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



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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Govt urged to unlock true potential of Sri Lanka’s Blue Economy



=Take initiatives to reap maximum benefit from our seafood resource

=Fisheries sector can quickly generate employment and export earnings

=Modernizing fisheries sector is a collective responsibility of the government

by Sanath Nanayakkare

Championing the Blue Economy is a relatively easy way out for Sri Lanka to generate employment and export earnings as Sri Lanka can hardly become an industrialized nation, Shiran Fernando, President- Canned Fish Manufacturers Association of Sri Lanka. (CFMASL) told the media last week.

“Concerted efforts need to be made to reap long-term benefits of the sustainable use of marine resources to promote economic growth and come out of the current economic crisis. Facilitating extensive fish farming, proper handling/storage, keeping the catch quite fresh for processing would be key in achieving this goal. The whole government should spearhead this endeavor without leaving the task to the Ministry of Fisheries alone. The fisheries ministry is hard put to find funds despite its willingness to help the private sector to take the industry to the next level. There is a role for the government to play in this exercise which the private investors can’t,” he said.

The outspoken entrepreneur said that the fisheries sector is not getting the attention it deserves from the government although the Minister of Fisheries and the Ministry Secretary are passionate about the industry and are supportive of the private sector investors.

“What we say is; it’s the duty of the government to modernize the practices of this industry by helping the fisher folk to completely transform their way of catching fish by enforcing regulations for responsible fishing, guiding them on protecting the marine ecosystem and providing them with modern fishing vessels with refrigeration technology. They still go out to see on old boats and can’t carry enough ice for fish preservation, therefore, a lot of fish is found to be less than perfect and is diverted for making dried fish. The government should invest in and encourage key innovations in fisheries such as modern boats, nets and cooling systems through appropriate financial arrangements or cluster schemes to fully utilize the catch. You may not be able to get everyone on board such projects, so get as many fisher folk as possible to join such schemes and get them to engage in the industry in a sustainable way with a long-term view. As canned fish manufacturers, we have fulfilled the pledge we made a few years ago that we would manufacture enough canned fish to meet the nation’s requirement. Currently 250,000 canned fish are consumed per day in the country. Now 5 factories of our Association produce 300,000 units of canned fish per day exceeding the daily requirement. Although the consumption had dropped in September-October last year, now it has stabilized with prices coming down. We thank the ministry for increasing the Special Commodity levy (SCL) by Rs. 100 on imported canned fish. We don’t ask the government to stop canned fish imports. Let the Sri Lankan consumers eat imported canned fish if they want to pay more. However, when you import the product that can lead to unemployment and underutilization of our seafood resource,” he said.

Fernando insisted on monitoring and regulating of canned fish companies that don’t carry SLS standards to create awareness in consumers and encourage them to buy local canned fish made in compliance with standards.

He said that his company’s (TESS Group of Companies) operations at currently inoperative Oluvil Harbour would begin soon.

“Our operation there will commence with over Rs 20 million spent on refurbishing the cold storage and factory that TESS Group built there long ago. Since this harbor has not been used for 12 years now, the harbor mouth needs re-dredging. If the government intervenes and does the needful, the area will be more viable for commercial fisheries and will create sustainable livelihoods opportunities for people in the area.”

He noted that if the government supports their Association for value added re-exports of canned fish, they can import raw fish and repack it as fillet fish Flounder (used in fish and chip recipes), Salmon fillet, Anchovy fillets etc., and thus supply to the high-end segment of the global market and increase the country’s export earnings.

“Sri Lanka is doing certain things right in the fisheries sector. We are on the right path, but we urge the authorities to pay more attention and adopt strategies to maximize the use of its vast oceanic resources,” he said.

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ComBank upgrades Q+ Payment App to introduce ‘Send Money’ fund transfers facility



The Q+ Payment App, another state-of-the-art product of Commercial Bank of Ceylon, which uses a cutting-edge technology, has scaled new heights in technology-enabled convenience with the addition of several new features that enable different methods of fund transfers and flexible payment scheduling options similar to standing orders.

Customers who have linked their Commercial Bank cards to the Q+ Payment App can now send money to another locally-issued Visa and Mastercard Debit, Credit or Prepaid card, to a Commercial Bank or other local bank account or to any Payment Exchange Name (PEN) through any LankaPay-registered mobile number, directly from their registered cards in the App.

Notably, the Card-to-Card funds transfer feature is the first of its kind to be implemented via a payment application in Sri Lanka and is operated via the ‘Visa Direct’ and ‘Mastercard Send’ card-based fund transfer facilities. This user-friendly, two-step fund transfer method can be executed simply by keying in the card number of the recipient and the desired amount, the Bank said. Similarly, the Card-to-Account feature is equally convenient as the sender is require to select the recipient’s bank and then type the account number and amount to conclude the fund transfer. Q+ Payment App has also enabled a favourites tab to store recipient card and account particulars to perform future transactions even more conveniently.

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Quickee shines as Online Brand of the Year at SLIM Brand Excellence 2022



Quickee, Sri Lanka’s favourite digital marketplace, was awarded Gold in the Online Brand of the Year category at the SLIM Brand Excellence Awards 2022 held recently. This win is attributable to the way the brand transformed itself through Covid-19 amidst many challenges faced to offer an unmatched online shopping experience alongside its own delivery fulfillment service.

Quickee integrates a range of unparalleled products and services that are usually not offered by any other digital commerce platform in Sri Lanka. It has been able to maintain a strong execution capability of its brand promise, with top delivery speeds even during late evenings and after-hours serving any household across the country. Quickee promises a wide array of products and services with the fastest speed for a Sri Lankan online marketplace that delivers until 3 a.m.

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