Thursday, April 20, 2017

SAITM – We need some clarity here!

All parties for and against SAITM appear to be pursuing their own vested interests and attempting to score political brownie points, and statements are constantly made by parties that DO NOT MAKE any logical sense, by either party, so that when it comes to the debate and argument amongst citizens they are pontificating about this from THEIR UNDERSTANDING which they believe is right, and that is due to confusing reports by each side, all aimed at confusing, and not CLARITY of each parties’ point of veiw regarding it.

Added to all this at a press conference JUST held with Media Heads, the President has added a further confusing set of statement by speaking in tongues like some kid of saint or holy man, in language that the listener DOES NOT KNOW how to interpret, and like religion, depending on your interpretation of the statement come to conclusions.

The latest salvo is that SAITM is to be listed on the CSE, when last we heard it was going to be taken over by the State to run under the AEGIS of the Government without being a burden on the Government. These kinds of confusing interpretations, meant to clarify are actually adding to the conflicting interpretations, and the public being none the wiser are now being treated to a pigs breakfast of UNTRUTHS!

So lets merely consider the statement of a PUBLIC LISTING of SAITM. If it is a Privatization of the Neville Fernando Hospital then it is straight forward. This is going to be the FIRST listed educational institution in Sri Lanka. So just as the first private medical college that charged fees has cause NO END OF CONFUSION, the SAME WILL HOLD for the listing, of the whole Institution including the Medical School which is JUST ONE PART of SAITM.

The same allegations can then be made if not more! As with a listing, the whole OBJECTIVE of the management is to maximize the return on Investment to the shareholders, and unlike an institution owned by one person, the profit motive is the total basis on which all management decisions will be made.

So if Private Hospitals are OK to run at a profit, and we know the many problems therein, due to unregulated pricing in a system where often, patients making life and death emergency decisions about their loved ones do not really have a choice, then here too there will be no guarantee of standards being met if profit is the overall objective. In terms of regulation, it is fraight with danger, as the state has little experience and knowledge in doing this right. It depends on who is given the task of regulating, and what their motivations are!

It must be remembered that most of the Medicine Practiced in the USA is of what they call NOT FOR PROFIT INSTITUTIONS that do not put shareholder returns at the top, but who try to ensure charges are made so that the institution is able to continue in operation. There is a HUGE difference if those hospital corporations are listed!

All this detracts from the main purpose of say, the Medical School @ SAITM. I believe it should be to provide the BEST possible academic instruction of ANY institution in Sri Lanka for the teaching of Medicine, bar NONE! As students pay a high fee, they can then pay for the best teachers, many of whom are moonlighting from State Sector, and instead giving of their best @ SAITM because they are PAID TO DO SO, and if they are not good they will be fired. At the state Medical Schools, even hopelessly inadequate academic staff can continue in service as NO ONE takes the firm decisions to remove, incompetent faculty.

The single most important argument for SAITM MUST BE that they actually provide a BETTER education than ANY state faculty, and at present as the teaching faculty at SAITM is better than any state medical school, the ONLY area which is used to belittle the quality is the lack of patients of ALL types of illnesses at the Neville Fernando Hospital in order to get the needed training in practical areas of medicine. That is merely a short term issue that can easily be overcome, and appears soon that Avissawella and other state hospitals can be used to provide the needed practical training to ensure they lack for NOTHING.

As can be seen, the detractors and protaganists are losing the wood from the trees, and need to re-focus on the objective of training the best doctors we can possibly train, both in state and in private and semi-private (KDU for example) institutions. If our only objective is to produce the most competent doctors, then we in Sri Lanka have nothing to worry about or care where they come from.

Frankly, due to the insistence on denigrating the skills of the foreign university qualified doctors, they are actually the most fortunate as they get sent to rural hospitals that Sri Lanka qualified state qualified doctors refuse to be assigned  to. You only have to go to Trincomalee hospital to realize that most of the doctors are foreign qualified getting their training there, and one wonders where the Sri Lankan qualified ones have gone to! 

Perhaps overseas with their free SL education, but I digress from the main intention of this essay to raise the readers awareness on the real issues we face as regards who or what is the BEST institution to get a Medical Education and why we think so with proof of that assumption, rather than let emotion get in the way of making a level headed analysis of each to come up with a fair assessment and for the user (patient) to then conclude who they would prefer to treat their illness in full knowledge.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Has Trump committed Haa Kiri?

