27 August 2010Serious human rights violations were committed during the demonstrations held in Côte d’Ivoire in February following the dissolution of the Government and the national electoral authority, according to the United Nations mission in the West African nation. “Among the violations, we recorded abusive and extrajudicial executions, physical violence, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of people arrested, as well as illegal arrests and detentions committed by agents of the Defence and Security Forces of Côte d’Ivoire (FDS-CI),” said Simon Munzu, head of the human rights division at the UN mission, known as UNOCI.The report of UNOCI’s investigation, which was released on Thursday, noted that 13 people died and at least 94 were injured during the demonstrations, which were organized by the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) after President Laurent Gbagbo dissolved the Government and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).The President’s actions followed a period of rising tensions after voter registration for the country’s presidential elections – which were supposed to have been held as far back as 2005 but have been repeatedly postponed – were suspended. Mr. Munzu told a news conference in Abidjan yesterday that, in addition to the deaths and injuries, many cases of physical violence, plunder and destruction of private and public property were committed by demonstrators. The report estimates that the demonstrations resulted in damage valued at $1.8 million. “The conclusions of the investigation into the events of February should serve as a lesson in order to avoid past errors in this pre-electoral period,” said Mr. Munzu. The report makes a number of recommendations to the Government, political party leaders, the UN and the international community. For example, it invites the UN to examine all requests for a waiver of the arms embargo on Côte d’Ivoire to help the country import anti-riot materials, “since the lack of these materials leads the law enforcement forces to resort to firearms,” the mission said in a news release. A new Government and IEC were established following the events in February, and it was announced earlier this month that the elections are now scheduled to be held on 31 October.UNOCI was established by the Security Council in 2004 to facilitate the peace process in Côte d’Ivoire – which became split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south – including those related to elections, disarmament and all aspects of the reunification of the country.The mission has been providing logistical and technical assistance for the preparations for the presidential elections. read more

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified last week by the Iraqi Government, covers a number of key areas such as accessibility, personal mobility, health, education, employment, habilitation and rehabilitation, participation in political life, and equality and non-discrimination.“The ratification of this convention by Iraq marks a historic step in ensuring that persons living with disabilities enjoy full participation in the Iraqi society and can contribute to the community to their full potential,” said Francesco Motta, chief of the human rights unit of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Iraq.Mr. Motta stressed that the ratification represents the Government’s recognition of the “potential contribution which persons with disabilities can make to society if given the same opportunities enjoyed by other Iraqi citizens.”UNAMI noted in a news release that the ratification requires Iraq to introduce measures such as anti-discrimination legislation, the elimination of laws and practices that discriminate against persons with disabilities, and considering these persons when adopting new policies and programmes. Other measures include making services, goods and facilities accessible to them.“The important thing now is for the Government of Iraq to ensure that the provisions of the convention are implemented,” Mr. Motta said. “The best way to do this is in consultation with civil society organizations and representatives of people with disabilities so as to ensure that measures taken to implement the convention promote and protect their right to participate equally in the economic, social and political life of Iraqi society without discrimination.” 30 January 2012The United Nations welcomed today the ratification by Iraq of a convention that protects, promotes, and ensures the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights by persons with disabilities. read more

