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Monday, July 17, 2017

The Body Shop FAAT -  : Mr. Trevor Rajaratnam, Director of Quest Holding Lanka Pvt Ltd, Mr. Russell De Chernatony, Franchise Account Manager, The Body Shop International
The Body Shop FAAT -: Mr. Trevor Rajaratnam, Director of Quest Holding Lanka Pvt Ltd,
Mr. Russell De Chernatony, Franchise Account Manager, The Body Shop International
The Body Shop is appealing for support to bring about a global ban on animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients. Cosmetic animal testing has already been banned in the UK and the EU, but 80% of countries have no laws against it and more than 500,000 animals are used in cosmetic testing each year, according to animal protection organization, Cruelty-Free International.


FAAT is a partnership between Cruelty-Free International & the Body Shop and is their most ambitious campaign ever. It aims to achieve 8 million signatures for a global ban on animal testing in cosmetic products and ingredients through a United Nations International Convention.

Follow the link below to sign the petition:

http://www.thebodyshop.lk/ban-animal-testing


About The Body Shop:


The Body Shop is an iconic British retailer of ethical cosmetics and toiletries. It was founded by Anita Roddick in 1976 with the belief that businesses should ‘enrich, not exploit’. A philosophy of creating the best quality cosmetics and toiletries without exploiting the planet’s resources or people has driven the brand, which pursued sustainability and ethical business long before it became fashionable. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The signature dish from Chef Adam Gaunt Evans’ new menu featuring Round Island’s premium quality barramundi
The signature dish from Chef Adam Gaunt Evans’ new
 menu featuring Round Island’s premium quality barramundi
The Galle Face Hotel’s seafood restaurant ‘Sea Spray’ is debuting a delicious new menu that features Round Island’s premium quality barramundi as a signature dish. This sustainable and commercially farmed produce has a distinctive taste and will star in a new menu developed by Executive Chef, Adam Gaunt Evans for the restaurant.

The Galle Face Hotel needs no introduction. It is Colombo’s grandest bastion of hospitality, with a 15O-year-old legacy etched firmly into the country’s busiest promenade. It is this location that sets Sea Spray, the hotel’s signature seafood restaurant, apart. Sea Spray offers the quintessential alfresco dining experience with a view of Colombo’s iconic landmarks and the ocean.

The signature dish from Chef Adam Gaunt Evans’ new menu featuring Round Island’s premium quality barramundi
The signature dish from Chef Adam Gaunt Evans’ new
menu featuring Round Island’s premium quality barramundi
Their new menu brings a fresh and contemporary feel to Sri Lankan seafood. It is crafted entirely of fresh seasonal island produce and coastal seafood prepared in a variety of styles. Chef Adam Gaunt Evans has brought simplicity to the table; “There is no better way to showcase seafood,” he says “-especially when the produce is so fresh and distinctive.”

Chef Adam has chosen Round Island’s signature barramundi for his signature dish. ‘Steamed Round Island Barramundi with Ginger Chilli Sauce’ is made from a premium fillet cut simply marinated in lime juice, salt, and pepper, and gently steamed in a bamboo steamer basket until it is just cooked. The Round Island barramundi is served with a zesty sauce made with ginger, chilli, garlic, coriander and soy sauce.

Jagath Ravindra Liyanage, Chef De Cuisine, Galle Face Hotel; Adam Gaunt Evans, Executive Chef, Galle Face Hotel; Irfan Thassim, Founder/Director, Oceanpick during a visit to the Round Island Barramundi farm in Trincomalee
Jagath Ravindra Liyanage, Chef De Cuisine, Galle Face Hotel;
Adam Gaunt Evans, Executive Chef, Galle Face Hotel;
Irfan Thassim, Founder/Director, Oceanpick during a visit to
 the Round Island Barramundi farm in Trincomalee
It is simple but perfectly executed, and as with any such dish requires the freshest of produce. As it is a signature dish, the barramundi will be required fresh year around- a challenge in a seafood market characterized by seasonal inconsistency. This is where Round Island steps in by offering year around weekly harvests with consistent quality and flavor from its commercial marine farm in Trincomalee. The farm is a solution presented by Ocean pick-Round Island’s holding company to a growing concern that Sri Lanka’s fisheries may not be able to keep up with its rapidly expanding leisure and export markets.

Round Island’s produce is also environmentally safe. The seafood market’s food safety is threatened by aggressive and harmful wild fisheries practices in the country’s coastal towns. Oceanpick offers a sustainable solution to this via its commercial marine farms, which eliminate the need for consumers to depend solely on wild capture fisheries. This produce is ethically sourced and available year round.


