Good News From Jayam – March 1st, 2023 Pls Scroll Down 35 items – By Jayam Rutnam
Sri Lanka Celebrates 75th Independence Day in Colombo (President of Sri Lanka Hoists National Flag)
Sunil and Dr. Janesri de Silva of Pasadena, Ca. Celebrated Their 27th Wedding Anniversary
David Weinman Celebrates
79th Birthday in Perth, Australia
David Weinman celebrated his 79th birthday with his wife Doreen at a restaurant in Perth, Australia where they had the best Peking Duck. They just reurned to Perth, Australia after 12 years in Kota Kinabalu where he had a restaurant. David is the son of Major Aubrey Weinman who designed the Dehiwela Zoo. Major Weinman was also the first curator of the zoo which he ran for many years. David lived on the Zoo grounds.
Holy Family Convent Alumni Association
of California Donation to
The Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Colombo
Familian Association members Ishani Marcelline (President), Nel Jayawardana (Vice President) and Flora Perera (Treasurer) with Dr. Tennekoon. The Holy Family Convent – Bambalapitiya Alumni Association of California gifted medical instruments to the Orthopedic Department of Lady Ridgeway Childrens Hospital in Sri Lanka. The Familian Association donated $ 37,436.76 towards this cause which was much appreciated by the Board of Directors of LRH. The funds were raised at the event “A night under the Stars for hope”, which was held in San Marino, Ca. in the summer of 2022. The Familian executive committee of CA was given a warm welcome and were acknowledged for their hard work in Colombo, Sri Lanka on December 31st 2022. The above donation was the largest gifted to them by an individual organization.
Ambassador Dr Palitha Kohona Undertakes Successful Visit to Xiamen
Ambassador Dr. Palitha Kohona was a guest speaker at the seminar organised by the popular Home and Abroad News Magazine, the Ambassadors Club and the Justsun Group at the Group’s impressive headquarters in Xiamen. Dr. Kohona spoke at length on why Sri Lanka should be the top travel destination in the minds of everyone. It was safe, was clogged with stunning attractions, was the home of many globally important Buddhist sites and a welcoming people was awaiting them. Dr. Kohona also had discussions with Shen Huangtong, national channel Director of the Xiamen Xiaoyi Travel Technology, Company which is a major coordinator of travel operators, including on-line platforms. They will log into the travel promotion event being hosted by the Embassy and will assist with the Mission’s tourism promotion activities.
An Evening with Ranjan Ramanayake in Diamond Bar, Ca.
(Here with Actress Shirani Kaushalya)
Celebrating the 76th Birthday of the Sinhala Film Industry –
(Chandran Rutnam cutting the Birthday cake with the Chairman of the National Film Corporation Deepal Chandraratne)
Utravel.com Christmas Party at the Cinnamon Grand Colombo
(Photos by Moran Moran)
Tamara-ann Visits Taj Mahal in Agra, India
Beautiful Tamara-ann daughter of David and Doreen-ann Weinman of Perth, Australia, visited the Taj Mahal in Agra.
It was on her wish list and the company she works for made it possible for her to do so. Tata’s and Taj Hotels of India made it possible by sending her on a 2 week tour of their offices in India.
Jayam’s Choice Elvis Presley – “Love Me Tender”
Cruising on the Sapphire Princess to South America
On the Sapphire Prncess to Buenos Aires, Uruguay, and Chile. Gina, Jayam, Priya, Suba, Fay and Terry of California with servers Kevin, Asif and Pim.
We won and lost at the craps table!
The restaurant in Buenos Aires prepared the best steaks. served by waiters dressed as gauchos! We were hosted by Dr. Jorge and Mabel of Buenos Aires.
Outside the Presidential Palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is where Evita Peron spoke from to the people of Argentina. We visited Eva Peron’s grave.
US-India Move to Establish Joint Military Base in Trincomalee?
Victoria Nuland, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs of the United States, has made a second visit to Sri Lanka within a few months. Prior to her visit, she met with key officials in the Indian government, including Minister of External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar, to discuss a strategic plan for the region.“During her visit Nuland suggested to the Sri Lankan government in the strongest possible terms to establish a US-Indian joint military base in Trincomalee, which will serve as a critical component in protecting US and Asia-Pacific interests and countering Chinese development activities in the region,” informed sources reaffirmed.
