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Naomi Osaka – latest in moving goal posts



It should be clear by now to the dimmest sportsman and sportswoman that what we have here, far from being the myth of ‘white superiority’, is a serial confession of a ‘white’ inferiority complex.

People would remember how Hitler’s attempt to showcase ‘Aryan’ superiority at the Olympic Games in 1936 was turned upside down by Jesse Owens. What that was about was made apparent by his refusal to shake hands with (actually to come anywhere near) Jesse Owens, and by the admiration with which the German (‘Aryan’) athletes greeted Jesse’s performances.

Around the same time a native (aboriginal) cricketer bowled Don Bradman for a duck. Bradman said that he was the fastest bowler he had faced – Larwood et al not exempted. But the cricket administrators let him win numerous Sheffield Shield matches for Queensland – and kept him out of the Aussie team.

Althea Gibson won Wimbledon twice – but she was not allowed in to use the toilet facilities there.

When Evonne Goolagong won the Wimbledon the first time, the British establishment including especially the BBC and its other media, chose to drop her distinctly native name and referred to her by her ‘anglo’ husband’s name.

Since then we have had the openly racist attacks on Serena and Venus Williams by an establishment that includes match officials, ‘chair umpires’ and others. The ‘white’ administrators and their media have never failed to tell the world that Serena is on a quest to ‘catch up with’ the “record” of Margaret Court – “24 grand slam titles in the Open Era” though in fact Court had won only 11 – the rest were in tournaments for amateurs.

In recent times we have had reports on Ashleigh Barty, also a native of Oz, the current No.1, Sloane Stevens, and just last week on Coco Graf that are as negative as ‘they” could make them. And now their assault on Naomi Osaka is clearly and, in the case of the French organisation, undoubtedly, racist.

It is not widely known that as the French record in Algeria amply proved, the French were – and continue to be as ridiculously and as lethally racist as the ‘Confederates’ in the USA. It should come as no surprise however to secondary school children everywhere that France continues to believe that ‘white’ Europeans have bigger haha brains than say Africans. France won a football World Cup not long ago but failed to mention that its team was composed entirely of ‘non-whites’ mostly from Africa.

In the UK there is a ‘black’ footballer who has punctured racism in that sport and made administrators and fans alike run for cover. Nevertheless, racism in the Metropolitan police and among ‘white’ fans continues to run strong.

We have also had the managers of motor sports fighting to keep the World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, from flagging white racism within that sport: they are not done yet. Jackie Stewart was brought in to try to tell the world that Hamilton’s eight championships counted for less than his own (three).

And what venom is being spewed by the head of the French tennis tournament on Naomi Osaka for declining to be quizzed by the press: the penalty for that, $15,000 was already extracted, when the man and his wo/men came up with threats of further penalties, that bore no relation to Naomi passing up an interview.

It stands to reason (if such notions as fair-play have a place at all in tournaments run not by sportsmen but by businessmen who are besides racist) that the French body of organisers should be outlawed and no internationally recognised events should be held there until that is done.



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Online education – an alternative



By Dr. Rasanjalee Abeywickrama

Education is a weapon that can improve one’s life. It is a most important tool that helps to spread knowledge in society, which is a most noteworthy benefit of Education. Furthermore, it acts as a medium that transfers knowledge from one generation to another.

Education helps to boost a country’s economy and society; therefore, it is a milestone of a nation’s development. It offers knowledge and skills to the populace, while shaping the personality of the youth of a nation. Education is generally considered the foundation of society which beckons economic wealth, social prosperity and political stability. Economic and social status depends on individual education, since it contributes to individual capability in managing the quality of life. The main purpose of education is to prepare and qualify them for work, to play their part in a country’s economy, as well as to integrate people into society by teaching them the values and morals of society.

Education, for a child, begins at home. It is a lifelong process and determines the quality of an individual’s life. Education improves one’s knowledge and skills, and develops personality and attitude. Students must be equipped with knowledge and skills which are necessary to participate effectively as members of society and contribute towards the development of shared values and common identity.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still haunting the human race and it will be completing its horrible journey of two years within another five months. It has changed the whole world and lives of each and everyone around the globe. There cannot be anyone who has not been affected by this virus at least once, economically, physically and psychologically. While man is busy planning to go to Mars, this microorganism is busy taking the lives of millions on earth and taking away all the freedom which man had on earth, including the freedom to breathe. While it has affected all the sectors and trades, education is one of the most affected sectors.

There are several ways this virus has affected education. The loss of livelihoods of thousands of parents has caused a financial crisis and education of their kids has been affected, dramatically. Schools remained closed for much of the time, since March 2020. Kids were unable to go to school continuously, at least for one to two months, for over 15 months now. Physical engagement with peer groups and teachers is completely hampered due to shifting to online education, where kids will only be able to talk to each other and to the teacher through a screen which looks so artificial. It does not provide the actual interaction, which is essential, especially for kids in primary grades and early childhood education.

