12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 10 Best History Books You Will Ever Read 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Say, do you know the call sign of the pilot who found Han and Luke out in the frigid wastelands of ice planet Hoth? Do you know where Obi-Wan told Luke to find Yoda after the young commander escaped from the wampa? Do you know what Leia called Han after Chewie’s little snickering episode? Then guess what, friend? You’re a genuine Star Wars fan.Now, for the rest of you … do you hate being cold? Okay, that’s good enough.Diehard Star Wars fans and people who hate being cold, unite! Why? Because on December 8, 2017, Columbia Sportswear released a limited edition run of jackets inspired by the clothing worn by Luke, Leia, and Han in film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The three jackets in the Echo Base Collection — which are the Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket, the Leia Organa Echo Base Jacket, and the Han Solo Echo Base Parka, by the way — are superlative reproductions of the garments worn by Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford in the classic 1980 movie and will be a prized possession of anyone whose heart beats a bit faster when thinking about the epic battle of Hoth. They’re also going to be a bit hard to come by: true limited edition items, only 1,980 of each jacket were sold. (Get it? 1980? Like … like the year The Empire Strikes Back was released?)And now they are all gone. The coats sold out in something like ten minutes. No surprise there.Especially since these are genuine, high-performance coats that you could wear while patrolling Hoth via tauntaun or while skiing a mountain here on our planet (and in our time). You could also wear an Echo Base jacket (the Luke and Leia editions are actually jacket and vest combos, by the way) while walking your dog, bar hopping, or any of the other things you do other than skiing and/or battling the Empire and look pretty damn good.They have a style that is both retro, being inspired by the late 1970s and early ’80s, and current thanks to the cuts and fabrics. The exteriors are water-resistant; on the inside, the jackets feature Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Heat lining, which reflects your own heat back to you without compromising the breathability of the garment. This stuff works, people. It has kept me warm on mountains in multiple states, several countries, and two continents so far. (No extra-planetary use yet, because science.) The zippers, snaps, and other hardware are built to last even in harsh conditions.And now, you have your chance to get one of the least remaining unsold Luke Skywalker Echo Base Jacket’s. Just enter the giveaway below and hope the Force is with you. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations 7 Mountain Bike Destinations to Put On Your Bucket List
The Sri Lankan Government has reiterated that it will engage with the diaspora and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to take the lead in organizing a diaspora festival where persons of Sri Lankan origin from around the world in all possible fields could participate and explore means to work closely with Sri Lanka including in reconciliation and development efforts.This was stated by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera who just concluded a visit to Germany which was was focused on renewing relations with Germany, Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner in Europe, the Foreign Ministry said today. The Foreign Ministry said that the visit, which was his first as Foreign Minister, was focused on renewing relations with Germany, Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner in Europe, and resetting ties through greater cooperation in diverse fields including technical and vocational training for Sri Lanka’s youth, and expanding trade and investment. Emphasizing that Sri Lanka is an important partner for Germany in the region, Foreign Minister Steinmeier, assured Minister Samaraweera that steps would be taken to explore trade and investment opportunities. He also expressed Germany’s commitment to support projects for social cohesion and small and medium enterprises.Minister Samaraweera appreciated the continued German bilateral assistance for projects in Sri Lanka, including the German Technical Training Institute in Kilinochchi and other development projects in the country.Foreign Minister Samaraweera also held discussions with officials from the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftun and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and addressed the German Council on Foreign Relations on the topic, ‘Contours of a New Sri Lanka’. He also discussed possible future cooperation between the German Council on Foreign Relations and the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies. (Colombo Gazette) At the invitation of his counterpart, the Federal Foreign Minister of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera visited Berlin from 21st – 23rd May 2015. Minister Samaraweera’s meetings included detailed discussions with Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Vice President of the Bundestag Edelgard Bulmahn, Head of the German South Asian Group of Parliamentarians Niels Annen, the Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development of the German Bundestag chaired by Dagmar Gabriele Wöhrl and the Parliamentary State Secretary for Economic Cooperation and Development Hans-Joachim Fuchtel.Welcoming Minister Samaraweera to Berlin as one of the architects of change in Sri Lanka, Minister Steinmeier recalled their last meeting in March 2015, in Geneva, and reiterated the German Government’s commitment to support the Government and people of Sri Lanka in the ongoing efforts to strengthen democratic institutions, political and economic consolidation and reconciliation in the country. Minister Samaraweera noted that the new Government’s policy is to create sustainable growth by unlocking Sri Lanka’s long untapped economic potential through foreign direct investment, trade and tourism and rule-based systems. Highlighting Sri Lanka’s free trade agreements with India and Pakistan, he encouraged German businesses to explore the possibility of using Sri Lanka as a gateway to South Asia and the Indian Ocean. Speaking of people-to-people contact, and the large number of tourists from Germany who visit Sri Lanka every year, the Minister stated that “Sri Lanka has long been a paradise for German tourists and that we want Sri Lanka to now be a paradise for German investors”. Minister Samaraweera briefed Foreign Minister Steinmeier as well as the dignitaries that he met during his visit, regarding the Government’s achievements related to the ‘100-day Reform Programme’ in establishing good governance, the rule of law, strong democratic institutions, reconciliation, sustainable economic development, and in creating a new political culture devoid of divisive politics.He explained that the objective of the Government is to work together with the opposition even after the general election to shed divisive politics and unite in addressing issues of national importance including framing national policies that are necessary for the nation’s stable and sustainable development in the long-term, with prosperity for all. He emphasized the priority accorded by the Government to the achievement of the twin objectives of ‘reconciliation and development’ and the preservation of the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-lingual nature of society including ending impunity and corruption as articulated by the President on 19 May.Stating that the Government recognizes the importance of engaging with the diaspora, the Minister said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs intends to take the lead in organizing a diaspora festival where persons of Sri Lankan origin from around the world in all possible fields – business, the arts, literature, culture, academia and sports – could participate and explore means to work closely with Sri Lanka including in reconciliation and development efforts.