The first of its kind, the Microsoft Enabler Program provides cloud & AI training for PwDs, accessibility education for employer partners, and inclusive hiring from non-profit organizations supporting PwDs.
Microsoft recently launched a program to increase employability for people with disabilities (PwDs). The Microsoft Enabler Program pioneers disability inclusive workplaces across Asia Pacific by removing the barriers for a more diverse workforce. With more than 1 billion PwDs in the world, disability-inclusive employment can lead to 1-7% rise in GDP in Asia Pacific through increased economic productivity. [United Nations ESCAP]
The program will pilot in five markets: Korea, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand, before expanding to the rest of the region by the end of 2020.
Organizations committed to the program will receive training from the Non-Profit organizations (NPOs) to become inclusive employers, and these businesses will in turn provide job shadowing, internships, mentoring and opportunities in tech jobs for PwDs identified by the NPO’s. Microsoft will provide industry required training in cloud & artificial intelligence, as well as a platform for all three to collaborate towards an inclusive future for every person.
“In today’s workplace, it is imperative that we include everyone, and accessibility is that vehicle to inclusion. It is a responsibility and an opportunity. There are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone who uses it,” said Vivek Puthucode, Chief Partner Officer at Microsoft in Asia Pacific. “Inclusive organizations outperform their peers and attract and keep top talent, and we have seen how inclusion drives innovation.”
Microsoft will provide online training in data engineering and programming, cloud computing on Microsoft Azure and application development in GitHub to the PwDs. These modules will provide crucial technology skills that are globally recognized, and highly sought after in our digital first and remote everything world, therefore providing them with a learning path for industry leading skillsets that improves their employability. For the employer partners, Microsoft will conduct workshops on inclusive design and assistive technologies enabled through artificial intelligence on Microsoft Azure.
“At the heart of the Microsoft Enabler Program is a comprehensive accessibility model that will not only improve inclusion of people with disabilities across Asia Pacific for years to come; it also connects to local talent from underrepresented communities and improves our society. 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone and when we look at the incredible number of businesses and governments who have pivoted to cloud with Microsoft in the region, tech roles and digital skills will be the backbone of the economic recovery every country. And one of the ways we can enable an inclusive recovery is by empowering every person and every business with technology skills,” continued Vivek.
Microsoft’s partners in the region commit to providing opportunities for PwDs by providing job shadowing, training, mentoring and internship attachments in technical roles. These opportunities will be offered in close collaboration with the NPO’s who will match the most suitable PwD profile, skills, qualifications, and ambitions with the requirements of the role.
“Accessibility starts with building a culture of inclusion in the workplace. The more you focus on it, the more your culture will improve and evolve. The company culture and workplace environment are important elements of a successful accessibility program. At Microsoft, our vision and strategy of accessibility was to embed inclusive, accessible design into the fabric of the company. And we want to enable every organization to be inclusive,” concluded Vivek.
CSE turnover hits Rs. 3 billion for third consecutive day
By Hiran H.Senewiratne
CSE recorded the highest turnover for the week, touching the Rs. 3.billion mark yesterday for the third consecutive day. The banking sector counters dominated in turnover generation almost after two weeks closely followed by manufacturing sector counters, making a combined contribution of 48 percent, stock market analysts said.
Foreign investors continued to be net-sellers while recording low participation. But yesterday the market was driven and mainly pushed by retail investors. Further, corporate and institutional investors were also more active than on other trading days, analysts explained.
All Share Price Index was up by 63.38 points and S and P SL20 up by 32.25 points. Turnover stood at Rs. 3.54 billion with five crossings. Those crossings were reported in JKH, which crossed 1.5 million shares to the tune of Rs. 205.5 million, its shares trading at Rs. 137, HNB 1.34 million shares crossed for Rs. 183 million, its shares fetching Rs. 130.50, Commercial Bank 1.76 million shares crossed for Rs. 146.7 million, its shares trading at Rs. 83, Sampath Bank 200,000 shares crossed for Rs. 27.4 million at a per share value of Rs. 137 and Lanka IOC one million shares crossed for Rs. 21 million, its shares trading at Rs. 21.
In the retail market, top five companies that mainly contributed to the day’s turnover were, Expolanka Rs. 330.7 (34 million shares traded), Sampath Bank Rs. 211.1 million (1.53 million shares traded), Commercial Bank Rs. 196 million (2.4 million shares traded), Browns Investment Rs. 152.9 million (55.5 million shares traded) and Tokyo Cement (Non Voting) Rs. 143.9 million (3.1 million shares traded). During the day 182 million share volumes changed hands in 26472 transactions.
Banking sector, LOLC and Browns Investments contributed heavily to both CSE indices, mainly the All Share Price Index. LOLC share prices moved up by Rs. 3 or 2.2 per cent. Its shares started trading at Rs. 135 and at the end of the day it moved up to Rs. 138 and Browns Investment share prices moved up by 11.5 percent or 30 cents. Its shares started trading at Rs. 2.60 and at the end of the day it moved up to Rs. 2.90. Further, Sampath Bank and HNB share prices appreciated by four percent each during the day. Commercial Bank share prices also appreciated during the day, stock market sources said. High net worth and institutional investor participation remained subdued for the day while mixed interest was observed in Hayleys Fabric, Tokyo Cement Company, voting and non-voting, and Melstacorp. Retail interest was noted in Expolanka Holdings, Access Engineering and People’s Leasing & Finance.
