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eLanka Funnies & Comedy – Words of Wisdom by Phyllis Diller

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Yet another little “collection” of comedy quotes by the famous Comedienne Phyllis Diller who died on the 20th of August 2012, aged 95. Her “comedy capers” were in the same vein as that of Lucille Ball. They were both very funny ladies, on stage, of course, but provided the World with real comedic material that will always be enjoyed.

     This comes to me via Harry de Sayrah & Keith Bennett, who must be commended for trying to get our minds off all the unfortunate happenings in Sri Lanka at the moment.

Thank you, Harry & Keith. 

        Desmond Kelly.

       (Editor-in-Chief)– eLanka.

 

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Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age. As your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.

Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shovelling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.

Best way to get rid of kitchen odours: Eat out.

A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once.

I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them. 

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going.

Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument, a bank has just been robbed.

We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up. 

Burt Reynolds once asked me out. I was in his room.

What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.

Old age is when the liver spots show through your gloves.

My photographs don’t do me justice, they just look like me.

Tranquilizers work only if you follow the advice on the bottle – Keep away from children.

I asked the waiter, ‘Is this milk fresh?’ He said, ‘Lady, three hours ago it was grass.

The reason the golf pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can’t see him laughing.

You know you’re old if they have discontinued your blood type. 

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MAYOR COUNCILLOR KHAL ASFOUR of Canterbury Bankstown Council – Remembering victims of the Easter Sunday massacres in Sri Lanka

Source: Liverpool Leader | Fairfield Source

The victims of the Easter Sunday massacres in Sri Lanka were remembered by the Canterbury Bankstown Council a few weeks ago,

Mayor Khal Asfour led the Canterbury Bankstown Council in a minute’s silence for the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, which killed more than 250 people. 

“My heart is heavy that, for the second month in a row, the world has been shaken by barbaric terrorist acts, with the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka,” he said. 

“As a sign of respect and in mourning with our Sri Lankan community, I have had the council flags in Paul Keating Park and in Campsie lowered to half mast.” At the March meeting, there was a minute’s silence in memory of those slain in the Christchurch mosques massacre.

 

 

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Melbourne prays for Sri Lankan victims Contributed
Marie Pieterszby: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne

With around 50 percent of Australian-born Sri Lankans living in Melbourne, it is no wonder that there were many multi-faith vigils and prayers held in many parts of Melbourne in the days following the Easter Sunday bombings which took place in Sri Lanka on 21st April 2019. It left two Australians of Sri Lankan heritage among the dead, along with many overseas tourists and a death toll on the rise numbering hundreds.

Once such special memorial service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, on Sunday 28th April, arranged by the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, Mr Prasanna Gamage, in association with the Very Rev. Dr. Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne. 

Hundreds of people gathered in Federation Square holding posters of support and then on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, whilst inside the Cathedral over 1000 Sri Lankans, Australians and other nationals gathered to light candles and pray for those who were killed and injured at places of worship and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.

Among the dignitaries who attended the memorial service were:

Her Excellency, Hon. Linda Dessau, AC, the Governor of Victoria and spouse Judge Anthony Howard

Hon. James Merlino, Acting Premier of Victoria

Hon. Michael O’Brien, MP, Leader of the State Opposition

Parliamentarians representing almost all political parties both at Federal and State level, including Senator Penny Wong representing the Federal Opposition.

In addition, senior Victorian officials attending included:

Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne

members of the Consular corps

Local Government Councillors.

Her Excellency, Hon. Linda Dessau, delivered the second lesson while The Very Rev. Dr. Loewe conducted the proceedings of the service.

Clergy representing all four main religions of Sri Lanka lit candles in memory of the victims.

The Hon. James Merlino, MP and Actg. Premier conveyed condolences on behalf of the State Government.

Senator Penny Wong, Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and Councillor Beverly Pinder-Mortimer also delivered peace messages.

Mr. Prasanna Gamage, Consul General of Sri Lanka, in his peace message highlighted the importance of non-violence and love in the teachings of all religions.

Major edifices in Melbourne were lit up in an act of solidarity and sign of Victoria’s grief for the people of Sri Lanka on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd April.