His actions defy any sense of propriety, and that was to be expected as that was his signature tune throughout his campaign.

He was JUST able to resist taunts in his well prepared address to the nation known as the address to the Houses of Congress that were televised live around the world.

It was the most balanced he has been since he announced his run for Presidency, but as soon as that finished I suppose he had the Sessionsgate that showed his true colors, where his senior adviser went over him and recused himself from the Russian Scandal, MUCH TO DONALD"S incomprehension.

This led him to go berserk and scream at ALL HIS AIDS including the two closest, Priebus and Banion and IMAGINE STORMING OUT OF THE OVAL OFFICE getting on Marine ONE belinging it to Andrews and taking the AIRFORCE ONE TO MAR E LAGO!

This is the stuff of movies man! NOT real life American Presidency in 2017.

What beat the cake was his propensity to twitter ACTUALLY AN ADDICTION that he has to go to TWITTERS ANONYMOUS immediately before he is turfed out of the White House as an Embarrasment to the American People

This latest tweet accusing OBAMA OF WIRETAPPING TRUMP TOWER which may have been a figment of his fertile imagination, has GONE VIRAL and all his enemies are picking it up as sure evidence that he is NOT UP TO IT!

If more clear indication is needed about his state of mental capackty to have his finger on the NUCLEAR BUTTON this is it!

READ THIS NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL TODAY if evidence was needed of this fragile mind and competency to lead the Country, let alone the FREE WORLD!

Well the rest as they say is the FUTURE OR TO BE MORE CORRECT IS HISTORY!!!!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

It is time someone has the GUTS to tell the University Students that Tertiary Education in NOT A RIGHT!

This absurd business of the tax payer paying for ungrateful students, demonstrating when we have paid their fees, and their whole cost of education and they further make our lives miserable and cost us time and money by their careless behavior.

Unless they return to their Colleges pass their exams with distinction, they SHOULD NOT be given their degree certificates come HELL OR HIGH WATER, and they will finally realize that the poor people who are fleeced out of Taxes on Powdered Milk, Dhal, Kadala, Sprats, Tinned Milk, Potato, Onions Sugar and many other things to pay their education have HAD ENOUGH.

We plead with the Govt NOT TO BE LED by their devious political positions and think of the public at large who have elected you to be fair by the people at large and not a slightly elitist set of DUMB UNDERGRADUATES who are taking this country to the cleaners by going to third rate universities less than 3000 in the world NOT to get an education, but to fool the people yet again by their worthless degrees

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Policy Challenge by Australian PM Turnbull responded to with a Trump TANTRUM!

Is that correct or is it merely incorrect reporting by CNN to poke fun at the US President? I don’t know that answer to that!

If in fact the link above is reporting the truth, then we have a problem with the whole subject of US Foreign Policy.

If under the Obama Administration, they agreed that the US will take 1,250 Syrian Refugees after the due and proper vetting process, why is Trump going back on his word? Is it because it is in direct contradiction of his temporary order to STOP all non Citizens exc. Green Card Holders from 7 Countries?

Well what must his simple mind been telling him? If he said OK to Turnbull, then it would seem that he is contradicting himself, or is making a unilateral special case, as all those currently being denied have had their cases previously checked out for months and only been given the green light to enter the US once they have got the ALL CLEAR.

It is absolutely facetious to think that any of them have a greater likelihood of being a BOSTON BOMBER type, than from the White American Population at large that is so full of nut cases, a shooting is bound to happen sooner rather tan later, to make his executive orders the laughing stock amongst all but his diminishing band of supporters who are one by one beginning to realize the human folly or flaw that is the US President, who was so successful in fooling so many that he actually was voted in under the US Election rules!

Just think about it, one of the closest allies of the United States is being rebuffed by the US President, so when you have friends like this who needs enemies? Why is he alienating the very people who have come to his aid in history, in all wars, Korea, Vietnam, and I personally know Aussie Vietnam Vets, and I BET TRUMP DOES NOT EVEN KNOW THEY EXIST!

It is this Red Neck Rural thinking that we have to be content with for 4 years and it is going to take 4 years for the tide to realize how bizarre the whole deal is. History of course will look on these individual incidences to explain the character flaw that will eventually enter the vocabulary as “He is a TRUMP” and everyone will know who he means by it. So let us enjoy this TRUMP!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

US State Department – Don’t build your Sri Lanka Embassy Complex in front of Temple Trees!

