Sri Lankan authorities had in 2009 sought Interpol assistance to arrest Sicille Kotelawala, one of the main suspects in the Rs 26 billion Golden Key credit card fraud. She was arrested on February 4 after returning to the country at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). The Mt Lavinia Magistrate had issued a warrant for her arrest. (Colombo Gazette) The Colombo Colombo High Court today rejected bail for Sicille Kotelawala and further remanded her till April 27.Sicille Kotelawala, wife of businessman Lalith Kotelawala, was remanded till today and when she was presented in court earlier this month and her bail application was taken up for hearing today.
Fiat, new group rooted in the Marian virtues, invites Saint Mary’s students into conversation, fellowship
Saint Mary’s students will gather Thursday at 7:30 in the Sacred Heart Chapel in Holy Cross Hall for personal reflection and small-group discussions.Fiat, a Latin word that translates to “so be it” and references “Mary’s yes,” is the name of a new student group on campus started by seniors Amanda Fischer, Claire Conlon and Kathy Stalter and junior Alex Guevara-Stevens.Liz Palmer, the assistant director of campus ministry, said Fiat was created because these students felt there was “a need to have community life and to foster prayer life on campus.”“They specifically promote the Marian virtues on campus … they thought that Fiat would be a great way to integrate Mary into the lives of our students,” Palmer said.Palmer said that while Fiat has been sponsored by Campus Ministry, the students lead in organizing and hosting monthly spiritual events that “are a way for someone to give their story about the intersection of faith and life.”At each event, someone is invited to share a personal reflection on one of the Marian virtues and elaborate on how they feel it relates to their life and the broader community. Students then spend time in small groups reflecting on the talk and discussing how it relates to other parts of their lives.While considering the amount of interest that has been generated so far, Palmer said much of the group’s success is due to the way student leaders have approached members of the campus community.“Something I have been reminded of through the Fiat group is the power of invitation,” she said. “Our Fiat leaders have been doing door-to-door outreach.”The inclusive aspect of this group, which is open to people of all faith backgrounds, is essential to the environment that the members want to achieve.“I love that it offers a personal relationship with God in a communal context,” Palmer said. “As a campus minister, I constantly see the need for community among our students, so that’s my favorite thing about the events, that they are fostering that community.”Fischer, one of the student leaders of Fiat, said she is really excited about what she describes as a “student-led, intentional faith-based community.” During the group‘s monthly “signature” events, participants hear from speakers that talk about the Marian virtue for the month, then engage in small group time and fellowship.She went on to underline Fiat’s goal.“It is so simple, but that is exactly what Jesus did — He built a culture of encounter in a simple way, and that is our aim,” she said.This Friday, members of Fiat will be joined by Beth Hlabse. Hlabse is a mental health counseling intern at Holy Cross College and a research project manager at the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame, and is currently completing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling with Divine Mercy University. In her talk, Hlabse will focus on the virtue of “constant mental prayer.”“So many of us don’t really know what prayer is or how to pray,” Hlabse said. “We don’t realize that prayer is the way we live in relationship with God … [and] the way we receive God’s love.”In looking at prayer through this different perspective, Hlabse found parallels with techniques she uses in her profession.“Many of us … fall into patterns of negative and destructive interior dialogue, or ‘self-talk,’” she said.These unhealthy tendencies can be addressed in different ways, Hlabse said, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, which assists people in recognizing unproductive thinking and particular stressors or misconceptions that might be causing it. The next step is then to reframe interior dialogue in a more realistic, constructive and positive way, she said.Hlabse will demonstrate “this process of tuning into and reframing our thinking is an opportunity for prayer” in her personal witness talk on Friday.“We can invite God into our headspace and consider how an all-loving God might be asking us to change the way we talk to and view ourselves,” she said.Tags: Beth Hlabse, Campus Ministry, fellowship, Fiat, Mary, prayer
Kristin Chenoweth Star Files View Comments Happy Friday/All Hallows Eve Eve/Wicked-versary! It’s been a particularly spooky seven days on the Great White Way, and we’re wrapping it up with an appropriately spooky Lessons of the Week! From a Broadway legend’s house of horrors to not one, but two human-dog hybrids, check it out…if you dare.Kristin Chenoweth Is Her Own ZooFirst, she played a singing poison dart frog named Gabi. Then came Vanessa Gekko the gecko (and talent agent). Now, the pocket diva is lending her voice to a dog. The Tony winner will play Fifi, Snoopy’s love interest, in the upcoming Peanuts film. Is there anything the Mistress of All Evil can’t do? Hey Cheno, we hear there’s a Cats revival coming up. And your pal Marlee Matlin also wants in.Benanti Is the New Mistress of All EvilSpeaking of Mistresses of All Evil, it looks like Laura Benanti is embracing the darkness later this season on Supergirl. In addition to playing Alura Zor-El (Supergirl’s mother), the Tony winner is also taking on (SPOILER!) the role of her evil twin sister. Does this mean a return of the side-eye on primetime TV?!Annaleigh Has Non-Human DreamsChenoweth’s not the only one to embrace her inner canine. Annaleigh Ashford is man’s new best friend in Sylvia, and at the play’s opening night party, she told us, “I always hoped I would play a non-human…and my dream came true!” All of Ashford’s previous performances have been borderline otherworldly, but they’ve all been humans. However, if you told us Essie was actually an alien, we’d believe it.Don’t Enter Sheldon Harnick’s BasementWho’s got three Tonys, two shows on Broadway this season and a basement full of Broadway stars? It’s Sheldon Harnick! OK, we’re pretty sure he was joking about the last one, but