‘We can’t turn people back’: Religious services wait until all can attend By Josh Dye Anglican churches are keen to avoid “uncomfortable situations” around vaccination status, Archbishop of Sydney Kanishka Raffel says.CREDIT:JAMES BRICKWOOD Source:-smh.com.au Most religious services in Sydney will remain online-only for another two weeks as faith leaders grapple with the state’s public health orders regarding coronavirus that exclude unvaccinated people. Churches, mosques and synagogues can now open and hold services under the NSW road map out of lockdown, but only those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are meant to attend. Once the 80 per cent Sydney target is reached – likely by October 18 or 25 – then anyone can attend places of worship regardless of their choice to have a vaccine. Anglican Archbishop of Sydney Kanishka Raffel said the majority of the city’s 400 churches would wait until then to reopen. “Some churches will be opening [this Sunday] but ...

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International Women’s Day Celebration at Swathi Women’s Inspiration Group    Swathi is a vibrant not-for-profit women’s inspirational group based in Sydney. Over the past 10 years, they have been focusing on inspiring, developing and empowering women to become strong, happy and content individuals with greater balance in their lives. They believe that “A happy woman creates a happy family which translates into a happy world.”  In commemorating International Women’s Day (IWD), each year Swathi organises a forum on a topic related to the theme of the IWD. This year they held a virtual forum on Sunday 11 April. Aligned to the IWD campaign theme #ChooseToChallenge, they focused on Self-Care. The goal of this year’s event was to drive home the importance, necessity, and benefits of self-care for women and challenge their members to find the motivation to embrace self-care. Some of the notable guests at the event were Uma Panch ...

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Colombo 21 (Castle Hill, Sydney) – by Dr. Harold Gunatillake Transcript: Cooking exotic Sri Lankan foods, is it viewed as culture, or a creation of art? I would say it is both culture and art. Culture is derived from the ancient traditions in Sri Lanka, and the art is the way it is presented which is a creation of the Western world. Newly opened Sri Lankan Restaurant in Castle Hill a popular suburb of Sydney, thickly populated with migrants including Sri Lankans seems to be the ideal convenient spot to visit for the food lovers who love Sri Lankan foods. No worries about parking, plenty of spaces in the basement car park. I am at this newly opened restaurant in Castle Hill called the Colombo 21, and I must say the ambience is superb, and quite spacious compared to most other Asian restaurants. The offerings are plenty to choose from ...

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Annual Homeworld Thunder Nation Cup   Cricketers with Afghan and Sri Lankan heritage have the chance to try and follow Sydney Thunder whiz kid Tanveer Sangha’s footsteps by representing their communities in the seventh edition of the Homeworld Thunder Nation Cup. While six communities will be represented in the tournament that’s played in Sydney’s western suburbs during February and March, organisers have especially urged players with Afghan and Sri Lankan backgrounds to register for their team’s upcoming selection trials. Sangha, a former East Hills Boys High student, and regarded by many critics as the ‘find’ of BBL|10 after the 19-year-old’s cunning leg-spin bowling captured 21 wickets, described his representing the Indian community as a 16-year-old as a significant milestone on his path to elite cricket. “I loved playing in the Thunder Nation Cup, it was great fun and an amazing opportunity to play at [Sydney Showground Stadium],” said Sangha, who ...

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Celebration of Sri Lanka’s 73rd Independence Day Anniversary in Sydney   The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney organized a formal event to celebrate Sri Lanka’s 73rd National Day Anniversary on 4th February 2021 at the official residence of Consul General.    The programme started with the hoisting of Sri Lankan flag by Consul General Lakshman Hulugalle and followed by singing of National anthem of Sri Lanka and National Anthem of Australia. The traditional oil lamp was lit by the invited guests including representatives of Sri Lankan Associations in Sydney. Four major religious blessings were performed by Venerable Katugastota Soma Thero, Sivasri Bala Inthira Kurukkal, Father Ruwan Pradeep and Mr. Imtiaz Idris.  Consul General Lakshman Hulugalle in his welcoming speech stated that the during the last 73 years, Sri Lanka has made tremendous progress in many fields including education, healthcare, eradication of poverty and employment generation while wiping out ruthless ...

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FIRST NATIONS AT FIRST LIGHT ON AUSTRALIA DAY 2021 IN SYDNEY For the first time on Australia Day, the Sydney Opera House sails have been lit up at dawn with Indigenous art as a poignant recognition of Australia’s First Nations people. Shortly after first light, the Aboriginal flag was raised alongside the Australian flag on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. These two significant dawn moments set the tone for Australia Day 2021 across NSW with a focus on reflecting and respecting all that makes our country so special. NSW artist, Frances Belle-Parker, was commissioned to create the artwork for the projection on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Ms Belle-Parker, a proud Yaegl woman, mother and artist from Maclean on the Clarence River, said she is proud to have designed the projection to represent the oldest living culture in the world. “By creating this work, it gave myself the opportunity ...

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Nige learned to cook in immigration detention – now he’s teaching Australians his recipes     Source:-theguardian Launched in response to the pandemic, a national meal kit service shares the stories and cuisines from chefs of refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds “My belly is laughing when I try some curry,” says Nigethan ‘Nige’ Sithirasegaram into one of the three cameras pointed at him. “Even the smell makes me happy.” It’s a gloomy Melbourne morning but Sithirasegaram is positively beaming. Perched in front of a bright yellow backdrop at Free to Feed – a social enterprise and cooking school in Northcote – he’s telling stories for the suite of short films that will accompany a meal kit he’s releasing nationally on 17 November. Before the pandemic, Free to Feed ran sell-out cooking classes that enabled customers to learn how to make dishes like Assyrian Mutabal Kousa (fried zucchini with a yoghurt tahini dressing) ...

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Farewell Mr Nimal Bandara – Dr. Harold Gunatillake   Farewell Mr Nimal Bandara H.E. Nimal Bandara, Consul General of the socialist republic of Sri Lanka is leaving us after working in his duties just for over a year. He assumed duties at the Consulate General’s Office in Sydney on 16 October 2019. He was successfully being established in Sydney within that short period, coming to know the Sri Lankan community, attending many of the functions organised by the various groups and associations. Before the assumption of duties, the Consul General and staff observed the religious observances conducted by Ven. Katugastota Soma Thero and Ven. Polgahawela Anandamaithri of Catai Temple in Sydney. That signifies the mind and the credibility of the person with a religious background getting the blessings of the Triple Gem before commencing work in his official duties. He was a friendly, amiable, and approachable person, ever willing to ...

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