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Obituaries: August 31 (Wed)

Posted on 30 August 2016 by admin

ABEYGUNAWARDANA – UPALI. Retired – Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Beloved husband of Kanthi, everloving father of Kasun, Dinushika and Prabuddhika, loving father-in-law of Buddika and Primal, much loved grandfather of Shahil, expired. Cremation at Thalawathugoda General Cemetery, 31st August 2016 at 5.00 p.m. Cortege leaves residence at 4.30 p.m. No. 5, 1st Lane, Dolalandawatta, Thalawathugoda.               119668

ARULAPPAPILLAI – REX – Bank of Ceylon Pensioner. Loving husband of Shanthi Pillai and father of Paul (Rishan) Pillai and Frank Pillai, passed away on 29.08.2016. Cortege leaves residence atNo.11, Dolewatta Road, Matale at 3.00 p.m. on 31.08.2016 for burial at the Pentecostal Mission Section of the Matale cemetery. BOC Pensioners Association Matale District.            119949

FERNANDO – KURUKULASURIYA MANUEL HERMEN At rest with Jesus. Beloved husband of Monica, loving father of Linda, Christo, Marita, Leon, Sandra, Inoka, Belinda, father-in-law of Anton, Ranjan, Randunu, Prasangika. Cortege leaves 328/4, Bandaranayaka Mw, Anoma Watta, Kimbulapitiya Rd, Negombo at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday 31st August 2016 to Grand Street Church, Negombo and for interment at General Cemetery.           119951

FERNANDO, LEEMA (Nee FONSEKA) – Beloved wife of late Michael Fernando (formerly of Metro Industries Ltd., Kochchikade), much loved mother of Ravi, Mahen & Sitara, mother-in-law of Antoinette, Crishanthi and Ajith Goonawardena, grandmother of Marice & Minola, Thilina & Pavithra, Yochana & Avishka. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour on Wednesday Aug. 31st from 10.00 a.m. Funeral at 4.00 p.m. on same day followed by cremation at the General Cemetery, Borella at 5.00 p.m. Her ashes will be interred privately at General Cemetery, Kudapaduwa, Negombo. The date to be notified.             120071

FRANCIS MUTHTHARACHIGE DON OSWIN (Ex – Times of Ceylon). Safe in the Arms of Jesus. Beloved husband of Sybil (nee Navaratne), loving father of Marius (Australia), Damian and Irosha (Australia), father-in-law of Thushani, Subhashini and Gamini, devoted grandfather of Maneesh, Shehaya, Shenali, Chanukya and Shehani, brother of late Agnes and late Stephen, brother-in-law of Marion and Patrick, late Sextus and Ranjani, late Christy and Christine, Noeline and Don Kingsley (Singapore), Bede and Trisette and Girlie. Cortege leaves residence No. 7, De Zoysa Avenue, Tewatte Road, Ragama, Wednesday the 31st August, at 3.30 p.m. for Burial at St Peter & Paul Church Cemetery Ragama.               119809

SIYAMBALAPITIYA (RANJITH) D.J. (former BCC & Royal Ceramics), beloved son of late Solomon & Violet Siyambalapitiya, husband of Sirini and father of late Flight Lieutenant Sajith, Jithni (Mazarin Pvt Ltd.) Rasith (Lanka Logistics & Technologies Ltd), brother of Rohini & Ajith, brother-in-law of Nimal, father-in-law of Miron Fernandopulle (Airwing Tours Pvt Ltd). Remains lie at 169, Makewita, Ja-ela. Cortege leaves the residence on 31st August, at 3.30 p.m. for Divine Saviour Church, Makewita, Ja-Ela.           119445

WEERASINGHE – PALITHA – Retired People’s Bank Officer, expired. Beloved husband of Latha Weerasinghe, loving father of Nalika, Dammika, Nayana and father-in-law of Padmasiri, Ranga and Nishanthi, grandfather of Nadimini, Thisaru, (Australia), Mihin, Mahen, Nevin, Nethuli, Rayani, Senomi. Remains lie at Jayarathne Florist, Borella. Burial at Borella Cemetery on 01st September at 4.00 p.m.             120078

WIJESEKERA – ETHEL – Beloved wife of late Vincent Wijesekera, loving mother of Vijainie and Sriyanjana, loving mother-in-law of Prins & Chaminda; loving grandmother of Shemal (Australia), Shenela, Shayani and Amanda; beloved sister of Delicia, Donald, Sarath, Manel and late Morris and Vijitha; expired. Remains lie at No. 10/3, Convent Lane, Hendala, Wattala. Funeral on 1st September 2016 at 4.00 p.m. at Roman Catholic Burial Grounds, Nayakakanda, Hendala, Wattala.             120043

 

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Obituaries: August 30 (Tuesday)

Posted on 30 August 2016 by admin

ABEYGUNAWARDANA – UPALI. Retired – Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Beloved husband of Kanthi, everloving father of Kasun, Dinushika and Prabuddhika, loving father-in-law of Buddika and Primal, much loved grandfather of Shahil, expired. Cremation at Thalawathugoda General Cemetery, 31st August 2016 at 5.00 p.m. Cortege leaves residence at 4.30 p.m. No. 5, 1st Lane, Dolalandawatta, Thalawathugoda.119666

