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As we adapt to a new norm, the world as we know it is more fragmented than ever before and demands systemic change to overcome its challenges. Simon Anholt, founder of the Good Country Project breaks down how we can make that change by being “good”. Good people, good business, good countries make up a good world, and in his podcast conversation with tea grower, and Dilmah Tea CEO Dilhan C. Fernando, Simon shares how to reassess and refocus at the onset of paradigm shift; an opportunity for businesses and communities to make the necessary adjustments now for a more sustainable future.

 

Defining “Good”

Simon Anholt, author of ‘The Good Country Question’ and the founder of the ‘Good Country Index’, must know the meaning of the word “Good”. However, he doesn’t define it traditionally. It is a word beyond a single definition, a word which actually defines a holistic vision. “Good” is the opposite of selfish, not good, the opposite of bad. The world is in turmoil today because of the introspective nature and the microscopic vision of people which affects the way we think, the way we lead and the way we are governed. The root cause of our challenges from Climate change to pandemics, small arms proliferation to the abuse of human rights links to our humanness or lack thereof. It isn’t simply to do the right thing by your own people. The responsibility must be wider to contribute to our collective wellbeing, including the global commons, the environment, the planet and the rest of the world. It’s simple. How people behave, individually and collectively defines “Good”.

 

Education is always the answer to every social and economic problem…

When the problem exists amongst the people the solution too lies within and must be unravelled. Human behaviour is woven into every individual based on an individualized experience of education, culture and upbringing. It can exacerbate the challenges we face or contribute towards solving it. In ‘The Good Country Project’, Simon calls for a new global compact on educational values, virtues and principles, a universal upheaval of education systems around the world to teach values that will build a new generation that will run towards the global challenges instead of running away from them.

This will enable young citizens to be suitably armed to face the challenges of the age they live in and tackle the present day challenges. It could create a generation of Good citizens that are able to start fixing things in just one generation. ‘Social Engineering’ can singularly save humanity from its own destructive instinct. Our world is truly globalized, and its citizens are interconnected and interdependent. What goes on in Sri Lanka has an impact on every other country on Earth.  The next generation must learn to think differently and behave differently.

 

Collaboration: focusing on the system

While addressing the challenges ahead are self-evidently greater than any one individual and or even individual country, to make sensible progress it is inevitable that people, communities, businesses, governments and countries work together, consistently and continuously to change the culture from fundamentally competitive to fundamentally collaborative according to Simon, who has advised the presidents, prime ministers, and government officials of fifty-six countries, helping them to engage more imaginatively and effectively with the international community and is accredited with being the founder of the concepts of nation brands and place brands, seeing them as being “simply another manifestation of how obsessed countries have become with their competitive edge, instead of focusing their energies on the system of which they are a part, and on which we all utterly depend”. 

 

Coopetition: cooperative competition

In the 1970s, businesses began to demonstrate that it’s perfectly possible to compete and to collaborate at the same time. Coopetition was a buzzword that originated in the Japanese auto industry which proved that the best way to drive a market towards growth is to have companies both competing against each other in an honorable way and collaborating to build a more efficient and effective marketplace. It demonstrates that human beings are still allowed to compete, which is a very valuable and very fundamental part of their nature, but also collaborate on the essentials in such a way that they don’t destroy each other or the marketplace as a result. Businesses and corporate bodies must advocate for coopetition within sectors, amongst sectors and on the lands on which they operate. “So that experiment of coopetition, I would argue, is about 30 years overdue between governments. And that’s one of the things we need to see now” urges Simon.

A Good Corporate/Business

A Business has a direct influence over the lives of nearly as many people as governments do. It is the simple idea that it’s not enough to make good products and sell them at a good price for a company to earn its right to inhabit the space it inhabits on the planet. Every business must understand its role and responsibility within the shared system, in a society, to the land on which it operates and as a stakeholder it is a common obligation. 

