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Spoken English course for cricketers

Asoka Gunasekera has quite appropriately focussed attention on embarrassed moments faced by some of our cricketers at International Match Presentations due to their inability to express themselves coherently in the English language (Citizens’ Mail 2.7.2012).

Asoka has well understood the reasons for this situation, being that cricketers of the present day come from environments lacking in use of good English. Although Asoka has highlighted the happenings in the cricket scene, it is a common occurrence in almost every sphere of professional activity be it conferences, symposia, lectures or international gathering attended by leading lights in the country.

In the bygone era, the vast majority of the leading professionals were from the Colombo based elitist families where English was the home language. But today due to the Swabhasha policy introduced in 1953 (contrary to the popular belief it was a Bandaranaike policy of 1956) students from rural areas where English was not the home language and the English taught in schools was far from satisfactory, were able to reach higher echelons of society and occupy top seats in the administrative service and other professions.

This was the real social revolution that took place in the country, where the students from every nook and corner of the country, be it the North or the South without discrimination, were helped to reach the top without English being a barrier in their upward path.

The society was kind in removing an artificial barrier and enabled them to reach the top. Having thus reached high echelons, it is incumbent on the individual to rectify whatever disadvantage there is due to inadequacy of spoken English, as a good command of the language would naturally enable one to comprehend what others say and to be comprehensible in what ever one had to say. The whole wide world becomes open to them. It becomes a social responsibility of the individual, who was exalted by free education, paid for by the people.

I wonder what proportion of individuals this correspondence targets would even be reading it, because fewer people now read the English language dailies, as evidenced by the fact that of so many dailies purchased by the state offices, the English language dailies remain almost unopened at the end of the day.

So let’s hope that they will realise their responsibility by the society that educated them and acquire the necessary skills in communication by their own efforts, not waiting until cricket authorities or any others organise crash courses for them, and pay back the debt by being an accomplished son/daughter of Mother Lanka.


This road needs to be concreted soon

Rilaulla where I live, is about 1.5 km away from the Kandana town. All the by roads in Rilaulla are found to be concreted except the road adjoining the Seventh Day Adventist Church. This road in length is about 100 metres.

As a result of a request made by the people of the area, a Technical Officer attached to the Pradeshiya Sabha measured this road about six months ago in order to make arrangements for the road to be concreted. He again measured the road about two weeks ago. But unfortunately, there is no sign of concreting the road as yet.

During the rainy season the road is impassable. The rainy season is fast approaching and it will be difficult to walk along this road due to the muddy pot holes and rubble along the stretch of the road.

I hope the Technical Officer will have some sympathy on those who live along this road and will make an earnest effort to concrete it before the next rainy season which begins in late August or early September.

The Technical Officer was good at measuring and I firmly believe that he will be good at concreting as well, because he has concreted the other roads in the area. All blessing to the Technical Officer to fulfill our request as early as possible.


White eggs or brown eggs - which are healthier?

Many health conscious people choose to buy brown eggs over white eggs. Are they really a healthier choice or are you wasting your money on dark eggs? There is always a misbelief that gam kukulas eggs or natu koli muttai and brown eggs are superior and healthier than the white eggs.

Brown eggs get their pigmented shells from a substance called protoporphyin which is a substance derived from hemoglobin. This pigment is naturally laid down as the egg is formed.

The determination of the egg’s colour as white and brown are exclusively determined by the breed of chicken it comes from.

To add to the confusion, there are even chicken that lay pastel coloured eggs. Although some eggs may be appealing from a colour standpoint than others, the reality is that brown eggs and gam kukulas eggs or natu koli muttai have no real health advantage over white eggs.

Each average sized egg immaterial of its origin and size is dense with 5.6 grams protein with essential amino acids, 2.4 grams mono-unsaturated fatty acids, 12 minerals inclusive of trace minerals like selenium, zinc and 11 vitamins.

The budget minded shopper might stick with the white ones since brown eggs offer no health benefits and taste difference.

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