Brit Awards 2015: Madonna Falls Off Stage!

Pop star Madonna fell off the stage during her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards, on a night that saw Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran each win two prizes.

Madonna tumbled down a set of stairs and landed awkwardly, apparently after a dancer tried to remove a cape she was wearing at the start of her routine.

But she recovered and returned to continue her song, Living For Love.

The 56-year-old issued a statement later saying she was “fine” and that her cape had been “tied too tight”.

“Nothing can stop me and love really lifted me up,” she wrote on Instagram, referencing the lyrics to her song. “Thanks for your good wishes!”

The painful incident came at the end of a ceremony where Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith shared the honours, winning two awards each.

An average of 5.3 million people tuned in to the ceremony on ITV, according to overnight ratings – rising to 5.8 million when ITV+1 viewers are added in.

That is up from the 4.6 million who tuned in last year – but less than 2013’s overnight audience of 6.5 million.

Sri Lanka Thrash Wasteful Bangladesh!

World Cup, Pool A, Melbourne
Sri Lanka 332-1 (50 overs): Dilshan 161 no, Sangakkara 105 no
Bangladesh 240 all out (47 overs): Sabbir 53, Malinga 3-35
Sri Lanka won by 92 runs

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara scored hundreds as Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 92 runs in their World Cup Pool A clash in Melbourne.
Dilshan (161 not out) and Sangakkara (105 not out) shared a partnership of 210 as Sri Lanka made the most of some poor fielding to post 332-1.
It was Dilshan’s 21st ODI ton and Sangakkara’s 22nd, in his 400th match.
Bangladesh were dismissed for 240 in 47 overs, Sabbir Rahman top-scoring with 53 and Lasith Malinga taking 3-35.
Sri Lanka have two wins and one defeat from three matches, while Bangladesh have one win, one defeat and one no result.
“Dilshan and Sangakkara were brilliant,” said Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews. “They batted us through, took calculated risks, it was a great effort.
“We were slightly sloppy in the field and could have done better, but once you’ve got 300 on the board your bowlers can take chances. We’re all ready for the England game [in Auckland on Saturday].”

Bangladesh were dreadful in the field, reprieving Sri Lanka opening batsman Lahiru Thirimanne three times before he was finally dismissed for a charmed 52.
The Tigers’ wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim was particularly culpable, missing a stumping chance to dismiss Thirimanne and a run-out chance when Dilshan was well short of his ground in the 43rd over.
Sangakkara was dropped twice on his way to his hundred, which came from only 73 balls. Dilshan’s 161, which came from 146 balls, was his highest score in ODIs.
In reply, Bangladesh lost opener Tamim Iqbal from the second ball of the innings when he was bowled by seamer Malinga.
Shakib Al Hasan gave his team faint hope but after he was dismissed for an entertaining 46, Bangladesh’s challenge petered out.
Sabbir’s maiden ODI fifty came from 60 balls but Malinga did for him and Taskin in successive balls to wrap up the Bangladesh innings.
“Our bowlers weren’t up to the mark and hopefully in the next match we will improve,” said Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
Bangladesh face Scotland in a must-win encounter in Nelson next Wednesday.

E-Commerce Will Transform Sri Lanka’s Business Landscape…

With strong long-term fundamentals, web and ecommerce segments in Asia forecast high growth potential in 2015 and beyond whilst growing consumer markets and the continued development of the e-commerce sector will underpin its growth prospects.
“We live in a very exciting age. US annual e-retail sales blew past the US$ 300 billion threshold for the first time, recording an unprecedented US$ 304.91 billion in 2014, up a staggering 15.4% from the previous year. Closer to home India’s e-commerce industry is slated to skyrocket by as much as 71% in 2015 and reach an incredible US$ six billion, according to Gartner. If we connect properly, India’s spillover effect could have dramatic impact on Sri Lanka’s business landscape,” opined Epitom Trinergy Founder Director Ragulan Tharmakulasingam.

According to him, e-commerce was an important and rapidly growing segment of consumption in the world’s economic powerhouse – the Asia Pacific region, with business-to-consumer e-commerce earning projected to double by 2017.

According to Internet Retailer, 500 leading e-retailers in Asia and the Pacific Rim collectively grew their 2014 web sales an estimated 57.1% (to US$139.25 billion from US$ 88.66 billion in 2013), whilst their share of all e-commerce sales in the region only amounts to 22.6%.

“Websites of today have become a prime marketing tool for modern businesses, placing even a startup or an SME on par with MNCs with big advertising budgets thanks to technology. Our goal is to open these vistas of growth to local companies so as to enjoy a larger slice of the growing ecommerce pie,” Tharmakulasingam added.

“We have a proven record of turning a website into a prime marketing avenue for our clients.”

