Good News From Jayam – 15 August 2021 –  Reminder: birthdays – dr walter jayasinghe – terry herft – suzie amarilla – cricket niroshan kahawatte – dr roland silva

Happy 84th Birthday Dr Walter Jayasinghe

August 17th, 2021

“Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Visionary”

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ENTREPRENEUR – Here with his wife Aeshea, Dr. Walter Jayasinghe celebrates his 84th birthday on August 17th. Known to some as Dr. Jay, Walter has excelled in his endeavors in Medicine and in business. We in the United States are fortunate to have him in our midst. He has single handedly put Sri Lanka on the map. With his able and beautiful wife Aeshea, they have given Sri Lankans in the United States a way to express pride of their Motherland.

PHILANTHROPIST – At the SLMANA dance held at the fabulous Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Dr. Lareef Idroos of Kaiser Permanente Hollywood, presented Dr. Walter Jayasinghe with the “Philanthropy Award” to a standing ovation of appreciative, fellow Sri Lankans. The Award read as follows: “Philanthropy Award bestowed upon Dr. Walter Jayasinghe with appreciation for the numerous accomplishments and charitable contributions you have made to the Sri Lankan community. You have enriched our lives through your spirit of giving and love.” – Sri Lanka Medical Association North America.

The Jayasinghe family photo after receiving the award Dr.Lakshman Makandura, Sue de Silva,Thusitha Makandura, Asoka de Silva, Chitra Ekanayake, Vivian, Baby Cyan and Adrian Jayasinhe, Aeshea and Dr.Walter Jayasinghe, Asoka Wijekuleratne, Dr. Mike and Swarna Itoh, Aloma and Denzil Ratnasoma, Kirthi Wijekuleratne. (Photos by Moran Moran)

At the Sri Lanka Foundation Awards

Millenium Biltmore Hotel – Los Angeles

VISIONARY – Founded by Dr. Walter Jayasinghe, the Sri Lanka Foundation, produces a first class Awards Ceremony at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles honoring Sri Lankans worlwide, for their outstanding achievements. Many refer to this celebration, as “the Academy Awards” for Sri Lankans. Here are Walter and Aeshea with Shyamalie Tudawe of “Hi Magazine.”

Waving to the Crowds at the Sri Lanka Day Parade with Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek

(The Sri Lanka Day Parade, organized by the Sri Lanka Foundation takes place on the route of the famous

Rose Parade in Pasadena, Ca.)

A Proud Sri Lankan American Waves

the Lion Flag of Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka Foundation’s “Sri Lanka Day”

in Pasadena, Ca.

Walter Jay Towers in Los Angeles

Proudly Displays the Sri Lankan Flag

VISIONARY – On his 84th birthday Sri Lankans wish

Dr. Walter Jayasinghe to be healthy and well to achieve his dreams. With all his accomplishments, one would think he would “retire”. Far from it, he has documented plans for a

“Gateway to Los Angeles” (connecting sky scrapers) showcasing the culture of Sri Lanka. He also has plans to build a theme park in Los Angeles.

Sri Lanka Foundation International USA

Sri Lanka Day Expo & Parade

Dr. Walter Jayasinghe’s “Ethera Methera”

Rupavahini Interview August 8, 2021

Every Sri Lankan Should Watch This

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Sri Lanka Day Expo & Parade

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Russia Granted Three Flights per Week to SriLankan Airines

The aviation regulatory body of the Federation of Russia, Federal Air Transport Agency Russia (FATAR) has granted three flights per week to SriLankan Airlines. SriLankan airlines resumed scheduled weekly flights on 30th of July 2021 to Moscow and the negotiations were held parallel to this occasion. During the discussion of Sri Lanka bilateral relations, the Sri Lanka delegation skillfully negotiated by securing three weekly flights instead of approved two between Colombo to the Russian Capital Moscow.  Upul

Dharmadasa, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority of

Sri Lanka, Alexander V Neradko, Director General of FATAR, Vipula Goonathilaka, Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines and senior officers of FATAR attended the negotiations.

“71 to Par”, Golf Tournament

at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, Ca.

Standing:Asanka Garusinghe, Mervyn Peris, Dr. Ganesh Devendra, Jonathan Mather, Hasham Mukadam, Vijay Amritraj, Rama Radhakrishnan, Steven James, Mohan Chandramohan and Naresh Moonesinghe. In front : Bobby Chandran, Dr. Vathana Ariya, Nick Perera, Dr. Dewey Pillai and Dr. Suren Jain. (All Golfers had been vaccinated).

