Both countries stand in the way of unchallenged US global dominance – allied with NATO partners (mainly Britain, France, Germany and Turkey), Israel and the Middle East regimes led by Saudi Arabia, a metastasising cancer masquerading as a nation-state.
Two major flashpoint areas risk igniting globall war – Ukraine and Syria.
Washington transformed Kiev into a de facto Neo-Nazi regime (for the first time in Europe since WW II) – used as adagger targeting Russia’s heartland, along with other Eastern European countries close to its border.
Preserving Syrian sovereign independence is the linchpin of preventing Iran’s isolation and the entire region from becoming a US/Israeli colony, partnered with ruling Saudi tyrants using ISIS and other terrorist groups partnered with Washington to ravage Syria, Iraq and Yemen, ahead of what increasingly looks like an inevitable US/Russia clash.
On December 15, John Kerry will meet with Vladimir Putin and Sergey Lavrov in Moscow. Ongoing conflicts in Syria and Ukraine will be discussed – both countries at odds on resolving them.
Russia’s supports nation-state sovereignty, America wants all independent governments replaced by pro-Western ones it controls – using ISIS and other terrorist groups to achieve its objectives.
Next week’s meeting between US and Russian officials will resolve nothing, not as long as Washington’s hegemonic aims remain unchanged.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry called US/Moscow relations “difficult,” citing Washington’s “confrontational steps…under the pretext of the Ukrainian crisis.” They negatively “impacted cooperation between (both) countries.”
US support for ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere further exacerbated relations. Nothing in prospect suggests positive change.
“…Russia has been consistently stressing the necessity to observe the principles of equality, mutual respect and non-interference into (the) domestic affairs” of all nations, its Foreign Ministry said.
Moscow’s hope for better US/Russian relations furthered by Kerry’s upcoming visit is more pipe dream than reality.
Kerry heads to Moscow after a planned December 14 meeting in Paris with European and Arab foreign ministers. They’ll discuss ongoing Middle East conflicts, plotting strategy to continue them and ways to subvert Russia’s war on terrorism.
Separately, interviewed by Spanish EFE news on Friday, Bashar al-Assad stressed Washington, its NATO partners and regional allies aren’t serious about fighting terrorism. They’re the problem, not the solution.
Russia’s intervention alone achieved progress, Washington trying to subvert it. The struggle for Syria’s soul continues, along with Putin’s efforts to save humanity from the scourge of another global war. He deserves universal support against US-led pure evil.
BEIJING — As top leaders met at a lush Bali resort in October 2013, President Xi Jinping of China described his vision for a new multinational, multibillion-dollar bank to finance roads, rails and power grids across Asia. Under Chinese stewardship, the bank would tackle the slow development in poor countries that was holding the region back from becoming the wealth center of the world.
Afterward, the United States secretary of state, John Kerry, caught up with Mr. Xi in the corridor. “That’s a great idea,” Mr. Kerry said of the bank, according to Chinese and American aides briefed on the encounter.
The enthusiasm didn’t last long, as the Obama administration began a rear-guard battle to minimize the bank’s influence.
The United States worries that China will use the bank to set the global economic agenda on its own terms, forgoing the environmental protections, human rights, anticorruption measures and other governance standards long promoted by its Western counterparts. American officials point to China’s existing record of loans to unstable governments, construction deals for unnecessary infrastructure, and villagers abruptly uprooted with little compensation.
President Maithripala Sirisena will undertake an official visit to the Kingdom of Thailand from the 1st to the 4th
President Maithripala Sirisena will undertake an official visit to the Kingdom of Thailand from the 1st to the 4th November on the invitation of the Prime Minister of Thailand, General Prayuth Chan-o-Cha.
This visit also coincides with the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Thailand.
During the visit, President Sirisena will be received in audience by Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Bilateral discussions will also be held between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Chan-o-Cha.
The discussions will focus on areas of mutual interest to enhance closer links and cooperation between the two countries.
A number of religious and cultural events are also reportedly being planned. Sirisena is expected to bring a Buddhist relic from Mahiyangana Raja Maha Vihara in Sri Lanka – believed to be the site of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha’s first visit to the country – to Thailand for Thais to worship at Phutthamonthon, a Buddhist park in Thailand, up to November 16. He will also give a Buddha rock carving to the Thai government at Thammaram Temple in Ayutthaya, a city which used to be the capital of an ancient Siamese kingdom. Sixty monks from temples across Sri Lanka will also travel to Thailand to be part of these religious events.
