Good News From Jayam
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BOUQUET FOR SRI LANKA
The UK’s Financial Times has said that Sri Lanka is striving to become the next Asian Tiger economy, noting that country’s GDP has surged since the war ended in May 2009 and is projected to exceed US$ 75 billion this year. “Inflation is in check … and investment is building,” it notes, adding the Colombo Stock Exchange’s (CSE’s) market capitalisation has quadrupled since 2005, to 2.9 trillion. The report quotes the CSE’s Chairman punting on a bull run. “The market is on a positive trajectory, and we expect a period of exponential growth,” the UK’s FT quotes him.
Chandramohan, “Captain of Captains” at 4th Annual Charity Golf
ohan Chandramohan led “Team Mohan” beating 6 other teams to win the Presidents cup, at the 4th annual charity Golf tournament sponsored by the Sri Lanka America Golf Club of California.
The tournament included 7 teams, 56 golfers in total. It was held on Sunday October 26th at the Porter Valley Country Club.
Golfers in “Team Mohan” included, S.Chandramohan (Captain), Denhame Emersely (Vice Captain), Steven James, Denny Rowland, Chris Chitty, Tilak Thanam, Jonathan Mather and Jeff Stevens.
Team “Sal” led by Saliya De Silva, with Abel Gonzales as his Vice Captain came second.
Format, 8 golfers in each team, partners best ball and Stableford points.
Funds totaling over $ 4,500 was raised for three charities, The Foundation of Goodness, Sri Lanka, First Tees of LA and the Sri Lankan Golf caddies and Junior Golf .
The live Band, The Soul City, Gavin Rutnam as lead singer, Patrick Rutnam at lead Guitar.
Iswari Camou’s 70th Birthday
Birthday girl Iswari Camou with husband Rene, Piet and Mary Van Calbergh, Padmini and John Johns.
Iswari Camou of Los Angeles celebrated
her 70th birthday with family and friends at the Dream Palace in Glendale, California.
Indrani and Maheshni Karunasena Birthday Party
Seen at Indrani and Maheshni Karunasena’s Birthday Party at the Seal Beach Old Ranch Country Club
in Seal Beach, California were (Seated) Nirmal and Swarna Jayamaha with birthday girl Indrani and (standing) Manomi Hatharasinghe, Tissa Attapattu, Therese Selvaratnam, Sheil Attapatttu and birthday girl Maheshni Karunasena.
Ananda College – Maroons’s Night
Hiru Golden Awards 2014-Sri Lanka’s Answer to Hollywood Academy Awards
Chandran and Nihara Rutnam with an actress at the After Party. The Hiru Golden Awards 2014 was held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. Film Producer/Director, Chandran Rutnam was one of the Presenters.
Sihina Lowak Soya
Premiere in Hollywood
Dylan Keshawn Samarasena, Heshawa Bam, Nithya Bamunuarachchi, Morina Dassanayake, Keith Ranga, Jeff Gunewardena, Shyama Samarasena and Andy Samarasena at Sihina Lowak Soya Premiere.
Sri Lanka Foundation Awards
Next Sunday November 16th
Sri Lanka Foundation’s
Exceptional Achievement Award Winner Asoka Yapa
Asoka Yapa immigrated to Canada in 1970. He received his university education in Canada with specialization in zoology and wrote his thesis on the Streamertail Hummingbird of Jamaica. Mr. Yapa was Science Editor with the Canadian Forest Service for several years and worked for the Canadian International Development Agency in Southeast Asia. His principal interest is the birdlife of Sri Lanka but his passion for Sri Lanka’s mammals dates back to his childhood. The literature he collected over the decades on the island’s fauna, including several publications now long out of print, helped materially with the production of ‘The Mammals of Sri Lanka’. He is an editor with ‘Taprobanica’, a scientific journal that deals with the fauna of South and Southeast Asia. He is married to Fiona Christie, an archaeologist, and they reside in Ontario, Canada alternating with increasingly long vacations in Sri Lanka. Asoka is the brother of Kumari Wickramasinghe of San Marino, Ca.
