Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Wiggy challenges allegations he did not spend money allocated to NPC (The Island)
  • Amended Vote on Account to Parliament next week (Daily FT)
  • Probe commission can’t constrain or stay proceedings: AG (Daily Mirror)
  • China sacks party chiefs at virus epicentre (The Island)
  • Forest officer sticks to guns, refuses to break the law (Daily Mirror)
  • Cabinet approval to extend free visa facility till 30 April (Daily FT)
  • Opinion

  • Kudos for our tourism industry (The Island)
  • Split in UNP: an inevitable upshot (Daily Mirror)
  • Meddling politicos before call recordings (The Island)
  • Why are banks drowning under Non-Performing Advances? (Daily FT)
  • Need for an efficient public service (The Island)
  • A man of trust, honour and kindness (The Island)
  • Business

  • Fitch revises Outlook on DSI Samson Group to Positive; affirms at ‘BBB(lka)’ (Daily FT)
  • Four companies on CSE Watch List (The Island)
  • TFC employees’ union calls for naming of crisis-hit Finance Companies (The Island)
  • Ceylon Chamber identifies Afghanistan as potential market to further expand business with Sri Lanka (Daily FT)
  • Rotary fights cancer through prevention and early detection in partnership with NCCP (The Island)
  • Bilateral discussion with High Commissioner of Namibia concludes successfully (Daily FT)
  • World

  • Not the ‘tip of an iceberg’: WHO downplays China’s coronavirus spike (ABC)
  • Trump won 2016 by appealing to fear, in 2020, he has a new secret weapon (ABC)
  • Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro hires active-duty general as chief of staff (Deutsche Welle)
  • Barr says Trump’s tweets ‘make it impossible for me to do my job’ – live (The Guardian)
  • US Attorney-General says Trump is making it ‘impossible’ for him to do his job (ABC)
  • Canadian rail system shut over blockade (BBC News)
  • Climate

  • Norway’s Statkraft plans to add 9GW of new renewable energy capacity by 2025 (IEEFA)
  • New tools help communities measure and reduce their emissions locally (The Conversation)
  • U.S. oil boom a bust for shale exploration and production companies (IEEFA)
  • Hot on the trail of cold fusion as a solution to the climate crisis | Letter (The Guardian)
  • Tennessee Valley Authority takes first step into solar plus storage market (IEEFA)
  • Kenya is experiencing strange weather. What’s behind it (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • ‘Confidence to return slowly building among teams’ – Sangakkara (Cricinfo)
  • Adama Traore: How the winger went from unreliable at Barcelona to unplayable at Wolves (BBC Sport)
  • Wilder v Fury II: Briton says he needs to knock out American to guarantee victory (BBC Sport)
  • Hakim Ziyech: The street footballer set to become Chelsea’s next big-money signing (BBC Sport)
  • Premier League Darts: Fallon Sherrock draws with Glen Durrant on Premier League debut (BBC Sport)
  • AC Milan 1-1 Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo’s late penalty rescues Juve (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • A snowman-shaped space rock is teaching us how planets form (MIT Tech Review)
  • Never Say Wolf – Issue 81: Maps (Nautilus)
  • Forms (process) (Aeon)
  • You May Not Even Know You’re Spreading Lies (Wired)
  • Why Cupid Rules Valentine’s Day (Jstor)
  • Mapping Gay-Friendly Cities Through History – Issue 81: Maps (Nautilus)

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