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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Humanitarian, Doctor, Researcher, & “Pandemic Whisperer” Source:-rsph.anu.edu.au The COVID-19 pandemic has brought epidemiologists into the spotlight as the experts we need to rely on right now. But it is the decades of experience leading up to this crisis that make their advice so valuable. Few people have more experience than ANU Alumna of the Year – Associate Professor Kamalini Lokuge. “I have spent most of the last 25 years working on controlling multiple epidemics such as Ebola, Lassa fever and avian flu. I know that we can control them by meaningful partnership with communities and using evidence,” says Kamalini. Her career began as a doctor in conflict and disaster settings such as Afghanistan and South Sudan. It was these war-torn experiences that gave Kamalini insight into the challenges that not only the healthcare systems face, but the people who need them. “To really help my patients, I needed to understand the context ...

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Damro reaches milestone in India; opens 100th showroom in Kolkata Source:-www.ft.lk Sri Lankan lifestyle brand now covers 10 states in India; plans to add 50 more showrooms in 2022 Exports over 2,000 forty-foot containers per annum while sourcing 30% of manufacturing from factory in Bangalore and medium-scale holding industries in India   To increase manufacturing capacity with upcoming factory in Kolkata Damro has reached a milestone in India with the opening of the 100th showroom in Kolkata. The company said Damro launched its most recent showroom in Kolkata as the seventh showroom in the city to provide enhanced services to one of the most populous cities in India. In consideration of developing export volume in Sri Lanka at a much-needed time, Damro has expedited the showroom network expansion process in India and opened four showrooms in the previous week alone. The latest additions to the network apart from Kolkata were the ...

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Drastic rise in teacher, student numbers-by Dinuli Francisco Source:Dailynews A higher principal, teacher and student turnout was reported with the reopening of the primary sections of all Government schools islandwide after several months of closure due to COVID-19. Education Ministry Secretary Professor Kapila Perera speaking to the Daily News, said that a higher percentage of principals, teachers and students was reported. Accordingly, 906 schools were reopened in the Northern Province, and the attendance of 97% of principals, 85% of teachers, and 56% of students was reported. In the Southern Province, 979 schools were reopened with 97% of principals,  89% of teachers, and 39% of students coming to schools. Additionally, 1,360 schools were reopened in the Central Province, and 77% of principals, 86% of teachers, and 46% of students were reported to have attended. In the Sabaragamuwa Province, 978 schools were reopened, and 97% of principals, 86% of teachers and 99.8% of ...

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SLTPB/SLCG Press Release with Q & A – The Australian government recently revealed our overseas travel ban will be lifted in mid-November. What restrictions are in place for international travellers entering Sri Lanka? – Issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in association with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney Press Release – Q & A for Travel Weekly The Australian government recently revealed our overseas travel ban will be lifted in mid-    What restrictions are in place for international travellers entering Sri Lanka? On 1st October Sri Lanka Tourism announced a relaxed, bubble free experience for fully vaccinated travellers.  With no minimum duration of stay, travellers can apply for tourist visa online at www.eta.gov.lk. Tourists who have completed 14 days after the recommended doses of COVID-19 vaccination and arrive in Sri Lanka with a negative COVID-19 PCR Report within 72 hours of embarkation will be considered as ...

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Health & Views October 3rd issue 2021 – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Download the PDF file . Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and whilst the author will endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, eLanka makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the eLanka website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained in this article for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk. In otherwords, eLanka In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of, or in connection with, the use of this website / ...

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United States provides additional $2.5 million for urgent COVID-19 assistance in Sri Lanka Source:Reliefweb October 21, Colombo - The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced an additional $2.5 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance for Sri Lanka. This assistance will accelerate equitable access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccinations and strengthen the ability of health workers to address COVID-19. “The U.S. is working hand in hand with partners at the community, provincial, and national levels to address COVID-19,” said Reed Aeschliman, USAID Mission Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives. “This additional donation will bolster health systems, support health care workers, and improve access to vaccinations.” ...

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Disruptive outbreaks expected after the borders are open.- By Dr Harold Gunatillake A third booster could be Novavax in Australia. Do not wait for your so-called favorite vaccine, as unvaccinated people are far more likely to die of COVID-19 It seems that highly transmissible Covid-19 variants – copies of Delta, are circulating in many overseas countries, and the fears that, when Australian borders are open soon, an influx of people returning or visiting Australia may result in an unexpected outbreak, is a possibility. Complacence after 80% of people over 16 years fully vaccinated is questionable as incidence of breakthrough outbreaks are on the rise in other countries. We are fortunate in Australia that the breakthrough COVID-19 infections have been slightly more than five hundred. It has been observed that the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine has the same rate of effectiveness in keeping people alive and out of hospital as much as ...

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