Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • COVID-19 PANDEMIC NO POLLS ON June 20: ec (Daily Mirror)
  • MS alleges badly depleted SLFP pretending to be strong (The Island)
  • Stampede kills three women (The Island)
  • Hoping to lift curfew in Colombo, Gampaha districts from Monday (Daily Mirror)
  • Minor floods in Ratnapura recede – Met Dept. (Daily Mirror)
  • New cricket ground project cancelled (The Island)
  • Opinion

  • Crime And Atonement (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Doughnut Economics model for post-pandemic revival (Daily Mirror)
  • National heroes, memorial statues, and politicians unworthy of them (The Island)
  • Mask Off Or Mask On? (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Quarantine Vs. commemorations (Daily Mirror)
  • Importance Of Social Responsibility Skills For Sri Lankan Students (Colombo Telegraph)
  • Business

  • S&P lowers Sri Lanka’s rating on weakened fiscal position (The Island)
  • S&P SL-20 index hits highest ever intra-day gain (The Island)
  • NDB sustains sound pre-COVID 19 growth and profitability amidst multiple stresses (The Island)
  • Huawei launches ASEAN Academy to empower digital talent and nurture digital ecosystem (The Island)
  • Ceylon Cold Stores concludes stronger March quarter (The Island)
  • Three Sinha launches IKLO Industries for pre-engineered & pre-fabricated steel solutions (The Island)
  • World

  • Third murder charge over US jogger death (SBS)
  • Man who filmed shooting of Ahmaud Arbery becomes third charged with murder (ABC)
  • Coronavirus live news: Trump pushes to open churches as Brazil death toll passes 20,000 (The Guardian)
  • China back to business as coronavirus-delayed congress meets (Al Jazeera English)
  • Actress Lori Loughlin and husband to serve prison time for university admission bribe (ABC)
  • Viktor Orban expands Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ+ measures (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Mysterious glowing coral reefs are fighting to recover (Science Daily)
  • Global thermal coal exports fell in first quarter, just second quarterly decline since 2016 (IEEFA)
  • ‘Heat resistant’ coral developed to fight bleaching (Science Daily)
  • ‘I don’t want to be seen as a zealot’: what MPs really think about the climate crisis (The Guardian)
  • Marine heatwaves spell trouble for tropical reef fish — even before corals die (The Conversation)
  • Uncertain demand, bank wariness may undercut next round of Asian LNG import projects—analysts (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Transfer rumours: Umtiti, Koulibaly, Pjanic, Haaland, Rabiot (BBC Sport)
  • Michael Jordan: A great leader – or someone who went too far? (BBC Sport)
  • Robin Uthappa wants BCCI to lift player ban on overseas T20 leagues (BBC Sport)
  • Bundesliga: Dynamo Dresden return two more positive coronavirus tests (BBC Sport)
  • Charlie Webster column: How running together virtually can help with mental health (BBC Sport)
  • Coronavirus: Man Utd say pandemic has cost them £28m so far (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • The Health Clinic Crisis on Main Street – Issue 85: Reopening (Nautilus)
  • The Weird Ways People Have Tied Blood Types to Identity (Jstor)
  • Here’s Why the Invasive Asian Giant Hornet’s Identification Is Actually a Scientific Success Story (Smithsonian)
  • In 1919, the Mayor of Oakland Was Arrested for Failing to Wear a Mask (Smithsonian)
  • Jackson Pollock: Blue Poles (Aeon)
  • How Fritz Lang’s Flight from Nazi Germany Shaped Hollywood (Jstor)

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