Prime Minister calls for urgent dialogue on terrorism

Wickremesinghe said that having experienced the horror of terror attacks, Sri- Lankans understand well the difficulties faced by the international community concerning atrocities of this nature. “As always, we have nothing but condemnation for such acts of violence. We believe that this incident highlights the need for an urgent dialogue on terrorism that must include steps in addressing it effectively,” the Prime Minister said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for urgent international dialogue on terrorism that must include steps in addressing it effectively.The Prime Minister said this in a message sent to Charles Michel, the Prime Minister of Belgium in which he expressed shock over the recent terror attacks that took place in Brussels. He added that the thoughts and prayers of all Sri Lankans are with Belgium as the country faces a period of national mourning. (Colombo Gazette) read more

International tourism to BC increasing with France in lead BC government

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 23, 2016 2:16 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 23, 2016 at 3:10 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – The British Columbia government says the number of international visitors to the province is increasing and France is in the top spot on a list of seven countries and regions.It says tourism to B.C. from France jumped by 33 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year.The government says there was a 15.5 per cent hike in tourists from Japan, which placed second, while Europe was at the bottom of the list, with 3.8 per cent more visitors.Almost 360,000 more international visitors came to the province in 2015, with the total number approaching five million people.The ministry is crediting its marketing strategy, along with the province’s aboriginal tourism sector and more direct flights to B.C. for the jump in visitors from outside Canada.It says B.C.’s tourism sector is growing despite fierce global competition for tourists and that the industry generated $14.6 billion in revenue in 2014. International tourism to B.C. increasing, with France in lead: B.C. government read more