He waged his own battles to get that unique Don McCullin look By Yomal Senerath-Yapa View(s): View(s):Black and white is a world unto itself- a world where we’d all like to disappear into sometimes- away from the cacophony of colour. Yet few in our times have understood monochrome like the British photographer Sir Don McCullin. It was in the 1950s that McCullin captured the first of his many serendipitous shots (of which his life is a long succession). He takes a uniquely McCullin look at the English countryside around his home. He is lucky to have unique, dramatic monochromes recording most of his life- 60,000 of them in his home.
Mathews ruled out of South Africa Tests; could return for ODIs View(s):Angelo Mathews has been ruled out of the two-match Test series against South Africa later this month but could return for the limited over leg starting March 3. The Test series starts on February 13 in Durban. “He will certainly miss the Test series,” says Asanka Gurusinha, Chief Cricket Operating Officer at Sri Lanka Cricket. “I know they have got through the fitness Test but I am not quite sure whether these guys are quite ready to bowl long spells in Test cricket. While Suranga Lakmal expects to be ready for the Test series in South Africa, the other three have been ruled out from the series.
LNG contract: Ministry extends deadline for companies to counter Korean offer By Namini Wijedasa View(s): View(s):The Power and Energy Ministry extended for a second time the deadline for companies to counter a Korean bid for an offshore floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), pipeline and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Bidders have now been given until February 28 to submit counter proposals under the Swiss Challenge procedure for the project, which will serve the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). The Ministry initially advertised the contract in October last year, amidst political turmoil, granting prospective bidders just five weeks to apply. The decision to extend was influenced by pressure from the CEB, Ministry sources said. He said, while the contracts could be unbundled into two, the Korean proposal ensures that the CEB gets the FSRU and pipeline for free.
Doc990 operated by Digital Health (Pvt) Ltd, a joint venture between Digital Holdings Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., a subsidiary of Dialog Axiata PLC, has waived service fees for doctor channelling made via the Doc990 mobile app or www.doc.lk website. Doc990 is an integrated mobile and online-based solution that aims to provide essential medical services to customers, easily accessible via any device, including tablets and smartphones. The platform offers a range of medical services, including channelling doctor sessions at hospitals islandwide for physical consultations, the Tele-Doctor Service where consultants can be contacted over the phone, doorstep delivery of medication and access to lab reports at key laboratories via the Doc990 web portal. The initiative will provide customers with a hassle-free and user-oriented method of channelling doctors and accessing medical facilities. Doc990 services are available at over 90 hospitals.
Gamer.LK, an Esports and digital entertainment entity, organised a digital entertainment and technology expo for the second consecutive year - Dialog Play Expo Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Centre (SLECC) recently. The three-day expo showcased the latest technology and experiences available for digital entertainment enthusiasts and featured Sri Lanka’s largest Esports championship and the Colombo Comic Expo. SLCG was recognised as a ranked event by the Sri Lanka Esports Association (SLESA) of which the nine main Esports clans in Sri Lanka: Death Pact, Division Esports, Evox E-Sports, Maximum eSports, n00b Alliance, Phoenix Gaming, TECH Morph Gamers, Wolfgang e-Sports and Xiphos eSports took part in the tournament. Phoenix Gaming defended the overall championship title for the third consecutive year with Xiphos Esports and n00b Alliance securing the second and third places. Play Expo played host to the first eRacer Championship organised in association with TopGear.
Lanka Transformers Ltd (LTL) in a letter to the Business Observer states that the COPE report that the CEB should have received Rs 7.1 billion instead of Rs 6.9 billion as dividends was completely wrong. In the COPE report of 2016 quoted in the article, it is said that “The subsidiary companies (i.e. The COPE report statement that the CEB should have received Rs 7.1 billion instead of Rs 6.9 billion as dividends was completely wrong. We informed about this error in the COPE report to the CEB in 2016. That must have been a CEB matter in the COPE report inadvertently attributed to LTL in your article.
Dr. K. Kanag-Isvaran, PC will deliver the key note speech on the ‘Legal aspects in Trust Law in Sri Lanka’ at the seminar organized by KPMG Academy on ‘Use of Trust as a vehicle for tax planning’ at Movenpick Hotel, Colombo on February 13. Among tax planning techniques, use of trust to shelter taxes is a popular technique among the tax and legal experts. The presentations on tax matters will be by Associate Director – Tax and Regulatory, Ms Rifka Ziyard and Principal, Tax & Regulatory of KPMG, Suresh Perera. Law of Trusts in Sri Lanka is governed by the ‘Trust Ordinance No 9 of 1917’ and amendments thereto and as per Section 2 of the trust ordinance, which refers to the application of law “where there are no specific provision made under the ordinance or any other written law, shall be determined by the principles of equity for the time being in force in the High Court of Justice in England”. Taxation rules applicable for trusts have been aligned with common international rules in foreign jurisdictions.