TORONTO — Lee Salo credits the birth of his son last year with changing his perspective on a lot of things, including how he viewed the insurance industry.“Before then, I could say that the idea of life insurance seemed like a way for people to swindle money out of you,” laughs the 32-year-old Vancouver man.[np_storybar title=”Why staying in school isn’t always smart” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/03/why-staying-in-school-isnt-always-smart/”%5DSober Second Thought: Drowning in debt and close to finishing a second university degree, this woman wonders if continuing her studies is worth it. Jason Heath has the surprising answer.Continue reading . . . [/np_storybar]Nowadays, Salo, who also recently became a homeowner and motorist, is thinking more and more about his legacy, and more importantly, the financial safety net he wants in place for his young family if he died.“As you get older, you realize you’re not the individual who is exempt from any kind of issue,” he said.“When you’re young, you assume that nothing will ever happen to you, that you’re indestructible.”Financial adviser Harley Lockhart says everyone should have a life insurance policy, even if they are still in school, or just entering the workforce.“One thing that is overlooked about life insurance is that nobody has any right to life insurance,” said Lockhart, who runs a practice in Kelowna, B.C. and chairs Advocis, the Financial Advisors Association of Canada.Something he tells clients over and over is that the earlier you buy insurance premiums, the cheaper they’ll be and the longer you’ll be able to lock them in at that price.“Frankly, for a young person to buy term insurance is a very minimal expense, less than what their phone bill is every month, that’s for sure,” said Lockhart.Not only does insurance give people with young families piece of mind, he says, but the reality is, teenagers, and even children, should have policies to protect their parents from financial burden too.“Basically, life insurance is something you buy if you love somebody,” said Lockhart. “People who don’t love anybody, don’t need it, have no use for it.”Janine White, vice-president of Kanetix.ca, an online insurance quoter, says policies can be tailored to suit financial demands following a death, from funeral costs to paying off a mortgage to supporting children left behind.According to the website, an average $250,000 policy for someone 18 years old can be as little as $150 a year.Yet despite the low cost, many young people don’t think about making the purchase until a major life event, like buying a home, a new marriage or the birth of a child.Before buying a policy, White recommends speaking with an expert who can help with determining your financial goals.In some instances, it may be smarter for a student to take the money and use it to pay off outstanding bills instead of buying insurance, she said.“If you’ve got debts, student loans, you haven’t maxed out an RRSP and you’re very young, the advice is often to look at those things first and make sure those things are covered off, before looking into life insurance to cover off the future,” said White.“Look at your present to make sure that’s all sorted.” read more

TORONTO — The first time Ryan Johnson bought Bitcoins — an emerging digital currency that isn’t controlled by any authority such as a central bank — was with a pocket full of cash from a stranger he had met online.[np_storybar title=”See how the RoboCoin kisosks work” link=”#1″] [/np_storybar]“It was almost like a sketchy drug deal,” recalls the 31-year-old Vancouver resident.Since that first transaction in January, Johnson has been exchanging his Canadian cash for digital currency at Bitcoiniacs, a physical store in Vancouver that acts like a Bitcoin broker.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Handout/RoboCoin “It’s just much more comfortable to go sit down in an office at a brick-and-mortar building with a professional that knows a lot about Bitcoins, do a professional transaction and get a receipt for it,” says Johnson. “It’s reassuring.”Soon, Johnson and other Canadian Bitcoin enthusiasts will be able to exchange Canadian cash for the digital currency through a kiosk that’s similar to an ATM.Bitcoiniacs says it has ordered five Bitcoin kiosks from a Las Vegas-based company called RoboCoin and intends to roll them out across Canada in the coming months, with the first machine expected to land in Vancouver in early October.Four more kiosks will arrive in December and although their locations are not yet certain, Bitcoiniacs says it’s eyeing major Canadian cities such as Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa.“Basically, it just make it easier for people to buy and sell Bitcoins and hopefully will drive the adoption of Bitcoin, and make it more accessible for people,” says Mitchell Demeter, the 27-year-old owner of Bitcoiniacs.Bitcoins are mathematically generated through a series of commands executed by computers in a peer-to-peer network. The process is called Bitcoin “mining” and is set up so that the total number of Bitcoins that can ever be generated is limited to about 21 million.While some have doubted Bitcoin’s validity and others have raised concerns that the unregulated currency is being used for nefarious means, a U.S. judge ruled last month that Bitcoin, which has been around since 2009, is a real currency.Currently, acquiring Bitcoins is often done through an exchange, an arduous process that requires users to jump through several hoops, including linking their bank account to the exchange and sending in paperwork to verify their identity.When Toronto resident Robert Burko signed up with a Canadian Bitcoin exchange in April, he says it took more than 10 days — “an eternity” — for his account to get verified.By then the price of Bitcoin had ballooned to around US$260, before falling back down to closer to $100, and Burko had missed his chance to cash out.Our goal is to make Bitcoin truly grandma-friendly“I didn’t really want a long-term investment opportunity in Bitcoins, I wanted a short-term one,” Burko says. “And because they took so long to verify my account I missed out on that entire window, which was very frustrating.”The alternative to using an exchange is to find someone who wants to sell their Bitcoins in an online forum, meet up with them in person, hand them some cash and scan each others’ smartphones to transfer the Bitcoins to your digital wallet — which is managed through an app.The RoboCoin kiosks are expected to make the process of buying and selling Bitcoins much easier says Jordan Kelley, the company’s chief executive.“Our goal is to make Bitcoin truly grandma-friendly,” says Kelley.Using a kiosk means you don’t have to wait to verify your account on an exchange or hand cash to a stranger, says Kelley. It also makes Bitcoins more accessible to people by adding an element of legitimacy and increases liquidity in the market.“We’re trying to provide customers an in-person access,” says Kelley. “Doing that really provides visibility to Bitcoins and adds a lot of trust.”The kiosks allow users to select how much money they would like to spend, insert cash into the machine and then scan a QR code on their phone to transfer the Bitcoins to their wallet. It also allows users to redeem their Bitcoins for cash.Kelley says since announcing the machine, they have been swamped with pre-order inquiries, from everywhere from Australia to Kenya.According to sourceforge.net, the largest number of downloads of Bitcoin software last month were in the U.S., followed by China, Germany, Russia and the U.K. Canada came in sixth place.RoboCoin plans to ship out 10 to 15 kiosks to customers before the end of the year. The first one will go to Bitcoiniacs, says Kelley.Demeter says many Bitcoin startups are gravitating to Canada because the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada — also known as FINTRAC — aren’t as strict as regulators in the U.S.“It’s a lot more open up here, that’s for sure,” says Demeter.See how RoboCoin kiosks work:More on Bitcoin: read more

