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Source:Sundaytimes Somasiri Devendra was an undergraduate at Peradeniya when Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, declared it “more open than usual”. Recalling this, Devendra decided to be “more retired than usual” at age 88. To take retirement seriously. (Or not so seriously. Whatever.) COVID had imposed its own sanctions, but “COVID does not a prison make, nor curfew a cage”. As long as the mind was free, so was he. He let it free to scroll through his life – as teacher, naval officer, stockbroker, maritime archaeologist, naval historian, boat ethnographer, writer, and inquisitive schoolboy. And thus emerged this journal of ‘The mind on holiday’. Snowed in by COVID-19, I sit out in my garden. I am lucky to have a 20ft broad strip of (burnt out by the sun) ‘grass’ between the house and the perimeter wall. I am one of the lucky ones. At about five in the ...

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MADAM JUSTICE TAMARA SUGUNASIRI – MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA ANNOUNCES JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO – By: Upali Obeyesekere – Canada-Sri Lanka NEWS NETWORK OTTAWA, ON, July 2, 2021 /CNW/ – The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointments under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity. Tamara Sugunasiri, Case Management Master at the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in Toronto, is appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Madam Justice Sugunasiri replaces Mr. Justice J.B. McMahon (Toronto), who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective February 7, 2021. Quote “I wish Justices Black, Smith, Dubé, Presser, Sugunasiri, and Waters every success as ...

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Yu Cey Chang ruggerite and administrator par excellence Source:Dailynews Yu Cey Chang was a top class rugby player considered by many to be the greatest front row forward . He was a superb ball handler. His overall ability combined with his inspirational leadership and outstanding sportsmanship. He polished his rugby in Kandy at Kandy SC as a player and can be considered as one of the finest exponents of all time in the country with a sound track record, both as a player and administrator in Sri Lanka’s rugby history. Yu Cey Chang started his schooling at Carey College and later joined Trinity College, where he excelled in cricket as a ‘stumper’ at junior level and played junior rugby. He never played for the senior school rugby side. It was at club rugby he shone and was rated as a top front-row forward He played Under17 rugger for his school ...

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I have this dear little friend, two feet two inches tall and 30 months old and very closely connected to me, being my daughter’s daughter.The little vagabond was all excited as the foursome of her brother and parents were travelling on holiday.“I’m going to the Australia,” she proudly announces to me.“How are you going? Are you walking?” that is a typical Seeya question, simply to annoy the brat.“I am going by plane.”“What are you going to do there?”“I go to beach.”All that she had gathered from the elder talk, she certainly had no clue as to who or what “the Australia” is.“Can I come with you?” “You can’t, you are too old to go in a plane.”Doesn’t that say it all? Forty plus years of punching holes in the sky and this little Rumplestiltskin shoots me down and grins at me as if she alone knows the truth about how ...

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D’Las Int’l enables injured war heroes to engage in deep sea scuba diving Source:Island Demonstrating that ‘Nothing in life is impossible’, a momentous event took place recently where twelve injured war heroes participated in a deep sea scuba diving session in Hikkaduwa recently. The event took place under the sponsorship of HDDES Group’s subsidiary D’Las International (Pvt) Ltd. The HDDES Group is an internationally acclaimed and locally renowned organization for over four decades for supplying natural and organic raw materials for its customers. The activity was coached by internationally recognised white water rafting expert, Outbound Adventurers led by its founder Shehan Pilapitiya. D’Las International also sponsored training for the swimming squad of disabled soldiers as the second phase of the project. Dharmasiri de Silva, Chairman and Gehan de Silva, Managing Director of HDDES Group initiated and participated in the event which they described as the first of its kind in ...

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PRESS COMMUNIQUE 2021 JUNE 22   COSMI inks major pact with Budapest’s EIVHGI ’Cross border Agreement opens premium European knowledge     transfer to our MSMEs’-COSMI President Nawaz ‘Tech-Transfer to South Asia a high priority’-Budapest’s EIVHGI                                                                                                            Main image, from left: Chairman of the EIVHGI – International Economic Council Prof. Dr. Norbert W. Knoll von Dornhoff, EIVHGI President Dr. Johann Forstinger and EIVHGI Secretary Oliver Knoll von Dornhoff hold the signed EIVHGI –COSMI Agreement on March 29 in Vienna. Top Right: President of Sri Lanka’s Confederation of Micro, Small and Medium Industries (COSMI) Nawaz Rajabdeen, Bottom Right:  Chairman of the COSMI ...

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Ambalama’ is a Sinhala word for a wayside rest-house. I first saw one when I was trekking to Sri Pada, (Adam’s Peak) as a boy with my grandmother in latter part of 1970s. I saw several buildings along the trek up to the peak where weary pilgrims stop over to take a respite from their long journey. Ambalama was closely associated with the culture of Sri Lankan community. It was also a great necessity, which was embedded in their day-to-day life. On a long haul journey, people pull over at roadside hotels and rest houses to freshen up and have some tea. Those days, the weary travellers needed a place of refuge as they traversed various footpaths, which through long stretches of fields and forests, connecting to their destination. Most of the Ambalamas we see today are located on a rocky boulder, near rivers, paddy fields that the fatigued wayfarer ...

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While Sri Lanka grapples with the after effects of the MV X-Press Pearl marine disaster off the South and West coasts of the island, the Ministry of Fisheries has assured citizens that in suspending fishing activities from the affected coasts, all seafood that makes its way to the markets has officially been declared safe for consumption. In light of recent events, and in order to reel in greater confidence towards the fisheries industry as a whole, Round Island -the consumer face of Oceanpick (Pvt) Ltd.-, has put in place additional safety and precautionary measures to ensure that its seafood retains the quality and freshness it has come to be associated with, both locally, and overseas. In addition to being approximately 380 nautical miles away, and on the far side of the island from the MV X-Press Pearl incident, Round Island’s sustainable offshore oceanic farms north of Koddiyar Bay are also ...

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