Zonta Club III of Colombo inducts new President and Board for 2014-2016

Published : 12:00 am  July 5, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  366 views  |  

The Zonta Club III of Colombo installed and inducted the new President and Club officials for its new biennium of 2014-2016 on Sunday 15 June at its Annual General Meeting at the Hilton Colombo Residences.    Priyanganie Mushin – President    Moji Akingbade – President Elect The new Board inducted comprised Priyanganie Mushin – President, Moji Akingbade – President Elect, Ifeth Mansoor – Vice President, Farida Aliboy, Ratten Abdulhussein and Shiranthi Gunawardena – Directors, Mihiri Krishnamoorthy and Nirma De Silva Wijeratne – Treasurers and Diyamanthi Gunaratne and Farida Luckmanjee – Secretaries. The incoming President, Priyanganie Mushin, delivered... 


‘Pathfinders’ Islamic magazine a wonderful resource for children

Published : 12:00 am  July 5, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  244 views  |  
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‘Pathfinders’ is an Islamic magazine which inspires children to learn and achieve. It is a great tool to teach children about the basics of Islam and encourages them to read independently and to learn more about the world. This magazine will be appealing to young Muslims as it is in full colour, beautifully illustrated with many activities as well as informative articles. ‘Pathfinders’ will be produced as a 32 page full colour magazine, bi-monthly. Each issue will feature topics such as: Quranic studies, Arabic, Aqeedah, Fiqh, Quranic stories, stories of prophets, Seerah, Hadeeth, environmental issues – geography, science, creative thinking, puzzles – games, crafts – cooking,... 


Identities Inc., in depth

Published : 12:10 am  June 28, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  933 views  |  
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Identities Inc., a performing and visual arts movement, was formed recently to produce good quality theatre and film, with the intention of enhancing the arts industry in the country. Promising to present “amazing” productions of theatre or film, the group comprises diverse personalities working together as a single unit, offering aspiring artistes a host of opportunities to shine. Following are excerpts of an interview with some of the group’s founding members:   Q: What’s Identities Inc. all about? A: Identities Inc. is a performing and visual arts movement founded in 2014. It is made up of various young individuals in the theatre/film circle of Sri Lanka specialising in different... 


Sri Lanka’s first-ever Barista Championship

Published : 12:00 am  June 28, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  739 views  |  
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The first-ever Barista Championship of Sri Lanka was held on 14 June at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). The event was organised by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association (CHSGA). Isuru Dilisa (19) of Coco Veranda was placed first and named the Barista champion of the event. The championship was aimed at honing local skills in the preparation of coffee with an emphasis on art, taste, foam and froth of milk.  Each participating contestant was expected to make two espressos, two cappuccinos, two cafe lattes and one Sri Lankan based signature drink in the 15 minutes allocated to them. They were judged based on technique, taste, presentation and creativity. Niroshan... 


Creating awareness of alcohol rules

Published : 12:00 am  June 28, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  490 views  |  
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Doing a drive to the farmland territory in Western Australia (WA), we passed through several small towns with the minimum facilities for those live in these areas. The areas are dominated by very large wheat farms alongside livestock. Our drive was along the Pioneers’ Pathway, a route that takes you through the wheat-belt, following the well-known trail many pioneers took on their way to the famous Kalgoorlie goldfields.    The rigged fireplace – a rare sight with logs stacked on the left The route is a more interesting and adventurous one running parallel to the Great Eastern Highway direct route covering 44 km. We stopped at Toodyay (pronounced Toojay), one of the towns... 


Got that gassy feeling?

Published : 12:00 am  June 28, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  1 Comment  |  918 views  |  
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Gastritis is not as harmless  as one might think Gastritis is an inflammation, irritation, or erosion of the lining of the stomach. It can occur suddenly, in which case it is referred to as acute gastritis or gradually, when it is referred to as chronic gastritis. Excessive alcohol intake, chronic vomiting, stress, or the use of certain medications such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs can bring about gastritis by causing irritation in the lining of the stomach. If the condition is not treated, the patient could be running the risk of developing stomach cancer, severe loss in blood and other complications. In an interview with the Daily FT, Consultant Physician, Gastroenterologist... 


Rambo goes on an amorous walk

Published : 12:00 am  June 28, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  179 views  |  
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There have been concerns recently about the disappearance of Rambo, the iconic male elephant, who habituates the electric fence erected along the bund of the Uda Walawe reservoir. For many years now, Rambo has got used to swimming across the reservoir from the adjacent Uda Walawe National Park, climbing the steep embankment of the reservoir bund, and standing behind the electric fence to solicit ‘tit bits’ from the passers-by on the main road. About a month ago, the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) had concerns that Rambo may be getting too bold and may cause some harm, and erected a series of sign boards along the route warning passers-by not to feed the animal. The construction... 


The 5 best cups of coffee in Colombo

Published : 12:00 am  June 28, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  605 views  |  
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I am a self-proclaimed coffee addict and not ashamed to say that I prefer coffee to tea despite living in a tea-growing country. My love affair with coffee began with me stealing sips of coffee off my grandma’s morning cuppa. She would have one cup of coffee every morning and it would be made in the percolator, served with a dash of milk and a teaspoon of brown sugar. In my college days this love for coffee was further strengthened by my living in India, which has a variety of coffees and a plethora of coffee shops. Moving back home after university was almost nightmarish for me as at the time Colombo had just a handful of coffee shops apart from the five star hotels. This has however changed... 


A man of few words, he excelled with his lens

Published : 12:00 am  June 28, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  Leave a Comment  |  147 views  |  
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Clad in a red long-sleeved shirt worn over his trousers, he is seated on a couch in a corner of the Harold Periis Gallery at the Lionel Wendt Art Centre with a ‘bastama’ by his side. He silently observes his friends and well-wishers going round admiring the photographs featuring the dawning of the dawn. Nihal Fernando has given them yet another treat to open their eyes ‘With the dawn’. This was in September 2006. A book (same title) was launched with a superb collection of black and white photographs exhibited over three decades earlier in ‘Wild Life ‘73’. Having enjoyed yet another absorbing collection of Studio Times photographs, I wrote: “A man of few words Nihal always prefers... 


Lionel Wendt A man of remarkable talents

Published : 12:10 am  June 21, 2014  |  Category: FT Lite  |  2 Comments  |  736 views  |  
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What a coincidence! I was turning the pages of ‘Lionel Wendt’s Ceylon’ – the classic collection of the renowned photographer – to do a follow-up to last week’s column, when I noticed the striking portrait of the founder of Lake House – D.R. Wijewardene, a picture I had seen so often while working in the ‘Dinamina’ and ‘Observer’ for 13 years. A little while later I read in the Daily FT about commemorating his 64th death anniversary.   Multi-faceted character We have enjoyed Lionel Wendt’s photographs for many decades, particularly after the release of the book in 1950 (reprinted in 1995) which is a much-valued publication in anyone’s library. Not many will remember... 


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