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Exploring the Surf in Sri Lanka

Exploring the Surf in Sri Lanka

Exploring the Surf in Sri Lanka


Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka – Bethany Hamilton blames me. Repeating the visions of “Soul Surfer,” the 2011 movie about the young surfer in Hawaii who lost an arm to a tiger shark to return to competition, have left two small children and no fear in the ocean and excited sport.

So with air miles to save and holidays to burn my wife, two children and I went to Sri Lanka.

Best known for its tea and its tradition, the island was once called Ceylon has become a surf destination in the Asian scene next to the most famous of Bali breaks and the Maldives, although its surf spots are definitely more Clear and more discreet.

On the east coast of the country, generally avoided for a quarter of a century during the brutal 26-year civil war, the surfing scene has not gone long, decades ago, when the first Western surfers roamed the beach in search of Fresh water and plumbing.

The A.T.M. The machine that praised aloud and, for some reason, a light Scottish flag: “Please enter your PIN” and then, “What to do?”

What we wanted to do, after accumulating Rs quickly passed away from the southwest monsoon sweeping the west coast of Sri Lanka in the summer. Our destination was Arugam Bay. The coastal town is completely dry in summer, it is the surf capital of the country from April to October. Once the seasonal waves disappear, they return to their historic role as a tuna fishing port.

Jordan Griffin, a member of the New Zealand surfing team and a barista comes to Sri Lanka when his Bali visa is exhausted. He calls Arugam Bay “one of the best places in the world, maybe not for high-performance surfing, but for long boards.”

The long walks, the relative lack of surfers and the sensation of discovering a new border support the trip, he added.

“If I wanted strong waves, I would like to go to Western Australia. But it’s not really my concert,” he said. “This is Bali 20 years ago. This is a very special place to sail.”

As a beginner to surf, it seemed smooth. We decided to spend a week in “A-Bay” at the end of July, and another in the town of Weligama, south of the coast. Its sheltered bay, miles wide, also offers excellent conditions for beginners, and although the region captures a part of the times wet west, it can be surfed all year round.

For a relatively small island of 25,330 square miles, very few of Ireland, Sri Lanka has a very diverse climate. We landed in Colombo, the tropical capital.

A 230 mile journey that lasted seven hours – on these roads, the larger vehicles have the right of way – took us all over the island to Arugam Bay. With its acacia trees and golden lion grass, the bay area looks more like the tropical island of the South African island. Peacocks through dry rice fields on the outskirts of town, and sea breezes, once inside the interior, hot and dry air.

Arugam Bay is a roadside town lined with restaurants offering roasted national dish, rice and curry – a variety of dal, crispy popadums and curry of beef and veggies that contrasts with the generic name. It also has two dozen fronts, little more than concrete shells, where you can buy T-shirts or rent surfboards for about 500 rupees, or about $ 3.50 per hour.

Around 2 500 rupees will spend an hour with a personal instructor who works in the technique – and gives his advice an additional boost when he shouts “Get up!” Another pay 1,000 rupees for a tuk-tuk driver waiting for you during your lesson.

We look at Krishantha Ariyasena, President of Arugam Bay Surf Club, a group of instructors in bulk trying to coordinate a company that, in practice, is managed by the seat of their shorts.

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In Sri Lanka, Barriers Fall in a Land Marred by Bloodshed

In Sri Lanka, Barriers Fall in a Land Marred by Bloodshed


We had to cross the causeway leading to the Jaffna peninsula, on the North Vanni continent of Sri Lanka, when the colossus appeared: a pair of bronze hands, mounted on a pedestal, raising a model of this island nation in teardrop shape. A marble frieze on the wall surrounding the statue showed columns of troops and hull tanks passing swamps and Palmyres, spicy palm in northern Sri Lanka. I got out of the car in the torpeuse heat and walked around the monument, which dominates this strategic corridor known as the Elephant Pass.

It was here, in January 2009, that two divisions of Sri Lankan troops have pushed down the peninsula, which converges with two other divisions marching south to initiate a final offensive against the Tamil Liberation Tigers, also known Like the Tamil Tigers. “The gallant operation was launched under the direction of the President of the State … who was born to the grace of the nation,” said a plaque at the base of the statue, commemorating the hardline leader Sri Lanka in the Mahinda Rajapaksa. In an exaggerated language, his record pointed out that the troops had “crossed thickets, impassable walls, buzzing … and terrible traps … liberating this long road and destroying terrorism.”

