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Vigil Mass for victims of monstrous tragedy on Easter Sunday

Posted on 09 May 2019 by admin

TORONTO – FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

Photos of the Holy Mass and Memorial Service held in memory of the 253 lives lost in the tragic incidents that took place on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka organized by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto in association with members of the Canada-Sri Lanka Catholic Association in Toronto at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Catholic Church on 26th April 2019.

Consul General Kapila Jayaweera and staff of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto in association with the Canada-Sri Lanka Catholic Association of Toronto headed by Royce de Almeida were responsible for the logistics of the event.

The Church was packed to capacity for the Holy Mass that was jointly organized by Canada-Sri Lanka Catholic Association of Toronto along with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto. Religious dignitaries from all faiths were also present for the vigil service.

   
   
   

 

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A TIME FOR REFLECTION ….AND PICKING UP THE PIECES

Posted on 04 May 2019 by admin

 

BY UPALI OBEYESEKERE

SPECIAL TO THE SRI LANKAN ANCHORMAN.
(With files from International Media).

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterestConfucius.

Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful. Too often we elevate the inconsequential into the influential… by reacting without reflecting

As the death toll from Easter Sunday’s horrific terror attacks climbed down to 253 from 359, a nation in shock observed three minutes of silence and a National Day of Mourning to honour and remember the innocent victims. This is indeed a national tragedy of immense proportions, even given the fact that we had lived amidst terror for 26 long years. But 10 years of peace were shattered in an instant on Easter Sunday, leaving the entire world in shock and searching for answers.

The Sri Lanka civil war began on July 23, 1983, and ended on May 17, 2009. During the twenty-six years, Sri Lanka and its people were under siege one way or the other. All this is water under the bridge. In the last 10 years since an aura of peace and tranquillity had set on the shores of the island nation that was known earlier as ‘Ceylon’ and now known as ‘Sri Lanka’. Lonely Planet is a large travel guide book publisher. Sri Lanka has been named the best country in the world to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Better transport links, new hotels and a growing number of activities were cited as the reason the South Asian island was chosen for the top spot in the guidebook publisher ’s annual Best in Travel awards.

Given this background and checkered history, why was Sri Lanka picked as the hunting ground for another wave of terrorist attacks that shook the very foundation of three churches and three hotels? Does this make any logical sense – the three-pronged attack on two Roman Catholic Churches in Colombo and one in Negombo and three 5-star hotels in Colombo. 299 kilometres from Colombo, the Zion Church in Batticaloa was targeted by default.

 

St. Mary's Cathedral, Batticaloa

The suicide bomber who attacked the Zion Evangelist Church in Batticaloa had originally targeted St. Mary’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Batticaloa Diocese Bishop Rev. Fr. Joseph Ponniah told the Sunday Times. The suicide bomber had first been dropped off by someone in a car at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Batticaloa on that fateful Sunday. He had asked the gatekeeper whether the mass was still on but had been informed that it had already ended. Thereafter, he had got himself dropped off nearby at the Zion Church.

Archives tell us that the Roman Catholic Church in Sri Lanka traces its roots to the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the subsequent influence of Portuguese, Dutch and Irish missionaries. Sri Lankan Catholics make up a significant minority in the country, accounting for roughly 6.1 percent of the 21.2 million population. The larger concentration of Christians lives in Colombo, Moratuwa, Kalutara, Wattala, Jaela, and the coastal belt from Negombo to Chilaw. Batticaloa has a strong Christian presence – around 23 per cent, while in Jaffna it is around 16.2 per cent.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith

The rebuilding of the three churches will commence shortly, according to Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo – St. Anthony’s Shrine in Kochchikade, St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, Negombo and the Zion Church in Batticaloa. The three 5-star hotels that were targeted in Colombo are high-end and very popular with tourists as well as expatriates who visit Sri Lanka. Most expats have fond stories to relate to their stay at Cinnamon Grand, The Kingsbury and the relatively new property – Shangri-La which is rated the best in my humble opinion. Work is in progress to rebuild the shattered areas of these hotels while the first two were open for business as of April 30, for registered guests.

