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Fox Resorts offer Gong Meditation for their guests during the Avurudu Holidays

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Fox Resorts has tied up with Gong Meditation UK to offer guests staying over the Avurudu holidays an experience of peace and mindfulness through the ancient practice of Gong Meditation.

“This rare experience is offered to guests at no charge, as a gesture of thanks during the difficult period of the CoViD pandemic,” a Foxnews release said.

Gong meditation is a unique type of sound practice that involves using therapeutic sounds and vibrations to awaken the body’s healing processes. The practice is often referred to as a “gong bath”, as participants are immersed in meditative sound waves, it explained.

“Every Gong Bath is a very personal experience, depending on where an individual is in their journey through life. It is one of the easiest and quickest ways to encourage a deep meditative state.

 “The shifting frequencies and rhythms of the gong lead the brain effortlessly into theta and alpha brain waves, stimulating cells in the body and promoting a state of deep calm, clarity and mindfulness. The sounds can be as quiet as a whisper or a roar of intense, primal power that can be felt moving in and around the body.”

It further said guest experiences can range from pleasant sensations and feelings such as loss of body awareness, creative visions, dreams, and mild euphoria to a relaxation so complete that participants can fall asleep. The vibrations of the gong harmonize the body’s vibrations, bring it back into a natural balance, and promote emotional and physical healing by releasing stresses caused by trauma, illness, or lifestyle.

Gong Meditation is suitable for everyone, especially for those who normally struggle to meditate, as the sound waves and vibrations centre the wandering mind. It promotes meditation and stress relief, and is a powerful tool to soothe, calm, and find inner balance. It is a spiritual and harmonizing experience that reduces anxiety and depression, stimulating well-being and inner healing. The vibrations are designed to open chakras that release blocked energy and emotions, it added.

Gong Meditation will be offered on April 10, 11, 13 and 14 at Fox Jaffna and Kandy with morning (7 am) and evening (5 pm) sessions.

Fox Jaffna is just a short drive outside of Jaffna town, perfectly located in the peaceful neighbourhood of Kokuvil. An ancestral home turned boutique hotel; the property is a lush, green oasis secluded from the bustle of the vibrant town of Jaffna. Guests will find it to be the ideal location from which to explore the northern peninsula or a serene spot to take a relaxing break. The emerald hued pool is an ideal respite from the Jaffna heat, and guests can indulge in a fiery traditional meal unique to the region whipped up by the hotel chefs, learn more about the region’s history at Fox’s rebel bunker-turned-museum, or visit the in-house art gallery featuring seminal works from Sri Lanka’s elite “43 Group” of painters, the release said.

Nestled among the Hantana mountains, Fox Kandy is a boutique resort that offers modern conveniences in a breath-taking hillside setting. It is the ideal spot for relaxing and rejuvenating, with jaw-dropping vistas in every corner, exceptional gourmet meals at the best fine dining restaurant in the city, an inviting infinity pool, and rooms equipped with modern luxuries and conveniences. The resort even offers trekking excursions to the neighbouring mountains – a chance to escape and unwind, and be one with nature, it added.

“Fox properties are perfectly suited for gong meditation sessions, with the serene and peaceful nature of our hotels. We are particularly pleased to present our guests with this ancient healing technique to finding inner peace and balance at this time, when we are all dealing with stress, anxiety and anguish due to the CoViD pandemic and how it as affected us all. This restorative program is a small contribution from Fox to our guests, whose visits support us during these difficult times” says Chris Quyn, CEO of Fox Resorts.



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LOLC Al-Falaah unveils pioneering Wadi’ah Gold-Storage Facility with multiple customer benefits

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Sri Lanka’s most awarded and trusted Alternate Financial services brand, LOLC Al-Falaah recently unveiled their ground-breaking new product – the Wadi’ah Gold Loan Facility. This is the 1st time a Finance company in Sri Lanka is offering this facility. Al-Falaah Wadi’ah is a unique gold storage option offered to Al-Falaah’s valued customer base. All gold articles are tested for quality and authenticity using state-of-the art equipment by the company’s experienced staff without causing any damage to the jewellery. A unique ‘Gold Storage Certificate’ with the description of articles, including weight, quality and quantity along with the market value will be issued to the customer when obtaining this facility.

Speaking about the new product, Mr. Shiraz Refai, Deputy General Manager of LOLC Al-Falaah said, “Gold is a favourite investment option at all levels within the concentrated community. The metal is usually pawned, sold or exchanged when in need of cash. As the conventional Pawning options and Gold Loan offering has limitations to cater to the specific needs, as well as contradict with certain beliefs of the community, a concept acceptable and practiced in the industry is introduced by LOLC’s Alternate Financial Services Unit to its valued customer segment”.