Sri Lanka’s internet penetration is on the rise with more and more Sri Lankans using and relying on the internet for online information when it comes to most day to day decision making. As we go through this Age of Information it has shaped the consumer into the savvy information seeking shopper that we find today. This in turn has had and is still having a major impact on the retailers who earlier were completely offline but find themselves having to enter the online world, if to be a significant player in the online market place. Simply put, people are increasingly opting to purchase goods and services online rather than via the old offline methods, owing to the sheer convenience it provides in a fast paced world.

Many retailers have embraced this challenge as a new opportunity to shape and grow traditional business models even further. It has created new and innovative demands that if met correctly help the retailer become a noteworthy and successful business.

With offices in the USA, the Netherlands and in Mexico, Epitom Trinergy has already become a leader in designing and providing smart and interactive websites that help take a business to the next level. We have started concentrating our focus on Sri Lankan companies and businesses to help them reach international standards. To compete in the international arena this is a necessity as consumers expect instant information and satisfaction.

In order to be a player and be a success in the online market arena it is important not to simply have a website and forget about it. That is why, Epitom Trinergy ensures that websites designed by us are appealing, change with the changing requirements, suit the trends of the day, and are interactive and most importantly relevant so that our clients stand out from the competition.(Founder Director Ragulan Tharmakulasingam of Epitom Trinergy)

Happy Birthday Josh Groban!

Pop and classical musician who sang at both the Olympics and the Super Bowl. He also performed with Andrea Bocelli at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

He left Carnegie Mellon after receiving a singing contract.

He has performed on The Oprah Winfrey Show more than five times.

He has a younger brother named Chris Groban who was born exactly four years after him.

He dated actress January Jones.

Oscars 2015…

British actor Eddie Redmayne has won the best actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything, while Julianne Moore picked up best actress for Still Alice.

Redmayne thanked his “staggering partner in crime”, co-star Felicity Jones, and his “ferocious but incredibly kind director James Marsh”.

Dark comedy Birdman won best film and best director for Mexican film-maker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

It also won best cinematography and best original screenplay.

The film sees Michael Keaton play a former movie superhero actor, who hopes to revive his washed-up career by putting on a Broadway play.

Moore used her speech to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease – in Still Alice, she plays a 50-year-old who has early on-set Alzheimer’s.

“I’m so happy, I’m thrilled that we were able to shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease,” she said.

“So many people who have this disease feel marginalised. People who have Alzheimer’s disease deserve to be seen so we can find a cure.”

Redmayne was honoured for his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking, who has motor neurone disease (ALS).

Accepting his award, he thanked the Hawking family, including Jane Hawking on whose book the film is based, and said his award belonged “to all of the people around the world battling ALS”.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood won just one award from six nominations – best supporting actress – which went to Patricia Arquette.

Arquette thanked “her Boyhood family” and “every woman who gave birth”.

“To every woman… we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality,” she added, to huge applause from the audience.

JK Simmons won best supporting actor for Whiplash, in which he played a strict drumming teacher at a music conservatory.

Whiplash also won the award for best editing and best sound mixing.

The Grand Budapest Hotel picked up best costume design (Milena Canonero), as well as best hair and make-up (British duo Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier). It also won best score and production design.

Hannon thanked absent actor Bill Murray – who has a cameo in the film – for introducing her to director Wes Anderson on the set of his film Rushmore 17 years earlier.

Another British duo, Matt Kirkby and James Lucas, picked up the award for best live short action film, The Phone Call, starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent.

Alan Turing drama The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, won best adapted screenplay.

Best foreign language film went to Polish black and white family drama Ida.

John Legend and Common’s track Glory, from civil rights drama Selma, won best song.

Legend used his time on stage to deliver a political message, saying: “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world… people are marching with our song… we are with you, march on.”

Emmanuel Lubezko’s win for best cinematography for Birdman was his second Oscar in as many years – in 2014, he won the same award for his work on Gravity.

Citizenfour, which chronicles one of the biggest intelligence leaks in American history, won best documentary feature.

It shows former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden at the very moment he made his sensational revelations detailing extensive internet and phone surveillance by the US government.

Best documentary short was won by Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, about the counsellors who work with military veterans on a 24-hour phone helpline.

Clint Eastwood’s Iraq war drama American Sniper won the award for best sound editing.

The 87th Academy Awards took place at Hollywood’s 3,300-seat Dolby Theatre.

Performers at this year’s ceremony included Lady Gaga – who sang a medley of Sound of Music songs to celebrate the classic film’s 50th year – Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick.

Host Neil Patrick Harris kicked off with a song which paid homage to Hollywood’s film industry, accompanied by Kendrick and Jack Black.

Birdman and Wes Anderson’s quirky comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel began the night with nine nominations each, while The Imitation Game had eight.