FRANCIS MUTHTHARACHIGE DON OSWIN (Ex – Times of Ceylon). Safe in the Arms of Jesus. Beloved husband of Sybil (nee Navaratne), loving father of Marius (Australia), Damian and Irosha (Australia), father-in-law of Thushani, Subhashini and Gamini, devoted grandfather of Maneesh, Shehaya, Shenali, Chanukya and Shehani, brother of late Agnes and late Stephen, brother-in-law of Marion and Patrick, late Sextus and Ranjani, late Christy and Christine, Noeline and Don Kingsley (Singapore), Bede and Trisette and Girlie. Cortege leaves residence No. 7, De Zoysa Avenue, Tewatte Road, Ragama, Wednesday the 31st August, at 3.30 p.m. for Burial at St Peter & Paul Church Cemetery Ragama. 119809

NAGAHAWATHTHA – MISS DAYA – Sister of Prema Dahanayake, aunt of Awranga Samaratunga, Tamara Withana and Nirmala Christopher. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour from 30.08.2016. Cremation 3 p.m. at General Cemetery Borella on 31.08.2016.119810

PEIRIS – MRS PREMA (WEERASINGHA). Beloved wife of late Henry Peiris (Former Production Manager – Tyre Corporation). Loving mother of Nalaka (Nalin – New Zealand) and Dushyanthi (Dushani), mother-in-law of Dr Deepani Peiris (New Zealand) and Athula Jayanandana, much beloved grandmother of Hasitha, Dulanjee, Natasha & Dylan. Remains lie at 165/1A, Polhengoda Rd, Colombo 5. Cremation will be at Kirulapone Cemetery at 4.00 p.m. today (30.08.2016). 119647

SIYAMBALAPITIYA (RANJITH) D.J. (former BCC & Royal Ceramics), beloved son of late Solomon & Violet Siyambalapitiya, husband of Sirini and father of late Flight Lieutenant Sajith, Jithni (Madarin Pvt Ltd.) Rasith (Lanka Logistics & Technologies Ltd), brother of Rohini & Ajith, brother-in-law of Nimal, father-in-law of Miron Fernandopulle (Airwing Tours Pvt Ltd). Remains lie at 169, Makewita, Ja-ela. Cortege leaves the residenc on 31st August, at 3.30 p.m. for Divine Saviour Church, Makewita, Ja-Ela. 119445

 

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Obituaries: August 29 (Monday)

Posted on 29 August 2016 by admin

PASTOR THAYA RASIAH who was serving as Lead Pastor at Agincour Christian Assembly, Canada and formerly as AOG Pastor at Kalmunai Sri Lanka entered rest on 25th August 2016 in Toronto, Canada. Beloved youngest son of late Mr and Mrs Rasiah of Pandiruppu, Kalmunai and son-in-law of late Mr and Mrs Victor Soundaranayagam of Murakkattanchennai, Batticaloa. Loving husband of Nimalini, precious father of Shenali, Tanya and Joash, dear brother of Bunny Rajakulendran (retired Chief Engineer – Railways, presently at CECB), Chandramalar Ariyanayagam (retired postmistress, presently at MICD Associates), Vasanthadevi Paul (retired Teacher), Chelvachandran (formerly Ananda Printers Kalmunai, presently UK), Vimalaranee Nathan (UK), Dr Jayaranee Alex (formerly ENT Surgeon, base hospital Homagama, presently Halifax, Canada), brother-in-law of late Mathanawathy, late Ariyanayagam (RFO, Kalmunai), AME Paul (retired Provincial Director of Education, Eastern Province, presently Coordinating Secretary to Provincial Minister of Education, Eastern Province), Manopathmini (Rupa) (retired teacher, presently UK), Thambiah Nathan (Ex OTS, presently UK), Alex Aloysius (formerly Area Manager, Lankem presently Halifax, Canada), Nimalan Saudaranayagam (ex Fisheries), late Nimalanayagam Soundaranayagam (former MP Batticaloa), Nimalachelvam Soundaranayagam (Canada), Princey Soundaranayagam (Canada) and late Nimalendran Soundaranayagam. Funeral will be held at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home Inc8911, Woodbine Avenue, Markham, Ontario on the 31st August 2016. Contact – 011 6479604541 (Nimalini – wife). 119441

CROOS – MORAES, A.E. Raj Croos Moraes, (Attorney-at-law) passed away on 25th August 2016. A private funeral was held according to his wishes on Sunday 28th August 2016. 119340

PERERA – JOSEPH “GERRY” GERARD. Loving husband of Coreen, loving father of Shane, cherished son of Irene and the late Clarence, brother of Christine and June, passed away peacefully in Australia on the 23rd of August 2016. Funeral and Cremation will take place on the 31st of August 2016 at 11 a.m. in Melbourne Australia (Phone) +61 039800 0185. 119443

JAYAMAHA – Mr. W.W.M.D. Beloved husband of Mrs. Wimala, loving father of Renuka, Vindya, Udeni (Lake House) and Pradeep, father-in-law of Ravindra (Businessman), Tissa (Open University – Sri Lanka), Shantha (Lake House) and Nelum, grandfather of Dinusha, Sameera, Trishani, Induwara, Gaindu and Sakindu, expired. Cortege leaves residence “Sampath”, Registrar Road, Dummaladeniya West, Wennappuwa at 3.00 p.m. on Monday 29th August for Cremation at the General Cemetery, Nattandiya. 119447

JAYASURIYA BRENDA Beloved wife of late D.P. Jayasuriya, mother of Sharmila late Deepal, Manohari and Ananda, mother-in-law of P.A.N. Ratnayake. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour. Cortege leaves on Monday 29th August at 2.30 p.m. for cremation at the General Cemetery. 119446

