Parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen’s wife, the broker & another person arrested by police over the incident of the death of a 16 year old domestic worker saya Police Spokesman
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a need to rapidly scale-up testing services and provide diagnoses to implement test-trace-isolate strategies which are essential to effectively treat, and care for patients and to control the spread of the virus. Hundreds of diagnostic products are now available on the market, targeting detection of viral RNA, viral antigens and host antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. Tests vary in their complexity and speed and countries have faced challenges in selection and effective deployment of the reference standard, nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT). Services for SARS-CoV-2 NAAT testing have often been unavailable, or backlogged for several days, precluding the clinical utility of the results.
Lateral flow antigen-detecting rapid diagnostic tests (Ag-RDTs) which are easy to perform and provide results within 15-30 minutes have recently been commercialized and have the potential to fill at least a portion of the ‘testing gap’. Under certain conditions Ag-RDTs that meet minimum performance requirements are recommended for use and some have WHO Emergency Use Listing authorization. These simple-to-use tests offer the possibility of rapid case detection, especially of the most infectious patients, at or near the point of care.
In view of this WHO designed a protocol for monitored implementation of SARS-CoV-2 Ag-RDT and called for proposals in December 2020. Allergy Immunology and Cell Biology Unit under the leadership of Dr Chandima Jeewandara and Prof Neelika Malavige submitted an application with the partnership of the Ministry of Health as a collaborator.
After a competitive application process AICBU secured funding for the Sri Lankan protocol. AICBU secured funding for this proposal and became a one of the five countries selected by WHO under this scheme.
WHO will fund maximum of $199,999 USD and additionally will provide up to 200,000 WHO EUL approved Ag-RDTs for Sri Lanka. The proposed conditions and settings for Ag-RDT use are aligned with WHO interim guidance on the use of antigen detection for COVID-19 using rapid immunoassays.
Data collected using this protocol will be crucial for optimizing the delivery and use of Ag-RDTs and maximizing public health impact in programmatic settings.
Activist Joseph Stalin and 15 others released. Struggle to continue against Kotelawala University Bill
Activist and General Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union CTU Joseph Stalin and 15 others who were taken away for quarantine in Mullaithivu released short while ago. Several protestors including Joseph Stalin arrested on July 8th over protest violating quarantine rules which launched against the proposed General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University Bill.
The struggle to free protestors won and the struggle against the Kotelawala University Bill continues says Student-People’s Movement for Free Education.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the current obstructions in the University Act will be removed and the Kotelawala Defence University will be brought under the UGC purview, President Media Division.
President briefs Maha Sangha on vaccination drive and Kotelawala University Act.
President Rajapaksa said that the Kotelawala Defence University has produced a large number of scholars to the country over the past 40 years and that even students who pass the GCE Advanced Level examination with high marks are also eager to choose the Kotelawala Defence University for their higher education.
The President also pointed out the need for the establishment of such high quality universities in the country in order to save the large amount of money lost to the country and to the parents when sending their children abroad for higher education.
The President also stated that the obstacles existed in the University Grants Commission Act will be removed and the Kotelawala Defence University will be brought under its purview.
The Maha Sangha commended the President and the government for their efforts to control the COVID-19 from the outset and pointed out the need to educate the public about the objectives of the Kotelawala Defence University and to take steps to prevent the spread of misconceptions in the society regarding this University.
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Childhood psychologists do crucial, irreplaceable, and life-changing work. Whether you’re exploring your career options for the future or have known what you want to do for a long time, if you’re interested in working in the field as a child psychologist, you’re likely wondering what it takes to get there.
Becoming A Child Psychologist
Here’s what you’ll need to do to start your journey as a childhood psychologist:
- Complete your Bachelor’s degree
To become a psychologist, therapist, or counselor, including one that works with kids, you must complete the appropriate amount of schooling. Your first step will be to complete an undergraduate degree, which will generally take about four years. You may decide to obtain an Associate’s degree at a community college first and transfer to a four-year college as a Junior to lower the cost. Scholarships and grants may also help you complete your degree at a lower cost.
- Complete your Master’s degree
After you complete your Bachelor’s degree, it will be time to attend graduate school for a Master’s program. Graduate school can be competitive, so don’t get discouraged if it takes some time or if you have to apply for a school twice! Seeing a guidance counselor during your undergraduate years can help you prepare for success in entering graduate school. A Master’s degree typically takes two years to complete. Some people take some time off between their Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, where others start graduate school directly after undergraduate school.
- Complete a Doctorate’s degree
Note that if you choose to become a therapist or counselor, including one who works with kids and teens, you don’t necessarily need to complete a Doctorate degree. However, if you would like to take the path to become a PsyD or obtain your Ph.D., you will, of course, have to complete a doctorate’s degree. The time a person spends on completing their Doctorate’s degree varies, but statistics indicate that, on average, a person spends about eight years completing their Doctorate’s.
