late Roland,​ late Agnes and loving sister-in-law of Rohini. Remains lie at the Jayarathne Funeral Parlour from 9 a.m. on Sunday,​ 7th January. Cortege leaves the Parlour at 4 p.m. on Monday 8th Jan,​ for Burial at the General Cemetery,​ Borella at 4.30 p.m.002955

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 7, 2018

ABEYGOONEWARDENA – LASHAN CLEMENT. Son of Camillus and Marli,​ brother of Sanjeeva and Dilan,​ brother-in-law of Kheshini and Sandra,​ loving uncle of Cheval,​ Janik and Seth,​ passed away on 4th January 2018. Cremation on Sunday 7th January at 11 a.m. at Springvale Botanical Cemetery (Boyd Chapel),​ Melbourne,​ Australia. Details of the thanksgiving service in Colombo will be notified later.002594

ABEYGUNAWARDANA – SANJEEWA. Beloved son of Mr & Mrs Ariyadasa Abeygunawardana,​ Anura Wisumperuma,​ brother of Chamintha,​ brother-in-law of Aruna,​ uncle of Amaanya,​ passed away under tragic circumstances on 4th January 2018. The remains are at 253/​13,​ 1st Lane,​ Pamunuwa Rd,​ Maharagama. Service will take place at 10.00 a.m. on the 7th January,​ Maharagama Godigamuwa Cemetery.002921

AL-HAJ MEERASAHIB MOHAMED HANIFFA. (A.G.M. People’s Bank). Beloved husband of Raleena,​ father of Sharmila,​ Doreen,​ Shiraan,​ father-in-law of Ariff,​ Shuraik and Ismeth,​ expired and was buried on 28-12-2017 at Jumma Mosque,​ Dehiwela. Tel # 0776033874 /​ 0773413750.001024

DE SILVA – SUNIL EKSATH. 68,​ formerly of Pantak and DFCC Bank,​ passed away on 5th Jan 2018 after courageously battling a degenerative lung disease. He is survived by his devoted family: his wife,​ Hiranthi (Perpetua),​ daughter Annemari Suranthi,​ son Suranthe (Virtusa) and daughter-in-law Samuddhi (DFCC) and grandchildren Aravindha and Angelo. He was dearly loved by all who knew him. His remains will lie at his residence 155/​4,​ Galle Road,​ Bambalapitiya. Cortege leaves residence on Monday 8th January at 3 p.m. for burial at General Cemetery,​ Borella.002590

FERNANDO – ANDREW DENIS NICOMEDE. Former Secretary Mahaweli Ministry,​ Ministry of Mineral Sands,​ former President Royal Asiatic Society,​ member Netherlands Alumni and NARA,​ at rest with Jesus. Beloved son of late Peter Andrew and Rosalin Winifred Fernando – Negombo,​ loving brother of late Dr Clarence,​ late Serenus,​ late Dr Vivian (Kegalle),​ Aelred (formerly Ministry of Power & Energy) and late Marisveri. Funeral held privately according to his wishes. 24,​ Shady Grove Ave,​ Colombo 8.002929

HUGH CLARENCE CALDERA. It is with deep sadness and sorrow that we announce the passing away of Mr. Hugh Clarence Caldera,​ beloved husband of late Kusuma,​ father of Dhyan and Sanji,​ father-in-law of Lalani and Amal,​ loving seeya of Kanchana,​ Amila,​ Dilan,​ Thimesha,​ Hashan,​ Stef,​ Avanti and Milindu and great grandfather of Soniru and Layla and brother-in-law of Menike. Funeral at the new crematorium Borella General Cemetery at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday 7th of January 2018. Viewing from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. at the Jayaratne Funeral Parlour,​ Borella.002957

MISKIN – SITHY KITCHIL – Wife of Marhoom T.K. Miskin (Retd. Inspector of Police). Mother of Sithy Ruhani,​ T.M.J. (Sonna),​ Haniff,​ Sithy Farida,​ Mihar,​ Gnei Skailan and Gnei Binthan,​ mother-in-law of T.H. Hallaldeen,​ Marhoom T.M.S. Jamel,​ T.H. Ahamath,​ T.H. Azeez,​ Bidura and Fauzia. Janaza took place on 02/​01/​2018 at Dehiwala Muslim Burial Grounds. The family members wish to thank all those who attended,​ sent messages of condolence & helped in many ways. We regret our inability to thank everyone individually. 49,​ Vedikanda Road,​ Ratmalana.000914

RAFFEUDEEN – (RAFI) – SHAHUL HAMID. died peacefully on December 28th,​ 2017. Leather Technologist formerly associated with the Ceylon Leather Corporation,​ S A Perera and Company and Matale Tannery. Loving husband of Ayesha,​ father of Roshan and Shaheika (pre-deceased),​ father-in-law of Damion and grandfather to Isaac. 8/​8,​ Greenpath,​ Kohuwala.002758

SILVA – RINCY VINITHA (nee FERNANDO) (former Hansard Reporters of Parliament of Sri Lanka). Beloved wife of late Clement Silva,​ precious mother of Hasika,​ Ransika,​ Amal (Suresh Silva of Maliban Biscuits),​ Shamal (Mahesh Silva of HSBC,​ Rajagiriya),​ loving mother-in-law of Victorine and Nishanthi,​ called to rest with Jesus. Remains lie at the Mahinda Funeral Parlour,​ Mount Lavinia. Cortege leaves parlour at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday 7th January 2018 for burial at St. Joseph’s Church,​ Uyana,​ Moratuwa.002953

WEERACKODY – FELIX NEWTON. Former Photocinex Emso,​ loving husband of Shirley (nee Gunathilaka),​ beloved father of Nishi,​ brother of late Dr Shirley Weerackody and of Dr Edgar Weerackody,​ Celia Gladys and Vivi. Funeral took place on the 30th of December according to his wishes. 88/​1,​ Old Kesbewa Road,​ Nugegoda.000379

