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“Omicron Facts & Fiction” Medical Webinar Hosted by Sri Lanka Foundation Medical, Los Angeles, USA

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“OMICRON FACTS AND FICTION”

Date- Sunday, January 30th, 9.00am,(PST)-12.00PM (EST)- USA
Date- Sunday, January 30th, 5.00pm- UK
Date- Sunday, January 30th, 10.30pm- Sri Lanka
Date- Monday, January 31st, 4.00am (ACT)

Moderator- Dr Dineshi Liyanage M.D
President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association North America- Western Region.
Dr Dineshi Liyanage is a Palliative Medicine physician in private practice at Community Medical Centres and St. Agnes Medical Centre in Fresno. She attended medical college and completed a Family Medicine residency along with a Palliative Care fellowship at McGill University in Montreal Canada. She is currently the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at St Agnes Medical Center. President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association North America- Western Region.

Panel of Speakers:

Prof. Deepthi Jayasekera, M.D, FACP, M-IDSA-USA
Topic:”Omicron Outpatient Treatment Guidelines”
The Medical Director of the Sri Lanka Foundation, 
Infectious Disease Specialist from US, Clinical Professor, Western University, 
Chief of Infectious Disease, Emanate Health & San Dimas Hospital
.

Prof. Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D, FACP, MRCOG-USA
Topic:”Testing Quarantine Protocols”
Professor Infectious Disease Specialist, University of Miami School of Medicine and University of Miami Hospital

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Videos Attached, Giving life to the golden ideas of our youth – Derana STARTUP 2021, Launched

Concerning the national interest of fostering a culture of entrepreneurship among Sri Lanka’s youth, Derana STARTUP 2021, the much-needed entrepreneurial TV show is now ready to showcase the Top 30 competitors. Implemented in Sri Lanka through a tripartite partnership between YouLead, USAID’s youth skill development and entrepreneurship program together with the TV Derana network and a Jordanian nonprofit organization, Partners for Good, Derana STARTUP 2021 seek to create a culture of entrepreneurial job creators while promoting demand for entrepreneurship among youth across the island.

Addressing the need of the hour, statistics show that less than 5% of Sri Lankan youth who complete technical training advance to start their own business. This is partly because Sri Lankan youth are less inclined to pursue a path down the entrepreneurial avenue as a negative social perception exists towards youth who are seeking out to be an entrepreneur. Derana STARTUP 2021 seeks to break through this unfortunate stigma through an exciting and competitive TV program. By attracting youth to share what could be potentially groundbreaking ideas with the masses, a culture of entrepreneurship will be introduced to Sri Lanka. Working for the man is no longer what drives our youth, being your boss will become a reality through Derana STARTUP 2021 and youth unemployment will be an issue of years gone by.

Derana STARTUP 2021 is called out to all youth entrepreneurs below the age of 35 who have an innovative product or service with business operations not exceeding over 24 months under the entry categories of individual, group and school levels. Over 4000 applications were received representing a diverse applicant pool. The applications were reviewed by a selection committee consisting of industry professionals and academics based on several factors including but not limited to the level of innovativeness and creativity of the product or service, commercial viability, potential competitiveness, sustainability, employment generation, social acceptance and the potential to expand the business. The top 30 finalists were selected from four selection rounds and went through various training and development workshops. They were also assigned a successful industry leader as mentors to develop and guide their entrepreneurial journey. The top 30 finalists are now ready to present their entrepreneurial projects to the general public through the TV reality show Derana STARTUP 2021. The program telecasts on Saturday 9.30 PM, Sunday 8.30 AM on Ada Derana 24 Channel and Monday 11 AM on TV Derana starting from the 8th of January 2022. The LIVE online telecast will be broadcast on Saturday at 9.30 PM on Ada Derana 24 Youtube channel. The viewers can vote for the best entrepreneurial project through SMS. The winners get to take home a cash prize of LKR 4 Million.

Derana STARTUP 2021’s end goal is to use this innovative approach to support innovation, increase the outreach, change behaviors, perceptions and increase demand for entrepreneurship while creating a support network, mentoring culture and access to resources which will, in turn, provide the required support for youth to become innovative entrepreneurs. For more details on the program, interested parties may visit www.deranastartup.lk.

