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Good News From Jayam April 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 15 items

Good News From Jayam April 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 15 items

International Awards 2024

Sunday, April 21st, 2024

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Ceylon Today – Daily Finance Today Rutnam Eyes USD 10M Revival for RanmiNitenna Tele – Cinema Park By Ishara Gamage -April 9, 2024

Ceylon Today - Daily Finance Today

Rutnam Eyes USD 10M Revival for RanmiNitenna Tele - Cinema Park
By Ishara Gamage -April 9, 2024

Renowned film director and Chairman of Asian Film Location Services Ltd. (established in 1980), Chandran Rutnam, plans to lease the now-defunct Ranminitenna Tele-Cinema Park in Hambantota with an initial investment of USD 10 million. Speaking to Finance Today, he said, “We, Asian Film Location Services Ltd are in the final stages of presenting the proposal to the Government. In the first phase alone, we could generate USD 25 million to USD 30 million annually by providing equipment and studio rentals, services, and experienced and talented technicians, significantly boosting the country’s foreign exchange reserves.” He mentioned that despite the ideological issues among the bureaucrats and the lack of vision through ignorance among state officials, he is determined to successfully implement this project with the support of President Ranil Wickremesinghe. Initially, the park encompassed 125 acres, including a 50-acre Jambugaswewa tank. For future expansion, it was extended to 235 acres. The land designated for Ranminitenna Tele-Cinema Park was reserved by Cabinet Memorandum No. 08/1084/338/024 dated 11 June, 2008. With a portfolio of over 75 foreign films that Rutnam has brought in and shot in the island nation, it generates more than USD 600 million. Rutnam’s determinations extend beyond the film industry, with the aim of elevating Sri Lanka’s status in the global economic and cultural arena. “Sri Lanka has the potential to become a global centre for movie production. But this opportunity remains largely untapped due to the lack of knowledge of this industry and its marketing ability. Reimagining Sri Lanka’s narrative requires understanding the potential of the industry, the vision, strategic investments, and a major strategic overhaul. Not the mere continuity of past methods and stagnation.” According to him, the entertainment industry is one of the five leading sources of foreign exchange in developing Asian countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India. He opined: “Despite Sri Lanka’s scenic beauty and accessibility, the movie industry fails to attract global attention due to inadequate infrastructure requirements.” Rutnam, with his past global experience, has proposed a revolutionary investment strategy to inject over USD 150 million into the Sri Lankan economy. “Developing high-tech virtual sound stages and other state-of-the-art systems and current technologies that keep up with the fast-changing and constantly moving creative and profitable entertainment industry. “This effort will not only change Ranminitenna Tele-Cinema Park but also ensure that Sri Lanka becomes more appealing to international film producers, which will generate more income than the tourism industry,” he remarked. “After the production and success of the iconic film The Bridge on the River Kwai, which was shot entirely in Sri Lanka, no government or tourist authority had the vision for over 50 years to rebuild the bridge as must-see’ tourist attraction. Other countries have jumped on the opportunities. Example: New Zealand, where the film Lord of the Rings was shot. There are more tourists visiting the film set where the movie was shot than the population of the country. There were numerous missed opportunities in Sri Lanka purely due to the lack of knowledge coupled with the lack of creative vision”, he further stated. The current plan, one that the Government fully supports, already has initial foreign funding. Rutnam, who has just returned from Mumbai and Chennai in India, states that the Indian film industry, which produces 2000 films a year, is eager to shoot in Sri Lanka, provided we have the desirable facilities. Rutnam is confident that Sri Lanka will soon be —

“The Film Capital of Asia.” 

Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebrations next Saturday! on Saturday April 13th in Torrance, Ca. Please arrive early for a full kiribath breakfast

Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year Celebrations next Saturday!

on Saturday April 13th in Torrance, Ca.

Please arrive early for a full kiribath breakfast

 

Dream Boys with Daddy Coming to Rosemead, Ca. Saturday April 20th, 2024

 

Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) top scientist Dr Sarath Gunapala’s Invention shot into space

Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) top scientist

Dr Sarath Gunapala's Invention shot into space

JPL Scientist Dr. Sarath Gunapala was in Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida to witness his HyTI (Hyperspectral Thermal Imager) launch. HyTI (Hyperspectral Thermal Imager) is designed with the focus on understanding, modeling, mapping, and monitoring the world’s agricultural lands, and water resources, as well as for studies pertaining to forest fires, volcanoes, and a number of other applications (e.g., stubble burning in agricultural lands). Climate variability and expanding populations are putting unprecedented pressure on agricultural croplands and their water use, which are vital for ensuring global food and water security in the twenty-first century. Currently, on average worldwide, croplands use 80-90% of all human water consumption. HyTI data and derived information products will be invaluable in advancing our knowledge on multiple fronts in crop type mapping, crop productivity modeling, crop water use assessments, and crop water productivity (“crop per drop”) mapping. 

Yoshi Jayakody of Walnut CA celebrated his birthday with his friends and family in Joshua Tree CA. Son of Late Mangala and Mangala Jayakody – a Financial consultant and a CPA in Los Angeles

 

Jayam’s Choice “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson

 

Jayam's Choice

"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson

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Kaleidoscope April 11, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year! Is Avurudu still important? And what about that devil’s cauldron, tech and travel, eccentric artists, women of worth and more.

Obituaries – Sad News

Sudath Dharmasena (62) Of Hawaiian Gardens, Ca. Passed away on March 27, 2024. Beloved husband of Thanuja. Son of Late M.D.P. Dharmasena and Nirmala Dharmasena. Brother of Charles (Sydney), late Tilak, Vijith (London), Twin Udaya (Sydney) and late Dilip

Brother-in-law of Susima, Priyanki, Dilli and Rukshani

Son-in-law of Sunethra and late Jinadasa Atapattu

Brother-in-law of of Sanjeevi, Maheshi and Arosha

Uncle of Dilini, Tara late Nirosh, Shani, Tiyashi, Vihashi, Bianca, Dmitri and Mandil.

Viewing

    Thursday, April 11th from 4pm-8pm

Funeral Service

     Friday, April 12th from 11am-12.30pm

Both viewing and funeral service will be held at

     Forest Lawn Memorial Park

     Patriots Chapel

     4471 Uncoln Av

     Cypress, CA 90430

 

Jeanne VenetiaJeanne Venetia Arseculeratne (Fernando) (84) passed away on March 16th in Torrance, California. She was born in Sri Lanka and emigrated to the United States with her husband Felix Arseculeratne, daughter Agatha and son Romesh in 1969. She was preceded by her husband Felix, survived by her daughter Agatha (David) Yartz, son Romesh Arseculeratne, sister Celine (Phillip) Fernando, nieces and nephews Ranil (Noely) Fernando, Anne (Prasanna) Samarawickrama, Melissa (Sanjay) Gunawardena, Marlie (Andrew) Abrahams and Mahen (Thilini) Fernando. 

 

Viewing held on April 1st, 2024 2-6 pm at Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City CA 90230

Funeral held on April 2nd, 2024 9am at Holy Cross Cemetery – Culver City CA 90230

 

HAMER – RUSSELL PERCIVAL PETER. Husband of Mallika, loving father of Peter and Sandra; father-in-law of Sherman and Briony; darling grandfather of Tiffany and Steffany; Brother of Granville and Mervyn (both deceased), passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Cortege left A.F. Raymonds Funeral Parlour, Borella, on March 29, 2024, for burial at 3pm at General Cemetery, Kanatte.

 

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Sri Lankan Bibbikan

Ingredients

1 medium-sized coconut 

  (1-1 1/2lb.)

2 lbs. Jaggery

1/2 lb. Cadjunuts

2 teaspoons clove powder

cardomon and cinnamon powder (to taste)

1/4lb white wheat flower

1/2 lb. Sugar

2 ozs. ginger preserve (cut very fine)

2 teaspoons grated rind of lime

2-3 oz. Seedless sultanas (optional)

 

METHOD

1.Scrape coconut. Extract as much coconut milk as possible.

2.Pound coconut.

3.Dissolve Jaggery and Sugar with coconut milk. Add salt. Bring to a Boil.

4.Add pounded coconut and cook until mixture is sticky but not burned or caramalized. Take off the fire.

5.Add Flour. Mix well. Chop Cadjunuts, ginger preserve and spices. Mix well

6.Add lime rind just before putting in 9×12″ pan. Bake at 325 degrees F, until done.

Turn onto platter,place a few fresh flowers on a side to decorate.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I have given you traditional Sinhala Tamil Recipes for your Table over many years.Make this.Have fun.

Please email me for all your questions and requests.

romadezoysa1@gmail.com

 

A Royal Get Well Soon! to Our Dear Katherine Princess of Wales, UK We Love you!

A Royal Get Well Soon!

to Our Dear Katherine

Princess of Wales, UK

We Love you!