WEERAMUNDA – JAYANTHI. Beloved sister of Stanley Weeramundage,​ late Berty,​ late Douglas,​ late Roland,​ late Agnes and loving sister-in-law of Rohini. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour from 9.00 a.m. on Sunday,​ 7th January. Cortege leaves the parlour at 4.00 p.m. on Monday 8th January for burial at the General Cemetery,​ Borella at 4.30 p.m.002954

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 6, 2018

ABEYGOONEWARDENA – LASHAN CLEMENT. Son of Camillus and Marli,​ brother of Sanjeeva and Dilan,​ brother-in-law of Kheshini and Sandra,​ loving uncle of Cheval,​ Janik and Seth,​ passed away on 4th January 2018. Cremation on Sunday 7th January at 11 a.m. at Springvale Botanical Cemetery (Boyd Chapel),​ Melbourne,​ Australia. Details of the thanksgiving service in Colombo will be notified later.002576

ANTHONY – RANJANI (nee FONSEKA) (Former Captain of Girl Guides St. Bridget’s Convent,​ former Colombo District Commissioner Girl Guides). Beloved wife of late Michael Anthony,​ precious mother of Ranmali,​ Dr. Asela,​ Dilshan (Canada),​ Dr. Prasan and Neluka,​ loving mother-in-law of Saman,​ Tharangani,​ Minoli,​ Dr. Chandana and Cleetus,​ sister of Chrisantha,​ Rohan,​ Lakshman and Kanthi,​ called to rest with Jesus. Remains lie at the residence 843,​ Bloemendhal Road,​ Colombo 15. Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday 6th January 2018 for burial at Madampitiya Cemetery.001333

CAPTAIN SHELTON JAYAKODY (Principal – Lanka Academy of Technological Studies,​ Panadura). Loving husband of Srima,​ son of Emmilie,​ and the late Benjamin Jayakody,​ father of Shalinda and Sanada,​ brother of Shiranee and Captain Nishantha,​ brother-in-law of Ajith,​ Namal,​ Rukmal,​ Samanmalee,​ Kumara Neomal,​ Dhanasiri and Nadika. Remains lie at Jayaratna Funeral Parlour,​ Borella. Burial at General Cemetery,​ Kanatta,​ Borella at 4.00 p.m. on Saturday,​ 6th January 2018.002197

DE SILVA – SUNIL EKSATH. 68,​ formerly of Pantak and DFCC Bank,​ passed away on 5th Jan 2018 after courageously battling a degenerative lung disease. He is survived by his devoted family: his wife,​ Hiranthi (Perpetua),​ daughter Annemari Suranthi,​ son Suranthe (Virtusa) and daughter-in-law Samuddhi (DFCC) and grandchildren Aravindha and Angelo. He was dearly loved by all who knew him. His remains will lie at his residence 155/​4,​ Galle Road,​ Bambalapitiya from 12 noon on Saturday 6th January. Cortege leaves residence on Monday 8th January at 3 p.m. for burial at General Cemetery,​ Borella.002583

GOONARATNE – G.W.D.M. (MUNI) Ex Civil Engineer Department of Irrigation and Mahaweli Authority. Loving husband of Lenita Srima (former Teacher Visakha and Devi Balika),​ loving son of late W.D.I. and Balin Noha Goonaratne,​ loving brother of late Ariyawansa,​ late Charles,​ Chandra,​ Lionel,​ late Nanda,​ late Justin,​ late Samaraweera,​ Daya and late Ananda,​ loving brother-in-law of Swarna (Maniyo),​ late Col. Naranpanawe,​ Sirimathie,​ late Jayasena,​ Sunanda,​ Suramya,​ Anoma,​ late Wensie,​ Arlene,​ late Rienzie (UK) and Rani (UK). Remains lie at A.F. Raymond Funeral Parlour. Cortege leaves the Parlour on Saturday 6th January 2018 at 3 p.m. for cremation at 4 p.m. at General Cemetery Borella.002586

KIRINDE – ARTIE. Beloved husband of Padma (nee Andarawewa),​ son of late P.B. Wickramasinha Kirinde and Erawathie Medduma Kumarihamy,​ brother of late Suvinitha,​ late Stanley,​ Dr. Sydney,​ Harry (UK),​ Leslie and Daya (Attorney-at-Law) and late Gamini,​ brother-in-law of late Francis Attygalle,​ Ira,​ Devi,​ Indu (UK) and the late Vinitha and Hyacinth,​ passed away on Thursday 4th January 2018. Funeral will be held on Saturday 6th January. Cortege leaves residence at 4.00 p.m. for burial at Mirihana Burial Grounds.​ 96/​1,​ Rajamaha Vihara Mawatha,​ Mirihana,​ Pitakotte.001851

WIKRAMANAYAKE – GIHAN NILENDRA (Senior Professor,​ University of Colombo School of Computing). Beloved husband of Kishani,​ loving father of Ishika & Sherantha,​ son of late Ray Wikramanayake & Indranie,​ brother of Anil Wikramanayake & Sharmini Wickremasinghe. Cortege leaves residence 530/​8,​ Havelock Road,​ Colombo 6 at 3.00 p.m. for University of Colombo for paying of respects from 3.30 to 4.00 p.m. and there from to the General Cemetery Kanatte (Roman Catholic Section),​ for burial at 5.00 p.m. on 6th of January 2018.002848

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FRIDAY, jANUARY 5, 2018

ANTHONY – RANJANI (nee FONSEKA) (Former Captain of Girl Guides St. Bridget’s Convent,​ former Colombo District Commissioner Girl Guides). Beloved wife of late Michael Anthony,​ precious mother of Ranmali,​ Dr. Asela,​ Dilshan (Canada),​ Dr. Prasan and Neluka,​ loving mother-in-law of Saman,​ Tharangani,​ Minoli,​ Dr. Chandana and Cleetus,​ sister of Chrisantha,​ Rohan,​ Lakshman and Kanthi,​ called to rest with Jesus. Remains lie at the residence 843,​ Bloemendhal Road,​ Colombo 15. Cortege leaves residence at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday 6th January 2018 for burial at Madampitiya Cemetery.001333

