Lanka Briefly for 07/06/2020

Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • ‘Nobody can remove me as Colombo’s Mayor’ says Rosy Senanayake (The Island)
  • India overtakes Italy in cases amid easing of lockdown (Sunday Observer)
  • ‘Taxes on some food commodities increased to tide over economic crisis’ – PM (The Island)
  • Four positive cases reported, COVID-19 : total infected 1810 – UPDATE (Sunday Observer)
  • Preparing for Poson (Daily Mirror)
  • WHO advises to wear masks in public areas (Sunday Observer)
  • Opinion

  • Fantasy & Reality: “New Abnormal”, Debt Relief, Food Security, Exports: No Easy Road To Economic Survival (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Mayor Rosy taken by storm for re-targeting stray dogs (Daily Mirror)
  • SC dismisses FR petitions; let’s get set for elections (Daily Mirror)
  • George Floyd protests: Decisive time to end racism (Daily Mirror)
  • Central Bank Independence & Economic Recovery (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Call to  Animal Welfare and Protection Associations (The Island)
  • Business

  • AIA names winners of Healthiest Workplace Survey (The Island)
  • Colombo Fort Lands to privately place 19.7 million new shares (The Island)
  • Central Bank to pay Rs. 600,000 each to The Finance depositors from June 07 (The Island)
  • Baurs celebrate 123 years with ‘ABC for Life’ philosophy (The Island)
  • Automatic body temperature measuring system (The Island)
  • Lee Yuan Siong Assumes Group Chief Executive and President Role at AIA (The Island)
  • World

  • Protesters have been filmed dodging a stray horse which ran through a march in London (ABC)
  • US policemen charged for shoving elderly protester (BBC News)
  • Live: Massive crowds gather in US cities as protests continue (ABC)
  • How US police avoid scrutiny and keep power (Deutsche Welle)
  • Live updates: Thousands rally in George Floyd protests against racism police brutality (Deutsche Welle)
  • Buffalo police officers charged with assault for shoving a 75-year-old protester (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Covid-19 relief for fossil fuel industries risks green recovery plans (The Guardian)
  • More than a third of NSW rainforests found to have been hit by Australian bushfires (The Guardian)
  • Bruno Latour: ‘This is a global catastrophe that has come from within’ (The Guardian)
  • Italian oil major Eni to restructure, creating ‘energy evolution’ unit to push green transition (IEEFA)
  • Count international flights from UK in emissions targets, urges thinktank (The Guardian)
  • Rain plays a surprising role in making some restored prairies healthier than others (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • Premier League coronavirus testing: No positive results from latest tests (BBC Sport)
  • Transfer rumours: Havertz, Werner, Rabiot, Chilwell, Rugani (BBC Sport)
  • Bundesliga teams show support for Black Lives Matter movement (BBC Sport)
  • Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Bayern Munich: Champions need two wins to retain Bundesliga title (BBC Sport)
  • Novak Djokovic: US Open coronavirus protocols ‘extreme’ (BBC Sport)
  • RB Leipzig 1-1 Paderborn: Chelsea-bound Timo Werner sets up goal (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Is Hiring More Black Officers the Key to Reducing Police Violence? (Jstor)
  • China and Iran Tried to Hack the Biden and Trump Campaigns (Wired)
  • Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway in Basingstoke, England (Atlas Obscura)
  • Sunday Creek Coal Company Mine No. 6 in Millfield, Ohio (Atlas Obscura)
  • How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat (Wired)
  • How a Beer Historian Is Documenting COVID-19’s Impact on Brewing (Atlas Obscura)

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    Lanka Briefly for 06/06/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • US-based lobby group condemns new Presidential task forces; alleges they signal deep militarisation (Daily FT)
  • ‘US official acted against Vienna Convention on Consular Relations’ (The Island)
  • Direct returnees for quarantine Only after PCR test results are known (Daily Mirror)
  • Covid-19 must not prevent any elector from voting – Election monitors (The Island)
  • “Lankadeepa Aloka Pooja” illumination ceremony in historic Thanthirimale (Daily Mirror)
  • UNP WC to meet on Monday to decide on disciplinary action against LG rebels (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Constitutional crisis: Back to square one (Daily Mirror)
  • Covid-19: Is Globalisation An Opportunity Or A Threat? (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Police Brutality & Racism: Parallels Between Black Floyd In US & Muslim Tariq In Sri Lanka! (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Take A New Step On The World Environment Day, June 5, 2020 (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Palestinian lives matter too! (The Island)
  • US’ Brutal ‘Floyd’ Killing : Lessons Unlearnt, As Institutional Racism Continues! (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Business

