Blue Ocean Group Stands Tall During Challenging Times  Construction industry Sri Lanka’s construction industry contributes to about 7.1% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country and employs more than 650,000 workers. Despite the economic slowdown faced globally across all industries and the resultant optimism dent within the real estate and construction sector, the Colombo District Land Valuation Indicator (LVI) reported an overall 6.8% growth rate in the first half of 2021.    Post-pandemic situation & subsequent economic crisis After dealing with the many hurdles that the pandemic had thrown, the Sri Lankan economy moved into a state of an unprecedented economic crisis in late 2021. As a result, the construction and real estate sectors have undergone various challenges that had caused many smaller players to drop out of the market. Many others have developed a high-risk “hit and run” approach with their projects due to the scarcity of resources ...

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A daughter’s recollection and tribute – Corinne King   Source:stcobasydney.org I am Corinne King (neé Pereira) – the daughter of the late Douglas Noel Pereira – a dedicated teacher of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia from 1951 to 1972. Also, known as Mr D.N. Pereira – (Douglas Noel), (D.N.P.), (D.N.) or otherwise known as “Bulto” to the many hundreds of students he taught during his long teaching career.  Dad was known as “Bulto” a nickname he received at STC in the early 1950’s – around 1953/1954 when as a light smoker he decided to take to sucking the black and white striped lolly called “Bulto”! This nickname stayed with him throughout his entire teaching career at STC.   My Dad – Douglas was a son of C.V. Pereira – A Scholar & Writer of Latin Textbooks. C.V. Pereira along with Warden Stone wrote a Latin Text book that was used ...

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     “A POOR POLITICIAN” – An Introduction by Des Kelly  Even my title for this very interesting piece sent in by Christopher Lawton, O.A.M., to me, sounds and looks downright unbelievable.  This story is one about the financial fragility of a Sri Lankan Politician of the past, very hard to believe, isn’t it ??. To my mind, a poor politician is so-called because, like em or loathe em, one has to feel sorry for them, if only for the job they choose to do, a job that I would NEVER wish to have for all the tea in China, India, Sri Lanka, in fact, the tea of all these three Countries combined.  Politicians, or “Pollies” as they are affectionately known, in Australia, are not born, they are made, (elected by poor less-educated people who choose them to run the Country). 99% of them absolutely spoil it for the Character ...

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The governor’s palace, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka A Love story from Ceylon : The British Governor General Sir Thomas Maitland’s mansion and the Rodi (mestizo) Dancer The Reason why we call Galkissa, Mount Lavinia Sir Thomas Maitland was assigned to Ceylon ( Sri Lanka ) as the British Governor General during the period of 1805–1811. Governor Maitland was a 46 year old bachelor who decided to construct his country residence on a breathtaking beachfront property at “Galkissa” ( Mount Lavinia ).  He was also known as “King Tom” and described in a biography as “a great human force, controlled by an iron will”. ...

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