Significance of Antarctica to Australia – By Arundathie Abeysinghe   There are some regions in the world where there has never been a war and the environment fully protected, instead has priority for scientific research. Antarctica is one of the most remote locations on Earth, the southernmost and fifth largest continent, twice the size of Australia Antarctica is the only continent without a permanent native population and there are no countries in Antarctica, although seven nations claim different parts of it: Australia, France, Norway, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. The only permanent human settlements are scientists and support staff approximately 1000 people who live for many months of the year on a rotating basis. Yet, during summer, there approximately 5000 people (excluding hundreds of tourists who briefly visit in tourist ships). The British Antarctic Survey maintains eight research stations and operates several field camps during summer, every ...

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Dedicated to the memory of Gerard Nihal Lionel Pancratius 1951-2020 – by Patrick Ranasinghe Carmel Road Main Road   Nihal Pancratius         Nihal Joseph Pancratius, was a leading light among the Tamil diaspora in the United Kingdom. He was a Tamil pop musician, a composer and a performer. An artiste par excellence in the music field, he was yet a very humble Old Boy of St.Patricks College Jaffna where he received his secondary education in the 1960’s. He came to the United Kingdom to further his career and he was often seen with his sound equipment and musical instruments mainly at concerts and charitable fund-raising events, raising moneyfor charitable causes and his College. Especially during the difficult times of the civil war, when the College was more than an educational institution.it was a place of refuge, Nihal used his guitar to entertain the Old Boys of the College at all occasions, to liven memories of ...

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Reflections on the Pandemic – a British Perspective by           Dr Remy Perumal MBBS FRCP (Lond) FACP, Dip. In Journalism (LSJ)   Retired Consultant Physician & Freelance Journalist    This Pandemic has claimed numerous lives! Over half a million lives lost each in the United States of America & Brazil with the United Kingdom at just over 127,000. Of those lost in the UK were significant number of Doctors, Nurses and other healthcare workers. Many Consultants and senior clinicians, were amongst those, including the Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of London, himself a prominent Nephrologist. In addition to the human cost, the borrowing binge, to keep the country afloat during the Pandemic means, there is a terrifying National debt which must eventually be repaid. “Stay home, save the NHS, save lives” has been our recurring refrain. Yet, hospitals were inundated with ill Covid patients. The National Health Service which was ...

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