  • CAASL issues new guidelines for passengers and airline crew (Daily FT)
  • Pelwatte strives to cater to local consumer demand for dairy products despite COVID-19 challenges (Daily FT)
  • Drug firm to begin making potential virus vaccine (The Island)
  • Emirates offers flights for passengers to 29 cities, resumes transits through Dubai hub (The Island)
  • Tech Entrepreneur Wellington Perera, invests and joins Board of Startup Cemex HRM (The Island)
  • 160 CEOs and business representatives contribute to AHK Sri Lanka Business Outlook Survey (The Island)
  • World

  • China warns against travel to Australia amid ‘alarming increase in acts of racial discrimination’ (SBS)
  • French army kills Al Qaeda North Africa chief Droukdel, captures IS group leader (ABC)
  • Australia has Norman Swan. India has Shamika Ravi (ABC)
  • Al-Qaeda chief in north Africa killed, France says (BBC News)
  • Coronavirus Special Podcast #19 | When COVID-19 and Ebola strike at the same time (Deutsche Welle)
  • Live: DC paints huge ‘Black Lives Matter’ on streets outside White House (ABC)
  • Climate

  • American lobster, sea scallop habitat could shift off the northeast (Science Daily)
  • It’s time to rethink the disrupted US food system from the ground up (The Conversation)
  • Vattenfall to build 1.5GW, subsidy-free offshore wind farm, world’s largest, in North Sea (IEEFA)
  • New Zealand readers tell us how they want the country to change after Covid-19 (The Guardian)
  • Atmospheric CO2 levels rise sharply despite Covid-19 lockdowns (The Guardian)
  • Mangrove trees won’t survive sea-level rise by 2050 if emissions aren’t cut (Science Daily)
  • Sport

  • Transfer rumours: Havertz, Grealish, Chilwell, Thiago Silva, Sane, Aarons (BBC Sport)
  • Aleksandar Katai leaves LA Galaxy after wife’s Instagram posts (BBC Sport)
  • Jadon Sancho: Borussia Dortmund forward unhappy over haircut picture fine (BBC Sport)
  • Premier League fixtures: BBC to show Bournemouth v Crystal Palace, Norwich v Everton (BBC Sport)
  • Chelsea: Ruud Gullit looks back fondly on his Premier League arrival, 25 years on (BBC Sport)
  • Dan Carter: Blues sign New Zealand great to play in Super Rugby competition (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • A Better Jobs Report Belies America’s Breadlines (Wired)
  • Barbara Christian on Audre Lorde (Jstor)
  • Compare the Flu Pandemic of 1918 and COVID-19 With Caution (Smithsonian)
  • The New Normal of Dining Out (Smithsonian)
  • Consciousness regained (Aeon)
  • The Police’s Military Tactics Turn Peaceful Protests Violent (Wired)

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    Lanka Briefly for 05/06/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Mahendran living in s’pore safely and happily saved from interpol by yahapalanaya (Daily Mirror)
  • Overseas returnees to be quarantined after PCR tests: President (Daily FT)
  • Having three members ensures diversity of opinion in EC – Deshapriya (The Island)
  • Rosy to leave national politics (Daily Mirror)
  • Electronic tagging of wild jumbos to begin from Anuradhapura to resolve human-elephant conflict (The Island)
  • Govt still undecided as to when schools can re-open (Daily Mirror)
  • Opinion

  • Time To Reflect Upon The Profound Historic Message (Colombo Telegraph)
  • A new beginning (Daily Mirror)
  • Rice pricing must be scientific (The Island)
  • Can President Gotabaya Get His Act Together? (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Dhamma Set-in-motion: State’s Constitutional Right (Daily Mirror)
  • Good luck to dairy industry! (The Island)
  • Business

  • Trico, Strategic Insurance tie-up brings risk-liability stability (Daily FT)
  • ComBank upgrades ‘ComBank Q+’ payment app with biometric login and other features (The Island)
  • FACETS Sri Lanka initiates industry discussion on post-pandemic recovery (Daily FT)
  • SLIM launches ‘Restart Sri Lanka’, national initiative to reengineer businesses (The Island)
  • Compensation payments to depositors of The Finance Company under Sri Lanka deposit insurance and liquidity support scheme (The Island)
  • JAT recognised as one of LMD’s Top 20 Conglomerates (Daily FT)
  • World

