Monday, December 19, 2005

World's Largest Floating Bookshop and the Oldest Passenger Ship In Colombo

There are certain procedures to be done before you see her.........

Because yesterday I went to see her, but it was not a easy task, actually it’s a huge project, they have arranged bus service from gall face to the Ship (port) at gall face ground near by gall face hotel premises. There was long... and long couple of queues, one for issue tickets, (Rs.5o/= per head) and another one for the bus, it seems the organizer would have hired few (about 4) tourist passenger busses. That is hardly enough for the crowed and they won’t load more than 50 passengers. And it would take about 10 to 15 minutes to return.

Lot of people couldn’t make it including my self, the fact that, I feel it is not organized properly, as you know its a usual mistake of our authorized persons.

So my advise is be there in time.

Doulos, the World's Largest Floating Bookshop and the Oldest Passenger Ship, owned and operated by Gute Bucher Fur Alle (Good Books for All- GBA),a nonprofit making charity organisation registered in Germany, will be in Sri Lanka from Friday, December 16 to December 31. From Colombo the ship will move to Galle harbour and Southerners could view Doulos from January 4 to 11, 2006.It will be docked at the Bandaranaike Quay,Leyden Bastian Gate,Colombo Harbour and on Friday, December 16,at 2.00 pm the `family book fair' will be officially opened by the First Lady Shiranthi Rajapakse the Guest of honour of the opening ceremony.

The Doulos will entertain visitors from 2 pm to 6 pm on December 16, and from December 24 to December 31 at 10 am to 3.00 pm daily. While the book-ship is closed on December 25 in lieu of Christmas, on Tuesdays and Saturdays the public can enter the ship during the opening hours 10.00 am to 6.00 pm; on Sundays and Mondays from 2.00 pm to 6.00pm.

The Floating International Charity Book-ship the MV Doulos comes to the Sri Lanka shores when it is holiday time and season for `buying gifts'.

The Book-ship, carries with her a stock of half a million books featuring around 6,000 titles on display and for sale, and these books cover a wide range of subjects such as Science,Sports,Hobbies,Cookery, Arts, Philosophy,Children's books and the like.

Doulos hosts on her upper deck the largest floating Book Fair in the world. The books have been carefully chosen to treat the interest of each and every member of the family and with the educational and social needs of the local community in mind. Most of the books are in English although a small selection of books in local language is available.

The MV Doulos built in 1914,just two years after the Titanic sank an it is still afloat and the uniqueness of the lies being the book-ship recorded in the Guinness Book of Records, being the World Oldest Ocean-going passenger ship still active.

It is on record that this Book-ship has travelled visiting 100 countries during the past 27 years. Princes, Prime Ministers,Sheikhs and Presidents have greeted this `Grand Old Lady of the Oceans" passing through their respective territorial waters and over 17 million people in the countries in Latin America,Africa,Europe, Asia and in the Pacific have climbed the Ship's gangways."It is with this modest pride in mind we return to Sri Lanka for another exciting visit", a communique released by the Doulos said.

The Good Books for All organisations which own the vessel has operated since 1978, and seeks to promote good education and international understanding through its floating book-shop and cultural exchange program. This unusual ship which is a home to over 300 Christian volunteers from 40 different countries and is dubbed as the"Floating United Nations". The caption and the crew members do not earn a salary by working in this ship but they are being sponsored by their families or friends.

The crew on board has been involved in providing long term humanitarian relief in areas of great need or tragedy. This ship at intervals has provided food,material aid,primary health-care and education,rebuilding and re-equipping of medical and educational facilities.

"We hope to give our contribution to the beautiful country Sri Lanka during our stay as we do in some way every port we pass through, an expression of our practical concern", the media release said. (WIRUMA)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Five Defining Characteristics of Great CEOs

by: Jan B. King

1. Personal insight. Great CEOs are great leaders. They know themselves and what they stand for. They have been called on all their lives as problem solvers because others know them to be fair and impartial. People respect their opinions and look to them for guidance. Great CEOs are mature as people. They can suffer disappointment more gracefully than others and give others credit for their achievements. They don’t come in the office door yelling for something they need. They aren’t as concerned about titles or power structures as they are about the welfare of those who work at the company. They are trustworthy because they’ve always been honest with people and have earned that trust. They care about families, and they know that people are more important than dollars and express it in their actions every day. Finally, great CEOs seek out feedback. They want to know how others see them so that they can understand themselves better and continue to grow as people. They also want feedback about the company from an employee perspective, and they use surveys as a starting point for creating a dialogue to make things better.