Until a few years ago, this part of Sri Lanka was banned for foreigners. A civil war had crossed the peninsula of Jaffna and Vanni for almost 30 years, separating Tamil farts against the government of the Sinhalese majority country. The Tigers made devout suicide attacks on Sinhales strongholds in the south, including Colombo; Assassinated political leaders; And massacred Sri Lankan civilians. During the last five months of the conflict, government forces clashed in a relentless campaign to destroy the Tigers and their supporters, hospitals and bombing “Fire Zone No” including civilians and killing tens of thousands of people. In 2014, the government banned UN investigators to enter the country to investigate allegations of war crimes.

But in 2011, the pacified region, President Rajapaksa has begun to relax its strict security measures, allowing Sri Lankes South and foreigners.

Nowadays, tourists can explore the islands, beaches and villages that have not been exposed to visitors for decades; Intensify in the culture and history of the Tamils; And visit the museums of war, the old seals of some of the most famous guerrilla commanders; And the ancient battlefields. The Sri Lankan government has even turned some of those places into the locality, sometimes igniting Tamil sensitivities. “Enjoy the soothing holiday and cool breeze of the Laguna Nanthi Kadal,” says Edge Facebook page Laguna, a villa belonging to the military, overlooking a Vanni estuary where thousands of fighters and civilians have died in 2009 army assault .

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OCR - one of the largest review boards

OCR – one of the largest review boards

OCR – one of the largest review boards – had to apologize three times in two weeks for errors published in their exams

Two major exam boards apologized for including errors in their documents remotely level examinations.

The AQA board of trustees has been criticized for including an “unanswered” question in the chemistry document, OCR admitted an error in its A Level Biology article sat next to 19,000 students on Monday.

Biology candidates were asked to calculate a standard deviation but they have not received the necessary formula to do so as required by the examination program.

It is understood that the error in the chemical paper – taken by another 20,000 students – was similar in nature.

This is the third time in two weeks that OCR was forced to apologize for errors received by students and teachers in the exam room.

OCR apologized and said it would settle for any impact during the marking and classification.

Some students who submitted the AQA Chemistry document this week were told by supervisors to ignore the wrong question on paper.

In complaining about social media, however, many said that they had no doubt about what to do or were informed that once the review was already under way.

AQA said schools were informed before the error, which referred to a question in two points.

The question will be updated when it is marked, which means that all students will credit both marks, regardless of their response.

A spokesman for the regulator’s examinations, Ofqual, said: “We hope all documents are error-free.

“When mistakes are not identified prior to the exam, we expect review boards to do everything they can to minimize the impact on students.

“This is our immediate priority, and we are monitoring their actions. Once the results are transmitted, we carefully examine the reasons for the errors that occurred and act if necessary.”

The control body could not confirm whether there had been a perceived increase in paper test errors for candidates who participated in the tests this year.

The question implicitly mistaken by the character Theobald, the work of Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet, came from Montague’s family, when in fact it is Capulet.

And last week, the same advice was apologized for psychology issue A very pronounced level, which asked students to “calculate the average percentage of words.”

Students affected by the last error of the Commission have launched a petition to require that the limits are reduced grade.

OCR said in a statement: “To a question about document H420 / 01 Biological Biology An OCR (Question 20a, worth 3 points out of 100), the formula for the standard deviation does not make it proportionate.

“Some OCR counseling schools and teachers on the specification indicate that the candidates would receive it. OCR apologizes and resolve any impact during the marking and classification.”

A spokesman for AQA said: “This would not have happened and apologize.

“Each of our examination materials goes through a lot of checks, but unfortunately mistakes can sometimes happen.

“When they do, we always make sure the students do not lose and we have a team look at it now to find out how this happened.”

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The New York history professor left

The New York history professor left

The New York history professor left after exchanging test questions to a student who has shared details on Facebook.

A Bronx teacher has provided the questions of a history test prior to the test to a student who posted the information on his Facebook page, according to an official report.
The Special Investigation Commissioner’s report has been an allegation that Master Alyssa Palma inspected the Regents’ history examination of last year’s test and struck the unidentified student.
Palma was a master at the Envision Bronx Academy at the time of the incident.
The girl has posted the information on Facebook and urged her friends to share.
However, two students who saw the publication alerted another teacher.
According to the SCI report, which was seen by the NY Post, “They asked the teacher if it was possible for a student to know the questions in advance.
The teacher assured the students that there was no way to
Officials interviewed the student who has posted the information said he heard colleagues discuss the test on the bus.
However, the student’s brother said his sister teacher had called him twice on the morning of the exam.
Evidence of a cell phone linked to Palma supported the claim.

According to the report, “A student said that he has written the discussion questions on his Facebook page because he thought it would be useful for other students.”
Palma resigned shortly after the incident and has not been questioned by investigators because it could not be traced.
Education Ministry spokesman Michael Aciman said: “Ensuring academic integrity in our schools is essential, and the incident was reported and investigated.
It was confirmed that Palma no longer worked for the department or that he would be offered another teaching job in the future.