Chef Adam says that this is why he chose Round Island’s barramundi for his seafood dishes. “There is no substitute for quality and freshness when it comes to seafood,” he notes. “As a chef, I don’t need to do much to showcase Round Island’s barramundi- it’s delicious and already a favorite with our diners.”
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

NMAT by GMAC
NMAT by GMAC

Simplified process: Multiple login methods and increased payment options

In its endeavor to connect talent with right career opportunities, Graduate Management Admission Council today announced the commencement of NMAT by GMAC test center in Sri Lanka for the first time. This will help the MBA aspirants based in Sri Lanka to take the NMAT by GMAC test in their home country and apply to NMAT by GMAC accepting schools in India.

The registrations for NMAT by GMAC will remain open until October 14, 2017. NMAT by GMAC offers a candidate friendly registration process with unique features like ‘multiple login methods’ and ‘additional payment options’. Aspirants can register through www.nmat.org.in to undertake the test.


Commenting on the launch, Mr. Vikram Shah, Director, Product Management, GMAC said, “Indian business schools attract many candidates from SAARC region, to pursue management education many candidates from SAARC countries have to travel all the way to India to take the GME tests. NMAT by GMAC has always focused on the candidate convenience and opening a test center in Sri Lanka will help those candidates to take the test in their home country and apply to business schools in India.”

Mr. Gaurav Srivastava, Regional Director, South Asia, GMAC said, “Over the years we have seen an increase in demand for the NMAT by GMAC exam amongst candidates which has resulted in a 17% growth in registration numbers. The introduction of NMAT by GMAC in Sri Lanka will help the candidates to apply to Indian schools that are using the NMAT by GMAC exam and they can take the test in their home country and need not travel to India to take the test.”

4 International Test Centres
To further widen its reach, NMAT by GMAC has been made available in Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh in addition to Sri Lanka in order to boost diversity in classrooms.

Multiple login methods
Further simplifying the registration process, NMAT by GMAC has introduced the multiple login options for candidates. Considering the increased adoption of social media tools, candidates will be able to register for NMAT by GMAC through Google, Facebook etc. The candidates will be able to use the auto-generated One Time Password and even last year’s credentials to log in and register for the exam.

Easy payment options
Candidates can proceed with their payments through International credit card, UPI among other methods

Test center in Colombo, Sri Lanka
In order to ensure increased access and ease of students, a test center have been launched in Colombo, the details of the same can be found at www.nmat.org.in

Exclusive loan offers from HDFC Credila
Qualifying students can avail customized loan offers from HDFC Credila for their management studies

The students will have to appear for three sections – Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. All the sections are individually timed with a total time of 120 minutes. Candidates can write the exam from the conveniently located test center in Colombo.

Aspirants can appear three times for NMAT by GMAC in a year’s testing period and can reschedule their exam by visiting the official website of the exam over 75 days testing period.

The exam allows a candidate to choose the order in which he/she would like to respond to each of the sections on the test and self-schedule the test date, time and location based on the availability of seats at each test center. Aspirants can also register for the exam through their mobile.

NMAT by GMAC exam registered 17% growth in its test registration in 2016. Total registrations closed at 82,928 in 2016 compared to 70,950 in 2015.

The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is accepted by the following institutes: 

SVKM's Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Xavier School of Human Resource Management, Bhubaneswar, Xavier School of Rural Management – Bhubaneswar, 

Xavier School of Sustainability – Bhubaneswar, Xavier Faculty of Management (Urban Management & Governance) – Bhubaneswar, MISB Bocconi, ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad and other locations, Shiv Nadar University, Alliance University, VIT University, Amity University, Thapar School of Management, Woxsen School of Business Management, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES), GITAM School of International Business, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University, SRM University, BML Munjal University and Mody University. 

NMAT by GMAC


The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®) assumed ownership and management of the NMAT exam in India from the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) in 2015. The exam has been retitled as the NMAT by GMAC™. Given the opportunity Indian management education marketplace offers, the step was taken to further build the study of management education locally, regionally and globally, and to make admissions accessible and successful for more candidates.

The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is computer-delivered and gives each candidate a randomly generated test from a pool of questions, provided one-at-a-time. The exam has three sections — Language Skills, Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning. All three sections of the NMAT by GMAC™ exam are individually timed and test takers must answer questions and review answers to each section within the allotted time of 120 minutes. The NMAT by GMAC™ exam is currently being accepted by 16 colleges in India for their graduate management programs.

For further information, please visit: www.nmat.org.in

Monday, July 10, 2017

A Wijerama Maha Vidyalaya student plants a tree at the School Nutrition Garden ceremony.
A Wijerama Maha Vidyalaya student plants a tree
at the School Nutrition Garden ceremony.

The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) together with the Ministry of Education hosted a ceremony on Tuesday, 4 July 2017 at Wijerama Maha Vidyalaya in Udahamulla, Nugegoda to highlight the importance of school gardens for child nutrition and life skills. The event took place in the context of the project on “Scaling up Nutrition through a Multi-Sector Approach”, jointly implemented by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka.

