OPPO launched the latest OPPO smart phoneF17 Pro in Sri Lanka at an entertaining and exciting on-line launch. The event also saw the participation of a string of Sri Lankan youth icons and a top tech blogger in the country. The on-line launch itself was a success and a milestone in the annals of digital landscape in Sri Lanka as it probably was the first ever ‘Private Event Live Streaming’ in Sri Lanka for a Mobile brand to have the highest number of ‘Concurrent Viewers’ Watching LIVE. Produced exclusively for digital it was the first launch event with the first ever simulcast for a private event across 15 channels and 2 platforms – Facebook & YouTube with full HD streaming.
OPPO F17 Pro introduces fashionable technology along with functions which make life more efficient that can keep up with the pace of fast lifestyle, all packed into an ultra-sleek smartphone body of a truly premium design.
Along with F17 OPPO Sri Lanka also launched the much awaited OPPO Watch – water resistant and powered with Wear OS by Google as well as OPPO Enco W51, the first active noise cancellation (ANC) true wireless headphones under OPPO Acoustics.
“F Series has been designed so that the trendsetting generation can attain a quality smartphone that suits both their life and personal sense of style, and with a sleek design that you won’t be afraid to flaunt outdoors” said Bob Li, CEO Xinda Lanka (OPPO Sri Lanka). “Designed based on consumer research, F17 Pro ticks off all the right boxes for a phone that boasts AI cameras to deliver breathtaking portrait photos, and the latest generation of VOOC flash charging technology to ensure that your phone won’t hold your lifestyle back” he added.
Designed with a 7.48mm ultra-sleek body that easily slides into a pocket and jacket without the bulge, or tucks neatly into a small bag or clutch OPPO F17 gives the premium experience like no other. To achieve a category leading 7.48mm ultra-thin and 164g ultra-light weight body, F17 Pro uses an industry-leading design to optimize and fit the mainboard, battery and other components into its slim design.
To ensure that users are fully immersed in their content, F17 Pro’s 6.43’’ dual punch-hole display comes with a brilliant FHD+ Super AMOLED Display with a large 90.7% screen-to-body ratio. The display uses Mini Dual-Punch Holes that boast the industry’s smallest camera diameter of only 3.7mm, and ensures that the phone screen’s real estate is maximized so that a video game could be fully enjoyed whilst being able to see every detail in a shot.
F17 Pro’s look isn’t complete without a trendy back cover design. F17 Pro introduces Shiny Matte, which sees the return of the shimmers and brilliant streaks of light. The design is not only has a premium feel that’s soft to the touch and easy on the eyes, but is also fingerprint resistant. F17 Pro will come with the Shiny Matte texture in two colors. Magic Blue, showcases a unique blend of blue and purple colors and Matte Black, a color that screams prestige and is inspired by high-end automobiles.
New look Chagall opens at Park Street
Chagall opened its doors at Parkland on Park Street Colombo 2 , with Gerald Solomons, personally welcoming all his clients and the media to the brand new Chagall.
Gerald who established Chagall as Sri Lanka’s most elite and fashionable salon, despite the prevailing situation with the pandemic and the existing restrictions, displayed his usual flair and panache, greeting everyone with the socially correct ‘ayubowan’ and ensuring that each and everyone present was made to feel special and welcome.Continuing the bold colour scheme of red, black and white, Gerald like his muse Marc Chagall, has a wide range of styles that can cater to an eclectic clientele.
The artist Chagall saw his work as “not the dream of one people but of all humanity”; similarly Gerald through his salon Chagall would like to transform each and every person who walks in through his door, so that they leave transformed, with a new confidence in themselves and their appearance.
Mrs World Caroline Jurie, clients and well wishers, keeping in mind health guidelines made their way to Chagall at Parkland on October 20 where Gerald and his team reaffirmed their commitment to their clients and the beauty industry, to continue upholding the highest standards and maintain all safety measures and health protocols.
Having established himself and Chagall as the hairdresser / stylist and salon of the elite, Gerald’s doors are open to anyone who wants to look good and different to those around them. ” Our doors are open to everyone who wants to look good, who wants to make a statement and who dares to bedifferent” said Gerald .Manicures, pedicures, long and short hair cuts and styles, make up, facials,bridal dressing, sari drapes and the whole gamut of services will beavailable, all in brand new surroundings.All staff have undergone intensive refresher courses with Gerald beinginvolved in their training himself.
Known for his cool demeanor and eclectic style, Gerald started hairdressing at the age of 15 having left school, determined to make an impression in the world of hair, beauty and style! He joined Moira Muthukrishna where hiscareer in hair dressing began and today he is a living legend. Chagall was set up in New Zealand where Gerald lived for over 20 years and then moved back to Sydney where Chagall continued. Gerald has also worked in Hawaii, Australia and London.Chagall.
CSE indices pick up as trading yields Rs. 1.09 billion
By Hiran H.Senewiratne
The stock market on Monday suffered a near 2 percent decline as investors reacted negatively to the sharp spike in COVID-19 cases in the second wave. Moreover, current investor favourite counters, Tokyo Cement and Expolanka shares, also slightly declined in trading due to the current situation, market analysts said Amid those developments, both indices moved upwards yesterday. The the All Share Price Index rose by 15.74 points and the S&P SL 20 Index was up by 8.73 points. The market managed to post Rs. 1.09 billion, safeguarding its track record of over a billion plus turnover for more than a month. But no crossings were reported during the day.
In the retail market, top five companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were: Tokyo Cement (Non Voting) Rs. 160 million (3.2 million shares traded), Expolanka Rs. 187.6 million (7.8 million shares traded), HNB Rs. 99.8 million (881,000 shares traded), Tokyo (Voting) Rs. 86.7 million (1.47 million shares traded) and Dialog Rs. 69.5 million (6.34 million shares traded). During the day 55.3 million share volumes changed hands in 12620 transactions yesterday.
The market also lost Rs. 44 billion in value with blue chips JKH, Carsons, Ceylon Tobacco, Bukit and Distilleries as major contributors to the ASPI’s dip on the previous day. Some analysts linked the lacklustre trading and sentiment to the quarantine curfew imposed in Fort and Pettah which caused a shutdown of offices and businesses in the area.
Initiative to support startups in Sri Lanka
Microsoft for Startups recently launched the Highway to a 100 Unicorns initiative in Asia Pacific to strengthen the region’s startup ecosystem. This follows the initiative’s success in India, where only 56 startups were selected to the Emerge X program from six states, which have over 15000+ startups. The Emerge X winners have greatly benefited with global market access support, a 3-day founder bootcamp with world class mentors, access to funding, ongoing mentorship, and guidance on Azure, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more.
Innovation is critical to unlocking inclusive economic growth in Asia Pacific; high income economies in the region invest three times more in research and development as compared to their peers. To spur innovative entrepreneurship, Microsoft will work closely with governments and industry partners to discover and nurture technology startups with a high potential to become truly global enterprises in the future.
“At Microsoft, we are working to build up a more supportive ecosystem for startups in Sri Lanka,” said Hasitha Abeywardena, Country Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka and Maldives. “Startups play a vital role in our economy as innovators, disruptors and first-movers. Sri Lanka needs more entrepreneurial development to fuel economic growth. Through Highway to a 100 Unicorns, we will enable startups in Sri Lanka to drive digital innovation in the region. We look forward to walking with founders along their growth journey and supporting them to scale and achieve more.”
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