Posted by CCC Foundation on : Monday, July 30, 2012
Here's an opportunity to assist cancer outpatients and their carers have a comfortable bed in Sri Lanka.
CCC Foundation is a not for profit charitable organisation based in Australia and Sri Lanka that provides a comfortable bed and a home away from home for cancer outpatients and their carers at its CCChouse - Cancer Transit Home in Maharagama, Sri Lanka.
Please view the interview to find out more about the CCChouse and how you can assist.
CCC House interview on Sri Lanka Morning Show (Australia) - on YouTube
Posted by a Special Correspondent in Sydney on : Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights in Sri Lanka, New South Wales held its annual charity fundraiser Food Fair on Saturday 14 July 2012 at its regular venue of the Roselea Community Hall in Carlingford, Sydney.
The fundraiser was well patronised by the local community, by the large number of Australians of Sri Lankan origin, both old residents and the more recent arrivals, and also by Sri Lankan students. The food stalls provided a wide variety if delicacies, curries, koththu roti, hoppers, short eats, rice preparations, dosai and sweets and were open from 11 am to late in the night till 10 pm.
An army of volunteers manned the stalls, and some were overwhelmed by the demand in the delicious hopper and koththu roti stalls which raised the most charity funds. In addition, the proceeds from the Short Eats stall was allocated to the Australian Federation of Sri Lankan Associations (AFSA) and this net profit of $925.50 was donated by SPUR, NSW to AFSA for the common Sri Lankan community events in NSW.
SPUR, NSW will be using 100% of the funds raised on charity work related to the rehabilitation in the north and the east of Sri Lanka. A portion of the funds will be used for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the pilgrims rest and sanitary facilities in the Thiriyaaya Giri Handu Seya in the Trincomalee District. SPUR, NSW will also do further work in the Tamil and Muslim Schools in Muttur which they have been supporting with sports goods and school utensils in the past two years.
SPUR, NSW has expressed its thanks to the young and committed volunteers of the SPUR Youth Group and their associates, and the large number of regular and dedicated senior volunteers who manned the stalls, provided prepared food for free or at cost, and who have been supporting the Association in various ways in the past 17 years.
SPUR, NSW also is extremely thankful to the wide publicity given to the event by community media Vidura, Derana, and SBS Radio, the Sri Lankan shops in Sydney, and the by the local community newspapers. The charity fundraiser netted a profit of over $6000, excluding the donation allocated for common community work of Australian Federation of Sri Lankan Associations (AFSA). The function also received direct donations of $190 for Thiriyaya rehabilitation work.
SPUR, NSW is a prominent Sri Lankan community organisation in NSW and has been in the forefront of the anti-terrorism drive in Sri Lanka engaging in high level advocacy, countering false propaganda and in supporting the post conflict rehabilitation and development in Sri Lanka.
Having faced the biggest challenge of being paralyzed, young doctor Samitha Samanmali is still determined to make a difference
On the Fifteenth of February 2008 a 24 year old 4th year undergraduate of the faculty of medicine, named Samitha Samanmali became the victim of a tragic accident that occurred while preparing for the Dayata Kirula Exhibition at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.
While rushing into a temporary steel tent away from the pouring rain, she was terrified to find the structure collapse above her. Samitha was trapped between the iron rods and one falling pole hit her head causing severe damage to her spinal cord.
Although her vertebral column was fixed through extensive surgery, she lost control of her own body below the chest level. Samitha’s lower body was paralyzed for life. Now, three years later she has completed her MBBS at the University of Colombo and is waiting expectantly to take on the many challenges of life.
Samitha is the youngest in a family of four. Born and raised in Makuluduwa, a village home to Piliyandala she, being accepted to the medical faculty, was the pride of her family. The terrible incident left Samitha’s family helpless and in despair.
Samitha confesses that her mother has still not recovered from the shock and has still not come into terms with her current condition. A strong survivor Samitha refuses to give up on life. She believes that we are fenced in an idea that portrays being differently abled as being helpless and lost. It is her view that once you accept your situation, there is nothing that stops you from pursuing your dreams. She manages by herself in almost all day to day tasks. The electronic wheelchair donated to Samitha by the CIC makes it easier for her to travel from place to place. “The use of mobility makes me feel more independent because I am relaxed and I can go about faster”
Samitha contrary to what one might expect of a paralyzed young woman is positive and determined to change the negative attitude projected toward the disabled. She is pleasant and smiling even as she talks of her role as a doctor and the shortcomings of being differently abled. “I am handicapped and I cannot perform certain tasks that the other doctors can. But I can still help people. I can heal them”. Samitha talks of an incident at the hospital where she met a patient who too was paralysed below the chest. She spoke kindly and encouragingly to the young man who in turn told her how it was easier to talk of his condition with someone who "felt" what he did. This inspired the blossoming doctor to someday specialize in a field that dealt with neurology. She is also interested in taking part in rehabilitation and aid for handicapped individuals. Samitha is driven to care for and support people faced with disabilities.
