Coffee brews herbal remedies By Sunimalee Dias View(s): View(s):Coffee is a reminder of the aroma of a wonderfully brewed drink that is so unique and now that has been given a new name with a herbal addition by a new Sri Lankan entrepreneur looking to attract a niche market for her beverage. The addition of cardamom, coriander and ginger to the coffee has been the blend of making Ceylon Herbal Coffee by Gayathri Yapa who has perfected the art of producing a drink that is said to have healing qualities with the ability to refresh the system. With the market inundated with a host of herbal teas, Ms. Yapa realised the potential for her favourite brew to make its mark as the coffee with herbal qualities and ingredients that would ensure a healthy lifestyle for consumers. This coffee product is not supposed to become “just another coffee product” she observed adding that every Saturday she markets her product at the Good Market with some people offering to purchase her product after tasting its goodness. “Whenever I go out I love to drink herbal – I really love that herbal taste,” Ms. Yapa said.
Ragama Hospital launches kidney transplants By Kumudini Hettiarachchi Getting a kidney from her mother, Ishika will be home for Avurudu View(s): View(s):It is not a first, but it is a dire need. The mother has donated one of her kidneys to her daughter, in this first living donor kidney transplant performed at the Ragama Hospital, which already has a strong liver transplant programme. It was the first living donor kidney transplant at the Ragama Hospital, while two weeks before that Dr. Aruna Weerasuriya had performed a transplant with a kidney from a deceased (cadaveric) donor. With a non-communicable disease (NCD) including diabetes epidemic gripping the country, in some areas Chronic Kidney Disease prevalence may be closer to the 10% mark, according to him. This is while Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown aetiology (CKDu) has a high prevalence in the North Central, North Western and Uva Provinces.
IFS net revenue soars beyond $600m in 2018 View(s):Global software firm IFS has closed the 2018 fiscal year with record-making growth that has seen it outpace its peers by a factor of three. The company announced that net revenue was up 23 per cent YoY. Cloud and SaaS revenue increased +300 per cent YoY. licence revenue +22 per cent YoY, maintenance revenue +13 per cent YoY, and consulting revenue +10 per cent YoY. 2018 also saw the launch of key products, including IFS Applications 10, IFS Field Service Management 6, and SaaS-based solutions in the IFS Aerospace and Defence product line.
Wellalage stars as Josephians outwit Thomians View(s):The Thomian run of success in this year’s tournaments was brought to an unexpected end when the Josephians came up with an stunning performance to defeat them by 53 runs on first innings at the Royal College grounds. Josephians all-rounder Dunith Wellalage produced a brilliant performance with bat and ball to crush Thomians hopes. To begin with he mesmerized the Thomian middle order on his way to bagging 5 for 45 in 15 overs. In fact his 88 runs consumed only 104 balls with the runs coming almost at break-neck speed. Save for skipper Sithara Hapuhinna who made a splendid 117 off 127 balls with 21 fours and a six, the other batsmen notably Ryan Fernando, Ravindu de SIlva and Delon Peiris got starts but failed to go on.
New baggage security checks next year at BIA By Sunimalee Dias View(s): View(s):Sri Lanka’s international airport at Katunayake will be falling in line with the globally accepted baggage check-in systems by mid 2020. It will adopt the worldwide accepted system of inline baggage handling system where the baggage of passengers passes a security check at only the airline check-in point, an airport official told the Business Times. The hi-tech system is expected to speed up the pre-departure process without compromising security and ensure a smooth transfer of baggage from passenger to plane. In case of a breach of security if baggage were likely to contain some suspected items, then the baggage could be subject to a manual check as well. However, the new system once deployed would ensure not just less procedures to passengers but also a speedy baggage security check.
Asian Football retains the Sheikh at its helm; Sri Lanka must make its passes count! View(s):As destined, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa was re-elected President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in absentia. For the die-hard Sri Lanka Football fan though, this hoopla will only leave a bad taste in the mouth. If the teams are well structured and properly motivated, before long, Sri Lanka Football fans will see a definite upsurge in performance. If the gentleman at Football House are humble enough to learn, they will finally make the right passes forSri Lanka Football.
Children’s movie highlighting the value of education By Susitha Fernando ‘Iskoleta Mang Awa’ View(s): View(s):Children’s film ‘Iskoleta Mang Awa’, the maiden film direction by film writer Prasad Samaratunga, is now being screened at MPI circuit cinemas around the country. It highlights the importance of education and teaches the lesson that one’s only way out of poverty and destitution is a sound education. The musical score of ‘Iskoleta Mang Awa’ is by Udara Samaraweera and playback songs are sung by Kusal Weeraman to lyrics penned by Sanka Samarappuli. Prasad has earlier written screenplays and lyrics for songs and has been a cinema journalist for a long time. The film is now being released at Ritz Borella, Skylite Malabe and many theatres around the country.
