Lanka Briefly for 21/09/19

  • President tells PSC Hemasiri lied and gave contradictory evidence (The Island)
  • Foreign buying returns but Bourse negative (Daily FT)
  • Time given to Govt. Analyst to submit report on British garbage extended (The Island)
  • Petition challenging takeover of Rupavahini by President on September 27 (The Island)
  • RW wants executive presidency move to be inclusive (Daily FT)
  • Lankan envoy in Beijing says Chinese firm relocated and withdrew from Lotus Tower Project (Daily FT)
  • Sajith faction flays TT move, declares abolition of excutive presidency won’t be a polls promise (The Island)
  • President tells PSC he was kept in dark about imminent terror threats (Daily FT)
  • Finance

  • Mobitel Cash Bonanza illuminates Dehiattakandiya (Daily FT)
  • Local experts offer insights on $480 m MCC compact projects (Daily FT)
  • SOS Children’s Villages keen to see Sri Lanka’s one-off donors turn into regular givers (The Island)
  • Unilever and Sathosa award 3 prime plots and gold coins to ‘Sathosa Idam Nidhanaya Season 3’ winners (Daily FT)
  • Selling pressure intensifying on banking sector stock counters (The Island)
  • FineTech hosts CXO Round-Table with G-Suite (The Island)
  • Sampath Bank principal sponsor of ‘Swarna Pusthaka’ Awards ceremony for 9th consecutive year (Daily FT)
  • DFCC partners CNCI Achiever Award 2019 for second consecutive year (Daily FT)
  • Opinion

  • The Prime Minister Is Dead (Daily Mirror)
  • Strike not for cash but against climate change – EDITORIAL (Daily Mirror)
  • Premadasa, Père et Fils (Daily FT)
  • SOMEONE KEEP SCORE! (Daily Mirror)
  • State of the economy of Sri Lanka (Daily FT)
  • Yahapalana promoters, vultures and patience (Daily Mirror)
  • Two things shippers should watch out and prepare for in 2020 (Daily FT)
  • SRI LANKA’S REALITIES! (Daily Mirror)
  • World

  • Germany plans €54bn climate deal amid 500 protests (BBC News)
  • Trump dismisses whistleblower’s ‘ridiculous story’ (BBC News)
  • US sanctions Iran’s central bank in wake of Aramco attacks (Al Jazeera English)
  • Prince Andrew ‘was an abuser’ – Epstein accuser (BBC News)
  • Voter confronts Trudeau over blackface (BBC News)
  • Cuba’s ‘sonic weapon’ may have been mosquito gas (BBC News)
  • Criminal charges for Brazil dam disaster firms (BBC News)
  • ‘War is the only solution’: What Iranians think could happen next in the US conflict (ABC News)
  • Climate

  • Climate change protests spread around the world (ABC News)
  • How the media can help young people create zero carbon societies (The Conversation)
  • Student activists talk about why the climate strike matters (ABC News)
  • If robots take our jobs, what will it mean for climate change? (The Conversation)
  • Sports

  • Singapore GP: Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen (BBC Sport)
  • Alex Hales: Ashley Giles says England door not closed for batsman (BBC Sport)
  • Premier League: Southampton face Bournemouth – Redmond returns for Saints (BBC Sport)
  • Oliver McCall: The boxer who beat Lennox Lewis 25 years ago – and is still fighting aged 54 (BBC Sport)
  • Abdelhak Nouri: The Ajax prodigy who suffered permanent brain damage (BBC Sport)
  • Japan 30-10 Russia: Hosts win opening match at Rugby World Cup (BBC Sport)
  • Fuji hogs the horizon as ITV fails to park stereotypes but passes World Cup test (The Guardian)
  • Rugby World Cup: France name Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont to face Argentina (BBC Sport)

  • Further reading

  • The infamous windmill problem (Aeon)
  • Why Simone de Beauvoir didn’t believe in being ‘a strong woman’ (Aeon)
  • Upton Sinclair (Jstor)
  • Could Eating Sea Urchins Help Revive Kelp Forests? (Smithsonian)
  • The Invention of Sibling Rivalry (Jstor)
  • An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids (Wired)
  • Barber Marina in Elberta, Alabama (Atlas Obscura)
  • This Picasso painting had never been seen before. Until a neural network painted it. (MIT Tech Review)