She is grateful to all who helped her through the tragedy, especially her colleagues and the university staff. She also mentions the immense media support she received and the financial aid given to her mostly by the general public. She further wishes to thank the President, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse, Mr. Upali Rajapakse, Mr. Wijayadasa Rajapakse, Mr. Arupragasam and the medical faculty staff.
We wish her well in all her future endeavours. If you wish to help Samitha please contact her on email@example.com.
Vesak is the holiest day in Buddhism and a season of special holy significance to all Buddhists around the world. Vesak Full Moon is the holiest of all the full moon days. On this day are celebrated the birth, the Enlightenment, and the death of the Buddha.
Vesak is celebrated mainly for the three-fold events in the life of the Buddha - Birth, Enlightenment and the Great Passing Away. The event takes place on the full moon of the lunar month Vesakha, which falls between April and May on the Gregorian calendar. Vesak is also known as Visakah Puja or Buddha Purnima in India, Visakha Bucha in Thailand, and Wesak in Sri Lanka.
Primarily a Theravada Buddhist holiday, Vesak Day is celebrated most energetically in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Laos and by Buddhists in some Western countries. Vesak Day is usually a public holiday in these Southeast Asian countries.
To those who do not follow the Buddhist faith, the Birth and Enlightenment of the Buddha is also of the greatest significance when one considers the unique contribution made by the Buddha over 2500 years ago to the various branches of modern knowledge.
It is no wonder then that the brilliant minds and thinkers of the East and West have bowed their heads in reverence and acknowledged Gautama the Buddha as the greatest man ever born, beyond compare, the greatest combination of heart and mind that ever existed.
These sacred events of the Vesak Full Moon season can be classified this way:
The Buddha's birth as Prince Siddhartha took place on this day at Lumbini in Kapilavatthu (modern Nepal).
Ascetic Siddhartha Gautama attained Supreme Enlightenment on this day at Buddha Gaya under the sacred Bodhi Tree.
The Supreme Buddha's Great Demise (Parinibbana) happened on Vesak Full Moon day at Kusinara. In terms of the evolution of the Supremely Enlightened One in the course of His migrations in Samsara (Cycle of Rebirths) Vesak Full Moon possesses a tremendous significance.
The Aspirant Buddha, in His existence as Ascetic Sumedha, received his confirmation of the attainment of Buddhahood from Buddha Dipamkara on a Full Moon day.
The Supreme Buddha's display of His psychic powers through the performance of Yamaka Maha Patihariya (The Miracle of the Twin Wonders) took place on a Vesak Full Moon day. This event is a crucial turning point in His Dispensation as this convinced numerous skeptics "doubters" - about the Supreme Buddha's Enlightenment.
Vesak offers Buddhists an opportunity to reflect on the life and teachings of the Buddha. It highlights the potential for inner peace and happiness that lies within us all. Master Maha Thera
The Vesak Day is celebrated in different ways around the world.
On Vesak Day, Buddhists in all countries gather in temples to worship, and to give alms to the monks. Some people spend all day at the temple just listening to the Buddha's teachings and stories about his life. Monks are also invited into homes to give teachings. Vesak day is a day for Buddhists to reaffirm their commitment to living a moral and compassionate lifestyle. In Singapore the day usually starts with monks chanting Sutras. This is followed by the ceremonial release of small animals or caged birds. This is considered an act of generosity, symbolic of generating good karma. The act also symbolizes the Buddha's compassion for all things.
In China Vesak Day called Guanfo (bathing the Buddha) or yufo (Buddha's birthday celebration featuring washing Buddha image with perfumed water). The celebrations begin before sunrise and devotees throng the temples early at dawn to meditate. Chanshi (the ceremony of chanting the sutras and confession and prayer) is practiced by monks.
As the day progresses, Buddhist devotees visit orphanages, welfare homes, homes for the aged and charitable institutions to distribute cash donations and gifts to the needy. On this occasion, caged birds are freed to symbolize humanity and compassion.
In Japan, where Zen Buddhism is practiced, Buddhists have fixed the Buddha's birthday at 8 April. On this day, nuns, monks and lay people construct small shrines out of flowers, and place small idols of the Buddha on them. This Buddha idol is bathed in a ritual commemorating the Buddha's birth.
