Sober Island – enchanting islet in Trincomalee – By Arundathie Abeysinghe Sri Lanka is home to breathtaking sights. Some are well-known, whereas others are not and remain elusive … At the entrance of *Trincomalee Harbor, there is a small spectacular islet known as “Sober Island” (“Great Sober Island” and “Little Sober Island”). Strategic location of the Island made it a pivotal point in the Harbor’s defense during World War II when Trincomalee served as a marine fortress. This legacy remains even at present, although, the islets are now veiled in thick shrub jungles that envelop them, gradually. The islet rises steeply, starting from its shoreline and the summit of the islet offers breathtaking vistas of the surroundings and a panoramic view of the Trincomalee Harbor. The vistas were amazing with ocean, shrub jungle and bustling urban life blended together… Located approximately an hour’s drive from Pepper Pot Jetty in Trincomalee, ...

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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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