Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight members of the public to join him for a trip around the moon on Elon Musk’s SpaceX flight.
"I want people from all kinds of backgrounds to join," he said in a video via Twitter, where he also shared a link to application details.
He said he will pay for the entire journey, so those who come onboard will fly for free.
The mission, called dearMoon, is scheduled to fly in 2023.
Applicants need to meet two criteria: they should advance "whatever activity" they are in to "help other people and greater society in some way", and are "willing to support other crew members who share similar aspirations", he said.
"I have bought all the seats, so it will be a private ride," he added.
No major side effects have been reported after 500,000 people were given the Covishield Astrazeneca vaccine, health authorities said yesterday.
Health authorities also said that based on data, it has been noted that after the first jab of the Astrazeneca vaccine an individual can be protected from the virus.
Speaking at a briefing organised by the Sri Lanka Medical Association, Dr. Deepa Gamage, Consultant Epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health said that the Astrazeneca vaccine has been found to be safe.
She said that scientific research has found that the vaccine will drastically reduce the transmission of the virus.
“Initially the main intention of the vaccine was to prevent deaths and infections. However, latest research found that the vaccine can also prevent transmissions,” she said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dhanusha Dassanayake, Consultant Immunologist at the Medical Research Institute said that, at the moment, there is no move to mix the two doses of the jab using different brands.
She also said that based on data, it has been noted that after the first jab of the Astrazeneca vaccine an individual can be protected from the virus between the 21st and 90th day.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson says it is the "right time" for the UK and Republic of Ireland to launch a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
The UK government will reportedly pledge £2.8m to kick-start the process in Wednesday’s Budget.
The football associations of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland say they are "delighted" with the government’s commitment.
"We are very, very keen to bring football home in 2030," Johnson said.
In an interview with the Sun, he added: "I do think it’s the right place. It’s the home of football, it’s the right time. It will be an absolutely wonderful thing for the country.
"We want to see a bonanza of football in the years ahead."
A feasibility study will continue before the formal World Cup bidding process begins in 2022.
A joint-statement from the football associations of England, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland read: "The football associations and government partners of the UK and Ireland are delighted that the UK government has committed to support a prospective five-association bid for the 2030 Fifa World Cup.
"The FAs will continue to undertake feasibility work to assess the viability of a bid before Fifa formally opens the process in 2022.
"Staging a Fifa World Cup would provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for our nations.
The woman, suspected to have brutally assaulted an infant, which was witnessed in a video footage circulated in social media platforms, was arrested this morning in Jaffna, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
He said the woman (24) who was brutally assaulting the eight-month-old boy was his mother.
The infant taken under police custody for his future care and attention, he said.
DIG Rohana said the police have begun an investigation into this vicious act of the woman after a video footage in social media has brought this incident to light.
The incident took place in Ariyalai, Jaffna.
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First ever Bi-lateral discussion to develop local pharma manufacturing took place between Sri Lankan and Pakistani private pharmaceutical manufacturers.
The Sri Lanka Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (SLPMA) facilitated the bilateral meeting recently with visiting representatives of the Pakistani Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (PPMA).
The meeting was presided over by Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals State Minister (Prof.) Channa Jayasumana, accompanied by Mr. Rohitha Uduwawla, Secretary to the Ministry and Dr. Lakshitha Rajakaruna.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the first state visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Sri Lanka. The first ever bilateral meeting between pharmaceutical manufacturers of the two countries focused on mutually beneficial proposals for both nations to leverage on opportunities provided by each for the other.
State Minister Jayasumana requested the Pakistani pharmaceutical manufacturers to share their experience in developing Pakistan’s local pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The State Minister also invited the PPMA to set up joint ventures with local pharmaceutical companies to manufacture complex molecules in Sri Lanka, in order to benefit from the government’s drive to increase local pharmaceutical manufacturing to 50% of country’s requirement by 2025, where Sri Lankan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers will have to manufacture at least 350+ pharmaceuticals locally.
A former Sri Lanka test cricketer has been summoned before court today on allegations of match-fixing during the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2020.
The former cricketer has been summoned as part of investigations into the alleged attempts to fix a match in the LPL 2020, accroding to Lankadeepa Newspaper
He has been accused of reaching out to players, while he is also accused of failing to cooperate with the ongoing investigations into the allegations.
The former test cricketer is reported to have attempted to approach two cricketers participating in the LPL 2020, via phone calls from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. The accused former Sri Lanka cricketer is now reported to have returned to Sri Lanka from overseas.
He had reportedly handed over two of his mobile phones for investigations, while it was later revealed that the two phones do not belong to him.
The former Sri Lanka cricketer is later said to have failed to cooperate with the ongoing investigations.
According to the Lankadeepa, as a result, summons have been issued on the former player to report to the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s court today (02).
The summons was issued based on a complaint filed by the Special Police Unit appointed to probe malpractices in Sports in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Air Force today (March 02) celebrates its 70th anniversary as the ‘Guardians of the Skies’.
To coincide with the anniversary, a total of 7,757 air force personnel including 467 from different ranks have been promoted to their next higher rank.
As part of anniversary celebrations, a wide range of events have been arranged including a ceremonial fly past and aerobatics display in the skies off Galle Face Green from the 3rd to the 5th of March.
Meanwhile, President’s colours will be presented to the No. 5 Fighter and No. 6 Helicopter Squadrons of the Air Force.
Joining the Sri Lankan Air Force flyers for the display will be the Indian military aircraft, including the Indian Air Force ‘Surya Kiran’ aerobatics team.
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Formula 1 has declined an offer from Bahrain to vaccinate all personnel attending pre-season testing and the year’s opening grand prix.
The Gulf state said the move was part of its vaccination programme, which it was extending to events in the country.
A spokesman for F1 said the sport had no plans to be vaccinated as a group "ahead of the rollout of vaccines through the health system in the UK".
F1 teams are expected to respond to the offer in the same way.
F1 is based in the UK – its head office is in London – and eight of the 10 teams are either situated in England or have part of their facilities there.
Stefano Domenicali, F1 president, said this earlier month: "The priority is the most vulnerable. We don’t want to jump the line of vaccination."
Bahrain’s offer – which is voluntary – is to those F1 personnel and media who are attending both pre-season testing on 12-14 March and the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix two weeks later.
A letter from the Bahrain International Circuit said: "Due to the timescale of this year’s F1 event, including testing, the vast majority of participants will be present in Bahrain for a three-week period ahead of the race.
"This, in turn, allows a unique opportunity to provide additional protection for those who wish to take up the opportunity in the form of vaccination."
Nomadland and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm were the big winners at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards.
The night’s top prize – best drama film – went to Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand as a homeless woman travelling through the American West.
Chloé Zhao was named best director – becoming only the second female winner of the category in Globes history, after Barbara Streisand in 1983.
"Thank you everyone who made it possible to do what I love," Zhao said.
"I fell in love with making movies and telling stories because it gave us a chance to laugh and cry together, to learn from each other, and to have more compassion for each other."
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, the sequel to 2006’s hugely successful Borat, was named best musical or comedy film.
"Thank you to the all-white Hollywood Foreign Press," said Sacha Baron Cohen as he accepted the prize, referring to the recent revelation that the organisation behind the Globes currently has no black members.
The GCE Ordinary Level (O/L) Examinations begin this morning across the country. Picture shows the candidates are being received at the examination centre at Dharmapala Vidyalaya, Pannipitiya, adhering to strict COVID-19 health guidelines. A total number of 622,305 candidates will sit for the exam at 4,513 centres.