Through this project, more than 6000 schools have been inspired to create their own organic and healthy garden within the school grounds. To support each school develops their own garden, FAO together with the Ministry of Education has facilitated a series of training workshops in all nine provinces, training 377 education officers.

Nina Brandstrup, FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and Maldives presents gardening equipment to principals of 22 schools in the Sri Jayawardenapura Education zone at the school garden ceremony.
Nina Brandstrup, FAO Representative for Sri Lanka and
 Maldives presents gardening equipment to principals
of 22 schools in the Sri Jayawardenapura Education
 zone at the school garden ceremony.
At these comprehensive two-day workshops, education specialists have learned the different aspects of establishing and managing school gardens, from selecting a location and deciding the type of beds to create, to identifying the best tools and equipment. They have also learned about fertilizing, pruning and pest control by utilizing plant extracts and modern technologies. The education specialists have acquired the skills to impart this knowledge to the school community within each province. They have been provided a guideline and manuals which teachers, parents, and children can use in establishing the school garden. As the project includes knowledge about child nutrition, health, and education, it encourages the children to directly apply what they learn in their school gardens and replicates the same healthy habits at home. FAO has distributed gardening tools and resources to participating schools across the island to support the project’s sustainability.

A manual available in both Sinhala and Tamil has been crucial to the success of the initiative and has reached over 300,000 children across the island. In many parts of the country that continue to struggle with food insecurity and undernutrition, this initiative has supported children to take responsibility for their diets and share their learnings with their families and the wider community.

Priyanthi Chandrasekera, Project Manager-Scaling up Nutrition through a Multi-Sector Approach, FAO plants a tree with a student of Wijerama Maha Vidyalaya.
Priyanthi Chandrasekera, Project Manager-
Scaling up Nutrition through a Multi-Sector Approach,
FAO plants a tree with a student of Wijerama Maha Vidyalaya.
Speaking at the event, the FAO Representative Nina Brandstrup highlighted school gardens as a key tool in teaching children the value of nutritious organic food and the importance of sustainable lifestyles. “School gardens can be used as a classroom by reconnecting children with the outdoors and the source of their food,” she said. “These gardens teach children about the importance of a balanced diet and nutrition while opening their eyes to new agriculture concepts. The gardens are also encouraging the children to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables; no one can resist eating what they grew with their own hands!”
The Honorary Consul of Spain, Priyadarshini Jayawardena encouraged the promotion of school gardens to keep children safe and healthy while nurturing future generations to ensure a healthier and better tomorrow. “Gardens are of utmost importance to the development of the country. Well-nourished children are healthier and learn better, have improved opportunities for growth and contribute positively to society,” she said.

Commenting on the programme, Mr. Jayantha Wickramanayake, Director of National Schools said: “This project jointly implemented by the FAO and the Ministry of Education is a good solution to tackle health problems and the lack of awareness about the environment among school children. This programme really takes education beyond the classroom, guiding students to form a relationship with nature. I encourage all principals, teachers, and students to replicate this model in their schools. I have no doubt that this will help to create a healthier generation of youth and contribute towards minimizing the risk of natural disasters in the country with more awareness.”

Brenda Barton, Representative and Country Director of World Food Programme (WFP) highlighted that the school garden initiative ties in with the efforts of WFP to treat undernutrition in Sri Lanka. WFP distributes specialized fortified nutritious food to pregnant and nursing women and children aged between 6 months and 5 years and provides technical support to the Ministry of Health to enhance the impact of Thriposha - a nutritious and locally fortified blended food. “Our aim is to support behavioral changes through enhanced nutrition education and information on safe and nutritious foods, dietary diversity, nutrient deficiencies and their root causes,” she said. WFP also supports the Ministry of Health to conduct national nutrition surveys for pregnant and lactating women and for schoolchildren, to promote the linkage of health, nutrition, and food security as a national development priority.

The event concluded with the distribution of gardening tools to 22 school principals from the Sri Jayawardenapura Education zone of the Western Province, and the planting of a fruit tree followed by a visit to the school garden by guests and the school community.


School gardens are one aspect of the Scaling up Nutrition through a Multi-Sector Approach project, jointly implemented by FAO and WFP in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka. The project is part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund, an international multi-agency and multi-donor development mechanism created in 2014 by The United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) funded through the Government of Spain. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Takeshi Kimura – General Manager, Toshiba TEC Singapore, Malik Edwin – Head of Marketing/Assistant Vice President John Keells Group, Philip Wu – Regional Manager, Toshiba TEC Singapore and Aaron Wong – Country Manager, Toshiba TEC Singapore
Takeshi Kimura – General Manager, Toshiba TEC Singapore,
Malik Edwin – Head of Marketing/Assistant Vice President John Keells Group,
 Philip Wu – Regional Manager, Toshiba TEC Singapore and
Aaron Wong – Country Manager, Toshiba TEC Singapore
Sri Lanka’s trusted office automation solutions provider John Keells Office Automation (Pvt) Ltd has yet again proven itself to be a true game changer by securing the Diamond Award for the fourth consecutive year at the Toshiba Annual Distributor Meeting 2017 held in Singapore. JKOA was recognized for its exceptional performance within FY2016/17 during which the company sold a record number of digital multi-functional copiers to their reputable clientele across Sri Lanka.  

