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‘Envoy London’ savours success at Kensington High Street, London



(L to R) are Liam Ulla / Jake Mathot / Lewis Hussle

Envoy London, the iconic fashion brand, has been enjoying great success among the elite shoppers of Kensington High Street in London, ever since it opened its doors in the thick of the Covid-19 pandemic, in April 2020.

The story began two decades ago when former England cricket captain and celebrated commentator Tony Greg became the first ever Brand Ambassador for Envoy London.

Years down the line, in 2015, the story took a modern day spin when Sri Lankan fashion guru Fouzul Hameed’s piece-de-resistance men’s fashion brand ‘Envoy London’ became the brand of choice for the prestigious England competition that year.

Since then, this Sri Lankan home-grown brand has continued to win the confidence and admiration of discerning shoppers on London’s fashion promenade

Elaborating on the success of Envoy London, its creator, fashion mogul Fouzul Hameedia, referred to the brand as a portrayal of a “true gentleman.”

“Envoy has become a world class brand that has developed a total solution for gentlemen’s fashion requirements around the world. The philosophy behind Envoy is creating world-class luxury clothing. Moreover, absolute precision and attention to detail in the quality control process enable sheer perfection in the haute couture portfolio produced by Envoy. The wearer thus luxuriates in the feel and comfort of a high-end luxury product with superior quality”, he says.

Laying claim to its fame in the international fashion arena is Envoy London’s collaboration with England over the past six years. The top three contenders vying for the title are given the opportunity to represent Envoy London as Brand Ambassadors for the duration of their reign.

The first ever brand representation was in 2015 by the then England winner, Christopher Bramell. The brand thereafter gained further prominence in 2017 by England, Jack Eyers, and 1st runner up, Jack Heslewood, who then went onto to win the coveted World title in 2019.

This year too, England 2021 Liam Ulla, 1st runner up Lewis Hussle, and 2nd runner up Jake Mathot work closely with the brand. Prior to the grand finale on 17th August, were the preliminary rounds of selection where the Brand Ambassadors made an official visit to the Envoy London store to select their attire for the grand finale.

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Oil prices rise as Saudi Arabia pledges output cuts – Opec+




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Oil-producing countries have agreed to continued cuts in production in a bid to shore up flagging prices.

Saudi Arabia said it would make cuts of a million barrels per day (bpd) in July and Opec+ said targets would drop by a further 1.4 million bpd from 2024.

Opec+ accounts for around 40% of the world’s crude oil and its decisions can have a major impact on oil prices.

In Asia trade on Monday, Brent crude oil rose by as much as 2.4% before settling at around $77 a barrel.

The seven hour-long meeting on Sunday of the oil-rich nations, led by Russia, came against a backdrop of falling energy prices.

Total production cuts, which Opec+ has undertaken since October 2022, reached 3.66 million bpd, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak.

Opec+, a formulation which refers to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, had already agreed to cut production by two million bpd, about 2% of global demand.


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Manpower services agency wins accolades for its contribution to foreign employment sector



Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services receives the award

Its MD says. ‘go abroad only if you can work hard’

Siraj Manpower Services, one of Sri Lanka’s leading foreign employment agencies, was honoured with the Three-Star Award at the ‘Golden Awards’ 2023, organised by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). This award ceremony was organised to honour foreign employment agencies that have made a significant contribution to the development of the foreign employment sector, which is a major source of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Siraj Cafoor, Managing Director of Siraj Manpower Services, was presented with the award at the award ceremony which was held at the BMICH in Colombo under the patronage of Minister of Foreign Employment and Labour Manusha Nanayakkara.

Having been established in 2002, Siraj Manpower Services ( has earned a reputation in the field of foreign employment by winning the trust of customers for more than 20 years. It has been offering job opportunities in the Middle East countries such as Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai and Saudi Arabia, and Malaysia as housekeepers, drivers, sanitation workers, labourers and also jobs related to the apparel industry. All these workers are entitled to approved salary scales certified by the SLBFE.

“We always stand for the safety of workers who go abroad through our organisation. We work to solve the problems that arise in relation to the contracts that the workers have entered into. I must mention something special to those who go abroad for employment. That is, you should keep in mind that you go abroad only to work. Go abroad only if you can work hard. You have to remember that you are going abroad to earn some more money and achieve the advancement of your family.” said Siraj Cafoor.

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Direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake to commence from August



A special discussion between Turkish Ambassador – Demet Sekercioglu and Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation – Nimal Siripala de Silva took place last week at the ministry office. The aim of the discussion was to seek authorization to commence direct flights from the Turkish Capital Istanbul to Katunayake, Sri Lanka. The Chief of Turkish Airlines’ South Asia Office Fathi Bozkurt was also present during the discussion.

Currently, Turkish Airlines connects with Sri Lanka through a route that includes a stopover in the Maldives, resulting in an additional travel time of one and a half hours. The delay caused by this routing is not favored by travelers, as emphasized by the Ambassador.

The Chief of Turkish Airlines requested for time and space to be allocated in order to initiate direct flights between Istanbul and Katunaike, thus providing convenience for Turkish tourists and travelers who prefer visit Sri Lanka.

The Minister announced that the request would be forwarded to the Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka and the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) (Private) Limited. The aim is to establish direct flights between Istanbul and Katunayake starting from August this year.

Turkish Airlines, a renowned airline with a fleet of over 100 aircraft, offers flights connecting Europe’s Vancouver and New York. The Chief of Turkish Airlines said that the new service would not only benefit European travelers but also encourage them to travel to Sri Lanka.

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