Author: Algi Wijewickrema   On 10th November every year, many residents of Alukalwita, a small village in rural Buttala, come together to commemorate the death of a Catholic Priest who served them selflessly and was brutally killed in 1987. The Priest is Rev. Fr. Michael Rodrigo OMI who lived and worked with them helping to uplift them so they could stand on their own two feet. Unfortunately this year, when the 33rd death anniversary occurs, the COVID 19 pandemic might ensure that they would not be able to visit “Subasethgedera”, Fr. Mike’s House of Good Wishes. It is not only the villagers but visitors who usually come in numbers for the commemoration are also unlikely to attend. Although priests, friends and relations from Colombo or the surrounding parish churches are unlikely to make their annual pilgrimage to Buttala, I am sure the Alukalavita residents will remember their beloved Michael ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/16729/eight_col_54221141_m.jpg?1473711220 Three people had to go to hospital with food poisoning after eating white fish included in a Hello Fresh home-delivery meal kit. Photo: 123rf The company has apologised to its customers after a batch of Trevally was found to contain elevated levels of histamine, which can cause diarrhoea, rashes and vomiting. In a statement, Hello Fresh said it immediately contacted its customers, after their supplier alerted them to a problem with the batch on Monday night. “While only a batch of the fish was affected, the supplier has issued a recall on this week’s white fish to ensure customer safety,” it said. The company did not provide a figure on how many kits were affected, but said the number was low. “We sincerely apologise for the impact the recall has had on customers. “We are working closely with the supplier to investigate the root cause of the issue, and ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government is investing $84.7 million in innovative research projects including those focussed on health, climate change, astronomy and the impact of Big Data on social equality says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. This year’s Marsden Fund will support 134 new projects including explorations of the connection between heart failure and diabetes, the financial risks of climate change and the complex interplay between Maori settlers and ecosystems through the history of mahinga kai (traditional foods). “We’ve designed our funding so it can address real-world problems, while also giving researchers the freedom to innovate and come up with new ways to solve problems,” Megan Woods said. “Health issues like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease are wide-ranging problems and require innovative thinking. We need to look at these issues from different angles to ensure that we are doing the best we can for the future of our country. “The successful ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Anne-de-Costa.jpg I was born in Kalutara, Sri Lanka to a beautiful and loving family. My father Benjamin Martin Buultjens and my mother Pamela Dornhorst Ashbourne christened me Anne Christine Buultjens. I am a proud direct descendant of A E Buultjens, a past Principal of Ananda College, the  controversial free thinker and the great Frederick Dornhorst KC a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) barrister and King’s Advocate.  I was raised a Roman Catholic. I loved going to church and lighting candles. I sang in all the School choirs. I loved religion as a subject and often won prizes for the most outstanding student in Religious Knowledge. As a child I always looked up at the skies with great reverence because I knew that God lived there.   From a young age I had a mystical mind and could see God everywhere; I could feel   the wind in my hair and the grass beneath my ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/243754/eight_col_049_f0310893.jpg?1601079500 There is one new case of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, in managed isolation. Photo: AFP In a statement, the Ministry of Health says the new case arrived from India via Singapore on 31 October. They were transferred from managed isolation at the Grand Mercure to the Auckland quarantine facility on 5 November after a family member tested positive for Covid-19. There are no new community cases. The ministry says there are 52 active cases and the total number of confirmed cases in New Zealand is 1631. Yesterday there were 2960 tests completed for Covid-19, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,142,938. The Ministry says while genome sequencing for Case A, a quarantine worker at Auckland’s Jet Park facility, shows a direct link to two returnees at the facility, the nature of the contact between Case A and the returnees is still being investigated. “In ...

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