In Myanmar (Burma), Buddhists set aside a day every month in honor of the Buddha. On this day, Buddhists are encouraged to water or tend to Bodhi trees. This is significant because the Buddha attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. In Sri Lanka, houses are covered in lights and candles to celebrate Vesak Day.
In India, Vesak Day is known as Buddha Purnima. On this day, Buddhists do not eat meat. This is considered an act of compassion towards animals. People are encouraged to perform other acts of kindness such as sharing food with the poor. Some people even set up road stalls providing free, clean drinking water.
Vesak or Buddha Day is a time for Buddhists around the world to reflect on the Buddha's gift to humanity.
We are pleased to announce that the project to donate a Ventilator to Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital Colombo, Sri Lanka has been completed successfully.
During my visit to Sri Lanka I was able to attend the handing over ceremony. Ventilator was handed over to the Nursing Sister in charge of the High Dependency Unit of the Hospital, Mrs K.L Pushpamala on 14th March 2012.
Dr Anoma Perera (Consultant Anaesthetist), Dr Mithrajee Premaratne (Consultant Anaesthetist), Dr Duminda Samarasinghe (Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist), Dr Shehan Perera (Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist), Dr Jayantha Dayasena (Paediatrician)and nursing staff together with well wishes attended the function.
This great achievement was made possible as a result of each of you supporting the fundraiser events such as take away lunch packet sales/cash donations /purchase of raffle tickets. With your generous help we raised AUD 19,877.25. We purchased a new Ventilator at a cost of AUD 17,448.00 (LKR 2,336,020.00), with the favourable foreign exchange rate at present. The balance funds will be used for our next project.
One of the main limitations to perform more surgeries each day was the lack of ventilators. This donation will make a huge difference in providing more timely surgeries for all the sick hearts who are awaiting cardiac surgical correction. With this additional ventilator roughly 15-20 more surgeries can be performed each month.
"Update from the hospital: On the 15th March the Ventilator was first used on a 2 1/2 year old baby who underwent corrective major cardiac surgery for a heart condition. Ideally this surgery should have been done when the child was less than a year"
The generosity, love and affection shown towards all these sick children was very much appreciated by the entire Cardiac and Cardiothoracic team at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital
Thank you for your great support, looking forward for your support in our next project.
The U.S.-proposed resolution has deepened the rift between Colombo and Washington. The Obama administration must broaden its dialogue beyond Geneva.
At the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Sri Lankan and U.S. governments are facing off this week over a resolution that the U.S. has proposed but neither side wanted. Sri Lanka's response to the events at the end of its toxic war — the subject of that resolution — has become the driving issue in Sri Lanka's relations with the United States. The resolution may not have much impact on the reconciliation process that is so critical for Sri Lanka's future. For the sake of Sri Lanka, the region and indeed Washington, it is important that reconciliation actually takes place.
Human rights have had a high profile in U.S.-Sri Lankan relations for at least three decades. Only since the end of the long civil war in 2009, however, have human rights and war crimes issues come to dominate the relationship. The problem started out as an entirely predictable emotional disconnect between the two countries. Sri Lanka's victory was won in the face of the scepticism of most of its international friends, and in the teeth of its aid donors' urging not to seek a military solution to its ethnic problems. After defeating one of the world's nastiest terrorist organisations, Sri Lanka expected congratulations. Instead, those aid donors, while welcoming the end of the war, put their post-war emphasis on preventing a humanitarian catastrophe and on human rights. Europe and the U.S. reacted to Sri Lanka's declaration of victory by calling for disbanding the camps where displaced Tamils were living in misery. The demands for accountability became more insistent, and from Sri Lanka's perspective more threatening, with the release of information suggesting that Sri Lanka might have committed war crimes in those terrible final days, notably the British Channel 4 news film, replayed in recent days and highly controversial in Sri Lanka.
From the U.S. perspective, on the other hand, the sour tone that has come to dominate Washington's dialogue with Colombo stems from the Sri Lankan government's unwillingness to take these issues seriously. Sri Lanka became a symbol of human rights problems, a country where the U.S. could show that it was pursuing a serious policy. Washington has other interests in play in Sri Lanka, such as the island's business and economic ties with the U.S. and its strategic location. However, without some indication that the human rights and war crimes issues were moving toward resolution, those in the Obama administration who championed a broader dialogue with Colombo were outgunned in the Washington policy debate. Proposing a resolution in Geneva was the result.
