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Take into account this humble request coming from all sportsmen, supporters, alumni & well wishers before you arrive to a decision on the cancellation of all sports for the rest of the current Inter University season….

We write in severe pain and deep regret due to the wounds that have procured as repercussions of the untenable conduct of University Undergraduates in tarnishing the true spirit of Sports, not necessarily within the field, but largely outside it. We are sorry to take cognizance of the dire present, stained by the inconsiderate acts of our own peers jeopardizing long and strong traditions and friendships our predecessors entrenched through Sports during their University phase. Now it has reached its apex of disrupting the continuance of an invaluable legacy yearned to be felt by all Sportsmen at all Universities.

We understand whole heartedly the scope and extent of the danger that these acts with the taint of violence have created to Sports, Sportsmen, Authorities and the Spectators, and it is shocking that this has resulted directly from the hands of our learned colleagues: the cream of intellectuals and the hope of our Nation. The unnecessary over-involvement of the spectators outside the field has flared up the agitation in a series of quid-pro-quo fights seeding antagonism. We are ashamed and will in no way try to shy away from the blame. Those of us who are sportsmen might have had little to do with such violence, but we cannot in anyway try to disown fault or contributory negligence on our part.

As much as we cannot disown our faults, we also cannot refuse to acknowledge the fact that the price for these actions have threatened to come at the cost of the sweat, toil, commitment and hard-work invested by our Sportsmen. It most certainly isn’t fair, that the Sportsmen who have put in exhaustive efforts in their respective sports in order to bring fame to their University should suffer the consequences of these sins. For a Sportsman who has sincerely dedicated himself to his Sport, destroying his dreams by these petty acts of antagonism would be the last thing on his mind. We feel an overwhelming discomfort to realize that practniversityice, fitness sessions, hopes and dreams of glory ought to be shattered so miserably. It is in this concern that we write for an earnest plea voicing out the burst of sweat and muscle which resists our souls from sitting back and do nothing.

We realize that it is for us to take responsibility of rectifying all mistakes to demand a change in attitudes among the Sporting fraternity and importantly the crowd, towards the true essence of Sportsmanship. We wish to preach to our comrades we should embrace our emotions, without being victims of these good-for-nothing antagonisms. Though we have different perspectives, we hold common hopes of moving forward from this stalemate. It is our solemn wish to witness Sports in all its glory with the highest standards of discipline on the part of the players and spectators. We understand at present, that exercising control over burst of antagonism is impossible on the part of the Masters-In-Charge or the authorities of either the Sports Councils or Universities. It has to be ended at the very root that it instigated, and that is the students themselves of the respective Universities.

For this purpose we have taken up the responsibility to ensure that Sporting activities would continue in its true spirit. In cheering our team and universities we should never allow any misfits or pests breeding among us to sabotage our fun, efforts and glory. It is evident that it is no one’s wish to create a standstill. A player or a fan would rather cheer his team to a loss, than to see his own players’ effort go down the drain due a cancellation. As sportsmen, students, supporters and well wishers of University sports we hereby assure you with the fullest confidence that we shall do everything within our ambit to stop and eradicate all forms of antagonism in the air.

We understand that this is no easy task, but our hopes come from the trust and belief that we have on ourselves and our learned colleagues. We believe that our prudent Undergraduates can overcome this antagonism. An understanding that these acts of violence only portray the trifle minded thinking which negates itself in the light of the thought that the very existence of Sports between our Universities has been put to test. We realize that when cheering our teams, expressing antagonism should not come at the expense of our own Sportsmen for whom we make our presence to cheer. We hereby pledge that all rivalry shall be within the field and in the true spirit of Sportsmanship, for even if we are to lose we wish to play a good game. Therefore we promise not to get unnecessarily involved in the game and resort to violent means as we have done over the last few weeks.

Hence, in this regard we beg of you to also place your trust in us and your own wise students to end this disaster from where it took root. We extend our humble plea, to join hands with us positively and to keep things moving from this stalemate so that the dreams and sweat of our Sportsman do not unjustly go without recognition by any cancellations. It may require extra Police security or a massive turn around in individual attitudes, but we are determined to do what it takes to secure what is at stake. We earnestly appeal to you to support us in this cause, so that when we achieve this, we shall be able to look back and say that we did it, we overcame violence and instilled order without a single match or event being cancelled or suspended.

We shall be grateful if you would accept our kind proposition.