SIYAMBALAPITIYA (RANJITH) D.J. (former BCC & Royal Ceramics), beloved son of late Solomon & Violet Siyambalapitiya, wife of Sirini and father of late Flight Lieutenant Sajith, Jithni (Madarin Pvt Ltd.) Rasith (Lanka Logistics & Technologies Ltd), brother of Rohini & Ajith, brother-in-law of Nimal, father-in-law of Miron Fernandopulle (Airwing Tours Pvt Ltd). Remains lie at 169, Makewita, Ja-ela. Cortege leaves the residenc on 31st August, at 3.30 p.m. for Divine Saviour Church, Makewita, Ja-Ela. 119444

 

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Obituaries: August 28 (Sunday)

Posted on 28 August 2016 by admin

GUNAWARDENE – DR SUNEETHA (nee CUMARANATUNGE). (Consultant Anaesthetist, GHC). Dearly beloved wife of late Dr Saw Gunawardene, (Consultant Surgeon, SJHS), loving mother of Dr Nilmini and Lalith, grandmother of Himali, Akila and Avishka, mother-in-law of late Dr Roshan Wijeratne, sister of late Gaya and of Chandra, Indra, Sujatha, Padman, Chula, expired. Cremation on Sunday 28th August at 3.00 p.m. at Borella Kanatte. Viewing from Saturday 27th August. Cortege leaves from Jayaratne Parlour. 119103 

RODRIGO – MURIEL GETSAMANI (nee GEORGE). (Sydney, Australia). Beloved wife of late Joe, loving mother of Jeremy, Russell and Geraldine, much loved mother-in-law of Eisvaree, Savithri and Lalantha, much adored and loved grandmother of Jerome, Ramon, Raminda, Thilini, Kishani and Joseph, sister of Sheila, Shelton, Percy, Godwin, Douglas, Mani (all deceased), Marina and Celine, sister-in-law of Dennis Dharmadasa, Anne, Helen, Johnny Fernando, Philip Jayasuriya (all deceased) & of Ena, Rita, Edward Arambawella, and Nicholas Rodrigo, Mercia Tavarayan, Basil & Marcelline Rodrigo (all deceased) and Patricia Casie Chitty, passed away peacefully on Saturday 20th August 2016. Funeral Service Monday 29th August 2016, 11.00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 1 Beaconsfield Street, Revesby, NSW 2212. Jeremy: jeremyrodrigo59@gmail.com Russell: rodrigo.rands@gmail.com 22, Milperra Road, Revesby, NSW 2212, Australia. 116099

 

 

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Nicholas (Nick) Goonetilleke appointed Acting Superintendent of Police in Liverpool, UK

Posted on 27 August 2016 by admin

 

A Briton of Sri Lankan origin.

 

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By Harischandra Gunaratna – The Island. (Courtesy).

Nicholas Goonetilleke (42), a Briton of Sri Lankan descent, has been appointed on acting basis as a Superintendent of Police and Deputy Area Commander of Knwosley Borough in Liverpool, England.

Knowsley Borough is an urban area with a population of around 120,000 and a police establishment of 350 officers and staff. Gunatalleke, after obtaining his LLB with a 2:1 from the Liverpool University, joined the police as a constable in 1994 and rose through the ranks in the Merseyside Police to the position of Superintendent under the Graduate Accelerated Programme. The top cop also had served a stint in the CID.

His father was the late Ranjith Goonetilleke, Barrister-at-Law and former Senior State Counsel. After a successful practice at the unofficial bar in Sri Lanka, he migrated to the UK in 1975 and developed a lucrative legal practice in England. Among his contemporaries here was former Attorney General Sunil de Silva.

Nicholas Goonetilleke said: "I always had a dream of joining the police hearing the exploits of my grandfather and uncles as top cops.

He hails from a family of senior policemen in Sri Lanka. His paternal grandfather Lionel Goonetilleke (Snr) prematurely retired as an ASP in the early ‘60s. He was known as a "dare devil cop" and one of his best exploits was being responsible for busting up the infamous Turf Club robbery and murder in 1949.

Two of his uncles, the late Nimal and Lionel (Jnr) were top brass of the police. Nimal was a DIG and was the Commandant of the Special Task Force and also served as the Deputy Director, National Intelligence Bureau. Lionel was the Head of Crime Detection Bureau before being appointed DIG CID.

Incidentally, the two Gunatillekes were the only brothers to become DIGs in the Sri Lanka police after the Dissanayake brothers C.C. (jungle) and S.A. (jingle) in the ‘60s.

Nicholas Gunatilleke was in Sri Lanka recently to attend his cousin’s wedding.

The following is a news item on Lionel (Gompa) Goonetilleke, Sr and his two sons Nimal and Lionel (Jnr) who both rose to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sri Lanka.

 

Two brothers promoted as DIGs concurrently : Like father like son

by Sarath Malalasekera

For the second time in the history of the Police Force, two brothers have risen to the rank of Deputy Inspectors General of Police concurrently following in the footsteps of their father who himself was a DIG who busted several notorious crimes.

They are Commandant Special Task Force (STF) DIG Nimal Gunatilleke and newly appointed CID DIG Lionel Gunatilleke.

The first two DIG brothers were C.C. Dissanayake and S.A. Dissanayake. They held the rank of DIGs in 1956.

DIG Nimal Gunatilleke served in the North and East during the war period and as the head of the Crime Detective Bureau, Borella. He was also attached to the Crime Intellegence Bureau.

Nimal was the first Secretary Defence in Sri Lankan Embassy in London in 1992 to 1995.

Lionel had also served in the North and East. He had served in Vauvniya, Jaffna and VVT and later was appointed as the head of the CDB Heaquatrers Colombo.

He was also the Colombo Senior SP and the Director CID before he was promoted as the DIG from December 2002.

