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British Council plans to reopen Teaching Centres for Young Learners

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At the British Council in Sri Lanka we’re excited to be preparing for the reopening of our teaching centres for face-to-face classes on 7 January 2022 in Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna and Matara. After a considerable period of closure due to the pandemic, our students and teachers are keen to be back in classrooms to resume face to face learning.

Since the onset of the pandemic, all of our classes have been online to make sure our students don’t miss out on their English learning journey. They have also been taking part in sessions with our teachers online with activities such as Keep Fit and Fun, baking, crafts, storytelling, quiz evenings, yoga and conversation clubs. With mainstream schools closed this interaction with peers alongside opportunities to try out new skills has been critical for the wellbeing of our young learners.

As we moved online this year, our young learners in Sri Lanka have celebrated success as winners in the British Council global international speaking competition and global art competition as well as taking part in exciting opportunities in their online classrooms to connect live with students in other British Council teaching centres around the world. This term students have been connecting with students in Spain, Taiwan and Korea to begin new friendships and learn about their cultures and way of life.

Helen Sykes, Deputy Director and Teaching Centre Manager, British Council Sri Lanka stated; ‘’All our students have had a lot of fun and learnt just as much as in our classrooms, but we know that many of our learners have really missed their face-to-face classes and a significant number paused their learning with us waiting until we are back face to face to continue their learning with us. There is no substitute for face-to-face interaction, and it works wonders for building confidence and spoken skills in language learning. We know from feedback that our students and parents feel comfortable and are ready to return to our classrooms and so, with all the government safety guidelines in place we are really excited and can’t wait to welcome past students back and new students in to our four British Council teaching centres around the island very soon.’’

Each year, the British Council teaches over 100 million students worldwide in our teaching centuries in over 100 countries. In Sri Lanka we teach all levels from age 3 through to 18. We are also looking forward to opening back up face to face for our adult learners in 2022. Its quick and simple to register for our courses with an online level check and consultation to make sure we place you in the right class before you register.

Our products, developed by our expert international teams and taught by experienced teachers uses a methodology that focuses on much more than just language skills. We focus on the development of leadership and collaboration skills, critical thinking skills, digital literacy and autonomous learning in a relaxed environment where our students can be themselves and have fun learning. Students who join the British Council become a part of a global network of English learners from across the globe with opportunities to interact with their peers from classrooms around the world built into our syllabus. As a supplement to our courses for young learners we run events in our library, global competitions and a variety of online fun and free activities to have fun in English with our expert teachers. Our premises are a safe and secure space for children; a place to meet and interact safely with peers and develop self confidence in an inclusive, diverse and fun learning environment.

Helen Sykes, Deputy Director and Teaching Centre Manager, British Council Sri Lanka

One Parent stated, ‘My sons experience at British Council has been amazing. Not only have I witnessed a massive and exponential growth in his English both in terms of speaking and writing, I have also seen his confidence and fluency in using this language grow as well. This is the only class my son actually looks forward to. I believe that it is this passion for learning English that British Council has imbued in him through the relaxed, fun, and engaging environment present there that is responsible for his improvement’.

Our pre-school courses, ‘Learning Time with Timmy’ developed in collaboration with Academy Award®-winning Aardman animation studios, is hugely popular with little ones and their parents. Fun and interactive, we have weekly classes for three, four and five-year-olds.

Our ‘Primary Plus’ course for six to eleven years, focuses on developing your child’s creativity so that they can express themselves with confidence that goes beyond their English language skills. Our ‘Secondary Plus’ course for twelve to seventeen years, is packed with content and skills to build confidence and help your child reach their full potential in their future lives as young adults.

Registration has started for young learners for the new academic year starting in January. You can book a level test online on our website www.britishcouncil.lk or give us a call on 0707521521 for more information.



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Teejay achieves milestone US$ 250 million in sales in 2021-22

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Teejay Lanka PLC has reported a revenue milestone of Rs 50 billion at Group level for FY 2021-22, achieving its first annual sales of a quarter of a billion in US Dollar terms at the rates of exchange that prevailed during the year.A strong fourth quarter during which revenue grew 38% to Rs 13.5 billion, the highest quarter revenue since the Company’s inception, enabled Sri Lanka’s largest textile manufacturer to achieve 12-month sales growth of Rs 17.8 billion or 56% to end what was a challenging year for businesses in general, on a high note.

The Group posted profit before tax of Rs 2.887 billion and net profit of Rs 2.517 billion for the year ending 31st March 2022, recording healthy growth of 11% and 18% respectively. Net profit for the fourth quarter was Rs 826.2 million, reflecting an improvement of 9%.At company level, Teejay Lanka increased revenue by 40% to Rs 29.4 billion for the year, and reported pre-tax profit of Rs 2.6 billion and net profit of Rs 2.4 billion, achieving growth of 23% and 24% respectively.

