She certainly is. An amazing performer, if ever there was one. Also brings back memories of another “Circus-Girl” I knew, back in the 50’s. Donavan Andree booked them to tour Ceylon, and I was lucky enough to join this group in a show titled Continental Non-stop Revue, & toured Ceylon with them. The Juggler/Contortionist in this show was an English beauty-rose whose name was Lily. This is another story for eLanka, another time, but I do wish we could have featured this Juggler like no other on our Revue.         When I see someone who is so very special at what they do, generally  eLankans, I wish to share it with you, so here goes. I am almost sure that she is not Lily, but then Lily would have been proud of her, as well. Here she is, folks, The Juggler like no other.       ...

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An Australian startup has landed funding and a major partner to test its AI assessment app on tuna for a Sri Lankan supermarket chain. Source:Theleadsouthaustralia Created in Adelaide, South Australia, the GoMicro AI microscope has previously been used in a kit to diagnose leishmaniasis in war-torn nations, in schools as a teaching tool and on farms to identify pests. It is now being tested to grade tuna for consumption in Sri Lanka. The GoMicro technology combines a mobile phone microscope attachment with an artificial intelligence suite that is able to recognised patterns and objects with a fraction of the number of photos usually required. GoMicro CEO and Founder Sivam Krish said that their AI microscopy tool had impressed an investor in Sri Lanka because it had the ability to grade seafood, such as tuna, with a database of 100s of photos instead of tens of thousands. “We now have an ...

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Mickey Arthur smiles  Source:ESPN Mickey Arthur, Sri Lanka’s coach and a member of the ICC’s cricket committee, is insistent that more international cricket must be played over the next few months if the game is to rebound from a difficult year. Although Sri Lanka has largely kept a lid on Covid-19 transmissions through the course of the year, the men’s national team has been out of action since February, with series against England, India, South Africa and Bangladesh all postponed. There are two possible international tours coming up – a Test tour to South Africa in December and January, plus a home Test series against England later in January. That England series is the two-Test tour that was postponed from March this year, and which the boards have tentatively agreed to reschedule for January. ALSO READ: England’s winter tours – what is the current state of play? “We need to get ...

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A rare double international to come out of the school by the canal in Bambalapitiya St.Peter’s College in the 1960’s and 1970’s was ROYDEN DE SILVA who could be described as one of the finest players to handle a rugby and a basketball. Source:Dailynews Nice and strongly built for sport, this lad was unassuming, likeable and who had a string of friends and supporters who admired and cheered his amazing natural ability in both sports. DE SILVA who did yeoman service for his school, club and later Sri Lanka will be honoured by his club Havelock Sports Club and will be deservedly elected a Life Member of the historic Havelocks Sports Club at its AG today. When his name is proposed, seconded and confirmed there sure would be deafening cheers from the members present. The golden era To his basketball career and he played during what could be described as ...

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Lentil as Anything founder Shanaka Fernando says the pandemic has hit his not-for-profit restaurants hard.(ABC News: Gemma Hall) Source:ABC “Pay what you feel” has been the catchcry of the iconic Lentil as Anything restaurants for 20 years. But now, the charity with three restaurants in Melbourne and one in Sydney is asking the community to give back. Under Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdown, the not-for-profit restaurants have lost their generous diners but are still handing out thousands of meals to those who have lost their jobs and their homes. “It has been a real loss to us not having the generous donors who come and eat and donate and subsidise the people who can’t afford to pay”, founder Shanaka Fernando said. Since March, the restaurants have provided 130,000 free meals for vulnerable Australians and the international students who have been struggling to fend for themselves. Italian student Francesca Papo volunteers at the ...

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Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents a deepening of New Zealand’s relationship with the Pacific and reflects our enduring commitment to the region. “It recognises the unique challenges that some of our Pacific partners face in international trade caused by their relative size, distance from markets and high cost structures.” Australia, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and New Zealand have now ratified. The remaining signatories that are yet to ratify are Nauru, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. “PACER Plus will make trade easier for signatories to the agreement, which will grow jobs, boost sustainable economic growth and contribute to a safer and more prosperous Pacific,” David ...

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