Sunday Island Newspaper 2013 feature – Vernon Corea’s links with the Commonwealth

Vernon Corea 1927-2002

The Sunday Island Newspaper in Colombo, Sri Lanka published a feature marking the 2013 birth and death anniversaries of Vernon Corea.

Vernon Corea’s Link with the Commonwealth
11th Death Anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Legendary Broadcaster

The death anniversary of the legendary Radio Ceylon/SLBC broadcaster Vernon Corea falls on the 23rd of September 2013. Vernon Corea’s 86th birth anniversary falls on the 11th of September this year. He was born in 1927 and died in 2002. People still remember the lovable radio personality who was one of the most popular English announcers of the Commercial Service of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation from the 1950s to the 1970s. Vernon Corea joined Radio Ceylon in 1956 and left the radio station as Director News of the SLBC in 1975. He has made a huge impact in the field of broadcasting in Sri Lanka.

Vernon was also the first ever presenter on the…

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CHOGM 2013: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Speech in Colombo

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott .

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott .

Your Royal Highnesses, Mr President, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen.

The Commonwealth spans 53 countries with 30 per cent of the world’s population, 20 per cent of the world’s land mass but just 15 per cent of the world’s GDP and it’s our job to improve that.

The Commonwealth is not a community of power, wealth, geography, religion or language, so much as a community of values.

We believe in democracy based on the rule of law.

We acknowledge Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth.

We share a legacy of British institutions and influence which all of us have adapted and improved in our own ways.

We are convinced that you don’t make new friends by losing old ones. We remain members of the Commonwealth because we believe that this dialogue helps us to come closer to being our best selves.

In Perth two years ago, Commonwealth members collectively agreed to important and timely reforms. We resolved to champion our central values more effectively and we boosted cooperation on important global issues such as food security and sustainable development.

The key achievement, though, was leaders’ agreement to develop a Commonwealth Charter. This Charter has since been tabled in many of the parliaments of the Commonwealth including the Australian Parliament.

The Charter expresses our principles and aspirations refined over 60 years of collaboration and development. It gives us a standard to judge our actions.

We also agreed that when the Commonwealth’s values are challenged, we should engage earlier and in a spirit of inclusion not isolation.

It’s a credit to the leaders and to the delegations present in Perth two years ago that this has been achieved.

Australia is proud to have played its part in the development of the Commonwealth Charter.

During the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth, we also considered how we could make the Commonwealth more effective as an organisation. Our Perth declaration on food security principles recognises that half of the world’s one billion hungry live in Commonwealth nations.

They are our people and they deserve better.

This will mean improving agricultural productivity and reducing barriers between food producers and markets. It means allowing markets to develop freely and naturally.

Also in Perth, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Trust was launched, honouring Her Majesty’s lifetime of duty and service.

This trust has already raised more than £100 million from across the Commonwealth. This will be deployed in the fight against avoidable blindness across the Commonwealth and to support our young leaders.

As the outgoing chair, Australia looks back on the work of the past two years with satisfaction but not complacency, because each achievement sets up the need for the next one.

Australia thanks its Commonwealth friends for their support and help during our term as Chair in Office.

Finally, I acknowledge Sri Lanka as our host and as Commonwealth Chair for the next two years. This country has emerged from many troubles. But with peace has come more freedom and more prosperity – so we are here to praise, as much as to judge.

There are examples in the Commonwealth, in South Africa and Ireland, for instance, where intractable problems have finally responded to the better angels of our nature.

Sri Lanka’s willingness to host this Commonwealth shows its commitment to democratic pluralism and freedom based on law and ought to reassure all its citizens that just as today is better than yesterday, tomorrow will be better than today.

My friends, this Commonwealth can make a difference in many corners of the world, for example encouragement and the instinct to find common ground wherever possible, based on shared values.

May these days of discussion foster all our best instincts.

CHOGM 2013: Commonwealth Youth Forum – Heal The World – the moving song from Sri Lanka’s Disability Community

CHOGM 2013 will be held from 10-17 November 2013 in Colombo Sri Lanka

CHOGM 2013 will be held from 10-17 November 2013 in Colombo Sri Lanka

CHOGM 2013

CHOGM 2013

The Commonwealth Youth Forum 2013 in Hambanthota, Sri Lanka.

The Commonwealth Youth Forum 2013 in Hambanthota, Sri Lanka.

The differently abled moved people to tears with their version of the Michael Jackson classic 'Heal The World,' sung at the Commononwealth Youth Forum Opening Ceremony at CHOGM 2013.

The differently abled moved people to tears with their version of the Michael Jackson classic ‘Heal The World,’ sung at the Commononwealth Youth Forum Opening Ceremony at CHOGM 2013.

