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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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”

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Good News From Jayam – By Jayam Rutnam

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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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Miss Sri Lanka For Miss Universe 2023 Umanda Bamunuachchi

 

Miss Sri Lanka For Miss Universe 2023 Umanda Bamunuachchi

Umanda Bamunuachchi was Sri Lanka’s entry to the Miss Universe Pageant held in El Salvador. The title was won by Miss Nicaragua with Miss Thailand being the first runner up and Miss Australia being the second runner up. Umanda is 21 years old born in Sri Lanka and lives in Paris, France.

Chandler Moonesinghe Wins SLAM 2023, Golf in Palm Springs, Ca.

Chandler Moonesinghe Wins SLAM 2023, Golf in Palm Springs, Ca.

Dayan Jayasekara 2023 senior champion with Chandler Moonesinghe SLAM champion 2023.

Chandler Moonesinghe Wins SLAM 2023, Golf in Palm Springs, Ca.

Lalith Perera, low gross winner with SLAM champion Chandler. Chandler Moonesinghe won the SLAM Golf for 2023, with the lowest net score, at the annual two day tournament held November this year in Palm Springs, California. Lalith Perera of Sri Lanka Rugby fame, won the low Gross title. 48 Golfers of Sri Lankan origin and residents in California participated at this annual challenge. Chandler captained his high school golf team and is the youngest son of Naresh and Gloria Moonesinghe.

 Godwin Van Rooyen’s 88th birthday at Castlemaine, Victoria

Godwin Van Rooyen's 88th birthday at Castlemaine, Victoria

Godwin Van Rooyen's 88th birthday at Castlemaine, Victoria

Grandson Oscar Ram, sister Faye de Kauwe, daughter Radhika, sisters Noeline Willenberg, Ursula Aruma, Godwin van Rooyen, and youngest grand son Huxley.

Godwin van Rooyen celebrated his 88th birthday at ARCARE in Castlemaine on November 9th. He was an old Peterite and hails from Dehiwala. Godwin worked at Baur & Company and migrated to UK/Australia in 1966. He lived and worked in Melbourne, till 2000 and then retired to Queensland and eventually became a resident of ARCARE in Castlemaine, to live close to his only daughter Radhika who lives in Castlemaine, Victoria.

Don’t Miss SLAASC’s Christmas Wonderland and Carols 11455 Burbank Boulevard, North Hollywood, Ca. 91601 Bring Your Kids!

Christmas Wonderland and Carols

Sri Lankans in California Air National Guard

Sri Lankans in California Air National Guard

Suranga Ganewatte , Naj Nagendran and Nipuna Vidanapathirana. Suranga is an administration officer at 146 Medical Group, Channel Islands, CA , previously commanded by Col.(retd) Naj Nagendran. Nipuna is in Intelligence at 163rd attack wing at March Air Force base, Riverside, Ca – home of the MQ1 Predator drone.

Bishops College Past Pupils Association of California Halloween Party

Bishops College Past Pupils Association of California Halloween Party

Bishops College Past Pupils Association of California Halloween Party

Bishop’s College Past Pupils Association held their first Public Fundraising soiree on October 28th, at the Elks Lodge in Playa Del Ray. The attendees came from far and wide; San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange Counties as well as from Sri Lanka. The PPA was Founded by Roma De Zoysa. The founding committee included Indrani Rutnam, Romany Sagadevan, Achala Weerasinghe, Gayoshi Rodrigo, and other Southern Californian Bishopians! Sonali Tucker is the current President of the organization. The event was enjoyed by one and all, who left wanting more! Please look forward to their future events.

Beira Lake area to be converted to a major entertainment destination- Tourism Minister

Beira Lake area to be converted to a major entertainment destination- Tourism Minister

“The Beira Lake area would be converted to a major entertainment destination,” said Minister of Tourism and Lands, Harin Fernando. He said that this task was handed over to him personally by President Ranil Wickremesinghe who was keen to develop this area as a major entertainment destination similar to Clarke Quay River in Singapore which offers amusement, dining and entertainment.“We are also keen to have a few floating restaurants, entertainment options, street food corners and other amusement options. We will facilitate international entertainment and hotel companies to start operations here.”

Dr. Janesri de Silva of Pasadena, Ca. Celebrated Birthday

Dr. Janesri de Silva of Pasadena, Ca. Celebrated Birthday

Birthday Girl Dr.Janesri with husband Sunil de Silva

Birthday Girl Dr.Janesri

With children Jonathan and Darby

With children Jonathan and Darby

Janesri with parents Rane and Padma Ranasinghe

Jayam’s Choice “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” Andy Williams

Jayam's Choice "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" Andy Williams

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Visiting Jaffna to Experience the Longest Hindu Festival in Sri Lanka – Nallur (Please click on arrow)

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 at "Castaways" in Burbank, Ca. jaffna

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons’ Night 2023 at “Castaways” in Burbank, Ca. Photos by Moran Moran

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 at "Castaways" in Burbank, Ca. Photos by Moran Moran

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 at "Castaways" in Burbank, Ca. Photos by Moran Moran

 

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 at "Castaways" in Burbank, Ca. Photos by Moran Moran

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 at "Castaways" in Burbank, Ca. Photos by Moran Moran

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 at "Castaways" in Burbank, Ca. Photos by Moran Moran

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 at "Castaways" in Burbank, Ca. Photos by Moran Moran

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 at "Castaways" in Burbank, Ca. Photos by Moran Moran

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 at "Castaways" in Burbank, Ca. Photos by Moran Moran

 

Ananda College Old Boys Association of the West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 at "Castaways" in Burbank, Ca. Photos by Moran Moran

Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages picks Sri Lanka for its maiden call to Asia

Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages picks Sri Lanka for its maiden call to Asia

In a monumental stride for Sri Lanka’s tourism sector, Aitken Spence Travels announces the arrival of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages’ newest ship, the Resilient Lady, making her maiden call to Asia and to the Colombo Harbour on November 13, 2023. This historic event marks a significant contribution to the global recognition and confidence of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. The Resilient Lady, a marvel of modern maritime engineering began her maiden voyage in May 2023, and boasts a passenger capacity of 2,770 passengers across 1,404 cabins & suites.

Chethi and Rocky’s Wedding in California

 

Chethi and Rocky's Wedding in California

Chethi and Rocky's Wedding in California

Chethi and Rocky's Wedding in California

Foundation of Goodness Dr. Nage of Los Angeles donates GPS for diving

Foundation of Goodness Dr. Nage of Los Angeles donates GPS for diving

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo November 16th, 2023 (Please click on arrow)

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo November 16th, 2023 (Please click on arrow)

The 2024 budget is out, and we’re breaking it down! Plus, motosurfing, the simple joys of childhood with preschool art, a Titanic menu, monkey chimera, Dubai Design Week & a quick look at some economic snippets as we commemorate Remembrance Day, and much more

Obituaries – Sad News

premarajPremaraj Appapillai (80)passed away In Sydney, Australia on November 8th, 2023.

He was the son of Professor Velupillai Appapillai, of the University of Ceylon, Colombo and Isabelle Thangam Appapillai née Joseph. Husband of the late Agnes. Father of Rapti. Brother of Mano, Daya and

Kumudhini.

Monica Doreen Corea

Monica Doreen Corea (94) (Former Teacher of Uva College,​ Badulla). Wife of Vernon (Radio Ceylon /​ SLBC and BBC Broadcaster),​ mother of Ivan,​ Vernon Jr. and Ouida,​ mother-in-law of Fidelma and Praveen,​ passed away,on the 13th of November in New Malden,​ Surrey,​ UK. She was the sister-in-law of former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States and Daily News/Observer Editor Ernest Corea and Indra Corea. She was the daughter-in-law of Reverend Canon Ivan Corea and Ouida Corea.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Hot and sour soup

Suan-la Tang (Hot and sour soup)

Ingredients

6 cloud ears and 12 golden needles or 4 chinese dried

mushrooms, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes

  • 1 cake fresh bean curd, neatly diced
  • 2/3 cup pork fillet
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 5/8 cup water
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled and chopped
  • 61/4 cups home – made beef stock   or consomme
  • 4 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  •  freshly ground black pepper and salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2-3 scallions, shredded

Method

Drain the cloud ears and golden needles or the mushrooms, which should be nicely plump.

Cut into thin shreds and set aside with the bean curd.

Finely slice the pork into match stick size pieces and dust with cornstarch. Blend the remaining cornstarch with water  and reserve. Heat the oil in a Chinese claypot or wok over a gentle heat and cook the onion till soft. Turn up the heat slightly and fry the pork slices until they change color.

Pour in the stock, cloud ears, needles or mushrooms, cook  for 10 to 15 minutes, then thicken with the cornstarch paste. Add bean curd, vinegar, soy sauce and black pepper and salt to taste. Lower the heat and drizzle in the egg from a balloon whisk or your finger tips so that it  forms threads of mixture.Add sesame oil just before serving. Garnish with the scallions if desired.

Serves 6.

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Suan-la Tang (Hot and sour soup) Ingredients 6 cloud ears and 12 golden needles or 4 chinese dried mushrooms, soaked in warm water for 30 minutes 1 cake fresh bean curd, neatly diced 2/3 cup pork fillet 3 tablespoons cornstarch 5/8 cup water 1-2 tablespoons oil 1 small onion, peeled and chopped 61/4 cups home - made beef stock or consomme 4 tablespoons rice-wine vinegar 1 tablespoon light soy sauce freshly ground black pepper and salt 1 egg beaten 1 teaspoon sesame oil 2-3 scallions, shredded Method Drain the cloud ears and golden needles or the mushrooms, which should be nicely plump. Cut into thin shreds and set aside with the bean curd. Finely slice the pork into match stick size pieces and dust with cornstarch. Blend the remaining cornstarch with water and reserve. Heat the oil in a Chinese claypot or wok over a gentle heat and cook the onion till soft. Turn up the heat slightly and fry the pork slices until they change color. Pour in the stock, cloud ears, needles or mushrooms, cook for 10 to 15 minutes, then thicken with the cornstarch paste. Add bean curd, vinegar, soy sauce and black pepper and salt to taste. Lower the heat and drizzle in the egg from a balloon whisk or your finger tips so that it forms threads of mixture.Add sesame oil just before serving. Garnish with the scallions if desired. Serves 6. Please email me for all your questions and requests. romadezoysa1@gmail.com

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Aruni Boteju’s Ceylon International Film Festival Was a Tremendous Success – Nandasiri Jasentuliyana

Aruni Boteju's Ceylon International Film Festival Was a Tremendous Success - Nandasiri Jasentuliyana

Nandi and Shanthi Jasentuliya, Aruni Boteju and SLAASC President Niroshan Kahawatte.

“An unexpected journey and such a beautiful and wonderful experience. It was an great honor to receive both California State Legislature Certificate of recognition from State Assembly Greg Hart and Senator Monique Limone recognition and proclamation from Mayor Randy Rowse, City of Santa Barbara. Our humble gratitude for giving us this honor the strength and courage to be part of this wonderful community. We are proud to announce all winners and performers of the festival received the certifications from California State Legislature as well.”

