Daily Archives: February 13, 2007

Oscar Gluck award for Sunil Wimalawansa

By Walter Jayawardhana

Sunil J. Wimalawansa, M.D., Ph. D., M.B.A., CCD, FCCP, MAcF, MRCPath, FCCP, FRCP, DSc, a prominent agitator against separatist activities of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its front organizations and a patriot of Sri Lanka has been selected to receive the ISCD’s "Dr. Oscar S. Gluck ISCD Humanitarian Award" for "outstanding service to those in need."

Presentation of the award will take place at the ISCD’s Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting to be held  on Saturday, March 17th  in Tampa Florida. The award consists of a monetary award as well as a plaque.

The award has been granted, it is learnt, for the special assistance and care shown by Wimalawansa for the benefit of minority students in the university, where he has taught.

The award was announced in a letter written by the West Hartford CT based Associate Director, Martin Rotblatt of the International Society for the Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) in a letter dated February 6.

Wimalawansa is the current Chair of the New Jersey state Council of Osteoporosis and has been an active board member of the Texas and NJ/NY Regional Osteoporosis Boards since 1998.  He has written an osteoporosis book for primary care physicians titled Osteoporosis: Time to Act.   He has received numerous awards, including several young investigator awards, the Dr. Boy Frame Award for Clinical Excellence in Metabolic Bone Diseases (ASBMR, 1993), multiple Glen Foundation Awards for Endocrinology/Aging from the American Endocrine Society, and a special recognition award from the Asian Chamber of Commerce for his innovations.

He completed a diploma in Medical Administration at Johns Hopkins School of Business in 2000 and an Executive MBA program (MBA) at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 2006.  He has a broad basic and clinical research experience in endocrinology, clinical and teaching skills, interactions with media and public officials, especially in supporting scientific research and research funding. 

Wimalawansa, an old boy of Ananda College is a son of the late Mr.D.S.Wimalawansa de Silva who was a civil servant of Sri Lanka hailing from Ambalangoda. He held his final position as the Government Agent Colombo before his retirement. Sunil’s mother died here in the United States few months ago. Before being graduated from the London University, the late Wimalawansa studied oriental languages under Agga Maha Panditha Powatte Sri Buddhadaththa maha Thera. Both father and son are well-known for their patriotism inculcated in them by the maha Sangha.


Arnold, Kulasekara in World Cup squad

by Rex Clementine

Sri Lanka’s cricket selectors on Sunday picked middle order batsman Russel Arnold and medium paceman Nuwan Kulasekara in their 15 member squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean ending weeks of speculation on the formation of the team.

The selectors had a fair idea about the basic combination of the World Cup squad and they just had to decide on two middle order slots and on a seam bowler and after lengthy discussion on Sunday decided to stick with Arnold, Chamara Silva and Nuwan Kulasekara, a cricket board official told ‘The Island’ .

The source also said that Arnold, who only made seven runs in the Rajkot ODI on Sunday, was lucky to get selected for his second World Cup.

The selectors have named eight batsmen, two specialist spinners and five seam bowlers in the 15 man squad and will submit the squad to the ICC this evening.

Monday was the cut off day for submission of squads to the ICC.

In the last few months, there have been questions about Arnold’s ability to perform at the top level after several disappointing outings for the national team in the shorter version of the game. But eventually, his good performance for Sri Lanka ‘A’ in the West Indies last year along with his experience seems to have stood in good stead for the NCC player.

All-rounder Gayan Wijekoon came close for selection for the Caribbean, but eventually the selectors decided against his inclusion arguing that he didn’t fit into the combination that they were seeking for the World Cup, the source said. via … The Island


Sri Lanka Squad:

Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Marvan Atapattu, T.M. Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan and Malinga Bandara.


L’Oreal and Veet to sponsor Hair Asia Pacific and Hair and Beauty Fair

Hair Asia Pacific and Hair and Beauty Fair, is to be held from March 2 – 5, 2007.

Recognised by the Ministry of Tourism as a National event, the event could create benchmarks in the local hair, beauty and fashion industry as well as go a long way in elevating the standards to an international level by creating awareness to the consumer and giving exposure to talented individuals in the various fields.

Featuring a wide variety of events and competitions, there will be demonstrations by leading local and international experts, as well as fashion and hair shows and 50 trade stalls, with Indian cosmetic jewellery and special honeymoon packages to Bali standing out. There will also be mini competitions for the public during the three days, with prizes being given out to the ‘Best Head of Hair,’ ‘Best Skin,’ ‘the Smartest Dressed Girl.’ All of this is on offer to the public, with the entrance ticket being only Rs100.

L’Oreal, the hair-care product company, is the title sponsor for the L’Oreal Hair Extravaganza on March 2, 2007, which will have demonstrations by leading local and foreign experts featuring cuts, colours and a variety of styles, along with competitions for the National Awards ceremony, comprising of ladies and gents haircuts, as well as bridal and evening hairstyles during the day. An international hair show will be held in the evening, showcasing trend statements, especially with regards to forecasting the latest trends in hairstyles. The one-hour show will feature Sri Lanka’s top hairstylists with foreign hairstylists also participating.

