Sri Lanka to teach Japanese at school level targeting jobs in Japan – By CHANKA JAYASINGHE Source : economynext.com ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has greenlit a proposal to train prospective foreign employees in Japanese and English language skills and other soft skills targeting job opportunities in Japan. This will be carried out through technical subjects offered in the school curriculum, and soft skills in nursing, hospitality, building cleaning, agricultural activities, motor mechanics, electronics and electrical engineering and others will also be developed under the programme, a government information department statement said on Tuesday August 09. “In terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Japan, Sri Lankans are eligible to apply for employment as technical in service trainees and employments in 14 sectors under the programme with special skills. Competency in Japanese language is an essential qualification for the ...

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MELBOURNE CHAPTER CEYLON SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA At our next meeting Wayne Crothers will present an illustrated talk “In the Steps of the Buddha: A focus on Buddhist Art in the NGV Collection”   Buddhism originated in India in the 6th century B.C. and was gradually transmitted to the rest of Asia. Early stylistic developments of Buddhism took place on its journey out of India and trans migration into China, Japan and Sri Lanka. For the first 500-700 years Buddhist iconography was nonfigurative; wheel of law, bodhi tree, footprints or pagodas as reliquaries holding relics of the Buddha or an important monk. It was only in the first or second century AD that the initial figurative sculptures appeared in two different styles produced at two different locations – Gandhara (present day Afghanistan) and Mathura (Indian). Buddhism was introduced from India to Sri Lanka in the second century, and via Central Asian ...

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Furano – for lavender and melons – GEORGE BRAINE Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, Japan’s northern island, is a flat, sprawling city, surrounded by low hills. The downtown area, with classy department stores, high end dining, and tree lined boulevards, is lovely. But the outskirts are not attractive: mile after mile of car dealerships, used car lots, and pachinko (gambling) parlors. Beyond the city, Hokkaido’s countryside is breathtaking. Forests, rolling hills, farms, salmon streams, fast flowing rivers, crystal clear lakes. The forests are rich in bear, deer, foxes, and smaller creatures. The beaches are clean, and although too cold for bathing most of the year, are deserted and ideal for beach combing. The surrounding seas supply plentiful fish and crustaceans, which the Japanese love to eat raw, steamed or grilled. We were hunkered down in Sapporo for months, first by winter and then by Covid-19, and were impatient to travel. ...

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Sports-tech startup Koach Hub expands boundaries with Daryll Cullinan Source:-www.ft.lk Singapore based Koach Hub, the revolutionary sports-tech platform, has signed a partnership with renowned South African cricketing legend Daryll Cullinan to expand its platform to cricket.  Koach was launched in January this year as a solution to increasing market demand for an intelligent collaboration tool for sports, especially soccer. The company has seen rapid expansion across the world, and is deployed across clubs and academies in Australia, Singapore, USA, UK, Netherlands, Japan, Lebanon, Ghana, Bermuda, and Sri Lanka within the last eight months.  Being able to collaborate with Legendary Daryll Cullinan is indeed a huge step forward. Cullinan became, at the young age of 16, the youngest South African to strike a first-class century. He also scored 337 not out, the highest first-class score in domestic South African cricket at the time. Daryll Cullinan was the centrepiece of South Africa’s ...

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