But U.S. introduction of a resolution on Sri Lanka triggered a ferocious reaction in the island. In an unprecedented diplomatic effort to fight back, Sri Lanka sent its Foreign Minister all over Africa in an effort to line up votes. Even more striking was the reaction at home. Minister Wimal Weerawansa publicly called for a boycott of U.S. goods and services, and charged that “local Americans” were trying to kill him as a result. At an interfaith prayer service, thousands of monks joined by a few Christian and Muslim clerics spoke of the need for unity “to protect the country.” Dark suspicions were voiced that the resolution represented a U.S. effort to divide the country. The narrative of a beleaguered island facing the world is a familiar one in Sri Lanka; it gave the government's lurid charges about the content and motivation of the resolution even greater resonance at the popular level.
The resolution itself is actually quite bland. Its bottom line is to urge Sri Lanka to implement the “constructive recommendations” advanced by the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission. This commission was created by the Government of Sri Lanka, which had offered it as evidence that it was moving forward to deal with the after-effects of decades of civil war. The government had indeed spoken of plans to implement its recommendations. The commission had been criticised by international human rights-watchers as insufficiently independent and lacking in authority, but its recommendations were nonetheless clearly the most plausible home-grown starting point for binding up the wounds of war. Unfortunately, if the resolution passes, the furore it sparks will mean that any forward movement in this area will need to be camouflaged so as not to look like Colombo's submission to it.
Washington's economic interests may not suffer too much, whether or not the resolution passes. The Sri Lankan government is eager to reap a “peace dividend,” and its diplomats in the U.S. are working zealously to attract more U.S. trade and investment. This is likely to continue whatever the resolution's fate. As to U.S. strategic interests, the “China card” no longer has the galvanising impact on Washington that it did in earlier decades. Nonetheless, the U.S. cannot ignore changes in China's military presence in the Indian Ocean, an increasingly important zone of military and oil transit, and the centrepiece of an increasingly active U.S.-Indian security dialogue. By the same token, U.S. ability to work with all the riparian states, including Sri Lanka, now has real strategic significance. That will be harder in the short term.
The Geneva drama also plays out against the background of Sri Lanka's recovery from its long civil war. After its declaration of victory, the Sri Lankan government has pursued “reconciliation” in two channels. The first was talks with the Tamil National Alliance. A recent visit to Colombo left me with the feeling that this effort was at best going round in circles, unlikely to break down completely but equally unlikely to produce a breakthrough. The TNA continues to speak in the pre-war vocabulary of “devolution” (giving provinces greater authority) and “merger” (combining the North and the East), recognising that merger is unlikely. In fact, neither the government nor its Sinhalese supporters have any interest in either. The opposition United National Party has a dramatically reduced presence in parliament. Even if it were inclined to pursue a more energetic reconciliation policy, it would not be well placed to put pressure on the government. It is an open question how long this process can keep the politics of the ethnic conflict quiet.
The second route to reconciliation was the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission. The TNA was critical of the document, but did find some aspects to praise. However, there is no movement toward serious implementation of its recommendations, at least not yet. The longer the report sits on the shelf, the greater the likelihood of old grievances being nurtured and eventually bursting out.
The Sri Lankan government, starting with those closest to the President, is more interested in two other avenues: local government and economic development. It sees in local elections and service as local officials a kind of safety valve for Tamil political aspirations. It remains to be seen whether the leadership is prepared to move ahead more energetically to hold these elections in Tamil-majority areas.
Economic development is where the government is putting most of its energy. This is indeed a critical ingredient in rebuilding both the polity and the economy. Northern Sri Lanka has had basically no economy for three decades. A generation of young people has grown up with an education — one of Sri Lanka's signal success stories — but no job skills. The government is encouraging investors to look at Jaffna, and at least some of those funding the rapidly growing tourist industry are starting hotel projects in Jaffna. Unfortunately, their efforts to hire local construction workers are stymied by the scarcity of people who know how to build modern buildings. Training programmes may eventually fill the gap; other kinds of investment may eventually follow the lead of the hotels. That is the one source of hope for the future.
Will economic development and local elections be enough to secure what one observer called “a grumpy peace”? That question will determine the future of Sri Lanka, and will powerfully influence the peace and security of the island and its neighbours. A positive answer would also be good for Washington, not only because it fosters human rights, but also for reasons of its own national security. Washington needs to broaden its dialogue with Sri Lanka beyond human rights. Its ability to influence Sri Lanka's policy in that area will atrophy in a one-issue relationship.
(Teresita C. Schaffer is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, and co-editor of southasiahand.com. She spent much of her 30-year diplomatic career working on South Asia, and served as U.S. ambassador in Sri Lanka from 1992-1995.)
Popular actor and singer Anton Jude passed away early today after he suffered a sudden heart attack.
He made his debut on stage and went on to play unforgettable characters in films like Bahubuthayo, Rankewita, Numba Nadan Apata Pissu, Sikuru Hathe, Rosa Kele, Ethumai Methumai and several other popular movies.
