Preview to the T 20 WORLD CUP Losing streak “HOODOO’ smashed, time to focus on T20 WC 2021 by Sunil Thenabadu   In a philanthropic gesture, Sri Lanka’s white-ball skipper Dasun Shanaka has  donated his Man-of-the-Series prize money ( Rs 200,000/-) won in the SLC Invitational T20 League, to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital in Kalubowila.It had been brought to his notice that the national cricketers are planning to set up a special unit at the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital with a fixed ventilator for the benefit of the COVID-19 patients.Dasun Shanaka had confessed that it is the responsibility to contribute for worthy causes like this as  the situation of the country is critical. The newly knit Sri Lanka’s T20 team recently triumphed the series 2-1 in the recently completed white ball series over the formidable Indian team all with IPL experience including five Test players. In order to recognize this ...

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Buddhilini De Soyza wins worldwide Nature Conservancy Photography Competition Source:SRI LANKA SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND Inc. NEWSLETTER) Australian based Sri Lankan photographer Buddhilini De Soyza (Captures by Buddhilini) won 1st place in the Global Wildlife category of the worldwide Nature Conservancy Photography Competition. Buddhilini de Soyza, an investment banker and amateur photographer, took the photo on a trip to Kenya in January 2020 while with her husband and a Maasai guide, after spending several hours watching the cheetahs pace up and down the river bank. Suddenly, the lead cheetah jumped into the water, and the rest followed. “I just couldn’t believe my eyes,” de Soyza told Live Science. “I don’t actually remember clicking [the photo]. I obviously did because I’ve got a good 50, 60 shots of them crossing. All I do remember shouting is, ‘Oh my God what are they going to do? They’re going to die!’ ” This year ...

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Yohani – The Singing sensation from Sri Lanka Source:SRI LANKA SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND Inc. NEWSLETTER Yohani Diloka de Silva has swept into fame globally with her song “Manike Mage Hithe”. She also became the first Sri Lankan singer to surpass a million subscribers on YouTube and currently has over 2.6 million subscribers. She and her sister lived in various places in Sri Lanka due to her father’s military position. Her mother realised that she had a talent for music and encouraged her to learn to play the piano. She then went on to learn different instruments through her school days. She obtained her degree in Logistics Management and Professional Accounting from the Kotelawala Defence University and then a master’s degree in accounting in Australia. She returned to Sri Lanka in March 2019 and began her music career to the surprise of her parents and the rest is history! With her ...

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Former Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga retires from cricket Source:SRI LANKA SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND Inc. NEWSLETTER Malinga, who retired from Tests in 2011, from ODIs in 2019, and from franchise cricket in January, announced his retirement from T20I cricket on Tuesday. Lasith Malinga announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. The 38-year-old, who had retired from Tests in 2011, from ODIs in 2019, and from franchise cricket in January this year, announced his retirement from T20I cricket as well on Tuesday. “Today is a very special day for me. I want to thank each one of you who have supported me throughout my T20 career. Today I have decided to give 100 per cent rest to my T20 bowling shoes,” he said in a social media post. “I want to thank Sri Lanka cricket board, Mumbai Indians, Melbourne Stars, Kent Cricket Club, Rangpur Riders, Guyana Warriors, Maratha ...

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World Maritime Day 2021 Seafarers: At the Core of Shipping’s Future. World Maritime Day is a celebration and remembrance initiated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to appreciate the importance of the maritime industry. Its purpose is to underline the three most valuable sectors considered by the organization: maritime security, environment, and safety. The first event was held in 1978 with the commemorative day held on the last week of September. The day also marks the 20th anniversary of the day the IMO Convention’s entry came into force. Birth of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) At dawn, on 15 April 1912, in freezing waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, RMS Titanic sank resulting in the deaths of more than 1,500 people. In March 1967, following a navigational error, the supertanker Torrey Canyon struck Pollard’s Rock, spilling an estimated 25–36 million gallons (94–164 million litres) of crude oil contaminating 270 SQUARE miles ...

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Tribute to Sunil Perera Source:SRI LANKA SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND Inc. NEWSLETTER Sunil Perera as we all knew was a great musician who entertained us all for decades. When I was asked to write about Sunil I thought everyone knows about his career; I should write about what I knew about him. I had the privilege of having him live in my house a few times when the Gypsies performed in Brisbane. The first time when he was coming a friend told me to be careful having them in my house, especially as I had young kids. Could not have been more wrong! Sunil and his band were the perfect house guests. One day while they were at home, I had to go to my office to attend to some urgent work. I thought I would come back to a sink full of dirty dishes and a house all messed up. ...

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Yearning for Home Source:SRI LANKA SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND Inc. NEWSLETTER Flawless beauty and pure simplicity White touched with yellow, the smell of divinity Lapping of the ocean and the crashing waves Smell of Araliya entwined with the salty sprays Full moon shining the path to the temple Araliya in basket, with the other essentials Devotees in white depicting purity Offerings to the Buddha for a path to tranquillity Temple bells ringing, coconut oil flaming in lamps of clay Joss sticks burning – smoke swirling in clouds of grey Unstoppable yearning for the land of my birth The memories, the sounds, even the scent of the earth Heart in one land, the body in another When will these two come together Culture and land hold the heart in a bind Soul and land forever entwined G.M. ...

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Spreading Hope during Lockdowns Source:SRI LANKA SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND Inc. NEWSLETTER) Covid-19 has brought about different strengths of people to the forefront. During these difficult times the world has undergone many hardships and it is heartening to hear of those who have tried to help in many ways. Snippets of poetry left in public places around Melbourne by this Sri Lankan writer has spread such positivity during the Covid Lockdowns. He began doing this before the pandemic and continued during the lockdowns by using his daily walk to pin these in public spaces. He types these on a typewriter and leaves them around public spaces around the inner-city suburb of Hawthorn where he lives. He also made a treasure hunt of his poems for people using the app Strava and posting it on his Instagram page. He is originally from Brisbane and we feel proud that one of our youth ...

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Sri Lanka Day Source:SRI LANKA SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND Inc. NEWSLETTER The Federation of Sri Lankan Organisations in Queensland will be organising a Sri Lanka Day on November 13th. Sri Lanka Society will be running the Hopper Stall on the day. Please come and visit us and enjoy a delicious Hopper feed! There will also be cultural dances and music throughout the day.     Please note that you may donate the raw ingredients for the Hoppers or make extra contributions on the day. Please contact any committee member for details.                           Please note that you may donate the raw ingredients for the Hoppers or make extra contributions on the day. Please contact any committee member for details. ...

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