Ladies from around the world who arrived for the APAC Mid-Term Meeting of Ladies Circle International (LCI) have been enjoying Sri Lanka’s sunshine, beaches, wildlife and history as they prepare to deliberate on how to make a difference to those less fortunate by supporting community projects and raising funds for the needy, both locally and internationally. The meeting was held at the Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo, on 24th and 25th February, 2023.
LCI is currently a community of 13,000 women across 5 regions, globally. A community of 2032 women in the Asia Pacific across 7 countries, LCI defines friendship as a remarkable experience sharing a bond with ladies from different parts of the globe with different cultures and upbringing, and yet share a common goal and language in friendship. Every Circler endeavours to make a difference to those less fortunate than them by supporting community projects and raising funds for the needy, locally and internationally.
“Our aim is to promote international friendship, understanding and goodwill by encouraging members to extend their knowledge of each other and other people,” said Martina Santoro, President, Ladies Circle International (LCI). “We are non-political and non-sectarian. We promote, co-ordinate & develop working relationships with Round Table International, Tangent International, Agora Club International and Club 41 International, wherever possible.”
“Having been given the opportunity to host the Ladies Circle international APAC Mid-term meeting, we hope to help bring tourism back into Sri Lanka and show the internationals what our beautiful country has to offer,” said Sanjana Selvarajah, President, Ladies Circle Sri Lanka. For us it is an opportunity to bring awareness about circling and the opportunity to build friendships and bonds with others from around the region and the rest of the world. It is also an opportunity to bring about international exposure for our country. We are very grateful to our sponsors for helping us to make this event a possibility, particularly our main sponsors Nippon Paint Lanka for the tremendous strength they have been to us.”
Ladies Circle works closely with Round Table International, a similar organisation for men. Round Table Sri Lanka (RTSL) is an organization of non-political and non-sectarian young men between the age group of 18 and 40 / 45 with an aim to promote service, fellowship and goodwill in national and international affairs. It carries out multiple projects and initiatives for fellowship and community service as well as to build competency and capacity of its members.
Exterminators PLC certified as great place to work
Exterminators PLC announces that it has been certified as a Great Place to Work for the second year in a row. This achievement reaffirms our commitment to creating an environment that fosters learning, development, and success for our staff members. The certification was awarded after an independent audit and certification process conducted by the renowned organisation Great Place to Work (GPTW), which evaluated our company across various focus areas. Exterminators PLC excelled in the Trust Index, scoring high points in all focus areas during the certification process.
“The challenges we faced over the past twelve months were unprecedented. We are proud of our coworkers, who kept our business operating without interruption by working collaboratively and courageously and leaning on our collective creativity, innovation, and passion. Our slogan was ‘How can we’ keep the promise we made? and we constantly innovated to get the job done, no matter how difficult it was.
We are grateful to our coworkers who collaborated with us during these most challenging times and for their pure commitment and loyalty towards Exterminators PLC, which kept us moving forward despite unprecedented obstacles.” Marlon Ferreira the Managing Director said.
SLT-MOBITEL mTunes introduces ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo
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With a vast collection of songs on the mTunes platform, the ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo offers users the opportunity to connect with their hearts’ content and win big cash prizes. From September 1st to November 30th, 2023, the ‘Be a Millionaire’ promo on mTunes promises incredible prizes for lucky participants. The grand prize is an amazing Rupees One million (Rs. 1,000,000) with additional rewards of Rs. 100,000 for the second winner and Rs. 50,000 for the third place. But the path to wealth does not end; seven more lucky winners will receive Rs. 10,000 each, and every week, there will be twelve lucky winners of Rs. 10,000 each in cash prizes.
Participating in the promotion is easy. Existing and new CRBT users have the chance to win these fantastic prizes, including becoming millionaires, by simply activating more mTunes during the promotional period. With multiple cash prizes available, there are numerous opportunities to win every week. The ‘Be a Millionaire’ promotion is a golden opportunity to make dreams come true.
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Lanka can build strong tourism ‘eco-brand’: UN official
By NETHMI RAJAWASAM
ECONOMYNEXT –Sri Lanka can build an ‘eco-brand’ catering especially to younger tourists who feel strongly about the environment, United Nations Resident Representative to Sri Lanka, Azusa Kobota said.
About 70 percent of global travellers prioritise sustainability in their holiday choices, marking a ten percent increase from 2021, while around 30 percent of travellers feel guilty about flying, due to carbon emissions, she said.
“As the world embraces green thinking during this time of economic recovery efforts, the objective of the tourism sector cannot simply be about increasing the number of inbound tourists,” Kobota said at an event marking World Tourism Day in Colombo.
“It has to be about enhancing their experience through green lenses, by implementing a responsible, eco-conscious paradigm for the sector and building a stronger eco-brand around the sustainable agenda for Sri Lanka,”
“This is no longer about reducing the trade offs between growing the industry and protecting the environment.
“We must see nature as our asset and solutions to be obtained for the exponential growth for our future generations.”
The sustainable tourism market is estimated to have earned 195 billion US dollars in 2022, and is expected to reach about 656 billion US dollars in 2032, she said.
“Tourists, particularly the younger generations from gen X,Y,Z are deeply, deeply conscious about the long term choices of their actions, and the adverse impact of tourists on the environment.
“Statistics show that a significant proportion of global travellers, about 30 percent, feel guilty about flying due to the environmental impact and 22 percent say they actively prefer public transport and bicycle rental options, over renting a car.”
Sri Lanka welcomed one million tourists by September 26 and is expecting more that 1.5 million tourists by the end of the year.
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