Reading a piece of Des Kelly, editor in chief of E Lanka Journal of Australia-on the internet, carrying very interesting articles poems etcetera bringing nostalgia to some of us remaining in this fair isle and to those who reluctantly migrated in search of pastures green to satisfy their unsettled psyche. Des Kelly had referred to some epithets familiar to us that were in use in the good old days where we were able to laugh at ourselves-some of these were-lansia karapotha-goigamalansia etc-these were humorously and or derogatively used depending on who used it and for what. I can add a few more-parangia-kalathonia-nana-humbeya-thambia-kalu suddha-muss veddha and some sayings as-lansi gedera banku kakula-thambige toppia bambuwa warge-karakenakota sembuwa warge and topped it all by sihalaya modaya kavun kanta yodaya Yes we really enjoyed the days that were-dancing to the tunes of-lansi gedera banku kakula-thambige thoppia bambuwa warge-sinhalaya modaya. Even before this era there ...

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  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 help the community in his capacity with sincerity ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/200140/eight_col_44467102_l.jpg?1561917369 Struggling construction firms are reverting to low-ball bidding in an attempt to get contracts as the pandemic recedes, according to a new survey. Photo: 123rf.com Business advisory firm BDO found most contractor margins are down between one and four percentage points, while more than half of subcontractors reported margin cuts by five to ten points. One in 10 subcontractors reported their margins had fallen by more than 10 points. The report also indicated two-thirds of respondents had projects delayed or cancelled because of the pandemic, with ongoing uncertainty about the future weighing heavily on the sector. BDO construction sector advisory partner James MacQueen said the re-emergence of race-to-the-bottom bidding was a worrying sign for the industry. “It creates an expectation amongst clients that prices are dropping, which means everyone is then competing on the same basis and it doesn’t take too long for some in the industry [that] can’t ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The first Cabinet decision of the new Labour Government is a three year extension of the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme, and a provision of up to two years interest free, to support small businesses as the Government accelerates its economic response to Covid-19. Cabinet decided today to extend the scheme, which was due to expire at the end of the year, out to 31 December 2023 and to extend the interest free period from one year to two years. “Supporting small business by extending the interest free loans will provide greater certainty, support confidence in the sector and help accelerate our economic recovery,” Jacinda Ardern said. “Our recovery from Covid won’t end in December and nor should the scheme. “The pandemic is growing around the world and the economic impact of the virus is likely to be with us for some time, so we have extended the scheme ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/J.M.-Thilakarathna-Banda.jpg  J.M. Thilakarathna Banda Source:Sundayobserver The Ministry of Plantation, the Small Holdings Development Authority, the State Ministry of Company Estate Reforms, Tea Estate Related Crops, Tea Factory Modernisation and Tea Export Promotion, launched a project to facilitate tea nurseries across the country to boost tea production. Creating a new set of entrepreneurs related to the tea industry is also a key target of the project while its primary target is to produce 25 million tea plants in three years. “The government provides a grant of Rs 500,000 to each tea nursery owner who will produce over 50,000 plants at a time, under the project. According to the agreement we signed with them, these nurseries must continue for three years,” the Secretary to the State Ministry of Company Estate Reforms, Tea Estate Related Crops, Tea FactoryModernisation and Tea Export Promotion J.M. Thilakarathna Banda told the Sunday Observer Business. The launch ceremony was ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112617/eight_col_bloomfield.jpg?1604874298 There are four new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, all in managed isolation facilities, the Ministry of Health has confirmed. Watch the update here: There are no new community cases. Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield says the first case arrived from Austria via Qatar and Australia on 27 October. They returned a positive test on day 12. The second and third cases travelled together and arrived on 5 November from Dubai and returned positive tests around day three of their stay. The fourth arrived from Qatar on 5 November and tested positive around day three. One previous case has recovered and there are 51 active cases. Dr Bloomfield says the total number of confirmed cases is now 1630. Yesterday labs completed 3042 tests, bringing the total to 1,139,978 tests. Dr Bloomfield confirmed that a quarantine worker at Auckland’s Jet Park facility tested positive for Covid-19 on ...

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  Website:www.Doctorharold.com Transcript:  That is our talk, today. Dietary fats are triglycerides Triglycerides are composed of fatty acids Each molecule of triglyceride contains three fatty acids joined to an alcohol glycerol Triglycerides are the main stores of body fat. They are stored in adipose cells, widely distributed over the body—mainly under the skin, around deep blood vessels, and in the abdominal cavity and to a lesser degree in association with muscles. There are three kinds of macronutrients in the diet- we eat, Carbs, Fats and Proteins. Today, our discussion is on fats and what happens to them in our body. Most of the dietary fats we eat are natural oils- both polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and animal fats are all packaged as triglycerides in the foods. So, when we eat dietary fat, we are really eating triglycerides. Triglycerides are lipid compounds composed of an alcohol glycerol attached to 3 fatty acid chains ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112620/eight_col_200909_Winston-Southland_18.jpg?1604876385 The government should stop focusing on unproven hydrogen energy technology to tackle climate change, says an expert. After Tiwai Point aluminium smelter is closed, extra energy could be used for a new rail network, professor Susan Krumdieck said. Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon Canterbury University professor of mechanical engineering Susan Krumdieck said the government was enthusiastic about the development of green hydrogen, but it was a waste of time and money. Green hydrogen is a potential future vehicle fuel that would be produced by the electrolysis of water using renewable electricity, and has been touted for its potential to help reduce carbon emissions. Krumdieck said a national energy strategy was needed. Proven technologies could be used to meet New Zealand’s zero carbon goal by 2050 – and address transport needs at the same time, she said. Energy Minister Megan Woods has said green hydrogen production could be a replacement ...

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“LENTIL AS ANYTHING” – Introduction by Des Kelly I have to say that I did hear of this “cafe/restaurant” many years ago, where people could go for a meal and pay for it with a “donation” they could afford. I could not believe it, but never did have the time to check it out, but, like all kind gestures carried out by  compassionate people, it seems that this Cafe carried on with it’s good work, providing good, yet simple meals for hundreds of the less affluent people of Melbourne, and now, it’s generous owner Shanaka Fernando has written and published a book, aptly titled “Everybody needs a place at the table”, a book, that I feel, should take it’s place on as many bookshelves as possible, helping Shanaka to carry on his superb service to people who need it, in this day and age. Now that Covid 19 restrictions have been ...

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