Canadian, U.S. housing markets defy expectations, price gap hits record

[ Globe and Mail ][ Apr 23 19:10 GMT ]

The gap between the average price of a home in Canada and the United States widened to a record level in the first quarter of this year, contrary to what economists would have expected, according to Bank of Montreal’s chief economist Doug Porter. Average Canadian home prices were 66 per cent above average U.S. prices during the first three months of this year, he says. (Note: these are prices for existing houses and condos, not those that are newly constructed). [ full story | comments ]

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Yet another fleeting opportunity

[ Groundviews ][ Apr 23 19:03 GMT ]

Anxiety dominates the post-Geneva political climate in Sri Lanka, the result of a heady mixture of different reasons, which sees the ruling regime pursuing short-sighted solutions in order to neutralise. March turned out to be an eventful month for Sri Lanka domestically and internationally, with the passage of the UNHRC resolution, the arrest and detention of several key human rights defenders and elections in two Provincial Councils, all set against a backdrop of an alleged resurgence of the LTTE in the North of the country. [ full story | comments ]

Tamil Nadu candidates come top... in a very different kind of poll

[ Rediff ][ Apr 23 18:58 GMT ]

Tamil Nadu, the only state that has all its constituencies going to poll in Phase 6 of the Lok Sabha elections on April 24, has the dubious honour of having the top two candidates in terms of involvement in criminal cases. Udayakumar S P, the principal anti-Koodankulam nuclear power plant activist, who is contesting tomorrow elections from Tamil nadu on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket, has declared in his sworn affidavit that he has been involved in 382 criminal cases. He has faced 19 charges of attempted murder and 16 charges "related to waging, or attempting to wage war, or abetting waging of war, against the Government of India" -- relating to his agitation against the KNPP. [ full story | comments ]

BBS challenges govt.

[ The Island ][ Apr 23 12:53 GMT ]

General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) yesterday challenged the government to take legal action against Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph forthwith who, he alleged, had helped the LTTE. "If the government had the backbone and if its conscience was clear it should without hesitation arrest the Mannar Bishop for atrocities committed by the now defunct terrorist outfit," he said. Claiming that the BBS was not scared of either the government or any other political party, Ven. Gnanasara added that what the organisation was doing was protecting Buddhism from religious extremists and other elements who were all out to wipe out Buddhism from the Country. [ full story | comments ]

The ways tattoos can get you into trouble

[ BBC ][ Apr 23 12:39 GMT ]

The authorities in Sri Lanka are tough on perceived insults to Buddhism, the religion of the island's majority Sinhalese, and particularly sensitive about images of Buddha.Thailand has threatened to crackdown on tourists having religious images tattooed on their bodies while on holiday, saying the trend is culturally inappropriate and erodes respect for religion. Tattoos have also caused problems in Malaysia.However, Japan is the country that stands out, according to Dr Matt Lodder, art historian and tattoo expert at the University of Essex. [ full story | comments ]

BBC correspondent denied visa and told to leave Sri Lanka

[ Republic Square ][ Apr 23 12:34 GMT ]

The respected journalist, who has been reporting from Sri Lanka since the final days of the civil war in 2009, applied for a one year renewal to his visa which expired this month, but was refused by the External Affairs Ministry and given a few days to leave the country. Pressure from senior foreign journalists in Colombo led to the Ministry giving Haviland a three month extension, but he will then be forced to leave Sri Lanka for good. [ full story | comments ]

Boat trade ends and Sri Lanka now legal source of migrants

[ Australian ][ Apr 23 12:26 GMT ]

CO-OPERATION between Sri Lanka and Australia on fighting people-smuggling has reversed migration patterns, with thousands more Sri Lankans arriving as skilled workers while the flow of illegal boats from the South Asian nation, which peaked at tens of thousands, has now stopped. The number of Sri Lankans who became Australian citizens jumped 74 per cent to 3456 last year, while there were 4987 Sri Lankans who came to Australia legally with visas for work and for family reunions. [ full story | comments ]

South Korean special envoy in Sri Lanka meets Mahinda Rajapaksa

[ PTI ][ Apr 22 12:43 GMT ]

A special envoy from South Korea today met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa here on a visit aimed at improving the bilateral relationship between Seoul and Colombo, officials said. South Korean envoy Yu Myung-hwan met Rajapaksa following on from his meeting with External Affairs Minister G L Peiris. The envoy had commended Sri Lanka's post-war development process including the resettlement of the war displaced and holding elections for the northern provincial council. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka turns away British tourist for Buddha tattoo

[ Telegraph ][ Apr 22 12:35 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has detained a female British tourist for having a Buddha tattoo on her right arm and ordered her deportation. The unidentified woman was arrested at the country's main international airport on Monday and appeared before a magistrate who ordered her deportation, police said in a statement. The statement said she had an image of the Buddha seated on a lotus flower tattooed on her right arm. [ full story | comments ]

Housing market ‘extremely discouraging’ for first-time buyers

[ CBC ][ Apr 22 12:30 GMT ]

Many experts believed that the real estate market was cooling. But as the spring buying season begins, it’s clear that’s not true. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association, the national average price for a home in March was $401,419, an increase of six per cent in year-over-year comparisons.While the market defies predictions, one thing’s for sure: The continued rise of Canadian home prices is putting a damper on the hopes and dreams of first-time buyers. [ full story | comments ]

Herb Gray, former MP and deputy prime minister, dies at 82

[ CBC ][ Apr 22 12:19 GMT ]

Herb Gray, a former deputy prime minister and Canada's first Jewish federal cabinet minister, has died at the age of 82, the federal Liberal Party announced late Monday night. Former Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray, shown in his office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 2002.Gray, former deputy prime minister and one of Canada's longest-serving parliamentarians, has died at the age of 82. 1 of 9 Gray was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1962. He served the district of Windsor West for almost four decades, making him one of the longest-serving MPs in Canadian history. [ full story | comments ]

