From Jayam February 1, 2023
Happy Sri Lanka Independence Day
Let’s Celebrate Sri Lanka’s Independence
in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 4th
Rowena and Heshawa’s Wedding at the Shangri – La Hotel in Colombo
The SLAASC Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary in 2023
Anthony de Silva SLAASC President 1974
Anthony de Silva was the second President of the SLAASC for the year 1974. Anthony was previously employed with the U. S. Embassy in Sri Lanka, where he assisted many Sri Lankans wanting to emigrate to the United States. He was very popular in the Sri Lankan community of Los Angeles and also a very popular President. Anthony de Silva should be remembered as one who contributed to the Sri Lankan community, and he should be thanked for his service.
Dynasty Residence Kandy
High-End Lifestyle Apartments
SLAM ‘2022’, The 31st Annual 2 day
Golf Tournament in Palm Springs, Ca.
The 31st SLAM, 2 day Golf tournament, 2022, was held at the Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, Palm Springs, California on January 21st and 22nd. 32 Sri Lankan golfers participated, the event was very well organized and led by Lalith Perera, of Sri Lanka Rugby fame and a past SLAM Champion.
The winners this year: Low Net Champion, Sudesh Kodikara, 2nd place Lalith De Alwis and 3rd place, Laith Perera;
Low gross, winner, Nigel Fernando, 2nd place Laith Perera and 3rd place, Romesh Abeyratne. (Above) Roger Weerasnghe won the ‘Seniors’ trophy for 2022.
Lalith Perera with SLAM 2022 Golf Low Net, Champion, Sudesh Kodikara.
Nigel Fernando SLAM Low Gross Champion, receiving Trophy from Mohan Chandramohan.
Awards for Female Entrepreneurs
President Ranil Wickremesinghe holds onto an award to be presented to a winner while engaged in conversation with Hayleys Group Chairman Mohan Pandithage at the recent entrepreneur awards ceremony organised by the Women’s Chamber of Industry & Commerce.
Josephians Celebrate with Thomian
Sohan Weerasinghe in the Spotlight…
Sohan Weerasinghe was in London, early this month, to entertain the Old Joes at their 125th anniversary ‘Blue & White’ Gala Dinner Dance 2022. It was a full house and everybody had a rollicking good time, especially on the dance floor. As usual, Sohan was in top gear, keeping the large crowd well entertained, at the Marriot Hotel, in Windsor, backed by the group Frontline.
Sajee Pee Just Got Back to Los Angeles
From Sri Lanka
(Here with friend at Water’s Edge in Colombo)
Visiting Sri Lanka for Christmas ’22
Iswari and Rene Camou of Glendora, Ca.
“In The Ghetto”
by Elvis and Lisa Marie Presley
MMP Remembers: Elvis Presley & Lisa Marie Presley In the Ghetto (Duet)
Netali Rupesinghe and Chandran Rutnam with Actress Swarna Malawarachchi
How To Grow Karavila the Easy Way!
Grow bitter melon on the terrace in used recycling baskets | Growing bitter melon with banana
Delegation of Investors Led by UAE Royalty Visits Port City Colombo
A delegation of investors from the United Arab Emirates, led by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, visited Port City Colombo on January 14, during a special visit to Sri Lanka for the purpose. Discussions were held between the members of the delegation, representatives from the Colombo Port City Economic Commission (Commission) and Port City Colombo (PCC) with a view to attracting foreign direct investments to the project.
Sri Lanka Welcomes Over 54,000 Tourists
in First 17 Days
Sri Lanka has welcomed over 54,000 tourists during the first 17 days of the month, propelled by Russian visitors. With average daily arrivals topping 3,200, up from over 2,000 in December and the highest level since March 2022, the industry is off to a bright start. “This is a great start for the year and we hope the trend of boosted arrivals will continue throughout 2023,” Tourism Minister Harin Fernando. Sri Lanka has welcomed 54,615 tourists in the first 17 days of the month comprising 20,875 in the first week, 23,295 in the second week and 10,445 in the other three days, the provisional data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority showed.
The Sri Lanka Foundation Academy of Performing Arts
Performs at the Imagination Campus
of Disneyland in Anaheim, Ca.
2 Weeks in Sri Lanka | A Cinematic Travel Film
Congressman Salud Carbajal
Presents Aruni Boteju
with Congressional Award
Ceylon International Film Festival
Aruni Boteju of Santa Barbara, Ca. received the Congressional award from Congressman Salud Carbajal
We have successfully completed our first year and getting ready for our second year in 2023 with the historical Lobero Theater, which celebrates 150 years as well. A journey started with a simple dream. Our heartfelt gratitude to Congressman Carbajal for taking the time to meet us today for this particular moment.