Project launched, click on the link below to watch the video:
https://www.facebook.com/deranastartup/videos/1124172221723924/

Watch the video of the first three contestants:
https://fb.watch/avTzyIBfNS/

For more information contact:
Natalie Samarasinghe-94 71 321 1138 or pas.samarasinghe@gmail.com
Keshini Wijegoonaratna- 213-400-7705 or keshini@srilankafoundation.org

SLASSCOM People’s Summit to Engage, Coach and Lead People into a Hybrid World

The enormous scale of the Pandemic and it’s impact has caused much fear, uncertainty and anxiety across the globe that also culminated in a paradigm shift in the workplace. What was once a primarily in-office model has transformed into a remote-first working environment. For many companies, the novel coronavirus spurred a sudden and dramatic shift from the majority of employees working in the office to everyone working remotely.

Moving forward, employers should not expect work environments and practices to snap back to a pre-pandemic reality. As companies gear up for the return to work, some workforces will stay fully remote, some will return fully to the office, and others will embrace a hybrid approach.

This in turn creates the urge for businesses to increase employee engagement, voice empowerment, recognition, work life integration, well-being, coaching attributes as enablers to manage workforce in the hybrid world.

Sri Lanka Association for Software Services Companies (SLASSCOM)’s Annual flag ship event “People Summit” under the theme “Engaging, Coaching and Leading People in a Hybrid World” will share best practices in a hybrid world and beyond. To be held on 25th to the 27th of January 2022, it is slated to attract over 500 HR Professionals across Sri Lanka’s Technology Industry. The Summit consists of 12 speakers who are at the very top of their professional fields, who will conduct several riveting panel discussions on some of the most pressing matters for those in the IT /BPM industry.

Participants of the summit will have the opportunity to listen to subject experts on the theme Engaging, Coaching and Leading at the People Summit 2022. Key-note speaker David King CEO of Tribal Habits, will discuss on virtual engagements with employees in a Hybrid world and focus on digital detoxing to help improve employee wellbeing. Dr. Aditi Raghuram Founder and CEO of Birjendu Gupta & Associates will discuss how Digital Coaching, Individual Coaching and Team Coaching have changed due to prevailing pandemic. Dr. Michael Mol, who is a Global Speaker and Medical Doctor, will speak on leading a remote team, leading an organization and leading towards high performance. Nikhil Raval, Author of Target Gen Z Leadership & Learning Advisor Org Culture & Strategy Expert and Ted Speaker, will speak on “The Leadership Challenges and Opportunities of a Hybrid Working Model”.

Additionally, Pia Lauritzen, who is a Philosopher & Founder of Qvest.io, will speak on the topic “The four leadership hacks on how to use questions to ensure impact” and Alex Draper, CEO & Founder of DX Learning, will speak on “How to rapidly build psychological safety with a dispersed and diverse team”. Similarly, Sureish Nathan (Managing Director at DDI Singapore and Vice President of Asia-Pacific, Leadership Consultant, Executive Coach and Speaker), Ole Bent Rye (Founder & Principal OBR Coaching and The Hybrid Workplace Experts) and Sarah Bolton Howard (Change Leader, Global Strategist and Business Innovator) are also all slated to speak along the topics of “Leadership” in a hybrid workplace.

The event is organized by the SLASSCOM HR Forum and will be held in partnership with Sysco LABS as their Exclusive Strategic Sponsor and 99X as the Silver Sponsor.

Photo Caption

From left to right – Shehani Seneviratne-Board Director – HR Forum, Nuwan Dishan-HR Forum Head and Sharon Kern -HR Forum Co-Head

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Young Sri Lankan scientist’s research gains attention in the US

Sri Lankan born young scientist Dr. Gayani Senevirathne, who has excelled in the fields of Zoology and Molecular Biology brought pride to the country, since her latest research on finding an answer to a human abnormality had gained attention in the United States.

Dr. Senevirathne’s doctorate work discovered a gene in frog development that could be used to answer an abnormality that we can see in the axial column of human babies before birth. This work gained attention in United States and was published in a high-ranked journal called Proceedings of the National Sciences. Dr. Gayani Senevirathne is an exceptional scholar, who studied in the biological science stream for her G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination at Mahamaya Girls’ College, Kandy and entered the Science Faculty of the University of Peradeniya in 2009.

She received two Presidential awards and an award for the Best Science Research from Sri Lanka Research Institute for her research. However, she earned another award for academic excellence after several publications. After graduating with a First-class degree specializing in Zoology and Molecular Biology, she got a fellowship to complete her doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, which is ranked top 10 in the world.