Lok Sabha elections: Voting in 117 seats in phase 6, Tamil Nadu key state

[ CNN-IBN ][ Apr 23 19:00 GMT ]

In the second biggest phase of the current Lok Sabha elections 117 Lok Sabha seats will vote on Thursday. Among 117 the Lok Sabha seats, 39 are in Tamil Nadu which is voting in a single phase. Remaining 19 seats in Maharashtra including India's business capital Mumbai are also voting in this phase. The rest are - 10 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 12 seats in Uttar Pradesh, seven seats each in Bihar and Chhattisgarh, six in Assam and West Bengal, remaining five in Rajasthan, four in Jharkhand, one seat in Jammu and Kashmir and the lone seat in Puducherry. [ full story | comments ]

Canada passes US in middle-class wealth

[ BBC ][ Apr 23 18:56 GMT ]

Last week we noted that a pair of academic researchers said the US was starting to look less like a democracy and more like an oligarchy, where a wealthy elite determines public policy. Here's another bit of cheer in that regard. According to a New York Times report, the rich in the US are getting richer, but the poor and middle classes are falling behind some of their Western peers. "Middle-class incomes in Canada - substantially behind in 2000 - now appear to be higher than in the United States," David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy write. "The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans." [ full story | comments ]

Education in Emergencies in Sri Lanka - Lessons Learned

[ Save the Children ][ Apr 23 12:43 GMT ]

This Lessons Learned review was undertaken in order to detail and analyze Sri Lanka’s experience in providing emergency education through the war and after the tsunami and identify key lessons that may be useful for future practice not only in Sri Lanka but also in emergency contexts around the world. The lessons learned discussion is framed in 10 sections corresponding largely to the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies Minimum Standards (INEE MS) on emergency education. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka Student Wins Asia Pacific Prize for UNEP International Children’s Painting Competition

[ UNEP ][ Apr 23 12:36 GMT ]

A Sri Lanka student’s painting caught the eyes of judges, making it the Asia Pacific winner of the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) annual International Children’s Painting Competition. Eight-year old Kandage Kiyara Chenuli Perera’s painting, based on the competition theme, “Food Waste – Save the Planet – Save Food, Wasting Food is Wasting the Planet” beat more than 63,700 entries from Asia Pacific to make her the winner of this year’s competition. [ full story | comments ]

British tourist recounts 'hellish' experience in Sri Lanka over Buddha tattoo

[ AFP ][ Apr 23 12:28 GMT ]

Naomi Coleman, 37, a British nurse has recounted her "hellish" experience in Sri Lanka after she was arrested and sent to a deportation centre for sporting a Buddha tattoo deemed offensive by authorities. "It is a terrible, hellish experience," said Ms Coleman, a mental health nurse from Coventry in England. "I am a practising Buddhist and meditate. That is why I have the tattoo - not out of disrespect for Buddhism." [ full story | comments ]

The South Asia Channel Why Sri Lanka is Severing Ties Between Tamils at Home and Abroad

[ Foreign Policy ][ Apr 22 20:23 GMT ]

Days after the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a resolution calling for an international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka, the Colombo government began moving to cut links between the country's Tamil minority and its powerful diaspora. The Tamil diaspora, many of whom were driven out of Sri Lanka due to atrocities committed by government troops and rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters, is expected to play a prominent role in presenting evidence at the inquiry, expected to begin later this year. [ full story | comments ]

UN inquiry holds few terrors for a Sri Lanka used to impunity

[ Conversation ][ Apr 22 12:41 GMT ]

Yet as long as the threat of intervention hangs over Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa can tug at his countrymen’s nationalist heart strings, rally ultra-nationalists and galvanise support for a government seemingly under attack from foreign interests. His government can deploy an “us-and-them” framework and brand broader anti-government views as anti-nationalist. [ full story | comments ]

Linguists struggling to preserve endangered immigrant languages

[ Globe And Mail ][ Apr 22 12:31 GMT ]

Since she arrived in Canada more than two decades ago, Zouriya Jayman has found few people to converse with in her native tongue, Sri Lankan Malay. But on a frigid day earlier this year, two linguists turned the living room of her high-rise apartment in north Toronto into a sort of television studio in order to document Ms. Jayman’s endangered language. “Zouriya felt that we were truly the last generation of full native speakers,” Mr. Jaffar, 78, said, interpreting Ms. Jayman’s answers into English. “Later generations, she felt, showed a regrettable lack of interest and no enthusiasm for speaking in Sri Lankan Malay.” [ full story | comments ]

TCHC faces lawsuit amid heavy employee turnover

[ Globe And Mail ][ Apr 22 12:26 GMT ]

The Toronto Community Housing Corporation is facing a wrongful-dismissal lawsuit from a former “smart-energy” official amid a spate of firings and hirings since Eugene Jones became chief executive. Toronto Ombudsman Fiona Crean’s report will land at a time when the housing agency has been trying to secure $2.6-billion from all levels of government to eliminate a repair backlog and fix up aging residential properties over the next decade. [ full story | comments ]

Sri Lanka detains British tourist over Buddha tattoo

[ AFP ][ Apr 22 08:19 GMT ]

Sri Lanka has detained a female British tourist for having a Buddha tattoo on her right arm and ordered her deportation, police said Tuesday. The unidentified woman was arrested at the country's main international airport on Monday and appeared before a magistrate who ordered her deportation, police said in a statement. The statement said she had an image of the Buddha seated on a lotus flower tattooed on her right arm. [ full story | comments ]


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