Intelligence lapses within a dysfunctional government

Sri Lanka has admitted a "major intelligence lapse" before the Easter Sunday bomb attacks. An Indian intelligence agency had warned Sri Lanka’s defense machinery at the beginning of the month about planned attacks by an Islamic extremist group. Initially, the Indian tip-off had been received on April 4th, and then again on April 11th and lastly on April 20, a day before the attacks. There are conflicting theories of ‘information sharing’ and this writer does not wish to delve into details of who did what to act on the valuable intelligence information that was received well on time to prevent this catastrophe. The bottom line is that the government of Sri Lanka is responsible for failing to protect its people and the foreigners who were holidaying in the country.

Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella had said that senior officials had deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks.

“Some top intelligence officials hid the intelligence information purposefully," he told MPs. The information was there, but the top brass security officials did not take appropriate actions."

Another theory is that Sri Lanka’s intelligence command had the mindset, by error, to pay heed to India’s alert on possible suicide attacks and the involvement of extremists based on its belief that New Delhi is trying to pit Colombo against Pakistan by pointing fingers at the island's Muslim community. So, they ignored the threats that eventually proved a monumental oversight on the part of Sri Lanka’s intelligence command.

It appears that inaction on intelligence reports led to this situation. It could have been nipped in the bud, but things had been allowed to foment. One cannot blame the Police Intelligence Service alone for the failure, as they had indeed warned about the possibility of an attack. But as Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith observed, there had been a failure to alert the hierarchy and enlighten the relevant parties including the Catholic Church about the intelligence reports received. Had this been done, many more lives could have been saved.

Extremist ideology of any form is bad, but those who distort religious teachings to incite hatred and instigate violence should have no place in any civilized society. The nation paid a very heavy price on Sunday due to the actions of a few extremists and failure of the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) to prevent the attacks after having received credible reports from our friendly neighbour – India forewarning of possible attacks and even identifying the terrorist group.

 This writer’s theory is that President Maithripala Sirisena must take the rap. He cannot shirk responsibility and claim he was not informed. He is the supreme head of the defence machinery and at the top of the chain of command. According to statute, The Executive President is the head of state and head of government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and commander-in-chief of the Sri Lanka Armed Forces. He is also the boss of the Defense Secretary (which is a different but related role).

If the initial intelligence reports were received as early as April 4th, and the threat was repeated by India again and again – the president cannot claim he was not informed. In which case, he leads a totally dysfunctional government. In the aftermath of the attack on Easter Sunday (April 21), the president and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe both claim that the intelligence reports did not reach them. It is hard to believe this to be true.

This is the height of absurdity, with due respects to the two gentlemen. A government of a developing country must be proactive and not reactive. The president reacted by removing his Defense Secretary and the Inspector General of Police (IGP). Finally, he found a scapegoat in them. This does not absolve the president from the fact that he failed to protect the lives of not only his people but people from many other countries. This is a very serious charge against him.

Another very interesting fact comes into play. Where was President Sirisena on April 21? According to media reports, the president was on a private visit to India and Singapore and had returned to the country at around midnight on April 21, on a Singapore Airlines flight SQ-468 at the Bandaranaike International Airport. As a leader of a nation, intelligence alerts should reach him where ever he is. But still, he claims that he was not aware and puts the blame on his defence team. This, I must confess, is the complacency and/or negligence at its very highest degree at the expense of 253 people killed and over 500 injured compounding extensive damage to specific churches and hotel infrastructure.

As for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s story of what he knew, and what he did not know and what he knew and did not act on is a mystery that is the ideal material for a Perry Mason thriller. He is an absolute apology and not suited to his role as prime minister. He has been a member of parliament for 42 years, since 1977 and leader of the United National Party (UNP) for 25 years, since 1994. I am appalled with his political acumen and question his leadership skills and contribution to Sri Lanka in the wake of two national disasters – one from 1983-2009 and then on April 21, 2019. I conclude that he has failed to add value to his role as leader of a major political party and as prime minister of our island nation.

