How Ponting could have released pressure valve in Australian cricket By Malcolm Conn Source:-smh.com.au Ricky Ponting could have been quarantining in a Dubai hotel as coach of Australia’s Twenty20 team if history had not taken such a tumultuous turn. Previous Australian coach Darren Lehmann wanted Ponting in the T20 role before the sandpaper scandal blew up Australian cricket during the 2018 tour of South Africa and maintains that the roles should be split. “I look back now and I think I coached too long,” Lehmann told the Herald and The Age. “I probably should have bowed out 12 months before that. I reckon four years is a good cycle when you’re away from home 300 days a year. “If you split the role there is more longevity because you don’t have to do everything. And it has to be done properly so the T20 team can specialise. That’s just sensible.” Whether current coach Justin ...

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Joe Root wants Ashes clarity before committing to tour he is ‘desperate’ to play in Source:-www.thetimes.co.uk Joe Root says he is desperate to play in this winter’s Ashes but refused to guarantee he would lead his team to Australia given the uncertainties about the Covid restrictions that will be imposed on the touring squad. Speaking after being named men’s player of the year by the Professional Cricketers’ Association, Root would not commit fully to leading the team in the ten-week tour, saying that no one could give any guarantees until they had been fully briefed by the England management this week. “I feel it’s so hard to make a definite decision until you know,” the England Test captain, 30, said. “That’s why it’s so important that we get all the information. I’m desperate for part of an Ashes series. I always am. It’s that one series as an England player that ...

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Sunil Perera: Sri Lanka’s larger than life music legend dies at 68 By Ranga Sirilal and Ayeshea Perera Source:-www.bbc.com His songs have pulled people on to dance floors at weddings and parties for decades. Sunil Perera, one of the stalwarts of Sri Lanka’s baila genre – a memento of Portuguese colonisation – died on Monday aged 68, his family said. He is believed to have died of Covid-related complications. Along with his band The Gypsies, Sunil wrote and performed songs with catchy tunes and clever lyrics, often about Sri Lankan life and politics. His song Uncle Johnson from 1987 related a hilarious tale of a ruined wedding anniversary party, while Signore focused on the laments of a defeated politician berating his ungrateful voters. Saima Cut Vela gave advice to a hysterical young woman convinced her husband was fatally ill when in fact he was just drunk. “It was his presence ...

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Emma Fulu on feminism Spotlight on Emma Fulu Source :- ( Partners In Prevention )  Emma is the Founder and Executive Director of The Equality Insitute, a global feminist agency working to end violence against women and girls. We talked with Emma about her work, the effects of COVID on prevention work, leadership and ‘imposter syndrome’. Here’s Emma’s story. I feel like I was born an activist. I come from a family of mixed race and mixed religion. I grew up experiencing a lot of racism and sexism and saw abuse within different parts of my community and family. From when I was a child, I had an intense desire to try and make the world a better place. My parents say I used to walk down the street at age six trying to collect coins for charity from the neighbours. I did a degree in International Development and Gender Studies. ...

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Obituary: MARGARET MUTTUKUMARU ”PEGGY” (31 October 1924 – 21 August 2021) Beloved wife of Anton (dec) Loving mother and mother in law of Tony and Margie, Phil and Geraldine (dec) and Chris and Ann Loved Mini and Granma of Sandi, Toni (dec), Mark, Cathy, Marina, Damon, Alison, Michelle (dec), Tim, Nick and Kamini and their families A private family service will be held due to COVID restrictions. Live-streaming option will be available. For details please contact the family or William Cole Funerals ...

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Multiple challenges associated with online education; Too many Cooks? – By Raj Gonsalkorale “Children’s education is among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world. Prolonged school closure and limited access to distant learning has deprived children of their universal right to education, particularly in poorer countries” –UNICEF By Raj Gonsalkorale The COVID pandemic has accentuated a disparity that already exists between facilities that are available for poorer children in semi urban and rural areas, and those in more urban and affluent situations. While standards of educational institutions are different to what they were some years ago, there are many schools amongst the nearly 12,000 schools in Sri Lanka which lack even basic teaching needs, and worse, even essential facilities like decent toilets, water, electricity and other amenities. Often what is taken for granted in an urban central school, is a luxury in many rural schools. Opportunities for ...

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What if you could design life on your own terms?    Would you like to know how you can design your life with the right mindset?  Watch Num Tamil’s Talkshow Kathipoma, where the talented talk show host Sharthar interviews the multi-award-winning Life Coach Uma Panch from Sydney, Australia.   It was a brilliant interview and many in-demand topics were discussed including subconscious mind conditioning, reprogramming your mind, rewiring your brain, mindfulness, neuro-linguistic programming, laws of attraction, manifestations, visualisation, deep state repatterning, mindset coaching, life coaching, how to transform your life, how to find solutions to the problem, why you have problems, how to deal with COVID chaos, relationships, emotions and much more.  Learn what’s stopping you from having and how you can create your dream life and much more…. Don’t miss it!  Uma Panch sponsored a Self-Discovery Session valued at $250 for four participants. The prize winners are Manju Shri, Mohamed, Irsath Puvaneswaran Sivaguru, Tariq Thaha.  You see, you cannot do the same thing and expect a different result. This is your opportunity to do ...

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New doors open into Sri Lanka Source:-miragenews Sri Lanka has approved an agreement to allow in-transit phosphine fumigation of Australian bulk grains, pulses and oilseeds. In-transit phosphine fumigation provides a more cost effective and efficient option for Australian exporters. A new biosecurity agreement between Australia and Sri Lanka will broaden trade opportunities for Australian exporters. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said that Sri Lanka’s approval of in-transit phosphine fumigation treatment for Australian grains, pulses and oil seeds would provide greater flexibility for Australian exporters. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Australian exporters to not only improve our trade relationships with an important partner, but to expand markets for Australian grains, pulses and oilseeds,” Minister Littleproud said. “The Sri Lanka market was worth $160 million for Australian pulses, grains and oilseeds in 2020-21 (12 months to March), and we hope to grow this important trade relationship between ...

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Changes to laws, tax, restrictions, rules, incentives coming in from January 1, 2021 by Kathy Skantzos Source:-news.com Many of us will be happy to put 2020 behind us and embrace a fresh new year. But along with New Year’s resolutions comes a raft of new rules, regulations, taxes and some benefits you need to know about. Here are all the changes coming in 2021. COVID-19 VACCINE ROLLOUT The Australian Government is aiming to have as many people vaccinated against COVID-19 as possible in 2021. The first vaccinations will likely be rolled out in Australia in March 2021. Priority groups will get the first available doses, provided they are proven safe and effective, but more people will be have access to a vaccine as more doses become available throughout the year. Anti-vaxxers will not be forced to have the vaccine as Prime Minister Scott Morrison stressed that a mandatory COVID vaccination ...

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