Jayam2424@yahoo.com

Good News From Jayam – By Jayam Rutnam

Good News From Jayam April 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Good News From Jayam

Tourist Arrivals Top Half-a-Million Mark

Tourist Arrivals Top Half-a-Million Mark
In a remarkable feat for Sri Lanka’s tourism sector, arrivals surpassed the half-a-million sparking optimism about meeting the ambitious target of 2.3 million visitors by the end of the year. “Sri Lanka could achieve the set target for 2024 or more, whilst earning over $4 billion by year-end,” Tourism Minister Harin Fernando, recalling that in 2023 the country surpassed the 500,000 mark only in May and in 2022 in September. Russia (13,699), India (13,492), Germany (8,547), the UK (7,245) and France (5,851) emerged as the top markets so far in March. The tourism earnings during the first two months have registered

$687.5 million in tandem with the boost in arrivals.

US, China Coming Together for IORA

US, China Coming Together for IORA
Although the United States and China are seen geopolitically battling over the control of the Indian Ocean, the two countries’ envoys — US ambassador Julie Chung and China’s Acting Ambassador– were seen in a single frame at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Day events held at the Galle Face Green, with the Cuban ambassador nearby.

Message from the Honorary

Consul General of Ireland – Colombo Sri Lanka – Manik Pereira

Message from the Honorary Consul General of Ireland - Colombo Sri Lanka - Manik Pereira
International Awards 2024 Sunday, April 21st, 2024 (Please click on link below to register)

International Awards 2024 Sunday, April 21st, 2024 (Please click on link below to register)

 

Meet Outstanding Achievement Junior Award winner Tashiya Kameel Piyadasa

Meet Outstanding Achievement Junior Award winner Tashiya Kameel Piyadasa

We are awarding Tashiya Kameel Piyadasa because she is such a fierce competitor in table tennis. Her achievements at the national level are outstanding! Tashiya is the only Sri Lankan American to become a national champion in Table Tennis in the USA and represent the USA national Table Tennis team. In 2022, she won a gold medal at the 2022 US Open Table Tennis Championship. In the 2023 Pan American Championships in Ecuador, she secured four gold medals and an additional gold and silver in the 2023 USA National Table Tennis Championships.

Meet Outstanding Achievement Junior Award winner Tiana Kameel Piyadasa

Meet Outstanding Achievement Junior Award winner Tiana Kameel Piyadasa
We are awarding Tiana Kameel Piyadasa because of her outstanding achievements in table tennis at such a young age. She is a tremendous athlete and a force to be reckoned with. Tiana Kameel Piyadasa was born in Pasadena, California, to Sri Lankan parents, Thilina Piyadasa and Rifkha Kameel. She is currently attending elementary school in Southern California. For the Kameel Piyadasa’s table tennis is a family tradition. Tiana’s father, Thilina, was a Sri Lankan national table tennis champion for 8 years and is a national-level coach for Team USA. Tiana’s mother, Rifkha, was also a national table tennis player in Sri Lanka. Tiana’s older sister, Tashiya, is a national table tennis champion.

Tiana Sumanasekera (17) of Pleasanton, California Gymnast Champion for 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles

Tiana Sumanasekera (17) of Pleasanton, California Gymnast Champion for 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles
Tiana Sumanasekera was born to Rajitha and Ruwangi Sumanasekera in 2007. She started gymnastics in 2013. She is of Sri Lankan descent.


Dennis Andre Rutnam of Arleta, Ca. Celebrated his 50th Birthday with Family and friends (Here with daughter Maddy)

Dennis Andre Rutnam of Arleta, Ca. Celebrated his 50th Birthday with Family and friends (Here with daughter Maddy)
Patrick Rutnam of Los Angeles acts as John the Apostle in “47 Days with Jesus”

Patrick Rutnam of Los Angeles acts as John the Apostle in "47 Days with Jesus"

Achala interviews Sri Lankan American Entertainer Talin Silva in Los Angeles, Ca. A Golden Gate Production (Please click on arrow – this one is beautiful!)

Achala interviews Sri Lankan American Entertainer Talin Silva in Los Angeles, Ca. A Golden Gate Production (Please click on arrow - this one is beautiful!)
ASU” Premiere at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, Ca. (Photos by Moran Moran)


The BNS Show with Umaria and Randhir – USA Tour 2024 in Los Angeles Click on link below to purchase tickets srinet.com

The BNS Show with Umaria and Randhir - USA Tour 2024 in Los Angeles Click on link below to purchase tickets srinet.com
All Old Joes – Indrajith Perera of London, UK visited former Josephian Cricket Captain Raja de Silva and Hayleys Engineer Cuthbert Charles at the Cinnamon Grand in Colombo

Happy Birthday to Arya and Yara of Fullerton, Ca. (Photos by Moran Moran)

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Jayam’s Choice for Easter “Risen” – Shawna Edwards (Please Click on Arrow)

Jayam's Choice for Easter "Risen" - Shawna Edwards (Please Click on Arrow)
The Musical Odyssey of Gresha Schuilling

The Musical Odyssey of Gresha Schuilling
Gresha Schuilling, is recognized in the realm of Contemporary Christian music (CCM) for her multifaceted talents as a producer, singer, songwriter, and worship leader. Her musical journey began in Saudi Arabia, where she developed an affinity for music production. Schuilling’s early musical inclinations were nurtured when she received her first keyboard, exploring the melody of Elvis Presley’s “Wooden Heart.” Growing up in the diverse atmosphere of Jeddah due to her father’s profession, her cosmopolitan upbringing became integral to her musical ethos.

Whispering Hope (Official Listening Video) by Gresha Schuilling (Please click on arrow)

Whispering Hope (Official Listening Video) by Gresha Schuilling (Please click on arrow)

Waves collaborates with Yohani for future campaigns

Waves collaborates with Yohani for future campaigns
Waves unveiled plans to partner Yohani as a brand partner for upcoming campaigns at a media gathering held recently at the Waves concept store in Havelock City Mall complex. This follows the back of the breakthrough success of the “Show Your Two Colours” campaign which sparked a viral social media trend involving over 50 social media influencers. The trend which caught traction when Yohani was spotted wearing two-coloured footwear, succeeded in driving the personalisation of Waves flip-flops by combining colours and accessories to showcase individualisation and personal preference.

Good Husband Wanted

Good Husband Wanted
Pretty girl looking for a husband. She is of Sri Lankan origin, born in Sri Lanka lived most of her life in USA. She is a practicing Attorney at law. 35 years old from a good Sinhala family. 130 lbs 5′ 7″. Serious inquiries only.

Please call Jayam at 626-335-7266 or email Jayam2424@yahoo.com.
“Half a World Away”

A children’s book by Jamie Schumacher Daughter of Ozzie and Ann Schumacher

"Half a World Away" A children's book by Jamie Schumacher Daughter of Ozzie and Ann Schumacher
Half a World Away is a vibrantly illustrated children’s book by Minnesota author and artist Jamie (Schumacher) Kalakaru-Mava.  The story follows young Esme and her family on their journey through the South Asian island country of Sri Lanka. There, Esme reunites with her Nana, who gives her a sketch book and encourages her to draw her memories. Esme’s sketchbook becomes filled with beautiful illustrations of their family’s adventures, imbued with the rich tradition and aesthetics of Sri Lankan batik.

Original works by the author/artist, including the vibrant book illustrations, will be on display at XIA Gallery in St. Paul from April 2-30, 2024. Join us to celebrate the launch!

 

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo March 21st, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Be bewitched today with enchanting cherry blossoms, women breaking barriers, ending stereotypes, warriors on the runway, orchids in fashion, age-old lipstick and Sri Lanka’s KPIs! And that’s only the tip of the iceberg because there’s much more.

Obituaries – Sad News

Doyne and Marlene Caspersz
Doyne and Marlene Caspersz

Passed away in Melbourne Australia on March 10th 2024. Doyne, son of Marcus and Zoe Caspersz, brother of Lorette, Trevor, Rosemary and Heloise, Humphrey and Caryll. Marlene, daughter of William and Nellie, sister of Powell. Parents of Adrian, daughter in law Ellie and daughter Jennifer.

Funeral Arrangements

A requiem mass will be held at Christ Our Holy Redeemer, East Oakleigh at 11 am on Tuesday,

March 26, 2024. At the end of the mass cortege will leave for burial service at Springvale Botanical Cemetery. The Rosary will be recited at Le Pine Funerals, Box Hill at 5.30 pm on Monday March 25th.

Vernon de Alwis passed away in Melbourne, Australia on March 18th, 2024. Husband of Lorraine, father of Michelle Balthazaar, grandfather of Aaron and Christopher, brother of Mark de Alwis, Brother in law of Aubrey and Jacqui Mackessack, and Ckaudette de Alwis.Vernon was one of the Pioneers of the Ceylon Steel Corporation. He was an old boy of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo.

Requiem Mass at St. Anne’s Church in Seaford, Victoria. 10.30 am on Tuesday March 26th.

