In continued efforts to support as many communities as possible during turbulent times of the pandemic, Hemas Consumer Brands recently lent a helping hand through several donation campaigns. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Hemas Consumer Brands provided a high level of assistance for communities affected by the pandemic and the health care sector, by donating essential goods, personal care products and much needed equipment to the health care sector.
The past three months saw Hemas Consumer Brands swiftly taking steps to address the urgent needs of several identified communities when the pandemic reached new heights. The donation campaigns from June to August 2021 started with a donation to the Prime Minister’s office for underprivileged students in the Hambantota area. On a request, Hemas Consumer Brands donated sanitary napkins to flood victims of the Gampaha area. Furthermore, Hemas Consumer Brands took steps to donate essential goods to families residing in Theldeniya who were affected by food shortage and water requirements. Hemas Consumer Brands also supported the SAARC Women’s Association by providing personal care products to be distributed among impoverished families.
While fulfilling the urgent needs of communities, Hemas stepped forward to strengthen the health care sector from the beginning of the pandemic. Hemas recently donated essential personal care products to the Covid-19 intermediary care center of the National Hospital, the Covid-19 ward of Homagama Hospital, the Covid Patient Management Facility at the National Hospital and the Department of Ayurveda.
“We believe as Sri Lankans, we need to help each other in order to come out of these struggles the country is facing right now. At Hemas Consumer Brands, we prioritize the health, wellbeing and safety of our communities and by being with them during these challenging times, we ensure to fulfill their necessities with every possible way we can. The entire Hemas team has rallied behind the donations with the purpose of focusing on the welfare of these communities. We hope to expand these initiatives further and support the most vulnerable groups in the country.” said Fiona Juriansz Munasinghe – Director Marketing, Hemas Consumer Brands.
Money launderers would be brought to justice regardless of social standing – CBSL Governor
By Steve A. Morrell
Money-laundering and related financial frauds would be intensely investigated and those suspected of such financial crime would be brought to j1ustice regardless of social standing. The law would be enforced stringently on those who engage in these malpractices, Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said.
The CBSL Governor made these comments in response to questions posed by the press at the media briefing addressed by him on December 4 at CBSL’s Atrium complex. At the head table with Governor Cabraal were Deputy Governor Dr. K.M.M. Siriwardena, Deputy Governor Ms. T.M.J.Y.P. Fernando, Deputy Governor Dr. N.W.G.R.D. Nanayakkara and Deputy Director of the Foreign Remittances Facilitation Department Dr. B.H.P.K. Thilakawardena.
It is of importance that banks have assured the Central Bank that such suspect transactions would be closely monitored. The receipt of large parcels of funds that raise suspicions would be thoroughly probed. Banks would be empowered to investigate the origins of such funds. If valid explanations are not forthcoming as to how such moneys were amassed, action would be taken following intense investigations to bring wrong-doers to justice, the CBSL Governor said.
On the subject of Sri Lankan migrant workers, Cabraal said that the number of workers who departed this year was comparatively low. Some 20,000 left for employment. This figure was nowhere near the annual departure rate. Before the pandemic, about 96, 000 or more Sri Lankan migrant workers were employed in other countries.
‘The low worker departure numbers this year meant dollar remittances this year were also low.
‘However, such remittances attracted duty free concessions, which encouraged migrant workers to send back earnings.
‘In exchange rates, the dollar was now Rs.210. This meant that depreciation of the rupee was stalled.
‘Inflation is subjected to global prices of oil, coal and other goods Sri Lanka imports. Based on such international prices, import value of such commodities was beyond the control of the local authorities and did influence the inflation that was experienced by Sri Lanka.
‘Departure to other countries for employment by Sri Lankans was now facilitated to ensure such departures were not stalled in any way because of the importance of forex remittances.
‘There was also now a useful pension scheme in addition to the duty- free allowance; mainly to encourage inward remittances.’
Alliance Finance expands its sustainability drive through island wide branches
Alliance Finance Co. PLC, (AFC), Sri Lanka’s oldest finance company with over 65 years of expertise in offering affordable and inclusive sustainable finance solutions to empower the nation. AFC has taken a step forward to expand its sustainability drive through its island wide branch network, launching AFC branch sustainability programme, known as the “AFC helping hand” with an aim to help uplift the lives of Sri Lankans and lend a helping hand to the fight against the pandemic. This initiative has several competed projects to date and over 30 project implementations are in progress, despite the challenges from the Covid-19.
The branch network following in the footsteps of AFC, have embraced the opportunity to serve the communities in their respective regions. AFC donated a vast array of medical equipment to hospitals, lending a hand towards the ongoing battle against COVID-19 including formal reliefs to affected clients & staff. To date the company has supported hospitals in Northern, Uva, Eastern, Southern, Western, Sabaragamuwa and North Western Provinces and many projects are progressing in other provinces as well.
Commenting on the AFC helping hand programme, Deputy Chairman and Managing Director Romani de Silva said, “It is with great enthusiasm we embark on these projects to support our own communities. All of the AFC’s branches have rallied behind this programme to fulfil the most pressing needs of their respective locations. We are in the midst of a highly challenging period with the pandemic.”
Leading Singaporean edtech platform Tutopiya provides Sri Lankan tutors with global teaching opportunities
Tutopiya, a Singapore-based edtech platform, announced the official launch of its tutor recruitment drive in Sri Lanka. This drive comes at a time when online tuition is necessary amidst the pandemic and social distancing measures across the globe.
Tutopiya works with a network of experienced tutors to bring online tuition to students at home. Tutopiya specialises in teaching international school students from grades 1-12 focusing on the IGCSE and A levels by Cambridge & Pearson Edexcel Examination Boards and the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Nuha Ghouse, CEO of Tutopiya said, “We are excited to launch our tutor recruitment campaign in Sri Lanka and have already seen a lot of interest from tutors looking for global teaching opportunities which are not disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to offer students access to quality online education, which is crucial at this point, so we have one of the largest and thoroughly vetted active databases of quality teachers to ensure we provide the highest standard of online tuition.”
A growing interest in global online teaching opportunities
Developed and honed in-house over a three year period, Tutopiya’s proudly owns its advanced web-based platform and mobile app which completely equips tutors to offer a high quality online learning experience with absolute convenience in lesson scheduling, joining and teaching. In addition, tutors are provided with teaching resources and ongoing continuous training and webinar series to ensure the tutors are fully supported and up-to-date with the latest international curricula and the best online teaching techniques.
Tutopiya’s faculty of internationally-qualified subject specialist teachers ensures the students have access to advanced standards of knowledge and skills for every subject offered. Tutors are selectively and privately-screened to ensure that they provide students with the best education possible.
Private live and interactive lessons without leaving home
Through Tutopiya’s advanced mobile app and web-based platform, students and teachers have a range of features which provide a complete solution for online learning – live lessons, practice
assignments, progress tracking, feedback, lesson recordings, to name a few. This makes online learning most effective, efficient and best of all, convenient.
Becoming a Tutor with Tutopiya
If you are someone who is passionate about teaching and would like to work with students from different parts of the world, visit www.tutopiya.com and submit your online application under the ‘become a tutor’ section. https://www.tutopiya.com/become-a-tutor/
Traditionally, students who enroll in tuition outside of school have to travel to their tutor’s homes or vice versa. However, with more restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is not a viable option for many.
By removing the physical barrier, learners and tutors will have more opportunities and chances for exploring new and qualified educators. Tutors can gain a better understanding of each student through one-on-one time. Through this communication, tutors can deliver customised lessons that suit their individual needs and learning styles for the best outcomes.
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