He acted in tele dramas Punchi Rala, Sabanda Pabilis, Sakisanda Elias and others. His song ‘Ais Amma Gundu (Una Puruke Balu Walige) was also a popular hit among the masses.
Anton Jude Gomes who studied at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic School, Mount Lavinia was 51 at the time of his death.
Posted by Cricket Lover on : Thursday, March 08, 2012
We don't tour South Africa that often, so when we get an opportunity, it's a big occasion for us. The South African team has played some really good cricket. They've got some really good fast bowlers, and a good spinner now in Imran Tahir. As a unit they are very potent. We want to take the challenge upon us to try and do something different and win a Test match here. We've come close a few times but we haven't got over the line yet, so that is a major goal for us - to try and win a Test match.
To do that, we've got to try and do the processes right. There are a lot of little things we need to focus on. As a team, we have to be consistent in all departments. We've let ourselves down in a few of the Test matches in the last six months, because we haven't batted well or we haven't been able to bowl teams out twice. We need to try and get that all-round consistency going.
If you analyse it, we haven't been beaten that badly in Tests this year. We had one terrible session in Cardiff in England and lost the series 0-1, but we fought well at Lord's and the Rose Bowl. Against Australia we lost 0-1; we had our opportunities to beat them in the last Test match and we couldn't finish it off. Against Pakistan we had one really poor day and lost the series.
I'm not denying we were outplayed by England, Australia and Pakistan, or claiming their victories were undeserved. Ultimately they played the better cricket and were worthy winners. I'm just highlighting that in six Test matches we fought well and competed. The issue is that we haven't been consistent, and that has been our main problem. Turning it around will not be easy, but from our perspective the only approach to take is to keep building on the positives and try and keep improving.
At the moment we are trying to smooth our transition. For the senior players, it's an important challenge to try to get right. Kumar was exceptional against Pakistan, but both Dilshan and I were disappointed to not have contributed more. Our performances matter because we have to try and take as much pressure off the younger players as we can.
For the batsmen especially, this tour is going to be a tough challenge. Unfortunately for them, we have played England, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, who are among the top teams in the world right now. But they will learn from this and it will be a big investment for us for the future. Quite a few of them have shown improvement over the last six to eight months. I know they feel more confident now. Hopefully they are heading in the right direction.
In South Africa the conditions will be particularly challenging, but we know what we are up against. Technically you need to sort yourself out a bit.
For the youngsters it's all about confidence. They have to try and play their natural game and not get overwhelmed by the occasion or the conditions or the opposition. Everyone is talented, that's why they are here. So they have to back themselves to go out there and enjoy the game - simple as that.
As it stands now, we've had different batsmen performing at different times. In England, Prasanna Jayawardene got a hundred; Sanga got a hundred right at the end; and Dilshan got a good hundred at Lord's. Against Australia I got a hundred and Angelo Mathews got a hundred. We've had different guys performing individually, but now we need to perform as a unit and get big runs in the first innings of a Test match. The batting unit has to try and take more responsibility, especially the senior guys.
It's about building a team together and not being over-reliant on the senior players. For example, Mathews is probably heading in the right direction. He is somebody who will probably take that mantle forward and try to be a leader. We've got a couple of other young guys coming through the system, and they need time to settle down. Until such time, it's up to the senior players to try to take the team forward.
When it comes to bowling, I am not worried. We've got the talent and we've got the variety. We've been around Murali for too long and depended on him, but it's time the rest of the boys bowled as a unit and created opportunities. These guys have done that, against England and Australia, but they haven't been able to finish it off. The more games they play, the more they will learn how to finish it off and take those five-fors and six-fors and win matches.
Unfortunately Nuwan Pradeep has broken down again, so we are down to our minimum with squad members. The other three guys, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Kulasekara and Shaminda Eranga, are doing fitness tests this week, so hopefully we will get a replacement.
Overall, I would say we need to back ourselves to be more aggressive and to play the brand of cricket that we are known to play, which is strokeplay and being flamboyant. Sometimes that sort of approach can change the match in a couple of hours. We need to go back to that and we have the capacity to do that.
Whatever was said before we've arrived, we've heard, and it's great motivation for us to try to make those comments disappear. We've have waited for so long to come here and play cricket so it's a good opportunity for us as well.
Posted by Cricket Lover on : Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Veteran cricket commentator Ranil Abeynayake has died in a heart attack. He was 57 years old at the time of his death. The late Mr. Abeynayake captained the cricket team of St. Thomases college in Mt. Lavinia and he also represented the SSC sports Club Colombo and the Sri Lanka Board of Control President’s team. He was also a specialist on playground turfs. Mr. Abeynayake also functioned as a sports commentator at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation.
