https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115640/eight_col_000_8XQ9TA.jpg?1608926733 Pope Francis has called on world leaders to ensure unfettered access to coronavirus vaccines for everyone. This handout photo taken on December 25, 2020, and released by the Vatican press office, the Vatican Media, shows Pope Francis (C) delivering his streamed Urbi et Orbi blessing from the Vatican Blessing hall. Photo: VATICAN MEDIA via AFP In a Christmas Day address delivered online for the first time, the pontiff warned against putting up “walls” to treatments. The pandemic meant this year the annual Urbi et Orbi message was not presented from the balcony at St Peter’s Basilica to huge crowds, as is tradition. Instead the Pope spoke from a lectern in a chamber inside the Vatican. Pope Francis’ warning comes amid concerns that wealthier countries are buying up disproportionate doses of vaccines to the detriment of poorer ones. “May the Son of God renew in political and government leaders a ...

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Source:dailymirror The Sri Lankans who are stranded overseas would have the opportunity to return to the country from December 26 onwards without obtaining clearance from the Sri Lankan Foreign Affairs Ministry, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CASL) Chairman Upul Dharmadasa said. So far these Sri Lankans have been advised to register with the External Affairs Ministry for clearance before landing. However, the Sri Lankans who are returning using this opportunity, should be subject to PCR tests, he said. “Airport is equipped with the facility to perform around 3,500 PCR tests in a day.” Therefore, the number of Lankans arriving the country is limited to a maximum of 3,500 per day”, Mr. Dharmadasa added. Source link ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Daya-Jayasundera.jpg Daya Jayasundera Daya Jayasundera was one of the top sportsmen who hailed from Kandy. He joined the Police in 1968 as a Sub Inspector and worked his way to the top. He had a charming personality which won the hearts of everyone whom he came across. He was honest to say the least and was very proud of the police uniform he wore. A product of Dharmaraja College where he played cricket hockey and was a boxer and athlete in the early 1960”s.. After school he started playing rugger at Nittawela, where he played for Kandy SC He went to Nittawela during the time of Maurice Perera’s coaching and played under Y.C. Chang in 1967. It was at Kandy Sports Club that he first played rugger as during his school days there was no rugger at his school. It was after a Kandy Sports Club- Police game at Nittawela, ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cost-of-living-on-the-rise-1.jpg Cost of living on the rise-by Nisal Baduge Source:Dailymirror Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) staged a protest in Maharagama claiming that people are burdened with the cost of living and therefore, the protesters urge the authorities to provide relief to people. Pix Nisal Baduge The post Cost of living on the rise-by Nisal Baduge appeared first on eLanka. Source link ...

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Source:Dailynews Trinity College’s governing body Old Trintians Rugby Scrummage was the brainchild of Kenneth Boteju who played for Trinity in the late 1940’s. Boteju started it around 1992 together with his friend Rajah ‘Dabar’ Adihetty. He gathered some former players including M.T..M.Zarook, Dr. Robert Sourjah, Dr. Abeyratne, Dr. KennethGunawardena, Wilhelm Balthazaar, and Ken de Joodt. Dr. Robert Sourjah was the first chairman with Dr. Kenneth Gunawardena as vice chairman, Kenneth Boteju as secretary, Dabar Adihetty as treasurer. This organization’s main objectives, are to promote and develop rugby from junior to senior level and it gives a big hand for the game, and is all-out to give their best when the Coronavirus epidemic comes to an end This is the first time in history since 1945 the Bradby Shield game was not played. The chairman of the Scrummage Channa Pathirana says at present sports is facing a crisis never seen before ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Zubair-Doray.jpg Zubair Doray Source:Dailynews Former Wesleyite Zubair Doray who died on Saturday was a fine sportsman. In school he excelled in Rugby, Cricket and Hockey. He was an attacking full back who turned out for Wesley College from 1979-1981. After leaving school he joined the CR & FC and played for the Longden place club from 1982-1987 manning the last line of defence. He donned the Sri Lanka jersey at the 1982 Rugby Asiad in Singapore and 1984 Asiad in Fukuoka City Japan. He also represented the Sri Lanka seven a side rugby team at the Hong Kong sevens. His younger brother scrum half late Farcy Doray also turned out for Wesley College and was a member of the Clifford cup winning CR & FC teams which was captained by Christopher Jordashe in 1987-1988. Zubair’s youngest son Murshid Doray went on to captain Wesley college in 2019 and was a ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Behold.jpg Source:Sundayobserver Karu Jayasuriya’s comments about the pillars of democracy being assailed by the present government has a plantation Raj era flavour to it. Failing planters were used to oppressing labour and the minor staff in the tea estates in that waning era of the post-independence plantation economy. Justice was not their strong suit. They rode roughshod over the labour force, and meted out unjust punishment, physically and verbally abusing hapless labourers. But at high tea, or over a pint of pale ale they boasted to anyone they accosted about which College they hailed from, and how honour and justice was such an integral part of their old school upbringing. Pukka Sahibs liked to do this. They swore that only they knew the value of honour and integrity, and all about being the paragons of virtue. Karu Jayasuriya is an anachronism. He should have been a periya dorai in a ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/St.-Peters-College-prodigy-Rohan-Buultjens.jpg St. Peter’s College prodigy Rohan Buultjens, who was adjudged Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1981, then and now One of the promising cricketers of yesteryear who had been unfortunate not to go beyond the pinnacle of school cricket was Rohan Buultjens, who was adjudged Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year in 1981. The brilliant cricketer from St. Peter’s College, Colombo, was only the third cricketer to win the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year title after Ranjan Madugalle (1979 in the inaugural year) and Arjuna Ranatunga (second winner in 1980), both went on to captain Sri Lanka with distinction. Although Buultjens was outstanding during his school career, he was not able to go beyond that, confining his career only to five first class matches. But it was Buultjens’ extraordinary talent which deprived Ranatunga from going for a superb record in the 42-year-old history of the Observer Schoolboy ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Rajiva-Wijetunga.jpg Very few people will know that sportsman Rajiva Wijetunge has completed fifty years in sporting activities this year. This is because he is an unassuming person who continued to do what he loved most and did not look for wide publicity. Neither did he shine in one particular sport to be the cynosure of all eyes and be under the spotlight in the media. He continued to be involved actively and as an administrator for table tennis. He attended Royal College Colombo where he did athletics, cricket and table tennis with much success. His pet events in athletics were the shot putt and discus throw and emerged as champion in the under-14, 15, 16, 17 and 19 categories from 1972 to ’79. He also represented Royal at the Public Schools meets, Ceylon Junior Schools Games and National Schools in spot putt and discus throw. He also played cricket and ...

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