Many people choose to get their Master’s degree, work in the field, and obtain a Doctorate degree later on. Your path is yours! To decide what you want to do, it can be helpful to look into the job market, requirements for positions you’d like, and opportunities open to you in the area you’d like to practice in.
- Complete the necessary hands-on experience
Internships are one of the most important parts of preparing to be a psychologist or therapist for many people. They help you get hands-on experience and allow you to gain insight into what you do and don’t like in terms of the work that you do and the work environment(s) you prefer to be in. Additionally, you will be able to network and get the chance to obtain work references for the future during internships. Note that internships won’t always reflect the exact position you’ll enter later on. For example, even if you intend to work with children in a private practice or another similar setting later on, you may complete an internship in a hospital or another similar environment. Make sure to check on the requirements for internships and the number of required supervised hours of practice in your area, as they vary significantly from state to state in the USA and across the globe.
- Obtain licensure
Once you’re ready, it will be time to take the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Requirements for licensure, like requirements for internship or practicum completion, vary based on your location. You can learn more about the EPPP and how to prepare for it here on the APA website.
As for board certification, you can check out the ABPP website here to learn about specialty boards. If you’re becoming a childhood psychologist or child psychologist, you will likely want to look at the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (ABCCAP) specifically. It can’t be stressed enough how vital it is to look into the exact requirements to become a licensed psychologist, therapist, social worker, or counselor in your area. Should you run into difficulty along the way, make sure to reach out to someone who can help. It is crucial to speak up and ask any questions that you have. Although it may seem overwhelming right now, this is a step-by-step process. Whether you decide to work as a psychologist, counselor, therapist, or social worker who works with kids, you are doing vital work that will make a difference in the world.
Childhood psychologist or not, we all need help from time to time. Whether you’re facing life stressors such as those related to your career and schooling, difficulty in interpersonal relationships, familial issues, a mental health condition, or anything else that’s going on in your life, seeing a counselor, psychologist, social worker, or therapist can help. There are a number of different ways to find quality mental health support. You can ask your doctor for a referral to someone to see for talk therapy, utilize on-campus mental health resources at your college or university, contact your insurance company to see who they cover, search the web, or use an online therapy platform like BetterHelp. All of the providers on the BetterHelp platform are licensed, and it’s often more affordable than traditional in-person counseling or therapy is without insurance. Regardless of how you find a provider, you deserve to get the support that you need, so don’t hesitate to reach out and get started today.
Marie Miguel Biography – Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.
The Consultative Committee on Defence recently agreed to present the General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University Bill to Parliament for the second reading. Accordingly this bill is to be presented in the Parliament on 8th July. Meanwhile Political parties, civil society, lecturers, students, trade unions and other groups in Sri Lanka have called on the government to withdraw the proposed Kotelawala University Bill which they fear could pave the way for privatisation of the higher education sector and militarisation of universities.
The Committee was held under the chairmanship of State Minister of National Security & Disaster Management and State Minister of Home Affairs Chamal Rajapaksa and the participation of Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Major General (retd) Kamal Gunaratne. Former President Maithripala Sirisena, Parliamentarians Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Tiran Alles, President’s Counsel Jayantha Weerasinghe, Vice Chancellor of the General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University were also present at this meeting.
Addressing the meeting, the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence said that the University, which was initially intended to provide University education to members of the security forces, was expanded to provide education to civilian children as instructed by H.E. the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa during his tenure as the Secretary of Defense.
The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence said that the University, which is currently producing a disciplined generation of students suitable for the job market, is highly regarded and in high demand in the society including parents and students with the completion of courses within a specified period being one main reason for this.
Major General (retd) Kamal Gunaratne also said that all these courses are organized with the highest quality and that the University will continue to work towards the realization of H.E. the President’s policy of providing university education to all students who pass their Advanced Level.
“The Act on this University was initiated in the year 2009. This Bill has a history of 12 years. It was to be presented to Parliament in 2018 post having it prepared under the involvement of many scholars having it referred to the legal draftsman and to the Attorney General after conducting number of studies on it. Although the then Minister of Defense Maithripala Sirisena tried to do so, due to various reasons it was not possible at that time,” Major General (retd) Kamal Gunaratne further added.
Vice Chancellor of the General Sir John Kotelawala National Defence University, Major General Milinda Peiris addressing the committee stated that the Universities Act, which was established by an Act of Parliament in 1981 has been amended on several occasions but the university has not been given the required structure.
The Vice Chancellor said that the university, which currently has 11 faculties, was once ranked 4th among military universities. Therefore, he pointed out to the Committee that this Act is important to further develop the activities of this University and to elevate it to a higher level.
Speaking at the committee meeting, the Parliamentarians present said that the country is losing a lot of money as many talented children who do not have access to university education are tempted to study at universities in other countries. Therefore, it is very important to have the opportunity to study more quality courses at a lower cost through this university, the MP’s further stated.