Beautiful Indian Actress Nisha Kothari to Star in Sri Lankan Movie
Visiting Los Angeles recently , was popular Indian Movie Actress Nisha Kothari, seen here at the Universal Citywalk. Nisha starred in the Indian movie Agyaat. Nisha has been cast to act in a Sri Lankan movie, which is in the production stages.
Clement de Alwis
First Master of a Masonic Lodge
Clement de Alwis was installed as a Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge in Garden Grove in 1996. He received his Golden Veterans Award on his 50th year in 2010. He is the only Sri Lankan in the U.S.A. to be a Master Mason. Here he is seen at the Consecration and Dedication of the Destiny Lodge in Covina, California. With Clement are Roy Pool PM and Russell Charnovia , Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California. This was at the Dedication of the Destiny Lodge in Covina, California
Sri Lanka’s First Electric Super Car
Sri Lanka will be in the international spotlight this December when the Lankan owned company Code Gen International reveals its first fully electric super car, ‘Vega’. Brainchild of Code Gen CEO Harsha Subasinghe, this project was initiated to show that Sri Lanka can take on projects of this magnitude and successfully deliver.
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Lolo’s Lamprais Mentioned
in Wall Street Journal
Lorraine Bartholomeusz of Colombo, fondly known as Lolo to her mother
and close friends, made history by being referred to in the Wall Street Journal. It is no secret that she is the ONLY chef who supplies lamprais to the Dutch Burgher Union. “Feast on curry with Dutch Burghers.A legacy of Sri Lanka’s Dutch colonists and their descendants (known as Dutch Burghers), lamprais is a uniquely Sri Lankan dish. Wrapped in a banana leaf, this aromatic combination of rice, pork and beef curry, shrimp paste, sweet-onion relish and meatballs is served around the country. But the Dutch Burgher Union, a dusty, atmospheric members club built a century ago, dishes up Colombo’s best in its modern cafe.” WSJ.
Heritage Grove in Sri Lanka
Hosted Lunch at Porter Valley Country Club
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SriLankan Acquires Airbus A330-300
SriLankan Airlines introduced Airbus A330-300, named “A City of Sri Jayewardenepura” taking delivery of the new aircraft in a glittering ceremony held at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake signifying the beginning of a new era.
One Holiday – Two Beach Destinations
Sri Lanka – A Tourist’s Paradise
The graphs above depict tourism numbers only through the end of July 2014. Almost more important than the fact that the number of tourists is increasing is the fact that tourist arrivals are also spending more money per tourist.
The Heart and Soul Behind
the Voice of Gold
She takes the audience on a stimulating and entertaining journey, thanks to a sensuous voice. She is undoubtedly an asset to the Sri Lankan music industry. And she has the vitality to keep her fans spellbound. Umaria Sinhawansa is a versatile female vocalist, who hails from a family of musicians. Umaria embraced her professional music career at the tender age of 11, when she performed for a large audience, along with her elder sister Umara. She then joined Bathiya and Santhush (BnS) in a duet, for her debut in Sinhala music. It shot her to fame instantly.Blessed with a powerful and unique voice, Umaria sings genres ranging from jazz to classics, and hip hop to R&B.
Sri Lanka Tourism Launches Underground Ad Campaign in UK
A special advertising campaign was launched in central London by Sri Lanka Tourism coinciding with the WTM Travel and Trade Fair in London, covering 25 underground stations for a period of three months (12 weeks). The campaign started off on 29th October and running up to January 29, 2015 in parallel to the WTM travel fair.
Dynasty – An Oasis of Tranquility
Rex and Maria Visit China
Rex Perera, owner of Calcentury Insurance Agency in Los Angeles, and his wife Maria, visited China recently. Here they are outside the Convention Center in Hong Kong.
