https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Energy.jpeg Photo: Energy VaultSkyline Starfish: Energy Vault’s concept demonstrator has been hooked to the grid in Ticino, Switzerland, since July 2020. By raising and lowering 35-metric-ton blocks [not shown] the tower stores and releases energy. Source:Spectrum Cranes are a familiar fixture of practically any city skyline, but one in the Swiss City of Ticino, near the Italian border, would stand out anywhere: It has six arms. This 110-meter-high starfish of the skyline isn’t intended for construction. It’s meant to prove that renewable energy can be stored by hefting heavy loads and dispatched by releasing them. Energy Vault, the Swiss company that built the structure, has already begun a test program that will lead to its first commercial deployments in 2021. At least one competitor, Gravitricity, in Scotland, is nearing the same point. And there are at least two companies with similar ideas, New Energy Let’s Go and Gravity Power, that are searching for the funding to ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/THE-NEW-YEAR-2021.jpg “The New Year can often bring a mixed bag of emotions and memories for many of us. The events of 2020 including a pandemic, racial tensions, joblessness, and political battles created an unprecedented time of unrest and anxiety. While some may have just experienced the best year ever and look forward to an even greater one looming ahead, others may have just trudged through one deep struggle after another. The fresh calendar year brings desperate hope for things to be better, with an ache for the still-fresh wounds to slowly begin their process of healing. Praying at the start of the New Year doesn’t always bring immediate change at the stroke of midnight, but it begins the opening of our hearts to God’s Words of hope and peace.  Whether you’ve just walked through the greatest year of your life, or are incredibly glad to see this one finally over, ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Senior-e1610132058839.jpg The  new year greetings of hope for 2021 were marred by the news that “Master  “ Weerasingham, an English teacher of excellent repute at Royal College who subsequently  settled in Canberra had passed away at age 92 !  Tiddy Wijeratne , Don Abey, Beryl Dias Abeysinghe ( widow of a former High Commissioner ) and “Master “, as he was fondly referred to were the Canberra  senior seniors who graced all our Mission functions regularly inspite of being handicapped by mobility issues that are normal for those  beyond four score and ten ! They graciously lit the Lamp  to celebrate  events and their blessings stayed with us throughout the year. Don Abey , a mountain of knowledge, Tiddy a cricket connoisseur and gentleman player in his time, and Beryl , gracious and elegant right up to to her 99 th bday, have all passed on to the heavens  above ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/HERO.jpg Ivan Attanayake was my classmate from grade 1 to AL’s at St. Peter’s Collage Colombo 4. He was a very good student and passed all exams with extensions. Both of us took part in sports and extra curriculum activities and joined the school cadet corps initially as cadets and later as troop sergeants. I recall going to Diyatalawa for training, where we met late Denzil Kobbekaduwe, a cadet from Trinity College, Kandy. After his AL’s at the age of 19, he left for the UK for higher studies in Electrical Engineering and graduated in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Mid-Essex Technical College UK. His first appointment after graduation was with Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company in Essex, the first Electronic and Radio Communications equipment manufacturing company established by Marconi, the Nobel prize winner in 1909. On completing his studies in Electronic Engineering, he returned to then Ceylon and enlisted in ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/252899/eight_col_ambos.jpg?1610129682 The United Kingdom recorded its highest daily death toll yesterday since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic as London declared a major incident, warning that its hospitals were at risk of being overwhelmed. Paramedics unload a patient at Royal London Hospital. Photo: AFP With a highly transmissable new variant of the virus surging across Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shuttered the economy and is rushing out vaccines faster than the country’s European neighbours in a bid to stem the pandemic. Britain has the world’s fifth-highest official death toll from Covid-19 at nearly 80,000, and the 1325 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test on Friday surpassed the previous daily record from last April. “Our hospitals are under more pressure than at any other time since the start of the pandemic, and infection rates across the entire country continue to soar at an alarming rate,” Johnson said ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png $36 million of Government funding alongside councils and others for 19 projects Investment will clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs Boots on the ground expected in Q2 of 2021 Funding part of the Jobs for Nature policy package A package of 19 projects will help clean up and protect waterways and create local jobs, Environment Minister David Parker announced today. The projects have been awarded $36 million of Government funding. Together with council and other contributions, the package will see more than $70 million invested in improving Aotearoa’s freshwater. “From the high-country slopes in Canterbury to sensitive wetlands in the Nelson region, rivers in Northland, Taranaki, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay and Otago – this funding will help our freshwater systems right across the country,” David Parker said. Te Mana o Te Wai, the guiding principle of the recently-released Essential Freshwater reforms, means protecting the life-supporting capacity of ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/john-Keels-stock-market.jpg Brought to you by – John Keells Stock Brokers (JKSB)   John Keells Stock Brokers (JKSB) is a leading equity brokerage house in Sri Lanka and is a subsidiary of John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH), the largest listed entity on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE). We are one of 15 founding members of the Colombo Stock Exchange and our history in equity trading dates back to 1896. We are widely regarded in the industry for good governance practices with an emphasis on compliance and regulations. Our core sales and research staff have been engaged with the firm for a period of 10 – 25 years. Over the years this has helped JKSB develop strong and lasting relationships with our core client base of Foreign Funds/Individuals, Local Institutions and HNWI’s. This has contributed to our superior offering of order sourcing and placement capabilities. JKSB has always excelled in its ability ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Remembering-cricketing-great-P.I.-Ian-Pieris-19551.jpg   Source: Queen’s College, Cambridge University Website Ian Pieris (1955), the former international cricketer and President of Sri Lankan Cricket, has died aged 82 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Ian came up to Queens’ from St Thomas’s College to read Economics and won his Blue in a very strong era for Cambridge University cricket. He was President of SLC on two occasions and represented his country with great pride and passion. His best contribution for his country was as a batsman at No. 11, when he scored 46 not out in an entertaining last-wicket partnership of 110 in 53 minutes with Neil Chanmugam in an unofficial Test against West Indies at the P. Sara Oval in March 1967.     Photo Caption: Cambridge University XI     Ian is in the back row, second from the right, of this photograph: the1957 Blues XI. It also features two other Queens’ students: the late ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/115330/eight_col_pfiz.jpg?1608321651 By Michael Erman Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine appeared to work against a key mutation in the highly transmissible new variants of the coronavirus discovered in the UK and South Africa, according to a laboratory study conducted by the US drugmaker. Photo: 2020 Anadolu Agency/ AFP The not-yet peer reviewed study by Pfizer and scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch indicated the vaccine was effective in neutralizing virus with the so-called N501Y mutation of the spike protein. The mutation could be responsible for greater transmissibility and there had been concern it could also make the virus escape antibody neutralization elicited by the vaccine, said Phil Dormitzer, one of Pfizer’s top viral vaccine scientists. The study was conducted on blood taken from people who had been given the vaccine. Its findings are limited, because it does not look at the full set of mutations found in either of ...

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