This is probarbly the most moving song to come from CHOGM 2013 – from the Commonwealth Youth Forum. Members of Sri Lanka’s disability community – including those with autism – sing the Michael Jackson song, ‘Heal The World.’ This song should be watched by Commonwealth Leaders, CHOGM 2013 delegates and people around the world. It is an inspiring performance. It will move you to tears.

Please share this link with people around the world including Commonwealth Leaders and delegates at CHOGM 2013 so that they too will see this moving rendition of ‘Heal The World’ –

https://vernoncorea.wordpress.com/category/heal-the-world-commonwealth-youth-forum-at-chogm-2013/

CHOGM 2013: Edward Harper Chief Engineer of the Central Telegraph Office in Colombo in 1921

A Call has gone out for Edward Harper to be honoured at CHOGM 2013 - the Commonwealth Heads   of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka in November 2013.

A Call has gone out for Edward Harper to be honoured at CHOGM 2013 – the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka in November 2013.

Edward Harper the Father of Broadcasting of Ceylon lived in Colombo from 1921-1931.

Edward Harper the Father of Broadcasting of Ceylon lived in Colombo from 1921-1931.

Edward Harper was Chief Engineer at the Central Telegraph Office in Colombo in 1921.

Edward Harper was Chief Engineer at the Central Telegraph Office in Colombo in 1921.

Edward Harper, the ‘Father of Broadcasting in Sri Lanka,’ worked from the Central Telegraph Office building in Colombo from 1921 – 1931. His broadcasting experiments resulted in the founding of the oldest radio station in South Asia called Radio Ceylon now the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. A call has gone out for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Prime Minister David Cameron to acknowledge Edward Harper’s immense contribution to world broadcasting.

Britain's Prime Minister here with Sri Lanka's High Commissioner in the UK, Dr. Chris Nonis, will be flying to Colombo to attend CHOGM 2013. He has been asked to acknowledge the broadcasting efforts of a GREAT BRITON, Edward Harper.

Britain’s Prime Minister here with Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in the UK, Dr. Chris Nonis, will be flying to Colombo to attend CHOGM 2013. He has been asked to acknowledge the broadcasting efforts of a GREAT BRITON, Edward Harper.

CHOGM 2013: The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, formerly known as Radio Ceylon is the oldest radio station in South Asia.

CHOGM 2013: The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, formerly known as Radio Ceylon is the oldest radio station in South Asia.

CHOGM 2013: SriLankan Airlines fly in Commonwealth officials and media into Colombo

 

Commonwealth Leaders will be attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo from 10th - 17th of November 2013.

Commonwealth Leaders will be attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo from 10th – 17th of November 2013.

CHOGM 2013: SriLankan Airlines fly in CHOGM officials, Commonwealth broadcasters and journalists into Colombo.

CHOGM 2013: SriLankan Airlines fly in CHOGM officials, Commonwealth broadcasters and journalists into Colombo.

The SriLankan Airlines fleet gets ready to welcome Commonwealth leaders for CHOGM 2013 in Colombo.

The SriLankan Airlines fleet gets ready to welcome Commonwealth leaders for CHOGM 2013 in Colombo.

Hundreds of officials, delegrations are preparing to fly to Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting – CHOGM 2013. Here is a short film on SriLankan Airlines who will be flying in many officials from around the world who will be in Colombo from 10th – 17th November 2013. All SriLankan Airlines aircraft have the CHOGM 2013 logo.

CHOGM 2013: Clifford Dodd’s massive contribution to the Commercial Service of Radio Ceylon (SLBC)

Vernon Corea 1927-2002

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will fly into Sri Lanka to attend CHOGM 2013 – the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo from 10th – 17th November 2013. Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be flying into a country where a fellow Australian did so much for broadcasting in Sri Lanka. This great Australian is Clifford Dodd who was a first class radio administrator. Clifford Dodd was sent to Ceylon under the Colombo Plan.

The Colombo Plan is a regional organization that embodies the concept of collective inter-governmental effort to strengthen economic and social development of member countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The primary focus of all Colombo Plan activities is on human resources development.

Formally, the organization was born out of a Commonwealth Conference of Foreign Ministers, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in January 1950. At this meeting, a plan was established to provide…

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CHOGM 2013: Prince Charles, David Cameron, William Hague urged to honour Edward Harper’s huge contribution to Broadcasting

Vernon Corea 1927-2002

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague are preparing to fly to Colombo to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka from the 10th-17th 2013. Prince Charles will officially open CHOGM 2013 on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

People are calling on them to honour the huge contribution to world broadcasting by a GREAT BRITON, Edward Harper who is known as the Father of Broadcasting in Sri Lanka. Edward Harper was appointed Chief Engineer of the Ceylon Telegraph Office in Colombo and stayed in the city from 1921-1931.

He had a passion for broadcasting and started the first ever broadcasting experiments on the island using a wireless from a captured German submarine in 1921. That year Edward Harper founded the Ceylon Wireless Club in Colombo with Ceylonese radio enthusiasts. Those early experiments were crucial.

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