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.
Sri Lanka to open Coconut Park to promote tourism in the East Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan government with the dual goal of developing coconut production and promoting tourism in the East plans to open a model Coconut Park in Pasikuda in the Eastern Province,Sri Lanka.
The Pasikuda Model Coconut Park, to be opened adjoining to Pasikuda Bay soon, is a joint project by the Ministry of Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development and Coconut Development Board.
The 238-acre park is being constructed in an area in the Eastern Province where thousands of tourists are attracted to the white sandy beaches of Pasikuda. A 25-acre area adjoining the coconut park will be developed as a tourist zone.
this project is expected that this will create opportunities to promote coconut based products and create employment for the people in the area.
A high powered delegation of Pakistan's Gilgit - Baltistan Legislative Assembly members and officials led by Speaker Mr Wazir Baig, recently visited Sri Lanka on an exposure visit to study the Gems and Jewellery sector policy framework.
The visit was aimed to help Gilgit - Baltistan to devise policies to support efforts to improve the livelihoods of small-scale gemstone miners in the area. It will further improve the capacities to replicate the success stories of best practices adopted by Sri Lanka in gemstone mining, cutting and polishing.
Members of the delegation included Mr. Jamil Ahmed, Deputy Speaker, GB Legislative Assembly, Muhammad Naseer Khan, Minister for Mines and Minerals, Chief Secretary, Government of Gilgit-Baltistan, Muhammad Younus Dagha, Mr. Mutabiat Shah, Member, GB Legislative Assembly, as well as officials and representatives of Rupani Foundation and AKRSP.
The National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka Gets Access to Critical Evidence-based Research Information
Evidentia Publishing is pleased to announce that the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) of Sri Lanka will be utilizing the Transfusion Evidence Library - a unique, online database providing high quality, evidence-based information for all research related to transfusion medicine - in support of their efforts to ensure quality and safety of blood and blood components. Dr. Anil Dissanayake, Director of the National Blood Transfusion Service Sri Lanka, commented, “Through our nationally coordinated system, we ensure the quality, safety and effectiveness of blood supply and related clinical, academic and research services in accordance with national requirements and WHO recommendations. Now the medical staff of NBTS can access the Transfusion Evidence Library to research the best practices, recommendations and alternatives in transfusion medicine and apply them to improve our services.” Mark Schregardus, CEO of Evidentia Publishing, added: “We are glad that we can make a contribution securing quality assured blood services in Sri Lanka by giving Dr. Anil Dissanayake and his NBTS team access to our transfusion database, where quality of the evidence is ensured having applied strict methodological criteria. Especially in light of the World Health Organization’s selection of Sri Lanka as the host county for the World Blood Donation Day 2014 (WBDD), it matches our objectives well to secure access as wide as possible to our blood transfusion products in developing countries.” Through the NBTS, Sri Lanka has been promoting voluntary unpaid donation to ensure safety, adequate and easy accessibility of blood and blood products. The NBTS now collects over 350,000 donations every year, up from just over 150,000 ten years ago. The proportion of voluntary donations has risen from 39% to 97% since 2003 (Source: WHO)
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For additional information on the WBDD on 14 June 2014, visit the WHO website or contact the NBTS in Sri Lanka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lights went out across Oman Air’s network of 43 international destinations, as Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, joined millions of people around the world in marking Earth Hour.
Earth Hour is a campaign which was launched by WWF in 2007. It has since grown into a global movement which crowdsources actions from individuals, businesses, organisations and governments to generate environmental outcomes, encouraging innovation and creativity for the planet.
The airline’s headquarters in Muscat, Oman, took the lead for Oman Air and was joined by all its stations across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa in confirming its commitment to protecting the environment. Only Oman Air’s essential services were exempt from taking part in the initiative.
Dr Khalid Abdulwahab Al Balushi, Senior Manager – Government Affairs at Oman Air, said:
“Oman Air was once again proud to take part in Earth Hour this weekend, when we switched off the lights in all but our most essential services in order to raise awareness of the need to protect our planet.
“This is the fourth consecutive year that Oman Air has joined millions of people on every continent in drawing attention to the role that each of us can play in minimising our environmental impact. I would like to thank all of our staff, throughout our network, not only for participating in Earth Hour, but also for playing an active part in moving Oman Air’s environmental programme forward.”
Oman Air’s participation in this year’s Earth Hour continues the airline’s efforts to reduce its environmental impact. Ongoing initiatives include energy reduction and waste reduction strategies, increasing the local sourcing of supplies, operating smaller aircraft on short haul routes and replacing older aircraft with new, more fuel-efficient models. This includes the forthcoming delivery of six Boeing B787 Dreamliners, which are 20 per cent more fuel efficient, deliver 20 per cent fewer emissions, and offer a 60 per cent smaller noise footprint than equivalent aircraft.
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 email@example.com (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!