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Mosvold Boutique Hotels rewards the Unflinching Spirits of 2020

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Celebrating and rewarding budding entrepreneurs and their stories of a challenging 2020

Mosvold Boutique Hotels (MBH) launched its ‘Unflinching Spirits’ campaign to reward resilient entrepreneurs of today who rose up to the challenge that was 2020.

Amidst the struggles and trials in the last two years in Sri Lanka, are the determined and passionate new entrepreneurs who pursued their goals in the face of difficulty and turned adversity into opportunity – creating, building and developing budding businesses in a tough economic climate.

The Unflinching Spirits campaign is a reward for entrepreneurs who deserve to kick back, relax and reflect on all they’ve achieved. It’s a celebration of their hard work, gritty attitude and the sheer strength they’ve displayed to uplift and empower not just themselves, but their communities and other young businesses as a whole.

The campaign will reward deserving entrepreneurs with an all-expenses paid, two-night stay at one of the luxurious Mosvold Boutique Hotels with the opportunity to engage in with the founders of MBH to exchange ideas.

To be a part of the Unflinching Spirits campaign, entrepreneurs can apply by sharing their success stories with a 90-second video clip outlining the following: who they are, what their business does and how their story started, their team and their achievements and how their business is supporting other businesses and communities.

Speaking on the launch of the Unflinching Spirits campaign, Nilanka Martinus, Trustee of MMF and the Managing Director of MBH, said, “Despite the difficulties and the challenges of the last two years, it has been encouraging to witness so many entrepreneurs adapt and find new ways of making their businesses succeed. We began our journey with small but meaningful steps and are fully aware of all the hard work, dedication and energy it takes to build a business from the ground up”.

He added: “These entrepreneurs are not just displaying courage and perseverance but they are also strengthening our economy and setting an example that can be followed by their communities. We also want to celebrate their achievements with them – and the Unflinching Spirits campaign is our little way of thanking them for bringing about positive change in their lives and the lives of others”.

To enter the Unflinching Spirits campaign, entrepreneurs can submit their 90 seconds video clip via email to info@mosvold.lk on or before March 31, 2021.

The Mosvold Boutique Hotels has four properties across two portfolios; Escape Lifestyle Hotels and Mosvold Boutique Hotels. It’s CSR arm, Mosvold-Martinus Foundation, established in 2009, has funded and awarded over 400 scholarships and has 30+ projects under its wing.

The Foundation empowers and creates opportunities in underprivileged communities with the sole aim of fostering self-reliant individuals through education, skill development and pro-poor micro-finance programs.



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Southern MP warns that Russian & Ukranian tourists working here are at risk

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“They may be knifed or their lives threatened”

ECONOMYNEXT – Tourists from Russia and Ukraine who are staying in houses in Sri Lanka for long periods are engaging in business activities and should be taxed to prevent them being knifed by competitors, SLPP MP Chandima Weerakkody told parliament on Friday.

“There are many tourists who are staying long term in houses,” he said. “Though they come here they cannot use their credit cards – especially Russian and Ukrainian tourists who cannot use their money through their cards. As a result they have been forced to work and earn something in Sri Lanka.”

He called on the government to have a system where they can use their money.

“In our areas many tourists are cutting hair, some are doing tinkering work, some are setting up pizza shops, some are selling cannabis – I think there is a new name now *for ganja),” Weerakkody said. “If we send the immigration behind the tourists who are coming, even those that are coming will not come.”

“No taxes are being charged from any of these tourists who are doing business. Our (local people’s) taxes are raised. I am asking at least to have a system for the government to collect some taxes

“I want to say in Parliament that in our areas, a knifing (pihi anumak), or some other threat to life (jeewitha tharjanayak) may happen if this situation continues.”

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Kidney sale racket unearthed in Colombo

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Five duped to sell their kidneys at Rs. 15 million each

By Norman Palihawadane

The Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) has informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate Ranjindra Jayasuriya that an investigation has been launched to arrest the suspects involved in the organized racket of obtaining kidneys from poor people promising big money and selling them to local and foreign people.The CCD told the court on Thursday that four men and one woman have parted with their kidneys, and despite promising to pay Rs.15 million per kidney nothing was paid.

CCD reported to court that the victims were operated at a Hospital on Cotta Road in Borella and no money was paid. A mother who was nursing a one-and-a-half-year-old infant was among those cheated.

The police told court that a person from the Bloemendhal area had referred these people through another man and a woman. Required medical tests had been conducted at three private hospitals.

Evidence has been obtained that kidney surgeries had been performed at a private hospital in Borella and the CCD stated in court that this racket was organized targeting poor families in Colombo.

It informed court that they have already launched investigations and will arrest the suspects and produce them before court.After considering the relevant submissions, the Magistrate ordered the CCD to conduct investigations and arrest the suspects and present them to court.

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Record highest number of school students visit Parliament

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School children wave during their visit to Parliament on Thursday (1). Serjeant-at Arms Narendra Fernando said that the largest number of school students in the history of the Parliament visited the Parliament on Dec 1. Over 5,000 students from 32 schools from different provinces visited the Parliament on that day, he said. More than 25,000 students representing schools in different parts of the country had visited to observe the Parliamentary debates after the Public Gallery was reopened for school students from Sept 19.

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