Posted by Kadamandiya Events on : Thursday, February 02, 2012
Congratulations to all winners of The DOT Charitable foundation raffle draw which was held on Saturday 28th January, 4.30 pm at the Gumnut Community Centre, in Cherrybrook, Sydney.
As a result of the raffle and the previous fundraiser events/donations we are now able to purchase a Ventilator (also called a breathing machine which is essential to support children soon after heart surgery)and donate to Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital in Sri Lanka.
The winning raffle numbers are;
1stPrize: LCD 32" TV - Ticket No 0060 (Waruni Samarathunga) 2ndPrize: Net book - Ticket No 1968 (Krishanthi Wijesundera) 3rdPrize: Sony Video Camera - Ticket No 1625 (Stosanka) 4thPrize: Sony still Camera - Ticket No 0755 (Rupa Seneviratne) 5thPrize: Digital Photo Frame - Ticket No 0934 (Upali) 6thPrize: Kettle - Ticket No 0690 (Connor Hunter) 7th Prize: Blender - Ticket No 1917 (Cherish Luciano) 8thPrize: Rice Cooker - Ticket No 0012 (Anoma Harath) 9thPrize:Toaster - Ticket No 1114 (Dulani Galhena) 10thPrize: Grinder - Ticket No 1288 (Stefan Fernando)
1stPrize: Ticket No 1797 (Sujeeva)
2ndPrize: Ticket No 1392 (Himansi)
3rdPrize: Ticket No 0374 (Neelakanthi De Silva)
4th Prize: Ticket No 1463 (Mayda)
5thPrize: Ticket No 0033 (Denis Liu)
6thPrize: Ticket No 1177 (Vamsi)
7thPrize: Ticket No 1346 (Maddree)
8thPrize: Ticket No 0010 (Dayani Godamanna)
9thPrize: Ticket No 1914 (Ranjila Oracker)
10thPrize: Ticket No 1843 (Mohamed Bahmad)
Dr. Priyanka Bandara gave a welcome speech in which she talked about the value of this project due to the prevailing shortage of vital medical equipment such as ventilators for pediatric care in Sri Lanka that affects surgical waiting lists.
She said “though this ventilator has a price tag around $23,000, the service this will provide is absolutely priceless”. She went on to say how this type of projects reach out to the neediest non-affluent communities “The parents who are anxiously waiting to get treatment for their sick children at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital are mostly those who can’t afford to go to the private hospitals”. She encouraged the audience to support the Dot Charitable Foundation’s commitment to bringing medical aid to the needy Sri Lankans.
End of the raffle drew there was a small get-together with light refreshments.
The event was MC by Pasan Dayasena.
Thank you all for your support to make this dream come through. You all should be proud that you have contributed to increase the number of heart surgeries and save children's lives in Sri Lanka.
The next step is to place the order and organize delivery of the Ventilator to the hospital. We will update you with details and photos of handing over the Ventilator.
if you wish to find out further details of the Ventilator project please contact Champa Udawela e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Roger Perera Tel: 02 9837 0414
Posted by Food lover on : Thursday, January 19, 2012
Greatly honored to announce that "My Sri Lanka" TV programme has been nominated for a Logie Award in 2 categories - "Most Popular Lifestyle Programme" and "Best New Male Talent". So my fellow lankans, please take your time to give your valuable vote to get Peter Kuruvita this award. Please head to this page & cast your votes.
Peter Kuruvita was born in London in 1963, to his Sri Lankan father and Austrian mother. Four short years later, the family took off on an epic overland journey to re-settle in Peter’s father’s homeland of Sri Lanka. It was there in the Colombo family home that Peter first experienced his passion for food. Peter now considers this vibrant time of his early childhood as his most influential, remembering the ritual of ancestral recipes taught by his grandmother in her wood-fired kitchen.
Sri Lankan social unrest in the 1970s saw Peter’s family relocate once more, this time to the Southern suburbs of Sydney. In this new and unfamiliar setting, cooking became a craft and career goal for Peter through his teenage years. Encouraged by his father, Peter pursued a chef’s apprenticeship and job with a local seafood restaurant at age 16. After two years, Peter began working at Rogues Restaurant, working alongside acclaimed chef Greg Doyle.
During his early professional career, Peter headed back to England to work at Michelin-rated restaurants such as Rue St Jacques and The Waterside Inn. A return to Sydney saw him cooking with chef Neil Perry, before moving on to earn Sydney Morning Herald Chef Hat ratings as head and executive chef for Barrenjoey House and Bilson’s.