Aruni Boteju-Chairman, Ceylon International Film Festival

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The final night of the second annual Ceylon International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, California on October 28th, 2023. The historic Lobero Theater was the venue for a star studded awards ceremony celebrating cinematic

masterpieces from around the world and masters of their craft. A celebration in international dance and music

The final night of the second annual Ceylon International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, California on October 28th, 2023. The historic Lobero Theater was the venue for a star studded awards ceremony celebrating cinematic Aruni Boteju's Ceylon International Film Festival Was a Tremendous Success - 3

T & S Productions USA presents L. A. Live with Yohani Sunday, November 19th 2023 Book your tickets now!

T & S Productions USA presents L. A. Live with Yohani Sunday, November 19th 2023 Book your tickets now!

Sri Lankan Born Suzette Herft is a Big Hit in Australia

Sri Lankan Born Suzette Herft is a Big Hit in Australia

Suzette Herft is an exotic contemporary troubadour, born in Sri Lanka, but a true Melbournian at heart. Suzette has a wealth of songs and mixes these genres with her luscious voice, heartfelt and soulful lyrics, a joyful sunny countenance with a “natural charm and grace that engages her audience”. Don’t miss this musical medicine woman whose music will heal your heart! She sings at The Quiet Man, Irish Pub, 271 Racecourse Road, Kensington,Vic., every 3rd Wednesday of the month. She won the 2019 Folk Victoria Award for Services to Folk Music

Suzette Herft’s Aunties Ursula Aruma, Noeline Willenberg and Faye de Kauwe, and cousins Debbie Cooke, Rozanne Willenberg, Tamara Stewart and Adrian Willenberg attended The Quiet Man, Irish Pub, to hear Suzette perform on October 24th

Suzette Herft’s Aunties Ursula Aruma, Noeline Willenberg and Faye de Kauwe, and cousins Debbie Cooke, Rozanne Willenberg, Tamara Stewart and Adrian Willenberg attended The Quiet Man, Irish Pub, to hear Suzette perform on October 24th

Padmini Johns of La Jolla, Ca. Birthday Party

Halloween Cruise to Mexico with family

Padmini Johns of La Jolla, Ca. Birthday Party

Birthday girl Padmini Johns with husband (Elvis) John Johns

Padmini Johns of La Jolla, Ca. Birthday Party

Padmini Johns of La Jolla, Ca. Birthday Party

Padmini Johns of La Jolla, Ca. Birthday Party

Havelock City Mall

Havelock City Mall

Ananda Niyerapola’s 87th Birthday in Montrose, Ca.

Ananda Niyerapola's 87th Birthday in Montrose, Ca.

Ananda Niyerapola of Montrose, Ca. celebrated his

87th birthday with family and close friends. Here with wife Ranjini and daughters Ranesha, Nirosha and Harshini

Ananda Niyerapola's 87th Birthday in Montrose, Ca.

Manomi Hatharasinghe, Priya, Krishan and Rohan Hatharasinghe and kids

Ananda Niyerapola's 87th Birthday in Montrose, Ca.

Jenny Edirisinghe, Flora Perera, Ishani Marcelline, Nel Jayawardena and Thushara de Silva

Ananda Niyerapola's 87th Birthday in Montrose, Ca.

Hollywood Movie Production Editor Tom Noble, St Thomas College cricket champion Dr. Larif Idroos and Jayam

Ananda Niyerapola's 87th Birthday in Montrose, Ca.

Palitha Kasthuriarachchi of United Airlines, Suranga and Aruni Ganewatte President of (SLYO) Sri Lanka Youth Organization

Ananda Niyerapola's 87th Birthday in Montrose, Ca.

Delan and Rani Wickremasinghe

Ananda Niyerapola's 87th Birthday in Montrose, Ca.

Shane and Nel Jayawardena, Flora Perera and Jenny

Ananda Niyerapola's 87th Birthday in Montrose, Ca.

Thushara de Silva, Ishani and Sanka Marcelline

Ananda Niyerapola's 87th Birthday in Montrose, Ca.

Jayantha Puswella, Dr. Milroy and Indramale Fernando

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Kanthi de Silva’s Birthday

Kanthi de Silva's Birthday

The Birthday Girl Kanthi

Kanthi de Silva's Birthday

Jilska Fernando, Ruth Moonesinghe, Drs Gamini and Sirima Hethimuni

Kanthi de Silva's Birthday

Swarna Perera, Therese Selvaratnam

Kanthi de Silva's Birthday

Chitra Ekanayake, Mangala Jayakody, Aloma and Denzil Ratnasoma, Nedra Abeyguneratna

Kanthi de Silva's Birthday

Palitha Pelpola and friends

Kanthi de Silva's Birthday

Padmini Joseph

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Christmas Wonderland and Carols Saturday, 9th December in Covina, Ca. 3 to 8 p.m. Bring Your Kids!

Christmas Wonderland and Carols Saturday, 9th December in Covina, Ca. 3 to 8 p.m. Bring Your Kids!

Kaleidoscope With Savithri Rodrigo November 9th, 2023 (Please click on arrow)

We go to the Barefoot Loft to embrace Ena de Silva’s amazing work. Also the first in a series for the Galle Literary Festival with poet Isurinie Mallawaarachchi and find out about promises not kept in Budget 2023!

Obituaries – Sad News

palith Kotelawala

Lalith Kotelawala (84) Former Chairman of Ceylinco Consolidated and Founding Chairman of Seylan Bank, Deshamanya Deshabandu Lalith Kotelawala passed away at a private hospital in Colombo on October 21, 2023. Husband of Sicille. He was the son of Justin and Millicent Kotelawala.

Funeral was at Kanatte.

 

Roy Nihal Cooray

Roy Nihal Cooray passed away in Torrance, Ca. on October 23, 2023. Husband of Valerie, father of Dilky (Anand Cornelio) and Reshan (Amali Jayasinghe) and grandfather of Devan, Kai, Jai, and Diyani. Services

were held at Nativity Catholic Church in Torrance, Ca. on November 4, 2023.

Felix Anthony Perumal

Felix Anthony Perumal (88) (Chairman Vigilant Security and Investigation Services). Husband of late Chitra, father of Surani, Roshni and Mario, father-in-law of Michael De Silva and Nedra, grandfather of Jannik and Tehanee, Keshia and Rashmika. Tehra and Anaya, son of late Aloy and late Therese, brother of Vilma Navaratnam, Inez Panambalana, Evan and Walter (all decd.), Jean Dharmarathne and Bryan. Burial was on October 6th at General Cemetery, Kanatte.

(In our previous issue, we mistakenly inserted the picture of a gentleman who IS NOT Felix Perumal. We apologize to the individual for this embarassing mistake)

 

Winifred Pearl Gomes – Daughter of the late Lucas and Mary Josephine Gomes,​ sister of the late Anton,​late Bernard,​ late Felix,​ late Rev. Fr. John,​ late Stanley,​ late Aloysius,​ late Annesley,​ and Leslie and Patrick Gomes,​ passed away on November 8th 2023. Remains will lie at Barney Raymonds Funeral Parlour in Borella on Sunday,​ November 12th from 9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Cortege leaves the Parlour at 2 p.m. on the same day,​ for burial at the General Cemetery,​ Borella (Roman Catholic section).

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Recipes From Roma's Kitchen

Jalapeno and Shrimp Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 iceberg lettuce, separated into leaves,
  •   or assorted leaves
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 12 ounces cooked shrimp, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green beans
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked carrots
  • 1/2 cucumber, about 4 ounces chopped
  • 2 hard- cooked eggs coarsely chopped
  • 1 drained pickled jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • salt

Method

1.Line a large salad bowl or platter with the lettuce

  leaves. Stir together the mayonnaise and sour cream

  and set aside.

2.Combine the shrimp, beans, carrot, cucumber, eggs and

 jalapeno, in a separate bowl. Season with salt.

3.Add the mayonnaise and sour cream mixture to the 

  shrimp, folding it very gently, so that all the ingredients

  are well mixed and coated with the dressing. Pile the

  mixture into the lined salad bowl or arrange 

  attractively on the platter and serve with salt.

You may contact me with any questions or requests.

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The 2024 BMW i4 Elegant yet affordable at US$50,000

The 2024 BMW i4 Elegant yet affordable at US$50,000

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Good News From Jayam – By Jayam Rutnam

INTRODUCTION As of 2010, there were 45,159 Sri Lankans living in the US. Substantial immigration began in the 1990s when many fled the violence of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The majority of Sri Lankan-Americans live in the vicinity of either New York City (where there’s a Little Sri Lanka on Staten Island), central New Jersey, or Los Angeles.

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USMC Staff Sergeant Rajah Rutnam First Sri Lankan American Veteran Happy Veterans Day

USMC Staff Sergeant Rajah Rutnam First Sri Lankan American Veteran Happy Veterans Day

China Renews Support for Sri Lanka

China Renews Support for Sri Lanka

In a significant diplomatic encounter, President Xi Jinping extended China’s unwavering commitment to aiding Sri Lanka in achieving economic stability and progress, devoid of any political agenda. This gesture was made during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing with President Ranil Wickremesinghe who was on a four-day official visit to China attending the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. It was also the first Presidential-level meeting since Wickremesinghe assumed office 14 months ago. China is the largest lender for Sri Lanka apart from being the biggest investor and the second biggest source for imports.

Cargills Signs Agreement on Joint Project

Cargills Signs Agreement on Joint Project

Ranjit Page, CEO of Cargills at the extreme Right, President Ranil Wickremasinghe, Foreign Minister Jaishankar right of Ranil. An agreement concerning a joint project involving @NDDB_Coop@Amul_Coop and the Cargills Group of

Sri Lanka was signed with the aim of elevating the local dairy industry.ia

 

Hambantota Port Surpasses Half a Million Transshipment Units, Outpacing Previous Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) Records

Hambantota Port Surpasses Half a Million Transshipment Units, Outpacing Previous Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) Records

The Hambantota International Port (HIP) has achieved a milestone by handling over half a million transshipment units by September, exceeding the port’s previous year’s roll-on/roll-off (RORO) figures. “As the global economy recovers gradually, we continue to aggressively market our location and services. As a result, RORO transshipment is steadily increasing at HIP and we have been able to better our volumes year-on-year,” HIPG COO Tissa Wickremasinghe said. Last year, HIP hit the 500,000-transshipment unit mark in November, closing 2022 with a total volume of 558,200 local and transshipment cargo handled, whereas this year the port was able to achieve the milestone within the third quarter of 2023, setting a new milestone. The port’s RORO business has seen significant growth in the past 5 years and it is now an attractive destination for transshipment of vehicles.

Havelock City A City Within a City

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Royal College Old Boys Association of North America – Road Trip by bus to San Diego, Ca.

