The tour group from Medan with members of the Mihin Lanka crew
Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka's national low cost carrier proudly hosted its first group of leisure travellers who flew to Sri Lanka from Medan, Indonesia. The group of 18 tourists visited key attractions across Sri Lanka; including many sites of religious significance. The coordination of the tour was handled by Lanka Sportreizen.
Angelo to captain ODIs and Tests, Malinga for T20s
Sri Lanka Cricket announced, Angelo Mathews has been appointed the Captain of the ODI and Test team while Lasith Malinga appointed the Captain of the T20 team. Lahiru Thirimanne will act as vice captain in all three formats of the game, ODIs Tests and T20s. SLC said that the appointment will be valid until March 2015 and the appointments have received the approval of the Minister of Sports.
Oman Air has triumphed at this year’s TravelPlus Airline Amenity Bag Awards – the fourth year in a row that the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman has been recognized at this prestigious aviation industry event.
The TravelPlus Gold Award for Best First Class Male Amenity Bag was presented to Oman Air at a glittering ceremony in Hamburg, after 120 submissions were considered for 20 categories of the awards.
This year’s success follows the introduction at the end of 2013 of new First Class amenity bags, which were designed exclusively for Oman Air by Gate Group and include everything the premium traveller could want to ensure that they arrive at their destination relaxed and looking at their best.
Salim Al Kindy, Acting Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air, expressed the airline’s delight, saying:
“We are extremely pleased and proud to receive Gold at the TravelPlus Airline Amenity Bag Awards, which recognise those airlines that ensure that the highest quality standards are applied to every last detail of the passenger experience. Oman Air has built its international reputation on the quality of our products and services and this outstanding award shows that, for the fourth year running, the standard of our amenity bags matches that of our wonderful First Class product.”
Simon Ward, Editor in Chief of TravelPlus, the online magazine that organises the awards, added:
“Oman Air has once again shown that its amenity bags are amongst the very best in the world. The judges were pleased to honour the airline for offering their customers an excellent amenity bag and TravelPlus offers its wholehearted congratulations. It is particularly impressive that Oman Air has consistently maintained this very high standard over a period of four years.”
Oman Air has previously won two Gold awards and one Silver award in 2011, two Gold awards and one Bronze award in 2012 and one Gold award in 2013.
Digital technology leader, Samsung Electronicsis now offering photography enthusiasts a high quality, compact and cost effective camera solution, the new Samsung NX30. The Samsung NX30 is a brand new premium, high performance Compact System Camera that captures high-quality images similar to that of a DSLR. Additionally, the Samsung NX30 is equipped with NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities that use the best of SMART CAMERA technology to provide the ultimate photography experience.
Product Concept and Stylish Design:
The new Samsung NX30 lets all users, from everyday photo-enthusiasts to aspiring and professional photographers, discover life’s hidden moments and share them simply and immediately.The NX30 is a high performance camera that offers the benefits of aDSLR but in a portable and compact body. It is ideal for those who want to capture stunning detail without the bulk that often accompanies high-end cameras. The Samsung NX30 features a unique eye-level Tiltable Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), so photographs can be taken from different viewpoints with ease. The Samsung NX30 is also sleek in design, ergonomic and easy to handle. It offers complete stability and sits comfortably in the photographer’s hand, allowing for the focus to be on creating compositions rather than handling an uncomfortable device.
Building on the successes of Samsung's market leading SMART CAMERA technology, the NX30's NFC and Wi-Fi capabilities offer the next-generation of connectivity, making it easier than ever to take advantage of a host of intuitive sharing features. As the importance and popularity of visual communication continues to accelerate, innovative features, such asTag & Go, lets users transfer an image or video to a smartphone or tablet by simply touching the two devices together.
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Professional quality results are guaranteed with the NX30's advanced imaging technology, capturing images that will impress friends and family and bring precious moments to life. The Samsung NX30 is designed with imaging enthusiasts in mind. Its suite of new and improved technology features lets users capture moments with brilliant clarity and allows for a professional standard of image capturing. The Samsung NX30 uses a new Premium “S” Series lens, which provides end-users with superior optic-technology to meet their advanced photography needs.
The NX30 ensures that special occasions and moments are always recorded and captured in stunning detail. The fast and accurate performance of the NX30, with Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) with Phase Detection,ensures that quality images are captured quickly and effectively. With 1/8000sec shutter speed and the ability to take 9 frames per second (FPS), the NX30 is truly unmatched as a Compact System Camera. The camera’s 9 FPS is an improved feature from its predecessor (NX300 and NX20), allowing photographers to seize and discover fleeting moments with continuous drive speed.
