Passion for green tea

Published : 12:47 pm  July 26, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,027 views  |  

By Tiran Peiris Tea, which includes both black and green tea varieties, is the most consumed liquid after plain water. Tea is a valuable Chinese gift to humanity. However, green tea is even more precious as it gives us a host of all the valuable beneficial ingredients intact, which are not found in black tea. Green tea is brewed in boiled and lukewarm water and consumed in sips. A list of beneficial ingredients found in it include catachins, caffeine, amino acids, vitamin C.B.E., flavonoids, polysaccharides, fluoride and many more. Green tea has properties that possess the following benefits derived from catechins found in it: Anti-oxidative action, anti mutagenic action, enzyme-inhibitory action,... 


Coming soon: A new coffee experience!

Published : 12:45 pm  July 26, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  1,140 views  |  

The world renowned Australian chain, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, is tipped to launch in Sri Lanka. The coffee house, whose vision is to be the most loved and respected coffee company in the world, is one of the largest retailers of specialty coffees in North America. Their first store opened in 1979 and to this day their growth and success depends on their ability to provide the best coffee, the best of flavoured coffee and the best customer service “from bean to cup”. One of the most important challenges in their journey here would be the standard that Gloria Jean’s Sri Lanka is committed to uphold, which is the high standard of Gloria Jean’s Coffees baristas in Australia. “Gloria Jean’s... 


A shellfish treat at Casa Colombo

Published : 12:44 pm  July 26, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  469 views  |  

This month Casa Colombo serves up an array of shellfish for the more complex seafood lovers in Colombo. Shellfish are divided into different groups in the culinary and scientific world based on their appearance and habitats. The common shellfish that are found in most restaurants in Sri Lanka are crustaceans such as crabs, prawns, lobsters, etc. and cephalopods such as squid, octopus and cuttlefish. This month Casa Colombo will be stirring things up by concentrating more on the delicious little sea creatures known as bivalve molluscs such as oysters, clams and mussels. Starting from 25 July and lasting till 3 August the luscious bivalves will be served as a complete dish or tangled in a dish... 


The balancing act to success

Published : 12:00 am  July 26, 2013  |  Category: Leadership, Other Sectors  |  6 Comments  |  11,261 views  |  

Sri Lankan national Chinthaka Jayaweera has reached great heights at global Fortune 500 company A.P. Moller-Maersk and shares his story with the Daily FT By Cheranka Mendis At the age of 18, few of us have a clear plan of what we want to do when we leave school, let alone a map of where we will be within the next five to 10 years. While there are dreams and aspirations, few things seem as important as passing the next set of exams, getting out of school and getting on with life. This is what sets Chinthaka Jayaweera apart from the rest of us. At 41, he is the Vice President and Head of Group Internal Audit for the Global 500 company A.P. Moller-Maersk, a Danish business conglomerate spread... 


Geoffrey Bawa Awards for Architecture 2013/14 open for entries

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  2,845 views  |  

By Shabiya Ali Ahlam and Razia Esufally Marking Sri Lanka’s most renowned architect’s 94th birth anniversary, the third round of the Geoffrey Bawa Architecture Award was announced yesterday. Organised by the Geoffrey Bawa Trust, entries for the 2013/14 edition of the coveted awards are now open until 1 November 2013. Judging of initial entries and short-listing of projects will take place on 5 January 2014 and the grand awards ceremony with the winner receiving Rs. 1 million in cash will be held on 23 July 2014, coinciding with the 95th birth anniversary of the great architect. Renowned Indian film director and producer Mira Nair is scheduled to deliver the keynote address. The Trust said... 


Witness the world’s 6th greatest animal spectacle with Cinnamon Resorts

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  4,137 views  |  

A recent classification by Lonely Planet placed this amazing assembly of pachyderms as the sixth greatest animal spectacle in the world. ‘The Gathering’ of elephants at the Minneriya National Park can be witnessed during the months of August through September. It is a seasonal movement of elephants during the underlying period to form a gathering along the receding shores of the Minneriya Lake. As the dry season fastens its grip on the dry lowlands, leaves wither and fall in the dry forests, waterholes evaporate into cakes of parched mud, and therefore elephants need to move on in search for food and water. The elephants sometimes numbering as much as three hundred converge on the receding... 


Coping with climate change: Sharing experiences and challenges from rural Sri Lanka

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  742 views  |  

Adapting and coping with changes in climatic and weather patterns is important. Lack of preparedness and growing uncertainty over weather patterns is a serious issue that needs to be addressed at all levels, from village to national. “We see that weather patterns have changed, and unexpected weather related disasters have increased. My Ministry focuses on increased preparedness and improving early warning,” said Minister for Disaster Management, Mahinda Amaraweera, speaking at the Symposium on Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change, organised by the Global Environmental Facility’s Small Grants Program (GEF/SGP) of UNDP. Held recently, the Symposium brought together over 150 rural... 


Business and Biodiversity Platform to host discussion on Thursday

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  645 views  |  

Multi-stakeholder event to focus on coastal and marine tourism development The Sri Lanka Business and Biodiversity Platform is holding a discussion on ‘Business Risks and Opportunities in Coastal and Marine Tourism Development’ on Thursday 25 July 2013.  The event will provide an opportunity to hear from experts in the fields of marine ecology and hotel development, and discuss questions and concerns with those at the forefront of green development in Sri Lanka. The discussion will commence at 3 p.m. in the West Wing Auditorium of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (50, Navam Mawatha, Colombo 2).  Presentations will be made by Arjan Rajasuriya on ‘Dependency on Marine and Coastal Resources:... 


Youngsters losing interest in traditional bamboo industry

Published : 12:00 am  July 24, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  3,836 views  |  

The younger generation of the bamboo craftsmen does not show much enthusiasm in continuing with their inborn skills, a recent survey has revealed. Their passion and desire are no longer visible. Couple with it, with the rising living costs most of the craftsmen, both young and old, are on the lookout for more lucrative occupations. The survey has been conducted by the Department of Integrated Design of the University of Moratuwa prior to embarking on the project to assist these craftsmen to change their traditional designs to modern, more exciting designs under the design intervention in grassroot economies with the ‘Gamata Marketing’ concept of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM).... 


Holcim’s drive for sustainability

Published : 12:37 am  July 23, 2013  |  Category: Other Sectors  |  Leave a Comment  |  964 views  |  

By Cheranka Mendis Sri Lanka’s only integrated cement manufacturing company, Holcim Lanka Ltd. (HLL) last week launched its Sustainable Development Review 2012 titled ‘Committed’; a report outlining HLL’s approach and performance between 2009 and 2012, as well as goals for workplace health and safety, staff development, environmental protection, community relations and stakeholder partnerships. Reinforcing the company’s commitment to long term value creation and responsibility in protecting employees, community commitment, minimising environmental impact while remaining the partner of choice in chosen markets, HLL’s report comes at a time when corporates are increasingly shifting... 


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