MADAWALA – CHRISTOPHER. Loving husband of Vilma (Retd. ASR,​ Sri Lanka Telecom),​ loving father of Rozen Mario (formerly at Sri Lankan Airlines),​ Shiromi (Sri Lanka Telecom),​ Shalini (Italy),​ father-in-law of Nilanthi,​ Hiran and Srikanth,​ passed away on 03rd January 2018. Cortege leaves residence from No 119/​48E,​ Jayasinghe Mawatha,​ Rilaulla,​ Kandana on Saturday 06th January at 3.30 p.m. for burial at St. Sebastian’s Church Cemetery,​ Kandana.001146

SINGHEBAHU SIRISENA (Retired Headquarters Inspector – Co-operative Dept.). Beloved husband of late Malini Thisera Singhebahu,​ precious father of Nirupamal,​ Geethika,​ late Lalith,​ Vijith & Vishanthri,​ father-in-law of Gregory,​ Priyantha,​ Nirupa,​ Thamodini and Dasantha,​ grandfather of Shehan,​ Rukshani,​ Dilshani,​ Pavithri & Maneesha,​ great grandfather of Misha,​ expired. Cortege leaves residence on 5th January 2018 at 4.00 p.m. for cremation at Beddagana Cemetery at 5.00 p.m. No. 41A,​ 1st Cross Street,​ pagoda Rd.,​ Nugegoda.001109

GOONARATNE – G.W.D.M. (MUNI). (Ex Civil Engineer,​ Department of Irrigation and Mahaweli Authority). Loving husband of Lenita – Sirima (Former Teacher – Visakha and Devi Balika),​ loving son of late W.D.I. and Balin Nona Goonaratne,​ loving brother of late Ariyawansa,​ late Charles,​ Chandra,​ Lionel,​ late Nanda,​ late Justin,​ late Samaraweera,​ Dayaand late Ananda,​ loving brother-in-law of Swarna (Maniyo),​ late Col. Narampanawe,​ Sirimathie,​ late Jayasena,​ Sunanda,​ Suramya,​ Anoma,​ late Wensie,​ Arlene,​ late Rienzie (UK) and Rani (UK). Remains will lie at A.F. Raymond’s Parlour from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on Saturday 6th January 2018. Cremation at General Cemetery,​ Borella at 4.00 p.m.001666

JAYASURIYA – LAKSHMI (LUCKY) nee PERERA. Dearly beloved wife of Mohan,​ loving mother of Ashani,​ Iromica & Yohan,​ mother-in-law of Sakuntha,​ loving Nana of Naren,​ daughter of late Hugh Perera & of Prinzie,​ daughter-in-law of late Simon & Primrose Jayasuriya,​ sister of late Anula Asiriwatham,​ Sweeni Jinadasa & Ramani Ubayatilaka (USA),​ sister-in-law of late Lalitha,​ Joe Jayasuriya. Remains will be at A.F Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from 8.00 a.m. & burial will be at 4.00 p.m. on Friday 5th January 2018 at the General Cemetery,​ Borella (Roman Catholic Section).001645

MALLAWAARACHCHI – CHITRAJEEVA (Retired – National Housing Development Authority). Beloved husband of Sriyani Mallawaarachchi (Formerly of Ceylon Steel Corporation,​ Oruwala),​ loving father of Sumudu and Rasika,​ father-in-law of Ushan and Madhara,​ expired. Funeral will take place at 5.00 p.m. on Saturday ,​ 6th January 2018 at the Udahamulla Public Cemetery,​ Informants – Bereaving wife and children. No. 97,​ Jaya Road,​ Udahamulla,​ Nugegoda.001612

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 2018

ABEYWICKREMA – REX (AUBREY EMMANUAL). Formerly associated with State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka,​ Walkers Piling and Indo East Piling). Loving husband of Swanthi Abeywickrema (St. Bridgets Convent),​ father of Suren Abeywickrema and Ravi Abeywickrema (St. Joseph’s College),​ father-in-law of Loshini & Prasanthi,​ grandfather of Sanjula,​ Senruni,​ Tihan,​ Jason & Ryan,​ brother of Dickson,​ Benito,​ Garrick,​ Doreen and Joyce. Cortege leaves residence 32 A,​ Muhandiram Dabare Mawatha at 4.45 p.m. on Thursday the 4th of January 2018 for cremation at General Cemetery Borella.000331

AGNES NANAYAKKARA – nee SAMARATUNGA of Nungamugoda,​ Kelaniya. Beloved wife of late Anton Nanayakkara (Pepiliyana),​ loving mother of Nishantha (Commercial Bank),​ Chrishanthi (Nalanda Central College,​ Minuwangoda) and Chandana (Australia),​ mother-in-law of Anoja (Srilankan Airlines),​ Upul (Fisheries Department) and Ashani (Australia),​ sister of Stanislaus (Nungamugoda),​ Cecily (Bandarawela),​ Mervyn (Australia) and late Theresa,​ Joachim,​ Sylvestor,​ Leonora,​ Maria,​ Clement,​ Philomena,​ expired. Cortege leaves residence No. 18,​ Gnanaratana Mawatha,​ Pepiliyana at 2.30 p.m. for burial at Kohuwala Cemetery on Thursday the 4th of January 2018,​.000188

 DE ALWIS – PADMA – Beloved wife of late Cyril Yapa de Alwis, loving mother of Roshanara, Tissa, Ravi, Champika and Benuka, mother-in-law of Clive de Silva, Andriea de Alwis, Werner Klutzka and Sanjaya Wijesinghe, darling grandmother of Sonali, Alex, Dinali, Minali, Clive Jr, Sibohan, Neomi, Umesh and Amrith. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond's Funeral Parlour. Cortege leaves the Parlour at 2.30 p.m. on Thursday 4th January for cremation at the General Cemetery, Borella at 3.00 p.m. 000466

NANAYAKKARA – NANDANI. Beloved wife of late Ananda,​ precious mother of Dilhani and late Rangana,​ mother-in-law of Pushpa Kumara (Police Headquarters) and Sajeewani (Tabrane Lanka),​ sister of Rukmani,​ Upali and late Mahinda,​ loving grandmother of Vinuja and Vinuri,​ passed away. Cremation on Thursday