Natures Secret is sponsoring Nature’s Secret Beauty Extravaganza on March 3, 2007, with renowned Pakistani Cosmetologist and Dermatologist Dr. Farah Farook having a comprehensive two hour presentation followed by a one to one session with the public on the medicinal aspect of beauty and skin care. The competitions for the National Awards ceremony will continue to take place, with competitors from across the island vying for placements in the categories of nail art, stage make up, etc. The Christine Valmy School of Beauty, a New York based school located in Mumbai, Panipa, a nail technician and consultant to the government of Thailand, Asha Hariharan, the winner of L’Oreal Colour trophy, India and renowned hairdresser, beautician and make up expert will also participate during the day’s programmes.

Veet sponsored the seven regional workshops leading up to the grand event, which were held in Negombo, Matara, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Maharagama, Gampaha/Miriswatte and Kandy and is also an active stallholder for the event.

Both L’Oreal and Nature’s Secret are co sponsoring the rest of the event, with Derana, the TV media partner providing coverage. The highlight of the event is Hair Asia Pacific which is to be held on March 5,2007, with over 200 foreign participants comprising of Jacklyn Tan, Director of Pivot Point, Singapore, Rudi Hadisuwarno, President of the Indonesian Hairdressers Association and President of the OMC and ICD, Indonesia, Suchard Konreuk, President of the All Thai Hairdressers Association and Ruhana Iqbal Khan, President of PHABA, Pakistan among others. Attended by 15 countries in the zone, which include Japan, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Pakistan, India, Taiwan, and Malaysia, the international event is to be one of glitz and glamour.

An awards ceremony will also be held, with winners from each category entitled to prize money of USD500 and USD2000 for the grand championship category.

An international hair show will follow with New York based Indian designer, Payal Singh showcasing her Indo Western collection, which will be on sale on March 6, 2007 at the lobby of the Galadari Hotel. via .. The Island


Fall of Mangoes — II: Political trouble as an extension of war

Clausewitz defined war as an extension of politics by other means. If the unfolding political drama in this country is anything to go by, then one may argue it is also possible that certain political situations are an extension of war. Sri Lanka’s war is fought not only on the battle field but also on various other fronts. During a spate of disastrous military setbacks that the Kumaratunga government suffered in 2000, UNP and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the real battle for Elephant Pass had been lost not in the sandy terrain of the North but on the banks of the Beira Lake (where the Treasury is located). He hit the nail on the head with his reference to the economic front where the then government had failed. It was lack of military equipment for want of funds that had caused military installations to fall like nine pins at that time. The emergence of the LTTE as a formidable guerrilla outfit has been due to its concentration on all—mainly military, economic, political, diplomatic and propaganda—fronts. Successive governments have failed to match its multi-pronged strategy and that may explain why the conflict has become so protracted.

Today, having lost a string of crucial battles, the LTTE has obviously shifted its focus to the other fronts. It is funding a section of the media, sponsoring politicians and waging a battle against the government on the diplomatic front with the help of its allies in INGOs and UN agencies. It is also making a not so-hidden effort to effect a regime change, which has been a weapon it has used in the past very effectively. It is capable of turning political trouble in the south to its advantage, as we saw in the early 1990s, when it capitalised on the internal battles of the UNP. The assassination of UNP rebel and DUNF Leader Lalith Athulathmudali in April, 1993 triggered a political tsunami, which shook the very foundations of the Premadasa administration. Then the outfit used one of its sleepers by the name of Babu to remove President Premadasa physically from politics.

The assassinations of Messrs Gamini Dissanayake, Ossie Abeygunasekera and several other key UNPers in the wake of an extremely successful military campaign that President Wijetunga had conducted in the East, paved the way for a complete regime change. Prime Minister Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga became President and the rest is history.

The main concern of any government is its own survival. Rulers like King Sirisangabo, who gave away his head for the benefit of another, are no longer found in this blessed land. The UNP leader is driving hordes of his prominent members away to retain his leadership without implementing party reforms and the President is sacking his ministers to assert his authority in the government. Even the former President is dreaming of coming back to power like the proverbial jackal which trailed a goat thinking that its dangling organs would fall! So, political trouble naturally distracts government leaders from their priorities. A government mired in crisis augurs well for the LTTE desperate for a respite. Therefore, the LTTE will go all out to aggravate the political situation to unsettle the government with the help of its political puppets, propaganda hirelings and even hit squads. (We hear of ‘journalists’ receiving arms training in jungle hideouts!)

That the LTTE is looking for the slightest opportunity for a high profile assassination is only too well known. This time round, it may not employ the old methods which have, of late, failed to yield the intended results. The outfit may come out with novel methods. Whoever thought Kadir would be sniped in his own swimming pool from an adjacent house with such ease? (EPDP Leader Douglas Devanada, who is a prime target of the LTTE and has survived a number of assassination bids, told this newspaper once that there were about ten ways in which a terrorist could kill a person with bare hands. This is something that the Defence bigwigs ought to take note of.)

The only escape route available to the LTTE is through the political front, as we pointed out the other day. The political battles being fought so fiercely to further personal interests of certain individuals only help the wounded yet crouching Tigers. Prabhakaran—wherever he may be—must be guffawing. He knows he can always depend on the southern politicians to bail him out whenever he fights himself into a cul-de-sac. Is history repeating itself?

-The Island Editorial


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