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Joes & Peterites ‘Members Nite’ in Toronto on May 31st

Posted on 29 May 2013 by TSL

Toronto has always been a 'hotbed' of activity among Sri Lankans specially during the summer. This year is no exception. Kicking off the 2013 season is the "JPAA Canada Membership Nite" scheduled for Friday, May 31st from 6:30 pm at the swanky J&J Swagat Banquet Hall in Markham. Social Secretary of JPAA Canada Anslem Perera says, "Come one, come all for the Membership Nite, meet and greet your classmates, schoolmates and well wishers. We have planned an exciting evening of fun including a sumptuous dinner and a few surprises. Tickets are priced at $25 per person and dress code is 'smart casual' and we look to seeing you for this fellowship night".

JPAA Canada was formed in 1984, and is celebrating its 30th anniversary next year. Unique in its formation, JPAA Canada is the only joint association in the world that is structured as a 'joint' entity for the Josephian-Peterite fraternity. The primary purpose is to provide a forum for the alumni of these two great schools who are domiciled in Canada to meet and greet each other in an atmosphere of camaraderie and renew old acquaintances. The joint association also conveys a message of goodwill to this world, that adults could work together harmoniously irrespective of differences in race, religion and personal beliefs. These are the ingredients of what constitutes "peace" in this world.

For Tickets please call Social Secretary Anslem Perera 905-832-4608 or 416-445-5390.

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RANAVIRU REAL STARS LIVE IN CONCERT IN THE USA

Posted on 29 May 2013 by TSL

Ranaviru Real Stars, the winners of Sri Lanka’s most popular Reality TV singing competition for members of the Armed Forces, will tour the United States in June 2013. During the tour, the Stars will perform in three live concerts in Los Angeles, Washington DC and New York respectively. All proceeds from the performances will be donated to build an Ayurvedic treatment facility at Mihindu Seth Madura in Attidiya, Sri Lanka. Mihindu Seth Madura is the healing home for gravely disabled war heroes, located on 46 acres of land in the suburbs of Colombo, bordering the Attidiya bird sanctuary. The facility provides lifelong care for valiant soldiers whose injuries are so grave, to be cared for by their families. Currently, there are over 50 disabled soldiers being treated at Mihindu Seth Madura.

The Ranaviru Real Stars tour in the US is jointly organized by Ranaviru Foundation USA, Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington DC, Sri Lanka Mission to the UN in New York and Ranga Kala Kavaya in Washington DC.

The dates and the venues of the concerts are as follows:

Ranaviru Stars Live in Concert – Washington DC
Organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC & Ranga Kala Kavaya
Date & Time: June 29, 2013 at 7pm
Venue: John F Kennedy High School Auditorium,
1901 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20902 ‎
Contribution: $100 & $ 25

 

Ranaviru Handa – New York
Organized by Ranaviru Foundation USA & the Sri Lankan Mission to UN, New York
Date & Time: June 30, 2013 at 6.30 pm
Venue: PS 58 Auditorium,
77 Marsh Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314
Contribution: $ 50 & $ 30

 

Ranaviru Handa – Los Angeles
Organized by Ranaviru Foundation, USA
Date & Time: June 23, 2013 at 5pm
Venue: Carpenter Performing Arts Center,
6200 E Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815
Contribution: $100 & $ 50

 

 

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SCARBOROUGH RESIDENT WINS LOTTERY PRIZE

Posted on 29 May 2013 by TSL

Prize Claim Subject to Insider Win Process

TORONTO, May 29, 2013 /CNW/ – VIJEYAKUMARI RASIAH of SCARBOROUGH  is one step closer to claiming her lottery win of $11,154.40 from LOTTOMAX draw on April 19, 2013.

As Rasiah is an employee at an OLG retail location, this prize falls within OLG's definition of an Insider Win.

As of today's date, this prize claim has completed the first step of a two-step Insider Wins process, which is an independent investigation of the claim by a third-party working in partnership with OLG's regulator the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

To complete the prize claim, the prize will be held for a 30-day waiting period as part of OLG's Insider Wins process, in order for OLG to publicize the win. If there are no additional claims on this prize, it will be paid to the claimant on June 27, 2013 based on this 30-day wait period.

The ticket was purchased at Ron Hua Convenience on St. Clair Avenue in Scarborough.

For more information on Related Parties and Insider Wins, please visit the Winner News Releases page in the Media Centre on OLG.ca.