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The Sri Lankan Bill of Rights
Sri Lankan blogger Dr. Politics a. K. a. Rohan kar has taken the decision to propose a Bill or Rights for the people of Sri Lanka, though it sounds as if it might be the one he thought was in use when he wrote the thing. Nevertheless, he describes the post as comparison between the proposed Bill of Rights for Sri Lanka and the real thing,” with the real thing being the one adopted by the Founding Fathers for the United States. 11/26/2005: 5:12 pm: Mark
The first in a series of workshops on constitutional reforms organized by the Constitutional Affairs and National Integration Ministry will be held on Saturday May 6, 2006 from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Independence Square, Colombo 7.
The subject of the workshop will be “A new Bill of Rights”.
Attorney-at-Law R.K.W. Goonesekere, will speak on “Civil and Political Rights”. The panelists will be Prof. Jayadeva Uyangoda, Deputy Solicitor- General Shavindra Fernando and Attorney-at-Law Shiral Lakthilaka. Dr. Deepika Udagama will address the workshop on “Social, Economic and Cultural Rights” and the panelists will be Prof. Ranjith Amarasinghe, Dr. Mario Gomez and Attorney-at-Law Ms. Cyrene Siriwardana.
“Article 14-Expansion of Rights relating to Liberty” will be the subject of a presentation by Mr. Rohan Edrisinha. The panel will be Dr. Godfrey Goonethilake, Attorney-at-Law J.C. Weliamuna, and Senior State Counsel Nerin Pulle.
Dr. Jayanipathy Wickramaratne, P.C. will speak on “Enforcement of Fundamental Rights and Procedural Reforms”. Deputy Solicitor-General S. Rajaratnam, Attorneys-at-Law Nimal Punchihewa and Sanjeewa Jayawardena will constitute the panel.
The workshop is open to the public.
Liquid H2O is the sine qua non of life. Making up about 66 percent of the human body, water runs through the blood, inhabits the cells, and lurks in the spaces between. At every moment water escapes the body through sweat, urination, defecation or exhaled breath, among other routes.
Replacing these lost stores is essential but rehydration can be overdone. There is such a thing as a fatal water overdose.
Earlier this year, a 28-year-old California woman died after competing in a radio station’s on-air water-drinking contest. After downing some six liters of water in three hours in the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” (Nintendo game console) contest, Jennifer Strange vomited, went home with a splitting headache, and died from so-called water intoxication.
There are many other tragic examples of death by water. In 2005 a fraternity hazing at California State University, Chico, left a 21-year-old man dead after he was forced to drink excessive amounts of water between rounds of push-ups in a cold basement. Club-goers taking MDMA (“ecstasy”) have died after consuming copious amounts of water trying to rehydrate following long nights of dancing and sweating. Going overboard in attempts to rehydrate is also common among endurance athletes. A 2005 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that close to one sixth of marathon runners develop some degree of hyponatremia, or dilution of the blood caused by drinking too much water.
Hyponatremia, a word cobbled together from Latin and Greek roots, translates as “insufficient salt in the blood.” Quantitatively speaking, it means having a blood sodium concentration below 135 millimoles per liter, or approximately 0.4 ounces per gallon, the normal concentration lying somewhere between 135 and 145 millimoles per liter. Severe cases of hyponatremia can lead to water intoxication, an illness whose symptoms include headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, frequent urination and mental disorientation.
In humans the kidneys control the amount of water, salts and other solutes leaving the body by sieving blood through their millions of twisted tubules. When a person drinks too much water in a short period of time, the kidneys cannot flush it out fast enough and the blood becomes waterlogged. Drawn to regions where the concentration of salt and other dissolved substances is higher, excess water leaves the blood and ultimately enters the cells, which swell like balloons to accommodate it.
Most cells have room to stretch because they are embedded in flexible tissues such as fat and muscle, but this is not the case for neurons. Brain cells are tightly packaged inside a rigid boney cage, the skull, and they have to share this space with blood and cerebrospinal fluid, explains Wolfgang Liedtke, a clinical neuroscientist at Duke University Medical Center. “Inside the skull there is almost zero room to expand and swell,” he says.
Thus, brain edema, or swelling, can be disastrous. “Rapid and severe hyponatremia causes entry of water into brain cells leading to brain swelling, which manifests as seizures, coma, respiratory arrest, brain stem herniation and death,” explains M. Amin Arnaout, chief of nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Where did people get the idea that guzzling enormous quantities of water is healthful? A few years ago Heinz Valtin, a kidney specialist from Dartmouth Medical School, decided to determine if the common advice to drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water per day could hold up to scientific scrutiny. After scouring the peer-reviewed literature, Valtin concluded that no scientific studies support the “eight x eight” dictum (for healthy adults living in temperate climates and doing mild exercise). In fact, drinking this much or more “could be harmful, both in precipitating potentially dangerous hyponatremia and exposure to pollutants, and also in making many people feel guilty for not drinking enough,” he wrote in his 2002 review for the American Journal of Physiology—Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. And since he published his findings, Valtin says, “not a single scientific report published in a peer-reviewed publication has proven the contrary.”
