https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/111972/eight_col_1R2A4737.jpg?1603950127 From today, people in a Rotorua suburb can apply to take part in a make-or-break trial of a Covid contact tracing card. Photo: Supplied Health officials are hopeful the tracing tool will cope with real life conditions, such as a party or busy cafe, after so far only being trialled in controlled conditions. The Ministry of Health is undertaking a trial of up to 1500 adults in Ngongotahā who carry the card for a week. The credit card sized Bluetooth technology needs to be worn on a lanyard or attached to a belt. It should record a signal if two cards come within a few metres. They are recorded as close contacts if they are within two metres of each other for at least 15 minutes. Government papers have said the Bluetooth technology can struggle to measure distance, which may confuse close and casual contacts. The Deputy Director-General of ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/51185/eight_col__Q3A0262.jpg?1517955809 The local sharemarket has opened sharply lower as it was engulfed by the negative mood from overseas markets overnight. (File image). Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King The benchmark top-50 index has fallen 160 points, or 1.3 percent in early trading. Declining stocks outnumbered the rises by five-to-one, with most of the leading stocks falling at least 1 percent. The market weakness followed sharp declines in all major markets in Europe and the United States as the number of Covid-19 cases surged prompting new lockdowns. European stocks fell as much as 4 percent to their lowest levels in five months, and the main US indices fell by about 3.3 percent to their lowest levels since early September. The French and German governments imposed new restrictions to cope with a resurgence of the virus, while the number of cases in parts of the US hit record levels. The re-emergence of the ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has been allocated out of the $3 billion the Government earmarked for shovel ready infrastructure projects to help get New Zealanders into work following COVID-19. It is made up of a $20 million grant to Hamilton City Council and a $20 million loan to Tainui Group Holdings to assist with the funding and financing of the road and water infrastructure. Ports of Tauranga, Tainui and the Council are co-investing another $150 million so the project can start immediately. Phil Twyford said construction of the inland port will create 250 jobs, with more jobs to be created through support for the ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ruwan-Kalpage.jpg Ruwan Kalpage Ruwan Senani Kalpage, an old boy of St.Anthony’s College, Katugastota, is a former Test Cricketer and a fine Athlete who won the 400 Metres Race at the Public Schools Meet representing St.Anthony’s College in the late eighties. He is the eldest Son of former Cricket Captain of Nalanda College, Sena Kalpage. Sena played Cricket for Nalanda College while the writer represented Dharmaraja College in Cricket. Stockily built Sena Kalpage was a left arm opening bowler. Later he played club cricket and ended up as a Senior Executive in the Mercantile sector. Ruwan followed in his father’s footsteps and became a leading all-rounder in Sri Lanka Schools in Cricket and Athletics before being included in the Test Cricket team in the year 1993 against India. His younger brother Nuwan played cricket for St.Anthonys’ and now he is settled down in Australia. His Sister captained Mahamaya Girls Cricket team ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/74427/eight_col_17158882_l.jpg?1549867523 The government says there are no plans to change the number of border exemptions for vets despite pleas from the Veterinary Association that vets are burning out and animal welfare is at stake. Vets are unhappy that Russian fishers are coming into the country while their sector can’t get foreign reinforcements, the Veterinary Association CEO says. Photo: 123RF Last month, the minister announced that up to 30 class border exemptions would be granted to fill the gap of livestock veterinarians. But according to the Veterinary Association, the workforce is short of more than 200 workers. Its chief executive, Kevin Bryant, said so far no new vets had arrived under the class border exemption- something he had found very frustrating. “Large numbers of Russian fishermen [are] getting here apparently very quickly. I would have thought that supporting our veterinarians who are severely under-resourced, under immense stress and working seven days ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/103335/eight_col_ANZ-Bank_002.jpg?1591330822 The country’s biggest bank has reported a sharp fall in profit as its costs increased, margins were squeezed, and it put aside more for bad debts. File image. Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas ANZ’s net profit for the year ended September was $1.34 billion, compared with $1.83b a year ago – a 27 percent drop. Chief executive Antonia Watson said the full-year figures were a result of the challenging economic environment and also reflected the sale of UDC Finance Limited in September 2020, together with benefits in the previous financial year from the sales of OnePath Life and the bank’s share in Paymark. “Covid-19 brought unprecedented challenges to our country and consequently for many businesses, including ANZ NZ, and this is reflected in our full-year result.” About $400m was set aside for bad and doubtful debts. “Despite the difficult year, ANZ NZ has continued to perform well, demonstrating it ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through its Māori Internships programme. Participants will be working in growth sectors such as construction, heavy trades, security, contact centres and administration,” Willie Jackson said. “The Hutt Valley-based programme will focus on helping Māori who may face additional barriers to employment, such as rangatahi, sole-parents, career changers and those that have been displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Ongoing, tailored pastoral care will also be provided, including career development support to prepare participants for higher earning and leadership roles.” “The Māori Trades and Training Fund was designed to support delivery of by-Māori, for-Māori training opportunities that have a strong focus on ...

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Ingredients 2 Rashers Bacon1 Leek1/2 to 1 Mango6 Oysters1/2 Red Capsicum1/2 Rock Melon (Cantaloupe) Salt to taste Preparation Cut the Bacon into small squares, approximately ½ inch, fry lightly and spoon on to the Oysters.Wash and cut the fresh fruit and mix thoroughly. Add Salt to taste, not too much as the Bacon is usually salty as well.Serve and Enjoy. Source link ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/246560/eight_col_049_f0311077.jpg?1603496033 There are six new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand today, all imported cases. File image. Photo: AFP There are no new community cases, the Ministry of Health said in a statement. There was no 1pm news conference today. The ministry said all six cases were identified during routine testing around day 3 of their stay in managed isolation. One person arrived from the Netherlands via Singapore on 23 October, and four people arrived from India on 24 October. The ministry is seeking details of the sixth person’s arrival. Two previously reported cases were now considered to have recovered, bringing the total number of active cases to 70. The total number of confirmed cases is now 1593. Yesterday there were 7403 Covid-19 tests processed, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 1,083,230. The ministry said crew of the cargo ship Ken Rei were all tested for ...

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