The ‘71 to Par’ Golf tournament was held at the Braemar Country Club, Tarzana, on Monday July 26th. Stable Ford points, partners total points determined winning pair. Three pairs were tied for first place; Team, Vijay Amritraj and Naresh Moonesinghe; Team, Steven James and Dr. Ganesh Devendra, Team, Dr. Dewey Pillai and Jonathan Mather.

Ambassador to Japan Sanjiv Gunasekara inspects the AstraZeneca Vaccination Shipment as it is loaded to

SriLankan Air Lines flight to Colombo

Niroshan Kahawatte Appointed to

Cricket Governing Board Position

Niroshan Kahawatte was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Public Relations & Media Committee of the Southern California Cricket Association (SCCA), member of the United States Cricket Association (USACA), which has received a billion dollar grant to develop the cricket facilities in view of it being nurtured to be a full member of International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of the next Cricket World Cup. Niroshan is responsible for carrying that mission forward in Southern California, where fifty-two teams compete regionally with nearly sixty Sri Lankan players. Niroshan, an avid cricketer, captained the Hollywood Cricket team. Niroshan, with his experience as a former prime time newscaster at Rupavahini News Service in Sri Lanka, the BBC Sri Lanka program in London, and being involved in the community events with a master’s degree in media, is well experienced to assume duties as the Chairman of the SCCA Public Relations & Media Committee. A successful young Sri Lankan entrepreneur with a line of tea (Itrix Tea), he is the first Sri Lankan to establish a production studio in downtown Los Angeles as the home of his company, Niro Productions & entertainment

Shipment Bound For Colombo Loaded

at Los Angeles Warehouse

In partnership with Simply Gift and Los Angeles Buddhist Union and few Sri Lankans in Los Angeles donated over 200,000 USD worth of PPE items to be used by Public Health Inspectors Union. This was being loaded to several containers and one designated to PHI. Union. The shipments are channeled thru Department of Health to support the Sri Lanka’s efforts to combat and control COVID-19… In the picture. Priyala Kurera, Consul General Lalth Chadradasa, Ven Bhante Chao Chu, Ananda and Niranjan Karunanayake with staff at Warehouse.

Jayam’s Choice

Dedicated to Dr. Walter Jayasinghe – who does it “His Way”

“My Way” by Elvis Presley


Lifetime Contribution to Architecture Awards

Dr. Roland Silva

Dr. Roland Silva (1933-2020), architect and archaeologist inspired generations of Lankan architects and archaelogists ‘to pursue inquiry and scholarship.’ He held many prominent positions in his long and distinguished career — as Commissioner of Archaeology, Founder/Director General of the Central Cultural Fund and President of the World Body of Conservators amongst many others.

Surprise Birthday Party For Terry Herft of Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca. at the Beautiful “Cicada” Nightclub in Downtown L.A.

Birthday boy Terry Herft, his wife Fay,

Mohan and Geeta Chandramohan

Gina, Fay, Samantha Tulley,

Susan Vanranzau and Michelle Castillo

Robin and Susan Vanranzau, Tony and Rosemary Foenander.

Salintha and Harshi Gunasekara,

Suba and Alex Perera, Habiba and Munir Akbar.

Shani and Nel Jayawardena, Ishani and Sanka Marcelline
Future Transport – Aircar
Flying Car of the Future
Susie Schumacher Amarilla’s Birthday Party
Susie Schumacher Amarilla’s Birthday Party

Susie and Diego Amarilla with Corrina, Natalie and Chloe at Susie’s surprise birthday party in Palos Verdes, Ca.

The Beautiful Tintagel of Rosmead Place

When someone hears of Colombo 7, or Cinnamon Gardens, they will no doubt recollect that it is an area inhabited by affluent people. This unique house is known as the house where the fourth Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, the slain Solomon West Ridgeway Dias Bandaranaike and his family lived. SWRD was assasinated in this house. The house has long been known as “Tintagel” or “Rosmead House”. In 2005, it was leased to a well-known businessman and is today operated as a tourist hotel providing accommodation and food for local and foreign tourists.

Thala (Rhythm) – Drums and Dances

of Sri Lanka – This is beautiful!

Jetwing Staff Doubles up as Farmers


Staff at the Jetwing hotel in Dambulla has been doubling up as farmers to engage in organic agriculture on nearby fields, a vocation which became more prominent in the absence of tourists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here a group of Jetwing hotel staff in one of the fields.

British Sri Lankan to Steer Associated Press

British Sri Lankan to Steer Associated Press

British national of Sri Lankan descent, Daisy Veerasingham has been named by The Associated Press (AP) as its new President and CEO, who will take on the role from January 1, 2022. Veerasingham, currently the AP’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), will be the 14th leader of the American non-profit news agency in its 175-year history. She succeeds retiring AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt, who will remain in the role through the end of the year. Veerasingham, 51, a first-generation British national of Sri Lankan origin, will also become the first woman, first person of colour and the first international citizen to lead the AP.