The present two DIG Gunatilleke brothers are sons of Lionel Gunatilleke senior who was known as "The Tiger of the Police Force".

Lionel Gunatilleke Senior was responsible for several important detections including the Bope murder case and the famous Turf Club robbery and murder.

In the Bope murder case the suspect was Pansal Appu. During the trial the Government Analyst found that the blood stains on the handkerchief and the cuff of Pansal Appu's shirt, was that of the deceased. Pansal Appu was sentenced to death and the jury added a rider commending the excellent work of Sub Inspector Lionel Gunatilleke. The Judge who heard the case of the Bope murder, Justice Akbar agreed with the rider of the jury and was pleased to note that the close attention which Lionel Gunatilleke senior had devoted to identify the actual murderer and bring home the charge against him was praiseworthy. It was a difficult case, but for the ability of the young sub inspector (Lionel Gunatilleke), might have easily ended in a mis-carriage of justice. Senior Lionel Gunatilleke was also responsible for collecting first hand information of the "Modus operandi" of the racketeers, who ruled the Indian waters in their high speed motor boats. Mr. Gunatilleke disguised as a villager named 'Gompa' travelled to the North to collect information. Then IGP Sir Richard Aluvihara consulted the then Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake and gave free hand to "Gompa" to go ahead with his plan. In a couple of weeks no less than eight hundred illegal immigrants were rounded up. The Ceylon Police Gazette notification on January 19, 1938 stated that His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to confer the honour – Medal for Gallantry of the order of the British Empire to Sub Inspector Lionel Gunatilleke for most commendable bravery and determination on two separate occasions in the arrests of two armed criminals. In both cases, Sub inspector Gunatilleke was injured but held on to is man although himself injured, until assistance arrival.

The two DIG Gunatilleke brothers siad this of their late father. "When they joined the Police Force they were given only one piece of advice by their father – That was "Police work is team work". The father and two sons were old Anandians.

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News Release: Change to Ontario Cabinet Increases Focus on Child Care

Posted on 27 August 2016 by admin

  

 

August 24, 2016.

New Associate Minister of Education Will Lead Work on Early Years and Child Care.

Kathleen-Wynne.jpgPremier Kathleen Wynne today announced a change to her cabinet that will help strengthen supports for parents and give children the best possible start in life.

Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton, becomes Associate Minister of Education (Early Years and Child Care). She will lead the government's efforts, in partnership with the Minister of Education, to build a high-quality, accessible and affordable early years and child care system that supports choice and flexibility for parents and promotes healthy development for children.

Naidoo-Harris will build on work to date in several areas, including:

  • Putting in place a renewed and coordinated system of Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres to better serve families and communities
  • Ensuring that child care policies align with government efforts in areas such as addressing the gender wage gap
  • Working with the federal and provincial and territorial governments on a national early learning and child care framework.

Giving children the best start in life is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helpin g working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

 

 

QUICK FACTS

  • Starting September 1, Ontario is ending fees for licensed child care centre and home child care agency wait lists. It is the first province to do so.
  • Since 2012–13, the number of licensed spaces in child care centres has increased by more than 56,000 — a 19% increase.
  • Ontario is providing $120 million over three years in new funding to create about 4,000 safe, high-quality, licensed child care spaces in schools across the province.
  • Ontario is investing $269 million over three years to support a wage increase for early childhood educators and other child care professionals in licensed child care settings.
  • Full-day kindergarten has been available to every four- and five-year-old in Ontario since September 2014. Families could save up to $6,500 per child each year in child care costs by enrolling their child in full-day kindergarten.

 

 

 

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"Access to high-quality, affordable child care is essential to Ontario families. This new role in cabinet demonstrates our continued commitment to building a child care and early years system that will make life easier for parents and give children the chance to flourish."
 — Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

 

"I want to congratulate Indira Naidoo-Harris on becoming the new Associate Minister of Education for Early Years and Child Care. She is a talented, dedicated and committed MPP. We have many shared commitments and I look forward to working with her on behalf of our province’s children and families. Together, we will ensure Ontario’s child care, early years and education systems continue to benefit the people of Ontario."
 — Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

 

"A child’s development in their early years affects the rest of their lives. In this new role, I look forward to working with child care providers and Ontario families to set our children up for success. We will build an early years and child care system that supports parents and gives more kids the strong start they need and deserve."
 — Indira Naidoo-Harris, Associate Minister of Education (Early Years and Child Care)

  

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Former PM Stephen Harper praised as politicians say goodbye

Posted on 27 August 2016 by admin

 

 

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Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Stephen Harper was praised as a champion of Western Canada Friday as the former prime minister stepped down as MP in characteristically subdued fashion.

Harper, the second Calgarian to serve in Canada's top political job and the longest-serving PM from the west, resigned as Conservative leader last October after his government fell to Justin Trudeau's Liberals.

On Friday, he issued a video and short statement announcing he was resigning his House of Commons seat and thanking his constituents, Conservative party members and Canadians.

Rick Billington, who served as president of Harper's constituency association board for three years, said the ex-PM's nearly 10 years in office marked a sea change from the "western alienation" that was so long a factor in Canadian politics.

"Harper came in to Ottawa with 'the west wants in,' and, my goodness, he succeeded in droves," said Billington, pointing to issues such as the Conservative government's support of the energy industry and its ending of the long gun registry and Canadian Wheat Board monopoly.

"He had listened to western Canadians, to Albertans, to Calgarians. He brought their concerns to the national agenda in a way we really hadn't seen from governments in my adult lifetime."

Harper was originally from Toronto but came to Calgary in his 20s. Along with R.B. Bennett, he is one of two prime ministers who represented the city.