Ontario lottery players received $1.7 billion in prizes in the 2011/12 fiscal year.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, Casinos, Slots, and Resort Casinos have generated more than $36 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Proceeds from OLG's operations help support Ontario's hospitals, amateur sport through the QUEST FOR GOLD program, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities.

 

 

 

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Martin Collacott: How Canada became the odd man out in Sri Lanka

Posted on 29 May 2013 by TSL

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has announced that he will not attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka this November because of that country’s sub-par human rights record. No other members of the Commonwealth, including Britain, Australia and New Zealand, have followed Canada’s example.

There is no question that Sri Lanka has a poor human rights record — one that might have been expected to improve after the long civil war ended in 2009, but which did not. Judges have been threatened and impeached, and many journalists murdered or driven from the country. There is little tolerance for criticism of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government from any quarter.

Canada has the largest Sri Lankan Tamil community outside of South Asia, and many of its members seek to raise awareness of the fact that the government in Colombo is repressive and that Tamils in Sri Lanka are persecuted. This helps explain why Stephen Harper’s government feels the need to express its displeasure with Sri Lanka’s poor commitment to human rights.

Many Tamils living in Canada came here as refugees. Indeed, in one year alone (2003), Canada accepted far more Tamil refugee claimants than all the other countries in the world combined. Some of these refugees had ties to the Tamil Tigers military and terrorist group that was then fighting against Sri Lanka’s government.

The voting power of these Tamils distorted Canadian policy: Liberal governments repeatedly ignored CSIS recommendations that the Tamil Tigers be designated as a terrorist organization, even though Britain and the United States had done so. As a result, the Tigers were able to use Canada as one of their principal bases for fundraising — a situation that may well have contributed to prolonging the conflict and carnage in Sri Lanka.

Even after the Conservatives took office in 2006, and wasted no time in adding the Tamil Tigers to the official national list of terrorist groups, Tiger supporters continued to exercise considerable influence within the Liberal Party of Canada. At the Liberals’ December 2006 leadership convention, for example, a block of delegates pressing to have the Tigers removed from the terrorist list played a key role in the selection of the new leader.

The failure for many years of countries such as Canada to curtail Tamil Tiger activities is, in all likelihood, a factor in Sri Lanka’s continuing indifference to international entreaties to improve its human rights record: Having turned a blind eye to the Tamil Tigers for so many years, we no longer have credibility in lecturing Sri Lanka over its post-war policies.

As for calls for an international investigation into the massacre of Tamil civilians by the Sri Lankan armed forces in the closing stages of the civil war, this is another area where the Sri Lanka government feels it is not being treated fairly.

While there is considerable evidence that such large-scale killings took place, many occurred in large measure because the Tigers chose to use their own population as human shields. The fact that there are no longer identifiable high-level Tiger leaders around to blame for their contribution to these massacres no doubt does little to encourage the Sri Lankan government to expose itself to what it believes will be a very one-sided investigation.

No doubt Britain, Australia and New Zealand share Canada’s concern over the poor state of human rights in Sri Lanka. The fact that Canada alone chose not to send its foreign minister to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, however, may be more the result of domestic Canadian considerations — such as increasing political support among Tamil voters — than anything else.

Courtesy: National Post

Martin Collacott was the Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka when the civil war there began in earnest in 1983. He now lives in Vancouver.

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For Sale: Condominium in Kirulapona

Posted on 28 May 2013 by TSL

 

Colombo has witnessed a higher concentration of low-rise and high-rise condominiums during the last few years. This paper examines the contributing factors for living in high-rise that has created a market for condominiums in the city of Colombo. Managers of purposively selected ten high-rise condominiums and 30 households from 03 low-rise condominiums were interviewed for the primary data collection. With the help of elementary statistics, data were analyzed descriptively. The study revealed that demographic and economic changes in the city during the last few decades have influenced the creation of the condominium property market in Colombo. In case of low-rise condominium properties, well-educated middle-income earners who have migrated to the city for various reasons have raised the demand. At the same time, foreigners and affluent Sri Lankans have raised the demand for high-rise condominium properties considering the security, convenience and location of properties.

 

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Symphony Orchestra fund raiser on June 9 for Chundikuli Girls’ College

Posted on 26 May 2013 by TSL

The Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka conducted by Dushyanthi Perera and featuring Eshantha Peiris as piano soloist will be performing at ‘Soiree’, a fund raising concert on Sunday, June 9 at 7 p.m. at the Ladies’ College Hall to raise funds for Chundikuli Girls’ College, Jaffna.

