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First Ever Digital Pandol (Thorana) in Australia – Presented and erected to view at Lankarama Buddhist Temple in Sydney

5 meter by 4 meter structure – Presented and erected to view at Lankarama Buddhist Temple in Sydney by the Sri Lanka Consulate Office in Sydney – An initiative by the Consulate General Mr.Lal Wickrematunge. Also prodly supported by the SLA (Sri Lanka Association of NSW). Created and produced by Saliya Tennekoon and Shanaka Tennekoon of Event360 (Pty) Ltd.Australia.

Watch Video below – Video Thanks to Saliya Tennekoon and Shanaka Tennekoon of Event360 (Pty) Ltd.Australia

Listen to the Radio Presenter from Sri Lanka praising this great display

 

 

Several Photos below

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“THINGS” – By Des Kelly

There are so many “THINGS” one can say about a great song written & recorded by the late great Bobby Darin in 1962. Bobby was born in 1936, plagued with a damaged heart, during his early years, he decided that if he was here for a “short time”, he might as well make it as good a time, as possible. He was quite a handsome guy, married Actress Sandra Dee in 1960, divorced her in 1967, married, for the 2nd time, to Andrea Joy Yeager, & passed on, in 1973, at just 37 years. Yet, when he died, he was a Star performer, Song-writer, Instrumentalist, a Composer who wrote many songs, both for himself & others to record. 

     Very recently, in Sri Lanka, another famous duo decided to record “Things” with a completely different flavour. Dalrene Suby & her singing partner added some comedy into “things” that we, at eLanka decided to publish purely for the reason of bringing our readers some light entertainment

after what has recently been nothing but bad news engulfing in our beautiful Country. I wish to believe that, after everything is said and done, “things” will revert to a sensible, peaceful, future in the Country that we all love.

Desmond Kelly

Desmond Kelly.
(Editor-in-Chief),– eLanka. 




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“90 SECONDS OF YOUR TIME” – By Des Kelly

Written, in the first place by Cardiologist Andrew, and sent to me by My good friend & Cartoonist Max., this advice may sound unimportant in the context of time, but, believe me, folks, it may be the MOST important one & a half minutes of your life. Please read this carefully and pass it on to family & friends. 
Desmond Kelly.
(Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka

This is worth knowing at ANY age

One-and-a-half-minute law

EXCELLENT INFO

My name is Alexander, I am a cardiologist and a paramedic. A very important warning for those who wake up at night to go to the bathroom…

You must be careful and use the “One-and-a-Half-minute law” which is scientifically proven. By waking up suddenly for one’s physiological needs normally, we often hear that someone “was well in good health and died suddenly during the night without reason. “

The most likely reason is that when that person woke up to go to the bathroom, he/she got up from bed in a hurry, but the brain needs greater blood flow, for having rested, causing a state of fainting and that is when the stroke happens.  It is recommended to learn the “One-and-a-Half-minute law” that can save your life

When you wake up to go to the bathroom, you must first:  Lay for 30 seconds after waking up and then sit up in bed for 30 more seconds lowering your legs quietly and sit like that for another 30 seconds ” and only then get up to go to the bathroom.

With these steps the chances are gigantic to survive a sudden stroke, regardless of age… 
Share with all your family and friends. Remember that you can save yours and the lives of many people sharing this information…

Prevention is better than healing *
Pressure
Arterial

 120/80 normal 
 130/85 normal 
(requires control)
 140/90 high 
 150/95 very high 

Heartbeat per minute
72 BPM (Default)
60 to 80 BPM (normal)
40 to 180 BPM (abnormal)
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Compatibility of blood groups

What’s your blood type and how common is it?

O+ (1 IN 3)
A+ (1 IN 3)
B+ (1 in 12)
Ab+ (1 in 29)
O-(1 in 15)
A-(1 in 16)
B-(1 in 67)
AB-(1 in 167)

Water effect
About the body
We know that water is important but you never knew the right time to drink!