In conclusion, the dust is settling after the Easter Sunday debacle. Hopefully, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, along with the Zion Evangelist Church, management of the 5-star hotels Cinnamon Grand, The Kingsbury and Shangri-La have to regroup and pick up the pieces and move forward rebuilding the damaged infrastructure. We pray for renewed hope that uninterrupted peace will dawn again in Sri Lanka. We urge the local (Sri Lankan) and the global community, not to become divided and turn against the fellow Sri Lankans. Let no other religion overpower humanity. Let’s be extremists – extremists of the religion of humanity. Let’s fight with love and kindness towards a better world of peace and happiness!

“Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” — Dalai Lama

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Easter Sunday tragedy – Government has failed to safeguard its people!

Posted on 25 April 2019 by admin

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, The Times of Sri Lanka.

My humble opinion on the current situation in Sri Lanka.

President Maithripala Sirisena is the Executive President, the Head of State of the Republic of Sri Lanka. The President is also the Head of the Executive, the Head of the Government, and the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

The last line is of paramount importance. By virtue of his substantive post – president Sirisena is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

** President Sirisena is also Minister of Defence;
** Hemasiri Fernando is Defence Secretary
** Sisira Mendis is Chief of State Intelligence Service directly reporting to Fernando. He is also a retired Deputy Inspector of Police (DIG).

See below what the president says in an interview with Meera Srinivasan of THE HINDU, on April 24, 2019.

"President Maithripala Sirisena has said he was not aware of likely bomb attacks in the country, though Sri Lankan security agencies had received prior intelligence, including from India, on the imminent threat. The information received from the State intelligence agencies was not passed on to him by relevant officials, said President Sirisena, who helms the Law and Order, and Defence ministries."

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President Sirisena also claims he was not copied on April 11, 2019, in the all-important letter sent by Sisira Mendis, Chief of State Intelligence Service.

Can anyone in their right minds believe this claim by our president???

Ideally, in a responsible government, this is what should have happened. A responsible government should be proactive and not reactive. It is not about them getting to the bottom of it. They should have been on top of it. When the international security community issues a warning, why were they sleeping on it? What about the social contract theory?? Who will answer to the innocent and vulnerable people who depended on the government to protect them? A pissing match between political agents cannot hold the people of Sri Lanka and their precious lives to ransom.

Within minutes of receiving such intelligence reports from a credible source such as India (or whoever), Sisira Mendis should have walked up to Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and alerted him. Within hours, Mendis and Fernando should have personally alerted the President & Prime Minister, IGP and Service Commanders by telephone/mobile.

Within 24-hours, the president, prime minister, Mendis, Fernando, IGP, Commanders of the Army, Navy & Air Force including the Foreign Minister and his Secretary should have summoned a top-level meeting at the Presidential Secretariat to discuss the threat and take immediate action to deal with this ultra-sensitive intelligence reports. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo should also have been invited for this special meeting.

But did this happen??? NO, IT DID NOT HAPPEN. And we know what happened since this DID NOT HAPPEN..

The president, prime minister and all those serving under them including the IGP, armed forces must take full responsibility for the serious lapse in judgment to take prompt action to deal with the situation that needed a coordinated line of action by all concerned.

Why did this not happen????

The serious lapse on their part is ignominious (embarrassing, shameful, disgraceful, dishonourable, discreditable, contemptible, despicable).
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Quebec Superior Court revives case of deported Sri Lankan accused of killing wife in Canada

Posted on 18 April 2019 by admin

SC revives case of deported Lankan accused of killing wife.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 – Courtesy: Daily News.

Despite no longer being in Canada, a Sri Lankan national who had his murder charge stayed because of unreasonable delays in his trial isn’t done with the Quebec justice system just yet.

