The Health Ministry says there is no exact date on when Sri Lanka will receive AstraZeneca vaccines to be used as the second dose. The vaccines had been expected this week but the Health Ministry today said that it is now expected in another two weeks. Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) Director Dr. Ranjith Bathuwanthuduwa told reporters today that there is still no fixed date on when the vaccines will arrive. However, Bathuwanthuduwa urged the public not to panic, saying the second dose will arrive soon. (colombogazette.com) (Except for the headline, this story, originally published by colombogazette.com has not been edited by SLM staff)
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Environmental activists claim there is an oil leak from the X-Press Pearl Wreck sitting on the ocean floor off the coast of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Justice, Hemantha Withanage speaking to reporters in Colombo on Thursday (22) said he believes the bunker oil from the X-Press Pearl is leaking. He said over 275 sea turtles are reported to have died following the X-Press Pearl disaster and it can be assumed that the actual number of sea turtle deaths can be north of 2000. In addition, around 45 dolphins have also reported to have died, he said. He claimed there is chemical contamination in the sea resulting in the death of marine life while local academics have failed to provide reasons for this issue. The Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Justice, Hemantha Withanage went on to note that the oil leak is resulting in the deaths of more fish and the livelihoods of the fishermen. According to information received, the oil is leaking out from one of the air vents which is about 02 to 03 meters below the sea level.
(RTTNews) - Below are the earnings highlights for SLM Corp. (SLM): -Earnings: $139.01 million in Q2 vs. -$87.69 million in the same period last year. -EPS: $0.44 in Q2 vs. -$0.23 in the same period last year. -Excluding items, SLM Corp. reported adjusted earnings of $144.28 million or $0.45 per share for the period. -Analysts projected $0.
NEWARK, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM), formally SLM Corporation, today released second-quarter 2021 financial results. Highlights of those results are included in the attached supplement. Complete financial results are available at www.SallieMae.com/investors. Sallie Mae will host an earnings conference call tomorrow, July 22, 2021, at 8 a.m. ET. Executives will be on hand to discuss various highlights of the quarter and to answer questions related to Sallie Maes performance.
Two chimpanzees and two orangutans at the Dehiwala Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19. State Minister of Wildlife Wimalaweera Dissanayake said that there was no change in the behavior and eating habits of the animals. As a result, he said, another PCR test would be conducted to confirm whether they continue to remain infected with COVID-19. The four animals have been separated from the rest of the animals and sent for quarantine. A lion and a lioness at the Dehiwala Zoo earlier tested positive for COVID-19. State Minister Wimalaweera Dissanayake stated that both the animals have recovered. ( newsfirst.lk ) (Except for the headline, this story, originally published by newsfirst.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)
Sri Lanka Police have discovered Rs. 13.9 million in cash buried in a house located in Kottawa, Pannipitiya. This house was rented out by Dinesh Lakmal, the brother-in-law of wanted drug trafficker Ran Malli. The suspect was arrested by Police and handed over to the Police Narcotic Bureau. Ran Malli (Charith Sandakelum) is a close associate of notorious drug trafficker and criminal gang leader Harak Kata (Nandun Chinthaka), and both of these criminals are operating from the UAE. Police Spokesperson Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said discovery was linked to discovery of 298 kilograms of heroin and weapons from a vessel in the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka. The skippers of several vessels, the crew and several others were arrested in the recent months, he said. The Police Spokesperson said investigations revealed that Ran Malli was using his brother-in-law to handle drug finances in the country. ( newsfirst.lk ) (Except for the headline, this story, originally published by newsfirst.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)
An enormous part of the Sri Lankan southeast corner is Yala National Park and this park that stretches from the jungles inland to the beaches on the Indian Ocean was closed for all visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the park is now open to only foreign tourists subject to health recommendations. Manoj Vidyaratne, the caretaker of the Yala National Park speaking to News 1st said the authorities hope to open the Yala National Park to local tourists as soon as possible. I hope that the Yala National Park will become a very good tourist destination in the future after it is opened to local tourists as well, he said. The Yala National Park was opened amid allegations by the opposition led by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa who claimed that the government is planning to take away 12,000 acres From the Yala National Park, Block 1 for unknown purposes. Reliable sources have also confirmed that illegal roadways are to be constructed through the National Park up to Akasa Chaitya, he tweeted.
Minister of Education Prof. GL Peiris says a decision on postponing the 2021 Advanced Level Examination and the Grade 5 Scholarship Examination, scheduled for the month of October, will be announced next week. The Minister speaking at a media briefing today said, a decision will be reached following comprehensive talks with nine Zonal Education Directors, teachers and all stakeholders. Minister Peiris said talks will focus on whether the exams should be postponed by a short period given the COVID-19 situation in the country. The Education Minister claimed a decision will be announced next week following a comprehensive discussion. Meanwhile the Minister added they hope to complete the vaccination of all teachers in ten days. The Education Minister said as of noon yesterday 86% of teachers were vaccinated in the Western Province, 97% in Colombo, 81% in Gampaha and 82% in Kalutara. He noted that the Ministry of Education will subsequently reopen schools in stages from the beginning of August.
Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena on Sunday (11) said he will take responsibility for ensuring that a kilogram of Nadu and Kekulu rice is available for less than Rs. 100/- for a period of three years, by amending the necessary laws and regulations. "We cannot allow the price of rice to increase,'''' said the Minister adding that the government will not allow anyone to make undue profits by amassing paddy stocks during this difficult time period. (newsfirst.lk) (Except for the headline, this story, originally published by newsfirst.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)
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The Supreme Court has determined that several Clauses of the Bill titled Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) (Temporary Provisions) are inconsistent with the Constitution and need amendments, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced in Parliament yesterday. The SC had stated that the Bill, in its current form, requires a special majority in Parliament and the approval of the people at a referendum. The Speaker announced as follows: I wish to announce that I have received the determination of the Supreme Court in respect of the Bill titled Coronavirus Disease 2019(Covid-19) (Temporary Provisions) which has been challenged in the Supreme Court in terms of Article 121 (1) of the Constitution. A three Judge Bench has adjudicated on the matter and two Judges have determined as follows:- 1) Clauses 2,3,4,6,7 and 10 of the Bill read together with the definition of Covid-19 circumstance in Clause 12 of the Bill are inconsistent with Articles 3 and 4 (c) of the Constitution and could be validly passed only with the special majority Provided for in Article 84(2) of the Constitution and approved by the People at a referendum.
Sanlam has launched an interactive app that introduces children to the wonder of saving. The company said that its new free, first-of-its-kind app helps children start a journey of financial confidence by teaching them savvy saving habits. In the app, young users become dragon masters embarking on a fantastical quest. The more they save, the 
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