https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Capt.-Elmo-Jayawardena-e1609087285937.jpg Our island was called Lanka in pre King Vijaya times. Valmiki’s immortal Ramayanaya had King Ravana ruling the land from the city of Lankapura . That was almost four thousand years ago. The Arab traders termed it Jaziratul-Yaqut, island of rubies. Some called it Serandip, some Ceilan, from which the Portuguese picked Ceilao and the European map-makers coined Ceylon. Many were the names from the many that came,and they all were collective in their comment in the description of this land. Bar none, everyone agreed and noted in their chronicles that this island was indeed the complete Paradise. We never gained it. Let’s be honest about that part. We simply inherited. The Gods from their celestial dome, in their infinite kindness, gifted this Paradise to us, the beautiful island of Lanka, to the people of Sri Lanka . The privilege of being born and belonging to such a place ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/98137/eight_col_thumbnail_Image.jpg?1584296892 New variants of Covid-19 has led the government to introduce a third test for people travelling from high risk countries like the United Kingdom and United States. People returning to New Zealand will now be tested on the first day of their quarantine stay. Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook Currently everyone who travels here is tested on day three and 12 of their quarantine stay. From midnight on 31 December, all returnees from higher risk countries will be tested on their first day as well. Minister for Covid-19 Response Chris Hipkins said returnees would also be required to be in isolation or quarantine in their allocated room at a facility until their initial test had returned a result. “This means if the result is positive they will be transferred to a quarantine facility effectively several days earlier than under the standard two-test regime,” Hipkins said in a statement. Minister ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png New virus variants and ongoing high rates of diseases in some countries prompt additional border protections Extra (day zero or day one) test to be in place this week New ways of reducing risk before people embark on travel being investigated, including pre-departure testing for people leaving the United Kingdom for New Zealand, with a view to implementing added measures from mid-January; other higher risk countries to be considered on a case-by-case basis An additional test for COVID-19 will be required for returnees from higher risk countries such as the United Kingdom on their arrival in New Zealand from midnight on 31 December, Minister for COVID-19 Response Chris Hipkins announced today. “The extra PCR test will be applied on ‘day zero’, as returnees who’ve been in the United Kingdom or the United States during the preceding 14 days go through New Zealand airport controls, or on ‘day one’, after ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Capt.-Elmo-Jayawardena-e1609087285937.jpg The SIA jumbo turned for the final approach on Plaisance International Airport.  The night was cloudy and listless, the sky was demanding with a stratocumulus overcast.  There was moderate rain over the airfield. My copilot who was flying the aeroplane was an experienced operator and he landed the big Boeing 747 with professional skill that received applause from the passengers.          We taxied and parked in front of the terminal.  It was almost midnight; I’ve arrived in the island of Mauritius, not merely as a pilot but to start another one of my wild goose chases.          This one was a peach.  I was going to look for Ehelepola’s grave. The first Prime Minister of the last King of Kandy, who I read somewhere, was buried in the island of Mauritius. The story of Ehelepola is a tragedy that Lankans are familiar with. King Sri Wickrema Rajasinghe beheaded the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/234620/eight_col_grand_mercure.jpg?1593148923 More than 200 people were evacuated from a managed Isolation and quarantine (MIQ) hotel last night after a fire alarm went off. Photo: RNZ / Denise Garland The alarm at the Grand Mercure in Auckland went off shortly after 6pm, and the cause is under investigation. An MIQ spokesperson said health protocols were followed including use of PPE and physical distancing. The hotel was declared safe shortly before 7pm and people began returning to their rooms. Source link ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/christmas-train-with-lights.jpg A first for me. Utterly fascinating! Never knew about such a train. What a great idea. This is another longer clip I discovered of the same train, with more night-time footage that really highlights the visual effects against a dark backdrop.     A video of a Christmas Train with Lights from the Niles Canyon Railway in California   Source link ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/dutch.jpg Source:Economynext PAST Colombo is a wetland in case you haven’t noticed. So is the Netherlands. When the Dutch made Colombo their colonial capital, it must have felt just a bit like home. They were at the height of their powers of course, when they took over here from those despised Papist Portuguese. They had just won a century-long war against Spain and Portugal for self-rule and freedom to follow their version of true religion. Their vast Calvinist fleets scoured the eastern Indian Ocean and came home laden with precious spices, to be bought by avid consumers at skyhigh mark-ups. Revenues poured into the coffers of their East India Company and cycled out to the prim burghers who owned Company shares. In a huge wave of globalization, that first great multinational enterprise exercised powers of war- and treaty-making, adjudication, imprisonment and coinage in lands where it held sway. So it ...

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Another Suburb in the Ceylon I remember so well. Down South, as they would say, in America, Galle was one of the major Cities, where the ancestors on mum’s side, whose name was Kriekenbeek, a Dutch name, if ever there was one, took over from the Portuguese, built a massive “fort” around the entire place, with ramparts overlooking the Indian Ocean, and began their long rule of the tiny Island.  The Dutch used a “rooster-mascot” for the fort they built in 1588, using what was, in fact a Portuguese word “Galo”, but also a Latin word (Gallus), ending up by insinuating that Galle was a Rooster, or Cock of the walk, if one wants to look at it, that way.      Anyway let us now swop over to Galle, as kindly sent to me by Maxwell Gerreyn, via Victor Melder, another famous Burgher gentleman. Thank you,  Max & Victor. ...

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