Canada’s highest court ruled Wednesday the murder case of Sivaloganathan Thanabalasingham should be sent back to the Quebec Court of Appeal.

In 2017, Thanabalasingham avoided trial for the alleged murder of his wife when the Quebec Superior Court ruled the nearly 60-month delay between his arrest and the start of his trial was unreasonable. The Supreme Court’s 2016 Jordan ruling set a 30-month limit between the laying of charges and a trial for Superior Court cases.

Thanabalasingham’s wife, Anuja Baskaran, had been found dead in the couple’s home in 2012 with knife wounds to her neck.

After the second-degree murder charge was stayed, Thanabalasingham was judged a danger to society and a flight by immigration authorities and was immediately arrested. The Crown appealed the stay, but he was deported in July 2017 before the appeal could be heard.

Quebec’s appellate court subsequently rejected the Crown’s appeal, declaring that in Thanabalasingham’s absence his prosecution had become irrelevant and theoretical.

“The order for a ‘new’ trial that the Crown seeks is simply not susceptible of being executed,” Justice Allan Hilton wrote for the Court of Appeal majority in 2017. “There is no factual basis before us to believe that such a trial will or could plausibly ever happen. I would accordingly dismiss the appeal because it is now moot.”

In a ruling from the bench, the Supreme Court said the lower court’s decision was wrong. “It remains a current litigation even if the accused’s return to Canada is not probable,” Chief Justice Richard Wagner said on behalf of the court.

The fact Thanabalasingham was deported to Sri Lanka — which doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Canada — doesn’t make the case theoretical, Wagner said.

Quebec public prosecutor’s office said it is satisfied with the court’s decision. Spokesman Jean Pascal Boucher said his office will continue to work to ensure justice is served in the case.

 

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Sri Lanka signs agreement with Canada to build floating solar power plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir 

Posted on 15 April 2019 by admin


Sri Lanka to Construct 100 MW of Floating Solar Projects in Maduru Oya Reservoir.

The government of Sri Lanka has given the go-ahead to a project that will see the country build a 100-MW floating solar power project together with Canadian partners. The Cabinet of Ministers last week approved a plan under which the photovoltaic (PV) farm, likely to be coupled with battery storage capacity, will be installed in the Maduru Oya Reservoir, in the eastern part of the island. The project will be implemented by a joint venture of the Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority, state-run Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority and the Canadian Solar Institute.

Sri Lanka today (April 3, 2019) inked an agreement with the government of Canada to construct a floating solar power generation plant in the Maduru Oya Reservoir in the Mahaweli Economic Zone.

A Cooperation Agreement was signed between the Ministry of Power and Energy, and Business Development and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), Canada's government to government contracting organization, to construct a 100 megawatt (MW) in the Maduru Oya reservoir today (09) in the presence of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat. 

The scheme was initially proposed by the government of Canada and previously approved to cover 4% of the surface area. The construction of the plant will be part of Sri Lanka’s Soorya Bala Sangramaya Phase IV under which the country aims to add 400 MW of solar

Dr. Suren Batagoda, Secretary, Ministry of Power and Energy and Ms. Yvonne Chin, Asian RegionThe Cabinet of Ministers had given 
Director, Canadian Commercial Corporation signed the Cooperation Agreement before President Maithripala Sirisena
approval to implement the construction of a 100 MW of floating solar power plant as an integrated project joint venture of the Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority, the Ceylon Electricity Board and the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.

As a measure to reduce generation of costly thermal power, the Sri Lankan government has planned to set up floating solar power generation plants on the reservoirs in the Mahaweli Economic Zone.

 

President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment and Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake have jointly proposed to establish a joint venture with the Canadian Solar Institute to implement the project as a storage project to store solar energy with the use of solar panels in accordance with the proposal made by the Canadian Government.

Accordingly, floating solar power plants will be built in several parts of the country, expecting to obtain 50 percent of the country's electricity through renewable energy sources by the year 2030.