Royal College Old Boys Association of North America - Road Trip by bus to San Diego, Ca.

Old boys of Royal College in Southern California completed a grand one day picnic to San Diego with a dinner cruise. It was a very successful and unforgettable event. Kushan Kurukulasooriya, Ajward Shariz, Shobana Gunesekera and many other members constituted a band and entertained the crowd in the bus with live music. The dinner cruise was wonderful and everyone is looking forward to the next RCOBANA road trip. Some of the others were Sanjiv Gunasekara, Dr. Sarath Gunatilleke, Dr. Nalin Nanayakkara,

Ajit Perera, Munir Akbar, Rohan Sourjah and Daya Appapillai.

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Royal College Old Boys Association of North America - Road Trip by bus to San Diego, Ca.

Royal College Old Boys Association of North America - Road Trip by bus to San Diego, Ca.

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Royal College Old Boys Association of North America - Road Trip by bus to San Diego, Ca.2

Royal College Old Boys Association of North America - Road Trip by bus to San Diego, Ca.2

Royal College Old Boys Association of North America - Road Trip by bus to San Diego, Ca.2

Royal College Old Boys Association of North America - Road Trip by bus to San Diego, Ca.2

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World Famous Singer Yohani in Los Angeles for the first time presented by T & S Productions USA November 19th, 2023

World Famous Singer Yohani in Los Angeles for the first time presented by T & S Productions USA November 19th, 2023

T & S Night – First Time in USA November 4th, 2023 at Pearson Park Amphitheater, Anaheim, Ca.

T & S Night - First Time in USA November 4th, 2023 at Pearson Park Amphitheater, Anaheim, Ca.

Happy Birthday Prabha Bamunuarachchi of Torrance, Ca. (Here with family)

Happy Birthday Prabha Bamunuarachchi of Torrance, Ca. (Here with family)

Lankan born Author Lukman Receives Top Literature Award in London

Lankan born Author Lukman Receives Top Literature Award in London

Lukman Harees, a UK based writer, author and a media political commentator of Sri Lankan heritage received the “Outstanding Contribution to Literature” during the BRISLA Awards 2023 held on Friday 20 October, at the Caledonian Club in London. Lord Naseby PC (in pic), Venerable Seelawimala Thero, Former MP Nirj Deva DL, India and Indian Ocean Directorate from the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office Director Ben Mellor, and Yvonne Ridley were amongst the high dignitaries attending this ceremony.

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Remembering President J.R. Jayawardena Here with Dr. James T. Rutnam who celebrated his 80th Birthday at the Oberoi Hotel in Colombo (Circa 1985)

Remembering President J.R. Jayawardena Here with Dr. James T. Rutnam who celebrated his 80th Birthday at the Oberoi Hotel in Colombo (Circa 1985)

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(OJAC) Old Joes Association Picnic at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, Ca. President Dino de Silva

(OJAC) Old Joes Association Picnic at Bonelli Park in San Dimas, Ca. President Dino de Silva

OJAC President Dino Silva, Sanka Marcelline, Samantha Kurera and Luke Ratnayake. Ruwan Attele and Prasanna Perera (not in picture).

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Clement Karunaratne and Sheana Wijeratne.

Clement Karunaratne and Sheana Wijeratne.

Shamilal Wijeratna, Chris Ganlath, Lalith Karunaratne, Rohith Seneviratna

Shamilal Wijeratna, Chris Ganlath, Lalith Karunaratne, Rohith Seneviratna

“!Priyalal Kurera, Lalith Perera and Roshan Seresinhe

"!Priyalal Kurera, Lalith Perera and Roshan Seresinhe

"!Priyalal Kurera, Lalith Perera and Roshan Seresinhe

"!Priyalal Kurera, Lalith Perera and Roshan Seresinhe

Jayam’s Choice Engelbert Humperdinck Meets Tom Jones

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SLAASC presents a “Christmas Wonderland” in Covina, Ca. Keep the date free! Saturday, December 9th, 2023

SLAASC presents a "Christmas Wonderland" in Covina, Ca. Keep the date free! Saturday, December 9th, 2023

Born in Sri Lanka, Raised in Germany and now Lives in Austria, Leslie Suganandarajah – Music Director of the Prestigious Salzburg Landestheater First-ever Conductor from Sri Lanka (Please click on arrow)

Born in Sri Lanka, Raised in Germany and now Lives in Austria,

Leslie Suganandarajah – Music Director of the Prestigious Salzburg Landestheater First-ever Conductor from Sri Lanka

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Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo October 19th, 2023 (Please click on arrow)

We’re on a mission to celebrate the rural woman, Sri Lanka’s heritage textiles and transform the beloved tuk-tuk into something evergreen! Plus – discover mysterious rock art, the labyrinth on Mars, Sharon Stone’s art, conkering, the world’s coolest places and economic vignettes!

Obituaries – Sad News

Jackson AnthonyJackson Anthony (65)The popular Sri Lankan film actor and singer passed away at the National Hospital in Colombo on October 9th, 2023. He was in a traffic accident in 2022

and was later in ICU. The final rites of Anthony were performed on October 12 at the St. Peter and Paul’s Church in Ragama.

Felix Anthony Perumal

Felix Anthony Perumal (88) (Chairman Vigilant Security and Investigation Services). Husband of late Chitra, father of Surani, Roshni and Mario, father-in-law of Michael De Silva and Nedra, grandfather of Jannik and Tehanee, Keshia and Rashmika. Tehra and Anaya, son of late Aloy and late Therese, brother of Vilma Navaratnam, Inez Panambalana, Evan and Walter (all decd.), Jean Dharmarathne and Bryan. Burial was on October 6th at General Cemetery, Kanatte.

 

Lynette Fernando

Lynette Fernando (95)

Passed Away on October 7th, 2023

in Cerritos, Ca. Beloved daughter of the late Edwin and Dulcie Fernando, sister of the late Tony (late Rosemarie), late Florette, Zinnia (late Elmo), late Amitha (late Annesley), late Yvonne, late Roy (Sushila), and late Annette. Burial was on October 21st, 2023 at Rose Hills Cemetery, Whittier, Ca.

 


Surangani Menique Perera Mother of Anil (USA) and Tillak (Skyways Travel Solutions),​ mother-in-law of Ramona (USA) and Elorine,​ grandmother of Harshini (Aus),​ Arjun (USA) and Dimitri. Funeral Services were held on October 11th 2023 followed by Cremation at Borella Crematorium.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Recipes From Roma's Kitchen

Green Pea Salad

Ingredients

1 Bag Frozen Green Peas, defrosted

1 Apple chopped

Grated Cheese 1/2 cup of Cheddar

1/2 onion chopped

Chopped pickle

Salt and Pepper

Mayonnaise to taste

MIX WELL!

(RECIPE FROM BLOCK PARTY NEIGHBOR)

 

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Shangri-La Colombo, Shangri-La Hambantota Succeed at World Travel Awards 2023

Shangri-La Colombo, Shangri-La Hambantota Succeed at World Travel Awards 2023

Shangri-La Colombo, Shangri-La Hambantota Succeed at World Travel Awards 2023

Shangri-La Colombo and Shangri-La Hambantota have achieved top recognition at the World Travel Awards 2023, reinforcing their position as leaders in the hospitality industry. Shangri-La Colombo was honored with the titles of Sri Lanka’s Leading Hotel 2023, Sri Lanka’s Leading Business Hotel 2023, and Sri Lanka’s Leading Hotel Suite 2023 while Shangri-La Hambantota was awarded the title of Sri Lanka’s Leading Beach Resort 2023, the hotel company said in a media release.

Bangladesh Film Festival illuminates Colombo

Bangladesh Film Festival illuminates Colombo

The third Bangladesh Film Festival unfolded on Friday (6) at Tharangani Theatre, Sri Lankan National Film Corporation, with the screening of internationally acclaimed movie ‘Rehana Maryam Noor’ directed by Abdullah Mohammad Saad. The Bangladesh High Commission in Sri Lanka is organising the film festival which will continue. A sizeable crowd, including renowned personalities of local cinema and cine connoisseurs, braced the rain in Colombo to experience Bangladeshi movies. Actress Swarna Mallawarachchi graced the occasion as chief guest. Director Anoma Rajakaruna as the curator of the festival introduced the movie to the audience before screening.

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Old Joes Association of UK (Blue and White Ball) Annual Dinner Dance at Heathrow London

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Old Joes Association of UK (Blue and White Ball) Annual Dinner Dance at Heathrow London (Photos by Mishtre Photography UK)

Niran and Indrajith Perera of Hayes, London

Old Joes Association of UK (Blue and White Ball) Annual Dinner Dance at Heathrow London (Photos by Mishtre Photography UK)

Tony and Moira James of Hounslow, London with friends

Old Joes Association of UK 3

Old Joes Association of UK 3

Old Joes Association of UK 3

Cuthbert Charles with wife Lovina

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Old Joes Association of UK

Old Joes Association of UK

Old Joes Association of UK

Old Joes Association of UK

Bollywood Film Producers Choose Sri Lanka to Shoot Eight Films – Daily News

Bollywood Film Producers Choose Sri Lanka to Shoot Eight Films - Daily News

Bollywood Film Producers Choose Sri Lanka to Shoot Eight Films - Daily News

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Sri Lankan Aussie Heads Virgin Voyages

Sri Lankan Aussie Heads Virgin Voyages

Nirmal Saverimuttu has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Voyages in September 2023. Having joined the Company in January 2015, previously, Nirmal served as President and Chief Experience Officer, responsible for all passenger, crew and commercial operations at Virgin Voyages. In this role Nirmal shaped the company’s award winning experience on its fleet of 3 cruise vessels. Nirmal is Sri Lankan-Australian, was born in Zambia and has lived in London, Sydney and New York City. He now resides in Florida with his wife Leandra and 2 children. Nirmal has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honors) from the University of Sydney. Nirmal is the son of Selva and Dilini Saverimuttu, Sri Lankan born Australians, now domiciled in Sydney.

Boszman Concept for Event Planning in Sri Lanka

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Jayam’s Choice “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

Let us commit to building a compassionate Sri Lanka on this World Animal Day – Otara

Let us commit to building a compassionate Sri Lanka on this World Animal Day - Otara

Every living being, both great and small, deserves to live a life free from pain and suffering. On this World Animal Day, let’s come together, and make a stronger collective commitment to work towards fostering harmony between humans and animals, ensuring that the beauty of Sri Lanka’s wildlife thrives alongside our nation’s growth and that all other animals can live free from suffering. Together, we can turn this vision into reality, and build a future where compassion for all living beings is a guiding principle and our way of life. This is the true Sri Lanka.  

