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Super League players would risk a World Cup ban, says FIFA boss

Views - 7 Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): FIFA President Gianni Infantino warned on Wednesday that any players taking part in a breakaway European super league would be excluded from the World Cup and other international tournaments. Those who might be barred should such a


Rohit smashes century to give India T20 series win

Views - 8 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: India captain Rohit Sharma smashed a blistering century to help the team secure a series-clinching 71-run victory over West Indies in the second Twenty20 International in Lucknow on Tuesday. The right-hander’s unbeaten 111 off 61 balls pow


Trinity Juniors win Gold star at hockey

Views - 18 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel Trinity College Under 14 hockey team coached by Mohamed Ashraff won the ‘Gold’ star at the All-Island Under 14 Inter-School Hockey Tournament organised by the Sri Lanka Schools Hockey Association played at the Vincent Dias Stad


Kanrich Finance rout HNB and selects for finals

Views - 38 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Kanrich Finance B team thrashed the Hatton National Bank (HNB) cricket team and selects for finals by 22 runs in the MCA B Division Tournament at the Marians Ground, Katunayake. Kanrich set a target of 185 runs for HNB who scored only 123 for 34 ove


Australia High Performance Chief Howard sacked

Views - 7 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Wednesday that High Performance Chief Pat Howard will leave his role next week as the fallout from a scathing cultural review into the governing body continues. Howard, who has been in the rol


CA boss Roberts says board considering lifting player bans

Views - 6 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Cricket Australia (CA) is considering a demand by the players’ union that ball-tampering bans on former captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft be lifted immediately, the governing body’s CEO Kevin Roberts said


McLarens emerge Overall Champions at 35th Mercantile Inter Firm Team Championships 2018

Views - 7 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

The McLarens Shuttlers illustrated total and complete domination at the two-month long 35th Inter Firm Team Badminton Championships 2018, which proved to be a massive success. Its fiery spirited McLarens Shuttlers impressed yet again by emerging Over


Vietnam to host Formula One race from 2020

Views - 6 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

Reuters: Vietnam will join the Formula One calendar in 2020 with a street race in the capital city Hanoi, the organisers said on Wednesday. The Vietnamese Grand Prix, which will be staged for the first time in April 2020, is the first new race announ


England turn screw on SL

Views - 17 Thursday, 8 November 2018 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya By the close of play on the second day in Galle, England had taken complete control of the first Test, and looked well at ease at 38 for no loss in their second innings, and 177 runs ahead in total. For Sri Lanka, it was a day


Foakes stars as England survive early stumble

Views - 16 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:29

By Madushka Balasuriya It took an early top-order collapse but by stumps on the first day in Galle England had finally seemed to come to grips with Sri Lanka’s spinners, and somehow manoeuvred an advantage that would have scarcely seemed possible


SAGT supports CR for 5th consecutive year

Views - 28 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:28

By Shamseer Jaleel South Asian Gateway Terminals (SAGT) have come forward to sponsor the CR & FC rugby outfit once more during their rugby season, which will kick off on 10 November with a game against CH & FC at Longdon Place. SAGT has been sponsor


Dialog Rugby League 2018/19 kicks-off this weekend

Views - 31 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:28

Sri Lanka’s top eight rugby teams will commence the battle for supremacy this weekend for the coveted Dialog Rugby League 2018/19 at Police Park, as last year’s runners up Navy SC take on Police SC at 4 p.m., while a strong Havelock SC outfit wil


Nadal pulls out of ATP Finals, Djokovic to end year atop rankings

Views - 6 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:27

LONDON (Reuters): Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s ATP Tour Finals in London due to injury, so Novak Djokovic will end the year as world number one having returned to the top of the rankings on Monday. French Open champion Nadal announced


CR to bank on Samoan power

Views - 24 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 01:27

Colombo Rugby Football Club (CR&FC) have signed Samoan Joseph Fuimaono, who will arrive in the island tomorrow from New Zealand where he is currently training. The red shirts will be led by former Vidyartha player Kavindu Perera with Trinitian Tharin


Pelé crosses the Atlantic to meet Kylian Mbappé

Views - 8 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:03

Pelé and Kylian Mbappé communicated for the first time using social media during the FIFATM World Cup 2018. Between the two men, there is spontaneity, respect, shared values, a great love of life and a common passion: football. As Kylian Mbappé be


Six Sri Lankan national Optimist sailors to go to Myanmar

Views - 13 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:02

The IODA Asian & Oceanian Sailing Championship 2018, an international sailing championship for Optimist boats is being hosted in Ngwe Saung, Myanmar from 10 to 17 November. This is an internationally recognised prestigious event with 130 participants


DFCC Bank supports Thomian Nite as Platinum Sponsor

Views - 9 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:01

DFCC Bank was the Platinum Sponsor for the Thomian Nite organised by the Matale Old Thomians Association recently, and is also supporting the Association in its journey to set up a school development fund. At the Thomian Nite, DFCC Bank launched a c