The first phase of the project will be implemented centering the Maduru Oya reservoir in the Mahaweli Economic Zone, in collaboration with the Canadian Solar Institute as a storage project to store solar energy with the use of solar panels.

Approximately 500 acres of the reservoir will be used for the project, which is less than 4% of the total extent of the reservoir.

The project is to be completed expeditiously and the first 10 megawatts will be generated by the end of November and the construction to generate the total capacity of 100 MW will be completed by the end of September 2020.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Minister of Power and Energy, and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake, Secretary of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry Anura Dissanayake, officials from the Ministry of Power and Energy, Canadian Ambassador to Sri Lanka David McKinnon and Canadian Commercial Corporation representatives were also present.

 

 

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Canada set to begin collecting data on travellers leaving country

Posted on 20 March 2019 by admin


By Nicholas KeungImmigration Reporter – Tues., March 19, 2019 – Courtesy: The Toronto Star.

Ottawa will soon start collecting data on every person leaving Canada by land and air in a bid to identify and track anyone from potential terrorists to snowbirds who lie about their residency to claim government benefits.

The new measures, expected to take effect later this year, aim to strengthen border security, enforce residency requirements for permanent residents and pinpoint those who fail to leave the country as required. 

CBC NEWS: How long can snowbirds be away from Canada and keep their provincial health insurance?

B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia require at least five months of residence in the province to continue health insurance coverage. 

Quebec and Prince Edward Island require six months' residency, but Quebec does not count trips of less than 21 days as non-residency. Newfoundland and Labrador requires only four months. Nunavut and the Yukon have no residency requirements.

 

 


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OBITUARY: CLOGSTOUN – PHYLLIS (PHILO) WINNIFRED

Posted on 14 March 2019 by admin

 

 

CLOGSTOUN– PHYLLIS  (PHILO) WINNIFRED Passed away peacefully at Markhaven Long Term Care Nursing Home.  Beloved wife of the late Joe Xavier Clogstoun, loving mama of Pauline (Bhanu Wijeyesekera) and Glenroy (Maureen) of Sri Lanka. Loving sister of Harry Tytler (June) and the late Gordon Tytler. Loving nana of Johann (Felinore Surat) and Joel (Kirsten Tatlock) Wijeyesekera and the late Gaston Clogstoun and Christina Clogstoun  of Sri Lanka.

Visitation:  Monday, March 18, 2019, 2 – 4 pm & 6 – 8 pm

Dixon Garland Funeral Home

166 Main Street North,

Markham Ontario L3P 1Y3

Tel 905-294-2030

Mass of Remembrance & Thanksgiving: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 10:00 am

St. Patrick’s Parish Markham,

5633 Highway #7

Markham Ontario L3P 1B6

Tel:905-294-5955

 

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Ontario to ban cell phones from classrooms next year

Posted on 13 March 2019 by admin

Ontario to ban cell phones from classrooms next year

By Allison Jones The Canadian Press

TORONTO – Cell phones will be banned in Ontario classrooms during instructional time, starting in September – news that some suggest is meant to distract from ongoing criticism over autism funding.

Education Minister Lisa Thompson said in a statement Tuesday that a formal announcement is coming soon.

“Ontario’s students need to be able to focus on their learning – not their cell phones,” she wrote. “By banning cell phone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need like reading, writing and math.”

Some schools already have similar policies, but the province will issue a directive to all public schools for the 2019-20 school year, government sources told The Canadian Press. How to enforce the ban would be up to individual boards and schools.

Exceptions would be made for when teachers want to use cellphones as part of their lesson, for medical reasons and students with special needs.

Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, said it doesn’t sound like the policy will differ from what is already happening in schools.

“The notion that teachers are simply allowing inappropriate cell phone use at the moment is incorrect,” he said.

“My suspicion is the only thing it’s meant to change is the discussion that’s going on around the return of kids on the autism spectrum to schools on April the 1st without the appropriate supports.”