MONTREAL — China’s BlueFocus Communications has acquired a majority stake in the parent company of Cossette, a Quebec-based company that operates one of Canada’s major advertising and public relations agencies.BlueFocus has purchased the North American assets of Vision 7 International from U.S. private equity firm Mill Road Capital, which announced in May it was selling the stake it owned for five years.Vision7 International, which has 1,200 employees in Canada, U.K., and the United States, will remain headquartered in Quebec City.Cossette’s founding partners, Claude Lessard and Pierre Delagrave, will have non-executive roles in the company.How to make your startup’s crowdfunding campaign a hitU.S. owner Mill Road Capital shopping its majority stake in Canadian ad agency CossetteBlueFocus and Vision7 said Monday that the new transaction will accelerate the growth plans for both organizations in North America and globally.Vision7 includes Cossette, which has offices across Canada and in Chicago, international public relations agency Citizen Relations, and media planning and buying agency Vision7 Media.Beijing-based BlueFocus, which was founded in 1996, is the leading communication and marketing firm in China with more than 3,500 employees around the world. read more

OTTAWA — The federal government ran a budgetary surplus of $400 million in November — thanks in large part to a boost in corporate tax revenues compared to a year earlier.The Finance Department’s monthly fiscal monitor also says Ottawa had a surplus of $1 billion over the first nine months of the 2015-16 fiscal year.That figure for the April to November period compares with a $3.3-billion deficit over the same time frame in 2014-15.Canada’s economy grows for first time in three months as factories reboundOttawa’s deficit shrinks as tax revenue growsA closer look at the numbers shows that government revenues were up 8.2 per cent — or $14.2 billion — this fiscal year compared to last year.Corporate tax revenues were up 23.1 per cent over that span, while customs import duties rose 18.3 per cent.Ottawa’s total expenses were up 5.6 per cent between April and November compared to the same period last year — pushed up in part by an 11.1-per-cent increase in major transfers to individuals. read more

TORONTO — Oil prices took a drubbing today as concerns about global economic growth weighed on investors while the Canadian dollar fell nearly a full cent.The loonie shed 0.95 of a U.S. cent, closing at 76.83 cents US.The August crude contract was down US$2.39 at US$46.60 per barrel.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was down 39.30 points to 14,219.57, following a 194.33-point gain on Monday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 108.75 points at 17,840.62, the broader S&P 500 composite index declined 14.40 points to 2,088.55 and the Nasdaq composite dropped 39.67 points to 4,822.90.August gold rose US$19.70 to US$1,358.70 an ounce and September copper contracts fell 3.35 cents to US$2.1835 a pound.August natural gas was down 22.3 cents at US$2.764 per mmBTU. read more