Ref: CGSLM

Attendees
Attendees

Her Excellency the Hon. Linda Dessau , Governor of Victoria
Her Excellency the Hon. Linda Dessau , Governor of Victoria

Mr. Prasanna Gamage, Consul General
Mr. Prasanna Gamage, Consul General

St. Pauls
St. Pauls

Very Rev. Dr. Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne of the St. Paul's Cathedral
Very Rev. Dr. Andreas Loewe, Dean of Melbourne of the St. Paul’s Cathedral

With clergy of all religions
With clergy of all religions

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“THE GOLDEN YEARS” – By Des Kelly

Something quite different, interesting, and, in fact, a refreshing change from all the “monotonous”, thoroughly disgusting stories that are coming to us from the little Island that we all called “home”, not so many years ago, in the context of time. This, comes to me, from Frank Bennett, and I did enjoy reading every word, and, in turn, advise ALL the readers of eLanka to do the same. 

 “The Golden Years”, to whoever is lucky enough to achieve them in life, should be treated and enjoyed as though they are a “gold-strike” of mammoth proportions.

You have lived and learned many things (hopefully), and should thank GOD for giving you the chance to do so. 

Folks, please read & enjoy.

Desmond Kelly

        Desmond Kelly.

      .(Editor-in-Chief) eLanka.

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AND THEN IT IS WINTER   

You know time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.  It seems like yesterday that I was young, just married, and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all those years went.  

I know that I lived them all.  I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.   But, here it is… the winter of my life, and it catches me by surprise… How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those “older people” were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.   

But, here it is…my friends are retired and getting grey… they move slower and I see an older person in myself now.   Some are in better and some worse shape than me… but, I see the great change… Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be. 

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!  And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory!  Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so… now I enter this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!   But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last… this I know, that when it’s over on this earth… it’s over.   A new adventure will begin!

Yes, I have regrets.  There are things I wish I hadn’t done… things I should have done, but indeed, there are also many things I’m happy to have done.   It’s all in a lifetime.

So, if you’re not in your winter yet… let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.  So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it quickly!  Don’t put things off too long!!  Life goes by quickly.  So, do what you can TODAY, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!   

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life… so, LIVE FOR TODAY and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember.. and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!   

“Life” is a GIFT to you.  The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.   Make it a fantastic one.   


Remember:  “It is Health that is real Wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”   

  
~Your kids are becoming you……but your grandchildren are perfect!   

~Going out is good.. coming home is even better!   

~You forget names… but it’s OK, because other people forgot they even knew you!!! 

~You realize you’re never going to be really good at anything…. especially golf.   

~The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don’t care to do them anymore.  

  
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It’s called “pre-sleep.”  

~You miss the days when everything worked with just an “ON” and “OFF” switch..   

~You tend to use more 4 letter words … “what?”…”when?”…??? 

~Now that you can afford expensive jewellery, it’s not safe to wear it anywhere.

~You notice everything they sell in stores is “sleeveless?!”   

~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.   

~Everybody whispers.   

~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet…. 2 of which you will never wear.   

~But “Old” is good in some things: 

Old Songs, Old movies …
and best of all, our dear …OLD FRIENDS!!   

Stay well, “OLD FRIEND!”   

Send this on to other “Old Friends” and let them laugh in agreement!

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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.

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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Health and Views: May 2019 – 1st Issue – By Dr Harold Gunatillake

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Visceral Fat-Why is it Harmful – by Dr. harold

 

Let us talk about Visceral Fat, today –What, is visceral? let’s define that word first. It refers to ‘unreasoning’, But also refers to the internal organs in your belly.

Fat is found under the skin which gives identity to the genders. Fat distribution in ladies is different to that of men.

Men do concentrate their excess dietary fat in the belly, wrapped around the vital organs including the liver, pancreas and intestines. And that fat is referred to visceral fat. This shape of the belly in men is described as apple shape
In women, the fat is mainly under the skin and the belly shape is more like a pear.

Dietary fats are not just a source of energy; they function as structural building blocks of the body, carry fat-soluble vitamins, are involved in vital physiological processes in the body, and are indispensable for several important biological functions including growth and development.


So, why is visceral fat considered so bad news?
Having too much of fat inside the abdominal cavity is linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease and even cancer
Regardless of shape or size you could carry excess visceral fat.


