Furano – for lavender and melons – GEORGE BRAINE Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, is a flat, sprawling city, surrounded by low hills. The downtown area, with classy department stores, high end dining, and tree lined boulevards, is lovely. But the outskirts are not attractive: mile after mile of car dealerships, used car lots, and pachinko (gambling) parlors. Beyond the city, Hokkaido’s countryside is breathtaking. Forests, rolling hills, farms, salmon streams, fast flowing rivers, crystal clear lakes. The forests are rich in bear, deer, foxes, and smaller creatures. The beaches are clean, and although too cold for bathing most of the year, are deserted and ideal for beach combing. The surrounding seas supply plentiful fish and crustaceans, which the Japanese love to eat raw, steamed or grilled. We were hunkered down in Sapporo for months, first by winter and then by Covid-19, and were impatient to travel. ...

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VOLUNTEERS FROM CEYLON WHO SERVED IN THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH FORCES DURING WORLD WAR 1 [1914-1918] AND WORLD WAR 2 [1939-1945] ABSTRACT This abstract is a compilation of records in honour of all Ceylonese who served in the military during the two world wars, based on newspaper articles, historical records and material shared by relatives, military history enthusiasts, and web based information. Sri Lanka or Ceylon, as we were known then, played a comparatively important role in the First World War although we were a crown colony of the British Empire. In 1917 the Times of Ceylon estimated that 1,250 volunteers had enlisted for overseas service. At least 351 Ceylon volunteers signed up while in England and another 438 enlisted on their own account. In addition, the ‘Times Fund’ facilitated the expenses for 156 Ceylon volunteers to enlist overseas.  From the various  available nominal rolls and rolls of honour it appears there were ...

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This is story of a girl born in Vavuniya – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Ending up at the University of Oxford Anthropologist Historian St Antony’s Liaison Officer for Texas Lives in Sugar land, Texas This is a life story of a close friend, never met in life, living so far -Sugar Valley-Texas, in the US, and my wife and I, in Sydney Australia, but the friendship is so close, like living next door to each other. Her name is Agnes Thambinayagam Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together. Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget. Today, I am going to relate to you the achievements of this lady, born in Vavuniya, in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Agnes was born ...

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Trinitians outsmart Antonians in one-dayer-BY HAFIZ MARIKAR Source:Sundayobserver Trinity College did exactly what they needed to do to win the 40th 50-over game by four wickets to pocket the Sir Richard Aluwihare Trophy in their annual cricket match against traditional rival St. Anthony’s College at the Asgiriya Stadium yesterday. Electing to bat first, St. Anthony’s could not fare too well and were able to score only 150 runs in 49.3 overs. Kavindu Shehan batted well to score 37 while Chamandu Wickremasinghe (29) and Traveen Mathews (20) also chipped in. Vibahvith Ehelepola bowled best to capture four wickets for 22 runs while stumper Akram Muthalib had four dismissals with two catches and two stumpings. Trinity replied with 151 for six wickets off 44.5 overs while Randu Somarathne top scored with 52 runs. This match was played under the distinguished patronage of 1992 Trinity captain Velum Edirisinghe. Scores: St. Anthony’s: 150 (49.3) ...

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A Miracle at Pallekele: Dasun Shanaka’s Fireworks – By DR Michael Roberts Source:thuppahis.com Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 11 June 2022, with this title “Shanaka’s 25-ball 54* scripts stunning victory for Sri Lanka” If you were watching on TV, you might wonder what the big deal was. Khettarama, one of cricket’s great party grounds, overflowing as it almost always is for T20 internationals, roaring for Sri Lanka lbw appeals, vibing to papare even through rain breaks, generally being its regular rambunctious self. On the field, a dramatic batting collapse is unfolding. Even this feels like a familiar and comforting companion to Sri Lankan life. Even this only slightly dampens the mood. But right now this is just a snatch of normalcy in an otherwise relentlessly upsetting time in the history of the island. The kilometres-long fuel queues on the way to the ground are the most obvious signs, but there is much worse. Businesses are ...

