[og_img] Apply for a $250 Power Saving Bonus What you need to know before completing your application The $250 Power Saving Bonus for Pensioner Concession Card holders and some Health Care Card holders (including JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy recipients) is now available.  Before submitting an application for the bonus, please read the eligibility requirements. Eligibility requirements You must be a Victorian residential energy consumer (i.e. have a residential electricity account) You must receive one of the following concession benefits: Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card JobSeeker, Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy Department of Veterans Affairs Pensioner Concession Card (DVA Pensioner Concession Card holders will be able to apply online from 1 March 2021 or may access the bonus through a manual application from 1 February 2021 – email info.vec@delwp.vic.gov.au) Before you start To submit an application, you will need to have the following documents ready: An Original PDF or a hard-copy ...

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[og_img] The Descent Into a Kafkaesque World Photo courtesy of Artmajeur Sri Lanka will celebrate its 73rd independence anniversary on February 4 but for many years now, the day has become one to recount failures and the loss of achievements made during the colonial period. Sri Lanka became a British colony in 1815. During the 19th century there were five notable areas in which there were sweeping changes: the economy, the administrative structure, infrastructure, the railway and commercial activities with the outside world. Society was a stagnant one where social mobility was prevented by the caste system. That the son should follow the father’s employment was the basic principle on which society operated. Any transgression was punished. The poor were disciplined severely but landlords were exempt from punishment except in the case of treason. This situation of social immobility changed significantly with the opening of roads and the availability of jobs ...

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[og_img] Sri Lanka’s tour of West Indies postponed   Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka’s tour of the West Indies in February-March 2021, which included two Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals has been postponed after Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur and player Lahiru Thirimanne tested positive for the coronavirus. The players who were also in close contact with them have been asked to self-quarantine. ************************************ Sri Lanka’s tour of West Indies postponed – SLC Althaf Nawaz Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) decided to postpone their proposed tour of the West Indies, which was scheduled for later this month due to lack of preparations. “We have postponed the Caribbean tour to a later date without rushing. The home series against Bangladesh is very important for us at the moment,” a top official of SLC told the Daily News. “With the present scenario where most of the players and the head coach are under quarantine, ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/team-1.jpg Source:Island Sri Lanka’s elite cricketers are set to feel the pinch soon when their national contracts are up for negotiations in six weeks time. Cricket sources told Sunday Island that the board is considering slashing players salaries by as much as 40% following the recent disastrous performance in the two match Test series against England. Sri Lanka lost the first Test by seven wickets and the second Test inside four days by six wickets with the batting collapsing in both games as England won their sixth game in a row in Sri Lanka. Although a performance based incentive for players was suggested by Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa recently, the initial suggestion to cut salaries had come within the board. Accordingly, SLC is expected to cut down on annual retainers by almost half. As a result, a top player who had an annual contract worth US$ 120,000, will now only get somewhere ...

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Englebert Humperdinck’s Song In Honour Of His Wife Patricia Healy Dorsay   Patricia Healy Dorsey, wife of Arnold George Dorsey (Alias Englebert Humperdink) Passed away today. Listen to the beautiful tribute song he sings in her memory The post Englebert Humperdinck’s Song In Honour Of His Wife Patricia Healy Dorsay appeared first on eLanka. Source link ...

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Build-up a strong immune system for the coronavirus vaccines to reveal their efficacy-By Dr Harold Gunatillake Website:www.Doctorharold.com Transcript: “Your immune system is an intricate devise, including white blood cells (lymphocytes), antibodies, complex proteins, networks, and organs. Some cellular parts of the system act as barriers, preventing viruses and bacteria entering and destroying the organs, while others hunt and remove invaders from your body”. Let us talk about this magic devise we possess to maintain a healthy lifestyle. These days we read a lot about the variations of coronavirus vaccines available for inoculation against the COViD-19, the side effects their efficacies and so on, but little information on emphasis in boosting your innate immune system to produce strong antibodies to combat with the virus. Unless, you have a strong built-in immune system, the efficacy of the vaccine is questionable. It is also observed that a strong immune system will not prevent ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/buddha-1709021_1920-1.gif A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but is he peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise. Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame – Buddha By Raj Gonsalkorale It appears that labelling oneself as a Sinhala Buddhist and the country as a Sinhala Buddhist Nation is the national ethos while saying or implying that all others in the country are accommodated in the island because of the generosity of this national ethos. The purpose in writing this article is with the hope that it will generate some amount of contemplation and discussion as to who a Sinhalese is and who a Buddhist is, and perhaps who they should be. A question worth pondering is whether an outer garment matters more than the inner self of the person ...

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Image Source:Google maps  Jennifer de Silva is responsible for this magnificent story, sent to Max Gerreyn, who, in turn, sent it to me, for publication on the best website for all Sri Lankans, everywhere, eLANKA. Thank you Jennifer, and Max, of course for all these precious memories you wonderful people send us from time to time. I cannot even begin to thank you.           These are the type of articles that eLanka thrives on. After all, when everything is said and done, precious MEMORIES are the only worthwhile dowries that most of us are left with, as we head into the nearest “departure lounge” to take our final flight  to who knows where ??. On that happy note, I leave all of my readers to enjoy this superb article.   Desmond Kelly. (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka. A TRIBUTE TO THE FAMILIES OF ARETHUSA LANE, MADANGAHAWATTE LANE AND THE CANAL ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/116466/eight_col_copy.jpg?1611542755 Photo: RNZ / Dan Cook Health officials are awaiting the results of more tests to piece together when and how the latest Covid-19 case got the virus. The person tested positive on their fifth day of self-isolation at home in Hamilton, after returning three negative tests during their 14 days’ managed isolation at the Pullman Hotel. It is the fifth case to be linked to the hotel and investigations are continuing. Since late January, everyone who has completed managed isolation at the Pullman has been required to self-isolate at home for a further five days and be re-tested. It is not yet known whether the person has one of the more infectious variants of the virus, or whether the infection is linked to the earlier cases. Yesterday, Director of Public Health Caroline McElnay said genome sequencing would provide further information about that. She said there was still a chance ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/island.jpg Source:Island Thursday 4th February, 2021 The national flag is fluttering majestically and grand preparations have been made for today’s celebrations to mark the day when the British retroceded this land to its rightful owners. Patriotic excitement has reached fever-pitch. Newspapers traditionally strike a positive note in their editorial comments on a day like this, but why should depressing political, economic and social realities be ignored? Sri Lankans are known for celebrating what they lack; they are celebrating Independence today. Their leaders, who never miss an opportunity to wrap themselves in the flag, suck in their king-sized pots, puff out their chests and belt out the national anthem with great gusto, religiously, on 04 Feb. They bellow rhetoric, making propaganda mountains out of the molehills of their achievements, year in, year out. The sobering reality dawns when the Independence hangover goes away. This, we have seen for more than seven ...

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