Felt so much love for someone before…. Cared about someone so much before…. Wanted to be with someone so much before…. So many firsts….. so much hope…..so much love….

I could not find a better illustration of the positive externalities of broadband than this story about Detroit, a once great American city: Detroit has the worst rate of Internet access of any big American city, with four in 10 of its 689,000 residents lacking broadband, according to the Federal Communications Commission. While difficulties in connecting to the Internet in ...

At just before 5:00am on the 21st of May 2016, Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala became the first Sri Lankan ever to reach the summit of Mt Everest (29,029ft).  She is said to have departed from Camp 4 at around 9pm the previous evening and along with her Sherpa continued to the summit. She is now descending to a lower base camp. Jayanthi ...

May 19 came and went, literally without much of a flutter. Very few Sri Lankans remembered that on this historic day, seven years ago, we defeated terrorism – a feat not accomplished so far elsewhere in modern history. Hence, not many hoisted the National Flag. The incumbent Defense Secretary, Karunasena Hettiarachchi, explaining the government position, […]

President Obama was at Rutgers University recently and in the course of his speech said: “In politics and in life, ignorance is not an option” In a Sri Lankan context, especially with reference to school rugby, we could go a step further and say that ‘wilful ignorance’ should not be an option. Because at the centre of all the finger-pointing ...

Sri Lanka’s brave mountaineering duo Jayanthi and Johann are days away from attempting the last surge to the summit. Jayanthi and Johann are awaiting a weather window that would permit them to reach the summit of the highest peak of the world. Here is a  short note where they describe the progress they’ve made as conveyed through their support team ...

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Part 2 of the Interview with Sidath Wettimuny, discussing domestic cricket Listen On Island Cricket Subscribe on  iTunes Tunein Radio Sticher Radio SoundCloud Hosts Andrew Fernando is Sri Lanka’s Cricinfo correspondent. He tweets @andrewffernando. Damith is a cricket writer and podcaster at www.theflyslip and tweets @theflyslip Tweet The post Interview with Sidath Wettimuny (Part 2) appeared first on The Flyslip. ...

Fading My entry to the Amnesty International Poetry Comp – failed to be among the top 5 A disappearance Is an extinction event Of an inimitable species – one unique creature Loved by another, perhaps in sickness and in health In lip-paste and shoulder-knot Now resting on pages of a scrap book – in tidal saudade When one strain of melancholy ...

We carried a related story in February, but that lacked specifics on AAE-1. This Chinese report provides the details. But China Unicom cannot provide connectivity to Myanmar operators under the present arrangements. The Asia-Africa-Europe Cable System (AAE-1) cable landed in Myanmar on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, according to China Unicom, the Landing Party in Myanmar for the cable. The Chinese ...

Today I was dragged to a family friend’s son’s homecoming. It was a little overwhelming coz I met many of my father’s friends who claim to know me and have taken care of me but I seem to have no memory of. It led to dad’s friends talking about him, the last thing they did with him, the last time ...

The issue of constrained access to finance for SMEs continues to plague our small business sector, and it is often blamed on the narrow approach to SME lending by banks. The lack of cashflow-based lending, the heavy focus on high collateral requirements, inability to assess risk in SMEs, are the usual suspects. These are all […]

‘Heavy military presence’, ‘military occupied land’, ‘irregularities of the military’, ‘prolonged detention’, ‘signs of torture’ are phrases we frequently hear nowadays with concern to our military. We are again confounded with the one question whether our military are heroes or villains. The Tamil National Alliance-led Tamil politicians along with India and the West-led International Community […] ...

When governments do it, it’s called censorship. But when companies do it, it’s only problematic. Back in 2007, Verizon declined to give Naral Pro Choice America a short code so their supporters could receive texts (this was long ago, before smartphones). Verizon was a common carrier. It was licensed. It had obligations. Google has refused to carry ads from usurious ...

Few days back, I was part of a panel discussing the Sri Lanka RTI Bill that has gone through Constitutional Review. This was on Rupavahini, the government-owned channel. The Deputy Minister in charge of shepherding the bill through Parliament and a lawyer who had intervened in the Constitutional Review were the other members. The first time I engaged with the ...

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