Israel expects relations with Lanka to further deepen

Israel expects relations with Sri Lanka to further deepen and strengthen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.The new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Sri Lanka to Israel, Periyasamy Pillai Selvaraj presented his credentials to Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel. The Ambassador, escorted by a motorcade, was welcomed upon his arrival at the President’s Residence with a Guard of Honour and the playing of the National Anthems of both countries. The ceremonial event was held at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem where the Ambassador was accompanied by M.R.C.B. Ekanayake, First Secretary and Hemachandra Gamage, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Tel Aviv, Israel. Ambassador Selvaraj joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1994 and has served in Sri Lanka Missions in Moscow, Geneva, Washington DC and Canberra. He is a graduate of the University of Jaffna and obtained Postgraduate Diplomas from the University of Colombo and the National Institute of Education in Maharagama. He is a past student of St. Josephs College, Maskeliya and Highlands College, Hatton. (Colombo Gazette) Following the official ceremony, Ambassador Selvaraj presented credentials to President Reuven Rivlin. After the presentation of credentials, the President warmly welcomed Ambassador Selvaraj and wished him every success in his new assignment as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Israel. Ambassador Selvaraj, in his remarks, conveyed the warm greetings and best wishes of Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka which was warmly reciprocated. President Rivlin said the existing bilateral relations between Israel and Sri Lanka are excellent and expressed the confidence that the relations would be further deepened and strengthened during the tenure of the Ambassador.Ambassador Selvaraj expressed Sri Lanka’s deep appreciation to Israel for providing employment opportunities for Sri Lankan caregivers and agricultural workers in Israel. The Ambassador further said that Sri Lanka would like to enhance the existing close and friendly relations with Israel, and especially in the fields of tourism, agriculture, economy, investment and industry. During the discussion with the President, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the President’s Office were present. read more

Study of social media and television finds correlations between Tweets and tuneins

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Aug 6, 2013 10:29 am MDT The biggest study conducted to date indicates social media is having an effect on what viewers watch on television.Nielsen Research looked at the TV ratings of live events and Twitter activity for 221 prime time broadcast episodes, and found correlations between Tweets and tune-in surges.In general, it’s thought that strong TV ratings would yield more Twitter activity, but the study also found that the volume of Tweets drove up live TV ratings in 29 per cent of the episodes included in the study.According to the Nielsen report, TV viewers would change the channel specifically to live sports events. However, it did not follow the trend in all high-profile events.For example, despite strong Twitter activity, there wasn’t a ratings spike for Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong, nor was there one for the first airing of “Sharknado,” which had underwhelming ratings despite an explosion of Twitter conversation.Ad Age magazine points out that the Nielsen Study was not all encompassing, as it didn’t take age demos into account for either factor. Nielsen ratings|social media|study|Television|twitter Study of social media and television finds correlations between Tweets and tune-ins read more