Elaborating on the Group’s performance, Teejay Lanka Chairman Mr Ajit Gunewardene said the revenue increase was the result of increased demand from the region. The enhanced volumes were delivered with the increased capacity within the Group and the support of outsourced partners, he said.Gunewardene said, however, that margins had been impacted during the year because of the upsurges in the prices of cotton, oil, freight, dyes, chemicals, and auxiliaries. “The increase in the costs of inputs has been the biggest challenge during the year,” he said, disclosing that enhancing efficiency within the Group and increasing prices to customers were the key strategies to counter the challenge.

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Nippon Paint Lanka accredited by Great Place to Work®

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Nemantha Abeysinghe, General Manager – Nippon Paints Lanka (Pvt) Ltd receiving the accreditation from Ms. Hasini Abeywardena, Project Manager – Great Place to Work Sri Lanka

Nippon Paint Lanka (Pvt) Limited has been certified as one of the best workplaces in the country. The Japanese coatings company in Sri Lanka has received this recognition in the manufacturing and production industry category by the globally famed Great Place to Work®.

“We embarked on this to understand employee perceptions of the company. We are proud to have received this honor in our journey towards building and sustaining a high-work ethic, and performance culture,” said General Manager of Nippon Paint Lanka, Nemantha Abeysinghe. “Being recognized as a ‘Great Place to Work-Certified’ organization is an honor and a tribute to the hard work, pride, and dedication put in by every member of Nippon Paint Lanka. We went the extra mile during the COVID period to extend to our employees, special working hours, perks and annual bonuses despite a countrywide lockdown. As a result, the company saw everyone dedicating their efforts more than two hundred percent to uplifting the business.”

“Being certified as a Great workplace indicates that we have differentiated ourselves by creating a great place to work for employees and established Nippon Paint Lanka as an employer of choice. It has passed the rigorous measurement through analysis of results of the Great Place to Work® Trust Index© survey,” Abeysinghe added. Great Place to Work® research is backed by data compiled by assessing over 100 million employees around the globe. Every year, they conduct the world’s largest study of workplace culture and hold the gold standard benchmarks for each country, industry, location and more. Companies that want to be on a Best Workplace list start by getting Great Place to Work-Certified™. Through the Certification process, they capture employee feedback and details about the programs and practices that make a workplace unique.

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Clarification on default status helps boost share market

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

Business confidence will likely build up in the wake of Central Bank Governor Dr Nandalal Weerasinghe telling the media yesterday that Sri Lanka was not facing a hard default but a pre-emptive default, which entailed informing about the payment of funds beforehand until the IMF debt restructure plan comes into play.Further, JP Morgan, a leading investment bank in the United States is on record that with the recent political changes, the current political crisis in Sri Lanka will stand defused and the value of bonds will rise. This would also create some impetus for the stock market, analysts said.

They point out that political stability will lead to a rise in the value of bonds above current lows. The Bank predicts that this will facilitate discussions with the International Monetary Fund as well as the process of appointing legal and financial advisors.

“We think this stability should result in both IMF discussions and the process of appointing legal and financial advisors moving forward,” Reuters said quoting JPMorgan analysts.

“Political stability should pave the way for bonds to move higher from near all-time lows,” JPMorgan analysts added.

Amid those developments stock market trading activities started on a positive note and later moved downwards. The All- Share Price Index went down by 243 points down and S and P SL20 declined by 94.9 points. Turnover stood at Rs 1.5 billion minus a crossing.In the retail market top seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were; Expolanka Holdings Rs 777 million (3.7 million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 204 million (24.8 million shares traded), LOLC Finance Rs 130 million (13.9 million shares traded), LOLC Holdings Rs 70.7 million (127,000 shares traded), Softlogic Life Insurance Rs 56.8 million (914,000 shares traded), Royal Ceramic Rs 33 million (one million shares traded) and Lanka IOC Rs 30.3 million (752,000 shares traded). During the day 69 million share volumes changed hands in 17000 transactions.

It is said that following four sessions of sharp gains recorded in the CSE soon after the appointing of Ranil Wickramasinghe Prime Minister, indices edged down due to profit-taking in heavyweight stocks across sectors due to faulty speculation on the market. However, activity picked up to stronger levels with turnover surpassing Rs. 3 billion for the first time in nine weeks, largely boosting blue- chips, market analysts said.Yesterday, the Central Bank announced the US dollar buying rate as Rs 354.56 and the selling rate as Rs 364.53. The rupee rate has appreciated as against the dollar as certain policy measures have been adopted to bridge the gap between the Central Bank rate and the kerb market rate.

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