Daily COVID cases count hits 4,562 today

The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry reports that another 974 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, moving the daily total of new cases to 4,562. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 436,081. As many as 371,992 recoveries and 8,991 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the outbreak of the pandemic. The Epidemiology Unit’s data showed that 55,098 active cases are currently under medical care. Thank you

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Match Report – Warrington 14 – 24 St Helens

St Helens set up a top-of-the-table clash with Catalans Dragons at Magic Weekend as they see off Warrington who are also looking for a top two finish in Super League Last Updated: 31/08/21 12:14am Mark Percival fends off Stefan Ratchford to score for Saints St Helens all but ended local rivals Warrington’s hopes of a top-two finish in the Betfred Super League with an exciting 24-14 victory at the Halliwell Jones stadium. The win for the champions means it is set to be a straight head-to-head between Kristian Woolf’s side…

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Para-Taekwondo: Taking 360 tornado kicks to Tokyo

For the first time, the Paralympic games in Tokyo will host a Para-Taekwondo competition. But the birthplace of this martial art form, South Korea, is only sending one player to the games. Speaking to the BBC, two south Korean players explain the beauty of the sport, and the hope and energy it gives them. Reporter: Julie Yoonnyung Lee Shoot-edit: Jungmin Choi Camera person: Junseo Yang Producer: Lina Shaikhouni and Claire Press Source link–!Thank You !–

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UN Human Rights Mechanisms Ought to Explore New Approaches to Protect Rights

For several decades now, the widespread practice of enforced disappearances has been experienced in Sri Lanka in a very large scale Despite many attempts by the UN human rights agencies including the Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, there are hardly any cases where credible investigations or prosecutions have taken place concerning the cases which sometimes go into thousands which are being reported. It is time for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Killings, and the Working Group…

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Super League: St Helens’ Mark Percival earns Kristian Woolf’s praise after try against Warrington Wolves | Rugby League News

Percival’s long-range try was the highlight of the reigning champions’ win away to Warrington on Monday night; “It’s a really good example of his class and an example for young players as well,” said Woolf Last Updated: 30/08/21 11:06pm Mark Percival earned the praise of St Helens head coach Kristian Woolf Kristian Woolf praised the skills of Mark Percival after the centre’s thrilling long-range try helped St Helens to a 24-14 Super League win over Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Saints were trailing 14-10 in a pulsating contest…

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Renato Sanches: Wolves in talks to sign Portugal midfielder from Lille | Football News

Wolves are in talks to sign Portugal international midfielder Renato Sanches from Lille on loan. Sanches is currently recovering from a knee injury and faces another month out, but Wolves still hope to finalise a deal before Tuesday’s deadline. The 24-year-old has rejuvenated his career at Lille after moving to France from Bayern Munich in 2019. He has managed five goals and five assists in 60 appearances for Lille and helped them win Ligue 1 last season. Sanches had a breakout tournament with Portugal at Euro 2016, which led to…

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US Foreign Affairs Committee member Dina Titus advocates stronger US-Sri Lanka bonds

United States Congresswoman Dina Titus, also a member of America’s vital House Foreign Affairs Committee, advocates strong bonds between the U.S. and Sri Lanka through a vigorous democratic process. An active member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Sub-Committee on Asia-Pacific – under whose purview Sri Lanka falls – encourages critical reforms to rule of law and democracy in this South Asian nation. Reminding the Biden administration’s broader foreign policy goal is centered on safeguarding and strengthening of human rights, Congresswoman Professor Dina Titus said that she was proud to…

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Ryan Christie: Bournemouth and Burnley in transfer talks with Celtic over deal to sign playmaker | Football News

Bournemouth and Burnley are both in talks with Celtic over a deal to sign Ryan Christie. The 26-year-old midfielder is a free agent on January 1 and has recently rejected a new contract offer from the Parkhead club. Bournemouth, managed by Scott Parker, look set to edge past Premier League side Burnley in the race to sign the Scotland international but a deal is not close at this stage. Christie joined Celtic from Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2015 and has scored 42 goals for the club. Please use Chrome browser…

