GOING INTO BAT FOR NEIL HARVEY   A 19-year-old Neil Harvey walks from the pitch in 1948 accompanied by a young enthusiast Source:Digitaleditions   Top: Neil Harvey in 2018. Above: Harvey in action in 1954. PHOTO: PHOTO: STEVEN SIEWERT Forgotten hero Former Test cricketer Ashley Mallett wants Australia’s best batsman after Don Bradman to be returned to the pantheon, writes Martin Newman. It was in 1948 on his last Ashes tour of England that Donald Bradman, at the tail of an extraordinary career, led a team of cricketers that today are regarded as one of the greatest cricket sides of all time. Over 144 days, the Australians, including titans of the day such as Keith Miller, Ray Lindwall, Sid Barnes and Arthur Morris, went undefeated in all of their 34 matches – earning the sobriquet The Invincibles. Among them was 19-year-old Ashes debutant Neil Harvey. The heir apparent to Bradman, a ...

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Sri Lanka repays US$ 1 Billion Bond Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka has transferred funds to repay a $1 billion bond by the Tuesday deadline, keeping intact its reputation for honoring debt as concern mounts about the nation’s overseas financing. The money was transferred Monday, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, the State Minister for Money and Capital Markets, said by phone. Moody’s Investors Service placed Sri Lanka’s ratings under review for a downgrade last week, citing its assessment of the country’s increasingly fragile external liquidity position and the risk of default. “I have been saying right throughout that we will pay. Unfortunately some bondholders panicked due to rating actions and analyst reports and sold off at huge discounts,” Cabraal said in a separate interview Sunday. “Those who came last profited most.” The yield on the 6.25% Sri Lanka dollar bond maturing Tuesday slumped to 500% earlier on Monday,from 628% last week. The yield on ...

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Moratuwa Jaycees stalwart dies in Stockholm   Source:Dailynews Past President of Moratuwa Jaycees (Junior Chamber) Vimal de Mel passed away in Stockholm. De Mel was an active member of the Jaycees and played a key role in the projects conducted by his chapter. In 1979, he migrated to Sweden with his family and worked for the Swedish Railways until retirement. He was an active member of the Catamarans Sports Club, Moratuwa. He was a founder member and a past President of the Sri Lanka-Sweden Association. He leaves wife Margie, sons Vihan and Viren and daughter Dee Dee.Funeral at Botkyrka Kyrka in Stockholm on Friday July 30, 2021 at 11.am (2.30 pm Sri Lanka time).The service will be live streamed on Facebook. ...

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The cold, hard facts about Flight BA38-by Capt G.A Fernando MBA   Source:Island In my many years of flying, I have noticed that in the western hemisphere, winter weather is usually worse after the New Year than before. Perhaps the sting is in the tail. On January 16, 2008, I was operating a Boeing 747-400 flight from Singapore to London-Heathrow. Our night-time departure from Singapore gave us an expected arrival time (ETA) of a few minutes before 6 am on the 17th. The flight was uneventful except for when, somewhere over Austria, we encountered a spell of cold weather at high altitude which made our fuel temperatures drop well below acceptable levels. In my 30-something years as a pilot, this was the first time I experienced such a phenomenon, in this part of the world. Our indication of fuel temperature in the wing tanks (where fuel is mostly carried) turned ...

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Donations for shattered family-By Cam Lucadou-Wells Rithish Kirushnaneethan, 4, perished in a tragic house fire in Leonard Street, Dandenong on 25 July  Community groups are rallying around a shattered family who lost their four-year-old son in a tragic house fire in Dandenong. Rithish Kirushnaneethan died despite desperate attempts to rescue him from his bedroom as his family home was engulfed in flames about 10pm on Sunday 25 July. Victorian Tamil Association as well as a separate Go Fund Me page have been set up to collect cash and donations for the grief-stricken and homeless family. The asylum-seeker family lost all of their savings and belongings in the awful inferno. As of noon on 27 July, the Go Fund Me page had collected more than $17,000 from 270 donors. All proceeds will go towards Rithish’s funeral expenses as well as accommodation, furniture, clothing, and food for the family. Tamil Community Association ...

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