We all have visceral fat surrounding our internal organs, and too much causes the problems.
An adult man’s waist measurements at naval level should be under 40 inches and woman less than 35 inches.


Now what increases this fat?


Factors which contributes to visceral fat include stress, diet, and lack of exercise

Healthy lifestyle will reduce your chances of visceral fat accumulating in your belly.
High carbohydrate diets and secretion of extra insulin tend to increase the accumulation of visceral fat.
So, taking too much of foods containing added sugars are the culprits. When there is too much glucose in our blood stream glucose is stored as fat. This happens quicker when you consume refined process carbohydrates and sugary foods.
These carbs release insulin from the pancreas and results in weight gain by storing the excess sugar as fat in the body. For some reason visceral fat that accumulates seem to harm you more than being beneficial unlike the fat that accumulates in other parts of the body by producing a chemical called interleukin a type of inflammatory molecule. They can trigger sometimes a series of autoimmune reactions, and linked with cognitive decline, arthritis, diabetes and so on.
Excess alcohol consumption also gives a big belly in addition to other harmful effects.
The others are- Trans-fat. Trans-fats are found in foods in the supermarket to increase their shelf-life. All frozen foods are full of them. They replace your good healthy fat in your body and plays havoc and cause diseases including cancer. More wrong type of unhealthy bacteria is produced in your large gut. Sodas and fruit juices can all increase your belly fat due to the added sugar content.

The new trend among the young working people is to buy ready made foods from the supermarkets and eat on the way to work. No time for having home cooked foods. These readymade foods are full of trans fats that will affect the future generations and would be as bad as the effects of climate changes.
Adinopectin

Adipo-pectin a collagen like plasma protein secreted by the fat cells play a causal role in the development of insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease. This protein is found to be less in cases of insulin resistance, diabetes, atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease.

It is also found low in those having high levels of visceral fat.

To check whether you have too much of visceral fat ask your doctor to test your adipo-pectin levels in your blood and confirm by doing a cat scan.

You do not have to worry about the pinchable fat under the belly skin. It causes no threat unlike the visceral fat.
The good news is that visceral fat yields easily to exercise and diet with benefits ranging from lower BP and low cholesterol levels.
Having a lean belly is a sign of good health

High risks with visceral fat are:-

Diabetes, increased inflammation, makes it harder to lose weight, heart disease, Dementia, depression and mood problems.

Corrective measures

Eat a balanced diet with less processed foods and carbs with added sugars
Exercise daily- walk at least 10,000 steps a day.
See your doctor for further direction.
Presented by Dr Harold Gunatillake FRCS, FIACS, FICS, AM (Sing), MB, BS (Cey)




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 “VARIOUS VAGARIES” – By Des Kelly

I have indeed seen the name Charmaine Gunatillake come up from time to time with these snippets of interesting information, and this is no exception to the rule.The English Language, being, in my opinion, one of the most important Languages on our Planet, today, is sometimes used however, in a manner that is “strangeness personified”. It was stranger still, in ancient times, but, as a man by the renowned name of Richard Shakespeare said,
“This blessed plot, this Earth, this Realm, this England”, I do reckon that he was pretty sure that “old Blighty” was the “cream of the crop”, “Various Vagaries” or not. 
     To the many thousands of eLanka readers, please do sit back, read, and try to figure out the reason why these quotes and bits of information, these idiosyncrasies were even thought up, & were these vagaries the work of a villain, for want of nothing better to do ?.
       Desmond Kelly.
      (Editor-in-Chief)  eLanka.

From: Charmaine Gunatillake 

  

Six great confusions still unresolved 😄😂

1. At a movie theatre, which arm rest is yours? 

2. In the word scent, is “S” silent or “C”? 

3. If people evolve from monkeys, why are monkeys still around? 

4. Why is there a ‘D’ in fridge, 
but not in refrigerator? 

5. Who knew what time it was when the first clock was made?

And now sixer ….

6. If pro and con are opposites, wouldn’t the opposite of progress be…congress?

Vagaries of English Language! Enjoy!!!😀😀😀

– Wonder why the word funeral starts with FUN?

-Why isn’t a Fireman called a Water-man?

– How come Lipstick doesn’t do what it says?