JKOA saw a 25% increase YOY for overall copier sales in 2016 while Toshiba’s color copier range recorded a staggering 30% growth in sales. Given its efficiency and cost effectiveness, the company’s Managed Print Solution business which debuted in 2014 saw a sharp increase in demand within the year in review.

Commenting on the achievement, Head of Marketing at JKOA and Assistant Vice President of the John Keells Group, Malik Edwin said: “We are thankful to our loyal customers for their continued trust and our island wide dealer network for their unstinted support and I would be failing in my duty if I don’t give the due credit to our progressive sales and service teams island wide for their dedication towards upholding the company’s Diamond status in terms of sales. Our vision is to continue providing affordable, reliable and cutting-edge solutions to our customers which we believe will help them further increase efficiency and cut down on costs.” He further elaborated that JKOA intends to invest more on training their staff in the latest technology and aims to launch their new customer module within the current financial year to ensure that the customer receives a premium service aided by technology.

JKOA’s record sales achievements were also well recognized with the company’s staff and dealer network, where they were rewarded with fully paid trips to Vietnam and Dubai respectively.

A fully owned subsidiary of one of Sri Lanka’s most respected conglomerates, JKOA has been the sole distributor for Toshiba digital multifunction copiers since 1992 and is also the authorized distributor for a plethora of reputed global office automation solutions.


JKOA is synonymous with innovation and has earned a reputation for itself as the most efficient service provider in the country since inception, offering unmatched warranty services, product support and assistance in relation to repairs and maintenance. JKOA’s after-sales program 2 6 1 +1 which guarantees a one-year warranty and a backup machine or unit free of charge in case of workshop repair are other benefits available to customers.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Heena Khushalani - Program Manager of Aavishka, Dumith Fernando – Chairman of Lankan Angel Network, Jordan Green – Chairman of Asian Business Angel Forum, Prajeeth Balasubramaniam – Managing Director of BOVCapital and Jeevan Gnanam – Director of Orion City
Heena Khushalani - Program Manager of Aavishka,
Dumith Fernando – Chairman of Lankan Angel Network,
Jordan Green – Chairman of Asian Business Angel Forum,
Prajeeth Balasubramaniam – Managing Director of BOVCapital
and Jeevan Gnanam – Director of Orion City

Sri Lanka’s most successful platform for accelerating and expanding the country’s most promising entrepreneurial concepts.

