Doctor’s mercy dash across surging floodwaters to help patients Source:9now.nine.com.au New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has warned that flooding across the state is far from over. More than 50,000 people are now under flood evacuation orders or warnings and whole suburbs that have been cut off are still in need of access to essential services, which is where Dr Enoka Guneratne comes in. “I come from a third-world country, but I’ve never seen this,” the Richmond doctor, who is originally from Sri Lanka, said about the devastation left by the floods in Sydney’s north-west. “Even there, people have access to medical stuff even during the worst times. “Here the community is cut off from … mainstream medical help.” Guneratne said she’ll do anything to help her patients. Today she suited up in a life jacket over scrubs, with a garbage bag of supplies, in an effort to get to ...

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms unauthorised vessel from Sri Lanka has been intercepted   Source:abc.net.au The Prime Minister has used his last appearance before voting closes to confirm an unauthorised vessel from Sri Lanka has been intercepted on its way to Australia. Speaking after casting his ballot in his home electorate of Cook in Sydney, Mr Morrison told journalists reports of an interception were correct. “I can confirm that there’s been an interception of a vessel en route to Australia. That vessel has been intercepted in accordance with the policies of government and they’re following those normal protocols,” he said. “In the interests of full transparency in the middle of an election campaign, the Labor Party was advised of this and a statement has been issued by the border protection authorities.” Minister blames Labor for boat attempts under her watch The Home Affairs Minister, Karen Andrews, told media the interception was the ...

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Children’s festival return confirmed for Darling Habour in June – 26th June 2022 The return of Sydney’s major Children’s Festival, after two and a half years of Covid, has been confirmed for June 26th at Pyrmont Bay Park in Darling Harbour. Founder and President of the festival, Thuat Nguyen  AM, today announced that the way was now clear to restore the 22year-old Children’s Festival after its unfortunate absence since 2019. “I want to invite the families of Sydney to join hundreds of others to participate in this important celebration of youth and diversity right in the centre of Sydney on the beautiful harbour front at Pyrmont Bay Park. “We’ve had to constantly monitor the progress of the pandemic to see whether it would be safe or even possible to restore our festival. Now we are confident that families will be safe and able to enjoy a day of fun and entertainment. ...

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Sundown Sunday Buffet – Pimarn Thai Restaurant (Sri Lankan & Thai Restaurant) – Sydney, Castle Hill – 30th January 2022 Sundown Sunday Buffet 6.30pm to  9.30pm 30th January 2022 19-21 Terminus Street castle Hill 2154 Reservations 0404 164 896 Sam Trek 0469 118 709 Niroshi Trek 35/= Net pp Web : pimarnthai.com.au ...

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Desmond De Silva – Keeping his memory alive the way he wanted us to! – By his wife Phyllis De Silva I know around the world there is a lot of grieving. Grieving for an Entertainer who gave his best … as was his mantra, “the show must go on”. To me, he was a devoted husband, whose happy place was by my side. In the evenings we would sit together in our home in Sydney with our dogs and a glass of red to watch repeats of our favorite sitcoms, his laugher filling my heart. He was always content. In his words, he had “found his happy place”. To my sons and their wives, he was just “Des” who had some quick one-liners and dad jokes that made them smile. They loved him for his kind and loving nature and his ability to make anyone and everyone feel welcome, ...

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‘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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