Otara Gunewardene

World Animal Day- Ambassador 

800: Murali’s inspiring story unfolds on silver screen

800: Murali’s inspiring story unfolds on silver screen

The film ‘800,’ based on the life of Muthiah Muralitharan, widely regarded as one of the greatest spinners in the world, has commenced screening in India. The title refers to Murali’s 800 Test wickets, a record that has still not been equalled. The film ‘800’ was filmed in various locations, including Sri Lanka, India, and Australia. It was simultaneously released in 15 countries, such as India, Sri Lanka, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Originally made in Tamil, ‘800’ has been dubbed in Sinhala and Telugu, and it includes English subtitles for wider accessibility. The screenplay for the film ‘800’ was jointly written by Tamil film director M. S. Sripathi and Booker Award winner Shehan Karunathilake, whose first book Chinaman (on a fictional cricketer) was a big hit in cricket playing countries.

The Kapil and Sharma Show with Jacqueline Fernandez

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A Sri Lankan Baker’s Baguette Conquers France

A Sri Lankan Baker’s Baguette Conquers France

This year France marked the 30th anniversary of the “Grand Prize of the Traditional French Baguette,” organized by the Paris City Hall. Tharshan Selvarajah, 37, an intense bearded man with a fierce work ethic, won, with his creation edging out 126 other baguettes. His prize? The honor, for the next year, of delivering those baguettes to President Macron and his staff. He also received some $4,250. The baker’s popularity is now such that long lines form outside his boulangerie, Au Levain des Pyrénées, on the fringes of eastern Paris. Selvarajah explained what made his bread special. Seated in a nearby cafe, he held up his hands.

“God gave us all different hands,” he said. A smile broke across his face. “My mother’s chicken curry and my wife’s chicken curry may use the same chicken but they do not taste the same,” he said. “God gave me the hands to make the best baguette in France! I am never angry with the flour as I knead the dough.”

Alston Koch to Debut New Climate Friendly Song “Let me take you to an Island”

Alston Koch to Debut New Climate Friendly Song "Let me take you to an Island"

President of SUNx Climate Friendly Travel Club Geoffrey Lipman with the Chairman of the organisation Juergen Stienmetz has made a joint statement “As part of the SUNx Climate friendly Travel Club we are bringing in to perform at the Gala Dinner Asia’s “King Of Pop” and Platinum award winning recording artist Alston Koch with a brand new Climate Friendly Travel song “Let Me Take You To An Island” to be released on the night dedicated to the Climate Resilience of Small Island States”

Son of Sri Lankans Kishore and Jean Lekhraj – Dinesh Lekhraj of Gibson Guitars in Nashville, Tennessee with Joe Bonamassa

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St Joseph’s College Colombo Tennis Team (Circa 1958)

St Joseph's College Colombo Tennis Team (Circa 1958)

St Joseph’s College Tennis Team (Circa 1958) Asoka Abeywardena, Dougy Gunawardena, Nimal Ranaweera, Hiranjan Perera, Raja de Silva, Pali Wijesena, Ranjit Pereira, Ajantha Jayasinghe, Ranjit Silva. Seated Billy Roland, Ranjan Almeida, Father Gerry Abeysekara, Father Peter Pillai, Stanislaus Fernando, Lakshman Malawana, Indrajith Perera.

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo October 5th, 2023

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Happy Children’s Week! Today, we find out the origins of balloons – something all children love, visit the No Hungry Kids project, the status of children in the modern day with UNICEF’s country representative, find out about the oldest aquarium fish and construction project, explore the controversial Online Safety Bill, add some economic news and pack in much more!

Obituaries – Sad News

Obituaries - Sad News

Bernadette Nittianandan (80)

of Pasadena, Ca. passed away on September 23rd, 2023.

Wife of Late Nitti

Daughter of Late Denzil and Edith Weerasinghe

Sister of Late Anton Weerasinghe, Monica Weerasinghe and Leonie Kotalawala. Mother of Arjunan, Rohan, Cholan (Ty) and Dale. Mother-in-law of Dinali and Angie. Grandmother of Ashley, Maya and Nikki, Cholan Jr. Teiya, Karnan and Romeo.

Great Grandmother of Brody, Levy and Isabella.

Funeral was at Live Oak Memorial Park Chapel on October 7th, 2023.

Enid Harriet Sirimanne (91) passed away in San Diego, Ca. on September 13th 2023. Mother of Ben, Sriyantha and Antoinette.Funeral was in San Diego on September 30th, 2023

Kevin Magnus Herft (76) passed away in Sydney, Australia on October 7th, 2023. Son of the late Fred and Annette D’Abrera. Arrangements for his Funeral will be advised in due course.

A Unique Publication Presented to the President During his Recent Visit to Address the U.N.

A Unique Publication Presented to the President During his Recent Visit to Address the U.N.

A copy of ‘The Kingdom of Ruhuna: Home of the Yala National Park”, a newly published coffee table book, was presented to the President Ranil Wickramasinghe in New York during a glamourous reception hosted by the Sri Lanka Mission to the United Nations. A copy was also presented to the Foreign Minister Aly Sabry. The book was recently launched at the ‘The Beauty of Sri Lanka’ photographic Exhibition held by the America Sri Lanka Photographic Art Society Los Angeles (ASPAS), in association with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles at the UCLA Art Gallery. It was authored by the founder President of ASPAS, Suriya Jayalath Perera, an accomplished photographer and wildlife enthusiast who transports the reader through the lens of his camera to Ruhuna’s hidden gems, where they can witness majestic wildlife in their natural habitats – from elusive leopards prowling through lush jungles to colorful birds soaring across vibrant skies. His painstaking research work over two years of residence in the Yala area, originally carried out for his Master’s thesis written in Sinhala at the Kelaniya University, was recently published with a historical narration of the people and places of the region in an attractively published coffee table book containing unmatched photography including some historical ruins deep in the jungle hitherto unknown even to historians. It was compiled and edited by Dr. Nandi Jasentuliyana, who supervised its translation and publication.  In his introduction to it, he points out the critical role played by the Kingdom of Ruhuna in the history of the Island from its inception in the 5th Century on many occasions.The Kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa were in turmoil almost from the very beginning of their history in the fifth century B.C. due to periodic Indian invasions of  Cholas, Pandyas, and Pallavas forcing some of its people with its rulers to flee to the South and eventually to be reclaimed by Prince Dutugamunu from the ruling family of the Kingdom of Ruhuna who led an army from Ruhuna.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Recipes From Roma's Kitchen

JAPCHAI (Korean Noodle Speciality)

Ingredients

  • 4 cooked potions of dangmeon cooked sweet potato starch noodles
  • 1 Carrot, peeled and julienned
  • 1/2 Onion, cut into 1/4″ slices
  • 2 cups oyster mushrooms, cut into bitesized pieces
  • 1 1/2 TBSP white granulated sugar
  • 3 TBSP Soya Sauce
  • 2 tspn. vegetable oil
  •  Pinch of Black Pepper (optional)
  • 1 tspn. roasted Sesame seeds (optional)

STEP 1

If Danmyeon noodles are long, carefully cut the noodles with scissors to make them fit the diameter of the diameter of the inner pot.

Lay the noodles in a criss-cross pattern to prevent clumping.

STEP 2

Lay the Carrots, Onions and mushrooms on top of noodles.

STEP 3.

In a small bowl, whisk sugar, soy sauce, vegetable oil, and 3/4 cup of water until well combined.

Drizzle liquid over the vegetables and noodles.

These quantities are sufficient to serve four or you can serve it as a side dish. I once served it with a 

Sri Lankan Shrimp Curry and it was very nice.You  can even put some sauteed Shrimp in a little Chilli Sauce (not too much) or just drizzle with a spoon on top of the whole dish.

Should you have any questions or requests, please email me and I will be happy to help you.

This Korean Dish is absolutely lovely to look at and  a treat in it’s light but interesting flavors.

I am answering the first question which you will send.  The DANGMEON (sweet potato starch noodles) is not difficult to find in the Asian Markets and are sold in  packets.

Simple to make and is not drowned in different flavors.

Enjoy!

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happy halloween

Halloween

New Year Cruise on “Discovery Princess” Los Angeles to Mexico Fully Booked!

New Year Cruise on "Discovery Princess" Los Angeles to Mexico Fully Booked!

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Good News From Jayam – October 1, 2023 Pls Scroll Down 35 items – By Jayam Rutnam…

Good News From Jayam 

October 1, 2023 Pls Scroll Down 35 items 

Autumn Has Arrived – In California

Autumn Has Arrived - In California

 

Please click on link below for website and past issues

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Past Presidents of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC)

(Celebrating 50 Years serving the community-Founded in 1973)

"Viraj Viraj de Silva SLAASC Past President 2017

Indika Pilana Manage SLAASC Past President 20182019

Indika Pilana Manage SLAASC

Past President 2018/2019


Sondra Wise Kumaraperu SLAASC Past President 2020

President Ranil in picture-perfect meeting

with Lankans in New York

President Ranil in picture-perfect meeting with Lankans in New York

While in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly sessions, President Ranil Wickremesinghe also met the Sri Lanka community there. Most of them not only asked questions about the situation in Sri Lanka but also took photographs of the president and scrambled for selfies with him.

Over 600 doctors training abroad due back in two months – Minister

Over 600 doctors training abroad due back in two months – Minister

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that due to the shortage of doctors in the health sector, there is an opportunity for doctors who are abroad for training in the medical service to come back to Sri Lanka and work. The minister also stated that about 600 doctors who are abroad for medical training are due to return to Sri Lanka in the next two months can join the hospital service again.

Sherman de Silva with Ayomi Perera

“Live in Hollywood, Ca.”

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Sherman de Silva with Ayomi Perera "Live in Hollywood, Ca." Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Holy Family Convent Alumni’s

“Night in Bordeaux”

A Tremendous Success”

(Photos by Moran Moran)

Holy Family Convent Alumni's "Night in Bordeaux" A Tremendous Success" (Photos by Moran Moran)

Ishani Marcelline – President of the Holy Family Convent Past Pupils Association speaks.

Holy Family Convent Alumni's - eLanka (2)

The Executive Committee of the Holy Family Convent Past Pupils Association of California.

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Dr Amila and Nadhini Silva and friends.

Holy Family Convent Alumni's - eLanka (8)

Singers and performers Stephanie Siriwardena and Dushyanth Weeraman were the main attractions.

Holy Family Convent Alumni's - eLanka (7)

Holy Family Convent Alumni's - eLanka (6)

Holy Family Convent Alumni's - eLanka (5)

Holy Family Convent Alumni's - eLanka (4)

Holy Family Convent Alumni's - eLanka (4)

Holy Family Convent Alumni's - eLanka (2)

Jayam’s Choice “Autumn Leaves” Johnny Mathis

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Jeff Gunewardena former Consul General from Sri Lanka to Los Angeles at the Queen of the World Pageant in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Jeff Gunewardena former Consul General from Sri Lanka to Los Angeles at the Queen of the World Pageant in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sajee Perera (AKA Sajee Pe) has acted as Master of Ceremonies for many functions in Los Angeles, Shows, Sri Lanka Day and Sri Lanka Association functions and Dances

(She is very popular and is the best in the field)

 

Sajee Perera (AKA Sajee Pe) has acted as Master of Ceremonies for many functions in Los Angeles, Shows, Sri Lanka Day and Sri Lanka Association functions and Dances (She is very popular and is the best in the field)

Singapore’s President-elect Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s grandparents came from Urelu in Jaffna

Singapore’s President-elect Tharman Shanmugaratnam’s grandparents came from Urelu in Jaffna

Tharman Shanmugaratnam whose grandparents are from Urelu in the Jaffna district of Northern Sri Lanka made history on September 1st 2023 by getting elected as President of Singapore. Generally referred to as Tharman, the 66 year old London School of Econimics,Cambridge and Harvard educated economist is also the first “Ceylon Tamil” to be elected as Singapore president. He has earlier served as Singapore’s deputy Prime Minister and Finance minister.