Tel: +613 9786 0816

Billy Raymond (C. R. Raymond) (81) – It is with great sadness we announce the passing away of Billy Raymond (C R Raymond) on February 29th, 2024 in the U.K. Husband of Christine,​​ father of Danielle,​​ Richard and Ryan,​​ grandfather of Jai and Saira, father-in-law of Tamara.​​

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Barbecued, Spiced Chicken
Ingredients
  • 3 lbs chicken, cut into pieces
  • 8 shallots
  • 6 candlenuts (not easily available in L.A. substitute with nut of preference. I use cashew nuts)
  • 1” ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1 stem lemongrass
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (or to taste)
  • 4 Tbs light soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs sweet Soy sauce
  • 3 Tbs oil (I use grapeseed oil)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil for frying
Method
Serves 4
Slash flesh of the chicken several times. Finely chop the shallots and set aside. Pound the garlic, nuts, ginger, lemongrass and chilli powder together. Mix with soy sauces and oil and pour over the chicken pieces. Marinade for 30 minutes. Heat oil in a wok, fry the onions without browning. Lift chicken pieces out of marinade and fry on both sides to seal. Reduce the heat, cook for 10 minutes. Transfer to the barbecue to complete cooking. Add the marinade to the remaining ingredients in the wok. Fry, then add stock. Cook for 5 minutes and serve the sauce with the chicken.
I chose to share one of my favorite chicken dishes at Easter. Please serve with the traditional yellow rice and customary sides. I hope you enjoy a different chicken dish. Happy Easter!
Please email me for all your questions and requests.

Jayam2424@yahoo.com

Sri Lankan School’s Golf Tournament / Gala April 14th, 2024

Sri Lankan School’s Golf Tournament / Gala April 14th, 2024

Sri Lankan School's Golf Tournament Gala April 14th, 2024

ALl ARE WELCOMES!! Los Robles Golf Course
299 S Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA.91361
Golfing 1-6 pm : Gala/Social 6 pm onwards

Ticket includes: Dinner – 2 Cocktails – Live Music – Dancing

For Tickets & Info
Dino Silva (949)813-0366
Sanka Marcelline (626)497-9979
Samantha Kurera(951)963-1030

Good News From Jayam – By Jayam Rutnam

Good News From Jayam March 15, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Happy International Women’s Day March 8, 2024

Happy International Women's Day March 8, 2024

cientist Dr. Sarath Gunapala of La Crescenta, Ca. Invited to Witness Launch of Satellite in Cape Canaveral, Florida

cientist Dr. Sarath Gunapala of

La Crescenta, Ca. Invited to Witness Launch of Satellite in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Top JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab) Scientist Dr. Sarath Gunapala and his team have been invited for the launch of an important satellite from Cape Canavarel Space Center in Florida. This event will occur within the next two weeks. He will be accompanied by his wife Vajira. The above photo shows Dr Gunapala being presented with Sri Lanka Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award by SLAASC Founder President Jayam Rutnam in 2003. This year, the

Sri Lanka Foundation Awards ceremony will be held at the fabulous Grand Ballroom of the Universal Sheraton Hotel in Universal City, Ca. on Sunday, April 21st, 2024.

J Med Supplies Expands with New Distribution Center in Buena Park, California

J Med Supplies Expands with New Distribution Center in Buena Park, California

J Med is a leader in the DME (Durable Medical Equipment) and healthcare supply industry, and is making a significant investment in its California operations in expanding the facilities with a new, cutting-edge distribution center in Buena Park. “Our commitment to ‘jumping through hoops’ for our clients ,It means being there when they need us most,” said John Amrithiah, President/ CEO of J Med Supplies. John is an entrepreneur who has grown his business multi fold; as a hobby, a DJ as ‘DJ Johnny’, golfer and a ranked Chess player too. 

Sri Lanka Foundation’s Award Ceremony in 2023 (Please click on arrow)

You’re Invited! Sri Lanka Foundation Int. International Awards 2024 Sunday, April 21st, 2024 (Please click on flyer below to book tickets)

http://srilankafoundation.org/int-awards-2024

Meet Srimerican of the Year Award Winner Aruni Boteju

Meet Srimerican of the Year

Award Winner Aruni Boteju

The Sri Lanka Foundation is awarding Aruni Boteju for her work in creating the Ceylon International Film Festival, a film festival that shares Sri Lankan culture with the world. Her success in charitable causes has made an organizational and monetary impact in helping the U.S. and Sri Lanka. Aruni Boteju was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and she is the oldest of three daughters of Manel and Ariyadasa Horanage. She attended Buddhist Ladies Collage, Colombo 7, which laid the foundation for her academic pursuits. In her teenage years, her family relocated to Santa Barbara, California. She continued her studies at Santa Barbara City College and subsequently achieved a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix. Aruni is the Founder and CEO of the Ceylon International Film Festival (CEYIFF). The CEYIFF is a non-profit arts and educational organization founded in 2021. It is the first Sri Lankan film festival organized outside of Sri Lanka.

Meet Rising Star Award Winner Tanya Egodage, MD, FACS

Meet Rising Star
Award Winner Tanya Egodage, MD, FACS

The Sri Lanka Foundation is awarding Tanya Egodage, MD, FACS, for her essential medical work and determination to share her knowledge and gifts with students in the U.S. and Sri Lanka. In the fast-paced world of critical care, Dr. Egodage is a rising star! Tanya Egodage, MD, FACS, grew up in Seal Beach, California. After graduating from the University of California Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, she attended medical school at the American University of the Caribbean, Coral Gables, FL. In a highly competitive profession, Dr. Egodage is making a name for herself. Dr. Egodage is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Camden, NJ. Previously, she was an attending surgeon in Trauma, Acute Care Surgery, and Surgical Critical Care at Cooper University Hospital in Chicago, IL.

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Wedding with a Sri Lankan twist in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

In the heart of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, love recently took center stage as Marium and Shafraz, the delightful couple separated for 847 days, finally celebrated their union in a wedding with a Sri Lankan flavour. The venue at Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square witnessed not only a beautiful marriage but also a fusion of cultures. Everthing from the start was packed with grandeur and magnificence,

Romesh Attapattu, the talented beautician who flew from Sri Lanka to Lancaster, transfomed Marium into a vivacious princess,kept her look subtle but stunning. Oozing with bridal glamour, she was a picture perfect bride.

In the heart of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, love recently took center stage as Marium and Shafraz, the delightful couple separated for 847 days, finally celebrated their union in a wedding with a Sri Lankan flavour. The venue at Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square witnessed not only a beautiful marriage but also a fusion of cultures. Everthing from the start was packed with grandeur and magnificence,

Romesh Attapattu, the talented beautician who flew from Sri Lanka to Lancaster, transfomed Marium into a vivacious princess,kept her look subtle but stunning. Oozing with bridal glamour, she was a picture perfect bride.

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Wathsala and Dilip of Los Angeles, Ca. Celebrate Triple Landmarks Anniversary, Birthday and Book Launch

Wathsala and Dilip of Los Angeles, Ca. Celebrate Triple Landmarks

Anniversary, Birthday and Book Launch

Dilip and Wathsala celebrated their silver wedding anniversary and Wathsala’s 50th Birthday recently.

Wathsala also launched her inaugural children’s book based on a true happening in her Montessori class titled “What Happened to the Butterfly”. The occasion was celebrated before a large gathering of guests at a banquet held recently at the Pacific Palms Resort. It was a grand occasion with performances of Bollywood and Spanish Dancing, Piano Recitals ending with the Sri Lankan Baila.

book

Wathsala and Shanthi with the table setting designed by Shanthi Jasentuliyana featuring Wathsala’s book launched at the event.

Dilip, Nandi Jasentuliyana, Wathsala, Randil Jayasekera, Shanthi Jasentuliyana

Dilip, Nandi Jasentuliyana, Wathsala, Randil Jayasekera, Shanthi Jasentuliyana 

Dilip, Dr. Lakshman Makandura, Wathsala and son Randil

Aloma and Denzil Ratnasoma

Aloma and Denzil Ratnasoma

President SLAASC Niroshan Kahawatte,

Gina and Jayam Rutnam

President SLAASC Niroshan Kahawatte, Gina and Jayam Rutnam

Anniversary Couple with their Amigos Group: Vipula, Chethmini, Desha, Krishanthi, Shanthi, Dilip, Nandi, Randil, Wathsala, Dushanthi, Renuka and Niroshan

  Jilska, Vajira, Roshana, Wathsala, Ayoma and Aloma

  Jilska, Vajira, Roshana, Wathsala, Ayoma and Aloma

Anniversary couple Dilip and Wathsala toasting the occasion with their son Randil looking on

Anniversary couple Dilip and Wathsala toasting the occasion with their son Randil looking on


Birthday cake, creation of Isha

Birthday cake, creation of Isha

Table settings designed by Shanthi Jasentuliyana featuring Wathsala's inaugural book launch at the event

Table settings designed by Shanthi Jasentuliyana featuring Wathsala's inaugural book launch at the event

Jayam’s Choice “My Way” – Vanny Vabiola Please click on arrow – You’ll love this one!

Jayam's Choice

"My Way" - Vanny Vabiola

Please click on arrow - You'll love this one!

Celebrate Women’s Day with Hilton Colombo

Celebrate Women’s Day

with Hilton Colombo

In a show of solidarity, Hilton hotels across the country are tagging along to celebrate and honor the remarkable women who contribute tirelessly to improving their communities. Each property’s culinary and service teams will showcase their talents to create exceptional experiences that recognize and express appreciation for these impactful individuals. Indulge in a delightful afternoon of endless possibilities at Graze Kitchen’s exquisite high tea buffet. Featuring a delectable array of savory offerings, tempting sandwiches, and irresistible sweets, this indulgent experience is sure to leave you wanting more. 