  • Coronavirus live news: South Africa sees record jump in cases as New York protesters urged to get tested (The Guardian)
  • ‘You changed the world’, rights leader tells George Floyd memorial (SBS)
  • George Floyd latest: Memorials take place across the US (Deutsche Welle)
  • Five key numbers from the protests raging across the US (ABC)
  • ‘This is not New York’: Mexico defends low coronavirus testing rates, reopening even after deadliest day (ABC)
  • Libya: Pro-government forces claim victory in siege of Tripoli (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Vital buffers against climate change are just offshore (Science Daily)
  • Air pollution and temperature: bad for your heart and blood vessels (The Conversation)
  • Israel releases plan to install 15GW of new solar capacity by 2030 (IEEFA)
  • Wood Mackenzie: Battery storage will turn Europe’s gas peakers into stranded assets by 2030 (IEEFA)
  • Ocean uptake of carbon dioxide could drop as carbon emissions are cut (Science Daily)
  • Renewables surpass coal in US energy generation for first time in 130 years (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Transfer rumours: Chilwell, Werner, Vertonghen, Longstaff (BBC Sport)
  • Timo Werner: Chelsea in talks to sign RB Leipzig striker (BBC Sport)
  • Premier League: Five substitutes approved for rest of 2019-20 season (BBC Sport)
  • Colin Montgomerie: European Tour’s ‘total reset’ is ‘distressing’ (BBC Sport)
  • Coco Gauff demands change in powerful Black Lives Matter speech (BBC Sport)
  • Lewis Hamilton’s boss Toto Wolff backs him over Floyd views (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be Ripped, Mean, and Super Green (Wired)
  • House: after five years of living (Aeon)
  • Meet the Organizers of #BlackBirdersWeek (Smithsonian)
  • How to Avoid Spreading Misinformation About the Protests (Wired)
  • How to Have That Tough Conversation About Race, Racism and Racial Identity (Smithsonian)
  • Games Don’t Do Enough to Combat Toxicity at Launch (Wired)

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    Lanka Briefly for 04/06/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • PM: Supreme Court decision victory for democracy (The Island)
  • Five pro-China bodies have their say on Hong Kong National Security Legislation (Daily FT)
  • SC decision protects people’s franchise: SLPP (Daily FT)
  • CCD team that went to search bombers’ house had not been warned of danger – witness (The Island)
  • Army recovers 14 skeletal remains from Muhamalai (The Island)
  • SC decision: SLPP asks Hoole quit EC (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • UNP asserts itself in full measure against SJB (Daily Mirror)
  • Political philosophy of purveyors of democracy (The Island)
  • ‘Animal Welfare and Protection Associations’ (The Island)
  • I’m From Sri Lanka: Here’s Why Racism Is Unhealthy (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Arumugam Thondaman A struggle left incomplete (Daily Mirror)
  • I can’t breathe, Ms Teplitz (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Mobitel: The fastest mobile network in Sri Lanka for 2019: Ookla® (The Island)
  • Daraz launches dMart for fresh and essential items (Daily FT)
  • Standard Chartered Sri Lanka supports MAS Intimates’ combat against COVID-19 (The Island)
  • Ceylon Robotics and Technology Corporation debuts to champion innovation, tech to boost economy (Daily FT)
  • Ambeon Group announces new Board of Directors (Daily FT)
  • CA Sri Lanka offers a range of tech-savvy services to students amidst COVID-19 (Daily FT)
  • World