Colombo is gearing up to host some of Asia’s most prominent Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists with the Asian Business Angel Forum (ABAF) 2017 being held in conjunction with Venture Engine, Sri Lanka’s most successful platform for accelerating and expanding the country’s most promising entrepreneurial concepts.
ABAF is Asia's only investor conference that brings together Angel Investors, HNI's, Venture Capitalists and other key stakeholders to one platform that focuses on global startup trends and best practices amongst a host of topics, attracting over 250 leading investors from across the Asian, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Australasian regions.
The result of a bold partnership between founders BOVCapital, the Indian Angel Network, and the Lankan Angel Network, Venture Engine has led the way in developing the startup eco-system in the country. Crucially, this year’s Venture Engine will also act as an unprecedented conduit for Sri Lankan entrepreneurs to gain access to investment, expertise, and direct mentorship from some of the Asian region’s most prominent investors via the ABAF platform.
Prajeeth Balasubramaniam – Managing Director, BOVCapital
Prajeeth Balasubramaniam – Managing Director, BOVCapital
“From the outset, our vision for Venture Engine was to serve not only as a place to bring together Sri Lanka’s most ambitious and talented entrepreneurs but also as an incubator capable of nurturing skills and honing business models to the level that these businesses can then work to aggressively compete on the global stage. Each year we have managed to open new doors via this program, and in 2017 via the connection with ABAF we believe that we have now achieved the next iteration in this progression towards a globalized competition,” said Prajeeth Balasubramaniam of BOV Capital.
“Venture Engine was honored at the Asia Responsible Entrepreneurship Awards (AREA) in 2014, which focuses on businesses that pioneer sustainable and responsible entrepreneurship, reinforcing the value the program has created in the last few years. Venture Engine has displayed the talent and drive of Sri Lankan entrepreneurs and the success of the program was a key contributor to Sri Lanka winning the bid to host ABAF this year, ahead of other countries in the region,” he added.
Dumith Fernando – Chairman, Lankan Angel Network
Dumith Fernando – Chairman, Lankan Angel Network
Being selected as the host country for the Asian Business Angel Forum 2017 is a testament of how far the start-up ecosystem in the country has progressed over the last few years.  This is a truly unprecedented opportunity for our local entrepreneurs to go beyond their familiar boundaries and take their business to the next level. I strongly urge anyone who feels that they have a strong business plan along with a novel business model to step forward and take up the challenge,” Lankan Angel Network Chairman, Dumith Fernando said.
Building on the trailblazing path that first began in 2012, Venture Engine has brought together investors with collective investments of over Rs. 2 billion across 25 local startups as part of a breakthrough effort to reshape the future of Sri Lanka and its economy through the injection of seed capital enabling our local startups to scale globally.
“ABAF brings together the elite of early-stage investment in Asia. Participants exchange knowledge, investment insights, market trends, and experience to enrich their opportunities for success. The networking alone delivers participants a wealth of privileged information unavailable at any other event in Asia,” commented ABAF Chairman Jordan Green.
Jordan Green – Chairman, Asian Business Angel Forum
Jordan Green – Chairman, Asian Business Angel Forum
Submissions for Venture Engine 2017 will be open from 28 June to 9 August, following which the best business ideas will be selected for a program of rapid improvement over the course of five workshops with filtering and mentoring between sessions.
Applications will be open to any early stage company or startup with some customer validation and revenue as well as those in pursuit of Series A funding.
Following the finale of Venture Engine 2017 on 11th October 2017, the ABAF program will commence on 12th October at the Cinnamon Lakeside which will include an opportunity for the Venture Engine finalists to present their ideas to ABAF participants.
The opening of the conference on the 12th will be followed by an exhibition held in parallel featuring ten stalls, including five stalls reserved for Sri Lankan startups with the balance featuring exciting new startups from across the Asian region. The exhibition will be open to all visitors and will provide a platform for startups looking to scale upwards in the region to raise their next round of funding.  
The main conference – which will be hosted along the theme “Cross Border Investing in Startups” and feature regional analyses of what is trending in the startup scene – will be followed by extensive technical training sessions and panel discussions on how to drive exits featuring a highly distinguished line-up of international speakers before concluding on 13th October with a half-day tour of Colombo City for foreign delegates.
Former Venture Engine sponsors and prominent venture capital firm Aavishkaar will serve as platinum sponsors to the event together with Orion City as the Silver Sponsor and Dialog as the Official Telecommunications Sponsor.
Early bird registrations for ABAF are open from 28 June with a standard ticket for locals being priced at Rs. 25,000. However, LAN’s 70 local members are welcome to participate free-of-charge.
For more information visit www.lankanangelnetwork.com/ABAFColombo or contact Jaime on 0777039889 or email info@lankanangelnetwork.com.

Submissions for Venture Engine will be open until 9 August 2017, for more information visit www.ventureengine.lk

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Recruitment by SMS - A smart solution by XpressJobs
Recruitment by SMS - A smart solution by XpressJobs
There is no such thing as “Great workers are hard to find”, it’s just that you probably haven’t found the right person yet.  For a blue-collar recruiter, filtering through 100’s of applications for the right few is only half the battle. Fixing an appointment in another district and making sure that the candidate can go through with the interview is more complex than it sounds, especially when the applicant is far away. Much like many of the problems that XpressJobs is trying to solve, this was forwarded by recruiters themselves. Candidates who are called in to fill vacancies in supermarkets from far away areas such as Matara and Hambantota are requested to come for interviews at the head office in Colombo. More often than not, these candidates miss or skip the interview altogether because of the distance and the vacancy remains unfulfilled. Rather than calling 100+ applicants and telling them how and when to come, XpressJobs automated the process by adding a simple text message to the equation.

Smart Interviews made possible via an SMS

XpressJobs came up with a solution for this via a mobile SMS. With SMART INTERVIEW, the candidate picks an interview date/slot in the location that is convenient for them. If their application is short-listed, they get an SMS from XpressJobs confirming the interview time and location along with a contact person from the recruiting company. This enables the branch managers to interview the candidates in the same branch/outlet that they will be working without asking them to come all the way to Colombo. This feature is already in use with companies working with Xpressjobs, and they have drastically increased the number of applicants who turn up for the interview.

What is XpressJobs?

Started in 2015, XpressJobs was founded by Chathum Henagama, Sampath, and Oshadie Korale.Three experts from different fields namely; technology, recruitment, and marketing/science respectively combined to connect the dots between job vacancies and potential candidates.

XpressJobs carries out extensive research and continues to build awareness among recruiters to understand what lacks in recruitment and how they can provide a solution to it using technology. Their role is to build a bridge between candidates in a tech-savvy generation and a more mature, cooperate-minded recruiters.

