Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Chance of lowering restrictions in low risk districts after New Year season? (The Island)
  • Aloe Vera nursery in Wilpattu buffer zone only tip of the iceberg – environmentalists (The Island)
  • ASMET chief hopeful SL tourism industry will bounce back (The Island)
  • 172 returnees released from SLAF Quarantine Centre at Iranamadu (The Island)
  • Forex controls suspended as Rupee  fall  continues (The Island)
  • One more COVID-19 patient recovered (Sunday Observer)
  • Opinion

  • The need to keep others at arm’s length (The Island)
  • When Crisis Becomes Critical (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Have proper guidelines for curfew passes (The Island)
  • COVID-19: An alternate perspective in uncharted waters (Daily Mirror)
  • Curfew pass confusion (The Island)
  • We must abandon the idea of elections anytime soon (Daily Mirror)
  • Business

  • Singer Fashion Academy initiates student intake for the Certificate in Fashion Designing in 2020 (The Island)
  • Singer organises island-wide service workshops for John Deere tractor users (Daily FT)
  • Two records for New Vithanakande Teas (Daily FT)
  • SriLankan Airlines temporarily suspends flights to China (The Island)
  • ACCLIVITY conducts business forum on ‘Understand Your Numbers for Non-Finance Leaders’ (Daily FT)
  • Can education be the great equalizer this decade? (The Island)
  • World

  • Priests take to rooftops, bell towers to deliver Palm Sunday mass (ABC)
  • Jacinda Ardern has been giving a masterclass in crisis leadership (ABC)
  • Millions across India light lamps in solidarity amid coronavirus lockdown (Deutsche Welle)
  • France’s daily toll of coronavirus hospital deaths falls for second straight day (France 24)
  • Quarantined village turned into human laboratory (BBC News)
  • UK PM Johnson admitted to hospital due to ‘persistent symptoms’ of coronavirus (France 24)
  • Climate

  • Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent (The Conversation)
  • Big Oil is using the coronavirus pandemic to push through the Keystone XL pipeline | Bill McKibben (The Guardian)
  • Our oceans are suffering, but we can rebuild marine life (Science Daily)
  • ‘Thank you Greta’: natural solutions to UK flooding climb the agenda (The Guardian)
  • Six decades of change in plankton communities (Science Daily)
  • Climate disasters increase risks of armed conflicts: New evidence (Science Daily)
  • Sport

  • Tom Dempsey: New Orleans great dies after contracting coronavirus (BBC Sport)
  • Zak Brown: McLaren boss says F1 needs big changes to survive (BBC Sport)
  • Kubrat Pulev: Anthony Joshua’s challenger pledges estimated £2m to coronavirus fight (BBC Sport)
  • Champions League and Europa League could be abandoned if coronavirus restrictions remain in September, says Uefa president (BBC Sport)
  • Virtual Tour of Flanders: Greg van Avermaet wins online ‘race’ (BBC Sport)
  • Kyle Walker: Manchester City defender faces investigation over lockdown breach (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • How you could get your covid-19 test results faster (MIT Tech Review)
  • Don’t Be Fooled by Covid-19 Carpetbaggers (Wired)
  • Dogs and Cancer (Jstor)
  • How to Keep Your Zoom Chats Private and Secure (Wired)
  • To Beat the Coronavirus, Raise an Army of the Recovered (Wired)
  • My Phone Keeps Me Sane During This Crisis … and Insane, Too (Wired)

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