https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Air Border, Isolation and Quarantine and Required Testing) Amendment Order 2020 comes into effect from 11.59pm Sunday, 4 October 2020.  “The amended order includes significant changes to isolation requirements for international air crew entering New Zealand and introduces new mandated requirements for New Zealand-based crew. “This order is designed to make sure that our air border is even safer and that we reduce the risk of COVID-19 being spread to the greatest extent possible. It builds on our already extensive border protection regime, which is one of the strongest in the world,” Chris Hipkins said. “The air ...

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Brigadier Japana Jayawardena Source:Dailynews It is very rare to witness a person with a sound academic background prosper in sports in the school’s arena later reaching the pinnacle of that particular game. As a player and administrator holding several posts he still remains as a live wire, contributing immensely for the betterment and the development of the oval shaped ball game to the next level. Japana Jayawardena who was one of the prominent officers attached to the Sri Lanka Army retired as a Brigadier ending a remarkable service over three decades to them both in profession and also as a player and as an administrator bringing honour and fame to Trinity College Army and the country. He was nicknamed ‘Japana’ and was born in Botale Pahala Walawwa in Ambepussa and his father was Peter Jayawardena, a District Land Officer by profession. Mother was Sila Kulathilaka Senanayake Amarasekara from the late ...

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Dreams come true on a sandy beach in Sri Lanka, under the shade of coconut trees and coconuts   Transcript:The present onslaught on coconut oil comes from research studies from the tropical island of Sri Lanka, where coconut palm trees are seen swaying gracefully along the coastline in the white sandy beaches, the locals andthe tourists seen sipping that fruity nutrient water out of coconut to chill there way on a hot sunny day, and thelocal’s staple food being rice and curry, consuming at least using a coconut per family per day. Each coconut is scraped, squeezed by adding warm water to turn into milk- and used for thickening and flavoring of curries. Besides, the coconut oil -extract of the dried coconut kernel called copra being used for frying andtemporizing curries. A delicious appetizing spicy coconut mixture with chili powder, Maldivian dry fish pierces, chopped onions andadded salt- called ‘Pol ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Chamara-Kapugedara.jpg Chamara Kapugedara Source:Dailynews Chamara Kantha Kapugedara, an Old Boy of Dharmaraja College,Kandy is a former Cricketer who is the first Rajan to be selected for the Sri Lanka Test Squad. Before him Sonny Yatawara and T.B.Kehelgamuwa were selected for the Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) side before getting test status. Dharmaraja College has also produced former Sri Lanka Schools Cricketers such as T.B.Talwatte, Arthur Alwis , S.P.Situnayake, Chandra de Silva, Raja Mettananda,D.D.P.Alwis, Sarath Randeniya, G.S.Ratnayake, Ananda Jayasundera, N.K.B.Angammana, Harold Ranasinghe, Ravi Rajapakse, Dhananjaya Nawaratne, Senaka Dissanayake, Pubudu Seneviratne, Buwaneka Ekanayake, Chatura Ratnayake, Sandun Weerakkody and Asanka Marapane to name a few. Chamara Kapugedara started his cricket career at Dharmaraja at the age of ten and had the honour of Captaining all the teams from Under 13 to Under 19 and he had the distinction of scoring centuries in each age group. He was the only Schoolboy from Kandy Schools to ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/112116/eight_col_075_cliff-dailylif201029_np8Kg.jpg?1604142291 The British Government is considering a month-long lockdown across England in the hope that measures could be eased before Christmas. A man passes a notice warning of the current ‘high’ alert level for covid-19, taped at the entrance to a newsagent on Old Compton Street in Soho in London, England Photo: AFP A new “stay at home” order could be announced on Monday, with schools, colleges and universities exempt. Documents seen by the BBC suggest the UK is on course for a much higher death toll than during the first wave unless further restrictions are introduced. Deaths could reach more than 4000 a day, one of the models suggests. This figure is based on no policies being brought in to slow the spread of the disease, but most of the models peak at about 2000 a day. At the height of the pandemic during the spring, deaths in the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/111040/eight_col_Bladder_bag.jpg?1602575507 The country’s biggest bulk wine supplier has begun turning gigantic flexibags into plastic fenceposts but the fencepost manufacturer protests that a lack of government funding is barring the way from doing so much more. A plastic bladder weighing 110kg at a North Island landfill. (file pic) Photo: Supplied Multinational giant Hillebrand spent months trying to find a recycler to complete the lifecycle: to take a huge heavy-duty plastic bag used to transport 20-plus tonnes of wine on ships, and turn it into a post used to hold up grapevines. It has turned to a small Waiuku company, Future Post. Waiuku is a rural town 65km south of Auckland. “They’ve been pestering us for a little while to get this done,” Future Post managing director and ex-farmer Jerome Wenzlick said. Tests showed it would work. The double shifts at his factory do not not even have to wash out the ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities for the Ruapehu district,” Shane Jones said. “The funding will help Ruapehu District Council to develop two new shared use trails from Turoa to Ohakune, to Horopito and Erua. This will create a continuous path from Mount Ruapehu to Whanganui and the Tasman Sea that can be completed by users over a number of days, taking them on a journey through two national parks and breath-taking scenery. “This region has been waiting a long time for this project, which has been talked about for a number of years. I am happy that the Provincial Growth Fund has been able ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/how-can-we-improve-debt-sustaina-2.jpg The Advocata Institute launched its latest public policy discussion series ‘DeepDive’. This series commenced with several discussions on the topic “How can we improve Sri Lanka’s Debt Sustainability?”. The discussion series kickstarted with three-part primers by Mr. Murtaza Jafferjee, Chairman of the Advocata Institute. This is the final part of a three-part primer. To access the presentation on the Primer on Economic Growth – see below    Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/246560/eight_col_049_f0311077.jpg?1603496033 Human trials of Covid-19 vaccines – less than a year since the virus emerged – are a testament to decades of cooperation and knowledge gained by those working in the field, an expert says.   Dr Fran Priddy says it’s astounding that a Covid-19 vaccine may be available in 2021. Photo: supplied / Victoria University of Wellington. American vaccine expert Dr Fran Priddy is helping to lead New Zealand’s Covid-19 vaccine effort. She recently joined the Malaghan Institute as clinical director of the Vaccine Alliance Aotearoa NZ (VAANZ). VAANZ is a multidisciplinary team of local and international collaborators specialising in vaccine research, development, and manufacturing. Dr Priddy has spent much of her career researching and developing clinical vaccines for infectious diseases including HIV. She told Saturday Morning that the global effort to find an effective vaccine to deal with Covid-19 was hugely impressive. She expects there will probably be ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/247163/eight_col_sikh.jpg?1604097147 A founding member of a new migrants service organisation is calling for workers to speak up if they’re treated unfairly and employers to stop exploitation. Jaswinder Singh and Harpreet Singh, two religious workers from India. Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen Migrants United Council, a non-profit entity, has been launched earlier this month in Auckland, aiming to empower migrant workers with awareness campaigns, consultation and workshops. Its secretary general Uttam Sharma says migrant workers often don’t speak good English and are not familiar with New Zealand systems so it can be hard for them to stand up for their rights. “I can assure the victims, if they’re listening to me, there’s a very good working system in New Zealand where no exploitation of any kind is tolerated,” he said. Sharma had been the support person for two Indian religious workers who had been exploited by a former employer and won ...

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