4th January 2018 at Kohuwala Cemetery at2 p.m. Remains will lie at 38,​ Chapel Lane,​ Nugegoda. Cortege leaves residence at1 p.m.000744

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2018

ABEYWICKREMA – REX (AUBREY EMMANUAL). Formerly associated with State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka,​ Walkers Piling and Indo East Piling). Loving husband of Swanthi Abeywickrema (St. Bridgets Convent),​ father of Suren Abeywickrema and Ravi Abeywickrema (St. Joseph’s College),​ father-in-law of Loshini & Prasanthi,​ grandfather of Sanjula,​ Senruni,​ Tihan,​ Jason & Ryan,​ brother of Dickson,​ Benito,​ Garrick,​ Doreen and Joyce. Cortege leaves residence 32 A,​ Muhandiram Dabare Mawatha at 4.45 p.m. on Thursday the 4th of January 2018 for cremation at General Cemetery Borella.000331

AGNES NANAYAKKARA – nee SAMARATUNGA of Nungamugoda,​ Kelaniya. Beloved wife of late Anton Nanayakkara (Pepiliyana),​ loving mother of Nishantha (Commercial Bank),​ Chrishanthi (Nalanda Central College,​ Minuwangoda) and Chandana (Australia),​ mother-in-law of Anoja (Srilankan Airlines),​ Upul (Fisheries Department) and Ashani (Australia),​ sister of Stanislaus (Nungamugoda),​ Cecily (Bandarawela),​ Mervyn (Australia) and late Theresa,​ Joachim,​ Sylvestor,​ Leonora,​ Maria,​ Clement,​ Philomena,​ expired. Cortege leaves residence No. 18,​ Gnanaratana Mawatha,​ Pepiliyana at 2.30 p.m. for burial at Kohuwala Cemetery on Thursday the 4th of January 2018,​.000188

DE ALWIS – PADMA. Beloved wife of late Cyril Yapa De Alwis,​ loving mother of Roshanara,​ Tissa,​ Ravi,​ Champika and Benuka,​ mother-in-law of Clive De Silva,​ Andriea De Alwis,​ Werner Klutzka and Sanjaya Wijesinghe,​ darling grand mother of Sonali,​ Alex,​ Dinali,​ Minali,​ Clive JR,​ Sibohan,​ Neomi,​ Umesh and Amrith. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond Funeral Parlour on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 11.00 a.m. onwards,​ Funeral arrangements will be notified later.000333

FERNANDO – ANNESLY SUMITH. Beloved husband of Nalin,​ precious father of Naleendra,​ father-in-law of Priyanga,​ grandfather of Dian and Andrea,​ brother of Clydie. Cortege leaves residence at 4.00 p.m. on 3rd January 2018 to St. Peter’s Church,​ Koralawella for funeral service and burial thereafter. No. 24,​ ‘Palm House’,​ St. Peter’s Road,​ Moratuwa.000095

FERNANDO – MRS MERLYN – Wennappuwa. Wife of late Wenceslaus,​ precious mother of Marius,​ Lenita,​ Chamindra,​ Rohantha,​ Dhawala and Deeptha,​ loving mother-in-law of Maureen,​ Sunil,​ Jennifer,​ Terrance,​ Nimali and Udyani,​ darling grandma of Chiara,​ Nilesh,​ Shani,​ Sulan,​ Dulage,​ Dinuka,​ Ranuka,​ Haresha,​ Dulara,​ Sohan and Yohan,​ precious sister of Placidus,​ Rita,​ late Evelyn and late Sr. Vincenta. Cortege leaves 740A,​ Peragashandiya Road,​ Wennappuwa on Wednesday 3rd January at 3.30 p.m. to Catholic Cemetery,​ Ulhitiyawa,​ Wennappuwa.000077

FERNANDO – SHIRLEY (Lion Lady). Wife of late Wilson Fernando,​ loving mother of Shiranika,​ Ravi (Tangerine Group of Hotels,​ Colombo),​ Krishan and Nimalka,​ loving mother-in-law of Ajit De Silva,​ Manori and Asoka Lokugamage,​ beloved grandmother of Anushka and Nihara,​ passed away peacefully. Remains lie at 454/​7A,​ Piachaud Gardens,​ Kandy. Cortege leaves residence at 3.00 p.m. Cremation at Mahaiyawa Cemetery 3.30 p.m. on 3rd January 2018.000093

JANET ARIYAWATHIE VAIRAKIAM – Daughter of late Mrs. Lily Arul Vairakiam and late Dr. S.A. Vairakiam,​ sister of late Leila de Fonseka,​ sister-in-law of late Chandra de Fonseka,​ aunt of Tara Coomaraswamy,​ passed away peacefully on 31st December 2017. Cremation at 4.30 p.m. on Thursday 4th January 2018 at General Cemetery,​ Kanatte,​ Christian Section. Remains will lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from 12.00 noon,​ Thursday 4th January.000163


TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2018

JAYASINHE – SYLVIA GRACE (nee) VANCUYLENBURG.​ Retired (BOC). Wife of late Ian Dias Jayasinhe,​ precious mother of Andrew Dias Jayasinhe (USA),​ loving mother-in-law of Gloria,​ darling grandma of Andres & Danika,​ precious sister of Vancuylenburg Winston (UK),​ Geoffrey (UK),​ late Ernest,​ Hans,​ Ronald (USA),​ Alec (Canada) and Olive Nelson (Canada),​ loving sister-in-law of Len Nelson (Canada),​ Primrose,​ Alane & Malini Vancuylenburg (Canada). Interment of Ashes on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 3.30 p.m. at General Cemetery Kanatte,​ Borella (Anglican Section).162452


MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018

JAYASINHE – SYLVIA GRACE (nee) VANCUYLENBURG,​ Retired (BOC). Wife of late Ian Dias Jayasinhe,​ precious mother of Andrew Dias Jayasinhe (USA),​ loving mother-in-law of Gloria,​ darling grandma of Andres & Danika,​ precious sister of Vancuylenburg Winston (UK),​ Geoffrey (UK),​ late Ernest,​ Hans,​ Ronald (USA),​ Alec (Canada) and Olive Nelson (Canada),​ loving sister-in-law of Len Nelson (Canada),​ Primrose,​ Alane & Malini Vancuylenburg (Canada). Interment of Ashes on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 3.30 p.m. at General Cemetery Kanatte,​ Borella (Anglican Section).162452

