Allianz Lanka once again join hands with teams from Allianz offices around the world to raise crucial funding for the Red Cross, and their COVID-19 emergency response units through this year’s Allianz World Run.
In its sixth edition, the Allianz World Run this year, is taking place throughout the periods of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, giving participants the perfect opportunity to embrace the Olympic spirit! The initiative seeks to inspire Allianz team members as well as their friends and family to undertake recreational physical activity by giving them the opportunity to tackle pressing global issues. Held over 90 days, the program commenced in June 2021 and at present has a total of 10,846 participants from 69 teams. Sri Lanka currently in second place is represented by 818 participants.
Inspired by the Partnership with the Olympic & Paralympic Movements this year the Allianz World Run has introduced a Digital Workout Challenge. By joining, participants will become part of the Allianz World Run community with all of their active minutes contributing to the Allianz World Run Charity Milestones. Participants can take part with whatever activity they like. Whether they have a home workout space, an outdoor patch of grass or a local park to set up in, all they require to do is track their activity in the ‘Well Together’ app.
The charity theme for this year is titled ‘Moving with Purpose’ and will assist in providing much needed support towards contributing funds and providing aid to areas urgently in need of support for every minute of activity produced by each participant. In addition, improving human and medical capacities in health care, replenishment and provision of relief supplies and medical supplies, risk awareness and information campaigns, expansion of the hygiene and sanitary measures. Having been placed second in the Allianz World Run last year, the company has already donated some funds SOS Sri Lanka. This year, a greater focus will be given towards using the funding towards educating students across Sri Lanka.
“At Allianz Lanka we strongly believe in values such as determination, leadership, passion and community, which are also traits mirrored by the Allianz World Run. We are extremely pleased to once again be part of this amazing programme and believe this lends an ideal opportunity for all participants to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle while contributing toward a worthy cause. Events such as this truly bring out the spirit and positivity of our people, even as we continue to grapple with the effects of the current global health and financial crisis. We hope this will serve as an inspiration to all that any challenge can be overcome if faced with courage and grit,” said Gany Subramaniam, Director / Chief Executive Officer, Allianz Insurance Lanka Limited and Director, Allianz Life Insurance Lanka Limited.
SLTMobitel-PEOTV and DP Education launch ‘Videsa DP Education’
SLT-MOBITEL, the National ICT, Telecommunications and Mobile Services Provider has teamed up with DP Education, to launch ‘Videsa DP Education’, a dedicated educational channel on CH.215 of SLTMobitel–PEOTV, ensuring school children from Grade Five to Advanced Level have access to a high-quality learning experience with Rewind TV.
The revolutionary services of SLTMobitel-PEOTV includes ‘Videsa’ a series of educational channels hosted on the platform, that comprise of 06 TV channels dedicated to individual grades covering grades 06 to 11, that enhance the knowledge sharing with curriculum-centered lessons from a panel of reputed teachers. DP Education, a unique online learning platform, leverages digital solutions to deliver quality education to empower students. Together, Videsa and DP Education, enrich the educational arena further with the ‘Videsa DP Education’ channel, a dedicated television space for the students at home.
This path-breaking partnership is a commitment by SLTMobitel–PEOTV to support the education of children, whose options are limited due to the challenges convergence posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will use the home TV screen and mobile devices as a ubiquitous medium to impart knowledge providing access to quality education for students across the country.
Commenting on the initiative, Rohan Fernando, Group Chairman, SLT said, “We understand that parents are now faced with the challenge of keeping their children safe during the pandemic as well as having to deal with the ongoing disturbances to their children’s education. As a solution to ensure that their learning remains uninterrupted, we have already introduced six different channels for Grade 6 to Grade 11 students through our Videsa digital platform. Our latest initiative and partnership with DP Education has now enabled us to launch a dedicated channel with unique learning experiences in key subjects such as Mathematics, Science and English for students from Grade 5 to Advanced Level with the Rewind TV facility. We are appreciative of the exceptional efforts extended by Mr. Dammika Perera and his team at DP Education and are grateful for the opportunity to connect the two learning platforms together in unison to create a revolutionary learning experience for our children”.
Thornton and Dane’s combined projects portfolio tops Rs 5.9 billion
Thornton Engineering, the Nextventures owned civil engineering company, has announced the acquisition of a 100% stake in Dane Engineering (Pvt) Ltd. for Rs 350 million, creating a construction business with a combined portfolio of Rs 5.9 billion.
The new entity, Thornton and Dane Engineering, expects to add new construction projects with a cumulative value of Rs 5 billion within the current financial year, nearly doubling its projects portfolio, the Company said in its announcement.
“We are excited at the post-acquisition prospects for the new company, because we strongly believe that it is a good example for the concept of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts,” said Thornton and Dane Director Dinesh Schaffter. “The combined strengths of Thornton and Dane create a formidable as well as extremely flexible engineering company that is capable of executing projects of varying scope and scale.”
Capacity-building programs for SMEs
Sri Lanka Chamber of Small and Medium Industries (SLCSMI), the apex body for SMEs in Sri Lanka has been at the forefront in supporting the SMEs during the pandemic. The chamber took several measures since the pandemic first hit the country in the first quarter of 2020. The Webinar series “Way Forward for SMEs” was a grand success among other initiatives, which was conducted with the participation of prominent scholars, leading business personalities as well as top rankers of state and private sector organizations.
The president of SLCSMI, Prof. Rohan De Silva said: “We are always there to represent and support the SMEs in the country and that’s our prime duty. During the first wave, we understood the need to share the knowledge and provide psychological support for the business owners to withstand the difficult times and that’s how the webinar series was born. Our initiative was well received by the businesses and our audience was not limited to Sri Lanka alone, as we witnessed participants from around 12 countries.”
Prof. Rohan further said that the chamber has looked at the possibilities of providing sustainable solutions to the SMEs beyond merely conducting knowledge sharing sessions and the Executive Committee has decided to introduce a range of Capacity Building programs to develop the SMEs. These programs include different solutions to address various gaps among the SMEs and the chamber intends to issue a valuable certificate for the participants of these programs.
The chamber has partnered with the Asia Pacific Institute of Money and Entrepreneurship Development (iMED) to design and deliver the programs and the details of the Programs will be unveiled at the launching event scheduled to be held on the 25th of September.
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