Among their solutions are filtering systems which allow recruiters to comb through candidates, CV-less Application forms that allow recruiters to create a readily-available form for candidates to fill, Video Advertisements that paint a true picture about the company to build awareness to potential candidates and an Android app through which candidates can apply for jobs.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Gestetner wins the RICOH Asia Pacific Award for Outstanding Achievement in Units & Sales Revenue FY 2016 in multi-functional products (MFP) for the second time
Gestetner wins the RICOH Asia Pacific Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Units & Sales Revenue FY 2016
in multi-functional products (MFP) for the second time
Building on its winning legacy, Gestetner of Ceylon PLC once again won resounding recognition for its tremendous sales performance over the past year, rising above its peers in the Asia Pacific region to win the RICOH Asia Pacific Award for Outstanding Achievement in Units & Sales Revenue FY 2016 in multi-functional products (MFP).
Notably, Gestetner of Ceylon is currently the only distributor to have won this award, adding to its impressive two time win over the last three years, when Gestetner was awarded for achieving the highest units and highest value performances in the region.
This year’s award was presented by RICOH Managing Director, Kazuhisa (Kaz) Goto to Gestetner of Ceylon PLC Managing Director, Chandima Perera in the presence of RICOH General Manager, Business Operation Division, Tomo (Tomokazu) Ota at a prestigious distributor awards night that took place in Danang, Vietnam.
Commenting on the significance of this year’s award, Perera said: “It has been yet another remarkable year for Gestetner during which we have been able to achieve some of our best sales performances to date. The Sri Lankan market too continues to show great potential however it is important to keep in mind that our strong results were based on the collective efforts of all our departments - from Sales and Marketing to HR, Admin, Finance, MIS, P2P, Technical, Consumables and Tender - working towards a single goal, therefore in a very real sense, our entire team is a part of this award. Similarly, our valued customers have played an equally important role and we look forward to building on these vital partnerships moving forward. 
“We take great pride and encouragement from the recognition that we have been able to win. Backed by the unmatched value and quality of our product portfolio, we are confident that we will continue to build on the strong momentum gathered in recent years, to meet growing demand with the very best solutions in the industry.”    
In addition to the company award, five employees of the sales team at Gestetner of Ceylon were recognized for their remarkable contribution throughout the year. S. A. D. C. P Sumithraarachchi became the Gold winner for Excellent Sales Performance FY 2016. P Dileepa Achalanka De Silva, Mohamed Fawaz Fuji, M. Nadeeka, Shamali De Fonseka and Yogathas Ignesraj were also recipients of Excellent Sales Performance awards FY 2016.
Gestetner of Ceylon PLC’s rapidly growing portfolio includes the world’s leading office automation brands such as RICOH, BenQ, Fujitsu and Asus, in addition to its ground-breaking Papercut Document Management Solution and a range of services provided by Nashua Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. (Gestetner Offset) and Gestetner Printing Services (Pvt) Ltd. (Gestetner Outsource), under parent company Gestetner of Ceylon PLC. 

RICOH Asia Pacific is a global technology company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services. Headquartered in Tokyo, the RICOH Group operates in over 200 countries and regions. In the financial year ending March 2015, the RICOH Group recorded worldwide sales approximating 18.5 billion USD.
Keto-friendly meals available at The Sandwich Factory
Keto-friendly meals available at The Sandwich Factory
Two seemingly unlikely allies have joined forces for a 40-day body transformation challenge. The Sandwich Factory is partnering with personal trainers Fit.lk for the Go Keto Bootcamp - a one and a half month challenge to commit to the Ketosis diet, a pathway to rapid weight loss and boundless energy. Only 10 places are available on the programme for those willing to truly make the commitment - apply now on fit.lk

Fit.lk is a personalized physical training provider run by Isuru Fonseka and Natasha Amarasekara. It offers unique, targeted workout choices for clients, with flexible and convenient options including home visits for those on tight schedules.

Fit.lk will commandeer Go Keto’s fitness component while The Sandwich Factory [TSF] will take over the diet. TSF’s Hisham Cader was inspired to partner with Fit.lk after his own successful attempt with the programme under the guidance of Isuru and Natasha, the founders of Fit.lk. “It was really interesting because I was discovering a new way of eating and treating my body well,” he says. “But it was also pretty challenging to find the time to work out five days a week and ensure I was on the right diet as well-especially after a long day. That’s where The Sandwich Factory comes in; we’ll be providing a Keto dinner of choice from our menu on the forty day plan so that meals are something that you don’t have to worry about. The focus will be on committing to the workout.” In addition a full keto-friendly menu will be available at TSF throughout the day.

