Shan: Legend to most; simple brother to me  

Ironically my first association with Shan was not as a teammate but as an opponent in 1983. Called in by Kandy Sports Club at the end of the school season to take on newly crowned A Division Champions CH in the knockout tournament at Nittawela, whereas a naive schoolboy I was told my task was partly to “take care” of Shan Perera head on, in order to not provide him any space, not realizing there weren’t many takers at Kandy who wanted that job. I can’t remember how many times…

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Ronald Koeman sacked by Barcelona | Football News

Ronald Koeman has been sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in charge. After weeks of speculation, Koeman’s final game was the 1-0 defeat by Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Wednesday night, their fourth defeat in six games in all competitions. A brief statement was released on the club’s website confirming president Joan Laporta had relieved the Dutchman of his duties as first-team coach. It added: “Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday at the Ciutat Esportiva. “FC Barcelona wishes to thank him for…

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Ruth Negga on her latest role – as a black woman passing as white

Ruth Negga stars in Passing, a film which follows two black women living in 1920s New York. One of them, Clare Kendry played by Negga, “passes” for white and has a white husband who doesn’t know she’s black. Based on the 1929 book by Nella Larsen, the film received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. The film’s director Rebecca Hall and star Ruth Negga, tell BBC News why their film feels so relevant for today’s audiences. Source link–!Thank You !– more

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Daily COVID cases count hits 559 today

The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 559 today (October 27) as 134 more people were tested positive for the virus, says the Epidemiology Unit. Two returnees from overseas are also among the newly-confirmed cases. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 538,320. As many as 504,376 recoveries and 13,674 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the outbreak of the pandemic. More than 20,200 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures…

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Carabao Cup hits and misses: Kevin De Bruyne still searching for top form as Manchester City bow out | Football News

De Bruyne still struggling to find top form Image: Kevin De Bruyne struggled against West Ham These were normally the types of games which would have seen a player of Kevin De Bruyne’s stature rotated for a rest by Pep Guardiola, but the Belgian was given a run out from the start at the London Stadium in a bid to get some more minutes in his legs in a bid to return him to his best. De Bruyne has looked a little laboured at times this season, and struggled to…

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Legal and Societal Consequences Arising from the Failure to Deal with Enforced Disappearances

A statement on enforced disappearances Every year, on the 27th of October, there is a commemoration of the persons who have been made to disappear by force. The day is called ‘the day of commemoration of the enforced disappearances. On this day, many issues and unresolved problems regarding persons who have been made to forcibly disappear are remembered and discussed. We could summarize such unresolved problems regarding enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka as follows. 1. What is considered an enforced disappearance in Sri Lanka is…

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Livingston 1 – 1 Dundee U

Livingston battled to a well-earned 1-1 draw against Dundee United despite having to play the entire second half with 10 men. On-loan Rangers forward Ben Williamson was shown a straight red card in first-half stoppage-time after catching Declan Glass’ shin. The Lions went in front in the 37th minute through Jack Fitzwater before United levelled five minutes later through Peter Pawlett. Both sets of fans observed a minute’s silence following the death of ex-Rangers boss Walter Smith – a former United player, assistant manager and director, before the game. United,…

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Footballer Josh Cavallo on coming out as gay: ‘It’s my freedom day’

Australian footballer Josh Cavallo has come out as gay, making him the only current top level male professional player in the world to do so. The Adelaide United player told BBC World News’ Yalda Hakim that the decision to make the announcement took a long time. “There was over six years of pain and I’m so happy and excited to put that to rest today,” he said. “It’s my freedom day and I’ve never been this happy in my entire life.” Read more: Footballer Josh Cavallo comes out as gay…

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West Indies campaign in disarray after back to back defeats

Rex Clementine in Dubai Lack of genuine pace in their bowling department hurt defending champions West Indies as they suffered a heavy eight wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa in the ICC T-20 World Cup in Dubai yesterday. The Windies may have lot of experience at their disposal possessing plenty of globetrotters who play franchise cricket but their bowling lacked penetration and a target of 144 proved to be too little to defend as South Africa won with ten deliveries to spare. Both teams had lost their opening…

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R Vallecano 1 – 0 Barcelona

Barcelona slumped to their fourth defeat in six games as Radamel Falcao’s goal gave Rayo Vallecano a 1-0 win to pile more pressure on Ronald Koeman. Koeman’s side are ninth in La Liga having only won four of their 10 games, and went down to former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Falcao’s first-half goal in Madrid. Memphis Depay also missed a penalty for Barcelona in the 72nd minute to compound Koeman’s misery. Image: Radamel Falcao celebrates his goal for Rayo Vallecano Colombian striker Falcao pounced in the 30th minute after…

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Andy Murray’s perfect record at Erste Bank Open in Vienna ended by Carlos Alcaraz | Tennis News

Andy Murray is a two-time champion in Vienna with victories 2014 and 2016, but having won his last nine consecutive matches at the tournament, his run is finally ended by Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets By Raz Mirza Last Updated: 27/10/21 7:28pm Andy Murray’s perfect record at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna came to an end at the hands of rising Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz Andy Murray’s perfect record at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna came to an end at the hands of rising Spanish teenager…

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People’s Tribunal to indict government, seeking justice for Lasantha Wickremathunga

Leading press freedom organisations Free Press Unlimited (FPU), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) launch The People’s Tribunal to indict the governments of Sri Lanka, Mexico and Syria for failing to deliver justice for the murders of Lasantha Wickremathunga, Miguel Ángel López Velasco, Nabil Al-Sharbaji.  The Tribunal, a form of grassroots justice, relies on investigations and high quality legal analysis involving specific cases in three countries. The opening hearing will be held on 2 November in The Hague. To watch the…

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Josh Cavallo: Adelaide United midfielder says football must change to become welcoming for LGBT+ players | Football News

Josh Cavallo feels “overwhelmed” with the worldwide reaction to him coming out as gay, and says it is time for football to “change” and become a more welcoming environment for LGBT+ players. In a landmark moment for inclusivity in football, the Australian Adelaide United midfielder came out to his coaches a few weeks ago and broke the news to his team-mates on Wednesday prior to posting an emotional video on social media. He revealed in the video he had been fighting his sexuality for around six years and said he…

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