Sri Lanka calls for collective defence strategies among nations

He was speaking at the opening of an international defence conference, ‘Colombo Defence Seminar which was attended by President Maithripala Sirisena, local defence chiefs and defence officials from several other countries, including China. “This situation is seen increasingly interconnected and unpredictable in posing threats to national security. Electronic technology and connectivity further aggravates the situation. No country in solitude could counter the situation. Collective defence strategies among nations are vital to reach a pragmatic and appropriate response to a highly dynamic global security environment and anticipated future operational requirements. This calls for all nations to work together and formulate consolidated national security strategies in order to face modern adversaries whose actions are brutal, unpredictable and highly technological,” he said.Since its inception in 2011 with the participation of more than 160 distinguished scholars from 60 countries, the island nation’s annual international defence forum has grown into an internationally accepted round-table for interaction on matters pertaining to national, regional and international security. Sri Lanka on Monday called for collective defence strategies among nations to address global security concerns, the Asia Pacific Daily (APD) reported.Sri Lanka’s Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Kapila Waidyaratne said that all nations must work together and formulate consolidated national security strategies in order to face modern adversaries whose actions are brutal, unpredictable and highly technological. Waidyaratne said that the world is experiencing a diverse range of violence causing upheaval and distress among nations. The conference followed Sri Lanka’s successful defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009 after 30 years of war. read more

Prof hits national airwaves this Sunday in CBC quiz

Prof. Sharilyn Ingram’s knowledge of Canada will be tested on CBC Radio Sunday.Humanities professor Sharilyn Ingram will put Brock University on a national stage this weekend. She’s one of three academics who will duke it out in a pre-Canada Day quiz on CBC Radio’s flagship current affairs program, the Sunday Edition.The show was pre-taped with host Michael Enright earlier this month, though Ingram is sworn to secrecy about who prevails in the good-natured derby between herself, University of Calgary professor Rebecca Sullivan and Anthony Stewart of Dalhousie University.She says the experience was fun, if a bit nerve-wracking. The questions cover a broad range of topics, from history to geography and pop culture.“There are some very creative answers, and we all laughed a lot,” said Ingram, who teaches in the Centre for Studies in Arts and Culture. “The quiz was meant to be a light-hearted look at all things Canadian, and I think it lived up to this goal.”Staging a quiz with contestants in three different studios across Canada has its challenges. She said each contestant was asked to bring their own noisemaker to signal their attempt to answer.“I learned that it was most important to be the first to get the noisemaker going, and only then worry about whether you knew the answer – which accounts for some pauses, as well as some wild guesses.”Ingram ended up on CBC through a twist of fate. At a recent social event in Toronto, a producer for the program was mentioning the search for an academic who is a good fit for a pop-culture quiz on Canada. A friend of Ingram’s was present, and the rest is history.“One of my former employees said I would be perfect – never defeated in Trivial Pursuit.”The quiz will air June 24 during the show’s final hour, between 11 a.m. and noon, on 99.1 CBC Radio One. read more