From five dollars to a billion – learnings from an international hotelier’s success Internationally acclaimed hospitality veteran, hospitality management consultant and leadership coach, Shantha de Silva announced the launch of his first book: ‘BELIEVE: Helping Leaders UNLOCK their true potential’. In its very first month, the book ranked #1 on the Amazon Australia Best Seller list. Derived from his remarkable 35 years of global hospitality experience successfully leading regional businesses for one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, Shantha’s book condenses a wealth of wisdom and piercing practical insights into seven simple but powerful steps aimed at inspiring, motivating and challenging leaders to discover the extent of their own capabilities. “Today’s leaders, and those who aspire to be tomorrow’s game changers are all too aware of the fact that we are increasingly surrounded by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. We can’t know for sure what tomorrow holds, but ...

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Sri Lanka ban trio over bubble breach   Source:7news Sri Lanka cricket officials have banned three national team players from international cricket for one year and fined them $US50,000 ($A68,000) each for breaching a bio-secure bubble during the recent tour of England. Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella and batsmen Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka were sent home from England last month after video on social media showed them on the streets of Durham at night. The players were also handed a six-month ban from domestic cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket said on Friday. They were put on probation for two years, at risk of another year-long ban. The players also have to undergo mandatory counselling by a doctor recommended by SLC. The sanctions were for breaching the COVID-19 safety guidelines, and thereby risking their safety, and the safety of other team members and others involved in the series. The three were also found ...

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Sri Lanka, South Africa announce limited-overs series in September Source:Icc-cricket South Africa will tour Sri Lanka for a men’s limited-overs series in September, with the teams set to clash in three ODIs and as many T20Is. The tour will run from 2 to 14 September, with all matches set to played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The ODIs will run from 2 to 7 September, followed by the T20Is from 10 to 14. “We are delighted to have another tour confirmed for the Proteas men’s team with the ICC T20 World Cup just around the corner,” said Pholetsi Moseki, CSA’s acting CEO. “Playing against quality opposition in the sub-continent is the best way for our team to prepare for this event, and we are grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket for accommodating us during this time of the year where schedules are highly condensed. “With an ICC white-ball world ...

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National Zoo and Aquarium named first Sri Lankan leopards to be bred in Australia-by Georgie Burgess   The National Zoo and Aquarium have named Sri Lankan cubs Asanka and Chatura. Picture: National Zoo and Aquarium Source:Canberratimes The National Zoo and Aquarium have named their newest members, unveiling the first Sri Lankan leopard cubs to be bred in Australia. The zoo will officially welcome Asanka, meaning brave, and Chatura, meaning clever, to their family on Friday morning despite the brothers being born on Christmas eve. The pair have been spotted sneaking around their enclosure, but have spent most of the past seven months in the den with mum Yakalla. “We didn’t want to announce it earlier because they weren’t always out and visible,” National Zoo and Aquarium and Jamala Wildlife Lodge’s Senior Wildlife Keeper, Katie Ness said. Their parents Yakalla and Ankesh came to the zoo in 2019, following the death of Sri ...

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               “ADVICE FROM ELVIS” – by Des Kelly He was taken away far too early, but as my good friend Chris Lawton also knows, Elvis, like so many “Stars” of Show-biz., also started their careers  singing Gospel songs, giving the World around them sound advice on how to live their lives. This generally came from watching their own parents, grand-parents, etcetera, live life under much more strife than themselves, and still adhere to the words written in the Bible, commonly also referred to, as the Word of God.  Country Stars such as Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, and even “Rockers” like Jerry Lee Lewis, all started their careers by recording simple Gospel songs, and although Elvis was the exemption,ribute to Jesus Christ and the Holy Christian Family.  “He knows just what I need” is a beautiful example of this advice from Elvis, and ...