Pinga” by Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone (Don’t miss this one) (Please click on arrow)

Sunil Gamini Wijesinha receives Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays

Sunil Gamini Wijesinha receives Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays

Mizukoshi Hideaki, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka, conferred “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” on Sunil Gamini Wijesinha, former President of Japan Sri Lanka Technical and Cultural Association, JASTECA, in recognition of his contribution to strengthening economic relations and promoting mutual understanding between Japan and Sri Lanka, by disseminating the Japanese management styles in Sri Lanka.

Taking on a complex history – Vasugi Ganeshananthan talks about her latest book, Brotherless Night (a story about ordinary Jaffna women caught up in the cross currents of war).

Taking on a complex history - Vasugi Ganeshananthan talks about her latest book, Brotherless Night (a story about ordinary Jaffna women caught up in the cross currents of war).

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 Bernie de Chickera 75th

Birthday Celebrations

 

Bernie de Chickera 75th Birthday Celebrations

Bernadette (Bernie) de Chickera celebrated her 75th Birthday on September 2nd, 2023 with a lavish dinner to her family of children, their spouses and her grandchildren at her home in Dehiwela, Sri Lanka. Picture shows Bernie with her husband and her three sons Surenn, Charith and Rajive (who flew down from England for her birthday).

eLanka

For Best Prices in Quality Furniture Call Sherwin at Furniture Link 626 – 347 – 7521

For Best Prices in Quality Furniture Call Sherwin at Furniture Link 626 - 347 - 7521

Australian Actuary inspires growth in Sri Lanka’s actuarial profession

Australian Actuary inspires growth in Sri Lanka’s actuarial profession

President of the Actuaries Institute, Australia Naomi Edwards recently embarked on a short but impactful private visit to Sri Lanka. During her visit, she met with several council members and volunteers of the Actuarial Association of Sri Lanka (AASL) to share her insights and experiences in the field of actuarial science.
  1. Cruise service boosts tourism in Jaffna

Cruise service boosts tourism in Jaffna

Since the inaugural visit of the cruise ship to the Kankesanthurai Port (KKS) on June 16 over 6,000 tourists from India have visited Jaffna. The tourists enjoy a holiday adventure in Jaffna, with its rich history and cultural bonds with South India. Arrangements were made, September 16, to hold a ceremony near the KKS Port by Consulate General of India, Jaffna, Northern Province, Governor P. S. M. Charles, DS Office Tellippalai and Vali North Pradeshiya Sabha with the assistance of the Northern Province Tourism Bureau. to celebrate this success. The cruise service is operated by Cordelia Cruises of India.

Christine de Souza and Chandran Rutnam Bumped into Mrs. India who also is Mrs. World at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo.

Christine de Souza and Chandran Rutnam Bumped into Mrs. India who also is Mrs. World at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo.

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Kaleidoscope With Savithri Rodrigo September 21st, 2023 (Please click on arrow)

Today, we’re racing down the track with Asia’s Karting Champ, indulging in some natural wonders, UNESCO sites, baby gorillas and cocktails, chat with a tourism spearhead, check out the economy, oil, gold and stocks, aluminium can portraits, moonquakes and fictosexuals!

Obituaries – Sad News

Hiran Adihettypassed away on September 13th, 2023. in Sri Lanka. Son of Walter and Emmie Adihetty.

Brother of Nirmala, Sandhya and Yasmin. Husband of Felicia,​ father of Natasha, father in law of Shehan Perera. Grandfather of Joshua and Tahlia. Hiran was Past President of St. Thomas’ College OBA in Canada. He was a long time resident of Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Carmel Indranie Ernest

Dr. Carmel Indranie Ernest (81)
Passed away on September 12, 2023 in Lancaster, Ca. Wife of Dr. Antony Cyril Ernest, mother of Marie Cheryl and Melanie Marietta. Sister of Sujatha Arsecularatne and Rohini Loku Liyanage and Parakrama Fernando.

Funeral Service will be on Thursday, September 28, 2023 at St. Junipero Serra Parish (60th St. W) in Lancaster, CA starting at 9:30am with the rosary viewing, mass to follow at 10:00am and burial at Good Shepherd Cemetery (70th St. W) in Lancaster, CA at 11:30am. The service will also be live streamed for those who cannot attend in person.

Yogam Rajanthan passed away on September 24th. Wife of late Rajanathan,​sister of late sisters of Sivapakiam Kanagasuriam,​ late Maheswary Sri Pathmanthan,​ late Parameswary Thiagarajah,​ late Soundramani Sri Pathmaraja,​ Swarnam Sivaramaligam. Viewing at Mahinda Funeral Directors,​ Mount Lavinia from 2.00-4.00 p.m. Monday,​ 25th September 2023 at 4.00 p.m. for cremation at Mount Lavinia Crematorium.

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Recipes From Roma's Kitchen

Tangy Crab Salad Sandwiches

Ingredients
8oz (250g) Japanese or baby cucumbers
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (150g) cooked or canned crabmeat
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
4 fresh tofu buns or poppy seed bread or all
  grain bread rolls
1 teaspoon finely sliced Thai basil leaves,
  to serve.

CHILLI DRESSING
1 to 2 tablespoons minced red finger- length
  chilli
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 shallots or 1 small onion, minced
1/2 cup (125ml) water
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons fish sauce 

METHOD
1.Make the Chilli Dressing by combining all the ingredients 
  in a saucepan and simmer over high heat for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened. Remove and set aside to cool.
2.Peel the cucumbers, then slice very thinly. If using larger
  cucumbers, cut in half lengthwise first, scrape out the seeds with a spoon before slicing the cucumbers. Rub the salt into the cucumber slices and mix well, then strain or squeeze the cucumber to remove the liquid. Add all but 1 Tablespoon of the chilli dressing, crabmeat, lemon or lime juice and pepper to the cucumber slices and toss to combine.
3.Make a slit in the Bread Rolls and stuff each roll with the 
  cocumber crab mixture, then top with reserved Chilli Dressing and Basil leaves when served.
NOTE: Japanese cucumbers are very small and crunchy, and almost seedless. Baby cucumbers.

Please feel free to request any Recipe or anything
I may be able to help you with email me at
romadezoysa1@gmail.com

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The Magnificent Lotus Tower in Colombo is a popular tourist attraction!

The Magificent Lotus Tower in Colombo is a popular tourist attraction!

Past Presidents of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC)(Celebrating 50 Years serving the community – Founded in 1973)

Ananda Niyerapola SLAASC Past President 2002

Ananda Niyerapola SLAASC Past President 2002

Jayam Rutnam SLAASC Past President 2003
Keshini Wijegoonerathna SLAASC Past President 2004/2005Keshini Wijegoonerathna SLAASC Past President 2004/2005

Keith Ranga SLAASCKeith Ranga SLAASC Past President 2006

Chamber of CommerceAwards San Gabriel Valley Examiner2023 Business of the Year

Glendora Chamber of Commerce Awards San Gabriel Valley Examiner 2023 Business of the Year

Rutnam of the San Gabriel Valley Examiner speaks to the audience at the Glendora Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner held at the Glendora Country Club on June 28th, 2023. The “Examiner” a popular weekly newspaper which serves the foothill communities of the San Gabriel Valley, won the “top” Business of the Year Award.

Farewell to Dr. Palitha Kohona by the Foreign Ministry of China (We need more Ambassadors Like Him)

Farewell to Dr. Palitha Kohona by the Foreign Ministry of China (We need more Ambassadors Like Him)

Vice Minister Sun Weidong hosted an impressive banquet in a lavishly refurbished Hutong (courtyard residence in old Beijing) to farewell departing Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona. The Vice Minister waxed eloquent on Ambassador Kohona’s impressive contribution to strengthening the bilateral relationship between China and Sri Lanka and wished him well.

“HFC Alumni Association puts on the best events” – Book Your Tables Now! Saturday, September 16th, 2023

"HFC Alumni Association puts on the best events" - Book Your Tables Now! Saturday, September 16th, 2023

SLAASC – Mobile Clinics Agreement Reached

SLAASC - Mobile Clinics Agreement Reached

President of Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC), Niroshan Kahawatte has reached an agreement with the Tri-State Community Healthcare (TSCHC) to provide medical services to the Sri Lankan community in SOCAL. TSCHC’s outreach program is designed to help enhance access to quality medical services in underserved communities. TSCHC takes an active role in community events such as health fairs and partners with organizations as SLAASC that provide adult and children services by providing health care services through Mobile Medical Clinics. Arrangements are being made to hold the first Health Care Mobile Service to the Sri Lankan Community at the Christian Church in Van Nuys. It will be followed by Mobile Services in Orange County and Riverside County. Arrangements are also underway with the UCLA Health Team to provide blood donation programs at the above locations where the health care services are provided.

At the planned locations, the community will have the opportunity of having testing carried out for Blood Pressure, Diabetes, TB, Covid and a variety of other ailments. Further

information will be provided soon. ” Photo: Mr Hasanjith, SLAASC Comm. Member, Niroshan Kahawatte President SLAASC, and Akram Manoukian, CEO (TSCH).

Ravi Gunewardena of Los Angeles Elevated to Fellow of the AIA National Organization

The Los Angeles firm of Escher Gunewardena Architecture is pleased to announce the elevation of its founding principal Ravi Gunewardena to the status of Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, one of the highest honors that the AIA awards. Ravi joined 6 new Fellows from Los Angeles to be inducted at the AIA National Convention in San Francisco on June 8, 2023. The AIA/LA announcement states, “the Fellows program was developed to elevate architects who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and have made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Only 3% of AIA members have this distinction”. The elevation recognizes work accomplished during the past 25 years by the firm that Ravi established with his partner Frank Escher in 1997, as well as his individual contributions to the profession. Ravi is presumably only the second Sri Lankan-American architect to be admitted to the AIA’s College of Fellows. Among projects included in Ravi’s nomination were the exhibition design of “The Jeweled Isle: Art from Sri Lanka” at LACMA (2018), arguably the first major comprehensive exhibition about the Sri Lanka held at a major institution in the United States. Ravi is one of seven children of recently deceased Shelly and Lorna Gunewardena. For further information, please visit www.egarch.net. 

