https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and Counties Manukau District Health Boards will also receive support to cut their emissions. Together, these projects will reduce carbon emissions by around 48,250 tonnes over the next ten years, equivalent to taking 1,985 cars off the road. “Climate change, for a lot of young people today, is not just another subject; it is the lens through which they see their future. What I am announcing today will mean that more of the places people go to study, now and in the future, will be part of the solution to the climate crisis. “Previous Governments failed to do anything about ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Capt-St.-Elmo-Muller.jpg It was a lazy April morning in Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport. The Globe Air Charter flight carrying 120 Swiss and German passengers was about to taxi out for takeoff. The planned journey was long, starting in Thailand and ending up in Switzerland, with re-fueling stops in Colombo, Bombay and Cairo, before flying the last leg to its destination – Basel. The plane carried 10 crew – five in the cabin and five in the cockpit comprised of three pilots and two flight engineers, what they called a heavy crew to fly multi-sector long haul flights. In command was Capt. St Elmo Muller, a Ceylonese pilot who had served in the RAF during the second world war. Capt. Mullerwas born in Colombo and educated at St. Joseph’s College. He learnt to fly as a teenager and obtained an ‘A’ licence at Ratmalana. They say that Muller used to cycle from ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/111744/eight_col_000_8TN9RF.jpg?1603492876 Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 500,000 for the first time on Wednesday, a record one-day increase as countries across the Northern Hemisphere reported daily spikes. medical assistant takes a sample from a patient for a coronavirus (Covid-19) test at an analysis laboratory in Le Peage-de-Roussillon, some 30kms south of Lyon, south-eastern France. Photo: AFP Global daily Covid-19 cases have risen by nearly 25 percent in less than two weeks as the world witnessed 400,000 daily reported cases for the first time last Friday. Most western countries and parts of Latin America have reported their highest single-day surges in the past few weeks. Many governments, with the notable exception of the United States, have started taking stronger measures to bring the spread of the virus under control. The global coronavirus tally stands at 44.7 million cases and about 1.17 million deaths. Europe, North America and Latin America account ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/239517/eight_col_woman.jpg?1597470486 The former medical company Promisia Integrative is now a player in the aged care sector after successfully acquiring three facilities in the North Island and leasing a fourth in the South Island. Photo: 123RF Promisia recently reached a settlement with Medsafe concerning the prosecution of the company for breaches of the Medicines Act, in which nine charges related to its product Arthrem – a dietary supplement. In May, chairman Stephen Underwood said there was no viable future in producing the arthritis medication anymore and pitched the details of its planned pivot into the aged care sector. He said the acquisitions represented a significant and exciting change of direction for the company. “We are very pleased to be bringing these aged care facilities together under Promisia. The aged care sector presents a number of opportunities, and particularly with our ageing demographics, strong prospects for growth.” It initially struggled to gain ...

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  As a confirmed animal-lover, and proud of it, I felt that this rather unusual story, sent in by a friend, well deserved the publicity that eLanka could offer to thousands of other like-minded people.           Normally, when we think of animals exhibiting human emotions, dogs come immediately to mind. They are truly amazing animals. Cats are equally favoured as pets, but, on the whole, are much more aloof and stand-offish unless their owners are physically petting them. Then, they will look at you with their beautiful eyes and purr loudly, as though asking for more of the same treatment, but talking about strange bed-fellows, thank you Elliston, for this most unusual story, and the pictures that go with it.  Desmond Kelly.  (Editor-in-Chief) eLanka.   The owner of the cow used to hear dogs barking at night so he put up one CCTV camera.  Now he saw ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems that have been developed and strengthened since our first wave of COVID-19 have worked very effectively to chase down the virus, isolate it, and eliminate it,” Chris Hipkins said. “It’s really good news, but as always we cannot sit back. Constant vigilance and team work, with everyone playing their part to ensure we stay on top of the virus, needs to be our new normal for some time to come.” Since August 11, there have been 186 community cases of COVID-19 reported – 179 people linked to the Auckland August cluster, six people linked to the Christchurch returnees group, ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/srilanka-safari.jpg https://www.srilanka.travel/wildlifestreaming Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney is pleased to inform that the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) will be engaging with potential travel operators and Australian travelers through “live streaming programs” by sharing and engaging content of Sri Lanka’s many attractions and resourcesduring this pandemic period. The objective of this initiative is for travellers to engage with brand “Sri Lanka” virtually and have a positive experience that would keep Sri Lanka as their “must travel” destination once the international borders open for tourists. Accordingly, Sri Lanka Tourism will commence by showcasing Sri Lanka’s rich flora and fauna through virtual tours of Minneriya, Kaudulla, Udawalawe and Yala National Parks. The virtual tours titled “Go on a couch safari” will showcase Sri Lanka wildlife to the world through the wildlife streaming programme starting from 4th November to 13th November 2020. The streaming website –https://www.srilanka.travel/wildlifestreaming Consulate General of Sri ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/100819/eight_col_N1066.jpg?1587775422 There is just one new case of the novel coronavirus today – a member of the Christchurch-based international mariners group. File image. Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller In a statement, the Ministry of Health said today’s positive case was a close contact of an existing case, and gave the ministry confidence that it was taking the right approach in the circumstances. “Day 15 testing will be carried out this weekend of all group members who are not already confirmed cases. All those who meet our low risk indicators, which include those who’ve recovered or have returned consistently negative test results throughout their stay, will be eligible to leave managed isolation from next Tuesday 3 November.” There are 68 active cases and the total number of confirmed cases is now 1594. There were six new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand yesterday, all imported. Yesterday 7472 tests were processed, the ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/112308/eight_col_ict.jpg?1496622861 The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector faces a period of consolidation as firms look to expand to meet growing demand. File image. Photo: 123RF A new report from the Westpac Bank shows Covid-19 has accelerated the demand for ICT products, as businesses looked to lessen the effects of the pandemic and shift their businesses online. Westpac industry economist Paul Clark said: “With the digital genie now out of the bottle and firms more open to new ways of working, we expect that spending on ICT products like cloud computing, social networking software and collaboration platforms will continue to be buoyant”. However, he predicted the appetite for new ICT services would lead to mergers and takeovers in the industry. “This is a sector that’s got a multitude of firms, many, many small firms and they just lack the size and scale to be able to do that and I ...

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https://www.beehive.govt.nz/sites/default/files/2017-11/beehive-red-og_0.png Minister of Justice Andrew Little has acknowledged the provisional results of the two referendums voted on in the 2020 General Election. New Zealanders were asked whether they supported the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, and whether they supported the End of Life Choice Act 2019 coming into force. On provisional results, the electorate has voted in support of the End of Life Choice referendum, and against the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill becoming law. The End of Life Choice Act has gone through the parliamentary process and has been given Royal Assent, so it will come into effect 12 months from the final results – on 6 November 2021. Assisted dying remains illegal in New Zealand until 6 November 2021.The Act will be administered by the Ministry of Health. The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill will not be introduced as legislation by the Labour Government this term. Subject ...

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