JAYAWARDENA – KARU (Former Miami Restaurant – Dehiwala). Beloved husband of Mallika Jayawardena,​ precious father of Akila and Maduka,​ father-in-law of Nathasha and Nirosha,​ grandfather of Bianca and Saraya. Cortege leaves residence at 4.00 p.m. on 01st January 2018. Cremation at Mount Lavinia Cemetery,​ No. 25,​ Hena Road,​ Mount Lavinia.162436

TOTAMUNE KANKANAMGE GUNADASA. Beloved husband of Ira Gunadasa, loving father of Satheeka, Upulka, Buddhika, Dananja, Ranjika, Indika, beloved father-in-law of Kanishka, Panduka, Prasantha, Milinda, Hiran, Thushara. Remains lie at 115, Temple Road, Maharagama. Cremation at Godigamuwa Cemetery at 3.00 p.m. on Tuesday 2nd Jaunary. 162453

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Canada adds 79,000 jobs in December, pushing jobless rate to lowest level since 1976

Posted on 15 January 2018 by admin

Canada’s jobless rate fell to 5.7 per cent last month. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg)

Loonie spikes above 80 cents US on surprise job surge.

By Pete Evans, CBC News Posted: Jan 05, 2018.

Canada added 79,000 jobs last month, blowing past expectations and pushing the jobless rate to its lowest level since 1976.

The jobless rate was pushed down two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.7 per cent, Statistics Canada reported Friday.

That's the lowest on record since comparable data became available 42 years ago.

Economists polled by Bloomberg were expecting a flat showing, with about 2,000 jobs added. Every province added jobs during the month, but more than half of the new jobs came in Alberta and Quebec, with each adding more than 26,000 jobs.

"Quebec was probably the most compelling story throughout the year, with job growth running strong and the unemployment rate plunging to a record low [of 4.9 per cent]," Bank of Montreal economist Robert Kavcic noted in a report to clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The loonie jumped on Friday's news, gaining almost three-quarters of a cent to change hands at 80.74 cents US shortly after the numbers came out at 8:30 a.m. eastern time. The strength of the report also prompted investors to peg the odds of a rate hike from the Bank of Canada this month at about 70 per cent. Before the jobs report, a hike was being given less than 50/50 odds.

December's numbers bring a close to the data for 2017 as a whole, which ended up being Canada's best year for jobs since 2002, with 423,000 jobs added. 

Most of the jobs added in December were part time, but for the year as a whole, the vast majority — 394,000 — were full time.

Scotiabank economist Derek Holt called the numbers "another ridiculously strong employment report that is marked by over 150,000 new jobs in two months," singling out strength in both full-time work and also private sector jobs.

"The job market is absolutely booming north of the border," Holt told his American readers.

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Ministry of Crab Enters India with First Outlet in Mumbai

Posted on 12 January 2018 by admin

 

January 10, 2018.


 

Gourmet Investments Pvt Ltd. (GIPL), one of the leading hospitality groups in the country today (promoted by the Bharti Family Office) has announced an agreement with the Ministry of Crab owned by cricketers Kumara Sangakarra, Mahela Jayawardene and Chef Dharshan Munidasa to bring the iconic Sri Lankan seafood restaurant to India.

The Ministry of Crab has been on the coveted and prestigious Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list every year since 2015. The first outpost of Ministry of Crab will open in Mumbai in May/June 2018. Gourmet Investments has bagged the exclusive rights for the Ministry of Crab brand of restaurants for all of India for a period of 10 years to begin with, and extendable by an additional period of five years after the opening of the second outlet in India. “We hope to excite and tantalise the taste palate of Mumbai and are delighted to bring forward the Ministry of Crab in partnership with Chef Munidasa. We are pleased to start our journey in Mumbai, the most glamorous city of India,” GIPL CEO Ramit Mittal said.

“Gourmet Investments is on the path to bring globally acclaimed dining brands as well as celebrity chefs to India to an audience that travels extensively and is more aware about pedigree international food trends. By end of 2018, we plan to indigenously develop, as well as acquire rights for multiple international food and beverage brands, with the next one being Typhoon Shelter, conceptualised with Chef Christian Yang,” GIPL COO Deepinder Batth (Joey) said.

The Ministry of Crab is a crab lovers’ heaven in the heart of Colombo Set in a preserved 400-year-old Dutch hospital in Colombo with a minimalistic open kitchen format. It is a true haven for crustacean fans, celebrating the Sri Lankan crab in everything from the dishes to the crab-claw plants that serve as the restaurant’s only décor! The restaurant was set up by Chef Dharshan Munidasa together with cricketing legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. As the name suggests, there is crab, crab and more.

The first Indian outpost will serve signature dishes such as Black Pepper Crab and Chilli Crab, which are staples at the Ministry of Crab. In addition, there would be certain other dishes developed specifically keeping in view the Indian market.

“India has been on my radar for many years and it has been a question of the right partner. My food can be simple and ingredient specific that it required a partner to understand the passion and stubbornness about it. With Joey and Ramit I found great partners to work in India and look forward to our opening in the next few months,” Chef Dharshan Munidasa said. “Ministry of Crab started as a fun project for Kumar and me to work on together, along with Dharshan, and we’re so happy to see how far it’s come. With this new step into India I’m excited for the next innings in our journey and hope you’ll be bowled over by it,” former Sri Lanka Captain Mahela Jayawardene said.

GIPL, promoted by the Bharti Family Office, represents the iconic PizzaExpress brand in India since 2012. GIPL opened 9 restaurants up till July 2017. In 2017 Ramit (CEO) & Deepinder (COO) joined forces to further strengthen the strong foundation laid by PizzaExpress’s success across Mumbai and Delhi NCR by widening the vision from a single brand multi-unit operation to a multi brand multi-unit operation.

