Johns Hopkins Cancer Researcher Ashani Weeraratna Appointed To National Cancer Advisory Board By President Biden – by Upali Obeyesekere   (sources: files from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health) Johns Hopkins scientist Ashani Weeraratna, PhD, a leading cancer researcher who specializes in melanoma and the effects of aging on cancer, has been appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as a member of the National Cancer Advisory Board. The White House announced the appointment on September 15. The National Cancer Advisory Board advises and assists the director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health on the activities of the national cancer program. Individuals are selected from among leading representatives in health and science, along with leaders in public policy, law, health policy, economics, management, and the environment. Among its activities, the National Cancer Advisory Board reviews grant applications for research, training, health care information, and programs ...

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Don Everly, of harmonizing rock ’n’ roll pioneers the Everly Brothers, dies at 84 – by Upali Obeyesekere    NASHVILLE, TENN. — Don Everly, one-half of the pioneering Everly Brothers whose harmonizing country rock hits impacted a generation of rock `n’ roll music, has died. He was 84. The duo were quite popular in Sri Lanka in the 50s and 60s. According to the Los Angeles Times, a family spokesperson said Everly died at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday. His brother, Phil Everly, died in January 2014 at age 74. In the late 1950s and 1960s, the duo of Don and Phil drew upon their rural roots with their strummed guitars and high, yearning harmonies, while their poignant songs — many by the team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant — embodied teenage restlessness and energy. Their 19 top 40 hits included “Bye Bye Love,” “Let It Be Me,” “All I ...

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RIP ARDEN NELSON – by Upali Obeyesekere  Source:Peterite-Josephian FB Josephian-Peterite NEWS NETWORK has been created/Moderated by Upali Obeyesekere, an Old Peterite living in Toronto, Canada, who believes in the slogan, “Two brothers of the same Family” – and that is why this group invites Josephians and Peterites both to join and add members. I come from a Josephian family though fate took me to St. Peter’s College when Rev. Fr. Arthur Fernando became Rector, SPC in 1956. Fr. Arthur was a school mate and a close friend of my late father St. Elmo Obeyesekere. Rest is history. We disseminate factual Josephian-Peterite news from around the world! Please join us. ...

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History of Cricket – CRICKET INTERNATIONAL 360 – by Upali Obeyesekere  Source:Facebook The first national cricket team in Ceylon was formed by the Colombo Cricket Club in 1832. A ‘gentlemen’s team’ idea, exclusively for the British folk in Ceylon, was first suggested by the Patrons of the Colombo Social Club for the British Upper Class. It was located initially at the Galle Face Green, and the Ceylon National cricket team was founded in 1920. The game of Cricket originated in England towards the mid-16th century. It spread globally with the expansion of the British Empire. Cricket’s Governing Body is the International Cricket Council (ICC), which comprises over one hundred members; full members are engaged in Test Matches. The Laws of Cricket are maintained by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in London, founded in 1787. The LBW ( leg before wicket ) regulation was introduced towards the latter part of the ...

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WINSTON TAMBIMUTTU – ONE OF THREE PETERITE ATHLETES FROM THE FIFTIES WHO WON NATIONAL HONOURS PASSION FOR EXCELLENCE! By: Upali Obeyesekere – Josephian-Peterite NEWS NETWORK St. Peter’s College has produced coterie of star athletes since the early 1930s, a few who continued the journey and emerged as national champions. Established in 1922 as ‘St. Joseph’s College South’, the school by the Wellawatta Canal was re-branded and named St. Peter’s College in 1927. The name change was documented on April 8, 1927, vide Gazette Notification No.7575. Ninety-nine years later, we pay homage to Rev. Fr. Maurice Le Goc, Rector of St. Joseph’s College for his foresight and vision in establishing this great seat of learning. Rev. Fr. Nicholas Perera was consequently appointed Rector of St. Peter’s College in 1927, and due to his inspired leadership sports was introduced. Athletics commenced in earnest at St. Peter’s after the expansion of the picturesque ...

