Sri Lankas Marini de Livera receives Women of Courage award from Melania

Ms. De Livera chaired the committee that drafted the amendments to the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. She has lectured law in Sri Lanka, the UK, and the Seychelles.US Secretary Pompeo hosted the awards at the State Department while First Lady Melania Trump delivered special remarks at the ceremony.Now in its 13th year, the Secretary of State’s IWOC Award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. Marini de Livera is the Founder and Chairperson of Sisters at Law. She uses the visual arts and drama to create legal literacy among the public. Since the inception of this award in March 2007, the State Department has recognized more than 120 women from more than 65 different countries. U.S. diplomatic missions overseas nominate one woman of courage from their respective host countries. The finalists are selected and approved by senior Department officials. (Colombo Gazette) She has her own street theatre group that travels around the country performing plays related to human rights issues. Ms. De Livera has also worked as a Human Rights Trainer for the army, police, public officials, and grassroots leaders.She is the former chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority. She has been a member of the Steering Committee on the Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers, the Prisons’ Reforms Committee, and the National Committee on Women. A crusader against child exploitation in Sri Lanka who offers pro bono legal services to child victims of crimes was on Thursday awarded the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award by US First Lady Melania Trump.Marini de Livera was among 10 women to receive the Annual International Women of Courage Award at an event held in the US. read more

William Shatner says a nice big donation can settle Hamilton condo

William Shatner is asking condo developer Brad Lamb to make a sizable donation to his charity after the Star Trek star’s name was used to advertise a condo unit in Hamilton.Last week, the Montreal-born actor called out Lamb on Twitter for using his name and caricature likeness in brochures to sell the million-dollar unit. Mr. @BradJLamb it has come to my attention you are using my name & caricature likeness in your brochures to sell real estate. You are also using the name & likeness of @hwinkler4real & others I do not recall giving you permission to use my name or likeness— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) November 22, 2017Lamb later issued a statement saying his intention was to pay tribute to the stars and that his company was making every effort to remove references to Shatner and the other celebrities from promotional material.But Shatner tweeted late Monday, “Removing my name doesn’t exonerate you for damages for using my brand in a commercial venture. I understand you are a kind gentleman; let’s settle this like gentlemen.”He then proposed Lamb give “a nice big donation” to Shatner’s charity in lieu of having to talk to his laywers.Television City is a $360-million project by the Lamb Development Corporation which includes plans to build two connected towers at Jackson and Caroline streets. It’s set to take over the current home of CHCH TV studios, however, CHCH TV is not involved in the development. read more