The programme consists of timeless classics such as Strauss’ Overture to the Fledermaus and Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet music, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. The evening will also include music by A.R. Rahman and feature the perennial Sri Lankan favourite Dhanno Budunge which is also known as the Hymn for Ceylon.

Chundikuli Girls’ College is a private day and boarding school for approximately 1600 girls in Jaffna. The vision of Chundikuli Girls’ College is to nurture its students to give them the best chance in life. This is done by creating an academic and social culture based on religious, racial and economic diversity, and a climate of equality in every aspect of life.

Tickets and box plan are at the Lionel Wendt Theatre."

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Mayor Rob Ford Issue: “Enough is enough”, says TSL readers

Posted on 26 May 2013 by TSL

The Times of Sri Lanka took a random survey of our valued readers in and around the city on their thoughts of the "Mayor Rob Ford" crack cocaine allegations. We got an almost unanimous consensus of "Enough is enough", about Mayor Rob Ford. I think Torontonians are averse to hearing the 'Rob Ford allegations' on air or in print. As one reader points out, the mainstream Toronto newspapers should have first got custody of the alleged video (if there is one?) before splashing mud on Rob Ford's name. This tantamounts to professional misconduct, says one reader.

In fact popular radio talk show host and former Conservative Mayoral candidate John Tory cautioned The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail about overload of allegations dumped on the readership about Mayor Rob Ford and his brother Councillor Doug Ford. He thinks the papers have

The TSL did some research on accepted standards of professional journalism. This is what we found.

Journalism ethics and standards comprise principles of ethics and of good practice as applicable to the specific challenges faced by journalists. Historically and currently, this subset of media ethics is widely known to journalists as their professional "code of ethics" or the "canons of journalism". The basic codes and canons commonly appear in statements drafted by both professional journalism associations and individual print, broadcast, and online news organizations.

While various existing codes have some differences, most share common elements including the principles of — truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability — as these apply to the acquisition of newsworthy information and its subsequent dissemination to the public.

Like many broader ethical systems, journalism ethics include the principle of "limitation of harm." This often involves the withholding of certain details from reports such as the names of minor children, crime victims' names or information not materially related to particular news reports release of which might, for example, harm someone's reputation.

Some journalistic Codes of Ethics, notably the European ones, also include a concern with discriminatory references in news based on race, religion, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disabilities. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe approved in 1993 Resolution 1003 on the Ethics of Journalism which recommends journalists to respect the presumption of innocence, in particular in cases that are still sub judice.

 

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IPL NEWS: Umpire Asad Rauf arrives in Pakistan – reports

Posted on 26 May 2013 by TSL

COURTESY: ESPNcricinfo staff

May 25, 2013

Asad Rauf, the Pakistan umpire who officiated in the IPL, has arrived in Lahore, Pakistan, according to AFP. The Mumbai Police, which arrested Gurunath Meiyappan, a top Chennai Super Kings official and son-in-law of BCCI President N Srinivasan on charges of cheating, forgery and fraud, is also seeking to question Rauf. Rauf was withdrawn from the upcoming Champions Trophy in England by the ICC following media reports that indicated he was under investigation by Mumbai Police.

However, Rauf's manager, Shahzad Ahmed, has denied Rauf's involvement in any corrupt practices. "Asad has no links with any bookie nor is he involved in any corrupt practice," Ahmed told PTI. "He has had a very clean career. I think it is totally unfair the way the media has taken it for granted."

Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), Mumbai confirmed that Rauf left India a few days ago. "He [Rauf] left the country from Delhi a few days back," Roy was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times. "Gurunath's questioning is key as it will help us 'connect a lot of dots' including that of the suspected involvement of Rauf, following which we will take a call."

AFP quoted a family source as saying: "Rauf has nothing to hide, he reached Lahore after completing his matches in the league (in India). Rauf is disappointed that he was not given a chance to clear his name and was excluded from the Champions Trophy but once his name is cleared he will resume his career in the game he loves. Rauf is bound by the ICC code so at an appropriate time he will speak."

 

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Air Conditioned trains to Kandy – Weekend crowd targeted

Posted on 26 May 2013 by TSL

by Ranil Wijayapala – The Sunday Observer

The Railway Department will tomorrow launch its first train service with airconditioned compartments for passengers travelling between Kandy and Colombo, after its first run from Kandy to Colombo, General Manager of the Railways B.A.P. Ariyaratne told the Sunday Observer.

“We are launching this airconditioned train service targeting the crowds visiting Kandy during the weekends”, he said.