We have to see the mandate of people in power, whether that’s within corporations or within government or within society. “You’re responsible for your own people. Yes. And for every single man, woman, child and animal on the planet, whether you like it or not, you’re responsible for your own premises in your own territory. Yes. And for every inch of the earth’s surface and the atmosphere above it and the soil beneath it, whether you like it or not, and if you don’t like it, you shouldn’t be in a position of power or authority because that is the rule of life on Earth today, whether we like it or not. And the sooner people begin to understand that, the sooner we’ll get the right people aspiring to positions of power and responsibility because they accept that their sphere of influence as leaders, their sphere of responsibility, rather, is greater than their sphere of influence.”

– Simon Anholt 



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CSE recovers following CBSL chief’s observations on local economy

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By Hiran H.Senewiratne

Sri Lanka’s shares moved up within the first hour of trading yesterday though the market proved to be highly volatile. However, it later showed some marginal recovery following Central Bank Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe’s positive comments on the local economy. He hinted that the economy would become stable and register steady growth by next year.

Weerasinghe said inflation will reach a maximum level of 65 per cent by September and will likely indicate a downward trend afterwards. “The reason being that the Central Bank managed the sagging economy quite well and now we could provide the basic needs of the people with our current export revenue and inward remittances, he said at the CBSL’s monthly policy review meeting yesterday.

Amid these developments both indices moved upwards. The All- Share Price Index rose by 3.22 points (0.04 per cent) to end at 8910.57 and S and P SL20 gained 22.36 points (0.76 per cent) to end the day at 2969.36. Turnover stood at Rs 2.7 billion with a single crossing. The crossing was reported in JKH, which crossed 500,000 shares to the tune of Rs 63.75 million; its shares traded at Rs 120.50.

In the retail market, seven companies that mainly contributed to the turnover were, Lanka IOC Rs 578 million (three million shares traded), Expolanka Holdings Rs 313 million (1.5 million shares traded), Lankem Development Rs 208 million (ten million shares traded), Browns Investments Rs 84.6 million (ten million shares traded), LOLC Finance Rs 83 million (114,000 shares traded), Agstar Rs 82.7 million (6.8 million shares traded) and Renuka Agri Foods Rs 72.6 million (9.8 million shares traded). During the day 115 million share volumes changed hands in 29000 transactions. Yesterday the Central Bank announced the US dollar buying rate as Rs 357.33 and the selling rate as Rs 368.70.

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An interview with Yiran An, senior product manager, vivo Imaging Centre

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World Photography Day

by Sanath Nanayakkare

Q. World Photography Day is observed every year on 19th of August. How does vivo view this momentous occasion?

World Photography Day is the time when people of all age groups all over the world are united in the spirit of photography. It is a day when a professional photographer, a hobbyist, or anyone who clicks pictures with a smartphone or camera celebrates World Photography Day by clicking the elusive to microscopic subjects in the most beautiful frames. vivo as a leading technology brand believes that it is not an arbitrary date, rather it holds a special historical significance which gave birth to the invention of the Daguerreotype, the first commercially successful photographic imaging technology.

We, as one of the innovators of smartphone photography, are working to provide a “human-centered” creator spirit to our users asking them to create and exceed beyond what is seen around. vivo wants to ensure that the leading minds should not limit their creativity. Thus, we work rigorously to create humanized professional images using smartphone camera technology to meet the needs of diverse users, allowing them to take stunning photos, while building up an ecosystem to change the mobile photography outlook.

Q. Smartphone cameras are built within severe space limitations. How does the sleek brand of vivo deal with this challenge?

Talking about the structure and imaging principle of our smartphones, we have gone through leaps and bounds to reach the advanced levels of imaging. Sensor is the main components of the camera; it ensures the image quality and camera performance. More than 80% of our workforce is invested in research and development, we are known to conduct rigorous studies to understand consumer aspirations. Following this exhaustive analysis of the changing trends in photography, vivo conceptualised the compatible sensors to provide best-suited smartphones under V, Y and X Series. Our strategic partnership with leading lens sensor manufacturers helps us to design sensors that are more compatible with vivo’s imaging features and deliver quality input for smartphone photography from the underlying technology.