She completed her PhD in 4 ½ years and joined Harvard University as a post doctor to understand how the pelvic girdle of the humans develop and diseases associated with it. The excellence in her academic career made her win the Helen Hay Whitney fellowship, a prestigious award, given to few of the well-recognized Nobel Laureates in the World. Her goal is to serve the country one day after returning to Sri Lanka by helping girls in science to achieve their dreams. Gayani’s greatest desire in her career life is to run her own laboratory, to build an environment where everyone is accepted, to empower females and minorities, and to address scientific research questions in vertebrate evolution using cutting-edge techniques.

Dr. Senevirathne’s father, Upul Senevirathne is an Assistant Commissioner of the Excise Department and her mother Bhagya Senevirathne is a research assistant in the water purification company, ‘CETEC’. Her brother, Ashan Senevirathne works as a Senior Engineer at the Testra company in Melbourne, Australia, whilst Gayani’s sister, Salani Senevirathne is currently reading for her undergraduate degree majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA after receiving the ‘Chancellor’s Award.’

For more information go to:
http://www.dailymirror.lk

MoU signed for Sri Lanka’s first ever smart phone manufacturing plant

COLOMBO (News 1st); Hypro Holdings (Pvt) Ltd (Chairman, Dhammika Samarawickrama) and Lodule International Ltd.(CEO, Byungehul Kim) signed a Memorandum of Understanding recently in Colombo for the first-ever Made in Sri Lanka Smart Phone manufacturing plant.

In attendance were the Secretary, Ministry of Industries, General Daya Ratnayake (Former Army Commander), Former Korean Ambassador and Foreign Economic Affairs Director-General, Dr. Saj Mendis and the Head of Human Resources Sri Lanka Cricket, Major Tanesh Dias.

Hypro Holdings (Pvt) Ltd is the SmartPhone Manufacturing Company under the umbrella of Micro E.I. Group of Companies (Pvt) Ltd.and will be the first-ever Made in Sri Lanka Smart Phone manufacturing plant.

Creating history in the Sri Lankan ICT sector, the island’s first assembled 4G enabled mobile smartphone, would be released to the market by Micro Electric International Pvt. Ltd Colombo by December 2021. It has been branded Hypro 4G, it was announced earlier.

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International Civil Aviation Day celebrated under the patronage of President

The 77th Anniversary of International Civil Aviation was celebrated under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka, Katunayake this morning (23).

Seventy-seven years ago in 1944, after World War II, the Chicago Convention for the Regulation and Coordination of Aviation was signed by 26 nations. As a result, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was established.

Sri Lanka became a member of the Organization on June 1st, 1948 and the ICAO currently has a membership of 193 countries.

On December 7, 1912, the first domestic flight took place at the Race Course Ground in Colombo, adding a new chapter to the history of aviation in Sri Lanka. The International Civil Aviation Day is celebrated in December each year to commemorate these events.

President Rajapaksa engaged in a cordial discussion with the employees of the Civil Aviation Authority and then visited the exhibition which showcased the creations made by the innovators on civil aviation.

A work by artist Ravindra Dissanayake was also presented to the President. Three short videos on “Aviation History and Journey”, “The Role of Civil Aviation Regulation and the Rolebof Civil Aviation in the face of Covid-19” and on the promotion of civil aviation have been created in view of the celebration.

President Rajapaksa presented awards to five seniors in the field of civil aviation in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of the civil aviation sector and to three students symbolizing a thousand students who won a competition organized by the Civil Aviation Authority via online in the period of school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as to several individuals representing various fields.

The Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority Upul Dharmadasa presented a memento to the President to mark his visit.

For more information go to:
http://newswire.lk

Video Attached!! Many from Across the Globe Attended the International Medical Webinar hosted by SLF, Medical, USA

On December 18th, 2021, Saturday night in the US, December 19th, Sunday morning in the UK and Sri Lanka, and Sunday afternoon in Australia, the Sri Lanka Foundation Medical hosted the International Medical Webinar to educate and bring awareness on “What We Need to Know About Omicron” to a global audience.

The program commenced with a welcome by the Sri Lanka Foundation staff, Achala Weerasinghe, the Director of Cultural Affairs & Director of Operations for the Academy of Performing Arts, followed by the Host, Keshini Wijegoonaratna, Director of Project Management & Public Relations, and Co-Host, Chamodh Amarasinghe, the Media Director.