Sri Lankan/Australian Actor
James Koch – Going Places
Black Rock-raised James Koch, now an ascendant Hollywood actor, is filming in steamy Mississippi for disaster movie Impact Earth, which stars Tom Berenger as a NASA employee who predicts a giant meteor is about to hit Earth. Koch scored his first major acting break with A Common Man (2013), starring Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross, which collected a swag of international awards. He moved to Hollywood this year and signed with Prestige Talent Agency in Beverly Hills. The 29-year-old has another movie in the pipeline,
The Queen of the Golden Triangle, to be shot in Hollywood, and another two films after that. His dad, Sri Lankan-born Alston Koch, a multi award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, and television star, migrated to Australia, 45 years ago.
Jerina and Sanjeev
Jerina and Dr.Sanjeev Nandakumaran got married recently at Paz Naz Church in Pasadena, California. Sanjeev is the son of the late Pavala and Navaratnam Nandakumaran. He is the brother of Rajeev (Jeevo) Nandakumaran. The Reception was held in the yacht named “Eternity”
at Newport Beach. The reception was concluded when the couple were picked up in a “Gondola” and sailed them to their honeymoon.
Recipe’s From Roma’s Kitchen
Roast Beef With Gravy
Beef Smore.(Mas Ismoru)
3 lbs. Beef (suitable for roasting)
2 large onions (chopped)
6 Garlic cloves (finely chopped)
1 Tablespoon chopped ginger
1 stick Sri Lankan) cinnamon
1 stick lemon grass cut into pieces
10 curry leaves
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 lime pickle
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 cup tamarind juice
2 cups thin coconut milk*(1/2 can coconut milk
mixed with sufficient
water to dilute)
1 teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons chilli powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup thick coconut milk
2 1/2 tablespoons Ghee
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1.Prick the beef all over with a long metal skewer.
2.Mix all the dry ingredients together and rub all over
the meat.leave to marinade for at least one hour.
3.Place the beef in a large enough pot with all other
ingredients except thick milk and ghee.Cover and
cook on low fire for 1 1/2 hours till meat is cooked.
Cooking time may vary and a further 15 minutes
may be needed.
4.Remove Beef and place on serving platter.
5.Add thick milk and ghee into the pan with the gravy
and cook to thicken.
6.Pour this gravy over meat,slice against the grain and
enjoy with rice,bread or with steamed vegetaqbles.
Any questions may be addressed to
Sri Lankan Youth Delegates Meet
Ban Ki Moon at UN General Assembly
Mahishaa Balraj and Senel Wanniarachchi, Sri Lanka’s Official Youth Delegates to the United Nations for the year 2014, attended the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Mahishaa Balraj with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Selected by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development of Sri Lanka Ms. Balraj and Mr. Wanniarachchi were officially mandated to represent the children and youth of Sri Lanka in the national delegation to the UN General Assembly led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Obituaries – Sad News
RIDGEWAY WEERAKOON (Dec. 29, 1933 – Oct 27, 2014). husband of Swenitha and father of Roshan, Romesh & Sheryn, father-in-law of Rosanne, Daniya, and Ernest Honest, grandfather of Ranil, Rochelle, Rushika, Dynali, Keishini, Andrew, Leoni, Stephanie, Elizabeth and Alexandria, great grandfather of Addison, private Roman Catholic Burial on November 1st, Las Vegas Nevada, USA.
Elmo LIVERA Passed away in Australia. Husband of Doris. Father of Roger, Yvonne, Bernadine and Judy, Grand- father and great-grand- father, brother of the late Percy and Kora.
SARI DE SYLVA passed away on Wed. November 5th around in London, England.
Sari captained CR&FC and Sri Lanka rugby in 1965 and was recognized as a doughty fighter, whose speed at hounding down the fast moving opposing threes was a treat to watch. As one of Sri Lanka’s proficient writers on rugby Sharm de Alwis, described Sari – ‘as a consistent player who takes every game with absolute seriousness – and plays a heroic game like a terrier amongst the stallions’.