Save the Date Blue & Gold Gala Dance April 27th, 2024 (Details to follow)

Save the Date Blue & Gold Gala Dance April 27th, 2024 (Details to follow)

The Sri Lanka Foundation International USA invites you to Sri Lanka Day 2023!

This year they are holding the celebration virtually on their Youtube Channel youtube.com/@SLFoundationYou can join from your home or find a community organization near you to join one of their many watch parties, visit this link srilankafoundation.org/watchparty

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Chithral Sings(please click on arrow)

Jayam’s Choice “O Sole Mio” Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti (Please click on arrow)

Ananda College Old Boys Association of West Coast Maroons’ Night 2023 Saturday October 21st, 2023

Ananda College Old Boys Association of West Coast Maroons' Night 2023 Saturday October 21st, 2023

Sri Lankan born Gary Anandasangaree appointed Canadian minister

Sri Lankan born Gary Anandasangaree appointed Canadian minister

Sri Lankan born Tamil MP Gary Anandasangaree has been appointed as a Cabinet Minister in the Canadian Government. Gary Anandasangaree is the son of former MP and Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) leader Veerasingham Anandasangaree. He was among seven rookie MPs who have been promoted to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet following a major reshuffling.Gary Anandasangaree was first elected in 2015 as the MP for the Toronto riding of Scarborough-Rouge Park.

On Wednesday, he was sworn in as Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations.

Nilushi Ranaweera, Sri Lanka’s first female Assistant Attorney General in Minnesota

Nilushi Ranaweera, Sri Lanka’s first female Assistant Attorney General in Minnesota

Hailing from Batapotha, Madelgamuwa, in Gampaha, the foundation for Ranweera’s educational was laid at Holy Cross College before she earned her degree from the Colombo University in 2005. Continuing her pursuit of knowledge, she crossed continents to study law at Hamlin University in Minnesota State in 2006, and later received her Juris Doctorate from Michel Hamlin Law College in 2016.Determined to embark on her journey to gain legal expertise, she underwent further specialised training under the guidance of a government judge in Minnesota, leading to her appointment as Assistant Attorney General.

Young Sri Lankans at a Birthday Celebration at The Draycott in Pacific Palisades, Ca.

Young Sri Lankans at a Birthday Celebration at The Draycott in Pacific Palisades, Ca.

Sri Lankan National Anthem Beautifully Sung by Australian (Please click on arrow)

Eranjanie Somaweera of Cypress, Ca. Celebrated Her 70th Birthday in Hawaii with grandkids Ishara, Cosmos and Susanna (Eranjanie is the wife of late Bandula Somaweera and Mom of Dilshan and Charlini)

Eranjanie Somaweera of Cypress, Ca. Celebrated Her 70th Birthday in Hawaii with grandkids Ishara, Cosmos and Susanna (Eranjanie is the wife of late Bandula Somaweera and Mom of Dilshan and Charlini)

A Virtual CI Newscaster (Please click on arrow)

 

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Creating automobile history in Sri Lanka Homegrown Electric car ‘Mo

Haycarb launches ground-breaking ESG Roadmap “Activate” on 50th Anniversary

Haycarb PLC Managing Director Rajitha Kariyawasan (left) presenting the ACTIVATE ESG framework to Haycarb PLC and parent Company Hayleys PLC Chairman Mohan Pandithage (centre) in the presence of Haycarb Deputy Managing Director Brahman Balaratnarajah

First Sri Lankan Born Woman Aussie MP

First Sri Lankan Born Woman Aussie MP

The first Sri Lanka born woman to be elected to Australia’s Federal Parliament in Canberra was in Colombo recently.Cassandra Fernando (35) migrated with her parents to Australia at the age of 11 and grew up in Dandenong, Southeast of Melbourne, North Victoria.There she worked at Woolworths in Dandenong Plaza for around 15 years, including as a pastry chef. She was educated at William Angliss Institute, Box Hill Institute. Representing workers in the retail and fast-food industries. Cassandra is currently the Labour MP for the Division of Holt since the 2022 federal election. Cassandra’s story would undoubtedly inspire and drive many young people both in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Being a member of a country’s influential political party at such a young age is a challenging task for many of us.

Srimath Indrajith Liyanage Shines Bright

Srimath Indrajith Liyanage Shines Bright

Srimath Indrajith Liyanage was bestowed with an award by veteran artiste Jeevan Kumaranatunga during the prestigious Amaraneeya Jothi Commemoration, which was organized by the Kala Sith Roo Kala Foundation. As a versatile communicator, Liyanage has showcased his writing talents as a subeditor for prominent publications like Dinamina, Silumina, Tharuni, and Yovun Janatha. Furthermore, he has made remarkable contributions to the realm of radio dramas, television soaps, and films. His prowess on the stage has also earned him a devoted following.

Paris’s ‘Best Baguette’ Baker Selvarajah in Colombo

Paris’s ‘Best Baguette’ Baker Selvarajah in Colombo

Sri Lankan Baker Tharshan Selvarajah who won Paris’s ‘Best Baguette’ award for 2023 arrived in Colombo. The prize was 4,000 Euros and a year-long contract to supply baguettes to the President of France at the Élysée Palace. Tharshan Selvarajah, a resident of Thellipalai in Jaffna, arrived in Sri Lanka with his wife and children for a three-week visit. He told the media at the BIA premises that he went to France in 2016. He said that he didn’t know to speak French and how to work in a bakery when he arrived in France. However, he managed to join at Au Levain des Pyrénées on the eastern side of Paris .The owner is a very friendly person. He taught me French as well as the bakery industry. Now the owner is 70 years and I have been able to purchase that bakery three years back.

“The winner takes it all” ABBA Piano cover by Thaminie Perera (Please click on arrow)

A Musical Evening with Lakruwani Saturday January 20th, 2023

A Musical Evening with Lakruwani Saturday January 20th, 2023

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo August 3rd, 2023 (Please click on arrow)

Yeehaw! Asia’s only cowboy rides his steed into our show today, a long-time investor is confident, a spiritual artist is on a Yatra, elephant gatherings, old castles, sun bears, an underperforming interim budget & much more!

Obituaries – Sad News

Dr. Asoka JayaweeraDr. Asoka Jayaweera (83), Prominent California Cardiologist, of La Verne, Ca. passed away August 3rd 2023. Asoka was the beloved husband of the late Shantha Jayaweera for 54 years, the loving father of Ashan, Surya, and grandfather to Kaylee-Anna, Everett, Sorin, Alexandra, and Landrum.Funeral Arrangements are pending.

Srimal Abeyewardene
Srimal Abeyewardene (79) passed away in Toronto, Canada. (Editor, The Sri Lanka Reporter – Canada & former Daily News / Sunday Observer / Daily Mirror / Sunday Times – Journalist) – Son of late Felix Abeyewardene and late Thelma Abeyewardene, loving husband of Malkanthie Abeyewardene (Canada), loving father of Kshanika Abeyewardene (Sri Lanka), Mahesh Felix Christopher Abeyewardene (Canada), father-in-law of Renil Fernando, Mahisha Abeyewardene, brother of Rohini Fernando, Senaka Colombage, late Dilrukshi Rajapakse, Ayomi Nanayakkara, brother-in-law of Shirley Fernando, Ranjith Nanayakkara, Preethi Silva, and late Nimal Rajapakse, grand-father of Manesha, Athila and Lakshman. Cremation was at Highland Hills Crematorium. “May his soul Rest in Peace”
Dr. Anton (Navam) ChinniahDr. Anton (Navam) Chinniah (80) Respected Pulmonologist of Bridgeport, Connecticut passed away on August 3rd, 2023. Beloved husband of Sriani. Father of Kishani Chinniah-Moreno, Nilanthi Motsenigos and Sharmali Commodore. Navam was a past pupil of St. Joseph’s College, Colombo. A Catholic Mass and burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa’s Church, 5301 Main St., Trumbull. Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Trumbull. Relatives and friends may greet the family on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull.
Leonard Panambalana – (Retired Secretary – Ministry of Health). Husband of Quinzie,​ father of Malkanthi and Lal,​ Chandi and Primal,​ Dushi and Manilal and grandfather of Cisholi,​ Chehani,​ Ashanya,​ Janek,​ Maneka,​ Dineeka,​ Mithraka and Dhruvik,​ son of the late Sylvester and Josephine Panamlabalana,​ brother of late Harry,​ late Kingsley,​ Pauline,​ Alan and late Christo,​ uncle of Robert and Mohan,​ passed away. Cremation was on August 5, 2023 at the General Cemetery Kanatte.

Anton’s Swan Song by Lal Wickrematunge

Anton’s Swan Song by Lal Wickrematunge

How does one capture in a few paragraphs thirty-three years of unparalleled service to a community? Impossible and grossly inadequate but let me try, Anton Swan’s colossal effort must not go unrecorded. I had the pleasure of meeting Anton Swan in 2015 on being appointed Consul General of Sri Lanka for New South Wales and Queensland. He was by then a veteran and more so a legend. Being a rookie at Diplomacy it took me a few weeks before I could drum up the courage to telephone him.I knew that Anton had by then seen many a High Commissioner and Consuls General come and go. I finally did call him. ” Anton Swan speaking,” he said. I stood up from my chair and words betrayed me. I stuttered and stammered, finally saying who I was. ” How have you settled in? ” he asked. After the usual pleasantries, I asked Anton when I could visit Queensland. He consulted his diary and given his busy commitments gave me months’ notice. I did visit Brisbane and what a delight it was to meet with the great man, Bronwyn, his genial wife, and his family. Anton explained in minute detail the plethora of difficulties he had in getting quick responses from the Consulate in Sydney which placed him in difficulty as he was the point person in Queensland and those who sought his services were not interested in the internal administrative maneuvers. Queensland, covering a large geographical area, did pose a problem for Anton, as a person arriving from a far-flung post had to get his/her problem solved with one visit.This was not lost on me and I tried my best to accommodate him. Anton was efficient, diligent, and focussed. He knew his fold and they loved him in return. Being born a Burgher, he did not possess a single mean bone in his body and rallied the varying communities as Sri Lankans first and Sri Lankans last. He had by then identified the movers and shakers whom he could call on to help him organise varying functions to perfection. These were not ” One-Offs”, as he did so for 33 years, speaks volumes of his staying power. Quite unparalleled in the history of Sri Lankan Diplomatic history and perhaps in the world. Nothing lasts forever and Anton finally decided to hang up his boots. There were many instances when he felt that it was time to retire but Colombo would not have none of it. Anton held Queensland with distinction and Colombo simply left him in place whilst the Queenslanders in return felt safe with him. He was the rock of Gibraltar in Queensland for his community as well as his colleagues from other Embassies and High Commissions. Anton’s benevolence knew no bounds. His charities were many and went unsung. A silent doer, he was. His humane nature endeared him to all who came in contact with him. I recall Anton phoning me to say that there was a young lad who was peering through his window dressed in bedraggled clothing. On inquiry he found the boy to be from Kandy and a Trinitian to boot, who had lost all andwas wandering around sleeping at railway stations till someone directed him to Anton. Anton bathed him, fed him, clothed him and gave him some money (quite a bit) and of course called me. He paid and sent him on a flight to Sydney. Members of the Trinitian community in Sydney bought him safe passage back to Colombo. Did it end there? No. Anton would call me several times thereafter to find out how the lad was doing. How does one man hold down an honorary position with high-quality performance for 33 years? I did find the answer. Anton did swim the palk strait as a young man. Though that did not take 33 years to complete, it was the stepping stone to his staying power. I spent many happy days and enjoyed the hospitality of Anton and Bron. They were memorable and joyous. Bron was the perfect foil for Anton and was equally loved by all.