I have already written 3 blog entries in this regard in JULY 2016, so my blog here is in connection with the attached report that Groundbreaking on this project to build the huge embassy complex has just started!

Ironically it is called an enduring symbol of friendship, which any person with half a brain will have a wry smile, knowing it is the easiest method of eves dropping on every sick joke made at Temple Trees from now on.

So  let us revisit my original appeal to the US NOT to build this Embassy here.

This was written 5 months ago, with the intention of avoiding a National Crisis in 4 years when the elections are in full swing and the Embassy is up and operational so that their presence then will NOT cause undue influence over the fickle Sri Lankan voter whose mind can be manipulated against the US with the Embassy at the doorstep of Sri Lankan power.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you understand the Sri Lankan psyche, it takes a long time to wake-up from their slumber, but once it has woken up, it can be deadly, and people's worst fears can easily be aroused irrationally, and your Embassy there is a RED RAG TO A BULL. 

In any case the current Ambassador will not even be around when the new complex is ready for occupation and William Moser is just a bureacrat doing his job, and it does not matter either way to him. So it is for the sake of the US interests in Sri Lanka that I am making this appeal for common sense and once you have read my three previous blog entries you wil be better off being granted 100 acres along the Mahaweli Bank to develop the most beatiful US Embassy in the World, where even a future President can just Copter in from the largest Aircraft Carrier in the US Navy safely in the Trincomalee harbor.

As for pushing the procrastinating SL Govt. to move the Capital a gentle nudge and the promise of a US$1B grant for that purpose in Polonnaruwa will do the trick. At least we can have that ready in 10 years instead of 20, when it will cost twice as much!

Of course my point can only be understood by people who actually have a vision of the future and likely outcomes, so I do not believe any in Govtnone of whom are visionary will even understand what I am about to say, but here I am appealing not to Sri Lanka but to the US State Department NOT to be foolish and act in the interest of the US Public by donating this land for a much needed park complex in Colombo, as the City will be suffocating in a few years with nowhere to breathe.

Of course the foul air will in any case prevent any US staffer worth their breadth, wanting to serve in Colombo, so in the all round interests, plan on Building the US Embassy as the first building in the new Capital City Complex of Sri Lanka which I guess to be on the banks of the Mahaweli in Manampitiya!

The links to my other two entries relating to this are also shown below to complete the trilogy I wrote over 5 months previously, which no doubt the US Govt. have not cared a damn about, but don’t say I did not say so later on.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

If COLOMBO Gridlock of week ending December 2nd 2016 is anything to go by, then we may as well GIVE UP and move out

The only appeal I will make to the strikers is to completely isolate ALL Parliamentarians within the Diyawanna Island and DO NOT ALLOW THEM OUT for 48+ hours. Finally they will probably understand the plight of the rest of us. Let them debate from today and allow them out on Monday morning.

Lets use jamming technology so that they can then NOT get any of their mobile phones working and also use wi-fi jamming so that they cannot use the internet either. Parliamentarians are notorious for being glued to their smart phones.

When people who live even near the Parliament have now decided to move back into central Colombo, because even they cannot stand the commute into Colombo, it says a lot about the choices people make, and ONLY those with the wherewithal are fortunate, leaving 99% of the others to suffer in silence, until some serious alternative is INACTED.


1                   Do something immediately about the traffic gridlock
2                   Prevent any protest that takes over public road for one year until some alternative means of protest is found
3                   Immediately impose a Rs100 a day on cars and three wheelers entering Colombo.
4                   Make it mandatory for MPs to use public transport one day a week say on Friday, so they can see for themselves how the majority of the people commute, otherwise NO immediate action will not be taken.
5                   Remove ALL back up vehicles of ALL ministers so no one other than the President and PM have back up vehicles in Sri Lanka. Judges still permitted to have their motorcycle escorts to and from work.
6                   All school vans can only come to a central exchange point at entry into the Colombo, where designated buses for schools will take them from that point. This will stop vans coming into Colombo and taking parking space for the whole day, until school is over.
7                   Immediately asses how the Government servants come to work within Colombo city limits and except for designated persons, they must use public transport to get to their place of work. Each head of department must consider the productivity of the member of staff who works within Colombo city limits, and seriously look into transferring him or her to another area.

8                   Build an alternative capital city far away, as it will be needed sooner rather than later!

Friday, December 2, 2016

How to make sense of the Richmond Park – by election? UK 1st Dec.’16

Zac Goldsmith, referred to as a billionaire thanks to his late father, the mercurial Sir James Goldsmith, and brother of Jemima Khan, the ex wife of Imran Khan, spectacularly lost the by election held yesterday, 1st December 2016 by less than 2,000 votes, contesting as an Independent candidate, to his Liberal Democratic rival, whilst the Labor Party candidate lost his deposit.

In the 2015 General election when David Cameron created an upset by not just beating the fancied Labor Party, but also obtained sufficient seats to form a majority Government without the previous coalition partner the Liberal Democrats, goes to show how much can change in such a short time in politics, and this certainly is time we in Sri Lanka understand how whimsical the electorate in a democracy can be over the slightest change in temperament!

No wonder the dictators and one party rulers are having a field day lately with Putin the undisputed leader, who can, not just face his detractors at home, but all comers overseas, despite a FAILING economy, and Russians starving in the streets! But have the gall to carry out indiscriminate bombings in Aleppo.

Getting back to yesterdays upheaval, let us be reminded of a few facts. The Liberal Democratic Party was decimated at the last General Election, and to turn a 20,000 + Tory majority, into 2,000 for them is also mind numbing, but expressive of by-election tactical voting! Then Goldsmith promised to leave the Tories if the 3rd Runway in Heathrow was approved, and that is why his resignation and contesting as an Independent (there was NO Conservative Party candidate yesterday vying to be humiliated, or split the vote!) resulted in this.

Then we have Zac who was a Brexiteer in a constituency which voted 70% to stay in the European Community, playing a part, and his Liberal Democrat rival was pro Europe too. So it is a wake-up call to Theresa May that there is a significant voice to soft Brexit or no Brexit in the UK, reflecting the polarized nature of the Country and competitive democracy at work, where people are almost evenly divided on many issue with NO middle ground to reach consensus.

In my opinion the wealthy constituents who probably pop over the continent for a drive if they so wish, now find their pound sterling worth so much less, and voted their disgust at that too, as they don’t have to compete for housing with immigrants, as no one can afford to live there, and immigrants just man the Gas Stations and are the maids in most of the households of Richmond Park. 

So the demographic reflected their views, and the 3rd Runway at Heathrow and the resultant noise pollution was a moot point with people there, who have heavy double glazing to keep out both the noise of the planes, but also the cold from their homes, and have an alternative weekend home to escape to as well. Don’t forget there are deer roaming in Richmond Park, and the mix of the outdoors with good access to the City of London for the stockbroker and banker types is a completely different class of Briton from the rural and industrial North.

While this by election is NOT AT ALL representative of the people of the UK as a whole, it is clearly an indication how people can change on a dime anywhere if their personal interests are threatened IN ANY WAY, and so the longer TM(PM) dilly dallies without going for a general election to tighten her grip on power, and hopefully sweep the board in the absence of a credible opposition, this MUST have given the Liberal Democrats false hope that they are in fact the de facto opposition to the Conservatives in the UK. FAT HOPES, but then pigs can fly!

As we saw with the Donald in the US

Who said we live in interesting times? The popularity of a Governing Party plummets almost as soon as they are elected. Let us see how long after the inauguration the Donald Trump’s approval ratings will last. In a funny irony, he is appointing so many far fetched unfathomable people into his cabinet, with news being issued of a new face every day, that in itself will probably carry his star a little longer as it takes to figure out one billionaire from another.

The “bodylicious” appointment of the ex-marine Janes Mattis is causing more of a stir outside the shores of the US, no doubt making the Donald give himself a pat for his audaciousness, as the General will have to change the rules to pass Congress, as one has to have retired 7 years from the forces to be considered for Secretary of Defense, he being out of uniform for barely 4.

Like everything Trump does, he is turning all the rules on its head and this is yet another instance, and the Serving Generals must be cock a hoop on this appointment that NO Democrat dare challenge!

I can’t remember having lived through such an interesting few months beginning with the Brexit vote, and ending with the by Election yesterday, but with the main event being the Donald’s overthrow of the shoe-in Hilary who must still be shoe-less! Of course with Modi and his demonetization at our doorstep causing palpitations over the pond in big old cash crazy India, no one knows what to expect as each day goes by.

As for Sri Lanka, let us just hope that the Government does NOTHING for a while, as we cannot take any more schizophrenic policy turnarounds on a daily basis causing too much grief all around especially to the man in the street!