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The Journey – by Somabandhu Kodikara බලයි හාත්පස, සොයනු වස් පැන් පොදක්, නිවන්නට වෙහෙස මොහොතක්, තනිව දිගු ගමන් ගිය මගියා. පසු කරත වන පියස, දකී ගෙපැලක්, ගම්මානයේ ඉම. පැල්පතකි එය. මහලු හිමිකරු අසුන් ගෙන බිම හිදී තනිවම. ‘දිය හැකිද දිය බිදක්? නිවන්නට දැඩි පවස’. නිවුනු සඳ පවස දිය බිදෙන්, ලද මහල්ලාගෙන්, බලයි වටපිට මගියා. ගෙයක් මුත් මෙය, නොමැත කිසිවක්, පුටුවක්, ඇදක්වත්. විමතියට පත් හේ, අසයි මහල්ලාගෙන්, ‘කිව මැනව මට, කොයිද ඇඳ පුටු? කොයිද සලු පිළි? වෙනත් වස්තුව මෙතෙක් රැස් කළ?’ මොහොතකට නිහඩය මහල්ලා. එක් වරක් හුස්මක් ගනී ඔහු. ‘කියග මගිය, කෝ තොප සතු ඇද, පුටු? ‘හා! නොවෙම්ද? මම් මගියෙකු, එකලාව සරනා’ කියයි ඔහු විමතියෙන්. ‘දැන ගනු තොප මගිය, මමද මගියෙක්මි. සරනා එකලාව’. නිම කරමින් දෙබස, යෑමට තව ටික දුරක්, දිගු සසර ගමනේ තනිවම, පියා ගනී දෑස් මහල්ලා. සෝමබන්ධු කොඩිකාර මෙත් සිතින් The weary wayfarer, Goes in search of water. Sees an old man sitting silently, With eyes closed, inside a bare ...

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You and Me – by Lalith Paranavitana Introduction by Des Kelly Listened to the song, a very difficult one to sing, and one that was possibly chosen by “The Voice”, himself. Many changes of key involved, plus lyrics that only experts like Sinatra could sing meaningfully. Lalith has produced an excellent cover version of this song, right down to the last note. He has a rich baritone voice, ideal for ballads of this sort, the backing track & production of the song was also very good, so, on behalf of e’Lanka, I would like to congratulate him 100%. If he can produce a video of this song c/w a picture of himself,  with his story as per his e’mail, I think that we would be very proud to publish it on e’Lanka. He will have to realize that there are no finances involved, but a donation to e’Lanka would be appreciated by ...

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eLanka Website Designs – Delivers another highly successful web project for MGlobal Data Analytics   Please see below the testimonial from MGlobal Data Analytics….   Dear   Neil  On behalf of MGlobal Analytics I am expressing my sincere THANKS to you and the eLanka website development Team. The design and development of the MGlobal website was indeed an iterative process of learning, re-design development involving four cyclical iterations.  All completed within a record three-week period, following the signing of the development order. A great effort including rapid responses, patience, and pursuit to get it right by the elanka Team. Cycle one was developing a framework and providing contents to complete the website. Cycle two involved making the soft launch and getting constructive feedback from many selected friends in Australia, Sri Lanka, and even a friend of a friend as far away as Chicago, all within 24 to 48 hours. Cycle three was to complete d the redraft ...

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Uncle Percy is 85 today – by Rex Clementine by Rex Clementine     Source:-island.lk Cheerleader Percy Abeysekara turns 85 today. In his own words, ‘two years younger than Sir Garry Sobers and fitter than Sobers.’    Percy has been around cricket grounds cheering his beloved Sri Lanka and his favourite players for over 50 years now. Percy has many high profile friends in the sport.    Former India captain Ravi Shastri once wrote, ‘Percy, don’t lose your voice. Sri Lanka needs it more than you.’    Former New Zealand captain late Martin Crowe once gave away his Man of the Match award to Percy.    Once Percy was arrested in Australia; for entering the field of play. Michael Clarke and Adam Gilchrist protested. ‘Don’t make this an international crisis,’ they warned. Percy has friends even in the Aussie dressing room.    Cops in Australia are hard-nosed. They apparently give too ...

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