Over 3 million hungry children in the US
Hungry children are found everywhere in the world. According to
research conducted by Feeding America, hunger has affected more than
3,500 000 children under the age of five in the US, and it can affect
their physical and mental health.
The same source says more than 20 per cent of that sector of the
population is located in 11 states of the country, such as, North
Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Arkansas among
"These children have no chance of recovering if they do not have the
right nutrition in their diets", Feeding America President, Vicki
In her opinion, the lack of food at that age can seriously affect
their health condition and behaviour in the long term, as well as their
development and academic results.The organisation alerted that the
situation could turn "much worse", due to the economic crisis the
country is undergoing.
President of the National Alliance for the Eradication of Poverty in
the US, Nan Roman, specified that those interviewed said the economic
recession is increasing the number of people affected.
Washington, Prensa Latina
Special events which took place in history, from May 24 - May 30
* Victoria Bridge in Colombo was declared open in 1895.
* National Day of Argentina
* American Civil War ended in 1865.
* Buddhist Ladies College, Colombo was founded in 1954.
* Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) was
declared open in 1973.
* Norgay Tenzing and Sir Edmund Hillary reached the Summit of Mt.
Everest in 1953.
Sirimavo Bandaranaike sworn in as Prime Minister for the second time
Birth and death anniversaries
from May 24 - May 30
* Death of Nicolaus Copernicus, Polish astronomer in 1543.
* Birth of Bob Dylan, American poet and singer in 1941.
* Birth of Alexander Pushkin, Russian writer in 1799
* Death of Jawaharlal Nehru,former Indian Premier(1947-1964) in 1964.
* Death of Anne Bronte, English novelist in 1849.
* Birth of Ian Fleming, English writer in 1908.
*Birth of Martin Wickramasinghe, renowned Sinhala writer in 1891.
* Birth of John F. Kennedy, US President, (from 1961-63) in 1917.
Death of Alexander Pope, English poet in 1744.
How did the telephones get married ?
In a double ring ceremony !
Why did the child study in the aeroplane ?
He wanted a higher education !
Why was the broom late ?
It over swept !
Do you know the time ?
No, we haven't met yet!
What kind of hair do oceans have ?
What runs, but never walks ?
How do you make milk shake ?
Give it a good scare!
What's red and flies and wobbles at the same time ?
A jelly copter!
Waiter, this soup tastes funny ?
Then why aren't you laughing!
Why did the clock get sick ?
It was run down !
What do you call a sleeping bull?
How do you fit more pigs on your farm?
Build a sty-scraper!
A pair of chickens walk up to the circulation desk at a public
library and say, 'Buk Buk BUK.' The librarian decides that the chickens
desire three books, and gives it to them...and the chickens leave
Around midday, the two chickens return to the circulation desk quite
vexed and say, 'Buk Buk BuKKOOK!' The librarian decides that the
chickens desire another three books and gives it to them. The chickens
leave as before.
The two chickens return to the library in the early afternoon,
approach the librarian, looking very annoyed and say, 'Buk Buk Buk Buk
Bukkooook!' The librarian is now a little suspicious of these chickens.
She gives them what they request, and decides to follow them.
She followed them out of the library, out of the town, and to a park.
At this point, she hid behind a tree, not wanting to be seen. She saw
the two chickens throwing the books at a frog in a pond, to which the
frog was saying, "Rrredit Rrredit Rrredit..."
Mother Sri Lanka' in three more
The Government's novel programme of 'Mother Sri Lanka' which has
already been conducted among schoolchildren of the Southern Province,
under the theme " What can we, as children of Sri Lanka give back to our
country" will be launched in the schools in the Eastern, Western and
Sabaragamuwa provinces during the next few months.
Schoolchildren from the Southern Province participating in the
The objective of conducting the programme is to urge all Sri Lankans,
irrespective of their caste, creed and religion to help the country's
on-going and future development activities which will immensely help Sri
Lankans to stand as a proud nation among others in the world.
'Mother Sri Lanka' programme is conducted on the directive of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the programme activities are carried out
with the support of private sector organisations.
In an interview with the
Chairperson, 'Mother Sri Lanka' Foundation and Director, Strategy and
Perception Unit of the Presidential Secretariat, Janaki Kuruppu said a
recent programme was conducted in the Southern Province and children of
nearly 340 schools took part in several debates and dialogues in
connection with the programme.
"They made various suggestions and requested the officials to carry
out the programmes in the country for the benefit of future
She said "After the tsunami in 2004, we Sri Lankans helped each other
without considering their ethnicity, religion or the language to rebuild
each others' lives.She said the children of our country has the
responsibility to look after the smooth functioning of the country and
it is their duty to do whatever they could for the people. That is the
ultimate objective of launching the programme "Mother Sri Lanka".
Milk packets for IDP
On the initiative of Youth Affairs Minister Pavithra
Wanniarachchi,the National Youth Services Council (NYSC) has planned to
distribute over 100,000 milk powder packets for the benefit of displaced
children in camps in Vavuniya.
NYSC Chairman and Director General Bhaswara Senanika Gunaratne said,
these milk powder packets will be distributed through the 9,000 youth
clubs islandwide. Currently they are collecting the milk powder packets
in rural areas.A collecting centre at the National Youth Centre, High
Level Road, Maharagama, has been set up and donors can hand over their
contributions to the collecting centre.Collecting of milk powder packets
commenced at the Youth Affairs Ministry, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7
recently under the patronage of the Minister.
The milk powder packets collected by the Ministry from the employees
were handed over to the NYSC Chairman by the Minister.The milk powder
packets already collected will be distributed among IDP Welfare camps in
Vavuniya on May 16 by the NYSC.
Winners of Essay Competition- 'Learn
The winners of the essay competition 'Learn about America' conducted
by the American Centre in collaboration with the Junior Observer were
awarded prizes on April 27 at the American Centre Auditorium.
The winners received a gift pack of American literature along with a
lifetime membership to the American Centre Library/American Corners, and
a certificate signed by the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka at the award
of the Essay Competition held for January 2009 with Jeffrey
J. Anderson, Director, Press, Cultural and Educational
Affairs and Ms. Kathleen Fox, Assistant Public Affairs
Officer of the US Embassy, Colombo.L-R: Dinithi Vidushika,
Zafra Fuaiz, Rasa Hilmy, Ms. Kathleen Fox, Pakkiyarasa
Puviyalini, Jeffrey J. Anderson, Saheer Ahamed, Tharindu
Prasad, Chandima Weragoda, Nillasi Nisitha Liyanage and
Miyuki Chaya Subasinghe.
of the Essay Competition held for February 2009 L-R Shahana
Kanagaratnam, Brian Peter Zeegas, Anusha Nimrodh Perera, Ms.
Kathleen Fox, Samah Afrin, A. Careem, Jeffrey J. Anderson,
Samra Nazeem, Sandaruwani Karunaratne, Fathima Nuzla Nizar,
Pasan Malaka Randula Elapatha and Alavudeen Mohamed Sajith.