Sri Lanka Employ Former Surrey Coach…

Adams, who lost his job at Surrey last year, will therefore find himself up against his old Sussex colleague Peter Moores – now England coach – when Sri Lanka arrive in this country next month.
The 43-year-old was Sussex captain when Moores helped them win the County Championship for the first time in 2003.

Moores, subsequently also a championship winner with Lancashire, was reappointed as England coach last week – having previously held that position between 2007 and 2009.

Sri Lanka Cricket announced Adams’ new role on its official Twitter account on Monday – in a statement which also confirmed Marvan Atapattu as coach for the forthcoming series against England and South Africa.

It read: “The executive committee further approved the recommendation made by SLC’s chairman cricket committee, chairman selection committee and head of coaching to appoint former Sussex captain and former Surrey coach Chris Adams as a consultant for the forthcoming tour of England.”

Adams was a fine, belligerent batsman with Derbyshire and Sussex who made 48 first-class centuries. He struggled in his five Tests, however, all on England’s tour to South Africa in 1999-2000, Duncan Fletcher’s maiden assignment as coach.

As captain of Sussex he led them to their first County Championship, in 2004, and repeated the feat in 2006 and 2007.
As coach Surrey endured a slow start under him, but in 2011 he took them back up to Division One. Events at the Oval unravelled for Adams, however, with the terrible death of Tom Maynard in June 2012 at the heart of it, and he lost his job last June. He has been out of the game until now.

Paul Simon and Edie Brickell Charged!

Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell have been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, according to New Canaan Police in Connecticut. Officers were called to the couple’s New Canaan home at about 20:00 local time (01:00 BST) on Saturday to investigate “a family dispute”.

The pair, who have been married for more than 20 years, appeared in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday. A police spokesman said there had been “aggressiveness on both sides”.

At a news conference on Monday, police chief Leon Krolikowski said a caller from the singers’ Connecticut home phoned police on Saturday night and then hung up.

Officers who responded found minor injuries and believed it was a case of domestic violence, he went on. He did not confirm who was injured.

Simon and Brickell, he said, were each given a misdemeanor summons. One of them – again unspecified – agreed to leave and go to another location.

“They’re both victims and they have children involved and we’re trying to be very cautious of that,” the police chief told reporters.

Simon, 72, first found fame as one half of folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, while Brickell, 48, was lead singer of Edie Brickell & New Bohemians.

The folk-rock band had a big hit with their debut single What I Am in 1988, a track subsequently covered by former Spice Girl Emma Bunton in 1999.

Earlier this year Brickell won a Grammy award with Steve Martin for best American roots song, Love Has Come For You.

She is due to start touring in May with Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers across the US and Canada.

Simon, who has won 12 Grammy awards during a 50-year career, played at a benefit concert in New Canaan last autumn, performing The Sound of Silence and Mrs Robinson.

According to local media, the couple have lived in the Connecticut town with their three children for a number of years.

Sri Lanka Police Form Religious Hate Crimes Unit!

Sri Lanka police Monday announced a new unit to investigate religious hate crimes after attacks by Buddhist monks on churches and mosques last year raised concerns about religious freedom.

Police Inspector-General N. K. Illangakoon said the new unit would swiftly investigate any complaint relating to “religious matters” on the majority Buddhist island amid rising tensions over the attacks. “This unit will cover the entire country and deal with complaints relating to religious matters,” Illangakoon told reporters.

The move follows a series of attacks since early last year on mosques, churches and Muslim-owned businesses by nationalist Buddhist groups who accuse religious minorities of undue influence on the island.

Videos shared on YouTube have shown mobs led by Buddhist monks throwing stones and smashing a Christian prayer centre in southern Sri Lanka in January this year while police looked on.

Senior Buddhist monks have also been caught on video threatening violence against their moderate colleagues who advocate religious tolerance. Moderate Buddhist monks and Christian and Muslim leaders have accused police of failing to prosecute those behind the attacks.

Religious affairs ministry secretary M. K. B. Dissanayake said the new unit was expected, through swift investigations, to ensure that isolated incidents did not escalate out of control.
The country is emerging from nearly four decades of ethnic war which according to UN estimates claimed at least 100,000 lives between 1972 and 2009.

Tamil rebels were fighting for a separate homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who are Hindu, on the Sinhalese-majority island.

Seventy percent of Sri Lanka’s 20 million people are Sinhalese Buddhists, while Muslims are the second-largest religious group making up just under 10 percent.

President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is a Buddhist, warned monks in January last year not to incite religious violence. However police broke up a protest denouncing religious extremism last year, sparking opposition allegations that the government was tacitly supporting the violence.

Susanna – Art Company

VOF de Kunst is a Dutch pop group from Tilburg founded in 1983. Their hit song was “Suzanne” (Susanna) which reached #1 and #12 in the charts in the Netherlands and UK respectively. The lead singer of the band is Nol Havens, and they have also toured using the The Art Company name. This latter moniker was used for their only UK hit.

The group has also produced albums of traditional festive songs and songs based on nursery rhymes and the works of Annie M. G. Schmidt. Since 1996 they have also played in theatre productions.

HNB, LB Finance And NTB Crown Champions!

Hatton National Bank, L B Finance and nations Trust bank emerge winners of the Sri Netball Challenge 2014.

Htton National Bank clinched the Division One title while LB Finance taking away the Division Two title. Nations Trust Bank carried away the mixed division title.

In the grand finals of the Division One category Hatton National Bank beat Nations Trust Bank by 22-6goals and in the Division TwoI finals L B Finance beat Citizens Development Business Finance by 8 -6 goals.

The final of the mixed category was held between Nations Trust Bank and Dialog Axiata the later took the game by 7-6 goals.

Third and Fourth places of the Division One won by HSBC and Ceylon Biscuits respectively. Brandix and Amaya Lake won the Third and Fourth places of Division Two respectively

29 teams representing prestigious institutions in Sri Lanka vied for the honours at the Sri Netball Challenge 2014 which concluded on April 26 at the Indoor Stadium at St. Joseph’s College. Colombo 10.

Sri Lanka’s First Sports Website – organized this event while the technical assistance will receive from the Academy of Netball –Kotte.

The event as conducted in two divisions and also with a mixed category creating more opportunities for teams to perform at top level. 10 teams competed in Division one while 11 teams battled out in Division two. 08 teams took part in the Mixed Division category.

Hatton National Bank, Seylan Bank, Commercial Bank, Pan Asia Bank, HSBC, Nations Trust Bank, Ceylon Biscuits Ltd, Asiri Hospitals Group, David Peiris Motor Company Limited, and People’s Bank competed in four groups in Division one.

Hayles Group, Aitkan Spence, LB Finance, Brandix, Mass Unichella, Citizen’s Development Business Finance PLC, Expo Lanka Holdings Ltd, National Development Bank, Dialog Axiata, Commercial Credit & Finance PLC, Amaya Lake were seen in action in four groups in Division twoI.

David Peiris Motor Company Limited, Nations Trust Bank, Citizen’s Development Business Finance PLC, national Development Bank, Hayley’s Group, DFCC Bank, Dialog Asiata and LB Finance battled in the mixed category event.

Sri has a successful history of organising special sporting events of this nature and all those events happened to be the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.

Sri inaugurated an Inter Company Netball Tournament in 2006 and conducted for four consecutive years with the participation of top companied in the corporate sector. It was conducted in a specially designed format similar to seven a side rugby and also introduced the concept of ‘Power Play’ to the game of netball in Sri Lank