Top Sri Lankan Photographers at the WPPI Photographers Convention at “The Mirage” in Las Vegas, Nevada Moran Perera, Andy Samarasena and Buddhika Ekanayake

Top Sri Lankan Photographers at the WPPI

Photographers Convention

at "The Mirage" in Las Vegas, Nevada

Moran Perera, Andy Samarasena and Buddhika Ekanayake

Carl Fernando Celebrated his 80th Birthday in Colombo, Sri Lanka with wife Ertha, daughters and friends

Have your own pic on
postal stamps for Rs.2,000
(That's US $6.51)

Have your own pic on postal stamps for Rs.2,000 (That’s US $6.51)

Have your own pic on
postal stamps for Rs.2,000
(That's US $6.51)

The Sri Lanka Postal Department is offering citizens the chance to design postal stamps featuring their own photographs or events, with a creation cost of Rs.2000, said Postmaster General Ruwan Sathkumara.

Addressing an event organized in Colombo to unveil a stamp for Hatton National Bank (HNB), he announced that individuals can now acquire a sheet of stamps with 20 stamps tailored for special occasions like weddings, gatherings, and parties or their own photographs.

“Families can enhance the uniqueness of their wedding cards by using these stamps, featuring photos of the couple. These stamps can also serve as postal stamps,” he mentioned.

For St. Patrick’s Day “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” by Emma Sophia (age 5) (This one’s for all you Irish) Please click on arrow

Prishan Pandithage Studios

Prishan Pandithage Studios

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo March 7th, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo

March 7th, 2024

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It’s a double celebration – We are on our 200th show and it’s International Women’s Day! These are women who have managed challenges, changed course, created tapestries, while the world has also changed with them

– as you will see!

Obituaries – Sad News

Ronnie de Mel Ronnie de Mel (98) who was instrumental in introducing the open economy in Sri Lanka in 1978 passed away on February 27, 2024 in Colombo. He introduced the open economy in Sri Lanka as the Finance Minister under the guidance of late President President J. R. Jayawardene’s cabinet in 1977.   Ronnie de Mel was the longest serving finance minister in the country and one who has presented the most number of budgets from 1977 to 1987.  His funeral was held at the Ruhunu University grounds on February 29th, 2024.

Manora DissanayakeManora Dissanayake (70)

Passed away in Los Angeles recently. Wife of Dissa. Mother of Indika and Amali. Funeral was on March 2nd, 2024 at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles

followed by a mala batha at the Oxnard Temple in NorthHollywood, Ca.

 

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Recipes From Roma's Kitchen

OVEN BRAISED CORNED BEEF IN BEER 

Ingredients

  • 4lbs. Brisket
  • 1 large Onion (Cut in half and sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon Black Peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon Allspice
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 cups light (Golden Beer)
  • 4 cups Broth

METHOD

1.Gather ingredients together

2.Rinse the Corned Beef under cold running water to remove

  all the salt from the surface

3. Put 1/2 the sliced onions at the bottom of a large Dutch Oven.

4.Bring Beer and Broth to a boil

5.Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot and cook this for 

 4-5 hours

6.When the meat is tender and the liquid bubbling,remove the meet onto a platter and slice it. The vegetables can be placed on a side of the meat

7.Pour some of the gravy over the meat and the rest on the 

  side in a sauce bow

 

RED CABBAGE SALAD

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • Salt and ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Head Red Cabbage cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 small carrots grated
  • 1 small Red Onion chopped
  • 1 cup Golden Raisins

 

METHOD

Toss all of the above in a salad bowl and serve as a Side Dish by the sliced Corned Beef. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you who celebrate it. Those of you who do not, should still make this very Irish Dish. I hope you enjoy it.

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This can be made in your Crock Pot following the  same directions on medium heat. When you know your meat is tender and the broth still bubbling  you can turn the heat off, place the meat to rest for a few minutes on your slicing board and follow the directions. Please email me with any questions you may have or any requests. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

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Sri Lankan School’s Golf Tournament in Thousand Oaks, Ca. Save the date April 14th, 2024

Sri Lankan School’s Golf Tournament in Thousand Oaks, Ca. Save the date April 14th, 2024

Sri Lankan School's Golf Tournament in Thousand Oaks, Ca. Save the date April 14th, 2024

Sri Lankan School’s Golf Tournament

Save the Date !!! 

Date – April 14th, 2024

Venue – Los Robles Golf Course 299 S Moorpark Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA.91361

Organized by the OJAC St. Joseph’s College, Old Boys Association of California

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Good News From Jayam – March 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Good News From Jayam - March 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Tourism Sector Earns Record Rs.7 billion in 45 Days

Tourism Sector Earns Record Rs.7 billion in 45 Days

Amid a rejuvenated focus on revitalising Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, President Ranil Wickremesinghe embarked on an observation tour in Tangalle and Galle, underscoring the Government’s commitment to enhancing tourist facilities. President Wickremesinghe’s visit came in the backdrop of record earnings from tourism this year (45 days) alone, which amounted to Rs.7,000 million from 306,708 tourists. The tourism surge in Sri Lanka is evident from the unprecedented 106 percent year-on-year increase in tourist arrivals, with around 9,000 visitors daily.

Key US Official Donald Lu Hails Sri Lanka’s Economic Recovery as Greatest Comeback story

Key US Official Donald Lu Hails

Sri Lanka’s Economic Recovery

as Greatest Comeback story

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu says SL is a different place a year on since crisis began. Praises SL as successful example of US administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy in collaboration with partners like India. Says SL’s comeback was result of help from friends. Claims debt restructuring by creditors like Japan, India and France forced China to follow suit Stresses a crucial aspect of SL’s requirements now is support for its sovereignty from all stakeholders.

Kumara Bey of Chatsworth, Ca. Graduates

Kumara Bey of Chatsworth, Ca. Graduates

Kumara Bey graduated December 12, 2023 from Arizona State University with a BS in Sociology. Her family flew to Arizona to see her cross the stage. Evelyn Bey, Yusuf Bey, Yusuf Bey III, her uncles James Rutnam and Tony Bacon.

Kumara is the grand daughter of Chandran and Judy Rutnam.

Sri Lanka Foundation Int. Presents International Awards 2024 For Reservations Please Scan the QR code or click on link below

Sri Lanka Foundation Int. Presents International Awards 2024 For Reservations Please Scan the QR code or click on link below

Sri Lanka Foundation: Meet Outstanding Performance by a Young Professional Award winner Enoka Amali Fernando

Sri Lanka Foundation: Meet Outstanding Performance by a Young Professional Award winner Enoka Amali Fernando

Enoka Amali Fernando’s journey began at Musaeus College and Stafford International in Sri Lanka, where she won numerous awards for swimming and academic subjects. She went on to represent Sri Lanka at the Asian Games for swimming. After winning multiple scholarships for her final two years of college in the USA, Enoka graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a double degree in Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering.

Enoka has more than 20 years of experience as an aeronautical engineer.

Sri Lanka Foundation: Meet Exceptional Achievement Award winner Roy Malleappah

Sri Lanka Foundation: Meet Exceptional Achievement Award winner Roy Malleappah

By trade, Roy is a construction engineer in Los Angeles, California. However, Roy decided to handle the epidemic of snakebites in Sri Lanka, as it has one of the highest numbers of snakebite-related fatalities in the world. Snakebite envenoming is a WHO-recognized neglected tropical disease. Roy and his USAVRI team have worked tirelessly for over a decade in pursuit of his goal: coordinating the production of the first effective polyvalent antivenom for Sri Lanka’s snakebite victims. Roy’s vision at the outset was to develop a medicine that would not need refrigeration, as most antivenoms do, and that would be simple to administer, facilitating quick implementation in rural dispensaries.

Julie Chung Invites Aquaman Star Jason Momoa to Explore Sri Lanka’s Environmental Efforts 

Julie Chung Invites Aquaman Star
Jason Momoa to Explore Sri Lanka’s Environmental Efforts

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung has extended a warm invitation to Hollywood actor Jason Momoa, known for his advocacy for environmental conservation, to witness Sri Lanka’s mangrove restoration efforts and explore its vibrant marine ecosystem. The Ambassador’s invitation comes hot on the heels of the Aquaman star Momoa congratulating Sri Lanka for being declared a UN World Restoration Flagship, in recognition of the country’s efforts to rebuild and restore its mangrove ecosystems.

Mystique Fusion by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association in Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Mystique Fusion by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association in Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

The fashion show Mystique Fusion was organized by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association women’s branch. Held at the Cerritos Center for Performing Arts on Sunday January 28th. This event was attended by over 240 ladies from the Sri Lanka, Pakistani, Indian and Middle Eastern community.

 The opening dance sequence was done by SLF followed by the Fashion Show and Bollywood Dancing by the Ada Dance Troupe. The evening was filled with an array of colors and fashionable ladies enjoying the fun and food.