Kite Festival in Jaffna to celebrate Thai Pongal
Over 200 kites took to the sky in Velvettithurai, Jaffna as it celebrated its annual kite festival this year. The festival was held at the Valvettithurai beach as part of the Thai Pongal celebrations. M. Prashan (31), won the first prize for his kite resembling a transforming aircraft, making it his sixth consecutive victory. This annual festival is held in the month of Thai or January, during the final season of Vadai wind (northern wind) when the wind is optimal to fly kites.
Chitranganee Wagiswara approved as High Commissioner to Australia
Chitranganee Wagiswara received the approval of the Committee on High Posts to be appointed as the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to the Commonwealth of Australia.
Extreme Sri Lanka! Jaffna Food and the Neck Bulge Tamils!!
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Ambassador Rodney M. Perera Presents Credentials to the Emperor of Japan
Newly appointed Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Japan E. Rodney M. Perera presented the Letters of Credence to His Majesty Naruhito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 19 2023. The Credentials Presentation Ceremony is one of the most solemn and formal ceremonies held by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. Ambassador Perera’s first overseas diplomatic assignment was at the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tokyo as Second Secretary from 1989 to 1992. He was Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States of America in Washington D.C. until the end of 2020.
Kaleidoscope February 17, 2023
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Our top topic is about investor confidence & we find out the cost of a job, plastic eating enzymes, the dogwalk at NY Fashion week, visit an Off-Broadway musical, check out the week that was and have a little bit of the Mardi Gras thrown in.
Obituaries – Sad News
G.C.Wickremasinghe Veteran business leader and corporate professional passed away on January 26th, 2023, in a private hospital in Colombo.
Wickremasinghe was a Director at Aitken Spence and Company PLC and was also the former chairman of the company in 1996/97. He also spearheaded the construction of the Triton Hotel, now Heritance Ahungalla, working closely with the renowned architect, Geoffrey Bawa. He conceived and implemented the conversion of the iconic Tea Factory Hotel, one of the most successful hotels in the Group. He was the husband of Ayoma Wickremasinghe and father of Kimarli Fernando, Gihan Wickremasinghe and Amila Zoetelief Tromp.
Dr. Cecil Saverimutto passed away in Perth, Australia on January 25th, 2023, husband of Shiranthi, father of Ajanth and Iandra, father-in-law of Angela, grandfather of Arijana, Xavier and Asher, Brother of Raj, Prince, Selva, Kenneth, Judy (dec), Jacinth and Max. he Funeral was on Feb. 8, 2023 at Fremantle Cemetery.
Mavis Rita Gardiner passed away in Colombo, Sri Lanka on February 20, 2023. Wife of the late Cyril Gardiner. Mother of Sanjeev Gardiner, Chairman of Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. Mother-in-law of Surekha, grandmother of Sheanna and Seshaan. Daughter of late Alexander and Mary Henry, sister of Earle, Helen and of late Anton.
Brian Derosayro passed away in California recently. Husband of Loleeta. Father and grandfather. May he rest in peace.
Rev.Neville Lawson Koch
Husband of Lorraine, dad of Nicola (Rector) and Graeme, father-in-law of Kevin Rector, Grandpa of Carter Jane, son of Lawson and Marjorie Koch, brother of Joan, Romaine (Sri Lanka) and Cherine (Canada) was passed away on February 15, 2023, in San Diego, Ca.There will be a private burial for the family. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Oswald Gomis – It is with deep regret that we announce the demise of His Grace the Rt. Rev. Dr. Oswald Thomas Colman Gomis, Archbishop Emeritus of Colombo on Friday the 3rd February 2023. Son of the late Vincent Gomis and the late Mary Florida. A Requiem Mass was held on 6th February at St. Lucia’s Cathedral followed by burial in the Cathedral Crypt. Archbishop’s House, Borella.
Juanita Irene Van Ranzow passed away in Australia. Wife of Tony (dec), mother of Robin, Fred, Derek and Judy, mother-in-law of Ann, Allan and Christine, grandmother of Julia, Amanda, Matthew, Lauren, Damien, Sarah and Malia, great grandmother of Ava, Lakey, Duke, Kiala, Parker, Zeke, Leyna, Sonny and Alister.
Recipes From Roma’s Kitchen
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
3/4 cup lower-slat chicken broth
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into
2 medium parsnips, peeled and sliced
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
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
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 chicken
pieces 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.
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