He was originally elected as a Reform MP in 1993, serving one term. Harper returned to politics in 2002 by winning the Canadian Alliance leadership and was one of the chief architects of the merger with the federal PCs that formed the Conservative party.

The cool and cerebral Harper became prime minister in 2006, steering Canada through the economic downturn of 2008-09 and overseeing an administration that focused on reducing taxes and the size of government.

Stuart Gradon/Calgary Herald CALGARY, AB: November 1, 2013 – Calgary member of parliament, and Minister of State responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, Michelle Rempel at the Conservative Party of Canada convention at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta Friday, November 1, 2013. (Stuart Gradon/Calgary Herald) (For City story by James Wood) 00050290A

Stuart Gradon/Calgary Herald CALGARY, AB: November 1, 2013 — Calgary member of Parliament, and Minister of State responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, Michelle Rempel at the Conservative Party of Canada convention at the BMO Centre in Calgary, Alberta Friday, November 1, 2013. (Stuart Gradon/Calgary Herald) (For City story by James Wood) 00050290A

Michelle Rempel, the Calgary Nose Hill MP who served as a junior minister in Harper's cabinet, said the former prime minister had a national vision that recognized the importance of all regions, ensuring the West's voice was heard in the corridors of power.

"Alberta was never forgotten under Stephen Harper," she said.

Political opponents of the Conservatives, however, have suggested that Harper's tenure was more about benign neglect of Alberta, a region taken for granted because of Tory dominance.

At last month's Calgary Stampede, Liberal cabinet minister and Calgary Centre MP Kent Hehr said the Conservatives in government had failed to deliver infrastructure dollars and major projects to the city.

And while the Tories talked a good game about supporting the oilpatch, Harper's failure to address environmental issues meant needed pipelines were stalled, said Hehr.

Conservatives retort that infrastructure spending tripled under their government and point to commitments made to the Green Line LRT and ring road projects last year.

Harper's resignation will mean a byelection in Calgary Heritage, with the date for the vote being set within 180 days of the chief electoral officer being notified of the vacancy. Billington is one prospective candidate for the Conservative nomination and there are others kicking tires, said current constituency association president Hal Anderson.

Byelections are also needed in Medicine Hat, where MP Jim Hillyer's death this year left a vacancy, and Calgary Midnapore, where Jason Kenney has said he will step down this fall as he pursues the provincial Progressive Conservative leadership. All three Alberta seats have seen Conservative candidates run up huge margins of victory.

Harper himself will now make a move into consulting on international issues as a director of a Calgary-based company set up in December called Harper and Associates Consulting.

Harper, who often shunned the media while PM, remained characteristically silent in his time as an MP since the fall election, doing no interviews.

He did not speak in the House of Commons though he made two major speeches in the last few months, addressing the Conservative convention this spring and backing Kenney's call for a united provincial right at his Calgary Heritage Stampede barbecue last month.

The impact of Harper's intervention in provincial politics is yet to be determined, though both Kenney and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean issued statements praising the ex-PM on Friday.

Deepak Obhrai, the long-serving MP for Calgary Forest Lawn, said Harper's low-key departure as an MP exemplified his approach to public life, which saw him keep his sense of humour and personality under wraps.

"Mr. Harper is a very private man," said Obhrai.

"Mr. Harper will only open if he feels he has trust in you and feels you are his friend. Otherwise, he does not feel any obligation why he should meet anybody else because he was providing direction. That's his personality and believe it or not, people like me, who worked with him, were absolutely happy with that."

Alberta Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean comments in Edmonton on May 30, 2016 on the suspension of Alberta Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrandt for comments that he made on social media about Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. (

Alberta Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean comments in Edmonton on May 30, 2016.

While Harper was known as a hard-nosed political fighter, his opponents also paid tribute to him Friday.

Trudeau thanked Harper for his service while Premier Rachel Notley — who came under attack from Harper during the federal election campaign last year — also wished him and his wife Laureen well.

"It's probably safe to say we didn't agree on every single policy but there is absolutely no detracting from the fact that he worked extremely hard for the public and the citizens of this province and the citizens of this country," she said in Edmonton.

With files from The Canadian Press

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Obituaries: August 27 (Sat)

Posted on 26 August 2016 by admin

DE SILVA – Mrs PIYASEELI. Wife of Mr Walter De Silva (Retired Chartered Surveyor & Deputy Director – Department of Town & Country Planning), expired on 24th August, 2016. Funeral will be held on Saturday 27th at Kohuwala Cemetery at 2.00 p.m. Body is lying atJayaratne Parlour, Kalubowila. 119007

DE SILVA – SHIRLEY. Beloved husband of Samadara (Australia), father of Prasan, Stanley and Mary, brother of late Mertle, Clarence Ralph Bia, Dr Vemon De Silva (Australia) and Dreda, brother-in-law of Sue (Australia), Dr Ranjith Attapattu, uncle of Dr D.P. Attapattu (Oasis Hospital), passed away. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour on 27th August from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Funeral on Saturday 27th at 5 p.m. at General Cemetery, Borella.  119124

GUNAWARDENE – DR SUNEETHA (nee CUMARANATUNGE). (Consultant Anaesthetist, GHC). Dearly beloved wife of late Dr Saw Gunawardene, (Consultant Surgeon, SJHS), loving mother of Dr Nilmini and Lalith, grandmother of Himali, Akila and Avishka, mother-in-law of late Dr Roshan Wijeratne, sister of late Gaya and of Chandra, Indra, Sujatha, Padman, Chula, expired. Cremation on Sunday 28th August at 3.00 p.m. at Borella Kanatte. Viewing from Saturday 27th August. Cortege will leave Jayaratne Parlour.  119099