Mystique Fusion by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association in Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Mystique Fusion by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association in Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Mystique Fusion by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association in Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Mystique Fusion by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association in Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Mystique Fusion by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association in Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Mystique Fusion by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association in Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Mystique Fusion by the Sri Lanka Muslim Association in Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

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The 2024 Bugatti Chiron A Steal at only $6 Million

The 2024 Bugatti Chiron A Steal at only $6 Million

Jayam’s Choice André Rieu & Dorona Alberti “I Will Survive” (Please click on arrow)


Jayam's Choice

André Rieu & Dorona Alberti

"I Will Survive"

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SLAASC and Consul General’s 76th Independence Day Celebrations Photos taken after the celebrations (Photos by Moran Moran)

SLAASC and Consul General's 76th Independence Day Celebrations Photos taken after the celebrations (Photos by Moran Moran)

SLAASC and Consul General's 76th Independence Day Celebrations Photos taken after the celebrations (Photos by Moran Moran)

SLAASC and Consul General's 76th Independence Day Celebrations Photos taken after the celebrations (Photos by Moran Moran)

SLAASC and Consul General's 76th Independence Day Celebrations Photos taken after the celebrations (Photos by Moran Moran)

SLAASC and Consul General's 76th Independence Day Celebrations Photos taken after the celebrations (Photos by Moran Moran)

SLAASC and Consul General's 76th Independence Day Celebrations Photos taken after the celebrations (Photos by Moran Moran)

SLAASC and Consul General's 76th Independence Day Celebrations Photos taken after the celebrations (Photos by Moran Moran)

“Slow Food” at Mount Lavinia Hotel Makes a Grand Comeback

"Slow Food" at Mount Lavinia Hotel Makes a Grand Comeback

Mount Lavinia Hotel (MLH), hosted its first Slow Food event for the year recently at the newly renovated Horizon Rooftop. This occasion brought together prominent figures, including the German Ambassador, the Cuban Ambassador, corporate leaders, key opinion leaders in the country, and media partners. Slow food, a concept that emphasizes the importance of locally sourced ingredients and the connection between food and the environment, made a grand comeback with the leadership of Anura Dewapura – Chief Operating Officer of MLHG. Known for hosting a variety of Slow Food events in the past, “Slow Food Italia” was the first of the series of twelve slow food events MLH has planned for this year, each highlighting a different cuisine every month.

Lakshman Kadirgamar – True Sri Lankan

Lakshman Kadirgamar - True Sri Lankan

Sol Housein Mirissa

Sol House

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Complete History of Sri Lanka by Matt Baker (Please click on arrow)

Complete History of Sri Lanka by Matt Baker

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Kerrigan La-Brooy to Appear at Bujil Place in Casey, Australia on October 19th, 2024

Kerrigan La-Brooy to Appear at Bujil Place in Casey, Australia on October 19th, 2024

Entertainer Extraordinaire Kerrigan La-Brooy returns to stages at selected venues around Australia, including an Exclusive Melbourne Only Fundraising ‘Concert Dance’. With a staggering 25 number 1 Hit Singles and closing in on a record breaking 4 consecutive years on the Airplay Charts, the chart-topping, singer songwriter, swings into action. Saturday, October 19th, 2024 at the Multimillion Dollar Entertainment Complex, Bunjil Place, in the City of Casey. Music from all Genres. Predominantly Country & Rock ‘n’ Roll. Grab an Early Bird Discount. Limited Tickets on Sale. 

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Kaleidoscope February 22nd, 2024

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We’re bringing you a koi story today, chatting with Sir Alexander McCall Smith who’s sold over 40 million books, checking out a diversity driven designer, UAE’s largest Hindu Temple, Kala Pola and figuring some economic bits! and of course – there’s more!

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Recipes From Roma's Kitchen

Dipping Sauces

1.Ginger-Soy Dipping Sauce

  Ingredients

  •   1 teaspoon Grated Ginger
  •   3/4 teaspoon Brown Sugar
  •   1/4 teaspoon Sriracha
  •   1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  •   1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  •   1/4 cup Rice Wine vinegar

2.Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

  Ingredients

  •   1/3 cup Soy Sauce
  •   1/4 cup Peanut Butter
  •  2 Tablespoons Honey or Brown Sugar
  •   2 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  •   1/2 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  •   1 1/2 teaspoon minced Garlic
  •   1/2 teaspoon grated Ginger
  •   Sriracha to taste

3.Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

  Ingredients

  •   1/2 cup Sugar
  •   3 Tablespoons Ketchup
  •   1/3 cup distilled White Vinegar
  •   1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  •   1 teaspoon Garlic Salt

4.Hoisin Almond Dipping Sauce

  Ingredients

  •   1 Tablespoon Sugar
  •   1/3 cup Hoisin Sauce
  •   1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  •   1 Tablespoon minced Garlic 
  •   1Tablespoon sweet chillie sauce
  •   2-3 Tablespoons Water
  •   3 Spoons of Almond Butter or any nut

5.Spicy Mango Dipping Sauce

  Ingredients

  •   1/2 Tablespoon Red Onion, chopped
  •   1 teaspoon Garlic minced
  •   1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
  •   1 Tablespoon Lime juice
  •   1 Tablespoon Sweet Chillie Sauce
  •   1/2 cup Fresh frozen Mango Chunks

Make each Sauce by combining ingredients in a blender till smooth and serve in a sauce boat with a serving spoon.

These dipping sauces are great with Chinese dumplings, Spring Rolls, Cutlets and some Pastries.

Please email me with all your questions and requests.

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Microsoft Tech Support in Bombay, India ( Have you talked to him recently? )

Microsoft Tech Support in Bombay, India

(Have you talked to him recently?)

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Good News From Jayam – By Jayam Rutnam

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Manilal Fernando of Los Angeles, Ca. to be Honored with President’s Award – Sri Lanka Foundation –

Manilal Fernando

Founded in 1989, the Clarendon Foundation is Manilal Fernando’s passion. Under his leadership and with the generosity of donors, the Foundation has dedicated over five million dollars of monetary resources towards charitable work in Sri Lanka. With a focus on children, it provides 475,000 meals a year, helping 1,500 children daily, while also focusing on ongoing nutrition for children with cancer. The Clarendon Foundation has built school houses, funded multiple children’s homes, and provided homes for abused women, pregnant single mothers, and their babies. In addition to housing, basic nutrition, and education, they have provided training for disabled children and funded heart surgeries for infants.

Sri Lanka Foundation International Presents International Awards 2024 Sunday April 21st, 2024 Book your tables now!

Sri Lanka Foundation International

Bigger and Better Venue for Sri Lanka Foundation’s Awards Ceremony – The Exclusive Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City, Ca.

Sri Lanka Foundation's Awards Ceremony

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Top Los Angeles Architect – Lifetime Achievement Award to Ravi Gunewardena – Sri Lanka Foundation

Ravi Gunewardena

Ravi Gunewardena and his partner, Frank Escher, started Escher Gunewardena Architecture in 1996. Their work has earned numerous honors and awards, receiving national and international acclaim. The firm’s extraordinary range of projects reflects their broad cultural interests, and they frequently collaborate with internationally known contemporary artists, consultants, and cultural institutions. He is an obvious choice for the Lifetime Achievement Award, considering the number of accolades and awards given to him and his firm, which is only magnified by the number of publications his work has been featured in.

“Upul Dharmadasa Presents New Business Plan For Development of New Profit Centers

Upul Dharmadasa

Shamahil Mohideen (COO of Hotel Developers), Athula Kumara (DG of Public Enterprise, Treasury, Upul Dharmadasa, Chairman Of HDL, Owners of Colombo Hilton), Hon Minister of UDA and Housing, Secretary to UDA Mr Sathyananda. Upul Dharmadasa, Chairman of Hotel Developers Lanka Ltd ( owners of Colombo Hilton) presenting to Hon Prasanna Ranathunge, Minister of Urban Development & Housing , the new business plan for development of new profit centers for Hotel Developers for its new strategic plan.

76th Independence Day Celebrations in North Hollywood, Ca.

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Hundreds of Sri Lankan expatriates and Americans gathered in North Hollywood, Ca. for the celebration of Sri Lanka’s Independence on February 3rd. It was a beautiful presentation by the Sri Lanka America Association and the Consul General. Well organized with talented performers.

Founder President SLAASC Jayam Rutnam and Chairman of Sri Lanka Foundation Dr. Walter Jayasinghe and Aeshea, Past SLAASC Presidents Palitha Pelpola, Senani Abeygoonesekera, Sondra Wise, Manilal Fernando, Samantha Kurera, Keith Ranga and Indika Manage were among the special guests.

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Buddhist monks from the various temples in Los Angeles, attended the glamorous event, also attended by dignitaries from the Consular Corps.

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SLAASC President Niroshan Kahawatte and Consul General Dr. Lalith Chandradasa hoist the Sri Lankan flag.

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

When the President speaks, everybody listens! Niro Kahawatte and his team of Commitee Members and the Consul General and volunteers, put on a magnificent show. Congratulations to all. Proud to be Sri Lankan!

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

Popular actor and Past President of SLAASC Keith Ranga was the English speaking MC, while Sithara spoke in Sinhala and Suganya spoke in Tamil. They did agreat job!

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

The Drummers were Nalinda Dilupama, Dinesh Wijesinghe and Waruna Hemachandra. Excellent drummers! They had

lots of personality! Also performing were dancers from, the Sri Lanka Foundation Academy of Performing Arts, Thath Jith Academy, Savithri Arts Academy, Rushani Dance Troupe, Yasmin RuwanPathirana Group and the Indu Wickramasuriya Team.

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

76th Independence Day Celebrations 3

 

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Royal College OBA of North America Presents “Out of the Blues Golden Brazz” April 27, 2024

Out of the Blues Golden Brazz

Appreciation Award from Consul General for Victor Melder of Melbourne, Vic.