Did you know?
Drinking water in the correct time maximizes the effectiveness of the human body;

1 Glass of water after waking up, helps activate internal organs…

1 Glass of water 30 minutes before meal helps digestion.

1 Glass of water before showering helps lower blood pressure.

1 Glass of water
Before sleeping avoids stroke or heart attack.

When someone shares something important with you, take advantage of this and share with more people.




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Congratulations to Harry de Sayrah OAM. J.P – 50 Years as a Lion member

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HARRY DE SAYRAH

OLD JOSEPHIAN LION HARRY DE SAYRAH OAM. J.P – MELVIN JONES FELLOW – LIFE MEMBER OF THE 101 YEAR OLD LIONS CLIBS INTERNATIONAL THE LARGEST SERVICE ORGANISATION IN THE WORLD HAS SERVED THE COMMUNITIES OF SRI LANKA FOR 20 YEARS AND AUSTRALIA FOR 30 YEARS 

IN 1969 LION HARRY WAS INVITED TO JOIN THE THEN LIONS CLUB OF COLOMBO BY LION COMMODORE MALCOLM DE COSTA – FORMER ADC TO A GOVERNOR GENERAL OF SRI LANKA

HE WAS THE 1st ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE LIONS CLUB OF KOLLUPITIYA COLOMBO AND THE 39th PRESIDENT OF THE LIONS CLUB OF BANKSTOWN SYDNEY AND HELD VARIOUS RESPONSIBLE POSITIONS 

 

We at eLanka wish Mr. Harry de Sarah all the best and congratulations for this great service for 50 years!.
As they say in Australia…. “Good on you Harry!’. 

Best wishes, 

eLanka team

 

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Silverscene – Official Newsletter of the Silver Fawn Club – Issue May / June 2019

 

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“G.G.,THE COVER KING” – BY Des Kelly

It is with a lot of pleasure that I introduce Gehan Gunasekera as “The Cover King” of eLanka. I first heard Gehan on Facebook,.recently. when, out of the blue, amid many & various “Song Clips” being aired every day, on this “platform”, one, that I feel is ideal for music & Musicians, I noticed his name, together with his own “introduction” to “songs” he had “covered”, in his own style of recording, which immediately interested someone who has been recording songs for eons(it seems). I had never seen this particular technique of recording, & as I “clicked” on, to hear the most dulcet tones of Gehan & watching the “backing trax” actually working, computer-style, intrigued me, so I just kept watching & listening to yet another great Sri Lankan talent who, obviously knew what he was doing. Gehan has a rather soft,.yet beautiful baritone voice, can sing any type of ballad to perfection, plus, what interested me even more, was the fact that he had a natural tendency for “Country Music”.

     To the many thousands of eLanka readers,.everywhere, this is only a brief introduction of Gehan Gunasekera, together with a “sample” of what might be a 45rpm (Single), of the good old days, done now, in “G.G.THE COVER KING” of eLanka style, which I am certain that readers everywhere will enjoy.
Gehan, like me, is very very proud of what certain Sri Lankan Entertainers, people like Bill Forbes, Cliff Foenander,.plus instrumentalists like the late, great, Gerry Crake (to name just three), have done, to make our beautiful little Island (former) home, proud.

     As we feature Gehan Gunesekera further, I shall endeavour to bring you more details of this “Cover King’s” life. For now, please enjoy the superb work of this guy, of whom eLanka is very proud, indeed.

Desmond Kelly

      Desmond Kelly
    (Editor-in-Chief)– eLanka.

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A NIGHT WITH THE LEGENDS – A MOTHER’S DAY EVE DINNER DANCE SATURDAY – 11TH MAY 2019 PRESENTED BY DERRICK J & THE GRAND ON CATHIES – Article written & event reviewed with Photos provided by Corinne King

On Saturday 11th May 2019 we attended the long awaited event that was organized by the ever efficient Entrepreneur Derrick Junkeer & ably assisted by his very charming wife Flame.

The event was the “Mother’s Day Eve Dinner Dance” which was held at “The Grand on Cathie’s Lane” in Wantirna South. A Venue of “Elegance & Charm”.

The night was dedicated to many “Legends of Song”, like Tina Turner, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Linda Ronstadt, Engelbert Humperdinck & Elvis Presley.