SriLankan statement on New Delhi court case
SriLankan Airlines wishes to state the following with regard to the Delhi court case against a former senior official of the airline and the subsequent media reports that are currently being circulated.
The case in the Metropolitan Magistrate- 05, Patiala House Court, New Delhi where an order has been delivered convicting a former Regional Manager of SriLankan Airlines, had been filed pursuant to a complaint made by a former Sales Executive on a personal matter against the said former Regional Manager of the airline. The airline was not a party to this legal action in which the order has been delivered.
The airline had received a complaint from that Sales Executive in 2011 alleging an incident took place in 2009 involving the said former Regional Manager and transferring her from the airline’s office in New Delhi to the office in Cochin.
Upon receiving the complaint, the airline had conducted an inquiry in terms of the Company’s special policy against harassment in 2011 and the Committee had determined that her transfer to Cochin had been based on commercial requirements. As the former Sales Executive had been dissatisfied with the outcome of the inquiry and she wanted another inquiry, the airline had conducted a further inquiry into her complaint in 2014 in line with the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Prevention, Prohibition, and Redressal Act of 2013 in India, where the committee had been of the view that her complaint of “sexual harassment” could not be justified and her transfer to Cochin would stand.
As the former Sales Executive did not comply with the requirement of the Company to report to the office in Cochin, the airline was compelled to terminate her services on disciplinary grounds following the due procedure in terms of laws in India.
SriLankan Airlines is one of the first corporate entities in Sri Lanka who adopted a policy against harassment at workplace way back in 2007. SriLankan Airlines, as an entity that is committed to ensure safe working environment for all its employees, maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any kind of harassment.
Litro Gas felicitates senior staff with Long Service Awards
Long Service Award Winners 2020 with the chairman and CEO of Litro Gas Lanka Ltd. & Litro Gas Terminal Lanka (Pvt) Ltd.
Litro Gas has developed a unique legacy that combines the efficiency and tradition of a private enterprise with its state owned status.
In keeping with the company’s commitment towards recognizing and rewarding its employees who have grown with the company, Litro Gas recently feted its senior most staff at the Long Service Awards ceremony 2020.
A total of 33 employees were recognized by the company for their loyal and dedicated service spanning up to 35 years of continuous service to the LPG industry.
W.H.Padmasiri (35 Years), D.C.P.Wijesinghe, D.K.Nanda, W.A.S.P.Perera, K.D.J.T.Gunasekara, A.Pathmarajah, H.B.Weerasena, L.N.G.Perera, A.L.A.Nandana, K.S.Chandrathilake (30 Years) , K.K.M.P.Jayawardena, S.W.J.Senaratne, W.H.G.Wildeniya, B.Mahinda, Mrs. H.K.Nilmini, M.S.Punchihewa, N.P.S.A.H.Kumara, K. Sarathchandra, K.A.A.Priyadarshana (25 Years), Mrs. H.M.Chamani Pathirage, Miss.Shymalie Enoshie P Karunaratne, Ranil Palinda Seneviratne, Mrs. W.M.Lakmali C. Hapuarachchi, Mrs. H.Sunethra Sahabandu, S. Hiran Senewirathne, P.H.Vidanagamage , W.D.L.Nalin Achala, H.P.Pradeep Kumara, H.K.Chandraratne, Priya Kelum Alwis, D.K.N.G.Kumara Fernando, K.P.Weerasekera (20 Years) , Mrs. W.B.Sudeshini Wijewardena (15 Years).
“Recognizing our team members who have made a tremendous contribution to empowering the Litro Gas journey is an honour for us”, says Anil Koswatte, chairman and CEO of Litro Gas Lanka Ltd. & Litro Gas Terminal Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. “The team’s commitment has helped us emerge as the market leader in the Sri Lankan LPG industry with a 75% market share. We will continue to recognize and reward our employees as a part of the culture we have inherited from the past and continue to nurture at Litro Gas – a small, efficient team of 234 members managing the entire operation.”
He adds that those who have served through the years are an asset to the Company. “Their expertise and experiences have evolved through the years and have been a tremendous contribution to our success whilst upholding the Company’s values and ethics and stringently complying with the Health, Safety and Environment policies and procedures”.
The long service awards are a valuable component of Litro’s overall employee recognition efforts and play a significant role in motivating and engaging staff. Rewarding loyalty and commitment by recognising those who have dedicated their careers to the Company is proof that the organisation values and respects people who are committed and add value to the Company.
Litro Gas is recognized as an industry leader in the Sri Lankan energy sector with a turnover of Rs 45 billion. The Company’s LPG storage facility located at Kerawalapitiya and Hambantota Terminals deliver domestic gas across Sri Lanka through an island-wide network of 37 distributors, approximately 1,500 home delivery hubs and 11,000 points-of-sale locations.
George Floyd, African-Americans, and Sri Lanka’s Estate Tamils (Part I)
Hemasiri begins to unload against Sirisena
- Features6 days ago
Bandu – tall, handsome, gentleman cricketer
- Features7 days ago
Rajeewa Jayaweera: beloved brother, friend, confidante, mentor, and comrade in arms
- Business7 days ago
Extraordinary impairment charges drive Ceylon Tea Brokers into the red
- news6 days ago
20 A: President ready to submit fresh draft
- Features7 days ago
Trapped between a rock and a hard place
- Features6 days ago
Legal implications on claiming damages by SL under international law
- Business4 days ago
Sri Lankan cuisine showcased at ‘Lulu Food Festival’, Bahrain
- Features7 days ago
WHY THE HURRY ABOUT 20A?