More ex rebels released

A batch of 75 former LTTE members rehabilitated by the government were on Saturday released to their families in the northern Sri Lankan town of Vavuniya.“Out of the 12,000 sent for rehabilitation we have already released 11,000. Around 700 only remain to be released from four rehabilitation centres. There are also another 600 suspects in custody who would be sent for rehabilitation”, A Dissanayake, the secretary to the ministry of rehabilitation and prison reforms said. Dissanayake said President Mahinda Rajapaksa was keen to see the full completion of the rehabilitation process. Dissanayake said self-employment loans would be allocated to all rehabilitated former LTTE recruits. They were made to undergo language and vocational training during the rehabilitation process. (PTI)

Brock prof to speak at Big Freeze event

Brock University Earth Sciences Professor Francine McCarthy will be putting mastodons and their diet under the microscope during an upcoming presentation.McCarthy will be a guest speaker at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington on Feb. 19 as part of the Big Freeze exhibit.Her talk, entitled Where’s Dinner?, will examine the extinction of mastodons in response to postglacial vegetation change.McCarthy’s presentation will begin at 1 p.m.The Big Freeze exhibit runs until April 17 and includes a series of speakers on a variety of topics. For more information, visit the Royal Botanical Gardens website.