The “local” Entertainers were of a very high standard & excelled in their individual talent to pay tribute to the ‘Legends’ they impersonated.

The meal was a 3 Course “sit down” meal, which was very efficiently served to the tables. The first course being that of a thick rich “pumpkin soup flavoured with fennel” & uniquely flavoursome, which was served with a warm bread roll.

The main course comprised of a “chicken” & “meat” dish served alternatively. Each dish complimented with vegetables, mash & gravy. The individual meats were succulent, delectable & well presented.

The sweets were interesting & varied, many individual mini cupcakes, slices & biscuits were brought to each table on a 3 tiered platter. They were certainly a “diabetic’s dream”!

The night of entertainment with the “Tribute Artists” continued until 12 midnight with short breaks for the drawing of the ‘door prizes’ & the main raffle prizes, which were very rewarding in itself.

After 12 midnight, the Band “No Limit” came on with a dance tempo that got more people on the floor. The floor was packed when the tribute artists performed.

At 12.30am the popular Band “Replay 6” took over the stage and continued until 1.00am when it was time to end the night & venture out into the cold night as we all said our “Goodbyes”!

The generosity of Derrick was overwhelming as he announced that the entire proceeds of the raffle prizes would be donated to the Catholic Bishop’s Fund in Sri Lanka for the restoration of the 3 Churches that were bombed on Easter Sunday (21st April 2019).

Derrick also very generously gifted his latest CD “Country Love Songs” as an incentive to all those who purchased 3 raffle tickets at the cost of $5.00 each. There were many who willingly gave $20 & higher in notes mainly for the cause and in exchange received a complimentary CD of Derrick Junkeer’s as a ‘keepsake’! The price of tickets were phenomenally reasonably priced at $49.00 per head a drawcard in itself that ended up being a “sell out” event.

Sharing the Tribute artists for the night!

On Sunday 12th May 2019 it was great to have a face book notification from Derrick Junkeer thanking all “patrons” for their attendance at the Mother’s Day Eve “Night of Legends” Concert and announcing that the proceeds received from the sale of raffle tickets was $3,000, which was going to be forwarded to the Catholic Churches Fund in Sri Lanka for assistance to the families of the victims and the restoration of the 3 Catholic Churches that were devastated by “extremist suicide bombers” on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2019 where over 350 lives were unnecessarily lost on the “Holiest of Holy” days in the “Christian Calendar”.

Our guests enjoyed the event and were complimentary of the entire organization of the event of Derrick Junkeer.

 

The Flyer that "Sold Out" the Event
The Flyer that “Sold Out” the Event

Tina Turner Tribute Artist Kim Montalto Frank Sinatra
Tina Turner Tribute Artist Kim Montalto

Frank Sinatra Tribute Artist Brendon James
Frank Sinatra Tribute Artist Brendon James

 

Tom Jones Tribute Artist Tony Pantano
Tom Jones Tribute Artist Tony Pantano

 

Linda Ronstadt Tribute Artist Danielle Faour
Linda Ronstadt Tribute Artist Danielle Faour

 

Engelbert Humperdinck Tribute Artist Derrick J

Engelbert Humperdinck Tribute Artist Derrick J

 

Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Peter Triantis
Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Peter Triantis

 

Derrick J thank you
Derrick J’s “Big Thank You” on Facebook
Raffle donations in total were $3,000 PLUS
“JUST ENERGY” donated $500 generously

Ian & Corinne King at "The Grand"
Ian & Corinne King at “The Grand”

Flame Junkeer & Corinne King at "The Grand"
Flame Junkeer & Corinne King at “The Grand”

The Outstanding & Elegant Mat at the Entrance of "The Grand" on Cathie's in Wantirna South Article written
The Outstanding & Elegant Mat at the Entrance of “The Grand” on Cathie’s in Wantirna South

Article written & event reviewed with Photos provided by Corinne King




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Photos from The NSW Police Briefing for the Sri Lankan Community in Sydney

Click here or on the photos below to view the full album of photos on eLanka Facebook page