Sign the petition at :

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/SL_interuni_sports_revival/

Got to know the results of the examination to save the world. Well… I am through resulting to say “I am in”. Finally got a chance to get the (Hons) after a battle with time and  academia. This was a dream for about a semester where I felt I am falling back. But I should’ve done it earlier.

I see it differently now. Bad relationships returns bad to you. I have won the battle by removing or rather re-thinking of my relationships. I am talking with some encapsulation here. There are somethings which should not be broadcast coz I’ve remined the same way throughout the said semester.

Now its another mission to get others in but only others who are willing. Several seemed to be enthusiastic about this but some still are waiting for a ping. Just dreaming won’t do anything for you ppl. Tomorrow we’ll handover the letter to consider all of us in the L4 (only for the ones who need it) and demand for a face to face meeting with the Dean which we didn’t have after Firdy’s case.

I am in but I am for others in this mission.

Hopes for tomorrow. INTECS, FOSS@FIT, KrishTrees (fitTrees) and FITCOC still remain silent for the time been. It all starts next week with L4. Lets hope for the best and courage for the good work to be done.

University life is perceived as a door step which a student opens his arms to the outer world. As freshers they enter university and leave as graduates with their heads held high with dignity and capability. Throughout their university life they engage in various activities, curriculum and otherwise.

These said activities enhance their interaction and other qualities which a university student should have, and has been successful throughout the past years. In par with those activities, I would like to propose a new programme to the new entrants of FIT.

fitTrees
fitTrees

The programme is under the FITCOC and gives chance for every student entering the faculty to plant a tree on his/her name. Continuing with his/her degree programme for four years, the tree would grow as the student grows in knowledge and technical expertise. Finally as a graduate from the University of Moratuwa, the same student can witness the tree grown as he has for years.

Such moment would be valuable in various aspects for a student and even for a faculty supporting nature and social responsibility. Even after decades lapse, the tree stands still, resembling the strength of a FIT student in the corporate world after graduation.

My proposal is to hold this ceremony with each and every orientation programme to be held in the future beginning from Batch 9. A suitable place for the programme should be reserved and proper steps should be taken to manage the quantity of the trees.

  • One tree per student or
  • One tree per a group of students

I hope the faculty would give the fullest and heartiest support to inaugurate this programme and continue it for the future.

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Start of a new era in the Faculty. We (Me, Laknath, Lakshan) along with three other speakers pushed the wheel to inaugurate the Free n Open Source Software community in the faculty. This was a need which the previous batches tried to establish but were in vein to a reason unknown. But now its all history.

With the latest intake (FIT-B9), and with the new curriculum, we showed them a new pathway to adjust their future. This project unveils our potential in the FOSS movement and support we can give as The Faculty of IT.

To be frank, this post is the first time I am using Firefox on Ubuntu 9.04 (which I just received with another Kubuntu CD). I am not seriously into FOSS stuff yet but with the new project and the new CDs its kind of itching for me. 😛

Well the next steps would be after our examinations, Level 3 Semester 2. We intend to set up a new FOSS resarch lab with the faculty along with other infrastructure changes we need for the students. (Specially the WiFi expansion for laptop users).

Taking in some FOSS projects and encouraging our students to involve with them would be another effort if they have already been grabbed by MS. He he :P.

Well…more projects to come from my head after the FOSS@FIT. Especially the FITCOC which I need to start soon after the ASE paper. But I am in danger of been stolen “my” intellectual property. Lets hope for the best n prepare for the worst.

Well…time passed and things changed. There were only dreams and dreams for performance. Things went accordingly until sometime. Sigh of relief I expected not was in my way, but it is indeed a relief.

I don’t think someone was expecting to meet me there in Belgrade after reading my last post. 😛 Sure, its bad news if someone was. I’m not coming there folks. I withdrew my participation from the SL Universiade team along with my batch mate swimmer.

It was pretty clear that Belgrade 2009 would be a damn sorrow when the results come because on the other hand its a must to have a good (rather better) GPA. Huh!

But some where over the rainbow, there would be another POV for me. “It should be noted that my POV is changing fast these days”, Einstein appears a lot on my desktop along with Charles Darwin.

“Inspiration”,  it is called.

Its only today I decided to write a book, actually it’ll go by my gmail address, but a cracked version.

All after the terrorist leader was killed after a 3 decade war here in Sri Lanka these snaps are from the World T20 cricket match arena. They hide the truth behind their story and march to ban  Sri Lanka Cricket and other international encounters of Sri Lanka (SL).