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the US, Mahinda Samarasinghe, one of the distinguished guests sent a recorded message as he could not attend. In his remarks he mentioned the value of these programs and thanked the Foundation for their continued effort to serve the communities worldwide. The Consul General for Los Angeles, Dr Lalith Chandradasa was also a distinguished guest and he continued to appreciate the Foundation for their valuable contribution to the global community.

Rodney Perera, the Chief Executive Officer of SLF outlined the vision of Dr. Walter Jayasinghe to initiate the Sri Lanka Foundation Medical platform to bring to the global Sri Lankan community timely topics of utmost importance. He also extended his gratitude to the Panel of Doctors for their dedication to prepare and bring awareness of the key facts and safety tips concerning the Omicron Variant. The Chief Operating Officer, Shirani Stanislaus officially introduced the speakers and handed over the webinar platform to Dr Deepthi Jayasekera, the Medical Director of SLF to lead the ensuing discussion.

This educational symposium was presented by a panel of Sri Lanka-born medical experts that have gained vast knowledge of the latest international scientific findings including mitigation measures of the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron. The panel of doctors, in their respective presentations, illustrated the latest research, reviews, developing news and provided analysis of epidemiology, treatments, vaccines based on extensive data from across the world.

The Medical Director of the Sri Lanka Foundation, Prof. Deepthi Jayasekara, MD, FACP, M-IDSA, 
Infectious Disease Specialist from US, Clinical Professor, Western University, 
Chief of Infectious Disease, Emanate Health & San Dimas Hospital, moderated the session to be very interactive among the panel of doctors during the Q & A Session.

The expert panel of speakers and topics were as follows:

Prof. Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D, FACP, MRCOG from US Professor Infectious Disease Specialist, University of Miami School of Medicine and University of Miami Hospital presented “New Treatments and Options for all Covid Variants”.

Prof. Neelika Malavige MBBS (Col.), MRCP (UK), AFHEA, DPhil (Oxon), FRCP (Lond) Professor in the Department of Department of Microbiology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura , Sri Lanka, Researcher at the Allergy, Immunology and Cell Biology Unit of the Department of Immunology Molecular and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, has been selected as a member of the WHO technical advisory committee

on Covid-19, presented “Omicron Variant and how Sri Lanka is preparing for it”.

Prof. Suranjith Seneviratne from UK DPhil (Oxon), MBBS, MD, DPath, MRCPath, MRCP, FRCP, FRCPath, FCCP Professor and Consultant in Clinical Immunology and Allergy Institute of Immunity and Transplantation and Health Services Laboratories, London, UK Nawaloka Hospital Research and Education Foundation, Sri Lanka, presented “Covid Vaccine Effectiveness on Omicron”.

Prof. Sanjaya Senanayake FRACP, MAppEpid, MBBS, BSc (Med) Professor Infectious Diseases Physician and Director of Hospital at Canberra Hospital, Lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School, as well as a Conjoint Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales, presented, “How Australia is tackling Omicron”.

A large number of questions came in on the chatline from attendees in several different countries, which were all addressed by the panel. There were also many messages of appreciation from the global community that followed the discussion.

The program concluded with the vote of thanks presented by the Chief Operating Officer, Shirani Stanislaus with words of appreciation to the SLF Board & Staff and also the medical professionals for their exemplary presentations.

Viewers were also provided an introduction to the wide range of programs of Sri Lanka Foundation International USA, which include several ongoing relief projects in Sri Lanka, and dancing and drumming classes conducted by the US accredited (WASC-Western Association of Schools and Colleges) SLF Academy of Performing Arts, in person and online, starting January 23, 2022.

Click the link to watch the Video:
https://youtu.be/eDCbHT8MBc4

Please see below feedback received from the global audience:

Dear Madam, the session was very helpful and informative.
Dr Chamindi Ratnayake

Do you have a podcast of it.
Henry Wije

Thank You for the Information
Kanchana Samarasinghe

Hi Keshini,
Very informative and thankful.
Geetha Sil

A Very Good Presentation!
Lucky Rajasinghe

Dear Keshini,
Thank you for the useful presentation, can we receive a certificate of participation.
Dr Waruni Dharmapriya

Hi Keshini,
Very useful information by all the doctors. Thank you to the Sri Lanka Foundation.
Dr Lakshmi Moonesinghe

Thank you Foundation for giving this opportunity.
Dr Sujeewa Ratnayaka

What a wonderful webinar.
Raaj

Thank you Foundation.
Dr Mahendra Silva

Register Now!!!! SLF Medical, USA Bringing Outstanding Medical Professionals Around the Globe to Present, “What We Know About Omicron Variant” Webinar

STAY TUNED!! Webinar Coming Up Hosted By Sri Lanka Foundation Medical, USA in Collaboration with Highly Qualified Medical Professionals Across the Globe!

“WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT OMICRON VARIANT”

Date and Time:

Saturday, December 18th, 8.00pm, USA, PST, 11.00pm, EST
Sunday, December 19th, 3.00pm, Australia, ACT
Sunday, December 19th, 9.30am, Sri Lanka
Sunday, December 19th, 4.00am, UK

Moderator/Presenter
Prof Deepthi Jayasekara, MD, FACP, M-IDSA, 
Infectious Disease Specialist from US
Clinical Professor, Western University, 
Chief of Infectious Disease, Emanate Health & San Dimas Hospital

Prof Suranjith Seneviratne from UK-Topic:“Covid Vaccine Effectiveness on Omicron”
DPhil(Oxon), MBBS, MD, DPath, MRCPath, MRCP, FRCP, FRCPath, FCCP
Professor and Consultant in Clinical Immunology and Allergy
Institute of Immunity and Transplantation and Health Services Laboratories, London, UK
Nawaloka Hospital Research and Education Foundation, Sri Lanka


Prof Dushyantha Jayaweera, M.D, FACP, MRCOG from US Topic:“New Treatment Options for all Covid Variants”
Professor Infectious Disease Specialist, University of Miami School of Medicine and University of Miami Hospital.

Prof Sanjaya Senanayake FRACP, MAppEpid, MBBS, BSc (Med)from Australia
Topic:”How Australia is tackling Omicron”
Professor Infectious Diseases Physician and Director of Hospital at Canberra Hospital, Lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School, as well as a Conjoint Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of New South Wales.

Prof Neelika Malavige MBBS (Col.), MRCP (UK), AFHEA, DPhil (Oxon), FRCP (Lond)From Sri Lanka Topic:”Omicron Variant and how Sri Lanka is preparing for a surge”
Professor in the Department of Department of Microbiology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura , Sri Lanka,
Researcher at the Allergy, Immunology and Cell Biology Unit of the Department of Immunology Molecular and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, has been selected as a member of the WHO technical advisory committee on Covid-19.

Please click the link below to register:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p63pjNdsR0yzyr5SshQhVQ

For more information contact:
Keshini Wijegoonaratna, Director of Project Management & Public Relations
213-400-7705 or keshini@srilankafoundation.org

Derana wins several awards at 2021 State Television Awards

The ‘Talk With Chathura’ program hosted by Chatura Alwis and produced by Ada Derana has won the award for Most Outstanding Talk Show Program, at the State Awards Ceremony of Television Art 2020.

“Story of Champions,” also produced by Ada Derana, won the award for Most Outstanding Sports Programme at the event.

Meanwhile Ada Derana’s TV Trailer for the 2019 Presidential Election has also picked up an award for Most Outstanding TV Trailer.

TV Derana’s “Dream Star Grand Finale – Season 08” picked up the award for Most Outstanding Multi-camera Production.

Ada Derana news presenter Wasanthi Nanayakkara has also won the award for Most Outstanding News Anchor.

The State Awards Ceremony of Television Art 2020 is currently underway at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo.

Organized by the Department of Cultural Affairs on the direction of the Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Cultural and Religious Affairs, the State Television Awards Ceremony is held to give due accolade to tele artistes and their programs with a view to promote the Sri Lankan television industry

Awards are presented to the programmes telecast in the year 2020 and for the contribution there in, under several categories.

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Sri Lankans make up the top 2% of the world’s best scientists

According to the metrics of Stanford University, USA, 24 Sri Lankan scientists have barged into the top 2% of the world’s best scientists.
Among them, there comes the names of the illustrious scientists in Sri Lanka, Prof. Neelika Malavige, who is a leading researcher on dengue, and COVID-19, Prof. Meththika Vithanage, whose research approach builds on environmental science: key/ emerging pollutants in the environment, assess their fate and transport and remediate those using geo/ nano/ biomaterials and Dr Anushka U, Rajapaksha whose research interests are built around environmental remediation using low-cost sorbents, geochemical investigations of essential trace elements.
There are 24 scientists ranked in this World’s Top 2% Scientists list from various institutes:
These institutes include the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, International Water Management Institute, University of Peradeniya, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, University of Colombo, University of Kelaniya, and the University of Jaffna.
For more information visit:  https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/3
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