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FIRST SRI LANKAN APPOINTED AS SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE IN STATE OF CALIFORNIA IN U.S.A – By: Upali Obeyesekere – From Toronto, Canada SAN BERNARDINO, CA─ On July 9, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Aruna P. Rodrigo to a judgeship in the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino. Aruna P. Rodrigo was recently appointed as a Superior Court Judge by the State of California Governor, United States of America. Honorable Aruna P. Rodrigo is the first Sri Lankan-American appointed to the judicial bench in State of California, U.S.A. Aruna P. Rodrigo, of Riverside, has been appointed to serve as a Judge in the San Bernardino Superior Court. Rodrigo has been a Superior Court Commissioner since April 2020 and a Sole Practitioner since 2010. He was a Senior Attorney and Of Counsel at CKB Vienna LLP from 2015 to 2018 and served as a Volunteer Deputy District Attorney at ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 30 June 2021 – Sri Lankans In Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter “MAWKISH HUMOUR” Watch England v Sri Lanka ODI Cricket Highlights June 2021 Humanitarian Project – Distribution of essentials to the flood victims – In collaboration with AAKASH GREEN and THILANKA HOTELS AND RESORTS One of the best batches of the best school! – One of the best batches at RC -The 49 Group – By D.S.Sivapragasam, Canada Central Bank Governor’s Statement on Foreign Currency Liquidity in Domestic Market Obituary: Ranjitham (Ranji) Annama Ariathurai Uncertainty of life: Remembering three ‘Nangis-By Dr Upul Wijayawardhana Campaign to send ICU Beds to Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan Community In Brisbane – update My PhD Journey – by Uma Panch A murder that shook the country; Burmese in Ceylon | Lost & Forgotten Watch T20 Cricket Highlights – England v ...

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QUEEN STREET, FORT, COLOMBO 1 IN THE 1960s – By Upali Obeyesekere Chatham Street, intersected by Queens Street on the west and York Street further east were the main streets that housed both businesses and homes. Prince Street, parallel to Chatham Street ran straight down joining up with Main Street which flowed into the Pettah. The Grand Oriental Hotel, commonly referred to as the GOH, stood magnificent and tall by the port. Today it has been converted to the Hotel Taprobane with all its fineries and modern trappings. Bristol Street stood on York Street with its polished wooden stairway. The Globe Hotel and British India were noted for their watering services to the thirsty and weary. Trees lined all the streets in beautiful cascades of brown and green enveloping the area in splendor. York Street bordered the eastern wall and moat of the old Dutch Fort. This stretch gave way ...

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eLanka Newsletter – 30 Sept – 9th edition – Sri Lankans in Australia Click here or on the image below to read this week’s elanka Newsletter Former Australia batsman Dean Jones dies “Have you ever seen the rain” – By Des Kelly Business to get $800m in government’s digital push-by Phillip Coorey Pirate Life and Dilmah partners to produce alcoholic beverages SL’s first ever homegrown electric bicycle ‘Rhoda’ hits local streets Coronavirus: ‘We’re Australian but we’re trapped in the UK’-By Mary O’Connor Nine Arch Bridge – spectacular architectural marvel in Ella –By Arundathie Abeysinghe Your fingernails may give clues to underlying disorders-by Dr Harold Gunatillake Sri Lankan priest builds houses for the poor-by Quintus Colombage Annual General meeting of the S.Thomas’ College Old Boys’ Association, New South Wales Branch Inc The Jetliners–courtesy of Patrick Ranasinghe Fighting the Fires of Climate Change Through Art-by Anoma Wijewardene Living in the Present – ...

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Radcliffe Nelson – by former Peterite cricketer Stephen de Niese Glowing tribute to Radcliffe Nelson by former Peterite cricketer Stephen de Niese. Lest we forget – it is so important to remember the pioneers of Old Boys’ Associations abroad. Stephen’s essay is very informative. If I recall (subject to correction), Melbourne was the first overseas OBA formed by alumni from St. Peter’s and St. Joseph’s. If this is correct, Radcliffe Nelson and Ron Forbes have done both schools proud. ...

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