  • Straya Briefly for 21/09/19

  • Scott Morrison applauds America’s ‘moral purpose’ while meeting Donald Trump (The Guardian)
  • Tigers through to AFL grand final after beating Cats (ABC news)
  • Home affairs boss Mike Pezzullo reveals he negotiates with trusted reporters on sensitive leaks (The Guardian)
  • Jock Palfreeman leaves Bulgarian prison after being granted parole (ABC news)
  • Apra’s bid to ban IOOF bosses from superannuation industry thrown out (The Guardian)
  • Climate change protests spread around the world (ABC news)
  • Matt Okine: ‘I wish we were taught as boys that it’s OK to be hurt’ (The Guardian)
  • Thousands of roses and not a single hamburger: All you need to know about the US state dinner (ABC news)
  • Finance

  • Australia may ban Boeing 737 Max even if US gives it all-clear (The Guardian)
  • It’s Newstart pay rise day. You’re in line for 24 cents, which is peanuts (The Conversation)
  • APRA fails to disqualify IOOF executives, in case full of ‘systematic weakness’ (ABC News)
  • Plans to build Dan Murphy’s liquor outlet near Aboriginal communities rejected (ABC News)
  • A training college has just been hit with a record $26m fine it will never pay. Here’s why (ABC News)
  • The big budget question is why the surplus wasn’t big (The Conversation)
  • Kiribati cuts ties with Taiwan to switch to China, days after Solomon Islands (ABC News)
  • Meet the man behind Floriade’s 32 years of magic (ABC News)
  • Opinion

  • McKell makes unsupportable claims about superannuation and wages (Grattan)
  • When our planet is under attack we have to stand up and fight back (The Guardian)
  • Today’s Newstart payrise is peanuts. This can’t go on forever (ABC News)
  • Eagle hunters, yurts and greasy mutton: how food poisoning in Mongolia brought me closer to nature (The Guardian)
  • Global climate strikes: Don’t say you’re sorry. We need people who can take action to TAKE ACTUAL ACTION (The Guardian)
  • The Government is shameless in tossing favours to crossbenchers. This week it was Pauline Hanson’s turn (ABC News)
  • China, the world, and us (Inside Story)
  • Modern coaches dump the terrifying spray for a new approach and reap the rewards (ABC News)
  • World

  • Germany plans €54bn climate deal amid 500 protests (BBC News)
  • Trump dismisses whistleblower’s ‘ridiculous story’ (BBC News)
  • US sanctions Iran’s central bank in wake of Aramco attacks (Al Jazeera English)
  • Prince Andrew ‘was an abuser’ – Epstein accuser (BBC News)
  • Voter confronts Trudeau over blackface (BBC News)
  • Cuba’s ‘sonic weapon’ may have been mosquito gas (BBC News)
  • Criminal charges for Brazil dam disaster firms (BBC News)
  • ‘War is the only solution’: What Iranians think could happen next in the US conflict (ABC News)
  • Climate

  • Climate change protests spread around the world (ABC News)
  • How the media can help young people create zero carbon societies (The Conversation)
  • Student activists talk about why the climate strike matters (ABC News)
  • If robots take our jobs, what will it mean for climate change? (The Conversation)
  • Sports

  • Singapore GP: Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen (BBC Sport)
  • Alex Hales: Ashley Giles says England door not closed for batsman (BBC Sport)
  • Premier League: Southampton face Bournemouth – Redmond returns for Saints (BBC Sport)
  • Oliver McCall: The boxer who beat Lennox Lewis 25 years ago – and is still fighting aged 54 (BBC Sport)
  • Abdelhak Nouri: The Ajax prodigy who suffered permanent brain damage (BBC Sport)
  • Japan 30-10 Russia: Hosts win opening match at Rugby World Cup (BBC Sport)
  • Fuji hogs the horizon as ITV fails to park stereotypes but passes World Cup test (The Guardian)
  • Rugby World Cup: France name Romain Ntamack and Antoine Dupont to face Argentina (BBC Sport)

  • Further reading

  • The infamous windmill problem (Aeon)
  • Why Simone de Beauvoir didn’t believe in being ‘a strong woman’ (Aeon)
  • Upton Sinclair (Jstor)
  • Could Eating Sea Urchins Help Revive Kelp Forests? (Smithsonian)
  • The Invention of Sibling Rivalry (Jstor)
  • An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids (Wired)
  • Barber Marina in Elberta, Alabama (Atlas Obscura)
  • This Picasso painting had never been seen before. Until a neural network painted it. (MIT Tech Review)

  • Lanka Briefly for 20/09/19

     

