Cabinet holds on price revisions for several essentials

The Cabinet of Ministers has reportedly not taken any decisions on price revisions of essential items including powdered milk, LP gas, wheat flour and cement. It had been reported yesterday that the a decision would be taken with regard to the proposed revisions to the prices of several essential items, at the Cabinet meeting today.  Meanwhile Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that the Cabinet decided to provide necessary funds from the Central Bank for the release of essential food items held up at the Colombo Port. During the Cost of…

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Emi Martinez, Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso: Argentina call up three Premier League players for October internationals | Football News

Aston Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez and Tottenham duo Cristian Romero and Giovani Lo Celso have been called up by Argentina for October’s World Cup Qualifiers despite the country remaining on the UK’s red travel list. Premier League club’s agreed not to allow South American players to travel to represent their countries for last month’s international break due to quarantine rules. As of Friday, all three players are allowed to enter Argentina if they are fully vaccinated and return a negative Covid test. However, should they return to the UK, they…

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What it’s like to be a nine-year-old in a vaccine clinical trial

In Charlottesville, Virginia, fraternal twins Evan and Lizzy are enrolled in Pfizer’s vaccine trial for children between ages five and 11. The BBC follows them as they go to their second appointment where they receive a placebo or the vaccine. Their father, John, explains that though the family is very comfortable with the safety of the vaccine, consent from the children was the priority. Source link–!Thank You !–

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Sri Lanka, British Ministers discuss Trade, Investment, and Domestic Reconciliation Process

Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris and British Minister of State for South Asia, United Nations and the Commonwealth Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon had discussions recently at the Sri Lanka Mission in New York. The Ministers discussed a wide range of issues including trade, investment opportunities available in the Port City and elsewhere, resumption of tourism, and matters relating to development and reconciliation with particular reference to relations with the diaspora. Minister Peiris briefed Lord Ahmad in detail about the substantial progress on the ground…

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C Palace 1 – 1 Brighton

Neal Maupay scored a dramatic last-minute equaliser to salvage an unlikely draw for Brighton at Crystal Palace in a feisty 1-1 draw. After Chelsea and Liverpool both failed to win at the weekend, a win for Graham Potter’s team would have lifted them to the summit but a Wilfried Zaha penalty on the stroke of half-time looked to have flattened them. It was Palace who played with the required punch and aggression, summed up by Conor Gallagher’s determined burst that won the penalty after a lazy challenge from Leandro Trossard.…

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Experts explore what sets Sri Lanka apart as a tourist destination

Conservation Tourism Webinar The Conservation Tourism webinar series organised by Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance was held last month, to explore the topic of ‘Wildlife and Nature Conservation, as it applies to the Future Sustainability of Sri Lanka’s Tourism Industry’. The webinar attracted a record number of virtual attendees and featured an eminent panel of speakers. The session was introduced by Co-Chair of the Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance, Malik J Fernando, and moderated by Niranga Gunaratna, Director of Communications at Shangri-La Colombo & Shangri-La Hambantota. The speakers touched on important elements…

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Arsenal takeover: Thierry Henry reiterates Spotify owner Daniel Ek is ‘here to stay’ as potential new owner | Football News

Thierry Henry has underlined to Sky Sports that Daniel Ek remains fully committed to buying Arsenal but that the Kroenke family are yet to respond to their offer. Ek, who was in the stands to watch Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Tottenham on Super Sunday, wrote to owner Stan Kroenke in May and made a bid of £1.8bn for the north London club that remains on the table. The Spotify owner is confident Kroenke will listen to the offer – which he considers to be a compelling one – and has…

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Health experts urge youths to get vaccinated without delay and not be misled by baseless opinions

Professor of Community Health at the Medical Faculty of the University of Colombo, Manju Weerasinghe urged the youth not to be misled by the baseless opinions expressed by certain persons with commercial interests, and to take the vaccines against the COVID-19 virus at the first available opportunity.   The Professor points out that there is no scientific basis to the statements made by certain persons that sexual impotence and infertility are caused in the human body due to the vaccine. He urged the youth not to fall prey to such…

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Jamie Carragher tears into Tottenham midfield after collapse at Arsenal: ‘There’s less space on the moon!’ | Football News

Jamie Carragher teared into the positioning of Tottenham’s midfield on Monday Night Football after the defeat at Arsenal, claiming ‘there’s less space on the moon!’ Tottenham were 3-0 down within 34 minutes at the Emirates, prompting manager Nuno Espirito Santo to bring off midfielder Dele Alli and Japhet Tanganga at half-time, and after the game claiming: “I won’t name individuals who didn’t play the game plan right but the game plan was not right according to the players who were on the pitch.” But Carragher feels Nuno was equally culpable…

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End to freedom of movement behind UK fuel crisis, says Merkel’s likely successor

The centre-left politician in pole position to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor has pinpointed the decision to bring an end to freedom of movement with Europe after Brexit as the reason for the British petrol crisis. Olaf Scholz, who is seeking to form a coalition government after the SPD emerged as the biggest party in Germany’s federal elections, said he hoped Boris Johnson would be able to deal with the consequences of the UK’s exit from the EU. “The free movement of labour is…

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IPL: Jason Roy’s debut fifty takes Sunrisers Hyderabad to victory and dents Rajasthan Royals play-off hopes | Cricket News

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets to claim just their second win of IPL 2021; Jason Roy scored 60 from 42 balls on his Sunrisers debut and Kane Williamson made 51no from 41 balls as they chased down 165 with nine balls to spare By Sam Drury Last Updated: 27/09/21 7:27pm Jason Roy came in for David Warner and made 60 on his Sunrisers Hyderabad debut Jason Roy scored a half-century on his Sunrisers Hyderabad debut to take the Indian Premier League’s bottom side to victory and dent…

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Australia: Footage captures car careering across eight lanes

Police in Australia say it’s “incredibly lucky” that more people weren’t injured when a car careered across eight lanes of traffic in Darwin last week. The driver, and a child who was in the car with her, were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are investigating the incident and released footage of it, saying the driver “allegedly lost control, failed to negotiate a turn, and crashed into a business”. They urged motorists to “drive with due care and attention”. Source link–!Thank You !–

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Scottish Premiership: Aberdeen, Celtic, Dundee, Hearts and Hibs feature as we look at what we learned this weekend | Football News

Celtic slipped further behind in the Scottish Premiership title race after a 1-1 draw with Dundee United. Aberdeen – who face Celtic live on Sky Sports on Sunday – are also struggling after their 3-2 defeat at St Mirren made it no wins in eight and three straight league defeats. Elsewhere, Rangers, Hearts, Hibernian and Motherwell consolidated their places in the upper reaches of the table. Sunday 3rd October 11:00am Kick off 12:00pm Here are five things we learned from the weekend’s action… Celtic need some players back Please use…

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Pandemic and emergence of variants

By Prof Kirthi Tennakone The behaviour of the coronavirus bears resemblance to a high-speed magnified video of Darwinian evolution. The virus changes in front of our eyes and variants emerge as the fittest that survive. Genome surveillance has succeeded in reading the genetic changes accurately and sees how the genotype expresses as phenotype. Genotype being the chemical-genetic constitution and phenotype, characters as manifested in the environmental background. Humans have sinisterly arrested the natural evolution of animals and plants; but despite scientific advancements, find it difficult to deal with a fast-evolving…

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