All these Tamil people are were once in Sri Lanka. Soon the war started they were given refugee visa and sent to overseas countries by the SL  government those days. The able and rich Tamils left SL as refugees and the others who weren’t wealthy settled here with no harm. Any one can ask Tamils here in SL whether they were harmed or not permitted to enter schools or universities in SL. Shame on the Tamils who betrayed mother SL went to seek pleasure abroad.

Some tamils in UK burning our Sri Lanka flag.

Some tamils in UK burning our Sri Lanka flag.

Some of the Tamils don’t know how to respect a National Falg. They enjoy burning it. Just imagine their mentality in doing such.

The gathering against SL Cricket

The gathering against SL Cricket

The truth behind this is that…………..

They would have to return to SL because the war is over. They must leave their luxurious lives and refugee benefits. Their refugee visa would be canceled and back to homeland SL. They are the people who need the war to be continued where young innocent tamils are forced to join war by the LTTE. Its a fact that young girls of 14-20 made pregnant by their parents to avoid getting into LTTE womens’ army. We Sinhalese have never battled against Tamils, only against the terrorists tamil carders.

The simple answer is….just ask the tamils in Sri Lanka??? They were here and they know far better than the crocodile tear people.

Importance

Classical swine fever (CSF) is a highly contagious and economically significant viral disease of pigs. The severity of this disease varies with the strain of the virus, the age of the pig, and the immune status of the herd. Acute infections, which are caused by highly virulent isolates and have a high mortality rate, are likely to be diagnosed rapidly. However, infections with less virulent isolates can be more difficult to recognize, particularly in older pigs. These infections may be relatively mild, and can resemble septicemias caused by other agents, as well as other diseases. In some herds, the only symptom may be poor reproductive performance or the failure of some pigs to thrive. The wide range of clinical signs and similarity to other diseases can make classical swine fever challenging to diagnose. Although classical swine fever was once widespread, many countries have eradicated this disease from domesticated swine. Reintroduction of the virus can be devastating. In 1997-1998, an outbreak in the Netherlands spread to more than 400 herds and cost $2.3 billion to eradicate. Approximately 12 million pigs were killed, some in eradication efforts but most for welfare reasons associated with the epidemic. The United Kingdom experienced a CSF epizootic in 2000, and minor outbreaks were reported in Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Germany in 2001. North America is also at risk for the introduction of this disease, which is still endemic in much of South and Central America, including parts of Mexico. Because intensive swine production practices are used in the U.S., there may be extensive movements of pigs at different phases of production. This increases the potential for direct or indirect contact between pigs from different sources. Both factors increase the risk of virus spread. In addition, trade has become globalized, and international passenger travel and immigration have grown, increasing the risk of accidental introduction.

Etiology

Classical swine fever (hog cholera) results from infection by classical swine fever virus (CSFV), a member of the genus Pestivirus and family Flaviviridae. Only one CSFV serotype has been found, but minor antigenic variability has been demonstrated between viral strains. This virus is closely related to the ruminant pestiviruses that cause bovine virus diarrhea and border disease. Other pestiviruses have also been described recently.

Species Affected

Classical swine fever affects domesticated and wild pigs. All feral and wild pigs, including European wild boar and collared peccaries, are thought to be susceptible.

Geographic Distribution

Classical swine fever is found in much of Asia, some Caribbean islands, the African countries of Madagascar and Mauritius, and much of South and Central America. This disease has been eradicated from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and most of western and central Europe. CSFV is endemic in wild boar in parts of Europe; the significance for domesticated pigs is controversial.

Transmission

Classical swine fever is highly contagious. Infected pigs are the only reservoir of virus. Blood, secretions and excretions (including oronasal and lacrimal secretions, urine, feces and semen) and tissues contain infectious virus. Virus shedding can begin before the onset of clinical signs, and occurs throughout the course of acute or subclinical disease. Chronically or persistently infected pigs can shed virus continuously or intermittently for months. Transmission between pigs occurs mainly by the oral or oronasal routes, via direct or indirect contact. CSFV is often spread by feeding uncooked contaminated garbage. Animals can also be infected through the mucous membranes, conjunctiva and skin abrasions. CSFV can be spread by genital transmission or artificial insemination. Infected carrier sows may give birth to persistently infected pigsThe virus can also be spread on fomites, and mechanical spread by insects, birds and other wild or domesticated animals may occur. Airborne transmission seems to be possible over short distances; however, the maximum distance the virus can spread is unclear. While aerosol transmission occurred only within a radius of 250 meters (820 feet) in one study, transmission could occur up to 1 km (0.62 miles) in another. CSFV is moderately fragile in the environment; this virus is reported to survive for three days at 50ºC (122 ºF) and 7 to 15 days at 37ºC (98.6ºF). Estimates of its survival in pens and on fomites under field conditions vary. Some studies suggest that virus inactivation occurs within a few days, while others describe survival, under winter conditions, for up to four weeks. CSFV can remain infectious for nearly three months in refrigerated meat and for more than four years in frozen meat. In this proteinaceous environment, this virus does not appear to be inactivated by smoking or salt curing. Reported virus survival times in cured and smoked meats vary with the technique, and range from 17 to more than 180 days.

