Local stars express their views on…
The past few weeks, the whole world was focused on America – Joe Biden Vs Donald Trump. No it wasn’t connected with a boxing match, like the good old days when Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) took on his opponents, in the ring!
This time the euphoria was the presidential election.
In fact, whenever I chatted with my friends, in the showbiz industry, invariably, the Biden/Trump topic cropped up.
I then thought it would be a good idea to get their views, in brief, and share it with my readers. And, these are some of the comments…
* Kumar De Silva:
This particular election was absolutely hilarious and totally entertaining, to say the least.
On one side, was Biden’s calm, distinguished sobriety. On the other, were Trump’s pathetic histrionics.
Understandably, this election also spawned an incredible amount of social media jokes, memes, videos, parodies of songs, etc.
Enter Kamala Harris, and Donald Trump mercilessly bashes and reviles her, as he does Biden parallelly. That I found even more disgusting.
And, then came the results, with more drama…probably with lawsuits to come!
Is the drama really over? Well, technically, yes, I guess, but then, on the other hand, not as long as Donald sulks and whimpers…but, that, too, I presume, will peter out.
*Suzi Croner (Fluckiger):
I’m just happy for America that the clown lost and has been replaced by a more distinguished personality in Joe Biden.
Trump was a liar…and a boaster, as well.
Oh, I better stop now before some stupid Trump follower tries to bash me…like Trump, himself, who is a master at bashing people!
* Sohan Weerasinghe:
It certainly was a refreshing change to see a new President and Vice President emerge victorious, after a gruelling election.
I’m very confident that President-elect Biden will take on the Coronavirus pandemic, head on
Kamala Harris will become a great symbol of hops for all aspiring women, as this is the first time that America has had a female Vice President.
America, China, India, and some other European countries, and Japan, have always come to our aid, in difficult times.
My request to these countries is to recognise that Sri Lanka is a sovereign nation, and a non aligned country, and no country should interfere in our internal affairs.
* Dr. Nilanka Anjalee Wickramasinghe:
I would say so long as no one interferes with Sri Lanka and cause no more wars, worldwide, I don’t mind who becomes the President of the USA.
* Benjamin Ranabahu:
I’m not a major follower of elections, in any part of the world, but the American presidential election did get my attention because of the media publicity it generated, especially on TV.
Whenever I switched on the TV, it was all about Donald Trump and Joe Biden and so I was, obviously, forced to take in that scene.
As President, from what I gather, Donald Trump failed, on many an occasion. To me, he was more concerned about promoting his image than helping to solve world problems.
Just look at how he tackled the Coronavirus pandemic in the States, resulting in over 240,000 deaths!
I’m sure Joe Biden will be of much benefit to the people of America.
* Judy and Kanthie de Silva:
America badly needed a leadership change and the new President-elect, Joe Biden, will now have the opportunity of uniting a divided America.
Also, Kamala Harris, as Vice President, will give women, around the world, more confidence.
We wish Biden and Harris the very best.
Joe Biden appears to be a charming and likable person. However, I disagree with many of the policies of his party… the Democrats.
On the other hand, Donald Trump, despite his arrogance and pomposity, is Pro-life and Pro-family. This is one of the reasons why he receives my support, because I believe that life is sacred.
In addition, he has many plus points to his credit, including the historic brokering of peace agreements between Israel, and several Arab nations (The UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, etc.).
Trump was also the only President, in recent times, who did not involve America in any wars. And the list goes on….
Therefore, at the risk of being unpopular with the majority, I would say that I am a Trump supporter because I believe that he represents hope for America.
Hair Growth and Thickness
LOOK GOOD – with Disna
Oiling is an old home remedy for hair growth and thickness. Oiling is also used for the strength, shine, and length of hair, from ancient times. The use of coconut oil, especially, is very effective when it comes to the amplification of hair health. Additionally, there are many essential oils for faster hair growth which you can use, too.
* How to Use: Generally, hair oiling works best when applied overnight. You could use this therapy every night, or after each night, then wash your hair, in the morning, before heading for studies, or work.
* Aloe Vera:
Aloe vera has long been used as a home remedy for hair growth, thickness, and treating hair loss problems It contains vitamins A, C, and E. All three of these vitamins are known to contribute to cell turnover, supporting healthy cell growth and shiny hair. Plus, vitamin B-12 and folic acid are also included in aloe vera gel. Both of these elements can keep your hair from falling out. Aloe vera plants can be easily grown indoors. A leaf can be plucked, occasionally, and cut open to reveal its gel. This gel needs to be applied on the scalp, basically, to provide nourishment to the roots.
* How to Use:
Rub this gel on your head properly, leaving no area dry; wash after half an hour or so. Keeping this massage as a part of your weekly routine will eventually make your hair thick and long.
* Green Tea:
Green tea is often consumed as a home remedy for weight loss. Surprisingly, it has many other benefits, including hair-related benefits.
