Australia’s population is bigger, more diverse, census shows – By Timna Jacks Source:smh.com.au She’s a woman in her 30s who lives with a partner and has a child. She was born in Australia, went to a government school and finished year 12. She lives in a capital city and her family brings in about $3000 a week. That is the picture painted of the average Australian in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2021 census data, released on Tuesday. While the number of people who share all those traits may be small, this is the imperfect picture drawn from the first tranche of data collected on August 10 last year, when many of us were in lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19. More Australian families and households were together on census night last year compared with census night in 2016, with 96 per cent of people counted at home rather ...

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Help Transform Lives in 2022! It’s almost that time – EOFY is about to be upon us! We’ve had an amazing year, and we are so excited to share with you some of the incredible stories of transformation – stay tuned for our annual report coming soon! In the meantime, here’s a quick snapshot of some of what we’ve been able to achieve together:    Provided small business training and loans for individuals and a group of rural community development workers in eSwatini Provided families short-term food support in eSwatini Provided livelihood support and self-employment opportunities to families in Sri Lanka Sponsored students to receive life-transforming education in eSwatini, India and Rwanda Empowered our graduating students with graduation gifts and support as they move on to employment and self-support  Distributed food to families in Rwanda and in Sri Lanka who were in crisis due to the pandemic Provided almost 6,000 masks ...

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Sri Lanka Current – by Dr Harold Gunatillake Website: www.Doctorharold.com Headlines India is emerging as one of the biggest aid providers to cash-strapped Sri Lanka.US$ 16 million worth of aid from Tamil Nadu will begin arriving in Colombo on May 22 Indian envoy in Lanka’s hands over SLR.2 billion worth of essentials sent by Tamil Nadu government Litro Gas distribution to 416 areas Uninterrupted electricity supply soon. Sri Lanka: Political stability restored, but food, law and order pose challenges Uninterrupted electricity supply soon. Aid from Tamil Nadu to the value of US $ 16 million arrived in Sri Lanka on May 22nd. The consignment, which consists of 9,000 MT of rice, 50 MT of milk powder and more than 25 MT of drugs and other medical supplies, was handed over by High Commissioner Gopal Baglay to the senior leadership of the Government of Sri Lanka This commitment translates to more than ...

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The Pond, Butterflies and Rainbow – by Dr.Tilak S. Fernando   Recently the surgeon Dr. Athula Withanage translated into Sinhala for the first time, ‘Evgeni Onegin,’ a Russian romantic novel written in verse and a masterpiece of the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.  Simultaneously, he translated it into English, making it the 46th English translation. This achievement by Dr. Athula Withanage can be hailed as a historical event, as it was declared impossible to achieve by many authors in the past including the great translator, Oruwala Bandu. This was because of cultural differences and the era (1880) when it was written, as well as the different meaning Alexander Pushkin gave his own poetic words.  Dr. Withanage escaped the shackles of rhyming by producing the masterpiece in Sinhala using the unique form of ‘Nisandas Kavi’.  The books were presented to the First Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Sri Lanka, and the ...

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UK warns its citizens on travel to SL over deteriorating economic situation-by JAMILA HUSAIN Source:Dailymirror The United Kingdom, in its latest travel advisory on Sri Lanka has warned its citizens saying the economic situation was deteriorating in the country with shortages of basic necessities including medicines, fuel and food. In the travel advisory released today, the UK said Sri Lanka was presently experiencing shortages in basic necessities because of a shortage of hard currency to pay for imports. “There may be long queues at grocery stores, gas stations, and pharmacies. Local authorities may impose the rationing of electricity, resulting in power outages,” the travel advisory said. ...

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COVID 19 – a US perspective – by Dr. Faheem Younus, ( Head of Infectious Diseases Clinic, University of Maryland, USA) We may have to live with C19 for months or years.  Don’t deny or panic.  Don’t make your life a misery.  Let’s learn to live with this reality.   2. You can’t destroy the C19 virus that has penetrated the cell walls, by drinking liters of hot water – you’ll just be going to the bathroom more often.   3. Washing your hands and maintaining a physical distance  is your best method of protection.   4. If you do not have a C19 patient at home, there is no need to disinfect your home.   5. Grocery bags / plastic bags, gas stations, shopping carts and ATMs do not cause infection.Wash your hands, live your life as usual.   6. C19 is not a food infection.  It is associated ...

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Number Twelve in three of its many contexts Source:Island We in Sri Lanka are going through one of our hardest times since being independent of British rule for more than seven decades. JVP insurrections and the civil war were hard to go through, but barring the pandemic, we need not have come to such straits. The world too suffers, not only from a resurgence of variants of Covid 19 in most countries, but from unusual weather and other man-made travails. A friend in New York said she had not taken down her Christmas tree though January 5 was past. “I wanted the solace of its brightness and glow of lights. The children have just left home and it’s bleak.” A snow storm, much exaggerated in the media, was blowing outside. Like many others I craved respite from mishaps, illnesses and mismanagement. The Christmas song I did not think much of, ...

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Curcumin COVID-19 Studies-By Joseph Mercola Source:Theepochtimes Curcumin is the major biologically active polyphenolic compound of turmeric and gives the spice its yellow color. Recent research shows the biological activity of curcumin reduces the severity of COVID-19. The results rank curcumin in the top five substances of 25 tested when used early to reduce illness and death from COVID. Turmeric is a perennial plant in the ginger family and found native to southern India and Indonesia. Like ginger, it is the underground rhizome that is used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Traditionally, it was used in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. ...

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Quo Vadis Sri Lanka Tourism, Post Covid-19?-By Srilal Miththapala Source:Island There seems to be conflicting ideas as to how tourism should be promoted in the short term, in the post Covid -19 arena. A wide range of good initiatives have been proposed from various experts. We must not get carried away by emotion, and resort to ‘crystal ball gazing’, but make our plans, based on evidence and research. What seems to be overlooked is the need to properly understand the post Covid-19 consumer behaviour, and only focus source markets. Finally, it is the consumer who will decide, whoever he may be. The bottom line is that the ‘tourism world’ is not going to come back to normal for quite some time. Like everything else in our lives, consumers also will respond in a ‘new normal’ framework. Hence applying our traditional marketing strategies will not necessarily work in this uncertain environment. ...

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Canada and WHO partner to support Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response Source:colombogazette.com Urgent medical supplies including 2 million syringes for the accelerated COVID-19 vaccination effort arrived in Sri Lanka last August and medical equipment for 55 hospitals at the primary health care level has been procured. Since March this year, the Government of Canada has made available USD 23.86 million to WHO to support 10 countries on COVID-19 response and recovery. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, WHO Sri Lanka has developed a comprehensive implementation plan for the grant. The focus is on critical gaps in the COVID-19 response; and, key technical areas to put Sri Lanka back on track to further advance its notable achievements on universal health coverage. Canadian High Commissioner David McKinnon said, “this is an excellent example where coordinating efforts through the multilateral system allows us to provide timely, essential support for the fight against COVID-19 ...

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