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Afghanistan drone strike: ‘Ten people died here.. including my daughter’

Emal Ahmadi and relatives and friends have been combing through wreckage in Kabul, searching for the remains of 10 relatives they say were killed in a US drone strike on Sunday. The family told the BBC that six children were among the dead, including Emal’s two-year-old daughter Sumaya. The US military says it is investigating reports of civilian casualties, but that the drone strike disrupted an imminent threat to Kabul airport from IS-K (Islamic State Khorasan Province), the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group. The BBC’s Secunder Kermani reports…

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Milinda Moragoda assumes duties as new High Commissioner-designate to India

New High Commissioner-designate of Sri Lanka to India, Milinda Moragoda, appointed with the cabinet rank, assumed duties at a ceremony held at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi today (30). The staff of the High Commission received High Commissioner-designate Moragoda and Mrs. Jennifer Moragoda, presenting the traditional sheaf of betel leaves. Mr. Moragoda assumed duties amidst chanting of Seth Pirith by the venerable Maha Sangha including Most Ven. Dr. Niyangoda Vijithasiri Anu Nayaka Thero, Most Ven. Prof. Kollupitiye Mahindasangharakkhitha Anu Nayaka Thero, Most Ven. Thirikunamale Ananda Maha…

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The Sun newspaper pays damages to England cricketer over front-page family tragedy story

Stokes is currently taking a break from cricket to prioritise his mental wellbeing and rest his injured finger | GETTY The Sun has paid damages to England cricketer Ben Stokes and his mother after the newspaper published a story that detailed a family tragedy. Deborah Stokes took legal action over the September 2019 front-page article, saying it exposed private information that was not in the public interest. The Sun initially defended the story, but has now apologised to the family for causing “great distress”. “We…

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Emergency Regulations on the provision of Essential Food Items in effect from midnight today

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared that the Emergency Regulations on the provision of essential food items, in accordance with the powers vested in him via  Section 02 of the Public Security Ordinance, enforcing the provisions of Section ii of it, will be in effect from midnight today (30). This is mainly on the objective of enabling the authorised officers to purchase stocks of essential food items including paddy, rice and sugar at reasonable prices at government-declared prices or imported at the Customs, providing them to…

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Match Report – Castleford 0 – 22 Wigan

Jackson Hastings, Liam Marshall, Oliver Gildart and Brad Singleton all went over for Wigan as the visitors ended a run of three straight losses; defeat deals a blow to Castleford’s hopes of making the Betfred Super League play-offs Last Updated: 30/08/21 7:33pm Wigan celebrate Jackson Hastings’ try against Castleford Wigan Warriors injected life into their flagging Super League play-off push with a 22-0 victory away to Castleford Tigers in Monday’s match at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. Player of the match Jackson Hastings broke Wigan’s try-scoring drought inside the opening quarter of…

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Kylian Mbappe: Real Madrid likely to walk away from summer transfer window deal for PSG forward as £172m bid goes unanswered | Football News

Kylian Mbappe is now unlikely to move to Real Madrid in this summer transfer window after Paris Saint-Germain failed to reply to their £171.6m (€200m) offer on Monday. The Spanish club made a second improved bid of £145.8m (€170m) plus £8.57m (€10m) in add-ons and set PSG a deadline to respond by 5pm UK time. It is now more than likely that Real will wait until January when they can sign Mbappe on a pre-contract agreement for him to join for free next summer. The La Liga side are very…

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Jogging track projects and hidden features

By Engr. Mahinda Panapitiya M.S, Department of Agriculture & Biological Engineering, Utah State University, Utah, USA, B.Sc (Civil Engineering), University of Peradeniya, A technical paper on the Gampaha Jogging Track, published in 2012 in an Annual Session hold by the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka had won the first prize in a competition on water-related interventions of its members. This is an Interview held by Udula Oushdahami, a Former Chairman of ICTAD, with the author Engr. Mahinda Panapitiya, about the background behind the paper. Q: Jogging Track Projects in Gampaha…

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