The late '90s saw Peter run his own restaurant in Bondi with his wife, before consulting at Kupu Kupu Barong Resort in Bali. From Bali, Peter and his family moved to Hayman Island where Peter successfully redeveloped the menu and image of the luxury Hayman Island Resort. By 2002, Peter had received numerous awards in this role, including the title of Tourism + Leisure (US) Magazine’s Best Restaurant, Australia and South Pacific.
Peter focused his extensive experience and dedication to sustainable seafood in 2003 by opening his current award-winning restaurant Flying Fish in Sydney. The restaurant has since expanded to Fiji.
Peter travelled extensively in Sri Lanka to collect recipes for his book, Serendip, and, in 2008, led a group of distinguished Australian chefs and restaurateurs through the country to film The Chef and the Tea Maker for Dilmah Tea’s 21st anniversary.
Students of Sri Lanka's University of Sri Jayawardenapura who have launched a satyagraha campaign calling for the removal of University's Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. N.A.L. Karunaratne have been attacked by an unidentified group.
Posted by I am Sri Lanka on : Thursday, January 05, 2012
COLOMBO - Sri Lanka is set to build the tallest tower in the South Asian region, the government announced recently. The 350 metre high tower building, the promoters claim, will be visible to India and Bangladesh.
Estimated to cost more than $104 million, the “Lotus Tower” will provide facilities for 50 television services, 50 broadcasting services and 10 telecommunication providers. In addition to its primary function, the tower podium, which is proposed to be four storeys high, will accommodate a telecommunication museum, food courts, offices, conference hall and exhibition spaces.
Two floors of the 11 storyed multi-faceted tower is also planned to be developed with luxury hotel accommodation, a revolving restaurant accommodating 600 guests on the fourth floor and a banquet hall for over a thousand guests.
Planned to be built in a three hectare land in the heart of Colombo, the Lotus Tower is one of Sri Lanka’s many development projects designed to help the country’s rapidly growing tourism industry. Since the end of its three-decade ethnic conflict, the country is emerging as one of the most popular tourist destinations of the region.The project through its telecommunication infrastructure also aims at eliminating high-powered TV and FM antennas perched atop buildings around Colombo as part of the government’s Colombo beautification plan. The tower mast, fixed upon the tower head is arranged to provide a base for antennas of service providers in telecommunication, telecasting, broadcasting, and defence-related transmission with the antenna installed 350 metres above ground.
The Director-General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, Anusha Pelpita, said that there will be a significant development in the television and telecommunication.
The Lotus Tower will be the tallest building in South Asia and the 19th tallest building in the world. It will be 26-metre taller than the Eiffel Tower and 17.4-metre taller than the 332.6-metre high Tokyo Tower. The Tokyo Sky Tree with a height of 634 meters presently being constructed and scheduled to be completed in February this year, will be the tallest tower in the world followed by the Canton Tower of China with a height of 600 metres.
The construction of the Lotus Tower is planned to be completed in 30 months and funded by EXIM Bank of the People’s Republic of China.
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"We actually want to thank Kepler Wessels. He gave us the motivation. We are very, very thankful to Mr. Wessels," Dilshan told journalists yesterday. "I would like to thank him very much. We have proved that we are good. We said if we played the Sri Lankan brand of cricket, we can beat anyone. We came, we played our brand of cricket and we beat one of world’s best teams."
Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan paid a mock tribute to former South African captain Kepler Wessels yesterday thanking him for the team’s first ever win on South African soil.
The Sri Lankans stunned their hosts yesterday in Durban when they won the second Test by 208 runs inside four days to square the three-match series 1-1.
Wessels had told Cape Times, a South African newspaper, that the country’s ‘A’ team would beat the Sri Lankans who were not a strong team and it was Dilshan’s chance to hit back. "We actually want to thank Kepler Wessels. He gave us the motivation. We are very, very thankful to Mr. Wessels," Dilshan told journalists yesterday.
"I would like to thank him very much. We have proved that we are good. We said if we played the Sri Lankan brand of cricket, we can beat anyone. We came, we played our brand of cricket and we beat one of world’s best teams."
Dilshan was overjoyed to end all the criticism on his captaincy after he had gone through ten games without tasting victory. "It’s a great feeling and I have waited for this for six months. We are going to celebrate this," he said.
When asked what would be his celebrations, the Sri Lankan captain said, "Let’s see. We need to go back to the hotel and we are going to enjoy the whole night."
