Collaboration is the Cure Suresh De Silva in collaboration with classical baritone, Sanjeev Niles.  On a small island encumbered with politics, one would hope that it could at least escape the world of creativity that ideally shouldn’t tolerate any form of it. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The few instances of fusion and collaboration however, hint at the possibility for artists to cross ...

‘Birding with the 3rd eye’ “Birds’ welfare comes first” is the message of the FOGSL photography exhibition. This article has been published on SundayTimes on 07.12.2014 - http://www.sundaytimes.lk/141207/plus/birding-with-the-3rd-eye-130738.html Dushantha Wasala’s photograph “The Battlefield” showing a mid-air fight of Malabar Pied Hornbills was the overall winner of the “Birding with the 3rd Eye” exhibition. Sandaruwan Abayaratne, S.N.P. Rodrigo, Dr. Gihan Rajeev and Dr. Sudheera Bandara won first ...

I spy with my little eye a bird! This article was published on 31st of August 2014. http://www.sundaytimes.lk/140831/plus/i-spy-with-my-little-eye-a-bird-115448.html ‘Wild in Ruins’, Lester Perera’s exhibition celebrates both wildlife and archaeological sites  Well known wildlife artist and leading naturalist Lester Perera is ready with his next exhibition of wildlife art under the theme ‘Wild in Ruins’. Among the colourful paintings of birds using watercolours and acrylics, the exhibition contains black and white ...

Sigh. Someone needs to tell thugish UNPers like MP Palitha Thewarapperuma that we’re in a national government and our President is Chairman of the SLFP. In the video here, Thewarapperuma is making someone kneel as his supporters assault him. According to SLFP MPs speaking to NewsFirst, Thewarapperuma basically led a mob, throwing rotten eggs (I’ve always wondered how you find ...

Sheranga Perera’s singing is steeped in Jazz tradition that draws upon a world of influences from many a Jazz greats. In an effort to expand her musical horizons she joined Leeds College Of Music, UK, the most renowned jazz conservatoire in Europe and graduated with her BA (Hons) Music (Jazz). She has been mentored by Jazz maestro Tim O’dwyer ...

Above is really awful treatment of the baby elephant at Gangaramaya Temple. This lout of a mahout is beating the elephant until his stick breaks, pulling his ears and yelling at him. This is well beyond the usual torture the poor fellow is put through, chained by two legs and unable to even turn around. I don’t think Buddhist ...

In 2014, we discovered how much WordPress.com bloggers want to connect with each other and do more with their blogs — tens of thousands of you have participated in Blogging U since it began a year ago! This year, we’re starting an in-person event series called Press Publish for people who want to take their blogs even further, starting with two ...

Yuan Ze University is a leading private university in Taiwan. In keeping with its strategy of differentiation and internationalization, it has invited LIRNEasia to interact with its new Center of Excellence known as the Innovation Center for Big Data and Convergence. Even though Taiwan is not a country of focus for LIRNEasia, we have had considerable interactions with Taiwan academics ...

I was in Thimphu, speaking to more than half of the small regulatory agency’s professional staff. I’ve been engaged with BICMA since its inception in 2001 and I routinely volunteer to do something with the staff when I visit. This time, I offered to talk about systematic reviews, centered on one that we completed recently on the economic benefits of ...

GBV Forum policy dialogue 2014 The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) campaign is not merely a time to build global awareness and strengthen public support on actions taken to end GBV but it is also a time for policy makers to reiterate the processes and practices adopted to end to all forms of violence against women. An annual event during the ...

GBV Forum policy dialogue 2014 The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) campaign is not merely a time to build global awareness and strengthen public support on actions taken to end GBV but it is also a time for policy makers to reiterate the processes and practices adopted to end to all forms of violence against women. An annual event during the ...

Shortcuts to becoming a Kolombian This was taken by Indy Samarajeewa in January 2012People are asking me about Kolombians. Not Kolombians – they generally approve and appreciate. Kolombians thank me for getting the word out, in giving them voice etc. It’s the non-Kolombians who ask the questions. That want to know how one becomes a Kolombian. Someone asked if there’s a Kolombian Handbook. Someone else ...

I was asked to participate in panel that posited a series of questionable propositions as its starting point. “Regulation was becoming less relevant; ITU had done a good job building regulatory capacity; now it needed to find new things to do” is a rough paraphrase. We have now fully emerged from an environment where service and carriage were tightly related, ...

I was asked to participate in panel that posited a series of questionable propositions as its starting point. “Regulation was becoming less relevant; ITU had done a good job building regulatory capacity; now it needed to find new things to do” is a rough paraphrase. So I had to say something useful while also challenging these propositions. I had been ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance EQUAL GROUND, Sri Lanka’s only non-profit organization that strives to ensure equal rights for Sri Lanka’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender and other wider identities of Sri Lanka’s queer community, set aside the 10th of December 2014 to commemorate “Transgender Day of Remembrance” and International Human Rights Day at the Goethe Institute of Colombo to memorialize the lives of Transgenders lost ...

Transgender Day of Remembrance by Equal Ground EQUAL GROUND, Sri Lanka’s only non-profit organization that strives to ensure equal rights for Sri Lanka’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, Transgender and other wider identities of Sri Lanka’s queer community, set aside the 10th of December 2014 to commemorate “Transgender Day of Remembrance” and International Human Rights Day at the Goethe Institute of Colombo to memorialize the lives of Transgenders lost ...

Much of what is discussed as “big data” does not include the poor, because smartphone penetration is still low, social media are not used by all classes and datafied records are rare in developing countries. Therefore, the session focused on research that has been/is being done on pseudonymized mobile network big data in developing countries. Instead the usual “battle of ...

If you’re a Sri Lankan active on Twitter, chances are you’ve heard of #TweetupSL at least once in the past five years. It’s become so ubiquitous in the SL Twittersphere (yes, that’s a thing) that you can barely go a month without someone bringing it up. Such is the popularity of this once-niche event, that people – and businesses – are ...

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