Keto-friendly meals available at The Sandwich Factory
Keto-friendly meals available at The Sandwich Factory
The diner has transformed its popular menu to create a ‘Keto Menu’ reflecting the principles of a Ketosis diet; a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. The diet is designed specifically to result in ketosis - a metabolic state that is almost completely fuelled by fat.

A Ketosis diet is successful because it helps to suppress appetite by cutting out the unnecessary carbs from the diet, using ketones to control hunger and satiety hormones. “It’s about encouraging weight loss, and changing your diet to complement your workout,” says Isuru Fonseka, of Fit.lk. “You’ll have five days of one and a half hour workouts followed by a break during the weekend.”
Fit.lk will guide participants step by step through the challenge. Participants will take part in a one-on-one full body assessment before they begin the programme, and receive a personalized plan to complement their group workout sessions. An orientation pack will include a basic exercise plan, recipes, a dos and don’ts food list, and tips on adjusting lifestyles around Keto. On the workout days they will also receive a Bulletproof coffee before the session and Keto dinner catered by The Sandwich Factory afterwards.

Hisham Cader, Owner of The Sandwich Factory with Isuru Fonseka and Natasha Amarasekara, Founders of Fit.lk
Hisham Cader, Owner of The Sandwich Factory with Isuru 
Fonseka and Natasha Amarasekara, Founders of Fit.lk
The idea is to equip participants to continue this lifestyle after the 40 day programme, say the trio. That’s why they want to be choosy about who they train with the programme, says Natasha Amarasekara of Fit.lk. “This programme requires you to commit with both body and mind. If you think about it, it’s just 40 days and if you follow it well the results will be very rewarding.”

Partnering with TSF and Fit.lk to launch this ‘first of its kind’ program in Sri Lanka is Papare.com who are on-board as the online media partner.


The total cost for the program is LKR 89,000 all inclusive, 40 days of training and meal from TSF. To register please contact FIT.LK online, via Facebook or on 077 0070262
Founder of Mackly, Sharmila Srikumar with Mackly models at their very first runway sleepwear show
Founder of Mackly, Sharmila Srikumar with Mackly
 models at their very first runway sleepwear show
A slumber party took over Park Street Mews on 18 June when sleepwear label Mackly hosted its first runway sleepwear show. The Mackly models enjoyed every minute of their turn on the runway, marking a first for Sri Lanka as ladies and kids modelled the label’s Kids Sleepwear range and premiered the Ladies Pyjama line.

Mackly Founder Sharmila Srikumar launched the label in 2014, with exclusive focus on children’s sleepwear. She was inspired by her own long quests in search of comfortable, safe, adaptable and cute sleepwear for her children. The Mackly label initially designed children’s sleepwear, and with this show Sharmila debuted her first Ladies Pyjama Line for older customers.

At the show-Sri Lanka’s first exclusive sleepwear showcase- 35 young children bounded down the runway in their Mackly pyjamas. The company places emphasis on the safety factor-each piece goes through a needle and metal detector and is phthalate and allergy-free. Comfort is an additional factor-the sleepwear is made with 100% breathable cotton material and all t-shirts have heat seals in place of labels to avoid discomfort at the back of the neck. Moreover, each piece is tested for colour fastness and shrinkage.

Mackly’s ladieswear collection was launched at the show with an opening performance by 12 year old Senruni Abeywickrema, who sang Rihanna’s hit song ‘Diamonds’. The show, complete with a dance performance by the models and dancers, was well received. The ladieswear collection brings functional style to the table, and Sharmila says she was responding to overwhelming demand from her young customers’ mothers, older siblings and other friends. “In this day and age there’s no such thing as ratty old pyjamas,” she shared at the event. “In this highly visible, selfie-policed culture even your pyjamas need to be on-trend. And who doesn’t want to be in their comfiest clothes after a busy day?”

The walk sequences were choreographed by well-known modern, jazz and ballet trainer Surekha Buell. Sharmila thanked her friends, the parents of her young models, and others who contributed to the show’s success including Head Masters who managed Hair and Makeup for the models. She thanked her young brand representatives in particular, saying “We are so proud of all the kids who have amazed us on stage today.” She also added, “Think about how often you wear these clothes. It’s worth having something nice to go to bed in at the end of a day. Cozy clothes are more relevant now, and we’ve made them stylish and added extra comfort and safety features for a great night of sleep.”


Mackly sleepwear is available at Odel and Cotton Collection with a new collection out every three months. The latest collections are expected to hit the shelves from July onwards.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Body Shop’s Drop of Light collection, formulated with a combination of Red Algae extract from the North Atlantic and the finest ethically sourced raw ingredients from around the world for glowing and even-toned skin
The Body Shop’s Drop of Light collection, formulated with a
combination of Red Algae extract from the North Atlantic and the finest
ethically sourced raw ingredients from around the world
 for glowing and even-toned skin
The Body Shop in Colombo has revealed its newest offering for bright and luminous skin with the debut of the Drops of Light skincare range in Sri Lanka. The formula combines the robust goodness of North Atlantic Red Algae extract with the finest ethically sourced raw ingredients from around the world for the glowing and even-toned skin.