After the train service begins tomorrow from Kandy to Colombo, it will run between Colombo and Kandy from Friday evening to Monday morning and passengers who travel on this train should reserve their seats in advance.

According to the schedule, the train will start its run from Colombo Fort on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5.50 p.m. and leave Kandy at 5.50 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

“At present we have scheduled this train only on weekends and it will be extended to other days depending on the demand for the service”, Ariyaratne said.

He said the Railway Department is making arrangements for passengers to reserve their seats even one month ahead, deviating from the current reservation process that enables passengers to reserve seats only two weeks in advance.

He said the train service will be more comfortable for passengers to travel between Colombo and Kandy and the fee will be Rs.500 per one way journey as it is first class. Around 220 seats are available.

He said the Department is launching this new train service apart from the normal intercity train between Colombo and Kandy.

“This will also be an intercity train service as it will stop only at Peradeniya, Ragama and Gampaha”, he said.

“We expect this service to be a boon for the tourism industry in the country and it will also be a tourist attraction” he said.

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CHOGM preparations under way in Sri Lanka

Posted on 26 May 2013 by TSL

All 54 member countries of Commonwealth will participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka in November this year, External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunathilaka Amunugama said recently.

 

"The External Affairs Ministry will send invitations to member states within the next two weeks, "he said.

"Preparatory arrangements are being made for the Summit even as we speak," said Amunugama. "We are waiting to welcome all member states to our country." He said," We are sure that this will provide them an opportunity to experience the social and economic development taking place in Sri Lanka as well as the peace achieved through post-war efforts at reconciliation to achieve social and political stability,"

Details on CHOGM 2013, to be held in Sri Lanka in November, are beginning to be publicly firmed up. The government has already pre-booked in excess of 4,000 rooms within the city limits of Colombo from 7 to 17 November, with Rs 25 million in public finances expected to be spent on hosting 54 Heads of Governments of the Commonwealth nations.This is in addition to Rs 1.1 billion that is earmarked for importing 55 of the latest edition Mercedes Benz S400 hybrid cars.

The major CHOGM meeting will be Colombo based with the organisers currently setting in place somewhere around 6,000 room bookings for delegates, partners, and national support teams. The VIP transport park is under organisation.

The Ministry for External Affairs advises that the Business Forum will be located in Colombo, the People’s Forum in Dambulla, and the Youth Forum in Hambantota.

It is reported that CHOGM 203 will focus on youth, skill development, and the successful integration of technology to the rural environment. All entirely appropriate to the CHOGM given how young the overall Commonwealth population is and how significant the Commonwealth’s rural population is.

The Sri Lankan government today out rightly dismissed a claim made by the opposition that the government is planning to import high end luxury cars for the Commonwealth meeting in November.

Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, acting as the cabinet spokesman today, said the reports spreading by the opposition that the government plans to import luxury Rolls Royce and BMW limousines for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Colombo in November is not true.

External Affairs Ministry releasing a statement said the media reports and statements by interested parties that Rolls Royce and BMW cars will be imported at a heavy cost to be used for the forthcoming CHOGM in November 2013 are "baseless and fictitious", as no importation of cars is being contemplated by the Sri Lankan government for this Conference.

"All expenditure in relation to CHOGM 2013 will be met from existing budgetary provisions, and additional funds for this purpose will not be resorted to," the Ministry said.

Sri Lanka's local media citing External Affairs Ministry sources said the Ministry is making arrangements to import 12 Rolls- Royce cars and 100 BMW cars for the use of the heads of state who will be attending the summit in November.

Minister Yapa said the cars from the government's existing fleet will be used for the transport of dignitaries.

The External Affairs Ministry said the CHOGM 2013 will be an opportunity to showcase the developments in Sri Lanka following a three decade separatist terrorist conflict and the vast economic opportunities available in the country.

"The Commonwealth Business Forum, which attracts extensive participation both from within and outside the Commonwealth, will serve as a springboard for Sri Lanka to promote trade and investment and further enhance economic cooperation. Resources allocated to the relevant government agencies for promotional activities will be fully utilized within the country towards this end. Preparation of investment projects and sectors for cooperation is already under way, and the response is encouraging for participation at the Commonwealth Business Forum later this year," the statement said.

The Ministry said the objective of the government with regard to the outcome of CHOGM 2013 is to derive the maximum benefit for the people of the country by making full use of a unique opportunity.

"In this context, it is regrettable to observe a negative attitude from some quarters, considering that this event is of a national character and worthy of support across party lines," it added.

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