https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/vanushi-walters-first-sri-lankan.jpg First Sri Lankan born member of the New Zealand Parliament, Vanushi Walters, made her maiden speech to Parliament Source: Daily Mirror Sri Lankan born member of the New Zealand Parliament Vanushi Walters during her maiden speech to the house on Wednesday made a brief statements in both Sinhala and Tamil and said that human rights belong to all. “…I was now not only a Sri Lankan but also a New Zealander, my family having arrived in 1987. I felt the rush waking up the morning after my mother told me Richard de Zoysa’s story,” Ms Walters, who is the first Sri Lankan born MP to be elected to the New Zealand Parliament told the House. “Richard was my father’s second cousin, a journalist in Sri Lanka, killed in 1990 as a result of his courageous criticism of the then Government. The cloak that morning arrived like a wave of ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/247898/eight_col_Biden.jpg?1604713777 In contrast to President Donald Trump, whose administration began with a fight over the size of his inaugural crowds, President-elect Joe Biden says he plans a scaled-back event for safety’s sake during the pandemic. Joe Biden: “People want to be able to say we’ve passed the baton. We’re moving on.” Photo: 2020 Getty Images The Democratic former vice president said he expects to be sworn in on 20 January on the platform already being constructed on the steps of the US Capitol, but wanted to avoid the crowds that typically gather on the National Mall and along Pennsylvania Avenue to view the ceremony and parade. “My guess is there probably will not be a gigantic inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. But my guess is you’ll see a lot of virtual activity in states all across America, engaging even more people than before,” Biden said in his hometown of Wilmington, ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png I pānuitia i te rangi nei e te Minita mō ngā Whiriwhiringa Tiriti o Waitangi, e Andrew Little, kua tāmokohia tētahi Whakaaetanga Whakataunga i waenga i te Karauna me Ngāti Rangitihi, e whakatau ana i ngā kerēme hītori Tiriti o Waitangi a taua iwi. Ko Ngāti Rangitihi tētahi o ngā iwi o Te Arawa e tau ana ki ōna whenua i Rotorua, i Kaingaroa, i Matatā hoki, ā, kei te takiwā o tōna 5,300 ōna uri kua rēhitatia. Ko ētahi o ngā nawe hītori a Ngāti Rangitihi ki te Karauna ko te korenga ōna e kawe i āna mahi i runga i te pono nōna i rīhi, nōna i hoko hoki i ētahi poraka whenua o Ngāti Rangitihi; ko te tangohanga o ngā whenua nui rawa atu i Te Ariki mō ngā Mahinga Tūmatanui, ā; ko te korenga ōna e whakatūturu he rawaka ngā whenua o Ngāti Rangitihi kia ora tonu ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/blue-cristmes-e1607147168816.jpg “Blue Christmas” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and most famously performed by Elvis Presley. It is a tale of unrequited love during the holidays and is a longstanding staple of Christmas music, especially in the country genre. This version is my tribute to the Elvis Presley Version. Thank you to Gail, Bernadene, Penny, Melody, Crystal, Jane, Gloria, Lynda and I am sure I have forgotten some, and sincerely apologise for that, but hope you enjoy this song all the same. Have a happy & blessed Christmas, but, I’ll be back in a few days, with a few more Christmas tunes. For all those who asked for the Jim Reeves version of “Blue Christmas” I promise I’ll have that version recorded for you, and will upload soon (Before Christmas!!!!!) Hope you like hearing this popular Christmas tune Vocals Gehan Gunasekera Music by CBS ...

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Max Gerreyn the famous cartoonist and his wife Shereen, honored and awarded Life Memberships at the Australia Sri Lanka (Ceylon) Association Inc. AGM held in Perth   News from Australia Sri Lanka (Ceylon) Association Inc. Max Gerreyn the famous cartoonist and his wife Shereen, among others were honored and awarded Life Memberships at the recent AGM held in Perth on 25th October. Forwarded by Dr. harold Gunatillake   members Max Gerreyn, Shereen Gerreyn, Chris Bramananda and Mercia Bramananda were awarded Life Memberships at the AGM on 25th October. The following tributes are abridged and edited versions of the citations that were read by Ranjit Ratnayake and Radha de Mel. MAX GERREYN & SHEREEN GERREYN  Max, Shereen and their children Shiran (8), Jeremy (7) and Melinda (2 ½ )  arrived in WA in 1977, four years after I did. Not long after their arrival they were blessed with another baby girl- ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/247957/eight_col_049_f0321402.jpg?1604791688 There have been nine new cases of Covid-19 reported in managed isolation in New Zealand today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed. Photo: 123rf.com In a statement, the Ministry of Health said there were no new community cases. The nine new cases include one historical case and eight active cases. The active cases are: One case arrived on 30 November from the United Kingdom via the United States. One case arrived on 1 December from Sweden via Qatar and Australia. One case arrived on 23 November from the United States. Four cases, travelling separately, arrived on 30 November from the United States. One case arrived on 26 November from South Africa. They were in the same travel bubble as a previously reported case. All have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility. The ministry said that the varied origins of these cases was another clear reminder of the critical ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/65146/eight_col_Nasdaq__NZX_sign_MoU_%282%29.jpg?1536715366 An independent review into the series of attacks that plagued the New Zealand stock exchange operator has confirmed the scale was beyond anything previously seen or that could have been reasonably forecast. NZX was the target of multiple cyberattacks earlier this year (File image). Photo: Supplied / NZX The NZX commissioned InPhySec, an independent specialist cybersecurity company, to review its DDoS attack response. The series of attacks, which began in August, disrupted the website and announcements board and the operator decided to cease trading for a number of days. In its report, InPhySec said the attacks fundamentally changed expectations about this sort of attack for the industry. “The volume, sophistication and persistence of the attacks were unprecedented in a New Zealand context, and are amongst the most severe we are aware of to have been experienced internationally.” It said NZX had been assisted in managing the attacks by being ...

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