GUNAWATHIE – WEERASOORIYA. Beloved wife of the late Peter Weerasooriya of Gandara, loving mother of Doctor Nanda (UK), Doctor Upali (USA), Daya (USA), Susila and Indrani (Ex – SLBC), expired. Her remains will lie at residence No. 80, Zone 3, Heartland Houses, 4th Lane, Millenium City, Kotugoda, Ja-Ela (Cont. 0771292782) in the morning hours of 27.08.2016 and atA.F. Raymond’s Parlour from 12.00 noon. Cortege leaves the parlour on the same day for cremation at the General Cemetery, Borella at 5.30 p.m. 118862

JAYAMANNA – HUBERT – (Retired Officer, Ministry of Education and Department of Examinations). Beloved husband of (Late) Mrs. Winifred Sethunge, loving father of Mudrika Jayamanne, (Fujairah), Loyala Jayamanne, Susith Jayamanne, Nanda Jayamanne (Australia), Thushari Jayamanne (Fujairah), father-in-law of Rohitha Perera (Fairdeal Fujairah), Tharushi Fonseka, Shahini Perera, Shermila Fernando (Australia) & Ruwan Perera (Fairdeal Fujairah), loving brother of (late) Victoria Jayamanne and Bernadeth Jayamanne, expired. Funeral will take place on 27th saturday 2016 at 4.00 p.m. at Roman Catholic Burial Ground, Pamunugama. No. 459, Suruwala Road, Mahawatta, Pamunugama. Telephone : 011-2233738 / 077 3539416 / 0777594130. 117968                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

PEIRIS – Mrs. ANOMA CHANDRAKANTHI – (Methodist College and Ex Staff at Unilever Ceylon PLC), mother of Yoshini (Brandix) and Amila (Aus.), loving mother-in-law of Sheldon (MGF Sourcing) and Amali (Aus.), beloved grandmother of Aneli (Aus.). Remains lie at 621/1, Station Road, Hunupitiya, Wattala. Funeral will take place on 27th of August at 5 p.m. at the General Cemetery, Hunupitiya. 117511

PERERA – MARY CONSY. Called to rest with Jesus. Dearly beloved wife of late D. Simon Stock Perera, daughter of late Peter & Percy Abeysekera, beloved mother of Sarath (USA), Sarojini (UK), Mohan – ex – Sri Lankan Airlines, Sampatha / Champi (UK), Angela (USA) & Shiranthi (UK), loving mother-in-law of Judy, Amarawansa, Upeksha, Aruna Gooneratne, Dushan Pregasem & Dr Wickramarathna, loving grandmother of Nayanthara & Nuwanthara (UK), Thilini, Ruwani, Aruni & Simon (USA), Maheeka & Sayuri (USA), Mathew & Melissa (USA), Ravith & Hiruni (UK) and Shenelle (UK), loving sister of late Dr Tudor, late Merlyn, late Sextus, Henrietta, late Harold, late Dudley, Sydney, Hazelyn & Antionette. Cortege leaves residence (598, Aluthmawatha Rd. Mutwal, Col-15) at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday the 27 Aug. 2016 for Service at St. Jame’s Church & burial at the Madampitiya Cemetery. 118120

PERERA – M.T. MARY MARGRET. Beloved wife of late Mr Richard Appuhamy, loving mother of Sextus (Grama Niladhari Rtd.), Anesta and Shantha (Capt./Merchant Navy), mother-in-law of Malkanthi, Bernard (DIG/Rtd.), Shanika, loving grandmother of Marie, Dinuka, Vikum, Purnima, Achen, Sanesh, Vinuji, great-grandmother of Baby Jehan, expired. Cortege leaves at 5.00 p.m. for burial at Amandoluwa Catholic Cemetery on Saturday 27th. No. 181, Aluth Hena Rd, Amandoluwa, Seeduwa. Tel: 077-9767493. 118756

PERERA – RANJANI (RANEE) nee AMERASINGHE. Dearly beloved wife of late P.W.S. Perera, darling mother of Neeliya (Metropolitan), Madhurie (Canada), Prasade, Thaniya (UK) and Shoba (UK), sister of Cyril (UK), Indra, Manel, Vickrama and Niranjala, mother-in-law of Chetiya Narangoda (Canada), Upendra Kohombage (UK) and Paul Taylor, everloving grandmother of Oshara, Onalie, Onella (Canada), Radisha, Manil and Anika (UK), beloved madam of J.L. Mary. Cremation on 27/08/2016 at 5.00 p.m. Leaving residence at 4.00 p.m. 939H3, Vijithapura, Talangama South. 118795

SENEVIRATNE – ESTHER – Beloved wife of late Wilfred, loving mother of Nimal, Rosmal, Kamal, Chrishanthi, Sirimal, Lakmal and Ranmal, much loved mother-in-law of Geetha, Lohini, Delrusha, Eardley, Najeewa and Mangala, grandmother of Christopher, Sean, Marianna, Sebastina, Chester, Christian, Stefan, Tristan and Rehan, precious great grandmother of Annamaria, expired. Cortege leaves residence on Saturday 27th August at 3 p.m. for burial at General Cemetery, Borella (Roman Catholic Section). No. 222B, Galvihara Road, Dehiwela.         117117

SIMONSZ – E.V.M. MAURICE. Son of late Croften & Ruby Simonsz, beloved husband of Christine, loving father of Karen, father-in-law of Sameera Fernando, grandfather of Benjamin, Bethany & Brayden, dearest brother of Arlene, Tyrone (Aus.), late Penny, Rosie, Cody (Aus.), Suzie. Remains will lie at Mahinda Florist, Mt. Lavinia on 27th at 3.30 for burial at Borella R. Catholic Section.  118651