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Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will suspend $20 million in funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka.
Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper boycotted the Commonwealth summit last year(2013) in Colombo, Sri Lanka, because of concerns about the government's human rights record.
Meanwhile Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma also has expressed his disappointment over the decision taken by Canada to suspend funding to the Commonwealth.
Issuing a statement Mr. Sharma said, The Government of Canada has informed Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma of its decision to suspend contributions to the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation over the next two years. This mutual and voluntary fund is the principal means for provision of technical assistance to Commonwealth countries. Mr Sharma expressed disappointment at this step but looked forward to the resumption of the contributions. He recalled that Canada has a long and valued record of support for the work of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation. Mr Sharma said the difficult adjustments to Commonwealth development programmes would be made, and expressed confidence that important priorities agreed by Commonwealth member states collectively can still be delivered, with results and impact for the benefit of the people of the Commonwealth in accordance with the current strategic plan.
Emerging from the fusion of the elements, life is born anew to fulfil the dreams of those who wish to embrace it. Pure in form and perfect in spirit, "The Elements by Fairway" is a celebration of eternal life...in perfect harmony.
By bringing the meaning of the four elements together and backed by a proven track record in developing luxury residencies, Fairway Holdings creates yet another powerful symbol of luxury vertical living - 'The Elements' by Fairway - homes of distinction for seekers of contemporary luxury living experiences. The Elements is the 4th luxury apartment project of the Fairway Holdings Group. Located amidst the wetlands and water streams in Rajagiriya; 'The Elements' is not just in sync with nature, but blending into and becoming one with nature. Its location provides easy access to Colombo city and the newly developed Diyawanna Oya recreation areas.
The Elements will be 40 stories high with 64 units each of 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom apartments totalling 128 apartments and 2 penthouses. The Elements is designed by Archt. Mohan Silva of Avant-Garde Urban Design Partnership and will be constructed by MAGA Engineering. The Elements design compliments the previous projects of The Fairway Group with straight line minimalist architecture which result in creating spacious and practical living spaces. It incorporates the key features of the previous project the SkyGardens such as energy efficient lighting and appliances, double glazed uPVC windows, engineered timber doors from Sandor and luxury kitchen cabinetry from Signature Kitchens both from Malaysia.
A luxury lifestyle is assured to the homeowners of The Elements with a range of amenities such as a full length Swimming Pool, Kiddies Pool, Banquet Hall, Gymnasium, Lounge, Meeting Room, Drivers’ Lounge and a multitude of Recreational Areas. All residents of The Elements will get free membership at the Fairway Sports Complex that has facilities for Tennis, Badminton, Basketball and Squash. It also has a Clubhouse/Diner for the convenience of the members. Clean drinking water on tap and 2 carports for each apartment has become a standard feature of the luxury vertical living developments of the Fairway Holdings Group.
'The Elements' incorporates the outdoor experience into vertical living; a feature found in the most exclusive living spaces around the world. The living areas of each apartment seamlessly open into a spacious terrace. It's the ideal place to wake up and bask in the morning sunrise or enjoy the evening sunset at the end of a busy day.
The Elements will be completed in the 4th quarter of 2016. Building on the success of its past projects such as Fairway - on the Waterfront (completed in 2007), Fairmount - Urban Oasis (completed in 2010) and the SkyGardens (planned for completion in 3rd quater2014), Fairway Holdings have established a reputation for delivering on their promise. Bringing in to play almost a decade of experience in this sphere, The Fairway Group has delivered exceptional value and an unparalleled experience of Vertical Luxury Living to its homeowners. Both the Fairway and the Fairmount won the ICTAD’s Construction Excellence Awards in 2007 and 2010.
Alex Pertout & Nilusha Dassanaike are a unique musical duo that embraces authentic and contemporary world sounds that cover Latin American and South Asian roots. Alex with his percussions and Nilusha with her Eastern and Western silk-like sounds will be performing music from their new album TALES TO TELL, an absorbing journey into contemporary world and jazz music with standard originals. At the Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon. Tickets $30. 2014 APRIL - Thursday 24th, 6.00pm
Sri Lankan Theatre Group Melbourne Presents..Kusumsiri and Yashodhara new stage play Punchi Pancho part 2 - Sellam Gedarai TV Ekai and Gamaralai Sudu Aliyai at Cranbourne Theatre.2014 MAY - Saturday 3rd, 2.30pm and 6.30pm
CEYLON SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA Keeping our heritage alive. Founded in 1997. Incorporated in Australia
NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING
The Second General Meeting of the Ceylon Society of Australia for 2014 will take place on Sunday, 25th May 2014 commencing at 6.30 pm at the Pennant Hills Community Centre, Ramsay Road, Pennant Hills, NSW 2120. Please note the venue. Ramsay Road is off Yarrara Road and the venue is opposite the Pennant Hills Railway Station. The entrance to the building is from the car park at the back of the building. Members and their Guests are welcome.