Some kids are at least fortunate enough to gather some knowledge through online platforms as they have access to relevant electronic equipment and network connections. Sadly, kids in low income families are not fortunate enough to obtain such facilities. Some kids who were supposed to be in Grade 1, during the year 2021, have not yet been to school for at least one day, but applications are already called for year 2022 Grade 1 school admissions, which shows how much time, from their early childhood education, has been wasted. This would adversely affect all of them as early childhood education is not solely about developing learning and writing skills, but about social engagement and social development, via engaging in activities with peer groups.

Education should enhance cognitive, social-emotional and behavioural dimensions of learning. It should also ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, wherein no one is left behind. This has become a challenging task with the ongoing pandemic situation. Though online education is not the best option, it is the only option available for kids of this generation. But there are many practical issues related to access to laptops, desktops, smartphones and internet connections. In many areas, kids have to climb trees to get internet connections. Huts have been constructed on tree tops to enable kids to follow online classes. Therefore, we need to look for better and more effective ways to continue the education of kids.

The most effective way to handle this issue of online learning, at the moment, is to telecast educational programmes, in the morning or afternoon hours instead of repeat telecasts of teledramas, TV shows or any other entertainment programmes. If all the national TV channels can work towards this, it will offer a practical solution to the problems associated with online education. Since all children are at home these days, it is an efficient way not only to educate them, but also to reduce the damage caused to their brain development due to watching unsuitable content on TV. Even radio stations can help in this regard.

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The country they saved



Many YouTube videos are accessible on the Internet, which show interviews with retired/injured soldiers who were with the Sri Lanka Army during the period 2005-2009. They proudly talk about how they fought, how they got injured, how they re-joined the battle, after recovery, and how they saw their friends and higher officers get killed. Without any sadness in their voices, they show their wounded limbs and blinded eyes. Most of us who were not in the battlefield, too, can be somewhat satisfied by thinking about our much lesser contributions – donation of blood, donation of money towards various funds such as “Api Wenuwen Api” (although not sure what happened to those), helping families of soldiers, etc.  

Many would now feel sad about those injured soldiers and the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard this country, when seeing how this country is managed by some politicians, who claim that they were the people who saved this country.



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Special rules for UK-SL MPs cricket



The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the UK, Saroja Sirisena, responding to a call by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, met the Speaker on May 24 at his office at the House of Commons, while the Lion Flag fluttered in front of the House of Commons on the occasion. Our lady diplomat, as per The Island report on 31st May, proposed and, ‘…both agreed that a friendly exchange of cricket between the members of the two Parliaments would be a fine opportunity to celebrate there shared love of cricket.’

Being concerned of the risk of conversion of the gentlemen’s game into a “Parliamentarian’s one”, shall we propose an amended 13-point set of rules applicable only to our legislators.

1. “Scrap retired hurt” phenomenon altogether as they will never dream of ‘retiring’, worse they do not understand what ‘hurt’ means.

2. Out!, and back in the pavilion, can be re-called by the Captain under “National team player” to the middle, to continue batting.

3. Ministers, who rush Bills for speedy enactments are best suited as Pace bowlers, but they will have to compete with ‘swing both-ways’ experts.

4. Talented ‘googley’ bowlers are in abundance, but English MPs are good readers of the googley; more prudent choice would be a specialist ‘Chinamen’, [there is no dearth of them either], further, the opponents do have little experience in facing them and would naturally be extra nervous to hear the first syllable of the word.

5. Sixers should be banned altogether, for they being highly skilled masters of the art will effortlessly hit every ball for a ‘SIX’.

6. Sledging, supported by familiar un-parliamentary vocabulary can be used excessively, as the opponents will not understand them, however, as a precautionary measure, the stump microphone should be disconnected from commentary.

7. Media should be allowed in the field to get voice cuts blaming the opponents, after every bungling by themselves.

8. English team has done their ‘home-work’ using freely available data : will demand free access for Agents of Bookies at the Lanka dressing room, with the idea of winning the game easily. However, such motivation can be countered by displaying 11 ultra-luxury SUVs on the grounds [as prizes for the winners]

9. A special sitting of the House prior to the match, to propose and pass a handsome match-fee for the players, would be an added incentive.

10. To compensate for their lack of experience and knowledge in playing on a level field, a ‘20%’ [a familiar numerical] bonus of runs or wickets can be granted.

11. In fairness to the Englishmen, any attempt to play a Dil-scoop using more familiar hands, minus the bat, should not be allowed.

12. The two field umpires plus 3rd, 4th umpires and match referee should be provided with special security in the event of a loss to the local team.

13. The moment the English side appealed against a Lankan batsmen, before the Umpire delivered his verdict, the bodyguards should rush to the field to prevent untoward incidents happening.




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