Each product in the Drops of Light range targets the five key dimensions of healthy looking skin. The 5-in-1 formula will stimulate healthy brightness, translucency, and even tone while minimizing the appearance of pores to leave skin feeling smooth and supple. The range performed well in clinical studies on Asian women, reducing dark spots by 14% in eight weeks.
The Body Shop’s Drop of Light collection, formulated with a combination of Red Algae extract from the North Atlantic and the finest ethically sourced raw ingredients from around the world for glowing and even-toned skin
The Drops of the Light range was formulated on research conducted by The Body Shop about the science behind dark spots and pigmentation. Both are caused by the production of melanin, which rises to the surface of the skin when exposed to the sun. In-vitro studies have shown that red algae extract can inhibit key stages of the pigmentation process, and even after the production of melanin, to combat dark spots. The red algae driving the Drops of Light formula is rich with minerals, nutrients, and Vitamin C and has thrived for millions of years in the bracingly cold waters of the North Atlantic Sea. The Body Shop treats this plant gently to yield an extract that is then enriched with a potent Vitamin C derivative for the Pure Healthy Brightening Drops of Light skincare range.

Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel from The Body Shop’s Drops of Light skin care collection
Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel from The Body Shop’s Drops of Light skin
 care collection
It is available in three forms. The rich, creamy clarifying foam wash can be used in the morning and evening for a luxurious lather that purifies without stripping the skin. The Pure Healthy Brightening Day Cream has a silky texture for 24-hour hydration and delivers smoother and plumper skin. The Pure Healthy Brightening Serum is a lightweight, fast absorbing and non-sticky serum that can be massaged in with just a couple of drops in the morning and evening. The Drops of Light range also includes a quick fix brightening essential Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel, with transforming gel-to-peel technology that traps and gently peels off impurities and dead skin cells.


The clarifying foam and liquid peel use Community Trade Marula Oil cold pressed by an artisan community of women in Ondangwa, Northern Namibia. The lotion and serum use Community Trade Aloe Vera from Mexico, keeping true to The Body Shop vision of enriching communities and doing business sustainably.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Queen’s Young Leaders Award
Queen’s Young Leaders Award
Her Majesty The Queen will present a Queen’s Young Leaders Award to two exceptional young people from Sri Lanka at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Thursday 29th June. The Award celebrates inspiring young people from all over the Commonwealth who are dedicated to driving change in their communities and beyond.
                             
This year’s Award winners, Rakitha Malewana, aged 21, and Senel Wanniarachchi, aged 25, are being recognised by The Queen for their work to in the fields of HIV/AIDS and social engagement.

Rakitha and Senel will be representing Sri Lanka as they join winners from across the Commonwealth in the UK for a programme of inspiring meetings, networking opportunities and bespoke training and mentoring, all designed to help them to develop as leaders and work with ever greater impact to transform people’s lives.

Selected from a competitive process where thousands of young people from all over the Commonwealth applied to be a Queen’s Young Leader, Senel Wanniarachchi said, “I am delighted to have won this Award and hope to expand and continue my project 'We Govern Sri Lanka', enabling young men and women across the country to use technology to be active in the civic and political spheres.”

The 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders Award winners are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of issues from tackling bullying in schools, to preserving the environment, to promoting gender equality.

Before receiving their Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street, as well as take part in masterclasses at the BBC World Service and the UK headquarters of global social media company Facebook. 
They will also meet the Commonwealth Secretary-General, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, meet senior executives from some of the UK’s leading organisations and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.

The programme will finish with the launch of the final ever search for the Queen’s Young Leaders. The application process to become a Queen’s Young Leader of 2018 opens at 09:00 p.m. BST on Thursday 29th June 2017, and this year is the last chance for young people to apply to become a Queen’s Young Leader. 
The programme is looking for people aged between 18 and 29 who are dedicated to creating positive changes to the lives of people in Sri Lanka to join this important community of change-makers from across the Commonwealth.

Dr Astrid Bonfield CBE, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: “The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2017 are doing truly remarkable work within their communities. Their actions are having a positive impact not only on those around them but also by setting in motion a positive change that will last for generations to come. The residential programme is an opportunity for the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders to come together for the first time, to foster partnerships and share ideas about how they can work together as a group to improve people’s lives all over the Commonwealth. 

We are delighted that these young people are being recognised for their life-changing work by Her Majesty The Queen and we hope that their time in the UK will inspire and enable them to pursue their work for others on an ever greater scale.”

Details about how to apply to become a Queen’s Young Leader, together with information about the 2017 Award Winners and Highly Commended runners up, is available at www.queensyoungleaders.com.
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