Accordingly, a unique feature has been introduced to the Al-Falaah Wadi’ah Gold Storage facility offering the Customer the benefit of obtaining an interest-free maximum Cash-Advance in the industry at zero mark-up against the gold storage certificate value for any emergencies. In addition, for the convenience of the customers, the Gold storage facility period is extended from 3, 6 and 12 months without any requirement for a deposit and the custodial fees are comparatively competitive. The stored gold articles will also be offered a free Takaful cover with a reassurance of highest safety and security.

The Al-Falaah Wadi’ah gold storage facility will be initially available at selected branches including Wellawatta, Akkaraipattu, Kalmunai, Pottuvil, Grandpass, Maradana, Mawanella, Matara, Nawalapitiya and Negombo. Al-Falaah aims to make the facility available across all LOLC Finance branches and dedicated Al-Falaah centers island-wide by the end of the 1st quarter of 2021.

Commenting on the new Al-Falaah Wadi’ah Gold loan facility, Nishantha Jayasekera, Chief Manager, SME Unit & Head of Gold Loan Business of LOLC Finance said, “The main aim of this facility is to give financial-access to the grass-root level clients who do not have direct access to banking & finance, but require small cash advances to develop daily businesses and self-employment. Through this product and its value added features, we hope to cover all segments of the population”.

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LANKATILES donates high-end ventilator to Colombo North Teaching Hospital

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A Rs. 4.3 million ventilator has been donated to the Coronary Care Unit of the Colombo North Teaching Hospital, Ragama, by LANKATILES, the country’s leading tile manufacturer.

The machine was described as a high-end, world-class piece of equipment suitable for all patient groups.

Present at the official hand-over were Mr Mahendra Jayasekera, Managing Director of Lanka Walltiles PLC and Lanka Tiles PLC, Dr. S. P. A. Liyanage Ranaweera, Director of Colombo North Teaching Hospital, and Dr. Sanjeewa Rajapakse, Consultant Cardiologist of the hospital.

At a time when state-of-the-art equipment is urgently needed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, LANKATILES reaffirmed its commitment to help frontline hospital staff in their efforts at reducing the spread of the virus and easing patient numbers.

The company said this was a commitment it is ready to stand by at all times in the interests of the country.

 

 

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Sampath Bank hosts Central Bank’s ‘MatarataQR’ event to promote QR code use

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Matara, April 3rd, 2021: Sampath Bank PLC recently hosted the Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL) MatarataQR event, in a bid to drive awareness and increase acceptance and usage of LANKAQR, the common Quick Response (QR) code standard for the country that was introduced in 2020.

Encouraging consumers to adopt the use of QR codes in their day-to-day transactions, the event was held at the Sanath Jayasuriya Grounds in Matara under the patronage of the Chief Guest, Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Power and Guest of Honour, D. Kumaratunga, Director – Payments and Settlements, Central Bank of Sri Lanka; along with senior officials from the CBSL, other commercial banks and financial institutions. Sampath Bank was represented by Nanda Fernando – Managing Director; Tharaka Ranwala – Senior DGM – Operations / Group Chief Marketing Officer and Ajith Salgado – Group Chief Information Officer.

At the event, the Bank actively promoted its ‘WePay’ mobile wallet which helped attract more customers while also onboarding new merchants. A 25% cash back was on offer for payments at over 200 merchants in Matara on the day, made via the LANKAQR enabled WePay digital mobile payment app.

“We are very proud to partner with the Central Bank to host this event that will highlight the safety, convenience and speed of getting onboard the LANKAQR payment standard to the people of Matara. These benefits, coupled with the advanced digital banking solutions offered by Sampath Bank, make it a simple choice to migrate to digital payment technology and we warmly invite the merchants in Matara to come experience the benefits of adopting this new method of payments,” said Nanda Fernando, Managing Director, Sampath Bank PLC.

Sampath Bank is a 100% local bank that has deeply rooted itself in the lives of the people of Sri Lanka. Established in 1987, the bank has become a state-of-the-art financial institution that continues to be a market leader today thanks to its constant innovation and customer focused approach to business. It has introduced many firsts to the Sri Lankan banking sector including introducing ATMs to Sri Lanka, extended banking hours and slip-less banking to name a few. The Bank is steadily transforming itself into a ‘tech company engaged in banking,’ from the traditional approach of a bank engaged in technology.

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