October is designated as ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’, worldwide. Cancer ranks among the three leading Non Communicable Diseases (NCD)in Sri Lanka and is on the rise with over 15,000-20,000 new cases detected every year. Breast cancer has the highest incidence among all cancers and is the leading cancer among females in Sri Lanka.
16 years ago, the Rotary Club of Colombo, launched their life saving project in partnership with the National Cancer Control Programme, for free screening and early detection of cancer, with a focus on early detection of breast cancer which accounts for over 25% of all cancers in Sri Lanka. According to studies, 30-40% of cancers can be prevented, and another one third cured with screening, early detection and timely follow up treatment. This would mean saving several thousand lives every year. Todate almost 80000 individuals , mainly women , have been screened, with over 18000 showing abnormalities requiring further investigation- these are all cases which may otherwise have gone undetected until the late stages where the chances of being saved would then be greatly reduced.
The Centre operates a comprehensive cancer screening facility complete with a mammography machine and ultra sound scanner donated by the Rotary Club of Birmingham Alabama, USA. A radiographer is also available at the Centre to operate this facility. Cervical cancer is screened through a HPV/DNA testing machine funded by The Rotary Foundation USA. The Centre is presently seeking a donor for a colposcopy machine to replace the existing machine used for diagnostic screening of cervical cancer which has the second highest incidence of cancers in females. The Centre also operates an oral cancer screening unit for detection of oral cancer, in view of this cancer having the highest incidence among males.
Education and awareness building activities are also carried out by a Health Education Unit in the Centre, aimed at early detection through screening and the prevention of cancer through healthy life style. This is supported by a mobile screening unit operating islandwide. Meanwhile counselling is also undertaken for those cases diagnosed positive.
The Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Centre is presently the only national facility dedicated for screening, early detection and prevention of cancer, offering its services entirely free of charge to the public.The Centre is supported by leading telecommunication provider and Corporate Partner Dialog Axiata PLC.
Due to the rapidly rising numbers seeking screening, as well as the need to expand and upgrade the present screening facilities, the Rotary Club of Colombo requires to relocate the Centre in a permanent, more spacious building in the same area, now well known for cancer screening and which provides easy access and visibility to those coming from near and far to seek the services of this life saving facility. This is presently a pressing and urgent priority for the project.
Once a new building is in place, the numbers screened and lives saved through early detection and prevention activities, could be greatly increased. Meanwhile the Club, together with NCCP, extended breast cancer screening and early detection facilities 4 years ago, to the outlying regions commencing with a Breast Cancer Early Detection Unit at Kurunegala Teaching Hospital with equipment funded by The Rotary Foundation. This will enable the community in that area and surrounding regions, particularly the less privileged, to have greater accessibility to this life saving service.
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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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