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Victor Melder of Melbourne, Australia was given a special award by the Consul General of Melbourne, Sandith Samarasinghe at the Sri Lanka Independence Commemoration event It was awarded for his services to the Community and Sri Lanka in Australia.

Rohan De Silva and Itzhak Perlman at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Ca.

Rohan De Silva and Itzhak Perlman at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Ca.

In a remarkable evening of musical brilliance, Rohan De Silva partnered with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles recently.

A review in a local paper stated, “World-class violinist Itzhak Perlman and distinguished pianist Rohan De Silva performed at the Disney Hall, Beethoven to John Williams. Perlman and De Silva played phenomenally and entertained the audience throughout the show.” This sentiment captures the essence of the evening perfectly. (Excerpt of article by Nandasiri Jasentuliyana in the Sunday Observer)

The BNS SHOW with Umaria & Randhir April 6th, 2024 Buy Your Tickets Now!

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“DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA” (EVITA) Piano Cover by Thaminie Perera (Please click on arrow)

DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA

Jayam’s Choice Neil Diamond on the Ed Sullivan Show “Sweet Caroline”

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Sonia Pereira’s 80th birthday celebration in Melbourne, Australia

!Sonia Pereira's 80th birthday celebration

Sonia Pereira arrived from Panadura, Sri Lanka on 18th December 2023 on a month’s holiday visiting her daughter Tania Pereira in Melbourne, Australia. Sonia is the wife of the late Collin Pereira, Supdt of Police in Sri Lanka. Collin also worked for Scotland Yard Police and after that worked in Oman as the Sheik’s ‘Sultan Qaboos bin Said’s bodyguard. Sonia flew Business Class courtesy of her daughter Tania Pereira, former Miss Lanka 1982, who now lives in Victoria, Australia.

“Get Well Soon” to Popular Sri Lankan Musician in Los Angeles – Sherwin Jayah

Sherwin Jayah

Kaleidoscope February 8th, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

Kaleidoscope February 8th, 2024

Have you heard of the Girl from Aleppo? Today, we’re sitting down with an escapee from the Syrian war, we’re talking the power of AI, we’re getting in the right spirit(s), we’re braving the dreadful seas and letting cats run the show. Plus – pigeon spies, actors turned politicos, online safety and much more! Happy Independence Day! As you unwind from the festive weekend, take a look at what you may have missed, on our show!

Obituaries – Sad News

Stanley (Stan) Joseph

Stanley (Stan) Joseph (81) of Eagle Rock, Ca.

Friends and Family – Our family is deeply saddened to inform you that Stan Joseph has moved on to his eternal resting place as of 25 January 2024. He was surrounded by his loved ones. Close family and friends

gathered at a church in Glendale, Ca. on February 10th followed by a reception. Stan is survived by his wife Sherani and two daughters. Thank You.

Art Ranasinghe

Art Ranasinghe (84) passed away in Roseville, Ca. on January 31st 2024. Husband of Padma Ranasinghe. Father of

Janesri DeSilva, Surangi Frazier, Leshanthi Jayamaha, Kosala Karunaratne,. Grandfather of Darby DeSilva, Jonathan DeSilva, Zoe Frazier, Liz Jayamaha. Father in law of Sunil F. DeSilva, Jeremy Frazier and Tony Jayamaha.

Funeral Arrangements

Viewing February 9th 4-6 pm Service Sat. Feb 10th 2-4 pm Mountain View MortuarynSunrise Chapel

2400 N. Fair Oaks

Altadena, Ca. 91001

Reception at home

RSVP ARTHUR@KTDOCTOR.COM

Pearl Mendis

Pearl Mendis passed away in San Dimas, Ca. on January 30, 2024. Wife of late Collin Mendis. Mother of Neil, Rona and Cherryl. Mother in law of Benny Fernando. Grandmother of Seth and Zaara Fernando.

Life Celebration  Saturday February 17thmViewing and Service Todd Memorial Chapel & Mortuary 570 N. Garvey Avenue Pomona, Ca. 91767

10-11.30 am Reception at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course, 2100 Terrebonne Ave, San Dimas, Ca. 91773. 12 – 4 pm Must RSVP to Neil, Rona or Cherryl by February 10th.

Dudley Clive Plunkett

Dudley Clive Plunkett (83) of Melbourne, Australia passed away on January 31, 2024. Son of George and Dolly. Loving Husband of Christine and Father of his son James. Brother of Sheila Hewawissa (Dec) , Lorna Kreltszheim, Bubbles Forbes (dec) , Maxine Sela , and Russell. Alumni of St. Joseph’s College Colombo class of 1958. Celebration of Life will be on Saturday February 24th from 11 to 3 pm at Dalhousie Ranges, 50 Bassett Lane, Hilldene, 3660.

Please RSVP to Christine and James Plunkett at 041 898 1654.

Ray Forbes (88)  Passed away on January 27th, 2024 in Sri Lanka. Son of the late Victor Forbes and Mary Caspersz, brother of Doris Pinto (dec), Phyllis Francke,

Fr Dalston Forbes, OMI (dec), Dr Charles Forbes (dec) and Rita Raymond (Aus).

 

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Pomegranate-Orange Chicken.

Pomegranate-Orange Chicken.

 Ingredients

  • 1 large orange,zest finely grated, juiced
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 11/2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 6 teaspoons Canola oil 
  • Kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup lower-slat chicken broth
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and slice   on the diagonal 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into
  •   3/4-inch thick wedges
  • 1 4-lb.chicken, cut into 8 serving pieces,
  •  trimmed of extra skin and fat, patted   dry
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Method

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400 *F. In a medium saucepan, combine the orange juice and pomegranate juice.

Bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce to 1/4 cup, about 15 minutes. 

Add 1/2 teaspoon thyme, the cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Divide the mixture between two small bowls.

To one bowl add 2 teaspoons of oil and 1/2 tspn.

salt To the other add the chicken broth, all but 1teaspoon of the orange zest, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Scatter the sweet potatoes, parsnips, and onion over the bottom of a metal, glass or ceramic baking  dish that measures about 10x15x2inches.

Toss with the remaining 4 teaspoons of oil and 1 teaspoon thyme Arrange the chicken skin side up, on top of the vegetables and brush with all of the juice-oil mixture. Roast for 30 minutes.

Remove the pan from oven and reduce the temperature to 375*F. Pour the juice-broth mixture around the chickenpieces and scatter the walnuts around the chicken.

Return the pan to the oven and roast till the vegetables are tender  and an instant-read thermometer registers 165*F in several pieces of chicken,20 to 30 minutes.

Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Use a slotted spoon to arrange the vegetables and walnuts around the chicken.

Sprinkle the vegetables with a little salt and sprinkle the remaining orange zest over all. Tilt the roasting pan so that the juices gather in one corner.

With a large shallow spoon skim as much fat as possible from the pan sauce. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper and pour into a pitcher to pass at the table.

Serves 4-6. Please email me for all your questions and requests.

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Politicians and Businessmen Meet in Colombo – Pieter and Maude Keuneman – R. E. Jayatilaka, RFS de Mel, Don Liyanage. James and Evelyn Rutnam Circa 1955

Politicians and Businessmen

Stamp Honoring a Great Man Pieter Keuneman “An Honest Politician”

Pieter Keuneman

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Good News From Jayam – By Jayam Rutnam

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Good News From Jayam February 1, 2024 Pls Scroll Down 35 items

Celebrating Thai Pongal in Kotahena

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Hindus turned up in their numbers to engage in religious observances at the Sivam Kovil Kotahena to celebrate Thai Pongal. 

Sri Lanka, an ideal place to invest in, President tells world community in Davos, Switzerland

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe left visited Davos, Switzerland to participate in the World Economic Forum. President Wickremesinghe had a special reason to join the World Economic Forum as Sri Lanka needs projects to move forward this year. Well-known businessmen and world superpowers from all over the globe attend this economic forum. This is a great place to explain to them about the investment opportunities in Sri Lanka.

Hayleys Group sponsors 260 cataract surgeries through HelpAge Sri Lanka’s ‘Give the Gift of Sight’ initiative

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Hayleys Chairman and Chief Executive Mohan Pandithage presents a personalised surgery sponsorship card to a patient at the HelpAge Eye Hospital in Wellawatte, Colombo. Pandithage, who visited the hospital and interacted with patients’ post-surgery, said, “As a purpose-led business striving to make lives better, social responsibility is a part of our Group’s core values. Senior citizens have made remarkable contributions to society throughout their lifetimes. “

Stengthening Sri Lanka’s Future: Sri Lanka Foundation’s Meeting with US Embassy in Sri Lanka

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In a recent commitment to further the Sri Lanka

Foundation’s service to Sri Lanka, the Senior Operations Director of the Sri Lanka Foundation, Achala Weerasinghe, met with the Deputy Chief Officer of Mission, Sonnek Angeles, at the US Embassy in Sri Lanka on December 21st, 2023. The agenda revolved around the ongoing initiatives of the Sri Lanka Foundation, particularly highlighting recent endeavors within the country.

