China banning P3: The ball is in the service providers’ court

Published : 12:00 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Shipping / Aviation  |  Leave a Comment  |  514 views  |  
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The week before saw the much-discussed global shipping alliance of three major shipping lines forming the P3 alliance being disallowed by the China Ministry of Commerce. This has resulted in scrapping of the mega alliance that was always been viewed as a threat to competition by shippers around the world. The interesting factor was that the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and the European Competition Commission gave the green light to the alliance over the last few months. This obviously meant the Europeans and the Americans had their consumers, manufacturers and industrialists, protected against anti-competitive practices in terms of price fixing and surcharges in the global trade transportation... 


P3 Alliance: Collapse due to Chinese authorities

Published : 12:00 am  June 23, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Shipping / Aviation  |  Leave a Comment  |  504 views  |  
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P3 Alliance: Collapse due to Chinese authorities Europe’s major ocean carriers, ports and shippers are urgently rethinking their business strategies following the shocking news that Chinese antitrust authorities had rejected an application by Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co., and CMA CGM to join forces in the P3 Network. Maersk reacted calmly to the unexpected thumbs down from Beijing, saying there would be “no material impact” on the group’s expected result for 2014. But that didn’t impress investors, as the Danish group’s share price plunged as much as 8.7% on the news, the biggest intra-day decline since May 16, 2012. It later recovered somewhat and was down about 7% by... 


Pathana take on Kingswood in a decider

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Arthur Fernandez, Columnists, Sports  |  1 Comment  |  506 views  |  
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School rugby We are into the final stages of school rugby and it was been a good season with certain schools outperforming their own expectations, whilst others have fallen by the way side. Pathana, despite their rather shocking result last week, are still at the top of the ladder and appear poised for glory. Thus this week’s game between Pathana and Kingswood will be a game to watch. Pathana after last week’s game would have learnt the hard way that no team is to be taken lightly. Their disappointment with a draw was plain to see while Petes were celebrating as if they had won the league. Similarly KCK slipped up last week when they lost to TCK. Thus both team meeting this week have been... 


Digital marketing: Understanding the business realities in Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Marketing  |  6 Comments  |  1,094 views  |  
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We always like to talk about new trends. We like to celebrate that with fashion. A few decades ago scholars and experts have discussed and applied the methods of promotion like TV, radio, print media. At the same time, practitioners argue about below the line and above the line advertising. Some start to explore the underline themes of subliminal advertising. In Sri Lanka, a few years ago there was a film called ‘Guerrilla Marketing’.  But there is nothing to do with the name of the film and the real meaning of ‘guerrilla marketing’. Now it is an era of digital marketing. In traditional marketing we use tangibles like business cards, print ads in newspapers or magazines, posters, commercials... 


BBS speaks out on Aluthgama aftermath

Published : 12:00 am  June 20, 2014  |  Category: Chamitha Kuruppu, Columnists, Opinion  |  35 Comments  |  5,936 views  |  
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“The Bodu Bala Sena was never involved in any violent activities and we will never approve of such moves,” says Chief Executive Officer Dilantha Withanage. “We are trying to warn the people that in another decade or two there will be clashes between religious groups in the country. Unfortunately, it is happening right front of our very eyes.” Following are excerpts: Q: What happened in Aluthgama? A: On 12 June, two Muslim boys assaulted a Buddhist monk and his driver. This is something that cannot be approved in a Sinhala Buddhist country. Especially individuals of one religion should not assault leaders of another religion; it would cause clashes between the two groups. Knowing this,... 


Catch me if you can!

Published : 12:00 am  June 19, 2014  |  Category: Ajith de Alwis, Columnists  |  Leave a Comment  |  955 views  |  
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In my view, when movies are based on true stories, there is a lot of interest as there is no second guessing the director or the scriptwriter – you can get absorbed in the content provided. The story of Frank W. Abagnale, which is a true story of a real fake, certainly makes for interesting reading and is a testimony to the statement ‘truth is stranger than fiction’. The story was picked by Hollywood and Leonardo DiCaprio played the lead role with Steven Spielberg as the Director. The story is also about utilising someone’s innate talents judiciously as Frank Abagnale finally was absorbed as a highly-respected officer at the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). The respect of course... 


Disruptive innovations required in Sri Lankan healthcare sector

Published : 12:00 am  June 19, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Healthcare  |  1 Comment  |  1,075 views  |  
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The private health sector in Sri Lanka consist of large operators such as Durdans, Hemas, Nawaloka, Asiri, Central, Oasis and selected specialist centres as well. In this article, the focus is on the larger sector which offers a range of specialist treatments. Whilst each of the above are based in Colombo, some have sister hospitals and laboratories operating in different areas of the country. Although Government hospitals offer many free services, private hospitals cater to those who can afford their services which is offered more speedily and in greater comfort.       Hospital model in Sri Lanka The hospital model that is offered in Sri Lanka revolves around the patient or customer... 


Who are the war heroes?

Published : 12:00 am  June 18, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Harsha Gunasena  |  Leave a Comment  |  853 views  |  
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By Harsha Gunasena When a war is fought between two parties, there are rules agreed upon and applied. War is a test of strength and in the civilised world it is understood that the parties to it would follow the rules of war. Mahabharatha was the oldest instance where rules of war were stipulated. Mahabharatha was an ancient Hindu epic which described a war between Kauravas and Pandavas of the same clan. Capital of the kauravas was Hastinapura ruled by Dhritarashtra and that of the Pandavas was Indraprastha ruled by Yudhishthira. The origin of the dispute was a game of dice between Duryodhana, son of Dhritarashtra and his Pandava cousins where Duryodhana won the game by deceit forcing Pandavas... 


Why we can’t expect to be governed by Arahats

Published : 12:00 am  June 18, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion  |  Leave a Comment  |  467 views  |  
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Ven. Rathana Thero has stated to a Sinhala newspaper that he hopes we would be ruled by someone like Arahat Mahinda. But Arahat Mahinda did not become Arahat in a day. Human beings may be capable of becoming saints but they are also capable of becoming devils. James Madison pointed out that men are not angels and men will never be governed by angels. So he wanted to exclude the possibility of being ruled by devils. Montesquieu pointed out that absolute power leads to tyranny. So he advocated a separation of powers. The Founding Fathers of the American Constitution adopted Montesquieu’s suggestion and introduced the separation of powers and checks and balances in the American Constitution. They... 


Is the BBS the boss?

Published : 12:00 am  June 18, 2014  |  Category: Columnists, Opinion  |  3 Comments  |  3,151 views  |  
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The BBS bid for power and how to beat it There are scarier things, worse things, than Black July ’83. Aluthgama signalled the possibility of such things. The sequence of events, the lethal violence, the horror of Aluthgama were reminiscent of July ’83 – and to go by Tarzie Vittachchi’s Emergency ’58, the anti-Tamil riots of that year. That is the element of dark continuity, which we must never forget in our haste to define the present as the worst of times. But there is also the element of discontinuity which makes Aluthgama potentially far more dangerous. Correctly identify the beast If we are to fight this phenomenon successfully, it is necessary to correctly identify the beast.... 


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