Ontario wants to ban phones in the classroom. Critics wonder how that will be enforced

Some education experts have expressed concerns that Ontario's plan to ban the use of cellphones in classrooms will be ineffective and nearly impossible to enforce.

The province, according to information released Tuesday by Education Minister Lisa Thompson, will ban the use of phones during instructional time across Ontario by the start of the coming school year.Thompson said use of the devices "distracts from learning" and that a ban was supported by 97 per cent of respondents in a recent consultation conducted by the province.

However, some education experts and parents say the Progressive Conservative government is moving too quickly on the file, arguing that not enough evidence exists to support such a sweeping ban.

"Telling post-millennials to get rid of their cellphones is almost like telling them not to breathe," said Charles Pascal, a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

"It's not going to work," he told CBC News.

Charles Pascal, a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, said the province has more pressing educational priorities than a cellphone ban. (OISE)

Unah Grieve, a former parent association president at Toronto's Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute, said enforcing the ban will be challenging.

She imagines that school staff could be consumed with "patrolling phones" under the proposed rules, instead of doing work.

"It's just going to be incredibly hard to enforce," she said. "I just kind of see a lot of chaos."

While some schools and school boards around Canada have introduced phone bans in recent years, it appears that Ontario would become the first province to do so if the legislation moves ahead this fall.

Is more research needed?

The PC government has said enforcing the ban will be up to individual schools and boards and phones will still be permitted for genuine educational purposes.

"By banning cellphone use that distracts from learning, we are helping students to focus on acquiring the foundational skills they need like reading, writing and math," Thompson said Tuesday.

That claim appears to be supported by some academic studies, including a 2015 paper by the London School of Economics and Political Science that found student performance "significantly increases" when phones are banned.

'Ontario’s students need to be able to focus on their learning – not their cellphones,' said provincial Education Minister Lisa Thompson. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Pascal said findings like those simply confirm what he calls the "working assumption" that phones are distracting, but that a true, rigorous study of the topic has yet to be conducted.

"It's an intuitive, popular notion that cellphones are a distraction to learning. I just don't know if that's absolutely true," said Pascal, who is also a former deputy education minister in Ontario, who served under Liberal and NDP governments.

Post-millenials — the cohort born from the mid-1990s onward — are increasingly capable of remaining present even while engaging in typically distracting activities such as browsing social media, he argued.

How to enforce it?

Critics are also raising concerns about the logistics of enforcing the ban.

Would schools somehow confiscate the devices before class or merely ask students to switch them off?

CBC technology columnist Ramona Pringle raised the possibility of more sophisticated methods, including jamming phone signals or having parents install apps that block internet access during certain times of the day, though she doubts those strategies would actually work.

"What we know is that young people are really creative," she said. "There's been examples where students have just built their own server when needing a workaround."

Pringle, who also teaches at Ryerson University, said phones can be distracting and she supports efforts to limit their use in classrooms. She also stressed that phasing them out will require a simultaneous effort to educate students about technology, including topics like cyberbullying and sexting.

Schools reverse phone bans

If Ontario succeeds with the ban, it would buck a recent trend of schools reversing their policies on phone use in the classroom.

In 2011, the Toronto District School Board lifted its ban on phones, which was introduced in 2007.

TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird said the board didn't see the full potential of cellphones when the ban was first introduced. The reversal brought a shift in policy to "teach students how to use technology responsibly."

In 2015, New York City's Department of Education also lifted its previous ban on phones.

Pascal said Ontario isn't likely to succeed where other jurisdictions failed.

He likened the announcement to "buck-a-beer symbol," in reference to Ontario Premier Doug Ford's campaign pledge to reduce beer costs, calling the cellphone ban plan a low-cost but superficially appealing policy designed to generate public support.

"It's not the highest priority regarding improving learning in Ontario," he said.