All the critics were relentlessly hammering away, they all seem to say one thing. “Sri Lanka hasn’t won a test match since the departure of their ace spinner, Murali”, “They’re only a one man bowling attack”, “They can’t win matches without Murali” some have continued to speculate. The word quickly got around, the pressure was mounting on the players. Unfortunately they were unable to register a win under their belt since 22nd July 2010, precisely the day since arguably the best spinner of all time, Murali has retired. Sri Lanka quickly needed to find some answers, let alone some players who could rise to the occasion and win matches for them.
The world cup final loss to India in April, 2011 didn’t do us any favours either. After the heart break of a nation, senior players, both Kumar and Mahela have stepped down from their national duties as captain and vice captain in the intention of giving youngsters a fair go and an opportunity to rebuild the team. Some might see this as a selfish move on the part of Sanga and Mahela, but both stood by their decision and made sure that their contribution towards the team was even at a greater level. This was a decision taken for a greater cause. The captaincy went to the next most senior player in the team, TM Dilshan. Again the critics had something to say. “Dilshan’s aggressive nature isn’t suitable for a captain”.
In the process, Sri Lanka kept struggling to secure a victory in a test match. The batting line up heavily depended on the shoulders of Kumar and Mahela. If those two scored, Sri Lanka scored. If they didn’t, Sri Lanka didn’t, the equation was quite clear. The trend continued and the pattern was almost inevitable in every match. Although this year has been a fantastic year for both Mahela and Sanga in terms of their personal careers, where Sangakkara was named as the No 1 test batsman in the world, which isn’t an easy feat to achieve. But he himself secured this top position with his batting supremacy and effortless poise.
The do-or-die situation worsened after the 1st match of the test series against South Africa (in Centurian), where the match had ended within 3 days and our boys could only manage a mere 180 in the first innings and a 150 in the second. We had succumbed to an innings defeat on the hands of the proteas. A win in South Africa has always eluded us. We’ve been toiling hard for many years without success. Given the form our team was in, it didn’t seem like it was going to be a reality this time around either.
The odds for the 2nd test in Durban were all one sided and very predictable. Some bookies have placed the bets 30:1 against Sri Lanka. The likes of “Kepler Wessels” called the Sri Lankan side as a pedestrian, second graded team who has lost their mojo, especially the bowling attack. We had to do something. The stakes were too high, we were the underdogs and we were not about to end the year without a win.
Samaraweera pulled out his machine gun like bat to send a clear indication, obviously to the selectors that he is no passenger in the team. The debutant Chandimal made his presence loud and clear by scoring half centuries in both the innings. And again the prolific run scorer of the year, Kumar joined the party by scoring his 28th century. All of a sudden we gathered momentum, Sri Lanka seemed like a whole new team, the South Africans were bundled out for 168 in front of their home crowd in the first innings. The tone was set for a great victory. It was inevitable, it was only a matter of time. Rangana Herath came and sealed the deal in the dying moments on the fourth day, bagging the man-of-the-match title for his 9 wickets. Finally Sri Lanka won a test match in 2011. Finally Sri Lanka won a test match in South Africa. The word quickly got around. Not only they did it, but they did it in style completing the match in 4 days and earning themselves an extra day to refocus and regather for the 3rd and final match starting on the 3rd of January. Can Sri Lanka start 2012 with a bang?
As we all know, Australian immigration rules and regulations keep changing quite regularly. Recent changes to the points system have attracted quite an audience, both for and against, however, the Department of immigration seems to be pretty solid in regards to their decision and stands by the changes they’ve made. The new points system has been in operation since 1st July 2011 and according to that, an applicant needs to score at least 65 points to pass.
Here’s the points breakdown with a brief description.
Applicants must be under 50 at time of application, which means you don’t get any points if you’re over 50 (or under 18), but you can still apply.
25 Points age 18 to 24
30 Points age 25 to 32
25 Points age 33 to 39
15 Points age 40 to 44
0 Points age 45 to 49
* Under 18 and over 49 get zero points (Provisional visa holders)
English Language (minimum in all 4 band scores)
0 Points IELTS 6.0
10 Points IELTS 7.0
20 Points IELTS 8.0
Australian Work Experience
5 Points - One year (in past 2)
10 Points - Three years (in past 5)
15 Points - Five years (in past 7)
Overseas Work Experience
5 Points - 3 years (in past 5)
10 Points - 5 years (in past 5)
15 Points - 8 years (in past 10)
10 Points - Apprenticeship, Certificate III or IV, Diploma
15 Points - Degree (including Honours and Masters)
20 Points - PhD
5 Points - Australian Study
5 Points - Designated Language
5 Points – Partner
5 Points - Professional Year
5 Points - State Sponsorship
5 Points - Study in Regional Area
10 Points - Family or State Sponsorship in Regional Area.