Incubation Period

The incubation period can range from 2 to 15 days, depending on the virulence of the strain, the route of inoculation and the dose. Under field conditions, disease may not become evident in a  herd for 2 to 4 weeks or longer.

Clinical Signs

The signs of classical swine fever vary with the strain of virus, and the age and susceptibility of the pigs. More virulent strains cause acute disease; less virulent strains can result in a high percentage of chronic, mild or asymptomatic infections. Although highly virulent strains were once more prevalent, most epizootics are now caused by moderately virulent strains. Older animals are less likely to show severe symptoms than younger pigs. Some breed-specific differences have also been reported.  Acute swine fever is the most severe form of the disease. In this form, common symptoms include a high fever [41o C (105o F)], huddling, weakness, drowsiness, anorexia, conjunctivitis, and constipation followed by diarrhea. Pigs may be in coordinated or exhibit an unsteady, weaving or staggering gait, which progresses to posterior paresis. Some pigs may vomit yellow, bile- containing fluid, or develop respiratory signs. The abdomen, inner thighs, ears and tail may develop a purple cyanotic discoloration. Hemorrhages can also occur in the skin. Severe leukopenia usually occurs soon after disease onset, and convulsions may be seen in the terminal stages. Pigs with acute classical swine fever often die within one to three weeks.

Diagnosis

Clinical

Classical swine fever should be suspected in pigs with signs of septicemia and a high fever, particularly if uncooked scraps have been fedor new animals have been added to the herd. This disease may also be considered in herds with other symptoms, including breeding herds with poor reproductive performance and disease in piglets. It can be difficult to differentiate classical swine fever from other diseases without laboratory testing. Differential diagnosis
The differential diagnosis varies with the form of the disease, and includes African swine fever, porcine dermatitis and nephropathy syndrome, porcine circovirus associated disease (especially porcine dermatitis nephritis syndrome), hemolytic disease of the newborn, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, thrombocytopenic purpura, anticoagulant (e.g. warfarin) poisoning, salt poisoning, Aujeszky’s disease (pseudorabies) and parvovirus infections. Septicemic diseases such as erysipelas, eperythrozoonosis, salmonellosis, pasteur-ellosis, actinobacillosis, and  Haemophilus parasuis infections must also be considered. Congenital infection with the pestiviruses that  cause bovine virus diarrhea or border disease can resemble classical swine fever.

Laboratory tests

Classical swine fever can be diagnosed by detecting the virus, its antigens or nucleic acids in whole blood or tissue samples. Viral antigens are detected by direct immunofluorescence (FAT or FATST test) or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). The virus can also be isolated in several cell lines including PK-15 cells; it is identified by direct immunofluorescence or by   immunoperoxidase staining. Reverse transcriptasepolymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests are used in some laboratories. The ruminant pestiviruses that cause bovine virus diarrhea and border disease can occasionally infect pigs nSerum neutralization tests, or immunoperoxidase procedures that use monoclonal antibodies, can differentiate CSFV from these viruses. They can also be distinguished using genetic methods such as RT-PCR.  Serology is used for diagnosis and surveillance Antibodies develop after 2 to 3 weeks, and persis lifelong. For this reason, serology is most useful in herds thought to have been infected 30 or more days previously It is particularly helpful in herds infected with less virulent strains, where viral antigens may be more
difficult to find. The most commonly used tests are virus neutralization tests, which include the fluoresce antibody virus neutralization (FAVN) test and the neutralizing peroxidase-linked assay (NPLA), and various ELISAs. Antibodies against ruminant pestiviruses may be found in breeding animals; only tests that use monoclonal antibodies can differentiate between these viruses and CSFV. The definitive test for differentiation is the comparative neutralization test. Congenitally infected pigs are immunotolerant and are negative on serology.  Companion ELISAs have been developed for marke vaccines, but have limitations in their sensitivity and ospecificity.

Source :http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu