INFOGRAPHIC: Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) has been in the news lately. The Virus has received coverage globally as it has been reported in South Korea & the middle east- an area which Sri Lankans often travel for pilgrimages & career opportunities. That being said, as of today, there have been no official reports of MERS in Sri Lanka, so you can rest easy.

That being said, we have drawn up a simple infographic to help you understand about MERS, the symptoms of MERS as well as easy ways you can prevent the spread of MERS. Please share this amongst your friends and family and keep them safe!

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5 ways to politely decline a drink

Picture this: you are out with a few friends, coworkers or strangers while you’re out. You’re having a good time. However, you get pushed to take an alcoholic drink, but you don’t want to: how do you say no without offending anyone? Here are 5 ways to say ‘no’ to alcohol.

1. “I don’t drink and drive” OR “I’m driving”: This is a very good response if you are driving. It reinforces the concept of safe driving and shows that you are a responsible individual. This is arguably the best also the perfect job for those who don’t drink-they can hang out with friends, not drink and then take them home. Everyone appreciates a free ride home.

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Don’t drink and drive. Ever

2. “I don’t drink”: Probably the response which requires numerous follow-up questions, but its worth a try. You may wish to decline drinking as you may have taken a religious vow, or you are taking a break from alcohol altogether. Expect to get teased and joked about your sense of fun, and/or masculinity/femininity. That said, be firm and is a good reply as long as you can keep up with the fun activities with your friends.

3 “I have to get up early tomorrow” OR “I’ve got work in the morning”: It’s an interesting reply, as it may prompt a follow-up question (ie: ‘what are you doing tomorrow?’). That said, It’s good as it demonstrates that you don’t permit alcohol to interfere with your daily activities and you have a good head on your shoulders.

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Know your limits when it comes to alcohol

4. “I’ve just had one”: It’s a good, easygoing response. This prevents someone from accusing you from being too uptight. This insinuates that you are have boundaries and that you don’t need to drink continuously, but indicates that you could have taken a drink if you wanted.

5. “I’ve had enough to drink”: This is a hugely powerful statement when you drink with a regular crowd. If it’s a new group, they will learn about your tolerance eventually. It’s good to drink responsibly, especially for those who may have problems with alcohol

What are other effective methods you use to drink responsibly? Tell us in the comments!

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Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.

5 Ways to Recover from ID theft: What to do if your Wallet or Handbag gets Stolen

It happened. Your Wallet, handbag and/or purse got stolen. It happens to a number of people worldwide, and now it has happened to you. Take a moment to identify the steps you ought to take immediately:

1. Contact your bank/financial institutions immediately: First things first, people are likely to go after your funds. Call your bank and tell them to freeze your accounts/cancel your credit and debit cards. This will ensure that they can track card movements and ensure that there is minimal damage to your savings.

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Thieves are usually after your money, don’t let them get it!

2. Call the Police: Lodge a complaint with the police and keep documents where ever possible. If you’re lucky, they will be able to apprehend the thief. Ensure that you get a copy of the police report.

3. Call other companies whose services you use: This may be a loyalty card, gym membership, library card… anything. This is partly because you don’t want anybody impersonating you, and the other reason is that when notified, you could track the thief’s movements based on how they use your cards.

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Pick up the phone & take immediate action

4. If you had keys: change your locks: Its better to be safe than sorry but if you had a pair of keys in your wallet, the thief not only knows where you live, but also has the means to get inside your home. Be wise and change locks as soon as you can.

5. Get a copy of your driving license and NIC: This is arguably the biggest hassle, but these are important documents which you will need in Sri Lanka. If you are unfortunate enough to lose these documents, consider opting for the one day service. Yes, its more expensive and you will need to be physically present, but the sooner you get these compulsory documents back, the better it is for you.

We honestly hope that you don’t need to use this advice, but please remember these tips… just in case

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Disclaimer: The views shared in this blog are based on the macro economic conditions & industry status quo as per the time of publishing.