2. Resourcefulness. Great CEOs seem to have boundless energy. They come to work with the greatest enthusiasm. Even when they don’t feel like it, they find ways to reenergize themselves and come in ready to go. They take good care of themselves physically and emotionally so that they can be there for the employees and the needs of the company. They give much more than they take every day. They don’t give up. If the wall is too high, they back down and find another way around. They don’t blame, but they do look for solutions to problems so that those problems are less likely to happen again.

3. Courage. The CEO has one of the world’s toughest jobs. No matter how tough it was to start the company, it’s even harder to keep it going and growing. A CEO must decide what he or she stands for and do what is right, all the time. It takes courage to fire the salesperson responsible for the company’s biggest, most lucrative account when that same salesperson drives a company car drunk and causes an accident. There will be many times when CEOs will want to smooth over something that requires decisive action because of the potential consequences or because they just can’t take on one more challenge at the moment. However, CEOs who exercise poor moral judgment will lose their personal integrity with all of their employees watching.

4. Willingness to look at risk. A great CEO isn’t afraid to look at the downside and answer the hard questions he or she hopes will never become a reality. The CEO needs a backup plan—one that is designed by looking at the company’s worst-case scenarios. This plan addresses questions such as: What if your industry experiences a slump? What if new governmental regulations affect your business? What if you lose the client that accounts for 50 percent of your sales? Preparing yourself and your company for these eventualities may be the difference between a tough year or two and bankruptcy. If you are in business for 20 years, some of your worst-case scenarios will probably happen. The key is to be ready and able to take immediate action to reduce the loss.

5. Foresight. It seems some CEOs have an uncanny ability to predict the future. They may have unusual insights into their particular markets, and luck may play a part as well. In addition, they are prepared to create their own luck by cultivating an ability to see opportunities for their company and to make the deals that convert those opportunities into realities. Some things that may seem like amazing foresight are actually the result of the hard work and discipline it takes to constantly look forward to build a successful company. Great CEOs must also constantly develop new products to build and retain a customer base. Foresight is also the ability to hire and retain the right people, looking ahead toward the growth of the company. Finally, over time, each company must develop a steady source of business during both good economic times and bad, because there are sure to be bad economic times during the life of a business.

About The Author
Jan B. King is the former President & CEO of Merritt Publishing, a top 50 woman-owned and run business in Los Angeles and the author of Business Plans to Game Plans: A Practical System for Turning Strategies into Action (John Wiley & Sons, 2004). She has helped hundreds of businesses with her book and her ebooks, The Do-It-Yourself Business Plan Workbook, and The Do-It-Yourself Game Plan Workbook.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

E-mail Scammers Pose as FBI, CIA

E-mail Scammers Pose as FBI, CIA SAN FRANCISCO-- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation today warned computer users not to open a widely circulating e-mail that falsely claims to have been sent by U.S. authorities. The e-mail attempts to trick users into installing a variant of the Sober worm by telling them that they have been spotted on "illegal Web sites," and asking them to click on an attached "list of questions."
use header link for more info.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Space Movies & Alien abduction movies

TOP 10 Space Movies

Red Planet
The Last Starfighter
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Silent Running
Mars Attacks!
The Martian Chronicles
The Dream Is Alive: IMAX

TOP 10 alien abduction movies

The Arrival
The Original Miniseries
The Astronaut's Wife
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Fire In The Sky
Men In Black
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
X-Files: Fight the Future

Thursday, October 27, 2005


he is having the lunch.. :D

This is my brother :

This is the hospital :

I should have post this last month but I couldn’t make it. Anyway this is about the tour of India with my brother. My brother was having a hart disorder ailment called Tachycardia.

Let me explain …….

What is “Tachycardia” means fast hart rate, or rapid raise of hart rate.
The normal adult heart rate, or pulse, ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute. A heart rate that continues to beat above 100 beats per minute is called tachycardia.

Why “Tachycardia” this is relates to some malfunctioning of this heart's electrical impulse relay system, which leads to either slow beating of the heart which is called - Brady Cardia or fast beating of the heart medically identified as Tachy Cardia.

My brother’s local consultant Dr Asunga Dunuwille (Cardiac, Electro physiologist and Cardiologist) first tried to treated with drugs in general way but later after few test and based on patient’s condition he decided to do 3D mapping and RF Ablation.

Unfortunately in Sri Lanka we don’t have that technology and facilities; so we had to move to India. Before we go to India we had chance meet the Indian consultant Dr Mohan nair (senior cardiologist) when he was in Sri lanka with Dr Dunuwille. So he explained the way how things can be arranged and so on etc.

