Floriculture export revenue could double with proper assistance-by Indunil Hewage Source:Dailynews An unprecedented increase in air freight rates to almost all destinations have badly affected the local Floriculture industry.   “Cut leaves, which accounts for over 50% of the local exports, were the worst affected and saw an immediate decline in exports. Though the rooted plant sector too saw its costs escalating due to high freight, survived the initial impact through negotiated price revisions and other productivity measures. The export of tissue culture plants was the least affected since the increase in freight component per plant was less due to the high number of plants per unit weight,” said Dilip de Silva Chairman/CEO Serendib Horticulture Technologies. The local growers supplying the local demand too suffered due to regular lockdowns and pandemic guidelines. Though the local demand for plants increased significantly, non-availability of market places such as, local plant exhibitions etc ...

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ECCSL, CBB to discuss post-Brexit opportunities in UK and Europe with intl. experts panel   Source:Ft   The UK’s exit from the European Union last year caused some significant shifts in trading relationships, not only between the UK and the EU, but also further afield. Some of these changes may not yet be fully apparent, as international commerce and trade have been severely impacted this past year by the global pandemic. As the pandemic recedes and global trade rebounds, will there be new opportunities for Sri Lanka? The UK is Sri Lanka’s second largest trading partner; however, adding together the countries of the European Union, the combined bloc is Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner. How is this being affected by Brexit? Will the UK look to grow trade with Commonwealth members?  Can we expect new opportunities with the European Union? This is the second event on Brexit to be jointly ...

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Value addition of heavy mineral sands in Sri Lanka-by M.S Roshan Akther   Source:Ft   Mining’ is defined as the extraction of valuable minerals from the earth and it is undertaken mainly by using two techniques, namely surface mining and underground mining. Surface mining is the most common type of mining (85% of all mining is surface mining), and is the only technique used for heavy mineral mining. Sri Lanka, despite being a small country, is well known for its non-metallic mineral resources. When evaluating the mineral resources of Sri Lanka, it is apparent that black sands or heavy minerals stand out as being the group that has the greatest potential to deliver globally significant production. As revealed from mineral investigations performed by the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, Sri Lanka’s mineral resource base consists primarily of industrial minerals. Of these industrial minerals, heavy minerals (mainly ilmenite, rutile, zircon, garnet, ...

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Home appliances from Hambantota Port Industrial Park in 12 months   Source:Ft The Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) has moved into top gear to accelerate the progress of its industrial park, combining its latest concept ‘HIPG Speed’ into the port’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). HIP with its partner Shenzhen Xinji Group with whom it recently signed an agreement will introduce the ‘plug and play’ concept soon and ‘HIPG Speed’ will play a vital part in its progress. Xinji Group Chairman Yang Lin said: “Our modern standardised factory set up will be ready to roll out the production of home appliances within a span of 12 months. The concept is to act as an incubator to support more enterprises, who will have a simplified entry into the Hambantota Industrial Park.” With a view to fast tracking the project’s progress, Port Investment Services has extended investor support services in tandem with the ...

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Classic Car Diaries: The Brilliant Bristol 401   we feature the Brilliant Bristol 401. A car embodying German engineering and Italianate styling, as well as the combination of aircraft building techniques and that hand-fettled British fit and finish, the Bristol 401 is truly a remarkable car. With its aerodynamic all aluminium body and BMW-derived hemi-head straight-six, it was the first 2-litre production saloon to hit 100mph. It is also laden with interesting design features both mechanical and cosmetic that made it very unique and extremely innovative for its time. The 401 is a very rare car and this particular car featured here is the only one in Sri Lanka, and holds a very special place in the heart of its owner who has maintained it in a very original condition. Listen to interesting stories and learn more about this unique machine straight from its proud owner. ...

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The Queen Of The Keyboard Winifred Atwell – by Patrick Ranasinghe                                        The Queen Of The Keyboard Winifred Atwell    1 Poor People of Paris 1958 2 Dixie Boogie 3 Five Finger Boogie 4 Black & White Rag Born in Trinidad Winifred Atwell learnt the Boogie Woogie  piano style from US servicemen during the war. One of her 1950s Black and White Rag became the theme tune for snooker programme Pot Black. left Trinidad in the early 1940s and travelled to the United States to study with Alexander Borovsky and, in 1946, moved to London, where she gained entrance to the  Royal Academy of Music. To support her education, she played rags at London clubs and theaters. She later said, “I starved in a garret to get onto concert stages.” Her stand up piano ...

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Multiple challenges associated with online education; Too many Cooks?   “Children’s education is among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world. Prolonged school closure and limited access to distant learning has deprived children of their universal right to education, particularly in poorer countries” –UNICEF By Raj Gonsalkorale The COVID pandemic has accentuated a disparity that already exists between facilities that are available for poorer children in semi urban and rural areas, and those in more urban and affluent situations. While standards of educational institutions are different to what they were some years ago, there are many schools amongst the nearly 12,000 schools in Sri Lanka which lack even basic teaching needs, and worse, even essential facilities like decent toilets, water, electricity and other amenities. Often what is taken for granted in an urban central school, is a luxury in many rural schools. Opportunities for a quality school ...

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Anusha to coach Mulgrave CC in Melbourne–by Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:dailynews Former Sri Lanka Fast Bowling Coach Anusha Samaranayake has signed with Mulgrave Cricket Club in Melbourne as Assistant Coach for the 2021 season. The 59-year-old veteran was earlier attached to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Coaching Department for over a decade. However, in 2016 he was suspended for two months by SLC because of match-fixing allegations. In August 2016, he was cleared but SLC did not seek his services thereafter. Samaranayake will join a set of former Sri Lankan cricketers, who are already part of the Mulgrave CC for the 2021/22 season. Former Sri Lanka Skipper T. M. Dilshan will be captaining the side while Upul Tharanga will be part of the side. In addition, former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya is the Head Coach of the club. ...

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