 

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We want Mathews to lead the side beyond 2019 – Labrooy

Posted on 09 January 2018 by admin

 

January 9, 2018.
 

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by Rex Clementine

Less than six months after he graciously quit as Sri Lanka’s captain across all forms of the game, Angelo Mathews was reappointed as the team’s ODI and T-20 captain on Tuesday and there was overwhelming support for the 30-year-old.

Since Mathews stepped down, Sri Lanka have had seven different captains in the last five months. SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala elaborated that the Executive Committee unanimously backed the decision to hand the reins back to Mathews while Chairman of Selectors Graeme Labrooy wished that the all-rounder leads the team beyond the 2019 World Cup.

"When I stepped down, I thought that I will never take it again. SLC President, Head Coach and the selectors wanted me to reconsider my decision. I thought about it and there are few reasons for me to take it again. We need to have stability leading up to the 2019 World Cup which is less than 18 months away. This is an hour of need and if I don’t take it up now, I will feel bad in a few months time," Mathews told journalists.

The all-rounder said that his mentor Hathurusingha played a major role in convincing him to take up the captaincy again.

"I have known Hathu for a long time. I know how he operates. He is not here to survive. It is very easy to work with him as he has goals. He played a major part in me making this decision to take up the captaincy again. He is going to be an important part run up to the World Cup. The other countries are dying to take him as he is the best in the business. We have worked together with the ‘A’ team and then with the senior team as well," remarked Mathews.

When Mathews quit as captain after the series defeat to Zimbabwe, it surprised many. However, since he relinquished duties, Sri Lanka’s fortunes in ODI cricket hit rock bottom.

"When I stood down as captain, I did it hoping it will give the new captain a fair amount of time to prepare for the World Cup. All the captains we have had tried their best," Mathews explained. During his previous stint as captain, Mathews resisted pressure from board officials to compromise on selections and reminded that he will do it his way. "I will work for the interest of the team. Some may like it, some may not like it," he said.

Labrooy confirmed that Mathews will be Sri Lanka’s long term captain, having tried out several stop gap leaders. "He is going to be our long term captain. Ideally, we want him beyond 2019," Labrooy said before remarking that Mathews will only play as a specialist batsman during the Bangladesh series.

Meanwhile, Test captain Dinesh Chandimal has been recalled to the ODI side after being overlooked for the series against India. Kusal Mendis, another player dropped for the Indian tour also finds himself back in the side.

"We had a plan when we left Mendis out. The purpose was for him to get back to domestic cricket and get some runs. He has scored some big hundreds. The new captain and coach supported his inclusion a lot," Labrooy went onto say.

However, there’s no place for another bright young prospect Sadeera Samarawickrama, who had a tough tour of India.

Rookie fast bowler Shehan Madushanka has also been named in the squad.

"The coach has said that you can’t teach someone to bowl fast. It’s a gift bowling fast. Looking at long term, we are looking at someone who has got genuine pace. The average speed he clocks is 136 kmph and he has the ability to go beyond 140 plus kmph.

Sri Lanka ODI Squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanindu Hasaranga.

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Canada, UNFPA to address sexual, gender-based violence in Sri Lanka

Posted on 09 January 2018 by admin

 


The High Commissioner of Canada to Sri Lanka, David McKinnon, and Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, signed a letter of agreement in reference to a grant arrangement of CDN$900,000.

The grant is provided by the Government of Canada to UNFPA Sri Lanka for the delivery of the project, ‘Addressing Sexual Gender-based Violence through Public Institutions‘, by 31 March 2020.

The purpose of this project is to increase the capacity of the Government of Sri Lanka to advance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and to effectively respond to sexual and gender-based violence in Sri Lanka. As the lead UN Agency in advocating for universal SRHR, and the Chair of the National Forum Against Gender-based Violence, UNFPA is well placed to ensure delivery of this project.

This CDN$900,000 grant to UNFPA is part of Canada’s CDN$650 million comprehensive approach to address gaps in funding SRHR globally, and is a continuation of Canadian support in Sri Lanka for women’s empowerment, political participation, and ending gender-based violence in line with their Feminist International Assistance Policy. (Colombo Gazette)

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Ashes: The winners and losers from the 2017-18 series By Stephan Shemilt BBC Sport in Sydney

Posted on 08 January 2018 by admin

The Ashes have been won, Australia have lifted the urn in Sydney and England have once again had a miserable trip down under.

There are, though, other prizes to be dished out.

Before we start, it's taken as a given that Steve Smith is player of the series, the Australian of the year and Time magazine's man of the decade.

Here are BBC Sport's winners and losers of the 2017-18 Ashes series.

Moment of the series

Australia's Mitchell Starc checks on Joe Root after hitting the England captain on the head with a bouncer

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc hit England captain Joe Root on the helmet during a thrilling third evening at Brisbane

It may be that this series is more remembered for the moment of trouble involving Ben Stokes outside a Bristol nightclub than anything that happened on the pitch.

Of the action, substitute Peter Handscomb's wonderful diving catch to remove Dawid Malan in Perth, prompting a collapse of six wickets for 35 runs, can be pinpointed with hindsight as when England's hope of retaining the Ashes drained away.

But the most exhilarating, must-watch, hairs-on-the-back-of-the-neck period of play came on the third evening of the first Test in Brisbane, when Australia's fast bowlers showed their teeth for the first time.

Mark Stoneman and Joe Root were given a torrid time, with Root taking a horrific blow to the grille from Mitchell Starc. The sight of Australian pacemen tearing in in front of a baying, raucous and partisan Gabba ground evoked memories of the Mitchell Johnson-inspired carnage of four years ago.

The drama never quite reached those heights again but, for an hour or so, it was what Ashes cricket in Australia is supposed to be.

Ball of the century

England's James Vince is bowled by Mitchell Starc

The delivery that dismissed James Vince would have gone down the leg side had it continued on its natural path

Shane Warne bowled the ball of the last century, but it could be that Starc has delivered the ball of this one.

In England's second innings of third Test, left-armer Starc, bowling round the wicket, almost defied physics to remove James Vince's off stump.

