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Navy takes hold of smuggled dried sea cucumber and contraband in Kalpitiya seas

Nov 17, 2023




A search operation conducted by the Sri Lanka Navy off Sinnaarichchalai, Kalpitiya on Thursday night, led to the apprehension of 02 suspects with about 193kg of dried sea cucumber and several other contraband items which were being smuggled.

Among the recovered items were; about 193kg of dried sea cucumber, 33600 shampoo packets (6ml each), 198 balm vials (50g each), 1 A/C plant and 1 Voltage Stabilizer (230 V). The suspects, contraband items and the dinghy were taken into naval custody and were handed over to the Customs Preventive Office in Katunayake for onward legal action.

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The landslide early warnings issued by the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) to the Kandy, Kegalle and Nuwara Eliya districts have been extended till 1600 hrs today (10).

Level I landslide early warnings have been issued to the Divisional Secretaries Divisions of Pasbage Korale in the Kandy District, Yatiyanthota and Deraniyagala in the Kegalle District and Ambagamuwa in the Nuwara Eliya District.




The odds may be in Iga Swiatek's favour to land a third French Open title in four years but when she walks on court in today's final she will be facing an underdog with a penchant for taking down those at the top.

Enter Karolina Muchova. In five meetings with top three ranked players – including Thursday's semi-final against world number two Aryna Sabalenka – the Czech has won them all.

But while a Grand Slam final is a different beast altogether, Muchova's variety on court will pose a puzzle that top seed Swiatek must piece together in order to retain her title.

She has tried and failed before, Muchova coming out on top in three sets in their only previous meeting in Prague back in 2019, but the Pole has been doing her homework.

"I feel I know Karolina's game anyway because I played many practices with her since 2019 and I also watch her more than most of the players," Swiatek, 22, said. I really like her game. I really respect her and she's a player who can do anything. She has great touch. She can also speed up the game. "She plays with that kind of freedom in her movements and she has a great technique. I feel like I know her game pretty well."

At 43 in the world rankings, Muchova is the fourth-lowest ranked player to reach the women's singles final at Roland Garros but is no stranger to the later stages of Grand Slams, having reached the quarter-finals at every major except the US Open, and the semi-finals in Australia in 2021. Injuries have stalled the 26-year-old's progress – she was told just last year her career may be ove. – but she says it is a "dream" to be in to her first Slam final.

Of her playing style, which favours tactical nous over sheer power, she said: "I don't really want to be like anyone else.

"It's the type of game I enjoy and believe in. We are trying to improve it with the team. Now we can see that it works, so that's nice. I’ll keep it this way."

When Swiatek and Muchova last played four years ago, Swiatek was a qualifier and her opponent a wildcard. The following year, the unseeded Pole won her first Grand Slam title at the French Open without dropping a set. Now set for a 64th week as world number one she has only ever lost twice on the Roland Garros clay, and is the youngest woman to reach three French Open finals since Monica Seles.

Swiatek is still yet to drop a set at Roland Garros this year but, despite her dominance in Paris, she has dismissed talks of starting her own legacy at the tournament like her idol, 14-time men's singles champion Rafael Nadal. "I’m more of a person who just tries to do her best every day and hope for the best," she said. "What Nadal did and what he's still doing, it's pretty amazing. "I don't know if it's going to be possible for me. But I just try to compete, keep it cool year by year and just do everything step by step."

On how she has improved since her first French Open win, she added: "I feel like I’m a better player. Improvement I feel is everywhere. "Everywhere, like tennis-wise, mentally, tactically, physically, just having the experience, everything. My whole life basically."




Four children have been found alive more than a month after their plane crashed in Colombia's Amazon jungle, the country's president has said.

The siblings, aged 13, nine, four and a one-year-old baby, were on board the plane with their mother, a pilot and a co-pilot when it crashed on 1 May. Their mother and the other adults on board the plane died.

President Gustavo Petro said finding the children after weeks of searching was "a joy for the whole country". He called it a "magical day", adding: "They were alone, they themselves achieved an example of total survival which will remain in history. "These children are today the children of peace and the children of Colombia."

A massive search began and in May, rescuers recovered items left behind by the children including a child's drinking bottle, a pair of scissors, a hair tie and a makeshift shelter. Small footprints were also discovered, which led search teams to believe they had survived the collision.

The children belong to the Huitoto indigenous group and members of their community hoped that their knowledge of fruits and jungle survival skills would give them a better chance of surviving. Indigenous people joined the search operation and helicopters broadcasted a message from the children's grandmother, recorded in the Huitoto language, urging them to stop moving to make them easier to locate.

Colombia's president came under criticism last month when a tweet published on his account announced that the children had been found. He erased the tweet the next day saying that the information – which his office had been given by Colombia's child welfare agency – could not be confirmed.

Petro shared a photograph of several members of the military and Indigenous community tending to the siblings, who had been missing for 40 days.He said the children were now receiving medical attention – and that he had spoken to their grandfather, who told him "the mother jungle returned them".

The Cessna 206 aircraft the children and their mother had been travelling on was flying from Araracuara, in Amazonas province, to San José del Guaviare, when it issued a mayday alert due to engine failure.

The bodies of the three adults who had been with them were found at the crash site by the army.

Preliminary information from the civil aviation authority suggested the children escaped the wreckage and had wandered into the rain forest to find help.


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