 

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John Keells Properties to promote “Cinnamon Life” and “TRI-ZEN” in Toronto

Posted on 07 March 2019 by admin

John Keells Properties to promote “Cinnamon Life” and “TRI-ZEN” in Toronto!

The team from John Keells Properties will be in Toronto from the 25th of March 2019 to the 2nd of April 2019 to promote their flagship project ‘Cinnamon Life’ and their latest metropolitan project ‘TRI-ZEN’.

John Keells Properties has always been at the forefront of innovation by recognizing the changing patterns of demand and thereby adopting a forward-thinking strategy that reflects this.  The passion, commitment and attention to detail that goes into crafting best-in-class developments that the company is known for. John Keells Properties marked the beginning of a wave of innovation with a growing portfolio of residential and commercial projects in Colombo that transformed Colombo’s skyline.  The completed residential properties include The Monarch, The Emperor at Crescat city, OnThree20 on Union Place and 7th Sense on Gregory’s Road. Further complementing John Keells Properties’ existing portfolio, the ongoing projects include TRI-ZEN; offering smart living spaces in the heart of Colombo and Cinnamon Life; John Keells Group’s flagship mixed development project which is set to be Colombo’s Life Capital.

Cinnamon Life is the first premier real estate development of its kind in Sri Lanka. The project is progressing with encouraging momentum and has many unique state-of-the art features. Cinnamon Life is poised to continue John Keells Properties’ trend of driving transformation and innovation in Colombo’s real estate market.

Moreover, whilst making its mark as Colombo's lifestyle capital, the property will feature an 800-roomed luxury “Cinnamon” hotel, an array of entertainment facilities, premium residential apartments, shopping and entertainment mall, state-of-the-art office spaces, and many other attractions to set stage as the entertainment hotspot in the Indian Subcontinent. Additionally, since Colombo city stands out as the most economically and technologically advanced city in the country, it complements to harness Cinnamon Life’s potential as a key tourist hub in this part of the region and to become the city's ultimate lifestyle and entertainment hub. The apartments are priced at USD 400,000* upwards.

Cinnamon Life will be the hub for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) activity in Sri Lanka with an eye-catching iconic development that will open a new segment for the tourism market, especially attracting the large MICE events from India. With its large banqueting and convention spaces across the development, Cinnamon Life could cater to up to 5000 people in total. This will also lead to a good demand for short to medium term rentals for the residential towers – “The Residence” and “The Suites” at Cinnamon Life located on either side of the hotel.

The 30-storey state-of-the-art office tower at Cinnamon Life will be a hub for multinational companies setting up in Sri Lanka and it will be the leading business address in Colombo. Most expats that will work at the Cinnamon Life office tower will prefer to live within the development. This will also enhance the rentals for the Cinnamon Life apartments.

On the other hand, TRI-ZEN positioned as a “Metropolitan” space is the latest development that John Keells Properties has brought to market. The project, located in the absolute heart of the city, at Union Place (adjacent to OnThree20, one of their previous landmark projects).

“With TRI-ZEN, we will completely redefine what urban living means in Colombo.  We will set a series of new benchmarks, on efficiency, technology integration, community focus, convenience, and of course value for money.  It is groundbreaking on so many levels” states Nayana Mawilmada, Sector Head of the Property Group at John Keells Holdings PLC.

Furthermore, this is set to be the first truly smart development in Sri Lanka and is engineered to be “smart” everything from the TV, the lights, to the blinds and the door lock are linked to TRI-ZEN’s unique technology interface. With this technology you can open the door to your apartment at TRI-ZEN even from Canada. This is an ideal investment as it offers smart living spaces that seamlessly blends modern technology with contemporary living bringing the idea of a connected-smart home into a reality. Moreover, it is a home, made of dreams and love with a touch of tech, in the heart of Colombo and is priced in Sri Lankan rupees and available from LKR 23.5 Million* (Approx. CAD 172,680) upwards.