Most cases of water poisoning do not result from simply drinking too much water, says Joseph Verbalis, chairman of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. It is usually a combination of excessive fluid intake and increased secretion of vasopression (also called antidiuretic hormone), he explains. Produced by the hypothalamus and secreted into the bloodstream by the posterior pituitary gland, vasopressin instructs the kidneys to conserve water. Its secretion increases in periods of physical stress—during a marathon, for example—and may cause the body to conserve water even if a person is drinking excessive quantities.
Every hour, a healthy kidney at rest can excrete 800 to 1,000 milliliters, or 0.21 to 0.26 gallon, of water and therefore a person can drink water at a rate of 800 to 1,000 milliliters per hour without experiencing a net gain in water, Verbalis explains. If that same person is running a marathon, however, the stress of the situation will increase vasopressin levels, reducing the kidney’s excretion capacity to as low as 100 milliliters per hour. Drinking 800 to 1,000 milliliters of water per hour under these conditions can potentially lead a net gain in water, even with considerable sweating, he says.
While exercising, “you should balance what you’re drinking with what you’re sweating,” and that includes sports drinks, which can also cause hyponatremia when consumed in excess, Verbalis advises. “If you’re sweating 500 milliliters per hour, that is what you should be drinking.”
But measuring sweat output is not easy. How can a marathon runner, or any person, determine how much water to consume? As long as you are healthy and equipped with a thirst barometer unimpaired by old age or mind-altering drugs, follow Verbalis’s advice, “drink to your thirst. It’s the best indicator.”
Sri Lanka has been selected to award the International Recognition and Scholarship award being presented by the International Women’s Police Association. This award will be presented this year to Asst. Police Superintendent Mrs. Wimathi Periyapperuma.
This award has not been hitherto presented to a Sri Lankan women Police officer and the award will be presented to Mrs. Wimathi Periyapperuma at the award ceremony to be held at Cardiff, in Wales, United Kingdom.
The award recipient is selected from Police women officers through the world based on their efficiency and dedication to work. (niz)
US army jeeps released from navy hovercrafts on Tuesday were unable to get the better of Portuguese sand, which caused them to start sinking as soon as they set their wheels on the coast.
Portugal’s Observador newspaper was one of several media outlets invited by NATO to observe the Trident Juncture 15 training exercise on a beach in the the Portuguese city of Grandola, the planning for which began two years ago.
“NATO decided to have a celebration and invited journalists,” reported Observador.
Trident Juncture has been described as the largest NATO-led exercise in 20 years, completing training in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Its Portuguese exercise was described as taking place “on a scale never seen before,” explained the newspaper.
However, instead of a triumph of military prowess, the watching journalists looked on as first, two hovercrafts were released from the USS Arlington amphibious transport dock, but were unable to make it to shore; after another attempt, the hovercraft finally set their cushions on the beach.
Then, an order was given to release two Humvee jeeps, which promptly got stuck in the sand. Orders from the US ambassador to Portugal Robert Sherman and vice-admiral of the Portuguese fleet Jose Domingos Pereira da Cunha for more troops to assist in getting the vehicles out of the sand were to no avail – the jeeps simply sank deeper into the beach.
2015.10.19 දින කොළඹ විහාරමහා දේවී එළිමහන් රංග පීඨයේදී පැවැති ඒකාබද්ධ විපක්ෂයේ රැළිය සඳහා සන්ධාන නියෝජනය කරන පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්රීවරු 40 දෙනෙකු සහභාගී වූහ.
දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන, වාසුදේව නානායක්කාර, ඩිව් ගුණසේකර, තිස්ස විතාරණ, විමල් වීරවංශ, උදය ගම්මන්පිල, ජී.එල්. පීරිස් මෙම රැළිය ඇමතූහ.
කුමාර වෙල්ගම, බන්දුල ගුණවර්ධන, ඩලස් අලහප්පෙරුම, විදුර වික්රමනායක, ප්රසන්න රණතුංග, රෝහිත අබේගුණවර්ධන, ගාමිණී ලොකුගේ, නාමල් රාජපක්ෂ, සාලින්ද දිසානායක, ජොන්ස්ටන් ප්රනාන්දු ආදී මන්ත්රීවරුන්ද ජනතාව සමඟ බිම වාඩි වී සිටියහ.