HALIFAX — Less than five months after scooping up the Peanuts gang of children’s cartoon characters in a blockbuster US$345-million deal, the decision this week by DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX.B) to consider putting itself on the auction block has some speculating the Halifax-based children’s entertainment company may have taken on too much debt.The surprise decision to launch a review of strategic alternatives came Monday. On Tuesday, the chairman of DHX’s strategic review committee, Donald Wright, distanced the Peanuts acquisition from the review.“Whenever you purchase something as large as Peanuts it takes a lot of management time and effort to integrate it,” said Wright, president and CEO of The Winnington Capital Group.“We’re pleased with where we are on the Peanuts integration. We took on some debt but we also have a plan and we’re committed to lowering the leverage ratio over the next couple of years substantially.”Wright said it’s not unusual for a company like DHX to look at strategic alternatives from time to time, especially in light of the company’s recent drop in revenue and stock value.DHX posted disappointing financial results last week for fiscal 2017. In the fourth quarter, the company recorded a year-over-year decrease in revenue of more than 15 per cent. The company’s stock price took a hit following the lacklustre results, which included transactional charges related to the Peanuts deal.“I think it’s fair to say the board looks at the value of our businesses and assets and thinks they’re worth a lot more than the stock price indicates,” Wright said.David McFadgen, an analyst with Cormark Securities, said the company took on too much debt in acquiring its most recent gang of characters.“Their financial leverage is very high,” he said, noting that the fourth-quarter results were “quite a bit below expectations.”As the world’s largest independent owner of children’s content, DHX has positioned itself as a global player with many potential suitors. The company’s impressive library of brands includes Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget and Degrassi.As for possible buyers, McFadgen said a Canadian suitor is more likely to buy the entire company because a foreign buyer like Netflix would not be able to take advantage of certain tax credits and government incentives.However, Adam Shine of National Bank Financial says a large U.S. media company could acquire DHX’s library while avoiding its broadcasting assets, given foreign ownership restrictions on Canadian broadcasters.“We don’t rule out Canadian buyers of DHX, but these are not obvious and leverage is high,” Shine said in an analyst’s note.An analyst’s note issued by Drew McReynolds with RBC Dominion Securities said the launch of the review was a surprise.“The company owns a variety of valuable content assets that could be of interest to what appears to be a proliferating pool of potential buyers,” he said. “However, there remains considerable uncertainty with respect to scope, probability, timing and valuation of any potential transaction or transactions.”Michael Donovan, executive chairman of DHX, said during an earnings call last week that over his 37 years in the business, it’s “never been this positive.”“It’s getting more and more positive in terms of demand than it was six months ago, and that was breaking new ground,” he said. “We are very … well positioned as the leading independent owner of content in this space.”The company has said it is poised to take advantage of growing demand from industry giants like Netflix, Disney and others as they look for family-friendly premium content for their video-on-demand services.Donovan said Netflix’s recent promise to fund $500 million in Canadian production was like “a starting gun” going off for “a whole new arms race.”As for the company’s poor financial results, he admitted management “took our eye off the ball,” saying the acquisition of the Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake brands “took really all of management’s time for six months.” read more

Miliband said that his party supports the recent United Nations Human Rights Council resolution promoting ‘Accountability and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka’. He said that if there is no progress on these matters, then the British Prime Minister and his Government should keep under review the matter of UK representation at the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka.“It is imperative that the Government of Sri Lanka adhere to its obligations to its people, by safeguarding their rights, and by providing the accountability and reconciliation mechanisms necessary to set Sri Lanka on the path to justice, dignity and long lasting peace,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) Britain’s Labour party says three years after the war in Sri Lanka a credible accountability process has still not been initiated from within Sri Lanka to investigate the serious allegations of war crimes detailed in the UN Panel of Experts report.In a message to mark the remembrance of the incidents which occurred in Mulivaikal during the final stages of the war, Labour leader Ed Miliband MP said that his party remains deeply concerned by the desperate plight faced by many Tamils on the island, as well as the on-going violations of human rights. “Only if substantive measures are put in place to advance accountability and encourage reconciliation between communities on the island, will a sustainable peace take root. For these reasons, the Labour Party has called for an international, independent inquiry into the conduct of the war’s final months,” Miliband said. “We urge the Government of Sri Lanka to co-operate with the United Nations; to implement the constructive recommendations of their Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission report; and to ensure justice for all the victims of the conflict,” he said.In the weeks and months ahead Miliband says the Labour Party will continue to prevail upon the British Government and other members of the international community, the importance of closely monitoring the implementation of the UN Human Rights Council resolution. read more