Q. The focal length has to be right for a quality image. How has vivo improved this technology over the years?

Easy, fast, accurate focus in camera technology has marked a radical step in setting the standard for future smartphone cameras with tremendous focal length. we have progressed over years and now vivo’s smartphones are known to improve autofocus performance by packing each pixel with photodiodes that intelligently register frame and pattern changes in all directions for Autofocus to appear instantaneous. By combining with other hardware and software technologies, it can achieve a larger anti-shaking angle and provide cleared images even for farther objects.

We have also found Autofocus as a solution for blurry images by equipping the device with Eye Autofocus. This feature intelligently captures the most intrinsic frame details and maintains the camera focus for seamlessly capturing moments, even in motion. Bringing this hi-tech advancement to their smartphones has been nothing short of a milestone in vivo’s camera evolution. Additionally, our hardware advantages and Motion Deblur algorithm improves the clarity and success rate of motion portrait capture, and constantly expands the applicable scenarios of motion capture.

Q. We hear a lot about pixels of a smartphone camera. What does it mean?

Yes! Pixels are the building blocks of digital photography which captures the light to make up your image. Higher pixel-count cameras promise better resolution images. We at vivo have developed high-resolution sensors to combine pixels for better light capture. These larger sensors are vastly improving the quality of day and especially low-light photography. The X80 model for instance offers outstanding night scene effects in conjunction with the 50MP Ultra-Sensing Sensor Camera, known for its pro-grade skills, better colors, professional grade output even in low light environments. It is equipped with IMX866 RGBW sensor that delivers images in greater detail and improves the camera performance in dark and low-light scenarios.

Q. How does vivo technology enable the aperture in its smartphone cameras?

In the current times, variable aperture can be one of the unique selling points in any new smartphone known for photography. Although many have seen vivo’s advancement in imaging technology, but Night Sports Mode feature is a new addition that combines Motion Deblur and night algorithms to enhance clarity and the production success rate of snapshots with larger aperture to ensure noise free and stunning images at night. We as a consumer centric brand constantly look around for ways to create smartphone cameras that compete with DSLR cameras. Having said that, X Series has already enabled smartphone photographers to switch between a low aperture for portraits and macro shots with a blurry background and a higher aperture for more depth and detailed images in the smartphone itself. Together with ZEISS’ optical expertise and imaging effects we have develop vivo’s new unique mobile photography features and offer users and professional ZEISS photography enthusiasts with styled, differentiated photography experiences.

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DFCC Bank partners with SLASSCOM

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From left to right Ms. Samathri Kariyawasam - VP General Legal, DFCC Bank, Anton Arumugam - SVP Offshore Banking, Remittance, and Business Development DFCC Bank, Thimal PereraDirector/CEO, DFCC Bank, Ashique Ali– Vice Chair,SLASSCOM, Jehan Perinpanayagam - Vice Chair, SLASSCOM, Nishan Mendis - Director Finance, SLASSCOM, and Ms. Chamindā De Silva - Executive Director, SLASSCOM

DFCC Bank, one of the premier commercial banks in Sri Lanka, has announced that it has formally entered into a partnership with SLASSCOM, the apex body representing the IT/BPM industry in Sri Lanka, a sector that is one of the top foreign exchange earners for the country. Given that the industry has been adversely impacted as a result of the present energy crisis, through this partnership, DFCC Bank and SLASSCOM will work together to provide accessible and affordable financing for sustainable power generation for the sector, through special financing schemes, concessionary rates, and other exclusive benefits. With over 420 member companies, encompassing an employee base of 115,000+ people, SLASSCOM’s membership accounts for approximately 90% of Sri Lanka’s IT/BPM industry’s export revenue.

The partnership between the two giants was officially entered into with the signing of an MOU recently, and the occasion was held at the DFCC Bank Head Office where senior officials from both organizations were present. Thimal Perera – Director/CEO, DFCC Bank PLC, and Ashique Ali–Vice Chair, SLASSCOM signed on behalf of both entities.

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