Admittedly, it hit a crack, but Starc can be given credit if that is what he was aiming to do. If the ball had not straightened after pitching, it would have missed leg stump. To hit the top of off was a 42cm deviation.

Vince, who had been batting beautifully, was befuddled. In one delivery, the gap between the two sides was perfectly illustrated.

Breakthrough performance

England's Dawid Malan celebrates scoring his maiden Test century in the third Ashes Test at Perth

Dawid Malan scored his maiden Test century at Perth and ended as England's top runscorer, with 383

Before the series began, England's biggest concern was the number of inexperienced players in their squad and, specifically, the greenness of three of their top five.

If the jury is still out on Vince and Stoneman, the tourists have certainly found a batsman in Malan.

The Middlesex left-hander had a wobbly introduction to Test cricket in the home summer, but has grown in stature at the crease with calmness, bravery and an off-drive you could take home to meet your parents.

The highlight was an emotional maiden Test century in Perth which, added to three half-centuries, made him England's highest runscorer of the series.

Malan could end up as England's next number three. His occasional leg-spin is useful, too.

Biggest disappointment

A graphic showing Moeen Ali scored 179 runs at 19.88 and took five wickets at 115

Moeen Ali was one of several senior England players to struggle in Australia

While we will always wonder what impact Stokes – perhaps at the peak of his powers – may have had on the series, it's reasonable to think even he would not have reversed a 4-0 margin.

The bigger pity is the collective failure of most of England's senior players,some of whom arrived down under with legitimate claims to be the best in the world at what they do, but have failed to make a telling impact when it matters most.

Root has carried himself impressively, yet his runscoring has been dwarfed by opposite number Smith.

Alastair Cook ground out an epic double century in Melbourne, but it was too late to alter the direction of the urn. His next highest score was 39. Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow's century in Perth was the only time he passed 50.

Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes have both taken their wickets at almost 50 apiece, while Moeen Ali's awful tour with bat and ball has left him clinging to his place in the side.

Ironman award

James Anderson celebrates taking a wicket during the first Ashes Test at Brisbane

James Anderson was England's leading wicket-taker, finishing with 17 at an average of 27.82

Whenever Australia were batting (and, thanks to Smith, that was pretty much all the time), it seemed as though James Anderson was bowling.

The 223.3 overs he sent down were the most in a series in his career and the third-biggest workload of any pace bowler this century.

On a tour where, at all venues except Adelaide, England were begging the ball to move, Anderson was head and shoulders above the rest of the attack because of his skill, accuracy and age-defying stamina.

At 35, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker is as good as ever and, thankfully for them, is targeting the home Ashes in 2019. They should be very worried about the day he retires.

Golden Lawnmower for biggest groundsman's gaffe

Groundstaff attempt to dry the pitch at Perth as Steve Smith and Joe Root inspect it

The start of play was delayed on day five at Perth as groundstaff tried to dry the pitch with leaf blowers

This isn't an award you can hand out every series, but this Ashes has provided more groundsman-related controversy than most.

The MCG was chastised for its lifeless pitch by the International Cricket Council, while Moeen was given out stumped in Brisbane in part because the painter of the crease couldn't manage a straight line.

However, both of those were trumped in Perth, where some unsecure covers jeopardised Australia's push to regain the urn.

When the covers blew away, overnight rain left wet patches on a length and resulted in one of the most bizarre sights ever seen in Test cricket. In bright sunshine, the only action was half a dozen groundstaff drying the track with leaf blowers.

All was well in the end, but, for a while, there was the prospect of England escaping with a draw.

Forgotten man

England bowler Jake Ball poses by the pool at the Gabba stadium in Brisbane

Jake Ball was dropped for the second Test at Adelaide in favour of Craig Overton

Gary Ballance and Ben Foakes are the only members of England's touring party to not play in a Test and, in Ballance's case, his drinks-carrying might not have been of a sufficient standard to get him on the tour of New Zealand.

For Australia, Handscomb was dropped after Adelaide, while Chadd Sayers, in the squad for the first two Tests, was asked before the second if he thought he would play. "No," was the reply.

However, to be truly forgotten, you first have to be remembered.

England were desperate for Jake Ball to recover from an ankle injury in time to play in the first Test, with the coaching staff saying he had long been identified as a bowler suited to Australian conditions.

He returned 1-115 and was only seen again as a substitute fielder. He was even overlooked for Tom Curran, a man who was the replacement of a replacement, for the final two Tests.

Most endorsed

England's Ben Duckett reacts after being dismissed against Bangladesh

Ben Duckett was suspended for pouring a drink over James Anderson on England's return to The Avenue in Perth

Some companies pay millions and millions of pounds to be mentioned in the same breath as a sporting event as big as the Ashes.

The Avenue nightclub in Perth did not cough up a bean (we think) and got more mentions than a sponsor could ever afford.

It was there where Bairstow 'headbutted' Cameron Bancroft, an incident which resulted in England being placed under a curfew.

Incredibly, on the first night that the curfew was lifted, they went back to the same place and Lions batsman Ben Duckett poured a drink over Anderson.You couldn't make it up.

The result is the Avenue becoming perhaps the most famous nightspot in the history of Ashes cricket. The Times even wrote a review of the place. 

Strangest moment

Moeen cuddling a koala was pretty standard for an England cricketer in Australia, Trevor Bayliss getting the ice creams in for his staff during a warm-up game was amusing, while the Anderson 'ball-tampering' controversy in Melbourne was a storm so small it couldn't fill a teacup.

However, by far the most surreal experience was Bancroft's explanation of the Bairstow headbutt after the first Test in Brisbane.

"He just greeted me with a headbutt. I was expecting a handshake," he said.

"He didn't knock me over. I've actually got the heaviest head in the Western Australia squad. There's an actual measurement for it."

Then, from a journalist: "Can you define, perhaps on a 1-10 basis, the difference between what happened to you and a headbutt?"

The reply…

"He connected with my head with a force that made me think 'wow, that's a bit weird'."

As Bancroft struggled to explain where Bairstow made contact, Smith had to intervene to tell the young opener that he was pointing to his forehead.