An imposing unbeaten 151 from Shalin de Mel put S. Thomas’ College in a winning position as they left Mahanama College reeling at 55 for 7 after declaring at 395 for 5 in their match at Mount Lavinia yesterday. He hit 11 fours and seven sixes. S. Thomas’ 395 for 5 dec (Shalin de Mel 151 n.o., Sithara Hapuhinna 53, Maneesha Rupasinghe 82, Ravindu de Silva 35, Kalana Perera 39)Mahanama 55 for 7 (Kalana Perera 4 for 26, Dilmin Ratnayake 3 for 5)YK
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In a way this year Davos captured the uncertainties that face Globalization 4.0 that the Forum adopted this year as its main theme. Globalization 4.0Globalization 4.0 is broadly defined as connectivity of digital and virtual systems and ideas and services across borders. Davos tried to connect Globalization 4.0 to what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4). Under Globalization 4.0 if AI and robotics take over what humans do in the workplace the world will face a major socio-economic and political challenge. Globalization 4.0 is also seeking answers to other major challenges that Globalization 3.0 created.
CH struck to their plan well and smothered any dangerous moves by Kandy SC. CH began scoring in the seventh minute through a penalty put over by their ever reliable place kicker Samuel Maduwantha. Maduwantha missed with the conversion again but CH took the lead 16 points to 7 at half time. Kandy struck back soon after the turn around with Vishvamithra Jayasinghe scoring a grand try in the 45th minute. CH were not to be denied of more points when Maduwantha put over a penalty from 30 metres out.
The rupee appreciation during the past week will have a positive impact on the economy, an investment professional said. Sri Lanka’s rupee appreciated 1.88 percent in January 2019 to Rs. It was the highest ever exchange rate recorded against the US dollar, by Lanka’s rupee. The rupee depreciation is negative for any investor, the appreciation of the rupee as at present is a positive sign,” he said. The uncertainty of foreign investors investing in Sri Lanka’s rupee debt instruments has been removed with this move.
The charade of new constitution View(s):Predictable opposition has begun at the very mention of a “new Constitution”. The blunt reality is that there will be no new Constitution, at least not this year. The Executive Presidency itself was introduced by way of only an amendment to the 1972 Constitution. There is no reason to be shy of the number of Amendments to a Constitution. Limiting a carbon tax to vehicle emission is not enough.
Who is best to run the race? Still, there are some questions about your ability to run the race because you are involved in several high-profile cases that are now being heard on a daily basis. So, this is why, Chamal maama, on the day after Gota said ‘I’m ready, if you are ready’ you said ‘I’m also ready’. That message is that, no matter what happens, there will be one of the ‘R’s as the ‘pohottuwa’ candidate at the next election. It is all well and good for one of you to run the race this time around, but I hope you don’t have any ideas for a second term.
Welcoming the Chinese Year of the Pig View(s):Cinnamon LakesideCinnamon Lakeside’s Chinese Food Festival in celebration of the Chinese New Year, will kick off on January 25 and run until February 7 giving diners in Colombo an opportunity to savour over 90 dishes,inspired by China’s rich culinary heritage. The sumptuous buffet will also include 15 action stations serving popular Chinese specialty items, a Kung Fu noodles demonstration and a kebab counter. A Dim Sum Bar featuring 21 varieties of dim sum and pan-fried dumplings and 20 desserts with some unique ingredients is a highlight. The festival is on for dinner from 7 p.m.- 11 p.m. at the Long Feng terrace.For reservations call 011 249 1949. In addition, guests will be able to get into the spirit of the new year as the hotel welcomes local patrons and Chinese guests with an array of celebratory cuisine.
George ‘Midas’ Ondaatjie Appreciation View(s): View(s):He stood on the virgin beach of Nilaweli in July 1971 and cast his eyes beyond the sun bathed emerald waters into the horizon. Let’s do Nilaweli Beach right here.”In an instant George asked his driver to fetch a mammoty, dug the ground and symbolically laid the foundation for what became the first beach hotel in that backwater fishing village. It was one of the many great business decisions that George made prompted by his gut sense rather than resort to cumbersome analytics. That with sheer hard work and focused strategy and corporate integrity Mercantile Investments lives to carry the flag as one of the premier finance houses in the country is the legacy George ‘Midas’ Ondaatjie leaves behind. I was with George in his office, as his friend and then personal tax-advisor, when in the mid ‘70s the Tax department had launched a raid on Mercantile Investments.