So we are not that bad :D

Finally we went to (India) Delhi, Hart and lung Institute. And they planed the need full, we had to stay about a week to get over his difficulty.

Now he is being better after whole procedure.

Thanks to Dr Dunuwille and Dr Nair and Hart and lung Institute’s staff, they were so kind.

Thanks again.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Hurricane Name (See ur name is in the list ?)

Hurricanes are given boys and girls names when they are formed. This makes it easier for scientists and the general public to communicate. It is quicker and shorter to use a name then a code or number for each storm. Every year, a list of names is prepared for the upcoming hurricane season. The names alternate between a boy and girl’s name and go in alphabetical order. (Names with Q, U, X, Y, Z are not used because it is hard to find enough names that start with these letters.)
Just as a hockey player’s jersey number is retired (if he’s a great player), memorable hurricanes can have their name retired. Hurricane names are retired after a really bad storm so that there is no confusion when people talk about that particular storm. A list of names that is used one year is used again in six years with new names for the names that were retired.

Here is the list of the names that might be used over the next six years. Is your name there? Alberto will be the first name used in the 2000 season.
Alberto, Allison, Arthur, Ana, Alex, Arlene
Beryl, Barry, Bertha, Bill, Bonnie, Bret
Chris, Chantal, Cristobal, Claudette, Charley, Cindy
Debby, Dean, Dolly, Danny, Danielle, Dennis
Ernesto, Erin, Edouard, Erika, Earl, Emily
Florence, Felix, Fay, Fabian, Frances, Franklin
Gordon, Gabrielle, Gustav, Grace, Gaston, Gert
Helene, Humberto, Hanna, Henri, Hermine, Harvey
Isaac, Iris, Isidore, Isabel, Ivan, Irene
Joyce, Jerry, Josephine, Juan, Jeanne, Jose
Keith, Karen, Kyle, Kate, Karl, Katrina
Leslie, Lorenzo, Lili, Larry, Lisa, Lee
Michael, Michelle, Marco, Mindy, Matthew, Maria
Nadine, Noel, Nana, Nicholas, Nicole, Nate
Oscar, Olga, Omar, Odette, Otto, Ophelia
Patty, Pablo, Paloma, Peter, Paula, Philippe
Rafael, Rebekah, Rene, Rose, Richard, Rita
Sandy, Sebastien, Sally, Sam, Shary, Stan
Tony, Tanya, Teddy, Teresa, Tomas, Tammy
Valerie, Van, Vicky, Victor, Virginie, Vince
William, Wendy, Wilfred, Wanda, Walter, Wilma

Here is a list of all of the hurricane names that have been retired. Is your name there? Click on it to see a description of the storm that retired it!


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

its very sad when loved ones are leaving from our life's........

I couldn't attend to the last day of the Tech Ed. the resone is that I had a funeral, my mother In Laws father has Passed Away. So from friday to monday I had to stayed up till late mid night, and I have no hesitation to say that he was a great father and grand father to us.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Tech Ed 2005 Started!

it's all about Upcoming Ms technologies.........
First of all I would like to thanks to the organizers who made the Microsoft Tech Ed reality, because this was the first MS tech Ed ever held in Colombo. even though we had some glitches.. Ultimately.. Its very well done. Hope to have much better Tech Ed in next year.. I personally happy with the sessions that I attended in 2 days and the services provided by the Tech Ed premise's. the way, entertainment night was very cool.....

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Too Long

Its Cerebiz........... BI tool. Every day I had to work till late night, Bcoz we are on tight delivery for one of our client, So myself and the team (Madhawa, Dinesh, Gogula) had to accomplish that task. And therefore I was sort of busy.

Anyway, I found a nice article regarding C# Tips and Tricks while browsing,

DotNET has much more to it than the raw aspects of the technology. In this episode, software legend Juval Lowy shares his tips, tricks, and best practices. Juval will demonstrate how to deal with common real life hurdles, and how to effectively apply .NET, by presenting utilities and ideas that can enhance your productivity significantly.

You can download,

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Must-Have Tools For Every Developer

- NUnit to write unit tests
- NDoc to create code documentation
- NAnt to build your solutions
- CodeSmith to generate code
- FxCop to police your code
- Snippet Compiler to compile small bits of code
- Two different switcher tools, the ASP.NET Version Switcher and the Visual Studio .NET Project Converter
- Regulator to build regular expressions
- .NET Reflector to examine assemblies

This is great article, Do Read this..............


Hi EveryBody..
Summa is O n l i n e ........
From recent past I really wanted to start a blog, and Today I managed to fulfill it.
So Anyway first Setp is done... and hope to continue.