Sri Lankas first social innovation lab to begin work this year

Not to be mistaken with a policy or idea implementing agency, the Lab will be able to comprehensively assess an initial idea within a given timeline. The Lab will be a rapid prototyping facility for development efforts – in the form of an idea, a problem or a solution – using foresight tools to take into account multiple alternative future scenarios to make the idea or solution future proof. The Ministry of Science, Technology and Research together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced the establishment of Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab, at a press conference held this evening.The establishment of this lab comes as one of the main outcomes of the First National Summit on Foresight and Innovation for Sustainable Human Development which was co-hosted by UNDP together with the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs and other public and private sector partners in May 2016. Speaking about this collaboration, the Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Susil Premajayantha, stated “With our country’s ambitious development vision, it is apt that we do things differently. At a time like this, we are pleased to partner with one of the leading development actors in the country, UNDP, to establish Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab. We believe the Innovation Lab will bring much needed value addition through foresight and innovation to all our development efforts”.It will be a joint initiative between the Government of Sri Lanka and UNDP, acting as an independent body with the aim of working collaboratively with all government departments and ministries, as well as other external partners on issues which align with national development priorities. The Innovation Lab, which will be a co-financed initiative, will be aligned to support national development priorities through the prototyping of development ideas to complement accelerated initiatives. Also addressing the media gathering, Jorn Sorensen, Country Director of UNDP, speaking on the importance of this partnership stated, “It is imperative that development efforts are done in collaboration with multiple partners, and at this momentous juncture, we are pleased to be partnering with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Research. We are certain this joint initiative will pave the way for more collaborative efforts between UNDP and the Government of Sri Lanka to create impactful results to help Sri Lanka achieve sustainable human development”.Udaya Seneviratne, Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Research and Ms. Lovita Ramguttee, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Sri Lanka were also present at the press conference.The Social Innovation Lab will start its operations this year and will be a three-year pilot project. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Ohio State womens hockey looking to bring its complete game to Bemidji

OSU sophomore forward Lauren Spring (27) controls the puck during a game against Minnesota on Oct. 16 at the OSU Ice Rink. OSU lost 7-2.Credit: Courtesy of OSUHeading into its final away series of the regular season, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team (9-20-1, 5-18-1) is focusing on taking advantage of scoring chances as it prepares to take on Bemidji State University (18-9-3, 13-9-2) this weekend.Assistant coach Joey Olson said the team believes it had a solid weekend of play last weekend, despite being swept by second-ranked Wisconsin in two games. “Wisconsin was a great series. We played very well defensively,” Olson said. “We created scoring opportunities, but we didn’t capitalize on those opportunities, so I think going forward one of the main focuses this weekend will be to continue to generate those scoring chances but to capitalize and finish on them.”The Buckeyes should be expecting another strong defensive team, similarly to Wisconsin, in their matchup against Bemidji State. “The Wisconsin goaltender did a very nice job against us,” Olson said. “Bemidji has a good defensive core, as well as a very strong goaltender. So we’ll just have to focus that much more to put the puck in the back of the net.”Intensity in the defensive zoneAt the beginning of this season, the Buckeyes had many games where their opponent’s offense dominated them. The team has made it a focus to improve its defense, which junior defenseman Alexa Ranahan believes will be a key this weekend.“We were pretty strong at that last weekend, and sometimes we can get complacent in our D-zone,” Ranahan said. “So that’s a big focus, and I know coach is definitely working on that.”The Buckeyes are drawing confidence from last weekend’s Wisconsin series, although they were still swept, because the margin of loss was drastically different from an earlier matchup. In October, the combined score was 15-0 in favor of the Badgers. Last weekend, it was 4-1. “Our defensive zone needed the most work, and we’ve definitely cleaned up that area,” Olson said. “The girls have really bought into that system and started to execute what we needed to see, as you can kind of see in the result from the Wisconsin series.”Currently the Buckeyes have allowed the most goals per game in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. This is mostly due to lopsided scores at the beginning of the season against Wisconsin and Minnesota.“I think our D-zone’s gotten a lot better,” Ranahan said. “We’ve been pretty strong the last couple of weekends, but a big thing is putting the puck in the net, and our forwards and our D have definitely bore down on doing that, and I think we need to continue that in order to win more games.”Playing a complete gameFirst-year coach Jenny Potter has worked throughout the season to increase her team’s focus throughout the whole game, and the players believe that is another reason their play has improved deeper into the season.“I think last weekend we did a really good job of playing a full 60 minutes,” Ranahan. “We didn’t quit. We were very intense and we believed in ourselves more than other weekends I think, and that definitely needs to carry over into Bemidji.”Ranahan also said she thinks the team has more confidence because it is ready to skate with a team for an entire game.“We do a ton of conditioning too, and it really shows in the third period when we’re playing against teams that normally are really good, and we’re outskating them the whole game,” Ranahan said.Olson said he believes the team needs to focus on the game holistically and have cohesion between the offense and defense.“The practices overall have just been mainly geared toward making sure that we’re prepared in all three areas of the game as far as our offensive zone, neutral zone and defensive zone,” Olson said. “Making sure we’re sharp in all three areas to make sure we have a complete game come Friday and Saturday.”The puck is scheduled to drop on Friday at 7:07 p.m. and Saturday at 4:07 p.m. in Bemidji, Minnesota. After the Beavers, the Buckeyes are set to wrap up their regular season at home with two games against North Dakota on Feb. 19 and 20. read more