he did say when you find a performer who understands your work, “you want to adopt them, make them yours and lock them up in a room.” Looks like someone’s gotten into the Halloween spirit. Look out, Danny!Mara Davi Does Not Have the HerpMara Davi has had an illustrious career, from her current gig tapping up a storm in Dames at Sea to not being sorry on Smash to knocking out cold sores in Abreva commercials. The Broadway baby assured viewers that she does not actually have “the Herp,” and that TV spot has been a saving grace during periods of unemployment. But if you did have herpes, no judgment. Ship happens.Lydia Wilson’s a PinheadWhen she’s not delivering fierce monologues, flashing a familiar sapphire and aggressively leaning on desks in King Charles III, Lydia Wilson can be seeing surfing Pinterest. The Broadway newcomer revealed she’s obsessed with the site because it’s essentially “shopping for free.” Hey, Lydia: if you want to pin some Broadway marquees or, I don’t know, your Fresh Face portrait, we’ve got you covered.There Are Too Many Schuyler SistersLet’s see if we can keep track. Angelica (werk, werk), Eliza and Peggy…and Beyoncé…and Oprah. While we’re at it, add Brian d’Arcy James, Jonathan Groff and Andrew Rannells. The three kings put our lip-syncing skills to shame at a recent #Ham4Ham show as they flawlessly performed their own interpretation of a certain Hamilton tune. Is there anyone out there who isn’t an honorary Schuyler sister?!Jonathan Larson Still Keeps Daphne WarmDaphne Rubin-Vega is serving up some questionable eats as a Sweeney Todd-esque subway tunnel denizen in Empanada Loca. Dolores new character written just for her, but her costume comes from a crucial moment in Rubin-Vega’s past. She’s sporting the Mimi boots from Rent once again, and the hoodie belonged to Jonathan Larson. It’s a way for her to relive her “Lassie” moment. Just watch the video.Miriam Shor Has a Cheesy PastBefore she was serving statement jewelry realness on Younger and in real life, she was serving Chicago deep dish. At the Dames at Sea opening night, the stage and screen vet shared that her “fresh off the bus” first job wasn’t very glamorous. Instead of tapping her way to stardom or whatever, she worked as a waitress at Pizzeria Uno. Hey, a job’s a job, and those golden donuts don’t buy themselves.No One Mourns the Wicked, BruhNo performance of Wicked henceforth will be complete without a pre-show tailgate, complete with Idina Frisbees and Stephen Schwartz kegs. Thank Billy Eichner and Jason Sudeikis, who bro’d out over the musical outside the Gershwin Theatre. Check that Shiz out! Stand there with the Wizard, bruh! Feel things you’ve never felt, bruh! Let’s grab a slice of ‘za with Miriam Shor, bruh!
“It’s a hard thing to counteract because, again, what they’re doing is the most difficult thing to do in all of sports, in my opinion. And you have that human instinct which is ‘I want to be the hero.’ It’s a difficult thing to appreciate. Each time before that next pitch you’re like, ‘Here’s where he’s going to throw the fastball. This is the one that’s going to be in the zone.’ And in October it isn’t nearly as often as it is during the regular season.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season While Justin Turner and Max Muncy have been productive postseason hitters, key players in the Dodgers’ lineup have built ugly postseason records. Cody Bellinger has hit .178 with 52 strikeouts in 36 postseason games. Corey Seager (albeit not fully healthy for much of his postseason career) is a .203 hitter in the postseason. A.J. Pollock was signed last winter to add balance to the lineup, but he was 0 for 13 with 11 strikeouts in the NLDS defeat.“I think human nature is to want to be the hero, which I totally understand,” Friedman said Monday, looking back on the NLDS defeat. “It’s just in October I think pitchers feed off that. They throw less fastballs. They throw less pitches in the (strike) zone. It’s just that awareness and that second-level thinking and team-wide approach I think will put us in a better position. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies This year, the Washington Nationals hid their flawed pitching staff behind the trio of Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer and Patrick Corbin (pitching them in 28 of 45 innings in the NLDS) and the Dodgers hit just .220 with 64 strikeouts in five games. The Dodgers did hit nine home runs but managed just nine runs in five games without the aid of a home run – including none in the Game 4 and 5 defeats – going 5 for 37 (.135) with runners in scoring position.“Obviously we were facing great pitching,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said this week. “I don’t think there’s enough credit given to how difficult hitting is in the major leagues, especially against elite pitching. But it definitely fell short of my hopes in terms of how as a team the team offense would kind of adapt and tackle the difficulties of October pitching.”Indeed, the Nationals pitchers continued their dominance in a four-game NLCS sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals, and starting pitchers have been the stars of this postseason (with possible help from a de-juiced baseball). But Friedman acknowledged a tendency for Dodgers hitters to slip into an “all-or-nothing” mode when the at-bats become most critical.Related Articles LOS ANGELES — It happens every fall.The Dodgers’ offense has been on an undeniable four-year upswing. Each year from 2016 through 2019, they have scored more runs than the year before, hit more home runs and raised the team OPS to the point that they have led the National League in each of those three categories each of the past two regular seasons.This year, in particular, the Dodgers were confident their team-wide offense had improved in critical areas. The team average with runners in scoring position (.286) was the best in the National League. Their chase rate (28.3 percent of pitches outside the strike zone) was the lowest in the NL and they struck out less than all but two other NL teams.For the fourth consecutive October, though, that offense failed to show up in the most important times. In the postseason series that ended their season the past four years – the NLCS against the Cubs in 2016, the World Series against the Astros and Red Sox in 2017 and 2018 and this year’s first-round exit – the Dodgers have hit .203 as a team, including .197 with runners in scoring position, and struck out nearly 10 times per game. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error