4th edition of Red Bull Levels is back

Views - 12 Wednesday, 7 November 2018 00:00

Hailed as one of the toughest obstacle courses, Red Bull Levels returns to Sri Lanka for its fourth edition. With three successful events held in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 this ultimate test of body and mind returns to the Southern Coastal city o


Cool Karthik, crafty Pandya secure India’s nervy win

Views - 9 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:34

(Reuters): Dinesh Karthik anchored a tricky chase with a measured unbeaten 31 as India beat West Indies by five wickets in the first Twenty20 International to go 1-0 up in the three-match series on Sunday. Having restricted West Indies to


Lahiru Kumara axed from SL squad for breaking team curfew

Views - 24 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:33

ESPNCricinfo: Sri Lanka fast bowler Lahiru Kumara has been removed from the Sri Lanka Test squad on disciplinary grounds. He has been replaced by Dushmantha Chameeera. Kumara is understood to have broken the team curfew on Sunday evening – two days


Chandimal looks to put England in a spin at Galle

Views - 11 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:33

Galle(AFP): Skipper Dinesh Chandimal Monday said Sri Lanka’s spinners are ready to fire in the first Test against England in Galle as the hosts eye a winning farewell for the retiring Rangana Herath.


Former Australia captain Taylor resigns from CA board

Views - 8 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:32

MELBOURNE (Reuters): Former Australia captain Mark Taylor resigned from Cricket Australia’s (CA) board of directors on Monday, as the fallout from a scathing review into the governing body’s culture claimed another victim.


Herath on happy hunting ground for last hurrah against England

Views - 10 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:32

GALLE, AFP: Rangana Herath, the most successful left-arm spinner in history, will be looking to bring down the curtain on his long and glittering Test career with some big name England scalps in Galle this week. Sri Lanka’s Herath, aged 40,


SLC appoints Cricket Advisory Committee

Views - 17 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:31

A seven-member Cricket Advisory Committee, which includes Sri Lanka Cricket Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha, CEO Ashley De Silva, and Chief Selector Graeme Labrooy, has been appointed by the Sports Ministry.


‘Usual suspects’ already battling at the foot of the Premier League mountain

Views - 6 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:30

LONDON (Reuters): After 11 matches the Premier League table is beginning to take shape, and though it remains a little early for panic stations to be deployed, there is a hint of familiarity about the sides already battling for top flight survival. B


Mayweather to face baby-faced Japan kickboxer Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve

Views - 8 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:29

TOKYO, AFP: Boxing superstar Floyd MayweatherJr said Monday he will come out of retirement to fight a Japanese kickboxer half his age, TenshinNasukawa, on New Year’s Eve in Saitama. The 41-year-old unbeat


Sukhitha Manoj consolidates his position

Views - 16 Tuesday, 6 November 2018 00:10

Sukhitha Manoj of St. Sebastian’s College Moratuwa consolidated his position as the leader of the pack of the All-Island Schools category, as he expanded his lead in a big way in the third week of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolb


Unsettled England plot to ruin Herath farewell

Views - 15 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:58

Reuters: Many a visiting team have succumbed to the trial by spin in Sri Lanka and Joe Root’s England will have to step up their game against the turning ball to escape that fate in the test series beginning at Galle on Tuesday. Sri Lanka have neve


South Africa thrash hapless Australia

Views - 11 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:57

PERTH (Reuters): Dale Steyn claimed two early wickets as South Africa’s pace attack combined superbly to heap more misery on Australia with a six-wicket thrashing to take a 1-0 lead in their three-match one-day international series on Sunday. Sent


Barty downs Wang to win WTA Elite Trophy

Views - 8 Monday, 5 November 2018 00:56

HONG KONG (Reuters): Ash Barty made a blistering start and rode out a tighter second set to win the WTA Elite Trophy title with a convincing 6-3 6-4 victory over rising Chinese talent Wang Qiang in Zhuhai on Sunday. The 22-year-old Australian beat de


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Reaching global quality standards through Deming Award

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The importance of quality in the contemporary competitive business environment cannot be over-emphasised. Total Quality Management (TQM)is a company-wide, all pervasive management philosophy, which organisations globally, in many business sectors hav


Ramsar accreditation of Colombo Wetlands: Rebranding Colombo as a Wetland City

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Colombo, once known to be “kolonthota,” has always been identified as a wetland complex at the heart of the Kelani river delta. Today this city is increasingly drying up, with around 20 sq km left as wetlands which continue to be threatened every


Coup Sri Lanka: some winners, mostly losers

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

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Rising dollar and bank NPA, brothers in arms?

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

The rising Non-Performing Advances (NPA/NPAs) is a matter of concern to the entire financial industry. It is a nightmare. The weekend papers have published some articles based on interviews journalists conducted with respective bank CEOs and also bas


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