David Weinman Celebrated his 80th Birthday on January 13th with a Dinner at the Peking Duck in Perth, Australia

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David, his wife Doreen-ann and daughter Tamara at the Peking Duck. David Weinman is the son of Major Aubrey Weinman well known for designing the Dehiwela Zoo in Sri Lanka. Major Weinman was the first curator of the zoo which he ran for many years. The Weinman family lived on the Zoo grounds. Major Weinman joined government service and was appointed second Superintendent of the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens after it was established in 1939. He became the inaugural Director of the Dehiwala Zoological Gardens and remained there until his retirement in 1962. He was awarded an OBE as part of the 1954 New Year Honours. After retirement, Major Weinman moved to Applecross, Western Australia, with his wife Ena née van Cuylenberg and son David.

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David Weinman as a young boy at Dehiwala Zoo, Sri Lanka cuddling his favourite tiger cubs.

Nalanda OBA USA Invites you to a “Night of Love” on Saturday, February 10th in Canoga Park, Ca.

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Coconino High School Freshman Jai McCabe Wins Congressional App Challenge

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Coconino High School (CHS) freshman Jai McCabe won the 2023 Congressional App Challenge for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District in December. The app McCabe created and designed for the contest will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., and featured on the House of Representatives website. In April, McCabe will be visiting the Capitol to present his work as part of the House of Code science fair for Congressional App Challenge winners. Following in the footsteps of his late grandfather Shelly Gunawardena. Jai is the son of Sriyanthie and Brian McCabe of Flagstaff, Arizona.

USA TOUR 2024vThe BNS Show with Umaria & Randhir April 6th, 2024

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Cargills Appoints Two New Directors Dushni Weerakoon and Ganesan Ampalavanar

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Cargills (Ceylon) PLC has appointed of Dushni Weerakoon and Ganesan Ampalavanar as directors of the company. Weerakoon, a leading Sri Lankan economist, brings a wealth of diverse experiences to the Cargills board, contributing to the company’s strategic direction. Meanwhile, Ganesan, the former CEO of Nestle Lanka, Nestle Indonesia, and Nestle Vietnam, is set to play a crucial role in advancing the company’s FMCG business, drawing on his extensive global management expertise. Together, they will collaborate with the leadership team to guide Cargills towards new milestones and enhance its contribution to the national economy.

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T & S Productions USA – 36th Production Christmas Family Nightv(Photos by Moran Moran)

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Jayam’s Choice Orchestra Italiana Bagutti “Historia de un amor” Cantando Ballando (HD) (Please click on arrow)

Jayam's Choice

Orchestra Italiana Bagutti

"Historia de un amor" Cantando Ballando (HD)

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Chalan Munasinghe – 2017 Boss Kettering Award Precise GPS Autonomous Driving Level 2

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Chalan Munasinghe is a Senior Systems Engineer at General Motors for Navigation and Rear/Front Passenger Seat Infotainment. Chalan and the team was awarded The “Boss” Kettering Award in 2017 for The Invention of Precise GPS designs that enabled handsfree lane centering on limited access highways. The “Boss” Kettering Award is GM’s top technical award for recognizing employees who have developed truly outstanding inventions and innovations. These inventions and innovations: Are superior in originality and creativity Have identifiable and sustainable commercial value! Chalan has several patents to his name for autonomous driving capabilities through GPS and 4G LTE LTE connectivity. (below) Award ceremony picture with GM executives (Including GM President Mark Reuss) with Engineering Team.

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Golden Gate Program 01 | Dr. Nandasiri Jasentuliyana – Part 01 (A beautiful presentation by the Sri Lanka Foundation) Please click on arrow

Golden Gate Program 01 | Dr. Nandasiri Jasentuliyana - Part 01

(A beautiful presentation by the Sri Lanka Foundation)

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The Beautiful Cinnamon Bey Hotel Resort in Beruwela “A Hidden Gem”

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Let’s Celebrate Ceylon’s Independence From the British on Saturday, February 3rd in North Hollywood, Ca.

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Kaleidoscope With Savithri Rodrigo January 11th, 2024 (Please click on arrow)

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Girls on Wheels, the Outhouse woman, safari points, Golden Globe glam, killer worms, doggy hotels, economic vignettes, a monkey king and lots more!

Obituaries – Sad News

Stanley Joseph (81)

of Pasadena, Ca. One of the founders of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC Founded in 1973) Passed away on January 25, 2024. He leaves behind his wife Shirani and two daughters. Funeral arrangements are pending.

A tribute to our beloved son and one of a kind human being Vernon – By Marie Wambeek 

Vernon Glen WambeekVernon Glen Wambeek was our eldest son, named after his father Vernon however everyone knew him as Glen. He studied at Wesley College in Colombo where he ended up becoming a prefect. He was into various sports including Rugby, Cricket and Athletics, in addition to being a Judo National Champion. He also took part in school plays; his most memorable role was when he played Julius Caesar in a Shakespearean Drama Competition which he ended up winning.

Glen moved to Australia in 1977 and started his career in the hotel industry, eventually opening up his own restaurant in Crows Nest known as the ‘Rangoon Racquet Club’. It was voted one of the top restaurants in New South Wales. My son was a hard worker; he worked tirelessly to build his company over 29 years. He also wanted to pay it forward, which involved enrolling in a mentor program at a local school. While he gained much satisfaction from his work and achievements, his pride and joy were his 2 sons. Losing Glen 2 years ago is a heartache that my husband Vernon and I have to bear. We will hold on to our memories of our kind, generous and loving son. We will miss him every day for the rest of our lives.

Written Excerpts of tribute by Marie Wambeek

Desmond Brohier – Passed away in Sri Lanka. Husband of late Ramya Brohier,​ father of Shannon Brohier,​ brother of Jerome and Elorine,​ brother-in-law of Mayura,​Chandrika,​ Chandralal,​ Kapila,​ Asitha,​ Irshani,​ Thilakaratne,​ Shiromi,​ Kumudini,​ Nilanthi,​ Tilak Wickremasinghe,​ son of Doris Brohier and late Ernie Brohier,​ son-in-law of late George and late Hemamala Gunawarden,​ Burial was on January 17th, 2024 at the Anglican Section,​ General Cemetery,​ Borella.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Oaxacan Green Mole with Chicken

Oaxacan Green Mole with Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed and halved
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • Seven 6″ corn tortillas
  • 1 quart low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 medium tomatillos, husked and halved
  • 1 Poblano chilli, stemmed, seeded and quartered lengthwise
  • 1 bunch cilantro, leaves leaves and tender  stems
  • 1 small white onion, root end intact,quartered lengthwise
  • 1 cup lightly packed flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 8 ounces small Yukon Gold potatoes
  • (1- 1/2 inches in diameter), halved
  • 6 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch chunks  (about 2 cups)

METHOD

1.Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper. In a large pot over medium high, combine the tortillas and broth,then bring to a boil. Using a slotted spoon (transfer the  tortillas (they would have softened) to a blender, add 1/4 cup water and blend until  smooth, about a minute.

2.Pour the puree  into the boiling broth and stir to combine; rinse out the blender and set aside.Add the chicken to the pot,cover and reduce to low. Cook, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat as needed to maintain a gentle simmer,until a skewer inserted into the chicken meets a little resistance, 30 to 35 minutes.

3.Meanwhile, heat the broiler  with a rack about 4 inches from the element.Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Arrange the garlic,tomatillos, poblano chili and onion in a single layer on the baking sheet. Broil until the vegetables are lightly charred, about 4 minutes, then flip them and continue to broil until the second sides are slightly charred, 3-5 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes then transfer to the blender.

  1. Add 1/2 cup water to the blender,then puree until smooth,about 30 seconds.Add the cilantro, parsley, mint, fennel, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Blend until smooth and bright green, about2 minutes. scraping the sides as needed. You should have about two cups of puree, set aside.

5.When the chicken is ready, stir in the potatoes,green beans and zuchchini into the pot. Bring to a simmer over medium and cook, a skewer inserted into a potato  meets no resistance,about 15 minutes. Stir in the puree, then taste and season with salt and pepper as needed

I know that this Recipe is a little long, stay home, (that is safe) and try this. It is delicious! Ideal for the cool weather that is predicted.

Please email me for all your questions and requests.

romadezoysa1@gmail.com

Glossy Ibis: Jewel of Jaffna

Glossy Ibis: Jewel of Jaffna

Sri Lanka is known for its beautiful diversity of bird life- at least 468 species of birds 34 endemic species and at least 226 migrant species. Within Sri Lanka, Jaffna and the Northern Province are also home to an array of birds, from storks, egrets and herons to kingfishers, kites and eagles and even ducks and grebes. However, while many birds are well documented and widely appreciated such as the migrating Greater flamingos, there is one bird species that does not receive anywhere near the attention it deserves: the Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus).

How Did You Hear About The YMCA?

How Did You Hear About The YMCA?

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Christmas Decorations in Colombo

Christmas Decorations in Colombo

Official Opening of the ”Colombo-Street-Lighting”

Official Opening of the ”Colombo-Street-Lighting”

Sri Lanka Tourism blitzed the city of Colombo this festive season by lighting up key streets and areas for a second consecutive year, following the success of last year.  The month of December marks the start of the country’s peak tourist season, and the city light up project by Sri Lanka Tourism aims to add to the festivities and the overall holiday experience of visitors, as they enjoy a variety of events, sites, and the hospitality of Sri Lankans. 