He also said that during his meetings with the government he will be discussing about the values of the Commonwealth. After arriving in Sri Lanka last night, Burt said that during his visit he will be getting a sense of how reconciliation is progressing in the country. British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alistair Burt visited the north today after arriving in Sri Lanka late last night.The Foreign Office Minister is in Killinochchi this morning for meetings from where he will then travel to Jaffna Report by Easwaran Rutnam Speaking at the British House of Commons earlier this month, Burt said that it was too soon to talk about the British government’s attendance plans for the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka this year.“We will not move from that position for a period of time. Sri Lanka was scheduled to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 2011, but given ongoing concerns about the humanitarian and human rights situation, the UK and other Commonwealth members did not support its bid. However, Commonwealth members decided that Sri Lanka would host in 2013. To reopen that decision would require a consensus of all member states and I do not think that is likely.  A decision on the location of CHOGM is not for the UK; it is for the Commonwealth. The meeting will discuss many issues, not just Sri Lanka, but as Sri Lanka well knows it will inevitably shine a spotlight on the host country, demonstrating either its progress or lack of it. It is up to Sri Lanka to choose what will be seen,” he told the House of Commons. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Part of a light aircraft fell in Thalangama this morning on a playground in the area, the police media unit said.The object from the aircraft was said ti be approximately 2 fee long. Investigations are underway.

The 17 year old boy has later complained that he was tortured while he was in police custody. (Colombo Gazette) The investigations into the murder of 4 1/2 year old Seya Sadewmini took another twist today after the brother of the main suspect arrested over the murder confessed to the killing.Earlier the main suspect, Dinesh Priyashantha alias Kondaya had confessed to the murder and was being investigated when his brother who was arrested over the weekend claimed he had killed the girl. Two others arrested earlier, including a 17 year old boy, were released after DNA tests found they were not directly involved in the rape and murder of the child. A court order had been obtained to detain Kondaya’s brother for 72 hours to be questioned.

The Mark 2 version of the aircraft is a more advanced version that will feature a powerful engine and incorporate fifth-generation jet fighter elements. (Colombo Gazette) Though the aircraft has been in development for some years now, India’s southern neighbour Sri Lanka is said to be interested in LCA Tejas, the International Business Times reported. Sources close to India Today have said Sri Lanka could be a possible export customer. Sri Lanka has reportedly shown interest in purchasing Light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas from India.Light combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas is the multi-role light fighter that is in development with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and recently showcased its acrobatic skills successfully at Bahrain International Airshow 2016, a first such display outside India. Recently, LCA Tejas test-fired Derby Beyond Visual Air-to-Air missile and there will be more such tests.The aircraft is yet to obtain its Final Operational Clearance (FOC) as it has to receive certification of the integration of Derby BVR missiles and GSh-23 autocannon, air-to-air refuelling probe, increase in the angle of attack, and enhanced braking system quartz model of nose cone radome.An upgraded LCA Tejas MK-1A will feature modern AESA radar, and aerial refuelling probe better for service maintenance. The Indian Air Force has reportedly ordered over 100 Tejas MK-1As. It had been previously reported that Sri Lanka had shown interest in the Sino-Pakistani collaborative multi-role jet fighter JF-17 Thunder, but the country’s defence minister denied such reports. It was also suggested that the one of the reasons for the cancellation could be New Delhi’s “diplomatic missive” deferring it from buying the JF-17 Thunder. During the recent Bahrain International Airshow 2016, the HAL chief had revealed several countries had enquired about LCA Tejas after its successful showcase.LCA Tejas was seen performing 8-G (gravity) pull, vertical loop, slow fly-past and barrel roll, and the officials present at the event termed the flight a “historic event”. read more