A Maritime Facility Center

at the Port of Colombo

Vas Aradhana 2021 at Mindefulness Meditation Center – Covina, Ca.

Vas Aradhana 2021 at Mindefulness Meditation Center – Covina, Ca.

Vassa, or the annual “Rains Retreat,” is a three-month monastic retreat practiced especially in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. The three months are determined by the lunar calendar and, usually, begins in July.During Vassana season, monks remain in residence within their temples and leaves its grounds only when necessary. Laypeople show their devotion and appreciation by supporting the monks with food and other necessities. In the picture, six monks of the Los Angeles Buddhist Vihara – Mindfulness Meditation Center, Covina the Mahanayaka Ven Ahangama Dharmarama Thera, Ven. Makandure Dhammapeethi Thera, Ven. Usgoda Dhammagaru Thera, Ven. Unaleeye Sirinanda Thera, Ven. Kapugama Seelawansa Thera and Ven. Wilagama Dhammalankara Thera were invited to observe Vas on July 18th 2021.Katina Pirith Ceremony will be held on October 30th  Saturday and Katina Robe Ceremony and Dana will be on October 31st Sunday.

Obituaries – Sad News

Obituaries – Sad News

Hyacinth Wijeratne (75) veteran actress, died on July 30 in a vehicle accident. According to the police the van she was travelling in had fallen down a precipice on the Nuwara Eliya – Talawakelle road. Hyacinth played the role of the mother in many teledramas, she was popularly known as the ‘Mother of Mini screen’. She made her acting debut playing in film ‘Pembara Madu’ in 1977. Hyacinth started her acting career in theatre and later excelled in both television and cinema.

Russell Gonsal

Passed away on July 2021 at his home in Rayleigh, Essex, UK Son of Herbert and Zena Gonsal (deceased), husband of Tereska, father of Janine (Plackett) and Pauline (deceased), grandfather of Ashley, Antonia, Sam and Clara. Brother of Heather (Sekarajasingham) (deceased), Dugald Gonsal, Jean (Modder) (deceased), Alistair Gonsal, Rowenna (Western), Aloma (Civet), Cheryl (Gyi) (deceased) and Christopher Gonsal.

Denham VangrambergENHAM VANGRAMBERG – (formerly at Film Location Services) passed away on August 1, 2021. son of Gordon (late) and Mavis VanGramberg,​ brother of big Denham (late),​ Murray,​ Warren,​ Danielle,​ Jimmy (late) and Mickey,​ brother-in-law of Vilma and Rodney,​ father of Keshia,​ Natalie,​ Thiasha and Arrianne, papa of Katara and Yelena. Cremation was at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour. General Cemetery, Kanatte on 3rd August.



2 Cooked crabs, about 1/2 lbs

1/2″ cube shrimp paste

2 cloves garlic

2 fresh red chillies, seeded or 

1 teaspoon chopped chili from a jar

1/2 ” fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced

4 tablespoons sunflower oil

1 1/4 cups tomato ketchup

1 Tablespoon dark brown sugar

1/2 cup warm water

4 scallions, chopped to garnish cucumber

 chunks and hot toast, to serve (optional)


1.Remove the claws of one crab and turn it onto its back with the head facing away from you. Use your thumbs to push the body up from the main  shell. Discard the stomach sac and “dead men’s fingers,”   i.e. lungs and any green matter. Leave the creamy brown  meat in the shell and cut the shell in half with a cleaver or very sharp knife. Cut the body section in half and crack the claws with a hard blow from a hammer or cleaver. Avoid  splintering the claws. Repeat with the other crab.

2.Grind the shrimp paste, garlic,chillies and ginger to a paste with a pestle and mortar.*(I have an extra coffee grinder that is great for these small jobs)

  1. Heat a wok and add the oil. fry the spice paste, stirring 

constantly, without browning.

Stir in the tomato ketchup, sugar and water and mix the sauce well. When just boiling, add all the crab pieces and toss in the sauce until well coated and hot. Serve in a large bowl, sprinkle with the spring onions. Place in the center of the table for every one to help themselves. Accompany this finger-licking dish with cool cucumber chunks and hot toast for mopping up the sauce, if you like.

Please email me for all your questions and requests.

Good News From Jayam – 15 August 2021 –  Reminder: birthdays – dr walter jayasinghe – terry herft – suzie amarilla – cricket niroshan kahawatte – dr roland silva
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