Clarification on sea birds

The references to Streaked Shearwaters and a Bryde's Whale in the Sunday Times Plus last Sunday, May 2 (Page 6, Off to see seabirds by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne) should have been to Persian Shearwaters and a Blue Whale.

An expanded and corrected version of this article is on in the Articles section under info hub.

Royal College to unveil latest ICT innovations

Royal College was selected as one of the world's best innovative schools in the Microsoft Innovative School Programme in 2009.

The school is continuing its innovations in the application of Information and Communication technology (ICT) to complement teaching and learning in the school. Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena will be unveiling the latest ICT innovations at Royal College on May 11 at 11.45 a.m.

These are the inauguration of the Lab 175 computer laboratory established to mark the 175th anniversary of the college this year, relaunching of the new-look Royal College website, inauguration of the 21st Century Teacher project and inauguration of the Virtual School at Royal.

Royalists over 70s get togther

It will be time to reminisce about those golden days and youthful pranks when Old Royalists over the age of 70 and their spouses have their bi-annual get-together on Saturday, May 22 at 11.30 a.m. at the Dutch Burgher Union hall followed by lunch.

The fellowship events have always attracted an enthusiastic response. The organizing committee comprises Tony Anghie (chairman), K. Manickavasagar (secretary), D.K. Wijeyeratne (treasurer), L.A.M. Seneviratne (asst treasurer), Nalin Gunawardena, Prof. D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke and Clarence Welikala.

St. Anthony's College, Wattala, OBA 65th AGM

The 65th annual general meeting of the Old Boys Association of St. Anthony's College, Wattala will be held on Saturday, May 15 at 4.30 p.m. at Amanda Banquet Hall, 131 Averiwatte Road, Wattala (adjoining the college) followed by holy mass and a fellowship dinner.

Tickets for the dinner priced at Rs. 500 could be obtained from Ranjan de Silva tel: 0777847129, John Emmanuel, tel: 5854358/ 5878789 or Susantha Perera, tel: 0712791844/2930808.

Red Cross calls for assistance for scholarship fund

The Sri Lanka Red Cross scholarship scheme provides financial assistance to students who pass the O'L exam with exceptional results but cannot continue their education due to financial difficulties.

The Red Cross Scholarship Fund was set up under a board of trustees. President Mahinda Rajapksa made the initial donation to the fund and the first group of scholars, around 500 A'L students received their scholarships at an award ceremony last year.

Scholars are given a monthly sum of Rs 1000 under the programme. They are selected based on recommendations made by school principals to the Ministry of Education.

The Red Cross is now inviting organizations and individuals to assist the scholarship fund. A contribution of Rs 150,000 could be made to 'Nomini Savi' scholarship plan or a sum of Rs. 25, 000 to the Dirijaya scholarship plan. Donations of any other amounts would also be appreciated.

Contributions could be sent to the Red Cross Scholarship Fund at the Bank of Ceylon, Hyde Park Corner Branch, A/C No. 6504712. For more information contact Col. Sudath Madugalle, Secretary, Red Cross Scholarship Fund, tel: 077 3261555.

'Familians Aglow' on May 22

'Familians Aglow', the 77th annual social of the Past Pupils' Association of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya will be held on Saturday, May 22 from 6.30 p.m. onwards at the school premises.
This evening of fun, food and surprises galore is open to all past Familians and not restricted to those holding PPA membership.

So get into those snazzy, smart casual outfits in the theme colours of deep red, rusty orange or saffron yellow with black and come to your Alma Mater not only to go down memory lane with your batchmates but also to tap a toe, vie for a prize and have a good time.

Tickets priced at Rs. 900 are available at the school Primary Office on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and with all PPA committee members. For more information please contact 0772 278878 or 0773 564107.

The limited number of tickets will only be on sale till May 20 for logistical reasons.

Lecture on "Buddhist Studies in the US"

Professor Karma Lekshe Tsomo will give a lecture on "Buddhist Studies in the US" today at 10.15 a.m. at the Royal Asiatic Society (Seminar Room, No 96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mw. Colombo 7). All are welcome.

Professor Karma Lekshe Tsomo is associate professor of Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, USA and author of several books including Into the Jaws of Yama: Buddhism, Bioethics, and Death and Out of the Shadows: Socially Engaged Buddhist Women in the Global Community.

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