2. Professor Michael Roberts presents “A BIRD’S EYE-VIEW OF
SRI LANKAN HISTORY: 1232 – 1948” Professor Michael Roberts was educated in the discipline of History at the University of Peradeniya and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar in 1962. Michael Roberts taught at Peradeniya from 1966 to 1976 before moving sideways into Anthropology at the University of Adelaide in 1977. His many publications encompass social mobility, social history, agrarian issues, peasant protest, popular culture, urban history, caste in South Asia, practices of cultural domination and nationalism. His main focus has been Sri Lanka, but there have been ventures into Indian socio-political history, Australian myth making and the sociology of cricket; while his present concern is a comparative study of martyrdom. Dr Roberts lives in Adelaide and is a CSA member for many years.
A Bird’s Eye-View of Sri Lankan History: 1232-1948 – Historical sketches in summary can be organised with a stress on chronology and/or strands of development with emphasis on significant milestones on the way. Dr Robert’s journey here will mix both with the chronology being organised as (1) the Middle Period 1232 -1796/1818 and (2) the British Period 1818-1948.
Brief attention will be devoted to the marginal area of the sparsely inhabited dry zone, however the main focus will be on the Sinhala and Tamil kingdoms and thence on the colonial incursions of the Portugese, Dutch and British in succession. The Sinhala kingdoms resisted these colonial forces for quite some time and thereby sustained the older belief in their sway over Sihaladvipa.
Dr Roberts would assert that we cannot deploy 20th century notions in comprehending state systems of that era and must be guided by the mandala concept. He conceptualises this as “tributary overlordship” so graphically embodied in rites of dakum or panduru pakkudam. All this changed in the new capitalist order and bureaucratised regime introduced by the British within a changing and modernising world dispensation. It follows that we cannot extend the notions of Sinhalaness in the pre British era to the 20th and 21st centuries. We must not extend a linear model of history rooted in the past with its primodialist rigidity or what one can call the appeal of uramaya in a simple axiomatic manner, to present day politics.
3. Social: After a brief discussion period, the usual Social will be the next item on the agenda. Those who are able to are please requested to bring a plate of non-sweet savoury finger-food. Please avoid cakes with icing as the general preference is for plain cakes, sandwiches and savoury pastries. To avoid duplication of items, please contact our Social Convener, Chandra Senaratne on (02) 9872 6826. A donation to CSA to help defray meeting costs, which could be made at the meeting, is an alternative.
A presentation pack of a CD and DVD is also available at $10 – kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org (includes free postage). Payment can be made through Paypal via the same email address.
Errol Earl is the singer, he is of South African origin and has been a musician since of a very young age. He plays many instruments – guitar, keyboard, etc… His favourite singer is George Benson and has many tutorials on You Tube – i.e. guitar lessons.
Errol Earl plays with many Bands at Clubs, Hotels and does many solo gigs as well.
An event held in honor of the birth centenary of Prof. Ediriwira Sarachchandra and to commemorate his 18th death anniversary. An enjoyable evening of Sarachchandra's drama songs and acts. Presented by Yashodhara, Kusumsiri and the Sri Lankan Theatre Group Melbourne.
Australia and New Zealand will host the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015
14 Feb. 2015 vs England at the MCG
21 Feb. vs Bangladesh at the Gabba
28 Feb. vs New Zealand at Eden Park
4 Mar. vs Afghanistan at the WACA
8 Mar. vs Sri Lanka at the SCG
14 Mar. vs Scotland at Bellerive
20 Mar. Quarter Final 3 at Adelaide
21 Mar. Quarter Final 4 at Wellington
24 Mar. Semi Final 1 at Eden Park
26 Mar. Semi Final 2 at SCG
29 Mar. FINAL at MCG
Commonwealth Youth Forum An inspiring performance from the Commonwealth Youth Forum currently taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Full praise to the persons who planned and choreographed this performance!