Currently, the number of apartments completed in Colombo account for less than 10% of Colombo’s housing stock. In regional cities such as Kuala Lumpur, the apartment stock is more than 70% of housing in the heart of city and in the peripheral areas of Kuala Lumpur it is around 50%. This shows that Colombo has tremendous potential as an investment destination for residential apartments. With urbanization taking off, and the high land prices in the heart of the city, this has led to a shift from landed houses to apartments. If you live in the peripheral areas of Colombo, you could end up spending 2-3 hours of your day just commuting. Vertical living is considered the most convenient and efficient solution today.

Projects such as the Port city will further enhance the rental potential for apartments in the city. As more people come into work on the port city project during the construction period, you will have a considerable number of people renting apartment in the vicinity.

This year too, a team from John Keells Properties will be showcasing Sri Lanka’s latest real estate projects – Cinnamon Life & TRI-ZEN at the Women in Management Awards – Canada. Last year Women in Management (WIM), an organization committed to empower and recognize Sri Lankan women in careers, businesses and professions launched the coveted initiative WIM Awards Canada in Toronto. This awards ceremony recognizes and rewards the outstanding women of Sri Lankan origin who have excelled in their business or professions in Canada. This year marks the second awards ceremony and John Keells Properties continues to support this initiative as the main sponsor. The team from John Keells Properties will be presenting the details on both projects on the 31st of March 2019 at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel. For further information and if you would like to attend the event, please email ann.jkp@keells.com  or contact +94-702480743.

 

For more details on both projects, visit,

www.cinnamonlife.com

www.trizen.lk

 

*Prices are subject to change

 

 

 

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SL V. SA ODI #01: South Africa take 1-0 series lead with 8-wicket win

Posted on 03 March 2019 by admin

South Africa Captain Faf du Plessis

South Africa's Faf du Plessis (c) plays a shot during the first one day international (ODI) cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, on March 3, 2019. 

South Africa’s most senior players do the business as Sri Lanka’s unexpected revival on the current tour is halted at the Wanderers.

The Proteas’ most senior members came to the fore as Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir starred in a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first ODI at the Wanderers on Sunday.

The hosts had been desperate for a good start to the five-match series, especially after a catastrophic loss in the Test series.

Captain Du Plessis was South Africa’s most prominent performer, crafting his 11th century in the format and ending unbeaten on 111.

His driving was a thing of beauty, particularly early on in his innings, before he eventually played strokes all around the wicket.

That said, a chase of 232 could’ve been a bit more interesting had mystery spinner Lakshan Sandakan not dropped Du Plessis on 32.

He took full advantage, been involved in successive productive partnerships with the prolific Quinton de Kock, who hammered 81, and the steady Rassie van der Dussen (32 not out).

However, it was Imran Tahir, who showed his enduring worth, giving the home side vital confidence again just when it seemed the enthusiastic Sri Lankans were ready to inflict further pain on them.

The wily 39-year-old produced an outstanding spell of leg-spin, finishing with three for 26 from his ten-over quota.

Anchored by an excellent fifth wicket stand of 94 between Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva, Sri Lanka were well on their way to a good total as the South Africans lost heart after a decent start with the ball.

But then Tahir floated a delivery that spun sharply away from Dhananjaya (39), who was out of his crease due to an expansive drive.

De Kock had the bails off in a flash.

Another fuller ball, then accounted for Kusal, who spooned a catch to extra cover.

The diminutive right-hander had looked dangerously set on 60.

Earlier, Tahir had also dislodged Test series hero Kusal Perera with a googly, though it has to be said the left-hander’s 33 off 36 wasn’t particularly fluent.

Brilliant fielding at midwicket from David Miller accounted for Oshada Fernando, another Test series star, after a amateurish piece of running.

From a neutral perspective, it was a tragedy given how sumptuously the left-hander had played for his 49.

The rest of South Africa’s bowling was mediocre, but Lungi Ngidi’s return to the international fold was a successful one.

He dismissed both openers on his way to figures of 3/60, while Anrich Nortje was pacy on his debut.

 

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