DE SILVA – Mrs PIYASEELI. Wife of Mr Walter De Silva (Retired Chartered Surveyor & Deputy Director – Department of Town & Country Planning), expired on 24th August, 2016. Funeral will be held on Saturday 27th at Kohuwala Cemetery at 2.00 p.m. Body is lying at Jayaratne Parlour, Kalubowila. 119007

DE SILVA – SHIRLEY. Beloved husband of Samadara (Australia), father of Prasan, Stanley and Mary, brother of late Mertle, Clarence Ralph Bia, Dr Vemon De Silva (Australia) and Dreda, brother-in-law of Sue (Australia), Dr Ranjith Attapattu, uncle of Dr D.P. Attapattu (Oasis Hospital), passed away. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour on 27th August from 8 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Funeral on Saturday 27th at 5 p.m. at General Cemetery, Borella. 119124

GUNAWARDENE – DR SUNEETHA (nee CUMARANATUNGE). (Consultant Anaesthetist, GHC). Dearly beloved wife of late Dr Saw Gunawardene, (Consultant Surgeon, SJHS), loving mother of Dr Nilmini and Lalith, grandmother of Himali, Akila and Avishka, mother-in-law of late Dr Roshan Wijeratne, sister of late Gaya and of Chandra, Indra, Sujatha, Padman, Chula, expired. Cremation on Sunday 28th August at 3.00 p.m. at Borella Kanatte. Viewing from Saturday 27th August. Cortege will leave Jayaratne Parlour. 119099

GUNAWATHIE – WEERASOORIYA. Beloved wife of the late Peter Weerasooriya of Gandara, loving mother of Doctor Nanda (UK), Doctor Upali (USA), Daya (USA), Susila and Indrani (Ex – SLBC), expired. Her remains will lie at residence No. 80, Zone 3, Heartland Houses, 4th Lane, Millenium City, Kotugoda, Ja-Ela (Cont. 0771292782) in the morning hours of 27.08.2016 and atA.F. Raymond’s Parlour from 12.00 noon. Cortege leaves the parlour on the same day for cremation at the General Cemetery, Borella at 5.30 p.m. 118862

JAYAMANNA – HUBERT – (Retired Officer, Ministry of Education and Department of Examinations). Beloved husband of (Late) Mrs. Winifred Sethunge, loving father of Mudrika Jayamanne, (Fujairah), Loyala Jayamanne, Susith Jayamanne, Nanda Jayamanne (Australia), Thushari Jayamanne (Fujairah), father-in-law of Rohitha Perera (Fairdeal Fujairah), Tharushi Fonseka, Shahini Perera, Shermila Fernando (Australia) & Ruwan Perera (Fairdeal Fujairah), loving brother of (late) Victoria Jayamanne and Bernadeth Jayamanne, expired. Funeral will take place on 27th saturday 2016 at 4.00 p.m. at Roman Catholic Burial Ground, Pamunugama. No. 459, Suruwala Road, Mahawatta, Pamunugama. Telephone : 011-2233738 / 077 3539416 / 0777594130. 117968

PEIRIS – Mrs. ANOMA CHANDRAKANTHI – (Methodist College and Ex Staff at Unilever Ceylon PLC), mother of Yoshini (Brandix) and Amila (Aus.), loving mother-in-law of Sheldon (MGF Sourcing) and Amali (Aus.), beloved grandmother of Aneli (Aus.). Remains lie at 621/1, Station Road, Hunupitiya, Wattala. Funeral will take place on 27th of August at 5 p.m. at the General Cemetery, Hunupitiya.  117511

PERERA – MARY CONSY. Called to rest with Jesus. Dearly beloved wife of late D. Simon Stock Perera, daughter of late Peter & Percy Abeysekera, beloved mother of Sarath (USA), Sarojini (UK), Mohan – ex – Sri Lankan Airlines, Sampatha / Champi (UK), Angela (USA) & Shiranthi (UK), loving mother-in-law of Judy, Amarawansa, Upeksha, Aruna Gooneratne, Dushan Pregasem & Dr Wickramarathna, loving grandmother of Nayanthara & Nuwanthara (UK), Thilini, Ruwani, Aruni & Simon (USA), Maheeka & Sayuri (USA), Mathew & Melissa (USA), Ravith & Hiruni (UK) and Shenelle (UK), loving sister of late Dr Tudor, late Merlyn, late Sextus, Henrietta, late Harold, late Dudley, Sydney, Hazelyn & Antionette. Cortege leaves residence (598, Aluthmawatha Rd. Mutwal, Col-15) at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday the 27 Aug. 2016 for Service at St. Jame’s Church & burial at the Madampitiya Cemetery. 118120

PERERA – M.T. MARY MARGRET. Beloved wife of late Mr Richard Appuhamy, loving mother of Sextus (Grama Niladhari Rtd.), Anesta and Shantha (Capt./Merchant Navy), mother-in-law of Malkanthi, Bernard (DIG/Rtd.), Shanika, loving grandmother of Marie, Dinuka, Vikum, Purnima, Achen, Sanesh, Vinuji, great-grandmother of Baby Jehan, expired. Cortege leaves at 5.00 p.m. for burial at Amandoluwa Catholic Cemetery on Saturday 27th. No. 181, Aluth Hena Rd, Amandoluwa, Seeduwa. Tel: 077-9767493. 118756

