Prime Ministers office denies misusing office

The Prime Minister’s office said that the MOU was signed at the Prime Minister’s official residence and that his residence can be used for his personal work. In the letter to Transparency International Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister’s office also said that the MOU was based on the work to be carried out by the United National Front after the August 17 Parliament election.The Prime Minister’s office also said that legal opinion had also been sought before the MOU was signed to ensure election laws were not violated. (Colombo Gazette) The office of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesighe has denied allegations that the office has been misused for election propaganda work.Transparency International Sri Lanka had written to the Elections Commissioner stating that the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) between the United National Party (UNP) and the political parties in the United National Front for Good Governance, was signed at the Prime Minister’s office at Temple Trees and that this was a violation of election laws. However in a letter to Transparency International Sri Lanka, the Prime Minister’s office said that the allegations were baseless. read more

Alma Deutscher 11yearold music prodigy wins standing ovation for her first fulllength

first_imgThe 11-year-old has previously been compared to a “mini Mozart”, in recognition of her early talents, but has insisted: “I think for me it’s more interesting to be Alma.”She began her musical career at the age of two when her parents noticed her interest in a Strauss lullaby.At three she was playing a toy violin, composing pieces for the piano at four and writing a full sonata at six.She finds much of her musical inspiration while skipping.Representatives for Miss Deutscher said it was too early to confirm whether the two-and-a-half-hour opera will make its way to a British stage in the future. The opera, Cinderella Alma Deutscher now hopes to take her opera worldwide  “I hope that after this performance, it will be performed all around the world, that everyone will want to put it on and everyone will want to know it.”When asked about her future plans, on Radio 4’s Today programme, she added: “After Cinderella, I want to write my piano concerto, because I’ve written the third movement but I’ve got to finish the second movement.“I’m also writing a book now and I want to publish it, and make it into a film, and then I want to write music for the film.”Her opera tells the story of a young composer, Cinderella, whose poetic prince falls in love with a melody she wrote, vowing to track her down. Miss Deutscher playing the violin aged eight Miss Deutscher playing the violin aged eight The opera, Cinderella An 11-year-old British music prodigy received a standing ovation for her first full-length opera, after it premiered in Vienna, as she speaks of her hopes of taking the show around the world.Alma Deutscher, a composer, pianist and violinist, began working on Cinderella three years ago, and performed it under the eye of conductor  Zubin Mehta on Thursday night.The show, which the Telegraph awarded four stars, received a warm response from its audience of 300, with Miss Deutscher now exploring plans to take it elsewhere.“Of course I’m extremely proud,” she said . “If anyone had told me a few years ago that my opera would be put on in Vienna, I would have thought it was a joke. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Alma Deutscher now hopes to take her opera worldwide  Her wicked stepmother is played as the over-the-hill director of an opera house, while her step-sisters are “pompous prima donnas”.The schoolgirl composer also appears in the German-language opera, playing musical interludes on the piano and at one point accompanying Cinderella on the violin at the Vienna’s Casino Baumgarten theatre.German media describe her as a “Wunderkind”.Miss Deutscher, who lives with her parents in Dorking, Surrey, has proclaimed herself “extremely excited” about the performance at Vienna’s Baumgarten palace, saying she had dreamt about how it’s going to look like on the stage.last_img read more