On 21 June IUSF staged a protest in the capital Colombo demanding the withdrawal of the bill. During the protest a tense situation arose between police and students as police tried to disperse students, as public gatherings are banned during the current COVID-19 third wave.
IUSF Convener Wasantha Mudalige said that with the bill, the government was “moving towards military dictatorship”.
“If this bill passes, this will be the greatest risk for free education,” he told University World News, adding that more protests were planned.
“Under the guise of an epidemic, government is trying to pass the bill which is destroying free education. The government has obstructed a peaceful protest organised by students against the bill. If the government is trying to pass this, all forces must line up against it,” Amila Sandaruwan, national committee member of the Teachers’ Service Union, told University World News.
Sri Lanka to begin vaccinating school principals, teachers and non-academic staff ahead opening schools. Government has taken decision to prioritize school teachers for vaccination against COVID 19. Director General of Health Services issued a special circular and informed the decision to Provincial Directors of Health Services and Regional Directors of Health Services. Accordingly, all school teachers in each district should be vaccinated in the week, starting from 12.07.2021, irrespective of their age.
Sri Lanka is considering to reopen schools below 100 students capacity on July month. Government has taken steps to vaccinate teachers and other staff prior to reopening schools. There are nearly 3000 schools in Sri Lanka which have less than 100 students. Minister of Education says that the government’s plan is to re-open remaining schools under several phases.
Applications for 2021 Advanced Level examination (A/L Exam ) will only be accepted via online method says Exam Department. The applications will be called from July 05 and ends July 30 says Examinations Commissioner Sanath Pujitha. Private student can submit application via link given https://onlineexams.gov.lk/eic/index.php/clogin/ www.doenets.lk website. Also private candidates can apply through the mobile application mobile App ‘DoE”.
Details in English PDF Download Here via (https://doenets.lk).
User Guide PDF Download Here for G.C.E (A/L) Examination -2021 Application for Private Candidates.
Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination – 2021
Applications for this examination should be submitted only through online method.
G.C.E. (A/L) EXAMINATION – 2021
TECHNICAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR CANDIDATES TO COMPLETE APPLICATION FORM
- Login-in to the system
1.1. Following paths of the Department of Examinations, Sri Lanka can use to fill the application
Visit the official website https://doenets.lk and click “Online Applications (School Exams)” under “Our Services” or, Visit the official mobile app, “DoE” and click “Online Applications (School Exams)” or, Visit https://onlineexams.gov.lk/eic .
1.2. Private candidates can apply by selecting G.C.E. AL 2021 – Student Registration (Private)
1.3. Enter your name, National Identity Card number, Telephone number for registration
1.4. If you don’t have a National Identity Card, please contact 011-2784537 / 011-2784208 / 011-2786616 and obtain a temporary number.
1.5. When the NIC No. is entered, you will receive a code number (OTP) via SMS. Use the code number to log-in to the system.
1.6. Read the instructions therein and click “instruction” button for more details. Watch and read technical instructions, general instructions and the instruction video, then select “Next” button to initiate completing the application.
1.7. Upon entering and selecting the personal information (sub-number 02), district, town and medium of the examination (sub-number 03), you may enter subjects of the examination (sub-number 04).
Details in English PDF Download Here via (https://doenets.lk).
User Guide PDF Download Here for G.C.E (A/L) Examination -2021 Application for Private Candidates.
Instructions to complete and submit the application are published in the official website of the Department of Examinations (https://doenets.lk) or in the online examination website (https://onlineexams.gov.lk/eic ) or in the official mobile app (“DoE” mobile app).
Applications of private candidates for this examination will be accepted from 05th July 2021 to 12.00 midnight of 30 th July 2021. Each private candidate is advised to read this notification fully and thoroughly understand before filling and submitting the application online. Special attention should be paid in accurately entering the selected Town and Subjects of the examination.
Candidates are allowed only to apply for maximum of 03 main subjects. In addition, the applicants can apply for Subject No.12- Common General Test and Subject No.13- General English as applicable.
Applying for the examinations should be conducted in two main stages in this year.
Stage I – Entering information and receiving the Reference Number. Enter your personal information, examination information, subject details and payment method. You should obtain the reference number to make payment
through post office.
Stage II- Payment of examination fee and downloading the application. Upon submitting the reference number to the post office you may pay the examination fee to the post office and then visit the website by login in or by activating the link you have been sent via SMS and then download the application by clicking “Download AL 2021 Application” of the website. Candidates who paid examination fee through bank cards also can download application by above icon.
2021 A/L Exam will begin from October 4th – 30th. G.C.E. Advanced Level Examination for the year 2021, which was scheduled for August, has been postponed to October. The exam timetable will release to examination department official www.doenets.lk website soon.