PERERA – RANJANI (RANEE) nee AMERASINGHE. Dearly beloved wife of late P.W.S. Perera, darling mother of Neeliya (Metropolitan), Madhurie (Canada), Prasade, Thaniya (UK) and Shoba (UK), sister of Cyril (UK), Indra, Manel, Vickrama and Niranjala, mother-in-law of Chetiya Narangoda (Canada), Upendra Kohombage (UK) and Paul Taylor, everloving grandmother of Oshara, Onalie, Onella (Canada), Radisha, Manil and Anika (UK), beloved madam of J.L. Mary. Cremation on 27/08/2016 at 5.00 p.m. Leaving residence at 4.00 p.m. 939H3, Vijithapura, Talangama South. 118795

SENEVIRATNE – ESTHER – Beloved wife of late Wilfred, loving mother of Nimal, Rosmal, Kamal, Chrishanthi, Sirimal, Lakmal and Ranmal, much loved mother-in-law of Geetha, Lohini, Delrusha, Eardley, Najeewa and Mangala, grandmother of Christopher, Sean, Marianna, Sebastina, Chester, Christian, Stefan, Tristan and Rehan, precious great grandmother of Annamaria, expired. Cortege leaves residence on Saturday 27th August at 3 p.m. for burial at General Cemetery, Borella (Roman Catholic Section). No. 222B, Galvihara Road, Dehiwela.  117117

SIMONSZ – E.V.M. MAURICE. Son of late Croften & Ruby Simonsz, beloved husband of Christine, loving father of Karen, father-in-law of Sameera Fernando, grandfather of Benjamin, Bethany & Brayden, dearest brother of Arlene, Tyrone (Aus.), late Penny, Rosie, Cody (Aus.), Suzie. Remains will lie at Mahinda Florist, Mt. Lavinia on 27th at 3.30 for burial at Borella R. Catholic Section. 118651

 

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Former parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake tipped to be Colombo Mayor

Posted on 26 August 2016 by admin

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As we all know, the power of politics has no limits. Former Mrs. World and UNP parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake is lkely to be appointed Mayor of Colombo in the next few weeks. She is currently attached to the Prime Minister's Office as an advisor. A former Mrs. World, Rosy Senanayake has worked tirelessly for the UNP for over two decades. She was elected to parliament earlier but lost out at last yearès general election due to the proportional system prevalent in Sri Lanka today. Political analysts claim that this is a good move as the mayoral aspirant is known to be a committed worker and her leadership will be good for the largest and most vibrant city in the island.

Her professional life has been devoted to promoting Sri Lanka, and particularly Sri Lankan trade, to the world. She works for the rights of women and adolescents in her country, and as a United Nations Population Fund Goodwill Ambassador she has, through the National Youth Services Council, promoted reproductive health services for young people and for migrant women workers in Sri Lanka's Free Trade Zone. Senanayake has worked with the private sector to provide reproductive health services to employees of private companies in Sri Lanka, and recently starred in a film about reproductive health. Through her popular daytime television program 'Eliya' she has become an icon for women's and children's causes in Sri Lanka.

We will be reporting further on this news item.

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Rio police charge Ryan Lochte with false report of robbery

Posted on 26 August 2016 by admin

 

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In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, file photo, United States' Ryan Lochte checks his time in a men's 4×200-meter freestyle heat during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo / Michael Sohn, File)


Mauricio Savarese, The Associated Press (Courtesy).

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defence in Brazil. The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, it said.

"The investigation was concluded on Thursday and Olympic American swimmer Ryan Lochte was indicted for the crime of falsely reporting a crime," the statement said.

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It said the case was turned over to a special Brazilian court that has jurisdiction over crimes related to major sporting events. The court, which was established before Brazil hosted soccer's 2014 World Cup, is authorized to receive cases straight from the police when lesser charges are involved, without a need for prosecutors.

The swimmer's spokeswoman, Melissa Nathan, said Lochte had no comment.

During the games, Lochte initially said that he and fellow swimmers Jack Conger, Gunnar Bentz and Jimmy Feigen were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the Olympic Village from a party Aug. 15.

Video surveillance emerged showing the athletes getting into a confrontation with security guards at the gas station when their taxi pulled over to let them use the restroom. While there have been conflicting versions over whether the guards pulled their weapons on the swimmers, Lochte has since acknowledged he was highly intoxicated and that his behaviour led to the confrontation.

Lochte left Brazil shortly after the incident. Three days later, local authorities took Conger and Bentz off an airliner heading to the United States so they could be questioned about the robbery claim. They were later allowed to leave Brazil, as was Feigen, after he also gave testimony. Feigen, who initially stood by Lochte's testimony, was not charged.

Under Brazilian law, the penalty for falsely filing a crime report carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in prison. Lochte could be tried in absentia if he didn't return to face the charge.

The United States and Brazil have an extradition treaty dating back to the 1960s, but Brazil has a long history of not extraditing its own citizens to other nations and U.S. authorities could take the same stance if Lochte is found guilty.

That is currently the case of the head of Brazil's football confederation, Marco Polo del Nero, who faces charges in the wide-ranging scandal entangling international soccer's ruling body, FIFA. He has not travelled outside Brazil for more than a year to avoid being arrested by U.S. authorities somewhere else.

The charges in Brazil raise questions about the future for Lochte, who is planning to take time off from swimming but wants to return to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He has 12 Olympic medals, second only to Michael Phelps among U.S. male Olympians.

Lochte lost four major sponsors early this week over the controversy, including Speedo USA and Ralph Lauren. But on Thursday he picked up a new sponsor – Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops. Pine Bros. said people should be more understanding of the swimmer and said he will appear in ads that say the company's product is "Forgiving On Your Throat."

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