PRIORITIES FOR THE NEXT PRESIDENT A talk given at ICES, 17th December 2014. Photo courtesy Al Jazeera. I want to thank Mario and the family of ICES for asking me to make this presentation on what should be the priorities for the next president. There are of course many issues but I will present what I think are the most important aspects. To begin ...

Discussing climate change with the Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka As the COP20 comes to a close in Peru, France is starting to prepare the COP21 which it will host in 2015, H.E. Mr Jean-Paul Monchau, the Ambassador of France explains the importance of these conferences which are significant milestones in the field of international climate change mitigation. Interview conducted by staff at the French Embassy in Colombo.  What was the ...

Over the past weeks, Sriganesh Lokanathan and I made multiple presentations on the above subject to potential funders and data donors in multiple countries, using the slideset given here. In an ideal world, we would be using our energy making presentations to those could make better informed policy decisions as a result (we have done such presentations and plan to ...

England name final squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Eoin Morgan announced as England ODI captain for Cricket World Cup and Tri-Series against Australia and India in January. England selectors today announced a 15-man squad for the tri-series against Australia and India next month and the ICC Cricket World Cup. Selectors have made three changes to the one-day squad that lost 5-2 to Sri Lanka earlier this month. ...

Development, Moral Order and Power-Money Politics: Critical Thoughts Photo courtesy Marvellous Sri Lanka Interesting arguments and counter arguments emerge from the political stage in Sri Lanka these days as the campaigning for the Presidential election heats up. Political leaders on various pretexts claim guardianship of the nation. Both main candidates have made promises to create a better society focusing on discipline and moral order as well as ...

Thirimanne and Eranga shine on Day 1 in NZ Sri Lanka kicked off their New Zealand series with a two-day practise match at against the New Zealand Chairman’s XI at Queenstown Events Centre today. Sri Lankans team captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and elected to bat first this morning. The visitors declared the first innings on 173 for 9 with Lahiru Thirimanne top scoring with 49. Prasanna Jayawardena ...

Search for WC opener to continue in NZ Sri Lanka has not abandoned their search for an opening partner to Tillakaratne Dilshan in the upcoming World Cup as they will be using the two-Test series in New Zealand to try and fill that slot. Although they have Mahela Jayawardene as an option Sri Lanka are still keen to find a ...

Beyond Lithium: Smartphone Battery Woes I have a friend who’s a smartphone enthusiast. Well, all of us do, but in my case, this particular friend – let’s call him R – is genuinely holy-shit-did-you-see-that-<insert inconsequential update / hack here>- crazy, and it’s fair to say he’s hacked more high-end smartphones that I’ve ever owned. R and I have one big argument between us: the battery ...

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Toulon Signs All Black Ma’a Nonu The mass exodus of experienced All Blacks players has begun with Dan Carter being joined in France by Ma’a Nonu post Rugby World Cup 2015. Nonu will join the other superstars at Toulon. Which other All Blacks will head overseas after Rugby World Cup 2015? There are plenty of the experienced All Blacks who are over 30 years old and ...

Jayathilake Bandara admitted to hospital-Violence by Thugs of
Rajapaksha Family The street campaign today have faced serious violence situation when they arrived to Hambantota district and started today campaign. Hundreds of Mahinda Rajapaksha family supporters with local politesians have surrounded the team and attack them. Jayathilake Bandara, who was being attacked previously during the same campaign while they conduct campaign in north central province, seriously attacked, wounded by this attack. ...

New Zealand name squad for Sri Lanka Test Blackcaps captain Brendon McCullum will revert to his customary middle-order batting position for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. McCullum opened the batting in all three Tests during the recent series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, scoring a double-century in the final match at Sharjah. However, New Zealand Cricket’s GM National Selection ...

Afridi to retire from ODIs after World Cup Pakistani start all-rounder Shahid Afridi announced that he will quit playing One Day Internationals after the World Cup next year. Speaking at a press conference today, the right hander stated that he will focus on T20 Internationals hoping to feature for Pakistan at the 2016 World T20 in India. The 34 year old said: “I am the first Pakistan player to ...

“Our people decided not to play SLCG again,” types a member on the Gamer.LK forums. “Our mtach was scheduled at 12 and we played at like 7.” A string of replies follows. One of them, from a player by the name of Peace, formely of Tech Morph’s feared Team Outlaws: “Well, for our info, every other slcg before this i ...

Sri Lanka’s key one-day bowler Lasith Malinga will in all probability return to play international cricket towards the tailend of the seven match one-day international series in New Zealand. Malinga underwent surgery on a troubled ankle and is currently recuperating. He missed the last two ODI series against India and England. “Malinga is still recovering from surgery and everything is ...

Sesquicentennial Sesquicentennial ROYSTON REPORTS, Number 235 Sunday, 21 December 2014. Greetings at Christmas to readers around the world for a jolly good time of well-deserved indulgence. Tropical Christmas It’s Christmas in The Living Room. (not mine but the tavern in Galle Fort) Christmas in Sri Lanka is sublimely tropical and it’s not an extreme sport to swim on Christmas Day, as ...

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