Following the Credential Ceremony Wijesekera met the President of the Czech Republic, Deputy Foreign Minister and Director of the Department of South Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chief of Protocol of the President Office and the Deputy Head of the Office of the President at the Brozik Room. The Director of the Political Department of the Foreign Ministry mentioned that Sri Lanka does not at present have Hony. Consul in Prague and urged that early steps be taken to appoint one.President Ziman also assured the Ambassador that the Czech Republic is favourable towards the European Union restoring the GSP concession to Sri Lanka. He also indicated interest in promoting cultural ties between the two countries particularly in the study of Buddhism. (Colombo Gazette) At the Discussion which followed President Miloz Ziman wanted his greetings conveyed to President Maithripala Sirisena and indicated that he hopes to visit Sri Lanka in the latter part of 2017 with a large business delegation in order to promote economic diplomacy. President of the Czech Republic Miloz Ziman has urged Sri Lanka to establish a Sri Lankan Embassy in Prague.Priyanee Wijesekera, Ambassador Designate of Sri Lanka to the Czech Republic presented her Credential to President Miloz Ziman at the office of the President in the Prague Castle. Ambassador Wijesekera acknowledged with appreciation the assistance given by the Czech Republic to Sri Lanka in the past.President Ziman also proposed that Sri Lanka should establish a Embassy in Prague particularly as there is much interest among Czech tourists in visiting Sri Lanka.
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Horizon Utilities chief conservation officer Brian Smith, Tom Saint-Ivany, associate vice-president, Facilities Management, and David Balasiak, project manager, Campus Planning, Design and Construction, hold a provincial energy rebate cheque for more than $138,000. Brock University’s commitment to energy efficiency has a resulted in a rebate of more than $138,000 from a provincial program.Brock received the money Monday after completing six lighting retrofit projects that qualified for the saveONenergy Equipment Replacement Incentive Initiative rebate through the Ontario Power Authority and Horizon Utilities.Horizon Utilities chief conservation officer Brian Smith said Brock has been a great partner in committing to energy efficiency projects.“(They) will not only benefit the students here, but the community at large,” he said before presenting Brock with a cheque for $138,662.30 at Monday’s Senior Administrative Council meeting.Two of the projects that met ERII criteria included replacing fixtures and lamps in the Aquatic Centre and campus-wide, and replacing almost 6,000 old fluorescent ballasts and lamps, especially important in older areas of the campus.“The newer lamps offer a better quality of light, a whiter colour, lower operating costs and longer life too, ” said David Balasiak, Brock project manager, Campus Planning, Design and Construction. “(That) results in lower maintenance costs since our electricians won’t have to change failed lamps or ballasts as often.”