The Hilton, Colombo supported a visit by the students of the current intakes of the Empower Culinary & Hospitality School (ECHS) which introduced them to all aspects of a hotel and its inner workings.
An industry social initiative by Dilmah’s MJF Foundation, ECHS has trained 174 individuals and allowed them access to rewarding careers in the hospitality industry since 2016 and is the only free, fully accredited World Association for Chefs’ Societies (WACS) in Sri Lanka, a Dilmah news release said.
The students who will graduate in May 2021 had the privilege of receiving first-hand insight into hotel operations in one of the World’s first & finest Global Hospitality Chains and were treated to a personalised star class tour of The Hilton Colombo. The tour included a Q&A session, a guided kitchen & room visit and a fine-dining experience, it said.
The release added that Dilmah’s ECHS values hands-on practical and professional exposure for its students, ensuring that they are kitchen ready by graduation.
“The whole experience enriched my exposure to the world of hospitality and inspired me to work my way towards my aspirations,” said Shehan Phillip, a student from ECHS West. He further expressed his gratitude to the Hilton for their hospitality and kindness.
The ECHS helps youth who are traditionally inclined to vocational training, those unable to pay for their education and who have a passion for cooking but may have had a hard time succeeding in the industry or discover new pathways for their future. For many, like Abhilajini from Batticaloa, the visit to Hilton was their first-ever tour to a hotel and fine-dining experience, the release said.
“I am grateful to the Hilton Hotel Colombo and Dilmah for giving students like us from the East, the chance to go into the culinary scene outside of where we live.” – Abhilajini
“We are delighted to have the ECHS students from the East & West at Hilton today. By extending our support to Dilmah’s initiative, we are glad to be a part of empowering the future of the country in the smallest way possible.” said Manesh Fernando, Area General Manager, Hilton Colombo
The culinary boot camp at ECHS is designed to equip youth with skills and knowledge that will enable youth to turn their passion into a career and reach new heights in the industry down the road. At every intake, the ECHS students get practical exposure to various concepts they have learned in the class. By working with some of the accomplished instructors and chefs in the country and around the world, the students learn everything from gastronomy to personality development through a well-tailored curriculum that meets the global standards of the industry.
INSEE Ecocycle to provide waste management solutions for Galle Analytical Lab
Signatories to the agreement were Mrs. Dharshani Lahandapura, Chairperson and Dr. P.B. Terney Pradeep Kumara, General Manager, MEPA and Sanjeewa Chulakumara, Director of INSEE Ecocycle Lanka (Private) Limited together with senior officials from both organisations
INSEE Ecocycle, the nation’s pioneer in sustainable waste management has joined hands with the Marine Environment Protection Authority (MEPA), the apex body established to prevent, control and manage pollution in Sri Lanka’s marine environment, to provide Sustainable Integrated Waste Management Solution for the MEPA’s Galle analytical laboratory recently.
Prior to the agreement, no sustainable solution for analytical laboratory waste and chemical waste existed in the country. This hazardous waste was accumulated at laboratory premises or due to misconduct, was discharged into the open environment such as drains, soil or natural water streams etc. As a result, possible environmental impacts such as soil acidification or soil alkalization, eradication of aquatic plants and animals, possible ground water contamination, acid rains and ozone depletion could have taken place.
Similarly devastating human health impact such as skin cancers, liver damage, blindness, neurological disorders, adverse pregnancy outcomes and bioaccumulation were also a possibility.
Commenting on the agreement Sanjeewa Chulakumara noted, “INSEE Ecocycle is proud to partner with MEPA for analytical laboratory waste management and we highly appreciate the commitment and the passion of the senior management of MEPA for this collaborative sustainable initiative, which is a great example to other government institutions in the country as well.”
94% of consumers in APAC considering the use of emerging payment methods: study
As a result of the pandemic, enthusiasm for a broader range of payment technologies has accelerated in the Asia Pacific region as 94% of people say they will consider using at least one emerging payment method, such as QR codes, digital or mobile wallets, installment plans, cryptocurrencies, biometrics and others, in the coming year. This is according to the Mastercard New Payments Index conducted across 18 markets globally, including India, Australia and Thailand, which reveals that 84% of consumers in APAC already have access to more ways to pay compared to one year ago. Of note for entrepreneurs, 74% of respondents said that they would shop at small businesses with greater frequency if they offered additional payment options.
“Mastercard’s study finds that people in the Asia Pacific region haven’t just adopted new payment technologies—they’ve made deliberate shifts based partly on necessity, but also on considerations around personal safety, security and convenience, at a time when these concerns were paramount,” said Sandeep Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Products & Innovation, Asia Pacific, Mastercard. “Consumers in Asia Pacific have already gained recognition globally for their openness to new technologies and innovation, and these findings confirm that this trend is only set to continue as more digital payment options rapidly become mainstream in this part of the world.”
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ASPI skyrockets to reach 3 ½ weeks high
Turnover recorded at a healthy level at Rs. 2.7bn
Bourse premiered the week shooting the index remarkably high to reach a 3 ½ weeks top. ASPI displayed a stepped upward trend and surged in the first hour of trading followed by a sideways movement during mid-day and ended with a gradual uptrend to close at 7,350 gaining 122 points.
Turnover was recorded at a healthy level at LKR 2.7Bn powered by the active retail participation. Food, Beverage & Tobacco sector dominated the turnover closely followed by the Capital Goods sector to generate a joint contribution of 50%. Foreign investors remained net sellers while recording low participation.
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