The Hottest Group in Los Angeles
“Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo
January 20th, 2023
On Kaleidoscope – it’s raining iguanas!
Also revel in the beauty of Kolam, get up to speed on migration and the impacts debt restructuring will have on the Stock Market, count big cats, sneak a peek at award winning director Prasanna Vithanage’s “Gaadi” & freeze in the coldest city on earth.
Obituaries – Sad News
Tony Buxton (92) was born in Ceylon. He passed away in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 12th, 2023. Son of the Buxtons of J.H. Vavasseur & Co. Colombo. Husband of Samaporn. Brother of Bobby Buxton. Tony loved Ceylon. He was a deep sea diver. He counted Sir John Kotelawala and R.G. Senanayake as his best friends (photo below). He wrote many books including “A Charmed Life in Ceylon”.
Funeral was in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Patrick Babapulle (78) passed away in London, UK. Also known as Patrick Ellis. Husband of Norma. Father of Richard and Rowena. Brother of the late Michael, Philip, Geoffrey, Theodore. Funeral is on Friday, January 27th, 2023 in London. 12 noon. St Edmund of Canterbury Church, 213 Nelson Road, Twickenham TW2 7BB. Reception following the funeral at Hampton Hill Cricket Club.
Lisa Marie Presley (54) Daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley passed away in Calabasas, Ca. on January 12th, 2023. Former wife of Michael, Jackson, Nicholas Cage, Michael Lockwood, Danny Keough. She was laid to rest next to her son Benjamin Keough in Graceland, Tennessee.
Colin-Thome (67) Passed away in
Sydney, Australia on December 23rd, 2022., Father of Dalton, son of the late Percy and Moira (nee Loos), and eldest brother of Stephen and David.
Feroze Thunku Ousmand – Brother of Ackiel Ousmand former President of SLAMAT and ZAHIRA College OBA Canada. Condolences may be
relayed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Janaza viewing and burial was on
January 20, 2023 at Islamic Foundation of Toronto
(Nugget Masjid)Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Los Angeles Dharma Vijaya Vuddhist Vihara
2023 Scholarship Recipients and Sponsors
Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen
8 medium navel OR Cara Cara
oranges (about 4 1/2 pounds)
1 cup (7 ounces) white sugar
2 cinnamon sticks or star anise poda
2 tablespoons salted butter
* Juice two of the oranges to yield 3/4 cup juice. (If 2 oranges don’t yield enough juice, add water to measure 3/4 cup total. Set aside.
*Slice off the top and bottom 1/2 inch from each of the remaining 6 oranges. Stand each orange on one one of it flat ends and use a a sharp knife to cut down and around the fruit, following the contours of the flesh and peeling away all the skin and pith. Turn each orange on its side and thinly slice crosswise into rounds. In a 13-by-9 inch baking dish, arrange the rounds, slightly overlapping,in a ingle layer.
*In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/4 cup of the orange juice and the cinnamon or star anise. Bring to a boil over medium – high heat (this should take two or three minutes) and cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until the sugar begins to color at the edges, another 3 to 5 minutes. (The bubbles should go from thin and frothy to thick and shiny.)
*Reduce the heat to medium low and cook,swirling the pan
often until the sugar is coppery brown,1 to 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat,add the butter,then whisk until melted.
*Add a splash of the remaining orange and whisk until smooth (the mixture will steam and bubble vigorously), then add the remaining orange juice and whisk until fully incorporated. If the caramel separates and sticks to the bottom of the pan, return it to the heat and simmer until the hardened caramel dissolves.
*Pour the caramel evenly over the oranges, cover with plastic wrap,then refrigerate for at least 3 hours and upto 6 hours.
* Allowing the caramel to drip off into the baking dish,use a
slotted spoon to transfe rthe oranges to a serving platter or
individual plates. Remove and discard the star anise or cinnamon from the caramel, then whisk to recombine and mix any juices. Pour the caramel over the oranges and serve.
Start to finish: 40 minutes, plus chilling. Serves 6.
Should you have any questions or requests please email me.
Leopard Cubs (three months old) with their Mama. Photo at Kumana National Park by Thivanka Perera (Aegle Creations)
“Preserve Our Beautiful Natural Heritage”
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