– If money doesn’t grow on trees, how come Banks have Branches? 

– If a Vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a Humanitarian eat?

– How do you get off a non-stop Flight?

– Why are goods sent by ship called CARGO and those sent by truck SHIPMENT?

– Why do we put cups in the dishwasher and the dishes in the Cupboard?

– Why do doctors ‘practice’ medicine? Are they having practice at the cost of the patients? 

– Why is it called ‘Rush Hour’ when traffic moves at its slowest then?

– How come Noses run and Feet smell? 

– Why do they call it a TV ‘set’ when there is only one?

– What are you vacating when you go on a vacation?

We can never find the answers, can we?

So just enjoy the pun and fun of the English language!!

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   “STORIES IN SONG” SERIES 2019 –  “A DAY OF SONG” – By Des Kelly

It is with much sadness that I write this tribute to 

“A Day Of Song”, Doris Day or Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, born on the 3rd of April, 1922, and has just passed on to her Music-Hall in the sky, today, the 13th of May, 2019, at the grand old age of 97.

Doris had everything going for her, during her lifetime.

A true “Star” of stage, screen and television as well, she did it all. A true, natural beauty, her on-screen performances first depicted her as a lovely teenage tomboy. One of her first young teenage lovers (on screen), was Gordon MacRae

who predeceased her in 1986, aged just 64.

Together they made a few movies that I consider unforgettable, On Moonlight Bay & By the Light of the Silvery moon, were just two that I thoroughly enjoyed.

  While she was a classy Actress, a natural blonde beauty, and a bit of a comedienne, as well, it was her singing, that grabbed at the hearts of everyone who heard her. Doris Day had a glorious voice that she used in the same lighthearted manner as her acting. In her era, during the 50’s and 60’s, 

she was so popular, that to many thousands of her fans, all over the World, “come what may,” it was Doris Day.

  So, on behalf of eLanka, I would like to send our condolences to any & all of her family, and fans, not only because of her role in life as an Actress, a Singer & all round entertainer I loved Doris Day ALSO for the Animal Activist she became in her latter years, and so, my friends, she may have left us, but “A DAY OF SONG” will always go on.

Vale, Doris Day, with us, your memory will always stay.

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




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“RIOTS, AGAIN” – By Des Kelly

 What is happening in Sri Lanka ?. WHAT IS HAPPENING, AND WHY IS IT ALLOWED TO GO ON ?!!!!. This “Breaking News” has just come in, to me, and to say that I am thoroughly disturbed and Angry about it, would have to be the understatement of the year. My apologies, folks, I cannot write any more, right now, but please read this shocking news, HOPE & PRAY that SOMETHING will be done to bring these RIOTS under control, AGAIN!!!.

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

Video: Communal Unrest Simmers In North West; Minuwangoda Also Affected

Violent mobs have marched through parts of the Kurunegala District for nearly 24 hours attacking mosques, homes and businesses in Muslim settlements in the area with most of the violence taking place while police curfew is in effect, raising fears of another anti-Muslim riot in the area along the lines ofAluthgama in 2014 or Digana in 2018.

Mobs laid siege to the Kuliyapitiya, Hettipola, Aukana, Kottampitiya areas and by evening today May 13 had moved to Nikaweratiya town area driving Muslim families, now in the midst of their Ramadan fast into paddy fields and into hiding Muslim leaders said.

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Footage has emerged of mobs moving through towns while curfew is in place in full view of the police. Mobs burnt vehicles meters away from the Hettipola police station earlier in the day.

Activists also reported that mobs had been stopping vehicles and beating passengers. At least three mosques were attacked in Kiniyama a Muslim village in Kuliyapitiya.

Residents are fearful the mobs will return as darkness falls again to attack homes.

Police arrested several suspects in connection with the violence overnight but released them within hours after the mobs threatened to attack more and more villages unless the suspects were released.

President Maithripala Sirisena who is the Minister of Defence and Law and Order left for China to attend another conference. Apart from calling for calm on Twitter Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has made no moves to control the violence or call in the armed forces to maintain the peace.

After several incidents of violence were reported from Minuwangoda Police declared a curfew that covers the Gampaha District as well until 6AM tomorrow (14). The entire North Western Province is under curfew until further notice as the unrest continues.

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