 

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Community Watch – Engaging and intervening for a safer Sri Lanka

Aubrey JoachimBy Aubrey Joachim

To Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans terrorism is not a new experience. The country suffered a 30 year scourge where the intent of the perpetrators was achieving a specific political and demographic outcome. The country is now facing a type of terrorism driven by an entirely different global agenda – one of ideology and hate of a way of life that is alien to the warped beliefs of a particular minority group. How Sri Lanka became fertile ground for such ideology is a topic for another day. The immediate need is for a strategy to curb and eliminate the cancerous spread of this malice not just in Sri Lanka but wherever it may take root. It must also be recognised that an ideology cannot be confined to geographical or spatial boundaries. Its tentacles can permeate across physical borders – much like crypto currencies in the world of fintech. Major global terrorism incidents have been choreographed and managed via the dark web and often from locations far removed from the actual incidents. Welcome to the age of disruptive terrorism.

It is in this context that it was very fitting for the Sri Lanka Consulate in Sydney to organise a gathering of Sri Lankan diaspora to meet with NSW Police to understand some of the complexities and inter-relationships between the incidents back in Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan community in New South Wales – just as it would be relevant to Sri Lankan diaspora anywhere in the world. Officers from various quarters of NSW Police as well as the Community engagement Manager of Multicultural New South Wales, addressed the 100-strong gathering representing different Sri Lankan community groups at the Redfern Town Hall last Wednesday.

NSW Police Bias Crime Coordinator Mark Dance and Liason Officer Jade Istanbouli set the tone for the rest of the evening. Their key message was that in order to tackle bias crime aka ‘hate crime’, engagement and intervention was the key. The multi-cultural liaison coordinator advised the audience that multi-cultural community liaison officers were spread across a number of local area Police Commands and could be communicated with in confidence should there be any cause for concern among the community in the context of suspicious activity. A detective inspector explained the processes adopted by the Police to pre-empt criminal activity. He even said that the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka had triggered processes where the Sri Lankan community at this end came under observation to prevent any fallout. He urged the community to be vigilant and observant. To a question from the floor regarding the context of vigilance he replied that anything unusual needed to be brought to the attention of the Police, no matter how trivial.

How should therefore the Sri Lankan community in Australia contribute to preventing hate crime at this end, in Sri Lanka or even further afield? While the fight against all forms of crime has kept abreast of technological evolution it now depends extensively on analytics and insight to prevent incidents. The data required to monitor and track such crime must be harvested from a number of sources. Crime agencies anywhere have significant access to publicly available data as well as specific data captured by various government agencies, financial institutions and the like. However, of significant importance in the current context of hate related terrorism is visual and sentiment data. Sentiments are at the heart of bias/ hate crime. Such data cannot easily be captured by sensors or devices. Humans are the best oracles for capturing such data. Do we observe suspicious behaviour? Do we notice objects that are out of place in particular surrounds? Do we notice a shift in attitude and mindset of persons? Are dress and personal appearances of individuals changing? Do we observe out-of-character comments made by individuals? Such data needs to be brought to the attention of the authorities. In this digital age anyone can contribute to prevention of biased crime. How often are radical comments or views on social media ignored? Can social media patterns be observed? Such observations are invaluable sources of sentiment data and in this day and age every concerned citizen must play their part in harvesting this data. This is a major role that the wider community can play in the current context.

In bringing the evening to a close, Consul General Mr. Lal Wickrematunge made some pertinent comments to the audience that perhaps sheds some light on how and why Sri Lanka finds itself in its present predicament and how the country and its people can rise above the setbacks. The major observation is that we must recognise that we are ‘one’ Sri Lanka. For far too long we have let language, religious and ethnic/ racial biases influence our collective thinking. This weakness has allowed fault lines to emerge and misdemeanours within groups go unchecked. If as a collective Sri Lankan diaspora in Australia we are to be the eyes and ears for preventing hate related incidents back home – irrespective of the perpetrator groups, then we have to be united as ‘one’ Sri Lankan diaspora shedding ethnic and religious differences and instead confronting good versus evil.

 




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