Kutila Pinto, who is also currently the executive director of Pan Oceanic Bank, has extensive experience in different industry sectors, local and international markets and cultures.In thanking Minister Tozaka, Pinto said he will be working towards procuring necessary skills, technical assistance and potential business investment from Sri Lanka with the assistance of his High Commission in Canberra to develop a framework to work on the areas if tourism development, development in coconut and related industries and enhancing technical and skill sets of Solomon Islander who are interested in becoming banking and finance professionals.“I also take this opportunity to thank you the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MAFET) Hon. Milner Tozaka for you support and continuous development of diplomatic relationship with Sri Lanka,” Pinto said. (Colombo Gazette) “Mr Pinto, our countries being members of the Commonwealth, I believe that it is necessary to not only strive to strengthen bilateral and multilateral collaboration, but also share our development experiences.“Furthermore, I encourage you to keep the line of dialogue between our countries open,” Minister Tozaka said in at statement on Tuesday. The Solomon Islands is keen to work with Sri Lanka on regional security, the Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MAFET) Milner Tozaka said.He said this at a meeting with Sri Lanka’s new Honorary Consul to Solomon Islands Kutila Pinto. Minister Tozaka congratulated Pinto’s appointment saying Solomon Islands looked to cooperate with Sri Lanka on issues of trade, investment, climate change, disaster management, sports, people-to-people diplomacy and regional security. “Being the second formal diplomatic representative of Sri Lanka in Honiara since diplomatic ties were established on the 3rd of July, 2013; I laud both countries on seeking to improve relations through your appointment. read more

According to police reports in 2012, the rugby player was driving home after attending a party when he lost control of the car and crashed into a wall on Park Road. The police claimed that the car had exploded instantly and burnt the victim. However suspicions later arose over the manner in which he died and it was believed that he was murdered. (Colombo Gazette) Former DIG Anura Senanayake was today further remanded in the Wasim Thajudeen murder case till April 27.Thajudeen died on May 17, 2012 in Kirulapone and his body was found in his car which had crashed into a wall.

“The largest artificial Christmas tree measures 72.1 m (236 ft 6.58 in) tall, and was achieved by Arjuna Ranatunga Social Services (Sri Lanka), in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 24 December 2016. The Christmas tree was built as part of a three day carnival in the Gelle Face Green in Colombo during the Christmas season as an attractive aspect of the event,” Guinness World Records said. The tallest artificial Christmas tree in the world, constructed at Galle Face last year, has been included in the Guinness World Records.The certificate by Guinness World Records recognizing the achievement has been handed over to the Government. Earlier the largest artificial Christmas tree recognised by Guinness World Records measuring 55 metres (180.4 feet) was by GZ ThinkBig Culture Communication Co.,Ltd. (China), in Guangzhou, Guangdong, China on 25 December 2015. Including the star on top, the tree in China measures 56 m (183.4 ft). The diameter of the bottom of the tree is 22 m, and the circumference is 69 m. The tree was covered with green synthetic foliage and decorated with ornaments and lamps.Sri Lanka went past the record on December 24 with the tree at Galle Face green despite a short delay in completing the work as a result of some opposition to the construction of the tree. The Catholic Church had initially objected to the construction of the tree saying it was a waste of money which could have been put to better use.The Christian community in Sri Lanka had also expressed disappointment at the construction of the Christmas tree.However Port and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga clarified that the world’s tallest Christmas tree was constructed at Galle Face with funds from a private company. (Colombo Gazette) read more

The newly appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom Manisha Gunasekera called on the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland at the Commonwealth Secretariat in Marlborough House.The meeting entailed discussion on issues of mutual interest related to Sri Lanka’s longstanding cooperation within the Commonwealth, the Foreign Ministry said today. (Colombo Gazette)

The Deputy Mayor of Negombo Mohamed Ansar was arrested today with a sword and other items in his possession.The Police said that the Deputy Mayor had a dagger and 37 mobile phone batteries in his possession apart from the sword.

On July 7, 2011, Daryl (Dee) Dickman, liaison librarian, passed away at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital. She is survived by her two sons, Timothy and Sven, and grandchildren Angele and Esteban.For nearly 35 years, Dickman provided research support to Brock faculty and students in a variety of areas including History, Canadian Studies, Classics, Education and Applied Language Studies. Always keen to learn and mentor, she thoroughly enjoyed working with students. She will be fondly remembered by her colleagues for her enthusiasm, positive disposition and desire to help others.A memorial gathering will be held in the Pond Inlet on Wednesday, July 13 at 10 a.m. If so desired, donations may be made in her memory to the James A. Gibson Library for the purchase of books.