Players sign performance based World Cup contract, after initial resistance By Champika Fernando View(s): View(s):A new World Cup payment structure introduced by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) initially met with some resistance from senior players but, with little bargaining power given their dwindling performance in the ODI format, they signed the contracts this week. With nine matches in the first round, the players could substantially increase their earnings based on their performance in the tournament. If they manage to secure a place in the semis, the players will receive an additional payment of US$ 200,000. The players weren’t happy with the proposed payment structure but had little power to bargain. According to sources, the Board had paid a participation fee of US$ 1.6 million for the last World Cup in 2015 and US$ 500,000 for the Champions Trophy in England.
View(s): View(s):Quality, availability, cost, safety and numerous other aspects of transportation infrastructure and services are some of the most discussed topics. According to published data (see Table 1 below), infrastructure and service providers have performed well between 2012 and 2017. Infrastructure and service providers, private and public, are not favoured anywhere in the world. Responsiveness and accountability are now standard measures of performance of staff and service providers in most countries. Sri Lankan infrastructure and service providers must also undergo some fundamental organisational and attitudinal changes and drop the piecemeal solutions of the past for more comprehensive and sustainable solutions.
Power crisis: Top official tampers with committee report By Anthony David View(s): View(s):A three-member ministerial committee tasked to make urgent recommendations to end the power crisis has found that alterations have been made to its report by a senior official of the Ministry of Power and Energy. Such a move, the Sunday Times has learnt, has triggered questions on whether the alterations were intended to promote certain business interests under the cover of the power crisis. The ministry official had added other barge-mounted power projects. It is not clear whether the official included these changes on his own or at the insistence of political leaders. At least, one committee member had refused to sign the report, forcing the Ministry official to revert to the original recommendations.
Unbeaten Joes the standout team after Round I Singer Schools League Rugby - Round 2 View(s): View(s):The Round II match schedule of the Singer Schools Under-19 League Rugby Championship was released by the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) with the kickoff date set for April 20. Defending champions Royal College, however, will make sure not to repeat the same mistake they made against St. Peter’s College in Round I. LaviniaWesley vs St. Joseph’s at Longdon Place April 27: St. Peter’s vs Trinity at Bambalapitiya April 28: Science vs Royal at Mt. Lavinia May 11: St. Peter’s vs St. Joseph’s at BambalapitiyaTrinity vs Royal at PallekeleScience vs Wesley at Mt. Lavinia May 17: Royal vs Isipathana at Royal ComplexS. Thomas’ vs Trinity at Mt.
Sirisena, Ranil in air war over Rupavahini chief View(s):Some bureaucrats are calling it the “air wars” – the tussle between the President’s Office and the Prime Minister’s Office – over Rupavahini, the national television broadcaster. The event was headed by President Sirisena. When they went to see him in the President’s upstairs office, President Sirisena was engaged in a conversation with United National Party (UNP) deputy leader Sajith Premadasa. This week, President Sirisena also met all heads of state media. As President Sirisena has publicly declared, the media portfolio was removed from Minister Samaraweera after a request from Prime Minister Wickremesinghe.
Lanka to double air space rates, landing and other charges View(s):The Government is planning to increase the rates for use of Sri Lanka’s air space by international airlines and other flights, ground handling and waiting charges. The minister said Sri Lanka’s charges had not been revised in the past few decades mainly due to the war. He said a study had revealed that Sri Lanka could be more competitive and, therefore, was now in a position to revise the charges and earn more revenue. At present, Sri Lanka charges from US$ 100 to US$ 250 for aircraft flying over Sri Lanka, depending on the size of the planes. At present, Sri Lanka earns US$ 13 million a year.
Wishing you a Prosperous New Year and a Successful Educational Journey from NCHS! Therefore NCHS is happy to offer you a plethora of educational opportunities for a blessed new year! Furthermore, the California State partnerships will enable Sri Lankan students to study in California after completing the first two years in Sri Lanka. NCHS has therefore affiliated with the California State University Monterey Bay, California State University San Marcos, California State University Bakersfield, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, California State University Fresno, California State University Humboldt and the State University of New York at Albany. Student loan facilities at special interest rates are also on offer to help students pursue their higher education at NCHS.
In New Year messages, leaders highlight virtues of tradition View(s):President Maithripala Sirisena has expressed concern over traditions associated with the National New Year becoming submissive to market mechanisms. I wish the dearest people of this country as well as Sri Lankans living abroad a peaceful and prosperous New Year. Symbolising the Sri Lankan heritage, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrated has a lot of significance socially. Cleaning households and starting work with family members at auspicious times would bring good and positive beginnings to a person. Wishing that this example becomes a base to create a stronger and prosperous nation, I wish all Sri Lankans a peaceful, prosperous and happy, New Year!