Take a well-earned rest, Anton. You will be remembered for your work. But, more than that, loved by all whom you came to contact with. Those are big shoes you leave behind.

Warm wishes

Lal Wickrematunge

former Consul General for New South Wales and Queensland

2015 – 2019

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Recipes From Roma's Kitchen 2

CHILLI CRABS
INGREDIENTS
  • 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)
Method
1.Remove the claws of one crab and turn it onto
  its back with the head facing away from you. Use
  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)
3. 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.
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National Flower of Sri Lanka The Blue Lotus or Water Lilly

National Flower of Sri Lanka The Blue Lotus or Water Lilly

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Samantha and Belle had a great time on the “Regal Princess” with new friends

Molly and Allison Foenander

Samantha and Belle had a great time on the "Regal Princess" with new friends Molly and Allison Foenander

 

Past Presidents of the Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC)(Celebrating 50 Years serving the community – Founded in 1973)

Piyal Mataraarachchi SLAASC Past President 1998Piyal Mataraarachchi SLAASC Past President 1998

Tony de Rosairo SLAASC Past President 1999

Palitha Pelpola SLAASC Past President 2000

Roma de Zoysa SLAASC Past President 2001

Roma de Zoysa SLAASC Past President 2001

Fay and Terry Herft celebrate their 59th Wedding Anniversary on the “Regal Princess”

Fay and Terry Herft celebrate their 59th Wedding Anniversary on the "Regal Princess"

“Celebrating 59 years together. How the heck did I survive?

We did it together with God’s blessings. With three beautiful daughters and eight beautiful grandchildren and a great grand daughter on the way!” – Fay Herft

 

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#RSDailyMusic: Here’s What We’re Listening to Today

Featuring artists NuAsia, Raveena Mehta, Ysoblue, Abhishek Hazarika and more

Featuring artists NuAsia, Raveena Mehta, Ysoblue, Abhishek Hazarika and more

NuAsia’ s debut single ‘Quiet Violence’ and the second release cover song “Islands in the Stream” are making great strides on worldwide media, radio, streaming platforms, and as one of many was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine India. NuAsia is led by Roshan Seresinhe and includes Dhammika (DJ) Jayasinghe and Janesh Ruwanpathirana. Please stream the songs on your favorite platform. Also the media and NuAsia are very excited for the new Country-Pop original dance tune about America titled “This Country of Mine” releasing this Friday July 28th.
Reminiscence of the 70's

Janaka Palapathwala

“Welcome to my World” of Jim Reeves 100th at Northridge Womens Club in California

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Carl Fernando and wife Ertha Had a reunion of family in Arbon, Suisse

Carl Fernando and wife Ertha Had a reunion of family in Arbon, Suisse

 

Jayam and Gina and grand kids dinner of Thai food with cousin Ami and Paul David in Queensway, London

Jayam and Gina and grand kids dinner of Thai food with cousin Ami and Paul David in Queensway, London

Jayam and Gina with Samantha and Belle, Moira James and Duleep and Malkanthi Jayatilaka in the lobby of Hotel in London

Jayam and Gina with Samantha and Belle, Moira James and Duleep and Malkanthi Jayatilaka in the lobby of Hotel in London

Lunch with New Zealand Billionaire Owen Glenn at Hakkasan in Mayfair, London seeing him after 20 years!

Lunch with New Zealand Billionaire Owen Glenn at Hakkasan in Mayfair, London seeing him after 20 years!

 

Ken Hamer travelled from Kent to Hayes in London to see us. Niran and Indrajith Perera cooked up a tasty stringhopper feed!

Ken Hamer travelled from Kent to Hayes in London to see us. Niran and Indrajith Perera cooked up a tasty stringhopper feed!

 

The Sri Lanka Foundation International USA invites you to Sri Lanka Day 2023!

This year they are holding the celebration virtually on their Youtube Channel youtube.com/@SLFoundation

You can join from your home or find a community organization near you to join one of their many watch parties, visit this link  srilankafoundation.org/watchparty

The Sri Lanka Foundation International USA invites you to Sri Lanka Day 2023!

At the World Premiere of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE in Colombo, Sri Lanka Chandran and Nihara Rutnam, Rene and Iswari CamouRene and Iswari Camo

At the World Premiere of MISSION IMPOSSIBLE in Colombo, Sri Lanka Chandran and Nihara Rutnam, Rene and Iswari CamouRene and Iswari Camo

 

Sunethra Gunawardene Celebrated her 74th birthday at Nobu in Newport Beach. Good friend Claudia, Sunethra, Janinda and Mike Gunawardene

Sunethra Gunawardene Celebrated her 74th birthday at Nobu in Newport Beach. Good friend Claudia, Sunethra, Janinda and Mike Gunawardene

Cruising on the “Regal Princess” to the British Isles

Cruising on the "Regal Princess" to the British Isles

 

Suba and Alex Perera of Chino Hills, Ca.

Suba and Alex Perera of Chino Hills, Ca.

Samantha, Gina, Jayam and Belle

Samantha, Gina, Jayam and Belle

Ann Schumacher and Fay

Ann Schumacher and Fay

 

Fay and Gina at the Vault Bar at the Marmarosh Hotel in Bucharest, Romania

Fay and Gina at the Vault Bar at the Marmarosh Hotel in Bucharest, Romania

 

Lunch with our guide/driver at a restaurant outside Count Dracula’s Bran Castle in Transilvania, Romania

Lunch with our guide/driver at a restaurant outside Count Dracula's Bran Castle in Transilvania, Romania

 

Jeevo Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Ca.

Jeevo Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Ca.

Jeevo Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Ca.

The Jeevo Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Beautiful event. Took mom since she is the biggest fan of art and music to experience the first Sri Lankan-American artist to perform at Walt Disney concert hall, Rajeev Nandakumaran.

Walt Disney Concert hall admin have informed, there were close to 1800 attendees and the largest audience for a local artist. – Aruni Boteju

 

Musaeus College Student Inuki Jayaweera represents Sri Lanka in Malaysia Billie Jean King Cup/Asia Oceania Group II

Musaeus College Student Inuki Jayaweera represents Sri Lanka in Malaysia Billie Jean King Cup/Asia Oceania Group II

 

Jayam’s Choice “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (Please click on arrow)

 

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Summer Holiday in Sri Lanka Los Angeles Cousins – Johns, Camous, Sagadavans, Lenanders, Sassanis, Bacons, Beys etc.

Summer Holiday in Sri Lanka Los Angeles Cousins - Johns, Camous, Sagadavans, Lenanders, Sassanis, Bacons, Beys etc.

Summer Holiday in Sri Lanka Los Angeles Cousins - Johns, Camous, Sagadavans, Lenanders, Sassanis, Bacons, Beys etc.

Summer Holiday in Sri Lanka Los Angeles Cousins - Johns, Camous, Sagadavans, Lenanders, Sassanis, Bacons, Beys etc.

Summer Holiday in Sri Lanka Los Angeles Cousins - Johns, Camous, Sagadavans, Lenanders, Sassanis, Bacons, Beys etc.

 

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“Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo July 20th, 2023

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It’s proving to be a packed programme! Welcome to Kaleidoscope. The dog days may have just begun! Also it’s about Riverston while we dive into Sri Lanka’s standing with the IMF & the world of imported fish, give a child a meal, check out the world’s best buildings, repurpose old things, take a flying race, become a transformer, take a leaf from France & check the market sketch.

Obituaries – Sad News

Merrill J. Fernando

Merrill J. Fernando (93) The founder of popular Sri Lankan tea company Dilmah has died in Colombo. He was surrounded by his sons and grandchildren when he passed away on July 20th, 2023. He was known for his iconic ‘do try it’ slogan. The founder had helped create the brand’s first Single Origin Tea in 1988, and worked up until he was 91. He also founded the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation, which supports youth, entrepreneurs, community organisations, incarcerated people and war widows in Sri Lanka. His son, Malik J Fernando, shared a heartfelt tribute to his father on LinkedIn. ‘He was such a towering figure in our lives; we never thought he would leave us,’ he wrote.

 

Jermyn Fernando

Jermyn Fernando passed away in Colombo, Sri Lanka on July 15, 2023. Brother of Locksley Fernando of Los Angeles, Ca. Former Manager of Fountain Cafe. At the time of passing away he was the most senior Lion in the Colombo Lions Club. Past pupil of

St. Joseph’s College, Colombo.

His funeral was at Kanatte on July 17, 2023. 

 

 

 

Joe (Nage) Victoria – Passed away in Sri Lanka. Husband of Swarna (deceased) and son Luckshan (deceased),​ brother of Selve,​ Mirani,​ late Raj,​ Wije,​ Mahe and Agnes. Remains were at Western Florists Funeral Parlour,​ Negombo. Burial was on 22nd July 22, 2023. at Raddoluwa Cemetery .

Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Recipes From Roma's Kitchen

Warm chickpea salad with chili and lime dressing

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 yellow(brown onion), finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups (14 oz/440g) drained, canned chickpeas
  • juice of two limes
  • 1/4 cup (2 fl oz/160ml) chili oil
  • 1/2 cup (3/4 oz/20g) fresh cilantro (fresh coriander leaves
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • crusty bread, warmed, for serving

METHOD.

Heat oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft,3-5 minutes. Add chickpeas and stir until heated through,about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low,add lime juice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add chilli oil and cilantro and season with salt and  pepper. Serve warm with bread.

Serves 4.

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The Beautiful Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo

The Beautiful Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo

 

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INTRODUCTION As of 2010, there were 45,159 Sri Lankans living in the US. Substantial immigration began in the 1990s when many fled the violence of the Sri Lankan Civil War. The majority of Sri Lankan-Americans live in the vicinity of either New York City (where there’s a Little Sri Lanka on Staten Island), central New Jersey, or Los Angeles.

