Grace Asiriwatham to take over as Sri Lankas envoy to EU

Grace Asirwatham has served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Nepal and The Netherlands and in other positions in Sri Lanka missions in Germany and Pakistan. Since October 2017 she has held the post of state secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Colombo Gazette) Rodney Perera has been the Sri Lankan ambassador to Luxembourg, Belgium and the European Union since August 2014. He has previously served as ambassador to Italy and Norway. He is very familiar with the United States, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Toledo, Ohio, and a master’s in international relations from the Columbia University, New York. The announcement of the nominations was made on 2 September, with Sri Lankan foreign ministry sources cited as saying that both appointments will come into effect from next month. Grace Asiriwatham is to take over as Sri Lanka’s envoy to the EU, reports said today.Asiriwatham will fill the post left vacant when incumbent Rodney Perera moves to be the next Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, the Delano website reported. read more

New cars purchased in 2009 equipped with active safety system

Within the first six months of 2009, nearly 60% of newly registered passenger cars in the UK featured the Electronic Safety Program (ESP) active safety system. ESP offers benefits to driving in hazardous conditions, when roads can be wet, snowy or icy. It can reduce the number or severity of crashes which lead to skidding or overturning. The program compares the driver’s steering input to the actual direction in which the vehicle is moving. If the vehicle understeers or oversteers, ESP reacts immediately by directing specific braking pressure at individual wheels allowing the car to steer as the driver intends.Europe regards ESP as an important safety feature. An EU regulation passed in 2009, and taking effect from November 2011, stipulates that all new passenger car and commercial vehicle models must be equipped with this active safety system. In February 2009, Euro NCAP launched its latest car safety rating scheme, the first update to the rating system since 1997. The new rating scheme has one overall star rating per vehicle tested and includes an extra element focusing on safety assistance. A vehicle cannot reach a top rating unless it is equipped with ESP.The UK motor industry is aware of vehicle and road safety concerns and each manufacturer is developing advanced safety systems to protect drivers in the event of an accident. Further research and technological progress by industry is expected to refine safety tools such as the new generation of airbag restraint systems, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and electronic stability control. Vehicles today are safer than ever before and these new improvements will make for an even safer future. To learn more about UK road safety, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more