Maxwell’s words of wisdom to find of Aussie tour Wellalage-BY DHAMMIKA RATNAWEERA Source:Sundayobserver The find of the Sri Lanka-Australia ODI series 19 year-old left arm spinner Dunith Wellalage bowed out with a tally of nine wickets the highest from either side during the five matches. After he made his debut against Australia, Glenn Maxwell, one of the best all rounders in world cricket, gave his blessings to young Wellalage. His father Suranga Wellalage, the former Prince of Wales skipper, said: “My son remembers Maxwell’ s words. ‘Hey young boy you played your debut game against a top side and that’ s a very rare chance for a young cricketer. You started with a good performance and you have good future and all the best.” Wellalage recorded his best ODI bowling figures of 3 for 42 in the last game on Friday at the R. Premadasa Stadium. The promising all rounder ...

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IMF-Sri Lanka talks positive-BY CHAMIKARA WEERASINGHE   Source:Sundayobserver The talks in Colombo between the nine-member staff mission from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and senior officials from the Finance Ministry have made key progress in restructuring the country’s balance of payments for much needed financial consolidation, sources at the Prime Minister’s office told the Sunday Observer yesterday. “IMF-Government negotiations have moved in a positive direction from the start. The chances are that the IMF will reach a staff-level agreement with Sri Lanka,” a Finance Ministry official said. “This will be critical for channelling IMF funds for an economic stabilisation program. It will also create a positive background for obtaining external loans.” When the country enters into a staff-level agreement with the IMF, the country will not have to deal with issues like the recent refusal by an international bank to serve as a guarantor for Sri Lanka’s purchase of fuel, ...

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“IN A NUTSHELL” – by Des Kelly   Famous American Actor Humphrey Bogart was born on Monday January 23rd 1899, died on January 14th 1957, aged just 57+. However, Warner Brothers Pictures claimed that Bogart was born on Christmas day, 1899, in order to romanticize his background. Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright & poet (Oct.16th, 1854- Nov. 30th 1900),changed his birth year- 1856 Like his Character Dorian Gray, Wilde was vain about his personal appearance, and feared becoming old. Top Country Music Star Merle Haggard, whose music sits somewhere on the moon today, had an older brother, Francis, with whom he had fallen out for a long period. This was a little too late, but soon after Francis passed away, Merle wrote a song dedicated to him, titled “Listening to the wind” Merle sings this song, as only he can, and listening to the wind is an important lesson learned.   ...

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“A PRIYA PEIRIS DOUBLE” – by Des Kelly    The Man from Moratuwa, my friend Priya Peiris keeps on, keeping on, with his famous band, the La-Bambas, who still get together, I believe, to have what we musicians term a “Jam-Session”, now and again. With all the unfortunate “goings-on” over there, at the moment, I do know that these meetings of the La-Bambas would now be down to a minimum, but this does not stop this guy from doing what he loves to do, and I have decided to “showcase” him, both solo, and also in a group of other Moratuwa Maestro’s with a double-shot at what they do, best. I have not seen the “Keeping up with the Joneses song, but did hear Priya’s solo on “The bliss of a kiss”. Of one thing, I am certain. Anybody wanting to do a “cover” of this song, will have to ...

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Japan’s Precious Children – By GEORGE BRAINE On a recent afternoon in Sapporo, on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, I was walking past an elementary school. Lessons were over for the day, and little children were streaming out. Singly or in groups, talking and laughing, the children walked along the pavement on their way home, safe and happy. No parents had come to collect them, and no motorcycles, cars, school vans or buses were to be seen. Obviously, the concept of “langama pasala, hondama pasala” (the nearest school is the best school) was working in Japan. I recall a common sight in Sri Lanka. In most schools, even for older students, parents would be crowding the gate to pick up and escort their children home. Or, there would be school vans. In so called international schools, a long line of expensive cars would line up on the nearby road, to pick up ...

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New tech in cellular networks for connected cars By Aditya Abeysinghe   5G and 6G networks 5th Generation (5G) networks are the next generation of networks after 4th Generation (4G) networks. 4G is currently used as the wireless spectrum in most areas and offers most of the wireless functions we use currently. However, 5G provides faster connectivity speed and low latent connections that are typically used for real-time systems. 5G uses different networking concepts compared to that of 4G. For example, it uses millimeter wave technology that enables Gigabytes of data per second to be transferred and it uses massive Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) antennas to serve a large capacity of users. 6th Generation (6G) networks are still in the research stage and will be the generation after 5G networks. 6G networks will support up to about 1 Terabyte of data per second to be transferred. To transfer data faster it will ...

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