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Happy St Patrick’s Day March 17, 2023 (erin go bragh)

Happy St Patrick's Day March 17, 2023 (erin go bragh)


Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC)

Celebrates 50 Years in 2023

Sri Lanka America Association of Southern California (SLAASC) Celebrates 50 Years in 2023


Raja de Silva – President 1975

Raja de Silva - President 1975

During his SLAASC presidency, Raja de Silva’s involvement with the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Tom Bradley helped promote Sri Lankan heritage and culture. He

helped improve SLAASC newsletter with his graphic design knowledge. Raja contributed multiple poems and articles for the SLAASC newsletter. Raja was a past pupil of

St. Peter’s College and was very involved in the Past Pupil’s Association in California. Raja managed the Graphics design division for the Automobile Association of America. Raja de Silva passed away in 2011. Raja’s wife Chinta and children Manomi and Niran were all very involved with the association.


Harry Hatharasinghe

Harry Hatharasinghe

Harry Hatharasinghe was a Committee Member of the SLAASC for many years and served in the Committees of

Jayam Rutnam, Anthony de Silva, Raja de Silva and Rajah Rutnam. This hard working gentleman was opposed to being President, but he worked hard in furthering the goals of the SLAASC. One of his major feats was organizing the

first perehera in the USA in 1974. Harry and his wife Sudharma, performed as dancers, drummers and actors at various functions including the PATA Conference at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. They were also responsible for teaching Sri Lankan cultural dancing to the community in Los Angeles.


The Ceylon America Association of Southern California Makes History in 1974

The First Perehera in America

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The first Perehera in the United States was held at the Lotus Festival in Echo Park, Los Angeles in 1974. Organized and produced by Harry Hatharasinghe, his wife Suddharma, his sons Rohan, Roshan and Rabi as well as numerous people in the community. The event was televised by NBC’s Paul Moyer and Kelly Lange. Chandra Hathotuwegama was the Nilame, Roshan Hatharasinghe and Rohan Gunewardena were Kandyan dancers, Niran de Silva led the procession, Baskran Panchadsaram was the Kawadi dancer. Ravi Gunewardena, Rohan and Rabi Hatharasinghe, Manomi de Silva and many others participated. The Perehera was attended by thousands of spectators as you can see in the video.


Dr. Lakshman and Thusitha Makandura’s Acclaimed Teledrama ‘Kunchanada’ Will Feature on Sirasa TV Beginning March 20.

Dr. Lakshman and Thusitha Makandura's Acclaimed Teledrama 'Kunchanada' Will Feature on Sirasa TV Beginning March 20.

Kunchanada

Shot on location, award-winning Sri Lankan director Christy Shelton’s  Kunchanada (elephant trumpet)  is a tribute to daughter Sarah’s enduring love for the gentle giants of this world by her parents, Dr. Lakshman and Thusitha Makandura, the producers. The resulting forty-episode masterpiece grapples with the rough currents of the elephant-human conflict enacted daily on the rural landscapes of Sri Lanka. This timely yet timeless story is so wonderfully told through Indika Atthanayaka’s expert lens, accompanied by music director Kapila Poogala Arachchi’s cascading score, and it is easy to soak in the story’s emotions, the naturalistic performances of a legendary cast led by Sriyani Amerasena, and the familiar sounds of Sri Lankan villages. This must-watch series will begin featuring on Sirasa TV beginning March 20th at 7.30.

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75th Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence Celebrated in Los Angeles

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Sri Lanka in the spotlight at Top Model of the World

Sri Lanka in the spotlight at Top Model of the World

Sadani Peiris has all the qualities for ‘Top Model of the World’, published – Charisma, Confidence, Eloquent Speech, and a Winning Attitude.Sadani has done Sri Lanka proud by taking the second runners-up position (third) in the finals, held in Egypt. The title of Top Model of the Word went to Mexico, with Colombia coming in second. Sadani has been signed by Toabh Creative Model Management Pvt. Ltd., in India – a top international agency that represents international models.

 

Enthusiastic response to the Tourism Promotion Event held at the Embassy, Beijing

Enthusiastic response to the Tourism Promotion Event held at the Embassy, Beijing

Sri Lanka’s Embassy in Beijing, China hosted a very successful Tourism Promotion event at the Embassy premises, attended by approximately 100 Tour Operators, Agencies, Service Providers, Media and Government Representatives. The gathering was addressed by the Ambassador, Dr. Palitha Kohona, the Minister Counselor, Nalika Kodikara, Chairman of the Tourism Promotion Bureau, Chalaka Gajabahu, President of SLAITO, Nishad Wijethunga, President of the Hotels Association, M. Shanthikumar and Managing Director of Spring Travel, Yang Yang. They highlighted the unique attractions of Sri Lanka and encouraged the tour operators and the media to assist in promoting visits to Sri Lanka. There was a question and answer session also.

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Local Elvis Janaka Palapathwala to do it in the US

Local Elvis Janaka Palapathwala to do it in the US

Janaka Palapathwala is very much in the news these days, and his local shows have been crowd-pullers. Janaka recreates the Elvis Presley era, through song, and presentation, and that has made him extremely popular with those who still love the music of the late king of rock ‘n’ roll. “Dates in Toronto, Canada, Washington DC, and New York, are in place. Texas and Minnesota are confirmed but not the dates, as yet. “I’m only waiting for confirmation from LA and San Francisco and then we can finalise the itinerary.

Arya and Yara’s Birthday Party at Adventure City, Ca.

Arya and Yara's Birthday Party at Adventure City, Ca.

On February 24th, 2023 Charles Schokman of Australia Celebrated his 94th Birthday.

Here With His Furry Friend Kira.

Happy Birthday Charles

On February 24th, 2023 Charles Schokman of Australia Celebrated his 94th Birthday. Here With His Furry Friend Kira. Happy Birthday Charles


Classical and Cool 2023 – Gehan Cooray

Classical and Cool 2023 - Gehan Cooray

A moment from my CLASSICAL AND COOL charity fundraiser concert last weekend, captured by Ramesh Malintha. I really don’t think Torgeir Kinne Solsvik and I could have been *ANY MORE ECSTATIC* about the way our concert unfolded!!!!!! It was a HEAVENLY NIGHT. At Bishop’s College.


Sheraton Kosgoda Celebrates 3 Years

Sheraton Kosgoda Celebrates 3 Years

Managed by the world largest hospitality group Marriott International, the Sheraton Kosgoda Turtle Beach Resort, is the first Sheraton property to open in Sri Lanka. The resort has been in operation since February 2020 and has welcomed many local and International travellers from all over the world. Only 90 minutes away from Colombo, the resort is nestled in picturesque Kosgoda, known for its sea turtle conservation project and pristine beach with dreamy sunsets.

Clarendon Foundation Fundraiser at the Omni Hotel, Los Angeles

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Clarendon Foundation Fundraiser at the Omni Hotel, Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Clarendon Foundation Fundraiser at the Omni Hotel, Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Clarendon Foundation Fundraiser at the Omni Hotel, Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Clarendon Foundation Fundraiser at the Omni Hotel, Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)

Clarendon Foundation Fundraiser at the Omni Hotel, Los Angeles (Photos by Moran Moran)


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Book Your Dream Cruise Now Niro World Cruises in Los Angeles

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Gem Mining in Sri Lanka – a Risky Business

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Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Woodley Park, Van Nuys, Ca.

Saturday April 15th – Keep the date free!

Sinhala and Tamil New Year Woodley Park, Van Nuys, Ca. Saturday April 15th - Keep the date free!


Shivantha Wijesinha “Breathe” (Official Music Video)

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Samantha Weerasinghe Gunther and Thaminie Weerasinghe Perera – Cousins in California

Samantha Weerasinghe Gunther and Thaminie Weerasinghe Perera - Cousins in California


Shangri-La Colombo hosts Michelin-starred dining with Chef Larry Jayasekera

Shangri-La Colombo hosts Michelin-starred dining with Chef Larry Jayasekera

Shangri-La Colombo welcomes Sri Lankan culinary sensation in the form of One Starred Michelin Chef Larry Jayasekera to host three exclusive dining events where guests can experience first-hand his celebrated gastronomic flair. 

Culinary Collaborations at Shangri-La Colombo is a series showcasing personalities in the culinary arts, exchanging ideas, and offering gastronomic delights to its valued patrons. To mark Shangri-La Colombo’s 5th anniversary this event featuring Chef Larry will be Volume Three of the series. Chef Larry’s variety of mouth-watering delectable dishes will be paired to perfection by Sommelier Elvis Ziakos, who has been named Sommelier of The Year – UK.


Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo March 10th, 2023

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Happy International Women’s Day this week as we focus on women in insurance, a molecular geneticist who’s the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, inequity in jobs and pay, check out the IFC’s stance on Sri Lanka, the changed Toblerone, some fab underwater images for World Wildlife Day and give glam status to women of any age.


Obituaries – Sad News

Rita Bernadine Thangarajah,

Rita Bernadine Thangarajah, 

retired teacher, Pandatteruppu, Sri Lanka, went to be with the Lord on January 26th 2023 in Sydney, Australia. Daughter of the late Sam and Annam Rutnam. Beloved wife of late William Thangarajah, loving mother of Shirubthy, Irene, Christine, and Carolyn. Mother-in-law of Suhen Setukavalar, Rohan Bartlett, Kenneth Gunasureshan and Nesan Nesaraj. Grandmother of Naomi and Nathan, Esther and Joel, Matthew and Mark, Rachel and Ruth.  Sister of the late Anton Seevaratnam, James Rutnam, Rani Arnold and Shanthi Rajaratnam.

Rita Bernadine Thangarajah, A celebration of her life was held on February 1st 2023 at Merrylands Baptist Church, Merrylands, NSW 2160.

 

Christopher Royston Ellis (82)Christopher Royston Ellis (82) is an English novelist, travel writer and erstwhile beat poet. He passed away at his home in Kaikawala, Sri Lanka on February 26, 2023. Royston’s funeral was held on February 28, 2023 at Maddewela crematorium, Bentota. May his Soul Rest In Peace!.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olga Fernando – (Retired teacher,​ St. Joseph’s College,​ Colombo). Sister of Priyani and late Brig. George,​ Rita,​ Alfred,​ Major. Boniface and Remigius. Sister-in-law of Angelo,​ Shirani,​ and late Mallika,​ Wifred and Emelda. Burial was at General Cemetery,​ Mount Lavinia on February 3rd 2023.


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Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen

Fresh beef stew pie on a cutting board. Meat in puff pastry

Belizean Meat Pie….

Ingredients

Pastry

2/4 Cups All purpose Flour

1 tspn. Salt

1/2 Cup Shortening

1 Egg

2/3 Cup water

 

Filling

1/2 lb. ground Beef

1/2 tspn. salt 1/2 tspn. Black Pepper

1/2 tspn. Thyme

1/4 cup Onion finely chopped

1 clove Garlic, finely chopped

1/4 Cup Green Bell Pepper Wocestershire

1 Tbs. Ketchup

1 1/2 cup Water

1 TBS Cornstarch 1 TBS Water

Habanero (finely chopped optional)

 

Bake at 375 degreesF for 25 minutes.

This Recipe makes 12 Servings

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Wild Leopard in the Jungles of Sri Lanka

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Wild Leopard in the Jungles of Sri Lanka (Preserve our Beautiful Natural Sri Lankan Heritage)

 

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