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Whirlwind Shanaka rocks Aussies – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne – eLanka Sports editor) https://www.elanka.com.au/watch-cricket-highlights-sri-lanka-vs-australia-t20-series-june-2022/ If there was a performance that exemplified the adage “glorious uncertainties of cricket” it was given profound meaning by Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka who single-handedly steered his country to an unlikely win over Australia at Pallekelle. The high riding Aussies who had clean swept the Lankans in Colombo to take an unassailable series lead and was on course for a clean sweep of the three game contest, reckoned without Shanaka, who bludgeoned the hitherto feared attack to all parts of Sri Lanka’s Hill country for a 25 ball 54 that will live long in the minds of those who watched his epic knock apart from the shell shocked Aussies.  Marcus Stonis possibly summed up the outcome best by saying “We probably got ahead of ourselves”, not expecting Sri Lanka to chase down what seemed like an ...

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Long jumper Sarangi wins first place at Swiss meet – By DHAMMIKA RATNAWEERA Source:sundayobserver.lk Sri Lankan champion long jumper Sarangi Silva won the first place at the Athletic Ageneve Meeting 2022 at the Bout- de- Monde Stadium in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday Sarangi the 26 year old athlete had a leap of 6.33m to finish in first place to take the gold medal. She was earlier able to compete at two international meets last week in Austria. National athletic coach Y.K Kularatne who is Sarangi’s coach said she had improved despite limited training ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Sarangi is a product of Panadura Sumangala Balika and she also qualified for the next Asian Games in China. Meanwhile Kalinga Kumarage (400m), Gayanthika Abeyratne (800m) and Sumedha Ranasinghe (javelin throw) are also taking part at the Geneva meet. ...

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Atapattu moves ahead in world rankings   Source:sundayobserver.lk Sri Lanka captain Chamari Atapattu and Pakistan opener Sidra Ameen have made notable progress in the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings after finishing as the top run makers for their teams in the first series of the ICC Women’s Championship. Sidra, who scored 218 runs including a match-winning 123 in the second ODI to be named Player of the Series after the 2-1 win, has moved up 19 places to a career-best 35th position. Her previous best was 51st attained during this year’s ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. Atapattu, who smashed a match-winning 101 in the second ODI and totaled 142 runs, has re-entered the rankings in 23rd position. Atapattu’s career-best is the eighth position attained during the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017 in England. Captain Bismah Maroof remains the top-ranked Pakistan batter, her 98 runs ...

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Around 80,000 mt of seed paddy needed – Agri-expert   Source:sundayobserver.lk The term ‘food security’ looks simple, but it is complex. According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, a country is considered food secured “when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life,” said Senior Professor, Weed Science Department of Crop Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya,  Buddhi Marambe told the Sunday Observer. He said as stated many times before, agriculture in Sri Lanka has evolved over the past seven decades since independence. Paddy production, especially, has reached its heights thanks to the forward-looking action taken by our scientists since the early 1950s and farmers embracing new technologies recommended by the Department of Agriculture and the commodity research institutes. “For example, we improved ...

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Shanaka’s thunderbolts slam Aussies off the rails   Source:sundayobserver.lk Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka came like a bolt from the blues hammering an unbeaten 54 in just 25 balls as he helped his team chase down a 177-taget to win the third and final T20 International against Australia at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy yesterday. Shanaka was at the crease when all seemed lost for Sri Lanka at 108 for 6 in the 16th over and Australia sensing victory. But then came what Shanaka is capable of doing as he struck the best bowler in the series Josh Hazlewood for two sixes and two fours in the 18th over to turn the match on its head and take Sri Lanka to victory that was brought up with a last ball wide from Jhye Richardson. Shanaka in all struck five fours and four sixes that hit the Aussies off the rails. ...

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