 

 

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THE ASHES: Dominant Australia seal Ashes 4-0, with Root crocked

Posted on 08 January 2018 by admin

Australia 7 for 649 dec (Khawaja 171, S Marsh 156, M Marsh 101, Smith 83, Warner 56) beat England 346 (Root 83, Malan 62, Cummins 4-80) and 180 (Cummins 4-39, Lyon 3-54) by an innings and 123 runs

 

Soiled as it was by the Melbourne draw on a poor pitch, this series was no clean sweep, no whitewash. Still, Australia finished the Ashes in the most comprehensive manner left open to them, bathing in the glory of a 4-0 result after thrashing England by an innings and 123 runs in the final Test at the SCG. After 25 days of cricket, the final outcome was confirmed when Josh Hazlewood bounced James Anderson and secured a caught-behind verdict soon after 2pm on day five.

Joe Root, laid low by viral gastroenteritis, did not emerge from the rooms to resume the innings he had already suspended twice, and England's hopes of salvaging a draw were officially over. Australia celebrated what was very much a team effort, especially with the ball, as evidenced by the final series wicket tally, topped by four Australians in close order: Pat Cummins with 23, Mitchell Starc with 22, and Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon each with 21.

That all five Tests went to a fifth day was a rarity, having not happened in an Ashes series since the 1994-95 campaign in Australia. It was also a series of slow scoring, the overall run rate of 2.95 the lowest in any Ashes series since that same 1994-95 tour. But despite England's fight, Australia dominated the majority of this contest, and a 4-0 outcome seemed a fitting result.

The day had started with Australia needing six wickets for victory, and with Root and Jonny Bairstow the not-out batsmen. By lunch, Root and Bairstow were still unbeaten, yet as if part of some kind of riddle, England had also lost a wicket. Root was hospitalised overnight due to his illness and had not resumed his innings at the start of play, walking to the crease only after Moeen Ali was lbw for 13, out to Nathan Lyon for the seventh time in the series.

 

Root battled hard and registered his fifth half-century of the series, but again failed to emerge after the lunch break due to his illness. England's fight was soon to fade. Bairstow was lbw to Cummins for 38, and two balls later Cummins bounce out Stuart Broad, who fended a catch that was skied to the wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

Mason Crane also fell to a short ball from Cummins, caught behind off his glove, curiously asking for a review despite clear evidence the ball had flicked a significant portion of his thumb on the way through to the wicketkeeper. Anderson's wicket was all Australia needed to secure the result, which was England's heaviest defeat to Australia in a Test since they lost by an innings and 148 runs at Headingley in 1993.

The post-match presentations rather summed it all up. Man of the Match was Cummins, for his eight wickets. Man of the Series was Steven Smith, for his 687 runs, more than 300 in front of the highest-scoring England batsman, Dawid Malan. And England's captain, Root, was unable to mount the dais to speak on behalf of his side, instead represented by the vice-captain Anderson. It was just one more thing that had gone wrong for England in a series full of them. Courtesy: ESPN Cricinfo.

Player  of the Match was Australian Pat Cummins while Player of the Series was Aussie skipper Steven Smith.

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CANADA: Loonie hits nearly 81 cents US on bullish jobs data, Toronto stock index down

Posted on 06 January 2018 by admin

The Canadian dollar surged to its highest level in more than three months after the country's jobless rate hit a four-decade low, as the Toronto stock index fell.

The loonie closed at an average trading value of 80.63 cents US, up 0.73 of a U.S. cent on Friday — its highest level since Sept. 26.

The currency's move higher came in the wake of a report by Statistics Canada that the economy created 78,600 net new jobs in December and the unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in more than 40 years.

On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 63.50 points to 16,349.44 after setting record closes in the last two trading sessions.

"Today seems to be one of these days where the reflationary, more pro-cyclical sectors are sort of taking a pause after a strong run into the end of the year and the start of the year — namely energy and materials," said Patrick Blais, a managing director and senior portfolio manager at Manulife Investments.

South of the border it was another record finish on Wall Street, as technology companies rose sharply.

The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 220.74 points to 25,295.87. The S&P 500 index added 19.16 points to 2,743.15 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 58.65 points to 7,136.56.

U.S. stocks rose for the fourth day in a row Friday to start 2018 with their longest new-year winning streak in eight years.

Less promising, however, were U.S. Labor Department figures which showed that American employers added 148,000 jobs in December — a solid gain but a bit less than experts expected.

On the Canadian corporate front, shares of Telus Corp. were down 15 cents, or 0.32 per cent, to $47.13 at the close of markets. The communication services company is buying the western operations of AlarmForce Industries from Bell Canada.

Telus will pay about $66.5 million to acquire about 39,000 customer accounts in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan — representing nearly 40 per cent of the total AlarmForce customer base in Canada.

In commodities, the February crude contract was down 57 cents to $61.44 US per barrel and the February natural gas contract fell nine cents to $2.80 US per mmBTU.

The February gold contract gained 70 cents at $1,322.30 US an ounce and the March copper contract was down three cents to $3.23 US a pound.

© The Canadian Press, 2018
The Canadian Press

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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 3.2-pct in 2017, sharply short of target

Posted on 05 January 2018 by admin

 

Jan 05, 2018.

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals grew 3.2 percent to 2,116,407 million in 2017, falling sharply short of a 2.5 million target announced by Tourism Minister John Amaratunga, for the second year in a row.

Sri Lanka also failed to reach a 2.2 million target, which Minister Amaratunga said will be comfortably exceeded to 2.5 million in 2016.

The tourism ministry blamed the closure of the main airport for repairs (which was known before the target was set), a countrywide dengue epidemic and floods in the South for the anaemic growth.

But Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority data said December arrivals grew 8.8 percent to 244,536 from 224,791 in 2016, the ministry said.

India continued to be the top source market with 384,628 arrivals up 7.8 percent.

Chinese arrivals had fallen 1 percent to 268,952. UK was up 7.3 percent to 201,879.

The Katunayake airport was the entry point for 2,085,272 tourists, while 5,491 landed in Mattala, 10,569, entered from Colombo Harbour, 14,099 from Galle Harbour and 976 at other ports. (Colombo/Dec05/2018)

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