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23,000 children and frontline workers to get Antiviral Livinguard Technology masks

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Children and frontline workers of Sri Lanka will receive more than 23,000 masks with a revolutionary technology that will help them to stay protected from the coronavirus.

These masks, which were manufactured by Livinguard, an international hygiene technology company, were donated to World Vision Lanka recently, and will be distributed among children immediately.

The masks were manufactured in Sri Lanka using a revolutionary technology that effectively destroys >99.9% of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. These three-layer masks, which are the recommended level of protection by the World Health Organization, continuously capture and destroy the virus thanks to the Livinguard Technology.

Livinguard’s Founder and CEO, Sanjeev Swamy commented, “Livinguard’s vision is to protect the health and wellbeing of people and the planet with the world’s first permanent disinfector. Our priority is to bring superior protection to those that need it most and we are humbled and honoured to be able to donate our masks to children and frontline workers via our partnership with World Vision Lanka.”

Given the recent flare-up of COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka, this timely donation by Livinguard through World Vision Lanka will keep the children and frontline staff away from the virus and help the government’s efforts to control the spread in the country. Among these, 22,000 will be donated to the children, while the remaining 1,200 to the frontline staff.

Further, these reusable masks can be used up to seven times before washing and can be washed up to 30 times, hence under normal usage conditions, they can be used 210 times.

“At World Vision, we emphasize on partnerships to serve the most vulnerable children and adults,” said Dr. Dhanan Senathirajah, National Director of World Vision Lanka. “I am delighted that we will be able to support 23,200 children and frontline workers through this partnership with Livinguard. The pleasing thing about this partnership is that we know that we are not forced to choose between safety and the environment. Each of these Livinguard masks practically replaces 210 single-use masks, and as a socially responsible organisation, this makes us happy.”

World Vision will distribute the masks to the students from the most-vulnerable schools in the North, East, North West, Uva, and Central regions. Every region will receive 4,400 masks, in medium and large sizes. Medium size masks can be worn by grade eight and nine students, while the large size fits students from grade 10 and above.

Following the novel coronavirus outbreak in Sri Lanka in March, World Vision Lanka has been in the forefront assisting the health workers and other frontline staff, in addition to its program to donate dry rations to the affected families.

Through its COVID-19 response, it distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to over 5,000 health workers and other individuals, while over 27,300 masks and gloves were donated to community health workers and frontline health workers.

Livinguard is a hygiene technology company with a laser focus of reinventing hygiene in the 21st century by bringing its technology to where it is most needed. Currently, it is applying the Livinguard technology to solutions that lessen the health risk and economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis by enabling people to protect themselves, return to work, and take back their lives.

Livinguard is partnering with MAS Holdings in Sri Lanka, one of the world’s most recognized design-to-delivery solution providers in the realm of the apparel and textile manufacturing and recognized for its ethical standards and sustainable working environment.

(World Vision Press Release)



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Six nabbed with over 100 kg of ‘Ice’

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By Norman Palihawadane and Ifham Nizam

The Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) yesterday arrested six suspects in the Sapugaskanda Rathgahawatta area with more than 100 kilos of Crystal Methamphetamine also known as Ice.

Police Media Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ajith Rohana told the media that the PNB sleuths, acting on information elicited from a suspect in custody had found 91 packets of Ice.

A man in possession of 100 kilos of heroin was arrested in Modera during the weekend and revealed that a haul of Ice had been packed in plastic boxes.

The PNB seized more than 114 kilos of Ice from the possession of a single drug network.

According to the information elicited from the suspects, more than 100 kilos of Ice were found.

The PNB also arrested six persons including two women with 13 kilos of Ice, during an operation carried out in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela on Sunday.

DIG Rohana said the ice had been packed in small plastic boxes and hidden in two school bags.

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PM intervenes to iron out differences among coalition partners

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By Norman Palihawadane

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said that he was confident that differences among the constituents of the SLPP coalition as regards the May Day celebrations and the next Provincial Council elections could be ironed out soon.

Leaders of all SLPP allied parties have been invited to a special meeting to be held at Temple Trees with the PM presiding on April 19.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said it was natural for members of a political alliance to have their own standpoints and views on matters of national importance. “This is due to the different political ideologies and identities. It is not something new when it comes to political alliances world over. In a way, it shows that there is internal democracy within our alliance.

The PM said: “As a result of that the allied parties may express their own views on issues, but that does not mean there is a threat to the unity of the alliance. An alliance is more vibrant and stronger not when all the parties think on the same lines but when the member parties have different ideologies.”

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Thilo Hoffman remembered

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A copy of the book “Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja” was handed over to Dominik Furgler, the Swiss Ambassador in Sri Lanka by the author of the book, Dr. Prasanna Cooray at the Swiss Embassy in Colombo last Tuesday, to be sent to the family of the late Thilo Hoffman in Switzerland.

Hoffman, a Swiss national, who made Sri Lanka his second home for six decades, was a pioneering environmental activist who led the battles to save Sinharaja from the front in the early 1970s, abreast with the likes of Iranganie Serasinghe, Kamanie Vitharana, Lynn De Alwis and Nihal Fernando of the “Ruk Rekaganno” fame. That was the era when the trees of Sinharaja were felled for the production of plywood by the then government. Hoffman was also a livewire of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) for a long time. Hoffman died in 2014 at the age of 92.

The book includes a chapter on Thilo Hoffman.

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