    • Cabinet meeting to rush 20A through P’ment ends amidst strong opposition (Daily FT)
    • Fresh global TV advertising campaign to boost Sri Lanka tourism goes live from today on CNN (Daily FT)
    • At Namal Rajapaksa’s wedding reception (Daily Mirror)

     

    • PREZ POLL ON NOV.16 (Daily Mirror)
    • Dhammika’s Hayleys nets Innovative Exporter of the Year (Daily FT)
    • Brandix awarded ‘Exporter of the Year’ at Presidential Export Awards (Daily FT)
    • Three pay deposits to contest presidential poll (Daily FT)

     

    Finance

    • Thai tourism guru Kalin Sarisin meets with Malik (Daily FT)
    • Leading restaurateurs unite to serve up Colombo City Restaurant Collective (Daily FT)
    • Deloitte India President to keynote Most Admired Company Awards (Daily FT)
    • Six Lankan garment manufacturers on show at Texworld Paris September edition (Daily FT)

     

    • Asia Securities’ InsideTrack Series takes up ‘2020; Positioning for a Consumer Reboot’ (Daily FT)
    • Malik says Govt. will not back down from economic reform efforts (Daily FT)
    • Indian industrialists vie multi-million Sri Lanka projects spurred by record Exim backing (Daily FT)
    • Litro Gas Lanka clinches two NIOSH awards for exceptional HSE strategy and practice (Daily FT)

     

    Opinion

    • Enter Karu Jayasuriya: UNP crisis deepens (Daily Mirror)
    • British-inspired land laws that deprived Kandyans of their right to land (Daily FT)
    • For children’s sake, let there be peace in Yemen? (Daily Mirror)
    • GMOA shouldn’t lose human touch – Editorial (Daily Mirror)

     

    • “Crisis” beyond 9/16 and importance of JVP (Daily Mirror)
    • Where did Dr. Upul go wrong (Daily Mirror)
    • ABOLITION: A bluff of presidential proportions (Daily Mirror)
    • To win over Working Committee majority UNP factions in a race against time Is Karu compromise candidate? (Daily Mirror)

     

    World

    • Canadians react to Trudeau ‘brownface’ images (BBC News)
    • Teen held in fatal stabbing that bystanders filmed (BBC News)
    • Tunisia’s ousted ex-president dies in exile (BBC News)
    • Major flooding and heavy rain hit southeast Texas (BBC News)

     

    • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos promises climate-change action (BBC News)
    • FIFA tells Iran it is time to allow women into stadiums to watch soccer (ABC News)
    • Trudeau faces third revelation of racist conduct (BBC News)
    • Gantz party says no to Netanyahu-led unity government (Al Jazeera English)

     

    Climate

    • ‘Better off with the devil we know’: Concerns raised over Australia’s largest wind farm (ABC News)
    • We can all do our bit to tackle the climate crisis (The Guardian)
    • Climate change: children are carving out a place in politics – now adults must listen and act (The Conversation)
    • Taking back the hills: a tale of women rights and lands in the Catalan Pyrenees (The Conversation)

     

    Sports

    • 2019 World Athletics Championship: Lord Coe won’t ‘gag’ protesting athletes (BBC Sport)
    • Neymar: Barcelona ‘did everything possible’ to re-sign Paris Saint-Germain forward (BBC Sport)
    • Europa League – build-up to Arsenal in Frankfurt, before Man Utd and Wolves play (BBC Sport)
    • Europa League: Rennes v Celtic build-up followed by Rangers v Feyenoord (BBC Sport)

     

    • New Blades owner Prince Abdullah would do business with Bin Laden family (BBC Sport)
    • Rugby World Cup 2019: England, Wales, Ireland & Scotland poised for start (BBC Sport)
    • Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan to go ahead as planned (Cricinfo)
    • Singapore Grand Prix: Robert Kubica to leave Williams at end of 2019 season (BBC Sport)

    Further reading

    • Prison, spectacle, refuge (Aeon)
    • Lions in the corner (Aeon)
    • New York City has big plans—and $20 billion—to save itself from climate change (MIT Tech Review)
    • This Simple Structure Unites All Human Languages – Issue 76: Language (Nautilus)

     

    • 101 Dining Table at Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, India (Atlas Obscura)
    • When New Yorkers Burned Down a Quarantine Hospital (Jstor)
    • Talking Is Throwing Fictional Worlds at One Another – Issue 76: Language (Nautilus)
    • Trump is trying to revoke California’s right to set its own car pollution rules (MIT Tech Review)