  • George Floyd demonstrators clash with police as protests stretch into eighth night (SBS)
  • George Floyd killing: Prosecutors charge 3 more police officers (Deutsche Welle)
  • ‘A wrong turn could be death’: US activists urge America to deconstruct white supremacy (ABC)
  • Live: Marine General Mattis denounces Trump, backs protesters (ABC)
  • Coronavirus live news: Germany reveals major stimulus plan as global cases grow by 100,000 a day (The Guardian)
  • US protests latest: Demonstrators defy curfews across the country (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • The need for conservation of natural springs in drying climate (Science Daily)
  • We dug up Australian weather records back to 1838 and found snow is falling less often (The Conversation)
  • German government pushes plan for 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2040 (IEEFA)
  • Poland’s largest utility talking about long-term coal phaseout, green energy transition (IEEFA)
  • Rivers help lock carbon from fires into oceans for thousands of years (Science Daily)
  • Fighting cyclones and coronavirus: how we evacuated millions during a pandemic (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Sweat not as effective as saliva, Sri Lanka bowlers tell coach Mickey Arthur (Cricinfo)
  • Sweden: The footballers enduring a six-month pre-season (BBC Sport)
  • Transfer rumours: Sancho, Dembele, Rojo, Neymar, Fraser (BBC Sport)
  • Sam Burgess accuses Mike Ford of using him as ‘pawn’ at 2015 World Cup (BBC Sport)
  • Premier League: Clubs to meet to discuss premature finish plans (BBC Sport)
  • Championship Covid-19 testing: Nine people test positive (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Ten Smithsonian Associates Programs Streaming in June (Smithsonian)
  • The Road Less Traveled to Fusion Energy – Issue 86: Energy (Nautilus)
  • The Linguistic Case for Sh*t Hitting the Fan (Jstor)
  • Zoom’s End-to-End Encryption Will Be for Paying Customers Only (Wired)
  • Mark Zuckerberg Believes Only in Mark Zuckerberg (Wired)
  • How to Scour the Landscape for Cultural Heritage From Your Home (Atlas Obscura)

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    Lanka Briefly for 03/06/2020

    Morning all,

    Here’s today’s headlines:

    News

  • Dissolution of Parliament and election date SC dismisses the 7 FR petitions (Daily Mirror)
  • Another leopard caught in a snare dies at Neluwa (Daily Mirror)
  • Another leopard killed for its body parts? (The Island)
  • Govt. chided over Welisara corona eruption, Thonda’s funeral (The Island)
  • Can’t maintain quarantine laws at State funeral: Navin (Daily Mirror)
  • Govt. Printer begins printing of ballot paper for general election (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • HK Pan-Dems Stand-Off Against 1.3 Billion Chinese (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Practising personal safety for a safer, virus-free world (Daily Mirror)
  • My Memories Of Comrade Marshal Perera (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Prevention is better than cure (Daily Mirror)
  • The Misunderstood Flexible Inflation Targeting Of The Central Bank (Colombo Telegraph)
  • The digital flash mob (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Buying interest in JKH, Sampath and Expolanka stocks (The Island)
  • Discussion on Port City Special Economic Zone (The Island)
  • Lee Yuan Siong assumes Group Chief Executive and President role at AIA (The Island)
  • DFCC Bank promotes home gardening concept (The Island)
  • Back to basics – The ‘New Normal’ (The Island)
  • Worries over economy affect bourse (The Island)
  • World

  • US protests intensify as Donald Trump keeps pushing military response (SBS)
  • Tensions erupt in Paris protest against death of black Frenchman (ABC)
  • Coronavirus live news: India evacuates Covid-19 patients ahead of cyclone as Brazil deaths pass 30,000 (The Guardian)
  • Black Lives Matter Paris protest marred by tension and tear gas (Deutsche Welle)
  • Opinion: US racism part of everyday life (Deutsche Welle)
  • Washington man takes in dozens of protesters to save them from arrest (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Reflecting sunlight to cool the planet will cause other global changes (Science Daily)
  • New research deepens understanding of Earth’s interaction with the solar wind (Science Daily)
  • U.S. coal consumption ‘will be crushed in 2020’—Moody’s (IEEFA)
  • Is it too late to save the Great Barrier Reef? (The Guardian)
  • ‘A litmus paper for CO2:’ Scientists develop paper-based sensors for carbon dioxide (Science Daily)
  • Water-bombing pilots ‘consistently tasked too late’ when fighting bushfires, royal commission hears (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Daren Sammy, Chris Gayle raise voice against racism in wake of George Floyd killing (Cricinfo)
  • Formula 1 boss Chase Carey says positive test would not cancel a race (BBC Sport)
  • Transfer rumours: Chilwell, Pogba, Almada, Sancho, Lacazette (BBC Sport)
  • Lewis Hamilton ‘overcome with rage’ at events in the US (BBC Sport)
  • Premier League clubs set for friendlies after being given go-ahead (BBC Sport)
  • Nedum Onuoha: Former Man City defender says he does not feel safe in USA (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Mail Handlers Used to Poke Holes in Envelopes to Battle Germs and Viruses (Smithsonian)
  • Lyubov: love in Russian (Aeon)
  • Racism and Black Men’s Health, Ghost Forests, and Troublesome Tweets (Jstor)
  • The Continuously Evolving Picture of the World’s Largest Raptor (Smithsonian)
  • The Pentagon’s Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here’s How (Wired)
  • Why Learning the Names of Trees Is Good for You (Jstor)

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