Vale Mario Pieris, who lived a full life – By Lawrence Machado Vale dear friend, Mario Pieris. I cannot believe you are gone so soon. You were always the cheeky but reliable altar server at St Lawrence’s Church, Wellawatte. Father of four, Mario, died peacefully in a Seattle hospital yesterday. We served many times together for the daily, Sunday, Christmas, Easter, and feast days, which were so special to us. You were the very popular bell ringer when we went for our Madhu pilgrimage with St Lawrence’s in the seventies. You were later the handsome charmer and talented sportsman at St Lawrence’s youth club before going on to be a flamboyant rugby star, helping St Joseph’s College, Colombo, re-establish themselves as a highly-respected side. You were also a top Scout leader at college. I am glad we caught up in Sri Lanka many moons ago and spent time together reminiscing about old ...

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The catapult on Sunday – by Arlen van der Wall The Sri Lankan Buddhist had an admirable compassion for other life forms. So the catapult became a ‘stealth’ weapon. It had to fit a little boy’s pocket in a way that allowed rapid deployment. When the tailor skimped on material, it had to be stored inside your shirt. But that never felt right. A cowboy with a six gun stuck in his waistband, never met the aesthetic demands of a 9 year old comic addict. You knew he was doomed. A pult inside your shirt felt the same. Much of the pleasure of seeing fear in the eyes of the neighbourhood dogs came from a pult properly stored. When you had to venture out in your Sunday best, no matter how deep the pockets, the dogs gave you hell. Either they knew Sunday clothes or had X Ray eyes. In these moments you shared a ...

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Holistic Goal-Setting Workshop at Swathi Women’s Inspiration Group – by Uma Panch Swathi is a vibrant not-for-profit women’s inspirational group based in Sydney. Over the past 10 years, they have been focusing on inspiring, developing and empowering women to become strong, happy, and content individuals with a balance in their lives. They believe that “A happy woman creates a happy family which translates into a happy world.” Swathi Women’s Inspirational Group recently invited Uma Panch as a guest speaker to facilitate a Holistic Goal-Setting Workshop. Uma shared the best practices to align our goals with our core values, setting attainable goals, and developing a go-getter mindset for a successful and happy life. The engagement level was incredible, and the participants left positive and happy reviews about their experience. All participants received a Holistic Goal-Setting Worksheet and a highly insightful eBook – How To Keep Stress Level Down When Time Gets Tough. Three participants ...

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Unilever Sri Lanka expands uStore.lk footprint on Viber Source:Island Unilever Sri Lanka, one of the island’s largest fast-moving consumer goods companies today announced that it had expanded coverage of its uStore.lk e-commerce service to instant messaging platform Viber. The service, which had been offered exclusively on Unilever Sri Lanka’s official e-commerce platform www.ustore.lk until now, has been extended to Viber, enabling more consumers the convenience of directly purchasing Unilever branded products from the safety, comfort, and convenience of their homes. The www.ustore.lk service which was first launched in 2019, has gained significant acceptance by consumers since then as a preferred shopping destination of choice. This manifold increase of consumer traffic is largely attributed to the reason behind the extension of the service to Viber, for consumers to enjoy Unilever products from the comfort of their homes. Here, the uStore.lk bot takes the form of a user-friendly chatbot, inviting customers to ...

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POETIC MEMORIES OF CHINA II: THE FLYING DRAGON-By Dr. Chandana (Chandi) Jayawardena DPhil Source:Island CONFESSIONS OF A GLOBAL GYPSY President – Chandi J. Associates Inc. Consulting, Canada Founder & Administrator – Global Hospitality Forum chandij@sympatico.ca An Opportunity to introduce Sri Lankan Cuisine to Hong Kong In early 1981, from the post of Manager of one of the Walkers Tours/John Keells Hotels, I was promoted to the corporate office. I was the first Manager-Operations for Hotel Management and Marketing Services Limited, with some responsibility for all six hotels of the John Keells Group. At age 27, I was getting used to the corporate culture of the largest group of companies in Sri Lanka. I was busy taking over the management of the Ceylinco Hotel, which became the seventh hotel of the group. In the midst of my busy schedule, my immediate superior, Bobby Adams, Director-Operations entrusted me at short notice, to ...

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Dr Brendon Gooneratne-by Hugh Karunanayake Source:Island (28 March 1938- 22 June 2021) Dr Brendon Gooneratne, acclaimed physician, entrepreneur, author, antiquarian, collector,environmentalist and all round sportsman, passed away in Welimada where he was receiving treatment after a fall. The news of Brendon’s demise was communicated by his daughter Devika just a day following his death. Towering in physique, and with a broad bodily frame, Brendon was physically outstanding in any crowd. To add to that, he had a dominating, outspoken, and fearless attitude to life, which partly accounts for the many successes that he achieved during a multifaceted and unique lifetime. He also had his detractors, but that comes along as part of the baggage that success is wont to bring! During World War 2, the buildings of Royal College, and its feeder school then known as Royal Preparatory School, were commissioned for military activity and the school found temporary homes ...

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Our Immune system and the workings explained-by Dr Harold Gunatillake Effectiveness of the COVID vaccines -a challenge to our immune system Transcript: “In early May, two people quarantined in adjacent hotel rooms in the Australian city of Adelaide opened their doors within seconds of each other to collect meals. Health authorities believe that could have been enough for the virus to spread from a man in one of the hotel rooms to a man in the other via airborne transmission-. To combat such virulent contagious mutant variants, we need a strong immune system. Few weeks ago, the chief executive of Pfizer said anyone who receives its COVID-19 vaccine will probably need to have a third dose within 6-12 months after being fully immunised, and then likely one dose every year going forward. We will need these because it is likely that, for many of us, immunity will begin to wane ...

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Sri Lanka’s economy caught in pandemic vise-by The Associated Press A Sri Lankan man transports a load of imported onions and garlic in an autorickshaw as an elderly laborer pulls a load of goods at a wholesale market during travel restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 16, 2021. Sri Lanka has cut back on imports of farm chemicals, cars and even its staple spice turmeric as its foreign exchange reserves dwindle, hindering its ability to repay a mountain of debt as the South Asian island nation struggles to recover from the pandemic. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) Source:Nwaonline COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka has cut back on imports of farm chemicals, cars and even its staple spice turmeric as its foreign-exchange reserves dwindle, hindering its ability to repay a mountain of debt as the South Asian island nation struggles to recover from the ...

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