News digest: top kite surfing, Google Loon returns, fighting Zika, malaria eradicated
Local talent dominates Sri Lanka kite surfing challenge
Five of the top 6 men’s prizes went to local talent at the recent Second International Kite Surfing Kalpitiya Lagoon Challenge in Sri Lanka (pictured top), which saw 50 contestant from 17 countries take part.
ThePapare.com reports that the massively popular global sport is thriving in Sri Lanka. The Kalpitiya Challenge was a top-class exhibition, where hang-time is more visually exciting for both the crowd and the rider.
Google Loon airborne wifi project to resume in Sri Lanka
Says the report: “Google aims to have several radar-controlled balloons airborne at the same time to provide uninterrupted coverage, flying at an altitude of 75,000 feet, far above the 35,000 feet cruising height of airliners.”
Sri Lanka acts to combat Zika virus, reassure tourists
ColomboPage reports that Sri Lanka’s international airport has been placed on high alert to prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is good news for tourists and locals alike.
Zika has been reported in many Asian countries, including Singapore, India and Thailand. It causes massive cerebral deformities in children of mothers who contract the disease while pregnant.
Sri Lanka’s robust healthcare system helped eradicate malaria
SciDevNet reports that “Sri Lanka’s success in eliminating malaria form the island took 25 years or unrelenting efforts…by multiple programs acting in concert with a robust national healthcare system”.
Health chief Hemantha Herath said that case numbers “were drastically reduced through focused malaria fighting for a quarter century”, and that “a key move was the programmatic shift from vector control to parasite control”.
Sri Lanka to host top Asian tourism conference
Says President Maithripala Sirisena, the conference patron: “Sri Lanka has everything you need to be a fantastic destination… With the new measures we are putting in place to attract foreign investment, I am confident that Sri Lanka will become an equally attractive place to make money as it is to take a holiday.”