Colombo Lights Up For Christmas ! Capturing Festive Magic – Christmas and New Year Celebrations 2023-24 – Colombo, Sri Lanka (Please click on arrow)

Colombo Lights Up For Christmas !

Capturing Festive Magic - Christmas and New Year Celebrations 2023-24 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Congratulations! Vijay Amritraj International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2024

Congratulations! Vijay Amritraj

International Tennis Hall of Fame

Class of 2024

Since becoming a globally recognized name as an athlete in the 1970s and 1980s, Vijay Amritraj has used his profile to spread the sport of tennis throughout India and the Asian continent.

Vijay Amritraj’s trailblazing success on the ATP Tour popularized the sport and inspired a generation of new players. Vijay Amritraj was one of India’s greatest players in the Open Era, anchoring India’s Davis Cup squad to its only two Finals appearances in 1974 and 1987; in 1974, he played a key role in India’s boycott of the Final against South Africa to demonstrate against Apartheid. Post-retirement, Vijay Amritraj has become the face of tennis broadcasting in Asia and the Middle East, sharing the sport with millions during the Grand Slams. As an administrator, he has helped to expand professional tennis’ presence in India, including the ATP Chennai Open, WTA’s Chennai Open and two ATP Challenger events. Vijay Amritraj has consistently worked to advance humanitarian causes and the greater good. In 2001, he became the first Indian to serve as United Nations Messenger of Peace. Since 2006, the Vijay Amritraj Foundation has provided education, and basic needs for women and children in India’s neediest communities. Vijay is married to Sri Lankan, Shymala Wenceslaus.

Tennis at the 18th Annual Vijay Amritraj Charity Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada

Tennis at the 18th Annual Vijay Amritraj Charity Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada

The 18th Annual Vijay Amritraj foundation, Golf and Tennis invitational was held at Anthem Country Club, Henderson, Nevada in early December. Vijay Amritraj is in the center also included other tennis pros Anand Amritraj, Danielle Rose Collins, Alison Riske, Gene Malin and Prakash Amritraj

Tennis at the 18th Annual Vijay Amritraj Charity Gala in Las Vegas, Nevada 2

Sri Lankan ladies at the tennis clinic, Janice Hsu Thanam, Gloria Moonesinghe, Jeanne Page Mather and Laila Carim

Yohani Bags Top Award at TV Derana Music Video Awards

Yohani Bags Top Award at TV Derana Music Video Awards

South Asian pop music sensation – Yohani, bagged top honors in the categories of “Most Popular Music Video” and “Most Viewed Music Video of 2021” at the TV Derana Music Video Awards held recently. The win comes on the back of the launch of Yohani’s debut album – “Kella,” which was released on all major streaming platforms earlier in the month. Yohani and her team returned to Sri Lanka to attend the award show following her performance in Los Angeles, USA and appearance at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi representing luxury Swiss watchmaker – Tag Heuer

Jayam’s Choice “Auld Lang Syne” Rod Stewart


Jayam's Choice

"Auld Lang Syne"

Rod Stewart

“Agnes Aunty” by Lalith Anthony Perera and Piyal Perera with “Nightingales” (Please click on arrow)

"Agnes Aunty" by Lalith Anthony Perera and Piyal Perera with "Nightingales"

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Kushil Gunasekera – Runner-up Prize Winner of The One Humanitarian Award 2023 by Rotary International in Hong Kong

Kushil Gunasekera - Runner-up Prize Winner of The One Humanitarian Award 2023 by Rotary International in Hong Kong

The “80 Club” in Melbourne, held their biggest Event of the Year on December 9th, at The Grand, on Princes, Mulgrave, Vic. Australia

The "80 Club" in Melbourne, held their biggest Event of the Year on December 9th, at The Grand, on Princes, Mulgrave, Vic. Australia

The “Next Generation Band” played at the function, followed by a sumptuous smorgasbord. The highlight was Sarah Foord opening the carols with a rendition of “Mary’s Boy Child” joined by the St Francis of Assissi Church choir. The event was compered by Rodney de Kretser. The 80 Club in Melbourne was formed in 1982. They now have 580 members. Above photo shows the “Next Generation” Band

The "80 Club" in Melbourne, held their biggest Event of the Year on December 9th, at The Grand, on Princes, Mulgrave, Vic. Australia

President of the “80 Club” in Melbourne, Angelo Herft with wife Melinda

The 80 Club in Melbourne

Sarah Foord, accompanying herself on guitar opening the carols with her rendition of Mary’s Boy Child, singing with Church choir from St Francis of Assisi

The 80 Club in Melbourne

Noeline Willenberg, Melinda and Angelo Herft and Ursula Aruma

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“QUE SERA, SERA” – Doris Day Piano Cover by Thaminie Perera (Please click on arrow )

“QUE SERA, SERA” - Doris Day Piano Cover by Thaminie Perera

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Goolbai Gunasekara’s Newest Book “Life can be a frolic” is now available at

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J Med 6th Annual “J” Awards

J Med 6th Annual "J" Awards

John Amirthiah, President and CEO of J Med with awardee

J Med 6th Annual J Awards 2

J Med 6th Annual J Awards 2

J Med 6th Annual J Awards 2

J Med 6th Annual J Awards 2

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Happy 40th Birthday Dinuka de Silva of Los Angeles, Ca.

Happy 40th Birthday Dinuka de Silva of Los Angeles, Ca.

Sri Lanka High Commissioner in United Kingdom Hosts Christmas Reception in London

Sri Lanka High Commissioner

in United Kingdom Hosts

Christmas Reception in London

Sri Lanka’s recently posted High Commissioner to London Rohitha Bogollagama and Mrs Bogollagama hosted a Christmas reception for London-based diplomats, British Government officials and dignitaries at his residence last week. Among those present were Rt Hon Lord Naseby (above) a long time supporter of Sri Lanka, Sir Peter Heap, President Friends of Sri Lanka, Gayan Chandra Acharya, High Commissioner of Nepal and Mrs Sunitha Acharya, Nimisha Madhavi, High Commissioner of Uganda .

Balance Ecercises For Seniors (Please click on arrow)

Balance Ecercises For Seniors

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DIMO Shines Bright at TAGS 2023 with Four Prestigious Awards in Corporate Reporting

DIMO Shines Bright at TAGS 2023 with Four Prestigious Awards in Corporate Reporting

In a resounding testament to its commitment towards transparency, DIMO secured four accolades at the TAGS Awards 2023 organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) recently.

DIMO clinched the Gold Award in Integrated Reporting. Silver Award in Digitally Transformative Reporting. Gahanath Pandithage, Group Managing Director/CEO of DIMO, commenting on this accomplishment said “We are happy and honoured to celebrate this Quadruple Victory at TAGS Awards. This achievement further reaffirms our commitment towards transparency”.

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo December 21st, 2023 (Please click on arrow)

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo

December 21st, 2023

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It’s our Christmas Special! Looks like Santa’s coming earlier than expected for some lucky winners on the show today! Plus – what is The Holy City like – we find out in song and a chat, watch a light fight, stroll through Strasbourg, get some economic snippets and check out the new VAT.

Obituaries – Sad News

Mohamed IqbalMohamed Iqbal (88) passed away in New Zealand on December 14, 2023. Husband of the late

Jean Irene, father of Zan and Zak, father-in-law of Clara. Grandfather

of Zara and Aiden. Mohamed was formerly Sri Lanka’s First Honorary Consul & Tea Commissioner to New Zealand, Australia and Fiji for 42 years.

Lakshman Rajaratnam passed away on November 13th, 2023 in Darwin, Australia. Lakshman was born in Jaffna and lived most of his life in Darwin, working as a Water Resources Engineer. He is survived by his Wife Mallika and Son Brinthan

CR & FC Games in Sri Lanka

CR & FC Games in Sri Lanka

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Recipes From Roma's Kitchen

Jaggery Souffle

Ingredients

2 cups thick coconut milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg

4 eggs

1/2 – 3/4 lb. grated jaggery

4 teaspoons gelatine soaked in

1/2 cup cold water

Method

Dissolve the soaked gelatine over boiling 

water. Mix yolks, coconut milk and jaggery and

strain. Cook over a low flame till custard thickens

and coats the back of a spoon. Remove from fire 

and allow to cool. Add dissolved gelatine and flavoring.

Lastly fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Rinse ring mold

in cold water and shake off the water but do not wipe. Pour

the custard into the mold and place in cold water (This will

make the souffle come out in layers of different shades of

brown when unmolded). Put the mold in the refrigerator

for 6- 8 hrs. to set. To unmold ease the sides of the souffle

with a knife, turn over and gently tap the mold or place your hands on the mold for a few minutes and for the warmth of your hands the souffle will unmold.

Decorate with roasted cadjunuts and cream.

Note: The souffle should be unmoulded just before serving and not too long ahead of time.

SERVES 4-6.

I hope this old Sri Lankan Recipe will be enjoyed and take pride of place on your NEW YEAR breakfast table with your family.Have a great New Year, email me should you have any questions or requests.

romadezoysa1@gmail.com

Season’s Greetings from SriLankan Airlines – USA

Season's Greetings from SriLankan Airlines - USA

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