* How to Use:
Consuming green tea once every day can add to the strength and length of your hair. If your body is extremely comfortable with green tea, then you may even consume it twice every day.
* Onion Juice:
A bi-weekly application of onion juice can relieve you of your tension, regarding hair health. The smell can really torture you, but divert your attention in doing something else for a while, like making a puzzle or washing the dishes. From an early age, onion juice has been used as a home remedy to control hair fall. Research has shown that onion juice has been successful in treating patchy alopecia areata (non-scarring hair loss condition) by promoting hair growth .
* How to Use:
Take half onion and blend it. Apply the mixture on every nook and corner of your scalp and let it sit for some 60 minutes, or so. Shampoo it off when it’s time for the hair-wash.
Fun-loving, but… sensitive
This week, my chat is with Nilu Vithanage. She is quite active, as a teledrama actress – having done four, already; her first was ‘Pavela Will Come In The Cloud, Mom’ (playing the role of a nurse). Then Came ‘Heavenly Palaces’ (student), ‘Black Town’ (a village character Kenkaiya), and ‘Wings Of Fire,’ currently being shown, with Nilu as a policewoman. You could checkout ‘Wings Of Fire,’ weekdays, on Swarnavahini, at 7.30 pm. Nilu is also active as a stage drama artiste, dancer…and has also been featured in musical videos.
And, this is how our chit-chat went…
1. How would you describe yourself?
Let’s say, I’m a bit on the playful side, and I like to have a lot of fun. But, I do find the time to relax, and, at home, it’s dancing to music! Yeah, I love dancing. Oh, I need to add that I’m a bit sensitive.
2. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I get angry quickly. Fortunately, that anger doesn’t last long – just five to 10 minutes. But I wish I could get rid of anger, totally from my system!
3. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
Nope, can’t think of anything, in particular. Everything is fine with us, and I’m proud of my only brother, and I feel safe when he is around. Or, come to think of it, if I did have another brother, I would feel doubly safe…when going out, in particular!
I did my studies at two schools – C.W.W. Kannangara Central College, and Panadura Sumangala Girls’ School for my higher studies. Representing my school, I won first place in a speech competition and dance competition, as well.
5. Happiest moment?
When my husband comes home, or talks to me on the phone. He is stationed in Hatton and those calls and home visits are my happiest moments
6. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I really find a lot of happiness feeding the fish, in ponds. I love to see them rush to pick up the tidbits I throw into the pond. That’s my kind of happiness – being close to nature.
7. Are you religious?
I would say ‘yes’ to that question. I like to go to the temple, listen to sermons, participate in meditation programmes, and I do not miss out on observing sil, whenever possible. I also find solace in visiting churches.
8. Are you superstitious?
A big ‘no.’ Not bothered about all those superstitious things that generally affect a lot of people.
9. Your ideal guy?
My husband, of course, and that’s the reason I’m married to him! He has been a great support to me, in my acting career, as well in all other activities. He understands me and he loves me. And, I love him, too.
10. Which living person do you most admire?
I would say my Dad. I truly appreciate the mentorship he gave me, from a young age, and the things we received from him
11. Which is your most treasured possession?
12. If you were marooned on a desert island, who would you like as your companion?
A camel would be ideal as that would make it easier for me to find a way out from a desert island!
13. Your most embarrassing moment?
One day, recently, with the greatest of difficulty, I managed to join a one meter distance queue, to withdraw money from an ATM. And, then I realised I didn’t bring the card along!
14. Done anything daring?
I would say…yes, when I ventured out to get involved in teledramas. It was a kind of a daring decision and I’m glad it’s now working out for me – beautifully.
15. Your ideal vacation?
I would say Thailand, after reading your articles, and talking to you about Amazing Thailand – the shopping, things to see and do, etc. When the scene improves, it will be…Thailand here I come!
16. What kind of music are you into?
The fast, rhythmic stuff because I have a kind of rhythm in my body, and I love to dance…to music.
17. Favourite radio station:
I don’t fancy any particular station. It all depends on the music they play. If it’s my kind of music, then I’m locked-on to that particular station.
18. Favourtie TV station:
Whenever I have some free time, I search the TV channels for a good programme. So it’s the programme that attracts me.
19. What would you like to be born as in your next life?
Maybe a bird so that I would be free to fly anywhere I want to.
20. Any major plans for the future?
I’m currently giving lessons to schoolchildren, in dancing, and I plan to have my own dancing institute in the future.
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By Tharishi hewaviThanagamage
Based on the famous and one of the longest-running American animated series that made its debut on Nickelodeon in 1999, created by marine science educator and animator Stephen Hillenburg, ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ is the latest addition to the SpongeBob movie franchise, coming in as the third installment after ‘The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie’ (2004) and ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ (2015).
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