The latest instalment of Asia Young Designer Awards (AYDA) International Finale organized by Nippon Paint came to a successful conclusion following the announcement of Dayana Aripin and Evva Lim Fee Yah, both from Malaysia, as Asia Young Designers of the Year 2020/2021. The winners were announced across 23 finalists from 13 participating locations including Ironi Padmaperuma & Dilik Abeyakoon from Sri Lanka. The budding designers, whose empathetic instincts to envision spaces that are both innovative and sustainable grabbed the attention of the judges in the international competition this year.
“Congratulations are in order for local winners at AYDA 2021. Nippon Paint is humbled to be part of such an iconic event that serves to platform and recognize exceptional talent in disciplines of architecture & design. This year’s event was carried out entirely virtually given the prevailing circumstances. Nippon Paint has been and will continue to be a brand that is committed to empowering emerging talent in design & architecture locally as well as globally” said Nemantha Abeysinghe, General Manager, Nippon Paint Sri Lanka.
Held virtually, this year the international design competition revolved around the theme of Forward: Human-Centred Design, setting the stage for aspiring designers to create spaces that are socially conscious while being innovative and sustainable. This train of thought is a much-needed aspect to designing, especially in growing economies like Asia that sees a steady population growth. However, this growth is also tied back to rapid innovation and technological advancements in the region giving architects and designers an opportunity to design visionary cities with spaces that reflect the local culture and serve the many needs of its people as we move toward smart and sustainable infrastructures. This theme of Human-Centred Design was prominently displayed in the work of the finalists who represented their countries at the global design platform.
In the Architectural category, the Sustainable co-living community hub presented by Ironi Padmaperuma won the Nippon Paint Colour Award. A student of the City School of Architecture, Padmaperuma proposed a design to empower the tea sector of Sri Lanka by introducing a secondary industry – tourism – in order to create a ‘mixed income community’ to diversify income & empower locals.
Meanwhile Dilik Abeyakoon also from the City School of Architecture bagged the Nippon Paint Colour Award in the Interior Design Category for his journey through a zero waste to energy plant project. The waste to energy plant serves as a sustainable solution to Colombo’s municipal solid waste management system. It is a renewable energy method which converts post recycled waste into electricity.
Commenting on his achievement, Abeyakoon noted: “We are grateful to AYDA & Nippon Paint for providing local talent a global platform. AYDA is a brilliant opportunity to align our standards and thinking with international counterparts. Sri Lankans have performed exceptionally in the past years and we are truly glad to have been able to continue to winning streak this year as well notwithstanding the pandemic.”
Adding a unique experience to the AYDA journey, this year the international design competition organised by Nippon Paint took special care to include several digital interactions and virtual coaching sessions to ensure that all the participants were able to interact with recognised industry mentors and coaches. The event proceedings even included online workshops for participants to sharpen their creative storytelling skills before the virtual awards ceremony that was held live and garnered over 700 views during the event. The full recorded award ceremony, could be viewed on AYDA’s YouTube channel at:https://youtu.be/uyVuF6Q0Eng.
“The past year has shown the importance of innovation, sustainability and empathy as we continue to brave the global pandemic. This edition of AYDA therefore holds a great significance in our journey forward and I am proud to have come across great entries that were visually stunning and focused on creating innovative space and design solutions with a human touch.” said Mr. Wee Siew Kim, Group CEO of NIPSEA Group.
Keeping the flame of creativity going, AYDA by Nippon Paint has begun the journey toward its 14th edition, bringing together young designers, mentors and industry professionals under one roof. Themed Amplifying Empathy through Design, AYDA 2021/22 is open for entry submissions and will push the boundaries of ingenuity even further. Information on the 2020/21 edition of AYDA could be obtained from asiayoungdesignerawards.com.
Assetline Leasing recognised at SLIM People’s Awards
Assetline Leasing Company Limited (ALCL) was nominated for “SLIM People’s Financial Services Provider of the Year” category at the recently held SLIM People’s Awards 2021 at BMICH, Colombo.
As a specialized leasing company with a network of 53 branches located Islandwide, ALCL has been able to carve a name for itself as a leading financial services providers by continuing to fulfill the financial needs people from all walks of life with an innovative and reliable portfolio of leasing and loan products that are geared to improve the livelihood of individuals and families whilst enriching their lifestyles. Access to financial services, particularly by SMEs and entrepreneurs, has always been a key area of ALCL’s focus.
Commenting on the achievement, Ajantha Premasiri, Chief Marketing Officer, ALCL, said; “We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our valuable and loyal customers, business partners and team Assetline for their unwavering support in securing this nomination in the category of “SLIM People’s Financial Services Provider of the year”.
DIMO forum focuses on youth skills for employment and entrepreneurship
DIMO celebrated ‘World Youth Skills Day’ by shining the spotlight on the importance of equipping the youth with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, through a webinar titled ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’, held recently.
The keynote speaker at the webinar was a renowned expert in the industry, Mangala P.B. Yapa the Director General / CEO of Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, while the panel consisted of leading Human Resources professionals Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya the Chief Human Resources Officer of DIMO, Chinthaka Premaratne the Group Director Human Resources of Fairway Holdings and Ishan Dantanarayana the Group Chief People Officer of Brandix. The event was moderated by Yohan Thilakaratne the Head of Corporate Communications of DIMO. Vocational Training is a key attribute in DIMO’s sustainability agenda and the forum ‘Job Demand and Vocational Education – Fuelling Dreams and Aspirations of the Youth’ was the latest initiative of DIMO to empower the dynamic youth with the correct skills.
During his keynote address, Mangala P.B. Yapa stated, “Knowledge, skills and employment are 3 elements that are inter-connected in a complex manner. Today, knowledge has surpassed skills and therefore, receives prominence. However, I believe that knowledge which does not develop skills, does not do justice to society. Through vocational education, what we attempt to do is to develop both knowledge and skills.”
CA Sri Lanka Annual Report Awards makes a comeback this year
In its continuing determination to crown the most brilliant financial reports produced in the country, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) will present the prestigious Annual Reports Awards competition this year, incorporating new concessions on account of COVID-19, whilst also automating the marking system for the first time in the competition’s history.
Applications for the 56th Annual Report Awards competition 2021 will be accepted from 15th August 2021 onwards. Organisations ranging from multinationals to blue-chip companies, conglomerates, small and medium businesses, state corporations, statutory bodies and even NGOs and NPOs which produce annual reports can vie for this year’s top honours.
Known to promote transparency, corporate governance, sustainability and social responsibility, the competition’s grand comeback this year was announced at a press conference on Tuesday.
The Annual Report Awards commands a history of over half a century, but following COVID, the Institute decided not to proceed with the competition last year on grounds that the competition would not yield the required benefits for the participating companies due to the challenges stemming from the pandemic and the related crisis.
Addressing the press conference, Jayesinghe said that as the sole authority to promulgate accounting and auditing standards in Sri Lanka, the Institute has taken every effort necessary to implement a world class accounting framework, which will result in long-term benefits to the country including bringing in vital investments such as FDIs.
He said that an annual report is recognised as the single most important document for readers and potential investors to understand the financial state of a company as well as its positive contribution not only towards the company’s bottom line but also to the country and society.
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